New Paper Pumpkin Offer for August

Are you a smart shopper? For a limited time, new Paper Pumpkin subscribers get 50% off the price of their first kit, and that means huge savings.  Let your creativity blossom!

Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin by August 10th, and new month-to-month subscribers will qualify for 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.

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

Stitched Seasons Meets Sunshine Wishes!

Today’s card features the upcoming Stitched Seasons Framelits dies, along with the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits and Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper!  The Stitched Seasons Framelits are part of the August 1st release of the Stitched Seasons products.  I recently wrote a post about this new bundle, with all the relevant info regarding release dates, products, and more!  If you missed it, you can read all about it HERE.

For today’s card, I made a wedding card with Powder Pink and White for the colors.  I used a pattern from the Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper that looks almost like stone for the background, and accented it with Powder Pink shimmer ribbon, as well as some floral die cuts in both Powder Pink and vellum.

The sentiment is die cut from the new Sparkle Glimmer Paper and centered right in the middle of the card.  There is NO stamping on this card at all.  Everything is cut with the Stampin’ Trimmer and the Big Shot!  Here is a close up of the center portion of the card:

The Petal Promenade Paper is gorgeous!  Most patterns are made from photographs of real flowers, stone, etc. This paper is also part of the Buy 3 Get 1 FREE Sale this month!  Here’s the full array of designs in the Petal Promenade paper:

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Designer Series Paper layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

Whisper White Stitched Seasons Die Cut Layer:  3 x 4 inches

Powder Pink floral vine die cut:  1 x 3-1/8 inches (approximately)

Vellum die cuts:  varies (range from 1 x 3 to 1 x 2 inches)

Sparkle “congrats” sentiment:  1 x 3-3/4 inches

 

This card is perfect for a wedding, and is so pretty and sparkly in person!  I hope you like it!

Thanks for checking in!

Nicolle

 

Tea Room Friendship Card

One of my favorite designer series papers in this year’s catalog is the Tea Room Specialty Designer Series Paper!  This paper has a great selection of beautiful patterns including flowers, bees, butterflies, and more.  And the colors are just gorgeous!  The pattern I used for today’s card is a mix of flowers, leaves, and butterflies, and is printed in shades of Crushed Curry.  I decided to pair the paper with Basic Gray, as I love the combination of yellow, gray, and white (though in this case, it’s Crushed Curry, Basic Gray, and Very Vanilla!)

The sentiment is from the Time for Tea photopolymer stamp set, and the scalloped layer behind the sentiment is from the Spot of Tea Framelits dies.  The paper, stamps, framelits, and the ribbon I used are all from the NEW Tea Room Suite!  The full suite of products can be found on pages 14-15 in the annual catalog, or you can view them HERE.

Besides the Tea Room ribbon, I embellished this card with some vellum leaves.  Some were cut with the Leaf Punch, and others were cut using a die from the Bouquet Bunch Framelits.  I also added some copper leaves from the Leaves Trinkets embellishments, as well as a couple of Share What You Love Artisan Pearls to finish it off!  Here’s a close up of the embellishments on and around the sentiment piece:

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Crushed Curry middle layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

DSP top layer: 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

Basic Gray sentiment backing layer: 2-3/4 inches in diameter (approximately)

Very Vanilla sentiment piece:  2-1/4 inches in diameter

Vellum pieces for leaves: 1-3/4 x 2 inches (approximately)

 

You can find all of the products used on this card in the links below!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!

Nicolle

 

Coming Soon: The Blended Seasons Bundle (Available August 1st)

Two days ago, I posted a card that I made with the NEW Blended Seasons Bundle, and I mentioned that I would have all the details for you very soon!  So today, I am giving all the details about when this gorgeous new set of products will be available!  Beginning August 1st, four new products will be available as part of this offering:

  • Blended Seasons Stamp Set
  • Stitched Seasons Framelits Dies
  • Blended Seasons Bundle (Includes both the stamp set and framelits)
  • Watercolor Pencils (Assortment 2)

As mentioned above, these products will be available beginning August 1st, and will only be available until August 31st or while supplies last, whichever comes first!

Let’s take a look at each of these products in more detail:

Blended Seasons Stamp Set

The Blended Seasons stamp set includes 12 stamps and is available in your choice of wood-mount or clear-mount.

Stitched Seasons Framelits Dies

The Stitched Seasons Framelits includes 10 dies, that perfectly coordinate with the Blended Season stamp set!

The Blended Seasons Bundle

The Blended Seasons Bundle includes BOTH the stamp set and framelits, and is priced at a 10% savings when you buy the bundle!

Watercolor Pencils (Assortment 2)

This set of 10 pencils contains all NEW colors, and is the perfect addition to the original set of watercolor pencils already available!  Watercolor pencils are the perfect way to color the images in the Blended Seasons bundle.  Don’t forget to add them when you order!

Here’s a few samples made with these new products.  This bundle is really the perfect product for year round crafting.  There is something for every season!

     

     

Aren’t these samples beautiful?

Want to get your hands on this bundle sooner than August 1st?  Join my team in July for only $99 and you can get these products in your Starter Kit, without having to wait until August 1st!  (And don’t forget that you’ll also get 10 FREE ink pads this month as well!)  It’s a win-win, and a GREAT DEAL!  Why not sign up?  Click HERE for more information and to join!  You’ll love it!

Thanks so much for checking in today!  Please contact me with questions! 🙂

Nicolle

 

6 x 6 One Sheet Wonder Project with Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper

Have you ever heard of a One Sheet Wonder?  It’s when you use ONE sheet of patterned paper to make multiple, coordinating cards.  If you google “One Sheet Wonder” or enter it into Pinterest, many, MANY examples pop up!  Some are designed for 6 x 6 inch paper, some for 8 x 8, some for 12 x 12, and I’ve even seen some for 8-1/2 x 11 inch paper!  Some are super simple, while some are pretty intricate.  However, regardless of the size or level of detail, one sheet wonder projects are a great way to make a bunch of beautifully coordinated cards!

The template I chose to use for my project today uses one sheet of 6 x 6 inch designer series paper!  I found the template on Pinterest, and it linked to a blog post of a fellow papercrafter by the name of Kathy Roney.  The template I used is her original design.  Although I switched up the cards a bit to put my own spin on them, I did use her template, and I definitely want to give her credit for creating it!  If you would like to see her original template and the gorgeous cards she created with it, please click HERE.

For my cards, I decided to use a sheet of paper from the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper!  I started with a 6 x 6 inch sheet and then cut it up as shown below:

All of the colors I used for my cards coordinate with the colors in the paper.  The colors I used are:

All cards measure 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches, and they all use a few common products (besides the DSP):
  • Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
  • Pearl Basic Jewels
  • Whisper White 1/8″ Sheer Ribbon
  • Love What You Do stamp set

Here is a close up of each card individually:

This project was a lot of fun to complete, and a great one to try if you’ve never done a One Sheet Wonder project before!  The cutting and designs are pretty simple, and can easily be used for a variety of styles and layouts!  Here’s another look at all 6 completed cards together:

I hope you’ve enjoyed my post today!  If you have any questions about this project, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Nicolle

 

New Stampin’ Blends Colors and NEW Bundle Available August 1st!

Last week I received an order with all of the new Stampin’ Blends colors!  They are finally back in stock, and the new colors are gorgeous!  For this card, I used Poppy Parade and Granny Apple Green (both light and dark shades of both), as well as Daffodil Delight for the centers of the flowers.  The large floral stamp is from a brand new stamp set called Blended Seasons, which will be available for a limited time beginning August 1st!  (More about that soon!)  I paired the colored floral image with the new color Mango Melody, because I just love the combo of these three colors together!

Another new product I used on this card is the Big Shot Embossing Mats.  These new mats allow you to use cutting dies to emboss, rather than cut.  So the floral images along the right side of the card were actually made with a cutting die!  These new mats provide so many more options for decorating and adding detail to projects!  Here’s a close up of the detail on the embossed edge:

The die I used for the embossing is from a new set called the Stitched Seasons Framelits.  These new dies are part of the same limited time offer as the Blended Seasons stamp set.  The stamps and dies will be available separately, as well as in a bundle (save 10%), again, beginning August 1st!

Other products used on this card include the Touches of Texture stamp set, Stitched All Around stamp set, and Petals & More Thinlits Dies.  I also added just a touch of Clear Wink of Stella to the insides of the flowers for a bit of shine!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows: 

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

Poppy Parade card stock strip:  2-5/8 x 5-1/2 inches

Whisper White card stock strip:  2-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches

Floral stamp image:  2-3/4 x 4 inches (fussy cut)

Sentiment die cut:  5/8 x 2-7/8 inches

 

I am a huge fan of the new Brights colors, and I love the way these three look together!  Please stay tuned for more information regarding the new stamps and dies, as I will be posting everything you need to know about it sometime in the next few days!

Thanks for checking in today!  Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

Quick and Easy Cards with Memories & More!

There is a brand new product that you may have missed while browsing through the new catalog.  I know I missed them the first few times I went through it!  I’m talking about the NEW Whisper White Memories & More Cards & Envelopes, which can be found on page 194 in the annual catalog.  These cards are specifically made to be used with the Memories & More card packs that can be found on pages 194-196.  Not familiar with Memories & More?  The Memories & More system consists of coordinating packs of cards that make it very easy to put projects together quickly.  Card packs are perfect for memory keeping, card making, or any other project.  All card packs coordinate with Stampin’ Up! colors, and even coordinate with other products in the catalog, such as stamp sets, designer series paper, and embellishments.  It is a very easy way to make beautifully coordinated projects, with only a few basic products!

Getting back to the cards and envelopes, these particular cards are sized to be used with the cards in the Memories & More card packs. Each card pack contains 50 double sided cards, in a mix of 3 x 4 inch and 4 x 6 inch cards.  They also include four sheets of stickers that you can embellish them with.  The cards and envelopes are designed so that you can just add a card from any Memories & More pack and have an instant card, ready to sign, and send to a loved one!  Let me show you an example.  The picture below shows the Big Plans Memories & More Card Pack:

Here are four very simple cards that I made with this set.  These are all just cards mounted to the fronts of the Memories & More Cards & Envelopes, with no additional decoration or embellishment:

Even with no additional embellishment, I think these are pretty cute!  You could definitely send these as is.  But since the card pack contains some stickers to embellish them, I went ahead and added a few to dress them up a bit:

I like these even better!  Then, for this last picture, I took it even a step further and added extra layers and embellishments to dress them up even more:

The best thing about the Memories & More system is that you can make your cards as simple or as intricate as you wish!  There are four different packs of Memories & More cards available in the annual catalog.  They can be found on pages 194-196.  You can use the Cards & Envelopes sets with any of the sets!  You can also learn more about the whole Memories & More system, and the many ways it can be used, in the video below:

I really LOVE the whole Memories & More system!  Whether it’s cards, scrap booking, gift packaging, or something else, it really is super versatile, and makes things easy when you need a project quickly!  You can see the entire Memories & More collection HERE.  I hope you’ll check it out!

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Nicolle

 

Dragonfly Dreams Meets Share What You Love

This gorgeous card was one of the cards I made on Saturday in Maine!  It was designed by my friend and fellow demonstrator, Sherri Everett!  She held a card buffet where you could go and make as many cards as you wanted, and it was so much fun!  It ended up taking me almost five hours to get there, so I didn’t have as much time as I would have liked, but I still got to make six full cards, and I took four kits home to make with supplies I have at home.  Sherri’s designs are really beautiful!  This was the first one that caught my eye, as green is my favorite color, and there are multiple shades of green on this card. Plus I LOVE dragonflies, so this was one I definitely needed to make!

This card features the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set, as well as the NEW Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper!  Layering Circles Framelits were used to cut the circle with the dragonfly, as well as the scalloped piece behind it.  It’s embellished with Burlap Ribbon, as well as some Linen Thread, and the sentiment piece was trimmed with Paper Snips, but the Triple Banner Punch could be used as well!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Tranquil Tide middle layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

DSP top layer:  3-3/4 x 5 inches

Whisper White circle:  2-11/16 inches in diameter

Tranquil Tide scalloped circle:  2-13/16 inches in diameter

Burlap Ribbon piece:  3-1/2 inches

Old Olive banner/sentiment piece:  3 x 1/2 inches

 

One thing I really love about the Designer Series Paper that Sherri used for this card, is that some of the designs have beautiful, iridescent accents!  This design is one of them, and I tried to get some good pictures of the accents, but it’s hard to see.  All of the largest flowers on this design have the iridescent finish, and they are so pretty in person!  It adds such a nice touch to this card!

I have many more cards that I made on my trip, and I will share them with you hopefully over the next few weeks!

Thanks for visiting today!  Please let me know if you have any questions!

Nicolle

 

July Facebook Hop: Red, White, and Blue +3!

Hi!  If you are visiting from our team Facebook hop, WELCOME! I hope you enjoy your visit!  This month, our team created projects using the colors red, white, and blue, as well as three of any word or image.  For my project, I used the Wood Words stamp set to stamp three stars in Real Red on the white distressed look paper from the Wood Textures 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper.  I then used the Layering Squares Framelits to cut them out, and used a different die from the set to cut scalloped frames for them from Night of Navy card stock.

I used the Celebrate You Thinlits to cut the sentiment from Silver Foil Sheets, and also used silver stars from the NEW Twinkle Adhesive Backed Sequins to accent each star!  I was out of town when I assembled this card, and I had originally planned to mount the framed stars with Dimensionals to add a little extra detail, but I ran out of the house and forgot to pack them (oops)!  So this whole card was adhered with Snail Adhesive and Multipurpose glue instead.

Here’s a close up of the shine of the silver on the stars and the sentiment:

 

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: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

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

Night of Navy scalloped squares:  1-1/2 x 1-1/2 inches

White DSP squares with stars: 1-3/16 x 1-3/16

Silver Foil “Celebrate” sentiment:  1-1/8 x 3-5/8 inches (approximately)

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed your visit to my blog, and will check out the other projects created by my team for this month’s Facebook hop!  Everyone’s projects are truly unique, and there’s a lot of inspiration to see!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

Saturday Road Trip and Facebook Hop Tonight

Happy Saturday!  🙂

This morning I will be driving to Maine to attend a Stampin’ Up! event hosted by a demonstrator friend, Sherri Everett!  I am leaving at 7:00 am and the drive will take about 4 hours.  I am super excited, and am sure that I will have lots of gorgeous cards to show after it’s over!

I am also participating in my team’s July Facebook hop TONIGHT, starting at 8:00 pm ET. Please check back then to see my project for this month.  Our theme for July is Red, White, and Blue + 3!  (So those colors plus three of any image, punch, etc.)  I hope you’ll check back in to check out what we’ve created!  You can find my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ellocindesigns.   (I would love it if you “liked” my page while you’re there as well!)

Thanks for visiting today!  Hope to see you back soon!

Nicolle