Challenges · Making Cards

MFT Sketch Challenge 356

Hello and welcome back! Today’s card is made with the sketch for MFT’s Sketch challenge, but I am also going to use if for this week’s Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday challenge. The SSS challenge was an “Anything Goes,” challenge, using WPlus9 products. Since I don’t have any WPlus9 products, and most of my weekend was spent wrapping up the Christmas cards I was making for a friend (more on that later), I decide to do a two for one.

Here is the sketch:

And, here is my card:

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I went really simple with this card. I blended Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink on a card panel in an ombre effect. I used a water bottle to spray streams of water, as well as droplets, and then blotted the water. I heat embossed the “Falala,” from MFT’s Handwritten Holidays set, along with the snowflakes from the set. I cheated and used a “Happy Holidays,” stamp from Concord and 9th to round out the sentiment. This was stamped on a MFT Fishtail banner in Altenew Ruby Red. I cut out the bigger banner in MFT Silver Sparkle cardstock and layered them on the card. I added this to a white card base.

I was feeling a little burnt out on Christmas. I’ve been working on Christmas card designs that were easy to mass produce for some upcoming post, as well as the 15 cards my friend requested (all.the.same.card). But, when I saw this sketch, I knew I was going to use the Handwritten Holidays sentiment.

If everything goes well (I find the time to put the post together), I am going to start a Christmas Cards series this Friday. I was originally going to write one long post, but it became overwhelming really quickly.

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

Challenges · Making Cards

Paper Smooches- October Challenge

Welcome back. This month’s Paper Smooches challenge is to use Pink, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness.

There isn’t a lot to say about pink, so we’ll just jump right in!

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I used the acrylic block stamping technique for the background. I used Picked Raspberry Distress ink and sprayed it with Shimmer spray and water. Then I placed the block on watercolor paper and smacked it hard to get the splatters. I left the block on the paper for about 10 minutes with something heavy sitting on it.

While that was drying I colored the cat from Chubby Chums with gray Copic markers and fussy cut it.

Once my panel was dry, I die cut the word thanks from it (and saved it for a future project). I also die cut the thanks from white card stock and inlaid it into the watercolor paper. I colored it with clear Wink of Stella.

I adhered the cat to my card with foam tape and added some Lucy’s Cards jewels in Raspberry. The card base was made with Gina K Design’s Passionate Pink.

I had a lot of fun making this card. I love the Picked Raspberry ink on this card panel. It’s so bright!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

Challenges · Making Cards

Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge-Photo Inspiration

Hello and welcome back. Today I have a quick post to share with you the card I made for Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge.

This week the theme was based on a mood board. The product focus was Paper Smooches.

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I lucked out on this as I already had some images from Paper Smooches  Chubby Chums already colored in the above colors. The only thing I was missing was the purple and yellow. I did color one of the owls from the set, in grays to try to balance the card.

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I brought the purple and yellow into the card by blending Fossilized Amber and Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide ink onto a cardstock panel. I laid out the card so I could place the sentiments, and then stamped the sentiments in Versafine Onyx ink, then embossed with Wow’s Hologram Sparkle powder. This is meant loosely to be a Halloween card, so I used the “Be Very Afraid,” from Mama Elephant’s Plushoween.

The dog and cat were adhered flat to the panel, and the owl was popped up with foam tape.  I used a MFT Boysenberry card base to pull in more purple.

I added Glossy Accents to their eyes to finish off the card. My daughter is going to send this card to Brock Chadwick for his card drive, so that’s why I tried to lean towards a Halloween design.

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

 

Challenges · Making Cards

MFT Sketch Challenge 355

Happy Monday! I hope you had a good weekend. This weekend we celebrated my Daughter’s birthday by going to the Halsey concert. It was my daughter, her best friend and I and we had a lot of fun. Halsey is amazing in person!

Back to crafting. This week the sketch challenge at MFT was:

I struggled a bit with this sketch. The star really threw me off. I spent some time looking at the design team’s inspiration post to help me out. I also wanted to try to use scraps or items already on hand, as I didn’t have a lot of time. I showed my daughter the sketch and inspiration pictures and asked her what I should do. She suggested a rainbow (not sure why). Then I remembered the rainbow squares!

Here is my take on the sketch.

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I had these squares left over from cards I made a little bit ago. And, I have the Rainbow Greetings sentiment set from MFT, several of which were perfect for this card.

I used the mini scallop stitched rectangle frame die to cut out the panel, then layered the squares and glued them down. I stamped the sentiment from the Rainbow greeting kit in Versafine Black Onyx and embossed with Wow Hologram powder.

I adhered my white panel to Kraft cardstock with Fun Foam in between. I finished the card off with some Lucy’s Cards Rainbow jewels.

This was a pretty quick, fun card to make. I love the pile of rainbow squares!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

 

 

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Card Drive Alert!

Happy Friday! I wanted to write a quick post to share another card drive with you. I had already planned to share this with you, but then my daughter sent me a 2 am text to make sure I had heard about this. 

A young man in Maine, Brock Chadwick, is battling a rare form of Brain Cancer. Here is a link to a news story with details.

Brock is asking for Halloween cards. The address to send cards for Brocktober is:

Brock Chadwick

11 McKenny Drive

Biddeford, ME 04005

I will be sending one of the cute cards I made from Mama Elephant’s Plushoween.


Please, send Brock a card and shine some light into his life!

Thanks for stopping by!

Kit Unboxing · Making Cards · New Products

Hero Arts October 2017 Unboxing

Hello! Today I wanted to give you a closer look at what was included in the October 2017 MMH kit. This kit is overflowing with Christmas! And some of the images are so tiny! They are perfect for snow globe looks.

Here is what is included in the kit:

OCTOBER KIT INCLUDES:

► – 6″x8″ Clear Set

► – 10 Frame Cuts

► – 3 Fancy Dies

► – 6 sheets 5″x7″ decorative paper (3 assorted styles 2 of each)

► – 1 Thick Lacquer Pen

► – 1 Silver Embossing Powder 0.5 oz

► – 1 Unicorn white Ink Cube

Let’s unpack this bad boy!

Here are the stamps and dies. Sorry, they are tiny.

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There are  ton of stamps, with a wide range of theme. Here is the patterned paper, embossing powder, ink cube and lacquer.

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The glitter paper is gorgeous, but it sheds glitter. I’m not sure exactly what to do with the lacquer yet, but I’ll figure it out. I will say, I have been meaning to purchase a Hero Arts Unicorn White ink pad for ages. I was very excited to see one included in the kit!!

Unfortunately I was sick this past weekend and didn’t get to do very much with the kit. I did stamp all of the images that had matching dies, and a few others, and colored them.

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The images are so small, I colored most of them with gel pens. I used Copics on the large areas of the houses, the green on the trees, the sleds and dogs, and where there is brown.

I did get to make one card (how could I not).

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I used the snow globe window die from MFT, along with a Dome Shaker pouch. I ordered these items specifically to use with the Hero Arts kit. I used Broken China regular Distress Oxide ink for the background of the snow globe. The sentiment is heat embossed in white.

Brace yourself, there is going to be a whole lot of Christmas ahead on my blog. I’ll share a post with the products I have picked up, and how I am prepping to make over 50 handmade Christmas cards. You’ve already seen what I’ve done with the Concord and 9th products.

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges · Making Cards

Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge

Happy Monday! I tend to make a lot of Thinking of you or Friendship cards. This week it worked out in my favor, as the theme for this week’s challenge is Thinking of you. The product focus this week is Memory Box. I don’t have any of their products, so I decided to use the MMH September kit. I haven’t really played with this set. I just tested out some ink colors when I first got it.

 

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I made the panel by blending Tumbled Glass regular Distress Ink across watercolor paper. My first stripe that I masked off was too small, so I moved it out a little bit and added more color. I liked the striped outcome so much, I decided to make two more panels. This is saying something, as I was not feeling well this past weekend.

Let me wrap up this card, then I can show you the other two panels. I stamped the sun flower in the ink colors that come with the set (Butter Bar, Orange Soda and Tangierine) and the leaves and stem in Altenew (Frayed Leaves and Forest Glades). The center is Pumpkin Pie and Cup o’ Joe (kit colors).  I adhered them to the panel with foam tape, and I stamped a sentiment from Hero Arts’ Hello. I added clear Nuvo drops to the flower.

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And of course I had to go to CZ Design’s Simple Sentiments for one of them. The flower on this finished card is all yellows (sorry, I don’t have a picture).

The ink blending panel is a quick way to make some cards. I really like how the cards are so clean and simple as well.

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole