Thursday, June 22, 2017

Weathered Hardwood Sea Birds ~ CCMC463, PP349

Hello fellow stampers!  Create with Connie and Mary is back with another case the catalog challenge!  I've had a bunch of fun with these challenges.  I used the layout as inspiration for my card this week.  I'm also entering it into The Paper Players feathered friends challenge.  I know my card isn't real clean and simple, but I like it that way!  
I started out with this piece of yellow dsp from the color theory stack.  This was a left over piece from a project I did a couple weeks ago.  I stamped it with my Hardwood stamp in crumb cake ink.  I like the look of weathered wood it gives.  I also stamped the seagulls directly onto the dsp in early espresso stamped off one time.  The little chunk of blue paper is also from Color Theory.  I stamped the main beach scene with various stamps from the set {High Tide}.  I added a little strip of Early Espresso punched with new Ticket Tear border punch.  
Lastly, I stamped the Early Espresso background piece with the wave stamp from {High Tide}.  I like the extra "texture" it adds.

I hope you'll join us in this week's challenge.  Just upload your project to the Create with Connie and Mary facebook page!
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Hey Friend! CCMC462, PP348

Hey friends!  It's time for another Create with Connie and Mary challenge!  The whole month of June is dedicated to casing the new catty.  This week we were challenged to case either the layout or color combo on this card from page 43.  I chose to go with the layout and use the color combo for The Paper Players this week.  The colors are really fresh and fun!
I used new products as well as some oldies that made the cut into the new catalog.  The new is the Lovely Words thinlits, Color Theory DSP, and Eastern Palace DSP.  Older products that I used are the Petal Burst EF, paper doily, Jar of Love stamp set, and some Wink of Stella (on the word's hard to see in the photo).

I totally love how this turned out and will definitely use this layout again in the future!  Although now that I'm looking at it I see that I have my big banner tipping the opposite direction from the inspiration one...oops!  

I hope you'll find time to play along with us.  Just add your card to the Create with Connie and Mary page over on Facebook!
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Rustic Delightful Daisy ~ HSS266, CTS225

Hey stampers!  Hand Stamped Sentiments is back with a new inspiration challenge.  Inspiration challenges happen to be among my favorite and this one totally rocks!  I love all the worn, weathered woods along with the pretty white and yellow flowers!
I also used CAS(E) this sketch to help me out with my design.  
I started with a piece to Color Theory DSP in Daffodil Delight.  I stamped over the top of it with my Hardwood stamp inked in Crumb Cake.  I also sponged a little more Crumb Cake on top to make it look a little more distressed.  The piece of Crumb Cake was run through the Big Shot with the Hexagons Dynamic folder rubbed with Crumb Cake ink.   

For the Daisy, I stamped it twice in White craft ink and embossed it with gold embossing powder.  I layered them together and stamped the center of the flower with Daffodil Delight.  The daisy is perched on another piece of DSP from Color Theory, which I distressed.  Lastly, I tied a bit of Linen Thread around to add to the rustic feel and stamped the cute sentiment from {Eastern Beauty} stamp set below the daisy.  

I hope you'll play along with us at HSS!  Remeber that our challenges always run for two weeks.
Thanks for taking a peek and I always appreciate your comments!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Daper Denim Daisy Case ~ CCMC461

Welcome to our second Case The Catalog Challenge at Create with Connie and Mary.  We could either use the color combo or the layout of the card on page 18 of the new catalog.  I chose to go with the layout and used two new sets....Daisy Delight and Eastern Beauty.  I also used some cool paper from the DSP stack called Color Theory.  Also featured on this card are two new in-colors...Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst.  I paired them with Daper Denim.  I love the cracked paint look paper from the Color Theory pack.  

We look forward to having you join us via the Create with Connie and Mary Facebook page!  
Thanks for taking a peek and as always I appreciate you comments!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Nailed It 60 ~ CCMC460

Hello stampers!  Welcome to something new from Create with Connie and Mary!  For the next month we will be CASEing the new catalog!  This is going to be so much fun! 
This week we were challenged to use either the color scheme or the layout from this card on page 30 of the 2017-18 catalog.  I chose to go with the layout.  I needed a 60th birthday card for my uncle who's having a party on Saturday.  We are excited to celebrate with him and of course he needs a special card from me!  

I'm sad that they didn't carry the {Nailed it} set over from the occasions catalog into the new's such a great masculine set.  I figured I'd give it another go before it retires.  Of course I'm not getting rid of it, but it's sad when sets retire.  

Pop on over to the CCMC blog and check out my fellow designers cards.  They are all pretty amazing!  Then, create your own design and post it on the Create with Connie and Mary Facebook page.
Thanks for taking a peek and as always I appreciate your comments!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Eastern Beauty Flower ~ HSS265, Inkspire302

Hello!  Hand Stamped Sentiments has kicked off another two week challenge....this time a sketch.  It's so lovely and simple.  I needed a bit more inspiration so I chose to use the colors from Inkspire Me Challenge 302.

I just love the "spray" looking stamp from the Eastern Beauty stamp set and I chose to use it like leaves to a flower.  I also love that the dies are so versatile in this bundle.  There are tons of combinations to use, but I like the one that looks like a flower.  I especially love that the middle of the petals can pop up giving extra character.  

I hope you'll join us over at Hand Stamped Sentiments over the next two weeks to participate in our challenge!
Thanks for taking a peek!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Feather Together ~ CCMC459

Create with Connie and Mary has a cool sketch challenge for you this week!  Here's my take on the sketch.
I used Feather Together (which made the cut into the new catalog) and Eastern Palace suite die and stamp set.

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Daisy Wildflowers and Copper ~ CCMC458

Hello stampers!  We've got a new color challenge at Create with Connie and Mary this week!
I've finally gotten my goodies from the new catalog preorder and these fun little wild flowers are from the set called {Daisy Delight}.  I like the simplicity and delicateness of them. 
I stamped them directly onto a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and filled in the top with a strip of vellum with the Thank You words from the same set.  I embossed those with Copper EP.  To keep with the copper theme, I backed my wildflower panel with some Copper Foil paper.  The whole thing is perched on a background of Watermelon Wonder DSP.  The words on the DSP are white, so I ran a sponge with So Saffron ink ever so lightly over them to make them more vanilla.  

To tie in the Night of Navy I added a Pretty Petals embossed strip.  Lastly, I tucked a little bit of the vanilla side of a lace doily.  

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Graduation Party! ~ HSS264, AYSI149

Hello there stampers and welcome to another Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge!  We've got a yummy color trio to inspire you this time!  They seem so summery, don't they?
I'm smack in the middle of graduation card making, so that's where my mind went.  I also used the sketch challenge from As You See It to help me along.  I figured these colors lent themselves well for party balloons and what's graduation without balloons?  Boring, I say!

We hope you'll join us for our two week color challenge!  
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Congrats Grad ~ CCMC457

Hello stampers!  Create with Connie and Mary is back with a sketch challenge this week! 
Graduation season is upon us and we are getting ready to celebrate my son's high school grad in just about 10 days!  I am in full on grad card mode.  I know that some of these stamps are retired, but I feel like there isn't really a good graduation set in the current catalog....and really, how many graduation stamp sets does one need.  I combined a few sets to make this card:  Pure Gumption, Bravo, Gorgeous Grunge, Timeless Textures, and Thoughtful Banners.
With the masculine looking DSP I thought I would keep the card masculine.  

I embossed the words and grad cap on stitched circles and then stamped over them with various texture stamps.  I feel like these are pretty masculine as well.  

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!  We home to see you playing along with our challenge!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

White Watercolor ~ CCMC456c

Hello stampers!  It's Create with Connie and Mary time again and it's color week!  Isn't this an interesting trio?  
I have always admired the white coloring on Crumb Cake technique and I thought it might be fun to try it out to see how it would work on Tip Top Taupe.  I'm so pleased with the way it came out!  In fact this was exactly what I had pictured in my head!  
I stamped two Birthday Blooms images in Early Espresso ink and then took a blender pen, dipped it in a little craft white ink and colored in the entire flower and leaf image.  After it dried I went back over it with another blender pen and Mint Macaron and Old Olive ink.  I love, love, love the way it came out!  I layered it on a piece of Old Olive cardstock, then some Mint Macaron DSP from an older Christmas pack and the whole thing was mounted to a Mint Macaron base.   

I finished it off with some linen thread tied around the side and popped up the Dear Friend stitched oval in the center.  

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Fresh Jar of Love ~ HSS263, SS441

Hello stampers and welcome to my blog featuring the newest challenge from Hand Stamped Sentiments!  We have a picture inspiration for you to play along with this time and oh, isn't it refreshing and cool looking!  It makes me want summer to get here quick!  
I was inspired by the colors in the photos and used my new set {Jar of Love}.  I know, I know, I'm really late to the party with this set!  I noticed it was not retiring so I figured I should finally own it, along with the matching framelits.  It was so fun to play with and I had a great time creating this card.
I usually like to find a sketch or another source of inspiration when creating, so I used Sketch Saturday's challenge #441 which was a sketch archive challenge.  You can browse through any of their archived sketches and pick the one that suits you!  I chose a sketch from October 2014 #330.

This card also features two important colors.  One brand new in-color and one out going in-color.
The outgoing is Watermelon Wonder, which I used to stamp the dark accent on the large flower.  I'll miss this color as it works as the perfect dark accent to Flirty Flamingo.  The second is the brand new Lemon Lime Twist.  I wasn't sure about this color when I first saw it but oh my, is it ever fun!  It's nice and bright and fresh!
I've used a strip of Lemon Lime Twist DSP from the new Eastern Palace specialty paper pack.  It pairs perfectly with these bright, summery colors of Flirty Flamingo and Tempting Turquoise. 

I hope you'll play along with us at Hand Stamped Sentiments and remember, this challenge runs for two weeks!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Best Mother Penned and Painted ~ CCMC455, JUGS390

Hey there stampers!  Welcome to my blog featuring this weeks Create with Connie and Mary sketch challenge!  I also used the inspiration photo from Just Us Girls #390.  I was mostly inspired by the colors.  

Mothers Day is quickly approaching and I thought this card was certainly pretty enough to fit into that theme....I mean, what mother doesn't like pretty flowers?  
I lightly stamped the outline flower image vertically down the left side of the card to fit the vertical strip from the sketch.  I also used a piece of the Irresistibly Floral Specialty paper, sponged it with Smokey Slate ink and then layered the flowers, stamped with Melon Mambo ink on top.  I think the diamond pattern on the specialty paper sort of looks like a trellis.    
Lastly, I stamped the "best mother ever" greeting from {And Many More} in Basic Gray ink and then added some white enamel dots. 

Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: Penned and Painted, And Many More
Ink: Smokey Slate, Basic Gray, Cucumber Crush, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight
Paper: White, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Irresistibly Floral Specialty
Accessories: White perfect accents

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Happiness Always Sheltering Tree ~ CCMC454, WWC115

Hello stampers and happy Thursday!  That means it's time for another Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!  What a fun color combo we have too!  I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with using this combo!  I also used the spring theme inspiration from Watercooler Wednesday for my card.

This was actually the third card I created for this color combo....I love these three colors and felt like the other two cards I made just didn't do them justice.  :(

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!