Festive Friday: Somber Yellow

Friends – Our Chosen Family…

Over at Festive Friday We’re getting ready to celebrate Friendship Day (it’s on July 30th). A “friendship” card is a pretty broad subject and can really span the gamut of sentiments.

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

Looking for ideas for this week’s challenge? Here’s a few:

  • Use sentiments with the word “friend” like, “Hello, Friend”, or “I’m Lucky to have a Friend like You”
  • Make a card with a special friend in mind and share who it’s going to!
  • Avoid the “friend” theme all together and focus on the color option – exploring ways you can use Yellow as the focal point of your project.

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For the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0012). Featuring: Flourishing Phrases stamp set, Flourish thinlits dies, Big Shot Embossing Mats, and Brusho crystals. #nicolewatt #pmretreat #stampinup #sympathy #yellow #handstamped

You could call my design a “friendship” card as true friends are there for each other during the highs and the lows. But, I just stuck with the idea of Yellow. It’s a fun, cheery color, but can also be elegant and reflect somber occasions….

Today’s project can be completed in just a few short steps. 

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AECP: Faux-clipse Thank You Card

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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.

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.

Festive Friday: Heartfelt Sympathy

Two Days – Two Ways: It’s day 2, time to see how I switched it up!

Today I have a completely different take on Heartfelt Sympathy. Same sentiment, but more feminine in its design…. This time, inspired by Festive Friday:

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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For the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0004). Featuring: Heartfelt Sympathy, Copper Trim, Champagne Foil Sheets, Flourishes Thinlits. For more details, click through. #nicolewatt #pmretreat #stampinup #sympathy #handstamped

I don’t send out Easter cards, so this week, I opted to just focus on the Flowers part of the Festive Friday Challenge.

As you can see, compared to yesterday’s card, there’s a much more feminine vibe going on. Sweet Sugarplum and Dapper Denim work amazing together. Of course, they’re from the same In Color family, so, that’s an easy, go-to combo.

Mixed metals are really popular right now, too! Don’t be afraid to experiment with that concept! A way to warm up the metals, and the somewhat cool shade of purple is to use Very Vanilla. I’m guilty of not using it very often as I really favor the crispness of Whisper White, but it surely does have its place. This is a perfect example!

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: 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

Heartfelt Sympathy: Rustic Vibe

Two Days – Two Ways: Get the most out of your stamp sets!

Today and tomorrow, I’m focusing on a set that’s been collecting dust on my shelf – Heartfelt Sympathy. Since I want to make sure you get the most out of your supplies, we’re going to explore two different ways to create a great design!

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!

I took my inspiration from the left to right diagonal – Twine, Metallic, Rhinestones.

I really, truly am in love with this card! I’ve always loved this stamp set, and wanted to figure out a way to make it a bit more masculine – or at least appropriate to send to a couple in their time of loss.

I started with the sentiment on some Sahara Sand, but thought it looked too clean. So, I distressed the edges…. not vintage/rustic enough…. enter ink splotches. Perfecto!

Of course, I had to add in the requisite metallic touches and Rhinestones. Touches of floral are a-ok for a masculine-ish card. Dont’ch’a think? And, to take the edge off the rhinestones, I colored them black.

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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: 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: Color Theory (Colorful Seasons)

Welcome to our last On the CASE file for 2017! This year’s file cabinet is full to bursting, but we have two more files (one each) for this week…

Now that the holidays are in full swing, I think both Ann and I were hoping to get our hands on some simpler projects without any unexpected twists and turns. Fortunately for me, I succeeded in picking just the right CASE file. I hope Ann did too!

We’re both back in the Annual Catalog for this week’s investigations. It’s easy to neglect this epic gem of a resource so we thought it was our duty to point out some great projects there before we dive into the Occasions Catalog in January.

I decided to deconstruct the winter-themed card from the Color Theory (Colorful Seasons stamp set) Suite. I did have to pull out my detective’s magnifying glass to figure out a few details, but I had the CASE cracked in short order. Let’s check it out!

For On the CASE with Ann & Nicole (December 2017 - Colorful Seasons, 2016-17 Annual Catalog). Featuring, Colorful Seasons stamp set, Seasonal Layers thinlits dies, Color Theory DSP. For more details including tips for CASE-ing this card , click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #colortheory #thinkingofyou #handstamped

Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Colorful Seasons
Paper: Thick Whisper White Cardstock (8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″), Color Theory DSP – Dapper Denim (4″ x 5 1/2″), Dapper Denim CS, (3/4″ x 5 1/2″), Strip of Color Theory DSP, Scraps of Dapper Denim, Marina Mist & Soft Sky cardstocks
Inks: Dapper Denim
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter, 3/8″ Metallic Edge Ribbon (silver)
Other: Big Shot, Seasonal Layers Thinlits dies, Triple Banner Punch

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. Cut a 3/4″ strip from the lightest blue shade on the Color Theory DSP – you can use either pattern shown.
  3. Stamp snowflakes in Dapper Denim. Stamp off to achieve a lighter color on a few of the snowflakes.
  4. Punch a flag end and stamp the sentiment on the Color Theory DSP strip.
  5. Diecut snowflakes as shown in Dapper Denim, Marina Mist and Soft Sky cardstocks.
  1. Apply some light sponging of Dapper Denim ink to the snowflakes.
  2. Zig zag some Fine Tip Glue lightly on the snowflakes, then sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter.
  3. Tap off the glitter and allow snowflakes to dry.
  1. Adhere Dapper Denim CS strip to the bottom of the card base. Trim to length.
  2. Adhere stamped Color Theory DSP panel to card base. There should be a 1/4″ strip of Dapper Denim CS showing at the bottom.
  3. Adhere the ribbon to the back of the sentiment banner with Tear & Tape.
  1. Adhere sentiment to card base with Tear & Tape.
  2. Adhere snowflakes to card base with Fine Tip Glue or Tombow Multipurpose Glue.
  3. Add two small blue Glitter Enamel Dots.

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 2 (maybe a 1) out of 5 – This design came together really easy! Can I call it a “1”? Probably not because there is die-cutting and some detail with the glitter application and stamping-off of the snowflake stamped images. BUT, with that said, this is about as easy as a “2” can get! I was thrilled to have found a very straight-forward design sample in the catalog that wasn’t a “Quick & Easy” labeled design. The only trick was noticing the Dazzling Diamonds glitter and the sponging on the snowflakes. BUT, you could easily leave both steps out and have an equally beautiful and impressive design.

We hope our projects today inspired you to try CASE-ing the catalog too! We’ll be On the CASE again in 2 weeks in January 2018! Happy New Year!!

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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

Quickspiration: Butterfly Basics Sympathy & Fussy Cutting

Looking for quick inspiration to kick-start your creativity? Welcome to a new series – Quickspiration!

I’m excited to start this new blog series – Quickspiration – because I craft a lot more than I share on my blog. I know that you’d love to see what I’m working on, but I don’t always have time to go in-depth with tips and tricks, videos, etc…. So, these posts will be short on words, but have more images so you can see exactly what went down.

Today’s design was inspired by a new Tic Tac Toe Challenge that I found particularly challenging. I was totally in the Holiday mood, and “pumpkin” was throwing me off. Well, I needed some sympathy cards too – per a customer’s request, so it was time to change direction. There’s fussy cutting to be had here, so if you’re a fan, you’ll love this one. If not, it’s a great opportunity to build your skills! Enjoy today’s Quickspiration!

For the Tic Tac Toe Challenge (#TTTC026). Featuring: Butterfly Basics stamp set, Rose Wonder stamp set, & fussy cutting. For more details including extra images, click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #sympathy #quickspiration #handstamped
For the Tic Tac Toe Challenge (#TTTC026). Featuring: Butterfly Basics stamp set, Rose Wonder stamp set, & fussy cutting. For more details including extra images, click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #sympathy #quickspiration #handstamped
For the Tic Tac Toe Challenge (#TTTC026). Featuring: Butterfly Basics stamp set, Rose Wonder stamp set, & fussy cutting. For more details including extra images, click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #sympathy #quickspiration #handstamped
For the Tic Tac Toe Challenge (#TTTC026). Featuring: Butterfly Basics stamp set, Rose Wonder stamp set, & fussy cutting. For more details including extra images, click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #sympathy #quickspiration #handstamped
For the Tic Tac Toe Challenge (#TTTC026). Featuring: Butterfly Basics stamp set, Rose Wonder stamp set, & fussy cutting. For more details including extra images, click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #sympathy #quickspiration #handstamped

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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