Artisan Design Team June 2018 Showcase: Abstract Impressions Bundle

Please check out the gorgeous projects created this month by the 2018 Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team!  All of them feature the NEW Abstract Impressions Bundle.  There’s so much inspiration here!  These demonstrators are truly artists!  Here’s three examples to give you a sneak peek:

Created by Cathy Caines

 

Created by Lauren Alarid

 

Created by Jessica Winter

To see ALL of the projects created this month, please click HERE.

Thanks for visiting today!  Enjoy your weekend!

Nicolle

Real Life Color Inspiration: My New Beach Towel!

Last week, I went shopping for pool chemicals and toys, and bought some new beach towels as well.  The one I bought for myself has different shades of blues and greens, with bold white flowers.  I loved it the second I saw it!  When I got it home and opened it up, I immediately thought of all the Stampin’ Up! colors that coordinate with it, and I knew I wanted to make a card based on the design!  Here’s a pic of the towel:

Isn’t it pretty?  Figuring out which colors I needed to use was pretty easy!  The only color I couldn’t use an exact match for was the middle stripe.  My first thought was to use Tempting Turquoise, but since it just retired last week, I didn’t want to use it.  So I substituted Bermuda Bay instead!  Here is the color palette I used:

Since I do not have dies that are the same type of flower on the towel, I just substituted the large flourish from the Flourish Thinlits Dies instead.  The sentiment is from the Petal Palette stamp set, and the die that frames the sentiment is from the Petals & More Thinlits set.  Finally, I embellished the card with a few iridescent sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment!

 

 

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)
Basic Black Layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches
Color Strips: 1 x 3-3/4 inches each
Whisper White flourish piece:  3 x 4-3/4 inches
Whisper White sentiment piece:  5/8 x 2-7/8 inches

 

 
This card layout is easy to replicate and can be used with any colors and dies you wish! Designer Series Paper strips could be substituted as well for added details and design options!

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Nicolle

 

A Lovely Floral Card Made with the Share What You Love Suite

My card today was made for a wedding that I will be attending next week!  I used two items from the NEW Share What You Love Suite, along with some current favorites.  To make this card, I embossed the top layer with a new embossing folder called the Lovely Floral Dynamic 3D Textured Embossing Folder.  It has a large, beautiful floral design that gets pressed into your paper when run through the Big Shot!  The design is pretty enough to stand on it’s own, but for this card, I wanted to do something a little different.  Here’s a peek at the folder so you can see what the whole design looks like:

It’s hard to see the whole thing, but there is a large central flower in the design of this folder.  For my card, I chose to cover up the flower with the sentiment, and instead have the sentiment be the center focus of the card.  The sentiment is heat embossed in silver and is from the Love What You Do stamp set.  It was cut out with the Layering Circles Framelits, and framed with a scalloped circle from the same set in a brand new color called Soft Sea Foam.  (I also used this color for the middle layer of the card.)

In order to dress up this card a little more, I added some vellum leaves made with the Leaf Punch, as well as some die cuts cut from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  For those, I used the Bouquet Bunch Framelits.  I also added a piece of sheer 1/8 inch white ribbon behind the sentiment for a little extra detail, and of course, added a few pearls in there too…it’s for a wedding, so why not?  🙂

Right now, you can get the Love What You Do stamp set and the Lovely Floral Embossing Folder as part of the Gotta Have It All early release bundle in the online store!  In addition to the two gorgeous items mentioned above, you also get a bunch of other items from the new Share What You Love Suite, as well as THREE FREE GIFTS with your purchase!  To see the full bundle and what is included, please click HERE. 

 

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)

Soft Sea Foam middle layer:  3-7/8 x 5-3/16 inches

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

Shimmery White/Soft Sea Foam sentiment pieces:  2-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches

Vellum leaves and Dazzling Diamonds pieces:  2 x 2-1/2 inches each

 

Did I mention that this whole card is made from Shimmery White Cardstock?  That, combined with the Dazzling Diamonds paper, silver sentiment, pearls, and more all make this a perfect wedding card!  I hope that the couple I made it for will like it.  (And I hope you do too!)

If you have any questions about this card, please feel free to ask.  Thank you for visiting today!

Nicolle

 

Teacher Appreciation Day Cards

Yesterday, I shared the gifts I made for my son Max’s preschool teachers.  Today, I am sharing the cards I made for my other son Luca’s Kindergarten teachers!  For the two of them, I decided to keep it simple, and gave them each a gift card to Target.  But I wanted something pretty to put them in!  These cards were so easy to make (quick too!) and the NEW Garden Impressions 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper is so gorgeous, there’s not much need to add a lot extra!

This beautiful new paper will be available on June 1st! It contains 12 different double sided designs, and includes 4 sheets of each, for a total of 48 sheets.  This paper is part of a new suite of products called the Garden Impressions suite, which can be found on pages 128-130 of the new catalog.  Here’s a peek at the full array of designs in the paper:

 

The measurements for these cards are as follows:

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

Garden Impressions DSP layers:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

Whisper White Sentiment piece:  3 x 3 inches

Powder Pink Butterfly piece: 2 x 2 inches

 

  

Other items used on these cards include Silver Baker’s Twine, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, and the Stitched Shapes Framelits!

Would you like a copy of the new catalog?  If you do not already have a demonstrator, please feel free to contact me and I will add you to my list!

Thanks for checking in!

Nicolle

 

It’s a Beautiful Day with Love What You Do

Today’s OnStage sample was created with the Love What You Do stamp set!  To make this card, I took a piece of Whisper White card stock that was just slightly smaller than the top layer and used an Aqua Painter to color it with Prussian Blue Brusho Crystals.  While that was drying, I cut a 4 x 5-1/4 inch top layer and cut a circle from it using the Layering Circles Framelits.  I then stamped the sentiment in Smoky Slate ink, and stamped the small flowers in each corner with Soft Sky ink.  When the Brusho was dry, I heat embossed the flowers in white on top of it.  I then adhered the embossed Brusho layer to the base with snail adhesive.  I wrapped Silver Baker’s Twine around the top layer and tied a bow, then adhered the whole layer with dimensionals.  I finished the card by adding glitter shapes to the centers of the small flowers in the corners for a little added detail!  (The glitter shapes are from the Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes.)  You can see a close up of the embellishments below:

 

The measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Brusho middle layer:  3-3/4 x 5 inches

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

Layering Circles Framelits Opening Size:  2-3/8 inches in diameter

 

 

Please note that some of the products used on this card are retiring May 31st, and will not be available past that date!  Be sure to check the online store to see which products are still available!  Click the image below to visit the Retiring products section of the online store:

And please don’t forget to visit my Facebook page this week to vote for your favorite NEW In Color!  I’ll be taking votes until the end of this week and sharing the winning color next week!  You can visit my Facebook page HERE!  (I would love it if you “liked” my page while you’re there!)

Thanks for visiting today!

Nicolle

 

Sitting Pretty Park Bench Note Card

Another stamp set that I received for OnStage samples is the Sitting Pretty stamp set!  This is a photopolymer set and contains 16 stamps.  There is a set of coordinating cutting dies that goes with this set called the Pretty Park Framelits.  Like all new bundles, there will be a 10% discount when you purchase the bundle!  While I do not yet have a picture of the dies, I can show you the full stamp set:

This set is a Two-Step Stampin’ set, which means that there are multiple stamps in the set that when stamped one on top of the other, a full image is created!  For this particular card, I did not use any of the two step stamps, but I did on a previous sample that I shared a couple of weeks ago!  (It was the one with the bulldog and the party hat and balloon.  You can see it HERE.)  In addition to the Sitting Pretty stamp set, I also used the Flourishing Phrases and Eastern Beauty sets.  Colors for this card are Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Blushing Bride, and Whisper White!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Blushing Bride middle layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

Smoky Slate top layer:  3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

Blushing Bride middle strip:  1-1/2 x 3-7/8 inches

Basic Gray scalloped oval:  3 x 4 inches

White stamped top piece:  3 x 4 inches

 

Other info regarding this card:

Versamark ink was used to stamp the flourishes in the corners.

The card is embellished with 1/4 inch white organza ribbon and Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

This card also uses a NEW embossing folder called the Subtle 3D Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder.  I love this folder because it adds just a hint of texture!  It reminds me of almost a linen texture!  You can see a close up of the embossing below, on the pink strip under the ribbon:

The Sitting Pretty set will be available for purchase beginning June 1st!  I have one more sample from OnStage to share using this set, which I will share sometime in the next few days!  I hope you will check back in to see it!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Nicolle

 

Share What You Love Suite Early Release Begins May 1st

Over the past couple of weeks I have shared a number of projects I created using a brand new stamp set called the Love What You Do stamp set.  It is definitely my favorite of the three sets that I received for my OnStage display board!  I only received the stamp set, but it is actually part of an entire suite of products that is going to be released on May 1st to customers, a WHOLE MONTH before the Annual Catalog goes live on June 1st!  For the early release, the stamp set will be available as part of three exclusive bundles which will ONLY be available during the month of May.  Once the catalog ordering period begins on June 1st, everything in the bundles will still be available, but will only be available separately.  Each bundle also includes at least one FREE GIFT when purchased during the early release, which makes this offer even sweeter!  So let’s take a peek at each of the bundles and what is included in each:

The Just Getting Started Bundle

This bundle is the most basic of the three, and is perfect for beginning stampers!  It includes a free gift of Very Vanilla Note Cards and Envelopes (a $6.50 value)!  This bundle costs $57.00 (before tax and shipping), and the item number is 149524.

 

The A Little More, Please Bundle

This bundle is a bit of a step up from the first and includes TWO stamp sets, as well as TWO free gifts: a package of Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes AND the Share What You Love Embellishment Kit (an $18.00 combined value)!  This bundle costs $91.50 (before tax and shipping), and the item number is 149525.

 

The Gotta Have it All Bundle

This is the most inclusive bundle available and includes THREE free gifts!  The free gifts include the two gifts from the previous bundle, as well as an exclusive stamp called the Statement of My Heart Stamp (a $30.00 combined value).  This bundle costs $127.50 (before tax and shipping), and the item number is 149526.

 

2018-2020 In Color Ink Pads Bundle

In addition to the three Share What You Love bundles, the early release also includes a bundle of the NEW 2018-2020 In Color Ink Pads!  Get all FIVE colors in the NEW ink pad style for only $33.75, which is a savings of 10% off the cost of them separately!  This is a great way to get the new colors early AND save a bit of money at the same time!  The item number for the In Color ink pad bundle is 147153.

So there you have it!  Which one(s) will you choose?  All of these bundles are available for purchase starting May 1st!  They may be ordered in the online store, or directly through me via email at nicollebelesimo@gmail.com!  If you are a new customer, purchasing any of these bundles through me will also guarantee you a copy of the NEW Annual Catalog, which will be delivered sometime in mid-May!  I would love to add you to my list!  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!  🙂

Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

 

Love What You Do Thank You Tags

Today’s project is another project made with the Love What You Do stamp set!  (Can you tell it was my favorite of the three sets I received for OnStage?)  This time it’s a set of three Thank You tags!  Each tag features a different floral stem from the stamp set, as well as a different 2017-2019 In Color.  Each floral image is framed in a scalloped oval of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, and was cut using the Layering Ovals Framelits.  The floral images and sentiments were stamped in Basic Gray Archival Ink, and the flowers were colored using an Aqua Painter.  The flowers were colored in the same color ink as the ribbon used on each tag.  The three colors that were used are Powder Pink, Fresh Fig, and Berry Burst.

The finished size of each tag is 2 x 4-7/8 inches.  The top of each tag was punched with the Scalloped Tag Punch.  (Using the punch takes about 1/2 inch off of the cardstock, so you need to add another 1/2 inch to the length before punching it!)  The bottom corners were rounded using the corner rounder on the Envelope Punch Board.

Each tag is finished with a silver brad, which will be available in an assortment of brads when the new catalog becomes available in June.  The ribbon is all 1/2 inch Finely Woven Ribbon, in either Powder Pink, Fresh Fig, or Berry Burst, to match the color used on the flowers.  And there’s a little bit of Wink of Stella on each flower to give a little extra shimmer and shine!

The base of each tag is Sahara Sand card stock, and each framed floral image was adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals to give the tags a little height and texture!

Tomorrow, I will be sharing information on how you can get this stamp set as part of the Share What You Love Suite Early Release, starting May 1st!  There will be three exclusive bundles which feature this stamp set, with each bundle including at least one FREE GIFT!  There will also be a special offer on the NEW 2018-2020 In Colors!  Please be sure to check back tomorrow for all the details on this exciting promotion!

Thanks for visiting today!  Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Nicolle

 

Love What You Do Friendship Card

Here’s another project made with the new Love What You Do stamp set!  This time I combined it with the NEW Spot of Tea Framelits, a new ruffled ribbon in Lemon Lime Twist, and Metallic Enamel Shapes.  I also added in some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper for a little added sparkle!  Colors are Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist, and Basic Black.

 

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)

Rich Razzleberry middle layer:  3-3/4 x 5 inches

Whisper White top layer:  3-1/2 x 4-3/4 inches

Whisper White die cut sentiment piece: 3 x 3 inches

 

Prior to adhering anything to the top layer of this card, I dipped an Aqua painter in Rich Razzleberry ink and spattered some fine drops across the top layer from the bottom right corner to the top left (they’re kind of hard to see in the pics!)  I also colored the flowers in with the Aqua painter using the same ink.  Once the flowers were dry, I went over them with Clear Wink of Stella (again, hard to see in the pics, but looks really pretty in person!)

I also used Stampin’ Dimensionals on the flowers and sentiment pieces to add a little height and texture to the card, but used a combination of Snail Adhesive and Multipurpose Glue on the rest.

The Love What You Do stamp set will be available for purchase beginning May 1st as an early release for customers, while the other new products will be available June 1st!

In the meantime, don’t forget to shop for Retiring and Clearance items in the online store!  You can grab some great deals right now!  But all retiring and clearance items are only available while supplies last, so check them out SOON for the best selection!

Thanks for checking in!  Happy Friday!

Nicolle

 

Tranquil Tulips and Lined Alphabet Scrapbook Page

My project today is probably my favorite project of all my display board samples! It is a 12 x 12 inch scrapbook page of my son and me picking tulips last year at a local tulip farm.  This project combines NEW product from the upcoming catalog with both current and retiring product. The new products are the Love What You Do and Lined Alphabet stamp sets, and the current/retiring product is the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper and the Tranquil Tulips stamp set.  All colors are also current, and are STAYING current, even when the current annual catalog retires on May 31st!

The base of this project is a pattern from the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper.  It is a subtle wood grain pattern in Early Espresso and neutral shades, which I love against the bright colors of the flowers and letters!  Here is the full color palette for this project:

For the background color of each of the letters, I used the large watercolor stamp from the new Love What You Do stamp set.  I stamped off the color one time, and then stamped it again, so that the colors were a little more muted and not as bright as they are full strength.  I then stamped the letters I needed in Early Espresso ink, and punched them with the 1-3/4 inch circle punch.  The back layer of each circle was cut from Very Vanilla card stock using the Layering Circle Framelits, and measures 1-7/8 inches.  The watercolor stamp gives almost a weathered look to the colored background of each circle, which you can see if you look closely in the pic below:

 

 

I stamped the tulips in the same colors, using the Tranquil Tulips stamp set, which is ONLY available for “purchase” using Host Rewards!  (But it IS available until May 31st, so if you place an order of $150 or more before then, you can still earn this set!)  I purposely did not clean off the stamps as well as I should have so that the colors would blend a bit.  You can see this blending better in the yellow/orange tulips:

 

 

I adhered the letters and tulips with Dimensionals to give them a little height off the paper, but kept the pictures adhered with regular Snail adhesive.  I matted the pictures with Lemon Lime Twist cardstock to match the stems and leaves of the tulips and also to add a little more pop of color to the page!

 

 

This was a fun project to commemorate a fun day with my little guy!  If you are ever in the southern New England area between late April and mid-May, you must plan a visit to Wicked Tulips Flower Farm in Johnston, RI!  It is one of my favorite places in the world, and I am so lucky that it is only 30 minutes from my house!  I absolutely LOVE tulips, so I try to go once a week while they are open!  To check out their website, click HERE.

 

Thanks for stopping by today! 🌷🌷🌷

Nicolle