Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A bag, a tag and a card

I have two projects to share with you today that were posted in my favorite companies' blogs previously. The first one is a bag and matching tag for Want2Scrap©. I altered a plain gift bag an made it pretty using Graphic 45 papers, Want2Scrap Nestaboard and Nestabling, Spellbinders dies and The Craft's Meow's Baby Shelf set.
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Here is the close up of the heart tag. You can find the details on the W2S blog.
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My second project is something I shared on The Craft's Meow's blog using one of the brand new sets, Easter Blessings. The papers are Pink Paislee's Spring Jubilee.
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Have a great day, friends!
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Sunday, February 24, 2013

So Blessed, New Stamps & Winners

Hello, friends! I have a new card, new stamps and the winners of the NinaB Designs blog hop to share with you today.

First my card...I used 3 of my Penny Black stamps: Lace Delight (the border on the bottom), Petal Party (flower) and So Blessed (sentiment). I had so much fun making this card. I used that Polaroid frame again.
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The die cut center is actually parchment paper cut using the Spellbinders Medallion Four die. Isn't it beautiful? The flower was colored with Copic markers. The leaves were die cut using my design, Spellbinders Little Leaves.
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Now some new stamps to share with you. These 5 sets were introduced at Winter 2013 CHA and are now available at your LSS or the PB Online store:
 And last week, The Craft's Meow had their February Release, including these two sets of mine: Baby Shelf and Soaring High:
***And now the winners of the NinaB Designs hop:
Prize #1 from my blog: Tammy  
Prize #2 from Clare's blog: Moosik
Winners, please email (via Contact tab above) me with your info within 4 days (till Feb 28) in order to claim the  prize. Please put under Subject, "Feb 2013 NBD Hop Winner." This will help with organization and avoiding confusion since I have to depend on my mom to do most of my mailing for me. Thanks for understanding. Thank you all for entering! See you next month for the March Hop!
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Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Craft's Meow's February 2013 Release Hop

Welcome to The Craft's Meow's February Release Blog Hop. Thank you for joining us today. If you came from our Guest for this month, Lynn, then you're at the right spot. To see the full list, make sure you visit the TCM blog. I have 2 cards for you today using my two designs being released today, Baby Shelf and Soaring High, this month's Free set with $50 purchase!

My first uses Baby Shelf set, which coordinates with Beautiful Shelf. It uses one of my Polaroid frames that I shared earlier. I stamped and fussy cut the lamp and put against the "wall" and adorned it with some Want2Scrap heart bling. The bear is actually felt.
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I've always wanted to stamp on felt, so now I have to show you something I learned when doing this. I found that the best inks for this is pigment. You can see the comparison on the crispness of the stamped image using dye ink Memento on the left and the Pigment Versafine on the right. Both inks are by Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts.
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I love the added "fuzziness" of the felt for the teddy bear. The banner is placed there to provide balance. The pearls are by Want2Scrap and paper by Authentique.
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My second card uses my Soaring High stamp set. This is a little bit more formal and elegant. I had to pair the image and sentiment with Spellbinders' new Brackett Borders One dies.
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Here's a close up...don't you just love how perfectly the bird, sentiment and die cut border fit together? :)
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The Craft's Meow is giving away the 5 new sets. Readers will be eligible to win all 5 new sets.
  Participants are not required to leave comments on each blog, but they have a better chance to win because TCM will randomly draw a name from one of our blogs for a winner.
Your next stop is my friend -->> Sharri<<--. 
Before you go, I also want to let you know that the NinaB Designs blog hop is going on till tonight! There are two prize packages up for grabs!
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

TCM Feb 2013 Previews: Soaring High, Rejoice

Welcome to day four of The Craft's Meow's February 2013 Release Previews. Today we're showing Rejoice and my second set, Soaring High, which is also this month's Free with $50 purchase. The set has silhouette images of birds and sentiments that are appropriate for Graduation, Sympathy and Friendship.

Rejoice is a sentiment set with Christian verses and sentiments. For my card, I stamped one of the bird images from Soaring High in light ink. I then stamped a verse from Rejoice in darker ink on top of the bird image. 
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The lovely frame is the beautiful Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles. I added some Want2Scrap pearls on the scroll corners to hide the foam dot that holds the frame :). The papers are Pink Paislee's Spring Jubilee.
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Please check out the TCM blog for a list of participants on today's previews. A stamp set will be given away to one commenter on the TCM blog. The winner will be randomly drawn and announced the next day's post. The NinaB Designs team is also having a hop and giveaway that you can find HERE. Have a great day!
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

TCM Feb 2013 Previews: Geometric Foundations

Welcome to day three of The Craft's Meow's February 2013 Release Previews. Today we're showing another Karen Baker set, Geometric Foundations. If you like to create your own backgrounds, this set is perfect for you.

I have a masculine card for you today that uses one of the strip designs from this set to create my background. I stamped it with inks in different hues of complementary colors, orange and blue.
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I heat embossed with white my sentiment and accented it with a simple button.
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Please check out the TCM blog for a list of participants on today's previews. A stamp set will be given away to one commenter on the TCM blog. The winner will be randomly drawn and announced the next day's post. The NinaB Designs team is also having a hop and giveaway that you can find HERE. Have a great day!
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Monday, February 18, 2013

TCM Feb 2013 Previews: Easter Blessings

Welcome to day two of The Craft's Meow's February 2013 Release Previews. Today we're showing one of two sets designed by the talented Karen Baker. The first one is called Easter Blessings that is full of sweet animal silhouettes images and coordinating sentiments.

I highlighted the lamb on my card using the Emboss Resist Technique to sort of give it a lovely glow. I stamped the damask strip on the right from Vintage Clocks set to add interest. A simple twine is a great addition to that strip image.
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The sentiment is from Easter Blessings as well. I accented it with some Want2Scrap bling.
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Please check out the TCM blog for a list of participants on today's previews. A stamp set will be given away to one commenter on the TCM blog. The winner will be randomly drawn and announced the next day's post. The NinaB Designs team is also having a hop and giveaway that you can find HERE. Have a great day!
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Sunday, February 17, 2013

TCM Feb 2013 Previews: Baby Shelf

Welcome to day one of The Craft's Meow's February 2013 Release Previews. Today we're showing one of my new sets called Baby Shelf, which coordinates my previous set, Beautiful Shelf.

I have a teddy bear in this set that is perfect for paper piecing as you see on my card below. The banner and "Welcome" sentiment are also from this set. I framed the bear with Spellbinders Lacey Square die.
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The Welcome word has small polka dot texture. I colored hte banner with Copics to match my Carta Bella papers. I added a small Want2Scrap pearl in the center of the teddy's bow and on the banners as well.
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Please check out the TCM blog for a list of participants on today's previews. A stamp set will be given away to one commenter on the TCM blog. The winner will be randomly drawn and announced the next day's post. The NinaB Designs team is also having a hop and giveaway that you can find HERE. Have a great day!
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Friday, February 15, 2013

NinaB Designs Blog Hop: Make It Mini

Welcome to the NinaB Designs Blog Hop! The theme of this month's hop is Make it Mini, in honor of February's being a short month. I challenged the team to create a project that is either small (mini-cards, mini-boxes, etc.) and/or intended for someone small (babies, kids, even pets :).

I have three cards for you today. My first card is for a little girl. It's perfect for my three at home :). The house was stamped with TCM's Love Dwells Here set and die cut using Spellbinders Home Sweet Home.The papers are Authentique's Lovely collection.
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How do you like that trendy Polaroid frame? I made that using Spellbinders Classic Square dies (tutorial HERE). The sentiment is from TCM's Vintage Rides. The frame is embellished with my Want2Scrap Chevron border bling. The sparkly heart and silver strip are also by Want2Scrap.
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My 2nd and 3rd projects are mini cards that you can tuck inside your kids' lunches or send with a gift. The papers are Penny Black Madison. The butterfly and sentiment with it are from PB Free Flight. The fun card on the right uses TCM's Fun{tache}tic. Notice I used one of the mustaches for eyebrows. 
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Here you see again the mini-Polaroid frame I made using Spellbinders dies and Madison papers. A little of twine, button and Want2Scrap pearls finish the card.
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Here are the NinaB Designs products I used for my cards:
The NinaB Designs team is giving away these TWO PRIZE PACKAGES:
Prize #1
 
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Winners will be picked randomly from 2 commenters of the designers' blogs:
Everybody is welcome to comment and be eligible to win. The winners will be announced on February 22 on My Blog, where you will also find all the relevant info regarding the giveaways. Finally, please consider liking the following Facebook pages that are represented on today's hop, so you don't miss the latest news and happenings:
Thank you for joining us today!
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How To Make a Polaroid Frame

I'm showing you today how I made the Polaroid frame on my Valentine treats HERE and on my cards on THIS POST. These frames are so trendy right now and they are not hard to make and customize.

What you will need:
  • Spellbinders Classic Square dies - you can use other square dies, but I prefer Spellbinders because they emboss as well.
  • Cardstock
  • Paper cutter OR ruler and scissors
I started with a half of a LTR size cardstock, measuring 4.25" x 11". I taped the large square die to one side, making sure there's room around according to your preferred thickness. I made mine around .25" around. Cut the cardstock to center the die as shown below. Do it again for each frame you want to make. I was able to cut 2 larges, one medium and one small from the half A2 cardstock.
 You can leave these as is to make room for more stamping on the bottom.
Or if you're like me, I prefer them to be shorter. For the larger square I cut it at 3.75" lengthwise. For the medium size at 3.25." And I save those little strips of cardstock for sentiment flags in future projects.
Here they are in different sizes, colors and patterns, ready for your projects.
I hope you were inspired to try this. Please leave me a comment if you did and made a project with it.
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day Treats

I have a non-card for you today! I made these for my 3 girls for Valentine's Day. I used SRM Stickers Tubes, WGYB Valentine and Twinery twine. The images are Penny Black's Mimi at Play.
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I colored Mimi with Copics and adorned my Polaroid frames with Want2Scrap bling.
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My tags are customized Polaroid frames that I cut using Spellbinders dies. I'll share how I made these quick and easy Polaroid frames tomorrow, as well as the monthly NinaB Designs blog hop. I hope you can join us!
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Inspire and Thank You

Hi, friends. Today's card is using one of the new January release stamps, Crafty Shelf, which coordinates with a previously released set, Beautiful Shelf.

I first stamped the stitched border from Beautiful Shelf with Memento Toffee Crunch ink on kraft cardstock. I used the shelf as a small table on my card and and placed a vase of flowers on it. The "Inspire" sentiment is from Crafty Shelf. I paper pieced the shelf and colored the vase with Copics. The papers are by Basic Grey, the twine is from The Twinery.
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Here are the other two butterfly cards that I shared on the SRM blog the other dayThe butterfly is from The Craft's Meow's Beautiful Spring. I colored it with Copic markers. The papers are Pink Paislee. The pearls are by Want2Scrap.The sentiment is from Sickers by the Dozen Thank You.
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Monday, February 11, 2013

Butterfly Thank You

I am on the SRM Stickers blog today, featuring their Sickers by the Dozen Thank You stickers and Twinery Twine (Carribean #68012 and Buttercream #68008). Here is one of the 3 I made. The butterfly is from The Craft's Meow's Beautiful Spring. I colored it with Copic markers. The papers are Pink Paislee. The pearls are by Want2Scrap. Make sure you visit the SRM Stickers blog to see the rest of the post.
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