Debby Hughes’ Creative Uses

Hi readers! Happy Sunday! I think you’ll be surprised at the supplies list for this card. I sure was! Debby Hughes is back with her very fun and popular Creative Uses post! I think you’ll find today’s inspiration to be out of this world!

Read on…. enjoy!


Hello, Debby here with my monthly look at stretching your supplies. I think more than any time of year, getting the most out of your holiday supplies is key. We buy sets for a certain occasion or season and shouldn’t put them away afterwards but look how they can be used all year round.

I took the surf board from the Warm Christmas Wishes die set and turned it in to a rocket. Firstly I gathered all the shapes I needed – the surf board as the main body of the rocket, parts of the Circle Loops dies as rocket wings, Tattered Poppy leaves as flames, a window from the sports balls set and I also used another circle from this set for the Earth. Having cut all the pieces from Neenah Solar White card I then colored them with Copics. I accented the die cuts with Rock Candy Distress Glitter on the Earth and flames and covered the rest of the rocket in Glossy Accents then put them to dry while I worked on the background panel


Taking a piece of Neenah Solar White I blended in Distress Inks (Spun Sugar, Seedless Preserves, Broken China, Stormy Sky & Black Soot) then sprinkled the panel with water and dabbed off with a tissue to remove some of the color. I also splattered the background with a solution of Perfect Pearls. With the galactic sky starting to take shape I turned to a technique I’ve not used for a while but love – swiping embossing paste through the Falling Stars stencil and then, while still wet, sprinkling on silver embossing powder before heat setting. This gives fabulous texture and dimension to the stars :D


To finish off the card I mounted the die cuts on the panel with foam adhesive and in turn the panel on a top folding card base. The sentiment from More Sketchy Banner Greetings is stamped in Lipstick Red, trimmed in to a banner and again foam mounted. The last touch were a few sequins. I always love to add sequins, but they are also great to cover up a mark in glossy accents if you failed to leave it dry long enough and touched your finger to it ;)

I hope you take a look at your autumn and holiday supplies to see uses for them other than those intended :D


Thanks for reading today, and thanks to the amazing Debby for being our guest today!


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  1. So creative and stunning. Love the surfboard rocket ship! It’s so great to see such creative ways to use dies and stamps than what is expected. You rock!

  2. I really like how you did the galaxy background and how you make use of your does to get much more our of them. Simply genius!!:)

  3. The stars look great on this card! I really like how that looks, it’s probably even better close up! Thanks for sharing!

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