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May 2016

My Own Botanical Blooms Designer Paper

This is one of the projects we did for this month's Stamp Club.  Our hostess wanted to use the Botanical Blooms stamp set along with the coordinating Botanical Builder Framelits Dies.  I wanted the Stamp Club members to use as many of the stamps in the set, so we made our own Designer Paper.  Not all the stamps were used, but close!

I encouraged them to over stamp the images and not leave a whole lot of white showing. 

We used some of the retiring In Colors (Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow and Lost Lagoon), along with the retiring stamp set Sassy Salutations.


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Owl Builder Punch Black Cat-Friendship

The swap card theme for our May Stamp Club was "friendship" with a twist.  We were to use the Owl Builder Punch for our creations. 

Here is my swap card:

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 I found this idea on Pinterest and knew I had to create my own little black cat!

I created a mask for the moon by punching out a post-it-note using my 1 3/8" circle punch.  I laid the mask on my Shimmery White card front and sponged around it using Sahara Sand ink. 

The fence was created by punching out Shimmery White card stock using my Word Window punch.  I used the Owl Builder punch to create the cat out of Basic Black card stock.  To create more cat-like ears, I simply snipped the ears at an angle using a pair of scissors.  The tail was cut free hand and a black marker was used to draw in the whiskers.  The greeting is from a new stamp called Sitting Here which will be in the upcoming 2016-2017 catalog.

Fun, fun!

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Clear Block Stamping Lovely as a Tree

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For this card, I used one of my all-time favorite stamping techniques: clear block stamping.

I tapped Marina Mist, Island Indigo and Cucumber Crush inks onto my clear block "H".  I lightly spritzed the block with water so the ink would pool and then stamped the block onto my Whisper White card front.  I let the block sit for a few seconds, then lifted it up and voila, I had a pretty watercolor background.

I let the ink dry and then stamped the trees from Lovely as a Tree over the background using Soft Suede ink. 

For a little shimmer (hard to see in the photo), I brushed on some clear Wink of Stella.

The greeting is from Holiday and Wishes which is retired.  I kept the set and use it often as I really like the simple happy birthday.


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Lovely as a Tree-Masked and Sponged Background

We were fooled again! 

We thought spring had arrived here in the mountains of southern Colorado.  After a few days of warmth and sunshine, we are now experiencing cool, misty/rainy/snowy weather. 

This card reminds me of the scenery as I look out my living room window. 

Wintery  looking!

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To create this card, I first created a mask for the moon by punching out a post-it-note using my 1 3/4" circle punch.  I laid the circle mask on my Very Vanilla card front and sponged around it using Soft Suede ink.  I then removed the mask.  I stamped the pine trees from the stamp set Lovely as a Tree using Soft Suede ink, first at full strength and then again without reinking. I then stamped the trees again using Black Archival ink, again at full strength, then again without reinking.  I added a torn strip of Soft Suede card stock to the bottom and tied on a piece of  Black Baker's Twine.

Easy, easy!

Other supplies: post-it-note

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May Nacho Average Blog Hop-Picture Perfect

Welcome to the Nacho Average Blog Hop for May.  This month we are celebrating Mother's Day and Graduations!

For my projects, I am featuring the stamp set Picture Perfect.

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Picture Perfect is a multiple-step stamp.  The set is made of photopolymer so it is easier to see through for lining up the images.  The packaging is numbered with each stamp (1-4 for the hummingbird, 1-3 for the flower and leaves, 1-2 for the starfish).  Also, each stamp has a tab at the top of it.  Use this tab for placement and alignment with each step. Make sure you don’t have any ink on the tab before you stamp.

Make sure the tab is pointed in the correct direction with each step.

I found it helpful, especially for the hummingbird, to make a small tick mark on my card front using a pencil.  Line up the tab on the stamps with this tick mark.  Erase the mark when you are done.

Experiment with different color combos.  The possibilities are endless!

For my first project, I used the 3-step flower and leaf images.  For the flower, I inked up the #1 image in Blushing Bride, stamped off onto my worksheet, then stamped onto my piece of Whisper White card stock. The #2 image was inked up in Rose Red, stamped off, then stamped over the #1 image. The #3 image was inked up in Melon Mambo and stamped full strength over the #1 and #2 images.

For the leaves, I switched the order.  The #3 image was stamped in Pear Pizzazz full strength.  The #2 image was inked up with Garden Green, stamped off, then stamped.  The #1 image was inked up with Mossy Meadow full strength.

I then cut the images out using a pair of scissors to attach to my card front.  I colored in pearl embellishments using a pink Sharpie Pen.  The greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

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For my 2nd project, I used the 4-step hummingbird image.  This one takes the most patience and practice, but it is so worth it!

I've included a quick tutorial on how I created this card. Click HERE to view as a pdf.


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For my third project, I made an embossed resist gift card holder using the starfish image and Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Die.

I stamped 2 of image #1 (there are 2 images in the set, but only needed 1 for this project) in Versamark on my Very Vanilla card front.  I stamped 1 on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.  The two starfish were then heat embossed using white embossing powder while the third was heat embossed using gold embossing powder. 

I then sponged on Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry inks around the white embossed starfish.  I then buffed the images with a paper towel to remove excess ink.  The ink will resist where the images have been embossed.  I cut the gold starfish out using a pair of scissors and popped it up on the front using Dimensionals. 

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The backing to hold the gift card is simply Very Vanilla layered onto a piece of Cajun Craze card stock.  I used my retired slit punch to create a tab for the gift card to slip under.  I punched a hole at the top and added some retired Crumb Cake Seam Binding to complete.

Thanks for stopping by.

Be sure to continue on through the Hop and see the beautiful creations of our talented Design Team!

Anne (you are here)







Supplies Used:

Happy Mother's Day Flower

Stamp Set: Picture Perfect, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Blushing Bride, Rose Red, Melon Mambo

Paper: Rose Red, Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack (retiring)

Accessories: pearls, Sharpie Pen, Dimensionals

You're the Nicest Hummingbird

Stamp Set: Picture Perfect, Flowering Flourishes (retiring)

Ink: Lost Lagoon (retiring), Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Hello Honey markers (retiring)

Paper: Lost Lagoon (retiring), Calypso Coral, Whisper White

Accessories: Wink of Stella, pearls, Sharpie pen, sponge




Starfish Mini Treat Bag

Stamp sets: Picture Perfect, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Versamark

Paper: Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla, Whisper White

Accessories: Big Shot, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies, Tear and Tape Adhesive, heat tool, white and gold embossing powder, sponge, 1/4" circle and slit punch (retired), Crumb Cake Seam Binding (retired), sponge, 2-Way Glue (retiring), metallic sequins, Dimensionals


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Gorgeous Grunge Happy Birthday-Can You Case It Color Challenge #119

Needed to make a quick thank you card, and I found my inspiration with this week's Can You Case It color challenge:

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Here's my contribution:

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This was a quick and simple card to put together.  I cut a piece of gold foil paper using my Big Shot and Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits die.  I then punched out a piece of the heart using my 1 3/4" circle punch.  I layered it on a Night of Navy circle and added a Night of Navy button with a gold cording bow.  I used Gorgeous Grunge for the lines down the right edge and the greeting is from Party with Cake.  Both were stamped using Night of Navy ink.



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Happy Home-View From My Front Window

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The apple trees are in full bloom here at the Hayward Homestead, and this looks like the view from our front windows!

I first sponged Marina Mist and Cucumber Crush ink onto my Whisper White card stock.  I colored the tree image from the stamp set Happy Home using Watermelon Wonder, Early Espresso and Cucumber Crush markers.  The window and sill were cut using my Big Shot and Hearth and Home Thinlits dies.  I used my Decorative Label punch to make the window valance cut out of Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper. 

Happy Spring!



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White Wash Fence-Happy Mother's Day

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To create the white wash effect, stamp Hardwood on Sahara Sand card stock using Versamark.  Heat emboss using white embossing powder.  Fill in the parts of the embossed image with a chalk marker. Create a palette of ink in the lid of an ink pad by squeezing the top of the closed pad.  Open the pad, and there should be a spot of ink in the lid.  Pick up the color from the lid using an Aqua Painter or wet brush and color over the embossed image.  For this card, I used a combination of Soft Suede and Cajun Craze inks.

Create a palette of ink in the lid of an ink pad by squeezing the top of the closed pad.  Open the pad, and there should be a spot of ink in the lid.


Stamp Set: Hardwood,Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Calypso Coral, Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, Versamark

Paper: Sahara Sand, Pool Party, So Saffron, Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach, Wild Wasabi, Cucumber Crush

Punches: Build a Bird, Chevron Border, 7/8”Scallop Circle and Boho Blossoms punches

Heat Tool, White Embossing Powder, Aqua Painter, Fringe scissors, Candy Dots, Chalk Marker, Aqua Painter


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Four Seasons of Wreaths

I just wanted to share the four seasons of wreaths I have made that we have hanging on the inside of our front door.


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This wreath is from the April 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit called Lovely Little Wreath.

Refills of the kit can be purchased while supplies last for only 8.00.


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This wreath was made from a kit called Burlap and Blooms that Stampin' Up! offered a couple years ago.

The kit came with the cardboard ring, burlap, die-cut flowers and accents.  I held a couple of classes where we made the wreaths in class. 

Easy, easy!


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This wreath was another really simple one to create.  I used a white foam wreath and a flannel shirt I purchased at a thrift store.  I cut the shirt into 1" wide strips and then wrapped them around the wreath, securing with straight pins as I went.  The part that is holding the flowers is one of the cuffs off the sleeve.  The hanger is from  the front  placket. The darker part behind the flowers are 2 back pockets of an old pair of jeans.  A stitch here and there with  needle and thread held all the pieces together.


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This wreath was also made using a white foam wreath and a red and black flannel shirt purchased from the same thrift store.  Strips of the shirt were wrapped around the wreath and secured using straight pins.  The larger snowflakes were cut out of Coke and Coke Zero aluminum cans using my Big Shot and Snowflake die.

 (For more snowflakes and a video tutorial, please visit my posting HERE).

The smaller snowflakes were wooden elements Stampin' Up! sold in their 2015 Holiday Catalog, dabbed in Versamark and heat embossed using silver embossing powder.  I used a variety of brads to insert into the centers, and each were attached to the wreath using hot glue.

And here is the wreath that hangs on the outside of our front door year round.

Pine Cone Wreath

This wreath is made with painted pine cones, and was A LOT more work than the four seasons wreaths!

But, it was totally worth it as it makes me smile!

Visit HERE to view the Pine Cone Wreath Posting

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Paper Pumpkin Welcome Spring Wreath

Ya, right.  No Spring here in the mountains of southern Colorado!  This was the view out of my dining room window on Saturday! 

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12" of snow with more in the forecast for the rest of the weekend.  Power was out, but with the help of our generator, we had lights, heat and water. 

It was definitely a day to stay in and craft, so I made up the Lovely Little Wreath found in the April Paper Pumpkin kit.

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So cute, quick and easy.  It was finished and hung up on our front door within 30 minutes! 

And it makes me smile!

Refills of this kit can be purchased for only $8.00 (plus shipping and tax).

I purchased 5 refills as I think I'm going to make the wreaths up to give as Mother's Day gifts.

Happy Spring Everyone!

Grumble, grumble.....


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