Nacho Average Blog Hop

June Nacho Average Blog Hop-Sheltering Tree

Welcome to the Nacho Average Blog Hop for June.  This month we are celebrating the men in our lives by creating masculine-themed cards.

For my projects, I am featuring the stamp set Sheltering Tree.

For my first project, I created a watercolor background combined with Sheltering Tree and the Woodland Embossing Folder.

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I live in the mountains of southern Colorado, and this is pretty much the view of my surroundings.  Green grass, blue sky and aspen trees!

Stamp what you know!

The technique to get the colors behind the images on the embossing folder is one of my favorites.  And it is really simple to do. 

First, open the embossing folder and swipe ink from ink pads onto the inside of the folder that has the name "Sizzix" on the front.  For this card, I swiped on Cucumber Crush, Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist, Marina Mist and Island Indigo inks.  Then, I lightly spritzed it with water so the ink just begins to pool.  I then inserted a piece of watercolor paper into the folder and ran it through my Big Shot.  When done, the watercolor background is now behind the trees.  You can also add an image that will be behind the trees as well using the steps above.  Just remember to stamp your image on the inside of the folder that has the word "Sizzix" on the front.

After the watercolor paper dried, I took a black marker and filled in the bark lines on the trees.  I then stamped the small leaves from Sheltering Tree using Emerald Envy and Cucumber Crush inks.  You can't really tell from the photo, but I added clear Wink of Stella to the tree trunks, so the card has a little bit of shimmer.

The greeting is from the June Paper Pumpkin kit, Many Manly Occasions.  I stamped it using Archival Black onto a strip of watercolor paper, then added a light watercolor wash.

My second project is a watercolor sunset.

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I swiped and sponged on my colors (Island Indigo, Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Elegant Eggplant, Cajun Craze, Tangelo Twist and Crushed Curry) onto the watercolor paper card front.  I  lightly spritzed the colors with water, allowing them to pool and run together and then set it aside to dry.  After the paper was completely dry, I stamped the tree from Sheltering Tree in Archival Black ink, then heat embossed it with black embossing powder.  I tore a piece of Basic Black paper for the bottom of the card and embossed the greeting (Many Manly Occasions) using white embossing powder.  After I assembled the card, I swished on some Clear Wink of Stella for a little shimmer.

 

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)

Christy

Leilani

Rose

Tammy

Yapha

Supplies Used:

Sheltering Tree meets Woodland Embossing Folder

Stamp Sets: Sheltering Tree, Many Manly Occasions (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Cucumber Crush, Emerald Envy, Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist, Marina Mist, Island Indigo, Archival Black, Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker

Paper: Basic Black, watercolor

Accessories: Big Shot, Woodland Embossing Folder, Stampin' Spritzer with water, Clear Wink of Stella, Dimensionals

Sheltering Tree Sunset

Stamp Sets: Sheltering Tree, Many Manly Occasions (paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Island Indigo, Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Elegant Eggplant, Cajun Craze, Tangelo Twist, Crushed Curry, Black Archival

Paper: Basic Black, So Saffron, watercolor

Accessories: Embossing Buddy, heat tool, black and white embossing powder, sponge, Stampin' Spritzer with water, Clear Wink of Stella, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

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)

Christy

Jenni

Lelani

Rose

Tammy

Yapha

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

Ink:

Paper:

Accessories:

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

 

Happy Stampin'!

April Nacho Average Blog Hop-Happy Birthday Build a Birthday

Welcome to the Nacho Average Design Team's blog hop for April.  This month, we are celebrating birthdays!

For my projects, I am featuring the stamp set Build a Birthday.

 

For my first project, I created a Cascading Card using Build a Birthday for the candles and Party with Cake for the greeting.  It also features It's My Party Designer Series Paper and Washi Tape.

The Cascading Card technique is fairly simple to do.  (Click HERE for directions).  The key is to measure, cut and score as accurately as possible.

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I created the background for my second project using Color Me Irresistible Designer Series Paper.  I simply sponged on Black Archival ink making the design on the DSP pop.  I stamped the candles and flames on scrap pieces of Whisper White card stock and cut out using a pair of scissors.  They were then popped up on the background using Dimensionals.

 

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 For my third project, I created a birthday cake using It's My Party Washi Tape.  I stamped the cake pedestal from Build a Birthday using Black Archival ink, then added the Washi Tape. 

Easy, Easy.

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)

Christy

Leilani

Rose

Tammy

Yapha

Supplies Used:

Cascading Happy Birthday

Stamp Sets: Build a Birthday, Party with Cake

Ink: Melon Mambo, Mint Macaron, Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Crushed Curry marker

Paper: Whisper White, So Saffron, It's My Party Designer Series Paper

Accessories: It's My Party Washi Tape, Bird Builder punch

Birthday Candles

Stamp Set: Build a Birthday

Ink: Black Archival, Watermelon Wonder, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry

Paper: Basic Black, So Saffron, Whisper White, Color Me Irresistible Designer Series Paper

Accessories: sponge, Hexagon punch, Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Washi Tape Birthday Cake

Stamp Set: Build a Birthday

Ink: Archival Black, Melon Mambo

Paper: Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories: It's My Birthday Washi Tape, Candy Dots, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Glue Dots

Happy Stampin'!

March Nacho Average Blog Hop-Happy Easter Shaving Cream Technique

Welcome to the Nacho Average Design Team's Blog Tour for March!

Our theme is St. Patrick's Day and Easter.

I am sharing samples featuring the Shaving Cream Technique, one of my all-time favorites.

It is one of those simple techniques that has a WOW factor.

Click here for instructions

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My first project is a shamrock made using a heart punch.  I started with a piece of Whisper White card stock that I placed in my shaving cream/reinker mix.  Once the card stock was dry, I punched out 3 hearts using my Full Heart punch.  The stem is from the Bird Builder punch.

 

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My second project is a collection of bright and cheery Easter eggs!

I used my Big Shot and an Oval Thinlits die to cut several pieces out of Whisper White card stock.  I then placed them in my shaving cream/reinker mix.

To create a card base, I cut another oval out of Whisper White card stock.  I placed the oval in my scoring tool and scored along the top at 1/2".  I secured the shaving cream egg to the scored oval, folding the base along the score line.

 

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 For my third project, I created a cute Easter bunny basket.  The rabbit was made with the Big Shot and the Gift Bow Bigz die and a collection of punches.

I used the Berry Basket Bigz die to create the basket.  The basket pieces were placed in my shaving cream/reinker mix before assembly.

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For my final project, I combined a Tea Lace Doily dipped into my shaving cream/reinker mix with the cute chick from Honeycomb Happiness.  The chick was stamped on watercolor paper using black archival ink and colored in using an aqua painter and Daffodil Delight and Hello Honey inks. 

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to continue on through the Hop and see the beautiful creations of our talented Design Team!

Happy St. Patrick's Day, Happy Easter!

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Anne (you are here)

Christy

Jenni

Leilani

Rose

Tammy

Yapha

Supplies Used:

Shaving Cream Shamrock:

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Garden Green, Wild Wasabi, Pear Pizzazz and Crumb Cake reinkers, Soft Suede

Paper: Garden Green, Whisper White, Soft Suede, Love Blossom's Designer Series Paper Stack

Accessories: shaving cream, Big Shot, Bitty Banners Framelits, Full Heart (retired) and Bird Builder punches, Dimensionals, large rhinestone (retired), Sharpie pen

Shaving Cream Easter Eggs

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Pink Pirouette, Wisteria Wonder, Melon Mambo, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade and Daffodil Delight reinkers, Basic Gray Archival

Paper: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Wisteria Wonder, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Mint Macaron

Accessories: shaving cream, Big Shot, Ovals and Bitty Banners Framelits, Itty Bitty Accents and Owl Builder punches, Candy Dots, Dimensionals, Simply Scored Scoring Tool,

Shaving Cream Easter Bunny Berry Basket

Ink: Pink Pirouette, Wisteria Wonder, Melon Mambo, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade and Daffodil Delight reinkers, Pink Pirouette

Paper: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Basic Black

Accessories: shaving cream, Big Shot, Berry Basket and Gift Bow Bigz L dies, Owl Builder, 2" Circle, Large Oval and Itty Bitty Accents punches, White Gel Pen, Linen Thread, Handheld Stapler, Dimensionals, sponge

Happy Easter Chick

Stamp Sets: Honeycomb Happiness, Easter Lamb (greeting)

Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Tempting Turquoise, Crushed Cucumber, Wisteria Wonder reinkers, Basic Black Archival, Daffodil Delight, Hello Honey, Watercolor Wonder

Paper: Pink Pirouette, watercolor

Accessories: shaving cream, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Hexagon punch, Aqua Painter, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Feb Nacho Average Blog Hop-In the Meadow

Welcome to the February Nacho Average Blog Hop featuring stamp sets found in the Occasions Catalog!

I chose to feature the stamp set In the Meadow.  This stamp set is perfect for my surroundings here in the mountains of SW Colorado!

 

So here's my first project using Reflection and Masking Techniques:

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For this card, I started out by stamping the mountain scene on a Post-it-Note and then cutting it out to use as a mask.  I positioned it on my Whisper White card front and then sponged on Marina Mist and Pacific Point inks above the mask to create the sky.  I removed the mask and stamped the mountain scene using Basic Gray Archival ink. Luckily, I was using a clear-mount stamp so lining it up was pretty easy.  A Stamp-a-ma-jig would be necessary if you were using a wood-mount stamp.  Laying the edge of another Post-it-Note along the bottom of the of the stamped image, I sponged a line of Basic Gray ink to create the shore.  Then, I turned the mountain stamp upside down and stamped the reflection without reinking the stamp.  I colored the trees and bark using Old Olive and Early Espresso markers and stamped them full strength to the left of the reflection. I cleaned and reinked the stamp in Basic Gray, stamped it off, turned it upside down and then stamped the reflection of the trees and grass.  I then sponged in the water using Pool Party ink. To create the small island, I used the ground image from Sheltering Tree using Basic Gray ink.  I inked it up, stamped it off, then stamped onto my card front repeating as necessary until I got the effect I wanted.  The greeting is from Picture Perfect stamped in Basic Gray. 

A few steps, but totally worth it!

For my second and third projects, I used the clear-block stamping technique,one of my all-time watercoloring techniques.

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For this card, I tapped Marina Mist and Mossy Meadow inks on my clear block "F" and lightly spritzed it with water letting the ink run and pool.  I then placed the block down on watercolor paper and let it sit for a minute or so, allowing the ink to absorb into the paper.  I lifted the block and set the paper aside to dry completely.  Once dried, I simply stamped the trees and extra clumps of grass in Mossy Meadow and the deer using Soft Suede inks. I lightly colored in the deer by bringing in the the edges of the image using an Aqua Painter. I added some Old Olive Baker's twine wrapped around the front and stamped the greeting from Picture Perfect in Mossy Meadow to complete.

For the next sample, I used the same technique as above, but with an added step of heat embossing.

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I tapped Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Crushed Curry and Pear Pizzazz inks onto my clear block "E", spritzed it with water and stamped it onto watercolor paper as above.  After the paper dried, I stamped the flower and butterfly images in Basic Gray Archival ink, then heat embossed them using a heat tool and clear embossing powder. 

In the Meadow has quickly become one of my all-time favorite stamp sets!

 

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The Nacho Design Team

Anne (you are here)

Christy

Heather

Jenni

Rose

Tammy

Yapha

Supplies Used:

Mountain Reflection

Stamp Sets: In the Meadow, Sheltering Tree and Picture Perfect

Ink: Basic Gray Archival, Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Pool Party, Old Olive and Early Espresso markers

Paper: Marina Mist, Basic Gray  and Whisper White

Accessories: Post-It-Notes, sponge

Just a Note Deer:

Stamp Sets: In the Meadow, Picture Perfect

Ink: Marina Mist, Mossy Meadow

Paper: Mossy Meadow, watercolor

Accessories: Clear Block "F", spritzer bottle with water, Old Olive Baker's Twine

Just a Note Wild Flowers

Stamp Sets: In the Meadow, Picture Perfect

Ink: Marina Mist, Island Indigo, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Gray Archival

Paper: Basic Gray, watercolor

Accessories: Clear Block "E", spritzer bottle with water, heat tool, clear embossing powder

 

Happy Stampin'!

Nacho Average Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop-Honeycomb Happiness

Welcome to the first Nacho Average blog hop featuring product found in the Sale-A-Bration catalog. 

When I first saw the catalog, I was immediately taken with the cute chick in the Honeycomb Happiness stamp set.  He just makes me smile!

So, here's my first project using that cute little chick:

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I often use baby wipes to clean my stamps as I am working.  Once they dry, I am left with a brilliant mix of colors, kind of like tie dye.  Great for fun backgrounds!

I first glued my baby wipe onto a piece of white card stock using a Anywhere Glue Stick, and then cut it down to my desired size.  If the baby wipe is glued to a backing, it is easier to cut.   Then, I simply stamped the chick, balloon and greeting using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I added a Marina Mist Candy Dot to the balloon just for a little extra interest. 

Recycle and reuse!

 

For my second project, I coupled the cute ice cream cone image with the Bokeh Technique, one of my favorites.

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I first created a card stock circle template using my 1/2" and 3/4" circle punches.  Then, with sponges, I added Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride, Cucumber Crush and Soft Suede ink, overlapping the circles to create the Bokeh effect.  The ice cream cone was stamped using Soft Suede and Cucumber Crush ink and then I added a fun Mint Macaron Honeycomb Embellishment found in the new Occasions Catalog. 

 

My third project combines Honeycomb Happiness with one of the cards from the January Paper Pumpkin kit called One Great Year.  The project in the kit is a desk calendar and has pre-printed cards to embellish.  I decided I didn't want to make the calendar, but I like the cards and will use them in other projects.

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For this card, I simply stamped the balloons from Honeycomb Happiness on the pre-printed card front and then paper-pieced the balloons using paper from Cherry on Top paper pack, popping them up using Dimensionals.

Quick, simple and fun!

Thanks for visiting our first blog hop.  Be sure to continue on through the hop and see the beautiful creations of our talented Design Team!

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Next on the hop is Christy who is featuring the stamp set What I love

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The Nacho Design Team

Anne (you are here)

Christy

Heather

Jenni

Rose

Tammy

Yapha

                                                                                                                                                        

Supplies Used

Oh Hello Chick:

Stamp Set: Honeycomb Happiness (Sale-A-Bration)

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories: used, dried baby wipe, Marina Mist Candy Dot, Stampin' Glue Stick

You're So Sweet Ice Cream Cone:

Stamp Set: Honeycomb Happiness

Ink: Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride, Cucumber Crush, Soft Suede

Paper: Soft Suede, Melon Mambo, Whisper White

Accessories: 1/2" and 3/4" circle punches for Bokeh template, sponge,  Honeycomb Embellishment, Mini Glue Dots

Happy Birthday Balloons:

Stamp Sets: Honeycomb Happiness, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Watermelon Wonder

Paper: Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack

Accessories: Paper Pumpkin, Big Shot, Bitty Banners, black baker's twine, mix Candy Dots, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dot

Happy Stampin'!