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!
Laurie



 

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 StampedGreetings.com 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 StampedGreetings.com.  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!
Laurie



 

Patriotic Pride – NC Demos Blog Hop

Welcome to the NC July Blog Hop!!  This month, we are celebrating America.  Yes, we have passed the July 4th Independence Day holiday — but, we’re keeping the celebration going!  If you’ve just come from Tracie Evans Langley’s post, I’m sure you’ll agree that she is a very talented stamper.  Thanks for stopping by to see my card.

I had the privilege of growing up as a US Air Force dependent.  It was an amazing adventure!  My dad proudly served in the chaplaincy for over 20 years and was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars.  It is incredibly humbling for our entire family to realize that my dad is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.  One of my profound memories of my dad is the fact that he would always stand when he heard the national anthem.  It didn’t matter where he was or what he was doing.  Pretty amazing!  I think he would approve of my card.

If you follow my blog [stampedgreetings.com], you’ve noticed that I’m a little obsessed with embossing paste right now!  Yes, I truly am.  It is just too much fun to use.  My card this month features embossing paste and die cuts.  Did you notice, there is no stamping involved?!

The card base is Tranquil Tide (a gorgeous new In-Color) card stock.  The card front is Real Red card stock.  The die cuts are from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits set.  As you can see, I die cut the heart thinlit using Whisper White card stock and Real Red card stock.  I also die cut the word hope using Whisper White card stock and Tranquil Tide cardstock.

The bricks are created with the brick mask from the Pattern Party Decorate Masks set and two colors of Embossing Paste.  The white color is straight out of the embossing paste container.  The second is the white embossing paste mixed with a few drops of Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill.  Mix the embossing paste and ink refill on a Silicone Craft Sheet with one of the Palette Knives.

If you look at the pictures below, I hope you can see the depth of the embossed bricks.  There are three layers.  The first layer was white.  The second layer included some Tranquil Tide ink refill.  The third was another white.  I’ve noticed that it takes a few layers of the white embossing paste to cover over dark colors like Real Red.

Be sure to clean your masks and palette knives each time you use the embossing paste.  This means each time you change colors as well.  Warm water and soap work well to clean the masks and palette knives.

I finished the card by gluing the two heart die cuts together but offsetting the pieces.  The same gluing technique was used for the two “hope” die cuts.  The Fine-Tip Glue Pen is a great tool for gluing the die cuts together.  Use Dimensionals to attache the die cuts to the card front.

Be sure to continue the NC Blog Hop for this month.  Go over to Sue Root’s post and check out her project.  If you’d like to check out the main products that I used to create my card, take a look at the pictures below.  Click on any picture, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie


NC Demos Blog Hop Participants:

Tracie Evans Langley

Laurie Meier <– YOU ARE HERE

Sue Root


Main Products Used in My Card:



 

Delightful Daisy – Shadowbox Card

The Delightful Daisy suite of products was a huge hit at my recent stamp club!  I hope you had a chance to see my last post and one of the cards that we made.  Today’s post will feature another stamp club card.  This card has an incredible WOW factor and is really not difficult to put together.  Take a look at the card.

I hope you agree that it has the wow-how-did-she-make-that impact.  It’s a little difficult to appreciate the depth of the card from this picture.  It is a simple shadowbox card.  The pictures below help show the depth a little better.

Let me share the inspiration for this card.  My husband, Bruce, and I recently spent time with my side of the family at Holden Beach in North Carolina.  Our family gathers there every year and has a great time catching up.  We have a few family games that we play.  One is a domino game called”Texas 42″, and the other is the (world championship!) Bunco tournament.  I have completely digressed from my story about the card inspiration…. Bruce and I were out on a walk at the beach and saw wild daisies growing along the sidewalk.  I took a few pictures and tried to mimic the flower in the card that I created.  Here is one of the pictures that I took of the wild daisies.

Now – On to making the card!  Let’s start with the shadowbox card itself.  The card base is a piece of Calypso Coral cardstock cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ (half a sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ standard cardstock).  There are a few score lines involved in making the base.  The score lines are at 1/2″, 1″, 4 1/2″, 5″, 5 1/2″, 6″, 6 1/2″, 10″, and 10 1/2″.  A picture may be more helpful.

The folds are pretty straight forward when you see how the card comes together.  The folds are – valley at the 1/2″ score line, mountain at the 1″ score line, mountain at the 4 1/2″ score line, valley at the 5″ score line, mountain at the 5 1/2″ score line, valley at the 6″ score line, mountain at the 6 1/2″ score line, mountain at the 10″ score line, and valley at the 10 1/2″ score line.  Again, a picture may be more helpful.

Before you assemble the card base, die cut the largest circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits in the middle of the area between the 6 1/2″ score line and the 10″ score line, as the card picture illustrates.  You can now put your card base together.

To assemble the card base, fold the base in half at the 5 1/2″ score line.  Step 1:  Put glue between the 5″ score line and the 6″ score line.  Adhere the glued areas together, as pictured below.  Step 2:  Put glue between the 1/2″ score line and the 1″ score line and between the 10″ score line and the 10 1/2″ score line.  Adhere the glued areas together, as pictured below.  You will then have your shadowbox card built.  This card will fit easily into a standard envelope for a 4 1/4″ x  5 1/2″ card.  You’ll flatten the card a little before mailing.

The other steps to complete the card are below:

  • Use the same circle die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits that you used on the card base to die cut a circle from your choice of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (DSP).  You will probably have a difficult time narrowing down the paper that you’ll use since there are so many gorgeous patterns in the package of DSP.
  • Glue the DSP circle in the middle of the back of the shadowbox card.  You can easily line up the circle with the die cut circle on the front of the card.  Check out the picture below for reference.

  • Now, it’s time to work on the flower.  Take a look at the close-up picture of the flower.

  • Use Crushed Curry cardstock to punch three daisies using the Daisy Punch.
  • Grab your sponge and Calypso Coral ink and add color in the middle of the petals.  Be sure to leave the ends without ink to allow the Crushed Curry color to show.
  • Use your bone folder to give shape to the daisy petals.  Then, glue the daisies together, as pictured.  Group the petals in sets of three to make the flower look like the wild flowers I found at Holden Beach.
  • Stamp a flower center from the Daisy Delight stamp set onto Crushed Curry cardstock with Soft Suede ink.  Fussy cut the flower center.  Use your finger or a bone folder to give the flower center some depth.  When you’re done, the flower center will have a slight dome shape.  Use dimensionals to adhere the flower center to the daisy petals.
  • Get a small paint brush or a piece of sponge to add Soft Suede ink to the outside of the flower center and slightly onto the petal area near the flower center.  This coloring will add depth and will make the flower pop.
  • I used stamps from the Daisy Delight stamp set to add a personal touch to the card.
  • Finish the card by adhering your flower in the middle of the die cut circle.
  • Stand back and admire your work!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about this card and how to make it.  The main products that I used to make the card are pictured below.  If you click on any product, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie

Daisy Punch

$18.00



 

NC Demos June Blog Hop – Color Theory Suite

Welcome to the NC Demos June Blog Hop!  This month, we are showcasing our favorite products from the new Stampin’ Up! annual catalog.  If you haven’t seen the catalog yet, click here to go to the on-line version.  It truly is amazing.

You have probably just come from Tracie Evans Langley’s post.  I’m sure you agree that she is a very talented stamper and artist.  Thank you for stopping by my post.  I hope you are inspired by my project.

One of my favorite product suites is the Color Theory Suite.  It includes stamps, card stock, ribbon, embellishments, designer series paper, and a card pack that work together beautifully.  The colors that are featured in the Color Theory Suite are bold, bright, and great for all seasons.

The card I would like to share with you this month, pictured below, features many of the Color Theory Suite products and colors.

If you would like to CASE the card (and I hope you do!), here are the steps to follow.

  • Use the Old Olive cardstock from the Color Theory Cardstock Pack for the card base.  Cut the Old Olive piece to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the long side.
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock to 4″ x 5 1/4″.  Adhere the Whisper White cardstock to the card base.
  • For the main piece of the card, use your choice of paper from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack.  There are several wonderful patterns to choose from.  Don’t blame me if you can’t settle on one pattern and decide that you need to make two or three cards!  Cut the DSP to 3″ x 5″.
  • Save the extra piece of DSP for the sentiment.  Cut it to 1″ x 5″.  Turn the piece over to the opposite side to stamp the sentiment, as pictured.  The “You make me smile” stamp is from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  It is an absolutely amazing stamp set with great sentiments and very unique designs.  I used the new Berry Burst In-color ink to stamp the sentiment.
  • Now, the real magic and fun begin!  Die cut the tree branch using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies and Early Espresso cardstock.  Adhere the die cut tree branch to the DSP using a Fine Glue Pen.
  • Stamp the three different flower images from the Colorful Seasons stamp set in each of the three new In-Colors – Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, and Powder Pink.  Experiment stamping with full ink intensity or by stamping off before stamping the flower.  Use the three flower center images from the same stamp set and full intensity Fresh Fig ink to finish the flowers, as pictured.
  • There are three flower dies in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  They work beautifully to die cut the stamped flower images.
  • Use a Bone Folder to add shape and dimension to the flowers, as pictured below.

  • The card is finished by adhering the DSP stamped with the sentiment to the larger piece of DSP.  I added a very thin piece of Whisper White cardstock between the two DSP pieces to act as a border.  Adhere the flowers as you would like.  I like to have some of the flowers appear that they have fallen from the branch.  Attach the finished card front to the Whisper White piece with dimensionals.
  • Smile at your work of art!

The main products that I used to create this month’s card are pictured below.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.  Also shown below are the participants in this month’s blog hop.  Please be sure to continue to Lisa Tedder’s post.

Happy stamping!

Laurie

 

Participants in this month’s NC Demos Blog Hop:

Tamra Davis

Jo Anne Hewins

Tracie Evans Langley

Laurie Meier – YOU ARE HERE

Lisa Tedder