Happy Thanksgiving with Newton’s Nook

Hello again Newton’s Nook fans!  Did you manage to hop along with the team last week for the September product release?  They are available at the shop now.  Which one was your favorite?  To be honest, I can’t really pick one!

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For my project today, I am showcasing the Newton’s Thanksgiving stamp set and coordinating dies.

Since this card is all about Thanksgiving, I wanted to create a fall scene today.  I started by stamping the image on some smooth white card stock and colored it in with my Copic markers.   I will also be inking up my Bristol smooth white card stock with some distress oxide inks.

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I inked up my background with Tumbled Glass and Tattered Rose distress oxide inks.  I have been LOVING this color-combo lately  for a fall sky.  I used vintage photo distress oxide to splatter some dots on my background, and blotted it dry with my paper towel.  I used a scallop die from my stash to cut a position of this card stock to create a little window.

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I adhered my colored background onto my card base and inlaid the frame.  I added some fun elements to create my fall scene.

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To finish my design, I added the “happy” sentiment from a die that I have from my stash with some foam adhesive.  Also used my white gel pen to add some interest to the card.  Here’s a close-up:

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I completely ADORE this stamp set.  If you haven’t picked it up yet, please visit the shop before they sell out.

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I hope you like my card and got inspired.  The supplies I used are listed and linked below.  Happy crafting!

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Missing You Sooo Much

Hello CAS-ual Fridays fans!  Are you getting excited for the fall season to start?  I just can’t wait for the cooler weather, pumpkin spice lattes, and fall scented candles!

For my card today, I’m showcasing the Bushy Tailed stamp set.

I started out by stamping my image on some Neenah solar white card stock and colored it in with my Copic markers.  I cut an A2 size piece of some Bristol smooth white card stock and inked up my background using some hills stencil from my stash, with some distress oxide inks.  I also used a clouds border stencil to create the sky.

To create my fall scene for my cute critter, I stepped out of my comfort zone and drew some tress and leaves in the background, using my Copic markers.  This is the first time I’ve ever drawn a scene from scratch.  I got so nervous I thought I was going to hurl, haha! (just kidding)  I think it turned out okay, I just need more practice.  After all this is “handmade” not Hallmark, right?

I added more depth by using different colors of Copic markers to create the leaves.

I used my cool gray Copic markers to add shadows and make it look more realistic.  I adhered my little critter and finished the design by stamping the sentiment.

Even though my drawing wasn’t perfect, I still love how this card turned out.

I think using different distress inks for my background added more depth and dimension to my card.

I hope you like my project today and got inspired.  Please don’t forget to use my coupon code (below) for 15% off your order at the shop.  Happy crafting!

Wine Cards with the September Release by Kat Scrappiness

Hello Kat Scrappiness fans! Back today with some simple cards featuring the new Peacock Backdrop die, the Wine Not stamp set and the Wine Not Custom craft dies.

For my first card, I started out by die-cutting the Peacock Backdrop diesome Bristol smooth white card stock.  I inked up this piece with some squeezed lemonade, spiced marmalade and picked raspberry distress oxide inks with my mini ink blending tool.  I set this piece aside to dry while I worked on die-cutting the Wine Not Custom craft dies.  I used Neenah smooth white card stock to color the bottle with my Copic markers and used a silver card stock for the wine glass.  I added glossy accents to make it look more realistic.   I also die-cut a frame by using the double stitched rectangle die and the stitched rectangle die.  Here’s the first card:

I adorned my card with some images from a stamp set by Newton’s Nook and also added the beautiful Champagne jewels.  I love the new jewels collection from the shop.  They are available in a variety of colors.  Here’s another look:

For my second card, I die-cut the pieces again with some Neenah solar white card stock and colored the die-cut pieces with my Copic markers.  I inked up an A2 size piece of some Bristol smooth white card stock with a stencil from my stash.   I stamped the sentiment from the Wine Not stamp set.  Here’s my second card:

To finish the design, I also added the cheers sentiment from my stash and the tiny bow is from a die-set by Lawn Fawn.  Here’s another look:

For my third card, I wanted to create something simple just using the Wine Not stamp set.  I die-cut a piece of some Neenah solar white card stock with the Stitched Fancy Scalloped rectangle die.  I colored the images in with my Copic markers.  To finish my design, I stamped the sentiment using Versafine Vintage Sepia ink.

I hope you like my cards today.  Which one is your favorite?  The supplies I used are listed and linked below.  Don’t forget to use my coupon code “MARIA10” for 10% off your order at the shop.  Have a nice day!

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I’ll Always Be Your Angel with Kindred Stamps

Hello Kindred fans!  Are you still swooning over the August stamp release or just in-love with everything that Kindred stamps has to offer?  To be honest, the stamp set that I used for this card is probably one of my top five favorites by Kindred.

 

For today’s project, I am showcasing the Slay stamp set.  I can’t even begin to express how much I LOVE this set.  When this stamp set was released in July, I was a bit bummed that it wasn’t assigned to me but of course there’s no stopping me from ordering this set.  I sent a couple of messages to Audra to reserve this stamp for me because I just NEED this in my life, haha!

 

I started out by stamping my images on some Copic friendly paper and colored them in with my Copic markers.  I had to color my Vampire with different gray inks to give him dimension because I knew that I was going to create a night scene and the background will mostly be black.   I fuzzy-cut my images using my precision cut scissors.

 

 

I cut an A2 size piece of some Bristol smooth white card stock, and inked it up with my Distress Oxide inks –> Black Soot, Seedless Preserves and Faded Jeans.  To add the stars in the sky, I used my Copic white paint and added some water, then used my watercolor brush to splatter it onto my colored background.  I also die-cut the other elements I needed to create my scene.

 

 

I adhered the die-cuts onto my colored background and added the big hill, then adhered this piece on my card base.  I used my powder tool to get rid of some static and stamped my sentiment onto the card with some white embossing powder and heat-set it with my heating tool.  I adhered my stamped images onto the card.  To finish the design, I used my black glazed pen to give the eye a little more dimension.

 

 

I really love that even though the background is quite busy, the images just managed to stand out!  Here’s a little close-up:

 

 

I just simply adore the stamp set.  It is definitely in my top five favorites by Kindred stamps.

 

 

What do you think?  I hope you like my card today and got inspired.  Please visit Kindred Stamps to purchase this stamp set.  I hope you have a wonderful day and happy crafting!

 

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps – Nate & Friday

Time has flown by so fast!  It is the last day of the August release by CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and the design team is showcasing Nate & Friday stamp set.   This stamp set is so special because my daughter and I LOVE Frenchies.  Isn’t this stamp set so adorable?!  It is a must-have for any dog lovers!  The sentiment I used for my card is my favorite!

 

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I die-cut some Bristol smooth white card stock which is my “go-to” card stock for distress oxide inks.  I used a stencil from my stash to add some details on my background.  This card is super simple but I LOVE how it turned out.

 

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I added some black and white wash tape on my card base and adhered my colored background.  Don’t you just love this cute little Frenchie with a small heart on his chest?

 

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This sentiment is so true!  Wishing you all warm snuggles, slobbery kisses and a tail that wags so hard its butt wiggles!

 

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I hope you got inspired this week!   The August release stamps are available for purchase from August 17th.  Please don’t forget to use my coupon code below when you place an order at the shop.  Have a nice day and happy crafting!

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Happy shopping and happy crafting!

Check out the amazing design team’s projects today:

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CAS-ual Fridays Stamps – Bushy Tailed and Fox Banner Fri-Dies

It is the third day of the August release by CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and the design team is showcasing the Bushy Tailed stamp set and Fox Banner Fri-Dies.   I don’t know about you but I just adore cute little critters to add to my handmade cards and scrapbook layouts.  Here’s what they look like:

 

 

After stamping my images on some smooth white card stock, I colored them in with my alcohol markers.  I couldn’t find the right color for my little fox but I think it turned out okay int he end.  I die-cut the images with the coordinating dies.

 

I inked up my background using my clouds and hills stencil with distress oxide inks and adhered my little critters on my card base.  I finished my design by stamping the sentiment using my Misti stamping tool.

 

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Isn’t the sentiment so true though?  My friends and I came from different backgrounds but we are so lucky to have each other.  I made a couple of these cards to send to my besties.

 

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I love that all the sentiments fit on the banner stamp.  This stamp set is so versatile the possibilities are endless!

 

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I hope you like my card today.  The August release stamps are available for purchase from August 17th.  Please don’t forget to use my coupon code below when you place an order at the shop.  Have a nice day and happy crafting!

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SO EXCITED about the New Release, so please come back tomorrow for a look at the NEW Nate and Friday set!! THANKS SO MUCH for stopping by and I hope you have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!!  Happy shopping and happy crafting!

 

Check out the amazing design team’s projects today:

Maria L Russell (you are here)

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps – Foxy

It is the second day of the August release by CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and the design team is showcasing the Foxy stamp set.   Wowza!  This stamp set is just amazeballs!  I wish I can draw images like these!  It is just so elegant.

 

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I stamped my image on some Neenah solar white card stock and colored it in with Copic markers.  I felt that this stamp set is just so beautiful that it doesn’t really need anything around it!  It just speaks for itself!  This is why I chose a white on white background.

 

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Don’t you just love this image?  I think this stamp set will also be perfect to create a fall-themed card.  Here’s a little close-up:

 

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I hope you like my project today.  The August release stamps are available for purchase from August 17th.  Please don’t forget to use my coupon code below when you place an order at the shop.  Have a nice day and happy crafting!

 

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SO EXCITED about the New Release, so please come back tomorrow for a look at the NEW Bushy Tailed and Fox Banner Fri-dies!! THANKS SO MUCHfor stopping by and I hope you have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!!  Happy shopping and happy crafting!

Check out the amazing design team’s projects today:

Maria L Russell (you are here)

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps – Be A Unicorn and Unicorn Fri-Die

It is the first day of the August release by CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and the design team is showcasing the Be A Unicorn Stamp Set and Unicorn Fri-Die.   I love, love, love this stamp set!  We are also being featured Partner on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog.  SCT readers will have a chance to win this stamp set and the matching die.  We also have a giveaway so please read below to see how you can enter.

 

I stamped my images on some Neenah Solar White card stock and colored them in with Copic markers.   I die-cut the images with the coordinating die.  For my first card,

 

I die-cut an A2-size piece of colored vellum that I bought from the craft store.  I specifically chose this design because I thought it would go perfectly well with the Unicorn image.  I adhered this piece onto my card base and stamped my sentiment using Versa-mark ink and heat-embossed it with some white embossing powder.  I adhered the Unicorn onto my card.  Here’s my first card:

 

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I just love the simplicity of this card and the way the sentiment popped on the background. Here’s a little close-up.

 

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For my second card, I wanted to create another simple card with a fun pastel-background.  I masked my background using masking paper and used a clouds stencil to ink up my background.  I used three new distress oxide inks for my pastel sky –> Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass and Dusty Concord.  I adhered the scalloped frame from my stash and adhered the unicorn.  To finish my design, I stamped the sentiment.  Here’s my second card:

 

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My friend is crazy about unicorns and she is going to love this birthday card.  Here’s another look:

 

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I hope you like my project today.  The August release stamps are available for purchase from today.  Please don’t forget to use my coupon code below when you place an order at the shop.

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SO EXCITED about the New Release, so please come back tomorrow for a look at the NEW Foxy Set!! THANKS SO MUCHfor stopping by and I hope you have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!!  Happy shopping and happy crafting!

 

Check out the amazing design team’s projects today:

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Just A Little Hello

Howdy Kat Scrappiness fans!  Maria here on the blog today with a simple card, showcasing the Crafter’s Essentials 1 die set.  If you are waiting for this die-set, you are in luck because they are arriving back in stock next week!  If you haven’t ordered this yet, you can now reserve it so that you don’t have to wait again.

To make things easier for me, I started out by choosing a sketch pattern from the Kat Scrappiness site (you can see this photo on the product sample).  I downloaded this sketch and inserted this piece in the envelope with the dies so I can use them for my future projects.  Sometimes, it is helpful to have it when you’re not feeling crafty!  I am having one of those days since the majority of my supplies are currently loaded in a shipping container, en-route to our home in FL.

I die-cut some A2 size card stock with the rounded-edge rectangle die.  I used the same die to die-cut a patterned paper.

I used the long strip die that is included in the set to die-cut another piece of some white card stock (slightly a different color from my card base).  I also used the stars die to die-cut  one pin pink, blue and yellow.

I stamped my images on some Neenah solar white card stock and colored it in with my Copic markers.  I die-cut the image with the coordinating die.  To finish my design, I stamped the sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black ink and used my belli-roll pen to add more details to the images.  Here’s my card:

I love the simplicity of this card.  I didn’t do a lot as you can tell, but it turned out really cute!  This sketch is also perfect to create a “Welcome Baby” card.  Here’s another look:

This Crafter’s Essentials 1 die setis definitely a must-have for any paper crafter.  I think the little stitched star die is just the right size to add to your projects.  I love the stitching details to it as well.

I hope you like my card today.  Please don’t forget to use my coupon code “MARIA10” for 10% off your order at the shop.  Don’t forget to check the clearance section too!  I wish you all a wonderful day!  Happy crafting!

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