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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Nicole

 

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Where There is a Will….

Welcome back and happy June! I am officially  a home owner!!! We closed yesterday. As you can imagine, I’ll be pretty busy the next couple of weeks. Here is a peak at my new craft room:

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I can’t wait to show you the after pictures!!!

The movers are scheduled for 6/14, but I’ll be running items over to the new house in my spare time (it’s only about 5 miles away). I was really worried that I would have to take a break from posting, but I think I found a way around it.  The 30 Day Coloring Challenge!!!

It’s perfect! The challenge starts today, all you have to do is spend a little time coloring, and it provides a few minutes of peace in the crazy coming up! Besides, this is the 10th anniversary of the coloring challenge. I had to find a way to participate!

I prepped by stamping a bunch of images to color.

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This time I didn’t focus on stamping images for cards, but instead images I wanted to color for fun.

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I also used a different, Copic friendly black ink, on each piece. This way I can test them out again

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I even stamped a couple of images on dark cardstock and watercolor cardstock. You can see Concord and 9th’s Wonderful image was a favorite.

I didn’t stamp a ton, as I know I won’t have a lot of time or energy. I plan to color a little bit at a time. I can pack up all of my craft supplies and just leave out my markers and watercolors.

I do have a couple of post to share this week, with cards I made ahead of time. Once I have exhausted those post, I’ll share my coloring every couple of days.

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

Making Cards · Rambling

Mother’s Day Cards

Hello and happy Wednesday! Today I thought I would share the Mother’s Day cards I made.

Mother’s Day is a bit tough for me, as my Mother passed away when I was little. It was over 30 years ago, but new things still occur that make it fresh. Like, being a new card maker, but not having a Mom to make a card for. I’m not sure why this year is harder then last. Maybe card making means a little bit more to me now. Last year it was so new (card making that is).

Jennifer McGuire mentioned that she was making Mom cards for her friends, and I thought that was a great way to share this holiday with other Moms. I already shared one card I made for a friend. Today I’m sharing the cards I made for my sisters. Unfortunately they are probably going to read this post and ruin the surprise, but that’s ok. They won’t know exactly which card they are getting lol.

The first two cards are almost exactly the same, just different colors.

I thought Altenew’s Extra Special Stamp set was perfect for this occasion. It has great sentiments and that gorgeous, large, floral image. I first stamped the image in a light gray Archival ink on to Ranger Watercolor cardstock . Then I added Catherine Wheel Nuvo Shimmer powder on the flowers and sprayed the powder with water. I knew it was going to have a loose, messy look, it was what I was going for.

I let it dry a bit, then placed some Atlantis Burst Shimmer powder on my craft mat and added water, to make my own watercolor paint. Using a fine paint brush, I added the green to the leaves.

Once the panel was dry, I put it back in my Misti and stamped the floral image again, this time using Altenew Jet Black ink, so I would have a crisp outline. I also added the sentiment with the same ink. I added this panel to a Gina K Design’s Passionate Pink Card base, and used some Glitter Nuvo Drops to the flower centers.

As I said above, this next card is almost exactly the same.

For this card, I used Violet Brocade Shimmer Powder instead of Catherine Wheel. I was also a bit more careful with how much powder I used.

I used the same materials to paint the leaves, and stamp the outline again. The card base on this card is Gina K Design’s Lovely Lavender, with a matching envelope.

Next up, we have a slightly different card. Same stamp set, but slightly different design.

For this card, I created a mask of the floral image, using the coordinating dies and masking paper . I masked off the area for the image, and sprayed the white shimmer spray from one of the My Monthly Hero kits. Then I stamped the floral image and colored it with Copic Markers. As you can see, I didn’t leave the card that way.

I didn’t like the way the colored image looked, and I had a couple of spare die cuts I had previously stamped and cut out. I took the one I liked the most and added it over the colored image with foam tape. The sentiment was stamped with Jet Black ink, and I added Glitter Nuvo Drops to the flower centers. I added the panel to a card base made with MFT’s Cool as a Cucumber (I love this color green, it’s so soft).

Bonus card #1: I did make 2 Mom focused cards. This first one just because the design popped into my head. It’s a good card for a Mom up in Heaven, right?

This one was really quick. I already had the butterfly panel, cut using Hero Arts’ Butterfly Confetti Die and Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock. I added some of the white glitter cardstock I had left over from Christmas, and die cut the letter’s from Altenew’s Calligraphy Alpha using MFT’s Brushed Silver cardstock.

Quick and simple, with the right amount of shine from the glitter.

Bonus card #2: I made this as a special request, for someone special to me.

This one was a bit more involved. First, I colored the sweet pea images from a older My Monthly Hero kit, using Distress Markers as watercolors (the image was stamped with Versafine Onyx ink and heat embossed with clear powder on watercolor paper first). The colors I used were Salty Ocean and Evergreen Boughs.

While the flowers were drying, I stamped the jar image with Hero Arts Intense Black ink and colored it with Copic markers.

I made the background with Concord and 9th’s Polkadot Turnabout Stamp, using Altenew’s Turquoise ink. No, my stamp isn’t faulty, I made it wonky on purpose.

I used the wooden board pieces I stamped ages ago using Concord and 9th’s Planks and Petals set, to give the jar a place to sit.

At this point everything was dry and ready to die cut. I glued the die cut images using Scor-tape, and added Clear Wink of Stella to the flowers and jar. Then I covered the jar with tons of Glossy Accents. The sentiment is from the Altenew set I used throughout this post. A Grout Gray Card base wraps it all up.

Whew! That was a lot of Mother’s Day cards for someone who doesn’t have a Mom to celebrate with! I have to say, I think making cards for the Mother’s in my life, even if they aren’t mine, is brilliant! Making these cards was very special for me, and I can’t wait to send them out!

Oh, and if any of my sisters are reading this, guess which card is yours! Love you guys!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

Making Cards · Rambling

Distress Oxide and Glossy Cardstock-The Cards!

Welcome back! I hope today is kind to you! Monday’s tend to a bit rough, since it means the weekend is over. I have some very bright cards to share with you, and hopefully brighten your day!

As you can tell from the title, today I’m sharing the cards I made using the Distress Oxide ink and Glossy cardstock panels. Nothing fancy, just some quick, vibrant cards.

Let’s tackle the brightest one first!

I think it’s fitting that used Concord and 9th’s Rainbow Wishes for this rainbow panel. I took three of the arch shapes, stamped them with Versamark ink, then heat embossed with my favorite Wow Hologram Sparkle embossing powder. I wanted to enhance the color in the panel, and add some subtle shimmer.

Next, I die cut the word Bright from the set, and added it over the heat embossed arches. Then I added the sub sentiments, stamping them in Versafine Onyx ink and embossing with ear powder. I added the panel to a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card base, and added Glossy Accents to the work Bright.

Next up we have a blue and purple panel.

I kept this one pretty simple. Using the April My Monthly Hero kit, I built the sentiment. My Misti made is really simple to layout all the stamps and stamp them all at once (with the exception of the banner around you). I used Versafine Onyx ink on this card too, along with the Hologram embossing powder. I love how the embossing powder picks up the purples. I apologize for the pictures, it was dark outside by the time I finished these.

Last up, I have the pink and gray panel. I love this color combination!

For this card I cut a vellum panel, to lay a foundation for the sentiment. I cut the sentiment from Concord and 9th’s Fabulous Friends out of MFT Silver Sparkle cardstock. I layered over 2 of the same sentiment, cut from white cardstock, to give it some dimension.

I added some tiny hearts I had leftover from previous cards and viola! A quick card with tons of Sparkle!

I actually still have one panel left, but I ran out of steam this weekend. Trying to get over a cold, and get ready to face today lol! The remaining panel is blues and greens, so I’m thinking I might have to break out the mermaids again.

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

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Let’s Get Organized Part 2

Welcome back! I’ve owed you this post for quiet a while, but I was waiting for my most recent OrganizeMore ink rack to arrive. Now that it’s here, we can jump in.

** This will only be my craft space for 2 more months. I have a contract on a house, with a craft room!!! I’ll have my very own room, dedicated to my obsession. No more squatting in the “dinning nook.” I’m pretty sure the set up will be similar, and of course the organization will be the same. I will probably add another book case, and I’m going to see if my computer will fit in the room as well. I will be sure to share, once I have it all set. It will be a while, what with moving and painting etc. But I will share.

Changes I made since the last organization post:

  • Add the drawer inserts for the Kallax
  • Third Ink Rack installed
  • Organized my 6×6 paper
  • Purchased second InterDesign bin for completed card storage
  • Temporarily using a bookcase my daughter removed from her room

Let’s take a look.

Drawers for the Kallax 

I added 2 drawer inserts for my Kallax unit. Since I have the 4×4 and the 2×4 shelves right next to each other, I put the drawers in the middle of the columns, at the bottom row. Sorry about all of the shadows, this area has no windows (the new room has a huge window).

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The inserts each have two drawers. They are not big drawers, but it adds a place for hidden away storage, and eliminates having to dig around in the fabric bins. Let me show you what I have inside, along with what I have in the fabric bins.

First up I have my FuseTool, FuseTool accessories (white covered container), glue gun and spare paper trimmer blades (the red covered container). The drawer below has my extra Wink of Stella (I grabbed these on clearance from Michaels), mini spoons, extra Nuvo Drops and reinker bottles, velcro, sequins containers, extra sanding blocks. It looks a bit disorganized, but it’s just a lot.

Next I have tons of Fun Foam, trimmed down to card size, along with scraps. Behind that is a plastic container that holds cutting tools left over from my scrapbooking days. Below that is a ton of embellishments and stickers, also from my scrapbooking days.

On to the big fabric drawers!

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This first drawer holds all of my organization items, except for my label maker. It also has some bigger items like the brayer, my extra Xyron Sticker maker, and big sheets of Fun Foam.

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This next bin contains all of my shipping supplies.

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This bin holds my craft mat, a box for adding ink sprays, and other large random items. I ended up with lots of room in the bins once I pulled out the items for the drawers.

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Last up we have my label maker and supplies, laminator and supplies, and spare cutting plates.

Third Ink Rack

You saw the third ink rack in the first picture, but here is a little bit of a closer look.

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This rack holds the rest of my Altenew inks, along with my pigment inks. And, space to grow (so tempting)!

6×6 Paper

I think I mentioned in my previous post that I had an idea for storing my 6×6 paper. Originally I had it in the wooden crate that also holds my large stamp sets (below the first ink rack above). I wasn’t very happy storing the pad in the crate, because all the scraps of unused paper kept falling out. I’m not sure why I decided to try stamp pockets, but I am glad I did! They are very similar to the job ticket holders used on my 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock, allowing me to keep my scrap pieces with the rest of the paper.

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These pouches are the Large Storage Pouches from Altenew (here). I had my eye on these from MFT, but they are very popular and hard to get your hands on.

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I labeled the pouches the same as the job ticket holders, and have them in the same magazine holders, with the larger cardstock.

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You can see here how it keeps my scraps all together. I’m very happy with how this turned out. In fact, I need to get more pouches, as I already used up the original packet (they sell them in qty of 10 or 25, I started out with 10 to test it).

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InterDesign Bin

The little wire bins I was using to hold my completed cards was already stuffed when I wrote the first organization post. I ordered the same InterDesign freezer bin that I use for my stamps, but it actually ended up being too small (I should have tested it out before I ordered another one…).

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Most of the cards fit, and I used one of the wire bins for the spill over.

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I moved my empty envelopes into the left over wire bin. Now I have room to grow for both, even if I didn’t get all my cards into one container.

Spare Bookcase

When I made the switch from the old bookcases to the new Kallax unit I lost out on storage for actual books.  I was going to give them away, but I have a difficult time parting with books. However, my daughter took the old bookcases for her room and ended up getting rid of a smaller bookcase she had.

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It’s seen better days, but it works for now. I moved my Gemini over here, and also pulled my Spellbinder Platinum 6 out of mothballs. My books only took up the first shelf, so I put the extra fabric bins on the second (they are empty, for now).

With the Gemin moved over here, I changed up my Raskog cart a little bit. IMG_0861

This is the cart that is on the left of my desk. I flipped the top basket back over (and bruised my wrist in the process).

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I moved my stamp cleaning supplies over here, along with the little dishes I used to keep on the desk top. I also added those white “cups,” hanging off the cart, for little odds and ends. The bag is for small paper trash. The rest of the cart is the same (embossing powders and other cleaning supplies).

Couple of Bonus Items

Swatches of Ink and Mica Sprays

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I thought it would be helpful to make swatches of my ink and mica sprays. I made the swatches by layering Gina K Designs Onxy cardstock over some Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock. Then I used my tag die cut to cut out shapes that would be half black and half white, so I could see the effect on both colors. The tags are pretty big, so I swatched two ink colors on each tag, masking off the different sides with masking tape.

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I was sure to label each swatch too. I’m so glad I did this. It is really helpful, and will motivate me to use my ink sprays more.

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I know there are a lot of crafters that hang magnetic paper onto walls or cabinet doors so that they can keep their favorite dies in easy reach. At first I wasn’t a big fan of the look, but the idea grew on me. Especially since my method of keeping my favorite stitched rectangle die in with my precut paper was not working. I decided to us a fancy silver frame, with some magnetic paper.

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Last, but not least, I swatched my alcohol inks. It’s a rough swatch, but works for now. Jennifer McQuire just released a free swatch download for alcohol inks, which I’m sure I will use eventually.

Whew! Well, that’s it, for now! Organiztion is always evolving, so I imagine I will switch things up a bit. I’ve been thinking about moving my 12×12 cardstock into the black bookcase. Or, I think I might order another Kallak unit. Maybe another 4×4, so that I can move the 2×4 somewhere else in the new house. I have tons of ideas, but I need to wait until we move in and I see what I really have/need. As I mentioned, I’d like to move my computer desk into the craft room, but I don’t want the room to be overcrowded. I’ll be sure to share the final room with you. Oh, and this means I can attempt video tutorials! There is tons of natural light in the room!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

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Current Situation

Hello and happy weekend! I wanted to give you a quick update.

I’m not sure if you’ve picked up on it from the blog, but I am a bit clumsy. I can’t take credit for my back injuries, as I have a genetic issue that has pretty much wrecked it. I could yawn and be out of commission for weeks. Honestly, I’m so blessed to be as active as I am.

That being said, this is my current situation:

I bruised my wrist pretty bad while making some adjustments to one of my Raskog carts (future post on that). And, of course, I’m right handed… The splint still gives me decent movement, but the big issue is it hurts to use my thumb.

However, I am stubborn (which is my my wrist is messed up, i didn’t just hit it once…). I’m going to try to play around with alcohol inks this weekend. I have the new Rose Gold and Gunmetal Mixatives and I want to see what they look like.

I also did some Distress Oxide ink smooshing on glossy cardstock last night, then added Micro Glaze. This is magic!!! I hope to write a post at least sharing the results. I may not have cards to share, but I’ll have something!

Another thing I have going on that may slow down my post a bit is searching for a new house!!!! The lease on our Condo is thru July, so it won’t be a mad rush. But, I will be spending some weekends looking at homes. Since I almost only craft on the weekends, my output will slow a bit.

Please hang in here with me! My goal is to find a place with a good, naturally lit, craft space and eventually craft videos!

I’ll be back on Monday with a quick post on the Distress Oxides and Micro Glaze. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole and Fireball, my Physical Therapist

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Stamping Tools Take 2

Welcome back! I promised you a post on my new MISTI and I’m delivering today!

Let’s get something out of the way first, the link to my original Stamping Tool post here.

Ok, now that we have that out of the way, let me explain how I came to own a MISTI.

The most tragic thing happened at the end of December, I broke my Stamp Perfect!!! I know, I cried too! I blame it on all the Christmas Cards I made.

It’s not so broken that I can’t use it, but it’s only a matter of time before it goes completely. Let me show you.

I knew I was going to need a new tool soon. I do like the Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform, but not for everyday stamping. MFT had a sale, and I thought it was the perfect time to pick up a MISTI. This one is the full sized MISTI.

Let’s take a look at all three tools.

I still use the Stamp Platform for large stamps, especially turnabouts and backgrounds. Sometimes I end up with “dead spot,” on smaller stamps, or parts of the stamp that doesn’t stamp correctly.

I will admit, I love the MIST! I understand the hype now! It’s basically the same build as the Stamp Perfect, only much better quality. The plastic is thicker & stronger. It’s also bigger than the Stamp Perfect. I’m hooked! I also picked up the creative corners, but haven’t really used them yet.

As you can see, I still have the Stamp Perfect. I’m not sure why. Maybe I should put my personalized stamp in it, and only use it for that.

So, yes, I have joined the MISTI bandwagon. I drank the Kool Aid and am hooked! It’s so easy to use, sturdy and makes stamping a breeze.

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole