Rhino Thanks You BIG TIME

Happy Tuesday my stampin’ friends! Time for a Try Stampin’ on Tuesday challenge.

Optional Theme : Pop it Up

I love these simple sketches! You can really do soo much with them!

I decided I hadn’t played with this Animal Expedition Suite from Stampin’ Up. It’s simply adorable! 

I created a ‘window’ in my card –

libbystamps, stampin up, Animal Outing, Animal Outing Bundle, Animal Friends Thinlits, Animal Expedition Suite, Animal Expedition DSP, Smokey Slate Dark Blends, TSOT

The sweet little rhino is on the outer part of the card. I used the Blends to color him. Dark Smokey Slate for the rhino, and the bird is colored with Calypso Coral and Pool Party.

Those Blends markers will bleed through our Whisper White card stock, so when opened, here is the inside –

libbystamps, stampin up, Animal Outing, Animal Outing Bundle, Animal Friends Thinlits, Animal Expedition Suite, Animal Expedition DSP, Smokey Slate Dark Blends, TSOT

Nicely finished off! The sentiment is hidden by the rhino when closed.

I love it, don’t you? It’s whimsical, fun and cute!

Check the other wonderful cards made using this sketch at Try Stampin’ on Tuesday blog. You can show us your takes using the sketch on our blog or on our Facebook page! This is a two-week challenge.

Stampin’ Up Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Animal Outing
  • Framelits – Animal Friends
  • Bundles – Animal Outing
  • Suite – Animal Expedition
  • Card Stock – Pool Party, Whisper White
  • Ink – Black Memento, Pool Party
  • DSP – Animal Expedition
  • Punches – 1 1/4″ Circle
  • Other – Smokey Slate Blends,
Happy Stampin’
Libby
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“I Believe I Can Fly” – Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop

Time for a Create with Connie and Mary Saturday blog hop!

Our 90’s song, ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ theme features birds, bugs, and anything that flies!

Great idea! How about two birds? That are perched? And, a Christmas card?

libbystamps, stampin up, Feathers & Frost Photopolymer Stamp Set, Layering Squares Framelits, Dashing Along Designer Series Paper, CCMC

See? Two birds. Perched. On a Christmas card!

I started with the lovely new stamp set, appropriately called, Feathers & Frost! I stamped the square of greenery and berries. I colored them with the Stampin’ Write Markers in Real Red and Old Olive.

The birds came next. I colored them with a Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker and a Cherry Cobbler Dark Blends marker. I used both for contrast. Then…..I fussy cut them!

I used one of the Layering Squares to cut the focal point out.

I mounted all that on a piece of the Dashing Along Designer Series Paper. It’s bordered with Gold Foil. The card base is Pear Pizzaz, Old olive competed with the coloring in the focal point.

The sentiment is also from the same stamp set!

Quick. Easy. Great to mass produce for the holiday season! Start now and have them DONE before you know it. 

Go forward to check out Debbie Henderson, and back to Mary Brown. I know they’ll have some great

Stampin’ Up Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Feathers & Frost
  • Framelits – Layering Squares
  • Card Stock – Pear Pizzaz, Gold Foil
  • Ink – Black Memento
  • DSP – Dashing Along
  • Other – Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker, Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker, Cherry Cobbler Dark Blends

Happy. . . . Christmas in August

Welcome to our Create with Connie and Mary Thursday challenge!

Here is our newest challenge –

Neat. Simple. Clean. Just my style! 

I pulled out my pre-order items from Stampin’ Up to create this –

libbystamps, stampin up, Merry Christmas Thinlits, Merry Christmas to All, CCMC

I started with an exclusive Designer Series Paper, Dashing Along, available the month of September to hostesses. It’s lovely paper in traditional colors and patterns. You get a generous amount of sheets, perfect for card making and sending!

The embossed panel is a new folder called Swirls & Curls Textured Impressions embossing folder. It will be available September 5. It’s very, very pretty. It will be great for non-Christmas cards too!

The gold foiled sentiment, Happy, is a new set of word thinlits that will also be available September 5. I just LOVE these. Other words include, Merry, Holidays, and Christmas.

I think this would be a great mass-produced card for the holidays! Easy and elegant too!

If you like to know more about new holiday products, please contact me. I can get you a catalog so you’ll be ready to order on September 5!

The other Design Team members at Create with Connie and Mary have created some wonderful cards with this sketch as well.

We hope to inspire you! If so, share your create on our Facebook page! We’d love to see you there!

Stampin’ Up Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – none
  • Framelits – Merry Christmas
  • Bundles – Merry Christmas to All
  • Card Stock – Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Gold Foil
  • DSP – Dashing Along
  • Other – Swirls & Curls
Happy Stampin’
Libby

“Candle in the Wind” – Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop

Welcome to another song filled Create with Connie and Mary Saturday blog hop!

Our theme this week features the 90’s song, Candle in the Wind, and birthdays!

This couldn’t have come at a better time as several of my friends are having milestone birthdays in the near future!

I just had to run with this one –

libbystamps, stampin up, Make a Difference, Broadway Lights Framelits, Celebrate You Thinlits, 2 1/4" Circle  Punch, CCMC

I started out with creating this background using the Make a Difference stamp set. If you haven’t seen it, you really should take a close look at it. It contains 143 stamps including, the alphabet, upper and lower case, numbers, punctuation, words, symbols – you just have to take a look at it! (Page 178 of the catalog.)

I built the card from there. I am a big fan of these colors, as you can probably tell!

The hats are die cut from the Broadway Bound Designer Series Paper using the coordinating Broadway Lights Framelits. I chose the ones that matched my colors on the card.

Celebrate sentiment is from Celebrate You thinlits as well.

Here is a close up of the back ground –

libbystamps, stampin up, Make a Difference, Broadway Lights Framelits, Celebrate You Thinlits, 2 1/4" Circle  Punch, CCMC

Isn’t it the best??

I can’t wait to give this card – it works best for either gender too, even better!

Go forward to check out Debbie Henderson, and back to Mary Brown. I know they’ll have some great

Stampin’ Up Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Make a Difference
  • Framelits – Broadway Lights, Celebrate You
  • Card Stock – Basic Black, Real Red, Gray Granite, Vellum
  • Ink – Black Memento
  • DSP – Broadway Bound Designer
  • Punches – 2 1/4″ Circle
  • Other – Whisper White Bakers Twine

It’s all in the Card

I have a quick share today. I know, a posting on a Friday, how special is that????

Last weekend I celebrated a milestone birthday. When I got back from my birthday trip to New York, I had two lovely handmade surprises in my mailbox!

One from a dear, talented friend, Charlene, who helps keep me in business!

Painted Glass, Graceful Glass DSP, Stained Glass Thinlits, Painted Glass Bundle, Layering Circles Framelits

Charlene created this using the Painted Glass stamp set, Stained Glass Thinlits, and the Graceful Glass Designer Series Paper. It’s just a beautiful card.

The other handmade card was from a fellow blogging friend, Crystal –

It is simple adorable! It’s not created with Stampin’ Up products. And, I’m not sure what she used to create this ‘souper cool’ card. Either way, it made my day to receive these!

Go make someones day and mail a card! You never know what positive impact you’ll have!

THANKS again Charlene and Crystal!

Stampin’ Up Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Painted Glass
  • Framelits – Stained Glass, Layering Circles
  • Bundles – Painted Glass
  • Card Stock – Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White
  • Ink – Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Lemon Lime Twist
  • DSP – Graceful Glass
Happy Stampin’
Libby

Love What You Do

Welcome to the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday challenge!

Our newest challenge is a lovely color combination –

I went with a simple design using this Love What You Do stamp set. I haven’t giving it near the love it deserves!

libbystamps, stampin up, Love What You Do, Subtle Dynamic EF, Nature's Twine, CCMC

It’s a very simply created card, but very pretty!

I used a Sahara Sand base embossed with the Subtle embossing folder.

I used only one stamp set to create the stamped focal point. I thought placing the focal point askew worked well. The addition of the card stock peeking beneath it, softly showed the colors again.

Lastly, I finally used one of the Nature’s Twine to ‘tie’ it together. It’s a neutral, Crumb cake, but don’t tell anyone. It matches pretty good. 

The Design Team members created some beautiful cards at Create with Connie and Mary to inspire you. You should check them out! I hope we encourage you to create along with us and post your card on our Facebook page.

Stampin’ Up Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Love What You Do
  • Card Stock – Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Blackberry Bliss, Lovely Lipstick
  • Ink – Sahara Sand, Blackberry Bliss, Lovely Lipstick
  • Other – Subtle Dynamic EF, Nature’s Twine
Happy Stampin’
Libby

“I Just Called to Say I Love You” – Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop

Inspiring you with another 80’s tune this week at our Create with Connie and Mary Saturday blog hop!

Our theme this week features wedding or anniversary cards from the song, ‘I just called to say I love you’! You can hear that in your head, can’t you?? Lol!!

This seemed to be the perfect time to pull out the Love You to Pieces Bundle! I hadn’t played with this yet.

libbystamps, stampin up, Love You to Pieces, Love You to Pieces Bundle, Puzzle Piece Thinlits, Pick a Pattern Washi Tape, CCMC

This was so fun to create!

I started with framelit cutting the first puzzle set in Basic Black. Then I decided I was going to use a Whisper White panel on the front of the card, of which I cut another set of puzzle pieces out of.

I mounted the Whisper White onto the Real Red card base then began filling in the pieces of the puzzle leaving one out.

I stamped and framelit cut the heart. I had to adhere a circle on the back to keep these pieces together. When cut, it’s also a ‘puzzle’. I wanted a solid piece here.

I added the washi tape around the puzzle, then along the bottom of the card. It’s just what it needed. I popped up the heart sentiment and called it a lovely card to express sweet love!

Go forward to check out Debbie Henderson, and back to Mary Brown. I know they’ll have some great

Stampin’ Up Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Love You to Pieces
  • Framelits – Puzzle Piece
  • Bundles – Love You to Pieces Bundle
  • Card Stock – Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Black
  • Ink – Black Memento
  • Other – Pick a Pattern Washi Tape