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January 2016

Going Places Sky is the Limit

Here's another quick and simple card using the Sale-Bration stamp set Sky is the Limit, combined with Going Places Designer Series Paper and World Traveler Embossing Folder.

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Sky is the Limit Happy Birthday

I needed to make a masculine birthday card for my nephew's upcoming birthday.  So, I turned to my favorite Sale-A-Bration stamp set, Sky is the Limit (available for a limited time only through Feb. 15), and the striking paper found in the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack.  The card is roughly based on this week's Can You Case It? sketch challenge.

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Paint Chip You are Made of Wonderful-Can You Case It Challenge #104

There is a fun sketch challenge this week over at the Can You Case It Site?

Can you Case It #104

Here is my contribution:

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One of my all-time favorite stamping techniques is to use paint chip samples found in the paint department at our local home improvement store.  I recently found a vast treasure trove of paint chips with pretty images and color combinations printed by Behr.  I picked up a handful and have enjoyed crafting with them. 

Here is a photo of some of them I have collected.

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When I saw this week's sketch challenge, I immediately thought of my stash.  Since Valentine's Day is around the corner, I picked the sample above with different shapes and colors of chocolate candy.  I punched a heart out of Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper and stamped one of the greetings from Picture Perfect.  By using this greeting, it could be used for Valentine's Day or as a thank you card.  The heart and greeting are strategically placed over the names of the paint colors. Perfect for the sketch!


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Lace and Glitter-Can You Case It Black and White Challenge #103

The challenge over at the Can You Case It site this week is Black, White and Elegant.

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I decided that I'd create a simple card using the Lace and Glitter Technique.  Here's my contribution:

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This is a super simple technique, but the results are really pretty and sparkly!

Here's how:

You will need a piece of lace, fine glitter and sticky backed paper.  I use a full sheet label from Avery (available at any office supply store). Cut it down to size and then peel off the backing exposing the sticky side.

Secure a piece of lace onto the sticky back.  I place the lace and label in a powder pal to help control where the glitter goes.  As we all know, glitter can end up everywhere!

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Add a small amount of glitter to the top of lace and with the tips of your fingers, work it into the design of the lace as it starts to stick to the sticky background.  Start with a small amount of glitter to avoid big clumps.  You can always add more glitter if needed.

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Once you've worked in the glitter, pick up the piece and gently tap off any loose pieces of glitter into the powder pal.  Carefully peel the lace off the sticky background, and you're left with a sparkly lace pattern!

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Because the label paper is pretty flimsy, I attached it to a piece of card stock before trimming it down and adding it to my black matting. 

The greeting is from Sincere Salutations, one of my all-time favorite greeting sets.  Long time retired, but I still use it on a pretty regular basis.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sincere Salutations

Ink: Tuxedo Black

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black

Accessories: Powder Pal

Non Stampin' Up: Avery Full Sheet Labels, lace,fine glitter


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Clear Block Watercolor-In the Meadow

I decided to break in my new stamp set, In the Meadow (found in the Occasions Catalog), with a quick and simple clear block watercolor background.

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 For this card, I tapped ink (Island Indigo, Marina Mist and Mossy Meadow) along the edges of a clear block "E".  I then lightly spritzed the block with water so the ink would pool and run.  I placed it on a piece of watercolor paper for a few seconds, allowing the ink to soak into the paper.  I lifted up the block and had a really pretty watercolor background.  From there, I stamped the trees, grass and deer from In the Meadow.  I filled in the deer by using an Aqua Painter to color in Soft Suede ink.

The greeting is from Picture Perfect.

Easy, easy!



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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!


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

Or go back to Yapha who is featuring Perfect Pairings


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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

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Kinda Eclectic Emboss Resist-TGIF Challenge #37

I found this fun sketch over at the TGIF challenge site:



Here's my contribution:

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For this card, I did a watercolor emboss resist background.  I stamped the sun and greeting from Kinda Eclectic on a piece of watercolor paper using Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Early Espresso embossing powder.  I then spritzed the watercolor paper with water and swiped Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze ink using an aqua painter.  After the paper dried completely, I stamped the speckles from Gorgeous Grunge using Cajun Craze ink. 

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Emboss Resist You've Got This-Sunday Stamps Color Challenge 117


My entry was picked as one of the Top Cups for this challenge!  Wow, thank you ladies!

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I really liked the soft color combination for this week's Sunday Stamps color challenge.

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So, I decided to play along.  Here's my contribution:

You've Got This 009For this card, I did the emboss resist technique using watercolor paper and You've Got This stamp set.  I first inked up the large background stamp in Versamark, stamped it on watercolor paper and then heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  Then, I stamped the flower image over the background image using Versamark and heat embossed it with pewter embossing powder.  I then spritzed the watercolor paper with water and using an aqua painter, I swished on Melon Mambo, Crumb Cake and Blushing Bride ink.  I let the ink soak into the paper a little while, then buffed it off using a paper towel.  The embossing will resist the ink!  One of my favorite background techniques!


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Work of Art Flower-Can You Case It Challenge #101

I'm feeling a little lost as 2016 begins.  The Nacho Average site is no longer offering weekly challenges.  As part of the Design Team, it was really nice to have challenges that I could work on in advance.  It gave me a purpose for blog postings.  Now, I'm on my own...

But with the help of Heather H. a very loyal Nacho Average challenge poster, I have a list of weekly challenges that I can follow and participate in.  She is a self described "challenge addict", so I asked her which ones were her favorites.  The first on her list was Can You Case It.  I checked out the site and I instantly knew I could play along with their first color challenge of 2016:

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Here's my contribution:

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 One of my goals is to use stamp sets that have been sitting on the shelf for awhile.  This was the case with Work of Art which I think I had only used once or twice.  This is a very versatile stamp set for creating shapes and abstracts.  I put the challenge colors right to work to create a fun flower using the larger solid image stamp in the set to create petals in Blackberry Bliss.  The center of the flower and greeting were stamped in Blue Lagoon.  Easy, easy as the color possibilities are endless.


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