Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Smiles

I took a break from my holiday card-making project and made today's card that used up some scraps laying around on my desk. This is pretty clean and simple. The papers are by Simple Stories.
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I stamped and colored with Copics my Penny Black Petal Party stamps.I did something a little different with my coloring. I only blended the lighter shades of red and left the dark center. I kind of like the unique look. As usual, lace, twine and button are also used on my card :).
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Have a great day!
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Thanks a Bunch

It's a sad day for me as this is my last post as Flourishes' Timeless Tuesday Guest DT. I have had a great time, creating with their beautiful stamps. I made this card for the Flourishes family for allowing me to be part of theirs this month. Thank you so much!

The theme for this week's Timeless Tuesday is to make the focal image fall off the page. For my card, I placed the gorgeous flowers off the top of my card base. The flowers are from the With Gratitude stamp set, which I colored with Copic markers (from the Lenten Rose Collection).
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I love the sentiments in this set. The papers are Collage Press' London Market. I highlighted the small flowers and sentiments with Want2Scrap pearls.
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Please visit the Timeless Tuesday Challenge team's blogs for more inspiration: 
Allison Cope * Amanda Havon * Broni Holcombe * Cindy Haffner * Denise Marzec * Maki Jones
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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Hugs

I am showing you a card using some of the Want2Scrap new Summer CHA releases. This card was shared on the Want2Scrap blog a few days ago. And guess what? I didn't use any bling this time, which was really hard for me to do :). I wanted to highlight the other paper crafting "essentials" from the W2S store.

I used the Garden Motif - Silhouette  here on my card as an accessory to the Copic colored flower (from The Craft's Meow's Beautiful Spring stamp set).
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Here you can see the full card. I just love those delicate garden silhouettes. The papers are by My Mind's Eye.
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My sentiment and tag are from The Craft's Meow's Love Dwells Here stamp set. The tag is die cut using Spellbinders Home Sweet Home dies. I accessorized the tag with the Card Size Antique Keys w/hardware - Chipboard attached by a simple twine.
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Thank you for joining me today on the Want2Scrap blog!
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Thursday, October 25, 2012

TCM October Release Blog Hop

Welcome to The Craft's Meow's Release Blog Hop. We are excited that this day is finally here. If you came here from Mabelle R-O's site, then you're at the right spot. If not, please see the complete hop list on the TCM blog.

My card for today uses a few of the new releases. My main image is from my new set, Christmas Angel set. the sentiment is from O Christmas Tree (this  month's Free with $50 purchase). I also added a row of trees from Christmas Cheer on the background.
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I colored my angel with Copic markers. The doily right underneath her is Spellbinders' Holly Accents dies. The papers are Carta Bella.
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It's so fun to color this angel. As an another example of coloring it, here is the card I shared a few days ago during the previews, in case you missed it. 
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Here is the complete Christmas Angel stamp set:
So, what's a hop without prizes :). Readers will be eligible to win all 6 new sets from TCM. To be eligible, you will need to visit & comment on each blog on the hop.The deadline to comment is 9:00pm PDT, Saturday, October 27th. A name will be randomly selected from one of the blogs on the hop. More info on the TCM blog. Your next stop is my friend, Sharri Seffens. Happy hopping
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

TCM Previews: Holiday Foundations and Oh Christmas Tree

Welcome to The Craft's Meow's October Release previews.Today we are showing Karen Baker's new set, Holiday Foundations, which coordinate with her previous brilliant background/border building sets, and Aimee Wanford's Oh Christmas Tree set.

I combined both sets to create this clean and simple card. The trees and sentiment are from the Oh Christmas Tree set. The distressed polka dot and line borders are from the Holiday Foundations set.
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I embellished the trees with color-coordinated paper flowers and finished the card with a row of Want2Scrap bling on the bottom.
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Please visit The Craft's Meow's blog for more information and links to other designers' blog for today's previews. Comment there for a chance to win one of the stamp sets being featured today.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

TCM Previews: Winter Fibi & Lilly and Christmas Cheer

Welcome to day two of The Craft's Meow's October release preview. Today we are showcasing two sets designed by the talented MabelleR-O. As expected, she illustrated some of the most adorable images that are perfect for Copic coloring and/or paper piecing.

My first card uses Winter with Fibi & Lilly stamp set. I colored the kitty with Coipics to match my Carta Bella papers.
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Here's the kitty bearing a gift close up. The sentiment is from Elizabeta's Hearth and Home set.
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My second card uses the Christmas Cheer stamp set. I followed the sketch from TwoPeas for this week's challenge. If you haven't noticed yet, I love using banners on my cards :). The papers are My Mind's Eye.
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Please visit The Craft's Meow's blog for more information and links to other designers' blog for today's previews. Comment there for a chance to win one of the stamp sets being featured today.
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Birthday Magnolias

Today's card is for Flourishes' Timeless Tuesday post as their Guest DT this month. The challenge is to create a birthday card. It was a great opportunity for me to ink up this gorgeous Magnolias stamp set. The sentiment is from Kids' Play stamp set.
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I colored the flowers with Copic markers (Tea Rose and New Leaves Collections). These are so fun to color. The papers are My Mind's Eye's Lavender. The seam binding is Pistachio.
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Please visit the Timeless Tuesday Challenge team's blogs for more Treats inspiration: 
Allison Cope * Amanda Havon * Broni Holcombe * Cindy Haffner * Denise Marzec * Maki Jones
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Monday, October 22, 2012

Mass-Produced Cards Tutorial and Winners

For my The Craft's Meow's preview post, please scroll down below or click HERE.

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you had a relaxing weekend. As promised, I am showing you how I mass produced some of my Christmas cards this year. It's pretty simple really and it starts with a basic sketch. I made at least 24 cards from one paper pack.
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Instructions (Click photos to enlarge):

1. Cut various dies from 6 sheets of the paper pack. I cut two sheets at a time. Die cut labels from kraft and/or sand cardstock. I do this while watching TV or something else with the family.
2. Cut 1” (2.5 cm) off the remaining 18 of the 6x6 papers. You will end up with 18 sheets of 6" x 5". Save the 1" strips for later use.

3.Cut 12 of the sheets in half. Cut the remaining 6 in quarters. You will end up with 24 - 3"x 5" panels and 1.5"x5" strips:
4. Mix and match solids/prints of the patterned paper pieces, one panel and one strip for each card:
5. Adhere them to coordinating folded A5 cards. Stitch the top and bottom edges of the patterned papers, if desired:
6. Put together tags (see previous post):
7.  Adhere tags to front of cards. I made three versions:
Easy (added twine only to the tag, no stitching)
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Intermediate (added folded ribbon and some stitching)
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Fancy (added ribbon, button and twine, stitching)
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I will show other cards later using the other die cuts. You can see others that I already posted on my blog here and here.

And now, the WINNERS of the NinaB Designs Blog HopThe Spellbinders' Ironworks Accents and Dies go to...Shartl (from Linda's blog). The winners of my Layers of Color stamps is Lisa's Creative Niche (from Clare's blog). Winners, please email me via Contact tab above with your info within 4 days (till October 26) in order to claim the  prize. Under the subject line, please put "NinaB Designs Oct 2012 Blog Hop winner." This will help with organization and avoiding confusion. Thanks for understanding!
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The Craft's Meow Previews: Christmas Angel, Hearth and Home


Welcome to The Craft's Meow's October Release previews. I'm excited to share with you my new set called Christmas Angel. It has an image of a beautiful angel and several sentiments for outside and inside your cards to go with it.

I have a shabby chic card for you today with lots of vintage touches and lacey loveliness :). Of course, I had to use my favorite vintage-inspired company, Melissa Frances, for the papers.
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I used Copic markers to color the angel. Buttons, seam binding and roses are the finishing touches.
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The TCM team is also highlighting my friend Elizabeta's set called Hearth and Home. It has a fireplace image that you can make rustic or elegant, like I did below.  I added the border from Vintage Clocks to coordinate with the damask pattern on the fireplace. I tied two jingle bells to the seam binding bow.
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I paper pieced and colored with Copics my main image. A little of bit of Want2Scrap bling was added to the fireplace flourish design. The papers are again by Melissa Frances.
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Please visit The Craft's Meow's blog for more information and links to other designers' blog for today's previews. Comment there for a chance to win one of the stamp sets being featured today.
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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Glitz and Glam Card

Today I have a very fancy card that took me longer than usual to make, but it was so much fun! I made this for this week's Crafty Friends Challenge. Jenn Balcer is our hostess and she challenged us to create something Glitz and Glam. How fabulous is that! :)

I stamped (Penny Black's Hanging Treasures set) and die cut the ornaments (Spellbinders' Heirloom Ornaments 2012). I fancied them up by adding Want2Scrap's Beautiful Bling Borders-Fancy That! It looked top heavy, so I balanced the layout by adding a row of W2S Sleek Strips Silver Rhinestones- Self Adhesive on the bottom. The papers are my Penny Black Madison pad.
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Here's a closeup of the card. The sentiment is from W2S Chipboard Sentiments- Words of Love.
I covered it with wet glue, then sprinkled some Art Glitter on it. I "hung" the ornaments using twine and decorated them with paper flowers.
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That is one sparkly card! I hope you can join us at the Crafty Friends Challenge this week!
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Peace & Joy

I have a quick card for you today that uses my Hanging Treasures stamp set by Penny Black. This set coordinates with Spellbinders' Heirloom Ornaments dies.
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The papers are Penny Black's Madison Designer Pad. I embellished the ornament with Want2Scrap bling. The borders on the side were die cut using Spellbinders Classic Petal Edgeabilities.
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Make sure you check out the NinaB Designs hop going on now. I'm sure you will find tons of inspiration and did I mention we're giving these away? :)
 
Have a great day!
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Celebrate the Season

I'm here with my card for the Timeless Tuesday Challenge by Flourishes as this month's Guest DT. The challenge is to create a winter-themed project. I decided to create a wintery background using the detailed images from Seasonal Wreaths. I just love these beautiful wreaths that are perfect not just for the holidays, but year-round.

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I did the Emoss-Resist Technique on my card using various Memento inks. The border is a die cut using Spellbinders' Asian Accents, which I designed for Spellbinders. I just love the pop of red, don't you? I highlighted the wreaths by adding Want2Scrap bling. The sentiment is by SRM Stickers.
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Please visit the Timeless Tuesday Challenge team's blogs for more Treats inspiration: 
Before I go, make sure you check out the NinaB Designs hop going on now. I'm sure you will find tons of inspiration and did I mention we're giving these away? :)
 
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