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 [], 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!

NC Demos Blog Hop Participants:

Tracie Evans Langley

Laurie Meier <– YOU ARE HERE

Sue Root

Main Products Used in My Card:


Daisy Punch – Available to Order!!!

The incredibly popular Daisy Punch is now able to be ordered!!!  The demand for this punch has over exceeded all expectations to the point that the punch has already been on backorder and even on the unable to order list.  BUT – IT’S AVAILABLE AGAIN!!  If you don’t already have this punch in your stash, don’t delay ordering!

Here are a few pictures of cards that I have posted recently that use the Daisy Punch:

Click on the picture below for the Daisy Punch or the Delightful Daisy Bundle.  You’ll go to my on-line store and can place your order!!

Happy stamping,

Daisy Punch



Another Embossing Paste and Delightful Daisy Card!

WARNING:  Do not buy the embossing paste or the Delightful Daisy bundle.  If you do, you will become addicted to them and won’t be able to stop making cards!  Confession – I am addicted!!

Here is a picture of my latest card using the new SU! embossing paste, accessories, and the Delightful Daisy bundle.  It was a lot of fun to make!

You may be wondering why I’ve been making so many cards lately with the Delightful Daisy bundle.  My husband, Bruce, and I have been on vacation for the last few weeks.  I had limited space to pack stamping “stuff”.  But, guess what fit?  Yup – embossing paste, accessories, and pre-punched Delightful Daisies!!  There were a few other supplies that fit as well!  I’ve had a blast playing with the embossing paste!

Below is a picture of the view from the front deck of our summer home on the Great Sacandaga Lake in Upstate New York.  I feel very blessed and spoiled being able to enjoy this view every day!

Back to the card.  Below are step-by-step pictures and instructions for the card.

Step 1:  Place the mask over your card front and use washi tape or scotch tape (with some of the tack taken off) to make sure the mask won’t move.

Step 2:  Use one of the Palette Knives to put some Embossing Paste on to a Silicone Craft Sheet.  Add a few drops of your favorite reinker to the Embossing Paste, and mix with the Palette Knife.  Use more reinker if you want a deeper color.  [Tip:  Store any leftover embossing paste in small container with an air-tight top.  Also, put the small container in a zip lock bag to be overly cautious that it stays air-tight.  You don’t need much embossing paste for individual projects.]

Reinker Colors: Tranquil Tide – Wild Wasabi – Daffodil Delight

Step 3:  Start on the left side of the card front, and put colored embossing paste on the mask with a Palette Knife.  Spread over the area that you want to cover.  As you’re getting used to this technique, use a little bit of embossing paste to see how much area it will cover.  When you’re done with this area, use the side of your Palette Knife to smooth the embossing paste to the thickness that you want.  Excess embossing paste can be put back into the jar for use on your next project.

Tranquil Tide Embossing Paste Added

Step 4:  When you’re happy with the results of the first colored embossing paste, move onto the next color.  Be sure to use a different Palette Knife to spread the second color.

Wild Wasabi Embossing Paste Added

Step 5:  Move to the third and last color using the same technique.

Daffodil Delight Embossing Paste Added

Step 6:  Remove the mask to see the magic!

Step 7:  Very quickly after you’re done with the embossing paste, make sure you wash the mask and palette knives with warm soapy water.  I put mine tools on a paper towel to dry.

Step 8:  Make the accent daisy using three stamped and punched daisies from the Delightful Daisy bundle.  I used Daffodil Delight ink on the daisies.  The middle of the flower is made with colored embossing paste.  I wanted to make a center that looked somewhat realistic with a texture.  My epiphany was to use a toothpick to put the embossing paste in the flower center and then to add the texture.  What do you think?

Step 9:  Finish the card with the greeting of your choice.  The greeting on my card is stamped with Tranquil Tide on to Whisper White card stock.  The trim behind the greeting is a piece of Tranquil Tide card stock.  The flower leaves are from the Delightful Daisy bundle using Emerald Envy ink.  Dimensionals were used to add the trimmed greeting piece and the flower to attach to the card front.  Dimensionals are also used to attach the card front to the card base.

Step 10:  Accept the fact that you’ll probably immediately start on making a second card using the Embossing Paste!  Just give into it… 🙂

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

Happy stamping!

Daisy Punch



Paper Pumpkin – Positively Picturesque Kit

Paper Pumpkin is a great way to have your monthly stamping “fix” delivered directly to your mailbox!  Every month, the Paper Pumpkin kit includes an exclusive Stampin’ Up! photopolymer stamp set, (at least) one Stampin’ Ink Spot, materials to make the project, and directions.

I have a wonderful Paper Pumpkin stamp set collection.  I also have a great set of Stampin’ Ink Spots that are incredibly handy to use since they are small and are also very portable.  When my husband (Bruce) and I travel, I bring a set of inks with us.  By the way – The ink colors in the Paper Pumpkin kits don’t repeat for at least a year.  And, the Stampin’ Ink Spots include the In-Colors.

If you’re not a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, what are you waiting for?  There is absolutely no risk.  If you don’t enjoy the program, you can cancel at any time without a penalty.  If you want to skip a month, you can do that as well.

If you want to give Paper Pumpkin a try, click here!  Trust me – You’re going to love it!

The video below features the July 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit.  The Positively Picturesque kit is very versatile and fun.  If you become a subscriber, you can also purchase past kits, when they are available.

Happy (Paper Pumpkin) Stamping!


Embossing Paste – Delightful Daisy Accent

I had the great privilege of stamping with two of our grandkids recently.  Angie and John were instant experts using embossing paste, stamps, dimensionals, bone folders, and everything else on the table!  Here is our creation:

You will absolutely love the embossing paste!   The actual paste is white, but a few drops of reinker will give the embossing paste wonderful color.   I added a few drops of Tranquil Tide (great new in-color) reinker to the paste before I mixed it for this card.  The paste works incredibly well with the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.  We used the Palette Knives to spread the embossing paste over the mask.  To mask off the area for the stamped Thank You, we used a piece of Post-It note with torn edges.

Take a look at the pictures of us having fun creating!

  • The base of our card is Tranquil Tide cardstock.  I already really love this new color.  It takes on greens or blues depending on the colors around it.
  • The card front is a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 5″ x 3 3/4″.
  • Stamp “Thank You” from the Daisy Delight stamp set using Peekaboo Peach ink on to the bottom right corner of the Whisper White cardstock piece.  Mask the “Thank You” with a large Post-It note.  Tear the Post-It note (not the adhesive part) to make sure you don’t have a straight line on the mask.
  • Use a palette knife from the Palette Knives set to scoop a small amount of Embossing Paste onto a Silicone Craft Sheet.  Add a few drops of the Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill to the embossing paste and mix the paste with the palette knife.  [Tip:  Use a small, sealable container to save your colored embossing pastes.  I saved a few small jam jars for this purpose.  Also, make sure that you quickly seal your embossing paste containers.  You don’t want your paste to dry.]
  • Place your Whisper White cardstock on a scrap piece of paper.  Put your choice of masks from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks set on top of the cardstock.  Use either washi tape or painter’s tape to tack down the mask.  You don’t want the mask to move when you’re spreading the embossing paste.  Use a palette knife to put a small amount of colored embossing paste on top of the mask and spread it over the mask.  It’s almost as if you are frosting the mask!  Put as much or as little embossing paste on top of the mask as you like.
  • When you’re done spreading the embossing paste, lift the mask to reveal the magic.  [Tip:  Be sure to wash your palette knife and mask very quickly after you finish spreading the embossing paste.  I literally lift the mask off the Whisper White cardstock and walk to the sink to clean the knife and mask.  Pump soap and water do the trick very easily and very quickly.  Dry with a paper towel, and you’re ready to go!]  Set the Whisper White cardstock piece aside to allow the embossing paste to dry.  It should only take a few minutes – 10 minutes max!
  • For a little pop, add a 3D image to the card.  For the card pictured above, we added a paper daisy made from the Delightful Daisy Bundle.  I stamped the flower using Crushed Curry ink.  After punching out the flowers with the Daisy Punch, I accented the flower petals by simply swiping them with the paintbrush side of a Peekaboo Peach Stampin’ Write Marker.  The end result is a fun color combination for the flower!  The leaves are from the Daisy Delight stamp set.  They are stamped with, believe it or not, Emerald Envy ink!  The leaves are fussy cut and attached over the embossing paste with glue.
  • Dimensionals are used to add the flower to the top of the card front.  They are also used to attach the card front to the card base.

I really loved making this card with Angie and John.  We had a great time.  You will enjoy using the embossing paste.  Give it a try!

In my next post, I will share another great card using multiple colors of embossing paste.  It’s another WOW factor technique that is pretty easy to master.

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

Happy stamping!

Daisy Punch