Noel Mignon: Snow Happy! & Stamp Giveaway!

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I’m usually not a fan of winter, but this past week or so we have been having the most beautiful little snowstorms. You know the kind, with the fluffy white flakes that gently fall, making you feel like you are living in a snowglobe. It has been making me so happy!

It’s only fitting that I create a page about winter this week for the Noel Mignon blog! This week the theme for the design team is “Stamping Through the Snow.” We are showcasing ways to use the stamps and mists included with the January Sweet Charlotte kit (there are still a couple left in the shop, pick yours up HERE). Here is the direction I took with it!

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I chose to work with these photos of my daughter playing in the snow. As I held them up to each of the papers in the kit, this ombre woodgrain paper stole my heart! I love the ethereal feel of it and the way it pick up on the pink in my daughter’s snowsuit!

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I started this page by creating large snowflakes for the background using the white washi tape included with the kit. For the medium and small snowflakes, I simply cut the tape in half length-wise. I left the ends of each snowflake poking up slightly so that they would have a bit of dimension.

I then sprinkled the Heidi Swapp Patina Color Shine and sequins from the kit around the snowflakes for an icy feel. (By the way, if you haven’t tried mists before, Heidi Swapp’s Color Shine are the way to go … they are my absolute FAVORITE!!!)

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The ombre color of the woodgrain paper inspired me to try something a little different on this page … I loved the way my photos were POPPING from the background, and so I didn’t want any elements I added to detract from that … that is when I decided to follow the colors of the background and place the brown cork letters on the brown woodgrain portion of the page, and the pink “favorite” transparency die cut on the pink portion of the page.

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The kraft tag with the medium pink accent “connects” the two colors together in the middle of the page, and  the neutral wood heart and light kraft die cut are perfect compliments to the mid-tones in the middle of the page.

The bits of aqua blue around the page help to support the winter theme of the page.

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Finally, I wanted to add some stamping to this page. I picked out the dashed line from the stamp set included with the kit… I’m pretty sure this stamp is meant to add journaling lines to the typewriter stamp, but I decided to use it as little groups of “stitched” lines. I added them in three places around the page to finish things off; at the bottom of the page, to the left of the journaling tag, and to the right of the title. It was the perfect little somethin’-somethin’! I love it!

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I hope I have inspired you to play with your mists and stamps this week! I love the artsy look they add to a page!

GIVEAWAY!!!

I have one of these stamp sets to giveaway! I already owned this stamp set when I received it with my kit, so I thought I would share the extra one with one of you … along with a few extra stamping goodies. (All are brand new, the Maggie Holmes one is just missing the packaging.:) )

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Be sure to leave a comment on this post by Tuesday, January 26th, 2015 (to keep mailing costs reasonable, US entrants only, please … thanks for understanding!). I will announce the winner of the stamps on Wednesday, January 27th here on my blog. Good luck, friends!

Much love!

JanaBold

 

Noel Mignon: First Two January Layouts

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Happy Wednesday, Friends! I’m so sorry for the silence these first two weeks of the new year. I feel like I’ve been living in a time warp of sorts behind the rest of the world as I have been taking down Christmas and getting the house back to normal.

We hosted a final Christmas Bash of the season for my family on Saturday, January 2nd, so I didn’t feel like I could take down the tree until after that. From there, it was a full week of de-Christmas-fying the house … I’m so happy it’s finished now! The house seems bare, but CLEAN and FRESH! It’s such a great feeling! It’s getting me in the mood to do some decluttering!

Speaking of clean and fresh … I’m loving the colors of the Noel Mignon January Sweet Charlotte Classic Kit. I’ve created several pages with this kit already and have the first two to share with you today!

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This first page was created for this week’s theme on the Noel Mignon Blog, the Winter Blues. We challenged ourselves to either use blue as the primary color on our project, or create a page about what we do to fight the winter blues. I picked out a few wintry photos and decided to use this beautiful, aqua blue Dear Lizzy paper as my page background.

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For the accents, I pulled in the pink and yellow colors from the kit. I had so much fun adding all kinds of little bits here-and-there. How cute are those feather die cuts from Pretty Little Studio?!

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This little grouping at the bottom of my page by the journaling tag is my favorite spot on this page. I love the colors and the little layers that fuse into one another. Makes my scrappy heart happy!

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SUPPLIES: Noel Mignon January 2016 Sweet Charlotte Classic Kit, Patterned Paper (American Crafts Dear Lizzy, Crate Paper), Stickers (Crate Paper), Die Cuts (Pretty Little Studio), Chipboard (Basic Grey), Rubons (Dear Lizzy), Flair (Basic Grey), Wood Buttons (Dear LIzzy), Rosette Sticker (Crate Paper), Tags (Fancy Pants Designs), Flowers (Prima), Ribbon (May Arts), Letter Stickers (Elle’s Studio), Stapler (American Crafts), Gray Journaling Pen (Hampton Art), Creamy Brown ink, adhesives.

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This next page was one I shared on the Noel Mignon blog last week and just never got around to posting it here. I was REALLY ready for something besides holiday red and green at that point and had so much putting together the yellow, red, and teal colors from the kit. I’m also really loving the “plus sign” motif showing up in a lot of collections lately and used those papers together on this page.

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This kit didn’t necessarily come with a lot of red elements, but I was able to pull in a few of the Jillibean soup stickers from the December Mistletoe & Holly kit to sprinkle that color around the page. Here you can see the striped red star, and teal flag sticker (stamped with the “TODAY” stamp from the January kit).

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I love the masculine feel the cork and wood elements added to this page. These cork letters are so big and awesome and I adore them!

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SUPPLIES: Noel Mignon January 2016 Sweet Charlotte kit, Cardstock (yellow), Patterned Paper (BasicGrey, Crate Paper, Fancy Pants Designs), Stickers (Jillibean Soup, Dear Lizzy), Die Cuts (Crate Paper, Pretty Little Studio), Chipboard (BasicGrey), Wood Pieces (Crate Paper), Cork Letter Stickers (American Crafts), Ribbon (May Arts), Flair (BasicGrey), Mist (Heidi Swapp), Washi Tape, Other: American Crafts Mini Stapler, adhesive, black journaling pen, date stamp, black ink, brown ink.

I hope you are having a great week!

JanaBold

Giveaway Alert: eBrush

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Good morning, crafty friends! Lately, I’ve had the opportunity to play with all kinds of new products and goodies as I create projects for Lisa Bearnson’s upcoming show on HSN (Don’t forget! March 24th! *wink*) One of the brand new products I’ve had a chance to work with is the eBrush tool by Craftwell. The eBrush turns your favorite markers into spray art. And guess what?! Today Lisa Bearnson is giving one away on her blog!

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There are many ways you can use this tool. Here is a look at the first few projects I created while playing around with this machine.

Use die cuts as a mask to create fun backgrounds for your cards and pages. (Snowflake background, “Let It Snow” title)

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On this card, I created the sky by spraying the ink across this cloud border several times. (So much fun!) Here’s a look at the background before adding the sentiment sticker.

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And here it is after. (Sidenote: This sticker comes from the awesome Mega Sticker Kit which will also be on the March 24th shows. Stamped images colored with Chromatix markers.)

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And here’s a fun, splatter treatment I made on this black and white card. (Typewriter Sketch Pen Image)

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If you’d like to add this tool to your crafting arsenal, head over to Lisa’s blog and enter the Rafflecopter eBrush Giveaway!

Have a great day!

JanaBold

Snow

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We have been enjoying the crazy Utah Spring weather these past couple of weeks. One minute it’s snowing, then raining, and then sunny and warm. Nature’s teasing us, and that is fine with me. I enjoy the variety.

Before we get too far away from winter, I thought I would share a double page layout I created using a cut file set by Lettering Delights called Eskimo Pie. I love all the cute little winter critters in this set. Especially, the sled dog. When Kevin and I were first married we had two larger dogs, a Husky and a Malamute. Kevin built bought a dog sled and they LOVED pulling him around in it in the snowy hills. I think I took only one photo of the dogs and that sled … but at least I can remember that time in our life in other ways, like by using this cute set on a current page about winter.


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American Crafts has a huge Warehouse Sale every December/January and when I visited this year I picked up the Pebbles Inc. Front Porch paper pad. I love the colors in this collection and thought they would make a great winter page.

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I used my Pebbles Inc. chalk sets to add shading and shadows to each little critter. The felt snowflakes were in a Christmas Sticker set I picked up in the card section of Target this year. The cream journaling spots (Melissa Frances) were pulled from my stash.

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I still get freaked out about stamping on my pages. Hmmm … not sure I like the snowflake stamps I did. Oh, well! What do you do! I say you stick the page in your album and call it good. No sense in obsessing over something I can’t take back. Hehe!

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I thought I would have a little fun with the title. I added some shading with colored pencils and Gamsol. The “snow” was created with shiny dimensional t-shirt paint. I wasn’t sure how it would dry, because it had a bit of a transparent quality to it, but I actually think it turned out well! I will be trying this again.:)

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I left the carrot-shaped nose off of the little girl that is on the original cut file. I felt like she looked better without it.:)

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Thanks for coming by today! I have some Spring-themed pages lined up to share with you the rest of the week, so I hope you will check back.

Have a great day!

JanaBold