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

 

Rainbow Builder Framelits Meets the Magical Day Bundle

Yesterday was my sister’s birthday.  I had made an entirely different card for her, and then I remembered that she has a unicorn coffee mug that she LOVES.  So with about 45 minutes until I had to leave to go see her, I very quickly put this card together!  I didn’t have a lot of time to fuss with the design, so I just kept it simple!  But I like how it came out.  (And so did she!)

I used the Rainbow Builder Framelits Dies to make the rainbow in Brights cardstock colors.  I used Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pacific Point, and Rich Razzleberry.  I also cut the clouds from the same set in Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, just to give the card a little sparkle!  The unicorn was stamped in Memento Ink, cut out with the coordinating die from the Magical Mates Framelits Dies (which are part of the Magical Day Bundle) and colored the mane, tail, and horn with Stampin’ Blends.  I finished off the unicorn by brushing a little Clear Wink of Stella on the colored areas!

I finished off the card by adding some silver metallic stars from the Metallics Enamel Shapes, and it was done!  Simple, but also bright, colorful, and fun!

Thanks for checking in today!

Nicolle

 

Looking for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!

This past weekend, I had a class in which participants made St. Patrick’s Day banners!  They mentioned that they wanted one of the pieces of the banner to show a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.  The rainbow and the gold were easy to make, as I have the Rainbow Builder Framelits Dies.  But I knew the pot was going to be a little more difficult!  Initially, I wasn’t sure how I was going to make it, and had decided that I would probably just cut one freehand.  But before I did so, I decided to flip through all of my cutting dies to see if there was something I could use.  And in my Coffee Cups Framelits I found the perfect solution:

The die circled above is supposed to be a clear dome lid for a coffee cup.  But I saw an upside down pot!  So I used it to cut some black cardstock, flipped it upside down, and placed it on the piece to see how it would look.  I think it works pretty well!  (And no fussy freehand cutting! Phew!)

Be sure to check back tonight for a bonus post at 8:00 pm Eastern Time!  I will be participating in a Facebook hop that will feature Valentine’s Day gift bags and boxes.  I hope you’ll check back in and follow along!

In the meantime, enjoy your day!

Nicolle