Color Fusers Blog Hop for November 2020

Welcome to our November Color Fuser’s Blog Hop! We got about four inches of snow where I live in CT on Friday, so I wanted to do something with bright and sunny flowers for my post today! My card features the Poppy Moments Dies, as well as a pretty color combo this month of Bumblebee, Poppy Parade, and Shaded Spruce!

To make the flowers for this card, I made a watercolor wash with Poppy Parade and Bumblebee reinkers, making sure to blend them a bit in the middle. Once the paper was dry, I cut the back layers of the flowers, and then cut the top layers from Poppy Parade and Bumblebee cardstock. I adhered the two layers for each flower together with multipurpose glue, then added the centers which were cut from Basic Black cardstock. I also cut some leaves in Shaded Spruce to incorporate it into the project. The Poppy Moments Dies contain all of the pieces you need to create full, perfect flowers! You can see the complete set below:

Another way I incorporated the Shaded Spruce is to add some light paint spatters in the background. I used a stamp from the Waterfront set and stamped off the ink twice before stamping the spatters onto the card. This way, they weren’t super dark, and were a more subtle addition to my project.

In addition to the Shaded Spruce leaves, I added some vellum sprigs and gold leaves as well. I also heat embossed the sentiment in gold, which is from the Tasteful Touches stamp set. I don’t use a lot of gold in my projects as I tend to prefer silver, but I do really like the way the gold looks with the colors we used this month! Take a look at the shiny leaves and sentiment in the picture below:

Finally, I added some Wink of Stella to the flowers’ centers, and some Gold Glitter Enamel Dots to finish the card. Now it is ready to send off to a friend in this week’s mail!

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).

Shimmery White cardstock top layer: 4 x 5-1/4 iinches

Poppy Parade flower piece: approximately 3 x 3 inches

Bumblebee flower piece: approximately 2 x 2 inches

Shaded Spruce leaves: size varies

Thanks for checking out our hop today! Please continue to the next stop this month, which is Melanie Hockin’s page. Click HERE or click on the image below to go to her page!

Nicolle

Our complete hop line up for this month is as follows:

Melissa Kerman

Tami Hewlett

Jo Anne Hewins

Nicolle Belesimo (You are here)

Melanie Hockin

Gail Ellis

Bonnie O’Neill

3D Thursday Blog Hop: Mini Paper Pumpkin Boxes

This week for 3D Thursday, we are switching things up a bit! Instead of featuring only one project, we are doing a blog hop with all FOUR of the 3D Thursday designers! To see all of our projects, just “hop” from one blog to the next using the “next” button at the bottom of each designer’s post. All of our projects today will feature the Mini Paper Pumpkin Boxes!

For my project, I used the Mini Paper Pumpkin boxes to create gift packaging for essential oils. I have a good friend who is the essential oil QUEEN! She uses them all the time, and she is also an avid crafter. She (normally) does a lot of craft fairs and vendor shows, and often makes cute packaging for her oils, as well as for the products she makes with them. So this project is inspired by her!

These boxes are the perfect size to fit six 5 ml bottles of oils OR five 15 ml bottles. (I used Young Living oils for my project, but other brands may be different in size.) I chose six of my favorites, and plan to give a few of these as Christmas gifts this year. The bottles are small, so when they are lined up in the box, there is some empty space near the top. To fill that space, I printed out a description of each oil and some of its uses, then trimmed the paper to the width of the box. I then rolled it up and tied it with some ribbon and a small gift tag. It fits perfectly in that unused space, and is a nice way to finish this project!

To decorate the outside of the box, I used wood grain print paper from the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper. (I also lined the inside of the box with the same paper. ) I created the wreath using the Wreath Builder Dies, and used paper from the Heartwarming Hugs Designer Series Paper behind it. The “Peace” sentiment was made with the Joy Dies.

Here’s a quick list of step-by-step instructions for this project:

  1. Cut two 3-1/2 x 5-1/4 inch pieces of woodgrain paper from the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper. Adhere one to the top of the box and one on the bottom of the inside of the box.
  2. Cut a 2 x 5-1/4 inch strip of Heartwarming Hugs Designer Series Paper and adhere across the top of the box.
  3. Cut the wreath pieces using the Wreath Builder Dies and Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine. (I used Pear Pizzazz for the bottom layer of my wreath and Garden Green for the top.) Cut the bow pieces from Real Red cardstock.
  4. Adhere the wreath and bow using Mini Glue Dots. Add a Gold Hoop Embellishment to the inside of the wreath, and some Wonderful Gems around the wreath as well. Add a small Linen Thread bow.
  5. Adhere a piece of Shimmery White Cardstock to a Foam Adhesive Sheet and run through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine with the Peace Die to create the bottom layer of the sentiment. Cut the top layer of the sentiment using the same set of dies and adhere with multipurpose glue. Adhere the finished sentiment piece to the front of the wreath.
  6. Use a Stampin’ Dimensional on the back of each oil bottle when placing in the box. This will keep them neatly lined up and will prevent them from moving around in the box.
  7. Print your oil info, trim, roll, and wrap with a ribbon and a bow. Add a small gift tag with the sentiment of your choice. (Mine is from the Little Treats stamp set and I used the Timeless Label Punch to make a quick and easy tag).
  8. Place your rolled paper in the box, close the top, tuck in the tabs, and your gift is ready to give!

The Mini Paper Pumpkin Boxes are truly a versatile product and can be used to create packaging for so many different types of gifts! Use them to package notecards, tags, jewelry, oils, treats (they are food safe) and so much more! There is so much you can do with these, and are a must have for holiday gift giving!

I hope you have enjoyed my project today! Please contact me if you have any questions. And please continue on to the next stop on our hop, which is Twila Davis‘ page. You can get there by clicking HERE or by clicking the image below:

Our full hop line up for today is as follows:

Sarah Wills

Nicolle Belesimo (You are here)

Twila Davis

Debbie Henderson

Thanks for stopping by today! Enjoy your day!

3D Thursday: Shaker Top Round Gift Tin

It’s my turn to create for 3D Thursday! For my project, I have created a shaker top gift container using one of the Round Tins from the Stampin’ Up! 2020 August-December Mini Catalog. I got the idea for this project from another demonstrator called The Caravan Crafter. She created some gorgeous shaker tins with the Snowflake Splendor Suite, so her projects are really what inspired my project for today! My version can be seen below:

Mine was created for a friend who has a fall birthday, so I went with that as my theme. I used the Life is Beautiful stamp set for the tree and leaves, as well as a sentiment from the Little Treats stamp set. The Life is Beautiful set can be seen below, and is one of my favorite sets from the new catalog!

I stamped the tree onto Very Vanilla cardstock in Soft Suede ink, and then used Stampin’ Write markers to color the leaves on the stamp before adding them to the tree. I purposely blended some of the colors together so that the leaves were many different colors. The colors I used for the leaves were Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Bumblebee, and Old Olive. I then stamped the sentiment and cut around the image with the Layering Circles Dies to make a circle approximately 3-1/4 inches in diameter.

Next, I took the lid of the tin and wiped down the inside with a dryer sheet to reduce static on the plastic. I used Foam Adhesive strips all around the edge of the window as shown below:

I cut a 3-1/2 inch diameter circle from the Guilded Autumn Specialty DSP and layered my stamped circle onto it using Stampin’ Seal Plus Adhesive. I added sequins to the inside of the lid, and placed my layered circles face down and pressed all around the edge of the foam strips to adhere the DSP to the strips. Doing this created a seal all around the edge so that the sequins would stay inside the window.

I then cut another 3-1/2 inch circle in coordinating cardstock (I used Early Espresso) for the bottom and embellished with one leaf in the middle. I also added some ribbon around the outside of the tin, as well as a small metallic bow to the top to finish it. The tin can be filled with any gift you wish, but I used mine for a necklace I made with the Acorn Trinkets (but that’s a different project for a different day! 😉 )!

If you would like full instructions on how to create your own shaker top gift tin, click HERE or click on the image below to download and print my FREE project sheet! it includes step by step instructions, as well as a complete product list.

I hope you have enjoyed my project today! Please feel free to contact me with questions!

Nicolle

3D Thursday: Magic Treats & Gift Card Box

This week we have Guest Designer Jennifer Merle-Hamscher joining us for 3D Thursday! She has created this fabulous Magic Treats & Gift Card Box, using products from the Magic in This Night Suite. Check it out:

I just LOVE the color scheme of Jennifer’s project. Black and white with a splash of red is one of my favorite color combos. I think it’s just so elegant and eye catching! And it’s appropriate for so many occasions. Take a peek at another one that she created with a Halloween theme in the picture below:

If you like Jennifer’s project, and would like to create your own, you can download her FREE project sheet HERE or be clicking the image below:

Do you love creating gift packaging and other 3D projects? Then please check out my blog every Thursday for something new! You can also check out our team Facebook page HERE. (We would LOVE it if you liked our page!) Please check back next week for a NEW 3D Thursday project… it’s my turn to post, so stay tuned for something new from yours truly! 🙂

Thanks for visiting today! Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

Color Fusers Blog Hop for October 2020

Happy Fall, Everyone! I can’t believe it’s already October! Only two months left in this crazy year, and then hopefully 2021 will be the year that things start to get back to normal (fingers crossed!) It’s time for our October Color Fusers Blog Hop, and this month, we have a unique combination of Cinnamon Cider, Crumb Cake, and Cherry Cobbler to share:

My project this month features the Birds & Branches Bundle, which can be found in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog. Though it is mostly an everyday occasion set, I decided to make a Christmas card with it. I wasn’t quite sure how these colors would work for a Christmas card, but I really like the end result! Here’s a peek at the full bundle:

The bundle includes the Birds & Branches stamp set, as well as the coordinating Birds & More Dies. I also used a decorative stamp from the Joyful Holly stamp set in the corners of the card, as well as a sentiment from the Sweetest Time set. The holly was stamped in Cinnamon Cider and the berries were colored with Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends. The sentiment was stamped in Cherry Cobbler. The middle layer was cut using the Rectangle Stitched Dies, and the top layer was torn along the edges to give it a bit of a rustic look. The birds in this set are two step stamps. There is an outline stamp for each, and then a solid image that you can stamp over (or under) to produce a multilayer/multicolor effect. I stamped the outline of the bird in Cherry Cobbler, then stamped the solid bird image in Crumb Cake over it, and cut with the coordinating die. I then sponged some Wink of Stella onto the bird to give it a little shimmer before mounting it on the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Crumb Cake cardstock middle layer: 3-3/8 x 4-3/4 inches

Very Vanilla top layer: 3 x 4-1/4 inches (approximate)

Cinnamon Cider piece for branch: 2 x 4-1/2 inches (approximate)

Small piece of Cherry Cobbler for the flowers

Because this is a Christmas card, I wanted to add a little bling to dress it up. So in addition to the bird, I also sponged some Wink of Stella onto the branch. I cut small flowers from Cherry Cobbler cardstock using the Confetti Flowers Border Punch, and added those to the branch, then added some rhinestones to the flowers’ centers. The card was finished with a small Linen Thread bow. While these colors are definitely not your traditional Christmas colors, I think they still work!

I hope you have enjoyed our hop so far! Please continue on to Bonnie O’Neill’s page to see what she has created this month! Thanks so much for joining us today!

Nicolle

Our full hop lineup this month is as follows:

Jo Anne Hewins

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Bonnie O’Neill

Tami Hewlett

Melissa Kerman

3D Thursday Projects are Back with this Cute Halloween Curvy Treat Holder!

The 3D Thursday team is back from our summer break, with all new projects just in time for the holidays! Our first project is created by Sarah Wills, and is an adorable Curvy Treat Holder:

This little treat holder holds wrapped Hershey nuggets, and can easily be changed for any holiday by switching up your paper, colors, and stamped images! Halloween is right around the corner (!), and Sarah has made a Halloween themed one for this week’s project. I love her hand colored images, especially the cute little black cat on the side!

Here are a few more pictures of Sarah’s project:

You can download Sarah’s complete instruction sheet by clicking the image below or by clicking HERE. This would be such a fun way to brighten someone’s day!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I will be back on Monday with a new Color Fusers project! Hope to see you soon!

Nicolle

Color Fusers Blog Hop for September 2020

Happy September! I can’t believe it’s almost officially Fall! Since it’s the first Monday of the month, it’s time for our monthly Color Fusers Blog Hop. Today, we have a pretty combo of Balmy Blue, Night of Navy, and Melon Mambo!

For my project today, I used the new Dove of Hope Bundle from the 2020 August-December Mini Catalog. Most of the time, I like to stick to traditional holiday colors when creating Christmas crafts. Every once in awhile though, I like to mix it up. I LOVE doves at Christmas time. I think they are so peaceful and beautiful! So when I saw the colors we were using this month, I knew I wanted to do something with this bundle, though I wasn’t sure exactly what. I just started playing with the colors and dies, and this is what I came up with!

To make this card, I used a small artists palette from the dollar store and added one drop of ink from Balmy Blue, Night of Navy and Melon Mambo ink refills into different wells. I then added a small amount of water to each well and mixed thoroughly. I used my Water Painters to randomly swirl the colors on a sheet of watercolor paper. I then set the paper aside to dry. While that was drying, I used some of the other dies from the Detailed Dove die set to cut the solid wing and tail pieces from Shimmery White Cardstock. I also cut the “Peace” sentiment from Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper using the new Joy Dies. Once the watercolor paper was dry, I cut the wing overlay pieces, as well as the dove’s body from the watercolored sheet. I adhered the colored overlay pieces to the solid underlay with Multipurpose Glue. I adhered the finished wings to the dove with Mini Glue Dots, and then went over the entire thing with Wink of Stella glitter. It’s hard to tell from the pictures, but you can see the shine just a bit in the picture below:

While the bird was drying, I cut the middle layer from Balmy Blue cardstock, and the top layer from Night of Navy. To create some variation in color, I used a Stampin’ Sponge to sponge VersaMark ink all over the Night of Navy piece in a circular pattern. While the ink was still not completely dry, I brushed Wink of Stella glitter onto the same sponge and sponged it over the Versamark in a circular motion to add just a hint of shimmer to the background. I also added some snowflakes from the Dove of Hope set in VersaMark as well. When the background piece was finished and dry, I assembled the card and adhered the dove with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I then applied the sentiment and sprig piece (cut from Vellum) with Multipurpose Glue, and stamped the sentiment on the inside. You can see the shimmer from the Shimmery White Cardstock base in the picture below:

Once the whole card was dry, I embellished the front with some Snowflake Adhesive Backed Embellishments and my card was complete!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Balmy Blue cardstock middle layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

Night of Navy cardstock top layer: 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper sentiment: 1 x 3 inches (approximate)

Dove: 3-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches (approximate)

I hope you have enjoyed my project for this month! Please continue through our hop to see what my talented teammates have created with this month’s colors. Next up is Tami Hewlett!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Nicolle

Our full hop lineup for this month is as follows:

Melissa Kerman

Jo Anne Hewins

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Tami Hewlett

Melanie Hockin

Bonnie O’Neill

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

3D Thursday: Patriotic Pinwheels

Happy Thursday! It’s my turn to create for 3D Thursday, and with 4th of July right around the corner, I created some decorative Patriotic Pinwheels! These were super easy (and fun) to make!

For these, I used a combination of Cherry Cobbler and Misty Moonlight for my red and blue. I used a star stamp from the So Much Happy stamp set to stamp the stars all over both sides of the Designer Series Paper. Both sheets are 6 x 6 sheets from the Regals and 2020-2022 In Color sets, so no trimming was even needed to start! Easy peasy!

These particular pinwheels unfortunately do not spin. They are meant to be decorative only. However, I am going to try to make some with paper fasteners to make spinning ones. I just need to get some paper fasteners. I thought I had some, but couldn’t find them, so I used thumb tacks instead. The thumb tacks are another reason why these should be used for decoration only. I will admit, I poked myself a few times making these!

The finished pinwheel measures approximately 8-1/2 inches across tip to tip. Make a bunch of these to decorate your fireplace mantel, tabletop for 4th of July, and more! If you would like to make some of your own, you can download my FREE project sheet HERE or by clicking the image below. I would love to see what you come up with!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me! Have a safe and Happy 4th of July!

Nicolle