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Freshly Made Sketches #99 and Create with Connie and Mary 264

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Hmm… I wonder what day it is today? Could it be… FRIDAY?!?! Yes kids, it’s Friday, my favorite day of the week. Weather here, gorgeous. Weekend plans, Manhattan on Saturday and craftiness on Sunday! What are you people up to?

Today’s post is something I haven’t done before and that’s combine two challenges. I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and the colors from Create with Connie and Mary. So here’s this week’s inspiration…

Freshly Made Sketches #99CCMC 264

For the base of my card I stamped the Travel Journal Builder Wheel in Smoky Slate on Smoky Slate Card Stock. The panel in the middle is a piece of Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper backed with some Blushing Bride. All of the elements on the card are from the Circle Card and Label Card Thinlits Dies cut from Blushing Bride. The circles are cut out with the Circles Collection Framelits Dies from Smoky Slate. For a little sparkle I used the Small Heart Punch to punch out some Silver Glimmer Paper and adhered it with a Stampin’ Dimensional on the i heart u. I’m really having a lot of fun playing with the new Thinlits Dies and I love that the elements work so well even when you don’t use the actual card base. Thanks so much for stopping by today to see my combined Freshly Made Sketches and Create with Connie and Mary Challenge card. As always, I appreciate your visit and hope that you have an awesome Friday! 🙂

FMS #99 - CCMC 264

Stampin’ Up products used:

Card Stock: Smoky Slate and Blushing Bride

Designer Series Paper: Venetian Romance

Specialty Paper: Silver Glimmer

Ink: Smoky Slate Classic Stampin’ Ink

Stamp: Travel Journal Builder Wheel

Thinlits: Circle Card and Label Card

Framelits: Circles Collection

Punch: Small Heart

Tools: Big Shot, 2-Way Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL

Travel Journal Wheel

Venetian Romance DSP

Silver Glimmer Paper

Circles Collection Framelits

Label Card Thinlits Dies

Circle Card Thinlits Dies

Small Heart Punch

Current Promotions:

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Make your own stamp! New Undefined stamp carving kit. Available now! Click here for the PDF.

Designer Series Paper – buy three and get one FREE until July 31st!

Check out all of the Photopolymer Stamp Sets! It’s a completely clear stamping option you are going to love!

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Freshly Made Sketches 93 & Create with Connie and Mary 263

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A late Saturday good morning to you! I slept in a little to catch up on some of the sleep that I didn’t get all week. I feel a lot better now! What’s in store for your weekend? It’s nice out here today so I will definitely have to get out for a bit. There will of course be some crafting, what is the weekend without some crafting?! I may also have a little surprise for you tomorrow, we’ll see how much I can get done today!

As is the case sometimes I have a double post for you today. I have both my Freshly Made Sketches and Create with Connie and Mary cards. Both were fun sketches this week and I did two holiday cards. One Halloween and one Christmas.

First up is Freshly Made Sketches and this week our host is Jen M….

Freshly Made Sketches #98

The base of my card is Pumpkin Pie Card Stock. I used some of the Witches’ Brew Designer Series Paper for the background and backed it with a piece of Basic Black. A square of Summer Starfruit, backed with some more Basic Black, is a nice place for the candies from the Halloween Hello Stamp Set to hang out. The greeting, from the same set, is punched out with the 1″ Circle Punch and lightly sponged with Pumpkin Pie and it sits next to a Brights Designer Button. The cool candy corn strip is also from the Halloween Hello Stamp Set and is colored in with Pumpkin Pie and Summer Starfruit Stampin’ Write Markers. I really love it when you can make a border out of a stamp. I also really like the colors in the Witches’ Brew DSP!

FMS 98

Next up I have my Create with Connie and Mary card for this week’s sketch challenge…

CCMC 263

Fun and simple! The base of my card is Pool Party Card Stock. I stamped the snowflakes from the Festive Flurry Stamp Set in Pool Party on Whisper White and stamped them again so I could cut them into the rectangles on the sketch. Each one is backed with a piece of Pool Party and adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The greeting is from the Greetings of the Season Stamp Set and is also stamped in Pool Party. I really love the simplicity and the little extra something that popped up image gives it. Thanks you very much for stopping by to see both my Freshly Made Sketches and Create with Connie and Mary card for their challenges this week. I hope you have a great Saturday!

CCMC 263

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Freshly Made Sketches:

Card Stock: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Summer Starfruit and Very Vanilla

Designer Series Paper: Witches’ Brew

Ink: Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black Classic Stampin’ ink

Markers: Pumpkin Pie and Summer Starfruit Stampin’ Write

Stamp Set: Halloween Hello Clear Mount

Punch: 1″ Circle Punch

Embellishments: Brights Designer Buttons

Tools: Paper Snips, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL

Create with Connie and Mary:

Card Stock: Pool Party and Whisper White

Ink: Pool Party Classic Stampin’ Ink

Stamp Sets: Festive Flurry and Greetings of the Season Clear Mount

Tools: 1″ Circle Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL

Current Promotions:

Paper Pumpkin! Get your first two months for only $10! Click HERE to sign up!

Make your own stamp! New Undefined stamp carving kit. Available now! Click here for the PDF.

Designer Series Paper – buy three and get one FREE until July 31st!

Check out all of the Photopolymer Stamp Sets! It’s a completely clear stamping option you are going to love!

Thinlits Card Dies! A fast and easy way to make a flip fold card! Available August 1st! Click here for the PDF.

Create with Connie and Mary & Display Stamper 7

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Good Morning from the Hamptons! I had a nice day yesterday apart from the intense traffic. It took a long time to get out her but it’s well worth the trip. You can just hear the ocean from the house that I’m staying in, so peaceful and calming. I spent some time with friends last night and had an impromptu BBQ. It’s nice to get away, even if just for a bit. I hope that your weekend is off to a good start too!

Today’s post is for this week’s Create with Connie and Mary Color Challenge…

CCMC 262

Some of my current favorite colors are in there! The base of my card is Smokey Slate Card Stock and the background is a piece of Bermuda Bay that is embossed with the Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I stamped one of the stamps from the July Paper Pumpkin in Bermuda Bay and Smokey Slate on some Whisper White and punched it out with the Hexagon Punch. Some Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere them to a piece of Basic Black. The greeting is from the Yippee-Skippee Stamp Set and is stamped in Bermuda Bay on a piece of Smokey Slate that I cut out with the Chalk Talk Framelits Dies. I cut out some more of the hexagon shapes with my Paper Snips and they too are adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I really do love the color combination and the stamps that came with last month’s Paper Pumpkin and pretty neat! Thank you for coming by to see my Create with Connie and Mary card for this week’s challenge. Scroll down to the end of the post to see the first of my Display Projects using the Quatrefancy Suite. Have a very enjoyable day!

CCMC 262

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Card Stock: Smokey Slate, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black and Whisper White

Ink: Smokey Slate and Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin’ Ink

Stamp Sets: Yippee-Skippee and July Paper Pumpkin Clear Mount

Framelits: Chalk Talk

Embossing Folder: Honeycomb

Punch: Hexagon

Tools: Big Shot, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL

Yipee-Skippee CM

Chalk Talk Framelits

Honeycomb Texture Impressions EF

Hexagon Punch

Display Project 7

SU! 2013 Conv Disp Stamper Proj 7 - Quatrefancy

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Card Stock: Whisper White

Ink: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Strawberry Slush and Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Ink

Stamp Sets: Mosaic Madness and Pennant Parade Clear Mount

Embossing Folder: Mosaic Madness

Punch: Mosaic

Tools: Big Shot, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL

Mosaic Madness CM

Pennant Parade CM

Mosaic Madness TIEF

Mosaic Punch

Current Promotions:

Paper Pumpkin! Get your first two months for only $10! Click HERE to sign up!

Make your own stamp! New Undefined stamp carving kit. Available now! Click here for the PDF.

Check out all of the Photopolymer Stamp Sets! It’s a completely clear stamping option you are going to love!

Thinlits Card Dies! A fast and easy way to make a flip fold card! Available NOW!! Click here for the PDF.

Double Header and More Convention Pics!

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Ahh, I feel much better now that I have had a full nights sleep! How are all of you doing today? Is everyone home safely from Convention? I had to make some projects yesterday, four days without crafting is way too long for me! Today I have two cards for you but before I get to those here are a few more pictures from 2013 Convention!

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Some of the Fab Friday Design Team: Cindy Beach, Mindy Backes, Jan Tinklenberg, Wendy Weixler, Me and Marla Reed.

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The Home Office in Riverton, that’s the view when you first walk in.

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Me in front of the banners with my Pistachio Pudding shirt!

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Looking down into the lower lobby.

Like I said before I have two cards for you today. I wanted to get my Freshly Made Sketches card and Create with Connie and Mary card in before it was too late! First up we have my Freshly Made Sketches card. This week the sketch is provided by Narelle…

Freshly Made Sketches #95

The base of the card is Basic Black Card Stock. All of the Designer Series Paper, the frame and the sentiment on the frame are from a Paper Pumpkin Kit. I love this kit because of the frames and the colors. The people in the picture are Me, Wendy Weixler and Brian King. The camera image is form the Around the World Stamp Set and is stamped in Summer Starfruit, I used the 1 1/4″ Circle Punch to punch it out. A little Pool Party flag tucked behind it completes the card. It’s definitely a fun way to add a photo to a card and show that the Paper Pumpkin kits can be used for much more than what they are intended!

FMS #95

Next up we have my card for the Create with Connie and Mary color/sketch challenge…

CCMC 260 -1

CCMC 260 -2

I used the colors and some elements from the sketch for my card. The base is Baked Brown Sugar Card Stock. I used the Oval Accent Bigz Clear Die to cut out a piece of Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper. A piece of Crisp Cantaloupe is cut out with the Deco Labels Collection Framelits Dies and embossed with the Pretty Print Textured Impressions Embossing Folder*. The leaves are made using the Circles Collection Framelits Dies and a piece of Pistachio Pudding. A piece of Calypso Coral and Baked Brown Sugar are flagged and slipped underneath. The image is a stamp that Shannon West designed and was given out as a Prize Patrol gift. I cut it out with the Floral Frames Collection Framelits Dies. I thought the stamp was a great way to use one of the personalized stamps instead of just with a name and address. I also love the way that the Pretty Print Folder goes with the DSP. Thank you very very much for stopping by to see my two challenge cards! I always appreciate your visits and look forward to seeing you again tomorrow!

CCMC 260

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Freshly Made Sketches Card:

Card Stock: Basic Black and Whisper White

Specialty: Paper Pumpkin

Ink: Summer Starfruit Classic Stampin’ Ink

Stamp Set: Around the World Clear Mount

Punch: 1 1/4″ Circle

Tools: Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL

Create with Connie and Mary Card:

Card Stock: Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Pistachio Pudding and Very Vanilla

Designer Series Paper: Venetian Romance

Ink: Calypso Coral Classic Stampin’ Ink

Stamp: Shannon West Original

Framelits: Deco Labels Collection, Circles Collection and Floral Frames Collection

Bigz Clear Die: Oval Accent

Embossing Folder: Pretty Print*

Tools: Big Shot, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL

*2013 Holiday Catalog (August 1st)

Current Promotions:

Make your own stamp! New Undefined stamp carving kit. Available now! Click here for the PDF.

Designer Series Paper – buy three and get one FREE until July 31st!

Check out all of the Photopolymer Stamp Sets! It’s a completely clear stamping option you are going to love!

Coming soon – Thinlits Card Dies! A fast and easy way to make a flip fold card! Available August 1st! Click here for the PDF.

Create with Connie and Mary 259 & Sneak Peek

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Hi everyone! How’s it going today? It’s going pretty good over here. Yesterday was gorgeous, a little hot but a beautiful sunny day. I took Winston to work with me yesterday and my friend Danielle’s sister Stephanie brought their dog Dexter up. Winston and Dexter got along quite well, they played and Winston was nice and shared his toys and his water with Dexter. It was like a ghost town at work so it was nice to have the extra company.

Today’s post – Create with Connie and Mary Sketch 259…

CCMC 259

Fun and different wouldn’t you agree? The base of today’s card is So Saffron Card Stock. I embossed a piece of Whisper White with the new Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder from the 2013 Holiday Catalog. The strip across the middle is a piece of Bermuda Bay that I cut both sides of with the Finishing Touches Edgelits Dies. The half circle is made using the Perfect Pennants Bigz L Die from So Saffron. The images are all from the Around the World Stamp Set and are stamped in Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay and So Saffron. I used the 1 1/4″ Circle punch, Hexagon Punch and Paper Snips to cut them out and some Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere them to the card. I like the bold Bermuda Bay with the subtle So Saffron and Soft Suede together. Thanks for coming by to see my Create with Connie and Mary card for this week’s sketch challenge. Have a great Saturday! 🙂

CCMC 259

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Card Stock: So Saffron, Whisper White and Bermuda Bay

Ink: Soft Suede, So Saffron and Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin’ Ink

Stamp Set: Around the World Clear Mount

Embossing Folder: Stylish Stripes (2013 Holiday Catalog)

Bigz Die: Perfect Pennants

Edgelit: Finishing Touches

Punches: 1 1/4″ Circle and Hexagon

Tools: Big Shot, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL

Around the World CM

Perfect Pennants Bigs Die

Finishing Touches Edgelits Dies

1 1:4%22 Circle

Hexagon Punch

Here are all the Photopolymer Stamp Sets, Settin’ Sail, Wanderlust, Show & Tell 1 & 2 is a two-part set. Click here to see the PDF of the flyer, Birthday Bombs Away click here for a PDF of the flyer, and Designer Typeset.The great thing about Photopolymer Stamps is that they are completely clear so you can see exactly where you are going to stamp. They work amazingly with our new Firm Foam Stampin’ Pads for great ink coverage. You are going to love them! This is a limited release so make sure you get one before it’s gone!

Do you ever feel the need to make something that means something but don’t think you have the time? Or you like to be creative but don’t want to buy a ton of supplies? Well, you don’t have any excuses anymore! Introducing Paper Pumpkin from Stampin’ Up! Each month you will receive a kit that contains all of the items (except adhesive) that you need to make a project, all for just $19.95. Each kit will ship out on or around the 15th of each month. You can cancel at any time, but who would want to?! Go ahead, sign up and get some crafting therapy for only $19.95 including shipping! Click here now! Don’t forget to choose me as your Demonstrator, Justin Krieger – Bethpage, NY! 

Don’t forget to check out the Anchor Rewards tab at the top. Earn 10 Anchors and get a FREE Stamp Set of your choice from any current catalog. If you purchase $150 worth of product you will be eligible for $25 in Host(ess) dollars to get one of the great new Host(ess) Sets or any other items from the NEW 2013-2014 Catalog or the upcoming NEW Holiday Catalog!:-)

Create with Connie and Mary 258

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Yeah, it’s the weekend peeps! And the upcoming week is a 4 day week because of July 4th. Winston is not looking forward to that holiday at all. I need to get him a Thunder Shirt this weekend, my poor Winnie. I’m off to Manhattan and the Fire Island today. Busy but fun and that’s always a good way to start a weekend. What are you all up to?

Today’s post – Create with Connie and Mary 258 colors…

CCMC 258

Before I get to my card today I want to thank the lovely ladies for choosing my card as one of their top three picks for last week’s sketch challenge! You can see my original post here and the Create with Connie and Mary post here. For today’s card I started off with a base of Whisper White Card Stock. For the background I used a piece of Daffodil Delight and across the bottom, a piece of Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper. I punched out a piece of Night of Navy with the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch and used the Small Heart Punch to punch out a negative of the heart. The greeting is from the Banner Greetings Host(ess) Stamp Set and is stamped in Melon Mambo. The “washi tape” is from the Tape It Stamp Set and is stamped in Night of Navy. Underneath that is a flower from the Secret Garden Stamp Set that is cut out with the Secret Garden Framelits. The butterfly is from the Best of Butterflies Stamp Set and is punched out with the Elegant Butterfly Punch. Some Basic Jewels Rhinestones give the card a little sparkle. Thanks for visiting me today to see my Create with Connie and Mary color challenge card for this week. Have a great Saturday!

CCMC 258

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Card Stock: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight and Night of Navy

Designer Sereis Paper: Gingham Garden

Ink: Melon Mambo and Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Ink

Stamp Sets: Banner Greetings (Host(ess)), Tape It, Secret Garden and Best of Butterflies Clear Mount

Framelits: Secret Garden

Punches: 1 3/4″ Circle, Small Heart and Elegant Butterfly

Embellishments: Basic Jewels Rhinestones

Tools: Big Shot, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL

Banner Greetings Host CM

Best of Butterflies CM

Tape It CM

Gingham Garden DSP

Secret Garden Framelits

1 3:4%22 Circle Punch

Elegant Butterfly Punch

Small Heart Punch

Basic Rhinestones

Here are all the Photopolymer Stamp Sets, Wanderlust, Show & Tell 1 & 2 is a two-part set. Click here to see the PDF of the flyer, Birthday Bombs Away click here for a PDF of the flyer, and Designer Typeset.The great thing about Photopolymer Stamps is that they are completely clear so you can see exactly where you are going to stamp. They work amazingly with our new Firm Foam Stampin’ Pads for great ink coverage. You are going to love them! This is a limited release so make sure you get one before it’s gone!

Do you ever feel the need to make something that means something but don’t think you have the time? Or you like to be creative but don’t want to buy a ton of supplies? Well, you don’t have any excuses anymore! Introducing Paper Pumpkin from Stampin’ Up! Each month you will receive a kit that contains all of the items (except adhesive) that you need to make a project, all for just $19.95. Each kit will ship out on or around the 15th of each month. You can cancel at any time, but who would want to?! Go ahead, sign up and get some crafting therapy for only $19.95 including shipping! Click here now! Don’t forget to choose me as your Demonstrator, Justin Krieger – Bethpage, NY! 

Don’t forget to check out the Anchor Rewards tab at the top. Earn 10 Anchors and get a FREE Stamp Set of your choice from any current catalog. If you purchase $150 worth of product you will be eligible for $25 in Host(ess) dollars to get one of the great new Host(ess) Sets or any other items from the NEW 2013-2014 Catalog or the upcoming NEW Holiday Catalog!:-)

Create with Connie and Mary 257

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I’m not even going to say anything about Monday! We are back at the start of another week after a pretty nice weekend. How was your weekend? The Christening yesterday was a lot of fun. I got to see friends I haven’t seen in a while and the little kiddies are just too cute! To top it off I drove into Manhattan and home with the top down in the car, the perfect end to a beautiful weekend!

Today’s post – Create with Connie and Mary 257, a sketch…

CCMC 257

The card I’m posting today is the second one I made for this challenge, I absolutely hated the first one! The base of the card is Whisper White Card Stock. I flagged a piece of Costal Cabana for the background. The neat chevron border across the top is made with the Show & Tell 2 Photopolymer Stamp Set. I then cut out a piece of Strawberry Slush with the Deco Labels Collection Framelits Dies and stamped it in Strawberry Slush with the Dictionary Background Stamp. The hexagons are from the Six Sided Sampler Stamp Set and the hello is from the Thanks & Hello Stamp Set, they are both punched out with the Hexagon Punch. For the abstract flower I used the Flower Shop Stamp Set and punched it out with the Pansy Punch. A little piece of Costal Cabana and a Basic Jewel Rhinestone finish off the card. I’m really liking the unusual combinations of stamps lately and hope you are enjoying them too. Thank you for coming by to see my Create with Connie and Mary sketch challenge card for this week. I hope you have a nice start to your week!

CCMC 257

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Card Stock: Whisper White, Costal Cabana and Strawberry Slush

Ink: Strawberry Slush and Costal Cabana Classic Stampin’ Ink

Stamp Sets: Six Sided Sampler, Flower Shop and Dictionary Background Clear Mount and Thanks & Hello Wood Mount and Show & Tell 2 Photopolymer

Framelits: Deco Labels Collection

Punches: Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Hexagon and Pansy

Embellishments: Basic Jewel Rhinestone

Tools: Big Shot, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL

Six Sided Sampler CM

Flower Shop CM

Thanks & Hello WM

Dictionary Background CM

Show & Tell 2 PP

Deco Labels Collection Framelits

Hexagon Punch

Pansy Punch

Itty Bitty Bit Punch Set

Basic Rhinestones

Here are all the Photopolymer Stamp Sets, Wanderlust, Show & Tell 1 & 2 is a two-part set. Click here to see the PDF of the flyer, Birthday Bombs Away click here for a PDF of the flyer, and Designer Typeset.The great thing about Photopolymer Stamps is that they are completely clear so you can see exactly where you are going to stamp. They work amazingly with our new Firm Foam Stampin’ Pads for great ink coverage. You are going to love them! This is a limited release so make sure you get one before it’s gone!

Do you ever feel the need to make something that means something but don’t think you have the time? Or you like to be creative but don’t want to buy a ton of supplies? Well, you don’t have any excuses anymore! Introducing Paper Pumpkin from Stampin’ Up! Each month you will receive a kit that contains all of the items (except adhesive) that you need to make a project, all for just $19.95. Each kit will ship out on or around the 15th of each month. You can cancel at any time, but who would want to?! Go ahead, sign up and get some crafting therapy for only $19.95 including shipping! Click here now! Don’t forget to choose me as your Demonstrator, Justin Krieger – Bethpage, NY! 

Don’t forget to check out the Anchor Rewards tab at the top. Earn 10 Anchors and get a FREE Stamp Set of your choice from any current catalog. If you purchase $150 worth of product you will be eligible for $25 in Host(ess) dollars to get one of the great new Host(ess) Sets or any other items from the NEW 2012-2013 Catalog or the NEW Spring Catalog!:-)

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