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Hop into Spring with the NC Demo Blog Hop

Welcome to the NC Blog Hop.  We are so happy to share our spring projects!  Yea! for Spring!

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It's always fun to think about our theme and figure out a stamp set to use.  But this time, I started thinking about all the designer series paper I still have.  To me, the dots say spring.  So I pulled out my paper and went to work (or play).  Here is the result.

NC Blog Hop with Designer Series Paper Stacks

This card is fun and pretty easy to make with the Sunburst Thinlits and your Big Shot.

  • The card base is make of Thick Whisper White card stock.  It measures 4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 5 1/2.
  • The card front is covered in Marina Mist dotted patterned paper from the Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack.  Cut it 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.
  • Cut the center from a 2 1/2 square piece of Crushed Curry dotted paper from the Regals Designer Series Paper Stack.  Use the Sunburst Thinlits for all of the layers and center the middle of the circle part over the middle of your paper square.
  • The next layer is Flirty Flamingo from the 2016-2018 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack cut from a 3 inch square.
  • Calypso Coral is the next layer from the Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack cut from a 3 3/4 inch square.
  • This is followed by a layer of Watermelon Wonder cut from a 4 inch square.  This color is in the 2015-2017 In Color Designer Series Paper.
  • Finally cut a sunburst from a Wild Wasabi 4 inch square.  Cut a couple double sections for leaves.
  • Trim each layer into a circle but be a little crazy with your cuts.  Each layer is a little bigger.
  • Attach the layers to each other with dimensionals.  Yes, you are right.  This card will not mail well.  Place each layer off center of the layer below.
  • Glue the flower just a little off center of the card.  Turn the card over and trim any parts that are hanging off flush with the card.

Flowers hop 1

  • Now you must fluff each layer up at the ends.  This helps the layers pop.
  • The sentiment on the front is from Sunshine Sayings.  The words are stamped in Basic Black Archival ink on Whisper White scraps and cut apart.  Place them on half dimensionals.
  • I felt the card needed a little something else, so I added the dots from Bunch of Blossoms randomly.

Flowers hop 3

The sentiment on the inside comes from Big on Birthdays.  It's stamped in Watermelon Wonder.  Stamp some more of the little dots in black (Bunch of Blossoms).

Flowers hop inside

This card would be great to boost someone up with different words.  It's so bright and cheery.  

Do you have lots of scraps of designer paper?  Use them up on beautiful flowers.  It's spring!  Celebrate!

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Tasty Treats Specialty Paper Gets Cut!

Does it happen to you?  You have this beautiful specialty paper with glimmer or shiny spots.  You know, something special.  I have such a hard time cutting this paper.  I keep thinking that the paper needs a super special project.  I can never think of anything that would live up to the paper.  Well, guess what, the paper makes the project special.  Use it!  I'm preaching to myself!  I took the plunge and cut the strawberry and cherry shiny paper from Tasty Treats!  I realize that my design is simple, but the project is special!  Here's my card!

Cherry card with Tasty Treats Specialty DSP

Somehow the Basket Builder Framelits got in there!  What can I say?  I might be addicted.

  • The card base is Chocolate Chip card stock measuring 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 5 1/2, and folded.
  • The Watermelon Wonder card stock layer measures 3 3/4 x 5.
  • The cherries and strawberries shiny paper from the Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper pack is cut at 3 5/8 x 4 7/8.
  • A strip of paper from the same pack is 3/4 x 4 7/8.
  • For the focal point, start with a Whisper White circle cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies.  It's not in a catalog but you can order it.  Just ask me or click on the image below.
  • Cut a detailed basket from Chocolate Chip and a plain basket from Watermelon Wonder and glue them together.
  • Now get out those snips and cut out cherries from more paper.  I glued the basket down and then added the cherries on top.  I left a little room to slip some of the cherries just a little below the basket.
  • Add a Linen Thread bow.
  • The sentiment is from Tasty Trucks, a Sale-a-Bration item.  Stamp it in Chocolate Chip on a 1/2 inch piece of white.  Notch the end and add another cherry at the other end.  Glue the end with the cherry to the circle and put a half dimensional at the notched end.

Cherries 4

For the inside, the sentiment is from the Cool Treats stamp set.  Add some cherries inside with the same stamp set.

Cherries 1

I actually think that the simplicity of the design showcases the great specialty paper, don't you?  This card wouldn't have to be for a birthday.  Anyone would like wishes for a great day!  I do love how this turned out.  In fact, I'm going to make more of them.  I still have some of that great paper left!  Cut it!

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Falling Flowers, Another Look

Falling Flowers is a great stamp set.  It also has the coordinating framelits called May Flowers.  Best of all, you can purchase these as a bundle!  I made this card about a month ago, but I haven't shared it with you yet.

Falling Flowers 3

I cased my self when I made cards for the last Color Fusers blog hop seen here.  I had just made this card and thought it would look so pretty in the colors for the fuser challenge.  This card got pushed behind.  It's very pretty too.  Here's how to make it.

  • Start with a card base of Very Vanilla measuring 4 1/4 x 11, score at 5 1/2, and fold.
  • Stamp in Tip Top Taupe with the large swirl stamp in Falling Flowers.  Sponge around the outside of the card.
  • The next layer measures 2 1/2 x 4.  Run it through the Big Shot with the Festive Embossing Folder and sponge around the outside of this layer.  Attach with dimensionals.
  • The flowers and leaves are stamped on vanilla in taupe.  I colored them with the Blender Pen using Pool Party, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, and Daffodil Delight. Cut out with the May Flowers Framelits.  Adhere the pieces with glue.  You'll need dimensionals where the pieces extend out beyond the layer.  The yellow flower is attached with dimensionals.
  • The sentiment is from the Helping Me Grow stamp set.  Stamp in taupe, cut it out with snips, and then sponge around it.  Glue on and use a dimensional where is extends out.

Falling Flowers 2

The inside has the swirl again in Tip Top Taupe and another flower.  This one is glued down flat.

I do love the subdued colors on this card.

Falling Flowers

It's amazing how just a few changes can make a card look so different.  I don't know what it is about that embossing folder, but I just love it!  Purchase the Falling Flowers bundle and the Festive Embossing Folder and you'll qualify for a free Sale-a-Bration item.  You'll have to order by March 31 for this great deal.  Sale-a-Bration will be ending.  Sad face.  Click on any item below to go to my online store!  I would appreciate it!

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A Beautiful Swan

Last week a local demo group, the Southern Belles, met for our monthly get together. We usually swap cards.  This time we fantasized about a Stampin' Up! color change and colors we felt should retire.  Mind you, we do not know that there will be a change.  Stampin' Up! does it every 3 to 5 years.  I think it's been 4, but I'm not positive about that.  This card was made by Kaye Owenby.  She is one of my downline and very talented.  She thinks Tempting Turquoise and Tangerine Tango should retire. Here is her card.

Swan Lake

Kaye won the set Swan Lake at the Atlanta On Stage.  We do love free stuff!  But I don't think this set has been very popular.  I do love what Kaye has done with it.  Here are the details.

  • Start with a card base of Tempting Turquoise 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, score at 4 1/4 and fold.  
  • The Whisper White layer is 4 x 5 1/4.  Here's a hint:  Cut your Whisper White oval from this layer before you adhere it.  Kaye used the largest oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.
  • The Tangerine Tango dots paper comes from the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack.  It measure 3 3/4 x 5.
  • Stamp the scene on the oval with Basic Black Archival ink.  I think Kaye used an Aqua Painter or Blender Pen to color in the scene.  Press down the lid of the pad and get ink there for your pallet.  Add some of the white sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment with glue dots.
  • Use the Layering Ovals Framelits for the scallop oval.  They pair so well with the Stitched Shapes.
  • Use half of a doily and gather it at the bottom of the oval.  The one Kaye has used is retired, but we have the Delicate White Doilies in the annual catalog and the Lace Doilies in the Occasions catalog.
  • The ribbon used is the Solid White Baker's Twine.
  • The sentiment is stamped in black on turquoise paper and notched.
  • Both the sentiment and the oval are attached with dimensionals.

Here's the inside of the card.

K's 1

Sometimes it's hard to make a card using one set, but Kaye did it.  I think it's one of the best cards using Swan Lake that I've seen.  Kaye is a very creative card maker! Thanks so much for letting me share your card.

K's 2

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Oh So Succulent, Oh So Pretty!

At first glance the Oh So Succulent stamp set can look a little daunting.  There are so many pieces to the stamp set and to the Succulent Framelits Dies.  You just have to dig in there and play.  When you do, you'll see that you just love it!  This is a card we made at my stamp class the past week.

Oh So Succulent and Festive EF

First of all, I feel like I should give credit to someone for their influence on this card. I've searched Pinterest and I can't find a card close to this.  If you feel it's like a card you made, please let me know.  Here are the details on how to make this card.

  • The card base is Watermelon Wonder measuring 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 5 1/2, and folded.  This color has grown on me.  I didn't like it at first.  Now, I am sad that it will be retiring at the end of May.  It's one of the out going In Colors.
  • The Basic Black layer is 3 7/8 x 5 1/8.
  • The Tip Top Taupe layer is 3 3/4 x 5.  This color is also one of the retiring In Colors.  Sadness.  It's one of my favorites!  Emboss this layer with the Festive Embossing Folder.  Love this folder!
  • I used the Very Vanilla 1/2" Lace Trim and the Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine down one side of the card.  The bow was added with a glue dot after the panel was adhered.
  • The Very Vanilla panel measures 1 1/2 x 3 1/4.  Use Old Olive, Mint Macaron (another retiring In Color), Watermelon Wonder, and Tip Top Taupe to stamp the succulents.  The Watermelon Wonder ones were stamped off for the center color.  The great thing about this set is that you can be very careful if you wish and match up the stamps or you can stamp as you please and not worry about matching it all up.  Can you tell which directions I went?  Yes, the quick one! Round the corners with the Project Life Corner punch.  Add the panel with dimensionals.  Put part of a Lace Doily sticking out from behind.
  • The sentiment is from the stamp set You're So Sweet.  Does it look familiar to you?  Yes, I used this very same sentiment on my post yesterday.  Did you miss it?  You can find it here.  I loved this so much I repeated it.  I really made today's card first, so yesterday was the copy.

Oh So Succulent 2

Here's the inside of the card.  I stamped more succulents.  I left it with no sentiment so this card could be used for any type of occasion.

Oh so Succulent 4

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