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CCMC448 Color Challenge

I'm so excited to join the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge as a new design team member!  I'll get to share with you every week!  I'm so flattered!  This week the challenge is a color challenge.  We are to use Smoky Slate, Pool Party, and Early Espresso.  How fun!

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I turned to my designer series paper and was drawn to the pretty Pool Party checks in the Tasty Treats Specialty paper from the Occasions catalog.  Here is my card.


  • Start with a card base of Early Espresso measuring 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 5 1/2, and folded.  Use your bone folder to get a good crisp fold.
  • The Smoky Slate layer measures 4 x 5 1/4.
  • The designer paper layer is cut at 3 7/8 x 5 1/8.
  • Using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, cut the largest circle from Whisper White.
  • The flower is from the Stylish Stems Framelits.  This flower is a little different. Use the flower shape to cut from Pool Party card stock.  It's just going to cut out the inside of the flower.  There is a shape to use to place around the flower to complete cutting it out.  Use that same framelit to cut a flower from the Tasty Treats paper.  Now here is a tip:  you can cut the flower shape from the patterned paper layer cut above.  Just make sure that you cut it in the space that will be under the white circle.
  • Glue the Pool Party flower outline to the patterned paper.  I cut another flower from a scrap of Early Espresso and used the center to add to my flower.
  • The Early Espresso leaves and the Smoky Slate dotty stems are added behind the flower.  Dotty stems is all I can think of to call these.  What are they?

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  • The circle is attached using dimensionals.
  • The sentiment is from the stamp set You're So Sweet.  Cut the words apart and adhere with dimensionals, too.

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I like to finish the insides of my cards.  The greeting is from the So In Love stamp set in the Occasions catalog.  The design at the bottom is from the Flourish Thinlits.

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Color Fusers Blog Hop: March 2017

It's time for another Color Fusers Blog Hop.  Today we have a wonderful slate of colors for you!

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We'll be using Mint Macaron, Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder, and Wild Wasabi. These colors remind me of spring.  I love spring!  Here in North Carolina, we experienced a very warm February.  Some of the trees are already starting to come out.  We have flowers!  But it's all a little scary.  Sometimes March is our snowiest month.  In fact, as I write this post, it's snowing in our mountains in the higher elevations.  Back to my card.

Color Fusers March 2017

Now this card does make me think of spring.  It features the Falling Flowers stamp set and the May Flowers Framelits Dies.  Here are the details.

  • My card base is Thick Whisper White card stock measuring 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 5 1/2 and folded.  I'm so happy that we have the Thick Whisper White.  It's lovely.
  • The Watermelon Wonder layer is 3 x 4 1/4.  The Peekaboo Peach patterned paper measures 2 7/8 x 4 1/8.  It's from the Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper.
  • All of the elements added to the outside of the rectangle are stamped in Archival Basic Black ink on Watercolor Paper.  I colored them by pressing the lid down on a closed pad of ink, opening it, and painting with the color in the lid.  I used the Aqua Painter.  I used the Falling Flowers stamp set.  Cut out with the coordinating May Flowers Framelits Dies.  This was so much fun!  It is a little labor intensive, but I love the results.  Some elements were glued directly to the base of the card and others were adhered using dimensionals. 
  • The sentiment is from the stamp set Sunshine Sayings.  Just stamp on Whisper White scraps in black and trim them with your snips.
  • I used some of the sprinkles from the Sprinkles Embellishments in the Occasions catalog for the largest flower.  Pick out the Watermelon Wonder ones!


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For the inside of the card, add another flower.

I really do like this card.  My first card used card stock.  It's pretty too, so I want to share it.

Color Fuser March 2017 second choice

I added sponging to these elements.  The designer paper is also from Tasty Treats Specialty. Which one do you like best?

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3 x 3 Gift Enclosures

My post will be short today.  I must admit the time has gotten away from me.  So, while my write up may be short, I hope you'll enjoy the projects I am sharing with you.  Many of you know that I have a booth at an emporium called Shoppes on Main in downtown Conover, NC.  It's a great emporium.  One of the items I supply is gift enclosure cards.  It's just the finishing touch for that little gift you purchase for a special person or occasion.  I made a selection of different cards.  They all measure 3 x 3.  Stampin' Up! at one time had envelopes for this size card, but they were retired. I did buy a lot of them before they disappeared.  Of course you can make your own envelopes with the Envelope Punch Board.

3 x 3 gift enclosures

And here are a few more.  All of the cards are blank inside for notes.

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I hope you can find some inspiration from some of these.  You just might want to check out the Clearance Rack from time to time.  You can find good stuff there.  Check it out here!

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NC Blog Hop for February, Favorite Occasions

Welcome to another NC Blog Hop!  I'm so excited to have you come along with us. We are posting about our favorite Occasions catalog item. I don't know how to choose. The catalog is filled with so many wonderful items.  Ask my pocketbook about that!  I can't stop adding to my collection!

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I've been spending this whole week using the Basket Bunch stamp set and the Basket Builders Framelits Dies.  Today I'm sharing a frame with you.  I will tell you right now that this project was a LOT of hard work.  But now I've done the thinking for you! Warning!  This post might end up being quite long.  Please stay with me.  I have an easier card alternative near the end.  I must say that I am so proud of this frame. Here it is!

Basket Bunch Easter Frame


Now, of course there is glare on the frame.  It's impossible for me to take a picture without it, but I've got pictures before it all went into the frame.  Here's just a few details.  The frame is from Ikea and measures 9 x 9.  It is a shadow box.  The background paper for the frame is from Succulent Garden.  Each square is cut from the Stitched Shape Framelits, the next to largest.  Each square is mounted on a scallop square cut from the Layering Squares Framelits Dies.  The colors for this are Tip Top Taupe, Pool Party, and Mint Macaron.  Almost everything is adhered with dimensionals.  You'll use a lot.  Here is a picture of the frame before it went into a frame.

Frame adhered

I think you can see that a little better.  I'm going to tell you a little about each square.

Frame 1

The first square has a background from Succulent Garden.  The grass is Old Olive.  I glued it to a piece of  Whisper White and then cut out a circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  The bunny is stamped in Early Espresso on Tip Top Taupe.  The egg is Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight

The background paper for the sun is from the Sale-a-Bration paper Carried Away.  The sun is punched using the 3/4 inch circle punch.  The rays are the stem die.  Little clouds are added.  They are cut using the Up & Away Thinlits Dies.

Frame 2

The background paper for the daffodils is from the Tasty Treats Specialty paper.  The daffodils are stamped in black on Daffodil Delight.  The stems and leaves are from Old Olive.

The peeps are on a background from Succulent Garden.  The peeps are alternating Pool Party and Daffodil Delight.  Add a little bow using the Linen Thread.

Frame 3

The basket is on a Succulent Garden background.  The basket is Tip Top Taupe.  It's on a solid basket from Early Espresso.  You can see a little grass peeping behind the eggs. It's Old Olive.  The eggs are Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, and Pool Party.  I did shorten the handle to fit better.  A linen thread bow embellishes the handle.

The carrots square is again on a Succulent Garden background.  Stamp the carrot in Tangerine Tango onto Pumpkin Pie.  The tops of the carrots are stamped in Garden Green on Wild Wasabi.  Trim the tops and glue them on the orange carrots.

Frame 4

The chicks are on a background from the Party Animal Designer Series Paper.  Clouds again were added with the Up & Away Thinlits.  The grass is Old Olive and the chicks are stamped in black on Daffodil Delight card stock.  Color in the beak with a Pumpkin Pie marker.  The tiny basket is stamped in black on Tip Top Taupe.  I did have to fussy cut this basket.  Hint:  cut the handle off and then just match it up when gluing to the paper.

The flowers are stamped in Calypso Coral on coral.  Add leaves in Mint Macaron.  The flower centers are from the Regals Enamel Shapes.

The bunnies are stamped in black.  Color in the bow ties with Pool Party and Calypso Coral markers and ears with a Blushing Bride marker.  Another carrot was added.

So there you have it.

Basket Bunch Frame adhered

So, you just might be thinking that this is fantastic, but who wants to put in this much work. I enjoy working on something like this, but it's not for everyone.  Here's an alternative for you.  Take one of the squares and use that to make your card.  Here is an example.

Basket Bunch card from frame square

This card is on a card base of Pool Party.  There is a layer of Tip Top Taupe and then a layer from the Succulent Garden.  The square on this card does not have all of the dimensionals used for the frame.  I added 5/8 Mini Striped Ribbon in taupe and some Linen Thread.  The sentiment is from the Gift from the Garden stamp set.  

You can adapt any of the squares to make a card.

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Frame plus card

Thanks so much for looking at my project today.  I am in love with the Basket Bunch bundle!  You can see other samples from earlier in the week here and here and here. Please continue on the hop.  There are more great projects to see.  What will our other participants choose for a favorite Occasions project.  I can't wait to see!

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Basket Bunch Flower Pot

I'm going to continue to explore the possibilities of the Basket Bunch stamp set and the Basket Builders Framelits Dies.  I'm going to be sharing projects with these all week!  You can see the card shared on Monday here.  It's an Easter card.  Today's card could be for Easter, but it would not have to be.  In fact, it would make a great Mother's Day card if you change the greeting.  I would use the one from Oh So Succulent.  Here is the card.

Basket Bunch Flowers

Here are the details.

  • Start with a card base of Thick Whisper White cut 4 1/4 x 11, score at 5 1/2, and fold.
  • The Sweet Sugarplum layer measures 3 3/8 x 4 3/8.  
  • The next layer is 3 1/4 x 4 1/4.  The patterned paper is from the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper.
  • The pot is cut from Smoky Slate.  Sponge around the outside and a little to one side of the pot.  Add a Linen Thread bow.
  • Use the Lace Doilies to ground the pot.  I cut one in half and sponged the white side until I was happy with it.
  • Adhere the doily with Fine-Tip Glue and adhere the pot.

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  • Stamp the flowers in Sweet Sugarplum ink.  I needed 3 of the plum.  The daffodils were stamped on Daffodil Delight.  I did experiment with different combinations and I like the Sweet Sugarplum ink on the yellow best.  Cut 5.  The leaves and stems were cut from Wild Wasabi.  Just add until you are happy.  The flowers and leaves are on dimensionals.
  • Add the greeting in the bottom right corner.


The inside of the card has another daffodil and a completed sentiment.  I really am thinking now what a lovely Mother's Day card this would make.

This sure looks like a lot of little pieces and it is.  But it is so much fun to use.  I would recommend the Basket Bunch stamp set and the Basket Builder Framelit Dies.

Basket Bunch flower pot

Would you like to see the PDF for the 3 new items released for Sale-a-Bration?  Here you go!

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