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

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

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

Next Up: Valentine’s Day!

Today’s project uses products from the new All My Love Suite from the Occasions Catalog! It also features some of my 10 favorite new products, as mentioned in my post from yesterday! The main products featured on this card are the All My Love Designer Series Paper and the Meant to Be Bundle. The whole suite can be found on pages 4-6 of the Occasions Catalog.

The All My Love Designer Series Paper is my FAVORITE paper from the new catalog! I just love the patterns and colors…it is so perfect for Valentine’s Day! You can see the whole assortment of designs below:

All My Love Designer Series Paper

I used five different designs from this paper to make the background, and matched them with Lovely Lipstick, Flirty Flamingo, and Shimmery White Cardstock. The card was finished with some Flirty Flamingo Ribbon from the All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack, and Heart Epoxy Droplets.

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Flirty Flamingo middle layer: 3-3/4 x 5 inches

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

DSP strips: 3-5/8 x 3/4 inches each

Flirty Flamingo Stitched Heart: 2-3/4 inches x 3-1/2 inches

Shimmery White cardstock sentiment piece: 2-7/16 x 3-1/8 inches

This is my first Valentine’s project of the year, and I really love the way it came out! If you love the traditional colors of pinks, reds, and whites for Valentine’s Day, as well as hearts and flowers, you will absolutely LOVE this new suite! Be sure to check it out, and let me know if you have any questions or need anything!

Thanks for visiting!

Nicolle

2018 Valentine’s Day Round Up

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Hope you all have a fantastic day filled with LOVE!  (And maybe some flowers and chocolate too!)  For today, I thought I would recap all of the Valentine’s Day projects I made this year.  Details on any of these projects can be found right here on my blog.  Just click on each picture to visit the original post that featured that project!

3 x 3 Mini Note Card Set

 

Coffee Cup Valentine’s Card

 

Painted Love Meets Sunshine Wishes

 

Swirly Bird and Sunshine Wishes Love Card

 

Rustic 3 x 3 Mini Valentine’s Note Cards

 

Bee Mine Mini Pizza Box

 

Party Pandas Preschool Valentine’s Cards

And there you have it!  Another year of Valentine’s Day crafting has come to an end!  I hope you have enjoyed my projects this year!  🙂

Thanks for checking in today!  Hope you have a great day!

Nicolle

 

Max’s Party Pandas Valentine’s Day Cards

I love that I live in a small town that still allows holidays to be celebrated at school!  My older son, Luca, goes to kindergarten all day, and not only is his class celebrating Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, they are also celebrating the 100th day of school!  My little one, Max, goes to preschool and they are also having a little Valentine’s Day party.  His teachers have been making all sorts of fun stuff with them the past couple of weeks to get ready!  They made little mailboxes and mailbags with the kids, and they have asked the parents to send in Valentine’s cards for each student.  They will each get to put their cards in their mailbags and hand deliver their cards to their friends’ mailboxes.  Max, who is 3, is pretty excited about his mailbox and bag!  He has dragged me over to show me pretty much every day for the last week when I pick him up!  Then he gets upset because we can’t take them home yet.  But again, he’s 3!  🙂

Anyway, I needed some Valentine’s cards for both of my boys’ classes.  Luca wanted Minions cards and he has a much bigger class, so we went with store bought ones.  (I know, gasp!)  I probably could’ve made punch art Minions, but that would’ve been really time consuming, and I just didn’t have time.  So for his class, store bought ones will have to do!

For my little one though, I definitely wanted to make cards!  But since they are being given to a bunch of 3 and 4 year olds, I also didn’t want to spend too much time or money on them!  Chances are, they’re going to get eaten not going to last too long anyway!  So I needed to come up with something cute, but very simple and easy to put together.  I hadn’t used my Party Pandas set, so I decided to go with that!

The cards I made are note card size, so they measure 3-1/2 x 5 inches in size.  They are one flat panel, so they don’t open and close.  The base layer is Basic Black, the middle layer is Real Red, and the top is Whisper White.  I stamped the panda in Basic Black Archival Ink, and the sentiment in Real Red.  For these, I cut a heart with the Sweet & Sassy Framelits and placed it over the balloon to make it look like a heart shaped balloon instead of the regular stamped one.  The hearts were cut out of Flirty Flamingo card stock.  Also, the sentiment stamp is from a retired Valentine’s themed Paper Pumpkin kit.

 

I was originally going to make a few different ones so that I could use all three of the pandas in the set, but then I decided to just make them all the same.  I only had to make 10, so making them all the same allowed me to make them very quickly.  I think it only took me about 45 minutes to make all ten, start to finish!  I think they came out super cute, and are perfect for little ones!

The Party Pandas set can be earned with a $50 purchase (before tax and shipping), but only until March 31st!  It is one of the $50 item choices from the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  To learn more about Sale-a-Bration, and see all the free item choices, please click HERE!

UPDATED TO ADD:  After I dropped off my kids at school this morning, I ran to Target to try to find envelopes that would fit these cards.  Not only did I find a pack of 50 envelopes in the correct size on clearance for $0.86 (yes, 86 CENTS!), I also came upon a package of 14 sheets each of these adorable panda stickers and heart stickers!  How cute are these?  And what are the odds of finding PANDA stickers to match the cards?  So I bought them and slipped a sheet of each into each envelope with the cards for Max’s classmates!  I also decided at the last second to stamp each envelope with some hearts from the Heart Happiness set!  Now I am waiting for Luca to get home so I can do his cards with him!  But since his cards are store bought, they’re not going to be as fun!  I’ll still at least stamp the envelope though!  😉

Contact me with questions!  Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

 

“Bee Mine” Mini Pizza Box for Valentine’s Day

Each month, the Stampin’ Up! team that I am part of does a Facebook hop where a bunch of us create projects based on a theme and then all post them to our Facebook pages.  We each post instructions to see the next project by “hopping” to the each person’s page with the links to get from page to page.  You go through each page until you get back to the first project you started with.  When you have gotten back to where you started, then you have seen all the projects and the hop is complete!

We are having a Facebook hop tonight that features gift bags and boxes.  Since Valentine’s Day is next week, I made this little bee themed Valentine’s Day box!  I used all different sized punches and cutting dies to make the bee, which was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest.  I used stamps from the Heart Happiness stamp set for the background hearts and the stripes on the bee’s body, as well as a stamp from the Bloomin’ Love stamp set for the sentiment.

The inside holds four small chocolate hearts.  I was given a small box of Divine Milk & Dark Chocolate Belgian Caramel Hearts as a gift, and when I opened the box, my first thought was that the tray inside would probably fit perfectly inside the mini pizza boxes!  Turns out it didn’t, but there was very little I had to do to make it fit.  I just had to trim a very thin strip all around the edge of the tray and then it fit perfectly!

This is the brand of chocolate that I am referring to:

And here’s what the inside of the finished mini pizza box looks like with the tray trimmed to fit:

Don’t the hearts look yummy?  Now that I have finished the project and taken pictures, I can finally eat the chocolate!

This was a really fun project to make! I love punch art, though I don’t do it as often as I would like to!  It takes a lot of time and a lot of different products, but the end result is so worth it!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my little bee Valentine’s box!  Thanks for checking in!

Nicolle

 

Rustic Valentine’s Day Mini Note Cards

Today’s project is a set of three mini Valentine’s cards inspired by German Demonstrator Sylwia Schreck.  Each measures 3 x 3 inches, and has a very simple design!  The background of each is a different pattern from the Wood Textures 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper, which is available in the Annual Catalog.  The hearts and leaves are from the Sure Do Love You stamp set, and were all cut out on the Big Shot with dies from the Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies!  Both of these items coordinate perfectly, and can be purchased as a bundle for a savings of 10%. The bundle can be found in the Occasions Catalog!

Each heart and leaf combo is set against a small square made using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  Each heart is also stamped in a different color ink!  For these, I used Berry Burst, Melon Mambo, and Real Red.  I also applied the hearts with dimensionals to add some extra detail and make them pop a little!

After I finished these, I thought for a bit about adding some additional embellishments, but I decided against it.  I love their simplicity, and thought they looked best as is  These little notes fit perfectly in Stampin’ Up’s  3 x 3 Whisper White envelopes, and would be perfect to tuck into lunch boxes, or for use as gift tags!

To see Sylwia’s original cards, please click here!

Thanks for visiting!

Nicolle

 

Swirly Bird and Sunshine Wishes Valentine’s Day Card

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned that I made a point to use Annual Catalog products in everything I created this weekend.  This card uses mostly Annual Catalog items, with only the little “YOU” stamp in the corner being from the Occasions Catalog!  This card was based on one I saw on Pinterest.  I often look at Pinterest for inspiration, and I’ll look at cards that people have made with other companies’ products and wonder “How can I make that with Stampin’ Up?”  So for this card, I started by using White Craft ink on Crumb Cake cardstock to stamp the swirls and small flowers on the background.  Both stamps are from the Swirly Bird stamp set.  While the ink was drying (craft ink takes a bit of time to dry), I cut out the “love” sentiment on my Big Shot using the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.  Before doing so, I placed a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet on the back of the card stock, so that the adhesive would already be on it when I was ready to use it!  I also used one of the dies from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies to cut out all of the hearts.  There’s a die in the set that cuts seven hearts at once!

Once I had everything cut and the ink was dry, I assembled the card.  Once all of the layers were adhered with Snail Adhesive, I applied the love die cut, as well as the hearts. (I used Mini Glue Dots on those!)  I applied some pearls to the centers of the flowers, and stamped the “YOU” in Cherry Cobbler ink to match the color of the “love”.   Once that was done, the card was complete!

For this card, I chose to use Cherry Cobbler for the red instead of Real Red.  I have used Real Red on most of my Valentine’s Day projects, but for this, I wanted to switch it up a bit!  I love the way the deeper, darker red looks against the Crumb Cake background!

I hope you like today’s project!  Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

 

Painted with Love Meets Sunshine Wishes Thinlits

Today’s card combines products from the new Painted with Love Suite with one of my favorite products from the Annual Catalog: the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits!  The card base is Rich Razzleberry, the middle layer is Powder Pink, and the top is a design from the Painted with Love Specialty Designer Paper.  I love this paper because it combines such beautiful colors with gold accents.  And normally, I’m not big on gold.  I’m more of a silver girl!  But with these colors, I think the gold looks amazing!

The heart is cut with the Sweet & Sassy Framelits from another design from the same paper.  I then cut the “love” sentiment from the Sunshine Thinlits in goil foil, to complement the gold accents in the paper.  I also used the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets on the back of the foil before cutting, to make adhering it easier!  The sheets turn any die cut into a sticker that you just peel the backing off and apply to your project when ready.  It’s so much easier and less messy than glue!   (No matter how careful I am, I always make a mess with glue!)  The “you” sentiment was heat embossed in white embossing powder, and comes from the Amazing You set, which can be earned for FREE with a $50 purchase (before tax and shipping) during Sale-a-Bration!  In this pic, I tried to get a good shot of the light reflecting off of the gold.  Unfortunately, the lighting in my house was not great the day I took these, but hopefully you can see the shine on the sentiment and the little hearts on the paper!

This is a simple, yet elegant card to make for someone you love or for Valentine’s Day (which is right around the corner!)  I had originally planned to embellish it more, but then I decided that I liked it just the way it is!  Hope you like it!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!

Happy Friday!

Nicolle