Smitten with Mittens

Got a fresh new challenge from Create with Connie and Mary –

Isn’t this just a cool sketch?

I pulled out the Be Merry Designer Series Paper from the regular catalog – I think it’s my favorite – to create this –

libbystamps, stampin up, Smitten Mittens Smitten MittensRemove term: Smitten Mittens Bundle Smitten Mittens Bundle, Many Mittens Many Mittens, Quilted Christmas 1/4 Ribbon Quilted Christmas 1/4 Ribbon, Cookie Cutter Builder Punch Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, CCMC

These mittens! These mittens! They are too cute!

libbystamps, stampin up, Smitten Mittens Smitten MittensRemove term: Smitten Mittens Bundle Smitten Mittens Bundle, Many Mittens Many Mittens, Quilted Christmas 1/4 Ribbon Quilted Christmas 1/4 Ribbon, Cookie Cutter Builder Punch Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, CCMC

I think all these elements work just wonderfully together. The sweet sentiment is from the coordinating stamp set to the framelits.

You really need to check out the Design Team cards for this sketch. Very nice cards. Create a card too and link it up on our Facebook page.

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Smitten Mittens
  • Framelits – Many Mittens, Stitched Shaped Framelits,
  • Bundles – Smitten Mittens
  • Card Stock – Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer
  • Ink – Garden Green
  • DSP – Be Merry
  • Punches – Cookie Cutter Builder (hearts on the mittens)
  • Other – Quilted Christmas 1/4 Ribbon, Garden Green Baker’s Twine (retired)
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!

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

Create with Connie and Mary – Non-Traditional Christmas

Shout out to Katheryn from Illinois who called as I was writing this post. She was calling asking about this daisy I had added to some Rhinestones for special gifts. I love hearing from people about projects! Nice talking to you!!

Back to the post. . . . . .

Almost fall. Almost Halloween. Thanksgiving. Christmas will be here in a blink of an eye. This year is flying by.

Saturdays are set aside for a Create with Connie and Mary blog hop.

Going back to Christmas. Our theme this week is Non-Traditional Christmas.

This is a good one for the time of years it is. Although the stores have already bombarded with all things Christmas!

I went with this image from Watts of Occasions –

libbystamps, stampin up, Watts of Occasions, Eastern Palace Specialty DSP, nontraditional Christmas, CCMC

A lightbulb is about as non-traditional as you can get! And, these colors too. I just love this set for its whimsey!

libbystamps, stampin up, Watts of Occasions, Eastern Palace Specialty DSP, nontraditional Christmas, CCMC

I stamped it twice in different colors and cut the tree out. The enamel dots are retired and just balanced the color nicely!

It’s simple and right on with a non-traditional Christmas card.

Check out the other the other Design Team members non-traditional cards – 

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Watts of Occasions
  • Card Stock – Emerald Envy, Very Vanilla
  • Ink – Emerald Envy, Rich Razzleberry
  • DSP – Eastern Palace Specialty
  • Other – Brights Enamel Dots (retired)
Happy Stampin’
Libby

. . . . .  and, 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

Create with Connie And Mary Saturday Blog Hop – Christmas in July

Happy, happy, HAPPY Saturday!! It’s my birthday! Which is sort of like Christmas in July for me. Hubs and kids always treat me soo well!

And, it’s time to blog hop with Create with Connie and Mary!

I pointed out my birthday is like Christmas in July because Christmas is also the theme of the blog hop today!

Of course, I have no new Christmas items to show off, so I went with one of my favorite, current, stamp sets, Christmas Pines. I also used this stunning color combo again, Soft Sky, Cherry Cobbler, and Tranquil Tide. I used it on Friday as well. I just can’t get enough of it!

See how well these colors work together –

libbystamps, stampin up, Christmas Pines, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Eastern Palace Specialty DSP, CCMC, Christmas

This card has lots of dimension too! It gives it a real elegant touch!

libbystamps, stampin up, Christmas Pines, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Eastern Palace Specialty DSP, CCMC, ChristmasIn my stash, I found this super soft retired Soft Sky baker’s twine. Sure glad I kept it!

Check out the other takes on our Christmas in July from the other Design Team members – I’m going to go celebrate my day today! 

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Christmas Pines
  • Framelits – Stitched Shapes Framelits
  • Card Stock – Soft Sky, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Silver Foil Sheets
  • Ink – Cherry Cobbler
  • DSP – Eastern Palace Specialty
  • Other – Soft Sky Soft Baker’s Twine (retired)
Happy Stampin’
Libby

Just letting you know, I’m on the Create with Connie and Mary Design Team as well. I create one of the tutorials for them! The fabulous JULY session is still available! And, before we know it, the August session will be available! They are worth a looking into.

This JULY, we are featuring –

  • Crafting Forever
  • Pocketful of Sunshine Bundle
  • Delightful Daisy Bundle
  • Wood Words Bundle
  • Happy Birthday Gorgeous Bundle (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!

CREATE WITH CONNIE AND MARY

Watercolor Wednesday 129 – Libby’s All About Christmas Challenge

It’s Christmas in July for Watercooler Wednesday.

…..and, it’s also my hosted challenge!

I had a Card Buffet last Sunday and one of the favorite cards was a watercolor card. I decided to use the idea and create a Christmas card with this technique –

libbystamps, stampin up, Eastern Beauty, Oh What Fun, watercolor card, Christmas Card, WWC

To create this lovely background, I damped the watercolor paper generously. I took one of our blocks and inked it up running it across the wet watercolor paper creating a nifty effect when dried. I used Real Red and Emerald Envy.

libbystamps, stampin up, Eastern Beauty, Oh What Fun, watercolor card, Christmas Card, WWC

Once dried, I stamped the circles from the Eastern Beauty stamp set. The sentiment is from Oh, What Fun.

Simple. Quick. Fun.

See the others Christmas in July cards on our Watercooler Wednesday blog. Create a card and join us! I’d love to see you play along with my challenge this week!

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Eastern Beauty, Oh What Fun
  • Card Stock Emerald Envy
  • Ink – Real red, Emerald Envy, Watercolor Paper
Happy Stampin’
Libby

Just letting you know, I’m on the Create with Connie and Mary Design Team as well and the new JULY session is now available!  I create part of the tutorial for them!

This month, we are featuring –

  • Crafting Forever
  • Pocketful of Sunshine Bundle
  • Delightful Daisy Bundle
  • Wood Words Bundle
  • Happy Birthday Gorgeous Bundle (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!

CREATE WITH CONNIE AND MARY