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Sunflower, One Layer Wednesday 103, Scoring

Here's another contribution to this week's One Layer Wednesday challenge, "scoring." This one is inspired by the blooming sunflowers all over my yard that have come up from the seed mix I put out for the birds.  Love these volunteers!

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For this card, I used the faux tile technique.  This is so easy to do, especially since I used my Simply Scored Scoring Tool.  I first inked up the sunflower using Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight ink.  I spritzed a little water on the ink, then stamped on my Very Vanilla base.  Card size is 4 x 5, so I scored every 1/2" both ways to get the grid.  I lightly sponged on some Pumpkin Pie and Early Espresso to highlight the grid lines.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sunflower

Ink: Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight

Paper: Very Vanilla

Accessories: Simply Scored Scoring Tool, sponge, spritzer bottle and water

Happy Stampin'!

Countryside-One Layer Wednesday 103, Scoring

This week's One Layer Wednesday challenge is to feature "scoring" in a one layer card. 

Here's my contribution, inspired by the ripening apples on our apples trees!

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Although it is hard to tell in the photo, there is a scored frame around the pickup truck on all 4 sides.  Not as simple to do as it would seem.  It took me a couple of tries to get the scored frame right, but on the whole, I like how it came out. 

The truck was colored using ink pads and blender pens.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Countryside, Sincere Salutations

Ink: Black Stazon, Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi

Paper: Whisper White

Accessories: scoring tool, blender pends


Happy Stampin'!

Bootiful Occasions-Nacho Average Challenge #9

We have a sketch challenge this week over at the Nacho Average Design site.

Here's my contribution.

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Sorry, I just can't seem to make those banners/flags that seem to be all the rage and are on the original sketch.  I can never seem to make the snipped edges match.  Tried several times and didn't like them. If it takes me longer than 3 tries to get something right, I'm a big believer of moving onto to another method.  Scallop ovals and ovals I can handle (with punches)!


Stamp Set: Bootiful Occasions

Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green

Paper: Very Vanilla, Gumball Green, Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Two-Way Glue, Dazzling Diamonds, Scallop Oval and Oval punches, Dimensionals

 Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 








Happy Stampin'!

Elements of Style Shaker Card

This what you get when you clean out your pencil sharpener after sharpening your collection of watercolor crayons.  Oh so pretty!

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I instantly thought "Shaker Card!" 

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Stamp Set: Elements of Style

Ink: Black Stazon, watercolor crayons

Paper: Wild Wasabi, Melon Mambo, Whisper White

Accessories: Shaker Frame, Window Sheet, Aquapainter, 1 1/4"  and 1 3/8" circle punches, Dimesionals, watercolor crayon shavings, watercolor crayon/pencil sharpener

Happy Stampin'!

School Lines-One Layer Wednesday

The theme for this week's One Layer Wednesday is "While we are on the subject".  The challenge is to create a card featuring your favorite school subject.

Here's my contribution:

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Well, I'm not sure writing was my favorite school subject, but this challenge was a great way to use my small background stamp called School Lines.  This stamp reminds me of the Big Chief writing tablets. Do you remember using those in grade school?  I do. Paper with widely spaced lines to help you practice, practice, practice writing the ABC's.  Big Chief tablets are no longer available, but for me, they bring back memories of a simpler time.

This was a fairly easy card to make using the making technique.  I masked the stem and flower images, then stamped the writing paper image over them.  I  removed the stem mask and stamped using Lucky Limeade ink.  Then I removed the flower mask and stamped using Raspberry Ripple ink.

Supplies  Used:

Stamp Set: School Lines, Fabulous Florets, Kind Thanks

Ink: Marina Mist, Lucky Limeade, Raspberry Ripple

Paper: Whisper White

Happy Stampin'!

Sponged Sky-Less is More Challenge Tearing

This week's challenge over at Less is More is "Tearing", in any form, bold or subtle.  As I was sitting at my dining room table this morning thinking about this challenge, I looked up and this is what I saw out my window!

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Someone asked me the other day where I get my inspiration.  Oh my, that was an easy question to answer. I just have to look out my windows and I see inspiration every day!

This is my "tearing" card inspired by the two does that visited our property this morning.

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I used the sponged background technique.  I simply tore a piece of computer paper, laid it on my glossy white card stock and sponged the first layer of mountains using Soft Suede ink.  Then I moved my torn paper slightly and sponged on the next layer using Sahara Sand.  Moved it again, and added a layer of Going Grey, then River Rock.  I inked up and stamped the deer image using Early Espresso, Wild Wasabi and Always Artichoke markers.  I added another couple of Sahara Sand layers at the base of the mountains using my torn copy paper and then sponged on some Always Artichoke ink to fill in the grassy area.  To complete the card, I sponged on some Bashful Blue and Marina Mist for the sky. 

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My husband's birthday is next week and am thinking this will be his birthday card.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Nobel Deer (retired, but one of the stamp sets I will never part with)

Ink: Early Espresso, Always Artichoke, Wild Wasabi markers, Soft Suede, Sahara Sand, River Rock, Going Gray, Always Artichoke, Bashful Blue, Marina Mist

Paper: Glossy White, Always Artichoke

Accessories: computer paper torn into strips, sponge

Happy Stampin'!

Nacho Average Challenge #8-Bootiful Occasions Clear Card

This week's Nacho Average Challenge is a color challenge.  Colors to be used are Real Red, Pumpkin Pie and Tempting Turquoise. Bright, Bright and Bright!


Here's my card:

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Funny how the design process works sometimes.  When I started thinking about this challenge, I knew I wanted to use the rain boot image in my new stamp set Bootiful Occasions.  Mmm, rain boots mean rain, right?  So, then the design process moves to images of water: clear, clean, fresh.  That helped in making the decision to use a window sheet to create the base of this card! 

The boot is mounted on the front of the window sheet and the polka dot background is mounted on the inside.  So adhesive will not show through on the very back of the card, the  background piece is secured to the base with 3 ribbons on the left hand side. Again to hide the adhesive, I cut a piece of Tempting Turquoise card stock the same size as the matted boot on the front.  I then lined up the two pieces back to back, one on the front and the other on the inside of the front.

Here's the inside of the card

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I instantly thought of polka dots when I saw this bright color combination.  Now onto the task of making  polka dotted background paper in the challenge colors.  I tried several different methods using markers but couldn't seem to get the circles perfectly round.  Then a light bulb went off!  My Digital Studio!  I created a new project using the 1.25 circle punch.  I made a grouping of 3 resized smaller circles in the challenge color combination, then just copy/pasted them to fill in the project.  I printed it out on glossy white card stock and cut down to size!  So easy and I have bright, perfectly round circles as my background paper.  End of design process!

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 







Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Bootiful Occasions

Ink: Real Red, Pumpkin Pie and Tempting Turquoise markers

Paper: Glossy White, Tempting Turquoise

Accessories: My Digital Studio, window sheets, Crop-a-dile, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon, Dimensionals.



Happy Stampin'!

Circle Circus-Recycled Packing Paper

Recently, I was dying paper daisies in a variety of colors as part of a gift for one of my hostesses.  I would place the daisies in a jar with a mixture of water, rubbing alcohol and stamp pad reinkers and let them set for a few minutes.  I would then place them on a sheet of recycled packing paper to dry.  This paper is what Stampin' Up! uses as packing in their shipments.  I always save it to use to cover/protect my work surface for messy projects such as painting, brayering, or as a drying surface for projects such as the paper daisies.  When I removed the daisies, my work paper was covered with a pretty mixture of various colors from where the daisies were sitting as they dried.  I knew it had potential for another project!

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I simply cut it down to card size and stamped on it using Circle Circus.  The paper already had creases in it from when it was crumpled up for packing in the SU! box, so I ran my Soft Suede ink pad over the crinkles.   I really like how this card came out.  So simple and is a great way to recycle and reuse!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Circle Circus, Thank you Kindly

Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, various reinkers for the paper daisy dying

Paper: Melon Mambo, Crumb Cake, Tempting Turquoise, packing paper

Accessories: twine, brights button, Mini Glue Dot

Happy Stampin'!

September Class in an Instant-Evergreen Core'dinations Card Set

September 2012 Class in An Instant-Evergreen Core'dinations Card Set

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 Click here to order September's Class in an Instant-Evergreen Core'dinations Card Set

Evergreens have long been a symbol of Christmas, but in this tutorial, you’ll see how you can use this fantastic Christmas stamp set for masculine and autumn cards, too! Plus, you’ll learn how to take texture to a whole new level with Core’dinations card stock and the Stampin’ Sanding System! 

 With this tutorial, you will learn to make:

  • 3 Cards
  • 1 Treat Box

Tutorial includes:

  • Bonus Core'dinations Stampin' Sanding System Tutorial
  • Bonus ideas and samples for creating alternate projects using different color combinations, themes and stamp sets for many personal styles
  • a complete list of supplies, along with the opportunity to purchase the featured products for these projects at a 15% discount

 With the purchase of  September's Class in an Instant, you may purchase the following product at a 15% discount through September  10, 2012 . Regular shipping (minimum $6.95) and taxes apply.  This discount cannot be combined with any other offers, stamp clubs or workshops.  Product will deliver direct to US customers only via UPS. Please Email or call (719-784-2275) me to place this special order.

127970 Evergreen (wood mount) stamp set, regular price $25.95, discounted price $22.05

129973 Evergreen (clear mount) stamp set, regular price $18.95, discounted price $16.10

126904 Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack, regular price $6.95, discounted price $5.90

127846 Cherry Cobbler Core'dinations Card Stock, regular price $6.95, discounted price $5.90

127848 Early Espresso Core'dinations Card Stock, regular price $6.95, discounted price $5.90

127847 Gumball Green Core'dinations Card Stock, regular price $6.95, discounted price $5.90

129367 Stampin' Sanding System, regular price $3.95, discounted price $3.35


CIIA Evergreen closeup

Click here to order September's Class in an Instant-Evergreen Core'dinations Card Set

Happy Stampin'!

Faux Tearing-OLW Feeling Blue

"Feeling Blue" is this week's challenge over at One Layer Wednesday. 

Blue is a great color. "Blue" is my maiden name, so I've always been kind of partial to blue!

For this challenge, I decided to try the Faux Tearing technique.

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This technique is very simple to do.  Just tear the edge of a piece of copy paper and lay it over your glossy white card base.  Brayer on color above or below the tear.  For this card, I first embossed images from Circle Circus and Delicate Doilies using white embossing powder.  Then I brayered on my blue color, Marina Mist, for an emboss resist technique.  Buff with a paper towel, and you are done!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Circle Circus, Delicate Doilies, Perfectly Penned

Ink: Marina Mist, Versamark

Paper: Glossy White

Accessories: brayer, copy paper, heat tool, white embossing powder

Happy Stampin'!

Nacho Average Challenge #7-Faux Quilt Heart Card

A new sketch has been added to the Nacho Average Challenges site!

Here's my contribution:

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Faux Quilting is one of my favorite techniques and I instantly knew that it would be perfect for this week's sketch.  I cut 9 hearts out of a scrap piece of World Bazaar Designer Series Paper using the Big Shot and the smallest heart in the Hearts Collection Framelits.  I glued the hearts to an Early Espresso mat, matted that piece to a piece of Crumb Cake, then Pacific Point and then ran the whole thing through the Big Shot using the new Fancy Fan Embossing Folder.  This was the first time I used this embossing folder and I must say, I think it is my new favorite!

Here is the inspiration sketch:

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Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 






Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sincere Salutations

Ink: Early Espresso

Paper: Bashful Blue, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Pacific Point, World Bazaar Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Hearts Collection Framelits, Fancy Fan Embossing folder, Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by!



Happy Stampin'!

Fine Feathers-Less Is More Challenge Week 80

Perfect timing for this week's Less is More "Fur or Feathers" Challenge.  This challenge allowed me to use my brand new stamp set Fine Feathers!

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You can't see from the photo (sorry!), but I painted the feathers using Shimmer Paint, so this one has a little bit of shimmer.  I added the rhinestone in the middle of the Itty Bitty punch flower to help pick up the shimmer.

The vase was created using the Ornament Punch with the bottom cut off.

Stamp Sets: Fine Feathers, Sincere Salutations

Ink: Midnight Muse, Elegant Eggplant, Pacific Point markers

Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Very Vanilla, Elegant Eggplant and Pacific Point

Accessories: Ornament punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack,Big Shot, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, rhinestone, Frost White Shimmer Paint

Happy Stampin'!

Chock-Full of Cheer-Stamping 411 SSC 268

Time to check out this week's sketch over at Stamping 411.

Here's my contribution:

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For this one, I was able to use my new stamp set Chock-Full of Cheer, along with Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper.  I had been eyeing Chock-Full of Cheer for awhile and finally decided to make the purchase.  I think it has become my new favorite Christmas stamp set!  As Selene over at Stamping 411 says, this card was "Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy!"

Here is the original sketch:

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Chock-Full of Cheer

Ink: Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Gumball Green, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Labels Collection Framelits, 3/4" circle punch, rhinestone, Sharpie pen, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Clear Block Watercolor Technique-OLW #100-Transportation

Oh, what a great challenge this week over at One Layer Wednesday.  The challenge theme is "Transportation." 

Here's my contribution:

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I knew immediately what stamp set I wanted to use: Sentimental Journey because of the car image that looks like a Mini Cooper.  I happen to drive a red and black Mini Cooper. I purchased my Mini way back in 2003 when they first became available in the United States (Of course Minis have been around a long time, but I was one of the very first new-style Mini owners in Albuquerque, NM).  Needless to say, I love my Mini!  It has taken me here to there and back again faithfully for 9 years!  Wow!

So for this card, I decided I wanted a trippy dippy look to go with the retro car image.  I used the clear block watercolor technique. I simply dabbed red and black ink pads on a clear block, spritzed it with water and stamped!  So easy to do, and it gives a very 60's-70's tie dye look.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sentimental Journey

Ink: Real Red and Basic Black

Paper: Whisper White

Accessories: Clear Block "E", spritzer bottle filled with water

That's it!



Happy Stampin'!

Nacho Average Challenge #6-Altered Clothespins

The Nacho Average Challenge for this week is a color challenge.  Colors to be used are Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry and Lucky Limeade.


Here's my contribution, Altered Clothespins

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Need a quick gift idea?  Altered clothespins make fun gifts and are quick, easy and inepensive to make.  They can be purchased at almost any grocery or home improvement store. (I purchased 50 clothes pins for .97 at my local ***mart.  Wow, you can't beat that price!) They can easily set on a desk to clip papers or hang on a refrigerator or filing cabinet if a magnet is added to the back.

The thing to remember when crafting with clothespins is to think small!  Small stamps and small embellishments. The Tiny Tags stamp set and coordinating Jewelry punch are perfect for this project. Measure the width and length of your clothespin and cut card stock or Designer Series Paper to size.   (these clothespins measure 3 1/2 x 3/4).  I used Tombow Multipurpose glue to glue the paper to each side of the clothespin.  Mini Glue Dots were used to attach the tiny tags and punched flowers.

I punched a small circle out of a peel and stick magnet (found at any office supply store) using the circle from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack and attached them to the back of each clothespin.  These beauties are hanging on my refrigerator!

Since I used the Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper, I added a  gift card made using the coordinating Bright Blossoms stamp set.  Very easy!

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us! We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site.







Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Tiny Tags, Bright Blossoms

Ink: Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry, Lucky Limeade

Paper: Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry, Lucky Limeade, Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper

Accessories: clothespin, Big Shot, Houndstooth Embossing Folder, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, 3/4" circle, Jewelry Tag and Ticket Corner punches, rhinestones, Mini Glue Dots, 2-Way Glue Pen, magnets



Happy Stampin'!

Tea Shoppe Cup of Thanks-Less is More Blue and Green Color Challenge

Blue and Green!  This is the color challenge this week over at Less is More.

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I must admit, this is not a color combination I would normally choose, but I really like how this card turned out.  I used the tea cups from the stamp set Tea Shoppe colored in with markers.  The steam is from the new stamp set Scentsational Season.  I added rhinestones colored with blue and green Sharpie pens for a little bling.

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Tea Shoppe, Scentsational Season

Ink: Midnight Muse, Gumball Green, Soft Suede

Paper: Whisper White, Gumball Green

Accessories: rhinestones, Sharpie pens

Happy Stampin'!

Christmas Deer-Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge #267

A quick and easy sketch over at Stamping 411 this week.

Here's my contribution:

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This sketch gave me a chance to play with my new stamp set Christmas Deer.  I really like this guy.  I also used my favorite pattern found in the Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Pack.  I like the non-traditional Christmas blue and brown  color combination.  The rhinestones were colored in using a blue Sharpie.

Thanks to the Stamping 411 Operators for a tip on how to make the flag.  Use the corner of a square punch to get the shape.  Learned something new today!


Here's the originial sketch:

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Christmas Deer, Tiny Tags

Ink: Early Espresso, Marina Mist

Paper: Marina Mist, Very Vanilla, Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Pack

Accessories: Big Shot, Labels Collection Framelits, 1 1/4" square punch, rhinestones, blue Sharpie, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Paper -Pierced Hearts-One Layer Wednesday Pure Inspiration

I really like this week's challenge over at One Layer Wednesday.

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The challenge was to get inspiration from this Pinterest Board.  There were so many beautiful ideas, but I was immediately drawn to this one.

OLW Pure Inspiration

I really like the color combination of craft and red, but for whatever reason, I pulled out a sheet of Sahara Sand instead.  I was working from memory, so it wasn't until I went back to look at the inspiration piece that I realized the color was different.  I also like the different designs on the hearts, and I almost added hearts punched out of scrap designer series paper.  But, this is a one layer challenge so I stuck with just stamping the hearts.  Another day, another project...

This challenge also gave me the opportunity to try my new heart paper-piercing template.  I use my paper-piercing tool for almost every project, but hadn't yet opened the pack of templates.  This was a fun and easy challenge, and I was able to try out some new product!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Punch Potpourri, Faith in Nature

Ink: Raspberry Ripple

Paper: Sahara Sand

Accessories: Paper Piercing Tool, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, Baker's Twine, Mini Glue Dots

Happy Stampin'!