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,


October Stamp Club Cards!

Every month, I have the privilege of spending a Sunday afternoon with a wonderful group of friends.  We make cards, catch-up with each other, enjoy delicious treats, and just have a great time.  Below is a picture of the cards that we made last Sunday.

As you know, my motto is “One stamp set – Three designs – Endless possibilities”.  The next set that I will use to to show you three designs is the Christmas Quilt suite from the Holiday Catalog.  You’re going to love the designs.  Check back to see the first design, directions, and main products used for the card.

Here are a few teasers for the first design –

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



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