Monday, 13 February 2017

Using My Favourite Tool


Hi there and thanks so much for stopping by.
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As you may know from my last post I'm delighted to be this months Guest Designer at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. I'm very grateful for all your lovely comments on my first make.
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It's Monday again, so guess what - it's time for a new challenge! This week's theme is 'Use Your Fave Tool'.

I had difficulty choosing which tool to favour but in the end I've opted for my Ranger 'Heat It' craft tool. For my card today the 'Heat It' tool was essential to heat and melt various embossing powders and enamels. It's also perfect to heat set distress inks. The Ranger edition is my top pick as it manages to not blow the target powder in various directions (yay!) and crucially doesn't burn papers. It's quieter than other makes too. (This is my personal opinion, made without reward from Ranger!).

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So here's my card...


I've several sets of sewing themed stamps that are much neglected. Decided to use a stamp or two from each set and inked and embossed them. Included various dies that cut a faux stitched edge. In order to incorporate some fabric I adhered heavy cotton to chipboard using multi medium matte. Once thoroughly dry I then diecut the fabric and chipboard together with the dress form die and then stamped on the dry fabric using my favourite stamp (Papillon by Tim Holtz). Trimmed all the stamped images and inked their edges with distress inks (the Ranger ink blending tool came a close second as tool of choice!). Also attached lace to some of the edges for extra texture. Eventually decided on the best layout (leaving out several other stamped images that didn't make the final cut (sorry for pun!). Threaded the buttons (both real and paper) and fixed in place. Added metal embellishments and fancy button to complete. That's it!

The dies, inks, embossing powders and other ingredients that are available from the Simon Says Stamp store are listed at end of post.

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Be sure to pop over to this week's challenge to view all other fantastic makes from the wonderful Design Team. Don't forget that each week one lucky winner receives a $50 gift voucher to spend instore.

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Many thanks again to all at Simon Monday Challenge for allowing me feature in the 'Designer Spotlight'.

As always, I greatly appreciate all the visits and comments that come my way so thank-you in advance!
Wishing all a lovely week to come,
Nicola x

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I used products that are available from Simon Says Stamp Store as follows:

Tools
Ranger Heat It Craft Tool (USA use), Ranger Heat It Craft Tool (UK use), Ranger Heat It Craft Tool (other European use), Ranger Ink Blending Tool, Sizzix Big Shot

Dies
Tim Holtz / Sizzix Sewing Room Dress Form, Memory Box Cross Stitched Frame Borders, Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders

Stamp
Tim Holtz Papillon

Embossing Powders & Enamels
Stampendous Shabby White enamel, Stampendous Shabby Pink enamel, Stampendous Chunky White enamel, Wow Opaque White powder, Simon Says Stamp White Fine Detail powder, Ranger Antiquities Rose Quartz, Ranger Antiquities Weathered White

Ranger Distress Inks
Ground Espresso, Victorian Velvet, Vintage Photo, Brushed Corduroy, Antique Linen, Tea Dye

Other Inks
Ranger Archival Sepia, Versamark Ink Pad, Versafine Vintage Sepia, Memento Desert Sand

Paint
Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Snowflake

Cardstock
Bazzill Cream Puff

Sticky Stuff
Scotch Double Sided Foam Tape, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Aleenes Tacky Glue

Other
May Arts Pink Twine,

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I wish to enter card to the following challenges
The Ribbon Girl - February Card Challenge - Anything Goes
Craft Stamper - Anything Goes (with stamping)
Fussy & Fancy - Fussy & Fancy
Penny Black & More - Use Your Favourite Stamp (Papillon by Tim Holtz)
Kort o Mania - Vintage / Shabby Chic
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes
Crafty Friends Challenge -Anything Goes
Creative Corner Challenges - Perfectly Pink

36 comments:

  1. Wow, this is amazing, Nicola!! The details are incredible!! I love the layers and the textures!! Those scissors are such a fabulous touch!! What a stunning card this is!! It's so creative and gorgeous!! I love, love it!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  2. What a fantastic card! So full of interesting detail!!!
    very well done xx zoey

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  3. Your card is beautiful, Nicola. I love all the elements, layers and textures. It's so fun to see your second challenge with us and I love your style. So pretty!

    Cathie ♥

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  4. This really is such a beautiful sewing themed project Nicola! That big flower on the dress form is a real stunner and I love all the lovely button embellishments you added along with the little scissors and the little sewing machine charm is the perfect finishing touch. Hugs, Anne xx

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  5. Nicola, this is stunning! I love your sewing theme and all the wonderful touches from the dress form to the buttons to the tiny scissors...it is awesome with its gorgeous vintage colors! Love my heat gun too! hugs, Maura

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  6. This looks amazing, gorgeous card, thanks for joining us at Crafty Friends, xxxx

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  7. absolutely gorgeous card Nicola :-) I love the sewing theme, the whole design is fabulous! makes me feel like getting my sewing machine out!!! ;-)

    luv
    Lols x x x

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  8. Oh what a beautiful card!! There is so much to look at and everything fits so beautifully. Thank you for sharing with us at Fussy and Fancy, good luck and I hope you will join us again.
    Hugs
    Gina xx

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  9. What a beautiful card Nicola! I love your amazing layers and gorgeous vintage palette. You are doing a wonderful job in your stint at SSS! Keep it up - I am soaking in all of the inspiration. <3 Hugs, Autumn

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  10. beautiful card Nicola and I agree about the Ranger Heat It Tool...it's definitely one of the best...love the card buttons you used...hugs kath xxx

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  11. Hello… Thanks for joining our ‘Anything Goes’ challenge with your absolutely lovely card… I love cards which have a sewing theme to them... yours is one of the best ones I have seen, well done. Please join us again next time. Good luck!
    [Diane Louise, Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

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  12. Gorgeous vintage make Nicola! Love the dress form and all the sewing theme embellishments.
    Hugs
    Samra
    Paper Talk with Samra

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  13. Absolutely love this Nicola ! all my favourite things, collage and haberdashery stamps and lovely vintage colours, love the sewing machine and scissors dies too, just gorgeous. Incidently I'm about ready for a new heat tool so will have a look at the Ranger one.

    Joan

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  14. Gorgeous embellishments, Nicola! I love the theme and detail :)

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  15. Gorgeous embellishments, Nicola! I love the theme and detail :)

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  16. the cohesion of all those fine details and elements is fabulous!! Gorgeous card!

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  17. Nicola, your talent knows no limitation! What a stunning project. I have a soft spot for sewing themed projects.. probably because they innately encourage abundant texture! Your layering and embellishing are impeccable. Thank you for the sweet inspiration and for being such a kind friend. I am grateful for you! :)

    Hugs and blessings,
    Karen

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  18. Wow Nicola! What a fun and creative piece! Love all the fun embellishments!

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  19. Absolutely stunning Nicola, so many gorgeous details and embellishments. Love the dewing theme.
    Avril xx

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  20. Well I have to agree with you, one of my most used and valuable tools in the craft room would definitely be the heat gun. Other tools you can improvise with, but that heat gun is a definite essential!! Your card is just brilliant, I adore the theme you chose and the fabulous accent pieces you used! So many fun little things to see, brilliant design my friend! sending hugs :)

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  21. Morning Nicola,

    What a real beauty you are sharing with us today, I can see so much love and attention has gone into this one (as with all your artwork of course), my thanks for sharing your favourite stamp with us at Penny Black and More challenge.

    Timmy's Papillon set remains one of my favourites as well.

    Thans also for your very kind visits and words, they are so appreciated and although I can't get round as I used to, when I do it's a pleasure as always to see what's on offer from you.

    B x

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  22. Gorgeous card! Nicola with a wonderful collection of sewing theme stamps, ephemera and embellishments.
    hugs x

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  23. What a gorgeous card, Nicola - lovely use of all those sewing themed stamps, and the fancy flower button finishes it all off to perfection.
    Alison x

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  24. This is such a gorgeous creation, Nicola. Love all the beautiful embellishments on this piece. The color scheme is so sweet and romantic. :)

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  25. What a super sweet project you have for us today, so well thought out and put together a fabulous Creation Beautiful in every way, we are so lucky you have entered our RIBBON GIRL challenge blog
    so beautiful to look at good luck hugs Tracy x

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  26. This is so romantic and girly and shabby chic. I love the color palette you chose cause pink and brown always match perfectly togrther. Love all the many details and stitches! Hugs, Marzena

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  27. A beautiful card. Lovely colours and I like the sewing theme with all the pretty details added on. Thanks for joining our challenge at Fussy and Fancy.

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  28. Dear Nicola, thank you so much for your kind note on fb,- we are having fun together. And it looks like you had your fun with this wonderful creation, too. Made me think, that I, too, have some of these stamps hidden away ,somewhere, lol. It is such a wonderful card, with all your sewing notions details, and sweetness. Hugs from me.

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  29. I always enjoy looking at your projects. There's so much detail and I like to study the layers and how everything is put into place. My style is somewhat 'in between', not too embellished nor CAS, and I feel my more embellished designs often end up looking a bit messy. But this is simply amazing.

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  30. This is such a great project! I love the nostalgic feel you created. Seeing notions, etc., always reminds me of the great legacy of women I come from, so I am thankful for the happy memories this piece evokes!

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  31. Hi Nicola, it is a very beautiful card, I like very much all the items evoking embroidery work, in these lovely shades of pink and dark red.
    Congratulations for this wonderful opportunity offered to you by having been chosen guest of the month. Hope you will get plenty of nice appreciations and compliments ! xxx

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  32. We can't live without our heat tool! LOVE all the elements and really love the 'by appointment only'...fun fun fun and beautiful!

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  33. A really gorgeous card which has so much detail to love! All the embellishments are absolutely perfect and I love the soft, romantic feel to this project ~ it's so pretty and so feminine! Wonderful work as always, Nicola! xx

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  34. This is so pretty, Nicola. love the romantic style, goes perfect with the sewing theme you've chosen! It's gorgeous! Hugs, Sandra

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  35. Fantastic project! Love the style and all the detail. Just gorgeous!

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Thank-you! Your visit and comment is very much appreciated. Nicola x