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!  

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Pink Pinecones ~ CCMC483, PP369

Hello stampers!  I had recently seen a post by another stamper and the main color of her Christmas card was Powder Pink.  At the time I thought to myself that I've neglected Powder Pink and I should think about making a Christmas card with that color.  Well, enter Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #483-- low and behold the current color challenge uses Powder Pink along with Pool Party and Night of Navy!  What a wonderful combination.  
Also recently I had seen some pink pinecones which I thought were so pretty and interesting and then low and behold the Paper Players current challenge asks us to use holiday pines!  
This was kismet for me!!!
I love the way my pink pinecones and blue pine bows turned out!  I added a little bit of silver in there to create a bit of shimmer and shine as well!
Also, I brought back the sketch from last week's Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!

I hope to see you playing along with us at the Create with Connie and Mary facebook page.
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Joy to the World Glamper ~ CCMC482, GDP111

Hello stampers!  It's sketch week at Create with Connie and Mary!  I actually love this sketch.  I don't know what it is, but I really enjoyed putting it together!  
Maybe I enjoyed it so much because I got to color the Glamper Greetings set with the new Blends alcohol markers!!!!  I'm so excited they're back!  I really love the rich colors you can achieve with them with very little effort.  
I also used the theme from Global Design Project this week:  Family Time.  As a family we love to camp.  It's always great, quality time spent together.  

It's hard to see (I wish I had gotten a better photo) but the windows and door are all wink of stella-d, as well as the star on the tree.  It looks so sparkly in person and totally makes the card, I think.  I also added two lengths of the mini black sequin trim over my black dsp strips.  It gives it just a hint of extra texture in real life.  
I also wanted a nice big sentiment to go over the top of the camper, so I pulled out "Joy To The World" from Hearts Come Home.  

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Halloween Glamper ~ HSS276, MTS200

Hello Stampers!  Today's post is for Hand Stamped Sentiments color challenge #276.  I also used Match the Sketch to help me along with my design.  They are celebrating their 200th sketch by letting us choose which sketch out of the 199 we'd like to use.  I chose #93.  
I decided to go with my Glamper Greetings stamp and watercolor these Halloween-ish colors onto the cute little camper.  And how about that fun little jack-o-lantern in the window?  So very, very cute!  I must say that it was fun to color this one.
I trimmed it all out and layered it onto some black cardstock after I had stamped and embossed the moon and stars.  
I added in some coordinating DSP and BOOM....done!  I love how this one came out! 

Join us at HSS for our newest color challenge!  We're looking forward so making comments on all your fun cards!

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Rusty jar of Fall Flowers ~ CCMC481, GDP110

Hey there stampers! Today begins another weekly challenge for Create with Connie and Mary. These are gorgeous fall colors, aren't they? 
I also used the sketch from Global Design Project to help me complete my card for this week.  

I'm such a huge fan of rustic.  I just love the way the jar looks like the ones that are painted with the chalk paint.  The wood textures designer paper makes the perfect backdrop to the rustic jar and fall flowers.   

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Two for One Sketch ~ CCMC480, Merry Monday 261, SIP121, GDP109

Hello stampers!  Another week has rolled around which means a brand new Create with Connie and Mary challenge.  This week is a sketch.  I actually created two cards for this sketch.  I first made this card, which sort of reminded me of an ornament, so I'm sharing it on Merry Monday's ornament challenge #261.  After I finished it I wasn't sure about the addition of the red and brown colors I added to the houses.  I tried to tie the colors into the sentiment and the card base.  I also colored basic rhinestones with my new Blends alcohol ink marker in red.  I love that the alcohol ink markers can do this!  After I finished this card I was determined that I needed to make a different card to complete my commitment to the challenge, but I'd need to to that the next day.  When I came back the next morning and saw this card laying on my desk I thought that it really wasn't so bad!  Sometimes all you need is a little time and space away from your creation to appreciate it!  In the end I actually enjoyed the way this came out!  HAHA!!! 

It's not seen in the photo, but all the white space in the ornament is covered with wink of stella and super sparkly!  It's really pretty!

And now for card number two.  I looked around for some inspiration and found it at Stamp Ink Paper #121 Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge and Global Design Project #109.
I've been itching to use this big Old Olive and Black Plaid and I think it looks superb with the wood textures paper.  For the tic-tac-toe part I used twine, wood, and die cuts.  
I put snow on the trees with my white gel pen and then thought there needed to be white on the wood medallion too.  I think I got a little carried away with the snowflakes and it looked weird, so I added piles of snow to the tops of the letters.  All in all I like the way it turned out.....minus a few snowflakes.

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Black Kitty ~ HSS275, PP366, TGIFC129

Hey, hey, hey!  It's Hand Stamped Sentiments inspiration challenge time!  I love inspiration challenges.  There are so many options!  I chose to go with the black cat theme and add a sunflower, pumpkin and incorporate the purple background color.  I think by adding the purple it says Halloween and not just fall.  I'm also adding my creation to the list at The Paper Players clean and simple spooky challenge #366.  I feel with all the open space this is pretty clean and simple.  I also used the sketch from TGIF challenges #129.

I stamped my kitty in Memento black ink.  It's not a true black and sort of looks muted, which is what I was going for.  I wanted to be able to see his whiskers, nose, eyes, and mouth when I stamped and embossed them.
His little bow tie is the kite bow from the set Swirly Bird.  I also used it as the stem on the pumpkin.  The pumpkin is the weird, oblong shape from Lovely Inside and Out.  I thought it resembled a pumpkin.  
I layered the kitty and pumpkin on a cute sunflower cut from the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies, Stitched Circles dies, and layering circles dies. 

Thanks for taking a peek and I hope to see you play along with us at HSS!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Soft Season of Joy ~ CCMC479, ATSAM263, SUO185

Hi stampers!  Create with Connie and Mary has come up with a fabulous new color challenge this week!  Look at these colors -- How fun!  
Now, these colors didn't say Christmas to me at first, but after doing a little searching for inspiration I thought they'd work nicely for a Christmas card.  And, I think I was right!
I just love this new die set {card front builder} that has these nice pine trees and the cute little deer.  It's one of my favorite things from the Holiday Catalog, which ties into the SUO Challenge #185 -- your favorite new product from the Holiday Catalog!
I'm also joining this card into the Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #263 -- Holiday.

The stary sky die is actually from the {Hometown Greetings Edgelits} die set.  I like these little stars a bit better than the one that came with the card front dies.  However, the little moon comes from the card front die set.  I added a little bit of sparkle with silver glimmer paper.  
This card turned out nice and simple.

I used the card front die and {Carols of Christmas} stamps for the inside of the card.

Come play along with our color challenge at the Create with Connie and Mary Facebook page!

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Cherry Daisy ~ CCMC478, SIP119

Hey friends!  It's time for another Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!  Join us over at the Create with Connie and Mary facebook page to share your card using this sketch.
I used the big daisy stamp and punch and added fussy cut leaves for the triple element from the sketch.  I wanted to keep it shabby feeling, so I went with the Burlap Background stamp as my backdrop for the focal flower.  I little bit of Old Olive chevron ribbon, so distressing, the sentiment and some sequins and my card was almost complete.  I used one of my favorite stamps to dress up my card base.... the distressed looking dot from Wood Words.  It fit in nicely with SIP #119, card makers choice.  I also adore the rich, deep color of Cherry Cobbler.  

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Autumn Rustic Floral~ HSS274, PP364

Hello friends and welcome to another Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge! It's a sketch this time. I also used inspiration from The Paper Players inspiration challenge #364.