There’s Nothing Sweeter than Merry Monday!

It’s time for another Merry Monday project!  My project today is a set of three 3 x 3 inch mini note cards made with the Nothing Sweeter Bundle.  This new bundle includes the 17 piece Nothing Sweeter photoplymer stamp set, as well as the 10 piece Sweetly Stitched Framelits!  Colors are Cherry Cobbler, Shaded Spruce, Crushed Curry, and Whisper White!

Check out the complete bundle below:

The bundle can be found on page 25 of the Holiday Catalog, or click HERE to see it in the online store!  Both the stamp set and framelits can also be purchased alone, though purchasing the bundle will save you 10% off the cost of them separately!

 

Measurements for these cards are as follows: 

Cherry Cobbler or Shaded Spruce card base:  3 x 6 inches (scored at 3 inches and folded in half)

Cherry Cobbler or Shaded Spruce middle layer:  2-3/4 x 2-3/4 inches

Whisper White top layer: 2-5/8 x 2-5/8 inches

Tree, Present, and Heart:  range from 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 in length and width (approximate)

 

All of the sentiments for the cards are from the new Candy Cane Season stamp set, and the white portions of each image were stamped in White Craft ink and then heat embossed using White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

Embellishments for this card include Whisper White 1/8 inch Sheer Ribbon, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, and Santa’s Workshop Enamel Shapes.  All were custom colored using either Stampin’ Blends or Ink Refills with Shimmer Paint.  I LOVE having the tools and products to create embellishments and accents in any color I need!

For the ribbon, I colored the white ribbon with Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends.  For the “star” on top of the Christmas Tree, I mixed Frost White Shimmer Paint with a small drop of Crushed Curry reinker.  It produced a really pretty yellow/gold color!  I then painted it onto the embellishment with a thin paintbrush:

I really love making mini note cards!  They can be used for so many different things…send a little note to someone special, tuck into a lunch box or co-worker’s mailbox, or punch a hole in the corner, add some ribbon, and use as a gift tag!  They are perfect for the holidays!

 

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

 

Coming Soon: Stamparatus Accessories!

Beginning October 1st, Stampin’ Up! will be offering a new line of accessories exclusively made for the Stamparatus!  If you already have this tool, then check out the new items designed for use with it!  If not, then what are you waiting for?  It is truly an amazing tool and one every crafter should have in their collection!

The new accessories include grid paper, extra plates, and a foam mat for use with photopolymer stamps.  Extra magnets are also available as well!

Here’s the details about each of the new products:

Small Grid Paper

Item #149621

$6.50 US

 

Stamparatus Plates

Item #149693

$15.00

 

Foam Mat

Item #150081

$3.00

 

Accessories Pack

Item #151049

$24.50

 

Extra Magnets

Item #148213

$12.00

 

If you own the Stamparatus, you’re definitely going to want these accessories!   They will be available to order starting October 1st!

If you have any questions or need anything, please let me know!  🙂

Nicolle

A Sweet Hello Card Made with the Country Home Stamp Set

This beautiful card was made by my upline, Sarah Wills!  She always makes such beautiful cards, and it’s always a good day when I get mail from her!  This card features the Country Home stamp set.  This new set is a photopolymer set and contains 14 stamps, with a nice mix of images and sentiments!  Here’s what the full set looks like:

This set is perfect for Thanksgiving and other Fall occasions, but can also be used creatively for many other occasions as well!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Gray Granite middle layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

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

Stitched circle piece: 2-15/16 inches in diameter

Blackberry Bliss DSP strip:  1/2 x 4-1/2 inches

Blueberry Bushel DSP strip: 1/2 x 3-1/2 inches

Chicken Wire Elements strip: 1 x 3-1/2 inches

 

You can find a complete list of the products that Sarah used to make this card below!  Feel free to contact me with questions.  If I don’t know the answer, I will find out for you!  🙂

Have a great day!

Nicolle

A Simple Sympathy Card Made with The Flourish Filigree Stamp Set

When I have to make a sympathy card for someone, I try to keep it simple.  It’s always so hard to know what to say to someone when they have suffered a loss.  For this card, I used a new set called Flourish Filigree as the main set.  It is in the Holiday Catalog, and is shown as being mostly used for holiday projects, but it can be used for so many other occasions!  The large filigree stamp is perfect for weddings, sympathy cards, monagrammed note cards, and more!  It’s really very elegant!

Here’s a peek at the full set:

For my card, I wanted to use the outline of the “Happy Christmas Wishes” stamp on my sentiment piece, but I didn’t want to use the sentiment inside.  So I covered the sentiment portion of the stamp with small pieces of scotch tape before inking it up.  Before stamping, I removed all the tape.  That way, I was still able to get the pretty outline without the sentiment.  I then added the sympathy greeting separately.  (The greeting is from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set.)

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Shimmery White cardstock layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

Sentiment piece:  1-1/2 x 2-3/8 inches (approximately)

 

 

I hope you like my sweet and simple card!  Thanks for visiting!

Nicolle

 

An Easy Way to Store Framelits and Thinlits

If you are in the situation that I am in with craft storage, you might be looking for an easy and efficient way to store your thinlits and framelits.  Right now, my family and I are living in a small apartment while our house is being built.  Once the house is done, I will have an official craft room with lots of storage!  (I. CAN’T. WAIT.)  But for now, I am working out of a cabinet behind my dining room table, so I have very little place to store anything.  I have a ton of cutting die sets, and I need a way to store them efficiently, while also wanting an easy way to see what’s in each set at a glance.  So here’s what I do each time I get a new set of thinlits or framelits:

Step 1:  Remove dies from their package.

 

Step 2:  Without removing any dies, place the full card with dies on a copy machine or scanner (dies down), and make two copies/printouts of the set.

 

Step 3:  Trim both printouts along edges of the image.

 

Step 4: Slip one copy into the front of the dies’ envelope, and the other into the back side of the envelope.

 

 

Step 5:  Store all cutting die sets in a bin.  

 

The bin I use was bought at Target a few years back.  It’s wide enough to hold both small and large sets.  Another thing I do that is extremely helpful is I write the number of dies in the set somewhere on the printouts so I can see at a glance how many dies are in each set.  Here’s an example:

 

This system has been very helpful to me in multiple ways since I started using it a few years ago:

  1. It allows me to keep all of my cutting dies in ONE place.
  2. It allows me to flip through them quickly to see not only which sets I have, but also which dies are in each set.
  3. Copying/scanning the picture before using them allows me to see how they are placed on the card, so if I am having a hard time figuring out how to fit them back on, I have a visual of how they were put on there initially.
  4. The copies let me compare the dies once they are used to make sure they are all accounted for.  It’s easy to see if one is missing when you have a picture of the full set!
  5. Having the copies allows for writing info on the copy, rather than on the actual packaging so your packaging stays clean and looking new!

With all that being said, I wish I could take credit for coming up with this idea, but I can’t.  I bought a set of used dies from another demonstrator years ago, and she sent them to me with copies in them.  I thought it was brilliant, and I have used it ever since!  (I wish I could remember her name so I could give her credit, but unfortunately, I don’t.)  I never would have come up with this on my own, so I am hoping by sharing it here that it will help some of you as well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope my post today has been helpful!  Please let me know if you have any questions!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

A Boo-tiful Bitty Banner made with the Toil & Trouble Suite

I love making small banners for the holidays!  Usually, I make horizontal ones, but for today’s project, I decided to go vertical!  So maybe this would be more of a wall hanging than a banner?  Oh well, whatever it is, it was certainly fun to make!  🙂

For this project, I used lots of different products, mostly from the Toil & Trouble Suite.  The whole suite can be found on pages 48-51 of the Holiday Catalog.  I absolutely LOVE how the Halloween products this year have not only black and orange, but also green and purple (or in Stampin’ Up! speak:  Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Granny Apple Green, and Gorgeous Grape!)  Take a look at these colors together:

 

Don’t they look great together?

 

 

Measurements for this project are as follows:

Basic Black scalloped squares:  3 x 3 inches

Pumpkin Pie square layers:  2-5/8 x 2-5/8 inches

DSP squares:  2-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches

Scalloped circles:  1-5/8 inches in diameter

Whisper White letter circles:  1-1/2 inches in diameter

Length of project from top of top square to bottom of bottom square:  9-1/2 inches long

Length of whole project including ribbon on top and bottom:  13 inches long

 

All of the stamping on this project was done in Tuxedo Black Memento ink, and all of the coloring was done with Stampin’ Blends markers.  The letters were stamped with the Layering Alphabet stamp set, and the whole banner was attached together with Black 3/8 Inch Glittered Organdy Ribbon and embellished with Spider Trinkets and Rhinestones!

To see the entire Toil & Trouble Suite of products, please visit the online store HERE.

This was definitely a fun project!  Although I love to make cards, it’s nice to make something different every once in awhile.  If you have any questions about this project, please feel free to ask!

Have a great day!

Nicolle

 

It’s Merry Monday with Winter Woods!

Last week, I posted a poll on my Facebook page about which stamp set my followers would like to see me use, and Winter Woods got the most votes!  I figured I would use it for today’s project, since today is also Merry Monday!  This card is based on one I made four years ago using the Lovely as a Tree stamp set.  It is one of my favorite cards that I’ve made, and when I saw the Winter Woods set in this year’s catalog, I knew right away that I wanted to try to recreate it.  I finally got the chance this past weekend!

The Winter Woods stamp set includes 7 rubber stamps, and comes in your choice of wood mount or clear mount.  It can be found on page 27 of the Holiday Catalog, or, you can click the image below to go to it online:

 

Here is what my original card looked like:

For the old card, I used a number of products that have since retired, including Brushed Silver card stock, Smooch Spritz, and the Watercolor Winter Too stamp set.  However, we have current products that I knew I could recreate it pretty closely with.  And luckily, the main color, Night of Navy, is still current!

For the new card, I used Night of Navy, Whisper White, and Shimmery White card stock.  I also used the new Galvanized Metallic Paper in place of the Brushed Silver card stock used on the original.  The technique I used to create the background is exactly the same on both cards.  I punched a 1-3/4 inch circle and applied it to the background piece with removable adhesive (available at local craft stores).  The circle was used as a “mask” while I applied ink to the background.  I sponged Night of Navy ink using light, circular motions, while leaving the middle of the card unsponged to create the look of moonlight.  Once the sponging was done, I peeled off the circle, and was left with a perfect full moon!

To create the rest of the background, I first used the stamp with multiple trees and inked it up with Night of Navy ink.  I stamped it off twice before stamping onto my background, as I wanted those trees to be very light.  I then stamped the large evergreen tree full strength onto the card.  I stamped the sentiment onto a small piece of Shimmery White card stock and punched it out with the Everyday Label Punch. I then wrapped Silver Baker’s Twine around the top layers twice, adhered the sentiment with Stampin’ Dimensionals, and embellished with a few of the white enamel circles from the Santa’s Workshop Enamel Shapes!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Galvanized Metallic Paper layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

Whisper White layer:  3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

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

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

Scrap circle “mask” (used to make the moon):  1-3/4 inches in diameter

 

I am so happy with the way this card came out!  I love the updated version as much as the original!  The Winter Woods stamp set is such a gorgeous, versatile set, and can be purchased alone, or as part of the Winter Woods bundle.  The bundle also includes the coordinating In the Woods Framelits dies.  (Even though I did not use the dies on this card, I will include them in the links below.  Be sure to check them out!)

I hope you like my project today!  Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

 

The Dashing Along Host Promotion

Stampin’ Up! has released a gorgeous, special edition paper for the month of September!  It is only available with a qualifying party or order, and is only available until September 30th.  This gorgeous paper is a mix of old and new designs and is perfect for holiday crafting!

 

Here’s all the details:

  • Promotion period: September 1–30
  • Dashing Along Designer Series Paper is exclusive to the host promotion and will not be available after September 30.
  • In order to qualify, the merchandise total on either a party or individual order must reach $250 USD/$300 CAD (before shipping and handling).
  • One package of Designer Series Paper may be redeemed per qualifying order, with no limit on how many qualifying orders can be placed in September.
  • Customer, Workshop, and online orders qualify.
  • Dashing Along Designer Series Paper may not be redeemed using Stampin’ Rewards. Customers will receive this FREE gift with a qualifying order in addition to any Stampin’ Rewards they may earn.
  • Dashing Along Designer Series Paper may not be exchanged for other paper.

 

Deadlines

  • Phone: September 28, 2018 at 6:50 PM (MT)
  • Online:  September 30, 2018 at 11:50 PM (MT)

 

Check out some samples made with this beautiful paper:

Be sure to get this paper while you can! It is only available until September 30th.  If you have any questions regarding this offer, please let me know.
 
Have a great weekend!

Nicolle

 

 

 

Holiday Stamp Set Poll Results

This past weekend, I posted a poll on my Facebook page about which stamp set my followers would like to see me use on a project!  (I would have posted it here too, but honestly, I haven’t figured out to post a poll here yet. I’ll figure it out at some point!)  In the poll, I posted four sets to choose from:

A: Candy Cane Season

 

B: Wishing You Well

 

C.  Nothing Sweeter

 

D: Winter Woods

And the winner (hands down) was:  WINTER WOODS!

Stay tuned for a new project coming soon with this gorgeous new set!  In the meantime, here are a couple of images of projects using this set from the Holiday Catalog:

 

Be sure to check back soon!  Thanks for checking in today!

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