Sunday, November 18, 2018

~ Sweet Christmas Wishes ~

Hi Everyone,

As you know, I love to make shaker cards and I just couldn't help myself making one with this adorable gingerbread girl from Whimsy Stamp'sGingerbread Love Rubber Stamp Set.  To make the shaker, I used Whimsy's "Peekaboo Windows 2 Die" and put dimensional foam tape around each square to create separate shaker windows and filled each window with different colored sequins, Diamond Dust, mini cookie cutters, mini jingle bells, and Shaker Fun Snowballs.  I also put the gingerbread girl on top of a Mini Wobble Spring so when you shake the card the gingerbread girl wiggles, too.  All these elements make such a fun interactive card!




~ Copics ~

Eyes:  100
Cheeks:  R81 R83 R85
Bows:  R24 R27 R29 R46
Gingerbread:  E34 E35 E57
E59 E79
Cast Shadow:  BV23

Gelly Rolls:  08 and 10

Happy Stamping!

~ Nicolette ~

Friday, November 16, 2018

~ Cheers ~


Today's La-La Land Craft's Inspiration Friday Challenge is to use a background stamp.  I decided to use two.  The dot background stamp that comes in the Hello Lovely Background Set is definitely a lovely background stamp.  I stamped it using Lemonade Distress Ink to make the background paper and for the Ship's Wheel Die and the ferris wheel from the London Border Die.  It is the perfect subtle summer color to go along with an ocean theme.  I stamped the background stamp called "Wood Planks" in Walnut Stain Distress Ink and used the Lattice Bracket Die for a pier shape.  I also stamped a second piece of cardstock using the "Wood Planks" background stamp.  Since Distress Ink works well with Copics I was able to color over the woodgrain pattern.  After coloring these pieces, I attached the Lattice Bracket Die piece over the second stamped piece of woodgrain cardstock and trimmed it to match.  I really love how the pier turned out!  Now "At The Beach Molli" has the perfect place to sit and enjoy the view and sip her lemonade in her super duper cute watermelon bikini.


  To make the ferris wheel look like it was all lit up I added rhinestones and I added Nuvo Gloss White Crystal Drops to the waves to make them look like they had white caps.  This card was so much fun to create!



~ Copics ~

Skin:  E50 E51 E11 E13
Cheeks:  E93
Lips:  E04
Eyes:  B91 B93 B95
Hair:  Y21 YR23 YR24 YR27 E99
Pinks:  RV13 RV14 RV09
Greens:  YG03 YG17 YG67 G99
Cast Shadows:  BV20 BV23
Lemonade:  Y02 Y06 Y08 Y19
Sunglass Lenses:  C1 C3 C5 C7
Pier:  E33 E35 E37 E47 E59
Waves:  B34 B37 B39

Muliliner:  0.3
White Gelly Roll 10
Nuvo Crystal Glaze
Nuvo Gloss White Crystal Drops
Distress Inks:  Lemonade and Walnut Stain

Happy Stamping!

~ Nicolette ~

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

~ Magical Winter Wishes ~


Hi All,

I'm here today sharing one of Whimsy Stamp's new releases called "Favorite Flake".  It is such a cute set and I couldn't resist making a card using this darling Unicorn trying to catch snowflakes on its tongue.  In a magical world, Unicorns come in all kinds of colors so I decided to use lovely shades of lavender or in Copic terms, blue-violets.


I used Whimsy's Snow Dangle Stencil and Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste. I also spread the paste over the cloud die cut.  Look at all that shimmery goodness!  This paste is so easy to use and dries super duper fast.  It's translucent so you can achieve different effects by using it by itself, like I did with the stencil and over the cloud die cut or putting it over color, like I did on the Unicorn's horn.  You can also add a few drops of your Copic Various Ink Refill to match any project you are working on.  How cool is that?!


Look how sparkly the Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste looks on the unicorn's horn.  Also, his teeny tiny tongue just cracks me up!



~ Copics ~

Unicorn:  BV0000 BV000 BV00 BV01BV13
Cheek & Tongue:  RV11
Cast Shadows:  BV20 BV23
Multiliner .05
Gelly Roll 10

Happy Stamping~

~ Nicolette ~

Friday, November 9, 2018

~ A Heartfelt Thank You ~


Happy Friday,

Today's theme for La-La Land's Inspiration Friday is to make a thank you card.  Isn't Paper Doll Winter Marci absolutely darling?!  I just love her eyelashes!!!  She is all snuggly warm in her fuzzy hat, sweater and mittens which I created using my Various Ink Colorless Blender and a piece of terry cloth.


I created her stockings with my .05 Multi-liner.  Marci is after all a fashionable paper doll!



~ Copics ~

Skin:  E50 E51 E11
Hair:  E23 E25 E29
Red Hearts:  E04 E07 E09
Blues:  B93 B95 B97
Cast Shadows:  BV20 BV23
Blending Solution and Terry Cloth
Multi-liner .05

Happy Stamping!

~ Nicolette ~














Monday, November 5, 2018

~ Wishing You Peace, Love & Joy ~


This is my last card in my monochromatic with a pop of color series.  I used DoveArt's "Pine Bough" from Whimsy Stamps.  I stamped the Pine Bough three times cutting out two of the pinecones and popping them up on top of the frames.  I also made a tunnel type card by layering the Basic Stitched Oval Dies from the smallest to the biggest to really give the card depth.


Always remember...you do not have to use traditional colors to make a statement...think outside the box and color the way that makes YOU happy!!!



~ Copics ~

C0 C1 C3 C5 C7 C10

Happy Stamping~

~ Nicolette ~

Friday, November 2, 2018

~ My Heart Belongs to You ~


Today's La-La Land Craft's Inspiration Friday theme is to make an interactive card and I just can't resist making a shaker card. They are super fun to make and your friends and family love receiving them!


La-La Land's Postage Stamp Dies really make it easy to send a message of love.  I also used the Ric Rac Die to make it look like a postage cancellation stamp.  I paper-pieced her outfit with tiny dot paper and added a heart to her cheek using Copic R21 and white dots to her other cheek using a white Gelly Roll Pen.  I wanted the heart she is making with her hands to have dimension so I added some shimmer with Spectrum Noir's Sparkle Brush Pen and Tonic Nuvo's Crystal Glaze.



~ Copics ~

Skin:  E50 E51 E11
Cheeks:  E93
Hearts:  R21
Lips:  E04
Eyes:  B91
Hair:  E50 YR31 YR24 YR35 E57

Happy Stamping!

~ Nicolette ~

Friday, October 26, 2018

~ Trick-or-Treat...Who Can It Be? ~


Thinking of You Marci is all set to go trick or treating!  The theme for today's Inspiration Friday is turquoise and black.  I tried coloring up Marci in traditional colors, however, as I was coloring her she kept telling me she really wanted to be Franken"Marci" for Halloween.  Yes, when I am creating, my stamps and designs tend to talk to me either as I am actually in the process of creating or in my dreams.  It may sound crazy but I am ok with that...lol...and Marci is now very happy and ready to trick or treat!


You can't be a Franken"Marci" without a few scars and bolts, which I added with my multi-liner, a touch of turquoise tint (BG10) and some platform shoes.  Plus, she makes such a cute Franken"Marci" I felt she needed a spiderweb crown to complete her outfit!

La-La Land's Icicle Border Die reminds me of Frankenstein's hair so I couldn't help but add that to my card to give it an extra spooky look and you can't go trick-or-treating without something to put your treats in so I cut off the pumpkin from the the little girl in the Happy Boo To You Clear Stamp Set and gave it to Franken"Marci" to put all her goodies in.

Now for the important part!  "Thinking of You Marci" is a cute little girl in an adorable outfit and in order for me to create her costume I needed to add a few embellished details.  When you add details such as a nose, stitches, bolts, etc., like I have done on Marci, this is called "Creative Color Placement and/or Details."  I asked Irina Blount, the owner of La-La Land Crafts, if it would be ok with her if I added these details.  Irina was gracious enough to allow me to be creative and listen to what Marci wanted!  Every company has their own Angel Policy and it's usually listed on their website.  If you do not see it posted, you need to contact them and get permission before you change someone else's artwork. There are some companies and artists who will not allow you to enhance or change their images...so please be respectful and check first and honor their wishes...Thank You!


~ Copics ~

E04 - Lips
C0 C1 C3 C5 C7
BG10 BG11 BG13 BG18
0.3 and 0.05 Black Multi-liners

Happy Stamping~

~ Nicolette ~

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

~ 31 Nights of Halloween Blog Celebration - Night 24 ~



Hi everyone and welcome to Day 24 of Whimsy Stamp's 2nd Annual 31 Nights of Halloween Blog Celebration!  I am sharing with you again the card I made using my all time favorite stamp, Hot Sip, from the DoveArt's line of rubber stamps.  This stamp is so versatile and can be used with many different techniques.  I've chosen paper piecing and embossing for this Halloween project.


I first stamped the Hot Sip image onto pattern paper and then trimmed around the image and cut out the inside of the handle.  I then inked and stamped the steam with a sandy colored pigment ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I cut a slit into the top of the image and slid the steam down into it and taped it to the back of the cup to keep it in place.  I added Snow Cap White Dimensional Fabric Paint from Tulip to make the  whipped cream and added vintage glass glitter for some chocolate bits for my latte.  Yummm!  To make the coffee cup look curved I first inked around the edges of the cup to give it some depth and shadow and adhered it to my card using different heights of dimensional foam tape so it would stay curved on my card.




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    Make sure to check out Whimsy Stamp's blog post HERE to link your creations for your chance to win!

    Happy Stamping!

    ~ Nicolette ~

    Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    ~ A Heartfelt Harvest Thank You ~



    Hi Everyone....I'm back today showcasing another card from my monochromatic with a pop of color series.  I think this DoveArt's "Pumkin Patch" Stamp from Whimsy Stamps looks stunning in this color combination proving that you do not always have to color things in their traditional color schemes. 


    Adding a pop of red behind each letter really gives the word "Thanks" that 3D look.  I stamped a portion of the Pumpkin Patch image a second time to ensure that the heart was cut out exactly where I wanted it to and then I colored it in the reds before adhering it to the pumpkin.  That way I didn't ruin my colored version if I didn't like it.  The heart on the small pumpkin was done using the brush nib of my R29.  I added rhinestones to the flower centers and randomly inside the oval to add to the dimension and to balance the card design.    



    ~ Copics ~

    C0 C1 C3 C5 C7 C10
    R24 R27 R29 R59
    0 - Blender Pen

    Happy Stamping!

    ~ Nicolette ~

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    ~ A Special La-La Land Treat Bag for My Boo-tiful Friend ~


    Today's La-La Land Crafts Team Friday Inspiration's Challenge was to create a treat holder.  I had so much fun creating this treat bag including the pattern.  I decided to make my treat bag big so i could fit a lot of Reeses Peanut Butter Pumpkins in it since they are my absolute favorite!  YUM!!!


    I couldn't help myself...I wanted the back of the treat bag to be cute, too!


    How fun is this bag?!!!

    La-La Land has so many incredible dies that it allows your imagination to be able to run free and create until your hearts content!  I used the Stitched Zigzags Die to die cut three different colors of cardstock and intertwined them together. I totally love how easy this was to do and how fantastic it looks!  I offset two different colors of cardstock using the Cobweb Die and the spider from the Spiderweb & Spider Die Set so they would stand out.  I added rhinestone eyes to the spiders to make them look extra creepy.  The ghosts and bats are adhered on both sides of the wire so they look like they are flying through the air.



    ~ Copics ~

    T1 T3 T5 T7
    RV00 RV10 RV11
    V22 V25 BV08
    BG11 BG13 BG32 BG49
    E40 E42 E44
    YR04 YR07
    0-Blender

    Happy Stamping!

    ~ Nicolette ~

    Wednesday, October 10, 2018

    ~ A Special Scenic Birthday Wish ~


    This DoveArt's Canoe Stamp from Whimsy Stamps makes the perfect masculine card or the perfect card for the nature lover.  There are so many design possibilities with this stamp.  I chose to put it in my series of card designs using the monochromatic with a pop of color technique.  In this series of card designs I am also using the Basic Stitched Ovals Die Set on every card.  I love finding different ways to use the same set of dies on each card design to give them their own special look.  On this card the image is cut out twice with two different sized ovals and popped up using dimensional foam tape at different heights with the smaller oval being higher than the bigger oval.  It really gives the canoe that 3-D dimension I was going for.  I not only used the larger oval die to cut half an oval out of the black cardstock but I also embossed this piece with the Wire Fence Embossing Folder by Darice.  This element in my design gives the card balance and the embossing along with the red twine and black rhinestones gives the card texture.


     You can see my first card design in this series HERE.  



    ~ Copics ~

    C1 C3 C5 C7 C10
    R24 R27 R29 R59
    0- Blender

    Stay tuned for the next cards in this series!

    Happy Stamping!

    ~ Nicolette ~


    Saturday, October 6, 2018

    ~ All Things with Love ~


    Happy World Card Making Day!!!  Today I want to share with you this beautiful DoveArt's Heart Tree stamp from Whimsy Stamps.  This Heart Tree can be used for so many different occasions not just Valentine's Day.  I think it would make a beautiful wedding, anniversary or even birthday card.


    I totally love making monochromatic cards with a pop of color which is a perfect technique for making a sympathy card.  I decided to color just one falling heart red to convey my heartfelt sympathy.  I just love the message this design conveys to the recipient!



    ~ Copics ~

    C0 C1 C3 C5 C7 C10
    R24 R27 R20 R59
    0 - Blender Pen

    Happy Stamping!

    ~ Nicolette ~

    Friday, October 5, 2018

    ~ Happy Fall from Foxy & La-La Land Crafts ~



    Happy Friday Everyone,

    I'm back sharing with you today my La-La Land Craft's Inspiration Friday creation.  The theme is fall leaves.  Foxy is enjoying a beautiful fall day amongst the trees and blue sky.  I used the Birch Trees Die to cut out a few tree trunks out of some really cool woodgrain paper I had.  I colored them with my Copic E30 to give them a more realistic look and to bring out the cream color of the background paper. 


    To create the beautiful blue sky, I used my airbrush machine, torn paper towel and my Copic B41...  super quick and easy.  This technique makes the perfect sky background!



    ~ Copics ~

    Foxy:  E33 E35  E57 E08 R11 and C1 C3 C5
    Tree Trunks:  E30
    Sky:  B41
    Eye:  White Gel Pen
    Foxy's Fur:  Blending Solution and Terry Cloth

     Happy Stamping! 

    ~ Nicolette ~





    Friday, September 28, 2018

    ~ Trick or Sweets with La-La Land Crafts ~


    Hi Everyone,

    I'm sharing with you today my latest La-La Land Craft's Inspiration Friday creation.  These cutie patootie bats are all dressed up for some trick or sweets for halloween.  They look like they are having a blast and I'm pretty sure they love sweets more than they like playing tricks!


    I combined the bats from the Batty for You clear stamp set and the costumes and pumpkins from the Happy Boo to You clear stamp set to create this card.  Now these cuties are ready for a night of fun!

    I was easily able to stamp and layer color over the sentiment just the way I wanted using my Misti.  I first stamped it using a Versafine Onyx Black ink pad to get a beautiful black impression and then I inked up the sentiment layering Distress Inks in Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade.  I love how it turned out!  This card really makes me want some Candy Corn!!!



    ~ Copics ~

    Bat - C0 C1 C3 C5 C7 C10
    Halloween - YR07 YR04 Y38 Y17
    Pumpkins - YR04 YR07 YR09
    Leaf - YG25 YG17 YG67
    Stem - E35 E37 E79

    ~ Happy Stamping! ~

    ~ Nicolette ~

    Friday, September 21, 2018

    ~ Brewin' Up Some Fun with La-La Land Crafts ~



    Happy Friday Everyone,

    I brewed up a double shaker card for this week's La-Land Crafts Inspiration Friday creation.  If you've been following me, you know how much I love shaker cards but I also love making tags!  Why not combine the two and have twice the fun!  


    I used actual halloween sprinkles for my shaker bits...I think they are a perfect addition!


    Here is a close-up of all the yummy layers.


    La-La Land makes it so easy to create a card with all their fabulously fun images and all of their die choices!  I think I need them all!!!



    ~ Copics ~

    C0 C1 C3 C5 C9

    ~ Happy Stamping ~

    ~ Nicolette ~

    Friday, September 14, 2018

    ~ La-La Land Crafts ~ Peek-a-Boo ~



    Hi Everyone,

    La-La Land Crafts Inspiration Friday Team challenge today is "use a stencil or make one from a die."  I chose to make one from the Birch Trees Die and airbrush using my Copics.  These little hedgehogs are having fun playing peek-a-boo in the forest!  This card turned out exactly how I had pictured it in my mind.  


    Airbrushing is such a fun, easy, fast and cool technique....plus, it uses less ink than coloring with your Copics.  To keep the trees in place while airbrushing, I used Scrapbook Adhesive's Repositionable E-Z Dots.




    ~ Copics ~

    Hedgehogs:  E70 E71 E74 E77 E79
    Trees:  BV08 BV04 B45 B41
    Moon:  B000 B00

    Happy Stamping!

    ~ Nicolette ~

    Tuesday, September 11, 2018

    ~ O Christmas Tree...O Christmas Tree ~


    Doesn't this lil' penguin from Whimsy Stamps make the cutest Christmas tree or even better, a Christmas present?!  He has so much Christmas cheer to spread around!  This scene was so much fun to create...I am really happy how it turned out.  


    I used the large oval die from Whimsy Stamp's Basic Stitched Ovals Die Set and cut in half to make the rug.  I used Darice's Stripe Embossing Folder to make the plank wall and La-La Land Craft's Presents Border Die.  The presents are easy to cart apart to spread the presents around.  I added foam tape to the presents on the rug to give a more 3D effect.  

    Products Used

    Waffle Flower:  Lacy Layers Die
    Waffle Flower:  Lacy Layers 2 Die
    Darice:  Stripe Embossing Folder

    Copics
    Penguin:  C10 - C00 C1 C3 C5
    Cheeks:  R20 - 0 Blender
    Beak & Feet:  YR65 YR68
    Teals:  BG10 BG11 BG13
    Reds:  R24 R27 R29
    Multi-liner:  .03 or .05

    Happy Stamping!

    ~ Nicolette ~


    Monday, September 10, 2018

    ~ Get Well with Nurse Lucy ~

    This week on Passionate Paper Creations and Friends Facebook Page the sponsor is C.C. Designs and I am featuring Swiss Pixie Nurse Lucy.  I think she would make anyone feel better!  I used The Stamp Doctor's Flip Flop Die to create this card.  This die cuts like butter and makes making this card so much easier than measuring, cutting and scoring it yourself!!!  


    I used Whimsy Stamp's Bold ABC Die Set for the letters.  I layered them to make them look 3D and popped them up with foam tape.  I love how they really stand out!


    Products Used

    The Stamp DoctorFlip Flop Die 

    Copics

    Skin: E50 E51 E21
    Hair:  C4 C7 C10
    Eyes:  B91
    Reds:  R24 R27 R29
    Uniform:  C00 C1 C3 C5 C7
    Cast Shadow:  BV20

    Happy Stamping!

    ~ Nicolette ~

    Friday, September 7, 2018

    ~ La-La Land Crafts - Hey Pumpkin ~


    I'm baaaaack...This time I'm showcasing Autumn Marci from La-La Land Craft's new release.  Isn't she darling?!  I love making cards with so many dimensional layers and La-La Land's dies make it so easy!!!  I created the pumpkin patch sign using the new Twigs Die.  It is my favorite die from this release.  It is the coolest die and so versatile!  I have used it on all three of my new release projects.


    I used Copic's Blender Solution and terry cloth to give her jacket texture, added stripes to give the trim of her jacket some pizazz and some adorable flowers to the tops of her boots.  She is ready to pick out the perfect pumpkin!!!



    ~ Copics ~
    Skin:  E50 E51 E53 E55 R20
    Eyes:  B91
    Hair:  E53 E55 E57 C5
    Jacket & Leggings:  YR12 YR14 YR16
    Shirt & Boots:  R05 R08
    Skirt & Trim:  G94 G99
    Sign:  C1 C3 C5
    Blender Solution/Texture Rag

    Happy Stamping!

    ~ Nicolette ~

    ~ La-La Land Crafts - Witchy Boo ~


    Hi All,

    I'm back again to share another project I made from La-La Land Craft's new release.  I don't think this cutie patootie witch could scare anyone.  I love using dies for what they aren't intended.  I cut apart the Cameo Frames Die and made them into pumpkin vines.  It reminds me of that moment in Cinderella where the Fairy Godmother turns the pumpkins into the carriage.  I turned the Stitched Bracket Border Die upside down and layered it to make it a really awesome card topper.  The Haunted Hill Border Die looks like even more of haunted house once I added the yellowish orange cardstock behind the windows.  It almost comes alive...eeeek!




    ~ Copics ~
    Skin:  E50 E51 E93
    Hair:  C5 C7 C10
    Yellowish Orange:  Y35 Y38
    Violets:  V20 V22 V25
    Broom:  E41 E43 E44 E49

    Happy Stamping!

    ~ Nicolette ~

    ~ LaLa Land Crafts - Batty for You ~


    Hi Everyone,

    Popping in to share my project for La-La Land Craft's new release.  Black and white cards are some of my favorite cards to make and this adorable bat from the new Batty for You Clear Stamp Set was perfect to use in this color scheme.  Isn't he the cutest?!!!  I created the frame using the Build-A-Frame Stitched Large Die.  This die is so incredibly handy...everyone needs it!


    I stamped the bat three times and layered each layer with dimensional foam tape to give him a more natural 3D look.  I layered the oak leaves from the new Leaves Confetti Die to make them stand out with the Birch Trees Die.



    ~ Copics ~

      C2 C5 C7 C10

    Happy Stamping!

    ~ Nicolette ~
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