Pink & Main and WOW Collaboration Blog Hop

Hello Everyone,

I am so excited today as I am part of a wonderful Blog Hop between Pink and Main and WOW. I love their embossing powders, I actually own quite a few of them as their price point and size is just perfect.

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Before diving in the card I created for the occasion, let me show you how I swatch my embossing powders.

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I cut a bunch of Stitched Arch tags from Neenah White 110lb cardstock and used the Pattern maker stamp set to make my swatches. I inked it up with clear embossing ink and poured the different embossing powders on it. I used coffee filters to catch the remaining powders, in this way I could funnel it back to the jars. I heated them with a heat tool and used a ring binder to hold the tags together. For the white powders I used black cardstock.

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And now lets get in the details of my card.

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I stamped, coloured a bunch of images from the Eskimo kisses stamp set and used their coordinating dies to cut them out. I wanted to make a mini scene in a picture frame, so I die cut a few Cloudy Frames and stacked them together using liquid glue. I covered the top layer with clear embossing ink and poured WOW Metalline Dark Blue embossing powder on it. I heated it with my heat tool and repeated the process 3 times until I got an even and quite thick layer. It looks like a metallic chipboard frame in this way, so fancy!

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I cut a light blue cardstock rectangle to back the frames and also used a Scalloped Waves die to cut my snowbanks from white glitter cardstock. If you don’t have glitter cardstock, you could easily make your own using embossing glitters from WOW!

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I assembled my scene and popped up the dog and the eskimo with 3D foam squares. For the background I used a patterned paper from the Be brave paper pad. I heat embossed the sentiments from the Wishes stamp set starting with the big “Wishes”. I used WOW White Puff embossing powder to get a snowy look. The texture is amazing and touch of it is so unique too.

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Then I heat embossed “sending” and “warm” around it using WOW Opaque Bright White embossing powder. I adhered the whole panel to a white top folding card base and the card is finished. I love how all the special effects make the scene so complete. And it was so easy to achieve with embossing powders.

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I hope you like my card and got inspired. Make sure to hop along with both Design Teams, here is the full list of participants:

WOW! Embossing Powder

Pink & Main

Andrea

Ankita

Dana

Donna

Jackie

Jaine

Jeannie

Jo

Julie

Kathy

Kimberly

Laurie

Lynnea

Michelle

Olga

Raluca

Riikka

Tracy

Yasmin

Zsofia – you are here

There are prizes to be won, just to make it really fun! Those who comment on all blogs will enter the giveaway to win either a 25USD gift certificate to Pink and Main or a goodie bag from WOW! The random winner will be announced on the WOW and Pink and Main blogs on Wednesday, October 22, 2018.

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Enjoy the hop and see you soon,

Zsofi

 

 

Newton’s Nook Designs Holiday Release – Day 4

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Hello Everyone,

Today is the last day of the sneak peaks of the Holiday Release at Newton’s Nook Designs. We saved the funniest and cutest for the last day, we are showcasing the Happy Howl-idays, Slothy Christmas stamp and die sets along with 2 punny new mini sets: Mistle Toad and Fleece Navidad.

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All the new products will be available on 19/10/2018 at the Newton’s Nook Designs online store  and other craft suppliers too.

SLOTHY CHRISTMAS

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I started with stamping and colouring the cute sloth from the Slothy Christmas set using Copic markers. I added some fur details with a grey pencil afterwards, and used a white gel pen to add some highlights. I used the coordinating die set to cut it out.

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I die cut a stitched rectangle from a striped patterned paper and backed it with a light blue cardstock. I die cut an oval window which I covered with pine branches (Pines and Holly die set)  die cut from green cardstock several times. I also die cut a bow from red glitter fun foam using the same die set.

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I used 3D foam tape to mount the frame and the sloth hanging with the help of a silver string. I stamped the sentiment under it with red ink. I covered the candy cane with glossy accents and added clear shimmer to the Santa hat. I also emphasized the eyes with a black glaze pen.

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HAPPY HOWL-IDAYS

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I stamped, coloured and die cut the cute dogs with their coordinating dies. I love that the dies cut the little holes in between the 2 dogs, so it all looks so finished and worth the investment in the dies. Scissors would never do the same perfect cut!

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I wanted to create a nice snowy scene for my dogs so I ink blended a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock with blues and pinks. I added Snowflake paste through the Petite Snow stencil and let it dry. I love this paste as it really looks like snow after drying.

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Meanwhile I die cut 3 birch trees using the Forest Scene Builder die set an also 2 grassy borders from glitter white cardstock using the Land border die set.

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I white heat embossed a sentiment on a strip of vellum and after assembling the scene, I wrapped it around the top part of the card. Then a bit of glossy accents on the antlers, white gel pen details on the cheeks and scarf and a bit of black gaze pen on the eyes.

MISTLE TOAD

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After stamping, colouring and die cutting this cutie, I decided to make a tag. I die cut a white tag with the Fancy Edges Tag die set, a reinforcer from red glitter cardstock and used a piece of patterned paper to cover the bottom part.

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I stamped the sentiment in black and used 3D foam squares to mount the image.

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I added glossy accents to the bow an berries, and a bit of clear shimmer to the leaves. I finished it off with a green-white twine.

FLEECE NAVIDAD

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My approach here was the same as with the cute frog: I wanted to make a tag. I used the same die set for the base, but different embellishments: patterned paper for the top and silver glitter paper to the bottom.

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I stamped, coloured and die cut the sheep, added it with 3D foam squares and stamped the sentiment above it with red ink. I also stamped  the snowflake from the set with silver Delicata pigment ink. I added a white twine to it, glossy accents on the scarf and clear shimmer on the hat.

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I wanted to show you how you can turn a tag into a card as well so I made a duplicate of this tag and matted it with a red tag slightly off set before adding the twine. I chose a snowflake patterned paper as background and the card is ready. Easy-peasy and you have a matching card for your tag.

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GIVEAWAY

Would you like to win the “Slothy Christmas” or the “Happy Howl-idays”  Stamp Sets? We will choose ONE lucky winner for each stamp set! 

Here’s how to win: 

Comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal 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 October 18th at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, October 19th. 

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

Newton’s Nook Designs

Amanda Bodine

Holly Endress

Ellen Haxelmans

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Juliana Michaels

Zsofia Molnar 

Naki Rager

Maria Russell

Tatiana Trafimovich

I hope you like today’s picture heavy inspiration. The new release is going to be available as of tomorrow! Yay! Which ones will land in your shopping carts?

See you soon,

Zsofi

 

Newton’s Nook Designs Holiday Release – Day 2

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Hello Everyone,

I hope you have enjoyed yesterday’s reveals of the Holiday Release from Newton’s Nook Designs. Today we have even more fun for you, 2 extremely cute stamp sets with their coordinating dies:

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All the new products will be available on 19/10/2018 at the Newton’s Nook Designs online store an other craft suppliers too.

CAROLING NEWTON

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For my card I created the background first by sponging Peacock Feathers Distress ink on Bristol Smooth cardstock. I made it lighter toward the bottom to have an ombre effect. Then I placed the new Music stencil over the panel and sponged more Peacock Feathers ink over it to get a textured, tone-on-tone background. hen it was dry, I die cut it with the postage stamp die from the Frameworks die set.

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I stamped and coloured the singing kitties and mice on Copic friendly white cardstock, coloured them with alcohol markers an die cut them with their coordinating dies. To set the scene I also die cut a piece of white glitter paper with the postage stamp die to give the impression of snow.

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I adhered the carolling critters on the snowy background using 3D foam squares. The sentiment is a die cut from red glitter cardstock, I used the Holiday greetings die set. 

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As a finishing touch I added a bit of clear shimmer to the caps and scarves, emphasized some details with glossy accents and made the caps fluffy with a Marvy Snow Marker (I added a bit of liquid carefully and heated it with a heat gun until it puffed up).

THE NUTCRACKER SQUEAK

My daughter is 7 years old and she loves cartoons. One of her favourites is the Barbie version of the Nutcracker story. I was smiling when I saw this stamp/die set as I knew I wanted to make a special shadow box card for her with it. For the technical part of how to make a shadow box card, I advise you to watch Jennifer McGuire’s tutorial.

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I stamped, coloured and die cut all the images from The Nutcracker Squeak set, I used Copics to add colour. Then I made my shadow box card using white card stock. For the inside I die cut a stitched rectangle from some aqua patterned paper and die cut some pine trees from white cardstock using the Forest Scene builder set. I quickly added colour to them with my Copics, making sure to leave some white edges to have the illusion of snow on the trees. I also stamped a sentiment from the Sentiments of the Season stamp set.

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I used the Land Border dies to cut a stitched slope from white glitter cardstock and adhered it to the background. I popped up my mice with thin foam squares on this. Then I added the little mouse girl and the trumpet on the second layer of my shadow box, finally I finished building the dimensional scene with the present and the drum being on the top layer.

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I used my usual tricks to make the images even cuter: glossy accents, clear shimmer on the clothes, a black glaze pen on the eyes and white gel pen dots on the cheeks. I love that it looks like a little theatre scene!

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The front of the card I kept simple. I had a stitched rectangle cut from the same patterned paper I used inside, matted with metallic red cardstock. I created a snow globe using the Snow Globe Shaker die set and specialty cardstocks.

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I adhered it all flat and placed the ballerina mouse in the middle. I added a white embossed sentiment (from a new sentiment set which you will see in details soon) and a few snowflake sequins embellished with iridescent jewels.

GIVEAWAY

Would you like to win the “Nutcracker Squeak” or the “Caroling Newton”  Stamp Sets? We will choose ONE lucky winner for each stamp set! 

Here’s how to win: 

Comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal 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 October 18th at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, October 19th. 

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

Newton’s Nook Designs

Amanda Bodine

Holly Endress

Ellen Haxelmans

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Juliana Michaels

Zsofia Molnar 

Naki Rager

Maria Russell

Tatiana Trafimovich

I hope you like today’s inspiration and are excited about the new sets. Make sure to pop in tomorrow again for more fun product reveals! There is still plenty of cuteness coming!

See you,

Zsofi

Newton’s Nook Designs Holiday Release – Day 1

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Hello Everyone,

I am super excited to share with you the first sneak peeks of the big holiday release from Newton’s Nook Designs! It is gonna be a fabulous week, full of great new stamps, dies and stencils. All new products will be available on 19th October 2018.

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Today we are showcasing the new Winter memories stamp and coordinating die set, along with 3 new and super unique stencils, the Forest Scene builder die set and the fantastic Holiday Greetings die set! So much fun for Day 1 already!

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For my card today I created a Distress Oxide background using Blueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean oxide inks. I always use Bristol Smooth cardstock as they blend like butter on this due to its special coating. I spritzed the panel with water, dabbed it off with a dry paper towel after 30secs and sprayed it with Tsukineko Shimmer spritz for a subtle sparkle. When the panel was dry, I added Ranger White Texture Paste through the Evergreens stencil and set it aside to dry. I made sure to wash my stencil immediately with soapy warm water.

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Meanwhile I stamped the cute images from the Winter memories stamp set using Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

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I love the little holes the dies cut in certain areas, such a great detail and make the images look so fancy!

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I used the Land border dies to cut two snowbanks from textured white cardstock and used 3D foam tape to adhere them to the dry stencilled background. I mounted the die cut images too and white heat embossed a sentiment on the top part of my scene.

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GIVEAWAY

Would you like to win the “Winter Memories”  Stamp Set? This stamp set will be given away to ONE lucky winner! 

Here’s how to win: 

Comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal 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 October 18th at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, October 19th. 

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

Newton’s Nook Designs

Amanda Bodine

Holly Endress

Ellen Haxelmans

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Juliana Michaels

Zsofia Molnar 

Naki Rager

Maria Russell

Tatiana Trafimovich

I hope you like today’s inspiration and you got into holiday mood. Make sure to pop in tomorrow again for more fun product reveals!

See you,

Zsofi

 

 

 

Koality holidays

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to share these cuties with you I made for a sweet friend of mine as a present.  She loves koalas and I wanted to turn the cute images from the Sugarpea Designs+Simon Says Stamp Stamptember collaboration set into little Santas.

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I started with stamping an colouring the images with Copic markers and I die cut them with their coordinating dies. The Santa hats are from the MFT Beast Friends stamp set.

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For the tags I used the small tag from Sugarpea Designs to cut them from heavy weight white cardstock which I previously covered with silver glitter tape. I adorned the tags with some green metallic branches (also part of the tag die set). I adhered the cute koalas on each and finished them with a thin red ribbon. A bit of Spectrum Noir sparkle pen and glossy accents of course I had to add.

The card I kept similarly clean and simple too. I die cut a stitched rectangle from white cardstock and ran it through the Big Shot machine one more time with the swirls background die from Simon Says Stamp. I die cut a stitched strip from the same green metallic cardstock and heat embossed a Hungarian sentiment (Scrapfellow) on it with silver embossing powder.

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I gave it a silver mat using silver glitter tape and assembled the card. The same finishing touches I applied here too: glossy accents on the nose, black glaze pen on the eyes, Spectrum Noir Shimmer pen on the Santa hat.

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I will upload this project to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Anything goes, to the Work it Wednesday Challenge (use something new) and to the Sugar Pea Designs Anything goes Challenge too.

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I hope you like it an will return soon for more inspiration.

See you,

Zsofi

Bokeh technique with distress inks

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all had a lovely holiday and it is still the time of relaxation. For us it is the winter break for the kids so we spend a lot of time together playing. The end of the year did not go as planned crafting-wise, I am still going to the post office to send out my belated holiday wishes. I have made a lot of cards which I did not manage to blog, this card set was one of them. But as the Paper Smooches Winter Holiday Challenge is still open, I will share it now.

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A couple of weeks back I attended a lovely course on Online Card Classes and learnt a great background technique with distress inks from the gorgeous Kristina Werner. I started with stamping the cute snowman couple on Bristol Smooth cardstock and masked them off using masking paper and the coordinating dies. I also added a strip of post-it tape to create snow.

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Then I applied some distress ink  and lifted some of it with a wet paintbrush. I heat set it and repeated again. After I felt ok with the result and it was all dry, I white heat embossed some beautiful snowflakes (SSS)  all around the snowmen.

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After removing the masks, I coloured the couple with Zig Clean Colour Real Brush markers. I die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die and glued it on a gold or silver mat. The sentiment is a stacked die cut for more dimension, it is also a Paper Smooches die.

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When the cards were done, I added some google eyes or eerie eyes from Doodlebug. A little Spectrum Noir shimmer, glossy accent and a tiny pearl finished off these cute cards. Which one is your favourite?

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Hope you don’t mind some more holiday themed cards till the new year. Please pop in again soon for more inspiration.

See you,

Zsofi

 

 

Inky Paws Challenge #62 – falalallama

White and blue snowflakes on a dark paper background.

Happy Monday Everyone,

Today a new Inky Paws Challenge #62 is starting, with cozy and warm  colours. I just love this colour combo, so wintery and fitting the season.

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I started with running a piece of Neenah Desert Storm cardstock through the Big Shot machine with a stitched rectangle frame die and then a stitched swirls cover up die from Lil’Inkers Designs. I love this die and use it so often, it looks fabulous on any coloured cardstock when I want to keep it clean and simple.

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Then I stamped and coloured the cute llama from the new Llama delivery stamp set from Newton’s Nook Designs. I used Copics and simple shading. I used the coordinating dies to cut it out an another piece from fun foam too for instant dimension. I love that a stamped image looks like a puffy sticker in this way.

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The sentiment is partly die cut from glitter paper (Simon Says Stamp die) and partly white heat embossed on a black banner (MFT stamps and Lawn Fawn die). I made the die cut sentiment more dimensional by adding a few more layers under the glitter one. I used Ranger Multi Matte Medium with a fine tip applicator to adhere the layers.

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I die cut a stitched small rectangle from light green cardstock to carry the greetings and I decided to stamp some of the music notes also across the card with black ink for a more festive feel. A bit of Spectrum Noir shimmer and glossy accent finished it off.

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I hope you like it and will join us in the next 2 weeks for this challenge. A random winner will get a 20 USD gift certificate to the NND online store.

I will link this project up to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Stitch it and Monday Challenge Holiday cards.

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See you soon with some last minute holiday cards an tags.

Zsofi