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Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge -Something New

Hello! Happy Wednesday! Just a quick post from my phone today. I’m still not struggling with back issues, but I had to share this challenge and card as it’s not your ordinary challenge card.

As I mentioned in the title, the theme is Something New. This could be a new baby card, new house, or use crafty items that are new to you.

The company featured this week is Hero Arts. It just so happens that Hero Arts shipped a small selection of their new products for 2018 to a handful of stores early!!!! You can’t much newer than never before seen! Check out the hashtag #heroartsshopbox2018 to see all the post.

My stubbornness won out over my back pain this past week, and I drove about 49 miles to the closet store (Hero Arts has a list on their blog). I purchased a Stamp and Cut set, along with a set of quirky sentiments.

Sorry the pictures aren’t great, I was fighting the glare.

I used the topiary set to make a quick card.

I used Tumbled Glass Distress ink to add color to the inside of the square window (MFT Square Peekaboo Window). I stamped the leaves in three different green Altenew ink colors (Olive, Moss and Frayed Leaves).

The pot and root were stamped in Hero Arts Intense Black ink and colored with Copic Markers. The sentiment was stamped with Altenew Jet Black ink, as was the bird. I die cut all the pieces and adhered them with foam tape.

Some iridescent jewels were added, and a MFT Sno Cone card base was used.

I love how the topiary is “layered,” giving it more interest. I also think the heart shape is cute. I’m thinking about trying it with shades of pink, as a valentine card.

Speaking of Valentine’s Day, there are so many incredible releases this week! Concord and 9th’s release yesterday was gorgeous! I definitely picked up a couple of items. Same with MFT! And, the layered flowers dies from Altenew!!! My budget and I are no longer speaking. I encourage you to check them all out.

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

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MFT Sketch Challenge 366

Hello and welcome back! I want to apologies ahead of time, this post was put together on my phone. My back was feeling better Saturday so of course I over did it… I was able to make some cards, and I felt fine. The minute I stopped the pain came back. I guess I distracted myself crafting and didn’t notice what I was doing to myself. Lesson totally learned!

So, there may be typos (will be lol) and this post will be short, but thankfully I have a card to share with you.

Here is the sketch for this week:

And, here is my card:

I used an alcohol ink background for the right side of the card as well as the background for the windows. The circles and border on the right were made with the Peek-a-boo Triple Window and Edge die set.

I had previously colored the images from MFT’s Magical Dragon’s with COPIC Markers and I tucked them into the windows with Scor-tape. I wish I had positioned the knight a little more to the right, but he’s not coming up now.

I stamped the sentiment from the kit with Altenew Jet Black ink and cut a strip. I matted it on MFT’s Cornflower Sparkle cardstock to help it standout a little.

The card base is MFT’s Sno-cone cardstock, and I adhered the panel to the card base with fun foam.

It’s a cute card, but I should have waited another day and let myself rest. I’m not really good at that. Maybe that should be my goal for 2018, be more mindful about self care. It’s something I keep telling my 19 year old daughter. Maybe she needs to see me living it.

Thanks for stopping by! Hopefully my next post will be from my computer! I have a card to share for the Simon Says Stamps Wednesday challenge, AND, it’s made with stamps that Hero Arts sent out in limited quantities as a sneak peak! Items never before seen on the internet (unless someone beats me to the post on Wednesday)!

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

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Simon Says Wednesday Challenge-Anything Goes

Welcome back! Today we are taking a look at the SSS Wednesday Challenge. This week it is Anything goes, which is one of my favorites! The product focus is Lawn Fawn (also a favorite).

First off, I would like to send a thank you out to Lawn Fawn! They offer a free birthday gift with purchase if you sign up at their website. The image below is from the email that Lawn Fawn sent me. Isn’t the Panda adorable? I couldn’t pass that up!

Not only did they send me the Panda, but they also sent me some patterned paper with my order, as well as a cute Birthday Note.

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You may have noticed, I don’t use a lot of patterned paper. I love to buy it, but I have a hard time using it. I lean more towards clean and simple cards. Since this challenge was “Anything Goes,” I decided to add a bit of a challenge myself, and force myself to use some of the patterned paper I had received. Actually, I decided to see if I could make this card 100% Lawn Fawn!

Since I almost always use a Simon Says Stamps Stitched Rectangle die to make my card panels, I had to get creative. I received Lawn Fawn’s Valentines Borders in my Crafters for a Cause box, so I tried some of those out. I ended up using the scallop border die to trim down one of the pieces of Lawn Fawn Pattered paper.

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I used LF’s “Say Cheese Again,” to cut the photo frame, and again so I could cut the background square from a watercolor panel I had made ages ago (Gansai Tambi Pearlescent watercolors).

The Dinosaur is from LF’s “Rawr,” set and the Panda is from “Party Panda.” Both were stamped with Hero Arts Intense Black ink and colored with Copic markers. I went back over the black on the Panda with my Black Soot Distress Marker to darken him up. Once I was done coloring them, I used the coordinating dies to cut them out. I also used Simply White Nuvo drops on the Panda’s eyes, with a dot of gel pen in the middle.

I tucked the Dinosaur and Panda into the photo frame, and adhered the photo to the patterned paper background with fun foam. I used my Kyoko Long Dot Runner to adhered the patterned paper to a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 100 lb. card base. The sentiments from “Rawr,” were stamped on the bottom of the photo piece with Altenew Jet Black ink.

This card came together pretty quickly once I settled on the patterned paper. Using the Photo die cut helps make a focal point too. It comes in handy when you don’t want to build a big scene. I do think the sky section is a bit empty, but not quiet sure what to do there.

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

 

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MFT Sketch Challenge 365

Happy New Year! 2017 was very kind to me, in that I was able to take a breather in both my personal and my professional lives. I finished school at the end of 2016, so I had so much more free time. And, restructuring at work took a lot of the pressure off of me. Because of all that free time, I was in desperate need of a hobby (I couldn’t handle the switch from 110 mph to 50 mph).  And that is how I found card making and this awesome community of crafty friends! Thank you 2017!

When I first saw the sketch for this week’s challenge I thought, “There is no way I can come up with something.” But, I guess I just needed a good challenge. I somehow ended up with two cards!

My first idea was to create a card with stars, but I don’t have any Stars Die-manic Staxs, and I didn’t have any luck with a star that would work from the sets I do have. While I was flipping through my sets, I came across the LLD Bundle of Baby Clothes, and a new idea was born (sorry, I couldn’t help it).

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I cut a bunch of the bibs, shirts and onesies out of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 100 lb. cardstock, as well as some fun foam. Then I cut the little dress from some left over patterned paper I had. I adhered all of the pieces to the fun foam, and then to a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80 lb. panel.

I stamped the sentiment from MFT’s LLD Welcome Baby in Delicata Pink in, and layered it over some DCWV glitter paper (the MFT Cotton Candy Sparkle cardstock I have was a little too bright for this).

I thought the card was a little plain, so before I adhered the sentiment, I cut out some tiny hearts and stars from scrap paper that matched the colors on the patterned paper, using the tiny dies from Bundle of Baby Clothes. I added these to the white die cuts, along with a pink bow for the dress. Then I added the sentiment with Scor-Tape.

The card base is Gina K. Design’s Bubble Gum Pink. I added some silver Liquid Pearls to where the snaps would be on the onesies, and clear Wink of Stella to the stars and hearts. What a super cute card!

Ok, I did mention two cards, right? Here is my second card.

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It’s the same concept as the baby card, a bunch of white die cuts, then one “colored,” one. I used the star from Concord and 9th’s Joyful Bundle, and cut it from Neenah 110 lb. cardstock. I cut one gold glitter star from DCWV Glitzy cardstock, as well as the “Celebrate,” from MFT. I stuck to the sketch’s 4 rows with this card, since I could fit them in.

I used MFT’s Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frames for the base panel, cut from 80 lb, Neenah, and adhered the stars with foam squares. I layered the glitter cut sentiment with a Neenah 110 lb. sentiment,  to make it stronger. Then i adhered it to the stars, with some foam tape where it didn’t overlap the stars. The card base is MFT’s Kraft cardstock. It’s the perfect card to ring in the New Year with!

I actually had a lot of fun making these cards, which I didn’t think would happen when I first saw the sketch. I thought I was going to skip this challenge, it looked so difficult.

Thanks for stopping by, and all of your support this past year! Here’s to an amazing New Year!

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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Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge-Party Time!

Happy Wednesday! Today is my first day back at work after a nice, long vacation. I’m sure I’m not the only one with work day blues. Hopefully the card I share with you today will brighten your day a bit!

This week the Simon Says Stamps Wednesday challenge theme is Party Time, and the featured products are Simon Says Stamps.

My party time card:

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There are a ton of SSS products on this fun card! The stitched rectangle border and the stitched circles are all SSS dies. I used one of my alcohol ink backgrounds to layer under a panel of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock with the cut outs. This ink panel was not so pretty on it’s own, but the circles fall strategically on it’s best spots!

I die cut “Yay,”  using MFT Silver Sparkle cardstock, along with two from Neenah 100 lb. cardstock and layered them together. The Yay is from CZ Designs’ Yay stamp and die set. For the sub-sentiment, I took the “Happy Birthday Beotch,” stamp from CZ Designs’ Simple Sentiments, gently cut the Beotch off, and replaced it with “Boo,” from the same set. I stamped it with MFT’s Lush Lagoon, to draw some of the blue out of the alcohol ink panel. It comes across a bit more subtle in person.

The final step was to add some Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Confetti sequins, and adhere the panel to a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110 lb. card base.

This is one of those times I wish the card had photographed better. The silver from the sparkle paper pulls out the silver mixative from the alcohol ink, and the blue from the sentiment is not so bright, and ties in with the background.

I had a lot of fun making this card! It’s so happy and bright. It helped to bring me out of my crafting funk.

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole