CCMC404 You’re a Peach!

It’s color challenge week at Create with Connie and Mary!  This one stumped me…I thought and thought.  Then I decided that since I had used the Apple of My Eye stamp set all month, I might as well finish the month off with the same set…after all, Calypso Coral is the color of a peach, right?!



















Stamp Sets:  Apple of My Eye, Alphabet Rotary Stamp

Ink:  Night of Navy, Calypso Coral, Smoky Slate

Paper:  Whisper White ( regular and thick), Night of Navy, Calypso Coral Color Collections DSP, Smoky Slate

Accessories:  rhinestones, dimensionals, Banner Triangle punch

I am disappointed that my greeting stamped crooked…I had the card all put together and stamped the greeting on last and I did NOT want to start all over so I left it.  I guess it proves it is hand made, right?!  Darn!  I hate when that happens!  Some of you may have missed my previous cards where I told how to “speckle” the fruit.  It’s easy:  ink the stamp, spritz with Stampin’ Mist, and stamp!  It gives that great blotchy look that most fruit has and makes it look more realistic and gives dimension.  I’m pretty sure you won’t find a peach with a navy stem and gray leaf in real life, but that’s why we paper craft!  You can do what you want on paper!  Now head over to Create with Connie and Mary and try your luck at this combo!  I am interested to see what you do, because this one stumped me!  Have fun!


CCMC403 Sweetest

It’s sketch week at Create with Connie and Mary.  And, because I love the Apple of My Eye stamp set…I decided to keep going with my theme for this month and use the same stamp set AGAIN!  Hope you don’t mind!  I am also trying to use up some of the retiring In Colors for 2014-16.  So, this card happened…



















Stamp Set:  Apple of My Eye

Ink:  Tangelo Twist, Cucumber Crush, Early Espresso, Memento Black

Paper:  Tangelo Twist, Cucumber Crush, Whisper White, Schoolhouse DSP

Accessories:  dimensionals, rhinestones, Fun Frames embossing folder

I have a confession, I did not follow the sketch to a “T”.  I just couldn’t make a greeting work where the sketch wanted me to put it, so I skipped that part because my greeting is in the frame.  Oops!  Hope you’ll forgive me!  I used the same technique as I used before to get the speckled look to my tangerine.  If you missed my instructions on how to do that:  just ink your stamp, spritz it with Stampin’ Mist lightly and stamp!  Looks good enough to eat, doesn’t it?  Now you head over to Create with Connie and Mary to try your luck at this sketch!

Oh, and if you see my daughter, Kaisa, today…be sure to wish her a very Happy Birthday!  She brings such joy to our lives!  She really is “just the sweetest” 23 year old!  Have a great day!  I love you!



Ladies and Gentlemen!





Hello!  Welcome to the April Control Freaks Blog Tour!  You are either a regular subscriber or are arriving here from Melissa Davie’s wonderful blog! (Great projects!)  However it is you got here…I’m glad you came!  Our theme this month is “Ladies and Gentlemen”.  Cards for the men and women in our lives.  I decided to focus on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day since both holidays are coming up!

My first project is for the ladies!  My mother to be specific.  She really likes tea.  I had gotten the tea cup framelits, but hadn’t really used them yet.  I decided to get them out a play around with an idea I had floating in my head.  It turned out great!  Just how I wanted it!  Can’t wait to be able to send this off next month to celebrate my mom!







Stamp Sets:  Remember This, Tin of Cards

Ink:  Memento Black, Blushing Bride

Paper:  Soft Sky, Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Birthday Bouquet DSP, Color Collections DSP, doily, Silver Foil

Accessories:  Dimensionals, White Baker’s Twine, Stapler/Staples, Cups & Kettle framelits, Large Polka Dot embossing folder






Wasn’t that fun?  Now, on to the gentlemen…or in this case, my father!  My dad has been struggling with some health issues that have taken a toll on his body.  He was always so strong and active and has been rendered rather weak and not very peppy.  It’s sad to see really.  So I decided to make a card that reflects how I remember him.  This is how he still sees himself and he thinks he’s going to get back there someday, but reality is, he is almost 80 and it probably isn’t going to happen.  But, we can dream!






Stamp Sets:  Timeless Textures, Guy Greetings

Ink:  Night of Navy, Crumb Cake

Paper:  Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, Corrugated, Whisper White, English Garden DSP

Accessories:   Linen Thread, Garden Green Candy Dots, Dimensionals








I hope you enjoyed my creations!  Now it’s time to head to Dawn Olchefske’s blog and check out what she has for us!  Enjoy the tour!








CCMC402 Happy Thoughts

Remember how I said I loved last week’s sketch?  Well, it’s back combined with this week’s Create with Connie and Mary color challenge!  It’s another fun, easy card!



















Stamp Sets:  Apple of My Eye, All Boxed Up

Ink:  Soft Suede, Lost Lagoon, Mint Macaron, Memento Black

Paper:  Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Lost Lagoon, Pretty Petals DSP stack, silver glimmer

Accessories:  dimensionals, rhinestones

I really love how this turned out!  In retrospect, I should have used a sliver of Soft Suede where the silver glimmer paper is, but it didn’t look as nice when I tried it…sort of “blah”, so I stuck with the silver!  Can’t wait to send this off to brighten someone’s day!  Now you head over to Create with Connie and Mary and try this combo!


CCMC401 You’re Sweet

It’s sketch week at Create with Connie and Mary.  I really loved this sketch!  I can’t wait to make more cards using this layout!  I also really love the Apple of My Eye stamp set.  Not sure why…I just do!  It’s a great set for creating a fast card…no coloring required…just stamp and mail!  With my busy schedules, maybe that’s why this set appeals to me.  I had an idea pop into my head and I was just hoping it would come out of my brain as I pictured it and IT DID!  I really love the colors in the Farmer’s Market DSP…some of the patterns are a little much for me, but the colors are so yummy!  I think the stamp set and papers compliment each other nicely!



















Stamp Sets:  Apple of My Eye, All Boxed Up

Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Tip Top Taupe

Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Tip Top Taupe, Farmer’s Market DSP

Accessories:  dimensionals, rhinestones, corner rounder

This is a plum, not an apple.  You know how plums have funky spotty colors sometimes?  I created the same spotty colors on my paper plum!  How’d I do that?  Ink up your fruit.  Spritz it with Stampin’ Mist lightly.  Stamp onto your card stock!  The Stampin’ Mist makes the ink bleed a little creating the fun blemished look!  That’s it!  Easy!

Now you head over to Create with Connie and Mary and try your luck at this sketch!  Since I love it so much, I can’t wait to see what you do with it!


CCMC400 You’re in my Thoughts

It’s color challenge week at Create with Connie and Mary.   It’s a nice one!  At first I was thinking masculine, but then I wanted to play with the In The Meadow stamp set from the Occasions Catalog just a little bit more.  I LOVE this stamp set and really hope it makes it to the next catalog…so versatile!  I needed a card that told someone who was going through a rough patch, that I was thinking of her and hoping things would be better soon.  This fit the bill:















Stamp Sets:  Watercolor Wishes (greeting), In The Meadow

Ink:  Sahara Sand, Delightful Dijon, Lost Lagoon

Paper:  same as ink plus watercolor paper, Going Places DSP

Accessories:  Delightful Dijon Dotted Lace trim, blender pen

I hope you liked this card!  I feel like I just might be coming out of my funk just a little bit!  You let me know how I’m doing, ok?!  Now go have fun with this color combo!  Can’t wait to see what you do!

As a side note, I have been a designer with Create with Connie and Mary for quite some time now.  I remember applying for a spot on the team.  Nervous I wasn’t good enough!  This is my 300th card I have made for the design team over the years!  That’s one card a week for 300 weeks!  (I think I started at #100 if I remember right.)  Just a little trivia!  I really love being on this team and I respect Connie and Mary so much!  Not only are they fabulous stampers, but they are my friends!  So, here’s a shout out to Connie Babbert and Mary Brown!  Thanks for choosing me!  I love creating for you and I hope you will continue to keep me around!


CCMC399 Happy Birthday

It’s sketch week at Create with Connie and Mary.   I’m still dealing with a little bit of stampy block!  I really am hoping this is just a phase and that I haven’t lost my love of stamping!  I just can’t seem to get my groove back!  It takes SO long for me to create one card!  I guess perhaps I need to participate in more challenges so I keep fresh!  Send me an invite to your challenge if you hostess one!

My daughter has a birthday next month.  She loves pink!  So I took my inspiration for the colors of this card from the It’s My Party DSP stack.  She also likes to “party” (not to be confused with drinking partying) and have fun, so I thought a fun bright card using the new Party Pants Sale-A-Bration set would also be fitting!  Here’s my creation:




















Stamp Sets:  Number of Years, Party Pants

Ink:  Memento Black, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry

Paper:  Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Mint Macaron, Crushed Curry, It’s My Party DSP, Whisper White

Accessories:  Dimensionals, Star framelits, 2.5″ circle punch, It’s My Party Enamel Dots, Large Numbers Framelits, Decorative Label punch

The sketch is for a square card, but I just don’t like to use that size…hard to mail with empty envelope on the one end.  Also, I needed more space for my elements.  Now a confession…I dropped  one of the elements on the Melon Mambo star paper and it stuck down!  (gasp!)  And it stuck down good because I then put my arm on it before I could react quickly.  Dang!  It made a mark on the card and it was after I had it all together…I didn’t want to start over!  So…I am leaving it!  (another gasp!)  I feel like my days are so busy and I just can’t get enough done, let alone trying to remake a card!  I’m really upset, but I’m sure my daughter won’t mind!  Made with love…including the blemishes!

Now you head over to Create with Connie and Mary and try your luck at the sketch!  Have fun!