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"





 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop - Sneak Peeks from Holiday Catalog




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Welcome to this month's Stampers Dozen Blog Hop - we are excited to be sharing some products from our upcoming Holiday Catalog!

My card features the new Spooky Cat bundle, which consists of the Spooky Cat stamp set and Cat Punch. I  am predicting that this punch will be as popular as the Daisy punch has been!

Here's my card: 



The great thing about this cat punch is that it not only coordinates with the cat in the stamp set, but it also coordinates with the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper (DSP) - there are two 12 x 12 sheets of orange and black cats that "work" with the cat punch!  I counted at least 30 cats on each 12 x 12 sheet!  That's a lot of cats!

The tree and moon were also cut from the Spooky Night DSP.  This paper makes crafting so quick and easy! 

Here's how this card went together:
(want to recreate this card?  See the end of my post for a list of measurements) 
  I used a card base of Basic Black cardstock, and added a strip of Spooky Night DSP, attaching with SNAIL adhesive.

Next, I created the focal image of the card.   I cut a  3 3/8" square of Very Vanilla cardstock, and created a frame using the largest square in the layering square framelits and my Big Shot.

I cut one of the Moon/Tree images from the Spooky Night DSP and added a piece of Basic Black Vintage Crochet Trim across the top. I positioned my Very Vanilla frame over this with mini dimensionals, and attached to card front.   I punched a cat and added her to the side of the frame.





To finish the card, I stamped "Happy Halloween" on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, added a Black Baker's Twine bow and attached to the card front.

Here's my cat all dressed up for Halloween: 




The hat is also from the Spooky Nights DSP! Just cut it out and attach to cat.





SO CUTE!
 Which is your favorite? With or without the hat?  Would love to hear from you!

Can't wait for the Holiday Catalog to start - Sept. 1 is the day! 




Need a catalog?  If you don't have a demonstrator and would like a copy of the holiday catalog, please send me an email at laura@lauramilligan.com and I will happily send one your way!  


Please continue on the hop to Carol Payne's blog-

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Hop back to see Sharon Burkert's creation:



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Card Cuts for today's project: 
Basic Black - card base 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Very Vanilla- 3 3/8" square - use largest layering square to create a frame,  3/8" x 2 3/4" banner
Spooky Cat DSP - 5 1/2" x 1 1/2", the cat and tree/moon piece are
part of the dsp and don't need to be measured! 



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Carols of Christmas -


Today I am sharing another really simple card from the early release - Carols of Christmas Bundle.




I always love a navy and silver card for Christmas - and this one would be super easy to duplicate for a stack of Christmas cards. 

Here's how it goes together: 
(want to recreate this card?  See bottom of post for all measurements and supply list) 

I started with a Whisper White card base.  I stamped "Merry Christmas Wishes" from Santa's Sleigh stamp set- onto a small strip of Whisper White cardstock and flagged the ends to create a banner.  This attaches easily to the card front with our new Mini Dimensionals.  

I used the Softly Falling embossing folder and my Big Shot to create a snowy background, and layered this onto a piece of Night of Navy cardstock.  I used the Card Front Builder Thinlet dies with my Big Shot to cut the deer in Night of Navy cardstock, and the single tree in Silver Glimmer paper. 

I attached the deer and tree to the embossed panel, again with mini dimensionals. 

Attach this panel to the card front to complete the card. 

Quick, easy and pretty! My kind of card!

Our Holiday Catalog goes live on September 1!  



If you don't have a demonstrator, and would like a copy, please email me at laura@lauramilligan.com and I will be happy to send one your way.  I would love the chance to serve as your demonstrator! 


 Below is a list of supplies used on today's project: Click on any image to order via my online store!

 

Measurements for today's project: 

·         Whisper White:  5 ½” x 8 ½ ”, score at 4 1/4"; 3” x 4 ¼”,  and ½” x 3

·         Night of Navy: 3 1/8” x 4 3/8” , small scrap for deer
·         Silver Glimmer:  2 ½” x 2    
 

 


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Christmas In July Blog Hop

 Carols of Christmas Blog Hop


 Welcome to the Christmas In July Blog Hop! We are showcasing the beautiful Carols of Christmas Bundle which is available August 1st as an early release from the upcoming Holiday Catalog. 

 Here's my card:



I chose to focus on the thinlets from this bundle -  and created a peaceful winter scene for my card. 

I used dazzling diamond glimmer paper to create the sparkling winter trees. 

I layered these over a piece of Wood Texture Designer Series paper and a layer of Whisper White card stock that I embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder - I tore the edge of this layer to create a slight downhill slope. 

 This entire layer was adhered to a layer of Basic Gray cardstock and attached to a Smoky Slate card base. 

I added some bits of ribbon and bling with the Mini Sequin trim and 3/8" Metallic-Edge Ribbon, and tucked along the edge of my main layer. 

For a free printable, detailed step-by-step tutorial, including measurements and list of all products used for  my card, please Click HERE 


 Thanks for hopping with us today - I am sure you will find a lot of very creative, inspiring projects as you visit all of the different blogs.

Shop With Me!  If you don't have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I would be honored to be yours!  If you'd like to shop, please click below to "shop now" or click on the shopping cart on my sidebar and you'll be taken to my online store.  

Questions?  Please send me an email:  laura@lauramilligan.com 


 




 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Holiday Catalog!


 One of the many perks of being on the Thailand  Incentive Trip is that we were treated to our own copy of the "hot off the press" 2017 Holiday Catalog. We were the very first to get a copy of the catalog - and it was very exciting! 

Today I 'd like to give you a sneak peek at what the catalog cover looks like - and share a few glimpses of things to come! Per Stampin' Up! policy I can't share anything from the inside of the catalog just yet - but there's plenty to see on the cover! 

 
Here are some close ups of things featured on the catalog cover - 


Look at this darling Christmas scene - created with Hearts Come Home Bundle -which includes the Hearts Come Home stamp set and Hometown Greetings Edgelits dies.


 Who wouldn't love a gift presented in packaging like this?  It's a present in itself!  The stamp set featured in this cute project is the Merry Little Labels and check out the coordinating new punch -  the Everyday Label Punch.




 Love this card featuring the Ready for Christmas Bundle -


 And look at this sweet bird - from the stamp set "Cheery Chirps"- 


As you can see, just from these images from the cover of the holiday catalog, there are some amazing new products coming!  


Shop with Me!  If you don't have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I would be honored to serve as yours!  Just click below or on the shopping cart on my side bar to visit my online store.  

Questions - please email me at laura@lauramilligan.com

 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Thailand Achiever's Blog Hop- Trip Highlights


 



Welcome to the Thailand Incentive Trip Achievers Blog Hop for June 2017. This month our theme is sharing our favorite part of the actual Thailand trip. While I am new to this Blog Hop, this was the 16th Stampin' Up! Incentive trip I have earned, and so I am thrilled to be joining this hop with other trip achievers! 

You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog -Laura Milligan or may have come from the person previous to me in the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.


This was truly a trip of a lifetime - with many, many highlights! The beautiful people of Thailand, Thai food, meeting and reconnecting with top demonstrators from all around the world, stamping, constant pampering and spoiling by Stampin' Up! .... -all these made for a very exciting trip! 

But, without a doubt, the highlight of the Thailand Trip was visiting the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary.  We fell in love with these gentle giants and their care givers. 


Love this face! 


These sweet elephants are free to roam around the sanctuary as they please and enjoy a wonderful life.  We got to feed them bananas and cucumbers. 


This lovely lady needed a back scratch - so the roof of the hut seemed perfect for this! 

I am so grateful for the opportunity to go on this trip - it is one that I will treasure.  Thank you, Stampin' Up! for spoiling us, and a heartfelt thanks to my wonderful customers and team for making this trip possible!





 


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Host Blog Hop Tour





Welcome!  I am so excited to be participating in this blog hop today!  I know you will see some great creative projects as you hop from blog to blog! 


My card features the Background Bits stamp set - that is one of our exclusive sets just for our hosts! 



This card goes together very quickly, and uses just a few supplies, making it easily duplicatable!   

I have created a step by step tutorial and supply list for you.  

Click Here for Free Printable Tutorial and Supply List

EARN MORE FREE! Now through the end of June, you can earn an extra $35 in host rewards when you host a party of $350 or more! 

Get your friends together - host a party - and earn extra host rewards!  

 Of course, you don't even need to actually "host" a party -  you can gather orders together from your friends and hold a book party - and earn extra rewards once the orders surpass $350!  Please contact me with any questions, should you be interested in hosting! 




Thanks for visiting today and enjoy the hop!