October 25, 2019

Keeping Christmas - October 2019

Welcome back for the October edition of the Keeping Christmas Series.

I am officially way behind in making my holiday cards. My craft time definitely feels like a luxury as of late so I have been trying to make the most of it, this means creating a design that I can duplicate easily.                    

















The final touch was some black gems.

For this card, I had a small little assembly line in the works. I made use of my much loved stitched rectangles and layer all the panels. Each with a layer of black cardstock. I popped center panel and the sentiment up with foam tape.




Supplies: White and black cardstock, Designer Paper - Photoplay, Penny Black - Season's Gift, gems.

The blog hop Keeping Christmas team has some stunning samples, be sure to stop by to take a look.



Thanks for visiting,
Nina

October 24, 2019

Got This

I think this paper is so fun, I have had it in my stash forever - with this forever I mean probably 8-10 years. Back when my son was still in school. I found it in one of my bins and was inspired to put something together.

I used a pretty simple layout so that the design was no hidden. I love the adorable little paperclips on the base layer, I added some cardstock to each layer for interest. I popped up the top panel with some foam tape. The sentiment is heat embossed in white on black. 

I finished with some black half pearls.



Supplies: White and black cardstock, Designer Paper - Imaginisce, Altenew - Sentiment Strips, half pearls.

Do you ever get one of those days where you just wake up feeling crafty, today is one of those days for me. I was in my stash looking for the designer paper manufacturer and just about every piece of paper I looked at I wanted to create a card.. darn day job. I am hoping the creative mindset hold on till this evening.

Thank you for visiting,
Nina

October 23, 2019

In the Autumn mood

Its a little gray outside my window today but its not raining and the trees have some pretty colours on display. Perfect for some autumn inspiration.

This card did not quick come together as nicely as I would have hoped, in fact I started it a few weeks ago and just finished it. You know when you start something and the creativity kind of just fizzles. So it started as a card for a challenge, which I obviously missed but I did not want to waste it.



I layered each of the panels with brown cardstock and I added foam tape to the larger panel. I die cut the sentiment and added some foam tape to that as well. I finished with some tiny stamped acorns in the corners.

Supplies: Craft and brown cardstock, Designer Paper - Simple Stories, Simon Says Stamp - Thanks wafer die.

Thanks for stopping by,
Nina

September 25, 2019

Keeping Christmas - September 2019

Welcome back for the September edition of the Keeping Christmas Series.



A quick card with panels for this month's Keeping Christmas. All the panels have a mat of card stock and then two of the panels are popped up with foam tape. 

I added a simple sentiment and I felt the image popped again the patterened background.


Supplies: White and black cardstock, Designer Paper - Authenrique, Penny Black - Believe, half pearls.

Be sure to stop to see all the hop team member's creations.





Thanks for stopping by,
Nina

September 17, 2019

Baby Boy's First Birthday

This is a clean and simple card for a little one's first birthday,

I used stitched rectangles to die cut the panels. I simply stamped the greeting the little elephant. I used some Zig markers to add some colour and I double layer the balloon and popped the second layer up with foam tape. I added a layer of shimmer to all the balloon and party hat.


Supplies: White cardstock, misc designer paper, Simon Says Stamp - Birthday Celebration, Simon Says Stamp - Stitched Rectangles.

Cheers,
Nina

Textured Congratulations

I created this card back in February, I am a little behind in posting perhaps :). I used one of my go-too sketches for the design.

I had these heat embossed panels in my scraps bin so I don't which stamps were used to create them, the pattern is heat embossed in black on gray cardstock. The background panel has an embossed woodgrain texture. The sentiment is heat embossed in white and popped up with foam tape.

I created a small scroll out of white paper and secured it with some twine. I finished the card with some black half pearls.


Supplies: White, gray and black cardstock, Clearly Besotted - Miniature Type, misc background stamps, sequins. twine.

Thanks for stopping by,
Nina

September 12, 2019

So Sorry

I have a new favourite designer paper company, The Paper Company out of the UK. This paper pad has some simple and elegant patterns that turned out perfect for this sympathy card.

I added layers of a blue-green cardstock in behind each of the panels as well as the sentiment. I die cut this flower from the same blue-green cardstock as the mat and then popped the sentiment up over the top of it. I finished with some Nuvo drops.



Supplies: White and green cardstock, Designer Paper - The Paper Company, Tim Holtz - Wildflowers, Penny Black- Heartfelt, Nuvi drops.

Thanks for stopping by,
Nina

September 11, 2019

New Baby Boy Congratulations

This adorable welcome card for some lucky little guy is not quite as dark as it looks like in the photo.

I used a clean layout, added a background panel that had a layer of black cardstock in behind the designer paper. I added two additional panels of adorable patterned paper and popped on of the panels up for dimension. The sentiment panel is popped up with foam tape as well and I finished with some Nuno drops.


Supplies: White and black cardstock, Designer Paper - Echo Park, Hero Arts - Congratulations, Nuvo Drops.

So glad you stopped by,
Nina

September 9, 2019

Happy Couple

Fall is on its way, I have the crafty inspiration to create something with Autumn colours. Not today though, I have not blogged in forever and I have a small backlog of cards to post.

I love the intricate pattern of this background stamp, it was heat embossed in silver. I added a few white highlights for interest. I layered the panel with gray and black cardstock then popped it up with foam tape.

The sentiments are heat embossed in white on black cardstock and also popped up with foam tape, I finished with a single gem.

Supplies: White, gray and black cardstock, Simon Says Stamp - Cora background, Altenew Sentiment Strips, gem.

Thanks for stopping by,
Nina

Baby Girl - Congrats

There are a few types of cards that never seem to be in my stash, baby cards and sympathy. These were first on my list for when I was at the retreat.

I had picked out a few layouts that I like and then started to create. This layout is so easy and it allows for showcasing panels of cute designer papers.

I created the background panel with a simple pattern and added a mat of brown cardstock. I think used stitched rectangles and squares to create the patterned panels. I added a layer of brown cardstock to the panels. The sentiment panel is simply stamped then a mat added, I added some foam tape in behind to give it a little dimension. I finished with some Nuvo drops.


Supplies: White and brown cardstock, Designer paper -Echo Park, Simon Says Stamps - Clean Line Everyday, Stitched Rectangles and Stitched Squares, Nuvo Drops.

Cheers,
Nina

August 25, 2019

Keeping Christmas - August 2019

Welcome back for the August edition of Keeping Christmas Series.



There are 4 months, or 122 days till Christmas.. that seems like a good stretch but I know it will that time is going to melt away. I suppose I should step up my game when it comes to making Holiday cards. 

Our summer has only been so so, yet I am still ready for fall. I get excited thinking about the pretty colours and crisp air. 

Anyway, on to the card I made for Keeping Christmas. I used a simple layout for this card. I created two panels and added a black mat to each. The sentiment panel is a ready-made one from a paper pack, I added a black back and popped it up with foam tape. I finished with some twine and double sequins for the embellishment.



Supplies: White and black cardstock, Designer Paper - Carta Bells, sequins, twine.

There is so much more inspiration, stop by the hot team member blogs to take a peek.


Thanks for stopping by,
Nina

July 25, 2019

Keeping Christmas - July 2019

 Welcome back for the July edition of the Keeping Christmas Series.


I can't believe that summer is half over, the holiday season will be here in a hop, skip and a jump.

Isn't this little fox adorable, this is a little panel from the Photo Play papers I used. I added a layer of brown cardstock to each pane; then popped the top layer up with some foam tape.

I did the same for the sentiment and left the card simple and embellishment free.




Be sure to stop to see all the Keeping Christmas hop team member's creations.



Supplies: White and brown cardstock, Designer Paper - Photo Play





Thanks for stopping by,
Nina

July 24, 2019

Monochromatic Thanks

Pretty papers and fabulous script make this card fun to put together. I love the monochromatic look of the pattern on this paper. I used coordinating pages from a 6x6 paper pad, I added in a layer of black cardstock for a mat. To separate the panels I cut a thin strip of cardstock. 

The sentiment is layered then popped up with foam tape. I finished with black crystals.


Supplies: White and black cardstock, Designer Paper - Bo Bunny, Simon Says Stamps - Big Thanks, gems.

Thanks for stopping by,
Nina

July 23, 2019

Christmas in July - Scrap n' Stamp July Challenge

There seems to be a ton of blog posts, YouTube videos and challenges galore for Christmas in July. How could I not play along with at least one challenge? So I am playing along with the Scrap n' Stamp July Challenge.

I can create holiday cards any time of the year, I miss the Merry Monday Challenge and having a card created each Monday with a nice stash of holiday cards near years end. I will be hurting for Christmas cards come the holidays. I had told myself I could try to keep up with the weekly card creation so I would be ready but then time goes missing and vroom we are in the oh dang time frame and the countdown was weeks past.

Anyhoo.. the card.

I spent some quality time with the ol' crafty supplies this weekend and this was the end result.

I used my stitched rectangle dies for the three panels, then cut designer paper to fit the frames. I heat embossed the sentiment and popped it up with foam tape. I finished with silver and gold sequins.

Supplies: White and kraft cardstock, Designer Paper - Do Crafts, Penny Black - Yultide Wishes, Simon Says Stamp - Stitched rectangles, sequins.

Thanks for stopping by,
Nina

July 9, 2019

Happy Anniversary!

Its a cycle I think, me not honouring the craft goddess enough. I finally wandered into my craft room to get creative yesterday... I kinda had to as it is my Anniversary today and I could not be remiss and not make a card for my fabulous sweetie.


It felt terrific to get inky, how is it that you can forget that. Anyway, this is what I created, and I quite like it.

I started with the designer paper and used a stitched rectangle die to create a panel, at the same time, I had the stacked hearts die cut placed where I wanted it. I did not want to have to run the panel through my Big Shot more than once.





I added a layer of brown cardstock in behind then started placing hearts back into holes. Some were just glues, but others have some foam tape in behind. I stamped the sentiments and popped them up with foam tape. I finished with some Nuvo drops.


I am a little disappointed that the photo turned out so dark as the card is much lighter and brighter.
Thanks for stopping by,


Supplies: White and brown cardstock, Designer Paper - Studio Light, Simon Says Stamp - Stacked Hearts die, and Stitched Rectangles, Altenew - Sentiment Strips, Nuvo drops

Nina

June 27, 2019

Horseshoe thanks

Another short post today. I love this rustic feminine paper from Brutus Monroe. 

The card, for the most part, was very quick to create but I fussed about where to put all the pieces for way too long.

I die cut the panel with a Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle and added a layer of brown cardstock. I die cut the sentiment twice, once from brown cardstock and a second time from patterned paper then interchange letters.



I stamped the horseshoes then used a blend of distress inks and silver spritz to age them. The sentiment and horseshoes are popped up with foam tape.

Supplies: White and brown cardstock, patterned paper - Brutus Monroe, My Favorite Things - Wild Wild West, Avery Elle - Holiday Fill in the Blank Die, Simon Says Stamp - Stitched Rectangle.

Thank you for visiting,
Nina

June 26, 2019

Celebrating Father's Day

I am just a little behind with this post, at least I still managed to post it in June. This was an easy card to put together, this designer paper is a perfect masculine design. 

I used the flip side for the thin strip, the sentiment is heat embossed and popped up with foam tape. I finished with some Nuvo drops.

Supplies: White and brown cardstock, Designer Paper - KaiserCraft, Clearly Besotted - Minature Type, Nuvo Drops.

Thanks for stopping by,
Nina

June 25, 2019

Keeping Christmas - June 2019

Welcome back for the June edition of the Keeping Christmas Series.


I have a quick and easy card for this post. I layered the panel with black cardstock, with a white card base. The designer paper is double sided so I cut the panel then cut it offset and flipped the right side. I added foam tape to the left panel to add dimension.

I added a matt to the sentiment panel then finished with some black half pearls. 




Supplies: White and black cardstock, Designer Paper - Authenrique, Penny Black - Believe, half pearls.


Be sure to stop to see all the hop team member's creations.






Thanks for stopping by,
Nina