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Altenew January Release

Hello all! Just a quick post to encourage you to check out the new release from Altenew. This release is all dies, and includes some really innovative products.

Here is their blog post for the release:

Altenew has had some layering dies in their roster for a little bit, but the new Peony Dream 3D die set is stunning! If I hadn’t already done so much damage to my budget this week I would have snapped that up. It WILL be a future purchase :).

The Rose Flurries 3D die set is another layering flower die set. This one caught my eye because it includes full blooms and buds, to add more design options. This is also on my wish list!

One item that I absolutely couldn’t pass up was the Spring Shower Cover Die. This is a Cover die that fits an A2 sized card, and cuts out a pretty flower design. What’s really neat is that you can take the cut or positive pieces, and make some layering flowers! Talk about a versatile item! And for $21.00, you can’t beat that! I’ll try to put a post together once it arrives. Hopefully I’ll be up and running by then!

I really encourage you to check out the release. There are so many great items!

Nicole

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New Challenge: A Blog Named Hero

Hello and welcome back! Today I am taking the plunge with a new challenge blog, A Blog Named Hero! A Blog Named Hero host monthly blogs. This month the theme is Winter Holiday and they are collaborating with Simon Says Stamp.

If you’ve been on my Instagram feed, you know I am obsessed with the MMH October kit, so I decided to use the kit for my card today. I paired images from the kit with a sentiment from CZ Designs Coolest Yulest, a Simon Says Stamps exclusive stamp set.

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I stamped the images from the kit in Hero Arts Intense Black ink on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80 lb card stock and colored them with Copic markers, along with some gel pens for the tiny areas. I die cut the mountains from silver glitter paper and the textured paper from the MMH kit (my go to for these mountains). I also die cut some snow banks with a MFT die. I used my favorite Simons Says Stamps Stitched Rectangle to neaten up the edges of all the die cut pieces and add it to Gina K Design’s In the Navy cardstock for the base of the scene. Before I glued everything together, I stamped the sentiment from the CZ Designs Coolest Yulest on the navy cardstock with Versamark ink and heat embossed with the silver from the MMH kit.

I adhered all the pieces with Scor-Tape, and used foam tape for Santa, Mrs. Clause and the sleigh. I add the assembled panel to a white card base with fun foam.

This card was a lot of fun to make! I really liked using the navy for the sky, and adding a different style of sentiment. Plus, who doesn’t love Santa and the Mrs? I’m not sure what I am going to do when Christmas is over? This kit just keeps drawing me back.

What do you think of this new challenge? I really liked it, and look forward to participating next month!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

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Christmas Card Prep Week 4-CZ Designs Coolest Yulest

Happy Friday! I am especially excited for THIS Friday, as it is the start of a week of vacation!!!

This week I want to share with you the cards I made using CZ Design’s Coolest Yulest stamps and dies, along with the Hos die set. This set is only available from Simon Says Stamps.

When I first saw this set back in September, I had a lot of plans for it. But, then I got my hands on other sets and kept putting this set off. I think it would be good for mass producing, with the die cut images. However, I had so many other “mass produced,” cards that I stuck to single cards with this set.

First off are the cards I made with the Hos dies (it’s a lot of fun typing that).

Confession: Red is my favorite color. Red glitter is my core. I used a lot of it here.

The first card features a rectangle Kraft panel, stamped with Concord and 9th’s Triangle Turnabout using Candied Apple and Lucky Clover Distress Oxide ink. I covered the triangle panel with vellum, and then added one large and 2 small Hos, cut out from Dollar Store red glitter paper. I finished it off with Lucy’s Cards Cherry Jewels. All of the red card bases above are MFT’s Wild Cherry. The Kraft is also from MFT.

The second card is one large, and 2 small Hos, cut out from a Neenah Solar White panel, with the same Dollar Store red glitter paper under it. I also used the same Lucy’s Cards Jewels.

On the next card I cut out 2 of the large Hos from a Neenah Solar White panel, this time with lime green glitter paper from the same Dollar store set beneath it. I then cut out the third large Ho from red glitter paper I got from Michaels. The red Ho was layered with white die cuts to give it dimension. I used the Cherry Jewels as well as Lime Green jewels. The “Merry Christmas,” is from Lawn Fawn’s Frosty Friends.

Last we have another panel with a Concord and 9th Turnabout (this time the Sprinkle Turnabout). I used Candied Apple and Lucky Clover Distress Oxide ink, and one stamp with Versamark and gold embossing powder. I cut three of the small Hos from the red glitter paper from Michaels, and layered it on white cardstock to give it dimension. The jewels on this card are from the Lucy’s Cards Disco Mix, and the trees are from the Coolest Yulest stamp set, embossed in gold.

All of the cards above were adhered to the card bases with fun foam.

Next I would like to share the cards I made with the ornament images from the Coolest Yulest set. As you can see, these ornaments are very versatile. You could make a fun card, or an elegant card.

For the first card, I stamped the three ornament images with Versamark ink, and then heat embossed in gold. I die cut Altenew’s Our Family Framed frame from gold glitter paper from Michaels.  I tied gold cross stitch floss to the top of each ornament and stuck the floss to the back of the frame. I added the frame to the card panel with foam tape. Then I added foam tape to the back of the ornaments. The sentiment is from the same set. The card base is MFT Kraft.

The next card uses MFT’s Diagonal Stripe Cover Up, die cut from paper blended with Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink and sprayed with water (I saved the cut out slivers for another card seen below). I did the same thing with the gold floss and gold heat embossed ornaments. I inlaid white card stock in the Diagonal Cover Up. The “Merry,” is from Concord and 9th (a free with purchase die) and was cut from gold glitter paper from a DCWV Stack. The “Christmas,” is from the CZ Designs set. The card base is Neenah Solar White.

This last card was described on my post about Concord and 9th’s Joy set.

Last, I have the cards I made with the trees and reindeer from the Coolest Yulest set.

You will recognize several of these cards as I’ve shared them on post from earlier on in this series. I will describe the first two as they are new.

Altenew’s Our Family Framed Frame was used again (I think you’ll be seeing a lot of this frame from me, its gorgeous). For this card, I was trying to do a letterpress effect, dry embossing the frame with gold ink on it. The ink wasn’t distributed evenly,  which meant that half the frame impression didn’t have ink. I tried to even it up with a gel pen, which of course just made it worse. After I screwed that up, my only option was to try to cover it with a die cut, this one cut from gold foil paper from DCWV. You can still see some of the ink peaking through, but it’s not as horrible as my attempt to “fix it.” The “Merry Christmas,” is from the stamp set, as are the reindeer. The reindeer were stamped with Versamark and embossed in gold, then adhered to the card with foam tape. “Christmas,” was stamped in Altenew’s Ruby Red. I finished the card with Lucy’s Cards Cherry Jewels. The card base is MFT Wild Cherry.

The second card is where I used the slivers I saved from the MFT Diagonal Stripe Cover up, inlaid in white.  The “Merry Christmas,” and tree were stamped from the set, with “Christmas,” in Gina K Designs Christmas Pine ink. I added Lucy’s Cards Cherry Jewels to the tree as ornaments.

I had a lot of fun with this set, even if I didn’t get to mass produce them. It’s a different style from my other Christmas sets, and has a more simple, streamlined style. I recommend checking it out.

Thanks for sticking through another long post. Next week I’ll be sharing what I made with Hero Art’s October kit. This is another set that I didn’t really mass produce, but I did make a lot of cards. After that I plan on sharing one more post, with the Hero Arts November kit, which screams mass production.

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

 

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Card Drive Alert!

Happy Friday! I wanted to write a quick post to share another card drive with you. I had already planned to share this with you, but then my daughter sent me a 2 am text to make sure I had heard about this. 

A young man in Maine, Brock Chadwick, is battling a rare form of Brain Cancer. Here is a link to a news story with details.

Brock is asking for Halloween cards. The address to send cards for Brocktober is:

Brock Chadwick

11 McKenny Drive

Biddeford, ME 04005

I will be sending one of the cute cards I made from Mama Elephant’s Plushoween.


Please, send Brock a card and shine some light into his life!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Happy World Card Making Day!

Hello! Just a quick note to wish you a happy World Card Making Day! This is my first WCMD and I plan to make it a good one! 

I learned that WCMD was started in 2006 to help kick off holiday card making. I’ve already gotten a head start on that, so I’ll be working on card challenges that commemorate WCMD. Concord and 9th, Simon Says Stamps and MFT all have challenges today. I’m sure there are a lot more!

There are also a ton of sales today. I recommend visiting Jennifer McGuire’s blog here. She so graciously complied a list of sales and other events. 


Have fun and make today magical!

Please feel free to share your cards! I’d love to see what you made today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

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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. 😦

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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

 

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Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge

Hello! The Wednesday challenge this week was Anything Goes (my favorite) and the product focus was Stampendous products. It just so happens that one of my first stamp purchases was from Stampendous!

Actually, I had been meaning to use one of their sets for awhile. This was the perfect opportunity for me to try it.

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This was a really simple card. I stamped one of the large images from Agapanthus Thanks in Versamark ink on Gina K Designs’ In The Navy cardstock. I heat embossed it in gold. It’s a good, solid image, no coloring needed. I also stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from the set the same way.

I added the cardstock panel to a Kraft card base with fun foam and added some Liquid Pearls drops in Brass. I stamped the same image on a kraft envelope in black to match the card.

I really like the card, but kinda wish I had left off the Liquid Pearls. It’s a clean, simple card but the gold embossing makes it elegant. What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole