It’s a Birthday Card for Merry Monday!

My mom’s birthday was yesterday and she LOVES cardinals!  So it only made sense that I would make her a card with a cardinal on it.  And while I realize this card is definitely NOT a Christmas card, I think it could very easily be changed to make it one!  Just add a few green sprigs, some red pearls or rhinestones, and switch out the greeting and DSP, and it would make a great Christmas card instead!  (And I plan to do just that very soon!)

For this card, I used the Best Birds stamp set, along with the coordinating Birds & Blooms Thinlits.  I used DSP from the Regals 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper for the background, as well as Real Red cardstock for the bird.  As the cutting dies do not actually cut the proper shape for a cardinal, I had to add a small piece that I cut with Paper Snips to make the crest on the top of the bird’s head.  The branch and flowers were stamped in Memento black ink and colored with Soft Suede, Old Olive, and Real Red Stampin’ Blends.

The Happy Birthday sentiment comes from the same stamp set, which has a number of stamps for different occasions, including birthdays, congratulations, anniversaries, and more!  This is definitely a great set to have in your collection, especially if you have bird lovers in your life!  Here’s a peek at the full set as well as the thinlits:

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Polka Dot DSP background layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

Whisper White stitched circle:  2-15/16 inches in diameter

Real Red bird:  2-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches

Whisper White scrap used for branch and flowers: approximately a 2 x 4-1/2 inch piece

 

Other products used on this card include the punch from the Darling Label Punch Box, Linen Thread, and Pearl Basic Jewels.

I cannot WAIT to redo this card for Christmas!  Stay tuned for the updated version coming very soon!

If you have any questions about my card today, please feel free to ask.  Thanks for checking in!  🙂

Nicolle

 

Check out the New Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper!

If you think the card in the picture above looks a little shiny, that’s because it IS!  I used a brand new paper from the Holiday Catalog called the Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper!  Not only does this paper have absolutely gorgeous colors and designs, all of it is coated with a beautiful, shimmery sheen.  It is absolutely stunning!  You can see the full array of designs in this paper below:

For this card, I used a floral design from the paper along with a birthday sentiment from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set.  I also used the limited time only Stitched Seasons Framelits as well!

Other products used on this card include Shimmery White card stock for the base and sentiment, Soft Sea Foam card stock for the middle layer and some accent leaves, Silver Baker’s Twine, and a new embellishment called the Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets.  I colored the droplets with my Dark Mint Macaron Stampin’ Blends marker to add a hint of color before applying them to the card!  Here’s a close up of the sentiment piece and the embellishments.  I hope you can see the hint of green on the droplets.  It’s very, very subtle!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Soft Sea Foam middle layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

DSP top layer:  3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

Shimmery White sentiment piece:  2-1/4 x 3-1/8 (approximate)

Vellum and Soft Sea Foam leaves: ranges from 1 to 1-1/2 inches wide x 2 inches long (approximate)

 

This card is so pretty in person!  I wish you could see the shimmer of the paper.  It’s very subtle and not at all glaring!  This paper would make a great accents on cards, tags, scrapbook pages, and so much more!  It will be available September 5th when the Holiday Catalog goes live for customers.  I hope you will check it out!

Please feel free to contact me with questions about this card!  Thanks for visiting!

Nicolle

 

CASE the Catty Day 1: A Tropical Escape Birthday Card

So I am not sure what has been happening with the weather where I live, but it’s been really crazy!  We have been getting torrential rains on and off for the last couple of weeks.  It’ll get cloudy really quickly, then downpour for 20-30 minutes, then stop and the sun will come back out for a bit.  This has been happening a few times a day for the past few weeks, and it’s very weird for where I live!  Yesterday, it just rained all day, and it rained A LOT.  So much so, that an emergency alert came on my phone about flash flooding!  I don’t know about you, but when the weather is really dreary and yucky, I get very distracted and tired, and I just want to sleep all day. So yesterday, even though I wanted to make some cards to share for this week, I just did not have the desire or energy to try to come up with anything original.  So, I decided to go to the Annual Catalog for inspiration!

So all of the cards I made for this week are CASE’d from the catalog. CASE means “Copy And Share Everything”, and it’s a term that crafters use when heavily borrowing ideas from something made by someone else.  Today’s card was based on a sample on page 44 in the Annual Catalog.  Here’s the picture so you can see it here:

The card I CASE’d is the blue one all the way to the right.  I love the layout of this card, plus I love using DSP, banners, and doilies, so this was one I knew I could easily recreate!  For my version, I decided to use the Tropical Escape 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper.  I used the same stamp set shown in the picture, though I used a different stamp.  And I went with a little less embellishment than what’s shown on the original!

The Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper is definitely the showcase product on this card!  I love the combination of different greens, along with pink, black, and white.  The package includes 12 different double sided designs, and contains 4 of each sheet, for a total of 48 sheets.  The full array of designs in this product can be seen below:

 

Another product featured on this card is the Darling Label Punch Box.  This product includes a multi-occasion stamp set and coordinating punch, as well as two Stampin’ Spots, and a clear block!  And it all comes in an beautiful, floral tin:

The stamp I used is the Happy Birthday one, but there are also Hello, Thank You, Thinking of You, Best Wishes, and Congratulations stamps!  This item would also make a great gift!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Striped DSP layer:  3-3/4 x 5 inches

Banner Piece:  2 x 4-1/2 inches

Doily: 3 inches in diameter

Blushing Bride sentiment backing:  1-3/8 x 1-3/8 inches

Whisper White circle sentiment piece: 1-1/4 inch in diameter

 

This card was fun to recreate, and I love the colors!  I hope you like it too!  I also hope you’ll check back in tomorrow for another project CASE’d from the catalog!  Thanks for visiting!  Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Nicolle

 

Abstract Impressions Birthday Card

Last weekend, my grandmother turned 94 years old!  She has thirteen children, almost 40 grandchildren, and (I believe) 48 great-grandchildren!  She is amazing!  This is the card I made for her.  Her favorite color is purple and she loves flowers, so I thought the new colors Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape would be perfect!  I also used the Abstract Impressions stamp set to make the flowers, and the Perennial Birthday set for the sentiment and inside greeting!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Gorgeous Grape layer:  2-15/16 x 5-1/2 inches

Whisper White Top Layer:  2-3/4 x 5-1/2 inches

Gorgeous Grape Banner piece: 1 x 3-15/16 inches

Whisper White Inside Layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

 

This card is embellished with a few pearls, Pearlized Doilies, and Wink of Stella!  The Wink of Stella was applied to each of the flowers, and gives just a hint of shimmer and shine to this card! I tried to get a good pic of the shine.  Here’s what I was able to get:

Hope you can see the shimmer!  Wink of Stella really does make everything prettier!  🙂

Please check back later this week for information regarding some fantastic promotions coming in July!

Thanks for visiting today!

Nicolle

 

Zachary’s 7th Birthday Gift

My son and his friends are all turning 7 this year.  One of his friends, Zachary, had a birthday this week and his birthday party was today.  When I asked his mom what he wanted for his birthday, she mentioned that he would like cash to put toward a new baseball bat.  That worked for me, but I didn’t want to just put it in an envelope, as he’s still kind of little.  I wanted to come up with a fun, colorful way to give it to him!  So I cut some letters out of some old paper I had and made this poster, then adhered rolled up one dollar bills to it.  I then rolled up the whole thing and tied it with a bright green ribbon, put it in a bag, and gave it to him.  He loved it!  🙂

While not all of the products used on this are from Stampin’ Up!, many are.  I have listed them below.

Stampin’ Up! products used on this include:

Pick a Pattern Washi Tape (wrapped around the bills)

Daffodil Delight Cardstock (for the stars)

Wood Crate Framelits Dies (to cut the stars)

Mini Glue Dots (to adhere the rolled bills to the poster)

Snail Adhesive (to adhere the letters and stars to the poster)

 

This was a fun way to give a gift that is normally just placed inside a card or envelope!  Just something a little different!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

Check out this bright and beautiful birthday card!

Last week I received this beautiful birthday card from my upline, Sarah Wills!  I always love the cards she sends.  She puts such beautiful colors together!  This card uses a combination of Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst, and Powder Pink, as well as Whisper White.  It also uses a combination of both retiring and current products.  It’s always so nice to get happy mail!

You can find all of the products that she used to make this card listed below.

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Friday!

Nicolle

 

An Animal Outing Birthday

I received the new Animal Outing stamp set last month at OnStage, but haven’t had a chance to use it until this weekend!  I wasn’t sure what I wanted to make with it, but I got the idea to make this card when I was looking through my punches and saw the Balloon Bouquet one.  I thought of using the new In Colors for the balloons, and wanted to have an animal holding them.  My first thought was to use either a cat from the Pretty Kitty set, or a dog from the Bella & Friends set, but then I remembered that I had the Animal Outing set, and thought it was time to finally pull it out and use it!

I just love this new set!  It contains 10 stamps, with a nice combination of images and sentiments.  Here’s what the full set looks like:

To make this card, I stamped the kangaroo in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then colored the kangaroo with both light and dark Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends Markers.  I also colored the koala in her pouch with the light and dark Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends.  I punched the balloons from the new 2018-2020 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack, then adhered them to the panel with Snail adhesive.  I used a Black Stampin’ Write marker to draw the strings.

I then used two stamps from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set for the sentiments.  I stamped the “Hip Hip Hooray” on the front, and then the “It’s Your Day” stamp on the inside.  I stamped both in the same Memento ink as the kangaroo:

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Whisper White top layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches (you also need another one of these for the inside of the card!)

DSP pieces: 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches each

 

The Animal Outing set will be available on June 1st!  Do you have your new catalog yet?  If not, contact me and I will be happy to send one to you!

Thank you for visiting today!  Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Nicolle

 

Quick and Easy Punch Art Caterpillar Birthday Card

Today’s card was based on a card I found on Pinterest.  I thought it was super cute, so I wanted to make one of my own!

This card was super easy to make.  It’s just seven 1 inch circles of Designer Series Paper (punched with the 1 inch Circle Punch) put together to form a caterpillar.  The eyes and antennae are made with circles from the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.  I also added a bow tie from the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch as well!

The Designer Series Paper I used are the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack and the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Colors on this card are Dapper Denim, Lemon Lime Twist, and Tranquil Tide.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is from the Better Together stamp set and is stamped in Dapper Denim ink!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

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

Designer Series Paper circles:  1 inch

Designer Series Paper antennae tops: 1/4 inch

 

Don’t forget, retiring products are available only while supplies last, and many products on this card are retiring!  Please visit the online store to shop for retiring products before they’re gone for good!

Thanks for visiting!

Nicolle

 

Copper Tea Tin and Mini Note Card Set

My project today features items from a NEW suite of products called the Tea Room Suite!  All products in this suite will be available starting June 1st when the NEW 2018-2019 Annual Catalog goes live.  For this project, I used four products from the suite: Copper Tea Tins, Tea Room Copper Vinyl Stickers, Tea Room Ribbon, and Spot of Tea Framelits Dies.  There is also a coordinating stamp set, Designer Series Paper, and a Memories and More Card Pack in the suite!

For this project, I decided to keep it simple and do a coordinating set of three mini notecards with envelopes.  The tins measure 3-3/4 x 3-5/8 x 2-1/4 inches in size, making them the perfect size for holding 3 x 3 inch note cards and envelopes!

I wrapped the tin with a piece of Vellum, and then wrapped a piece of the Tea Room Ribbon around it as well.  I cut a doily from Fresh Fig cardstock using the Spot of Tea Framlits Dies and my Big Shot, then applied one of the stickers from the Tea Room Copper Vinyl Stickers.  I cut a 1-1/2 inch circle from the vellum as well, then applied the butterfly sticker.

Inside the tin are three mini notecards.  I used sentiments from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set for each card!  I used the same ribbon as on the outside of the tin, and used both of the doily dies from the Spot of Tea Framelits, one in Fresh Fig and the other in Whisper White.  I LOVE mini note cards, as they are the perfect size to tuck into gift bags, lunchboxes, or coworkers mail boxes!  You can also punch a small hole in the corner, thread some ribbon or twine through the hole, and use as a gift tag.  I kept all three cards exactly the same except for the sentiment and the sticker on the envelope:

I really love the combination of Fresh Fig and Copper.  I think it’s a really pretty color combination!

All of the items from the Tea Room Suite will be available June 1st.  When you receive your new catalog, you can find the suite on pages 14 and 15.  Need a demonstrator?  I would love to help you with whatever you need!  Please feel free to contact me anytime, or visit my online store to shop!

Although most of the products used on this project are not available just yet, there are still lots of fantastic products available NOW! Click the image below to shop current products, and don’t forget to check out the last chance products section!  All products in there are retiring, and are only available until May 31st or while supplies last.  Some products have started selling out already, so be sure to stock up on your retiring favorites before they are gone for good!

Thanks for visiting today!  Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

 

Sitting Pretty Bulldog Birthday Card

Today’s card was made with the new Sitting Pretty stamp set, available June 1st in the NEW Annual Catalog!  This card features a cute little bulldog with a bow tie, party hat, and a balloon.  The colors and patterns of this card make it a perfect masculine birthday card!  The bulldog was made with two step stamping stamps.  The outline of the bulldog is one stamp, and the light brown coloring is the second stamp.  You can see both stamps in the full stamp set below:

I combined this set with Wood Textures and True Gentleman Designer Series Papers; the Perennial Birthday and Bird Banter stamp sets; and Night Of Navy 3/8″ (1 Cm) Corduroy Ribbon and Regals Enamel Shapes.  The balloon and party hat were also colored with Night of Navy Stampin’ Blends.

Some elements of this card were also popped up with Dimensionals to give a little added height and texture!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Wood Textures DSP layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

Early Espresso Layer:  3 x 4-1/4 inches

Very Vanilla top layer:  2-7/8 x 4-1/8 inches

Very Vanilla banner piece cut from scraps

 

The stamp set and Wood Textures DSP will be available in the new Annual Catalog. However, the True Gentleman DSP, Regals Enamel Shapes, Bird Banter stamp set, and Night of Navy Corduroy Ribbon are retiring May 31st!  Be sure to stock up on these products while they are still available!  You can shop retiring products HERE.

Here’s a close up of the bulldog.  I think he’s so cute with his little bow tie and party hat!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my project today!  Please let me know if you have any questions!  Thanks for checking in!

Nicolle