Designer Series Paper SALE!!!

By popular demand, Stampin’ Up! is bringing back an incredible offer on Designer Series Paper.  You can buy three packages of select Designer Series Paper and get one FREE during July! This sale includes select Designer Series Paper from the annual catalog (see details below).  Be sure to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to add lots of pretty paper to your stash!

Below is a list of the DSP packages that are included in this special.  The pages that are listed reference the Annual Catalog.  You can also see the amazing patterns in the video that is posted just below the DSP list.

 

 

After you have decided which packages to add to your stash, click on the pictures below, and you’ll go to my on-line store!

Happy stamping!
Laurie



 

NC Demo Blog Hop – Vivid Vases Narrow Note Card

Welcome to the June NC Demo Blog Hop!  If you’ve hopped over from Tracie’s post, I’m sure you’ll agree that her project was great!  She is an amazing artist.  Thanks so much for stopping by to see my post.

This month, all the artists in the blog hop are focused on our favorite products from the NEW Annual Catalog.  There are so many amazing new products!  It was pretty hard for me to pick just a few to use for my project.  I finally decided to combine two of my absolute favorites – The gorgeous Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper and the versatile Varied Vases bundle.  For a fun twist, I also decided to use the Whisper White Narrow Note Cards and Envelopes for the base of my project.  Below is a picture of my card –

This card design will be a perfect choice for a pretty gift card, a bright hello card, or a sweet thinking of you card.  Let’s face it – some times we all need a quick design that we have in our back pockets.  You will be happy to have this card design in your portfolio!  Here are a few steps and tips to follow when you make the card:

  • The card base is a Whisper White Narrow Note Card.  The dimensions of the card are 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″.
  • The largest frame piece is Mint Macaron card stock cut to 2 1/4″ x 4 1/4″.
  • The next smaller size frame piece is Basic Black card stock cut to 2 1/8″ x 4 1/8″.
  • The next smaller size frame piece is from the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper cut to 2″ x 4″.   I am willing to bet that you save scraps of Designer Series Paper.  I sure do!  The DSP that I used for this card were scraps from another card.
  • The focal point of the card starts with an oval die cut from Mint Macaron.  Tip:  Before you put the card together, die cut the oval from the Mint Macaron frame piece, using the second largest oval die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  No one will ever know there is a gaping oval hole in the Mint Macaron frame 🙂
  • Grab another piece of your scrap DSP and punch your choice of vase shape using the Vases Builder Punch.
  • Grab a piece of scrap Basic Black card stock and punch three vases of your chosen shape.  Adhere the Basic Black vases behind the DSP vase.  The Basic Black vases are attached to add a small frame to the left side, right side, and bottom of the vase.
  • Stamp “hello” from the Varied Vases stamp set on the bottom of the die cut oval.  I used Memento Black Ink to stamp.
  • Choose the flower stamp that you want to use from the Varied Vases stamp set to add flowers to your vase.  Tip:  Figure out how much of the stem piece you can fit on your card but make sure the stamped stem will be hidden by the vase.  I only stamped about half the stem on the flower stamp that I chose.  If I had stamped the entire stem, part of the stem would be seen below the vase.
  • Adhere the framed DSP vase over the stamped flower.  Add color to the flowers with your choice of color from the Watercolor Pencils set.  I used Old Olive and Pacific Point to add hint of green and blue to compliment the colors in the DSP.
  • Add faux stitching to the die cut oval using a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.  To finish the “stitching”, you can also add a black twine bow to the die cut oval.
  • The framed pieces are adhered with your favorite glue.  The finished die cut oval is adhered to the card front with Dimensionals.

I hope you enjoy making this card and that you’ll change the design to make it your own.  The main products that I used to make the card are shown below.  You can click on any picture and go directly to my on-line store.

Be sure to continue your blog hop by visiting Sue’s post.  I know she has an incredible project to share with us!  All the artists who are part of this month’s NC Demo Blog Hop are listed below.

Happy stamping!
Laurie

June Blog Hoppers
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Impossible Father’s Day Card – Rooted in Nature

You have likely seen many examples of the Impossible Card on various social media platforms.  It is a fun, quick, mind-bending card that can be altered for any occasion.  This past Sunday afternoon, our card club had a great time making the Father’s Day card pictured below.  In my next post, I will give step-by-step instructions and measurements for this card.  It is much easier than it may look.

One of the bundles that really caught my eye in the new catalog is called Rooted in Nature.  It is a collection of gorgeous, nature focused stamps and corresponding dies that help you create year-round cards for all occasions and anyone on your card giving list.

Some of the stamps were inspired by an incredibly popular Stampin’ Up! stamp set called Lovely as a Tree.  Did you know that Lovely as a Tree is the longest running, currently available stamp set?  We used the large tree as a focal point for our Impossible Card.  In the picture below, you’ll see that two colors have been added and include highlights of branches among the leaves.  I’ll give you tips on how I created that look in my next post.

Some of the dies in the bundle are embossing dies.  They don’t cut through your cardstock.  Rather, they emboss pretty leaves onto your cardstock.  Additional cutting dies allow you to cut the leaves and add them to your projects.  We finished the leaves shown below by sponging on Old Olive ink.

The overall impact of this card is just plain fun.  Check back to get the details on how to make this card and how to customize it for your needs.

In the meantime, check out the main products that I used to make this card.  Click on any product pictured below, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie



 

Lovely Floral Dynamic EF – More Amazing Cards!

As I mentioned in my last post, I am truly addicted to the beautiful, new Lovely Floral Dynamic EF from the brand new Stampin’ Up! annual catalog.  In this post, I would like to share a few additional cards that I have made using this embossing folder.

For details on the steps to make these cards, please reference my last post.  Change the colors of the card stock and stamped image focal point to make your own designs.  In the cards pictured below, you’ll notice that I used a retired stamp set called Garden Collage for the images.  The coloring of the stamped images was done with the gorgeous Watercolor Pencils.

Layering colors is the best way to achieve a multi-dimensional feel from the Watercolor Pencils.  Put a layer of the lightest color on the entire image first.  For example, I started with a layer of yellow on the entire butterfly.  Then add more color with a very light hand.  Be sure to blend the colors as you go along.  You’ll be amazed at the results!

You’ll find an endless combination of colors.  Just take some time to experiment!

Use different colors of card stock, various sentiments, and orientations of your card layout (portrait and landscape) to complete your collection.

Please don’t blame me when you become as obsessed with the Lovely Floral Dynamic EF as I am 🙂 !!

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

If you don’t have a demonstrator, I would love to be your demonstrator.  I’ll also make sure you have a new annual catalog.  Just leave me a comment!

Happy stamping!
Laurie



 

New Lovely Floral Dynamic EF – I’m Hooked!!

Before I share information about the featured card, please let me give you a little background.  It will make sense in a minute (or two)!

Last month, my mom had two cataract surgeries – one on each eye.  When we got to the hospital at a very early time for the first surgery, neither of us really knew how much time the procedure would take.  As an obsessed stamper (you can identify, right?), I brought a few pre-stamped images and my Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils to use while I waited.  Now, confession time – I did not use a current SU! stamp set.  The stamps I used are from a retired hostess set that focused on nature.  A good friend of mine and fellow stamper gave me the set.  But, I digress…

First, and most important, my mom’s surgeries went very well.  In fact, after both surgeries were completed and the healing of both eyes was underway, she was able to read without glasses.  For years, she has worn a prism on one lens after a nasty fall.

Second, and not as important, I thoroughly enjoyed coloring as I waited for the surgeries to be completed.  It was very relaxing and productive.  In fact, a few of the other folks who were in the waiting area asked what I was doing.  It was fun to share stamping and coloring with them.

If you haven’t added the SU! Watercolor Pencils to your stash, what are you waiting for?  They are really easy to use and add so much depth to your projects.  Just add layers as you work the colors of the image.  I actually “googled” a few photos on my phone to get examples of the colors for blue birds, hummingbirds, and butterflies.  The card I am sharing today highlights a great blue bird stamp.

After I had the coloring finished, I needed to figure out how to add the image to a card and create a fun background that complemented the stamping.  The new Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder did the trick!  It is absolutely amazing.

I also decided to use my new favorite color, Grapefruit Grove, to the background.  Grapefruit Grove is one of the new In-Colors and is really pretty, especially in-person.  I cut a piece of Grapefruit Grove cardstock to 3 3/4″ x 5″ and used the Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to add the embossed pattern.  Rather than use the embossed side for my card, I turned the paper to the de-embossed (not sure that’s a word – but, you know what I mean) and used Grapefruit Grove ink to stamp over the de-embossed area.  I used the largest solid image from the Love What You Do stamp set.  I overlapped the stamped images in some places to get an interesting background.  Okay – another confession – I used a stamp from the retired Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to add lines horizontally and vertically in Grapefruit Grove ink.  The result is a really vibrant, almost fabric feel for the background.

One of my absolute favorite retiring stamp sets is Teeny Tiny Wishes.  I was thrilled to see that SU! has a new stamp set called Itty Bitty Greetings.  It is full of wonderful sentiments and various fonts.  I’ve already used it several times of different types of cards.  Guaranteed – It will be on your “have-to-have” list.  The “Happy Anniversary” stamp is from the new Itty Bitty Greetings set.  I stamped it using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and my Stamparatus.

To finish the card, I used Mint Macaron cardstock to frame the blue bird image and also the Grapefruit Grove background.  Circle dies from the Stitched Shapes framelits collection are perfect for the blue bird image and Mint Macaron background.  A piece of gold twine from a Paper Pumpkin kit added the final touch for the focal point image.  The Mint Macaron piece behind the Grapefruit Grove piece is 4″ x 5 1/8″.  A piece of Basic Black card stock, cut to 4 1/8″  x 5 1/4″, is layered behind the Mint Macaron piece.  A card base from Thick Whisper White card stock finishes the card.

I hope you try this technique.  You’ll find stamping on the de-embossed side to be very pretty.  Also, if you combine ink and card stock from the same color, I really think you’ll love the effect.

Below are some of the products that I used to create the featured card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.  Remember – Items from the new catalog won’t be available until June 1st, the day of the new catalog launch.

Happy Stamping and Coloring!
Laurie