Wishing You Well – Birthday Card

How many times have you looked through the new Holiday Catalog?  My catalog is looking a little tattered and slightly worn at this point.  But, I am very embarrassed to say that I overlooked the gorgeous Wishing You Well stamp set until recently.  A dear friend of mine and a fellow demonstrator, Anita, pointed the stamp set out to me in a recent conversation about the catalog!

I strongly recommend that you add this stamp set to the top of your wish list.  To convince you, let me share a simple, elegant birthday card that I made with the Wishing You Well stamp set.

Now, that I have your attention – Let me share a few tips to make the card.

  • The card base is Thick Whisper White card stock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • Confession – I initially scored the card at 4″ rather than 4 1/4″.  But, I decided to make the design using my mistake!  You’ll notice that I scored each side of the card at 1/4″ from the side.  The back of the card is also scored the same way to give a little more character.  It is so much fun to figure out how to make mistakes part of the card!
  • Cut a piece of Rich Razzleberry card stock to 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″.  This will be the frame around the main focal point.
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White card stock to 3″ x 4 1/4″.  This will be used to stamp the focal point.
  • Grab your Stamparatus – truly an amazing stamp placement tool!  And, grab your Wishing You Well stamp set.  The Stamparatus will make stamping this image a breeze.
  • The bouquet image is stamped with Old Olive ink.  The bow image is stamped with Pumpkin Pie ink.  The flowers are stamped with Rich Razzleberry ink to add interest to the bouquet.

  • Adhere the stamped image piece to the Rich Razzleberry frame.
  • Stamp your sentiment in the lower right of the card, as pictured.  Another confession – I used the retired Teeny Tiny Wishes set to stamp “happy birthday”.  [BTW – This card was for our oldest granddaughter, Aileen, since she is just turning 17!]

  • Use dimensionals to add the framed piece to the middle of the front of the card, as shown.
  • Add a few sequins for additional interest and a little bling.

Use different colors for the frame pieces, for the bow and flowers, and also for the bouquet.  The possibilities are endless!  And, the type of card you can make with this layout are also endless!

Yes, you can now agree — you REALLY need the Wishing You Well stamp set.  And, guess what?  All you need to do is click on the picture of the stamp set below and place your order.  Yes – it’s that easy!  The other main products that I used are also pictured below.  Click on any, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie 



 

Varied Vases Note Card

At our recent Stamp Club, we had a great time (as usual) making cards using the Varied Vases bundle.  The stamp set and punch are so much fun to use and create eye catching cards.  Take a look at one of the cards we made.

There are so many different colors, textures, and layers to look at in this card.  And, the great thing is that it is pretty quick and straight-forward to make.

Here is the quick “recipe” for this card:

  • Grab a Very Vanilla Note Card to use as the card base.  I have quite a few Note Cards on hand.  they are perfect for a quick card
  • Next, use the “Hoping your day blooms with happiness!” stamp from the Varied Vases stamp set and Tuxedo Black Memento ink to add the sentiment to the bottom right corner of the card front.
  • Cut a piece of Basic Black card stock to 3 1/8″ x 4 1/8″.  This will be the frame for the focal point of the card.
  • Cut a piece of your choice of DSP to 3″ x 4″.  If the DSP has a pattern, make sure you cut the paper in the correct orientation.  Meaning – Make sure that your pattern is cut in a portrait view.  I used the Share What You Love DSP for the pictured note card.
  • Adhere the DSP to the center of the cut piece of Basic Black card stock.  Then, adhere the Basic Black card stock piece to the front of the note card, as pictured.
  • Now, it’s time to work on the focal point.  Grab a piece of scrap Very Vanilla card stock.  Make sure it is as least 3″ x 3″.  Stamp the vases, flowers, and stem as pictured above.  Hint:  I used my amazing Stamparatus and put the stamps on two plates to get perfect placement of the images.
  • Use your choice of colors from the Watercolor Pencils to color the flowers and to add water to the open stamped vase.
  • Cut your images with the largest square framelit from the Stitched Shapes framelits collection.  I have used these collection so many times.  I’m actually surprised that the framelits aren’t worn out!
  • To get the embossed stitched impression around the vases, I used the Big Shot Embossing Mats.  These mats will open up possibilities for your stamping stash.  Just think – You will be able to use any die or framelit that you have to create an embossed impression!  Follow the directions on the Embossing Mats package to get the impression.
  • Here is the sandwich recipe from the bottom to top Big Shot Platform (without the thin die adapter), framelit (edges facing up!), paper, blue silicone mat from the Embossing Mat set, and last the white impressions pad.  Run the sandwich through your Big Shot.  You may be surprised that you won’t feel a lot of pressure as the sandwich passes through.  You’ll be amazed at the results.

  • Finish the card by adding faux stitching around the larger stitched image.  I used my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.  Use dimensionals to add the focal image to the card front, as pictured.

Warning – You will quickly become addicted to the results you’ll get using the Embossing Mats!

I hope you enjoy making this design.  Make sure to stash it into your growing portfolio.  You’ll be able to use the layout to make cards for many occasions.

Below are pictures of the main products that I used to make the Varied Vases Note Card.  Click on any picture, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie
 

Stamparatus

$49.00



 

Blended Seasons – Flowery Thank You

As I mentioned in a recent post, during the month of August you have the opportunity to purchase amazing products from the Color Your Season suite.  I’d like to highlight one of my favorite stamps from the Blended Seasons stamp set and a fun, colorful twist in the card featured in this post.

As you can see, the Blended Seasons stamp set is incredibly versatile and can be used for several occasions.  Below are highlights of the steps used to create this card.

  • Cut a piece of Watercolor Paper to 3″ x 4 1/2″.
  • Stamp the flower image from the Blended Seasons stamp set onto the Watercolor Paper with Gray Granite ink.
  • Grab one of your clear blocks to use as a palette to watercolor your flowers.  I recommend the Size D block for your palette.  Also, make sure you have your Aqua Painter ready to use.
  • Choose the colors that you’ll use from the 2018-2020 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers.  Scribble some of your chosen colors onto the block.
  • Use washi tape or painter’s tape to lightly tack the Watercolor Paper to a piece of cardboard.  I use the cardboard piece that comes in the monthly Paper Pumpkin kits for this!
  • Use the Aqua Painter to take color from the palette and add to the stamped image.  You’ll notice that I used the Blueberry Bushel for the flowers; Call Me Clover for the stems and leaves; and Pineapple Punch for the flower centers.
  • Tip:  Don’t get the brush on your Aqua Painter too saturated when you’re painting.  If there is too much water on your brush, get some of the water off by swirling the brush on the edge of the cardboard.
  • Another tip:  When you’re ready to change colors when you’re painting, simply swirl your brush on the edge of the cardboard to get rid of the ink.
  • When the image is dry, take the watercolored image off the board.  Be careful when you’re taking off the washi tape or painter’s tape not to tear the Watercolor Paper.
  • Use the smallest frame from the Stitched Seasons framelits set to cut out the middle of the watercolored image, as pictured.
  • Cut a piece of Call Me Clover card stock to 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″.
  • Adhere the outside piece of the watercolored image in the center of the Call Me Clover card stock piece.
  • Use Gray Granite ink to stamp “Thank You” from the Blended Seasons stamp set in the bottom right corner of a Whisper White card base.  The card base is cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.  Use the picture as a reference.
  • Adhere the Call Me Clover card stock piece to the card base, as pictured.
  • Use the leaf and berry framelit from the Stitched Seasons framelits set to cut pieces from Vellum.  Adhere some of these pieces inside the cut out of the outside piece of the watercolored image.  I used tape to tack them down.  These pieces will be seen outside the borders of the cut out middle of the watercolor image.  You can also add a few pieces of silver thread to the middle.
  • Occasionally, check to see how the pieces will look around the middle piece.  When you’re happy with the results, use dimensionals to adhere the middle cut piece to the center of the card.  Again, use the picture as a reference.

You can easily change the sentiment on this layout to celebrate many occasions.  Anniversary, birthday, congratulations, wedding, bridal showers, sympathy, and get well cards are just a few that come to mind.

Below, you’ll find pictures of the main products that I used in making this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go directly to my on-line store.

Happy stamping,
Laurie



 

Color Your Season – Limited Time Offer

It’s hard to believe that we are already in August!  Where has this year gone.  I know everyone says time flies, especially when we’re all having fun stamping 🙂

During August (while supplies last), you have the opportunity to purchase products from the Color Your Season promotion.  Trust me – You will fall in love with the stamp set, framelits, and NEW watercolor pencils.  Take a look below at some amazing samples of cards that were made with these products.  The designs are so versatile that you’ll use the bundle to create cards for all occasions.  And, the watercolor pencils are just amazing!

Images of the stamp set, framelits, and watercolor pencils are shown below.  Aren’t they just gorgeous?

The Watercolor Pencils (Assortment 2) include the following colors:  Balmy Blue, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo, Garden Green, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, and Night of Navy.  These pencils are a wonderful addition to the first set of Watercolor Pencils that Stampin’ Up! offers.

Now, don’t delay!  Make sure you place your order today.  Just click on any picture below, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie



 

NC Demos Blog Hop – Lakefront View

Welcome to the July NC Demos Blog Hop!  Our theme for this month is a celebration of summer.  We all hope that, as you go through the blog hop, you are inspired and reminded of some of your summer favorites.

If you just came from Tracie’s post, I know you’ll agree with me that she is an amazingly talented stamper.  I always enjoy seeing her projects!  Thank you so much for continuing the blog hop and stopping by to see my card.

Our family is blessed to have a summer camp in Upstate New York on the Great Sacandaga Lake.  The camp has become a gathering place for family and friends.  It is a place to relax, reconnect, and rejuvenate.

My husband, Bruce, and I just returned from a two week vacation at the camp.  This year, we had a very special visitor.  My mom, Irma, spent about a week with us.  She met some family members for the first time and had an absolute blast getting to know the area.

One of my mom’s favorite places at the camp is our front deck.  From the pictures below, you’ll see that we have a fantastic view of the lake.  It is a great vantage point to watch activity on the water, listen to the birds, get a little sun, or simply read a book.

Two members of our family, our youngest grandson (Johnny) and our son-in-law (Glenn) have birthdays at the end of July.  I took inspiration from our view of the lake to make birthday cards for Johnny and Glenn.  Since they both love spending time at the camp and being on the water, I hope they’ll enjoy the picture I tried to create for them.  The cards truly remind me of summer and our camp.

The Waterfront stamp set is a unique set of stamps that allow you to create a very wide variety of scenes.  I like to use the stamp set, an Aqua Painter, Watercolor Paper, a few ink spots, and a little imagination to “paint” scenes for projects.  The best advice that I can give you for this type of project is just to dive in.  Each “painting” will have its own characteristics.  The more you play with the stamp set, ink, and Aqua Painter, the more comfortable you’ll be.  If you would like to see a few step-by-step examples, please check out a few early posts that I have made.  You can find the posts by clicking here and by clicking here.  I followed the same steps to create the cards pictured above.

The hardest part for me is to cut the “painting” down to size for the card.  As you can see from the pictures above, I decided to use Very Vanilla Note Cards for the birthday cards.  That meant that I needed to cut the “paintings” to fit inside the mat Crumb Cake cardstock.  I also decided to stamp “happy birthday” directly on the mat and use dimensionals to adhere the “painting”.  This simple design really focuses the eye on the detail of the watercolor “painting”.

I hope you give this technique a try.  You will be amazed at the images that you’ll be able to create.

Below are pictures of the main products that I used to create the birthday cards.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go directly to my on-line store.

Be sure to continue on to Sue’s post.  She always has great projects to share!  All July NC Demos blog hoppers are also listed below.  Enjoy!

Happy stamping!
Laurie

This month’s NC Demos Blog Hoppers:

Toni Campana

Tamra Davis

Jo Anne Hewins

Tracie Evans Langley

Laurie Meier  <–YOU ARE HERE

Sue Root

Sue Stapp

Frances Wagner