CCMC421 Life’s a Journey

Welcome to sketch week at Create with Connie and Mary!  I have to admit, I was stumped at first.  I like stamped images and this sketch seemed to be asking for DSP.  I prefer to use stamps…you spend all that money on them…you need to use them!  I wanted to figure out how to incorporate them both (stamps and paper).  We ride motorcycle with a group of people.  And, these people have birthdays…yes, it’s true!  Us motorcycle folks are regular people…not the scary people some think we are!  I am always needing a good motorcycle birthday card.  When I saw the One Wild Ride stamp set in the catalog, it was at the top of my list of things to get!  Here’s this week’s creation:







Stamp Set:  One wild Ride

Ink:  Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Real Red

Paper:  Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White, Silver Foil, Real Red pattern

Accessories:  Layering Circles framelits, Best Badge punch, Sparkle embossing folder







You might be asking how I got the starburst shaped circle framelits.  I did not cheat and use the old Starburst framelits…although that did come to mind!  I used the Layering Circles.  You have to make two cuts…the second one off-set from the first and you get a starburst!  Not perfect, but it works!  And I’m not using contraband!  LOL!  I used red as my accent color because that’s what color my husband’s bike is (black/red) and this will be his birthday card in January of 2017!  Can’t wait to give it to him!  Now you head over to Create with Connie and Mary and try your luck with the sketch!


CCMC420 Missing You

Welcome to this week’s Create with Connie and Mary Thursday color challenge!

Now, the first thing that came to mind with these colors was the Foxy Friends suite.  BUT, I wanted to be different and NOT use that suite.  It took me a bit, but then I had a thought!  Sometimes these things work out in my head and sometimes they don’t…this one did!  I don’t often needs “Miss You” cards, but I like to have a few on hand for those rare occasions when I do.  So, here’s where I went this week:






Stamp Sets:  Places  You’ll Go, Gorgeous Grunge

Ink:  Memento Black, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Calypso Coral

Paper:  Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, A Little Foxy DSP

Accessories:  Calypso Coral enamel shapes, Dimensionals, sponge dauber








I thought the splatters from the grunge set looked like land masses on my globe.  I think it gives the globe a very trendy, fun look!  I took this photo on a cloudy day and seemed to make the Pool Party color wash out the whole photo!  But you get the idea!  Hope you liked my simple card!  I had fun making it!  Now you head over to Create with Connie and Mary and try this combo!


CCMC419 I Love You

Welcome to another sketch challenge brought to you by Create with Connie and Mary!  This week’s sketch challenge was a challenge!  I did not care for the sketch at all!  I sat and stared at it for at least two weeks before I even had any idea what to do.  I emailed a couple of past design team members to pick their brain about which direction they would go!  They agreed that it was a tough one!  So, I kept putting it off!  I feel like this turned out “okay”, but not fabulous.  I guess I’ll have to go off of what you all think because I feel like this entire challenge just proves that I am still a stamp beginner even though I’ve been at this for 16 years!  Ha!






Stamp Sets:  Flourishing Phrases, Foxy Friends

Ink:  Memento Black, Melon Mambo

Paper:  Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White, Pop of Pink Specialty DSP

Accessories:  Dimensionals, Sweet & Sassy framelits, Fox Builder punch








I am really interested in what everyone else does!  I’m hoping you will help me to like this sketch and see some different uses for it!  I’m hoping for some creative ideas that venture out beyond snippets of DSP!  So you need to head over to Create with Connie and Mary and get busy!


CCMC418 In My Thoughts

Hello and welcome to another Create with Connie and Mary color challenge!

This card is not a new idea.  We’ve all seen it somewhere, but I tried to change a few things to make it my own.  I changed colors…haven’t seen it done in this color scheme yet.  I changed ribbons from other cards I have seen.  And, I used an enamel shape rather than rhinestones or petals from the flower.  I love the new Thoughtful Branches bundle that is only available this month!  (Why is the good stuff retired so quickly sometimes?!)  I’m sorry it’s not more original, but it is what came to me at this busy time!  As you read this I will be frantically packing for our annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally vacation!  I have to fit several days worth of clothing and etc. into a small suitcase that rides on the back of my husband’s bike…always a challenge, but I look forward to it each year!







Stamp Set:  Thoughtful Branches

Ink:  Sweet Sugarplum, Memento Black

Paper:  Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White, Mint Macaron

Accessories:  Wink of Stella, Beautiful Branches Thinlits, Brights Enamel shapes, Mint Macaron Linen ribbon







The flower is coated with Wink of Stella…so shimmery!  The ribbon is tied in a fork bow…if you need instructions on that, just type “fork bow” into You Tube and there are plenty of videos showing how to do it.  Don’t you just love it?!  Now head over to Create with Connie and Mary and try your luck at the combo!  Can’t wait to see all the fun ideas!


CCMC417 Pop of Happy Birthday

After last week’s card, I was ready for something simple!  This week’s Create with Connie and Mary sketch was an easy one…washi tape here I come!  It started out fine…some washi tape and I was done.  Well, then I needed to add a little something to give the card some oomph!  Out came the flourish thinlits.  Then, the black die cut kind of got lost on the front, so Wink of Stella to the rescue!  LOVE how this turned out EXCEPT for a couple of mistakes!  First, be sure to color your thinlit BEFORE you adhere it to your card!  It was a bit tedious trying to do it afterwards.  Second, do not, I repeat, DO NOT shake your Wink of Stella (WOS) over your project!  My clear WOS does not drip, but my gold one does…go figure!  Oh well, I decided in the end I rather liked it (and it was going to be a royal pain to redo).  The card was very formal and I thought the blobs of WOS gave it sort of an artsy edge.  Hope you like it!







Stamp Set:  Sweet Cupcake

Ink:  Memento Black

Paper:  Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Gold Foil

Accessories:  Pop of Pink Washi Tape, Flourish thinlits, Gold Wink of Stella








That’s it!  Super simple.  Very few supplies and right up my alley during this busy week!  Now you head over to Create with Connie and Mary and give this sketch a try!  I love to see new ideas!


CCMC416 Best Fishes

Welcome to color challenge week at Create with Connie and Mary.  When I saw these colors, I thought they looked sort of “beachy”, so I grabbed my Seaside  Shore stamp set and began working.  I wanted to make a shaker card with some sand.  This is funny…I just cleaned my stamp room and threw away a container of sand…yep…in the trash.  Trash man came and took it away and now I need it!  Not too bright.  It looked like Hobby Lobby sold little bags of sand so I ran over to pick some up.  Nope…every color of sand imaginable, but not sand colored sand…go figure!  Our boat is broke down, so we aren’t going to lake for a while…DARN!  Then I remembered the sand volleyball pits at the lake small pond/man-made lake by my house.  I walked the dogs over, grabbed a baggie full of sand and came back to finish the card!  Story of my life!  LOL!


Stamp Sets:  Seaside Shore, Jar of Love, Touches of Texture

Ink:  Mint Macaron, Dapper Denim, Tip Top Taupe

Paper:  Same as ink plus watercolor paper, By the Shore DSP

Accessories:  sand, foam adhesive strips, window sheets, Very Vanilla thick Baker’s twine, blender pen, Seaside embossing folder, glue dots


I wanted to put some little shells in with the sand, but couldn’t find any small enough.  To solve that problem, I noticed that in the Touches of Texture set, there is a small flower.  It’ looked like a sand dollar, so I stamped it and punched it out and threw it in the sand!  They roll around in there and sometimes get caught not he seaweed, but they worked out great!  There’s one hiding in the far right corner buried in the sand that I wish I had uncovered for the photograph.  I’m sad I forgot to put the air bubbles coming out of the fish’s mouth…but had it all glued down before I realized this..too late!  Oh well!  This card took quite a while to make and it won’t be post office friendly, so it’s one of those that you give to someone in person, but lots of fun and I think I will give it to my brother the fisherman!  He’ll have fun opening it!

Now you head over to Create with Connie and Mary and see what you can do with this combo!


Tour de Freaks July…Fun & Fancy Free!


Hello and welcome to the July Tour de Freaks brought to you by the Control Freak Stampers!  You have either just arrived here from LeeAnn Greff’s blog or are a regular subscriber…however you got here, I’m glad you came and I promise you won’t be disappointed!

This month’s theme was “Fun & Fancy Free”…or basically…anything goes!  Last month, I posted some cards that I had made in May using a tutorial I purchased from Chat Wszelaki.  She had used Grateful Bunch, but I adapted it to Love & Affection.  I posted two cards last month and am sharing the other two cards this month.  I hope you will enjoy them.  I had a lot of fun making them using the fun new items from the catalog.

My first card is a card I was going to use for a swap, but I had a vacation scheduled and then had to pick up some mandatory overtime at work and there was not time to stamp or even PLAY in my stamp room!  I was so sad because I wanted to play with my new things so badly!  I had made this set of cards in May and decided I would save them for the upcoming blog tours and I shared the swap virtually with all my friends with my apologies.






Stamp Set:  Love & Affection

Ink:  Cucumber Crush, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Night of Navy

Paper:  Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White, Affectionately Yours Specialty DSP

Accessories:  Flirty Flamingo Ruched ribbon, Dimensionals, Blender pen, Softly Falling Embossing folder







My second card uses all the same ink and papers.  The only difference is the ribbon.



Stamp Set:  Love & Affection

Ink:  Cucumber Crush, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Night of Navy

Paper:  Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White, Affectionately Yours Specialty DSP

Accessories:  White Organza ribbon, Dimensionals, Blender pen


That’s it for me this month!  Hope you enjoyed my creations as much as I enjoyed making them!  Now it is time to head over to Kelly Acheson’s blog and enjoy her creativity!