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



 

Stamp Club Cards!!

Here are two of the cards that we made on Sunday at our monthly stamp club.  Instructions for these cards will be posted shortly.  I will also share the third card that we made.

I finally used up one jar of embossing paste!!

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



 

Delightful Daisy – Happy Birthday Card

The three pictures in the banner photo are the projects that the group made at our recent card club.  Each project features products from the Delightful Daisy suite (pages 126 and 127) of the SU! annual catalog.  This suite is another that allows me to showcase my motto – One stamp set – Three designs – Endless possibilities!

Each of the three projects also highlights a different technique to make flowers using the incredibly popular Daisy Punch.  Today’s post will focus on a fun, quick happy birthday card!

Take a look at the card below.  It combines textures, colors, layers, and fun to add to your arsenal of I-just-remembered-that-I-need-to-send-a-birthday-card stash.  Trust me – I have one of those stashes as well!  Directions for the card are listed after the picture.

  1. The base of the card is a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  2. The next layer of color is a piece of Old Olive cardstock cut to 5 1/4″ x 4″.  [Paper saving tip – I used this piece to die cut the Happy Birthday.  Die cut from the center of your Old Olive piece.]
  3. The next layer of color is a piece of Basic Black cardstock cut to 5 x 3 3/4″.  [You guessed it!  I used this piece to die cut the second Happy Birthday.  Again – die cut from the center of your Basic Black piece.]
  4. The die cut referenced in steps 3 and 4 above is the new Happy Birthday thinlits.  Another thinlit that you will become one of the most used in your collection!
  5. The top layer of color is from the gorgeous Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (DSP).  Simply stated – You need this paper!  The colors are beautiful, and the designs are really amazing.  Look at the DSP on this card.  Isn’t it just gorgeous?
  6. Now – Let’s get to the daisy!  I love the shabby chic look of the daisy and hope you agree.  The trick to make this type of flower is pretty simple.  It’s water!  Yup, plain old water.
  7. Punch out three daisies from Whisper White cardstock using the Daisy Punch.  Fill up a spray bottle with water.  Put one daisy in the palm of your hand and spritz it with water.  Don’t saturate the daisy, but get is wet enough that when you make a fist, the daisy wrinkles and closes.  Do the same thing with the other two daisies.  Set them aside to dry.
  8. When the daisies are dry, use your favorite glue to adhere the daisies together.  Try to offset the petals to make the flower look more realistic.  You’ll be able to shape the flower as you would like.  Add a large gold Faceted Gem to the center of the finished daisy.
  9. Now, you’re ready to put the card together.
  10. Adhere the Old Olive cardstock piece to the Whisper White card base.
  11. Adhere the Delightful Daisy DSP piece to the Basic Black piece.
  12. Glue the two die cut Happy Birthday pieces together.  Offset the pieces to allow a shadow from the Basic Black die cut.
  13. Before you adhere your flower and die cuts to the DSP, place the pieces on the card to make sure you know where they will be glued.
  14. Finish the card by using dimensionals to adhere the Basic Black piece to the Old Olive piece.

You will find that this layout can be used for many birthday cards.  Change the DSP, the colors, the flower to make it more personal for the person who will receive the card.  This design will be one that you’re going to want in your back pocket.  By the way – Did you notice there is absolutely no stamping involved in this card?

Below are pictures of the main items that I used to make this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.  My next post will feature the Calypso Coral shadowbox card pictured in the banner photo.  You won’t want to miss it!

Happy stamping!
Laurie

Daisy Punch

$18.00