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

Color Fusers Blog Hop for June 2021

One of the things I look forward to most when a new Annual Catalog comes out is the release of new In Colors. They are always such a great surprise! This year’s colors are absolutely stunning, and I really love that there are two greens, as green is my favorite color. For this month’s hop, we are featuring the new colors, and I cannot wait to see what everyone has created!

For my project, I used a new bundle from the Annual Catalog called the Forever Grapevine Bundle. The bundle includes a 7 piece cling stamp set, as well as a 6 piece coordinating cutting die set. Take a peek at the full bundle below:

To make my card, I took two sheets of Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper and cut them in half. I then added a few drops of each new In Color ink to separate wells in a small plastic artist’s palette, and added some water to each. I watercolored each piece of the watercolor paper with a different color and let them dry thoroughly. (For the two greens, I combined both on one piece.) Once they were completely dry, I applied Adhesive sheets to the back of each piece, and used the largest die in the die set to cut a full die cut in each color.

Once I had all of the pieces cut, I adhered the green vine piece to a piece of watercolor paper (trimmed to 3-1/2 x 5 inches). I then carefully cut out a few leaves of each of the other colors and adhered them over their matching green leaves. Before adding this top layer to the card base, I cut the scalloped piece on the left side with a die from the Basic Borders Dies set. I cut this piece from the remainder of the green watercolored piece, then turned it over so that the white side was facing outward. Even though the white is showing, the green still pops a little where the stitch marks are:

To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment from the Forever Grapevine stamp set onto watercolor paper, punched it out with the Label Me Lovely Punch, and adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. A few of the new In Color Rhinestones in Pale Papaya were added, and the card was finished!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Thick Basic White cardstock base: 4-1/4 x 11 inches (scored at 5-1/2 inches and folded in half)

Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper top layer: 3-1/3 x 5 inches

Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper Scalloped edge: 1 x 4-3/4 inches

Sentiment piece: Approximately 2-1/8 inches x 2-1/8 inches

All watercolored pieces for die cut vines: 3-1/2 x 5 inches

Please continue to the next stop on our hop this month, which is Jo Anne Hewins’ page. Jo Anne always has something beautiful to share!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

Our full hop lineup for this month is as follows:

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Jo Anne Hewins

Tami Hewlett

Melissa Kerman

Gail Ellis

Bonnie O’Neill

Brenda Nelson

Melanie Hockin

Color Fusers Blog Hop for May 2021

Happy May, and welcome to another Color Fusers blog hop! This month, we have a pretty combo of Poppy Parade, Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party, and Bumblebee to share. I love this time of year because my favorite flowers are in season: TULIPS! I planted over 300 tulip bulbs in my yard last year, and they are in full bloom right now, so I decided to use that as my inspiration for this month’s project!

There is a tulip farm close to where I live called Wicked Tulips. They plant over 500,000 tulip bulbs every year, in every color you can imagine. It is definitely one of my favorite places! When you pick your own tulips there, they have wrapping stations where you can wrap them, and they provide brown kraft floral paper to wrap them in. I wanted to design my card to look like a bouquet of tulips, and I used Crumb Cake DSP to make my “wrapping”, as it reminds me of the bouquets I’ve put together at the tulip farm. Here’s a picture of one of my actual bouquets from there (it rained the day I went, that’s why they’re wet!):

For this card, I used the Timeless Tulips stamp set. This set has one large and two smaller tulip stamps. The largest tulip coordinates with the Tulip Builder Punch. When I stamped the large tulips, I used the Rock n Roll technique. To do this, I inked up the stamp in either Bumblebee or Flirty Flamingo, then took the stamp and gently rolled just the edges of the stamp around in Poppy Parade ink, so that the darker ink blends along the edges with the lighter color. If you look closely at the largest tulips on my card, you can see the variation in color this technique produces:

In addition to the large tulips, I also stamped a few of each of the smaller ones in solid colors, then carefully “fussy cut” those with Paper Snips.

This card has a Poppy Parade base, a Pool Party middle layer, and a top layer of Basic White. The top layer was cut with a die from the NEW Scalloped Contours Dies, and was spattered in Pool Party ink with a Water Painter to add a bit more detail!

To make the bouquet, I first made the wrapping. I used a 6 x 6 piece of DSP from the new Neutrals Color Assortment. I placed one of the corners so it was pointing up, and then scored and folded both sides in, as shown in the photos below:

I then opened the paper so it was flat, then arranged my tulips as shown below:

Once I had all of the large tulips arranged and adhered the way I wanted, I tucked a few of the smaller tulips into the bouquet as well:

Once I had everything the way I wanted it, I folded the flaps over, and adhered them so they stayed closed. I then placed the bouquet on the card and carefully trimmed off the excess. I stamped my sentiment, added a white twine bow, as well as a few Pool Party rhinestones from the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels, and my card was complete!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Pool Party cardstock middle layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

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

I hope you have enjoyed my project this month! Please continue on to the next stop on our hop today, which is Brenda Nelson‘s page!

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Nicolle

Our full hop line up for this month is as follows:

Melissa Kerman

Jo Anne Hewins

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Brenda Nelson

Tami Hewlett

Gail Ellis

Bonnie O’Neill

Melanie Hockin

Color Fusers Blog Hop for April 2021

Hello, and Happy Spring! Welcome to our Color Fusers Blog Hop for April. Today we have a pretty combination of Seaside Spray, Old Olive, and Real Red to share with you!

My card today features NEW Designer Series Paper from the upcoming Annual Catalog. It’s the Regals color family paper, and I used one of the designs in Real Red for my background. I used two stamps from the Painted Poppies stamp sets and stamped them all over the DSP in White Craft ink, then heat embossed them with White Embossing Powder. I then layered that over Basic White and layered both over a Real Red base. I stamped some of the paint spatters from the Painted Poppies set along the right side of the base in Versamark ink before mounting the layers onto the card.

I tied a piece of Old Olive ribbon from the Ornate Garden Ribbon Combo Pack, and tied a little bow, which I then secured with Linen Thread and left the ends loose for a little more detail. The sentiment was stamped In Seaside Spray ink, and is from the You Are Amazing stamp set. It’s punched with the Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch and mounted to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I also stamped the inside with another image from the Painted Poppies stamp set, and repeated the same image on the envelope as well.

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Real Red cardstock base: 4-1/4 x 11 (scored at 5-1/2 and folded in half)

Basic White cardstock middle layer: 3-3/8 x 4-3/4 inches

Regals DSP top layer in Real Red: 3-1/8 x 4-1/2 inches

Basic White sentiment piece: 1-3/8 x 2 inches (approximate)

Basic White insert: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

To finish my card, I added a few clear Elegant Faceted gems. I love the little extra sparkle they give this card!

Please continue onto the next stop on our hop today, which is Jo Anne Hewins‘ page! I’m sure she has something lovely to share!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

Our full hop line up for this month is as follows:

Gail Ellis

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Jo Anne Hewins

Tami Hewlett

Brenda Nelson

Melissa Kerman

Bonnie O’Neill

Melanie Hockin

3D Thursday: Easy Fold Treat Basket

Happy Thursday, Everyone! And Happy April! We have a super versatile project today from Guest Designer Mary Jo Snyder to share. Check out what she has created:

Isn’t that adorable? With Easter right around the corner, these would make perfect little place holders, favors, treats, etc. But really, these would be perfect for any occasion as well, and all you would need to do is switch up the paper, colors, and treats inside!

If you would like to learn more about Mary Jo’s project, as well as learn how you can make these yourself, please download her FREE project sheet HERE, or by clicking the image below. It contains full instructions and a supply list!

Thank you for stopping by today! Please check back next Monday for an all new Color Fusers project, and of course, a new 3D Thursday project on Thursday.

Have a Happy and Blessed Easter!

Nicolle

Color Fusers Blog Hop for March 2021

Happy March! Spring is right around the corner (thank goodness) and 2021 is shaping up to be a much better year than 2020 was, that’s for sure! It’s time for our March 2021 Color Fusers Blog Hop, and we’ve got a very pretty combination of Seaside Spray, Gray Granite, and Early Espresso to share this month:

My card this month features the Treasured Medallion stamp set. This set can be purchased alone, or as a bundle with the Many Medallions Dies (which will save you 10% over purchasing the stamps and dies alone!) This set is SO pretty, and can be used for pretty much any occasion!

To make my card, I used Thick Basic White cardstock as my base. I used regular Basic White as my top layer, and stamped two medallions in full strength Seaside Spray ink, then switched to Gray Granite, but stamped it off to make it a little lighter. Once all of the medallions were stamped, I layered it on top of Early Espresso cardstock. I then wrapped a piece of Gray Granite 1/4 inch Shimmer Ribbon around the layers and secured it to the back. I stamped my sentiment onto a small piece of Seaside Spray cardstock, and embossed it with the Scripty Embossing Folder. I then used the Messages Die to cut out the sentiment, and stamped the small flourish next to it in Seaside Spray ink.

Before mounting the sentiment piece, I made a figure 8 with the ribbon and trimmed the tail pieces on both ends. I secured the ribbon to the back with a small piece of tape, and mounted the whole thing to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Finally, I added some Opal Rounds to the centers of the medallions, and my card was complete!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Early Espresso cardstock middle layer: 3-3/4 x 5 inches

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

Seaside Spray sentiment piece: approximately 3/4 x 2 inches

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Please continue to the next stop on our hop, which is Bonnie O’Neill’s page!

Have a great month!

Nicolle

Our Full Hop Line Up for this month is as follows:

Melissa Kerman

Tami Hewlett

Gail Ellis

Jo Anne Hewins

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Bonnie O’Neill

Brenda Nelson

Melanie Hockin

3D Thursday: Paper Blooms Flower Vase

Another Thursday has completely snuck up on me, and that means it’s time for another 3D Thursday project! Sarah Wills is our designer this week, and she has created these adorable treat holders using Clear Mini Treat Boxes and Paper Blooms Designer Series Paper:

These are so sweet, and can be used for so many different things! Fill with your favorite treat and use them as favors, place markers, coworker gifts, teacher gifts, and more! Here’s a close up of each individually:

If you would like more information about Sarah’s project, as well as complete instructions so you can make your own, you can download Sarah’s FREE project sheet HERE, or by clicking on the image below:

Please check back next week for another fun 3D Thursday project! I will also be hopping with the Color Fusers team on Monday, so I hope you’ll stop by to check that out as well!

In the meantime, thanks for stopping by, and enjoy the rest of your week!

Nicolle

Color Fusers Blog Hop for January 2021

It’s time for our first Color Fuser’s Blog Hop of 2021! We are starting off the new year with a really pretty combination of Mango Melody, Melon Mambo, Garden Green, and Pacific Point. I hope you will hop through our whole team’s pages to see what everyone has created this month with this gorgeous color combo!

For my project, I used the NEW Forever & Always Bundle, which will be available on January 5th! This bundle combines gorgeous florals with large, flowing script, as well as some small, but bold sentiments. To make the flowers, I used the baby wipe technique to combine some Melon Mambo and Mango Melody inks. I took a baby wipe, folded it in half, then in half again. I then made a circle with drops of ink from my Mango Melody reinker, and then added a few drops of Melon Mambo to the center. I spritzed it with a little water, and gave it a few minutes to spread and settle a bit. I used it to ink up the flower stamps and stamped them on Shimmery White cardstock. Once they were dry, I cut them out using the coordinating dies from the bundle and set them aside. I also stamped two sets of leaves in Garden Green ink, then used a Water Painter to VERY lightly watercolor them. Once they were dry, I set them aside as well.

I wanted to add a strip of green DSP below the flowers and behind the sentiment, but I couldn’t find a Garden Green piece that I liked for this card, so I made one myself. I took a piece of Shimmery White cardstock, then used one of the new Blending Brushes to color it with some Garden Green ink. I then used a stamp from the Inspiring Iris stamp set, stamped it a few times on the blended green in Versamark ink, and heat embossed it in white embossing powder.

I stamped the Love sentiment in Melon Mambo ink, and framed it with a die from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies. I also spattered the top layer of the card with Pacific Point ink. Once all of my pieces were stamped and cut, I assembled the card.

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)

Melon Mambo middle layer: 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

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

Shimmery White blended piece: 1-1/2 x 3 inches

Shimmery White piece for flowers/leaves: 3 x 4 inches

Shimmery Whote sentiment piece: 1-5/8 x 2-3/4 inches

To assemble the card, I used Stampin’ Seal to adhere the layers and green background piece. I mounted the flowers, leaves, and sentiment with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I stamped the second part of the sentiment (YOU) in Mango Melody ink directly onto the card, and finished the card with a couple of NEW Opal Rounds and a little Wink of Stella in the flowers’ centers. Finally, I stamped a coordinating envelope, and my project for this month was complete!

Please continue to the next stop on our hop, to see what Tami Hewlett has created this month! Click HERE to go to Tami’s page, or use the buttons below to move through the rest of our hop today!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

Our full hope line up for this month is as follows:

Brenda Nelson

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Tami Hewlett

Melissa Kerman

Bonnie O’Neill

Jo Anne Hewins

Gail Ellis

Melanie Hockin