New Products · Rambling

More Amazing Releases- MFT & Concord and 9th

Sorry for spamming you with post, but I really wanted to share a couple of additional releases with you. If my budget is suffering, then everyone should suffer!

Let’s talk about MFT’s January release first! This release is full of great valentines products! Here is their release blog post.

Confession: I am not a big heart person. There, I said it. However, there were still some great items that caught my eye.

I snapped up the Hearts in a Row vertical dies (the horizontal set is great too, but I tend to stick with vertical cards). I really like these sets because they include dies for thin sentiment strips!!! I can’t cut a straight line for a tiny sentiment to save my life. I’ve tried all sorts of cutting tools, it just doesn’t work. This set has both regular strips and fishtail strips. Awesome!

Another item I picked up was the From the Heart sentiment stamp set. There are so many sentiment in this set, you really get your money’s worth. These sentiments are great for other occasions too, not just Valentine’s Day. And the sentiments fit on the strips included in the Hearts in A Row die sets.

I had to get the Stitched Star Peekaboo Window die. This die cuts out a stitched star shape window which fits MFT’s Star Shaker pouches. It’s a great price and adds another option for creating shaker windows.

The last items I picked up are super cute and innovative. Not to mention tie in with MFT’s Free with $60 purchase die. It’s the Heart Maze Shapes!! Here is a card I made with the Circle mazes.

Can you imagine a heart shaped maze?!? These mazes fit perfectly into the Heart Shaped Shaker pouches. I grabbed both the white and the Wild Cherry options . The free with $60 die is the Stitched Heart Peekaboo Window, which fits the Heart Shaker pouches. Win-win! This die is only available while supplies last, but they usually offer the free with $60 die for sale the following month.

There are so many more great products I didn’t mention. Tons of cute stamp sets, a marble background stamp (already sold out) and so much more! Check it out!

Ok, now for Concord and 9th. This release has some great, innovative items as well. I did a lot of damage here and didn’t even make a dent in my wish list! Here is the link to the store and the new release.

This post is really long already, and I’m typing on my lunch break, so I’m only sharing the items I grabbed.

Let’s start with the gorgeous Monogram Collection. These are large stamps, one for each letter of the alphabet as well as a heart and ampersand. These are very similar to their Blooms Fill in background Stamp. The stamp fills in large square, leaving the area for the letter as well as some flower shapes blank. Small flower stamps are included to fill in the blank spaces. There are also sentiments to go with the letter. I grabbed the heart and the ampersand. The full alphabet would be great for party banners. There is a coordinating die set that I grabbed too (not one for each letter, but one die set that works for all of the collection). I really recommend checking out their site, I cannot do the stamps justice by describing them and I didn’t want to insert a possibly copyrighted photo.

I also ordered the Hearts & Love die set. This set cuts out a thin script word Love, as well as the shadow AND an outline of the shadow! They have this style of die in other words, and in this case I can show you the word lucky. Below I used the shadow with vellum and the thin part is glitter paper. I did not use the shadow outline here.

C&9th offers a free item with purchase of $60 or more as well, and this release is a stamp set called Love & Hugs. This is a small sentiment set but what really caught my eye was that it partners nicely with the Many Thanks dies. It also includes a pretty good size sentiment that says “Love & Hugs,” as well as some small heart stamps.

One item I didn’t get but was extremely tempted by was the Just Because Stamps and matching dies. I really like the foliage dies and could see them working for so many different projects! There is also a Heart Turnabout Stamp with tiny hearts, which is super cute! I just got the similar Polkadot Turnabout and haven’t had the chance to use it.

Ok, that was a lot of information but I think worth sharing! Please check out these releases they are amazing!! I will share what I make once my hauls come in.

Oh, honorable mention! CZ Designs just released the cutest stamp set called Heart Throb through Simon Says Stamps! It’s adorable!! I’m a big fan of Cathy and her designs. Especially her Sassy Sentiments.

Thanks for stopping by! See you soon!

Nicole

Rambling

Happy Friday!

Welcome to the weekend! I hope the first week of 2018 was a fabulous one for you!

My week hasn’t exactly gone as I planned, unfortunately. Somewhere between putting away the Christmas decorations, unpacking my new Gemini die cutting machine (!!! more to come on that) and lugging around oversized packages of cat litter I hurt my back. I’ll be ok, but I need to take a couple more days to recover. It also means I don’t have a new post for you. I have tons of ideas, but I can’t sit at the computer to type it all out (typing this on my phone, flat in bed).

But, I do have something I would like to ask. Instead of me making a card to share with you, would you make a card to share with someone who really needs it? Someone who could really use some cheering up?

One of my Facebook groups had a post about a young man who could really use a distraction from pain and sickness. Here is a screenshot:

Normally when I share something like this I have news articles for you to link too, so you can verify the story. I don’t have any links this time. If you don’t feel comfortable sending to this young man, make a card for someone in your local nursing home, or children in your local hospital. Many churches have greeting card outreach programs. Or maybe some cards for teachers at a nearby school. Something to spread a little kindness!

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be back soon with a card to share!

Nicole

Making Cards · New Products · Rambling

Christmas Card Prep Week 1-Concord and 9th Joyous Noel

Happy Friday! Today I am kicking off my Christmas Card series. I wanted to share with you the techniques I used to mass produce my Christmas Cards. I had to make over 50 cards this year, and this is my first year making my own cards.

The first set I purchased that really lent itself to “mass producing,” cards was the Joyous Noel set by Concord and 9th. I really loved how these turned out, but those backgrounds did take some work. Especially since decided to not only span the card width, but to heat emboss as well.

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I flipped the card panels long way, and stamped the images 2 times, with a tiny sliver of a third. I used my stamp perfect tool to line them up, and stamped several at once. I mixed up the colors for different looks.

I spent an evening after work die cutting the letters and wreath for the “O,” out of different glitter and mirror cardstocks. Again, I used different colors. I also cut the letters out of fun foam, so I could pop them up on the cards. Some of the glitter paper had adhesive backing, which helped.

But I think I spent 6 hours one Saturday putting them all together.

Here are some of the finished cards. I added Lucy’s Cards Jewels to one or two.

 

The Noel cards are a little bit more difficult to make, as the take up more letters. But I did make a few. There are also some other styles of the Joy cards, which were shown in a previous post.

 

There were a couple of other joy cards I made, while playing around with the set. However, I didn’t mass produce these. I share these on a previous post.

I ended up with 16 cards altogether from this set. I would have made more, but I ordered some other stamp sets to break up the monotony.

Next week I am going to share the cards I made using another Concord and 9th set. As excited as I was when I first saw the Joyous Noel set, nothing could have prepared me for the Ornamental set. Talk about mass producing made easy. And so gorgeous!

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

Challenges · Rambling

MFT Sketch Challenge 353

Happy Monday! We’ll break the week in with a quick post featuring the card I made for this week’s MFT Sketch Challenge.

Here is the sketch:

This week I went back to my trusty (and favorite) Magical Dragons.

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I had these dragons I previously colored in gray (a bit of a different color choice). I decide to use them and die cut a circle from my panel instead of layering one on it. I took my card base (110 lb. Neenah Classic Crest Solar White), masked off a small strip on the right edge, and then blended Broken China Distress Oxide ink. I sprayed the blended ink with water and Shimmer spray and blotted it. Then I layered my die cut panel over it with foam tape.

I adhered my dragons flat to the card panel and with some foam tape where they fell over the blended ink.

I finished the card off with the sentiment from the card, layered on MFT Stitched Fishtail sentiment strips, and some Lucy’s Cards jewels in Pool.

Once again I ended up with a card I really like, that didn’t feel forced. I don’t want to push my luck. Well, actually I did with the WCMD challenge. But, out of all the cards I made, I only felt “forced,” on one. And it still turned out nice.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a great week!

Nicole

Rambling

Crafters for a Cause

Hello! Just a quick note to share with you something amazing that Simon Says Stamps and Jennifer McGuire put together.

As I mentioned in a previous post, Jennifer wanted to do something for all those affected by the recent hurricanes. Well guys, this is it! Please follow this link for details.

The $50 dollar donation boxes went fast, but they are putting more together today. Please keep checking the website for updates, or follow SSS’s blog.

I don’t work for nor am I affiliated with Simon Says Stamps. I just really believe in what they are doing. I ordered a box myself, and will feature the unboxing on here when I get it

I would also like to thank Hedi and Jennifer for doing all the hard work behind the scenes to get this together for us! I can’t imagine the amount of work this took!


Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole