A Masculine Stamp Off Challenge

TGIF!  It is time for another Stamp Off Challenge.  This time Jackie gave us a challenge to make a masculine card.  These are probably the hardest to do (for me).

Here is my card:

I decided to use the stamp set called Balloon Adventures.  This set is in the Occasions Catalog.  I am really hoping it will make it into the 2017/2018 Annual Catalog.  I guess we will find that out on June 1st!.  If I had my way, most of the sets in the Occasions Catalog will carry over but I don’t always have my way.  I can only hope!

I used Designer Series Paper from two different packages.  The gray piece is from the Sale-a-bration pack called Carried Away.  You can get this package of Designer Series Paper for free with a qualifying order until the end of March.  Then it will disappear forever.  The Night of Navy DSP is from a pack in the Annual Catalog called Floral Boutique.  One of the things about DSP in the Annual Catalog is that it rarely carries over to the next catalog.  So if you like it, you need to get it soon.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made.  I am sure we will all be pleasantly surprised.  They are two awesome stampers and I am honored to be included in this group with them.

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Happy Green St. Patrick’s Day Challenge

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Today’s Stamp Off Challenge was a challenge for me.  I don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and I don’t even have any stamp sets that could be used.  Luckily the challenge also said “green” so I went with that.  Whew!  It might have been another rebel day! I

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Here is my card.

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As you can tell, I went with the green theme.  I was trying to figure out how to make a totally green card but none of the greens go well with each other (in my opinion) so I added some Tempting Turquoise.  I used the stamp set called Balloon Adventures.  As you can tell, it is really my favorite set from the Occasions Catalog.  Well, today it is anyway.  I love so much from that catalog it is hard to pick a favorite.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy have made for the green St. Patrick’s Day challenge.

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Something For Baby Stamp Off Challenge

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Today’s Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie and Buffy is to make a baby card (well it doesn’t have to be a card as you will soon see!).

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The timing of this theme could not be better!  Right now I am in Alabama visiting my brand new granddaughter, Emory Jade.  Let me tell you.  She is just beautiful. She is only a couple of hours old here.

img_20170227_204058 Mary and Zachary (Emory’s Mom & Dad) came to our house at Christmas.  Mary had been here before and had seen a wreath I had made using paper flowers.  She asked if I would cover a giant “E” with flowers to put over Emory’s crib.  The E was probably 2 – 2 1/2 feet in length.  I decided it would be more fun for Emory and Mary if she helped.  We spent a lot of hours cutting out flowers, glueing them together and then glueing them on the E.  We used a variety of new and retired Stampin’ Up! dies.

Here is a picture of the E on Emory’s wall.  I think it came out pretty.

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Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made for their baby themed project.

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A Stamp Off Sketch Challenge

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This week our Stamp Off Challenge is a sketch challenge.  Sketch challenges are always my favorite because I find them the easiest.  I know I need to get out of my comfort zone but Jackie and Buffy make me do that all the time so it is nice to have an easier challenge for me once in a while.  Of course, sometimes I can’t get out of my comfort zone which is when I usually cheat a bit on the challenge.

This is the sketch we needed to follow:

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Here is my card:

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(Please note that I did follow the sketch challenge!)

 I decided to use the stamp set called Beautiful You.  Jackie and Buffy use it a lot but I tend to forget about this set.  I do love it but I love so many sets that it is hard to choose which one to use.  This really is a beautiful set with nice images and sentiments.  I used Stitched Shapes Framelits to cut out the image and sentiment.  This set of Framelits is great because it has circles, ovals and squares all in one set.  They aren’t in the catalog but you can still order them (look below for the order number).

Now let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made with this challenge.  Do you think they followed the rules?  I bet they did!

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A Watercolor Stamp Off

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This week our Stamp Off Challenge is a Watercolor Challenge.

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Now, this can mean a lot of things.  You can use your new Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils with a Blender Pen or Aqua Painter so you can just use regular ink.  I decided to use my Aqua Painter with regular ink to make my card.

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To make this card, I cut the die from Swirly Scribbles on Whisper White Card Stock.  Then I took a piece of Watercolor Paper and measured with a pencil where the opening will be.  Then I squeezed the top of an ink pad and picked up some ink with my Aqua Painter.  I used Bermuda Bay, Cucumber Crush, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and Rich Razzleberry.  Here is what is looked like that this point.

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Then I glued the Swirly Scribble over the ink colors.

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Finally I pieced the outer edges from the original piece of Whisper White.  It was kind of like a puzzle.

The stamp set I used is a new one from the Occasion Catalog called Birthday Bright.  It actually goes with a cute kit called Birthday Bright Project Kit.  You can buy the stamp separately and I really like this set.

Now, let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie created.  One of the things I love about our Friday Stamp Off Challenges is we don’t share our projects with each other ahead of time so I am going to be as surprised and pleased as you are!

Don’t forget it is Sale-a-bration time! Earn FREE merchandise with a qualifying purchase! Get an extra $25 in Hostess Benefits with a $250 workshop (or order)! Join my Stampin Up! family and get a $125 worth of product for $99 PLUS your choice of TWO FREE STAMP SETS (an added value of up to $104)!!

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Balloon Adventures Stamp Off Anniversary

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First of all, I need to say Happy Anniversary to Buffy and Jackie.  We have been doing our Stamp Off Challenges for a year now!  Time sure flies!  When we first started this, it was supposed to be a every once in a while thing.  That lasted, well, one week.  We decided to do it every Friday until one of us didn’t want to anymore.  Here we are, a year later and still going strong.  I am so proud to be partners with these two very talented ladies.  I am so thankful they are easy going and don’t mind when I cheat a bit.  Let’s face it.  I am the biggest cheater (rebel) of them all and they have not “yelled” at me once.  As far as I know, they haven’t even gotten mad at me (of course, they haven’t seen this week’s challenge yet!). The only issue I have with them is there are really bad enablers!  I seem to want to buy everything they create with!  This is why I love these ladies.  They are talented, sweet and patient with someone who doesn’t always follow the rules.  How amazing is that?!?    OK.  Enough of the mushy stuff!

This week our Stamp Off Challenge is a Tic Tac Toe Challenge.  You are supposed to (note the words “supposed to”) draw a straight line across, down or diagonally on the Tic Tac Toe Board and make a card using these items.

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Don’t look too closely because I did a bent line instead of a straight one.  I wanted to make a masculine card with balloons but I didn’t really have any birthday Washi Tape so I used In Colors instead.

 

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Masculine birthday cards are one of the hardest to make (for me).  You can’t really add ribbon or sparkles and you certainly can’t use flower stamps.  My sons would roll their eye balls if they saw things like that on their cards.

You can use balloons!  Everyone loves balloons.  Stampin’ Up! has a new catalog out called the Occasions Catalog, and there are some awesome balloon stamps and dies.  The stamps are called Balloon Adventures.  It has a lot of great sentiments, as well as balloons, strings, confetti and banners.  I didn’t use the dies on this card (the are called Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies) but if you buy both the stamps and the dies you can save 10%.  The stamps also go with the Balloon Bouquet Punch (which I did use).

The Designer Series Paper is called Party Animal.  It is also in the Occasions Catalog and was made to go with this suite of products.

Now go check out Jackie’s and Buffy’s creations.  I am sure they followed the rules, although I am not to sure about Buffy anymore.  She has been a rebel lately!

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Sale-A-Bration Stamp Off

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Hello again!  It is Friday which means another Stamp Off Challenge with Buffy, Jackie and me.  This week is all about Sale-a-bration.  Our card or project needed to use a product from the Sale-a-bration catalog.

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Here is my card:

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I decided to use the stamp set called Any Occasion.  It is an adorable set where you can make all kinds of banners.  It covers all occasions ~ baby, birthday, thank you, wedding and more.  It also has a bunch of cute tiny stamps that you can use in-between the words on the banners.  I used the small outlined heart but there is also a streamer, bow, banner, flag, tag and others.

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The best part of this stamp set is you can get it for FREE with a qualifying order!  For every $50you spend, you can pick a product from the 2017 Sale-a-bration catalog for free.  Plus with a $250 workshop or order, you can get FIVE free items from the Sale-a-bration catalog AND an extra $25 in free hostess benefits!  Last but not least, join my Stampin Up! family and get a $125 worth of product for $99 PLUS your choice of TWO FREE STAMP SETS from the Annual Catalog or Occasions Catalog (an added value of up to $104)!!

Now let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made using their FREE Sale-a-bration stamp set!

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