Today is the Last day to order for my Sale-a-Bration Special!

Hi! Today is the last day to place an order and participate in my Sale-a-Bration Special! I still have a couple of spots left, and it’s shaping up to be my best special yet!

Here are the details:

Submit an order to me of $50 or more (before tax and shipping) between February 1st and February 7th to participate in this offer.  All orders will be combined to make ONE large order, so that all of the benefits of the order can be shared among everyone!  Everyone who participates will receive at least 1 Free Sale-A-Bration (SAB) item, as well as at least $10 in free Stampin’ Up! products of YOUR CHOICE from any current catalog or the online store!  (Normally, orders do not qualify for rewards until they reach $150.  In this promotion, ANY order of $50 or more will receive rewards!) Stampin’ Up! gives rewards based on a percentage of the order, so the greater the final order, the greater the rewards!  Last year, everyone who participated got an extra SAB item and $20 in rewards, IN ADDITION to anything they had already earned from Stampin’ Up!  As of the time of the post, we are at 3 EXTRA Sale-a-Bration items and at least $25 in Stampin’ Rewards for those who order! That total could go up if more orders come in!

**Also everyone who orders $100 or more (before tax and shipping) during this year’s event will be entered into a drawing to win a free STAMPARATUS! You will receive one entry per $100 spent!**

Please note, February’s host code cannot be used with this offer.

Orders must be placed between February 1st – February 7th.  (Only orders placed directly through me are eligible for this offer.  Orders placed in my online store will not qualify.)  On February 8th, I will total the orders and let everyone know how many SAB items and rewards dollars they have earned.  I will then need everyone to get back to me by February 11th  with your choices for your extras.   Once I have received everyone’s final info and payment, I will place the order!   Payment may be made by cash, check, credit card, or PayPal.  Once the order is received, I will deliver to my local customers.  My online and out-of-state customers will have their orders shipped to them at no extra charge! 

This is definitely going to be a great deal! Please contact me at nicollebelesimo@gmail.com with questions and let me know if I can add anything for you! 

Nicolle

Color Fusers Blog Hop for February 2019

Today I have the privilege of joining a very talented group of demonstrators: The Color Fusers Design Team! I am very excited and honored to have been asked to join them! Each month, we will post a project created with a specific set of Stampin’ Up! colors. This month’s colors are Petal Pink, Poppy Parade, Early Espresso, Basic Black, and Whisper White.

My card today features a watercolor wash in Poppy Parade, and a large floral design heat embossed in black. I added a layer of Petal Pink between my top layer and base, which I made using Early Espresso. I did not have any Petal Pink ribbon, so I colored some 1/8 inch Whisper White Sheer Ribbon with my Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends. I LOVE how you can make your own embellishments with the Blends! In addition to ribbon, I have also colored pearls, rhinestones, epoxy shapes, and more! The card is finished with some Petal Pink pearls from the Share What You Love Artisan Pearls, and has a pretty die cut sentiment piece made with the Stitched Labels Framelits.

The stamp set I used for this card is called All That You Are, and it’s one of my favorite new stamp sets from the new Occasions Catalog! Here’s a peek at the full set:

The mix of images and sentiments make this a great set to have in your collection!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Petal Pink middle layer: 3-3/4 x 5 inches

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

Die cut sentiment piece: 7/8 x 3 inches (approximate)

Thank so much for stopping by! Please be sure to visit the other stops on our hop today! Up next is Melissa Kerman, who always has something beautiful to share! 🙂

Nicolle

Our full February line up can be found below:

Melissa Kerman

Bonnie O’Neill

Barb Mullikin

Jo Anne Hewins

Sarah Wills

Tami Hewlitt

Kelly Acheson

Paola Phillips

Nicolle Belesimo (YOU ARE HERE)

A Brusho Love You Card

My card today was made with the Large Letters Framelits and Brusho Crystal Color. I wanted to make a card that said LOVE with the color showing from underneath. I used Shimmery White card stock for the base and top layer, as well as Lovely Lipstick card stock for the middle layer and “YOU” piece. I also embellished with two NEW items from the All My Love Suite in the Occasions Catalog: the All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack and the Heart Epoxy Droplets!

To make the colored portion of this card, I used a piece of Shimmery White card stock that was slightly smaller than my top layer. I tapped some of the Brilliant Red Brusho crystals onto the paper, spritzed it with a Stampin’ Spritzer, and then swirled it around a bit with an Aqua Painter. Once that was done, I set it aside to dry. While it was drying, I cut out the letters for “LOVE” on my Big Shot, as well as the “YOU” piece with the Celebrate You Thinlits. Once the colored layer was completely dry, I assembled the card using Snail adhesive and Dimensionals.

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Lovely Lipstick middle layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

Shimmery White under layer: 3-1/2 x 3-3/4 inches (approximate)

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

Lovely Lipstick “YOU” die cut: 3/4 x 1-3/4 inches

There is no stamping on this card as of now, however, when I eventually send it to someone, I will probably stamp a sentiment on the inside! Hope you like it! Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Nicolle

Another Butterfly Beauty Project!

Last week, I posted a card I made with the NEW Butterfly Beauty Thinlits Dies. There are two large dies in the set that layer together to make five, detailed, interconnected butterflies. For my card last week, I trimmed off the four smaller butterflies and used just the one large center one. Here’s what that card looked like in case you missed it:

And here’s what the thinlits dies look like:

I used the first large die to cut out the bottom layer in Powder Pink, and then used the second large die to cut out the detail in Sparkle Glimmer Paper.

After I made last week’s card, I held on to the four smaller butterflies that were trimmed off, and used two of them on my card for today! Other products featured on this card include the All My Love Designer Series Paper, Stitched Rectangle Framelits, Dragonfly Dreams stamp set, and Gingham Gala Sequins!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

DSP strip: 2-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches

Whisper White Stitched Rectangle layer: 2-5/8 x 4 inches

Small Butterfly: 1-1/4 x 1-1/2 inches (approximate)

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

And after two projects, I still have two more butterflies to use from that original die cut! So please be sure to check back soon to see how I use those as well!

Thanks for visiting today! Have a great day!

Nicolle

Simple Stamping Sunday: Humming Along

For this week’s Simple Stamping Sunday card, I used the Humming Along stamp set. This set was one that I received when I attended OnStage in Orlando in November. I love the big bold flower and the detailed hummingbird. I also like the simply stated sentiments! The black lines of this set make it perfect for coloring with Stampin’ Blends Markers, which is what I used to add most of the color on this card!

You can see the whole Humming Along stamp set below:

It really is a beautiful set!

Here’s the color combo I used:

The following supplies were used to make this card:

  • Humming Along stamp set
  • Very Vanilla Notecards and Envelopes
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink pad
  • Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blends Markers Combo Pack
  • Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends Markers Combo Pack
  • Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends Markers Combo Pack
  • Grapefruit Grove Ink Refill
  • Aqua Painter

Instructions for making this card are as follows:

  1. Stamp the flower and sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento ink. Let dry.
  2. Color the flower in Poppy Parade and Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends. Color the center stamen of the plant with Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends.
  3. Add one drop of Grapefruit Grove ink refill to a clean stamping block. Drop a few drops of water onto the block with an Aqua painter and swirl together to mix.
  4. Use the wet Aqua Painter to splatter ink spots from the bottom right corner up to the upper left corner of the card. Let dry.
  5. Stamp and color the envelope to match (if desired).

And that’s it! It’s that simple!

Even with only a few basic supplies, you can make really beautiful cards! I hope you’ll give Simple Stamping a try!

#simplestamping

Thanks for stopping by today!

Nicolle

My Sale-a-Bration Special starts in ONE WEEK!

On February 1st, my 4th Annual Sale-a-Bration special begins! For ONE WEEK, place an order of $50 or more (before tax and shipping), and you will earn EXTRA Sale-a-Bration items and Stampin’ Rewards, in addition to anything your order already earns from Stampin’ Up!

Here’s how it works:

The first 10 people to submit an order to me of $50 or more (before tax and shipping) between February 1st and February 7th will be able to participate in this offer.  All orders will be combined to make ONE large order, so that all of the benefits of the order can be shared among everyone!  Everyone who participates will receive at least 1 Free Sale-A-Bration (SAB) item, as well as at least $10 in free Stampin’ Up! products of YOUR CHOICE from any current catalog or the online store!  (Normally, orders do not qualify for rewards until they reach $150.  In this promotion, ANY order of $50 or more will receive rewards!) Stampin’ Up! gives rewards based on a percentage of the order, so the greater the final order, the greater the rewards!  Last year, everyone who participated got TWO extra SAB items and $25 EXTRA in Stampin’ Rewards, IN ADDITION to anything they had already earned from Stampin’ Up! 

**Also, to sweeten the deal this year, everyone who orders $100 or more (before tax and shipping) during this year’s event will be entered into a drawing to win a free STAMPARATUS! You will receive an entry for every $100 spent! (Before tax and shipping.) Spend $100, get one entry. Spend $200, get two entries, etc.**

Orders must be placed between February 1st – February 7th.  (Only orders placed directly through me via email, phone, etc. are eligible for this offer.  Orders placed in my online store will not qualify.)  On February 7th, I will total the orders and let everyone know how many SAB items and rewards dollars they have earned.  I will then need everyone to get back to me by February 10th  with your choices for your extras.   Once I have received everyone’s final info and payment, I will place the order!   Payment may be made by cash, check, credit card, or PayPal.  Once the order is received, I will deliver to my local customers.  My online and out-of-state customers will have their orders shipped to them at no extra charge! 

It’s that simple! This is the best deal I can offer my customers all year… you are not going to want to miss it! So get those wish lists ready and contact me starting February 1st! 🙂

Thanks so much!  Please contact me with questions! 

Nicolle

Simple Stamping Sunday: A Little Twinkle Valentine’s Day Card

For this week’s Simple Stamping card, I used the Little Twinkle stamp set to make a Valentine’s Day card! The Little Twinkle set has been used primarily for new baby cards and projects…and up until this point, I had only used it for that as well. But for January’s Simple Stamping Challenge from Stampin’ Up!, we were asked to make a Valentine’s Day card, and I wanted to mix it up a bit. So I figured I would try using the set for that instead!

Normally, a Simple Stamping card uses only a card base, one stamp set, and ink. But for this month’s challenge, we were allowed to use a punch too. So for this card, I used the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch to make the little hearts. Using the punched hearts adds just a tiny bit of extra detail that really makes the card pop!

Here are step by step instructions for this card:

  1. Use an Aqua Painter to add a few drops of water to one drop of Pool Party ink. Swirl to mix and then brush on a light watercolor wash on the front of the card. Let dry.
  2. Stamp the heart image from the Little Twinkle set in Smoky Slate ink.
  3. Stamp the sentiment below the heart in Lovely Lipstick ink.
  4. Punch out four tiny hearts from Lovely Lipstick card stock using the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. Apply to the card with the Fine Tip Glue Pen.
  5. Stamp your envelope to match (if desired).

While this card is definitely different for Valentine’s Day, I like it! I hope you do too!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

#simplestamping

Nicolle

So Happy to Have You in My Life Card

My card today was made with the NEW Amazing Life stamp set from the Occasions Catalog! It also uses the Bokeh Dots Stamp Set, as well as another color combo created with an Uninked Spectrum Pad. For today’s color combo, I used the following colors (in the order shown):

I also embellished with Rhinestones, Lemon Lime Twist Ombre Ribbon, and some Wink of Stella on parts of the sentiment!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

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

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

I don’t usually do much with bright colors, as I tend to prefer the other color families, but I love these colors together, and I love the bright, fun feel of this card! Maybe I’ll have to use the brights more often!

If you have any questions about today’s card, please let me know! Thanks for checking in!

Nicolle

Hey Love Narrow Notecards for Valentine’s Day!

I love Valentine’s Day crafting! I have two boys and each year they need Valentines cards for their classmates. As soon as I saw this stamp set in the Occasions Catalog, I knew it was perfect for their class Valentines this year! So today, I put these together as samples. I LOVE the way they came out!

Check out the full stamp set below:

Seriously, how cute is this set?

Each of these cards used the same basic supplies. The card bases are the Whisper White Narrow Notecards & Envelopes. Each one measures 2-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches in size, and comes in a pack of 20 cards with 20 envelopes! Perfect for cute little notes for loved ones!

Here’s a close up of each card:

Basic measurements for each of the cards are as follows:

Narrow Notecard base (pre cut/pre-scored at 2-1/2 inches): 5 x 4-1/2 inches

DSP background layers: 2-1/4 x 4-1/4 inches

Vellum scalloped circle layer*: 2-3/4 inches in diameter

Whisper White Circle for each animal*: 2 inches in diameter

Sentiment pieces and embellishments vary by card.

*The pieces used on the crocodile are slightly larger!

I hope you like these cards as much as I do! Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

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