AECP: Another Reason to LOVE Stencils

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If you don’t already love stencils, you will…

I am seriously in love with these cards and seriously addicted to how easy they are. Don’t be surprised if you see some variations pop up here sooner rather than later. The bonus? I didn’t have to buy anything new! I love a serious multitasking craft tool, and I think stencils have topped the list!

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Class #4: Stenciled – Multiple Ways

I’m circling back around to a stencil class – the latest in the Altenew Academy! It literally just finished on Sunday 😀 Did you know that Altenew publishes a new class every month?! There’s no end to the learning! Perhaps when I become an Educator, they’ll ask me to do a class! What do you think? I girl can hope!

Anyway, in each lesson, Laurel shares different ways that you can use stencils. She has an outside-the-box approach that will have you flipping and turning your stencils, wondering how you can use them differently than originally intended! I also love that she shares her oops moments along the way and how she fixes them to come up with a successful card. Hey – we’re not perfect crafters! 

My Project

I didn’t think this would take the monochrome white twist that it did, but once I saw my embossed result, I couldn’t hide this beautiful panel behind anything else!

The Technique & Design

This technique is super simple and yet another way that you can use stencils! I love that this already versatile tool just got another use 😀

Like I said, I just couldn’t cover up those patterned panels and thought that a dramatic white with a simple sentiment would be the most amazing look. So, there they are – no spatter, no ink, no graphite shadows, no metallic thread swirls. Just something that you will want to run your fingers over, over and over again!

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5-minute Card Video

These cards are so simple to make, you can do up a PAIR in 5 minutes! I share how in today’s video. Enjoy!

This journey is almost over!

Don’t be sad though! I’ve got one more AECP Level 3 project on Saturday! Then, I’ll be doing a live class to complete the Educator process. I’m working on some new projects to fill in for these Tuesday & Saturday posts, so stay tuned!

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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: Tri-fold Fun

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

Welcome back for another Festive Friday!

It seems like every time I check the calendar, it’s time for another Festive Friday challenge! This time around, it’s an easy one, so no excuses – play along!

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Looking for ideas – here’s a few:

  • ANYTHING GOES! Since any kind of crafty project is creative – link up! It’s a free pass, so take it! Make what you like 😀
  • Fun folds are a fun opportunity to add an unexpected twist to a card project. There’s lots of different options out there so do a quick Google or Pinterest search to find a fold that fits your fancy!

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: Dearest Friend (Altenew)
Paper: 2: 4 1/4″ x 11″ – Solar White 110lb (Neenah), 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ 110 lb watercolor card (Strathmore)
Inks: Versafine Black ( Tsukineko), Spun Sugar Distress Oxide (Ranger), Dusty Concord Distress Oxide (Ranger), Classic Watercolor (Prima)
Accessories: Superfine Black Embossing Powder (Ranger)
Other: Big Shot (Sizzix), Dearest Friends Dies (Altenew), Blending Brushes (Amazon), Heat Tool (Hero Arts), Anti-static bag (Ranger), watercolor brushes

Party Plan

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

  1. Score both card bases at 5 1/2″. Trim off 1/8″ from one end on each card. This will help them fit together to create the tri-fold.
  2. Assemble the card by adhering one of the shortened ends to the inside of a longer end. The second short end will fold inside with the second long end folding to make the front.
  3. Mask off the edge of one flap and blend in a background using Spun Sugar and Dusty Concord Distress Oxides. Repeat the process for the other flap.
  4. Sprinkle water on the finished blended panels to create a spattered look.
  5. Stamp the floral image on the front flap to help align the die. Diecut the outline.
  6. Fold in the inside flap and use a pencil to trace the diecut outline from the front flap. This way, the diecut is aligned! Match up the die to the outline and diecut the inside flap.
  7. Add desired sentiment to outside and inside flaps – emboss with black embossing powder.
  8. Stamp the floral image on watercolor card. Color as desired with watercolors. 
  9. Diecut finished floral image and adhere to the center of the card inside. Fold over the inside flap to help align the floral diecut perfectly!

Now it’s your turn to link up!

Now that you’re all inspired, what will you create? The clock is ticking away for #FF0034 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 my monthly 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: 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 😀 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 – here’s 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!

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Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

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Stamps: Happy, Happy, Happy (Lawn Fawn), 
Paper: 8 1/2″ 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 – Tropicals (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!

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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    "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

Get everything you need to make this project!

The supply list is right here! Just click a product to get started. The links I'm sharing are Affiliate Links, meaning that I will receive a small commission on your sale, at no additional cost to you.
This helps keep the lights on and the inspiration flowing here at Pixel Maven's Retreat!

Here's some other projects you'll like!

 

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: 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

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

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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Don't Forget about my MONTHLY 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: 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.

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! 2019-20 Coordinators are NOW SHIPPING!
    "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: 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″ x 5 1/2″), Crumb Cake Cardstock (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″)
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: 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.

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! 2019-20 Coordinators are NOW SHIPPING!
    "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