3D Thursday: Valentine’s Day Love Mini Sampler

It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time for another 3D Thursday project! It’s MY turn this week, and I created this sweet mini sampler, using new products from the January-June Mini Catalog!

To make this, I bought a small picture frame at Wal-Mart. I looked in three different stores for a small, white, square frame, and I couldn’t find one. This one was originally a light gray, distressed frame, but it was the only one I could find close to what I was looking for! So I bought it and then just painted it white.

I used three sets of dies for this project:

  1. Layering Squares Dies
  2. Many Hearts Dies
  3. Playful Alphabet Dies

The Layering Squares Dies and the Playful Alphabet dies can be found in the Annual catalog. The Many Hearts dies are all new, and can be found on page 15 of the new catalog. Here’s a peek at the full set:

I also used a new Designer Series Paper called Snail Mail DSP. The paper has lots of cute, fun prints, some of which are perfect for Valentine’s Day! The paper can be found on page 55 of the catalog. You can also see it below:

I just love the fun, colorful prints in this paper! If you would like to make your own mini sampler, you can download my FREE Project sheet HERE, or by clicking on the image below:

Please contact me with any questions you have about this project. Thank you for visiting today! Have a great day!

Nicolle

Color Fusers Blog Hop for January 2021

It’s time for our first Color Fuser’s Blog Hop of 2021! We are starting off the new year with a really pretty combination of Mango Melody, Melon Mambo, Garden Green, and Pacific Point. I hope you will hop through our whole team’s pages to see what everyone has created this month with this gorgeous color combo!

For my project, I used the NEW Forever & Always Bundle, which will be available on January 5th! This bundle combines gorgeous florals with large, flowing script, as well as some small, but bold sentiments. To make the flowers, I used the baby wipe technique to combine some Melon Mambo and Mango Melody inks. I took a baby wipe, folded it in half, then in half again. I then made a circle with drops of ink from my Mango Melody reinker, and then added a few drops of Melon Mambo to the center. I spritzed it with a little water, and gave it a few minutes to spread and settle a bit. I used it to ink up the flower stamps and stamped them on Shimmery White cardstock. Once they were dry, I cut them out using the coordinating dies from the bundle and set them aside. I also stamped two sets of leaves in Garden Green ink, then used a Water Painter to VERY lightly watercolor them. Once they were dry, I set them aside as well.

I wanted to add a strip of green DSP below the flowers and behind the sentiment, but I couldn’t find a Garden Green piece that I liked for this card, so I made one myself. I took a piece of Shimmery White cardstock, then used one of the new Blending Brushes to color it with some Garden Green ink. I then used a stamp from the Inspiring Iris stamp set, stamped it a few times on the blended green in Versamark ink, and heat embossed it in white embossing powder.

I stamped the Love sentiment in Melon Mambo ink, and framed it with a die from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies. I also spattered the top layer of the card with Pacific Point ink. Once all of my pieces were stamped and cut, I assembled the card.

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)

Melon Mambo middle layer: 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

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

Shimmery White blended piece: 1-1/2 x 3 inches

Shimmery White piece for flowers/leaves: 3 x 4 inches

Shimmery Whote sentiment piece: 1-5/8 x 2-3/4 inches

To assemble the card, I used Stampin’ Seal to adhere the layers and green background piece. I mounted the flowers, leaves, and sentiment with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I stamped the second part of the sentiment (YOU) in Mango Melody ink directly onto the card, and finished the card with a couple of NEW Opal Rounds and a little Wink of Stella in the flowers’ centers. Finally, I stamped a coordinating envelope, and my project for this month was complete!

Please continue to the next stop on our hop, to see what Tami Hewlett has created this month! Click HERE to go to Tami’s page, or use the buttons below to move through the rest of our hop today!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

Our full hope line up for this month is as follows:

Brenda Nelson

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Tami Hewlett

Melissa Kerman

Bonnie O’Neill

Jo Anne Hewins

Gail Ellis

Melanie Hockin

3D Thursday: Get Well Soon Kleenex Box Card

Happy New Year! It’s time for our LAST 3D Thursday project of 2020! This week it is Sarah Wills’ turn, and she has created this adorable gift packaging for a small pack of tissues. Sarah used items from the NEW Snail Mail Suite, which can be found in the NEW January-June Mini Catalog, and will be available to order on January 5th!

I just love the new Snail Mail Suite! It has such fun colors and adorable imagery. How can you not smile when you see that snail?

Sarah’s project is not only gift packaging…it also doubles as a card! The top flips up and and there’s a little “hello” note to whomever is lucky enough to receive this cute gift!

If you love Sarah’s gift and would like to make one of your own, you can download her FREE project sheet HERE, or by clicking on the image below. Sarah’s project sheet contains step by step instructions, as well as a complete supply list!

Thank you so much for visiting today! Have a safe, happy, and healthy New Year!

Nicolle

Color Fusers Blog Hop for December 2020

Happy December! Can you believe this year is FINALLY almost over? I don’t know about you, but I am definitely ready for a better 2021! December is always crazy for me. In addition to the holiday craziness that everyone has, I also have BOTH of my boys’ birthdays! It’s a hectic, but fun month! 🙂

Today, the Color Fusers team has a beautiful combination of Pretty Peacock, Night of Navy, and Granny Apple Green to share! Greens and blues are my favorite colors. So when I saw this month’s combo, I was excited to get to creating! I decided to use an all new product suite called the Art Gallery Suite, which will be available in the NEW January – June Mini Catalog (the catalog formerly known as the “Occasions Catalog”). This suite features some gorgeous florals and simple sentiments that you are going to love!

For my card today, I used a Whisper White base, layered with Granny Apple Green and Night of Navy for the top. The top layer is embossed with a new 3D Embossing Folder called Painted Texture. To enhance the pattern of the folder, I first inked up the folder with VersaMark ink. Doing this applies the ink to the cardstock as it embossed, and gives a nice variation in color and texture throughout the finished piece!

To make this card, I used Thick Whisper White Cardstock as my base. I cut a piece 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches and folded it in half. I stamped paint spatters in the corners with a stamp from the Waterfront stamp set in Granny Apple Green ink. I cut the middle layer of Granny Apple Green cardstock, and the top layer of Night of Navy (measurements below). I then inked up the 3D Painted Texure Embossing Folder with VersaMark and ran it through my Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine. Once my layers were complete, I stamped my flower and sentiment:

My flower stem was stamped on the NEW Oh So Ombre Designer Series Paper, which can be earned with a $50 purchase beginning January 5th! It’s hard to tell from the picture, but there is a nice variation in color on the paper behind the stamped stem and leaves. I originally stamped my flower on regular Whisper White cardstock, but then I decided that I wanted the flower to be similar to the stem in terms of having a variation in color. So I used the NEW Blending Brushes to apply Pretty Peacock ink to a piece of Whisper White cardstock, and blended the color until I got the color I was looking for:

I then stamped the flower in Pretty Peacock on top of the blended color, stamping it off once first. Then I stamped the top layer in full strength Pretty Peacock ink, and the center in Night of Navy:

Once the flower was complete, I cut it out using the coordinating Floral Gallery Dies. I then went over the center with a touch of Wink of Stella to accent it a bit!

I assembled the layers of the card, and decided to make them asymmetrical. I adhered the flower and then the sentiment, which was heat embossed in white Stampin’ Emboss powder, and cut with the small frame die from the Floral Gallery Dies. Both the flower and sentiment were applied with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. I finished the card with some Elegant Faceted Gems colored with my Dark Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends Marker. Once the gems were applied, my card was complete! I tried a few different ribbons and twines to add a bow somewhere, but none of them looked right to me, so I decided to leave it off. Even though the layout is simple, there’s lots of detail added in other ways!

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)

Granny Apple Green cardstock middle layer: 3-3/4 x 5 inches

Night of Navy cardstock top layer: 3-3/4 x 5 inches

Oh so Ombre DSP stem piece: 2-1/2 x 2-1/4 inches

Pretty Peacock Floral piece: 2 x 2-1/4 inches

Pretty Peacock sentiment piece: 1/2 x 1-1/2 inches

I hope you have enjoyed my project today, and our hop so far! Please continue to the next stop, which is Brenda Nelson’s page! Brenda is a new Color Fusers team member, and I am sure that you will love her creations! Click HERE to go to her page, or use the images below to go to each team member’s blog!

Thanks for stopping by! Wishing you a safe, happy, and HEALTHY Holiday Season!

Nicolle

Our complete hop line up for this month is as follows:

Melissa Kerman

Tami Hewlett

Jo Anne Hewins

Nicolle Belesimo

Brenda Nelson

Melanie Hockin

Gail Ellis

Bonnie O’Neill

3D Thursday: Blossoms in Bloom Mini Paper Pumpkin Box

This week, we have Guest Designer Tami Hewlett joining us for 3D Thursday! She has created this beautiful decorated Mini Paper Pumpkin Box, using NEW products from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog!

Besides the Mini Paper Pumpkin Boxes, Tami’s project features the new Blossoms in Bloom Bundle, Forever Gold Laser Cut Specialty Paper, Flowers for Every Season 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper, and two new In Colors: Bumblebee and Magenta Madness!

The Mini Paper Pumpkin Boxes are the perfect size for notecard sized cards (3-1/2 x 5 inches). They are also food safe, so they are also perfect for packaging tasty treats! AND, they also perfectly hold a Classic Stampin’ Pad and reinker. Such a great gift for a fellow stamper!

If you would like detailed instructions and a complete supply list for Tami’s project, you can download her FREE project sheet HERE. You can also download it by clicking the image below:

Thanks so much for visiting today! Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

Color Fusers Blog Hop for June 2020

Happy June, Everyone! What a great way to start off the month, with a Color Fusers blog hop, a gorgeous color combo, and products from the NEW Annual Catalog, which goes live in only TWO days! Our color combo today is a very pretty combination of Petal Pink, Melon Mambo, and Pool Party!

My project today features (mostly) products from the new catalog. The background images were created with stamps from the new Forever Fern set. The sentiment is from the new Lovely You stamp set, and is heat embossed in white on Basic Black card stock. I also used new ribbon and embellishments, which I will get to in just a bit! For now, here’s a sneak peek at the two stamp sets I used:

Forever Fern Stamp Set
Lovely You Stamp Set

When making this card, I really wanted to use Melon Mambo ribbon, but I do not currently have any in my stash. So I used some of the new White Faux Linen Ribbon from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack and dyed it with my Melon Mambo ink refill. It was really easy to do! I used a small clear plastic cup, added about 1/2 inch of water, 10 drops of ink, and a splash of isopropyl alcohol. After stirring it well, I submerged the ribbon and let it sit for 10 minutes or so, then removed it and laid it flat on a paper towel. I used the paper towel to blot as much of the water out as possible, then dried it the rest of the way with my hair dryer. The ribbon held the color really well. Next time, I think I will leave it in longer to see if I can get a deeper color, but even the lighter pink coordinates well, as it’s just a lighter shade of Melon Mambo!

In addition to the leaves, I also stamped some small splatters all over the background in Petal Pink ink. The splatter stamp is also from the Forever Fern set. And the droplet embellishments are from the NEW Flowers for Every Season Gems. They are not adhesive backed, so I just used a very small dab of glue and placed them with my Take Your Pick Tool.

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Pool Party card stock middle layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

Whisper White card stock top layer: 3-3/4 x 5 inches

Basic Black card stock sentiment piece: 1-1/8 x 2-1/4 inches

Although this card is made with mostly new products, there is still time to get your favorite retiring products! But you only have until tomorrow night to get them! Click HERE to shop the Last Chance Products section of my online store, and stock up on your favorites before they are gone for good!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Next up is Tami Hewlett, who always has something beautiful to share!

Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

Our full hop lineup for this month is as follows:

Melissa Kerman

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Tami Hewlett

Jo Anne Hewins

Bonnie O’Neill

Melanie Hockin

3D Thursday: Fold Out Gift Card Holder

It’s Sarah Wills’ turn to create for this week’s 3D Thursday, and she has created this sweet gift card holder using products from the NEW Annual Catalog!

Gift cards are a great gift, but it’s nice to dress them up in pretty packaging! Sarah’s project does just that, and can be made for any occasion. Here’s a few more pictures of Sarah’s project:

Sarah’s project features new products and colors from the upcoming 2020-2021 Annual catalog, including the Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper and my new favorite yellow: Bumblebee!

You can download Sarah’s FREE project sheet HERE or by clicking on the image below:

Have you received your new catalog yet? If you have not, and would like one, please feel free to contact me and I will get on out to you right away. The new catalog goes live next week on June 3rd!

Thank you for visiting today! Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

3D Thursday: Happy Day Tab Top Treat Box

Debbie Henderson is our designer today for 3D Thursday, and she has created this sweet treat box, which features NEW colors for 2020! The new catalog has been released to demonstrators, and we’ve seen the new colors for 2020-2022. They are SO pretty! Debbie has featured two of them in her project today. They are called Bumblebee and Magenta Madness!

Debbie also used some other products from the new catalog, including Designer Series Paper, cutting dies, and embellishments. Her project is a great sample of new colors and products that will ALL be available June 3rd!

Here’s a nice close up of the new In Color ribbon and colors:

If you would like step by step instructions and a supply list for Debbie’s project, please click HERE or on the image below for her FREE printable project sheet!

Thank you for visiting today! Stay safe and well, and I’ll be back next week with a new project!

Nicolle

My 10 Favorite Occasions Catalog Products




Have you seen the new Occasions Catalog yet? Today I am sharing my ten favorite products from the new catalog! All Occasions products are now available in the Online Store and are available until June 3rd. Be sure to take a peek if you haven’t had a chance!

My Favorite Occasions Catalog Embellishment


Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins

My Favorite Occasions Catalog Embossing Folder


Dot To Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

My Favorite Occasions Catalog Bundle


Beauty Abounds Cling Bundle

My Favorite Occasions Catalog Color Product


Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack

My Favorite Occasions Catalog Project Kit


Incredible Like You Project Kit

My Favorite Occasions Catalog Designer Series Paper


All My Love 12″ X 12″ Designer Series Paper

My Favorite Occasions Catalog Punch


Butterfly Duet Punch

My Favorite Occasions Catalog Cutting Dies


Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies

My Favorite Occasions Catalog Stamp Set


Humming Along Cling Stamp Set

My Favorite Occasions Catalog Ribbon


All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack

And just as an added bonus/side note:

My Favorite Sale-a-Bration Item


So Hoppy Together Cling Stamp Set

So there you have it! My favorite Occasions 2019 products! What are yours? Hop on over to the Online Store to get your favorites!

Thanks for checking in today!

Nicolle

OnStage Day 1 Highlights and Products (plus check out the NEW Catalog!)

The first day of OnStage is over.  It was a long, but FUN day!  For my post today, I will share some of the pictures from the event, as well as the goodies we’ve received so far!  (Including sneak peeks of the covers of the NEW 2019 Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration brochure!)

The picture above and the one below are pictures of the main stage.  There are literally over 6000 demonstrators here!   It’s quite the show, with flashing lights, loud music, and lots of cheering and dancing!

 

Wednesday, we checked into the convention center and registered.  At registration, we received this beautiful box:

 

Inside the box were the following items:

 

Today, we also received the NEW Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration brochure.  There are some AMAZING new products in here that I KNOW you are going to love!!!  While I can’t show you the inside of the catalog, I can at least show the covers:

 

We also received this gorgeous zippered tool case:

 

And I won this new stamp set called “Part of My Story”:

 

And here’s one of the projects we created using one of the NEW product suites from the Occasions Catalog:

 

I also just remembered that I got a super comfy hooded sweatshirt that I forgot to take pictures of!  I will try to remember to add it tomorrow’s post!  All of this so far, and this was just the first day.  We have two more days to go!  I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!  🙂

FYI:  IF you have EVER considered joining Stampin’ Up!, you are going to want to do it during Sale-a-Bration!  There is going to be a fantastic sign up special that you are GOING to want to take advantage of!  More details on THAT as we get closer!  And if you join, you too could attend OnStage events!  Just something to think about!

Thanks for visiting today!  Please check back tomorrow for Day 2’s highlights!

Nicolle