Create Challenge CCJC7 – Easter Cards

Happy Saturday!  Congratulations to last weeks challenge winners – Becky G. was first place and Lori was second place, with honorable mention going to Robin.  It was so fun to see all the entries last week – I hope everyone plays along this week – good luck!

It’s Saturday and time for another challenge at Create with Connie & Julie!

This week our challenge is a Theme Challenge – Easter cards.  The featured items this week are Eggcoutrements stamp set, Spring Floral Wheel, Eggcellcent Eggs Kit, and the Chocolate Bunny stamp.

I used the Chocolate Bunny and the Eggcellcent Eggs Kit along with a few other products.  I was trying to do something different.  The problem is that it was hard to photograph because there is a window sheet over the bunny so I kept getting a reflection when I took the picture.  This one was the best one.

What I had in mind was a chocolate bunny behind the window – like the boxes in the store – and then I wanted to try something different besides making him chocolate – so mine is a white chocolate bunny!  I used the Emboss Resist technique to create him.  So the Chocolate Bunny is stamped with VersaMark ink on Whisper White card stock.  Covered him in Clear Embossing Powder and heat set.  Then I used a Stampin’ Sponge and Chocolate Chip ink over it and then buffed it with a paper towel.  And now that it is done it kind of looks like an old fashioned portrait.

I added rub-ons on the window sheet – these come from the Eggcellecent Eggs Kit.  The inside also has some rub-ons. I think I could have added more but decided I needed to stop before I added too much.

Here is a full list of Stampin’ Up! supplies for this card:

  • Crushed Curry card stock
  • Chocolate Chip card stock and ink
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Clear Window Sheet – Medium
  • Chocolate Bunny stamp
  • Teeny Tine Wishes stamp set
  • Eggcellent Eggs Kit
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Heat Tool
  • Stampin’ Sponge
  • 1-1/4″ Striped Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Big Shot Die Cut machine
  • Stampin’ Up! Perfect Details Texturz Plate, Impressions Pad, Silicone Rubber
  • Oval Scallop Frame die
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals

And here is a look at the rest of the Create team:





Thanks for stopping by today!  Happy Stampin’!

Create Challenge CCJC3 – Sketch Challenge

It’s Challenge Day at the Create with Connie & Julie – Occasions Edition class.  Congratulations to last weeks winners – Sue and Lori.  Our challenge this week is a sketch challenge.  Here is a look at the sketch:

This week in class we are featuring the following products from the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions Mini Catalog: Vintage Vogue stamp set, Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel, and from the Sale-A-Bration brochure the Vintage Labels SAB set.    Class members are encouraged to participate in the challenges so you can win prizes each week!  So get busy with this sketch challenge and then go to the class site and link your entry to the challenge post.  Good Luck – I hope you win!

And here is my card for the sketch:

This card is a little bit different than a standard card – it is actually a mini card on a post card backing.  So the piece that opens is the Chocolate Chip piece.  Here is a photo from another angle:

And here is one of the inside:

Sometimes you only need a few words to say what you need to say so a small space is enough.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies used:

  • More Mustard card stock and ink pad
  • So Saffron card stock and ink pad and refill
  • Chocolate Chip card stock
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Vintage Vogue stamp set
  • Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel
  • Well Scripted stamp set
  • Jumbo Handle, Jumbo ink cartridge
  • Chocolate Chip Satin ribbon
  • Linen Thread
  • Chit Chat Rub-ons
  • Earth Elements brads – More Mustard
  • 5/16″ Jumbo Brads – Chocolate Chip
  • Playground Designer buttons – More Mustard flower
  • 1/16″  and 1/8″ handheld punches
  • Mini Glue Dots
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals

The large flowers are stamped using the Rock & Roll technique – ink first in So Saffron and then roll the edges in More Mustard ink.  The small flowers are just stamped in More Mustard.  All the flowers are cut out. For one large flower punch a hole in the center.  Wrap the ribbon around the More Mustard card stock and pull both ends through the center of the flower – tie in a knot and trim the ends of the ribbon.  Add the brads and buttons to the other flowers and add to the panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I used a rub-on on the front of the card from the Chit Chat set in the regular catalog but there is a new set in the Occasions Mini called Chat Room.  These rub-ons are such a great deal – you get about 200 greetings in each pack.  Both of these sets have a variety of styles and sayings.

And here is a look at the rest of the Create team:





If you haven’t checked out the Create with Connie and Julie site yet now is the time to do it! We feature new Occasions Mini product every week.  There is a new project posted every day and there will be a minimum of two fabulous tutorials each and every week. We like to have lots of fun so we have challenges and prizes for our subscribers. Our sites stay up long after the session is done so you will always have access to the site and the tutorials. For more information and to see our Preview Week projects please visit the Create with Connie and Julie site.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Happy Stampin’!

Real Simple

I get together with a group of friends every month to play a game called Pokeeno.  While the members of the group have change slightly over the years there are about 4 or 5 of us that have been part of this group for over 13 years!  We originally played Bunko but change several years ago to Pokeeno because we didn’t have to have a certain number of people to play.  So anyway – tonight is Pokeeno night.  And my friend Molly is the hostess.  Her theme is Real Simple and she asked that our gift that we bring (those are the prizes for each game) be wrapped in recycled items of some sort and to keep it simple.

So my project to share with you today is my super simple wrapping idea.

I used the paper packaging that Stampin’ Up! uses for our boxes when they ship our orders.  I wrapped that around my gift and tied it with a piece of Pacific Point Ribbon that I had left from last year.  I used that color because my gift inside is blue and it sort of matched.  I like to match.

Then to dress it up I decided to make a simple tag.

Here are the rest of the Stampin’ Up! supplies:

  • Big Shot Die-Cut Machine
  • Stampin’ Up! Two Tags Die
  • Pacific Point card stock (retired)
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Pacific Point ink (retired)
  • Sweet Season stamp set
  • Scallop Circle Punch
  • Circle Ice Rhinestone Brad
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Itty Bitty Backgrounds stamp set
  • Rub-ons – this was from a retired set.

I hung it on my ribbon with some white crochet thread.  It took only a few minutes to make.

My Real Simple wrapping idea!

Thanks for stopping by today – it is still Wednesday but if you are on email updates you won’t get this until Thursday – sorry I posted it so late.

Snowflake 3×3 cards

I have more 3×3 cards.  I should have bought this snowflake punch earlier – I have used it a lot since I got it. 

For these 3×3 tags I used Chocolate Chip card stock and a strip of paper from the Designer Series paper called Autumn Meadows in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday mini catalog.

I punched a snowflake from Very Vanilla card stock and glued it to the front.

The greetings are from the Chit Chat Rub-Ons.  On a few of them I cut off just the word “thanks” because I wanted these tags to say thanks but a few of the phrases with didn’t exactly say what I wanted.  So if you have the rub-ons you could cut apart the saying that you aren’t using or don’t suit your needs and put together with other words to say something that might work better for you.

I always cut out the rub-on that I am using so that I don’t mess up the others that I’m not using.  Place it on the card and then burnish it with the little popsicle stick that comes with your rub-ons.  The white shows up nicely on the dark card stock.  There will be a new pack of Rub-ons similar to this set in the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Occasions Mini catalog.  These are a great deal – you get more than 200 greetings in each pack.

These will be tags that go on orders that I have right now.  If you are in my stamp club your orders are here.

Merry Chritsmas!

Chattanooga Regional

Yesterday was girls day at the Chattanooga Half-Day Regional.  Stampin’ Up! started offering half-day regional events this year – just a little taste of what their larger events are like.  Danette met me at my house in the morning and we drove to meet Sue and then headed north – in the POURING RAIN – to Chattanooga.  After a few wrong turns in the Chattanooga area we finally found our way to the Convention Center and the parking garage.  We grabbed a bite to eat at the sandwich shop inside and ran into Shannon West and Cari Cudney from cari-shannon-pamStampin’ Up!.  They were the regional presenters along with Pam Morgan.

Pam started by welcoming us and then showed us a cute little WOW project that we all wanted to make – I’m really planning to make one so I’ll show it when I do.  Shannon did a presentation on The Way of Workshops and showed us a handful of different ideas.  Carrie showed us Tempting Techniques which I now have to play with too – Crystal Effects Glaze, one with waxed paper (I didn’t hear the name of that one), Faux Alligator/Snake skin, Brushless Watercoloring, and Custom Rainbow pad.  Shannon did another presentation on Scrapbooks and Photo Tips.  If you are a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and didn’t get to attend one of the Fall regionals – these three presentations are included in the Front Row Regional DVD.

We saw Workshop Wow presentations from several local demonstrators  Susan Barron from Alpharetta, GA; Paige Butler from Chattanooga, TN, Julie Salva, Theresa Clark from Lawrenceville, GA, and Joan Wiemers from Alabama. I hope I spelled all their names correctly.  They each had great ideas that they shared with us and I have a whole list of new things to try.

prize-winnerThere were prize drawings throughout the afternoon – the odds are good when there are only 100 people in attendance – and guess what – I won a prize!  The Autumn Splendor stamp set from the Mini Catalog. I was hoping someone else from our table would win – but not this time.

I met lots of new friends, and talked to some of you who visit my blog – that was exciting!  In the parking lot we met Kim from West VA.  Then we met Rhea from Louisiana who is a new demo trying to meet new friends.  Later we had Diane and Beth from South Carolina come join us at our table.

I’m trying to remember everyone else I talked to – Mandy and Abby, LeAnne, Diane, Susan and more.  It was a great time. friends

I made only a few swaps on Thursday night – regional-swapit was a the exact design from a card that my sister-in-law had sent me a couple of months ago.  I just changed the colors and the Designer Series Paper.

Supply List:

  • Out of the Box stamp set (hostess level 1)
  • Chit Chat Rub-ons
  • Tall Tales Designer Series Paper
  • So Saffron card stock and ink
  • Chocolate Chip card stock and ink
  • Old Olive card stock
  • Whisper White card stock
  • 1-1/4″ Square Punch
  • Paper Piercer and Mat pack
  • 1/16″ circle punch
  • Earth Element brads
  • Old Olive Striped Ribbon
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals

I had a few other misc. swaps left from my classes or other events and then I swapped some little bags of tags.  I hope everyone that attended had a great time.

We drove back after it ended, stopped and had dinner – I ran into Cari from my stamp club at dinner.  Then came home and headed up to the high school to see the end of the football game.  Etowah won.  I missed the band performance but today I am chaperoning for the competition which we will go to shortly.  So I’ll see the show later today again – they are doing such a good job this year.  Have a great rest of the day! Thanks for stopping by~


Frames with Rub-Ons

After awhile you might get tired of all the things about convention – but there is so much to share I hope you will keep visiting my blog.

The last two years at convention my roommates and I have done a “Roommate Shoebox Swap” – this is where each of us brings a project to share with the other three in our room.  It is actually a nice night that we have together in our room and when we are done we just go to bed – unlike the other swaps and meetings where we have to walk back to our hotel late at night.   This year we decided to share 3-D projects rather than cards since we were already getting a lot of cards from our other swaps – those are yet to come because I have to take pictures of them still before I can post them on my blog.

sue-workingSo here is the first one – shared by Sue – she brought black wood picture frames and a variety of Rub-Ons for us to choose from to decorate our frames.  It was funny because we each showed our project and Sue went last and had hers out on one of the beds and we all just sat on the bed and started looking through the rub-ons and working on our frames I think we forgot about the other projects for a few minutes.  But then we divided up so each of us worked on something different and we rotated.

roommate-framesWe decided the white rub-ons looked the best on the black frames.  Sue tried the colored ones and they didn’t look as sharp against the black background.  I think the colored ones would look great on a white wood frame.   So top left was the one Michele made, top right is the one Sue made, bottom left is mine and bottom right is Diane’s.

I am planning to print a picture of the four us from convention to put in mine.  I think all the rub-ons we ended up using are now retired.  But you could use any that you have on had.  If you look at mine I actually took one of the flower elements and put it over the edge of the frame and down onto the glass.  I’m planning to have a mat around my picture so the flower will just be on the edge of the mat.  Once I get it in I’ll post the finished one.

Here are some tips on using Stampin’ Up! Rub-Ons:

  • Can be used on unique, textured surfaces that are difficult to stamp on, such as glass,
    tin, and plastic
  • Can be used on nonporous surfaces, such as glass, photos, clipboards, candles, and ribbon
  • Need a card in a hurry? Apply a Rub-On to a prescored card, such as Elegant Notes or
    Pendant Notes, and you’ll be surprised how quick you’re finished!
  • For best results, cut out your Rub-On image and remove it from the backing sheet. Lay the
    image on a flat surface, and rub it lightly with your finger to hold it in place. Then firmly rub
    the image with the wooden stick (included with the Rub-Ons) to transfer it to your project.
  • You’ll know the image has transferred completely when the image becomes lighter on the
    transfer sheet. Pull up slowly on the transfer sheet, being careful not to slide it. If the image
    hasn’t transferred completely, simply lay the sheet back down and try
  • You can apply Rub-Ons over stamped images. However, make sure that the image has been
    stamped in Craft ink; Rub-Ons don’t adhere well to Classic ink.
  • You can remove Rub-Ons from most surfaces with our Adhesive Remover.
  • Make sure you store your Rub-Ons with the paper backing or your images will come off
    where you don’t want them to!
  • If you need to clean the item the Rub-On is adhered to, wipe it gently with a damp cloth.
  • If you want to transfer Rub-On images to a small embellishment such as a button, you may
    want to transfer the image to the embellishment before you adhere the embellishment to
    your project. Stick the embellishment to a smooth surface, such as a cellophane bag, using
    SNAIL Adhesive. Trim the image from the Rub-On sheet and lay it over your embellishment.
    Rub your finger over the image to help hold it in place, then transfer the image completely
    using the wooden stick. Peel the embellishment off the bag and adhere it to your project.

I hope you’ll try using your Rub-ons on a variety of surfaces.  Look HERE to see where I used the rub-ons a couple of months ago.  I’ve also heard that some people put them on their nails and then apply a clear top coat!  I haven’t tried that one yet – but I have been thinking about it.

Another idea – Use them to decorate school supplies – I bought a folder to use for convention to hold all of my important papers – and the night before I left I decided to decorate it with Rub-Ons – so that is what I carried out with me.folder-w-rub-ons

So where are you going to put your rub-ons?