A Simple Garden Lane Thank You

My project today features one of my favorite new products: the Garden Lane Designer Series Paper! It features gorgeous floral patterns in five (yes, FIVE) shades of green! Green is my favorite color, so when I saw this paper, I instantly fell in love with it! Here are the five greens, as well as a peek at the full array of designs in this paper:

For this card, I used Mint Macaron cardstock as the base, as well as Pear Pizzazz and Mint Macaron ink. These perfectly coordinate with the Mint Macaron ribbon looped behind the back of the sentiment piece.

The “thank you” sentiment is from the Love What You Do stamp set, and the tiny butterfly is from the Butterfly Gala set. It was punched with the coordinating Butterfly Duet Punch.

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Garden Lane DSP background layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

Whisper White Sentiment piece: 2 inches in diameter

Whisper White butterfly: 1 x 1 inch (approximate size)

This was a quick and easy thank you that was given to my son’s teacher at the end of the school year. I love its simplicity!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Nicolle

Color Fusers Blog Hop for July 2019

Welcome to the Color Fusers blog hop for July! This month’s palette is a trio of soft, light colors: Soft Sea Foam, Seaside Spray, and Purple Posy!

I LOVE pastel colors! They’ve always been my favorite, ever since I started stamping almost 16 years ago. Although the colors we used for this month’s projects are all soft shades, they are actually from two different Stampin’ Up! color families: Soft Sea Foam is part of the Subtles family, while Seaside Spray and Purple Posy are two of the NEW In Colors for 2019-2021!

In addition to our three featured colors, this card also features the new Band Together stamp set. This set can be found on page 121 of the Annual Catalog, as well as in the Online Store. It includes 8 red rubber cling stamps, and can be paired with the coordinating Detailed Bands Dies. The stamps and dies are available as a bundle as well. Purchasing the bundle will save 10% off the cost of both items separately!

Here’s a peek at the full set:

Band Together Cling Set
Set of 8 stamps
Item #149231
$23.00

I love the large floral image in this set. It can be used to make a card for pretty much any occasion! I also love that this set contains sentiments for both the front and inside of the card.

To make this card, I used Seaside Spray cardstock as the base, then layered Soft Sea Foam and Whisper White cardstock on top. The front image was stamped in Memento Black ink, and colored with both Soft Sea Foam and Purple Posy Stampin’ Blends Markers. I decided to soften the image by layering vellum over the whole top layer. The greeting was stamped in Seaside Spray ink right on the vellum itself, so that it stands out a bit from the other images. (One thing to keep in mind about vellum: if you stamp on it the ink takes a LOT longer to dry!)

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Soft Sea Foam cardstock middle layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

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

Vellum Overlay: 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

All layers were adhered with Snail adhesive, except for the vellum. For the vellum layer, I used a Mini Glue Dot in each corner, and pressed just hard enough for it to stay secured to the card. If you use light pressure, it’s very hard to see the glue dot through the vellum. The more you press, the more noticeable the glue dot will be!

To finish the card, I embellished with Basic Adhesive Backed Sequins and Seaside Spray 1/2″ Scalloped Linen Ribbon. I stamped the inside of the card, stamped the envelope to match, and my project was complete!

Please continue on to the next stop on our hop this month, Bonnie O’Neill’s page, to see what fun project she has created this month!

Thanks so much for visiting today! Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

Here is the full hop line up for July:

Melissa Kerman

Melanie Hockin

Kelly Acheson

Tami Hewlett

Barb Mullikin

Jo Anne Hewins

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Bonnie O’Neill

Sarah Wills

It’s a Good Morning Magnolia Monday!

Today’s card is made with items from the NEW Magnolia Lane Suite! I just LOVE this entire suite! Between the gorgeous flowers, colors, and coordinating embellishments and accessories, it’s no wonder that this has been one of the top selling new product lines of the new catalog!

My card today features the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set, as well as the Stitched Nested Labels Dies. Here’s a close up of both:

Good Morning Magnolia Cling Stamp Set
Item #149298
$36.00
Stitched Nested Labels Dies
Item #149638
$35.00

The centerpiece of the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set is definitely the large magnolia stamp. This stamp fills almost a whole card front! For my card, I stamped the flower with VersaMark ink on Petal Pink card stock, then layered it with Mossy Meadow on a Very Vanilla card stock base.

The sentiment is stamped in Mossy Meadow ink to match the middle layer. Take a look at the detail that the Stitched Nested Labels Dies creates in the picture below. I just love the stitched look of these dies!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Mossy Meadow middle layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

Petal Pink top layer: 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

Very Vanilla sentiment piece: 1-1/4 x 2-1/4 inches (approximate)

If you would like to take a look at the full Magnolia Lane Suite, please visit my online store HERE!

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

Nicolle

Color Fusers Blog Hop for June 2019

It’s time for our Color Fuser’s Blog hop for June! This month we are featuring projects made with Blueberry Bushel, Real Red, Gray Granite, and Basic Black! I am not going to lie, this color combo stumped me a little. Then I realized that these colors are perfect for nautical themed projects, so I decided to use the NEW Sailing Home Bundle, available beginning TOMORROW (June 4th) when the NEW 2019-2020 Annual Catalog goes live!

My card today is based on a design from OnStage in April. We made a notecard using this bundle, as well as other items from the new Come Sail Away Suite. For my card today, I made a full sized card and switched up the colors for this month’s challenge. I also added some different textures to add more detail to the card.

The Sailing Home bundle can be found on pages 11 and 145 in the new catalog! The bundle comes with the Sailing Home Stamp Set, as well as the Smooth Sailing Dies. Purchasing both items as the bundle will save you 10% off the cost of both separately! Other items that coordinate with the bundle include Designer Series Paper, embellishments, Memories & More cards, baker’s twine, and more!

Sailing Home Bundle
Cling ~ 151066
$50.25

Here are step by step instructions to make this card:

  1. Make a card base from Gray Granite cardstock.
  2. Cut a 4 x 5-1/4 inch piece of Basic Black card stock and emboss using the Corrugated 3D Embossing Folder and a die cutting and embossing machine.
  3. Cut a 3 inch x 4-1/2 inch piece of Whisper White card stock. Stamp all over the card stock with the compass stamp in Blueberry Bushel ink. Stamp off once each time to make it slightly lighter in color.
  4. Use the Stitched Rectangle Dies to cut a piece of Gray Granite card stock. The finished size of the piece I used (after cutting) is 2-5/8 x 4 inches, so you will need one slightly larger to cut from.
  5. Emboss the Gray Granite piece using the Subtle Embossing Folder.
  6. Stamp the lighthouse in Memento Black ink on Whisper White card stock and cut using the lighthouse die from the set.
  7. Stamp the sentiment in Real Red ink and cut with the stitched frame die from the set.
  8. Assemble all layers using Snail Adhesive.
  9. Embellish with Happiness Blooms Enamel shapes, as well as an anchor from the Sail Away Trinkets. My anchor is also tied with a small piece of Braided Linen Thread.

I hope you have enjoyed my project today! Whether you have hopped here from Tami Hewlett’s page, or just happened upon my card some other way, I hope you will check out the rest of the Color Fuser’s Team’s projects. Up next is Bonnie O’Neill!

Thanks for stopping by today! Enjoy your day! πŸ™‚

Nicolle

Here is this month’s full hop line up:

Melissa Kerman

Tami Hewlett

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Bonnie O’Neill

Jo Anne Hewins

Barb Mullikin

Kelly Acheson

Melanie Hockin

Sarah Wills

Big Sale this weekend in my ebay store!

Happy Saturday!

This weekend, I am offering 20% off all retired Stampin’ Up! merchandise in my ebay store! I will be listing LOTS of new products June 4th and need to clear out some products to make room!

Please note that I am unable to ship outside of the United States, and that this sale is only good through Monday, May 27th.

To visit my ebay store, please click HERE.

Thanks for visiting my blog today! Contact me with questions!

Nicolle

Everything is Rosy Mini Note Cards

Earlier last week, I finally got a chance to play with my Everything is Rosy Product Medley! The colors and designs are so gorgeous. I just love the combinations that Stampin’ Up! has put together in this product!

I love mini note cards, and I always make them in sets of three. Each card measures 3 x 3 inches and fits perfectly in the Whisper White 3 x 3 Inch Envelopes available in the online store. I left the inside of each card blank so I could write a little note in each. I have already used the thank you one for our school nurse (it was School Nurse Appreciation Day on May 8th!)

One of the things I love most about this assortment of products is that it comes with Rose Gold Foil Sheets. There are also rose gold accents on the DSP, and there are four sheets of die cuts that are all accented with the rose gold. I think that little bit of extra shine adds such a nice touch to my projects! I tried to hold the card in the picture above so you could get a good look at the accents. You can see the rose gold along the edge of the sentiment piece, as well as in some of the flowers in the DSP background. I also cut some small leaves from the foil sheets to add behind the sentiment pieces, for a little extra detail and shine!

Once the cards were finished, I added some flowers and leaves to the envelopes in Melon Mambo and Night of Navy. Once the envelopes were stamped, the full project was complete!

Here is a list of everything that comes in the Everything is Rosy Product Medley:

~Everything Is Rosy Photopolymer Stamp Set (18 stamps)
~Everything Is Rosy Dies (10 dies)
~6β€³ x 6β€³ Designer Series Paper Stack (48 sheets)
~6β€³ x 6β€³ rose gold foil paper (8 sheets)
~Printed die cuts (2 sheets)
~Rose gold die cuts (4 sheets)
~Rose gold adhesive backed mirror embellishments (60)
~Melon Mambo 1/4β€³ Ruched Ribbon (10 yards)
~Night of Navy/Rose Gold 3/8β€³ Metallic Edge Ribbon (10 yards
~Rose Gold Shimmer Paint (1/2 oz.)

Click HERE for more details about this great product!

The Everything is Rosy Product Medley is available until May 31st OR while supplies last, whichever comes first. Visit the online store HERE to order yours today!

Thanks for checking in!

Nicolle

Color Fusers Blog Hop for May 2019

Hello, and welcome to our May Color Fuser’s blog hop! This month’s color combo is so pretty: Pear Pizzazz, Night of Navy, and Grapefruit Grove!

It just so happens that today is my birthday, so I decided to go with a fun, balloon themed birthday card for this month’s hop! I used Night of Navy ink and an Aqua Painter to make a watercolor wash on the top layer, and then used the Aqua Painter to add some ink spatters as well. Next, I cut two balloons (one Grapefruit Grove and the other Pear Pizzazz) using the Balloon Bouquet Punch, and used the Well Said Bundle to create the Happy Birthday sentiment. The “HAPPY” is stamped in Pear Pizzazz ink and the “birthday” is cut with the coordinating cutting dies. I finished the card with some baker’s twine and Gingham Gala Sequins, stamped a simple sentiment on the inside, and my card was complete!

If you look closely at the picture below, you’ll notice that the dot on the I in “birthday” is a rhinestone. The birthday die cuts a very small dot for the I, however, it is SO tiny, I couldn’t find it anywhere! So I took out my rhinestones and Night of Navy Stampin’ Blends, and colored one of the small rhinestones to dot my I with instead. I love the little bit of extra detail the colored rhinestone adds to this card!

Speaking of added detail, I used the Subtle Embossing Folder to give some texture to the balloons; the Stitched Rectangle Framelits on the top layer to add some detail around the edge; and Stampin’ Dimensionals on the balloons to make them pop off the card a bit. It’s easy to add fun, extra details when you have such great products to work with!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Night of Navy cardstock middle layer: 3-1/2 x 4-7/8 inches

Whisper White cardstock top layer: 3-3/8 x 4-3/4 inches

Night of Navy die cut sentiment piece: 1-1/4 x 3-1/4 inches

Grapefruit Grove balloon: 1-1/2 x 1-5/16 inches

Pear Pizzazz balloon: 1 x 1-3/8 inches

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you will continue to the next stop on our hop: Barb Mullikin’s page! I’m sure she’s got something gorgeous to share! πŸ™‚

Nicolle

Here is the full hop line up for May:

Tami Hewlett

Jo Anne Hewins

Melissa Kerman

Melanie Hockin

Bonnie O’Neill

Kelly Acheson

Nicolle Belesimo < YOU ARE HERE

Barb Mullikin

Now Available: The Everything is Rosy Product Medley!

It’s May 1st! And that means the NEW Everything is Rosy Product Medley is officially available for purchase! So what exactly is a “product medley”? It’s basically a mega-bundle of products including stamps, dies, embellishments, ribbon, Designer Series Paper, and more, that all perfectly coordinates for endless crafting possibilities! (And all of it can be ordered using just ONE item number!)

Take a look at what’s included in this gorgeous new product offering:

The medley includes:

~Everything Is Rosy Photopolymer Stamp Set (18 stamps – see full set below)
~Everything Is Rosy Dies (10 dies)
~6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper Stack (48 sheets)
~6″ x 6″ rose gold foil paper (8 sheets)
~Printed die cuts (2 sheets)
~Rose gold die cuts (4 sheets)
~Rose gold adhesive backed mirror embellishments (60)
~Melon Mambo 1/4″ Ruched Ribbon (10 yards)
~Night of Navy/Rose Gold 3/8″ Metallic Edge Ribbon (10 yards
~Rose Gold Shimmer Paint (1/2 oz.)

The Everything is Rosy Stamp Set


Take a look at these stunning samples created by the concept artists at Stampin’ Up! (Please note that this product does NOT contain pre-designed projects….YOU decide what you want to make with it!)

I just love the gorgeous colors and designs in this medley! So, how can you get yours? Click HERE to visit the online store and enter item #150059! This product retails for $80 (before tax and shipping).

The Everything is Rosy Product Medley is available only WHILE SUPPLIES LAST, so please order soon to avoid disappointment.

Please contact me with questions! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Nicolle

It’s Almost New Catalog Time! Plus, Great deals are available in the Clearance Rack!

It’s almost May, and that means that the NEW Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog for 2019-2020 is right around the corner! The current catalog retires on June 3rd, and the NEW catalog goes live June 4th. I have seen the catalog, and there are so many amazing new products…you are going to LOVE it!

Demonstrators are able to order beginning May 2nd, which is when I will be ordering catalogs for my customers. Anyone who has placed an order of any size (no minimum) in the past year will receive a complimentary copy sometime around mid-May!

One of the things I look forward to the most in any new Annual Catalog are the new In Colors. Here’s a peek at the new colors for 2019-2021:

Aren’t they gorgeous? I Just love these colors, and can’t wait to start playing with them!

Also, just a quick reminder that the online Clearance rack was restocked recently! There are some great deals available, with some products marked down as much as 60%! All Clearance Rack items are available only while supplies last, so once they are gone, they are gone for good. Take a peek at what’s available HERE.

New projects are in the works! Please stop by again soon! πŸ™‚

Nicolle

Ready to Get Back to Work! Plus check out my new craft room!

It has been about a month since my last post. I feel so out of the loop. But I have had so much going on, between illness (both my family and myself), finishing my new house, packing, moving, OnStage, work, and just everyday life stuff…I needed to take a little break. But things have calmed down, everyone is (almost) 100% back to health, and I am ready to get back to it! πŸ™‚

For today’s post, I thought I would share pictures of my new craft room. This space was four years in the making, and I am so happy to finally be able to use it! For the last four years, my family and I have been living in an in law apartment on our property while our house was being built (LONG story. I won’t bore you with the details of why it took so long!). But we are finally in the new house, and I have spent the last week getting this room all set up and ready to go. It’s about 98% done…just waiting for a wall sconce and one more piece of furniture, but it’s close enough that I can finally share!

So just a little background before I show pics of the finished room. Since we were in a small apartment, we didn’t have a lot of space. I worked out of a cabinet behind my dining room table, as there was no room for me to have a work space of my own. This is what my craft cabinet looked like:

Although I kept it as organized as possible, it was tough. Every shelf was jam packed, at least two rows deep, and every time I wanted to make something, I had to pull out a bunch of stuff I didn’t need, just to get at what I DID need. And since I worked at my dining room table, and my family had to sit there three times per day to eat, I needed to put everything back every time I worked on something. I’m not going to lie, trying to build a business while working like that was difficult!

When we started building the house, and I decided to put my craft room above the garage, I was excited, but a little overwhelmed. The room is 24 x 27 feet in size, so I had a lot of space to work with. I ended up adding cabinets from Home Depot in an L shape along both sides, and added two kitchen islands from IKEA in the middle to make one long craft table. I also purchased a number of pieces from Stamp-n-Storage to store my supplies. Now everything has it’s own place, and it’s organized and accessible. I absolutely love it!

So let’s take a peek at the different parts of the room:

Supply Area

Business Center

Sitting Area

Work Area

Event/Class Space (still a work in progress)

I really love how this room came out, and I can’t wait to start holding classes and doing in person events in my own home! Although I have been stamping for 15+ years, I have never had a dedicated craft space of my own until now. It even has it’s own entrance, which will be convenient when I start classes and clubs this summer. If you are local to Connecticut, I would love to have you join me! πŸ™‚

I will be back soon with new projects, as well as info about the new catalog, new products, and more! There’s a lot of info to get caught up on and share!

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your day!

Nicolle