January 10, 2017

Elle's Studio Reveal | January Kit


Hey there! Welcome of the Elle's Studio January Kit reveal. I started out by gathering all of my favorite pieces - the frosted heartswhite acrylic heart, beautiful sequins and all the purple bit and pieces. The story is here is all about one of my favorite days in October. It highlights photos from breakfast and my sinful indulgence of cannoli French toast (only in Jersey). I want to remember the ordinary, it's not all about the events!


The photos for this spread have a cool tint to them. It was probably equal parts the lighting of the Fall weather and that Count shirt I love. By picking out complementary colors in the kit, the feel of the photos and story shines through. 

Join me tomorrow when I'll show you how versatile the Elle's Studio January kit is - we'll go warm this time!

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January 2017 Kit   Always Acrylic Heart  Acrylic Frosted Hearts

January 4, 2017

Neat & Tangled Release: Calathea Giveaway


Welcome to the January Neat and Tangled release featuring the Calathea stamp set. It's a beautiful collection of leaves that can be nested. I love the intricacy of this design!


I used the ultra white Tim Holtz Watercolor paper for the base of the card. The leaves were stamped using Hero Arts White Puff  embossing powder. I used the Bella Blvd Illustrated Faith Watercolor set for this card. This is my current favorite watercolor set. I love how rich and creamy the palette is and the colors mix beautifully. After stamping the sentiment with Versafine Ink, the entire base was cut out with a stitched rectangle steel die from Lawn Fawn. I love the finished edge it lends to my card base.

Make sure to visit the Neat and Tangled blog today for more Calathea Stamp inspiration from the design team and a chance to win a prize pack!  Don't forget to leave your comment here to be eligible for a prize.

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Bella Blvd - Illustrated Faith - Basics Collection - Shanna's Favorites Watercolors Lawn Fawn - Lawn Cuts - Dies - Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables  Hero Arts - Embossing Powder - White Puff


January 3, 2017

Studio Calico January Kit: Roman Holiday Projects

This month starts a new year on the Studio Calico team. I'm excited to use these kits and stretch creatively! My first assignment this month was to use the January Roman Holiday Stamp Subscription set.  The design centers around the stamped bordered. Layering very light gray flowers with black script words creates a pretty pattern that centers the design.
The story is one about my boy + husband. While the photo is from a recent vacation, I decided to journal what I was thinking when I first looked at the photo rather than the typical "who, what, when". Placing the words + photo on a bed of patterned strips calls attention to the point!

Nancy Damiano | Studio Calico  www.thepaperorchard.com
My favorite embellishment in the Roman Holiday kit are the chipboard pencils. Here they create a border pointing to the vellum stickers with a bold splash of color. 


My second favorite? Those little emoji heart puffy stickers. How cute are they? By tucking them just under the photo, it draws the eyes straight to the star - my dog Lucy. The story is about a funny moment when I realized that my little black and spotted dog was chewing on a black and spotted dog. My first thought was - cannibal! Lucy makes me laugh all the time and I thought this story was an important one documenting our every day lives.

This assignment was to use the Funny Face Add On which is birthday themed. Here the story is about my niece and her third birthday. I chose this photo because I liked how it matches the patterned paper.



My favorite part of this design are the balloon strings. The balloons in the pattern reminded me of the Disney movie "Up" and that's where the idea to extend the string design came from. Thanks Disney for the spark!

The Studio Calico Roman Holiday kits and add-ons are perfect for creating a spark of design and telling your stories!





January 2, 2017

Neat & Tangled Release: Nuts for You!

Nancy Damiano Cardmaking Neat and Tangled Nuts for You

Welcome to the January Neat and Tangled release week! This is a new team and craft for me and I'm so  excited to get started. I like challenges and especially ones that kick in at the start of a year. Let's get started with Nuts for You. I tend to lean towards designs that are whimsical and clever so I'm in love with these little squirrels.


I've been practicing with Copic coloring since this summer, taking classes and practicing, practicing, and practicing some more. That's the real key. Well, that and loving color theory (which I do!).

@nancydamiano Neat and Tangled Nuts for You Stamping Nancy Damiano

Three little squirrels are layered on a background of Distress Ink. The splash of color and greeting at the bottom ground the cluster. The squirrel in the center is glued down flat, while the other two are lifted with Pop Dots. This gives the card great dimension. I drew in a squiggly line connecting the center squirrel and the floating heart to tie in the background design.

Visit the Neat and Tangled blog today for more projects from the design team using Nuts for You and a giveaway! Don't forget to leave your comment here to be eligible for a prize pack.

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December 21, 2016

Christmas Wish List + Tiny Wreaths

Nancy Damiano Christmas Layout Pink Paislee



Counting down the days till Christmas with a wish list that can be found in the Winter issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine. Have you downloaded a free copy? It's a great publication with many ideas and great articles.

Nancy Damiano Christmas Layout Pink Paislee

The wreathes were created with a beautiful steel die by Concord and 9th. I've made so many tiny wreaths and Christmas trees this season. It's addicting and the detail is amazing. I love the super clean cuts that steel dies deliver. Makes for easy crafting!

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 Concord and 9th - Christmas - Dies - Take A BoughBella Blvd - Illustrated Faith - Basics Collection - Shanna's Favorites Watercolors   American Crafts - Saturday Collection - Thickers - Alpha - Petals - Black and White        Pinkfresh Studio - Oh Joy Collection - Christmas - Cardstock Stickers with Foil Accents - Phrases


Pink Paislee - Take Me Away Collection - 12 x 12 Paper Pad  Hero Arts - Christmas - Clear Acrylic Stamps - Holiday Mittens Pink Paislee - Take Me Away Collection - Thickers - Alpha - Chipboard - Carefree