CASE the Catty Day 3: A Lovely Friend Dragonfly Card

My card today is doing double duty as my Case the Catty Day 3 card, as well as my team Facebook hop project for later tonight!  It’s based on a sample on page 42 in the Annual Catalog.  For my card, I kept the colors and layout very similar to the original – I just switched up the stamps and made a full sized card rather than a mini note card as shown in the picture!  You can see the picture of the original card below.  The one I CASE’d is the third one:

For my version of this card, I used the Swirly Frames and Touches of Textures stamp sets, as well as the Stitched All Around Bundle.  I’ve had a ton of dragonflies in my yard this summer!  So when I decided to CASE this card, I knew exactly what I was going to change the bird to!  The main color on this card is Balmy Blue.  I stamped the dragonfly in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and colored with Stampin’ Blends.  Unfortunately, Balmy Blue is not a color that has been released in the blends yet, so I went with what was closest, which is Pool Party.  I also went over the dragonfly once it was colored with Wink of Stella.  I love the little extra touch of shimmer!  Here’s a close up:

When I stamped the background of this card, I first used an Aqua Painter to spatter some of the Balmy Blue ink across the background.  Once that dried, I stamped the circles.  I used the Triple Banner Punch to cut a banner piece.  It’s worth noting that you should cut your banner strip 1/2 inch longer than what you want your final banner to be, as that is how much the punch takes off the end!  So, if you want your banner to be 4 inches long, you should start with a 4-1/2 inch piece!  The sentiment is in two parts, and both were made with the Stitched All Around Bundle.  The lovely and friends are both stamps from the set.  The lovely was stamped on the banner and then the friend was stamped on a separate piece of white.  I then cut it out with one of the dies from the bundle and layered them.  I like the little extra detail using the die adds to this card!

 

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)

Balmy Blue middle layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

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

Balmy Blue banner piece:  3/4 x 4-5/8 inches

Dragonfly circle piece: 1-3/4 inches in diameter

 

Thanks for checking in today (or, in some cases, RE-checking in)!  I hope you like this card!  If you would like to check out our Facebook hop for August, you can check back here tonight after 8:00 PM Eastern Time.  You can start with my page and just click the links as you go to get through each page.  Once you get back to my page, you will have seen all the projects!  There are 15 of us participating tonight, so there are sure to be some great projects to see!  To get to my Facebook page, please click HERE.  Feel free to like our pages as you go as well!  😉

Hope to see you back soon!

Nicolle

 

Tea Room Friendship Card

One of my favorite designer series papers in this year’s catalog is the Tea Room Specialty Designer Series Paper!  This paper has a great selection of beautiful patterns including flowers, bees, butterflies, and more.  And the colors are just gorgeous!  The pattern I used for today’s card is a mix of flowers, leaves, and butterflies, and is printed in shades of Crushed Curry.  I decided to pair the paper with Basic Gray, as I love the combination of yellow, gray, and white (though in this case, it’s Crushed Curry, Basic Gray, and Very Vanilla!)

The sentiment is from the Time for Tea photopolymer stamp set, and the scalloped layer behind the sentiment is from the Spot of Tea Framelits dies.  The paper, stamps, framelits, and the ribbon I used are all from the NEW Tea Room Suite!  The full suite of products can be found on pages 14-15 in the annual catalog, or you can view them HERE.

Besides the Tea Room ribbon, I embellished this card with some vellum leaves.  Some were cut with the Leaf Punch, and others were cut using a die from the Bouquet Bunch Framelits.  I also added some copper leaves from the Leaves Trinkets embellishments, as well as a couple of Share What You Love Artisan Pearls to finish it off!  Here’s a close up of the embellishments on and around the sentiment piece:

 

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)

Crushed Curry middle layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

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

Basic Gray sentiment backing layer: 2-3/4 inches in diameter (approximately)

Very Vanilla sentiment piece:  2-1/4 inches in diameter

Vellum pieces for leaves: 1-3/4 x 2 inches (approximately)

 

You can find all of the products used on this card in the links below!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!

Nicolle

 

Dragonfly Dreams Meets Share What You Love

This gorgeous card was one of the cards I made on Saturday in Maine!  It was designed by my friend and fellow demonstrator, Sherri Everett!  She held a card buffet where you could go and make as many cards as you wanted, and it was so much fun!  It ended up taking me almost five hours to get there, so I didn’t have as much time as I would have liked, but I still got to make six full cards, and I took four kits home to make with supplies I have at home.  Sherri’s designs are really beautiful!  This was the first one that caught my eye, as green is my favorite color, and there are multiple shades of green on this card. Plus I LOVE dragonflies, so this was one I definitely needed to make!

This card features the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set, as well as the NEW Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper!  Layering Circles Framelits were used to cut the circle with the dragonfly, as well as the scalloped piece behind it.  It’s embellished with Burlap Ribbon, as well as some Linen Thread, and the sentiment piece was trimmed with Paper Snips, but the Triple Banner Punch could be used as well!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Tranquil Tide middle layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

DSP top layer:  3-3/4 x 5 inches

Whisper White circle:  2-11/16 inches in diameter

Tranquil Tide scalloped circle:  2-13/16 inches in diameter

Burlap Ribbon piece:  3-1/2 inches

Old Olive banner/sentiment piece:  3 x 1/2 inches

 

One thing I really love about the Designer Series Paper that Sherri used for this card, is that some of the designs have beautiful, iridescent accents!  This design is one of them, and I tried to get some good pictures of the accents, but it’s hard to see.  All of the largest flowers on this design have the iridescent finish, and they are so pretty in person!  It adds such a nice touch to this card!

I have many more cards that I made on my trip, and I will share them with you hopefully over the next few weeks!

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

Nicolle

 

New Host Set: Very Vintage

In every Stampin’ Up! catalog, there are a handful of stamp sets that can only be purchased with Stampin’ Rewards.  Stampin’ Rewards can be earned in one of two ways:

  1. Host a qualifying party or workshop of $150 or more in sales.
  2. Place an order of $150 or more (before tax and shipping).

When one of these two things happen, Stampin’ Rewards are earned, which are basically rewards dollars that you can use on anything in the catalog or online store, including the host sets mentioned above!  The stamp set I used on this card is one of those sets.  It is called Very Vintage, and can be found on page 227 of the new catalog.  The set comes in your choice of wood mount or clear mount, and the full set can be seen below:

For this card, I used the large floral stamp, as well as the lacy looking one, and of course, the “Dear Friend” sentiment as well!  To get the clean lines, I used masking tape across the top and bottom of the cardstock so that there would be definite lines to the design.  I applied the masking tape before stamping, and once the ink was dry, I removed the tape.  I stamped the flowers in Crumb Cake ink, and stamped some of the lace in the background in Petal Pink.

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Soft Suede middle layer:  3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

Very Vanilla top layer: 3-3/4 x 5 inches

 

Also, the stamped area of this card measures about 2-1/8 inches wide, but you can make it as large or small as you want depending where you place your tape!

The only embellishments I added to this card were the pink Share What You Love Artisan Pearls in each corner.  I really just wanted to keep it simple!  I also adhered the top two layers with dimensionals, just to give it a little extra detail!  You can find all of the supplies used on this card below, and of course, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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

 

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