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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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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Today’s tutorial on Splitcoaststampers is for a Side Step card variation, the Circular Side Step card. For my sample I stamped the darling Ebony from The Greeting Farm in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink once on Neenah Solar White cardstock, once on pink paper from Echo Parks Summer Days collection. The shirt and head band were colored on the patterned paper, the rest on the white cardstock with Copic Markers (Hair: YG01, YG03, YG17   Skin: E000, E00, E01, E11   Shirt/Headband: RV25, RV29, RV69   Skirt: C3, C5, C7   Skull: W00, W1). The headband and shirt were cut out and adhered to the image stamped on cardstock, which was then cut out as well.

White cardstock was cut and embossed with the largest Splendid Circle die and blue patterned paper from Summer Days with the third largest  Standard Circle Nestabilities die. The patterned paper was sanded, then stitched to the Splendid Circle center. Ebony was adhered over the circles with dimensional adhesive.

The card base was cut and embossed out of white cardstock with the second largest Grand Circle Nestabilities die. Patterned paper strips from the Summer Days paper pack were adhered together, cut and embossed with that same circle die. The edges were sanded and then the paper was cut on the embossed edge. For the cuts on the right hand side I placed the paper over the card base and used a stylus to trace the cut lines. Next I cut 1/8″ along that traced line. The edges were stitched before the paper was adhered to the card front. Ribbon was tied around the edge of the first step and tied into a bow. A skull from the shirt was stamped again on white cardstock, cut out and adhered over the bow. The image was adhered over the big part of the card base with dimesional adhesive and part of a Finesse Rhinestone Swirl was adhered under the bow.

The tag and postage image from Tea-rrific clear stamp image were stamped in black ink on Summer Days paper and cut out. They were adhered on top of each other with another skull image and taped the the back step of the card.

In the center two pieces of Summer Days paper were cut and embossed with the bigger heard from the new Folk Art die set. The edges were sanded. The hearts were adhered to the center step and topped with two of the bigger rhinestones from a Sleek Strips Silver Rhinestones pack.

Here is a video for the visual learner:

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Today’s Timeless Tuesday Challenge hostess is Cindy Haffner. Her challenge to us is to create something with a butterfly. It can be a die cut, patterned paper with butterflies, embellishment or stamped image. I pulled out Butterflies & Blossoms, one of my favorite Flourishes set along with some of my favorite Spellbinders die to create my sample.

I started by cutting a frame with the second largest Floral Oval Nestabilities and a Classic Oval die out of white cardstock. A piece of Bo Bunny Country Garden paper was cut and embossed with a slightly larger  Classic Oval die. The edges were sanded and a sentiment from Butterflies & Blossoms was stamped in it’s center with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. The oval was adhered behind the frame.

The smaller floral and butterfly image were stamped in Tuxedo Black Ink on white paper, colored with Copic Markers (Flowers: Y00, Y11, Y13, Y15, YR23, YR27, E37   Leaves: YG00, YG01, YG03, G46   Butterfly: Y17, YR15, YR18), cut out and adhered on the lower left and upper right of the frame.

Another piece of Country Garden paper was cut and embossed with a Grand Square Nestabilities die. The edges were sanded and stitched. A piece of Vellum cardstock was cut and embossed with a Lattice Motif die. Green May Arts Ribbon was threaded through the Vellum layer before it was adhered to the patterned paper square. The ribbon was tied into a bow and topped with a button before the sentiment layers were adhered over the Vellum Lattice die cut.

The layers were adhered to the card base, white cardstock cut and embossed with a Grand Scallop Square Nestabilities die. Parts of a rhinestone swirl on the top left and lower right finish off the card.

Take a peek at what the other Timeless Tuesday designer have created for today…

I hope you have time to play. Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!
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It’s time for another Timeless Tuesday Challenge. Heather is our hostess this week and she gave us a gorgeous inspiration photo to pick three colors from.

I picked the light yellow, green and orange as my colors.  I stamped the big image from Butterflies & Blossoms in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on  Neenah Solar White cardstock. It was colored with  Copic Markers (Flowers: Y00, Y11, Y13, YR23, YR27, E37   Leaves: G40, G43, G46) and cut out. The small butterfly was stamped and colored (Y17, YR15, YR18) as well.

A frame was cut and embossed with a Picot Edge Circle and Standard Circle Nestabilities die. A piece of My Mind’s Eye Be Amazing patterned paper was cut with a slightly larger circle die and adhered behind the white frame. The cut out images were adhered over the frame with dimensionals. A 2″ x 3 7/8″ strip of Be Amazing Paper was adhered to a 3 7/8″ square of the same paper pack. The layers were stitched to a 1/4″ bigger Kraft cardstock square. May Arts Ribbon was tied around the square horizontally before the frame was adhered over the squares.

The layers were adhered to the card base, white cardstock cut and embossed with a Grand Scallop Square Nestabilities die. Part of the new Fancy That Want2Scrap Border bling and parts of a Finesse Rhinestone Swirl finish off the card.

Check out my fellow Timeless Tuesday Challenge Members for more inspiration:

Cindy Haffner
Heather Jensen
Maki Jones
Mona Pendleton
Silke Ledlow
Tammy Hershberger
and March Guest Designer Meredith MacRitchie

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!
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With Valentines quickly approaching I am sure there is one last card that needs to be made. Create a project based on Love. It does not have to be Valentine related. It can be just because you love someone.

Link up your Bringing Back Beautiful Challenge creations HERE to enter. If you upload to SCS, please use the keyword BBB19. You have until February 29th to enter! As we unveil our challenge for next month, we’ll share our True Beauties – those card makers who wowed us with this challenge! Winners will be featured on the Flourishes Blog and will receive a True Beauty blog button to display proudly on their blog!

For my card I chose The roses from A Year in Flowers 2. The image was stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on  Neenah Solar White cardstock. I had received the new Copic colors on Saturday and had to use them right away to color my roses (Flowers: RV10, RV52 new, RV55, RV66    Leaves: G40, G43 new, G46 new).

A piece of MME Lost & Found 2 Blush Patterned Paper was cut and embossed with a Classic Heart Nestabilities. The inside of the heart was sponged with Antique Linen and the heart was stitched to a piece of Kraft cardstock, cut and embossed with a  Classic Scalloped Heart. The rose image was cut out and adhered with with dimensionals to the right hand side of the hearts. Part of a Finesse Pearl Swirl was adhered to the left side of the heart.

A sentiment from the stamp set April Showers was stamped on a piece of cardstock that had been cut and embossed with a Fancy Tag die. The inner part of the tag was sponged with Antique Linen distress ink and part of the rose image was stamped over the left hand side of the tag. The sentiment layer was adhered partly under the flower and over the heart.

Two 4 1/8″ wide strips of Blush Paper were adhered to a 4 1/8″ square of the same paper pack. The edges of the paper were sanded before the layers were stitched to a 4 3/8″ square of Kraft cardstock. Ivory Organdy Ribbon was tied around the layers vertically before the heart and sentiment were adhered to the card front with dimensionals. Everything was adhered to the card base; white cardstock cut and embossed with the second smallest Grand Scallop Square Nestabilities die. Three pearls on the lower right corner finish off the card.

Check out what the rest of the design team has created!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have time to participate in the challenge this month!
Have a wonderful day! Hugs and smiles

Today Whimsy Stamps is combining forces with One Crazy Stamper to bring you a Crazy Whimsical blog hop filled with lots of inspiration and some PRIZES!!

Whimsy Stamps is a family owned rubber stamp company located in the United States. We carry a large variety of exclusive rubber and digital stamps, custom rubber and digital designs, our Shapeology metal crafting dies, and many different crafting embellishments. We have new releases each month for both rubber stamps and dies as well as new digital images. Hop by the shop and see what’s new!

One Crazy Stamper is a fantastic Canadian crafting store with an online site as well as a brick and mortar store located in Bolton, Ontario! One Crazy Stamper has the latest products you are looking for! Be sure to check out the One Crazy Stamper shop as well as the OCS blog for your daily inspiration.

Please join our hop featuring projects from the Whimsy and One Crazy Stamper Design Teams. Be sure to hop around from blog to blog and leave a comment at each stop, because some lucky random commenter are going to win some crafty goodies!!!

 

Well….when I started stamping, I remembered new images, I remembered what paper to use, but I forgot about the sketch we are using today.  I had most of the card done before I remembered. So my card doesn’t match the sketch 100%, but I think it still kind of works.

I stamped the new Bird Swing image in Tuxedo Black Ink on Neenah Solar White cardstock. It was cut and embossed with the largest Classic Oval Nestabilities die and the Out of the Box technique and colored with Copic Markers (Birds: N0, N1, N2, N3, Y21, Y23   Swing: E31, E33, E35, E37, Y21, Y23, Y26   Roses: R43, R46, R59    Leaves: YG61, YG63, YG67   Sky: B0000, B000, B00). The image was first adhered to a piece of gray cardstock, cut and embossed with the largest Scallop Oval Nestabilities die, then on a paper doily.

The edges of a 2 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Echo Park Yours Truly Patterned Paper were sanded before the strip was adhered to a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of the same paper pack. The bottom corners were rounded and the edges were first sanded, then stitched. Organdy Ribbon was tied around the vertical strip before the image was adhered with dimensionals. The layers were adhered to a card base , a 4 1/4″ x 11″ piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock, folded in half.

Two pieces of Yours Truly paper were cut and embossed with a die from the Twisted Metal Accents & Die collection and colored with Copic Markers (YG61, YG63). They were adhered next to the bow (and would have to count for the horizontal strip on the sketch). Parts of a Finesse swirl were adhered slightly under the paper swirls and the ribbon bow was topped with a Rhinestone brad.

A sentiment from the Everyday Circle Sentiments was stamped in London Fog Memento Ink on a piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock, cut and embossed with a Standard Circle die. It was adhered to the lower right of the image layer. A heart was cut out of felt with a Classic Heart Nestabilities die. A Flower was stuck through the left side and the flower end was twisted. The heart was adhered to the upper left of the image. Three Rhinestones on the top right edge finish off the card.

Check out the creations of my fellow blog hop participants:

One Crazy Stamper Blog

Jacilynn

Debbie Eastman

Michelle

Alberto Gava

Sue

Heidy Blom

Joni

Simonne Clay

Madge

Iris Wiechmann

Sharon

me

Lisa

Tammy Louise Cunliffe

Lora

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!
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Today’s Timeless Tuesday challenge hostess is Mona Pendleton. Her challenge is to create a Trifold card. There are a lot of different tri-fold cards to choose one. I selected the Triangle Trifold.

I created the base out of a 4″ x 12″ piece of white cardstock. A piece of  Neenah Solar White cardstock was cut and embossed with the largest Beaded Square Nestabilities die  and cut diagonally. A 3 3/4″ square of Basic Grey cardstock  and a 3 1/2″ piece of Echo Park Yours Truly patterned paper were cut in half as well and stitched together. The layers were first adhered over the scalloped triangles, then over the card base fronts.

The sold heart from Fanciful Flourishes was stamped in Spun Sugar Distress ink on Neenah Solar White cardstock and cut out. The flourished heart was stamped over the solid one in Fired Brick Distress ink and embossed with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder (Stampin’ Up!). The heart was adhered to another piece of white cardstock, cut and embossed with the second largest Beaded Circle Nestabilities die. Pink and Red Baby Bling were adhered to the beaded parts of the circle.

White Organdy ribbon was tied around the card base to keep it shut. The image layers were adhered above one part of the card front with dimensionals after parts of a Finesse Rhinestone Swirl was adhered to the upper right and lower left of the card. A sentiment from Fanciful Flourishes was stamped in London Fog Memento Ink on a piece of cardstock, cut and embossed with a retired tag die. The inside part of the tag was sponged with Spun Sugar before the tag was adhered slightly under the heart.

The inside panel of the card base was decorated to match the outside. I hope you have time participate in the challenge. Like I said, there are lots of different trifold cards out there and they are all not hard. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Check out my fellow Timeless Tuesday Challenge Members for more inspiration:

Cindy Haffner
Heather Jensen
Maki Jones
Mona Pendleton
Silke Ledlow
Tammy Hershberger
and
January Guest Designer Cheryl Lea

Have a wonderful day!
Hugs and smiles

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