Use DSP as a Canvas – NC Demos Blog Hop

Welcome to the September NC Demos blog hop!  Thanks for stopping by to see my project for this month.  If you’ve just come from Tracie Evans Langley’s blog, didn’t you love her project?  She is in incredibly talented stamper.

This month, we are featuring techniques that we really like.  Lately, I have been using Designer Series Paper (DSP) as canvas for my cards.  Warning:  This can get quite addictive!  I’ve also been focused on a great stamp set called Floral Statements.  So far this week, I have posted three projects using this stamp set.  The card below is my fourth!  Yup – I’m addicted!

There have been so many stampers who have posted their cards with wood plank backgrounds.  The pictures are really eye catching.  I decided to use the Wood Textures DSP to add an additional element to the card.  This collection of DSP is especially gorgeous and incredibly versatile.

Tips on making the card:

  • Use Archival Basic Black ink to stamp onto the DSP.
  • Enjoy coloring the design with Watercolor Pencils.  Your stress level will literally go down to zero as you color!
  • Use an Aqua Painter to blend the colors from the Watercolor Pencils.  Be sure to use the smallest amount of water possible.  The results will amaze you!
  • Select a few leaves (or maybe specific petals from the flower) to stamp onto a piece of scrap DSP.  Color the leaves (or petals) with the Watercolor Pencils.  Fussy cut the images.  If you choose the leaves for the fussy cutting, you’ll need a tad more patience!
  • To create the 3D effect pictured below, adhere the fussy cut pieces directly onto of the DSP aligning them with the stamped design.
  • Be forewarned – You will likely start the process all over again when you see your creation!

To see the other cards that I have posted featuring the Floral Statements stamp set and different techniques, please click on the links below:

To continue the NC Demos Blog Hop, head over to Sue Root’s blog.  I know she has an amazing project to share with you.  You can also check out all participants listed below.

The main products that I used to make this month’s card are pictured below.  Click on any product, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!

NC Demos Blog Hoppers:

Laurie Meier <– YOU ARE HERE

Floral Statements Hello with a Pop!

The Floral Statements stamp set may only have two stamps, but there are many ways to use the stamp designs for stunning cards.  Below is my third design for this week.  It is a fun Hello card with a pop!  If you missed the first two designs, you can check out the first one here.  And, you can see the second one here.

The cards pictured above use Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper (DSP) as the background for the card front.  The colors in this collection of DSP are gorgeous and provide a wonderful canvas for cards.  The Hello stamp from the Floral Statements set is stamped with Archival Basic Black Ink directly onto the DSP.

Now – the fun begins.  If you like to color, you will love making this card.  Experiment with different combinations of colors from the Watercolor Pencils collection.  And, for extra fun, use an Aqua Painter to blend the colors.  I wasn’t sure if an Aqua Painter would work well on DSP but was very pleasantly surprised to find out it works brilliantly.  Just be sure to use as little water as possible to blend the colors.

Did you notice the flowers are 3D?  That’s the pop!  Stamp the flowers from the Hello stamp onto a scrap piece of DSP.  Color them using the same colors you used for the flowers on the main DSP.  [Okay – You really don’t have to color the flowers on the main DSP since much of the flowers will be covered.  But, I colored them anyway!]  Cut out the flowers, including parts of the letters.  Curl the petals to give a 3D feel.  Adhere the cut flowers directly on top of the flowers on the DSP.  Below are two pictures that give you a better view of the flowers.

You can finish the card by rounding the bottom corners of all layers – the DSP card front, the frame piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, and the Crumb Cake cardstock base.  Also, you can add a sentiment like “Happy Birthday” or leave the card as is.

I cannot be held responsible when you go a little nutty making these cards.  Trust me – you’ll thank me later!

The main products I used to make these cards are pictured below.  Click on any product and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!


Floral Statements Thanks

Easy cards that provide a WOW factor are so much fun to make and to share.  The card pictured below fits this description.  It is also helping me live up to my motto (One stamp set – Three designs – Endless possibilities).  This week, I am featuring the amazing Floral Statements stamp set.  This is the second card using the stamp set.  If you missed the first card, earlier this week, click here to see it.

Now, let’s talk about how to make this card.

  • The card base is Crumb Cake cardstock.  I waffled on the color for the card base and decided on a neutral background which allows the card front to stand on its own.  You may want to experiment with a card base that has a color that corresponds to your watercolored flowers.
  • To frame the card front, I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock just a tad wider and taller than the card front.  Again, the subtle background of a frame helps focus attention to the flowers and main design of the card.
  • The next layer is the piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the Painted Autumn DSP collection.  The key in choosing the piece of DSP to use is to look for a background that will complement the stamp design, a color that is not too dark for watercolor pencils, and a design that is not too busy to distract from the stamp that will be used.  I think the DSP on this card is just perfect with the stamp!
  • Use Archival Basic Black Ink to stamp the Thanks stamp from the Floral Statements stamp set onto the DSP.
  • Now, grab your Watercolor Pencils and just have fun coloring.  You’re going to find that your blood pressure will instantly go down!  Be patient when you’re coloring.  Use a light hand at first to add color.  Then, go back over the same areas and add additional colors.  The colors in the Watercolor Pencils complement each other well and also blend beautifully.  As you can see from the picture below, I experimented with different color combinations.  Warning – This is addictive!!
  • Finish the card by adhering the Whisper White card stock directly to the Crumb Cake card base.  Then, use Dimensionals to add the card front to the Whisper White piece.
  • That’s all there is to it!  I guarantee you’ll just start on another card when you’re done with the first one.

The main colors that I used for the flowers are shown below.

Check back in a few days.  I’m going to share the third card design using the Floral Statements stamp set.

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

Happy stamping!


HELLO to a New Beginning

This week marks a new chapter in my life since I am now officially “retired”!  It also marks a new beginning for and my blog!  I started the website and blog a few years ago and have really enjoyed posting and receiving feedback.  Now, I want to dedicate more time to share stamping ideas with you.

Here is what you can expect

  • Each week, one stamp set or bundle will be featured.
  • Living up to my motto (One stamp set – Three designs – Endless possibilities), each week I’ll showcase three projects.
  • I can’t promise on which days I’ll post (I’ve got to get used to this “retired” thing!), but there will be three projects.

Here is what I would like to ask from you

  • Please provide your feedback.  Constructive words (positive or not-so-positive) are appreciated.
  • Share the projects you like with your friends!

Floral Statements is the first set to be featured in the new beginning of  If you’re like me, you may have missed it when you looked through the new Annual Catalog.  The set includes two stamps that are very beautiful and very useful.  Take a look at the Hello card below.

Instructions for making the Hello card

  • The base for the card is Garden Green cardstock cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • The frame layer is Early Espresso cardstock cut to 5 1/4″ x 4″.  I love a darker frame color under the front.  The extra color on the edge of the design really helps the images pop.
  • The card front is Crumb Cake cardstock cut to 5″ x 3 3/4″.  Hint:  You can get all three card stock colors in the Painted Autumn Cardstock Pack in the Holiday catalog.  Cardstock packs really help take the guesswork out of which colors work incredibly well together.
  • Use the Hello stamp from the Floral Statements stamp set and Archival Basic Black Stampin’ Ink to stamp Hello in the middle of the card front.
  • Use the stamp of your choice from the Timeless Textured stamp set and Versamark Ink to add an edge border to the card front.
  • Use your Watercolor Pencils to color the flowers and leaves in the Hello stamp design.  Be sure to use the Basic Black watercolor pencil and color over each letter in Hello.  In the example, I used Whisper White on the flower petals, Daffodil Delight in the middle of the flowers, Old Olive on the leaves. and Early Espresso on the bark pieces.
  • Emboss your card front with the amazing, new Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  You will love the multi-dimensions of the leaves!
  • If you add a little Wink of Stella to the letters, they will pop even more.
  • Speaking of popping, you can make selected leaves seem more of a focal point by highlighting them with your Whisper White watercolor pencil.
  • Adhere the Early Espresso piece directly to the card base.
  • Adhere the card front to the Early Espresso piece with Dimensionals.

Be sure to check back in a few days to see the card featuring the Thanks stamp from the Floral Statements stamp set.  If you would like to add Floral Statements or other key products used to make the Hello card, click on any picture below, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Thanks for being part of the new beginning!

Happy stamping!


Number of Years – Sweet Sixteen Card

Our oldest granddaughter, Aileen, recently turned sixteen!  I wanted to make her a special card for her Sweet Sixteen and turned to the Number of Years stamp set and coordinating Large Numbers Framelits diesThere are endless possibilities with these sets!

Below are three pictures of the card – the front, the inside, and the whole card showing how it opens –

The color palette includes the amazing inks shown below –

If you don’t have the Number of Years stamp set and Large Numbers Framelits dies, you need to add them to your collection!  Click on any picture shown below, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!

Number Of Years Photopolymer Bundle

Number Of Years Photopolymer Bundle