It’s Hard to Say Goodbye

On Friday afternoon, my family had to say goodbye to one of our cats.  Her name was Merry, and she has been part of our family since 2009.  We got her when she was only 10 weeks old.  My kids adored her, and my six year old is having a really hard time with her passing.  🙁  She is the one on the left in the picture above.  She was a very sweet cat, and will be missed very much!

Today I am sharing a card I made last year that I made to look like my two cats.  It features the Pretty Kitty stamp set.  I colored the images with Watercolor Pencils, and embellished the card with In Color Designer Series Paper (now retired), as well as Metallic Enamel Shapes.

Although some of the products used on this card are retired, the majority of them are still available.  Also, if you are a dog lover, there is a similar stamp set called Bella & Friends that features dogs, which is equally as cute as the Pretty Kitty set!

Sorry for the super short post today, but it’s been a bit of a rough weekend.  I hope to be back to regular posts tomorrow!

Thanks for checking in!

Nicolle

 

Last Week’s Facebook Poll: Blueberry Bushel wins!

Last week on my Facebook page, I posted a poll asking for my Facebook followers to vote for their favorite NEW In Color, and the winner was BLUEBERRY BUSHEL!  This gorgeous new color is one of the five new In Colors for 2018-2020, and will be available in the NEW Annual Catalog beginning June 1st!  Here’s a peek at all five colors:

As part of the Facebook poll, I said that I would make a project featuring the winning color, and post it today.  This is what I came up with!  I used the Beautiful Day stamp set, as well as Flourishing Phrases for the “Just a Note” sentiment.  To make this card, I used Shimmery White card stock for the top layer, Basic Black for the middle layer, and Blueberry Bushel for the base.  I stamped the butterfly in Staz On Black ink, then set aside for a few minutes to dry.  Once it was dry, I used an Aqua Painter to fill in the butterfly with Blueberry Bushel ink.  I wanted there to be noticeable variation in the color, so I let the color run almost completely out before I added more ink to the brush.  I then went back in to add a little more in certain spots when I was finished, until I got the look I wanted.  (When using water on Shimmery White card stock, it’s important not to use too much, as the card stock will warp!)

Once the image was dry, I assembled the card using Snail adhesive.  I then stamped the sentiment in Blueberry Bushel ink and added some Rhinestone Basic Jewels to finish it off.  At that point, I thought I was done, but I felt it needed something else.  So I pulled out my Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush and very lightly went over the lines of the butterfly, as well as a few sections of the wings!  Take a peek at how pretty the glitter looks!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Basic Black middle layer:  3-3/4 x 5 inches

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

 

This is the first of many projects that I will be making using the new In Colors!  The colors are good for two years, and are one of my favorite In Color palettes to be released in a long time!  I really love the bold, bright hues of this group, so I plan to start using them quite a bit ASAP!  Last year, I dedicated a week of posts to the new colors, where I featured a different color each day.  I hope to be able to do something similar with the new colors this year!  Please stay tuned for those projects soon!

If you have any questions about the new colors, or anything else, please feel free to ask!

Thanks for visiting today!  Have a great day!

Nicolle

 

Lined Alphabet Love You Card

Today’s card has a watercolored background with a simple heat embossed sentiment!  The background was made using Brusho Crystal Colour, and is a combination of Red, Gamboge, and Yellow crystals.  It was colored on Shimmery White Cardstock, and once dried, was stamped with the letters for LOVE using the NEW Lined Alphabet stamp set, available June 1st!  The letters are heat embossed using Versamark ink and White Stampin’ Emboss powder.  The “you” part of the sentiment is from the Love What You Do stamp set.  I used the Thank You stamp and masked off the “thank” part with scotch tape, inked up the rest, removed the tape, and stamped it on the card.  It’s stamped in Basic Black to match the card base!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Silver Glimmer Paper middle layer:  3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

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

 

The card is finished off with a silver heart from the Metallic Enamel Shapes, one of my favorite embellishments ever!  Sadly they are retiring this year!  But you get still get them for a limited time in the online store!  They are available while supplies last, or until May 31st!

Well that’s it for this card!  It’s a pretty straightforward and simple design!  Hope you like it!

Thanks for checking in today!

Nicolle

 

First Day of Spring and ANOTHER Snow Storm?!

Today is the FIRST day of Spring in the US!  I am so excited and SO ready to put this horrible Winter behind us!  Between sick kids, numerous snow storms, and being sick myself, I seriously cannot wait for sunny days and warmer temperatures!   But not so fast, because we are on track to get hit by ANOTHER snow storm TOMORROW.  It will be the 4th big one to hit us in Connecticut in less than a month!  I am hoping for a last minute change of course, but if the storm stays on the track it’s on now, we’re looking at another foot or more of snow!  YUCK!  I guess Mother Nature isn’t done with Winter yet!

I chose today’s card for it’s bright and sunny message, as I thought it was appropriate for the first day of Spring!  (It was made by the Stampin’ Up! concept artists, so I can’t take credit for it!)  This beautiful card features the Rainbow Builder Framelits and the A Good Day stamp set.  Both items can be found in the Occasions Catalog, as well as in the online store.

I am not 100% sure on the colors used, but I am going to guess that they are Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Pool Party, and Rich Razzleberry.  All of the color on this card is applied with aquapainters, so it is heavily diluted to get those gorgeous pastel tones!  In addition to the rainbow colors, it looks like some Smoky Slate was applied to the clouds to give them a little color and shading as well!

Please keep your fingers crossed that we don’t get much from this storm tomorrow!   We have lost our cable and internet a few times with all the bad weather, so if you don’t hear from me for a couple of days, it’s a good bet that it’s out again!

Thanks for checking in today!

Nicolle

 

Flying Home Stamp Set

I just love the new Flying Home stamp set!  This adorable bird themed set is available in both wood and clear mount, and contains eight red rubber stamps.  The thin lines of the set make it perfect for hand coloring with markers, water color pencils, or other coloring tools.  Pair the images in this set with the sentiment of your choice.  It’s perfect for cards for all different occasions!

The set includes three large stamps, as well as five small individual stamps, perfect for adding detail or backgrounds.  The smaller stamps include two butterflies, two birds, and a cute little bumblebee.   This set would make a great addition to your stamp collection!

For more information about the Flying Home stamp set, please visit the online store HERE.

Thanks for checking in today!  Happy Friday!

Nicolle

Brusho Meets Detailed Floral Thinlits

Every year when the Occasions Catalog comes out, I get so excited about everything that’s new, that I often (temporarily) forget about all of the amazing products still available in the Annual Catalog!  So this weekend, I focused on making sure to feature Annual Catalog products in everything I created!  For this set of cards, the Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies is the main product I used from the Annual Catalog.

For both cards, I used Brusho in Brilliant Red, Gamboge, and Yellow with a Stampin’ Spritzer on Watercolor Paper.  I cut a sheet of the watercolor paper in half, and watercolored the entire thing with Brusho.  For the first card, when the watercolor paper was completely dry, I ran it through the Big Shot with the Detailed Floral Thinlits to make the colorful die cut top layer:

I mounted the die cut layer directly onto a thick Whisper White base, added a strip of white cardstock, and stamped the sentiment from the Picture Perfect Birthday set in Smoky Slate.  I finished it by adding a white organza ribbon bow and some pearls!

While making the first card, I got the idea to make a second card, but use a solid Brusho layer underneath a white die cut top layer instead (so kind of the opposite of what I did for the first card!).  So I colored another sheet of the watercolor paper with Brusho, then mounted it to the white base.  I then used the die to make a plain white die cut layer, and added that over the Brusho piece.  I then added the white strip, sentiment, bow, and pearls, just like on the first card:

And that’s it! I’m not sure which one of these I like better, but I know I really love the color variation of the Brusho on both! Which do you prefer?

Thanks for checking in today!

Nicolle

 

Petal Palette Bundle Swap Card

Today’s card is a card I made for a swap I participated in with my team.  There were 14 of us, and we all used different stamps/bundles to make our cards.  I chose the Petal Palette Bundle for mine!  The bundle comes with the Petal Palette stamp set as well as the Petals & More Thinlits dies, and of course, you save 10% when you purchase the bundle!  Here’s a picture from the catalog:

To make this card, I used a Thick Whisper White card base, and layered Berry Burst with regular Whisper White on top.  I then used an aquapainter to spatter some Berry Burst ink from the bottom right corner up to the top left.  While that dried, I cut out my background die cuts.  I used the large leaves and vine die, as well as the trellis looking one.  I cut two of the vine one, one from Pear Pizzazz cardstock and one from Vellum.  On all of the die cuts I used the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets on the back before cutting.  I absolutely LOVE these sheets!  I think they are so much easier to use than glue.  I always make a huge mess with glue, no matter how careful I am, so the adhesive sheets have been a real lifesaver for me!  I adhered the vellum die cut first, then the Pear Pizzazz over it, and kind of off centered from each other, as I wanted the vellum one to be almost a shadow behind the green one.

Once those were on, I applied the trellis one across the middle of the card.  I stamped the flowers and sentiment in Basic Black, and colored the flowers with aquapainters in Berry Burst and Pear Pizzazz.  After they were dry, I cut the flowers out with the coordinating die from the set, and cut the sentiment out with one of the circles from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  The flowers were adhered with glue dots, and the sentiment piece with dimensionals.

Once that was done, I added a few rhinestones, and the card was complete!  This may be one of my favorite color combinations ever!  I love Berry Burst, and I think it looks great with any green we offer in our color collection!  But I especially love it with Pear Pizzazz!   I think the soft green and the deep pink look amazing together!

You can find all of the products to make this card in the online store!  Click here to check them out!

Thanks for visiting today!  Have a great day!

Nicolle

 

Spritzing Brusho

Apparently, one of my darling minions children messed with my alarm clock yesterday and changed the time for my alarm to go off!  Needless to say, I got up late today, so this is going to have to be a short post for now!  (Add one more thing to the list that I have to double check from now on!   I’m starting to lose track!)  LOL!

So anyway, for this card, I used Brusho and my Stampin’ Spritzer.  I heat embossed the flower in white on water color paper using the Definitely Dahlia background stamp.  Then I sprinkled the Prussian Blue Brusho crystals very lightly over the card.  I didn’t want the color to be super dark, so I was very careful not to use too much!  I then spritzed the water and let the crystals go wherever they were going to go!  I let it sit for a minute or so, then dabbed with a paper towel to absorb some of the excess color and water.  I then added a very small amount of the yellow crystals and repeated the above steps.  I only wanted just a hint of yellow here and there, so I was very careful about where I put the yellow!

I wanted to keep this card very soft, so I mounted the finished top layer on whisper white and then on a Sahara Sand base.  I added some Linen Thread, as well as a simple Thank You sentiment from the Eastern Beauty stamp set.  And because I HAD to dress it up with just a little bit of bling, I added some of the very lightest Dapper Denim Glitter Enamel Dots in the corner:

Once again, I can’t tell you how much I LOVE the Brusho Crystals!  They are a lot of fun to experiment with!

Now I gotta run so I can get my kids out the door on time!  Hope to see you back soon!

Nicolle

 

My 10 Favorite Products from the Occasions Catalog

Now that Occasions and Sale-a-Bration are in full swing, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite products!  Here are my top ten fave products from this year’s catalog!

Petal Palette Bundle

This bundle contains both the Petal Palette stamp set and Petals & More Thinlits Dies.  There are 15 rubber stamps in the set and 10 dies.  Available in both clear-mount and wood-mount.

Perennial Birthday Project Kit

Kit contains components to make 16 birthday cards, 4 each of 4 designs.  Also includes a beautiful storage box to keep them in!

Brusho Crystal Colour

Watercolor ink crystals that when mixed with water explode with color!  Five different colors included!  Use with aqua painters, spritzers, and more!

Beautiful Day Stamp Set

This set includes 5 rubber stamps and is available in both clear-mount and wood-mount.

Magical Day Bundle

This adorable bundle is definitley a must have!  Contains both the Magical Day stamp set and Magical Mates Framelits dies.  Contains 12 stamps and 16 cutting dies.  Available in both wood-mount and clear-mount!

Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper

12 sheets of 12 x 12 inch paper with silver foil accents!  Acid free and lignin free and beautiful colors!

We Must Celebrate Stamp Set

This adorable set comes with 12 stamps, and is available in both clear-mount and wood-mount! These little critters are SO cute!

Sure Do Love You Bundle

This bundle includes both the Sure Do Love You stamp set and Lots to Love Box Framelits dies.  Contains 9 rubber stamps and 10 dies.  Available in both clear-mount and wood-mount.

Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes

176 adhesive-backed epoxy accents in teardrop and circle shapes. Perfect for bubbles and raindrops!  Contains one sheet each of clear and glitter shapes

Berry Burst 3/8″ (1 Cm) Metallic-Edge Ribbon

Glossy Satin Ribbon with silver metallic edges.  In beautiful Berry Burst!

So these are my top 10!  What are yours?

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

Soft Sayings Card Kit

With all of the excitement surrounding the Holiday Catalog, it’s easy to forget about the Annual Catalog for awhile! But there are still plenty of birthdays and other everyday occasions that need to be celebrated during the holiday season as well!  Always have a card on hand for these occasions when you have the Soft Sayings Card Kit. This kit makes 20 beautiful everyday occasion cards (2 each of 10 different designs) including birthday, thank you, friendship, and more!

The colors on these cards are stunning!  I love the combination of greens, yellows, pinks, and more on the softly watercolored backgrounds.  The kit includes everything you need to complete the cards (with the exception of scissors and adhesive).  To complete this kit, I recommend using glue dots, snail, and/or multipurpose glue.

The kit also includes 20 mix and match envelopes, watercolored to match the cards.  And the cards are fast and easy to assemble.  Full color instructions are included, so even if you are new to cardmaking, you can still easily complete this kit!

Need more than 20 cards? There’s a refill available! The refill includes everything in the full kit, except the stamps, ink, block, and box. For more information on this beautiful kit, please click here.