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

 

 

Challenges · New to Me

Simon Says Stamps Challenge – For a Child and Neat and Tangled

This week, the Wednesday challenge from Simon Says Stamps was to make a card for a child, featuring Neat and Tangled products if you have them.

I just so happen to have recently received a great stamp set from Neat and Tangled called “Bloom.” It features a beautiful, large flower image and a couple of great sentiments. I ended up not using the large flower image on this card, but I did use it on a card I made a few weeks ago, which I will share at the end.

 

Here is my card for the challenge.

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I used a background made with Distress Oxide inks. I stamped the sentiment in Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Ink and heat embossed with clear powder on a piece of vellum I die cut with MFT’s Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangles. I used vellum so you could still see that gorgeous background!

I had planed on using the lovely flower image, but I didn’t want to make the same card I had made before, so I tired cutting the image up. Then I had the flower images with all this white space, which looked odd on the vellum. So I decided to use the smaller flower images from the set, and to heat emboss them in white. This way the sentiment is the focal point.

I accented the card with Pretty Pink Posh Clear droplets in 6mm and 4mm, and Nuvo Purple Rain glitter drops (they aren’t completely dry in this picture).

I made a card base from MFT’s Boysenberry Cardstock (it goes really well with the Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink).

I think this would be a great card for a child starting a new school! I would love to give it to my daughter, but she’s starting college, so not quiet a “kid.”

Here is the card I made a few weeks ago. This one turned out exactly how I pictured it!

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I used the special cold pressed watercolor paper that came with the My Monthly Hero July kit. I used Broken China Distress ink to make a light wash on the paper and let it dry overnight.

I stamped the large floral image and some of the smaller flower images from the Neat and Tangled set and colored them with Copic markers. I used bolder colors instead of pastels as this card was meant for someone with a strong personality. The sentiment was stamped in Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink on vellum and heat embossed in clear. The ink did that great oxidizing effect all on its on (I’m kinda bummed it didn’t happen on the new card too).

The floral images were adhered with foam tape, and I added some Wink of Stella to the flowers. Lucy’s Cards Pool Jewels finished off the card. The card base is MFT’s Sno Cone cardstock.

This card was a special request for a woman at work that was leaving her job with no new job or plan, just needed a change. I thought the sentiment was perfect, and I had just received this set in the mail.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Nicole

New Products · New to Me · Techniques

New Products! Concord and 9th Hooray Ribbons and Sunshine Turnabout

Hello! Today I wanted to show you a couple of new items I got from Concord and 9th’s July Release. I also want to talk about Concord and 9th’s turnabout stamps, another awesome and handy item to keep close by.

First off, lets take a look at the items I purchased from the July release: Sunshine Turnabout stamps and dies and Hooray Ribbons stamp set and dies.

 

Don’t they look like fun?! They arrived just in time, as I was in need of a masculine thank you card. A co-worker is spending this weekend fixing my daughter’s car, and I need to make him something spectacular!

I really like the Hooray Ribbons stamp and die set because it not only cuts and embosses the top of a ribbon, but it also has accessory stamps to gussy up the ribbon. I decide to use my favorite Blue Raspberry cardstock (Gina K Designs) and to use the stripped stamp to accent the ribbon top.

For the center of the ribbon top I used Neenah Metallic White Silver cardstock to stamp the sentiment in Versamark ink and embossed with Wow Pacific Wave Embossing Glitter. I layered the sentiment on the circle that was die cut  from the center of the ribbon top using foam tape, and adhered to the top of the pleated ribbon top (Jennifer McGuire has a video that shows how to do it here). I used scor-tape to ensure a good hold, due to the uneven surface.

I used the “v” die to cut the ends of two strips to hang from the top of the ribbon, and scored them down the middle. I adhered the ribbon to a panel of white Neenah cardstock die cut with a Simon Says Stamps Stitched Rectangle, and adhered the white panel to a Blue Raspberry card base. I stamped “Thank you,” from Concord and 9ths Many Mandala set on the inside of the card, and the “Thanks!” from the Hooray Ribbon set on the front of the matching envelope. I finished it off with some Silver Confetti sequins.

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I love how it turned out and I know Steve will appreciate it!

Next we have the Sunshine Turnabout. I had so much fun playing with this last night, and ended up with three backgrounds!

I was a little hesitant to get another turnabout, as I have not had good luck with the first one I purchased (the triangles), but this one looked like it would be a lot easier to use. My first attempt with it went so well, I got out the triangles to try again!

There is a trick to these turnabout stamps, where you mark the center point of the stamps on the back, and use a  piece of 6″ x 6″ cardstock as a jig. The packaging that comes with the stamps has a square on the back that will help you find the center. You line up the stamp with the square on the packaging using the landmarks indicated, and use a marker to draw out the lines from corner to corner on the back of the stamp (the side that you do not use to stamp). I recommend using a thin marker, and you’ll understand why if you keep reading.

For the jig, you take the 6″ x 6″ piece of cardstock, and using a ruler draw lines from corner to corner using. Then you mark a 1 in the upper right corner, turn the jig clockwise (you can counter-clockwise just make sure you keep turning in the same direction) and put a number in that upper right corner. Repeat this until all 4 corners are marked. I took a picture of mine, but not until after it got quiet a work out. You can barely see the numbers in the corners.

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To use the turnabout stamps, place the jig in a stamp tool, like a Misti or a Stamp Perfect. Then lay your stamp with the back side up and line up the lines on the stamp with the lines on the jig.

You can see in this picture how wide the lines are on my stamp, and also that on the upper right corner, my line is not in the right location (its supposed to hit the tip of that triangle, but go into it as it does). And the line on the lower right corner should go through the center of that triangle tip, and it doesn’t. No wonder I had difficulty with this stamp lol! Sorry, I got distracted. Back to the instructions!

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Then you close the lid on the tool to pick up the stamp. Next you use a removable adhesive to stick your cardstock to the jig. You don’t want it to shift around.

Now ink it up and stamp away! After you stamp once, you turn the jig so that the next number is in the right corner, clean your stamp and ink and stamp again. Repeat as many times as you want! Make sure you turn in the same direction.

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It was so easy, and I had so much fun combining ink, that I ended up making three of them!

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I used Distress Oxide ink for all of these. The first one is Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserves and Cracked Pistachio for the middle, and Worm Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade on the last.

I also figured out why I was having such a hard time with the triangle turnabout, as you read above. The lines I made on the back were just a little off and I used a thick Sharpie to draw them. With the triangles, they are so tightly placed that you can’t even be a little off.  Here is a card I made with a section I was able to salvage from my first attempt. This was the only useable part of a 4 1/4″ by 5 1/2″ piece and that cat is hiding a rough patch!

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The panel on the right was the panel I made last night, trying to make the adjustments for the bad lines manually. On the left is a panel I made today, after I redrew the lines. This one only has three layers, and I heat embossed the last one. My apologies on the pictures, it was getting late when I took them.

Concord and 9th also has Dot, Hello and Flower turnabout stamps. These are all on my wish list!

Here is a video from Concord and 9th on how to set up and use the turnabout stamps.

I’m so glad I was able to figure out my issue with the triangles. They make great backgrounds and are really useful for masculine cards. Plus, seeing cards made using this stamp on Pintest was driving me crazy!

So, what do you think about these new items from Concord and 9th? Let me know if you’ve taken any of these stamps for a spin!

I have little teaser for you guys. I decided to re-do my craft space last weekend. It was a long time coming, as I’ve been killing my back bent over a computer desk the last couple of months. I’m going to write a blog post, once I get the last few pieces in. Hopefully it will be within the next two weeks.

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole