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

Cookie Cutter Christmas – Gingerbread Cookie Card

The Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog is literally full of wonderful stamp sets, designer series papers, new embellishments, and pages of great ideas for the upcoming holidays.  You don’t have to turn very far into the catalog to find the wonderful Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set, corresponding punch, designer series paper, and accessories.  If you’re like me, you’ll start thinking about all the cute cards and projects you can make with gingerbread cookies.

Pictured below is one idea of how to use this line of products.  It is a quick, cute, fun Christmas card.  Our card club made it a few weeks ago.  Trust me –  This set is just going to make you smile.   Full instructions are provided below the picture.

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Instructions for making this card:

  1. This card features the amazing Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set and corresponding builder punch.

2. This base of this card is a Crumb Cake notecard.  Early Espresso, cut to 3 ¼ x 4 ¾” is the next layer (not yet adhered to the card base).

3. The primary layer for the card is a piece of Candy Cane Lane DSP cut to 3” x 4”.  The DSP piece is then cut to 3” x 3”, taking 1” off the bottom of the piece.

4. One piece of Real Red card stock is cut to 4” x 1 ¼”  A piece of Whisper White card stock is cut to 4” x 7/8”   At the top of the Whisper White piece, “warm heartfelt greetings for a very merry Christmas” is stamped in Early Espresso.  Washi tape from the Candy Cane Lane Designer Washi Tape collection is used to decorate the bottom of the Whisper White piece, as shown.  The finished Whisper White piece is adhered to the Real Red Piece.

5. The gingerbread cookie image is stamped onto Whisper White card stock using Crumb Cake ink.  It is punched out with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.  Two hearts are punched out from Real Red card stock, using the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, and adhered to the gingerbread cookie image, as shown.

6. Two gingerbread cookie shapes in Early Espresso are punched out and adhered to the back of the Crumb Cake gingerbread cookie cutout, as shown.

7. The card is assembled as follows:

a) The DSP is adhered to the Early Espresso piece with the 3” x 3” at the top and the 3” x 1” at the bottom.  There will be a gap in the DSP paper.  It will be covered by the Real Red piece.

b) Adhere the Real Red piece to cover the gap.  Trim the excess Real Red paper to make sure the edges are flush with the Early Espresso piece.

c) Adhere the Early Espresso to the card base.

d) Adhere the gingerbread cookie piece, as shown.

Products used to create this card are shown below.  Click on any picture, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie

Jar of Love – Firefly Shaker Card

In my last post, I made the confession that I am hooked on the Jar of Love stamp set and corresponding Everyday Jars framelits dies.  Today, I would like to share a fun, fresh shaker card featuring the stamp and die bundle.

Shaker cards are quite a lot of fun to make and truly not hard.  You just need to take the plunge and give it a try.  Typically when I make shaker cards, I add sequins or pieces of sparkling paper to the shaker.  In this card, you’ll see that the fireflies are the focus of the card and are also the pieces that are intended to move in the shaker card.  Our card club made this card recently, and it was a true hit!  I hope you’ll enjoy making it as well.

Detailed instructions follow the picture.  Also, at the end of this post, you’ll have an opportunity to purchase the items used to make the card.

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Below are instructions for making this card:

1. This card and envelope feature the amazing Jar of Love stamp set, corresponding Everyday Jars framelits dies, and the gorgeous Fruit Stand designer series paper.  The card base and envelope are from the Crumb Cake notecards and envelopes collection.

2. Shaker cards may look intimidating to make, but they really aren’t difficult.  This is a great card to make if you haven’t made a lot of shaker cards.  The design is pretty forgiving.

3. Cut a piece of Crushed Curry cardstock to 3” x 4” (or use a large enough scrap piece) and stamp the middle sized mason jar from the Jar of Love stamp set using Memento black ink.  Die cut the jar with two corresponding dies from the Everyday Jar framelits dies set.  First, use the framelit to cut the outside image of the mason jar.  Then, use the framelit to cut the inside of the jar.

4. Cut a piece of the Fruit Stand designer series paper to 3 ¼” x 4 ¾”.  Use the middle mason jar framelit to die cut a mason jar shaped opening.

5. Adhere a piece of acetate (I use the backing from photopolymer stamps) on the back of the DSP to cover the mason jar opening.  Tape the acetate on one side to make sure it is where you want it before you glue it down.  Then, on the front side of the DSP, adhere the die cut mason jar to the acetate.  The die cut mason jar will fit very snuggly into the die cut mason jar opening in the DSP.

6. Cut a piece of Mint Macaron cardstock to ½” x 4”.  Use Memento black ink to stamp “you light up my life” onto the Mint Macaron cardstock, as pictured.  Adhere the Mint Macaron strip to the DSP, as pictured.  You will have excess on both sides of the cardstock.  Trim off the excess from the back.

7. Flip the DSP onto the back side.  Use Foam Adhesive Strips to frame the shaker box, the mason jar shaped opening.  Only peel one side off the adhesive foam strips, and make sure there are no gaps in your box.

8. Cut a piece of white cardstock to 3” x 4”.  This is going to be the background of the shaker box.  Use the firefly stamp from the Jar of Love stamp set and Memento ink to stamp a few fireflies on the white cardstock piece.  Use a Daffodil Delight marker to shade in the body of the fireflies, as pictured.

9. Use a scrap piece of white cardstock to stamp about 15 fireflies.  Stamp them using Memento black ink, and die cut them with the firefly die from the Everyday Jars framelits dies set.  Color their bodies with a Daffodil Delight marker.  Pile your die cut fireflies in the middle of the area of the white cardstock where you stamped your fireflies.  Keep three die cut fireflies to the side.  Adhere these fireflies to the front of the card, as pictured.

10. Peel the wax paper from the Foam Adhesive Strips around your shaker box.  Adhere your DSP piece directly to the white cardstock with the piled firefly die cuts.  Hover over the top of the DSP as you put the DSP over the fireflies.  Make sure the Foam Adhesive Strips are adhering to the white cardstock.  The shaker part of your card is now done!!

11. Put a few more strips of Foam Adhesive Strips on the back of the DSP piece.  This will help adhere the front to the card.  Adhere the DSP to the Crumb Cake notecard.

12. To finish the card, use Memento black ink to stamp the bow die from the Jar of Love stamp set onto a scrap of Mint Macaron.  Die cut the bow using the bow framelit from the Everyday Jar framelits dies set, and adhere the die cut bow, as pictured.

Happy Stamping!
Laurie

 

Supplies used to make the card:

Glue Dots

$5.25

Big Shot

$110.00

Jar of Love – Flowery Thank You

I am absolutely hooked on the amazing Jar of Love stamp set and corresponding Everyday Jar framelits dies.  There are so many ways to use the stamps and dies that you will never run out of creative ideas for this bundle.  And, just wait until you see the Holiday catalog because there are additional sets that can be used with the Everyday Jar framelits dies.  There is a gorgeous Christmas stamp set and a very fun Halloween themed stamp set.  If you haven’t purchased the Jar of Love bundle yet, I strongly recommend that you consider it.

Here is one of the cards that our card club made at a recent meeting.  It is the first design that I’m sharing featuring the Jar of Love bundle.  There are more designs to come.  Full instructions and a few tips are included below the picture.

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Here are the instructions for the card:

1 .This card and envelope feature the amazing Jar of Love stamp set, corresponding Everyday Jars framelits dies, and the gorgeous Fruit Stand designer series paper.  The card base and envelope are from the Whisper White notecards and envelopes collection.

2. Cut a piece of Mint Macaron cardstock to 3 ¼” x 4 ¾”.  Use Memento black ink to stamp the medium jar from the Jar of Love stamp set in the middle of the Mint Macaron piece.  [This is a great tip for conserving paper!].  Die cut the jar image from the Mint Macaron piece using the corresponding die from the Everyday Jar framelits dies set.  If you would like, corner round two corners of the Mint Macaron piece, as pictured.  Adhere the Mint Macaron piece to the card base.  [Yes – You’ll see the opening where the jar was die cut, but the opening will be covered by the Peekaboo Peach cardstock!]

3. Cut a piece of Peekaboo Peach cardstock to 3” x 4 ½”.  If you would like, corner round two corners of the Peekaboo Peach piece, as pictured.  Use Versamark ink to randomly stamp “Thanks” from the Jar of Love stamp set onto the Peekaboo Peach piece.  Adhere the Peekaboo Peach piece on top of the Mint Macaron piece, as pictured.  [Now you can’t see the opening from where the jar was die cut!]

4. Use Memento black ink to stamp “Thanks” on the die cut jar.  Be sure to leave enough room above “Thanks” for your ribbon.

5. Cut a piece of the Peekaboo Peach 3/8” ruched ribbon to about 3” long.  Wrap the ribbon around the jar, as pictured, and tape both ends to the back of the die cut jar.  Cut another piece of the ruched ribbon to about 3”.  Tuck one end of the second piece under the taped piece of ribbon.  Tie a knot in the second piece of ribbon.  You’ve created a fake bow!  You can move the second piece from left to right along the taped ribbon to place it where you want it.  Cut the ends of the second ribbon as you would like.

6. To make the flowers, use the flower stamps from the Jar of Love stamp set.  Remember – the base flower stamp (the solid stamp) should be a lighter color than the corresponding, detailed stamp.  The pictured pink flowers were inked with Flirty Flamingo (background) and Watermelon Wonder (detail).  The pictured peach flowers were inked only with Peekaboo Peach.  The background color was created by stamping off the Peekaboo Peach once.  The detailed color was created by simply using Peekaboo Peach.  The flowers were die cut with the corresponding dies from the Everyday Jars framelits dies set.

7. The final touch is the envelope liner.  It is made with the absolutely gorgeous Fruit Stand designer series paper.  Pick the design that you feel matches the card the best.  Your choice may depend on the colors that you use to make the flowers.

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

Happy stamping!
Laurie

Big Shot

$110.00

Floral Affection Embossing Folder – Braided Card

There are so many wonderful card ideas that we can all find on blogs, Pinterest, Facebook, and in catalogs and magazine.  It is refreshing that crafters are very generous in sharing ideas and personal tips and tricks.  When I CASE a card, I really try to add my own twist to make sure that I am not making a true copy.  The card below is a blending of several ideas that I found from many sources.  It also includes some personal touches and experiments that were fun to try.  Here is the card:

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A good friend of mine showed me a braided card that she made recently and pointed me to a template that is available on-line.  The template can be found by going to Brandy Cox’s tutorial for a braided card.  You’ll be able to download the template from this page.  Thank you, Brandy, for sharing such a wonderful technique and template!

Below are directions for making the card:

  1. Create a white cardstock card base cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  2. Use the template, referenced above, to cut the folded edge of the card.  Make sure that you don’t cut too close to the top or bottom of the card.  Brandy’s tutorial goes through the step-by-step process to make the braid after the card edge is cut.
  3. Add a sentiment of your choice to the bottom right of the card front.  Use an ink color that corresponds with your background framed cardstock.  In the picture, I used the “You are so kind” stamp from the Watercolor Wings set.  I really like the font from this set and think it helps highlight the whimsical theme of the card.  The sentiment is stamped with Emerald Envy ink, one of my new favorites.
  4. Emboss a piece of white cardstock, cut to 2 ½” x 4” with the floral image in the Floral Affections embossing folder duo.
  5. Use markers, in your choice of colors, to highlight the embossed image.  The markers from the two sets of in-colors really worked well for me.  The effect is similar to needlework.  It is even prettier in person.
  6. Add some sparkle in the middle of the leaves and flowers with a Wink of Stella pen.  Be sure to let the ink on the embossed image dry completely before you use the Wink of Stella pen.  If you don’t wait, you may get some bleeding of your colors in the areas that you want to sparkle.
  7. Use dimensionals to adhere the embossed, colored piece to a dark cardstock cut to 2 ¾” x 4 ¼”.  Emerald Envy is used in the pictured card.
  8. Adhere the dark colored cardstock to a lighter corresponding color cardstock, cut to 3” x 4 ½”.  Mint Macaron is the color for the lighter green in the example.
  9. Use dimensionals to adhere the lighter color cardstock to the card front.
  10. To cover the ends of the braid, tie bows on the front of the card, as pictured.
  11. This card also looks very elegant without any color on the embossed image.  It is a great, versatile style to have in your arsenal of quick cards.

The products I used to make the pictured card are shown below.  If you click on any image, you’ll be taken to my on-line store.

Happy Stamping!
Laurie

Products Used to Make the Card:

Sitting Here – Dry Brush Painting

I recently watched a great video about stamping and was reminded that we should all have fun and relax when we create cards and other projects.  It is so easy to get caught up in trying to make the perfect card.  Well – I have found a stamp set that just forces relaxation!  It is the Sitting Here stamp set in the new Stampin’ Up! annual catalog.  I truly relaxed when I made the card pictured below.  Your blood pressure may fall a few points when you look at the card!  Directions and more information are included below.

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Here are the instructions for making this card:

1. Create a pink cardstock card base cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side. Cut a beige piece of cardstock cut to 4 ¼” x 5”. Adhere the beige cardstock to the pink card base, as pictured.

2. Cut a piece of watercolor paper to 4” x 4 ½”. Stamp the porch swing stamp and flower pot images from the Sitting Here stamp set onto the watercolor paper. Use the smooth side of the watercolor paper for your stamping. Use a beige or brown ink to stamp.

3. Dry brush painting is a little of a misnomer. You actually use a very slightly damp brush for this technique. The Aqua Painters are a great tool for this technique. Fill an Aqua Painter with water. Squeeze the barrel to get some water into the brush. Use your fingers to squeeze out almost all the water. Then gently use the brush to pull the ink from the stamped image into the open areas. This will cause the wood to look as if it is lightly colored. Use the same technique to add dimension to the flower vase.

4. Add color to the swing’s cushion and to the flowers with markers in the colors that you choose.

5. Finish the card by stamping “just sitting here thinking of you” onto a banner and staple the banner onto the card front, using the Handheld Stapler.

6. Use dimensionals to adhere the watercolor paper to the beige cardstock.

Supplies that I used to make the card are pictured below.  If you click on any supply picture, you’ll be taken to my on-line store.

I hope you enjoy making this card and relax as you are putting the card together!

Happy Stamping!
Laurie
Product List

Fruit Stand DSP – Double Pocket Card

I have a confession.  I don’t use Designer Series Paper (DSP) a lot in my cards and projects, but that trend may change!  The card below is made with the absolutely gorgeous Fruit Stand DSP.  It is quick and easy to make.  The bookmark in the front pocket features the new Jar of Love bundle which is amazing and incredibly versatile.  Directions for the card follow.20160710_084205

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. This is a great, quick card to make with any Designer Series Paper.
  2. Cut a sheet of DSP to 8 ½” x 11”.   Save the extra DSP to use later.
  3. Use your scoring board to create the folds for the card.  On the 8 ½” side, score at 4 ¼”.  On the 11” side, score at 5 ½”.
  4. Place the DSP onto a diagonal scoring board with the patter that you want to have as the primary card design facing up.  In the example above, the strawberries were placed facing up.  Put the DSP onto the diagonal scoring board with the 8 ½” side at the top.  Score a diagonal line at the 4 ½” mark in the upper right quadrant.  Turn the page 180 degrees, and score a diagonal line at the 4 ½” mark in the upper right quadrant.  The diagonal score line will be on opposite sides of the DSP.
  5. Turn your DSP over, and fold the scored lines in toward the middle.  You have created the pockets.
  6. Fold the bottom half of the DSP up.  Your front pocket will now be on the right side.
  7. Fold the left side behind the right side.  Your inside pocket will now be seen on the inside of your card.
  8. Finish your card with a bookmark or other paper item in the front pocket.  The inside pocket can be used for anything you would like – a letter, gift card, recipe, package of cocoa mix – the possibilities are endless.

Here is another picture that helps show the two pockets in the card – one on the front and one in the middle.

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And, here is a close-up of the bookmark.

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Below are the supplies that I used to make this double fold card. Click on any picture and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy Stamping!
Laurie