June 6, 2022

Merry & Bright

Good Morning and Merry Monday - I am back with a second holiday card that I made with a Simple Stories paper pad.

I started with a panel die cut with dotted edges, I added a layer of patterned paper then treaded some crochet thread through some of the holes. I die-cut second fame and added the small sentiment panel.

I added foam tape to both the upper and lower panels. I finished the card with some small gems on the tree.


Supplies: White and black cardstock, Designer Paper - Simple Stories, Simon Says Stamp - A2 Marquee, gems, thread.

Did you know: The north pole of Uranus is dark for forty-two years at a time.

Happy crafting,
Nina

May 30, 2022

Merry Christmas

Good Morning and Merry Monday, today's card could not be more simple. I used a Simple Stored paper pad that did all of the work.

I started by die cutting a rectangle section with a postage edge frame die, that included the sentiment. 

I used coordinating paper and fussy cut a poinsettia which I popped up with foam tape. I added a layer of black cardstock, and popped the panel up with foam tape, I completed the card with gems.


Supplies: White and black cardstock, Designer Paper - Simple Stories, Simon Says Stamp - Postage Stamp Edge Frame, gems.

Did you know: Bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers were all invented by women.

Happy crafting,

Nina

May 27, 2022

Birthday Wishes

Happy Friday crafty peeps, I have a card created with a new to me technique. Crystal demonstrated this technique in a class this past Wednesday.

I cut a panel of white cardstock and then ran it through my big shot with an embossing folder, I cut a small panel of designer paper and added it to the bottom right corner.

I used a sentiment strip die-cut to cut out the strips, yes yes the trimmer would have been more efficient but I have a die-cut that does 4 at a time and my trimmer has been leaving rough edges.



I added some double-sided adhesive to the back and then adhered them to a piece of acetate. I added strips of foam tape to the back of the acetate. I added a flower stem and a sentiment strip and finished with some silver half pearls. The whole panel is popped up with foam tape.

Supplies: White cardstock, Designer Paper - Stampin' Up!, embossing folder, Simon Says Stamp - Sentiment Strip, Pink Fresh - Dainty Blossoms, embellishments.

Did you know: The Bible is the most shoplifted book.

Cheers,
Nina

May 25, 2022

Happy Happy Birthday

Good Morning crafty peeps - I have a quick card made using Washi tape to share today. One day I will look at my stash of Washi Tape and say what am I going to do with all these rolls. For now, I am going to enjoy crafting with them.

These are new to my crafty desk, like I need any more tape, however as with any crafty supply I could not resist.

I cut a panel of cardstock and added the typestyle washi tape, I ran the panel through my Big Shot with a script embossing folder.


The type washi came with some floral frame stickers so I created a panel with one of the rectangle stickers. I added some foam tape to the small panel to pop it up.

I added a sentiment strip, popped up the large panel then finished the card with some Nuvo drops.

Supplies: White cardstock, Washi Tape-The Washi Tape Shop, embossing folder, Simon Says Stamps-Sentiment strips, Nuvo drops.

Did you know: Kissing can reduce tooth decay.

Cheers,
Nina

May 20, 2022

Happy Mother's Day - Bokeh Effect

I have another card made using the Bokeh effect, I think it is stunning, thank you again, Crystal, for the technique class we did a few weeks ago, I love this.

This is the second of two cards that I made. I started with ink blending, I found the colours a little bright so I added some water spritz to the panel and then dabbed it off which reacted with the Distress Inks to leave additional patterns.

I used a piece of vellum to make a mask with some circle die-cuts and I started to add some varied-sized circles to the panel with white pigment ink, going from a lighter application to a heavier one. As the panel dried, I die cut the leaves and added some foam tape to the top leave to pop them up.


I cut the sentiment and layered it, then added some foam tape. I put all the panels together and then finished the card with some sequins, gems and pearls. I mounted the panel with some thin foam tape.

Supplies: White and black cardstock, Simon Says Stamp - Sentiment Strip and Privet Branch die-cut, gems, sequins and half pearls.

Did you know: Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a Friday the 13th.

Happy Friday,
Nina

May 19, 2022

Congratulations.

I had fun making the card I am posting today, I started cutting a panel of white cardstock and heat embossing the images in black. I used varied shades of gray Distress ink to make the panel look smokey.

I layered the panel with black and then gray cardstock and popped the whole panel up with foam tape.

I used a sentiment strip die cut to cut a few strips of a silver cardstock, then ran them through my Big Shot with an embossing folder to give them a metal ladder look. I added form tape to the back to give it a 3D look. I finished with a sentiment which is also popped up with foam tape.


Supplies: White, black, gray and silver cardstock, Altenew - Firefighter Heros, embossing folder.

Did you know: The longest mustache ever recorded was 14 feet long.

I am very happy, I hit 100KM for Trailblaze for Wishes this week. On to the next 50K!
Would you like to show your support with a donation? #trailblazeforwishes.

Cheers,
Nina

May 16, 2022

Nutcracker Holiday Cheer

Good Morning and Merry Monday - I have a simple card, made with some Alexander Renke washi tape I picked up at a used craft sale. I love these fun little Nutcrackers.

I started with a kraft panel then cut one slightly smaller for my washi tape background, I paired the Nutcracker tape with a thin gold pattern.

I cut a square from the same kraft cardstock and another in white that I covered with washi tape. I have both panels popped up with foam tape.

I stamped and layered the sentiment and added foam tape.



Supplies: White and kraft cardstock, Alexander Renke - Washi tape, Cornish Heritage  - Vintage Christmas Expressions.

Did you know: An Ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

Cheers,
Nina

May 15, 2022

Spring has Sprung

But has it...? it still feels a little cool out there for my liking, I think my garden has adapted though. Last week I said to heck with it, everything goes out. Forecasters say we will get a blistering summer. We will see what plants fall into the zone of survival of the fittest.

My card is very simple and is the same style as the Easter card from earlier this week.

I used small stitched rectangles and squares to die-cut the background panels,  the sentiment panel was part of a paper pad and I added some foam tape to the back. I finished with some gems and a clay heart. 


Supplies: White cardstock, Designer paper - Echo Park, Simon Says Stamps - Stitched Rectangles and squares, gems, Honey Bee - clay heart.

Did you know: In Paraguay, duelling is still legal, as long as both parties are blood donors.

Happy Crafting,
Nina

May 14, 2022

Creativity takes courage

Creativity takes courage - I agree with that. It is also wonderful and fun. I wanted to play with ink blending and this fun doodle-like stamp so I heat embossed the image onto some cardstock and then blended it with some Distress inks. 

I heat embossed various sentiments in white on black cardstock, then popped them up with foam tape. I added foam tape to the entire panel.



Supplies: White cardstock, Stampers Anonymous - Tiny Text, Wild Whisper Designs - Fanciful Bloom

Did you know: The inventor of television, Philo Farnsworth, developed the concept when he was fourteen.

Cheers,
Nina

May 13, 2022

Happy Birthday

At the last retreat I attended, I challenged myself to make my way through a 6x6 designer paper pad, this is one of the cards I created from my Honey Bee Birthday Bash paper pad.

The layout is pretty simple to put together, I have a black cardstock panel as the base, I then cut two pieces of patterned paper, and using some adhesive I added them to the black panel leaving a small border across the center and around the edges.

I took part of the sentiment from the paper on the bottom of the panel and popped it up with foam tape.



Supplies: White and black cardstock, Designer Paper - Honey Bee (Birthday Bash), foam tape, gems.

Did you know: Tiger shark embryos fight each other in their mother's womb. The survivor is born.

Happy crafting,
Nina