Color Fusers Blog Hop for August 2020

Happy August, Everyone! It’s the first Monday of the month, so it’s time for our August Color Fusers Blog hop! Today we have a pretty combo of Purple Posy, Gorgeous Grape, and Granny Apple Green to share!

For my card today, I used the Forever Blossoms and Love of Leaves stamp sets. The flowers are heat embossed in White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Prior to embossing, I used Water Painters and Gorgeous Grape ink to color behind the flowers. Once the piece was dry, I heat embossed the image. I then heat embossed the sentiment onto a small piece of Gorgeous Grape cardstock, and trimmed with a die from the Stitched So Sweetly dies set.

I used the Woodland Embossing Folder for the white background layer, and used my Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends to add color to some small Rhinestones before adding them to the card. I also added a Granny Apple Green Strip behind the main image for some contrast. The main image and sentiment are adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals to make them pop a bit. I then went over the centers of the flowers with some Wink of Stella (though it’s really hard to see in the pictures!)

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

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

Thick Whisper White card stock backing layer**: 3-1/8 x 4-1/2 inches

Whisper White water colored and embossed piece**: 3 x 4-3/8 inches

Granny Apple Green strip: 1 x 4 inches

Gorgeous Grape sentiment piece: 3/4 x 1-3/4 (approximate)

** In the process of watercoloring and heat embossing the cardstock for the flowers, the cardstock got a little warped. To flatten it out, I used Adhesive Sheets on the entire back of the piece and then adhered it to a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock. I then ran it through my die cutting machine backwards and forwards a few times. This adhered it really well, as well as flattened all the bumps and warped areas, almost as if it had been ironed. I also used extra Stampin’ Dimensionals when adding it to the card to make sure that it stayed flat once mounted on the card.

Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope that you will continue through our hop to see what the rest of our team has created this month! Please continue on to Bonnie O’Neill’s page to see the next project!

Have a great day!

Nicolle

Our full hop lineup for this month is as follows:

Jo Anne Hewins

Melanie Hockin

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Bonnie O’Neill

Tami Hewlett

Melissa Kerman

Color Fusers Blog Hop for July 2020

Happy July! I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday weekend. It was quiet and different for us this year, but still fun!

It’s the first Monday of the month so it’s time for our Color Fusers Blog Hop for July! We’ve got a pretty combo of Calypso Coral, Pacific Point, and Coastal Cabana to share today:

For my card today, I embossed a piece of Pacific Point cardstock with the new Dandelions 3D Embossing Folder. But before I did, I inked up the folder with VersaMark ink. Doing this creates some nice variation in color between the raised embossed image and the flat background of the design. It’s hard to see in the pictures, but the cardstock looks almost like velvet in person! Here is another card I made recently using the same technique. You can see the color variation a little better on this one:

For the card I made for today, I layered the Pacific Point top layer over a middle layer of Coastal Cabana, which was then layered over a Thick Whisper White card base. I added a tiny butterfly in Calypso Coral, and stamped the sentiment in that color as well. I also colored some Whisper White 1/4″ Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon with my Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends Markers. When it was done, I wanted the color to be a little lighter, so I washed the ribbon with a drop of dish soap and let it dry. I was surprised to see that the ribbon did not have uniform color after doing so, but I kind of like it! It has almost a light ombre effect when you see it up close!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Calypso Coral cardstock middle layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

Pacific Point cardstock top layer: 3-3/4 x 5 inches

Calypso Coral butterfly: 1/2 x 3/4 inch (approximate)

Whisper White sentiment piece: 2-1/4 x 1-1/8 inches

I finished the card with some small rhinestones on the butterfly, and sponged some Wink of Stella onto the heads of the dandelions. I did this by brushing the Wink of Stella onto a sponger dauber and just lightly circling it onto each flower. Again, it’s hard to see in the pictures, but it’s a nice added touch in person!

I hope you have enjoyed my project today! Please continue through the rest of the hop to see what the rest of my talented teammates have created. Next up is Tami Hewlett!

Have a fantastic day!

Nicolle

Our full hop lineup for this month is as follows:

Melissa Kerman

Melanie Hockin

Jo Anne Hewins

Bonnie O’Neill

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Tami Hewlett

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!)

#simplestamping

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

Nicolle

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