The Cherry Blossoms are in Bloom!

My card today was made for our monthly team Facebook hop!  (If you are joining me from our Facebook hop, WELCOME!)  Each month, demonstrator’s from my upline’s team create projects based on a specific theme.  We all create projects based on that theme, and post them to Facebook at a specified time. We also post links to another person’s page in our posts.  This allows visitors to “hop” from one page to another to see all of the creations.  Once you get back to the first project you started with, the hop is complete!  If you have ever paged through a blog hop, it works the same way, just with Facebook pages!

This month, our theme was “Colorful Spring”.  My original plan was to make a card with tulips, because I LOVE tulips!  But then this morning, I was reading an article about how the cherry blossoms in Washington DC are at peak bloom this weekend, so I decided to go with cherry blossoms instead!  To do this, I used the Colorful Seasons Photopolymer Bundle.  This bundle contains the 24 piece Colorful Seasons stamp set, as well as the 17 piece Seasonal Layers cutting dies.  There are three stamps in the set with coordinating dies that make perfect cherry blossoms!

To make the flowers, I put all three flower stamps on one long block.  I then colored them with Flirty Flamingo ink using my Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Write Marker.  I then added Melon Mambo ink using the Melon Mambo marker, but purposely only added a little in the centers.  I then stamped them on Shimmer White Cardstock.  After they dried, I went over all of the flowers with my Powder Pink marker and filled in any light spots, or spots that weren’t fully stamped in.  I wanted the flowers to have a varied look as far as color.  Using the three shades of pink definitely helped accomplish this!

The branch is stamped in Soft Suede ink.  The flowers are arranged and adhered with Mini Glue Dots, and the card is finished with Lemon Lime Twist 1/4″ Ombre Ribbon. I tried to find a suitable greeting for the front of this card, but any I tried seemed to throw off the balance of the card, so I decided to leave it as is.  I very rarely leave sentiment off the front, but I really like the simplicity of this card, and thought it was fine as is.

 

The measurements for this card are as follows:

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

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

Coffee Break DSP strip:  2 x 4-1/2 inches

Shimmery White scraps for flowers

 

Here’s a close up of the flowers.  You can also see a hint of the shimmer in the paper as well in this pic!

I added a few pearls to the centers of the flowers for a little added embellishment.  Real Cherry Blossoms don’t have such a defined center (I don’t think), but I liked the way it looked, so I went with it!

The bundle pricing for the Colorful Season Bundle is only available until May 31st!  Purchasing the bundle before May 31st will save you 10% off the cost of the stamps and dies separately.  If this bundle carries over into the new Annual Catalog, the bundle pricing will no longer be available starting June 1st!   The items will still be able to be purchased, but the discount for purchasing them together will no longer be available!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I am attending OnStage in Hartford, CT, so I should have lots of exciting info to share with you soon!

Have a great day!

Nicolle

 

Petals & More Get Well Card

Today’s project features the Petals & More Thinlits Dies, as well as the Sheet Music Background Stamp and Wood Textures Designer Series Paper.  The get well sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.  One color I don’t use a lot is yellow, so for this card I decided to go with yellow flowers, (or more specifically, So Saffron!)  This card was specifically made for a team member who recently had surgery.  I hope she likes it!

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.)

White Wood Texture DSP layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

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

Whisper White top layer:  3 x 4 inches

For the die cuts, I used mostly scraps from my scrap bins in the following colors:  Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi, Vellum, So Saffron, and Whisper White.

All of the die cuts were applied with Multipurpose Glue lightly sponged on the back with 1/4 of a Stampin’ Sponge (they are super easy to cut into pieces!)  The vines and leaves were all adhered with the glue.  The flowers were adhered with thin strips of Stampin’ Dimensionals to give them a little height and dimension.  I finished it off by wrapping linen thread around the layers, and applying some pearls to the centers of the flowers!

And last but not least, the sentiment piece was stamped in Soft Suede and punched with the Classic Label punch!  I have to admit, this card was a little labor intensive, but I love the end result!

Thanks for visiting today!  Have a great day!

Nicolle

 

Kind Thoughts for You Floral Card

The card I am sharing with you today was made for a team activity that I participated in earlier this month.  We were supposed to make a card for a teammate and send it to them as a “secret cardmaker” type of thing.  The catch was that we were supposed to use greens, golds, and glitter.  You can see how well I followed the directions!  LOL!  I actually completely forgot that we were supposed to use certain colors and realized it only after I put it in the mail, which of course, was too late to do anything about it!  Oops!

I used three different stamp sets on this card.  The first was the Flourishing Phrases stamp set, which I used to stamp on the gray background with Versamark.  I then used the Amazing You set for the flower, which is a Sale-a-Bration reward item!  And then finally, the sentiment is from the You’re Inspiring Set, which I heat embossed in white on Basic Black cardstock.

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Basic Gray layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

Powder Pink layer:  3 x 3 inches

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

Vellum, Pear Pizzazz, and White pieces for punches: 2 x 2 inches (or cut from scraps)

Other products that I used on this card include the Leaf Punch, Classic Label Punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Silver Baker’s Twine, and the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen.  I used the Wink of Stella on the flower.  It’s hard to see but if you look closely, you can see some of the shine in the picture below:

Check out the links below for the full product list for this card.  Thanks for stopping by today!  Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

 

Kind Thoughts for You with the You’re Inspiring Stamp Set

Tulips are hands down my favorite Spring flowers, but daffodils are a close second!  So when I saw the You’re Inspiring stamp set in the Occasions Catalog, I immediately put it on my wish list!  This set is perfect for multiple Spring occasions, and includes sentiments for birthdays, Easter, Mother’s Day, and more!  It includes 8 rubber stamps and comes in both Wood Mount or Clear Mount.  Here’s what the full set looks like:

The flowers on the card are colored with Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.  I used both the light and dark shades of both.  I stamped the flowers in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored them once the ink was completely dry.  I then framed the flowers with one of the Lots of Labels Framelits and cut them out using the Big Shot.  I also used my Stamparatus to stamp the “Kind thoughts for you” sentiment multiple times in the background!

The measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Night of Navy top layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

Whisper White:  4 x 5-1/4 inches (used both for daffodil piece and punched piece with sentiment)

Other items used on this card include the Classic Label Punch, Linen Thread, and Pearl Basic Jewels!

Check out the supply list below for everything you need to make this card!

Questions?  Please feel free to contact me!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Nicolle

 

Coloring Springtime Foils Paper with Stampin’ Blends Markers

The Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper is one of three new rewards items, now available during Sale-a-bration!  It was released on February 16th, and can ONLY be earned with a $50 purchase (before tax and shipping) through March 31st!  This gorgeous new paper features 3 sheets each of 4 different foil designs on white paper, and measures 12 x 12 inches in size.  All of the designs are printed in silver, gold, and/or rose gold foil, giving a very elegant look to this paper!  Patterns include polka dots, florals, and stripes:

For today’s card, I used the second pattern shown in the picture above.  It features large roses and leaves in rose gold foil.  I colored the paper with Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends Markers, and used both the light and dark versions of each color.  The paper is very thick, with an almost glossy finish, so the finished result of the blending is different than on regular paper, but is still very pretty!

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)

Basic Black middle layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

DSP Layer:  3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

Basic Black and Whisper White scraps for sentiment piece

I used a sentiment from the Ribbon of Courage stamp set, as well as the Pretty Label punch to frame it.  To make the backing layer of the sentiment, I cut a piece of Basic Black cardstock with the same punch and cut it in half lengthwise, then adhered it to the back of the stamped sentiment piece, slightly offset to look like a separate layer.  I also embellished the card with 3/8 inch Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon, as well as pearls colored with the dark Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blends Marker to match the color of the flowers!

While I love the look of this paper with added color, it also looks great as is!  (You can find some gorgeous samples on Pinterest, or just by simply Googling “Stampin’ Up Springtime Foils Paper”.)  I will be posting another card later this week where I did not color the paper (though with a different pattern from the package).  I hope you’ll check back later this week to see it!

Remember, Sale-a-Bration is ending March 31st!  Once it’s over, this gorgeous paper will be gone for good!  To get yours, simply place an order of $50 or more in the online store before March 31st!

Thanks for checking in today!  Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

 

A Rustic and Simply Stated Sympathy Card

Sympathy cards are hard for me to make.  It’s always hard to make a card for someone who is dealing with so much sadness.  For that reason, I try to keep sympathy cards simple, both in their design and message.

This card features the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper and Flourish Thinlits.  The sentiment is from the  Better Together stamp set, and is framed with a die from the Petals & More Thinlits set.  It is embellished with Linen Thread and Pearl Basic Jewels.  The pearls were colored with the Ivory Stampin’ Blends Marker to match the Very Vanilla cardstock used throughout the card.

It’s hard to tell from the pictures, but the sentiment is stamped in Fresh Fig ink.  I did this in order to give this card just the slightest hint of color.  The rest of the card is very muted and simple, and I wanted to break it up a bit, but not in a way that was too bold or glaring.  I really love how the Fresh Fig looks against the neutral colors in this card!

I’m very happy with how this card came out, even though it was made for such a sad occasion!

Thanks for stopping by! Please contact me with questions!

Nicolle

 

Looking Toward Spring with Tranquil Tulips

Today marks exactly ONE MONTH until the start of Spring in the United States, and I could not be more excited!  I am not a big fan of Winter.  I hate being cold!  When it finally starts to warm up a bit and tulips start making their appearance at the local supermarket, I know that Spring is right around the corner!  Tulips are my favorite flowers, so when I saw this stamp set in the Annual Catalog, I knew I had to have it.  It’s been while since I made a card with this set, so I figured it was time to pull it back out!

Today’s card was inspired by some tulips I bought last week.  Once they begin to appear in the supermarket, I treat myself to a new bunch each week when I go grocery shopping.  They’re not in the stores for too long, as they go out of season quickly, so I try to get them while I can!  Here’s a pic of the ones I bought:

The lighting isn’t great, but they were a very vibrant red!  So for today’s card, I made three tulips in Real Red with Lemon Lime Twist leaves and accents.  The Tranquil Tulip set is designed to give a weathered and watercolored look to the images, which is why there is a variation in the shading for each flower.  It comes with two stamps for each flower, one for the back and another for the front.  When you put them together, you get a full, layered flower!  There’s also stamps for the inside parts of the flowers as well, which I stamped in Basic Black.

I used a thick Whisper White card stock base, layered with Lemon Lime Twist and regular Whisper White.  The sentiment is from the Beautiful Day stamp set and is stamped in Basic Black Archival Ink and framed with a die from the Petals & More Thinlits Dies.  I also embellished with Real Red 1/8″ Solid Ribbon and a couple of Metallic Enamel Shapes.  It’s hard to tell, but I also added a little Wink of Stella to the black inner parts of the flowers, as well as the lines on each of the flowers!

Here’s what you get with the full set:

The tranquil Tulips set is available until May 31st and can only be purchased with Stampin’ Rewards!  How do you get them?  Place an order of $150 or more (before tax and shipping) or host a qualifying workshop!  Want more info?  Contact me today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

 

Floral Thank You Card with Products from THREE Catalogs!

Today’s card features products from the Annual Catalog and Occasions Catalog, as well as two carryover products from the Holiday Catalog!  The floral strip is from the Myths & Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper (Occasions), the sentiment and leaves behind it are from the Painted Autumn Suite (Holiday), and the little flowers are cut from a die in the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits (Annual).  While only the Annual and Occasions Catalog are current right now, the Painted Autumn items are still available in the Holiday Favorites section of the online store!  Colors for this card are as follows:

I also added a silver Metallic Foil Doily, as well as silver Metallic Enamel shapes to the centers of the flowers for a bit of shine!
I like the simple layout of this card, and the colors remind me of Spring!  Yesterday my kids had yet another snow day (it’s probably the 5th or 6th one this year!)  What was forecasted to be a “dusting to an inch” of snow ended up being 6-7 inches!  And while we had fun and the snow is really pretty, I am definitely looking forward to warmer temps and flowers this spring!  🙂
Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Enjoy your day!

Nicolle