Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Peaceful Reflection


One of my favourite things to do is stamp with friends! I'm so lucky to have a lovely team of ladies to stamp with, and they are all so generous about sharing their stuff. That is how I got to make this card, with a stamp set that I don't own (yet!). It's called Peaceful Reflection. I've CaSEd the Catalogue for this card, but changed up the colour scheme.  I've used Grapefruit Grove, Pool Party, Smoky Slate and a bit of Dazzling Diamonds.
To make the reflection, I put the photopolymer stamp on the block upside down and inked up the 'wrong' side. I used a sponge brayer to make the soft shading on the water.
I have a few more 'borrowed' stamp set cards to show you next time!


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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Stampin' Videos



Have you checked out the latest videos on the Stampin' Up! YouTube channel?
It's a great way to see the new products being put through their paces.

 Here's one of my new faves, the Delightfully Detailed Suite:

You can check out all the videos HERE (grab a cuppa and some popcorn!)

I am running a Special Offer this month for my customers. You can earn some of the Delightfully Detailed Suite products for FREE! Ask me how!


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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Not long to go!


It's only 2 weeks away! Our Annual Craft Sale is happening again. I have a whole team of crafters who have been busy cleaning out our cupboards in preparation, and we all have heaps of products in need of a good home. Everything will be priced to sell, so there will be lots of bargains to be had!

I have stamp sets (priced as low as $5!), punches, dies, inks, papers and embellishments galore! They will all be at bargain prices!

 
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Thursday, June 14, 2018

CCMC514 Very Vintage in Purple


It's Thursday, and that means it's Challenge time again over at www.createwithconnieandmary.com.
We have something different for the month of June, to celebrate the release of our new Annual Catalogue! Each week there will be a picture from the new catalogue, and we can be inspired by either the layout or the colours. This is our project for Week 2:

I love this colour combination, and I was tempted to go with that this week, but in the end I decided to copy the layout again. I love this year's selection of Hostess stamp sets, and I've used the Very Vintage set here.  I've also used 2 brand new colours. I know the purple lovers out there will be fans of these 2 - Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape.
Here are a few details about my card:
  • I've stamped the background using the doily stamp from the set in Versamark, for a subtle tone-on-tone effect.
  • I've layered some old and new punches for the sentiment - 1 1/4" circle, Darling Label (stamped first using the co-ordinating stamp in the set), and the Pretty Label (stamped first using the Label me Pretty stamp set)
  • I've stamped the floral image twice - once in Highland Heather on the Very Vanilla panel, and again in Gorgeous Grape on some scrap cardstock. I've cut out some of the flowers and popped them up on dimensionals, and used Wink of Stella to add a bit of sparkle.
  • The Gorgeous Grape background piece has been embossed with the new Climbing Vine folder. I then lightly sponged Whisper white ink on the raised areas.
I hope you like my card. Check out what the other talented stampers have come up with HERE. Don't forget you can play along over on the facebook page!


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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Showing off the new In Colors


Here's a bit of a different take on the Love What You Do stamp set. Rather than pairing it with the co-ordinating Designer Series Paper, I've used it to showcase the new In Colors. I've inked up the 2 flower heads (not the stems) and stamped them in a rough circle in 4 of the new In Colors - Pineapple Punch, Lovely Lipstick, Blueberry Bushel and Grapefruit Grove. I used the little 'smudge' stamp to colour them in, by stamping off the ink and stamping a couple of times. I've used the remaining In Color, Call me Clover for the leaves. I've stamped them both full-strength and stamped-off for some variation in tone.

To balance all that colour, I've stuck to black and white for the sentiment and embellishment. I'm loving the new Polka Dot Tulle - it's lovely and sheer, and the spots are so cute. Thick Whisper White is the perfect card base - nice and sturdy but still perfectly smooth for stamping!


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Sunday, June 10, 2018

A Special Birthday Card


We hit a milestone in our family recently - my baby girl turned 21! That called for a very special birthday card. I incorporated some of her favourite colours, and her favourite animal to make a little cutie peeking through the flowers.

We've had a lovely time celebrating with her. She and I spent a day at the zoo (revisiting her childhood!) on her birthday, then we had family dinner at a Japanese restaurant (her favourite cuisine) followed by cupcakes and pressies at home. Then a 'High Tea' Party celebration the weekend after.... so I think you could say we well and truly marked the occasion!

My colour scheme is Petal Pink, Grapefruit Grove, Calypso Coral and Soft Sea Foam, with a splash of copper.


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Saturday, June 09, 2018

Varied Vases Card #3


Here is my third Varied Vases card. Same layout but a different look. I've taken my colour scheme from the new Sea of Textures Designer Series Paper. It co-ordinates with an ocean-themed set, but I think it works equally well for flowers.

I stamped the flowers in Black Stazon and watercoloured them with a Blender Pen and ink. I punched the vases from the same DSP, but this time I've used the deeper-toned sides. It's difficult to tell from the pic, but I also made the vases glossy by pressing the pieces into my Versamark inkpad and sprinkling with clear embossing powder and heat setting. It makes them look almost ceramic.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my Varied Vases cards. I'll be definitely playing a lot more with this bundle!


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Thursday, June 07, 2018

CCMC513 Animal Outing


It's Thursday, and that means it's Challenge time again over at www.createwithconnieandmary.com.
We have something different for the month of June, to celebrate the release of our new Annual Catalogue! Each week there will be a picture from the new catalogue, and we can be inspired by either the layout or the colours. This is our project for Week 1:


As you can see, I was inspired by the layout this week, and I've stayed pretty true to the inspiration picture. I've used the Animal Outing stamp set. It's a gorgeous set for baby cards.
Here are a few details about my card:
  • The Balmy Blue and Crumb Cake panels are part of the Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper pack. I've added extra texture by running the Balmy Blue piece through the Big Shot with the Polka Dot Basics embossing folder.
  • Balmy Blue is one of the new colours - it's a perfect baby boy blue
  • The frame is also a new colour - Grey Granite. It's a brownish grey...halfway between Smoky Slate and Sahara Sand. It's been cut out using the Stitched Shapes framelits and the Layering Squares framelits
  • I've coloured the Animal Outing Kangaroo with my Blends - Crumb Cake for Mama Roo, Ivory for her belly and Smoky Slate for the koala in her pouch.
  • How cute is the new Polka Dot Tulle ribbon? I've almost gone through a whole roll of this already. I'm a sucker for Polka Dots!
  • The little button is part of the True Gentleman button pack. I was so happy to see these carried over!
I hope you like my card. Check out what the other talented stampers have come up with HERE. Don't forget you can play along over on the facebook page!


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Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Varied Vases Card #2


Here we are with my second Varied Vases card. I've gone monochromatic with this one - just black, white and Coastal Cabana. I was so excited when I saw that this colour is back in our colour range! It was one of my favourite past In Colors.

I've stamped in Black Stazon and watercoloured the images using a Blender Pen and ink. I love how this sentiment fits perfectly in the Classic Label Punch. I know I'm going to be using this one a lot!

I couldn't resist using the (recently retired) Petal Passion Designer Series Paper on this card. I don't have many of the new papers yet, and this pack is just so versatile.


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