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.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

February Alcohol marker class at Hearts and Crafts

Today I want to share what we will be coloring on Thursday at Hearts and Crafts in Covina.  The class is a technique class to learn how your markers work and to get comfortable using them. We are coloring more images from the Rainforest collection. Bring what ever brand of alcohol markers you have and we will find colors that work together and color these image.  You will learn how to blend and find colors that work together. The techniques will be the same no matter which brand you have.  Last time people had Copic, Spectrum Noir and Nuvo Pens.  This time we're working with the ladybug, butterfly, gecko, and chameleon.


 The great thing is you can color these images any color you want.  I used my reds, black and grey for the ladybug.  I used various pinks for my butterfly but you can use any colors you wish.  I used greens for my gecko and chameleon.  I used a brighter color on the top gecko and a more muted color on the second one. I matched the chameleon with the leaves on the branch but since they change colors you can also have fun with this one.  Make it any color you want. As you can see you have 2 of each image Here are some samples of what I made with the colored images.  I added my newly colored images to cards that I embossed with various embossing folders.


We will have card kits available if you wish to take your finished colored images and make the same cards.  I hope you can join us Thursday February 15th to practice our coloring. The class is $20.00 and you can call Heart N Crafts to sign up at (626) 967-9036. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Happy Birthday distress oxide inks

Today I want to share some fun cards we will be making with the distress oxide inks on Tuesday. February 13th at Creative Haven. 
The first card is using March Florals by Unity stamps.  These stamps are part of the bullet journaling set but as you can see are great for cards also.
Using Distress Oxide inks and a water brush I made a pallet on my craft mat and watercolored in each flower.  Because I used cardstock and not watercolor paper you have to keep the amount of water you use down to avoid destroying the paper.  
The second card I used Rebuild your life by Unity Stamps.  I wanted a 2 tone color for the flowers so I started with a base of yellow and then when that layer dried I added some pink at the base of each petal.  I then used green for the stem and leaf.  I then watered down the left over ink and tapped my brush over the image to get the pink and green splatters
The last card I used Poppy Girl by Unity stamps.  This image is a fun image to color with various mediums.  I love this fun image and coloring it was just as fun. 
I gave her a denim hat to match her jeans.  I added a pink band to match the patches on the jeans and then colored her shirt a light minty green.  I added glaze to the centers of the flowers, her shoes and the band on her hat to give them a little texture.  I love coloring on kraft color papers instead of always using white.  I hope you can join us for the class on Tuesday.  It's going to be fun and you will have some birthday cards for your stash.  Anyone would love to get one of these for their birthday.  

You can find out the details or sign up for the class on my facebook page at  Nikki's Creative Nook

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Sunday Funday Crop

Let’s have a Sunday Funday and crop all day at Creative Haven.   We have been having so much fun we wanted to add another one in this month.  Bring all your goodies and let’s have a fun crafting day together. Some are Scrapbooking, working on planners, sewing, crocheting. Lots of fun things, everyone is welcome.
 Hope you can join us. Here are some pictures from our past crops. You don’t want to miss out on all the fun.
Busy working on scrapbooks
Designing projects for your classroom,

Or just finishing up cards for your stash.

You can work on anything you want and have a good time socializing with your fellow crafters.  Cost is $15.00. Please pay in advance to hold your spot to PayPal at or contact me to make arrangements. Please Sign up by February 9th.  I’ll provide water, coffee and paper goods. The rest is potluck to enjoy. We will meet at Creative Haven in Chino at 12425 Mills Ave. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Craft sale

Hey everyone, 
I hope you have been enjoying your week. I wanted to share a craft sale going on Saturday at Creative Haven in Chino. This Saturday February 3, 2018 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The address is 12425 Mills Ave. Chino, CA 91710. There will be several vendors who have cleaned out or are purging their craft rooms. Don’t miss this opportunity to find some fun things you just can’t do without at garage sale prices. I will have a cricut expression 2 machine, Stamps by Stampin Up and FSJ as well as other companies, sizzix dies and lots of other crafty things that need a new loving home. Several of the items I’m still in love with but I have just created so many people Hong’s it’s time to let someone else enjoy.    It’s also a great opportunity to check out this amazing art studio that I use for a lot of my classes and my monthly crop. Hope to see you there. 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

I'm back!!!! Let's create!

Hi Everyone,
I'm back and ready to share my creations here again.  Life gets in the way sometimes and before you know it time just flies by.  Well, I want to make sure I get back to posting on my blog on a regular basis and keep you all updated on the various classes and crops I have going on.  In an effort to start fresh I even changed the design of the blog.  I hope you like it.  I thought it would be fun to mix things up. 

I am having a marathon crop this weekend at Creative Haven in Chino.  A few of us has so much fun at my New Year's crop we decided we wanted to have a 2 day crop and start crafting Saturday morning and go until Sunday night.  I will be posting pictures on both my Instagram @StampinNikki and on my facebook page at Nikki's Creative Nook.  If you not joining us in person feel free to see what we are up to there.  It should be fun especially when we get to the early hours of the morning.  I better make sure I have lots of coffee. 

My next class is Tuesday January 30th.  We will be having fun with color pencils.  I wanted to use my Altenew stamp Smile More.  It has some fun sayings and beautiful sunflowers that were perfect to color with my pencils. 
This set also comes with a matching die and you can find them both on the Altenew website.  Since I was do a beginner class with pencils I wanted an image that would allow for people to layer colors and a flower is perfect for that.  You can make them any color you like and this set also lets you build images that would work perfectly.  For the first card I used 2 flowers and added the stem and leaves.

I used my prismacolor pencils to layer the pink and then added a darker shade to the center.  I then used 2 greens to add color to the leaves.  I also will show you how to used a blending stump and odorless mineral spirits to blend the pencils.  Its really neat to see how blending them can help bring the shades of the colors together so well.  

The second card I masked and layered an image on the card to build up the corner of the card.

For this card I used the pencils to help blend the colors together.  Applying various pressure to help build the colors and get various shades of each one.  I looked up reference pictures of sunflowers to find the colors I wanted to use.  I then wanted to add a little bit of a background behind the flowers so they weren't just backed by the stark white of the cardstock.  This also helped with learning to layer your colors until you get the shade your looking for.  

I hope you will join me on Tuesday.  We will start working on making a swatch chart that will be helpful as a reference when choosing colors in the future.  We will then get to coloring our sunflowers.  You can always find my classes listed by clicking the link at the top of the blog or go to my facebook page to signup.  

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Birthday cards

Today I'm sharing cards we made in Tuesday's distress inks class. The first card I used a stamps of life die for the candle and then had fun building up the background with Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, and Wilted Violet distress oxide inks. It's just so much fun to see each individual color and they stand out without getting muddy. 
The next 2 cards were made together. First we started with a solid white background piece. I started with blending  Fossilized Amber then added  Spiced Marmalade and finally Worn Lipstick . We then started adding water to get the oxidized look to the background. As you can see with our first card we die cut 3 butterflies from the piece. 
I used a dashed line stamp to give them a flying pattern. It was really fun and we get to use those 3 butterflies to make our final card. 

It was really fun to make these birthday cards. Having fun building layers of color and playing with various pieces of the die cuts shows how you can create a fun card with both the positive and negative sides of the die cut.