Monday, April 9, 2018

Distress Ink watercolor

Hi everyone,
I hope you had a great weekend. I was playing all weekend at the Scrapbook expo in Pomona. 4 fundays of crafting with friends. Today I want to share the cards we will coloring Tuesday April 10th in class. 

The images are from Unity Stamps and are colored using the Distress mini ink pads and a waterbrush. Distress inks are easy to control and easy to build layers of color. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Happy birthday balloons

Happy birthday!!!  Today I’m sharing a couple more of the birthday cards I made using my cricut. It’s fun to have some generic birthday cards on hand. We have all had a birthday sneak up on us so it’s great to be prepared. 

The images were done in layers. I love that my explore separates the various layers for me. I don’t really have to think to much about it while designing. I can set a canvas the size of my card and the just design. It calculates and separates everything on to different mats for me. I can choose which colors I want for each layer and then load my mats.


I just added a few enamel dots to the card and the assembled my cuts. It’s nice because you can also save the layout. Now you can change your paper and make several in different color schemes if you wanted to. Have you been making cards with your machine?  It’s fun to mix it up every so often. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Masculine birthday cards

Today I’m sharing some cards I made using my cricut. I wanted some cards I could have handy for birthdays but would work for anyone. I could give to my brother or nieces. So many times we do very feminine type cards and don’t have a good stash of masculine cards available. 

So this first card is good for anyone’s birthday. You could even change the sentiment and make it a congratulatory card or good job. Lots of potential for this layout. 

The next card is a birthday card but could also be changed to Father’s Day. It’s very masculine with the ties. 


Both cards are done with cuts from the cricut. What have you used for masculine cards?  I like shapes as well as traditionally masculine topics like sports, tools, cars. I hope you liked these cards.  It's always fun to play with diecuts. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Lucky you planner layout

Today I'm sharing me adventures with the PixScan mat and my Silhouette Cameo 3.  First I colored my Lucky You download by RG Studio 360 with my copics.  I love it because you get 3 pages with each download.  One with the image alone, one with the image and a cut line around the outer edge to use with your Brother Scan n Cut or like I did here with my Silhouette Cameo 3 and my Pixscan mat.  The last version you get is a mini version that you can use on ATC's or like I did today in my planner and it comes with the cutline added also.  I loaded my image into the software and then needed to Trace the images.  Because they already have an outline it went pretty smooth.  I then loaded it into the machine and had it cut the outline on each image.
Here is the picture of how well each item was cut out.  This was so much better then fussy cutting.  I removed them from the mat and decorated my planner for this week. 
  I used the die cuts to spread out the fun for the entire week.  I still have plenty of room to write in my appointments as they come up during the week.
Here is a collage of the images close up so you can see the coloring a little better.  Once you have the download you can print it on whatever paper you want depending on what you wanted to do with the images.  Since I wanted to use my copics I printed them on my X-Press It Blending cardstock.  
Go to to find this Lucky You download as well as lots of others and start creating. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

When You Smile Stamp Set

Today I’m sharing the cards we will make in this months class.  All these images are from the stamp set When You Smile by Unity Stamps.  The first card we are working on is dragonflies.  I colored in the dragonflies first and then heat set them to make sure they were dry and the color wouldn't move. 

The next step is to brush water on the background to lay down some yellow and have it really flow and fill in the background.  I wanted it to be subtle so I made sure the color was watered down.  I then splattered ripe persimmon and shaded lilac. Since we did the splatters while the background was still wet the color was able to spread slightly.

The second card is a fun image by Unity Stamps.  I love the sneakers with the Roses.  I started with shoes so they would be done and I could dry them so the roses wouldn't bleed into them.  I next colored the roses and then the leaves.  The last thing I wanted to do was the ground under the image.  I did the background is Pumice stone and then added some faded jeans and spun sugar.
The last image I thought would be nice for Easter.  This cute bunny is also from Unity Stamps.  I wanted a light brown bunny and I thought pink ears would stand out nicely with the brown and help highlight the roses.
I colored in the ground with bundled sage first and then flicked in mowed lawn to mimic blades of grass.  I hope you enjoy these and can join us in class on Tuesday March 13th.  

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Llama fun

Hi everyone,
Today I wanted to share a couple of cards we did in my last color pencil class. We worked on fur for our fun Llamma to color. The first one we did in greys and only used 3 colors.  BloggerImage

It was so fun to color and then add his scarf and beenie. He’s all ready for winter. 
The second card we did in browns. For this one we used about 5 various shades to get lots of texture and highlights on his fur. We also made him a hipster with the cute hat. 

We had fun in class working on flicking our colors to get the fur texture. Slowly building up our layers of colors and watching it come together as you go. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Coffee Themed Cards

Today I'm sharing cards made with the Heartfelt Creations Coffee collection. we will be making these cards on Tuesday February 20th at Creative Haven.  The first card I want to share is using the Coffee Mug stamp set and matching die.
This is a large stamp and I know we all love a large coffee mug.  I also stamped on a scrap of paper so I could cut it out and layer it on my mug.  I sponged ink on the edge of the cup to add some color and vellum across the card for a sentiment.  I added some glaze on the dots on the center of the cup to help add dimension tot he cup.  I also added some to the top of the mug. 
The second card is using the Coffee Talk stamp set and matching die. It's a pretty cup with little flowers that I water colored in with my zig clean color real brush marker and a water brush.  I again sponged the edge of the cup to add some color.  I then used the steam heart sentiment on vellum and embossed then die cut out to add a little sparkle to the card.

I used the same stamp set and die to make this card.  I cut the spoon out of silver paper and added the sentiment from Latte Art stamp set.  This is a great way to use up some scraps of pattern papers you have as well.  Layer a few pieces for the background and then add your stamped images. 

The last card is make with the stamp All Stacked Up and the matching die. 
I water colored the cups again with the zig clean color real brush markers and a water brush.  I added a tag with the sentiment to the top and attached my stack of tea cups at an angle.  These are a fun set of cards for your coffee loving friends.  You can find out more information or sign up for this class on my facebook page Nikki's Creative Nook.