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

 

Share What You Love Suite OnStage Make and Take

Today’s project is one of the make and take projects we made at last month’s OnStage event!  This card uses multiple products from the NEW Share What You Love Suite, which is now available as an early release from Stampin’ Up!  All of the products used on this card can be ordered NOW instead of waiting until June 1st, when the rest of the new catalog becomes available for ordering!  This card was my favorite of the four projects we created at OnStage!

The base of this card is the returning Mint Macaron! I am so excited that this color has returned as a core color!  It is one of my all time favorites, and I am thrilled that it is back!  This color, combined with the rest of the colors in the suite, makes for some stunning color combinations!

This card utilizes many of the products in the new suite including the following:

  • Love What You Do stamp set
  • Share What You Love Artisan Pearls
  • Rich Razzleberry 1/4″ Velvet Ribbon
  • Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Pearlized Doilies

It also features Mint Macaron card stock, vellum card stock, and Memento Black Ink.  Also, the corners of the sentiment piece were cut with a 1/2 inch circle punch to make the inverted rounded corners.

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Mint Macaron Card stock Base:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)

Vellum layer:  3-1/4 x 4-1/4 inches

DSP layer:  3 x 4 inches

Raspberry Velvet Ribbon:  4-1/4 inches

Whisper White sentiment piece:  1-3/8 x 2-5/8 inches

DSP strip behind ribbon and sentiment:  3-9/16 x 3/4 inches

 

Most of the products used on this card are now available to order as part of the Share What You Love Suite!  These products are available in exclusive bundles, now through May 31st!  You can browse the early release items in the online store HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Please let me know if you have any questions!

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

 

Love What You Do Floral Friendship Card

Here’s another sample from my display board made with the Love What You Do stamp set!  This one has pretty florals and vellum leaves, with a little shimmer and glitter!  The main color is Wild Wasabi, which is one of my favorite colors (and is sadly retiring), and is paired with Shimmery White cardstock, as well as Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and silver accents.

 

The measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Shimmery White middle layer:  3-15/16 x 5-3/16 inches

Wild Wasabi top layer:  3-3/4 x 5 inches

Dazzling Diamonds die cut doily:  3 x 3 inches

Shimmery White sentiment piece:  2-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches

Vellum leaves: 2 x 5 inches (cut both leaves from one piece)

 

This card was stamped using the largest floral stamp from the Love What You Do set in VersaMark ink in the corners.  Once the ink was dry, I went over the images with Clear Wink of Stella.  The doily looking piece behind the sentiment was cut using a cutting die from a brand new set called Spot of Tea Framelits (available June 1st!)  The sentiment was adhered to the glimmer piece and then adhered to the card with dimensionals.  I then added in the vellum leaves and adhered them with mini glue dots.  The card was finished with a few silver sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment.

This beautiful stamp set will be available to order as an early release item beginning May 1st!  I will have more info regarding the early release as we get closer to May.  In the meantime, don’t forget about the retiring items and colors!  Wild Wasabi is one of the colors retiring this year, so stock up while you can!  You can find all of the retiring items in the online store by clicking on the link below:

 

Thank you for stopping by today!  Enjoy your weekend!

Nicolle

A Waterfront Tropical Island Friendship Card

As I write this post, we are getting hit with 8-15 inches of snow!  This may be a short post, as my lights have flickered a couple of times, so I need to try to get this up quick in case we lose power!  Ugh!

This card was made using the Waterfront stamp set!  I made a tropical island scene and paired it with a sentiment about friendship.  I decided to keep it simple on purpose, as I loved the scene and colors, so decided to forgo any additional embellishments!  I borrowed the color scheme from fellow demonstrator Patty Bennett.  I saw some cards she made on her Pinterest page, and loved the “beachy” colors she chose!  The full color scheme is as follows:

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:
Sahara Sand card base:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)
Pool Party middle layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches
Whisper White top layer:  3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

 

 

The Waterfront stamp set is super versatile, and has LOTS of great images and sentiments!  This gorgeous set is photopolymer and contains 16 stamps.  The set includes different trees, mountains, water, and more!  Check out the full set below:
I’m going to wrap it up there for today!  Fingers crossed the power doesn’t go out!
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!  Thank you!

Nicolle

 

Lovely Friends Friendship Card

Sometimes you find a stamp set that makes it super easy to make simple, yet elegant cards with very little effort!  The Lovely Friends photopolymer stamp set is one such set. This set contains two large, bold statement stamps, as well as lots of accents, and smaller sentiments!  For this card, the sentiment is definitely the focus!  It is accented with some flowers and leaves in shades of yellow and green, and embellished with Glitter Enamel dots.  Although this card is simple, it definitely makes a statement!  The color combination for this card is as follows:

To make the card, I cut my layers, stamped the sentiment is Basic Black archival ink first, then stamped the flowers and leaves around it. Once the card was assembled, I added a few Glitter Enamel dots, and I was done. It really was a super simple card to make!

Thanks for checking in today! Have a great weekend!

Nicolle

Thoughts and Prayers Friendship Card

Thoughts and Prayers is one of the first stamp sets I bought when I became a demonstrator!  I love the simplicity of the tree and floral images, as well as the beautiful sentiments!  (The sentiment on this card is actually not from the Thoughts & Prayers set though. It’s from the So Many Shells set!) I have used Thoughts & Prayers for many, many occasions, including birthdays, weddings, Mother’s Day, friendship, thank yous, and of course, sympathy cards. This set comes in both clear mount and wood mount, and would make a great addition to your collection!

To make this card, I cut an extra top layer, then used a square from the Layering Squares Thinlits to make a “mask”. This mask was placed over the final top layer, so that the whole layer was covered except for the square that had been cut out. I then used a Stampin’ Sponge to sponge Crumb Cake ink all inside the square to make the background behind the tree. Once it was completely filled in, I removed the mask, stamped the tree and sentiment both in Soft Suede ink, and then added Clear Wink of Stella Glitter to the leaves of the tree!

You can find all of the supplies used to make this card below: