Challenges · Making Cards · New Products · New to Me

Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge

It’s Friyay! Welcome back. Today I’m trying out a new card challenge, Where Creativity Meets C9!

Where Creativity Meets C9 host a challenge every month. This month challenge #16 is Anything Goes! 

I decided to use some of the products I had just received from their new, December release. The Stuck on You set is so cute!

Here is my card:

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I stamped the two pots and cacti with Versafine Black Onyx ink, and heat embossed them in clear powder. I did this so that I could water color the images, with my Distress Markers. I used Forest Moss for the cactus on the left, with Peacock Feathers for the pot. Mowed Lawn was used on the right, with Shaded Lilac and Seedless Preserves on the pot. Picked Raspberry makes an appearance on the flower.

The sentiment was also stamped in Versafine ink, and embossed with Wow’s Hologram powder. Check out the rainbow effect you get from the powder!

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The card base is Blue Raspberry from Gina K, and I used fun foam to add dimension.

I had a lot of fun with this new set. It has some really large succulent images as well as the smaller ones, and some fun sentiments!

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I can’t wait to play with this set some more, along with the Polka-Dot Turnabout I grabbed. I’m going to write a new post about Concord and 9th’s Turnabout stamps, now that I have picked up some more.

Thanks for stopping by, and hanging out with this new challenge!

Nicole

 

 

Kit Unboxing · New Products · New to Me

Hero Arts November 2017 Kit-Unboxing

Welcome back! I wanted to write a quick post to share the new My Monthly Hero kit with you! This kit is full to the brim with Christmas goodness, especially if you like to make tags!

This is what is included in the kit (sorry, it’s sold out).

►6×8 Clear Set
►4 Tag Dies
►4 Shape Dies
►60 Assorted Gift Tags (ornament, star, tree & snow flake: colored, Kraft, white)
►10 yards of red & white baker’s twine
►2 Delicata Ink Cubes (Golden Glitz + Celestial Copper)

And here is the box!

And some close-ups of the items:

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Theses are the dies included in the kit. The large star, snowflake, tree and ornament all have holes at the top of the dies, so you can cut out tags. The smaller images are perfect for the sentiments.

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The kit comes with several pre cut tags, in different colors.

The stamp set includes a ton of great winter sentiments! Makes me glad I was lazy and procrastinated stamping messages on the inside of most of my Christmas cards! Now I have so many more choices!

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I love the “Merry Christhanukwanzivus!” I think “Happy Winter,” and “Warmest Wishes,” are great too, perfect for non-holiday winter cards. “Happy Everything,” is a great year round sentiment.

Not only are their lots of great sentiments, but also the same sentiments but in different fonts and styles (more on that below). The kit also includes “to:” and “from:” stamps as well, which are perfect for making tags!

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I’ll be making my own gift tags this year, as well as tags for co-workers (I made the mistake of showing them this kit lol).

I was really excited about the ink cubes in this month’s kit.

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The Delicata ink is a beautiful metallic pigment ink. It’s not meant for embossing, but rather to stamp on its own. Check out the shimmer you get from the gold!

 

I was so excited about this ink that I ordered cubes in Ruby Red and Silver too. I can’t wait to play with them, especially with these intricate patterned stamps.

Hero Arts always packages there kits with ribbon. This month they used twine, and included some in the kit as well.

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The red and white twine was included in the kit, and the green and white was the packaging. These will be great as a finishing touch on the tags.

In addition to my normal unboxing, I wanted to take a few minutes to point out some things I noticed about the kit (besides the really cool ink).

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The different styles of sentiments fit perfectly in the different die cut shapes. Here are a couple of pairings that hit me right off the bat. I thought that little circle would be too small for any sentiments, but I was wrong. The smaller scripted “cheer, Peace & Love, Enjoy, Peace and For you,” sentiments fit in the circle.

The “Love,” stamp that I have in the large ornament die fits in the small oval, just like the “Joy,” stamp. The other stamps with that font fit in the rectangle die

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And, the longer sentiments like “Happy Everything,” and “Merriest Wishes,” fit into the rectangle shape. They fit nicely on the tags too!

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I will admit, I wasn’t really feeling this kit at first. I’m not a big tag person. Once I got this kit in my hands, that all changed. I couldn’t sleep last night because I kept thinking about all the things I could do with it. I have some pretty cool card ideas I can tackle this weekend. I would have made something tonight, but, I lent the kit to my co-worker (Tina) so that I would write this blog post and not procrastinate again. A different co-worker decided we were going to  make cards for my boss to hand out for the Holidays. Tina lugged her die cutting machine to the office so we could use it during our lunch breaks the last two days (I brought mine in as well). As a way of saying “thanks,” I let Tina have the first shot at the MMH kit. She’s my only real life crafty friend. Even though our styles are different, it’s fun to share crafting with someone.

Anyway, that is the November My Monthly Hero kit from Hero Arts! If you aren’t already a subscriber, I highly recommend it. It really is a great price for everything you get ($34.99 for all this). If you subscribe, your guaranteed to get a kit, and they sell out quickly otherwise! Even the kits that I wouldn’t necessarily buy if it wasn’t part of the subscription, I still get my moneys worth with all the accessories. And, honestly, the kits do grow on me, just like this one did. You also are exposed to new products you might not have picked up on your own. In this case the Delicata ink. And if you read the previous blog post, you know how much I love the ink mist from the Celestial kit!

Stay tuned to the blog for an upcoming post with projects made using this kit. I can’t wait to play with it, once (if lol) I get it back. Keep an eye on my Instagram as well, you might get a peek at the cards there before they make it to the blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

 

Making Cards · New to Me · Rambling · Techniques

Coloring On Dark Cardstock with Colored Pencil

Hello! Today I wanted to write a quick post to share a technique I am really digging!

Check this out!

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I am swooning over how colored pencils look on dark card stock! I’ve pretty much stamped every large floral image I have to try this out. This floral image is from Ink Blot Shop’s Comfort and Hugs.

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This is Simon Says Stamp’s Floral Bliss.

I haven’t made a card out of the last image yet, but I will! All of these images were stamped in Versamark ink and embossed in gold. I colored them with Prismacolor pencils.

I had no idea that you could blend colors with colored pencils. And, it’s so easy! Seriously, no coloring skills needed! I’m tempted to get more stamps that I can repeat this technique with. I think next time I’ll use Concord and 9th’s Many Mandalas!

Here is a card I made with a similar technique.

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The flowers on this stamp image from Concord and 9th are so small, I decided to use gel pens. In this case I used metallic and glitter pens. It’s so gorgeous in person!

Sorry for the short post, but I had to share this!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

New Products · New to Me · Uncategorized

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

 

New Products · New to Me

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.

 

 

 

 

Making Cards · New Products · New to Me · Uncategorized

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

New to Me · Uncategorized

Baby Cards!

My co-workers seem to be procreating at an alarming rate, so I’ve been busy making “newborn,” cards.

I only had one set of stamps that could be used for baby cards. It just so happened to be one of my favorite sets, but since not everyone is into fantasy creatures, I thought I should get some more “traditional,” baby themed stamps and dies.

Here are my previous baby cards:

 

I love those baby dragons!!!

Back to traditional. It seems almost every stamp manufacturer has a stamp set that features baby onesies. I settled on MFT’s LLD Bundle of Baby Clothes dies because they have more than just the onesie shape, and you have more flexibility using patterned papers. I stayed with MFT for sentiments with LLD Welcome Baby. I liked the cute messages.

I started out with some baby girl cards, since the first baby due is a girl.

 

The sentiments on the front of the second card are from Concord and 9th’s Hooray Ribbon.

Then I decided to make a shaker card with MFT’s new shaker balloon window and frame.

The “For Baby!” is from the Hooray Ribbon set. Aren’t those sentiments from MFT adorable!

My last card with the MFT items was for a baby boy, and went back to my Acetate card roots!

There isn’t a lot of room to write inside, but I love the uniqueness. And that gorgeous blue color (Gina K Blue Raspberry cardstock and MFT Lush Lagoon ink)!

And then I went back to my baby dragons for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge last week. I can’t stay away from these little guys!

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I had a ton of fun making these baby cards. I really like the baby clothes die kit. It also has a little tee shirt and a romper in it, and comes with the dies to make a laundry line to hang the clothes from. There is a lot more opportunity then just a onesie shape. I can’t wait to play some more!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Nicole