My First Snowflake Showcase Project!

A few days ago, I mentioned a new product line called the Snowflake Showcase.  It is a limited time only line that will be available beginning November 1st.  The new line includes two stamp sets, a set of cutting dies, velvet paper,  and some gorgeous snowflake embellishments!  For my card today, I used two of the new products: the Snow is Glistening stamp set and the Snowfall Thinlits.  Here’s a peek at both:

For my card, I used the long die all the way to the right in the picture.  I cut two pieces from the Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper, and glued them to the top layer, which is Shimmery White cardstock.  I then cut two banners from Mint Macaron and Soft Sea Foam cardstock, and stamped the lighter one in VersaMark using a stamp from the stamp set shown above.  The sentiment is from the Merry Christmas to All stamp set and is heat embossed in Silver. I then cut out the sentiment piece using the Layering Circles Framelits and the Big Shot.

 

The card is finished with a piece of Silver 3/8 inch Metallic Edge Ribbon, as well as a few rhinestones.  There is a lot of shimmer and shine on this card!  🙂

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Mint Macaron 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:  3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

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

Mint Macaron banner:  1 x 4-1/4 inches

Soft Sea Foam banner:  1-1/4 x 4 inches

Shimmery White scalloped sentiment piece:  3-1/8 inches in diameter (approximate)

 

 

The Snowflake Showcase products will be available November 1st, and will be available until November 30th or while supplies last (whichever comes first!)  Please check back for more samples throughout the month using these great new products!

Thanks for checking in!

Nicolle

 

A Shimmery Merry Christmas Card for Merry Monday!

My project today is a shimmery Merry Christmas card made with the Merry Christmas to All Bundle and the Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Paper!  I made it for a team challenge that my upline posted on our team Facebook page, but it was perfect for my blog post today as well!  Most of what is used on this card has a bit of shimmer to it.  The Shimmery White cardstock base, the green DSP strip, the ribbon, and even the embellishments all have a shimmery coating to them!  It’s SO pretty in person!

The background of this card is embossed with the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I also used the Stitched Shapes Framelits, as well as the Leaf and Sprig Punches, and dies from the Pretty Pine Thinlits for the accent leaves on the sides.  Besides the Shimmery White cardstock, I also used Merry Merlot, Mossy Meadow, and Vellum cardstock on this card as well. The card is finished with a few Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets, as well as some Merry Merlot & Copper Reversible Ribbon.  Take a peek at the pic below to try to get a glimpse of the shimmer (it’s hard to get a good pic of it!):

 

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)

Shimmery White top layer (embossed):  4 x 5-1/4 inches

Frosted Floral DSP strip:  2-1/4 x 5 inches

Shimmery White stitched circle:  2-15/16 in diameter

Merry Merlot “Merry” sentiment:  1-1/2 x 3-3/4 inches (approximate)

Leaves: various sizes (approximately 1-1/2 x 2 inches for each color

 

I am so pleased with how this card turned out!  I really love the colors!  The Merry Merlot and Mossy Meadow are such a gorgeous red/green combination for the holidays, especially when combined with the Shimmery White.  And would you have believed a year ago that we would have colors such as these as part of the Neutrals palette?  I wouldn’t, but I have to say, I just love the pop of color they add to the palette!

I hope you have enjoyed my project today.  Please let me know if you have questions.  Thank you for visiting!

Nicolle

 

Sneak Peek: The Snowflake Showcase, Available November 1st

Beginning November 1st, Stampin’ Up! will release a new line of products called the Snowflake Showcase!  This new line of products will be available for a limited time, and will include stamps, cutting dies, velvet paper, embellishments, and more!  I have just received all of the products in this new line and will be putting some samples together this weekend.  In the meantime, I will share some creations of the 2018 Artisan Design Team:

Created by Charlet Mallett

 

Created by Linda Van Wely-Zwolle

 

Created by Elizabeth Price

 

Created by Lauren Alarid

 

Aren’t these projects GORGEOUS?  You are really going to LOVE this new line!  I will share more details about the Snowflake Showcase as we get closer to November 1st.  In the meantime, if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Have a great weekend!

Nicolle

It’s Merry Monday with the Feather & Frost Stamp Set!

It’s time for another Merry Monday project!  This week’s project features the new Feather & Frost stamp set, as well as the Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper.  This card would be a perfect card for beginning stampers, as the layout is simple and easy to recreate, OR would be perfect if you need something quick and easy for the holidays!

The Feather & Frost stamp set is a photopolymer set that includes 13 stamps.  The image stamps in this set are perfect for coloring:

For my card, I stamped the leaves and berries in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  Once dry, I colored them with Mint Macaron Stampin’ Blends, as well as my Merry Merlot Stampin’ Write Marker, and cut them out using the Layering Squares Framelits.   I stamped the Joy sentiment in Tranquil Tide ink, then punched it out with the 1-3/8 inch scalloped circle punch and adhered it to the main image.

The card was layered with the DSP background layer and a strip of Tranquil Tide cardstock, and then was wrapped four times with Linen Thread before adhering to the base.  The colored, scalloped square piece was adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals, ot give it a little detail and height. It was finished off with Tranquil Tide pearls from the Share What You Love Artisan Pearls embellishments!

 
Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Sahara Sand middle layer:  3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

Joyous Noel DSP top layer:  3-3/4 x 5 inches

Whisper White scalloped square piece:  3 x 3 inches

Tranquil Tide strip behind square:  1-1/4 x 3-3/4 inches

 

Thank you for visiting today!  I hope you have a great day!

Nicolle

What’s your favorite Christmas Suite?

Between the Annual Catalog and the Holiday Catalog, there are FIVE amazing Christmas suites to choose from this year!  All of them include stamps, dies, paper, embellishments, tools, and more to help make your 2018 holiday crafts spectacular!  In my post today, I will post a preview pic of each suite, as well as include catalog info and featured colors for each as well.  To see the full product line for any suite, just click on the picture to go directly to that section in the online store:

The Under the Mistletoe Suite can be found on pages 94-95 of the Annual Catalog.

Colors featured in this suite include Early Espresso, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Real Red, Shaded Spruce, and Whisper White.

 

The All is Bright Suite can be found on pages 4-7 of the Holiday Catalog.

Colors for this suite are Call Me Clover, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Gold, Real Red, Shaded Spruce, and Whisper White.

 

The Festive Farmhouse Suite can be found on pages 12-13 of the Holiday Catalog.

Colors for this suite include Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Gray Granite, Mossy Meadow, Very Vanilla, and Whisper White.

 
 

The Santa’s Workshop Suite can be found on pages 18-21 of the Holiday Catalog.

Featured colors for this suite include Basic Black, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Garden Green, Poppy Parade, Smoky Slate, and Whisper White.

 

The Joyous Noel Suite can be found on pages 28-29 of the Holiday Catalog.

Featured colors are Copper, Gray Granite, Merry Merlot, Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Tranquil Tide, and Whisper White.

 

So there you have it!  The full array of suites available for Christmas crafting this year!  So which is YOUR favorite?

Thanks for visiting today!  Have a great weekend!

Nicolle

A Buffalo Check Christmas Greeting

Last year, there was a Designer Series Paper in the Holiday Catalog called Merry Little Christmas DSP. Two of the patterns featured Buffalo Check print, one in white and black and the other in green and black!  It was one of my favorite products in the catalog!  So this year, when I saw the new Buffalo Check background stamp, I was super excited!

For my card today, I went with classic red and black. This combination reminds me of a super comfy flannel shirt I had in college.  I LOVED it!  (I wish I still had it!)  I used the Buffalo Check stamp in combination with three other sets to create this card: Country Home, Many Blessings, and Star of Light.  Here’s a look at all three:

Country Home Stamp Set

 

Many Blessings Stamp Set

 

Star of Light Stamp Set

All three of these sets are photopolymer sets, which allow for perfect placement every time!

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To create the main image, I knew I wanted to use the bucket from Country Home, but I wanted to use a Christmas themed arrangement for the top.  I found one in the Many Blessings set.  I stamped both images in black ink, colored them, and trimmed both with Paper Snips and then put them together on the final card.  For the can/bucket, I stamped Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it with Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends.  For the top arrangement, I stamped in StazOn Black and colored with Regals Stampin’ Write Markers.  The colors I used were Real Red, Garden Green, Old Olive, and Crushed Curry.

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Basic Black middle layer:  3-15/16 x 5-3/16 inches

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

Cherry Cobbler plaid strip:  2-1/8 x 5 inches

Whisper White stitched oval:  2-3/8 x 3-1/4 inches

Whisper White sentiment strip:  5/8 x 3-3/4 inches

 

The card was finished with a few rhinestones and a Linen Thread bow.  I love the end result!

If you have any questions about my card today, please ask!  Thank you for visiting!

Nicolle

 

There’s Nothing Sweeter than Merry Monday!

It’s time for another Merry Monday project!  My project today is a set of three 3 x 3 inch mini note cards made with the Nothing Sweeter Bundle.  This new bundle includes the 17 piece Nothing Sweeter photoplymer stamp set, as well as the 10 piece Sweetly Stitched Framelits!  Colors are Cherry Cobbler, Shaded Spruce, Crushed Curry, and Whisper White!

Check out the complete bundle below:

The bundle can be found on page 25 of the Holiday Catalog, or click HERE to see it in the online store!  Both the stamp set and framelits can also be purchased alone, though purchasing the bundle will save you 10% off the cost of them separately!

 

Measurements for these cards are as follows: 

Cherry Cobbler or Shaded Spruce card base:  3 x 6 inches (scored at 3 inches and folded in half)

Cherry Cobbler or Shaded Spruce middle layer:  2-3/4 x 2-3/4 inches

Whisper White top layer: 2-5/8 x 2-5/8 inches

Tree, Present, and Heart:  range from 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 in length and width (approximate)

 

All of the sentiments for the cards are from the new Candy Cane Season stamp set, and the white portions of each image were stamped in White Craft ink and then heat embossed using White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

Embellishments for this card include Whisper White 1/8 inch Sheer Ribbon, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, and Santa’s Workshop Enamel Shapes.  All were custom colored using either Stampin’ Blends or Ink Refills with Shimmer Paint.  I LOVE having the tools and products to create embellishments and accents in any color I need!

For the ribbon, I colored the white ribbon with Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends.  For the “star” on top of the Christmas Tree, I mixed Frost White Shimmer Paint with a small drop of Crushed Curry reinker.  It produced a really pretty yellow/gold color!  I then painted it onto the embellishment with a thin paintbrush:

I really love making mini note cards!  They can be used for so many different things…send a little note to someone special, tuck into a lunch box or co-worker’s mailbox, or punch a hole in the corner, add some ribbon, and use as a gift tag!  They are perfect for the holidays!

 

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

 

It’s Merry Monday with Winter Woods!

Last week, I posted a poll on my Facebook page about which stamp set my followers would like to see me use, and Winter Woods got the most votes!  I figured I would use it for today’s project, since today is also Merry Monday!  This card is based on one I made four years ago using the Lovely as a Tree stamp set.  It is one of my favorite cards that I’ve made, and when I saw the Winter Woods set in this year’s catalog, I knew right away that I wanted to try to recreate it.  I finally got the chance this past weekend!

The Winter Woods stamp set includes 7 rubber stamps, and comes in your choice of wood mount or clear mount.  It can be found on page 27 of the Holiday Catalog, or, you can click the image below to go to it online:

 

Here is what my original card looked like:

For the old card, I used a number of products that have since retired, including Brushed Silver card stock, Smooch Spritz, and the Watercolor Winter Too stamp set.  However, we have current products that I knew I could recreate it pretty closely with.  And luckily, the main color, Night of Navy, is still current!

For the new card, I used Night of Navy, Whisper White, and Shimmery White card stock.  I also used the new Galvanized Metallic Paper in place of the Brushed Silver card stock used on the original.  The technique I used to create the background is exactly the same on both cards.  I punched a 1-3/4 inch circle and applied it to the background piece with removable adhesive (available at local craft stores).  The circle was used as a “mask” while I applied ink to the background.  I sponged Night of Navy ink using light, circular motions, while leaving the middle of the card unsponged to create the look of moonlight.  Once the sponging was done, I peeled off the circle, and was left with a perfect full moon!

To create the rest of the background, I first used the stamp with multiple trees and inked it up with Night of Navy ink.  I stamped it off twice before stamping onto my background, as I wanted those trees to be very light.  I then stamped the large evergreen tree full strength onto the card.  I stamped the sentiment onto a small piece of Shimmery White card stock and punched it out with the Everyday Label Punch. I then wrapped Silver Baker’s Twine around the top layers twice, adhered the sentiment with Stampin’ Dimensionals, and embellished with a few of the white enamel circles from the Santa’s Workshop Enamel Shapes!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Night of Navy card stock base:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 and folded in half)

Galvanized Metallic Paper layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

Whisper White layer:  3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

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

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

Scrap circle “mask” (used to make the moon):  1-3/4 inches in diameter

 

I am so happy with the way this card came out!  I love the updated version as much as the original!  The Winter Woods stamp set is such a gorgeous, versatile set, and can be purchased alone, or as part of the Winter Woods bundle.  The bundle also includes the coordinating In the Woods Framelits dies.  (Even though I did not use the dies on this card, I will include them in the links below.  Be sure to check them out!)

I hope you like my project today!  Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

 

The Dashing Along Host Promotion

Stampin’ Up! has released a gorgeous, special edition paper for the month of September!  It is only available with a qualifying party or order, and is only available until September 30th.  This gorgeous paper is a mix of old and new designs and is perfect for holiday crafting!

 

Here’s all the details:

  • Promotion period: September 1–30
  • Dashing Along Designer Series Paper is exclusive to the host promotion and will not be available after September 30.
  • In order to qualify, the merchandise total on either a party or individual order must reach $250 USD/$300 CAD (before shipping and handling).
  • One package of Designer Series Paper may be redeemed per qualifying order, with no limit on how many qualifying orders can be placed in September.
  • Customer, Workshop, and online orders qualify.
  • Dashing Along Designer Series Paper may not be redeemed using Stampin’ Rewards. Customers will receive this FREE gift with a qualifying order in addition to any Stampin’ Rewards they may earn.
  • Dashing Along Designer Series Paper may not be exchanged for other paper.

 

Deadlines

  • Phone: September 28, 2018 at 6:50 PM (MT)
  • Online:  September 30, 2018 at 11:50 PM (MT)

 

Check out some samples made with this beautiful paper:

Be sure to get this paper while you can! It is only available until September 30th.  If you have any questions regarding this offer, please let me know.
 
Have a great weekend!

Nicolle

 

 

 

Introducing the Beautiful Blizzard Bundle!

One of my favorite new products in the Holiday Catalog is the new Beautiful Blizzard Bundle! This bundle can be used to make gorgeous snow themed projects for Holiday and/or general winter crafts.  The bundle contains the 11 piece Beautiful Blizzard rubber stamp set , as well as the Blizzard Thinlits Die.  Both items are also available individually, however, purchasing them together as the bundle will save you 10%!

Here’s a peek at the full bundle:

I love the large, one piece die!  With just one pass through the Big Shot, you can cut multiple snowflakes in different shapes and sizes.  A number of them were cut from Whisper White card stock and added to this card.  You can see them up close in the picture below:

I love how this card combines cool blues with the bright red of Christmas!  It really is a beautiful card!  (I wish I could take credit for it, but I can’t…it’s one of the sample images from the Holiday Catalog! You can find it on page 39.)

For more info on the Beautiful Blizzard Bundle, please click HERE.

Thank you for stopping by!

Nicolle