3D Thursday: Chocolate Square Holder

Happy Thursday! My post is late today due to my 5 year old being sick. He’s been running a temp for two days now, and is absolutely miserable. I HATE when my kids are sick. I apologize for not having this up earlier!

Sarah Wills is this week’s designer and she has created this super cute chocolate square holder. It is designed to perfectly hold three Ghiardelli chocolate squares (my favorite!) She designed her project using items for Valentine’s Day, but this could very easily be used for any occasion just by switching up the colors, papers, and sentiment!

Isn’t this such a sweet project? It would make a perfect little gift for school kids, coworkers, or anyone you just want to wish a sweet Happy Valentine’s Day to! You can download Sarah’s FREE project sheet HERE (or click on the image below)!

Sorry for the super short post today, but I’ve got my hands fiull with my little guy. I will be back soon with a new project and post!

Have a great day!

Nicolle

Color Fusers Blog Hop for February 2020

It’s time for another Color Fusers Blog Hop! This month, we have a gorgeous combination of Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand, and Early Espresso!

For some reason, when I think of pink with shades of brown and ivory, I think of vintage, lacy things. So when I was designing my card for this month, I went with that theme. I used Early Espresso card stock for the base, then layered it with Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride, and Very Vanilla on top. The card is embellished with a lacy bow and a shimmery pink flower.

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Sahara Sand card stock layer: 3-3/4 x 5 inches

Blushing Bride card stock layer: 3-5/8 x 4-7/8 inches

Very Vanilla card stock top layer: 3-1/2 x 4-3/4 inches

Blushing Bride die cut heart: 2-1/4 x 2-3/8 inches

Blushing Bride blossom: 1 inch (approximate)

Sahara Sand card stock sentiment piece: 1/2 x 2 inches (approximate)

While the overall layout of this card is very simple, I added a number of details to dress it up a bit:

  1. The corners on the base are stamped with leaves in Versamark ink.
  2. The top layer is embossed using the Scripty 3D embossing folder.
  3. The flower was crinkled and then coated in Wink of Stella to give it some extra texture, shimmer, and shine.
  4. A Frosted Flower Embellishment with a tiny pearl was added to the center of the flower.
  5. Very Vanilla Scalloped Lace Trim was added, along with a bow to finish it off!

While Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I plan to use this card for an upcoming wedding. This card could definitely be used for Valentine’s Day, though, as well as an anniversary, engagement, or bridal shower!

I hope you have enjoyed my project today! Please continue to the next stop on this month’s hop, which is Melanie Hockin’s page. I can’t wait to see what she has created this month!

Have a great day!

Nicolle

Here is the full hop line up for February:

Melissa Kerman

Sarah Wills

Jo Anne Hewins

Tami Hewlett

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Melanie Hockin

Barb Mullikin

Bonnie O’Neill

A Brusho Love You Card

My card today was made with the Large Letters Framelits and Brusho Crystal Color. I wanted to make a card that said LOVE with the color showing from underneath. I used Shimmery White card stock for the base and top layer, as well as Lovely Lipstick card stock for the middle layer and “YOU” piece. I also embellished with two NEW items from the All My Love Suite in the Occasions Catalog: the All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack and the Heart Epoxy Droplets!

To make the colored portion of this card, I used a piece of Shimmery White card stock that was slightly smaller than my top layer. I tapped some of the Brilliant Red Brusho crystals onto the paper, spritzed it with a Stampin’ Spritzer, and then swirled it around a bit with an Aqua Painter. Once that was done, I set it aside to dry. While it was drying, I cut out the letters for “LOVE” on my Big Shot, as well as the “YOU” piece with the Celebrate You Thinlits. Once the colored layer was completely dry, I assembled the card using Snail adhesive and Dimensionals.

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Lovely Lipstick middle layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

Shimmery White under layer: 3-1/2 x 3-3/4 inches (approximate)

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

Lovely Lipstick “YOU” die cut: 3/4 x 1-3/4 inches

There is no stamping on this card as of now, however, when I eventually send it to someone, I will probably stamp a sentiment on the inside! Hope you like it! Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Nicolle

Hey Love Narrow Notecards for Valentine’s Day!

I love Valentine’s Day crafting! I have two boys and each year they need Valentines cards for their classmates. As soon as I saw this stamp set in the Occasions Catalog, I knew it was perfect for their class Valentines this year! So today, I put these together as samples. I LOVE the way they came out!

Check out the full stamp set below:

Seriously, how cute is this set?

Each of these cards used the same basic supplies. The card bases are the Whisper White Narrow Notecards & Envelopes. Each one measures 2-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches in size, and comes in a pack of 20 cards with 20 envelopes! Perfect for cute little notes for loved ones!

Here’s a close up of each card:

Basic measurements for each of the cards are as follows:

Narrow Notecard base (pre cut/pre-scored at 2-1/2 inches): 5 x 4-1/2 inches

DSP background layers: 2-1/4 x 4-1/4 inches

Vellum scalloped circle layer*: 2-3/4 inches in diameter

Whisper White Circle for each animal*: 2 inches in diameter

Sentiment pieces and embellishments vary by card.

*The pieces used on the crocodile are slightly larger!

I hope you like these cards as much as I do! Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

Next Up: Valentine’s Day!

Today’s project uses products from the new All My Love Suite from the Occasions Catalog! It also features some of my 10 favorite new products, as mentioned in my post from yesterday! The main products featured on this card are the All My Love Designer Series Paper and the Meant to Be Bundle. The whole suite can be found on pages 4-6 of the Occasions Catalog.

The All My Love Designer Series Paper is my FAVORITE paper from the new catalog! I just love the patterns and colors…it is so perfect for Valentine’s Day! You can see the whole assortment of designs below:

All My Love Designer Series Paper

I used five different designs from this paper to make the background, and matched them with Lovely Lipstick, Flirty Flamingo, and Shimmery White Cardstock. The card was finished with some Flirty Flamingo Ribbon from the All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack, and Heart Epoxy Droplets.

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Flirty Flamingo middle layer: 3-3/4 x 5 inches

Shimmery White cardstock layer: 3-5/8 x 4-7/8 inches

DSP strips: 3-5/8 x 3/4 inches each

Flirty Flamingo Stitched Heart: 2-3/4 inches x 3-1/2 inches

Shimmery White cardstock sentiment piece: 2-7/16 x 3-1/8 inches

This is my first Valentine’s project of the year, and I really love the way it came out! If you love the traditional colors of pinks, reds, and whites for Valentine’s Day, as well as hearts and flowers, you will absolutely LOVE this new suite! Be sure to check it out, and let me know if you have any questions or need anything!

Thanks for visiting!

Nicolle

Bright and Fun Lemon Zest Card

I was just flipping through the new Annual Catalog when this bright and fun image caught my eye!  It’s on page 117 of the catalog, and it features the Lemon Zest stamp set, along with some bright and sunny colors…perfect for summer!  I do not actually have this set (yet), but I figured I would share this image anyway!

This card was made with the Lemon Zest stamp set, the Lemon Builder Punch, the 1-3/4 inch Circle Punch, and some cute embellishments to dress it up a bit!  The Lemon Zest stamp set contains 11 red rubber stamps, and comes in both wood mount and clear mount.  It has a great mix of both images and sentiments. Here’s a peek at the full set:

As far as colors go, I am going to have to give it my best guess, as I did not make this card myself! So my best guess for colors are Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Poppy Parade, and possibly Melon Mambo?  And of course, they are all set against a background of Whisper White!

If any of you happen to know for sure what the colors are for sure, please let me know!  🙂
I really just love the fun vibe of this card!  I will definitely be putting this on my wish list ASAP, especially with summer right around the corner!
Thank you for stopping by today!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Nicolle

 

Lined Alphabet Love You Card

Today’s card has a watercolored background with a simple heat embossed sentiment!  The background was made using Brusho Crystal Colour, and is a combination of Red, Gamboge, and Yellow crystals.  It was colored on Shimmery White Cardstock, and once dried, was stamped with the letters for LOVE using the NEW Lined Alphabet stamp set, available June 1st!  The letters are heat embossed using Versamark ink and White Stampin’ Emboss powder.  The “you” part of the sentiment is from the Love What You Do stamp set.  I used the Thank You stamp and masked off the “thank” part with scotch tape, inked up the rest, removed the tape, and stamped it on the card.  It’s stamped in Basic Black to match the card base!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Silver Glimmer Paper middle layer:  3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

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

 

The card is finished off with a silver heart from the Metallic Enamel Shapes, one of my favorite embellishments ever!  Sadly they are retiring this year!  But you get still get them for a limited time in the online store!  They are available while supplies last, or until May 31st!

Well that’s it for this card!  It’s a pretty straightforward and simple design!  Hope you like it!

Thanks for checking in today!

Nicolle

 

Three Shades of Green for Our March Team Facebook Hop!

Each month, a number of demonstrators from my upline’s team (myself included) participate in a team Facebook hop.  Each month has a theme, and we all create projects based on that theme.  We then each link to a different person on the list, and you go page to page using the links to see everyone’s projects!  Once you get back to the person you started with, the hop is complete!  Facebook and blog hops are a great way  to see lots of different projects, and get lots of ideas and inspiration!  If you are visiting my blog from the Facebook hop for March, WELCOME!  I hope you will check back again soon!

For this month’s hop, our theme is “Three Shades of Green”. My first thought of course was to make a St. Patrick’s Day themed project, but then decided to go with a large butterfly instead!  For this card, I used the largest butterfly from the Butterflies Thinlits Dies as the focus, along with a sentiment from the Petal Palette stamp set.  The full Butterflies Thinlits set includes three dies:

Note: in order to make the butterfly fit on the card and leave room for the sentiment, I trimmed the little tails from the bottom of the wings.

The three greens I used for this card are:

The glimmer paper that the butterfly is cut from may be a fourth green, OR it may coordinate with Lemon Lime Twist…it’s just listed as “light green” in the description of the paper, so I am not 100% sure which green it is supposed to be!  I think it looks like Lemon Lime Twist though, so we’ll go with that!
The base of this card is Garden Green, with a Pear Pizzazz middle layer.  The butterfly is cut from the green glimmer paper using the Big Shot, with a Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet on the back to make adhering the butterfly easy and mess free!  Also, I stamped some ink spots/blotches on the background using a stamp from the Swirly Bird stamp set using Lemon Lime Twist ink.  The sentiment is stamped in Garden Green to match the base.  The card is also embellished with a few iridescent sequins, to give it a little extra sparkle and shine!

 

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:
Garden Green card base:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)
Pear Pizzazz middle layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches
Whisper White top layer:  3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches
Green Glimmer Paper and Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet:  cut to fit butterfly

 

If you would like to see the rest of the projects on the hop, please visit my Facebook page starting at 8:00 PM EST on March 7th, find the post for this card, and then click through the links until you get back to my page!  (I would love it if you liked my page while you’re there as well!)  Please note that the projects will NOT be posted on Facebook until 8:00 PM on the 7th!  Please click HERE to visit my Facebook page!

 

Thanks so much for visiting today!  I hope you’ve enjoyed my project!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!

Nicolle

 

Rustic Valentine’s Day Mini Note Cards

Today’s project is a set of three mini Valentine’s cards inspired by German Demonstrator Sylwia Schreck.  Each measures 3 x 3 inches, and has a very simple design!  The background of each is a different pattern from the Wood Textures 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper, which is available in the Annual Catalog.  The hearts and leaves are from the Sure Do Love You stamp set, and were all cut out on the Big Shot with dies from the Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies!  Both of these items coordinate perfectly, and can be purchased as a bundle for a savings of 10%. The bundle can be found in the Occasions Catalog!

Each heart and leaf combo is set against a small square made using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  Each heart is also stamped in a different color ink!  For these, I used Berry Burst, Melon Mambo, and Real Red.  I also applied the hearts with dimensionals to add some extra detail and make them pop a little!

After I finished these, I thought for a bit about adding some additional embellishments, but I decided against it.  I love their simplicity, and thought they looked best as is  These little notes fit perfectly in Stampin’ Up’s  3 x 3 Whisper White envelopes, and would be perfect to tuck into lunch boxes, or for use as gift tags!

To see Sylwia’s original cards, please click here!

Thanks for visiting!

Nicolle

 

Swirly Bird and Sunshine Wishes Valentine’s Day Card

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned that I made a point to use Annual Catalog products in everything I created this weekend.  This card uses mostly Annual Catalog items, with only the little “YOU” stamp in the corner being from the Occasions Catalog!  This card was based on one I saw on Pinterest.  I often look at Pinterest for inspiration, and I’ll look at cards that people have made with other companies’ products and wonder “How can I make that with Stampin’ Up?”  So for this card, I started by using White Craft ink on Crumb Cake cardstock to stamp the swirls and small flowers on the background.  Both stamps are from the Swirly Bird stamp set.  While the ink was drying (craft ink takes a bit of time to dry), I cut out the “love” sentiment on my Big Shot using the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.  Before doing so, I placed a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet on the back of the card stock, so that the adhesive would already be on it when I was ready to use it!  I also used one of the dies from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies to cut out all of the hearts.  There’s a die in the set that cuts seven hearts at once!

Once I had everything cut and the ink was dry, I assembled the card.  Once all of the layers were adhered with Snail Adhesive, I applied the love die cut, as well as the hearts. (I used Mini Glue Dots on those!)  I applied some pearls to the centers of the flowers, and stamped the “YOU” in Cherry Cobbler ink to match the color of the “love”.   Once that was done, the card was complete!

For this card, I chose to use Cherry Cobbler for the red instead of Real Red.  I have used Real Red on most of my Valentine’s Day projects, but for this, I wanted to switch it up a bit!  I love the way the deeper, darker red looks against the Crumb Cake background!

I hope you like today’s project!  Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle