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MFT Sketch Challenge 389

Happy Monday and welcome back! This is my first blog post in my new house, featuring the first card I made in my new craft room! To say I am excited is an understatement.

The card I am sharing today is for this week’s MFT Sketch Challenge. After taking a few weeks off, I was really struggling to find my mojo. It didn’t help that I ordered a whole bunch of new items after I closed on the house (turns out my closing cost were A LOT less then what was estimated.

Since my mojo was missing, I decided to organize my new items, and check out the sketch challenges. Not only is my card inspired by the sketch, but it’s also inspired by a card Barbara Anders designed (here). Her design is the reason I bought the Fireworks set.

Here is the sketch for this week.

Here is my card.


Unfortunately, the sun was not cooperating with me today. I used several Altenew inks to stamp the fireworks, and Hero Arts’ Silver Sparkle Embossing powder for the sparks and stars. I cut out the fireworks panel using the Mod Rectangles and layered it onto a Grout Gray card base with fun foam. I used the WOW die cut on Silver Sparkle cardstock and layered it on 4 white sets. The message from You Wow me was stamped on vellum and heat embossed in Hero Arts Silver. The envelope is MFT Metallic Silver.


I had a lot of fun making this card, but also was frustrated. I didn’t realize how rusty I was going to be, and I made some mistakes. I guess I forgot that it took time to get to where I was, and it takes practice.

Thanks for stopping by and  hanging out while I worked through this house stuff. I’m happy to be back and sharing cards with you.


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Hero Arts Challenge- Watercolor

Happy Monday! I spent a crazy weekend moving small stuff into the new house, and am exhausted! But, I wanted to take a quick minute to share the card I made for the May Challenge from A Blog Named Hero.

The challenge this month was to use watercolor.

I wanted to use the new card kit for this challenge, and also need to make something a bit quick. Here is my card:


I stamped the trunk and branch images from the kit in Versamark ink, on the kit’s watercolor paper, along with the sentiment. Then I heat embossed them in white. I sprinkled Atlantis Burst Nuvo Shimmer Powder on the panel and sprayed it heavily with water.


I also mixed some of the Shimmer Powder with water on my craft mat, and brushed it around the branches.

I added some jewels from Lucy’s Cards and added the watercolor panel to a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Card base.

It’s a pretty simple card, but I enjoyed making it. There is something about that shimmer powder… it’s gorgeous!

Thanks for stopping by!


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Floral Challenge-Missed Deadline

Oof! I am paying for all the work put in this weekend! Moving is no joke, and I’m just moving the small stuff right now…

So, in true Nicole style, I missed the deadline for the Where Creativity Meets C9 May challenge… but I might as well share my cards with you!

Since I had all those panels I created with the Painted Rose set, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to use them!


I took the panel with the Lavender Pearl embossing powder and die cut it. Then I went through my alcohol ink panels to find one that matched. I added the rose to the panel with foam tape, then tried to figure out that to do for the sentiment.


I die cut the Hey There from Fabulous Phrases out of both MFT Boysenberry and Summer Splash card stock, intending to use one of the colors. I could decide which one, so I layered them together, a little offset. I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve tried this, although I’ve seen it used a lot. I like the effect!

I added a couple of Nuvo Glitter Drops in Purple Rain, and slapped on a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card base. Pretty happy with how this quick card turned out. I had so much fun. I made a second card!

While I had the Painted Rose panels out, I was inspired with another design.


This card is fairly similar. This panel uses Hero Arts Pink Primsa embossing powder on Lawn Fawn Black Licorice cardstock. Instead of die cutting the rose, I used the outside die from Confetti Cards.


I cut the sentiment from You’re My Happy out of MFT Tickled Pink four times and layered them together. I brushed tons of clear Wink of Stella over the letters, as well as the leaves. Pink Lucy’s Cards jewels accent the image along with some clear Nuvo Drops. The card base is also Tickled Pink, with a matching shimmery envelope.

I think this card is my favorite, out of the two. There is something about the combination of the pink and black, with the shimmer in the embossing powder and Wink of Stella…it’s gorgeous in person!

Thanks for stopping by!


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Where There is a Will….

Welcome back and happy June! I am officially  a home owner!!! We closed yesterday. As you can imagine, I’ll be pretty busy the next couple of weeks. Here is a peak at my new craft room:


I can’t wait to show you the after pictures!!!

The movers are scheduled for 6/14, but I’ll be running items over to the new house in my spare time (it’s only about 5 miles away). I was really worried that I would have to take a break from posting, but I think I found a way around it.  The 30 Day Coloring Challenge!!!

It’s perfect! The challenge starts today, all you have to do is spend a little time coloring, and it provides a few minutes of peace in the crazy coming up! Besides, this is the 10th anniversary of the coloring challenge. I had to find a way to participate!

I prepped by stamping a bunch of images to color.


This time I didn’t focus on stamping images for cards, but instead images I wanted to color for fun.


I also used a different, Copic friendly black ink, on each piece. This way I can test them out again


I even stamped a couple of images on dark cardstock and watercolor cardstock. You can see Concord and 9th’s Wonderful image was a favorite.

I didn’t stamp a ton, as I know I won’t have a lot of time or energy. I plan to color a little bit at a time. I can pack up all of my craft supplies and just leave out my markers and watercolors.

I do have a couple of post to share this week, with cards I made ahead of time. Once I have exhausted those post, I’ll share my coloring every couple of days.

Thanks for stopping by!


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MFT Sketch Challenge 386

Hello, and welcome back! Today I have a quick post for you, to share the card I made for MFT’s Sketch Challenge 386.

I have to admit right away that I was inspired by Donna Mikasa’s card. I pretty much Cased her card. But, it was so pretty, and I need a quick and simple design.

Here is  my card;


My original plan, much like Donna’s card, was to cut the Mesmerizing Mandala from white cardstock, and layer it over an alcohol ink panel. But, then I started about thinking of ways to switch it up and decided to cut the mandala from the alcohol ink panel. I had a panel with some splotchy areas that perfectly fit the mandala.

I usually cut the mandala shape several times, to give it dimension. This time I only cut it once. Instead. I added a bunch of White iridescent Lucy’s Cards jewels.

The sentiment is from Anything But Basic Birthday Wishes, and I die cut it using Stitched Fishtail Sentiment Strips. I added the sentiment with foam tape, and wrapped it up with Gina K Design’s Passionate pink card base and matching envelope.

See, quick and simple. Trying to squeeze out a couple more cards before I absolutely have to pack.

Thanks for stopping by!



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Simon Says Stamps’ Wednesday Challenge-Use More Than One Stamp

Happy Memorial Day!  I would like to take this chance to remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Thank you to all that have served or are serving!

Today I am sharing the card I made for this week’s Simon Says Stamps’ Wednesday Challenge. This week the challenge is to use more than one stamp, and the product focus is Honey Bee Stamps. I only have one set from them, Camera Love. I happened to purchase this set because my daughter loves photography, so I decide to make Cait a card.


Believe it or not, I didn’t plan to use Nuvo Shimmer Powder on this card. I laid everything out, even embossed the heart. Then I was stumped trying to decide what to do with the background. Shimmer Powder to the rescue! I masked off the heart, and tapped some Violet Brocade on the card and then misted it with water.


I stamped out the images, colored them with Copic markers, and then die cut them. I added them to the card front with foam tape. I took some of the sentiments from the kit and added them into the mix. Glossy accents finish off the images. The card base is Gina K Design’s Blue Raspberry and the matching card is Simon Says Stamp’s Island Blue. I added the panel to the card base with fun foam.

This card is great for my daughter! The Shimmer Powder looks a bit like tie-dye, which she loves. And, of course the photography, which she is going to school for. I’m going to hunt up a good, encouraging sentiment for the inside, and give it to her before leaves for college. Oh, and I just realized I  am sharing a red, white and blue card today! That’s kinda lucky.

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



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Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge-For The Boys

Happy hump day! Today I am sharing my card for this weeks’ Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge.

This week the challenge is For the Boys, using Lawn Fawn products. This was a perfect challenge, as I have some new Lawn Fawn products I haven’t had the chance to use.

Here is my very busy card:


I used the Bayou Backdrop die on a panel I had made with Distress Oxide ink and glossy cardstock as the start for my card. I’ve had this piece cut out for a little while, just never got to using it. I die cut several other elements from the Bayou set, including the pond (from alcohol ink), the duck (like I was going to leave that out…) and the grass (colored with Copic markers).

The background was made by blending Tumbled Glass Distress ink over a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock panel. I layered all of the elements together, and got out the sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s  Dad and Me.

Of course I had to add a couple of the fireflies from Little FireFlies, with glow in the dark embossing powder on their bottoms.

This was a fun, crazy card to make. It’s been awhile since I created a scene like this, and I missed it.

Thanks for stopping by!