Color Fusers Blog Hop for August 2019

Today’s color combo is one of my absolute favorites so far! Greens, blues, and purples are my favorite colors, so I just LOVE this color combo! These colors remind me of tropical seas, so I decided to feature the Seaside Notions stamp set in my card today.

For this card, I used Shimmery White cardstock for the base, the seahorse, and sentiment piece. I stamped the seaweed image in the corners in Pretty Peacock ink, then stamped the seahorse in StazOn black ink on a separate piece, and watercolored it with both Pretty Peacock and Blackberry Bliss ink. Once it dried completely, I carefully trimmed around the image using Paper Snips. I then stamped the sentiment in VersaMark ink, heat embossed it in Shimmer Black Embossing Powder, and punched it with the Story Label Punch. Hopefully, you can see the shimmer in the embossing powder in the picture below:

I used the Sprig Punch to punch the sprigs on both sides of the sentiment, and cut them from Blackberry Bliss, Pretty Peacock, and Vellum Cardstock. They are adhered with Mini Glue Dots, and the seahorse and sentiment piece are adhered over the sprigs with Stampin’ Dimensionals (both regular and minis).

Once the card was fully assembled, I used a stamp from the Artisan Textures stamp set to give the appearance of bubbles just above the seahorse. I added a few Pretty Peacock sequins from the Woven Threads Sequin Assortment to dress it up a bit. I got a little too much glue behind some of the sequins, so I sprinkled a little bit of Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter over the “bubbles”, just to cover up the glue, as well as add a bit more shimmer! (Cause really, what’s a little more shimmer at this point? 🙂 )

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Coastal Cabana cardstock middle layer: 3-5/8 x 5 inches

Bermuda Bay cardstock top layer: 3-3/8 x 4-3/4 inches

Shimmery White seahorse piece: 1-1/4 x 3 inches

Shimmery White sentiment piece: 1-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches

Sprigs: 1-1/4 x 2 inches each (approximate size)

And now it’s time for a confession: this card was case’d from a card I made for a swap last month. I didn’t have as much time as I had hoped to work on my project this month, so I needed something quickly! I loved my original and thought this month’s colors would work well for the design, so I just changed up a few things and now I have two versions to share! I love them both! Here’s my original card for comparison:

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Please continue on to Bonnie’s page! I have seen her cards for this month, and they are GORGEOUS!

Have a great day!

Nicolle

To Bonnie O’Neill’s page
Back to Melanie Hockin’s page

Here is the full hop line up for August:

Tami Hewlett

Jo Anne Hewins

Melanie Hockin

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Bonnie O’Neill

Melissa Kerman

A Card For My Niece: Here’s To Strong Women

My niece, Claire, graduated from high school last month and recently began training at the Merchant Marine Academy in New York. I made this card for her and will send it off this week. Right now, she is participating in what amounts to boot camp, and I have heard that she is doing well, but it’s got to be incredibly difficult. She is feisty and strong, so I know she’ll make it, but I want to let her know we’re thinking of her!

For this card, I used a few different stamp sets. The main image/sentiment is from Here’s to Strong Women. The stars and dots in the corner are from Little Twinkle, and the anchor is from Sailing Home. The anchor was cut using the anchor die from the Smooth Sailing Dies, which right now can be bundled with the Sailing Home stamp set for a savings of 10%!

Colors for this card are Real Red, Night of Navy, Sahara Sand, and Whisper White. The sentiment was created using the Baby Wipe technique, where drops of ink from Real Red and Night of Navy re-inkers were dropped onto a baby wipe so they mix a bit, then the stamp was inked from there. I like the variation in color this technique produced for the sentiment! I also used the same baby wipe “ink pad” for the stars and polka dots in the corners.

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Real Red middle layer: 3-11/16 x 5 inches

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

Anchor piece: 1-1/4 x 1-3/4 inches

Once my layers were stamped and assembled, I added some Night of Navy/Sahara Sand Baker’s Twine to the anchor and adhered it with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. I also cut some stars from Silver Glimmer Paper using the Twinkle Builder Punch and added them with Multipurpose Glue. Once those little details were added, my card was complete!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Nicolle

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Nicolle

A Butterfly Gala Birthday Card

My sister’s birthday was this past Saturday. She LOVES butterflies, so I definitely wanted to make her a card that featured them! This card was cased from a card by demonstrator Mary Fish. You can see her original card HERE.

My version features the Butterfly Gala stamp set and coordinating Butterfly Duet punch. The sentiment is from the Perennial Birthday stamp set. Colors are Merry Merlot, Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, and Very Vanilla.

The Designer Series Paper I used for the script background is from the Pressed Petals Specialty Designer Series Paper. I also used the Subtle #D Embossing Folder on the Sahara Sand layer. I love the added touch of the script and the texture!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Sahara Sand layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

DSP piece: 3-1/4 x 3-1/4 inches

Merry Merlot cardstock piece for butterflies: 3 x 4 inches

Very Vanilla piece for sentiment piece: 1 x 4-1/4 inches (before punched)

The banner piece was adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals to make it pop a little, a few pearls were added to dress up the butterfly, and the card was complete!

This card could definitely be use for many different occasions just by switching up the paper and sentiment!

Hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

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! 🙂

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)
~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.)

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