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!
Laurie



 

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!
Laurie

NC Demos October Blog Hoppers:

Tamra Davis

Jo Anne Hewins

Tracie Evans Langley

Laurie Meier <— YOU ARE HERE

Sue Stapp

Frances Wagner



 

Hearts Come Home – Christmas Card

It is almost November!  Isn’t that just crazy?!  And, it’s definitely not too early to start making your Christmas cards.  The card pictured below is one of the designs that my husband, Bruce, and I will be sending to friends and family this year.

The focal point for this card is the amazing tiered winter village scene that is created with the Hometown Greetings Edgelits Dies.  They are fun to work with and were also used in another card that I recently posted.  You can see that post here.

After you get the pieces together for the Hearts Come Home Christmas card, you’ll find that it is a pretty easy card to finish and great for mass production.  It’s perfect to do when you’re watching TV with your family, Skyping with friends, or listening to the radio and crafting.  Here are the main pieces and basic steps for the card:

  • Use Thick Whisper White cardstock to create your card base – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.  The Thick Whisper White cardstock will give a sturdy base for this card.
  • Believe it or not, the “snow background” is from one of the patterns in the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (DSP)!!  I think it is just perfect for this card.  Don’t you?  The “snow background” DSP is cut to 4 1/4″ x 3″.
  • The three levels of the winter village scene are cut from Whisper White cardstock.  The effect is even more spectacular in person.  Trust me!
  • To test where I needed to make the die cuts for the card, I started with three pieces of Whisper White cardstock cut to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.  I die cut each piece using a different layer of the winter scene.  There are three dies in the set.  Then, I used my test pieces to determine how much room I needed between each and taped the three die cut pieces together.
  • Next, take another piece of Whisper White cardstock (or a scrap piece of cardstock) cut to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ as your model.  Put the taped pieces on top of your model piece and allow the left side of the model piece to show about 1/2″.  Draw pencil or pen marks on your model to show where each die should be cut.
  • Adhere the DSP piece to the top of your card base, as pictured.
  • Adhere the tallest die cut piece on top of the DSP and card base.  In the picture above, this is the die cut piece with the double trees and snowman.
  • Use Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the second die cut piece on top of the first die cut piece, as pictured.  The bottom and sides of this piece will be flush with the card base.  Cut some of the mini dimensionals to make sure you adhere the trees and church steeple.
  • In the bottom right hand corner of the final die cut piece, stamp “All Hearts Come Home for Christmas” using Pool Party ink.  The stamp is from the Hearts Come Home stamp set.
  • Use Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the stamped, third die cut piece to the front of the card.
  • And, there you have it!  A gorgeous Christmas card that you will be proud to send this season.  I hope you enjoy making this card!

The main products that I used to make the card are shown below.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.  Enjoy getting started on your Christmas cards!!

Happy stamping!
Laurie



 

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,
Laurie



 

Quilted Christmas Inlaid Embossing Card

My dad was in the Air Force, and our family moved around quite a bit.  It was a great adventure moving around the country and living in France and England.  It was also very special when we were able to spend time with family in the States.  I vividly remember my Grandmother and Granddaddy Wright’s house in Gruver, Texas.  It was a very modest home filled with an enormous amount of love and memories.  It is also the place where my Grandmother Wright showed me how to needlepoint, embroider, hook a rug, smock a pillow, and crochet.  From those wonderful moments with her, my love for crafting started.

The cards pictured below remind me of her.  They aren’t fancy, but they have so much warmth and character.  The Quilt Top Textured Embossing Folder from the Quilted Christmas suite is one of the keys to the cards.  The other is your favorite Designer Series Paper (DSP).  I chose pieces from the gorgeous Painted Autumn DSP collection.  [By the way, if you didn’t know already, Stampin’ Up! has a special this month for DSP.  Buy three packages of selected DSP collections, and get one free!!  Click here for more details.]

The directions for the card are pretty straight forward:

  1. Cut a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock to 7″ x 5″, score at 3 1/2″ on the 7″ side.  [Or – You could use a retired Crumb Cake notecard.]
  2. Choose your favorite piece of DSP and cut two pieces.  One 4 5/8″ x 3 1/8″ and one 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.
  3. Choose your favorite color of cardstock that will work well with the DSP that you have chosen.  In the pictured cards, I chose Early Espresson, one of my absolute favorite brown colors.  Cut two pieces of your chosen color of cardstock.  One 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and one 4 7/8″ x 3 3/8″.
  4. Grab one of your favorite edgelit or framelit dies, and cut a design to put in the middle of the round quilted piece.  The Hometown Greetings Edgelits Dies added the touch that I wanted.  Make sure you cut the die in the same cardstock color as the pieces you chose in #3 above.
  5. You are now ready to use the Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to add the stitched quilting textures to the card pieces.
  6. First emboss the front Crumb Cake piece of the card base.
  7. Adhere the larger DSP piece from #2 above to the larger piece of cardstock in #3 above.  Run the glued pieces through the Big Shot in the embossing folder.
  8. Use the Layering Circles Framelits collection to die cut the focal point of the card.  There are two sets of scalloped circles in the set.  The largest die from each scalloped set are used to cut the center pieces.  Take these two dies from the set.  The smaller is used in #9 below.  The larger is used in #10 below.
  9. Adhere the die design from #4 above to the smaller piece of DSP from #2 above.    Die cut the pasted pieces with the smaller scalloped framelit.  Then, run the glued pieces through the Big Shot in the embossing folder.
  10. Use the larger scalloped framelit to die cut the larger cardstock piece from #3 above.  Emboss this piece with the embossing folder.  Adhere the glued scalloped piece from #9 to the top of the scalloped piece you just die cut in this step.
  11. You can now assemble the card.
  12. Glue the piece from #7 above to the card base.
  13. Add dimensionals to the back of the completed center scalloped piece, and adhere the scalloped piece to the front of the card, as pictured.
  14. Add a bow or other embellishment to the bottom, if desired.
  15. Notice:  Intentionally, there is no stamping involved in this card.  You can very easily add any sentiment to the inside of the card to customize the card.  Or, leave it blank and use it as a notecard.

When you see this card, I think you’ll agree that it has a true warmth.  It feels like a quilt that can be sent for any occasion.

Please use this basic design to make it your own.  Use your favorite DSP and framelit design for your card.  I would love to see what you come up with!

Happy stamping!
Laurie