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Nacho Average Challenge #117

Good morning, and happy Tuesday!!  The Nachos have a great sketch for you to try today:


Here's interpretation:


I used the Fall Fest Stamp Set, along with the coordinating Fun Fall Framelits!  The designer paper is from the Color Me Autumn Collection!  (the sentiment is actually from the For All Things Stamp Set)

Enjoy!  and, be sure to check out the design team's work HERE!


Nacho Average Challenge #116

Good morning, and welcome to another Tuesday!!  You know what that means -- a new challenge from the Nachos!!  It's a really pretty color combo today:


of course, with these colors, how could you not do Christmas?!!!


A fairly simple card-- we made this one at my Christmas Card Class in November.  Seemed to be most of the attendees' favorite!!

Supplies used:

  • Cheerful Tags Stamp Set (#135065)
  • Early Espresso Classic Ink (#126974)
  • Crumb Cake Cardstock (#120953)
  • Early Espresso Cardstock (#119686)
  • Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper (#135825)
  • Real Red 3/8" Satin Woven Ribbon (#135840)
  • Ticket Duo Builder Punch (#126883)


For All Things



  • Card base: 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”, then score in half
  • Horizontal strip of Crushed Curry: 5-1/2” x 1”

Instructions (some of these do not have to be done in order and if you refer to the photos as you go it makes it a lot easier):

  1. Emboss card front with triangles (due to the width, I just ran the whole card through so the back is embossed too. Later, I added a piece of light card stock to the inside to write on – 5-1/4” x 4”)
  2. Cut random triangles or shapes from as many different sheet patters of DSP as you want to use and create a mosaic by piecing them together like a puzzle (it’s ok if the edges are not perfect) and adhering to a scrap piece of any card stock color that is about 5-1/2” x 4-1/4”.
  3. Using an oval die, cut an oval out of the mosaic piece then emboss with triangles
  4. Die cut Old Olive oval and Crushed Curry scalloped oval then paper pierce them both
  5. Layer the three ovals; adhere them together then adhere to card front with Dimensionals
  6. Stamp leaves on strip of Crushed Curry and on a scrap of Whisper White
  7. Stamp sentiment on top of leaf image on Whisper White scrap and punch out with oval punch
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For All Things Candle Wrap

Wouldn't this look beautiful on your Thanksgiving table?  Or your mantle?  Or anywhere really!!!



  • Autumn Accents DSP - 2-1/2” wide x circumference of your candle (plus 1/2”-3/4” overlap)
  • Burlap ribbon - Same length as DSP
  • Scraps of the colored card stock to create leaves


  1. Cut out 5-6 leaves in different colors using Big Shot and Autumn Accents Bigz Die. Emboss leaves using Woodgrain and Arrows folders. Spritz leaves with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz and allow to dry.
  2. Adhere burlap ribbon to Designer Series Paper strip using Sticky Strip. Add two velcro dots at the end to create “wrap” around your candle, with matching velcro dots on the other end.
  3. Color watercolor background image using Mossy Meadow, Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze Stampin’ Write markers and stamp onto Vanilla card stock. Stamp “Give Thanks” words on top using Early Espresso ink. Punch out words with Note Tag Punch and 1/8” hole punch. Add linen thread bow.
  4. Adhere leaves to the front of the candle wrap using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Make sure to only adhere leaves to the wrap, NOT to the candle, so you can unwrap the fall design and replace with a Christmas wrap! HINT: You can put the ends on the front of the candle if you remember to adhere all the leaves to one side of the wrap, so you can cover the ends, yet still remove it.
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Hello Fall!



  • Very Vanilla 5 ½” x 8 ½”; 4 ½” x 3 ¼”; 2 ¼” x ¾”
  • Soft Suede 4” x 5 ¼”; 1” x 2” (for die cutting leaf)
  • Cherry Cobbler 3 ¾” x 5”, 2 ½” x 1 ½” (for die cutting house)
  • Crushed Curry 1” x 2” (for die cutting leaf)
  • Flashback DSP 2 ½” x 1 ½” (for die cutting house)



  1. Stamp the house with black ink onto the Flashback DSP, Stamp again with Black ink onto small Cherry Cobbler Piece.  Die cut both pieces using the House Die.  From the Cherry Cobbler house, cut the roof and the door and adhere onto the DSP house.  TIP: I cut the end of the chimney from the DSP house and glued it onto the cherry cobbler roof to give it more of a layered dimension).  Place a medium size pearl at the door knob.
  2. To cut the ovals from both the Cherry Cobbler and the Soft Suede – It’s easier if you adhere both layers together with just a little bit of adhesive in the center.  Be sure the Cherry Cobbler layer is centered onto the Soft Suede.  Using the 4th oval from the center of the framelit set, cut through both layers.  Now using the next largest oval, cut only the Cherry Cobbler piece centering the oval framelit with the smaller opening.
  3. Run the Cherry Cobbler piece through the Big Shot using the Tiny Triangles Embossing Folder.
  4. Adhere the Cherry Cobbler embossed oval frame to the soft suede oval frame, making sure the ovals are centered with each other.
  5. Using 2 strands of linen thread (about 4 ½” each) tie and knot around the right edge of the oval frame.
  6. Stamp the trees from Lovely As A Tree onto the 4 ½” x 3 ¼” Very Vanilla cardstock with Soft Suede ink.
  7. Stamp the small leaves randomly along the ground using a variety of colors.  Lightly sponge the sky using Soft Sky Ink.
  8. Stamp the banner from the stamp set For All Things using Crushed Curry Ink.  Stamp Hello Fall on top of this…cut around the banner using your scissors….no framelit here – sorry!
  9. Using the leaf framelet, die cut 2 leaves in each of soft suede and crushed curry.  Adhere these back to back with each other catching the end of the linen thread in between the layers. 
  10. Tape the Stamped Very Vanilla panel flat to the Very Vanilla Card.  Using dimensionals adhere the oval framed pieces to your card.
  11. Using dimensionals adhere the house in the oval section of your card.  Also with dimensionals place your sentiment onto your card.


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Nacho Average Challenge #115

Good morning!  and, Happy Veteran's Day!  We owe so much to all of our veterans--those who have served and those who are serving now.  They do so much and ask so little.  THANK YOU!!!

Our challenge this morning is a sketch:

and, here's my card:

and, here are the supplies used for this card:
  • For All Things Stamp Set, #135152w or 135155c
  • Blackberry Bliss Classic Ink, #133642
  • Blackberry Bliss Cardstock, #133675
  • Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper, #135820
  • Whisper White Cardstock, #100730
  • Whisper White 5/8" Satin Ribbon, #134549
  • Blackberry Bliss 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, #133668

Check out the other design team's work HERE.