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.

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As you open it, the surprise is revealed!

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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!

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Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop – Shaped Cards

Happy funtastic creative Saturday!

You know it’s time for another round of creative ideas from Create with Connie and Mary!

Our theme this week is a Shaped Card (not rectangle or square).

I had to put my thinking cap on for this one. This is going to be a great hop!

I looked at some of the new framelits that we have. The Coffee Cups framelits looked like a winner for creating a ‘shaped card’.

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Adorbs, right!?!?!?!?!?! It’s connected by the lid and/or the top of the cup.

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I stamped two cups, one for the front, one for the inside. They are connected by the ‘plastic’ top that was folded.

The words were masked off and die cut to create the outside and inside sentiment bands.

I even created a cute little envelope for it –

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Totally closed. Remember, this is a small card.

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Untied and splayed open. The card shows nicely!

libbystamps, stampin up, Coffee Cafe, 3/8 Crumb Cake Classic Weave Ribbon, Coffee Cafe Bundle, Coffee Cups  Framelits, gift card holder, CCMC….and, SURPRISE! It holds a gift card too!

The envelope is actually one of Stampin’ Up’s envelopes from the Notecards & Envelope sets. I scored it. Removed the upper side flaps. Folded sides in. Punched 1/2 partial circle on the sides. Ran ribbon through. Done. . . . .in a nutshell anyway!  

You’ll be soo excited to see what the other Design Team members created with our Shaped themed cards blog hop this week!

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Coffee Cafe
  • Framelits – Coffee Cups
  • Bundles – Coffee Cafe
  • Card Stock – Powder Pink, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Vellum
  • Ink – Powder Pink, Crumb, Chocolate Chip
  • Punches – 1/2 Circle
  • Other – 3/8 Crumb Cake Classic Weave Ribbon, Notecards & Envelopes
Happy Stampin’
Libby

Just letting you know, the new JULY session is now available!

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

Happy Christmas, Past the Gate

It’s Watercooler Wednesday challenge day! Mid-week. This was a much-needed break from creating for a holiday fair I’m participating in on Saturday.

Today we have a great challenge to get you thinking –

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Love the fact Gail chose this idea. When was the last time you created an interesting fold?

Personally, I’ll play around with new folds that I come across, but, rarely do they make the cut for me.

Until………Until, I created this card –

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It’s just simply S W E E T !!!!!

It’s a Twist Gate Fold card. NOT my original idea – I came across it on Splitcoaststampers. And, I just had to try it!!!

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As it starts to open….it looks a little funny, or ‘off’.

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But, as you can see, fully opened, it’s pretty stinkin’ sweet! It does not want to lay flat because of the special fold.

I love, Love, LOVE, it! I’d like to make a few more of these! It was too much fun!

Wouldn’t you agree? Please leave me some kind words. I’d love to read them!

Then, see what other nifty folds the other Design team members created. Perhaps we have sparked your creativity to play along with our challenge this week!

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Suite Seasons, Time of Year
  • Card Stock – Real Red, Whisper White
  • DSP – Candy Cane Lane
  • Ink – Real Red, Early Espresso
  • Bid Shot – Stitched Shapes Framelits
Happy Stampin’
Libby

Floral Z-Fold, WWC77

Wednesday. The middle of the week. Time for Watercooler Wednesday Challenges!

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We have a super nice color challenge this week from Marsha –

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At first, I looked at the colors and thought there was several of them and just how was I going to used them?

However. I started by pulling out all the ink pads and scraps of each color of card stock for a visual reference. OMG. Wonderful color combination together. Wonderful.

And, this is what I did with it –

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I made a lovely, pretty Z-Fold card! Yes, I’m really into these currently.

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Start to open it…..

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Fully opened. You can see the sentiment on the inside here.

I’m not into flowers too much, however, this I really like. Guess it’s the colors.

And, you? What do think? Leave me something kind to read. Then, pull out these colors, head over to Watercooler Wednesday, get more inspiration and submit a card to our challenge! That easy.

Supplies used –

  • Stamps – Thankful Thoughts (N), Botanical Blooms
  • Card Stock – Very Vanilla, Mint Macaron, Night of Navy, Pink Pirouette, Sweet Sugarplum (N)
  • Big Shot – Botanical Builder Framelits
  • Ink – Night of Navy, Mint Macaron
Happy Stampin’
Libby

Sunny Beach Day Fun

I don’t know about where you’re at, but, here, it’s  H O T  !!! Not only is the temperature up there, at 93, it’s also 100% humidity! And, the feels like temp…..I won’t even go there.

As a matter of fact, I’m not going anywhere – too hot. Staying indoors.

I decided why not cool off with a card –

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Well, how about project? I also made some candy treats and a tag for the mini beach bag!

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The card is one of those nifty Double Z-Folds I’ve been seeing all around! See how it just ‘P O P S’ out there?

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Here is a top view to really see it.

Creating is a great way to get through the hot summer days! Don’t you agree?

I’d love to read your comments about this nifty cool project!

Happy Fourth –
Libby

Nice Shirt Man, WWC71

Time for another great challenge from Watercooler Wednesday!

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This time Heidi is the host. She choose a really cool idea. The Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge. See all your combinations here? Some really great ones you can go with.

Tic Tac Toe Heidi

Initially, I was going to go with a graduation theme. However, I changed my mind at the last-minute and went with this –

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Ok, right off the bad, you see, masculine, right?

And, when opened –

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Confirmation on the Father’s Day and a gift card holder! (Sorry about the lame gift card I used here – only one I could find – you get the idea!)

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So. The third item in this Tic-Tac-Toe challenge would be ‘Die Cut or Punch’. Well, hard to see, but I went with Punch.

I punched the shoulders using the Corner Rounder Punch to soften them. And, the buttons on the polo are from the Owl Builder, the eyes parts I guess. Either way, those qualify, right?

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Here is a shot of the back of the card too. Because it looks as cool as the front.

Now, I did follow this tutorial to make the shirt. This retired Envelope Paper was perfect to create this shirt because it’s so light weight and foldable without tearing. Let alone, the pattern – so manly!

So, this Tic-Tac-Toe challenge – pretty cool, right? After leaving me something to read – happy comments – head over to the Watercooler Wednesday to see what the other fabulous design team members combined and created!

Supplies used –

  • Stamps – Many Manly Occasions Paper Pumpkin, May 2016
  • DSP – 2015-2017 In-Color Envelope Liner Paper R
  • Punches – Corner Rounder, Owl Builder Punch
  • Card Stock – Whisper White, Tip Top Taupe
  • Ink – Early Espresso
  • Other – Basic Rhinestone Jewels
Happy Stampin’
Libby