Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Nachos: The Best is Yet to Come

Happy Tuesday, Nacho fans!  Are you ready for a super awesome new In Color Nacho Average Color Challenge?  Because it's here:

Bermuda Bay is a longtime favorite of mine, and Tip Top Taupe and Watermelon Wonder are two of our new In Colors.  So let's see how they look together:

I wish I'd stamped off the flowers a bit more to make them lighter so the sentiment would stand out a bit more, but otherwise I like how this turned out.  The background is Hardwood stamped off once in Tip Top Taupe to make it lighter.  Super simple card.

Your turn!  Be sure to upload your card to the Nacho blog for us to ooh and ahh over.  Have fun stampin'!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Best Thoughts, Hardwood
Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Watermelon Wonder, Tip Top Taupe
Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
Accessories:  Ovals Framelits

Monday, June 29, 2015



So that didn't go as planned...I *had* intended to go to a Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday posting schedule for the past several weeks, but our Internet got turned off earlier than expected in Alabama and then we were all busy with moving and getting unpacked and it's been crazy busy but I'm back!  Because if I commit to starting up with posting again this week that will force me to get the last of my craft room unpacked and organized.  Photos of that to follow, probably on Wednesday.

For today, it's Scrappy Monday.  Let's go to Italy.

The original pics are posted here.  Naples was the next-to-last stop on our Mediterranean cruise, but we'd heard Naples itself was dirty and not much fun so we took a ferry to Capri.  We visited the Blue Grotto (neat looking, but way way waaayyyy overpriced) and then climbed up to the top of the island and had lunch and met that guy who's on the wine bottle label.  He ran the restaurant where we had lunch and he looked like a walking heart attack...and even though Capri salad is named after Capri, I've had much better elsewhere, in no small part because there was probably a tablespoon of salt on it.  :p

The flowers were cut out of the patterned paper I used on the bottom of the right page.  If you scroll back up and look at the flowers on the bottom of the left page, all the bits that are tucked under photos are because they were cut from the edges of the patterned paper, I was just using all I could get out of a little scrap :)

My sunny color combo is Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Brilliant Blue, and Early Espresso.  And that's all she wrote today, I'm off to unpack all my ink pads.  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Morning Post Alphabet
Ink:  Brilliant Blue, Early Espresso marker
Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Pink Flamingo DSP (long retired)
Accessories:  None

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Nachos: A Pastel Bouquet

Good morning, Nacho fans!  Hope you're having a lovely Tuesday.  If not, perhaps an awesome Nacho sketch is in order?  Check it out!

Isn't that pretty?  Can't wait to see what you do with it.  In the meantime, here's my card:

I did a mirror image of the sketch so my butterfly would be facing into the card instead of facing the edge.  This is a new hostess set from the new catalog, what do you think?

I used some (retired) pewter embossing powder on this.  I suppose I could have used silver to make this all current.

I thought the upper left corner needed a little something else, so I added a pair of Candy Dots.  What do you reckon, Dots or no Dots?

Anyway, it's your turn now!  Go see the other pretties at the Nacho blog and then make your own to share with us.  Have fun, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Best Thoughts
Ink:  Versamark, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, Marina Mist, Pink Pirouette
Paper:  Mint Macaron, Marina Mist, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
Accessories:  Pewter EP (retired), hexagon punch, Subtles Candy Dots

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Nachos: Stellar Dad

Salutations Nacho fans!  It is time once more for a stellar Nacho Average Color Challenge.

As soon as I saw this color combo, I thought it would be good for a MAN card, so I made a Father's Day card for my dear old dad!  (Don't tell him I called him that.)

Stars are good for everyone, boys and girls and kids and adults and dogs and ponies and everyone.  I heat embossed the largest star on Island Indigo cardstock with white EP, and everything else on this is pretty self-explanatory.

That's it for me today, peeps.  Your homework is to make your own card with these cool colors and post it to the Nacho blog for us to see.  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Be the Star, past My Paper Pumpkin kit ("Dad" stamp), Gorgeous Grunge
Ink:  Island Indigo, Smoky Slate, Hello Honey, Versamark
Paper:  Island Indigo, Smoky Slate, Hello Honey, Whisper White
Accessories:  Stars Framelits, White EP, Regals Candy Dots, Hexagon punch, Delicate Dots EF, Dimensionals

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Nachos: Bold Baby Card

Tuesday once again, Nacho fans!  Are you ready for a Nacho Average Sketch Challenge?

I won't lie, this sketch made me go hmm.  I had to think about it for a while, but here's what I made:

I recently bought Something for Baby (and the matching Framelits, which I didn't use on this card) so this is its maiden voyage.  I figure it seems like half the ladies I know are pregnant right now, so I could use a few more baby cards.  According to my mom, the current trend is for bolder, brighter colors in baby nurseries as opposed to pastels, so I went with the Cherry on Top DSP stack and used it for color inspiration.

Your turn next!  Be sure to upload your sketchariffic card to the Nacho blog.  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Big News, Something for Baby
Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Tip Top Taupe, Pool Party, Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, Cucumber Crush
Paper:  Pool Party, Crushed Curry, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, Cherry on Top DSP Stack
Accessories:  Sweetheart punch, Dimensionals

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Nea Kameni

It's only been a couple of days since our house got packed up but I'm already tired of sitting on the floor to blog.  And also not having my craft room.  Well, I have the *room* but I don't have any of my supplies :p  Anyway, let's take a look at a scrapbook layout I made a while back.

This layout is a companion to the Santorini layout I shared a couple weeks ago; see the original pics here and here.  Nea Kameni is the tiny island next to Santorini that is the caldera of the huge and ancient volcano that formed the islands.

Closeup of the title.  I like those little Circle Circus stamps for accents on scrapbook pages, we need some new stamps like that.  I think I use them more for scrapping than I ever did for making cards, though.

And here's my color palette:  Almost Amethyst, Brilliant Blue (I'm almost out of BB cardstock, oh no!), Basic Gray, and Regal Rose.  All of those colors are retired except Basic Gray.  Well, even the Basic Gray ink pad is retired now...

So that's it for me today.  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Empire Alphabet, Circle Circus
Ink:  Brilliant Blue, Regal Rose, Basic Gray marker
Paper:  Almost Amethyst, Brilliant Blue, Brilliant Blue DSP
Accessories:  circle punches

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Nachos: Flower Case

Happy Tuesday, peeps!  Yesterday we spent the entire day with the movers who were loading our stuff up on the truck...they didn't finish until 7:30, mostly because the truck driver talked incessantly and didn't do a lot while he was talking :p  But it's done now so I'm currently blogging from the floor.  At least we still have Internet!

And we still have the Nacho challenges!  This week it's a lovely bold bright color challenge:

As you probably know, the new Stampin' Up! catalog dropped today, and there is a card pictured in it that I just loved so I had to CASE it.  Here's my creation:

The original version in the catalog had different colors and the white card base was dry embossed, but I decided to simplify that a bit.  Take a look at the turquoise flower in the upper left corner--see the kinda speckled look it has?  Total accident.  Apparently my Tempting Turquoise ink pad is extra juicy, and that's how it came out after I stamped the flower off on scratch paper and then stamped it on my cardstock.  I liked the effect so I'm calling it a happy accident.

The other Nachos' creations should be up on the Nacho blog very soon, but in the meantime feel free to create your own Nacho-riffic card to share :)  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Flower Patch
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Paper:  Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Flower Fair Framelits, Rhinestones, Dimensionals