Picture Perfect Birthday Cards

Do you ever panic because you don’t have a birthday card ready to get in the mail?  And, you REALLY need to send the card?  I’ve been in that situation far too many times.  One of my New Year’s resolutions is to keep a stash of finished birthday cards and make sure I mail the cards early!

I have really enjoyed experimenting with the Picture Perfect Party Suite from the new Occasions Catalog.  My birthday card stash is already growing!  Pictured below are two of the cards that I made using products from this suite.

The Picture Perfect Party Designer Series Paper (DSP) is fabulous.  There are twelve double-sized designs in the pack.  One side of each design is a photograph that feature products and colors in the suite.  They are incredible.  The other side of each design is a great pattern that includes great coordinating colors.

The two cards pictured above were made with one piece of the 6″ x 6″ Picture Perfect Party DSP.  One card is a traditional A2 card (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″).  The other card was made with one of the new Whisper White Narrow Note Cards.  I love being frugal with Designer Series Paper.

Here are the instructions for the cards:

  • The larger card has a Thick Whisper White cardstock base cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the longer side.
  • The frame is a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock cut to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″.
  • When you cut the DSP, you’re going to cut the DSP for both cards.  The larger card has a DSP piece measuring 4″ x 5 1/4″.  The smaller card has a DSP piece measuring 2″ x 4″.  For these cards, I cut the lit candle piece so that the left side of the paper (cut initially at 4″ x 6″) was for the larger card.  The remaining 2″ x 6″ piece was for the smaller card.  Then, I trimmed the pieces to the heights I needed.
  • Adhere the DSP to the Pumpkin Pie frame piece.
  • Cut a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock to 1″ x 4 1/8″.  Adhere this piece on top of the DSP, as pictured.
  • Use dimensionals to adhere the layered Pumpkin Pie piece to the front of the card.
  • Stamp “happiest of birthdays to you” from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Bermuda Bay ink.  Die cut the sentiment with the second smallest oval die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies.
  • Finish the die cut piece by adding faux stitching to the edge.  The faux stitching is made with a Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write marker.
  • Use dimensionals to adhere the sentiment piece to the front of the card, as pictured.
  • To finish the card, stamp “today we celebrate wonderful brilliant fabulous you!” inside the card using Bermuda Bay ink.

The smaller card is made with a new Whisper White Narrow Note Card.  All steps for the larger card are the same except for those listed below:

  • The Pumpkin Pie cardstock frame is cut to 2 1/8″ x 4 1/8″.
  • The Pumpkin Pie cardstock piece put over the DSP is cut to 1/2″ x 2 1/8″.
  • For the sentiment, stamp “happy birthday” from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Bermuda Bay ink.  Die cut the sentiment with the smallest oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies.

I’ll be sharing more ideas for great cards using products from the Picture Perfect Party Suite.  Please check back to see them.

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

Happy stamping,


Painted with Love Suite – Three Projects

It looks like winter may be heading back to the East Coast early next week.  My husband (Bruce) and I live in central North Carolina, and there is a hint of snow possibilities on Wednesday.  Well – I do need to remember that it is January!  We used to live in Rochester, New York, and were very used to snow.  I think our blood has thinned a bit since we moved to the South!

When the weather forecast looks a little on the chilly side, I start planning stamping projects to keep me happy.  Each week, I focus on three different projects using the same stamp set.  Yes, I guess I am a little frugal.  But, you know what?  I am definitely proud of that!  Be sure to check back in early next week to see the next stamp set I have chosen to use.  And, if you have suggestions from the Annual or Occasions catalog, please let me know!  Last week, I featured amazing products from the Pained with Love suite in the Occasions catalog.

As you have seen from my posts in the last week, I absolutely love the products in the Painted with Love Suite.  In the spirit of living up to my motto – One stamp set (okay, in this case, one suite!) – Three designs – Endless possibilities, I hope you have enjoyed the projects!

If you missed any project, you can use the links below to check them out.  The diagonal cut and fold card is shown in my first video attempt!

Have a wonderful weekend!  Enjoy your family and friends.  And, maybe sneak in a little time for stamping!



Fancy Fold Square Card – Painted with Love Suite

Well, I finally did it!  And, you’ll see a link below to my attempt at a video.  The card that is featured in the video is a square, quick fancy fold card that uses products from the Painted with Love suite in the Occasions Catalog.  The inspiration for this card came from an amazing stamper, Frenchie.  Click here to see her video.

After you’ve had a chance to watch my video below, I would really appreciate your feedback.  Your constructive suggestions will help me with future videos.

At the end of this post, you’ll find pictures of the main products that I used to make the featured card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll be taken to my on-line store.  You are really going to enjoy using the products in the Painted with Love suite.

Remember – Sale-A-Bration is in full swingFor any $50 order (before shipping and tax), you can choose one FREE Level 1 product from SAB brochure.  For any $100 order (before shipping and tax), you can choose two FREE Level 1 products or one FREE Level 2 product.  Click here to see the SAB brochure.

Enjoy the video!

Below are the main products that I used to make the featured card.  Go to my on-line store by clicking on any picture.

Happy stamping!


NC Demos Blog Hop – Painted with Love Sneak Peek

Welcome to the December NC Demos Blog Hop!  Our theme for this month is “What New With You?”.  Each of us is sharing something new – a new technique, a new project, or (in my case) a new product suite from the soon-to-be-available Occasions Catalog!  You probably just came from Tracie Evans Langley’s blog.  Tracie’s project always inspire me!  Thanks for continuing on the blog hop and stopping in to see my project.

If you’re like me, you spend a lot of time looking through SU!’s amazing catalogs.  In fact, I bet you look through them multiple times.  I know I do!  One suite that stood out to me in the Occasions Catalog is called Painted with Love.  It is featured on pages 18 and 19.  The products in the suite are gorgeous!  For this month’s blog hop, I created two boxes that are centered around products in the suite.

After the business of the holidays, I really appreciated a stunning project that came together very easily.  It’s honestly a little embarrassing that there is absolutely no stamping involved in either box.  But, I think they are pretty without adding ink!

The Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) is truly gorgeous.  It has rich colors mixed with gold and, while there are abstract designs on some of the papers, there are more uniform designs on others.  You will find this DSP collection incredibly versatile and one that I’m sure you’ll use for many occasions.

In the next few days, I’ll post further instructions on how to make the box.  In fact, I’m going to attempt to post a video.  Check back to see how that (mis)adventure goes!  The basic steps for the boxes are listed below.

  • Start with your choice of paper from the Painted with Love Specialty DSP cut to 4 1/2″ x 7″.  Use the box die from the Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies to cut the DSP.
  • For the other half of the box, use the same box die but a piece of Whisper White cardstock (cut to 4 1/2″ x 7″) for the other half of the box.  I chose to use white cardstock for the back of my boxes.  There were a few reasons for this – I like to conserve on using DSP, and the white backing for the box looks very finished.
  • Use your bone folder to burnish the score lines on the box die cuts.
  • Use the largest heart die from the Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies to cut a heart shape from the box half made with the DSP.  Be sure to save the die cut heart shape for another project!
  • Take two pieces of acetate, both cut in squares and just a little wider and taller than the heart opening.  Put one of the acetate pieces on top of the heart opening, and use a pen to trace the heart outline onto the acetate.  This will be your guideline of where to put the Gold Glitter Flakes.  When you trace the heart, make your heart just a little bit larger than the true size of the heart.  You won’t be able to see the pen markings if the traced heart is bigger than the opening.
  • On your traced piece of acetate, add a pinch of two of the Gold Glitter Flakes inside the heart that you traced.  You should add enough flakes to make sure the gold accent is visible.  Glue the second piece of acetate directly on top of the first piece.  You’ll capture the gold flakes in the middle of the two acetate pieces.
  • Adhere the glued acetate pieces on the inside of the DSP side of the box.  Line-up the acetate so the gold flakes align with the heart die cut.  The technique of gluing the acetate pieces together and capturing the gold flakes helps keep the flakes in place.  The flakes will move a little; however, you’ll be able to stand the box up and still see the flakes behind the heart.  The flakes won’t move around as they would in a shaker card.
  • Choose the color that you want behind the gold flakes.  For one of the boxes, I added Calypso Coral cardstock.  For the other box, I added Whisper White cardstock.  It’s fun to try different background colors to see which you like the best.  Adhere a piece of your chosen color behind the acetate pieces.
  • Now, you’re ready to assemble your box.  Since I use white cardstock for the back of your box, I glue the flaps on the white cardstock box piece and adhere them to the DSP piece.  Visual cues work for me!
  • Decorate your box as you would like.  I decided to try the new Painted Love Gold Vinyl Stickers.  This was definitely a stretch for me and something new.  I’m usually not a huge sticker fan, but these stickers are very likely to change my mind.  They are very easy to use and add a really nice touch to the box.
  • I also used the new Love Mini Tinsel Trim Combo Pack.  It has two really pretty colors – Gold and Powder Pink.

There is also a stamp set called Sure Do Love You that is part of the Painted With Love Suite.  Check back to see a project that I’ll make using that set and the new Whisper White Narrow Note Cards and Envelopes.  You’re going to be impressed with the options that you’ll have with the Painted Love Suite.

Please be sure to continue through the NC Demos Blog Hop!  Hop on over to Sue Root’s blog.  She has a great project to share this month.  All participants in this month’s blog hop are listed below.  Thanks so much for stopping by to see my projects.  Please be sure to check back in the next few days for more inspiration using products from the Painted with Love Suite.

Pictured below are the products I used to make the boxes.  The products will be available to purchase on January 3rd.  Be sure to stop back then and click on any picture to go to my on-line store.

Happy Stamping,

December Blog Hoppers

Toni Campana

Tamra Davis

Jo Anne Hewins

Tracie Evans Langley

Laurie Meier <— YOU ARE HERE

Sue Root

Sue Stapp

Frances Wagner



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.


Glue Dots