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March 2017

CCMC450 and the Basket Bunch

How did the Basket Bunch bundle become my favorite thing in the Occasions catalog? I was not going to get it.  I told myself that it was seasonal and I wouldn't be able to use it very long.  The truth of the matter is that I love it!  I think I have made more with this bundle than any other.  The fact is that I needed the Basket Bunch stamp set and Basket Builder Framelits Dies. 

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 So here is another card made with the bundle for the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge.  

CCMC450 with Basket Bunch

The color challenge of So Saffron, Sweet Sugarplum, and Mint Macaron just seem to scream Easter to me.  Here are all the details.

  • This card base is Thick Whisper White card stock measuring 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 5 1/2.
  • The Mint Macaron card stock layer is cut at 3 7/8 x 5 1/8.
  • The patterned paper is from the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper pack.  It measures 3 3/4 x 5.  Did you see that SU has added this paper as a Sale-a-Bration free item?  Use #147363 to make it your choice.
  • The next layer is So Saffron card stock.  It is 2 5/8 x 4 1/8.
  • The last layer is also from the Succulent Garden DSP pack.  I love those Sweet Sugarplum squares.  Cut this piece 2 1/2 x 4.
  • Using the Big Shot, cut two grass pieces from Mint Macaron card stock.  You'll need to trim one of these, but you can hide where it is pieced under the eggs.
  • I ended up with 9 eggs.  I cut a plain egg and the 3 different intricate eggs in the three colors.  Glue them together in any way you wish.  Some are attached right on to the card and some are attached with dimensionals.

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  • The sentiment is from the Basket Bunch stamp set.  Stamp it on a 1/2 inch wide piece of Whisper White in Sweet Sugarplum.  Pair it with another piece of the Succulent Garden paper cut at 1/2 inch too.  They are about 3 inches long and notched on the end.  Finish it with a Sweet Sugarplum enamel shape heart.


For the inside of the card, use the part of the grass you cut off for the front grass.  I added another egg.

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Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  I hope you found some inspiration. It's not too late to get the Basket Bunch Bundle.  You'll be so glad you did!  Just click below!  Don't forget that you can get the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper as a free Sale-a-Bration choice #147363.


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Tasty Treats Specialty Paper Gets Cut!

Does it happen to you?  You have this beautiful specialty paper with glimmer or shiny spots.  You know, something special.  I have such a hard time cutting this paper.  I keep thinking that the paper needs a super special project.  I can never think of anything that would live up to the paper.  Well, guess what, the paper makes the project special.  Use it!  I'm preaching to myself!  I took the plunge and cut the strawberry and cherry shiny paper from Tasty Treats!  I realize that my design is simple, but the project is special!  Here's my card!

Cherry card with Tasty Treats Specialty DSP

Somehow the Basket Builder Framelits got in there!  What can I say?  I might be addicted.

  • The card base is Chocolate Chip card stock measuring 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 5 1/2, and folded.
  • The Watermelon Wonder card stock layer measures 3 3/4 x 5.
  • The cherries and strawberries shiny paper from the Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper pack is cut at 3 5/8 x 4 7/8.
  • A strip of paper from the same pack is 3/4 x 4 7/8.
  • For the focal point, start with a Whisper White circle cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies.  It's not in a catalog but you can order it.  Just ask me or click on the image below.
  • Cut a detailed basket from Chocolate Chip and a plain basket from Watermelon Wonder and glue them together.
  • Now get out those snips and cut out cherries from more paper.  I glued the basket down and then added the cherries on top.  I left a little room to slip some of the cherries just a little below the basket.
  • Add a Linen Thread bow.
  • The sentiment is from Tasty Trucks, a Sale-a-Bration item.  Stamp it in Chocolate Chip on a 1/2 inch piece of white.  Notch the end and add another cherry at the other end.  Glue the end with the cherry to the circle and put a half dimensional at the notched end.

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For the inside, the sentiment is from the Cool Treats stamp set.  Add some cherries inside with the same stamp set.

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I actually think that the simplicity of the design showcases the great specialty paper, don't you?  This card wouldn't have to be for a birthday.  Anyone would like wishes for a great day!  I do love how this turned out.  In fact, I'm going to make more of them.  I still have some of that great paper left!  Cut it!

DID YOU SEE THAT THE TASTY TREATS DESIGNER SERIES PAPER HAS BEEN ADDED AS A FREE ITEM FOR SALE-A-BRATION!!!!!  Use the #147364 to get it for free with you $50 order!  Click below to go to my store!



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Falling Flowers, Another Look

Falling Flowers is a great stamp set.  It also has the coordinating framelits called May Flowers.  Best of all, you can purchase these as a bundle!  I made this card about a month ago, but I haven't shared it with you yet.

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I cased my self when I made cards for the last Color Fusers blog hop seen here.  I had just made this card and thought it would look so pretty in the colors for the fuser challenge.  This card got pushed behind.  It's very pretty too.  Here's how to make it.

  • Start with a card base of Very Vanilla measuring 4 1/4 x 11, score at 5 1/2, and fold.
  • Stamp in Tip Top Taupe with the large swirl stamp in Falling Flowers.  Sponge around the outside of the card.
  • The next layer measures 2 1/2 x 4.  Run it through the Big Shot with the Festive Embossing Folder and sponge around the outside of this layer.  Attach with dimensionals.
  • The flowers and leaves are stamped on vanilla in taupe.  I colored them with the Blender Pen using Pool Party, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, and Daffodil Delight. Cut out with the May Flowers Framelits.  Adhere the pieces with glue.  You'll need dimensionals where the pieces extend out beyond the layer.  The yellow flower is attached with dimensionals.
  • The sentiment is from the Helping Me Grow stamp set.  Stamp in taupe, cut it out with snips, and then sponge around it.  Glue on and use a dimensional where is extends out.

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The inside has the swirl again in Tip Top Taupe and another flower.  This one is glued down flat.

I do love the subdued colors on this card.

Falling Flowers

It's amazing how just a few changes can make a card look so different.  I don't know what it is about that embossing folder, but I just love it!  Purchase the Falling Flowers bundle and the Festive Embossing Folder and you'll qualify for a free Sale-a-Bration item.  You'll have to order by March 31 for this great deal.  Sale-a-Bration will be ending.  Sad face.  Click on any item below to go to my online store!  I would appreciate it!

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Peep S'Mores

If you do a search for Peep S'Mores on Pinterest, you will find lots of entries.  I tried them and they are delicious!!!!!  This is my version of Peep S'Mores.

Peep S'Mores

Aren't they cute!  You need graham crackers.  I broke a large cracker in half for two parts.  You also need a snack size Hershey bar, and a Peep.  Put all of this in a zip lock baggie.  Mine measures 6 x 8 and came from a local craft store.  Also add directions to the bag.  These are warmed in the microwave.  Here are the directions I used.


Place 1 graham cracker on a microwave safe plate.

Place chocolate on graham cracker.

Place peep on top of chocolate.

Microwave 15 seconds.  Watch it carefully.  It will get big!

Place the other graham cracker on top and press.  Let it sit a few seconds.

Enjoy!  It could be a little messy!

Of course you don't want a little person using the microwave alone!


For the headers, I used Pool Party, Marina Mist, Calypso Coral, and Blushing Bride.

  • Cut the header card stock at 4 x 4 1/4.  Score at 2 on the 4 inch side and fold.  
  • Staple header to the baggie.
  • Adhere coordinating paper from the Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack.  Put one on the front and one on the back to cover the staples.  Cut these panels at 1 3/4 x 4.
  • The title was printed on my computer and trimmed. 
  • Stamp three peeps from the Basket Bunch stamp set and cut them out with the Basket Builder Framelit Dies.  Use a half dimensional to adhere each peep.  I used Daffodil Delight card stock.

Wouldn't these look great in an Easter basket!  It's just another excuse to buy the Basket Bunch bundle from the Occasions catalog.  I've gone a little crazy with that bundle.  Click below on the product list for the bundle and make those special people in your life a Peep S'More!


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CCMC449 with Definitely Dahlia

Today the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge is a sketch.

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When I saw this sketch, it made me think of a single image spread all across the three rectangles.  I decided to use the stamp set Definitely Dahlias.  I haven't used it in a long time.  In fact, I had to check and make sure it was still current.  This is the card I made.

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This card is a little step outside of the box for me.  I'm not a brights kind of person.  I do think this card is pretty.  Here's how to make it.

  • Start with a card base of Elegant Eggplant cut 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4 and folded.  
  • The next layer is Melon Mambo measuring 4 x 5 1/4.
  • The strip of patterned paper is 3/4 x 5 1/4.  It's from the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper.
  • For the dahlia, I used Watercolor Paper.  I cut a big piece 4 x 5 1/4 for my watercolor.  I tried this both ways.  You can do your watercolor and then stamp the dahlia with Versamark.  Cover in white embossing powder and heat with the heat tool.  Of course the watercolor must dry completely before you stamp.  You can also stamp the dahlia first and emboss it in white embossing powder before you do any watercoloring.  Either way, I do suggest using the Embossing Buddy. I couldn't tell much of a difference with either technique.
  • This is how I did the watercolor.  I used Elegant Eggplant and Melon Mambo ink pads.  Wet the entire area well.  Use a closed baggie.  Tap the pad on the baggie. Then pick it up, wrinkle it up a little, and apply the color directly to the paper.  I started with Melon Mambo.  You'll need to repeat the process until you are happy.  Wipe the baggie clean with paper towels.  Now use the Elegant Eggplant. Do the same process.  I used the pink on the left and purple on the right and tried to mingle it a little in the middle.  Just play with the color until you are happy.  This process allows for concentrated color.
  • After everything is dry, cut the paper to 3 1/2 measuring top to bottom.  Look at the design to determine where you want to start cutting for the panels.  Each piece is 1 1/4 inches wide.  The pieces are cut so the design continues across the paper.  I did use the side of the blade of my paper snips to rough up the edges of the watercolor paper rectangles.
  • The tag at the top is punched with the Classic Label Punch out of left over watercolor.
  • The tag on the bottom has the sentiment from Beautiful You stamped in Elegant Eggplant.  I hand cut the point on the tag.


Here's the inside of the card.  The sentiment is from Beautiful You again.  For the dahlia, I stamped it in Melon Mambo and then sponged around the edges in Elegant Eggplant.

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Don't forget to check out the rest of the cards in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge.  Click on any product below to order from my online store!  Thanks.

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