Jeweled congratulations with Krumspring Stamps 

Hello, being a crafty who only ever creates cards with the recipient in mind, card designs can either come super easy or depending on the person, can never feel perfect enough. For this card I wanted to celebrate my friend who just accomplished her fund raising goals. I had jewel tones in mind and the One triangle at a time  set from Krumspring Stamps was perfect. 

I started out by stamping and heat embossing the One triangle at a time stamp onto watercolor card stock. I had envisioned a purple to gray ombre colour scheme. I used my Gansai Tambi’s to watercolor. I did two layers and allowed them to both dry completely before moving on. As my panel had warped a tad, I placed it under some heavy books for the night to straighten out. 

Next up I chose a dark gray panel that was just a little larger than my stamped panel. I thought this would off set the light gray watercolor in the embossed piece. I had initially thought to use the large “congratulations” from The necessary one set, but I felt I needed the sentiment to be popped up, to add dimension to a very flat card thus far.

 So I changed my sentiment to the smaller “congratulations” in The Necessary One set and stamped it out on lighter gray cardstock. I was happy with the simplicity of the sentiment strip compared to the fussy background. 

I finished up the piece with several sequins and clear dots and of course stamped my envelope to match. 

Hope you enjoyed the making of this card, happy crafting! 

Niki.

Mother’s Day cards using Krumspring Stamps 

I must admit, I was beyond chuffed when the owner of Krumspring Stamps asked me to do a Guest Design spot. Maria has grown a business that is so authentically her. Those triangles, geometry and clean lines are quintessentially what she was creating herself with a pen. I’m so honored to be able to create with her stamps. 

First up as its Mothers Days, I instantly knew I wanted to use the Adventures Ahead stamp set with a bold background. 

So I started off by creating two backgrounds, one a sun set scene and one a day time blue sky. 

I masked two panels off and started ink blending. For the Blue background I used three blues inks to create an ombre effect, I masked this one off at three equal spaces and softly pounced the ink onto the cardstock. 

After I ink blended the sunset panel, I took a stencil, spritz some water onto the rays and used a paper towel to dry off the excess followed by glossy texture paste to create sun rays. 

Next I stamped out the hot air balloons from the Adventures Ahead set with my MISTI using versamark and heat embossed some platinum embossing powder.

Using the Distress Oxides I blended two to three colours on each Balloon. This is a super quick way to colour and its one of my most favorite. I spritz both with a shimmery mist. Once they were dry I fussy cut them out. 

Once cut, I put them to the side while I stamped out the sentiment from The Necessary One set (brillant name!) on to both panels. 

I used foam tape to mount the Hot air balloons to the background and finished up with a sprinkling of clear sequins and drops. 

I loved creating these cards, these balloons will certainly be getting a work out in my craft stash as they are super versatile. Oh and of course I had to stamp a matching envelope! 

I hope you enjoyed the making of these cards and happy crafting to you!
Cheers, Niki 

Scandinavian Hugs

Hello, thanks for stopping by! 

Today I wanted to share a card I created to accompany a box of crafty goodies for a darling young lady who radiates kindness.

I started out stamping the Scandinavian Prints from Neat and Tangled, I tapped distress ink directly onto the stamp (using a couple colours per stamp) and spritzing a gentle mist of water over the stamp. I love the messy watercoloured look this gives. After it all dried I used the coordinating dies to cut them out. 

For the sentiment I chose the Hugs from a W Plus 9 set which I heat set with white embossing powder on Slate card stock from Simon Says Stamp . 

Using the partial die cutting method, I used the Hugs die to create a partial cut around the sentiment. Cut the strip and adhered foam behind it for dimension .

For the background I used my favorite cardstock of all time Simon Says Stamp in Fog, with a tone on tone background using MFT arrow ends background builder. 
 I assembled the floral prints & took a photo. Then put the puzzle back together using multi matte medium and foam tape as I went. 

Finished up with my favorite sequins from Simon Says Stamp (moonshine) and a couple of beads from PrettyPink Posh .  

Happy crafting to you! 

Niki. x 

Yippee! Waffle Flower Doily.

Hello! Thank you for taking a moment to stop by. Today’s card is certainly clean and simple, but it show cases the intricate Doily circle die perfectly. 

I started out with a panel of watercolour cardstock, and used 3 distress ink colours  to blend together until gradual and seamless. 
Now here’s a technical bit of magic. I wanted to die cut the doily circle but I certainly didn’t want the negative pieces of the die to detach themselves and find myself piecing together a puzzle for the next hour. So I used the trick I saw Jennifer McGuire do, were you take a drier sheet (normally for laundry purposes) and rub your cutting plate with it. 

I don’t understand what magic exactly happens but it allows you to have a die cut stay as one complete piece! Perfect! 

Next up I took the Doily Cirle Die and used multi matte medium to adhere it to a piece of fun foam to add dimension. Once dry, I fussy cut around it to make sure nothing was sticking out. 
I adhered the whole die cut piece back into its original spot. 

I wanted this card to be a “yay! I support you” card so I die cut the YIPPEE! die twice from black cardstock, adhered them together for strength then added shimmer and a ton of glossy accents and allowed it to dry. 

From the Feather More stamp set I took the ‘you are the best’ sentiment, stamped it onto grey cardstock and popped it into place. Once the YIPPEE was completely dry I adhered it above the sentiment strip.

Finished up with a sprinkling of my favorite sequins and beads from Pretty Pink Posh and voilà! Complete. 

Happy crafting to you! 

A colourful NYC Birthday card

Hello, thank you for taking a moment to stop by. For today’s card I wanted to create a card as bright and cheerful as the recipient. 

I started out by running temporary adhesive behind the negative piece that was die cut from the MFT NYC skyline and adhering it in place on some Tim Holtz watercolour cardstock

Once in place I used distress ink to colour in the image. Lots of blending created a somewhat seamless blend, then added water drops to pick up some colour.

Next up I took a glossy texture paste and coated the entire panel. I knew it wouldn’t be completely smooth, but I wanted it to be super shiney. I also used a sprinkling of fine glitter dust to enhance the shine. 

Once it dried, that’s when it just shone and I was so pleased! At this point it was missing not only the sentiment, but something to create a frame and bring it more into focus. 

So I did just that, I first die cut a frame from white cardstock, but it didn’t look right. Luckily I have copious amounts of my trusty Fog cardstock from Simon Says Stamp on hand and once the frame was cut it worked perfectly. 

I chose a MFT sentiment that was more general than the traditional “happy birthday’ as the recipient is a lover of world travel. 

A few of my favorite clear moonshine sequins from Simon Says Stamp finish up this card. 

Happy crafting! 

Niki.

Clean & Simple Lacy Flower

Hello! Thank you for taking a moment to stop by, for today’s card I used the Lacy Flower Stamp from Waffle Flower crafts.

The Lacy Flower stamp is stunning, intricate and lends itself so perfectly to a clean and simple card. 

I started out with some watercolour cardstock, I heat embossed the stamp using white embossing powder.

I took Distress ink and softly blended two colours to showcase the Lacy Flower, then splashed a little water over the top, i just really love that effect. 

To finish up I heat embossing the sentiment on a strip of vellum and adhered it to the panel. Added a little sparkle with clear sequins and beads. 
No doubt this card is simple and clean but I adore it, so easy to create several embossed panels and ink them up, then add a vellum strip and sentiment when an occasion arises. 
Hope you like and happy crafting! 

Birthday Bears 

Hello, I wanted to share the card I created for my son’s 5th birthday.

 As soon as I saw the Beary Special Birthday set from MFT Stamps I knew it was the one I needed to use for the sweet little guy in my life. 
I started off by stamping and masking off as needed to create the scene. Masking is fussy and fiddly work, but it’s such a great effect, especially as I’m on such a one layer card roll at the moment. 

Next up I took Distress Ink and blended the trio of colours til somewhat smooth, spritz water over the top and left to dry. I did leave the masks on whilst I dropped water on the card, that can certainly be a bit hit and miss, but since I was planning on watercolouring, I knew I could lift any little accidents. 

Once the card was completely dry, I took the Ranger paint dabber in black tie and used a splatter brush to splatter black on the entire piece. I’m loving this effect at the moment.  


I held my breath, then removed the masks and yay! Perfect. 

Watercolouring the images was so enjoyable, they are so very cute. Once dry I took a large circle (in this case a circle die that was in arms reach) to draw in a banner sting as I wanted to “hang”  my son’s name with the new banners also from MFT Dienamics.

I finished up the card with lots of sparkle from the Spectrum Noir clear shimmer and glossy accents.

I used white embossing powder from Ranger to emboss the sentiment. 

I’m super excited to give this card to my little guy. How he is suddenly 5 I’ll never understand, but I’m in awe of him. 

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting. 

Niki x