Welcome to Kylie Bertucci’s International Highlights for December 2018. The theme this month is “thankfulness and gratitude.” Clicking the “vote” button will take you to the gallery where YOU can participate by voting for your favorite projects. I’m #10 in the gallery, where you can click on the heart to register your vote.
I was really excited to begin this project, because my new Stampin’ Up! order was just delivered to my doorstep. Because I didn’t attend the Stampin’ Up! OnStage Convention in Orlando last month, this was the first time I would see the new Occasions and Sale-A-Bration products in person. I told myself I needed to finish addressing my Christmas cards first, but could I wait? No!
I couldn’t wait to see the Well Said stamp set, and Well Written die set, because I knew this bundle would have the perfect words for my card, expressing thankfulness and gratitude. The first thing I cut was the word “thanks,” closely followed by this fabulous foliage, both from the Well Written die set. Don’t they look pretty in Soft Sea Foam?
Then, I used my Stampin’ Trimmer to cut a rectangle of Mint Macaron cardstock for placing the “thanks” and foliage. I would have used one of my Rectangle Stitched dies, but I hadn’t opened it……..yet! To give the Mint Macaron some texture, I used the Subtle Textured embossing folder.
Ahhh, the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper; it’s GORGEOUS! And, to think it’s FREE with a 50.00 order! Of course, I had ordered the Butterfly Duet Punch, and punched out three of the most beautiful, Balmy Blue butterflies. They were, conveniently, right on the edge of the DSP, and are now fluttering around atop Mini-Dimensionals.
I duplicated the colors with a Mint Macaron card base, topped with a layer of Soft Sea Foam, embossed by Layered Leaves. The Very Vanilla envelope flap is decorated with a strip of the the wonderful, Botanical Butterfly DSP, 2 1/4″ X 5 3/4″, and trimmed to fit.
For the inside, I opened my new Rectangle Stitched Dies, and cut a piece of Soft Sea Foam for the sentiment. “My life is better because you’re in it,” is perfect for expressing my gratitude to this loved one. And, there’s still room for a personal note.
The floral sprig is also in the Well Written die set, which I cut from a scrap of Balmy Blue, Tranquil Textures DSP.
I was inspired by the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches:
And, the colors at TGIF:
I’m looking forward to sharing numerous projects with you from Occasions and Sale-A-Bration 2019. Demonstrators can order now, and customers can order Jan. 3rd. You can take a closer look at the supplies I used today in my Product List.
Thanks so much for visiting, and I really appreciate your vote!
Welcome to Kylie Bertucci’s International Highlights for November 2018. The theme this month is “thank you,” which is appropriate for those celebrating Thanksgiving, as well as those celebrating Stampin’ Up’s! 30 year anniversary, and thanking our Cofounder, Shelli Gardner. Clicking the “vote” button will take you to the gallery where you can participate by voting for your favorite “thank you” projects.
Woodsy Thank You
The theme at Paper Players this week is “give thanks,” so I’m sharing my woodsy, “Thank You” card in their gallery also.
I began by using the Thank You die to cut the words from Gold Foil Paper. I also used dies to cut the bird (Birds & Blooms die set), the wood carvings (Detailed Deer die set), and the tip of a branch (Seasonal Layers die set).
My card could have gone in many directions with the Gold Foil “Thank you,” but it landed on Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. I adore the realism of the paper, and this particular sheet is my favorite in the pack. Foam Adhesive Strips were used to raise the wood for extra dimension, as well as tiny pieces of the Foam Adhesive Strips to support “Thank you.” This was all propped up on a Soft Suede card base.
It was only right to use my favorite paper from the Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper, which is the red plaid you see through the square hole. It makes me feel warm and cozy just looking at it. My little bird of Gold Glimmer Paper, perched on the tip of a branch, likes looking at it too.
The three wood carvings at the bottom were the last detail. Doesn’t it look like the work of turn-of the-century furniture makers? The carvings were actually made with three, little, dies from the Detailed Deer die set, and the same Wood Textures DSP.
Thank you so much for visiting my blog. If you like my “thank you” card, I’d be honored to have your vote. Being in the Top Ten would enable me to join in a special Blog Hop later this month. Clicking on this button will take you to the gallery where I’m #3.
Welcome to Kylie Bertucci’s Top Ten Winners October 2018 Blog Hop. The theme for this month is “sorry.” Thanks to you, my friends and faithful voters, I’m able to share another project with you.
How about a giant, floral, “SORRY” to make someone feel better?
Big Floral “SORRY”
“SORRY” is made with the Large Letter dies, and pink floral Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper. I double layered the letters with Powder Pink cardstock, which matches the Powder Pink card base. Then, I glued the letters to the Smoky Slate cardstock layer, after giving it some texture with the Subtle embossing folder. But, what about the “O” in “SORRY?”
My little gal from the Hand Delivered stamp set wanted to participate. She said she wanted to hold up her sign saying, “Hope you feel better soon.” I thought it was a good idea, except there wasn’t room for her in the space available. She came up with a plan to take the place of the “O” in “SORRY.” I agreed it was fine, as long as she could blend in with the flowers.
I think she did a fine job. She stamped herself in Smoky Slate, with a Basic Gray sign, and colored her legs and hands with an Ivory Stampin’ Blend. She was able to match her skirt to the Petal Promenade DSP. Amazing, huh!? And, she used the same DSP to make the flowers at her feet with a Bouquet Bunch die.
She positioned herself on dimensionals, and my card was complete. Oh, she did have to bend over and color her shoes with a Dark Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blend. She said, “shoes are important!”
I think comfortable shoes are important, so I hope your feet feel comfortable today while blog hopping. I’m looking forward to seeing what my international friends created. Just click on the names below to continue hopping.
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Welcome to Kylie Bertucci’s October 2018 Highlights. The theme this month is “sorry.” In Kylie’s words, “There are times that we have done or said something wrong – need to apologise, or we are sad for someone and want to let them know. A card has so much power to heal the hurt that may be caused.”
I’ve chosen the adorable rhino from the Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper for my “Sorry” card. I was able to crop him with a die (Animal Friends die set) right from the Designer Series Paper. He was layered, so he’d be sturdy for placing on dimensionals.
I’m Sorry Big Time
I stamped “Thank You Big Time,” from the Animal Outing stamp set, in Black ink on Whisper White cardstock. Not wanting to say “thank you,” I fussy cut the “Big Time.”
The Pick a Pennant stamp set provided the letters for the word’s, “I’m Sorry.” I first cut the pennant (Playful Pennants die set) from Thick Whisper White cardstock. Then, I carefully stamped each letter in Black ink across the pennant. I placed a Mini-Dimensional behind each flag, so it would be ready to pop up.
The oval was made by using a piece of the Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Paper as a stencil. Placing my stencil on Whisper White cardstock, I used a Sponge Dauber with Pool Party ink, and daubed all around the edge to create the pattern.
To create the clouds I used a technique from a recent card; sponge daubing with a “cloud” from the Pretty Label Punch. TIP: Rather than just stamping with the dauber, which makes a round spot, I used a twisting motion.
There’s a cute, little, branch of leaves in the Animal Friends die set that was just what was needed. I used this die to cut four branches from Granny Apple Green cardstock, and four from Garden Green cardstock. Then, I used tiny dots of Tombow Liquid Glue to adhere the branches in pairs around the stenciled oval.
Rhino is truly sorry, and even has a tear to show it. I’m truly sorry that the tear is from a retired pack of Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes, but I had to use it. Everything else is current, and available for your shopping pleasure at my store.
I really appreciate you stopping by, and would love to have your vote. Clicking this button will take you to Kylie’s gallery, where you have the opportunity to pick your favorites. Rhino is #4 in the gallery. He will love it when you click the heart, and make it turn red. Thanks for voting!
Welcome to Kylie Bertucci’s Top Ten Winners Blog Hop. I am one of the lucky winners, because you voted for my card a few weeks ago. So, thank you very much!
The theme for this month is “congratulations,” and today’s card is welcoming a newborn to the family. It’s among the happiest occasions to celebrate, and I love making baby cards.
The stamp set I’m using is Best Bunny, which makes me giggle, since this is a blog “hop.”
Let’s name the bunny Hop Hop, because that’s what my daughter called her first stuffed bunny.
Best Bunny celebrates
I think Hop Hop has stolen my heart. Isn’t he adorable?
The Best Bunny stamp set comes in a bundle with the Bunny Builder Punch, and I saved 10% buying it this way. Actually I was able to get it for FREE, because I used my August coupons. What a deal! I try to take advantage of all Stampin’ Up’s special offers.
I couldn’t wait to punch out the bunny from Thick Whisper White cardstock. Then, using a Sponge Dauber, I brushed the edges with Crumb Cake ink. I set Hop Hop aside while completing the card.
The layout for my card was inspired by this week’s Paper Players sketch.
I created the top, angled section, by sponge daubing Pool Party ink on Whisper White cardstock through a stencil of Delightfully Detailed Laser-cut Paper.
To define the angle, I used Nature’s Twine in Mint Macaron, fraying the ends, and attaching with Tear & Tape.
Hop Hop is my “any shape” in the sketch, and I used dimensionals to make him stand out.
The sentiment, “Hopping by to just say hi,” is in the Best Bunny stamp set, which I stamped in Crumb Cake ink.
I glued the art piece to Mint Macaron cardstock, and glued both to a Pool Party card base.
The envelope is decorated with a 5 3/4 X 2/14″ piece of Subtles 6X6 Designer Series Paper, trimmed to fit. Using the flap as a template makes it easy to trim.
Thanks so much for hopping by. Again, thanks for voting for me, because I love sharing my cards with you. The supplies I used are listed below.
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Thanks so much for visiting today. I’m very honored to be able to share a project with you on Kylie Bertucci’s Blog Hop. Your votes put me in the Top Ten, where we are continuing with the theme of “gifts for teachers.”
The apple has become a traditional teacher’s gift. Although, I’m pretty sure teachers would rather receive a gift card. So, I’ve chosen to use a paper apple on the front of my card that could also hold a gift card inside.
Picked For You
Doesn’t this apple look good enough to eat? The apple was created with a stamp set, Picked For You, that has a four-step stamping process.
I first secured a square of Thick Whisper White cardstock in the corner my Stamparatus, positioning stamp #1 with the stem notch at the top. Stamps #2, #3 and #4 were positioned with #1 as the guide. The ink colors are #1 Real Red, #2 Cherry Cobbler, #3 Lovely Lipstick, and #4 Soft Suede. The stamps are numbered in the stamp set, making it easy to follow.
After inking, I fussy cut the apple with Paper Snips, and used an Aqua Painter to blend the colors together, giving a softer, watercolored look.
My tasty apple needed a background, and I found this photo for inspiration.
I thought the Bokeh Dot stamp would look nice in Granny Apple Green ink. How could I not use this ink with such a perfect name? I also used a stamp from the Swirly Frames stamp set to increase the size, and frame, my Bokeh Dot background. The dimensions worked perfectly, and the Stamparatus insured it would be evenly spaced on the Whisper White cardstock.
The apple tree branch was cut from Soft Suede cardstock, using a a die from Seasonal Layers.
The leaves were created with the Lemon Builder Punch, and the Bokeh Dot stamp. This time, I used Garden Green ink, and punched eight leaves, five for the front, and three for inside.
The circle is a Swirly Frames stamp, stamped in the same Granny Apple Green. The sentiments in the Picked For You stamp set are so appropriate, and cute. I stamped, “You are terrific to the core!” in Soft Suede, as well as “For a special teacher” on the front.
I decorated the envelope with a piece of Designer Series Paper, Under the Mistletoe, which you’ll find in the annual catalog. Red and green is not just for Christmas, right?
Keep scrolling to see the products I used for my teacher’s gift. Please don’t be intimidated by the 4-step stamping in Picked for You. An apple doesn’t have to be exact, it’s very forgiving, and it’s fun!
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