3D Thursday: Springtime Joy Easter Egg Holders

Happy Thursday! Looks like it’s my turn to post for 3D Thursday! I was torn between doing a St. Patrick’s Day project or an Easter one…and in the end, I ended up going with Easter! Easter is kind of early this year, so believe it or not, it’s right around the corner (April 4th). I created these fun Easter egg holders using the Springtime Joy stamp set:

When I think of Easter, I think of soft, pastel colors. I didn’t want to use anything bold or dark, so most of my images are stamped in Smoky Slate ink, while the basket is stamped and colored in Sahara Sand. All of my coloring is done with regular Subtles Stampin’ Write Markers. Here’s a look at what the holders look like from the back:

The Springtime Joy set is PERFECT for Easter, but it also has some general spring stamps and sentiments as well. It has some fun images including the images you see on my project, as well as an adorable lamb and chick, plus some flowers! Here’s a peek at the full set:

I really love how the egg holders came out, and they were a lot of fun to make! Want to make some of your own? Click HERE to download my FREE project sheet, or click on the image below:

I hope you have enjoyed my project today. Please check back next week for something new!

Nicolle

3D Thursday: Happy Birthday Gift Card Box

Happy Thursday! This week we have Guest Designer Jason Loucks joining us! Jason has created this gorgeous Happy Birthday Gift Box using the Love You Always Treat Box and Art Gallery Bundle:

I just love the colors Jason used for this, as well as how he used the Painted Texture Embossing Folder on the box itself. I would have never thought to do that! If you would like more information on Jason’s project, you can download his FREE project sheet HERE or by clicking the image below!

Thanks for checking in this week. It’s my turn next week, so stay tuned! I’ve got something fun planned!

Nicolle

3D Thursday: Paper Blooms Flower Vase

Another Thursday has completely snuck up on me, and that means it’s time for another 3D Thursday project! Sarah Wills is our designer this week, and she has created these adorable treat holders using Clear Mini Treat Boxes and Paper Blooms Designer Series Paper:

These are so sweet, and can be used for so many different things! Fill with your favorite treat and use them as favors, place markers, coworker gifts, teacher gifts, and more! Here’s a close up of each individually:

If you would like more information about Sarah’s project, as well as complete instructions so you can make your own, you can download Sarah’s FREE project sheet HERE, or by clicking on the image below:

Please check back next week for another fun 3D Thursday project! I will also be hopping with the Color Fusers team on Monday, so I hope you’ll stop by to check that out as well!

In the meantime, thanks for stopping by, and enjoy the rest of your week!

Nicolle

3D Thursday: Fine Art Floral Gift Tin

This week, we have Guest Designer Diane Lethbridge joining us for 3D Thursday! Diane has created some gift tins using products from the Fine Art Floral Suite. Take a look at how pretty her project is:

These would be perfect for giving so many different gifts! And they can be decorated and switched up for any occasion or holiday just by using different paper and embellishments! I’m not sure where Diane got her tins, but I know I’ve seen them at the dollar store. (And you get 4 in one package with lid inserts!) This is such a versatile project!

If you would like to learn more about Diane’s project and/or make your own, you can download her FREE project sheet HERE or by clicking the image below:

Thank you for stopping by today! Please check back next week for another fun 3D project!

Nicolle

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 August 2020

Happy August, Everyone! It’s the first Monday of the month, so it’s time for our August Color Fusers Blog hop! Today we have a pretty combo of Purple Posy, Gorgeous Grape, and Granny Apple Green to share!

For my card today, I used the Forever Blossoms and Love of Leaves stamp sets. The flowers are heat embossed in White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Prior to embossing, I used Water Painters and Gorgeous Grape ink to color behind the flowers. Once the piece was dry, I heat embossed the image. I then heat embossed the sentiment onto a small piece of Gorgeous Grape cardstock, and trimmed with a die from the Stitched So Sweetly dies set.

I used the Woodland Embossing Folder for the white background layer, and used my Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends to add color to some small Rhinestones before adding them to the card. I also added a Granny Apple Green Strip behind the main image for some contrast. The main image and sentiment are adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals to make them pop a bit. I then went over the centers of the flowers with some Wink of Stella (though it’s really hard to see in the pictures!)

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

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

Thick Whisper White card stock backing layer**: 3-1/8 x 4-1/2 inches

Whisper White water colored and embossed piece**: 3 x 4-3/8 inches

Granny Apple Green strip: 1 x 4 inches

Gorgeous Grape sentiment piece: 3/4 x 1-3/4 (approximate)

** In the process of watercoloring and heat embossing the cardstock for the flowers, the cardstock got a little warped. To flatten it out, I used Adhesive Sheets on the entire back of the piece and then adhered it to a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock. I then ran it through my die cutting machine backwards and forwards a few times. This adhered it really well, as well as flattened all the bumps and warped areas, almost as if it had been ironed. I also used extra Stampin’ Dimensionals when adding it to the card to make sure that it stayed flat once mounted on the card.

Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope that you will continue through our hop to see what the rest of our team has created this month! Please continue on to Bonnie O’Neill’s page to see the next project!

Have a great day!

Nicolle

Our full hop lineup for this month is as follows:

Jo Anne Hewins

Melanie Hockin

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Bonnie O’Neill

Tami Hewlett

Melissa Kerman

Color Fusers Blog Hop for July 2020

Happy July! I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday weekend. It was quiet and different for us this year, but still fun!

It’s the first Monday of the month so it’s time for our Color Fusers Blog Hop for July! We’ve got a pretty combo of Calypso Coral, Pacific Point, and Coastal Cabana to share today:

For my card today, I embossed a piece of Pacific Point cardstock with the new Dandelions 3D Embossing Folder. But before I did, I inked up the folder with VersaMark ink. Doing this creates some nice variation in color between the raised embossed image and the flat background of the design. It’s hard to see in the pictures, but the cardstock looks almost like velvet in person! Here is another card I made recently using the same technique. You can see the color variation a little better on this one:

For the card I made for today, I layered the Pacific Point top layer over a middle layer of Coastal Cabana, which was then layered over a Thick Whisper White card base. I added a tiny butterfly in Calypso Coral, and stamped the sentiment in that color as well. I also colored some Whisper White 1/4″ Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon with my Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends Markers. When it was done, I wanted the color to be a little lighter, so I washed the ribbon with a drop of dish soap and let it dry. I was surprised to see that the ribbon did not have uniform color after doing so, but I kind of like it! It has almost a light ombre effect when you see it up close!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Calypso Coral cardstock middle layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

Pacific Point cardstock top layer: 3-3/4 x 5 inches

Calypso Coral butterfly: 1/2 x 3/4 inch (approximate)

Whisper White sentiment piece: 2-1/4 x 1-1/8 inches

I finished the card with some small rhinestones on the butterfly, and sponged some Wink of Stella onto the heads of the dandelions. I did this by brushing the Wink of Stella onto a sponger dauber and just lightly circling it onto each flower. Again, it’s hard to see in the pictures, but it’s a nice added touch in person!

I hope you have enjoyed my project today! Please continue through the rest of the hop to see what the rest of my talented teammates have created. Next up is Tami Hewlett!

Have a fantastic day!

Nicolle

Our full hop lineup for this month is as follows:

Melissa Kerman

Melanie Hockin

Jo Anne Hewins

Bonnie O’Neill

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Tami Hewlett