Thursday, December 27, 2012

Oh, Hello!

Hello there!  Today's Stampin' Royalty goddess card comes a day late.  We pushed back the day to give us all a little extra time with our families.  This week's challenge is a sketch challenge, so grab your supplies and head on over to the Stampin' Royalty to link it up.


This is a great sketch!  A sketch challenge takes all of the hard work out, you simply pick and choose your elements and your done!

This card has more brand new items that will be available right around the corner.  This great sentiment is from the Oh, Hello stamp set.  This stamp set is also available as a bundle with the oval framelits for added discount.  I have used this bundle a ton since I received it.

New paper anyone?  This new DSP is called Tea For Two, and it has a wonderful vintage feel.  The patterns are great for mix and matching.

I had to dust off my calypso coral card stock, I haven't used it a while, the arrow stamp from the Oh, Hello stamp set was stamped in versamark for a tone on tone look.  Lucky Limeade bakers twine adds a cute bow, and a pretty butterfly was punched with the elegant butterfly punch.

The new little Pretty Petites stamp set and Petite curly label punch can be yours free with a qualifying Sale-a-bration purchase starting on January 22.

Do you ever make a card that you just absolutely love?  This has to be one of my all time favorites.  I really love all of the layers.  I might have to hoard this one, I really considered saving it for the next artisan award competition, but then I would've had to make a second one for this post and my heart really wasn't into it. 

What do you think?  I am very happy with the new products that we are offering in the upcoming Mini Catalog.  Hopefully you have received your copy already, what are your new favorites?  I love to read your comments, I am truly honored that y'all come back day after day!

I hope you were inspired today, enjoy!

Stamps:  Oh, Hello, Pretty Petites
Paper:  Tea for Two DSP, calypso coral, island indigo, naturals ivory card stock
Ink:  Versa mark, early espresso
Tools:  Big shot, ovals framelits, decorative label punch, elegant butterfly punch, petite curly label punch, lucky limeade bakers twine, corner rounder punch, basic pearls

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas to All

I hope you all are enjoying your Christmas, we are!  I want to thank all of my loyal blog followers for stopping by to see me when I post, you all are truly amazing!

This was my Christmas card that I mailed out to family and friends.  They were inspired my "boss" Mary Fish.  She created a card very similar to this one way back in October, and I just loved it.  When thinking about a great quick card that was easy to mail, this one seemed perfect.  This is my Ode to her.  Mary is truly a great mentor!

Enjoy the rest of your holiday!  Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

A Birthmas Card

Come join the Pals Paper Arts with our last challenge of 2012!  It's a fabulous sketch from Margaret Moody. Just create your card using your favorite products and link up!  Then get ready for a wonderful new look, some fantastic sketches and brilliant color combinations in 2013! Can't wait to see you play at PPA!


Here is a peek of the new FREE sale-a-bration DSP Sycamore Street.  I love this fun fresh color palette, the patterns are so trendy.  This sketch was just perfect to showcase this great new paper.

So how do you get this great FREE paper?  Sale-a-bration starts on January 22 and runs through March 22, any order $50 or more is eligible for a free item from the SAB catalog!  It's the most fabulous time of the Stampin' Up year!

The Daydream Medallion stamp set coordinates beautifully with this paper, as well as the matching floral frames framelits.  Two were stamped and cut out to achieve this effect, just off-set the flower and you have an instant background.  I love the Beautiful Birthday stamp, it adds just the perfect touch.

Summer starfruit ribbon ties it all together!

This very special Birthday card was sent to my wonderful cousin Catherine to celebrate her December birthday, which she calls a Birthmas!  We both share close to Christmas birthdays, hers on the 19th and mine being on the 28th.  She had a wonderful day, and will be having a great time at Disney's Very Merry Christmas party tonight, so lucky!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Beautiful Birthday, Daydream Medallions
Paper:  Sycamore Street DSP, summer starfruit, rich razzleberry, pool party card stock
Ink:  Pool Party, Rich Razzleberry
Tools:  Big Shot, floral frames framelits, summer starfruit satin ribbon, basic rhinestones

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Colorful Thanks!

Hello there!  Today's card is full of sneak peeks from the new Spring Mini Catalog.  It is also this week's goddess challenge card for the Stampin' Royalty.  This week's challenge is a color challenge, so take a look at the colors, grab your supplies and head on over to Stampin' Royalty to link up your fabulous creation.



Just about on the first page of the new mini is a card made using this great new embossing folder, called Honeycomb.  I love the hexagons, and to now have a embossing folder with them is wonderful.  On the sample and here, the base was embossed, then strips of DSP were embossed and cut out and randomly glued on.  I love this look, I changed up the DSP though to match my colors.

Here are some more great new products.  Just like the Holiday Mini, the new mini has bundles.  These hearts are from the Hearts a Flutter bundle, which includes a stamp set and framelits.  The oval die cut, matching stamp, and the thanks sentiment is from the Oh Hello bundle which has the ovals collection framelits and the Oh Hello stamp set.
I hope you enjoyed this card today, I will put in in my thank you card stash for one of my wonderful customers.  Today is a very special day, it is my cousin Catherine's Birthmas!  Her and I share December birthdays, they are both so close to Christmas, we call them Birthmas.  Her card will be shown tomorrow for my PPA sketch challenge card, so stop back by and take a look.  I hope you were inspired today, enjoy!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas Royalty

Hello there!  Welcome to this week's Stampin' Royalty challenge post.  This week's challenge is very simple, any Christmas themed item will work, so there is really no excuse not to play along.  Grab your supplies and link your project up, I can't wait to see what you come up with.

My project is decorating a plain craft gift bag.  This bag is about 8x10, so it is a good size.  I went to my beautiful Candlelight Christmas SDSP to jazz up this bag.  I am also showing you a sneak peek item from the new spring mini catalog.

Here is the sneak peek, wonderful oval framelits.  I have really been wanting oval shapes and SU has delivered!  The largest oval is a scallop oval, which is beautiful, I gave it a little boost by embossing it with the lacy brocade embossing folder.  A snow flurry bigz die cut in the champagne glimmer paper adds some bling.  The sentiment stamped from the Greetings of the Season Stamp set is just perfect.

Flag cut ends decorate the right side of the bag, they stick out a little, but since this is a gift bag, it's ok, and it adds a great element to the bag.  Large scallop edgelits help anchor the DSP.  A bit of victoria crochet trim adds some softness.

A loop on the early espresso DSP adds another element, you can see both sides of the paper, just lovely.

I have seen many decorated gift bags, you really just make it like a card, but bigger.  Now that I have the design done, recreating it will be quick.  I love how it turned out, I think I will always decorate these bags instead of buying a premade one (as long as there is time, lol).

Note to self though, do not get caught up in looking and wanting to play with all of the new spring catalog items when Christmas cards are NOT done!!  I kept getting distracted with new ideas.  Check back though, for more sneak peeks of terrific new items.

Thanks for stopping by today, let me know if you have any questions, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Greetings of the Season
Paper:  Candlelight Christmas SDSP, early espresso, lucky limeade, cherry cobbler, champagne glimmer paper
Ink:  Early Espresso
Tools:  Big Shot, lacy brocade EF, Oval framelits, large scallop edgelit, snow flurry bigz die, victoria crochet trim, large basic pearl.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas in the Heart

Hello there!  It's time for another beautiful color challenge over at Pals Paper Arts. Use these classic holiday colors to create a fabulous card or project and link up to the Pals Paper Arts blog on Thursday, November 29th!  It's the last PPA Color Challenge of the year, so you'll definitely want to join in! Can't wait to see what you create!

This Heart of Christmas single stamp 128129 is perfect for a focal point, and at $8.95, you can get a lot of punch for a great price.  I made my own scallop rectangle out of the scallop square bigz clear die by only cutting a half, the putting the cut part back into the die on the uncut side to get a rectangle.

My DSP picks are a combo, the always artichoke from the regals designer paper pack, and the crumb cake piece from Comfort Cafe.

I wanted something else along the bottom, and after trying a few ribbons that were too wide, I decided to twist my cherry cobbler and crumb cake seam binding ribbon and braid it with some twisted victoria crochet trim.  I think it is my favorite part of the card.

Two die cuts from the snow flurry bigz die make this pretty flower/snowflake.  A pretty vintage faceted button was tied with cherry cobbler baker's twine, for that perfect touch.

This card got high praise from Mackie, she really liked it.  It is a simple card with a great impact.  Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Heart of Christmas
Paper:  Regals paper pack, Comfort Cafe DSP, cherry cobbler and naturals ivory card stock
Ink:  Cherry cobbler, always artichoke, crumb cake stampin write markers
Tools:  Big shot, snow flurry bigz die, scallop square bigz die, cherry cobbler and crumb cake seam binding ribbon, victoria crochet trim, vintage faceted buttons, cherry cobbler bakers twine

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Pretty Provisions for the Home: Festival of Trees

Hello there!  It's Wednesday and time for my Stampin' Royalty Goddess project.  This week's challenge is a photo challenge.  Take a look at this gorgeous picture, grab your supplies and head on over to Stampin' Royalty to link up your creation.

I love this picture, so pretty and festive!  I love Christmas trees, so when I came across this great blog Landee See on how to make paper trees, I started right to work.  I am not going to recreate the tutorial, since she did a fabulous job of it.  Click HERE to see it.

I made five trees in all, three big and two small using the beautiful Candlelight Christmas SDSP.  I found my wood pieces at the big craft stores, painted them a color close to very vanilla and set to work folding and assembling.

I used five circles on the big trees, here are the sizes of the circles: 6 inch, 5 inch, 4 inch, 3 inch, and a 2 inch.  I used my retired circle cutter, which was perfect.

Here is one of the smaller trees, these circles are a 5, 4, and 3 inches.
I punched a bunch of SU packaging material with my large scallop punch and used it as vase filler in the bottom of the trees, you can see the scallops peeking out.
A banner made with the Greetings of the Season stamp set was then stamped with the music notes wheel with crumb cake ink.  All of the pots on the bottom have a ribbon accent, either the real red stitched grosgrain ribbon or the 1/8 taffeta ribbon.
I really did not want to decorate the trees too much, I really like the CAS look. These trees are grouped together on my hall table. They are pretty sturdy, I found that out because Tate decided to play with them when I was not looking.
Mackie took this picture of Tate in front of our tree, he is really getting into the Christmas Holidays, and enjoying all of the Christmas decorations.
Here is Tate's partner in crime, Paisley.  Between both of them, I really do not get anything done at all during the day.  I love them both, but I am really happy when Mackie and Chris get home to give me a hand.
Thanks so much for stopping by today, if you have any questions or comments, let me know!  I love reading your comments, they make my day.  I hope you are inspired, enjoy!
Stamps:  Greeting of the Season, Music Notes wheel
Paper:  Candlelight Christmas SDSP, Very Vanilla card stock
Ink:  Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Tools:  Circle cutter, ribbon, baker's twine, jingle bells, bone folder, wooden accessories, scallop punch.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Two Great New Bundles!

Around the holidays, people are always looking for cute ways to package little treats and gifts for co-workers, teachers, neighbors, and friends. At 20% savings, holiday packaging bundles are an affordable and adorable solution. Simply add a treat or gift and assemble.

Here are the details:

Available November 29-January 2.
Trimmings & Tags Bundle
Item 132769
$13.50 (a $16.85 value)
  • Gusseted Cellophane Bags (25 bags; 5" x 3" x 11-1/2")
  • Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags (25 double-sided tags; 4-1/2" x 3-1/8")
  • Cherry Cobbler 1/4" Sweater Trim (10 yards)
Petite Treats Bundle
Item 132770
$13.50 (a $16.85 value)
  • Glassine Bags with die-cut edges (10 bags; 3" x 5" x 1-1/2")
  • Handmade Holidays Stitched Felt (8 pieces)
  • Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon (10 yards)
Order now at my ONLINE STORE to get these great kits in time for gift giving!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Christmas Good Cheer

Hello there!  Today's post is my goddess post for this week's Stampin' Royalty challenge.  The challenge is Tags.  I have been using a lot of tags lately, they have become trendy again!  Go create a wonderful item that either is a tag, or has a tag on it, and head on over to Stampin' Royalty to link it up.

Check out this awesome tag.  It is a FREE MDS download!  Head on over to my ONLINE STORE to download it today.  The item number is 132810.  It actually comes in white with black writing, but I wanted to recreate the chalkboard look, so I put a punch behind it, colored it black, then turned the writing white and put a vintage overlay in white on top and reduced the opacity.  It is not a complete match to the SU one, but very close.  Gumball green ribbon and cherry cobbler bakers twine add a bit of color.  I also pulled out my jingle bells again, I really love them.

I made a total of four tags.  The top tag was made using the Be of Good Cheer digital download and MDS2, I printed out the DSP and the candy cane, easy peasy.  The bottom tag was made using punches and framelits.

This is a very simple tag with punches, framelits and my printed MDS2 DSP.  The possibilities are endless.  I will use these for gifts and write on the back with the new silver metallic pen that is perfect for the holidays.
Today is the last day to take advantage of the wonderful prices of the Online Extravaganza.  If you have not tried MDS2, now is the time to get it.  There are three options to choose from, starting at $9.98 for an upgrade to $39.99 for the full MDS2+ version.  Such a great price!  Don't forget to head to my ONLINE STORE now to get your free download!
If you have any questions about MDS, or any of the products that I used on today's projects, drop me an email.  Your comments are always welcomed and enjoyed.  I hope you were inspired today, enjoy!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Delights

On Thanksgiving Day we're thankful for
Our blessings all year through,
For family we dearly love,
For good friends, old and new.
For sun to light and warm our days,
For stars that glow at night,
For trees of green and skies of blue,
And puffy clouds of white.
We're grateful for our eyes that see
The beauty all around,
For arms to hug, and legs to walk,
And ears to hear each sound.
The list of all we're grateful for
Would fill a great big book;
Our thankful hearts find new delights
Everywhere we look!
By Joanna Fuchs
Happy Thanksgiving from the Conner Family!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Greetings of the Season

Hello there!  Today's card is my goddess card for Stampin' Royalty.  This week's challenge is a sketch challenge, so take a look at the sketch, create something fabulous and head on over to Stampin' Royalty to link up your creation!

Great sketch, right!  Since the Holiday season is here, I need to get my Christmas cards going.

The Candlelight Christmas SDSP has a beautiful classy color scheme.  Real red, lucky limeade, early espresso and very vanilla are just perfect for Christmas.

I love the our new framelits, you can put your shape over any pattern and cut out exactly what you wish.  The smaller window frames framelit was centered over a snowflake and cut out and layered on a larger framelit that was embossed with the vintage wallpaper embossing folder.  A great dotted scallop ribbon border punch in real red accents my stripe DSP.

This cutie little Christmas tree was inspired by the fabulous Connie Babbert, she has an instruction sheet that you can print out and use to get this tree fold.  I punched a circle with my 1 3/4 circle punch, cut it in half and folded it to achieve this look.  A 3/8 designer printed brad in lucky limeade tops off my tree.  My real red circle was embossed with the woodgrain embossing folder for added design.

This wonderful saying is included on the Greetings of the Season stamp set, it was stamped in real red on very vanilla, the end was flag cut.  Some real red stitched ribbon was looped and gathered with lucky limeade bakers twine and two jingle bells from my retired stash were tied on.  Other than then the two bells, this would be a great mailable card, just enough detail that added items would not be needed.

Remember that the Online Extravaganza is going on now, you can shop now at my ONLINE STORE to get some great supplies for the Holiday card making season.  Any order with me will be entered in my November drawing, for a great Tag Bundle.

Here are some cutie pictures of Tate and Paisley, I cannot believe how much she has grown in the short time that we have had her, she is fitting into the Conner Farm very well, and is so sweet.  Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Greetings of the Season
Paper:  Candlelight Christmas SDSP, real red, early espresso, and very vanilla card stock
Ink:  Real Red
Tools:  Big Shot, window frames framelits, vintage wallpaper & woodgrain embossing folders, circle punches, designer printed brads, dotted scallop ribbon border punch, real red stitched ribbon, lucky limeade bakers twine, jingle bells
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