Wishing You a Lovely Day with Lovely Wishes

Here’s a simply elegant card to wish someone a lovely day!  It is made with the Lovely Wishes stamp set, which is found almost all the way at the back of the Occasions Catalog on page 50.  I love the simple, graceful lines of this set, as well as the sweet sentiments!  I find the whole set to be elegant and lovely!

The set contains multiple floral line images, with additional stamps that can be used to fill in the lines with color.  Because it is a photopolymer set, and the stamps are totally clear, lining up the stamps is very easy!  You can also just color in the images with the coloring product of your choice, or even just leave them unfilled!  For this card, I chose to keep it super simple, just adding a bit of color with the coordinating filler stamps.  I used Very Vanilla as the base, along with Early Espresso, Old Olive, and Real Red.

Once I cut my layers, I stamped the the two large floral images first in Old Olive.  I then inked up the filler stamp in Old Olive as well, but stamped it off once before adding it to the leaves, to give it a bit of contrast by making the leaves a lighter shade.  I then filled in the flowers with the Real Red, using coordinating stamps from the set as well.  The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso.  Before adhering the top layers to the card, I stamped a different stamp from the set in Old Olive in the corners of the card base, just to add a little extra detail.

The top layers are adhered to the base with Dimensionals to add a little more height and texture to the card.  After making this card, I sat for about twenty minutes trying to figure out a way to embellish it a bit.  I even put it away and came back to it the next day, trying to figure out if I should add anything else!  I tried a few different things, but I just didn’t like anything I tried, so I decided to leave it as is.  I really like the simplicity of it!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Wishing You a Lovely Day!  🙂

Nicolle

 

Another Petal Palette Creation!

As I was getting ready to write today’s post, it occurred to me that I have used the Petal Palette stamp set or full bundle on a LOT of recent projects.  I guess I really like it!

Today’s card features the roses from the Petal Palette set.  I stamped them in Basic Black archival ink and then watercolored them with Brusho.  For this project, I did not sprinkle the crystals on the cardstock and then add water.  I sprinkled them on a clear block, added water to mix, and THEN colored the image, as I wanted to keep the color within the lines!  Once it was dry, I cut it with the coordinating die from the Petals & More Thinlits.  (Don’t forget, you can purchase both the stamp set and the thinlits together as a bundle for a savings of 10%!)

The Brusho colors that I used on the flowers are Brilliant Red and Gamboge.  The leaves were watercolored with Lemon Lime Twist, as I wanted them to coordinate with the middle layer and trellis looking die cut on the right.  That die is also from the Petals & More Thinlits.  I love the contrast of the bright colors against the black and white!

For the background, I used a brand new embossing folder called Scattered Sequins Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  It really looks like a bunch of different sized sequins scattered across the paper!  Here’s a close up of the impressions:

All of these products are from the Occasions Catalog and are now available in the online store!  Time to get my boys fed and out the door for school!  Happy Friday!  🙂

Nicolle

 

Celebrate with Petal Palette and Celebrate You Thinlits

The card I made today is inspired by one of the cards I made in November at OnStage.  Of all the samples we made, it was my favorite!  To see the original card, please click here.  For today’s card I used paper from the Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper as the background.  The bird layer is stamped in Powder Pink ink and cut with the Stitched Shape Framelits, for a little added detail. I skipped a stamped sentiment, and instead went with a die cut one from the Celebrate You Thinlits, which you can earn for FREE with a $100 purchase before tax and shipping!  It is one of the NEW $100 level rewards that can be earned this year during Sale-a-Bration!

Before cutting the sentiment, I applied a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to the back.  Doing this, in essence, creates a sticker from the die cut, and makes it simple to adhere your die cuts with very little effort/mess.  When you’re ready to apply, you just peel off the back layer and stick!  It’s a little extra work and expense, but definitely worth it!  Honestly, no matter how careful I am with glue, I ALWAYS make a mess!  So the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets are definitely a life saver for me!

Once the card was assembled, I added an extra scalloped circle layer behind the bird, and adhered the whole thing with dimensionals to make it pop a little!  I then added a few embellishments to finish it off.  I used two embellishments from the Occasions catalog on this card.  First, the silver leaves are from the Petal Passion Embellishments.  I then added a few epoxy shapes from the Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes.  These are one of my favorite new embellishments to use!  They are clear and very tiny, but they give a nice added touch to projects!  I used the glitter ones, which have just the tiniest hint of glitter!  Here’s a close up:

These cards will be going to new team members and members who have birthdays this month!  I hope they like them, and I hope you do too!  🙂

If you have any questions about this card, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

 

Fun and Fruity Tags

Happy New Year, Everyone!  Hope you have a great day today celebrating!  I made these adorable tags in November at OnStage. I love the fun colors and teeny tiny fruit!  These tags use items from the new Tutti Frutti suite in the Occasions Catalog.  The stamps and punches are from the Fruit Basket Bundle, which contains the 25 piece Fruit Basket Photopolymer stamp set, as well as four coordinating mini punches.  Use the punches to punch a tiny pear, pineapple, strawberry, or fruit slice!  For these, we used the pineapple and pear, which each measure just about 1/2 inch tall.  Here’s a peek at the complete bundle:

Of course, the stamps and punches can be purchased separately as well, but purchasing them together as a bundle will save you 10%!

These tags also use the new Tutti Frutti 6×6 Designer Series Paper and a new ribbon called Lemon Lime Twist 3/8″ Mini Striped Ribbon.

I LOVE the color palette in this suite!  It reminds me of sunshine and warmth, which I could definitely use some of right now!  (As I write this, it is -1 degree where I live!)  Here’s a peek at the colors in the suite:

To see the complete Tutti Fruity Suite, please check out pages 28-29 in the Occasions Catalog.  Don’t have one?  Contact me, and I would be happy to send one out to you!
Enjoy your day!  And again, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Nicolle

 

Bold Floral Card with TWO of My Favorite Occasions Products!

Today’s card features two of my favorite NEW Occasions products: the Beautiful Day stamp set and Brusho Crystal Color watercolor crystals!

The new Beautiful Day stamp set features five rubber stamps, including a large butterfly, a large flower, two sentiments, and an accent stamp.  It’s available in both wood mount and clear mount, and will be available to order starting January 3rd!  For this card, I used the flower stamp, along with a sentiment from a different set called Petal Palette (also a new Occasions product!)  Here’s a peek at the full Beautiful Day set:

To start, I heat embossed the flower in white embossing powder on watercolor paper.  I then applied the Brusho, and colored with an Aquapainter to get the bright, bold colors!  (I am not going to talk too much about the Brusho today, as I plan to do a whole post about it tomorrow.  I hope you’ll check back for the details then!)  But I will say this: it is SUCH a fun product to use!  If you love watercoloring, or love how watercoloring looks on projects, you are definitely going to want to give it a try!

Here’s a peek at the Brusho packaging:

Don’t let the plain black and white packaging fool you!  There’s a whole bunch of color in that unassuming little box!

Once the flower was colored and dry, I layered the top layer of the card with Real Red cardstock on a Basic Black base, stamped the sentiment from Petal Palette in black, and added some leaves in Lemon Lime Twist.  (I stamped and punched the leaves with the Painted Harvest Bundle, and used Versamark ink on the veins of the leaves, just to add a hint of detail.)  The flower was fussy cut with Paper Snips, and applied to the card with Dimensionals, so it pops off the card a bit and really stands out!

Tomorrow’s post will be all about Brusho!  Hope you’ll check back to learn more about this new product and how fun it can be to use!  Have a great day!

Nicolle

 

Introducing the NEW Petal Passion Suite!

Today I have a project that I created when I went to OnStage in Salt Lake City in November!  It uses products from the Petal Passion Suite, which is one of seven new suites in the 2018 Occasions Catalog!  This card features four new products from the suite.  They are the Petal Palette stamp set, Petal Passion Designer Series Paper, Whisper White 1/4 inch Organza Ribbon, and Petal Passion Embellishments.  All of these products will be available beginning January 3rd when the Occasions Catalog goes live!

Here’s a closer look at each of the new products used on this card:

Petal Palette Stamp Set

The Petal Palette stamp set contains 15 rubber stamps, and is available in both Clear Mount and Wood Mount.  There are also coordinating cutting dies available for this set (not shown).  The stamps and dies will be available separately or together as a bundle when the catalog goes live.  The bundle will save you 10% over the price of both individually!

Petal Passion Designer Series Paper

I love the new Petal Passion DSP!  There are twelve different black and white designs that look gorgeous as is OR with added color from any one of Stampin’ Up’s many coloring products!  If I remember corrrectly, we used a Stampin’ Write Marker to color in some of the flowers at OnStage.  I can’t wait to use this paper in more projects!

Petal Passion Embellishments

I LOVE these adorable silver embellishments!  They come in a package of 24, and you get 12 each of two designs. There is the flower that was used on the card, as well as leaves.  The original sample at OnStage used the leaves, but I switched them out for the flower!  I am sure I will be using a lot of these on future projects!

Whisper White 1/4″ Organza Ribbon

This ribbon is super versatile. The size and color makes it perfect for use on almost any project!  The ribbon is 1/4 inch wide and comes 10 yards to a roll.  I have a feeling I will be using a lot of this as well!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this first sneak peek at new Occasions products.  They will all be available starting January 3rd!

Enjoy your day, and please check back tomorrow for another fun Occasions project!

Nicolle

Sending Love and Hugs to You

Earlier this year, I did an “In Color Week” where I posted a new card each day on my Facebook page that featured one of the 2017-2019 In Colors.  I modified the one I made back then for Fresh Fig for my World Card Making Event and came up with this!  I simply added an extra Lemon Lime Twist layer behind the sentiment, and changed the sentiment as well. I love this sentiment because it can be used for so many different occasions.  It is from the Ribbon of Courage stamp set, which is one of my favorite new sets from the Annual Catalog!  Don’t forget, during the month of October, I will donate $5 for each Ribbon of Courage Bundle purchased through me to Breast Cancer Research!

Click here for more information regarding the Ribbon of Courage Bundle.

Hope you like this card! Thanks for checking in today!

Nicolle

You can find all of the supplies I used to make this card below:
 

a little love bird on a coffee break!

Coffee Break Designer Series paper was used to make this very NON-coffee themed card!  While many of the designs in the paper are definitely coffee themed, many are generic, and can be used for any kind of card!  This card features two of the designs in Soft Sky and Garden Green.  I watercolored some Pear Pizzazz behind the paper, and used the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits for the “love”.  The cute little bird is from the Birds & Blooms Thinlits, and the “You” on the banner piece is from the Wood Words stamp set. Hope you like it!

You can find all of the supplies used to make this card below:

Soft Sayings Card Kit

With all of the excitement surrounding the Holiday Catalog, it’s easy to forget about the Annual Catalog for awhile! But there are still plenty of birthdays and other everyday occasions that need to be celebrated during the holiday season as well!  Always have a card on hand for these occasions when you have the Soft Sayings Card Kit. This kit makes 20 beautiful everyday occasion cards (2 each of 10 different designs) including birthday, thank you, friendship, and more!

The colors on these cards are stunning!  I love the combination of greens, yellows, pinks, and more on the softly watercolored backgrounds.  The kit includes everything you need to complete the cards (with the exception of scissors and adhesive).  To complete this kit, I recommend using glue dots, snail, and/or multipurpose glue.

The kit also includes 20 mix and match envelopes, watercolored to match the cards.  And the cards are fast and easy to assemble.  Full color instructions are included, so even if you are new to cardmaking, you can still easily complete this kit!

Need more than 20 cards? There’s a refill available! The refill includes everything in the full kit, except the stamps, ink, block, and box. For more information on this beautiful kit, please click here.