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CCMC235 – Birthday Balloons

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Over the weekend, my boys had some birthday parties to attend and I found myself short of boy birthday cards.  Hmm, too many flowered cards??!!  Nah…  Simply a reason to stamp!  So I turned to my friends over at Create with Connie and Mary to find this awesome sketch!


CCMC235 - Birthday BalloonsLucky for was exactly what I needed to make a quick and fun card!  Patterned Party is my go-to set for kid birthday cards!  It is perfect for girls and boys and fits the age ranges of both boys and their friends (quite honestly, it is great for adult cards too).  I paired it up with the Real Red polka dots from Polka Dot Parade DSP, a pack of paper that I got specifically for cards like this.  It works every time!!  I added in some Real Red Wide Grosgrain Ribbon (retired) since I continue in my effort to use up the old (so I can get more new).  The sentiment comes from my other catalog favorite, Made for You.

While I’m on the subject of Connie and Mary, if you haven’t already subscribed to the Spring Edition it isn’t too late.  Make sure you click here and go check out the past week’s posts.  There are free tutorials and amazing inspiration.  And those are just a sample of what you get with your subscription!!  I get to be a guest designer and I can safely say that I can’t wait to see all the other designers’ creations!

Don’t forget that today is the start of Sale-a-bration, the biggest promotion of the Stampin’ Up year.  For every $50 you spend, you get to choose exclusive Sale-a-bration products!  It is the perfect time to stock up on basics or get those products you have been waiting for!  Just click here to see all that is available!

Back tomorrow with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches!  Until then, have a great day!

Stamps:  Patterned Party, Made for You; Paper:  Polka Dot Parade DSP, Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White; Ink:  Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Basic Black (all Stampin’ Write Markers); Accessories:  Neutrals Buttons, Real Red Wide Grosgrain Ribbon (retired), Dimensionals, thread

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Being Create-ive!

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 *** If you are looking for my Freshly Made Sketches card, click here***

conmarspring13guestFinally, today is the day that I get to tell you about my big surprise!!  Yes, I am going to be a Guest Designer for the Create with Connie and Mary Spring Edition!  I cannot tell you how excited I was to be asked to design for them for the first time.  I can’t imagine that you would not be familiar with the Create with Connie and Mary editions but just in case…  The team will create EXCLUSIVE tutorials only available from this Spring Catalog edition.  That’s right!  You get access to fresh, exciting ideas that are perfect for both personal or class use.  This is available for customers and demonstrators alike.  Ok, the deal gets even better because Connie and Mary are running a special with Early Bird pricing of $29.95.  This price is only available until Jan. 19th!

Create preview - PrimroseNow for some more fun!  Each designer will focus on a stamp set or product for their tutorials.  I get to share this fun card featuring mine!  Can you guess what it will be??!!

Remember this is just a sneak peek and I will be creating a project and a card exclusively for the Spring Edition.  Since this is guest introduction week, you can see all the designers who will be Create-ing for you by heading over to Create with Connie and Mary.  While you are there, go ahead and sign up.  You really don’t want to miss out on this special price for over a month of amazing projects!

Thanks so much to Connie and Mary for the opportunity to be a Guest Designer!

Stamp:  Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper:  Tea for Two DSP, Primrose Petals, Very Vanilla; Ink:  Primrose Petals; Accessories:  Artisan Embellishments Kit, 5/8″ Flower Trim, Big Shot, Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Crumb Cake Seam Binding

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Vintage Friend

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Today’s card is from my Vintage Card Class held a  couple of weeks ago.  What I loved about making this was that the Well Worn DSP does so much of the work in creating the vintage feeling.  Deb Currier of ARTfelt Impressions created this card using a Create with Connie and Mary sketch.  I just fell in love with it!  While mine uses different papers and stamps, it is a clear CASE of Deb’s lovely card.  The Well Worn prints are so pretty and I chose this awesome flower from Friends Never Fade (on the retiring list).  It is inked up with Not Quite Navy and River Rock markers and stamped on an oval from the Ovals Die.  Finally, the oval was embossed using the Designer Frames Embossing Folder.  I didn’t know at the time but this is full of retiring accessories.  The Oval Die, the Well Worn DSP and those two markers are on the retiring accessories list (only available while supplies last!).  Just to make sure you understand, the Stampin’ Write Markers will still be available in ALL colors.  However, some of the colors will only be available as part of a package and not for individual sale.  It seems that Not Quite Navy and River Rock fall into that category.  I used some light sponging and the Spritzer Tool to add some additional distressing then tied a bow with crumpled Very Vanilla Seam Binding (thankfully NOT on the retiring list since I love it so much!).

This card is kind of “vintage light” but I love that it was a quick card to make.  In fact, planning on making a few more!  I’m so glad you stopped in today.  I will be back next Tuesday with a new card for SUO Challenges.  It is a challenge you are sure to love!!  Have a great weekend!

Stamp:  Friends Never Fade; Paper:  Well Worn DSP, River Rock, Very Vanilla; Ink:  Not Quite Navy, River Rock; Accessories:  Big Shot, Oval Die, Designer Frames EF, Very Vanilla Seam Binding, Corner Punch, Sponges, Spritzer Tool, Dimensionals

SUOC32 – Gratitude

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I am continuing my trend of non-Christmas cards (although I do have some to show you soon) with the challenge from SU Only Challenges this week.  Our theme this week is “Thankful”.  Let’s face it, many of us have so much to be thankful for that it is nice to be able to share that gratitude with others.  A handmade card speaks volumes about how much someone means to you!

I knew I wanted to use my Day of Gratitude set again for this card.  The variety of projects you can make from this is seemingly endless!  This particular leaf is so great when it is cut out and even better when you have a bunch of them.  Fortunately, it is also very easy to cut out!!  I decided on a really clean presentation for this one and love the results!  The leaves are attached to the card with Mini Glue Dots.  I created a banner for the phrase (the one word inked with a Stampin’ Write marker).  A Basic Black button finishes it off with thread colored with a marker.

Color Coach-016The colors for today’s card are from Create with Connie and Mary.  Yes, that is SU Only Challenge’s very own Mary Brown.  These strong colors were perfect for my leaves!

I’ll be back tomorrow with another Freshly Made Sketches layout!!  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Stamp:  Day of Gratitude; Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black; Ink:  Basic Black, More Mustard, Cherry Cobbler; Accessories:  Neutrals Buttons, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Patterned birthday cake

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I am already a big fan of the new catalog set Patterned Party because I can see making so many different kinds of cards with it!  When I saw the sketch over at Create with Connie and Mary this week, I knew that this was exactly the set to use.  It didn’t hurt that I needed a birthday card for one of my youngest son’s friends!

My trusty Brights Designer Paper Pack seemed just right for the layers and I love how the colors pop against the Basic Black background.  I inked up the cake using Stampin’ Write Markers.  Next, I colored only the number 5 candle and put it on top of the cake with the help of my Stamp-a-ma-jig.  Some Brights Designer Buttons finished off the sketch.

I hope you like this fun card!  So glad you dropped in today.  It is going to be a busy week of posting for me so don’t be surprised.  I’ll be back tomorrow with more information about the gift box from the weekend’s blog hop.  Thursday will hold a new challenge for you (and I get to tell you about some cool news)!  Thanks for stopping in today.  Hope to see you again soon!

Stamps:  Patterned Party, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper:  Brights Designer Paper Pack, Basic Black, Whisper White; Ink:  Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight; Accessories:  Scallop Edge Punch, Brights Designer Buttons, Dimensionals, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Black Thread (non-SU)

All products Stampin’ Up unless otherwise indicated!

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