CCMC455 Thursday Challenge

It's the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge once again.  Today we have a great sketch.

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I have to admit, I'm a little bit giddy about my card!  Do you know that feeling when a card comes together just like you imagine and maybe even a little bit better?  It doesn't happen often, not to me anyway.  I positively love my card!  I hope you do too!


First of all, let me tell you that this card stock is new!  It's one of the new 2017-2018 In Colors and is called Tranquil Tide.  Yes, I'm a green girl.  I think this green is just lovely.  Did you see the copper with this green?  Classy and elegant!  That's what it is. I'm really not tooting my own horn.  The stars just aligned.

  • The Tranquil Tide card base is cut 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.
  • For this card I went to the wonderful Butterfly Basics stamp set.  It made the cut and will be in the new upcoming catalog!  Using Versamark stamp the honeycomb texture down the left side of the card front.  Of course you need to use your Embossing Buddy first.  Use the Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder and the Heat Tool to set this.
  • Stamp the flower from Butterfly Basics in Tranquil Tide on a piece of 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 Watercolor Paper.
  • Using the Aqua Painter color in the leaves of the flower.  Be very careful that the pen is not using a lot of water.  Keeping a little piece of paper towel close by can be very helpful.  Do not do anything with the flowers.
  • Using Soft Sky and the Aqua Painter color in the area around the flower.  Be very careful.  Squeeze the lid of the pad down to get extra color in the lid.  Once again, try not to get everything too wet.  I painted close to the stamped image, but tried not to touch it.  If you do, the colors will run.  Pull the color out toward the edges of the paper.
  • The sentiment is from the new stamp set Eastern Beauty.  Stamp in Versamark, use the copper powder, and then the heat tool.
  • Use the framelits from Bold Butterfly to cut the butterfly from Whisper White. Cover with Versamark, copper powder, and heat.  After I did this, I realized that I could have just cut the butterfly from the Copper Foil Sheets.  Somehow, I feel my butterfly is a little more artistic!  Attach the butterfly with a dimensional.
  • You'll probably need to adhere the watercolor paper with Fast Fuse.
  • The ribbon is the new 1/4" Copper Trim.  I made three little knots and adhered with glue dots.

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The inside sentiment is from the new Eastern Beauty stamp set.  Stamp in Versamark and emboss with the copper powder.  Stamp the flower in Tranquil Tide.

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If you love the magic of heat embossing, you'll love making this card!  Thanks so much for stopping by.  The product list is below.  Remember that the Eastern Palace suite will be available for pre order beginning May 1st.  Click on any product to go to my store.

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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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Color Fusers Blog Hop: February 2017

The Color Fusers are having their February Blog Hop with a slate of new colors to fuse.  You are in for a treat.  You'll see some great projects on our hop.  

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As you can see, this month we are using Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Early Espresso, and Peekaboo Peach.  I'm adding in a little Silver Foil, too.  I'm excited about how my card came together.

Nailed It for Color Fusers

I just got the bundle, Nailed It, last week and decided I wanted to use it for this challenge.  I was looking through some of the designer series paper that we have to spark some ideas.  Then I remembered I had seen some tools at one time that had printed handles.  I'm even thinking that Stampin' Up! had something like that at Convention several years ago.  Thus, this card came to be.  In my case, I'm not handy, but I could have some cute tools, right?  So here we go.

  • Start with a card base of Early Espresso measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4 and folded.
  • The Calypso Coral layer measures 3 3/4 x 5.
  • The Whisper White card stock layer is 3 5/8 x 4 7/8.  Using Peekaboo Peach ink, stamp the nails, screw, and bolt all over the white to make your own patterned paper for the background.
  • I did incorporate several different designer series papers for this project.  The circle is cut from the Early Espresso piece in the Neutrals DSP stack.  (DSP means Designer Series Paper.)  Use the Layering Circles Framelits.  The scallop circle is cut from Calypso Coral and also uses the Layering Circles Framelits.  Adhere the two and then attach to the card with dimensionals.
  • The tools are pieced.  First stamp them on Silver Foil paper with Jet Black Stazon ink.  It would probably be safe to let that dry a little.  Stamp the handles in Stazon on the patterned paper.  I used A Little Foxy for the saw, Brights Designer Series Paper Stack for the hammer, and Fruit Stand for the screwdriver.  Cut out all the pieces with the Build It Framelit Dies and then piece them together to complete each tool.  Adhere to the circle.
  • Since the handles were pretty, I decided to add a bow of Linen Thread.  Attach with a glue dot.

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  • For the sentiment, stamp on Whisper White card stock in Early Espresso.  This greeting is part of the Nailed It set.  Punch out using the Duet Banner punch.  I started to put it in the middle of the tools, but I just didn't want to cover them up.  I ended up putting it under the center circle.

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  • Using the framelits, cut out some more screws and bolts in Silver Foil to place around the card.

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Finish off the inside of the card with a sentiment from the Window Shopping set stamped in Early Espresso.  Add some more of the nails, screws, and bolts in Peekaboo Peach.

Nailed it CF

I know you know just who needs this card!  Hopefully, you'll see that the Nailed It set is not just for manly men, but for all of us want-to-be and maybe already-are handy people.  There has to be lots of you out there.  Just not at my house, sad to say.  We do have other great qualities. 

Get the Nailed It bundle, some Silver Foil Sheets, and some of the great Urban Underground Embellishments on page 47 of the Occasions catalog and you'll qualify to get a free item from the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  I have the embellishments ordered, but they didn't come in time for me to use them on this card.  Hopefully, you'll see them in the future.

Please continue on the hop.  Melissa is next.  As I said, there are great projects to be seen.  It really is fun to stretch out and use some color combinations that are different for me.  I do like this one!  My list of supplies used for this card follows the hop list.

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