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



 

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

 

 



 

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



 

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!
Laurie 

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