NC Demos Blog Hop – Lakefront View

Welcome to the July NC Demos Blog Hop!  Our theme for this month is a celebration of summer.  We all hope that, as you go through the blog hop, you are inspired and reminded of some of your summer favorites.

If you just came from Tracie’s post, I know you’ll agree with me that she is an amazingly talented stamper.  I always enjoy seeing her projects!  Thank you so much for continuing the blog hop and stopping by to see my card.

Our family is blessed to have a summer camp in Upstate New York on the Great Sacandaga Lake.  The camp has become a gathering place for family and friends.  It is a place to relax, reconnect, and rejuvenate.

My husband, Bruce, and I just returned from a two week vacation at the camp.  This year, we had a very special visitor.  My mom, Irma, spent about a week with us.  She met some family members for the first time and had an absolute blast getting to know the area.

One of my mom’s favorite places at the camp is our front deck.  From the pictures below, you’ll see that we have a fantastic view of the lake.  It is a great vantage point to watch activity on the water, listen to the birds, get a little sun, or simply read a book.

Two members of our family, our youngest grandson (Johnny) and our son-in-law (Glenn) have birthdays at the end of July.  I took inspiration from our view of the lake to make birthday cards for Johnny and Glenn.  Since they both love spending time at the camp and being on the water, I hope they’ll enjoy the picture I tried to create for them.  The cards truly remind me of summer and our camp.

The Waterfront stamp set is a unique set of stamps that allow you to create a very wide variety of scenes.  I like to use the stamp set, an Aqua Painter, Watercolor Paper, a few ink spots, and a little imagination to “paint” scenes for projects.  The best advice that I can give you for this type of project is just to dive in.  Each “painting” will have its own characteristics.  The more you play with the stamp set, ink, and Aqua Painter, the more comfortable you’ll be.  If you would like to see a few step-by-step examples, please check out a few early posts that I have made.  You can find the posts by clicking here and by clicking here.  I followed the same steps to create the cards pictured above.

The hardest part for me is to cut the “painting” down to size for the card.  As you can see from the pictures above, I decided to use Very Vanilla Note Cards for the birthday cards.  That meant that I needed to cut the “paintings” to fit inside the mat Crumb Cake cardstock.  I also decided to stamp “happy birthday” directly on the mat and use dimensionals to adhere the “painting”.  This simple design really focuses the eye on the detail of the watercolor “painting”.

I hope you give this technique a try.  You will be amazed at the images that you’ll be able to create.

Below are pictures of the main products that I used to create the birthday cards.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go directly to my on-line store.

Be sure to continue on to Sue’s post.  She always has great projects to share!  All July NC Demos blog hoppers are also listed below.  Enjoy!

Happy stamping!

This month’s NC Demos Blog Hoppers:

Toni Campana

Tamra Davis

Jo Anne Hewins

Tracie Evans Langley

Laurie Meier  <–YOU ARE HERE

Sue Root

Sue Stapp

Frances Wagner



Varied Vases Die Cut Window Card

Before I share a fun design with the Varied Vases bundle, I would like to introduce you to my mom, Irma.  Last week, Mom spent a week’s vacation with my husband, Bruce, and me in Upstate New York.  We have a summer place on the Great Sacandaga Lake.  We had an absolutely fantastic visit with my mom.  The picture below is my mom and me with an incredibly beautiful scene of the lake behind us.

Okay… Now, on to the card.  I really should say cards since there are two cards that I will share with you today.  They are both centered around the Varied Vases bundleIf you don’t have the bundle in your stash, you may want to consider adding it.  The stamps and punch are beautiful and very easy to use to create gorgeous projects.

Here are the basic directions for the cards.  I hope you’ll use the design and make it your own!

  • Start with either Thick Very Vanilla or Thick Whisper White cardstock for the card base.  I cut my card bases to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.  I really like the thick cardstock for card bases.  The paper is heavy and gives a very professional feel to my cards.
  • Next, get a piece of your favorite color cardstock.  I used Rich Razzleberry cardstock since it has such a bold color and works well with the piece of DSP that I chose for my vase.  Cut the color cardstock to 4″ x 5 1/4″.  Use the largest oval framelit from the Stitched Shapes Framelits set to die cut an oval in the middle of the color cardstock.  Be sure to save the die cut piece.  You’ll use it later for the card!
  • Emboss the color cardstock with new Tufted Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  LOVE this EF!!!
  • Use scrap washi tape to lightly attached the embossed piece to the front of the card.  Use the second largest oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits set to die cut an oval in the middle of the oval die cut on the color cardstock piece.  Again, be sure to save the die cut piece.  You’ll use it later for the card!
  • Get a scrap piece of your favorite DSP that matches your choice of color cardstock.  I used a piece of the amazing Share What You Love Specialty DSP.  LOVE this DSP!!!  Use the Vases Builder Punch to punch your choice of vase from your DSP.  You can be very creative with many types of DSP.  I liked having the stripes for the vases on a diagonal.
  • On the die cut piece from the card base, stamp your choice of flower from the Varied Vases stamp set.  When you stamp the flower, don’t ink the entire stem.  Use the punched out vase to figure out how much of the flower stem you need to stamp.  I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp my flowers.
  • To color the flowers and stem, I chose to use Watercolor Pencils.  There are great colors in this set.  Other than Watercolor Pencils, there are many ways to color the pencils.  Experiment to find out what type of coloring you like the best.
  • To add dimension to the punched vase, I punched another vase from Basic Black cardstock, cut the punched vase in half vertically, and glued the halves behind the vase with the black showing as an outline.  The punched vase is then adhered to the flower piece.
  • Adhere the oval flower piece to the die cut color die cut piece.  Adhere the die cut pieces inside the card to align with the die cut oval on the front of the card.
  • To finish the front of the card.  Use your choice of sentiments from the new Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set to stamp your greeting onto a piece of thinly cut paper.  You can use a piece of scrap color cardstock to match the color of your card or a piece to match your card base.  You’ll see in the examples that I used two different colors to finish the card fronts.
  • Adhere the stamped sentiment strip to the front of your card.  You’ll need to eyeball where you want the sentiment to be in relation to the inside design.  You’ll see that one of my sentiments is above the vase rim, and the other is below the vase rim.
  • Adhere the embossed color cardstock on the front of your card.
  • Add embellishments, as you like.  I thought a piece of gold twine, tied in a bow, would do the trick.

I really hope that you give this design a try.  It is a great one to have in your portfolio since the card can be made for so many occasions.

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

Happy stamping!


Blooming Summer Savings – Paper Pumpkin

Through August 10, if you sign-up for Paper Pumpkin as a new subscriber, you’ll receive 50% off your August kit.  You have nothing to lose giving Paper Pumpkin a try!  If you don’t like the monthly subscription program, you can skip a month or cancel your subscription at any time.

Take a look at the video below to get a look at July’s kit.

Click on the picture below to go to sign-up for Paper Pumpkin.  Be sure to use the Promocode BLOOM0818 when you enroll to get 50% off your August Paper Pumpkin kit.

Happy (Paper Pumpkin) Stamping!


Stamp ‘N Hop – My Favorite New DSP

Welcome to July’s Stamp ‘N Hop!  We are a group of global stampaholics who love sharing ideas for cards and other stamping projects.  This month, our projects feature our favorite new Designer Series Paper (DSP) collections from Stampin’ Up!’s new annual catalog.  Since there are many gorgeous DSP collections, I am sure everyone in the hop had difficulty picking the favorites.  I know I sure did!!

If you just came from Terry’s post, I’m sure you’ll agree that she is an amazing artist and had a great project to share.  Thanks so much for stopping by to see my post.  I hope I can give you some inspiration and tips for making a fun, step card that features the fabulous new Nature’s Poem DSP collection.  This collection of DSP is pictured below.  It is perfect to use for both feminine and masculine cards, and it has a wide range of gorgeous colors in the designs.  And, best of all, the collection is one of ten DSP collections that are on sale this month only as a buy three and get one free deal.  Click here for more information!

Okay… now onto the card.  Usually, I use DSP as a background to a card.  But, when I saw the Nature’s Poem collection, I decided that the DSP really should be the focal point of the card.  A single side-step card seemed the perfect way to highlight the DSP design.  Below are a few pictures of the card.


If you’ve never made a step card, trust me it’s a lot easier than you may think.  Use the rather rough diagram below as your guide to the pattern.  Please also check back on my blog.  I’ll have more detailed step-by-step instructions posted in a few days.

The card base is a piece of Tranquil Tide cardstock.  The leaves are stamped using the Rooted in Nature stamp set.  The corresponding Nature’s Roots Framelits Dies were used to die cut the leaves.  The stamp set and dies are available in a bundle.  By the way, there are awesome embossing dies in the die set.  Take a close look at the leaves made with Mango Melody cardstock.  They have a fantastic leaf pattern that was created with the embossing dies.

The inks used for the card include Tranquil Tide, Cajun Craze, and Mint Macaron.  The embellishments are simple pieces of twine tied around the bunched stems of the leaves.

The focal point of the card is a beautiful piece of the DSP that just stands on its own as far as a design.  Don’t you think it’s gorgeous!  The DSP is framed with a piece of Mango Melody cardstock.  The final accent on the focal point is “be strong, be happy, be you”.  The three pieces are one stamp from the stamp set which was stamped onto Whisper White cardstock with Tranquil Tide ink.  The words were then cut apart and randomly glued to the card.

Please be sure to continue the blog hop and stop over at Laura’s project She has a great design to share with you.  All the participants in this month’s Stamp ‘N Hop blog hop are listed below.

Also pictured below are the main products that I used to make my project.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go directly to my on-line store.

Happy stamping,

Below are this month’s Stamp ‘N Hop blog hoppers:

  1. Mikaela Titheridge
17) Laurie Meier <–YOU ARE HERE


A Little Wild Baby Card

Our family has recently had two additions!  Meet our new great-nieces, Ansley and Elise.  My husband, Bruce, and I were fortunate to be able to meet these wonderful little girls last week at Holden Beach, NC during an annual family reunion.

The baby card that is featured in this post is perfect to welcome any little girl.  It is very easy to make and definitely holds a surprise inside the card.  Below are pictures and some tips for making the card.

Gate fold cards can add a little pop to any occasion.  To make this gate fold card, I started with a piece of Powder Pink cardstock cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″.  On the 11″ side, make two score lines.  One score line is at the 2 3/4″ mark.  The second score line is at the 8 1/4″ mark.  Use your bone folder to make sure the scored lines are crisply burnished.

The focal point for the card is the absolutely adorable bear from the A Little Wild stamp set.  Go ahead and stamp the double bear stamp onto a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock with Soft Suede ink.  You will cut the two bear images (one is the front image, and the other is the back image) apart.  You can also use the corresponding framelit from the Little Loves Framelit set to cut the double bear image and then separate the two bears with scissors.  Color the two bear images with Watercolor Pencils.  I used the Early Espresso and Basic Gray (for shading) Watercolor Pencils to color the bear.  The Daffodil Delight Watercolor Pencil was perfect for the bee!

To frame the bear, grab your stash of DSP and your Stitched Shapes Framelits.  I chose a gorgeous paper from the Share What You Love Specialty DSP.  Use the second largest circle framelit to die cut two circles from your choice of DSP.  Choose a slightly larger circle from the Layering Circles Framelits set and cut two circles from Soft Suede cardstock.  From the bottom, layer one Soft Suede circle, one DSP circle, and half of the bear.  Glue these pieces together.  You’re going to have one set for the outside of the card and one set for the inside of the card.

Each gate fold is decorated with Soft Suede cardstock cut to 4 1/8″ x 2 5/8″ as the frame, centered and adhered to the gate fold.  Add a piece of Powder Pink cardstock cut to 4″ x 2 1/2″ and embossed with the new Tufted Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  The pattern looks like a soft baby blanket.

Add the layered, framed bear (the front of the bear) to the outside of the card, as pictured.  Add the second framed bear piece (the back of the bear) to the inside of the card.  Make sure you line up the circles when you adhere them together.

If you want to add a little more of a whimsical flair, stamp some of the bees from the A Little Wild Stamp Set onto the Very Vanilla cardstock with Soft Suede ink.  Use the corresponding framelit from the Little Loves Framelits set to die cut the bees.  Color the bees with the Daffodil Delight Watercolor Pencil and add them to your card in a random pattern.

You can add a sentiment to the inside of the card, as pictured.  I love the words that are part of the A Little Wild Stamp Set.  The sentiment was stamped with Soft Suede ink.

The final embellishment is a piece of twine that is twisted.  I added some embossing floss to the middle to add a little color.

I hope you will add this card to your portfolio!  It really is a lot of fun to make.

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

Happy stamping!