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!



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Happy Saturday!  I hope you are keeping warm and enjoying the start of your weekend.  Remember – Stamping is a great distraction from the cold weather!

I also hope you find the picture below inspiring.  Each of the three projects using products from the Painted with Love Suite in the Occasions Catalog (pages 18 and 19).  You may have been drawn to this suite by the gorgeous Painted with Love Specialty DSP as I was, but I guarantee you’re going to love the other Painted with Love suite products.

Earlier this week, I posted pictures and directions for the box made with the box die from the Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies.  If you missed that post, please check here.  Today, I am going to share tips and tricks to make the Valentine card pictured below.  In the next few days, I’ll post more information and details for the third project pictured above.

This Valentine’s Day card features the new Whisper White Narrow Note Cards and Envelopes (page 19 of the Occasions Catalog).  They are the same weight as the larger Whisper White Note cards and fit perfectly inside boxes made with the box die from the Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies.  The cards are also a great way to top a gift and to give as a simple note to brighten someone’s day.  Here are the directions for the card:

  • Cut a piece of your choice of the Painted with Love Specialty DSP to 2 3/8″ x 4 3/8″.  You may have a hard time narrowing down which piece of DSP to use since they are all amazing!
  • Use Whisper White Craft Ink to stamp the lovely heart outline image from the Sure Do Love You stamp set onto the DSP as pictured.  Then, heat emboss the heart image with White Embossing Powder.
  • Use the largest heart die from the Lots of Love Box Framelits Dies to die cut the heart shape in the middle of the heart outline that you have heat embossed.
  • The sentiment is from the Sure Do Love You stamp set on a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 2 1/4″ x 3 1/2″.  I used and updated “Rock and Roll” technique to stamp the sentiment.  [Okay – Raise your hand if you know what the “Rock and Roll” technique is!]  If you think of the sentiment stamp as being in three concentric circles, my stamping explanation should make sense!  I stamped the inside circle (the middle) in Calypso Coral.  The next circular section (I guess really more of a doughnut shape) was stamped in Melon Mambo, overlapping the Calypso Coral just a bit.  The outer section is stamped in Rich Razzleberry, overlapping the Melon Mambo a little.  [Confession – I also used a MISTI to stamp the sentiment.  This allowed me to play with the coloring to get it exactly as I wanted it.  SOON – We’ll be able to use the new SU! Stamparatus to do this technique!!]  Take a look at the picture below to get a better view of the layers of colors in the sentiment.

  • To attach the sentiment to the DSP, put dimensionals on the stamped sentiment piece.  Place the dimensionals on the paper around the sentiment to make sure they won’t be seen when you place the DSP piece over the top.
  • Attach the DSP piece to the front of the note card.  Use dimensionals again for this.  Put your dimensionals in the four corners of the DSP and just below the die cut heart.
  • Add a few die cut hearts to the front of the card for a finished look.  I used Whisper White cardstock and a piece of the Painted with Love Specialty DSP for the hearts.  I also die cut the hearts with the narrow shaped heart from the Lot to Love Box Framelits Dies set.
  • To finish the envelope, use a piece of the Painted with Love Specialty DSP (again your choice of design) cut to 1 1/2″ x 3″.  Glue to the envelope flap and trip to fit the shape of the flap.

Below are the main products that I used to make all the projects shown in the first picture in this post.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Remember, during Sale-a-Bration (through March 31), for any $50 order you have, before shipping and tax, you can choose one FREE product from the SAB Brochure.  Click here to see the SAB Brochure.  Also, there are two FREE SAB gifts for any $100 order, before shipping and tax.

Happy Stamping!


Happy New Year! Elise, Welcome to the Family!

I hope each of you had a happy and safe New Year’s celebration.  We enjoyed a delicious meal and great company with our neighbors.  It is unbelievable to realize that 2018 has arrived.

Speaking of arrivals, yesterday we received unexpected news that an addition to our family arrived about a month early.  Elise, a new great-niece to my husband and me, was born yesterday.  From pictures we have seen on Facebook, she is absolutely beautiful and well loved by her entire family – especially by her 18-month old brother, Holden.

My mom is staying with us this week.  She and I decided to make Elise a special card.  We had a lot of fun designing the layout, trying different options, and finalizing the card.  My mom was the ace die cutter and color consultant!

Be sure to look at the pictures below to get a full appreciation of the card.  The front, inside, and back have different perspectives!

Below are the main products that we used to make the card.  This design is one that you can easily use to modify for your own use.  Confession – There are a few non-SU, and retired SU products that were used.

For your New Year’s resolutions, I hope you’ve included carving out time to spend stamping.  I truly believe that stamping and other crafting are incredibly therapy!

Happy stamping,


Colorful Seasons – Happy Birthday Card

Recently while I have been driving around town, I have caught myself smiling at the beautiful autumn colors.  This year, the colors seem more intense and vivid than in past years.  Perhaps, I’m just appreciating the beauty more.  Either way, the foliage is just gorgeous!

Last week, I shared a card that I made for an NC Demos Blog Hop.  You can see that card here.  Using a similar layout, I also created a birthday card for our older daughter, Corie.  The birthday card captures the beauty of the season and shows the simple elegance of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack.  It features the wonderful fall color, Cherry Cobbler.

Below are steps and hints for you to follow to make this card.

  • The card base is made from Thick Whisper White card stock, cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.  I like to use Thick Whisper White card stock as the base for cards when there are multiple layers to add to the card front.
  • The card front is a piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock, cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″.  To give the card front a beautiful dimension, the piece was embossed with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
  • The sentiment is stamped with the Stylized Birthday Stamp onto a piece of the Wood Textures DSP which is cut to 3″ x 3″.  I used my Stamp-a-Ma-Jig to stamp Happy Birthday and stamped the sentiment twice.  The first time, I used Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  The second time, I shifted the Stamp-a-Ma-Jig just a tad to the left and stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink.  The result is a shadow effect on the lettering.
  • The DSP is then cut into three strips.  Each is 1″ x 3″, as pictured.  To add a little depth to the wood “planks”, I sponged the edges of each piece with Early Espresso ink.  Two scrap pieces of the DSP are used as the base to glue on the “planks”.  You can see those scrap pieces on either side of the “planks” in the picture.
  • At this point, I recommend that you start putting your card together.  Adhere the card front to your card base.  Then, use dimensionals to adhere the sentiment piece to the card front.
  • Now, it’s time to make the leaves.  Grab a few scrap pieces of your Wood Textures DSP and the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  Use Tuxedo Black Memento Ink to stamp the large, veined leaf stamp onto the DSP.  Watercolor the leaves with your choice of color from your Watercolor Pencils.  Blend the colors with your Aqua Painter, using the absolute least amount possible of water on the Aqua Painter brush.  You can add more color to the leaves when they are still wet.  You’re going to love this technique!  Use the corresponding leaf die from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Die set to cut out your colored leaves.
  • You can also use the smaller leaf die in Seasonal Layers Thinlits Die set to cut leaves from the scrap Wood Textures DSP.
  • The final leaves are made from the detailed leaf die and gold paper.  [You can also cheat if you have leftover gold leaf stickers from the October Paper Pumpkin kit!]
  • Assemble the leaves as you would like and adhere them to your card.
  • And, there you have it!  A really pretty autumn birthday card that helps capture the beauty of the season.

Below are the main products that I used to make this card.  Click on any picture and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Here the two recent posts with a similar design side-by-side.  Which one do you prefer?

Happy stamping!


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!

NC Demos October Blog Hoppers:

Tamra Davis

Jo Anne Hewins

Tracie Evans Langley

Laurie Meier <— YOU ARE HERE

Sue Stapp

Frances Wagner