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June 2015

Tie Dyed Butterfly-Nacho Average Color Challenge #148

Our color challenge this week over at the Nacho Average challenge site features two of Stampin' Up!'s In Colors: Tip Top Taupe and Watermelon Wonder combined with Bermuda Bay.

Here's my contribution:

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For this card I used watercolor paper and reinkers to create a tie dyed background which peeks out underneath a butterfly cut out using the Big Shot and Butterfly Thinlit. 

It's an easy technique.  Check here for instructions!

Here's what the butterfly looked like before the cut out was added back in. It's pretty in its own right too!

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Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entries 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. 

Stamp Set: Wish Big

Ink: Bermuda Bay, Watermelon Wonder and Bermuda Bay reinkers

Paper: Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White and watercolor paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Butterfly Thinlits, spritzer bottle with water, paper towel for blotting, Tombow Multi-Purpose Glue

 

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Anything But a Card-Lavender Sachets

The swap theme for our Sunday Stamp Club this month is "anything but a card."  I always struggle with this theme.  My criteria in deciding what project I will do is based on what I would like to receive.  Something useful that isn't going to sit gathering dust.  Food packaged in pretty containers is always a good option, and that was what I thought I'd do initially.  Then, I came across some fabric sachets that my good friend Reba had made for me years ago.  This was way back when I was making  and selling hand crafted soaps and lotions.  I made gift baskets and I thought a nice addition would be a sachet filled with lavender.  I have a sewing machine, but I really don't like to sew, so Reba offered to make them for me.  And she made them in different purple patterned fabric as she knew that is my favorite color!

Well, one thing led to another, and I stopped making the soaps and lotions and never used the sachets.  But, I kept them and would come across them every once in awhile and smile because they made me think of Reba.  Anyway, I thought they would be nice for the swap because they met the criteria of being something that I would like to receive.  The original sachets are pretty big in size and would take quite a bit of lavender to fill them up.  Since I don't have any of those supplies anymore, and didn't want to make a big investment, I decided to make them smaller by cutting them into fourths.  This meant of course getting out the sewing machine to stitch up new seams!

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I ended up making 10 of them, some for the swap and some to give as thank you gifts for the Ladies of Wetmore who recently attended a class. 

I used the remaining dried lavender out of the small bag I had purchased at a local health food store to fill up one of the original larger sachets to send to Reba as a thank you gift.  She probably doesn't even remember making them for me.  But, I hope it will make her smile!

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I used SU! markers (Elegant Eggplant), paper (Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Always Artichoke and Cucumber Crush), punches (Large Oval, Scallop Oval, Bitty Butterfly and Banner Triple), Candy Dots and ribbon (Wisteria Wonder Seam Binding and either silver or gold stretchy trim to match the non SU! safety pins) to create the labels.

I made an extra for me and placed it in one of my dresser drawers.  Love the smell of lavender and I hope the girls will too!

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Painted Blooms Happy Graduation

It's been awhile since I've needed to make a Happy Graduation card. But this year, we know two young ladies who graduated from high school and were in need of a "congrats" card!  I was stumped and not coming up with much inspiration for ideas until I saw the sample on page 95 of the new Stampin' Up! catalog.  Stampin' Up! encourages us to CASE (copy and share with everyone) samples in the catalogs and that is exactly what I did with a couple of slight changes.

The sample used the new Designer Series Paper English Garden which I currently do not have.  But, I did have some scraps of Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper left over from the Occasions Catalog and that works just as well.  The wooden "congrats" came from a My Paper Pumpkin kit since I didn't have the new Expressions Natural Elements (yet!).  The stamp set is Teeny Tiny Wishes, one of my all-time favorites! 

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Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Crushed Curry, Rose Red, Island Indigo, Blackberry Bliss

Paper: Whisper White, Rose Red, Island Indigo, Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Bitty Butterfly punch, Candy Dots, Island Indigo Baker's Twine, wood element from Glittered Greetings Paper Pumpkin kit

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You've Got This Emboss Resist-Nacho Average Challenge #147

Time for a sketch challenge this week over at the Nacho Average challenge site.

Here's my contribution:

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For this card, I used the new stamp set You've Got This and used the emboss resist technique.  To start, I stamped the background using Versamark on watercolor paper then heat embossed it using white embossing powder.  Then I spritzed the watercolor paper with water and using aqua painters, swiped on Watermelon Wonder and Crushed Curry ink.  The ink will resist where the image has been embossed!  After the paper had completely dried, I stamped the flower image using black Stazon.  I did the same for the greeting, but without any embossing. 

Here's the original sketch:

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Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entries 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. 

Stamp Sets: You've Got This, Wish Big (from a My Paper Pumpkin kit)

Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, Versamark, Black Stazon

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, watercolor

Accessories: heat tool, white embossing powder, spritzer bottle with water, aqua painter, 2015-2017 In Color Blossoms Accents, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dot

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Rainy Day-Every Cloud has a Silver Lining-Sprinkles of Life

Here's another idea using the new Sprinkles of Life stamp set and coordinating Tree Builder Punch found in the 2015-2016 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.  Remember, for every purchase of the Sprinkles of Life stamp set, SU! will donate 3.00 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities!

Sprinkles of Life 029The clouds and banner were created using the Shaving Cream Technique using Smoky Slate and Bermuda Bay reinkers.

 

Other supplies: shaving cream, wooden spoon, paper plate, Sharpie markers to color the rhinestones

 

 

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Sprinkles of Life Diorama Card

One of my new favorite stamp sets in the 2015-2016 Annual Stampin' Up! Catalog is Sprinkles of Life.  

It is filled with lots of fun images (cupcake, ice cream cone, clouds, tree and leaves to name a few) so the possibilities are endless!

The set also coordinates with the new Tree Builder Punch!

And better yet, when you buy the Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set, SU! will donate 3.00 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities!

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Create a fun diorama card: cut 2 pieces of card stock or designer paper measuring 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".  Score 1/2" and 1" along each edge of the short side of each piece.  Create an opening in the top piece using a punch or framelit.  Build your scene on the back piece of the diorama.  Fold along score lines and attach the two pieces using Tear & Tape Adhesive.

The inside of the diorama card and clouds were made using the Shaving Cream Technique using Bermuda Bay and Soft Sky reinkers.

Other supplies: shaving cream, wooden spoon, paper plate


 

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Ray of Sunshine-Nacho Average Challenge #146

Our colors for this week's Nacho Average Challenge are Island Indigo, Hello Honey and Smoky Slate.

Here's my contribution:

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For this card, I used the sun and greeting found in Ray of Sunshine and the clouds found in Sprinkles of Life combined with the Tree Builder punch.  These sets have become two of my favorites!

 

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entries 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. 

Stamp Sets: Ray of Sunshine, Sprinkles of Life

Ink: Hello Honey, Smoky Slate, Island Indigo

Paper: Smoky Slate, Island Indigo, Hello Honey, Whisper White

Accessories: 1 1/4", 1 3/8" circle punches, Tree Builder Punch, Dazzling Details

 

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Black, White and Cherry Cobbler Thank You

Here's another black, white and Cherry Cobbler color combo thank you card I created using paper and ink left over from this week's Nacho Average Challenge

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The flower print paper is from the Neutrals Color Collection paper stack found in the new 2015-2016 Annual Stampin' Up! Catalog.  Easy, Easy!

Stamp Set: Wish Big (My Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Neutrals Color Collection (black)

Accessories: Pansy and 7/8" Scallop Circle punch, Dimensionals, Jumbo Rhinestone

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Black, White and Cherry Cobbler Thank U

I created this quick and simple thank you card using the paper and ink I already had out after creating my project for this week's Nacho Average Challenge.

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Black, white and Cherry Cobbler is one of my favorite color combinations. And I really like the pretty flower print paper found in the new Neutrals Color Collection paper stack.  This card came together really easy.  Can't beat that!

Stamp Set: A Round Array

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Neutrals Color Collection (black)

Accessories: Pansy, 1" circle and 7/8" Scallop Circle punches, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Dimensionals

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Happy Birthday-Nacho Average Challenge #145

We have an interesting sketch this week over at the Nacho Average Challenge site. 

Here's my contribution:

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This clean and simple card was created using the new Neutrals Color Collection found in the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog.  The greeting is from the retired set Holidays and Wishes.  I've always liked the size and the font on this birthday stamp, and it fits nicely with the sketch.  Can't go wrong with black, white and Cherry Cobbler!

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entries 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: Holidays and Wishes

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Neutrals Color Collection (black)

Accessories: none!

 

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Gift Idea-Envelope in a Box Using the Envelope Punch Board

Envelope in a Box 006I made these cute Envelopes in a Box as gifts for attendees at a recent workshop.  I filled them with Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares, but you could fill them with all kinds of different candies or trinkets.  And they are so easy to make!

Click here for Envelope in a Box instructions as a pdf file.

I made these using the Envelope Punch Board out of the fun Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper found in the new 2015-2016 Catalog from Stampin' Up!  The Designer Series Paper measures 6"x 6" which is the exact size you need!  I punched flowers out of coordinating paper using the Petite Petals and 1/2" circle punches.  The greeting "thanks a bunch" comes from the new stamp set Sprinkles of Life. Oh, and I used 1" Tip Top Taupe and Watermelon Wonder (2 of the 5 new 2015-2017 In Colors) Dotted Lace Trim to tie them closed.  This ribbon is so pretty and soft!

 

 

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Acrylic Block Stamping-Sheltering Tree Nacho Average Challenge #144

Our Nacho Average color challenge this week is Real Red, Old Olive and Tempting Turquoise.

Here's my contribution:

Sheltering Tree 057This card was inspired by the bright blue Colorado sky we experienced one morning recently. Normally seeing the bright blue sky wouldn't be much of a big deal, but on this morning it was.  That is because for the past 2 weeks or so, we've had lots and lots of rain and haven't seen the sun or clear skies much!  This card was also inspired by all the greenery because of the rain.  Although the cooler, wet weather has slowed down the normal growth and blooming of things like wild flowers, the weeds and grass have been loving it and are out of control!  Lastly, this card was inspired by our blooming apple trees who despite the cool, wet temps are still hanging in there!

The background was created using the Acrylic Block stamping technique. I patted Tempting Turquoise and Old Olive on the clear-mount block F, then spritzed it with water.  I then stamped it on a piece of water color paper.  I let it set on the paper to soak in for a minute, then removed the block.  Once dried, I stamped the tree and land images from Sheltering Tree.

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entries 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: Sheltering Tree

Ink: Early Espresso, Real Red, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise

Paper: Real Red, water color paper

Accessories: Clear-mount block F, spritzer bottle with water

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