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

 

A Waterfront Tropical Island Friendship Card

As I write this post, we are getting hit with 8-15 inches of snow!  This may be a short post, as my lights have flickered a couple of times, so I need to try to get this up quick in case we lose power!  Ugh!

This card was made using the Waterfront stamp set!  I made a tropical island scene and paired it with a sentiment about friendship.  I decided to keep it simple on purpose, as I loved the scene and colors, so decided to forgo any additional embellishments!  I borrowed the color scheme from fellow demonstrator Patty Bennett.  I saw some cards she made on her Pinterest page, and loved the “beachy” colors she chose!  The full color scheme is as follows:

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:
Sahara Sand card base:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)
Pool Party middle layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches
Whisper White top layer:  3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

 

 

The Waterfront stamp set is super versatile, and has LOTS of great images and sentiments!  This gorgeous set is photopolymer and contains 16 stamps.  The set includes different trees, mountains, water, and more!  Check out the full set below:
I’m going to wrap it up there for today!  Fingers crossed the power doesn’t go out!
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!  Thank you!

Nicolle

 

Kind Thoughts for You with the You’re Inspiring Stamp Set

Tulips are hands down my favorite Spring flowers, but daffodils are a close second!  So when I saw the You’re Inspiring stamp set in the Occasions Catalog, I immediately put it on my wish list!  This set is perfect for multiple Spring occasions, and includes sentiments for birthdays, Easter, Mother’s Day, and more!  It includes 8 rubber stamps and comes in both Wood Mount or Clear Mount.  Here’s what the full set looks like:

The flowers on the card are colored with Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.  I used both the light and dark shades of both.  I stamped the flowers in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored them once the ink was completely dry.  I then framed the flowers with one of the Lots of Labels Framelits and cut them out using the Big Shot.  I also used my Stamparatus to stamp the “Kind thoughts for you” sentiment multiple times in the background!

The measurements for this card are as follows:

Night of Navy card base:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored and folded in half)

Night of Navy top layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

Whisper White:  4 x 5-1/4 inches (used both for daffodil piece and punched piece with sentiment)

Other items used on this card include the Classic Label Punch, Linen Thread, and Pearl Basic Jewels!

Check out the supply list below for everything you need to make this card!

Questions?  Please feel free to contact me!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Nicolle

 

Wishing You a Lovely Day with Lovely Wishes

Here’s a simply elegant card to wish someone a lovely day!  It is made with the Lovely Wishes stamp set, which is found almost all the way at the back of the Occasions Catalog on page 50.  I love the simple, graceful lines of this set, as well as the sweet sentiments!  I find the whole set to be elegant and lovely!

The set contains multiple floral line images, with additional stamps that can be used to fill in the lines with color.  Because it is a photopolymer set, and the stamps are totally clear, lining up the stamps is very easy!  You can also just color in the images with the coloring product of your choice, or even just leave them unfilled!  For this card, I chose to keep it super simple, just adding a bit of color with the coordinating filler stamps.  I used Very Vanilla as the base, along with Early Espresso, Old Olive, and Real Red.

Once I cut my layers, I stamped the the two large floral images first in Old Olive.  I then inked up the filler stamp in Old Olive as well, but stamped it off once before adding it to the leaves, to give it a bit of contrast by making the leaves a lighter shade.  I then filled in the flowers with the Real Red, using coordinating stamps from the set as well.  The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso.  Before adhering the top layers to the card, I stamped a different stamp from the set in Old Olive in the corners of the card base, just to add a little extra detail.

The top layers are adhered to the base with Dimensionals to add a little more height and texture to the card.  After making this card, I sat for about twenty minutes trying to figure out a way to embellish it a bit.  I even put it away and came back to it the next day, trying to figure out if I should add anything else!  I tried a few different things, but I just didn’t like anything I tried, so I decided to leave it as is.  I really like the simplicity of it!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Wishing You a Lovely Day!  🙂

Nicolle

 

My 10 Favorite Products from the Occasions Catalog

Now that Occasions and Sale-a-Bration are in full swing, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite products!  Here are my top ten fave products from this year’s catalog!

Petal Palette Bundle

This bundle contains both the Petal Palette stamp set and Petals & More Thinlits Dies.  There are 15 rubber stamps in the set and 10 dies.  Available in both clear-mount and wood-mount.

Perennial Birthday Project Kit

Kit contains components to make 16 birthday cards, 4 each of 4 designs.  Also includes a beautiful storage box to keep them in!

Brusho Crystal Colour

Watercolor ink crystals that when mixed with water explode with color!  Five different colors included!  Use with aqua painters, spritzers, and more!

Beautiful Day Stamp Set

This set includes 5 rubber stamps and is available in both clear-mount and wood-mount.

Magical Day Bundle

This adorable bundle is definitley a must have!  Contains both the Magical Day stamp set and Magical Mates Framelits dies.  Contains 12 stamps and 16 cutting dies.  Available in both wood-mount and clear-mount!

Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper

12 sheets of 12 x 12 inch paper with silver foil accents!  Acid free and lignin free and beautiful colors!

We Must Celebrate Stamp Set

This adorable set comes with 12 stamps, and is available in both clear-mount and wood-mount! These little critters are SO cute!

Sure Do Love You Bundle

This bundle includes both the Sure Do Love You stamp set and Lots to Love Box Framelits dies.  Contains 9 rubber stamps and 10 dies.  Available in both clear-mount and wood-mount.

Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes

176 adhesive-backed epoxy accents in teardrop and circle shapes. Perfect for bubbles and raindrops!  Contains one sheet each of clear and glitter shapes

Berry Burst 3/8″ (1 Cm) Metallic-Edge Ribbon

Glossy Satin Ribbon with silver metallic edges.  In beautiful Berry Burst!

So these are my top 10!  What are yours?

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

A Beautiful Brusho Butterfly Card

Today’s card is another project that features the new Brusho Crystal Color!  I LOVE this new product!  It is so much fun to use and so colorful! Brusho comes in a set of five different colors including Brilliant Red, Gamboge, Yellow, Moss Green, and Prussian Blue.  For this card I used the Prussian Blue, with just a hint of the yellow as well.

The top layer of this card is made from Shimmery White cardstock.  I heat embossed the butterfly from the Beautiful Day stamp set in white embossing powder, then applied the blue Brusho crystals and colored them with an aquapainter.  You don’t need a lot of crystals at all!  The colors are so vibrant, that for this lighter blue, I used very, very little!  I then sprinkled just a tiny bit of the yellow and colored that with the aquapainter as well.  While it was drying, I made the sentiment piece.  The banner is 1/2 inch wide, and I trimmed the ends using the Triple Banner Punch.  I then heat embossed the sentiment using the same embossing powder.  The sentiment is from the Petal Palette stamp set, another one of my favorites things from the new Occasions catalog!

Once everything was dry and cooled, I assembled the card.  The card base is Pool Party, the middle layer is Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, and as mentioned before, the top is Shimmery White.  I used Fast Fuse adhesive between the top and middle layers, as it holds much stronger to the glimmer paper than regular snail adhesive.  The sentiment piece is attached with dimensionals to make it pop a little!  I added a couple of silver Metallic Enamel Dots, and it’s good to go!

For more about Brusho, please click here.

Thanks for visiting today!

Nicolle

 

Quick and Easy Birthday Cards with the Perennial Birthday Project Kit

Sometimes you just need a quick and easy project! Or other times, you just want to make some cards without putting a whole lot of time and energy into the design. Then KITS are definitely the way to go! And this kit is gorgeous! The Perennial Birthday Project Kit from Stampin’ Up! is the perfect product to have on hand when you need pre-designed, ready to assemble cards on hand for birthday wishes! The kit makes 16 cards, 4 each of 4 different designs, and includes all the components to make them! Here’s a look at what comes in the kit:

Kit includes:
* 16 printed card bases, folded size 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (10.8 x 14 cm)
* 16 white Medium Envelopes
* 12 printed tabbed dividers, 6-3/8″ x 5-1/4″ (16.2 x 13.3 cm)
* printed and white die-cut accents
* gold foil sticker sheets with month names in English, French, and German
* gold 5/8″ (1.6 cm) satin ribbon
* Dapper Denim Solid Baker’s Twine
* printed storage box, 6-3/4″ x 5-1/4″ x 3-3/4″ (17.2 x 13.3 x 9.5 cm)

Use this kit to make 1-2 cards at a time, or make them all at once and store them in the beautiful storage box to have cards ready to go whenever a birthday comes up!

To complete the full kit, you will need to following products:

Perennial Birthday Stamp Set

The Perennial Birthday stamp set includes 14 rubber stamps and is available in both clear-mount and wood-mount.  It can be found on page 16 of the Occasions Catalog!

Classic Stampin’ Pads

Mini Glue Dots

I also recommend Snail adhesive as well!

To learn more about this kit and see it in action, here’s a short video from Stampin’ Up’s You Tube channel:

To see this kit, and all of the other kits available from Stampin’ Up!, please click HERE.

Thanks for checking in today!  Have a great day!

Nicolle

 

3 x 3 Valentine’s Day Mini Note Cards in a Matching Mini Pizza Box

Here’s a little bonus post for today!  If you are visiting my blog for the first time from our January Facebook Hop, WELCOME!  I hope that you will visit again soon!  🙂

Each month my team does a Facebook hop, which is similar to a blog hop in that a bunch of us post projects on our Facebook pages and then we each post a link to the next person’s page.  You click on each link as you go page to page until you get back to where you started.  When you get back to the post you started on, the hop is complete!

Our Facebook hops usually have a theme, and this month’s theme is Valentine’s Day, Hearts, and Love!  I LOVE mini note cards for Valentine’s Day!  I made this set of three mini cards with matching envelopes, along with a decorated mini pizza box to hold them all.  The mini pizza boxes are the perfect size for 3 x 3 note cards and their envelopes, and you can fit quite of few of them in there!  For this project I only made three, but I plan to add a few wrapped chocolate hearts to the box as well.  The box is plenty deep enough to hold all three cards and envelopes, as well as the chocolate!

       

All three cards are made with the Heart Happiness stamp set, and I also used the Sure Do Love You Bundle and Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set as well.  They are all accented with stickers from the Painted Love Gold Vinyl Sticker set.  The envelopes are decorated using most of the same items! Here’s a close up of the envelopes:

I have to admit that I was a little wary of using the gold stickers, as I am definitely more of a SILVER girl!  I was hesitant to even buy them as I VERY rarely use gold on projects.  (Trust me, I have a huge pile of unused gold Metallics Enamel Shapes, because I go through the silver ones like crazy!)  But I have to admit, after using these stickers on this project, I really love them!  Just as a side note, there is a tiny error in the catalog for this item.  They are on page 19, and in the product description, it says you get one sheet each of two designs, but you actually get TWO sheets of each!  Just something to keep in mind if you see them while browsing the catalog! The stickers are all gold foil on clear vinyl, are die cut, and have a large variety of designs such as hearts, brush strokes, leaves, polka dots, and more!  They are the perfect way to add a bit of shine to your projects!

As for the box, I used the new Painted With Love Specialty Designer Series Paper for the background.  It is cut to 3-1/4 x 3-1/4 inches.  I then cut and embossed a Powder Pink heart using the Sweet and Sassy Framelits and Polka Dot Basics Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  The sentiment and banner piece are both from the Sure Do Love You Bundle, which includes both the stamps and cutting dies.  And of course purchasing both items together saves you 10% off the cost of purchasing them separately!

This project was fairly quick and easy to make, as the designs are clean and simple.  I hope you like it!  If this is your first time visiting my Facebook page and/or blog, I would love it if you liked and followed my page!  If you have any questions regarding this project, any other projects on my page, or questions about Stampin’ Up!, please feel free to contact me anytime!  I would be happy to help you with anything you need!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

 

Myths & Magic Mermaid Card PLUS It’s Time to Sale-a-Brate!

When I saw the new Myths and Magic Suite in the Occasions catalog, I instantly fell in love with it!  Think mermaids, unicorns, wizards, knights, and dragons!  The suite contains a stamp and cutting die bundle called Magical Day.  There’s also Designer Series Paper, Glimmer Paper, and Washi Tape, that all perfectly coordinate to make fun projects!  My first attempt at using the suite is the card above.  The Magical Day Bundle includes both the Magical Day stamp set, as well as the Magical Mates Framelits Dies.  There are twelve stamps in the set and 16 dies with the framelits!  And of course, purchasing the bundle will save you 10% over purchasing the items separately!

For this card, I paired Bermuda Bay with Lemon Lime Twist for the colors.  The mermaid and seahorse were stamped in Basic Black Archival Ink and then hand colored with Stampin’ Write Markers.  They were then cut with the coordinating dies on the Big Shot.  The little leaves on the right were cut from the glimmer paper in the suite using dies from the same set.  It’s hard to see in the pic above, but I went over the mermaid’s tail with Clear Wink of Stella.  I love how it gives the card just a bit of extra shimmer and shine!  Here’s a close up:

Other items used on this card include the Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits, and the Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

Here’s a glimpse at all of the items in the Myths and Magic Suite:

Magical Day Bundle

 

Myths & Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper

 

Myths & Magic 6 x 6 Glimmer Paper

 

Myths & Magic Specialty Washi Tape

I love this suite, and can’t wait to play with it more!

Also, don’t forget TODAY is the official start of Occasions and Sale-a-Bration!  Which means that it’s officially time to order from the new Occasions Catalog!  You also earn a FREE Sale-a-Bration item with every $50 you spend!  Sale-a-Bration is a great time to stock up on all your favorite Stampin’ Up! products because you definitely get a bigger bang for your buck!  Click here to visit the online store and shop today!

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

 

Fun and Fruity Tags

Happy New Year, Everyone!  Hope you have a great day today celebrating!  I made these adorable tags in November at OnStage. I love the fun colors and teeny tiny fruit!  These tags use items from the new Tutti Frutti suite in the Occasions Catalog.  The stamps and punches are from the Fruit Basket Bundle, which contains the 25 piece Fruit Basket Photopolymer stamp set, as well as four coordinating mini punches.  Use the punches to punch a tiny pear, pineapple, strawberry, or fruit slice!  For these, we used the pineapple and pear, which each measure just about 1/2 inch tall.  Here’s a peek at the complete bundle:

Of course, the stamps and punches can be purchased separately as well, but purchasing them together as a bundle will save you 10%!

These tags also use the new Tutti Frutti 6×6 Designer Series Paper and a new ribbon called Lemon Lime Twist 3/8″ Mini Striped Ribbon.

I LOVE the color palette in this suite!  It reminds me of sunshine and warmth, which I could definitely use some of right now!  (As I write this, it is -1 degree where I live!)  Here’s a peek at the colors in the suite:

To see the complete Tutti Fruity Suite, please check out pages 28-29 in the Occasions Catalog.  Don’t have one?  Contact me, and I would be happy to send one out to you!
Enjoy your day!  And again, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Nicolle