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Color Fusers Blog Hop September 2020

 

This month's color challenge using Queen Anne's Lace stamp set

 

 

It's Color Fuser time!  The first Monday of each month, the Color Fusers hop with a fun color challenge.  I hope you hop along with us today to see how we each used today's colors.

 

 

September 2020 Color Fusers

 

 

I chose to make a simple card using the Queen Anne's Lace stamp set, but spruced it up with all kinds of shimmer and shine!

 

 

Balmy Blue glimmer paper, blue gems, and Wink of Stella pair up for all kinds of shimmer!

 

 

This stamp set has a nice focal piece, and some perfect sentiments.  I really like the mixed fonts included.

 

 

QUEEN ANNE'S LACE PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)

 

 

The Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper in the August-December 2020 Mini Catalog is just amazing!  It is sooo shimmery, and makes a great layer piece.  It anchors the color on this project.  A little Wink of Stella helped carry that shimmer, and the adhesive-backed Blue Gems provide the perfect subtle accent.

 

 

 

A sprinkle of color was added by flicking the brush tip of the Melon Mambo Stampin' Write Marker on the marker lid.

 

 

Flicking ink using the cap of the marker is a great way to add a bit of color.

 

 

To create this card:

  • apply a Balmy Blue watercolor wash on Fluid 100 watercolor paper, and allow to dry
  • cut a 3 7/8" x 5 1/8" piece of Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper
  • cut a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock, score at 5 1/2"

Trim the watercolor paper down to 3 3/4" x 5".  Stamp the floral outline in Night of Navy, stamped off once.  Stamp inside of flower in Balmy Blue ink, stamped off once.  Stamp sentiment in lower corner in Balmy Blue ink.  Using the Melon Mambo Stampin' Write Marker, flick the brush tip on the cap to splatter color over the flowers.  Layer the watercolor paper onto the glimmer paper, then adhere to card front with dimensionals.  Add Wink of Stella accents to the flowers.  Tie a bow in Snowflake Splendour ribbon, and adhere to floral stems with a glue dot.  Embellish with Blue Gems as desired.

 

 

Stampin' Tip:  The new Water Painters from the Annual catalog are amazing!  The set of 3 includes a wide tip brush, which works awesome for applying a watercolor wash to a bigger surface.  When I say a wide brush, I mean just that!  No streaks or hard lines to blend with this gem.  They are a must for sure!

 

WATER PAINTERS

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed seeing the Queen Anne's Lace stamp set today.  It made this card come together in a snap!

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

Next up is Bonnie O'neill

 

 

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Or you may go back to Tami Hewlett

 

 

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Adorable Bag using the All Dressed Up Dies

Polka Dot Purse card May 3D-2

 

 

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For today's project, I had a lot of fun transforming a 3D die to make a flat card front.  Look at the totes and purses which can be made with this die set.  Aren't they adorable?

 

 

#151665 All Dressed Up Dies

 

 

To create a 3D project, it takes 2 die cuts with the tote die - so easy!  I wanted to make a flat purse, so I modified the cut for a card front.  It was quite simple.  Here are the steps.

 

 

First, die cut the shape from any designer paper or cardstock.  I shortened my bag, so I only cut a portion of the main section.

 

 

Making a bag 1-2

 

 

Next, trim the side edge along the score line made by the die.

 

 

Making a bag 2-2

 

 

Then, line up the bottom edge of the designer paper with the bottom edge of the die, and run it through your die cutting machine again.  This adds the stitched line and a score line.

 

 

 

Making a bag 3-2

 

 

Finally, trim along the bottom on the score line.

 

 

Making a bag 4-2

 

 

Once, you place it on your card front, adhere the handle to finish the purse.

 

 

This designer gem was dressed up using the Timeless Tropical stamp set and coordinating In the Tropics dies from the 2020 January - June Mini catalog.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

 

 

Everyone needs a polka dot purse, made with the All Dressed Up dies!

 

To create this card:

  • Cut a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Old Olive card base, scored at 4 1/4"
  • Cut a Lovely Lipstick cardstock layer 3 5/8" x 4 5/8"
  • Cut a Flirty Flamingo cardstock layer 3 1/2" x 4 1/2"
  • Die cut the largest scalloped stitched rectangle from the Stitched So Sweetly dies in Whisper White cardstock
  • Die cut the sentiment piece using the Stitched So Sweetly dies from Whisper White cardstock

 

Adhere the scalloped rectangle on the Flirty Flaming layer, than the Lovely Lipstick Layer.  Adhere to card front with dimensionals.  Adhere purse to card front.  Add strap using dimensionals.  Trim pointed ends if desired.  Stamp a flower in Lovely Lipstick ink on Flirty Flamingo cardstock, and a large leaf in Pear Pizzazz ink on Granny Apple Green and Old Olive cardstock.  Die cut the flower, 2 large stamped leaves, than die cut 2 small leaves from Granny Apple Green cardstock.  Assemble floral cluster and adhere to purse with dimensionals.  Embellish purse handles and floral center with From My Heart Faceted Gems.  Stamp sentiment in Lovely Lipstick ink and adhere to card front.  Tie a double bow with Whisper White Baker's Twine and adhere to floral cluster.

 

 

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Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

 


Ornate Garden You're Amazing

Ornate Garden Youre Amazing-2

 

 

If you are like me, you love a sneak peek of something new.  And today's post is just that!

 

 

The 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Annual catalog launch is coming soon, and Stampin' Up! is sharing a gorgeous new product suite from this catalog!

 

 

The Ornate Garden suite is packed full of amazing products, including 2 stamp and die bundles, a cute embossing folder, gorgeous designer paper with foil accents, beautiful ribbon, and pretty bling!  The products in this suite are available to order now....2 months before the catalog launches!

 

 

Let me introduce you to the beauty of this suite!  The incredible detailed dies in both bundles, Ornate Style bundle and Ornate Thanks bundle.

 

 

 

 

 

Lovely Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Paper with gold foil accents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And no suite is complete without pretty embellishments - meet the Ornate Garden Ribbon Combo Pack and Gilded Gems!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today's card is simpler than it seems.  It shows the fun Ornate Floral embossing folder and the lovely Ornate Thanks stamp set, which uses one of my most favorite fonts ever!  This stamp set is perfect for creating custom sentiments!  Who doesn't love the opportunity to color with Stampin' Blends markers!  The large floral spray from the Ornate Style stamp set is perfect for that.  I spruced it up a bit with a little fussy cutting to add a fun design element.

 

 

Ornate Garden Youre Amazing close up-2


 

To create this card:

  • Cut a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Melon Mambo card base, score at 4 1/4" and fold
  • Cut a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Melon Mambo cardstock layer and emboss with the Ornate Floral embossing folder
  • Cut a 3 3/4" x 4 1/2" Thick Whisper White cardstock layer to stamp the floral spray
  • Cut a 1/2" x 2 1/2" piece of Whisper White cardstock for the sentiment
  • Cut a 3 7/8" x 3 1/4" layer of Gold Glimmer paper

 

Adhere embossed layer to card front.  Stamp floral spray in black Memento ink on thick white cardstock.  Color with Stampin' Blends.  Fussy cut along the top to create design interest.  I added a score line across this layer 1 1/2" from the top, from the edge just to the stamped image, to guide where I cut.  After cutting, layer glimmer paper behind white layer, and adhere to card front with dimensionals.  Add a ribbon bow and gilded gems as desired.  Stamp sentiment in Melon Mambo ink on white strip.  Banner cut left edge, and add to card front.

 

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Color Fusers Blog Hop April 2020

April 2020 Color Fusers color challenge

 

 

 

Welcome back to the Color Fusers blog hop for the month of April.  I hope you are well, and are finding the silver lining in each day.  I am enjoying spending extra time with my husband and children without the day-to-day chaos that 4 children and 2 working parents brings.  What are you enjoying most?  Please share in the comments, I would love to hear your silver lining!

 

 

 

April 2020 Color Fusers Color Challenge

 

 

 

I really enjoyed this month's color challenge.  The colors flow together nicely, and were easy to work with.

 

 

 

Stitched So Sweetly and Well Said dies work perfectly together!

 

 

 

As the current catalog is soon coming to a close, I pulled out items that have not gotten enough love.  This designer paper is simply gorgeous!  It comes in 3 colors with beautiful patterns printed on each color.  I had not thought to use it for a card base until now.  It works perfectly!

 

And for whatever reason, I have not even inked up Botanical Bliss yet.  This set is lovely.  It was one of my favorites when it launched.

 

Botanical Bliss Stamp Set

 

 

I pulled in some great die sets and a punch to round out today's project.

 

 

 

 

Wink of Stela is perfect on the bird!

 

 

 

To create this card:

  • cut a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of Noble Peacock designer paper and score a t 4 1/4"
  • Cut a piece of Soft Sea Foam cardstock 3 1/4" x 2 3/16"
  • Die cut a medium scalloped rectangle from Vellum cardstock using the Stitched So Sweetly dies
  • punch 2 sprigs from Balmy Blue cardstock
  • die cut 5 branches from Granny Apple Green cardstock using the Botanical Tags die set

Adhere the Soft Sea Foam layer behind the vellum scalloped rectangle and adhere to card front.  Stamp sentiment in Soft Sea Foam ink on Whisper White cardstock, fussy cut and adhere to rectangle.  Die cut 'friend' in Granny Apple Green cardstock using the Well Written dies and adhere beneath sentiment.  Stamp bird in Blueberry Bushel ink, color with Wink of Stella, fussy cut, and adhere sitting on word.  Arrange die cut branches and punched sprigs behind rectangle and adhere in place.  Color a piece of metallic trimmed ribbon with a Soft Sea Foam Blends marker, tie in a bow, and adhere to rectangle. Embellish as desired with None Peacock Rhinestones.  Stamp inside sentiment in Soft Sea Foam ink.

 

 

Stampin' Tip:  Use your Blends markers to color white ribbon, making custom colors for any project!

 

 

I hope you enjoyed today's project!  Now hop along to see the rest of the amazing projects we are offering today.  

 

 

 

Next up is Sarah Wills.

 

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Or go back to Bonnie O'Neill.

 

SU Color Fusers Hop Previous Bonnie O'Neill

 

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3-D Tutorial Blog Hop March 2020

This card features the Full of Happiness stamp set.  Get a FREE tutorial featuring a 3-D project using this set!

 

 

Welcome to the 3-D Tutorial Blog Hop!

 

 

3-D Tutorial Team

 

 

We have all created a special project for you today, featuring products we used to create a second project which is 3-D.  Then we created a tutorial just for you!  When you place a product order, my thank you to you is this FREE project tutorial featuring all 6 of the 3-D projects!  I have included the host code at the end of this post which you can use with your purchase to be sure you get your thank you!  Here is a peak of this month's 3-D projects!

 

 

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Today's project uses the Full of Happiness stamp set.  

 

Isn't this chick adorable?

 

The shell is cut from a coordinating die found in the Dino die set.  And the full egg is actually the stripes for the egg in the Full of Happiness stamp set stamped twice, and cut out with an oval die.  It fits perfectly!

 

And check out the vellum background!

 

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I finished it all off with a fun sentiment.  To create it, I stamped it once in green, than a second time in grape, and cut the words apart, mixing and matching, until I got this result.  You can do this with any sentiment stamps to create custom sentiments and greetings!

 

 

To create this card:

  • cut a Purple Posy card base 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and score at 4 1/4"
  • cut a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of So Very Vellum (available March 3rd!)

Adhere vellum to card base.  Stamp strips twice in Highland Heather ink, stamped of once.  Color the stripes with Wink of Stella, than die cut with a matching oval die.  Die cut the cracked egg with die from the Dino die set.  Repeatedly stamp the small flower from Full of Happiness in Blushing Bride ink.  Add Noble Peacock Rhinestones to flower centers.  Stamp chick in Daffodil Delight ink, add Mango Melody beak and Black eyes.  Fussy cut, and adhere behind cracked egg.  Tie pokla dot ribbon around full egg, and arrange eggs on card front.  Stamp sentiment in Granny Apple Green and Gorgeous Grape.  Cut out the words, and arrange as desired on card front.

 

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Now hop along with the rest of the team for more great projects!

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by!


Color Fusers Blog Hop October 2019

The Stargazing stamp set from the 2019-2020 Annual catalog paired with Black Foil sheets and Grapefruit Grove, Terracotta Tile, and Cajun Craze ink.

 

Welcome to another Color Fusers blog hop, I am glad you are joining us!

 

CF October 2019

 

This month's color challenge felt like fall to me, and includes Grapefruit Grove, Terracotta Tile, Cajun Craze, and Black.

 

I was very tempted to dive into a fall project.  But I resisted, and instead, I reached for a stamp set from the Annual catalog I had not yet used, called Stargazing.  The sentiments in it are just lovely! 

 

 

And as we move into the Thanksgiving season, I have so much to be thankful for!  This card will be perfect to share a note with my family, or a friend, to tell them how grateful I am to have them in my life! 

 

 

The Black foil sheets are so beautiful #147898.

 

 

I chose to bring the black in by using the beautiful Black foil sheets as a background layer.  And Shimmer Black embossing powder?  Yes, please!!  It is so hard to appreciate in the photo, but it is simply gorgeous in person.

 

 

 

The Shimmery Black embossing powder is a must have! #149512

 

 

To create this card:

  • cut a Terracotta Tile card base 4 1/4" x 11" and score at 5 1/2"
  • cut a front layer of black foil 4" x 5" and die cut the scalloped side edge
  • cut a Whisper White top layer with the 3 3/8" x 4 7/8" stitched rectangle die

 

 

Stamp the swirl in Grapefruit Grove on the Whisper White layer.  Stamp off once before stamping to soften the color.  Add stars in Terracotta Tile and Cajun Craze ink.  Heat emboss the sentiment and some random stars in the background in Shimmer Black embossing powder.  Die cut the sentiment with the stitched square die before adding to the card front with dimensionals.  Finish it all off with a few punched black foil stars.

 

Stampin' Tip:  To create interest to your background, vary the intensity of your color.  This is especially effective on a background when repeatedly stamping the same, or multiple images.  An easy way to get this effect is to stamp your image on a piece of scrap paper before stamping your project.  

 

Thanks for stopping by today! 

 

Visit my store to get your fall project supplies, and add the Stargazing stamp set to your order to let others know how lucky you are!  See you soon!

 

Next up is Melissa Kerman.....

 

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Or you may go back to Nicolle Belesimo.....

 

 

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Here are all the participants in the Color Fusers blog hop!

 

Tami Hewitt

Jo Anne Hewins

Barb Mullikin

Sarah Wills

Bonnie ONeill

Nicolle Belesimo

Melanie Hockin (You are here)

Melissa Kerman

Kelly Acheson

 

 

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