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

Rooted in Nature Meets Daisy Delight

When it was announced at OnStage in April that Blackberry Bliss was making a return, I got super excited!  I absolutely love this color, and I was really sad when it retired a few years back!  This is the first chance I’ve had to use it, and I definitely wanted to go with something bold to showcase it.  So I made a large daisy with the Daisy Delight stamp set and cut it out with the Daisy Punch.  To get the fullness of the daisy, I stamped and punched TWO and then layered them.  I also paired the finished daisy with embossed leaves made with the Nature’s Roots Framelits (more on that a little later!)

The very first thing I did when making this card, was to finely spatter Blackberry Bliss ink onto the top layer using an Aqua Painter.  It’s hard to see in the pics, but it gives a nice bit of extra detail that’s actually really subtle!  While that dried, I made and assembled the daisy and leaves.  The leaves were made using two different dies from the Nature’s Roots Framelits.  The first is an embossing die that embossed the detail of the leaves without actually cutting them out.  The second die does the actual cutting.  I used Mossy Meadow cardstock for the leaves (another returning favorite!) as I think it looks so nice with the Blackberry Bliss!  Here’s a little bit of a better shot of the daisy and leaves up close:

The detail on the leaves is so pretty!  I also stamped the sentiment in Mossy Meadow to coordinate with the leaves and the middle layer of the card.  The sentiment is from the Rooted in Nature stamp set, which is available as a bundle with the framelits for 10% off.  (Of course, you can get both items separately as well!)

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Mossy Meadow middle layer:  3-3/8 x 4-5/8 inches

Very Vanilla top layer: 3-1/4 x 4-1/2 inches

Daisy:  2-1/2 inches in diameter

Leaves: 1-3/4 x 1-3/4 inches (approximately)

 

Other products used on this card include Linen Thread and Iridescent Sequins!

You can find all of the supplies used to make this card listed below.  If you have any questions, please let me know!

Enjoy your day!  Thanks for visiting!

Nicolle

 

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