CCMC408 One Good Thing

It’s color combo week at Create with Connie and Mary!  And, it’s week 4 of my theme of retired products for cards.  This card has several items rolled into it!

At first when I saw these colors, I thought ‘baby’, but I could not get an idea to work out.  Then ice cream popped into my head…whether it is because I’m always on a perpetual diet and can’t have it or because of the color combo…I don’t know!  Either way, I’m sharing some calorie FREE ice cream with you today!






Stamp Set:  Sprinkles of Life

Ink:  Blushing Bride, So Saffron, Mint Macaron, Memento Black

Paper:  Same as ink plus Whisper White, Birthday Bouquet DSP

Accessories:  Candy Dots, Blushing Bride 1/4″ Cotton ribbon, Mint Macaron 1″ Dotted Lace trim, rhinestone, Dimensionals







I thought the Sprinkles of Life stamp set would retire also…it is the Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set from last year’s catalog.  Such a cute set with matching punch!  BUT…(spoiler alert!) it will be returning!  I’m really happy since it is a wonderful set!

Hope you enjoyed my card!  Doesn’t this ice cream cone look  yummy?!  You can thank me now for NOT sabotaging YOUR diet!  Leave me a comment and then head over and show me what you created for the Create with Connie and Mary challenge!


CCMC407 Birthday Bloom

It’s time for another sketch challenge brought to you by Create with Connie and Mary!

I created this card a little bit before the retired list came out as well.  I was guessing Bountiful Border would retire…I really like this set, but there are not many samples with it.  I guessed correctly and we will be saying goodbye to it!  I am a little sad about the Something to Say stamp set retiring…it is my favorite “go to”  Happy Birthday sentiment!  Perfect size for any card!





Stamp Sets:  Bountiful Border, Something to Say

Ink:  Watermelon Wonder, Old Olive, Memento Black

Paper:  Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Pretty Petals DSP

Accessories:  Dimensionals










I stamped the large blossom three times and fussy cut two of them into smaller layers.  I did not want the card to be too bulky, so I used glue dots to raise two of the trimmed pieces and then the Dimensionals are under the whole flower.  Not really visible in my photo, but wanted you to know there is some dimension to this blossom.  The stem is a strip of card stock and the leaves were fussy cut out.  I think this is a clean, bright and fun card!  Hope you enjoyed it!  Now you head over and show me what you can do with this sketch!


CCMC406 With Sympathy

It’s time for another Create with Connie and Mary color challenge.  This one had me scratching my head!  Very drab colors.  Nothing exciting here…very earthy, masculine.  I was puzzled for a bit.  But, as always happens, I got an idea.  My theme was to focus on retiring products this month…well, (confessing again) I really thought the In The Meadow stamp set would retire.  It seems that every REALLY GOOD masculine set that comes out retires very quickly.  I loved this set from the Occasions catalog and just figured we’d be saying goodbye, but alas, it stays!  Yay for me!  Love this set!





Stamp Sets:  In The Meadow, Rose Wonder

Ink:  Crumb Cake, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate

Paper:  Basic Gray, Crumb Cake, Whisper White

Accessories:  Dimensionals, Candy Dots, Sponge Daubers



You may be asking yourself, “Where is the Smoky Slate?”  Well, it’s there!  The deer were first stamped onto the white card stock.  I then shaded the deer with the Smoky Slate using the Aquapainter.  Then I went over the top with the Crumb Cake to color the deer in all the other places.  Then I took the sponge dauber and sponged all over the white paper with the Crumb Cake and Smoky Slate to give a sort of a misty morning or foggy evening sort of a look going over the deer a third time with the sponges. You can’t see it here, but the white paper got sort of ruffed up with the watercoloring and the sponging in the area of the deer, so the deer actually look sort of “furry”.  I do not recommend Whisper White paper for watercoloring for this very reason, but it worked in my favor here!  I’ve got furry deer!

I did stick with my theme…there is ONE (easy counting here), ONE Candy Dot on this card and they are retiring, so the theme continues!  I am really really sad about the Candy Dots…I LOVE them!  I don’t need other shapes/sizes…they were perfect!  Loved the matte finish and the size was perfect.  I know I’ll get over it, but these were great additions to ANY card!  (sniff, sniff)  Oh well, I just have to learn to love the new replacement, I guess…

Hope you enjoyed my card!  Please leave a comment!  Now go try your luck at this combo over at Create with Connie and Mary!


CCMC405 Vintage Birthday

It’s time for another Create with Connie and Mary sketch challenge!  (See the sketch at the bottom of this post.)

Last month, I decided to focus on a theme or stamp set for the month to try to get better use of my products.  Since the retirement list just came out for Stampin’ Up, this month I am focusing on retiring products.

My card for this week uses several retiring products:  Everything Eleanor and Something to Say stamp sets, Candy Dots, Venetian Lace trim, and the Timeless Elegance DSP.




Stamp Sets:  Everything Eleanor, Something to Say

Ink:  Memento Black, Real Red, Basic Gray

Paper:  Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Timeless Elegance DSP, Real Red

Accessories:  Venetian Lace trim, Candy Dots, Pearls, Dimensionals



Confession…I actually made this card BEFORE the list came out…so I guessed correctly!  So, it’s goodbye to Eleanor (and to you for this week)!  Hope you enjoyed my card!  Please leave me your comments!

Now it’s your turn!  Have some fun with this sketch at Create with Connie and Mary!


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!