Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Lunch Box Notes for Kitty Bee Designs

Yay for Wednesday!

Today I'm over at Kitty Bee Designs showing off these fun
lunch box notes I made for the kiddos.
Can you believe they actually questioned how come they didn't have any yet for the school year?
Oops...didn't even know they cared...haha

These were super easy to make.  I took a die from Avery Elle Wonky Stitches Die
and scored in half to create a card.
Stamped out that sweet Bun I Coloring in Hero Hues India Ink Black (perfect for watercoloring).
Then took out some Distress Markers and colored away.
My son loves red and my daughter blue so it was easy to come up with a color theme.
Added some baker's twine from my stash and voila!
Easy peasy lunch box notes!!

Stop by Kitty Bee Designs for more cute images
 including digis that you can play with right away!

Mahalo for stopping by!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

It's Shaker time over at A2Z Scrapbooking!

Can you believe it's September already?!
We're shaking things up over at 

A2Z Scrapbooking
Our next challenge is to make a shaker card using some Hero Arts products!
Come join the fun for your chance to win a  $25 gift certificate to the store.
They specialize in everything Hero Arts, but they also take requests for items that you don't see.
You can even use code Nicki15 for 15% off your entire order!!

Here's my shaker...

I first took Hero Arts Layering paper and die cut out a square
for my shaker window.
I used that sweet pig image from Hero Arts Playful Animals (stamped out twice)
so I could cut out it's head and pop up on foam tape to create a little
head tilt to talk on the phone (from Hero Arts Friends with Lia).
The phone was covered in glossy accents for an old
fashioned look and I hand drew in the coils to connect the phone.
The sentiment was inked up in Hero Arts Ombre Ink Gray to Black on the inside of the card.
I lined the back side of the card front with acetate, filled with Doodlebug Sequins, placed
another layer of acetate and sealed with washi tape.
Then to cover up I added another panel with a die cut square to cover up the washi taped edges.

Here's a closeup...

Come play along with us over at
A2Z Scrapbooking
and show us your shaker project!

Mahalo for stopping by!!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Let's Bokeh with Lawn Fawn Inks!

Happy Sunday friends!
What a Saturday I had crafting away with the latest Lawn Fawn release!!
So happy to have received my preorder super quick from
 I highly recommend shopping there for quick, friendly service with
 oh so many things to choose from.

The hubby has blessed me with ALL the Lawn Fawn inks
because I have been raving about them from the beginning!
They stamp crisp, can be used for watercoloring and with varying shades
make a super pretty bokeh effect.
tip: for the larger solid stamps ink in lightest color saving the darker
colors for the smaller image to create a cool bokeh effect.

Check it out...

I have a new record for the amount of cards I made in one day!
Besides the Let's Bokeh set I used most of 
the Lawn Fawn Scripty Word dies and each panel was die cut
with Lawn Fawn's latest Scalloped  Rectangle Stackables dies.

Here they are...

the reds

the oranges/yellows

the greens

the blues (my FAVE)

the purples

That completes the cards I made for the day!  
Thanks so much for hanging in there
while I shared my super crafty Saturday with you.
Questions or comments are always appreciated.  Would love to hear your 
thoughts on any fun releases you all are enjoying?

MAHALO for stopping by!

Friday, August 28, 2015

TGIF with A Birthday Cactus

TGIF Friends!

With Lawn Fawn's newest release out, I decided to start looking
at some of the stamps I hadn't played with since the last release.
I'm a HUGE Lawn Fawn fan (if you already didn't know) so to have untouched
Lawn Fawn stamps is sacrilege...LOL!

On to today's card...

I love all the little images from Party Animal and paired them up with
Stuck on You.  The cactus and pot are solid stamps and Lawn Fawn inks are
PERFECT for solid stamps.  I layered the cactus with Celery Stick and Fresh Cut Grass
using the rock n roll technique for a bit of shading.  You can see it better with the
pot using Peacock with Deep Sea on the pretty!
The little images were colored with copics, die cut and adhered with foam tape on
the die cut stitched oval also from Lawn Fawn.
All the pattern paper is from Lawn Fawn's Sweater Weather collection.
Lastly the sentiment was heat embossed using Hero Arts White Embossing Powder.

Here's a closeup...

Cute right?!
I wanted to join the fun over at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes!

Mahalo for stopping by!!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Stamping on Cork for A2Z Scrapbooking

Happy Sunday folks!
Today I'm over at the A2Z Scrapbooking blog to share a card
perfect for our latest challenge Texture.

Here's a little sneaky peek...

using these fun stamp sets over at the A2Z Scrapbooking store

I would love it if you stopped on by to see the finished card!
Don't forget the holidays are right around the corner and A2Z Scrapbooking has
 the latest Hero Arts release!  Don't see what you're looking for?  They take requests!
You can use code Nicki15 for 15% off entire purchase and best of all proceeds go 
to help the Behcets and Celiac communities!!


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Keeping it CAS for A Blog Named Hero

Aloha friends!
A Blog Named Hero has a new challenge that starts today.

Here's the card...

This month we're collaborating with

and I got to play with the cute set Send Pretty Mail.

I tried to keep a lot of white space and create a crisp edge
with masking an oval die.

I first stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts Friends by Lia, then
stamped those pretty flowers (colored with copics) from Neat and Tangled all around the edges.
To give a more defined edge I used a round blending tool for some green shading.
The panel was then adhered to Hero Arts Sunshine Layering paper.
I love Hero Arts cardstock (nice and sturdy) with a white finished inside perfect for letter writing!

I love challenges because it gets me out of my comfort zone!
I hope you'll join us for your chance to win a 

Mahalo for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Die Cut Embossing

Aloha gang!
Happy Hump Day!!

I had some time this morning and I've been dying to play with the latest
My Favorite Things release!

A while back, I won the Wild Greenery dies from one of the many
My Favorite Things giveaways!  I die cut some leaves to create a tone on tone background 
and create an embossed look. 
I was inspired by the latest MFT Sketch to join in on their fun challenge.

The leaves seemed a little too muted so I used Hero Arts Mint to Green ombre inks
to distress the edges for a bit of pop!
Once all the leaves were inked up and glued down, 
I die cut the oval in the center.

I combined the plumerias and the ukulele to be able to give this card
to male or female when needed.
I love stamps with coordinating dies, but was a little worried about
the MFT dies.  Here's a tip...
 die cut the images first then use a stamp press/MISTI to line up the stamps perfectly.
(or if you're like me and already stamped and copic colored the images, use the best lighting
and hold up your colored images to the light.  You'll be able to line up the die with your stamped image!  Also use those little pinholes in the dies to visualize the images' edge.)

Here's the card...

The images were adhered with foam tape and die cut leaves were adhered with
multi matte medium glue.  I used images from Polynesian Paradise and Tiki Party.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these sets!

As always MAHALO for stopping by!

More to Love!