Friday, October 16, 2015

~ Vintage Thimble & Thread ~

It's time for our NEW RELEASE from CCDesigns and DoveArt Studios.

Featuring 13 NEW stamps from
DoveArt Studios Collection

We are very excited about each of these new stamps and we know you will want them all!!!

We want to give you a chance to win several of these new stamps so let's get ready to HOP!

Let's begin with our Release HOP!
Each of our Design Team members will be sharing their inspiration with gorgeous projects that feature every one of these new stamps!

Here is what I have created:

As an avid thimble collector, my honey has brought me home thimbles from all around the world, the Thimble and Thread stamp was the perfect choice for me!  The Be~you~tiful sentiment from the Perfectly Beautiful Sentiment Set worked beautifully with the alphabet metal charms.  I chose one of my favorite color combos, black, white & red and added a vintage flair to it by dyeing the seam binding with instant coffee and using Tea Dye and Walnut Stain Distress Inks to distress the edges of the white cardstock.  This was a super fun card to make and I am thrilled on how it turned out!


Thimble:  C0/1/3/5/7
Thread:  R24/46
Spool:  E42/43/44

Here is how you play:

1.  Visit each design team member's blog (Blog roll below).  If you are starting on my blog be sure and hop back to the beginning so you can see all the new stamps and have a better chance of winning. 

2.  Leave a comment on each blog.

3. When you reach the end of the hop, you will be at DoveArt Studios blog.  There you will leave the name, or names of your favorite stamps in the release.  

We hope you enjoy!!  Let's Hop!

Jennifer Dove
DoveArt Studios

Be sure and leave some love!

 Mwah ,

~ Nicolette ~

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

~ Exciting MiC News!!! ~

Hello my crafty friends,

I am so excited to share with you that I have been chosen to be a guest designer until the end of the year for MiC. Thank you Zoe for this amazingly fabulous opportunity!  I am so blessed to have this chance to share and grow in my coloring skills with all of the talented team members and with the MiC Family.

Every month MiC sponsors a Make 'it' Colourful Challenge.  The theme for October is:

For my first challenge, I wanted to use the Siren Lorelei and the Clam Shell digi stamps.  I had never merged two images together before since I am pretty new at using digital stamps.  I have to say it was a thoroughly fascinating and enjoyable experience learning how to merge images together and I look forward to doing this technique again.  I am so in love with this mermaid!  Her billowing hair is so dreamy and who wouldn't want long, luscious, billowing pink hair?!

I colored the image and the word "Wish" with Copics.  The word "Wish" is from the Doodle Dream Word Chipboard set and they are so easy to color with Copics or any other medium you choose to color them with.  These chippies are great fun to use on your cards and are the perfect embellishment if you want to add a little dimension without a lot of bulk to your card design.


Skin:  E50/51/21
Hair:  RV10/19/34
Fin:  B00/02/04
Shell:  Y38/YR04/07/09
Shading:  BV20/23
Prismacolor Pencil:  Cool Grey 70%

We hope you will join us by sharing your favorite MiC image colored up in "Bright Colours."  You can enter your creations HERE.

Thank you for stopping by and sharing in my newest journey!


~ Nicolette Marie ~

Sunday, October 4, 2015

~ A Golden Fairytale ~

Hi crafty friends,

I have another adorable image to share with you by The Paper Nest Dolls.  Ballgown Ella is from the Fairytale Collection and she reminds me of my daughter when she was little dressing up like Belle from the movie The Beauty and the Beast.

I colored Ballgown Ella with Copics and added a bow made with C.C. Designs Make A Bow Die.  I really like how the bow added a delicate touch to the card layout.


Skin:  E50/51/21
Hair:  E50/43/44/Y21
Dress:  YR30/Y21/23/26/R02/24/46
Shading:  BV20/23

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have an awesome day!

~ Nicolette Marie ~

Saturday, August 29, 2015

~ Watermelon Ellie ~

Hi everyone,

Sorry it has been a while since I posted, but I went back to Indiana to help my mom take care of a few things.  You gotta help your momma, right?!  While we were away, a water leak decided to occur in my craft room right over my desk, ugh, what a mess.  Luckily our daughter caught it in time before it became a total nightmare.  Coloring this adorable image, Watermelon Ellie, from The Paper Nest Dolls is just what I needed to take me away from dealing with the fact that my craft room is in total disarray along with the family room and dining room which is where everything is going to be for the next few weeks.  The Paper Nest has the cutest images!  Watermelon Ellie was so much fun to color and I look forward to coloring more of these cuties!!!


Skin:  E50/51/21
Eyes:  B93 ~ C1/3/5
Hair:  E21/23/25
Teal:  BG72/75/78
Red:  R24/27/29
Green:  YG03/17/67
Dots:  C5 & C10
Cast Shadows:  BV20/23/25

Happy Stamping,

~ Nicolette Marie ~

Thursday, August 13, 2015

~ Jingle All The Way ~

Hello my fellow stampin' peeps,

Can you believe it's time to start making Christmas cards already?!  I decided to use this adorable stamp from Make It Crafty called Floppy and color him using non-traditional Christmas colors.  I love how these colors really make the image POP!

Skin:  E50/51/21/23/11
Hair:  E50/43/57
Eye: E31/35/57
Yellow:  Y11/13/15/19
Aqua:  BG10/11/13/15
Pants:  T1/3/5/7
Shoes:  E53/55/57
Bell, Buckle, Cuffs & Rim of Hat

Happy stamping,

~ Nicolette Marie ~

Friday, August 7, 2015

~ Scaredy Cat ~ Who Me??? ~

We are excited to announce the third release from By DIEzyne Dies and Doodle Dragon.  We are celebrating this weekend on Passionate Paper Creations and Friends Facebook Group and C.C. Designs Facebook Group.
We are kicking everything off with a really big blog hop! 

This Scaredy Cat stamp from Doodle Dragon Studios just cracks me up!  He reminds me of our cat, Tiger, who is scared of everything including his own shadow!  So I thought it would be funny to make a scene card where the cat is afraid of the mice; which would absolutely be our Tiger if he ever saw mice in real life!  I used the Pierced Half Circle die set from By DIEzyne to make this easel card and curtains and then used my Tonic Distress Tool to make it look like the cat clawed up the curtains when he saw the mice.  I ended up having to color the image after our daughter's cat, Lola, since Tiger is an orange tabby and his coloring didn't match the paper I chose to use (sorry Tiger).  I colored Scaredy Cat exactly like Lola right down to the pads of her paws.  She has the cutest pink and black padded paws!  However, she isn't scared of any critter.  She is even our resident scorpion killer so I don't think mice would scare her one bit!  Scaredy Cat is on an Action Wobble so when the card moves so does the cat!  I hope this card gives you a chuckle and brightens up your day!

To see all the goodies I used to make this card see below.

Next blog in line is Kim
If you get lost here is our hop list-

Make sure to visit each blog and leave a comment. Two of our blogs have prizes to give away, but we are not telling you who! You have until Sunday, August 9th at 8:00pm eastern time to enter for a chance to win.
There are more chances to win over the weekend on Passionate Paper Creations and Friends and C.C. Designs Fan Page - Facebook Groups.
Make sure to come join the party!
Passionate Paper Creations and Friends > Click HERE
C.C. Designs Fan Page > Click HERE

Prismacolor Pencils (Scaredy Cat):  Cool Grey 20% (PC1060), Warm Grey 60% (PC1052), Warm Grey 50% (PC1072), Pink Rose (PC1018), Nectar (PC1092), Sepia (PC948), Black (PC935); Prismacolor Pencils (Mice):  French Grey 30% (PC 1070), Warm Grey 50% (PC1054), Warm Grey 70% (PC1056), Pink Rose (PC1018); Scaredy Cat from Doodle Dragon Studios, Mice from Art Impressions (UM4208-Furries TF), Mice Feet from House Mouse, Pierced Half Circle Die set from By DIEzyne, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Antique Linen Distress Ink, 1/8" double stick tape, Tonic Distress Tool, American Crafts Blush RicRac, Pink Jute Twine ($1 Target), MFT Die-Namics Fishtail Flag Stax Die Set, My Minds Eye Lost & Found Blush 6 x 6 paper pad, Wobble from Action Wobble, Gamsol, Paper Stumps, EK Success Powder Tool ~

Happy Stamping!

~ Nicolette Marie ~

Monday, July 27, 2015

~ Hot Sip ~ Hot Cocoa Style ~

Hello everyone!

I'm back today sharing my last card in my Hot Sip series. 

This time I envisioned a fun Christmas shaker card.  With some sequins, no-hole beads, mini jingle bells and a sparkly gingerbread man, this card comes to life!  I really wanted this to look like a hardy cup of cocoa so I embossed it using JudiKins Rustique Patina Bronze Embossing Powder to make it look like a stone mug and adding chocolate shavings on top of the whipped cream make this hot cocoa extra yummy!

Here is a list of goodies used to make this card:

DoveArt's Hot Sip from Whimsy Stamps, My Minds Eye Lost & Found: Union Square, JudiKins Rustique Patina Bronze Embossing Powder, JudiKins Espresso Speckles, Creme Crepe Paper Streamer, Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, Antique Linen Distress Marker, AMuse Studio Latte Ink, Clear Embossing Powder, Stampendous Silver Crushed Glass Glitter, Creative Impression's Cream Crepe Ribbon, AMuse Pearls: Latte, EK Success Zizag Chain Edger Punch, Recollections Glitter Gingerbread Man, Make It Christmas Jingle Bells, Doodlebug Design Lily White Sequins, Silver & Clear No-holed beads, Tulip Snow Cap White Dimensional Fabric Paint, Spellbinder's Classic Rectangles {Lg.} ~

Happy Stamping!

~ Nicolette Marie ~

Sunday, July 26, 2015

~ Hot {Brew} Sip ~

Hi everyone!

As promised, I wanted to share with you the second card in my Hot Sip series.

Just by changing a few decorative elements I was able to create a vintage style halloween card.  Once again I used Spellbinders Labels 17 die set but turned the card vertically, which I think gives the card a different feel.  This time I added vintage glass glitter to the edges and to the whipped cream.  The spider adds a little extra spookiness to the brew.  Of course, you need some drippy goo, webbing and some bling to finish off the card.  This card makes me very happy!  I hope you love my card as much as I loved making it!

Here is a list of products used on Hot Brew Sip:

DoveArt's Hot Sip from Whimsy Stamps, Martha Stewart Drippy Goo Border Punch, Black Crepe Streamer, Black Eyelash Yarn, Art Glitter Vintage Glass Glitter: Floragold, Black Soot Distress Ink, Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, AMuse Studio Latte Ink, Clear Embossing Powder, Creative Impressions Black Web Ribbon, Antique Linen Distress Marker, We R Memory Keepers Black Widow 6 x 6 Paper Pad, Spellbinders Labels 17 Die Set, Tulip Snow Cap White Dimensional Fabric Paint, EK Success Black Gems, The Rubber Cafe Jellie Dots, Making Memories Spooky Alley Spider Brad ~

Happy Stamping!

~ Nicolette Marie ~

Saturday, July 25, 2015

~ Simply Sweet Hot Sip ~

Hello my fellow stampers,

I am here to share with you today my all-time favorite stamp, Hot Sip,  from the DoveArt stamp line with Whimsy Stamps.  This coffee cup is not only fun to color but also to stamp and emboss on beautiful papers and cut out to get different looks.  

 It's so much fun that I ended up making three different cards.  The other two cards I will share with you later.  When I first saw the Hot Sip stamp, my mind went crazy with ideas.  The stamp is extremely versatile and can be used for so many different occasions.  I knew it would look great stamped on this paper from My Minds Eye and when I paired it with the Spellbinders Labels Seventeen Die I instantly fell in love with this shabby chic inspired design.  To make the ruffle match the paper I sprayed a white crepe paper streamer using an airbrush machine and a Copic BG32 marker.  I wanted to add some whipped cream to my delicious latte so I added some Snow Cap White Dimensional Fabric Paint from Tulip and jazzed it up with a sprinkling of glitter.  I hope you love this card as much as I do!!!

Here is a list of other products I used to make this card:

MFT Die-Namics Fishtail Flag Stax dies, Memory Box's Meridian Border Die, Donna Salizar's Pralines & Cream Fairy Dust Glitter, Versamark Ink, White Embossing Powder, Stamp-a-ma-jig, A-Muse Studio Latte Ink, Clear Embossing Powder, Antique Linen Distress Marker, Hero Arts 3mm Pearls, Zig Squeeze & Roll Glue Pen, 3M Foam Tape & Martha Stewart Rose Quartz Glitter Eyelash Yarn ~

Thank you for sharing in my creative journey!

~ Nicolette  ~

Friday, July 24, 2015

~ Winter Chickadee ~

Happy Friday!

This Winter Chickadee stamp from DoveArt Studios is the perfect stamp if you are in need of a quick and easy card to make and is perfect for any occasion.

The Winter Chickadee fits perfectly into the opening that I created.  I popped up the card front on top of the image which gives the card dimension without a lot of bulk.  I added a sentiment from C.C. Designs Thanks a Bunch Sentiments and some rhinestones and there you have it; a quick and easy card that looks elegant.

Y15, Y19
G40, G82, G85
YR31, R02, R05
BV20, BV23

Thank you for taking the time to check out my card...I am grateful for you!

~ Nicolette Marie ~

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

~ Christmas Hop and New Design Team ~

Welcome to a super exciting hop.  We have some fun announcements to make and I hope you will join us on this special day.
Today we are announcing not only a NEW release, a NEW inspirational blog, a NEW Facebook page, but also a new DoveArt-istic Design team.  We have tons of inspiration for you with some tantalizing, delicious creations and of course some prizes to give away, too.

First I would love to share with you a couple of places you will want to look at.  Here is where you can meet all of the fantastic, talented, lovely ladies I am proud to have as the DoveArt-istic Design team.  You can read all about them HERE.

If you love creative minds and DoveArt Studios designs, you will want to subscribe to the DoveArt Studios blog HERE.  If you feel you love Facebook more, you can follow the Facebook group DoveArt Studios HERE.

Now I would like to show you what I have created for the new DoveArt Studios July release.  Once you have gotten your fill of me...hop over to the next DoveArt-istic Design team member to meet them and see what they have created.

I have used the new DoveArt Studios "Winter Cardinals."

Female Cardinal E51, E26, E35, E28, R02, R05
Male Cardinal & Berries R24, R46, R59
Evergreen YG95, G99
Sky BG0000, BG000, BG10
Snow C1, C3, C5

For the snow I added Diamond Dust and Crystal Art Glitter and for the berries I added Christmas Red Stickles for some extra shimmer.  I wanted to add some extra dimension so I popped up the female Cardinal twice plus her wing and the male Cardinal is popped up three times plus his wing and cheek.  I really love how this card turned out!

All of DoveArt Studios beautiful rubber stamps can now be purchased immediately.  You can see where to buy at the link on the blog HERE to find the quickest links or locations.  Some of the stores around you just might carry the stamps, or you can ask them to get them in, too.

New rubber stamps include candles, pinecone bough, cardinals, a chickadee, Christmas horns, and angel, a beautiful ornament background, and winter pines.  All are perfect for Christmas and many other occasions too!

Now please join us in welcoming the DoveArt-istic DT.  Comment on all blog for two chances to win a NEW RELEASE DoveArt Studios stamp.  Random names will be drawn on 3rd.  You can check back at DoveArt Studios blog for the name of the winners.

Drumroll please...

Happy Stamping! 

~ Nicolette ~

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

~ Mangia! ~

This is the Father's Day card I made for my honey.  Not only is he an amazing husband, father and Papi but he is an amazing chef!  He is always spoiling us with his delicious creations!  I thought this adorable stamp "Spaghetti Christian" by Simply Betty was perfect since one of our favorite things he makes is homemade spaghetti sauce....YUM!!!


Skin E50, E51, E21, E11
Hair E44, E47, E49, E57
Eyes YG93, YG99, E57/C1, C3, C5
Pasta YR31, C5
Sauce & Meatballs E09, E44, R59
Plate C1, C3, C5
Hat C3
Shirt C3, C5
Pants C5, C7, C9, 100
Belt, Shoes, Skulls R24, R46, R59
Soles of Shoes C1, C3, C5, C7

Happy Stamping!

~ Nicolette ~

Thursday, June 11, 2015

~ Nature and the Color Wheel ~

I adore this DoveArt's Giraffe stamp from Whimsy Stamps new release!  Giraffes are one of my most favorite animals; they have such gentle spirits!  When I started designing this card I had a vision that the giraffe should be pink, but as I started coloring it it just didn't speak to me so I started experimenting with different colors and there in front of me ended up being the most beautiful giraffe and I knew I had the perfect quote and stencil to go with it.  I am so happy with how this card turned out and I hope it puts a smile on your face, too!

Creative Directions:

1.  Start with white cardstock cutting 5 1/2 x 11, 5 1/4 x 5 1/4, 4 x 4, and 2 strips 5 1/2 x 1 1/2.
2.  Score card base at 5 1/2 and set aside.
3.  Using my eBosser machine I cut and embossed my Spellbinders Label One Die in the 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 piece of cardstock.  To secure the die to the cardstock I used a piece of washi tape so it would not shift when going through the machine.  Next I cut and embossed the 4 x 4 piece of cardstock with the next smallest size Labels One Die.
4.  Taking the 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 piece of cardstock I just made a frame with, I put the die back in and secured it with pieces of washi tape to a non-stick mat and put my DCWV stencil on top and secured it to the mat with blue painters tape.  Next I applied Dreamweavers Glossy White Stencil Paste with a palette knife.  Gently remove stencil by lifting from the bottom to the top and pull away from the cardstock.  Gently remove washi tape from die and remove from cardstock.  Set cardstock aside to dry.  Wash stencil and die right away so paste does not dry on them.
5.  Stamp words in Versamark Ink on diecut piece of cardstock and emboss in gold. {I used a Stamp-a-ma-jig to help me stamp the words so they were not crooked.}  Lay circle stencil over words and using a stencil pouncer, sponge Mustard Seed Distress Ink.  Set aside.
6.  Taking the 2 strips of 5 1/2 x 1 1/2 pieces of cardstock, punch 2 strips of grass using the Martha Stewart Grass Punch. Set aside.
7.  Stamp giraffe in Versamark Ink and emboss in gold.  Apply Distress Inks to a watercolor palette   and using a waterbrush color giraffe layering colors.  I also used some Tombow Markers, where needed, to add in color. Trim around giraffe with sharp scissors.
8.  When embossing paste is dry, assemble card using mounting foam.  I used a single layer of foam on the cardstock with the words and the first layer of grass; a double layer on the frame and giraffe; and a triple layer on the top layer of grass to give it all the proper amount of dimension.

Stamps Used:

Whimsy Stamps ~ Giraffe
Impression Obsession ~ Art of God {C5055}

Supplies Used:

Dreamweaver ~ Palette Knife and Glossy White Embossing Paste; Tombow Markers ~ 025, 296, 555, 636; Ranger Distress Inks ~ Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Ripe Persimmon, Barn Door, Fired Brick, Bundled Sage, Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans, Milled Lavender, Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord; Art Impressions Watercolor Palette; Kurtake Waterbrush; DCWV pattern stencil; Spellbinders Label One Die; Craftwell eBosser Machine; Small Stencil Pouncer; Stamp-a-ma-jig; Versamark Ink; Circle Stencil; Gold Embossing Powder

Happy Stamping!

~ Nicolette Marie ~

Thursday, June 4, 2015

~ All Aboard! ~

This DoveArt's "Old West Locomotive" by Whimsy Stamps reminded me of our family vacation to Paris, riding on the train through the French countryside.  Old locomotives just remind me of romantic times gone by so I decided to make what I think is a romantic train ride through France.  

When I get stamps, I like to figure out different ways to use them besides stamping and coloring.  Now don't get me wrong, I love to color, but sometimes it's nice to find multiple ways to use your stamps to get different looks.  Mixed media is a love of mine and I thought this stamp would work in perfectly with that technique.  This card was so enjoyable to make and is full of dimension and texture.  

Stamps Used:
Stampers Anonymous:  Odds & Ends

Supplies Used:

Sizzix: Texture Fades Eiffel Tower Embossing Folder, Hardware Findings Bigz Die, Weathered Clock Bigz Die; Tim Holtz Idea-ology:  Philosophy Tags, Film Strip Ribbon, Mini Numerals, Memo Pins, Long Fasteners, Tiny Attacher; Ranger Black Soot Distress Paint; Stampendous:  Aged Black Embossing Powder & Clear Embossing Powder; Versafine Onyx Black Ink; Nashua Multi-Purpose Foil Tape

Thank you for stopping by!

~ Nicolette ~

~ Spread the Sparkle ~

Hello my fellow crafters,

For my very first artsy post I just knew I had to use DoveArt's Dragonfly Floral stamp.  The moment I saw it I knew the glitter and acetate technique would make this image shine!  I think it turned out so elegant and would make a perfect card for any type of occasion.

Stamps Used:

 DoveArt:  Dragonfly Floral 
 Simply Sweet Sentiments (Retired)

Supplies Used:

Art Glitter Dries Clear Adhesive with the Ultra Fine Metal Tip, Opaque Ultra Fine Glitter: Leaf, Heather, Cornflower, Poison Ivy & Crystal, Transparent Ultra Fine Glitter:  Ensalada, Gingerbread, Blue Water & Wild Rose, Spellbinders Classic Scallop Rectangles (Lg), Acetate, Dimensional foam tape, StazOn Jet Black ink

~ Nicolette Marie ~

~ Exciting Announcement! ~

I am so excited to announce that my beautiful, sweet and oh so talented friend, Jennifer Dove, has asked me to join the DoveArt Studios design team as a designer.  I am not only honored but feel so blessed for this artistic adventure.  I am joining some amazingly talented women!!!

~ Nicolette Marie ~

~ Hello ~

Hello and welcome to my blog. I am a lifelong lover of all things crafty.  I grew up with a mom who loves to sew and embroider but my passion grew into the wonderful world of rubber stamping when my fourth grade teacher gave me my very first rubber stamp set.  I used to play school with those stamps and still have them to do this day.  When I was fifteen, my dad had a stamp made with  a rainbow and my childhood nickname on it and I never looked back.  I was totally hooked!  In 2006 my husband made my dreams come true and bought me my own slice of heaven; my very own stamp store.  I put my heart and soul into it for seven years and now here I am still loving the crafting world but in many different forms.  I love to share my passion for making things and I hope you will join me in my new creative journey exploring rubber stamping, paper and fabric crafts, mixed media, art journaling, and so much more.  I love it all, so lets get inky!!!

~ Nicolette Marie ~
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