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Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge #486, Musical Seasons

Thursdays are just the best.  It's the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge.  We have a sketch today.


I'm using the stamp set Musical Seasons for the challenge.  I'm also using the Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper.  It's lovely!


I think you could probably make multiples of this card fairly quickly.

Start with a card base of Thick Whisper White.  It measures 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored and folded at 4 1/4.  Use the Simply Scored or your Stampin' Trimmer to make the score line.  It folds much easier.

The Basic Black card stock measures 3 1/8 x 4 3/8.  The Merry Music paper is cut a 3 x 4 1/4.

The vertical strips of black Merry Music paper are cut at 1/2 x 4.

Stamp 3 of the plant sprigs on Whisper White card stock.  Use the Black Memento pad.  One of the sprigs will be used inside the card.  Color using the new Blends.  Use the light and dark Old Olive for the leaves and the Light Cherry Cobbler for the berries.  These sprigs are cut out using the Musical Instruments Framelits.

The sprigs are adhered with the Mini-Dimensionals. 

CCMC #486 up close

Add a bow of Linen Thread.

The sentiment is from the Star of Light stamp set.  It's on a 1/2 inch wide strip of white that's 3 inches long.  Notch the ends with the Triple Banner Punch.

CCMC#486 inside

The inside of the card has a strip of the black Merry Music Specialty paper that measures 1/2 x 5 1/2.  Attach the sprig on top of this.  The sentiment is from the Musical Seasons stamp set.

CCMC #486 Musical Seasons

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you check out all the projects using this sketch.  There are some wonderful ideas.

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Swaps, Swaps, Swaps

One of the things Stampin' Up! demostrators love to do is share!  It's part of the motto of Inspire, Create, Share.  I want to share some of the cards I have received recently.  Please keep in mind that some of the cards are cased from Pinterest or other sources.  I don't know who to give credit for the originals.  If you see your card, please send in a comment for recognition.

Debbie Brooks

Debbie Brooks made this card.  She is relatively new to my team, but she has been making cards for a while.  I wish you could see all of the embossing on the card for real.  It is gorgeous!  Debbie used the stamp set Falling Flowers.

Twila Hartford (3)

This card was made by Twila Hartford.  I love the colors she used.  The stamp set is Vintage Leaves.  Did you notice the background has been embossed with the Woodland folder?  It all works so well together.

Cindy Rose (3)

This card was made by Cindy Rose.  If you follow my blog, you might have noticed that I love the Painted Harvest stamp set.  I've had many posts with this set.  The Decorative Ribbon Border punch adds great detail to this card!

Patti Tacy

This card was made by Patti Tacy.  She is the newest member of the Luv 2 Create team!  This was her first time swapping with us!  Great card, Patti.  Great use of designer paper!

Kaye Owenby

This card was made by Kaye Owenby!  This is one of the stamp sets I did not get.  I'm so happy to have this sample because I covet that set.  It's called Good Tidings.

Kaye Owenby 2

I think Kaye Owenby also made this card using the embossing folder Woodland.  I love the technique of coloring part of the embossing folder to get this effect.  Did you get that Copper Trim?  It's beautiful here.  The leaves are from the Colorful Seasons Bundle.

Tina Lesson

Have you seen the frames that have been popular.  They are made all in one piece and require lots of scoring and folding to make the frame part.  Tina Lesson made up this card.  It's made on the same premise as the frames, but it's a card!  So smart!  Tina used the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper.  There's more of the Painted Harvest bundle!

Tina Lesson swap 1

Tina Lesson swap 2

This card was also made by Tina Lesson.  I showed the inside because it is a gift card holder.  Great idea!

Here is my last swap for the group.

Painted Harvest with acorns

The post for this card is here.

If you are part of my swaps and I have not included your card, it is not on purpose.  These kind of got lost on my desk.  I'm afraid that some could have escaped without getting posted.  I apologize if this happened.  

Thanks so much for looking at these cards.  I have some very talented people around me!  Most of these people are in my team.  If you are interested, go here.  I would love to have you on my team!

See you tomorrow!


It's Christmas for the NC Demo Blog Hop!

Welcome to you!  I'm so glad you have joined the North Carolina Demo Blog Hop!  We're celebrating Christmas with some great ideas for you!  I hope you visit all of us.  I know you will be glad you did!  You might have just come from Tamra's blog.  She has such great creativity!

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This month, I have a Christmas frame for you.  I used the Leaf Punch and Painted Harvest to make poinsettias.  This art work is 9 x 9 and fits into an Ikea frame.  Because there is dimension to the frame, I had a hard time getting a picture without a shadow at the top.

Frame in frame 2

So I'm going to show you a better picture without the frame.

Poinsettia Frame with Leaf Punch

This project is a lot of fun to make.  I will warn you that I have a lot of pictures to go with this to show how to make the flowers.  Here's a close up of one of the poinsettias.

Poinsettia Christmas frame close up

I will say that I was inspired to make the flower after seeing a card by Debbie Henderson.  You can see that post here.  I'll go over how to make the flowers and then the rest of the frame.

Use Cherry Cobbler ink and stamp 6 complete leaves from Painted Harvest and 6 leaves without the stem on Whisper White card stock.  Punch these out.  Trim any stem to where the leaves start on the last 6.

Poinsettia Frame stamped

Poinsettia Frame punched

I did curl all the leaves with my bone folder.  Be careful!

Punch a circle with the 3/4 inch circle punch.  I used the Thick Whisper White, but it won't be seen.  Add adhesive to the circle.  I used the Multipurpose Liquid Glue, but choose what you like.  I placed two of the leaves opposite each other and then filled in two leaves between the two on each side for a total of 6.  Let this dry a little.  You might want to hold the pieces in place for a moment.

Poinsettia Frame first 6 leaves

I did use glue dots to add the shorter leaves.  I tried to place them between the stems of the first layer.

Poinsettia Frame second layer

Stamp three of the leaves in Garden Green and punch out.  Curl these leaves with your bone folder, too. Using glue dots, adhere these to stick out where you please.  I used a regular hole punch and punched out a lot of dots from Daffodil Delight card stock.  Sponge around the dots with Cherry Cobbler ink.  Add with glue dots to the flower.

Poinsettia Frame with leaves and center

You will need to make three flowers for this frame.

Poinsettia Frame with Leaf Punch

The background paper used for the frame is the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper cut 9 x 9.

For the pot, use the new Champagne Foil Sheets.  Cut a rectangle 3 x 4 1/2.  From the top corner cut down to the bottom inside 1/2 inch to make the diagonal.  The top of the pot is 3/4 x 5.  Emboss both pieces with the Holly Embossing Folder and sponge lightly with Basic Black Archival ink.  Adhere the top to the bottom with Fast Fuse.  Add a ribbon of the 7/8 inch Striped Ribbon from page 12 of the Holiday Catalog.  That bold black and white stripe is so striking!  Add a knot made with the same ribbon on top.

The tag is made using the Merry Cafe stamp set.  Stamp the Christmas first in Garden Green and then add the Merry in Cherry Cobbler.  Cut this out with the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  Add with dimensionals.

Poinsettia Frame pot

Adhere the pot to the background with Foam Adhesive Strips.

Stamp 8 or 9 leaves using the Vintage Leaves stamp set on Whisper White card stock.  Stamp these in Garden Green.  Use a sponge dauber to color in the leaves.  Cut these out using the Leaflets Framelits.  It might help to curl these leaves a little with the bone folder, too.

Cut out the Basic Black sprigs using the Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies.  I used 5.  I felt like I needed to pull in a little more black to go with the ribbon.

I'm not sure I can tell you exactly how to do the rest of the frame.  I can say that I started at the bottom and worked my way up filling in around the flowers.  Many dimensionals were used!  It's easy to add extra dimension to the larges leaves by pulling up on them and then sticking.  Just play around with the pieces until you are happy.

Finally, play around with the flowers just a little more and curl and lift some of the petals to add a little more interest.

Poinsettia Frame complete

If you are thinking of making this frame for a gift, you just might need a card to go with it.  Use a 3 x 6 piece of Thick Whisper White and score at 3.  Add another flower to the front.

Poinsettia Frame card

The Merry is from Merry Cafe.  To make it a little more special decorate the flap of the 3 x 3 envelopes found on page 44 of the Holiday Catalog.  Just trace around the flap onto the patterned paper, cut out, and adhere to the flap.

Poinsettia Frame card and envelope

I do think this would make a great gift.  One of my team saw this and immediately asked for a class!  We are thinking a pot with spring flowers!  Think about it.

Next on the blog hop is Tracie.  She will have a fantastic project.  You will not want to miss it!  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I'm so glad you did.

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A Tennis Christmas

Each year I make tennis Christmas cards for my husband's tennis friends.  This is year 9.  You know, it's hard to think up that many different cards.  Each year the number I make seems to increase, too.  This year I made 30 for him.  Read to the end and I'll show you all of the rest of the cards.  Here is the card for 2017.

Tennis Christmas card 2017

Now, keep in mind that the tennis racket and the balls are not Stampin' Up!  They are stamps I picked up at a show several years back.

The base is Thick Whisper White measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.  This paper folds much much better if you do score it with the Simply Scored Scoring Tool or your Stampin' Trimmer.

The Emerald Envy layer is 3 1/4 x 4 1/4.  The next layer is 3 x 4 and is from the Be Merry Designer Series Paper.  It's in the annual catalog.  This size patterned paper is great because you can get 12 pieces from one sheet and no waste!

This year I'm using the Hang Your Stocking stamp set along with the Christmas Stocking Thinlits.  These are both in the annual catalog, too.  

The stocking is cut out in Emerald Envy card stock.  Stamp the toe, heel, and cuff of the stocking in Emerald Envy on white scraps and cut out.  Add a tree in white.  The stocking also has the holly leaves in green and the berries in Cherry Cobbler.  All of the decor is from the Christmas Stocking Thinlits.  Add a bow using the Linen Thread.  Fill the stocking with tennis balls.  These were stamped in black on Daffodil Delight card stock and punched out with the 1/2  inch circle punch.  The one in the middle is on a dimensional.

The tennis racket was also stamped in Memento Black and colored with the Light Smoky Slate Blender Pen.  Fussy cut.

The sentiment is from the Hang Your Stocking set.  Stamp it in Emerald Envy on white.  Cut out with the Layering Ovals Framelits.  Mount with dimensionals.  Glue on another tennis ball.

Tennis Christmas inside

The sentiment is from Hang Your Stockings.  Add a few more tennis balls.  In my 30 I messed up the inside on only one of them.  I stamped the words upside down.  That's not a good thing.  You can see that I stamped the words again on another piece of white card stock and punched it out with a circle punch.  It works.

Tennis Christmas 2017

So here is the card that I made for 2016.

Tennis Christmas card with Wondrous Wreath.

And here are the cards made in previous years.  Keep in mind that I didn't always use just Stampin' Up! supplies.  I did wise up though.

Tennis anyone

I just realized that I've had the tennis racket and ball stamps for over 9 years!  If you want to read about my other tennis posts go here.

I hope that you make your own Christmas cards.  I hope that you've already started on this.  Every year I send well over 100 Christmas cards and my husband sends his.  Each is made with love.  After all, that's what we do!  Spread the love.  If I can help you with supplies, just let me know.  You can access my online store below.  Did you know that these Christmas Stocking Thinlits are on sale on the Online Extravaganza?


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Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge #485, May Flowers Framelits

Happy Thanksgiving!  It's another Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge.  This time we have a color challenge.  We are using Berry Burst, Bermuda Bay, and Old Olive.


With it being Thanksgiving, I had to work in a fall kind of theme to the card.


I do really like this card!  These are great colors together!

Start with a card base of Berry Burst.  It measures 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.

The Whisper White layer is 4 x 5 1/4.  The Old Olive layer is 3 3/4 x 5.  The Whisper White layer measures 3 5/8 x 4 7/8.

Cut leaves using your Big Shot and the May Flowers Framelits.  Cut them in Berry Burst, Bermuda Bay, and Old Olive.  Place the leaves on the white layer in a pleasing way.  The easiest way to glue these down is to use the Silicone Mat.  Squeeze some of the Multipurpose Liquid Glue in the corner.  Use a piece of a sponge to put glue on the back of the leaf carefully.  

Add a ribbon and bow in Berry Burst.  It's the Finely Woven Ribbon.

A Berry Burst 1/2 inch banner is added from the Color Theory Designer Series 6 x 6 stack.  Add another white banner.  The sentiment, stamped in Old Olive, is from the  Painted Harvest stamp set.  Notch the ends with the Triple Banner Punch.

CCMC #485 May Flowers Framelits up close

Here's the inside of the card.

CCMC#485 May Framelits inside

Add leaves of each color on the inside along with the sentiment from Painted Harvest.

CCMC#485 May Flowers Framelits  Painted Harvest

I hope you have the happiest of Thanksgiving holidays.  Even if you are not in the US, it's always time to be thankful of so many things.  Did you know that thankful people are happy people?  Enjoy your family and friends!

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