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Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge #463

Good morning!  I'm here again with the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge #463.  Today we are using the picture on page 131 of the Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 annual catalog.

I chose to follow the layout of the card.  Here's my card.

CCMC#463 Ribbon of Courage

There's so much to love about the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper.  Since I just got this pack, I decided to use it!

  • The card base is Thick Whisper White card stock.  It measures 4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 5 1/2.
  • Cut the herringbone paper 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  This covers the entire card front.
  • The wood look paper measures 3 1/2 x 4 3/4.  Be careful how you cut these.  You want the wood grain in the right direction.
  • The dotted paper is cut at 1 1/4 x 4.
  • My Whisper White paper is 1 1/2 x 3.   Stamp the sentiment from Ribbon of Courage in Garden Green.
  • Cut 3 flowers in Soft Sky and 3 leaves in Garden Green using the Support Ribbon Framelits.  You might have missed the flower and leaf in this set.  Take a look! They are fantastic!  Add two of the flowers and leaves on each side of the sentiment.  The other flower and leaf goes inside.
  • Finish off with a little bling.  Put the Silver Faceted Gems in the center of the flowers and add some rhinestones on near the sentiment.

Support Ribbon Framelits flower and leaf

Here's a close up of the flower and leaf.  Don't you love it.  Very flower child!

CCMC#463 inside

Here's a look at the inside of the card.  The words are from Artistically Asian.  It's stamped in Early Espresso.  I also added an espresso dot in the center of the flower so the card would close flat.  I love how this card turned out.  It does have flowers, but with the colors, it could be a little masculine.

Support ribbon flower card

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A Fancy Birthday Card

Last week, my sister had a birthday.  Since she's my sister, and a card maker, I wanted to try something a little more involved.  She's worth it!  I won the stamp set Oh, So Eclectic at the On Stage Savannah.  I've been itching to get the coordinating thinits, and they finally came!  And, of course, I needed to use the Happy Birthday Thinlits, too.  Here's my card.

Oh  So Eclectic Happy Birthday

I started by coloring a piece of Watercolor Paper with Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst, and Blushing Bride.  I did this using my spritzer to wet my paper first.  Then I used Block C.  Press the block on the lightest color pad and apply to the paper.  Continue with each color, Blushing Bride and then Berry Burst.  It's OK to leave a little white space here and there.  I used this technique on a card I shared earlier here.  Let this dry completely.

  • The card base is Berry Burst measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4.
  • The Whisper White layer is 4 x 5 1/4.  I stamped it randomly with the dots from the Oh, So Eclectic set, some in Lemon Lime Twist and some in Berry Burst.
  • Cut the patterned paper from the Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper using the largest circle from the Layering Circles Framelit Dies.
  • Using the Happy Birthday Framelits Die, cut from the dry watercolored paper.   Also cut two more more Thick Whisper White card stock.  Adhere all of these layers with the water color on top.  This thickness gives the Happy Birthday dimension.  But wait!  Take your Versamark pad and press all over the Happy Birthday.  Cover with Clear Embossing Powder and melt it with the Heat Tool. This gives it a beautiful shine!  Adhere to the circle.

Shine on Happy Birthday with clear embossing powder

  • Using the rest of the watercolored paper, cut flowers.  These thinlits have a part that cuts out the outside of the flower.  It also has a more intricate piece that you can place inside.  It's a little like the Special Reason Thinlits from the Occasions catalog that were retired.
  • Add some leaves cut from Lemon Lime card stock.

Happy Birthday  Oh  So Eclectic

For the inside, I used a sentiment from the Special Celebrations stamp set.

Martha 3

I really should have put a flower on the inside, but I had used up all of my watercolored paper.  Time just didn't allow me to do more.

I love how this card turned out.  It was a lot of fun, but a little labor intensive.  That's what made it so much fun!

Martha's birthday card

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Have a Birthday Beer!

Today, I'm sharing a birthday card I made for my nephew.  I recently bought the stamp set Mixed Drinks for the occasions.  Here's the card.

Mixed Drinks

This is a cute little set.

  • The card base is Thick Whisper White measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.
  • Start by stamping the beer mug randomly over the card in Smoky Slate ink.
  • The washi tape used is from my retired stash.
  • Stamp the mug in Basic Black Memento ink on Whisper White.  I used Crushed Curry to stamp in the beer.  Add the bubbles around the mug in Smoky Slate.  Cut this out using the largest circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  Cut a scalloped frame from Basic Black card stock.  Glue together and mount all of its with dimensionals.
  • The thumbs up image is from a free set with got at the On Stage Savannah called Tabs for Everything.  Stamp in black and punch with the 3/4 inch circle punch.  Use a dimensional to adhere to the card.
  • The sentiment is stamped in black and is from Guy Greetings.  To be truthful I messed it up the first time I stamped it.  That's why it's now on another piece of notched paper.  It's what stampers do, right?

I usually have the insides of the card, but this one got mailed before I photographed it.  I stamped the beer mug inside, but I'm not sure of the sentiment used.  

Mixed Drinks birthday card

My post is short and sweet today.  This card can go together in minutes.  It's even faster if you don't mess up the sentiment the first time!  Thanks for stopping by today. I love that you did!

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Colorful Seasons Is Nature at Its Best

One of Stampin' Up!'s best thoughts is the branch and flowers from Colorful Seasons. I just love it!  Just check on Pinterest.  You'll see that lots of people love it.  Here is my take.  It's a card we made in class recently.

Colorful Seasons  branch and bird

I have paired it with the beautiful new In Color Berry Burst.  I'm not a pink person, but this color is just lovely.  Here's how the card is made.

  • The card base is Berry Burst measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.
  • The striped paper at the bottom is from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack.  It's a 6 x 6 stack.  My piece is cut 2 x 5 1/2.  It goes at the bottom of the front of the card.  Butt up next to it a piece of Old Olive card stock that measures 3/8 x 5 1/2.
  • Cut a piece of Watercolor Paper 2 1/2 x 4.  Use the Aqua Painter to brush on Old Olive ink.  Just press on the lid of the ink pad.  When you open it, there will be ink in the lid of the pad.  Use that.  Brush on the ink until you like it and allow to dry completely.  If you want to rush the drying process, use the Heat Tool.
  • The branch is cut from Early Espresso and the flowers from Berry Burst.  Use the Layering Seasons Thinlits Dies.  The bird is also in Early Espresso.  It's from the Birds and Blooms Thinlits Dies.  Adhere with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.  Use Fast Fuse to adhere the panel.  Watercolor Paper sometimes needs a little extra.
  • The words are from The Colorful Seasons stamp set.  Stamp in Old Olive on Whisper White.  Cut this out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  Adhere with dimensionals.

Colorful seasons inside (2)

Here's the inside of the card.  This is all stamped in Berry Burst.  I suggested in class that they might want to stamp the sentiment in Old Olive.  It does look better.

Colorful Seasons and Birds and Blooms

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Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge #462

The Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge Team is using the brand new 2017 catalog as our inspiration this month.  Today we are using a card from page 43 of the catalog.


I decided to use the color combination for my card today.  I'll be using Island Indigo, Pool Party, and Lemon-Lime Twist.  Watercolor is so popular in the stamping world, I thought I would try it today.


To get this watercolor effect, spritz water all over the paper.   You'll also need to have a paper towel close by.  I used a size C clear block.  Press the block onto the ink pad and then place the color on the wet paper and drag the block where you want the color.  Clean the block and repeat with a different color.  Repeat again.  I think it's better to start with the lightest color and move to the darkest.  I added some indigo dots by flicking the large end of the Island Indigo marker against the lid.  There's a great video by Cindee Wilkinson here.

  • The card base is Thick Whisper White measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.
  • The Island Indigo layer is 3 1/4 x 4 1/4.  The Whisper White layer is 3 1/8 x 4 1/8.
  • The size of the Watercolor Paper is 3 x 4.  I did also watercolor 2 pieces at 1 x 5 1/2.
  • Adhere the indigo, white, and watercolor rectangles together.  Make sure all of the watercolors are completely dry.  Tie around the left side using the new Lemon Lime Twist 1/2 inch Finely Woven Ribbon.  I just tied it in a knot.
  • Add one of the strips down the left side of the card and the adhere the rectangle piece.
  • The sentiment comes from the Label Me Pretty stamp set.  I colored directly on the stamp with markers.  I used the Island Indigo marker from the Regals Stampin' Write Markers and the Lemon Lime Twist marker from the 2017-2019 In Color Stampin' Write Markers.  Punch out with the 1 3/8 inch circle punch. Punch out an Island Indigo circle with the 1 1/2 inch circle punch.  Glue the two together and then adhere with dimensionals to the card.

CCMC462 inside

For the inside add the other strip of watercolor down the left side.  The sentiment is stamped with Island Indigo.  It's from the Just Add Text stamp set.

Watercolor for the CCMA#462

This is a quick and easy card.  The most time is spent waiting for the watercolor to dry.  You can always use the Heat Tool to speed that up, and it will be ready in no time.  Think of all the color combinations you could use!  The neat thing is that every project will look different.  Here's a card I made for my daughter to give to some of her Senior art students.

Crafting Forever Watercolor

I hope you will try this technique.  It's fun and easy.

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