Festive Friday: Happy Happy Happy (Mail)

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

My New Year’s Resolution Is….

It’s here! That time of year that we reflect on what was and hope for what could be. Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? I’m not big on calling them “resolutions”, or tying them to New Year’s as I always feel like they never last. So, instead, I think throughout the year about things I want to improve, and I work them in, piece by piece as I have time, energy and willingness to do so.¬†

For instance, I wanted to be more physically active, so I worked to increase my weekly workout frequency this year. I ended up working out 170 times this year (not including all the days I golfed), which is fantastic! But, I can do better ūüėÄ So, that’s what I’m resolving to do in 2019!

One other goal is to send more cards! This aligns with my blogging and business changes. Instead of making tons of cards for nobody in particular, I’m making less cards, but always with someone in mind! Having a reason for the card makes it easier to design, and sometimes, quicker to make.

That’s what the new challenge at¬†Festive Friday is all about! How many times do you save a text or an email? Probably not very often. But, when you get a letter or a card in the mail, I bet you hang on to it. So, let’s celebrate the good ‘ol fashioned art of letter writing! That basically means you can make ANY card for this challenge. When you share your design on your blog or Pinterest page, be sure to share who it’s for.

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

Looking for ideas ‚Äď here‚Äôs a few:

  • Make up some New Year’s cards to catch those folks that missed out on your Holiday cards.
  • Work up your January birthday cards and get ready to send them out, on time! LOL!!
  • Send a card for no reason – just to say Hi! Don’t you love good surprises from your mailbox? I know I do!

Here’s my take:

For the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0024). Featuring: Lawn Fawn - Happy Happy Happy, Perfectly Plaid Chill patterned paper, Prima - Watercolor Confections - Tropicals, Heffy Doodle - Imperial Stitched Rectangles #nicolewatt #pmretreat #happymail #justbecause #lawnfawn

Don’t forget – we changed the challenge a bit. Instead of collecting points for prizes (which didn’t really catch on so well), the DT members will provide a tutorial post in the form of instructions and pictures, or a video. Yea! Instant CASE-worthy projects that you can Pin for reference! So, be sure to stop by at the other DT blogs to see their projects and instructions. Let’s get on to the Party Plan!

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: Happy, Happy, Happy (Lawn Fawn), 
Paper:¬†8 1/2‚Ä≥ x 5 1/2″ – Solar White 110lb (Neenah), 3 3/4″ x 5″ Perfectly Plaid Chill (Lawn Fawn), 3 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ – Blue Jay CS (Lawn Fawn), 3 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ – Watercolor Paper (Canson 140lb)
Inks: Watercolor Confections РTropicals (Prima), Jet Black (Staz-on), Copics (C01, C03, Y13), Sharpie Pen (Thin Line), 
Accessories:¬†3/8″ Crumb Cake ribbon (Stampin’ Up!)
Other: Big Shot, Stamp Positioner and/or acrylic blocks, Heffy Doodle Imperial Stitched Rectangle dies

Party Plan

(your step-by-step guide to CASE-ing this design)

  1. Score your card base at 4 1/4″.
  2. Diecut the plaid paper with the 2nd largest stitched rectangle die.Adhere to card base. Set aside.
  3. Diecut the watercolor paper with the 4th largest rectangle die.
  4. Draw an envelope on a scrap piece of white cardstock. I just used a ruler to make the top and bottom, then freehanded the rest of the lines. It doesn’t need to be perfect – and probably looks better that it isn’t!
  5. Color in the lower part of the envelope to provide some shading, I used C1 and C3 Copic Sketch markers. Then, fussy-cut the envelope.
  1. Apply a blue watercolor wash to the stitched rectangle watercolor piece. Air dry or heat dry.
  2. Add plain water spatter to the wash and pick up with a paper towel. This will leave waterspots and extra dimension.
  3. For the last layer, spatter on some Frost White All Purpose Ink. Air dry or heat dry. If you heat dry, be careful to not let the All Purpose Ink bubble up.
  1. Stamp the sentiment in Staz-on. Using a stamp positioner is a good idea so it can be stamped a few times to fill in the watercolor paper texture.
  2. Adhere the finished watercolor panel to the Blue Jay cardstock layer.
  3. Add the fussy-cut envelope to the sentiment element.
  4. Add a small flag of crumb cake ribbon – use mini glue dots to adhere.
  5. Adhere the finished panel to the card base using pop-up foam.

PS: At the last minute, I decided to stamp the little smiley face from the stamp set on the back of the envelope and color it in with a yellow (Y13) Copic. I love the way it pulls in the yellow from the patterned paper!

Now it’s your turn to link up!

Now that you’re all inspired, what will you create? The clock is ticking away for #FF0024 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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Festive Friday: Wine & Friends

Is there seriously anything better than a glass of wine?

How about Wine & Friends!!! Yes! Sitting out on a back deck on a late Spring evening. Sharing stories – Laughing – Unwinding from the week… sounds like something you might even be doing tonight!

My project today was inspired by our newest Festive Friday challenge board. We found a fun “holiday” coming up on May 25th – WINE DAY!! (As if¬†anybody¬†needs an excuse!)

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge - Earn Fest Points for free stuff! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

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I’m still focusing on the new Share What You Love bundle, so I came up with a creative way to work in wine and watercolor for my challenge inspiration design.

For the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0008). Featuring: Share What You Love suite. For more details, click through. #nicolewatt #pmretreat #stampinup #friends #wine #watercolor #handstamped

Love it? I thought it was a totally fun and inspired design using this new suite of products. Everything is available right now as a part of the new Annual Catalog pre-release! What you don’t see is that the background DSP (designer series paper) has pearl embossing on the little flowers. It is the best bit of subtle bling ever!

And, no, that wine stain is NOT a stamp! How did I do it then? Weeeellll – to find out, I’ll be¬†doing a quick tutorial on my weekly Facebook Live broadcast (Running With Scissors) at the Paper Party group. So, join up and check out next Tuesday’s broadcast (6PM Central).

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The eclipse technique is super fun and not too difficult, but I created a riff on the technique, I’m calling a faux-clipse.

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It’s coming!
Spring is trying so hard to melt all the snow here in East Nebraska – but, it’s coming! Soon, the grass will be growing and little plants will be pushing up from the ground. Why not add to the anticipation with a lovely, but simple, faceted floral design, courtesy of Concord & 9th!

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On the CASE: Color Theory M&M

We’re On the CASE again!

Ann and I are winding down our last few 2017-18 CASEs. There’s still so many projects in the annual catalog – we just couldn’t get to them all! But, we did get through a lot and look forward to all new designs in the new Annual Catalog!

It’s been a harrowing 2 weeks with a death in the family, so I needed something quick and simple.

Enter Memories & More. With their pre-printed sentiments and various stickers and fun patterned cards, it’s simple to put together a design in a jiffy without any stamping!

For On the CASE with Ann & Nicole (April 2018 - Color Theory - 2017-18 Annual Catalog). Featuring, Color Theory Memories & More. For more details including tips for CASE-ing this card , click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #hello #friend #handstamped

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!

Stamps: None
Paper:¬†Thick Whisper White Cardstock (8 1/2‚Ä≥ x 5 1/2″), Crumb Cake Cardstock (4 1/4‚Ä≥ x 5 1/2‚Ä≥)
Inks: None
Accessories: Color Theory Memories & More card pack, Linen Thread
Other: None

On the CASE Notes

(your step-by-step guide)

  1. Score your card base at 4 1/4″. Fold and burnish the edge with a bone folder.
  2. Adhere Crumb Cake cardstock to card base.
  3. Select the pictured Memories & More cards and sticker sheet.
  4. Cut polka dot card in half. Adhere to either side of the card base.
  5. Adhere circular sticker as shown.
  1. Add linen thread and¬†flower panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals
  2. Adhere sentiment stickers & linen thread bow.

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 1 out of 5 -If you need quick and easy – this is your card! Using the Memories & More card packs to create greeting cards instead of scrapbook pages is genius! You can use the sticker words, or any of the cards that have pre-printed sentiments to whip up a quick design in no time! The great thing? Nobody has to know that you didn’t actually stamp! It’ll be our secret!!

We’ll be On the CASE again in 2 weeks! Until then…

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AECP: Faux-clipse Thank You Card

Don’t you just love the eclipse technique? How about the faux-clipse?
The eclipse technique is super fun and not too difficult, but I created a riff on the technique, I’m calling a faux-clipse.

On the CASE: Faceted Flower

It’s coming!
Spring is trying so hard to melt all the snow here in East Nebraska – but, it’s coming! Soon, the grass will be growing and little plants will be pushing up from the ground. Why not add to the anticipation with a lovely, but simple, faceted floral design, courtesy of Concord & 9th!

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I took my project over the top today with a combination of Copic and Polychromos pencil coloring. I am not embarassed to say that the elements took me about 90 minutes to color.

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Eastern Beauty: Bright Smile

Are you a color-phobe? Do you avoid bright, bold colors and patterns?

I certainly do! But, I’m working on introducing more of both into my life – in clothes, home design and in my card-making. Enter Eastern Palace!
I dabbled with this Annual Catalog product suite when the catalog came out almost a year ago.

Honestly, the Tranquil Tide and Dapper Denim combo was just too much Regal for me…. but, there’s so much else to love about the DSP (especially Lemon Lime Twist!) that I knew I had to give it another try!

Today’s card was designed for Tic Tac Toe Challenge. Design Team O is up this week with another fun challenge board.

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

 

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

For the Tic Tac Toe Challenge (#TTTC038). Featuring: Eastern Palace product suite (Eastern Beauty Bundle, Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers, Mini Tassels Assortment, Eastern Palace DSP), Very Vanilla Notecards & Envelopes. Earn Pixel Points towards free tutorials and other products! For more details click through. #pmretreat #nicolewatt #stampinup #hello #friend #smile #handstamped

I opted for the diagonal this week: Green, Sparkle, Happy.

Is Lemon Lime Twist green or yellow? I guess it’s either! But I always see it as more green than yellow. Especially when paired with blues.

Does the tassel qualify as “sparkle” – Definitely! That gold tassel is just too much fun, and oh, so easy to use. The 1/8″ hole punch is the perfect size to slip the metal ring through. Just don’t go too far from the edge of your element. There’s some sparkle in that 1/4″ Natural Trim too. See it peeking out there?

And lastly, Happy. That sentiment is definitely one of “happiness”. It’s perfect for a friend, or any loved one. People who hold a place in your heart should always bring a smile to your face! But that pattern – oh, that DSP makes me soooo happy! I L-O-V-E the medallion pattern. It’s a very popular shape right now. I’m sure you have seen all the tile backsplashes and wallpaper using similar patterns.

 

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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!

Share and Inspire Someone Today!

AECP: Faux-clipse Thank You Card

Don’t you just love the eclipse technique? How about the faux-clipse?
The eclipse technique is super fun and not too difficult, but I created a riff on the technique, I’m calling a faux-clipse.

On the CASE: Faceted Flower

It’s coming!
Spring is trying so hard to melt all the snow here in East Nebraska – but, it’s coming! Soon, the grass will be growing and little plants will be pushing up from the ground. Why not add to the anticipation with a lovely, but simple, faceted floral design, courtesy of Concord & 9th!

AECP: Build a Garden Scene Card

It’s time to chillax with some coloring!
I took my project over the top today with a combination of Copic and Polychromos pencil coloring. I am not embarassed to say that the elements took me about 90 minutes to color.

The Latest...

  • FREEBIES!!!¬†There's no catch - check out my Freebies Page for all sorts of downloadable resources to help take your crafting up a notch!
  • Need a Color Coordinator to inspire color choices for your projects? Get yours today! "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

On the CASE: Coffee Café

Have you sleuthed through the catalog lately? Perhaps to recreate a project you just love? I felt like a real detective for this week’s On the CASE – I’ll tell you why…

I stared, and stared, and compared cardstock for my CASE file this week. I was truly perplexed!! It was clear to me that the base card color was not the same as the cardstock used for the sentiment. What shade of brown could that be? Soft Suede? Too dark. Sahara Sand? Too gray. There was also a mysterious texture/pattern to the paper. What could it be?! At that moment, I was hoping that Ann was having an easier time with her CASE file!

Then – I saw it! Look close at the picture below and check out the crease at the top of the card. It’s not perfectly scored! There’s some cracking going on there. Something you would¬†never see in a Stampin’ Up! catalog sample! Then, it dawned on me!! It was CARDBOARD!! No matter how you might try to score it, cardboard generally cracks like that. So, I hauled out my stash of cardboard to find just the right piece. (I have a LOT of cardboard!)

I did use a Thick Whisper White card base as I like to have a nice, smooth surface for writing on – but, the cardboard worked great! So, let’s put this CASE together!

Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Coffee Café
Paper:¬†Thick Whisper White Cardstock (8 1/2‚Ä≥ x 5 1/2″), Cardboard (4 1/4‚Ä≥ x 5 1/2‚Ä≥), Crumb Cake Cardstock (2″ x 3″),¬† Coffee Break DSP: Coffee pot/cup pattern (3″ x 4 1/2″), cup ring pattern (2 1/4″ x 3 1/2″), bean tree pattern (1 1/2″ x 3 3/4″), heart pattern (1 x 3 1/2), and 2 coffee cups.
Inks: Early Espresso
Accessories: Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon, Linen Thread, Corrugated Elements
Other: Big Shot, Coffee Cups Framelits Dies

On the CASE Notes

(your step-by-step guide)

  1. Score your card base at 4 1/4″. Fold and burnish the edge with a bone folder.
  2. Stamp the sentiment on the 2″ piece of Crumb Cake. Make a small mark at the bottom center. Then cut from either side to create the flag end. (I tried the Triple Banner Punch, but it was too severe of an angle).
  3. Use two small pieces (approx 3 inches each) of the Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon and create two zig-zags as shown. Placing a glue dot at each bend will keep the zig-zag shape. (I didn’t have the Classic Weave Ribbon, so I used Powder Pink Shimmer Ribbon)
  1. Adhere the ribbon pieces to the back of the coffee cup/pot DSP panel as shown.
  2. Assemble the card base:
    • Adhere the piece of cardboard to the card base.
    • Crinkle the edges of the coffee cup/pot DSP panel. Adhere.
    • Crinkle the coffee ring DSP panel. Adhere
    • Cut a shallow flag end on the coffee plant DSP. Adhere.
    • Tear the ends off the heart DSP. Adhere.
    • Adhere the sentiment!
  1. Fussy cut or use the Coffee Cups Framelits to cut out two coffee cups.
  2. Create a bow with two 10″ pieces of Linen Twine.
  3. Adhere the bow with a glue dot.
  4. Adhere the corrugated heart.
  5. Adhere the coffee cups, popping the top one up with a Stampin’ Dimensional.

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 2 out of 5 –¬†Once I figured out the cardboard trick, the rest was just about eyeballing the measurements, 2 seconds of stamping and some quick die-cutting. Layers always make for a lush-looking design, but really, with our coordinating DSP – it couldn’t be easier! This card can be whipped up faster than a Pumpkin Spice Latte at your favorite coffee bar!

We hope our projects today inspired you to try CASE-ing the catalog too!¬†We’ll be On the CASE again in 2 weeks, so, until then…

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AECP: Faux-clipse Thank You Card

Don’t you just love the eclipse technique? How about the faux-clipse?
The eclipse technique is super fun and not too difficult, but I created a riff on the technique, I’m calling a faux-clipse.

On the CASE: Faceted Flower

It’s coming!
Spring is trying so hard to melt all the snow here in East Nebraska – but, it’s coming! Soon, the grass will be growing and little plants will be pushing up from the ground. Why not add to the anticipation with a lovely, but simple, faceted floral design, courtesy of Concord & 9th!

AECP: Build a Garden Scene Card

It’s time to chillax with some coloring!
I took my project over the top today with a combination of Copic and Polychromos pencil coloring. I am not embarassed to say that the elements took me about 90 minutes to color.

The Latest...

  • FREEBIES!!!¬†There's no catch - check out my Freebies Page for all sorts of downloadable resources to help take your crafting up a notch!
  • Need a Color Coordinator to inspire color choices for your projects? Get yours today! "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