Dreaming of Spring with Butterfly Beauty Thinlits

As I sit here and write this, it is 2 degrees outside. TWO degrees! It is SO cold!!! I don’t normally mind winter, but when it’s this cold, I get pretty cranky. I am very much looking forward to Spring and warmer temperatures! One thing that always reminds me of nice weather is buttterflies. I just LOVE butterflies, and any craft supply item that has them. So when I saw the NEW Butterfly Beauty Thinlits Dies, I knew I needed to add them to my collection! You can take a look at the full set below:

This set contains dies to make lots of different sized butterflies. The two largest dies actually layer together to make five connected butterflies. These two dies are actually the ones I used for today’s card. I cut the bottom piece from Powder Pink card stock, and the top layer from Sparkle Glimmer Paper. I then adhered them together with Multipurpose Glue, and then trimmed off the four smaller butterflies so I was left with just one, large one. (I did save the other four, and plan to make other projects with them, which you will probably see very soon!)

The colors I chose for this card are Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, and Whisper White.

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Lemon Lime Twist middle layer: 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

2017-2019 In Color DSP top layer: 3-3/4 x 5 inches

Sparkle Glimmer Paper/Powder Pink Butterfly piece: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches*

Whisper White sentiment piece: 2-1/4 x 1-3/8 inches

*When trimmed, the single large butterfly is about 2-3/4 x 3-3/4 inches

You can find the thinlits and stamp set, as well as the cute flower sequins in the new Occasions Catalog. Everything else is in the Annual one. A complete supply list can be found below!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope wherever you are, it’s warmer than here! 🙂

Nicolle

A Sunny Cactus Card for Monday!

Last week, I received this adorable card from my upline, Sarah Wills! I just love this card. It is such a fun card, and it really brightened my day when I received it. It features the Flowering Desert stamp set, along with a number of other new products from the Occasions Catalog!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Poppy Parade card stock base : 4-1/4 x 11 inches (scored at 5-1/2 inches and folded in half)

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

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

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

Crushed Curry and Poppy Parade punched pieces: 1/2 inch (approximate)

You can find all of the supplies that Sarah used to make this card below. I hope you like her card as much as I do! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

Simple Stamping Sunday: A Little Twinkle Valentine’s Day Card

For this week’s Simple Stamping card, I used the Little Twinkle stamp set to make a Valentine’s Day card! The Little Twinkle set has been used primarily for new baby cards and projects…and up until this point, I had only used it for that as well. But for January’s Simple Stamping Challenge from Stampin’ Up!, we were asked to make a Valentine’s Day card, and I wanted to mix it up a bit. So I figured I would try using the set for that instead!

Normally, a Simple Stamping card uses only a card base, one stamp set, and ink. But for this month’s challenge, we were allowed to use a punch too. So for this card, I used the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch to make the little hearts. Using the punched hearts adds just a tiny bit of extra detail that really makes the card pop!

Here are step by step instructions for this card:

  1. Use an Aqua Painter to add a few drops of water to one drop of Pool Party ink. Swirl to mix and then brush on a light watercolor wash on the front of the card. Let dry.
  2. Stamp the heart image from the Little Twinkle set in Smoky Slate ink.
  3. Stamp the sentiment below the heart in Lovely Lipstick ink.
  4. Punch out four tiny hearts from Lovely Lipstick card stock using the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. Apply to the card with the Fine Tip Glue Pen.
  5. Stamp your envelope to match (if desired).

While this card is definitely different for Valentine’s Day, I like it! I hope you do too!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

#simplestamping

Nicolle

Valentine’s Day Inspiration from the Artisan Design Team!

The Artisan Design Team has released its January Design Team Showcase! This month’s projects feature the All My Love Suite from the Occasions Catalog. These projects are all so gorgeous, I don’t think I can choose a favorite! So I am just going to share them all!

If you would like to see the projects, please click HERE. Each photo links to a blog page in the comments, so you can get more info on any of the projects shown! Just click on the link to visit each Artisan’s full post!

We are forecasted to get 8-12 inches of snow where I live tonight. Assuming I have power and internet, I will be posting a NEW Simple Stamping Sunday card tomorrow! Hope you’ll check back in to see it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

So Happy to Have You in My Life Card

My card today was made with the NEW Amazing Life stamp set from the Occasions Catalog! It also uses the Bokeh Dots Stamp Set, as well as another color combo created with an Uninked Spectrum Pad. For today’s color combo, I used the following colors (in the order shown):

I also embellished with Rhinestones, Lemon Lime Twist Ombre Ribbon, and some Wink of Stella on parts of the sentiment!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

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

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

I don’t usually do much with bright colors, as I tend to prefer the other color families, but I love these colors together, and I love the bright, fun feel of this card! Maybe I’ll have to use the brights more often!

If you have any questions about today’s card, please let me know! Thanks for checking in!

Nicolle

Hey Love Narrow Notecards for Valentine’s Day!

I love Valentine’s Day crafting! I have two boys and each year they need Valentines cards for their classmates. As soon as I saw this stamp set in the Occasions Catalog, I knew it was perfect for their class Valentines this year! So today, I put these together as samples. I LOVE the way they came out!

Check out the full stamp set below:

Seriously, how cute is this set?

Each of these cards used the same basic supplies. The card bases are the Whisper White Narrow Notecards & Envelopes. Each one measures 2-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches in size, and comes in a pack of 20 cards with 20 envelopes! Perfect for cute little notes for loved ones!

Here’s a close up of each card:

Basic measurements for each of the cards are as follows:

Narrow Notecard base (pre cut/pre-scored at 2-1/2 inches): 5 x 4-1/2 inches

DSP background layers: 2-1/4 x 4-1/4 inches

Vellum scalloped circle layer*: 2-3/4 inches in diameter

Whisper White Circle for each animal*: 2 inches in diameter

Sentiment pieces and embellishments vary by card.

*The pieces used on the crocodile are slightly larger!

I hope you like these cards as much as I do! Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

Simple Stamping Sunday: Butterfly Gala

It’s another Simple Stamping Sunday post! This week, my card was made with the Butterfly Gala stamp set. I also used a combination of Blueberry Bushel, Pacific Point, Balmy Blue, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, and Pool Party inks. The card base is a Whisper White Notecard.

Take a peek at the full stamp set used on this card:

I love this set because it contains a great mix of both images and sentiments! (Plus I LOVE butterflies!) The butterflies and sentiment were stamped in StazOn black ink. I also used one of the Uninked Spectrum Ink Pads and inked it with the following colors, in the order shown:

I found this color combination on Pinterest. It was put together by demonstrator Patty Bennett. (She has lots of great combinations for the spectrum pads on her page!) When I first stamped the colored portions of the wings, there were some blank white spots on the image so I used an Aqua Painter to blend the ink to fill in the spots!

Since Simple Stamping cards do not use any layers or embellishments, I wanted a way to dress the card up a bit. I used my Aqua Painter to add some spatters to the background, which were done in Pool Party ink!

So, just to recap, a Simple Stamping card only uses the following three products:

~ A 3-1/2 x 5 inch notecard base (in either Whisper White or Very Vanilla)

~ ONE stamp set

~ Ink (multiple colors are okay!)

And here are step by step instructions for completing this card:

  1. Fold the notecard along the score line and run your bone folder along the edge to sharpen the crease.
  2. Stamp the sentiment and butterflies in StazOn Black Ink. Set aside to dry for a few minutes.
  3. Use the spectrum ink pad to ink up the butterfly wing stamps and add color to the inside of all of the wings on both butterflies.
  4. Go over any white spots with an Aqua Painter to blend the ink.
  5. Add one drop of ink from the Pool Party ink refill to a clean, clear plastic stamping block. Squeeze the Aqua Painter to add a few drops of water and mix together to dilute. Get the tip of the Aqua Painter wet with the diluted ink, hold over the top of the card and tap repeatedly to create spatters. When you get the desired effect, set aside to dry.
  6. Stamp coordinating images on the envelope (if desired).

And that’s it! Please feel free to ask questions, and thanks for checking in!

#simplestamping

Nicolle

Today is the last day to get January’s Valentine’s Day Themed Paper Pumpkin Kit!

Today is the last day to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin in order to get January’s kit! If you love Valentine’s Treats and cute animals, you are definitely going to want this one! It makes 24 Valentine’s Day treat packages, and coordinates with the Animal Expedition Suite from the Annual Catalog!

To see the full Animal Expedition Suite, click HERE.

To visit the Paper Pumpkin website, click HERE.

Have a great day!

Nicolle

Next Up: Valentine’s Day!

Today’s project uses products from the new All My Love Suite from the Occasions Catalog! It also features some of my 10 favorite new products, as mentioned in my post from yesterday! The main products featured on this card are the All My Love Designer Series Paper and the Meant to Be Bundle. The whole suite can be found on pages 4-6 of the Occasions Catalog.

The All My Love Designer Series Paper is my FAVORITE paper from the new catalog! I just love the patterns and colors…it is so perfect for Valentine’s Day! You can see the whole assortment of designs below:

All My Love Designer Series Paper

I used five different designs from this paper to make the background, and matched them with Lovely Lipstick, Flirty Flamingo, and Shimmery White Cardstock. The card was finished with some Flirty Flamingo Ribbon from the All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack, and Heart Epoxy Droplets.

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Flirty Flamingo middle layer: 3-3/4 x 5 inches

Shimmery White cardstock layer: 3-5/8 x 4-7/8 inches

DSP strips: 3-5/8 x 3/4 inches each

Flirty Flamingo Stitched Heart: 2-3/4 inches x 3-1/2 inches

Shimmery White cardstock sentiment piece: 2-7/16 x 3-1/8 inches

This is my first Valentine’s project of the year, and I really love the way it came out! If you love the traditional colors of pinks, reds, and whites for Valentine’s Day, as well as hearts and flowers, you will absolutely LOVE this new suite! Be sure to check it out, and let me know if you have any questions or need anything!

Thanks for visiting!

Nicolle

My 10 Favorite Occasions Catalog Products




Have you seen the new Occasions Catalog yet? Today I am sharing my ten favorite products from the new catalog! All Occasions products are now available in the Online Store and are available until June 3rd. Be sure to take a peek if you haven’t had a chance!

My Favorite Occasions Catalog Embellishment


Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins

My Favorite Occasions Catalog Embossing Folder


Dot To Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

My Favorite Occasions Catalog Bundle


Beauty Abounds Cling Bundle

My Favorite Occasions Catalog Color Product


Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack

My Favorite Occasions Catalog Project Kit


Incredible Like You Project Kit

My Favorite Occasions Catalog Designer Series Paper


All My Love 12″ X 12″ Designer Series Paper

My Favorite Occasions Catalog Punch


Butterfly Duet Punch

My Favorite Occasions Catalog Cutting Dies


Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies

My Favorite Occasions Catalog Stamp Set


Humming Along Cling Stamp Set

My Favorite Occasions Catalog Ribbon


All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack

And just as an added bonus/side note:

My Favorite Sale-a-Bration Item


So Hoppy Together Cling Stamp Set

So there you have it! My favorite Occasions 2019 products! What are yours? Hop on over to the Online Store to get your favorites!

Thanks for checking in today!

Nicolle