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Crafters for a Cause

Hello! Just a quick note to share with you something amazing that Simon Says Stamps and Jennifer McGuire put together.

As I mentioned in a previous post, Jennifer wanted to do something for all those affected by the recent hurricanes. Well guys, this is it! Please follow this link for details.

The $50 dollar donation boxes went fast, but they are putting more together today. Please keep checking the website for updates, or follow SSS’s blog.

I don’t work for nor am I affiliated with Simon Says Stamps. I just really believe in what they are doing. I ordered a box myself, and will feature the unboxing on here when I get it

I would also like to thank Hedi and Jennifer for doing all the hard work behind the scenes to get this together for us! I can’t imagine the amount of work this took!


Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

Making Cards · New Products · New to Me · Uncategorized

Concord and 9th Haul

Welcome back! Today I want to take a look at some of the items I picked up from Concord and 9th’s September release, as well as some other items new to me.

Lets jump right in with my favorite holiday, Christmas! This is the Joyful Noel Bundle:

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The stamp set includes a couple of squares that are great for making backgrounds. There are also a couple of circle shaped images (the lights and the wreath) that can be used to form the “O,” in the words “Joy,” and “Noel.” The rest of the words are made with dies. Then there are sentiments to support the die cut words, or to add on their own.  I made several cards with this set.

The last card was made using the wreath stamp to make a background, and then I added an image from Mama Elephant’s Wooly Winter, as well as the sentiment.

The next set I want to share with you is the Many Thanks Turnabout.

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This set includes the turnabout stamp, as well as some supporting stamps (#allthefeels, THX, A Million +1). The coordinating dies cut out the the work “Thanks,” in two different sizes, as well as speech bubbles and “XOXO.” Several of the stamps from the stamp set will fit nicely into the speech bubbles. I haven’t had a chance to play with this set yet, but I’m thinking of using the large speech bubble as a Christmas card, with Joy inside, if it will fit.

Concord and 9th offered a bonus stamp set with purchases of $60 or more. This is the Grateful for You set. It’s one large stamp with flowers and a sentiment. I haven’t made a card yet, but I did color the image.

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The next set I want to share with you wasn’t from the September release, however I did purchase this in September. This is the Hope Bundle. Concord and 9th is donating the proceeds from the purchase of this set throughout the month of September to people recovering from Hurricane Harvey. I planned on buying this set, even before we were hit by a hurricane ourselves.

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This set included large, layering sketchy flowers, and the large “Hope,” sentiment. It also includes 5 sentiments to support the word “Hope.” The coordinating dies cut out a banner shape of sorts, and the word “Hope,” in stripes. I have a card made with this set to share.

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I want to also try stamping these flowers with the new Altenew inks I just received. They are the new yellow set and the new blue set. They are gorgeous!!!

Thanks for sticking through my most recent Concord and 9th haul! I just had to treat myself after dealing with Hurricane Irma and some other issues. I’m a hopeless shopaholic.

See you soon!

Nicole

Challenges · Making Cards

Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge Pop it Up

The Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says Stamps for this week is to “Pop it Up.” They are showcasing Lawn Fawn products this week.

This card may seem familiar. I’m using the same Lawn Fawn set I used for the Lawn Fawnatics challenge I shared with you last week.

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This time I used MFT Sno-Cone cardstock, and blended Broken China Distress Oxide ink on it. Then I sprayed it with water and blotted it off. I’ll admit, I didn’t mean to blend the ink all over the panel, I meant to just ink the edges. But, I messed it up and ended up covering the panel.

I used some glitter paper from DCWV to create the snow covered hill, using MFT’s Snow Drifts. The images were previously colored with Copic markers, and I added shimmer pen to the berries and windows. The clouds were die cut from Hero Arts Nesting Clouds. I adhered the Lawn Fawn images with fun foam, to pop them up. I also used foam tape on the clouds. The sentiment from the set was also adhered with foam tape.

I finished off the card by adding drops of Nuvo Silver Moondust glitter drops as falling snow, and as snow hanging off of the little house.

Even though this card didn’t go quiet as I had planned, I had a lot of fun making it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

Uncategorized

The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge Week 3

Welcome to the weekend! Hope you had a good week.

I’ll admit I struggled with coloring this past weekend. I was in card making mode with a vengeance, and most of my images were previously colored, due to the challenge. But I did get some coloring in. 

Day 16 



Day 17
 

I colored the mushroom on this card. Then I felt guilty about just coloring a mushroom. Also, I needed the sheep image on the card below to have red accents, and the only one I had that was already colored was green. So I colored the little guy on the next card.



Day 18

These are some of my favorite stamps, and one of the first sets I purchased. This is Hot Stuff from Clearly Besotted. Aren’t they adorable? I got these out to color to celebrate finally finding the matching dies. I used Copic markers to color them.

Day 19

A co-worker asked me to make a mushy card for her husband’s birthday. I know, this doesn’t look very “mushy.” My co-worker just started making cards herself, but she couldn’t make her husband’ card as he sees what she’s crafting. So, she picked this still from cards I’ve previously made and I put it together. Then, I brought some stamps in to work with me to finish it off. It is a shaker card, and the heart die is from Your Next Stamps. The love sentiment is from Simon Says Stamps’ Kristina’s Love.


Day 20


These little guys in the second picture are from a new set called Rain or Shine. This set was a collaboration with Mama Elephant and Simon Says Stamps for Stamptember. I’ll have a blog post soon featuring cards I made with this set. They are fun to color with Copic markers.

Day 21


This is something I have been meaning to try for awhile. It’s called No Line coloring. It’s where you stamp an image in a very light color ink, and then color in the image, with your coloring covering up the ink stamp lines. It results in a softer, more hand drawn look. It’s a lot of fun but I think I will try a floral image next. For this attempt I used a little guy from Mama Elephant’s Wooly Winter stamped in Grout Gray ink from MFT. I colored him with Copic markers.

Day 22


This set of stamps is from Mommy Lhey and is called Love in Full Bloom. This set was a free gift with purchase from Simon Says Stamps. They are adorable and I colored them with Copics.

Day 23

Today my coloring involved blending ink. 

I blended Black Soot, Faded Jeans and Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide ink across masked kraft cardstock. Then I sprayed the ink with water and blotted. Then I sprayed with Shimmer spray. I owe this design to Jennifer McGuire. She released a video this morning that totally inspired these cards! I had to figure out something to do with all those images I colored. I ended up making 5 cards with this technique.

Whew! That was quite a week! I am really enjoying coloring, but I’m starting to feel a little overwhelmed with all of these colored images. I ordered some Prismacolor pencils so at least I’ll be able try something new!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

Challenges · Making Cards

Paper Smooches September Challenge- Animals

Hello and welcome to my blog! Today I am sharing the card I made for Paper Smooches September challenge- Animals.

I used one of the first stamp sets I ever purchased, Chubby Chums. This set is so fun, and the only PS products I have with animals.

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I used a Simon Says Stamps Stitched Rectangle die to cut some MFT Kraft cardstock. Then, I blended some Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink on to the bottom right corner. Then I went over the corner lightly with Black Soot Distress Oxide ink. Then I sprayed the Distress Oxide ink with water, and then blotted the water off.

I fussy cut the previously colored owl and adhered him with foam tape. I used Black Ebony Nuvo drop to accent the eyes.

I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set in Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Wow Hologram Sparkle powder. I love how this powder changes color in the light!

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I really like the combination of the blended Distress Oxide inks and the Kraft cardstock!

This card came together pretty quickly, but was fun to make.

I added the Kraft panel to a white card base with fun foam.

Thanks for stopping by!

Challenges · Making Cards

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge- Create a Scene

Happy Monday! Hope you are well. I wanted to share with you the card I made for the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge- Create a Scene. The deadline was last night, but it’s a cute card.

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I used Lawn Fawn’s Frosty Friends stamp and die set. I colored these images last week for the Daily Marker 30 day challenge, with Copic markers. I decide to stamp the stepping stones from LF’s Fairy Friends to add to the card.

To make the background, I used some MFT Sno-Cone cardstock, and dry embossed Lawn Fawn’s Puffy Cloud Borders dies and also used one to cut the white cloud piece.

All of the stamped and colored images where adhered with fun foam. I stamped the sentiment from the Frosty Friends set with Altenew Jet Black ink.

I added Glossy Accents to the berries. On the clusters with more then one berry, I only added the accents to one berry and let it dry overnight before I added the accents to the berries next to it. If you try to add the Glossy Accents to adjacent berries at one time, it all meshes together.

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I adhered all of this to a white card base, and added Wink of Stella to the window. The berries received Wink of Stella before the Glossy Accents, and the fairies wings were colored with Silver Wink of Stella.

I haven’t shared this with you before, but I almost always stamp my envelopes to match the cards I make. Here is the envelope for this card.

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We are all getting back on our feet and back to “normal,” after the mess that has been the last two weeks. Even though we didn’t get a direct hit from Irma, it’s still taken a little bit of time to recover. I can’t even imagine how those that were in the path of the storm are coping. I made a ridiculous amount of cards this weekend, which has helped a lot. Most of them are Christmas cards, which is my favorite holiday. I have some great products from Concord and 9th’s September release I want to share with you soon!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a great week!

Nicole

 

 

 

Challenges · Techniques

The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge Week 2

Happy weekend! I’m a day late, but I didn’t forget. Here are the images I colored since last I posted.

Day 5

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I made a quick card for a co-worker, for her Granddaughter’s first birthday. Almost all of this card is MFT, with the heart shaker pouch, window and frame. I used the confetti numbers die for the “1,” in the shaker pouch. The cat image is from MFT Cool Cats. The glitter cardstock is MFT Cotton Candy Sparkle. The sentiment “1st Birthday,” is from Altenew 365. I finished the card off with Lucy’s Cards Jewels and a Gina K Design’s Passionate Pink card base.

Day 6

This was a fun day for me, as I got a new stamp set from Sweet Shop Stamps!

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I love these stamps. The bottom cardstock is Magical Friends, and the one above has Wizard and Grand Wizard. These are so much fun to color! I used Copic markers for this group.

Day 7

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As you can see, I just stamped and colored a bunch of fun stamps. I want to start working on Christmas cards, so I stamped Lawn Fawn’s Frosty Friends. I also stamped some of the images from Hero Arts July kit (I stamped them on watercolor paper too, as you’ll see on a later day, so I stamped them on regular cardstock as well). I also stamped the Paper Smooches Chubby Chums images as it’s been awhile since I colored them and I’ve gotten new Copic markers since then. These are all colored with Copics.

Day 8

This is where I step out of my comfort zone. Trying to distract myself from the hurricane.

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I stamped the large floral image from Altenew’s Extra Special in Versamark ink on watercolor paper and heat embossed in gold. I used my new Fabre-Castell Watercolor pencils to add color to the flowers, then pulled the color out with water. I love the effect. I turned this into a card. I added the sentiment from the same stamp set, stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in gold. I then masked off the image and sprayed bronze mica spray and the gold spray from the August Hero Arts set. The card base is Gina K Designs Passionate Pink.

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Day 9

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I shared the card I made with this on an earlier post. This is the large floral image from Simon Says Stamps Floral Bliss. I stamped it on watercolor paper and heat embossed it in white. I watercolored using Distress Markers. I used a similar technique as the watercolor pencils, coloring part of the image with the marker and then pulling the color out with water and a paint brush. I am really pleased with how this turned out!

Day 10

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I went back to Copic markers for day 10. I stamped some of the cat images from MFT’s Cool Cats that I don’t usually use, as well as some of my favorite MFT Magical Dragons images. Trying to perform some Copic coloring magic for MFT’s Super Star Challenge. No luck so far.

Day 11

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This is another one of my favorites. I stamped the image from Altenew’s Extra Special on the special handmade watercolor paper in Versafine ink and heat embossed with clear powder. I then watercolored with my Gansi Tambi Pearlescent watercolors. I used a watercolor on wet technique and then went back when it dried and added highlights. I haven’t made a card with it yet. I’m a bit afraid to mess with it, honestly.

Day 12

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This was another watercolor night! I stamped the image from Neat and Tangled Bloom set as well as the floral images from Hero Arts July kit on Ranger watercolor paper in Versafine ink and heat embossed with clear powder.

I painted the Neat and Tangled image with the Gansi Tambi Pearlescent watercolor, something I’ve been wanted to do for awhile.

I colored the Hero Arts images with the watercolor pencils. I really like the color changes you get with watercolors.

Day 13

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Another attempt at Copic marker magic with MFT. I kinda like the gray dragon… But still don’t see any genius.

Day 14

I actually skipped coloring. Well, I played around with color layering stamps and new inks I got from Altenew. I’m not sure this counts as “coloring”.

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The image is Altenew’s Build a Flower Camellia. The blue one was stamped with Altenew’s Starlight, Turquoise and Tide Blue. The yellow was stamped with Altenew’s Citrus Burst, Fresh Lemon and Maple Yellow. These are gorgeous colors!

Day 15

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I had to color this brand new stamp that I got from Concord and 9th (Grateful for You). This was a free stamp with $60 purchase from the September release. Let just say I reached the goal with my order. I colored this stamp with Copics.

I have so much lined up for this weekend. There are the following challenges to participate in:

  1. Paper Smooches September Challenge-Animals (another reason I stamped the Chubby Chums)
  2. Lawn Fawnatics Create a Scene Challenge (Good thing I have those Frosty Friends)
  3. MFT Weekly Sketch Challenge
  4. Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge-Clean and Simple with CASual Friday Products. I don’t have any CASual Friday products, but I can still make a clean and simple card.
  5. MFT Super Star Challenge-Still trying to decide if I want to make something for the other two subjects.

What are your weekend plans? Let me know below.

Thanks for sticking with me through this long post!

Nicole