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October 2013

Star Santa Claus

I'm in full Christmas card making mode, so I checked one of my favorite challenge sites, Merry Monday, for a little Christmas card inspiration. This challenge site helps get us in the Christmas spirit by offering weekly Christmas challenges all year long.

This week's challenge is "Santa".

Here's my contribution:

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I do not own 1 Santa Claus stamp!  I know, how sad!  So, instead, I made a Santa Claus out of punches and the Single Christmas Star stamp.  I had seen this idea on Pinterest awhile ago, and have been wanting to make my own Star Santa for awhile now.  This challenge got me into gear!

These are the pieces I used made using punches and a star traced on cardstock and cut out:

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1 3/4" circle punch for Santa's face out of Blushing Bride and sponged with Real Red ink

large circle from Owl Builder punch for Santa's nose out of Blushing Bride and sponge with Real Red ink

2 small circles from Owl Builder punch for Santa's eyes out of Basic Black

Petite Pennants Builder punch for Santa's hat out of Real Red and embossed using the Big Shot and Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder

2 Word Window punch for hat's brim out of Whisper White.  The 2 pieces were attached as 1, then embossed using the Big Shot and Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.

7/8" scallop circle punch for hat's tassel out of Whisper White embossed using Petals a Plenty Embossing folder

2 birds from Bird Builder punch for Santa's mustache out of Whisper White

3 petals from Build a Blossom punch for Santa's beard, with the top 2/3 of each petal cut off

misc scrap pieces for Santa's eyebrows out of Whisper White and Santa's mouth out of Real Red

1 star (Christmas Star clear-mount stamp unmounted from block) traced on a piece of 8 1/2" x 11" Whisper White card stock, scored and folded at 5 1/2".  Once the outline of the star was traced, I cut it out using a pair of scissors.  The top of the star was placed above the score line so it would open as a card.  It was embossed using the Big Shot and Petals a Plenty Embossing Folder.

The hanger is attached to the back of Santa's head using Mini Glue Dots.

Tips: play around with the different pieces to get the look you want.  You may need to trim some of them, especially the beard and mustache pieces, to get the look you want.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Teeny Tiny Wishes (for greeting), Single Christmas Star

Ink: Real Red

Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Blushing Bride

Accessories: 1 3/4" circle, Owl Builder, Bird Builder, Petite Pennants Builder, Build a Blossom, 7/8" scallop circle, Word Window, Modern Label punches, Big Shot, Petals a Plenty, Perfect Polka Dots, Stylish Stripes Embossing folders, sponge, ribbon, Mini Glue Dots, White Gel Pen

 

Happy Stampin'!

Embossed "Another Thank You"-CASology Black Challenge

Our CASology Challenge cue word this week is "Black."

Here's my contribution:

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For this one layer card, I simply stamped my greetings (and heart) using Versamark on black card stock.  I carefully added different embossing powders to different parts of the stamped images, then heat embossed using a heat tool.  Be sure to swipe the card stock with an Embossing Buddy before stamping.  It really helps keep the little flecks of embossing powder off.  I had quite a few thank you cards I needed to send out this week, and this was a quick and simple project.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Another Thank you (photopolymer set from Stampin' Up!)

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Basic Black

Accessories: Embossing Buddy, Tangerine Tango, Wild Wasabi and Tempting Turquoise embossing powders, heat tool

Happy Stampin'!

Merry Minis Merry Christmas-Nacho Average Challenge #61

We have a great sketch this week over at the Nacho Average Challenge site.  Perfect for a quick and easy Christmas card!

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This is a pretty straight forward card.  I used the ornament  punch from the Merry Minis Punch Pack and the pretty polka dot pattern from Season of Style Designer Series Paper.

Here's the 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. 

 

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Season of Style Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Merry Minis Punch Pack, 1" Circle, Word Window and Modern Label punches, Early Espresso 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain ribbon, Dimensionals, rhinestones

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Straw Christmas Tree

Oh my, a Christmas tree made out of straws!

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I saw this idea on Pinterest, and have had it in the back of my mind ever since.  I actually spent a day cleaning out my craft room, and came across the packet of straws I knew I had, but didn't quite know where they were.  Once I found them, I immediately stopped the cleaning process and made this card. I simply cut 2 green striped straws into different lengths and secured them to my Whisper White card front with Crystal Effects.  I cut a small length of a red striped straw, pierced a hole in the center and inserted a glimmer rhinestone.  It also was secured using Cyrstal Effects.  Very easy and fun! 

Stamp Set: Warmth and Wonder

Ink: Real Red

Paper: Real Red, Whispher White

Accessories: straws, Crystal Effects, rhinestone, paper piercing tool and mat

 

Happy Stampin'!

Warmth and Wonder-Country Tree

Sometimes it just works out.  Sometimes I can submit 1 card for 2 challenges! 

Here is my contribution to this week's Less is More challenge "Trees" and

the CASology challenge "Country."

 

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Since I live in tree country, I figured this card would work with both challenges! 

To create the sky background, I simply sponged Pool Party ink on a piece of Whisper White card stock.  I then stamped the tree from the Warmth and Wonder stamp set using Black Stazon.  I ran it through my Big Shot using Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.  It is hard to see, but I added a little sparkle by dotting small drops of Dazzling Details on the tree. 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Warmth and Wonder

Ink: Pool Party, Black Stazon

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black

Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots embossing Folder, Dazzling Details, sponge

Happy Stampin'!

Clear-Mount Block Baby Wipe Technique-Nacho Average Challenge #60

We have a pretty color challenge this week over at the Nacho Average site:

Primrose Petals, Daffodil Delight, Midnight Muse

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Here's by contribution:

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For this card, I wanted to try a something a little different using the Baby Wipe Technique (see posting here for instructions).  Instead of stamping a stamp, I wanted to stamp with a clear-mount block that had been inked up in the baby wipe ink palette.

Here's how:

I first made my ink palette by placing drops of reinker onto a folded baby wipe that had been placed into a Powder Pal.  I used the challenge colors of Primrose Petals, Daffodil Delight and Midnight Muse.

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I placed my clear-mount block "E" into the palette to ink it up,

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then stamped the block onto a piece of glossy white card stock.  Oh, pretty!  And what a fun background piece to craft with!

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The colors of this challenge are non-traditional Christmas, but since I am focusing on the task of making Christmas cards, this piece turned into a fun, non-traditional Christmas card!

The Clear-Block background piece measures 3 x 3.  The Daffodil Delight cover piece measure 3 1/4 x 3 1/4.  I cut out a circle from the center using my Big Shot and Circles Framelits, then embossed it using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing Folder.  I layered it on top of the background piece using Dimensionals, then popped up everything on the Whisper White card base using Dimensionals.  The trees were punched using the Pennant Builder punch and then embossed using the Big Shot and Fancy Fan embossing folder.  The stars were punched using the star from the Merry Minis Punch Pack.  Everything was popped up using 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. 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Greetings of the Season

Ink: Primrose Petals, Primrose Petals, Daffodil Delight, Midnight Muse reinkers

Paper: Glossy  White, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Primrose Petals, Midnight Muse

Accessories: Baby Wipe, Powder Pal, Clear-Mount Block "E", Big Shot, Circles Framelits, Perfect Polka Dots and Fancy Fan embossing folders, Pennant Builder and Merry Mini punches, rhinestones, Dimensionals

 

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Blue Paint Chip Merry Tree

Here's another card I created using paint chips found at my local home improvement store.

Be sure to view another tree I created using green paint chips HERE.

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I originally created this card to be a part of this week's Merry Monday color challenge.  The challenge was to use blue, white, silver/gray colors.  It wasn't until I was about to upload it to the site that I realized it also needed to include snowflakes!  Oops. That's what I get for speed reading!  Oh well, maybe I can contribute to the challenge next time...

Anyway, this is how the tree started out:

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I trimmed the paint chip to create 2 triangles for trees. 

Here's a quick how to tutorial:

Because I didn't want to waste an actual paint chip the first time around in case I made a cutting mistake (always happens!), I made a photo copy of the chip on regular computer paper for the tutorial.

1. Start with a large paint chip.  Trim off the writing on the left hand side of the chip.  Trim off the top of the chip to create a rectangle.

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2. Cut the rectangle in half on the diagonal from corner to corner.

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This will give you two pieces to use.

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3. Measure down the left side of the triangle to the bottom point.  Measure down the same measurement on the right side of the triangle and mark a point. Draw a line connecting the points.

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4. Cut along the line, and you will have a perfectly shaped tree with diagonal stripes! 

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Add embellishments to the tree as desired.  The possibilities are endless!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Pennant Parade

Ink: Midnight Muse

Paper: Midnight Muse, Smokey Slate, Silver Glimmer

Accessories: paint chip, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Bitty Banners Framelits, Itty Bitty Shapes and Merry Minis Punch Packs, paper piercing tool and mat, brads, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Pumpkin- CASology Challenge #66

Pumpkin is our cue word this week over at the CASology challenge site.

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Tuesday was garbage day at our house, and as I was busy collecting the week's trash, I noticed this page torn out of a magazine (Popular Mechanics) laying on top of the waste basket in my husband's office. 

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"Mmmm" I thought to myself, "this is really pretty." So I took it out of the waste basket with the intent of including it in my folder of magazine and catalog pages that I keep and use for inspiration.  Then I checked the CASology web site and lo and behold this week's cue word was "pumpkin."  Well, wouldn't the print on that magazine page make an interesting pumpkin?  Of course! 

I started out by stamping the pumpkin image from Button Buddies using Old Olive ink on a piece of Sahara Sand card base.  I used my Stamp a ma jig to line up the 3 images because without it, I knew I'd never get them straight.  Then I punched 3 pumpkins out of the magazine page using my 3/4" circle punch.  I added the punched circles over the stamped images, popping them up with Dimensionals.   The greeting is from Another Thank you, a new photopolymer set from Stampin' Up!, stamped in Rich Razzleberry.  A strip of the magazine page was added to the left and bottom edges just to give it a little more color and interest.

Since the card is an odd size (3" x 4"), I thought I'd better make an envelope to go with it.  I used my new Envelope Punch Board to create a Sahara Sand envelope with a matching strip of the magazine paper and a punched circle to seal the flap.

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Oh, and speaking of pumpkins, here is a photo of the 2 pumpkins we grew in our garden this year.  Our growing season is usually not long enough for the pumpkins to get big enough and actually ripen, so these are kind of special.  They were more a yellow color when I picked them from the vine, so I've been setting them out on our back deck every day so they can get a little more sun ripening time.  Since we've had freezing temperatures at night for the last couple of weeks, I bring these two guys in every evening, and put them out again every morning. It also serves as my daily weight training as the big pumpkins weighs about 25 pounds!  See the moisture on the deck?  That is from a little snow flurry that moved in.  October 15, and we've got snow in Wetmore (4" total!)

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Stamp Sets: Button Buddies, Another Thank You

Ink: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry

Paper: Sahara Sand, magazine page

Accessories: 3/4" circle punch, Stamp a ma jig, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Paint Chip Christmas Tree-Nacho Average Challenge #59

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

Here's my contribution:

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I recently discovered a great idea on Pinterest for using paint chips to create  fun Christmas trees.  You know, paint chips, the sample cards you get at any paint department at your local home improvement store?  The idea came from Angela Sgro.  I knew I had to give it a try, so, over the last few weeks, I've been collecting paint chips everytime I find myself in a home improvement store. This actually happens quite a bit since my husband always seems to have some sort of home improvement project (s) going on at the house.  And since we live in a very rural area, and the closest shopping opportunity is 30 miles away, I often go with with him. We combine all the stops we need to make into 1 trip into town.  So often times while he is picking out lumber or looking at nails and screws, I head over to the paint department!

Anyway, here are some of the paint chips I've collected:

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Angela has a great tutorial on how to cut a 5"x6" paint chip down to create a tree with diagonal stripes.  I followed her instructions and made my own little tutorial below.  Because I didn't want to waste an actual paint chip the first time around in case I made a cutting mistake (always happens!), I made a photo copy of the chip on regular computer paper for the tutorial.

1. Start with a large paint chip.  Trim off the writing on the left hand side of the chip.  Trim off the top of the chip to create a rectangle.

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2. Cut the rectangle in half on the diagonal from corner to corner.

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This will give you two pieces to use.

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3. Measure down the left side of the triangle to the bottom point.  Measure down the same measurement on the right side of the triangle and mark a point. Draw a line connecting the points.

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4. Cut along the line, and you will have a perfectly shaped tree with diagonal stripes! 

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Add embellishments to the tree as desired.  The possibilities are endless!

I used Cherry Cobbler buttons with Island Indigo Baker's Twine in the button holes as you cannot have naked buttons!

The piece behind the tree is a piece of Whisper White card stock spritzed with a mixture of alcohol, Marina Mist reinker and shimmer paint.

Here's the original 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: Pennant Parade

Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist reinker

Paper: Marina Mist, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Early Espresso

Accessories: paint chip, Big Shot, Bitty Banners Framelits, Cherry Cobbler Buttons, Island Indigo Baker's Twine, Mini Glue Dots, spritzer bottle, rubbing alcohol, Frost White Shimmer Paint

 

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October Class in an Instant-Festive Flurry Winter WOWs

October 2013 Class in an Instant-Festive Flurry Winter WOWs

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Click HERE to order October Class in an Instant-Festive Flurry Winter WOW's

Don’t get the winter blues – make winter sparkle with pretty purples!

You know that Stampin’ Up! is famous for coordinating stamp sets. We’ve taken it one better - coordinating stamp sets and coordinating Framelits dies to use with the Big Shot! Now you can stamp detailed images and die-cut them with a few cranks of the Big Shot handle. Oh the possibilities!

These Winter WOW projects feature the Festive Flurry stamp set and Festive Flurry Framelits Dies. Bundle them together and you save 15% - we all love that! Your friends and family will be WOW’d when you give them beautiful, detailed and unique handcrafted gifts from this set. Use the ornament or mini shaped card to adorn a simple gift bag. Present gift cards with style in a festive gift card purse. Let’s get started!

Class in an Instant is only $4.95 and will be delivered right to your e mail in box as a pdf file.

Option: Purchase the Festive Flurry Bundle (stamp set and Flurry Framelits Dies, #133284 wood-mount, #133285 clear-mount) from me between October 10-November 9, 2013, and I will send you the Festive Flurry Winter WOWs Class in an Instant as my gift to you for FREE.

Order online or contact me by EMAIL  

Once order has been placed, I will e mail you the Festive Flurry Winter WOWs Class in an Instant as a pdf file.


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With this tutorial, you will learn to make:

  • 1 Card
  • 1 Mini Shaped Card
  • 1 Gift Card Purse
  • 1 3-D Snowflake Ornament

 

This tutorial includes:

  • Big Shot Magnetic Platform Tutorial
  • Bonus Ideas
  • Alternate Project Samples

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Featured Techniques:

  • Die-cutting, Dry Embossing, Medallion Ornament, Window Card, Shaped Card

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Happy Stampin'!

Crisp Fall Day-CASology "Crisp" Challenge

"Crisp" is our cue word this week over at the CASology site.  I created this quick and simple thank you card after enjoying a beautiful "crisp" fall day here in southern Colorado.

CASology Honorable Mention

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I apologize for the photography on this one.  The blue background is darker in person, but it gets washed out in the photo.  I tried several different angles etc to get a better photo.  I could have sponged on more blue so it would show up better, but it really is just the right amount in person.

Anyway, to make this card, I created a rectangle-shaped mask with the center cut out using a piece of plain old copy paper.  I laid the mask on my Whisper White card base and sponged on Marina Mist ink.

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Then, I stamped my tree image with the mask still in place.

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I then removed the mask and continued stamping the leaves and tire swing.

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Branch Out, Essentials

Ink: Marina Mist, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie

Paper: Whisper White

Accessories: mask, Stamp a Ma Jig for tire swing and greeting

Happy Stampin'!

Punched Candy Corn-Nacho Average Challenge #58

We have a "Halloween" inspired color challenge this week over at the Nacho Average Challenge site.

Basic Black, Summer Starfruit and Pumpkin Pie

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Here's my contribution:

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When I first saw this color challenge, I immediately thought of candy corn, just in time for Halloween!

Here's a quick and simple way to make punched candy corn:

Use the Pennant Builder punch from Stampin' Up! and punch 3 triangles out of Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie and Summer Starfruit card stock.

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Cut the top off the Pumpkin Pie triangle and the bottom off the Summer Starfruit triangle.

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Layer the bottom portion of the Pumpkin Pie triangle onto the Whisper White triangle.

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Layer the bottom portion of the Summer Starfruit triangle to the bottom of the Pumpkin Pie triangle.

Done!

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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. 

Stampin' Up! Supplies:

Stamp Set: Sweet Shapes

Ink: Basic Black

Paper: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Starfruit, Basic Black

Accessories: Pennant Builder punch, Big Shot, Houndstooth Embossing Folder

 

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Iris Folded Chili Pepper

I just returned from a weekend trip to my home town of Albuquerque, New Mexico.  August and September are chili harvest months in New Mexico.  The aroma of roasting chilis fills the air as grocery stores, farmers markets and roadside stands set up their chili roasters.  There is nothing better than the smell and taste of a freshly roasted chili.  This is one of the things I miss most about not living in New Mexico.

I created these two iris folded cards to celebrate the New Mexico chili harvest.

I am also submitting this card to this week's CASology "Harvest" challenge.

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 Here is another one I created using red glimmer paper.  Change up the greeting and this would make a great Christmas card!

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Be sure to check my Iris Folding page for instructions, patterns and a video tutorial on Iris Folding.

Stampin' Up! supplies:

Stamp Set: Bitty Banners

Ink: Garden Green

Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Cherry Cobbler Designer Series Paper (card 1) Red Glimmer (card 2), Garden Green

Accessories: Big Shot, Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder, Itty Bitt Banners Framelits, Linen Thread, Mini Glue Dots

Happy Stampin'!

Happy Harvest Owl-CASology Harvest Challenge

"Harvest" is our cue word this week over at the CASology challenge site.

Here's my contribution:

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This cute little guy was made using the Owl Builder punch and some scrap Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and Old Olive paper.  The greeting was made in My Digital Studio.

I tried out my new Envelope Punch Board to make a coordinating envelope and liner. 

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Stampin' Up! supplies used:

Paper: Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Owl Builder punch, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, My Digital Studio for greeting, Envelope Punch Board

Happy Stampin'!

Retro Snowflake Soiree-Nacho Average Challenge #57

We have a sketch challenge for week #57 over at the Nacho Average Challenge site.

Here's my contribution:

 

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It is October (already!), and I wanted to get started on Christmas cards.  I send out so many that it really helps to get a head start before the holiday rush.  For this card, I used some non-traditional Christmas colors to give it kind of a retro look. I really like how it came out. 

 

Here's the original 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. 

Stampin' Up! Supplies:

Stamp Set: Snowflake Soiree, Warmth and Wonder

Ink: Blushing Bride, Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana

Paper: Blushing Bride, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Quatrefancy Specialty Paper

Accessories: Ticket Corner punch, Pool Party and shimmery white ribbon from my stash

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