Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Create With Connie & Mary Meet the Team!

Today is kind of a big deal for me because today I am the featured Create With Connie & Mary Saturday Blog Hop design team member. Yep, little ol' me! *blush* I was invited to join the team last May, so I'm still the new kid on the block. It is such an HONOR to be counted among such distinguished stampers! (And I feel like a fraud all the time and any minute they are going find out, LOL.) So, a little bit about me....

My BFF of 54 years is to blame responsible for getting me hooked on card making. That was way back in 2008. In 2009 I was invited by a different friend to sit in on her monthly Stampin' Up! club meeting, and that was all she wrote.... I was HOOKED! I loved the products and how easily they coordinated with each other. I'd been struggling with mismatched things from different hobby stores, and the quality of the Stampin' Up! line of supplies was beyond compare. After a few months of placing rather large orders *ahem*, the demo asked if I'd be interested in joining for the discount. I said yes, because having one of everything in the catalog was getting expensive! I never planned to be more than a hobby demo, but it has gradually grown into a self-supporting business. YAY, no more hiding SU boxes from my hubby!

We retired and moved across the country to a small farm in rural east Tennessee in 2015, and I figured I'd go back to being a hobby demo since I didn't know anyone here. Well, Stampin' Up! certainly changed that, and that is one of the BEST things about being a demo; I have gotten to meet so many friendly people I never would have known, all through our shared love of stamping!

So between stamping, maintaining my blog, the garden and orchard, a cat and dog (and husband of almost 46 years), and 27 hens (with one jerk of a rooster), my "retirement" doesn't leave me a lot of free time. And I wouldn't want it any other way. 💗

Thank you for stopping by today! Connie & Mary asked me to do a tutorial for my card, so here it is:


  • Inspiring Iris and Happy Thoughts stamp sets (both are retiring 5/3)
  • Basic White cardstock: 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" for card base, and 2-3/4" x 4" for image panel
  • Garden Green cardstock: 4" x 5-1/4" for embossed background, and 3" x 4-1/4" for image mat
  • Garden Green, Highland Heather, and Gorgeous Grape ink pads
  • Sponge daubers to add ink, Blender Pen to remove ink, and Mango Melody Stampin' Write Marker
  • Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine and Subtle 3D Embossing Folder (also retiring *sniff*)
  • White 1/4" Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon
  • Stampin' Seal, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots


  1. Emboss the Garden Green background and set aside.
  2. Using Garden Green ink and a sponge dauber, ink the iris filler stems/leaves and stamp toward the left side of the image panel (twice). Clean the stamp and ink just the shorter stems/leaves, then stamp toward the right leaving room for the greeting above. Stamp the greeting in Gorgeous Grape ink.
  3. Ink the iris blossoms with Highland Heather ink and use the Blender Pen to remove some of the ink from the centers. Fill the centers using the Mango Melody Stampin' Write Marker. Huff on the stamp, then stamp the left-most stems. Clean the stamp and ink just the top iris using the same method, then stamp on the remaining stem.
  4. Use the inky green sponge dauber to add ink to the edges of the embossed background and the mat for the image.
  5. Adhere the embossed background to the card base with Stampin' Seal.
  6. Wrap a 6" piece of ribbon around the mat, and fasten the ends to the back. (The bottom of the ribbon is about 3/4" from the bottom of the mat.)
  7. Adhere the image/greeting to the mat, and then attach the mat to the card base with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  8. Cut two pieces of ribbon 10" long and tie a double bow. Attach the bow to the card with a glue dot, and trim the ends as desired.

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