Stamp ‘N Hop – My Favorite New DSP

Welcome to July’s Stamp ‘N Hop!  We are a group of global stampaholics who love sharing ideas for cards and other stamping projects.  This month, our projects feature our favorite new Designer Series Paper (DSP) collections from Stampin’ Up!’s new annual catalog.  Since there are many gorgeous DSP collections, I am sure everyone in the hop had difficulty picking the favorites.  I know I sure did!!

If you just came from Terry’s post, I’m sure you’ll agree that she is an amazing artist and had a great project to share.  Thanks so much for stopping by to see my post.  I hope I can give you some inspiration and tips for making a fun, step card that features the fabulous new Nature’s Poem DSP collection.  This collection of DSP is pictured below.  It is perfect to use for both feminine and masculine cards, and it has a wide range of gorgeous colors in the designs.  And, best of all, the collection is one of ten DSP collections that are on sale this month only as a buy three and get one free deal.  Click here for more information!

Okay… now onto the card.  Usually, I use DSP as a background to a card.  But, when I saw the Nature’s Poem collection, I decided that the DSP really should be the focal point of the card.  A single side-step card seemed the perfect way to highlight the DSP design.  Below are a few pictures of the card.

 

If you’ve never made a step card, trust me it’s a lot easier than you may think.  Use the rather rough diagram below as your guide to the pattern.  Please also check back on my blog.  I’ll have more detailed step-by-step instructions posted in a few days.

The card base is a piece of Tranquil Tide cardstock.  The leaves are stamped using the Rooted in Nature stamp set.  The corresponding Nature’s Roots Framelits Dies were used to die cut the leaves.  The stamp set and dies are available in a bundle.  By the way, there are awesome embossing dies in the die set.  Take a close look at the leaves made with Mango Melody cardstock.  They have a fantastic leaf pattern that was created with the embossing dies.

The inks used for the card include Tranquil Tide, Cajun Craze, and Mint Macaron.  The embellishments are simple pieces of twine tied around the bunched stems of the leaves.

The focal point of the card is a beautiful piece of the DSP that just stands on its own as far as a design.  Don’t you think it’s gorgeous!  The DSP is framed with a piece of Mango Melody cardstock.  The final accent on the focal point is “be strong, be happy, be you”.  The three pieces are one stamp from the stamp set which was stamped onto Whisper White cardstock with Tranquil Tide ink.  The words were then cut apart and randomly glued to the card.

Please be sure to continue the blog hop and stop over at Laura’s project She has a great design to share with you.  All the participants in this month’s Stamp ‘N Hop blog hop are listed below.

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

Happy stamping,
Laurie  

Below are this month’s Stamp ‘N Hop blog hoppers:

  1. Mikaela Titheridge
17) Laurie Meier <–YOU ARE HERE


 

Stamp ‘N Hop – Favorite Retiring Products

Welcome to this month’s Stamp ‘N Hop blog hop!  We are a global group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who are addicted to ink, stamps, and amazing tools that we use to make beautiful cards and other paper projects.  This month, we are all featuring favorite SU! products that will be retiring from the SU! catalogs.

If you’ve just come from Susan Simpson’s post, I’m sure you’ll agree with me that her project was fantastic (as usual!).  Thank so much for stopping by to see my tribute to some of my favorite retiring products.

My husband, Bruce, and I live in the beautiful state of North Carolina.  Last week, we had family visiting from New York.  Our youngest granddaughter, Angie, and I had time to craft together!  It was so much fun.  She and I designed the inspiration for the project that I’m sharing today.  Take a look at Angie’s cards, pictured below.  I’m sure you’ll agree that she is a talented stamper.  [By the way, Angie and I will be Skyping every month to put our Paper Pumpkin kits together.  How much fun is that??  There is an amazing Paper Pumpkin special that is going on.  Click here to get more information.]

Here are Angie’s cards!  And, as a bonus, a picture of Angie, her brother (Johnny), and my mom is shown below.

You’ll notice some similarities between Angie’s cards and the card I am featuring this month.  It is an easel card and shown below.

No matter how many times I use a heat embossing technique, I never get tired of the magic!  To add a little twist to my typical heat embossing colors, I decided to use White Embossing powder on a Rich Razzleberry cardstock background as the focal point.  The flower cart stamp from the (retiring) Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts stamp set was perfect for the central image.  When you heat emboss, remember to prep your cardstock with the Embossing Buddy.  It helps eliminate stray embossing powder on your project.

I used the amazing Watercolor Pencils to add hints of color to the stamped flower cart.  In some areas, I colored the open spaces with the Whisper White Watercolor Pencil first.  Then, I added color over the Whisper White.  The intensity of the colors were more vibrant when I used this technique.

The card style is an easel card.  It definitely has a “WOW” factor for the recipient.  The base for the easel card is a top-folding Whisper White card, cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″ on the 11″ side.  There is an additional score line on the “front” of the base.  The score is at the 2 3/4″ measurement.  When the card base is folded, it looks like the picture below.  Then, the card front (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) is adhered to the folded card base.  See the picture below for a visual explanation of how the card comes together.

To finish the card front, I used a piece of one of the Crushed Curry DSP papers from the (retiring) Color Theory DSP Paper Stack as the background.  This piece is cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″ and corner rounded on the bottom corners.  “Hearts bloom where you are” from the Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts stamp set is stamped on the bottom right corner with Rich Razzleberry ink.  The bottom corners are rounded.

The flower cart piece is die cut using the rectangle die in the Sliding Door framelits set.  The frame for the flower cart piece is made from the gorgeous Wood Textures DSP Stack.  The framed flower cart piece is adhered to the front of the card with Dimensionals.

A second piece of the Crushed Curry DSP (2″ x 4″) is adhered to the bottom of the inside of the card.  The bottom corners are rounded.  The “door stop” for the easel design is made from three small hearts made from the Wood Textures DSP Stack.  Mini Dimensionals are used to adhere the hearts to the inside of the card.

There are so many ways to make this card your own design.  Change the color of the cardstock you use to heat emboss the flower cart.  Use a different color from the Color Theory DSP Paper Stack as the main color of the card’s background.  Stamp a different sentiment on the card front.  Use a different shape for your “door stop”.  Yes, you got it!  There are endless possibilities.  Enjoy!

Now, be sure to go visit Christina Walker’s post.  You are going to love her project!  She is an amazing artist.

Below are pictures of the main products I used to make the easel card.  Click on any picture to go to my on-line store.

Also, listed below are all participants in this month’s Stamp ‘N Hop blog hop.  Continue through the blog hop to make sure you get inspiration from all our wonderful artists.

Happy stamping!
Laurie

April Stamp ‘N Hop Hoppers!!

Stamp N Hop Occasions Blog Hop – Waterfront at Camp

Welcome to the first Stamp ‘N Hop blog hop!  I am honored to be part of a wonderful group of talented stampers who are sharing our favorite products from the Occasions catalog.  If you’ve just come from Mo Rootes post, I’m sure you found her project inspiring!  I really like Mo’s stamping style and will definitely be CASEing her project.  Thanks so much for continuing your blog hop by stopping by to see my post!

I have been an awe by the amazing cards that I have seen created with the Waterfront stamp set.  Honestly, watercoloring has always intimidated me a little.  But, with the Waterfront stamp set, creating a watercolored project is quite a lot of fun.

 Our family has a summer camp at a lake in Upstate New York.  It is a place to relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect with family and friends.  My blood pressure literally falls when we get to our camp, unpack, and then sit outside to view the lake.  The view from our beach was the inspiration for my card.  Below is a real picture of the view, and beside it is the finished card.

  • The card base is a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″.  It is then scored at 5 1/2″ on the 11″ side to form a top-folding card.
  • The frame is a piece of Watercolor Paper cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″.
  • The final watercolored card front is cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″.
  • I started with Old Olive ink and two stamps from the set.  After stamping the images, I used my Aqua Painter (very light on the water) to spread the color.  To get another layer of a different green, I used the same stamps and Garden Green ink to add just a touch of a darker color.  When I used the Aqua Painter to blend the darker green, I used more of a pouncing motion to blend the color.  The result looks like different color trees for the background.
  • To add the water, I decided to use two shades of blue.  The first is Marina Mist.  The second is Island Indigo.  After each color, I blended with the Aqua Painter.  You’ll notice that an area was left for the rocks on the beach.
  • The rocks were added with Crumb Cake ink and blended.  To add more depth to the rocks, additional layers of Crumb Cake ink and Early Espresso ink were added to the base.
  • The trees were fun to attempt!  Since there isn’t a large tree trunk stamp in the set, I created the trunk with Early Espresso ink (you’ll see a “blob” of the ink on the bottom right corner of the watercolor paper) and the Aqua Painter.  The tree branches were stamped by only inking the top of the tree stamp.  Both Garden Green and Old Olive inks are stamped in the trees.  To create the grassy area below the trees, I used the tree stamp and only inked the very top of the stamp.  After stamping the “grass”, I used the Aqua Painter to blend the colors.
  • To give the piece a little more of a realistic touch, I went back into the beach area to add slightly defined rocks.  They were added with Early Espresso ink and the Aqua Painter.  Also more tree tops on the hills were added in both greens – Garden Green and Old Olive.

  • The most difficult part of making this card was deciding how to cut the picture down to 3 3/4″ x 5″ to fit in front of the frame piece.  As you can see from the final card, I decided to focus more on the trees and rocks in the foreground.  The sentiment is also from the Waterfront stamp set and was added with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

I hope you have (or soon will have) the Waterfront stamp set in your collection!  Take some time to let the inner watercolor artist in you free!  You will be amazed at the results, and you’ll have fun while you create.

Be sure to continue the Stamp ‘N Hop blog hop by going to Georgia Gaydos post.  She has an amazing project to share with you!  A list of all participants for this month is shown below.  Also below are the main products that I used to create my watercolor card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie

February Stamp ‘N Hop Artists:

Mikaela Titheridge

Kayla Adams

Laurie Mackie

Joanne Hodge

Amy Grendel

Andre Gordon

Tracie Evans Langley

Kirsten Aitchison

Linda Handford

Rachel Traudt

Eva Pottsova

Melissa Tennison

Melissa Kerman

Lisa Kmiec

Christina Walker

Karen Pearmain

Joyce Whitman

Bobbi Miller

Ilka Teschke

Danielle Kassing

Terry Montgomery

Tracey Gouraud

Kat Spencer

Mo Rootes

Laurie Meier <– YOU ARE HERE

Georgia Gaydos

Courtenay Heuston

Jessie Holton

Susan Simpson

Shannon Cole

Linda Richenberg