NC Demos Blog Hop – Painted with Love Sneak Peek

Welcome to the December NC Demos Blog Hop!  Our theme for this month is “What New With You?”.  Each of us is sharing something new – a new technique, a new project, or (in my case) a new product suite from the soon-to-be-available Occasions Catalog!  You probably just came from Tracie Evans Langley’s blog.  Tracie’s project always inspire me!  Thanks for continuing on the blog hop and stopping in to see my project.

If you’re like me, you spend a lot of time looking through SU!’s amazing catalogs.  In fact, I bet you look through them multiple times.  I know I do!  One suite that stood out to me in the Occasions Catalog is called Painted with Love.  It is featured on pages 18 and 19.  The products in the suite are gorgeous!  For this month’s blog hop, I created two boxes that are centered around products in the suite.

After the business of the holidays, I really appreciated a stunning project that came together very easily.  It’s honestly a little embarrassing that there is absolutely no stamping involved in either box.  But, I think they are pretty without adding ink!

The Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) is truly gorgeous.  It has rich colors mixed with gold and, while there are abstract designs on some of the papers, there are more uniform designs on others.  You will find this DSP collection incredibly versatile and one that I’m sure you’ll use for many occasions.

In the next few days, I’ll post further instructions on how to make the box.  In fact, I’m going to attempt to post a video.  Check back to see how that (mis)adventure goes!  The basic steps for the boxes are listed below.

  • Start with your choice of paper from the Painted with Love Specialty DSP cut to 4 1/2″ x 7″.  Use the box die from the Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies to cut the DSP.
  • For the other half of the box, use the same box die but a piece of Whisper White cardstock (cut to 4 1/2″ x 7″) for the other half of the box.  I chose to use white cardstock for the back of my boxes.  There were a few reasons for this – I like to conserve on using DSP, and the white backing for the box looks very finished.
  • Use your bone folder to burnish the score lines on the box die cuts.
  • Use the largest heart die from the Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies to cut a heart shape from the box half made with the DSP.  Be sure to save the die cut heart shape for another project!
  • Take two pieces of acetate, both cut in squares and just a little wider and taller than the heart opening.  Put one of the acetate pieces on top of the heart opening, and use a pen to trace the heart outline onto the acetate.  This will be your guideline of where to put the Gold Glitter Flakes.  When you trace the heart, make your heart just a little bit larger than the true size of the heart.  You won’t be able to see the pen markings if the traced heart is bigger than the opening.
  • On your traced piece of acetate, add a pinch of two of the Gold Glitter Flakes inside the heart that you traced.  You should add enough flakes to make sure the gold accent is visible.  Glue the second piece of acetate directly on top of the first piece.  You’ll capture the gold flakes in the middle of the two acetate pieces.
  • Adhere the glued acetate pieces on the inside of the DSP side of the box.  Line-up the acetate so the gold flakes align with the heart die cut.  The technique of gluing the acetate pieces together and capturing the gold flakes helps keep the flakes in place.  The flakes will move a little; however, you’ll be able to stand the box up and still see the flakes behind the heart.  The flakes won’t move around as they would in a shaker card.
  • Choose the color that you want behind the gold flakes.  For one of the boxes, I added Calypso Coral cardstock.  For the other box, I added Whisper White cardstock.  It’s fun to try different background colors to see which you like the best.  Adhere a piece of your chosen color behind the acetate pieces.
  • Now, you’re ready to assemble your box.  Since I use white cardstock for the back of your box, I glue the flaps on the white cardstock box piece and adhere them to the DSP piece.  Visual cues work for me!
  • Decorate your box as you would like.  I decided to try the new Painted Love Gold Vinyl Stickers.  This was definitely a stretch for me and something new.  I’m usually not a huge sticker fan, but these stickers are very likely to change my mind.  They are very easy to use and add a really nice touch to the box.
  • I also used the new Love Mini Tinsel Trim Combo Pack.  It has two really pretty colors – Gold and Powder Pink.

There is also a stamp set called Sure Do Love You that is part of the Painted With Love Suite.  Check back to see a project that I’ll make using that set and the new Whisper White Narrow Note Cards and Envelopes.  You’re going to be impressed with the options that you’ll have with the Painted Love Suite.

Please be sure to continue through the NC Demos Blog Hop!  Hop on over to Sue Root’s blog.  She has a great project to share this month.  All participants in this month’s blog hop are listed below.  Thanks so much for stopping by to see my projects.  Please be sure to check back in the next few days for more inspiration using products from the Painted with Love Suite.

Pictured below are the products I used to make the boxes.  The products will be available to purchase on January 3rd.  Be sure to stop back then and click on any picture to go to my on-line store.

Happy Stamping,

December Blog Hoppers

Toni Campana

Tamra Davis

Jo Anne Hewins

Tracie Evans Langley

Laurie Meier <— YOU ARE HERE

Sue Root

Sue Stapp

Frances Wagner



Sale-A-Bration – Heartfelt Blooms

Sale-A-Bration (SAB) is an annual Stampin’ Up! event that focuses on three ways to earn FREE products – Shopping, Joining, and Hosting!  You are going to absolutely love the FREE SAB rewards.  SAB starts on January 3 and ends on March 31.  I can’t share the inside of the SAB catalog with you just yet – but, I can show you a card I made with the Heartfelt Blooms SAB stamp set and a video that highlights the set!

When you get the SAB catalog to look through, you’ll notice that Heartfelt Blooms is the first set featured in the brochure.  It is a unique design using SU!’s patent pending Distinktive stamps.  The image is designed to give different visual depths and textures on one stamp.  Included with the flower stamp are three great sentiment stamps.

A good friend of mine and fellow stampaholic, Elaine, recently retired.  The Heartfelt Blooms flower stamp added a classy focal point for her retirement card.  I wanted to keep the design clean and uncluttered.  The two layered bow and gold sequin with a pearl accent did the trick.  I also used the incredibly versatile Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set for the Happy Retirement sentiment.

Take a few minutes to look at the video below that highlights the Heartfelt Blooms stamp set.  You will earn this set for FREE with a $50 order (before shipping and tax) during Sale-A-Bration.

If you do not have a demonstrator and would like to get a copy of the SAB catalog (and new Occasions catalog), please leave a comment with your email address.  I’ll get in touch with you and make sure you get a copy of both catalogs.  But, I cannot be held responsible if you go a little nutty with your wish lists!!!  Yes – the catalogs are that amazing!

Happy Stamping!



Clearance Rack Updated!!

Just when you thought you were getting close to finishing your Christmas shopping, SU! added more items to the Clearance Rack!!!  Supplies are limited so don’t wait to shop.  Some items are discounted up to 70%.

If you click here, you’ll go to my on-line store.  Go to the Clearance Rack to see all available items that are on sale.

Here are a few of my favorites that are available as of the time of this post.  Click on any picture, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Dies

Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Dies

Baker's Box Thinlits Dies

Baker’s Box Thinlits Dies

Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper

Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper

Christmas Greetings Thinlits Dies

Christmas Greetings Thinlits Dies

Delicate Ornament Thinlits Dies

Delicate Ornament Thinlits Dies

Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Petite Petals Punch

Petite Petals Punch

So Detailed Thinlits Dies

So Detailed Thinlits Dies

Stars Framelits Dies

Stars Framelits Dies

This Christmas Designer Series Specialty Paper

This Christmas Designer Series Specialty Paper

Tip Top Taupe 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

Tip Top Taupe 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock

Watermelon Wonder 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

Watermelon Wonder 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock

Happy Clearance Rack Shopping!


Holiday Poppers!!!

Do not blame me if you get addicted to making these!  They really are that much fun!

At our recent Stamp Club, one of our projects was Holiday Poppers filled with milk chocolate kisses.  Fun poppers + milk chocolate = Delicious fun!!

Here are the directions and pictures to help you make these treats for your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, teachers, post man, … you get the picture!

Start with a piece of paper measuring 4 1/2″ x 6″.  I used the gorgeous Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP) for my popper.

Get out your scoring board.  On the 4 1/2″ side, score at 1″, 2″, 3″, and 4″.  The picture below shows the paper after I scored.  It’s a little difficult to see the score lines.  [Note:  You can use any length of paper to make these.  For example, you can use 4 1/2″ x 8″ and 4 1/2″ x 11″.  Just make sure your paper width is 4 1/2″.  It is really fun to change the length of the popper to accommodate what you want to add inside!]  Make sure to use your bone folder to give each scored line a good crease.

Now, grab your Envelope Punch board.  You are going to punch at 1″ on each scored crease and also on the open end of the paper.  Look at the series of pictures below to see the process.

Below is a picture of the result of punching the first side.

Now, you’re going to punch the other side and mirror the punches that you’ve already done.  I started with the open end and worked my way back through the creases.  Look at the pictures below.

Below is a picture of how the paper will look when you have finished your punching.

Next, you are going to use Glue Dots to adhere your popper together.  You’ll see from below that I put the glue dots on the shorter side.  The bone folder is only holding down the paper to allow me to take the picture!  I put five Glue Dots on the edge.  One on each end and three in the middle section.

I like to position my paper as shown below to glue the popper together.  The green/white side of the paper is the one that has the Glue Dots (very close to the bone folder).  When I folded the last red piece over and on top of the section that has the Glue Dots, the red piece aligned really well and the Glue Dots were in the right place to adhere the popper together.

Here is the result.

The last few steps include folding the ends, as pictured below.

Then, tie one of the ends with your choice of ribbon, twine, or cord.  Add candy (or whatever you would like) to the inside of the popper.  From the picture below, you’ll see that this popper will hold four regular size Hershey’s kisses.  Tie the other end of the popper closed.  And, you’re done!  That quick and that fun!

At a recent craft fair, I packaged four poppers together in a bag and added a decorative, festive embellishment to close the bag.  They were the best sellers of all the items I had!!

If you don’t have an Envelope Punch board, just click on the picture below.  You’ll go to my on-line store.  You will absolutely love this tool.  I also added a few additional products that I used to make the example popper.


Glue Dots