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 June Blog Hop – Color Theory Suite

Welcome to the NC Demos June Blog Hop!  This month, we are showcasing our favorite products from the new Stampin’ Up! annual catalog.  If you haven’t seen the catalog yet, click here to go to the on-line version.  It truly is amazing.

You have probably just come from Tracie Evans Langley’s post.  I’m sure you agree that she is a very talented stamper and artist.  Thank you for stopping by my post.  I hope you are inspired by my project.

One of my favorite product suites is the Color Theory Suite.  It includes stamps, card stock, ribbon, embellishments, designer series paper, and a card pack that work together beautifully.  The colors that are featured in the Color Theory Suite are bold, bright, and great for all seasons.

The card I would like to share with you this month, pictured below, features many of the Color Theory Suite products and colors.

If you would like to CASE the card (and I hope you do!), here are the steps to follow.

  • Use the Old Olive cardstock from the Color Theory Cardstock Pack for the card base.  Cut the Old Olive piece to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the long side.
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock to 4″ x 5 1/4″.  Adhere the Whisper White cardstock to the card base.
  • For the main piece of the card, use your choice of paper from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack.  There are several wonderful patterns to choose from.  Don’t blame me if you can’t settle on one pattern and decide that you need to make two or three cards!  Cut the DSP to 3″ x 5″.
  • Save the extra piece of DSP for the sentiment.  Cut it to 1″ x 5″.  Turn the piece over to the opposite side to stamp the sentiment, as pictured.  The “You make me smile” stamp is from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  It is an absolutely amazing stamp set with great sentiments and very unique designs.  I used the new Berry Burst In-color ink to stamp the sentiment.
  • Now, the real magic and fun begin!  Die cut the tree branch using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies and Early Espresso cardstock.  Adhere the die cut tree branch to the DSP using a Fine Glue Pen.
  • Stamp the three different flower images from the Colorful Seasons stamp set in each of the three new In-Colors – Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, and Powder Pink.  Experiment stamping with full ink intensity or by stamping off before stamping the flower.  Use the three flower center images from the same stamp set and full intensity Fresh Fig ink to finish the flowers, as pictured.
  • There are three flower dies in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  They work beautifully to die cut the stamped flower images.
  • Use a Bone Folder to add shape and dimension to the flowers, as pictured below.

  • The card is finished by adhering the DSP stamped with the sentiment to the larger piece of DSP.  I added a very thin piece of Whisper White cardstock between the two DSP pieces to act as a border.  Adhere the flowers as you would like.  I like to have some of the flowers appear that they have fallen from the branch.  Attach the finished card front to the Whisper White piece with dimensionals.
  • Smile at your work of art!

The main products that I used to create this month’s card are pictured below.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.  Also shown below are the participants in this month’s blog hop.  Please be sure to continue to Lisa Tedder’s post.

Happy stamping!



Participants in this month’s NC Demos Blog Hop:

Tamra Davis

Jo Anne Hewins

Tracie Evans Langley

Laurie Meier – YOU ARE HERE

Lisa Tedder




Color Theory Memories & More Card Pack – Quick Cards

When I looked through the new Stampin’ Up! catalog for the first time and I turned to page 146, I paused (for a while, to be honest!).  The Color Theory Suite and its products are really special.  They are very colorful and very versatile.  One of the products in the suite is the Color Theory Memories & More Card Pack.

The Color Theory Memories & More Card Pack is also pictured on page 193 of the new catalog.  You’ll see that the pack includes 72 cards (two different sizes), cardstock sticker sheets, and printed acetate cards.  The cards are a single thickness with a different design on either sideMemories & More Card Packs are designed to coordinate with product suites and can be used for scrapbooking, card making, and other fun decorating options.  And, the best news – the card packs are only $10.00!!

The cards pictured below were made with the cards from the Color Theory Memories & More Card Pack and a few additional products from the Color Theory Suite.  Simple, quick, and still packs a punch!  Take a look –

Here are the quick steps to make these cards –

  1. A card base is made from Whisper White card stock.  The card base is cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.  The 8 1/2″ side is scored at 4 1/4″.
  2. Pick out one of your favorite pieces of the Color Theory Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack – (You’ll probably have a hard time picking your favorite – Just warning you!!) and cut it to 4″ x 5 1/2″.  This will be the background color for your card.  You’ll have leftover pieces after you cut this piece.  Keep them – you’ll use one later!
  3. Pick your favorite color of the new 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon from the Color Theory Suite.  In the pictured card, I used the Crushed Curry ribbon.  Wrap a piece of the ribbon around the background piece, as pictured.  Adhere the ribbon to the background piece.  I stapled the ribbon.  The staple isn’t seen and hold the ribbon down very well.
  4. If you want a little more pop to the background, add some Linen Thread and secure it to allow the thread to be seen after the card is finished.  Reference the pictures above.
  5. Now, adhere the background piece to your card base, as pictured.
  6. Take one of the pieces that you had leftover when you cut the DSP in Step 2 and stamp a sentiment in a color that complements your card.  In the pictured cards, I used the new Berry Burst In-Color ink and “Thinking of you” from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  Cut the sentiment to the size that you would like.
  7. Pick a 3″ x 4″ card from the Color Theory Memories & More Card Pack that will add the final touch to your card.  There will be several to choose from.
  8. Adhere the cut sentiment to your 3″ x 4″ card.  You’ll notice that I folded one side of my sentiment to add a clean finish.
  9. Use dimensionals to adhere the card to your card.
  10. Finish with a little bling by adding Glimmer Enamel Dots from (yup, you guessed it!) the Color Theory Suite.  They are nothing but pure fun!

Have fun exploring the new Card Packs!  I really think you’re going to like them.

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

Happy stamping!


Stamp Club Cards!

Pictured below are the three cards we made at our recent Stamp Club.  The cards feature the amazing products in the Color Theory Suite.  More details to follow…

Happy stamping,