Friday, December 19, 2014

Control Freaks Blog Tour: New Stuff!


Hello everyone! Welcome to the Control Freaks blog tour! I'm your next stop after the very creative and talented Patty Bennett! The Control Freaks are featuring products from the new Occasions and SAB mini catalogs! So many fabulous new products! I just got my order the other day and haven't had time to play until this evening after work. Nothing like getting it done just under the wire!! Because of that, I kept things very simple! I think we all need that this time of year - lol!

I used the new stamp set Hello Life. I just love the saying "do more of what makes you happy". Isn't that great? My holiday vacation started today and I am SO ready to do more of what makes me happy - stamping!! So here's my first card...


  •  Card base is Whisper White
  • Stamp the greeting from Hello Life in Tuxedo black Momento ink onto the card base
  • Use the Project Life corner rounder to round the upper and lower corners of the card base on the right hand side
  • Flag the ends of two pieces of designer paper from the Stacked with Love designer paper stack and adhere to card base
  • Stamp the hearts onto Whisper White using Calypso Coral and Crisp Cantaloupe inks and cut out
  • The cantaloupe heart is adhered flat to the card and the coral heart is adhered with dimensionals
  • Thread a piece of white baker's twine through a basic metal button and tie a bow then adhere to card
  • Add three rhinestones to card
My second card uses the same wonderful saying! I told you I love it!!


  • Card base is Real Red
  • Adhere a piece of designer paper from the Stacked with Love designer paper stack to the card base
  • Flag the end of a piece of Crisp Cantaloupe card stock and run through the Big Shot using the Large Polka Dots embossing folder then adhere to card
  • Cut a circle from Whisper White using the Circles framelits
  • Stamp the saying from Hello Life using Tuxedo black Momento ink onto the circle
  • Stamp the little hearts onto the circle using Real Red ink then adhere the circle to the card using dimensionals
  • Adhere three rhinestones to card
I told you these cards were easy! But I do like the way they came out. They make me smile and I hope they make you smile, too! Thank you so much for stopping by! Be sure to click the icon below to go and see what the super talented and creative Mary Brown has to show you! Have a great day!



Thursday, December 18, 2014

CCMC 334

Good morning everyone! WOW! I can't believe that next week is Christmas! This week's Create with Connie and Mary challenge is a beautiful color challenge! Take a look!


Whisper White, Silver Glimmer and Cherry Cobbler. Perfect for an elegant Christmas card! Here's what I did...


My card came together quite easy and I like the elegant touches of silver and sparkle!

  • Card base is Whisper White
  • Run a piece of Whisper White through the Big Shot using the Northern Flurry embossing folder
  • Stamp the greeting from Ornamental Pines using Tuxedo Black Momento ink
  • Cut a strip of Silver glimmer paper using the Large Scallop edgelit and adhere to back of embossed panel then adhere to card base using dimensionals
  • Stamp the ornament image onto a piece of Whisper White with Cherry Cobbler ink and cut out
  • Adhere a piece of silver baker's twine to the back of the ornament creating a loop at the top
  • Adhere the ornament to the card using dimensionals
  • Add rhinestones to the card
Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team did with these fabulous colors at the Create with Connie and Mary website! We always love to see what you do with our challenges! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Ornamental Pine; Paper- Whisper White, silver glimmer paper; Ink- Cherry Cobbler, Tuxedo black Momento ink; Accessories- Northern Flurry embossing folder, silver baker's twine, Large Scallop edgelit, rhinestones, dimensionals

Thursday, December 11, 2014

CCMC 333

Good morning, friends! I'm here with this week's challenge at Create with Connie and Mary! This week we have a sketch! Take a look!


A little different but very fun! Those different shaped panels stumped me but they create a very unique layout! And I love that!


  • Card base is Lost Lagoon
  • Adhere a piece of piece of All is Calm washi tape to a piece of Lost Lagoon card stock then adhere to card front
  • Cut a piece of Smoky Slate and Soft Sky the same size into the desired shape
  • On the Soft Sky panel, stamp the snowflakes image from Holiday Home using Whisper White craft ink then the Santa sleigh image using Tuxedo black Momento ink then adhere the stamped panel tot he Smoky Slate panel offsetting them a bit
  • Adhere the shapes to the card using dimensionals
  • Stamp the house using Tuxedo black Momento ink onto a piece of Whisper White and cut out
  • Add color to the house with blendabilities: Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler and Smoky Slate
  • Adhere house to card with dimensionals
  • Stamp the sentiment onto the card using Tuxedo black Momento ink
  • Add rhinestones
Be sure to visit the Create with Connie and Mary site to see some great inspiration from the rest of the design team! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Holiday Home; Paper- Lost Lagoon, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Whisper White; Ink- Tuxedo black Momento ink, Whisper White craft, Blendabilities: Daffodil Delight, Smoky Slate, Cherry Cobbler; Accessories- All is Calm washi tape, rhinestones, dimensionals 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

CCMC 332

Good morning, Friends! I apologize for not posting more. I hope that changes soon! Besides having very limited time, I also seem to lack the creative mind. But I have my stamp club coming up soon and I will need to get my projects for that done this weekend. Here's to hoping I get a lot done!! But today is the Create with Connie and Mary challenge! This week we are being challenged to make a gift card holder!


Hmmm... This one was difficult for me just because I didn't want to do something that has been done a lot before. And, as I said before, my creative side is just not cooperating. So I went searching on Pinterest. I found a super simple little tag that had a pocket. Perfect! I turned it into a gift card holder!


I cut a piece of Smoky Slate at 2 3/4" x 6 1/2". The top of the tag is cut using the Labels framelits. The bottom is scored at 2" and folded up then adhered with sticky strip. I added a piece of All is Calm designer paper to the front of the pocket. The tree from Festival of Trees is stamped onto Whisper White using Pear Pizzazz ink and the circles are stamped with Lost Lagoon ink then the tree is punched out with the Tree punch. I adhered the tree to the tag with dimensionals. I stamped the pot onto Whisper White using Smoky Slate ink and cut out then adhered to the tree. I stamped the greeting onto a strip of Whisper White using Lost Lagoon ink and flagged the end then I adhered it to the tree. I tied a piece of white baker's twine through a Nordic designer button and adhered it to the tag. I punched a hole at the top of the tag and tied a piece of Lost Lagoon taffeta ribbon through the hole.

There you have it! Be sure to see all the other wonderful ideas for gift tags at the Create with Connie and Mary site! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Festival of Trees; Paper- Smoky Slate, Whisper White, All is Calm designer paper; Ink- Pear Pizzazz, Lost Lagoon, Smoky Slate; Accessories- Tree punch, Labels framelits, Lost Lagoon taffeta ribbon, white baker's twine, Nordic designer button, dimensionals

Thursday, November 27, 2014

CCMC 331

Good morning, Friends! And Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are all enjoying your day with those that are most special to you! I am happy to be able to be with my family in Kansas for the week! We have been having a great time! Today is also the Thursday challenge from the Create with Connie and Mary team! This week we have a sketch!


And my card...



  • Card base is Sahara Sand
  • Cut the ends of three strips of Color Me Autumn designer paper and adhere to a piece of Sahara Sand card stock
  • Stamp the background image onto the panel using Sahara Sand ink then the greeting using Blackberry Bliss ink
  • Tie a piece of Blackberry Bliss stitched satin ribbon around the panel and adhere to card with dimensionals
  • Use the Fall Fun framelits to cut a leaf from Mossy Meadow card stock and adhere to card with dimensionals and add a Cajun Craze candy dot
Don't forget to see what the other designers did with this fun sketch! You can see their wonderful creations at the Create with Connie and Mary site! Have a blessed Thanksgiving everyone!!

Card Recipe: Stamps- For All Things; Paper- Sahara Sand, Mossy Meadow, Color Me Autumn designer paper; Ink- Sahara Sand, Blackberry Bliss; Accessories- Fall Fun framelits, Blackberry Bliss stitched satin ribbon, Regals candy dots, dimensionals

Thursday, November 20, 2014

CCMC 330

Good morning, Friends! It's time for another great challenge at Create with Connie and Mary! This week we are being challenged with these fabulous colors!


Blackberry Bliss, Tangelo Twist and Hello Honey! Beautiful for a fall card!


I had fun creating this very simple clean and simple card!

  • The card base is Blackberry Bliss
  • Round the bottom left hand corner with the Project Life corner rounder
  • Use the Project Life corner rounder to round the bottom left hand corner of a piece of Whisper White
  • On the Whisper White panel, stamp the splotches from Gorgeous Grunge using Tangelo Twist and Hello Honey inks
  • Stamp the greeting from For All Things using Blackberry Bliss ink
  • Tie a piece of Hello Honey stitched satin ribbon around the stamped panel and adhere to card base with dimensionals
  • Use the Fun Fall framelits to cut the leaves from Tangelo Twist, Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey card stock then sponge them with their respective inks
  • Run the leaves through the Big Shot using the Woodgrain embossing folder then adhere to the card with dimensionals
There you have it! Be sure to see the beautiful creations from the rest of the design team at the Create with Connie and Mary site! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Gorgeous Grunge, For All Things; Paper- Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White; Ink- Tangelo Twist, Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey; Accessories- Hello Honey stitched satin ribbon, Project Life corner rounder, Fun Fall framelits, Woodgrain embossing folder, sponge, dimensionals

Thursday, November 13, 2014

CCMC 329

Hello everyone! I'm here with another Thursday challenge from the Create with Connie and Mary team! This week we have a great sketch to work with!


And my card...


This card didn't quite turn out like I had pictured but it works. And I love the fall feel of it!

  • Card base is Crumb Cake
  • Stamp the Hardwood background stamp onto the card base using Crumb Cake ink
  • Tear a piece of Crumb Cake and roll the torn edge then adhere to card base
  • Use the Circles framelits to cut a circle from Hello Honey and sponge the edges with Hello Honey ink
  • Stamp the greeting from Good Greetings using Mossy Meadow ink then wrap a piece of linen thread around the circle several times and tie a bow
  • Adhere circle to card
  • Adhere two strips of Mossy Meadow to the card
  • Stamp the pumpkin from Fall Fest onto a piece of Whisper White using Tangelo Twist and Mossy Meadow and cut out with the Fun Fall framelits then adhere to the card with dimensionals
Be sure to see more inspiration at Create with Connie and Mary! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Fall Fest, Good Greetings, Hardwood background; Paper- Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey, Whisper White; Ink- Crumb Cake, Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist; Accessories- Circles framelits, Fun Fall framelits, linen thread, sponge, dimensionals

Monday, November 10, 2014

Ferny Pumpkins

Good morning, Friends! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! It was gorgeous around here! Looks like it will be pretty nice around here for the next few days. I am happy to not be a part of that Polar Vortex! Looks like two full weeks of work and then we get our Thanksgiving break! Woohoo!! I can do this!

Today's card is a fall one. I just love the pumpkins and leaves in this set! So I made a simple fall card.

  • Card base is Whisper White
  • On another piece of Whisper White, stamp the ferny leaves image from Fall Fest using Mossy Meadow - some were stamped without reinking
  • Stamp the pumpkins onto another piece of Whisper White using Tangelo Twist and Mossy Meadow inks and cut out using the Fun Fall framelits
  • Adhere pumpkins together then adhere to card with dimensionals
  • Stamp the greeting from Good Greetings using Early Espresso ink
  • Use the Project Life corner rounder to round the top right hand corner
  • Adhere panel to card with dimensionals
  • Thread a piece of silver baker's twine through a basic metal button and tie and bow then adhere to card
Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!

Card Recipe: Stamps- Fall Fest, Good Greetings; Paper- Whisper White; Ink- Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist, Early Espresso; Accessories- Project Life corner rounder, Fun Fall framelits, silver baker's twine, basic metal button, dimensionals

Saturday, November 8, 2014

CCMC Holiday Collection Blog Hop Week 4


Hello everyone! Wow! I can't believe that we have come to the end of the Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Collection! At the end of each week, the designers do a blog hop! You may have arrived here from the very talented Debbie Henderson or you may have landed here on your own. Either way we are so excited that you have decided to join us! 

Here is what I decided to do for this week's hop!


The Ornamental Pine stamp set is such an easy set to use and makes great Christmas cards! I love it! 

  • Card base is Crumb Cake
  • Stamp the Pine Bough image onto another piece of Crumb Cake using Mossy Meadow and Early Espresso inks
  • Use the Project Life corner rounder to round the bottom left hand corner of the stamped panel
  • Stamp the "snow flurries" using the splatter stamp from Gorgeous Grunge onto the panel using Whisper White craft ink
  • Wrap a piece of the Crumb Cake thick baker's twine from the Under the Tree tag a bag accessory kit twice around the panel and tie a bow then adhere the panel to the card base using dimensionals
  • Cut a circle from a piece of Crumb Cake using the Circles framelits
  • Stamp the sentiment from Ornamental Pine onto the circle using Early Espresso ink then sponge the edges using Whisper White craft ink and adhere to card with dimensionals
I hope you have been enjoying the Holiday Collection! Even though the Holiday Collection has ended, you can still subscribe and receive all the gorgeous ideas and the downloadable tutorials. Be sure to visit the Create with Connie and Mary site to find out how! But now it's time to send you on to see what Connie has created! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!



Card Recipe: Stamp- Ornamental Pine, Gorgeous Grunge; Paper- Crumb Cake; Ink- Mossy Meadow, Early Espresso, Whisper White craft ink; Accessies- Under the Tree tag a bag accessory kit, Project Life corner rounder, Circles framelits, sponge, dimensionals

Thursday, November 6, 2014

CCMC 328

Good morning, Friends! It's another Thursday challenge from the Create with Connie and Mary team! This week we have some pretty colors to work with!


Cherry Cobbler, Lost Lagoon and Smoky Slate. But what to do with them? Even though I wanted to use some of my fall stamps and accessories, I thought that these would work better with a Christmas theme.


This is a super simple card! 

  • Card base is Lost Lagoon
  • Use the Tree punch to punch a tree from Whisper White and then run through the Big Shot using the Decorative Dots embossing folder
  • Adhere a piece of All Is Calm designer paper to the back of the punched piece with dimensionals then adhere to the card so that the designer paper is adhere directly to the card base and the white piece is adhered with dimensionals
  • Punch a star from silver foil paper using the itty bitty accents punch pack and adhere to top of tree
  • Stamp the greeting from Festival of Trees onto the card base using Lost Lagoon ink
  • Tie a piece of white baker's twine around a folded piece of Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon and through a basic metal button then adhere to card
Be sure to visit the Create with Connie and Mary site to see what the other designers did with these fabulous colors! While you are there check out the details of the Holiday Edition! We are about to wrap up week 3! Great ideas for last minute gift giving! I hope you will join us!! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!



Card Recipe: Stamps: Festival of Trees; Paper- Whisper White, Lost Lagoon, silver foil paper, All is Calm designer paper; Ink- Lost Lagoon; Accessories- Decorative Dots embossing folder, Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon, white baker's twine, basic metal button, Tree punch, itty bitty accents punch pack, dimensionals

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop: Kinda Eclectic

Hello everyone! I am so excited to be back with The Stamp Review Crew blog hop! This time we are featuring great projects showcasing the Kinda Eclectic stamp set! You may have come from the blog of the talented Tanya Boser or you may have landed here on your own. Either way, you can click your way through the entire tour and see all the creations! If you get lost, just click on the icon at the top to see a list of the entire blog list.

Like I said, we are featuring the Kinda Eclectic stamp set! It was love at first sight when I saw this set! And here is what I did with it:


 I used the sketch at Reverse Confetti to help me create this card. 

  • Card base is Sahara Sand
  • Stamp the dots image from Kinda Eclectic onto the card base using Sahara Sand
  • Stamp the sun image using Crushed Curry and the leaves/stem image using Mossy Meadow onto a piece of Whisper White then stamp the splotches from Gorgeous Grunge using Sahara Sand and sponge the edges of the panel using Sahara Sand ink
  • Stamp the greeting from And Many More onto the stamped panel using Blackberry Bliss ink
  • Adhere stamped panel to a piece of Mossy Meadow card stock and then adhere the panel to the card base with dimensionals
  • Stamp both butterfly images onto a piece of Whisper White using Blackberry Bliss ink and punch out with the Elegant Butterfly and Bitty Butterfly punches and adhere together
  • Made a bow from linen thread and adhere to card then adhere butterflies over the linen thread
  • Add a Crushed Curry candy dot to butterflies
Time to move on to see what the talented Ann Schach has created! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the tour!



Card Recipe: Stamps- Kinda Eclectic, Gorgeous Grunge, And Many More; Paper- Sahara Sand, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White; Ink- Sahara Sand, Mossy Meadow, Crushed Curry, Blackberry Bliss; Accessories- Elegant Butterfly punch, Bitty Butterfly punch, linen thread, Regals candy dots, sponge, dimensionals

Saturday, November 1, 2014

CCMC Holiday Collection Blog Hop Week 3


Hello everyone! Week 3 of the Holiday Edition has just ended at Create with Connie and Mary. That means the designers are having another blog hop! Debbie just shared a beautiful project with you and I am your next stop! 

The card I'm sharing actually has no stamping on it! Take a look!


  • Card base is Whisper White
  • Adhere three strips of All is Calm washi tape to a piece of Whisper White card stock and then adhere the panel to the card base with dimensionals
  • Cut the word using the Wonderful Wreath framelits from silver foil paper and adhere to card with dimensionals
  • Adhere three frosted sequin snowflakes and then a rhinestone to the middle of each
Super simple and elegant! Time to send you on to see the beautiful creation that Connie has for you! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!!



Card Recipe: Stamps- none; Paper- Whisper White, silver foil paper; Ink- none; Accessories- All is Calm washi tape, frosted sequins, rhinestones, Wonderful Wreath framelits, dimensionals

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!!!

Good morning, Friends! The last day of October. Hmmm... I think I am in denial that it is getting so close to Christmas! Yikes! So much to do!! And today is Halloween! Wow! My school kiddos are so excited! I have been hearing about it all week - lol! We will see how much I can accomplish at school. The weather here will be super nice for our little trick-or-treaters! I think that's why I am in a little bit of denial. Oh and don't forget to turn those clocks back this weekend! I really don't like it getting dark so early. But I guess I will deal with it - lol! 

Today's card was a quickie that I put together last night. I had to have a card for Halloween!!

  • Card base is Whisper White
  • Run a piece of Basic Black through the Big Shot using the ghost die from the Fun Fall framelits
  • Lay the Basic Black panel onto the card base and stamp the face from Fall Fest using Tuxedo black Momento ink then adhere the black panel to the card with dimensionals
  • Cut the word bubble from Whisper White card stock using the Word Bubbles framelits
  • Stamp the "boo!" onto the word bubble using the Skinny Mini Alphabet and Tuxedo black Momento ink then adhere the word bubble to the card with dimensionals
  • Adhere three rhinestones to the card
Thanks for stopping by and have a super scary Halloween!!


Card Recipe: Stamps Fall Fest, Skinny Mini Alphabet; Paper- Whisper White, Basic Black; Ink- Tuxedo black Momento ink; Accessories- Fun Fall framelits, Word Bubbles framelits, rhinestones, dimensionals

Thursday, October 30, 2014

CCMC 327

Hello everyone! It's time for the Thursday challenge at Create with Connie and Mary! This week we have a sketch to work with. Take a look!


And my card...


A fun fall card for the season! 

  • Card base is Crumb Cake
  • Adhere a piece of Color Me Autumn designer paper to card base
  • Cut and oval from Mossy Meadow card stock using the Oval framelits
  • Stamp the Hardwood background stamp onto the oval using Mossy Meadow ink then adhere to card
  • Adhere a strip of Soft Suede card stock to card
  • Stamp the leafy stem image from For All Things onto a piece of Very Vanilla using Cajun Craze ink and cut out
  • Stamp the leaf image from For All Things onto a piece of Very Vanilla card stock using Crushed Curry ink and cut out
  • Adhere the leafy stem to the back of the leaf and adhere to card with dimensionals
  • Stamp the greeting onto a strip of Very Vanilla using Soft Suede ink and flag the end and adhere to card
  • Thread a piece of linen thread through a gold basic metal button and tie a bow then adhere to card
Be sure to check out the amazing creations from the rest of the design team at Create with Connie and Mary

We are into week 3 of the Holiday Edition! Have you seen all the amazing projects that the very talented design team has created? There is still time to sign up and see all the fabulous projects that are being shared! Why join us for the fun? I hope to see you there! Find more information on subscribing at Create with Connie and Mary.



Card Recipe: Stamps- For All Things, Hardwood background; Paper- Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Color Me Autumn designer paper; Ink- Soft Suede, Mossy Meadow, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze; Accessories- Oval framelits, linen thread, gold basic metal button, dimensionals

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Freshly Made 159

Good morning, Friends! I hope your week is off to a great start! I had a great few days off work!! My friend Becky and I went to see our friend Sherry on the eastern slope and boy did we make a weekend!! Lots of laughing and shopping and more shopping and stitching! We really didn't want to come back on Sunday - lol! But we did and it was back to work yesterday. It was good to get back to work as I need to build my bank account back up - lol! I hope to get caught up on some stamping this week. 

Today's card was inspired by the sketch from Freshly Made. And, yes, it has expired but I thought it made for a quick and easy card and that's what I needed! 

  • Card base is Mossy Meadow
  • Use the spiral border punch to punch the edge of a piece of Crumb Cake
  • Stamp the leaf image from For All Things using Crumb Cake ink onto the Crumb Cake panel then stamp the greeting using Mossy Meadow ink
  • Adhere panel to card base with dimensionals
  • Stamp the leaf image onto a piece of Crumb Cake using Blackberry Bliss ink and cut out
  • Adhere leaf to card with dimensionals
  • Adhere a wooden leaf to card base with glue dots
  • Tie a piece of linen thread around a wooden acorn and adhere to card
We are on week 3 of the Holiday Edition at Create with Connie and Mary! I hope you are not missing out on all the fun! You can still join the party and receive all the ideas and tutorials that have been shared so far! Visit the Create with Connie and Mary site to find out how to sign up!! I hope to see you there!


Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!

Card Recipe: Stamps- For All Things; Paper- Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake; Ink- Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake, Blackberry Bliss; Accessories- spiral border punch, wooden leaves, linen thread, dimensionals