Ai - Couples Card Challenge

Thursday, November 14, 2019
Hello Ai fans!!

I am here today with another challenge for Art Impressions.  This one is Couples Card Challenge using the newly released set; Happy Trails.  I love this set!
I started by ink blending on my paper with red, orange, and yellow.  I absolutely love the sunset look the ink gave. I followed by using the Circle Double Stitch Dies to cut a circle in my blended piece.  

I set the circle piece aside and stated Copic coloring my Happy Trails images.  I chose the woman in a chair, the man in a chair, and a palm tree.  These were really easy to color and to cut out. I stamped the sentiment "Home is where you park it" on the bottom center of my card.

 From here I glued down my Circle Double Stitched circle to my card base.  I think it looks like a sunset ... don't you?


I finished my card off by adding my stamped images to the card.  As you can see with palm tree ... I glued the bottom down but added foam tape to the top of the tree to give it more dimension.  I added my couple to the card.  To finish it off I added Wink of Stella to my ladies glasses to make the glass shimmer.

Here is one more look at the finished card ... it definitely makes me wanna go some place warm and dig my toes in the sand.  I added orange Nuvo Drops to finish the card off. 

This Happy Trails set is so much fun.  thank you for dropping by.  Please head on over to participate in the Couples Card Challenge ... you could win something awesome!

Copics used:
B12, B14, B16
BG11, BG45, BG49
C3, C5, C7
E00, E11, E43, E44
R11, R35, R37, R39
W2, W4
Y13
YG05, YG07, YG17
YR02, YR04, YR07

Until next time ... Hugs & inky fingers!


Ai - Snowman Flip

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Hello Ai fans!!
I am up over on the Art impressions blog today!
Do you spot something new ... SSS Exclusive Holiday Flip Card Set 5207
As you can see we have an exclusive stamp set only available at Simon Says Stamp.  I LOVE this set.  It is so fun! And what a bonus ... it's a Flip Card!
I started by using my flip die to cut my red card base. I trimmed the bottom with rose gold glitter paper.  I added a diagonal stripe paper to my sentiment square to frame it out.  I randomly added white Nuvo Drops to give the impression of snow. I added my forward facing snowmen as if they were holding up the "Wishing You" sign.
I did exactly the same to the inside of the card.  Except for this time the sentiment says "A very Merry Christmas." Isn't it cool how the sentiment flips when you open the card up?
Here is a close up of the front of my card and my colored snowmen.  I used my Copic markers to color these cute fellas! I also popped up my snowmen with foam tape for added dimension. Doesn't the glitter really make it sparkle?
Here is a close up of the inside with the cute lil' snowman butts! I also raised up these guys with foam tape as well. I actually did everything identical to the front of the card except the snowmen.
Here is one more of the front of the card laying flat so you can see where the flip die cuts along with the placement of everything.
And a flat one of the inside as well.  I love how this card looks more complex than it really is.  Using the flip feature is SO easy.  Everyone should have this die in their stash!

Thank you for stopping by today!  Please head on over to Simon Says Stamp to pick up this adorable SSS Exclusive Holiday Flip Card.

Make sure you come back next week.  I just might have another adorable card using this fun SSS Exclusive stamp set

Copics used:
BG11, BG45, BG49
C1, C3, C5, C7, C9
G07, G09
N0, N1, N3
R21, R22
R24, R27, R29, R35, R37
V20, V22, V25
W00, W1, W3

Y13, Y18

Until next time ... Hugs & inky fingers!




Ai - Blessed & Grateful

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Hello Ai fans!!

I am sharing a card over on the Art Impressions blog using the Birdhouse Neighborhood, the WC Sentiment Set 2, and the Circle Double Stitch Dies
I started by stamping my Birdhouse Neighborhood stamp set on the middle of my kraft card base. I colored my image with my Polychromos colored pencils. I moved on to my watercolor piece. I started by blending my ink onto the watercolor paper.  I only used two colors and blended them to make the middle color. I cut a circle with my Circle Double Stitched Dies and glued it so it was centered onto my card base with my Birdhouse Neighborhood image showing.    
 I added Wink of Stella to the whole colored area.  I wanted to make the image pop and I figured what better way than to add Wink of Stella to it ... I mean who doesn't love a little sparkle?
As you can see in the picture above I stamped my Blessed & Grateful sentiment to my one inch banner strip I made using the WC Sentiment Set 2 . I glued down the left side of my sentiment strip and I raised the banner side up with one layer of foam tape.  I absolutely love when I can do this to an image or sentiment.  It give so much dept to the card and to my sentiment strip with hardly any effort. What do you think?  Like it? 
I finished my card off with some Crystal Nuvo Drops.  This has been my go-to embellishment lately.   I added the same three colors as my card front, I just varied the color so red wasnt on red and so forth.
Here is one more look at the full card.  I love this card can be almost anything from a miss you card, a thank you card, a friendship card, or even a new home card. 

Thank you so much for spending part of your Wednesday with me.  Please come back again soon and see what I am up to here  and over at Art Impressions.

Faber Castell Polychromos used:

All of these are the 9201 series
Red - 121, 217
Orange - 109, 111, 115
Yellow - 107, 184
Green - 165, 168, 171, 
Blue - 140
Gray - 233, 274
Brown - 176, 177, 180, 283

Until next time ... Hugs & inky fingers!

Ai - Holiday Card Challenge

Thursday, October 31, 2019
Happy Thursday everyone!!

I am here sharing the new Penguin Cheer Set ... for the Holiday Card Challenge over on the Art Impressions' blog today. 
Aren't these penguins just the cutest?
I like to keep the markers I want to use in a ceramic mug I have that  says "CREATE" on the front ... Wouldn't you know; it's in the dishwasher at the moment. I improvised and used my daughters clean Cotton Candy bucket.  I love having them picked out ahead of time and within  reach.  It also allows me to easily add them to my list at the end of my posts as well.
I started by picking the paper I wanted so I knew what color Copics I wanted to use. I colored my penguins and then cut it out using my Rounded Rectangle Double Stitched Dies. I also cut out a piece of green glitter paper a size bigger from the same Rounded Rectangle Double Stitched Dies.  I also added some small pearls to give my card some detail.
I added Wink of Stella to the fur on the three penguin hats.  I love how glittery they are in person!
So sparkly!
To finish it off I added a couple strips of thin paper folded and slid into the side of my faux "tag". I added red and some silver glitter paper to help offset the Wink of Stella on the hats.
Once again here is my finished card.  Thank you so much for stopping by. I cannot wait to see what you have created using one of the Art Impressions new Holiday sets.  

Copics used:
C0, C1, C3, C5, C7, C9
R35, R37, R39
Y13, Y15
YR05, YR07

Until next time ... Hugs & inky fingers!




Ai - Merry Christmas to You & Yours

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Hello Ai fans!!
I am over at the Art Impressions blog sharing a card I made using the new stamp set from Art Impressions called Penguin Cheer.
I started by stamping my penguin image in the center of my white card base.  I Copic colored the penguins and added Wink of Stella to the lights and the ornament and star.
I cut a Rounded Rectangle Double Stitched die twice to make a frame for my image.  I attached it to my card base with glue. I stamped my sentiment in black on the bottom center of my card base.
I finished it off with some diamond gems.  I kind of think they look like snow falling. Do you think I have enough or should I have added more?
Here is another look at the full card.  Thank you so much for stopping by and spending some time with me.  Make sure you come back soon to see what every one at Art Impressions' has been up to.

Copics used:
C0, C1, C3, C5, C7, C9
R35, R39
Y13, Y15
YR05, YR07

Until next time ... Hugs & inky fingers!

Kindred Stamps - Classic Love

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Happy Wednesday everyone!! 

I am sharing a couple cards for the Kindred Stamps October Release.  The Classic Love set is a classic that is for sure. I just LOVE it ...  

For my first card.  I stenciled the background in blue with the Long Hair Stencil from Kindred Stamps. I like how the blue trails off. I figured it would be the best area for the sentiment. Wouldn't you agree?
I cut a small oval from the bottom right of the panel.  I added some silver glitter paper behind the opening. I Copic colored my gentleman in shades of brown.  I raised him up on the silver glitter paper with foam tape.  I finished it off with white Nuvo Drops.
For my second card I wanted an old world feel.  I figured the best way to do that would be to use black and brown ink and stencil it on.  I used the Tiles Stencil from Kindred Stamps.
I colored my girl in an old world look with the brown and cream dress.  I added her to my card from with foam tape to the right center of my card.  I raised my sentiment with foam tape to the upper left of my card.  I finished off with white Nuvo Drops.
Here are both of the cards together.  I hope you love the new set Classic Love just as much as I do. 

The entire Kindred Stamps October release will be available Friday, October 25th at 8am PST/11am EST. Be sure to subscribe to the Kindred Stamps blog to see a daily line up of sneak peeks from our amazing Design Team and see the full product release on Friday! Come join the Fan Club and release event to be part of the release fun, and you may just win some Kindred Stamps credit!!

Who doesn't love free money?? I'm so excited to get to share a little Kindred Stamps love with you guys! I will pick someone who commented on my blog, with their email to get a $10 store credit on October 2nd, 2019. I cannot contact you if you do not leave me your email address.

Thank you so much for stopping by and loving Kindred Stamps as much as I do! I can't wait to share with you all again real soon.  

Until next time ... Hugs & inky fingers!
-Niccole-


Ai - Housework Can't Kill You

Hello Ai fans!! 

I am over on the Art Impressions blog today to share a card I made for you using the 5110-Housework Set from Art Impressions. I think a lot of us feel this way about cleaning. LoL
I started by using a stencil on my background and using transfer gel.  You let that dry and add your foil to the front and run it through your laminator.  I love the imperfections of the foil on the paper.
I cut a black round circle with my Circle Double Stitched Dies and added to the front of my foiled panel.I Copic colored my main image. I added my sentiment which is also from the Housework set
I added my sentiment to the bottom of my card.  I popped my main image up with foam tape onto my black circle.  I finished it off with orange Nuvo Drops.
Once again here is the full card.  I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday and please come back again soon to see what I have been up to.  Happy stamping!!

Copics used:
BG0000
C1, C3, C5, C7, C9
E00, E11, E25, E27, E84, E87
R11, R35
W2, W4
Y13, Y15
YG05, YG07
YR02, YR04, YR07

Until next time ... Hugs & inky fingers!




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