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:
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  • Additionally, each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect projects for your club, classes, stamp camps or gifts
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Christmas Noel

Merry Christmas everyone! Happy December 25th!

Whatever you celebrate, if anything, thanks for stopping by!

This will be quick as I am spending time with family and friends today.

These were the other cards that I mailed out for Christmas this year –

libbystamps, stampin up, Christmas Pines, Layering Ovals Framelits, Many Manly Occasions, Silver Glimmer Paper, Christmas Card

Isn’t is just beautiful?

And, look at the inside –

libbystamps, stampin up, Christmas Pines, Layering Ovals Framelits, Many Manly Occasions, Silver Glimmer Paper, Christmas Card

Just as gorgeous! These pictures do not do it just at all!

Once again, Paper Pumpkin to the rescue for helping me create almost 40 of these with minimal work!!

Enough of that – have a wonderful Sunday. However you celebrate it. With whomever you celebrate it with!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

Christmas Blessings on Christmas Eve

Happy Christmas Eve. I hope the holidays are everything you wish for and more.

This is not always an easy time of the year for everyone.

This is a short post for part of the cards I made to send out this year –

libbystamps, stampin up, Wonderful Winterland, Christmas Pines, Paper Pumpkin, November 2016 Paper Pumpkin

These mainly went out to friends and my stampin’ buddies! Although, it was very hard to decide who got what!

Thank you, Paper Pumpkin monthly subscription kits and refill kits!!!!

I love this elegant card! So much dimension! I added the card to a full card base for the WOW factor here.

Happy thought to all during this holiday season!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

Simple Joys of Green for Christmas

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted for try Stampin on Tuesday. Although we have a new challenge every week, the design teams participate every other week.

This is my week. Here is the great sketch to inspire us –

Challenge #301. Theme : Twinkle, Twinkle

I really, really liked this sketch!

I went with this idea –

libbystamps, stampin up, Christmas Pines, Botanical Builder Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, This Christmas DSP, TSOT#301, Christmas

I love traditional red and green for Christmas, but……..green and black – too pretty as well!

libbystamps, stampin up, Christmas Pines, Botanical Builder Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, This Christmas DSP, TSOT#301, Christmas

And, for my twinkle, twinkle? Sparkly glimmer paper counts too, doesn’t it?

libbystamps, stampin up, Christmas Pines, Botanical Builder Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, This Christmas DSP, TSOT#301, Christmas

This card is just simply – F U N !!! I love it! It will be a quick one to replicate for the holidays too.

Please join our challenge either on our blog, or our Facebook page. You might want to see what the other designers have created too!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

Trees for Christmas for WWC

I’m in a mad crazy creating frenzy getting ready for all these upcoming classes!

Who knows, maybe this card for Watercooler Wednesday might make the Card Buffet this weekend!

We have Deborah’s challenge that just started today –

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Wonderful, traditional Christmas colors!

In no time I created this –

libbystamps, stampin up, WWC93, Totally Trees, Christmas Pines, Christmas Card

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this stamp set!

libbystamps, stampin up, WWC93, Totally Trees, Christmas Pines, Christmas Card

I started with the simple tree in the center and just went from there! I could not stop at just one tree. And before you know it, the panel was filled!

libbystamps, stampin up, WWC93, Totally Trees, Christmas Pines, Christmas Card

I thought the greeting was a nice repeated accent along the side. A freshly inked up pad really helped to create this bold look! The finishing touch was the ribbon just below as if it were tied around the tree.

So these are great colors to create with, right? You know you will make something using them, right? So do it now and link up to Watercooler Wednesday and join our challenge this week! And, check out what the design team members created too!

Before you go, did you leave a comment? Comments are so nice to read!

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Totally Trees, Christmas Pines (it’s on sale right now!!!!!)
  • Card Stock – Real Red, Whisper White
  • Ink – Tuxedo Black Memento, Old Olive, Soft Suede
Happy Stampin’
Libby

 

November Blogging Friends Blog Hop

Hello November!!!! Hope you Halloween was fun, festive and safe!

Welcome to another Blogging Friends Blog Hop!

Our theme this month is the stamp set, Lovely as a Tree! You know it, a classic that’s been around Stampin Up forever!

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Here is my first card –

libbystamps, stampin up, Lovely as a Tree, Christmas Pines, Layering Ovals Framelits, BFBH

I decided to mix way old (Lovely as a Tree) with way new (colors and stamp set) and go with a Christmas card.

libbystamps, stampin up, Lovely as a Tree, Christmas Pines, Layering Ovals Framelits, BFBH

I love these colors together too! I’m a true red and green gal when it comes to decor and personal style, but I love expanding the Christmas color pallet and trying new combinations. This. I. Love.

Of course, when you hear the name, Lovely as a Tree, the image in this card is what come to mind. I’m most certain –

libbystamps, stampin up, Lovely as a Tree, Christmas Pines, Real red 3/4 Stitched Edge Ribbon, BFBH

It’s the classic image!

libbystamps, stampin up, Lovely as a Tree, Christmas Pines, Real red 3/4 Stitched Edge Ribbon, BFBH

I just had to create something using it. I once again mixed way old and way new using the same stamp set. The addition of the glimmer paper and ribbon is very elegant.

As I put these two clean stamps away, I noticed a tiny leaf stamp in the box. Sure enough, it’s part of the set too. I just had to use it because I can’t say I really have ever seen it used before!

libbystamps, stampin up, Lovely as a Tree, Acorny Thank You, Layering Ovals Framelits, Copper Foil, Copper Metallic Thread, BFBH

Mixed with the Copper Foil – a WINNER!

libbystamps, stampin up, Lovely as a Tree, Acorny Thank You, Layering Ovals Framelits, Copper Foil, Copper Metallic Thread, BFBH

The Copper Metallic Thread helped too! This turned out to be a very fall-like card. But, oh so lovely!

libbystamps, stampin up, Lovely as a Tree, Christmas Pines, Acorny Thanks You, BFBH

I hope you enjoyed my spread of Lovely as a Tree cards! Please leave some happy reading! Bloggers love to read comments!

Head on over to Anne Power to see what she has done with this stamp set!

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Happy Stampin’
Libby
First Card Supplies
Second Card Supplies

Supply List

Third Card Supplies
You can check the others on the hop here –

‘Tis the Season to Cozy Up to Christmas

No, not really. In fact NOT AT ALL.

However, Christmas cards are fun to create. And, it’s never too early to get your ideas and supplies together and get them done and out-of-the-way!

I had my monthly Card Buffet this past weekend. It was a great turn out and all the projects were very much enjoyed.

However, one of the cards featured didn’t quite work out as designed. I get new stuff in and create with it and I don’t test the tools/dies out past that – just for the one card, made twice. Well………one of the dies didn’t work out using it a third time. Or fourth,  or fifth…..you get the point. It was awful! And, frustrating to say the least. But, it happens. better here in a class than at home as a customer.

I salvaged the supplies. I took what was left and used them for swaps that were way over due! I did do a little redesign too.

libbystamps, stampin up, Christmas Pines, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Cable Knit Dynamic EF, swaps

Yes, they are very similar to this card. That was the one on my Card Buffet, all very vanilla and Copper Foil.

But, being so frustrated, I went in a slightly different color direction. See –

libbystamps, stampin up, Christmas Pines, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Cable Knit Dynamic EF, swaps

The colors are stunning, they scream ‘traditional Christmas’ to me.

libbystamps, stampin up, Christmas Pines, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Cable Knit Dynamic EF, swaps

This Cable Knit Folder is absolutely gorgeous and great for non-Christmas cards too.

Just remember to mist with water and alcohol to soften the fibers before embossing it. It can tear it if not.

libbystamps, stampin up, Christmas Pines, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Cable Knit Dynamic EF, swaps

The tiny bow from the original card is what was giving us such grief. However, this one which was even thinner – I had no problem cutting and releasing from the die at all! Did all seven cuts in minutes!

I’d love to read your thoughts on this card!

Seeing it here, it just might make my annual Christmas Card Class!

Happy Stampin’
Libby