Color Fusers Blog Hop for October 2019

It’s time for our Color Fusers Blog Hop for October! This month we have a pretty autumn-esque color combo to share. All of our projects feature Grapefruit Grove, Terracotta Tile, Cajun Craze, and Basic Black.

For my project this month, I decided to create a woodland themed Welcome Little One card. It features the Nature’s Beauty and Animal Outing stamp sets. The background is sponged with Grapefruit Grove and Terracotta Tile ink, and the fox is colored with Cajun Craze and Ivory Stampin’ Blends markers. I also used the Stampin’ Blends Color Lifter to lighten the color on the front of the fox a little. The sentiment is stamped in Basic Black.

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)

Crumb Cake Middle Layer: 3-7/8 x 5-1/4 inches

Very Vanilla top layer: 3-3/4 x 5-1/8 inches

To add extra detail, I used the Stitched Rectangles Dies on the top layer, as well as added some Linen Thread and Gold Metallic Pearls to finish it off!

The Nature’s Beauty stamp set is available in this year’s Annual Catalog, and will be available through the end of May 2020. Stampin’ Up! will donate $3 for every Nature’s Beauty stamp set sold to Mental Health Awareness organizations. Not only is this stamp set gorgeous, it also helps support a great cause! Take a look at the full set below:

I hope you have enjoyed my project today! Please continue through the rest of our hop! The next stop is Melanie Hockin’s page. Click HERE to see what she has created this month, or click on the image below!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

Our full hop line up for October is listed below:

Tami Hewlett

Jo Anne Hewins

Barb Millikin

Sarah Wills

Bonnie O’Neill

Nicolle Belesimo –> YOU ARE HERE

Melanie Hockin

Melissa Kerman

Kelly Acheson

Color Fusers Blog Hop for September 2019

Welcome to our Color Fusers hop for September! Our creations this month feature a gorgeous combination of Rococo Rose, Merry Merlot, Night of Navy, and Mossy Meadow!

My project today features the Very Versailles, Butterfly Gala, and Tasteful Textures stamp sets. I used a Crumb Cake base, as well as Very Vanilla for the background and envelope. Most of the images for this card were stamped off prior to stamping the final images, as I wanted to soften all of the colors a bit for this project.

To create this card, I took the Very Vanilla top layer and very lightly sponged Crumb Cake ink around the edges, as well as very lightly across the surface to give it an aged, almost light tea stained look. (It’s easier to see it in person, as it’s very subtle, but it’s definitely there!) I then took the script stamp from the Very Versailles set and inked it with Crumb Cake ink. I stamped it off three times before stamping the lower left and upper right corners. I then re-inked it, and stamped it off 5 times before stamping the other two corners. I did not stamp them all off the same amount, as I wanted there to be a difference in the shading of the ink on the background. I then stamped the leaves in Mossy Meadow and the sentiment in Night of Navy. Both were stamped off once before stamping the final images.

The butterflies were stamped in Merry Merlot ink on Rococo Rose card stock, and punched with the Butterfly Duet punch. This punch coordinates perfectly with the Butterfly Gala stamp set! I layered my finished top layer with my base and Night of Navy middle layer. The top and middle layer are adhered with Snail adhesive, and then they were adhered to the base with Stampin’ Dimensionals. After the card was fully assembled, I applied pearls to the butterflies that were colored with an Ivory Stampin’ Blends Marker, so that they didn’t look so white against the Very Vanilla background. Once that was done, I added an inside layer with coordinating sentiment, and my card was complete!

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)

Night of Navy card stock middle layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

Very Vanilla card stock top layer: 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

Rococo Rose card stock piece for butterflies: 3 x 3 inches (both will fit on one piece)

I hope you have enjoyed my project today! Please continue through the rest of our hop to see what the rest of our team has created this month! Next up is Bonnie O’Neill, who always has something gorgeous to share!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Nicolle

Here is the full hop line up for this month:

Melissa Kerman

Melanie Hockin

Kelly Acheson

Tami Hewlett

Jo Anne Hewins

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Bonnie O’Neill

Color Fusers Blog Hop for August 2019

Today’s color combo is one of my absolute favorites so far! Greens, blues, and purples are my favorite colors, so I just LOVE this color combo! These colors remind me of tropical seas, so I decided to feature the Seaside Notions stamp set in my card today.

For this card, I used Shimmery White cardstock for the base, the seahorse, and sentiment piece. I stamped the seaweed image in the corners in Pretty Peacock ink, then stamped the seahorse in StazOn black ink on a separate piece, and watercolored it with both Pretty Peacock and Blackberry Bliss ink. Once it dried completely, I carefully trimmed around the image using Paper Snips. I then stamped the sentiment in VersaMark ink, heat embossed it in Shimmer Black Embossing Powder, and punched it with the Story Label Punch. Hopefully, you can see the shimmer in the embossing powder in the picture below:

I used the Sprig Punch to punch the sprigs on both sides of the sentiment, and cut them from Blackberry Bliss, Pretty Peacock, and Vellum Cardstock. They are adhered with Mini Glue Dots, and the seahorse and sentiment piece are adhered over the sprigs with Stampin’ Dimensionals (both regular and minis).

Once the card was fully assembled, I used a stamp from the Artisan Textures stamp set to give the appearance of bubbles just above the seahorse. I added a few Pretty Peacock sequins from the Woven Threads Sequin Assortment to dress it up a bit. I got a little too much glue behind some of the sequins, so I sprinkled a little bit of Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter over the “bubbles”, just to cover up the glue, as well as add a bit more shimmer! (Cause really, what’s a little more shimmer at this point? 🙂 )

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)

Coastal Cabana cardstock middle layer: 3-5/8 x 5 inches

Bermuda Bay cardstock top layer: 3-3/8 x 4-3/4 inches

Shimmery White seahorse piece: 1-1/4 x 3 inches

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

Sprigs: 1-1/4 x 2 inches each (approximate size)

And now it’s time for a confession: this card was case’d from a card I made for a swap last month. I didn’t have as much time as I had hoped to work on my project this month, so I needed something quickly! I loved my original and thought this month’s colors would work well for the design, so I just changed up a few things and now I have two versions to share! I love them both! Here’s my original card for comparison:

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Please continue on to Bonnie’s page! I have seen her cards for this month, and they are GORGEOUS!

Have a great day!

Nicolle

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Here is the full hop line up for August:

Tami Hewlett

Jo Anne Hewins

Melanie Hockin

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Bonnie O’Neill

Melissa Kerman

Color Fusers Blog Hop for July 2019

Welcome to the Color Fusers blog hop for July! This month’s palette is a trio of soft, light colors: Soft Sea Foam, Seaside Spray, and Purple Posy!

I LOVE pastel colors! They’ve always been my favorite, ever since I started stamping almost 16 years ago. Although the colors we used for this month’s projects are all soft shades, they are actually from two different Stampin’ Up! color families: Soft Sea Foam is part of the Subtles family, while Seaside Spray and Purple Posy are two of the NEW In Colors for 2019-2021!

In addition to our three featured colors, this card also features the new Band Together stamp set. This set can be found on page 121 of the Annual Catalog, as well as in the Online Store. It includes 8 red rubber cling stamps, and can be paired with the coordinating Detailed Bands Dies. The stamps and dies are available as a bundle as well. Purchasing the bundle will save 10% off the cost of both items separately!

Here’s a peek at the full set:

Band Together Cling Set
Set of 8 stamps
Item #149231
$23.00

I love the large floral image in this set. It can be used to make a card for pretty much any occasion! I also love that this set contains sentiments for both the front and inside of the card.

To make this card, I used Seaside Spray cardstock as the base, then layered Soft Sea Foam and Whisper White cardstock on top. The front image was stamped in Memento Black ink, and colored with both Soft Sea Foam and Purple Posy Stampin’ Blends Markers. I decided to soften the image by layering vellum over the whole top layer. The greeting was stamped in Seaside Spray ink right on the vellum itself, so that it stands out a bit from the other images. (One thing to keep in mind about vellum: if you stamp on it the ink takes a LOT longer to dry!)

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

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

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

Vellum Overlay: 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

All layers were adhered with Snail adhesive, except for the vellum. For the vellum layer, I used a Mini Glue Dot in each corner, and pressed just hard enough for it to stay secured to the card. If you use light pressure, it’s very hard to see the glue dot through the vellum. The more you press, the more noticeable the glue dot will be!

To finish the card, I embellished with Basic Adhesive Backed Sequins and Seaside Spray 1/2″ Scalloped Linen Ribbon. I stamped the inside of the card, stamped the envelope to match, and my project was complete!

Please continue on to the next stop on our hop this month, Bonnie O’Neill’s page, to see what fun project she has created this month!

Thanks so much for visiting today! Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

Here is the full hop line up for July:

Melissa Kerman

Melanie Hockin

Kelly Acheson

Tami Hewlett

Barb Mullikin

Jo Anne Hewins

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Bonnie O’Neill

Sarah Wills

Color Fusers Blog Hop for June 2019

It’s time for our Color Fuser’s Blog hop for June! This month we are featuring projects made with Blueberry Bushel, Real Red, Gray Granite, and Basic Black! I am not going to lie, this color combo stumped me a little. Then I realized that these colors are perfect for nautical themed projects, so I decided to use the NEW Sailing Home Bundle, available beginning TOMORROW (June 4th) when the NEW 2019-2020 Annual Catalog goes live!

My card today is based on a design from OnStage in April. We made a notecard using this bundle, as well as other items from the new Come Sail Away Suite. For my card today, I made a full sized card and switched up the colors for this month’s challenge. I also added some different textures to add more detail to the card.

The Sailing Home bundle can be found on pages 11 and 145 in the new catalog! The bundle comes with the Sailing Home Stamp Set, as well as the Smooth Sailing Dies. Purchasing both items as the bundle will save you 10% off the cost of both separately! Other items that coordinate with the bundle include Designer Series Paper, embellishments, Memories & More cards, baker’s twine, and more!

Sailing Home Bundle
Cling ~ 151066
$50.25

Here are step by step instructions to make this card:

  1. Make a card base from Gray Granite cardstock.
  2. Cut a 4 x 5-1/4 inch piece of Basic Black card stock and emboss using the Corrugated 3D Embossing Folder and a die cutting and embossing machine.
  3. Cut a 3 inch x 4-1/2 inch piece of Whisper White card stock. Stamp all over the card stock with the compass stamp in Blueberry Bushel ink. Stamp off once each time to make it slightly lighter in color.
  4. Use the Stitched Rectangle Dies to cut a piece of Gray Granite card stock. The finished size of the piece I used (after cutting) is 2-5/8 x 4 inches, so you will need one slightly larger to cut from.
  5. Emboss the Gray Granite piece using the Subtle Embossing Folder.
  6. Stamp the lighthouse in Memento Black ink on Whisper White card stock and cut using the lighthouse die from the set.
  7. Stamp the sentiment in Real Red ink and cut with the stitched frame die from the set.
  8. Assemble all layers using Snail Adhesive.
  9. Embellish with Happiness Blooms Enamel shapes, as well as an anchor from the Sail Away Trinkets. My anchor is also tied with a small piece of Braided Linen Thread.

I hope you have enjoyed my project today! Whether you have hopped here from Tami Hewlett’s page, or just happened upon my card some other way, I hope you will check out the rest of the Color Fuser’s Team’s projects. Up next is Bonnie O’Neill!

Thanks for stopping by today! Enjoy your day! 🙂

Nicolle

Here is this month’s full hop line up:

Melissa Kerman

Tami Hewlett

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Bonnie O’Neill

Jo Anne Hewins

Barb Mullikin

Kelly Acheson

Melanie Hockin

Sarah Wills

Color Fusers Blog Hop for May 2019

Hello, and welcome to our May Color Fuser’s blog hop! This month’s color combo is so pretty: Pear Pizzazz, Night of Navy, and Grapefruit Grove!

It just so happens that today is my birthday, so I decided to go with a fun, balloon themed birthday card for this month’s hop! I used Night of Navy ink and an Aqua Painter to make a watercolor wash on the top layer, and then used the Aqua Painter to add some ink spatters as well. Next, I cut two balloons (one Grapefruit Grove and the other Pear Pizzazz) using the Balloon Bouquet Punch, and used the Well Said Bundle to create the Happy Birthday sentiment. The “HAPPY” is stamped in Pear Pizzazz ink and the “birthday” is cut with the coordinating cutting dies. I finished the card with some baker’s twine and Gingham Gala Sequins, stamped a simple sentiment on the inside, and my card was complete!

If you look closely at the picture below, you’ll notice that the dot on the I in “birthday” is a rhinestone. The birthday die cuts a very small dot for the I, however, it is SO tiny, I couldn’t find it anywhere! So I took out my rhinestones and Night of Navy Stampin’ Blends, and colored one of the small rhinestones to dot my I with instead. I love the little bit of extra detail the colored rhinestone adds to this card!

Speaking of added detail, I used the Subtle Embossing Folder to give some texture to the balloons; the Stitched Rectangle Framelits on the top layer to add some detail around the edge; and Stampin’ Dimensionals on the balloons to make them pop off the card a bit. It’s easy to add fun, extra details when you have such great products to work with!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Night of Navy cardstock middle layer: 3-1/2 x 4-7/8 inches

Whisper White cardstock top layer: 3-3/8 x 4-3/4 inches

Night of Navy die cut sentiment piece: 1-1/4 x 3-1/4 inches

Grapefruit Grove balloon: 1-1/2 x 1-5/16 inches

Pear Pizzazz balloon: 1 x 1-3/8 inches

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you will continue to the next stop on our hop: Barb Mullikin’s page! I’m sure she’s got something gorgeous to share! 🙂

Nicolle

Here is the full hop line up for May:

Tami Hewlett

Jo Anne Hewins

Melissa Kerman

Melanie Hockin

Bonnie O’Neill

Kelly Acheson

Nicolle Belesimo < YOU ARE HERE

Barb Mullikin

Color Fusers Blog Hop for March 2019

Welcome to the Color Fusers Blog Hop for March! Today we are featuring projects made with the following colors: Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, and Smoky Slate!

I used three different stamp sets on this card: Love What You Do, Touches of Texture, and Kindness & Compassion. I also used the Stitched Rectangle Framelits, Whisper White 1/8 inch Sheer Ribbon, and Pearl Basic Jewels.

The steps to create this card are as follows:

  1. Cut the card base from Gorgeous Grape cardstock and fold in half.
  2. Cut the middle layer from Smoky Slate cardstock.
  3. Cut the top layer from Whisper White on the Big Shot using the Stitched Rectangle Framelits.
  4. Ink up the watercolor image stamp from Love What You Do with Highland Heather ink and stamp off the ink one time. Then stamp onto the Whisper White piece.
  5. Stamp the floral image from Touches of Texture in Smoky Slate ink.
  6. Stamp the sentiment from Kindness & Compassion in Smoky Slate ink.
  7. Watercolor the flowers with Gorgeous Grape ink using an Aqua Painter. Set aside to dry.
  8. Stamp the floral images from Love What You Do in the corners of the card base in Gorgeous Grape ink.
  9. When dry, adhere the Whisper White top layer to the Smoky Slate middle layer with Snail Adhesive. Then apply to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  10. Make a small bow from the 1/8 inch Whisper White Sheer Ribbon and adhere with a glue dot.
  11. Color some small pearls from the Pearls Basics Jewels with a Light Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends marker and apply to the card.
  12. Stamp your envelope to match (if desired).

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Smoky Slate cardstock middle layer: 3-1/2 x 4-7/8 inches

Whisper White top layer: 3-3/8 x 4-3/4 inches

Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope you have enjoyed my project for this month! Please be sure to visit the next stop on our hop, which is Melanie Hockin’s page!

Have a great day!

Nicolle

Full blog line up:

Kelly Acheson

Jo Anne Hewins

Melissa Kerman

Tami Hewlett

Nicolle Belesimo – You Are Here

Melanie Hockin

Bonnie O’Neill

Barb Mullikin

Paola Phillips

Color Fusers Blog Hop for February 2019

Today I have the privilege of joining a very talented group of demonstrators: The Color Fusers Design Team! I am very excited and honored to have been asked to join them! Each month, we will post a project created with a specific set of Stampin’ Up! colors. This month’s colors are Petal Pink, Poppy Parade, Early Espresso, Basic Black, and Whisper White.

My card today features a watercolor wash in Poppy Parade, and a large floral design heat embossed in black. I added a layer of Petal Pink between my top layer and base, which I made using Early Espresso. I did not have any Petal Pink ribbon, so I colored some 1/8 inch Whisper White Sheer Ribbon with my Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends. I LOVE how you can make your own embellishments with the Blends! In addition to ribbon, I have also colored pearls, rhinestones, epoxy shapes, and more! The card is finished with some Petal Pink pearls from the Share What You Love Artisan Pearls, and has a pretty die cut sentiment piece made with the Stitched Labels Framelits.

The stamp set I used for this card is called All That You Are, and it’s one of my favorite new stamp sets from the new Occasions Catalog! Here’s a peek at the full set:

The mix of images and sentiments make this a great set to have in your collection!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Petal Pink middle layer: 3-3/4 x 5 inches

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

Die cut sentiment piece: 7/8 x 3 inches (approximate)

Thank so much for stopping by! Please be sure to visit the other stops on our hop today! Up next is Melissa Kerman, who always has something beautiful to share! 🙂

Nicolle

Our full February line up can be found below:

Melissa Kerman

Bonnie O’Neill

Barb Mullikin

Jo Anne Hewins

Sarah Wills

Tami Hewlitt

Kelly Acheson

Paola Phillips

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)