Saturday, June 29, 2013

A Summer Collection Sketch

For the next four Saturdays the Designers for the Summer Collection of Create with Connie and Mary will be sharing their interpretations of sketch and color challenges. Everyone can see the cards, but only subscribers can join along. And guess what? When they join they are entered to win prizes--really good prizes!

This sketch is SUPER-DEE-DUPER fabulous and I believe my card is pretty dang awesome. I pulled out the new Modern Medley DSP and the Regarding Dahlias stamp set, both of which are way cool. The black and white papers are gorgeous and that big dahlia image is seriously to die for :0)

So what do you think? And what is your new favorite Stampin' Up! set or paper?

Saturday, June 22, 2013

One Last Chance for Blog Candy

Time has not run out and there is still one last chance for you to win a FREE subscription to the Summer Collection of Create with Connie and Mary.  All you need to do is head over to Connie Babbert's Inkspired Treasures blog and leave her a sweet comment and you will be entered to win!  Are you wondering what the Summer Collection is?  Well, its 24 fabulous EXCLUSIVE projects each with a full color and step by step downloadable tutorial!  

The projects shared through Create with Connie and Mary Summer Collection are only shown to our subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else…so you must be a member to enjoy.  Our projects are perfect for gifts and SU! demo classes and camps.  Early bird special price is going on from now until the end of the dat!  Yes, only ONE MORE DAY to save!  So relax this summer and let Create with Connie and Mary design your projects this summer!

I do have a summer styled Sketched Birthday card to share with you all today.  I have layered a few pieces of Gingham Garden DSP on a card base of Island Indigo and then added images stamped from one of my favorite new sets, Sketched Birthday.  I was feeling creative so I came up with a layout very different from my usual look.  I have one pennant facing left and the other, a bit narrower, facing right.

Friday, June 21, 2013


I can't say it enough that I just love the look of this project!

I call it Quatrefancy Door Decor.  The colors and prints are cheerful and the combination of shapes and textures are whimsical and festive.  The idea for this array of garlands and pennants is to surprise someone you love in the morning of a special day.  You hang it over their bedroom door once they have gone to bed and then in the morning they will be greeted with a sweet surprise that is sure to put a smile their face.

Here is another look at a full view of the doorway.
I have attached all my garlands to a yardstick which is the perfect length to hang over a standard door.  If you don't have a yardstick it would be easy to tie everything to a tension rod.  But don't stop at hanging this eye catching decor over a door.  It's cute over a small window as a valance, or over a mirror, or with your party decor showcasing a dessert display.

In less than two hours I was finished with the door decor and had it up and hanging.  If you click over to Create with Connie and Mary you will find a FREE TUTORIAL for you to download with all the instructions and photos to make this totally fun Quatrefancy Door Decor

Before you leave, here is what you do to enter to win BLOG CANDY…
  • Leave me a comment TODAY, Friday, 6/21/13 and your name is entered into the drawing for a FREE subscription to Create with Connie and Mary Summer Collection.
  • Then be sure to head over to Create with Connie and Mary and download the FULL FREE tutorial with complete directions on how to make the Quatrefancy Door Decor.
Here's the 411 on the Summer Collection...

  • Sign up to be a subscriber for the Create with Connie and Mary Summer Collection and from June 23 through July 20 you will see an EXCLUSIVE project each day, except Saturdays, each with a FULL DOWNLOADABLE tutorial!
  • Sign up by tomorrow Saturday 6/22 and the price is only $19.95…that’s $5 off the regular subscription price of $24.95…DON’T WAIT!


Stamps:  Mosaic Madness

Inks:  Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Slush, and Island Indigo                                                                                               

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Slush, Island Indigo                                                                                               

Accessories:  Quatrefancy DSP, Designer Rosette Bigz XL Die, Perfect Pennants Bigz L Die, 1 ¾” Circle Punch, 1 ¼” Circle Punch, 1” Circle Punch, Mosaic Punch, Regals Designer Buttons, Island Indigo Bakers Twine, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Non SU!:  Yardstick, Hot Glue, Large Needle, Velcro Temporary Hanger

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

More Blog Candy to Give Away!

It's another special day at Create with Connie and Mary and today Debbie Henderson is giving away blog candy.  She hosts an awesome blog all about stampin' with Stampin' Up! products and is again sharing her talents as a Design Team member.  Visit her blog, Debbie's Designs, and leave her a happy message and maybe you will win a FREE subscription to the Summer Collection of Create with Connie and Mary.
For now how about a look at a quick card that I will be sharing at my workshop tomorrow night.  I have used the Hello, Lovely stamp set and a few punches to whip up a fast yet showy thinking of you type of card.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

News Flash

Hello everyone! 
News flash...
you REALLY must go see today's Preview Project over at Create with Connie and Mary--it's SO COOL.  At first I couldn't figure it out (because I don't read) and then it dawned on me how it was made.  Go see...right now...go see!  Let me help, just click here.

Birthday Sketch

It's time again for another fabulous sketch hosted by Hand Stamped Sentiments.  This one is super versatile and streamlined without lots of bits and layers which makes for a starting point for a great card.

I started with a 4 1/4" x 11" Raspberry Ripple card base and then I embossed it with the Lacy Brocade folder.  Then I layered a piece of Birthday Basics DSP and a Very Vanilla panel stamped with an image from Sketched Birthday.  I inked all the images with Stampin' Write Markers which is my MOST favorite technique of all time.  I used colors directly from the DSP; Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green, Summer Starfruit, and Bermuda Bay.  What's super cool about the Sketched Birthday stamp set is that is coordinates with Itty Bitty Banner Framelits.  I love the look of the banners layered over the Gumball Green Artisan Label punched piece.  Do be sure to check out all the fun takes on this sketch over at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

Monday, June 17, 2013

First Free Tutorial and Blog Candy

Today at Create with Connie and Mary we are sharing the first of four FREE tutorials.  Today's tutorial, designed by the amazing Mary Brown, can be found at Create with Connie and Mary. Click over to the site to download your printable tutorial and learn more about our BLOG CANDY.

My card features the fabulous Soho Subway DSP.  I just had fun layering different pieces from the pack and adding bits and pieces.  The tiny greeting comes from the stamp set called Six Sided Sampler. New stuff is so much fun :0)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Six Sided Stampin'

Welcome to my blog and my Six Sided Sampler card post.  Six Sided Sampler is a brand spankin' new set from Stampin' Up! filled with hexagon designs and three petite greetings--it's fabulous.  A bit about the card:

1. Night of Navy card base textured with the Honeycomb TIEF.

2. White doily layered with a piece of Quatrefancy DSP tied with two pieces of Island Indigo Bakers Twine.

3. Six Sided stamp set images stamped on Whisper White card stock with Pool Party and Night of Navy.

4. Bitty Butterflies with Basic Rhinestones and a dusting of Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

It's PREVIEW WEEK at Create with Connie and Mary.  Pop over to their site to learn about how to win some blog candy.  In fact there will be chances all week for blog candy.

Create with Connie and Mary is offering a Summer Collection!  It will include 24 fabulous EXCLUSIVE projects each with a full downloadable tutorial!  AND…by popular request…MORE card sets!

The projects shared through Create with Connie and Mary Summer Collection are only shown to our subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else…so you must be a member to enjoy.  Our projects are perfect for gifts and SU demo classes and camps!
Early bird special is going on from now until June 22nd!  So head over to Create with Connie and Mary and JOIN THE FUN!!!!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Seriously this is the CUTEST baby card.  I love the bright saturated colors and the mix of prints and shapes.  I pulled out my brand new Label Love stamp set and matching Artisan Label Punch along with the 7/8" Scallop Circle and 3/4" Circle Punches for the trio of labels.  Then I layered them on Gingham Garden DSP, a Whisper White panel and a Doffoldil Delight card base--so cute!!!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

HUGE Garage Sale of Stamps!

This Saturday, June 8th
Doors open at 10:00 a.m.
3781 Cherry Ave., San Jose CA 95118

Lots and LOTS of rubber stamps
at AWESOME prices
Card Stock--Designer Series Papers
All kinds of Accessories

Everybody is welcome!

Soho Subway and a Sketch

One of my favorite new DSP packs in the Stampin' Up! Catalog is the Soho Subway pack.  I love the colors and the mix of classic prints with maps and typographical designs.  With that pack in mind I new it perfectly fit this week's sketch challenge over at Create with Connie and Mary.  Pop  over to their site and get in on the sketch action--join in the fun and link up your take on the challenge.

I used the new stamp set called Remembering Your Birthday and the Alphabet Press TIEF, another new favorite of mine.  Along with the ever popular Apothecary Label Framelits I pulled out and included Victoria Crochet ribbon, Basic Pearls, Linen Thread, and the Itty Bitty Punch Pack.

Get ready folks it's time for the EARLY BIRD SPECIAL for an awesome Create with Connie and Mary SUMMER COLLECTION featuring the wonderful things in the NEW Stampin' Up! Catalog! 

So...what's the SUMMER COLLECTION all about?  It's 24 incredible projects EACH with a full downloadable tutorial!  NEW this session by popular request - MORE card sets and projects that can be completed in about 2 hours...perfect for classes and camps!  FREE Preview Projects - June 17 - 22!  Summer Collection runs June 23 through July don't want to miss it!  Relax this summer and let Create with Connie and Mary design your classes for you!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

New Stampin' Up! Catalog Goodies

One of the first new items that struck my fancy was the Alphabet Press TIEF.  I have the folder in my stack of new accessories and love, LOVE it.  For this card I simply ran a piece of Primrose Petals Coredinations card stock through the Big Shot with the folder, gave it a quick sanding and whalla a fabulous background fit for a supertastic greeting stamp.  With a Primrose Petal, Summer Starfruit, Baja Breeze (retired), and Midnight Muse Stampin' Write Marker I inked up my favorite stamp from the Really Good Greetings set.  With a few squeezes of the Designer Series Label punch to make the parenthesis highlighting the text.

This fabulous color palette is a fun one and can be found over at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  Join along in the fun!