Simple Stamping Sunday: Happy Tails

My laptop is still being fixed so it’s been a very limited week for posting, but I didn’t want to miss Simple Stamping Sunday! My card this week features the very cute Happy Tails stamp set. This set is perfect for anyone who loves dogs. It coordinates with the new Dog Builder Punch, and right now, both can be bundled for a savings of 10%!

For today’s card, I used a Whisper White notecard base and stamped the dog in black and white. I added the sentiment and heart in Real Red, as I love the combo of black, white, and red together. And that’s it! This card was so easy to make and is super cute!

I also made a stepped up version of this card that I will share sometime this week. Please check back soon! Thanks for visiting today!

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Nicolle

Simple Stamping Sunday: All That You Are

For my Simple Stamping card this week, I used the All That You Are stamp set. To dress up my card a bit, I used an Uninked Spectrum Pad so that the main image was a blend of five different colors! The color combo I used is shown below:

This week, I used a Very Vanilla note card and envelope. I used Crumb Cake ink to stamp the sentiment. And that’s it! Super simple and QUICK to make!

I sent this card as a swap to members of my upline’s team. All of the cards were Simple Stamping cards, and once I know everyone has received them, I will post them all here! Please check back in the next week to see them!

Thanks for visiting today!

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Nicolle

Simple Stamping Sunday: So Hoppy Together

My Simple Stamping card for this week uses the So Hoppy Together stamp set, which can be earned for FREE with a $50 order now through March 31st! I LOVE frogs, so when I saw this stamp set, I instantly fell in love with it. The simple lines and sentiments make it perfect for a Simple Stamping card!

To make this card, I stamped the frog in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. This particular image is actually part of a larger image of the frog riding a unicycle. I wanted to use the frog by itself, so I used clear tape to cover the bottom portion of the stamp before inking it. Once the stamp was fully inked, I removed the tape and then stamped it onto my card. Here’s a peek at the full set so you can see what the whole stamp looks like, as well as the rest of the set:

For this card, I also used a different notecard than what I usually use. I used one of the small notecards from the Memories & More Notecards and Envelopes set. These small cards measure 3-1/4 x 4-1/4 inches and come with coordinating envelopes! (A regular notecard is 3-1/2 x 5 inches in size, so it’s just slightly smaller).

The frog is colored with Granny Apple Green and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends markers, and the sentiment is stamped in Melon Mambo ink. The little flies are colored with Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends! I love the way he came out. I think he’s so cute!

If you would like to get this set, right now is the perfect time to do so! Now through Febrary 7th, I am running a Sale-a-Bration special where you can earn EXTRA free items and rewards, just for placing an order of $50 or more (before tax and shipping!) Earn EXTRA Sale-a-Bration items AND Stampin’ Rewards! If you would like more info, or would like to place an order, please email me at nicollebelesimo@gmail.com! (Please note, orders MUST be placed through me directly. Orders placed online in the online store will not qualify!)

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If you have any questions , please let me know! Have a great day! 🙂

Nicolle

Simple Stamping Sunday: A Little Twinkle Valentine’s Day Card

For this week’s Simple Stamping card, I used the Little Twinkle stamp set to make a Valentine’s Day card! The Little Twinkle set has been used primarily for new baby cards and projects…and up until this point, I had only used it for that as well. But for January’s Simple Stamping Challenge from Stampin’ Up!, we were asked to make a Valentine’s Day card, and I wanted to mix it up a bit. So I figured I would try using the set for that instead!

Normally, a Simple Stamping card uses only a card base, one stamp set, and ink. But for this month’s challenge, we were allowed to use a punch too. So for this card, I used the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch to make the little hearts. Using the punched hearts adds just a tiny bit of extra detail that really makes the card pop!

Here are step by step instructions for this card:

  1. Use an Aqua Painter to add a few drops of water to one drop of Pool Party ink. Swirl to mix and then brush on a light watercolor wash on the front of the card. Let dry.
  2. Stamp the heart image from the Little Twinkle set in Smoky Slate ink.
  3. Stamp the sentiment below the heart in Lovely Lipstick ink.
  4. Punch out four tiny hearts from Lovely Lipstick card stock using the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. Apply to the card with the Fine Tip Glue Pen.
  5. Stamp your envelope to match (if desired).

While this card is definitely different for Valentine’s Day, I like it! I hope you do too!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Nicolle

Simple Stamping Sunday: Butterfly Gala

It’s another Simple Stamping Sunday post! This week, my card was made with the Butterfly Gala stamp set. I also used a combination of Blueberry Bushel, Pacific Point, Balmy Blue, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, and Pool Party inks. The card base is a Whisper White Notecard.

Take a peek at the full stamp set used on this card:

I love this set because it contains a great mix of both images and sentiments! (Plus I LOVE butterflies!) The butterflies and sentiment were stamped in StazOn black ink. I also used one of the Uninked Spectrum Ink Pads and inked it with the following colors, in the order shown:

I found this color combination on Pinterest. It was put together by demonstrator Patty Bennett. (She has lots of great combinations for the spectrum pads on her page!) When I first stamped the colored portions of the wings, there were some blank white spots on the image so I used an Aqua Painter to blend the ink to fill in the spots!

Since Simple Stamping cards do not use any layers or embellishments, I wanted a way to dress the card up a bit. I used my Aqua Painter to add some spatters to the background, which were done in Pool Party ink!

So, just to recap, a Simple Stamping card only uses the following three products:

~ A 3-1/2 x 5 inch notecard base (in either Whisper White or Very Vanilla)

~ ONE stamp set

~ Ink (multiple colors are okay!)

And here are step by step instructions for completing this card:

  1. Fold the notecard along the score line and run your bone folder along the edge to sharpen the crease.
  2. Stamp the sentiment and butterflies in StazOn Black Ink. Set aside to dry for a few minutes.
  3. Use the spectrum ink pad to ink up the butterfly wing stamps and add color to the inside of all of the wings on both butterflies.
  4. Go over any white spots with an Aqua Painter to blend the ink.
  5. Add one drop of ink from the Pool Party ink refill to a clean, clear plastic stamping block. Squeeze the Aqua Painter to add a few drops of water and mix together to dilute. Get the tip of the Aqua Painter wet with the diluted ink, hold over the top of the card and tap repeatedly to create spatters. When you get the desired effect, set aside to dry.
  6. Stamp coordinating images on the envelope (if desired).

And that’s it! Please feel free to ask questions, and thanks for checking in!

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Nicolle

Simple Stamping Sunday: Dandelion Wishes

My Simple Stamping card for today was made with the Dandelion Wishes stamp set! It also uses Soft Sea Foam, Pool Party, and StazOn Black inks.

Both the image and sentiment are from the same stamp set. One of the guidelines of a Simple Stamping card is to use only ONE stamp set. To review, the full guidelines are: one stamp set, a notecard base, and ink. That’s it!

In addition to the three products above, I also used an Aqua Painter to add a very light watercolor wash to the background. I wanted to dress it up at least a little bit!

So that’s it for today! Simple cards need only simple posts! 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Nicolle

Simple Stamping Sunday: Rooted in Nature

In yesterday’s post, I gave a brief introduction to Stampin’ Up’s new campaign for 2019: Simple Stamping. The goal of Simple Stamping is to introduce stamping to beginning stampers and help them learn and build confidence in creating beautiful cards and projects with only very basic stamping supplies. For a card to be considered a Simple Stamping card, it must only use three products: a notecard for the base, ONE stamp set, and ink. That’s it! No layers, no embellishments, no punches, dies, or other decoration, no Designer Series Paper…just the three basic supplies mentioned above! For an avid crafter who has been stamping for a long time and likes to embellish everything, the thought of doing something so simple is surprisingly daunting! But looking at it through the eyes of a beginner makes it a little easier to understand the premise behind it!

My card today is my very first attempt at a Simple Stamping card, and I made it according to guidelines set forth by Stampin’ Up! for a December Challenge. (Nothing like waiting until the last minute, right?!) The guidelines for this month’s Simple Stamping challenge were to make a thank you card using only one stamp set from the Annual Catalog. My first thought was that I could also only use one color ink, but I found out after I had already completed the card that I could have used multiple colors. Oh well! I am still really happy with the final product! I LOVE monochromatic cards, especially in green, as it is my favorite color!

For this card, I used a base from the Very Vanilla Notecards and Envelopes. These cards come 20 to a package, and come with matching envelopes. (They are also available in Whisper White!) The notecards are slightly smaller than a regular size card. They measure 3-1/2 x 5 inches in size, as opposed to the full size of 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches, but there is still plenty of room to make a beautiful card! I also used the Rooted in Nature stamp set and Pear Pizzazz ink.

To dress this card up just a tiny bit, I used what’s called the “Kissing technique” to make the background behind the leaf image. In the stamp set I used, there is a large stamp of a cross section of a tree. I inked it up with the Pear Pizzazz ink, then stamped it off once, as I didn’t want it to be too dark. I then took my Clear Block C and pressed it onto the stamp to transfer the ink from the stamp to the block. Because the ink was coming off a stamp, not only did the ink transfer, but the pattern of the stamp also transferred! (This is the “kissing” part of the technique.) I then stamped the block directly onto the notecard. Once it was dry, I stamped the leaves in full strength ink, as well as the sentiment underneath it. And the card was done!

I will admit, my first instinct after finishing this card was to reach for some sequins and Wink of Stella! But per the Simple Stamping rules, I was good and did not add any! (Though it was really hard not to!) My normal style tends to be pretty simple anyway, but this is so much simpler than what I usually make. I do love the simplicity of this card though!

I hope you will consider giving Simple Stamping a try! Not only is great for new stampers, it’s also great when you need something fast. I made this card start to finish in less than five minutes (and that includes stamping the envelope too)!

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

Nicolle