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January NC Demos Blog Hop – Celebrating!

Welcome to our January NC Demos Blog Hop!  You probably just came from  Ariel Matera’s post, wasn’t it great?  We have such talented demonstrators in our monthly hops.  And we have new participants this month and that is VERY exciting!  If it’s something you’ve been thinking of doing, then please join us!  It’s been a bit more than a year ago that I decided to stop being my own worst critic and actually show some of my creations, lol!  And am I glad I did 🙂

This month’s theme is Celebrating.  Our project could be anything but it had to be centered around a celebration.  And I was thrilled when I saw the theme because one of my favorite Sale-a-Bration sets is Happy Birthday to You.  I really love the cursive font used and I wish there had been a few more sentiments in this set.  And did you know that we are adding a coordinating die set for these stamps?  Woo Hoo, that’s even more reason to love it! Starting Feb., 4th, you will be able to purchase the coordinating dies.   The dies are $27 and there are 5 dies in the set, one die for the entire cake, one that isolates the flowers on the cake, one for a cake stand and 2 other decorative elements (Order #153590).  So if you order the dies along with another $23 in merchandise, you can select the stamp set for FREE!  This is going to be my go-to birthday stamp set for a while 🙂

So, on to my card.    This is another one of those situations where I had the idea in my head, I just wasn’t sure how it was going to look once it was on paper!  I knew I wanted to try using our Pigment Sprinkles in some way on the cake.  Initially I tried using it on the seperate layer of flowers but I didn’t like how that turned out.  So I changed it and added them to the full cake image.  I was much happier with those results.  Our Pigment Sprinkles give you so much variety with little effort.  All I did was to stamp the cake image twice on white shimmer cardstock, using Stazon ink.  One image I cut the full cake and the other I just cut the flowers.  On the full cake image,  I lightly sprayed water on the image and added the sprinkles.  I used a little Melon Mambo and Mango Melody, to coordinate with the colors I used for the flowers.  I focused more on the area that is mostly cake because I was adding a separate layer of the flowers over the image, so it didn’t matter if I got pigment on that part.  And remember, a little goes a long way with this product.   You can see how little I used in the 3rd picture. Then I sprayed a little more water on the pigment.  You don’t want to spray too close to the pigment or it will over saturate the effect.

Next, I used Granny Apple Green, Melon Mambo and Mango Melody markers to color the flowers.  I finished the flowers off with Wink of Stella.  If we ever discontinue that product it will break my heart!  I used my heat gun to make sure the full cake layer was completely dry, then I added the flower layer to it.  Next, I cut off the bottom of the cake stand and added the ornate cake plate cut in Gold Foil.

For my card layer, I used DSP from the new Pleased As Punch collection, another one of the Coordination offerings that you can purchase starting on Feb., 4th.  Then, I ran a piece of vellum through the Scripty Embossing Folder.  Have you ever used Vellum in our embossing folders?  It’s gorgeous, you have to give it a try if you haven’t done it yet!  I used the Stamparatus to stamp the sentiment on the DSP.  It’s the only way I will stamp sentiments anymore.  I know it’s always going to be perfectly straight!

Then it was time to assemble everything.  A little tip for adhering Vellum, I attached the cake image with dimensionals to the vellum piece first.  Then I turned the vellum piece over and only applied glue to the area that the cake image covered.  That way, you don’t see any adhesive anywhere else on the vellum.  And since there was such a large area that the cake covered, there was plenty of adhesive to hold that piece securely on the card front.

I hope you enjoyed my card.  And I suggest you run, not walk to your computer on February 4th and take a look at all the new coordinating items we are offering.  You won’t be disappointed!  You’ll be able to see them in my Online Store, and they will be “while supplies last” so don’t risk the chance of getting your goodies!

Our next blog hopper is  Jo Anne Hewins, and I know you will love her project.  She always inspires me!  Please click on the NC Demos Pic below (or click on her name below in the list) to see her amazing project!  Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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NC Demo’s December Blog Hop – Pick Three!

Welcome to the last blog hop for 2019!!  How is this even possible?  I swear that once we hit Labor Day, the rest of the year just flies by.  By the time we publish this blog, Christmas will be over and hopefully, everyone had a lovely holiday.  Now for that few days of precious peace and quiet before we gear up for the new year.  You may have just hopped over from Tina Lesson’s blog, and I  know she had some great projects to share 🙂

Our theme this month is Pick Three!  We were to pick one stamp set and use it in three ways.  I choose to extend this challenge and used a suite in 3 ways.  It’s always nice to see how to incorporate the wonderful items that coordinate within a suite.   I chose to make a card and two 3D projects for this month’s hop.  And because there are 3 projects, it may be a little picture heavy!                                                                                                           

Project 1 was the card I recently submitted for a card swap in the Stampin’ UP! Leaders group.  I really love the pairing of Mint Macaron and Smokey Slate.  I think they compliment each other very well.  And I added a bit of pink with the Flirty Flamingo Light Blend marker on the perfume bottle.  I added few little embellishments with the Mint Macaron Sheer Linen Ribbon and Silver Metallic Thread.  There’s also Wink of Stella on the perfume bottle but it never photographs well.  I used the Subtle Embossing folder on the Mint Macaron layer.  This is one of my very favorite embossing folders.  It does exactly what it’s supposed to do, add a subtle bit of texture to your card.  I added one of the stamp images from the Dressed to Impress stamp set and a sentiment from Peaceful Moments.

                   

 

The 2nd project is a holder for a Bath and Body Works hand sanitizer.     

I found the pattern from a post by Twila Davis (she does the most amazing 3D items!) and just made a couple of my own adjustments.  And this project only uses the 6×6 DSP from the Best Dressed Suite.  One of my favorite patterns in this DSP package is the perfume bottles.  They are just too cute!  I also used the Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding that goes with the Peaceful Poppies Suite.  This ribbon is so versatile!  This is a must-have accessory from the Mini Catalog in my opinion.  You can color the ribbon using our Blends so it virtually can be any color you need!  I used the Dark Mint Macaron to color the ribbon for this project.  You just have to give it a minute to completely dry and then you are good to go!

                                   

Holder Measurements:

Holder base – 8.5″ x 2″ – score @ 3.75″ and 4.75″.  Using Delightful Tag punch, punch both ends of the base

Holder Band – 6.5″ x 1.75″ – score @ 1.25″, 2.25″, 4.25″ and 5.25″.  Place adhesive on the back of this band (just the piece that will be on the front and back of the holder, not the side pieces) and wrap around the folded base.  This helps keep it secure.

DSP band – 6″ x 1.5″.  I didn’t score this piece, I simply added some adhesive to the backside and wrapped it around the card stock band.  Since I used a 6×6 piece of DSP, it didn’t completely meet at the back of the card stock band.  If you are using 12 x 12 DSP, you will cut it at 6.5″ x 1.5″ and it will completely wrap around the cardstock band.

 

And last but not least, my 3rd project is a treat box that Erica Cerwin shared.

I loved the unique shape of it and thought it was going to be a little challenging to make.  But it’s actually just a basic lidded box with an added topper of a piece of cardstock cut using our Stitched Nested Dies!  It totally changes the look.  I used the Scripty Embossing Folder to give it a more feminine look, a small piece of the Best Dressed DSP cut with a smaller Stitched Nested die, some Pink Petal Metallic Edged Ribbon (from the Parisian Blossoms Suite) and a pink tassel from the Best Dressed Suite.  I attached the ribbon and tassel with a couple of glue dots. This is a great way to show that we can coordinate items from other suite offerings as well!  I tucked a small square soap that I purchased at a boutique in VA a few months ago.

                                                                      

The box base is 7.5″ x 5.25″

– score on long side at 1″, 3.25″, 4.25″ and 6.5″

– score on short side at 1″ and 4.25″

– trim each of the square tabs at an angle

– Place strong adhesive on the outside of all the square tabs.  Fold up the tabs on the left and in the center into the left side rectangles

– then fold the right-hand squares into the other rectangles (sorry, I forgot to take a picture of these last 2 steps 😦 )

                             

I had a great time working on the projects this month, and while I tried to keep everything within one suite, I’m really glad that we have so many products that coordinate so well across the board.  This is a great selling point for our customers, don’t you think?

Thanks for stopping by, and please continue through the hop.  Frances Wagner is next and I know she has some wonderful projects to share!

A quick reminder!  There’s only a few days left to shop the Year End Close Out Sale!  The last day to order is January 2nd.  If placing an online order, please use Host Code QKTMUDTX.  Click on the graphic below to go to my online store!

 

Tina Lesson

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Frances Wagner

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NC Demos October Blog Hop – My Favorite Things

Welcome to the October NC Demos Blog Hop!  You may have just hopped over from Tina Lesson’s blog, wasn’t her project great?!

This month our challenge was to share our favorite thing or things from the Annual or Holiday catalog.  I definitely had to narrow it down because my post would be like a small novel if I didn’t!  I was able to zero in on one particular stamp set from the Holiday catalog.  I’m am a big fan of penguins. I have always loved them, I just think they are so cute.  Back when I first started dating my husband, he knew how much I loved them and while on a trip, he brought back this guy for me 🙂

And when we got married, he really stepped up his game!  This was his wedding gift to me, a beautiful black diamond penguin necklace.  Needless to say, he’s a keeper!

So, when I saw the new stamp set, I knew I had to add it to my collection.  We’ve had a number of stamp sets in the past that featured penguins, but they were always more whimsical.  I love the real look of these little guys.  And the fact that we can put hats and scarves on them just makes them even better.

This is one of the cards I made recently for an NC Demo Quarterly swap.  There is very little stamping required, it’s more about layers and embellishments.

I love the new 6 x 6 Wrapped in Plaid DSP.  I’ve always been a fan of plaid and I love the colors used in this DSP.  Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy and Shaded Spruce look very elegant together.  And this DSP can easily be used for non-holiday themed cards.

I used Shaded Spruce for the card base and ink for stamping the background on the front flap.  The card base is 6.5″  x 5.5″, scored at 4.25″. The penguin was stamped using Black Memento on a piece of Whisper White that was cut using one of the Stitched Nested dies.  I added a bit of Mango Melody color to his beak.  Wink of Stella was applied to the penguin (have I told you how much I LOVE Wink of Stella?) The scarf was stamped on a scrap of Whisper White and colored using light Shaded Spruce blends, fussy cut and attached to the penguin. I colored one of the rhinestones using the light Cherry Cobbler Blends and attached that to the scarf.  I used the Stitched Nested dies to cut a larger piece of Gold Foil paper, then mounted the stamped penguin piece to that using dimensionals. 

The finished piece was layered on to the front panel of the card and a piece of the Shara Sand/Night of Navy Bakers twine was wrapped around the front panel and tied in a bow.

The inside has panels of Whisper White and Wrapped in Plaid DSP (2″ x 5 3/8″) with the sentiment stamped in Night of Navy.  I used a small piece of leftover DSP scrap to break up the Whisper White cardstock.

I hope you enjoyed my card!  Now please follow along to see the rest of the NC Demo’s blog posts.  Laurie Meier is next and I know you’re going to love her project 🙂

Note* – for easy shopping, you can click on any photo of my featured card and see the list of products used to make it.  Then you can select which items you might need to make your own!

Happy Stamping!

Tracie Evans Langley

Tina Lesson

Toni Campana – YOU ARE HERE!

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Merry Moose Card

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Welcome!  Today I’d like to share a card with you that uses the Merry Moose bundle from our Holiday Catalog.  It also uses several punches from the Annual Catalog as well. I love bundles because they give you everything you need to make great projects at a discounted price.   You can see a list of all the supplies I used at the bottom of this post.  I tend to not give my punches the love they deserve.  They are a quick way of pulling a card together without a lot of time and effort.

I think the punches give you instant gratification, and who doesn’t like that?  I’m also sharing a little tip on using the Classic Label punch.  Did you know you can ‘extend’ the label beyond the punched length?  You can punch the label and cut it in half.  Then take either end and attach it to the label with your sentiment, as shown below.

 

I mounted the Moose using dimensionals to give it a little more depth.  And although it’s not in the list of supplies, I brushed Wink of Stella on his antlers to make them stand out a bit.

This card could be used for a lot of occasions just by changing out the sentiments.  It definitely has a bit of a masculine feel to it, but it’s really appropriate for anyone!

 

If you’d like written instructions for this card, simply comment here and I’ll send them to you.  And I’m really excited to inform you that I now have my own YouTube channel!  It’s the same name as my blog, Toni Mari’s Creations and I would LOVE it if you’d pop over and like my video and subscribe to my channel.  I’m really trying to make more of a social media presence, and the more subscribers I get the more I can do with it 🙂

 

 

 

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