Peaceful Poinsettia Christmas Card

If you’re like me, you’ve started making your Christmas cards.  At our recent Stamp Club, the group made a gorgeous card using the Peaceful Poinsettia bundle.  Take a look at some of the variations of the card.

Which card do you like the best?  Did you look at the slight differences in the cards?

  • Green on green card – The die cut piece is adhered with dimensionals.  The center “dots” of the poinsettia flower were left in the die cut.

  • White on green card – The die cut piece is adhered directly to the top of the card.  The center “dots” of the poinsettia flower were taken out of the die cut.  Pearls were added to the sentiment on the ribbon.

  • White on white card – The die cut piece is adhered directly to the top of the card.  The center “dots” of the poinsettia flower were left in the die cut and covered with Basic Pearls.

Here are the basic instructions for the cards –

  • The card base is made from either Whisper White card stock or Mossy Meadow card stock.  Cut the card base piece to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″.
  • Choose the color you would like for the card front (either Whisper White card stock or Mossy Meadow card stock).  Cut the card front to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″.
  • Use two dies from the Detailed Poinsettia Thinlits Dies set to decorate the card front.  Use the corner die that will leave the holly berry bows on the edges and in the corner.  Also, use the poinsettia die that leaves the detail pictured.
  • You can cut both dies at the same time if you would like.  The poinsettia die nestles into the corner die.
  • Make sure you save the die cut pieces for the bows.  You will adhere them to the front of the card as pictured.  This will give a nice embossing effect.  I recommend the Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere the bow pieces.
  • Choose your favorite piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) to make your ribbon.  I chose a piece of retired DSP from my stash.  Cut the DSP to 1 1/2″ to 6″.  Stamp the “Christmas Wishes” sentiment from the Peaceful Poinsettia stamp set onto the DSP.  Use Early Espresso ink.  Score the DSP at 3″ and fold in half.  Adhere the right 3″ piece to the bottom of the card front piece, and wrap the stamped piece onto the top right of the card.  Use scissors to cut a flag end on your ribbon.  Use your bone folder to give the ribbon some curl.  Adhere the ribbon to the card front as pictured.
  • Embellish your card as you would like with Basic Pearls or other pieces of bling.

This card would also be gorgeous in a red on red design with a pretty green ribbon.  And, how about blue on blue with a silver ribbon?  Yup, the options are endless!

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

Happy stamping!
Laurie



 

Oct 23 ONLY – 15% off Selected Stamp Sets!!

Stampin’ Up! is celebrating its birthday and wants to extend the celebration to everyone.  On October 23 ONLY, the stamp sets shown below will be available for 15% off their published price.

Click on any item, and you’ll go to my on-line store.  Don’t miss out on this great deal!

Happy stamping!
Laurie 

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!
Laurie



 

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!
Laurie

 

April Blog Hoppers

Toni Campana

Jo Anne Hewins

Tracie Evans Langley

Laurie Meier <– YOU ARE HERE

Frances Wagner



 

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