Thursday, August 27, 2015

Peaceful Scene ~ CCMC370

Hey stampers!  It's Create with Connie and Mary Thursday and we've got a super fun color challenge for you this week!
Aren't these colors gorgeous together?

This was a chance for me to play with my new goodies from the Holiday Catalog again.  I brayered Pool Party ink directly onto the Woodland embossing folder and ran it through my big shot.  Next, I stamped the little bird from {Sprinkles of Life} in Watermelon Wonder ink and stamped it on Watermelon Wonder cardstock.  I punched it out with the coordinating Tree Builder punch and adhered the bird to a branch using a mini glue dot.  
Next, I added a strip of Black Glimmer paper, which is also new in the Holiday Catalog, and some black bakers twine.  I topped it off with a partial Word Window punch with the sentiment "Peace" from {Happy Scenes}.  A pearl completes the nice little scene.  
This card was so fast to complete.....It could be a contender for my Christmas card this year!

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

My First HSS Team Design! HSS219

Hello everyone!  I am so please to announce that I am now part of the Hand Stamped Sentiments design team!  I'm thrilled! 
Our challenges are every two weeks, and this times challenge is an inspiration photo brought to us by Linda Gilmore.  I chose to "hop" on the lily pad photo and use that as my "jumping" off point!  LOL!  I thought I'd throw some from puns in there!    

I've been having a blast with the {You're Sublime} stamp set from the new catalog.  There are just too many cute images to play with!  They just beg to be colored bright and fun!

The main tag panel is Cucumber Crush and for the lily pad I used the fabulous retired Gumball Green.  I thought they complimented each other nicely and were fun frog colors.  The one think I forgot to put on my card was a little lily flower....wish I had remembered because I think it would have "hopped" it up a notch!
I hope you find time to play with us over at Hand Stamped Sentiments!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Opulent Poinsettia ~ CCMC369

Happy Thursday everyone!  It's time for a Create with Connie and Mary Sketch Challenge!  

I was anxious to use some of my new goodies from my Holiday Catalog pre-order, and on this card I'm featuring a set called {Reason for the Season}.  It's got a beautiful two-step stamping poinsettia, which makes it come together in a snap!
My first thought was to place the die cut length wise to mimic the oval in the sketch, but after looking at it I felt like the flower looked better in the horizontal position.  
The background paper is from the fabulous Winter Wonderland specialty DSP pack, as well as the two bottom banners.  This paper is so rich and opulent looking with the gold in it.  The littlest banner was punch from Black Glimmer Paper, which can also be found in the new Holiday Catalog.  The gold sequins are from the metallic sequin assortment, found in the regular catalog. 

I hope you can find some time to play along with us for this weeks challenge!  
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Vibrant You're Sublime ~ CCMC368 & RS176

Good Thursday!  It's time for another Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!  We've got a vibrant color challenge for you this week.  

I wanted to go in a fun direction with these fun colors so I chose to use {You're Sublime}.  This is the first time this little submarine has seen ink and it sure was fun to color!  I used my blender pen and ink pads.  
I also chose to use the sketch 176 from Retro Sketches.  It worked perfect with my little submarine scene!
I do have a small confession to make....I didn't have any Tangerine Tango paper, so I had to go with Pumpkin Pie.  The Pumpkin Pie DSP I used is actually from the retired paper pack Polka Dot Parade.  It's a shade of orange anyway!  There is a little strip of scalloped orange beneath the polka dot piece.  I used the Dotted Scalloped border punch, which now that I look at the new catalog I see has been retired as well.  I'm not doing so hot here.  OOPS!
Let's focus on what IS new or current!  
The Cucumber Crush DSP is from the new Cherry on Top paper stack.  I cut out a circle in Pacific Point CS with my circle die, and then ran it thru the big shot using the new Elegant Dots EF.  I like how it gives kind of a bubble effect.
I fussy cut the cute little submarine and fish after I colored them and popped them up on dimensionals.  I also added some Crystal Effects to the submarine windows.  

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Stained Crystal Blossom~ CCMC367

Hello!  It's Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge time!  This week we have a delightful sketch for you....

I used a really cool technique called Stained Crystal Technique, a tutorial by Deb Valder on YouTube.  It's a really beautiful and fun technique so go ahead and give it a try for yourself!

Make sure you hope over the Create with Connie and Mary blog and check out the other beautiful creations made by my fellow designers!

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Best Thoughts in Plum ~ CCMC366 & MOJO408

Well, time has a way of sneaking around and we find ourselves back at Thursday, which means it's Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge time!  This week is a color challenge....
This sketch is loosely based on Mojo Monday 408.

These colors are very similar to the one's I used on last weeks card, but boy are they pretty!  I'm LOVING the {Best Thoughts} hydrangea flower....isn't it gorgeous!  First I embossed the flower with black embossing powder and then I colored it with a blender pen and ink pads.  Next, I fussy cut the whole thing out.  I needed to incorporate the Sahara Sand some how and tried a few different DSP's, but nothing seemed to work.  I wound up making my own background using the resist technique.  I stamped {Dotty Angles}on white cardstock with Versamark ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I then sponged the whole piece with Sahara Sand ink.  I like the Bokeh effect it gives.  

I added in the fabulous black DSP to enhance the black embossing on the flower.  The ruffled lace ribbon adds a frilly feel.  Lastly, I added a banner sentiment across the stem of the flower and accented it with a gold button with linen thread behind it.  

I also dotted the flower's stamen with my white gel pen.

Be sure to hop on over to the CCMC blog and take a gander at all the other lovely creations made with this nice trio of colors!  
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Purple and Mint Birthday Blossom ~ CCMC365

Hey everybody, it's Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge time again!  It's sketch week...

My card started off with this pretty, little watercolored flower that was lying around my desk, discarded from another project.  It's from {Flower Shop}. I stamped it on watercolor paper and colored it with my Aqua Painter.  I added the leaves, watercolored with Sahara Sand ink, from {Birthday Blossoms}. The sentiment and smaller flowers on the Vanilla oval are also from {Birthday Blossoms}.  For the background banner, I stamped the leaf image on Mint Macaron cardstock in Versamark, embossed it with clear EP and them sponged over the entire thing with Bermuda Bay ink.  I like the depth this technique achieves.  I added a bit of Sahara Sand lace ribbon underneath the banner.  

I also added some Linen Thread behind the flower and leaves and popped the whole thing up on a dimensional.  
For a little extra detail in the center of the flower, I used my white gel pen to add some dots and then ran over the center with my aqua painter to soften them up a bit. 

Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: Birthday Blossoms, Flower Shop
Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Coastal Cabana, Elegant Eggplant
Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Very Vanilla, Mint Macaron, Watercolor, Bohemian DSP
Accessories: Oval Framelits, Pansy punch, Linen Thread, Clear EP, Sahara Sand lace ribbon

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!