Blended Seasons Congrats Card

My card today was created by my very talented and generous upline, Sarah Wills!  I got this card yesterday, along with some other goodies from her, and it completely made my day!  Sarah makes the most gorgeous cards, and I always love the colors she puts together!  For this card, she used the Blended Seasons stamp set, which is part of the Color Your Season Promotion.  This set, along with coordinating cutting dies, are only available until August 31st or while supplies last.  Here is a peek at the stamp set:

This set is so perfect for year round crafting!  It’s got flowers and leaves for Spring and Summer, leaves and wheat for Autumn, and holly and bells for Christmas/Winter.  For this card, Sarah paired the large floral stamp with the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper.  I just love how the flowers look against the grain of the wood!

The main color Sarah used on this card is Calypso Coral.  The image was colored using Stampin’ Blends.  I am assuming that the yellow in the center of the flowers is Daffodil Delight and that the leaves are either Old Olive or Granny Apple Green.  (If I get a definite answer on the green, I will let you know!)  She also added just a pop of black by adding a small piece of black cardstock cut with the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch, as well as the stamping the sentiment in black.  I love the contrast of the black against the lighter colors!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Calypso Coral card base:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 5-1/2 inches and folded in half)

Very Vanilla middle layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

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

Very Vanilla banner piece:  3/8 x 2 inches

Black punched piece:  1/2 x 1-5/8 inches (approximate)

 

I just love getting happy mail, and it’s always a happy day when I get mail from Sarah!  I just love this card she created, and may have to make more of these for myself!  Again, if you love this stamp set and bundle, there are only a few days left to get it.  Click HERE to visit the Color Your Season section of the online store to get your set before they’re gone for good!

Have a great weekend!  Thanks for visiting today!

Nicolle

CASE the Catty Day 6: A Beautiful Day Happy Anniversary Card

Today is my final project for CASE the Catty week!  I hope you have enjoyed my projects!  Today’s card was CASE’d from a card on page 110 of the Annual Catalog.  You can see the original in the pic below.  The one I copied is the top one:

For my version, I used the Beautiful Day stamp set for the flower and the Beautiful Bouquet set for the sentiment.  I also used a stamp from the Time for Tea set for the leaves.  The colors I used are Lovely Lipstick, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Basic Black, and Whisper White.

For my card, I heat embossed the sentiment in white embossing powder.  I also colored in the leaves with Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends Markers, and embellished with some Iridescent Sequins!

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 and folded in half)

Whisper White top layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

Flower:  2-3/4 x 2-3/4 inches

Basic Black strip:  1-1/8 x 4 inches

 

 

The Stampin’ Up! catalog is a great source of inspiration for projects!  It is always packed with gorgeous, full color samples that showcase all of the amazing products we offer!  Do you have a copy?  If not, feel free to contact me and I will get one out to you right away!

Thank you for stopping by today!  Hope you have a great weekend!

Nicolle

 

Simply Stated Sympathy Card with Graceful Glass Designer Vellum

I always find it hard to make sympathy cards.  I feel like it’s such a delicate subject matter and I don’t always know what to say.  So usually when I have to make one, I try to keep it short, sweet, and simple.  This card was made with the Graceful Glass 6 x 6 inch Designer Vellum, the Kindness & Compassion stamp set, Stampin’ Blends Markers, and the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Colors are Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green, Smoky Slate, and Whisper White.

The Graceful Glass 6 x 6 Designer Vellum is so pretty!  It was designed specifically to be hand colored.  I like to use Stampin’ Blends on it, but it can also be colored with any other coloring tool that Stampin’ Up! offers, including Stampin’ Write Markers, Aqua painters, Watercolor pencils, and more!  It contains 12 different designs and you get 2 of each sheet in the package, for a total of 24 sheets. The sheet I used has four different floral columns, including peonies, irises, roses, and lilies!  Here’s what the full sheet looks like:

For this card, I trimmed out the center of the iris column and mounted it on a Whisper White backing.  I then used a piece of Highland Heather card stock as the background and embossed it with the Subtle Dynamic Textures Impressions Embossing Folder.  I LOVE this folder!  It’s perfect when you want to add just a hint of detail to a project without it being too bold or overwhelming.

When I first made this card, I used the vellum column as is.  But when I put it on the card, I felt that the irises were a little too low on the card.  So I trimmed a section off the top and then relocated it to the bottom instead, and then used that as my final piece:

Here’s what the rearranged strip looked like before I applied it to the card:

When I assembled the card, I made sure to place the sentiment strip over the seam between the two pieces so that it is hidden.  I was much happier with the irises a little closer to the top of the 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)

Highland Heather layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

Iris vellum strip:  1-3/16 x 5-1/8 inches

Whisper White strip behind vellum:  1-3/8 x 5-1/4 inches

Whisper White sentiment strip:  3/4 x 4 inches

 

I didn’t add too much additional embellishment for this card, as I wanted to keep it simple.  I did add a couple of pearls to the upper right corner, just to add a little something!

If you have any questions about this card, please let me know.  Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

 

The Blended Seasons Bundle is Available Starting TOMORROW!

Tomorrow, August 1st, the new, gorgeous Blended Seasons Bundle will be available for purchase!  The bundle contains both the Blended Seasons stamp set, as well as the coordinating Stitched Seasons Framelits Dies!   Here’s a peek at the full bundle:

This bundle is perfect for year round crafting!  It contains images and sentiments that can be used for spring and summer flowers, plus autumn leaves, and holly, berries, and bells for the holidays!  Both items are also available separately as well, so if you want just the stamps, or just the dies, you can get just one or the other.  BUT, you will save 10% if you buy both as the bundle!  🙂

The card I made for today’s post uses the leaves stamp from the bundle.  I stamped the leaves in VersaMark ink and heat embossed them in Copper Embossing Powder.  I then used my Aqua Painter to add color.  I used Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, and Old Olive as the colors.  I framed the leaves with an oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits, and set it against one of the stitched frames from the Stitched Seasons Framelits.

I used a design from the Wood Textures 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper as the background, and embellished the card with linen thread and some pearls colored with the Ivory Stampin’ Blends marker.  SInce I used Very Vanilla on this card, I wanted the pearls to match.  Coloring them with the Ivory marker was the perfect solution!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Wood Textures DSP layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

Early Espresso stitched backing layer:  2-3/4 x 4 inches

Very Vanilla oval:  2-5/8 x 3-9/16 inches

 

The Blended Seasons Bundle is available beginning August 1st, and is only available until August 31st or while supplies last!  So if you love it, be sure to order early in order to avoid disappointment if it sells out!  You can shop for these exclusive, limited time products HERE.

Today is also the LAST DAY to get the Wood Textures DSP as part of the Buy 3 Get 1 FREE Designer Series Paper sale!  AND, it’s also the last day to sign up for Stampin’ Up! and get 10 free ink pads in addition to $125 in product of your choice for only $99!

To shop the DSP sale, click HERE.

To join Stampin’ Up!, click HERE.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!  Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

 

New Stampin’ Blends Colors and NEW Bundle Available August 1st!

Last week I received an order with all of the new Stampin’ Blends colors!  They are finally back in stock, and the new colors are gorgeous!  For this card, I used Poppy Parade and Granny Apple Green (both light and dark shades of both), as well as Daffodil Delight for the centers of the flowers.  The large floral stamp is from a brand new stamp set called Blended Seasons, which will be available for a limited time beginning August 1st!  (More about that soon!)  I paired the colored floral image with the new color Mango Melody, because I just love the combo of these three colors together!

Another new product I used on this card is the Big Shot Embossing Mats.  These new mats allow you to use cutting dies to emboss, rather than cut.  So the floral images along the right side of the card were actually made with a cutting die!  These new mats provide so many more options for decorating and adding detail to projects!  Here’s a close up of the detail on the embossed edge:

The die I used for the embossing is from a new set called the Stitched Seasons Framelits.  These new dies are part of the same limited time offer as the Blended Seasons stamp set.  The stamps and dies will be available separately, as well as in a bundle (save 10%), again, beginning August 1st!

Other products used on this card include the Touches of Texture stamp set, Stitched All Around stamp set, and Petals & More Thinlits Dies.  I also added just a touch of Clear Wink of Stella to the insides of the flowers for a bit of shine!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows: 

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

Poppy Parade card stock strip:  2-5/8 x 5-1/2 inches

Whisper White card stock strip:  2-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches

Floral stamp image:  2-3/4 x 4 inches (fussy cut)

Sentiment die cut:  5/8 x 2-7/8 inches

 

I am a huge fan of the new Brights colors, and I love the way these three look together!  Please stay tuned for more information regarding the new stamps and dies, as I will be posting everything you need to know about it sometime in the next few days!

Thanks for checking in today!  Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

Animal Outing New Baby Card

It’s been awhile since I’ve made a baby card!  As I was going through my new stuff today, I saw my Mint Macaron and Soft Sea Foam card stock next to each other and thought they looked really pretty together.  Then I saw my Animal Outing stamp set, and this is what came to mind.  Green is my favorite color, and I love these two shades together for babies!

The rhino was colored with light and dark Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends, the little bird was colored with light and dark Bermuda Bay ones, and the rhino’s horn was colored with the Ivory marker.  I framed him with Stitched Shapes Framelits, and layered him with a large scalloped circle cut with the Layering Circles Framelits.

The sentiment is actually two different stamps from the Animal Outing set.  I placed them both on the same block and stamped them together, but even though I put them as close together as I could, there was more space between the two words than I would have liked.  Instead of redoing it, I pulled out my Pick a Pennant set and stamped the tiny heart in between them in Blushing Bride ink.  It was the perfect size and perfect way to fill that extra bit of space!  I also went over the heart with Clear Wink of Stella for just a bit of shimmer (though it’s hard to see from the pics.)

 

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Whisper White middle layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

Soft Sea Foam top layer: 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

Mint Macaron scalloped circle:  3-1/8 inches in diameter

White stitched circle:  2-15/16 inches in diameter

Small scalloped sentiment piece: 1-3/8 inches in diameter

 

I love the colors and images on this card!  (I really love the whole new subtles collection actually!)  The soft colors are perfect for baby projects!

If you have any questions about this card, please let me know!  Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Nicolle

 

JUST IN: New Stampin’ Blends are in and ready to ship!

Just popping in with a quick update to let you know that the new Stampin’ Blends colors are now in and ready to ship!  The 11 NEW colors brings the total number of colors available to 22!  (And don’t forget the Bronze and Ivory singles as well!)  You can find the complete line of Stampin’ Blends in the online store HERE.  I am also listing the combo packs below for each color, but light and dark single markers of each color are available as well!

Please contact me with questions!

Nicolle

Coloring with Stampin’ Blends on Graceful Glass Designer Vellum

I made this card this weekend using a new product called Graceful Glass 6×6 inch Designer Vellum.  It is vellum with pre-printed designs, specifically made to be hand colored to give the look of stained glass!  It includes 2 sheets each of 12 different designs, for a total of 24 sheets.  Here’s a sneak peek at the different designs that are included in the pack:

The designs in the pack include flowers, shapes, and other patterns that are all equally gorgeous and fun to color!  For this card, I decided to use the sheet with the birds.  I googled “Birds on a wire” and came across a beautiful stained glass piece with multiple birds in all different colors.  I used it as the inspiration for the colors I used to color the birds for this card.  (Click HERE to see the piece.)  I colored all of the birds with Stampin’ Blends markers, which will be back in stock June 1st!  There will also be eleven new colors added to the Stampin’ Blends collection on that date as well!

For the card base, I used a new color called Balmy Blue.  It’s one of the new colors in the Subtles Collection and is a gorgeous, soft, almost baby blue color!  I love how it looks against the colors of the birds!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Designer Vellum piece:  2-3/8 x 5-1/2 inches

Whisper White Backing piece for vellum:  2-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches

Whisper White Ribbon Punched strips (2):  1 x 5-1/2 inches

 

The Stampin’ Blends colors that I used are:

  • Bermuda Bay
  • Crumb Cake
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Daffodil Delight
  • Night of Navy
  • Rich Razzleberry
  • Old Olive
  • Cherry Cobbler

I used both the light and dark of each color.

I also used a small floral stamp from the Love What You Do stamp along the top and bottom of the card.  I stamped the flowers in VersaMark ink, so that it would be more subtle than full color ink.  I also added two strips of Whisper White punched with the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch for a little added detail!

The card was finished with 1/8 Whisper White Sheer Ribbon.  I did not add a sentiment to the front, as I had a hard time figuring out where to put one!  I didn’t want to detract from the birds, so I decided to just leave the whole card blank for now, and then when I decide who I want to send it to and for what, I can just add a sentiment to the inside!

This card was a lot of fun to make and I love how colorful it is!  I hope you like it too!

Thanks for checking in!

Nicolle

 

An Animal Outing Birthday

I received the new Animal Outing stamp set last month at OnStage, but haven’t had a chance to use it until this weekend!  I wasn’t sure what I wanted to make with it, but I got the idea to make this card when I was looking through my punches and saw the Balloon Bouquet one.  I thought of using the new In Colors for the balloons, and wanted to have an animal holding them.  My first thought was to use either a cat from the Pretty Kitty set, or a dog from the Bella & Friends set, but then I remembered that I had the Animal Outing set, and thought it was time to finally pull it out and use it!

I just love this new set!  It contains 10 stamps, with a nice combination of images and sentiments.  Here’s what the full set looks like:

To make this card, I stamped the kangaroo in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then colored the kangaroo with both light and dark Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends Markers.  I also colored the koala in her pouch with the light and dark Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends.  I punched the balloons from the new 2018-2020 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack, then adhered them to the panel with Snail adhesive.  I used a Black Stampin’ Write marker to draw the strings.

I then used two stamps from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set for the sentiments.  I stamped the “Hip Hip Hooray” on the front, and then the “It’s Your Day” stamp on the inside.  I stamped both in the same Memento ink as the kangaroo:

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Whisper White top layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches (you also need another one of these for the inside of the card!)

DSP pieces: 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches each

 

The Animal Outing set will be available on June 1st!  Do you have your new catalog yet?  If not, contact me and I will be happy to send one to you!

Thank you for visiting today!  Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Nicolle

 

Stampin’ Blends Markers Important Update

So I have good news about the Stampin’ Blends Markers and bad news:  the good news is that they are a hugely popular and fantastic product that everyone LOVES!  The bad news is that they are so popular, and demand is so great, that the supply just cannot keep up with the demand.  In the past few weeks, a number of the markers have gone on backorder, and many more are currently in low inventory status.  As it takes a while to reorder and restock from the supplier, Stampin’ Up! has to decided to temporarily make the entire Stampin’ Blends line unorderable until they can restock sufficient inventory to keep up with demand.  Because of this, they will be turning off all of the item numbers for the markers at 12:00 PM Mountain Time on Friday, March 23rd.  They expect to have them back in stock and able to be ordered again by the end of May.

Please know that Stampin’ Up! is doing everything they can to get these markers back in stock and into your hands as quickly as possible!  I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and hope that you will keep them on your wish lists until they can again be purchased.  They are very much worth the wait!  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the Stampin’ Blends, please feel free to contact me.  I will be happy to answer any questions you may have!

Thanks for visiting today!

Nicolle