Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge # 489 Waterfront

Today on the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge, we have a color challenge.


We are using Fresh Fig, Soft Sky, and Sahara Sand.  I love these colors together!  For some reason, it made me think of the woods in the winter.  So this is the card that I made.


It just feels so calm and serene.  The trees are from a new set called Waterfront.  This stamp set will be in the new Occasions catalog beginning on January 3rd.  You are going to love it!


Start with a card base of Fresh Fig 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored and folded at 4 1/4.

The Sahara Sand layer is 3 1/2 x 4 3/4.  It is attached with dimensionals.

The Soft Sky layer is 3 1/8 x 4 3/8.  It is also attached with dimensionals.

The next layer is Shimmery White card stock.  It measures 3 x 4 1/4.  Make a wash of Soft Sky on this layer.  I used a few drops of Soft Sky reinker in the lid of the pad.  Add a couple drops from your Aqua Painter and mix.  I left a little white around some of the edges.  Let this dry.

Stamp the trees from Waterfront.  Some are stamped in Sahara Sand.  The Fresh Fig trees are stamped off on scrap paper before stamping on the project.

The word friend is also from the Waterfront stamp set.  Stamp it in Fresh Fig.

Stamp some stars on your project in Soft Sky.  This is from the Night in Bethlehem stamp set.  This set is being carried over so it will be available for a while.

Add droplets of Wink of Stella over the layer.  Hold out a finger and tap the Wink of Stella against it to randomly add the spots.

CCMC#489 Waterfront inside

Here is the inside of the card.  More trees are added and stars just as on the front.  The sentiment is from the Waterfront set.

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This card is quick and easy.  I think it's very pretty.

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Graceful Garden Case the Catalog

Do you ever feel that there a just no new ideas?  You've lost your mojo.  Many times we will go to Pinterest in hopes of sparking ideas.  It's a great place to go.  For my last class, I just felt devoid of all creative juices.  I decided to take a look at the 2017-2108 Annual Catalog.  It's full of ideas!  I also wanted to use some of the stamp sets I hadn't used yet.  You probably don't have those, right?  I'm not sure I believe that!  So I went to page 56 of the catalog and spied this card using the Graceful Garden stamp set.

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Here's the card that we made in class.

Graceful Garden catalog CASE

Don't you just love the new Garden Trellis Embossing Folder?  It's just classy.  My card base is Berry Burst cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.  Run the front through the Big Shot with the embossing folder.  I ran it through with the card open.  Line the score line with the folder.

The Lemon-Lime Twist card stock measures 3 x 5.

The Whisper White card stock measures 2 3/4 x 4 3/4.  Rub the Embossing Buddy over the paper and stamp the rose in Versamark.  Use Gold Embossing Powder to cover the image and heat with the Heat Tool.

Use the Berry Burst 1/2 inch Finely Woven Ribbon to tie a knot around the white piece.

Adhere all the layers.  Easy, peasy!

Graceful Garden inside

Here's the inside of the card.  Yes, we just had to emboss the small rose on the inside, too!  The sentiment for this card comes from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set.

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At Home with You for My New Neighbor

I have a new neighbor and I'm so happy to have her next door.  The At Home with You stamp set is perfect for a new neighbor.  I also got the new Embossing Paste and this was a perfect time to try it out.  Here's the card.

At Home for You and the Embossing Paste

Isn't it cute?  The Embossing Paste is really easy to use.  Here are the details.

  • The card base is Cajun Craze measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.
  • The next layer is Smoky Slate card stock cut at 4 x 5 1/4.  Use the brick mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.  Take a little of the Embossing Paste and put it on your Silicone Craft Sheet from page 203.  Mix in a drop of Cajun Craze Ink Refill.  I left space at the bottom of this layer for the porch of the house.  Lay down the mat and, using one of the Palette Knives, spread the paste evenly over the mask.  Mine isn't perfect.  I don't really think that matters.  I didn't put any paste in the section that would be covered by the door.  Set aside to dry while you clean your supplies.  This paste does not take long to dry.  Rinse with warm soapy water the mat, silicone mat, and knife before it dries on there. By the time this is done you are ready to complete your card.
  • Stamp the door on Basic Gray card stock in Memento Black ink.  Go ahead and stamp the light fixtures and the welcome mat.  Cut out using the At Home Framelits.  The door also has the window cut out and some So Saffron card stock put behind.  For the lights, stamp again on some white and on some So Saffron. Cut out the candle stick and the flame.  Glue on.  It's a little tedious but it makes a big difference.  The door and lights are on dimensionals.  The doormat is not.
  • The plants are from the At Home with You stamp set.  After cutting with the framelits, trim off the pumpkins and color as you please with Stampin' Write markers.  I used So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, and Wild Wasabi.  Use dimensionals to adhere.
  • The sign at the top and the words are from At Home with You.  I thought they looked cute on the door.

Here's the inside of the card.

At Home with You neighbor

Simple.  The sentiment is from At Home with You.  The balloon is from Happy Birthday, Gorgeous.

At Home with You view

It was my first time using At Home with You and the Embossing Paste.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.  Time to deliver my card.  She told me she is not into card making.  Maybe I can change her mind!

At Home with You neighbor's card

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Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge #467

I love Thursdays.  I get to share another card for the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge.  This time we are using Berry Burst, Island Indigo, and Pear Pizzazz.


I saw this technique on Pinterest and have wanted to try it.  I do not know whose card it was, but let me say this is not an original idea.  If it was your card, please let me know and I'll add your name.  Anyway, here is my card.

CCMC#467 Badges and Banners

This card has a lot of layers.  Let's get started.

  • The card base is Island Indigo measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.
  • The Whisper White layer is 3 3/4 x 5.
  • The Berry Burst layer is 3 5/8 x 4 7/8.
  • Another Whisper White layer is 3 3/8 x 4 5/8.  That's a lot of layers, but they just look so pretty!
  • Here's how to make the strips for the front.  Use a piece of Whisper White.  Mine measures 3 7/8 x 4 3/4.  I'm not sure there was a reason for these measurements.  It's probably a piece already cut that size.  Cut strips from Pear Pizzazz, Berry Burst, and Island Indigo 1/2 inch wide.  Glue them onto the white. Mine are 1/4 inch apart.  Hint:  Use your grid paper to help you glue these straight.

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  • Once this is done, cut your paper with the trimmer.  Each strip will be 1/2 inch wide.
  • Use Foam Adhesive Strips on the back.  Find the center of the last white layer and begin there putting down the first strip.  I then put the outer strips.  Place the final two in between in the space left.  Stagger each strip.  You will need to trim the length where you want it.

CCMC #467 Badges and Banners strip

  • Stamp the badge from Badges & Banners in Berry Burst on Whisper White and punch it out with the Best Badge Punch.  Use glue dots to adhere.  Add some of the new Mini Gold Sequin Trim behind it first.

CCMC #467 Badges & Banners inside

Here's the inside of the card.  I added a left over strip to the bottom.  I stamped the badge in Island Indigo on white and punched it out.  In hind sight, you could actually just stamp that on your paper.  The No. 1 was stamped in Pear Pizzazz on white and punched out with the 1 3/8 inch circle punch.  Glue down.

Badges & Banners

This was a fun process.  I like how it turned out.  It was a little time consuming.

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Tranquil Tulips Easel Card

One of the cards we made in class this month was an easel card using the Host set Tranquil Tulips.  It's really pretty.

Tranquil Tulips front

Here's a view of the card opened.

Tranquil Tulips easel card opened

We hadn't made a fancy fold card in quite a while.  I thought they would enjoy it.  Here are the details.

  • The card base is Fresh Fig cut 4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 2 3/4 and 5 1/2.  Fold so that the front makes a little tent.
  • You will need another piece of Fresh Fig measuring 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 and a piece of Whisper White 4 x 5 1/4.
  • Use the new Sheet Music background stamp to stamp on the white in Smoky Slate. 
  • Stamp the tulips to the side using Lemon Lime Twist for the leaves and Fresh Fig for the tulips.  The tulips are stamped in two parts, first the plain stamp and then on top the more detailed stamp.  Finish the flowers with Basic Black centers.
  • Using the Lovely Words Thinlits Dies to cut the word friend from Fresh Fig card stock and adhere near the bottom right.
  • Tie the Fresh Fig Finely Woven Ribbon around the white layer and tie into a knot to the side.  
  • Stamp the sentiment from Watercolor Wings in Lemon Lime Twist ink on a white scrap and cut it out using the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  Using part of a doily ( about 1/4) gather it a little behind the top of the oval.  Use glue dots to stick it on the ribbon.
  • Use Fast Fuse on the bottom half of the tent on the original card base.  Adhere the piece you have just decorated.  Close the card and make sure that everything lines up before sticking it down well.

Tranquil Tulips easel card inside

Now we need to decorate the inside of the card.

  • The Fresh Fig patterned paper is from the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack.  It measures 2 x 4 1/4.  This goes at the bottom.
  • The Whisper White layer is 3 1/4 x 4.  Stamp the single tulip using the same colors and technique as on the front.  The sentiment is from Just Add Text stamped in Fresh Fig ink.
  • You're the Best comes from the Label Me Pretty stamp set.  Stamp it in Fresh Fig on white scrap.  Punch it with the 1 1/4 inch circle punch.  Punch a circle with the 1 3/8 circle punch from Lemon Lime twist card stock.  Glue these together and adhere with dimensionals.  This piece helps to hold the easel so put the card in the position you want so that you know where to put this.

That's all there is to it.  It really isn't very hard.

Tranquil Tulips easel

I'm loving the look of the Sheet Music background stamp.  It's just lovely.  I can't wait to try it on another card.

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