Happy 100th Challenge to Nacho Average Challenges!

Today is Nacho Average Challenges 100th Challenge! Whoo-hoo!! To celebrate, each of the design team members picked their favorite challenges from the past 99, and you are invited to do so and play along as well! I picked sketch challenge #19, and Eve chose color challenge #72 to go along with it.

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This card really came together quite easily, once I chose the Starburst Sayings stamp for the middle.

Oh Happy Day by Yapha for NAC #100

Stamps: Starburst Sayings
Ink: Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay
Paper: Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Brights Designer Series Paper
Other: Starburst Framelits, Circle Framelits, Chevron Embossing Folder

I had fun playing with these challenges the first time around, too! You can see the cards I originally made for the sketch challenge and the color challenge. I hope you will play along. I can’t wait to see what you choose!

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Happy Happy Happy Birthday!

I really love this week’s sketch from Clean & Simple Stamping, partly because it is so clean and simple, and partly because it focuses on words. I am very much a word person, and I love that the sentiment is the focal point of this sketch.

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I knew that I wanted to use some of the pretty words from the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set, and I just love this paper from the All Abloom Stack.

Endless Birthday Wishes by Yapha

Stamps: Endless Birthday Wishes
Ink: Pistachio Pudding, Daffodil Delight, Blushing Bride, Strawberry Slush
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White, All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack
Other: Blushing Bride 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon

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Hang in There

Ann has a great sketch for us over at The Paper Players this week.

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I really like this Nuts to You hostess stamp set. All of the little animals are super cute and the tree is really fun design. Even though I couldn’t fit the whole tree in the oval, I thought it would be a good way to highlight that cute possum. I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to make the sentiment all on one line instead of three.

Hang in There by Yapha

Stamps: Nuts for You
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Garden Green, Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe
Paper: Calypso Coral, Garden Green, Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White, Gold Soiree Designer Series Paper
Other: Oval Framelits, Bitty Banner Framelits, Stamp-a-Ma-Jig

I hope that you will find the time to come play with us! I can’t wait to see what you make with this sketch!

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Happy Boot Day!

It’s sketch week over at CAS Colours & Sketches and they have a fun square card sketch. I love making square cards!

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The circle in the sketch was big enough to put one of the boots from Bootiful Occasion in, so I paired that with the pattern from the Lullaby Designer Series Paper that reminds me of chicken wire. (Not sure why there would be chicken wire in a set called “Lullaby.”) I used mostly the Baked Brown Sugar and Coastal Cabana from the paper, with a little Early Espresso for contrast.

Happy Boot Day by Yapha

Stamps: Bootiful Occasions
Ink: Early Espresso, Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana
Paper: Coastal Cabana Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White, Lullaby Designer Series Paper
Other: Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Circle Framelits, 2-1/2″ Circle punch

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Summer Party Banner & Card for Craft Project Central

This banner and matching card set is great for any summer party!  Perfectly fun and bright it will bring smiles and festivity to any gathering!  Use the project instructions and change up the colors for any party theme, birthdays, showers and any holiday! 

Summer Party Banner & Card

This festive project comes to you designed by Heidi King.  To get the instructions for Heidi’s project, just subscribe to July over at Craft Project Central.  And if you have a minute, please leave Heidi a comment on her project.

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Just Fur You Poodle Card

I thought that I wasn’t going to be able to get a card posted today, but I squeezed one out at the last minute! I used this week’s sketch from Pals Paper Arts and the colors from the Colour Me challenge.

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I was noticing as I was making this card that the poodle really looks like she could be a Dr. Seuss character. Something about her nose, I think… Anyway, the poodle worked well for these colors, especially the Melon Mambo and gold together. I used the black mats to play up the cartoony look.

Just Fur You by Yapha

Stamps: Hot Diggity Dog
Ink: Melon Mambo, Memento Black, Daffodil Delight
Paper: Melon Mambo, Basick Black, Whisper White, Brights Designer Series Paper, Gold Glimmer Paper

I leave you with a joke — How do you know when it’s raining cats and dogs? You step in a poodle!!!

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Be You (tiful)

They have another fun sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches this week. I have to be honest — I’m getting a little tired of banners. This looked like a good one for Washi Tape, though, so I decided to give it a try.

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Even though the Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper has retired, the matching Washi Tape and a few other items are still available. I used the Washi Tape with its fun and happy colors for this quick and easy card.

Be You (tiful) by Yapha

Stamps: Flower Patch
Ink: So Saffron, Tangerine Tango, Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana
Paper: Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White
Other: Retro Fresh Washi Tape, Flower Fair Framelets

I listed some of my retired stamps for sale over at Splitcoast Stampers. Let me know if you are interested in any of them.

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Secret Gift Box & Card for Craft Project Central

Make this gift box with secret boxes inside for anyone for any occasion, a birthday or a wedding. It can hold embellishments, jewelry, and/or candy. It also looks great on a desk holding office supplies. It is very easy to make and you don’t need a lot of craft supplies. You can leave it simple or add different embellishments to suit your style. Great for a stamp camp, or as a class project.

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This lovely project comes to you designed by Monika Davis.  To get the instructions for Monika’s project, just subscribe to July over at Craft Project Central.  And if you have a minute, please leave Monika a comment on her project.

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Stampin’ Up Weekly Deals & Other Exciting Specials

Here’s your round-up of all of the current Stampin’ Up specials! Let me know if you have any questions.

Weekly Deals

Prices good July 22-28, 2014. Click on the picture below to take advantage of these great deals!

Weekly Deals

Buy 3 Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper

During the entire month of July, when you purchase three Designer Series Paper packs, you’ll get one free. That’s like getting $10.95 off your purchase!

Paper Pumpkin

If you haven’t tried Paper Pumpkin, now is a great time to sign up–get 50% off your first two months. 

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Offer Dates: July 16, 2014–September 10, 2014

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20% Off My Digital Studio Print Products

To show their appreciation for your patience through this difficult transition, Stampin’ Up will be offering a 20% discount on all of our print products through the end of the month. After you have updated your MDS software, you will be able to place orders for print products at the discounted price through the end of day on Thursday, July 31 at 11:50 PM (MT). You can see the discounted promotional pricing here. Don’t forget, you can always download a free 30-Day Trial of My Digital Studio!

 

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Truly Grateful for Hello Honey

Tammy has a very interesting sketch challenge for us over at Nacho Average Challenges today. That triangle was a little tricky for me!

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I am really enjoying the new In Colors, especially Hello Honey. Once I decided that I wanted to stamp the wheat in Hello Honey, the rest of the card came together pretty quickly. (Other than cutting the triangle. That took several attempts.)

Truly Grateful for Hello Honey by Yapha

Stamps: Truly Grateful
Ink: Hello Honey, Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana
Paper: Hello Honey, Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Lullaby Designer Series Paper
Other: Hello Honey Stitched Satin Ribbon

I hope that you will come and play along. I can’t wait to see what you make with this sketch!

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