ETA: I have taken pictures of the process I went through in developing these cards and hope to share it with you soon. I also want to let you know that Nichole has been working on determining which of her stamps from the Borders and Corners sets will work in the Nestabilities. So head to her blog for more information as well. The wonderful thing about acrylics is that they bend and stretch, so you can sort of change their shape (I am referring to the Ovals). The circles and squares work great - unless they are the ones designed with the "bumps" to fit the Marvy Punches. I have not had enough time to experiment yet and truly figure out which fit and which don't. I can tell you that the rectangles are not the same dimension, but there are innovative ways that you can use them in your creations as well.
Nichole will be carrying the Nestabilities in her store as well. I want you all to know that Nichole and I have a very special relationship. In this world of competitiveness it is probably rather strange to all of you that this has happened. It was I who approached Nichole and asked her if she would like to carry the line. I support her 100% and can honestly tell you that it feels good to know that I can have a good and open relationship with my "competitors". Treating others with kindness and respect is of the utmost importance to me.
Yes, I will be carrying the airbrush system in my store. I am so bummed - I forgot, YES forgot to upload it in the wee hours of the morning before Friday the 13th. So watch for something special to come when I finally get it done :D There are a few other important things that didn't get uploaded either - insert rolling eyeballs. My fingers and shoulders are tired from all the typing. Yes, I do most of the technical computer work as well. Katelyn has been a God send - she has helped me SO much. I hope to get a picture of the wonderful women who work with me and post those to my blog soon!!! That way you will know who it is that helps me out on a daily basis. I couldn't do it without them!
Thank you again for stopping by and I hope to answer many of your questions in the month to come.
Even though life has been rather "out of control" you might say I absolutely relish the opportunity to just play and stamp each month when I receive my stamps from Nichole. Being that they are so completely different then the Lockhart stamps (which of course you can tell I truly LOVE - LOL) it allows me the freedom to create with a completely different "look". My mind always starts to buzz when I open the package and anticipate what it is that I would like to create.
The simplicity of the designs is what intrigues me. If you were to ask me what my personal style is when dressing or designing my home you would find that it is a combination of contemporary and country. Yep, a strange mix indeed, but it is warm and yet allows for those personal touches. For some strange reason that whole "elegance" thing always happens to sneak in as well - not sure why being that I don't see myself particularly as an elegant person - LOL!
This month's designs are once again just little journey's into creativity. The first I am sharing because I think it may be hard to realize that the little white oval is actually a sticker that is only attached with the paper clip. The whole point being that it can be peeled off and placed on an actual calendar. The inspiration for this was discovered in a stationary store - I just though the little sticker idea for "Saving the Date" was pure genius and so I just had to share it. I love how sometimes you don't actually have to use the punched image - but rather use it to cut a stencil. I cut this stencil out of the Eclipse Tape and adhered it over the printed information on my cardstock. Using my Copic Airbrush system I then recreated the scalloped oval shape utilzing the mask. I hope to get the Airbrush system loaded to my store this next week, but getting your orders together and out to you quickly is more important to me right now, so please be patient with me as I try and continue to get on top of all the new goodies that are soon to be headed your way. To get the coordinating oval for the Marvy punch I utilized my Creative Memories Oval Cutter. I wanted to let you know that the oval shape from Marvy does not fit together with the new Spellbinder Nestabilities Ovals, but I can assure you that the new Nestabilities will fit together PERFECTLY!
I then made certain that the alcohol ink was dry after airbrushing before stamping and embossed using Sterling Silver powder. Once again a striking but simple look is what I found appealing about this creation as well as the novelty of the sticker :D For this design I also utilized one of my favorite Paper Trey sets, Faux Ribbon. This is going to be a staple in my stamp library for many years I do believe.
This next card totally came from the stitched square in the Borders and Corners (squares) stamp set. My mind immediately went to quilting. Why? I have no idea being that I don't quilt, but it has always intrigued me and so I set about creating a quilted background for this simple design. First I cut out the squares and embossed them using my Wizard. I will do my best to get a demonstration up here on site soon (probably after CHA) showing you step by step directions as to how to use the Nestabilities in the Wizard, Big Shot and Cuttlebug. Hopefully this will alleviate any fears you may have and also provide you with the necessary information as to how to use it.
So I cut and embossed the squares and then placed these squares on the stamp inked with Versamark, following up with white embossing powder to really make the stitching pop off the surface. The sentiment was then punched out of vellum and layered multiple times finishing up with the Giga Scalloped punch (or was it the Mega - oops - I can't remember). Simple easy and again quite eye popping.
I hope to share more about the Love You card I created in the near future. It has some awesome and funky stuff that I did that just doesn't want to show up in the picture. It is quite the weird mix - LOL!
One last tidbit I want to share is that I am closing out of the Marvy Giga Scalloped Circle Punches that are in my store. If you are still a punch lover then head over to my store for a true "deal of a lifetime" on these punches. This last order arrived as somewhat of a surprise - LOL! They had been ordered a VERY long time ago and so it was one of those "oh no" moments being that I knew that something much bigger and better is on it's way. So for those who still want only a punch hop right on over, I doubt they will last long at this price.