Colorful Seasons – Happy Birthday Card

Recently while I have been driving around town, I have caught myself smiling at the beautiful autumn colors.  This year, the colors seem more intense and vivid than in past years.  Perhaps, I’m just appreciating the beauty more.  Either way, the foliage is just gorgeous!

Last week, I shared a card that I made for an NC Demos Blog Hop.  You can see that card here.  Using a similar layout, I also created a birthday card for our older daughter, Corie.  The birthday card captures the beauty of the season and shows the simple elegance of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack.  It features the wonderful fall color, Cherry Cobbler.

Below are steps and hints for you to follow to make this card.

  • The card base is made from Thick Whisper White card stock, cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.  I like to use Thick Whisper White card stock as the base for cards when there are multiple layers to add to the card front.
  • The card front is a piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock, cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″.  To give the card front a beautiful dimension, the piece was embossed with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
  • The sentiment is stamped with the Stylized Birthday Stamp onto a piece of the Wood Textures DSP which is cut to 3″ x 3″.  I used my Stamp-a-Ma-Jig to stamp Happy Birthday and stamped the sentiment twice.  The first time, I used Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  The second time, I shifted the Stamp-a-Ma-Jig just a tad to the left and stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink.  The result is a shadow effect on the lettering.
  • The DSP is then cut into three strips.  Each is 1″ x 3″, as pictured.  To add a little depth to the wood “planks”, I sponged the edges of each piece with Early Espresso ink.  Two scrap pieces of the DSP are used as the base to glue on the “planks”.  You can see those scrap pieces on either side of the “planks” in the picture.
  • At this point, I recommend that you start putting your card together.  Adhere the card front to your card base.  Then, use dimensionals to adhere the sentiment piece to the card front.
  • Now, it’s time to make the leaves.  Grab a few scrap pieces of your Wood Textures DSP and the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  Use Tuxedo Black Memento Ink to stamp the large, veined leaf stamp onto the DSP.  Watercolor the leaves with your choice of color from your Watercolor Pencils.  Blend the colors with your Aqua Painter, using the absolute least amount possible of water on the Aqua Painter brush.  You can add more color to the leaves when they are still wet.  You’re going to love this technique!  Use the corresponding leaf die from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Die set to cut out your colored leaves.
  • You can also use the smaller leaf die in Seasonal Layers Thinlits Die set to cut leaves from the scrap Wood Textures DSP.
  • The final leaves are made from the detailed leaf die and gold paper.  [You can also cheat if you have leftover gold leaf stickers from the October Paper Pumpkin kit!]
  • Assemble the leaves as you would like and adhere them to your card.
  • And, there you have it!  A really pretty autumn birthday card that helps capture the beauty of the season.

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

Here the two recent posts with a similar design side-by-side.  Which one do you prefer?

Happy stamping!


NC Demos Blog Hop – Thankful for Autumn Colors

Welcome to the NC Demos October Blog Hop!!!  If you were just visiting Tracie Evans Langley’s site, I’m sure you were as impressed with her project as I was.  She is a very talented stamper.  Thanks for taking time to stop by to see my card for this month.

Our theme for October is to be Thank-Fall!  You’re going to see many amazing projects that have seasonal themes.  I am very Thank-Fall for autumn colors!  They are so vibrant and inviting.  Fall is definitely my favorite season.  Sweatshirts, jeans, football, light sweaters, and beautiful leaves just make me smile.  I am also thankful for friends and family who have Fall birthdays!!  If you get a card that looks like the one pictured below, just pretend to be surprised!

This card has a lot of layers, textures, autumn colors, and leaves.  It was a lot of fun to make.  Here are the main steps and directions.

  • The base is Cherry Cobbler cardstock, cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • There is a card front piece from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″.  I LOVE this DSP stack.  The wood patterns are absolutely amazing.  If you act by tomorrow, you can get four packs for the price of three.  Check here for more details.
  • Adhere the card front piece to the card base.
  • The main sentiment is the Stylized Birthday stamp.  It is stamped in Cajun Craze onto another piece from the Wood Textures DSP Stack.  This piece is cut to 3″ x 3 3/4″.  You can also stamp a shadow image of “Happy Birthday” in Memento Black Ink.  After you stamp “Happy Birthday”, cut the piece into 1″ x 3 3/4″ pieces, as shown.  The result should look like planks of wood.  Adhere the “planks” to scrap pieces of Wood Texture DSP.  If you look closely in the picture, you’ll see vertical DSP pieces behind the planks.
  • Use the Colorful Seasons stamp set and Memento Black Ink to stamp the large veined leaf onto different pieces of Wood Textures DSP.  Color the leaves with your Watercolor Pencils.  If you want, you can use your Aqua Painter to spread the watercolors.  Be sure to use the absolute least amount of water possible in the Aqua Painter.  Die cut the leaves with the corresponding thinlit from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.
  • Use some of the scrap Wood Textures DSP to die cut smaller leaves.  The die for the smaller leaf is also from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.
  • Adhere the leaves to the card front.  Glue dots work very well for this.   Occasionally, put your “plank” piece on top of the leaves that you have adhered to make sure you like the design.
  • When you’re happy with the design, use dimensionals to add the “plank” piece to the front of the card.
  • You can add a few leaves on top of the “plank” piece if you want.
  • Confession – I used leftover gold leaf stickers from a recent Paper Pumpkin kit to add a little bling.  You could just as easily die cut the same filigree leaf shape with a die from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  The card would be gorgeous with multiple metal colored leaves!
  • There you have it!  A great birthday card that highlights the season.  I hope you enjoy making the card.

Please continue on to Sue Stapp’s project.  A full list of this month’s NC Demos Blog Hoppers is listed at the end of this post.

The main products I used to make this card are shown below.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!

NC Demos October Blog Hoppers:

Tamra Davis

Jo Anne Hewins

Tracie Evans Langley

Laurie Meier <— YOU ARE HERE

Sue Stapp

Frances Wagner


Happy Birthday to My Brother!

Earlier this week, my brother celebrated a significant birthday.  Happy Birthday, Dave!  You’ll easily be able to tell which birthday by the card I made him!  Here is the front of the card:

And, here is a picture of the inside of the card:

The Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack is the perfect background for the card.  I’ve had a great time using this paper and hope you do as well.  The Large Numbers Framelits allowed me to customize the number for my brother’s birthday.  I die cut the numbers after I stamped the birthday sentiment with the Stylized Birthday stamp.  Then, I die cut three more of each number and made my own cardstock chipboard for each number by gluing the pieces together.

The leaves at the bottom of the card are made from the stamps and dies from the Color Theory Suite.  The leaves were stamped on scraps of Wood Textures DSP.  Their coloring is from Watercolor Pencils and then blending with an Aqua Painter.  Tip:  Use as little water as possible when you blend.

The gold leaf sticker is from the September Paper Pumpkin kit!!! Love that kit.  I also used the large leaf stamp from the same Paper Pumpkin kit to decorate the inside of the card.  Again, I colored the leaves with Watercolor Pencils.

The sentiment and numbers for the inside of the card are from the Number of Years stamp set.  The base for the inside of the card is a piece of Wood Textures DSP.  The final touch is rounded corners.

This style card could easily be changed to fit any occasion!  I hope you use this idea and make it your own.

Below are the main supplies I used to make the card.  Click on any picture, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping,


Amazing October Specials

If you like great deals, you are going to absolutely love the Stampin’ Up! specials that started today!

  • The first special is Designer Series Paper (DSP) “Buy 3, Get One Free” deal!!!!  This special will last the entire month of October and is available on selected DSP collections.
  • The second special coincides with the celebration of World Card Making Day and will last until October 10.
  • Details for both specials are below.  You’ll notice that many of the items between the two specials coordinate.


The DSP collections that are included in this special are shown below.  Click on any picture, and you’ll go to my on-line store.  This is a great time to get beautiful DSP for your card making. 

World Card Making Day is October 7th.  I hope you will plan to celebrate with many stampers around the world and make a card or two on October 7th!  Stampin’ Up! is offering a 15% discount on the items pictured below.  And, to top that off, if you buy Fast Fuse Adhesive (item 129026), you will receive two Fast Fuse Adhesive Refills for free!!

Happy October Specials Shopping!


Painted Harvest Christmas Wreath Card

The creativity that stampers have never ceases to amaze me.  I’m sure you’ve seen cards that have Christmas wreaths designed using the Painted Harvest stamp set.  The design is simple brilliance.  I’ve added a little twist with Designer Series Paper (DSP) and inlaid embossing to the final card.  Take a look below.  This is the second card that I am sharing featuring the great Painted Harvest Suite!  To see the first design, click here.

If you’ve followed my blog over the last few weeks, you know that I’ve been having a great time using DSP in my cards.  I’ll confess that I haven’t been a huge DSP fan for very long.  But, I am now and will be taking advantage of the great October DSP sale that Stampin’ Up! is having.  Take a look at a recent post to get a preview.

Now, let’s talk about this card.  I bet you love to make and send Holiday cards to your friends and family.  If you’re like me, you like to have cards that make the receiver think “How did she make this card?” but you don’t have a lot of time to design and make the cards.  Let’s face it, our lives get even busier around the holiday season.  Cards that don’t take a lot of time to make but still have that WOW effect are definitely appreciated.  That being said – You are going to love this card!

Here are the steps I used to make this card.

  • The card base is Whisper White cardstock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ then scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.  Whisper White is such a clean starting point for a simple card.  It provides a great, elegant backdrop for the card.
  • The frame is Cherry Cobbler cardstock cut to 5″ x 4″.  This is one of my absolute favorite colors for Christmas cards.
  • You can see that the next layer is a piece of Be Merry DSP collection, cut to 4″ x 4″.  I cut this size intentionally since I can get nine pieces from a 12″ x 12″ piece of DSP.  The random design in this piece of DSP is perfect for inlaid die cutting.
  • The wreath is made from the two-step flower stamps in the Painted Harvest stamp set.  The bottom, larger flower was stamped with Old Olive ink.  The top, smaller flower was stamped with Garden Green ink.  The berries are made with the dot stamp from the Painted Harvest stamp set and Cherry Cobbler ink.  The wreath is stamped onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock.
  • The stamped wreath is die cut using the second largest square die in the amazing Stitched Shapes Framelits.  I absolutely love these framelits and use them quite often.  To finish the wreath piece, I used the smaller end of a Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Marker to add faux stitching.
  • Before you put any pieces of the card together, die cut the bow and the word “hope” from the Cherry Cobbler piece.  Make sure you cut the pieces in places that won’t be seen when you put the piece of DSP over the Cherry Cobbler piece.  This trick is a great way to save paper, and nobody will ever know your secret!  The bow die is the smaller bow in the Pretty Pines Thinlits collection, and the “hope” die is from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits collection.
  • You’re also going to die cut “hope” from the piece of DSP centered underneath where the wreath piece will be attached.
  • Inlaid embossing is a great technique that allows you to put a die cut piece into an opening cut for that die cut.  It’s as if you are putting a puzzle piece into a hole designed for that piece.  For this card – the Cherry Cobbler die cut “hope” is going to fit into the die cut opening in the DSP piece.  To complete the inlaid embossing – Cut a piece of the same DSP used for the card to a size that will just fit behind the opening you made in the DSP when you die cut “hope”.  Attach this piece on the reverse side of the DSP piece using tape.  At first, this is going to look a little strange because you’re going to see the same DSP inside the die cut and outside the die cut area.  Now, take the Cherry Cobbler die cut piece and lay it down inside the opening.  It will fit perfectly!  Your inlaid embossing is done!
  • Adhere the Cherry Cobbler piece directly to the Whisper White card base.  Adhere the completed DSP piece with the inlaid embossing directly onto the Cherry Cobbler frame piece.  Use Dimensionals to add the wreath piece onto the DSP piece.  Use a Glue Dot to add the die cut ribbon to the wreath.  If you find the glue dot is too wide and will show behind the bow, roll the glue dot in between your fingers to make it into a small ball.  Then, use it to adhere the bow.
  • For a final sparkle, you can color the bow and the die cut “hope” using a Clear Wink of Stella pen.

The message is simple yet powerful as is the final card.  Give the card a try!  Make it yours by changing the colors, using different DSP as a base, adding a ribbon bow, or making it just as pictured – I would be flattered!

The main products that I used to make the card are shown below.  Click on any picture and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!

Product List

Glue Dots