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,
Laurie
 


December Blog Hoppers

Toni Campana

Tamra Davis

Jo Anne Hewins

Tracie Evans Langley

Laurie Meier <— YOU ARE HERE

Sue Root

Sue Stapp

Frances Wagner



 

 

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



 

Use DSP as a Canvas – NC Demos Blog Hop

Welcome to the September NC Demos blog hop!  Thanks for stopping by to see my project for this month.  If you’ve just come from Tracie Evans Langley’s blog, didn’t you love her project?  She is in incredibly talented stamper.

This month, we are featuring techniques that we really like.  Lately, I have been using Designer Series Paper (DSP) as canvas for my cards.  Warning:  This can get quite addictive!  I’ve also been focused on a great stamp set called Floral Statements.  So far this week, I have posted three projects using this stamp set.  The card below is my fourth!  Yup – I’m addicted!

There have been so many stampers who have posted their cards with wood plank backgrounds.  The pictures are really eye catching.  I decided to use the Wood Textures DSP to add an additional element to the card.  This collection of DSP is especially gorgeous and incredibly versatile.

Tips on making the card:

  • Use Archival Basic Black ink to stamp onto the DSP.
  • Enjoy coloring the design with Watercolor Pencils.  Your stress level will literally go down to zero as you color!
  • Use an Aqua Painter to blend the colors from the Watercolor Pencils.  Be sure to use the smallest amount of water possible.  The results will amaze you!
  • Select a few leaves (or maybe specific petals from the flower) to stamp onto a piece of scrap DSP.  Color the leaves (or petals) with the Watercolor Pencils.  Fussy cut the images.  If you choose the leaves for the fussy cutting, you’ll need a tad more patience!
  • To create the 3D effect pictured below, adhere the fussy cut pieces directly onto of the DSP aligning them with the stamped design.
  • Be forewarned – You will likely start the process all over again when you see your creation!

To see the other cards that I have posted featuring the Floral Statements stamp set and different techniques, please click on the links below:

To continue the NC Demos Blog Hop, head over to Sue Root’s blog.  I know she has an amazing project to share with you.  You can also check out all participants listed below.

The main products that I used to make this month’s card are pictured below.  Click on any product, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie

NC Demos Blog Hoppers:

 
 
 
Laurie Meier <– YOU ARE HERE
 
 
 
 
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Patriotic Pride – NC Demos Blog Hop

Welcome to the NC July Blog Hop!!  This month, we are celebrating America.  Yes, we have passed the July 4th Independence Day holiday — but, we’re keeping the celebration going!  If you’ve just come from Tracie Evans Langley’s post, I’m sure you’ll agree that she is a very talented stamper.  Thanks for stopping by to see my card.

I had the privilege of growing up as a US Air Force dependent.  It was an amazing adventure!  My dad proudly served in the chaplaincy for over 20 years and was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars.  It is incredibly humbling for our entire family to realize that my dad is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.  One of my profound memories of my dad is the fact that he would always stand when he heard the national anthem.  It didn’t matter where he was or what he was doing.  Pretty amazing!  I think he would approve of my card.

If you follow my blog [stampedgreetings.com], you’ve noticed that I’m a little obsessed with embossing paste right now!  Yes, I truly am.  It is just too much fun to use.  My card this month features embossing paste and die cuts.  Did you notice, there is no stamping involved?!

The card base is Tranquil Tide (a gorgeous new In-Color) card stock.  The card front is Real Red card stock.  The die cuts are from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits set.  As you can see, I die cut the heart thinlit using Whisper White card stock and Real Red card stock.  I also die cut the word hope using Whisper White card stock and Tranquil Tide cardstock.

The bricks are created with the brick mask from the Pattern Party Decorate Masks set and two colors of Embossing Paste.  The white color is straight out of the embossing paste container.  The second is the white embossing paste mixed with a few drops of Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill.  Mix the embossing paste and ink refill on a Silicone Craft Sheet with one of the Palette Knives.

If you look at the pictures below, I hope you can see the depth of the embossed bricks.  There are three layers.  The first layer was white.  The second layer included some Tranquil Tide ink refill.  The third was another white.  I’ve noticed that it takes a few layers of the white embossing paste to cover over dark colors like Real Red.

Be sure to clean your masks and palette knives each time you use the embossing paste.  This means each time you change colors as well.  Warm water and soap work well to clean the masks and palette knives.

I finished the card by gluing the two heart die cuts together but offsetting the pieces.  The same gluing technique was used for the two “hope” die cuts.  The Fine-Tip Glue Pen is a great tool for gluing the die cuts together.  Use Dimensionals to attache the die cuts to the card front.

Be sure to continue the NC Blog Hop for this month.  Go over to Sue Root’s post and check out her project.  If you’d like to check out the main products that I used to create my card, take a look at the pictures below.  Click on any picture, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie


NC Demos Blog Hop Participants:

Tracie Evans Langley

Laurie Meier <– YOU ARE HERE

Sue Root


Main Products Used in My Card:



 

NC Demos June Blog Hop – Color Theory Suite

Welcome to the NC Demos June Blog Hop!  This month, we are showcasing our favorite products from the new Stampin’ Up! annual catalog.  If you haven’t seen the catalog yet, click here to go to the on-line version.  It truly is amazing.

You have probably just come from Tracie Evans Langley’s post.  I’m sure you agree that she is a very talented stamper and artist.  Thank you for stopping by my post.  I hope you are inspired by my project.

One of my favorite product suites is the Color Theory Suite.  It includes stamps, card stock, ribbon, embellishments, designer series paper, and a card pack that work together beautifully.  The colors that are featured in the Color Theory Suite are bold, bright, and great for all seasons.

The card I would like to share with you this month, pictured below, features many of the Color Theory Suite products and colors.

If you would like to CASE the card (and I hope you do!), here are the steps to follow.

  • Use the Old Olive cardstock from the Color Theory Cardstock Pack for the card base.  Cut the Old Olive piece to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the long side.
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock to 4″ x 5 1/4″.  Adhere the Whisper White cardstock to the card base.
  • For the main piece of the card, use your choice of paper from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack.  There are several wonderful patterns to choose from.  Don’t blame me if you can’t settle on one pattern and decide that you need to make two or three cards!  Cut the DSP to 3″ x 5″.
  • Save the extra piece of DSP for the sentiment.  Cut it to 1″ x 5″.  Turn the piece over to the opposite side to stamp the sentiment, as pictured.  The “You make me smile” stamp is from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  It is an absolutely amazing stamp set with great sentiments and very unique designs.  I used the new Berry Burst In-color ink to stamp the sentiment.
  • Now, the real magic and fun begin!  Die cut the tree branch using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies and Early Espresso cardstock.  Adhere the die cut tree branch to the DSP using a Fine Glue Pen.
  • Stamp the three different flower images from the Colorful Seasons stamp set in each of the three new In-Colors – Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, and Powder Pink.  Experiment stamping with full ink intensity or by stamping off before stamping the flower.  Use the three flower center images from the same stamp set and full intensity Fresh Fig ink to finish the flowers, as pictured.
  • There are three flower dies in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  They work beautifully to die cut the stamped flower images.
  • Use a Bone Folder to add shape and dimension to the flowers, as pictured below.

  • The card is finished by adhering the DSP stamped with the sentiment to the larger piece of DSP.  I added a very thin piece of Whisper White cardstock between the two DSP pieces to act as a border.  Adhere the flowers as you would like.  I like to have some of the flowers appear that they have fallen from the branch.  Attach the finished card front to the Whisper White piece with dimensionals.
  • Smile at your work of art!

The main products that I used to create this month’s card are pictured below.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.  Also shown below are the participants in this month’s blog hop.  Please be sure to continue to Lisa Tedder’s post.

Happy stamping!

Laurie

 

Participants in this month’s NC Demos Blog Hop:

Tamra Davis

Jo Anne Hewins

Tracie Evans Langley

Laurie Meier – YOU ARE HERE

Lisa Tedder