Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving friends!

It’s sketch challenge time at Create with Connie and Mary!


I really like this sketch and I had a vision right away of doing something clean and simple. The vision also had the Sheltering Tree stamp set. Ugh… I have another confession this week. I don’t have that stamp! I’ve always wanted it but never got around to getting it so I improvised with the Thoughts and Prayers set.


The tree top unfortunately doesn’t extend very high on this stamp so I VERY carefully inked the top portion of the branches with my Stamp n’ Write markers and stamped.. My sentiment is from the tried and true Teeny Tiny Wishes. My layered card stock is Cajun Craze. I realized that I haven’t used it in such a long time and it’s a shame because it is a great fall color!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope that you all have a wonderful holiday! My neighbors and friends have husbands that are serving over seas this holiday season so I am having them and their families over tomorrow to celebrate. I have been one busy bee but I’m so excited! I’ve already explained to my daughter that child labor laws do not apply at home! Ha! 😉

I hope you get some time to craft this weekend and if you do come play along with us at Create with Connie and Mary!


I know that I constantly talk about the time warp that I seem to be stuck in BUT honestly, can you really believe that Halloween is this weekend?! I mean that truly is scary!! AHHHHH!!!!!  But soon friends… soon day light savings time will be here (please know that I am actually smiling as I type this) and we will get an extra hour of sleep! 😀

But alas, t’is not here yet and I have a new sketch challenge to share from Create with Connie and Mary!


Looks easy right? Sure… I thought the same thing. Then I sat down (stood up and sat back down about 12 more times) before I came up with my card.


My little ghosts look a bit ominous, don’t you think? That’s thanks to the Among the Branches set! I used simple oval punches to create the ghosts bodies. I played with the paper a bit on this one. This is some of my favorite Halloween DSP ever and I think I’m not the only one that feels this way. I went to order some more not too long ago and it was on back order.

And that’s all folks! I hope you feel inspired to play along. Check out the other designer’s cards for some creative inspiration at Create with Connie and Mary!

And last but not least, I hope you have a very great, safe, and spooky Halloween! 😀

Treaty McTreatens

Hello there! It’s that time again! Sketch challenge time at Create with Connie and Mary. Don’t let this simple sketch fool you. This was one of the hardest for me yet!


So I played and played and came up with this monstrosity. I supposed it’s OK to be a monstrosity when it’s a Halloween card. I stamped some Gorgeous Grunge on the banner but you can’t see it in the light for some reason.


I also inked up the sides a bit. Speaking of ink. I also used a sponge dauber and inked the trees using craft ink. I kind of wish that my washi tape was yellow. It just makes me think of the police caution tape which would definitely lend a creepy feel! ha!

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to stop by Create with Connie and Mary and see what the other designers came up with!


Happy October everyone!! We all know what this month brings. Perhaps some ghosts and goblins? Well that is what I’m bringing anyway! First, the fun sketch from Create with Connie and Mary!


Now this was fun, but boy did it take some serious thinking! After much deliberation this is what I came up with:


Told ya I’d bring you some ghosts! 😉 I used the new Happy Haunting DSP and the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set. I used the basic metal buttons and stringed them along the white baker’s twine. I used a candy dot next to the sentiment to add weight and visual interest to the left.

And that just about wraps it up! Hope you get a chance to play along this week! Come on by to get some ideas from the other designer’s cards, you will not be disappointed! www.createwithconnieandmary.com

Too busy to Care?

Hi Friends! It is color challenge time at Create with Connie and Mary. I decided to do things a bit different this week and also participated in Mojo Monday’s sketch challenge.



So my title says it all. I thought that my card was too busy but my mother-in-law was here and she said that she liked more leaves so I went with it! I just didn’t care and the more I added the more I liked it! I guess I’m just craving some autumn! It’s still very warm here in Coastal Carolina and don’t even get me started on the humidity!

Here is the sketch from Mojo Monday:


and another shot of my take on it (with some fall foliage of course)!

Autumn Wishes

Thanks for stopping by! If you’re looking for some creative inspiration check out the other designer’s cards at Create with Connie and Mary! Hopefully you’ll join in and play along! 🙂

Happy Haunting on a Thursday

Happy Thursday all! It is sketch challenge time at Create with Connie and Mary! Looking at this sketch I thought easy peasy!



Yes… “Thought” being the keyword. My pride forbids me to tell you how long it took me to come up with my rendition of the sketch!


I cut some small strips of Basic Black card stock and curled them up. This card looks easy enough, right? Then, prey tell, how in the world did I struggle for “x” amount of time?! ha! I punched out my images from the Happy Haunting DSP and my sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

This set has a stamp for just about any holiday or event you can think of… Besides National Dog Day; which I am embarrassed to say that I missed. How could I? My best friend in the world has four legs and we fight for the same pillow. So I’m a bit late in celebrating her but here she is in all of her splendid glory, Aspen, also known as my BFF Bubbies. ❤


Kind of got off track there! We will blame it on Teeny Tiny Wishes! 😉 Thanks for stopping by. Check out the other designer’s takes on the challenge this week and let’s see what you come up with! Play along with us at Create with Connie and Mary!



It’s sketch challenge time over at Create with Connie and Mary!

And ok… maybe my card is not so “spooky” per se but I’ll tell you what is. The amount of time I spent deciding whether I should leave the entire Spider Web Doily whole or trim it. It really was nerve rattling. I went back and forth destroying many a web along the way and I eventually went with an altered doily.


I couldn’t quite get the three banners from the sketch in my take so I used three Basic Rhinestones. I also used the Happy Haunting Designer Washi Tape under the Happy Haunting DSP. If you can’t tell already, I LOVE the new holiday catalog! Let me know if you need a copy and I’ll get one to you!

If  you’re looking for some creative mojo look no further than the other designer’s creations over at Create with Connie and Mary! Happy Crafting!



I was going to think of something fun and quirky to say when posting this but I just happened to read some news clips as I got on the internet. Reading most of them truly saddens me and yet reminds me that I have so much to be thankful for. I am so grateful for my health, my family, and my friends. I am thankful for the ability to create, which in turn releases stress and prompts more creativeness! I am grateful for good news. We seldom get to hear much of it because we are bombarded with negativity. There are good things happening in the world and there are good people that make it happen!

At our swap meet that I previously mentioned I got a cute card from Keisha Smith and this is my take on it. I used the Expression Thinlits for the sentiment. If you use this be sure to use wax paper! And of course I used the Sweater Weather DSP that I love! The cherry on top is the Naturals button and the crocheted ribbon.

Toxic Treats For You, My Pretty!



Today is the day and no other card will do. No cute pumpkins needed here! How’s about a spooooky card?! This one does the trick for me, complete with black smudges and a tomb stone adorned with a black raven. I am quiet certain that this card would be Adam’s Family approved!

I used the Toxic Treats stamp set. The colors are simple as pumpkin pie, though they aren’t. Why, it’s Tangerine Tango and Basic Black! I colored the rhinestones with a matching sharpie and I used the Labels Collection Framlits for my layers. Of course I threw a couple of spiders in to set a more delightfully wicked mood.

Don’t let the dark and dreary fun end here! Be the bewitching shopper you are and make your darkest cards a reality!  😉 http://www.bridgette.stampinup.net




Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 284 (TSSC284)

Trick or Treat


It is absolutely SPOOKY to think that I have not even posted once this month and it is mid October. SHRIEKKKKK!!!! I have had a lot going on, including mass producing cards for an upline meeting next weekend in Virginia. But alas, I am back and here is a card that I made to play along at the Techno Stampers Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 284 (TSSC284).

I used the Toxic Treat stamp set and a DSP from a few seasons ago. I topped of the rosette with a neutrals button in basic black. The smile on my card is the twine ribbon. Well, technically it is a bow but it makes me smile.

Guess what’s coming by UPS today…  My new Sweater Weather DSP! I have stuck by my goal of using scraps and now it is time to dig into a new pack of yummy beautiful paper, JOY! Only true paper addicts will understand my elation, and if you are one of them, what is your favorite paper?!

Becca Newton, this question also refers to you my talented friend (remember the contract!). 😉