Color Fusers Blog Hop for March 2019

Welcome to the Color Fusers Blog Hop for March! Today we are featuring projects made with the following colors: Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, and Smoky Slate!

I used three different stamp sets on this card: Love What You Do, Touches of Texture, and Kindness & Compassion. I also used the Stitched Rectangle Framelits, Whisper White 1/8 inch Sheer Ribbon, and Pearl Basic Jewels.

The steps to create this card are as follows:

  1. Cut the card base from Gorgeous Grape cardstock and fold in half.
  2. Cut the middle layer from Smoky Slate cardstock.
  3. Cut the top layer from Whisper White on the Big Shot using the Stitched Rectangle Framelits.
  4. Ink up the watercolor image stamp from Love What You Do with Highland Heather ink and stamp off the ink one time. Then stamp onto the Whisper White piece.
  5. Stamp the floral image from Touches of Texture in Smoky Slate ink.
  6. Stamp the sentiment from Kindness & Compassion in Smoky Slate ink.
  7. Watercolor the flowers with Gorgeous Grape ink using an Aqua Painter. Set aside to dry.
  8. Stamp the floral images from Love What You Do in the corners of the card base in Gorgeous Grape ink.
  9. When dry, adhere the Whisper White top layer to the Smoky Slate middle layer with Snail Adhesive. Then apply to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  10. Make a small bow from the 1/8 inch Whisper White Sheer Ribbon and adhere with a glue dot.
  11. Color some small pearls from the Pearls Basics Jewels with a Light Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends marker and apply to the card.
  12. Stamp your envelope to match (if desired).

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Smoky Slate cardstock middle layer: 3-1/2 x 4-7/8 inches

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

Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope you have enjoyed my project for this month! Please be sure to visit the next stop on our hop, which is Melanie Hockin’s page!

Have a great day!

Nicolle

Full blog line up:

Kelly Acheson

Jo Anne Hewins

Melissa Kerman

Tami Hewlett

Nicolle Belesimo – You Are Here

Melanie Hockin

Bonnie O’Neill

Barb Mullikin

Paola Phillips

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)

Simple Stamping Sunday: Dandelion Wishes

My Simple Stamping card for today was made with the Dandelion Wishes stamp set! It also uses Soft Sea Foam, Pool Party, and StazOn Black inks.

Both the image and sentiment are from the same stamp set. One of the guidelines of a Simple Stamping card is to use only ONE stamp set. To review, the full guidelines are: one stamp set, a notecard base, and ink. That’s it!

In addition to the three products above, I also used an Aqua Painter to add a very light watercolor wash to the background. I wanted to dress it up at least a little bit!

So that’s it for today! Simple cards need only simple posts! 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

#simplestamping

Nicolle

Super Cute Trick or Tweet Treat Holders for Halloween

Check out these adorable treat holders!  They can be found on page 50 of the Holiday Catalog, and were created by the artists at Stampin’ Up!  Both of them feature the new Trick or Tweet stamp set!  These are both labeled “Quick & Easy” projects, which are prefect for all levels of crafters, even beginners!

The Trick or Tweet stamp set is available in either clear-mount or wood-mount, and contains 10 red rubber stamps.  There is a great mix of images and sentiments!  Check out the complete set below:

The clean, clear lines of this set make it perfect for coloring!  Use markers, aqua painters, and more to add color to the fun images in this set!

To find this adorable set in the online store, please click HERE.  Or, if you have a hard copy of the Holiday Catalog, you can check it out on page 50!

For a complete list of all supplies used to make these projects, see below.

Thanks so much for checking in!

Nicolle

 

Introducing the Beautiful Blizzard Bundle!

One of my favorite new products in the Holiday Catalog is the new Beautiful Blizzard Bundle! This bundle can be used to make gorgeous snow themed projects for Holiday and/or general winter crafts.  The bundle contains the 11 piece Beautiful Blizzard rubber stamp set , as well as the Blizzard Thinlits Die.  Both items are also available individually, however, purchasing them together as the bundle will save you 10%!

Here’s a peek at the full bundle:

I love the large, one piece die!  With just one pass through the Big Shot, you can cut multiple snowflakes in different shapes and sizes.  A number of them were cut from Whisper White card stock and added to this card.  You can see them up close in the picture below:

I love how this card combines cool blues with the bright red of Christmas!  It really is a beautiful card!  (I wish I could take credit for it, but I can’t…it’s one of the sample images from the Holiday Catalog! You can find it on page 39.)

For more info on the Beautiful Blizzard Bundle, please click HERE.

Thank you for stopping by!

Nicolle

Thankful for the Falling For Leaves Stamp Set!

My card today features a new stamp set called Falling for Leaves!  It is a photopolymer set that contains 11 stamps.  It contains 8 leaves/foliage stamps and 3 sentiments.  The set can be purchased separately or as part of the Falling for Leaves Bundle, which also includes the 8 piece Detailed Leaves Thinlits.  (Purchase them together as the bundle and save 10%!)  Here’s what the full bundle looks like:

For my card today, I used only the stamp set.  Both the leaf and the sentiment are from the set.  I heat embossed the large leaf in white on Shimmery White card stock.  When it was cool, I used an aqua painter to apply Coastal Cabana and Granny Apple Green ink.  I also finely spattered some of both colors across the card stock as well!  When the ink was dry, I stamped the sentiment in Jet Black StazOn ink, and added some Glitter Enamel Dots to finish it off!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Shimmery White card stock top layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

 

I love these colors together, especially against the black and white!  I hope you do too!  The Falling for Leaves stamp set, thinlits, and bundle will be available September 5th.  Check them out in the online store beginning then, or contact me for a catalog today!

Thanks for visiting!

Nicolle

 

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