Thursday, November 27, 2014

Moki in trapper's hat

Hi bloggers and followers,

I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving day and all the trimmings.  We did, but the highlight of our day was finding this little hat for Moki at the store.  Mark found it, then he showed it to me, I had to have it.  I had to have it!!!!! Oh my gosh the look of him in this hat, not only it was something new to him to have something on his head, but when I went in front of the mirror with Moki he was liking it.  So we decided we would have enough time to take a few pictures of him in his new hat.  Enjoy, it made us laugh and have a great time, yet again!

If there is such a thing as a comedian dog, we have one on our hands.  He makes us laugh from morning to night and then some.  We also learned that flatulence with canines is no less than deadly.  He is no exception, he seems to like our reaction when we notice that it is him who is the culprit, ha ha ha.

Now all I need to find is a really cute red scarf.  Look at how much his fur has grown since we got him.  He turned 4 months on Nov 10th.  I tried to keep the photos in large format so feel free to click on them for a larger view of him

He is so very active as you know puppies to be, but he is also very aware of what's going on at all times.  He is very astute if we can call dogs that.  Really, what's not to like about him?  Answer below,
NOTHING!!!!!!!!!! hee hee
Have a happy Day and a fun weekend ahead.
Will share more cards as soon as I have some to share.
Thank you for visiting, it makes me smile to see that some are interested in my blog.  Thank you!
Love, Nikky

Saturday, November 22, 2014

HAPPY THANKSGIVING fellow Americans, wherever you are!

Hi Bloggers and followers,

Today's card is another simple card for this Thanksgiving 2014 I made for a many friends....I truly enjoyed making this one.  I had to repeat the process more than a dozen of times, but I had prepared for that many cards ahead of time.  So it was easy to put together in a chain reaction way.  I hope you enjoy it too.

Memory Box feather set, a soup bowl stamp from my stash, Happy Thanksgiving Sentiment by an older set by Stampin'Up.  I wanted to specifically use a touch of burlap paper this year so this is what I ended up doing

As I said it is a very simple card especially when you have more than a dozen to make of the same, simple is called for.  I miss making flower cards folks.  I hope to put together something with flowers soon.  I will have a Christmas card to share before Christmas but only when I know my great friends abroad will have received it.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone on November 27th that is for those who are not from the US
Thanks for visiting, see you soon!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Masculine card

Hi bloggers and followers,

Nice of you to visit. Thank you.  Today's card I am sharing with you is a masculine card.  I had ordered a large set of stamps by Joy Crafts, called "RETRO CARS".  A set of 13 acrylic stamps of many different Vintage cars (7) and 6 beautiful sentiments that matches the theme very well.  I am so happy I found this set since I will be able to make many more cards out of it and all of them will have their own character.

For now here is this card I made with a friend this passed week.  We enjoyed all of the stamps on the set and can see a lot of potential for future cards.

Here's today's card:

I used a plaid embossing folder, and inked up the edges with grey ink for more depth.  Then cut one piece of the largest of the set (Sue Wilson's Austrian Collection - Vienna 5 dies set.  CED2205) in black.   

I had prepared my stamped image by using of the ovals in the same set to layer on the center of the black cut out.  Before adding dimensional adhesive, I also inked up the outside edge of the oval.  Before ending I just added some Crystal Stickles to the center of the wheels for some additional interest.  Enough to stay very masculine and yet, elegant.

 Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed what you saw and if there are questions, feel at ease to ask, I will make sure I will answer to the best of my knowledge.
Have a great day!  Go ahead, be creative, it is so much fun.
Come back soon I have a Thanksgiving card to share next.
Hugs, Nicole

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A carousel card I had so much fun to make

Hi bloggers and followers,

Glad you could stop by and have a look at my card I have made a while ago but it was work in progress (this is the card I had to restart because of teeth marks in it when I realized it had fallen on the floor while clearing up my work table).

This card was made (base die cut is by Marianne Creatables  CR 1236 it is a set of 6 dies in the top higher end of die prices.  I had purchased this one a few months ago as I knew I would use it for a Birthday Carousel card, but improvising this card was work in progress and fun as my main theme was GIRLIE in PINK.  You will agree that I kept with the topic at hand from start to finish. 

TIPS on how to make a themed card or shaped card.  First, inventory your die cuts and group what you have by something you could use for a theme in mind.  Once you have all of what you can use stick with that.  Pick papers to use for layers, decide what die cut you will use to display your sentiment on, make sure before you put it in place as well as all of the items you are going to add to your work, is what you want and final.  Never ever adhere anything to your base card or shape unless you are at the final stage and have decided what goes where first.  Always walk away from your work before you will finalize it.  Once glued together it is called too late.  Then you will have to be happy with the look of it.  (learned the hard way)

For example if I wanted to make a shaped project with an Autumn Theme.  I would look for all the leaves I have in form of die cuts or punches and even some templates I can fussy cut if it is not too many of the same fussy cut design.  Anything that associates with Fall.  Keep it simple, less is more.  It's fine to try to add more but to be sure it isn't too much, walk away and come back to it later you will know if you like the new added items or if you prefer to remove it.  Mad crafters always have a method, that's mine.  Here is the shaped Birthday theme I made recently:

Angela was so thrilled and had no idea what she was about to receive in that box.  Happy you enjoyed it, it was a delight to make it.  I love challenges like this, it drives me to smile and go outside of the comfortable box of mine.

I set the Angela tag on a narrow acetate piece of about 3 inches long.  This was sent in a box as I didn't want to bend anything.  Yes, for those of you who like cheaper shipping, you can make this for someone who you can hand it to and save on mailing but keep in mind this is very very light in weight. 

The roses, flowers, shopping bags, hat box, Present boxes, Eifel tower were all made with dies.  I just personalized every item to my liking before it would make it to the scene.  The little strawberry on the shopping bag was made out of handmade ceramic clay in a mold for a half strawberry embellishment. 

Thank you for visiting and I hope if you have questions about this work, feel free to ask in the comment section.  I will be more than happy to answer them for everyone.
Have a great day! 
The next two cards to share are much simpler.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Another photo of my Moki

Hi friends and followers,

I had a photo session with Moki this week, I mean, I took pictures of him sitting on a chair on a fancy blanket.  He seemed to enjoy it, plenty of treats in the process but he would really give me some cute pictures for my digital album.  Since I don't do scrapbooking I keep all my photos on 2 hard drives.  Economical.

Here he is:

Have a great day everyone!  He is keeping all of mine very busy and I love it and him.
I have more cards to share on my next blog tomorrow and for a few days.  Some are very simple and some are very time consuming.  But I can share them since I know the recipients have already gotten their cards.
Thanks for visiting. 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Update on Moki

Hi Bloggers and Followers,

Oh as you may have guessed I have been kept very busy lately.  Moki is one reason but we also had a week of vacation among all of this "fun madness".  Moki is growing fast.  I am in full training mode with him.  Just a step at a time goes a long way.  He is so fast at running away from me when he knows he's in trouble.  Being born mid-July it makes him almost 4 months old.  Under the fluff you see, there is a little dog.  The fur grows so fast while it is making him look bigger he is growing at a normal rate.  He was almost 4 pounds at the Vet 2 weeks ago.  There should be about 3 more pounds before he is a full adult at estimated 7 pounds like his parents.

So here he is in all is fluffy glory folks,


On the card front, I am having to cram in many projects in the next 3 weeks.  I never liked to make Christmas cards when I can wait near the end of November, as I feel I'm more in the mood for it as it looks more like Christmas time. 

I never felt pressured by what the market dictates out there, starting in July, Christmas cards are made and I shake my head in disbelief.  I love to make Christmas cards, don't get me wrong, but I am not falling for the over highly commercialization of it.  I make a few cards ahead friends across the pond and the rest of them wait until mid December to be sent out.

So as soon as I have something to show I will post again.  Give it about a week.  I had a large and so much fun project I just finished.  It had been destroyed by my fault dropping the shell of my work to the floor while I was opening the blinds.  I have a very rapid dog at grabbing what falls onto the floor, has become a specialty for him.  He grabbed it and made quite a few holes, I had to start over again *eye rolling*.  Note to self: Remember, the floor is not a safe place

First time dog owner in training here, big time!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone
I will post soon, so come back for more to see...