Tuesday, October 27, 2015

CASEing Kelly Blog Hop

Aloha and welcome to my little section of the blog hop!
I'm so excited for this fun hop to say a big
MAHALO/Thank You to the the AMAZING 

I love that the tables have turned, and we now get the opportunity
to CASE Kelly!  Talk about some big shoes to fill, but I'm gonna try my best!!

I love Kelly's watercolor work so here are 3 of the cards I chose...

In this card I loved the black outline with the watercolor scribbled in.

I LOVE Kelly's color combination in this card and her added white dots for details.

Kelly's designs are always so well balanced with the bold black stripe matching her
die cut black sentiment...just gorgeous!

So here's my take on her cards...

I attempted three times to capture Kelly's design.
I know you're suppose to CASE 3 cards in 1, but was indecisive in
which one I felt captured Kelly's work...oh the pressure!

I took her design from the first card and used Hero Arts Color Layering Hibiscus.
Instead of using the solid stamp that comes in the set, 
I used the wash of watercolor (from Tim Holtz Distress Markers)
and stamped the next layer with Hero Arts India Ink Black 
and the sentiment is from Hero Arts Hello Flowers.  I loved how Kelly used the black strip
of cardstock to tie in the bold sentiment and in this CASE my hibiscus as well!

I wasn't happy with my washed out colors, because I truly loved Kelly's bold autumn colors in the second card.  So I attempted a second time to get richer colors...

This time I did use the solid layering stamp in Hero Arts Wet Cement and tried
not to water down my distress ink.  I added white dots for detail and actually die cut the sentiment
from Penny Black's Words of Gratitude die set.

And just for fun (because I had some ink left over) I did one more card...

I hope I've made Kelly proud!  A big thank you for all those involved 
in creating such a special blog hop for one special gal!

The blog hop list is below in case you get lost.
Comment along the way for a chance to win some awesome prizes!!

a2z Scrapbooking
Amy Tsuruta 
Brandi Hall
Char Kochensparger
Cindy Chiu
Darnell Knauss
Dawn Turley
Debra James
Deepti Malik
Donna Idlet
Elizabeth Campau
Ellen Haxelmans
Heather Ruwe
Jennifer Loftfield
Joan Bardee
Kara Vrabel
Katie Gehring
Kristie Goulet
Kristina Beagle
Kymona Tracey
Laura Jane
Leigh Penner
Lin Brandyberry
Linda Trace
Lindsay Amrhein
Maria Sabina Raita
Marika Rahtu
Martha Lucia Gomez
Michele Cunningham
Michele Ferguson
Michelle Lupton
Michelle Williams
Monica Maier
that's me------->Niki G.
Nina-Marie Trapani
Rubeena Naz
Shelly Kurth
Taunya Butler
Thordis Dogg
Vera Yates

What is a blog hop without some fun prizes?! Leave a comment by 11:59 pm EDT on Thursday, October 29th along each stop in the hop to increase your chances of winning a prize from one of our sponsors: a2z Scrapbooking, Altenew, Create a Smile Stamps, Dee's Art Impressions, DJ Kard Kreations, Hero Arts, Ink Road, Lia Stampz and Simon Says Stamp,! Winners will be notified by email after October 29th.

As always MAHALO for stopping by!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Critters and Cacti for A2Z Scrapbooking

Today I'm over at A2Z Scrapbooking with a combination of 
Hero Arts stamp sets that is sure to make you smile!

I would love it if you stopped by and left me some comment love!

Here's a little sneaky peek...

I used these fun Hero Arts sets...

Ok!  Hope to see you over at A2Z Scrapbooking!
There's also an awesome sale going on to help kickstart your holiday projects.
Remember that proceeds go towards helping the Behcets and Celiac autoimmune communities.
Use code "NICKI15" for 15% off your entire purchase!
Happy Friday and have a great weekend!!
Mahalo for stopping by!!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A Kid Christmas Card for A Blog Named Hero

I LOVE everything bright and cheery and if I can put a rainbow on it...
even better!

Today's card is for the latest A Blog Named Hero Challenge:

I decided to make a Christmas card filled with color
perfect for any kid!

I used one of my FAVORITE stamp sets from the Hero Arts Holiday catalog
Merry Cactus To You inked up in Lawn Fawn inks.
(Lawn Fawn inks work PERFECTLY with solid stamps)
I created a scene to make the penguin from Lawn Fawn's Toboggan Together set look like
he was placing the star on the top of the cactus!

I first inked up the pots and stamped them upside down to create a pile of pots
for the penguin to stand on.
Then I stamped the cactus and colored in copics.
I die cut the scene with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die and
then adhered to a panel die cut with Lawn Fawn's Scalloped Rectangle Stackables using
Lawn Fawn's Let's Bokeh in the Snow pattern paper.
The cream colored bokeh pattern paper is also from the same paper pad.
Lastly the sentiment was stamped up from Lawn Fawn's Let's Bokeh set.

Here's a close up...

That's my card for today!
I hope you'll join our challenge for your chance to win a

A big shoutout to Simon Says Stamps for being our generous sponsor and
of course Lawn Fawn  for letting us play with their amazing products this month!

Can't wait to see what you all create!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Quick and Easy Coloring of Christmas Lights!

Aloha and happy Sunday friends!
I'm over at A Blog Named Hero sharing a fun and colorful card featuring
Hero Arts and Lawn Fawn!!

I combined both of these sets...

Here's a little sneaky peek of how the card began.
Using a sponge dauber and Lawn Fawn ink allows for fast coloring of the sweet light bulbs!

It would be so awesome if you hopped on over to see the completed card!
It was a really fun collaboration!!

Mahalo for stopping by!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Warm and Cozy for A2Z Scrapbooking Blog and WINNER

It's almost that time of the year friends!
Today I'm over at the A2Z Scrapbooking Blog.
I've got a sweet Christmas card using this fun stamp set

You definitely don't have to be a baker to use this set for all kind of things!
I imagine I'll be using this a lot on tags, cards and goodie bags.

I would love it if you would hop on over to A2Z Scrapbooking
to check out the card and leave me some comment love!

And now for the WINNER of my coffee lover's blog hop post...
I've sent you an email!
to receive a $20 gift code to A2Z Scrapbooking!!

Thanks so much to everyone who leaves comments on my posts.
It truly means so much!
Don't forget the A2Z Scrapbooking Store has tons of Hero Arts supplies
 perfect for all your projects!

Use code Nicki15 for 15% off your entire purchase.  You can even make special requests if you don't see something you want!  

Mahalo for stopping by!!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Two A-MAIZE-ING Companies

Aloha friends!
I'm over at A Blog Named Hero  today and would love
to have you hop on over!!
This month we are collaborating with thee awesome and amazing

I'm using this fun set

and have a really quick and cool way to make a wood pattern
on a die cut using the Hero Arts Sand to Chocolate Brown ombre ink pad!

Don't forget there's still time to enter my GIVEAWAY.
For details see HERE.

Mahalo for stopping by!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Please Send Coffee and GIVEAWAY

TGIF friends!!!

ok and just to clarify my first favorite F-word is FREE...hahaha!

Okey dokey, down to the wire to get my second card in for 

I was totally having a blast with hopping around and was so happy to see
 Halloween cards (my fave holiday!) so I decided to make one myself!

The background was stamped with the latest Hero Arts Kelly's Coffee and Donuts
For us coffee lovers this set is a must have with such fun sentiments and cute images!
I thought the little Lawn Fawn Franken-boo (colored in copics) 
from the set Booyah, would be perfect for the sentiment
"please send coffee."
The oval was embossed with an embossing folder and
then I used a new-to-me item StazOn Studio Glaze!
It's a pretty cool medium in that it highlights the embossed areas
and gives it a cool glazed/glossy look for a bit of shine.
I just used a palette knife to spread over the entire surface and it dries pretty quickly!
For a bit more color I added on the orange polka dot panel from 
Lawn Trimmings in Spooky which is a hemp twine with 3 different colors...so fun!!

Here's a closeup...

I totally giggled at this card adding all the little details.
Do you like the little spider on the mug?!

All right folks...that's it for me!  

I would love it if you would follow me here, on Instagram, and/or Flickr
and in return I have a $20 gift code
GIVEAWAY to A2Z Scrapbooking
(one of the sponsors for the Fall Coffee Lover's Blog Hop)
I fully support this store as proceeds go towards 
auto immune disease communities such as
Behcets and Celiac Disease.  
Don't want to wait for the giveaway? 
Go to the store by clicking on the link above
and use code Nicki15 for 15% off your entire order!

Mahalo for stopping by!!

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