Crafting Together – Do Something Creative Every Day

I absolutely love when the final card looks even better than the design I had planned.  This card is one that fits that description.

Take a look at the picture below.  This is the card front….

And, here is another picture!  This shows how the card opens.

Another confession from me – I don’t use large background stamps too often.  But, that may be changing after using the new Burlap Background Stamp to start this card.  The background is stamped in Versamark onto a Pool Party card base.  Don’t you just love the texture and interest that are added to the card?

The next step is to grab your Crafting Together stamp set and stamp the “Do Something Creative Every Day” stamp on the front of your card.  The new Tranquil Tide In-Color ink works incredibly well with the Pool Party base.

Now – the real fun begins!  Grab your Stitched Shape Framelits Dies and the largest oval die.  Cut an oval from the front of your card.  Remember – The picture is only an example.  You can cut the oval from anywhere on the card.

Use your Crafting Together stamp set and stamp the cup of paintbrushes onto a piece of Watercolor Paper.  Be sure to use Basic Black Archival ink.  This ink works incredibly well with the Watercolor Pencils and Aqua Painters.  Yup – That’s the key to the coloring!!  Just have fun coloring the image.  When you use your Aqua Painters to put the finishing touch on the paint brushes, be very careful to use just a small amount of water on the brush.

The final step to finish the colored image involves paper piecing.  Stamp the Burlap Background Stamp onto a piece of Whisper White card stock using Pool Party ink.  Then, stamp the bottom half of the cup of paintbrushes onto the stamped Whisper White card stock.  Use Basic Black Archival ink to stamp the cup image.  Fussy cut the cup.  Don’t adhere the cup just yet!

Die cut the colored image with the largest oval framelit die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies set.  Grab your card base.  Adhere the die cut colored piece from the front of the card using dimensionals.  Hold your card base “closed”.  Add dimensionals to the back of the die cut colored piece.  From the front of the card, put the die cut colored piece into the oval opening.  Think of it as if you are putting an oval shape into an oval hole.

Sit back and admire your card!  You may have a hard time giving this one away.  You can always use it as daily inspiration in your crafting area!!!

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

I hope this card has inspired your stamping creativity!!

Happy stamping,


Stamp Club Cards!!

Here are two of the cards that we made on Sunday at our monthly stamp club.  Instructions for these cards will be posted shortly.  I will also share the third card that we made.

I finally used up one jar of embossing paste!!

Happy stamping!



Carols of Christmas – Early Release!

I know – We just started August!  Why are we talking about Christmas already??  Well – It’s never too early to start making Christmas cards, right?.  Every year, I promise myself that I’ll start getting cards together earlier than I did the prior year.  With the help of an awesome early release from Stampin’ Up!, I should be able to keep that promise this year!

Take a few minutes to look at the video shared below.  You’re going to love Carols of Christmas bundle.  It is available one month before the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog items will be available for purchase.  [One perk of being a demonstrator is being able to see have a sneak peek of catalogs.  I’ve already seen the Holiday Catalog, and it is AMAZING!!]  You will be able to purchase products from the Holiday Catalog on September 1.

If you would like to purchase the Carols of Christmas bundle or individual Carols of Christmas stamp sets and Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies, check out the products at the end of this post.  Click on the pictures, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy Stamping!


Patriotic Pride – NC Demos Blog Hop

Welcome to the NC July Blog Hop!!  This month, we are celebrating America.  Yes, we have passed the July 4th Independence Day holiday — but, we’re keeping the celebration going!  If you’ve just come from Tracie Evans Langley’s post, I’m sure you’ll agree that she is a very talented stamper.  Thanks for stopping by to see my card.

I had the privilege of growing up as a US Air Force dependent.  It was an amazing adventure!  My dad proudly served in the chaplaincy for over 20 years and was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars.  It is incredibly humbling for our entire family to realize that my dad is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.  One of my profound memories of my dad is the fact that he would always stand when he heard the national anthem.  It didn’t matter where he was or what he was doing.  Pretty amazing!  I think he would approve of my card.

If you follow my blog [], you’ve noticed that I’m a little obsessed with embossing paste right now!  Yes, I truly am.  It is just too much fun to use.  My card this month features embossing paste and die cuts.  Did you notice, there is no stamping involved?!

The card base is Tranquil Tide (a gorgeous new In-Color) card stock.  The card front is Real Red card stock.  The die cuts are from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits set.  As you can see, I die cut the heart thinlit using Whisper White card stock and Real Red card stock.  I also die cut the word hope using Whisper White card stock and Tranquil Tide cardstock.

The bricks are created with the brick mask from the Pattern Party Decorate Masks set and two colors of Embossing Paste.  The white color is straight out of the embossing paste container.  The second is the white embossing paste mixed with a few drops of Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill.  Mix the embossing paste and ink refill on a Silicone Craft Sheet with one of the Palette Knives.

If you look at the pictures below, I hope you can see the depth of the embossed bricks.  There are three layers.  The first layer was white.  The second layer included some Tranquil Tide ink refill.  The third was another white.  I’ve noticed that it takes a few layers of the white embossing paste to cover over dark colors like Real Red.

Be sure to clean your masks and palette knives each time you use the embossing paste.  This means each time you change colors as well.  Warm water and soap work well to clean the masks and palette knives.

I finished the card by gluing the two heart die cuts together but offsetting the pieces.  The same gluing technique was used for the two “hope” die cuts.  The Fine-Tip Glue Pen is a great tool for gluing the die cuts together.  Use Dimensionals to attache the die cuts to the card front.

Be sure to continue the NC Blog Hop for this month.  Go over to Sue Root’s post and check out her project.  If you’d like to check out the main products that I used to create my card, take a look at the pictures below.  Click on any picture, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!

NC Demos Blog Hop Participants:

Tracie Evans Langley

Laurie Meier <– YOU ARE HERE

Sue Root

Main Products Used in My Card:


Daisy Punch – Available to Order!!!

The incredibly popular Daisy Punch is now able to be ordered!!!  The demand for this punch has over exceeded all expectations to the point that the punch has already been on backorder and even on the unable to order list.  BUT – IT’S AVAILABLE AGAIN!!  If you don’t already have this punch in your stash, don’t delay ordering!

Here are a few pictures of cards that I have posted recently that use the Daisy Punch:

Click on the picture below for the Daisy Punch or the Delightful Daisy Bundle.  You’ll go to my on-line store and can place your order!!

Happy stamping,

Daisy Punch