Color Fusers Blog Hop for August 2021

Happy August! This summer is going by WAY too fast! Today, we have a pretty combination of Just Jade, Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, and Basic Gray. I just love, LOVE these colors together!

My card this month features my second favorite flower: DAHLIAS! Beginning August 3rd, Stampin’ Up! will be having a SECOND Sale-a-Bration, and the stamp set I used for this month’s project is one of the FREE items you can earn with a $50 purchase. It’s called Delicate Dahlias, and it’s a 12 piece photopolymer stamp set. It contains both hand drawn and photorealistic images, as well as four different sentiments. You can see the full set below:

My card also uses a new embossing folder called Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder. I can already tell that it is going to be one of my new favorites! This embossing folder is also available beginning August 3rd.

To make my card, I used Thick Basic White cardstock as the base, Basic Gray cardstock for the middle layer, and regular Basic White cardstock for the top. I decided to offset the layers, and embellished the finished card with some white baker’s twine, as well as Opal Rounds. I stamped the hand drawn dahlia in Gorgeous Grape ink, then stamped over it with the photorealistic dahlia in Highland Heather. I did the same with the leaves, using both leaf stamps in Just Jade ink. I fussy cut around all of the pieces, and mounted them to the top layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I heat embossed the sentiment on Basic Gray cardstock in white embossing powder, cut it out using the Messages Die, and mounted that with dimensionals as well. It may be hard to see in the pictures, but I also spattered some Basic Gray ink lightly on the background before assembling the card!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Thick White Basic White Cardstock Base: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)

Basic Gray Cardstock middle layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

Regular White Cardstock top layer: 3-3/4 x 5 inches

Dahlia: approximately 3 inches in diameter

Leaves: approximately 1-3/4 x 2 inches each

Basic Gray sentiment piece: 3/4 x 1-3/4 inches

Please continue to the next stop on this month’s hop, which is Gail Ellis’ page. I can’t wait to see what Gail has created this month!

Thanks so much for checking in today! Enjoy your day!


Our full hop lineup for this month is as follows:

Jo Anne Hewins

Melissa Kerman

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Gail Ellis

Bonnie O’Neill

Brenda Nelson

Melanie Hockin

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!


A Bold Butterfly Birthday and the LAST DAY to order from the Holiday Catalog

Today’s card features one of the FREE Sale-a-Bration items from this year’s Sale-a-Bration brochure! The Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration brochure for 2019 both go live TOMORROW, so I wanted to share a couple of new products from them in today’s post!

The butterfly background paper on this card is from the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper. This paper is a full sized package of twelve, 12 x 12 inch double sided sheets, and can be earned as a FREE item with a $50 purchase (before tax and shipping) between January 3rd and March 31st! Like all regular DSPs, there are six double sided designs in the paper. It is absolutely gorgeous! Notice that half the prints are black and white and the other half are a mix of colors! Check it out:

For my card today, I paired one of the black and white designs with Petal Pink. I love how the black and white contrasts with the softness of the pink! I also used Shimmery White Cardstock for the middle layer, as well as the NEW Petal Pink/Whisper White 5/8″ Variegated Ribbon. The Happy Birthday die cut was cut using the Big Shot, and I went over the whole sentiment with a very light layer of Clear Wink of Stella.

I tried to get a close up of the shimmer from the Wink of Stella, but I’m not sure how well you can see it in the picture above. But it’s really subtle and pretty in person!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Shimmery White cardstock middle layer: 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

DSP top layer: 3-3/4 x 5 inches

Petal Pink piece for the sentiment die cut: 3-1/2 x 3-1/4 inches

The card was embellished with the ribbon and a few rhinestones, and it was done! Hope you like it!

Also, don’t forget that TODAY is the LAST DAY to order from the Holiday Catalog!

Although I’m sad to see some of my favorite products retiring, I am excited about what’s coming in the new catalogs! Be sure to visit the online store to get your favorite retiring holiday products before it’s too late!

If you have any questions about today’s project or the catalogs, please let me know! Thanks for stopping by!


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!



It’s the LAST DAY of Sale-a-Bration!

I can’t believe today is the last day of Sale-a-Bration!  It went by SO fast, but what a great sale it was!  This year’s Sale-a-Bration items were just amazing, and there was such a great selection.  I will be sad to see them go!  If you would like to get your hands on some last minute items, there is still time!  All orders place TODAY before 11:50 pm Mountain Time will still earn Sale-a-Bration rewards!

There is still also time to join Stampin’ Up! during Sale-a-Bration and get a fabulous deal on a starter kit!  Get over $300 worth of items for only $99!  (And it ships to you for FREE!)  Here’s what you get if you join Stampin’ Up! TODAY:

  • $125 in product of your choice from any current catalog or the online store!
  • TWO additional stamp sets of your choice (up to $101 in added value)!
  • A Paper Pumpkin Kit ($20 value)!
  • Demonstrator supplies ($65 value)!
  • A welcome gift from me ($25 value)!

But this fabulous deal is only good for TODAY!  So if you’ve been considering joining, be sure to do it while there’s still time!  🙂

Thanks for checking in today!  Enjoy your day!



Only TWO DAYS left of Sale-a-Bration!

There are only TWO days left of Sale-a-Bration!

  • Two days left to earn FREE items on purchases of $50 or more!
  • Two days left to earn extra Stampin’ Rewards on qualifying orders!
  • Two days left to join Stampin’ Up! to get almost $300 worth of products for only $99!



If you have any questions or need anything, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Have a great day!


Only One More Week of Sale-a-Bration!

There is exactly ONE week left of Sale-a-Bration!  That means only one week left to earn Sale-a-Bration items on qualifying orders, and only one week left to earn EXTRA Stampin’ Rewards on qualifying orders as well!

So what does that mean?

Earn one free item from the Sale-a-Bration brochure for every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping) now through March 31st.  There are also a handful of bigger rewards you can choose from when you spend $100 or more!  You can visit the  Sale-a-Bration page of the online store HERE to check out all of the free items that can be earned during Sale-a-Bration.

You can also earn extra Stampin’ Rewards on qualifying orders as well!  Stampin’ Rewards are rewards dollars that can spent on anything you want from any current catalog or the online store.  During Sale-a-bration, you can earn an extra $25 in Stampin’ Rewards on orders or workshops/parties of $250 or more (before tax and shipping)!  Normally, an order of that size would earn $25 in rewards.  But during Sale-a-Bration it earns $50!  Here’s a chart that shows how Stampin’ Rewards work during Sale-a-Bration:

The more you spend, the more you earn!  Sale-a-Bration is a GREAT time to stock up on all of your consumables like cardstock, adhesives, envelopes, Designer Series paper, and more!  It adds up quickly, and so do the freebies.  But Sale-a-Bration only lasts until March 31st.  So take advantage of these offers while you can!


But wait, want an even better deal?

Would you like an even better deal that lasts far beyond the end of Sale-a-Bration?  Check this out:

During Sale-a-Bration, if you spend $100 (before tax and shipping), you get $100 worth of product and TWO Sale-a-Bration items for free (or one larger $100 item choice).  You also spend $10 on shipping.  But if you JOIN Stampin’ Up during Sale-a-Bration, you spend $99, you get $125 of product, any TWO additional stamp sets, and it ships to you for FREE!  Depending which stamp sets you choose, that can add up to another $101 in value to your kit!  You also get a free Paper Pumpkin kit (a $20 value) and a separate welcome gift from me ($25 in value), so your total value could be as much as $271, but you only pay $99 (plus tax)!  And again it ships for FREE!  Moving forward, you also get 20% off all future orders, which can bump up to 25% later.  And you can get all of this without ever selling to anyone or having any parties!  You can join and keep the discount just for yourself!  For more info about joining Stampin’ Up, please click the icon below, or click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about becoming a demonstrator during Sale-a-Bration.  I would love to welcome you to my team!  🙂

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy your weekend!







Springtime Foils and Beautiful Day Birthday Card PLUS NEW Sale-a-Bration Offerings

Thank you for checking in today!  It’s definitely been awhile since my last post!  Last Wednesday night, we had a huge snowstorm on the East Coast that knocked out my cable, internet, and phone for three days.  Then on Friday, I woke up with a little sniffle and chest congestion that ended up turning into four days sick in bed.  It was a pretty rough week!  Although everything is back up and running tech wise, I am still not feeling 100% better, though am at the point where I feel good enough to start posting again!  If you checked in while I was out, I apologize that there was nothing new for a bit!  Thanks so much for checking back!  🙂

Today’s card was made with the Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper and Beautiful Day stamp set.  Early last week, I posted a card made with a different design of this paper, which I had colored with Stampin’ Blends Markers.  (See it HERE.)  For today’s card, I left the paper as is, and just added a gold foil layer, as well as a gold heat embossed sentiment.  I love the foil designs and accents of the paper, and think it’s elegant enough that it needs very little extra embellishment!  I think this card would also make a very pretty wedding card…the birthday sentiment would just have to be switched to a wedding one!

Don’t forget, the Springtime Foils Paper is only available with a $50 purchase (before tax and shipping) during Sale-a-Bration!  There’s only a couple of weeks left, so scoop this paper up while you have the chance!  The final day of Sale-a-Bration is March 31st!

Speaking of Sale-a-Bration, Stampin’ Up! just released a whole new set of items that can be earned for FREE between now and March 31st!  These are regular catalog items that can be earned with a $50-100 purchase!  The only catch is that you need to use the special Sale-a-Bration item numbers shown below to get them for free.  Using the regular catalog numbers will add them to your cart at the regular catalog price!  Check out the new items just added below:

To shop, please visit the online store HERE.

Here’s a last look at today’s card so you can see the shine of the paper and sentiment!  Isn’t that gold and silver just gorgeous?

Thanks again for stopping by!  Have a great day!



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!



Paper Pumpkin is Turning FIVE!



March 2018 is Paper Pumpkin’s 5th anniversary and Stampin’ Up! is kicking it off with a truly exciting campaign! Not only are they celebrating five years of creating and sharing, but they also want to say thank you to all of their demonstrators, customers, and subscribers who have helped them reach this great milestone! And what better way to do that than with a March kit which includes a fantastic, FREE gift and a specially designed, one-of-a-kind box? This kit is gorgeous, collectible, and is almost sure to go down in Paper Pumpkin history as an all-time customer favorite!

Promotion Details:

  • The free gift complements the kit but is not needed to complete the kit.
  • The free gift is exclusive to the March Paper Pumpkin kit and cannot be found anywhere else.
  • The free gift is a crafting product with a wide range of use that can be used on a variety of papercrafting projects.
  • The free gift holds an approximate retail value of $6-$8 when compared to similar products offered by Stampin’ Up!.
  • You must subscribe by March 10th to receive this special anniversary March kit.

Check out this video about Paper Pumpkin!

And to make the deal even better, Sale-a-Bration is the perfect time to try Paper Pumpkin because prepaid subscriptions of 3 months or more earn Sale-a-Bration rewards!  Yes, that’s right!  Because prepaid subscriptions have item numbers and are ordered like any other catalog item, they are eligible for rewards, including Sale-a-Bration rewards!

If you would like to give Paper Pumpkin a try, but are not looking for a long term commitment, then I recommend a 3 month prepaid subscription.  Three months is a perfect trial subscription!  If at the end of the three months you wish to continue, you simply order another prepaid subscription to extend it, or switch to a month to month subscription.  If you decide you don’t wish to continue after the three months, your subscription simply ends, and you will not receive additional kits.

So what do you get with Paper Pumpkin?  Each month, a fully designed, pre-cut project arrives right in your mailbox with everything you need to create it, including stamps and ink!  Projects include mostly cards, but can also include gift packaging, home decor, and more!   To learn more about Paper Pumpkin and see examples of past kits, please click HERE.  Check out the pic below for an example of what’s in a typical kit. (Please note that this is a past kit, and is not the kit you will receive in March):

Here is the finished kit:

Why not give it a shot?

To visit the prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscription section of the online store, please click HERE!  But remember, you must subscribe by March 10th to receive the special edition anniversary kit!

Questions?  Feel free to contact me!   Enjoy your day!