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Shimmer Bloom

I have found a new love with an old product……SHIMMERY WHITE PAPER!  The new BIRTHDAY BLOOMS + shimmer paper = MAGIC!

Birthday BLooms by becreativewithnicole.com

You can’t tell it’s shimmery paper right now, but trust me the close up will show you….

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See that bit of shimmer??  That’s the shimmery paper that I stamped my bloom on.  I used Archival Black ink then colored with markers.  And even with all the color, the shimmer shines through!  The paper has a smoother texture that lets the markers glide over the top….I just LOVE it!

But let’s talk inspiration for a minute.  I got my layout idea from the sketch challenge at Try Stampin’ -or not- on Tuesday.

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A nice simple layout that worked well with the BIRTHDAY BLOOM stamp set.

Birthday BLooms by becreativewithnicole.com

Now let’s talk about the rest of the card, it’s all very simple! I used Crumb Cake for my card base and added a layer of Calypso Coral.  That one simple coral layer really works well with the flower and creates a nice frame.  Did you notice the very light Sahara Sand that I added to the Whisper White layer?  I didn’t want the white to be too white….you know what I mean??  Sometimes just a hint of color adds depth.  And of course the gorgeous greeting, stamped in Archival Black.  This stamp set is a no brainer for me between the gorgeous flowers and the oh so beautiful greetings!

So now it’s your turn to do some stamping!!  Why not give this week’s sketch a try!  You can find out more details at Try Stampin’ -or not- on Tuesday.

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A Nice Cuppa

Ready for another sneak peek??  Today I have a card for you featuring A NICE CUPPA and the coordinating designer paper HAVE A CUPPA.

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What a fun stamp set!  It also has a set of matching thinlits that you can purchase with the stamps in a bundle and save 15%, love it!!

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I added a little tea bag to the cup with a little baker’s twine and a dimensional, a sweet little extra touch!

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My inspiration for today’s card came from the sketch challenge from Try Stampin’ -or not- on Tuesday.  I kept to just a few colors that I pulled from the designer paper.  You will love this new HAVE A CUPPA designer paper stack, it’s full of lovely designs!

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I hope today’s sneak peek card has you inspired!  You can find more inspiration for this week’s sketch challenge at Try Stampin’, I hope you’ll join us!

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Cozy Christmas in Black and White

I’ve gone with a bit of a different color scheme for today’s Christmas card…..it’s all in black and white.

Cozy Christmas by becreativewithnicole.com

It all started with the WINTER WONDERLAND VELLUM STACK.  Some of the designs are black so I thought why not do an entire card with black and white.  COZY CHRISTMAS has a lovely little scene that works perfectly with the vellum that has the pine trees.

Cozy Christmas

I added a layer of the BLACK GLIMMER PAPER from Halloween, it fit well with the sketch challenge I used for inspiration.

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It’s the sketch from Try Stampin’ -or not- on Tuesday.   Now you can see how the black glimmer paper fit in so well!

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I added in a couple of the larger silver sequins from the Cottage Greetings card kit and a white embossed sentiment to finish off the card.  And as always the envelope is stamped to coordinate.

I hope you’ll join the challenge with me.  You have two weeks to add a card to the line up.  Just visit Try Stampin’ -or not- on Tuesday for all the details plus more great samples from the Design Team.

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May Your Season Sparkle

Christmas cards can be extra easy when you have gorgeous designer paper to give you a hand.  Today’s Santa card has minimal stamping but lots of sparkle.

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Isn’t this colorful and fun!  I just love the Home for Christmas designer paper.  Cutting out pieces of the designs to use in place of stamps adds a whole new dimension to card making.

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Santa and the tree along with a plethora of gifts were all fussy cut to embellish the top of the card.  But what really makes this card sparkle is the gorgeous red glimmer paper bow.  It makes the card look like one of Santa’s gifts!  Let me show you where the inspiration came from….

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There’s a great sketch this week at Try Stampin’ -or not- on Tuesday.  The bow is where I started building my card.  Red glimmer paper and Santa are a great match!

May Your Season Sparkle

This card was so much fun to create, I highly recommend cutting up your designer paper for beautiful cards!  To learn more about this week’s challenge stop by Try Stampin’ for all the details plus more fabulous cards with this week’s sketch.

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Glimmer Leaves

Last week I shared a card with a gold glimmer leaf that I just loved.  So, I had to do another card with the beautiful glimmer leaves.

Lighthearted Leaves by becreativewithnicole.com

Isn’t this gorgeous!  The design is simple so the leaves can take center stage.  I did one in gold glimmer paper and the second in the retired champagne glimmer paper.  Before I show you a close up of the leaves, I want to show you the sketch I used for today.  It’s the challenge from Try Stampin’ -or not- on Tuesday.

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I turned my card from landscape to portrait and I was a little liberal with the designs in the center.  I used the two leaves and a sentiment.  In fact, this card is all about the Big Shot, I didn’t do any stamping!

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Each leaf is popped up with dimensionals on the woodgrain embossed cardstock (Sahara Sand).  The sentiment die cut from Seasonal Frames Thinlits is done in Early Espresso to stand out from all the glimmer.

Grateful Lighthearted Leaves by becreativewithnicole.com

Lastly, I added in a couple of sequins to complete the design.  This card was quick and easy, but still has a lot of sparkle and wow!

I hope you’ll take a few minutes and the join the challenge with me!  You can find all the details plus more beautiful samples from the Design Team at Try Stampin’ -or not- on Tuesday.

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Soft Sky Woodlands

I keep finding myself coming back to the gorgeous WOODLAND EMBOSSING FOLDER for my fall cards. This time I went with a soft color using the brayer technique I shared with you.

Grateful for you by becreativewithnicole.com

Isn’t this simple but gorgeous!  Soft Sky and Tip Top Taupe make a beautiful combination on this card.  Not your typical fall color combo, but I am loving it!

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I used the brayer to add Soft Sky ink to the embossing folder to make a lovely background for the trees.  I also added a little color to the cracks of the trees with a Sahara Sand marker.  I think that little extra step makes the trees look more realistic.  I did the same thing HERE with another brayered card.

Grateful for you top view by becreativewithnicole

Since I wanted the beauty of the background to shine, the sentiment is a simple one.  “Grateful for you” from MERRY EVERYTHING was stamped with Early Espresso on Tip Top Taupe and die cut with a CIRCLE FRAMELIT.  I added a few dimensionals to the back with a bit of GOLD CORDING TRIM before centering it on the card.  And as always, a few GOLD SEQUINS are my finishing touch.

I still need to tell you about the inspiration for today’s card, the sketch challenge from Try Stampin’ -or not- on Tuesday.

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I used a little liberty with the sketch and didn’t go literal with the tails of the medal shape.  In place, I have the GOLD CORDING that swoops below the card in the same places.   You can join in the challenge too!  Just visit TST for more information and inspiration from the Design Team.

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Sheltering Tree Birthday

I pulled out an older set for today.  It’s not really THAT old, but I have been so busy with the Holiday catalog stamps that I’ve neglected some favorites like SHELTERING TREE.

Sheltering Tree Birthday by becreativewithnicole.com

Doesn’t this fall tree look amazing with the INTO THE WOODS Designer Paper??  It’s like there are extra fallen leaves bellow the tree!

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The inspiration came from this week’s Try Stampin’ -or not- on Tuesday sketch challenge.  There is so much you can do with this sketch!

Birthday Tree by becreativewithnicole.com

Cajun Craze, Tangelo Twist and Hello Honey make gorgeous leaves!  With SHELTERING TREE being a Photopolymer stamp set, it’s easy to place them on the tree.

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Sheltering Tree by becreativewithnicole.com

I hope you’ll join us this week and make a card for the challenge!  For all the details plus more great samples from the Design Team, go to Try Stampin’ -or not- on Tuesday.

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Lighthearted Leaves for Fall

I went a little outside the box with colors for today’s card.  I think Lost Lagoon, So Saffron and Crumb Cake are beautiful together, why not use them for fall!

Lighthearted Leaves by becreativewithnicole.com

See what I mean about the gorgeous combo!  These colors work well together on this simple card.  Let’s talk about design.  I used this week’s sketch from Try Stampin’-or not- on Tuesday.

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I love the abstract look of the leaves for this sketch, simple yet elegant.

Leaves by becreativewithnicole

I added a light background behind the leaves with the WATERCOLOR WASH background stamp to give a bit of contrast.  The pictures don’t do the card justice, the background is a nice subtle little touch.

I have a couple of tips, but first let me explain why I put this together for you. Backgrounds can be difficult to stamp evenly so there are a few things that can help.  First off, I totally ordered the wrong stamp, I usually get the backgrounds on wood but I got a clear by accident.  I was in a pickle, but solved it by using another background stamp!

Background stamp ink

These stamps are hard to ink evenly with the foam ink pads, the edges of the ink pad show as you tap the stamp with it.  But fear not, all is solved for you!

Background stamp tips by becreativewithnicole

A brayer is the solution to all of these problems!  Brayer on the ink, brayer over the cardstock and you have perfectly inked cardstock!

Lighthearted Leaves card by becreativewithnicole

Give this a try next time you want to add a soft background to your card!  Download Perfectly Inked Background Stamps to keep these tips handy!

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