Retiring Custom Tee Bundle – NC Demos May Blog Hop

Welcome to the NC Demos May Blog Hop! If you’ve just come from Sharon Maranich ‘s post, I’m sure you’re inspired by her projects.  Thanks for stopping by to see my cards for this month!

This month, we are showcasing some of our favorite retiring products. The stamps and dies that I am featuring have only been available for a short period of time.  They have already become my go-to for cards for many occasions.  If you’ve been thinking about adding the Custom Tee Bundle to your collection, now is the perfect time.  [Hint- Rather than purchasing the bundle, you can save money if you purchase the stamps and dies individually.  The stamps and dies are currently on sale!  Remember – They are only available until May 31 or while supplies last, whichever comes first.]

Here are my cards for this month:

Both cards are made using these steps:

  1. Cut a piece of white card stock and a piece of black card stock to use for the top layer of the card.  Cut the black card stock a little longer and wider than the white card stock.
  2. Die cut the t-shirt shape you would like for your card in both the white and black card stock.  Hint- You should be able to die cut both pieces at the same time which will make sure the cuts are in the same place on both pieces.
  3. Use a sentiment from the Custom Tee stamp set on the bottom right of the card.  I used Basic Black to draw out the black from the frame.  There are many great sentiments in the set that can be used for several occasions.
  4. Now – Here is the fun part.  Go grab your paper scraps!  I know you have them!  Don’t feel guilty.  We all have scraps 🙂  Pick out the colors you want to use.  [For the “congrats” card, I chose the colors for the university where our niece was just accepted.]  Cut your scraps to various widths and start glueing them to a piece of white card stock.  Trim off the sides when you’re done.
  5. Keep one of the scrap pieces to use to stamp the flower or pocket image.  There are corresponding dies in the set for the flower and pocket.
  6. Assemble the card as pictured.  I used dimensionals to add the top layer to the card.

Trust me – You are going to love making these cards.  They are pretty quick and super cute.  You can personalize the colors incredibly easy.  And – you use up your scraps – what else could you want?  I haven’t tried these cards with designer series paper yet.  That will be my next step!

To continue on the blog hop, click here and you’ll go to Frances Wagner’s project.  All participants are listed below.  Also shown below are the key products used for these cards.  If you click on a picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie

NC Demos May Blog Hop Participants:

Debra Ballance-Byrd

Tamra Davis

Jo Anne Hewins

Michelle Irinyi

Tracie Evans Langley

Sharon Maranich

Laurie Meier – YOU ARE HERE

Frances Wagner

Happy Mother’s Day – NC Demos April Blog Hop

Welcome to the April NC Demos blog hop.  If you have just come from Sharon Maranich’s blog post, I’m sure you are as impressed as I am with her talents!  Thank you so much for stopping by to see my project for this month.

I love designs that can easily be changed for many occasions.  Here is a Mother’s Day card that is very quick, fun, and can be redesigned for just about anything – birthdays, anniversaries, sympathy, and more!  Take a look at the card.

These cards are made with exactly the same colors.  The only difference is the intensity of the color.  They start with three retiring colors – Cucumber Crush, Delightful Dijon, and Watermelon Wonder.  There are two basic stamps for the card background – one from the Work of Art stamp set and one from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.  (Can you really believe that Gorgeous Grunge is retiring??).  Take a look at the pictures below to see the main supplies and inks.  You’ll also see a picture of the card backgrounds before they are die cut.

The Butterfly Thinlits are the key to the card.  I used the middle size butterfly from the set to die cut the butterfly on the front of the card.

The “happy mother’s day” sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set.  Trust me – if you don’t have that set – you really need it!!

To assemble the card, use a Whisper White card stock base.  Add a piece of Basic Black card stock (cut just smaller than the card base).  Add a piece of Whisper White card stock behind the opening from the butterfly die cut.  Glue the body of the butterfly exactly where it was die cut.  Gently curl the butterfly wings.

Now – Go make this card!  And, change the sentiment!  Make it your own.

Wait – Before you go make the card, be sure to finish the NC Demos blog hop for April.  Your next stop is Lisa Tedder, who is a very talented artist.  Enjoy!

Happy Stamping!
Laurie

Here are this month’s NC Demos Blog Hoppers:

Tamra Davis

Jo Anne Hewins

Michelle Irinyl

Melissa Kerman

Tracie Evans Langley

Sharon Maranich

Laurie Meier <–You are here

Lisa Tedder

Frances Wagner

 

Hello Sunshine – NC Demos March Blog Hop

I hope you’re enjoying the NC Demos March blog hop!  There certainly are amazing, talented ladies who are part of this great group.  You just visited one of them – Sharon Maranich!  Didn’t you just love her project?  Thanks for taking time to stop to see my project.  I am going to continue the spring theme with a flowery card that is a lot of fun to make and even more fun to give away!

Below is a picture of the Hello Sunshine card!  I hope the first thing it makes you do is simply smile.  The fussy-cut flowers, grungy leaf background, and whimsical sentiment help make a cheerful card that is perfect for many occasions.

Here are directions for the card:

  1. The card base is a light green (color of your choice) card stock cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″ on the longer side.  [Just a suggestion – Mint Macaron from the retiring set of in-colors is a great color for the card.]  Use a corner rounder to round the bottom right corner and corresponding corner on the back of the card.
  2. The Crazy About You stamp set is the feature set for this card.  The stamp with the leaves and stem in this set is used to design the top part of the card base.  You won’t stamp the stems to go all the way to the bottom of the card.  Notice that you don’t see any leaves or stems under the white piece of card stock with “hello sunshine”.  Use a scrap piece of card stock as a mask to prevent leaves and stems from being stamped at the bottom of the card front.  Put the scrap piece 2″ from the bottom of the card base.  Use Garden Green ink to stamp the leaves and stems at the top of the card, as pictured.  Stamp the leaves multiple times, at different angles and levels, before re-inking the stamp.  This will give different levels of intensity to the leaves and stems.
  3. Use one of the random dot stamps from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and Crushed Curry ink to stamp background dots on all areas of the card front.  Stamp off the ink as you’re stamping to get different intensities with the dots.
  4. Cut a piece of white card stock to 5 1/4″ x 1 1/2″.  Use the corner-rounder punch to round the bottom right corner of the piece.  Stamp “sunshine” from the Crazy About You set using Watermelon Wonder ink near the bottom right corner.  Notice that the white card stock piece is purposely cut a little shorter than the width of the card.  This is done intentionally to highlight the rounded corner on the piece.
  5. Use the Hello You framelits dies and Very Vanilla card stock to die cut the “hello” script.  Adhere the “hello” script to the white card stock with glue on some of the letters and with the handheld stapler, as pictured.  Use dimensionals to adhere the white card stock piece to the card base.
  6. Stamp multiple flowers from the Crazy About You stamp set with Watermelon Wonder and Crushed Curry.  Fussy cut different sizes of flowers.  Adhere the layers of flowers together in alternating colors.  Curl the flower petals to give dimension.  Add a little bling to the middle of the flowers using Rhinestone Basic Jewels.  Adhere the finished flowers to the card, as pictured.

This card can be CASEd for so many occasions!  The Crazy About You stamp set and Hello Thinlits Dies are a perfect combination to help you celebrate just about any occasion.

I hope you have enjoyed my project and will continue to the next stop on the NC Demos blog hop.  You’ll be heading over to see Sue Root’s project.  All links for the NC Demos blog hop are shown below.

Here are the featured products that I used to make the Hello Sunshine card.  If you click on any product picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie 

Here are the NC Demos who are participating in the blog hop this month:

Jo Anne Hewins

Michelle Irinyi

Tracie Evans Langley

Sharon Maranich

Laurie Meier  <– YOU ARE HERE

Sue Root

Lisa Tedder

Frances Wagner



 

So In Love – Sparkling Spring Card

Welcome to the February NC Blog Hop!  I’m sure you’ve been inspired by the talented artists that you have visited so far.  You’ve likely just come from Sharon Maranich ‘s blog.  She has an amazing project, don’t you agree?

Thanks so much for stopping by to see my card.  I hope you like it and also pick up a few tips and tricks.  My motto is – One stamp set, Three designs, Endless possibilities.  The So In Love suite from Stampin’ Up!’s Occasions catalog has helped me live up to that motto.  I’d like to share my third design using this suite.  It is pictured below.

Here are some tips and tricks that I used to make the card:

  • Notecards are great to always have on hand.  I used the Crumb Cake notecard as the card base.  Rounding corners of the card base and card front pieces also add interest.  The Project Life Corner punch works well for this and is an essential addition to your “go to” punches.
  • The Falling In Love Designer Series Paper (DSP) collection is truly incredible.  It has several unique boken-like patterns and other designs (like the one I used for the floral background) to give your cards a quick, interesting, eye-catching backdrop.
  • So Detailed Thinlits dies add very delicate banners and edges to your projects.  They can be made from DSP or single-colored card stock, as in the example.   When layering the die cut on top of a piece of DSP, I like to put a piece of card stock behind the die cut piece.  In the card pictured above, I used Very Vanilla behind the die cut piece.  Think pieces of Crumb Cake card stock borders the Very Vanilla piece.
  • The flower dies from the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits die are the perfect size and shape to fit well behind the flowers in the So Detailed Thinlits die piece.  Each flower is made to sparkle by adding a touch of clear Wink of Stella.
  • The fine tip glue pen is perfect for adhering the flowers to the back of the die cut and, then, the die cut to the piece of Very Vanilla card stock.
  • The So In Love stamp set offers beautiful floral images and versatile sentiments.  The “enjoy” stamp can be used for any occasion.  I will make several of these cards to keep on hand and use for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions.  I used Very Vanilla card stock and Tip Top Taupe ink to stamp the sentiment for the card.  It was then fussy cut and adhered to the die cut piece.
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels add a perfect finishing touch to the card.

I hope you CASE the card and would love to see your cards!  If you would like to see the other two cards that I designed using the So In Love suite, click here for the first card and click here for the second card.

Be sure to continue your blog hop.  Your next stop is Lisa Tedder, who is an amazing artist.  All blog hop participants are listed below.

Also shown below are the key products that I used to create my card.  If you click on any product picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie

Here is the list of the NC Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who are participating in this month’s blog hop:

February Blog Hoppers

Debra Ballance-Byrd

Tamra Davis

Jo Anne Hewins

Michelle Irinyl

Melissa Kerman

Tracie Evans Langley

Sharon Maranich

Laurie Meier [YOU ARE HERE}

Lisa Tedder

Frances Wagner



 

Avant Garden – NC Demos January Blog Hop

Welcome to the January North Carolina Demos blog hop!  I hope you enjoyed Sharon Maranich’s posting.  She is such a talented stamper!  Thanks for stopping by to see my project for this month’s blog hop.  I hope I can inspire you with a card made using the Avant Garden stamp set from the Sale-a-Bration catalog.

My blog is dedicated to frugal stampaholics.  The Stamped Greetings motto is – One stamp set, Three designs, Endless possibilities.  This week, I have focused on the Avant Garden stamp set.  If you missed the first two designs, you can click here to see the first design and click here to see the second design.  Today’s posting is the third design using this set.  It was inspired by one of the pictures in the Sale-a-Bration catalog.  After all, CASEing is a great way to get comfortable with new stamps, inks, and embellishments.  I always like to add a little personal twist to make the design my own.

Here is the picture of the card in the catalog.

Here is my take on a card using the same basic layout.

 

I would be flattered if you CASE my design and hope that you do!  You may want to take the following tips into consideration when you do:

  • The most challenging part of this card is getting the many layers on the card front to line-up and look flush with the card edges.  Patience, tape, and a ruler are the tricks that I used.  After I stamped the flowers and leaves (all on one piece of Peekaboo Peach card stock), I cut the stamped piece at a diagonal.  The sentiment was stamped onto a separate piece of scrap Pumpkin Pie card stock.  Additional pieces of scrap Peekaboo Peach and Emerald Envy card stock were taped and then glued to add the border colors between the stamped flower pieces and the stamped sentiment.  Tape is a real life saver to make sure you have the border colors just where you want them before gluing them down.
  • The base for the card is a Crumb Cake note card.  I love the note cards and matching envelopes.  They are the perfect size for a quick card and perfect for this type of design.
  • The burlap ribbon and linen thread add a very earthly, yet elegant, finish to the design.
  • There were a few alterations to the design that happened and the card was created.  I have really just accepted that I need to allow myself to experiment when making cards.  This card didn’t turn out exactly how I had envisioned it.  And, to be completely honest, it actually turned out better than I had originally planned.  Allow yourself to take the journey of creativity.  You’ll be amazed at the results of stamps, ink, embellishments, and a dash of trying something outside your comfort zone!

Be sure to continue the blog hop for this month.  All the participants are listed below.

Tamra Davis

Jo Anne Hewins

Michelle Irinyl

Tracie Evans Langley

Sharon Maranich

Laurie Meier <– YOU ARE HERE

 

 

 

 

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

Happy stamping!
Laurie