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

 



 

NC Demo Blog Hop – Vivid Vases Narrow Note Card

Welcome to the June NC Demo Blog Hop!  If you’ve hopped over from Tracie’s post, I’m sure you’ll agree that her project was great!  She is an amazing artist.  Thanks so much for stopping by to see my post.

This month, all the artists in the blog hop are focused on our favorite products from the NEW Annual Catalog.  There are so many amazing new products!  It was pretty hard for me to pick just a few to use for my project.  I finally decided to combine two of my absolute favorites – The gorgeous Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper and the versatile Varied Vases bundle.  For a fun twist, I also decided to use the Whisper White Narrow Note Cards and Envelopes for the base of my project.  Below is a picture of my card –

This card design will be a perfect choice for a pretty gift card, a bright hello card, or a sweet thinking of you card.  Let’s face it – some times we all need a quick design that we have in our back pockets.  You will be happy to have this card design in your portfolio!  Here are a few steps and tips to follow when you make the card:

  • The card base is a Whisper White Narrow Note Card.  The dimensions of the card are 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″.
  • The largest frame piece is Mint Macaron card stock cut to 2 1/4″ x 4 1/4″.
  • The next smaller size frame piece is Basic Black card stock cut to 2 1/8″ x 4 1/8″.
  • The next smaller size frame piece is from the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper cut to 2″ x 4″.   I am willing to bet that you save scraps of Designer Series Paper.  I sure do!  The DSP that I used for this card were scraps from another card.
  • The focal point of the card starts with an oval die cut from Mint Macaron.  Tip:  Before you put the card together, die cut the oval from the Mint Macaron frame piece, using the second largest oval die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  No one will ever know there is a gaping oval hole in the Mint Macaron frame 🙂
  • Grab another piece of your scrap DSP and punch your choice of vase shape using the Vases Builder Punch.
  • Grab a piece of scrap Basic Black card stock and punch three vases of your chosen shape.  Adhere the Basic Black vases behind the DSP vase.  The Basic Black vases are attached to add a small frame to the left side, right side, and bottom of the vase.
  • Stamp “hello” from the Varied Vases stamp set on the bottom of the die cut oval.  I used Memento Black Ink to stamp.
  • Choose the flower stamp that you want to use from the Varied Vases stamp set to add flowers to your vase.  Tip:  Figure out how much of the stem piece you can fit on your card but make sure the stamped stem will be hidden by the vase.  I only stamped about half the stem on the flower stamp that I chose.  If I had stamped the entire stem, part of the stem would be seen below the vase.
  • Adhere the framed DSP vase over the stamped flower.  Add color to the flowers with your choice of color from the Watercolor Pencils set.  I used Old Olive and Pacific Point to add hint of green and blue to compliment the colors in the DSP.
  • Add faux stitching to the die cut oval using a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.  To finish the “stitching”, you can also add a black twine bow to the die cut oval.
  • The framed pieces are adhered with your favorite glue.  The finished die cut oval is adhered to the card front with Dimensionals.

I hope you enjoy making this card and that you’ll change the design to make it your own.  The main products that I used to make the card are shown below.  You can click on any picture and go directly to my on-line store.

Be sure to continue your blog hop by visiting Sue’s post.  I know she has an incredible project to share with us!  All the artists who are part of this month’s NC Demo Blog Hop are listed below.

Happy stamping!
Laurie

June Blog Hoppers
Laurie Meier <—- YOU ARE HERE


 

NC Demos April Blog Hop – Celebrate Mom

Welcome to the April NC Demos Blog Hop!  This month we are featuring cards that celebrate amazing women in our lives.  If you just came from Tracie Evans Langley’s post, I’m sure you enjoyed her project.  She is such a talented and inspiring artist.  Thanks so much for stopping by to see my project.  Since we’re getting close to Mother’s Day, I thought it only appropriate to create a card that celebrates moms.

I really enjoy using grunge and texture stamps.  They allow my inner child artist to just have fun and not have to think when I stamp.  Timeless Textures is a great stamp set that has many different abstract designs to use on projects.  It is the main stamp set that I used to create the cards shown below.  I had so much fun combining the five ink colors from the 2017 to 2019 In-Colors collection and the Timeless Textures stamp set!  There are three cards that I would like to share with you.

The front for each card is a piece of Whisper White card stock cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″.  I used the “celebrate” embossing folder from the Celebrations Duo Textured Impressions Embossing Folders to de-emboss the main sentiment for the card.  De-embossing is a great technique since it allows you to add color over the de-embossed area to highlight the words.

The addition of color came from two stamp sets.  First, I used the background stamp from the You’ve Got This stamp set and Powder Pink ink to add a layer of color over the word “celebrate”.  Then, I used several different stamps from the Timeless Textures stamp set and all remaining 2017 to 2019 In-Colors to layer on even more colors and designs.  You’ll see that for each card I used a different combination of the In-Colors and the Timeless Textures stamps to design three unique cards.  [Warning:  You will likely design more than three cards since you will simply get quite addicted to this type of stamping!]

The 2017 to 2019 In-Colors are pictured below

To finish the cards, cut a frame piece of Fresh Fig card stock to 4″ x 5 1/4″.  Also cut a card base of Thick Whisper White card stock to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and score at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.  Adhere the frame piece to the card base.  You’ll notice that I chose to place the frame piece slightly differently on each card.  On one, the frame was set to the left side of the card.  On another, the frame was centered.  And, on the third, the frame was set to the right side of the card.  It is fun to experiment with unique ways to use the same basic pieces of paper and embellishments to add interest to your projects.

The “Mother’s Day” piece is Fresh Fig card stock stamped with the “Mother’s Day” sentiment from the Crazy About You stamp set.  Ink the stamp with Versamark and heat emboss with White embossing powder.  Use dimensionals to adhere the embossed piece to the card front.

Hearts are die cut from Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist card stock using a die from the Sunshine Wishes Die set.  The hearts are adhered with a Fine Tip glue pen.  The final embellishments are Pearls and a few sequins.

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

Please be sure to continue over to Frances Wagner’s post.  She always has amazing projects to share!  All NC April Blog Hoppers are also listed below.

Happy Stamping!
Laurie

 

April Blog Hoppers

Toni Campana

Jo Anne Hewins

Tracie Evans Langley

Laurie Meier <– YOU ARE HERE

Frances Wagner



 

NC Demos Blog Hop – Flowery Retiring Colors

Welcome to the March NC Demos Blog Hop!  If you’ve just come from Tracey’s post, I’m sure you’ll agree that she is a very talented, inspiring stamper!  I appreciate you stopping by to see my project.

This is the time of year when we start thinking about the items that Stampin’ Up! may retire.  We don’t know the retiring stamp sets, punches, dies, and embellishments – but, we do know that the 2016 – 2018 In-Colors will be retired.  The five retiring colors are shown below.

For this month’s blog hop, we are each featuring at least one retiring In-Color in our projects.  I decided to use all five retiring colors and make a true “Happy Retirement” card.  Take a look at the card.

This is a one-layer card that is made with a fun, simple masking technique.  In the pictures that follow, I’ll show you how to use this technique to make a multi-layered image with only a few stamps.

First, choose the stamps that you want to use.  I chose a flower stamp and leaves stamp from the Birthday Blossoms set.  Next, stamp the images a few times onto a piece of Post-It note.  You should use thin paper to make your masks.  Post-It notes or copier paper work best for me.  Fussy cut the stamped images and put some tacky glue on the non-inked side.  Essentially, you’re making a cut-out Post-It note to mask your stamped images.  I used a two-way glue pen and allowed the glue to dry.  You’ll be able to use the masks several times before you’ll need to replace them.  Refer to the pictures below.

Now, the fun begins.  Here are the basic steps.  First – Stamp the image that you want to be in the forefront of your design.  I chose the flower to be that image.  Second – Mask that stamped image with one of the fussy cut Post-It note pieces.  This will protect the stamped image from the next image that you’ll stamp.  Third – Stamp another image that will look like it is behind the first image you stamped.  I chose to stamp another flower that will look like it is behind the first flower I stamped.  I need to make sure that I overlap the second flower onto my first mask.  Fourth – Mask the second image with another fussy cut Post-It note.  Refer to the pictures below.

And, the fun continues with the leaves stamp.  Essentially, you’ll keep using the steps of stamping, masking, stamping, masking,…. until you finish your design.  There is no need to mask some of the final stamped images since they will appear on the edge of your design.  In my case, this meant I did not need to mask the last few leaves that I stamped.  Again, refer to the pictures below.

The magic is the next part!  Take off the masks and be careful not to tear them.  You’ll be able to use them again for another card or two before they are a little too inked.  You will absolutely love the three dimensional image that you’ve created with just a few stamps!

I used this technique to create my “Happy Retirement” card for the In-Colors.  The card base is Flirty Flamingo card stock.  The frame for the card front is Basic Black card stock.  The masked flowers are stamped onto a piece of Very Vanilla card stock.  I used three stamps from the amazing Birthday Blossoms set for the main design.  All five retiring In-Colors were used to color the flower and leaves.  I used a clear block as a palette for painting.  The In-Color markers were “painted” onto my clear block and picked up with a Blender Pen for coloring the card.

To finish the card, I used the grungy stamp from Timeless Textures to add some random dots of Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum to the background.  And to send the colors off appropriately, I added “Happy Retirement” from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set using Basic Black ink.

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

Be sure to continue your blog hop by heading over to Sue Root’s project Also, all the NC Demos who are participating in this month’s blog hop are shown below.

Happy stamping!
Laurie

Blender Pens

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March Blog Hoppers:

Toni Campana
Jo Anne Hewins
Tracie Evans Langley
Laurie Meier – YOU ARE HERE
Sue Root
Karel Standish
Kathy Svedberg
Frances Wagner
Christina Walker



 

NC Demos Blog Hop – Amazing One-Layer Cards

Welcome to the February NC Demos Blog Hop!  This month, we are featuring cards that focus on ushering in Spring.  If you’re coming from Sharon Maranich’s post, I’m sure you found her project amazing.  She always inspires me!  Thanks so much for stopping by my post.

One of my favorite stamp sets in the Sale-A-Bration brochure is Amazing You.  I love the script of the sentiments and the vibrant image stamps.  As a frugal stamper, my motto is – One stamp set – Three design – Endless possibilities.  The card pictured below is the first of three designs that I’ll share this week featuring the Amazing You stamp set.

One-layer cards can be challenging!  I guess I should really say that one-layer card fronts can be challenging since I have added some bling to the card.  When I showed this card to my husband (my true, honest critic), he really liked the card and thought the sentiment banner was a separate piece of cardstock attached to the front of the card.  It isn’t!!  But, there is an illusion of multiple layers.  The flowers, shadings of ink, and the sentiment are all on one, single piece of Whisper White cardstock.  🙂

The main colors used to make this card are:

Here are some directions and tips on how to make this card:

  • Use a stamp positioning tool (I don’t have my Stamparatus yet but should have it this coming week – YEAH!!) to stamp the “YOU”, “are simply”, and “amazing” sentiments from the Amazing You stamp set onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.  I used Peekaboo Peach ink for the stamping.  It is a gorgeous color.

  • Cut a piece of copier paper to 2″ x 8 1/2″ to use as a mask.  The copier paper is a great thickness for this type of technique.  The thinner the paper the better.  Wrap and tape the copier paper, as pictured below, to mask (or cover) your stamped sentiment.
  • Use Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and the flower stamp from the Amazing You stamp set to add random flowers and leaves to the unmasked part of your card front.  Don’t be afraid to stamp onto the copier paper to give more of a random feel to the design.  Also be sure to add some additional foliage in addition to the flowers.  If you rotate the flower stamp when you make the images, the design will look more random.

  • The next step is to start adding color over the stamped flower images.  Leave the copier paper mask attached to your card front.
  • Use a sponge to first add Peekaboo Peach to your card.  As you’ll see from the picture below, you want to add color especially at the edge of the copier paper.  Also, be sure to add some Peekaboo Peach to other areas where the flowers are stamped.

  • The next color to add (with a second sponge) is Sweet Sugarplum.  Again, make sure you focus on the edge of the copier paper.  But, make sure that you add color on other parts of the stamped flowers.  I tend to add lighter color away from the copier paper edges.

  • The last color to add (with a third sponge) is Berry Burst.  You may want to have a slightly lighter hand with this color.  It is pretty intense, but the effects are stunning.

  • When you’re happy with your color sponging, carefully take off the copier paper.  You will probably have that “WOW!” kind of happy gasp when you see the results.  It’s very much like the magic of wet embossing!

  • Trim your card front down to 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″.
  • The card is assembled with a card base of Thick Whisper White cardstock cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″ on the 11″ side.  It is a top-folding card.  A piece of Berry Burst cardstock, cut to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″, is adhered directly to the card base.
  • A piece of gold cord is wrapped around the bottom of the white area on the card front, and a gold cord bow is attached, as pictured.  One pearl, from the Pearl Basic Jewels collection, is added to “dot” the “i” in “amazing”.
  • The card front is adhered to the Berry Burst piece using dimensionals.

After I made the card pictured above, I decided to experiment a little with this technique.  The next card I made used the same steps as outlined above; however, the piece of copier paper was cut to 1 5/8″ x 8″.  I also changed the style of the bow to a double bow.

Then, I decided to try using the copier paper as a horizontal mask.  This time, I put the double bow on top of the sentiments.

My last card was a little whimsical and definitely a lot of fun.  Again, I followed the same steps that I outlined above; however, for this card, I used three, separate copier paper masks.  The first mask was cut to 1 1/2″ x 8″.  I sponged on the Peekaboo Peach color and then took off the first mask.  I added the second mask which was cut to 2″ x 8″ and sponged on the Sweet Sugarplum color.  After I took off the second mask, I added the third mask which was cut to 2 1/2″ x 8″ and sponged on the Berry Burst color.  I really like the hombre effect from using multiple masks.

Please give this technique a try!  You will love it.  It really is pretty quick, and the results are amazing!

Now, hop on over to Sue Root’s post to see her amazing project.  All the participant’s in this month’s NC Demos Blog Hop are listed below.

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

Happy stamping!
Laurie

February NC Demos Blog Hoppers

Toni Campana
Tamra Davis
Jo Anne Hewins
Tracie Evans Langley
Sharon Maranich
Laurie Meier <– YOU ARE HERE
Sue Root
Kathy Svedberg
Frances Wagner
Christina Walker