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Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #480 Christmas Pines

Welcome to the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge.  This week we have a sketch.


Once the Holiday Catalog comes along, I often overlook the Christmas offerings in the Annual Catalog.  Today I'll be using the stamp set Christmas Pines and the Pretty Pines Thinlits that coordinate with it from the Annual Catalog.

CCMC #480 Christmas Pines

The card base is Thick Whisper White card stock cut at 4 1/4 x 11.  Score this at 5 1/2 and fold.

Cut the Real Red gingham patterned paper from the Quilted Christmas 6 x 6 stack to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 so that it covers the entire front of the card.  The Quilted Christmas stack is great.  It would not have to be just for Christmas.

Using the Stitched Shapes Framelits, cut the largest circle from Whisper White.

Cut a pine cone from each of the 3 types of pine cones in the thinlits.  The bottom layer is Soft Suede and the top layer is from Early Espresso.  The center pine cone is glued to the white circle.  The two on each side are adhered with dimensionals.  Cut some of the pine boughs from Emerald Envy.  Use Real Red to cut some of the other branches.  I don't know what they would be called.  They do appear to have berries at the end.  Place those around until you are happy with how they look.

Add a bow in the Crinkled Seam Binding in Emerald Envy.  That ribbon is the best!  Look how pretty it ties!

Pines 1

The sentiment is from Christmas Pines stamped in Emerald Envy.

I added some of the Enamel Shapes in Emerald Envy.  I did not realize that they are retired.  I try not to use retired products for my blog.  They just looked so perfect for the project.  I apologize.  We all need to use up some of that retired stuff, though.

Christmas Pines CCMC#480

This card was a lot of fun to make.  I just kept rearranging everything.  I've decided that I like this sketch a lot!

Thank you for taking your time to look at my blog today.  I love to share.  If you don't have a demonstrator, I would love to step into that role for you.  My Product List is below.  Just click on it.

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Tree Rings Background Stamp CASE

I've been working on CASEing some of the cards in our annual catalog.  Today I'll be looking at the card pictured on page 164.  It uses the new Tree Rings background stamp.  Here is the picture in the catalog.

Tree rings catalog

This is the card that I made.  We made this card in class this week.

Tree Rings CASE card

The card base is Crumb Cake measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored 4 1/4.  Stamp the Tree Rings background stamp on the front in Early Espresso.

The daisy is stamped in Rich Razzleberry onto Rich Razzleberry.  Make two of them. Punch out with the new Daisy punch.  Stamp the center of the daisy all in razzleberry and punch out with the 1/2 inch circle punch.  Also stamp a razzleberry circle with the 1 inch circle punch.  Cut this circle all around in little slits.  Adhere the parts of the daisy with dimensionals.  Curve the petals using your bone folder.  Use the Daisy Delight bundle.

Stamp 3 leaves on Old Olive and fussy cut them out.

This card has the beautiful copper trim running around the card and a little bow. Now, if you were in my class, you are saying WHAT!  I did not have the ribbon on the class cards.  To be honest, I found that I didn't have enough of the ribbon and it was too late to order more.  It really looked fine without the ribbon.

The words, stamped in Early Espresso on Crumb Cake, are from the Lovely Inside & Out stamp set.  It coordinates with the Lovely Words Thinlits.  That's where we got the word hugs.  It's cut out of the copper foil.  Here's a copper foil hint:  When you cut some thinlits out of foil, you can see the little dots from the back of the thinlit.  If you use the Precision Plate, you will not see those dots.

Tree Rings CASE inside

Here's the inside of the card.  The sentiment is from the stamp set Sorry for Everything.

When you stamp the flowers, stamp off the solid stamp.  The detailed stamp is full force.  The stems are Old Olive.

Tree Rings

I am loving the Tree Rings background stamp.  I think this was a nice CASE.

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Fresh Fruit Note Card Set, NC Demo Blog Hop for July

I'm so glad you could join us today.  The NC blog hops are so much fun and you get great ideas.  You may have just come from Tamra's blog. Didn't she have a great project?


We are sharing our favorite consumables with this hop.  There are so many we can't live without, but  I want to share the Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes on page 176 of the new catalog.  You get 20 cards and envelopes for $6.  The note cards are the heavier weight card stock, too.  They are cut, scored, and ready to decorate!  Life is good!  Yes, it is!  I'm using the Fresh Fruit stamp set for my set of 4 note cards. These are clean and simple designs with lots of white space.  That adds just one more reason to fall in love! This post is a little picture heavy.  Forgive me.

Fresh Fruit folder front

And here it is opened.

Fresh Fruit in Folder

Let's start with the note card holder.  What project is not enhanced with designer series paper?  I used the In Color 2016-2017 Designer Series Paper stack, the Peekaboo Peach dotted sheet.  I got the basic note card holder from Patty Bennett's video here.  Patty got here idea from Di Barnes.  You can download the instructions from Di Barnes here.  I stamped each piece of fruit on Whisper White and cut it out for the cover of the note card holder.  I'll go over each fruit and the colors used below.  I decided to make the set Thank You cards.  That is stamped in Basic Black Archival ink.  Allow that ink to dry a little so it won't smear.  I added a Solid Black Baker's Twine bow.

Each note card is 3 1/2 x 5.  The card stock rectangle for each measures 2 1/2 x 4.  The Whisper White layer is 2 3/8 x 3 7/8.  The measurements for all 4 are the same.

Fresh Fruit Pear

The card stock rectangle for the pear is Pear Pizzazz.  I used sponge daubers to ink the stamps on all 4 cards.  For this one, I started with Daffodil Delight through the center of the pear.  Then I covered the stamp with Pear Pizzazz and then I added Cucumber Crush along the top side and bottom of the stamp.  For the leaves, I used Pear Pizzazz and then added a little Cucumber Crush on the left of each leaf.  I added a little Soft Suede around the stem.  I'm not sure that showed up very well.  I cut out the pear all in one piece with my snips.  The pear is on dimensionals, another favorite consumable!

Fresh Fruit Peach

The rectangle for the peach card uses Peekaboo Peach card stock.  Again, I used daubers.  I started with Daffodil Delight, added Peekaboo Peach, and some Tangerine Tango on the left side.  The leaves are the same as for the pear.

Fresh Fruit Strawberry


The rectangle for the strawberry card is Watermelon Wonder card stock.  I started with Daffodil Delight through the center, add Watermelon Wonder, and accented with cherry Cobbler on the left side.  The leaves are Pear Pizzazz and Cucumber Crush.

Fresh Fruit Mixed

For the last card, I used a rectangle of Watermelon Wonder.  The fruit was stamped directly on the Whisper White piece.  Stamp the pear first.  Make a mask by stamping the pear on a sticky note and cutting it out.  Place the sticky pear on top of the already stamped pear.  When you stamp the strawberry and the peach they will partially stamp on the sticky note.  Remove the sticky note and it looks like the strawberry and peach are behind the pear.  For this card, I stamped the leaves separately and put them on dimensionals.

Fresh Fruit

Did you notice that each card has its own decorated envelope?  Designer Series Paper is another favorite consumable.  I used the Fruit Stand DSP.  I just traced around the flap of the envelope, cut it out and glued it in place.  Do pay attention, so that your fruit won't be upside down.  Ask me how I know this!  I could have used this paper for the holder.  The truth is that I ran out.  The holder takes a 12 x 12 sheet of paper.  I kind of messed that up cutting out my envelope flaps.  Note to self.

Fresh Fruit collage

I think that does it.  I'm so happy you came by today.  I hope you'll get some of the note cards if you have never tried them.  I'll have a list of supplies at the end of this post.  Please check it out.  Next on the hop is Tracie.  You'll love her projects.


Tamra Davis 

Jo Anne Hewins 

Tracie Evans Langley 

Sharon Maranich 

Frances Wagner 

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Wild About Pyramid Pals

I must admit that I was intimitdated by the Pyramid Pals bundle.  There were too many pieces.  What do you do with all that?  Then cute little animals began to appear on Pinterest and I was hooked.  I'm not sure that most of my project is original, but I love how it all came together.  I first tried to make a frame, but we'll get to that later.

Animal notecards

I used the note cards and envelopes for this project.  I love them!  You get 20 cards and envelopes for only $6.00.  Now, that's a deal!  This is a project we made at my downline meeting.  We have the 4 cards, bagged, and tagged.

Animal elephant


Each of the note cards has a black rectangle in the center measuring 2 1/8 x 3 1/8. The Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack was used on each note card.  That piece measures 2 x 3.  Each card features 3 leaves cut using the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies.  There is one in Old Olive, one in Pear Pizzazz, and one in Mossy Meadow.  All are stamped using the Botanical Blooms stamp set in Mossy Meadow and sponged in Mossy Meadow.  The elephant uses Basic Gray cardstock and ink.  Of course the eyes are from Whisper White.

Animal frog

Love the frog!  I wish I could say that the fly was my idea.  I copied it!  You can make this fly using the Playful Pals stamp set.  So cute!  The frog is made using Garden Green cardstock, the tongue in Real Red, the pond in Tempting Turquoise, and the lily pad in Pear Pizzazz.  I used the Circles Collection Framelits to cut the lily pad.

Animal bird

The bird is sitting on a Soft Suede branch hand cut to fit across the patterned paper. The bird uses Tempting Turquoise cardstock.  The beak is Tangerine Tango.  The wings are part of the frog's feet and the feet of the bird uses the elephant's trunk.  I put some feather tuffs above the eyes, but I'm not sure about those.  You could leave them off.

Animal lion

For the lion, I stamped the face shape on a piece of Whisper White.  Then I stamped the ovals around that shape.  I cut all of that out.  Another face was added in Delightful Dijon on top.  The ears are cut from Delightful Dijon and the nose is cut in Basic Black.  I used Basic Black Archival ink to stamp the eyes, mouth, and whiskers.

Animal notecards and topper

I also made a tag.  I used Tip Top Taupe measuring 4 1/2 x 5 and scored on the long side at 2 1/2.  The Go Wild paper measures 2 3/8 x 4 3/8.  I stamped the sentiment using the You're So Sweet stamp set and hand cut.  I added the leaves and a turquoise flower using the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  A Tangerine Tango candy dot finishes the flower.

Animal notecards package


So here is the finished project.  I used the Gusseted Cellophane Bags for the note cards and envelopes and added the tag topper.

I mentioned a frame at the beginning of the post.  Here is how that turned out.

Animal large frame

Sometimes you make a project that just makes you smile with pride.  This was one of those projects for me.  I hope you enjoy!  See you Friday!



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Here's to the new Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration!

Excitement!  If you love Stampin' Up!, it's hard to contain the excitement!  Tomorrow is the big day!  Our new 2016 Occasions catalog and the Sale-a-Bration brochure go live tomorrow.  On Saturday, I had an Open House to celebrate these new catalogs.
Those who attended will have their orders for new "stuff" sent in very early tomorrow and have their new items on their way to good old North Carolina.  Let me share with you the project that we made on Saturday.  It features the Timeless Textures stamp set from the Occasions catalog and the Flowering Fields stamp set and the Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper from the Sale-a-Bration brochure.

Open House Holder and Four Note Cards

This is a note card holder with 4 note cards.  I got the directions for the note card holder from my upline Patty Bennett using this post  She got the directions from Di Barnes from Australia.  Patty even has a video on her post and a link to the directions.  The note card holder is made from one sheet of 12 X 12  designer paper.  I used the 3 1/2 X 5 notecards and envelopes in Whisper White found on page 149 of the annual catalog.

Open House Inside of Holder Second ViewHere's a view of the note card holder open a little.

OPen House Inside of HolderAnd here is a picture of the open note card holder.  Don't you just love the patterned paper?  It's one of the free items you can choose from the Sale-a-Bration brochure with a $50 purchase.

OPen House View of Two Cards

Here are two of the notecards.

OPen House View of Two Cards Second

And here are the other two note cards.  Each has a background stamped using the new Timeless Textures stamp set from the Occasions catalog.  Each note card features the Wildflower Fields paper and the stamp set Flowering Fields.  The patterned paper measures 2 X 4 and is placed on a Basic Black cardstock base measuring 2 1/8 X 4 1/8.  The size of the Whisper White cardstock and black cardstock for the flower is determined by the size of the flower stamp.  The sentiments come from several different sets.  The thanks comes from One Big Meaning set in the annual catalog.  The birthday comes from the Rose Wonder stamp set in the Occasions catalog.  The friend sentiment is from the Sale-a-Bration set Hello.  The note saying is from  Picture Perfect, a set in the Occasions catalog. The colors used are Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Blackberry Blis,s Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, and the new Archival Black.

Open House Front Cover

I think my customers loved the project they made.

Things you need to know about Sale-a-Bration

Sale-a-Bration begins January 5th and lasts until March 31st.

Choose an item from the Sale-a-Bration brochure for each purchase of $50.  $50= 1 item, $100= 2 items, etc.

An order of $250 or more will earn an extra $25 in Stampin' Rewards.  It's a great time to host a party.

If you would like to join my team during Sale-a-Bration, you can choose $155 in product for you starter kit.  Shipping for this is free.  The kit is $99.00.  Ask me if you are interested and I'll be glad to talk with you!

Thanks for reading and I'll see you on Wednesday!




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