Festive Friday: Lattice & Rose For Any Occasion

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Welcome back for another Festive Friday!

It seems like every time I check the calendar, it’s time for another Festive Friday challenge! We’ve got a pretty predictable challenge this round – since Mother’s Day is coming up soon. Why not get ready ahead of time and whip up a project for the Moms in your life and then link up with us?!

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Looking for ideas – here’s a few:

  • Go for all the options and create a beautiful pink Mother’s Day project! It could be a card, a scrapbook page, home decor, gift packaging – anything!
  • Mom not a fan of pink? Set the hue aside and go for her favorites to make it the perfect project 
  • Have other plans for the festivity? Hone in on the color instead and see what kind of fun designs you can create with shades of this flirty, fun member of the color wheel!
  • CASE one of the DT projects and add your own twist to our designs. Of course, if you blog about it, we would love for you to mention the Designer as your inspiration for your project. Here’s links to all of the Designers:

Here’s my take:

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Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

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Stamps: Painted Flowers (Altenew)
Paper: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ – Solar White 110lb (Neenah), scraps of Solar White 80lb (Neenah)
Inks: Nocturne Versafine Clair( Tsukineko), Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide (Ranger), Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide (Ranger), Frosty Pink (Altenew), Coral Berry (Altenew), Olive (Altenew), Moss (Altenew)
Accessories: Antique Gold Ink Spray (Altenew)
Other: Big Shot (Sizzix), Creative Backgrounds Dies (Sizzix), Wendy Vecchi STAY-tion, Blending Brushes (Amazon)

Party Plan

(your step-by-step guide to CASE-ing this design – click the images for a larger slideshow)

  1. Score your card base at 4 1/4″.
  2. Blend in Picked Raspberry from the top, down 1/3rd. Blend in Worn Lipstick in the center – fading to white.
  3. Splatter Altenew Antique Gold Spray on the blended card base and allow to dry.
  4. Align the Creative Background die towards the top of the card base. Use the Wendy Vecchi STAY-tion to help align the die to the base and then secure it with some Post-its. (Check out the picture to see how I dd this).
  5. Finish the diecutting – don’t forget to open the card so you don’t cut through the back of the base!
  6. Stamp and diecut any number of flowers and leaves from the Painted Flowers stamp set.
  7. Assemble a small bouquet of flowers and adhere to the finished card base.
  8. Add a sentiment if desired.

Now it’s your turn to link up!

Now that you’re all inspired, what will you create? The clock is ticking away for #FF0032 and we want to see your design. Link up your project over at Festive Friday and you might just be named a Festive Fave!

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AECP: Level 3 Final – a Live Class

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AECP: A Floral Card for Any Occasion

Floral cards are great for any occasion.
I love it when I can craft up a design that will accommodate any sentiment. I find that lots of floral designs fit that category.

How to make a Watercolor Rose Diecut Card

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge. DT members provide written or video instructions for their projects each challenge! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

You can make today’s card in about 5 minutes!

Sometimes being a cardmaker has nothing to do with stamping or sentiments. My card for Festive Friday doesn’t have either! It’s a great card to introduce new cardmakers to watercolors and diecutting. So, let’s take a look!

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How exciting that winter is almost over! That’s why we’re celebrating SPRING over at Festive Friday! The perfect pairing is the color Green. Of course you can choose to do one or the other, or both when you link up with us this challenge.

Looking for ideas – here’s a few:

  • CASE one of the DT projects and add your own twist to our designs. Of course, if you blog about it, we would love for you to mention the Designer as your inspiration for your project.
  • Pull out your favorite floral stamps. If they haven’t been your go-to because of the weather, now’s the time to reacquaint yourself!
  • A fun design with sunshine and fuzzy spring animals is totally an option!
  • Thinking more about St. Patrick’s Day? Go for the green and maybe a leprechaun or two!

Here’s my take:

Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to qualify for my monthly giveaway!

Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

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Stamps: None
Paper: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ – Solar White 110lb (Neenah), 2 – 5″ x 6″ cold press watercolor card (Strathmore)
Inks: Any water-based inks
Accessories: None
Other: Heat Tool (to speed up drying), Blossom Cover A & B (Altenew), Big Shot (Sizzix), Aquapainter or watercolor brush & water

Party Plan

Today’s Party Plan is in the form of a video. Enjoy!

Now it’s your turn to link up!

Now that you’re all inspired, what will you create? The clock is ticking away for #FF0029 and we want to see your design. Link up your project over at Festive Friday and you might just be named a Festive Fave!

Don’t Forget about the GIVEAWAY!

Every month, I give away a sweet surprise to one lucky commenter. So, don’t forget to leave a COMMENT on today’s post to enter!

If you loved today’s project, I’d love to know! The blogosphere can be a lonely place, so please don’t lurk! Leave a quick word or two to tell me you were here!

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AECP: Level 3 Final – a Live Class

This is IT!
Strap in, people! This post is LOOONNGG and filled with lots of pics. We’re taking a look into Friday’s Altenew Educator Level 3 Final Challenge – my live class, and it was a good one!

AECP: A Floral Card for Any Occasion

Floral cards are great for any occasion.
I love it when I can craft up a design that will accommodate any sentiment. I find that lots of floral designs fit that category.

Festive Friday: Panda Party

Let’s get FESTIVE! Did you know that March 16th is National Panda Day?

We warned you that we’d be featuring some not-so-traditional festivities over at Festive Friday. Here’s the first one!

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Do we really expect you to send a card to someone for National Panda Day? Of course not! (Though it would be funny to send one to your local zoo, or maybe to a friend who really, really loves these cuddly creatures!)

BUT, we do think that a lot of inspiration can be taken from the idea of “panda”. Do you have the cutest panda stamp? How about some designer paper? Do you see a pattern or a design that makes you think of pandas? How about a scrapbook page of that time you went to the zoo?

See – It’s easy to get inspired by this challenge’s festivity. Of course, you could just go for Black & White and totally ignore the panda part. Either way, we’re ok with that. That’s the beauty of an “and/or” challenge!

We’d love to have you play along with us, so don’t forget to create something and link up with us.

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For the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0003). Featuring: 2018 SAB Panda Party Stamp Set, Pick a Pattern Washi Tape, Sparkle TIEF. For more details, click through. #nicolewatt #pmretreat #stampinup #nosentiment #panda #handstamped

This time, I decided to use the “and” option, focusing on adding this adorable panda to the design, along with a Black & White color palette.

The only additional color is the teeny tiny heart on the envelope – colored in with a Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker (use the pen end, not the brush end!), and some hints of Smoky Slate from my Light Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blend to give the panda some shading. Those markers are just perfect for adding that kind of dimension, depth and detail to stamped images.

Here’s the PDF for you to use for free! Don’t forget to play along with Festive Friday and share your take on this week’s challenge.

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AECP: Level 3 Final – a Live Class

This is IT!
Strap in, people! This post is LOOONNGG and filled with lots of pics. We’re taking a look into Friday’s Altenew Educator Level 3 Final Challenge – my live class, and it was a good one!

AECP: A Floral Card for Any Occasion

Floral cards are great for any occasion.
I love it when I can craft up a design that will accommodate any sentiment. I find that lots of floral designs fit that category.

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    "I love this! I have a hard time getting color combos together and this takes all the guess work out so I can start creating right away! I think every stamper should have one thank you for this amazing product." - Sandra

2 Minutes to Finish (2M2F) – Santa’s Sleigh

On the lookout for a quick holiday card this year? There’s nothing quicker than a 2 Minutes to Finish design!

Sometimes you just need a few extra cards to send out during the holidays, or perhaps just something quick and simple to do all of them (sending 100 you say?) That means that sometimes stamping is just too much!  I know it sounds crazy, but it’s totally possible. And, we’ll use the latest Tic Tac Toe Challenge board to get started.

Play along at the Tic Tac Toe Challenge - Inspiring you 8-ways each week! Find us @tttchallenge or tictactoechallenge.com. New challenges every Thursday!

There were so many great options from this week’s board! But, to keep it simple and quick, I went with the bottom row – Sparkle, No Sentiment, Die Cut.

For the Tic Tac Toe Challenge (#TTTC018). Featuring: Santa's Sleigh stamp set, Santa's Sleigh Thinlits dies, Stitched Shapes Framelits. For more details and a video to make this design, click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #holidays #deer #reindeer #nosentiment #handstamped

A lot of what I share here, and the cards I make for my classes usually have quite a few steps, and are often “wow” cards. BUT, there’s always a need for that quick and simple card that you can put together in just a few minutes, but that still looks clean and polished (and not rushed).

2 Minutes to Finish is a video series that dials all of that back and gets you creating in just a few minutes. The goal is to create a card in 2-3 minutes that has a nice, professional look, but that doesn’t take any time at all! Let’s check out today’s video!

Two down, 98 to go! With this design, I’ll be done well before Thanksgiving! (the American one, not the Canadian one!!)

I hope you enjoyed my Tic Tac Toe Challenge inspiration today, and that you play along with us this week!

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Don't Forget about my MONTHLY GIVEAWAY!

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AECP: Level 3 Final – a Live Class

This is IT!
Strap in, people! This post is LOOONNGG and filled with lots of pics. We’re taking a look into Friday’s Altenew Educator Level 3 Final Challenge – my live class, and it was a good one!

AECP: A Floral Card for Any Occasion

Floral cards are great for any occasion.
I love it when I can craft up a design that will accommodate any sentiment. I find that lots of floral designs fit that category.

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Practicing Some Watercolor for PPA 286

I can’t believe it’s been another two weeks! Where does the time go? I feel like I’m falling down here sharing everything that I want to share with you all. But, hang tight, I know that I’ll get back on track. Do you ever feel that way? So much to do, so little time?! All we can do is our best, I guess. So, my best for the blog this week is to share the next Pals Paper Arts challenge! Pals Paper Arts 286 - play with us today! (www.palspaperarts.com) I LOVE this challenging angle. And, it’s not as hard as you might think. Here’s my take on Linda’s sketch:

By Nicole Watt for Pals Paper Arts (PPA286): Flowering Fields, Aqua Painters, Wink of Stella Clear; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #floral

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Give Angles a Try!

Are you scratching your head over the angle in this week’s sketch? If you notice the other designer’s cards, you’ll see that we’ve all got a bit of a different angle going on, and that’s ok! Here’s how I did it: I cut the DSP to 4 x 5.25, just like I would for any other background piece. Then, I picked an angle and cut that piece of DSP in half. To make the space in between the two pieces, I cut off 1/2″ from the top, flat edge of one of the pieces. Then, when I glued it to the base card, The two pieces of DSP were lined up to leave the same amount of space at the top and the bottom, making the extra space at an angle between the two. Does that make sense? If not, I’ll have to make a video for you when I get back home next week. If you have questions between now and then, leave them in the comments, ok?!

Practice makes perfect:

A few weeks ago, I was at a local Demonstrator’s quarterly event, and one of the Demos shared a different way of watercoloring, which I decided to practice on today’s design. Normally, stampers use a water-resistant ink, then coloring in the design with Aqua Painters. For a more realistic watercolor look, just stamp the design using the colors you want the final image to be. For example, stamp the leaves in a shade of green. Then, use an Aqua Painter to apply water and get the image outline to blend like watercoloring. To get the leaves green, and the flower purple, use Stampin’ Write markers to color your stamps.

Sometimes There Are No Words

And that’s ok! Sometimes it’s really nice to have just a beautiful card that you can use for any occasion. I know some people that like to leave the sentiment off until they decide to use the card, then add some words later. Or, you could just let the inside message say everything.

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Calling All Creatives!

It’s your turn to play along with the Pals! What will you design using this week’s sketch? Remember, it doesn’t have to be exact – just use the sketch as a guideline and see where it takes you! You can post to a blog, sites like SplitCoast Stampers, or even Pinterest, then link back to the challenge!

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