Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper and Abstract Impressions Card

My project today was inspired by my upline, Stella MacKay!  She sent me a gorgeous thank you card made with very similar colors and products, and I just love it!  For my version, I used the Garden Impressions 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper as the background, along with the Abstract Impressions stamp set for the sentiment!  I love the color combination of this card!  The main colors are So Saffron, Night of Navy, and Whisper White. The color combo of the full Garden Impressions DSP is as follows:

I just love the bold brights and regals used in this paper!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

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

So Saffron layer:  3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

Garden Impressions DSP top layer:  3-3/4 x 5 inches

So Saffron scalloped piece:  2-9/16 in diameter

Whisper White sentiment piece:  2-3/8 inches

Night of Navy Stiched heart:  1/2 x 1/2 inch

 

I also used various embellishments to finish off this card.  Some are brand new and others are returning favorites!  To see the compete list of products used on this project, please see below!

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Nicolle

 

Quick and Easy In Color Cards

Recently, I needed to make a bunch of cards I could send as customer thank yous, as well as for customers who won prizes in their new catalogs.  So I needed something quick and easy!  I came up with these, using all new products from the new Annual Catalog!  Each card is virtually identical to the next, with the exception of the color.  I used the new In Colors and made a few of each color.  They were perfect for what I needed, and I was able to make a bunch in a very short amount of time!

Lovely Lipstick

 

Grapefruit Grove

 

Pineapple Punch

 

Call Me Clover

 

Blueberry Bushel

 

Products used on these cards include:

  • 2018-2020 In Color Cardstock and Ink Pads
  • 2018-2020 In Color 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper
  • 2018-2020 In Color 1/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Stitched Label Framelits
  • Love What You Do Stamp Set

 

 

Measurements for these cards are as follows:

In Color cardstock bases: 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

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

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

In Color stitched heart:  1/2 x 1/2 inch

 

All of the products used on these cards are now available in the online store!  These cards can very easily be switched up for ANY occasion, just by switching the sentiment!  Click the image below to shop the online store today!  (Or click the individual product images at the bottom of this post for specific items!)

 

 

Tonight, I will also be posting a bonus post here at 8:00 pm Eastern Time.  I will be participating in a team Facebook hop, and all of our projects will be Father’s Day/Masculine themed!  I hope you’ll check back in to see all of our creations!  I will post a link here on my blog so that you can start on my page and just hop through the rest!

Thanks for visiting today!

Nicolle

 

Real Life Color Inspiration: My New Beach Towel!

Last week, I went shopping for pool chemicals and toys, and bought some new beach towels as well.  The one I bought for myself has different shades of blues and greens, with bold white flowers.  I loved it the second I saw it!  When I got it home and opened it up, I immediately thought of all the Stampin’ Up! colors that coordinate with it, and I knew I wanted to make a card based on the design!  Here’s a pic of the towel:

Isn’t it pretty?  Figuring out which colors I needed to use was pretty easy!  The only color I couldn’t use an exact match for was the middle stripe.  My first thought was to use Tempting Turquoise, but since it just retired last week, I didn’t want to use it.  So I substituted Bermuda Bay instead!  Here is the color palette I used:

Since I do not have dies that are the same type of flower on the towel, I just substituted the large flourish from the Flourish Thinlits Dies instead.  The sentiment is from the Petal Palette stamp set, and the die that frames the sentiment is from the Petals & More Thinlits set.  Finally, I embellished the card with a few iridescent sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment!

 

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:
Whisper White Thick Cardstock base: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)
Basic Black Layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches
Color Strips: 1 x 3-3/4 inches each
Whisper White flourish piece:  3 x 4-3/4 inches
Whisper White sentiment piece:  5/8 x 2-7/8 inches

 

 
This card layout is easy to replicate and can be used with any colors and dies you wish! Designer Series Paper strips could be substituted as well for added details and design options!

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Nicolle

 

Coloring with Stampin’ Blends on Graceful Glass Designer Vellum

I made this card this weekend using a new product called Graceful Glass 6×6 inch Designer Vellum.  It is vellum with pre-printed designs, specifically made to be hand colored to give the look of stained glass!  It includes 2 sheets each of 12 different designs, for a total of 24 sheets.  Here’s a sneak peek at the different designs that are included in the pack:

The designs in the pack include flowers, shapes, and other patterns that are all equally gorgeous and fun to color!  For this card, I decided to use the sheet with the birds.  I googled “Birds on a wire” and came across a beautiful stained glass piece with multiple birds in all different colors.  I used it as the inspiration for the colors I used to color the birds for this card.  (Click HERE to see the piece.)  I colored all of the birds with Stampin’ Blends markers, which will be back in stock June 1st!  There will also be eleven new colors added to the Stampin’ Blends collection on that date as well!

For the card base, I used a new color called Balmy Blue.  It’s one of the new colors in the Subtles Collection and is a gorgeous, soft, almost baby blue color!  I love how it looks against the colors of the birds!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Designer Vellum piece:  2-3/8 x 5-1/2 inches

Whisper White Backing piece for vellum:  2-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches

Whisper White Ribbon Punched strips (2):  1 x 5-1/2 inches

 

The Stampin’ Blends colors that I used are:

  • Bermuda Bay
  • Crumb Cake
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Daffodil Delight
  • Night of Navy
  • Rich Razzleberry
  • Old Olive
  • Cherry Cobbler

I used both the light and dark of each color.

I also used a small floral stamp from the Love What You Do stamp along the top and bottom of the card.  I stamped the flowers in VersaMark ink, so that it would be more subtle than full color ink.  I also added two strips of Whisper White punched with the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch for a little added detail!

The card was finished with 1/8 Whisper White Sheer Ribbon.  I did not add a sentiment to the front, as I had a hard time figuring out where to put one!  I didn’t want to detract from the birds, so I decided to just leave the whole card blank for now, and then when I decide who I want to send it to and for what, I can just add a sentiment to the inside!

This card was a lot of fun to make and I love how colorful it is!  I hope you like it too!

Thanks for checking in!

Nicolle

 

Share What You Love Suite OnStage Make and Take

Today’s project is one of the make and take projects we made at last month’s OnStage event!  This card uses multiple products from the NEW Share What You Love Suite, which is now available as an early release from Stampin’ Up!  All of the products used on this card can be ordered NOW instead of waiting until June 1st, when the rest of the new catalog becomes available for ordering!  This card was my favorite of the four projects we created at OnStage!

The base of this card is the returning Mint Macaron! I am so excited that this color has returned as a core color!  It is one of my all time favorites, and I am thrilled that it is back!  This color, combined with the rest of the colors in the suite, makes for some stunning color combinations!

This card utilizes many of the products in the new suite including the following:

  • Love What You Do stamp set
  • Share What You Love Artisan Pearls
  • Rich Razzleberry 1/4″ Velvet Ribbon
  • Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Pearlized Doilies

It also features Mint Macaron card stock, vellum card stock, and Memento Black Ink.  Also, the corners of the sentiment piece were cut with a 1/2 inch circle punch to make the inverted rounded corners.

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Mint Macaron Card stock Base:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)

Vellum layer:  3-1/4 x 4-1/4 inches

DSP layer:  3 x 4 inches

Raspberry Velvet Ribbon:  4-1/4 inches

Whisper White sentiment piece:  1-3/8 x 2-5/8 inches

DSP strip behind ribbon and sentiment:  3-9/16 x 3/4 inches

 

Most of the products used on this card are now available to order as part of the Share What You Love Suite!  These products are available in exclusive bundles, now through May 31st!  You can browse the early release items in the online store HERE.

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

Nicolle

 

It’s Hard to Say Goodbye

On Friday afternoon, my family had to say goodbye to one of our cats.  Her name was Merry, and she has been part of our family since 2009.  We got her when she was only 10 weeks old.  My kids adored her, and my six year old is having a really hard time with her passing.  🙁  She is the one on the left in the picture above.  She was a very sweet cat, and will be missed very much!

Today I am sharing a card I made last year that I made to look like my two cats.  It features the Pretty Kitty stamp set.  I colored the images with Watercolor Pencils, and embellished the card with In Color Designer Series Paper (now retired), as well as Metallic Enamel Shapes.

Although some of the products used on this card are retired, the majority of them are still available.  Also, if you are a dog lover, there is a similar stamp set called Bella & Friends that features dogs, which is equally as cute as the Pretty Kitty set!

Sorry for the super short post today, but it’s been a bit of a rough weekend.  I hope to be back to regular posts tomorrow!

Thanks for checking in!

Nicolle

 

You are Wonderful Card Made with the NEW Rooted in Nature Bundle

This card is based on one of the Make and Take projects I made at OnStage last month!  I actually did not get to finish the one we were making that day, so I took the pieces with me to finish at home.  Then I decided to mix it up a bit when new goodies from the new catalog arrived!  This card uses a new bundle called the Rooted in Nature Bundle, as well as coordinating Designer Series Paper called Nature’s Poem DSP.  Both items are part of a new suite of products called the Nature’s Poem Suite.  This whole suite has imagery and colors of trees, leaves, and other images of nature.  It’s definitely one of my favorite new suites!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

DSP Background Strips:  1-1/4 x 5-1/4 inches

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

Mint Macaron/Grapefruit Grove Leaves:  1-1/2 x 3 inches

Banner DSP piece:  3/4 x 2 inches

 

For this card, I used Snail Adhesive to adhere the background strips and leaves to the card base.  The sentiment and banner piece were adhered using Stampin’ Dimensionals, to give this card a little height and texture!  It’s embellished with a button from the True Gentleman Buttons, as well as a Linen Thread bow.

Be sure to check out the entire Nature’s Poem Suite in the new catalog when you receive it!  (It can be found on pages 142-144.  This is sure to be a very popular collection of products!

Thanks for visiting today!

Nicolle

My Final OnStage Display Board Project!

My final display board project is actually very similar to the very first project I shared using items from the new Annual Catalog!  If you remember, I made a mini pizza box using the Love What You Do stamp set.  I even used most of the same colors as on this card!  Here’s a pic of the project I am referring to if you’d like to take a look:

Both projects use many of the same products, including the Love What You Do stamp set, the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper, the Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends, and the Tea Room ribbon!  However, on today’s project, the sentiment is not heat embossed, but rather stamped in Soft Suede ink, and framed by an outline stamp and framelit from the Rose Wonder stamp set and Rose Garden Thinlits Dies (which are retiring May 31st.)  The ribbon is also tied in a bow for the card!

I really love the color palette for this card!  The colors that were used are as follows:

And of course, Very Vanilla is used as the base neutral in this project as well (even though it’s not shown above!)

 

The measurements for this card are as follows:
Crumb Cake card base:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2 (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)
Very Vanilla middle layer:  3-3/4 x 5 inches
Wood Textures DSP top layer:  3-5/8 x 4-7/8 inches
Very Vanilla Stitched Shapes Circle:  3-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches
Very Vanilla sentiment piece:  2 x 3 inches

 

 

This card was embellished with the NEW Tea Room Ribbon Combo Pack, as well as a few Pearl Basic Jewels that have been colored with an Ivory Stampin’ Blends Marker.  The ribbon will be available June 1st and comes in pack of two colors: Very Vanilla and Coastal Cabana.  The ribbon is 1/8 inch wide, and has beautiful Copper edging, which you can see nicely in the picture directly above!

 

So that’s it for my OnStage Display Board samples.  I hope you have enjoyed what I have created!  Don’t forget, the Love What You Do stamp set is available NOW to order as part of the Share What You Love Early Release, now through May 31st!  Click HERE to go to the early release section of the online store!

 

If you have any questions regarding this, or any other project I’ve shared, please feel free to ask!  🙂

 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Nicolle

Sitting, Thinking, Missing You with the Sitting Pretty Stamp Set

Today’s card was made with the NEW Sitting Pretty stamp set!  It features a potted plant and a sweet sentiment, all from the same stamp set.  It also features the NEW Subtle 3D Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder, also available in the upcoming 2018-2019 Annual Catalog!  (I’ll show a close up of this in a bit!)

This card uses Very Vanilla as the base neutral, along with Always Artichoke, Perfect Plum, and Copper accents.  I used the 1/4″ Copper Trim for the bow, and two brushed copper brads from a NEW assortment of metallic brads, also available in the new catalog.

 

The measurements for this card are as follows:

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

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

Small Always Artichoke panel:  3-1/8 x 3-7/8 inches

Very Vanilla top layer:  3 x 3/4 inches

 

Here is a close up of the new Subtle embossing folder’s design:

This stamp set will be available June 1st!  Although I did not have them for OnStage, there are coordinating framelits for this set called the Pretty Park Framelits Dies.  Both the stamp set and the framelits will be available as a bundle in the new catalog, for a savings of 10%!

If you have any questions about this card, please feel free to ask.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Nicolle

 

Last Week’s Facebook Poll: Blueberry Bushel wins!

Last week on my Facebook page, I posted a poll asking for my Facebook followers to vote for their favorite NEW In Color, and the winner was BLUEBERRY BUSHEL!  This gorgeous new color is one of the five new In Colors for 2018-2020, and will be available in the NEW Annual Catalog beginning June 1st!  Here’s a peek at all five colors:

As part of the Facebook poll, I said that I would make a project featuring the winning color, and post it today.  This is what I came up with!  I used the Beautiful Day stamp set, as well as Flourishing Phrases for the “Just a Note” sentiment.  To make this card, I used Shimmery White card stock for the top layer, Basic Black for the middle layer, and Blueberry Bushel for the base.  I stamped the butterfly in Staz On Black ink, then set aside for a few minutes to dry.  Once it was dry, I used an Aqua Painter to fill in the butterfly with Blueberry Bushel ink.  I wanted there to be noticeable variation in the color, so I let the color run almost completely out before I added more ink to the brush.  I then went back in to add a little more in certain spots when I was finished, until I got the look I wanted.  (When using water on Shimmery White card stock, it’s important not to use too much, as the card stock will warp!)

Once the image was dry, I assembled the card using Snail adhesive.  I then stamped the sentiment in Blueberry Bushel ink and added some Rhinestone Basic Jewels to finish it off.  At that point, I thought I was done, but I felt it needed something else.  So I pulled out my Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush and very lightly went over the lines of the butterfly, as well as a few sections of the wings!  Take a peek at how pretty the glitter looks!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

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

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

 

This is the first of many projects that I will be making using the new In Colors!  The colors are good for two years, and are one of my favorite In Color palettes to be released in a long time!  I really love the bold, bright hues of this group, so I plan to start using them quite a bit ASAP!  Last year, I dedicated a week of posts to the new colors, where I featured a different color each day.  I hope to be able to do something similar with the new colors this year!  Please stay tuned for those projects soon!

If you have any questions about the new colors, or anything else, please feel free to ask!

Thanks for visiting today!  Have a great day!

Nicolle