Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge #474 Night of Bethlehem

Welcome to the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge #474.  Today we have a sketch for our challenge.


I may have taken a few liberties with the sketch on this one.  I admit that I had a tough time with this one for some reason.  You know how sometimes you feel like you have lost your mojo.  I finally had this idea and I do like how it turned out.

CCMC #474 Night of Bethlehem

I really just enlarged the circle and went from there with the sketch.  It's only September, but who can not make a Christmas card or so when the new Holiday catalog is live!!!

The card base is Smoky Slate.  These are not traditional Christmas colors, but it works. The base measures 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.

The medallion background circle is made using the new Embossing Paste and the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.  Spread the paste on the mask.  Hold this down with post it notes.  As soon as the mask is lifted, add Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  Don't forget to wash the paste supplies as soon as you finish!

The village is from the stamp set Night of Bethlehem.  It will need to be cut out by hand.  The sentiment is from the stamp set Christmas Pines.  This was also cut out. The smaller size seemed to fit much better.  Use the Basic Black Archival ink for this.

The label is stamped in black on Smoky Slate.  Punch it out using the new Everyday Label punch.  This stamp is in the Labels to Love stamp set.

Mary and Joseph were stamped in black on Whisper White.  Cut them out with the Bethlehem Edgelit Dies.  Adhere to the label with dimensionals.  Top this off with the Mini Sequin Trim in silver and a bow of the 1/8 inch silver ribbon.  Adhere those with glue dots.

Night of Bethlehem close up

The inside of the card uses the Night of Bethlehem stamp set.

Night of Bethlehem inside

It's a pretty card.  It makes me think of a masculine Christmas in a way.

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Painted Harvest Patty Bennett CASE

I got a card in the mail recently from my Team Leader Patty Bennett.   She has the Luv 2 Stamp group.  It's so much fun to get happy mail, isn't it!  I loved several things about Patty's card.  She used the new Burlap background stamp.  I just got that set and haven't used it!  She also used the new Starburst Punch.  That's another product I hadn't yet used.  I decided that I had to CASE (Copy and Share Everything or Copy and Selectively Edit).  Here is the card that Patty sent.

Patty's card

And here is the card that I made.

Painted Harvest CASE

You can see that I changed a few things, mostly the color.  Here's how I made this card.

The card base is Fresh Fig measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4.

The Powder Pink layer is 3 1/2 x 4 3/4.  

The Whisper White layer is 3 3/8 x 4 5/8.  Stamp the Burlap Background stamp on part of the white layer using Crumb Cake.

I just can't seem to get enough of the Painted Harvest stamp set.  Stamp the larger flower in Powder Pink and the smaller flower in Fresh Fig.  The center is stamped in Daffodil Delight.  Stamp all is this on Whisper White and punch it out with the Starburst Punch.  Frame that on a piece of Fresh Fig punched with the 2 1/4 inch circle punch.  Dimensionals will go on the back.

The leaves are stamped with the more detailed stamp in Old Olive on Pear Pizzazz card stock.  These are punched out with the new Leaf Punch.  You'll need three of these.

Run some Fresh Fig Finely Woven Ribbon across the white layer.  Glue down the leaves so that they will stick out from the flower.  Adhere the flower.  Add a bow of the fig ribbon to the side.

Painted Harvest CASE close up

The words for this card come from the stamp set So Many Shells.  This set has some great words.  They are stamped in Fresh Fig.  Add some of the Glitter Enamel Dots.

Painted Harvest CASE inside

Here is the inside of the card.  I'm really liking the Powder Pink and Fresh Fig colors for the flower.  Use the same colors.  Add the solid leaf in Pear Pizzazz.  The saying here is also from So Many Shells.

Painted Harvest CASE card

I made these cards to swap with my Southern Belles group.  I think they'll like them, don't you?

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A Color Fusers Quilt

Have you seen the Christmas Quilt stamp set and the Quilt Builder Framelit Dies in the new Holiday catalog?  Don't let the Christmas word fool you.  It's not just for Christmas!  Welcome to the Color Fusers Blog Hop!

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As you can see we are using Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Old Olive, Early Espresso, and Very Vanilla.  I decided to use the Christmas Quilt stamp set and coordinating framelit for my card.

Christmas Quilt for Color Fusers

I have a couple quilts made by my grandmother.  She did not make designs, but used scraps and fit them together however they would fit.  She was more after the use of the quilt than the art of it.  Later, my mother took a quilt class.  She made one for me. It was beautiful and had a definite design.  I cherish these quilts.  So this card today is in memory of Mama Blackwell and Mama.

The card base is Early Espresso measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored and folded at 4 1/4.

The Very Vanilla layer is 3 5/8 x 4 7/8.  There is another layer of vanilla measuring 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 used for the base of the quilt.

Using the Big Shot, cut 4 of the quilt squares with the plain square around the outside from Early Espresso.  Find the middle of the vanilla layer.  Place the four squares diagonal from the center.  Make sure that you lay the layer down square on your grid paper and use the grid paper to help to line up the diagonal squares.  Use the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

Cut the quilt square one each from Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, and Old Olive.  Place these colors randomly on the quilt trying to space out the colors. Glue down.  When complete, turn over the vanilla layer and trim off all excess paper.

Run this piece through Big Shot using the Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  This folder is a must have and really adds interest to the paper.

Quilt close up

The sentiment is from the Christmas Quilt stamp set.  It is stamped in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla.  Use the Layering Ovals to cut it out.  Place on dimensionals.

The needle is part of the framelit set.  Cut it out in Silver Foil.  Thread with Pool Party Solid Baker's Twine.  Roll up glue dots under the thread to adhere to the card.

Christmas Quilt Color Fusers inside

The sentiment used on the inside of the card is from the stamp set Crafting Forever. Place some left over pieces over the page.

Christmas Quilt for the Color Fusers

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Don't forget to take the rest of the Color Fusers Blog Hop.  See what else was made using these colors!  You'll be glad you did!

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Card Front Builder Thinlits for an Alaska Birthday Card

Some people are just worth a little extra effort.  My husband, John, just celebrated a birthday.  Of course I had to make a special card just for him.  We recently went on a vacation to Alaska so I made him a card remembering our trip.  We had so much fun! Here is John's card.

Carols of Christmas Alaska card

This was a view from the balcony of the cruise ship.

The card base is Basic Gray card stock cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored and folded at 4 1/4.

The Whisper White layer is 4 x 5 1/4.  The next layer is Pool Party measuring 3 3/4 x 5. This layer becomes the sky and the ocean.  

For this card, start at the top and work down.  The mountains are Basic Gray.  They started out as a 45 degree angle (corner of paper) and rounded off.  Sponge around the mountains with Basic Gray ink to make them stand out a little more from the sky. Add Embossing Paste to make the snow on the mountains.  

The trees are made using the Card Front Builder Thinlit Dies that coordinate with the Carols of Christmas.  Just as for the mountains, start at the left and work toward the right of the card.  Cut bunches of the double trees and the single trees from Garden Green card stock.  Sponge around these in Garden Green, too.  We want the trees to stand out a little from each other.  Place these where you please making sure to make a nice shore line with the trees and making sure that the mountains are covered along their unsightly bottoms.  A few trees were trimmed to fit an area.  I'll even tell you that I used some scraps from cutting out the trees that looked tree like.  I don't know if you can see that there are a few white dots here and there in the trees.  Those are eagles!  John kept looking for white dots and using binoculars said they were eagles.  I had to include them!

Use a gel pen to make some white spots on the ocean.  Do you see the whale tail? That's actually a little branch from the Tree Builder Punch in Basic Gray with some white markings.

The birthday sentiment is from the is from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set.  Use the Layering Ovals Framelits to cut it out.

Carols of Christmas birthday inside

Here's the inside of the card decorated with more trees and a deer.  The sentiment here is from Guy Greetings.

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This is John on his birthday.  Now I will tell you that there were several years that I just gave him the same birthday card for a couple years straight.  He never really noticed.  Now he is wise to me and a special card is expected.  I don't mind.  I love making special cards for special people.

Carols of Christmas John birthday

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Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge #473 Paisleys & Posies

For our Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge this week, we are using Dapper Denim, Soft Suede, and Pear Pizzazz.  These form a soft palette and remind me that fall is coming.


I decided to use the Paisleys & Posies stamp set for this challenge.  This set appeared last year in the Holiday catalog and, thankfully, it was carried over to the new annual catalog.

CCMC #473

I love this stamp set.  I highly recommend pulling it off your shelf and making a card!

The card base is Dapper Denim card stock.  It measures 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and is scored and folded at 4 1/4.  Use your bone folder to get that fold nice and crisp.

The Pear Pizzazz layer is cut at 3 3/4 x 5.

The Whisper White layer measures 3 5/8 x 4 7/8.  I used the Paisleys & Posies stamp set to make my own patterned background.  The flower is Dapper Denim.  The larger leaf is Pear Pizzazz and the smaller leaf is Soft Suede.  Stamp these randomly over the paper changing the orientation of the stamps.  It's also a good idea to run the stamps off the page to make it more pleasing and natural.

The Whisper White banner  measures 1 x 3 3/4.  Stamp the words with the same stamp set in Pear Pizzazz.  The Soft Suede banner is 1 1/4 x 4.  Notch the ends of these banners using the Triple Layer Punch.  The punch makes it so easy to layer these banners perfectly.  Glue the two together and adhere to the card.

Use the Layering Ovals Framelits to cut the scalloped oval in Dapper Denim.  The flower is stamped in denim on white and cut with the Layering Ovals.  Adhere the two. The scalloped oval will have dimensionals on the back.

Make a bow with Linen Thread and adhere with a glue dot.

CCMC #473 inside

This is the inside of the card.  The only set needed for this entire card is Paisleys & Posies!  How easy is that!

CCMC #473 Paisleys & Posies

I do tend to make difficult cards.  This one can be made in about 10 minutes.  I love it!

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