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Pink & Main – Santa Claws is Coming to Town

Hello everyone! I’m over on the Pink & Main blog today shopping my stash for some adorable Christmas critters. I can’t believe it but I still need more Christmas cards this year! How are you doing on your list?

After a bit of deliberation, I decided on these absolutely adorable bears from The Best Gift. I stamped and colored them with copic markers before using the coordinating die to cut them out. Then I chose a sentiment from the set to heat emboss on black cardstock and use an Extra Large Sentiment Strip to cut it out.

I used the plaid embossing folder on an A2 piece of white cardstock and a blending brush with green dye ink to give a little interest to my background. Then I splattered the background with the same ink and adhered it to a white card base.

I added foam squares to the back of my sentiment strip and image and popped them in place. For finishing touches I used Touch of Gloss on their noses, cheeks and toe beans.

Aren’t they just adorable!?! I love all the images in this set. Next up is the Santa bear for a gift tag this year!

Products used:
The Best Gift stamps and dies
Plaid embossing folder
Extra Large Sentiment Strip dies
Touch of Gloss
Magic Anti-static Brush
Embossing & Watermark ink
Frosting embossing powder
Foam squares

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Newton’s Nook – Llama Delivery

Hey crafty friends! I know I’ve been sparse lately and I apologize. I’ve been posting some fun on Instagram and Facebook so be sure you follow me there. Also, if there is something that doesn’t have a blog post and you’d like one, just reach out! I can always write one or answer questions if you wonder a specific color or technique.

Anyway, back to the real point for today’s popping in…super cute Newton’s Nook goodness for Christmas! I’m over on their blog today with some fa-la-la-la-llama delivery to share! I love this guy and just couldn’t have a Christmas season without a card or tag with him on it.

I had a plan in my head from the beginning, so today I started with all of the die cutting. I cut the pine branch, pinecones and bow from the Pines & Holly die set. Then I chose a circle size from the Circle Frames die set to arrange them around to create a wreath. I inked up the kraft circle with the Music Notes stencil before gluing the foliage down.

I stamped and colored the llama from Llama Delivery and used the coordinating die to cut him out. I used liquid glue to adhere him inside the cute wreath. Then I die cut a speech bubble and stamped a sentiment from the same set on it. Now for the background before we adhere all the pieces together.

I took an A2 white panel and blended at an angle cracked pistachio and salvaged patina distress oxide inks. I splattered water on the panel and blotted it dry. Then I splattered black paint and silver watercolor on it for extra texture. I popped my wreath up with foam tape and then added the speech bubble with half liquid glue and half foam squares so it lays flat.

For finishing touches, I added white gel pen highlights to the image and glossy accents to the llama’s nose. Full disclosure, I added white gel pen to the pine cones and hated it. I let it sit over night and hated it more in the morning. That’s okay though. I just die cut two more and glued them right on top. No one will every know!

Remember, it’s only paper and if you don’t like it you can probably fix it or cover it up!

Products used today:
Llama Deliver stamps and dies
Circle Frames dies
Pines & Holly dies
Music stencil
Foam tape
Liquid glue
Glossy accents
LH Watercolors – silver
Distress Oxide Ink – salvaged patina and cracked pistachio

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Pink & Main – Season’s Greetings

Hello crafty friends! Have you been working on Christmas cards yet? I am feeling a bit behind this year so I’m still working on some. Today I have this gorgeous, no coloring needed, card to share featuring Pink & Main stamps, dies, ink and embossing powders. So pretty!

I started this card by stamping a bundle of pine branches and pinecones from the Pine Boughs stamp set. I used the coordinating dies to cut everything out and started arranging them in the corners of an A2 blank card base. Once I had my placement, I taped them together with Pixie Tape and carefully added glue between the layers from the back side so I didn’t lose my positioning.

Next, I blended distress oxide ink on a 4×5.25 inch piece of white cardstock. I chose candied apple and festive berries today. I blended lighter toward the center at an angle. Then I splattered the panel with water and aged mahogany distress oxide ink. Once the panel was dry, I popped it up on an A2 card base with foam tape.

Next, I adhered the pine boughs with a combination of liquid glue and foam squares for the different sections. I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment from the same stamp set with platinum ring embossing powder, die cut it and popped it up as well.

For finishing touches I added a scattering of crystal clear enamel dots across the whole design. You could trim off the excess branches hanging over the edge but I really liked how they looked so I plan to just make a larger envelop to send this one out in.

Products used:
Pine Boughs stamps and dies
Magic Anti-static powder brush
Embossing & Watermark Ink
Platinum Ring embossing powder
EZ Squeeze liquid glue
Crystal Clear enamel dots
Pixie tape
Foam tape and squares
Distress oxide ink – festive berries, candied apple, aged mahogany

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Pink & Main – November Sneak Peek

Hey friends! I’m super excited to share with you my sneak peek for the November Pink & Main release! It’s not huge but it’s absolutely amazing and you’re going to LOVE IT!!!

Today I’m sneaking images and sentiments from Party Time and Happy New Year stamp sets. But, that’s not all friends!!! I’m doing a little ink blending using brand new ink pads!!! The colors I used today were Barbershop and Lakeside. They blended like butter and are gorgeous colors!

Still not done though. I stamped and heat embossed that gorgeous bit sentiment using the brand new Hydrangea embossing powder. It’s the most beautiful color shifting embossing powder I’ve ever seen! You’re going to love this!

The most sparkles ever, I swear! This isn’t even close to everything in the release. So much amazing coming your way on Friday, friends!

Products used today:
Party Time stamps and dies
Happy New Year stamps
Blizzard stencil
Large Sentiment Strip dies
Ergonomic Blending Brushes
Ink Pads – embossing & watermark, barbershop and lakeside
Embossing powder – hydrangea and frosting
Magic Anti-Static Brush
Touch of Gloss
Foam squares
Tape runner
Stickles – star dust

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Newton’s Nook – Reindeer Roll Call Z-Fold Mini Slimline

Hello everyone! I’m stopping by today to share a really fun take on the mini slimline size. It’s a Z-fold card which gives lots of room to write a message and also a great way to be able to stand the card up for display after the recipient opens it. I feel like Christmas cards are the top occasion people do this with so I pulled out some fun Christmas Newton’s Nook goodies and started crafting.

Here’s what the card looks like when it’s all folded up, coming out of the envelope. Isn’t that Reindeer Roll Call stamp just super fun!?! I love it! And found out that it fits perfectly on the new Bookmark dies! BONUS! After I stamped and die cut the bookmark into a shorter tag, I colored the holly and inked up the edges with brown ink and a blending brush. I threaded some ribbon through the slot and tied a bow to secure it.

Next, I switched gears to creating the card base. I cut a piece of kraft cardstock to 6×9 inches and scored it at 3 and 6 inches. Then you just alternate your fold directions to create the main card base. Next, I measured 2 inches up from the base on the left side and positioned it in my paper trimmer to cut that angle off from the 2 inch mark to the top of the second fold line. This gives you a peek into the different levels.

I chose a piece of patterned paper matching the images in Reindeer Roll Call from the new Christmas Time paper pad and trimmed it down to fit each of the panels on my card. At the end I was left with a 1/2 inch strip that I adhered to the inside most panel for a little decoration. Then I stamped Merry Christmas from the Holiday Heights stamp set in black and a reindeer from Reindeer Roll Call in brown under it for extra fun.

For finishing touches, I glued 3 red pearls on the holly and added glossy accents to the holly leaf. Isn’t this card so fun!?! You could easily step this up or down depending on your likes and how many you’re making.

Products used today:
Reindeer Roll Call stamps
Holiday Heights stamps
Bookmark dies
Christmas Time paper pad
Bearly Art liquid glue
Pretty Pink Posh red pearls
Glossy accents

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Coffee Loving Cardmakers – Fall | Winter Hop

Hello everyone! Very happy to be a super sponsor for another Coffee Loving Cardmakers hop! I actually think I’m a little extra excited this time because we’re also having a new release of super fun products today too!!!

We’re releasing a handful of new embellishments along with two new other products too! We have Twiddler’s Nook Stand Up Blending Brushes available! I’m so excited about this and hope you love them too! We also have mesh zipper pouches to hold your embellishments or project pieces! I know, so many exclamations points. Sorry not sorry. I’m really excited, friends!

Okay, so we’ve got our own blending brushes now. They have bright white bristles, come with a cap and stand up on their own. However! They coordinate with our magnetic color coding caps which also coordinate with all of our platforms so they have a place to be. The magnets in the color caps stick to the metal in our platforms so you can have your brushes at your fingertips and they don’t fall over if you bump your desk. Click HERE to check it all out!

Our new mesh zipper pouches measure 6×9 inches and have a gorgeous blue zipper. They work great to keep embellishment bags under control or pieces to your projects that are in process. These are also amazing if you’re a traveling crafter to pack things in manageable amounts. Click HERE to check them out!

Pro Tip: I love cleaning the outside with rubbing alcohol and decorating them with my waterproof stickers!

We also have 5 new embellishment mixes to share with you today! So much fun and so much great color! I hope you enjoy creating with them.

I would love it if you headed to the shop to check out all the great things we have to offer! If you see something you like, use the code COFFEE10 to save 10% on your order from today through November 18.

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Pink & Main – Happy Harvest

Welcome everyone! I’m over on the Pink & Main blog today sharing some harvesty fall inspiration for you. Most everyone has switched to Christmas crafting but I really enjoy holding on to fall themes as long as I can. I love these colors and pumpkins are one of my favorite things!

I started by stamping and coloring the image in Happy Harvest with my copic markers. I used the coordinating die to cut it out. Then, I used the image as a guide to choose which size Wide Stitched Arch to use. Once I decided, I cut it from kraft cardstock and embossed it with the Sun Ray embossing folder.

I trimmed a piece of The Park cardstock down to A2 size and used the Leafy stencil to ink it up. I used green, brown and orange on the stencil, then came in with green around the edges. Next, I used what brown was still in my blending brush to ink up the kraft arch too.

For assembly, I glued the background panel to a white card base and popped the arch up with foam tape. Then I added the pumpkin image with foam squares. I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment from Happy Harvest and used the coordinating die to cut it out before popping it up too.

For finishing touches, I added A Touch of Gloss to all of the acorns and then wrapped jute twine around the top, tying it in a knot. I added white gel pen highlights to all the other parts of the image and my card is finished.

I hope you enjoyed a bit more fall inspiration before Thanksgiving and here and gone.

Products used:
Happy Harvest stamps and dies
Wide Stitched Arches dies
Sun Ray embossing folder
Leafy stencil
Ergonomic Blending Brushes
EZ Squeeze liquid glue
Embossing and Watermark Ink
Magic Anti-Static Brush
Embossing powder – frosting
Foam tape and squares
A Touch of Gloss

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Newton’s Nook – Santa-Saurus Gate Fold Card

Hey crafty friends! I’m over on the Newton’s Nook blog today with an adorable gate fold card featuring some of the new Christmas Time patterned paper and my favorite Christmas dinos from last year!

To create my card base, I took a regular 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch sheet of white cardstock and, instead of scoring at 4 1/4 inches, I scored at 2 1/8, flipped it around and scored it again in the same measurement. Then, when you fold on the score lines toward each other, you get a card the opens from the center. Really simple but just makes it different and fun!

I trimmed down the fabulous plaid paper from the Christmas Time pad to 2 x 5 1/4 inches twice and glued them to the flaps on the front of my card. Then I pulled out the green tree pattern and cut 2 strips of that at 1 1/2 inches wide and scored them about 2 1/2 inches in. I folded them and wrapped them around the card to adhere them together but giving enough room for the band to slide up and down the card to remove it.

Next, I stamped and colored images from Prehistoric Christmas and used the coordinating dies to cut them out. I stamped a sentiment from the set and cut it with the smallest circle in the Frames Squared die set. Next, I used the circle frames set to cut a white scallop and another pattern from the paper pad to cut a circle background for my mini scene. I adhered everything together and then added it to the band I made earlier.

For finishing touches I just added black glaze pen to the dinosaur’s eye and glossy accents to his spots, the gift bows and the holly berries. This card is just sooo much fun! I hope you enjoyed it too!

Products used today:
Prehistoric Christmas stamps and dies
Christmas Time paper pad
Frames Squared dies
Circle Frames dies
Pink & Main Layered Circles dies
Glossy accents
Foam squares
Bearly Art liquid glue

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Pink & Main – In Your Future, I See…

Welcome everyone! Today I’m over on the Pink & Main blog with another way to use those new fantastic scratch off stickers! This time, I have used the pre-cut circles on the new, AMAZING fortune teller! She’s stunning!

I started by stamping and coloring her with my copics. Then I chose a mystery sentiment from the set to stamp in the crystal ball and die cut everything with the coordinating dies. Then I adhered one of the holographic scratch off stickers over the top.

To create the setting for my fortune teller, I chose a piece of patterned paper from Inked Oasis paper pad and cut it with a Stacked Oval die. Then I cut the next largest oval from white cardstock and finally a scalloped oval just a smidge bigger from black cardstock. Then I adhered everything together. Pulling from the colors of my fortune teller, I cut a card front from purple cardstock and stamped some stars around the outside edge. Now we can put everything together.

I adhered the purple to a white card base, then added the ovals next with liquid glue. I placed the card in my MISTI and used the images as a guide for where to stamp the “scratch to reveal” instructions. I stamped it down and then added all the images with liquid glue too.

I chose to keep things flat and not use foam like I always do so that there was nothing impairing the ability to scratch the circle off. It might not make it difficult but I wasn’t sure since these are so new. Better safe than sorry until I test things out a bit.

Products used today:
In Your Future stamps and dies
Scallop Oval dies
Layered Oval dies
Scratch Off Circles – glitter
Scratchers

Inked Oasis paper pad
EZ Squeeze liquid glue
Touch of Gloss

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Newton’s Nook – Hope Your Fall is Extra Mice

Happy Halloween friends!!! I hope you have an excellent holiday, however you do or don’t celebrate it! I absolutely love Halloween for a billion and one reasons! This year we’re not a home celebrating but it’s going to be a blast anyway.

Today I’m over on the Newton’s Nook blog with a fall-themed card featuring my absolute FAVORITE sweet mice. Aren’t they just too cute for words?!?

I stamped and colored them with my copic markers, plus some extra leaves. Then used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

Next, I used the Falling Leaves stencil on a piece of kraft cardstock with distress oxide inks. I randomly grabbed a red, orange and green blending tool and pounced all over the stencil without even reinking them. I love the subtle mixed colors you get. So pretty!

I die cut the panel with the largest Framework die and placed it in my MISTI. Using the images as guides, I stamped my sentiment on the kraft panel. Then I added foam tape and popped it up on a white card base and did the same with my images.

For finishing touches, I added glossy accents to mouse noses and various parts of each image like the berries in the wind, parts of the wheat and the acorn hat. Then I added black glaze pen to all of the mice eyes.

Products used today:
Autumn Mice stamps and dies
Falling Leaves stencil
Framework dies
Foam tape

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!