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    Happy Tuesday crafters! I am so happy you stopped back again today for some more Neat & Tangled inspiration! This week I am sharing inspiration using the newest products from Neat & Tangled’s November release, and today I have a video featuring the Scandinavian Prints Christmas stamp set! This stamp set is one of my new favorites! I love the whimsical style of these trees, as well as the simplistic stamp layering pieces that allow you to build one of a kind trees! An added bonus with this set is that it can be used outside of the holiday season too, for cute wintry thinking of you cards! Who doesn’t love receiving a heart warming card from a friend, especially during the long, cold winters that will soon be upon us! I created a full set of these cards in a variety of different colors; proof that holiday cards don’t always have to be “traditionally” colored! For inks, I’ve chosen to work with one of my favorite ink brands; Altenew Crisp Inks. These, -as well as the Simon Says Stamp inks- are my most loved ink brands. I used a bunch of color combos, which I will list out for you (all inks are from Altenew unless otherwise noted): green: Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, Green Leaf (Simon Says Stamp), Evergreen turquoise green: Mountain Mist, Volcano Lake, Lagoon, Emerald pink: Rose Quartz, Puffy Heart, Purple Wine, Cosmic Berry bright red: Cotton Candy, Coral Berry, Ruby Red, Grapevine rustic red: Blush, Rouge, Crimson, Velvet blue: Sea Glass, Caribbean Sky, Persian Blue, Sapphire These were really fun to make! The reason I made so many was in support of the Caring Hearts Card Drive. This card drive is spearheaded by Vera Yates; she is a very talented crafter and I think that the card drive that she has been hosting for the past 7 years is a great cause to support! The purpose of the drive is to collect Holiday cards that are then distributed to nursing/assisted living homes around the world as a way to bring care, love and kindness into the lives of those that will be receiving the cards. For complete details, including where to submit cards, etc., please visit Vera’s blog HERE.   WATCH THE VIDEO I have a video for you today, sharing all the details on how I created this card! If you enjoy, please give it a big thumbs up on YouTube and subscribe to my channel for more weekly inspiration!     GIVEAWAY Before you go…! Do you want a chance to win the some of the new goodies from this month’s release??? Leave a comment over on the Neat & Tangled blog for a chance to win! All November release products will be available for purchase starting November 11th and all winners from this week’s giveaways will be announced that same day on the Neat & Tangled blog.   SHARE THIS POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA Feel free to share this post on social media using this image!     PRODUCTS If you are interested in any of the products used in this post, I have them all linked below to Simon Says Stamp. Affiliate links used when possible.  

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    Hi friends! I am popping in to let you know that I am up on the Simon Says Stamp blog today with a new video tutorial! Today, for those of you that have not heard, is Forget Me Not day; it’s a celebration of our loved ones! It is celebrated by making phone calls, writing letters, sending emails and cards or getting together with friends and family! It’s a way to let our loved ones – especially those we don’t get to see as often – that we love them, care about them and were thinking of them. In honor of this day, I have put together a thinking of you card that features some Simon exclusive products, including the You Matter stamp and die set! Here’s a sneak peek of the card I am sharing on the Simon blog: I hope you will stop by the Simon blog to check out the video! Thanks for visiting me today!!!!   PRODUCTS If you are interested in any of the products used in this post, I have them all linked below to Simon Says Stamp. Affiliate links used when possible.   InLinkz.com

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    Hi crafty friends! Today is the release of the brand new December 2016 Merry & Bright card kit from Simon Says Stamp! This kit features a collection of AMAZING products, which I know you will be excited to receive! The pattern papers immediately caught my eye when I opened the kit box and I was really loving the bright, happy Christmas colors. I thought it would be fun to use the papers to create ornaments. I used to create origami designs when I was younger; it was always so rewarding to see a flat piece of paper turn into something intricate and detailed… and doing something like this makes me remember those things. I’ve put together videos for each ornament, so that you can see how they were put together and follow along to make them yourself! You can check them out below… PAPER FOLDED SCALLOP ORNAMENTS This one features a scallop-edge design using the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Circle Stackables dies; however, you could create this same design without the scallops using a plain circle die (or other shapes!) I used the Doodlebug pattern papers that were included in the kit, along with the blue cardstock. I also used the Simon Says Stamp Anna snowflake die and Nuvo’s Pure Sheen glitter to add additional details to the ornament. WATCH THE VIDEO Be sure to check out the video below to see how this ornament came together! If you enjoy, please give the video a thumbs up!     PAPER CHRISTMAS GLOBE ORNAMENT This “globe” ornament features a bit more intricate looking design, but in reality, it wasn’t too much harder – nor took any more time – to  make than the first ornament! I again used the Doodlebug papers from the kit, along with the blue cardstock. For finishing touches, I added just some Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh, but the impact is huge! I added them in little patterns inside each of the triangle areas of the ornament; this little touch really creates a sparkly effect that I think is the perfect way to finish off the design. WATCH THE VIDEO Be sure to check out the video below to see how this ornament came together! If you enjoy, please give the video a thumbs up!   PRODUCTS If you are interested in any of the products used in this post, I have them all linked below to Simon Says Stamp. Affiliate links used when possible. InLinkz.com Save Save

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    Hello everyone! Happy Thanksgiving!!!  I hope your day is filled with family, friends, love and laughter, as you celebrate and give thanks for all the blessings in your life. Today I am sharing a video that is part of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags event, hosted by Tracey McNeely! Each day since November 1st, Tracey has teamed up with different companies and individuals to bring creative inspiration to YOU in the form of holiday gift tags! The really fun thing is that Tracey also encourages you to join in the fun too by submitting your own tag designs inspired by a specific day and tag during the 25 Days of Christmas Tags. Full details on how everything works can be found on Tracey’s blog HERE. Since today is Pretty Pink Posh’s day on Tracey’s blog, I am honored to be taking part and sharing inspiration using some of my current favorite Pretty Pink Posh products! I love ombré and wanted to incorporate that into these tags by doing some Distress Ink watercoloring. I watercolored onto tags that I cut from the Stitched Essentials die set (from Pretty Pink Posh). I used sentiments from the Holiday Greetings stamp set (not available for individual purchase), and the cardinal image came from the Christmas Friends stamp set. The kissing cardinals are super cute aren’t they??? These tags are very simple to recreate, and in the video below, I’ll be sharing the details on how I did it, as well as how I created the beautiful frosted edging on the tags! I hope you’ll be checking it out! Thanks again for stopping by and spending part of your Thanksgiving with me today! I plan on doing some crafting and watching my Minnesota Vikings play the Detroit Lions (and WIN hopefully too!) after enjoying a nice turkey dinner!   WATCH THE VIDEO If you enjoy this video, please give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel for more weekly inspiration!     SHARE THIS POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA Feel free to share this post on social media using this image!   PRODUCTS If you are interested in any of the products used in this post, I have them all linked below to Simon Says Stamp. Affiliate links used when possible. InLinkz.com    

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    Hello friends, Happy Monday!! For those of you who haven’t heard yet… today is the day that Simon is bringing back the VERY popular Merry Christmouse stamp set! This set was released back during STAMPtember of 2015 and was SO popular it sold out immediately. Normally, Simon does not bring back STAMPtember exclusive sets, but […]

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    Hi everyone! Today I am participating in a special blog hop celebrating Simon Says Stamp’s DieCember™ release! If you have already been hopping along with us, you should have arrived here from the amazing Heather Hoffman’s blog; but if you are just joining in, WELCOME! You can find the entire hop list at the bottom […]

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    Hi everyone and Happy Wednesday! It’s the 14th of the month, which means it is time to reveal the newest monthly card kit from Simon Says Stamp! This kit, Snow Much Thanks, is ADORABLE! I love the wintry color palette of pinks, teals and purples, don’t you? I wanted to use the pattern papers (which […]

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    Hi friends! I am popping by today to let you know that I am over on the Simon Says Stamp blog today with a new Studio Monday video! Because today is National Poinsettia Day, I used the Simon exclusive Poinsettia stamp and die set for this card… here’s a sneak peek! To see the full […]

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    Hello crafty friends! With Christmas just around the corner, I wanted to share a fun light up card video with you that features Chibitronics lights and My Favorite Things stamps and dies. While this card may have a bit of a Christmas feel to it, I think this could be used for more than just […]

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    Hello everyone! I am so very happy to share a new video over on the Simon Says Stamp blog today featuring Newton’s Nook Design’s Sweater Weather stamp set! This week I will be showing you how I paired the Sweater Weather set with the Lawn Fawn Ready Set Snow stamps (and Add On die set) […]

    The post Studio Monday with Nina-Marie: Snow Globe Shaker appeared first on Nina-Marie Design.


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    Hello crafty friends and Happy Tuesday! Today I have some inspiration for you that features some of the Simon Says Stamp DieCember release products. In this video, I will be sharing tips on creating die cut backgrounds, as well as other die cutting tips in general. While these cards may have a Valentine’s theme to them, they […]

    The post Shimmer Die Cut Backgrounds + Die Cutting Tips appeared first on Nina-Marie Design.


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    Hello everyone, I hope you are having a very happy Tuesday so far! Today I want to share a video tutorial with you that features Honey Bee stamps and dies, as well as tips for adding extra details to bring your cards to life. Honey Bee is a newer stamp company that has really hit […]

    The post Little Details That Make A Card Pop appeared first on Nina-Marie Design.


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    Hello friends! I wanted to stop by and share my latest Studio Monday video with you that I created for Simon Says Stamp! This week I am featuring Reverse Confetti stamps and dies as I show you how to add some simple dimensional details to solid stamped images. Save For this [...]

    The post Studio Monday with Nina-Marie: Adding Dimension to Solid Stamping appeared first on Nina-Marie Design.


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    Hello friends! Happy Monday! Today I am sharing a video I shared on the Simon Says Stamp blog for Studio Monday! I featured a technique overview, demonstrating 5 different ways to use circle dies. Many of you have basic shape dies, such as circles. There are a ton of different ways you can [...]

    The post Studio Monday with Nina-Marie: 5 Ways to Use Circle Dies appeared first on Nina-Marie Design.


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    Happy Tuesday! Today I am excited to be helping Altenew celebrate their 3rd Anniversary! Hard to believe that three years has already gone by… I remember when Altenew first came onto the scene. From the beginning they’ve given us tons of fabulous products to work with and even more heart into the crafting [...]

    The post India Ink Watercolor with PH Martin Inks + Altenew 3rd Anniversary Hop appeared first on Nina-Marie Design.


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    Hello everyone! Today I have a SPARKLY set of cards to share with you this week that feature WOW! Sparkles Glitter, which I created for the Simon Says Stamp blog! A couple of the most popular ways to add glitter to projects is by using sticky-backed adhesive sheets or with liquid glues. I [...]

    The post Studio Monday with Nina-Marie: WOW! Glitter Die Cuts with Heat Embossing appeared first on Nina-Marie Design.


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    Hello crafty friends! It’s Monday, and I’ve got a brand new video for the Simon Says Stamp blog! I wanted to bring back a technique I love and have used many times in the past. That is, Distress watercolor stamping. First let me touch on the inspiration for this card. I saw this [...]

    The post Studio Monday with Nina-Marie: Distress Watercolor Stamping appeared first on Nina-Marie Design.


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    Happy Friday everyone! Today I am excited to share another video featuring Gansai Tambi watercolors and Neat & Tangled products! Last week, I shared a video featuring these same products in a no-line coloring technique. This week – since the Gansai Tambi paints are a newer watercolor palette for me – I wanted [...]

    The post Painting Backgrounds with Gansai Tambi Watercolors appeared first on Nina-Marie Design.


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    Hey Everyone! I’m stopping by with an encouragement card set that I created for Simon Says Stamp a couple weeks ago, which I never got to share. Encouragement cards cover a wide range of occasions. These cards feature products from both Pretty Pink Posh and Simon Says Stamp! I’m also going to focus on [...]

    The post Friendship Cards with Simple Supplies appeared first on Nina-Marie Design.


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    Happy Thursday crafters! Today is a special day, as Pretty Pink Posh celebrates their May 2017 product release! I was so excited that Paulina from Pretty Pink Posh asked me to guest for this hop. There are many beautiful and fun products in this release, which I think you will enjoy! [...]

    The post Gatefold Gift Card Holder + Hop appeared first on Nina-Marie Design.


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