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April 24, 2014


Good Morning Stampers! First I want to start off by apologizing for our Create with Connie & Mary Challenge website. As some of you are probably aware, our Create with Connie and Mary blog has been down on and off this past week. This is an issue with Typepad being under cyber hacker attacks and not something we were able to control. So we are not taking a chance that this will not be fixed with another challenge this week and will be showing you a blog hop instead with all of our designers participating. Make sure you hop along....

If you've arrived here from Deb Currier's blog, wasn't her project awesome? She is the queen of clean & simple in my eyes! If you are starting off with me, I will have the link at the bottom of my post for your next stop!

What a milestone today for Create with Connie & Mary! We have reached 300 challenges! I could not remember how long ago I started designing with this wonderful team so I went back and reviewed and I am almost at 4 years! Wow time flies! So I have a rewind for you....back on November 4, 2010 this was my very first submission to the design team with a sketch challenge:

I was still in the learning stages of designing by using a sketch or a color challenge. My photography skills were not that great either, another learning experience over the years. It's always funny to go back and see how you've improved over the years and you know what, challenges are the best way to learn from others and to experiment. I hope you will join us this week as we have beautiful colors for our color challenge:

My Card for this week:

I was late in purchasing the "Stippled Blossoms" stamp set. Love that this is a two-step stamp set. You ink your flower stamp in a lighter color for the base of the flowers and leaves and add detail with a darker shade of ink with the 2nd stamp:

And I added a scrunched up piece of Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon by using Sticky Strip and pressing the ribbon in place and then adding a double bow:

Now it's time to hop on over to Lisa Martz's blog and I'm sure you will be pleasantly surprised as her cards are always awesome!

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April 23, 2014

Rectangular Pop-Up Box Card!

I changed things up a bit for today's project. I hope you don't mind....I don't think you will! I decided to play around with a different box size for the Pop-Up Box Card and make it rectangular instead of square:

And since spring has arrived for most of you and finally here in Maine, I thought adding some Punch Art daffodils was in order. I made this card a few weeks ago when Sale-A-Bration was still going on so the stamped image I used is no longer available. I had actually planned on using this image and coordinating the flowers with it:

Each flower has 3 layers punched with the Petite Petals Punch. I used a stylus on the top flower to shape it. I also colored some Rhinestone Jewels with an orange Permanent marker:

Here are the dimensions for the card:

  Decorative Layers:
  • Backdrop Panel: 4" x 3 7/8" (you can also add one on the back of this panel in white for leaving a note and signing, optional)
  • Bottom of box 3 sides: 3 7/8" x 1 1/4", 7/8" x 1 1/4" (2)
  • Flaps: 3 7/8" x 2 1/2", 7/8" x 2 1/2" (2)
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April 22, 2014

Weekly Deals and Paper Pumpkin Pre-paid Subscriptions!

Two new Stampin' Up! announcements today!

Here are the Weekly Deals for this week:

And starting tomorrow, April 23rd. You will be able to purchase Paper Pumpkin pre-paid subscriptions! Mother's Day just around the corner, it's a great time to take advantage of these prepaid subscriptions that can be bought as gifts. It's the gift that keeps on giving!

Here's some information about the subscription program:
  • Paper Pumpkin Hostess Benefits: You can add prepaid subscriptions to workshop orders, which means the hostess can earn benefits on Paper Pumpkin!  If you host a workshop in the future, you will earn benefits on all prepaid subscriptions ordered.
How It Works
  • When you place your order, you'll receive an e-mail with instructions on how to redeem the prepaid subscription.
  • Then go to www.mypaperpumpkin.com and enter the redemption code.
  • You'll start enjoying your monthly Paper Pumpkin project kit the very next month.
  • You will have the option to add in your payment information when redeeming your prepaid subscription so you'll get to continue receiving your monthly kit after your prepaid subscription ends. You don't have to put in your payment information if you don't want to.

Click the link below to go to my Online Store to purchase starting tomorrow!
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Event Display Stampers Contest!

We all at Stampin' Up! are gearing up for our annual convention which will take place in July this year in Utah. Dave and I will be making the trip this year. I am all registered and I am so excited that I will be attending my first convention to coincide with my 5 year Anniversary. We are also making a vacation out of our trip. We will be renting a car and driving to Hoover Dam, Vegas and the Grand Canyon with other stops in-between.

Today's post is all about some of my favorite projects. I am entering these projects for a contest through Stampin' Up! for a chance to be chosen to be a part of creating for their display boards. The contest requires me to post three card fronts (standard card size), one scrapbook page, and two 3D items. Are you ready to see what I'm submitting for this chance? Come along and tell me what you think!

Project #1: My Digital Studio Scrapbook Page:

This is my 6 year-old granddaughter Kaitlynn last summer. Dave and I took her fishing for the day and we had such a good time. Don't you just love her "Spongebob" water shoes? All files used are from Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio.

Project #2: Pop-Up Butterfly Card:

This was a very popular card I posted a few months ago. Pinterest went crazy on me! I was challenged by my stamping girls one day, to create a card featuring a cluster of butterflies from an inspiration photo they sent me. The top photo is the card front and the bottom is the inside which pops out to reveal the cluster of butterflies:

Project #3: Hexagon meets Petite Petals & Flower Shop:

I used my Brayer on this card front with two ink colors and then popped up the Hexagon Hive using Stampin' Dimensionals over the color. How easy to have coordinating punches and stamp sets to cut everything out for us to use on our cards!

Project #4: Pop-Up Card Box:

This card fold has been so popular in blogland. I love how you fill the box with anything you want and fold it closed for mailing! This was a card I had my Downline make at our quarterly meeting last month.

Project #5: Terracotta Pot filled with Spiral Flowers:

How easy to create flowers when Stampin' Up! has a Spiral Flower Die to cut the paper all out for you. So much fun!

Project #6: Burlap & Butterfly Wreath:

You know how I just love to re-purpose and re-use...before I completed my Burlap & Blooms Wreath Kit a few months ago, I traced the wreath form using the cardboard that was included in the kit to make a 2nd wreath. You all know my love of butterflies as you can tell by my projects today. I cut the cardboard and decorated it with butterflies, burlap, leaves, pearls and ribbon!

I hope you have enjoyed my projects. I will be submitting my application today and will let you know if I am chosen. I would be so honored! Thanks Stampin' Up! for giving me this chance!
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April 21, 2014

Merry Monday #105!

Hi Stampers, welcome to our new challenge this week at Merry Monday! If you started joining us right after Christmas in creating a card each week, you should now have 17 cards all ready for December. What a great way to add to your stash of Christmas cards so you don't have to stress when all of the demands of the busy holiday season are upon us.

This week Sue has a great challenge for us:

I had so much fun with this card:

In order to fit my Ho-Ho-Ho letters, I made the card long enough to fit a #10 envelope. If you would like to make a card this size, start out with a piece of cardstock measuring 9 1/2" x 8". Score in the center at 4" and fold. I then cut off a 1/2" strip from the bottom and set this piece aside. Cut another 1" strip off the same end and discard to your scraps.

Decorate your card front as desired. I used Flowering Flourishes for my stamp set and added the background images. I added some stamping to the 1/2" strip of cardstock as well. Now you are ready to glue your letters in place. Make sure when you do this that you position your 1/2" strip to line up at the very bottom of your card base so the bottom sides are even. Add glue to the very tips of the tops and bottoms of your letters and press in place. I added a layer of Whisper White Cardstock to the inside of the card that measures 3 3/4" x 9 1/4".

I added some punch art flowers to some of the background swirls and to some of the letters. All flowers are cut with the Boho Blossoms Punch and layered with two pieces using Stampin' Dimensionals. I pinched the petals on the top layer to create the fullness of the flowers.
Here's a close-up of the lettering:
I used Red Glimmer Paper and it is so shimmery in person. I hope you enjoyed my card for our challenge today. Make sure you visit Merry Monday  to view all of the projects by our Merry Makers. Did you know we also have a Facebook page? Come on over and "LIKE" us! We post all of our projects there all week long! Here is the link: Merry Monday Facebook
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