Panda Party Birthday Card

Yes – I have had an absence as far as posting!  Last week, we had the privilege of having my mom as a house guest.  It was great to spend quality time with her!  I really do want to be just like her when I grow up 🙂

Today, I am sharing a card for our granddaughter’s birthday.  When I saw the Panda Party SAB stamp set, I knew that it would be perfect for Amanda’s (our granddaughter’s) birthday.  Her nickname is Panda.  How perfect is that?

Confession – I did use a non-SU! stamp set to make the double set of balloons.  The first set of balloons was masked while the second set was stamped.  Since there were six balloons in the first row of balloons, I decided to personalize the card with the letters of Amanda’s name.  The letters are also from a non-SU! stamp set.

The Berry Burst, Basic Black, and Whisper White colors worked together perfectly.  Rounded corners on all layers of the card and the off-center layers added a fun touch.  To finish the balloons, I used Wink of Stella.  At first, I was a little frustrated that the Wink of Stella smeared the Berry Burst stamped letters.  But, I decided to use the smeared letters to slightly color the lettered balloons.  The final touch was Wink of Stella on the fussy cut panda bear, which was added to the card with dimensionals.

Below are the SU! items that I used to make the card.  If you click on the picture of any product, you’ll go to my on-line store.  Remember – The Sale-A-Bration Panda Party stamp set is only available through the end of March with your $50 order (before shipping and tax).

Happy stamping,


There are More SAB Items??? Yes!!

SU! has really outdone itself this year during Sale-A-BrationThere are even MORE FREE SAB products that will be available beginning March 15th!  Take a look at the items that are pictured below to see the new products in the SAB collection.

Remember – Sale-A-Bration will end on March 31st!  Be sure to place your qualifying order to receive your FREE SAB products.  Level 1 products are available with a $50 (before shipping and tax) order.  Level 2 products are available with a $100 (before shipping and tax) order.

Visit my on-line store any time to place your order.  Simply click here.

Happy SAB Shopping!


Stamp ‘N Hop – Blossoming Spring Basket

Welcome to this month’s Stamp ‘N HopIf you just came from Rachel Traudt‘s post, I’m sure you’ll agree with me that Rachel is a very talented artist.  Didn’t you just love her project?  Thanks so much for continuing your hop and stopping to see my project.  This month, we are all focused on the amazing Sale-A-Bration products that are available.  Remember, Sale-A-Bration only lasts until the end of March!

One of my absolutely favorite Sale-A-Bration products is the Blooming Basket bundle.  It includes a gorgeous Blossoming Basket Clear-Mount Stamp Set and a fabulous Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  The bundle is your free gift when you place an order of $100 (excluding shipping and tax).  Below is a fun, bright, easy card that I made with the bundle.

You’ll notice that there is color added to the Crumb Cake cardstock that I used to emboss the Basket Weave embossing folder.  I added Tip Top Taupe and Fresh Fig inks to the embossing folder before I ran the cardstock through my Big Shot.  Then, added a little White craft ink to the weave with a sponge.  The white ink helps blend all the colors on the weave.

You’ll also notice that I added some dimension to the flowers in the basket stamp from the Blooming Basket stamp set.  The stamp is very detailed and truly gorgeous.  I used several colors from the Watercolor Pencils set to add layers to the flowers, leaves, additional foliage, and the basket.  To add a little more interest, I colored an additional large flower with the Watercolor Pencils, fussy cut the flower and some of the petals.  Then, I used my bone folder to give the flower a little curl.  The flower is added with dimensionals.  I purposefully positioned the added flower to allow the background flower to be seen.

The card is finished with Fresh Fig cardstock and put on a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock.  I decided not to add a sentiment to the front of the card since there is a lot of texture on the front that I wanted to be visible.  The inside of the card is a perfect place to add a sentiment, and stamps from the Blossoming Basket stamp set would work perfectly.  They include – “You are Loved” and “Here for You”.  Either would be great and would look elegant stamped in Fresh Fig.

I hope you have enjoyed my card and will try some of the techniques that I’ve highlighted.  Be sure to go to Susan Simpson’s post to see her amazing project.

Below are the main products that I used to create this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.  Also below is a full list of the all the participants in this month’s Stamp ‘N Hop.  Enjoy!

Happy stamping!

Participants in this month’s Stamp ‘N Hop:

Eva Pottsova (Crafting With Angels)
Laurie Meier <– YOU ARE HERE

Love You Still – Wedding Card

My apologies for being sparse in postings over the last few days…but, I have a good excuse!  Well, I think it’s a good excuse 🙂  I have been accepted as a member of a local co-op and will be selling my cards at the shop!  If you live near the Carrboro, North Carolina area, please stop into WomanCraft Gifts.  There are so many talented artists in the area who sell the handmade crafts at the store.  You will find the items very inspiring.  I hope to see you there!

The card that I am sharing today is the first that I have made with my new Stamparatus, which is absolutely marvelous!!!  In my next post, I’ll share a few tips and tricks that I have already learned about the tool.

First, allow me to share some of the stamps from the Love You Still stamp set.  The card featured in this post is very appropriate for a wedding or an anniversary.  The design is fresh, clean, and very versatile since you can literally add any colors that you want.

The Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder as a background adds a really fun 3D effect.  From the picture below, you can see that I added more definition to specific leaves.  This was done using the Whisper White and Old Olive watercolor pencils.

Lately, I have enjoyed adding faux stitching to card fronts.  The Crumb Cake faux stitches and twine really add a nice final touch.

Below are the main products that I used to create this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!


Brusho Powder Magic

If you have considered buying the Brusho powder collection from the Occasions Catalog, take a look at the video below!  I bet you’ll be convinced that you need to add the powders to your craft stash 🙂

To order your Brusho powders, click on the picture below.  You’ll go directly to my on-line store!

Happy stamping!