Abstract Impressions Thank You Card

Today’s card is very similar to a set of cards I made in June for my son’s teachers.  I needed to make some cards for customers, and I really like the way the ones I made in June came out!  So I decided to make more, but just switched up the colors!  My original cards from June can be seen below:

 

For my card today, I used paper from the Tea Room Specialty Designer Series Paper, along with stamps and dies from the Abstract Impressions Bundle.  Colors are Coastal Cabana, Pool Party, Crushed Curry, and Whisper White!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Crushed Curry middle layer:  3-3/4 x 5 inches

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

DSP Butterfly: 2-1/4 x 4 inches

 

This card is super simple to make, but so pretty!  It can easily be made for any occasion, just by switching up the sentiment!

Thanks for visiting today!

Nicolle

 

Check out the New Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper!

If you think the card in the picture above looks a little shiny, that’s because it IS!  I used a brand new paper from the Holiday Catalog called the Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper!  Not only does this paper have absolutely gorgeous colors and designs, all of it is coated with a beautiful, shimmery sheen.  It is absolutely stunning!  You can see the full array of designs in this paper below:

For this card, I used a floral design from the paper along with a birthday sentiment from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set.  I also used the limited time only Stitched Seasons Framelits as well!

Other products used on this card include Shimmery White card stock for the base and sentiment, Soft Sea Foam card stock for the middle layer and some accent leaves, Silver Baker’s Twine, and a new embellishment called the Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets.  I colored the droplets with my Dark Mint Macaron Stampin’ Blends marker to add a hint of color before applying them to the card!  Here’s a close up of the sentiment piece and the embellishments.  I hope you can see the hint of green on the droplets.  It’s very, very subtle!

 

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)

Soft Sea Foam middle layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

DSP top layer:  3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

Shimmery White sentiment piece:  2-1/4 x 3-1/8 (approximate)

Vellum and Soft Sea Foam leaves: ranges from 1 to 1-1/2 inches wide x 2 inches long (approximate)

 

This card is so pretty in person!  I wish you could see the shimmer of the paper.  It’s very subtle and not at all glaring!  This paper would make a great accents on cards, tags, scrapbook pages, and so much more!  It will be available September 5th when the Holiday Catalog goes live for customers.  I hope you will check it out!

Please feel free to contact me with questions about this card!  Thanks for visiting!

Nicolle

 

Merry Monday: A Festive Dashing Deer Christmas Card



I LOVE making Christmas cards!  I get really excited every year when the Holiday Catalog comes out, because we always have so many gorgeous Christmas products…and this year is no different!  I totally fell in love with the Dashing Deer Bundle when I was flipping through this year’s catalog!  The bundle includes the 9 piece Dashing Deer stamp set, as well as the 13 piece Detailed Deer Thinlits Dies.  Both products can also be purchased separately, but purchasing them together as a bundle will save you 10%!

This card also features background paper from the NEW Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper.  This new paper is GORGEOUS!  There are 12 different designs and half of them feature Copper Foil accents.  There are pine sprays, stripes, holly and berries, branches, reindeer, snowflakes, and more.  The full color palette for the paper can be seen below:

The sentiment I used for this card is also from the Dashing Deer stamp set.  The set contains two pairs of sentiments, perfect for the front AND inside of cards!  For my card, I used “Happiest Christmas Wishes” on the front.  The inside sentiment reads “Remembering you this season with warm thoughts and a wish for everything merry.”  Here’s a peek at the inside sentiment:

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Whisper White middle layer:  3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

DSP top layer:  3-3/4 x 5 inches

Champagne Foil Deer:  3 x 3-1/2 inches (approximately)

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

 

I am still in process of packing up my Holiday Catalogs for my customers.  They WILL go out this week!  If you are not already on my list, and would like to be, please contact me and I will get one to you as well.  The Dashing Deer Bundle is only one of many, many gorgeous holiday products!  This is one catalog you don’t want to miss!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

 

CASE the Catty Day 6: A Beautiful Day Happy Anniversary Card

Today is my final project for CASE the Catty week!  I hope you have enjoyed my projects!  Today’s card was CASE’d from a card on page 110 of the Annual Catalog.  You can see the original in the pic below.  The one I copied is the top one:

For my version, I used the Beautiful Day stamp set for the flower and the Beautiful Bouquet set for the sentiment.  I also used a stamp from the Time for Tea set for the leaves.  The colors I used are Lovely Lipstick, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Basic Black, and Whisper White.

For my card, I heat embossed the sentiment in white embossing powder.  I also colored in the leaves with Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends Markers, and embellished with some Iridescent Sequins!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

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

Flower:  2-3/4 x 2-3/4 inches

Basic Black strip:  1-1/8 x 4 inches

 

 

The Stampin’ Up! catalog is a great source of inspiration for projects!  It is always packed with gorgeous, full color samples that showcase all of the amazing products we offer!  Do you have a copy?  If not, feel free to contact me and I will get one out to you right away!

Thank you for stopping by today!  Hope you have a great weekend!

Nicolle

 

CASE the Catty Day 5: Love What You Do Mini Note Card

Today’s card is a mini note card inspired by a gift bag on page 71 of the Annual Catalog!  It features the Perennial Birthday and Love What You Do stamp sets, as well as the Polka Dot Basics Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and Blossom Elements.  Here is what the project looks like that I copied:

I kept some of the same colors and elements, but changed some up a bit!  I went with a mini note card that I plan to hole punch in the corner and use as a hanging gift tag.  I did keep the same colors for all of the ink, though I did change the background color.  The catalog sample uses Basic Gray and I used Night of Navy!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Night of Navy card base:  3 x 6 inches (scored at 3 inches and folded in half)

Night of Navy polka dot embossed top layer:  2-7/8 x 2-7/8 inches

Whisper White stitched circle:  2-3/8 inches in diameter

 

I love mini note cards!  They can be used not only as cards, but also as gift tags, lunch box notes, or for a little pick me up to stick in a co-workers mailbox!  They have so many fun uses!

Please check back tomorrow for one more CASE the Catty project!  Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

 

CASE the Catty Day 4: Rooted in Nature Thinking of You Card

Today is Day 4 of my CASE the Catty week!  My card today is based on a card from the Notes of Kindness card kit.  I LOVE this kit!  It has gorgeous colors and designs.  Here is a picture of the four different cards it makes:

The card I CASE’d is the one in the top right corner.  This time, I copied the basic design, but substituted different colors and embellishments, as well as sentiments!

For my card today, I used a Sahara Sand card base and Very Vanilla as my main background color.  I also used Soft Sea Foam and Soft Suede. It’s such a soft, neutral color palette, with just a bit of bold color from the Soft Suede!  I used the Rooted in Nature stamp set for the leaves, tree cross section, and sentiment.  I also stamped some spatter pattern all over the background using a stamp from the Touches of Texture set, which was stamped in Sahara Sand to match the base!  The sentiment piece was fussy cut with Paper Snips.

For embellishments, I added some vellum leaves, which were made with the NEW Sprig Punch from the Holiday Catalog, as well as some Pearl Basic Jewels and Linen Thread.  Before adding the pearls, I colored them with the Ivory Stampin’ Blends Marker to match the Very Vanilla background.  The Ivory marker is perfect for adding just a hint of color to the pearls so that they are not so bright white!  Did you know that Stampin’ Blends in ANY color can be used on most of our embellishments?  You can basically create embellishments in any color you need!  (Well, as long as it’s a current Stampin’ Blends color!)  It’s just one more reason why the Stampin’ Blends are so useful!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Very Vanilla background layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

Very Vanilla sentiment piece: 2-5/8 x 2-5/8 inches (approximately)

Vellum sprig punch pieces:  1-1/2 x 1-1/4 inches

 

I hope you like my card today! Please check back tomorrow for another CASE the Catty project!

Nicolle

 

Only Two Days Left to Get 50% off August’s Paper Pumpkin Kit!

Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin as a new month-to-month subscriber by August 10th, and get 50% off your first month’s kit!  Use the code BLOOM0818 at paperpumpkin.com by August 10, 2018 at 11:50 PM (MT) to get your discount!  (Sorry, but this discount is only good on new month-to-month subscriptions; it cannot be applied to prepaid codes.)  After your first month’s kit, the price for each month’s kit will return to the regular price of $19.95.

This is the BEST time of year to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin!  As we get closer to the end of the year, the kits start to be holiday themed!  I love all the Paper Pumpkin kits, but the holiday ones are always my favorites!

To learn more about Paper Pumpkin, as well as see examples of past kits, please click HERE.  If you have questions, please feel free to ask!

Thanks for visiting today!

Nicolle

CASE the Catty Day 3: A Lovely Friend Dragonfly Card

My card today is doing double duty as my Case the Catty Day 3 card, as well as my team Facebook hop project for later tonight!  It’s based on a sample on page 42 in the Annual Catalog.  For my card, I kept the colors and layout very similar to the original – I just switched up the stamps and made a full sized card rather than a mini note card as shown in the picture!  You can see the picture of the original card below.  The one I CASE’d is the third one:

For my version of this card, I used the Swirly Frames and Touches of Textures stamp sets, as well as the Stitched All Around Bundle.  I’ve had a ton of dragonflies in my yard this summer!  So when I decided to CASE this card, I knew exactly what I was going to change the bird to!  The main color on this card is Balmy Blue.  I stamped the dragonfly in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and colored with Stampin’ Blends.  Unfortunately, Balmy Blue is not a color that has been released in the blends yet, so I went with what was closest, which is Pool Party.  I also went over the dragonfly once it was colored with Wink of Stella.  I love the little extra touch of shimmer!  Here’s a close up:

When I stamped the background of this card, I first used an Aqua Painter to spatter some of the Balmy Blue ink across the background.  Once that dried, I stamped the circles.  I used the Triple Banner Punch to cut a banner piece.  It’s worth noting that you should cut your banner strip 1/2 inch longer than what you want your final banner to be, as that is how much the punch takes off the end!  So, if you want your banner to be 4 inches long, you should start with a 4-1/2 inch piece!  The sentiment is in two parts, and both were made with the Stitched All Around Bundle.  The lovely and friends are both stamps from the set.  The lovely was stamped on the banner and then the friend was stamped on a separate piece of white.  I then cut it out with one of the dies from the bundle and layered them.  I like the little extra detail using the die adds to this card!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Balmy Blue middle layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

Whisper White top layer:  3-1/4 x 4-3/4 inches

Balmy Blue banner piece:  3/4 x 4-5/8 inches

Dragonfly circle piece: 1-3/4 inches in diameter

 

Thanks for checking in today (or, in some cases, RE-checking in)!  I hope you like this card!  If you would like to check out our Facebook hop for August, you can check back here tonight after 8:00 PM Eastern Time.  You can start with my page and just click the links as you go to get through each page.  Once you get back to my page, you will have seen all the projects!  There are 15 of us participating tonight, so there are sure to be some great projects to see!  To get to my Facebook page, please click HERE.  Feel free to like our pages as you go as well!  😉

Hope to see you back soon!

Nicolle

 

CASE the Catty Day 2 and Merry Mondays!

Welcome to Day 2 of my CASE the catty week!  Before I get to today’s card, I decided that, for at least the next couple of months, I will share Christmas cards only on Mondays.  Now that I got my first order of Holiday Catalog goodies, all I want to make is Christmas cards, but I also want to pace myself and not go overboard, as it’s still summer!  LOL!  So posting them only on Mondays will help keep that in check (hopefully)!  🙂

My card today is based on a sample on page 100 of the catalog:

Believe it or not, my card is based on the bottom card in this picture.  When I first started making it, I had a very different idea in my head of what I wanted the final card to look like.  As I continued to create it and made changes as I went along, it began to look less and less like the original sample!  Other than the plaid backgrounds, there’s not too much left in common between these cards, though I’m still very pleased with how my final card came out!

Most of the products used on this card are from the new Holiday Catalog!  The plaid background paper is from a new DSP called the Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper.  The “Christmas” die cut and “Wishes” stamp are from a gorgeous new bundle called the Merry Christmas to All Bundle.  I also used a new trim called the 3/16″ Braided Linen Trim.  Other products include the Stitched Shapes Framelits and the Twinkle Builder Punch, which I used to cut out the stars!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Cherry Cobbler middle layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

Plaid DSP layer:  3-3/4 x 5 inches

Very Vanilla stitched oval:  3-5/16 x 2-3/8 inches

Christmas die cut:  4-5/8 x 1-1/4 inches

Cherry Cobbler stars:  approximately 1/4 inch

 

 

All of the Holiday Catalog products shown on this project will be available beginning September 5th!  I have the new catalogs in hand and will be shipping them out to my customers by the end of this week.  If you would like a copy, and do not already have a demonstrator, please send me your name and address and I will put you on my list!

Thanks for stopping by!  Please check back tomorrow for Day 3’s project!

Nicolle

 

CASE the Catty Day 1: A Tropical Escape Birthday Card

So I am not sure what has been happening with the weather where I live, but it’s been really crazy!  We have been getting torrential rains on and off for the last couple of weeks.  It’ll get cloudy really quickly, then downpour for 20-30 minutes, then stop and the sun will come back out for a bit.  This has been happening a few times a day for the past few weeks, and it’s very weird for where I live!  Yesterday, it just rained all day, and it rained A LOT.  So much so, that an emergency alert came on my phone about flash flooding!  I don’t know about you, but when the weather is really dreary and yucky, I get very distracted and tired, and I just want to sleep all day. So yesterday, even though I wanted to make some cards to share for this week, I just did not have the desire or energy to try to come up with anything original.  So, I decided to go to the Annual Catalog for inspiration!

So all of the cards I made for this week are CASE’d from the catalog. CASE means “Copy And Share Everything”, and it’s a term that crafters use when heavily borrowing ideas from something made by someone else.  Today’s card was based on a sample on page 44 in the Annual Catalog.  Here’s the picture so you can see it here:

The card I CASE’d is the blue one all the way to the right.  I love the layout of this card, plus I love using DSP, banners, and doilies, so this was one I knew I could easily recreate!  For my version, I decided to use the Tropical Escape 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper.  I used the same stamp set shown in the picture, though I used a different stamp.  And I went with a little less embellishment than what’s shown on the original!

The Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper is definitely the showcase product on this card!  I love the combination of different greens, along with pink, black, and white.  The package includes 12 different double sided designs, and contains 4 of each sheet, for a total of 48 sheets.  The full array of designs in this product can be seen below:

 

Another product featured on this card is the Darling Label Punch Box.  This product includes a multi-occasion stamp set and coordinating punch, as well as two Stampin’ Spots, and a clear block!  And it all comes in an beautiful, floral tin:

The stamp I used is the Happy Birthday one, but there are also Hello, Thank You, Thinking of You, Best Wishes, and Congratulations stamps!  This item would also make a great gift!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Striped DSP layer:  3-3/4 x 5 inches

Banner Piece:  2 x 4-1/2 inches

Doily: 3 inches in diameter

Blushing Bride sentiment backing:  1-3/8 x 1-3/8 inches

Whisper White circle sentiment piece: 1-1/4 inch in diameter

 

This card was fun to recreate, and I love the colors!  I hope you like it too!  I also hope you’ll check back in tomorrow for another project CASE’d from the catalog!  Thanks for visiting!  Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Nicolle