Color Fusers Blog Hop for September 2020

Happy September! I can’t believe it’s almost officially Fall! Since it’s the first Monday of the month, it’s time for our monthly Color Fusers Blog Hop. Today, we have a pretty combo of Balmy Blue, Night of Navy, and Melon Mambo!

For my project today, I used the new Dove of Hope Bundle from the 2020 August-December Mini Catalog. Most of the time, I like to stick to traditional holiday colors when creating Christmas crafts. Every once in awhile though, I like to mix it up. I LOVE doves at Christmas time. I think they are so peaceful and beautiful! So when I saw the colors we were using this month, I knew I wanted to do something with this bundle, though I wasn’t sure exactly what. I just started playing with the colors and dies, and this is what I came up with!

To make this card, I used a small artists palette from the dollar store and added one drop of ink from Balmy Blue, Night of Navy and Melon Mambo ink refills into different wells. I then added a small amount of water to each well and mixed thoroughly. I used my Water Painters to randomly swirl the colors on a sheet of watercolor paper. I then set the paper aside to dry. While that was drying, I used some of the other dies from the Detailed Dove die set to cut the solid wing and tail pieces from Shimmery White Cardstock. I also cut the “Peace” sentiment from Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper using the new Joy Dies. Once the watercolor paper was dry, I cut the wing overlay pieces, as well as the dove’s body from the watercolored sheet. I adhered the colored overlay pieces to the solid underlay with Multipurpose Glue. I adhered the finished wings to the dove with Mini Glue Dots, and then went over the entire thing with Wink of Stella glitter. It’s hard to tell from the pictures, but you can see the shine just a bit in the picture below:

While the bird was drying, I cut the middle layer from Balmy Blue cardstock, and the top layer from Night of Navy. To create some variation in color, I used a Stampin’ Sponge to sponge VersaMark ink all over the Night of Navy piece in a circular pattern. While the ink was still not completely dry, I brushed Wink of Stella glitter onto the same sponge and sponged it over the Versamark in a circular motion to add just a hint of shimmer to the background. I also added some snowflakes from the Dove of Hope set in VersaMark as well. When the background piece was finished and dry, I assembled the card and adhered the dove with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I then applied the sentiment and sprig piece (cut from Vellum) with Multipurpose Glue, and stamped the sentiment on the inside. You can see the shimmer from the Shimmery White Cardstock base in the picture below:

Once the whole card was dry, I embellished the front with some Snowflake Adhesive Backed Embellishments and my card was complete!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Balmy Blue cardstock middle layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

Night of Navy cardstock top layer: 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper sentiment: 1 x 3 inches (approximate)

Dove: 3-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches (approximate)

I hope you have enjoyed my project for this month! Please continue through our hop to see what my talented teammates have created with this month’s colors. Next up is Tami Hewlett!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Nicolle

Our full hop lineup for this month is as follows:

Melissa Kerman

Jo Anne Hewins

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Tami Hewlett

Melanie Hockin

Bonnie O’Neill

Color Fusers Blog Hop for August 2020

Happy August, Everyone! It’s the first Monday of the month, so it’s time for our August Color Fusers Blog hop! Today we have a pretty combo of Purple Posy, Gorgeous Grape, and Granny Apple Green to share!

For my card today, I used the Forever Blossoms and Love of Leaves stamp sets. The flowers are heat embossed in White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Prior to embossing, I used Water Painters and Gorgeous Grape ink to color behind the flowers. Once the piece was dry, I heat embossed the image. I then heat embossed the sentiment onto a small piece of Gorgeous Grape cardstock, and trimmed with a die from the Stitched So Sweetly dies set.

I used the Woodland Embossing Folder for the white background layer, and used my Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends to add color to some small Rhinestones before adding them to the card. I also added a Granny Apple Green Strip behind the main image for some contrast. The main image and sentiment are adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals to make them pop a bit. I then went over the centers of the flowers with some Wink of Stella (though it’s really hard to see in the pictures!)

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Whisper White background layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

Thick Whisper White card stock backing layer**: 3-1/8 x 4-1/2 inches

Whisper White water colored and embossed piece**: 3 x 4-3/8 inches

Granny Apple Green strip: 1 x 4 inches

Gorgeous Grape sentiment piece: 3/4 x 1-3/4 (approximate)

** In the process of watercoloring and heat embossing the cardstock for the flowers, the cardstock got a little warped. To flatten it out, I used Adhesive Sheets on the entire back of the piece and then adhered it to a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock. I then ran it through my die cutting machine backwards and forwards a few times. This adhered it really well, as well as flattened all the bumps and warped areas, almost as if it had been ironed. I also used extra Stampin’ Dimensionals when adding it to the card to make sure that it stayed flat once mounted on the card.

Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope that you will continue through our hop to see what the rest of our team has created this month! Please continue on to Bonnie O’Neill’s page to see the next project!

Have a great day!

Nicolle

Our full hop lineup for this month is as follows:

Jo Anne Hewins

Melanie Hockin

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Bonnie O’Neill

Tami Hewlett

Melissa Kerman

Color Fusers Blog Hop for July 2020

Happy July! I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday weekend. It was quiet and different for us this year, but still fun!

It’s the first Monday of the month so it’s time for our Color Fusers Blog Hop for July! We’ve got a pretty combo of Calypso Coral, Pacific Point, and Coastal Cabana to share today:

For my card today, I embossed a piece of Pacific Point cardstock with the new Dandelions 3D Embossing Folder. But before I did, I inked up the folder with VersaMark ink. Doing this creates some nice variation in color between the raised embossed image and the flat background of the design. It’s hard to see in the pictures, but the cardstock looks almost like velvet in person! Here is another card I made recently using the same technique. You can see the color variation a little better on this one:

For the card I made for today, I layered the Pacific Point top layer over a middle layer of Coastal Cabana, which was then layered over a Thick Whisper White card base. I added a tiny butterfly in Calypso Coral, and stamped the sentiment in that color as well. I also colored some Whisper White 1/4″ Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon with my Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends Markers. When it was done, I wanted the color to be a little lighter, so I washed the ribbon with a drop of dish soap and let it dry. I was surprised to see that the ribbon did not have uniform color after doing so, but I kind of like it! It has almost a light ombre effect when you see it up close!

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)

Calypso Coral cardstock middle layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

Pacific Point cardstock top layer: 3-3/4 x 5 inches

Calypso Coral butterfly: 1/2 x 3/4 inch (approximate)

Whisper White sentiment piece: 2-1/4 x 1-1/8 inches

I finished the card with some small rhinestones on the butterfly, and sponged some Wink of Stella onto the heads of the dandelions. I did this by brushing the Wink of Stella onto a sponger dauber and just lightly circling it onto each flower. Again, it’s hard to see in the pictures, but it’s a nice added touch in person!

I hope you have enjoyed my project today! Please continue through the rest of the hop to see what the rest of my talented teammates have created. Next up is Tami Hewlett!

Have a fantastic day!

Nicolle

Our full hop lineup for this month is as follows:

Melissa Kerman

Melanie Hockin

Jo Anne Hewins

Bonnie O’Neill

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Tami Hewlett

3D Thursday: Patriotic Pinwheels

Happy Thursday! It’s my turn to create for 3D Thursday, and with 4th of July right around the corner, I created some decorative Patriotic Pinwheels! These were super easy (and fun) to make!

For these, I used a combination of Cherry Cobbler and Misty Moonlight for my red and blue. I used a star stamp from the So Much Happy stamp set to stamp the stars all over both sides of the Designer Series Paper. Both sheets are 6 x 6 sheets from the Regals and 2020-2022 In Color sets, so no trimming was even needed to start! Easy peasy!

These particular pinwheels unfortunately do not spin. They are meant to be decorative only. However, I am going to try to make some with paper fasteners to make spinning ones. I just need to get some paper fasteners. I thought I had some, but couldn’t find them, so I used thumb tacks instead. The thumb tacks are another reason why these should be used for decoration only. I will admit, I poked myself a few times making these!

The finished pinwheel measures approximately 8-1/2 inches across tip to tip. Make a bunch of these to decorate your fireplace mantel, tabletop for 4th of July, and more! If you would like to make some of your own, you can download my FREE project sheet HERE or by clicking the image below. I would love to see what you come up with!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me! Have a safe and Happy 4th of July!

Nicolle

3D Thursday: Blossoms in Bloom Mini Paper Pumpkin Box

This week, we have Guest Designer Tami Hewlett joining us for 3D Thursday! She has created this beautiful decorated Mini Paper Pumpkin Box, using NEW products from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog!

Besides the Mini Paper Pumpkin Boxes, Tami’s project features the new Blossoms in Bloom Bundle, Forever Gold Laser Cut Specialty Paper, Flowers for Every Season 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper, and two new In Colors: Bumblebee and Magenta Madness!

The Mini Paper Pumpkin Boxes are the perfect size for notecard sized cards (3-1/2 x 5 inches). They are also food safe, so they are also perfect for packaging tasty treats! AND, they also perfectly hold a Classic Stampin’ Pad and reinker. Such a great gift for a fellow stamper!

If you would like detailed instructions and a complete supply list for Tami’s project, you can download her FREE project sheet HERE. You can also download it by clicking the image below:

Thanks so much for visiting today! Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

3D Thursday: Patriotic Mini Paper Pumpkin Box

Twila Davis is our designer this week for 3D Thursday! She has created this sweet Fourth of July themed hanging decor, using one of the NEW Mini Paper Pumpkin Boxes and various ribbons and trims! Such a fun, easy idea!

The Mini Paper Pumpkin Boxes are a NEW item in this year’s Annual Catalog. They come in a pack of 10 for $7.50. They have a nice matte finish, so you can decorate them with paper and embellishments OR you can easily apply ink. Twila did both for this project!

If you would like more information on Twila’s project, you can download her FREE project sheet, which includes step by step instructions, as well as a complete supply list. Click HERE to download, or click the image below!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Nicolle

3D Thursday: Sunflower Seed Packet Favor

It’s my turn to create for 3D Thursday, and I have created a way to dress up seed packets for weddings, showers, and more! I was looking for something on Etsy last week, and a bunch of customized seed packet envelopes came up, which I thought was a great idea. So of course, I had to try to create one of my own. What do you think?

I’m really happy with how it came out. I used a bunch of NEW products from the new Annual Catalog, which just went live YESTERDAY! The envelope is made from the new In Good Taste Designer Series Paper; the belly band is made from Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper; the sunflower was made using the Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle; and it also features one of our new In Colors for 2020-2022: Bumblebee!

The envelope was designed to be opened and closed without having to be sealed. I did not seal the flap on the envelope intentionally, so that it could be opened and closed without tearing. The belly band holds it closed when it’s on, which can easily be slipped on and off as needed. I included a packet of sunflower seeds to go with the sunflower theme of the project, but we have so many pretty flower stamps and dies in the new catalog, I can imagine making these with other types of flowers and seeds as well!

The measurements of my final project are as follows:

Finished envelope: 3-1/2 x 5-3/8 inches

Belly band: 3-9/16 across x 3-1/2 inches tall (just the front dimensions)

Sunflower: Approximately 3-1/4 inches in diameter

Sentiment piece: 3/4 x 3 inches

If you would like to make this project, please download my FREE project sheet HERE or by clicking on the image below. It includes step-by-step instructions (with all measurements), as well as a complete supply list!

I hope you have enjoyed my project! Thank you so much for stopping by!

Nicolle

Color Fusers Blog Hop for June 2020

Happy June, Everyone! What a great way to start off the month, with a Color Fusers blog hop, a gorgeous color combo, and products from the NEW Annual Catalog, which goes live in only TWO days! Our color combo today is a very pretty combination of Petal Pink, Melon Mambo, and Pool Party!

My project today features (mostly) products from the new catalog. The background images were created with stamps from the new Forever Fern set. The sentiment is from the new Lovely You stamp set, and is heat embossed in white on Basic Black card stock. I also used new ribbon and embellishments, which I will get to in just a bit! For now, here’s a sneak peek at the two stamp sets I used:

Forever Fern Stamp Set
Lovely You Stamp Set

When making this card, I really wanted to use Melon Mambo ribbon, but I do not currently have any in my stash. So I used some of the new White Faux Linen Ribbon from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack and dyed it with my Melon Mambo ink refill. It was really easy to do! I used a small clear plastic cup, added about 1/2 inch of water, 10 drops of ink, and a splash of isopropyl alcohol. After stirring it well, I submerged the ribbon and let it sit for 10 minutes or so, then removed it and laid it flat on a paper towel. I used the paper towel to blot as much of the water out as possible, then dried it the rest of the way with my hair dryer. The ribbon held the color really well. Next time, I think I will leave it in longer to see if I can get a deeper color, but even the lighter pink coordinates well, as it’s just a lighter shade of Melon Mambo!

In addition to the leaves, I also stamped some small splatters all over the background in Petal Pink ink. The splatter stamp is also from the Forever Fern set. And the droplet embellishments are from the NEW Flowers for Every Season Gems. They are not adhesive backed, so I just used a very small dab of glue and placed them with my Take Your Pick Tool.

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Pool Party card stock middle layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

Whisper White card stock top layer: 3-3/4 x 5 inches

Basic Black card stock sentiment piece: 1-1/8 x 2-1/4 inches

Although this card is made with mostly new products, there is still time to get your favorite retiring products! But you only have until tomorrow night to get them! Click HERE to shop the Last Chance Products section of my online store, and stock up on your favorites before they are gone for good!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Next up is Tami Hewlett, who always has something beautiful to share!

Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

Our full hop lineup for this month is as follows:

Melissa Kerman

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Tami Hewlett

Jo Anne Hewins

Bonnie O’Neill

Melanie Hockin

3D Thursday: Fold Out Gift Card Holder

It’s Sarah Wills’ turn to create for this week’s 3D Thursday, and she has created this sweet gift card holder using products from the NEW Annual Catalog!

Gift cards are a great gift, but it’s nice to dress them up in pretty packaging! Sarah’s project does just that, and can be made for any occasion. Here’s a few more pictures of Sarah’s project:

Sarah’s project features new products and colors from the upcoming 2020-2021 Annual catalog, including the Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper and my new favorite yellow: Bumblebee!

You can download Sarah’s FREE project sheet HERE or by clicking on the image below:

Have you received your new catalog yet? If you have not, and would like one, please feel free to contact me and I will get on out to you right away. The new catalog goes live next week on June 3rd!

Thank you for visiting today! Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

3D Thursday: Magazine Holder for Cards

This week’s 3D Thursday project was created by Guest Designer France Martin, affectionately known to many of us as “Frenchie”! Her project is not only adorable, but is also functional and stylish for card makers who wish to keep their cards neatly organized and accessible. Check it out:

It’s a magazine holder style holder for cards! You could make as many as you want, label them by occasion, and line them up neatly on a shelf to keep your cards close at hand. Right now, all of MY cards are mixed together in bins. Organizing them this way is definitely on my list of things to do, probably this summer when all the craziness with distance learning finally slows down!

Frenchie has provided us with step by step instructions on her FREE project sheet, available HERE, or by clicking on the image below. You can make these fit your own personality and space by using your favorite colors, sentiments, and papers! I can’t wait to make some of my own!

Thank you to Frenchie for joining is today and thank YOU for visiting! I’ll be back next week with a new project!

Have a great day!

Nicolle