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Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge-Sparkle And Shine

I’m back, sharing another challenge card, this time for SSS’s Wednesday challenge. This week the challenge is for Sparkle and Shine, featuring Tonic Studios products. Boy, did I luck out with this one! Since I’m currently addicted to Nuvo Shimmer powder, I had made four cards before I looked up the challenge. Here is the card I picked to share.

I took a leaf from Jennifer McGuire’s book, and decided to make Mother’s Day cards for my friends and sisters. This card is intended for a good friend of mine, actually my kid’s first Step Mom. Yes, I’m good friends with my ex-husband’s second ex-wife (such long a story). We are family.

I made this card by first stamping the Camellia from Altenew’s Build a Flower set with Versafine Onyx ink, and heat embossed it with clear powder. Then I masked the image and did the same with the flower again, and some leaf images. Next, I sprinkled the Catherine Wheel Nuvo Shimmer powder over the flower and misted with water. Oh, I used Distress Watercolor cardstock. After I sprayed enough water to activate the powder, I used my heat gun to dry it. I sort of forgot about the heat embossing, and some of the color melted into the embossing. It actually looks cool.

For the leaves, I took some of the Atlantis Burst and mixed it with water to make it watercolor paint, then painted the leaves. The sentiment is from Simon Say’s Stamps CZ Design Simple Sentiments, and I added it with foam tape. The card base and matching envelope is Gina K Design’s Passionate Pink.

I wish you could see the Shimmer in the pictures. It’s gorgeous! I also love the hints of pink and yellow from the Shimmer powder. This stuff is amazing! The first thing I order after I’m done with this house business is the rest of the colors!

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MFT Sketch Challenge 381

Hello and welcome back. Surprise! I actually made a card for a challenge. I know, it’s been awhile… I’m still struggling creatively, so I thought entering a challenge would give me some inspiration.

Here is the sketch:

And….drum roll…my card:

I went with my favorite Magical Dragons, colored with Copic markers. The sky was made with Nuvo Shimmer Powders (Storm Cloud and a touch of Violet Brocade). I used Starry Circles to cut it out, and added Silver Sparkle cardstock behind it. I layered the dragon over the Circle with foam tape, and added the sentiment, cut with MFT Stitched Fishtail banner. I added a smoke cloud as well, with clear Wink of Stella. Clear, confetti sequins finish the card.

This was a fun, quick card to make. My sister ended up giving it to our niece for her birthday. My niece likes to come over and make cards with me, so she recognized the dragon lol.

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MFT Sketch Challenge #374

Happy Monday! I miss the weekend already, it went by so fast! I have a bright and cheerful card for MFT’s sketch challenge. Hopefully it brightens your day!

I took a little break from MFT challenges, so I could focus on the new products I picked up in February. It’s nice to be back with a simple sketch!

And here is my card!

I’m sharing 2 picture as the one in natural light (2nd pictures) doesn’t really show how shiny the sentiment is.

My first step was to get out the dies I planned to use, and lay them out so I could decide on placement.

Next, I die cut a rectangle frame from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock (Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Rectangle dies) as well as the larger card panel. Using my Gemini, I was also able to cut out my sentiment and the rectangles at one time.

I used the smaller rectangle die to cut a mask out of Inkadinkado Masking paper and added it to my card panel. Then I blended Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink, going for an ombré look. Once I had the ink blended the way I wanted it, I sprayed Sparkle Shimmer Spritz and also water on it. I blotted the water with a paper towel, then dried the panel with my heat gun.

Next, I added foam tape to the frame, and applied it to the inked panel. To help make sure I lined the frame up correctly, I used a scrap piece of release paper (this one is from the back of the magnetic sheets I use to hold my dies).

I put the release paper down, covering most of the panels. Then, I position one side of the frame, make sure the rest is lined up correctly, and press it down firmly. Pulling out the release paper, I continue to push down firmly on the frame, until it’s cleared the frame.

As you can see in the picture above, I had already cut out my heart balloon’s (MFT) from MFT’s Silver Sparkle Cardstock. I also cut it from Pure Plum and Cotton Candy. I then cut the balloon strings from Lawn Fawn’s Black Licorice (I used this for the sentiment too). I adhered the balloons to the frame, using foam tape where they didn’t overlap. I couldn’t really use foam tape for the strings, so I glued the ends at the bottoms down with Multi Medium Matte.

This is where the Nicole factor steps in on this card… I knew from the beginning that I wanted to use the Lacquer pen from an older My Monthly Hero kit, which I’ve never used before, on the Hooray sentiment (MFT). I also knew that I wasn’t going to apply it to the sentiment while it was on the card. That is just a recipe for disaster. Guess who waited until the end to apply the lacquer. Yup, this girl! So I had to wait for it to dry to add it to the card. And I got impatient, so if there is ever a point where law enforcement needs my fingerprints, check the last two letters on the sentiment.. I eventually added it to the card with more Multi Medium Matte. I’m a little worried about the Y just hanging off the end, and will probably glue it down, or try to get a really tiny piece of foam tape under it, once the lacquer is really dry.

The card base is Gina K Design’s Passionate Pink, and I stamped “Heck Yes! It’s Your Birthday!” inside. That great sentiment is from the Anything But Basic Birthday Wishes from the February release. This is a great stamp set filled with tons of non-standard birthday greeting.

This card was so fun to make! I kinda took a crafting break this weekend, not producing the volume of cards I’ve been making since before Christmas. I still have some new products I haven’t used a whole lot, but I needed a break. I only made cards that made me happy, things I really enjoyed. That’s what the weekend is for, right? Having fun, no pressure! Anyway, I’m trying to change my approach to card making, so it feels more like something I do for fun and less like a second job. This means I may scale back the blogging a little bit. I want to be a little more fluid, and not force myself to make cards just so I can blog about them. We’ll see how it goes!

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Challenges · Making Cards · Rambling

Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge 18!

Hello! I have a quick post to share, for the Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge 18, watercolor! Here is the challenge post.

This card may look familiar to you. I shared this card in Monday’s post, and decided to enter it in the challenge as well.

With this card I stamped the large image from Wonderful Florals on Bristol watercolor paper with Versamark ink and embossed it with Hero Arts white embossing powder. Then I used my Faber Castell watercolor pencils and a water brush to color the image.

Next I used the die to cut the word “Wonderful,” from Simon Says Stamp’s Orchid glitter cardstock. I really like how the glitter on this cardstock is iridescent instead of just purple. It’s beautiful when it catches the light!

I added the watercolor panel to a Gina K Design’s Lovely Lavendar card base and added Pale Periwinkle Nuvo Jewel Drops to the berries.

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MFT Sketch Challenge 370

Hello and welcome back! I hope your week is going well. Today I have a quick post to share the card I made for this week’s sketch challenge at MFT. This week’s card is very similar to last week’s, and pretty true to the sketch, since I didn’t have much time to get creative.

The sketch:

And my card:

My apologies for the bad pictures, it was late by the time I finished.

I broke out the Stitched Heart Peekaboo Window to make an opening for a heart shaker pouch in my MFT Wild Cherry cardstock. This time I used a Wild Cherry maze piece.

I took the sentiment from Welcome Baby, and masked off the bottom line so I was left with “You are Amazing,” which was stamped with Altenew’s Jet Black ink. I cut it out with the Stitched Fishtail Sentiment Strips and used the bigger size on MFT Silver Sparkle. I layered the two and adhered it with fun foam.

Silver gems from Studio Katia finish off the card.

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Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge

I can’t believe it’s Monday! I really need a little more weekend. I was so inspired by all of the organization shared on Instagram since the new year that I decided to get a bit more organized myself. This included another trip to IKEA, the purchase of another (bigger!) Kallak unit, and building it! I also bought my daughter a new bed, which had to be assembled. Oh my, I don’t think I will ever be able to stand up straight again!

Because of all of this excitement I didn’t have much time to craft this weekend. I made some simple cards, using pieces I had leftover from earlier cards. I wasn’t very innovative either.

This week, the Wednesday challenge is Anything Goes (thank goodness) featuring Art Impressions products. I don’t have any Art Impressions products, which made this a bit easier for me.

I grabbed the Silver Sparkle Cover I had left over that was die cut from Hero Arts Window on Love Confetti Cover die. I also had some leftover white pieces to inlay.

I used a Hero Arts Heart infinity die to cut out a vellum heart to anchor the sentiment. The word “Love,” from Simon Says Stamps Love, was stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed with Hero Arts Pink Prisma powder. This powder is gorgeous!

The sub sentiment is from Concord & 9th’s Monogram Ampersand and was stamped in Altenew’s Jet Black ink. I adhered it with foam tape. Pink gems from Lucy’s cards accent the sentiment. I used fun foam, and a Neenah Solar White card base.

Once I get everything organize I’ll write a blog post. I don’t really have any earth shattering tips. I pretty much use the same system that Jennifer McGuire does. I finally broke down and purchased a label maker, and I’m finally cutting up my ink swatches and putting them in the pockets. Oh, and I made some paper swatches too. The one thing that saved me is that I watched Jennifer’s videos when I first started crafting, and applied her system right away. I highly recommend her Favorite Crafty Things of 2018 Organization video.

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Challenges · Making Cards · New Products

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.


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.


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:


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!

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