NC Demos April Blog Hop – Celebrate Mom

Welcome to the April NC Demos Blog Hop!  This month we are featuring cards that celebrate amazing women in our lives.  If you just came from Tracie Evans Langley’s post, I’m sure you enjoyed her project.  She is such a talented and inspiring artist.  Thanks so much for stopping by to see my project.  Since we’re getting close to Mother’s Day, I thought it only appropriate to create a card that celebrates moms.

I really enjoy using grunge and texture stamps.  They allow my inner child artist to just have fun and not have to think when I stamp.  Timeless Textures is a great stamp set that has many different abstract designs to use on projects.  It is the main stamp set that I used to create the cards shown below.  I had so much fun combining the five ink colors from the 2017 to 2019 In-Colors collection and the Timeless Textures stamp set!  There are three cards that I would like to share with you.

The front for each card is a piece of Whisper White card stock cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″.  I used the “celebrate” embossing folder from the Celebrations Duo Textured Impressions Embossing Folders to de-emboss the main sentiment for the card.  De-embossing is a great technique since it allows you to add color over the de-embossed area to highlight the words.

The addition of color came from two stamp sets.  First, I used the background stamp from the You’ve Got This stamp set and Powder Pink ink to add a layer of color over the word “celebrate”.  Then, I used several different stamps from the Timeless Textures stamp set and all remaining 2017 to 2019 In-Colors to layer on even more colors and designs.  You’ll see that for each card I used a different combination of the In-Colors and the Timeless Textures stamps to design three unique cards.  [Warning:  You will likely design more than three cards since you will simply get quite addicted to this type of stamping!]

The 2017 to 2019 In-Colors are pictured below

To finish the cards, cut a frame piece of Fresh Fig card stock to 4″ x 5 1/4″.  Also cut a card base of Thick Whisper White card stock to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and score at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.  Adhere the frame piece to the card base.  You’ll notice that I chose to place the frame piece slightly differently on each card.  On one, the frame was set to the left side of the card.  On another, the frame was centered.  And, on the third, the frame was set to the right side of the card.  It is fun to experiment with unique ways to use the same basic pieces of paper and embellishments to add interest to your projects.

The “Mother’s Day” piece is Fresh Fig card stock stamped with the “Mother’s Day” sentiment from the Crazy About You stamp set.  Ink the stamp with Versamark and heat emboss with White embossing powder.  Use dimensionals to adhere the embossed piece to the card front.

Hearts are die cut from Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist card stock using a die from the Sunshine Wishes Die set.  The hearts are adhered with a Fine Tip glue pen.  The final embellishments are Pearls and a few sequins.

The main products that I used to create my cards are shown below.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Please be sure to continue over to Frances Wagner’s post.  She always has amazing projects to share!  All NC April Blog Hoppers are also listed below.

Happy Stamping!


April Blog Hoppers

Toni Campana

Jo Anne Hewins

Tracie Evans Langley

Laurie Meier <– YOU ARE HERE

Frances Wagner


Background Stamps – Inside and Out!

In a recent post, I shared a masculine birthday card that features the retiring Birthday Wit stamp set.  If you did not see the card earlier, please click here to go to the post.  A picture of the card is also shown below.

You’ll notice that the background stamp called Tree Rings was used on the front of the card as the background for the focal piece.  It was also used on the inside of the card as a true background for the repeated sentiment.  Today, I will share some tips, tricks, and pictures that I hope will be helpful to you as you use background stamps on your cards.

For background stamps, I prefer to purchase the clear background stamps rather than the wood-mounted stamps.  The clear stamps take less room to store, and I’m able to use the largest clear block for all my background stamps.

To ink the background stamps, I always place the stamp on my table (with the stamp side up) and add ink by tapping the ink pad onto the stamp.  See the pictures below for reference.

To stamp the front piece of the card, I put my Whisper White cardstock directly onto the stamped image and then put a piece of scrap paper on top of the cardstock.  See the pictures below.  By placing the scrap paper over the cardstock, I can rub all over the stamp without getting ink on my hands.  When you do this, make sure that you rub all areas of the stamp, especially the edges.

When you’re done, remove the scrap paper.  Then, lift up the stamp.  Turn the stamp over, and the stamped cardstock will fall to your table.

The Tree Rings stamp has a rather random pattern.  This is good for this technique since you will not need to worry if you have your Whisper White cardstock straight when you place it onto the stamp to be inked.  Below are four pieces that I stamped using the technique described above.  Notice that each finished piece is slightly different – the pattern is not in the same place on each piece of paper, and the intensity of the ink varies depending upon how hard I pushed on the scrap paper.

I used the same background stamp, Tree Rings, for the inside of the card.  But, I used a slightly different technique for the stamping.  Look at the picture of the finished inside of the card.  You’ll notice that the background stamp is only seen on the right half of the card.  The stamped image purposely stops at the middle fold.

A masking technique was used to achieve the end result.  Use a piece of copy paper to mask the inside of the card.  Place the copy paper as close to the center fold as possible.  Use as thin a piece of paper as possible for your mask.  This will allow a cleaner stamped image near the piece of paper.  Use washi tape to attach the copy paper to the back of the card.  See the pictures below for reference.

When you place the card onto the background stamp, try to ensure the area that will be stamped is centered on the stamp.  This will help make sure the inside of the card is completely stamped.  Put the piece of copy paper over the cardstock (just as was done for the front of the card), and rub over all areas of the stamp.  Make sure you pay special attention to the middle of the card, where the center fold and mask are.  See the pictures below for reference.

When you’re finished with the stamping, lift the card off the background stamp.  Remove the mask to reveal the inside stamping.

These background stamp techniques are great for many styles of cards.  Take a look in your craft stash.  You will now be able to think about using your background stamps in new ways.

Happy Stamping!


Skyping with Paper Pumpkin!!!

Our youngest granddaughter, Angie, is now a Paper Pumpkin subscriber!  She and I had a great time Skyping and making our April Paper Pumpkin kits this past weekend.  Angie and I have stamped together before; however, this was the first time that we’ve stamped together “virtually”.  It was a blast!  In fact, we are now planning on Skyping every month to put our Paper Pumpkin kits together and spend time catching-up.  [The banner picture for this post is one that our daughter, Steph (Angie’s mom), took of Angie’s view of Skyping with me!]

Since we could truly see each other and share ideas, it was so easy to make sure we were both stamping the same images and using the same embellishments for each card.  We shared ideas and some tips and tricks as we made the kit.  Check out the pictures below.

Angie did an awesome job making her cards and gift box!  You don’t have to know her to understand how much fun she had.  Just look at the gorgeous smiles in the pictures below.

Skyping and making a Paper Pumpkin kit with family and friends feels as if you are truly sitting in the same room, gathered around a table, and just spending quality time together.  Everyone has the same stamp set, ink, card stock, envelopes, embellishments, and adhesive to make the monthly project.  Everyone gets to spend time catching-up while putting a fun Paper Pumpkin kit together.

If you haven’t seen the video for the April Paper Pumpkin kit, take a look below.  You’ll get a great overview of the project.  And, as usual, there are many alternative ideas that are being shared on-line.

If you’re not a Paper Pumpkin subscriber and would like to give it a try, now is the perfect time.  If you sign-up by May 10, you’ll get your first two kits for 50% off the regular price.  Now – How can you refuse that deal?  Don’t wait, click on the banner below to subscribe.

Happy Paper Pumpkin Stamping!


Birthday Wit – Quick Masculine Birthday Card

If you’re like me, you may have a little trouble (sometimes 🙂 ) designing masculine birthday cards.  The Birthday Wit stamp set may be the answer for you.  I have had a great time using the set and will share three designs with you.  Birthday Wit is fun, fresh, and a sassy stamp set!  If you like the set and don’t have it in your collection, don’t delay — Birthday Wit is going to retire at the end of May. 🙁

Below are two pictures of the first of three projects that I’ll share.  The picture of the front of the card showcases the stamp that caught my attention when I first saw the stamp set in the catalog.  Doesn’t the sentiment just make you smile?  The colors and background were designed specifically for a masculine card.  The inside design is very fun and easy to make especially with the soon-to-be-available Stamparatus!

The main colors for this card work together so well!   Take a look –

Here are the steps for the front of the card:

  • The base of the card is a piece of Crumb Cake card stock cut 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • A piece of Night of Navy card stock is cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″ and used to frame the focal piece.
  • The base for the focal piece is Whisper White card stock cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″.  The base is stamped with the Tree Rings background stamp using Crumb Cake ink.  In one of my next posts, I’ll share some tips on how I stamped the background on the front and inside of the card.
  • After the Tree Rings are stamped, the main sentiment from the Birthday Wit stamp set is stamped on the focal piece with Night of Navy ink.
  • The sentiment is stamped one more time on a scratch piece of Whisper White card stock using Early Espresso ink.  The “Happy Birthday” banner from this piece is fussy cut and placed over the initial stamped sentiment using dimensionals.  The banner really pops with this technique!
  • The Night of Navy frame is adhered to the card base as pictured.
  • A piece of Vanilla satin ribbon (from my retired ribbon stash – sorry!) is attached with the each end wrapped around the card.  I pinched the ribbon in half and tied a piece of blue twine onto the ribbon before I attached the second end.  After the ribbon is attached (and tape will work just fine), the focal piece is attached to the Night of Navy frame as pictured.

Here are the steps for the inside of the card:

  • Mask the left side of the card with a piece of scrap paper to make sure you don’t stamp any part of the Tree Rings backgroup stamp image on to the left side.
  • Use Crumb Cake ink to stamp the Tree Rings background stamp onto the right side.  I’ll share more tips on how to do this in one of my next posts.
  • Stamp “Happy Birthday” from the Birthday Wit stamp set three times, as pictured, using Night of Navy ink.  If you are using a Stamparatus to do this, set up the first (highest) “Happy Birthday” as close to the top of the card as you can.  Move the plate two notches to stamp the second “Happy Birthday”.  Move the plate again two notches to stamp the third and final “Happy Birthday”.

There are so many ways you could this design to make it your own!  Use different colors.  Add another background instead of the Tree Rings.  Just have fun with it!

Check back for the second design that I’ll share using the fun Birthday Wit stamp set.  In the meantime, you can click on any picture below to go to my on-line store.  REMEMBER – The Birthday Wit stamp set is on the retiring list!

Happy stamping!


New Clearance Rack Products!!!

Don’t wait to check out the products that have been added to the Clearance Rack!!  They won’t last for long.  Some products are available for up to 60% off their original price.

There are some amazing die sets that are on sale.  Here are a few of my favorites –

And, great DSP collections are also on sale.  I really have enjoyed using the ones shown below –

Did I mention that these products won’t last long??  Order your favorites as soon as you can!

To see all the products available on the Clearance Rack, click on the banner below to go directly to my on-line store.

Happy Clearance Rack Shopping!