Fond Farewell

Welcome to another Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop!  This week we are featuring stamps that are RETIRING.

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I actually had to sit and think for awhile before deciding on a stamp set to use.  Sometimes having so many options can be daunting!  In the end I chose a set that has a fantastic bold greeting, HELLO LIFE.

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I embossed the sentiment in white to pop against the Basic Black cardstock.  This boldness is quite a contrast from the soft watercolor background that I made.

Hello Life

The soft background was simple to make.  A piece of watercolor paper and a bit of ink was all it took.  I used the new In Colors Dapper Denim and Flirty Flamingo with Rich Razzleberry.  The Aqua Painter made it super easy, it has become one of my best loved tools!

Hello Life inside

I also added a bit of stamping inside the card.  I love the smaller sentiments just as much as the bold one!  I used each of the three colors from the watercolor on the front to tie it all together.

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Now, let’s get to the good stuff, the supply list!

SUPPLIES:

STAMPS:   Hello Life

INKS: Versa Mark, Dapper Denim, Flirty Flamingo, Rich Razzleberry

PAPER: Watercolor, Basic Black

ACCESSORIES: Lots of Labels Framelits, Silver Thread, White embossing powder, heat tool, embossing buddy, Aqua Painter, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Trimmer, bone folder, dimensionals, Fine Tip Glue Pen

Guess what??  The May Mini Session is available NOW!! We featured ALL NEW products this month from the preorder.  I know you don’t want to miss all this goodness!!

May 2016 Mini Session Collage

To find out more information and subscribe, just go to CREATE WITH CONNIE AND MARY!!  I hope you will join us!!Next, let’s check out what the rest of the Design Team has for us today. Click Previous to visit the very talented Mary Brown and Next to see the very talented Debbie Henderson.

Thanks for hopping with us, we love inspiring you!  Happy Stamping!

Botanical Builder

I normally stick to a collection of my favorite colors for card making.  For today’s card, I used a color that I rarely touch…Night of Navy.

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Isn’t Night of Navy pretty when paired with Blushing Bride!  I started out knowing I wanted something a bit different so I also included an embossing folder that I rarely use, BOHO CHIC.  I like the texture plus it gives the card a lot more interest!  But there’s still more, this isn’t a typical card…….

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It’s an easel card!  I love how easy these cards are to make yet they have a terrific WOW factor.  A small flower stamped and a punched flower make a simple holder to make the front of the card stand.

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The flowers are all built from BOTANICAL BUILDERS and the ITTY BITTY ACCENTS PUNCH PACK.  I also threw in a couple of leaves from the ROSE GARDEN THINLITS.  Using a couple shades of green, Pear Pizzaz and Old Olive, gives more depth.  The sentiment is pulled from ROSE WONDER the set that coordinates with the ROSE GARDEN THINLITS.  I really like the contrast of the Blushing Bride frame and Old Olive sentiment.

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I hope you will venture out of your comfort zone like I did today, I think you’ll be surprised with your creation!

Need more ideas?  Looking forward to NEW products??  Well, I have just the thing for you!  The MAY MINI SESSION from Create with Connie and Mary is open NOW and full of ideas with NEW PRODUCTS!!  There is a BONUS project available as well, so go check out all the details at CREATE WITH CONNIE AND MARY, I hope you’ll join us!

May 2016 Mini Session Collage

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Birthday Blooms: Color Me Happy

Welcome to another Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop!  This week we are featuring stamps that require coloring.

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I’ve gone back to a favorite of mine from the Occasions Catalog, BIRTHDAY BLOOMS.

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You may have noticed that I added in a couple more favorites, COTTAGE GREETINGS and the COTTAGE GREETINGS CARD KIT.  I am happy to say that COTTAGE GREETINGS is carrying over to the new catalog, but the card kit is not.  It’s time for new kits, so I need to use up what I have left of this one!

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I heat embossed the bloom in white on watercolor paper then used an aqua painter to color it in.  I love the combo of Peekaboo Peach and Mossy Meadow, I so hate to see that beautiful green retire!  I fussy cut the flower and added it to the card with dimensionals.  The card itself is all built from supplies in the card kit.  I think the wood paper looks gorgeous with the Peekaboo Peach and Mossy Meadow flower.

Now, let’s get to the good stuff, the supply list!

SUPPLIES:

STAMPS:   Birthday Blooms, Cottage Greetings

INKS:  Peekaboo Peach, Mossy Meadow, Versa Mark, Tuxedo Black Memento Ink

PAPER: Cottage Greetings Card Kit, Watercolor, Whisper White

ACCESSORIES: Cottage Greetings Card Kit, Silver Thread, White embossing powder, heat tool, Aqua Painter, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Trimmer, bone folder, dimensionals, Fine Tip Glue Pen

The whole Design Team worked super hard getting the May Mini Session ready for you with ALL NEW PRODUCTS!! And guess what??  It’s available NOW, earlier than expected!! How about a little teaser about what we are featuring this month??

May 2016 Mini Session Collage

Sets we will be using for the May Mini Session:

  • Swirly Bird Bundle
  • Painter’s Palette
  • Confetti Celebration
  • Pop of Paradise
  • Gift of Love

PREORDER BONUS PROJECT:  Purchase BOTH May and June 2016 Mini Sessions and get this BONUS PREORDER PROJECT using Love & Affection Stamp Set and Affectionately Yours Designer Paper, perfect for your hostesses or to give as a gift!

Love & Affection clipTo find out more information and subscribe, just go to CREATE WITH CONNIE AND MARY!!  I hope you will join us!!

Next, let’s check out what the rest of the Design Team has for us today. Click Previous to visit the very talented Mary Brown and Next to see the very talented Debbie Henderson.

Thanks for hopping with us, we love inspiring you!  Happy Stamping!


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Sunburst Birthday

Ready for another new sample??  You may be noticing a trend here with my cards this week….I am currently obsessed with the SUNBURST THINLIT and SWIRLY BIRD.

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I also can’t get enough of the new In Color PEEKABOO PEACH.  It’s so gorgeous paired with POOL PARTY so be prepared to see lots of these two colors!

Sunburst Birthday

This card ended up being mostly die cuts and very little stamping by time I was done.  It all started with the SWIRLY SCRIBBLES THINLITS.  I added vellum and Pool Party waves behind the sunburst and a swirly on top of it.  I also added in a few silver clouds that were fussy cut from the SHINE ON DSP.

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For the sentiment, I used a retiring set, RAY OF SUNSHINE.  The sentiments are fantastic paired with the SUNBURST SAYINGS BUNDLE.  Like I’ve said before, I love how the different stamp sets work together and compliment each other.  You may also notice the sentiment is white embossed on black cardstock.  This look just pops against the softer pastel colors….I can’t get enough of this look!

I hope you are enjoying all the previews of upcoming stamp sets, I love playing with all the pre-order products!

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Confetti Celebration

How about another sneak peek today??  I am sharing the card set that I used for the May Mini Session from Create with Connie and Mary……….CONFETTI CELEBRATION!  The whole team has been hard at work getting the May Mini Session ready for you with ALL NEW PRODUCTS!! First, how about a little teaser about what we are featuring this month??

May 2016 Mini Session Collage

Sets we will be using for the May Mini Session:

  • Swirly Bird Bundle
  • Painter’s Palette
  • Confetti Celebration
  • Pop of Paradise
  • Gift of Love

PREORDER BONUS PROJECT:  Purchase BOTH May and June 2016 Mini Sessions and get this BONUS PREORDER PROJECT using Love & Affection Stamp Set and Affectionately Yours Designer Paper, perfect for your hostesses or to give as a gift!

Love & Affection clipTo find out more information and subscribe, just go to CREATE WITH CONNIE AND MARY!!  I hope you will join us!!

NOW……..here’s that SNEAK PEEK I promised……

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I actually used TWO new products plus one that carries over.

Confetti Celebration

The focal point of my card is a combination of a sentiment from CONFETTI CELEBRATION, a swirly die cut from the SWIRLY SCRIBBLES THINLIT and a current sentiment from PARTY WITH CAKE.  This showcases quite nicely how well stamp sets and products from Stampin’ Up! coordinate and work together.

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There’s a bit of bling here too…of course!  The silver polka dot paper from the SHINE ON DSP was the starting point with the SILVER GLIMMER PAPER and RHINESTONES being a natural addition.  I threw in one more color…….PEEKABOO PEACH.  It’s my favorite new In Color by far!  I actually have another SNEAK PEEK card for you tomorrow featuring it as a part of my favorite new color combo.

SO, I hope you check out all the details and sign up for the MAY MINI SESSION and the JUNE MINI SESSION so you can get the BONUS we have for you.  All the details about what we are offering is at CREATE WITH CONNIE AND MARY!!

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