Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Foil Frenzy Painted Harvest ~ HSS279

Hello stampers!  Today I'm sharing with you a card I made for the newest Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge.  When I first looked at these colors I didn't know what to do.  They are so summery and I'm still in Christmas/Winter card making mode.  Believe it or not, I finally just got this Painted Harvest set.  I know, I know, I'm late to the party!  Hey, better late than never, right?!  Anyway, I thought the two step stamps of this set might make for a nice match for this color combo.  I stamped the sunflower in Daffodil Delight and topped it with Calypso Coral and then stamped the leaves in Lemon Lime Twist and topped them with Bermuda Bay.  
For the background I went for (again my new) Foil Frenzy DSP.  I think it's actually Old Olive, but it could also double for Lemon Lime Twist....and that's what I'm doing with it!  I paired it with Calypso Coral retired DSP and stuck with those to main color so it wouldn't get too busy.  I stamped the sentiment in Bermuda Bay to showcase that color a bit more too.  I really enjoyed the way this came out in the end!

I hope you'll be able to join us in this challenge!  

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Happy Remarkable You ~ CCMC487, TSOT351

Happy Thursday everyone!  It's Create with Connie and Mary Challenge time again!  We've got a rich, bright color challenge for you this week.  I'm in such a Christmas mode that it was hard for me to break away from making Christmas cards!  I just love this time of year.  Christmas cards are my favorite to create.  Anyway, I decided I wanted to play around with my Blends markers again, so I chose a big flower from Remarkable You.  Since I stamped it with the Black Memento ink, I decided to add some black cardstock in there as well. I also added a touch of gold in there for added elegance. 
To help me along with my design team card this week I opted to use the sketch from Try Stampin' on Tuesday #351.  It's been quite a while since I played along with that challenge so I'm happy to join up again!  

I hope you'll join us this week using these fun colors.  Just upload your card the the Create with Connie and Mary Facebook page!

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Buffalo Plaid Pinecone Joy ~ CCMC486, GDP115, ATSM270

Hey there stampers!  Create with Connie and Mary Sketch Challenge #486 is here!  I combined my sketch with Global Design Project #115 Christmas Joy Theme and Addicted to Stamps and more #270 Photo inspiration.  
This is probably one of my most favorite cards I've done yet this Christmas.  Number one, I'm a huge, huge fan of Buffalo Plaid anything and when I saw someone else somewhere take the black and white plaid paper from Merry Little Christmas DSP pack and sponge it with Real Red I fell in love and HAD to try it myself!  I LOVE the results!!! I mixed it with some Always Artichoke, tones of brown for the pinecones and a touch of gold for a little Christmas shine.  
Favorite reason number two is the Pretty Pines.  I was thrilled when I saw they brought this stamp and thinlit set into the annual catalog.  It's one of the best Christmas sets ever, I think.  And It doesn't just have to be Christmas either.  It can just be woodsy.

I cut one of each of the pinecone thinlits from Pretty Pines in Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, and Early Espresso and then layered them together.  I like the solid, substantial look it gave them.  Once I had them glued on I gave them a brush of Wink of Stella for a bit of shimmer.  Everything was topped off with a couple of bows and a gold gem.  
The JOY diecut is from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits set.  It originally said ENJOY but I cut the EN off.  

I certainly hope you'll join us this week!  Just share your card in on the Create with Connie and Mary Facebook page.
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Village on a Hill ~ HSS278

Hello Stampers!  It's time for another Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge.  This time we have a Christmas inspiration for you!  I got to choose this time's theme and I thought it would be fun to go with comfy, cozy, country Christmas.  
I chose to be inspired by the top pillow in the top left picture.  I like the little neutral houses sitting atop a snow hill.  I tried to mimic it the best I could.  I placed it all on a piece of Wood Textures DSP to add some texture to the background.  I also stamped and embossed snowflakes in the sky.  I added the cross-stitching from the Christmas Quilt set to give a handmade feel.  

Here's a better picture of the snowflakes.

I also stamped the inside.  I don't always do this but I think it make the card a little more special.
I hope you'll be inspired to play along with us this time!  
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Bright Holiday Villiage ~ CCMC485

Hello stampers and happy Thanksgiving!  I hope your day will be filled with family and gratefulness!
Today we've got a bright color combination for you at Create with Connie and Mary!  Be sure to share your card with us at the Create With Connie and Mary Facebook page.  
I decided to go with a nice little Christmas Village scene.  I used watercolor paper and splashed on Berry Burst and Bermuda Bay onto the houses and some Old Olive onto the trees.  The background is from the Color Theory DSP pack.  
I added sparkle in the form of Dazzling Diamonds paper as well as Iridescent Ice embossed stars and some Iridescent Sequins.

I hope you'll find time to play along with us!  Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Coffee Cup of Cheer ~ CCMC484, ATSM268

Hey there!  Today starts another Create with Connie and Mary sketch challenge! 
I just placed a big order and finally got my hand on the Merry Cafe and Coffee Cafe sets, as well as the matching dies.  Honestly, I don't know what took me so long to order these!  So, they just showed up in the mail and I was eager to play with them!  I think they go so well with this festive Christmas Quilt DSP.  This DSP is chock full of fun, fun patterns!
I love all the little details that come with the Coffee Cups Framelits.  That little heart stopper is just the cutest!!!  I love the texture on the coffee sleeve as well.  It's just so fun!  I added in a punched holly from the Holly Berry Builder as well.  I like the added sparkle from the Red Glimmer paper.  
I'm also adding my card over at Addicted to Stamps and More #268...keyword Holiday. 

I hope you'll play along with us at Create with Connie and Mary.  Just hop over to the CCMC facebook page to enter your card!
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Christmas Patterned Candles ~ HSS277

Hello stampers!  It's sketch time at Hand Stamped Sentiments and this one was designed by yours truly!  I love the simplicity of it....which is something I never thought I'd ever hear myself say.  Usually my mantra is more is more!  Anyhoo, I hope you'll find time to play along with us!

I chose to use the candle stamp from Merry Patterns.  I was a little late to the game with the Merry Patterns set.  I kept thinking I didn't need it and then quickly tried to get it before it became extinct.  
I used Real Red and Cherry Cobbler on my candles and combined it with classic black and gold.  Pretty classy if you ask me! The Cherry Cobbler ruffled ribbon is probably from about 4 or 5 years ago but I'm determined to use up some of my old supplies when I can!
  The Noel sentiment is from Christmas Pines and is embossed with gold embossing powder.

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!