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New Challenge: A Blog Named Hero

Hello and welcome back! Today I am taking the plunge with a new challenge blog, A Blog Named Hero! A Blog Named Hero host monthly blogs. This month the theme is Winter Holiday and they are collaborating with Simon Says Stamp.

If you’ve been on my Instagram feed, you know I am obsessed with the MMH October kit, so I decided to use the kit for my card today. I paired images from the kit with a sentiment from CZ Designs Coolest Yulest, a Simon Says Stamps exclusive stamp set.

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I stamped the images from the kit in Hero Arts Intense Black ink on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80 lb card stock and colored them with Copic markers, along with some gel pens for the tiny areas. I die cut the mountains from silver glitter paper and the textured paper from the MMH kit (my go to for these mountains). I also die cut some snow banks with a MFT die. I used my favorite Simons Says Stamps Stitched Rectangle to neaten up the edges of all the die cut pieces and add it to Gina K Design’s In the Navy cardstock for the base of the scene. Before I glued everything together, I stamped the sentiment from the CZ Designs Coolest Yulest on the navy cardstock with Versamark ink and heat embossed with the silver from the MMH kit.

I adhered all the pieces with Scor-Tape, and used foam tape for Santa, Mrs. Clause and the sleigh. I add the assembled panel to a white card base with fun foam.

This card was a lot of fun to make! I really liked using the navy for the sky, and adding a different style of sentiment. Plus, who doesn’t love Santa and the Mrs? I’m not sure what I am going to do when Christmas is over? This kit just keeps drawing me back.

What do you think of this new challenge? I really liked it, and look forward to participating next month!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

Challenges · Making Cards

Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge-Party Time!

Happy Wednesday! Today is my first day back at work after a nice, long vacation. I’m sure I’m not the only one with work day blues. Hopefully the card I share with you today will brighten your day a bit!

This week the Simon Says Stamps Wednesday challenge theme is Party Time, and the featured products are Simon Says Stamps.

My party time card:

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There are a ton of SSS products on this fun card! The stitched rectangle border and the stitched circles are all SSS dies. I used one of my alcohol ink backgrounds to layer under a panel of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock with the cut outs. This ink panel was not so pretty on it’s own, but the circles fall strategically on it’s best spots!

I die cut “Yay,”  using MFT Silver Sparkle cardstock, along with two from Neenah 100 lb. cardstock and layered them together. The Yay is from CZ Designs’ Yay stamp and die set. For the sub-sentiment, I took the “Happy Birthday Beotch,” stamp from CZ Designs’ Simple Sentiments, gently cut the Beotch off, and replaced it with “Boo,” from the same set. I stamped it with MFT’s Lush Lagoon, to draw some of the blue out of the alcohol ink panel. It comes across a bit more subtle in person.

The final step was to add some Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Confetti sequins, and adhere the panel to a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110 lb. card base.

This is one of those times I wish the card had photographed better. The silver from the sparkle paper pulls out the silver mixative from the alcohol ink, and the blue from the sentiment is not so bright, and ties in with the background.

I had a lot of fun making this card! It’s so happy and bright. It helped to bring me out of my crafting funk.

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

 

Challenges · Making Cards · Techniques

MFT Sketch Challenge 364

Merry Christmas! I hope you are enjoying a fabulous day with your family and friends! Thank you for choosing to spend some of it with me, I truly appreciate it!

I took the plunge this week, and used some of my alcohol ink panels to create some cards. I was really suffering from a creative block, I think a hangover from all of the Christmas cards. I took an afternoon to make some more alcohol ink panels, just to create something. I still feel like a one trick pony with alcohol ink, but I think I”m ok with that 🙂 I don’t need to be an alcohol ink artist, I just need to make pretty backgrounds!

ok, enough about my creative ennui, on to the challenge! Here is the sketch for this week:

And, here is my card:

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I used MFT’s Mod Rectangles to cut out a base panel from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock. Then I took the Mod Squares and cut out four squares from a purple alcohol ink panel and added it to the  white base with foam tape.

I decided to use images and sentiments from MFT’s Cool Cats set, and grabbed the princess cat I had previously colored with Copic markers. I add the kitty to the squares with Scor-Tape and a little bit of foam tape. The sentiment from the set was stamped on more Neenah cardstock, with MFT’s Stitched Fishtail Sentiment Strips. I cut a stripe out of MFT Silver Sparkle cardstock with the larger sentiment strip and layered the two strips together. I adhered the sentiment to the card base with foam tape.

For the card base I used Gina K Design’s Lovely Lavender. I added clear Wink of Stella to the cat’s necklace to finish the card off. I decided to keep it simple (a trend I am trying out right now). Despite what you see from my Instagram feed, adding jewels and sequins does not come naturally to me. I usually add them a couple hours after I finish a card, or because I feel like I am supposed too.

I love the color variations in the sections of alcohol ink panel I die cut. This panel wasn’t so great on it’s own, but pieces of it were gorgeous. It’s almost like marble. I’m going to continue to work the panels into my card making, now that I have gotten over the initial stress of cutting them up. Well, honestly, I’m still only cutting up the panels I feel were “duds” on their own. I still have a few panels I can’t bring myself to touch.

Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas!!!

Nicole

 

 

Challenges · Making Cards · New Products · New to Me

Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge

It’s Friyay! Welcome back. Today I’m trying out a new card challenge, Where Creativity Meets C9!

Where Creativity Meets C9 host a challenge every month. This month challenge #16 is Anything Goes! 

I decided to use some of the products I had just received from their new, December release. The Stuck on You set is so cute!

Here is my card:

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I stamped the two pots and cacti with Versafine Black Onyx ink, and heat embossed them in clear powder. I did this so that I could water color the images, with my Distress Markers. I used Forest Moss for the cactus on the left, with Peacock Feathers for the pot. Mowed Lawn was used on the right, with Shaded Lilac and Seedless Preserves on the pot. Picked Raspberry makes an appearance on the flower.

The sentiment was also stamped in Versafine ink, and embossed with Wow’s Hologram powder. Check out the rainbow effect you get from the powder!

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The card base is Blue Raspberry from Gina K, and I used fun foam to add dimension.

I had a lot of fun with this new set. It has some really large succulent images as well as the smaller ones, and some fun sentiments!

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I can’t wait to play with this set some more, along with the Polka-Dot Turnabout I grabbed. I’m going to write a new post about Concord and 9th’s Turnabout stamps, now that I have picked up some more.

Thanks for stopping by, and hanging out with this new challenge!

Nicole

 

 

Challenges

Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge

Happy hump day! Today we take a look at this week’s Wednesday Challenge, and something besides a card!

This week the challenge was Stitch It! We are Memory Keepers is the feature product.

This should be a piece of cake! I use a stitched  rectangle die on almost every card…

The hang up was We are Memory Keepers. The only products I have are the Fuse tool and my combination scor-board and trimmer (which I use on every card). Of course, I had to put my literal hat on, and decided to use the Fuse tool to make a tag… And totally forgot about the stitches! Well, let’s call the pattern the Fuse tool makes stitches 😉

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I’m still working out the kinks with the Fuse tool, so please excuse my messy lines. I cut out a tag shape from Concord & 9th’s Sprinkle Bundle, and stamped out a scene from Hero Art’s October kit (I masked off the bag, so it would sit in front of the tree). I used Hero Arts Intense Black ink to stamp the images, and then colored them in with Copic markers and some Wink of Stella shimmer pens.

Once I had the tag colored, I tucked into a plastic page protector, and laid the die over the tag. I used die as the pattern, and ran my pre-heated Fuse tool around the sides and bottoms. I stopped and added a mix of Lucy’s Cards Crystal sequins and some iridescent stars. I didn’t want to add too much sequins, and cover up the images.

Next, I laid the tag die back over the tag, and used the Fuse tool to finish off the top. I tried to follow the pattern, but it was too intricate and I ended up just matching the angel.

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I really love making scenes with this Hero Arts kit. I keep turning to it over and over again. And if you squint, of course that looks like stitches! I could have kicked myself when I realized I had skipped that part!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

Challenges · Making Cards

MFT Sketch Challenge 363

Happy Monday! We are so close to Christmas, can you believe it?! This week the MFT Sketch Challenge gave me another opportunity to use one of the alcohol inks I made. I’m hoping to make some more this week, while I am on vacation.

Here is the sketch for this week:

And, here is my card!

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This panel was made with the felt tool, using Cranberry and gold mixative. I die cut the large Peach from the panel, then added it to a white card base with fun foam. I stamped the sub sentiments from MFT’s Lable Maker Love in Altenew’s Jet Black ink and fussy cut them. They were adhered to the card front with foam tape.

Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Confetti sequins finish the card off.

This card came together pretty quickly. I was so busy cleaning the house, wrapping up Christmas shopping, then actually wrapping gifts, that I didn’t have a lot of time to craft this weekend. It’s ok, I was setting myself up to lounge and craft for the rest of the week! I have my first crafting play date this week, with my co-worker that just started card making.

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to stop back later in the week, I’m participating in some new card challenges this week!

Nicole

New Products · Techniques

Glitter Paper: A Closer Look

Oh happy start to vacation Friday! Let’s celebrate with glitter, lots and lots of glitter!

First off, let me share something with you that pretty much sums me up:

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I was a glitter girl even before I started card making. Glitter nail polish, glitter phone cases, glitter note pads and binders for school, glitter anything!

I’ve always understood the pitfalls of glitter though, especially glitter paper… It sheds EVERYWHERE! Even the sign above shed glitter. Of course this meant that I was very cautious about incorporating glitter paper/cardstock into my crafting. My first attempts with glitter were based on products I had seen others use (mainly Jennifer McQuire).

My first attempt with glitter cardstock did not go well thought. I got a 6×6 Glitter stack from DCWV after seeing Jennifer McQuire use one. I was especially excited because of the bright colors!

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Unfortunately, this stuff shed like my cats! It wasn’t so bad until I die cut it. Then the glitter flood gates opened up! To be fair, the glitter stack that Jennifer used did not shed in her video. And as you’ll see further down, I have had better luck with other DCWV cardstock.

Next, I tried another product I had seen Jennifer us, MFT Silver Sparkle paper. This was perfection!!!

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As you can see, I’ve purchased almost all of the colors. This stuff is amazing! It die cuts like butter. It does’t shed, and it has a smooth, white  cardstock backing. These come in 8 1/2 x 11 sheets.

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The type of backing may not seem that important, but it can be. A smooth, white cardstock backing means you can write on it, and it’s not so difficult to get adhesive to stick to it. I am a huge fan of MFT’s Sparkle cardstock! And for those of you that are sensitive to smell, I haven’t noticed any weird smells.

One of the other glitter papers I tried in my quest for perfection was a product I found at the dollar store. Yup the dollar store.

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This product is actually more like vinyl then cardstock (8 1/2×11). It’s coated, so it feels plastic like. This made it a bit tricky to die cut. I had to run everything through my die cutting machine twice, and forget cutting anything intricate. It’s also pretty thin and has an adhesive back, which made it a bit difficult to work with.

I did notice that the glitter rubs off a little bit (it doesn’t shed, the color rubs off). It only happened when I was trying to erase a mark on my card front and I rubbed the die cut with the side of my finger.

The main reason I tried this product was the vibrant colors (and it was cheap). I did get a decent amount of use out of the pack. This was used on the JOY cards I made, and some of the CZ Designs cards as well.  They turned out well, but there are better products out there.

Most recently I have been using a product I picked up at Michaels. I grabbed this stack because I was looking for something inexpensive to use on a project for work.

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This was a 12×12 pack of holiday colored glitter paper. As you can see, I cut out a ton of Concord and 9th’s Ornamental Bundle Ornament, in all of the different colors (50 to be exact). They were used to layer on the back of another ornament cut from regular cardstock, along with the patterns, so the glitter peaks through.

This cardstock is also coated (and the back was a glossy paper). The coating made it nearly impossible to find an adhesive that would keep the two pieces together. I ended up using my precious Scor-Tape, and even had problems with that on a few of the ornaments. You can see the glossy back in this picture. See that shimmer.

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We had no issues die cutting the large ornament shape, but I struggled when I tried to use this cardstock with more intricate dies. I had to run dies through twice and carefully take them apart. I had a few instances where the glitter part of the paper seperated from the paper underneath. But, it absolutely doesn’t shed. This cardstock also had a slight plastic smell. I wasn’t bothered by it, but I know others might be.

I mentioned above that I had better luck with a second DCWV product. This was a stack that I found at JoAnn Fabrics, so I was able to touch it and really look at it before I purchased it. It’s actually not “glitter,” but “glitzy,” whatever that means.

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This is a 6×6 stack, and I grabbed it because it had black in it. I have die cut this quiet a few times, and it has not shed on me once. I do have to run intricate dies through the machine twice, and am careful when removing them. The back is also that glossy paper, but I don’t have any issues adhering it. There is no smell either, that I have noticed. I’ve been so happy with this product that I looked for other Glitzy stacks this Christmas, so that I wouldn’t run out. I didn’t have any luck though.

Which is why I am so excited about my final product!

Simon Says Stamps launched a line of glitter cardstock for Diecember!

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These are 6×6 pieces of cardstock. This is not the whole line. There is a sampler set available, but I tried to grab colors I didn’t already have (small fail on the Rose Gold lol). Since I’m really happy with the MFT products, it didn’t make sense to get those colors. From left to right is Magenta, Aqua, Crimson, Sapphire and Rose Gold.

I haven’t had a ton of time to play with these, but I can tell you they cut super easy, they don’t smell and don’t shed at all, and they have a non-glossy back. The colors are so vibrant! I love that Sapphire so much, and the Crimson isn’t bad either.

So, to summarize, my glitter arsenal will mainly consist of MFT Sparkle cardstock, and fill in missing colors with the SSS Glitter cardstock. I do like the DCWV Glitzy cardstock, and recommend that as well, but I have a hard time finding it, and can now get most of those colors from MFT or SSS. Of course, I have to use up the other products I have, so they will creep into my cards as needed. But, I can’t recommend MFT’s Sparkle cardstock enough!

Thanks for stopping by and hanging out through all the glitter. Have a great weekend!

Nicole