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Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge-Layer it Up!

Welcome back! Today I am sharing the cards I made…well, I didn’t make them for the SSS Wednesday challenge, but they qualify! As I mentioned on Monday, I wasn’t focused on making challenge cards this weekend. I just got really lucky with this week’s Wednesday challenge.  Some of the new products I planned to work with were from Concord and 9th, which just so happened to be spotlight products for this week. I ended up with several card that qualified.

Here is the first one, which I shared previously on Instagram. I’ve been trying to use up some backgrounds and panels I made ages ago.

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This card features the Oh Hello turnabout from C&9, stamped in several Altenew inks (I’m sorry, I don’t have the colors written down). I die cut “Oh, Hello There,” using the die from SSS, and layered some Silver Sparkle cardstock from MFT behind it. The card base is Gina K Designs Moonlit Fog. I used fun foam to add the panel to the card base, and finished the card with Lucy’s Cards Pink Jewels.

I ended up with a second card to use for the challenge.

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This card uses the Grateful For You stamp, colored with Copic markers. I used MFT’sStitched Mini Scallop Rectangles to cut the stamped image out, and layered in on a Gina K Design’s Blue Raspberry card base using fun foam. I added Nuvo Drops to the flowers to add interest.

Bonus card:

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This card was made with some of the new products I wanted to focus on. The large Love is from C&9 Hearts and Love. The shadow was cut from Vellum, and the word itself from SSS Crimson Glitter cardstock. I also used C&9’s quilted heart to cut a heart out of the Crimson Glitter and MFT Wild Cherry card stock. The tiny hearts are from the Crimson Glitter too. I used some more Wild Cherry to stamp the sentiment “You & Me,” from C&9 Monogram Ampersand, in Versamark ink and heat embossed with white powder. The card base is Wild Cherry too.

Speaking of the Monogram stamps from C&9, I played around with those this weekend as well, and will be sharing them with you on Friday. I didn’t really get into the die cuts and all the possibilities, just did basic stamping.

I also played around with the January Hero Arts kit, but I haven’t finished all the cards yet, so I’m saving that for next week!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

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MFT Sketch Challenge 369

Hello! This weekend was a little bit crazy! Last weekend I felt like all I did was make cards for various challenges, leaving a ton of new products untouched. I promised myself I wasn’t going to worry about any challenges, and instead I was going to just have fun! I happened to get lucky and meet some challenge requirements anyway, and made a ton of cards!

Today I’m going to share with you the card I made with MFT products. I really wanted to use the new heart mazes, and they easily fit into the sketch.

Here is the sketch:

Here is my card:

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I used the new Stitched Star Peek-A-Boo Window to create an opening for the shaker pouch. I added the pouch, and then the maze in white. The card base is MFT Wild Cherry, which makes a nice backdrop for the white maze. The sentiment is from From the Heart, and I used the sentiment strips for the Hearts in A Row Vertical set.

The little hearts were die cut from Simon Says Stamps Crimson glitter paper with tiny heart dies from Concord and 9th’s Hearts & Love.

It’s a simple card, but I like how the red glitter heats pump it up a bit. The card itself came together pretty quick too.

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

Nicole

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Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #17

Woot! Hello weekend! Let’s dive in with Challenge #17 from Where Creativity Meets C9!

Challenge 17 is to use your oldest Concord and 9th set. I haven’t been crafting for that long, so my set isn’t that old. But, it was what drew me into C9 and their innovative products. Who could resist Many Mandala?

When I sat down to work on this challenge, I ended up with three cards. I’m entering my favorite into the challenge, but I will share them all here.

First up:

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Boy, was it sunny when I took this picture! This was a design I had been meaning to execute since I first got this set. I finally stamped out the layers a couple of weeks ago, when I was struggling with a creative block. I used Delicata Pink Shimmer ink for all the layers, and Silver Shimmer for the sentiments. The different layers are popped up with Fun Foam, for tons of dimension! Pretty Pink Posh’s Sparking Clear Confetti finish off the card.

Here is a picture where the light isn’t so bright.

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My second card is very similar to this one. In fact, I stamped the layers for all three cards at the same time.

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For this card, I stamped the different layers in Delicata Pink and Silver Shimmer ink. I skipped the fun foam on every layer and only added it to the bottom, before adding it to the card base (Gina K Design’s Moonlit Fog). Instead of adding the smallest layer, I stamped the sentiment in silver, along with a sub sentiment on a small strip. Lucy’s Cards Sparkling Bridal Mix accent the card.

My final card is a little different.

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Originally I stamped the mandala layers all together on MFT Kraft cardstock, with Delicata Ruby Red Shimmer ink (the outer layer was stamped with White Delicata ink first, and then over it with the red, that’s why it looks a little different). I decided to die cut two of the layers and tilt them, to add some interest (that and I realized I had stamped my sentiment on the inside layer crooked). I stamped the center sentiment and the one at the bottom right in Altenew Jet Black ink. I added Lucy’s Cards Cherry Jewels to accent the card.

I really had a  lot of fun with this challenge. When I pulled out all of my Concord and 9th sets and realized the Mandalas were the oldest, I got really excited. As I mentioned before, I had so many ideas when I first got this set, and then I was distracted by new things and never took the time to go back and play. This is such an innovative and imaginative set, I  love it!

Thanks for stopping by! See you soon!

Nicole

 

 

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Paper Smooches January Challenge

Happy half way through the week! Today I am sharing the card I made for Paper Smooches’ January Challenge.

This month was an “Anything Goes,” challenge. Who does love free reign!

I made a really simple card for this challenge, using Chubby Chums.

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This card is actually a 4bar sized card. I thought that was the perfect size for this little chickie! I took some Kraft cardstock from MFT, cut it down using MFT Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangles. Then, I blended Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink in the bottom right corner, to highlight the spot for my little chick. I spritzed the area with a mini mister, and with some Shimmer Spray. I dried it real quick with my heat gun, and stamped that cute sentiment from the stamp set with Altenew Jet Black ink.

Once I had the background prepared, I added my little chick using my  Xyron sticker maker. I had previously colored the chick with Copic markers.

Blue jewels from Lucy’s Cards Disco Ball pack finish off my little note card. Isn’t it super cute? This stamp set is adorable. I feel like I went old school this week, between this set and the Clearly Besotted set! And, the old school vibe continues with Friday’s post, so be sure to check back in!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

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Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge – Add A Sentiment

Welcome back! This week I am switching things up a bit, skipping the MFT Sketch Challenge, and instead participating in the Paper Smooches and Where Creativity Meets C9 challenges, along with the SSS Wednesday Challenge.

Let’s start off with the Simon Say’s Stamps Wednesday Challenge! This week the challenge was to “Add A Sentiment,” and the featured products are Clearly Besotted.

I only have the one, amazing and adorable Clearly Besotted set (Hot Stuff), so not a lot of choice. However, this is one of my favorite sets, so I’m ok with that.

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I had so much to do this weekend, so I kept the card design very simple. I grabbed one of my alcohol ink panels (sorry, but I have to use them up) and cut it down with my go to SSS Stitched Rectangle die. I used the second largest cloud die from Hero Art’s Nesting Die set to give my little dragon a place to sit. The baby dragon was previously colored with Copic markers, and I popped him up with foam tape. The sentiment “Just Hatched,” is from the same stamp set, in that distinctive Clearly Besotted font. I scattered some Lucy’s Cards jewels in Pool to finish off the card. Oh, and I added a little bit of white Nuvo drops to his eyes, to give them a bit of interest.

I think those baby dragons are adorable! This is one of the very first stamp sets I purchased, I just could not resist them! It took me forever to track down the matching dies.

The Daily Marker is hosting another 30 day coloring challenge right now. I went back and forth with myself about participating, but honestly, I still haven’t used all the images I colored from the last challenge in September! Next time I am going to limit myself to one or two images a day, but the whole stamp set! I encourage you to participate, its a great challenge and very relaxing! Check out the page here.

Thanks for stopping by! Check back on Wednesday to see the card I made for the Paper Smooches challenge, and Friday for C9!

Nicole

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Altenew Spring Shower Cover Die Example

Hello! In an earlier post I mentioned how excited I was about the the Spring Shower Cover Die from Altenew. You know I had to play with it as soon as it arrived! I shared the background I made on Instagram and a request was made for a video tutorial. Unfortunately I don’t have the equipment to make a video tutorial, but I can write a quick post on how I made it.

The Spring Shower Cover Die is a die that is the size of an A2 card.

The die cuts out a bunch of floral pieces. What is different about this die is that you can layer the pieces to create different looks. Here is what I have leftover from my card, so you can see the pieces.

See how the pieces layer together (their are instructions that come with the die).

For my card, I used the die twice, once with white cardstock, and again with navy.

I kept the white frame, and used the navy pieces to fill in the frame.

Next, I took some of the layering pieces that I had cut in white and added them with adhesive.

I decided to emboss several of the accent pieces in gold. I did this by temporarily adhering them to a piece of scrap cardstock, smooshing Versamark ink over them, and then covering the pieces in gold embossing powder. I melted the powder with my heat gun and waited until it cooled off before carefully lifting the pieces off the scrap cardstock. I glued them in place with Multi Matte Medium.

I also use White Nuevo Drops and a Gold Copic market to color some accents.

I finished the card off using a sentiment from Altenew’s Build a Flower – Camellia stamped on a vellum strip and heat embossed in gold.

Here is and example of one of the white pieces fitted into the left over navy frame.

This card was pretty easy to make, just time consuming. Putting all of the pieces back in place takes time. One tip I have is before I add the pieces back, I flip the frame over and cover it with a light tack tape, like washi tape or micro-pore tape. I tape it on so that the sticky part shows through the openings. That gives the pieces something to grab and hold.

I hope this helps, and thanks for stopping by! Please let me know if you would like me to make video tutorials. I’ve been a bit hesitant as my crafting space has horrible lighting (I mean, look at the step by step pics, ugh). And, I sound like I’m twelve. But if enough people are interested, and you all sign a waiver that you will refrain from complaining about how I sound, I’ll start working on it.

Nicole

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Hero Arts January My Monthly Hero Unboxing

Woot, we all made it to Friday! Congratulations! I plan to celebrate by sharing all the goodies in this month’s My Monthly Hero kit with you. As of 1/18/18 there are still kits available for sale.

This is the official kit list:

JANUARY KIT INCLUDES:

► – 4″ x 6″ Layered on Love Clear Stamp Set

► – 4 Coordinating dies

► – 4 ink cubes (Passion Flower, Navy, Red Royal and Mulled Wine)

► – 2 5″x7″ Shizen decorative paper

► – 1 5.5″x8.5″ Stardream Coral Cardstock

► – 1 5.5″x8.5″ Stardream Rose Quartz Cardstock

► – 1 5.5″x8.5″ Stardream Kunzite Cardstock

► – Heart Sequins Mix 1.5 oz

► – Pink Prisma Embossing Powder 0.5 oz

Lets unbox this baby!

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This month I added an “extra,” item to my order, the Window on Love Confetti Fancy Die. You can see it here, on top. I already created something with it, which you’ll see at the end of the post.

Underneath the die is the thank you card from Hero Arts, and some pink pearl embellishments.

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Next, we get into the kit,. I love that pink tissue paper!

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The stamps and dies are on the left, papers, inks, embossing powered and sequins on the right. That paper is gorgeous!

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I have to mention, the paper smells funny. I think it is because the patterned paper is almost like a fabric. Its really soft. But, look at those vibrant colors. And the embossing powder, it’s sparkly!!! I’ll have to use it this weekend to see what the effect is.

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The word Love and the ampersand are layering stamps. When you stamp the two layers together, it’s gorgeous! It has the look of really old calligraphy or illuminated letters. Especially if you emboss the decorative layer. I can’t way to play around with this!

I’m not sure how easy it will be to do something “original,” but some of the examples the design team shared were too lovely not to CAS.

As I mentioned, I did play around with the Fancy Die. I didn’t make a complete card, but I started one. It took me a couple our hours to piece this together, and I still had to write this post, and all on a “school night.” Actually, I was getting tired, and I made myself stop before I messed up all my hard work!

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I die cut the Fancy Die from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, MFT Silver Sparkle and Cotton Candy Sparkle cardstocks. I originally tried stamping the large “Love,” from the kit on vellum, and wrapping it around the middle, but it was too big. I think I am going to stamp some of the small sentiments from the kit, maybe “sending love,” on small sentiment strips and adhere them with foam tape. I really want to die cut the word “Love,” from a Simon Says Stamps set I have, but I want to make the first card using all Hero Arts items. I can mix and match later. And, I do still have the Silver and Cotton Candy Sparkle frame pieces left to play with.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a great weekend! I have so many new products to play with, I may not even leave the house.

Nicole