Blooming Summer Savings – Paper Pumpkin

Through August 10, if you sign-up for Paper Pumpkin as a new subscriber, you’ll receive 50% off your August kit.  You have nothing to lose giving Paper Pumpkin a try!  If you don’t like the monthly subscription program, you can skip a month or cancel your subscription at any time.

Take a look at the video below to get a look at July’s kit.

Click on the picture below to go to sign-up for Paper Pumpkin.  Be sure to use the Promocode BLOOM0818 when you enroll to get 50% off your August Paper Pumpkin kit.

Happy (Paper Pumpkin) Stamping!
Laurie



 

Stamp ‘N Hop – My Favorite New DSP

Welcome to July’s Stamp ‘N Hop!  We are a group of global stampaholics who love sharing ideas for cards and other stamping projects.  This month, our projects feature our favorite new Designer Series Paper (DSP) collections from Stampin’ Up!’s new annual catalog.  Since there are many gorgeous DSP collections, I am sure everyone in the hop had difficulty picking the favorites.  I know I sure did!!

If you just came from Terry’s post, I’m sure you’ll agree that she is an amazing artist and had a great project to share.  Thanks so much for stopping by to see my post.  I hope I can give you some inspiration and tips for making a fun, step card that features the fabulous new Nature’s Poem DSP collection.  This collection of DSP is pictured below.  It is perfect to use for both feminine and masculine cards, and it has a wide range of gorgeous colors in the designs.  And, best of all, the collection is one of ten DSP collections that are on sale this month only as a buy three and get one free deal.  Click here for more information!

Okay… now onto the card.  Usually, I use DSP as a background to a card.  But, when I saw the Nature’s Poem collection, I decided that the DSP really should be the focal point of the card.  A single side-step card seemed the perfect way to highlight the DSP design.  Below are a few pictures of the card.

 

If you’ve never made a step card, trust me it’s a lot easier than you may think.  Use the rather rough diagram below as your guide to the pattern.  Please also check back on my blog.  I’ll have more detailed step-by-step instructions posted in a few days.

The card base is a piece of Tranquil Tide cardstock.  The leaves are stamped using the Rooted in Nature stamp set.  The corresponding Nature’s Roots Framelits Dies were used to die cut the leaves.  The stamp set and dies are available in a bundle.  By the way, there are awesome embossing dies in the die set.  Take a close look at the leaves made with Mango Melody cardstock.  They have a fantastic leaf pattern that was created with the embossing dies.

The inks used for the card include Tranquil Tide, Cajun Craze, and Mint Macaron.  The embellishments are simple pieces of twine tied around the bunched stems of the leaves.

The focal point of the card is a beautiful piece of the DSP that just stands on its own as far as a design.  Don’t you think it’s gorgeous!  The DSP is framed with a piece of Mango Melody cardstock.  The final accent on the focal point is “be strong, be happy, be you”.  The three pieces are one stamp from the stamp set which was stamped onto Whisper White cardstock with Tranquil Tide ink.  The words were then cut apart and randomly glued to the card.

Please be sure to continue the blog hop and stop over at Laura’s project She has a great design to share with you.  All the participants in this month’s Stamp ‘N Hop blog hop are listed below.

Also pictured below are the main products that I used to make my project.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go directly to my on-line store.

Happy stamping,
Laurie  

Below are this month’s Stamp ‘N Hop blog hoppers:

  1. Mikaela Titheridge
17) Laurie Meier <–YOU ARE HERE


 

A Little Wild Baby Card

Our family has recently had two additions!  Meet our new great-nieces, Ansley and Elise.  My husband, Bruce, and I were fortunate to be able to meet these wonderful little girls last week at Holden Beach, NC during an annual family reunion.

The baby card that is featured in this post is perfect to welcome any little girl.  It is very easy to make and definitely holds a surprise inside the card.  Below are pictures and some tips for making the card.

Gate fold cards can add a little pop to any occasion.  To make this gate fold card, I started with a piece of Powder Pink cardstock cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″.  On the 11″ side, make two score lines.  One score line is at the 2 3/4″ mark.  The second score line is at the 8 1/4″ mark.  Use your bone folder to make sure the scored lines are crisply burnished.

The focal point for the card is the absolutely adorable bear from the A Little Wild stamp set.  Go ahead and stamp the double bear stamp onto a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock with Soft Suede ink.  You will cut the two bear images (one is the front image, and the other is the back image) apart.  You can also use the corresponding framelit from the Little Loves Framelit set to cut the double bear image and then separate the two bears with scissors.  Color the two bear images with Watercolor Pencils.  I used the Early Espresso and Basic Gray (for shading) Watercolor Pencils to color the bear.  The Daffodil Delight Watercolor Pencil was perfect for the bee!

To frame the bear, grab your stash of DSP and your Stitched Shapes Framelits.  I chose a gorgeous paper from the Share What You Love Specialty DSP.  Use the second largest circle framelit to die cut two circles from your choice of DSP.  Choose a slightly larger circle from the Layering Circles Framelits set and cut two circles from Soft Suede cardstock.  From the bottom, layer one Soft Suede circle, one DSP circle, and half of the bear.  Glue these pieces together.  You’re going to have one set for the outside of the card and one set for the inside of the card.

Each gate fold is decorated with Soft Suede cardstock cut to 4 1/8″ x 2 5/8″ as the frame, centered and adhered to the gate fold.  Add a piece of Powder Pink cardstock cut to 4″ x 2 1/2″ and embossed with the new Tufted Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  The pattern looks like a soft baby blanket.

Add the layered, framed bear (the front of the bear) to the outside of the card, as pictured.  Add the second framed bear piece (the back of the bear) to the inside of the card.  Make sure you line up the circles when you adhere them together.

If you want to add a little more of a whimsical flair, stamp some of the bees from the A Little Wild Stamp Set onto the Very Vanilla cardstock with Soft Suede ink.  Use the corresponding framelit from the Little Loves Framelits set to die cut the bees.  Color the bees with the Daffodil Delight Watercolor Pencil and add them to your card in a random pattern.

You can add a sentiment to the inside of the card, as pictured.  I love the words that are part of the A Little Wild Stamp Set.  The sentiment was stamped with Soft Suede ink.

The final embellishment is a piece of twine that is twisted.  I added some embossing floss to the middle to add a little color.

I hope you will add this card to your portfolio!  It really is a lot of fun to make.

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

Happy stamping!
Laurie



 

Designer Series Paper SALE!!!

By popular demand, Stampin’ Up! is bringing back an incredible offer on Designer Series Paper.  You can buy three packages of select Designer Series Paper and get one FREE during July! This sale includes select Designer Series Paper from the annual catalog (see details below).  Be sure to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to add lots of pretty paper to your stash!

Below is a list of the DSP packages that are included in this special.  The pages that are listed reference the Annual Catalog.  You can also see the amazing patterns in the video that is posted just below the DSP list.

 

 

After you have decided which packages to add to your stash, click on the pictures below, and you’ll go to my on-line store!

Happy stamping!
Laurie



 

NC Demo Blog Hop – Vivid Vases Narrow Note Card

Welcome to the June NC Demo Blog Hop!  If you’ve hopped over from Tracie’s post, I’m sure you’ll agree that her project was great!  She is an amazing artist.  Thanks so much for stopping by to see my post.

This month, all the artists in the blog hop are focused on our favorite products from the NEW Annual Catalog.  There are so many amazing new products!  It was pretty hard for me to pick just a few to use for my project.  I finally decided to combine two of my absolute favorites – The gorgeous Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper and the versatile Varied Vases bundle.  For a fun twist, I also decided to use the Whisper White Narrow Note Cards and Envelopes for the base of my project.  Below is a picture of my card –

This card design will be a perfect choice for a pretty gift card, a bright hello card, or a sweet thinking of you card.  Let’s face it – some times we all need a quick design that we have in our back pockets.  You will be happy to have this card design in your portfolio!  Here are a few steps and tips to follow when you make the card:

  • The card base is a Whisper White Narrow Note Card.  The dimensions of the card are 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″.
  • The largest frame piece is Mint Macaron card stock cut to 2 1/4″ x 4 1/4″.
  • The next smaller size frame piece is Basic Black card stock cut to 2 1/8″ x 4 1/8″.
  • The next smaller size frame piece is from the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper cut to 2″ x 4″.   I am willing to bet that you save scraps of Designer Series Paper.  I sure do!  The DSP that I used for this card were scraps from another card.
  • The focal point of the card starts with an oval die cut from Mint Macaron.  Tip:  Before you put the card together, die cut the oval from the Mint Macaron frame piece, using the second largest oval die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  No one will ever know there is a gaping oval hole in the Mint Macaron frame 🙂
  • Grab another piece of your scrap DSP and punch your choice of vase shape using the Vases Builder Punch.
  • Grab a piece of scrap Basic Black card stock and punch three vases of your chosen shape.  Adhere the Basic Black vases behind the DSP vase.  The Basic Black vases are attached to add a small frame to the left side, right side, and bottom of the vase.
  • Stamp “hello” from the Varied Vases stamp set on the bottom of the die cut oval.  I used Memento Black Ink to stamp.
  • Choose the flower stamp that you want to use from the Varied Vases stamp set to add flowers to your vase.  Tip:  Figure out how much of the stem piece you can fit on your card but make sure the stamped stem will be hidden by the vase.  I only stamped about half the stem on the flower stamp that I chose.  If I had stamped the entire stem, part of the stem would be seen below the vase.
  • Adhere the framed DSP vase over the stamped flower.  Add color to the flowers with your choice of color from the Watercolor Pencils set.  I used Old Olive and Pacific Point to add hint of green and blue to compliment the colors in the DSP.
  • Add faux stitching to the die cut oval using a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.  To finish the “stitching”, you can also add a black twine bow to the die cut oval.
  • The framed pieces are adhered with your favorite glue.  The finished die cut oval is adhered to the card front with Dimensionals.

I hope you enjoy making this card and that you’ll change the design to make it your own.  The main products that I used to make the card are shown below.  You can click on any picture and go directly to my on-line store.

Be sure to continue your blog hop by visiting Sue’s post.  I know she has an incredible project to share with us!  All the artists who are part of this month’s NC Demo Blog Hop are listed below.

Happy stamping!
Laurie

June Blog Hoppers
Laurie Meier <—- YOU ARE HERE