Friday, November 4, 2011

Announcement, and 2 cards!!! :)

Hello! First off I have to say that I'm super excited to be staying on Emma's Design Team!!! :) Here's a lil' blurb about me if you're new to my blog...As my blog name suggests, I am a PROUD NAVY WIFE!!! My hubby and I have been married for a 12 years and have been in the U.S. Navy the whole time. I absolutely LOVE crafting and it definitely keeps me sane during long deployments. I hope you will enjoy the creations I share here, and as a part of Emma's awesome Design Team!!! Her stamps ROCK :)


Ok, back to my first card for today...I used the sunburst shaped die from the Build a Banner Kit to create masks using Post- It craft paper{it's sticky on the back}. Cutting out all the little dies was actually the most time consuming part of this card, and that took all of a few minutes! :) I arranged them how I wanted and stuck them down to my card making sure that I rubbed them down well. I then used my foam blending tool to pounce on distress ink in scattered straw. Be sure to pounce rather than rub or you will get color under your masks. Before removing the masks I spritzed on some gold perfect pearls and water in a mini mister. You can see the shine a little better here...
After removing the masks I stamped the sun, moon, and star from the Encouraging Quotes stamp set into the negative images left behind by the masks. The sentiment is also from the Encouraging Quotes set and I heat embossed it with white embossing powder....onto my other card for today...
I used four different stamp sets from MyCreativeTime for this card. :) I stamped the snowflake from the Anyday Bingo and Crossword set with Tim Holtz embossing ink and heat embossed them with white embossing powder to make my night sky. To make the snow banks I used the burlap stamp from the awesome Build a Banner Kit. I stamped it over itself a few times to make a line long enough to cover my card. I white heat embossed it and used distress inks in tumbled glass and broken china to add color. I then spritzed on some perfect pearls and water to add some sparkle.  
I white heat embossed the sentiment from the All Around Christmas set onto the Curly Label Die. I stamped the sweet snowman from the All Around Accessories set and used my prismacolor colored pencils to color his hat, scarf and nose. I added some sakura stardust glitter pen to his scarf. And lastly, for the hearts on his tummy, I mixed some white opal liquid pearl with barn door distress ink on my craft sheet and painted in the hearts with a brush. This gives it a raised, pearly look. You could use perfect pearls and ink here, but it wouldn't look raised. 

Okie dokie...I hope you likey my cards for today! :)

Thanks again, Emma!!! 

♥ Nikki ♥


  1. Congrats! And great cards! Looking forward to working with you :)


  2. You make the cutest cards like always Nikki. Congrats.


  3. Congrats Nikki!!! :)
    I love both of your cards,esp the snow banks on the second one!! :)

  4. These are both super adorable Nikki :) I'm thrilled that you are staying on for another term! So excited to be a part of My Creative Time! Hugs!

  5. Love both cards!! Great techniques!! Congrats on staying on the DT!!

  6. Nikki, your cards are gorgeous! I love your masking idea - that turned out just perfectly! I'm so excited to continue working with you!!!

  7. congrats to you for being asked to stay on! I love all your stuff!! keep it coming! oh...and these 2 cards are too cute!!

  8. There are absolutely gorgeous Nikki!! So glad you were chosen to stay on for another term. I LOVE your projects!! I look forward to working with such a SUPER talented DT!! :)

  9. Great cards, Nikki! I LOVE how you used the burlap stamp for the snow banks. What a neat idea!!! Excited to be designing with you this term!!


  10. both are super cool, but love what you did with the linen stamp for the snow!!!

  11. They are both BEAUTIFUL cards!!!! You are so creative and use Emma's stamps and dies perfectly!!!! Amazing!

  12. Awesome cards.. you definitely show off Miss Emma's stamp beautifully.

  13. Ahhh now I get it with the sticky notes lol! Love both of these cards! You are amazing (I know I've told you a thousand times but here's 1001 times more bahahahaha) Wuv you and glad to be on this team with you! Your Southern friend, Leanne

  14. Love your sweet cards, Nikki poo! :)

  15. Fabulous as always Nikki!!! So happy to still be on Emma's team with you! Hugs, Cathryn :)

  16. Gorgeous cards! I just love the colors on both cards! So happy to be a part of My Creative Time's team! :)
    Tracy M

  17. Hi Nikki! Great job on the card. You create such wonderful items to share with us all.
    Congrats on making the team again, you totally deserve it.
    Enjoyed catching up on your blog.
    I have been a follower for a while.
    I stop by often even if I don't leave lots of comments please know I do visit & enjoy everything you share. Keep generating those gems.
    Crafty best wishes,

  18. Congratulations that you are back to this awesome team! I was already known to your blog being Miss Emma's bestie! Isn't she the best as well!

    Love this project, it is so supercute and I agree, I love her stamps too!!!


  19. Congratulations!!! You are very deserving, you make beautiful cards. Love the Snowman and how you layered the snow banks. Great idea with the post-it paper.

  20. What a clever idea with the post it. I love the snowy background using the burlap stamp...great idea. Congratulations on another term!
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  21. OMG! Both of your cards are just AMAZING like ALWAYS "bESTIE"!;) Your snow is the BEST snow I've EVER seen!;) What a CLEVER idea how you used that stamp from my "Build a Banner Kit"! GENIOUS!;) I am VERY HAPPY & PROUD to have you remain on my team!;) THANK YOU!

  22. Great ideas and Great Cards.


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