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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

 

 

 

 

 

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Altenew Inks

Happy Friday! I promised you that I would write a post on the “new,” Altenew inks in an earlier post. Here it is!

When I first started making cards I stuck to buying ink cubes, in an effort to save money and so that I could test drive the different companies. One of the first sets I purchased was the Floral 6 mini cube set.

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The main reason I picked this set was because I wanted to use it for a layering stamp set. I fell in love with Altenew’s inks with this set. My favorite non-Copic black ink is their Jet Black ink.

So, when Altenew came out with three new ink sets in July release, I knew I needed them! The three new sets include 4 shades each in pink, blue and yellow.

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I decided to use the inks to stamp Concord and 9th’s Thanks turnabout. I used the three lightest colors, and MFT’s Grout Gray.

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The yellow set is called “Pocket Full of Sunshine.” Before I stamped these, I had stamped the triangle turnabout with Distress Oxide inks. It got on the jig I use for the turnabouts, and wasn’t dry, so it got on these panels too. 😦

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This is Cherry Blossom and I think it’s yummy!

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On this card I used the full 4 colors instead of the gray ink. This set is called Deep Blue seas. It’s gorgeous!

I love these colors! They are so bright and vibrant, and they stamp so crisply (the patchy spots are the stamp’s design). I just want to hug the pink, and I’m not a pink kinda girl. I would recommend these inks to anyone. I invested in full sized ink pads for the blue and pink sets.

What is your favorite line of inks? Please share below!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

 

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Quick Look: Stamping Tools

Welcome back! I wanted to write a quick post to share with you a new purchase I made. I’ve been thinking about trying the new Stamp Platform by Tim Holtz. I currently have the Hampton Arts Stamp Perfect tool, which is similar to the MISTI (and no longer available in the USA).

I want to start off by saying I really love my Stamp Perfect tool! It has made stamping so much easier, and I can’t imagine making cards without it. Despite it’s awesomeness, it does have it’s drawbacks. The turnabout stamps from Concord and 9th don’t really fit into the Stamp Perfect. I was able to make it work, but it wasn’t easy. I also felt that I would have an easier time making large quantities of Christmas cards with the background squares from Concord and 9th’s Joyful Bundle if I had a bigger stamp surface (I wanted to put the stamp in one spot and move my card panel three times, instead of moving and lining up the stamp three times). If I get this to work I’ll share it with you.

Here is the Stamp Perfect tool:

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The Stamp Perfect stamping area is 7.375 x 5 inches. I have an open A2 size card in the tool. As you can see, the cardstock is hanging over the end on the left.

Here I am using it to stamp the inside of a card. I use a transparent grid from Simon Says Stamps to help line up my stamps. 

The Stamp Perfect tool came with 2 of the round magnets. It has a foam pad inside  that you remove when stamping rubber stamps. As you can see in this picture, there are grid lines etched in the lid, and rulers on the sides.

Here is the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform:

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The Platform’s stamping area is 8.5 x 8.5 inches. The right side and the bottom (in this picture) are open, so you could insert a piece of 12 x 12 cardstock. The stamping surface is hard, no foam insert. Instead of removing the foam insert to stamp rubber stamps, you flip the lid over (see the red writing in the top left corner that says clear).

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It’s really easy to switch the lid over. Just flip it up to a 90 degree angle from the bottom and lift straight up, flip it over and slide it back in.

The platform also comes with 2 round magnets. I tried using my bar magnet with it, but it seemed to be too thick. If I had it really close to the stamp it interfered.

The lid of the platform also has grid lines etched into it.

Comparison: The Platform is easy to use, stamps just as well as the Stamp Perfect. It is bigger, so it’s a bit more cumbersome. It definitely was a lot easier to stamp turnabout stamps with it. I was even able to get the triangle turnabout to work relatively easily, for me any way. I can see myself using this for the turnabouts, and other big stamps. I didn’t try my Christmas card idea yet, but I think it will work. I’m not ready to throw away my Stamp Perfect tool though. For stamping smaller images, my day to day stamping, I’ll continue to use the Stamp Perfect. It’s perfect for card fronts.

Let me know what stamping tool you have in the comments. Is that one piece of equipment you couldn’t live without?

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

 P.S. my apologies for the photo quality. I really need to step up my photography skills. I’ll try to take some more pictures of the tools as well, so you can see what I’m talking about.

 

 

 

 

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The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge Week 4

Hello and welcome back! I have to admit, my first 30 day coloring challenge went by rather quickly. I really enjoyed participating in this challenge. It really inspired me to try new things (and buy some new mediums).

Day 24

I went a very different route today, and colored part of an coloring book page.

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I ordered a set of Prismacolor Pencils and they were delivered today. I had to try them out, but I didn’t want to stamp any more images to color (I have a whole binder full from this month). I love the vibrant colors, but I didn’t really go crazy with them.

Day 25

I sort if skipped day 25. Well, I didn’t do any coloring, but I did a ton of card making!

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I had gotten some Christmas card ideas from playing around with the Concord and 9th Joyful Bundle, and after making a list of people I need to send Christmas cards too, hyperventilated. Then I started working on the backgrounds and die cuts for some of the cards. I really like the look of the text background stamp heat embossed across a card, with the Joy over top. I played around with a bunch of different color combinations, and ended up with pieces for 9 cards.

Day 26

I used all of my Mama Elephant Plushoween images over the weekend, and had not planned on coloring any more. Then a co-worker asked for a Halloween themed Birthday card.

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They are so fun to color, but I was tired after a long day of work. I did end up redoing the vampire. I colored these with Copic markers.

Day 27

I don’t know if I shared this with you, but I have a co-worker who has recently taken up card making. She started doing it on her own, but friends of ours told her that I make cards too, so we are now partners in crime (her husband calls me her enabler lol). A couple of weeks ago we went to Michaels together, and she got a Tim Holtz Sizzix stamp and die set. She kindly stamped and cut some of the bird images.

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I love the expressions on their faces! Colored with Copic markers.

Day 28

Another day where I make the argument that ink layering should count as coloring. I just received the set of new pink inks from Altenew (the Cherry Blossom set).

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The best stamp I have for testing out sets of ink is this Altenew stamp (Build a Flower Camellia). I LOVE this ink set! Isn’t it yummy? This image only requires three of the four inks. I will post a blog post about the new inks soon. I also have the blue and yellow set.

Day 29

My co-worker that asked for a Halloween themed birthday card also asked for a floral birthday card, and she is partial to Altenew’s Extra Special floral image.

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I used dry embossing technique here, and layered Altenew ink (Soft Lilac and Lavender Fields for flowers, Forest Glade and Frayed Leaf for the leaves). Then I added Wink of Stella, which I had just squeezed a little bit to get more out… I even tried scribbling it on scrap paper first. I like the outcome, but glitter is my middle name. And this leads me to…

Day 30

I was afraid that I over did the shimmer on the above card, and I had been meaning to try something new.

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I stamped the same Altenew image with Versamark and heat embossed in gold. Then I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils. I can’t believe the stunning results you get with something I put together while cooking dinner. It doesn’t take a lot of skill, just coloring like we did as kids. I’m going to put this together on a card and let my co-worker decide which one she wants.

Like I said, I really enjoyed this month, and am looking forward to the next one.

Thanks for stopping by!

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

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Backgrounds-Hero Arts August MMH kit

I have to warn you, this is a long post!

The August kit and add ons were packed full of great background options! I couldn’t pass on that great Pretty Moon Spiral Bold Print background stamp (my first traditional background stamp).  The stencil included in the kit is great as well, and those mist sprays!!!

So, let’s get started. I jumped right in with the mist sprays (they are magic)!


There were two sprays included in the kit. A Metallic Blueberry Mist and a Gold Shimmer Mist. These sprays have different appearances depending on what color cardstock you spray them on. The blue mist looks blue on white cardstock and silver on dark cardstock. The white spray is gold on dark cardstock and more of a faint shimmer on white cardstock.

They also change appearance when you tilt the cardstock in the light. It’s gorgeous!

The two samples above were sprayed from a couple of inches above the cardstock (I did get a bit closer for a couple of shots on the white cardstock and you can see the concentrated spots).

I sprayed my cardstock in a box, and I couldn’t let the extra spray go to waste. The panel below was a combination of me “smooshing” in the extra spray of several cards and then spritzing the panel with one or two hits of the spray.

On the next panel I used water color paper and covered it with water before spraying it. The spray mixed with the water, spreading over the cardstock. It lightened the color a bit and turned out a beautiful sapphire color.


I had already cut the panel in half to use in a card, but the whole panel looked like this.

This panel was made by spraying the mist a bit closer then the previous panels. I will admit I was struggling with the blue spray. The ink kept leaking out of the spray top and dripping in big drops on my cardstock. Eventually the spray jammed. I was just going to let it go, but I was watching a YouTube video of someone making cards with their kit  where they had the same leaky problem and mentioned they got a replacement. I got in touch with Hero Arts and they sent one the same day they received my email (yesterday). I’ll let you know how it goes, but I was impressed with their quick response.

Let’s move on to the Pretty Moon Spiral stamp!

For my first background I stamped the background stamp on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White in MFT’s Grout Gray.


Next, I decided to stamp it on Gina K Design’s In the Navy in Versamark and heat emboss it with clear powder. I did once with the stamp centered on the cardstock, and once with it offset.


I really like the navy backgrounds!

For my last background I used the stencil that came with the MMH August kit and some Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in silver. This was my first time using the mousse with a stencil and I didn’t do a very good job. I didn’t have a pallet knife so I used a plastic cake server. Next time I’ll wait for the pallet knife. 🙂


I was able to use a black gel pen to hide some of the spots where it seeped under the stencil.

You can see some of the cards I made with the  backgrounds on this post. I’ll write another post when I use the others.

Thanks for sticking with me through all of that!

Nicole

New Products

Hero Arts MMH August Kit Cards

I  made a couple of cards this weekend with the new Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit, and the add on items I picked up. This kit is fabulous, with tons of great sentiments!

Here is the first card I made. This is with images from the add on kit Dream Big, and a sentiment from the kit stamp set.

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I used Gina K In the Navy cardstock, and sprayed it with the ink sprays included in the kit. Isn’t it gorgeous?!?! I have a whole post on these sprays, and some backgrounds I made coming soon.

I stamped the star image and the twinkle image in Versamark ink and heat embossed in either silver or gold. The sentiment was heat embossed in gold.

I colored the moon and sheep images with Copic markers and adhered them to the card panel with foam tape.

Check out the shimmer in that background! I love how the color of the spray changes when you tilt it around. I also added a bit of Wink of Stella to the clouds.

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My second card was a collaboration with my daughter Caitlin. She is the reason I picked up the add on items. She loves outer space, planets and all of that stuff. This card is for her best friend’s 18th birthday.

She loved the moon image I had colored, so that became the center piece of the card. She also loved a panel of white cardstock I had tried out the ink sprays on, specifically the little tiny mist drops.

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I made a panel trying to only get tiny drops on the outside (much more difficult then it sounds). The spray nozzle on my blueberry mist spray broke (with my heart…) so I ended up with some splotches, but not a big deal.

I used some of Lawn Fawn’s Black Licorice cardstock and stamped the Pretty Moon Spiral Bold Prints background stamp, which was an add on, in Versamark ink, and heat embossed with clear powder. I stamped the sentiment from the kit on some Black Licorice cardstock, and heat embossed it in silver. The moon and sentiment were adhered to the card with foam tape. I finished the card off with a Black Licorice card base, and stamped “Happy Birthday,”  in Versamark ink and heat embossed in silver on the inside.

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See how some of the bigger drops of the spray look gold and silver when you tilt the card. I love it!!

My third card was made using the fancy window die from the kit, along with the little girl with balloon strings, and a sentiment from the Dream Big add on kit. I used the sprays again, but this time I sprayed them on watercolor paper that was sprayed with water. I covered the panel completely with the sprays. Then I let it dry.

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I cut the fancy window out of Gina K Designs Moonlit Fog cardstock and adhered the ink spray panel behind it. And then realized I needed to stamp the sentiment on it… I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Black Onyx ink and heat embossed carefully with clear power. I used a ton of my embossing magic tool to make sure the powder didn’t stick to the background. I didn’t have issues with the embossing powder, but it was as raised and shiny as normal on the ink spray background.

I used the Moonlit Fog cardstock to stamp the image of the little girl with Versafine Black Onyx ink and embossed with clear powder. The matching die that was included in the kit only cuts out the little girl, so I did a partial die cut with most of her body, then fussy cut the rest. I adhered her to the card with black foam tape. I used a In the Navy card base to complete the card.

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Look at all that shimmer in the background! I love that shade of blue too!

I’m really enjoying this kit! I spent probably half the day today playing around making backgrounds. I’ll share those and a closer look at these backgrounds in a upcoming post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole