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! 🙂

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! 🙂

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

Sale-a-Bration 2019 Final Days!

Sunday, March 31st is the FINAL day of this year’s Sale-a-Bration! This week is your last chance to earn FREE items and extra rewards on qualifying orders!

Sunday is also the last day to join Stampin’ Up! and get $50 extra in product and/or the super cute (and useful) Craft and Carry tote shown below!

Get $175 in product for only $99 (plus tax) OR get $175 in product and the exclusive Craft and Carry Tote for only $129 (plus tax)! There are so many perks of joining, and there is absolutely NO risk or obligation!

To shop the online store, please click HERE.

To read more about joining Stampin’ Up!, please click HERE.

Please let me know if there is anything you need or if you have questions. I will be in touch again soon!

Nicolle

Need to take a little break…

I have not been able to post much over the last few weeks. This is due to a combination of my laptop being out of service for almost two weeks, as well as getting ready to move to a new house. My husband and I have been building a house for almost four years (it’s a really LONG story why it took so long!), and we are really, really close to finally being done! Because of this, I have been very occupied with all the final details that need to get taken care of so we can move in. It looks like we will be able to be move in sometime within the next couple of weeks! However, because of this, I have to spend most of my free time for the next few weeks packing up our current house, moving everything, and then unpacking and getting settled in the new one. Add to this my kids, my day job, and just everyday life, and something has to give. So I have decided to put my Stampin’ Up! business on hold for a bit. I hate to do it, but I’m thinking it will probably only be about a month or so. I will try to check in every once in awhile just to keep my blog and Facebook page active, but I will not be creating anything new for awhile. The date I expect to be fully back is APRIL 22nd. Until then, I wish you all well, and hope you’ll check back in then!

Before I end this post, here’s a pic of my new craft room. The next time I post a picture of it, I expect to have it all set up, with everything moved in, and ready to get back to business (literally)!

In the meantime, I will still be available to answer questions and place orders! If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

Thanks for visiting and for your understanding! I’ll be back soon! 🙂

Nicolle

Color Fusers Blog Hop for March 2019

Welcome to the Color Fusers Blog Hop for March! Today we are featuring projects made with the following colors: Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, and Smoky Slate!

I used three different stamp sets on this card: Love What You Do, Touches of Texture, and Kindness & Compassion. I also used the Stitched Rectangle Framelits, Whisper White 1/8 inch Sheer Ribbon, and Pearl Basic Jewels.

The steps to create this card are as follows:

  1. Cut the card base from Gorgeous Grape cardstock and fold in half.
  2. Cut the middle layer from Smoky Slate cardstock.
  3. Cut the top layer from Whisper White on the Big Shot using the Stitched Rectangle Framelits.
  4. Ink up the watercolor image stamp from Love What You Do with Highland Heather ink and stamp off the ink one time. Then stamp onto the Whisper White piece.
  5. Stamp the floral image from Touches of Texture in Smoky Slate ink.
  6. Stamp the sentiment from Kindness & Compassion in Smoky Slate ink.
  7. Watercolor the flowers with Gorgeous Grape ink using an Aqua Painter. Set aside to dry.
  8. Stamp the floral images from Love What You Do in the corners of the card base in Gorgeous Grape ink.
  9. When dry, adhere the Whisper White top layer to the Smoky Slate middle layer with Snail Adhesive. Then apply to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  10. Make a small bow from the 1/8 inch Whisper White Sheer Ribbon and adhere with a glue dot.
  11. Color some small pearls from the Pearls Basics Jewels with a Light Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends marker and apply to the card.
  12. Stamp your envelope to match (if desired).

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Smoky Slate cardstock middle layer: 3-1/2 x 4-7/8 inches

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

Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope you have enjoyed my project for this month! Please be sure to visit the next stop on our hop, which is Melanie Hockin’s page!

Have a great day!

Nicolle

Full blog line up:

Kelly Acheson

Jo Anne Hewins

Melissa Kerman

Tami Hewlett

Nicolle Belesimo – You Are Here

Melanie Hockin

Bonnie O’Neill

Barb Mullikin

Paola Phillips

Simple Stamping Sunday: Happy Tails

My laptop is still being fixed so it’s been a very limited week for posting, but I didn’t want to miss Simple Stamping Sunday! My card this week features the very cute Happy Tails stamp set. This set is perfect for anyone who loves dogs. It coordinates with the new Dog Builder Punch, and right now, both can be bundled for a savings of 10%!

For today’s card, I used a Whisper White notecard base and stamped the dog in black and white. I added the sentiment and heart in Real Red, as I love the combo of black, white, and red together. And that’s it! This card was so easy to make and is super cute!

I also made a stepped up version of this card that I will share sometime this week. Please check back soon! Thanks for visiting today!

#simplestamping

Nicolle

Simple Stamping Sunday: Dear Doily

My laptop is in the shop for a bit and I have to post from my phone. So not sure how good this is going to work out, but here goes! 🙂

My card today was made with the Dear Doily stamp set. I used a Very Vanilla notecard as the base and used Sahara Sand, Pear Pizzazz, and Balmy Blue as my colors!

To stamp the background, I stamped off some of the ink twice before stamping the card. I wanted the doilies to be very faint. I then inked up my flower with Pear Pizzazz for the stem and Balmy Blue for the flowers. I went over the stem with my Pear Pizzazz marker to extend the color into the flowers. Last, I stamped the sentiments and the card was finished!

Remember, a Simple Stamping card uses only a single layer card base, one stamp set, and ink! But even with only those few basic supplies, you can still make beautiful cards!

#simplestamping

Thanks for checking in today!

Nicolle

My Kids’ Valentine Craft Project

This past Saturday, I did a kids’ class at our local library. I had nine kids come with a parent, and the kids ranged in age from 7-11. We made a quick and easy Valentine’s Day craft, which included a card, small box of Hershey Kisses, and a small gift bag (not shown). It was so much fun!

Most of the supplies used in the class are current Stampin’ Up! products. I did use two retired products, but given the project, I thought they would be best to use. They are the Heart Punch used on the front of the card, and the Bow Builder Punch, which we used to make the little bow on top of the box. Otherwise, everything is current product!

The cards were made using the Whisper White Notecards and Envelopes. The kids were allowed to choose which background papers they wanted to use from the All My Love Designer Series Paper. They could also choose which colors they wished to use for the sentiments and hearts. I also brought a bunch of rhinestones and pearls for them to embellish as they wished!

The Tiny Treat Boxes were decorated by wrapping a 1 x 9 inch piece of DSP around the box and securing it on the bottom with a piece of tape. Each box holds 15 Hershey Kisses. The kids could mix and match the papers for the wrapper and bow, as well as the ink color for the tag. Some did everything in the same design, while others used as many different papers as they could. The best part though was that they all looked great because everything coordinated!

Measurements for this project are as follows:

Pre-cut notecard base: 3-1/2 x 5 inches

DSP background layer: 3-1/4 x 4-3/4 inches

DSP strip behind sentiment: 3-1/4 x 1-1/4 inches

Whisper White Sentiment piece: 3 x 4 inch piece (use to cut both the 2 inch circle for the card, as well as the 1-1/8 inch scallop circle for the box tag)

Flirty Flamingo/Lovely Lipstick cardstock piece for heart: 2 x 3 inches

The kids had a great time, and so did I! I work with kids in my day job, and I love working with them! I am hoping to do another class with them for Easter. If I do, I will be sure to post that project as well!

Thanks for checking in today! Have a great day!

Nicolle

Simple Stamping Sunday: All That You Are

For my Simple Stamping card this week, I used the All That You Are stamp set. To dress up my card a bit, I used an Uninked Spectrum Pad so that the main image was a blend of five different colors! The color combo I used is shown below:

This week, I used a Very Vanilla note card and envelope. I used Crumb Cake ink to stamp the sentiment. And that’s it! Super simple and QUICK to make!

I sent this card as a swap to members of my upline’s team. All of the cards were Simple Stamping cards, and once I know everyone has received them, I will post them all here! Please check back in the next week to see them!

Thanks for visiting today!

#simplestamping

Nicolle

Today is the Last day to order for my Sale-a-Bration Special!

Hi! Today is the last day to place an order and participate in my Sale-a-Bration Special! I still have a couple of spots left, and it’s shaping up to be my best special yet!

Here are the details:

Submit an order to me of $50 or more (before tax and shipping) between February 1st and February 7th to participate in this offer.  All orders will be combined to make ONE large order, so that all of the benefits of the order can be shared among everyone!  Everyone who participates will receive at least 1 Free Sale-A-Bration (SAB) item, as well as at least $10 in free Stampin’ Up! products of YOUR CHOICE from any current catalog or the online store!  (Normally, orders do not qualify for rewards until they reach $150.  In this promotion, ANY order of $50 or more will receive rewards!) Stampin’ Up! gives rewards based on a percentage of the order, so the greater the final order, the greater the rewards!  Last year, everyone who participated got an extra SAB item and $20 in rewards, IN ADDITION to anything they had already earned from Stampin’ Up!  As of the time of the post, we are at 3 EXTRA Sale-a-Bration items and at least $25 in Stampin’ Rewards for those who order! That total could go up if more orders come in!

**Also everyone who orders $100 or more (before tax and shipping) during this year’s event will be entered into a drawing to win a free STAMPARATUS! You will receive one entry per $100 spent!**

Please note, February’s host code cannot be used with this offer.

Orders must be placed between February 1st – February 7th.  (Only orders placed directly through me are eligible for this offer.  Orders placed in my online store will not qualify.)  On February 8th, I will total the orders and let everyone know how many SAB items and rewards dollars they have earned.  I will then need everyone to get back to me by February 11th  with your choices for your extras.   Once I have received everyone’s final info and payment, I will place the order!   Payment may be made by cash, check, credit card, or PayPal.  Once the order is received, I will deliver to my local customers.  My online and out-of-state customers will have their orders shipped to them at no extra charge! 

This is definitely going to be a great deal! Please contact me at nicollebelesimo@gmail.com with questions and let me know if I can add anything for you! 

Nicolle

Color Fusers Blog Hop for February 2019

Today I have the privilege of joining a very talented group of demonstrators: The Color Fusers Design Team! I am very excited and honored to have been asked to join them! Each month, we will post a project created with a specific set of Stampin’ Up! colors. This month’s colors are Petal Pink, Poppy Parade, Early Espresso, Basic Black, and Whisper White.

My card today features a watercolor wash in Poppy Parade, and a large floral design heat embossed in black. I added a layer of Petal Pink between my top layer and base, which I made using Early Espresso. I did not have any Petal Pink ribbon, so I colored some 1/8 inch Whisper White Sheer Ribbon with my Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends. I LOVE how you can make your own embellishments with the Blends! In addition to ribbon, I have also colored pearls, rhinestones, epoxy shapes, and more! The card is finished with some Petal Pink pearls from the Share What You Love Artisan Pearls, and has a pretty die cut sentiment piece made with the Stitched Labels Framelits.

The stamp set I used for this card is called All That You Are, and it’s one of my favorite new stamp sets from the new Occasions Catalog! Here’s a peek at the full set:

The mix of images and sentiments make this a great set to have in your collection!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Petal Pink middle layer: 3-3/4 x 5 inches

Whisper White top layer: 3-5/8 x 4-7/8 inches

Die cut sentiment piece: 7/8 x 3 inches (approximate)

Thank so much for stopping by! Please be sure to visit the other stops on our hop today! Up next is Melissa Kerman, who always has something beautiful to share! 🙂

Nicolle

Our full February line up can be found below:

Melissa Kerman

Bonnie O’Neill

Barb Mullikin

Jo Anne Hewins

Sarah Wills

Tami Hewlitt

Kelly Acheson

Paola Phillips

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)