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

Thankful for the Falling For Leaves Stamp Set!

My card today features a new stamp set called Falling for Leaves!  It is a photopolymer set that contains 11 stamps.  It contains 8 leaves/foliage stamps and 3 sentiments.  The set can be purchased separately or as part of the Falling for Leaves Bundle, which also includes the 8 piece Detailed Leaves Thinlits.  (Purchase them together as the bundle and save 10%!)  Here’s what the full bundle looks like:

For my card today, I used only the stamp set.  Both the leaf and the sentiment are from the set.  I heat embossed the large leaf in white on Shimmery White card stock.  When it was cool, I used an aqua painter to apply Coastal Cabana and Granny Apple Green ink.  I also finely spattered some of both colors across the card stock as well!  When the ink was dry, I stamped the sentiment in Jet Black StazOn ink, and added some Glitter Enamel Dots to finish it off!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Shimmery White card stock top layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

 

I love these colors together, especially against the black and white!  I hope you do too!  The Falling for Leaves stamp set, thinlits, and bundle will be available September 5th.  Check them out in the online store beginning then, or contact me for a catalog today!

Thanks for visiting!

Nicolle

 

Abstract Impressions Thank You Card

Today’s card is very similar to a set of cards I made in June for my son’s teachers.  I needed to make some cards for customers, and I really like the way the ones I made in June came out!  So I decided to make more, but just switched up the colors!  My original cards from June can be seen below:

 

For my card today, I used paper from the Tea Room Specialty Designer Series Paper, along with stamps and dies from the Abstract Impressions Bundle.  Colors are Coastal Cabana, Pool Party, Crushed Curry, and Whisper White!

 

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)

Crushed Curry middle layer:  3-3/4 x 5 inches

Whisper White top layer:  3-5/8 x 4-7/8 inches

DSP Butterfly: 2-1/4 x 4 inches

 

This card is super simple to make, but so pretty!  It can easily be made for any occasion, just by switching up the sentiment!

Thanks for visiting today!

Nicolle

 

Varied Vases Thank You Card

My card today is one that I cannot take full credit for!  I did make it, but it was originally designed and created by my friend and fellow demonstrator, Sherri Everett.  I made this one at an event she hosted a few weeks ago in Maine.  It is one of ten cards I made with her that day!

This card features the Varied Vases photopolymer stamp set.  This stamp set was designed by million dollar achiever, Mary Fish.  It is part of a bundle that includes both the stamp set, as well as a coordinating punch. Of course, each item is available separately, but you can save 10% if you purchase both items as the bundle!

For this card, we just used the stamp set.  Sherri paired Pool Party with Gorgeous Grape cardstock for the colors.  Of course, they look great against the black and white!  Other items used on this card include the Layering Circle and Stitched Shapes Framelits dies; Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine; and Gorgeous Grape 1/4″ Mini Striped Ribbon!

Some portions of this card are adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals for some added height and texture.  Also, the black scallops along the left side of the vase piece were actually three 1/2 inch circles, cut using the 1/2 Inch Circle Punch!  I love how they look on this card!  It adds a really nice bit of detail!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Thick Whisper White card stock base:  4-1/4 x 11 inches (scored at 5-1/2 inches and folded in half)

Pool Party triangular piece:  4 x 5-1/4 inches (cut diagonally across to make the triangle)

Gorgeous Grape triangular piece:  4 x 5-1/4 inches (cut diagonally across to make the triangle)

Whisper White top layer: 2-1/4 x 3-1/2 inches

Whisper White stitched sentiment piece:  1-3/8 inches in diameter

Basic Black sentiment backing layer:  1-5/8 inches in dimater

Basic Black circles on left:  1/2 inch each

 

There was one little change I made to this card from the original, and that was the color of the ink I used for the stamping.  On Sherri’s original card, all of the stamping was done in black ink (I believe she used Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.)  At the time I made this card all of the black pads were being used by other stampers, and I was too lazy to walk around and look for one!  LOL!  So I grabbed Basic Gray and used that instead.  The water in the vase is stamped in Pool Party, and the flowers are stamped in Gorgeous Grape to match the background colors!

The Varied Vases Bundle is one that I do not have myself (yet), so I was happy to get to use it at Sherri’s event!  It is definitely on my wish list and something I plan to add to my collection very soon!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project!  Thanks for visiting!

Nicolle

 

Notes of Kindness Card Kit

One of my favorite new products is the Notes of Kindness Card Kit!  This all inclusive kit includes everything to make 20 cards, including stamps, ink, envelopes, and more.  The kit makes 5 each of the 4 cards shown in the picture above.  I just love the colors and the designs of the cards in this kit!  It might possibly be my favorite kit to date!

The Notes of Kindness Card Kit includes the following:

* Set of 6 photopolymer stamps
* Clear stamp block
* 20 printed card bases and coordinating printed envelopes
* Giftable kraft box
* Die-cut stickers and accents
* Archival Basic Black Ink Stampin’ Spot
* Baker’s Twine
* Stampin’ Dimensionals
* Adhesive-backed pearls

The only thing you need to provide is scissors and adhesive.  (I used Snail and Mini Glue Dots to complete mine.)

Here are close ups of each of the four cards this kit makes:

And check out the gorgeous color palette in this kit!  I just love the mix of pinks, greens, and purples against the black and white.  These colors are just so pretty together:

There is also a separate REFILL available for this kit too!  So if you need to make more than 20 cards, you can buy the extra supplies to do so.  The refill includes everything that the full kit includes except the stamps, ink, clear block, and box!

 

 

Sometimes it’s nice to just be able to sit down and make some pretty cards without having to think too much about the design and prep work.  This is when kits come in handy, as the designing is all done for you, and everything is pre-cut and ready to go!  You just have to sit down and get right to the fun!
To check out this beautiful kit, as well as the other great kits available from Stampin’ Up!, please visit the kits section of the Online Store HERE.

 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Nicolle

Clean and Simple Thank You Cards

After almost two weeks of creating gifts and cards for school staff in two different schools, I still needed to make end of year thank you cards for Luca’s teachers.  I wanted something simple but colorful, so I pulled out my Abstract Impressions Bundle and Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper and made these!

While I decided to make the cards the same in terms of design, I didn’t want them to be exactly the same, so I decided to go with different colors for each teacher.  I borrowed the idea of cutting the butterfly from DSP from this month’s Artisan Design Team projects (see them HERE), and went with shades of pink for one teacher, and blues and yellows for the other!

On the above card, I used Melon Mambo for the middle layer and the sentiment.  On the other, I used Pacific Point cardstock for the middle layer and sentiment.  The sentiment is actually not from the Abstract Impressions bundle, but from the Petal Palette stamp set.  And both cards are embellished with Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

 

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 and folded in half)

Middle layer (Melon Mambo or Pacific Point): 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

Whisper White top layer:  3-3/4 x 5 inches

DSP Butterfly:  2-1/4 x 4 inches

 

Sometimes I like to keep it super simple, and I think these cards are just that! These could very easily be switched up for any occasion just by changing the sentiment.  They were also quick and easy to make, so if you need a card but don’t have a lot of time, or need to make a bunch, these would be a great choice!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have!  Thanks for visiting!

Nicolle

 

June Facebook Hop: Masculine Themed Thank You Card

Thanks for checking in tonight!  If you are here to check out the team Facebook hop I mentioned in my earlier post from today, you can click HERE to visit my Facebook page!  From there, you can just click the links provided in each post to get to the next project.  When you get back to mine, you will have completed the hop!

I am planning to come back later and write a full post here about this card as well!  I had planned to preschedule one, but I ran out of time before I was able to post it!  So I will do it later tonight.  Please check back tomorrow if you would like more details or a product list on this card!  Thanks!

4-1/2 hours later…

So now that soccer practice is over, dinner is done, kids are in bed, and the husband is watching the hockey game, I can write my full post for this card!  🙂

This card was made for a Facebook hop, but it was more specifically made to be given to the head custodian at my son’s school.  The PTO will be giving him a gift card to thank him for all he’s done this year, and they asked me to make a card to put it in.  He is truly one of the most kind, hardworking men I have ever met!

For this card, I used the NEW Rooted in Nature Bundle, along with the Wood Textures 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper.  Another new product I used was the Metallic Brads.  I was super excited to see brads in the new catalog!  I haven’t used them in a long time, but now that they’re back, I realize how much I’ve missed them!  Other products used include Layering Ovals Framelits, Thankful Thoughts stamp set, Classic Label Punch, and Linen Thread.  Colors are Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Pear Pizzazz, and Soft Suede!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

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

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

Crumb Cake strip:  3/4 inch x 5-1/4 inches

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

Tree:  3-1/2 x 2-1/8 inches

Very Vanilla sentiment piece:  3/8 x 2-1/8 inches

 

The Rooted in Nature Bundle is available in the new catalog as part of the Nature’s Poem Suite.  It is probably my favorite suite in the whole catalog!  I just love anything to do with leaves, trees, flowers, and nature!  I love the colors of this card too, as this color palette is very close to what I had for my wedding ten years ago!

Also, purchasing the Rooted in Nature Bundle will save you 10% off the cost of the stamps and dies separately, but of course, you can get them individually if you want only one or the other!  If you would like to take a look at the full Nature’s Poem Suite, please click HERE.

Thanks so much for visiting!  I hope you will take a few minutes to visit our Facebook hop and see what my teammates have created!  If you have any questions about anything, please let me know!

Nicolle

 

Mini Treat Bag Gift Card Holder

My project today features one of the most useful retiring products that Stampin’ Up! sells:  the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies.  This is a perfect item to have on hand when you need small bags for gift cards, note cards, treats, and more!  The finished bag measures about 3-3/4 x 5-3/8 inches.  For this project, I used it to make a gift card holder for a Starbucks Gift Card!

I used the thinlits to make the bag from a piece of the NEW Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper.  (There is a woodgrain pattern in the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper, but as it is so close to the end of the catalog period, I did not have enough of that pattern left, so I substituted the one from Tranquil Textures instead.)  As I was making this for a Starbucks gift card, I wanted to make the whole project coffee themed.  The Coffee Cafe bundle and Coffee Break Designer Series Paper were perfect for what I needed, AND the colors of the paper just so happen to coordinate with Starbucks colors too!

Once the bag was made, I cut a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock and stamped the coffee beans from the Coffee Cafe stamp set in Versamark ink all over it.  I then wrapped it around the bag like a band, and wrapped a piece of Linen Thread twice around the band for a little added detail.  The sentiment is stamped in Garden Green ink, and is cut out with the coordinating die from the Coffee Cups Framelits.  I layered it on a Corrugated Elements embellishment and then mounted it to the bag with mini dimensionals.  I also used one of the framelits to cut the cup from another piece of the Coffee Break Paper, and mounted that with mini dimensionals as well.  I then added a small button from the True Gentleman buttons and a tiny linen thread bow to the cup.

For the inside piece, I used a piece of Garden Green cardstock, and again stamped the coffee beans down one side of it in Versamark.  I then used a one inch strip of the polka dots pattern from the Coffee Break Paper, cut both ends with the Triple Banner Punch, cut it in half, then stapled it to the top of the green piece.  This is so that it can be used as a handle to easily pull the insert out of the bag.  I mounted the gift card to the green insert piece with mini dimensionals as well, and slid the whole thing into the bag.  Now it is ready to be given to its recipient!

 

The measurements for this project are as follows:

Tranquil Textures DSP:  6 x 6 inches (you need two pieces to make the bag!)

Crumb Cake Band:  1-1/2 x 9 inches

Garden Green Insert:  3-1/2 x 4-3/4 inches

Coffee Break DSP banner piece:  1 x 6 inches (cut with Triple Banner punch, cut in half, and stapled to top of green insert piece as shown)

Whisper White sentiment piece:  2 x 2 inches

 

The Mini Treat Bag Thinlits and Coffee Break Designer Series Paper are both retiring items and are only available while supplies last, or until May 31st!  The Coffee Cafe Bundle is available for 10% off until May 31st, after which time, the stamp set and framelits will still be available, but the 10% discount will not be.  So if you really love this bundle, buying it before May 31st will save you some money!

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

Nicolle

 

Teacher Appreciation Day Cards

Yesterday, I shared the gifts I made for my son Max’s preschool teachers.  Today, I am sharing the cards I made for my other son Luca’s Kindergarten teachers!  For the two of them, I decided to keep it simple, and gave them each a gift card to Target.  But I wanted something pretty to put them in!  These cards were so easy to make (quick too!) and the NEW Garden Impressions 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper is so gorgeous, there’s not much need to add a lot extra!

This beautiful new paper will be available on June 1st! It contains 12 different double sided designs, and includes 4 sheets of each, for a total of 48 sheets.  This paper is part of a new suite of products called the Garden Impressions suite, which can be found on pages 128-130 of the new catalog.  Here’s a peek at the full array of designs in the paper:

 

The measurements for these cards are as follows:

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

Garden Impressions DSP layers:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

Whisper White Sentiment piece:  3 x 3 inches

Powder Pink Butterfly piece: 2 x 2 inches

 

  

Other items used on these cards include Silver Baker’s Twine, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, and the Stitched Shapes Framelits!

Would you like a copy of the new catalog?  If you do not already have a demonstrator, please feel free to contact me and I will add you to my list!

Thanks for checking in!

Nicolle

 

Love What You Do Thank You Tags

Today’s project is another project made with the Love What You Do stamp set!  (Can you tell it was my favorite of the three sets I received for OnStage?)  This time it’s a set of three Thank You tags!  Each tag features a different floral stem from the stamp set, as well as a different 2017-2019 In Color.  Each floral image is framed in a scalloped oval of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, and was cut using the Layering Ovals Framelits.  The floral images and sentiments were stamped in Basic Gray Archival Ink, and the flowers were colored using an Aqua Painter.  The flowers were colored in the same color ink as the ribbon used on each tag.  The three colors that were used are Powder Pink, Fresh Fig, and Berry Burst.

The finished size of each tag is 2 x 4-7/8 inches.  The top of each tag was punched with the Scalloped Tag Punch.  (Using the punch takes about 1/2 inch off of the cardstock, so you need to add another 1/2 inch to the length before punching it!)  The bottom corners were rounded using the corner rounder on the Envelope Punch Board.

Each tag is finished with a silver brad, which will be available in an assortment of brads when the new catalog becomes available in June.  The ribbon is all 1/2 inch Finely Woven Ribbon, in either Powder Pink, Fresh Fig, or Berry Burst, to match the color used on the flowers.  And there’s a little bit of Wink of Stella on each flower to give a little extra shimmer and shine!

The base of each tag is Sahara Sand card stock, and each framed floral image was adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals to give the tags a little height and texture!

Tomorrow, I will be sharing information on how you can get this stamp set as part of the Share What You Love Suite Early Release, starting May 1st!  There will be three exclusive bundles which feature this stamp set, with each bundle including at least one FREE GIFT!  There will also be a special offer on the NEW 2018-2020 In Colors!  Please be sure to check back tomorrow for all the details on this exciting promotion!

Thanks for visiting today!  Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Nicolle