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  • North Coast Creations March Release!

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    Welcome to the North Coast Creations March release! And if you’re a coffee lover, this release is for you!

    Prize Information: 

    Just for commenting on the Design Team Blog Posts, you have a chance to win a $10 NCC Gift Certificate, good towards the purchase of NCC Stamps. You have until March 27, 2015 at 10:00 PM EDT to leave a comments on the participating designers blogs for a chance to win! Two random winners will be selected from the comments left on the designers blogs, the winners will be announced on the NCC Blog on March 28, 2015, be sure to check back there to see if you have won!

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    On my first cup of joe, I used the fabulous Warm My Heart set. Looks like your perfect to go cup from any of the name brand coffee places. I stamped once on white, once on kraft and once on red/while polka dot paper from the ODBD Patriotic paper collection then paper pieced them together. I added a little white on the kraft with a white Prismacolor pencil and some baker’s twine w/ the tag attached. The background was stamped w/ the ODBD The Earth using the peanut brittle ink and the little red stars from the Shine On set. The large star was die cut using the Sparkling Stars dies, the greeting stamped on top and fussy cut little heart added.


    Stamps:  North Coast Creations –Warm My HeartODBD – The Earth, Shine On
    Paper:  Neenah white, dp  (ODBD – Patriotic paper)
    Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, love letter, peanut brittle
    Accessories: ODBD  Flourished Star Pattern, Sparkling Stars, Mini Tag dies, white Prismacolor pencil, baker’s twine, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B dies

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    My next jolt of java, uses the wonderful What’s Brewing? set. For this card, I went with a pastel on black look..sort of how it looks when the coffee houses write the specials in chalk on a blackboard. I stamped the images w/ white pigment ink then used a combo of 4 different pastel embossing powders…sort of a painting w/ embossing powders. Some of the parts, were done separately, fussy cut and added on top.
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    I added a die cut frame on top, some brads at the bottom (they were white, I colored them w/ Copics to match), and added some pink dots around the frame using a pink Souffle pen. The outer layer is from the ODBD Chalkboard paper collection.

    Here’s a look at the inside using some leftover pieces.
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    Stamps:  North Coast Creations – What’s Brewing?Warm My Heart 
    Paper:  black, dp  (ODBD – Chalkboard paper), (Basic Grey – Out of Print)
    Ink:  Colorbox frost white pigment
    Accessories: ODBD Flourished Star Pattern, die, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A &B, pierced rectangle dies, white prismacolor pencil, white, blush pink, mint pastel, baby blue pastel embossing powders, brads, pink Souffle pen

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    Thanks so much for stopping by!
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  • Get Your Irish Coffee!

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    For today’s Featured Stamper, (FS423) I cased THIS card. I kept most of the layout w/ the greeting pennant, but moved it up, changed the colors & papers & used an Irish Coffee image in place of the little boy. 
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    I’m using a brand new Irish Coffee set from North Coast Creations. It hasn’t been officially released, but Kelley said if you want it, she’ll go ahead and sell it now. After coloring and fussy cutting the Irish coffee, I added some tiny gems & green stickles to the mug. I added some sparkling snow writer to whipped cream on top and that’s the reason this wasn’t finished yesterday. That stuff takes fa-eh-vah to dry! I attached it to a card board version of the mug for more stability then added it to my die cut layers. I used the largest of the ODBD Flourished Star pattern dies to emboss only the front of my white card. The pennant was added and a few little punched four leaf clovers at the bottom. The finished card is 4.25 x 5.50 and these are the Copics I used. 
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    Congrats again, Chitra! Thanks so much for stopping by!
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    Stamps:  North Coast Creations –Irish Coffee
    Paper:  Neenah white, X-Press It white, dk green, dp (MME- Remarkable)
    Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
    Accessories: ODBD Vintage Flourish Pattern, Flourished Star Pattern, Pennant dies,  Copic markers, green stickles, Sparkle Snow writer, crystals, clover punch



  • Out of the Box Nestie Tutorial

    This tutorial came about after an ongoing discussion with Roxie at SCS about our methods of doing the Out of the Box Nestie Technique. We each were using this technique, we just went about it differently.  (6/23/10 Edited to add: Roxie now has a blog and here is her version of this technique.)  I promised I would take some pictures to show my method.

    (Click on any image to enlarge.)


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    Step 1


    For Step 1, I stamped my image(s) and selected the Nestie shapes I might want to use. I selected the sizes of the circle and rectangle that were slightly smaller than my image in order to get the Out of the Box look I want. Usually, I just cut this frame out of white copy paper, but I’m using a light blue in order to be more visible here. The only reason I use a cut template and not the actual die is because of the 1/8″ difference in size. The inside of the die will be 1/8″ further into your image than the template. Most of the time this won’t matter, but on some of the more intricate ones I’ve done, it did make a difference.

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    Step 2


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    Penciled Frame

    For Step 2, place the frame around the image and lightly trace the frame with a pencil.

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    Step 3

    In Step 3, I use a craft knife to cut the areas which will be Out of the Box. In order to insert the Nestie die under this area, I have to start the cut inside the circle. I cut very close to the image outline and continue around the image to other side.

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    Top Cut

    The Out of the Box area is cut. Note that the very top is just a rough cut for now. I don’t want it to be too unstable when I insert the Nestie die. I will go back and finish trimming this area with detail scissors after I’ve cut and embossed the Nestie circle.

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    Step 4

    In Step 4, I insert the die under the Out of the Box area I’ve cut out. With the die under this area, it will not be cut or embossed. Test fit your die before cutting to make sure you have cut your image deep enough to allow the die to be inserted on your pencil lines.

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    After cutting & embossing

    Now I will remove the die and finishing trimming the top area.

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    After top is trimmed

    My Out of the Box is ready for coloring. It doesn’t really matter if you color your image before or after. I have done it both ways. With this method, it has worked the first time for me and I haven’t had to do it over. If my Out of the Box area has a lot of cutting inside the shape, I will usually add a little scotch tape to the back after it’s cut and embossed. This just stabilizes the area and really makes the cut disappear.

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    Detail scissors

    I’m including this picture to show you my detail scissors. Quite a few people have commented on my detail cutting so I wanted to include this. The little orange pair of scissors have small, curved blades. You can see they are only about 4″ in length but the small curved tips make cutting a breeze. I’ve done a lot of decoupage and these scissors are invaluable. Fiskars made these, but cuticle scissors work, too. Another trick is to remember to turn the paper, not the scissors, when you are cutting.

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    All done! This was colored with Prismacolor Pencils and OMS (odorless mineral spirits, aka Gamsol).

    Thanks for looking and I hope you try this fun technique. Here’s the finished card I made with this fun image.


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