August 15, 2017

Sunny Studios Buttons + Pigment Ink Stamping



Hey there everyone, Nancy here today with a look at the Cute as a Button stamp and die set. I love intricate designs that can be created quickly and this set delivers! The multiple sentiments are perfect for so many different types of cards. I love the versatility and dose of cute.


The buttons were stamped using two shades of pigment ink for an opaque and colorful coverage. Layering the pigment ink gives the buttons depth and a pop of color. The "sew" title was created using a steel die and layered on a bed of buttons. The stamped needle image leads straight to the point - happy we're friends! A sprinkle of sequins in a few sizes adds movement to the design.

Take a closer look at the Cute as a Button stamp and die set for your next craft fix. There's something about creating all of those little circular shapes that feeds the crafty soul (and makes for cute cards!).




Take a closer look at the Cute as a Button stamp and die set for your next craft fix. There's something about creating all of those little circular shapes that feeds the crafty soul (and makes for cute cards!).

August 13, 2017

Making a List Design + Felicity Jane


Hey there Felicity fans, Nancy here today with a look at the new Zoey kit. When my kit first arrived, the first thing that caught my attention were those big, beautiful numbers! I love every single thing about them - the patterns, colors, font and especially the size. I knew that I would center a layout design and story around them.



What better way to use numbers than to make a list? I am definitely a list making girl. I have daily, monthly and yearly lists for just about everything in my life. On this design, I focused in on an older photo of my niece. It's an every day shot without a specific story that I haven't scrapped yet. I decided that I would make a list to describe her at this age. A top 5 if you will. This is a great way to tell a story through journaling that is short and sweet.
 
Next, let's take a look at the design. I started with a white cardstock base at the bottom so that the beautiful patterns on the numbers could shine through. I scattered the numbers so that they looked like they were falling down the page. Tucking some of the numbers at the edge of the patterned paper lends to the tumbling effect. I used a 2" circle of vellum under one of the numbers to add shape and movement to the area.

​Just around the photo is a sprinkle of embellishments that leads the eye right to the subject - the girl! Layering different shapes is  key when creating a cluster like this. The heart, followed by a flag, topped with a sequin circle - staggered shapes work well together. Notice the half circle of vellum peeking through under the pink patterned paper? There are three of them scattered through the layout to give it some bounce (literally).
The title is clean and graphic, underlined with a simple line of stamped text. I like to combine dimensional alphas with stamping to create eclectic titles. I think it makes them more interesting. The journaling was printed on one of the 3x4 cards from the kit and stamped in aqua with "The Little Things". 


​Thanks for stopping by today and taking a closer look at the Zoey kit.  Don't forget the next time you have a favorite photo, make a list! A top 5 about your dog, vacation, hobby, home or day - the possibilities are endless. Use up your numbers and tell a story!


July 28, 2017

Watercolor | Two Different Looks

I've been experimenting with watercolors lately and while I have a long ways to go, I've learned a few things along the way. Today's post is about water and how the amount and how you color a card really makes a difference. Let's take a look at two very different look colored with the same medium. The first card is very clean and simple with a side of cute!


I used the new Schoolhouse stamp set to create this friendship card. I stacked three of the images so that the little mouse could "write" out the sentiment. I used a black pigment pen to create some swirly lines under and above the mouse to connect him to the design.

I used Kuretake Gambai watercolors to color in the images. I used very little water to get a very vibrant wash of color. I left some of the edges white to match the whimsical feel of the stamped images. It's a bold look for a clean card.


Now let's go in a completely opposite direction and use watercolors to add a very loose, flowing wash of color. Here the You're a Gem stamp set was used with white embossing powder to create a border at the bottom of the card. This offers a nice resist effect when layered with watercolors.



I used a clean, wet brush to add some water to the background and then added pink, yellow and orange watercolor paint. A spray bottle was used to spritz the paint to blend it. I love how all of the nooks and crannies in the gems filled up with beautiful color!

I love using watercolors to create very different looks. I like variety and this medium really delivers!

July 25, 2017

All About the Words + Felicity Jane

I love a good story. The words are one of my favorite parts of scrapbooking. I know that journaling can be tough for lots of crafters. It's so easy to get lost in the beauty of making, sewing and painting on layouts. I admit, I have pages that are totally art and light on words. Neither approach is 'right or wrong', they each tell their story in a different way. I like having a mix of both types of pages in my scrapbooks. Let's see what kind of story we can tell with the Kate kit this month.
Kindness by @nancydamiano | @felicityjaneI focused this one on a favorite photo of my husband. When I looked at it, the first thing that came to mind was "kindness". That was the springboard for all of the words. Meaningful journaling doesn't have to be lengthy or complicated. Speak from the heart and those are the words worth recording.
Kindness by @nancydamiano | @felicityjaneNow that we have the words figured out, let's take a look at the design. I started with the bold black and white check pattern. I thought it would be a great contrast to all of the pale colors in this palette. I'm not afraid to make boy (or men) centered pages with feminine touches. I focus more on the feel or vibe that I'm trying to convey, rather than automatically match masculine colors. 
Creating layers around the focal photo is something I do frequently. Once I layed down the patterns and placed the title right in the photo, I lined up a row of hearts to underline the photo. They needed a little extra something and that was fulfilled with the 'dots' from the letter i's and exclamation points from the gold alpha. It's a simple touch that gives the design a special touch.
Kindness by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane
To balance out the heaviness of the top of the layout, a simple embellishment was created in the lower right hand corner. Layering a tag with a vellum circle, some stickers and an enamel heart is a great way to create a custom subtitle to a design.
Kindness by @nancydamiano | @felicityjaneCombining good, solid design and a meaningful story is a beautiful way to remember someone special. I love that Kate has beautiful intricate embellishments and patterns that are perfect for any story - even for the men in your life!

July 8, 2017

Sunny Studios + Studio Katia Blog Hop Giveaway


Welcome to the Sunny Studios and Studio Katia blog hop. Both teams are celebrating Summer Time with fun and colorful shaker cards using stamps from Sunny Studio and dies and embellishments from Studio Katia.  There are prizes and a special sale too! Both companies have a prize to give away too so make sure you read all the way to the bottom of this post to see how to win!



I used the Magical Mermaids stamp set to create this under the sea card. The images were all colored with Copic Markers for a punch of color. The fun wave border was created with the Sunny Studios Stitched Scalloped Borders Steel Die.  The border was then colored with Distress Oxide Ink in Broken China



The Studio Katia Dotted Shaker Tag makes for perfect embellishments. Here. I placed it right over the wave border and filled it with a mix of Summer Fusion sequins. The colors really pop against the white background. A few sprinkles of sequins up at the top finish off the card. Now let's take a look at more inspiration from both design teams:

Have fun hopping!
Nancy Damiano - you are here!


As part of the blog hop festivities, Sunny Studio is giving away (2) $25 gift cards to two lucky winners.  Contest runs through Monday night with winners announced on the Sunny Studio blog on Tuesday, July 11th.

Sunny Studios is also having a 3-day sale with 15% off all purchases using the promo code "SUMMER15" through Monday night, June 10th 11:59 pm PST.


★GIVEAWAY!★

To celebrate this Summer Time Hop we are giving away THREE prizes:
One prize pack from Studio Katia and two $25 store credits from Sunny Studio! 

Here's how to win:
  • Comment on the Design Team blogs from Sunny Studio and Studio Katia (see a complete list of those participating at the Studio Katia and Sunny Studio Blogs).
  • Three winners will be chosen at random from the collective blog hop posts. Make sure to check out each of the blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment, the better your chances are of winning! 
  • You have until Monday, July 10th at 11:59 PST to comment - winners will be announced on the Sunny Studio and Studio Katia blogs by Wednesday July 12th.

July 5, 2017

Neat and Tangled July Release Day Three | School Hous

Hey there, welcome to the first day of the July Neat and Tangled release. The second stamp set up is called School House with the cutest little critters and sentiments.  My favorite from this set is the pencil which I centered the design around.


To create this card I used the Neat and Tangled School House stamp and die sets with Versafine Ink. Next, I colored a handful of images with Kuretake Gansai Watercolors. I used a masking technique to make a tower of staggered pencils. Each colored in shades of blue, with a green one way at the top. A school bound bear softly watercolored completes the stamped images.



The stacked sentiment was stamped in Onyx Ink. The card was layered with blue cardstock and placed on a gray base.   A few sprinkles of sequins finish off this school themed card.

Neat and Tangled will be giving away a School House stamp set. To enter, leave a comment below to be entered. Tell me what's your favorite cardstock colors are. Visit the Neat and Tangled blog on Friday for a list of winners. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

July 4, 2017

Neat and Tangled Release Day 2 | You're a Ge

Hey there, welcome to the first day of the July Neat and Tangled release. The second stamp set up is called You're a Gem and it certainly is.  I love all of the different shapes and sizes included in this set. The beautiful, bold script is perfect for large sentiments.


To create this card I used the Neat and Tangled You're a Gem stamp and die sets with Versafine Ink. Next, I colored a handful of images with Dr. Ph Martin's India Ink. I love how bold the colors are! The gems were layered at the bottom of the card, some with a bit of foam tape for lift. 



The bold sentiment was stamped in Onyx Ink. The entire card was framed out and placed on stripped patterned paper. A few sprinkles of clear Dew Drops finish off this fun card.

Neat and Tangled will be giving away a You're a Gem stamp set. To enter, leave a comment below to be entered. Tell me what's your favorite watercolor brand is. Visit the Neat and Tangled blog on Friday for a list of winners. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

July 3, 2017

Neat and Tangled July Release Day 1 | Together Stamp Set

Hey there, welcome to the first day of the July Neat and Tangled release. The first stamp set up is called Together and it's chock full of beautiful text. Perfect for titles of all different kids. I paired it up with Flamingo Floatie stamp set and Triangle Pattern Mask for a fun summer card.

To create this card I used the Triangle Pattern Mask and Oxide Distress Inks for a fun background. Combining the Neat and Tangled Together stamp and die sets is a great way to create a layered title. I used a blending tool to shade the top of the die cut title for a pop of color. The Flamingo Floatie images were colored with Copic markers and layered on the ink blended background.



A few sprinkle of sequins finish off this layered card.

Neat and Tangled will be giving away a Together stamp set. To enter, leave a comment below to be entered. Tell me what's your favorite summer stamp set is currently. Visit the Neat and Tangled blog on Friday for a list of winners. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

June 20, 2017

Stamping + Traveler's Notebook

It's that time of the year when we travel far (and near) from home to experience all of the best of summer. I was so happy to see a traveler's notebook in this month's kit - perfect for our recent trip to Florida! I decided to focus most of the design in these pages around the stamps included in the Summer Stamp Set. Let's take a look at how stamping + traveler's notebooks are perfect together.
Florida Traveler's Notebook by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane
This is the opening page to my notebook. Don't you love that nice, bold black and white stripe on the inside cover? I started this page by using the small starburst in the Summer stamp set to create a fun background. Scattering stamped dots is a great way to add color to your notebook without the bulk of patterned paper. 
Florida Traveler's Notebook by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane
I separated the top and bottom halves of the page by using the dotted line  and "what's the plan" stamps. This simple line creates a border between the two photos.
This page contains also cleverly contains the "where" of my trip. If you take a close look at the photo of my drink, you can see the name of the resort. To highlight a main photo like this one, use the corner lines stamp and a sentiment from the Summer Stamp set to frame it out.
Stamped Traveler's Notebook by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane
Adding a stamped title right in your photo is a great way to not only highlight the subject, but also cuts down on the bulk of sticker alphabets. Remember to use a permanent ink like Versafine when stamping on photo paper.  The same idea was used on the right side with the center, stamped title. The "explore" stamp looks like faux script writing here.
Stamped Notebook by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you've gotten some tips on how to use stamps in your notebooks. Happy travels!

June 13, 2017

Sunny Studios Design Team!

I'm so happy to be on the Sunny Studios Stamps design team! I started making cards last summer to get a break from the big scrapbook canvases that I was working on. I fell in love with these tiny pieces of art. I love the coloring, the cuteness and the challenge of a new craft.



This is the first cards that I made for Sunny Studios with the Pirate Pals stamp set. I love these cute little guys! I used the wave steel cut die to create a perfect spot for my peek-a-boo pirates.



A wash of Distress Ink in Broken China over the front adds a punch of color to front of the card. All of the stamped images were colored in with Copic markers. I'm still getting the hang of these and practice (and more practice) has definitely helped!

The next set of cards were made using the fun Oceans of Joy stamp set. This set is so very versatile and the addition of a bouquet of balloons makes it perfect for all of those birthday cards I make year after year.



I started the card by using Distress Ink in Broken China on watercolor paper to create the wash of aqua color on the front of the card. Next, I cut out three windows and added a sentiment to the upper right hand corner.


All of the stamped images were colored with Copic markers and tucked behind the windows in peek-a-boo effect. A few scattered sequins completes this ocean of birthdays card.


Here’s a peek at a second card that I created using the leftover images I colored from the Oceans of Joy stamp set. I based this one on a very subtle bubble background in the center. I used all of the bubble stamps with very light grey ink to fill in the circular window. A few sequins and all of the leftover colored images complete the card!

Next time you need a few under the sea cards, grab Oceans of Joy and color your heart out!

SUPPLIES | Click on the photo for more info

Sunny Studio Stamps - Clear Acrylic Stamps - Pirate Pals  Sunny Studio Stamps - Sunny Snippets - Dies - Pirate Pals  Sunny Studio Stamps - Clear Acrylic Stamps - Oceans of Joy  Sunny Studio Stamps - Sunny Snippets - Dies - Oceans of Joy


Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Broken China  Lawn Fawn - Lawn Cuts - Dies - Small Stitched Square Stackables  Lawn Fawn - Lawn Cuts - Dies - Large Dotted Circle Stackables  Sunny Studio Stamps - Sunny Snippets - Dies - Stitched Scalloped Borders


Bella Blvd - Puffy Stickers - Hearts - Punch Mix

June 8, 2017

Neat and Tangled Release Day 4 | Exploding Boxes + Distress Oxide Inks

Hey there, welcome to the last day of the June Neat and Tangled release. The last set up is a die and stencil set called Exploding Boxes. It's a beautiful graphic design that begs for a colorful background!



To create this card I used the Neat and Tangled Exploding Boxes Die to create an intricate panel out of white cardstock. To create the background I used Distress Oxide Inks in Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber and Broken China. It's amazing how opaque and easy to layer these inks are. So very different from the original Distress Inks!




A sprinkle of sequins and a sentiment on black cardstock, embossed in white finish off this bold card design.

Neat and Tangled will be giving away a Exploding Boxes Steel Die and Stencil Set. To enter, leave a comment below to be entered. Tell me what's your favorite coloring medium. Visit the Neat and Tangled blog on Friday for a list of winners. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

June 7, 2017

Neat and Tangled June Release Day 3 | Welcome Home

Hey there, welcome to the first day of the June Neat and Tangled release. The third stamp set up is called Welcome Home and it's a beautiful bold design. I love the solid house image and went to town creating a background with it!



To create this card I used the Neat and Tangled Welcome Home stamp set to make a fun background on my card. I used the solid house image and pigments inks in shades of green, yellow and blue. Using a stamping press tool makes getting a nice, crisp image like this easier! I then stamped the sign post image on the center of a rectangle piece of cardstock and colored it with Copic markers. I wanted the sentiment to really stand out here against the busy background, so I used aqua embossing powder to give it a little lift.


A few sprinkles of hearts up the post finish off this home sweet home card.

Neat and Tangled will be giving away a Welcome Home stamp set. To enter, leave a comment below to be entered. Tell me what's your favorite card background to create. Visit the Neat and Tangled blog on Friday for a list of winners. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

Color Flow + Felicity Jane Summer

When I opened the Summer Kit, the first paper that caught my eye was this beauty. The perfect shades of a summer sunset with a kick. It reminded me so much of the scenery during a trip to Discovery Florida Orlando, that I decided to use it to tell the story of this amazing spot.
Discovery Cove by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane
This pattern is so beautiful, I had a hard time covering it up! I wanted the design to flow naturally with the colors in the background. I started by gathering chipboard, die cuts and a journaling cards in the same colors of the paper.
Discovery Cove by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane
I lined up the colored embellishments to match the shades in a vertical line. This really emphasizes the transition of color while the embellishments add a variety of shapes and texture to the page. A well-designed paper like this can serve as a guideline while adding your own twist! 
Discovery Cove by @nancydamiano | @felicityjaneWhen creating a transitional, vertical line of embellishments like this remember to use many different shapes and sizes. The more the better the design will flow. Notice that a sprinkle of tiny sequins (from my stash) lead the eye from the top to the bottom - almost like a sparkly bread trail.
Discovery Cove by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane
The chipboard title is very long and serves as a shelf for the photo. The words underline the focal point and really draw attention to the center of the page. I placed a strip of neutral, gray striped patterned paper just underneath to ground the words. A border from one of the papers in the kit add a punch of color and some fun circles.
Discovery Cove by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane
Summer colors and photos are my absolute favorite to scrapbook. This beautiful kit is the perfect compliment to all of my summer stories. Don't forget to use color flow when you want to create beautiful layouts with a bold design.