Never Say Goodbye

A couple of weeks ago I said that some changes were coming and so they are.Β  This will be my last go around with this designing crew and let me tell you that it has been a pleasure and a blast! So this card is for them! Merci beaucoup to Connie and Mary for the opportunity! Thank you fellow designers for all of your wonderful inspiration!

Truly, the timing was just meant to be. We just found that we will be moving in a bit. My husband is in the USMC and that is part of it so it looks like it is back to the D.C. area for us.

But in all honesty that’s not all. I am not going to say that I have lost my zeal for stamping. That will never be! I super love stamping and all crafting and I plan on adding a lot more to my blog because of that. But… with Stampin’ Up! I feel a little lost. My upline has left the company putting me to her upline which is frankly so huge she never even responded to my emails. There has been no communication and I mean zilch. That is not to down Stampin’ Up!.Β  I clearly LOVE their products and they are, in my opinion, the BEST! But in my particular situation I feel that I fell through the cracks which leaves me questioning things. But again, I do not question their products because they are unparalleled. I’m sorry if I digress,

 

here is the sketch challenge for this week:

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Merci!

So, naturally I had to use Melon Mambo – think pink ink, right? πŸ˜‰ I used the Fun Flower punch, which come on, it’s clearly a Clematis. hehe! I peeled the layers to give it some volume. I did the same with the Pansy punch. I used the Bird Builder punch for my little leaves. Don’t know if you can tell but it is glimmer paper under the sentiment. I stink at capturing the sparkle!

I stamped off the Hardwood stamp and applied in Craft ink to the Basic Black. I think that it lends some visual interest without being too fussy. I stamped it a couple of times just because I wanted to see what it would do.Β  πŸ™‚ The center of my flowers are the basic black buttons and that’s about it!

Thanks for stopping by! ❀

And you know that I can’t leave you without a musical reference. My second crush… My first was Ponch on Chips. Hahah! Oh the things we admit behind a keyboard! πŸ˜€

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Bold and Bright for Lara

Happy Thursday! It’s sketch challenge time at Create with Connie and Mary. This is one of those rare times that I already knew who I was making this card for before I started. But first the sketch:

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I made this card for my lovely neighbor and friend Lara. I made her a gift and this card will be accompanying it. I got a Silhouette for Christmas and she is my first victim. Haha! I’ll post that picture tomorrow. Lara is not afraid of color or pattern. She mixes combinations that I would never dare to but when she does it her projects come out beautiful! So with that being said, my bright colors combined with different patterns are a tribute to her. πŸ™‚

 

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My flower was made from punching already stamped scraps (you can bet your bippy that I save every snip-it);) with the Pansy and Fun Flower punch. My sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes, one of the first sets I ever bought!

I used a circle punch on the top of the treat bag so that she can use her fingers to easily pull the message out. And it helps show off the bling-y sequin trim!

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Thanks for stopping by! Hope you get a chance to play along this week at Create with Connie and Mary. Be sure to check out the other designer’s cards. What a talented group of ladies!

Red Lagoon Cake

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Hello Friends!

It’s color challenge time at Create with Connie and Mary! At first I thought it was going to be a REAL challenge but then I remembered my lovely Neutrals Color Collection DSP and it came to the rescue and everything else fell into place. πŸ™‚

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I used my new favorite stamp set, Friendly Wishes, for the sentiment. I folded the Dotted Lace Trim in half and tied it in a knot. I stamped using the Flower Shop and Beautiful Bunch sets onto Lost Lagoon card stock with Craft Stampin’ Ink and used the coordinating punches. Was that a run on sentence?

As I type my toddler is havingΒ  a fit and I can’t hear myself think! Ha! This post has to be short for the sake of sanity!! Come play along and get more inspiration at Create with Connie and Mary!

 

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Hey Gang! It’s another sketch challenge at Create with Connie and Mary! This was a fun one to work with.Β  I wrestled with my color combo but finally came up with this number. Naturally, there is some pink involved. Ha!

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This is a Strawberry Slush and Basic Gray duo. I used the Hardwood background stamp on the gray with Craft Stampin’ Ink and topped it with the In Colors DSP. I want us all to have a moment of silence… in hopes that Strawberry Slush will be continued! Oh my, I LOVE it!

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The stamps sets I used are Crazy About You and For Being You. I used the Banner Punch and trimmed it with the Paper Snips. The Pansy punched DSP is topped with a Basic Metal Button and Whisper White Baker’s Twine.

I hope you’ll play along with us this week! It is certain to get your creative mojo flowing! Click here to join in the fun!

 

Blackberry Hardwood

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Happy Hump Day!

Hello fellow crafters! I’ve got a new card for you. I finally got the Hardwood background stamp and was itching to use it. I stamped it in craft white and applied it to the new Blackberry Bliss card stock. The sentiment is from the Something To Say stamp set and the flowers on the tag are from the coordinating punch set.

I LOVE the burlap ribbon. I am such a pack rat and save every scrap. I had a tiny piece of ribbon that was really too small to use (this did not stop me from keeping it!) so I tore it in shreds and tied it around the Hello Honey ribbon.

The flower on the bottom right was made using the Pansy and Petite Petals punches. Think I’m flower happy? Oh yeah! πŸ˜‰

A Gift That Keeps On Giving

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Happy Monday All! I know I know… You’re thinking “is there such a thing?” and the answer is YES! Especially when you see someone’s face light up when you hand them a box like this! πŸ™‚

I used Rich Razzelberry as my main color. For my flower I used the Blossom Punch along with the Pansy Punch.Β  The “tag” or leaves were made using My Digital Studio. There is a great tutorial I found by fellow demonstrator Jan Burnett here.Β  It is easy to follow and all you need to get started is a 9.5 piece of card stock! As my daughter says, “easy peasy lemon squeezy”!

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The box can hold up to 10 cards WITH envelopes! Can’t beat that! I’ve made another one of these as a hostess gift that I will share in a couple of days.

Have a great week! ❀