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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!

Don't forget that the 2017 Holiday catalog goes live September 1st.  Don't have a catalog?  If you don't already have a demonstrator, I would be happy to send you one.  Just send me a message!  It's a great catalog!  You need it!

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A Little Christmas Painted Harvest

Have you noticed the Season of Glitz Mini Bows on page 21 of the Holiday catalog?  I must say that I looked right over them.  I was working on a challenge by my team leader Patty Bennett and it required using the bows.  I bit the bullet and bought them just to complete that challenge.  When they came, they are just so cute!  This is the project that I made.

Painted Harvest wreath treat

These treat holders are nothing new.  Use the Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper to make them.  You will need a 6 x 6 piece.  That means you can get 4 holders from a sheet of 12 x 12 paper.  If you want the directions, you can get them here from a post I made earlier.

The tag on the front of the holder is made with the Painted Harvest stamp set.  I wish I could take credit for this idea.  It is not original.  I do not know to whom to give credit.  Stamp the wreath in Old Olive for the larger stamp and Always Artichoke for the smaller stamp. The dots on the wreath are stamped in Berry Burst.  That color most closely matches the bows.  The Merry in the center comes from the Merry Cafe stamp set.  All is stamped on Whisper White card stock.

Cut this out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits and adhere to the holder with dimensionals.  Add the bow.  These have a sticker on the back just like the larger bows you might use on a regular package.

Of course Christmas candies are not available now.  These holders are perfect for the Ghirardelli chocolate squares.  I choose the Dark Cholcolate Raspberry.  The colors were close to the color of the bow.

Painted Harvest treats with candy

I recently made these for a tiny seat gift at a Luv 2 Create team meeting.  They are quick and cute!  I love them with the music patterned paper.

Painted Harvest Bow Treat Holder

Thanks for stopping by today.  The Holiday catalog goes lives on Friday, September 1st!  It's an exciting time in the Stampin' Up! world.  I'd love to be your demonstrator if you don't already have one.  If you live in the Conover, NC area, I also have card classes monthly at my home.  These are the cards we'll be making on September 7th, 8th, or 11th.

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We make 5 cards at each class.  Let me know if you are interested and I'll let you know all the details.  Stampers make great friends!

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It's Back to School with the NC Demo Blog Hop

So, it's back to school time.  Where has the summer gone?  I'm a retired first grade teacher so this time of year always has mixed feelings for me.  I loved teaching my little ones!  But, I have to say that I love being retired!  It's my reward, right!

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Being a retired teacher, I think I know what a teacher might like to receive as a gift. She, or he, needs something useful and cute!  I'm really excited to share my project for today.  It's a peek into the new Holiday Catalog going live on September 1.  It's a great catalog!  It has these really cute little pizza boxes that are just adorable!  Just let me share.

Pizza box and note cards

Here's the box.

Pizza box top

Pizza box side

Who knew that you can stamp directly onto the dull side of the box?  I was afraid I would ruin it but I think it turned out really cute.  Stamp the box while it is still flat. The seams will not stamp.  It doesn't matter.  Here are a few pictures to show the process.

Pizza box with Crushed Curry

This image shows the flat box stamped with the larger flower image from the stamp set Painted Harvest.  I used Crushed Curry.

Pizza box add Pumpkin Pie

Next, add the smaller flower image on top using Pumpkin Pie.

Pizza box add leaves

The centers of the flowers are in Soft Suede.  Add the leaves.  The more solid stamp is in Pear Pizzazz and the more detailed stamp is Always Artichoke stamped off.  There are places that I used a little mask so that the stem of the leaf was not quite as long. Just hold a piece of scrap paper near the edge of the flower and stamp so that part of the stem goes on the scrap.  The best part of this stamp set is that the stamping does not have to be perfect to still look great!

Fold the box and get ready to make the note cards for the inside.  Teachers need to send notes from time to time.  Sometimes these notes need to be special.  These can't be mailed, but they can be put in that special place to be taken home in a book bag. They might be placed in someone's mail box at school for a special cohort.

The Holiday catalog has brought back the 3 x 3 envelopes and they fit perfectly into the pizza box.

Pizza box note cards

I made 8 note cards and envelopes.  These are flat.  Ten could have fit in there.

The base of the cards are Always Artichoke card stock cut at 3 x 6 and folded.  Put the fold at the top.

Cut the Whisper White layer at 2 7/8 square.  You'll need 16 of these.  Eight of them will be adhered inside the note card.  These are small so they were left blank so there would be room for writing.

For the front of the cards stamp the flower just as stamped for the box near the lower right corner.  Add the leaves the same as stamped for the box, too.  The sentiment is from the stamp set Flourishing Phrases stamped in Always Artichoke.  They look so cute!

Stamp the flaps of the envelopes using all the same colors.  Open the flap and place a scrap piece of paper at the fold so no ink goes on the front of the envelope.

Tie the cards with some Linen Thread.

Pizza box and cards

Now, we need a tag for the front of the box.

Stamp the same flower on Whisper White card stock.  The sentiment is from the Painted Harvest set.  It's in Always Artichoke.

Cut this out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  

The leaves are stamped on white paper and then punched out with the coordinating Leaf Punch.  Make 4 of them and just place them where needed.

Add a bow of Linen Thread.  Run the thread around four fingers until happy, slip off and tie more thread around the middle.  Use a longer thread for this so you can wrap it around the middle several times before tying it off.

Of course Wink of Stella adds the finishing touch to the label.  Adhere with dimensionals.

Piaaz box Wink of Stella

It's hard to see the shine, but it's beautiful!

Pizza box  cards inside

Pizza box

So there you have it.  I must say I am really proud of this project.  Can you tell by all the pictures I included?

There are other great ideas on the hop this month.  Be sure and continue to see them all.  Tracie is next. 

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Oh, So Eclectic Meets Thoughtful Banners

Lately I've been using the annual catalog for inspiration.  Today's card got its start from page 66 of the catalog.

Page 66 in the catalog

Here is the card I made with this catalog page as a starting point.

Oh  So Eclectic & Thoughtful Banners

This card does have the banners on it like the sample and it does have flowers.  That might be as far as it goes.  Sometimes you just need a jumping off point!

  • The card base is Pool Party measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4  1/4.  Stamp around the outside of the card with Pool Party.  The stamp is from Oh, So Eclectic.
  • The Blushing Bride layer measures 3 5/8 x 4 7/8.
  • The Whisper White layer is 3 1/2 x 4 3/4.
  • Stamp the banners on the white layer using the Thoughtful Banners stamp set. The colors are Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist, and Blushing Bride.  Repeat.  The words are from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set, too.  They are stamped in Archival Black.  You'll want to stamp the words so that you have room for the flowers and leaves.
  • You'll need 4 of the full flowers (one on inside) and 2 of the flower buds and stems.  These are stamped in Archival Black on Whisper White.  Allow the ink to dry a little and then sponge with Blushing Bride.  I used a dauber.  You will need to color in the stems using the Lemon Lime Twist marker.  Stamp three of the leaves on Lemon Lime Twist in the same color.  Using the Eclectic Layers Thinlits, cut out the flowers and stems.  Some of the flowers are glued down and some are adhered with dimensionals.  Just place them the way you like them.  
  • The thank you banner is also from Thoughtful Banners.  Punch it out with the Duet Banner Punch and add dimensionals.

Oh  So Eclectic & Thoughtful Banners inside

For the inside of the card the Whisper White layer is the same size as on the front of the card.  The sentiment is from Oh, So Eclectic.  Stamp several leaves and add the extra flower.

Oh  So Eclectic + Thoughtful Banners

This card looks difficult to make.  It really isn't if you break it down into steps.  There is a lot of cutting using the Big Shot, but it's easy cutting.  I hope you'll try it.

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Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge #472

Good Morning!  Our Thursday challenge this week is a sketch.


This was a fun sketch.  It was a little different for me.  I decided to use some of the new product from the upcoming Holiday catalog.  So it's a sneak peek if you will.  The new catalog goes live on September 1st.  That's about a week away!

CCMC #472

The card base is the new Thick Very Vanilla measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4.  

The patterned paper is the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper.  It's gorgeous!  The Early Espresso herringbone paper is 2 inches wide.  Adhere to the base and trim to fit. The leaf paper measures 2 1/2 x 3.

Wrap the Linen Thread around the card 4 times.  I usually tape this so that it's behind where the label will be.

And speaking of the label, that's new, too.  The Everyday Label Punch can be bundled with the stamp set Merry Little Labels for 10% off.  I used another coordinating stamp set called Labels to Love.  The outline was stamped in Early Espresso.  The sentiment had leaves over the top and bottom.  I used tape over that so that it would not print. Punch it out and use dimensionals for a little pop.

The leaves are from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  Stamp the outline stamp in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla paper.  Ink up the solid leaf stamp in Lemon Lime Twist.  Add some Peekaboo Peach and some Cajun Craze ink with a sponge dauber in several places.  Do not completely cover up the green.  Using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits, cut out the leaves.  Use dimensionals to adhere the leaves, too.  By the way, the Colorful Seasons stamp set and the Seasonal Layers Thinlits can be purchased together in a bundle with 10% savings!

Finish off with a bow of Linen Thread.  I wrapped the thread around four fingers several times.  Slid it off the fingers and tied it in the middle.  Use a glue dot to stick this down.

That's it.  The inside uses the stamp set Count My Blessings.  It's also in the Holiday catalog.

CCMC#472 inside

I just love this saying and the font.  The leaves are made the same as for the front.  To be honest, I have a smear I needed to cover.  I had planned on only one leaf.

Painted Autumn CCMC #472

That's my first fall card of the season.  I like it a lot.  We will be making this card at my September classes.

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