Color Fusers Blog Hop for August 2021

Happy August! This summer is going by WAY too fast! Today, we have a pretty combination of Just Jade, Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, and Basic Gray. I just love, LOVE these colors together!

My card this month features my second favorite flower: DAHLIAS! Beginning August 3rd, Stampin’ Up! will be having a SECOND Sale-a-Bration, and the stamp set I used for this month’s project is one of the FREE items you can earn with a $50 purchase. It’s called Delicate Dahlias, and it’s a 12 piece photopolymer stamp set. It contains both hand drawn and photorealistic images, as well as four different sentiments. You can see the full set below:

My card also uses a new embossing folder called Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder. I can already tell that it is going to be one of my new favorites! This embossing folder is also available beginning August 3rd.

To make my card, I used Thick Basic White cardstock as the base, Basic Gray cardstock for the middle layer, and regular Basic White cardstock for the top. I decided to offset the layers, and embellished the finished card with some white baker’s twine, as well as Opal Rounds. I stamped the hand drawn dahlia in Gorgeous Grape ink, then stamped over it with the photorealistic dahlia in Highland Heather. I did the same with the leaves, using both leaf stamps in Just Jade ink. I fussy cut around all of the pieces, and mounted them to the top layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I heat embossed the sentiment on Basic Gray cardstock in white embossing powder, cut it out using the Messages Die, and mounted that with dimensionals as well. It may be hard to see in the pictures, but I also spattered some Basic Gray ink lightly on the background before assembling the card!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Thick White Basic White Cardstock Base: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)

Basic Gray Cardstock middle layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

Regular White Cardstock top layer: 3-3/4 x 5 inches

Dahlia: approximately 3 inches in diameter

Leaves: approximately 1-3/4 x 2 inches each

Basic Gray sentiment piece: 3/4 x 1-3/4 inches

Please continue to the next stop on this month’s hop, which is Gail Ellis’ page. I can’t wait to see what Gail has created this month!

Thanks so much for checking in today! Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

Our full hop lineup for this month is as follows:

Jo Anne Hewins

Melissa Kerman

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Gail Ellis

Bonnie O’Neill

Brenda Nelson

Melanie Hockin

Color Fusers Blog Hop for March 2020

Welcome to our Color Fusers March 2020 blog hop! Today, we have a really pretty color combo to share! I just love the combination of green and brown together. I love it so much, that it was actually my color scheme for my wedding in 2008. I wore a light ivory gown, and my bridesmaids wore dark brown. All of my accents were different shades of green, including my main flowers, which were green Cymbidium Orchids. I made all of my own wedding stationery, and though I was not a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator at the time, I used Stampin’ Up! products in everything I made. My Stampin’ Up! colors were Certainly Celery (now retired), Early Espresso, and Very Vanilla. (Not EXACTLY the colors used today’s project, but on the same idea)!

For today’s project, I used the Parisian Beauty and Forever Blossoms stamp sets, as well as the Parisian Dies:

To make this card, I used Soft Suede card stock for the base, then Pear Pizzazz for the middle layer, and Very Vanilla for the top. I wanted a very soft look for this card, so any stamped images were stamped off at least twice in order to leave it very light in color.

I stamped the blossoms on the background in Mint Macaron ink. I stamped each off twice before stamping onto my final layer. I then used the script stamp from Parisian Beauty to stamp some script in multiple spots using Soft Suede. Those were stamped off three times each before stamping the final images. I then used a sponge dauber to sponge some Pear Pizzazz ink very lightly in the center of each large flower, as well as some Crumb Cake lightly along the edges.

The Eiffel Tower was cut from Crumb Cake card stock using the large die from the Parisian Dies set, and the “merci” was cut in Pear Pizzazz using a die from the same set. (I had originally planned to use Soft Suede for the tower, but I felt it was too dark, so I went with the lighter color!) Once the two top layers were adhered together with Snail adhesive, I attached them to the base using Stampin’ Dimensionals. To finish this card, I added three small pearls to the front, as well as a simple sentiment from the By the Dock stamp set to the inside:

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Pear Pizzazz card stock middle layer: 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

Very Vanilla card stock top layer: 3-3/4 x 5 inches

Crumb Cake Eiffel Tower piece: 2-3/4 x 5 inches

Pear Pizzazz “merci” piece: 1/2 x 2-1/2 inches

Right now, you can get both the Parisian Beauty stamp set and Parisian Dies as a bundle for 10% off the price of both purchased separately! Take a peek at the full bundle below:

The full Forever Blossoms stamp set can also be seen below:

I love how all of these products work so well together!

Thanks for stopping by today! Please continue to the next stop on our hop to see what Jo Anne Hewins has created this month. Click HERE to proceed to her page, or use the “NEXT” button below!

And please check back this Thursday, when I will be hopping with the 3D Thursday Design Team! It’s my turn to create, and I have a super cute project to share! (At least that’s the plan! It’s not totally finished yet! 😉 )

Have a great day!

Nicolle

Our full hop line up for this month is below:

Tami Hewlett

Melissa Kerman

Melanie Hockin

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Jo Anne Hewins

Sarah Wills

Bonnie O”Neill

Color Fusers Blog Hop for September 2019

Welcome to our Color Fusers hop for September! Our creations this month feature a gorgeous combination of Rococo Rose, Merry Merlot, Night of Navy, and Mossy Meadow!

My project today features the Very Versailles, Butterfly Gala, and Tasteful Textures stamp sets. I used a Crumb Cake base, as well as Very Vanilla for the background and envelope. Most of the images for this card were stamped off prior to stamping the final images, as I wanted to soften all of the colors a bit for this project.

To create this card, I took the Very Vanilla top layer and very lightly sponged Crumb Cake ink around the edges, as well as very lightly across the surface to give it an aged, almost light tea stained look. (It’s easier to see it in person, as it’s very subtle, but it’s definitely there!) I then took the script stamp from the Very Versailles set and inked it with Crumb Cake ink. I stamped it off three times before stamping the lower left and upper right corners. I then re-inked it, and stamped it off 5 times before stamping the other two corners. I did not stamp them all off the same amount, as I wanted there to be a difference in the shading of the ink on the background. I then stamped the leaves in Mossy Meadow and the sentiment in Night of Navy. Both were stamped off once before stamping the final images.

The butterflies were stamped in Merry Merlot ink on Rococo Rose card stock, and punched with the Butterfly Duet punch. This punch coordinates perfectly with the Butterfly Gala stamp set! I layered my finished top layer with my base and Night of Navy middle layer. The top and middle layer are adhered with Snail adhesive, and then they were adhered to the base with Stampin’ Dimensionals. After the card was fully assembled, I applied pearls to the butterflies that were colored with an Ivory Stampin’ Blends Marker, so that they didn’t look so white against the Very Vanilla background. Once that was done, I added an inside layer with coordinating sentiment, and my card was complete!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Night of Navy card stock middle layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

Very Vanilla card stock top layer: 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

Rococo Rose card stock piece for butterflies: 3 x 3 inches (both will fit on one piece)

I hope you have enjoyed my project today! Please continue through the rest of our hop to see what the rest of our team has created this month! Next up is Bonnie O’Neill, who always has something gorgeous to share!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Nicolle

Here is the full hop line up for this month:

Melissa Kerman

Melanie Hockin

Kelly Acheson

Tami Hewlett

Jo Anne Hewins

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Bonnie O’Neill

A Simple Garden Lane Thank You

My project today features one of my favorite new products: the Garden Lane Designer Series Paper! It features gorgeous floral patterns in five (yes, FIVE) shades of green! Green is my favorite color, so when I saw this paper, I instantly fell in love with it! Here are the five greens, as well as a peek at the full array of designs in this paper:

For this card, I used Mint Macaron cardstock as the base, as well as Pear Pizzazz and Mint Macaron ink. These perfectly coordinate with the Mint Macaron ribbon looped behind the back of the sentiment piece.

The “thank you” sentiment is from the Love What You Do stamp set, and the tiny butterfly is from the Butterfly Gala set. It was punched with the coordinating Butterfly Duet Punch.

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Garden Lane DSP background layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

Whisper White Sentiment piece: 2 inches in diameter

Whisper White butterfly: 1 x 1 inch (approximate size)

This was a quick and easy thank you that was given to my son’s teacher at the end of the school year. I love its simplicity!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Nicolle

Color Fusers Blog Hop for March 2019

Welcome to the Color Fusers Blog Hop for March! Today we are featuring projects made with the following colors: Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, and Smoky Slate!

I used three different stamp sets on this card: Love What You Do, Touches of Texture, and Kindness & Compassion. I also used the Stitched Rectangle Framelits, Whisper White 1/8 inch Sheer Ribbon, and Pearl Basic Jewels.

The steps to create this card are as follows:

  1. Cut the card base from Gorgeous Grape cardstock and fold in half.
  2. Cut the middle layer from Smoky Slate cardstock.
  3. Cut the top layer from Whisper White on the Big Shot using the Stitched Rectangle Framelits.
  4. Ink up the watercolor image stamp from Love What You Do with Highland Heather ink and stamp off the ink one time. Then stamp onto the Whisper White piece.
  5. Stamp the floral image from Touches of Texture in Smoky Slate ink.
  6. Stamp the sentiment from Kindness & Compassion in Smoky Slate ink.
  7. Watercolor the flowers with Gorgeous Grape ink using an Aqua Painter. Set aside to dry.
  8. Stamp the floral images from Love What You Do in the corners of the card base in Gorgeous Grape ink.
  9. When dry, adhere the Whisper White top layer to the Smoky Slate middle layer with Snail Adhesive. Then apply to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  10. Make a small bow from the 1/8 inch Whisper White Sheer Ribbon and adhere with a glue dot.
  11. Color some small pearls from the Pearls Basics Jewels with a Light Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends marker and apply to the card.
  12. Stamp your envelope to match (if desired).

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Smoky Slate cardstock middle layer: 3-1/2 x 4-7/8 inches

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

Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope you have enjoyed my project for this month! Please be sure to visit the next stop on our hop, which is Melanie Hockin’s page!

Have a great day!

Nicolle

Full blog line up:

Kelly Acheson

Jo Anne Hewins

Melissa Kerman

Tami Hewlett

Nicolle Belesimo – You Are Here

Melanie Hockin

Bonnie O’Neill

Barb Mullikin

Paola Phillips

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!

#simplestamping

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)!

#simplestamping

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

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

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