Welcome to the Family!

My husband and I recently had the pleasure of hosting my mom at our house.  While she was visiting, her second great-granddaughter made her entry into the world.  Mom and I decided we needed to make a special card to mark the occasion.  Take a look at what we came up with –

Now, confession, many of the items that we used to make the card are not Stampin’ Up!   But, I wanted to share the card with you to give you inspiration for baby cards for your family and friends.

The personalized onesies are just the cutest!  Don’t you think??

Happy stamping,
Laurie



 

NC Demos Blog Hop – Flowery Retiring Colors

Welcome to the March NC Demos Blog Hop!  If you’ve just come from Tracey’s post, I’m sure you’ll agree that she is a very talented, inspiring stamper!  I appreciate you stopping by to see my project.

This is the time of year when we start thinking about the items that Stampin’ Up! may retire.  We don’t know the retiring stamp sets, punches, dies, and embellishments – but, we do know that the 2016 – 2018 In-Colors will be retired.  The five retiring colors are shown below.

For this month’s blog hop, we are each featuring at least one retiring In-Color in our projects.  I decided to use all five retiring colors and make a true “Happy Retirement” card.  Take a look at the card.

This is a one-layer card that is made with a fun, simple masking technique.  In the pictures that follow, I’ll show you how to use this technique to make a multi-layered image with only a few stamps.

First, choose the stamps that you want to use.  I chose a flower stamp and leaves stamp from the Birthday Blossoms set.  Next, stamp the images a few times onto a piece of Post-It note.  You should use thin paper to make your masks.  Post-It notes or copier paper work best for me.  Fussy cut the stamped images and put some tacky glue on the non-inked side.  Essentially, you’re making a cut-out Post-It note to mask your stamped images.  I used a two-way glue pen and allowed the glue to dry.  You’ll be able to use the masks several times before you’ll need to replace them.  Refer to the pictures below.

Now, the fun begins.  Here are the basic steps.  First – Stamp the image that you want to be in the forefront of your design.  I chose the flower to be that image.  Second – Mask that stamped image with one of the fussy cut Post-It note pieces.  This will protect the stamped image from the next image that you’ll stamp.  Third – Stamp another image that will look like it is behind the first image you stamped.  I chose to stamp another flower that will look like it is behind the first flower I stamped.  I need to make sure that I overlap the second flower onto my first mask.  Fourth – Mask the second image with another fussy cut Post-It note.  Refer to the pictures below.

And, the fun continues with the leaves stamp.  Essentially, you’ll keep using the steps of stamping, masking, stamping, masking,…. until you finish your design.  There is no need to mask some of the final stamped images since they will appear on the edge of your design.  In my case, this meant I did not need to mask the last few leaves that I stamped.  Again, refer to the pictures below.

The magic is the next part!  Take off the masks and be careful not to tear them.  You’ll be able to use them again for another card or two before they are a little too inked.  You will absolutely love the three dimensional image that you’ve created with just a few stamps!

I used this technique to create my “Happy Retirement” card for the In-Colors.  The card base is Flirty Flamingo card stock.  The frame for the card front is Basic Black card stock.  The masked flowers are stamped onto a piece of Very Vanilla card stock.  I used three stamps from the amazing Birthday Blossoms set for the main design.  All five retiring In-Colors were used to color the flower and leaves.  I used a clear block as a palette for painting.  The In-Color markers were “painted” onto my clear block and picked up with a Blender Pen for coloring the card.

To finish the card, I used the grungy stamp from Timeless Textures to add some random dots of Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum to the background.  And to send the colors off appropriately, I added “Happy Retirement” from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set using Basic Black ink.

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

Be sure to continue your blog hop by heading over to Sue Root’s project Also, all the NC Demos who are participating in this month’s blog hop are shown below.

Happy stamping!
Laurie

Blender Pens

$12.00


March Blog Hoppers:

Toni Campana
Jo Anne Hewins
Tracie Evans Langley
Laurie Meier – YOU ARE HERE
Sue Root
Karel Standish
Kathy Svedberg
Frances Wagner
Christina Walker



 

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,
Laurie



 

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!
Laurie



 

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!
Laurie

Participants in this month’s Stamp ‘N Hop:

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