Challenges · Making Cards

MFT Sketch Challenge 355

Happy Monday! I hope you had a good weekend. This weekend we celebrated my Daughter’s birthday by going to the Halsey concert. It was my daughter, her best friend and I and we had a lot of fun. Halsey is amazing in person!

Back to crafting. This week the sketch challenge at MFT was:

I struggled a bit with this sketch. The star really threw me off. I spent some time looking at the design team’s inspiration post to help me out. I also wanted to try to use scraps or items already on hand, as I didn’t have a lot of time. I showed my daughter the sketch and inspiration pictures and asked her what I should do. She suggested a rainbow (not sure why). Then I remembered the rainbow squares!

Here is my take on the sketch.

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I had these squares left over from cards I made a little bit ago. And, I have the Rainbow Greetings sentiment set from MFT, several of which were perfect for this card.

I used the mini scallop stitched rectangle frame die to cut out the panel, then layered the squares and glued them down. I stamped the sentiment from the Rainbow greeting kit in Versafine Black Onyx and embossed with Wow Hologram powder.

I adhered my white panel to Kraft cardstock with Fun Foam in between. I finished the card off with some Lucy’s Cards Rainbow jewels.

This was a pretty quick, fun card to make. I love the pile of rainbow squares!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

 

 

Kit Unboxing · Making Cards · New Products

Hero Arts October 2017 Unboxing

Hello! Today I wanted to give you a closer look at what was included in the October 2017 MMH kit. This kit is overflowing with Christmas! And some of the images are so tiny! They are perfect for snow globe looks.

Here is what is included in the kit:

OCTOBER KIT INCLUDES:

► – 6″x8″ Clear Set

► – 10 Frame Cuts

► – 3 Fancy Dies

► – 6 sheets 5″x7″ decorative paper (3 assorted styles 2 of each)

► – 1 Thick Lacquer Pen

► – 1 Silver Embossing Powder 0.5 oz

► – 1 Unicorn white Ink Cube

Let’s unpack this bad boy!

Here are the stamps and dies. Sorry, they are tiny.

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There are  ton of stamps, with a wide range of theme. Here is the patterned paper, embossing powder, ink cube and lacquer.

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The glitter paper is gorgeous, but it sheds glitter. I’m not sure exactly what to do with the lacquer yet, but I’ll figure it out. I will say, I have been meaning to purchase a Hero Arts Unicorn White ink pad for ages. I was very excited to see one included in the kit!!

Unfortunately I was sick this past weekend and didn’t get to do very much with the kit. I did stamp all of the images that had matching dies, and a few others, and colored them.

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The images are so small, I colored most of them with gel pens. I used Copics on the large areas of the houses, the green on the trees, the sleds and dogs, and where there is brown.

I did get to make one card (how could I not).

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I used the snow globe window die from MFT, along with a Dome Shaker pouch. I ordered these items specifically to use with the Hero Arts kit. I used Broken China regular Distress Oxide ink for the background of the snow globe. The sentiment is heat embossed in white.

Brace yourself, there is going to be a whole lot of Christmas ahead on my blog. I’ll share a post with the products I have picked up, and how I am prepping to make over 50 handmade Christmas cards. You’ve already seen what I’ve done with the Concord and 9th products.

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges · Making Cards

Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge

Happy Monday! I tend to make a lot of Thinking of you or Friendship cards. This week it worked out in my favor, as the theme for this week’s challenge is Thinking of you. The product focus this week is Memory Box. I don’t have any of their products, so I decided to use the MMH September kit. I haven’t really played with this set. I just tested out some ink colors when I first got it.

 

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I made the panel by blending Tumbled Glass regular Distress Ink across watercolor paper. My first stripe that I masked off was too small, so I moved it out a little bit and added more color. I liked the striped outcome so much, I decided to make two more panels. This is saying something, as I was not feeling well this past weekend.

Let me wrap up this card, then I can show you the other two panels. I stamped the sun flower in the ink colors that come with the set (Butter Bar, Orange Soda and Tangierine) and the leaves and stem in Altenew (Frayed Leaves and Forest Glades). The center is Pumpkin Pie and Cup o’ Joe (kit colors).  I adhered them to the panel with foam tape, and I stamped a sentiment from Hero Arts’ Hello. I added clear Nuvo drops to the flower.

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And of course I had to go to CZ Design’s Simple Sentiments for one of them. The flower on this finished card is all yellows (sorry, I don’t have a picture).

The ink blending panel is a quick way to make some cards. I really like how the cards are so clean and simple as well.

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

 

Challenges · Making Cards

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #14

Welcome back! Today I am sharing the card I made for Lawn Fawnatic’s Challenge # 14- Happy Little Critters!

Well, I don’t know if you can call bears “little.” You have to admit, these guys are adorable though. I went a little “Clean and Simple,” on this card.

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I used the little and big bears from Lawn Fawn’s Dad and me stamp set. I die cut a window with MFT’s Square Peek-a-boo Window. I took the square die cut from the inside and I blended regular Distress inks in Bundled Sage and Tumbled Glass for the grass and sky. I stamped the mountains in Lawn Fawn’s Hippo ink right on to the little background panel. The bird stamp is from Hero Art’s June kit.

Once I had my window done I taped it into my card front and then adhered my bears with fun foam. Then I adhered the card front to a MFT’s Sno-Cone card base. I stamped the sentiment from the Dad and Me stamp set with Altenew’s Jet Black ink.

I really like how simple but cute the card turned out. Seems the theme for me this past weekend was clean and simple. We’ll have to see where it goes 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

 

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Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge

Hello! The Wednesday challenge this week was Anything Goes (my favorite) and the product focus was Stampendous products. It just so happens that one of my first stamp purchases was from Stampendous!

Actually, I had been meaning to use one of their sets for awhile. This was the perfect opportunity for me to try it.

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This was a really simple card. I stamped one of the large images from Agapanthus Thanks in Versamark ink on Gina K Designs’ In The Navy cardstock. I heat embossed it in gold. It’s a good, solid image, no coloring needed. I also stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from the set the same way.

I added the cardstock panel to a Kraft card base with fun foam and added some Liquid Pearls drops in Brass. I stamped the same image on a kraft envelope in black to match the card.

I really like the card, but kinda wish I had left off the Liquid Pearls. It’s a clean, simple card but the gold embossing makes it elegant. What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

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MFT Sketch Challenge 352

Happy Monday! I hope you had a good weekend. I went a little overboard making cards, more so then normal.

Let me share one with you. It’s been a little while since I participated in a MFT Sketch challenge.

Here is the sketch for this week.

I wan’t sure what exactly to do with the sketch, but I new I wanted the square to be MFT’s Roses All Over paper, so I started there. Then I realized I didn’t have a square that really fit in well with my normal card panel die, so I went with a Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle instead. After that, I was stumped for awhile. Somehow, I managed to produce this:

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After the rose rectangle, I decided to put a strip of Gina K’s Passionate Pink cardstock behind it. Then I was trying to figure out what to do for the circle. I actually had a die cut circle, but it looked awkward.

Then, I remembered the Scribble Roses! I had the outline shape already die cut in white and decided to blend Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink over it. Then I die cut the solid shape in white. I also had the leaves already die cut, so I stamped the outline images on them in Altenew’s Forest Glades. I added the scribble rose with fun foam.

Only thing left to work out was the sentiment. I had some MFT Label Maker Love sentiments, but they were stamped in black. I decided to stamp “Hello Gorgeous,” in Altenew’s Razzleberry. I adhered my card front to a Passionate Pink card base with fun foam, and added a matching envelope (with a scribble rose stamped on the front right corner).

I will admit, I struggle with the sketch challenges. It’s the reason I don’t participate in every one. Even when I do participate, the outcome usually feels awkward to me. Cute for the most part, but not exactly the layout I would have chosen. This one was different. Oh, it was difficult for me. But, I really love the outcome. Out of all the cards I made today, I think this one is my favorite! Funny, my second favorite is the card I made for the Simon Says Stamps Wednesday challenge. The cards I made on my own are ok, but no “wow” factor. I think I’ve been so focused on Christmas cards, I didn’t know what to do without that focus…

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

Nicole

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Concord and 9th Haul

Welcome back! Today I want to take a look at some of the items I picked up from Concord and 9th’s September release, as well as some other items new to me.

Lets jump right in with my favorite holiday, Christmas! This is the Joyful Noel Bundle:

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The stamp set includes a couple of squares that are great for making backgrounds. There are also a couple of circle shaped images (the lights and the wreath) that can be used to form the “O,” in the words “Joy,” and “Noel.” The rest of the words are made with dies. Then there are sentiments to support the die cut words, or to add on their own.  I made several cards with this set.

The last card was made using the wreath stamp to make a background, and then I added an image from Mama Elephant’s Wooly Winter, as well as the sentiment.

The next set I want to share with you is the Many Thanks Turnabout.

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This set includes the turnabout stamp, as well as some supporting stamps (#allthefeels, THX, A Million +1). The coordinating dies cut out the the work “Thanks,” in two different sizes, as well as speech bubbles and “XOXO.” Several of the stamps from the stamp set will fit nicely into the speech bubbles. I haven’t had a chance to play with this set yet, but I’m thinking of using the large speech bubble as a Christmas card, with Joy inside, if it will fit.

Concord and 9th offered a bonus stamp set with purchases of $60 or more. This is the Grateful for You set. It’s one large stamp with flowers and a sentiment. I haven’t made a card yet, but I did color the image.

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The next set I want to share with you wasn’t from the September release, however I did purchase this in September. This is the Hope Bundle. Concord and 9th is donating the proceeds from the purchase of this set throughout the month of September to people recovering from Hurricane Harvey. I planned on buying this set, even before we were hit by a hurricane ourselves.

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This set included large, layering sketchy flowers, and the large “Hope,” sentiment. It also includes 5 sentiments to support the word “Hope.” The coordinating dies cut out a banner shape of sorts, and the word “Hope,” in stripes. I have a card made with this set to share.

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I want to also try stamping these flowers with the new Altenew inks I just received. They are the new yellow set and the new blue set. They are gorgeous!!!

Thanks for sticking through my most recent Concord and 9th haul! I just had to treat myself after dealing with Hurricane Irma and some other issues. I’m a hopeless shopaholic.

See you soon!

Nicole