Thursday, September 21, 2017

Christmas Blessings Village ~ CCMC476, INKspire Me371

Hello stampers!  Create with Connie and Mary time again and it's sketch week.  I recently got some new holiday stamps and goodies in the mail and was eager to use them.  I really love these Hometown Greetings edgelits dies.  I used the colors from Inkspire Me Challenge #317 and figured the gold glimmer paper would look fantastic behind the cutouts on the buildings.  I love the clean look of the white houses and trees.  I added in a bit of espresso ribbon and gold sequin trim to mimic the diagonal element of the sketch.  Also, the Gently Falling EF ties into the theme nicely.  I used a greeting from Christmas Pines because I felt like all the greetings from the coordinating set to the houses were too big.  


I hope you'll be able to play along with us at the Create With Connie and Mary Facebook page!
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Sail Baby ~ HSS273, TGIF125

Hello friends!  Today starts another challenge from Hand Stamped Sentiments.  We've got three rich colors for you to play with!  I hope to see many of your creations in the gallery.
After searching for inspiration found with TGIF Challenges #125,  I finally decided on this sailboat from Swirly Bird.   The colors are a bit darker and richer than one would probably usually use on a baby card, but I think they work!  
The other fun element to my card is that it's a shaker!  It adds to the fun theme of a baby card.

I added some ribbon and sequins for accents along with the baby sentiment and that was it!

Thanks for taking a peek!  

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Distressed Chicken ~ CCMC475, TGIF124, JAI376

Hello stampers!  It's Thursday, so that mean it's time for another Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!  
At first I didn't think I'd enjoy these colors, but boy was I wrong!  I had a great time putting this card together and enjoyed these colors greatly!  
I used the sketch from TGIF #124 and inspiration from Just Add Ink #376...Just Add "D".  My "D" is distressed.  

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!  

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Joyful Pines ~ CCMC474, Merry Monday255

Hello stampers!  Create with Connie and Mary is back for another challenge.  It's sketch week and isn't this one appealing!  There's so many neat ways this one could go and our designers have whipped up several ideas to inspire you! Check out the Create With Connie and Mary page to see all the creations.
I'm starting to get into Christmas Card mode.  I loved this Christmas Pines set from last year's holiday catalog and I was so pleased to see they brought it into this years full catalog!  I also loved the cable knit folder....which I may have mentioned a time or two.  I am absolutely in love with the texture these new Dynamic Texture folders provide.  
I used a peice of Wood Textures DSP for the background half circle.  I like the warmth the wood-look provides.  I tried to play off the colors in the wood, mimicking them in the pine cones and textured background piece. I had to add a pop of color with the red berry sprigs and the red accent paper strip.  The bow was one that was discarded from a previous project and laying around my desk begging to be used.  I was very happy to oblige it!  Anything to make a card come together faster!  LOL! 

The sentiment ties the red, green, and vanilla together from the main panel.  
Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #255 is all about Joy.  Not only does my sentiment have the word Joy in it, this card gives me a lot of joy as well!

I hope you can join us by uploading your version of the sketch to the Create With Connie and Mary facebook page!
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Inspirational Cozy Leaves ~ HSS272, CTD458, JAI375

Hello stampers!  Another Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge is upon us and it's photo inspiration time!  I love the inspiration challenges!
I chose to be inspired by the white sweater, the weathered wood, and the leaves.  I also used the colors at Color Throwdown #458 and the sketch from Just Add Ink #375.

The red and green leaves are from a sizzix die platform that goes way, way back.  I don't have the current set of leaf dies.  The yellow sprigs are from Christmas Pines, which is one of my favorite sets.  I was more than happy to pull out my Cable Knit Dynamic folder....oh, how I've missed it!  It is another of my favorites.  I used some of the Wood Textures DSP for my weathered wood element.  A stitched circle sentiment and gold twisted bakers twine finish off my card.  

Come play along with us at Hand Stamped Sentiments!
Thanks for taking a peek!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Here For You Flower ~ CCMC473, GDP102

Hello Stampers!  Another week has come and gone and that means it's time for another Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!  It's color week and we've got these three elegant colors for you:  Dapper Denim, Soft Suede, and Pear Pazzazz.
I went with the small flower from the Birthday Blooms set.  This little flower is often neglected for it's bigger more beautiful star of the show bloom.  I decided to make it into a Here For You card, which could be a sympathy card if needed.  I also used the sketch over at Global Design Project #102.  I channeled my inner Teneale Williams for this one!  I just love her style!

Thanks for taking a peek and I hope you can join us for the Challenge on the Create with Connie and Mary facebook page!


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Eastern Palace meets Swirly Bird ~ CCMC472

Hi stampers!  Welcome to another week at Create With Connie and Mary!  This time we have a neat sketch for you.  
I had actually created my main circle panel for another project and decided I didn't want to use it, so it has been laying around my desk for a few weeks.  I picked it up and thought it would work nicely for this week's sketch!  I added a Ruffled Impressions textured background, some coordinating DSP behind it, a strip of gold foil paper and some gold sequins to tie the gold accents into the main circle and voila!  My card was practically done for me and only took me minutes to put together!  I love it when that happens.  My normal card time is about an hour.  I like to think about how things should go together, and then think about it again!  
I super pleased about how this one turned out!

Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: Swirly Bird, Birthday Blooms
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Lemon Lime Twist, Dapper Denim
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Dapper Denim, White, Eastern Palace DSP, White, Gold Foil
Accessories: Swirly Bird Framelits, Ruffled Textured Impressions folder, Scalloped Circle Framelits, Stitched Circle framelit, metallic sequins, dimensionals.

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Burlap Flower Shop ~ HSS271

Hello stampers!  It's sketch time at Hand Stamped Sentiments!  This one is interesting and our designers have come up with some awesome samples to inspire you!  Check them out at the HSS blog.  I chose to go with an oldie but a goodie stamp set....Flower Shop.  I love this flower that looks like burlap.  I thought it would pair nicely with the Tree Rings background, which I also love.  The navy gingham ribbon add another touch of country as well as the burlap ribbon.  I chose a simple, to the point sentiment from Jar Of Love.  I'm a fan of cards that can be used for a variety of things.  "For You" can cover birthdays, thank you, or just because.  

Come play along with us in this time's sketch challenge!
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Smokey Kitty ~ CCMC471

Hey there stampers!  It's Create with Connie and Mary color challenge time!  Smokey Slate, Bermuda Bay and Lemon Lime Twist are our trio this week.  I chose to go with a cute, gray kitty cat and built my card around her.  I based my design on Chris Slogar's cards, the palm tree being one of my favorites ever!  Thanks Chris!
I also love the little hearts in the thought bubble.  This little kitty is saying Love You!  
One thing I realized on my card as I'm typing up my post....I realized the Falling Petals embossing folder is retired.  I really had no idea!  I totally thought it was in the new catalog still!  Oh boy....I better do some more studying of the 2017-18 catalog!

Here's a list of my supplies....
stamps: Foxy Friends, Thoughtful Banners, Eastern Beauty
Ink: Black, Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist
Paper: Smokey Slate, Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist, White, Eastern Palace DSP
Accessories: Falling Petals EF, Fox Builder punch, Scalloped circle thinlit, circle thinlit, paper doily

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Two for One! ~ HSS270

Hey guys!  It's time for another Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge!  This time we have a color challenge with Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party and Lemon Lime Twist.  I love the soft, pretty color combo.  

I based my card on the sketch from the Inkspired Sketch #62.  My panel is flipped upside down though.  
I also decided to use my new Fancy Foil specialty acetate.  It really is fancy, isn't it?  I can totally dress up any card!

So I actually made two cards.  The above card was my second take.  The first one was alright, but I decided I wanted to give this color combination another go.  Here's the first card I made....

I hope you'll join us at Hand Stamped Sentiments for our two week color challenge!
Thanks for taking a peek!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Country/Rustic Jar ~ CCMC469, WWC130

Hello stampers!  Create with Connie and Mary time again! Isn't this a pretty color combo we have this week?  I've always been partial to navy and pink.  I added in some neutrals in the form of Crumb Cake and Early Espresso.  I really wanted to use my new Tree Rings background stamp.  I think it's so cool!  And actually this was the first time I've used Pinewood Planks Dynamic folder.  Ironically these two items were some of my number one picks from the new catalog and I'm just now getting around to using them!  Go figure!  I love the country/rustic look of all these elements together.  I wish this look had been a trend when I got married.  I would have been all about it!
I'm also sharing my card with Watercooler Wednesday Challenge 130-Anything Goes Feminine.  What could be more feminine than pink and purple flowers?

Here's a list of my supplies.....
Stamps: Tree Rings, Jar of Love
Ink: Powder Pink, Night of Navy, Fresh Fig, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Versa Mark
Paper: White, Crumb Cake, Vellum
Accessories: Night of Navy gingham ribbon, Everyday Jar framelits, White EP, Pinewood Planks Dynamic folder, paper doily

Thanks for taking a peek!