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Seagull Photo Paint Chip Father’s Day Card

This one is for my Dad.

I die cut watercolor paper with the photo frame die, then stamped the seagull, embossed with clear powder, and watercolored the square.

Alas, I cut the paint chip, and set it aside without checking if it was straight. I always ASSume that paint chips come to me with cuts in perfect perpendicular form (If the sides are not straight or the paint lines are not level on the chip, I lose. I use a precut side to start my downsizing of the paint chip.). So, it was glued down when I noticed it was wonky. BOO. But, really, my Dad is not grading me on this (other things – YES, he is. Still.).

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Hero Arts, paper – Canson watercolor, Home Depot paint chip, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Smoky Slate, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, Smoky Gray, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens Light Gray (091), Orange (070), dies – Simon Says Stamp (sentiment strip), Taylored Expressions (photo frame), watercolors – Sakura Koi, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Floral Hello Paint Chip Card

I was just in a paint chip MOOD. I especially like the “Serendipity” name on this chip!

Supplies:  Stamp – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Lowe’s paint chip (Olympic brand), Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Barely Banana (retired), Basic Black, Cameo Coral (retired), Pool Party, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


Paint Chip and Butterfly Hello Card

I had the extra butterfly left from yesterday’s card, and I couldn’t just let it sit on the craft table!

This is a 4.25 inch square, and it fits into a regular A2 (4.25 x 5.5 inch) envelope.

Supplies:  Stamp – My Favorite Things, paper – Curious Metallic Blueprint, Home Depot paint chip, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Kaleidoscope DSP (retired),  ink – VersaMark, die – Hero Arts, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver.


Dog and Paint Chip Birthday Card

The paint chip stash was calling to me!

I am mailing this out for a family birthday this week.

Supplies:  Stamps – Lawn Fawn, Reverse Confetti, paper – Home Depot paint chips, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pacific Point, inks – Copic E19, 100, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Essentials by Ellen (flat bottom cloud), Lawn Fawn (dog, stitched rectangle), Memory Box (clouds), embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Floral Silhouette Paint Chip Thinking of You Note Card

The floral silhouette is cut from Curious Metallic Ink paper – there is no way to capture the color (darkest of navy) or the sparkle.

Supplies: Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Curious Metallic Ink, Home Depot paint chip, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Stampin’ Up! (banner), Taylored Expressions (silhouette), embossing powder – Ranger Super Fine Detail clear.


Happy Mother’s Day 2018

Early in April, I was watching the premiere of the Trading Spaces reboot…and of course there was a paint chip commercial. Paint chips! Gotta do it for my friends!

These got mailed out before Offspring3 and I left on our adventure.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Supplies: Stamp – Clearly Besotted, paper – American Crafts Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Life, Bo Bunny Garden Party, Crate Paper Good Vibes, Home Depot paint chips, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl.


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Happy Anniversary Paint Chip Card

I gave this to my parents for their recent anniversary. 62 years – WOW!

Odd design, I know. I leaned back into the “Baltimore sports colors” idea again. I was deciding between this orange paint chip and a purple one. Then I noticed this:

The second color stripe from the top was named “Orioles”. As in Baltimore Orioles (baseball team, for anyone not into American sports). PERFECT!

My parents got married while my Dad was in the Air Force (stationed in New York, at the end of his stint). He got a weekend pass, came back home to Baltimore, they got married on Friday night, went to a Baltimore Orioles game on Saturday.

Supplies: Stamp – Rubber Stampede, paper – Home Depot paint chip, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Lovely Lilac (retired), ink – Hero Arts Unicorn, die – My Favorite Things, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder white.