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!


Big Shot



Hello Sunshine – NC Demos March Blog Hop

I hope you’re enjoying the NC Demos March blog hop!  There certainly are amazing, talented ladies who are part of this great group.  You just visited one of them – Sharon Maranich!  Didn’t you just love her project?  Thanks for taking time to stop to see my project.  I am going to continue the spring theme with a flowery card that is a lot of fun to make and even more fun to give away!

Below is a picture of the Hello Sunshine card!  I hope the first thing it makes you do is simply smile.  The fussy-cut flowers, grungy leaf background, and whimsical sentiment help make a cheerful card that is perfect for many occasions.

Here are directions for the card:

  1. The card base is a light green (color of your choice) card stock cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″ on the longer side.  [Just a suggestion – Mint Macaron from the retiring set of in-colors is a great color for the card.]  Use a corner rounder to round the bottom right corner and corresponding corner on the back of the card.
  2. The Crazy About You stamp set is the feature set for this card.  The stamp with the leaves and stem in this set is used to design the top part of the card base.  You won’t stamp the stems to go all the way to the bottom of the card.  Notice that you don’t see any leaves or stems under the white piece of card stock with “hello sunshine”.  Use a scrap piece of card stock as a mask to prevent leaves and stems from being stamped at the bottom of the card front.  Put the scrap piece 2″ from the bottom of the card base.  Use Garden Green ink to stamp the leaves and stems at the top of the card, as pictured.  Stamp the leaves multiple times, at different angles and levels, before re-inking the stamp.  This will give different levels of intensity to the leaves and stems.
  3. Use one of the random dot stamps from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and Crushed Curry ink to stamp background dots on all areas of the card front.  Stamp off the ink as you’re stamping to get different intensities with the dots.
  4. Cut a piece of white card stock to 5 1/4″ x 1 1/2″.  Use the corner-rounder punch to round the bottom right corner of the piece.  Stamp “sunshine” from the Crazy About You set using Watermelon Wonder ink near the bottom right corner.  Notice that the white card stock piece is purposely cut a little shorter than the width of the card.  This is done intentionally to highlight the rounded corner on the piece.
  5. Use the Hello You framelits dies and Very Vanilla card stock to die cut the “hello” script.  Adhere the “hello” script to the white card stock with glue on some of the letters and with the handheld stapler, as pictured.  Use dimensionals to adhere the white card stock piece to the card base.
  6. Stamp multiple flowers from the Crazy About You stamp set with Watermelon Wonder and Crushed Curry.  Fussy cut different sizes of flowers.  Adhere the layers of flowers together in alternating colors.  Curl the flower petals to give dimension.  Add a little bling to the middle of the flowers using Rhinestone Basic Jewels.  Adhere the finished flowers to the card, as pictured.

This card can be CASEd for so many occasions!  The Crazy About You stamp set and Hello Thinlits Dies are a perfect combination to help you celebrate just about any occasion.

I hope you have enjoyed my project and will continue to the next stop on the NC Demos blog hop.  You’ll be heading over to see Sue Root’s project.  All links for the NC Demos blog hop are shown below.

Here are the featured products that I used to make the Hello Sunshine card.  If you click on any product picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!

Here are the NC Demos who are participating in the blog hop this month:

Jo Anne Hewins

Michelle Irinyi

Tracie Evans Langley

Sharon Maranich

Laurie Meier  <– YOU ARE HERE

Sue Root

Lisa Tedder

Frances Wagner


Window Shopping – Birthday Candle Card

We all love cards that are quick to make and have that Wow! factor.  The Window Shopping bundle from the new Occasions Catalog will help you create many cards that fit the bill.

Today, I would like to share a very fun birthday card that features the birthday candle die from the Window Box Thinlits Dies.  For those of you in the stamp club, this is another sneak peek of the techniques that we’ll use at Saturday’s meeting!



















This is the type of card that can easily be changed to be appropriate for anyone’s birthday.  Change the colors and the embellishments, and you’ll have a very different look!

Here are a few tips and tricks –

  • The “Happy Birthday” stamp in the Window Shopping stamp set is a perfect design to ink with markers.  In the picture, I used Dapper Denim on the top of the letters and Emerald Envy on the bottom of the letters.  After inking with your markers, give a good huff onto the letters before stamping on your card front.
  • Use your gold Wink of Stella to add some fun sparkles to your card.  Simply hold the Wink of Stella horizontally over your card and tap the barrel.  You’ll get great, random spots on your card.
  • Grab your scraps stash and figure out the best combinations to use behind the birthday candles cut out.  I’ve chosen to use Crushed Curry for the flames of the candles.  The candles are colored with Dapper Denim and Emerald Envy.  DSP can add a really fun touch also to the candle colors.  Experiment – you’ll find some great combinations!
  • This card was designed as a note card.  You can easily change accommodate the design to work as a typical A2 side card.

Listed below are the products that I used to make this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.  I hope you are inspired by this card and use it to make a stash of your own birthday cards.  I would love to see your creations!

Happy stamping!