Thursday, November 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving USA Friends

Wishing all my USA crafting friends a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

My sincere wish is that 2021 is a year of Love and Healing World-Wide!
There is much to be Thankful for,  but it will take working together.

Happy Thanksgiving,  my dear friends...

I used ARTplorations  Slimline "Leaf Prints 4 Stencil" for my Happy Thanksgiving card for a special friend,  which I am sharing today with many more special friends:-)

I used my new I-Crafter I-brush Ink Applicators blender brushes that I ordered from Simon Says Stamp to blend all the Distress Oxide Inks. The blender brushes are like finger daubers,  but with a fine brush.  They work like the makeup brushes we are all using and great for control in small areas.  There are 10 daubers.  Spendy,  but should last a life time and are color coded and stackable.

After blending all the colors I used some of the colors on a piece of mixed media paper and die cut CUTplorations  stitched Thankful from the "Be Thankful" die set and again in black cs.  Then stamped and cut out the sentiments from the matching stamp set.  Adding all sentiments with dimensionals and Done!

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How about another Thanksgiving Card?  This card is for Denny!
We are thankful our husband's support our hobbies and we support theirs!

I found this beautiful old designer paper in my stash.  I grounded the trees using the back of the paper.  I die cut the PB "Windy" Die leaves (gifted by a friend)  from an alcohol ink background from my stash.  I loved the Fall colors.  Next die cut the tree trunks from SU Chocolate Chip CS.  Attached with Connect Glue and set aside.

Next die cut the designer paper with Spellbinders Hemstitch Rectangles die and attached to Chocolate Chip CS.  Added the trees and strip of designer paper to ground the trees.  Stamped the STAMPlorations "Bloomfully-Thankful" Sentiment and attached to card base and Done!

I am so Thankful for the friendship of all my blogger friends world wide and wishing you all a special and safe Thanksgiving and Holiday Season.  Love and Hugs...

I am sharing my 1st card with STAMPlorations Anything Goes Challenge.


I am sharing my 2nd card with Color Hues #6 Pink and Brown Challenge.


Sharing both cards with NBUS #20 Challenge.
1st card using Never Before Used I Brush Ink Applicator's (Love them).
2nd card using NBUS Designer paper and Die Cut Trees.



Saturday, November 21, 2020

CAS Christmas Challenge: Non-Traditional Colors

I am playing in the Christmas Card Challenge: Non-Traditional Colors hosted
by the very talented Trina and the amazing Guest Designer Vicky.

You still have until the 24th to play along.
Be sure and check out the very creative Christmas Cards by all the designers


My Non-Traditional Colored Christmas Card:-)

I found this Gorgeous Alcohol Ink on Yupo paper background in my stash.

I attached a piece of the background behind the Memory Box
"Watching Deer Circle Die" that I die cut using Strathmore Mixed Media paper.
Then die cut the frame with Spellbinder "Hemstitch Rectangles Die".

Die cut the CUTplorations "Christmas Sentiments Dies" Joyful using more
of the Alcohol Ink background and die cut a 2nd time with 100# cardstock and
 attached to Joyful using Connect Glue to pop up the sentiment.

Popped up card front with White craft foam,  attached to SU 100# cardbase and Done!
Loved the results of my Quick Clean and Simple card.

Thank you Trina for a fun and easy Christmas Card Challenge. Hugs..


Supplies:
Stamps: None
Paper: Yupo,  Strathmore Mixed Media and SU Whisper White 100# cardstock.
Inks: Ranger Alcohol Inks.
Accessories: Memory Box Watching Deer Circle Die.  Spellbinder Hemstitch Rectangles Die.  CUTplorations Christmas Sentiments Die.  White Craft Foam. Connect Glue.  Scotch Tape to attach background.

Friday, November 20, 2020

STAMPlorations 6th Giving Thanks Hop and Giveaway

STAMPlorations 6th Giving Thanks Hop and Giveaway­čśŐ


ARTplorations Peeking Chrysanthemums (unavailable) Slimline Stencil.

A quick CAS "Peeking Chrysanthemums" Slimline Stencil card design using the New Bloomfully: Thankful stamp set for the sentiment.

I used makeup brushes to apply the Distress Oxide Fall colors inks.  Removed stencil and stamped sentiments.  I love how the new stencils are designed to leave a nice clean frame.  I used Strathmore MM paper for my stenciled card front and 100# Whisper White card base and Done!

We would love to have you hop along with the STAMPgirls and leave comments.  We are all so thankful for your thoughtful comments.  I am also so thankful for the honor of being on STAMPlorations Design Team!

STAMPlorations (Shery) so appreciates your support and every Fall shows her appreciation with her Giving Thanks Hop and Giveaway:-)

Love and Hugs..Nancy



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There are 2 parts to this event:
  1. a blog hop with 12 stops (including this blog) where you can leave a little word of encouragement and thanks to the designers; and
  2. a giveaway where you can complete one, a few, or all of the tasks for a shot at the prizes.
The hop and giveaway are open until December 8 so you can take your time hopping and linking up :o)

Blog Hop Prizes
- 3 winners of a $15 prize code randomly drawn from comments left on the STAMPlorations blog and designers' blogs
giveaway prizes:
- 2 winners of their choice of STAMPlorations products with a combined MSRP value of up to $25
- 1 winner of her choice of STAMPlorations products with a combined MSRP value of up to $50
extra prizes:
- a few surprise winners randomly drawn from our social media accounts (FB, IG, Pinterest, blogs) to win either prize codes or products
hop and giveaway are open until December 8. winners announced on December 10 in the November winners post.
thanks!!

Sunday, November 15, 2020

CAS Mix Up November Reminder

 November CAS Mix Up Watercolour Challenge: Off The Edge, Reminder.

Hosted by the wonderfully talented Bonnie! You have until the 24th to play.

Be sure to check out all the creative and beautiful CAS Reminder cards by our DT.  This is our last 2020 CAS Mix Up Challenge,  but we will be back in January 2021 with more awesome and creative challenges.

Happy Holidays dear friends and thank you for your comments and playing along with us this year.   


Grateful for you!

This SSS "Tumbling Leaves Stencil" is one of my favorites gifted to me by a very special friend.  I attached to Strathmore Mixed Media paper with 3M masking tape.  Much of the stencil is Off the Edge.

I used a Makeup Brush to blend the colors with Distress Oxide Inks then realizing .... Whoops I did not use watercolors..no problem easy fix.

I replaced stencil and used Derwent Watercolor Pencils to color the leaves.

I loved the results.  Next I stamped the T.H. Wildflowers silhouette image using Versamark ink and heat embossed with my new T.H. Distress EB Glaze: Cracked Campfire and heat embossed. Another gift:-)

I then used Spellbinders "Rectangle Hemstitch Die" to die cut the A2 border.  Used MISTI to stamp the STAMPlorations "Bloomfully Thankful" sentiment.  Attached cardfront to SU 100# cardbase and Done!

We would love to have you join our challenge.  Love and Hugs..


Supplies:
Stamps: T.H. Wildflower Silhouette Stamps.  STAMPlorations Bloomfully: Thankful sentiment.
Paper: SU Whisper White 100# CS.  Strathmore Mixed Media
Inks: Derwent Watercolor Pencils.  Archival Black.  Versamark
Accessories: SSS "Tumbling Leaves Stencil".  T.H. Distress Glaze: Crackled Campfire.  Spellbinders Rectangle Hemstitch Die. #4 paintbrush.  3M masking Tape. 


STAMPlorations November Reminder

STAMPlorations November Stencil Reminder Challenge.

You still have until the end of the month to play along!


Be Sure and check out the awesome projects by the Design Team!


STAMPlorations Holiday Mocha Feels sentiment

A fun project using Distress Oxide inks on Mixed Media paper for the background,
along with a die cut frame in my stash. 
 I attached the Tropical Leaves Stencil with masking tape to the background.

Next used make up brushes to blend the inks.  then removed stencil and
traced the leaves with a Staedler black pen to make the leaves pop.

Popped up image with craft foam and attached to 100# white cardbase.
 
Set card aside and used makeup brush to blend  Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover and
Evergreen Bough Distress Inks over the new material Craftplorations Tropical Leaf.
Stamped "Holiday Mocha Feels" sentiment with Archival Black Ink.
Attached leaf to card image with Connect Glue and Done!

Loved how well the Tropical Leaf, which was cut from the new material blended the Distress Oxide inks.

You Still have until the end of the month to play along. Love and Hugs.



The Rules:
  • Players can link up a maximum of 3 projects -- any type of project is welcome as long as a stencil is used -- but each project must be in its own blog post.
  • Use of stencil (any brand) is a requirement.
  • Non-STAMPlorations products are OK 
  • No sneak peek project entries; full project photo must be displayed on blog post in order to qualify for the prizes.
  • To qualify for the prize, players must display challenge graphic and have a text link to the challenge post (blogs only)

Prizes: $20 prize code to winner / $7 prize code to 3 randomly picked entries


Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Christmas in the Air November Projects

My STAMPlorations teamie,  Monika and I are happy to share our
September Christmas in the Air Feature Projects.

The Christmas in the Air feature also is a mini blog hop.  Shery will randomly draw one
winner of a $15 gift code from all the comments left on the Christmas in the Air posts
on the the STAMPlorations Blog, and on Monika's blog and my blog.

We hope our projects will inspire you to add to your Christmas Stash.


I used CRAFTplorations Raw Shapes and Bases CRAFT Products for all Three of my Christmas Tags!

Instead of showing photos of the step by step process,  I am sharing photos of the finished tags with the main supplies that I used.

 1st CRAFT Tag: "Coffee Mug" 3mm MDF Large 3" Tall
STAMPlorations "FA-LA-LA-LA-Latte" Clear Stamp set. 

I covered the 3" Tall Large 3mm MDF mug with Versamark and sprinkled with Distress Embossing Glaze: Vintage Photo and heat embossed for a beautiful shiny 
dark brown tone.

Then stamped "Fa-La-La-La-Latte" poinsettia tag onto Strathmore MM paper and heat
embossed with clear EB Powder.  Colored with Kuretake Gansi Tambi W/C paints and trimmed to fit mug.

Stamped and heat embossed sentiment from same stamp set.  Attached poinsettias image and sentiment with Connect Glue to tag.  Added ribbons and Done!

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2nd Craft Tag: Christmas Bauble #1 3mm Baltic Birch.
STAMPlorations Holiday Mocha Feels Clear Stamp Set.

I stamped the "Holiday Mocha Feels" coffee cup image, which includes the coffee beans and beautiful poinsettia Winter flowers with Versafine black ink and heat embossed with clear eb powder onto Strathmore MM paper.

Next watercolored with the Kuretake paints.  Stamped sentiment from same set, then fussy cut cup, saucer and flowers and attached to baltic wood bauble with Connect Glue.  Added ribbon and Done!

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3rd Craft Tag: Christmas Bauble #1 3mm Baltic Birch 3".
Clear Stickers: Just Caffeinate.

I covered "Christmas Bauble #1" with White Gesso.  Let dry then Watercolored with Kuretake Gansi Tambi Metallic Gold paint the entire wood bauble.  When dry stamped the poinsettia cup image using archival jet black ink using MISTI.

Watercolored with paints and when dry added Clear Sticker and Done!

I was very pleased with all 3 of my tags,  which will be added to trays of cookies and could be used as ornaments for friends or family:-)
The new Christmas coffee sets images were the perfect size for all the tags.

Enjoy and we would love if you hopped along with us and added your comments.

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The STAMPloration Products.

CRAFTPlorations Products: 

Clear Stamp Sets: 


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STAMPGIRLNANCY 20% off Code

Friday, November 6, 2020

Stamplorations joining Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Hop




STAMPlorations is Featuring 2 New Christmas Coffee Stamp Sets for the 
Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Hop. 5% off instantly plus 20% off when you add my STAMPGIRLNANCY code.



The new stamp sets.

Holiday Mocha Feels

Monika and I are sharing projects using the new Christmas stamp sets.

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Close Up of Heat Embossed and Metallic Paint Shine.

I stamped the mocha image with Versafine black ink onto mixed media paper and heat embossed with clear EB powder.  Then painted the floral arrangement, coffee beans and mocha with Gamsi Tambi W/C paints.  I used the metallic gold and silver W/C paints also,  which adds shine along with the heat embossing.

Then stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set with Distress Ink and heat embossed with clear EB powder.  Stamped the Joy from the same set and outlined with a black art pen.

Die cut the border, then attached to card base and Done!
Every sentiment in the set fits inside the coffee cup..so cool!

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I do Love making tags for my trays of cookies,  that I share with family and friends.  The cookies are delicious with tea or coffee:-)

I used CUTplorations Stitched Tags Nesting Dies to die cut all the tags from Strathmore Tan and White Mixed Media papers.

Stamped the tag images and mug cup image from the stamp set and heat embossed.
Watercolored the poinsettias and mug cup with Gansai Tambi paints.  I used the gold metallic paint on the images for a pretty shine.
 
Fussy cut the poinsettia that is off the edge of the cup...the poinsettia and cup are one piece.  Next attached to die cut Tag.
Watercolored the poinsettia tags,  fussy cut and popped up with craft foam.
Added stamped and heat embossed sentiments then attached layers and added the SU ribbons (ret) and Done!

In the future I will be making more of these fun colorful Christmas tags:-)
I loved all the choices of sentiments in the set and images.

Thank you Shery for the two new awesome Christmas Stamp Sets.
We hope you join the Coffee Lovers Hop for a chance at amazing prizes and inspiring project designs.  Love and Hugs..




Sunday, November 1, 2020

CAS Mix Up (W) Off the Edge

Time for the CAS Mix Up Watercolor Challenge: Off the Edge.. hosted by the  
very talented,  Bonnie.  We are very happy to have the awesome CAS designer, 
Michele as our Guest Designer this month.

You are going to be so inspired by our CAS Mix Up Design Team too!


Here is my Off the Edge card..Enjoy

This is a card I made recently for a dear friend,  who has been on my mind!
It seems we all need thinking of you cards often this year.
I was so pleased to use Bonnie's CAS Mix Up "Off the Edge (W)" Challenge.

I used SU "Forever Fern" stamp set to stamp off the edge of SU 100# CS.
I used Distress Oxide Inks: Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, and
Abandoned Coral.  I love Fall colors.

I  used my MISTI to ink, spritz with water and then stamp the ferns onto 
the 100# cardstock and then moved the ink around with a water brush.
Let each leaf image dry completely before stamping a new leaf image.

Then stamped STAMPlorations "Trendy Feathers" sentiment in MISTI using
Distress Oxide Vintage Photo and then heat embossed with SU 
Clear EB Powder.

Next I die cut card front with Reverse Confetti,  "Lacy Scallop Frame" Confetti
Die.  Then I used the splatter stamp from the "Forever Fern" stamp set
to add splatters with the DOX inks I had used on the leaves.

Attached cardfront to the SU 100# card base and Done!
I was very happy with the Fall colored Off the Edge results.

We would love if you joined us.  
You still have until the 24th to play along.  Love and Hugs..


Supplies:
Stamps: SU Forever Ferns,  STAMPlorations Trendy Feathers..sentiment.
Paper:  SU Whisper White 100#
Inks: Distress Oxides: Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, and Abandoned Coral.
Accessories: MISTI, Reverse Confetti "Lacy Scallop Frame Confetti Die.  Spritzer.


STAMPlorations November Stencil Challenge


Already time for our Stencil Challenge.  We would love to have you join in with your stencil projects!



ARTplorations Slimline Stencil "Beyond the Trees"
STAMPlorations "Woodland Friends"

 I secured with 3M Masking Tape the Slimline Stencil "Beyond the Trees"
to Yupo paper.  Then used makeup brushs to blend Distress Oxide inks over
the stencil.  My 1st time to try the Yupo paper for stenciling.
I loved how the inks blended. I used a masked circle for my moon.

Next fussy cut the "Woodland Friends" that I found in my stash.
I had used Derwent W/C Pencils to color the images.

The white border was the edge of the slimline stencil:-)
Added the stamped  sentiment on Yupo paper and the main image to
100# white cardbase and Done!

Enjoy and be sure and check out the Stencil DT girls projects too!
Love and Hugs.  Nancy

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Slimline Stencil Beyond the Trees

Woodland Friends







The Rules:
  • Players can link up a maximum of 3 projects -- any type of project is welcome as long as a stencil is used -- but each project must be in its own blog post.
  • Use of stencil (any brand) is a requirement.
  • Non-STAMPlorations products are OK 
  • No sneak peek project entries; full project photo must be displayed on blog post in order to qualify for the prizes.
  • To qualify for the prize, players must display challenge graphic and have a text link to the challenge post (blogs only)

Prizes: $20 prize code to winner / $7 prize code to 3 randomly picked entries

Friday, October 23, 2020

Day 5 STAMPlorations Belated 7th Birthday Celebration

November 28, 2020
I have mailed this card to my dear friend,  Susan...who is celebrating her 70th birthday today.   Our friend Loll is having a Birthday Hop for Susan if you would like to join in sending Susan special birthday wishes.

Wishing you a very special day and a gift that keeps on giving!

Love and Hugs,  Nancy


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Day 5,  the Last Day to Celebrate STAMPlorations Belated 7th Birthday!

Be sure and check out all the Creative and Inspiring Projects by our
very talented Stamp Girls using New and Old Products!


Monika Skinner Designs New Rectangle Flexi-Template.
Sanna Lippert Designs New "Winter Flowers Stencil".
Clear Stickers "Birthday Word Art".

Happy belated 7th Birthday to Shery and David Russ and their wonderful family owned STAMPlorations craft company:-)

It has been exciting to see how Shery has used her amazing Artistic and Administrative talents to create new products over the years.  
I love how Shery always keeps up with the trends.

 Shery has very talented and sweet STAMPgirls on her Design Team and Guest
Designers.  I was so thrilled when Shery asked me to join her CAS Challenge 
Team 2 years ago.  

A year ago I switched to the Stencil Challenge Design Team because Shery has the
most amazing selection of Stencils designed by Shery,  Sanna and Helen.

Also Shery has encouraged and mentored Becca, Dee and Shirley during their
stamp designing adventure.  Just recently Monika joined the designers with her
Flexi-Template designs.  

The STAMPgirls have had a great time making a project a day using New and Old
STAMPloration products by Shery and her designers for your inspiration.
We would love to have you play along.

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I am sharing my steps with photos of my background and 
STAMPlorations products I used.

Step 1 & 2
Used 3M masking tape to secure Monika's Rectangle Flexi-Template.  
Then blended Distress Oxide inks
using makeup brushes and Stencil Pal to make a geometric background.

Step 3
Placed  Sanna's Winter Flowers Stencil over background and secured with tape.  
Used a blue Distress Oxide ink,  so my background would not turn to mud.
  Then used a makeup brush to blend the ink thru the stencil and
 around the edge for a frame. 

Step 4
Removed stencil,  masking tape and Rectangle Flexi-Template.

Step 5
Added the "Birthday Word Art" Clear Sticker and Done!
I loved how the background colors showed thru the sticker.

I hope you have enjoyed and been inspired by all the STAMPgirls creative
projects for 5 wonderful days organized by our amazing Shery!!!

Thank you Shery for working so hard along with David to make your wonderful 
STAMPlorations online store a creative success:-)

Love and Hugs....

STAMPlorations Products Used

New Monika Skinner Designs Rectangle Flexi-Template

Sanna Lippert Designs Winter Flowers Stencil

Clear Stickers Birthday Word Art

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Prizes:

- one (1) winner of $50 gift code randomly drawn from the STAMPlorations stash link-up found here
- three (3) winners of $10 gift code randomly drawn from comments left on the birthday hop posts (STAMP blog and designers' blogs)
- two (2) winners of $20 gift code randomly drawn from entries in the birthday linky party
- one (1) winner of $40 gift code randomly drawn from entries in the birthday linky party


Commenting and linking up to the birthday linky party close on November 8
Linking up to the STAMPlorations stash $50 gift code giveaway closes on October 31.


Sales and Promotions:

All products in the store,  including products you received are 10% off instantly throughout October.

If you use my STAMPGIRLNANCY 20% off Design Team Code when you order,  
your order will include this not-yet-released, Just Plaid square stencil (10 mil):