Meant To Be – Valentine Card

As promised, here is the second card featuring the amazing, new Meant to Be Bundle.  The card has texture, great die cuts, and a wonderful color combination.  Check below for full instructions to make this card.

Here are the instructions to make this card:

  • Start with a card base of Very Vanilla card stock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.  Very Vanilla is a subtle, rich color to use for card backgrounds.
  • The first (bottom) layer is a 4 1/8″ x 4 1/8″ piece of Lovely Lipstick card stock.  Lovely Lipstick works incredibly well with both reds and pinks!
  • The second (top) layer is a 4″ x 4″ piece of Powder Pink card stock.
  • Use the heart die from the Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies (also part of the bundle) that has a scalloped edge and a straight heart inside die to die cut a heart in the center of the Powder Pink piece.  The die I’m referring to is the larger die pictured on page 7 of the Occasions catalog.  You’re going to find that it also die cuts a scalloped heart frame.
  • Now, use the gorgeous, amazing, beautiful (yes – it really is that nice!!) new Lace Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to emboss the Powder Pink piece.
  • It is very important that you die cut before you emboss.  The result will be a much deeper, cleaner embossed piece.
  • Use the same heart die to die cut the center of the Lovely Lipstick piece.  You will want to save the heart frame for this card.  Keep the heart die cut piece for another project.
  • Get a scrap piece of Very Vanilla card stock (about 4″ x 4″).  Use Soft Suede ink to stamp the heart and flower stamp from the Meant to Be stamp set onto the Very Vanilla card stock.  You can also stamp the “you make me happy” stamp with Soft Suede ink onto the same piece of Very Vanilla card stock.  Make sure you’ll have enough card stock around the sentiment to cut a flag, as pictured.
  • Center the Soft Suede stamped heart behind the heart opening on the Powder Pink piece.  Secure with washi tape until you know the placement is correct.
  • Also, tuck the sentiment stamped flag under the right side of the heart opening, as pictured.
  • Next, take the Lovely Lipstick frame piece and fit it into the Power Pink piece.  It will fit perfectly around the stamped heart.  Adhere the frame piece with your favorite liquid adhesive.

  • Now, you can better adhere the stamped heart and sentiment to the Powder Pink piece.
  • Next, adhere the Powder Pink piece onto the Lovely Lipstick piece, as pictured.
  • To finish the card, adhere the Lovely Lipstick piece onto the card base.  As you can see, I chose to adhere the Lovely Lipstick piece in the center of the card base.

The combination of textures, colors, and stamped images in this card are really a great way to send a Happy Valentine’s to someone you love.  I hope you enjoy making the card.

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

Happy stamping!
Laurie



 

Meant to Be – Valentine Note Card

This past Sunday was the day for our January Stamp Club.  As usual, we had an absolutely great afternoon stamping, catching-up, and enjoying some delicious snacks.  This month, our stamping focus was the amazing, NEW Meant to Be Bundle from the Occasions catalog.  We made three cards from this bundle!!  Below is a picture of the first card that I’ll share.

Don’t you love the non-traditional colors for a Valentine’s Day card!?!?  The colors are so bold and bright.  They really capture your attention.

Here are the directions for making this card:

  • The base is a Whisper White Note CardThe Note Cards are available in Whisper White and Very Vanilla.  They are great to have on hand.  A package of 20 cards and envelopes is only $6.50!!
  • The base layer on the card is a piece of Flirty Flamingo card stock cut to 3 3/8″ x 5 1/8″.  The “Happy Valentine’s Day” sentiment is from the new Meant to Be stamp set.  The sentiment is stamped with Blueberry Bushel ink.
  • After the sentiment is stamped, the Flirty Flamingo piece is embossed using the Subtle 3D Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder Actually, the piece is embossed twice.  Once to have horizontal lines from the embossing folder.  Then, the piece is turned 90 degrees and embossed again to give vertical lines.  The result is a striking linen effect!

  • You can round the corners of the Flirty Flamingo piece, as pictured, if you like.
  • The frame for the floral focal point is a 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ piece of Blueberry Bushel card stock.  Again, you can round the corners of this piece if you would like.
  • The beautiful floral piece is from the gorgeous set of Garden Impressions 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (DSP).  I absolutely LOVE this collection of DSP.  It is beyond beautiful.  The floral piece is cut to 3″ x 3″.
  • Use the filigree heart die from the new Be Mine Stitched Framelits dies to cut a heart outline in the middle of the Garden Impressions piece.
  • Use the same filigree hear die and a piece of Whisper White card stock to die cut a filigree heart.
  • Don’t adhere the DSP piece to the Blueberry Bushel piece just yet.  But, use a piece of washi tape to gently hold the DSP in the center of the Blueberry Bushel piece.  This will give you perfect placement to adhere the Whisper White filigree heart die cut onto the Blueberry Bushel piece.  Use your favorite liquid adhesive to adhere the filigree heart.
  • Adhere the Flirty Flamingo piece to the card base.
  • Adhere the Blueberry Bushel piece to the Flirty Flamingo piece, as pictured.
  • Use Mini Dimensionals to add the die cut DSP onto the Blueberry Bushel piece and perfectly centered around the die cut filigree heart.

You’ll be proud to give this beautiful Valentine card to someone special!!

Pictured below are the products that I used to create this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go directly to my on-line store.

My next post will be the second card that we made using the amazing, new Meant to Be bundle!

Happy stamping!
Laurie 



 

Online Extravaganza!

For the six days following Thanksgiving, Stampin’ Up! is having an Online Extravaganza!  There will be specific items in the Annual Catalog that will be on sale.

  • The first group of items include paper and embellishments on sale today (November 23) and tomorrow!
  • The second group will be stamps and kits on sale November 25 and 26.
  • And, the last group will be tools and ink on November 27 and 28.

Click on the picture below to go to my on-line store and take advantage of the sale!

Happy shopping!

Inky hugs,
Laurie



 

Snowflakes and Sparkles – Quick Christmas Card

If you’re looking for a quick, eye-catching Christmas card, look no further!  Here is a design that you will enjoy making and you will be proud to give to friends and family.

I decided to “shop” my stamp collection to choose the images for this card.  There were three themes I wanted to include.   The first was an abstract background that I could stamp once or twice.  The second was a stamp set with great snowflake images.  And, the third was a fun Christmas sentiment to match the overall design.

Three stamp sets were used to create the card.  The first is Love What You Do which has a great background stamp.  The second stamp set is Colorful Seasons which is filled with amazing images for all seasons.  And, the last is the Christmas Pines stamp set which includes great sentiments as well as wonderful images.  “Shopping” your own stash can be a really fun way to pick images to use together to create new designs.

The basic instructions for making this card are shown below:

  • This is a one-layer card with a Thick Whisper White card stock base.  The base is cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • Use the background image from the Love What You Do stamp set and Pool Party ink to stamp the background image onto the front of the card.  You can stamp the image either once or twice, as pictured.
  • Use Gray Granite ink and the snowflake images from the Colorful Seasons stamp set to stamp snowflake images on the card front.
  • Use Night of Navy ink and the pictured sentiment from the Christmas Pines stamp set to add a greeting to your card front, as pictured.
  • Die cut two or three snowflakes from Whisper White card stock with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies collection.  Adhere them to the front of the card to add dimension and interest to your design.  The Fine Glue Pen works very well to adhere the die cut snowflakes.
  • Add some bling to the card by adhering a few silver sequins.  I used some sequins that I had leftover from a Paper Pumpkin kit.
  • If you use your Stamparatus for the stamping, you will be amazed at how quickly you’ll be able to create a stack of these beautiful Christmas cards!

Below are the main products that I used to create today’s card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go directly to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie 

Stamparatus

$49.00



 

Wishing You Well – Wreath Thank You Card

I certainly hope that you and your family have escaped the truly nasty colds and viruses that have been going around.  My absence on my blog has been due to a nasty “plague” capturing both my husband and me.  We are finally on the mend (yeah!), and I’m happy to be back to share another gorgeous card using the Wishing You Well stamp set.

This is the third card that our group made in a recent Stamp Club.  By the way – If you live near the Carrboro/Chapel Hill area in North Carolina, you are always welcome to join our Stamp Club.  We meet every second Sunday of the month, beginning at 2:00 in the afternoon.  Just leave me a note if you’d like more information.

Pictured below is the card that I would like to share with you in this post.  I wanted to try to put a few layers of different inks onto the wreath and to make the colors look very fall-ish.  Below the picture, you’ll find the steps that were used to make the card.

I know I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating.  If you don’t yet have the Wishing You Well stamp set in your collection, you should really think about getting it.  I think you’ll find the beautiful designs and sentiments incredibly versatile.

Here are the basic steps to follow to make the holiday wreath card:

  • The card base is made from Whisper White card stock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • The focal point is a piece of Whisper White card stock cut to 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″.
  • Use the wreath stamp from the Wishing You Well stamp set to create the main image.  You will use four colors to layer stamp the wreath.
  • First, use Crushed Curry ink (and stamp off before stamping onto the focal piece) to stamp one image of the wreath.  This will be your guide as you continue to stamp.
  • Next, ink the wreath stamp with Cajun Craze ink.  Stamp off before stamping on to the focal piece.  And, when you stamp try to stamp a little off center from the original Crushed Curry stamped image.  Before you change colors, stamp another image with the remaining Cajun Craze ink to get a lighter shade of this gorgeous color.  And, again, move the stamp to slightly offset the first layer of Cajun Craze ink.
  • Follow the same steps using Old Olive ink for the third layer of color.
  • Also, follow the same steps using Cherry Cobbler ink.  I recommend stamping off at least twice before stamping the wreath with Cherry Cobbler.  This is a very strong red ink, and you don’t want to over power the other colors.
  • Finish the focal piece with the bow stamp from the Wishing You Well stamp set.  Use Cajun Craze to stamp the bow.
  • Adhere the focal piece to a piece of Mossy Meadow card stock cut to 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.
  • Stamp “thank you” from the Love What You Do stamp set at the bottom of the card front, as pictured.
  • Adhere a piece of your favorite complementing pieces of DSP, cut to 4″ x 4″ to the top of the card front, as pictured.  I used a piece from the Nature’s Poem DSP collection.  I chose a piece with Cajun Craze to complement the overall design.
  • Adhere the Mossy Meadow card stock to the DSP with dimensionals.
  • To finish the card, you can add some “bling” to the wreath.  I used a few star shaped sequins from a Paper Pumpkin kit.  [I have quite a few extra Paper Pumpkin pieces that I keep on hand to use with many projects!]

This design can easily be changed to have Christmas colors and a Christmas sentiment.  There truly are endless possibilities…

Shown below are the main products that I used to create this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go directly to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie