CCMC392 Love

It’s color challenge week at Create with Connie and Mary.  It’s February…and Valentine’s Day is coming up…so it seemed only natural to make a Valentine!




















Stamp set:  Snuggles and Smooches (photopolymer available while supplies last)

Ink:  Rose Red

Paper:  Rose Red, Whisper White, Love Blooms DSP stack

Accessories:  Love Blooms Embellishment kit, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Sweetheart punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch pack, Memories in the Making Project Life Specialty Card Collection (Sale-A-Bration Brochure), Linen Thread

I wanted to do something different with a minimum of stamping.  Something fun.  I think this turned out very well and I am pleased with it!  Can’t wait to send it off to someone special!  Now you head over to Create with Connie and Mary and give this combo a try!  I always am inspired by you!



CCMC391 Just a Note

It’s sketch week at Create with Connie and Mary.  It’s a fun one!  I knew instantly what I was doing with this one!



















Stamp Sets:  Botanical Blooms, Picture Perfect

Ink:  Memento Black, Pear Pizazz, Mellow Moss

Paper:  Hello Honey, Cajun Craze, Mint Macaron, Basic Black, Old Olive, Botanical Gardens DSP

Accessories:  Botanical Builder Framelits, rhinestones, Iced Rhinestone Embellishments, Metallics Sequin asst.

This was so fun to make.  If there weren’t so many pieces, I would do this for a class, but I might be crazy by the time I got all the pieces cut out for class…not very duplicatable, but definitely beautiful!  Now you head over to Create with Connie and Mary and see what you can do with this sketch!  Love the inspiration I get from all of you!


CCMC390 Hang In There

It’s color challenge week at Create with Connie and Mary.  I must admit, this one threw me for a loop!  I ended up finishing all my projects for the month and coming back to this color combo.  I really did NOT know what I would do!  You would think these would be easy colors to work with, but they are not.  After lots of surfing for ideas and looking through catalogs at other cards, I finally came up with this…and…I like it!  It uses one of the fun new Sale-A-Bration (SAB) stamp sets that is available free with any $50 product order.




















Stamp Set:  Honeycomb Happiness

Ink:  Black StazOn, Real Red, Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Pumpkin Pie marker

Paper:  Real Red, Lost Lagoon, Watercolor paper, Hello Honey, Botanical Gardens DSP

Accessories:  Berry Basket Bigz die (scalloped edge), Dimensionals, 14-16 In Color Washi tape, Aquapainter

I thought this cute little chick would be just the thing to brighten someone’s day if they were going through a rough time.  I don’t have just the person in mind yet (thankfully), but when I do…this is going in the mail!  Now you head over to Create with Connie and Mary and have some fun with this combo!


CCMC389 Botanical Birthday Greetings

It’s sketch week at Create with Connie and Mary.  It’s January and it’s cold and sort of gloomy, so I wanted to do something bright.  I also wanted to play with my new things some more.  So…this is the result!















Stamp Sets:  Botanical Blooms, Perfect Pairings (SAB)

Ink:  Pear Pizazz, Mossy Meadow, Memento Black, Hello Honey

Paper:  Hello Honey, Basic Black, Botanical Gardens DSP, Old Olive

Accessories:  Botanical Builder Framelits, Iced Rhinestone Embellishments

I’m really loving this new Botanical Suite!  At first, I was sort of perplexed by the black in the DSP, but once I began using it, I started to love it!  The Framelits are so fun!  I highly recommend these products!

Now you head over and create something using this sketch!  Can’t wait to see what you do!



CCMC388 Just the Nicest

It’s color challenge week at Create with Connie and Mary.  I really like these colors by themselves, but wasn’t sure what to do with them combined.  I just received my new stamping goodies for the Occasions catalog and after a bit of pondering, an idea came to me…and I ended up falling in LOVE with the colors, the stamp set I used and the Designer Series paper!  I was actually inspired!















Stamp Set:  Picture Perfect

Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Pear Pizzazz, Blackberry Bliss, Memento Black

Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Pear Pizazz, Wildflower Fields DSP (SAB), Vellum, Whisper White

Accessories:  paper piercer and mat, Dimensionals

This is a card I will be sharing with my group of stampers!  Very fun to make…LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the hummingbird!  I can see that little bird done up in all sorts of colors!  Now you head over to Create with Connie and Mary and try your luck!  Can’t wait to see your creations!


CCMC387 Happy New Year!

It’s sketch week at Create with Connie and Mary…AND it’s the last day of 2015!  I hope you enjoy your evening and be safe!  With any luck, I’ll be out in the Black Hills of South Dakota doing some snowmobiling!  Happy New Year!

I did it again…I loved the color challenge for last week’s card so much that I combined it again with this week’s sketch!  I might do this more often!  After all, you have all the stuff out… you might as well, right?!



















Stamp Set:  Six Sayings (hostess)

Ink:  Memento Black

Paper:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Winter Wonderland Specialty DSP, Neutrals Color Collection

Accessories:  Basic Black 3/8″ Stitched Satin ribbon, Silver Metallic Foil doily, Softly Falling embossing folder, 1-3/4″ circle punch, Dimensionals

Head over to Create with Connie and Mary to try your luck at this sketch!


Tour de Freaks…Sneak Peek! Introducing the Occasions Mini Catalog! FMS217


Hello and welcome to the Tour de Freaks!  You are either a regular subscriber or have just arrived here from Wendy Weixler’s wonderful blog post…or should I say Wickedly Wonderful?!  Didn’t she have some fabulous ideas?!  That’s why I love this group so much…always inspired!  I have not done a blog tour in so long!  I had some extra time this month…I know, shut up!  Who has extra time during the holidays?!  Well, I was ahead of schedule with my shopping and my swaps and it just worked out!  So, I’m touring this month!

There are so many wonderful things in the new Occasions Mini catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochures!  It was so hard to decide what to get!  One little stamp that stood out, though, was the STINKIN’ cute little lamb on pg. 24 kind of tucked in there with a bunch of other stamps.  I fell in love immediately and had to have it!  I figured you could do Easter, baby or spring.

My first card is my swap card for Control Freaks…so this is a sneak peek for all my freaky friends in the swap! If you don’t want to have things spoiled, DON’T LOOK!  I had this idea that the lamb would look great stamped on Crumb Cake paper and then colored in with the chalk marker…I was right!  I also wanted to add just a little shimmer/shine, so I added some of the Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush over the top of the lamb.  I could not get that to photo, but you can see it in real life and it adds just a fun POP of shimmer to the lamb’s fleece.  I kept things simple because I wanted the lamb to take center stage and not be outdone by busy DSP or other embellishments.  Here’s my swap:






Stamp Set:  Easter Lamb

Ink:  Black StazOn, Memento Black, Markers:  Chalk, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Basic Gray, Wild Wasabi

Paper:  Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Love Blossoms DSP

Accessories:  Updated Essentials Paper Piercing Template, Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush, Dimensionals, Pearls, Banners Framelits, 2-1/2″ Circle punch






I needed a baby girl card next.  So I just kept right on going with the Easter Lamb and chose some feminine DSP, some shimmer from Stella and a little lace to dress it up.  I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #217 to create this fun little card!




Stamp Sets:  Easter Lamb, A Dozen Thoughts

Ink:  Black StazOn, Memento Black, Markers:  Chalk, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Basic Gray, Mint Macaron

Paper:  Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron, Birthday Bouquet DSP, Basic Gray, Crumb Cake

Accessories:  Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush, Mint Macaron 1″ Dotted Lace, Dimensionals








You want the lamb now, don’t you!?  See, I told you…he is SO CUTE!  I can’t wait to make more cards using this little fella!  But, now it is time to head to the next blog and see what Heidi Baks has in store for you!  I’m sure it’ll be good!






FMS Final 217-001