CASE the Catty Day 4: Rooted in Nature Thinking of You Card

Today is Day 4 of my CASE the Catty week!  My card today is based on a card from the Notes of Kindness card kit.  I LOVE this kit!  It has gorgeous colors and designs.  Here is a picture of the four different cards it makes:

The card I CASE’d is the one in the top right corner.  This time, I copied the basic design, but substituted different colors and embellishments, as well as sentiments!

For my card today, I used a Sahara Sand card base and Very Vanilla as my main background color.  I also used Soft Sea Foam and Soft Suede. It’s such a soft, neutral color palette, with just a bit of bold color from the Soft Suede!  I used the Rooted in Nature stamp set for the leaves, tree cross section, and sentiment.  I also stamped some spatter pattern all over the background using a stamp from the Touches of Texture set, which was stamped in Sahara Sand to match the base!  The sentiment piece was fussy cut with Paper Snips.

For embellishments, I added some vellum leaves, which were made with the NEW Sprig Punch from the Holiday Catalog, as well as some Pearl Basic Jewels and Linen Thread.  Before adding the pearls, I colored them with the Ivory Stampin’ Blends Marker to match the Very Vanilla background.  The Ivory marker is perfect for adding just a hint of color to the pearls so that they are not so bright white!  Did you know that Stampin’ Blends in ANY color can be used on most of our embellishments?  You can basically create embellishments in any color you need!  (Well, as long as it’s a current Stampin’ Blends color!)  It’s just one more reason why the Stampin’ Blends are so useful!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Very Vanilla background layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

Very Vanilla sentiment piece: 2-5/8 x 2-5/8 inches (approximately)

Vellum sprig punch pieces:  1-1/2 x 1-1/4 inches

 

I hope you like my card today! Please check back tomorrow for another CASE the Catty project!

Nicolle

 

Simply Stated Sympathy Card with Graceful Glass Designer Vellum

I always find it hard to make sympathy cards.  I feel like it’s such a delicate subject matter and I don’t always know what to say.  So usually when I have to make one, I try to keep it short, sweet, and simple.  This card was made with the Graceful Glass 6 x 6 inch Designer Vellum, the Kindness & Compassion stamp set, Stampin’ Blends Markers, and the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Colors are Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green, Smoky Slate, and Whisper White.

The Graceful Glass 6 x 6 Designer Vellum is so pretty!  It was designed specifically to be hand colored.  I like to use Stampin’ Blends on it, but it can also be colored with any other coloring tool that Stampin’ Up! offers, including Stampin’ Write Markers, Aqua painters, Watercolor pencils, and more!  It contains 12 different designs and you get 2 of each sheet in the package, for a total of 24 sheets. The sheet I used has four different floral columns, including peonies, irises, roses, and lilies!  Here’s what the full sheet looks like:

For this card, I trimmed out the center of the iris column and mounted it on a Whisper White backing.  I then used a piece of Highland Heather card stock as the background and embossed it with the Subtle Dynamic Textures Impressions Embossing Folder.  I LOVE this folder!  It’s perfect when you want to add just a hint of detail to a project without it being too bold or overwhelming.

When I first made this card, I used the vellum column as is.  But when I put it on the card, I felt that the irises were a little too low on the card.  So I trimmed a section off the top and then relocated it to the bottom instead, and then used that as my final piece:

Here’s what the rearranged strip looked like before I applied it to the card:

When I assembled the card, I made sure to place the sentiment strip over the seam between the two pieces so that it is hidden.  I was much happier with the irises a little closer to the top of the card!

 

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)

Highland Heather layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

Iris vellum strip:  1-3/16 x 5-1/8 inches

Whisper White strip behind vellum:  1-3/8 x 5-1/4 inches

Whisper White sentiment strip:  3/4 x 4 inches

 

I didn’t add too much additional embellishment for this card, as I wanted to keep it simple.  I did add a couple of pearls to the upper right corner, just to add a little something!

If you have any questions about this card, please let me know.  Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

 

Stitched Seasons Meets Sunshine Wishes!

Today’s card features the upcoming Stitched Seasons Framelits dies, along with the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits and Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper!  The Stitched Seasons Framelits are part of the August 1st release of the Stitched Seasons products.  I recently wrote a post about this new bundle, with all the relevant info regarding release dates, products, and more!  If you missed it, you can read all about it HERE.

For today’s card, I made a wedding card with Powder Pink and White for the colors.  I used a pattern from the Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper that looks almost like stone for the background, and accented it with Powder Pink shimmer ribbon, as well as some floral die cuts in both Powder Pink and vellum.

The sentiment is die cut from the new Sparkle Glimmer Paper and centered right in the middle of the card.  There is NO stamping on this card at all.  Everything is cut with the Stampin’ Trimmer and the Big Shot!  Here is a close up of the center portion of the card:

The Petal Promenade Paper is gorgeous!  Most patterns are made from photographs of real flowers, stone, etc. This paper is also part of the Buy 3 Get 1 FREE Sale this month!  Here’s the full array of designs in the Petal Promenade paper:

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Designer Series Paper layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

Whisper White Stitched Seasons Die Cut Layer:  3 x 4 inches

Powder Pink floral vine die cut:  1 x 3-1/8 inches (approximately)

Vellum die cuts:  varies (range from 1 x 3 to 1 x 2 inches)

Sparkle “congrats” sentiment:  1 x 3-3/4 inches

 

This card is perfect for a wedding, and is so pretty and sparkly in person!  I hope you like it!

Thanks for checking in!

Nicolle

 

Tea Room Friendship Card

One of my favorite designer series papers in this year’s catalog is the Tea Room Specialty Designer Series Paper!  This paper has a great selection of beautiful patterns including flowers, bees, butterflies, and more.  And the colors are just gorgeous!  The pattern I used for today’s card is a mix of flowers, leaves, and butterflies, and is printed in shades of Crushed Curry.  I decided to pair the paper with Basic Gray, as I love the combination of yellow, gray, and white (though in this case, it’s Crushed Curry, Basic Gray, and Very Vanilla!)

The sentiment is from the Time for Tea photopolymer stamp set, and the scalloped layer behind the sentiment is from the Spot of Tea Framelits dies.  The paper, stamps, framelits, and the ribbon I used are all from the NEW Tea Room Suite!  The full suite of products can be found on pages 14-15 in the annual catalog, or you can view them HERE.

Besides the Tea Room ribbon, I embellished this card with some vellum leaves.  Some were cut with the Leaf Punch, and others were cut using a die from the Bouquet Bunch Framelits.  I also added some copper leaves from the Leaves Trinkets embellishments, as well as a couple of Share What You Love Artisan Pearls to finish it off!  Here’s a close up of the embellishments on and around the sentiment piece:

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Crushed Curry middle layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

DSP top layer: 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

Basic Gray sentiment backing layer: 2-3/4 inches in diameter (approximately)

Very Vanilla sentiment piece:  2-1/4 inches in diameter

Vellum pieces for leaves: 1-3/4 x 2 inches (approximately)

 

You can find all of the products used on this card in the links below!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!

Nicolle

 

Coloring with Stampin’ Blends on Graceful Glass Designer Vellum

I made this card this weekend using a new product called Graceful Glass 6×6 inch Designer Vellum.  It is vellum with pre-printed designs, specifically made to be hand colored to give the look of stained glass!  It includes 2 sheets each of 12 different designs, for a total of 24 sheets.  Here’s a sneak peek at the different designs that are included in the pack:

The designs in the pack include flowers, shapes, and other patterns that are all equally gorgeous and fun to color!  For this card, I decided to use the sheet with the birds.  I googled “Birds on a wire” and came across a beautiful stained glass piece with multiple birds in all different colors.  I used it as the inspiration for the colors I used to color the birds for this card.  (Click HERE to see the piece.)  I colored all of the birds with Stampin’ Blends markers, which will be back in stock June 1st!  There will also be eleven new colors added to the Stampin’ Blends collection on that date as well!

For the card base, I used a new color called Balmy Blue.  It’s one of the new colors in the Subtles Collection and is a gorgeous, soft, almost baby blue color!  I love how it looks against the colors of the birds!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Designer Vellum piece:  2-3/8 x 5-1/2 inches

Whisper White Backing piece for vellum:  2-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches

Whisper White Ribbon Punched strips (2):  1 x 5-1/2 inches

 

The Stampin’ Blends colors that I used are:

  • Bermuda Bay
  • Crumb Cake
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Daffodil Delight
  • Night of Navy
  • Rich Razzleberry
  • Old Olive
  • Cherry Cobbler

I used both the light and dark of each color.

I also used a small floral stamp from the Love What You Do stamp along the top and bottom of the card.  I stamped the flowers in VersaMark ink, so that it would be more subtle than full color ink.  I also added two strips of Whisper White punched with the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch for a little added detail!

The card was finished with 1/8 Whisper White Sheer Ribbon.  I did not add a sentiment to the front, as I had a hard time figuring out where to put one!  I didn’t want to detract from the birds, so I decided to just leave the whole card blank for now, and then when I decide who I want to send it to and for what, I can just add a sentiment to the inside!

This card was a lot of fun to make and I love how colorful it is!  I hope you like it too!

Thanks for checking in!

Nicolle