Welcome to the NinaB Designs* first team blog hop of 2013! We hope you have had a relaxing holiday break and ready to join us for another year of inspirations and prizes!

*NinaB Designs is a product designer for a few paper crafting companies including Spellbinders, Want2Scrap and Penny Black, and The Craft’s Meow.

For this month’s hop, Nina challenged the team to create a project with the LOVE theme, which can be interpreted in many ways: Valentine, Anniversary and Friendship.

I couldn’t help myself. For my card I used a new M-Bossabilities folder as well as  Scalloped Border dies from the new Spellbinders Winter CHA release. I know, I am a lucky one to have them already. A little birdie told me that Nina designed those border dies.
I started by scoring a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock at 3 1/2″ and 7″.  Next I used three dies from the A 2 Scalloped Border One Spellbinders™ Borderabilities® Card Creator dies to cut and emboss the 1 1/2″ edge of the tri-fold.  The other outer panel was embossed with the new Spellbinders™Infinity M-Bossabilities™ folder.
A sentiment from The Craft’s Meow Sent with Love was stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on a piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock that had been cut and embossed with the 3rd smallest of the Classic Oval SM Nestabilities® dies. It was adhered to black cardstock cut and embossed with one of the Fancy Tags Three dies. A piece of a Beautiful Bloom Bling Border was adhered under the sentiment and flowers were threaded through one of the tag holes and adhered on the back.
The sentiment panel was adhered slightly over the scallop border side to close the card. A piece of a Finesse Rhinestone swirl finish off the card. I picked the black and white (with a splash of pink) color scheme to make the card work for the current Simon Says Stamp Challenge.

The NinaB Designs team is giving away these TWO PRIZE PACKAGES:

Prize Package #1 includes Spellbinders Venetian Accents and Motifs:

Prize #2 includes 2 retired sets from Layers of Colors stamps:

Winners will be picked randomly from 2 of the designers’ blogs:


Everybody is welcome to comment and be eligible to win. The winners will be announced on  January 22 on Nina’s Blog, where you will also find all the relevant info regarding the giveaways. Finally, please consider liking the following Facebook pages that are represented on today’s hop, so you don’t miss the latest news and happenings:

Thank you for joining us today! Have a wonderful day!
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Did you see the new images Tiddly Inks released? They are so cute. For my card I used the new Happy Mail images. They were arranged, printed out on Neenah Solar White cardstock and cut and embossed with the Out of the Box Technique as well as the second smallest of the new 5″ x 7″ Matting Basics A Spellbinders Paper Arts.

The image was colored with Copic Markers (Skin: E50, E21, E33, R20    Hair: YR24, E99, E39, E18   Dress/Bird/Flower: Y13, Y15, Y17, YR15   Mailbox: E31, E34, E29, W3, W5, BV20, BV23, BV25   Flower Center: E99, E09    Grass: YG01, YG03, YG17)  and the edges were sponged first with Summer Sky, then with Bahama Blue Memento Ink. The image was adhered to a piece of black cardstock that had been cut and embossed with the second smallest of the new 5″ x 7″ Detailed Scallops Spellbinders die.

A 2″ x 3 5/16″ piece of My Mind’s Eye Six by Six A Mother’s Love was adhered to a 3 5/16″ x 5 5/16″ piece from the same paper pack. The edges were sanded and stitched before the layers were adhered to the card base, a 3 1/2″ x 11″ piece of Solar White cardstock, folded in half.

The sentiment from Happy Mail was printed out and cut and embossed with a new die from the Charmed I’m Sure Spellbinders Shapeabilities® die. A button was tied to the left hand side of the tag with silver cord before it was adhered to the upper right hand corner of the image layer.

The card works wonderful the current Tiddly Inks Challenge (anything goes.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!
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I have another post on the Spellbinders blog today. I hope you have time to check out the entire card. It works great for the current Simon Says Stamp challenge, which is to create a Christmas project.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I don’t know how much I will be posting over the weekend and next week! I wish you all a wonderful Christmas. Hopefully you get to spend it with loved ones!!!
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Welcome to the Whimsy Stamps December 2012 rubber stamp and die release!

Today, Whimsy Stamps is releasing 20 fantastic new Rubber Stamps & Stamp Sets, 5 wonderful new Whimsy Shapeology Dies, a fabulous new Shape EZ by TLC template and 2 beautiful Whimsy Designer Paper 6×6 packs. These new goodies are available to buy right now from the Whimsy Stamps store along with all your Whimsy favourites.

We are also welcoming two new DT members to the Whimsy family today! We hope you will join us in giving a warm Whimsy welcome to Melissa Andrew and Janette Garcia. We are very excited that these extremely talented gals have joined us here at Whimsy as members of our magazine staff! Welcome Melissa and Janette!

From today until 23 December, the Whimsy DT and Special Guests will be showcasing these new products with a daily mini blog hop. Each mini blog hop has a new release prize hidden somewhere along the way and you have 24hrs to enter each prize draw by leaving a comment on every blog listed for that day.

At the end of release week (Monday 24 December) a ‘Release Round-Up’ will be posted on the Whimsy blog with a complete list of winners from the daily mini blog hops.

 

For my card today I used an image from the darling new Playful Kittens stamp set. Again this card works wonderful for the current Simon Says Stamp challenge. Some of my favorites on this card include Washi Tape, Patterned paper, Wee images, Rhinestones and Copic Markers.

The image was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on a 3 1/4″ x 5″ piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock. The bottom corner were rounded and the image was colored with Copic Markers (Kitten: C00, N0, N1, N2, R000, R20     Scarf: Y11, Y13, Y15, Y17, YR09, R24, R29, R39      Ground: YG01, YG03, YG17    Butterfly: YG01, BG10, BG11, BG13).

Two 3 1/4″ wide strips of Echo Park So Happy Together paper were sanded and adhered to the top of the image layer. The edges were stitched and two pieces of Washi Tape were adhered to the left hand side of the patterned paper strips. A green button was tied on with silver cord.

A sentiment from the Playful Kittens set was stamped on a scrap piece of paper. It was cut into banner shape and adhered under the paper strips. Stardust Glitter was added over the butterfly wings and rhinestones above the button and to the right hand side of the card.

To be entered into today’s mini blog hop prize draw, be sure to leave a comment on ALL of the DT posts listed below by 12.00pm EST tomorrow:

If you would like to join us as our Guest Designer for our February 2013 release please go to our Guest Designer Contest page to read all about how to enter. Entries close at 12.00pm (EST) on Monday 24 December 2012.

For a full reveal of this month’s fabulous release, please visit the Whimsy blogThanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

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It’s time for a new Crafty Friends Challenge. Charmaine is the hostess and her challenge to us is to create a mostly white card, with just a splash of color. I will also enter the card into the current Simon Says Stamp Challenge, which is to use your favorites. Here I used paper piercing, rhinestones, dies, patterned paper and paper piercing.  The layout of the card is from the current CASE Study card by Windy Robinson.

I started by cutting snowflakes out of silver glimmer paper with one of the Snowflake Borderabilities dies.  A 1 3/4″ x 3″ strip of Carta Bella’s Winter Fun patterned paper was adhered to the bottom of a 3″ x 5″ piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock after the edges of the paper were sanded.  The bottom edges were rounded and the edges of the layers were paper pierced.  Seam Binding was tied around the top of the patterned paper and three bells were tied on with silver cord.

The layers were adhered to the card base, a 3 1/4″ x 10 1/2″ piece of Solar White cardstock folded in half with the bottom corners rounded. A sentiment from Simon Says Stamps Small Folded Banners Holiday was stamped in Platinum Stazon on white cardstock. It was cut into banner form. Want2Scrap Rhinestones finish off the card.

Check out my fellow Crafty Friends for more  inspiration:

    Thanks so much for looking! I hope you have time to join us in the challenge. It’s easy and fun! Have a wonderful week!
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Usually on the 15th we have a NinaB. Designs blog hop. Because everyone is so busy this month we decided to skip it. I thought it would be fun to post  card showcasing Nina’s stamps anyway. The card also works great for the current Simon Says Stamp challenge, which is to showcase your favorites. Some of my favorites are using dies, rhinestones, Memento Inks and my trusted corner chomper.

I started my card with a 3″ x 4 1/4″ piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock. The lower part was cut with the Country Landscape Memory Box die. The upper part was cut with the Simon Says Stamp exclusive Falling Stars die.  The houses were sponged with Toffee Crunch, the trees with Bamboo Leaves Memento Ink. The sky was sponged with Nautical Blue Memento ink. The bottom corners were rounded before the layers were adhered to another piece of white cardstock exactly the same size.

Stardust Stickles was added on the bottom, on top of the trees and houses as well as in the star holes. Silver cord was wrapped around the lower edge and topped with a yellow button. A sentiment from Just Sayin’ was stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on white cardstock that had been cut and embossed with one of the Nested Lacey Pennant Nestabilities® dies.

Yellow Bazzill cardstock was cut and embossed with the smallest Star Nestabilities® die. The star was adhered to the right hand side of the sentiment and topped with a rhinestone. The sentiment strip was adhered to the image layer with foam adhesive squares. the layer was adhered to the card base, a 3 1/2″ x 10″ piece of Kraft cardstock, folded in half with more foam adhesive squares. More rhinestones (under the sentiment and above the button) and a double row of paper piercing above the layer finish off the card.

Thanks so much for looking! Have a wonderful weekend!
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Yesterday I had some free time to play along some of my favorite challenges. I created this card for the current Way to Use it challenge on Splitcoaststampers (favorites), the current CASE Study and Simon Says Stamp challenge (snowflakes).

The current CASE study showcases a gorgeous card from Windy Robinson. Her card had some great dry embossing with Nestabilities dies. Her card had flowers in the center, but I thought snowflakes would be more appropriate for December. Plus I LOVE snowflakes. So I cut snowflakes out of Neenah Solar White cardstock, Frosted Teal and Patina Bazzill cardstock with dies from the 2012 Snowflake Pendant Shapeabilities® die set.

A 3 1/2″ x 11″ piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock was folded in half and the bottom corners were rounded.  Two of the Wonky Rectangles Nestabilities® were embossed in the center of the card. A sentiment from Merry Everything was stamped in the center of the embossed rectangles with Midnight Black VersaMagic Ink.

Red silk ribbon was tied around the lower part of the card base. Thin silver wire was wrapped around a stylus and added to the small white snowflakes. The bigger blue snowflake and a while one were adhered to the left hand side of the sentiment. A second white snowflake was adhered over the ribbon bow.  Rhinestones from Want2Scrap finish off the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful Friday!
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I have another Clean and Simple card to share with you that is mostly made with supplies from the new Simon Says Stamp December card kit. I created the card for the current CAS(E) this sketch challenge. I will also enter it into the current Simon Says Stamp Challenge, because the current one is anything goes! One lucky entry will win a $50 shopping spree!!!

I started by cutting two red papers of Pink Paislee Sidewalks patterned paper (included in kit) in 2″ wide strips. The bottom was cut with one of MFT’s Fishtail Flags Die-namics die and the center was cut with Simon Says Stamp Air Vent die. Sea Salt Bazzill cardstock (included in kit) was adhered behind the vent and a 1/4″ strip of white cardstock was adhered above. A white button was tied on to the side of that paper strip with Beetle Black twine.


A 2 1/2″ long strip of Sea Salt cardstock was cut with MFT’s small scalloped border die and adhered to the top right of the strip. Rhinestones from a Sleek Strip Silver Rhinestones pack were adhered next to each scallop. The banner strip was adhered to the card base, 3 1/2″ x 11″ piece of green Bazzill cardstock (included in kit), folded in half. The bottom corners were rounded.

A sentiment from Merry Everything (included in kit) was stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on a piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock that had been cut with a small folded  Banner die.  It was adhered slightly off center underneath the vent die cut. A tiny rhinestone was adhered as the dot over the i and three rhinestones from the Sleek strip pack were adhered on the bottom right corner to finish off the card.

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I recently got the new Simon Says Stamp December card kit in the mail and couldn’t wait to play with it. I had missed the deadline of the latest CAS(E) this sketch, but I wanted to create a card with it anyway. It definitely works for the current Simon Says Stamp Challenge, because the current one is anything goes! You could win a $50 shopping spree if you enter!!! And with me being broke because I ordered a new camera, 2 lenses, wireless memory card and kids presents on Black Friday, that would be wonderful!

I started by cutting the right side of a 3″ x 5″ piece of white cardstock (from kit) with the Simon Says Falling Stars die. Packing tape was adhered behind the stars and Sterling Glitter was rubbed over it.  A sentiment from Merry Everything stamp set (included in kit) was stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on the right side of the cardstock piece.

The card base is a 3 1/2″ x 11″ piece of Neenah Desert Storm cardstock (included in kit) folded in half. A 2″ x 3 1/2″ piece of Pink Paislee Sidewalk patterned paper (included in kit) was taped to the lower half of the card base and silver cord was tied around the card base. A wooden button (included in the kit) was adhered to the left hand side of the white layer to finish off the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day! I know mine will be! My new camera is scheduled to arrive today!!!
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I created this card for a CAS challenge at Splitcoaststampers. I had seen one of Debby Hughes cards (I am a big fan) and saw a layout I just had to case! 

I started by cutting one edge of a 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock with MFT’s Notebook Edge Die-namics die. A piece of My Mind’s Eye Six by Six Gnome Sweet Gnome paper was adhered behind it to form a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card front. A button was tied on with hemp cord on the upper corner before the layer was adhered to the card base, a 4 1/4″ x 11″ piece of Kraft cardstock, folded in half.

The bottom corners were rounded and a leaf from JustRite Stampers Shabby Chic Autumn Leaves was stamped on the lower right corner with Peanut Brittle Memento Ink.  A sentiment and postage stamp image were stamped over it with with Jet Black Archival ink. Three black rhinestones on the top right finish off the card.

This card works perfectly for the newest Simon Says Stamp Challenge which is called Autumn Leaves. I hope you have time to participate. You could win a $50 shopping spree at Simon Says Stamp online store. I LOVE Simon Says Stamp.

 

Thanks so much for looking! Have a wonderful day!
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