Color Fusers Blog Hop for June 2020

Happy June, Everyone! What a great way to start off the month, with a Color Fusers blog hop, a gorgeous color combo, and products from the NEW Annual Catalog, which goes live in only TWO days! Our color combo today is a very pretty combination of Petal Pink, Melon Mambo, and Pool Party!

My project today features (mostly) products from the new catalog. The background images were created with stamps from the new Forever Fern set. The sentiment is from the new Lovely You stamp set, and is heat embossed in white on Basic Black card stock. I also used new ribbon and embellishments, which I will get to in just a bit! For now, here’s a sneak peek at the two stamp sets I used:

Forever Fern Stamp Set
Lovely You Stamp Set

When making this card, I really wanted to use Melon Mambo ribbon, but I do not currently have any in my stash. So I used some of the new White Faux Linen Ribbon from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack and dyed it with my Melon Mambo ink refill. It was really easy to do! I used a small clear plastic cup, added about 1/2 inch of water, 10 drops of ink, and a splash of isopropyl alcohol. After stirring it well, I submerged the ribbon and let it sit for 10 minutes or so, then removed it and laid it flat on a paper towel. I used the paper towel to blot as much of the water out as possible, then dried it the rest of the way with my hair dryer. The ribbon held the color really well. Next time, I think I will leave it in longer to see if I can get a deeper color, but even the lighter pink coordinates well, as it’s just a lighter shade of Melon Mambo!

In addition to the leaves, I also stamped some small splatters all over the background in Petal Pink ink. The splatter stamp is also from the Forever Fern set. And the droplet embellishments are from the NEW Flowers for Every Season Gems. They are not adhesive backed, so I just used a very small dab of glue and placed them with my Take Your Pick Tool.

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

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

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

Basic Black card stock sentiment piece: 1-1/8 x 2-1/4 inches

Although this card is made with mostly new products, there is still time to get your favorite retiring products! But you only have until tomorrow night to get them! Click HERE to shop the Last Chance Products section of my online store, and stock up on your favorites before they are gone for good!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Next up is Tami Hewlett, who always has something beautiful to share!

Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

Our full hop lineup for this month is as follows:

Melissa Kerman

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Tami Hewlett

Jo Anne Hewins

Bonnie O’Neill

Melanie Hockin

Color Fusers Blog Hop for May 2020

Happy May, Everyone! April flew by, despite many challenges, and I have tremendous hope that we will finally start seeing some good news this month! Our color combo this month is a bright, sunny combo of Call Me Clover, Night of Navy, and Pineapple Punch. TWO of these colors are retiring June 2nd, so if you love them, stock up while you can!

I realized last night about 9:30 pm that I had this hop today. For some reason, I thought it was NEXT week. Oops! This card layout is pretty much my go-to layout when I need a card quickly. It’s simple in design and easy to create, and by adding texture, embellishments, etc., you can dress it up to look really nice! Some added touches on this card include paint spatters in the background, the use of Shimmery White cardstock for the top layer, stitched edging, pearls, an embossed middle layer, and a simple bow!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Call Me Clover cardstock layer: 3-3/4 x 5 inches

Shimmery White cardstock layer: 3 x 4-3/8 inches

Shimmery White cardstock insert: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

My flowers were stamped in Black StazOn ink, and watercolored using Aqua Painters. After coloring the flowers, I swirled some green into the yellow before I did the paint spatters, and though it’s hard to tell from the pictures, some of them have an almost ombre effect! The flowers are from the Painted Poppies stamp set and the sentiment is from the Here’s a Card set.

As mentioned above, TWO of the colors we used today are retiring June 2nd. They are Pineapple Punch and Call Me Clover. Be sure to visit the online store HERE to stock up on your favorites before they’re gone for good! Typically, retiring color products sell out quickly, so order ASAP to avoid disappointment!

Be sure to check out the Last Chance Products section of the online store for ALL retiring products, in addition to the retiring In Colors! Some items have been marked down, and ALL retiring products are only available while supplies last.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you are happy and well. Please continue to the next stop on our hop, which is Melanie Hockin’s page!

Enjoy your day! 🙂

Nicolle

Our full line up for this month is as follows:

Jo Anne Hewins

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Melanie Hockin

Tami Hewlett

Melissa Kerman

Bonnie O’Neill

3D Thursday: Little Box of Sunshine

Happy Thursday, everybody! It’s my turn to create for 3D Thursday, and I have put together a very simple, but fun project for today! A few weeks ago, Stampin’ Up! CEO Sara Douglass posted a Box of Sunshine that she had created for the staff at Stampin’ Up! It was a large box full of small treats and gifts that were all yellow in color. She said that she brought it in for them to brighten their day and “Share Sunshine”. Honestly, who couldn’t use a little pick me up with all the craziness happening right now? So my project was inspired by her idea! Take a look:

I wanted to do something similar, but on a smaller, more portable scale. I used the Acetate Card Boxes and filled them with yellow treats, as well as a $5 Dunkin Donuts gift card. They are the perfect size to give to one person! Here’s a close up of what I put inside:

Everything was ordered from Amazon, except the gift card. I picked up a bunch of those at my local Dunkin’ Donuts. For Stampin’ Up! products other than the card box, I used the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper for the belly band, the You Always Deliver stamp set for the sentiment, and Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon for the wrap and bow. It was SO simple and fun to put this together, and will be even more fun to give!

You can download my full instruction sheet and supply list HERE or by clicking the image below:

Thanks for checking in today! Next Monday, I will be hopping with the Color Fusers team, so please check back on Monday AND Thursday for new posts and projects!

Have a great day, (hopefully) filled with sunshine!

#sharesunshine

Nicolle

Color Fusers Blog Hop for April 2020

Welcome to our Color Fusers blog hop for April! Well, things have certainly changed since last month, haven’t they? Who would have thought a month ago that all of this craziness in the world would be happening? Usually, on a Color Fusers hop day, I would be carrying my phone from classroom to classroom with my alarm set to make sure that my post gets published at the right time. Today, I will most likely be sitting at my dining room table (pleading) with my boys to PLEASE get some schoolwork done. Such a huge and bizarre difference from a month ago!

We could all use some positive thoughts right now, so my project today features the stamp set Positive Thoughts, including a sentiment that I think we can really all use more of during this time : Hugs, Prayers, Love.

I love this month’s color combo! Blues and greens together are so calming, and I love these particular shades together. My card uses a Balmy Blue base, with Soft Sea Foam, Blueberry Bushel, and Whisper White layers. The sentiment is stamped in Granny Apple Green, and there are also some Glitter Enamel Dots in that color as well. The card is finished with a simple Blueberry Bushel bow.

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

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

Balmy Blue cardstock embossed layer: 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

Blueberry Bushel cardstock scalloped layer: 3-1/8 x 4-7/8 inches

Whisper White cardstock top layer: 2-1/2 x 3-5/8 inches

Whisper White sentiment piece: 1-9/16 x 2 inches

Every stamped image on this card, including the sentiment, is from the Positive Thoughts set. This set has so many things I love: butterflies, leaves, flowers, simple script sentiments, and more! Take a peek at the full set below:

You can find a complete supply list for my project today at the end of this post. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. In the meantime, I hope you will continue through the rest of our hop! The next stop is Tami Hewlett’s page. Click HERE to go to her page, or use the links below to hop from one page to the next to see what everyone has created. I am definitely looking forward to seeing some great projects this month!

Thank you so much for joining us today! I truly hope you are all staying safe and healthy! Let’s hope for some good news soon!

Nicolle

Our full lineup for this month is as follows:

Melanie Hockin

Sarah Wills

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Tami Hewlett

Melissa Kerman

Jo Anne Hewins

Barb Mullikin

Bonnie O’Neill

A Card For My Niece: Here’s To Strong Women

My niece, Claire, graduated from high school last month and recently began training at the Merchant Marine Academy in New York. I made this card for her and will send it off this week. Right now, she is participating in what amounts to boot camp, and I have heard that she is doing well, but it’s got to be incredibly difficult. She is feisty and strong, so I know she’ll make it, but I want to let her know we’re thinking of her!

For this card, I used a few different stamp sets. The main image/sentiment is from Here’s to Strong Women. The stars and dots in the corner are from Little Twinkle, and the anchor is from Sailing Home. The anchor was cut using the anchor die from the Smooth Sailing Dies, which right now can be bundled with the Sailing Home stamp set for a savings of 10%!

Colors for this card are Real Red, Night of Navy, Sahara Sand, and Whisper White. The sentiment was created using the Baby Wipe technique, where drops of ink from Real Red and Night of Navy re-inkers were dropped onto a baby wipe so they mix a bit, then the stamp was inked from there. I like the variation in color this technique produced for the sentiment! I also used the same baby wipe “ink pad” for the stars and polka dots in the corners.

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 inches and folded in half)

Real Red middle layer: 3-11/16 x 5 inches

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

Anchor piece: 1-1/4 x 1-3/4 inches

Once my layers were stamped and assembled, I added some Night of Navy/Sahara Sand Baker’s Twine to the anchor and adhered it with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. I also cut some stars from Silver Glimmer Paper using the Twinkle Builder Punch and added them with Multipurpose Glue. Once those little details were added, my card was complete!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Nicolle

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

Sending Prayers with the Rooted in Nature Bundle

Today’s project was made with the NEW Rooted in Nature Bundle.  This new bundle includes both the 16 piece Rooted in Nature stamp set, as well as the 12 piece Nature’s Roots Framelits Dies.  I also used a VERY cool new product called Big Shot Embossing Mats to emboss the leaves up the left side of the card.  This new product allows you to use cutting dies to emboss, rather than just cut!  This opens up so many new possibilities for embossing!

Here’s a peek at the Rooted in Nature Bundle:

Of course, both the stamp set and cutting dies are available separately, but purchasing them as a bundle will save you 10% off the cost of the two products separately!

Other products used on this card include the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Layering Ovals Framelits, Linen Thread, Leaves Trinkets, Clear Wink of Stella, and the NEW Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Very Vanilla layer:  4-5-1/4 inches

Very Vanilla square layer:  2-5/8 x 2-5/8 inches

Very Vanilla sentiment piece:  3/4 x 1-3/4 inches

Finished trees:  1-3/4 x 3 inches (approximately)

 

The Rooted in Nature bundle is part of the new Nature’s Poem Suite, which will be available June 1st!  Have you received a copy of the new catalog?  If not, and you do not already have demonstrator, I would be happy to send one to you!  Contact me today to get yours!

Thanks for checking in!

Nicolle