Penned & Painted from Stampin’ Up!

Penned & Painted from Stampin’ Up! for Create with Connie & Mary #CCMC412

Yay it’s Thursday again. I’m always surprised by how fast it comes around! You know what that means don’t you? Yes, it’s time for another challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary! This week’s challenge #CCMC412 is a colour challenge.

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I love this colour combination. It’s just up my street! I will have to remember this one for future use!

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I have been wanting to get Penned & Painted from Stampin’ Up! out since I got it a few weeks ago. Today’s challenge was perfect for it!

I started by stamping the “penned” flower outlines in Memento Tuxedo Black. I then “painted” the flowers using the filler stamps. I used Blushing Bride for the full image and Watermelon Wonder for the centre image. I stamped off first each time, in order to achieve a muted, softer flower.

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I used the new Petal Burst embossing folder to emboss a panel of Pool Party card stock for the background layer. I actually prefer the reverse or “de-bossed” side to be honest. I think it’s a bit softer looking than the embossed side. Mind you I prefer this for quite a few of the embossing folders! Is that weird or normal? LoL!

I finished off the card with some Rhinestones and a strip of silver glimmer paper down the side. If you follow my blog you may think this card is pretty similar to the one I posted on Monday featuring Mixed Drinks. It’s the same layout, with a Pool Party embossed layer as the one on Monday, but actually I made this card first and CASE’d myself as I liked this card so much! I hope you do too!

I hope you manage to pop over to the Create with Connie & Mary challenge. Hopefully you will feel inspired to join us this week!

Seaside Shore from Stampin’ Up!

Seaside Shore from Stampin’ Up! for #CCMC411

It’s time for another Create with Connie & Mary Challenge and I’m much happier with this week’s card than I was last week’s. I used Seaside Shore from Stampin’ Up! I pretty much decided when I first saw the sketch for today’s card, I was going to wait for this set to arrive before I made the card.

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I just didn’t know I would love the co-ordinating By The Shore Designer Series Paper so much I would actually use it for the full background panel on a card! Those who follow my blog will know I have an aversion to too much DSP, partly because I don’t like cutting into beautiful patterns lol!

Seaside Shore from Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC411

 

I used Dapper Denim, Mint Macaron and Calypso Coral which are all core colours in the paper for stamping my fish, seaweed and the sentiment. What do you think? I kind of like it!

Hope you head over and check out what the rest of the design team have made. They are a lovely bunch of very talented ladies, so I’m sure you be impressed and inspired!

Thanks for stopping by!

Water coloured Watercolour Wings from Stampin’ Up! #CCMC410

Water coloured Watercolour Wings from Stampin’ Up! #CCMC410

It’s another colour challenge this week over at Create with Connie & Mary #CCMC410. I left my card to the last minute this time, as I was busy prepping for my end of month class and then Open House on Saturday for the launch of the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue, but as I’d seen the colours a few weeks in advance I was quietly confident I wouldn’t have any trouble coming up with something!

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I mean what could be tough about two of my go to colours – Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight – teamed up with Kraft/Crumb Cake??? Well that will teach me to not be so cocky about it in future! I am not 100% happy with it.

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  1. I decided on a Kraft card base and then decided on soft watercolour butterflies for the background;
  2. I spritzed the water colour paper with water and allowed it to soak in for a few moments before stamping Daffodil Delight butterflies from Watercolor Wings. I stamped off first onto scrap paper and lightly spritzed the stamp before stamping;
  3. I dried the watercolour paper with my heat gun and then stamped the butterfly detail in Bermuda Bay – again I stamped off first and then spritzed with water before drying with the heat gun again;
  4. I then mounted the water colour paper onto Bermuda Bay matt. I decided to go for a quirky side matt and I rounded the top left and bottom right of all pieces of card stock using the corner rounder  on my envelope punch board;
  5. I added the Gold Metallic Twine under the Bermuda Bay and Vellum butterflies and added the sentiment from Thoughtful Banners;
  6. I felt the card was lacking something so I added the sliver of gold glimmer paper to form the butterfly’s body and antennae and I splattered gold Wink of Stella all over the card before finishing of with a couple of gold sequins!

I like the individual elements of the card but I’m not completely happy with it assembled together! It was, however, too late to start again from scratch!

Oh well we live and learn. Maybe I should have used Crumb Cake in the water colouring too? If it bugs me enough I will have another go at it and show you what I come up with! 😊

Please do pop over and see what the rest of the design team has come up with. They’ve all made super cards to inspire you!

Pop of Paradise from Stampin’ Up! for #CCMC409

Pop of Paradise from Stampin’ Up! for #CCMC409

It’s Thursday again, which means it’s time for this week’s challenge from Create with Connie & Mary! This week is a sketch challenge – phew! I do find them easier than the Colour Challenges, but then I guess the clue is in the word challenge and they are meant to encourage us to step out of our comfort zones after all! 🙂

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So it’s a great sketch isn’t it? But of course I can not just follow it can I? Oh no! I had to rotate it 90 degrees clockwise, so I could get it to work with the flamingo image from Pop of Paradise!

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I knew instantly I saw the sketch I would use Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper for the banners, which then led me to use Pop of Paradise from Stampin’ Up! as the stamp set for the image and the button!

I heat embossed the flamingo in white embossing powder onto watercolour paper, then water coloured  Melon Mambo around him using the ink refill bottle and an Aqua painter. The Hello sentiment is simply stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, with some gold metallic thread and gold sequins to finish it off – what do you think? I hope you like it!

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Please do pop over and see what the rest of the design team have come up with this week. They are a lovely group of talented ladies and have created some fantastic projects for you to see!

Swirly Bird from Stampin’ Up! #CCMC408

Swirly Bird from Stampin’ Up! #CCMC408

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It’s Thursday and time for another challenge over at Create with Connie and Mary! This week it is a colour challenge and I really loved the selection this week. I knew I wanted to use Swirly Bird from Stampin’ Up! for the challenge this week as I love those bigs swirls and all the little detail stamps that come with the set. It’s going to be a favourite I can tell!

I had the idea for my first card in my head and happily stamped it out, but then I felt a bit meh about the result. The second card I messed up the sentiment as I’d over inked my ink pad! I then decided I wanted to use a coloured card base like I had on the first card but I liked the stamping from the second card. So I combined the two and this is what I ended up with!

Swirly Bird from Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC408

  1. Start with a So Saffron card base (10.5cm x 14.8cm/5-13/16″ x 4-1/4″ folded dimensions)  and scored 3 lines at 1/4″ from the middle on the front;
  2. Cut the card front to 9.5cm x 14.8cm/ 3-3/4″ x 5-3/4″;
  3. Ink up the larger swirl in So Saffron then stamped off on scrap paper before stamping onto the card front;
  4. Stamp the smaller swirls and flowers in So Saffron randomly over the top;
  5. Stamp the leaves and branch line in Mint Macaron;
  6. Stamp the legs of the bird on top of the branch in Blushing Bride;
  7. Stamp the bird’s body in Blushing Bride onto scrap card and cut out;
  8. Stamp the sentiment from Thankful Thoughts in Basic Black/Memento Tuxedo Black;
  9. Adhere the card front to the card base;
  10. Pop a dimensional under the bird and adhere above the legs!

And here’s the first card I made in case you’re wondering. I’m not sure what I don’t like about it as I suppose it’s okay really isn’t it? Hmmm???

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Well that’s it from me for today. Please do pop by to see what the other members of the Create with Connie and Mary design team have come up with – you won’t be disappointed I promise! 🙂

 

Remarkable You for Connie & Mary Sketch Challenge

Remarkable You for Connie & Mary Sketch Challenge #CCMC407

It’s Thursday which means it’s time for Create with Connie & Mary! I really loved today’s challenge. As soon as I saw the sketch I knew I was going to incorporate the flower into the strips somehow!

 

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The card I came up with was this one, which is my usual clean and simple style!

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I think I still had the greys from last week’s colour challenge on my mind, so I went with a Basic Grey card base to create a stark contrast with the simplicity of the front panel.

The card was quick to come together:

  1. I coloured the stamp from Remarkable You with marker pens, so I could have green for the stem and leaf and pink for the petals. I used a mix of Garden Green and Always Artichoke for the stem/leaf and Melon Mambo for the petals and stamped onto the whisper white card front;
  2. I recoloured the stamp and stamped onto a scrap of whisper white card stock;
  3. I cut the scrap of whisper white into strips and then lined them up over the top of the card front image but didn’t stick them down yet;
  4. I stamped the sentiment from the new Thoughtful Thanks stamp set – coming soon!
  5. Once I had the sentiment stamped, I sprayed the card front with Melon Mambo ink – you can do this with a brush with ink by tapping it over a finger onto the card front;
  6. I then stuck the card front to the card base;
  7. Finally I popped the 3 strips onto dimensionals and adhered them on top of the card and added some sequins from the metallics sequins selection;

And that was all there was to it! Simple!! And I love it – yay! 😊

Please do pop over and check out all the other fantastic projects that the design team have come up with this week. Even better – why not join us? Trust me it is great fun!

Thanks for stopping by x

 

Colour Challenge using Stampin’ Up! Products #CCMC406

Colour Challenge using Stampin’ Up! Products #CCMC406 – Create with Connie & Mary

Yes it’s Thursday and it’s time for a Colour Challenge using Stampin’ Up! Products! This week the challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary (#CCMC406) is to use the colours Crumb Cake/Kraft, Basic Gray and Smoky Slate!

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Wow – a difficult combination this time around! I instantly thought masculine card when I saw this combo, but then I stopped and thought about how I could do something a bit more feminine! I think I pulled it off – what do you think?

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I thought butterflies work in any colour and decided to create a simple card using an old favourite that I haven’t used in a while! I am very happy to say this set is carrying over to the new catalogue!

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  • Card Stock: Whisper White and Basic Gray;
  • Designer Series Paper: Neutrals DSP Stack;
  • Stamp Sets: Papillon Potpourri, Thankful Thoughts (new);
  • Ink Pads: Basic Gray, Crumb Cake and Smoky Slate;
  • Embellishments: Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

So what do you think? Do you think you can make something feminine out of these colours, or would you stick to a masculine card? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Please do pop over and see what the rest of the design team have come up with and why don’t you join us for the challenge? I would love to see what you come up with! And it’s great fun! 😊

Create with Connie & Mary #CCMC404

Create with Connie & Mary #CCMC404

It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for the weekly challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary #CCMC404. This week it’s a colour challenge!

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The card I’ve ended up with is the third card I made. The other two just didn’t cut the mustard! I don’t know why, but I was determined to make my own background for the card, using the colours in the challenge. I tried different sized stripes in all 3 colours using masking tape and sponges, but I didn’t like the end result. I then tried making my own plaid background but that ended in disaster too 😂.

So then I decided to only use two of the colours for the background. And then I thought dots and circles would be good!  I settled on the Calypso Coral and Smoky Slate and used two pencils with erasers on the end and my Calypso Coral ink pad to make the dots. I then decided to use the open circles from the new Playful Backgrounds stamp set with the Smoky Slate to stamp over the top of the dots. Amazingly some of the randomly stamped dots lined up with the circles!

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I dyed a piece of White Baker’s Twine Night of Navy on my ink pad – I had over filled it and so I thought this was a good way of using up some of the excess ink. It took a while to dry, but when it was, I wrapped it around my background panel and adhered the panel to a piece of Night of Navy card stock. The baker’s twine unfortunately looks black in the photo but it doesn’t in real life!

I stamped the sentiment from Tin of Cards in Night of Navy and cut it out, along with a mat of Calypso Coral card stock, using the Tags and Labels Framelits Dies and mounted it over the middle of the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For once I’m really happy with a card I’ve made for a colour challenge! Woohoo! Hope you like it too!

Measurements:

Card Base: Whisper White A5 folded in half / Half Letter folded in half

Night of Navy Layer – 10cm x 14.3cm / 3 7/8″ x 5 10/16″

Whisper White card front 9.5cm x 13.8cm / 3 3/4″ x 5 7/16″

I hope I’ve inspired you to try out the colour challenge. Pop over and see what the rest of the design team have made for more inspiration and do please play along! It’s great fun!

 

Another Stampin’ Up! Colour Combination Challenge #CCMC402

Another Stampin’ Up! Colour Combination Challenge for Create with Connie & Mary #CCMC402

I’m back with another challenge for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge Design Team. This week it is a colour challenge using the Stampin’ Up! Colour combination of Mint Macaron, Lost Lagoon and Soft Suede.

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I love all these colours and didn’t think I would have any problems with them! And I had an idea in my mind using DSP and coloured card stock galore but try as I might I just couldn’t get it to work. And the more I tried the further away I got, from something I was happy with!

I seem to have a mental block when it comes to colour combinations and if I try to use a whole panel of colour via a designer series paper or a piece of card stock I get stuck and don’t know what to do with the rest of the card! I have noticed that I have a tendancy to go even more minimalistic and clean and simple than usual, when I’m faced with a colour challenge! Strange!!

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Anyway, this is what I came up with!

  1. I stamped the grid and tea cup/coffee cup rings from Timeless Textures in Soft Suede ink onto the Whisper White card front and then stamped ink splats from Gorgeous Grunge in Lost Lagoon over the top.
  2. The sentiment is from Another Thank You and is stamped in Soft Suede and then mounted onto a small piece of Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper in Mint Macaron underneath it, all over the top of some Gold Metallic thread.
  3. I stamped the butterfly from Kinda Eclectic in Mint Macaron and punched it out using the Itty Bitty Butterfly Punch and stuck it over the gold thread.
  4. Finally I used a piece of Soft Suede Designer Series paper from the Neutrals DSP 12×12″ stack and mounted the card front onto that to create the border, before mounting the whole thing onto a card base.

I know it looks super easy, and seriously now I have the design I could recreate this again in 5 minutes, but trust me a whole lot of effort went into this card 😂. I do love it though – it’s always great feeling coming up with a design I’m happy with when I’ve felt challenged!

I hope you like it to and be sure to check out the rest of the design team’s projects this week over at Create with Connie & Mary! And please do join us and play along!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Thank You Card using more Stampin’ Up! product #CCMC401

Thank You Card using more Stampin’ Up! product #CCMC401

It’s time for the next challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary. I don’t know where the week has gone – it’s just flown by! Even with the Bedlam Brothers off school! Ha ha ha – they are lovely really! 😉 This week it’s a sketch challenge and I created another thank you card using more Stampin’ Up! product!

 

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I wasn’t really thinking colour scheme when I came up with my card, but I actually love how the colours I ended up with work well together.

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I started with my embossed (or debossed??) panel for the background. I wanted a subtle background which is why I used the reverse as the polka dots look softer this way. That led me to using Smoky Slate for the next piece and then soft sky for the banner. Once I had those two colours then Daffodil Delight seemed the obvious choice to me. I am using spring like images and colours an awful lot at the moment – maybe I’m trying to single handedly banish winter lol!

The flower is of course from the Botanical Builders Framelits as is the leaf cut using old olive. And finally the sentiment is from my old faithful Another Thank You.

Please do go and check out all the other cards from the wonderful design team and do have a go. It’s great fun – I promise! 😀