My OnStage Team Swap Card

One of the best parts about going to OnStage is swapping with other demonstrators!  While I did not have time to make swap cards for general swapping, our team decided to do a team swap.  This is the card I made for that!  It is based on one I made earlier this year, with a few minor changes. Click HERE to see my original card!

For this version, I used Blackberry Bliss, Sahara Sand, Soft Sea Foam, and Whisper White as my colors.  The flowers, spatters behind the flowers, and the linen texture stamp on the Blackberry Bliss strip across the middle are from the Touches of Texture stamp set; the sentiment is from Ribbon of Courage; and the leaves in the corners are from the Rooted in Nature set.  The card is embellished with Linen Thread and Basic Adhesive Backed Sequins.

While most everything on the card was stamped with regular classic ink pads, the flowers were stamped in Memento ink and colored with Stampin’ Blends.  I used the Dark Soft Sea Foam and Light Blackberry Bliss blends on them.   I love how smooth and uniform the color is!

 

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)

Blackberry Bliss middle layer:  3-3/4 x 5 inches

Sahara Sand top layer:  3-5/8 x 4-7/8 inches

Blackberry Bliss strip:  1-1/4 x 3-3/4 inches

Whisper White banner piece:  2 x 3-3/4 inches

 

I made 35 of these for our team swap, and got some really beautiful cards in return!  I will share them all hopefully soon!  If you have any questions about today’s card, please feel free to ask!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

 

A Bright and Fun Thank You Card

I don’t know about where you live, but the weather here in CT has been absolutely miserable!  It has been super cloudy and cold and rainy, and honestly, it’s starting to get depressing.  So I sat down to make a card on Saturday, and I really wanted it to be bright and fun.  Green is my favorite color, and I bought the Bee Thankful stamp when it was on sale a couple weeks ago, so I decided to put something together that combined those two things.  I looked at my Stampin’ Blends and I realized that there are six greens in the Blends, and there are six letters in “thanks”, so I decided to make each letter a different shade!  (In order, they are Soft Sea Foam, Call Me Clover, Granny Apple Green, Mint Macaron, Old Olive, and Shaded Spruce.) I went with Granny Apple Green cardstock for the base, and accented the image with Daffodil Delight Blends on the bee, as well as the backing layer of the image.  I added some small flowers from the Wishing You Well set in the corners with VersaMark ink, offset the main image a bit so it’s not completely straight, and was left with a pretty cute and fun card for that I plan to send to someone special!

After the card was assembled, I needed to embellish a bit.  I added some Wink of Stella to the leaves and wings and antennae of the bee.  I also added 1/2 of a Pearlized Doily behind the main image.  The Wink of Stella and the shimmer of the doily add just a hint of shine to this card, for just a perfect amount of added detail!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Daffodil Delight middle layer:  3-3/16 x 5-3/16 inches

Whisper White Top Layer:  3 x 5 inches

 

I really love the combination of all the different greens on this card!  It definitely brightened my day to make it!  (Now if the sun would just come out for a bit, all would be well!)  🙂

Thanks for checking in today!  Happy Sunday!

Nicolle

It’s a Birthday Card for Merry Monday!

My mom’s birthday was yesterday and she LOVES cardinals!  So it only made sense that I would make her a card with a cardinal on it.  And while I realize this card is definitely NOT a Christmas card, I think it could very easily be changed to make it one!  Just add a few green sprigs, some red pearls or rhinestones, and switch out the greeting and DSP, and it would make a great Christmas card instead!  (And I plan to do just that very soon!)

For this card, I used the Best Birds stamp set, along with the coordinating Birds & Blooms Thinlits.  I used DSP from the Regals 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper for the background, as well as Real Red cardstock for the bird.  As the cutting dies do not actually cut the proper shape for a cardinal, I had to add a small piece that I cut with Paper Snips to make the crest on the top of the bird’s head.  The branch and flowers were stamped in Memento black ink and colored with Soft Suede, Old Olive, and Real Red Stampin’ Blends.

The Happy Birthday sentiment comes from the same stamp set, which has a number of stamps for different occasions, including birthdays, congratulations, anniversaries, and more!  This is definitely a great set to have in your collection, especially if you have bird lovers in your life!  Here’s a peek at the full set as well as the thinlits:

 

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)

Polka Dot DSP background layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

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

Real Red bird:  2-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches

Whisper White scrap used for branch and flowers: approximately a 2 x 4-1/2 inch piece

 

Other products used on this card include the punch from the Darling Label Punch Box, Linen Thread, and Pearl Basic Jewels.

I cannot WAIT to redo this card for Christmas!  Stay tuned for the updated version coming very soon!

If you have any questions about my card today, please feel free to ask.  Thanks for checking in!  🙂

Nicolle

 

There’s Nothing Sweeter than Merry Monday!

It’s time for another Merry Monday project!  My project today is a set of three 3 x 3 inch mini note cards made with the Nothing Sweeter Bundle.  This new bundle includes the 17 piece Nothing Sweeter photoplymer stamp set, as well as the 10 piece Sweetly Stitched Framelits!  Colors are Cherry Cobbler, Shaded Spruce, Crushed Curry, and Whisper White!

Check out the complete bundle below:

The bundle can be found on page 25 of the Holiday Catalog, or click HERE to see it in the online store!  Both the stamp set and framelits can also be purchased alone, though purchasing the bundle will save you 10% off the cost of them separately!

 

Measurements for these cards are as follows: 

Cherry Cobbler or Shaded Spruce card base:  3 x 6 inches (scored at 3 inches and folded in half)

Cherry Cobbler or Shaded Spruce middle layer:  2-3/4 x 2-3/4 inches

Whisper White top layer: 2-5/8 x 2-5/8 inches

Tree, Present, and Heart:  range from 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 in length and width (approximate)

 

All of the sentiments for the cards are from the new Candy Cane Season stamp set, and the white portions of each image were stamped in White Craft ink and then heat embossed using White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

Embellishments for this card include Whisper White 1/8 inch Sheer Ribbon, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, and Santa’s Workshop Enamel Shapes.  All were custom colored using either Stampin’ Blends or Ink Refills with Shimmer Paint.  I LOVE having the tools and products to create embellishments and accents in any color I need!

For the ribbon, I colored the white ribbon with Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends.  For the “star” on top of the Christmas Tree, I mixed Frost White Shimmer Paint with a small drop of Crushed Curry reinker.  It produced a really pretty yellow/gold color!  I then painted it onto the embellishment with a thin paintbrush:

I really love making mini note cards!  They can be used for so many different things…send a little note to someone special, tuck into a lunch box or co-worker’s mailbox, or punch a hole in the corner, add some ribbon, and use as a gift tag!  They are perfect for the holidays!

 

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

 

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