Out of the Country and Experiencing Technical Difficulties

I am currently out of the country for a few days and am having a hard time with the WiFi here.  It is spotty at best.  So I am going to hold off on posting for a few days until I get back.  I will be returning Sunday, which means that I should be back to daily posts on Monday!  I hope you’ll check back then.  In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your week and weekend!  🙂

Nicolle

Coloring Embellishments with Stampin’ Blends

Did you know that you can create your own custom color embellishments using Stampin’ Blends Markers? Well, if you didn’t know before, you do now!  This is such a great way to use these new markers!  Now, you can match your embellishments to the same colors you use on your projects.  You are no longer locked in to white, clear, or silver.  Just color them with your choice of Stampin’ Blends, and you have instant colored pearls, rhinestones, enamel shapes, and more!

In the picture above, I colored both Rhinestones and Pearls Basic Jewels.  The colors I used, in order, are:

  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Daffodil Delight
  • Old Olive
  • Bermuda Bay
  • Night of Navy
  • Rich Razzleberry
  • Crumb Cake
  • Smoky Slate
  • Bronze

I used the darker color marker of each color to make these.  The markers color so well and really make such vibrantly colored embellishments!  Now I need to come up with some projects just to show these off!  🙂

To learn more about Stampin’ Blends and see all of the gorgeous colors that are available in, please click here!

Thanks for visiting today!

Nicolle

Looking Toward Spring with Tranquil Tulips

Today marks exactly ONE MONTH until the start of Spring in the United States, and I could not be more excited!  I am not a big fan of Winter.  I hate being cold!  When it finally starts to warm up a bit and tulips start making their appearance at the local supermarket, I know that Spring is right around the corner!  Tulips are my favorite flowers, so when I saw this stamp set in the Annual Catalog, I knew I had to have it.  It’s been while since I made a card with this set, so I figured it was time to pull it back out!

Today’s card was inspired by some tulips I bought last week.  Once they begin to appear in the supermarket, I treat myself to a new bunch each week when I go grocery shopping.  They’re not in the stores for too long, as they go out of season quickly, so I try to get them while I can!  Here’s a pic of the ones I bought:

The lighting isn’t great, but they were a very vibrant red!  So for today’s card, I made three tulips in Real Red with Lemon Lime Twist leaves and accents.  The Tranquil Tulip set is designed to give a weathered and watercolored look to the images, which is why there is a variation in the shading for each flower.  It comes with two stamps for each flower, one for the back and another for the front.  When you put them together, you get a full, layered flower!  There’s also stamps for the inside parts of the flowers as well, which I stamped in Basic Black.

I used a thick Whisper White card stock base, layered with Lemon Lime Twist and regular Whisper White.  The sentiment is from the Beautiful Day stamp set and is stamped in Basic Black Archival Ink and framed with a die from the Petals & More Thinlits Dies.  I also embellished with Real Red 1/8″ Solid Ribbon and a couple of Metallic Enamel Shapes.  It’s hard to tell, but I also added a little Wink of Stella to the black inner parts of the flowers, as well as the lines on each of the flowers!

Here’s what you get with the full set:

The tranquil Tulips set is available until May 31st and can only be purchased with Stampin’ Rewards!  How do you get them?  Place an order of $150 or more (before tax and shipping) or host a qualifying workshop!  Want more info?  Contact me today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

 

Using the Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit to Decorate Projects

Sometimes you need to make a card fast, and having some pretty, pre-printed, die cut pieces ready to go could come in handy!  The Sweet Soiree Embellishment kit is a great item to have on hand for just such a situation!  It includes colorful, pre-printed die cuts, ribbon, mini clothespins, and more to help quickly create beautiful projects.  It includes everything shown below:

This kit includes:
* 3 sheets vellum/silver foil die-cuts
* 3 sheets printed cardstock/silver foil die-cuts
* 1 sheet white cardstock/silver foil die-cut numbers
* 6 one inch (2.5 cm) mini paper/silver foil tassels with jump rings, 2 each of 3 colors (Flirty Flamingo, Marina Mist, white)
* white/silver foil 1/8″ (3.2 mm) washi tape, 1 yard
* 12 one inch (2.5 cm) white mini clothespins
* Marina Mist 3/8″ (1 cm) Scalloped Velvet Ribbon, 1 yard

Coordinating colors: Berry Burst, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Marina Mist, Old Olive

For this card, I used one of the floral die cuts from the kit, as well as some of the vellum die cuts, to decorate the front of the card.

This kit perfectly coordinates with all of the other products in the Sweet Soiree Suite!  You can either use this kit as an add on with other products in the suite, or use it as a stand alone item!  To view the full suite of products, please click HERE.

For this card, I used a strip of the Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper, along with coordinating colors from the suite for the base and other layers.  The sentiment is from the Petal Palette stamp set, which I stamped and then cut out with a die from the Layering Circles Framelits.  The sentiment piece and the floral piece are adhered with Dimensionals.  And of course, I added a couple of silver Metallic Enamel Shapes to give it a little extra shine!  Hope you like it!

Thanks for checking in today! Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

 

A Quick and Easy Thank You with Designer Series Paper Strips

Here’s a quick and easy Thank You card made with leftover Designer Series Paper strips.  This card is not only super easy to make, but is also a great way to use up those small pieces of DSP that you may have laying around!  I don’t like to waste ANYTHING, so when my upline posted a challenge for us to create a card very similar to this, I thought it was a great way to use up leftover DSP!  You can very easily switch up the look of this card by switching the paper, ribbon, punch, and sentiment.  For this one, I used the Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper, along with a Thank You sentiment from the Petal Palette stamp set.  I also used the 3/8 inch Powder Pink Shimmer Ribbon, Pretty Label Punch, and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.

Here are the measurements of the different pieces you will need for this card:

Card Base:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored and folded in half)

DSP strips: 1 x 3 inches each

Backing layer for DSP strips:  3-1/4 x 4-1/4 inches

Punch piece and Glimmer Paper: big enough for whatever punch or die you use for the sentiment  (cut the punched glimmer paper piece in half lengthwise and adhere with glue dots to the back of the sentiment.  You want it to be offset a bit to look layered).

Once you have all of your pieces, adhere the DSP strips to the backing with Snail Adhesive (or other adhesive of your choice).  Adhere a piece of ribbon across the strips, fold the end pieces under, and adhere to the back.  Then mount onto your card base.  Assemble your sentiment piece and adhere to the card with Dimensionals.  For this card, I didn’t want to embellish too much, as the paper has silver foil accents, which I think dresses it up nicely as is.  So I just added a couple of silver Metallic Enamel Shapes, and the card was complete!  Super easy and quick!

Thanks for checking in today!  Have a great day!

Nicolle

Sale-a-Bration 2nd Release Items are Now Available!

Stampin’ Up! has released three new rewards choices for Sale-a-Bration!  These items are available with a $50-100 purchase until March 31st, or while supplies last!  These items are in addition to the items that were previously released, bringing your total rewards choices to 16 different products.  Spend $50 (before tax and shipping) and choose from the $50 level rewards, or spend $100 (before tax and shipping) and choose either ONE $100 level reward OR TWO $50 level rewards!  There is no limit to how many free items you can earn, and no limit to how many orders you can earn them on!  Every $50 purchase between now and March 31st will earn free Sale-a-Bration items!

Here’s a closer look at the new items:

Eclectic Expressions Stamp Set

 

Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper

Blossoming Basket Bundle

 

You can get a closer look and more information about any of these products by viewing the new 2nd Release Brochure!  Click HERE to view the brochure online!

If you have any questions regarding the new items, Sale-a-Bration, or anything else, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

Flying Home Stamp Set

I just love the new Flying Home stamp set!  This adorable bird themed set is available in both wood and clear mount, and contains eight red rubber stamps.  The thin lines of the set make it perfect for hand coloring with markers, water color pencils, or other coloring tools.  Pair the images in this set with the sentiment of your choice.  It’s perfect for cards for all different occasions!

The set includes three large stamps, as well as five small individual stamps, perfect for adding detail or backgrounds.  The smaller stamps include two butterflies, two birds, and a cute little bumblebee.   This set would make a great addition to your stamp collection!

For more information about the Flying Home stamp set, please visit the online store HERE.

Thanks for checking in today!  Happy Friday!

Nicolle

Which Cardstock Would You Rather Use?

A comment I hear A LOT is “I’m going to just go buy white card stock at the craft store!  It’s all the same anyway.”  And I will admit, that I too thought this same thing when I first started stamping about 15 years ago.  However, I learned very quickly that not all white card stock is created equal!

I learned this one day when I was trying to stamp the above image.  I was using white card stock from a local craft store and I just could NOT get a clear image when I stamped the star.  I tried everything I could think of:  I reinked the pad, cleaned the stamp, added as much ink to the stamp as possible, and more.  And no matter how hard I tried, I just could not get a clear, solid image!  I was ready to give up, when I got the idea to try Stampin’ Up! Whisper White card stock instead.  At the time, I really didn’t think it would make a difference.  I thought I would get the same result.  I was totally shocked when I got a completely different result!  The same image, stamped on Stampin’ Up! card stock was much clearer, much more vivid, and much more solid than it was on the craft store card stock!  I couldn’t believe it!  And you can SEE the difference in the picture above!  The non Stampin’ Up! card stock seems faded, it’s not clear, and the image does not look solid.  Compare this to the image on the one on the right, and the difference is clear!

So the bottom line is that, while you may pay a little more for Stampin’ Up!, you absolutely get a better product!  I only use Whisper White card stock now in all my projects!  It’s so worth it!  Try it for yourself and see!

Nicolle

 

2018 Valentine’s Day Round Up

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Hope you all have a fantastic day filled with LOVE!  (And maybe some flowers and chocolate too!)  For today, I thought I would recap all of the Valentine’s Day projects I made this year.  Details on any of these projects can be found right here on my blog.  Just click on each picture to visit the original post that featured that project!

3 x 3 Mini Note Card Set

 

Coffee Cup Valentine’s Card

 

Painted Love Meets Sunshine Wishes

 

Swirly Bird and Sunshine Wishes Love Card

 

Rustic 3 x 3 Mini Valentine’s Note Cards

 

Bee Mine Mini Pizza Box

 

Party Pandas Preschool Valentine’s Cards

And there you have it!  Another year of Valentine’s Day crafting has come to an end!  I hope you have enjoyed my projects this year!  🙂

Thanks for checking in today!  Hope you have a great day!

Nicolle

 

Max’s Party Pandas Valentine’s Day Cards

I love that I live in a small town that still allows holidays to be celebrated at school!  My older son, Luca, goes to kindergarten all day, and not only is his class celebrating Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, they are also celebrating the 100th day of school!  My little one, Max, goes to preschool and they are also having a little Valentine’s Day party.  His teachers have been making all sorts of fun stuff with them the past couple of weeks to get ready!  They made little mailboxes and mailbags with the kids, and they have asked the parents to send in Valentine’s cards for each student.  They will each get to put their cards in their mailbags and hand deliver their cards to their friends’ mailboxes.  Max, who is 3, is pretty excited about his mailbox and bag!  He has dragged me over to show me pretty much every day for the last week when I pick him up!  Then he gets upset because we can’t take them home yet.  But again, he’s 3!  🙂

Anyway, I needed some Valentine’s cards for both of my boys’ classes.  Luca wanted Minions cards and he has a much bigger class, so we went with store bought ones.  (I know, gasp!)  I probably could’ve made punch art Minions, but that would’ve been really time consuming, and I just didn’t have time.  So for his class, store bought ones will have to do!

For my little one though, I definitely wanted to make cards!  But since they are being given to a bunch of 3 and 4 year olds, I also didn’t want to spend too much time or money on them!  Chances are, they’re going to get eaten not going to last too long anyway!  So I needed to come up with something cute, but very simple and easy to put together.  I hadn’t used my Party Pandas set, so I decided to go with that!

The cards I made are note card size, so they measure 3-1/2 x 5 inches in size.  They are one flat panel, so they don’t open and close.  The base layer is Basic Black, the middle layer is Real Red, and the top is Whisper White.  I stamped the panda in Basic Black Archival Ink, and the sentiment in Real Red.  For these, I cut a heart with the Sweet & Sassy Framelits and placed it over the balloon to make it look like a heart shaped balloon instead of the regular stamped one.  The hearts were cut out of Flirty Flamingo card stock.  Also, the sentiment stamp is from a retired Valentine’s themed Paper Pumpkin kit.

 

I was originally going to make a few different ones so that I could use all three of the pandas in the set, but then I decided to just make them all the same.  I only had to make 10, so making them all the same allowed me to make them very quickly.  I think it only took me about 45 minutes to make all ten, start to finish!  I think they came out super cute, and are perfect for little ones!

The Party Pandas set can be earned with a $50 purchase (before tax and shipping), but only until March 31st!  It is one of the $50 item choices from the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  To learn more about Sale-a-Bration, and see all the free item choices, please click HERE!

UPDATED TO ADD:  After I dropped off my kids at school this morning, I ran to Target to try to find envelopes that would fit these cards.  Not only did I find a pack of 50 envelopes in the correct size on clearance for $0.86 (yes, 86 CENTS!), I also came upon a package of 14 sheets each of these adorable panda stickers and heart stickers!  How cute are these?  And what are the odds of finding PANDA stickers to match the cards?  So I bought them and slipped a sheet of each into each envelope with the cards for Max’s classmates!  I also decided at the last second to stamp each envelope with some hearts from the Heart Happiness set!  Now I am waiting for Luca to get home so I can do his cards with him!  But since his cards are store bought, they’re not going to be as fun!  I’ll still at least stamp the envelope though!  😉

Contact me with questions!  Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle