3D Thursday Projects Update

Hi there! Happy Thursday! A few weeks back, my laptop pretty much blew up and I needed to get a new one. My husband, who is super tech savvy, ordered me a new one (because God forbid, I just go buy one at Best Buy like a normal person!). It took a few days to ship, and then took a little trip around the country before finally getting here at the end of last week. I now have a new machine, thank goodness, but I am VERY much behind posting projects for the last few weeks. For those of you who may not know, I am a teacher, and it’s the last week of school in my district. My last day is TOMORROW. My goal is to get caught up on posting all of the projects I wasn’t able to post once I’m done with school for the summer. Please check back in the next few days for the projects that I’ve missed, including today’s gorgeous project from Guest Designer Cathy Davenport! Sorry for the delay, and thanks for understanding!

Nicolle

Color Fusers Blog Hop for June 2021

One of the things I look forward to most when a new Annual Catalog comes out is the release of new In Colors. They are always such a great surprise! This year’s colors are absolutely stunning, and I really love that there are two greens, as green is my favorite color. For this month’s hop, we are featuring the new colors, and I cannot wait to see what everyone has created!

For my project, I used a new bundle from the Annual Catalog called the Forever Grapevine Bundle. The bundle includes a 7 piece cling stamp set, as well as a 6 piece coordinating cutting die set. Take a peek at the full bundle below:

To make my card, I took two sheets of Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper and cut them in half. I then added a few drops of each new In Color ink to separate wells in a small plastic artist’s palette, and added some water to each. I watercolored each piece of the watercolor paper with a different color and let them dry thoroughly. (For the two greens, I combined both on one piece.) Once they were completely dry, I applied Adhesive sheets to the back of each piece, and used the largest die in the die set to cut a full die cut in each color.

Once I had all of the pieces cut, I adhered the green vine piece to a piece of watercolor paper (trimmed to 3-1/2 x 5 inches). I then carefully cut out a few leaves of each of the other colors and adhered them over their matching green leaves. Before adding this top layer to the card base, I cut the scalloped piece on the left side with a die from the Basic Borders Dies set. I cut this piece from the remainder of the green watercolored piece, then turned it over so that the white side was facing outward. Even though the white is showing, the green still pops a little where the stitch marks are:

To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment from the Forever Grapevine stamp set onto watercolor paper, punched it out with the Label Me Lovely Punch, and adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. A few of the new In Color Rhinestones in Pale Papaya were added, and the card was finished!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper top layer: 3-1/3 x 5 inches

Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper Scalloped edge: 1 x 4-3/4 inches

Sentiment piece: Approximately 2-1/8 inches x 2-1/8 inches

All watercolored pieces for die cut vines: 3-1/2 x 5 inches

Please continue to the next stop on our hop this month, which is Jo Anne Hewins’ page. Jo Anne always has something beautiful to share!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

Our full hop lineup for this month is as follows:

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Jo Anne Hewins

Tami Hewlett

Melissa Kerman

Gail Ellis

Bonnie O’Neill

Brenda Nelson

Melanie Hockin

Color Fusers Blog Hop for May 2021

Happy May, and welcome to another Color Fusers blog hop! This month, we have a pretty combo of Poppy Parade, Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party, and Bumblebee to share. I love this time of year because my favorite flowers are in season: TULIPS! I planted over 300 tulip bulbs in my yard last year, and they are in full bloom right now, so I decided to use that as my inspiration for this month’s project!

There is a tulip farm close to where I live called Wicked Tulips. They plant over 500,000 tulip bulbs every year, in every color you can imagine. It is definitely one of my favorite places! When you pick your own tulips there, they have wrapping stations where you can wrap them, and they provide brown kraft floral paper to wrap them in. I wanted to design my card to look like a bouquet of tulips, and I used Crumb Cake DSP to make my “wrapping”, as it reminds me of the bouquets I’ve put together at the tulip farm. Here’s a picture of one of my actual bouquets from there (it rained the day I went, that’s why they’re wet!):

For this card, I used the Timeless Tulips stamp set. This set has one large and two smaller tulip stamps. The largest tulip coordinates with the Tulip Builder Punch. When I stamped the large tulips, I used the Rock n Roll technique. To do this, I inked up the stamp in either Bumblebee or Flirty Flamingo, then took the stamp and gently rolled just the edges of the stamp around in Poppy Parade ink, so that the darker ink blends along the edges with the lighter color. If you look closely at the largest tulips on my card, you can see the variation in color this technique produces:

In addition to the large tulips, I also stamped a few of each of the smaller ones in solid colors, then carefully “fussy cut” those with Paper Snips.

This card has a Poppy Parade base, a Pool Party middle layer, and a top layer of Basic White. The top layer was cut with a die from the NEW Scalloped Contours Dies, and was spattered in Pool Party ink with a Water Painter to add a bit more detail!

To make the bouquet, I first made the wrapping. I used a 6 x 6 piece of DSP from the new Neutrals Color Assortment. I placed one of the corners so it was pointing up, and then scored and folded both sides in, as shown in the photos below:

I then opened the paper so it was flat, then arranged my tulips as shown below:

Once I had all of the large tulips arranged and adhered the way I wanted, I tucked a few of the smaller tulips into the bouquet as well:

Once I had everything the way I wanted it, I folded the flaps over, and adhered them so they stayed closed. I then placed the bouquet on the card and carefully trimmed off the excess. I stamped my sentiment, added a white twine bow, as well as a few Pool Party rhinestones from the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels, and my card was complete!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Pool Party cardstock middle layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

Basic White top layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

I hope you have enjoyed my project this month! Please continue on to the next stop on our hop today, which is Brenda Nelson‘s page!

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Nicolle

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

Melissa Kerman

Jo Anne Hewins

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Brenda Nelson

Tami Hewlett

Gail Ellis

Bonnie O’Neill

Melanie Hockin

3D Thursday: Four Seasons Frame

Welcome to a new week and a new 3D Thursday prokject! Today we have Guest Designer Kirsteen Gill joining us. Kirsteen has created a beautiful four seasons sampler, using products from the NEW Beauty of the Earth Suite. All products from this new suite will be available May 4th, when the new 2021-2022 Annual Catalog goes live! Here is her full project:

And here’s a close up of each tree individually:

If you would like step by step instructions for how to create your own sampler, you can download Kirsteen’s FREE project sheet HERE, or by clicking on the image below:

It really is such a pretty project!

Thanks for stopping by today! Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

3D Thursday: Graduation Explosion Box Card

For 3D Thursday this week, Sarah Wills has created this amazing and FUN Graduation themed explosion box! Sarah has twin girls graduating from high school this year, so she definitely has graduation on her mind! Take a look at her awesome project:

When I saw Sarah’s project, I was in awe! Then I remembered that my niece is graduating from high school this year, so I am planning to make one for her! I will be sure to post that one once it’s done. Here’s a few more pictures of Sarah’s project:

Do you have any grads in your life? Want to make this project? Then feel free to download and print Sarah’s FREE project sheet HERE, or by clicking the image below! As soon as I am done writing this post, I’ll be printing it out myself!

I hope you have enjoyed Sarah’s project! Please check back next week for something new from one of our very talented Guest Designers!

Have a great day!

Nicolle

3D Thursday: Mini Purse Lip Balm Holder

Today’s 3D Thursday project was created by the very talented Twila Davis! It’s a mini purse created to hold lip balm! Wouldn’t you love to get lip balm from someone in such cute packaging?

Twila’s project features brightly colored cardstock and Designer Series Paper in Melon Mambo, plus a sweet gift tag for Mother’s Day from the Wrapped Bouquet stamp set. This could easily be swtiched up for any occasion though, just by switching the sentiment on the tag!

If you would like to create some of these for yourself or friends, you can download Twila’s FREE project sheet HERE or by clicking on the image below. It contains full color, step by step instructions, along with a list of everything you need to create this adorable gift holder!

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

Nicolle

Color Fusers Blog Hop for April 2021

Hello, and Happy Spring! Welcome to our Color Fusers Blog Hop for April. Today we have a pretty combination of Seaside Spray, Old Olive, and Real Red to share with you!

My card today features NEW Designer Series Paper from the upcoming Annual Catalog. It’s the Regals color family paper, and I used one of the designs in Real Red for my background. I used two stamps from the Painted Poppies stamp sets and stamped them all over the DSP in White Craft ink, then heat embossed them with White Embossing Powder. I then layered that over Basic White and layered both over a Real Red base. I stamped some of the paint spatters from the Painted Poppies set along the right side of the base in Versamark ink before mounting the layers onto the card.

I tied a piece of Old Olive ribbon from the Ornate Garden Ribbon Combo Pack, and tied a little bow, which I then secured with Linen Thread and left the ends loose for a little more detail. The sentiment was stamped In Seaside Spray ink, and is from the You Are Amazing stamp set. It’s punched with the Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch and mounted to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I also stamped the inside with another image from the Painted Poppies stamp set, and repeated the same image on the envelope as well.

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Real Red cardstock base: 4-1/4 x 11 (scored at 5-1/2 and folded in half)

Basic White cardstock middle layer: 3-3/8 x 4-3/4 inches

Regals DSP top layer in Real Red: 3-1/8 x 4-1/2 inches

Basic White sentiment piece: 1-3/8 x 2 inches (approximate)

Basic White insert: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

To finish my card, I added a few clear Elegant Faceted gems. I love the little extra sparkle they give this card!

Please continue onto the next stop on our hop today, which is Jo Anne Hewins‘ page! I’m sure she has something lovely to share!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

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

Gail Ellis

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Jo Anne Hewins

Tami Hewlett

Brenda Nelson

Melissa Kerman

Bonnie O’Neill

Melanie Hockin

3D Thursday: Classic Label Tie Box

It’s finally SPRING! Here in CT, the snow has finally melted and the birds are finally singing. A handful of 60+ degree days, and we’ve already begun the daily battle of my boys wanting to wear shorts to school! But I digress…

Today, we have the very talented Sarah Edwards joining us as our Guest Designer for 3D Thursday! Sarah has created this very cute Classic Label Tie Box, using items from the Well Suited Suite:

I just love the colors and patterns that Sarah used for her project! Here’s a view of her project from the side:

The finished box measures approximately 4 to 4-1/2 inches square. Colors that Sarah used include Pacific Point, Basic Black, Night of Navy, and Basic White. This is such a perfect little gift box! Switch up the colors and design on the top for any occasion you wish!

If you would like more info on Sarah’s project, you can download and print her FREE project sheet HERE or click the image below:

Thanks for stopping by today! Please check back next week for an all new project!

Nicolle

Color Fusers Blog Hop for March 2021

Happy March! Spring is right around the corner (thank goodness) and 2021 is shaping up to be a much better year than 2020 was, that’s for sure! It’s time for our March 2021 Color Fusers Blog Hop, and we’ve got a very pretty combination of Seaside Spray, Gray Granite, and Early Espresso to share this month:

My card this month features the Treasured Medallion stamp set. This set can be purchased alone, or as a bundle with the Many Medallions Dies (which will save you 10% over purchasing the stamps and dies alone!) This set is SO pretty, and can be used for pretty much any occasion!

To make my card, I used Thick Basic White cardstock as my base. I used regular Basic White as my top layer, and stamped two medallions in full strength Seaside Spray ink, then switched to Gray Granite, but stamped it off to make it a little lighter. Once all of the medallions were stamped, I layered it on top of Early Espresso cardstock. I then wrapped a piece of Gray Granite 1/4 inch Shimmer Ribbon around the layers and secured it to the back. I stamped my sentiment onto a small piece of Seaside Spray cardstock, and embossed it with the Scripty Embossing Folder. I then used the Messages Die to cut out the sentiment, and stamped the small flourish next to it in Seaside Spray ink.

Before mounting the sentiment piece, I made a figure 8 with the ribbon and trimmed the tail pieces on both ends. I secured the ribbon to the back with a small piece of tape, and mounted the whole thing to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Finally, I added some Opal Rounds to the centers of the medallions, and my card was complete!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Early Espresso cardstock middle layer: 3-3/4 x 5 inches

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

Seaside Spray sentiment piece: approximately 3/4 x 2 inches

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Please continue to the next stop on our hop, which is Bonnie O’Neill’s page!

Have a great month!

Nicolle

Our Full Hop Line Up for this month is as follows:

Melissa Kerman

Tami Hewlett

Gail Ellis

Jo Anne Hewins

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

Bonnie O’Neill

Brenda Nelson

Melanie Hockin

3D Thursday: Fine Art Floral Gift Tin

This week, we have Guest Designer Diane Lethbridge joining us for 3D Thursday! Diane has created some gift tins using products from the Fine Art Floral Suite. Take a look at how pretty her project is:

These would be perfect for giving so many different gifts! And they can be decorated and switched up for any occasion or holiday just by using different paper and embellishments! I’m not sure where Diane got her tins, but I know I’ve seen them at the dollar store. (And you get 4 in one package with lid inserts!) This is such a versatile project!

If you would like to learn more about Diane’s project and/or make your own, you can download her FREE project sheet HERE or by clicking the image below:

Thank you for stopping by today! Please check back next week for another fun 3D project!

Nicolle