Blogging Friends Blog Hop – November – Fall/Thanksgiving

Happy November 1st and a happy Blogging Friends Blog Hop morning! I’ve missed the past couple of months! Glad to be back!

Busy day for me. This is the first of three posts today. Around 7:00 am, another blog hop and a regular post.

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Our theme this month is Fall/Thanksgiving !

This is very fitting as it’s taken me awhile to get back into the swing of things with all that has happened. I am grateful to be back!

Every year at my Card Buffets, one of the choices has been some sort of Gratitude Journal. This year will be no different. I created a simple, elegant one using the October Paper Pumpkin from Stampin’ Up –

libbystamps, stampin up, Layered Leaves Paper Pumpkin, October 2017, Paper Pumpkin

These were the little pillow boxes included in the kit. I left them seamed on one side and trimmed them down on the other sides. I added paper to the inside stamped with leaves from the set. Simple. Elegant. Easy.

Here is what the kit looked like –

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Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription that arrives at you door completely ready to create with! Subscribe here.

Before heading over to talented, Mary, please leave me a comment. I love hearing from you!

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Happy Stampin’
Libby

Did you catch our October Create with Connie and Mary tutorial? The October Session can be purchased now! And, before we know it, the November Session will be out! Wow. Time flies.

Here is a sneak at the projects –

October 2017 Collage

October features –

  •  Seasonal Lantern Bundle
  •  Tag & Trimmings Bundle
  •  Smitten Mitten Bundle
  •  Sugarplum Dreams Stamp Set
  •  Christmas Happiness

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

  • Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring at least 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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Trick or Treat – Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop

Just a few days until Halloween. Create with Connie and Mary would like to help you get ready for last-minute holiday candy giving with our Saturday blog hop.

Our theme this week is Treat Holders! Perfect idea.

I saw these cute little Clear Tiny Treat Boxes in the Holiday Mini catalog (yes, they are in the big idea book, but, I overlooked them) decorated for Halloween. I thought this was a great idea for my September and October Card Buffets.

This is how I decorated them –

libbystamps, stampin up, Spooky Cat, Spooky Cat Bundle, Spooky Night DSP, Cat Punch, Washi Label Punch, CCMC

Super cute and, oh, so easy!

I alternated the punched printed cats and I used the same Designer Series Pattern to wrap the box. It reverses well here depending on the cat you punch. I wrapped the box with retired baker’s twine from Stampin Up (last year).

libbystamps, stampin up, Spooky Cat, Spooky Cat Bundle, Spooky Night DSP, Cat Punch, Washi Label Punch, CCMC

I found candy corn taffy to fill these boxes perfectly.

I think I’ll be making more of these to pass out to co-workers. They are too quick to create!

All the Design Team members have created some great treat holders. Check them out. Go forward to Debbie Henderson. Go back to Mary Brown.

Stampin’ Up Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Spooky Cat
  • Bundles – Spooky Cat
  • Card Stock – Very Vanilla
  • Ink – Black Memento, Pumpkin Pie
  • DSP – Spooky Night
  • Punches – Cat Punch, Washi Label (retired)
  • Other – retired combo Baker’s Twine
Happy Stampin’
Libby

Did you catch our October Create with Connie and Mary tutorial? The October Session can be purchased now! And, before we know it, the November Session will be out! Wow. Time flies.

Here is a sneak at the projects –

October 2017 Collage

October features –

  •  Seasonal Lantern Bundle
  •  Tag & Trimmings Bundle
  •  Smitten Mitten Bundle
  •  Sugarplum Dreams Stamp Set
  •  Christmas Happiness

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

  • Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring at least 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!

 

 

Black & Orange – Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop

Thanks for stopping by this fun fall-ish day! You know, it’s a Create with Connie and Mary kind of blog hop day!

Our theme this week is black and orange! Perfect as Halloween is just around the corner!

Of course, black and orange can be appropriate for all sorts of things as well. But, I went with something Halloween themed –

libbystamps, stampin up, Merry Cafe, Coffee Cup Framelits, Spooky Night DSP, CCMC

Isn’t this too sweet?? Yes, pun intended!

libbystamps, stampin up, Merry Cafe, Coffee Cup Framelits, Spooky Night DSP, CCMC

I like to send cards to my girls (who are adults) and also friends, even for Halloween!

So, a card with a coffee gift card inside is the perfect thing! As well as this terrific stamp, Merry Cafe, from Holiday Mini. Coordinates perfectly with the Coffee Cup framelits in the big catalog.

This design uses a basic card base of 4 1/4 x 11, then it’s scored at 5 1/2 and 8 3/4. Super simple! I added the belly band to keep it closed. Great idea, right?

Check out the other Design Teams ideas on Black and orange. Going forward, check out Debbie Henderson, and going back, check out Mary Brown.

Stampin Up Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Merry Cafe
  • Framelits – Coffee Cup
  • Card Stock – Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black
  • Ink – Black Memento
  • DSP – Spooky Night
  • Punches – any circle punch (for inside)
  • Other – Tear & Tape
Happy Stampin’
Libby

It’s time for a new Create with Connie and Mary tutorial! The October Session can be purchased now. Great inspiration. Great stamps sets. Awesome projects.

Here is a sneak at the projects –

October 2017 Collage

October features –

  •  Seasonal Lantern Bundle
  •  Tag & Trimmings Bundle
  •  Smitten Mitten Bundle
  •  Sugarplum Dreams Stamp Set
  •  Christmas Happiness

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

  • Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring at least 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!

Watercooler Wednesday – 141 Heidi’s Masculine Anything Goes Challenge

Time for some masculine cards for Watercooler Wednesday!

We always need masculine ideas! Those seem to be the most difficult to create.

I am trying to go through my Paper Pumpkin stash and use some of the kits. I created this –

libbystamps, stampin up, Bold Botanicals kit, Paper Pumpkin, Paper Pumpkin August 2106, WWC

Guys like to know they are appreciated too! So, a thank you card was more than winner!

This card is from the Bold Botanicals kit from August 2016. Currently, I can feature a class using this kit. I just repurposed some the pieces to create the design. Here is what the kit looks like –

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I do love these monthly subscriptions, just like with lots of my Stampin’ Up products and other craft stuff- I don’t get around to playing as much as I should or need to!

How about taking a look at the other Design Team members cards. Everyone uses a variety of products and techniques, so you get to see lots of different and terrific ideas. Then, after we inspire you to create a card, you can link it up on our blog!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

Watercooler Wednesday 140 – Libby’s All About Birthdays Challenge

Happy Wednesday! You know what this means………time for a card designed for Watercooler Wednesday.

This week, I’m hosting the challenge! Yippee!

I’m sharing a very popular, sweet number I had at my September Card Buffet –

libbystamps, stampin up, Colorful Seasons, Colorful Seasons Bundle, Seasonal Layers Thinlits, WWC

This is THE perfect card for a fall birthday, either masculine or feminine! I love the leaf stamped background. The layers of card stock are fun and fresh. This is one of those great go-to card designs.

I used the Colorful Seasons bundle that really is a must have! This is just simply an effortless card. It goes together so easy!

All the designers created wonderful cards for my birthday challenge this week. I’d love to see yours too! Come join us over at Watercooler Wednesday.

Stampin’ Up Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Colorful Seasons
  • Framelits – Seasonal Layers
  • Bundles – Colorful Seasons
  • Card Stock – Smokey Slate, Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Basic Grey
  • Ink – Smokey Slate, Black Memento
Happy Stampin’
Libby


It’s that time!!! The Create with Connie and Mary October Session is NOW open! Get it today for new inspiration, new stamps set and some great new projects.

Here is a sneak at the  projects –

October 2017 Collage

October features –

  •  Seasonal Lantern Bundle
  •  Tag & Trimmings Bundle
  •  Smitten Mitten Bundle
  •  Sugarplum Dreams Stamp Set
  •  Christmas Happiness

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

  • Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring at least 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!

What’s Your Treat?

Quick post today! Had a WONDERFUL SUCCESSFUL Card Buffet this weekend!!! Thanks to ALL of YOU!!

As well as making some awesome cards and treats, I sold some retired items to help a flood victim of hurricane Harvey. Got a few things left and more to list in the upcoming days…..

One of the cute treats that could be made were these –

libbystamps, stampin up, Tiny Treat Boxes, Cat Punch, Halloween Treat Holder, Spooky Cat, Spooky Cat Bundle, Spooky Night DSP, Washi Label Punch I really got the idea from the Holiday Mini catalog!

I tweaked my design a bit and added some retired Baker’s Twine from last Halloween! It worked beautifully because the punched cats were either black or orange. Either side of the Designer Series Paper was used making this an extremely versatile treat. Quick too!

libbystamps, stampin up, Tiny Treat Boxes, Cat Punch, Halloween Treat Holder, Spooky Cat, Spooky Cat Bundle, Spooky Night DSP, Washi Label Punch

I filled it with some candy corn taffy I found. The colors were perfect!

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Spooky Cat
  • Bundles – Spooky Cat
  • Card Stock – Very Vanilla
  • Ink – Black Memento, Pumpkin Pie
  • DSP – Spooky Night
  • Punches – Cat, Washi Label (retired)
  • Other – Clear Tiny Treat Boxes
Happy Stampin’
Libby


Our Create with Connie and Mary September Session is available! 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!

 

Watercooler Wednesday 131 – Kath’s All About Birthdays Challenge

Happy Wednesday my friends! Time for a challenge from Watercooler Wednesday.

We have a can’t miss challenge this week from Kath –

….because we always need birthday cards. And, we are always creating them!

I was in a watercolor mood going with this bright beauty –

libbystamps, stampin up, Happy Birthday Thinlits, Watercolor Paper, Pick a Pattern Washi Tape

Isn’t it pretty??

libbystamps, stampin up, Happy Birthday Thinlits, Watercolor Paper, Pick a Pattern Washi Tape

Very easy too. I used a clear block smeared in ink on wet Watercolor Paper to get the background effect. I used two alternating colors. Let it dry and then added the washi tape and the framelit sentiment. No stamping either! Can you believe it? 

This worked best adhering the Watercolor Paper onto Thick Whisper White card stock once dry. The regular was way too flimsy and curled with the thickness of the Watercolor Paper.

The Melon Mambo bow is retired ribbon, but it was perfect here.

Everyone created a different style of birthday card at Watercooler Wednesday. Check us out and link up a card. It’s too easy not too!

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – none!!!
  • Framelits – Happy Birthday
  • Card Stock – Thick Whisper White, Watercolor Paper
  • Ink – Melon Mambo, Peekaboo Peach
  • Other – Pick a Pattern Washi Tape
Happy Stampin’
Libby

Just letting you know, I’m on the Create with Connie and Mary Design Team too! I create one of the monthly tutorials for them! The fabulous AUGUST session will be available on the 11th!

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.