Happy New Year! Elise, Welcome to the Family!

I hope each of you had a happy and safe New Year’s celebration.  We enjoyed a delicious meal and great company with our neighbors.  It is unbelievable to realize that 2018 has arrived.

Speaking of arrivals, yesterday we received unexpected news that an addition to our family arrived about a month early.  Elise, a new great-niece to my husband and me, was born yesterday.  From pictures we have seen on Facebook, she is absolutely beautiful and well loved by her entire family – especially by her 18-month old brother, Holden.

My mom is staying with us this week.  She and I decided to make Elise a special card.  We had a lot of fun designing the layout, trying different options, and finalizing the card.  My mom was the ace die cutter and color consultant!

Be sure to look at the pictures below to get a full appreciation of the card.  The front, inside, and back have different perspectives!

Below are the main products that we used to make the card.  This design is one that you can easily use to modify for your own use.  Confession – There are a few non-SU, and retired SU products that were used.

For your New Year’s resolutions, I hope you’ve included carving out time to spend stamping.  I truly believe that stamping and other crafting are incredibly therapy!

Happy stamping,
Laurie



 

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.

Enjoy!
Laurie

Glue Dots

$5.25



 

Colorful Seasons – Happy Birthday Card

Recently while I have been driving around town, I have caught myself smiling at the beautiful autumn colors.  This year, the colors seem more intense and vivid than in past years.  Perhaps, I’m just appreciating the beauty more.  Either way, the foliage is just gorgeous!

Last week, I shared a card that I made for an NC Demos Blog Hop.  You can see that card here.  Using a similar layout, I also created a birthday card for our older daughter, Corie.  The birthday card captures the beauty of the season and shows the simple elegance of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack.  It features the wonderful fall color, Cherry Cobbler.

Below are steps and hints for you to follow to make this card.

  • The card base is made from Thick Whisper White card stock, cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.  I like to use Thick Whisper White card stock as the base for cards when there are multiple layers to add to the card front.
  • The card front is a piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock, cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″.  To give the card front a beautiful dimension, the piece was embossed with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
  • The sentiment is stamped with the Stylized Birthday Stamp onto a piece of the Wood Textures DSP which is cut to 3″ x 3″.  I used my Stamp-a-Ma-Jig to stamp Happy Birthday and stamped the sentiment twice.  The first time, I used Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  The second time, I shifted the Stamp-a-Ma-Jig just a tad to the left and stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink.  The result is a shadow effect on the lettering.
  • The DSP is then cut into three strips.  Each is 1″ x 3″, as pictured.  To add a little depth to the wood “planks”, I sponged the edges of each piece with Early Espresso ink.  Two scrap pieces of the DSP are used as the base to glue on the “planks”.  You can see those scrap pieces on either side of the “planks” in the picture.
  • At this point, I recommend that you start putting your card together.  Adhere the card front to your card base.  Then, use dimensionals to adhere the sentiment piece to the card front.
  • Now, it’s time to make the leaves.  Grab a few scrap pieces of your Wood Textures DSP and the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  Use Tuxedo Black Memento Ink to stamp the large, veined leaf stamp onto the DSP.  Watercolor the leaves with your choice of color from your Watercolor Pencils.  Blend the colors with your Aqua Painter, using the absolute least amount possible of water on the Aqua Painter brush.  You can add more color to the leaves when they are still wet.  You’re going to love this technique!  Use the corresponding leaf die from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Die set to cut out your colored leaves.
  • You can also use the smaller leaf die in Seasonal Layers Thinlits Die set to cut leaves from the scrap Wood Textures DSP.
  • The final leaves are made from the detailed leaf die and gold paper.  [You can also cheat if you have leftover gold leaf stickers from the October Paper Pumpkin kit!]
  • Assemble the leaves as you would like and adhere them to your card.
  • And, there you have it!  A really pretty autumn birthday card that helps capture the beauty of the season.

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

Here the two recent posts with a similar design side-by-side.  Which one do you prefer?

Happy stamping!
Laurie



 

NC Demos Blog Hop – Thankful for Autumn Colors

Welcome to the NC Demos October Blog Hop!!!  If you were just visiting Tracie Evans Langley’s site, I’m sure you were as impressed with her project as I was.  She is a very talented stamper.  Thanks for taking time to stop by to see my card for this month.

Our theme for October is to be Thank-Fall!  You’re going to see many amazing projects that have seasonal themes.  I am very Thank-Fall for autumn colors!  They are so vibrant and inviting.  Fall is definitely my favorite season.  Sweatshirts, jeans, football, light sweaters, and beautiful leaves just make me smile.  I am also thankful for friends and family who have Fall birthdays!!  If you get a card that looks like the one pictured below, just pretend to be surprised!

This card has a lot of layers, textures, autumn colors, and leaves.  It was a lot of fun to make.  Here are the main steps and directions.

  • The base is Cherry Cobbler cardstock, cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • There is a card front piece from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″.  I LOVE this DSP stack.  The wood patterns are absolutely amazing.  If you act by tomorrow, you can get four packs for the price of three.  Check here for more details.
  • Adhere the card front piece to the card base.
  • The main sentiment is the Stylized Birthday stamp.  It is stamped in Cajun Craze onto another piece from the Wood Textures DSP Stack.  This piece is cut to 3″ x 3 3/4″.  You can also stamp a shadow image of “Happy Birthday” in Memento Black Ink.  After you stamp “Happy Birthday”, cut the piece into 1″ x 3 3/4″ pieces, as shown.  The result should look like planks of wood.  Adhere the “planks” to scrap pieces of Wood Texture DSP.  If you look closely in the picture, you’ll see vertical DSP pieces behind the planks.
  • Use the Colorful Seasons stamp set and Memento Black Ink to stamp the large veined leaf onto different pieces of Wood Textures DSP.  Color the leaves with your Watercolor Pencils.  If you want, you can use your Aqua Painter to spread the watercolors.  Be sure to use the absolute least amount of water possible in the Aqua Painter.  Die cut the leaves with the corresponding thinlit from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.
  • Use some of the scrap Wood Textures DSP to die cut smaller leaves.  The die for the smaller leaf is also from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.
  • Adhere the leaves to the card front.  Glue dots work very well for this.   Occasionally, put your “plank” piece on top of the leaves that you have adhered to make sure you like the design.
  • When you’re happy with the design, use dimensionals to add the “plank” piece to the front of the card.
  • You can add a few leaves on top of the “plank” piece if you want.
  • Confession – I used leftover gold leaf stickers from a recent Paper Pumpkin kit to add a little bling.  You could just as easily die cut the same filigree leaf shape with a die from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  The card would be gorgeous with multiple metal colored leaves!
  • There you have it!  A great birthday card that highlights the season.  I hope you enjoy making the card.

Please continue on to Sue Stapp’s project.  A full list of this month’s NC Demos Blog Hoppers is listed at the end of this post.

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

Happy stamping!
Laurie

NC Demos October Blog Hoppers:

Tamra Davis

Jo Anne Hewins

Tracie Evans Langley

Laurie Meier <— YOU ARE HERE

Sue Stapp

Frances Wagner



 

Happy Birthday to My Brother!

Earlier this week, my brother celebrated a significant birthday.  Happy Birthday, Dave!  You’ll easily be able to tell which birthday by the card I made him!  Here is the front of the card:

And, here is a picture of the inside of the card:

The Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack is the perfect background for the card.  I’ve had a great time using this paper and hope you do as well.  The Large Numbers Framelits allowed me to customize the number for my brother’s birthday.  I die cut the numbers after I stamped the birthday sentiment with the Stylized Birthday stamp.  Then, I die cut three more of each number and made my own cardstock chipboard for each number by gluing the pieces together.

The leaves at the bottom of the card are made from the stamps and dies from the Color Theory Suite.  The leaves were stamped on scraps of Wood Textures DSP.  Their coloring is from Watercolor Pencils and then blending with an Aqua Painter.  Tip:  Use as little water as possible when you blend.

The gold leaf sticker is from the September Paper Pumpkin kit!!! Love that kit.  I also used the large leaf stamp from the same Paper Pumpkin kit to decorate the inside of the card.  Again, I colored the leaves with Watercolor Pencils.

The sentiment and numbers for the inside of the card are from the Number of Years stamp set.  The base for the inside of the card is a piece of Wood Textures DSP.  The final touch is rounded corners.

This style card could easily be changed to fit any occasion!  I hope you use this idea and make it your own.

Below are the main supplies I used to make the card.  Click on any picture, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping,
Laurie