Chase Your Dreams by Stampin’ Up!

Chase Your Dreams by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC443

Yay it’s Thursday and time for another challenge from Create with Connie & Mary. This week it’s a sketch challenge. Normally I am quite literal in my interpretation of the sketches. But this week, I decided to have some fun and go with a looser translation of it. I’ve used Chase Your Dreams by Stampin’ Up! and teamed it up with High Tide and Kinda Eclectic too!

Chase Your Dreams by Stampin' Up! #CCMC443

This was a really quick card to make once I’d decided on the design.

  • Using a post it note as a mask, stamp the sun from Kinda Eclectic twice but slightly offset from each other;
  • Stamp the sea waves stamp from High Tide in 2 different shades of blue ink all the way across the card front and over the top of the lower sun image;
  • Stamp the Sydney Opera House onto a scrap of Whisper White and cut it out;
  • The sentiment is from Thankful Thoughts;
  • Mount the card front on a Basic Black card base and then add the cut out Sydney Opera House raised up on Stampin’ Dimensionals!

This was a really fun card to make and I love how it’s turned out! I hope you like it to. Do pop along to Create with Connie and Mary to see what the rest of the design team have come up with this week!

 

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Dragonfly Dreams by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC442

Dragonfly Dreams by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC442

Oh my – where oh where has the last week gone? I can’t believe it’s Thursday again and time for new challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary! My first reaction when I first saw these colours was abject terror! Lol! I’m prone to exaggeration :-). But then when I looked again, I suddenly thought Dragonflies followed quickly by water colour to merge and blend the colours nicely.

So off I went to get out my Dragonfly Dreams stamp set. Then I noticed my Stampin’ Success magazine (an exclusive magazine Stampin’ Up! send out bimonthly to their demonstrators), which had arrived a few days earlier and got distracted flicking through that. And that is where I finalised the idea for my card today. It’s a CASE (copy and share everything) from one that I saw in the magazine. I just loved it so much I had to make my own , using this week’s colour scheme of course!

Dragonfly Dreams by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC442

The base  layer on this card is Emerald Envy with Pacific Point Enamel dots. I just love how the colours merged under the dragonflies. In fact I used the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits but Dragonfly Dreams sounds so much better doesn’t it? Also that is the name of the bundle (stamp set and dies) if you are interested in purchasing both!

Dragonfly Dreams by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC442

For this card I used Pacific Point as the base layer, which I think looks equally as good! Who would have thought I could get these colours to work? Lol! I’m not very good with the colour challenges!

I do hope you like them. Please do pop over and see what the rest of the wonderfully talented team have designed for you this week!

 

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Bold Butterfly Framelits by Stampin’ Up!

Bold Butterfly Framelits by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC441

It’s challenge time again! Yep it’s Thursday and time for another Create with Connie & Mary Challenge. This week it’s a sketch challenge. For once I found a sketch challenge quite tough. I usually don’t have any bother with them. It may be because my first idea didn’t really work out and being short of time I just went with something else and I’m not entirely happy with today’s card.

There’s nothing at all wrong with the sketch. It’s just me! I used the Subtles Backgroup DSP stack for the squares and the Bold Butterfly Framelits by Stampin’ Up! for the focal image.

Bold Butterfly Framelits by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC441

I started off trying to use the free SAB Inside the Lines DSP but it just didn’t work, so I teamed the Watermelon Wonder Card front with Soft Sky card stock and the Subtles Background DSP stack. I’m not sure it really works? What do you think?

The butterfly is cut from Watercolor paper onto which I had painted and ombre effect using Watermelon Wonder ink. I think maybe the butterfly isn’t big enough for the size of the card?

Anyway – the bits I do like are the strip of gold glimmer paper and the splatters of gold glitter. These are really easy to do. Simply put a small amount of tombow multi-purpose liquid adhesive onto an acrylic block, mix with some water from your aquapainter and then flick over the card front. Sprinkle over the glitter and then shake of the excess. Leave it to dry somewhere safe i.e. not on your desk where you will end up dumping a load of other things on top before you remember it’s still wet! Lol!

Do pop over and see what the other ladies on the design team have come up with for you this week! It’ll be worth it I promise! They are a talented bunch!

 

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Special Reason by Stampin’ Up!

Special Reason by Stampin’ Up!

I love this week’s colour combination from Create with Connie & Mary this week! I don’t often say that as I find colour combinations challenging to say the least. But for some reason this one works for me. It may just be because I’ve used this combination before and I feel quite comfortable with it. I’ve teamed it up with Special Reason by Stampin’ Up! We got this stamp set free at OnStage Local in Telford in November – one of the perks of being a demonstrator and going to events is lots of free goodies! How fabulous is that? I bought the co-ordinating Stylish Stems framelits to go with the stamp set too!

Anyway before I side track and persuade you all to sign up here’s my card for this week’s challenge! What do you think? I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

Special Reason by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC440

This card was really simple to create:

  • Stamp your first stamp in Real Red in a central position then stamp off twice, once to either side of the main image;
  • Splatter some Real Red ink over the top;
  • Mount the card front onto a panel of Real Red cardstock;
  • Wrap some Basic Black Baker’s Twine around the panels;
  • Add some Real Red enamel dots;
  • Mount both the card front and mat onto a Kraft card base;
  • Stamp and cut out your sentiment and adhere to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals

And that’s it – like I said – simple!

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Lift Me Up by Stampin’ Up!

Lift Me Up by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC439

For today’s Create with Connie & Mary challenge I’m using Lift Me Up by Stampin’ Up! again. It’s a really lovely set with matching thinlit dies Up & Away, both of which are now available in the new Spring/Summer 2017 Catalogue.

Lift Me Up by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC439

I started with the Carried Away Designer Series paper – a free SAB gift! I took my colour scheme from there using Mint Macaron for the second panel. Then I stamped the balloons from Lift Me Up by Stampin’ Up! in Night of Navy and Peekaboo Peach. I cut them out with the Up & Away thinlits.

The sentiment is from Thoughtful Banners and is also stamped in Night of Navy. So what do you think? I’m not the only one who thought of using the SAB DSP and Lift Me Up for this challenge today. One of my fellow design team members Lisa has also used it to make a stunning card. I thought our cards looked different enough not to remake mine when I saw hers though. Pop over and see what Lisa and the other talented ladies on the design team have come up with this week.

And don’t forget that as well as the new Spring/Summer 2017 Catalogue being live, Sale-a-bration has started. For every £45 / 60 € you spend you can earn a free SAB item.

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Beautiful You by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC438

Beautiful You by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC438

The Thursday Create with Connie & Mary Challenge is back this week with a colour challenge. For once I wasn’t absolutely petrified about not being able to come up with anything. I like this colour scheme – it works for me. As usual, I have kept it very CAS (clean and simple). The design of this card kind of happened by accident. I have managed to spend some time in my craft room in between cooking and looking after the Bedlam Brothers (aka my two sons). I had been playing with Beautiful You by Stampin’ Up!. It’s one of the new stamp sets from the new Spring/Summer 2017 catalogue. The more I played with this set the more I fell in love with it!

The set contains a mixture of sentiments and image stamps. There are also a couple of paint stroke stamps and I was playing around with these and I came up with was this very CAS card.

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For some reason this made me think about the colour challenge. Ans I decided to create another version. I already had the Pool Party embossed panel in my basket of unfinished projects. So all I needed to do was stamp the image on a panel of Whisper White and then use one of the paint stroke images to colour the dress in the colours from the challenge.

The sentiment is also from Beautiful You and the stars are from the stars are from the Metallic Enamel shapes embellishments pack.

Please do pop over and see what the rest of the ever so talented Create with Connie & Mary design team have come up with for you this week!

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Hey, Chick by Stampin’ Up!

Hey, Chick by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC435

Spolier Alert! Look away now if you don’t want to see a brand new fabulous and fun stamp set! Hey, Chick by Stampin’ Up! is one of next year’s Sale-a-bration free stamps. I’ve used it for this week’s fabulous sketches. Yes, it’s time for another Create with Connie & Mary challenge!

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I saw this set at the OnStage Local event in Telford, UK back at the beginning of November and had to have it with my pre-order from the new catalogue. I just had to use it for this sketch. I’ll also be sharing some more new product (available in January) over the course of the next few Create with Connie & Mary Challenges too.

Hey, Chick by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC435

 

I teamed the chick up with the new Stitched Shapes Framelits, which have been so popular they sold out of the first batch very quickly. Don’t worry more are on the way and are due in the warehouse in Germany sometime next week!

I thought the Soft Sky card front looked a little plain after I stuck on the squares I cut out using the Stitched Shapes framelits so I got the sewing machine out and stitched the card front on to the card base. Don’t look too closely at the bottom right – I went a little askew with my sewing! LoL!

Well I do hope you’ve enjoyed my little sneak peek. Please do pop over and see what the fabulously talented team have come up with for you this week over at Create with Connie & Mary!

 

 

 

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Happy Ornament by Stampin’ Up!

Happy Ornament by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC434

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Hurrah it’s time for another challenge with Create with Connie & Mary! You may think I sound a little chipper considering it is a colour challenge – which I usually dread! This one however, I loved! Yes you read that right! I think it’s because I could pick Gold instead of Delightful Dijon! Myself and Delightful Dijon don’t get a along too well you see! I also think the fact that these colours lend themselves well to a Christmas theme helped me too! I’m using Happy Ornament by Stampin’ Up! for my challenge project.

Happy Ornament by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC434

Well it had to be done didn’t it! I’ve seen so many gorgeous water colour bauble Christmas cards over the last few years I have been crafting that I thought it was about time I came up with my own. This colour challenge was the perfect opportunity.

  1. Stamp with Versamark ink onto water colour paper. Heat emboss with Gold embossing powder.
  2. Mask off the hook and holder at the top with masking fluid
  3. Paint Cherry Cobbler ink inside the bauble. (I started off with a thin watery wash first). Leave to dry.
  4. Paint another wash with a darker Cherry Cobbler ink mix.
  5. Spray the ink whilst wet to force it outside of the bauble. Leave to dry.
  6. Splash some water droplets over the bauble and lifted some ink with a paper towel. Leave to dry.
  7. Splatter Cherry Cobbler and Gold Wink of Stella over the card front. Leave to dry.
  8. Remove the masking fluid from the hook and paint it directly with Gold Wink of Stella – it’s an opaque Wink of Stella unlike the Clear one.
  9. Add a few gold sequin stars and a trim of Gold Foil down the side.
  10. Finally mount the card front onto  Cherry Cobbler and a Kraft card base!

Well I hope you have enjoyed my project. Please do pop over and see what the rest of the very talented design team have come up with this week over at Create with Connie & Mary.

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Candy Cane Lane DSP by Stampin’ Up!

Candy Cane Lane DSP by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC433

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Gosh doesn’t Thursday come around fast? It’s time for another Create with Connie & Mary challenge. This week it’s a sketch challenge (phew)! I decided on doing something a little different – well different for me that is! I have used Candy Cane Lane DSP by Stampin’ Up! as my focal point instead of stamping and die-cutting or punching out an image.

I loved this sketch and once I’d decided on the way I wanted to go with it, my card came together really easily!

Candy Cane Lane DSP by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC433

I used Candy Cane Lane DSP by Stampin’ Up! for the banner behind the Whisper White rectangle and the strip of stripy paper along the bottom. And I even used it for the main image. Isn’t that ginger bread house the cutest? I simply snipped it out of the DSP and attached it to the front with a couple of foam dimensionals.

I used Gorgeous Grunge to stamp the Real Red and Crumb Cake splatters in the background. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Sentiments and is stamped in Early Espresso.

I don’t really use DSP much on my cards, even though I love it! Usually I don’t want to cut up the pretty patterns! But I need to get over that lol!

Well I hope you like my design for this week’s sketch challenge. Please do pop over to Create with Connie & Mary to see what the rest of the team has come up with! You won’t be disappointed as they are all super talented ladies!

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Vintage Leaves by Stampin’ Up!

Vintage Leaves by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC432

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Yay it’s Thursday again and time for another challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary. This week it’s a colour challenge! I just love the colours this week and I thought I would try something different this week by using a lot of one colour. Vintage Leaves by Stampin’ Up! was my choice of stamp set. I’ve wanted to use it with the copper embossing powder since I first got it a few months ago.

My project for this week’s challenge is not my usual style and I almost broke out in hives I tell you! Lol!  I decided upon Night of Navy as the focal colour and worked around it from there!

Vintage Leaves by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC432

 

I randomly stamped the lovely leaves from Vintage Leaves by Stampin’ Up! in Versamark ink onto a Night of Navy card front and then covered them using Copper embossing powder and heat set. Them. I added a strip of Mint Macaron and Copper Foil paper across the middle and placed some Mint Macaron leaves also heat embossed with copper embossing powder over the top. I decided not to put a sentiment on this card yet as I’m not sure whether it will be a Thank You card or birthday card. What do you think it should be?

Well that’s it from me. Please do pop across to the Create with Connie & Mary challenge blog and see what the very talented design team have come up with. You won’t be disappointed. And why don’t you join us this week? We’d love to see what you come up with for the challenge so please do give it a go.!

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