September 22, 2017

Sunny Studio New Release Blog Hop + Birthday Celebration Giveaway!


Hey there and welcome to the birthday celebration of one of my favorite stamp companies - Sunny Studio! I'm a huge fan of the whimsical feel of this company's style. Now in honor of today's celebration, let's take a look at one of the new holiday releases! 

The official release is on September 29th but in honor of their birthday, the new products will available as a pre-order HERE this morning!  Be sure to use the code "CELEBRATE" through October 1st to receive 15% off your order.



I used the new Polar Playmates Stamp and Steel Die Set to create this card of wintery goodness. There are sentiments included to make it a holiday, birthday or generic card. I love that!



To create the card use watercolor paper and a wash of Distress Inks in Blueprint Sketch, Peacock Feathers, Broken China and Tumbled Glass. Add a layer of frosty snowflakes from the stamp set in pigment inks right over the watercolored background for a cool patterned background. All of the stamped images were watercolored with Distress Inks and layered to create a scene. The fish were glued to embroidery string for a fun, textured element. A brush of Wink of Stella over the white caps of the igloo and a sprinkle of sequins finishes of the card.

I also have a $25 gift code for you today. I will chose a random winner from the comments. Tell me which of the new release sets is your favorite and you are entered! All winners will be announced on the Sunny Studio blog on Friday, September 29th. Good luck! 

For more chances to win, be sure to visit all of the designers in today's celebration:

September 13, 2017

Scrapbook Process Video: Stamping & Scrapbooks

I've been filming some process videos again and I started with the Studio Calico Starlight Kit and stamps this time around. I started out with a photo from Disneyland (naturally!) and some of my favorite patterns from this month's kit to create an interesting, colorful layout that's fun and easy to make. 

I used a sprinkle of buttons and strong shapes to create movement. That and a few tips on how to bring more stamping into your scrapbook layouts. Take a look at how the layout came together in the video below.


Tips & Tricks:
  • For a quick and easy way to get all of your stamped text centered perfectly, remember to stamp first, then glue. It's much easier to center your paper elements around a pre-stamped image or sentiment. 
  • Emphasize the repetition of shape in your design. Nothing adds more fun to a layout than a burst of floating circles. Emphasize the circular design with alphabet stickers, buttons, or sequins. 
  • Add a final layer of texture to your layouts with a sprinkling of buttons, sequins, or enamel shapes. The final touch is an important one! 


Creating colorful pages with textured elements is a fun way to tell a story! Thanks so much for stopping by and watching today. Now go break out your "Starlight" Kit and get to creating!



September 12, 2017

Personalized Color | Felicity Jane Heidi Kit



I love the fall feel of this month's Felicity Jane kit, Heidi. The first thing that caught my eye was those beautiful colors in the solid cardstock sheets. I knew that I wanted to highlight them and put them to good use! Since I was thinking about color, the idea to create little paint chips came to mind. What better way to showcase color than to create a custom, pretty palette of fall hues.



I created white boxes that are 1.5" wide by 1.35" tall, placing custom titles in the lower half. This personalized the story and embellishment. Using a very plain bolded Arial font for the title at the top is key in creating a nice clean look just like the Pantone color chips. I repeated the date at the bottom to keep the chips uniform. Gathering all the bits of color and spacing them to create a background layer for the focal photo to lay on was the key in this design.



To place some weight just behind the photo, I used a tag and envelope to ground the title and add a bold pop of blue to the layout. The script yellow title is held in place by the aqua strip die cut and the pretty yellow flower. To add a bit of design flair, I added a tassel attached with embroidery floss to the tag. This gives this area a pop of movement and something fun!



A sprinkle of circle die cuts (a contrasting shape), hexagon wood veneer and some left over puffy triangles completes the design. That scattering gives the boxy background so much needed movement. Contrasting shape is an easy way to achieve that.


Custom paint chips can be used in so many ways. Think of the possibilities for birthday, Christmas and baby layout. When you are looking for a clever way to put the kit solids to work - create a color chip!

September 7, 2017

Neat and Tangled September Release Day 4 | Merry Kisses for Fall

Hey there, welcome to the fourth day of the September Neat and Tangled release. The last stamp set up is called Merry Kisses with it's holiday charm and warmth. It's perfect for creating beautiful cards for the season. I will definitely be using these for some Christmas cards this year but I wanted to try something a little different with this set. I challenged myself to use the set to make a Fall card and this is what I came up with.



To create this card I used the Neat and Tangled Merry Kisses stamp set to create this fun watercolored card. The scene background of the card was  was watercolored with a splash of Distress Oxide Ink in Fired Brick and Fossilized Amber. The leaf was cut using the white cardstock and the Oak Leaf Steel Die.  This made a great place to ground the warm hugging wolves image which was colored with Distress Inks. Finally, a sprinkle of sequins was added across the design.

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

September 6, 2017

Neat and Tangled September Release Day 3 | Landscape Textures + Watercolors

Hey there, welcome to the third day of the September Neat and Tangled release. The third stamp set up is called Landscape Textures and it's full of some beautiful patterns. It's perfect for making interesting backgrounds and combining those with ink washes.




To create this card I used the Neat and Tangled Landscape Textures stamp set to create this fun watercolored card. The scene background of the card was stamped with the dots from the Landscape Textures set several times and embossed with white embossing powder. After drying it was watercolored with a splash of Distress Oxide Ink in Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade and Wilted Violet. This really made that dot pattern pop! The sentiment was stamped from the You're Pretty stamp set and embossed in white to match the dots. Finally, a sprinkle of sequins was added across the design.



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

September 5, 2017

Sunny Studios Pretty Layered Pumpkins

Welcome to Fall! I can't believe it's time for pumpkin spice everything and the season of gratitude. It's one of my favorite times of the year to create homemade goodness. Let's start by combining beautifully layered Pretty Pumpkins and warm Autumn Greeting from these seasonal stamp sets.


To create card, I used Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade to create a soft, ink blended background. Next, the pumpkin was stamped several times with pigment ink in several shades of orange. The stem and leaves were stamped in a bright grass green for contrast. Last, the sentiment was centered and stamped with Versafine Ink in Black Onyx. A glitter enamel dot in the center of the leaf completes this simple, warm design. 



Take a look at the Pretty Pumpkins stamp set for all of your warm Thanksgiving wishes. The layered stamps are fun and easy to use, plus they create the most beautifully shaded pumpkins. The Autumn Greeting stamp set is the perfect compliment for this pumpkin patch!

Neat and Tangled September Release Day 2 | Holiday Baking

Hey there, welcome to the first day of the September Neat and Tangled release. The second stamp set up is called Holiday Baking and it's chock full of heartwarming Christmas images. It's perfect for making holiday cards with an extra dose of charm and cozy.



To create this card I used the Neat and Tangled Holiday Baking stamp set to create this fun watercolored card. The scene background of the card was watercolored with a splash of Distress Oxide Ink in Worn Lipstick and Spiced Marmalade. Each of the stamped icons were watercolored with Distress Inks. The images were layered across the card to create a scene of homemade goodness. The sentiment was stamped with Versafine ink in black and a sprinkle of sequins from Neat and Tangled finish off the card. 




Neat and Tangled will be giving away a Holiday Baking stamp set. To enter, leave a comment below to be entered. Tell me what's your favorite thing to bake (or buy) for the holidays. Visit the Neat and Tangled blog on Friday for a list of winners. Good luck and thanks so much for stopping by!

September 4, 2017

Neat and Tangled September Release Day One | You're Pretty! + watercolors

Hey there, welcome to the first day of the September Neat and Tangled release. The first stamp set up is called You're Pretty and it really is.  I love all of the different sentiment possibilities included in this set. The beautiful, bold script is perfect for so many different types of cards.

To create this card I used the Neat and Tangled You're Pretty and Wild Ones stamp set to create this fun birthday card. The base of the card was watercolored with a splash of Distress Oxide Ink in Worn Lipstick and Wilted Violet. I kept it very light by using quite a bit of water. The sentiment was stamped with Versafine ink in black. The cute turtle and balloon were watercolored with Distress Inks. A sprinkle of the new sequin mix from Neat and Tangled finish off the card. ard, some with a bit of foam tape for lift. 



Neat and Tangled will be giving away a You're Pretty 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!

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!