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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. ūüė¶

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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.

 

 

 

 

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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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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

 

 

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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