Stamp ‘N Hop – Blossoming Spring Basket

Welcome to this month’s Stamp ‘N HopIf you just came from Rachel Traudt‘s post, I’m sure you’ll agree with me that Rachel is a very talented artist.  Didn’t you just love her project?  Thanks so much for continuing your hop and stopping to see my project.  This month, we are all focused on the amazing Sale-A-Bration products that are available.  Remember, Sale-A-Bration only lasts until the end of March!

One of my absolutely favorite Sale-A-Bration products is the Blooming Basket bundle.  It includes a gorgeous Blossoming Basket Clear-Mount Stamp Set and a fabulous Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  The bundle is your free gift when you place an order of $100 (excluding shipping and tax).  Below is a fun, bright, easy card that I made with the bundle.

You’ll notice that there is color added to the Crumb Cake cardstock that I used to emboss the Basket Weave embossing folder.  I added Tip Top Taupe and Fresh Fig inks to the embossing folder before I ran the cardstock through my Big Shot.  Then, added a little White craft ink to the weave with a sponge.  The white ink helps blend all the colors on the weave.

You’ll also notice that I added some dimension to the flowers in the basket stamp from the Blooming Basket stamp set.  The stamp is very detailed and truly gorgeous.  I used several colors from the Watercolor Pencils set to add layers to the flowers, leaves, additional foliage, and the basket.  To add a little more interest, I colored an additional large flower with the Watercolor Pencils, fussy cut the flower and some of the petals.  Then, I used my bone folder to give the flower a little curl.  The flower is added with dimensionals.  I purposefully positioned the added flower to allow the background flower to be seen.

The card is finished with Fresh Fig cardstock and put on a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock.  I decided not to add a sentiment to the front of the card since there is a lot of texture on the front that I wanted to be visible.  The inside of the card is a perfect place to add a sentiment, and stamps from the Blossoming Basket stamp set would work perfectly.  They include – “You are Loved” and “Here for You”.  Either would be great and would look elegant stamped in Fresh Fig.

I hope you have enjoyed my card and will try some of the techniques that I’ve highlighted.  Be sure to go to Susan Simpson’s post to see her amazing project.

Below are the main products that I used to create this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.  Also below is a full list of the all the participants in this month’s Stamp ‘N Hop.  Enjoy!

Happy stamping!
Laurie

Participants in this month’s Stamp ‘N Hop:

Eva Pottsova (Crafting With Angels)
Laurie Meier <– YOU ARE HERE

Brusho Powder Magic

If you have considered buying the Brusho powder collection from the Occasions Catalog, take a look at the video below!  I bet you’ll be convinced that you need to add the powders to your craft stash 🙂

To order your Brusho powders, click on the picture below.  You’ll go directly to my on-line store!

Happy stamping!
Laurie

NC Blog Hop – It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!!!

Welcome to the NC Demos January Blog Hop!  This month, we are all featuring projects that showcase Sale-A-Bration (SAB) products.  It really is the most wonderful time of the Stampin’ Up! year!  You can choose FREE SAB products with your purchase of $50 or $100 (before shipping and tax)!

If you’ve just come over from Tracie Evans Langley’s post, I’m sure you enjoyed seeing her project.  Thanks very much for stopping by my post.  For this month’s blog hop, I have made a card that highlights the wonderful Amazing You stamp set The stamp set is available as a free SAB product with your $50 purchase (before shipping and tax).  It was a lot of fun to work with to make the shadowbox card pictured below.

Here is a picture from a different angle to give you a perspective for the shadowbox shape of the card.

Instructions and tips to make this card are detailed below.

  • Start with a piece of Old Olive cardstock cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″.  You can make two shadowbox cards from one standard size of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock.
  • On the 11″ side, score the cardstock at at 1/2″, 1″, 4 1/2″, 5″, 5 1/2″, 6″, 6 1/2″, 10″, and 10 1/2″. A picture may be more helpful.  [Please note:  This picture is from a prior post and shows Calypso Coral cardstock!]

  • The folds are pretty straight forward when you see how the card comes together. The folds are – valley at the 1/2″ score line, mountain at the 1″ score line, mountain at the 4 1/2″ score line, valley at the 5″ score line, mountain at the 5 1/2″ score line, valley at the 6″ score line, mountain at the 6 1/2″ score line, mountain at the 10″ score line, and valley at the 10 1/2″ score line. Again, a picture may be more helpful.  [Again please note:  This picture is from a prior post.  Please reference it just for the visual guideline for folding the cardstock.  Ignore the die cut circle!]

  • Now, it’s time to assemble the shadow box card.  Start by folding the cardstock in half at the 5 1/2″ score line.  Step 1:  Put glue between the 5″ score line and the 6″ score line.  Adhere the glued areas together, as pictured below.  Step 2:  Put glue between the 1/2″ score line and the 1″ score line and between the 10″ score line and the 10 1/2″ score line.  Adhere the glued areas together, as pictured below.  You will then have your shadowbox card built.  This card will fit easily into a standard envelope for a 4 1/4″ x  5 1/2″ card.  You’ll flatten the card a little before mailing. [You know what I’m going to say!  Just use the pictures below for a guideline of where to put your glue!]

Step 2a

Step 2b

  • Cut a piece of Basic Black cardstock to 3 3/8″ x 4 1/8″.  This will be the frame piece for your DSP.
  • Cut a piece of DSP to 3 1/4″ x 4″.  I used a piece from the absolutely gorgeous Petal Passion Designer Series Paper.  I thought the black background and white leaves would work perfectly with the flower from the Amazing You stamp set.
  • I used the second largest oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits set to die cut the front of the card.  This framelits set is an absolute must have!  I use it all the time!
  • To cut die cut the front, here is what I did:
    • Use a few pieces of torn Post-It notes to tack down the DSP piece onto the middle of the front panel of the Old Olive cardstock.  Don’t put the Basic Black cardstock behind the DSP.  Use the oval framelit to die cut the oval shape for both the Old Olive cardstock and the DSP at the same time.
    • Use the same few pieces of torn Post-It notes to tack down the DSP piece that has the die cut oval to the Basic Black cardstock.  Use a pencil to trace just inside the oval onto the Basic Black cardstock piece.  Then, use the largest circle die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits set to die cut a circle, centering the traced oval in the middle.
  • Now, you can put the front of the card together.  First, adhere the DSP piece to the Basic Black cardstock.  Make sure the DSP is in the center of the Basic Black piece.  Then, adhere the Basic Black piece to the front panel of the Old Olive shadow box card.  The die cut ovals will line-up when the pieces are adhered together.
  • Use three stamps (YOU, are simply, and amazing stamps) from the Amazing You stamp set for the sentiment.  I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink and a piece of DSP from the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper.  I chose the piece of DSP that has a nice mix of Calypso Coral since I had decided to make my flowers the same color.  The sentiment is die cut with the second largest oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits set.  The faux stitching around the die cut is added with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.  Adhere the die cut sentiment from the front of the card to make sure it is aligned with the die cut oval on the card front.
  • For a little bling, I added a rhinestone to dot the “i” in “amazing”.  The Rhinestone Basic Jewels are another staple for embellishments.
  • To finish the card, use Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp the flower stamp from the Amazing You stamp set onto Whisper White cardstock.  Stamp the flower image at least three times.  Color the flower with Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends.  Fussy cut the flowers.  Use a bone folder to add a 3-D effect to the flower layers, and adhere the flowers to the card as pictured using Dimensionals.  A final bit of bling is added to each flower with a little Clear Wink of Stella.

The shadowbox card is a great technique to have in your back pocket of card styles.  It is quick to make and really has that how-did-she-make-this?? WOW effect!

Below are the main products that I used to make this month’s blog hop card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Also below are all of this month’s NC Demos blog hop participants and links to their posts.  Be sure to continue your blog hop by going over to see Kat Spencer’s project!

Happy stamping!
Laurie

 

NC Demos January Blog Hoppers

Kayla Adams

Toni Campana

Tamra Davis

Jo Anne Hewins

Tracie Evans Langley

Laurie Meier <– YOU ARE HERE

Kat Spencer

Sue Stapp

Kathy Svedberg

Frances Wagner

Christina Walker



 

Picture Perfect Birthday – Celebrate the Good Stuff

There are so many design possibilities with the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set.  It’s a great set to help all of us build our birthday care inventory.  Here is the first of three designs that I plan to share featuring the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set.

The base for this card is a new Whisper White Narrow Note Card.  It is the perfect size for a gift card to add with a present.  Here are the basic steps to make the card:

  1. Cut a piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock to 2 3/8″ x 4 3/8″ and a piece of Pool Party cardstock to 2 1/4″ x 4 1/4″.
  2. On a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut to 2″ x 4″, stamp three candles from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set in Bermuda Bay ink, as pictured.  There are three different candle designs in the stamp set.
  3. Use Crushed Curry ink to stamp the candle flame stamp above the candles, as shown.
  4. Use Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp “celebrate the good stuff” over the stamped candles.  Add a shadow to the words by using the same “celebrate the good stuff” stamp and Peekaboo Peach ink.  Simply shift the stamp slightly to the left of the original image and stamp the Peekaboo Peach color.
  5. To finish the card:
    • Add Wink of Stella to the candle flames.  Also, add Wink of Stella to the edges of the Bermuda Bay cardstock piece.
    • Adhere the Bermuda Bay cardstock piece to the Pool Party cardstock piece.
    • Cut a banner on the right side of the stamped Whisper White cardstock.  I measured 1/2″ in from the edge, made a mark at the centerpoint, and cut the banner.  The banner is slightly curled by using a bone folder to add dimension.
    • Add gold twine to the left side of the banner, and finish the embellishment by adding a bow.  Tape is a great tool to adhere the twine to the back of the Whisper White cardstock piece.
    • Use dimensionals to add the Whisper White banner piece tot he Pool Party piece.
    • Use dimensionals again to add the Bermuda Bay piece (and all additional, adhered layers) to the card base.

This kind of card is great to have in your back pocket.  It is quick to make and really has some sparkle!

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

Happy Stamping!
Laurie



 

Free Shipping from Stampin’ Up!

Tomorrow (Monday, December 11), Stampin’ Up! is offering free shipping on all orders.  Make sure you get your lists together.  Just a thought – You could leave your list out for family and friends to see in case they are having a difficult time finding you the perfect Christmas gift! 

Go to my on-line store to place your order.  Click on the Year-End Sales Event banner to take advantage of some amazing deals.  There are some great discounts available on selected products and also many items from the Holiday Catalog that are retiring.

Happy free shipping stamping shopping!!!
Laurie