AAA Cards Game #116 – 4th Birthday

Hello and welcome! I’m here with a birthday celebration for AAA Cards.

If you are participating in our blog hop then should have landed here from Maaike’s blog.


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Thank you to all our wonderful sponsors.

Special tips for competing (and being eligible to win) in this game:

  1. As always, we’re looking for Clean and Simple (CAS) greeting cards.
  2. As always and for all of our games our definition of Clean and Simple means that white space should not be patterned, embossed or textured.

Here’s my birthday card using some of one of sponsor’s, STAMPlorations, products.


I recycled a bird mask for this card. I used it on 2 other cards that you have seen here before.

I love finding interesting ways to recycle masks. I wanted to increase the number of male-friendly cards in my stash and the bird seemed to fit the bill.

I simply added a die cut panel to the card base and adhered the ombré die cut ‘birthday’ for the bird to perch on. I stamped ‘happy’ and was finished.

I hope that you enjoyed visiting today and hope that you’ve been inspired to join in the birthday bash.

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Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,

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If you like the products that I used (or any other stamps, stencils or dies from STAMPlorations) you can snap them up at an extra 20% off if you use my discount code, STAMPGIRLMELISSA at STAMPlorations store. If Shery is running any automatic discount (not a code) you can use my discount code IN ADDITION to the special automatic sale.

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TAGplorations – All About Winter – January 2018 – Reminder

Hi! I am happy to be here with you for a super fun monthly challenge at STAMPlorations, TAGplorations.

The theme for this month is:
“All About Winter”
with an optional twist of Texture Paste
I have a card to share with you today.

I used CUTplorations Curly Label/Tags Nesting Dies and Tag O’Coffee.

I also used blue ink and texture paste with the ARTplorations stencil Leaves 1 – Sanna Lippert Designs.

I’m happy to be part of this fun Tag challenge at STAMPlorations and hope that you will join in and play along.

Check out the TAGplorations PRIZE details and COUPON code below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,


Use my coupon and receive 20% off your STAMPlorations order.

 Important info:

1. The TAGplorations Challenges will start on the 1st Tuesday of the month.
2. We will have a mid-month reminder on the 3rd Tuesday of the month.
3. Projects are to based on our monthly theme (with or without the optional twist).
4. We will be featuring CUTplorations tag dies.


  • Players can link up as many projects as you would like (1 project per blog post please)
  • Projects can be anything, HOWEVER it must feature a TAG
  • STAMPlorations product is not required
  • Prizes: $10 GC for the winner; $5 GC each to the 2 top picks
  • If there are more than 50 entries: 1 player will be randomly drawn to win her choice of CUTplorations dies worth up to $20.

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Happy Little Stampers Watercolor November – Tag

I’m very happy to be back with you for this month’s HLS Watercolor challenge.

Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.

Here’s my card, and coordinating tag, using multiple HLS Mix Mash.

I used a bit of die cutting, heat embossing and, of course, watercoloring, to create this birthday card and the tag.


I hope that you enjoyed your visit.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Coffee Loving Cardmakers: January Guest Designer – January 13, 2017

Hi! I’m very happy to be back with you today with a post as the January Guest Designer for Coffee Loving Cardmakers!


I’d be very happy if you’d like to……


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I have 2 cards to share with you today.

For this 1srt card, I stamped the ‘cup with steam’ image (see here for how I made this stamp)


in my favorite Hero Hues blue dye ink onto white linen cardstock.


Then, I sponged teal ink onto the entire linen panel, over the stamped image.  Next, I die cut the ‘thanks’, matted the panel in blue and attached the teal card base.slide005For this next card, I repeatedly stamped the image onto watercolor paper.


Then, I sponged the same teal ink onto the entire watercolor panel, over the stamped images.  Next, I die cut the ‘thanks’, from blue cardstock twice, stacked the ‘thanks’ and attached a blue card base.

slide004slide002As I mentioned last week, I needed to increase the number of masculine cards in my stash, so I took this opportunity to make 2 more. To make both of these cards, first, I created a homemade foam stamp, using a die, and stamped the cup with steam.

I used the CUTplorations die to make my stamp.CUTplorations-coffeecup-preview

I have a fun discount code for you! Shery, of STAMPlorations, has generously given me a code to share with you.

Use COUPON code STAMPGIRLMELISSA and receive 20% OFF at STAMPlorations!

slide006This technique was inspired by Jennifer McGuire in one of her recent videos on how to stretch your supplies.


I’d like to play this multi-cup card at  WAW Anything Goes – Challenge Weeks #264-265.

I am also offering this card up for CASEing at Chasing Mojo with Sweet Kobylkin:


I had a lot of fun using this technique. I loved how the homemade stamp printed the images. I hope you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you next week.

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,


P.S. Here’s the coupon code again. There’s no expiration, as long as I’m a STAMPlorations Girl, this code will be valid.

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CUTplorations-coffeecup-previewthanks-worddieBlue Hero Hues Dye Ink Pad