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!

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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

Just a Note

Today in the blogging world, I have a busy day! This is the first of three posts for me! Three post Thursday!

I’ll start off with a card for Create with Connie and Mary.

We have a new set of challenges for the month of June since the new Stampin Up catalog just came out!!! All the pictures are from the new catalog and will be what we create from. Here is this weeks inspirational picture –

I had to pull out my book to examine this picture a little more closely.

It appeared to be a gift card holder. So that is what I created –

libbystamps, stampin up, Flourishing Phrases, Flourish Thinlits, Layering Ovals Collection, Tranquil Tide, CCMC, gift card holder, catalog CASE

I went with a simple single, new favorite color, Tranquil Tide. It paired nicely with the Flourish Thinlits and Flourishing Phrases stamp set.

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I initially placed the set of scrolling vines down and adhered that whole panel to the card front. After I tied the gold ribbon on the side, I added another set of scrolling vines on top of the other ones and the ribbon. The card is still removable without undoing the ribbon. Clever, really.

It’s very pretty and serene. It’d be great to receive a note like this with a gift card in it!

The other Design Team members created some great cards too. Some used the sketch. Some used the colors. Check them out too!

You can create a card too and link it up on our Facebook page. We’d love for you to join us!

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Flourishing Phrases
  • Framelits – Flourish Thinlits, Layering Ovals Collection
  • Card Stock – Very Vanilla, Tranquil Tide
  • Ink – Tranquil Tide
  • Other – 5/8 Gold Satin Ribbon (retired)
Happy Stampin’
Libby

What’s in Your Pocket?

Every other Tuesday is Try Stampin’ on Tuesday day for me!

Our layout this week –

Challenge #323. Optional Theme : Pretty as a Picture

I love the layout but got hung up on the ‘Pretty as a Picture’ theme. I created this without the picture theme –

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A brightly designed card using some soon-to-retire Designer Series Paper called, Party Animal!

The cool feature about the front of this card is this nifty pocket that has a pullout! Which still leaves a really nice design –

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You can add a gift card –

libbystamps, stampin up, Designer Tin of Cards, Party Animal DSPYes, Christmas was the only one I could find for demonstrator purposes!  

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See how nicely it fits into the front panel?

I love how this turned out! The colors are great. The patterns are wonderful. It’s a unique take on the design we were challenged with!

Want to see how the other designers used this sketch? Check them out on our blog or on our Facebook page as well. You can also link up a card using either place!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop – Pocket Card

Happy first Saturday of May! Time for a hop around the creative side with a Create with Connie and Mary blog hop!

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Our theme this week is a Pocket Card. This is going to be fun!!!

I knew right away what I wanted to make for this theme –

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A wedding card! My ‘pocket’ is the bottom half of the card. The insert slips out of the pocket!

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And the greeting is revealed! Quite a simple card! And, very elegant!

TIP : Always use Tear & Tape to adhere the fold up pocket sides. On the card base, place the insert with the gift card inside and THEN fold up the bottom to adhere. This way, it allows room for the removable pocket with card!  Same thing with the gift card insert, fold up and adhere along the sides of the gift card. It just allows movable room! 

Check all the other styles of pocket cards on our hop today! Some really nice ones!
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Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Floral Phrases
  • Framelits – Detailed Floral Thinlits
  • Bundles – Floral Phrases
  • Card Stock – Sweet Sugarplum, Very Vanilla, Basic Black
  • Ink – Memento Black
  • Other – Basic Black Bakers Twine, Tear & Tape
Happy Stampin’
Libby

The brand new JUNE Mini Session is coming soon! (Yes, with the uncertainty of the retiring products and lateness of the preorder, we decided to skip May.)  We’ll be featuring products from the BRAND NEW Annual Catalog in June!

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, and
  • 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 joining us – 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)

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!

JUNE SNEAK PEEK COMING SOON!

CREATE WITH CONNIE AND MARY

JUNE 2017 ONLY

$8.95 US


PREORDER BONUS PROJECT:  Purchase BOTH June and July 2017 Mini Sessions and get a PREORDER BONUS TUTORIAL designed by Connie Babbert immediately upon purchase!

You’ll have the tutorial NOW to use before the new catalog begins!

Preorder 2017 Bonus Project

JUNE & JULY 2017 MINI SESSIONS

plus BONUS 2017 PREORDER project!

$17.90 US

PREORDER BONUS PROJECT: Purchase BOTH June and July 2017 Mini Sessions and get a PREORDER BONUS TUTORIAL designed by Connie Babbert immediately upon purchase!
You’ll have the tutorial NOW to use before the new catalog begins!

Preorder 2017 Bonus Project
JUNE & JULY 2017 MINI SESSIONS
plus BONUS 2017 PREORDER project!

$17.90 US

Blogging Friends Blog Hop – May – Retiring Favorites

May first and before we know it, the new catalog will be here. This is the first of two blog hops for the day!

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In honor of the current catalog ending, we will say farewell to some of out favorite Retiring Products. This post is all about retiring products. A few that I really liked out of several that are retiring!

I created five 4×4 cards to share. No particular order. libbystamps, stampin up, Nailed It Bundle, Nailed It. Build It Framelits, Sending Love DSP

From the Occasions Mini, the Nailed It bundle sold out as soon as it went on the retiring list. I just love it – so versatile and a masculine set for once! I paired it with the Sending Love Designer Series Paper.

libbystamps, stampin up, Stylish Stems Framelits, Special Reason, Pop of Pink Specialty DSP

This Stylish Stems Framelits was my favorite flower framelit, also from the Occasions Mini. The coordinating Special Reason stamp set was ok, not my favorite as the words are too small. Of course, I purchased both of them. This paired well with the (soon to retire) Pop of Pink Specialty Designers Series Paper.

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Of course, the In-Colors are always sad to see leave. At least they are around for a couple of years! My favorite color was the Cucumber Crush! I used the T-shirt Builder framelits, Custom Tee Bundle, to create this. These are also from the mini. I liked the ‘Happy Stamper’ stamp. That is SO usable for us!

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From the large, main catalog. The Llama. Who does not love a llama? Who? This was an awesomely cute bundle! The designer series paper was pretty cool too.

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The last stamp set I’ll share is the Fresh Fruit. I loved this. It was simply sweet.

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Lastly. The 12×12 Kraft card stock will no longer be available. I created (from scratch) a nifty box to hold all these cards. And, yes, the Banners Framelits, the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and the Layered Letters Alphabet will not be in the upcoming catalog either. Gorgeous Grunge? I got so much use from this set!

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Whew. That’s a lot of retiring stuff! And, I didn’t even touch the tip of all the things I really loved from the 2016-2017 catalog. Not too sad though. Can’t be. Lots of new, wonderful items coming our way. If you feel compelled to need any of these or other items, please order here.

So, this is a blog hop, before heading over to talented, Mary Blocher, please leave me a comment.

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Happy Stampin’
Libby

Stamp’n Chat Fun!

I wanted to share briefly about my class on Friday night.

A group of ladies created this –

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I did already show you, but I wanted to refresh your mind again. This, It’s a Sara Thing Paper Pumpkin was a HIT!!!

The ladies really enjoyed themselves!

As a thank you to the host, I gave her this –

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She loved it! It was one of the envelopes sealed, then border punched out to create an opening. Viola! An instant gift bag!!

I also gave away prizes for a few participants along with a free Card Buffet class at my house –

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They loved these as well!

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The two gifts were a hit in addition to the class itself. Perhaps this will be the beginning of future Stamp’n Chats!!!

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – It’s a Sara Thing, Custom Tee
  • Framelits – T-Shirt Builder
  • Bundles – Custom Tee
  • Card Stock – Melon Mambo
  • Ink – Melon Mambo, Memento Black
  • Other – It’s a Sara Thing April 2017 Paper Pumpkin
Happy Stampin’
Libby

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 –

libbystamps, stampin up, Labeler Alphabet, Window Box Thinlits, Stylish Stems Framelits, Large Letters Framelits, teacher gifts

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