Color Fusers Blog Hop for September 2021

It’s time for our September Color Fusers Blog hop! This month, we have a special combo, where each designer can use any color we choose with black and white! I LOVE black and white on it’s own, but I also love adding a pop of color as well. One of my favorite colors to use with black and white is Cherry Cobbler, so I decided to go with that!

One of my favorite bundles from the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog is the Color & Contour Bundle. I have used this bundle more than any other since the new catalog came out! The bundle includes both the Color & Contour Photopolymer stamp set, as well as the Scalloped Contour Dies. The dies include dies to cut the flowers in the stamp set, but also includes a nice selection of scalloped edge layering pieces that look great on any project! Take a look at the full bundle below:

To make my card, I used Basic Black cardstock for the base. I added a Basic White middle layer, and Cherry Cobbler top layer. I stamped three flowers onto the right side of the Cherry Cobbler piece in Cherry Cobbler ink, then stamped one in StazOn Black onto a small piece of white. I stamped over the black outline with the fill in stamp in Cherry Cobbler ink, and then cut out the flower on my Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, as well as the Basic White scalloped rectangle. I assembled the white layers with the Cherry Cobbler, wrapped a piece of the Black and White Gingham 1/4″ ribbon around it, and tied a bow. I then adhered everything to the base. Next, I added the flower with Stampin’ Dimensionals, stamped the sentiment (from the Biggest Wish Photopolymer Stamp Set), and punched it with the Double Oval Punch. I then adhered the sentiment with dimensionals as well. Finally, I added a few rhinestones, and the card was complete!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Basic White cardstock middle layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

Cherry Cobbler cardstock top layer: 3-3/4 x 5 inches

Basic White scalloped layer: 2-1/4 x 3-3/4 inches

Basic White scraps for flower and sentiment piece

Please continue on to the next stop on our hop this month which is Melanie Hockin’s page! I’m sure she has something fun and pretty to share!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

Our full hop lineup for this month is as follows:

Bonnie O’Neill

Gail Ellis

Brenda Nelson

Melissa Kerman

Tami Hewlett

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Melanie Hockin

Color Fusers Blog Hop for August 2021

Happy August! This summer is going by WAY too fast! Today, we have a pretty combination of Just Jade, Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, and Basic Gray. I just love, LOVE these colors together!

My card this month features my second favorite flower: DAHLIAS! Beginning August 3rd, Stampin’ Up! will be having a SECOND Sale-a-Bration, and the stamp set I used for this month’s project is one of the FREE items you can earn with a $50 purchase. It’s called Delicate Dahlias, and it’s a 12 piece photopolymer stamp set. It contains both hand drawn and photorealistic images, as well as four different sentiments. You can see the full set below:

My card also uses a new embossing folder called Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder. I can already tell that it is going to be one of my new favorites! This embossing folder is also available beginning August 3rd.

To make my card, I used Thick Basic White cardstock as the base, Basic Gray cardstock for the middle layer, and regular Basic White cardstock for the top. I decided to offset the layers, and embellished the finished card with some white baker’s twine, as well as Opal Rounds. I stamped the hand drawn dahlia in Gorgeous Grape ink, then stamped over it with the photorealistic dahlia in Highland Heather. I did the same with the leaves, using both leaf stamps in Just Jade ink. I fussy cut around all of the pieces, and mounted them to the top layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I heat embossed the sentiment on Basic Gray cardstock in white embossing powder, cut it out using the Messages Die, and mounted that with dimensionals as well. It may be hard to see in the pictures, but I also spattered some Basic Gray ink lightly on the background before assembling the card!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Thick White Basic White Cardstock Base: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)

Basic Gray Cardstock middle layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

Regular White Cardstock top layer: 3-3/4 x 5 inches

Dahlia: approximately 3 inches in diameter

Leaves: approximately 1-3/4 x 2 inches each

Basic Gray sentiment piece: 3/4 x 1-3/4 inches

Please continue to the next stop on this month’s hop, which is Gail Ellis’ page. I can’t wait to see what Gail has created this month!

Thanks so much for checking in today! Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

Our full hop lineup for this month is as follows:

Jo Anne Hewins

Melissa Kerman

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Gail Ellis

Bonnie O’Neill

Brenda Nelson

Melanie Hockin

3D Thursday: Christmas in July Liquid Hand Soap Box

Welcome to this week’s 3D Thursday post! Today, we have teammate Twila Davis, who has created this beautiful Bath and Body Works hand soap gift box!

Twila’s project features the Tidings of Christmas Suite. The suite includes stamps, dies, Designer Series Paper, and coordinating ribbon. The whole suite be found in this year’s Annual Catalog! Here’s a peek at the items in the suite:

Look how perfectly the paper Twila used matches the label on the bottle! If you would like more info on Twila’s project, please click HERE for her FREE project sheet, or click on the image below:

The 3D Thursday team will be taking a break for the month of August. But we will be back in September with a new format and four NEW team members! Stay tuned!

Nicolle

3D Thursday: Sweet Strawberry Back to School Teacher Treat Box

This week, we have Guest Designer Lisa Flemming joining us for 3D Thursday! Lisa has created this adorable Sweet Strawberry Treat Box using the Sweet Strawberry Bundle. She made this project as a back to school item for teachers, but this really could be used for many other recipients and occasions as well!

I have always loved the combo of black, white, and red together. It’s so striking, and depending on what else is added to it, can be used for anything from fun and casual to very elegant. While this project is a little more fun, I’ve seen the colors used in weddings, and they are just so gorgeous together! Lisa also added some pops of yellow and green, which look great with her project as well!

If you would like more info on Lisa’s project, please click HERE, or click on the image below:

Please check back next week for an all new project! Thanks for visiting!

Nicolle

3D Thursday: Artistically Inked Flap Top Box

Debbie henderson is our designer for this week, and she has created this beautiful flap top box! Debbie used products from the Expressions in Ink Suite for her project. This sweet little box can be used for so many things!

I really love the new greens in this year’s In Colors. Green is my favorite color, so I love greens ANYWAY, but I love how the Evening Evergreen looks against the Pale Papaya on this project. It’s such a great contrast!

If you would like more info about Debbie’s project, including instructions and supplies needed, you can download her FREE project sheet HERE or by clicking the image below:

Thanks for checking in today! Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

3D Thursday: Artistically Inked Gift Box

Welocome to our 3D Thursday project for this week! We have Guest Designer Cathryn Themann joining us, and she has created a pretty gift box using proucts from the Expressions in Ink Suite. Take a peek at her fabulous project:

I just love the colors and patterns she used on this! They are so pretty and soft! Specific items she used include the Artistically Inked Bundle, Scalloped Contours Dies, and Expressions in Ink Designer Series Paper. Her main colors are Pale Papaya, Pear Pizzazz, and Basic White. This is such a pretty project!

If you would like to learn more about Cathryn’s project, you can download her FREE project sheet HERE. It includes a full supply list and step by step instructions to create your own. You can also click on the image below to open it as well!

I hope you have enjoyed Cathryn’s project! Please check back next week for a new 3D project from the talented Debbie Henderson!

Enjoy your weekend!

Nicolle

It’s a 3D Thursday Extravaganza!

Before I post even one more thing on this blog, I NEED to post all of the fabulous 3D Thursday projects that I got behind on posting. I owe each of these ladies a HUGE apology, as ALL of their projects are amazing, and I just got really far behind. I am really, really sorry! Please enjoy the following projects, even though they are late!

Tape Roll Jewelry Box: Rhonda Griffin

I LOVE projects that reuse/upcycle items that would normally be thrown away. This is such a clever way to use leftover tape rolls, and Rhonda Griffin’s little boxes are just stunning! Rhonda was a Guest Deigner for 3d Thursday in May, and for her project, she used items from the Fine Art Floral Suite. For more info on Rhonda’s project, click HERE or on the image below to download her FREE project sheet:

Butterfly Card in a Box: Debbie Henderson

This gorgeous project was created by 3D Thursday team member Debbie Henderson. Debbie LOVES butterflies, and often incorporates them into her projects. This is a 3D card in a box. Who wouldn’t love to receive this? Debbie’s project features the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle and Hand Penned Suite, which are now available in the new Annual Catalog. For Debbie’s FREE project sheet, click HERE or on the image below:

Pineapple Treat Pouch: Jessica Brigden

Jessica Brigden was one of our Guest Designers in May, and she was also one of the demonstrators who earned the Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip to Maui this year! The trip was held in May, and Jessica made this project for her swaps for the trip. It’s a little Pineapple Treat Pouch, and how perfect is this to bring on a trip to Hawaii? Jessica’s project features the In the Tropics Dies, as well as gorgeous bright and tropical colors! You can learn more about Jessica’s project and download her FREE project sheet HERE or by clicking on the image below:

Trash to Treasure Clipboard: Twila Davis

Here was have another fun project that reuses materials that would normally be thrown away! This time, Twila Davis created a fun and useful little clipboard and matching pen. (I actually made one of these to keep on my kitchen counter for my shopping list. I LOVE it!) It would also make a great teacher gift, or craft fair item! For more information regarding Twila’s project, please click HERE for her FREE project sheet, or click on the image below:

Flower Basket 3D Card: Cathy Davenport

This gorgeous project was created by Guest Designer Cathy Davenport! She created a pretty floral 3D Pop Up card using products from the new Hand Penned Suite! I just love the colors she used on this project too. My favorite color is green, but I have been on a blue kick lately, and I LOVE how the blue and yellow look together on Cathy’s card! If you would like more info on how she made this, download her FREE project sheet HERE or click on the image below:

Flower Pot Treat Holder: Sarah Wills

Sarah Wills created this adorable sunflower themed treat holder using mini coffee cups and Sunflowers Dies. I love just love her Regals and Neutrals color scheme. It reminds me of fall and harvest time! Download Sarah’s FREE project sheet HERE for more info on her project, or click on the image below:

Seashell Lip Balm Holder: Sherri Everett

For the final project of this post, these awesome Seashell Lip Balm holders were created by Guest Designer Sherri Everett Bishop. These are SO cute, and would make a great gift or favor for a beach themed shower or wedding! Sherri used products from the Friends are Like Seashells Bundle to create these. She also found the seashell lip balms at Dollar Tree. For more info, click HERE or on the image below for Sherri’s FREE project sheet:

And there you have it! I am FINALLY caught up on posting our 3D projects, and hope to keep up moving forward. If you have any questions on any of these projects, each designer has included her blog address and/or email address on her sheet. Or, you can contact me and I can put you on touch with them!

Thanks for visiting today!

Nicolle


Colors Fusers Blog Hop for July 2021

It is time for our July 2021 Color Fusers Blog Hop! Today, we have a pretty combination of Basic White, Basic Black, Petal Pink, and Gold to share with you. I just LOVE these colors together, and I love how the gold adds some extra shimmer and shine! My card today features two NEW stamps sets, which I will get to in just a bit!

I don’t know about you, but I always have a ton of wedding cards to make during the summer. This one is going to be sent to a friend’s daughter, who is getting married next month. Her colors are very similar to the colors for this month’s hop, so the timing worked out well! As I mentioned above, I used two new stamp sets to make this card. The set I used for the flowers is called Shaded Summer, and the one I used for the sentiment is called Create with Friends. These are definitely two of my new favorites! I just love the look of the flowers and the large, elegant script of the sentiments. Take a look at both sets up close in the photo below:

As you can see, both sets offer LOTS of gorgeous images and sentiments in addition to the few I used. You could definitely use both for many different occasions!

To make my card, I cut my layers and then used the two floral stamps to stamp the corners in Petal Pink ink. I also used a Water Painter and my Petal Pink Ink Refill to add some paint spatters to the background. I heat embossed the Celebrate sentiment in white on Basic Black cardstock, and cut it using a die from the Tasteful Labels Dies. I added a piece of Petal Pink Organdy striped ribbon across the center of the top layer, then adhered the sentiment over it with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I tucked some pieces from the Expressions in Ink Ephemera pack on both sides of the sentiment, adhered them with glue dots, then added some of the sequins from the Ephemera pack as well. I stamped a coordinating envelope, and my project was finished!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Basic Black cardstock middle layer: 3-3/4 x 5 inches

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

Basic Black sentiment piece (as shown): 2 x 3-1/2 inches (approximate)

Please continue through our hop to see what other creations my talented teammates have created this month! Next up is Gail Ellis at Blue Rose Paper Treasures!

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

Our full hop lineup for this month is as follows:

Brenda Nelson

Tami Hewlett

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Gail Ellis

Jo Anne Hewins

Bonnie O’Neill

Melissa Kerman

Melanie Hockin

3D Thursday: Patriotic Holiday Luminary

Happy July! Independence Day is right around the corner! I LOVE Independence Day! Not only does it celebrate an integral part of our country’s history, but it was also my grandfather’s birthday. I have so many happy memories of this day from when I was a kid, because we would always go to my aunt’s house for a big party with my whole family. My mom is one of 13 kids, so between aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins, there were A LOT of us!

It’s my turn to create for 3D Thursday, so I created a festive patriotic luminary to celebrate the 4th! This project was A LOT of fun to create! I used Real Red, Night of Navy, and white for my colors, but other reds and blues can be used as well! This project can also be modified to be bigger or smaller, or can be made for any holiday or occasion just by switching up colors and how it’s decorated. I fully plan on making some for both Halloween and Christmas this year!

To light the luminary, I used a 3 inch battery operated LED candle. I got the candles at At Home, however, they can be purchased pretty much anywhere. The ones I have flicker like real candles, so it looks really pretty when lit! I had first tried using fairy lights, which also looked great, but I only had one small strand, and they didn’t quite light up the whole thing, so I switched to the candle. However, the fairy lights do work well too, as long as you have enough to fill the whole thing!

If you would like info on how you can create your own luminary, you can download my FREE project sheet HERE, or by clicking the image below. It contains a complete supply list, instructions, and all measurements needed!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this project!

Thank so much for visiting, and have a safe and Happy 4th of July!

Nicolle

3D Thursday Projects Update

Hi there! Happy Thursday! A few weeks back, my laptop pretty much blew up and I needed to get a new one. My husband, who is super tech savvy, ordered me a new one (because God forbid, I just go buy one at Best Buy like a normal person!). It took a few days to ship, and then took a little trip around the country before finally getting here at the end of last week. I now have a new machine, thank goodness, but I am VERY much behind posting projects for the last few weeks. For those of you who may not know, I am a teacher, and it’s the last week of school in my district. My last day is TOMORROW. My goal is to get caught up on posting all of the projects I wasn’t able to post once I’m done with school for the summer. Please check back in the next few weeks for the projects that I’ve missed, including today’s gorgeous project from Guest Designer Cathy Davenport! Sorry for the delay, and thanks for understanding!

Nicolle