Jolly Friends by Stampin’ Up!

Jolly Friends by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC431

I managed to get a bit of crafting done this week, so I’m actually all prepared now for all of the Create with Connie & Mary challenges for November! Woohoo! I think I’m finally settling into a new routine! Well maybe! Who knows? I’ve probably jinxed it now! Lol!

This week’s challenge is a sketch challenge and as you may have realised they are my favourite of the two types of challenge!

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I actually managed two cards for this week’s challenge. I’ve gone with the festive card as my main one! I love Jolly Friends by Stampin’ Up! It’s such a fun, cute set and so I couldn’t resist using it for today’s project.

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Aren’t those elves and Santa just so cute? And I love the moose too! In fact I think he’s my favourite character in the set.  Which one is yours?

My second card is totally un-festive and unseasonal, but I love it! It’s using the very first stamp set I bought Papillon Potpourri from Stampin’ Up! I had only previously bought a few single wooden stamp sets before I discovered Stampin’ Up! 4 years ago. It was my 4th anniversary last week! I can’t believe it’s only been 4 years – it feels like a lot longer!

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I used So Saffron and Calypso Coral to go with the Soft Sky DSP. It makes for a lovely fresh, spring card! I will have to remember to use this colour combination next spring!

Well I hope you like today’s projects. Please do pop over to the Create with Connie & Mary challenge site and see what the rest of the designers have come up with this week!

 

 

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Birthday Blooms by Stampin’ Up!

Birthday Blooms by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC430

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Yay it’s Thursday again and time for another challenge from Create with Connie & Mary. This week it’s a colour challenge. Challenge being the operative word! These seemingly innocent colours had me stumped at first. They just scream of the current season I think, because my first instinct was to go with the season. I was trying to come up with something using Spooky Fun and whilst I could have come up with lots of options, Hallowe’en, Thanksgiving, Autumn/Fall (it’s such a versatile set when combined with theHalloween Scenes edgelits) they had all seemed to have been done before. So I pumped for Birthday Blooms by Stampin’ Up! instead.

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And whilst the card I’m posting today isn’t the most original of designs, it is out of season (for my part of the world anyway) and that’s ok with me! Rebel without a clue! Lol!

I really don’t suppose you get purple and orange flowers on the same plant in nature and that may be the reason why I half like this card and  half don’t! What do you think? At first I thought it might just be because it was a little dark whilst the ink was wet. I used a blender pen and ink picked up from the Stampin’ Ink pads to colour it in. I then went over it with the clear Wink of Stella pen.

Does it just look slightly unnatural and therefore a little off – or does it not really matter? Artistic licence and all that?? I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on this!

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Cozy Critters by Stampin’ Up!

Cozy Critters by Stampin’ Up!

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I was back in my comfort zone with this week’s Create with Connie & Mary challenge. It’s a fabulous sketch challenge. Doesn’t that owl from Cozy Critters by Stampin’ Up! look great? I think this stamp set is really versatile and as you can see, can be used for more than just Christmas cards!

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I decided to use the sketch for a baby card I needed to make. Having played around with a couple of different embossed backgrounds before I settled on the Woodland embossing folder. This folder has proved popular with my customers and I have sold a few recently, which probably prompted me to dig it out of the drawer for today’s card.

I stamped and then fussy cut the branch to stick over the banner and then positioned the owl over the top. The various sized circles I punched from the polka dot Neutrals Background DSP stack.

So what do you think? Well I really like it – but then I would wound’t I? Lol!

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Balloon Celebration by Stampin’ Up!

Balloon Celebration by Stampin’ Up!

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Look at the beautiful colours for this week’s colour challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary! I didn’t think I would struggle so much with these colours when I first saw them! BUT oh boy did I ever!! I had planned my card out in advance as I sometimes do but when I actually made it, I hated it! It just didn’t work! In fact my first three attempts all ended up in the bin!

In the end I actually CASEd myself using Balloon Celebration by Stampin’ Up!  I had this card out on my desk for some reason and it inspired the card I’m posting today!

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Originally I was going to cut out a butterfly but changed my mind last minute and I cut out the cute little bird from Birds & Blooms instead.  I actually am so pleased with how the card turned out in the end. Just to show how I used the colours, I stamped the allium in Pool Party and the bubbles/ink splats in Pear Pizazz.

The bird is cut out of watercolour paper which I had painted with Sweet Sugarplum ink and an aqua painter! I also stamped the sentiment in Sweet Sugarplum and then mounted the card front onto a Pool Party card base.

So what do you think? Please do pop over to the Create with Connie & Mary challenge blog to see all the lovely cards the rest of the design team have come up with!

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Mountain Adventure by Stampin’ Up!

Mountain Adventure by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC427

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Hey it’s Thursday again and once again the whole week has run away from me! I need to get a new routine organised for all my other commitments, but I’m getting there slowly! Take a look at this week’s fabulous sketch challenge from Connie & Mary! I do really love their sketches! You will probably think me odd, but the pointy bit of the sketch made me think of mountain peaks! I don’t know why. Maybe I was looking at it upside down or something?

Anyway, that decided the choice of stamp set for me! Mountain Adventure by Stampin’ Up! I have a friend who lives in the French Alps and we have been over a few times to visit her and her husband so this card is perfect for them for Christmas! They are the reason I bought this set in the first place! LoL!

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I hope you like the card! It was fairly easy once I had cut the Whisper White card front to size. I simply stamped the scene by eye and coloured the cabin with a blender pen and ink from the ink pad lids. Then I  used Soft Sky for the snow.

I stamped the skis from the set across the bottom of the Mint Macaron card base then stuck the panel to the top and that is pretty much it. I don’t know if you can tell from the picture but there is a thin line of glitter along the cables for the cable cars!

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Paisleys & Posies by Stampin’ Up!

Paisleys & Posies by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC426

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Oh to think I wasn’t originally going to buy Paisleys & Posies by Stampin’ Up! I resisted at first, but then I kept seeing so many great projects using the coordinating stamps and Paisley Framelits Dies I ended up putting in a sneak order!

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I featured this bundle in my monthly card class, which I’ve now moved to the last Wednesday of the month! After seeing the fantastic One Sheet wonder my team lead Michelle Last created in the summer, I thought this would make a great theme for the class. I was right, it went down a treat!

I started off by randomly stamping the Paisleys and Posies in the three colours from this week’s challenge, onto a sheet of A4 Whisper White. Then I cut the sheet into various shapes and sizes to make 6 cards, with enough left over for a tag as well!

My favourite card happened to be the one I’ve shared for this week’s challenge. I love the Smoky Slate card base, topped with the Dapper Denim layer, topped off by the strip of Tangerine Tango over the top! So, I hope you like it too!

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Jolly Friends & Candy Cane Lane by Stampin’ Up!

Jolly Friends & Candy Cane Lane by Stampin’ Up! 

Hi there! I’m back today with another sketch challenge for this week’s Create with Connie & Mary. I don’t want to jinx it, but I was on a roll when I made this card and it came together really quickly. Maybe it’s because I print out all the challenges on one page and then pin them to my pin board. The pin board is on the wall above my desk, so I’m constantly looking at the month’s challenges! I decided to use Jolly Friends & Candy Cane Lane by Stampin’ Up! for this week’s challenge.

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I got both quite a few weeks ago, but hadn’t had the opportunity to get them out until this weekend. I love the clean look of this sketch and decided to stick with my usual Whisper White card base.

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I used the new Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP) for the two layers in the sketch. I then stamped the moose in Crumb Cake onto Whisper White and cut him out by hand. His lovely hat is stamped in Real Red and then punched out using the co-ordinating Jolly Hat Builder punch! This is one of the things I love most about Stampin’ Up! There are so many lovely punches or dies that co-ordinate with the stamp sets!

I finished my card off with a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Sentiments also stamped in Real Red, with a sliver of gold glimmer paper behind it. I also used some Real Red enamel dots from the Brights Enamel Shapes collection.

Well I do hope you like my project. Please do pop along and see what the rest of the design team have come up with!

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Totally Trees for Create with Connie & Mary

Totally Trees for Create with Connie & Mary

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I seriously don’t know where this week has gone! I thought once the boys were back at school I would be straight back into a routine, but it’s not working out that way! It feels like I’m just chasing my tail! Lol! I did manage to make my card using Totally Trees for Create with Connie & Mary in plenty of time though.

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I did think I would have problems with this challenge due to Delightful Dijon. I don’t find it terribly delightful to be honest! But, as soon as I sat down to make the card, an idea popped into my head and I went with it.

I started by stamping the trees from the totally awesome Totally Trees stamp set in Emerald Envy. Then I topped them with a star (also from the set) stamped in Delightful Dijon. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Sentiments, which I totally recommend if you don’t already have it!

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I used Delightful Dijon again for the sentiment. Above the sentiment I added a strip of Soft Suede card stock and some Gold Glimmer paper for a bit of bling. Then I layered the card front onto a piece of Soft Suede stripy DSP from the Neutrals DSP stack.

I’m really pleased with the way the card turned out! What do you think?

 

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Star of Light by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC423

Star of Light by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC423

Wow, it feels like an age since I last blogged! Yesterday was the Bedlam Brother’s first day back to school so normal service should resume soon! Anyway what a great reason to kick start my posting again! Yes it’s Thursday and time for a new challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary! This week it’s a sketch challenge – my favourite type!

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As soon as I looked at this sketch after I came back from holiday, another type of holiday sprang to mind – yes I’m going to use the C word! Christmas lol! I love the new Christmas bundle Star of Light by Stampin’ Up!

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Originally I was going to use Pool Party, but I changed my mind half way through and settled on Smoky Slate to match with the Silver Glimmer paper. What do you think? Christmasy enough?

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This is a really easy card to recreate:

  1. Stamp the swirl from Star of Light onto a panel of Whisper White using Smoky Slate ink;
  2. Attach 2 thin strips of silver glimmer paper to the top and bottom of the panel;
  3. Stamp the sentiment in Basic Grey;
  4. Adhere the Whisper white panel onto the Smoky Slate card front and then adhere to a Whisper White card base;
  5. Stamp the largest star in Basic Grey onto Smoky Slate and cut out with the matching Starlight Thinlits Dies;
  6. Adhere some Silver Metallic thread to the right hand side of the Whisper White panel;
  7. Adhere the star to the front of the card over the Metallic thread as shown;
  8. Cut out a smaller star from Silver Glimmer paper and add to the centre of the large star;
  9. Finally add some Rhinestones for a little bit of sparkle and voila! 🙂

I hope you’ve enjoyed my project. It’s great to be back! Please do pop over and see what the rest of the design team have come up with this week!

 

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Love You Lots (by Stampin’ Up!)

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I have been itching to post today’s project for ages! It’s sketch challenge week at Create with Connie & Mary this week and I love, love, love this sketch! You get two projects today, not just one as I love the sketch so much. I had trouble deciding what idea to go with, as I had a few different ones.

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Isn’t that just a great sketch? I love the CAS (clean and simple) look – all that white space! It’s right up my street as we say in parts of the UK! Lol!

So here’s my first project – both use Love you Lots by Stampin’ Up! This idea popped right into my head the first time I saw the sketch.

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Don’t you just love how easy this card is to make? I stuck to just using a whisper white card base instead of a coloured card base with a white card front. You could easily use a real red card base though and match the sketch perfectly.

My second card, I think, is super cute too!

Love You Lots by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC421

 

I made these for two of my lovely class ladies. A mother and daughter who have just become grandma and mummy to a little baby boy!

I had to cut out part of the elephant’s trunk before I die cut the circle. You can also do this with a circle punch as you can see below.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s projects. Don’t forget to pop over and see what the rest of the design team has come up with! Thanks for stopping by!

I am currently off up a mountain somewhere in Bavaria! I’ll be back online soon!

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