Tuesday, September 19, 2017

International Blog Hop


Hello Stampin' Friends!  I am excited to be taking part in a special International Blog Highlight by Kylie Bertucci!  

Demonstrators from all around the world are particpating and are sharing sympathy themed cards.  We're asking for those visiting our blogs to vote for their favorite card - and the top 10 will get to particpate in a special blog hop!  

I'd sure appreciate your vote!!  You can vote here - VOTE!
To vote, simply click on the heart in the upper right hand corner of the picture that appears when your mouse hovers over the photo.

Here's my card: 

Here's how I created my card: (measurements at end of this post)
My card base is Very Vanilla. 

The next layer is Watercolor Paper - I created a background with a fun technique - step by step tutorial "how to"  HERE.

Once this dried, I added two stamped leaves with Night of Navy ink.

I embossed a square of Night of Navy cardstock with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Embossing Folder.  

I used the Copper foil sheets (love these!) and the Seasonal Thinlets to cut a leaf and also a scalloped edge.   

My greeting, from Rose Wonder stamp set,  is stamped on a large oval from the Stitched Shapes framelits.  I can't seem to get enough of the gold faceted gems - and added one to finish my card!

Now please go and vote for my card!  Click HERE to vote!

Below are the clickable links to my store, should you wish to order any supplies used to make this card!  I'd be grateful for your support! 

Measurements  for today's card:
Very Vanilla Card Base - 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 5 1/2
Watercolor Paper -  3 3/4" x 5 1/2",  3 1/2" x 3 for Oval shape
Night of Navy - 3 3/4" x 3 3/8"
Copper Foil - small piece for leaf, and small strip for scallops 

Thanks for stopping by and for voting!  Hope you have time to "Bee" Creative today!  


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Stampers Dozen Blog Hop for September

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 Welcome to the September Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop - we are doing a color challenge this month with Tranquil Tide, Fresh Fig and Very Vanilla. I love these rich, gorgeous colors! 


Here's my card: 

 I used the Colorful Seasons Bundle to create my card - such a versatile bundle - perfect for year round, seasonal stamping- fall, winter, summer, spring - it covers them all!

Here's how my card went together: 
(measurements for card at the end of this post)
Card base is Very Vanilla. 
Next layer is from the Eastern Palace Designer Series Specialty Paper stack -I chose the Fresh Fig paper with a subtle stripe.

Next layer is a fun watercolor background - and here's how to do it:

Sponge some Tranquil Tide ink onto the Polka Dot Embossing folder - I used a very light touch and just added a light bit of color.  

Lightly spritz the embossing folder/ink with water. 

Press Watercolor Paper onto this and allow it to sit a minute to absorb the color.

 Here's what it looks like:  (each time you do this, you'll get a different result - and if you add more ink at the beginning you'll get a much darker color.  I used little ink because I wanted to stamp the leaves over this.)

 I let it dry for a few minutes and then stamped leaves from the Colorful Seasons stamp set over the watercolor.  

I cut two copper leaves using the thinlets from the bundle, the copper foil sheets and my Big Shot.  The copper foil sheets are so perfect for fall. 

I cut a large circle out of Watercolor Paper with the Stitched Shape framelits.  I used dimensionals to attach the solid leaf and tucked the detailed leaf behind the circle, and added one gold faceted gem. 

Before attaching the circle to the card front, I added a folded piece of Tranquil Tide ribbon.  

Here's the inside of my card:  

  Just a small copper foil leaf and a bit of the designer paper. 

Supplies used on my card are listed below with clickable links to visit my Online Shop;  I'd sure appreciate your order!  

Time to hop over to Carol Payne's blog - let's see what she's created!

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Or hop back to visit Sharon Burkert's blog: 

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Measurements for today's card: 
Very Vanilla - 4 1/4" x 11, scored at 5 1/2"
Designer Paper - 4" x 5 1/2"
Watercolor Paper - 3 1/2" x 5", 3 1/2" square to cut circle.

Hope you have time to "bee" creative today! 


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Garden in Bloom

 My card today uses the Garden In Bloom stamp set.  Of course I had to create a card that uses the darling bee from the set.  


This card goes together very quickly and easily and will surely brighten someone's day! 

Would you like to receive this card?  Simply leave a comment and I will select someone to receive this card.  I won't sign it so that you can use it to send to a friend! 

Here's how this card goes together: 

Fold Night of Navy cardstock in half to create card.

Randomly stamp the bees onto the Daffodil Delight Card stock.

Wrap two pieces of Gingham Ribbon around Daffodil Delight card stock and attach in back. 
Secure ribbon on front of card with several glue dots.

Stamp the flower in Night of Navy ink, stamping center with Daffodil Delight ink.  Cut out with Paper Snips.   

Stamp “friends” and cut a v shape at the end of the strip – attach over gingham ribbon.   

Add the flower with a dimensional. 

 Here's the supply list for this card with clickable links.  I 'd sure appreciate an order from you! I'll send you a hand stamped card that you can use yourself. 

 If your order is $50 or more, I'll send you a package of the new Black Rhinestones as an extra thank you! 

Measurements for this card: 
Night of Navy:  4 1/4" x 11, scored at 5 1/2" 
Daffodil Delight:  4 x 5 1/4"
Whisper White:  2 1/2" square, 1/2" x 2 3/4"

Hope you find time to "bee" creative today! 



Monday, September 11, 2017

Hurricane Relief- Let's Make a Difference!


If you're like me, you are feeling overwhelmed with emotion at seeing the damage that both Hurricane Harvey and Irma are causing in our country.  It's times like these that we are Americans pull together - and that's exactly what has been happening over the past few weeks and days.

Please read below to see how Stampin' Up! is making a differece with pledging aid to those hit by these storms.  
From Stampin' Up! :  

Along with many of you, we are watching with concern as stories unfold about the devastation left behind in Texas and Louisiana by Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey. Though no one knows how many lives have been affected, Harvey is said to be one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history, and the damage caused by massive flooding will be felt for years to come.
With you, we’re also trying to stay informed on the progress of Hurricane Irma; as we write this, Irma has not yet made landfall but is currently classified as a catastrophic Category 5 storm. It will almost certainly leave as much destruction in its wake as Hurricane Harvey and will affect the lives of tens of thousands of people.
As a Stampin’ Up! family, we invite you to help us give to those who are now (or will soon be) trying to rebuild their lives. From now until the end of October, Stampin’ Up! will match donations made to the American Red Cross, dollar-for-dollar, for up to $50,000. Please click HERE to donate.

Together, we can do incredible things! We hope you’ll join us . . . because we truly can make a difference. 

And of course today is Sept. 11. We will never forget that day. Prayers going out for many in our country today.



Thursday, September 7, 2017

Thinking of You - Colorful Seasons

I've had a need for some Thinking of You and Sympathy cards lately and so I created this card. It's really simple, but as you know, that's what I like!

 I've actualy had some of the parts/pieces of this card on my work table for quite awhile now -but today was the day to actually finish it!

My card uses the Colorful Seasons Bundle - this is a gorgeous, year round stamp set - I have been using this quite a bit lately.  One of my favorite components of this bundle are the thinlets - the scallop edge that I used on this card was created with a thinlet from this set.  

Here's how this card went together: 
(please scroll to the end of this post for measurements and shopping links for this card) 
I started with a Shimmery White card base, and added a strip of designer paper from the Delightful Daisy pack.  I used the scallop thinlet to create the Bermuda Bay scallop.  

I then cut a smaller piece of Shimmery White cardstock and stamped the branch in Early Espresso ink, and added the flowers, using Bermuda Bay ink.  

I added some little splatters by loading an aquapainter with Early Espresso ink and then tapping it over the card front.  This is fun to do - and each time I do this, it turns out a little differently - depending on how much ink or how much water is in the aquapainter. 

I stamped "thinking of you" on a small piece of Shimmery White cardstock and wrapped some Very Vanilla thick Baker's Twine around this piece and attached it to the card with dimensionals. 

Here's the inside of the card -  I left it pretty simple - I wanted to have plenty of room to write a short note.

Would you like this card?  Just leave a comment and I will randomly draw a winner who I'll send this card off to in the mail.  You can use it to send to a friend! 

Supplies used on this card with clickable links to my online store are below.  I'd love the opportunity to serve as your demonstrator if you don't currently have one! 

Measurements for this card: 
Shimmery White base - 4 1/4" x11", scored at 51/2", 3 1/2" x 5 1/2", 1/2" x 3"
Designer Paper- 1" x 5 1/2"
Bermuda Bay Scallop -2" x 5 1/2" 

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

144 Cards!!!

The cards shown above are three of the Make and Takes that I got to make on the Thailand Incentive trip.  I love their simplicity but also love that they really showcase the beautiful Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper.  

It seems like so many of us - myself included - don't want to use our Designer Series Paper - we hoard it!  Well, I have vowed to use more of this gorgeous paper and want to share a quick tip with you! 

Need 12 cards really quick?  Cut your 12 x 12 inch paper in 3" widths - from left to right.  Then cut these strips 4" high.  You will end up with 12 pieces of designer paper - just the size to create the cards above. 

If you really need a lot of cards, you can cut the entire package of designer series paper into 3" x 4" pieces and have enough pieces to create 144 cards

Here's a card we created at my recent Holiday Catalog Open House.  I took the Make and Take idea above and just added a little more color and layering.

I love this acorn pattern paper from the Painted Autumn pack. 

To create this card, I used products from the Painted Harvest bundle found on page 49 of the Holiday Catalog.

 Here's how this card went together:
My card base is Early Espresso - cut 4" x 11", and folded in half. 

I cut the designer paper 3" x 4 " and then layered it onto a piece of Crushed Curry cardstock cut 3 1/4" x 4 1/4".  

I punched a leaf with the Leaf Punch and vellum cardstock. I used a small strip of Very Vanilla cardstock, stamped my greeting and created a banner by using the Triple Banner punch. 

I attached the leaf to the back of the banner and then wrapped this with a piece of Crushed Curry Chevron ribbon, attaching to the card front with dimensionals. 

Such a quick and easy card, and like I said, I love how it showcases the beautiful Painted Autumn designer series paper.

Here's another similar card - using a different paper from the Painted Harvest dsp. 

Of course you can use this idea for any designer paper - and I am going to do just that!  I've listed the supplies used in this card below with clickable links to my online store.  I'd sure be thrilled if placed an order in my store!

To see all of our current Designer Series Paper Offerings in my store, please click HERE

Thanks for stopping by!  


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Best Wishes

 Besides stamping, one of my favorite things to do is gardening.  I really enjoy getting my hands in the dirt, and watching things grow throughout the summer. One of my favorite flowers is the purple coneflower -  they are actually pink, not purple like the name implies- and they were the inspiration for my card today. 

This card has lots of layers - here's how I put it together: 
 (want to recreate this card?  Scroll down to the end of this post for measurements and products used)

I started with a Melon Mambo card base.  I used the Painted Harvest Stamp Set to create my flower.  This is a two step stamp set with 13 stamps and is in our upcoming Holiday Catalog.

I used Melon Mambo ink - and stamped off the larger of the flower stamps onto a piece of scrap paper, and then stamped it again on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  I inked up the smaller flower stamp with Melon Mambo ink and then stamped it over the first flower image.   The flower center stamp was first stamped in daffodil delight ink and then I used a sponge dauber to add a little Early Espresso ink around the outside edge.  

I used my aquapainter to blend the ink a bit.  I liked how it softened the edges of the flower. 

I used the layering circle framelits to cut out the flower, as well as scallop circles in Crushed Curry and Early Espresso cardstock. I attached all three circles together with dimensionals.

I stamped "Best Wishes" from Blooms and Wishes stamp set with Early Espresso ink and layered this onto a piece of Melon Mambo cardstock to create a tiny banner. 

The Very Vanilla layer was embossed with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Embossing folder.  I sponged the edges with Early Espresso Ink.  I then picked up some Early Espresso ink onto an aquapainter and "splattered some color onto the leaves.  

To finish the card, I added two pieces of Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper (gorgeous paper from the upcoming Holiday catalog), a bit of Crushed Curry Mini Chevron Ribbon, and a loopy linen thread bow.   For a little bling, I added three rhinestone basic jewels.

 Most of the supplies for this card are available now- however, the Painted Harvest stamp set and coordinating designer paper won't be available til Sept. 1, when ordering begins from the Holiday Catalog. 

If you don't have a demonstrator, I would be happy to serve you in your stampin' needs!  Please email me at laura@lauramilligan.com and I will send our current catalogs to you! 

Supplies used for today's card are listed below with clickable links to my online store-  

Measurements for today's card: 
Melon Mambo - card base 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Very Vanilla -  4" x 5 1/4", 3" square for flower
Crushed Curry - 3" square
Early Espresso - 3" square
Designer Paper -  2" x 4" and 1 1/4" x 3 1/2"