Try Paper Pumpkin for Three Months – 25% Off

If you have thought about subscribing to Paper Pumpkin and have not yet, today is the perfect opportunity to give Paper Pumpkin a try.  Take a look at the information below, and sign-up today.  You’ll receive 25% off the regular price for the June, July, and August kits.  After three months, you’ll have no additional obligation.  What have you got to lose??

Check out some of my favorite Paper Pumpkin kits from the last few months.  The kits are amazing!

When you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, here is what you’ll receive each month –

  • An expertly-designed project
  • All the supplies to complete the project, pre-cut and ready to go
  • Step-by-step instructions (including a video)
  • Something new and different every month
  • The convenience of an all-inclusive kit arriving at your door every month.
  • Exclusive photopolymer stamp sets and the opportunity to build a collection.
  • Crafting time you can count on without a lot of prep work.
  • Trying new techniques.
  • Creating alternate projects with all the goodies in the box.
  • Getting together with friends to craft every month.
  • Purchasing past kits and refills so the fun never ends.
  • The quality of the products and variety of projects each month.
  • Sharing ideas with a community of online crafters.
  • The surprise factor!

Here is the fine print for the 25% off special –

  • For first-time subscribers only.
  • Subscribers must join by Saturday, June 10, 2017; 11:50 PM (MT).
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first three months of a new subscription. After that, the price for each month’s kit will return to the regular price of $19.95 US/$26.95 CA.
  • To subscribe, click here.  Then, enter the promo code, STARTHERE.

What are you waiting for???

Happy (Paper Pumpkin) stamping,
Laurie

 

New Stampin’ Up! Catalog – Color Theory Suite

You’re going to say that you hear this every year – but, you can take my word on this one – the upcoming annual Stampin’ Up! catalog is simply amazing.  There are many new products, great new in-colors, and wonderful embellishments that add the perfect finishing touch.

Check out the video below for one of my favorite new product suites.  For our local stampers, this will be one of the sets that we use at next month’s stamp club!

If you’re a member of our stamp club, you’ll receive a copy of the annual catalog at the June stamp club. If you’re not a member and would like a copy, leave a comment and I’ll get in touch with you. I would love to be your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

Happy stamping,
Laurie

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

 

Celebrate Mother’s Day

As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I have the privilege of sharing amazing products with a great group of ladies.  We meet every month and just have a great time making cards and spending time together.  Over the last few years, we have become a very close group of friends.  At our last stamp club meeting, we made the projects in the picture below.  I will be posting separate blogs over the next few days and will give details on each card.

The first card that I am going to show you is a Mother’s Day card that is just plain cheerful!  It could be easily altered to celebrate many other occasions.  As you see how easy the card it to make, I’m sure you’ll think of many other ways you can use the design.

The card features an amazing stamp set called Happy Celebrations and a very unique embossing folder from the Celebrations Due Textured Impressions Embossing Folders  set.  The embossing folders in this set de-emboss the words celebrate and happy.  Unlike traditional embossing folders where the letters would pop out toward the front of the card, these embossing folders press the letters away from the front of the card.  The words are de-embossed.  Then, you can stamp over the de-embossed words and highlight them in a very unique way.  If you look at the picture in the banner of this post, you can see what I’m talking about.  Pretty awesome, huh?

Here are the steps that I used to make the card:

  1. The card base is Whisper White, cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  2. The layers of the card include:
    • Sweet Sugarplum card stock cut to 5 1/4″ x 4″.
    • Basic Black card stock cut to 5″ x 3 3/4″.
    • Whisper White card stock cut to 4 3/4″ x 3 1/2″.
  3. Use the “celebrate” embossing folder from the Celebrations Due Textured Impressions Embossing Folders set to de-emboss the word “celebrate”, as pictured, in the lower right section of the Whisper White card stock piece.
  4. Use Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum ink pads to stamp the circles from the Happy Celebrations over the de-embossed “celebrate”.  Alternate the colors and sizes of the circles to add some interest to the design.  One tip for stamping the circles – Tap the circle stamps on the ink pads.  Don’t push the stamps into the ink pads.  By tapping the ink pads, you’ll get a more evenly distributed image when you stamp.
  5. Use the (retiring! Can’t believe this is true!) Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and the random dots from the set to add a fun Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum background to the card front.
  6. Grab a piece of your scrap Peekaboo Peach card stock (I know you have some!).  I used the “Mother’s Day” stamp from the Crazy About You stamp set and Sweet Sugarplum ink to create the banner.  The Crazy About You set has many options for you to use with this card design.  You really need the set in your stash – just trust me.  Attach your banner to the card front, as pictured.  Fold the end of the banner around the edge of the card front and adhere the folded piece to the back.
  7. Use the flower die from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits set to die cut the Sweet Sugarplum flower.  Here is a great tip – I cut the flower die from the middle of the Sweet Sugarplum piece that is one of the layers on this card.  Just cut it from the center of the Sweet Sugarplum piece.  No-one will ever know since you’re going to put a piece of Basic Black card stock over the area that is cut out!
  8. Now, you’re ready to put the card together.  Attached the Sweet Sugarplum piece directly to the card base.  Then, adhere the card front to the Basic Black piece.  Add the die cut flower, as pictured.  Cut the stem of the flower flush against the Basic Black piece.  Only put glue on the stem and the lower part of the flower.  Then, you’ll be able to curl the “petals” to give the card more interest.  I like to use the Fine Tip Glue pen to glue die cut pieces.
  9. Use dimensionals to add the Basic Black to the Sweet Sugarplum piece.

Here is one more picture of just the card.  There are endless possibilities for the words that you can use.  There are also several great die cuts that you could make from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.  I would love to see your creations!

Below are the main items that I used to make this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie

 

Big Shot

$110.00



 

Beautiful You Meets Mediterranean Moments

A good friend, Susan, who is a member of our Stamp Club, shared a few cards she had seen on Pinterest and asked me to show the group how to make the design.  I’m sure you’ve seen the gorgeous cards on Pinterest that have the Beautiful You lady walking on the paved street of the Mediterranean Moments image.  Well – you get to see one more!

Below is the card that we made at our recent Stamp Club.  I wanted to only focus on the stamped images, watercolored inks, and the framing around the picture.  That means the sentiment is stamped on the inside of the card.

Here are the directions for the card:

  1. Start with a 6″ x 4 1/2″ piece of watercolor paper.  Stamp the image of the lady walking with the umbrella from the Beautiful You stamp set about 1″ from the bottom and 2 1/2″ from the right of the watercolor paper.  I used Archival Black Ink to stamp the image.
  2. Stamp the same image onto a scrap piece of paper or large piece of Post-It note.  I like using the Post-It note since there is adhesive already on the back of the Post-It note.  The Post-It note is also made of very thin paper that works well for masking.  Cut out the image, and adhere it over the image that is stamped on the watercolor paper.
  3. Use the largest image from the Mediterranean Moments stamp set and Archival Black Ink to stamp the image directly over the covered (masked) lady stamp.  Essentially, this technique blocks ink from being stamped over the lady image.
  4. Take the scrap paper or Post-It note off to reveal the image.  It’s an amazing three dimensional effect!
  5. Watercolor the image with your choice of color.  I do recommend that you color either the dress or umbrella in color that you are going to use as the main color of your card frame.  In the picture above, I used Peekaboo Peach for the umbrella and the main background card frame.
  6. Here is a great tip for watercoloring – Use an acrylic block as your palette.  Use your Stampin’ Markers and “scribble” color onto the acrylic block.  An Aqua Painter is my tool of choice to pick up color from the acrylic block and apply it to the image.  The great thing about this technique is that even if the “scribbled” ink dries on the acrylic block, you can reactivate the ink with the Aqua Painter.  I’ve left the acrylic block for a few days and come back to finish the card with no problem.
  7. Cut a piece of acetate to 3 3/8″ x 4 1/2″.  Place the acetate over the stamped image, and mark a light pencil line all around the acetate onto the watercolor paper.  This will identify where you need to trim the watercolor piece.
  8. Finish your card with multi-layers of framing.  The Basic Black cardstock frame is cut to 3 5/8″ x 4 5/8″.  Adhere the watercolor image directly to the black frame piece.
  9. Adhere a piece of 4″ x 5 1/4″ of Peekaboo Peach cardstock to the card base.  The card base is Whisper White cardstock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 11″ side.
  10. Use dimensionals to adhere the black frame piece to the Peekaboo Peach piece.
  11. If you want to add a sentiment to the inside, I recommend “Wishing you brighter days to come” from the Beautiful You stamp set.  I used Archival Black Ink to stamp the sentiment.

First, I hope you like my take on this card.  And, I hope that you will use your acrylic blocks as ink palettes.

My parting comment – Go check your stamp stash to see if you have stamps that you have to use in this type of masking.  I bet you’ll look at your stamps in a different way!  Enjoy!

Happy stamping,
Laurie

Below are the featured products that I used to make the card.  Click on any image, and you’ll go to my on-line store.