Create Sketch Challenge

Good Morning and Happy May!  It is Saturday and time for the first Challenge at Create with Connie & Mary!

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This week our challenge is a sketch challenge.  The featured items this week are from the Stampin’ Up! Summer Mini Catalog  – Elements of Style stamp set, Presto Patterns Designer Series Paper, Mostly Vintage Stencil and the Rough Type Alphabet stamp set.  My choice was to use the Elements of Style stamp set.  I actually made two different cards for this challenge using the same stamp set and same colors.  One follows the shapes of the sketch and the other is a different interpretation without the rectangular shapes – it is what I call a loose interpretation – I’ll show you both versions – and you can see if you see the sketch in the second one.

For the first card I started with a Garden Green card base.  I added a Sahara Sand rectangle down the right side – stamped with Garden Green and sponged the edges with Sahara Sand.  There is a Ruby Red scalloped trim on the right edge.  The focal point is actually a 3×3 square – so you could use that portion of this card as a 3×3 card if you needed it.  The roses are stamped in Black StazOn ink and water colored.  The Hummingbird is inked with Stampin’ Write Markers and then cut out and popped up.

The greeting is inside a piece of the Hodge Podge Very Vanilla hardware.  I colored my hardware Ruby Red so it would match my card and stand out more than the vanilla color.

This is how I colored my hardware – first I covered the hardware with Ruby Red Craft Ink.  Then I covered the ink with Clear Embossing Powder.  Use a heat tool and heat the embossing powder just until it melts.  I hold my hardware with a pair of craft tweezers – it will get hot and the heat tool is hot and you don’t want to burn your fingers.  Don’t overheat because the vanilla finish underneath can burn if it gets to hot and it turns rusty colored.

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

  • Elements of Style stamp set
  • card stock: Garden Green, Ruby Red, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
  • ink: Garden Green Classic and Stampin’ Write marker, Ruby Red Classic and Craft and Stampin’ Write marker, Black StazOn, Sahara Sand Classic and Stampin’ Write Marker, Black Journaler
  • Vanilla Hodge Podge Hardware
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Heat Tool
  • Stampin’ Sponge
  • Aqua Painter
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals

And here is my other card – most of the supplies are the same as the first card with the following differences.  The roses are stamped on Watercolor paper twice – one full piece is layered on the front of my card and the second set I cut out the larger flowers and mounted them with Stampin’ Dimensionals on top of the matching flowers for a 3-d effect.  The roses represent the vertical rectangle in the sketch.  I stamped the hummingbird and cut it out – it represents the horizontal rectangle in the sketch.  The hardware is the same.  Can you see the sketch in this card?Check out what the rest of the Create team did with this challenge:




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Thanks for stopping by today!  Happy Stampin’!

Colored Star Brads

The other day I posted a Red, White and Blue card and mentioned that I had colored the star brad but it wasn’t in the picture. star-brad

I smooshed the brad into my Ruby Red craft ink pad (I would have used a Real Red craft ink pad but I don’t have one so I used what I had).  Then took a paper towel and wiped it back off including around the edges.  So that left just the ink in grooves.

RWB-pinwheelHere is the original card.  The star really popped once it was covered in the ink.

That’s all for today – short and quick.

If you are a demonstrator make sure you look at the Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator website today – lots of exciting announcements today!


Red, White & Blue Pinwheel

RWB-pinwheelI know 4th of July has passed but we can always use a fun Red, White and Blue card any time.  And this could be easily changed to some other color and make a great birthday card.  Actually this idea is from a birthday card that my sister-in-law, Stephanie, sent to Tyler for his birthday one year – he has an August birthday – I have been saving it because I liked the pinwheel on it.

I used Real Red and Night of Navy and added the star brad in the center.  I have been trying to find a project for the star brads and this was the perfect one.  While it isn’t in this picture – I actually took the brad and smooshed it into a craft ink pad (I had to use Ruby Red since I didn’t have Real Red) and got ink all into the grooves of the brad and then wiped it with a paper towel so that ink in the grooves stayed but the other ink wiped off.  I’ll get a picture later today and add it to this post later.

The new modern label punch worked great with the Family Phrases set where the “let’s celebrate” is from.  I always fall back to using my Itty Bitty Backgrounds splatter stamp when I think my project needs something and it finished this one off nicely – atleast I thought it did.

This was one of our club projects last night for my Stamper’s Club meeting.  We have one more meeting for this round in August and then I’ll start a new group in September.  If you are not in the club now and want to join please let me know and I’ll send you all the details.

Have a fun weekend!


Wow Flowers Thank You

As I was preparing for my class on Thursday I cleaned my craft table and made a pile of card stock scraps to put away in my scrap folders.  I noticed three colors that I had lying together and thought what a good color combination.  It was Pumpkin Pie, Kiwi Kiss and Rose Red.  I’m sure that somewhere else that combination has already been found but that was how I happened upon it – so I set the scraps aside because I wanted to make a card using those colors.   As I look through the catalog – this color combination or something close to it is already in the catalog – the new Bright Delights rub-ons have Rose Red, Tangerine Tango and Kiwi Kiss; the Flower Fusion has Pumpkin Pie, Rose Red and Old Olive; even the Retro Fresh Style Watch includes these colors – I guess I wasn’t so original after all.  Tonight I took a few minutes and put together a quick card. This would make a great one-sheet wonder idea.


  • Wow Flowers stamp set
  • Pumpkin Pie card stock
  • Kiwi Kiss card stock
  • Rose Red card stock
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Classic Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Kiwi Kiss, Rose Red
  • Stampin’ Write Marker: Rose Red
  • Punches: Scallop Circle, 1-3/8″ Circle punch, 1-1/4″ Circle punch, 1/8″ handheld punch, 1/16″ handheld punch
  • Circle Scissors Plus & Glass Mat
  • Flower Designer Brads
  • Crystal Effects
  • Tombo glue
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals


  1. Randomly stamp Whisper White card stock using Pumpkin Pie, Kiwi Kiss and Rose Red ink with the flower image.
  2. Adhere to Rose Red card stock.  Adhere to Kiwi Kiss card stock.  And adhere to the front of the Pumpkin Pie card base.
  3. Stamp “Thank You” image on Whisper White card stock using Kiwi Kiss ink and punch out with the 1-1/4″ circle punch.  Adhere to a 1-3/8″ Rose Red circle.
  4. To create the flower brad go ahead and punch a 1/16″ circle in the center of the flower and insert the small wow-flower-detailflower brad.  Color the flower petals with a Rose Red Stampin’ Write Marker and then cover with Crystal Effects.  Let dry.  Punch a 1/8″ circle from a piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock.  Use a small drop of Tombo glue to adhere to the center of the flower.  Carefully add a small “bubble” of Crystal Effects on top.  Let dry.
  5. Cut a 2″ circle from Pumpkin Pie card stock using the Circle Scissor Plus and a Glass Mat.
  6. Punch a Scallop Circle from Kiwi Kiss card stock.  Adhere to the Pumpkin Pie circle.  Adhere to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  7. When the Crystal effects has dried add the Rose Red circle to the center of the Kiwi Kiss Scallop Circle using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  8. Stamp a matching envelope.

I love how the little flower brad turned out!  I hope you like it too.