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Mama Elephant’s Me & My Dragon and Nuvo Shimmer Powders

Welcome back! I have a quick post for you, sharing my first card with the awesome Me and My Dragon set from Mama Elephant.

This set is fabulous! It has a very close resemblance to a certain, extremely popular show with dragons and wolves.

I actually stayed up until midnight the night is this release, so I would not miss it! The samples shared on Mama Elephant’s social media accounts were so inspiring. I know I can’t color that well, but I gave it a go.

Sorry about the bad lighting, I finished the card at about 8 last night and had to share it with you today.

I colored the dragon and little girl with Copic markers. I used the colorless blender to add some texture, along with a white gel pen.

The galaxy background was made with Nuvo Shimmer Powders (Violet Brocade and Stormy Skies). The whole panel is shown below. Unfortunately the shimmer does not show in the pictures.

I used MFT’s Starry Circle to cut out the background, and layered MFT’s Silver Sparkle cardstock behind it. Then I added it to a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock panel, die cut using Simon Says Stamps Stitched rectangles.

I add the dragon and girl with foam tape.

The sentiment is from Dragon Wishes, a companion set to Me and My Dragon. It ha some fabulous sentiments!

The white panel was added to a card base made from Gina K Design’s Lovely Lavender.

I can’t even begin to tell you how easy it was to make this galaxy background, using the Nuvo Shimmer Powders! Sprinkle some powder, spray some water then let dry. I never thought I would be able to make one so colorful!

Thanks for stopping by, and stay tuned! I have a couple more cards I make using the Nuvo Shimmer Powders. This week is pretty busy, but I’ll try to put another post together for Thursday.



Caitlin’s Dream Come True!

Happy Sunday! I wanted to write a quick post and share this with you, this one time.

As I mentioned earlier, my daughter was accepted at Parson’s School of Design in New York. As a single Mom, and some though times in our past, I can’t help her financially. She has to pay for all of this herself.

This is her dream. For as long as I can remember, she’s had a camera in her hands. And, she worked so hard in school, fighting health issues. She’s so strong and I’m so proud of her!

Please, if you can, check out her Go Fund me.





Happy Friday! I’m sorry, I don’t have a card to share today. But, I did want to put out a quick update on things.

First off, my amazingly talented daughter was accepted into Parson’s New School of Design!!! I can’t even begin to describe how I feel! This is her dream school!! It’s a bit overwhelming, thinking about her being so far away, and how to pay for it all. But, can you imagine, the best art school in the US, in New York City!!

Next, and not as big, I have a contract for a house! It’s still the beginning of the process, but stressful and time consuming. I’ve spent the last two weekends stressed out and a zombie. Hopefully I can settle down this weekend and get crafty. I really need it.

The best part about the house is that I will have an actual craft room, with great lighting!!! I might even be able to start making videos!

That’s the quick update of the rollercoaster I’ve been riding!

Since you took the time to check in, let me share an actual craft item with you.

These are Nuvo Shimmer Powders!!! And oh my, I’m in love!! They just arrived last night, and I played a little bit with them. Of course, I had to swatch them too!

Look at how cool the craftermath looked.

These were so much fun my daughter’s football playing guy friend was trying them out.

I’ll put together a post with more details about them this weekend. I should have a card to share by then too!

Thanks for stopping by!


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Distress Oxide Ink and Micro Glaze

Welcome back! As promised, I am sharing the secrets to the Distress Oxide panel I shared on Monday.

Really, it’s no secret. Tim Holtz shared this technique during Creativation, and Jennifer McGuire also shared it recently. I just happen to think it’s so magical, I want to share it again.

I don’t have step by step pictures (Jennifer McGuire does on her blog here). But I have some “before,” and “after,” pictures that will knock your socks off!

Before I share the magic, let me describe the technique. All you need is Distress Oxide inks, Glossy Cardstock, water and Distress Micro Glaze.

You start out very basic, using the ink smooshing technique to apply Distress Oxide ink onto the Glossy Cardstock. Please, use Glossy Cardstock. This will not work with glossy photo paper (honestly, I tried…). Ink smooshing is where you smoosh your ink pad on a slick surface such as a craft mat, spray it with water, and then push the cardstock into the inky puddle. If you want to layer different colors over each other, us a heat gun to dry the ink between each layer. If you try to add different colors while they are wet, the colors will blend and turn muddy. Drying the layers in between prevent the colors from turing muddy. Here are the results of my smooshing session.


I tried to create a rainbow panel with Candied Apple, Squeezed Lemonade, Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean and Seedless Preserves.


After awhile I lost track of the colors. I think this is Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet and Shaded Lilac, but  I could be missing a color.


This one is (I think) Blueprint sketch, Mermaid Lagoon, Lucy Clover, Cracked Pistachio.


You can see how the colors in the panel above are layered on top of each other, instead of blending together. This panel is Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose and Hickory Smoke and Black Soot.

Ok, now let’s add the Micro Glaze and see what happens.


See what I mean by magic!!! It intensifies the colors! And, you see even more of the layers!

Let’s look at a panel before Micro Glaze, next to a panel with it.


The panel on the left has Micro Glaze, the one on the right does not. The difference is crazy!

You can see the tiny jar of Micro Glaze peaking out of the top of this picture. You apply the Micro Glaze using a ink blending tool with a foam pad. The Distress ink round blending tools fit perfectly into the jar. And, a little goes a long way! Seriously, you only need a tiny bit. The Micro Glaze also makes the panels water proof, so it has the added benefit of protecting your panel.

After you apply the glaze to the panel, use a dry rag or cloth to buff off the excess. Then just let it dry. It dries pretty quickly. I was blown away when I saw this on YouTube, and had to try it right away. I learned, as I mentioned above, that you have to used Glossy Cardstock. Glossy Photo paper is not designed to hold that amount of water.

Thanks for stopping, and I hope you enjoyed this magical technique!



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Playing With Stencils and My Monthly Hero Kits

Hello and welcome back! Sorry about the little break. I was resting my wrist and generally going stir crazy! I did play around a bit with Distress Oxide backgrounds, one of which I will give you a peak today. I have a full post on them I will share Wednesday, so come back!

I also took some time to play around a tiny bit with stencils. I feel that this is a weak area for me, and I really want to start incorporating them into my work more. This time around, I used some Nuvo Glimmer paste, and a couple of different stencils. Let’s take a look.


For this first card, I took an old alcohol ink background (I think it’s mostly Flamingo and Amethyst with silver mixative). I used the stencil from the My Monthly Hero December 2017 kit, with Moonstone Glimmer paste, going over parts of the stencil and skipping others.


To keep the card simple and let the background shine, I used the Hello and You dies from the new My Monthly Hero March 2018 kit, cut from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock and layered 3 times. I also added thin strips of silver glitter cardstock to the top and bottom of the panel. These were from my scrap stash.

The panel was added to a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card base with fun foam and there you go, I used a stencil!!!

The next card is very similar. It’s actually the other half of the alcohol ink panel I used above.


You can see, this half has more purple to it. The same Nuvo Glitter paste was added, in the same technique, with the same stencil.

I used the lantern images from the MMH December kit, stamped with Hero Arts Intense Black ink, and colored with Copic Markers. The silver areas are Silver Wink of Stella.

The sentiment was stamped with Versafine Onyx ink on a vellum strip, and embossed with clear powder. I wrapped it around the panel and adhered it in the back.


I added some iridescent Lucy’s Cards Jewels to the vellum strip, and Glossy Accents to the lanterns. Check out the color variation with that Moonstone paste on the different alcohol ink colors. It’s gorgeous!!!

My last card is a bit different. Brace yourself for some bright colors!


I know this background looks like alcohol ink, but it’s actually Distress Oxide ink! Come back Wednesday for the details!

I used my new favorite Nuvo Moonstone Glitter paste (really, its the only one I have, but that will change soon) and this time a sunbeam stencil from Clear Scraps. I lined up the middle of the stencil with the edge of my panel, to get a sunset like look. I though it would make a great desert sunset!

I took the palm tree and oasis stamps from the MMH December 2017 kit, and I stamped them with Versamark on Lawn Fawn’s Black Licorice cardstock. I really thought the black would contract nicely with the bright oranges and yellows. I’m not exactly sure how I feel now, though. I really struggled with the sentiment.


Anyway, I decided to color in the water, using Polychomos pencils. I left the rest black. I added the images to the inked panel with black fun foam.

The sentiment is also from the MMH December kit, and was stamped in Altenew’s Jet Black ink. I tucked one end under a palm tree after the aforementioned struggle. The panel was added to a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card base and thats it!

That was my first foray into stencils. Well, I used a stencil with the August 2017 kit and some Nuvo Embellishment Mousse, but that was kinda rough. I see so many beautiful cards using stencils and I get frustrated that I’m not very good with them. I think I did a lot better with the Glitter Paste, but I still need to practice.

Thanks for stopping by, and sticking with me through my break!


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Hero Arts My Monthly Hero March 2018 Unboxing

Hello and welcome back! I wanted to write a quick post to share my unboxing of this month’s Hero Arts kit. I apologize for the poor pictures, the mail arrived late and I had to use the crappy lighting in my craft space.

First off, here is the official list of the kit’s contents:


► – 6″ x 8″ Clear Stamp Set

► – 4 Fancy Word Dies

► – 7 Fancy Shape Dies

► – 4 8.5″ x 5.5″ Sheets Basic Kraft Cardstock (80 lb cover)

► – 4 8.5″ x 5.5″ Sheets Basic White Cardstock (80 lb cover)

► – 4 8.5″ x 5.5″ Sheets Basic Black Cardstock (80 lb cover)

► – Sparkly Sequins 1.5 oz

► – Silver Sparkle Embossing Powder 0.5 oz

► – Unicorn White Ink Cube

Here is the box:





The kit includes several sheets of standard black, white and kraft cardstock. It also has a gorgeous Sparkly Silver embossing powder, and my new favorite sequins mix! Check it out:


I love the stars, and the velum like sequins!


The script work dies truly are beautiful! The have a little something extra that makes them stand out. I love the little tag die. Its the perfect size!


Look at that huge stamp set! I love the little decorative images too, like the coffee mug and could.

So, of course I made a card. Well, really I had already made a couple of cards. The only issue was I was struggling to add sentiments to them. I was just playing around one night with left over die cuts and backgrounds, and put three cards together, no real plan. Then they just sat there…waiting for me to finish them. I was toying with the idea of not adding any sentiments. Then I saw this kit and figure if there was any way I could figure out sentiments, it would be with this.


This first card is all Hero Arts. The background was from when I was smooshing Distress Oxide inks. This one is Tattered Rose and Hickory Smoke. I added the white spray from a previous kit. I used the same spray on the eggs. I added a strip of vellum to anchor the nest and tucked the eggs inside.

The sentiment was gold glitter cardstock layered on pink three times. I finished it off with gold confetti sequins.


For this card, I used Concord and 9th’s Polkadot stamp, with Delicata Shimmery Pink. I added the Altenew Build a Rose flowers and leaves with foam tape. The sentiment on this card was cut out of MFT’s Silver Sparkle cardstock and three layers of Gina K Design’s Moonlit Fog. I added Wink of Stella to the flowers and leaves, and some Bubblegum Blush Nuvo Drops. The card base is Gina K Design’s Passionate Pink.


This card is another Distress Oxide ink smooshing background, with Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose and Hickory Smoke. I used Simon Says Stamp’s Wonky Rectangle dies to cut out the panel. I added the leaves with double sided adhesive, and the rose with foam tape. The sentiment was layered the same as above. Silver Moondust Nuvo Glitter drops to accent the card.

I had a lot of fun making the cards, just playing around for fun. I think the scripty font of these dies add the perfect touch to them. They are just delicate enough not to over power the images, even layered over the flower like the second card.

Thanks for stopping by!



Current Situation

Hello and happy weekend! I wanted to give you a quick update.

I’m not sure if you’ve picked up on it from the blog, but I am a bit clumsy. I can’t take credit for my back injuries, as I have a genetic issue that has pretty much wrecked it. I could yawn and be out of commission for weeks. Honestly, I’m so blessed to be as active as I am.

That being said, this is my current situation:

I bruised my wrist pretty bad while making some adjustments to one of my Raskog carts (future post on that). And, of course, I’m right handed… The splint still gives me decent movement, but the big issue is it hurts to use my thumb.

However, I am stubborn (which is my my wrist is messed up, i didn’t just hit it once…). I’m going to try to play around with alcohol inks this weekend. I have the new Rose Gold and Gunmetal Mixatives and I want to see what they look like.

I also did some Distress Oxide ink smooshing on glossy cardstock last night, then added Micro Glaze. This is magic!!! I hope to write a post at least sharing the results. I may not have cards to share, but I’ll have something!

Another thing I have going on that may slow down my post a bit is searching for a new house!!!! The lease on our Condo is thru July, so it won’t be a mad rush. But, I will be spending some weekends looking at homes. Since I almost only craft on the weekends, my output will slow a bit.

Please hang in here with me! My goal is to find a place with a good, naturally lit, craft space and eventually craft videos!

I’ll be back on Monday with a quick post on the Distress Oxides and Micro Glaze. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole and Fireball, my Physical Therapist