Colors Fusers Blog Hop for July 2021

It is time for our July 2021 Color Fusers Blog Hop! Today, we have a pretty combination of Basic White, Basic Black, Petal Pink, and Gold to share with you. I just LOVE these colors together, and I love how the gold adds some extra shimmer and shine! My card today features two NEW stamps sets, which I will get to in just a bit!

I don’t know about you, but I always have a ton of wedding cards to make during the summer. This one is going to be sent to a friend’s daughter, who is getting married next month. Her colors are very similar to the colors for this month’s hop, so the timing worked out well! As I mentioned above, I used two new stamp sets to make this card. The set I used for the flowers is called Shaded Summer, and the one I used for the sentiment is called Create with Friends. These are definitely two of my new favorites! I just love the look of the flowers and the large, elegant script of the sentiments. Take a look at both sets up close in the photo below:

As you can see, both sets offer LOTS of gorgeous images and sentiments in addition to the few I used. You could definitely use both for many different occasions!

To make my card, I cut my layers and then used the two floral stamps to stamp the corners in Petal Pink ink. I also used a Water Painter and my Petal Pink Ink Refill to add some paint spatters to the background. I heat embossed the Celebrate sentiment in white on Basic Black cardstock, and cut it using a die from the Tasteful Labels Dies. I added a piece of Petal Pink Organdy striped ribbon across the center of the top layer, then adhered the sentiment over it with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I tucked some pieces from the Expressions in Ink Ephemera pack on both sides of the sentiment, adhered them with glue dots, then added some of the sequins from the Ephemera pack as well. I stamped a coordinating envelope, and my project was finished!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Basic Black cardstock middle layer: 3-3/4 x 5 inches

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

Basic Black sentiment piece (as shown): 2 x 3-1/2 inches (approximate)

Please continue through our hop to see what other creations my talented teammates have created this month! Next up is Gail Ellis at Blue Rose Paper Treasures!

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

Our full hop lineup for this month is as follows:

Brenda Nelson

Tami Hewlett

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Gail Ellis

Jo Anne Hewins

Bonnie O’Neill

Melissa Kerman

Melanie Hockin

Color Fusers Blog Hop for June 2021

One of the things I look forward to most when a new Annual Catalog comes out is the release of new In Colors. They are always such a great surprise! This year’s colors are absolutely stunning, and I really love that there are two greens, as green is my favorite color. For this month’s hop, we are featuring the new colors, and I cannot wait to see what everyone has created!

For my project, I used a new bundle from the Annual Catalog called the Forever Grapevine Bundle. The bundle includes a 7 piece cling stamp set, as well as a 6 piece coordinating cutting die set. Take a peek at the full bundle below:

To make my card, I took two sheets of Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper and cut them in half. I then added a few drops of each new In Color ink to separate wells in a small plastic artist’s palette, and added some water to each. I watercolored each piece of the watercolor paper with a different color and let them dry thoroughly. (For the two greens, I combined both on one piece.) Once they were completely dry, I applied Adhesive sheets to the back of each piece, and used the largest die in the die set to cut a full die cut in each color.

Once I had all of the pieces cut, I adhered the green vine piece to a piece of watercolor paper (trimmed to 3-1/2 x 5 inches). I then carefully cut out a few leaves of each of the other colors and adhered them over their matching green leaves. Before adding this top layer to the card base, I cut the scalloped piece on the left side with a die from the Basic Borders Dies set. I cut this piece from the remainder of the green watercolored piece, then turned it over so that the white side was facing outward. Even though the white is showing, the green still pops a little where the stitch marks are:

To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment from the Forever Grapevine stamp set onto watercolor paper, punched it out with the Label Me Lovely Punch, and adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. A few of the new In Color Rhinestones in Pale Papaya were added, and the card was finished!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Thick Basic White cardstock base: 4-1/4 x 11 inches (scored at 5-1/2 inches and folded in half)

Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper top layer: 3-1/3 x 5 inches

Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper Scalloped edge: 1 x 4-3/4 inches

Sentiment piece: Approximately 2-1/8 inches x 2-1/8 inches

All watercolored pieces for die cut vines: 3-1/2 x 5 inches

Please continue to the next stop on our hop this month, which is Jo Anne Hewins’ page. Jo Anne always has something beautiful to share!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

Our full hop lineup for this month is as follows:

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Jo Anne Hewins

Tami Hewlett

Melissa Kerman

Gail Ellis

Bonnie O’Neill

Brenda Nelson

Melanie Hockin

Color Fusers Blog Hop for May 2021

Happy May, and welcome to another Color Fusers blog hop! This month, we have a pretty combo of Poppy Parade, Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party, and Bumblebee to share. I love this time of year because my favorite flowers are in season: TULIPS! I planted over 300 tulip bulbs in my yard last year, and they are in full bloom right now, so I decided to use that as my inspiration for this month’s project!

There is a tulip farm close to where I live called Wicked Tulips. They plant over 500,000 tulip bulbs every year, in every color you can imagine. It is definitely one of my favorite places! When you pick your own tulips there, they have wrapping stations where you can wrap them, and they provide brown kraft floral paper to wrap them in. I wanted to design my card to look like a bouquet of tulips, and I used Crumb Cake DSP to make my “wrapping”, as it reminds me of the bouquets I’ve put together at the tulip farm. Here’s a picture of one of my actual bouquets from there (it rained the day I went, that’s why they’re wet!):

For this card, I used the Timeless Tulips stamp set. This set has one large and two smaller tulip stamps. The largest tulip coordinates with the Tulip Builder Punch. When I stamped the large tulips, I used the Rock n Roll technique. To do this, I inked up the stamp in either Bumblebee or Flirty Flamingo, then took the stamp and gently rolled just the edges of the stamp around in Poppy Parade ink, so that the darker ink blends along the edges with the lighter color. If you look closely at the largest tulips on my card, you can see the variation in color this technique produces:

In addition to the large tulips, I also stamped a few of each of the smaller ones in solid colors, then carefully “fussy cut” those with Paper Snips.

This card has a Poppy Parade base, a Pool Party middle layer, and a top layer of Basic White. The top layer was cut with a die from the NEW Scalloped Contours Dies, and was spattered in Pool Party ink with a Water Painter to add a bit more detail!

To make the bouquet, I first made the wrapping. I used a 6 x 6 piece of DSP from the new Neutrals Color Assortment. I placed one of the corners so it was pointing up, and then scored and folded both sides in, as shown in the photos below:

I then opened the paper so it was flat, then arranged my tulips as shown below:

Once I had all of the large tulips arranged and adhered the way I wanted, I tucked a few of the smaller tulips into the bouquet as well:

Once I had everything the way I wanted it, I folded the flaps over, and adhered them so they stayed closed. I then placed the bouquet on the card and carefully trimmed off the excess. I stamped my sentiment, added a white twine bow, as well as a few Pool Party rhinestones from the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels, and my card was complete!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Pool Party cardstock middle layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

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

I hope you have enjoyed my project this month! Please continue on to the next stop on our hop today, which is Brenda Nelson‘s page!

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Nicolle

Our full hop line up for this month is as follows:

Melissa Kerman

Jo Anne Hewins

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Brenda Nelson

Tami Hewlett

Gail Ellis

Bonnie O’Neill

Melanie Hockin

Color Fusers Blog Hop for April 2021

Hello, and Happy Spring! Welcome to our Color Fusers Blog Hop for April. Today we have a pretty combination of Seaside Spray, Old Olive, and Real Red to share with you!

My card today features NEW Designer Series Paper from the upcoming Annual Catalog. It’s the Regals color family paper, and I used one of the designs in Real Red for my background. I used two stamps from the Painted Poppies stamp sets and stamped them all over the DSP in White Craft ink, then heat embossed them with White Embossing Powder. I then layered that over Basic White and layered both over a Real Red base. I stamped some of the paint spatters from the Painted Poppies set along the right side of the base in Versamark ink before mounting the layers onto the card.

I tied a piece of Old Olive ribbon from the Ornate Garden Ribbon Combo Pack, and tied a little bow, which I then secured with Linen Thread and left the ends loose for a little more detail. The sentiment was stamped In Seaside Spray ink, and is from the You Are Amazing stamp set. It’s punched with the Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch and mounted to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I also stamped the inside with another image from the Painted Poppies stamp set, and repeated the same image on the envelope as well.

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Real Red cardstock base: 4-1/4 x 11 (scored at 5-1/2 and folded in half)

Basic White cardstock middle layer: 3-3/8 x 4-3/4 inches

Regals DSP top layer in Real Red: 3-1/8 x 4-1/2 inches

Basic White sentiment piece: 1-3/8 x 2 inches (approximate)

Basic White insert: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

To finish my card, I added a few clear Elegant Faceted gems. I love the little extra sparkle they give this card!

Please continue onto the next stop on our hop today, which is Jo Anne Hewins‘ page! I’m sure she has something lovely to share!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

Our full hop line up for this month is as follows:

Gail Ellis

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Jo Anne Hewins

Tami Hewlett

Brenda Nelson

Melissa Kerman

Bonnie O’Neill

Melanie Hockin

Color Fusers Blog Hop for March 2021

Happy March! Spring is right around the corner (thank goodness) and 2021 is shaping up to be a much better year than 2020 was, that’s for sure! It’s time for our March 2021 Color Fusers Blog Hop, and we’ve got a very pretty combination of Seaside Spray, Gray Granite, and Early Espresso to share this month:

My card this month features the Treasured Medallion stamp set. This set can be purchased alone, or as a bundle with the Many Medallions Dies (which will save you 10% over purchasing the stamps and dies alone!) This set is SO pretty, and can be used for pretty much any occasion!

To make my card, I used Thick Basic White cardstock as my base. I used regular Basic White as my top layer, and stamped two medallions in full strength Seaside Spray ink, then switched to Gray Granite, but stamped it off to make it a little lighter. Once all of the medallions were stamped, I layered it on top of Early Espresso cardstock. I then wrapped a piece of Gray Granite 1/4 inch Shimmer Ribbon around the layers and secured it to the back. I stamped my sentiment onto a small piece of Seaside Spray cardstock, and embossed it with the Scripty Embossing Folder. I then used the Messages Die to cut out the sentiment, and stamped the small flourish next to it in Seaside Spray ink.

Before mounting the sentiment piece, I made a figure 8 with the ribbon and trimmed the tail pieces on both ends. I secured the ribbon to the back with a small piece of tape, and mounted the whole thing to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Finally, I added some Opal Rounds to the centers of the medallions, and my card was complete!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Early Espresso cardstock middle layer: 3-3/4 x 5 inches

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

Seaside Spray sentiment piece: approximately 3/4 x 2 inches

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Please continue to the next stop on our hop, which is Bonnie O’Neill’s page!

Have a great month!

Nicolle

Our Full Hop Line Up for this month is as follows:

Melissa Kerman

Tami Hewlett

Gail Ellis

Jo Anne Hewins

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Bonnie O’Neill

Brenda Nelson

Melanie Hockin

Colors Fusers Blog Hop for February 2021

Happy February! And welcome to our Color Fusers blog hop for this month. It is a freezing cold day here in CT, and we are about to get 7-14 inches of snow dumped on us over the next 24 hours. I am trying to get this blog post done and posted before we lose our power and/or internet. I live in a very rural area, and it’s pretty much a given any time we have a big storm! Hopefully, it won’t be too bad!

Our color combo for this month’s hop is a bright and fun combo of Gorgeous Grape, Magenta Madness, and Bermuda Bay. I love to pair brights with black and white, as I feel it really makes the colors pop! So here is what I came up with for this month:

This project features the new Vine Design Bundle, which can be found on page 62 of the 2021 January-June Mini Catalog. To make this card, I used watercolor paper and my Water Painters to make a watercolor wash with all three of this month’s colors. (Of course, I didn’t think to take a picture of it before I dried and cut it. Sorry!) I took a 3-1/2 by 5 inch piece of the water color paper and brushed on the colors so it looked like diagonal stripes across the paper. I used my Heat Tool to speed up the drying process, then cut it with the large round die from the Flowering Vines Dies. Before cutting, I applied an Adhesive Sheet to the back of the paper. This in essence created a sticker from the die cut, so that when I was ready to mount it to the card, I just had the peel the backing off and apply. I LOVE the adhesive sheets! They are truly a Godsend to someone like me who makes a HUGE mess with glue (no matter how careful I am!)

Once the die cut was mounted to the white layer, I layered that onto a layer of Bermuda Bay cardstock and wrapped both with a piece of Gorgeous Grape 3/8″ Sheer Ribbon. I then heat embossed the Hello sentiment onto Basic Black cardstock, and cut it with the Double Oval Punch. I mounted the ribbon wrapped layers onto a Basic Black cardstock base, cut a second smaller piece of ribbon and created a simple knot close to the sentiment piece. My sentiment was mounted with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. I then added some Opal Rounds, mounted an inside white layer, and my card was complete! It’s a simple design this month, but I love how it came out!

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)

Bermuda Bay cardstock middle layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

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

Floral Die Cut diameter: 3-1/8 inches

Black Sentiment Oval: 15/16 x 1-13/16 inches

The Vine Design Bundle is available as a bundle, and purchasing them as such will save you 10% off the price of purchasing the stamps and dies separately. (Of course they are also available separately as well, if you’re only looking for one or the other!) You can find ordering info for these, and all of the supplies I used for this card, at the bottom of today’s post!

Please continue onto the next stop on our hop this month, which is Melanie Hockin’s page! You won’t want to miss what she has created!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great day!

Nicolle

Our full hop line up for this month is as follows:

Meliisa Kerman

Tami Hewlett

Jo Anne Hewins

Gail Ellis

Nicolle Belesimo –> YOU ARE HERE

Melanie Hockin

Bonnie O’Neill

Brenda Nelson

Color Fusers Blog Hop for January 2021

It’s time for our first Color Fuser’s Blog Hop of 2021! We are starting off the new year with a really pretty combination of Mango Melody, Melon Mambo, Garden Green, and Pacific Point. I hope you will hop through our whole team’s pages to see what everyone has created this month with this gorgeous color combo!

For my project, I used the NEW Forever & Always Bundle, which will be available on January 5th! This bundle combines gorgeous florals with large, flowing script, as well as some small, but bold sentiments. To make the flowers, I used the baby wipe technique to combine some Melon Mambo and Mango Melody inks. I took a baby wipe, folded it in half, then in half again. I then made a circle with drops of ink from my Mango Melody reinker, and then added a few drops of Melon Mambo to the center. I spritzed it with a little water, and gave it a few minutes to spread and settle a bit. I used it to ink up the flower stamps and stamped them on Shimmery White cardstock. Once they were dry, I cut them out using the coordinating dies from the bundle and set them aside. I also stamped two sets of leaves in Garden Green ink, then used a Water Painter to VERY lightly watercolor them. Once they were dry, I set them aside as well.

I wanted to add a strip of green DSP below the flowers and behind the sentiment, but I couldn’t find a Garden Green piece that I liked for this card, so I made one myself. I took a piece of Shimmery White cardstock, then used one of the new Blending Brushes to color it with some Garden Green ink. I then used a stamp from the Inspiring Iris stamp set, stamped it a few times on the blended green in Versamark ink, and heat embossed it in white embossing powder.

I stamped the Love sentiment in Melon Mambo ink, and framed it with a die from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies. I also spattered the top layer of the card with Pacific Point ink. Once all of my pieces were stamped and cut, I assembled the card.

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)

Melon Mambo middle layer: 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

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

Shimmery White blended piece: 1-1/2 x 3 inches

Shimmery White piece for flowers/leaves: 3 x 4 inches

Shimmery Whote sentiment piece: 1-5/8 x 2-3/4 inches

To assemble the card, I used Stampin’ Seal to adhere the layers and green background piece. I mounted the flowers, leaves, and sentiment with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I stamped the second part of the sentiment (YOU) in Mango Melody ink directly onto the card, and finished the card with a couple of NEW Opal Rounds and a little Wink of Stella in the flowers’ centers. Finally, I stamped a coordinating envelope, and my project for this month was complete!

Please continue to the next stop on our hop, to see what Tami Hewlett has created this month! Click HERE to go to Tami’s page, or use the buttons below to move through the rest of our hop today!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

Our full hope line up for this month is as follows:

Brenda Nelson

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Tami Hewlett

Melissa Kerman

Bonnie O’Neill

Jo Anne Hewins

Gail Ellis

Melanie Hockin

Color Fusers Blog Hop for December 2020

Happy December! Can you believe this year is FINALLY almost over? I don’t know about you, but I am definitely ready for a better 2021! December is always crazy for me. In addition to the holiday craziness that everyone has, I also have BOTH of my boys’ birthdays! It’s a hectic, but fun month! 🙂

Today, the Color Fusers team has a beautiful combination of Pretty Peacock, Night of Navy, and Granny Apple Green to share! Greens and blues are my favorite colors. So when I saw this month’s combo, I was excited to get to creating! I decided to use an all new product suite called the Art Gallery Suite, which will be available in the NEW January – June Mini Catalog (the catalog formerly known as the “Occasions Catalog”). This suite features some gorgeous florals and simple sentiments that you are going to love!

For my card today, I used a Whisper White base, layered with Granny Apple Green and Night of Navy for the top. The top layer is embossed with a new 3D Embossing Folder called Painted Texture. To enhance the pattern of the folder, I first inked up the folder with VersaMark ink. Doing this applies the ink to the cardstock as it embossed, and gives a nice variation in color and texture throughout the finished piece!

To make this card, I used Thick Whisper White Cardstock as my base. I cut a piece 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches and folded it in half. I stamped paint spatters in the corners with a stamp from the Waterfront stamp set in Granny Apple Green ink. I cut the middle layer of Granny Apple Green cardstock, and the top layer of Night of Navy (measurements below). I then inked up the 3D Painted Texure Embossing Folder with VersaMark and ran it through my Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine. Once my layers were complete, I stamped my flower and sentiment:

My flower stem was stamped on the NEW Oh So Ombre Designer Series Paper, which can be earned with a $50 purchase beginning January 5th! It’s hard to tell from the picture, but there is a nice variation in color on the paper behind the stamped stem and leaves. I originally stamped my flower on regular Whisper White cardstock, but then I decided that I wanted the flower to be similar to the stem in terms of having a variation in color. So I used the NEW Blending Brushes to apply Pretty Peacock ink to a piece of Whisper White cardstock, and blended the color until I got the color I was looking for:

I then stamped the flower in Pretty Peacock on top of the blended color, stamping it off once first. Then I stamped the top layer in full strength Pretty Peacock ink, and the center in Night of Navy:

Once the flower was complete, I cut it out using the coordinating Floral Gallery Dies. I then went over the center with a touch of Wink of Stella to accent it a bit!

I assembled the layers of the card, and decided to make them asymmetrical. I adhered the flower and then the sentiment, which was heat embossed in white Stampin’ Emboss powder, and cut with the small frame die from the Floral Gallery Dies. Both the flower and sentiment were applied with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. I finished the card with some Elegant Faceted Gems colored with my Dark Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends Marker. Once the gems were applied, my card was complete! I tried a few different ribbons and twines to add a bow somewhere, but none of them looked right to me, so I decided to leave it off. Even though the layout is simple, there’s lots of detail added in other ways!

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)

Granny Apple Green cardstock middle layer: 3-3/4 x 5 inches

Night of Navy cardstock top layer: 3-3/4 x 5 inches

Oh so Ombre DSP stem piece: 2-1/2 x 2-1/4 inches

Pretty Peacock Floral piece: 2 x 2-1/4 inches

Pretty Peacock sentiment piece: 1/2 x 1-1/2 inches

I hope you have enjoyed my project today, and our hop so far! Please continue to the next stop, which is Brenda Nelson’s page! Brenda is a new Color Fusers team member, and I am sure that you will love her creations! Click HERE to go to her page, or use the images below to go to each team member’s blog!

Thanks for stopping by! Wishing you a safe, happy, and HEALTHY Holiday Season!

Nicolle

Our complete hop line up for this month is as follows:

Melissa Kerman

Tami Hewlett

Jo Anne Hewins

Nicolle Belesimo

Brenda Nelson

Melanie Hockin

Gail Ellis

Bonnie O’Neill

Color Fusers Blog Hop for November 2020

Welcome to our November Color Fuser’s Blog Hop! We got about four inches of snow where I live in CT on Friday, so I wanted to do something with bright and sunny flowers for my post today! My card features the Poppy Moments Dies, as well as a pretty color combo this month of Bumblebee, Poppy Parade, and Shaded Spruce!

To make the flowers for this card, I made a watercolor wash with Poppy Parade and Bumblebee reinkers, making sure to blend them a bit in the middle. Once the paper was dry, I cut the back layers of the flowers, and then cut the top layers from Poppy Parade and Bumblebee cardstock. I adhered the two layers for each flower together with multipurpose glue, then added the centers which were cut from Basic Black cardstock. I also cut some leaves in Shaded Spruce to incorporate it into the project. The Poppy Moments Dies contain all of the pieces you need to create full, perfect flowers! You can see the complete set below:

Another way I incorporated the Shaded Spruce is to add some light paint spatters in the background. I used a stamp from the Waterfront set and stamped off the ink twice before stamping the spatters onto the card. This way, they weren’t super dark, and were a more subtle addition to my project.

In addition to the Shaded Spruce leaves, I added some vellum sprigs and gold leaves as well. I also heat embossed the sentiment in gold, which is from the Tasteful Touches stamp set. I don’t use a lot of gold in my projects as I tend to prefer silver, but I do really like the way the gold looks with the colors we used this month! Take a look at the shiny leaves and sentiment in the picture below:

Finally, I added some Wink of Stella to the flowers’ centers, and some Gold Glitter Enamel Dots to finish the card. Now it is ready to send off to a friend in this week’s mail!

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).

Shimmery White cardstock top layer: 4 x 5-1/4 iinches

Poppy Parade flower piece: approximately 3 x 3 inches

Bumblebee flower piece: approximately 2 x 2 inches

Shaded Spruce leaves: size varies

Thanks for checking out our hop today! Please continue to the next stop this month, which is Melanie Hockin’s page. Click HERE or click on the image below to go to her page!

Nicolle

Our complete hop line up for this month is as follows:

Melissa Kerman

Tami Hewlett

Jo Anne Hewins

Nicolle Belesimo (You are here)

Melanie Hockin

Gail Ellis

Bonnie O’Neill

Color Fusers Blog Hop for October 2020

Happy Fall, Everyone! I can’t believe it’s already October! Only two months left in this crazy year, and then hopefully 2021 will be the year that things start to get back to normal (fingers crossed!) It’s time for our October Color Fusers Blog Hop, and this month, we have a unique combination of Cinnamon Cider, Crumb Cake, and Cherry Cobbler to share:

My project this month features the Birds & Branches Bundle, which can be found in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog. Though it is mostly an everyday occasion set, I decided to make a Christmas card with it. I wasn’t quite sure how these colors would work for a Christmas card, but I really like the end result! Here’s a peek at the full bundle:

The bundle includes the Birds & Branches stamp set, as well as the coordinating Birds & More Dies. I also used a decorative stamp from the Joyful Holly stamp set in the corners of the card, as well as a sentiment from the Sweetest Time set. The holly was stamped in Cinnamon Cider and the berries were colored with Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends. The sentiment was stamped in Cherry Cobbler. The middle layer was cut using the Rectangle Stitched Dies, and the top layer was torn along the edges to give it a bit of a rustic look. The birds in this set are two step stamps. There is an outline stamp for each, and then a solid image that you can stamp over (or under) to produce a multilayer/multicolor effect. I stamped the outline of the bird in Cherry Cobbler, then stamped the solid bird image in Crumb Cake over it, and cut with the coordinating die. I then sponged some Wink of Stella onto the bird to give it a little shimmer before mounting it on the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Crumb Cake cardstock middle layer: 3-3/8 x 4-3/4 inches

Very Vanilla top layer: 3 x 4-1/4 inches (approximate)

Cinnamon Cider piece for branch: 2 x 4-1/2 inches (approximate)

Small piece of Cherry Cobbler for the flowers

Because this is a Christmas card, I wanted to add a little bling to dress it up. So in addition to the bird, I also sponged some Wink of Stella onto the branch. I cut small flowers from Cherry Cobbler cardstock using the Confetti Flowers Border Punch, and added those to the branch, then added some rhinestones to the flowers’ centers. The card was finished with a small Linen Thread bow. While these colors are definitely not your traditional Christmas colors, I think they still work!

I hope you have enjoyed our hop so far! Please continue on to Bonnie O’Neill’s page to see what she has created this month! Thanks so much for joining us today!

Nicolle

Our full hop lineup this month is as follows:

Jo Anne Hewins

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Bonnie O’Neill

Tami Hewlett

Melissa Kerman