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I’m back from  my vacation in the woods just in time to see all the designer creations for this week’s Create With Connie and Mary Summer Collection challenge!  Yay!  This week has been all about cards!  Each of the Design Team picked one new set to feature and made up 4 different cards using it!  So there have been oodles of great card ideas shared.  It’s not too late to sign up and receive 4 weeks of projects and tutorials.  Visit Create With Connie and Mary to view.


To finish off week 3, here is this week”s challenge :


What a fun sketch this is!  Here’s what I made:


I used the new Tap, Tap, Tap, stamp set and I just LOVE how the alphabet image worked so perfectly for this sketch!  Once I had figured out the color scheme I liked, the card came together in a snap – I love it when that happens!!

For the background, I used a graph paper pattern from the Moonlight DSP  package and the colors are Old Olive, Early Espresso, Blushing Bride, and Sahara Sand.  I finished off the card with some new baker’s twine in Blushing Bride.

We’d love for you to join in on this challenge and see what you create with this sketch; so make a card today and post it to the Create With Connie and Mary site!








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CCMC Summer 2014 Week 2 Challenge

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Create with Connie and Mary week two, celebrating all things baby and children, has come to an end.  

It’s not too late to join in and be apart of the fun.  Go to Create With Connie and Mary and sign up.  You’ll get to see all projects and download the tutorials for everything in Week’s 1 and 2 plus be there for the reveals of Weeks 3 and 4.  You’ll get oodles of ideas for using new products in the new Stampin’ Up!  catalogue!

To end our week, here is the weekly Create With Connie and March challenge – it’s a color one:


I love these colors together!!!  Here’s what I put together…


I was able to use these three colors with ease with the help of the Lullaby DSP pack.  I picked three papers from the package  to make some banners and adhered them sideways on the background.  

OH…the background…let’s talk about that for a second!  It’s not patterned paper but made with Whisper White cardstock, Hello Honey ink, a dauber and the NEW Stars Decorative Mask.  I was pretty excited to receive this products in my first new catalogue order and just like I thought – I’m loving them already!  It’s so easy – just one minute sponging and you have a great individualized background in any color.

Supplies used:

Stamps – Big News

Ink & Paper – Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Lullaby DSP, Hello Honey, Baked Brown Sugar

Accessories – Decorative Mask, Itty Bitty Accents Punch pack, dimensionals

Now go visit Create with Connie and Mary to see what the other designers created with these colors.  Don’t forget to join in on the challenge and make a card and share it with us!






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Hot Diggity Dog!

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I just had to have this Hot Diggity Dog set – it’s super cute!  And it has some of the cutest little saying in it.  :)  ” Pugs & Kisses” – adorable!!!

This is one for my New Product Class next week.  Not sure you can tell in the photo, but I fussy cut the dachshund head and popped it up with a dimensional.  I’ve always wanted my own daschund pup – at least now I have a stamp!

Supplies used;

Stamps – Hot Diggity Dog

Ink & Paper – Crumb Cake, Real Red, Island Indigo, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Color Collection DSP

Accessories – 1/8″ taffeta ribbon, dimensional

I’m off enjoying nature this week camping with my family.  I’m so looking forward to the lazy days, campfire cooking, lounging by the pool, and reading my favorite novel – Outlander for the third time.

Have a great week!  TTFN!



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Tap, Tap, Tap – #3

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I sure like how the brush stroke from “Work of Art” stamp set fits right over this typewriter from “Tap, Tap, Tap”.

Supplies used:

Stamps – Gorgeous Grunge, Tap, Tap, Tap, Work of Art

Ink & Paper – Coastal Cabana, Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango, So Saffron

Accessories – brad (retired), dimensionals

Early Bird Pricing for the Summer collection ends today!

$24.95 – 4 weeks of projects and tutorials

Be sure to visit

Create With Connie and Mary to subscribe.

Summer Collection starts tomorrow!  YAHOO!





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Blog Candy For You!

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SummerpromobadgeToday is my day to offer  BLOG CANDY to a lucky reader!

And just what is the blog candy???

One FREE subscription to the Create With Connie and Mary Summer 2014 Collection!!

The summer collection starts on Sunday and I’m SO excited to see what my fellow designers have created with the NEW products in the Stampin’Up! catalogue!

Speaking of new, here’s a little something new I “cooked” up for today:


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How precious is this little pup?!

My brother has two little pugs and I think of him whenever I see this cute little face!

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Being the lover of all dogs with squishy faces, I just had to have this stamp set!  

Supplies used:

Stamps – Hardwood, Hot Diggity Dog, Itty Bitty Banners

Ink & Paper – Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White

Accessories – Big Shot & Woodgrain embossing folder, Itty Bitty framelits, fringe scissors

Now back to the blog candy…How do you enter?

Just leave me a comment on today’s post and I’ll choose a winner tomorrow morning!  THAT’S IT!!!

But that’s not all…designer Debbie Henderson  has blog candy today as well so check out her blog and leave her a comment too!








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Create With Connie and Mary BLOG HOP!

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Today I’m participating in my first ever BLOG HOP!

In addition to the normal Thursday challenge over on Create with Connie and Mary  and in celebration of PREVIEW WEEK for the Summer Collection 2014, the designers decided to do a BLOG HOP!

Preview Week is pretty fun on it’s own but it also means the last week of Early Bird pricing!  You save $5 off the regular $29.95 price when you sign up before Sunday!  More details over on Create with Connie and Mary!


You’ve probably just come fromDeb Currier’s blog, isn’t her card FUN???  I love it! 

This week we have a Color Challenge for you to try…aren’t these colors pretty together?


Here’s the card I was inspired to create:

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It’s a pretty happy card if I do say so myself! :)  I was pretty excited to get my new Decorative Masks from the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue.  I used the stars mask and white ink to create the background on the card front.  Below is a list of the rest of the supplies needed to CASE this card:

Supplies used:

Stamps – Big News, Sassy Salutations

Ink & Paper – Bermuda Bay, Real Red, Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Basic Black

Accessories – corner rounder punch, dimensionals, baker’s twine, Dazzling Details

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It’s pretty clean and simple but fun and colorful at the same time!  Make sure you take the BLOG HOP to all the stops to see what the rest of the Challenge Team did this week with the color challenge!  Then grab your stamps and play along.   AND…don’t forget to sign up for our Summer Collection featuring products from the NEW catalogue!  Upload your card and get the details over on Create with Connie and Mary!  Next stop on our tour is Marg Raburn – enjoy!







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