Monday, August 17, 2015

How To Make Your Own Blog

Blogs are big in the crafting world. Everyone wants to show off their artwork. I would like to share what I have learned over the years.

You can have different option of blogs. I use blogger but there is also wordpress. Some things will be different, templates and so on. So I won't get into those parts of the blogs. Google how to do templates and all the technical stuff on the blog host you chose. 

At first, I used a background that I liked. It was dark. Dark was not good to showcase cards. So go a brighter color. Headers are important. You want people to know that they came to right blog and if they happen across your blog, what it is about. You can use {picmonkey} to make a header. There are different styles. You can show your best projects, like I do. Or you can do an artist style header. Check out blogs to see what style you like the most.

Add any info onto the side bar. Link to your website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter ect. Post specials on the side too. This will stay the same, so even if you don't add these links in the blog itself, they can still go to those.

People come to your blog to see pictures, so you got to make them shine. Edit your photos. Picmonkey is easy to use. You can crop, change the color and brightness and even size. Just keep playing with color and saturation until it looks great. You can always undo. Always watermark your pictures. Included your blog address so if people just see the photo, they can still stop by your blog. It will also stop people from using your pics as theirs. Sadly it does happen.  I came across this blog post on {How to make a watermark} and I use this all the time. So easy to make a professional looking watermark. And something that I came across was that you can use your own fonts.
 
Stage your photos. Whether it is paper or props or just outside on the fence. The only ones that you really shouldn't stage are your scrapbook layouts. This works best with a white background. Staging makes your project pop. I know it sounds weird but it is true.


 Here is my photo box. You need cardboard or foamboard to make the sides. Cut out centers of the sides and the top. Cover the holes with tissue paper. I made this one foldable to store next to my desk.  Direct light to all the tissue to diffuse to make a softer image.


Here is the photo before the editing.


 And here it is with all the editing. Sometimes the color will photo weird. Sometimes all you need to do is play with the setting to make the colors true.


Here is the same card without staging. You see the card, but it sorta gets lost with all the white. Like I said, its weird but it works.

You can find all the details for my {sun card} here on this post.


I have two watermarks. I had to redo them since I had them saved on my laptop which died. I still don't have my own computer to work with. Just have to use my hubbies. Which has a 32 inch tv as a monitor so I can't complain. But I digress. I had very simple ones like the bottom one. Just had one in white and one in black. I suggest doing the two colors. Not everything will show up if you have just one color. This time I made a fancier one for my artwork. I use the bottom for my tutorials.

Size is important. If it is too small, they can't look at your project. You don't want them to have to click on the picture just to see it. If you do detailed shot, you can make those smaller. Don't just do detailed shot with no full shot of the project. This will not go over well with the viewers, unless you are doing sneak peeks.

I used to just change the size in blogger. It has the size option of small,  medium, large and xlarge. I always used xlarge. But I came across a post. They said that if you upload the original size, it will take a slower time to load your blog. Even if you change the size in blogger, it will load as the original size. So I started editing the size when I was doing all my stuff in picmonkey.


  650 is a perfect size for blogger. Just big enough, but not too big that won't fit. If you have two sidebars, this will be a little too big.
 

 If you want it slightly smaller, 500 or 550 works nice. This is also a perfect size for two sidecars.


I like using 350 or 400 for any detailed shots. It keeps the focus on the main picture. But still large enough to see the details. Make sure to switch over to original size in blogger. They always upload as medium.

Sharing you projects outside the blog is a great way to get viewers to view your blog. You can make it easier by {adding a Pinterest button}. They can just click and add it to their boards. I have my own board for my art so I get more interest. If you are doing tutorials or posts with a lot of details, {add a printfriendly button}. This will allow your viewers to either print out the post or save it to pdf.  Add a follow by email button so you can get viewers who don't have a feed viewer. You can also share on instagram, twitter and facebook. Make sure to add a link back to your blog.

I love how easy it is to do these style blogs. Back in the day, you had to do everything with html codes. You can still do this if you know all the codes. You can google to find these. Sometimes you will need to use html codes, like for adding the buttons. In blogger, you can just switch over with a tab. Not sure about wordpress. 

Add links on the bottom of your post. Like what I do on mine. It's a great way to get your extras across. Do a recipe for your artwork. Even if you don't sell any products, people like to know how to make it themselves. If you do sell, it is important to list so people will go to your website and buy what you are selling.




To make sure you don't miss out on any new tutorials, artwork, videos or members only specials, as it is easy to miss posts on Facebook and I don't post to all of them, join my {Facebook group}.

Follow me on {Instagram}

Subscribe to my {Youtube Channel} for updates on new Create Your Card videos.

I offer one on one classes for Cricut Design Space. Stop by for more {details}.

If you would to like to recreate any of my projects, you can order the materials at {nikkageers.ctmh.com}.

Day 8 Sneak Peeks Revealed - Rainbow Dream

Welcome to another revealing. I did 10 days of sneak peeks before the Artistry cartridge came out. If you missed them, I am now posting all of them plus all the details here on my blog.
This is day 8.


I had this idea to do a rainbow raindrops. But I didn't have what I needed to make this. I ended up making this {card}.
When I saw this overlay (#M4189D1), I knew I had to finally make this card. I made another stencil and sponged the colors. I used all the colors, but made them overlap so it was more of smooth transition. The sentiment is image #M4171A5.

If you want your very own cartridge, check out my {Artistry Special}.

  To make sure you don't miss out on any new tutorials, artwork, videos or members only specials, as it is easy to miss posts on Facebook and I don't post to all of them, join my {Facebook group}.

Follow me on {Instagram}

Subscribe to my {Youtube Channel} for updates on new Create Your Card videos.

I offer one on one classes for Cricut Design Space. Stop by for more {details}.

If you would to like to recreate any of my projects, you can order the materials at {nikkageers.ctmh.com}.




Recipe:

Paper -
   1385  White Daisy Cardstock
   X5927  Ruby Cardstock
   X254  Cards And Envelopes

Ink -
   Z2191  Sunset Ink Pad
   Z2190  Gypsy Ink Pad
   Z2170  Ruby Ink Pad
   Z2192  Pacifica Ink Pad
   Z2643  Canary Ink Pad
   Z2197  Pear Ink Pad

Other -
   Z697  Sponge 
   Z3167  Artistry Cricut Cartridge / Digital  Z3190

Day 7 Sneak Peek Revealed - Happy Word Bubbles

Welcome to another revealing. I did 10 days of sneak peeks before the Artistry cartridge came out. If you missed them, I am now posting all of them plus all the details here on my blog.
This is Day 7.


These word bubbles were too cute so I wanted to showcase them. I pulled out my favorite birthday stamp. Yay, this is featured in the new Idea Book so I can keep using it.

A trick I use when embossing white. I stamp with white pigment ink and then emboss with white embossing powder. Normally I used clear embossing powder with pigment, but with white it doesn't turn out exactly how I like it.

 I used images #M413043, #M40FAD8, and #M411EF2 for these word bubbles. Used some soon to retire Confetti Wishes. But you can use anything since it is such a small sliver of visible paper.


  To make sure you don't miss out on any new tutorials, artwork, videos or members only specials, as it is easy to miss posts on Facebook and I don't post to all of them, join my {Facebook group}.

Follow me on {Instagram}

Subscribe to my {Youtube Channel} for updates on new Create Your Card videos.

I offer one on one classes for Cricut Design Space. Stop by for more {details}.

If you would to like to recreate any of my projects, you can order the materials at {nikkageers.ctmh.com}.




Recipe :

Stamps -
   B1419  Joyful Birthday

Paper -
   X7189B  Confetti Wishes
   X5769  Thistle Cardstock
   X5759  Pacifica Cardstock
   X5668  Canary Cardstock
   1385  White Daisy Cardstock
   X254  Cards And Envelopes

Ink -
   Z2163  White Daisy Pigment Ink

Other -
   Z2068  White Embossing Powder
   Z3167  Artistry Cricut Cartridge / Digital  Z3190

Good Day Sunshine At Heart 2 Heart


Good day sunshine. Welcome to this weeks challenge at {Heart 2 Heart}. We want to see your sunshine projects. Or maybe you just had a good day you would like to share. However you would like to do for this challenge. 




I was having a hard time with this challenge. I hit up Pinterest for some help. I saw this cute sign and wanted to do that as my project. I could not get it work with the wood I had. I could have attached more wood together to make a square instead of just a plank. Oh well, back to the drawing board. Then this cute cookie picture came up and I wanted to do this somehow. Here is the {pin} for those cute cookies.


I used multiple cuts to make this 3 x 3 card. The sun is image #M472FF from Art Philosophy. I welded to of them together to make my shaped card. I used a circle from insert shape. The eyes are from image #M38F23, which is a cupcake from Once Upon A Princess. The mouth is from a sun image #M37746 from Create A Critter. The bow is image #M411E61 from Artistry. 

Did you know you can not erase pencil lines after you use ShinHan markers over it? Neither did I. So my pencil under marker ended up going on the inside of the card. Just need to place a circle over it and no one will ever know. So I used the negative part of the circle diecut and traced around that. Then went back and added some more so it was visible once I placed the circle back. 

It doesn't look pink, but I used the pink marker for the cheek. I used the same marker for the bow.

I hope you enjoyed this weeks project. We would love for you to join us for this challenge at {Heart 2 Heart}. You have all month to play along with this and every other challenge for the month of August.

You will need to use some Close To My Heart product to play along. If you do not have any, you can buy some at {nikkageers.ctmh.com}


Don't forget my {Artistry Special} for this month. This is another need to have cartridge from Close To My Heart. You could get an item for 50% off.


To make sure you don't miss out on any new tutorials, artwork, videos or members only specials, as it is easy to miss posts on Facebook and I don't post to all of them, join my {Facebook group}.

Follow me on {Instagram}

Subscribe to my {Youtube Channel} for updates on new Create Your Card videos.

I offer one on one classes for Cricut Design Space. Stop by for more {details}.




Recipe:

Paper - 
   1385  White Daisy Cardstock
   1386  Black Cardstock
   X5772  Canary Cardstock

Ink -
   Z2457  Marigold ShinHan Marker
   Z2464  Tender Pink ShinHan Marker

Other -
   Z3171  Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
   Z3167  Artistry Cricut Cartridge  /  Digital Z3190
   Non CTMH Cartridges  Once Upon A Princess / Create A Critter

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Zoe Kit Is Now Available

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Welcome. I have a brand new kit for you today. It features the Zoe paper pack and Artistry cartridge. The kit has 2 double layouts and a mini  book. The mini book has 16 pages and you just slide your pictures in the slots. It has colorful paper, pages for journaling and even a pocket to hold whatever you like.


 
  



There are four options for this kit.

Kit 1 is precut with the diecuts. Comes with full color assembly guide. All you need to do is assemble. This kit only comes with enough materials to make the 2 layouts and the mini book. This is recommended if you do not own the Artistry cartridge.

Kit 2 . You will get the full Zoe paper pack, extra cardstock in the kit and all the diecuts. Comes with a full color cutting guide and assembly guide. This will give you extra paper but the Artistry cartridge  is not needed.

Kit 3 is just like option 2, but does not included the diecuts. You will be sent the files for Design Space if you have the Artistry cartridge.

Kit 4. You can purchase everything you need for the kit, which includes the Zoe paper pack, cardstock pack and the Artistry cartridge. A pdf file will be emailed with cutting guides, assembly guide and files for Design Space that have all of the Artistry cuts at the needed sizes. This option has extras that you can use for cards or other projects.

Here is what you will need to purchase to do this workshop.
X7197B Zoe Paper Pack
Z1956 Hip Pics Album
Z3167 Artistry Cartridge
X5940 Whimsy Cardstock Combo
1385 White Daisy

Place your order at {nikkageers.ctmh.com}

If you do not have Design Space, you will be sent all the diecut info, including sizes and page the cut can be found. You can also chose to have the guides emailed to you in pdf form instead of a printed version if you would like. Please email me if you need the cricut cuts info or would like the emailed pdf files. My email is nikkageers@yahoo.com

Consultants can purchase the pdf files and files for Design Space and diecut info to use outside Design Space. You will need to place a $9.95 order on my website and you will be sent the files. Please email me when you place your order to let me know you are a consultant.  For consultants outside the US, you can purchase the files for $9.95. Email me to purchase. My email is nikkageers@yahoo.com.




Zoe Workshop

Day 6 Sneak Peek Revealed - Floral Thanks


Welcome to another revealing. I did 10 days of sneak peeks before the Artistry cartridge came out. If you missed them, I am now posting all of them plus all the details here on my blog.
This was day 6 sneak peek.
 
 

I had the sheet of bokeh paper that I made a while ago. I wanted to make a rainbow colored one and love how it turned out. It took a few tries. At first I used all the colors, because silly me I forgot when you mix all the colors, it makes brown. Some spots were pretty and some were not so much. So I finally started thinking and grabbed red, blue and yellow. I found that you want small drops of the reinker on your all purpose mat. Space them about half an inch from each other and  spray the mat. It will gently blur the colors and make a pretty rainbow pattern. Then I took White Daisy pigment ink and a circle stencil I made for this technique and covered most of this card. It makes it look softer when there are more circles. And make the larger circles lighter and the smaller circles darker.

I used image #M40FB6F.  It included the mason jar and the flowers. There are two more layers to the flowers, but I wanted this simple look.

You will want to get this cartridge. It is awesome. Check out my {Artistry Special}.  You could get 50% off one item.

Check out other sneak peek reveals

  To make sure you don't miss out on any new tutorials, artwork, videos or members only specials, as it is easy to miss posts on Facebook and I don't post to all of them, join my {Facebook group}.

Follow me on {Instagram}

Subscribe to my {Youtube Channel} for updates on new Create Your Card videos.

I offer one on one classes for Cricut Design Space. Stop by for more {details}.

If you would to like to recreate any of my projects, you can order the materials at {nikkageers.ctmh.com}.

Recipe:


Stamps -
   S1508  Framed
Paper -
   1385  White Daisy Cardstock
   X5773  Pixie Cardstock
   X5929  Whisper Cardstock
   X254  Cards and Envelopes
   Vellum - Non CTMH
   Watercolor Paper - Non CTMH
Ink -
   Z2173  Slate Ink Pad
   Z2163  White Daisy Pigment Ink Pad
   Z2270  Ruby Reinker
   Z2262  Honey Reinker
   Z2292  Pacifica Reinker 

Other  - 
   Z1151  3D Foam Tape
   Z726  Sponge Dauber
   Z2045  All Purpose Mat
   Z3167  Artistry Cricut Cartridge / Digital Z3190

Day 5 Sneak Peek Revealed - Happy Birthday Typewriter


Welcome to another revealing.  If you missed it on Facebook and Instagram, I shared 10 days of sneak peeks. I can now share them all here on my blog.


I saw this cute image that reminded me of the stamp set we had a few months ago. I thought I would be awesome to make a shaped card. 

To make this, you will need to weld the back layer together with the second to back layer. This will make a solid image you can use for the base. Duplicate and mirror, and weld the two pieces together. 


 I did a very long way on this card, and am missing a piece of the typewriter. I used liquid glass on the keys to make them look a little more like a typewriter key. The sentiment is from the stamp of the month. I used image #M40FCC8.


 Check out my {Artistry Special} so you can get your own Artistry cartridge today. You do not want to miss out on this one. You could get a 50% one item.

Check out the other sneak peeks 
 To make sure you don't miss out on any new tutorials, artwork, videos or members only specials, as it is easy to miss posts on Facebook and I don't post to all of them, join my {Facebook group}.

Follow me on {Instagram}

Subscribe to my {Youtube Channel} for updates on new Create Your Card videos.

I offer one on one classes for Cricut Design Space. Stop by for more {details}.

If you would to like to recreate any of my projects, you can order the materials at {nikkageers.ctmh.com}.




Recipe:

Stamps-
   S1508  Framed
 
Paper -
   X5762  Lagoon Cardstock
   1386  Black Cardstock
   1385  White Daisy Cardstock
 
Ink -
   Z2105  Black Ink Pad
Other -
   Z679  Liquid Glass
   Z3167  Artistry Cricut Cartridge / Digital Z3190

Design Space codes for Artistry


It took a while but I have finally done the codes for Artistry to use in Design Space and are ready to share with you. It is in pdf form so you can print or save, which ever you prefer. 



I appreciate all the time that  Narelle from {thenoncraftycrafter} put into doing all of the other Close To My Heart cartridges. Stop by her blog to get those.

To use these codes, just enter them in the search bar on the top of the scree. Make sure to search while in all images to use these.


If you do not have the brand new Artistry cartridge, check out my {Artistry Special}
to find out how you can get yours today and how you could win a 50% off one item during the month of August.



To make sure you don't miss out on any new tutorials, artwork, videos or members only specials, as it is easy to miss posts on Facebook and I don't post to all of them, join my {Facebook group}.

Follow me on {Instagram}

Subscribe to my {Youtube Channel} for updates on new Create Your Card videos.

I offer one on one classes for Cricut Design Space. Stop by for more {details}.

If you would to like to recreate any of my projects, you can order the materials at {nikkageers.ctmh.com}.



Thursday, August 6, 2015

Artistry Special Blog Hop


 Welcome to this special blog hop showcasing our newest cartridge, Artistry. 


Our hop is a circle hop, which means you will keep hopping until you come back to the blog you started at.
If you did not start here, you will be coming from {Haley Dyer}.
Next in the hop is {Angela White}.  If you get lost along the way, you can find the full list {here}

I did a countdown for the cartridge, giving sneak peeks of projects using this awesome cartridge. I am posting them here on my blog with all the details so you can create them yourself. There are too many to post them in one post, so each sneak peek will have its own post. Start here at day 2 featuring {Magic card}. 

Back when our first cartridge came out, Art Philosophy, I had this idea. They have roll up flowers featured in the cartridge, but I saw a mobile before you rolled them up. But I never got around to doing it. So when I saw the feathers (#M411CB7) from the Artistry cartridge, I knew I needed to make this mobile. 

To make this, I cut one of the rolled flowers (#M3F5DA) in White Daisy and one from chipboard. I cheated and my chipboard was a cereal box. I should have gone with a thicker chipboard for a little more stiffness.  I used spray adhesive to put the cardstock on the cereal box since I didn't want cheerios showing on this mobile. 

I had a hard time deciding if I wanted to use one of the new cardstock colors that come in the Artistry bundle or to use glitter. I chose glitter. Our glitter cardstock is only glittered on one side so I glued two pieces together. Since I was going to be cutting this on the Explore, I had to make sure every inch was glued together. So I again used spray adhesive. I was able to still use the glitter cardstock custom setting for the double sided paper. I cut the feathers starting at 5 inches and going down a quarter of an inch down to 2 inches.

I used simple thread to hang the feathers from the mobile. To make sure it wasn't going to fall apart, I used Liquid Glass to adhere the thread to the mobile and the feather. 

The hardest part of this was taking pictures. My house has very tall ceilings. So I had to climb up to get the mobile on the ceiling. I was standing on the sink to take these photos, but still wasn't level with the mobile.


Here is a closeup of the mobile. It looks so pretty when the light hits the feathers.


Here is a close up without them spinning in the air. I love my Explore so much. I could always cut our glitter paper on the Expression, but I hated having to figure out pressure - speed - depth combos for whatever I was cutting. All I have to do is change the dial on the Explore. No more guesswork.

I hope you enjoyed this project using the brand new Artistry cartridge. If you would like to see more artwork using this cartridge,  hope over to {Angela White} next.


To make sure you don't miss out on any new tutorials, artwork, videos or members only specials, as it is easy to miss posts on Facebook and I don't post to all of them, join my {Facebook group}.

Follow me on {Instagram}

Subscribe to my {Youtube Channel} for updates on new Create Your Card videos.

I offer one on one classes for Cricut Design Space. Stop by for more {details}.

If you would to like to recreate any of my projects, you can order the materials at {nikkageers.ctmh.com}.




Recipe:

Paper -
   1385  White Daisy Cardstock
   Z1829  Black And Grey Glitter Cardstock

Other -
   Z679  Liquid Glass
   Z1686  Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
   Z3167  Artistry Cricut Cartridge / Digital Z3190

Day 4 Sneak Peek Revealed - Best Friends


Welcome to another revealing.  If you missed, I posted 10 days of sneak peeks on Facebook and Instagram.  Now I can with you on the blog and give you all the details to make your own.
 

This cartridge features an overlay for each key. Some of them are perfect for making stencils. I am going to post a stencil tutorial soon so you can make your own. I used homemade embossing paste with the paw print stencil. There are three dogs to choose from, but I thought this one looked a little more like Bonnie.
I used liquid glass to adhere the dog onto the embossing paste. You need a strong glue to stick to it. The stamped image is one of the included stamps that are featured in the Cricut bundle. I used image #M411E2F (dog) and #M418707 (paw print background)


If you enjoy looking at all these great projects, you will love it even more when you have your own to play with. August is my  {Artistry Special}, where you can have a chance to get 50% off one item 

Check out the rest of the sneak peeks.

  To make sure you don't miss out on any new tutorials, artwork, videos or members only specials, as it is easy to miss posts on Facebook and I don't post to all of them, join my {Facebook group}.

Follow me on {Instagram}

Subscribe to my {Youtube Channel} for updates on new Create Your Card videos.

I offer one on one classes for Cricut Design Space. Stop by for more {details}.

If you would to like to recreate any of my projects, you can order the materials at {nikkageers.ctmh.com}.


Recipe:

Stamps -
   D1682  Love Right Now (Artistry Stamp Set)

Paper -
   X254  Cards And Envelopes
   X5643  Chocolate Cardstock

Ink -
   Z2170  Ruby Ink Pad

Other -
   Z679  Liquid Glass
   Z3167  Artistry Cricut Cartridge / Digital Z3190

Day 3 Sneak Peek Revealed - You Are The Shit


Welcome to another revealing. I did 10 days of sneak peeks before the Artistry cartridge came out. If you missed them, I am now posting all of them plus all the details here on my blog.
This was day 3 sneak peek.


When I was going through the handbook, looking at all the fun images, I came across whip cream that goes on the coffee cup. But all I saw was poo. So I just had to make this card. I have a twisted mind and find a lot of things humorous.

Someone mentioned using glitter paper to make this, which makes this even funnier to me. All I could think of was the pony toy that pooped glitter. I didn't have brown glitter paper, so I made this using shimmer trim to make a sheet of glitter. I used glitter paper custom setting and it cut perfect. There are lines that are visible when you use shimmer trim, but I took a brown marker and went over those lines and now you can't even tell. 
I used image #M411F6E (whip cream) and Artistry font.

Check out the other sneak peeks.

This is another must have cartridge. So buy yours today. This month I have an {Artistry Special}. Stop by to see how you could get 50% off one item.


  To make sure you don't miss out on any new tutorials, artwork, videos or members only specials, as it is easy to miss posts on Facebook and I don't post to all of them, join my {Facebook group}.

Follow me on {Instagram}

Subscribe to my {Youtube Channel} for updates on new Create Your Card videos.

I offer one on one classes for Cricut Design Space. Stop by for more {details}.

If you would to like to recreate any of my projects, you can order the materials at {nikkageers.ctmh.com}.



Recipe:

Paper - 
   X254  Cards And Envelopes
   1386  Black Cardstock
   1385  White Daisy Cardstock

Ink - 
   Z2456  Mahogany ShinHan Marker

Other -
   Z1849  Bronze Shimmer Trim
   Z3167  Artistry Cricut Cartridge / Digital Z3190

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Sneak Peeks Countdown

August 1st is a great day. That is when you can buy the Zoe papers and embellishments and the brand new Artistry cartridge. And while I can't post on here, doesn't mean I won't be posting sneak peeks of these goodies. I will be posting on {Facebook} and {Instagram} every day, counting down to the 1st. 
Then come back here on the 1st, when I share my special and you can purchase all these goodies.
You can catch up with our 4 other cartridges , which all work great together. Plus August will be the last time you can get many of our goodies, like the paper packs, washi tape, fundamentals paper, Picture My Life, My Crush and more. Many of these items are limited, so buy them now before they go away. Place your orders at {nikkageers.ctmh.com}

Check out the Artistry special I have. Every purchase comes with a gift, but it all depends on you which one you get. You can get a free product or 50% off 1 item. All depends on what customer you are.
  Check out all the {details} here.

I am an admin of the {Cricut Design Space Q&A} and would for you to join. 


And don't forget about the Stamp Of The Month and our Jump On It July special, where you can get exclusive Hostess only stamp sets for $5 when you place an order of $25 in stamps. Or you can get the Stamp Of The Month for free.

Day 2 Sneak Peek Revealed - Magic


If you have not been following me on Instagram or Facebook, you missed a 10 sneak peeks of the new Artistry cartridge. I can finally post them here on the blog. And you can find out how I made them.
Here was day 2 sneak peek.


Looking through the booklet, I first saw these glasses. I immediately thought of Harry Potter. No, I am not a fan, but had a few friends who are fans. Some are even uber fans.
Then I found the lightning bolt and knew I had to make a card.

I remembered one of the minimalist poster for Harry Potter, which was just the glasses and the lightning bolt.  I searched so I could show you.


If you haven't seen these type of posters, check them out {here}. I made some posters for my cousin using the ones for Star Wars.

I wanted the magic to stand out more, so I made it larger than the rest of the sentiment. I also cut it out of glitter paper. I love how this cuts in the Explore.

The font is a Harry Potter font I downloaded.  Uses image #M410290 (glasses) and #M40FBA7 (lightning bolt)

I hope you enjoyed this "sneak peek". You don't have to wait to get this new cartridge. Check out my {Artistry Special} and make this card for yourself today

Check out all the sneak peeks.
{Day 3 - You Are The Shit}
{Day 4 - Best Friends}
{Day 5 - Happy Birthday Typewriter}
 {Day 6 - Floral Thanks}

 To make sure you don't miss out on any new tutorials, artwork, videos or members only specials, as it is easy to miss posts on Facebook and I don't post to all of them, join my {Facebook group}.

Follow me on {Instagram}

Subscribe to my {Youtube Channel} for updates on new Create Your Card videos.

I offer one on one classes for Cricut Design Space. Stop by for more {details}.

If you would to like to recreate any of my projects, you can order the materials at {nikkageers.ctmh.com}.




Recipe:

Paper -
   X254  Cards And Envelopes
   1386  Black Cardstock
   X5772  Canary Cardstock
   Z1829  Black And Grey Glitter Cardstock

Other -
   Z3167  Artistry Cricut Cartridge  /  Digital  Z3190  

Monday, August 3, 2015

Birthday Bash at Heart 2 Heart

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 Welcome to this weeks challenge at {Heart 2 Heart}
It's a birthday bash. So lets see your birthday inspired projects. You can never have enough birthday cards. And admit it, you have tons a birthday pictures that need to be scrapbooked.



We got Bonnie back in 2010. I was back home in Michigan when Matt got her. One of his coworkers gave her to us. She is a little tough to handle if you don't become the alpha. She turned 3 and I wanted to give her something special. She had a sad and painful past and I don't think anyone has done something like this for her before. So I baked her a pet friendly cake. She wasn't sure about it at first. But once she figured that it was hers, she devoured it.  I love these pictures. Her little birthday hat i made for her. That was some bone scrapbook paper from back in the 90's. There was no way that was going to end up in a scrapbook anymore. So I made into a hat.
I used image #M416F40 for the banner and attached oh happy day that used the Artistry font to make my title block. The bubble, #M413043, is also from the Artistry cartridge. 

There is no stamping on this layout. Just using our wonderful new Artistry cartridge. Check out my  {Artistry  special}. This is one of the two layouts that will be available in the Zoe workshop kit. Check out the {Zoe kit}, which includes two double layouts and a mini book. 


I hope you will join us for this challenge at {Heart 2 Heart} you have all month to playing with all of our August challenges. You will need to use some Close To My Heart to play along. If you need some, stop by {nikkageers.ctmh.com}. and place your order today. And don't forget to order the brand new Artistry cartridge.


To make sure you don't miss out on any new tutorials, artwork, videos or members only specials, as it is easy to miss posts on Facebook and I don't post to all of them, join my {Facebook group}.

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Subscribe to my {Youtube Channel} for updates on new Create Your Card videos.

I offer one on one classes for Cricut Design Space. Stop by for more {details}.

Recipe:

Paper -
   X7197B  Zoe Paper Pack
   X5751  Sorbet Cardstock
   X5772  Canary Cardstock
   X5770  Glacier Cardstock
   1385  White Daisy Cardstock

Other -
   Z1979  Journaling Pen
   Z3167  Artistry Cricut Cartridge  /  Digital Z3190

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Framed Stamp Of The Month Blog Hop

Welcome to this months blog hop. We are featuring  Framed. This stamp set is only available during August.


This is a circle hop, so keep hopping until you come back to the blog you started. You should be coming from {Tracey Pierce} if you been hopping. Next in the hop is {Priscilla Gotham}.  If you get lost along the way, you can find the full list {here}






This idea may have come from another artist, or maybe I came up with it. I can't really remember. 
There was supposed to be a third monster, but he flew away when the stamp block hit him and I can't find him anywhere. Moved everything, cleaned to the minimum and still is missing. 

I stamped the frame onto a full adhesive post it note and cut it out so I could mask it to look a window the monsters are peeking through. 


 I also used the stamp of the month on these sneak peek artwork I was posting as a countdown. 



Uses image #M40FCC8 from Artistry


Uses image #M40FB6F from Artistry

 More details will be posted on other post in a few days.



I hope you enjoyed this post today. Please keep hopping. Next is {Priscilla Gotham}

You can get this stamp set for $5 with a $50 purchase. This stamp set is only available during the month of August, so place your order early.



If you would to like to recreate any of my projects, you can order the materials at {nikkageers.ctmh.com}.

  To make sure you don't miss out on any new tutorials, artwork, videos or members only specials, as it is easy to miss posts on Facebook and I don't post to all of them, join my {Facebook group}.

Follow me on {Instagram}

  Subscribe to my {Youtube Channel} for updates on new Create Your Card videos.


I offer one on one classes for Cricut Design Space. Stop by for more {details}.
 



Recipe:











Hi Monsters card 

Stamps-
   S1508  Framed
   B1470  Love Ya Silly
   E1029  Marquee Alphabet
Paper -
   X254  Cards and Envelopes
   X5762  Lagoon Cardstock
   1385  White Daisy Cardstock
Ink -
   Z2105  Black Ink Pad
   Z2195  Lagoon Ink Pad
   Z2197  Pear Ink Pad

Other -
    Z1151  3D Foam Tape

 
 Typewriter card

Stamps-
   S1508  Framed
 
Paper -
   X5762  Lagoon Cardstock
   1386  Black Cardstock
   1385  White Daisy Cardstock
 
Ink -
   Z2105  Black Ink Pad

Other -
   Z679  Liquid Glass
   Z3167  Artistry Cricut Cartridge / Digital Z3190

 
Floral Thanks card

Stamps -
   S1508  Framed

Paper -
   1385  White Daisy Cardstock
   X5773  Pixie Cardstock
   X5929  Whisper Cardstock
   X254  Cards and Envelopes
   Vellum - Non CTMH
   Watercolor Paper - Non CTMH

Ink -
   Z2173  Slate Ink Pad
   Z2163  White Daisy Pigment Ink Pad
   Z2270  Ruby Reinker
   Z2262  Honey Reinker
   Z2292  Pacifica Reinker

Other  -
   Z1151  3D Foam Tape
   Z726  Sponge Dauber
   Z3167  Artistry Cricut Cartridge / Digital Z3190