November is a very special month. I happen to love November for two reasons. My mom’s birthday is in November and of course because of Thanksgiving. In the month of November, I often find myself thinking about all the things I’m grateful for. It’s a great time to recognize all of your blessings.
One of the things I’m grateful for is Stampin’ Up! colors. I absolutely love this combination so I decided to make my mom’s birthday card and gift box using them. I fell in love with this month’s color combo as soon as I saw it. I found out quickly that when you combine these specific colors a softness is created.
Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake are two of my favorite colors and Early Espresso is my favorite dark brown so I was thrilled to create with them.
For my card base, I used Very Vanilla cardstock. But I wanted my base to be two-toned so I cut a piece of crumb cake cardstock the same size as the front of the card base and layered it onto the base. Now my base card is Crumb Cake on the front and the back is Very Vanilla. I really like that two-tone look.
Then I cut some of the beautiful Lazer Cut Designer Series Paper and layered that onto the front of the base. This specialty designer series paper made this card so feminine and delicate. The DSP transformed the card immediately.
Happy Birthday is the focal point on this card, but with the laser cut, dsp directly behind the sentiment everything got way to busy. I needed to tone it down so I added a solid layer of vanilla cardstock behind the sentiment and that made everything settle down.
Make sure that you notice that I did run the solid layer piece through the Big Shot using the Subtle folder. Let’s talk about the folder for a minute. This folder adds the right amount of texture to any project, not too much but just enough. I guess that is why the folder was named subtle, lol.
If you want your subtle image to be a little more visible just add a shim under the folder before running it through the Big Shot. I love love love this folder but I like to deepen the impression just a tad.
Next, I used the Detailed Trio Punch to fancy up the corners. Then, I added a pearl to each corner. My final step was to add the ribbon at the bottom and tie a bow.
Have you noticed that I use this particular ribbon a lot? I do that because it’s so versatile. Did you know you can color this ribbon with blends? Yes, you can and the gold trim resists the ink so when you are finished coloring the ribbon you get a beautiful ribbon in the color of your choice and the gold trim is still intact. This ribbon also is available with a silver trim. If you don’t already have it you really should grab a spool of each.
To make this Happy Birthday sentiment multi-toned, I just watercolored wide lines of each color onto watercolor paper using an Aquapainter. I started with the Early Espresso, then the Crumb Cake. Next, I used the darker of the blue hues, Bermuda Bay and lastly Coastal Cubana. Once your rainbow of color is dry you are ready to use your thinlit to cut out the sentiment. It is so easy to do.
Now let’s take a peek at the inside of the card.
I layered more dsp on the inside just to fancy the card up a bit for my momma. Then I did a bit of water coloring on the inside of the card to tie everything together.
In this picture, the stamped sentiment looks like it was stamped in black ink, but I used Early Espresso.
I think I will give my mom a gift certificate to her hairdressers this year. The certificate will fit nicely into this adorable polka dot pillow box.
I hope you enjoy this month’s hop…. I know I will. Thanks for stopping in and remember ~
Live Loved My Friends ~ Beverlee
Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad
Happy Fall ya’ all, Yeah that is right summer flew by and now fall is upon us. Fall happens to be my favorite time of year. I love the change of colors in the trees, the chill in the air and the aromas of soups in the slow cooker. I also love to bake, something about the smell of cookies baking or a pie sitting on the table ready to taste.
Stamping for the fall season invites you to use the color, Cajun Craze. By adding Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry and Granny Apple Green to the fall color Cajun Craze you get an interesting bit of brightness to your fall artwork.
My first step in creating my card was to stamp the wreath from the stamp set WISHING YOU WELL in EARLY ESPRESSO ink onto WOOD TEXTURE 6 X 6 DSP. I did that because I wanted to use the perfect shape of the stamped wreath to give me a perfect shape to work with.
Second I ran the DSP through the Big Shot using the PINEWOOD PLANKS folder. Now I was ready to create.
Next, I added my layer piece to the base card. Then I added a strip of FOAM ADHESIVE STRIPS on top of the stamped wreath.
My next step was to tone down the other colors just a bit. To do that I added worked with the color on color technique. This technique is effective and easy. All you need to do is tap and rub the same color ink directly onto the same color cardstock. While the cardstock looks like a hot mess originally when you punch out your sprigs, the ink gives each sprig texture as well as additional interest. The other thing I like about ink directly put onto cardstock is that the cardstock immediately is toned down. Now, these bright colors are appropriate for a fall setting.
To create the sprigs I used the new punch which is named SPRIG PUNCH. You can find this punch on page 29 of the holiday catalog. I punched out a bunch of sprigs in each color, then I was ready to build my wreath.
I just placed the sprigs onto the foam adhesive strips in an organized manner. Place one at the top then one at the bottom and then one on both sides. After you have the wreath spaced out in quarters you can start filling it in. I chose to use more Granny Apple Green then any other color and to add in the other colors lightly. Lastly, I added a glittery double bow.
This card is very simple to make and does not take long at all. Punches make your creations come to life quickly.
For this goodie bag, I did the same thing I did on the card. Stamp, add the adhesive strip and build your wreath. Adding a cute little tag finished this project off. The greeting is from the WISHING YOU WELL SET as well.
In this close up picture, you can really see the effects of the color on color technique..
And here is a close up so that you can see all of the detail. The bow was sprayed with an adhesive and then I sprinkled on dazzling diamonds glitter.
Enjoy your fall and thank you for stopping over. Now head on over to see what other fantastic ideas are waiting for you.
LIve Loved My Friends ~ Beverlee
I’m so excited that September is here. I’m also excited about this month’s color fusers color combo. These darker colors remind me of fall and winter which are my favorite times of the year. So lets get started talking about my two projects.
This month I made a different type of card for you. This one slips into an envelope but is not meant to stand on its own once removed. The sentiment on the insert peeks out beckoning you to pull it out.
The delicate flowers on this card are all from the Delightfully Delicate Laser Cut Designer Paper. I just colored each one using an ink pad and blender pen. However, on the insert, I left the flowers in their original state. Cutting up the designer series paper has made it go a long long way. I find myself using it in different ways all of the time.
I used a combination of product on this card. It is nice to be able to combine different suites products together and have it work. The galvanized button and clip are from the Festive Farmhouse Suite. The milk can and the sentiments are in the stamp set Country Home which is in the Country Lane Suite.
Notice the card sleeve, it is embossed using the fabulous folder Tin Tile. That folder is in the Country Lane Suite as well. To enhance the tin tile impressions, I placed Gray Granite ink onto the folder before running the Gray Granite cardstock through the Big Shot. I really like this pattern with color added to it, the added color makes the tile impressions really stand out. You can see the difference by comparing the card to the bag/box.
Here are the how to sleeve instructions:
- With your card in portrait style, cut the front half of your card base using your stampin’ trimmer from left top corner to bottom right corner.
- Emboss the piece of cardstock that you remove. Then emboss the attached triangle.
- Now lay your card base landscape. Using a fine line of liquid glue add glue to the removed triangle. Put glue on the two straight edges. Attach this triangle to the left side of your card base.
- Add liquid glue to the attached triangle only on the bottom edge. And place it down to secure.
- Now you have a pocket card ready to add your insert.
To make the bag box you need two card bases. You can find the instructions on my Paper Pumpkin post dated August 21.
I love the size of this bag box. In this picture, you can see how the tile pattern is subtle. When you want a subtle look just do not add ink to the folder.
To color the ribbon I used a sponge and my Blueberry Inkpad. I always say buy the white and vanilla ribbons for sure, they can be dyed.
A pearlized doilie holds a flower arrangement. I just added liquid glue to one side of the doilie and folded it over onto itself making a cone.
One galvanized clip holds the bag/box closed.
Here are my close-up pictures. I want to be sure that you can see the details.
I sure hope you enjoyed your time here today. Now you get to hop on over to visit with the talented Tami Hewlett. Have Fun!
Live Loved My Friends, Beverlee
Hi there! Thank you for hopping over to the color fusers blog hop today, we love having each and everyone one of you. This month we are sharing projects that you can make using these five new and fun to use colors. These colors are very bright and when you group them together they bring life to each other.
Isn’t this new stamp set ” Love You To Pieces” darling? Pairing this set with these colors works perfectly. I honestly made these project very quickly because everything just came together nicely.
I started out by cutting out the individual puzzle pieces. I cut one of each color. Then I stacked them onto each other using dimensionals. I liked them stacked. I also like one facing one way and the next piece facing the other. The cluster of puzzle pieces is a cute focal point.
Because the cluster needed a base I used the large puzzle thinlit to create a base. I use whisper white cardstock for that and then backed the white puzzle with basic black cardstock. The third thing I did was stamp the sentiment. Because the main puzzle was backed in black I also mounted the sentiment onto basic black cardstock.
Next, I thought about how I would lay everything out. I cut the card base from Lovely Lipstick cardstock. Then, I cut a layering piece of the same color and embossed it using the Striped Scallops folder and the Big Shot. Once my card base and layering piece were together I just built the card. I put the big white puzzle down, then the cluster of pieces and lastly the sentiment. The sentiment is lifted too.
The puzzle pieces in this set are just so darn cute. The pieces are such a great size and you can use them in so many ways. On this card, each puzzle piece was brushed with Wink of Stella. The Wink of Stela made each piece sparkle and that stepped up the look. For just a bit more bling I added a snippet of Silver Mini Sequin Trim.
After making the card I started thinking about a goodie box. I grabbed one of our clear acrylic boxes and started to design. I was thinking that the heart could be used for Valentines. So I started my project with that in mind.
Oh, my my, what a cute box. I’m thinking Candy Kisses would fill this box nicely. To start I just punched a small hole in the lid of the box and slid a striped stick into the hole. I want the stick to stand up straight so I added a mini glue dot to the bottom and pressed it down. Now it stands straight and firm. With the stick secured I stamped and cut out the heart then mounted it onto a scalloped square. I added liquid glue to the stick, let it get tacky and then stuck the sentiment on. I wanted a cute bow to dress everything up so I used the White Polka Dot Ribbon. This ribbon is so stinkin cute. I find that it can be whimsical or elegant, it just depends on the project you add it to. Lastly, I added a puzzle piece to each side of the box. I used glue dots to secure them.
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Live Loved my friends ~ Beverlee
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Happy July and welcome back to the Color Fusers Blog Hop. We all hope that you are inspired to try these fabulous colors. Have fun hoppin’ around.
Today I have two thank you card designs to share with you. In addition to the colors, I want to highlight the NEW Thank you thinlit.
Let’s get started. For card number 1, I wanted a whimsical base to back up the THANK YOU sentiment. In order to do that I embossed a piece of Whisper White cardstock using the Simple Striped folder. That little bit of texture underneath the thank you added just the right touch.
To add even more whimsy I cut the O out of the word YOU and added a flower in its place. I think that embellishing the O’s in words is so darn cute. You can use flowers, hearts or any image that fits the O spaces. I love this technique. After embellishing the O area, I didn’t think that the focal point needed much more. One pearl and a bit of ribbon finished everything off.
Now for the card base. I built up the card by adding three layers of cardstock under the focal point. I used Poppy Parade cardstock for the card base. Next, I simply added a layer of Blueberry Bushel cardstock on top. The contrast between Poppy Parade and Blueberry Bushel is striking. One of my favorite parts of this card though is the polka dots. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Polka Dot Basic folder. To make this polka dot piece of cardstock two-toned I placed Balmy Blue ink directly onto the inside flap of the folder. I always add the ink to the side of the folder that has the Stampin’ Up Logo on it. By adding ink to that specific side of the folder you will ensure that the polka dots that are popped up remain the original color of the cardstock and that the rest of the cardstock will soak up the ink. I actually squealed with delight when I saw the transformation. Balmy Blue is one of my new favorite colors! I will be using this color a lot, that is for sure.
Now let’s talk about the THANK YOU Thinlit. I like to work with large images. I like large images because I can easily build a focal point around them. See how the THANK YOU takes up the whole space on the striped cardstock, its full, bright and fun. To get that look just cut a piece of cardstock around the size of the thinlit and start to build. When you are done with your focal point, add your layered base and you are done. This is a very versatile layout I think you will find it one you can use over and over.
Now for card number two ” Thank You Love”. This card is mostly Blueberry Bushel and white. The white stripes are classic and the little touch of designer series paper at the bottom adds a touch of feminity. I used the same technique that I used on the first card. I cut out the O’s in YOU and LOVE and added flowers in their spots. I added ink to my folder, in the same manner, that I explained above.
I had fun changing the sentiment to say Thank You, Love. These two thinlit fonts work perfectly together. Thank you LOVE is a sweet way to express your gratitude to your husband, a close friend or your child.
To embellish the inside of both cards, I used sentiments from the stamp set “Another Wonderful Year”. The stamp set Another Wonderful Year contains 11 sentiments. Yes, 11 sentiments. That is a lot of choices and versatiity.
For the Thank You Love card, I used the sentiment that says, ” Everything I am you helped me to be”. And for the Thank You card, I simply added another “Thank You!” on the inside.
I always have a good time creating for you, I hope you enjoyed your time here and I hope that I taught you something.
Now, for a real treat hop on over to Melissa’s Blog. Thank you for visiting with me.
Live Loved My Friends, Beverlee
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Hello, stampers and welcome to June’s Color Fusions Blog Hop.
I have so much to share with you this month but before we start talking about the projects that I made I must tell you that this color combo really challenged me.
While I like all of these colors individually I didn’t know how they were going work together. What I now realize is that this combination of color looks very rich when you combine them.
Playing with color is fun, after all, that is what this hop is all about, Right?
When I added Whisper White to the mix it brightens up the whole look. Adding the neutral color Crumb Cake to the mix toned everything down. Using crumb cake as your neutral color gives you a fall look. You will see what I mean when you check out my projects.
As I started to think about what I was going to make all I could think of was flowers. I thought well, I can make flowers using the Grapefruit Grove color and I can make leaves using the Tranquil Tide and the Mint Macaron colors. That left blackberry bliss as the backdrop so that is what I did.
The leaves look a little darker than normal because I embossed them. Embossing changes the color slightly. For example look at the Grapefruit Grove flowers. I embossed the backing of each flower. That is why the Grapefruit Grove flowers look two-toned.
To add some elegance to the Tranquil Tide tag I added the new velvet ribbon down both sides. Look closely to see the ribbon. In person, the ribbon really adds to the look.
Did you notice the two flowers that are punched out of the tag? Look at the bottom corners. There is a new punch in town. It is really nice you can use it three different ways. This little flower is just one of your options. The punch also rounds corners and can make a small oval ribbon whole. I find myself using it all of the time.
See how rich in color this card is? I’m so glad that I was challenged to use this grouping.
The second project is this cute pocket box and note card. I love being able to use stamps to make 3-D projects. This little box and card are great for gifting cash.
Now let’s talk about the gift card in the pocket box. I’m thrilled with the way it turned out. This card has so much texture but yet it is still simplistic. Check it out.
The rows of texture are cut with a thinlit. I simply added a thin layer of liquid glue to each cutout image. I let the glue set a few seconds so it would get tacky and then I added them row by row on to the note card. The thinlit image is long enough to fold around to the back, so both sides of this note card are pretty. Because I let the glue set a bit before applying the images to the card they stick like a post-it. They are not slippery the glue won’t leak out and you can position and move them because the glue is tacky but not dry. Once you have everything in place it will dry and everything will be permanent.
I couldn’t stop there. I wanted to see what a daisy would look like in the NEW color Grapefruit Grove. I made one and loved it. So I added the flower to a lollie pop stick. I rolled the white stick onto my Mint Macaron stamp pad to get the stem the color that I wanted. I added some leaves and a bow and was done.
I laid the daisy across this craft color pillow box. The box needed one more thing, a bit more texture. So I used the same thinlit that I used on the note card and added a row of texture to the pillow box.
Here are all of my projects together.
When these projects are grouped together you can see how the white brightens things up and how crumb cake color tones things down.
I hope you enjoyed your time here. Let me know what you think. I strive to inspire you if only a little bit!
Now, lets head on over to see what the talented Paola Philliips has created for us. Have fun hopping around.
Live loved my friends ~ Beverlee
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Blackberry Bliss 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock
Mint Macaron 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock