Stampin’ Blends Markers Important Update

So I have good news about the Stampin’ Blends Markers and bad news:  the good news is that they are a hugely popular and fantastic product that everyone LOVES!  The bad news is that they are so popular, and demand is so great, that the supply just cannot keep up with the demand.  In the past few weeks, a number of the markers have gone on backorder, and many more are currently in low inventory status.  As it takes a while to reorder and restock from the supplier, Stampin’ Up! has to decided to temporarily make the entire Stampin’ Blends line unorderable until they can restock sufficient inventory to keep up with demand.  Because of this, they will be turning off all of the item numbers for the markers at 12:00 PM Mountain Time on Friday, March 23rd.  They expect to have them back in stock and able to be ordered again by the end of May.

Please know that Stampin’ Up! is doing everything they can to get these markers back in stock and into your hands as quickly as possible!  I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and hope that you will keep them on your wish lists until they can again be purchased.  They are very much worth the wait!  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the Stampin’ Blends, please feel free to contact me.  I will be happy to answer any questions you may have!

Thanks for visiting today!

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

 

Coloring Springtime Foils Paper with Stampin’ Blends Markers

The Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper is one of three new rewards items, now available during Sale-a-bration!  It was released on February 16th, and can ONLY be earned with a $50 purchase (before tax and shipping) through March 31st!  This gorgeous new paper features 3 sheets each of 4 different foil designs on white paper, and measures 12 x 12 inches in size.  All of the designs are printed in silver, gold, and/or rose gold foil, giving a very elegant look to this paper!  Patterns include polka dots, florals, and stripes:

For today’s card, I used the second pattern shown in the picture above.  It features large roses and leaves in rose gold foil.  I colored the paper with Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends Markers, and used both the light and dark versions of each color.  The paper is very thick, with an almost glossy finish, so the finished result of the blending is different than on regular paper, but is still very pretty!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Basic Black middle layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

DSP Layer:  3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

Basic Black and Whisper White scraps for sentiment piece

I used a sentiment from the Ribbon of Courage stamp set, as well as the Pretty Label punch to frame it.  To make the backing layer of the sentiment, I cut a piece of Basic Black cardstock with the same punch and cut it in half lengthwise, then adhered it to the back of the stamped sentiment piece, slightly offset to look like a separate layer.  I also embellished the card with 3/8 inch Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon, as well as pearls colored with the dark Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blends Marker to match the color of the flowers!

While I love the look of this paper with added color, it also looks great as is!  (You can find some gorgeous samples on Pinterest, or just by simply Googling “Stampin’ Up Springtime Foils Paper”.)  I will be posting another card later this week where I did not color the paper (though with a different pattern from the package).  I hope you’ll check back later this week to see it!

Remember, Sale-a-Bration is ending March 31st!  Once it’s over, this gorgeous paper will be gone for good!  To get yours, simply place an order of $50 or more in the online store before March 31st!

Thanks for checking in 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

 

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

We Must Celebrate…a Happy Birthday!

A couple of weeks ago, I did a poll on my Facebook page asking people which stamp set they would like to see me get and make projects with.  The stamp set We Must Celebrate got the most votes, hands down!  This very cute set was already on my wish list, but I hadn’t had a chance to get it.  This gave me a reason to finally order it!

For the first card I made with this set, I wanted to keep it simple.  I stamped the little animals and colored them with Stampin’ Blends Markers.  I then cut them out with the Lots of Labels Framelits.  I used a piece of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper for the background and wrapped a piece of linen thread around it a couple of times before mounting it to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I then heat embossed the sentiment in white, trimmed it to 1/2 inch wide, and then cut the ends with the Triple Banner Punch.  The sentiment is also mounted with dimensionals.  And that’s it!  I had planned to add a linen thread bow and put a heart somewhere, but when I added them, it looked a little cluttered!  So I decided to just leave the extras off.  Sometimes, you just gotta keep it simple!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Nicolle

 

birthday gift tags made with the myths & magic suite (2nd set)

A couple of weeks ago, I made a set of three gift tags using the Magical Day bundle.  The tags were inspired by my boys, and featured the dragon, wizard, and knight.  Here’s a pic of what they looked like:

They were so fun to make, that I wanted to make another set using the rest of the stamps in the set!  This new set was inspired by my niece, who loves unicorns and all things pink and purple!  I made them to coordinate with the original set, and used many of the same products to make them.  I used the same paper, as well as Stampin’ Blends to color them (mostly).  I trimmed them with the Magical Mates Framelits, and arranged everything on the tags the same way, even using the same sentiment stamp.  I just switched up the colors and ribbon!  Here’s a close up of each of the tags:

As in the first set, I added Wink of Stella to each tag to give them each a little shimmer and shine!  (I’ll admit, I added a little more to this set to make them extra sparkly!)  This time, I added it to the dragon’s body, the mermaid’s body, and the unicorn’s mane, tail, and horn.  I love how the Wink of Stella gives them just enough shimmer to be pretty without the glitter being overwhelming!  And it doesn’t make a huge mess, which is an added bonus!  You just brush it on and it stays put!

  

The backgrounds of each tag were stamped with stars and bubbles from the Magical Day set in Versamark ink, and I embellished with some die cut stars cut from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  Each tag was topped using a different color of In Color 1/2 Inch Finely Woven Ribbon, and is also tied with a Silver Baker’s Twine bow.  I love how they came out!

Here’s all six tags together:

 

Don’t forget, the Magical Day bundle includes both the Magical Day stamp set, as well as the Magical Mates Framelits and is discounted 10% off the price of both items individually!

I hope you like these tags as much as I do!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Nicolle

 

Coloring on Vellum with Stampin’ Blends

The other day when I was coloring with my Stampin’ Blends (see yesterday’s post), I noticed that the ink bled through the paper to the back side.  So I got the idea to put card stock under the paper while I colored to see if enough of the ink would transfer to the card stock to make something useful.  Unfortunately, not enough came through to make it worthwhile.  It was just little smudges here and there.  But I still wanted to try something different, so that’s when I got the idea to try using Vellum.  This colorful background was the result!  So here’s how I got it:

Step 1: Gather Materials

For this, I used a piece of Vellum, a sheet of Petal Passion Designer Series Paper, and Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends markers (not shown).

Step 2: Lay the Vellum over the DSP

Since I already knew that not enough ink would transfer through, I decided to try laying it on top and coloring on the vellum itself to see how it would come out.  Plus it’s easy to see where you need to color, as the vellum is clear enough that you can see the pattern of the paper underneath.

Step 3:  Color with Stampin’ Blends

Step 4: Remove and Let Dry

Because the Stampin’ Blends ink is alcohol based, it dries super fast.   I wanted to give it a few minutes though because sometimes drying takes longer on vellum, just because it’s so smooth and not as absorbent as regular paper!

Once I knew it was totally dry, I used it to make my card.  I really like how the color on vellum came out!

Just a few things:

  1. The Stampin’ Blends colors come out much lighter on vellum than on regular cardstock/paper.
  2. Once I removed the vellum from the DSP, I noticed that there were some big spaces without any red flowers.  Since I wanted the red flowers to be the focus, and wanted the whole background to be more balanced, I went and added just a couple of extra flowers to even out the pattern a little.  If you compare the final background to the original design on the DSP, you might notice it’s off a little!
  3. I attached the vellum to the top layer with four glue dots, just in the corners.  Regular Snail adhesive shows through, so you can’t really use it on the vellum without seeing it!

For embellishments, I added a piece of the new white organza ribbon tied in a knot, and then added some of the glitter epoxy shapes to the centers of the red flowers.  Here’s a close up of the epoxy shapes:

I really love the new Glitter & Clear Epoxy Embellishments!  I think they’re perfect for when you want to add just a little something more, but need it to be really subtle!  I also decided to add a layer of vellum over the sentiment piece.  When I first made this card, I left the sentiment on plain Whisper White card stock, but the color of the regular card stock was so bright next to the vellum, that it looked funny.  So I cut another oval out of vellum that was the same size as the sentiment piece, but before doing so, I added a piece of the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets to the back of it.  Once it was cut, I peeled off the backing, then applied the vellum over the sentiment.  Now it matches the rest of the card, and you can still see through it to read the sentiment.  I wasn’t sure if using the adhesive sheet on the back would obscure the words, but you can’t even tell it’s on there!  And now everything matches nicely!

So what do you think?  I love the way this background came out!  It’s definitely something different!  🙂

Thanks for checking in today!  Let me know if you have questions!

Nicolle