A Rustic and Simply Stated Sympathy Card

Sympathy cards are hard for me to make.  It’s always hard to make a card for someone who is dealing with so much sadness.  For that reason, I try to keep sympathy cards simple, both in their design and message.

This card features the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper and Flourish Thinlits.  The sentiment is from the  Better Together stamp set, and is framed with a die from the Petals & More Thinlits set.  It is embellished with Linen Thread and Pearl Basic Jewels.  The pearls were colored with the Ivory Stampin’ Blends Marker to match the Very Vanilla cardstock used throughout the card.

It’s hard to tell from the pictures, but the sentiment is stamped in Fresh Fig ink.  I did this in order to give this card just the slightest hint of color.  The rest of the card is very muted and simple, and I wanted to break it up a bit, but not in a way that was too bold or glaring.  I really love how the Fresh Fig looks against the neutral colors in this card!

I’m very happy with how this card came out, even though it was made for such a sad occasion!

Thanks for stopping by! Please contact me with questions!

Nicolle

 

Paper Pumpkin is Turning FIVE!

 

 

March 2018 is Paper Pumpkin’s 5th anniversary and Stampin’ Up! is kicking it off with a truly exciting campaign! Not only are they celebrating five years of creating and sharing, but they also want to say thank you to all of their demonstrators, customers, and subscribers who have helped them reach this great milestone! And what better way to do that than with a March kit which includes a fantastic, FREE gift and a specially designed, one-of-a-kind box? This kit is gorgeous, collectible, and is almost sure to go down in Paper Pumpkin history as an all-time customer favorite!

Promotion Details:

  • The free gift complements the kit but is not needed to complete the kit.
  • The free gift is exclusive to the March Paper Pumpkin kit and cannot be found anywhere else.
  • The free gift is a crafting product with a wide range of use that can be used on a variety of papercrafting projects.
  • The free gift holds an approximate retail value of $6-$8 when compared to similar products offered by Stampin’ Up!.
  • You must subscribe by March 10th to receive this special anniversary March kit.

Check out this video about Paper Pumpkin!

And to make the deal even better, Sale-a-Bration is the perfect time to try Paper Pumpkin because prepaid subscriptions of 3 months or more earn Sale-a-Bration rewards!  Yes, that’s right!  Because prepaid subscriptions have item numbers and are ordered like any other catalog item, they are eligible for rewards, including Sale-a-Bration rewards!

If you would like to give Paper Pumpkin a try, but are not looking for a long term commitment, then I recommend a 3 month prepaid subscription.  Three months is a perfect trial subscription!  If at the end of the three months you wish to continue, you simply order another prepaid subscription to extend it, or switch to a month to month subscription.  If you decide you don’t wish to continue after the three months, your subscription simply ends, and you will not receive additional kits.

So what do you get with Paper Pumpkin?  Each month, a fully designed, pre-cut project arrives right in your mailbox with everything you need to create it, including stamps and ink!  Projects include mostly cards, but can also include gift packaging, home decor, and more!   To learn more about Paper Pumpkin and see examples of past kits, please click HERE.  Check out the pic below for an example of what’s in a typical kit. (Please note that this is a past kit, and is not the kit you will receive in March):

Here is the finished kit:

Why not give it a shot?

To visit the prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscription section of the online store, please click HERE!  But remember, you must subscribe by March 10th to receive the special edition anniversary kit!

Questions?  Feel free to contact me!   Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

 

Amazing You and Celebrate You Thinlits Card

I just got back from five days in the Dominican Republic.  Such a beautiful country!  (But really bad internet!)  It was very nice to get away, but I am happy to be home.  Even if the temperature is 50 degrees colder here!  🙂

Today’s project was made with the Amazing You stamp set and Celebrate You Thinlits.  Both items are available for FREE with a qualifying purchase during Sale-a-Bration, and are designed to coordinate with each other perfectly!  You can get the stamp set with a $50 purchase, and the coordinating thinlits with a $100 purchase.  If you’d like BOTH, spend $150 before tax and shipping and get these two items PLUS $15 in Stampin’ Rewards (=FREE STUFF) as well!  That’s a great deal!

Besides the stamp set and thinlits, this card also features the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper colored with Stampin’ Blends.  The colors I used are Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, and Old Olive.  The DSP is layered with Cherry Cobbler cardstock and mounted with Stampin’ Dimensionals on a Basic Black card base.  The “celebrate” is cut from Silver Foil Sheets, as well as the three small dots, which I cut using a die from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies.  For all of the die cuts, I applied a small piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to the back of the silver foil before running it through the Big Shot.  When I was ready to apply to the card, I just peeled off the paper backing and adhered to the card.  The adhesive sheets make applying adhesive to die cuts very easy, as well as keeps them neat and clean!

Here’s a pic of what’s on the inside of this card:

The “amazing” is stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink and the “YOU” is stamped in Basic Black.  The card is finished with some Rhinestones for a little added sparkle and shine!

For more information about any of the products used in this card, please click the links below!

Thanks for checking in today!  Have a great day!

Nicolle

 

Out of the Country and Experiencing Technical Difficulties

I am currently out of the country for a few days and am having a hard time with the WiFi here.  It is spotty at best.  So I am going to hold off on posting for a few days until I get back.  I will be returning Sunday, which means that I should be back to daily posts on Monday!  I hope you’ll check back then.  In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your week and weekend!  🙂

Nicolle

Coloring Embellishments with Stampin’ Blends

Did you know that you can create your own custom color embellishments using Stampin’ Blends Markers? Well, if you didn’t know before, you do now!  This is such a great way to use these new markers!  Now, you can match your embellishments to the same colors you use on your projects.  You are no longer locked in to white, clear, or silver.  Just color them with your choice of Stampin’ Blends, and you have instant colored pearls, rhinestones, enamel shapes, and more!

In the picture above, I colored both Rhinestones and Pearls Basic Jewels.  The colors I used, in order, are:

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

I used the darker color marker of each color to make these.  The markers color so well and really make such vibrantly colored embellishments!  Now I need to come up with some projects just to show these off!  🙂

To learn more about Stampin’ Blends and see all of the gorgeous colors that are available in, please click here!

Thanks for visiting today!

Nicolle

Looking Toward Spring with Tranquil Tulips

Today marks exactly ONE MONTH until the start of Spring in the United States, and I could not be more excited!  I am not a big fan of Winter.  I hate being cold!  When it finally starts to warm up a bit and tulips start making their appearance at the local supermarket, I know that Spring is right around the corner!  Tulips are my favorite flowers, so when I saw this stamp set in the Annual Catalog, I knew I had to have it.  It’s been while since I made a card with this set, so I figured it was time to pull it back out!

Today’s card was inspired by some tulips I bought last week.  Once they begin to appear in the supermarket, I treat myself to a new bunch each week when I go grocery shopping.  They’re not in the stores for too long, as they go out of season quickly, so I try to get them while I can!  Here’s a pic of the ones I bought:

The lighting isn’t great, but they were a very vibrant red!  So for today’s card, I made three tulips in Real Red with Lemon Lime Twist leaves and accents.  The Tranquil Tulip set is designed to give a weathered and watercolored look to the images, which is why there is a variation in the shading for each flower.  It comes with two stamps for each flower, one for the back and another for the front.  When you put them together, you get a full, layered flower!  There’s also stamps for the inside parts of the flowers as well, which I stamped in Basic Black.

I used a thick Whisper White card stock base, layered with Lemon Lime Twist and regular Whisper White.  The sentiment is from the Beautiful Day stamp set and is stamped in Basic Black Archival Ink and framed with a die from the Petals & More Thinlits Dies.  I also embellished with Real Red 1/8″ Solid Ribbon and a couple of Metallic Enamel Shapes.  It’s hard to tell, but I also added a little Wink of Stella to the black inner parts of the flowers, as well as the lines on each of the flowers!

Here’s what you get with the full set:

The tranquil Tulips set is available until May 31st and can only be purchased with Stampin’ Rewards!  How do you get them?  Place an order of $150 or more (before tax and shipping) or host a qualifying workshop!  Want more info?  Contact me today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

 

Using the Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit to Decorate Projects

Sometimes you need to make a card fast, and having some pretty, pre-printed, die cut pieces ready to go could come in handy!  The Sweet Soiree Embellishment kit is a great item to have on hand for just such a situation!  It includes colorful, pre-printed die cuts, ribbon, mini clothespins, and more to help quickly create beautiful projects.  It includes everything shown below:

This kit includes:
* 3 sheets vellum/silver foil die-cuts
* 3 sheets printed cardstock/silver foil die-cuts
* 1 sheet white cardstock/silver foil die-cut numbers
* 6 one inch (2.5 cm) mini paper/silver foil tassels with jump rings, 2 each of 3 colors (Flirty Flamingo, Marina Mist, white)
* white/silver foil 1/8″ (3.2 mm) washi tape, 1 yard
* 12 one inch (2.5 cm) white mini clothespins
* Marina Mist 3/8″ (1 cm) Scalloped Velvet Ribbon, 1 yard

Coordinating colors: Berry Burst, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Marina Mist, Old Olive

For this card, I used one of the floral die cuts from the kit, as well as some of the vellum die cuts, to decorate the front of the card.

This kit perfectly coordinates with all of the other products in the Sweet Soiree Suite!  You can either use this kit as an add on with other products in the suite, or use it as a stand alone item!  To view the full suite of products, please click HERE.

For this card, I used a strip of the Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper, along with coordinating colors from the suite for the base and other layers.  The sentiment is from the Petal Palette stamp set, which I stamped and then cut out with a die from the Layering Circles Framelits.  The sentiment piece and the floral piece are adhered with Dimensionals.  And of course, I added a couple of silver Metallic Enamel Shapes to give it a little extra shine!  Hope you like it!

Thanks for checking in today! Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

 

A Quick and Easy Thank You with Designer Series Paper Strips

Here’s a quick and easy Thank You card made with leftover Designer Series Paper strips.  This card is not only super easy to make, but is also a great way to use up those small pieces of DSP that you may have laying around!  I don’t like to waste ANYTHING, so when my upline posted a challenge for us to create a card very similar to this, I thought it was a great way to use up leftover DSP!  You can very easily switch up the look of this card by switching the paper, ribbon, punch, and sentiment.  For this one, I used the Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper, along with a Thank You sentiment from the Petal Palette stamp set.  I also used the 3/8 inch Powder Pink Shimmer Ribbon, Pretty Label Punch, and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.

Here are the measurements of the different pieces you will need for this card:

Card Base:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored and folded in half)

DSP strips: 1 x 3 inches each

Backing layer for DSP strips:  3-1/4 x 4-1/4 inches

Punch piece and Glimmer Paper: big enough for whatever punch or die you use for the sentiment  (cut the punched glimmer paper piece in half lengthwise and adhere with glue dots to the back of the sentiment.  You want it to be offset a bit to look layered).

Once you have all of your pieces, adhere the DSP strips to the backing with Snail Adhesive (or other adhesive of your choice).  Adhere a piece of ribbon across the strips, fold the end pieces under, and adhere to the back.  Then mount onto your card base.  Assemble your sentiment piece and adhere to the card with Dimensionals.  For this card, I didn’t want to embellish too much, as the paper has silver foil accents, which I think dresses it up nicely as is.  So I just added a couple of silver Metallic Enamel Shapes, and the card was complete!  Super easy and quick!

Thanks for checking in today!  Have a great day!

Nicolle

Sale-a-Bration 2nd Release Items are Now Available!

Stampin’ Up! has released three new rewards choices for Sale-a-Bration!  These items are available with a $50-100 purchase until March 31st, or while supplies last!  These items are in addition to the items that were previously released, bringing your total rewards choices to 16 different products.  Spend $50 (before tax and shipping) and choose from the $50 level rewards, or spend $100 (before tax and shipping) and choose either ONE $100 level reward OR TWO $50 level rewards!  There is no limit to how many free items you can earn, and no limit to how many orders you can earn them on!  Every $50 purchase between now and March 31st will earn free Sale-a-Bration items!

Here’s a closer look at the new items:

Eclectic Expressions Stamp Set

 

Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper

Blossoming Basket Bundle

 

You can get a closer look and more information about any of these products by viewing the new 2nd Release Brochure!  Click HERE to view the brochure online!

If you have any questions regarding the new items, Sale-a-Bration, or anything else, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Enjoy your day!

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