Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop – Hello Summer

Holiday Wishes this Saturday!

Taking a little time out to be creative this weekend with Create with Connie and Mary and a blog hop!

Our theme this week is Hello Summer!

Perfect for this Memorial Day holiday, which seems to be the kick off for summer!

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…..and perfect for this card! You could create this for Memorial Day, July 4th, or Labor Day!

Nothing says summer more than popsicle (at least here in Texas because it’s so hot)?

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I used toothpicks for popsicle sticks her, isn’t that the cutest idea?? Luckily, these Frozen Treats Framelits will be in the new catalog!! The Designer Series Paper and this Holly Jolly Greetings (a Christmas set) will be retiring.

I hope you enjoyed my Hello Summer themed card! See how the others are greeting summer –

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Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Holly Jolly Greetings
  • Framelits – Frozen Treats Framelits
  • Card Stock – Whisper White, Real Red, Pacific Point
  • Ink – Real Red, Pacific Point
  • DSP – Brights Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Other – toothpicks
Happy Stampin’
Libby

The brand new JUNE Mini Session is coming soon! (Yes, with the uncertainty of the retiring products and lateness of the preorder, we decided to skip May.)  We’ll be featuring products from the BRAND NEW Annual Catalog in June!

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, and
  • 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 joining us – Debbie Henderson, Libby Fens, and Melissa Davies!  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!

JUNE SNEAK PEEK COMING SOON!

CREATE WITH CONNIE AND MARY

JUNE 2017 ONLY

$8.95 US


PREORDER BONUS PROJECT:  Purchase BOTH June and July 2017 Mini Sessions and get a PREORDER BONUS TUTORIAL designed by Connie Babbert immediately upon purchase!

You’ll have the tutorial NOW to use before the new catalog begins!

Preorder 2017 Bonus Project

JUNE & JULY 2017 MINI SESSIONS

plus BONUS 2017 PREORDER project!

$17.90 US

PREORDER BONUS PROJECT: Purchase BOTH June and July 2017 Mini Sessions and get a PREORDER BONUS TUTORIAL designed by Connie Babbert immediately upon purchase!
You’ll have the tutorial NOW to use before the new catalog begins!

Preorder 2017 Bonus Project
JUNE & JULY 2017 MINI SESSIONS
plus BONUS 2017 PREORDER project!

$17.90 US

What’s in Your Pocket?

Every other Tuesday is Try Stampin’ on Tuesday day for me!

Our layout this week –

Challenge #323. Optional Theme : Pretty as a Picture

I love the layout but got hung up on the ‘Pretty as a Picture’ theme. I created this without the picture theme –

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A brightly designed card using some soon-to-retire Designer Series Paper called, Party Animal!

The cool feature about the front of this card is this nifty pocket that has a pullout! Which still leaves a really nice design –

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You can add a gift card –

libbystamps, stampin up, Designer Tin of Cards, Party Animal DSPYes, Christmas was the only one I could find for demonstrator purposes!  

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See how nicely it fits into the front panel?

I love how this turned out! The colors are great. The patterns are wonderful. It’s a unique take on the design we were challenged with!

Want to see how the other designers used this sketch? Check them out on our blog or on our Facebook page as well. You can also link up a card using either place!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

Watercooler Wednesday #119 – Judy’s Masculine ‘Anything Goes’ Challenge

It’s been a few days since I posted last.

Nice to spend some time designing for Watercooler Wednesday today! Our theme today comes from a new team member –

Welcome, Judy!!

I went with a fun, traditional color scheme –

libbystamps, stampin up, Celebrate Today, Happy Celebrations, By the Shore DSP, Balloon Bouquet Punch

…..and, some retiring Designer Series Paper, stamp set and some items carrying over!!!

libbystamps, stampin up, Celebrate Today, Happy Celebrations, By the Shore DSP, Balloon Bouquet Punch

The Designer Series Paper has lines that make it a little shaded or rough as you can see. When I inked up my stamp, I kept getting that same lines effect! Not really sure how – but it so worked for this card!

I just thought these colors were very guy-ish, summer-ish and just plain fun-ish! Ha, ha, ha!

What do you think? You can check out the other design team cards and link up a card to our challenge on our blog.

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Celebrate Today (R), Happy Celebration
  • Card Stock – Real Red, Dapper Denim
  • Ink – Memento Black, Real Red
  • DSP – By the Shore
  • Punches – Balloon Bouquet
  • Other – Project Life Journaling Pen
Happy Stampin’
Libby

Watercooler Wednesday #118 – Penny’s ‘Mom’ Theme Challenge

Middle of the week inspiration coming from Watercooler Wednesday  today! Our theme today, you guessed it –

I have created lots of different cards for Mother’s Day. I was thinking…..another one??

Well, after reading of some of my team members situations of loosing their own moms, I let that be my inspiration –

libbystamps, stampin up, Labeler Alphabet, Layering Squares Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Fruit Stand DSP, Sweetheart Punch, Copper Foil Sheets, Falling Petals EF, WWC118

‘Mother in my heart’ – I thought was appropriate for the situation. And, simply done with the Labeler Alphabet!

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Hard to see in both photos, but, the sentiment is framed with a scalloped piece of Copper Foil! It goes really nicely with all the shades of pink here. The card base is Blushing Bride, layered with the embossed Pink Pirouette. So pretty!

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Labeler Alphabet
  • Framelits – Layering Squares, Stitched Shapes
  • Card Stock – Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Whisper White
  • Ink – Chocolate Chip
  • DSP – Fruit Stand
  • Punches – Sweetheart
  • Other – Falling Petals EF, Copper Foil Sheets
Happy Stampin’
Libby

Blogging Friends Blog Hop – May – Retiring Favorites

May first and before we know it, the new catalog will be here. This is the first of two blog hops for the day!

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In honor of the current catalog ending, we will say farewell to some of out favorite Retiring Products. This post is all about retiring products. A few that I really liked out of several that are retiring!

I created five 4×4 cards to share. No particular order. libbystamps, stampin up, Nailed It Bundle, Nailed It. Build It Framelits, Sending Love DSP

From the Occasions Mini, the Nailed It bundle sold out as soon as it went on the retiring list. I just love it – so versatile and a masculine set for once! I paired it with the Sending Love Designer Series Paper.

libbystamps, stampin up, Stylish Stems Framelits, Special Reason, Pop of Pink Specialty DSP

This Stylish Stems Framelits was my favorite flower framelit, also from the Occasions Mini. The coordinating Special Reason stamp set was ok, not my favorite as the words are too small. Of course, I purchased both of them. This paired well with the (soon to retire) Pop of Pink Specialty Designers Series Paper.

libbystamps, stampin up, T-Shirt Builder Framelits, Custom Tee Bundle, Custom Tee, 2015-2016 In-Colors

Of course, the In-Colors are always sad to see leave. At least they are around for a couple of years! My favorite color was the Cucumber Crush! I used the T-shirt Builder framelits, Custom Tee Bundle, to create this. These are also from the mini. I liked the ‘Happy Stamper’ stamp. That is SO usable for us!

libbystamps, stampin up, Birthday Fiesta Bundle, Birthday Fiesta, Fiesta Time Framelits, Festive Birthday DSP, Llama

From the large, main catalog. The Llama. Who does not love a llama? Who? This was an awesomely cute bundle! The designer series paper was pretty cool too.

libbystamps, stampin up, Fresh Fruit, Fruit Stand DSP, pears

The last stamp set I’ll share is the Fresh Fruit. I loved this. It was simply sweet.

libbystamps, stampin up, Gorgeous Grunge, Banners Framelits, Layered Letters Alphabet, 12x12 Kraft Card Stock, box

Lastly. The 12×12 Kraft card stock will no longer be available. I created (from scratch) a nifty box to hold all these cards. And, yes, the Banners Framelits, the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and the Layered Letters Alphabet will not be in the upcoming catalog either. Gorgeous Grunge? I got so much use from this set!

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Whew. That’s a lot of retiring stuff! And, I didn’t even touch the tip of all the things I really loved from the 2016-2017 catalog. Not too sad though. Can’t be. Lots of new, wonderful items coming our way. If you feel compelled to need any of these or other items, please order here.

So, this is a blog hop, before heading over to talented, Mary Blocher, please leave me a comment.

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Happy Stampin’
Libby

Stamp’n Chat Fun!

I wanted to share briefly about my class on Friday night.

A group of ladies created this –

libbystamps, stampin up, It's a Sara Thing, Custom Tee, T-Shirt Builder, Custom Tee Bundle, April 2017 Paper Pumpkin

I did already show you, but I wanted to refresh your mind again. This, It’s a Sara Thing Paper Pumpkin was a HIT!!!

The ladies really enjoyed themselves!

As a thank you to the host, I gave her this –

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She loved it! It was one of the envelopes sealed, then border punched out to create an opening. Viola! An instant gift bag!!

I also gave away prizes for a few participants along with a free Card Buffet class at my house –

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They loved these as well!

libbystamps, stampin up, It's a Sara Thing, Custom Tee, T-Shirt Builder, Custom Tee Bundle, April 2017 Paper Pumpkin

The two gifts were a hit in addition to the class itself. Perhaps this will be the beginning of future Stamp’n Chats!!!

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – It’s a Sara Thing, Custom Tee
  • Framelits – T-Shirt Builder
  • Bundles – Custom Tee
  • Card Stock – Melon Mambo
  • Ink – Melon Mambo, Memento Black
  • Other – It’s a Sara Thing April 2017 Paper Pumpkin
Happy Stampin’
Libby

It’s a Sara Thing for a Stampn’n Chat

I am hosting a home workshop today. How fun will this be!

I decided to use the April 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit, It’s a Sara Thing for the event. I did a little re-constructing of the kit to have everyone create 3 cards and a box to put them in – all from the kit!

libbystamps, stampin up, Paper Pumpkin, It's a Sara Thing, Dragonfly Dreams Bundle, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Dragonfly Dreams, watercoloring, envelope gift bag

Isn’t this a nice spread?

I used the additional Dragonfly Dreams bundle and a set (the envelopes) of Notecards & Envelopes Stampin’ Up carries to create the ensemble. I trimmed each full size card to 3 1/2 x 5. I wanted the cards to fit in the bag!

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For this card, I trimmed the watercolor paper down to accommodate the 3 1/2 x 5 card size. It still works just fine! I also trimmed the interior piece to match it. It’s also adhered with washi tape.

libbystamps, stampin up, Paper Pumpkin, It's a Sara Thing, Dragonfly Dreams Bundle, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Dragonfly Dreams, watercoloring, envelope gift bag

This watercolor piece I didn’t have to trim at all. It was the perfect size! I scribbled the watercolor down the from then added the strip of dragonflies. The inside piece mimics the outside in size and placement.

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I didn’t trim this pattern paper either! When adhered to the card front, I did move it all the way to the edge to appear as it was actually wider with the additional black stripe! I trimmed the sticker paper to fit between the lines. The inside white piece is edge to edge as well.

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The little bag is my favorite part. It was the starting point for the whole set! When it’s not tied closed, all the cards fit nicely inside! This was made from an envelope from the kit! Can you believe it!?!?!?! Stay tuned for the simple tutorial.

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I am very excited about this little set! Not happy it has already sold out! Goes to show you just how popular it was!!!

You can make sure that you get your monthly Paper Pumpkin kit by signing up here! On your first month, you’ll receive a block in your kit to use with the subsequent kits. All the supplies, ink spots, stamp set, adhesive dots and whatever else is needed to create the kit are included! It’s a fun little monthly surprise!

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Dragonfly Dreams
  • Framelits – Detailed Dragonfly
  • Bundles – Dragonfly Dreams
  • Card Stock – Basic Black
  • Ink – Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Black Memento
  • Other – It’s a Sara Thing April 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit
Happy Stampin’
Libby

I am also a part of the Design Team for Create with Connie and Mary. We provide a monthly tutorial. Here are the detail for it -The Create with Connie and Mary April Mini Session is open!  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.
  • 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.
  • The FABULOUS design team designs the projects – Connie Babbert, Mary Brown, Debbie Henderson, Libby Fens, and Melissa Davies!  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)
  • And, if you are a Demo….this is a tax deduction for your Stampin’ Up! business? But…you don’t need to be a demo to enjoy this mini-subscriptions!

So…NOW is a great to subscribe to have all these wonderful ideas right at your fingertips! Head over to Create with Connie and Mary and subscribe today!