Friday, September 30, 2011

TCM Previews: Fall Fun

Thank you for joining us during the previews of the upcoming sets being released by The Craft's Meow tomorrow! I've been having so much fun with these fall-themed sets. Tomorrow is World Cardmaking Day and the TCM crew will have a release day hop that I hope will inspire you. Come join us!

Today, we're featuring Fall Fun, an adorable set illustrated by Jenny Suchin. The pumpkin, bird and sentiment are from this set. The wagon is from Happy Fall. I colored them with Copics. The papers are again October Afternoon.
Fall Fun

Please visit The Craft's Meow's blog for more inspiration and if there are previews, that means there are giveaways! TCM aslo has a The Craft's Meow Facebook page (and so does NinaB Designs :), so feel free to join us there as well.
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

TCM Previews: Fruity for You

I am so excited to share with you my latest stamp set by The Craft's Meow called Fruity for You. It includes 2 pears, 2 papayas and 2 plums with leaves and 4 sentiments. I had so much creating these images and the punny sentiments :). I hope you will like them too.

I stamped one of the pear images onto Kraft cardstock wtih white pigment ink. The strip of striped paper is by October Afternoon. More buttons and Twinery twine finished the card.
Simply the best

Please visit The Craft's Meow's blog for more inspiration and if there are previews, that means there are giveaways! TCM aslo has a The Craft's Meow Facebook page (and so does NinaB Designs :), so feel free to join us there as well.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

TCm Previews: Apple Pickin' Time

Thanks for joining The Craft's Meow team as we showcase our October 1st release stamps. Today's set is called Apple Pickin' Time and it is adorable. The tree from this set was paper pieced with some October Afternoon papers (the strip with the fun farm animals is also OA). The sentiment is from the Just Sayin' set, also by TCM. The trunk was colored with Copics. Finally, I added buttons and Twinery twine.
Hi There
Please visit The Craft's Meow's blog for more inspiration and if there are previews, that means there are giveaways! TCM aslo has a The Craft's Meow Facebook page (and so does NinaB Designs :), so feel free to join us there as well.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

TCM Previews: Happy Fall

Welcome to the 2nd day of previews for The Craft's Meow. Today, we're showing an adorable set called Happy Fall! I colored the sunflowers with Copics. The paper scrap is by October Afternoon I also used Spellbinders Floral Doily Accents dies for the border and finished my card with some Twinery twine.
Happy Fall
Please visit The Craft's Meow's blog for more inspiration and if there are previews, that means there are giveaways! TCM aslo has a The Craft's Meow Facebook page (and so does NinaB Designs :), so feel free to join us there as well.
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Monday, September 26, 2011

TCM Sneak Peek: As We Gather

It's the end of the month, that means more sneak peeks of the new October release of The Craft's Meow. Today, we're previewing a new set by TCM's new illustrator, Kaitlyn Ord, called As We Gather. The turkey, acorn and sentiment came from this set. I also used my Telegram set as a subtle background for this Thanksgiving card.
As We Gather
Please visit The Craft's Meow's blog for more inspiration and if there are previews, that means there are giveaways! TCM aslo has a The Craft's Meow Facebook page (and so does NinaB Designs :), so feel free to join us there as well. 
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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Just For You Birdcage

Happy Saturday, friends! Do you have any crafting plans today? I'm hoping to get some done later today. I don't feel so well and have lots of deadlines coming up with designing and that takes priority over card making. But, I'm sure I'll find time :)

Today's card uses some of my favorite The Craft's Meow stamps, Fly Free and Simply Delightful. All the papers and cardstock shapes are Pink Paislee's Butterfly Garden.
Just For You
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fall Charlotte

Today's card is for Card Patterns Sketch 133. Our sponsor is Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps and they provided us with wonderful images to play with. I so enjoyed coloring Fall Charlotte. It's been awhile since I just sat down to color with my Copics. The papers are K&Co.
Nina Sketch 133
It seems the talk of the town are the new changes in Facebook. It definitely takes some getting used to and I've found myself complaining. Then, a friend reminded me that if that's my biggest complaint, then I lead a pretty cushy life. There are certainly more important things in life than FB. One of which is a story of a young man that encouraged me this morning. 

Nick Vujicic is a limbless man who serves the Lord faithfully despite his disability. I have heard of him before but never bothered to check out his story. He's Serbo-Croatian by heritage, but was born in Australia. I thought I'd share a link to his incredible story because I was in tears this morning just praising God for this young man's life. I hope you will be encouraged as well.

Speaking of FB, please consider joining my NinaB Designs Facebook page for more updates on my designs. (Oh, what a shameless plug! :-) Thank you!
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Joy and Shabby CAS Christmas Card

What a great hop yesterday. Thank you all for your participation, kind words and excitement over the new Layers of Color's Christmas Collection. We are glad you like them.

I have two cards to share with you today. The first one uses Angelic and Christmas Verses clear art stamps. The angels were colored with Copics.
Angels Joy
The second is a simple shabby card, designed to be easily mass produced. This is one of 10 I made yesterday. I will show the others in a future post. I stamped the Vintage Postcard cling stamp with Versamark. The sentiment is from Christmas Verses
May Your Hearts
Finally, the random winner from yesterday's blog hop is #49...
Savannah O'Gwynn said... 49
OH MY! I just love this little angel and how she is in that frame....LOVE those buttons and the coloring--you always AMAZE me:) LOOOOOOVE when you share your talent/creations!
Congratulations, Savannah, and thank you all for entering! Make sure you check out the LOC blog for the Grand Prize Winner. And there is don't forget the Layers Of Color FB page giveaway as soon as they reach 300 fans. Please refer your friends. 
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Monday, September 19, 2011

Layers of Color Release Party Blog Hop

EDIT: The giveaway is now over and the winner is announced HERE. Thank you.

We are so glad this day is finally here. Laura and I worked hard to put together the Layers of Color's Christmas Collection for this release and the LOC team is very excited to share it with you today.

It is an absolute delight for me to work with my dear friend Laura and combine our styles to create this new collection of LOC stamps. These special designs are created from our hearts to celebrate Christ's birth. In our new Christmas Collection we are offering Spellbinders die coordinating stamps, images for Christmas cards, quick 'n easy gift tags, and timeless card verses. There are  lovely classic designs that are wonderful beyond the Christmas season too!

Here is my card for today's hop. I used the Holly Angel cling art stamp and Sentimental Banners clear art stamp set, which coordinates with Spellbinders' Ribbon Banner dies! I love these dies so much, so I had to design stamps to go with them. It covers just about any sentiment I could think of that could fit in one of the 4 banner stamps in the set.
Merry Christmas Angel
Don't you just love this beautiful angel that Laura illustrated? I colored it with Copics. Leave me a comment on this post and I will draw a winner who will receive a sample. The winner will be announced tomorrow!

Before you enjoy viewing the entire Layers of Color's Christmas Collection, first enter the Grand Prize Drawing where you have the chance of winning all seven new release art stamps on the LOC blog! There is also another giveaway on the Layers of Color Art Stamps on Facebook as soon as they have 300 fans, so invite your friends, too! The winner will be announced on the Layers of Color blog and on Facebook  tomorrow, September 20th.

Please visit our designer art galleries that have been recently updated with the Layers of Color design team's newest projects! Here are the LOC team's blogs to see more Layers of Color's Christmas Collection creations and GIVEAWAYS!
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Saturday, September 17, 2011

LOC Sneak Peek: Glory to God

Today's card uses another set that Layers of Color will release on Monday, Sept 19th. This set is called Glad Tidings. Laura and I worked together on this set. Don't you just love those birds? And the font are so elegant and vintage. I die cut the stamped image with Spellbinders Circle Nesties and Eyelet Circle dies. I cut out the two birds after I colored them with Copics. The papers are Graphic 45's Christmas Past.

Please come back on Monday for Layers of Color's release blog hop. There will giveaways and lots of inspiration. The Layers of Color Facebook Page is also having a special giveaway when they reach 300 fans. Go "like" them and tell them I sent you!
Glory to God
I still have a few stamps left in my Stamp Sale. I only remove them when they're sold. Many of these items are pending, but they stay on the list until I get payment. Please note that the Bonus (buy 4, get 5th free) applies to both TAC and non-TAC, but the free has to be non-TAC stamps. Thank you!
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Friday, September 16, 2011

More Stamps for Sale (including The Angel Company)

Today's card is for Card Patterns Sketch #132. I used some of my Angel Company stamps before I knew that the company was closing down. I still love these images (from How Tweet of You set, for sale below) and go perfectly with these Echo Park Papers.
Nina Sketch 132
Speaking of my Angel Company stamps. I have the following TAC stamps for sale, if anybody's interested. They are brand new rubber on cling stamps, but may not include the clamshell packaging to save on shipping to me. I am asking the catalog price plus $1.50 per set for shipping and Paypal fees. These are ready to ship immediately. Please email me with questions. Thank you.

Giddy Up
Katy
Love Never Fails- coordinate with Spellbinders Labels One
Scalloped Circle- coordinate with Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circle Nestabilities
Special Moments
Wonderful Tree
Wonderful Weather

Other Stamp Companies: Prices INCLUDE free shipping to the US only. If you are in the US, these will start shipping at the end of Sept. I'm sending them to my mom in about a week. If you're in Europe, you will need to let me know ASAP before I send it off next Friday for America. Please keep in mind that shipping is not included for destinations outside of the US. Paypal payment only please. These are almost brand new, maybe inked no more than 5 times. But, please see marks below for condition of stamps to give you a better idea.

BONUS: If you purchase any 4 sets below, you can get 1 set free (equal or lesser value)

Gina K Designs: rubber on cling
* Are We There Yet - Brand new in package, $15

Papertrey Ink: clear stamps
+ Wishing You - $15
* Fly Away - $4 Brand new in package!

Unity Stamps: rubber on cling

** Folk Inspired - missing sentiments, "Promise" and "Good Luck" $6
** Butterfly Beauty - only the 4 butterfly images, $12
** Gratitude = Joy - missing "Simplicity" and "Daydream" $8
** Giggle Grove - $8
** Birdie Inspiration - missing "Life is a song..." and "Life is a dream..." $8
** A Pocketful of... KOM - $15

Hero Arts: clear stamps
**Big and Small Flowers - $8
+ Happiness Messages - $6
+ Birthday Messages - $6

Inkadinkado: clear stamps
**Thankful for Everything - used once, $5
+ Happy Days - $5
**Humorous Birthday - $5
There She Goes Stamps: clear stamps
+ Special Delivery - $7

Miscellaneous Companies: all stamps are clear,
** Penny Black To You - $8
* WPlus9 Woodgrain Silhouettes - $16 - Brand new in package!

* Brand New, never used
** Almost Like Brand new condition; may have been used once or twice, but no ink stains
+ Very Good condition, used less than half of stamps, some may have stains
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Thursday, September 15, 2011

LOC Sneak Peek: Christmas Blessings

Here is another card featuring one of my new clear sets from Layers of Color, Christmas Blessings. It is full of vintage goodness. Laura and I worked on this set together and I hope you will like our labor of love. The release of the new stamps is on Monday, Sept 19th!

I colored the image with Copics. Because of its large size, this stamp would be perfect for clean and simple cards with a vintage flair, for mass producing cards. 
Christmas Blessings 2
Finally, Layers of Color has a new Facebook Page. There will be a stamp giveaway when they reach 300 fans. And while you're there, please consider joining the Nina B Designs Facebook Page as well. And I just added a Facebook Like button at the end of each post. Feel free to click on Like :-). Thank you!
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Have a Fun {tache} tic day

Hello, friends. Before I share today's card, I just want to inform those who purchased from my recent stamp sale, there might be a slight delay in getting the stamps to you. My sweet mom is doing the mailing for me. One of my parents' close friends passed away and they are just slowing down a bit for a couple of days. Thank you for your understanding.

It's been a month since I sat down to create a card. We were on vacation, then school started and now we are working on our house to prepare for a more comfortable winter. Life gets busy, and it feels good to take a break and get creative.

My Craft's Meow teammates shared their projects using my latest TCM stamps, Fun{tache}tic a couple of weeks ago. and I finally got to sit down and create with this unique and fun set. I had a blast coming up with sentiments to go with this trendy image. I colored the mustache with Copics.
Fun Tache tic day
This is the set I used:
Finally, please consider joining the Nina B Designs Facebook Page. Thank you!
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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembering also the good things

This was a post I wrote two years ago and I thought I'd repost it, with some changes, as we remember 9/11 today. Thank you to those who sacrificed their lives in order to save others. Thank you to those who work hard to ensure the freedom we so often take for granted.
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This post is a little bit more personal than usual, but I really want to share this with you all. Today marks the 10th anniversary of one of the most tragic days in American modern history. I remember it like it was yesterday.

I was pregnant with my 2nd child, Gaby, when it happened. We had planned to have her in Croatia, like I did with our first, but due to some complications in my pregnancy, my husband and I thought it was best to go back to the US to have her. It was a last-minute decision, so we were pressed for time as my due date was only a month away.

We flew out early morning on the 12th, just hours after that WTC attacks. It was so difficult to get the tickets out of Croatia that we knew if we didn't leave, I had to delivery my baby there. When we arrived in Amsterdam, our stopover, we were told we couldn't fly to Los Angeles. We were stranded there for 4 days, along with so many tourists who were sleeping all over the airport because no hotel rooms were available. Thankfully, we have some friends, who lived just 10 minutes away from the airport and they were able to accommodate us. God provided for us.

When we finally got on the plane, it was only 30% full because the airline didn't have time to notify all the passengers that it was ready to fly into LA. It was only by God's grace that we came to the airport when they were loading the plane. Because it was almost empty, I was able to lay down and even caught some sleep. Again, God was good to provide this little blessing. A month later, our precious baby Gaby was born.


The memories that most people have of 9-11 incite disbelief, anxiety, sadness and even anger. I have experienced some of those, too,especially as I read about the orphaned children of the victims. But, I have a different recollection of that time. As devastating as it was, it was also a proud moment for not only Americans, but for everybody who stands up for freedom. We were wounded, but weren't destroyed. The terrorists disrupted our way of life, but they didn't take away our hope.

We met new heroes among ordinary people that day, who continue to inspire us today. We were reminded again to appreciate life even with its challenges; to pray for our nation and its leaders; to think about peoples of many nations who live with terror everyday; to support the many men and women who work hard to ensure our freedom; and to hug our loved ones a little tighter.

For me, 9-11 was another opportunity that God showed Himself as the giver of good things, our faithful protector and our sovereign Lord through a very difficult situation. That is a comfort to know and a wonderful truth to cling to as I try to live daily in this scary, insecure world. 

In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O LORD, make me to dwell in safety. ~Psalm 4:8 

And here's my Gaby now, who's a reminder of God's goodness every day.
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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Layers of Color's Christmas Release Sneak Peek

The day's finally here when the Layers of Color team can share sneak peeks of our upcoming Sept 19th release of holiday stamps. Laura and I designed 5 clear sets and 2 cling art stamps that are focused on Christmas. I do have one set that coordinates with the Spellbinders Ribbon Banners dies! Most of the new stamp sets were collaborative work between me and Laura. I'm so pleased that our styles are blended in these designs.

My card uses the Angelic and Christmas Verses clear art stamp sets. Laura illustrated the Angelic set and I put together several Christian sentiments and quotes for the Verses set. You will find just the perfect words for the outside and inside of your holiday cards. They will make mass producing beautiful cards quick and easy.

Just like my Encouragement set, Christmas Verses includes some hand-picked quotes from my favorite authors and Bible verses that reflect the message I want to convey in my cards. I mixed and matched some gorgeous, vintage fonts that I hope you will like, too!
Rejoice
Check out the Layers of Color blog for more sneak peeks. And please consider joining the Nina B Designs Facebook Page. Thank you! Have a great weekend!
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Friday, September 9, 2011

Adore Butterflies

I have updated my STAMP SALE post, if you care to look. They are a great deal, and so are going out fast! Please email me, via tab above, if you're interested in any of them.

Today's card is another from my vault of Publication Rejects. I should add a category for this :). I used Layers of Color's Butterfly Collector. I just adore butterflies, don't you? The metal thingy is by Making Memories, which I've had in my stash for a long time now. If I have the chance to change this card, I would add embossing on the bottom white panel. It needs something. :)

Remember all these LOC happenings going on now:
Tomorrow begins the sneak peeks for the new Sept 19th release. Make sure you visit the Layers of Color blog for more inspiration!

Have a great weekend, everyone!
Adore Butterfly
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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Hey there, Hot Rod!

My STAMP SALE is in full swing. I still have some left. Thank you to those who already purchased some of them.

Today's card is something I made over a year ago. Before I went on vacation, I had to look for older cards that I hadn't shared on my blog yet and, lo and behold, I had quite a few. This is another publication reject and I can't say I really blame them :). The coloring was a little sloppy on this one.

The stamps are GinaK's Heartily Yours and Heartily Yours Addition.

Hot Rod
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

LOC News and Stamps for Sale

Thank you so much for your kind words again from my last post. I just love being part of the paper crafting community. I have "met" some of the kindest people through it. I'm thankful for each one of you who comes to visit me in my wee blog. :)

Layers of Color has some new exciting things going on:
  • They are having a weeklong Labor Day sale: Buy 2, Get 1 free. You can see the details HERE
  • Layers of Color now has a FACEBOOK page. Join us there. When we reach 300 "likes" LOC will have a special giveaway for their FB fans. Tell them I sent you. More info HERE.
  • LOC Australia is finally launched. It is the brand new LOC Distributor in Australia headed by our very own Linda Lucas and her husband, Ron!
  • Finally, we are gearing up for LOC's Christmas Collection Sept 19th Release. Sneak peeks begin Sept 10th. I believe this is the largest number of stamps I've worked on for one LOC release. I can't wait to show them to you!
Layers of Color – Join our New Release Party on Sept. 19th!

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ALL the stamps have been sold. Thank you!
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Monday, September 5, 2011

TAC news, Winner and Thanks!

While I was on vacation (which was great, by the way, and I will share photos in a future post), I received an email that The Angel Company was closing its doors. It came as a surprise and was greatly saddened by the news. However, I decided not to let it affect my vacation and use my time away to pray and think.

Here are some things I've learned, not just with TAC's closing in mind, but life, in general, with all its disappointments:
  • Knowing God's sovereign in all things is a source of comfort. I always knew that He is in control, but when life brings unexpected turns, this truth becomes more real and that brings peace of mind.
  • When I seek God's wisdom, pursue excellence and work with integrity as I embark on opportunities set before me, I can live without regrets with the decisions I make.
  • I'm reminded again to have compassion for others as we are all affected by the economic hardships all over the world. I need to pray more often for the many friends affected by unemployment, foreclosures, etc.
  • Everything happens for a reason. The Bible says, "All things work together for good to those who love God" (Romans 8:28). And it's exciting if and when I finally know what the reason is.
  • Every bump in the road is an opportunity to shine for Christ. Every sorrow/suffering/difficulty we face changes us. It's up to us if we will become bitter or better people because of it. I have to keep in mind that it's the better people who make real impact in the world and that's what I want to be.
  • I am so blessed to have Kris by my side. Disappointments/challenges are hard, but having someone committed to you to go through with the hardships is a blessing. Troubles become adventures and, hand in hand, we both look forward to what lies ahead. Problems make our bond stronger and I learn to appreciate more the wonderful gift that I have in him. I believe God expands our capacity to love as we grow in Him and I know our love for each other grows with each difficulty we go through together. For that alone it is worth facing the challenges!
  • Finally, the troubles of this world make me long more for heaven, where there are no tears or sorrows. My faith will become sight and I will enjoy a perfect communion with my Savior for eternity.
I have received so many sweet comments and encouraging emails from you. Thank you! Many have also inquired about the future of my TAC designs. Some have shared their touching stories about how certain stamps remind them of their loved ones. I am overwhelmed and humbled by your support and love for my designs. I am weighing my options and do not have a definite answer at the moment. I will announce any decision I make regarding my designs through this blog or my Facebook page, hopefully soon! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued interest.

And now, the winner of my Vacation giveaway is...Linda Carson! Please email me, via tab above, to claim your prize. Check my Facebook page for the winner of the Spellbinder dies. I appreciate all your sweet comments and daily visits, friends. It means so much that we can connect, even only through cyberspace.And thank you for letting me share my heart with you all.
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Friday, September 2, 2011

Happy Bird-day

TGIF! Today's card is for this week's Card Patterns sketch. Our sponsor is My Craft Spot, which provided the beautiful fibers that grace my card.

The stamps are The Angel Company's How Tweet of You. The papers are Echo Park's Country Drive, which go well with this stampset. I die cut the main focal image with Spellbinders Circle and Lacey Circle dies.
Nina Sketch 131
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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Warm Get Well Wishes

Hello, friends! I can't believe it's the 1st of September. Please make sure you check out The Craft's Meow's Sept release hop going on now. Since I'm on vacation, I haven't been able to participate during the previews. I have one new set being released today and it's different from anything I've ever designed before. I had so much fun illustrating it. I esp love the sentiments that go with the images.

Today's card uses Layers of Color's Floweret cling art and Teacup Blessings set. This card went through many transformation and so the layout is something new to me. I colored the flowers with Copics. The sentiment was punched out.
Get Well Wishes
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