Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop – Awning Cards

Have we got a great blog hop today with Create with Connie and Mary!

Our theme is Awning Cards.

I admit, I don’t think I’ve ever made an awning card. You know how doors and windows sometimes have awnings over them for shade? Well, that apparently works with card making too! And, it makes for some cute card designs.

I pulled out some new Stampin’ Up Designer Series Paper for this design. I notice that in small towns, they tend to decorate the windows according to seasons – and, fall, who doesn’t love fall!?!? That was my inspiration!

libbystamps, stampin up, Spooky Cat, Spooky Night DSP, window card, awning card

I photographed my card as it was lying flat. But that didn’t really show off the ‘awning’.

Check out the dimension –

libbystamps, stampin up, Spooky Cat, Spooky Night DSP, window card, awning card

I used Acetate Window Sheets for the window.

libbystamps, stampin up, Spooky Cat, Spooky Night DSP, window card, awning cardI thought the pumpkins and sentiment looked best on the inside peeking through the opening, just like a real window!

This card was also minimally stamped. The pumpkins were cut from the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper! The awning was also trimmed according to the circles in the pattern. So easy!

Check out the other the other Design Team members – 

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Spooky Cat
  • Card Stock – Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Basic Black
  • Ink – Black Memento
  • DSP – Spooky Night
  • Other – Acetate Window Sheets
Happy Stampin’
Libby

Our Create with Connie and Mary September Session is ready to purchase! Please support me and the Design Team by purchasing any of our tutorial sessions. Previous month tutorials are still available.

Here is a sneak at the September projects –

 September features –
  • Pick a Pumpkin Bundle
  • Tags & Trimming Bundle
  • Spooky Cat Bundle
  • Festive Phrases Stamp Set
  • Colorful Seasons Bundle

Our mini sessions include the instructions for 14 projects with full step-by-step tutorials:

Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring three stamp sets

Additionally, each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect projects for your club, classes, stamp camps or gifts

All 14 project tutorials are available once the mini session opens so you immediately have all project tutorials right there at your fingertips

All designs and tutorials are EXCLUSIVELY for subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else online

Our FABULOUS design team members are – Connie Babbert, Mary Brown, Melissa Davies, Libby Fens, and Debbie Henderson. They always have such GREAT ideas that are perfect and easy to recreate!

Mini sessions are available the 11th of each month (and you’ll have access for up to a year).

Demos…did you know this is a tax deduction for your Stampin’ Up! business? But…you don’t need to be a demo to enjoy our mini-subscriptions!

Check out CREATE WITH CONNIE AND MARY for more details!

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Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop – Holiday Catalog

Have we got a fun hop of cards today for our Create with Connie and Mary blog hop!

Our theme is the new Holiday Catalog.

Where do I begin??? This year it’s just FABULOUS!!

A favorite of mine is the Pizza Boxes. They are coated to be food safe, but hold cards equally as well. So that was my starting point for these –

libbystamps, stampin up, Painted Harvest, Merry Cafe, Mini Pizza Boxes, Whisper White 3x3 Envelopes, Everyday Label Punch, CCMC

The Painted Harvest is next on my favorites so far which I combined with the Merry Cafe to create 4 3×3 little cards. Another new thing is 3×3 mini envelopes! (They are under the cards in the picture.)

libbystamps, stampin up, Painted Harvest, Merry Cafe, Mini Pizza Boxes, Whisper White 3x3 Envelopes, Everyday Label Punch, CCMCI used the flower center and a partial leaf to create the little pumpkin here.

libbystamps, stampin up, Painted Harvest, Merry Cafe, Mini Pizza Boxes, Whisper White 3x3 Envelopes, Everyday Label Punch, CCMC

Here, I created the pooling water look with the fern stamp and three inks, Black Memento, Basic Grey and Smokey Slate.

libbystamps, stampin up, Painted Harvest, Merry Cafe, Mini Pizza Boxes, Whisper White 3x3 Envelopes, Everyday Label Punch, CCMC

Thinking out of the box here by using the two acorns pieces, opposite, I created the holiday glasses.

libbystamps, stampin up, Painted Harvest, Merry Cafe, Mini Pizza Boxes, Whisper White 3x3 Envelopes, Everyday Label Punch, CCMCThe wreath here is pretty straight forward. It’s the flower without the stamped centers.

Did you notice the ‘ticket corner’ looking punched corners on all the cards? I used the new Everyday Label Punch to create them. Just insert them from the top of the punch using the edge as a guideline.

We all have our favorites and products we gravitate too. See what the other Design Team members created –


 

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Painted Harvest, Merry Cafe
  • Card Stock – Whisper White, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Sky, Cherry Cobbler
  • Ink – Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke, Black Memento, Basic Grey and Smokey Slate, Night of Navy, Island Indigo, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green
  • Punches Everyday Label
  • Other – Mini Pizza Boxes, Whisper White 3×3 Envelopes
Happy Stampin’
Libby

Our Create with Connie and Mary September Session is almost ready to be released! And, I must say, I created an adorable 3-D item!! Please support me and the Design Team by purchasing any of our tutorial sessions. September will be available on the 11th, the others are still available.

Here is a sneak at the September projects –

 September features –
  • Pick a Pumpkin Bundle
  • Tags & Trimming Bundle
  • Spooky Cat Bundle
  • Festive Phrases Stamp Set
  • Colorful Seasons Bundle

Our mini sessions include the instructions for 14 projects with full step-by-step tutorials:

Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring three stamp sets

Additionally, each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect projects for your club, classes, stamp camps or gifts

All 14 project tutorials are available once the mini session opens so you immediately have all project tutorials right there at your fingertips

All designs and tutorials are EXCLUSIVELY for subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else online

Our FABULOUS design team members are – Connie Babbert, Mary Brown, Melissa Davies, Libby Fens, and Debbie Henderson. They always have such GREAT ideas that are perfect and easy to recreate!

Mini sessions are available the 11th of each month (and you’ll have access for up to a year).

Demos…did you know this is a tax deduction for your Stampin’ Up! business? But…you don’t need to be a demo to enjoy our mini-subscriptions!

Check out CREATE WITH CONNIE AND MARY for more details!

Anniversaries are Charming

Today is a special day for me in the Stampin’ Up world – it’s my 10th Anniversary!

Yep. That’s right. 10 years ago I signed up as a demonstrator and got the free box of ink pads – my choice of color family! And, back then it was like a $55 value. The rest, history, lol!

Of course, I had to find the energy to make myself a card –

libbystamps, stampin up, Labels to Love, Large Numbers Framelits, Birthday Memories DSP, anniversary, James Avery

Whoop! Whoop!

libbystamps, stampin up, Labels to Love, Large Numbers Framelits, Birthday Memories DSP, anniversary, James Avery

It was a simple design, but the tricky part was adding the little charms on the twine. Mini Dimensionals to the rescue!

libbystamps, stampin up, Labels to Love, Large Numbers Framelits, Birthday Memories DSP, anniversary, James AveryI’m going to hate to take it apart though……I added James Avery Charms for a little bling. My gift to myself for the 10 years!

My other ‘job’ has been at this jewelry store close to my home. Between the stamps and jewelry – I never have any money!!

If you’re interested in them for yourself, you can find them here : ihearts, and u. They can be put on a charm bracelet, charm holder necklace or a chain.

Speaking of work, got to get ready. Our store received no water damage from the storm, however, our AC has been out since we’ve been back. The temperatures are excruciating!! There are close to 90 degrees with 85% humidity. (I know, WHY are we even open…?????). If you’re from Texas, you’ll understand just what that feels like. Those in other parts don’t understand just how hot a Texas hot is!

If you’d like to join in my celebration, place an online order, the new Holiday Mini just came out) or sign up for Paper Pumpkin (first month is half off until the 10th) – I’ll be giving my commissions to one of my stampin’ friends whose elderly mom lives with her. They lost everything in the floods from Harvey. She alway brought her mom with her and I’d give her a warmed blanket as my friend stamped. We went last Saturday to help her pack what we could : clothes, personal items and even salvaged some of her stamp supplies, but, we also throw out most of the contents of her home. Please consider helping me, support her. 

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Labels to Love
  • Framelits – Large Numbers
  • Card Stock – Real Red, Whisper White, Silver Foil
  • Ink – Black Memento
  • DSP – Birthday Memories
  • Punches – Washi Label (retired)
  • Other – Basic Black Baker’s Twine
Happy Stampin’
Libby

Did you know, as Harvey waters moved closer, I was in the midst of moving all my current stamp stuff to higher ground, I managed to do my part for our September Session with Create with Connie and Mary?  I must say, I created an adorable 3-D item this time around. Please support me and the Design Team by purchasing any of our tutorial sessions. September will be available on the 11th.

Here is a sneak at the September projects –

 September features –
  • Pick a Pumpkin Bundle
  • Tags & Trimming Bundle
  • Spooky Cat Bundle
  • Festive Phrases Stamp Set
  • Colorful Seasons Bundle

Our mini sessions include the instructions for 14 projects with full step-by-step tutorials:

Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring three stamp sets

Additionally, each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect projects for your club, classes, stamp camps or gifts

All 14 project tutorials are available once the mini session opens so you immediately have all project tutorials right there at your fingertips

All designs and tutorials are EXCLUSIVELY for subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else online

Our FABULOUS design team members are – Connie Babbert, Mary Brown, Melissa Davies, Libby Fens, and Debbie Henderson. They always have such GREAT ideas that are perfect and easy to recreate!

Mini sessions are available the 11th of each month (and you’ll have access for up to a year).

Demos…did you know this is a tax deduction for your Stampin’ Up! business? But…you don’t need to be a demo to enjoy our mini-subscriptions!

Check out CREATE WITH CONNIE AND MARY for more details!

Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop – Pop Up Surprise!

Happy, happy Saturday. The last post from me was last Saturday. I have missed a week of creating and blogging due to Harvey.

In a nutshell, I live basically in Houston, right outside the city limits, in Pearland. The past week has been a blur. It started raining last Saturday evening really hard and never stopped. Water levels in our neighbor went up and down. Only to not go down. We live in a two-story house so we took stuff upstairs, like my stamp stuff among other items. As it was evident the water was on the rise, our efforts to move stuff (furniture) went into a higher gear. I went to bed Monday night around 3:00 am as the water was creeping up the 10 inch house foundation. I had accepted the fact I would wake up to water in my home. A few hours later as I woke up, the house was as still as could be, the ac had not turned on in a long while (a sign to me that the outside ac unit had taken on water), and there was the smell of strong musty humidity in the air. I got up to a dry floor as I walked through the house. I looked outside and although it was still raining, we had not flooded and the water was not touching the slab anymore. It was slow to drain on Tuesday, but by Wednesday the water had receded on our street enough to drive through it. But not the case for SO, SO many. As of Friday night, many areas and homes are still flooded or have flooded because of dam and reservoir water releases. It has truly been incomprehensible. We received some 45+ inches of rain.  

My dear friends at Create with Connie and Mary have provided wonderful support with their care and concern. It was important to me to get back to them and my other stamp commitments. Stamping is my therapy. And, after this experience, I’m going to need a lot of therapy – in many forms!!!

Our theme this week is, Pop Up Surprise.

I’ve created lots of pop up cards, and, of course I strived for one a bit different.

libbystamps, stampin up, Creep it Real, Merry Little Christmas DSP, Black Mini Sequin Trim, CCMC, Pop Up Card I went with a Halloween themed card. libbystamps, stampin up, Creep it Real, Merry Little Christmas DSP, Black Mini Sequin Trim, CCMC, Pop Up Card

As you open it, the surprise is revealed!

libbystamps, stampin up, Creep it Real, Merry Little Christmas DSP, Black Mini Sequin Trim, CCMC, Pop Up Card

And, believe or not, it folds flat!

Check out all the Design Team members ‘Pop Up Surprise’ cards – 

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Creep it Real
  • Card Stock – Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Basic Black, Whisper White
  • Ink – Black Memento
  • DSP – Merry Little Christmas
  • Punches – 2″ Circle (retired)
  • Other – Black Mini Sequin Trim
Happy Stampin’
Libby

As Harvey waters moved closer, I was in the midst of moving all my current stamp stuff to higher ground, I managed to do my part for our September Session with Create with Connie and Mary.  I must say, I created an adorable 3-D item this time around. Please support me and the Design Team by purchasing any of our tutorial sessions. September will be available on the 11th.

Here is a sneak at the September projects –

September features –

  • Pick a Pumpkin Bundle
  • Tags & Trimming Bundle
  • Spooky Cat Bundle
  • Festive Phrases Stamp Set
  • Colorful Seasons Bundle

Our mini sessions include the instructions for 14 projects with full step-by-step tutorials:

Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring three stamp sets

Additionally, each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect projects for your club, classes, stamp camps or gifts

All 14 project tutorials are available once the mini session opens so you immediately have all project tutorials right there at your fingertips

All designs and tutorials are EXCLUSIVELY for subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else online

Our FABULOUS design team members are – Connie Babbert, Mary Brown, Melissa Davies, Libby Fens, and Debbie Henderson. They always have such GREAT ideas that are perfect and easy to recreate!

Mini sessions are available the 11th of each month (and you’ll have access for up to a year).

Demos…did you know this is a tax deduction for your Stampin’ Up! business? But…you don’t need to be a demo to enjoy our mini-subscriptions!

Check out CREATE WITH CONNIE AND MARY for more details!

Y T & W

What??? I thought you’d think that.

New color downline color challenge. Yellow. Turquoise. White.

I went with a card I created a couple of weeks ago at a friends class –

libbystamps, stampin up, Daisy Delight, Daisy Punch, Daisy Delight Bundle

Something really cute, quick and simple. We used the Daisy Delight bundle. I originally just bought the punch thinking I did not need the stamp set. I have since purchased the stamp set. Grumble.

Carole was the only other one to join us this week. We are all in Harvey prep mode here!

Carole C. stampin up

As always, she created a stunning card! This was the shaving cream background. Such a forgotten favorite technique. This look is quite popular these days. Almost looks like watercolor!

Carole C. stampin up

She always take the time to decorate the inside too!

Well, back to riding, Harvey, the storm out! Lots of new stamps and framelits to play with…..if I could just come unglued from the TV and all the sensationalism and panic they instill in the viewers…..it’s mesmerizing. In lieu of Harvey, we will be taking a week break from challenges not knowing the course of the storm. See you back in two weeks.

Happy Stampin’
Libby

I’m also part of the Create with Connie and Mary Design Team! You can purchase the August Session now, and previous one too!

Here is a sneak at the August projects –

AUGUST, we are featuring –

  • Coffee Cafe Bundle
  • Ribbon of Courage
  • Feathery Friends
  • You Move Me Bundle
  • Pieces & Patterns (I designed this one!!!!)

Our mini sessions include the instructions for 14 projects with full step-by-step tutorials:

Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring three stamp sets

Additionally, each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect projects for your club, classes, stamp camps or gifts

All 14 project tutorials are available once the mini session opens so you immediately have all project tutorials right there at your fingertips

All designs and tutorials are EXCLUSIVELY for subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else online

Our FABULOUS design team members are – Connie Babbert, Mary Brown, Melissa Davies, Libby Fens, and Debbie Henderson. They always have such GREAT ideas that are perfect and easy to recreate!

Mini sessions are available the 11th of each month (and you’ll have access for up to a year).

Demos…did you know this is a tax deduction for your Stampin’ Up! business? But…you don’t need to be a demo to enjoy our mini-subscriptions!

We will have a bonus Holiday project too –

Check out CREATE WITH CONNIE AND MARY for more details

Watt? Merry and Bright

I’m hoping its a happy Thursday to you wherever you are reading this from. Here, in Texas, in the land of pears, it’s a bit of mayhem as people prepare for the approaching storm, Harvey. Living on the gulf coast during these times is never easy and the weather is rarely predicted correctly.

So, let’s get our minds onto something fun – creating! We have a new challenge at Create with Connie and Mary 

Super terrific layout!!! I used it this weekend at my August Card Buffet and designed this –

Yes, others saw it before you did. And, they liked loved it!

It’s very striking and rather cute! The lightbulb?? Really? Adorable! The Sunburst Punch behind it looks like its glowing in a cutesy way.

And, if you saw Wednesdays post, you saw that I used the exact same designer series papers creating a different card.

Since the card was rather popular this weekend with supply purchases, I figured I’d show another idea or two using the same elements, but, in a different way. Kind of nice, right?

Check out the other Design Team cards on the Create with Connie and Mary blog. After we’ve inspired you, post a card on our Facebook page.

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Watts of Occasions
  • Card Stock – Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler
  • Ink – Cherry Cobbler, Black Memento
  • DSP – Be Merry
  • Punches – Starburst
  • Other – Gold Wink of Stella
Happy Stampin’
Libby

I’m also part of the Create with Connie and Mary Design Team! Our most recent August Session is now available for purchase. Here is a peek of the projects –

AUGUST, we are featuring –

  • Coffee Cafe Bundle
  • Ribbon of Courage
  • Feathery Friends
  • You Move Me Bundle
  • Pieces & Patterns (I designed this one!!!!)

Our mini sessions include the instructions for 14 projects with full step-by-step tutorials:

Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring three stamp sets

Additionally, each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect projects for your club, classes, stamp camps or gifts

All 14 project tutorials are available once the mini session opens so you immediately have all project tutorials right there at your fingertips

All designs and tutorials are EXCLUSIVELY for subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else online

Our FABULOUS design team members are – Connie Babbert, Mary Brown, Melissa Davies, Libby Fens, and Debbie Henderson. They always have such GREAT ideas that are perfect and easy to recreate!

Mini sessions are available the 11th of each month (and you’ll have access for up to a year).

Demos…did you know this is a tax deduction for your Stampin’ Up! business? But…you don’t need to be a demo to enjoy our mini-subscriptions!

We will have a bonus Holiday project too –

Check out CREATE WITH CONNIE AND MARY for more details

Watercooler Wednesday 133 – Penny’s All About Christmas Challenge

Had to take a few days off after an exhausting weekend and then an afternoon at the dentist!

I’ll get back into the swing of things with a card designed for Watercooler Wednesday!

Our challenge this week is from Penny. And, it’s a Christmas challenge! Time to start thinking about getting those cards created. Early.

This past weekend, I had my monthly Card Buffet. I had one Christmas card on the selections. (That card will post Thursday.)  I had several purchase supplies and ask what other designs could be created using the supplies. Well, here is an idea –

libbystamps, stampin up, Watts of Occasions, Be Merry, Gold Wink of Stella, WWCI just love the Watts of Occasions stamp set. And, this paper!!

libbystamps, stampin up, Watts of Occasions, Be Merry, Gold Wink of Stella, WWC

They make for a great combination! Just a simply great design of a card. The addition of the Gold Wink of Stella pen really made the tree pop!

Both these items are available for purchase in the regular Stampin’ Up catalog.

Although it is just August, take a look at the other Design Teams cards at  Watercooler Wednesday . We hope to spark your creativity enough to join our challenge.

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Watts of Occasions
  • Card Stock – Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler
  • Ink – Cherry Cobbler, Black Memento
  • DSP – Be Merry
  • Other – Gold Wink of Stella
Happy Stampin’
Libby

I’m also part of the Create with Connie and Mary Design Team! Our most recent August Session is now available for purchase. Here is a peek of the projects –

AUGUST, we are featuring –

  • Coffee Cafe Bundle
  • Ribbon of Courage
  • Feathery Friends
  • You Move Me Bundle
  • Pieces & Patterns (I designed this one!!!!)

Our mini sessions include the instructions for 14 projects with full step-by-step tutorials:

Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring three stamp sets

Additionally, each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect projects for your club, classes, stamp camps or gifts

All 14 project tutorials are available once the mini session opens so you immediately have all project tutorials right there at your fingertips

All designs and tutorials are EXCLUSIVELY for subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else online

Our FABULOUS design team members are – Connie Babbert, Mary Brown, Melissa Davies, Libby Fens, and Debbie Henderson. They always have such GREAT ideas that are perfect and easy to recreate!

Mini sessions are available the 11th of each month (and you’ll have access for up to a year).

Demos…did you know this is a tax deduction for your Stampin’ Up! business? But…you don’t need to be a demo to enjoy our mini-subscriptions!

We will have a bonus Holiday project too –

Check out CREATE WITH CONNIE AND MARY for more details