I’ll be Back on Monday Morning!

A combination of soccer, an emergency trip to the vet for my cat, and technical difficulties with my internet has gotten in the way of me posting anything new for the past couple of days!  But I plan to be back bright and early Monday morning!  I will be sharing a new creation with the winning NEW In Color from my Facebook poll last week.  I hope you’ll come back soon to check it out!

Thanks for visiting, and thanks for your patience!  🙂

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

 

It’s a Beautiful Day with Love What You Do

Today’s OnStage sample was created with the Love What You Do stamp set!  To make this card, I took a piece of Whisper White card stock that was just slightly smaller than the top layer and used an Aqua Painter to color it with Prussian Blue Brusho Crystals.  While that was drying, I cut a 4 x 5-1/4 inch top layer and cut a circle from it using the Layering Circles Framelits.  I then stamped the sentiment in Smoky Slate ink, and stamped the small flowers in each corner with Soft Sky ink.  When the Brusho was dry, I heat embossed the flowers in white on top of it.  I then adhered the embossed Brusho layer to the base with snail adhesive.  I wrapped Silver Baker’s Twine around the top layer and tied a bow, then adhered the whole layer with dimensionals.  I finished the card by adding glitter shapes to the centers of the small flowers in the corners for a little added detail!  (The glitter shapes are from the Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes.)  You can see a close up of the embellishments below:

 

The measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Brusho middle layer:  3-3/4 x 5 inches

Whisper White top layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

Layering Circles Framelits Opening Size:  2-3/8 inches in diameter

 

 

Please note that some of the products used on this card are retiring May 31st, and will not be available past that date!  Be sure to check the online store to see which products are still available!  Click the image below to visit the Retiring products section of the online store:

And please don’t forget to visit my Facebook page this week to vote for your favorite NEW In Color!  I’ll be taking votes until the end of this week and sharing the winning color next week!  You can visit my Facebook page HERE!  (I would love it if you “liked” my page while you’re there!)

Thanks for visiting today!

Nicolle

 

Vote for your favorite NEW In Color!

For the next few days, I am running a poll on my Facebook page asking visitors to vote for their favorite NEW In Color!  I will then create a project using the winning color and post it sometime next week.  If you would like to vote, please visit my Facebook page HERE and choose your favorite.  Than check back at the beginning of next week to see the winning color, as well as a new project made with it!

Have a great day!  🙂

Nicolle

 

Sitting Pretty Park Bench Note Card

Another stamp set that I received for OnStage samples is the Sitting Pretty stamp set!  This is a photopolymer set and contains 16 stamps.  There is a set of coordinating cutting dies that goes with this set called the Pretty Park Framelits.  Like all new bundles, there will be a 10% discount when you purchase the bundle!  While I do not yet have a picture of the dies, I can show you the full stamp set:

This set is a Two-Step Stampin’ set, which means that there are multiple stamps in the set that when stamped one on top of the other, a full image is created!  For this particular card, I did not use any of the two step stamps, but I did on a previous sample that I shared a couple of weeks ago!  (It was the one with the bulldog and the party hat and balloon.  You can see it HERE.)  In addition to the Sitting Pretty stamp set, I also used the Flourishing Phrases and Eastern Beauty sets.  Colors for this card are Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Blushing Bride, and Whisper White!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Blushing Bride middle layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

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

Blushing Bride middle strip:  1-1/2 x 3-7/8 inches

Basic Gray scalloped oval:  3 x 4 inches

White stamped top piece:  3 x 4 inches

 

Other info regarding this card:

Versamark ink was used to stamp the flourishes in the corners.

The card is embellished with 1/4 inch white organza ribbon and Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

This card also uses a NEW embossing folder called the Subtle 3D Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder.  I love this folder because it adds just a hint of texture!  It reminds me of almost a linen texture!  You can see a close up of the embossing below, on the pink strip under the ribbon:

The Sitting Pretty set will be available for purchase beginning June 1st!  I have one more sample from OnStage to share using this set, which I will share sometime in the next few days!  I hope you will check back in to see it!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Nicolle

 

Share What You Love Suite Early Release Begins May 1st

Over the past couple of weeks I have shared a number of projects I created using a brand new stamp set called the Love What You Do stamp set.  It is definitely my favorite of the three sets that I received for my OnStage display board!  I only received the stamp set, but it is actually part of an entire suite of products that is going to be released on May 1st to customers, a WHOLE MONTH before the Annual Catalog goes live on June 1st!  For the early release, the stamp set will be available as part of three exclusive bundles which will ONLY be available during the month of May.  Once the catalog ordering period begins on June 1st, everything in the bundles will still be available, but will only be available separately.  Each bundle also includes at least one FREE GIFT when purchased during the early release, which makes this offer even sweeter!  So let’s take a peek at each of the bundles and what is included in each:

The Just Getting Started Bundle

This bundle is the most basic of the three, and is perfect for beginning stampers!  It includes a free gift of Very Vanilla Note Cards and Envelopes (a $6.50 value)!  This bundle costs $57.00 (before tax and shipping), and the item number is 149524.

 

The A Little More, Please Bundle

This bundle is a bit of a step up from the first and includes TWO stamp sets, as well as TWO free gifts: a package of Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes AND the Share What You Love Embellishment Kit (an $18.00 combined value)!  This bundle costs $91.50 (before tax and shipping), and the item number is 149525.

 

The Gotta Have it All Bundle

This is the most inclusive bundle available and includes THREE free gifts!  The free gifts include the two gifts from the previous bundle, as well as an exclusive stamp called the Statement of My Heart Stamp (a $30.00 combined value).  This bundle costs $127.50 (before tax and shipping), and the item number is 149526.

 

2018-2020 In Color Ink Pads Bundle

In addition to the three Share What You Love bundles, the early release also includes a bundle of the NEW 2018-2020 In Color Ink Pads!  Get all FIVE colors in the NEW ink pad style for only $33.75, which is a savings of 10% off the cost of them separately!  This is a great way to get the new colors early AND save a bit of money at the same time!  The item number for the In Color ink pad bundle is 147153.

So there you have it!  Which one(s) will you choose?  All of these bundles are available for purchase starting May 1st!  They may be ordered in the online store, or directly through me via email at nicollebelesimo@gmail.com!  If you are a new customer, purchasing any of these bundles through me will also guarantee you a copy of the NEW Annual Catalog, which will be delivered sometime in mid-May!  I would love to add you to my list!  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!  🙂

Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

 

Love What You Do Thank You Tags

Today’s project is another project made with the Love What You Do stamp set!  (Can you tell it was my favorite of the three sets I received for OnStage?)  This time it’s a set of three Thank You tags!  Each tag features a different floral stem from the stamp set, as well as a different 2017-2019 In Color.  Each floral image is framed in a scalloped oval of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, and was cut using the Layering Ovals Framelits.  The floral images and sentiments were stamped in Basic Gray Archival Ink, and the flowers were colored using an Aqua Painter.  The flowers were colored in the same color ink as the ribbon used on each tag.  The three colors that were used are Powder Pink, Fresh Fig, and Berry Burst.

The finished size of each tag is 2 x 4-7/8 inches.  The top of each tag was punched with the Scalloped Tag Punch.  (Using the punch takes about 1/2 inch off of the cardstock, so you need to add another 1/2 inch to the length before punching it!)  The bottom corners were rounded using the corner rounder on the Envelope Punch Board.

Each tag is finished with a silver brad, which will be available in an assortment of brads when the new catalog becomes available in June.  The ribbon is all 1/2 inch Finely Woven Ribbon, in either Powder Pink, Fresh Fig, or Berry Burst, to match the color used on the flowers.  And there’s a little bit of Wink of Stella on each flower to give a little extra shimmer and shine!

The base of each tag is Sahara Sand card stock, and each framed floral image was adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals to give the tags a little height and texture!

Tomorrow, I will be sharing information on how you can get this stamp set as part of the Share What You Love Suite Early Release, starting May 1st!  There will be three exclusive bundles which feature this stamp set, with each bundle including at least one FREE GIFT!  There will also be a special offer on the NEW 2018-2020 In Colors!  Please be sure to check back tomorrow for all the details on this exciting promotion!

Thanks for visiting today!  Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Nicolle

 

Color Revamp Hex Values

If you are like me, you like everything to match perfectly!  Many times I will be working on a project such as invitations or a personalized birthday card, where I need to print a portion of it on my computer printer.  Even though it may not be completely hand stamped, I want the text to match the ink colors I am using.  This file solves that problem!  In the picture above, you will find the Hex values for all of the colors in the upcoming Annual Catalog.  These codes can be used in word processing programs, as well as online programs for graphic design, labels, and more!

Many programs give you the choice of inputting either Hex Codes or something called RGB values.  If it gives the option for both, simply enter the six digit code in the Hex Code box.  Most digital programs, such a graphic design programs, will use the Hex codes, so that’s easy.  Just enter the code and # in the box.  If it only asks for RGB codes though, the Hex Codes need to be converted.  Microsoft Word is an example of a program that uses only RGB values.  To do this, simply do a web search for “Hex to RGB Conversion” and a bunch of different calculators will come up.  Choose one, enter the six digit code into the box, and it will give you the RGB values instead!  Then enter the RGB values in the appropriate boxes in Word, and you are good to go!

To download a printable PDF of the chart above, click HERE.

In 2008, I got married and handmade many items for my wedding.  This included my Save the Date cards, invitations, programs, place cards, menu cards, favor tags, and more!  I spent HOURS matching colors to the inks I used for all of these projects because I did not have a color chart such as this.  I really wish I had this back then, as it would have saved me a ton of time and aggravation!  I did use Stampin’ Up! colors (even though I wasn’t a demonstrator back then), as well as a Stampin’ Up! stamp set that is now retired called Baroque Motifs.  My colors were Certainly Celery, Early Espresso, and Very Vanilla.  Someday, when I dig my wedding album out of storage, I will share everything I made, even though it is all mostly retired now!

If you have any questions about how to use Hex codes, there are tons of great tutorials online on how to do so!  It’s very easy, and is such a great way to match Stampin’ Up! colors to all of your printed projects and graphic design images!

Have a great weekend!

Nicolle

Love What You Do Friendship Card

Here’s another project made with the new Love What You Do stamp set!  This time I combined it with the NEW Spot of Tea Framelits, a new ruffled ribbon in Lemon Lime Twist, and Metallic Enamel Shapes.  I also added in some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper for a little added sparkle!  Colors are Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist, and Basic Black.

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Rich Razzleberry middle layer:  3-3/4 x 5 inches

Whisper White top layer:  3-1/2 x 4-3/4 inches

Whisper White die cut sentiment piece: 3 x 3 inches

 

Prior to adhering anything to the top layer of this card, I dipped an Aqua painter in Rich Razzleberry ink and spattered some fine drops across the top layer from the bottom right corner to the top left (they’re kind of hard to see in the pics!)  I also colored the flowers in with the Aqua painter using the same ink.  Once the flowers were dry, I went over them with Clear Wink of Stella (again, hard to see in the pics, but looks really pretty in person!)

I also used Stampin’ Dimensionals on the flowers and sentiment pieces to add a little height and texture to the card, but used a combination of Snail Adhesive and Multipurpose Glue on the rest.

The Love What You Do stamp set will be available for purchase beginning May 1st as an early release for customers, while the other new products will be available June 1st!

In the meantime, don’t forget to shop for Retiring and Clearance items in the online store!  You can grab some great deals right now!  But all retiring and clearance items are only available while supplies last, so check them out SOON for the best selection!

Thanks for checking in!  Happy Friday!

Nicolle

 

My Top Ten Favorite Retiring Products

Today I thought I would share my top ten retiring favorite products!  (Well, at least those that are still available as of the writing of this post! Some retiring products have already sold out!  🙁 )

It’s always sad to see favorite products go!  But it is necessary to make room for new and exciting products, as well as keep things new and fresh!  Here’s a quick peek (in no particular order) of some of my favorite Stampin’ Up! products that will be gone for good after May 31, 2018:

Thoughts & Prayers Stamp Set

This is the first stamp set I bought when I became a demonstrator!  I just love the images of the tree and flowers, and it has really beautiful sentiments.  This is one I will definitely be keeping even though it is retiring!

 

Bow Builder Punch

This punch makes perfect little bows!  They are the perfect size for the Clear Tiny Treats Boxes, and are also perfect for adding bows to gift tags, envelopes, and masculine projects (weddings too!)

 

No Bones About It Stamp Set

I have two young boys.  Need I say more?  🙂

 

Metallic Enamel Shapes

I LOVE THESE!  I use them on everything!

 

Definitely Dahlia Background Stamp

I love the very large, bold image created by this stamp!  I use it frequently, and am definitely keeping it for personal use.  There are so many things you can do with this stamp. You can make beautiful backgrounds for scrapbook pages, wedding invitations, cards, gift wrap and more!  This stamp makes beautiful framed home decor pieces as well.

 

Sweet & Sassy Framelits

Hearts are a staple of every papercrafter’s stash!  And the fact that you can make so many different sized hearts with this set makes it a great item to have.

 

2016-2018 In Colors

I really love these colors, especially Dapper Denim and Emerald Envy!  Don’t forget that Flirty Flamingo is actually sticking around and will now be part of the Brights Collection as of June 1st.

 

You’ve Got This Stamp Set

This stamp set is gorgeous and I love it!  It’s also perfect to use with the Stampin’ Blends Markers and the sentiments and fonts are really pretty too!

 

Magical Day Bundle

This bundle is whimsical and fun!  I was really hoping it would stick around awhile longer.

 

Tranquil Tulips Stamp Set

Tulips are my favorite flower!  Although Stampin’ Up! has had tulip sets in the past, I really love this one the most!  So yes, I will be keeping this one too!  (Please note that this set is ONLY available as a hostess set, which means in order to get it, you must place an order or have a qualifying workshop of $150 or more.  There is still time!)

 

So there you have it!  Ten of my favorite products that are almost gone for good.  If you love any of these products as much as I do, I recommend not waiting too long to order.  They are now only available while supplies last, and could sell out at any time!  Please order soon to avoid disappointment later.  I will post direct links below for the ten products shown, but you can shop the entire retiring products section of the online store HERE.

If you have any questions or need anything, please feel free to ask!  Thanks for visiting today!

Nicolle