Category Archives: Nestabilities

Extremely Hot Birthday! Apron Strings & Dare to Get Dirty Challenge Card #2


Extremely Hot Birthday!

I snuck another card in today between laundry and watching the Olympics.  This was a fun one to make, but a bear to photograph! Sorry for the glare, but I used Glossy cardstock and it was too dark to photograph without the flash.  This one was for the Dare to Get Dirty Challenge #2 and Apron Strings Pinterest Challenge #19.  Here is the Apron Strings Inspiration Photo:

Pinterest Challenge #19


Materials List

Stampin’ Up! Glossy Cardstock

Stampin’ Up! Peach Parfait Cardstock

Stampin’ Up! Only Orange Textured Cardstock

Stampin’ Up! Real Red Cardstock

Stampin’ Up! Whisper White

Stampin’ Up! Peach Parfait Ink

Stampin’ Up! Only Orange Ink

Stampin’ Up! Tangerine Tango Ink

Stampin’ Up! Real Red Ink

Stampin’ Up! Lucky Limeade Ink

Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray Ink

Stampin’ Up! Extreme Surf

Stampin’ Up! Itty Bitty Banners

Stampin’ Up! Framelits Bitty Banners

Stampin’ Up! Sponges

Sizzix Texture fades Rays Embossing Folder

Nestabilities Circle Die for Masking

Painters Tape for Masking





Technique Challenge Serenity Shells



Serenity Shells

I hve a fun technique for you today, the Splitcoaststampers Wednesday Tutorial – Distressed Watercolor Dry Embossing.   This card was made for the Apron Strings Pinterest Challenge #17.  Here is the challenge photo:

Pinterest Challenge #17

The colors reminded me of the beach, so I decided to use the Spellbinders Sea Beauty M-Bossabilities Folder because it gave me a good base for the Distressed Watercolor Dry Embossing Technique.  I used the PSX Serenity Prayer stamp and added the shell accents with Crystal Effects.


Stampin’ Up! Island Indigo Cardstock

Stampin’ Up! Pool Party Cardstock

Stampin’ Up! Whisper White Cardstock

Stampin’ Up! Island Indigo Ink

Stream Distress Ink

Sailboat Distress Ink

Mustard Yellow Distress Ink

Sea Beauty M-Bossabilities Folder

Stampin’ Up! Clear Emboss Powder

PSX Serenity Prayer stamp

Nestabilities Deckle Rectangle Dies

Stampin’Up! Crystal Effects


Rain Boots and Sunshowers


Rain Boots and Sunshowers

Today’s challenge on Splitcoaststampers is the Friday Free for All Challenge F4A126…Weather or Not?  The challenge is to make a card showing your weather.  Well here in South Florida we are in our typical summer weather pattern, lots of rain and lots of sunshine, sometimes at the same time!  I found this cute welly rain boot coloring page and used the print and cut feature on my new Silhouette Cameo to cut them out.   I colored the boots with Stampin’ Up! Yo Yo Yellow and Pool Party Markers and mounted them on a Nestabilities die cut in Gable Green.  I used Gable Green for the card base and a DCWV Summer Mat Stack paper for the background, matted in Pool Party.  I stamped the sentiment from Stampin’ Up! Lots of Thoughts in Basic Back, punched with the Stampin’ Up! 1 1/4 inch Circle Punch, matted with the Stampin’ Up! 1 3/8 inch Circle Punch in Gable Green and a Stampin’ Up! Scallop Circle Punch in Yo Yo Yellow.  The ribbon is a scrap that was on a gift, I just knew I’d find the perfect use for it!

Inspiration Challenge Puppy Birthday Card


Inspired Puppy Birthday Card

Today’s Inspiration Challenge on Splitcoaststampers is IC345 ~ Sugar Chic Baby , an adorable little Etsy shop.  I chose these cute little Felt Hair Clips as my inspiration for my Puppy Birthday Card.  I was drawn to these hair clips because they reminded me of a blanket stitched jacket my daughter had when she was younger.  When she was in kindergarten, she fell in love with this cute little red polar fleece jacket with black blanket stitching around the edges and a plaid puppy applique with matching plaid buttons.  It was a darling little jacket, but $85, so there was no way I was going to buy it for her!  She begged for that jacket, even asked Santa for it, so I decided to copy it.  It was not hard to make, cost me about $15 and I finished it in one evening.  She wore that jacket for 4 winters!  It was a little long when I made it and I cuffed the sleeves, so as she grew, I just unrolled them.  Not a bad return on my investment!

For my card, I started with a Gable Green card base and added a patterned paper background from an old DCWV Summer Mat Stack.  I used the Stampin’ Up! Circle Punch in Whisper White and the Wide Oval Punch in Chocolate Chip to make the puppy.  I trimmed the shapes to match the inspiration puppy and used a Creamy Caramel Marker for the faux stitching.  I added a black brad for the nose and small googly eyes.  I stamped the PSX sentiment in Island Indigo and matted with a scrap of  blue cardstock cut with a Nestabilities Deckle Rectangle die.  I had to lengthen the die cut to fit my sentiment, which is pretty easy to do with the tan embossing mat.  On the first pass, I slid the embossing mat under one end of the die, between the die and the paper, and ran it through my Big Shot.  I removed the embossing pad and repositioned the die on the uncut end, adjusting for the needed length.  I then moved the embossing mat to the other end, again positioning it between the die and the paper so it did not cut off the end I just cut and ran it through the Big Shot again.  Easy Peasy to adjust the die cut to whatever length you need!

Wedding Cards


Case’d Rose Wedding Globe

Today I have two wedding cards done for Splitcoaststampers Challenges.  The first one was case’d from this lovely card Wedding Snow Globe by Angela Maine.  This card just does not photograph well, it is much prettier in real life.  It has the same shimmer as the second card and is mounted on a Stampin’ Up! Shimmer White card base, I guess it doesn’t show up well because of all the white.  For both cards, I stamped and embossed the PSX Gown stamp and then die cut with a Nestabilities Circle die.  I sponged the image with Blushing Bride and Certainly Celery and then sprayed with glimmer mist I made using Stampin’ Up! White Frost Paint.  When it was dry, I embossed the first card with Stampin’ Up! Manhattan Rose Embossing Folder and the second with a Cuttlebug embossing folder.  I lightly sponged over the rose embossing with Blushing Bride to add a little more definition.  For the base of the snow globe, I cut a piece of Stampin’ Up! Gold Cardstock with a Nestabilities die and embossed with a Stampin’ Up! embossing folder.  I sponged a bit of Encore Gold Ink on the base and mounted the snow globe on a Stampin’ Up! Shimmery White card base.  I used a Stampin’ Up! Embosslits to cut the butterflies and mounted them with Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals.


Fairy Tale Wedding Card

For the second card, I matted the sponged the image with Blushing Bride and Certainly Celery.  I used a piece of Blushing Bride Print Pack paper for the background, matted it in Blushing Bride and mounted on a Certainly Celery card base.  I tied a bow with a piece of off white ribbon and mounted it with glue dots.  I did not put the sentiment on the front because the stamp I want to use is on order.

Inspired Tropical Wreath


Soap Inspired Tropical Wreath

This is the card I made for today’s Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge   IC344 ~ Indulgence by SV Soaps and yesterday’s Free for All Challenge F4A124 Wood You Like a Challenge?, to make a card with something related to wood.  This was a fun card to make, but a little time consuming.  I was inspired by the colors in this Island Nectar Soap and this Passionfruit Nectarine Soap.  I used the Palm Frond stamp from Stampin’ Up! Tropical Party to create the wreath.  I punched a small circle to use as a guide and layered the palm fronds stamped in Gumball Green.  I the cut the center with a die a little bigger then the circle punch to clean up the edges and the outside with a die just larger than the wreath.  I stamped shells from several Stampin’ Up! sets, Along the Shore, Stipple Shells and Calm Seas, and colored them with Stampin’ Up! Markers.  I sprayed them with homemade glimmer spray I made using Stampin’ Up! Frost White paint.  When that was dry, I added Crystal Effects and sprayed another coat of glimmer spray.  While the shells were drying, I embossed a piece of  Soft Suede with the Tim Holtz Woodgrain embossing folder, sponged it with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and mounted it on a Gumball Green card base.  I attached the shells to the wreath with Crystal Effects and mounted on the background with Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals.  I stamped the sentiment from Stampin’ Up Christmas Greetings in Calypso Coral, cut with a Nestabilities Banner die, sponged the edges and mounted to the card wih a little pouf in the middle.  This card was a little too time consuming for mass production, but I might make a few more before Christmas.

Live in the Sunshine


Live in the Sunshine

This is a card I made for today’s Technique Lovers Challenge TLC384 ~ Let the Sunburst Shine on Splitcoaststampers.  I have paired it with the Silhouette technique for this fun Sunburst card.  There are several ways to do the sunburst, you can even purchase dies, but the technique I use is pretty easy and foolproof.  I cut my designer paper into rectangles, usually 1 1/2 inches wide.  For the length, I measure from the center of the bottom to the upper corner and add a little bit extra.  I then cut the rectangles lengthwise, lining up the upper left corner with the bottom right corner on the cutting edge.  For this card, I sponged the edges of the designer papers, a 10+ year old mat stack from DCWV, with Tangerine Tango.  I marked the center bottom of the background panel, centered the first piece and glued it down.  I continued gluing the pieces down, adjusting as necessary to cover the panel completely.  When the panel was covered, I trimmed the excess paper and inked the outside edges.  For the sun, I cut a little more than half of a Nestabilities circle, inked the edges and mounted on the background panel.  I used a Stamp-a-Ma-Jig to position the Stampin’ Up! Extreme Surfboard image and stamped in Basic Black.  I used a Sharpie Marker to color in the surfer and board and mounted on a Basic Black card base.  I computer generated the sentient for the inside, “Live in the Sunshine”.


Need for Speed Birthday Card


Cropped Porsche Birthday

Today’s challenge on Splitcoaststamper is Sketch Challenge SC391.  I really like this sketch and since I needed to get working on birthday cards for the men in my life, both my husband and son both have birthdays coming up, I decided to give this sketch a shot.  I’ve been trying to come up with something to top my husband’s birthday card from last, which was a big hit.  You can see that card below.

For this year’s card, I knew I wanted to use my new Stampin’ Up! set Need for Speed.  This fall, my husband got a Porsche and he and my son spent months restoring it, so I knew the car from this set would be  perfect for his card. I started with a 5.5 x 4.25 card base in Basic Gray.  For the horizontal background panel,  I adhered a piece of aluminum foil to a piece of cardstock and embossed.  I sponged on a bit of Black Soot Distress Ink to tone down the foil a bit and matted it in black.  For the Vertical panel, I stamped the Stampin’ Up! Background stamp Netting in Black on Basic Gray and matted in black.  I stamped the car in Memento Tuxedo Black, embossed with black embossing powder and cut it and the mat with Nestabilities Circle dies.  I colored the headlights with a Barely Banana Marker and added Crystal Effects to the lights, windshield and windows.  I masked the car and top half and sponged the upper lane in Going Gray.  I shifted the mask down and added a mask to the bottom to create the lane lines, sponged in Summer Sun and added the black line with a thin Sharpie Marker.  I shifted the mask down and sponged the bottom in Going Gray, shifted again and sponged the top in Soft Sky.  For the sentiment, I used an old Stampin’ Up! Banner stamp.  I used a Stamp-a-ma-jig to position the words from Stampin’ Up! Fabulous Phrases and stamped in black.  I cut the banner out, sponged with Soft Sky and mounted with a little poof in the middle.

Last year’s birthday card.

PSX Christmas Door


Christmas Door

Today’s challenge on Splitcoaststampers is Ways to Use It Challenge Doors & Windows which I combined with yesterday’s Sketch Challenge for my card today.  I think this PSX Colonial Christmas stamp is the only door or window stamp I have, but I do love it.  I usually stamp it in Brown, but today I decided to emboss it in gold on Very Vanilla cardstock.  I used a water brush and Garden Green to color the wreath and a Real Red marker to color the bow and berries.  The background papers are scraps from a DCWV Christmas stack that I mounted on a Real Red card base.  I cut the banner in Real Red and layered it in top.  I stamped the sentiment from Stampin’ Up! Teeny Tiny Wishes in Real Red on Very Vanilla and punched with a Stampin’ Up! Word Window Punch. I cut the mat with the Memory Box Bistro Label Punch and a scrap piece of textured green cardstock.  I like this layout but I wish I had gold cardstock to layer under the banner and background panel.

Inspired Green Tree



Today’s challenge on Splitcoaststampers is Inspiration Challenge IC341 ~ Polli.  This was an interesting site with lots of cool stuff, but I was immediately drawn to the tree from this garland.  I love the look of this bold green tree!  For my card, I embossed the PSX Black Walnut Tree in green on Stampin’ Up! Naturals Ivory cardstock.  I cut the image and mat in Stampin’ Up! Garden Green with Nestabilities Circle dies.  I used Naturals Ivory for the background and Garden Green for the card base, I wanted to keep it clean and simple to preserve the graphic nature of the inspiration piece.