October 15, 2016

Stamping + Ellen Hutson Giveaway

I'm guest designing over at Ellen Hutson today and I've got a great giveaway  Head on over to their free CLASSroom to check out how this stamped shadowbox came together. 

Nancy Damiano Stamping Pineapple Ellen Hutson
This was created with the Indigo Hills Collection and the Stay Golden stamp set by Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson. 
Nancy Damiano Pineapple Stamping Ellen Hutson

I also tried my hand at a few watercolored cards using the Stay Golden Stamp set and my Kuretake watercolors.

Please leave me a comment by October 19th  below to be entered to win a $50 gift certificate from Ellen Hutson! 

October 14, 2016

Felicity Jane Kit + Blended Ink Technique

Moment Layout by Nancy Damiano | @FelicityJane
It's time to take out the inks and play! Let's combine a simple art blending technique into a scrapbook layout.  I started this design by cutting out the beautiful free cut file by Felicity Jane blog guest designer, Alex Hunter which can be found here for free!
I cut the title out five times out of white cardstock in the same size. Stacking these and adhering them together will add some texture to the title so that appears more like an epoxy title rather than plain, flat paper.
I used Multi Medium Matte adhesive and a needle nosed bottle to adhere the layers. I like the precision that the needle tip gives and this matte medium dries completely clear (even if you go outside the lines). The precision needle nosed tip is stainless and doesn't clog! Remember to set aside one of the die cuts to use for your top layer of ink blending. We'll adhere that one last.
I used a creamy pigment ink and a foam blending tool to get this smooth coverage. I also like Distress Ink for this technique. The trick here is to pick up a little ink and dab some off. It's best to apply thin layers of color. If you try to ink too fast and furious, you'll get blotches. Here I lightly inked the bottom in yellow and the very top in pink to coordinate with the colors in the Felicity Kit. 
Adhere the very top layer and you've completed a custom embellishment that's anything but flat! Here you can see just how much dimension it has. The title will really pop!
The story here is about "living in the momen", sipping a cool drink in Diagon Alley Universal Studios and just watching the world go by. I added a little themed nod to the wizard theme with a sprinkle of black stars (stamped and sequins) and some drops of gold paint.
My favorite go-to design is a simple grid. It's clean lines, pops of color and bits of fun embellishment make for pretty pages that are quick to create.
Who knew Harry Potter and Felicity Jane would make such a beautiful pair! 

October 12, 2016

American Crafts Halloween Party!

The decorations are all up and now it’s time to plan the tricks and treats! This cupcake tablescape was quick and easy to put together with the new American Crafts Halloween line. One of my favorite Halloween palettes is bold purple and lime with splashes of orange.

Nancy Damiano Halloween Table American Crafts

I set up a row of luminaries with electric candles inside for mood, a few treat tins full of cookies and spooky webbed garland to set the table.

Nancy Damiano Halloween Treat American Crafts

The Homemade with Love Treat Tins come in some colorful Halloween patterns. I dressed them up a little with cardstock stickers and embellishments.

Nancy Damiano Halloween Treats Table American Crafts

To create this simple banner, use pre-cut spider web doilies, fold in half and glue to black and white baker's twine. This one spans almost 10 feet long to cover the entire table, but you can customize and make it as long or short as you'd like. I love coordinated lines that make decorating super easy!

Nancy Damiano Halloween Treats Table American Crafts


September 30, 2016

Bella Blvd Illustrated Faith + Cardmaker Blog Hop

Welcome to the Bella Blvd + Cardmaker blog hop! I received some beautiful products from the Illustrated Faith line this time around. The first stamp that caught my eye was the Fly Free Butterfly Stamp with a pretty collection of sentiments and butterflies in different shapes and sizes.

I used white embossing powder and Kuretake Gansai Watercolors to create this soft effect. I love how creamy and vibrant the colors are in this set. The watercolored panels (and white background) were cut with the Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Dies. This adds a nice, textured stitched detail without the sewing!

This is a version of the same white embossing and watercoloring technique. Here the butterflies are in the background, while the Illustrated Faith Friendship Die Cuts add the title and a layer of pattern to the front of the card.

The heart shapes scattered throughout both cards are made out of enamel and come in a variety of sizes and colors. They are my favorite Illustrated Faith embellishment.

A great big thanks to Bella Blvd and Illustrated Faith for including me on this hop and sharing their design talents! Please visit the Bella Blvd Blog and Store for a chance to win this prize pack:

To continue on the blog hop, please visit the very talented Laurie Schmidlin for more inspiration. If you get lost along the way, you can always go back to Cardmaker or Bella Blvd for a complete list of the hoppers!


August 31, 2016

Carmaker + Impression Obsession Blog Hop

Today I'm hopping with Impression Obsession and CardMaker magazine with this cupcake card. It makes me hungry just looking at it!

I colored this fun design with Copics and added the title using Hero Arts White Embossing Powder on black cardstock. I love the striking contrast between the rainbow colors and the black and white at 
the bottom.

Impression Obsession will be hosting a giveaway on their blog of a $25 gift certificate to their shop. Please visit their blog for entry information.  

Below is the blog hop list. The entire list will be included on the CardMaker blog post in case anyone gets lost. 

Nancy Damiano (you are here)

August 17, 2016

Welcome to the Momenta and Cardmaker Magazine blog hop! I had the pleasure of working with a beautiful feather stamp and die this time around. The first thing I thought of when I saw the stamped image was - dreamcatcher! Here's my version on a card:

I started with Momenta patterned paper and a circle die to create the center of the dreamcatcher. Wrapping it in thin twine and finishing it off with a spray of stamped feathers. Using pigment inks really helped create nice, solid stamped image. A few sequins and a sentiment by Momenta finish the design.

Please visit the Momenta Facebook page for a giveaway and be sure to follow the hop list below for more card ideas! 

August 15, 2016

Elle's Studio Mini Kits Review + Video

I have a product review video of the new Elle's Studio kits up on You Tube Channel if you'd like to take a closer look at each mini kit: 

I've been practicing my filming skills again and hope to have more You Tube videos up very soon! I haven't kept up with making videos since my Two Peas day and let me tell you - the learning curve is steep. But I've missed sharing through video so I'm going to give it a go. One last summer trip planned and then it's back to crafting and sharing!

If you'd like to be kept up to date, subscribe to my channel.  Thanks so much for watching. xo

July 27, 2016

PLUS Roller Stamp + Zig Clean Color Brush Markers

Hi there and welcome to the Cardmaker Magazine and Plus America blog hop! I love the idea of no fuss stamping and this little gadget delivers. This little self-inking roller stamp has 18 fun patterns to choose from and is the easiest way to get a continuous pattern in one swipe.

I created this card with the clock cartridge and experimented with some Zig Clean Color Markers. for a pretty watercolor effect. I limited the colors to greens and blues blending them together across the card. The ink held up pretty well considering how many times I went over it with the watercolor markers. While I like the crisp image straight out of the roller, I like the dreamy effect the watercolor markers added even more.

Plus America is doing a big giveaway on their Facebook page, so take a look and enter to win!

Now hop on over to Daniela Dobson's blog for another great PLUS America project. If you get lost along the way, please see the Carmaker Magazine blog for a complete list of designers participating today.

PRODUCT LIST (affiliate links used):
PLUS Roller Stamp Applicator
PLUS Roller Stamp Clocks
Elle's Studio Little Moments Collection
Neena Solar White Super Smooth Yardstick 80#
Zig Clean Color Brush Markers
Avery Elle Sentimental Thanks Stamp

July 6, 2016

Amy Tangerine + Handstitching

Stitching is a design element that I keep going back to again and again. There's nothing like a little needle and thread work to add a pop of color and texture to a story.

I made this a while back for the American Crafts blog using Amy Tangerine's Finder's Keepers collection. I wanted to highlight this story about swimming with the dolphins in Atlantis, keeping the design bold but not so bold that it would eat the photo!
To see how I created the title, see the blog post here. Basically, I cut the center out of the AC DIY Subway Alpha Stickers, stuck them down to the layout and then filled in the missing parts with embroidery floss. Instant pop and that handmade touch I like to add!
This one took a bit of planning. I had to decide the spacing for the title, mark off exactly where the journaling would go and then run the background through my Epson wide format printer
To add weight to the photo, layers of die cut Finder Keepers paper were used. A few wood and transparency embellishments and a few tickets tucked just underneath add more color and weight to the focal point. The bold diagonal background does the same thing - draws the eye right to that photo smack in the center!

SUPPLIES (affiliate links):

July 3, 2016

American Crafts | Dear Lizzy Happy Place

Versatility - it's what I love about a good scrapbook collection. Good colors, a variety of icons that are just the right amount "themey" and a few good embellishments is what I found in Dear Lizzy's Happy Place Collection. Here are few things I've made with it lately.
Layered cards for the season. The suede mini tassels are one of my favorite embellishments this season. And I've never met a gold paperclip flamingo I didn't love.

Proof of how much I love texture and color. I wanted to create texture with a tropical feel. Rows and rows of pretty little squares frame out the photo and scream "Caribbean."

Glitter dipped die cuts are a quick and easy way to give a card some pop factor. I cut the star with my Silhouette and popped it up with foam for dimension.

Who doesn't love a glittery wand and envelopes full of confetti? These were created for my niece's birthday party and they were a hit!

Lining up rows of the watercolored die cut titles from the collection are an easy way to create a bold layout. Layers of the pretty papers and die cuts add to the tropical feel of the photo and story.

A departure from all the vacation layouts, here I used the Happy Collection to make an everyday page about the little people in my life and being a Mom. Using the same watercolored word die cut pack, I customized this one with a light pink color wash. I love that the pack of die cut words comes both pre-printed and plain on watercolor paper so that I can use it in a variety of ways!


May 13, 2016

American Crafts Winner

And the winner of the NSD American Crafts giveaway is:

My son's birthday is on National (and International) Scrapbook Day so we had a birthday party for him. Then I visited my mother on Mother's Day. I plan to work on lots of crafts and projects tomorrow.

Emily, please email me your address to nancydamiano@gmail.com and we will get your prize pack to you!  Thanks everyone for playing along.

May 7, 2016

Please join me on the Scrapbook and Cards Today Blog for a day of fun and hourly prizes. The design team took inspiration right from the pages of the Spring issue!  

I chose Peppermint Granberg's beautiful grid design on page 67. For more on the how's and why's of the design, visit the SCT blog!

Happy NSD + an American Crafts Giveaway!

Happy National (and International!) Scrapbook Day everyone! Let's celebrate with this Amy Tangerine Better Together giveaway from American Crafts.

Today is one of my favorite days - celebrating creativity and paper (things that I love)! This morning I'll be doing a little bit of everything that I love - scrapbooking, Project Life and card making. I've been a maker for as long as I can remember. Before the teams and the industry, I played with color and paint and stitching. It's great to have a day to celebrate all that rolled up in one.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment and tell me what you are up to on NSD (crafty or not). One very lucky winner will be randomly drawn. The winner will be announced Tuesday, May 10th.

Then, hop on over to Evelyn's blog for another great American Crafts giveaway!

May 6, 2016

Design Your Story - American Crafts Dear Lizzy Happy Place

Collection | American Crafts Happy Place

The Story | This one is about my son and his love of the clear, blue Caribbean. It's the first thing I thought of when I first looked at this picture. The clarity and color of that water and that big goofy grin. I also thought about telling the story of those two missing teeth, but I'll get to that one later. That very first thought is usually what I build the journaling around. Because I find that's the most authentic when telling a story. Always go with your first gut reaction to a photo. It's what you remember most and that's important!

Design |  I wanted to create something clean and layered to go with this bold photo. White is my go to background because photos and colors really pop on a clean background. 

I divided the design in two. Stacking all of the watercolored die cut words down the right side of the layout gives it a bold impact. I really wanted those words to stand out. To balance that out, on the opposite side are layers and layers of patterned paper and that beautiful acetate sheet. If you look at the design, there's an "invisible line" vertically down the page dividing the die cut words (on the right) and then everything else lined up along the left. This is an example of balance and repetition in design. And it's easy!

Supplies | Click on the photo links below for more information: