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!

Stippled Tree - Thankful for You

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

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

 

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