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!

June Blog Hoppers
Laurie Meier <—- YOU ARE HERE


Paper Pumpkin – Broadway Star Special Event

Be sure to mark your calendars for a very special Paper Pumpkin LIVE Facebook event that will feature the Broadway Star Kit.  The event will be held next Tuesday, June 26, beginning at 5:30 (US Mountain Time).  I will definitely be attending to get some great tips and tricks for this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit.  Click here to get more information.

To entice you a little more to make sure you plan to attend the event, below are pictures of the cards that I have made so far using the kit.  You’ll notice that I followed the directions for my cards.  My next cards from the kit will be alternate ideas.  I am willing to bet that some of those ideas will come from next Tuesday’s live Facebook event!!

Yep – to entice you even further, here is a video that shows the kit and how to pair it with the amazing Broadway Bound product suite in the new Annual Catalog.

If you are not a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, what is stopping you from giving it a try?  You can sign-up by clicking the Paper Pumpkin logo below.  If you decide that you don’t want to continue your subscription, you can cancel at any time.  You can also skip a month anytime you would like.  Just remember – You need to cancel or skip by the 10th of the month to change that month’s subscription.  As a subscriber, you’ll get a great set of unique photopolymer stamp sets and ink spots.  Give it a try!

Happy stamping!


Big Shot Embossing Mats – OH MY!!

I love thinlits, framelits, and edgelits, and really anything that cuts or embosses paper to give a wonderful cut and impression.  Now, I’m ready to step-up my cards with the new Big Shot Embossing Mats from Stampin’ Up!

Ever since I saw the video below, I have been looking through my stash of thinlits, framelits, and edgelits to see which ones I want to use with the Embossing Mats.  Believe me –  You’re going to do the same thing!

I’m going to practice using the new mats and then will show you some projects that I’ve made.  In the meantime, enjoy the video.  You can also order the mats by going to the product picture below.  Click on the picture and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!


Layering Alphabet Edgelits Dies – AMAZING New Product!

If you’re like me, and you’re always looking for a new and fresh crafting product, you don’t need to look any further than the new Layering Alphabet Edgelits Dies.  They are truly unique, amazing, and fun.  Imagine the cards and other projects that  you can make for your family and friends.  Wouldn’t it be fun to personalize birthday cards with this set?

Check out the video below.  Then, click on the product picture at the bottom of this post to go to my on-line store to get your set!

Happy Creating!


Impossible Father’s Day Card – Rooted in Nature

You have likely seen many examples of the Impossible Card on various social media platforms.  It is a fun, quick, mind-bending card that can be altered for any occasion.  This past Sunday afternoon, our card club had a great time making the Father’s Day card pictured below.  In my next post, I will give step-by-step instructions and measurements for this card.  It is much easier than it may look.

One of the bundles that really caught my eye in the new catalog is called Rooted in Nature.  It is a collection of gorgeous, nature focused stamps and corresponding dies that help you create year-round cards for all occasions and anyone on your card giving list.

Some of the stamps were inspired by an incredibly popular Stampin’ Up! stamp set called Lovely as a Tree.  Did you know that Lovely as a Tree is the longest running, currently available stamp set?  We used the large tree as a focal point for our Impossible Card.  In the picture below, you’ll see that two colors have been added and include highlights of branches among the leaves.  I’ll give you tips on how I created that look in my next post.

Some of the dies in the bundle are embossing dies.  They don’t cut through your cardstock.  Rather, they emboss pretty leaves onto your cardstock.  Additional cutting dies allow you to cut the leaves and add them to your projects.  We finished the leaves shown below by sponging on Old Olive ink.

The overall impact of this card is just plain fun.  Check back to get the details on how to make this card and how to customize it for your needs.

In the meantime, check out the main products that I used to make this card.  Click on any product pictured below, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!