Thursday, May 26, 2016

Playful Lilies ~ CCMC408

Well, well, we are!  Another Create with Connie and Mary has rolled around and it's color challenge week!  I love a good color challenge and this one is so pretty!  These colors are soft and beautiful and were screaming out to me to be made into flowers!  LOL! 
Believe it or not, this is a brand-new-to-me set.  I've hemmed and hawed around and admired many a card made with this {Remarkable You} set.  Finally, after seeing it was going to be around for at least another year (in the new catalog) I made the leap and ordered it.  Boy, am I glad I did!  It can go casual or more formal as well!  
I watercolored the pair of Cala Lilies with my aquapainter and Blushing Bride ink.  I painted the stamen So Saffron.  The leaves were colored with Mint Macaron.  I fussy cut everything out and mounted it on a So Saffron Tag.  The whole thing is layered on a base of BRAND NEW designer paper from a stack called Playful Palette.  I just love this cool crosshatch/plaid black and cream pattern.   

I also added a layer of Wink of Stella to each flower and the leaves.  It adds such an elegant sparkle.  
Lastly I added a healthy sprinkling of black sequins and rhinestones.  I figured on giving this away as a wedding card, so the more sparkle the better! :)
The "Congrats" sentiment is from {Cottage Greetings}.

The whole thing is tied together with some Blushing Bride cotton ribbon.

I stamped the lillies again on the inside of the card and also the greeting "Wishing You Ridiculous Amounts of Happiness" from {Cottage Greetings}.

Here's a list of my supplies.....
Stamps: Remarkable You, Cottage Greetings
Ink: Stazon Black, Blushing Bride, So Saffron, Mint Macaron
Paper: watercolor, Blushing Bride, So Saffron, Black, Vanilla, Playful Palette DSP
Accessories: Metallic Sequins, Blushing Bride cotton ribbon, Rhinestones, Wink of Stella clear

Make sure to check out the other designers fab work at the CCMC site.  
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!


Thursday, May 19, 2016

CONgratUlaTIONS! ~ CCMC407

Happy Thursday everyone!  It's Create with Connie and Mary time again! 
I'm on a roll with graduation cards and figured the "Congratulations" from {Bravo} could be a perfect match-up for my grad card needs and this week's sketch!  
I was also inspired by Libby's card from our sketch challenge two weeks ago.  I loved the black and gray with the pop of pink.  This silver sparkle and shine make it go girly glam, I think.  I love it!

Instead of putting a greeting under the horizontal stripes I added a little dangling star.   

I hope you'll find time to play along with us at CCMC this week!  Hop on over to the blog and check out the creations from the other amazing designers!
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Hip-Hip Shaker ~ HSS238

Hello stampers!  Today is another fabulous Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge!  We have a really cool sketch for you this time around.  
As soon as I laid eyes on this sketch I knew it had to be a shaker!  I love a shaker card!  
I went a route that could be birthday or graduation.  I have need of lots of graduation cards right now, so that's what I'm leaning towards.

My card this week is actually made up of scraps or discarded pieces.  I love it when I can make scrapped pieces useful!
The striped background paper is actually something I was experimenting with and ended up not using it on another project.  I do love the graduated color from dark to light on it!  
The little piece of DSP in the window is another scrap that's been laying on my desk waiting to be used.  It's been there a long time too!

Make sure to hop over to the HSS blog and take a look at the other cards designed by our fabulous team!  There's tons of inspiration.  And as usual, I hope you'll find time to play along with us!  

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day! 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Starfish Dreams ~ CCMC406 & SSINKCS33

Good morning stampers!  It's Create with Connie and Mary Thursday again!  This week is a cool, sort-of monochromatic trio.  I love all the samples the other designers have come up with, too, so check them out here.   I also used the sketch from Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration 33.

Last week I used the rose image from {Picture Perfect} and this week I decided to go with the starfish image.  Maybe next week I'll use the hummingbird...who knows!
I mainly went with the starfish because I thought it worked nicely with the color combination and also went well as a focal point for the sketch.  

I love all the texture on this card in the form of the distressing and embossing.  The starfish image itself gives lots of texture illusion, so I played off of that!

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Picture Perfect Shabby Chic ~ CCMC405

Hey stampers!  It's Thursday....and what does that mean?  Create with Connie and Mary, of course! This week is sketch week.  What do you think of it?  I happen to LOVE this sketch!  I had so much fun creating this fact, this might be my favorite card to date.  At least in my top 5 faves anyway!
I made it with two stamps sets that I finally got around to ordering.  (I do have to admit that getting the sneak peek of the new catalog helped me out a bit!)  {Timeless Textures}, which I used to create the weathered wood look background and {Picture Perfect}.  The wood background was inspired by Dena Rekow, who made this fun video showcasing the weathered wood technique. Dena is so fun and talented and I love watching her videos!

I simply adore the shabby chic look of this card!  It will be perfect for mother's day!
So, aren't these colors just fabulous together!  I can see why they call this set {Picture Perfect}.  That rose looks so realistic!  

Here's a list of my supplies.....
Stamps: Timeless Textures, Picture Perfect
Ink: Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Versamark, Smokey Slate, Sahara Sand
Paper: Pool Party, White, Blushing Bride, gold glimmer
Accessories: Chalk Talk framelits, paper doily, burlap ribbon, white embossing powder, honeycomb embossing folder

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!  

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Split Window Flower ~ HSS237

Isn't this just a wonderful color combination we have for you this time at Hand Stamped Sentiments?
It's so fresh and vibrant, just ready for your spring themed card!  Since Mothers Day is right around the corner, that's the theme that I was going for.  This is going to be for my mom.  She is such a blessing to me and I don't know what I'd do without her! 

I tried the no line watercolor technique's so much fun!  I just love the look it gives.  It makes you look like a true artist!

I hope you find time to join us at Hand Stamped Sentiments!  
I'm looking forward to seeing the work in the gallery!  As always, make sure you check out all the other fabulous designers blogs and share the love with them!  We love to hear from you!
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Big Blossoms ~ CCMC404

Hello!  It's Thursday again and that means Create with Connie and Mary has a brand new challenge!  It's color week and I love this combo!!!

I started by inking the chevron stamp from {Work of Art} in Versamark ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder on the navy cardstock.  I love the tone on tone this gives.  I added these 2 big blossoms from Floral Frames Framelits.  I cut the centers of the flowers from the Smokey Slate Neutrals designer paper and then also cut the Hello from some Silver Glimmer paper.  I tied more of the silver in by adding some silver thread circles.  I don't do this embellishment nearly's fun and neat looking!  Lastly, I set the small navy butterfly from the Bold Butterfly Framelits on top of the blossoms.  The whole thing is layered on a peice of script Smokey Slate neutrals stack DSP and finished off with a Calypso Coral card base.   

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!