Monday, September 29, 2014

Coffee Lovers Bloghop!

***THIS IS MY SECOND POST OF THE DAY.   IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR MY NEWTON'S NOOK DESIGN'S GUEST POST, PLEASE SEE BELOW**

Hi again!   I'm back to link up a card to the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!   If you'd like to play along, click HERE!

The background is embossing paste with a Tim Holtz stencil.   Once dry, I added Distress Ink in Scattered Straw and Rusty Hinge.   I figured it kind of represents my morning coffee, lol!   The stamp is an oldie, and I'm not even sure who makes it.   Maybe Fiskars??   Sorry I'm not sure on that one!   The image is colored with Copics, with touches of Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents.   It was fussy cut and mounted with foam tape.   The sentiment was embossed with Liquid Platinum embossing powder from Ranger...love that stuff!   

Hope you've had a chance to celebrate National Coffee Day - I got my free cup from Dunkin' Donuts this morning....yum!  There's a fun Q&A that goes along with the hop - here are my answers!


1. When did you start drinking coffee? - I've been a coffee lover off and on, but I really started drinking it regularly about two and a half years ago when I got my Keurig.


2. What is favorite brand. - Starbucks Caffe Verona


3. What is the most amazing coffee that you had? Remember where and when? - It's silly, but it was at a hotel this past summer.   It's when I discovered how much I liked Starbucks' Caffe Verona (see above!).

4. If I don't drink my needed coffee, I will...  - Believe it or not, I'll be okay!   I need caffeine though.   Diet Pepsi will get me through!!


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Guesting with Newton's Nook Designs - Falling Into Autumn!

Hello again, everyone!   I'm here with a card using one of Newton's Nook Designs' latest stamp sets, Falling Into Autumn.

While playing around with this set, I realized you could get a wreath by connecting the vine-like image - the card took off from there!
I colored the leaves with Memento markers and stamped five connected images.   I added a little more shading with Copic markers, then went back in with an embossing pen and added little bits of gold heat embossing to the bases of the leaves.   The sentiment was heat embossed with gold as well.   Some sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and some rhinestones from my stash were added to fill in the card a bit.   I mounted the panel on some Papertrey Ink cardstock and added some slivers of gold glitter cardstock along the edges.    That finished off the card!  I was so excited at how this one came together - and it shows another way you can use your stamps - I'm all for that!

This is my last post with NND this month, and I want to say a HUGE thanks to Jen for having me, and to the design team members whose projects are so inspiring!  I had an awesome time using the September release and can't wait to see what Newton's Nook does next.   You can check out the entire September release HERE - there's something for everyone this month!


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Monday, September 22, 2014

Guesting with Newton's Nook Designs - Apple Delights

Good Monday morning!   I'm happy to be back today with another card showcasing one of the new Newton's Nook Designs stamp sets for September - Apple Delights!


For this card I stamped a grid of the small apple image onto kraft cardstock.   I originally had planned to use it as a background paper, but decided to cut out the interior and use it as a frame instead!   (Funny how most of the time what I envision in my head morphs into something else as I create a card, lol!!)  I stamped two of the apples on white cardstock and colored them in with Copics.  Note that I masked off the little heart with some washi tape so that it wouldn't appear on those apples.  For the third apple, I stamped on white cardstock, colored with Copics and then fussy cut it out so that I could pop it up in front of the others with some foam tape.   I covered the little heart with some red Stickles.  I tucked the cute sentiment in the upper right corner -  and that completes the card!

Hope everyone has a great start to the week.   It's a rainy and chilly Monday morning here in Central NY, so I'm all comfy and cozy in my sweatshirt, enjoying a cup of coffee.   Love mornings like this!
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Newton's Nook Designs September Release - Introducing Apple Delights




Today is the final day of the Newton's Nook Designs September release  - the stamps will be available to purchase tomorrow.   Yay!   Todays set is a super cute one - it's called Apple Delights.   I saw this set and knew immediately what I wanted to do with it.   Those caramel apples were screaming out for Glossy Accents!!


I wanted to try the no-line coloring technique, so I started by stamping in a super light color.   I used Prismacolor pencils to color in the apples and then did a double layer of Glossy Accents.   It really looks sticky and delicious!   I wanted to keep this one simple, so I just embossed a couple of lines down each side and then mounted the panel onto a piece of gingham patterned paper.   A couple of red strips finished off the card! 

I've had an absolute blast showcasing the September release for NND, and  I'd like to thank Jennifer for having me as a guest designer this month!  I hope you take a second and subscribe to my blog....there's more inspiration to come this month and I hope you'll hang out with me!

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Would you like to WIN Apple Delights?  This set will be given away to two lucky winners - here's how to win....

Comment on the NND blog and Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below)! Two winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs release posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday, Sept 18 at 9pm CDT to comment  -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, September 19th. 

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:






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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Newton's Nook Designs September Release - Introducing Spooky Street


Today marks the third day of NND's September release, and boy, oh boy, this one is a good one!!!!   I was so excited to see the images in this set.   They're awesome, and so bold!!  

I started with another Distress Ink-ed background and some spooky clouds cut out of vellum.   Love these!!!   I stamped the haunted house with Versamark and covered it with Sticky Embossing Powder.   Once that heated up, I sprinkled on Distress Glitter in Black Soot.   I colored in the windows with a marker.   The little cemetery stamp got the same treatment, but I used a finer silvery glitter for that.   I added the moon to the night sky, and layered some rolling hills in shades of grey.   The sentiment on vellum with some gems finishes this one off!  


I made some pumpkin cookies today, and thought it'd be cute to pack them up in one of these little bags I found at Target in the Dollar Spot the other day.   (They had some other really cute things - chalkboard labels, gift boxes, etc.  Check it out!)   I stamped the tree image and the Halloween sentiment and covered the sentiment with a Copic Spica pen for a little glitter.   The sequins on the branches are from Pretty Pink Posh.   Simple & cute - and yummy too!

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Would you like to WIN Spooky Street?  This set will be given away to two lucky winners - here's how to win....

Comment on the NND blog and Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below)! Two winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs release posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday, Sept 18 at 9pm CDT to comment  -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, September 19th. 

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:



Be sure to check back tomorrow for the final day of the September release!  Have fun hopping!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Newton's Nook Designs September Release - Introducing Falling Into Autumn


Welcome back for day two of the AWESOME Newton's Nook Designs September release!   Today we are showcasing Falling Into Autumn, a gorgeous set featuring a variety of solid leaf images.  There are a MILLION possibilities with this set, but I chose to break out the Perfect Pearls!


I stamped several of the leaves onto vellum with Versamark ink.   I then dusted on Perfect Pearls in a variety of Autumn colors. The sentiment was embossed in gold.   (I discovered that I needed to upgrade my gold embossing powder after stamping this sentiment....I've since purchased Ranger's Superfine Gold and it's so much nicer than what I was using!!)  I layered the vellum tag over a cream cardstock tag and tied a twine bow at the top.    The button finished it off nicely!   The card still needed a little something, so I stamped the vine-like image in a light tan ink and then added some Copic shading.   They were fussy cut and tucked behind the cardstock layer.   I love this card - I wish you could see the sheen of the Perfect Pearls  - so pretty!

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Would you like to WIN Falling Into Autumn?  This set will be given away to two lucky winners - here's how to win....

Comment on the NND blog and Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below)! Two winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs release posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday, Sept 18 at 9pm CDT to comment  -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, September 19th. 

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:



Be sure to check back tomorrow for day three of the new release!  Have fun hopping!


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Monday, September 15, 2014

Newton's Nook Designs September Release - Introducing Newton's Perfect Pumpkin



 

Hello, hello!   I'm so excited to share with you the first of FOUR fantastic sets being released by Newton's Nook this month!

Today the DT and I (lucky me!) are introducing a super cute new Newton set called Newton's Perfect Pumpkin.

I couldn't resist a cute scene using Newton and some of the adorable pumpkins in the set!


I began by using Distress Inks in Ripe Persimmon, Seedless Preserves and Chipped Sapphire to blend a background.   I gave a quick squirt of some Perfect Pearls mist and love how it turned out....kind of looks like a starry night!   I stamped the Newton image, masked it and then stamped some of the pumpkin images.  Next, it was colored in with Copics and then the entire thing was fussy cut in one piece.  I cut some rolling hills out of green cardstock and layered them for some dimension and then adhered the Newton image on top.   A cute sentiment and some flying bats finished the card off!

Don't forget to stop by tomorrow to see what else is in store!  You're gonna love it!

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Would you like to WIN Newton's Perfect Pumpkin?   You know you would, lol!   This set will be given away to two lucky winners - here's how to win....

Comment on the NND blog and Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below)! Two winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs release posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday, Sept 18 at 9pm CDT to comment  -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, September 19th. 

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:



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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

September Guest Designer for Newton's Nook Designs!

Newton's Nook Designs - Design Team

I'm so excited that I get to play along with the NND team for their September release!   Head over to the NND blog to check it out.   Be on the lookout starting September 15 for projects using the new stamp sets.  Can't wait for you all to see what's new!
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Winnie & Walter Playdate #3

Hello, hello!   'Tis the night before the first day of school and all through the house, all the creatures are stirring, and begging not to go to bed already, lol!


Just popping in with a couple of quick cards for the Winnie & Walter Playdate #3.   The deadline is tonight, but if you'd like to check it out, head over to the Winnie & Walter blog.



First up is this one - this is based on the sketch provided, and also uses the suggested color palette.   I used Distress Inks to ink a background then stamped the stars using Scenery: Big Bang Confetti in the same color Distress Inks.   The sentiment uses elements from both The Big, The Bold & You and Parentville. (Please note -  I didn't ink the 'you' fully because I wanted it to fit within the flourish a bit better).  I strung some sequins and a star wood veneer shape onto some twine, and that (along with some Wink of Stella glitter pen, of course) finished the card!

I made another card for this challenge, but didn't follow the sketch this time - just the color palette.   


This one was hard to photograph - why, oh why do I keep trying to take photos at night?   Grrr!   Here's an up close which shows the true colors a bit better -  
For this card, I stamped the oval frame from The Write Stuff: Leave it to Mom set repeatedly to form the medallion shape.   the 'Hello' sentiment from The Big, The Bold & The Happy fit inside just perfectly.   I double stamped it using two shades of purple ink.    I mounted the panel onto some raspberry cardstock and then placed it on the card base at an angle.   I like how this turned out and can't wait to do it again using some different colors!

Hope you're having a great night!   Be back soon with some more cards!




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