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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 ┬áhanging 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 June My Monthly Hero Unboxing

Hey guys! Just popping in real quick to share a post for the June My Monthly Hero kit! I don’t have a card to share, like I normally would, but I did get to test out the ink spray included in the kit!

Here are the kit contents:

First of all, check out the cute new packaging!

Super cute! Let’s open that baby up!

Look at all that fun! Love the bright stickers!

I can’t wait to try out the layering ocean and cloud Stamps! All of the Design Team cards were stunning. I love the hello written in the sand too, and the Adirondack chair. Such a great kit!

Here are the matching dies.

And the fun stuff! Four new ink cubes, those bright stickers, the sand embossing powder and…sea foam shimmer spray!!!

So, of course I had to try the spray out. Since I’m currently “camping,” in my condo before we move our furniture tomorrow, all I had to test it on was the packing slip from the kit. And of course I’m working with horrible lighting.

You can see it’s still wet, but I think I captured a little bit of the shine in the second picture. It’s a lot less green when it dries, and totally gorgeous! I promise I’ll share better sample soon.

Guess what? I painted my new craft room! I wasn’t sure if I was going to get to it before we moved. My hands are still swollen from it, but I did it!

Here is a sneak peek.

This was taken right after the last coat, at almost 8 at night, and the tape is till up. I can’t wait to see it in daylight, all cleaned up.

We officially move tomorrow, and I’ll share a post with before and after pictures of my craft room. I was able to roll out the rug for the room too, before I painted though. It’s gorgeous!

Can you tell I’m excited? Really, at this point, I just want it all done. Between all the physical labor and fighting with my landlord, I’m over it!

Back to card making :)! In celebration of my new house, and with the spending freeze over, I may have gotten a little carried away with craft purchases. I grabbed some new MFT and Concord and 9th, along with some items from Altenew and Stamping Bella I had my eye on for a bit. So, lots to share once I get my room put together!

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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!

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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!

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Concord and 9th April Release Take 2- Painted Rose and Sketched Stripes

Whew, that’s a long blog title! Welcome back! Today I wanted to share two more items from the C&9th April release with you. I was hoping to share the rest of the release with you, but a headache took me out early on Sunday. That’s also why I only have one finished card to share, even though I did a ton of stamping…

I guess we can start with the card first. I know this one is good, as my daughter gave it her stamp of approval ­čÖé


I started with the Sketched Stripes stamp. I stamped it once with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Recollections Gold powder on to Gina K Design’s Kraft Cardstock.

Next, I struggled with the Painted Rose stamp. This was my fault, I should have watched the video that C&9 has on their website. I tried stamping the solid stamp first, then realized it was almost impossible to line up the shadow stamp. Since I planned to heat emboss the outline, I wanted to stamp it last. This is when I broke down, admitted defeat, and went to the C&9 website. Yup, you need to stamp the outline first to line up the other stamps.


I decided to start over. I already had my Misti out, and broke out my almost broken Stamp Perfect tool to help.┬áI put the outline in the Stamp Perfect and stamped it in MFT’s Grout Gray. This way I could see the outline to line up the other stamps, and could heat emboss it later. I left the outline stamp in the tool, and switched to the Misti for the layers.

The lightest layer is Altenew’s Pink Diamond. Next, I used Altenew’s Pinkalicious (all the inks are Altenew). The leaves are Bamboo and Parrot. Then I heat set the ink, and placed it back in the Stamp Tool. I used Versamark and the Recollection’s Gold again, to add the outline.

The sentiment is from the same set, and was die cut from MFT’s Brushed Gold cardstock. I layered it with three layers of white cardstock, and did the same with the flower, using some Elmer’s liquid adhesive I had left over from my Christmas card experiments. I adhered the finished layers to the card with liquid adhesive too.

This card turned out better then I expected! Lots of shine and interest!

Ok, let’s take a look at what else I stamped with the rose set. I only stamped the outline shape, and embossed it in a bunch of colors. I figured, while I had the stamp out…

This one is Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock with Hero Art’s Silver Embossing powder.

Next up we have the Hero Arts Silver on vellum, and Lawn Fawn’s Licorice cardstock with Hero Arts Pink Prisma embossing power.

I found some MFT Wild Cherry, already cut down, so decided to try it out with Hero Arts Silver powder. Not bad.

And, last but not least, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock with Ranger Lilac Pearl embossing powder. This powder was one of my Mother’s Day gifts from my daughter, and is absolutely stunning! When I swatched it, I fell in love.

I’m not sure what I will do with all of these. I think I will color some, maybe use colored pencils on the dark cardtsock. I have an idea for the vellum (stamp the shadow layers on white cardstock and then attach the vellum over it). In any case, I’ll have these ready when inspiration strikes!

I’m sure you can guess what I did with the Sketched Stipe stamp. Yup, I got out the Delicata Shimmer ink!


The ink colors are in the pictures. I love these combos! All of the stripe pieces were stamped twice (stamp once, turn the cardstock 180 degrees and stamp again). The plaid was stamped twice as well, only a 90 degree turn instead. I wish you could see the shimmer in the pictures.

Again, I don’t have any concrete ideas for these yet, but this is my usual MO. I like to stamp different color combinations, and save them for future cards. I’m sure these will see some flower images.

Hopefully I will get to show you the last two sets next week. We have the Triple-Step Hooray and the Confetti Cards.

Next weekend is also the last weekend before the new house stuff begins. We close on the house on 5/31, and move on 6/14. Between the self imposed budget restrictions, packing, and moving, I’m not sure how much crafting I will be doing. I can take some “before,” pictures of my craft room, and post those. I’m hoping you guys will stick with me through ┬áthe pause.

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Concord and 9th April Release Turnabouts

No, that isn’t a typo, I’m a month behind. And, I have a confession to make. ┬áI cheated on my new house budget, and purchased the April Release bundle from Concord and 9th. I did it when they had the customer appreciation sale, 25% off!

So, since I caved and purchased the whole bundle, I figured I would share part of it with you. I haven’t had the chance to play with all of it. But, I did play with my favorites.

Let’s start off with the main reason I purchased the bundle, the Bitty Burst Turnabout stamp.


I got this baby out and stamped it in my favorite Delicata shimmer inks.

I also stamped in with Silver and Blue shimmer ink, but forgot to take a picture of the panel.  Here are the cards.


This first card features Silver and Gold Delicata ink, each stamped twice. The graduation cap is from Lawn Fawn’s Hat’s off, colored with Copic markers and was added with foam tape. ┬áThe sentiment is from Concord and 9th Everyday Greetings. I finished it off with Pretty Pink Posh’s Metallic Gold Confetti, and a Gina K Design’s Moonlit Fog card base. The silver shimmer envelope is from MFT.


Next we have the blue and silver card. I kept this simple, using the sentiment that comes with the turnabout stamp, embossed in silver. The card base is Gina K Design’s In The Navy, with Lucy’s Cards Blueberry Gems. Another shimmer envelope from MFT, this one Navy blue.


This card is a bit goofy. I used the pink and silver shimmer Delicata ink. I cut a circle out of the inside, and layered some light pink glitter cardstock underneath. The sentiment is from another new Concord and 9th product, You’re My Happy. I die cut it from MFT’s Tickled Pink cardstock and adhered it to the card front. The card base is the same MFT card stock, and I added some Lucy’s Cards Pink Pearls.


I think this card is my favorite! I stamped the silver shimmer ink with all 4 turns. Using Hero Art’s nesting hearts, I die cut a larger heart from MFT’s Silver Sparkle cardstock, and then used the next size down to die cut a white heart. I stamped the sentiment from Concord and 9th’s Monogram Ampersand set in Altenew’s Jet Black ink. I layered the white heart on to the silver on, and then used foam tape to add it to the card.

I die cut some flowers and greenery from the Monogram die set, and added them to the heart. Pink glitter Nuvo drops accent the center of the flowers. The card base is MFT’s Sno-Cone, with a matching shimmer envelope from MFT.

This Bitty Burst turnabout stamp is going to see tons of use! It’s so easy to make a quick, fun card, or something more intricate. I could see large flowers, or even little critters… I can’t wait!

Next up, let’s take a look at the Wreath Turnabout set.


This set features two smaller turnabout stamps. Again, I had to get out the Delicata inks for these. Some how I missed getting a picture of the second wreath panel…

Lets take a look at the cards.


I used the pink and silver Delicata inks, along with Altenew’s Bambo and Parrot inks. I stamped the sentiment from the kit in Versamark ink, and embossed it with my favorite Hero Arts Silver embossing powder. I accented the card with Lucy’s Cards Pearls, and another Tickled Pink card base. I love these shimmer envelopes from MFT!



This next one is my favorite, but it’s a close tie with the third one. This one uses the same inks as the last card. Then I die cut the sentiment from You’re My Happy, layered it with three versions of the sentiment cut from Tickled Pink cardstock, layered them all and inlaid them. Lucy’s Cards gems accent the sentiment, and I used another Tickled Pink card base.


For this card, I used the blue and silver Delicata shimmer inks, with both colors stamped twice. I cut a circle from vellum, ran the edges in Versamark ink, then covered it with silver embossing powder. The sentiment is the other free set from April, cut from Silver Sparkle cardstock. Blueberry gems accent the sentiment, and a MFT Grout Gray card base finish off the card. I love that blue ink wit the silver. It’s gorgeous in real life!

Sadly, that was all that I have played with so far… There is so much left! Here is a peak.

The other set that was a main driver in my buying the bundle, the Painted Rose. I hope I get a chance to play with this set tomorrow.


The Confetti Card Dies. I think that outline die is going to get a lot of use. I just added it to my favorite die frame, so it would be in easy reach.


Triple Step Hooray set. I’m thinking about making some graduation cards with this. It would be really cool to use school colors for the different layers.


Sketched stripes background stamp. I see this stamped in Delicata stamps as well. This will be a fun stamp to use. I could also see this with some large flowers.


I’ll be sure to write another post, once I get around to using these. Besides the My Monthly Hero kits, these are the only new items I’m allowed for the next couple of months. Hopefully I will be able to dig up my will power..

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