“Black or White” – Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop

Happy Saturday my stampin’ friends! Time for a Create with Connie and Mary Saturday blog hop!

Our theme this week still features 90’s song titles. Cards this week are created with black or white or both only – no colors!

Well, this is right up my alley! These are my favorite colors to create with!

I pulled out these tried and true Sunshine Wishes Thinlits for this –

libbystamps, Stampin' Up!, Perennial Birthday, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, Tropical Escape 6x6 DSP, CCMC

I placed those on top of a black and white strip of Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper.

It was finished off with a simple, bold sentiment from Perennial Birthday.

I love this! I can’t wait to send it out!

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

Stampin’ Up Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Perennial Birthday
  • Framelits – Sunshine Wishes
  • Card Stock – Whisper White, Basic Black
  • Ink – Black Memento
  • DSP – Tropical Escape 6×6

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’

“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’


Happy post – 4th of July! Here in Houston, we survived another holiday flood!

Not too soaked and was able to create a card for Create with Connie and Mary and out newest Thursday challenge! We are back to color and sketch challenges –

Great happy colors!

I designed this fun card with new products –

libbystamps, stampin up, Calligraphy Essentials, Birthday Backgrounds, Silver Baker's Twine, Aqua Painters

I started with the Celebrate sentiment. It’s from a stamp set called, Calligraphy Essentials.

I used the Birthday Backgrounds for the candles and the streamer curls. Perfect addition for this card!

Tip : After I did the stamping, I decided the card needed a little something. I added the watercoloring with a blender pen and the Blueberry Bushel pads. Since the new pads are not as squishable as the old ones, I touched the edge of the pad to collect the ink to color with.

We have some wonderful cards at Create with Connie and Mary using these colors! If you’re feeling inspired, create something and post it to our Facebook page. We’d love to see you there!

Stampin’ Up Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Calligraphy Essentials, Birthday Backgrounds
  • Card Stock – Whisper White, Blueberry Bushel, Mango Melody, Grey Granite
  • Ink – Blueberry Bushel, Mango Melody, Grey Granite
  • Other – Silver Baker’s Twine, Aqua Painters
Happy Stampin’

Hooray, Broadway Bound

Welcome to the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday challenge!

We’ve been ‘CASEing’ the new Stampin’ Up catalog! Today we are using an image from page 5 –

I love the simple design of this image! I decided to play with the Broadway Bound Suite of products again to create this –

libbystamps, stampin up, Broadway Birthday, Broadway Lights Framelits, Broadway Birthday Bundle, Broadway Bound  DSP, CCMC

Isn’t this simply fun???? I love it!

The ‘HOORAY’ stamped image should be solid, but, sometimes it doesn’t stamp perfectly. And, that’s ok! Just GO with it!

I’ll be using this card at my Open House on the 23rd – I like my customers to see these kind of imperfections. Because, its totally ok! 

There are some wonderful takes on this catalog inspiration on our Create with Connie and Mary blog. Check them out.

Want to play around with the sketch yourself? Please do! Link it up on our Facebook page!

Stampin’ Up Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Broadway Birthday
  • Framelits – Broadway Lights
  • Bundles – Broadway Birthday
  • Card Stock – Whisper White, Gray Granite, Lovely Lipstick, Lemon Lime Twist
  • Ink – Black Memento
  • DSP – Broadway Bound
Happy Stampin’

Abstract Background – Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop

Whew. June 2nd! Today, we have the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday blog hop!

Our theme this week features Abstract Backgrounds

This got me to thinking and looking and going through my stamp sets. Abstract? Well, decided to play with an old favorite, Swirly Bird. I used a single image stamp to create this –

libbystamps. stampin up,

It’s the sails to create a sailboat! I stamped them randomly around one another. I love the finished design!

I did play around with the coordinating colors. Way too many great new ones to choose from! Ultimately, I used a base of Smokey Slate, layers of Basic Grey and the new Granny Apple Green!

It is just a cool abstract card! I like is that its perfect for any gender!

I bet Debbie Henderson, and Mary Brown have some awesome abstract designs today! They always have wonderful work!

Stampin’ Up Supplies

  • Stamp Set – Swirly Bird
  • Framelits – Celebrate You
  • Card Stock – Smokey Slate, Basic Grey, Granny Apple Green, Whisper White
  • Ink – Black Memento