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Thanksgiving – Thankful for You

Welcome to the November North Carolina Demos blog hop! I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the wonderful projects the group has posted this month.  You have probably just stopped by Tracie Evans Langley’s post.  Isn’t she an amazing artist?

Thank you so much for stopping by to see my card!  I have to confess that it’s difficult for me to transition from fall to winter.  Fall is definitely my favorite season with its gorgeous colors, crisp fresh air, and (of course!) Thanksgiving.  This year, I have paid more attention to the colors of the leaves and tried to reflect those colors in the card below.  This card would make a wonderful thank you to send to your Thanksgiving host.  Yes – I am being stubborn and trying to stretch the fall season as long as possible!

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Stippled Tree – Thankful for You

Lately, I’ve been trying to create projects that are a little outside my usual comfort zone, and I’m really having fun!  The papers that I used for this card include the Fruit Stand cardstock pack and matching Fruit Stand designer series paper.  When you first see these papers, they make you think of summer.  But, you can easily create a fall themed card with the papers and the Sheltering Tree stamp set.

Start with a piece of Whisper White cardstock and use Chocolate Chip ink to stamp the tree from the Sheltering Tree stamp set.  Then, add color to the tree.  The technique that I used to add the leaf colors is stippling.  Take a small sized paint brush, and tap the tip of the brush on to an ink pad.  Then, randomly use the inked brush tip to add color to the tree.  Tap the tip of the brush on to the branches of the tree to add color.  Test your colors on a scrap piece of paper before you add the ink to your card.  You can vary the intensity of the color as you complete your tree.  The colors I used are Pear Pizzazz, Peekaboo Peach, and Watermelon Wonder – the colors in the Fruit Stand cardstock pack!  Below is a picture that highlights the stippling technique.

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The incredibly popular Stitched Shapes framelits are one of the main features of this card.  I absolutely love these framelits and hope you were able to get the set.  If not, no worries, since they will be available in the new annual catalog.  They are worth the wait!  In the meantime, you can use the Layering Ovals framelits to create a very nice finish to your card.  They are also incredibly versatile.

I used Memento Black ink to add the sentiment to the Fruit Stand designer series paper and then cut out the sentiment with the oval Stictched Shapes framelit.  I wanted a darker color for the letters since there is a fairly intense pattern on the designer series paper.

The gold twine from the Baker’s Twine Trio Pack in the Holiday catalog adds the perfect finishing touch.  I have used the gold twine on several projects.  It is very easy to use to tie bows.  I love it!  Since I used the oval framelits for the tree and sentiment, I decided to add rounded corners to the card.  I liked carrying the rounded theme throughout the design.

Below is one more picture of the card.  This was taken indoors and shows off the colors a little more than the picture taken outside.  Enjoy!

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I hope you CASE this card or use the idea to make your own design.  I would love to see what you come up with!  The products I used in the card are shown below.  Click on any picture, and you’ll go to my online store.

If you’re continuing on the blog hop, your next stop is Sue Root’s page All participants in this month’s blog hop are shown below.

Happy Stamping!
Laurie

Products used to make the card:

Below is the list of participants in this month’s NC Demos blog hop.  Be sure to stop by and see everyone’s projects.

Jo Anne Hewins
Michelle Irinyl
Tracie Evans Langley
Laurie Meier — YOU ARE HERE
Sue Root
Pam Staples
Lisa Tedder
Frances Wagner

Thanksgiving Turkey Gingerbread Contest

I realize this isn’t really card related – but, there was a lot of creativity involved that really needs to be shared!   We had a great group of folks over for Thanksgiving yesterday.  After the main meal, we needed a break before having dessert.  The break was a friendly Turkey Gingerbread contest!

Three teams were randomly chosen – okay not really very randomly since my mom and I had previously figured out who would be on the teams – but that’s completely irrelevant now!  Before the teams had any idea they were going to build a turkey gingerbread, each team chose two items to use.  We had buttons, sea shells, stickers, fabric, and foam backed stars.

After the teams made their frosting, the turkey gingerbread boxes were revealed.  Each team had five minutes to come up with a plan and then thirty minutes to put the turkey gingerbread together.  The teams were judged on creativity, neatness, and use of the additional items that they chose.

Here is a picture of the box

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Here is a picture of one of the creations

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And, here is another creation

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Drum roll, please….  Here is the picture of the winning (non)turkey gingerbread.

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It was a lot of fun!  Looking forward to next year…. 🙂

-Laurie

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Online Extravaganza – November 21 through 28

Who doesn’t love a bargain?  And, when the bargain includes stamping items that have been on your wish list, what could be better??

Beginning tomorrow, November 21, Stampin’ Up! is having an online-extravagana-product-list-us with some items up to 40% off.  Yes, you read that correctly!

Get your SU! catalogs, your favorite beverage, and take a few minutes to look through the list below.  There are some items that will be available only on November 21 and others only on November 28.  And, some will be available while supplies last.

Online Extravaganza Details!

When you’ve got your list together, you can order by click here to go to my online store.

 

Happy Stamping!
Laurie

 

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Spoiler Alert – November Paper Pumpkin Kit

If you’re not a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you are really missing out on some amazing kits.  If you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you may not have received your November kit yet.  If you want a preview of the kit, take a look at the video below.  I think you’ll agree that the kit is super festive!

If you’d like to get in on the fun of having the Paper Pumpkin kits delivered to your home each month, click on the picture below.  You won’t regret it!

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Paper Pumpkin – Season of Gratitude

I have been a Paper Pumpkin subscriber since the program started, and I can honestly say that the Season of Gratitude shaker card kit is one of my all-time favorites.  Here is a picture of one of the cards.

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I’d like to pass along a few tips and tricks for making the shaker cards with this kit.  Even if you’ve made shaker cards before, I hope you’ll learn something new!

First – I always adhere a few sequins to the back of the shaker area.  This will ensure there are always a few sequins that are visible.  Take a look at the picture below.  I was able to tell where to put the sequins by putting the card front over the stamped squares after they were glued to the card front.

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Another tip is how to make the shaker boxes.  If you want to make a box around each leaf, follow the pictures below.  Put the long strips of adhesive on first.  Then, add the short strips to the ends.  Make sure there are no openings that will allow the sequins to escape.  The last step is adding adhesive between the leaves.  Again, make sure there are no openings.

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Now, here’s a tip that I think is brilliant.  No – It wasn’t my idea!  I saw this on another blog and wish I could remember the author.  Take your embossing buddy and wipe it around the inside of each “box”.  When the anti-static powder attaches to the exposed adhesive on the inside of the “box”, the sequins will be less likely to stick.  Told you it was brilliant!

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Since you have made three, individual boxes, you’re going to need to make three, individual piles of sequins.  Make sure you add sequins from each of the three sizes provided in the kit, and make sure the sequins are in the middle of the stamped squares.

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Peel off the back of the adhesive.  Then, hover over the card front and the piles of sequins.

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I love the stamp set that came with the set.  But, I decided to look through my Paper Pumpkin stamp stash to see if there were other stamps that might work well.  Two previous Paper Pumpkin stamps caught my eye.  One was for birthdays and the other for hello.  Make sure that you look through your stamp stash to see which sets offer you options.

Speaking of options, I also decided to add a little texture to the banner behind the sentiment.  Take a look at the picture below.  You’ll see that the banner was stamped with the crackle stamp from the kit.  This extra touch helps bring the design together.

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If you’re not a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, after seeing this post, I bet you’re going to signup for the December kit!  By the way, you only have until November 10 to signup.  Don’t wait – just click here and signup!

Happy Stamping!
Laurie

 

Thankful for You – NC Demos Blog Hop

I hope you’re enjoying the October NC Demos blog hop!  You have probably just come from Tracie Evans Langley’s post.  She is a very talented artist!

Thanks for stopping by my post.  I hope I can inspire you to make a wonderful, simple project for the holidays.

Have you ever had an idea for a card or non-card project that ends up being even better than your original plan?  Well, that is the case for the project I’m sharing in this month’s blog hop.  I was planning an upcoming card club meeting and stopped by a “big box” store to just walk around for inspiration.  Usually, my inspiring walks take me through the stamp and scrapbook sections.  Not this particular time – I decided to take in more of the store and came across cute, pre-cut pieces of wood.  The plan for the stamp club project was set.  Below is a picture of the finished design.20161017_200733

The picture just does not do the finished project justice.  You’re going to just have to trust me on that, or (better yet) make your own wooden masterpiece by following the steps outlined below.

Here is a picture of two finished, pre-cut pieces of wood.  There are many shapes and sizes to choose from, and the pieces are very inexpensive

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I used the new Basket of Wishes stamp set to create the main focal point.  Since this stamp set is a two-step set, I practiced stamping the basket and fruit on my scrap paper before stamping on the wood.   Memento black ink works very well for this project.

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Before coloring the basket and fruit, I sprayed the wood with a sealant.  When you do this, PLEASE make sure that you spray outside in a well ventilated area.  Spraying the wood helps set the ink.  It also provides a sealed surface for your coloring.  If you start coloring the images without spraying the wood, the ink will soak into the wood and bleed.  Here is a picture of this step and the sealant that I used.

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If you happen to stamp the fruit a little higher than the rim of the basket, no worries!  Get your markers out, and draw a fine line at the bottom of the fruit.  Problem solved.  Look at the square piece of wood to see where I did this to fix my stamping.

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Now, on to the coloring!  If you want to see what a specific color will look like on the wood, flip the wood over and test on the back.  The back of the wood will end up being covered.  I used a few markers on my project and tried to add different colors to each individual piece of fruit.  Don’t over color.  You can always add some color where you need it.  Notice that I also added a little color on the swirls on either side of “for the” in the sentiment.

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The project is just about finished.  There are two more steps.  The first is to spray the wood with sealant again.  I recommend that you spray your project.  Allow the sealant to dry.  Then, spray one more time to add a final layer.  You can also use spray gloss or varnish if you want to turn your plaque into a coaster.  Now, wouldn’t a set of four coasters make a wonderful Christmas or birthday present?

The final step is to add adhesive felt to the bottom of the project.  I picked up the felt at the “big box” store.  You could also glue regular felt or any other backing that you like.  Trim the edges of your backing to fit the sides of the wood.

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And, you’re done!  I really hope that you try this technique.  There are infinite possibilities of the wonderful gifts that you can make.  Don’t be afraid to just get a piece of wood and experiment.  Here is one final picture of the finished project without the stand.

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Shown below are the products that I used for this project.

Be sure to continue your blog hop!

Happy stamping!
Laurie

NC Demos October Blog Hop Participants:

Jo Anne Hewins
http://luv2create.typepad.com/my_blog/2016/10/a-thankful-nc-blog-hop.html

Michelle Irinyl
http://makingmemorieswithmichelle.weebly.com/home/nc-demos-blog-hop-thankful

Melissa Kerman
http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/thecraftingtreehouse/blog?directBlogUrl=/blog/60800/entry/masking_with_leaflets_timeless_textures

Tracie Evans Langley
http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/traciesallaboutstamping/blog?directBlogUrl=/blog/86481/entry/nc_demos_october_blog_hop

Laurie MeierYOU ARE HERE
http://stampedgreetings.com/thankful-for-you-nc-demos-blog-hop/ ‎

Lisa Tedder
http://tedderbearstamping.com/nc-demo-blog-hop-stuck-santa/

Frances Wagner
http://wagstamps.blogspot.com/2016/10/giving-thanks-nc-october-blog-hop.html

Jar of Cheer – Christmas Card

It’s never too early to start planning and making Christmas cards.  The card pictured below is one of three projects that our stamp club made last weekend.  The clean lines and simple design make this card a stunning Christmas greeting for your friends and family.

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Below are the instructions to make the card.

  1. The card base is a piece of Whisper White card stock cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  2. The card front is a piece of Whisper White card stock cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″.
  3. Using the large mason jar framelit from the Everyday Jars Framelits, die cut a jar shape on the card front as shown in the picture.
  4. Using Memento black ink, stamp the candle image and jar image (from the Jar of Cheer set) on a piece of vellum.  Make sure the vellum is cut large enough to cover the opening for the jar plus, at least, half an inch on each side.
  5. On the unstamped side of the vellum, use markers to color the stamped image.  This technique is stained glass coloring.  Be sure not to go outside the lines of the image.
  6. On a silver piece of card stock, stamp the jar lid in Memento black ink.  Die cut the lid with the corresponding framelit from the Everyday Jar set.
  7. Stamp “Merry”, from the Jar of Cheer set, in Emerald Envy ink as pictured.
  8. Hopefully, you can see that the sides of the card front have scored lines as subtle decoration.  The score lines are 1/8″ apart, and the outer score line on each side is 1/8″ from the edge.  Use your favorite scoring board and bone folder to add these decorations.  Score on the back side of the card front.
  9. Die cut pine boughs with the smallest pine bough framelit from the Pretty Pines Thinlits dies.  Multiple shades of green card stock help add interest to the card.  Also, die cut a bow with the smaller bow framelit.  Choose your favorite red card stock for the bow.
  10. Before assembling the card, cut a piece of Crushed Curry card stock that is about the same size as the vellum.  This piece will be put behind the colored candle and will give a subtle illusion of light shining in the jar.
  11. To assemble the card:
    • Adhere the Crushed Curry piece to the card base.  Make sure the Crushed Curry is adhered so that it will be positioned behind the jar opening on the card front.
    • Adhere the vellum to the back of the card front.  Tape is the best adhesive for this since it will not cause rippling in the vellum.
    • Next adhere the jar lid as shown in the picture.
    • Place the pine boughs around the bottom of the jar.  Glue the ends of the pine boughs to the card front after you’ve decided on their arrangement.  Then, adhere the die cut bow where you would like.
    • The finished card front is then adhered to the front of the card with dimensionals.

Below are the products that I used to make the card.  If you click on any of the products, you’ll be taken to my on-line store.

Happy Stamping!
Laurie

Welcome to Fall – NC Demos Blog Hop

Welcome to the September NC Demo blog hop.  I hope you have been inspired by the amazing projects that you have seen so far.  There are some very talented artists in our group!

I hope my project this month warms your heart.  It is a whimsical fall card that makes me so happy that we are getting to cooler months and closer to the holidays.  The layers of card stock with rounded corners and several fall colors give it a little different twist. The focal point of the card is the scarecrow from the Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set.  He is just darn adorable!  And who would have thought that a scarecrow and pearls can actually work together?

I’m sure you have seen many ideas for Cookie Cutter cards since there are two stamp sets with cookie images – Cookie Cutter Christmas and Cookie Cutter Halloween – and a corresponding punch.  Trust me – You’re going to want to add them to your stamping stash.

Here is a picture of my card.  Below the picture are detailed directions.

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Directions for the card:

  1. The base of this card is a Whisper White notecard.

2. Two layers of color are created with Pumpkin Pie and Dapper Denim. The first is cut to 3 ¼ x 4 ¾”. The second is cut to 3” x 4 ½”. Two corners on each piece are rounded, as pictured.

3. The primary piece of the card is Whisper White cut to 2 ¾” x 4 ¼”. Two corners on this piece are also rounded, as pictured.

4. In the bottom right section of the card front, “you warm my heart” from the Sheltering Tree set is stamped using Pumpkin Pie ink.

5. The upper left and center section of the card front is stamped using two stamps from the Gorgeous Grunge set and Peekaboo Peach and Dapper Denim inks. The intensity of each color is varied by stamping off the ink.

6. The scarecrow from the Cookie Cutter Halloween set is stamped on Whisper White card stock in Early Espresso ink. The scarecrow is colored with markers in the following colors – Real Red, Crumb Cake, Peekaboo Peach, Crushed Curry, and Dapper Denim.

7. The scarecrow is punched out using the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.

8. All layers of the card are adhered flush to the left side of the card base, as pictured.

9. The punched out scarecrow is adhered to the card front with Dimensionals.

10. Pearls in varying sizes are added for accent.

Here are the products that I used to make the card:

Thanks so much for stopping by on your blog hop!

Be sure to continue the journey over to Sue Root’s project. Here are all the participants in this month’s blog hop.

Happy Stamping!
Laurie

 

NC Demos September Blog Hop:

Elaine Brown-Pelletier
http://www.papercraftsbyelaine.com/2016/09/santas-sleigh-card-with-stampin-up.html

Tamra Davis –  http://wp.me/p2QFfC-Df

Jo Anne Hewins
http://luv2create.typepad.com/my_blog/2016/09/halloween-favs-with-the-nc-demo-blog-hop.html

Melissa Kerman
http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/thecraftingtreehouse/blog?directBlogUrl=/blog/60800/entry/halloween_sweater_with_cableknit_embossing

Tracie Evans Langley
http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/traciesallaboutstamping/blog?directBlogUrl=/blog/86481/entry/nc_demos_september_blog_hop

Laurie Meier –> YOU ARE HERE
http://stampedgreetings.com/welcome-to-fall-nc-demos-blog-hop/

Sue Root
http://stampin-with-sue.blogspot.com/2016/09/nc-su-demos-halloweenfall-blog-hop.html

 

 

Cookie Cutter Halloween Treat Bag

Yesterday, I shared a really cute, easy Cookie Cutter Christmas card.  Today, I would like to show you a fun treat bag for you to make for Halloween.  You can add your own twist to the design to make an alternate Halloween bag, Christmas treat bag, a cute favor for a baby or wedding shower, or many other occasions.  Take a look at the picture below.  Full instructions follow the picture.

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Here are the directions for the bag.  Please note:  I used retired and non-SU! washi tape in my example.  There are many new washi tape colors and patterns that could be used to make the bag.

1. This quick Halloween treat bag features the Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set and corresponding builder punch.  The bag is from the Kraft Tag a Bag Gift Bags.  The bag is scored at 3 ¾” from the bottom of the bag and folded to the back.

2. The cute monster image is stamped with Memento black ink onto Whisper White card stock.

3. The cute monster image is colored with markers in Pumpkin Pie and Cucumber Crush, as pictured.

4. The Halloween bag is stamped with Memento black ink onto Whisper White card stock.  It is die cut using one of the framelits from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits collection.  The bag is colored with markers in Pumpkin Pie and Cucumer Crush, as pictured.

5. Happy Halloween, from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set, is stamped onto Pumpkin Pie card stock with Memento black ink.  The words are cut out separately and adhered to the die cut piece.

6. The cut out monster is adhered to the die cut piece using Dimensionals.  The combined die cut piece and cut out monster piece are adhered directly to the bag.

7.Bats from the Cookie Cutter Halloween set are stamped using Memento black ink.

8.The finishing touches to the bag include two strips of Pumpkin Pie card stock adhered, as pictured.  Halloween washi tape is layered onto the Pumpkin Pie card stock.

9.A clothespin is decorated using Washi tape and added as the final embellishment.

I hope you can use this design to make a treat bag to fit a special occasion for you or your family.  The products I used to make the bag are shown below.  Click on any picture and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy Stamping!
Laurie