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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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Concord & 9th Hooray!

Happy Friday!! I’ve got another weekend of manual labor ahead of me, with little crafting… But I do have some cards to share with you today. I finally have the post with C&9’s Triple Step Hooray and Confetti Card dies.

I do need to apologize, I didn’t get the chance to use really get creative with these. The designs are very similar. As I get more time with this set, I’ll try new things. I also highly recommend checking out the post on the C&9 store for these sets. They have tons of great ideas!

The first thing I did was stamp Triple Stamp Hooray in a ton of colors. I thought I had pictures of all the panels, but I don’t and now they are packed up (or cards below). I did stamp some in my favorite Delicata shimmer inks, which I will share when I dig all my stuff out again!

Here is my first card, which pretty much set the tone for the rest.


I used three inks for Altenew’s Tea Party set (Altenew inks are great for this). Then I used the two larger dies from Confetti cards to cut out the panel and the confetti images.


I added some of Simon Says Stamps’ Crimson glitter cardstock behind the die cut confetti. Yummy!

I stamped the sentiment from the Hooray kit in the lightest Altenew ink that I used (Coral Bliss) and added it with foam tape. I brushed it with clear Wink of Stella too.

The card base is MFT’s Wild Cherry, with a matching Red Velvet envelope from Gina K.

Next up is a card I made as a special request from a friend, to use as a birthday card for her Dad.


This panel was stamped with Altenew’s Sweet Dreams inks, then trimmed down to I think 4″ x 4″. I cut a panel of Gina K’s new Tranquil Teal about 1/4 of an inch bigger, then used a MFT Snow Cone card base. The sentiment is also from the Triple Step Hooray set, added with foam tape. For this card, I stamped the confetti images instead of die cutting them.

Last up is pretty much a copy of the first, with differnet cards. My friend also needed a graduation card, and she loved the design of the first card.


For this card, I stamped the Triple Step Hooray in Altenew Jet Black, Delicata Red Shimmer and Silver Shimmer. The glitter card stock is the same, and the sentiment was stamped in Delicata Red too. Even the card base and envelop are the same. Why mess with a good thing? lol

As I mentioned, I recommend checking out the C&9 website. They have so many awesome designs to help spark creativity, unlike my post. Hopefully I can redeem myself soon, if I can even find my stamps!

Thanks for stopping by! I really appreciate you sticking with me through this crazy time!



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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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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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Concord & 9th Tintables and Nuvo Shimmer Powder

Wahoo, happy Friday! I’m a week away from being a home owner (commence hyperventilating now). I have some cards to share with you, made with Nuvo Shimmer Powders and C&9th’s Tintable cards. I can’t believe it took me this long to try this combo!

Let’s start with my favorite (it was hard to chose).


Here is a sneak peek at the border die from the Confetti Card set. I thought the style was perfect for the chevron pattern.

I shook some of the Violet Brocade Shimmer Power on the panel, trying to follow the columns from the chevron pattern, leaving some white space in between. I love the lighter spots, as well as the shimmer on the more concentrated spots.


I didn’t want to cover the background, so I used the tag die from the Sprinkle turnabout set and cut it from vellum. I took one of the sentiments from Everyday Greetings and heat embossed it with a Hampton Arts dark purple embossing powder. I die cut the tiny hearts from MFT’s Pure Plum Sparkle cardstock. The ribbon is from Hero Art’s April kit, and the purple shimmer envelope is from Simon Says Stamps. I want to hug this card!!!


Next up is this cutie! I tried to make a stormy sky with the dots. This is mostly Storm Cloud powder, with a tiny bit of Violet Brocade, and I tired to keep the color at the top, and let it run down the card. The images and sentiment are from Mama Elephant’s Rain or Shine.


I colored the images with Copic markers, and added them with fun foam behind them. The envelope is Lovely Lavender from Gina K Designs. This card base, and the previous one are Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock.


For this card, I again wanted some white space, but otherwise no particular idea. I wish you could see the shimmer on this background! I die cut the sentiment, which was a free gift in April. I layered it on white cardstock four times, to give it dimension. Some more small hearts, this time with Blue Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents.


The envelope is Gina K Design’s Tranquil Teal, and the card base is Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock.


Here is the last card, with my photography assistant. This card took the least work. All I needed to do was make sure you could see the sentiment. I picked my tie for favorite Shimmer Powder, Catherine Wheel. I shook it over the sentiment, and sprayed away.


I used MFT’s Mod Rectangles to die cut the panel, and added it to a Gina K Design’s Passionate Pink card base. The envelope matches the card base, and I finished off the card with Lucy’s Cards Clear Iridescent jewels.

I had a lot of fun making these cards, and they came together pretty quickly. The shimmer powder makes quiet an impact, especially in person. I actually ordered a couple more colors after this (I know, I shouldn’t be buying new things). I really encourage everyone to try these powders. They make anyone look good!

Well, I close on the house next week! As I mentioned, I’m not sure how many post I’ll have to share over the next couple of weeks. Maybe I’ll share some quick, life post. Let me know if you have any ideas, or anything you would like to see.

Thanks for stopping by!