Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop – Punch Art/Die Art

Welcome to another Create with Connie and Mary blog hop filled with wonderful ideas to spark your creativity

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Our theme this week is Punch or Die Art. This is a wonderful idea! We all see other uses for dies, framelits and punches other than what they were actually intended for.

I went with the Window Box Thinlits and created a cute little number –

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An APPLE!!! Of course it’s for a teacher.

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And, a gift card will fit inside the box! How cool is that??

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I thought the ensemble was adorable. Perfect timing to create a few of these before you will need them in May!

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Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Labeler Alphabet
  • Framelits – Window Box, Stylish Stems, Large Letters
  • Card Stock – Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Cucumber Crush, Whisper White, Basic Black
  • Ink – Cucumber Crush, Black Memento

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!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

Silver Elite and Team Meeting SWAPS

Good news! Good news!

I was promoted to Silver Elite during the most recent Sale-a-Bration! Yay! So excited!!!! Thank you to Joan and Karen for joining my team! Welcome!

At our team meeting last night, my upline, Pearl Robb, surprised me with a sweet little, unexpected, gift! I just had to take a picture because, she too was promoted too!

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We also did a few make’n takes and created cards to swap!

Here are the swaps from everyone.

I’ll start with mine of course! I also had it on my Card Buffet this weekend. It’s a really cute graduation card –

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It’s standard card size too!

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I got the idea from Debbie Henderson. She has a great tutorial for this shorter version. Check her out!

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Pearl’s card.

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Joan’s card.

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Cheryl’s card.

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Cari’s card.

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Shirley’s Card.

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Gail’s card.

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Nancy’s card.

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Diana’s card.

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Sally’s card.

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Susan’s card.

All the cards were awesome this month! Happy to have these samples!

We had a wonderful time chatting and catching up on things! I wished were all able to meet more often!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

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!

Congratulations, Graduate!

Today we have a super sketch over at Create with Connie and Mary –

I was really inspired by it. As we know, graduation season will be starting next month (I know, right? You didn’t realize it, did you!?). I decided to get to work on grads ideas! I have made two recently, here is one of them using our sketch this week –

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How fun and fresh and modern is this???

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…..and, when you open it, it’s a gift card holder too! I used the same size Whisper White panel as the front, this time, I only adhered it to three side leaving the left side open to slide something fun in the pocket. Use Tear & tape for this for the extra strong bond.

TIP : if you’re adding a gift card, place the gift card down first then adhere the panel. That way, the gift card will slid out easily. 

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I can wait to create more of these. Maybe in local school colors? This is just a great design to create with!

Check out our design team inspiration at Create with Connie and Mary. Get inspired? Link up your project on our Facebook page!

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Suite Sentiments
  • Framelits – Balloon Framelits, Large Numbers
  • Card Stock – Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red
  • Ink – Memento Black
  • DSP – Fabulous Foil Acetate
  • Other – Tear & Tape Adhesive
Happy Stampin’
Libby

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!

For You, Snowman!

Got a quick card slash gift idea I created for Create with Connie and Mary this week!

We have very pretty colors as our inspirational start for the week –

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I love these colors! So many different ways you could go with them. But, I chose to go with a winter or could be Christmas themed card –

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See,winter, but, could be Christmas, but, doesn’t have to be!

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And. Bonus. It’s a gift card holder!!!!

I love to whip these up. Basic measurement is 4 1/4 x 11. Scored at 1 1/2 and 7. Fold up. Use tear & tape to secure. Fold down. Done. That easy, really!

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I added a bit of dimension for a little pizzaz!

These are super quick and easy to make a bunch and have in your stash! Use the snowman cut out for another card too!

So, what do you think? I’d love to read your comments!

And, I’d love for you to take time out for your crafty self – just a little – and join us at Create with Connie and Mary this week! You won’t regret it!

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Jar of Love
  • Card Stock – Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party, Whisper White
  • Big Shot –  Snow Friends Framelits, Gently Falling Embossing Folder,
  • Ink – Basic Grey
  • Other – Silver Foil, Tear & Tape
Happy Stampin’
Libby

Team Meetings SWAPS

This past week we got together for our Team Meeting and we did our usual swapping of new ideas and a couple of make’n takes.

These were the two make’n takes –

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This is an oldie but goodie technique, shaving creme, that I miss and should try again! The results are stunning.

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Inside looked almost as good as the outside!

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The other make’n take is an easy idea that’s been out for a while. You can never have too many gift card holders!

Now the swaps we traded were as wonderful!

I’ll start with this knockout –

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It’s a perpetual calendar that Cari create for each one of us!! I can’t wait for the countdown to begin.

Next on the list of ‘you shouldn’t have gone to all this trouble‘, goes to Sherri –

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I forgot to take a pick of this card extended….it’s gorgeous!!!

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Susan went all fancy fancy on her card! I haven’t tried to emboss foil yet! Apparently you can and the look is stunning!!!

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The glitz just continued here from Pearl. Kicking myself for not ordering this bundle….

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Diana went with traditional colors on her card. Love the NOEL word!!

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My swap was already blogged about. And, it was featured on the November Card Buffet.

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We had a terrific variety of cards this time around! Great job ladies! Can’t wait for the Holiday party in January!!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

Halloween is in the Bag

How’s your Halloween weekend going? Doing a little paper crafting this weekend?

Hopefully, all these Halloween cards have been inspiring to you!

I have a decorated Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Halloween style, to share today –

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Isn’t this just the cutest? I really loved these Jar of Haunts when I first saw them in the Holiday Mini catalog. Of course, I just has to have them! You know that feeling….

This little treat bag would be great for a little note, a gift card, and of course, edible treats!!

And yes, another project from the September Card Buffet. (Follow me on Facebook and Instagram to see my monthly board.) As you can see, I don’t always get around to posting the projects as I would like to!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

Step It Up Reindeer, We Create Blog Hop

This is the second blog hop and post you’ll be seeing from me!

Wahoo! Been a crafty little one lately!

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This is for We Create! Our theme we work with is to either create a card then step it up or create two cards using the same layout.

This time, I chose to create a card and make it twice using the same layout. Here is the fist one –

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It is sort of simple in design until you open it –

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It’s a gift card holder! And, it used the same size card stock as a regular card, it’s just scored differently!

The other card uses the remaining half of the Real Red card stock –

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It’s a way fancier front, but it uses the same basic layout.

Here, you can see the two next to each other –

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What do you think? You like? The cards are sort of stepped up and sort of stepped over!

I love both of them! The retired Red Foil Paper (it’s still on the Clearance Rack) and Pom-Pom Trim was a great added bonus here!

I’d love to read what you think before heading over to Julie’s blog to see what she created.

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Cookie Cutter Christmas
  • Dies – Layering Ovals Framelits
  • Punches – Cookie Cutter Builder
  • Card Stock – Real Red, Early Espresso, Crum Cake, Whisper White
  • DSP – Candy Cane Lane
  • Ink –Early Espresso
  • Big Shot – Festive EF
  • Other – Red Foil Sheets (R), Pom-Pom Trim (R)
Happy Stampin’
Libby