Bee Happy Banner Made with the NEW Lined Alphabet Stamp Set

Sorry for the late post today!  My boys and I all fell asleep early last night and I didn’t get a chance to write my post until now!

My project today is the banner I made for my display board at OnStage.  It features the NEW Lined Alphabet Stamp set, as well as some current products as well! The letters were stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends Markers. The banner pieces are made from Petal Passion Designer Series Paper, and the bees were cut from dies from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits set.  The letter and bee layers were cut and layered using the Layering Circle Framelits.  Here is a close up of the new alphabet set:

Each of the letters is only about an inch to an inch and a quarter in size, so they are a great size…big enough to be seen, but small enough to use on small projects!  There are also coordinating framelits available for this set, though I did not have those for OnStage!

Each banner piece measures 4-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches in size. I started out with slightly longer pieces and then cut the point on each by hand with Paper Snips to get them to 4-1/2 inches long.  They are strung together with Solid Black Baker’s Twine, and the yellow piece on the top of each banner piece was cut using a die from a new set called Spot of Tea Framelits, which will be available June 1st when the new catalog comes out!

Here’s a couple of close ups of the rest of the banner:

Items I used to embellish this project include Metallic Enamel Shapes, Crushed Curry 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon, Silver Mini Sequin Trim, and 1/4 ” White Organza Ribbon.

Thanks for checking in today!  Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

 

The Cherry Blossoms are in Bloom!

My card today was made for our monthly team Facebook hop!  (If you are joining me from our Facebook hop, WELCOME!)  Each month, demonstrator’s from my upline’s team create projects based on a specific theme.  We all create projects based on that theme, and post them to Facebook at a specified time. We also post links to another person’s page in our posts.  This allows visitors to “hop” from one page to another to see all of the creations.  Once you get back to the first project you started with, the hop is complete!  If you have ever paged through a blog hop, it works the same way, just with Facebook pages!

This month, our theme was “Colorful Spring”.  My original plan was to make a card with tulips, because I LOVE tulips!  But then this morning, I was reading an article about how the cherry blossoms in Washington DC are at peak bloom this weekend, so I decided to go with cherry blossoms instead!  To do this, I used the Colorful Seasons Photopolymer Bundle.  This bundle contains the 24 piece Colorful Seasons stamp set, as well as the 17 piece Seasonal Layers cutting dies.  There are three stamps in the set with coordinating dies that make perfect cherry blossoms!

To make the flowers, I put all three flower stamps on one long block.  I then colored them with Flirty Flamingo ink using my Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Write Marker.  I then added Melon Mambo ink using the Melon Mambo marker, but purposely only added a little in the centers.  I then stamped them on Shimmer White Cardstock.  After they dried, I went over all of the flowers with my Powder Pink marker and filled in any light spots, or spots that weren’t fully stamped in.  I wanted the flowers to have a varied look as far as color.  Using the three shades of pink definitely helped accomplish this!

The branch is stamped in Soft Suede ink.  The flowers are arranged and adhered with Mini Glue Dots, and the card is finished with Lemon Lime Twist 1/4″ Ombre Ribbon. I tried to find a suitable greeting for the front of this card, but any I tried seemed to throw off the balance of the card, so I decided to leave it as is.  I very rarely leave sentiment off the front, but I really like the simplicity of this card, and thought it was fine as is.

 

The measurements for this card are as follows:

Shimmery White card base:  8-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)

Shimmery White top layer:  3-3/4 x 5 inches

Coffee Break DSP strip:  2 x 4-1/2 inches

Shimmery White scraps for flowers

 

Here’s a close up of the flowers.  You can also see a hint of the shimmer in the paper as well in this pic!

I added a few pearls to the centers of the flowers for a little added embellishment.  Real Cherry Blossoms don’t have such a defined center (I don’t think), but I liked the way it looked, so I went with it!

The bundle pricing for the Colorful Season Bundle is only available until May 31st!  Purchasing the bundle before May 31st will save you 10% off the cost of the stamps and dies separately.  If this bundle carries over into the new Annual Catalog, the bundle pricing will no longer be available starting June 1st!   The items will still be able to be purchased, but the discount for purchasing them together will no longer be available!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I am attending OnStage in Hartford, CT, so I should have lots of exciting info to share with you soon!

Have a great day!

Nicolle

 

No Bones About It Card

I have two small boys.  They are 3 and 6!  At any given time, the conversation in our house inevitably involves Star Wars, construction equipment, Legos, or dinosaurs!  This card was made with my boys in mind.  It features the No Bones About It stamp set and the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper.  The color palette for this card is:

 
 

 

Of course, Whisper White is in there as well! The No Bones About It stamp set includes 18 photopolymer stamps.  It contains 4 different dinosaurs, as well as coordinating skeletons/bones for each.  It also includes tracks, leaves, dots, and some sentiments!  Here is what is included in the full set:

 

 

The measurements for this card are as follows:
Emerald Envy card base:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)
Night of Navy middle layer:  5-1/4 x 4 inches
Naturally Eclectic DSP top layer:  5-1/8 x 3-7/8 inches
Whisper White scraps for Stitched Shapes circles and dinosaur piece

 

 

This card was fun to make!  I need to use this set more often!  It’s a simple design, but my kids loved it when I showed them.  Now I need to make another one so they can each have one!
Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

 

Flourishes and Dragonflies All Occasion Card

This weekend, I wanted to make some cards with colors I rarely use.  I have my favorite colors, but Stampin’ Up! has such a huge, gorgeous color palette, that I really need to start using some of the other colors more often!  For this card I decided to use Tempting Turquoise as the main color, and added some silver accents to make it pop!  The flourish comes from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set, and the sentiment comes from the Barn Door set.  I also cut a dragonfly from Silver Glimmer Paper using the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies, and finished it off with Silver 3/8 Inch Metallic-Edge Ribbon!

The measurements for this card are as follows:

Thick Whisper White cardstock base: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)

Tempting Turquoise middle layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

Whisper White top layer:  3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

The dragonfly was cut from a series of five dragonflies that are all actually part of one die.  I only cut the top two and then trimmed one using Paper Snips.  I chose to do it in silver in order to match the silver on the edge of the metallic ribbon.  Plus, I wanted to give the card some extra shine!  Here’s a peek at the full Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits set:

Don’t forget, there’s still time to shop during Sale-a-Bration and earn free items and extra Stampin’ Rewards!  But it all ends March 31st, so grab those freebies while you can!  🙂

Thanks for stopping by today!

Nicolle

 

First Day of Spring and ANOTHER Snow Storm?!

Today is the FIRST day of Spring in the US!  I am so excited and SO ready to put this horrible Winter behind us!  Between sick kids, numerous snow storms, and being sick myself, I seriously cannot wait for sunny days and warmer temperatures!   But not so fast, because we are on track to get hit by ANOTHER snow storm TOMORROW.  It will be the 4th big one to hit us in Connecticut in less than a month!  I am hoping for a last minute change of course, but if the storm stays on the track it’s on now, we’re looking at another foot or more of snow!  YUCK!  I guess Mother Nature isn’t done with Winter yet!

I chose today’s card for it’s bright and sunny message, as I thought it was appropriate for the first day of Spring!  (It was made by the Stampin’ Up! concept artists, so I can’t take credit for it!)  This beautiful card features the Rainbow Builder Framelits and the A Good Day stamp set.  Both items can be found in the Occasions Catalog, as well as in the online store.

I am not 100% sure on the colors used, but I am going to guess that they are Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Pool Party, and Rich Razzleberry.  All of the color on this card is applied with aquapainters, so it is heavily diluted to get those gorgeous pastel tones!  In addition to the rainbow colors, it looks like some Smoky Slate was applied to the clouds to give them a little color and shading as well!

Please keep your fingers crossed that we don’t get much from this storm tomorrow!   We have lost our cable and internet a few times with all the bad weather, so if you don’t hear from me for a couple of days, it’s a good bet that it’s out again!

Thanks for checking in today!

Nicolle

 

Kind Thoughts for You Floral Card

The card I am sharing with you today was made for a team activity that I participated in earlier this month.  We were supposed to make a card for a teammate and send it to them as a “secret cardmaker” type of thing.  The catch was that we were supposed to use greens, golds, and glitter.  You can see how well I followed the directions!  LOL!  I actually completely forgot that we were supposed to use certain colors and realized it only after I put it in the mail, which of course, was too late to do anything about it!  Oops!

I used three different stamp sets on this card.  The first was the Flourishing Phrases stamp set, which I used to stamp on the gray background with Versamark.  I then used the Amazing You set for the flower, which is a Sale-a-Bration reward item!  And then finally, the sentiment is from the You’re Inspiring Set, which I heat embossed in white on Basic Black cardstock.

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Basic Gray card base: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)

Basic Gray layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

Powder Pink layer:  3 x 3 inches

Whisper White layer: 2-3/4 x 2-3/4 inches

Vellum, Pear Pizzazz, and White pieces for punches: 2 x 2 inches (or cut from scraps)

Other products that I used on this card include the Leaf Punch, Classic Label Punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Silver Baker’s Twine, and the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen.  I used the Wink of Stella on the flower.  It’s hard to see but if you look closely, you can see some of the shine in the picture below:

Check out the links below for the full product list for this card.  Thanks for stopping by today!  Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

 

Amazing You and Celebrate You Thinlits Card

I just got back from five days in the Dominican Republic.  Such a beautiful country!  (But really bad internet!)  It was very nice to get away, but I am happy to be home.  Even if the temperature is 50 degrees colder here!  🙂

Today’s project was made with the Amazing You stamp set and Celebrate You Thinlits.  Both items are available for FREE with a qualifying purchase during Sale-a-Bration, and are designed to coordinate with each other perfectly!  You can get the stamp set with a $50 purchase, and the coordinating thinlits with a $100 purchase.  If you’d like BOTH, spend $150 before tax and shipping and get these two items PLUS $15 in Stampin’ Rewards (=FREE STUFF) as well!  That’s a great deal!

Besides the stamp set and thinlits, this card also features the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper colored with Stampin’ Blends.  The colors I used are Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, and Old Olive.  The DSP is layered with Cherry Cobbler cardstock and mounted with Stampin’ Dimensionals on a Basic Black card base.  The “celebrate” is cut from Silver Foil Sheets, as well as the three small dots, which I cut using a die from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies.  For all of the die cuts, I applied a small piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to the back of the silver foil before running it through the Big Shot.  When I was ready to apply to the card, I just peeled off the paper backing and adhered to the card.  The adhesive sheets make applying adhesive to die cuts very easy, as well as keeps them neat and clean!

Here’s a pic of what’s on the inside of this card:

The “amazing” is stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink and the “YOU” is stamped in Basic Black.  The card is finished with some Rhinestones for a little added sparkle and shine!

For more information about any of the products used in this card, please click the links below!

Thanks for checking in today!  Have a great day!

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

 

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