73 posts categorized "Laura"


Wed 17

Sending Llove
by Llaura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I absolutely love the new Llama Llove clear stamp set.  It has fun images to color as well as lots of coordinating "punny" sentiments.

For my card today, I wanted to use minimal coloring.  I stamped the clouds and llama with black Versafine ink onto 140lb watercolor paper.  Next, instead of coloring the entire sky, I added some bright blue watercolor paint around the cloud and used a waterbrush to fade the color to white.  For the ground, I gave the impression of ground with green watercolor paint instead of coloring a solid ground.  It takes a bit of practice to fade a color to white, but it is definitely worth it because it makes for quick and easy coloring. 

For the llama, I added a little grey watercolor paint to the body to give the impression of white fur.  I wanted the blanket to be brighter in color, so I colored each section directly with Zig Clean Color Brush markers.  Here is a closeup of the llama:


For an even faster card, you could leave off the clouds and simply add the llama with a little ground underneath.

Hope you try adding skies and grounds with a little watercolor paint!






Mon 08

New Release and Blog Blitz
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  On January 2nd, Memory Box had a new release of dies and two stamp sets in time for Valentine's Day and Spring.  Click the link above if you want to see the entire release.  This week we would like to share with you ideas for using the new items.  You will even have a chance to win prizes!

For my card today, I wanted to use the new Happy Penguin die because he makes me so happy.  The first step to make the card was to cut out the Stitched Circle Heartscape to create a fun background for Valentine's Day.  When you cut the die, this is what you get:


When you cut out the die, you get an open section for the sky as well as a stitched circle and tiny little heart openings.  The first time I ran the die through the machine, I used white paper.  I wanted a blue sky, so I ran the die through my machine a second time with blue cardstock to get a piece I could place in the circle opening.  To make the hearts red, I simply put a piece of red paper behind the heart openings.

Next I cut out the penguins.  When you cut out the penguins, you get tiny little pieces to make eyes and a nose. I suppose you could paper-piece them onto the card, but honestly, I think they are too small for that.  Instead, I colored a piece of paper with black and orange Copic splotches.  I then glued the splotches behind the eyes and nose so that the color showed through the openings cut by the die.  I also added a bit of grey Copic marker at the base of the penguins so that the white of the penguin bodies wouldn't blend into the white snow.  Here is a picture:


As a final touch, I added my sentiment as well as some Stickles under the penguins:


Want to win your own Happy Penguin?  Leave a comment on this post by Sunday, January 14th by 11:59pm EST.  Normally one winner is chosen at random from the comments left, but today is my birthday and I am implementing designer privilege and deciding that two people will win the penguin die.  Be sure to stop by each day through Friday.  Designers will be sharing new ideas and there will be a prize offered each day.  Winners will be posted on this blog Monday, January 15th in the afternoon.  Good luck and I hope you are inspired!






Fri 05

Glitter Wavy Hearts
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  The latest release has lots of new heart designs just in time for Valentine's Day cards.  I chose to use the new Heart Swell die.  When you cut out the die, it looks like this:


Everything is still in one piece.  The open area is perfect to add patterned paper behind the opening of for paper piecing.  In my card, I created a background with watercolor paper and Distress Oxide inks.  First, I rubbed some Picked Raspberry, Wild Honey, and Fossilized Amber ink onto a nonstick craft sheet.  I spritzed the inks with water and then painted the colors onto my watercolor paper with a foam sponge paintbrush.  Here is the background:


Next, I placed some strong double-sided adhesive (Elizabeth Crafts) behind the heart openings and paper-pieced some gold and dark pink cardstock to make the hearts and sprinkled the whole thing with fine glitter (again from Elizabeth Crafts) so that the glitter stuck to all the open areas of tape.  Here is a closeup so that you can see the paper-piecing and the glitter:


The last step was to add a few Fairy Sparkle sequins from Birch Press Design.

Have a wonderful weekend!






Wed 03

Floral Thank You Cards
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I don't know about you, but this time of year I need a lot of thank you cards.  I have been freezing lately, so I really wanted to make some Spring-themed cards instead of cold, wintery cards.  My cards became thank you cards, but they could have just as easily become cards for other occasions. 

For my post today, I wanted to share a trio of cards I made using the new Cheery Flower Collage die.  It is a floral circle window die, and I used the exact same layout for each card.  I simply changed the color of the Distress Oxide inks I used for the backgrounds.  I started each background with scraps of smooth 80lb white cardstock and sponged three colors of ink on top before splattering each background with water to create a splotchy look.  To finish each of the cards, I added a stitched circle frame around the floral window.  I thought the stitches added a nice embellishment to the card.  As a finishing touch, I added a sentiment from the Sentimental Iris clear set. 


Distress Oxide Inks used- Fossilized Amber, Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans.  Sentiment- Versafine Deep Lagoon


Distress Oxide Inks used- Picked Raspberry, Wild Honey, Seedless Preserves.  Sentiment- Versafine Satin Red


Distress Oxide Inks used- Twisted Citron, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet. Sentiment- Spanish Moss

The last thing I added to the card was mini epoxy stickers to the center of each of the flowers.

I hope everyone is staying warm!







Wed 20

Warm Wishes Mug
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Christmas is almost upon us, so I thought it would be nice to pair one of the Cozy Mug dies with the Holly String die from Poppystamps.  I use the mug die for winter cards, but it is good for a Seasons Greetings card as well.  the nice thing is that the largest mug die actually fits a teabag, so it works well for cards that you want to make into a mini gift.

To make the card, I cut out a mug from kraft paper ad added a sentiment from the Playtime Elves stamp set.  The Holly String die is actually much longer than the top of the mug:


I cut the holly string out of olive colored cardstock and then colored the centers of the leaves with a darker green Copic marker.  To finish the card, I added some rhinestones and layered everything onto some holly patterned paper.

On a side note, I made more bunny ornaments from the Snowbunny Deep Edge die, so I thought I would show you other color variations from the post I made with the die.  I plan to make more bunnies (without the hat) in the Spring.  I love the versatility!


Have a great day!






Thu 23

Warm Wishes Penguin & Black Friday Sales
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Happy Thanksgiving!  I can't think of a better holiday than one that takes a moment to give thanks in life.

For today's card, I had to play with a brand new penguin die.  The nice thing about this die set is that it cuts out a window as well as a penguin body and face.  It makes it really easy to make a little window scene.  For those of you who make shaker cards, the dies make it really easy to create one.

In the background, I took a piece of watercolor paper and sprinkled it with Colorburst powders.  I lightly misted it with water to blend the colors.  Once it was dry, I splattered it with bigger droplets of water to create circles on the paper that looked like snow.  I love how the Colorbursts are reactive with water, even after you let them dry.

After I layered the card, I added some Mermaid Tale sequins from Birch Press Design.  As you can see from the picture, I stacked some of the sequins on top of each other to create a different look:


Speaking of Birch Press, they are currently having a sale through the 27th in case you want to try out the new sequins, ribbons from Italy, dies,


It's the most wonderful time of the year! For shopping that is! We're excited to share our Black Friday sale! It begins today and runs through Midnight USEST on November 27!! Now's the time to add all your favorites to your collection! Use code "create25" at check out to save 25% off your entire order!

Birch Press

Need more Black Friday deals?  How about a sale at Poppystamps?

It's the most wonderful time of the year! For shopping that is! We're excited to share our Black Friday sale! It begins today and runs through Midnight USEST on November 27!! Now's the time to add all your favorites to your collection! Use code "poppy25" at check out to save 25% off your entire order!


Have a very happy, healthy, and save holiday everyone!





Sat 11

Snowy Cabin
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Memory  Box has brand new dies that are perfect for Christmas or Winter cards.  I chose to share with you the Stitched cabin along with the Snowy Tree Circle.

When you cut out the Snowy Tree Circle, this is what you end up with:


I ran the die through the machine again with blue paper to end up with this:


I colored the tree and the pieces of the cabin with an assortment of  Copic markers to end up with these pieces:


Next, I place a piece of white cardstock behind the opening on the card:


The reason why I placed the white cardstock scrap behind the opening was to allow me to paper piece the blue "sky" on top of it.  Once I did that, the white scrap in the background appeared in the openings of the blue cardstock to look like snowflakes:


As a final step, I added the cabin and some glitter to the snow to make it sparkle:


I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!







Sat 04

Hashtag Elfies
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to share a card using the sweet Playtime Elves clear stamp set.  I absolutely love puns, so the #elfies stamp made me smile.

First I started with some 140lb watercolor paper and placed a snowflake stencil on top.  Next, I sprinkled it with some Colorburst powders and spitzed the whole thing with water.  I used enough water that you can barely see the pattern for the stencil.  Any geometric stencil would work well here because the pattern is so faint.


Next, I cut out and colored my little elf and trees with Copic markers.

Here are the marker colors I used:


Here is a close up of the little elf:


I tend to color elves with blonde hair because of the Hermey character in  "Rudolph the Red nosed reindeer."  Does anyone else think about the little elf who wanted to be a dentist? 

One of the things I want to talk about with the Copic coloring pertains to the trees in the background.  I placed the smaller ones in the back so that they would look like they were further away.  I also colored them darker to give them the appearance of being behind the lighter tree in the front.

I hope everyone has a great weekend and those on Daylight Savings time enjoy an extra hour of sleep.





Thu 12

A Simple Change of color
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to talk a bit about choosing color palettes to get vastly different results.  Therefore, I decided to use the exact same dies and layout to create one card that was perfect for Halloween and one that would work for Fall or Thanksgiving. 

For both cards, I used the Bubble Burst die, which is a favorite die of mine to focus attention to an element on the card.  The shape of the die draws your eye in to the pumpkins on the card.  With the Halloween card, I used an orange card with a black layer.  When you cut out the Bubble Burst from the black layer, the orange card shows through the little circles.  I didn't glue individual circles to the card, which would have taken forever to do!  Next, I added pumpkins from the new Stitched Farm Pumpkins set.  I like these pumpkins because the stitching really shows up well when you die cut them.  As a finishing touch I added sequins from the Birch Press Fairy Sparkle collection.

Next, I made a Fall pumpkin card:


I made the card exactly the same way as the first, but this time I used a dark brown notecard and a kraft cardstock layer.  The sequins I used were from the Birch Press Not So Heavy Metal collection.

I hope try playing around with color palettes to see all the different results you can achieve!





Thu 05

Halloween Treat Jars
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  To me, Halloween is all about the treats and making your own treat jars is something that is so easy to do. 

First, you need to use some old jars.  It is a great way to recycle those old containers.  Just make sure you wash them really well.  I used an old jar that had salt in it and two smaller containers that had embossing powder in them:


Next I cut out some embellishments using some of the latest Memory Box Halloween dies.  The one I want to focus on to explain in a bit more detail is the web.  When you cut out the spider web, it will look like this:


I wanted to show you how this die cuts so that you could picture how you would use it in your projects.  I put some strong double stick tape behind the web and sprinkled the whole thing with black glitter for sparkle.  I then cut it out with a circle die so that the web would fit onto my round jar lid.

Another thing I want to talk about is the new sequins from Birch Press Design.  I used some of the sequins in various ways to decorate my jars.

First was simply gluing stars from the Not So Heavy Metal collection onto the lid:


Next was stacking two different sequins from the Festival of Lights collection on top of each other.  I started with the bigger silver stars and then offset the smaller blue stars and glued them on top of the silver.  After all, why not build your own sequin designs?


Finally, this last technique needs a sequin for it, but it doesn't matter the color since you will be covering it.  I started with a sequin that was the size I wanted and glued it onto the web.  I then filled the "bowl" of the sequin with black Enamel Accents from Ranger.  I ended up with an enamel accent that looks like a mix between a black pearl and a really thick enamel dot.  Why not just use a pearl or a dot?  First, when I try to make my own pearls, they never come out round.  Filling a sequin made my accent a perfect circle.  Enamel dots are nice, but they can get expensive.  It was much more cost effective to make my own.  Plus, I like that my embellishment has more dimension than an enamel dot.  Here is the black filled-in sequin:


I hope you try making your own treat jars.  They are a fun way to make an easy gift or home decoration.