Color Fusers Blog Hop for October 2019

It’s time for our Color Fusers Blog Hop for October! This month we have a pretty autumn-esque color combo to share. All of our projects feature Grapefruit Grove, Terracotta Tile, Cajun Craze, and Basic Black.

For my project this month, I decided to create a woodland themed Welcome Little One card. It features the Nature’s Beauty and Animal Outing stamp sets. The background is sponged with Grapefruit Grove and Terracotta Tile ink, and the fox is colored with Cajun Craze and Ivory Stampin’ Blends markers. I also used the Stampin’ Blends Color Lifter to lighten the color on the front of the fox a little. The sentiment is stamped in Basic Black.

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Crumb Cake Middle Layer: 3-7/8 x 5-1/4 inches

Very Vanilla top layer: 3-3/4 x 5-1/8 inches

To add extra detail, I used the Stitched Rectangles Dies on the top layer, as well as added some Linen Thread and Gold Metallic Pearls to finish it off!

The Nature’s Beauty stamp set is available in this year’s Annual Catalog, and will be available through the end of May 2020. Stampin’ Up! will donate $3 for every Nature’s Beauty stamp set sold to Mental Health Awareness organizations. Not only is this stamp set gorgeous, it also helps support a great cause! Take a look at the full set below:

I hope you have enjoyed my project today! Please continue through the rest of our hop! The next stop is Melanie Hockin’s page. Click HERE to see what she has created this month, or click on the image below!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

Our full hop line up for October is listed below:

Tami Hewlett

Jo Anne Hewins

Barb Millikin

Sarah Wills

Bonnie O’Neill

Nicolle Belesimo –> YOU ARE HERE

Melanie Hockin

Melissa Kerman

Kelly Acheson

A “Wicked” Cute Halloween Treat Box for 3D Thursday!

It’s Sarah Wills’ turn to create for 3D Thursday, and she has created this adorable treat box for Halloween! This sweet little box holds Halloween Peeps (which I have NEVER seen before, but I now NEED to find!), but can also be filled with any sweet treat you choose!

Seriously, how cute and perfect is this box? You can find the complete, FREE instruction sheet HERE, or by clicking the image below. This project could be easily changed for ANY holiday just by switching up colors and paper! It’s so creative AND versatile!

Thanks for checking in today! Have a great day!

Nicolle

Shine Bright with this Shimmery Christmas Card!

The card I am sharing today was made last month for a team swap! It features the Shine Bright stamp set, and cool, shimmery colors for Christmas. I love the traditional colors of red and green for Christmas, but sometimes, I like to switch it up. Blue, silver, and white remind me of ice and snow, and is my second favorite color combo for Christmas!

This card was made using Shimmery White cardstock as the base and top layer. I used the Layering Ovals Dies to cut a large oval from the top layer. I heat embossed the tree using VersaMark ink and Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder on a piece of Night of Navy cardstock. I then positioned the tree inside the oval and adhered both over the middle layer of Night of Navy. I used a sentiment from the Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set, made a small bow with Seaside Spray 1/4 inch Metallic Ribbon, and added some rhinestones to the tree for some added sparkle. The card was finished by cutting a small star out of Silver Glimmer Paper using the Twinkle Builder Punch, and adding it to the top of the tree. Even though the design of this card is simple, all of the shimmer and shine makes it seem fancier than it is!

Dimensions 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)

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

Shimmery White cardstock top layer: 3-3/4 x 5 inches

Oval Cut Out: 3-3/4 x 2-5/8 inches (approximate)

The Shine Bright stamp set is available in the online store until January 3rd. You can see it HERE. This stamp set is also available in a bundle with coordinating cutting dies. Be sure to take a look!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a great day!

Nicolle

A Gorgeous Sampler for 3D Thursday!

Today, Debbie Henderson is sharing an absolutely gorgeous sampler made with items from the new Come To Gather Suite! Isn’t it stunning?

Here are a few close ups:

You can download a FREE project sheet with complete instructions, as well as a full supply list HERE (or by clicking the image below!)

Do you love 3D projects? Please visit and like our 3D Thursday Design Team Facebook page! You can find it HERE. I hope you will check it out!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Nicolle

My First Post with the 3D Thursday Facebook Group: A “Sweet” Back to School Teacher’s Gift

Over the summer, I was invited to join a group of Demonstrators called the 3D Thursday Designers. Every Thursday, we take turns posting 3D projects on our team Facebook page, as well as our individual blogs. The other designers in this group are Debbie Henderson, Sarah Wills, and Twila Davis. I am so thrilled and honored to have been asked to join this group of incredibly talented ladies! ๐Ÿ™‚

This week it was my turn to post, and since it’s back to school time (and I am a teacher in my day to day life), I decided to design a back to school teacher’s gift and coordinating card:

The gift box is made with a Clear Tiny Treat box, and contains six Ghiardelli chocolate squares. The box is wrapped with a DSP band, as well as topped with a handmade bow. There is also a coordinating note card with envelope to go with it! Most of the products I used are from the Follow Your Art suite, though there are a few others as well. You can find a complete supply list at the end of this post, as well as a FREE, printable step by step project sheet as well! Here are a few more pictures first though:

You can find the FREE printable project sheet HERE or by clicking the image below:

I hope you have enjoyed my project today, and will tune in every Thursday for NEW projects posted by the 3D Thursday Design Team! (If you would rather follow us on Facebook, you can also find us at https://www.facebook.com/3DThursday/!)

Have a great day! ๐Ÿ™‚

Nicolle

Color Fusers Blog Hop for September 2019

Welcome to our Color Fusers hop for September! Our creations this month feature a gorgeous combination of Rococo Rose, Merry Merlot, Night of Navy, and Mossy Meadow!

My project today features the Very Versailles, Butterfly Gala, and Tasteful Textures stamp sets. I used a Crumb Cake base, as well as Very Vanilla for the background and envelope. Most of the images for this card were stamped off prior to stamping the final images, as I wanted to soften all of the colors a bit for this project.

To create this card, I took the Very Vanilla top layer and very lightly sponged Crumb Cake ink around the edges, as well as very lightly across the surface to give it an aged, almost light tea stained look. (It’s easier to see it in person, as it’s very subtle, but it’s definitely there!) I then took the script stamp from the Very Versailles set and inked it with Crumb Cake ink. I stamped it off three times before stamping the lower left and upper right corners. I then re-inked it, and stamped it off 5 times before stamping the other two corners. I did not stamp them all off the same amount, as I wanted there to be a difference in the shading of the ink on the background. I then stamped the leaves in Mossy Meadow and the sentiment in Night of Navy. Both were stamped off once before stamping the final images.

The butterflies were stamped in Merry Merlot ink on Rococo Rose card stock, and punched with the Butterfly Duet punch. This punch coordinates perfectly with the Butterfly Gala stamp set! I layered my finished top layer with my base and Night of Navy middle layer. The top and middle layer are adhered with Snail adhesive, and then they were adhered to the base with Stampin’ Dimensionals. After the card was fully assembled, I applied pearls to the butterflies that were colored with an Ivory Stampin’ Blends Marker, so that they didn’t look so white against the Very Vanilla background. Once that was done, I added an inside layer with coordinating sentiment, and my card was complete!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Night of Navy card stock middle layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

Very Vanilla card stock top layer: 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

Rococo Rose card stock piece for butterflies: 3 x 3 inches (both will fit on one piece)

I hope you have enjoyed my project today! Please continue through the rest of our hop to see what the rest of our team has created this month! Next up is Bonnie O’Neill, who always has something gorgeous to share!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Nicolle

Here is the full hop line up for this month:

Melissa Kerman

Melanie Hockin

Kelly Acheson

Tami Hewlett

Jo Anne Hewins

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Bonnie O’Neill

My First Holiday Catalog Project! (sort of…)

Today I am sharing my first project created with NEW Holiday Catalog products! It is not actually the first project I CREATED with new products though. It’s actually the second, but I am waiting a bit to share that one, as I used it for a swap and don’t want anyone to see it until I know everyone has received their cards!

This card was created with items from the Wrapped in Plaid Suite, as well as the Snowman Season stamp set. Colors are Night of Navy, Shaded Spruce, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, and Gold!

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)

Shaded Spruce middle layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

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

Wrapped in Plaid DSP banner piece: 2 x 4-1/4 inches (when cut will measure 2 x 4 inches or so)

Whisper White stitched tree piece: 2-5/8 x 2-5/8 inches

While the basic design is very simple for this card, some things I did to dress it up a bit include: using the Stitched Shapes Cutting Dies to frame the tree; using the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder on the background; and adding a Gold Glimmer Paper star punched with the Twinkle Builder Punch to the top of the tree. I also applied the tree piece with Stampin’ Dimensionals to make it pop off the card a little!

All of the new products used on this card will be available beginning September 4th! If you do not yet have a copy of the Holiday Catalog, let me know, and I will get one out to you right away!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great day!

Nicolle

A Sunny Friendship Card made with the Band Together Stamp Set

My card today was made with the Band Together stamp set and coordinating cutting dies! I made this card for a swap, and decided to use yellow, as yellow is not a color I use often. This stamp set has not only floral images, but also has a nice assortment of sentiments for different occasions, including birthdays, thank yous, and friendship! Here is a peek at the full set:

For this card, I used Daffodil Delight cardstock for the flower, and heat embossed it in white. I also used white and Old Olive vellum to add leaf accents behind the flower. I cut out a circle and stamped a spatter pattern from Artisan Textures to add more detail, and embossed the top layer using the new Scripty 3D Embossing Folder. I finished off the card by adding a few sequins from the Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins. Every card needs a little bling!

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)

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

Daffodil Delight floral piece: 2 x 2-1/4 inches

Vellum pieces: 2 x 2 inches (approximate)

Sentiment piece: 1-1/8 x 2 inches

From now until the end of the Annual Catalog ordering period, the stamp set and dies used on this card can be purchased as a bundle for a savings of 10% off the price of them separately! I absolutely love this set! It’s super versatile with it’s gorgeous assortment of images and greetings!

Please let me know if you have any questions about today’s card. Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

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? ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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