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Archive for February, 2014

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Welcome to the North Coast Creations February release! And like last month, we have some beautiful florals for you! And they have the loveliest greetings to with them. First, the details on the prizes:

Two winners will be randomly chosen from the comments left on the Designers Blogs to receive a $10 gift certificate good towards the purchase of NCC stamps. You have until February 24, 2014 at 10:00PM EST to leave a comment on each of our designers blog posts.  The two random winners will be announced on the NCC Blog on February 25, 2014, be sure to check back there to see if you have won!

For my first card, I used the beautiful Floral Sentiments 4. I paired it with some of the gorgeous Heart & Soul paper from ODBD and I used an ODBD die for the greeting tab and side tab next to the lilacs. After coloring the lilacs, I traced a frame around them and did what I call a “cutaway” technique by cutting out the background inside the frame. I placed a plum heather piece of card stock behind the image before attaching it to the dp. A pale pink heather card stock I had just happened to match the dp, so I stamped the flower from the ODBD Ornate Borders & Flowers set using the Distress ink. After die cutting partial shapes, I attached it all to the dp along with some layered ODBD Beautiful Borders across the bottom.

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The finished card is 5.50 x 4.25 and these are the Copics I used.
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Stamps: North Coast CreationsFloral Sentiments 4, ODBD Ornate Borders & Flowers
Paper: X-Press It, ODBD Heart & Soul paper, pink heather, plum heather
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Versfine onyx (greeting), Distress Ink Victorian velvet
Accessories:  Copic markers, ODBD Beautiful Borders dies, Spellbinders rectangle dies, Candi dots

On my second card, I used the gorgeous Floral Sentiments 6. I stamped the hydrangea 3 times, colored it with Copics and fussy cut them. I made the hydrangeas the color of the ones in my front yard. I had a frame that was a die cut leftover so I used it on top of a white die cut ODBD Quatrefoil Pattern. For the background  I used a bleeding tissue technique piece I made a long time ago.  It’s simple to do, but not all tissue paper will bleed when wet. I believe the brand I used was Spectra. All you do is tear some tissue, place it on gloss or semi gloss (poster board) card stock, and spritz with water. You can leave it until it almost dries (for more dramatic color) or pull it off sooner for a more pastel look. This was on the pastel end of the scale. I thought the colors would be perfect for the hydrangeas.  Julie Warner -
The bow was also colored with Copics to match and the greeting was stamped on die cut tag from the ODBD Recipe & Tag die set. The finished card is 4.25 x 5.50 and these are the Copics I used.  Julie Warner -


Stamps: North Coast Creations Floral Sentiments 6
Paper: X-Press It, semi gloss card stock, purple & lime green tissue paper
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Versfine onyx (greeting)
Accessories:  Copic markers, ODBD Recipe & Tag dies, ODBD Quatrefoil Pattern die,  Spellbinders opulent oval die, ribbon, mini bowdabra

Please be sure and visit all the Design Team blogs for more inspiration.

Sandee * Dawn * Julie * Lisa * Amber * Lori * Sabrina * 

Diana * Stacy

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Julie Warner -
Today we are revisiting the ODBD February Release! And what a fabulous release it was! Don’t you just LOVE the heart dies, lacy border dies and beautiful hearts and greetings? And the beautiful Heart & Soul paper! Go ahead and get 2 of those pads…they are gorgeous and you won’t feel bad when you use the first one up!

After I stamped the beautiful heart image with the mahogany ink onto the pale pink card stock, I added just a bit of shading with a pink Copic marker and die cut it w/ the matching die. The dk red layer was also die cut w/ the larger scalloped heart die. I added a few smaller die cut hearts w/ the tiny dot heart die. The lacy border was die cut out the pale pink and the greeting was die cut w/ and oval die. I realize that Valentine’s Day was last week, but my hubby was out of town all week (yes, he missed all the snow we had), so I had to wait until he came home to give it to him. Since his home page has my blog feed at the top, he sees everything, lol. The hearts, greeting and border were all  attached to a large piece of the ODBD Heart & Soul collection paper and the finished card is 4.25 x 5.50 and these are the sets & dies I used.



Thanks so much for stopping by! Please be sure and stop by all of the Design Team’s blogs for more inspiration!

 Stacy * Sandee * Julie * Grace * Chris * Cathy * Lori 

Dawn * Sabrina * Wanda


Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs Bless Your Heart
Paper: pale pink, dk red, ODBD Heart & Soul paper collection
Ink:  Distress ink in aged mahogany
Accessories:  ODBD Ornate Hearts diesODBD Beautiful Borders dies, pink Copic marker, Spellbinders ovals & scallop oval dies

Doodled Heart Bunches

I’m adding this next card I made for the LOVEFEST2014C, Doodled Love challenge on Splitcoast. I used doodle all the time but I’ve gotten out of the habit, so I went the simple route and doodled a border around the white panel & also around all the little hearts.

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This is an easy card..lots of die cut hearts w/ string tying them to the flourish & a stamped greeting at the bottom.

Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs – Love You Bunches
Paper: pale pink, dk pink,  ODBD Heart & Soul paper collection
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Accessories:  ODBD Ornate Hearts dies, ODBD Fancy Foliage dies, maroon Micron pen

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Welcome to  the February challenge for  Serendipity Stamps!  We’re switching things up a bit in 2014…The challenges will now be MONTHLY so you have longer to play. The design team will still provide inspiration twice a month (every other Wednesday), but you will have the whole month to play along! The Serendipity Challenge this month is Type Print or Sheet Music.  And for the Design Team, we’ve added the twist of a blended color background with the print. You can find all the details on how to play along with us at the Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog. With each challenge we always have a gift certificate up for grabs to a random player. The special this week is Buy 3 items, get a 4th one free.   Lowest priced item in cart is free.   Good through 2/26.

For the continuation of the Serendipity February Challenge, I used this beautiful Spring in Provence image for the main attraction. After coloring it with Copics, I die cut it with a deckled rectangle. On a piece of text printed designer paper, I first used a brayer, then sponged on different colors of ink. I wasn’t real happy with the look, so I tried spritzing it with a white Mr. Huey’s spray. Still wasn’t working for me, so I added some gold ink spot images and some teal Nature Gives quotes here and there.. Better, but not quite it. Then I took out a big paint brush and some dye inks thinned with water and did several light ink washes over it.  You can still see some of the original text in areas so I decided to quit before the paper fell apart, lol. I added a rust layer behind the image and a larger vanilla deckled layer that I had to resize from a long deckled rectangle.
A leftover vanilla strip was embossed and added to the right side before attaching to the sponged, painted text background and these are the Copics I  used for the image.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Please stop by and visit all of the Design Team blogs!
Jeanne Jachna
Marybeth Lopez
Miriam Napier
Pauline Pollington
Jenny Gropp
Vickie Zimmer
Julie Warner – you are here!
Karen Amidon
Anya Schrier
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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps – Spring in Provence, Ink Spots, Nature Gives 
Paper: X-Press It white, vanilla, rust, dp (Basic Grey – Out of Print collection)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, teal zeal, Brilliance galaxy gold, Kaleidacolor Tahiti ink pad
Accessories: Spellbinders deckled rectangle & long deckled rectangle dies, Copic markers, various Adirondack reinkers, Quickutz embossing folder (Chevron set)