Thursday, December 3, 2009

Stampin'B's Challenge #35

I am today's hostess for this Stampin'B's challenge, I would like everyone to make an acetate card.

I do hope that you will play along with us and don't forget to use the keyword StampinB so that your beautiful work can be seen by everyone. Please do visit and comment on my team mates beautiful cards. You can find their blogs here:






You can also visit our blog at:

All of the papers and ribbon used on this card can be found at:

Mark’s Finest Papers-

The stamp of the Santa face used on my card was borrowed from my friend Sharon. I love this image I think the face is beautiful. I colored just the face with Copic markers, the frame of the glasses was done with a gel pen and I used some crystal effect on the glass parts.

The acetate is cut to make a 51/4" X 51/4" card.

I used my CB and diecuts in 2 different sizes for the frame.I mounted the Santa image on the front of the card and the red matt is mounted right behind it on the inside. I did the same thing for the sentiment panel on the inside so that you cannot see any of the double sided tape that I used.

I used a sticker sentiment on the bottom, the snowflakes are from a MS punch and the glittery red centres are also stickers. To finish I added the beautiful red ribbon. Be sure to check out Mark’s Finest Papers- you can find some great stamping supplies and stamps on this terrific new site.

Hugs always, Nicole

Friday, November 27, 2009

Stampin'B's Challenge #34


Today's hostess is the very sweet Vicky Gould. Her challenge to us is to make a Thanksgiving card. Perfect for the holiday weekend.

For my card today I used a digital image, I'm sorry but I don't know who site it's from. My computer crashed and I lost all of my information.

I used Prisma color pencils and Gamsol to color. I love this medium but haven't used it in a while.

The sentiment is computer generated.

All the papers, ribbon and pearls are from Mark's Finest Papers. You can find these at

Please visit the Stampin'B's blog for my fellow DT members beautiful work at

I hope that you will play along with us as we love to see your creations for this challenge.

Remember to use the keyword StampinB so that your cards will be displayed in the Stampin'B's gallery.

Hugs always, Nicole

Friday, November 13, 2009

Stampin'B's Challenge #32

Hi all, the hostess for today's challenge is NR/NancyRuth. Thanks NR for the terrific challenge.

We are to make anything but a card.

Last week I noticed that one of the Christmas tutorials was for a Luminaria. I decided to do one but not with a kit.

The dimensions are:

2 pieces of 5 1/2" X 8 1/2" in white, I used 120lb. CS for weight. Score at 4" and 8" this will leave a small 1/2" flap to attach the pieces together.

2 pieces of 1" X 8 1/2" in light green, you do not need to score these yet

4 large outer Nestie Ovals - 1 medium plain and 1 large scallop

2 different edge punches

4 pieces of Vellum cut to 3 7/8" by 5" or just big enough to cover your die cut oval

glue or double sided tape

1 suitable image

inks or markers to colors

glitter embossing/Winter Wonderland

Using your CB you will cut 2 ovals in each of the white pieces, center the ovals in each of the folded sections.

Now you need to cut the scallop trim using 2 dies, the same one you used for the oval cut and a size larger scallop oval. You can put these on a piece of light green CS. You can then leave the dies in and embelish them.

These decorator scallops can now be glued to the outside of your oval cuts in the white panels. Make sure that you lay your pieces one 1/2" edge of your white CS on the right side and the other on the left side. This detail will be important when you assemble the Luminaria

Take your 2 pieces of CS in the white and the light green strips, you use a different punch for each. I used a MS punch on the 2 white pieces and a SU punch on the 2 light green pieces.

Attach the light green to the inside of the top section of the white punched section so that the white overlaps the light green.

Again make sure that you have your white pieces are facing the right way.

Fold all of your score lines, attach some double sided tape to the 1/2" fold and attach it to the straight edge of the other piece forming a box like shape.

Stamp your image 4 times, color and emboss with glitter EP "optional".

Cut out and attach with pop-ups for dimension.

I hope you enjoy my Luminaria, I chose to make it bigger and decorate it on all sides to use as a center piece. I used 2 battery tea lights inside and covered the flash when taking the photo so that you can see the lights reflection.

All of the papers used are from Marks Finest Papers found here:

Check out the rest of the teams cards at the Stampin'B's Blog found here:

Do come and play along and remember to use the keyword StampinB to upload your card to the SCS Stampin'B's gallery.

Hugs always, Nicole

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

SCS Challenge CC244 for Nov. 10,2009

The colors for CC244 are Bravo Burgandy, Very Vanilla and Kraft.
The images are Flourishes/Baby Love.
I used markers to color, I masked the teddy bear in order to get the rocker behind the bear image. I also popped the duck and the rattle.
I used Nestabilities circles in plain and scallops.

I'm not impressed with my coloring on this one.
For the best papers, ribbons, embelishments and Flourishes stamps visit:

Hugs always, Nicole



CAS40 challenge

This is my card for yesterday's CAS40 challenge. I'm a little late, I was having trouble with my blogger site.
The inks, ribbon, papers and Flourishes sets are all available at:
We are to use white and one other color only.
I chose to use white and Olive Green
I used the Swissdots embossing folder on the bg panel.
The main panel was punched in the Olive Green as was the sentiment.
I used a MS punch on the bottom border.
The image and sentiment is a Flourish set called/Cottage Home.
As embelishments I used a grossgrain ribbon and some brads.

I really like how this one turned out, what do you think.
Hugs always, Nicole

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Stampin'B's Challenge #31

Our hostess this week is Faith/Markie's mom. We are to make a Christmas/Holiday card.

For my card I chose to use a digi image by Moe's Digital Pencil which you can find here:
The image is colored with Prisma watercolor pencils and a small artist brush.
I used a River Rock marker to do the shadowing/footprints on the image.
I used a star punch by MS for the top of the main panel, I did it very irregularly to simulate snow falling. I then used some of the snowflake cut outs from the punching and added them to the top of the card. I then added some light blue gems to the snowflakes and on the main panel again to simulate snow falling. The bg is a dark blue cs.
The sentiment is a rub-on by Reminisce.
I really loved it when I noticed that the flash had reflected on one of the gems making it look like the North Star.

I hope you like this one, I'm very pleased with how it turned out.

Hugs always, Nicole

Friday, October 30, 2009

Stampin'B's Challenge #30

This week's hostess is Joanne/Jojot, we are to make a Thanksgiving/Autumn card.
For my card I chose to do Autumn.
The CS is Whisper White and is a typical A2 card except for the one inch that is cut from the front flap. I used a piece of DP by Basic Grey/Indian Summer for the 11/2 inch strip on the inside, then I punched some leaves onto a piece of cs and used them as a template to sponge leaves onto the front and edge of the inside. I used some TH DI in Aged Mahogany.
The images are SU/Branch Out set. I used some markers in Fall colors to ink up the stamps. The sentiment is from a set by SU/Paint Prints.
That's all there is to it. I kept is very simple this week.

Make sure to visit the Stampin'B's blog to see all of the other members cards and to play along make sure you use StampinB as your keyword.
Hugs always, Nicole

Friday, October 23, 2009

Stampin'B's Challenge #29

This weeks challenge is hosted by yours truly "Nicole Taylor", you are to make a Diagonal Double Pocket Card.
Tutorial found here:

For my card I used some Basic Grey/Wassail/Greetings Dp.
The sentiment is by Hero Arts and the tags are die cut designs by Graphic45/Christmas Past designs.
I added a Nestabilities round scallop to my main image and used some of the dp to back my tag images.
I added some pretty Martha Stewart ribbon to finish.
I hope you come and join us in this fun challenge.

Hugs always, Nicole
Here are the links! Good Luck!

Friday, October 16, 2009


Halloween is nearing and our hostess for this week is the lovely Vicky Gould. Her challenge is for us to make a Halloween card.
I hunted high and low for my Halloween stamps, but they seem to be hiding really well because I can't find them. LOL
I put my thinking cap on and thought that I could use my Cricut machine and the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge.
I first cut the tree in the card style mode in black, the top part of the pumpkin in white and finally the shadow for the pumpkin in black.
The sentiment is computer generated, the pumpkin is colored with Copics and the dp if by Basic Grey.
I added a pretty satin ribbon to finish the look.
I hope you like my simple Halloween card.

Hugs always, Nicole

Friday, October 9, 2009

Stampin'B's Challenge #27

Our challenge this week is hosted by the fabulous Lois/Clownmom. The challenge is to make a gatefold card and use flowers.

I did a Christmas card using Basic Grey paper, Real Red, Sage Shadow and Whisper White.
The image is a die cut tag by Graphic45. They have the best Christmas tags.
You will find an easy video for Gatefold cards in the resources section of SCS.
This is a standard A2 size card.
I used red ribbons and a Pointsettia button "'this is my flower, Lois" as embelishments. The inside sentiment is by
Hero Arts/F4254Joys of the Season.

Do come and play along and be sure to check my team mates cards here:

Vicky Gould: (jojot): (ButterflyEars): (Clownmom): (markie's mom):

For all of my Canadian fellow stampers, I hope you have a terrific Thanksgiving celebration.
Hugs always, Nicole

Friday, October 2, 2009

Stampin'B's Challenge #26

Our hostess for this weeks challenge is Nancyruth.
We are to use pumpkins on our card. I love carved pumpkins, so thanks Nancyruth for this challenge.
My card this week is super simple as I've had no time to stamp. Sob!....

I cut a basic A2 card and I started to add stickers at about the half way line on the front of the card, when I was done I just cut around the images to form the wavy line for the front flap. I added a strip of generic dp on the edge of the inside of the card. I just added some random stickers to fill out the card.
The sticker's are by Crafty Secrets.

Voila! that's it, all done.
I like that it was quick and I think it's super cute.

Hugs always, Nicole

Friday, September 25, 2009

Stampin'B's challenge #25_Watercoloring

Hello! stampers, our hostess with the mostest this week is our very own
fearless leader Faith/Markie's mom.
Faith's challenge was to do watercolor on our project.

I chose to do a watercolored post-card.
The image is by Penny Black called Teddy & Company.
I used re-inkers and a small artist brush to do the watercoloring.
The tree is a seperate stamp so I had to mask off the bear image to stamp the tree on.
I love this little bear I think he's adorable.
I stamped the images in Palette Noir ink on a water color postcard by Winsor & Newton/Cotman. The paper is 140lbs cold pressed.

I hope you enjoy this watercolor, I like the way it turned out.
To see the rest of the teams projects please go the Stampin'B's blog at:

Hugs always Nicole

Friday, September 18, 2009

Creative Design Blog Candy Winner!!!

YES WE HAVE A WINNER!!! The Winner is..... Trina Parsons! Congrats, Trina!

Please email with your address so that we can send your NEW Floral Breeze Stamp Set to you!
Thank you all for playing!

Today's hostes is Joanne/Jojot. The challenge is to make a humurous card. I was really glad to see this challenge as I don't make too many funny cards and this gives me the chance.
For my card I chose to use a gigital image by Mo's Digital Pencil. These are the best digital images I've seen. To see more go to:
The image is watercolored using markers with a small artist brush and water.
This is my favorite thing to do, I love to color.
The dog is not watercolored but done with Copic markers. I like to mix the two, I think they go well together.
The designer paper is Wassail/Cranberry Sauce.
The sentiment is computer generated.
I printed the image 3 times, 1 for the main image, 2nd for the popped image and 3rd to pop the dog again.
Joanne is this funny enought for you. LOL
I hope that you all get a chuckle out of my card.
To play along all you have to do is upload to your gallery at SCS using the key word "StampinB". We would love to see what humorous card you can come up with to give us all a good laugh.
To see my team mates cards please visit the Stampin'B's Design Team blog at
Hugs always, Nicole

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Creative Design Boutique Blog Hop

For my blog hop card I decided to do a step-fold card.

The flower image is from Creative Design Boutique creator Rita Marie and the set is called Foral Breeze. You can find this set and many more at:

I colored the image with Copics and markers. The borders and design on the white panels are done with Bordabilities/Fancy Scallops. I added some creamy caramel to highlight the design. The cs colors are creamy caramel, soft suede and whisper white.

The sentiment is computer generated and I added some brads for effect.

Hi! Are you ready? It's time for Creative Design Boutique's Blog Hop! And, there's BLOG CANDY!!!

Make sure you visit ALL of these blogs on Wednesday, September 16. 2009, leave comments on ALL 6 of the Creative Design Team Blog Posts, and a winner's name will be chosen from those posts on Thursday August 6 and posted at 6PM.

Here are the links! Good Luck!

Vicky Gould: (jojot): (ButterflyEars): (Clownmom): (markie's mom):

Hugs always, Nicole

Friday, September 11, 2009

Stampin'B's Challenge # 23

The hostess for this week is "me", Nicole/ButterflyEars.

My challenge to my team mates and to you is to make a 3"X3" card box with 4 cards.
This can be in any styloe or if you prefer a bigger size you can. No rules remember. LOL

For the theme of my box set and cards I made 6 cards instead of 4, I chose Christmas. I will give this to my DAunt Kay who can use them to put with her gifts as tags.
For the box I used a gold paper with Merry Christmas embossed in all different languages.
On the flap I added 2 Nestie's circles one plain and one scalloped. I also added a magnet closure and a pretty ribbon.
,For the card I started with a white base, bright gold paper,colered with some vellem music paper. I added a thin brown ribbon and some really cute reindeer charms by Lost & Found that I purchased at Michaels.
The charms were silver so I embossed them, first by pressing the charm into Versamark and tthen embossing them in Pure Gold EP. I think they turned out pretty good.

I hope you enjoy this challenge and that you will come and play along. Make sure you use the key word "StampinB" so that we can all enjoy your cards.

Hugs Always, Nicole

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Timeless Tuesday Challenge #32

This is my card for the FTTC32 challenge.
For this card I used a Flourishes set called Summer on the Patio.
This is such a versatile set, I enjoyed playing with it to decide on which images to use.
First I stamped the bottle and the glass at the hight of the table top, then I masked these images and stamped in the table and chair.
I added the sentiment to the top of the page therefore left the bottom sentiment on the sketch off.
I colored the image with Copic markers, I then used some Crystal Effects on the bottle and the wine in the glass. I love how this effect turned out.
The designer paper is by Basic Grey/Wisteria.
The silk flower embelishment was from the dollar store.
I hope that you like this little invitation card.
Hugs always, Nicole

Friday, September 4, 2009

Stampin'B's Challenge #22

Our hostess today is the very talented Vicky Gould, her challenge to us was a color challenge, we are to use Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel.


Thanks, Vicky.

I received stampings of this image but I'm sorry I didn't mark from who, I colored these with Prisma color pencils and gamsol. I then cut the bouquet away from the first image and mounted it with pop-ups over the second image.
The sentiment is a rub-on by MSE, I love their rub-ons.
This card is 51/4" by 51/4",
The first layer is Chocolate Chip with a Close to Cocoa overlay.
The second is Creamy Caramel wich I popped-up over the first, I added some piercing here.
The third is the image matted with Creamy Caramel.

This card is clean and simple, I hope you enjoy it.

Hugs always, Nicole

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge #31

Wow, it been quite a while since I've posted a card.

My apologies, I've been sick "enough said".

This is my card for the FTTC31 challenge. We are not to color anything on our cards.

So for my card I chose to use the ink to rubber "clear polymer stamp" technique.

The Flourishes set that I used for this card it called Thank You/set #33.

I first stamped the Shakespearian quote in India Ink/black, then I inked up this pretty tulip image with my markers, misted and then stamped onto whisper white cs.

The other colors used on this card are pirouette pink and basic black.

I sponged some color around all of the edges in pretty in pink, then distressed all of these edges and curled the corners just a bit.

I stamped the bg with a French script bg stamp in pretty in pink and the distressed this as well.

I then mounted everything onto basic black.

I added the satin black ribbon and Voila!

Hugs always, Nicole

p.s. it's nice to be back!!!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Stampin'B's Challenge #21

Stampin'B's Follow the List Challenge #21 for Aug. 28/09

Today's hostess is NANCYRUTH, her challenge was for us to use vellum on our card.

I stamped the image (unknown) onto vellum then turned it over and hand embossed with embossing tool.
I then cut the frame and stamped the image in India Ink again on River Rock.
The image on the RR was then cut and I pasted the vellum copy over it.
The bg is Basic Black with an overlay of RR embossed with the testile folder.
I added the silver leaves to finish.

I'm sorry if my explanation this week is a little short as I'm not feeling well.

Please do join us in the fun and play along at

Hugs Always, Nicole

Friday, August 21, 2009

BE_Stampin'B's Challenge #20

Stampin'B's Follow the List challenge #20 for Aug. 21, 2009.

Our hostess today is Nancyruth Levine and her challenge to us was to use chalks on our card.

All images are by Creative Design Boutique/Rita Marie designer. This wonderful set is called
Flutterby Delight. I love the butterflies in this set, you can find them and many others at

For the chalk part of my card I did the background in pastel chalks "blue and pink", I used a piece of scrap paper and marked off different areas and then sponging on the chalks in streaky motions. I then used 2 different paisley designs from the same set and stamped them in Pretty in Pink and Bashful Blue. I used some Versamark and heat embossed with Clear EP.

For the layout I used this weeks SC242 which I think is terrific.
The cs is Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue, Pretty in Pink.
On the 2 main panels I sponged on some Pretty in Pink and Bashful Blue.
The flower is done with punches, prima flowers and a brad.
The butterfly was inked in India Ink/black and then colored with Copic markers, highlighted with 2 way glue and some Martha Stewart glitter. To finish my butterfly I added some gorgeous blue gems.
I also added the gems to the corners of the 2 main panels.
I finished off my card by added this beautiful pink polkadot ribbon.

Let me know what you think?
Hugs always, Nicole
Please join us for some fun at

Sunday, August 16, 2009

BE_FS132_Featured Stamper/Stamp Muse

Today's Featured Stamper at SCS is Stamp Muse. This is her card that I chose to case:
I changed the colors, the image and the designer papers. I kept the layout because I thought it was fabulous.
For my images I chose 2 seperate stamp sets by Creative Desing Boutique/Rita Marie. You can find these and many more great sets here:

The butterfly is from a set called Flutterby Delight and the flower is from a set called Funky Florals.
I stamped the images on whisper white with Versamark and heat embossed with Pure Gold EP.
I then colored the images with Copic Markers.
The dp is from the dollar store, isn't it fabulous.
My embelishments are black brads on the main image panel and the pretty pale plum buttons tied with gold thread.

Hugs always, Nicole

Friday, August 14, 2009

Stampin'B' Challenge #19 for Aug, 14/09

This is our #19 Follow the List challenge for Stampin'B's. You can find us here:

Our hostess for today is our very own fearless leader
Faith Hotrichter/Markie's mom.
Our challenge today is to use 2 die cuts on our card.

This is my card and it's special it is for my son-in-law Alan. He a Native Canadian descendant and loves Native art. I chose to make this card for that reason.

The image is by Rubbernecker, I used Paletter Noir/black on dp by DCWV/Once upon a time. I used Copic markers to color a few areas of the dream catcher. I cut out the image, used Versamark and heat embossed with Glassy Glaze Enamel.

For my 2 die cuts I used Nestabilities/circle plain+circle scalloped for #1 die cut and then I used Nestabilities/Inverted Scalloped square for the #2 die cut. On the sqare Nestie I left the die in place and sponged on some TH's DI in Weathered Wood.

All of the dp's are by DCWV/Once upon a time. The sentiments are rub-ons. The glittered flourish on the right bottom is part of the dp design.

I think that Alan with love this card, I also got him a real Dream Catcher.
What do you think of this one?

Thanks for stopping by now you can go to the Stampin'B's blog and play along. See you there.

Hugs always, Nicole

Monday, August 10, 2009

BE_CAS27 Challenge at SCS, images by Creative Design Boutique/Rita Marie

This is my card for today's CAS27 challenge at SCS. The challenge was to used any kind of bling on your card.
All images on this card are from Creative Design Boutique, you can find them and others here:
I loved working with these circle stamps. I stamped the images in
India Ink/black on Whisper White cs. Then I chose different size circle Nestabilities and cut and embossed the circled images.
When I cut my A2 card I cut and extra 1.75" off the front flap and on the inside I added a 1.75" strip of Basic Black cs.
I then began to glue the circles along the edge, first the larger ones then working my way down in size.
To finish my card I added some pretty white half pearls.
I love the way this turned out, I hope you do too..
Thanks for stoping by and taking a look at my work.
Hugs always, Nicole

Friday, August 7, 2009

Stampin'B's Weekly Challenge #18

Hello all,

This is my card for this week's Stampin'B's Follow the List Challenge #18 hostes by Joanne Grzelak.
Her challenge was to make a masculine sympathy card.

For my card I used a transparency image from Prickley Pear that I photo copied onto Very Vanilla in an eggplant color.
The first layer is Elegant Eggplant/River Rock/Very Vanilla. I embossed the Very Vanilla with a
SU folder called Manhattan Flower.
I used a SU sentiment from the set called Warmest Regards.
for the main image I matted the image in Elegant Eggplant and River Rock.
I added some brads above the sentiment and on the main image with some grossgrain ribbon tabs.

This is a nice and simple card and I think suitable for a male.

Thanks Joanne for the great challenge, I enjoyed doing this card very much.

I hope that you will all join in and play along.

Hugs always, Nicole

Thursday, August 6, 2009


The winner of our Creative Design Boutique blog candy is Linda Stevens. Congratulations Linda. What a fun day we had.
Thank you all for participating, and remember, we will be having a blog hop on the first Wednesday of every month, so mark your calendar!

Linda, please email: with your address so that we can get your prize to you!
Don't forget, September 2 is our next Blog Hop with your chance to win!

Hugs always, Nicole

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Creative Design Boutique Blog Hop

Hi! Are you ready? It's time for Creative Design Boutique's Blog Hop! And, there's BLOG CANDY!!!Make sure you visit ALL of these blogs on Wednesday, August 5 2009, leave comments on ALL 6 of the Creative Design Team Blog Posts, and a winner's name will be chosen from those posts on Thursday August 6 and posted at 6PM.

Here are the links! Good Luck!

Vicky Gould


Joanne (jojot)

Nicole (ButterflyEars)

Lois (Clownmom)

Faith (markie's mom)

For my card I used a beautiful set called Flutterby Delight. The butterflies have wonderful detailing and the flowers are so cute. There is also some adorable bugs in this set.
I used the mid-size butterfly and the flower that you see just above the sentiment. "sentiment was computer generated".

The butterfly was heat embossed by first stamping the image in Versamark and then using black EP and heating.

The flower was stamped in Memories/black ink.

The flowers in the main panel are part of the dp pattern. I used design paper by DCWV/La Creme.

To finish my card I added 3 faux black brads then topped them with tiny pearls. I also added pearls of different sizes to the main panel, the butterfly and the stamped flower.

I hope that you like this one, I'm very happy with how it turned out.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to hop over to my team mates blogs and leave a comment. There is some blog candy by Creative Design Boutique to be won.

Hugs always, Nicole

Friday, July 31, 2009

Stampin'B's Challenge # 17 hosted by Nicole Taylor

This is my first card in a week, I apologize. I've been sick and in too much pain to stamp.

This is my card for the Stampin'B's Follow the List challenge # 17.

The hosted this week is your truly (Nicole Taylor), my challenge to you is to make a baby card without using pink or blue.

For my card I used an digi image by Doodle Palace digital stamp images. I printed 2 images and colored them with Copic markers except for the lamb where I used Liquid Fabric and the heat gun to make it look like wool. I used one image for my main panel and cut up the other to pop-up for layering.

The sentiment is by SU/So many scallops. The back is embossed with a CB folder/Swiss Dots. I added a pretty yellow ribbon to finish.

I hope you will join us and play along at

Hugs always, Nicole

Friday, July 24, 2009

Stampin'B's Challenge # 16 for July 24th, 2009

This is my card for the Stampin'B's Follow the List Challenge, this is # 16 and is hosted by Vicky Gould.

Vicky's challenge is to make a tall card and not use any stamping.

My card is 7 1/4' X 4 1/4".

This was super easy and need little explenation, the sentiment and the flourish are rub-ons.

For the flower I cut 5 petal shapes in Basic Black, stacked them all together and punched a small hole in the end. I added a brad and over that I glued on a page pebble. I spread the flower on half way and fixed it to the card.

The dragonfly is cut on a Cricut with the Decor cartridge and I added some pearl for pizzaz. LOL

I used an edge punch and added three black brads.

That just about sums it all up, I hope you enjoy it. I think I will put this one away for our Anniversary.

Hugs always, Nicole

Thursday, July 23, 2009


This is my card for today's Ways to us it challenge WT228.
The challenge was to use a charm on our card.
The Sun rays image and the sentiment are Unity's TOTM for July.
I stamped the sun in Mango and cut it out, I then used a petite scalloped Nestie and cut a small circle onto some dp that I had that had a sun face on it and cut that out too and pasted it over the sun image leaving just the rays. At the end of one of the rays, I punched a small hole and attached a heart charm.
The cs is all dp by DCWV/Once Upon a Time.
The sentiment is stamped in Bordering Blue and die cut with a CB and Labels Two die. I added a small blue brads to the top and colored the edges in Bordering Blue.
The dragonfly is done on a Cricut machine using the Decor cartridge. I added some light blue peals for effect.

Thanks for coming by and please come again.
Hugs always, Nicole

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Challenge at SCS/SC238 for July 22/2009

Today is my DH's BD and I thought that this would be the perfect card.
I love to do Wednesday's sketch challenge and this one is a great one. If you see this, thanks Roxie.
For the main image I used a SU set called Of the Earth. This is a new set for me and I'm loving it. The dp's are by DCWV/La Creme matstack, I love this paper.
I stamped the image using a stamp-a-ma-gig as I wanted the image to be really black, I ended up stamping it 3 times.
The card itself needs little explaining. To finish off my card I added black grossgrain ribbon and a small cream seed brad.
I love so see who's dropped by each day so leave a comment if you have time.
Hugs always, Nicole

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

BE_C228_SCS Color Challenge

This is my first card for today's SCS_CC228 Challenge.

We are to use the colors Really Rust, Pretty in Pink and Not Quite Navy. The images are by Inkadinkado/Beauty Stems from Here and the sentiment is a rub-on. The image is colored with re-inkers, I stamped the image onto WW cs 2 times. The second time I just colored and cut the 2nd and the 3rd flowers from the bottom.

To finish I just added the pretty paper butterfly.

Hope you like this one.

This second card is a fun card. Pat Smethers sent me quite a few images of chickens and roosters as I love them so much. I used this one because the old rooster is doing the talking and the hen looked so frustrated by his comment. So I thought I would make him say:

What do you mean? Navy, pink and rust don't go together!!!

I colored the image with Copic markers except for the knitted sock that the hen is knitting, this I did with SU markers and then heat embossed in clear EP.

I hope that you enjoy these little endeavors of mine. Come again soon.

Hugs, Nicole

Monday, July 20, 2009


I got a terrific surprise today, I won the blog candy at ISC. I got to choose 2 image sheet stamps. I chose the Picturesque and the serenety stamps. I never win anything, lucky me...

Hi to all my stamping friends, hope everyone had a terrific weekend.

This is my card for today's CAS24 challenge at SCS. The challenge was to use the colors: turquoise, orange and summer sun.

The image is by Inkadinkado/Morphic Bugs and the sentiment is by Rita Marie/Creative Design Boutique/Words to Live By.

I inked the image with SU markers, huffed on the image and stamped on WW cs. The rest is pretty much how you see it.

I hope you like it and thanks for stopping by, Nicole

Friday, July 17, 2009

BE_Stampin'sB's for July 17th, 2009 Hosted by Lois

This is my card for today's July 17th, 2009 challenge at the Stampin'B's. Today's hostess is Lois and her challenge is to use a butterfly on our cards.

Please come and join us for the fun challenge at remember there are no rules.

For my card I used a beautiful butterfly from Inkadinkado called Mindscapes.

I used Whisper White, Soft Suede and Chocolate Chip for my cs. I first embossed the WW with a SU embossing folder called Manhattan Flower then I stamped the image over the embossed flower in Chocolate Chip. The sentiment is by SU_Bella's Bloom and is stamped in Sand.

I re-stamped the butterfly in Versamark and heat embossed in Pure Gold. I popped up it on dimensionals.

This is a very simple card but I feel it's also elegant.

Thanks for dropping by and I'll see you soon.


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

BE_SC237_Of the Earth_The Greatest Gift

This is my card for today's SC237 challenge at SCS.
For the main image, sentiment and side panels I used a set that is new to me called Of The Earth by SU.
The colors that I chose for my card are Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip and Close to Cocoa.
The main layer image was stamped in a shadow style, the first stamping was done in Sand and the second in Chocolate Chip using a stamp-a-magig.
For the second layer I used an embossing folder by SU called Elegant Bouquet and I used the reverse side up. I stamped my sentiment at the top of this layer.
To finish I added some CC brads on the main image panel. Nothing complicated just Clean and Simple.
I hope you like this one, I love the clean lines of this sketch.

Monday, July 13, 2009

BE_TLC229_Creative Design Boutique_Faux Grid Card

I hope that everyone had a terrific weekend, mine was busy with baby showers and bbq's.
This is my card for today's SCS_TLC229 challenge. We are to make a Faux Grid card.

For my card I'm using a cute clear stamp set by Creative Design Boutique/Rita Marie callenged
Make a Wish.
I spaced my grids one inch apart. I didn't have grid paper like they showed in the video so I just slipped my paper in my cutterbee and instead of cutting the lines I just marked them off with a pencil, I found this was really quick and very efficient.
I stamped the images randomly and colored them with Copic markers. I then used the Copics to color in the squared with different colors but in the same family.
Were there was no image in the joining squares I added some small brads in the same colors.
The bg pape is Pixie Pink and Bordering Blue, to finish I added a narrow yellow gingham ribbon.

I hope you like it, I had loads of fun doing it.
Hugs always, Nicole

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

BE_Creative Design Boutique_SC236_Make a Wish Fairies

Good morning, this is my card for today's SCS_SC236 challenge.
I chose to use a clear stamp set by Creative Design Boutique called Make a Wish. You can find these wonderful stamps and papers here:
I stamped the images on WW cs in Palette Noir.
The images are colored in with Copics.
On the main panel I also added the sentiment Make a Wish, after coloring the pretty butterfly, I added some gems for pizzaz.
For the row of tiny fairies at the bottom, I close cut the image
"no small feat" and pasted it. LOL
The sketch layout is done in Lovely Lilac and CDB Tina Marie dp's, these are wonderful!
Stamps: Creative Design Boutique/Rita Marie
Paper: WW, Lovely Lilac, dp's CDB/Rita Marie
Ink: Palette Noir, Copics
Accessories: small scissors, gems, double sided tape, glue, pop-ups
Card Sketch challenge SC236
Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again, Nicole

Monday, July 6, 2009

BE_CAS22_Words to Live By_Creative Design Boutique

I think I'm starting to get the concept of making a Clean and Simple card.
I think....LOL
This is the card that I made for today's SCS_CAS22 challenge make a Birthday card.
I used an images and sentiment clear stamp set from Creative Desing Boutique called Words to Live By that you can find here:
I colored the flowers with SU markers in Blush Blossom and Almost Amethyst and the leaves in Old Olive.
I then used a glue pen and added some glitter, unfortunately the glitter did not show up on the photo very well. It does looks awesome IRL.
To keep this simple I just added a pretty pink dotted ribbon.
I hope you like it and that I succeeded to keep it clean and simple.
Hugs, Nicole

BE_TLC228_For Creative Design Boutique

This is my card for todays SCS_TLC228 Challenge_Stand Up Card.

Good morning, I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend filled with Sunshine.

For this card I used images/Violet Garden and papers/Make a wish_Plaid by Creative Design Boutique. You can find these beautiful images and papers at:

Today's challenge is to make a Stand Up Card, here is the tutorial and template:

I colored the pretty flowers with Prisma pencils and gamsol, to the center of each flower I added some Stickles in a gold color. I then used the larges Oval Nestie that I have and traced a fine pencil line in the inner part of the oval die. I cut the oval leaving parts of the flower and leaves to sit out of the box. I used my CB and cut a plain oval Nestie in Pink Passion and a scalloped Nestied in Pretty in Pink. When assembling these I popped up the flower oval on dimensionals.

The bg is made up of a gorgeous pink, yellow and blue Plaid dp by Creative Design Boutique. The stand up folding part is Summer Sun. I added a pretty pale pink ribbon to finish my card.

Thanks for coming by and I hope to see you again.

Hugs, Nicole

Sunday, July 5, 2009

BE_Stampin'B's Friday "Follow the List" Challenge for July 03/09

This is my my card for the SCS IC187 which was to use posters as inspirations.
This is the poster that I chose for mine
I used a photo that reminded me of the Poem Flander's Field, this poem speaks of the soldiers that are lost in the war and that every poppy represents a fallen soldier and that we must never forget.
I printed the image onto WW cs then mounted this image onto Ruby Red. At the bottom of this Ruby Red matt I used a border die by Spellbinders which allows you to cut, emboss and pierce the desing. I think it looks terrific. The first panel is Old Olive which I popped-up my main panel with dimensionals.
I really love the way this one came out. REMEMBER!

This is my card for Friday July 03/09 challenge. The challenge is hosted by Faith today and it's to use metal somewhere on our card.

I am sorry for being so late posting this challenge card. There has been a lot of family stuff going on that has kept me busy.

This is an adorable little set by Sweet n Sassy called "Make a Wish". you can find this set at.

I stamped the owl in Chocolate Chip ink then colored him with SU markers. I then stamped the image again on a piece of textured brown cs and cut out and pasted the tummy part.

The image was then mounted onto Nestabilities circles cut from River Rock which I left on the die and sponged on some Purely Pomegranate for contrast, the scallops in Chocolate Chip and Purely Pomegrante.

This is where the metal came into play, I used it to hold my main circle to my card. I thought these brackets were so cute because the were shaped like little leaves.

For the bg I used River Rock and Purely Pomegranate and finished by making a sentiment using the same "Make a Whish" set onto River Rock and matting it in Purely Pomegranate.

I punched a small hole, threaded a thin simple Pomegranate colored ribbon and tied to the card.

I hope you like him, he's so sweet and makes a great masculine BD card.

Hugs always, Nicole

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

BE_SCS_SC235_Creative Design Boutique_Fairie Wishes


This is my card for today's SCS_SC235 Challenge.

All of the images and designer papers for this card are by Creative Design Boutique/Rita Marie. I had so much fun using this set called "Make a Wish".

I Stamped each image 2 times, once on WW and a second time on an assorment of Rita Marie dp's. I piece the following images, the butterflies, the bottom flower and the fairie wings. I colored the fairie and ladybug with Copic markers cut off her wings and pasted the pieced ones on. The fairie image was popped onto her square with pop-up dots.

To put some pizzaz on my card I added some stickles in pinks, blues and violets. I also sponged some Brocade Blue around the edges of my WW squares, these were then mounted on a matt of Brocade Blue.

The bg panel is Lovely Lilac and dp by Rita Marie.


Stamps: Creative Design Boutique/Rita Marie

Ink: Palette Noir, Copic markers, Brocade Blue

Paper: WW, Brocade Blue, Lovely Lilac, dp by Creative Design Boutique

Accessories: stickles, small scissors, sponge, double sided tape, pop-ups, glue

Thanks for coming by, Nicole

Monday, June 29, 2009

Challenge card for the SCS_TLC227, Faux Burnt Edges.

I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend. Ours was quiet and very rainy, so to cheer myself up I visited my favorite paper crafting store. Of course I bought something, a couple of new Spellbinders. Cheered me up right away....

This is my card for today's TLC227 Faux Burnt Edges at SCS.

For this card I used a beautiful and ethereal image of trees. I printed this image in Sepia on Very Vanilla cs. I tore the edges and sponged on some TH's Distress inks in shades of Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy and Walnut Stain. I love how this really does have that burnt edge effect.

The bg is Bazzil dark brown, Close to Cocoa and a script page. I attached the main image with some hardware brackets and the sentiment is computer generated and held with some hardware as well.

I love how this one turned out, I hope you do too? Let me know, I would love to hear....Nicole

Friday, June 26, 2009

Apopogy to Joanne Grzelak

I would like to apologize to Joanne Grelak. She is hosting today's Challenge at the Stampin'B's not Vicky.
Joanne challenge is to use Dry and Heat embossing.
Sorry, Nicole

Stampin'B's Friday "Follow the list" Challenge for Fridays June the 26th, 2009

This is for the Stampin'B's Design team "Follow the List" Challenge. The challenge is to do (dry and heat embossing) on your card.

The challenge was presented by our very own Vicky Gould today and all of the images used by all the team members in this challenge are by Sweet_n_Sassy/Owl Occasions set.

I made a 2,4,6,8 box for my little owl to sit on. The cs is Mellow Moss with a front panel of dp by Memory Box/Sugardrop. The flap of the box is cut and embossed with a Nestie Oval die on the CB. For the closure I punched two holes thru the box top and threaded a pretty white ribbon.

Now for the cute little owl, I first "dry embossed" a square of Very Vanilla with a Swiss Dots embossing folder. I stamped the owl in Chocolate Chip using the Thing-a-magig, reloaded my stamp with CC, Versamark and clear EP then "heat embossed" with hot gun.

I colored this little guy with copics, close cut and popped him up to look like he's sitting in the tree branches. To finish my owl I added some funny googly eyes.

I made a sentiment tag from the same Sweet n Sassy set using CC, Versamark and heat embossing it. I used a scrap piece of the Swiss Dots VV. Matted it in Mellow Moss. I attached it to the closing flap with an eyelet.

SO, pop on over to the Stampin'B's blog and play along, we love having you join in! HERE IS THE LINK:

Have great weekend, Nicole

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

BE_SC234_Heartfelt Sympathy

This is my card for today's SCS_SC234 challenge.
This is a sympathy card that I've made for a friend.
The sketch today is a great one and easy to work with.
The dp's are by DCWV and the stack is called La Creme. I love this paper and have used it quite a few times.
The card stock is SU Barely Banana and Bazzil black.
The sentiment is from a SU set called Warmest Regards.
To finish this simple card I just added a beautiful black satin ribbon.
I need to say that I am very frustrated these days. Everyday on SCS the day befores cards is deleted from my gallery.
This means that I loose this card from my gallery and all of the wonderful comments that everyone takes time to make.
I am extra careful at naming my cards and make sure that the code is correct.
I'm at my witts end and don't know what to do. I'm scare to go and look at my gallery for fear that another card has been deleted.
I've sent a contact us message to SCS and I sure hope that someone answers it.
Sorry for all of the venting, but I am really getting angry at this problem.
Hugs, Nicole

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


This is my card for the SCS_CC224 challenge and Flourishes Timeless Tuesday FTT21 challenge.

The colors for today's CC224 are Only Orange, Pacific Point and Summer Sun. I used a set from Flourishes called Summer Blossoms.

For the image I inked the stamp of the flowers with Only Orange and YoYo Yellow then spritzed on some water and stamped onto some hot pressed watercolor paper. I then masked the image and inked up the leaves in Mellow Moss and Gable Green, spritzed and stamped over the masked flowers.

The sketch for this card is from Flourishes Timeless Tuesday challenge. I really love this sketch and I enjoyed using it with the CC224 colors.

To finish my card I added some gem brads and a felt heart.

I hope you like this one?

Hugs as always, Nicole

My daughter Sheila's wedding....

These are two pictures from my daughter Sheila and her new husband Alan's wedding. The maid of honor is also my daughter, Terri. The ring bearer is my Grandson Bailey.

The first picture is of Chuck and I.

The day turned from raining and gloomy, to sunny and bright, just in time for the ceremony and taking pictures. I think that Sheila was a picture perfect bride in her beautiful dress.

Thanks for dropping by, Nicole