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WCMD -MFT Challenges

Happy Sunday! This is a quick post to share the cards I made for the 4 challenges MFT hosted.

I will say, with the all the challenges hosted yesterday, and the normal weekly challenges, I REALLY celebrated World Card Making Day. The only thing that saved me was having some pre-colored images and backgrounds.

Challenge # 1: ROYGBIV

This challenge involves ALL the colors :). Here is the card I made:

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I had a panel of water color paper that I had blended Distress Inks on ages ago. I used MFT’s large Celebrate die cut the panel, and I also used a strip of the panel on the bottom. The card base is MFT Grout Gray. I added clear Wink of Stella to the die cut, and silver confetti sequins finish it off. This card actually led the way to my card for the second challenge….

Challenge #2: Die-Namics Designs

A card with all die cuts, no stamping. Funny, I have this rainbow panel with die cutting….

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I added clear Wink of Stella on this one too. I also used the same color card base and sequins. Easy-peasy!

Challenge #3: By the Numbers

Make a card that features numbers!

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This card came together a bit awkwardly. I put in the shaker element and string, then wasn’t sure what to do… I made this card for my nephew’s 20th birthday. I used the numbers 2 & 0 in the shaker too, but they are difficult to see. The glitter paper is MFT Cornflower Blue and the card base is MFT Sno-Cone.

Challenge #4: Make and Mail

Make a card and Mail a card

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I used a Sno-Cone panel and a cloud die as the base for this Magical Dragon birthday card. I adhered the dragon with fun foam and the sentiment with foam tape. He has some clear Wink of Stella on his wings and silver Wink of Stella on his horns and spikes.

Well, that’s a quick run down of the cards I made for World Card Making Day.

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

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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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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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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

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MFT Sketch Challenge 352

Happy Monday! I hope you had a good weekend. I went a little overboard making cards, more so then normal.

Let me share one with you. It’s been a little while since I participated in a MFT Sketch challenge.

Here is the sketch for this week.

I wan’t sure what exactly to do with the sketch, but I new I wanted the square to be MFT’s Roses All Over paper, so I started there. Then I realized I didn’t have a square that really fit in well with my normal card panel die, so I went with a Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle instead. After that, I was stumped for awhile. Somehow, I managed to produce this:

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After the rose rectangle, I decided to put a strip of Gina K’s Passionate Pink cardstock behind it. Then I was trying to figure out what to do for the circle. I actually had a die cut circle, but it looked awkward.

Then, I remembered the Scribble Roses! I had the outline shape already die cut in white and decided to blend Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink over it. Then I die cut the solid shape in white. I also had the leaves already die cut, so I stamped the outline images on them in Altenew’s Forest Glades. I added the scribble rose with fun foam.

Only thing left to work out was the sentiment. I had some MFT Label Maker Love sentiments, but they were stamped in black. I decided to stamp “Hello Gorgeous,” in Altenew’s Razzleberry. I adhered my card front to a Passionate Pink card base with fun foam, and added a matching envelope (with a scribble rose stamped on the front right corner).

I will admit, I struggle with the sketch challenges. It’s the reason I don’t participate in every one. Even when I do participate, the outcome usually feels awkward to me. Cute for the most part, but not exactly the layout I would have chosen. This one was different. Oh, it was difficult for me. But, I really love the outcome. Out of all the cards I made today, I think this one is my favorite! Funny, my second favorite is the card I made for the Simon Says Stamps Wednesday challenge. The cards I made on my own are ok, but no “wow” factor. I think I’ve been so focused on Christmas cards, I didn’t know what to do without that focus…

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

Nicole

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The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge Week 4

Hello and welcome back! I have to admit, my first 30 day coloring challenge went by rather quickly. I really enjoyed participating in this challenge. It really inspired me to try new things (and buy some new mediums).

Day 24

I went a very different route today, and colored part of an coloring book page.

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I ordered a set of Prismacolor Pencils and they were delivered today. I had to try them out, but I didn’t want to stamp any more images to color (I have a whole binder full from this month). I love the vibrant colors, but I didn’t really go crazy with them.

Day 25

I sort if skipped day 25. Well, I didn’t do any coloring, but I did a ton of card making!

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I had gotten some Christmas card ideas from playing around with the Concord and 9th Joyful Bundle, and after making a list of people I need to send Christmas cards too, hyperventilated. Then I started working on the backgrounds and die cuts for some of the cards. I really like the look of the text background stamp heat embossed across a card, with the Joy over top. I played around with a bunch of different color combinations, and ended up with pieces for 9 cards.

Day 26

I used all of my Mama Elephant Plushoween images over the weekend, and had not planned on coloring any more. Then a co-worker asked for a Halloween themed Birthday card.

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They are so fun to color, but I was tired after a long day of work. I did end up redoing the vampire. I colored these with Copic markers.

Day 27

I don’t know if I shared this with you, but I have a co-worker who has recently taken up card making. She started doing it on her own, but friends of ours told her that I make cards too, so we are now partners in crime (her husband calls me her enabler lol). A couple of weeks ago we went to Michaels together, and she got a Tim Holtz Sizzix stamp and die set. She kindly stamped and cut some of the bird images.

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I love the expressions on their faces! Colored with Copic markers.

Day 28

Another day where I make the argument that ink layering should count as coloring. I just received the set of new pink inks from Altenew (the Cherry Blossom set).

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The best stamp I have for testing out sets of ink is this Altenew stamp (Build a Flower Camellia). I LOVE this ink set! Isn’t it yummy? This image only requires three of the four inks. I will post a blog post about the new inks soon. I also have the blue and yellow set.

Day 29

My co-worker that asked for a Halloween themed birthday card also asked for a floral birthday card, and she is partial to Altenew’s Extra Special floral image.

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I used dry embossing technique here, and layered Altenew ink (Soft Lilac and Lavender Fields for flowers, Forest Glade and Frayed Leaf for the leaves). Then I added Wink of Stella, which I had just squeezed a little bit to get more out… I even tried scribbling it on scrap paper first. I like the outcome, but glitter is my middle name. And this leads me to…

Day 30

I was afraid that I over did the shimmer on the above card, and I had been meaning to try something new.

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I stamped the same Altenew image with Versamark and heat embossed in gold. Then I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils. I can’t believe the stunning results you get with something I put together while cooking dinner. It doesn’t take a lot of skill, just coloring like we did as kids. I’m going to put this together on a card and let my co-worker decide which one she wants.

Like I said, I really enjoyed this month, and am looking forward to the next one.

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole