201 posts categorized "Laura Fulcher"


Fri 26

Gingerbread House Ornament
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Today I am already moving on to getting some Christmas gifts and decorations done.

My ornament today features some of the new house dies. I made mine into an ornament because I like to have some small gifts on hand for the holidays. We don't have our Christmas tree up yet, so I hung it up on our Christmas cactus, which always seems to bloom for Thanksgiving instead of Christmas.

If you haven't checked out the new dies, there are designs to help you make a gingerbread house, a nativity, a birdhouse, and a forest/snowman scene. The dies are all the same size, so you can mix and match to make lots of different ornament or card scenes.

To make my ornament, I cut out the gingerbread pieces from two colors of kraft cardstock. I wanted the frame of the house as well as the window and door frame to be in a darker kraft color than the main house.

I couldn't help myself. I had to keep decorating the house with peppermints, gumdrops and faux frosting. Here is a close up of the house:


I hope you can see the extra detail on the roof. I cut out my gumdrops from glitter paper so that they would look like sugared candies. To adhere the gumdrops, I added some glitter glue to the roof to look like sparkling snow. When the glitter glue dried, it held my gumdrops in place.

Do you make your own ornaments or gifts? I would love to hear about your designs.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!






Tue 28

Glittery Poinsettia
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. The new Holiday 2021 release has arrived! In addition to dies, there are also stamps, papers, embossing folders, and jewels. There is a little something for everyone. If you would like to see the entire release, you can view it here.

For my card today, I really wanted to highlight the new papers. There is a great plaid 6" x 6" paper pack as well as lots of glitter papers.

To make the card, I first cut out my poinsettia using kraft cardstcok and layered it onto some plaid paper:


The poinsettia is interesting because it can be removed from the sidebar of paper if you want an individual flower, or you can leave it attached as I did. There is even a coordinating stencil that comes with the die if you want to color specific areas of the flower. Handy!

Next, I offset a gold glitter poinsettia on top of the first:


Finally, I paper-pieced some red and pink glitter paper onto the gold poinsettia outline. I left the bottom layer of kraft poinsettia petals plain so that the green plaid would show through and give the impression of leaves:


To finish the card, I added some of the new Autumn colored Fairy Gemstones to the center of the flower and added a sparkling "Joy" sentiment.

Here are the items I used for the card:

94607 Contempo Poinsettia and Stencil

94591 Joy Posh Script

CRY101 Autumn Fairy Gemstones

GP1007 Glitzy Glitter Pad

GP1006 Festive Glitter Pad

PP1018 Woodsy Plaid



Sat 11

Royal Treatment
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. I hope all have crafty plans this weekend!

I wanted to play with the the new castle stamp. I have seen it used with so many color palettes and even used as a spooky Halloween castle. I wanted to go for a fairytale look for my card. I started by stamping my castle onto watercolor paper using Black Versafine ink. Once it dried (it takes a while), I colored it with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a waterbrush.

I stamped the clouds directly on the watercolor paper with the castle, but I diecut the crown and parchment piece to layer on the card. To make the crown pop a bit more, I painted it with gold metallic paint and added some jewels to give it some glitter.

Here is a close up:


Have a fantastic weekend!







Tue 17

Cactus Watercolor
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Today I wanted to share a card I made using the Flowering Cactus stamp/dies. It actually ended up being a really quick card because I let my paints just blend into each other and let them do the coloring. You could finish the card by adding extra details with colored pencils, but I was pleased with the end result.

For my background, I spritzed some watercolor paper with water, added some paint to the top and then tilted the paper to let the paint run to the bottom. This is what it looked like:


Usually I do this technique when I want the bottom of the paper lighter so that I can stamp a sentiment. However, for this card, I covered most of it with my cactus.


To color the image, I first stamped it onto some 140lb Memory Box watercolor paper in black versafine ink. The Memory Box watercolor paper is nice because it is really smooth on one side, which makes stamping on it a lot easier.  Next, I painted my plants by adding a bit of watercolor paint at the base of each petal and then worked my way outward so that the paint would be lighter at the tips of the petals. I usually use a thicker paint at the base and then add more water to the paint as I reach the edges to give it a more translucent look.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!







Wed 21

Colored Pencils and Succulents
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Today I want to walk you through coloring some of the latest Memory Box designs with colored pencils. I still get questions about matching stamps with dies, so I thought I would include pictures for that as well.

The main tools that I need for lining up stamps with dies is a diecutting machine and a good stamp positioner.

First, I cut out the shape of the succulents from kraft paper, set that piece aside and then placed the outline into my stamp positioner. Use some magnets to hold the piece in place:


Next, place your stamp inside the cut out and try to place it so that there are equal margins all around the edges. The black foam of the stamp positioner really helps you see your edges:


Close the hinge of the stamp positioner so that the stamp sticks to the lid. Place the flower background that you already cut out back in the hole:


Choose your color of ink and stamp onto your piece:


Remove the cut out flowers from the stamp positioner, and you are ready to color. I leave the stamp and the guide in the stamp positioner in case I want to stamp the flowers again.

To start with the coloring, place your flowers on something with a little give to it. I usually use a magazine, but I had a stack of index cards on my desk, so I used those. I added a bit of the darkest color to the bottom of each petal:


I then added a medium color, making sure to overlap a bit with the first color:


Finally, I added my lightest color as a highlight at the edges. Don't forget to overlap the colors so they blend. Also, use a light hand with color. you can add more and more color, but if you start with a heavy touch, the wax of the pencil builds up quickly and it is hard to add more color on top:


My opaque pencils covered up some of the stamped lines, so when I finished my coloring, I placed the piece back in the stamp positioner and added the lines again:


Here is a close up of the flowers. The wax of the Prismacolor pencils reflected a bit in the photos:


Thanks for stopping by today!






Wed 23

Woodgrain Cardstock Technique
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Today I want to talk about incorporating the new 80 lb 8 1/2" x 11" woodgrain papers into your cardmaking. The papers come in white, cream, and kraft and have a woodgrain embossed texture on them. They take inks really well, but I decided to use sprays with my white paper.

This is what a close up of the woodgrain ridges:


I had thought about going the tradition route and coloring my paper with browns or greys, but I thought I would make an underwater scene that would have some interesting texture. When I sprayed my paper with a combination of Distress and Dylusions sprays in light blue, dark blue and green. This was the result:


Both sprays are reactive to water, so allowed the ink to dry a bit and then spritzed it with some plain water to give the impression of bubbles. I liked the combined effect of the splotches and the texture of the paper:


To finish the card, I cut out the solid paper of my nautilus with cream shimmer paper and then added the top detailed layer out of brown cardstock. I must admit, I had to Google a nautilus to remind myself what colors to use.  Memory Box has a fun clear set called "Oceanside Typewriter Sentiments" that would have worked really well with the card. I love puns! However, I decided to go with a more generic sentiment that can be used for a lot of different occasions.  As a final step, I added a few clear rhinestones that reminded me of bubbles under the sea.

Thanks so much for stopping by!







Sat 15

Abstract Ocean Scene
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Today I am sharing a card that uses the Jumbled Line Collage as a backdrop for some fish. I love the collage element because you can make it be any color that you like and use it with pretty much any other die you choose.

To make the rectangles look more like water, I used strips of paper from the Fresh Aqua paper pack along with a few strips of Delicate Pastel Glitter paper. I like the mix of matte and sparkly paper.

To color the fish, I used some paper from my scrap pile:


The paper is watercolor paper covered with Colorburst powders and water. It was in my scrap pile because if you use too much powder, you sometimes get weird, dark spots on your paper. I thought it worked well with the fish though because some of the fish ended up having a nice gloss to them.

Have a great weekend!






Wed 05

Slimline Octopus
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Today I want to share I made as part of a card challenge. The challenge was "Beatles Songs." Can you guess the name of the song I chose? The answer is at the end of this post.

To make the card, I started by cutting paper to make a slimline card. I really like the look of slimlines, and I like the fact that they don't cost any extra to mail.

I cut out the Bubble Coral Collage die from my white piece of cardstock. I then cut the Deepwater Collage die from green cardstock to layer behind the coral and cut out darker green pieces from the Kelp Collage to layer onto my underwater scene.

When I cut out the first two layers, this is what they looked like on top of each other:


I decided I wanted the bubbles to be blue, so I cut out strips of blue paper to glue behind the round openings:


I found that cutting out strips of paper to glue behind the circles worked much faster than cutting out little circles from the die that would fit into the openings.

For the sea background, I pulled out a watercolored blue sheet I had in my stockpile:


I had originally sprayed watercolor paper with distress sprays and then placed a stencil on top to transfer the pattern. However, it didn't work out as planned and you can only barely see the stencil pattern. The paper went into my scrap drawer and stayed there for a long time. I advise you to always keep your "mistakes." They may not have turned out like you wanted, but they might work for another project. I thought this piece worked well for an underwater card.

All that was left was to layer all the pieces of my card, add my sentiment and attach some Memory Box Fairy Drops to look like bubbles.

So, did you guess the Beatles song? It was "Octopus's Garden."







Sat 17

Woodgrain Hugs
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. It is time to rest up, play with your favorite spring stamps and prepare yourself for the new Memory Box release....which arrives on Monday! The release is called "Under the Sea," and I know you are going to love it. Also, be prepared for some new videos!

As I prepare samples with the latest release, I want to share a card that features the Wooden Alphabet set. I love this set because it cuts out the letters as well as gives you the texture of woodgrain at the same time (you don't have to run it through your die cut machine twice). I find that it works for pretty much any occasion, even for those sometimes difficult to make masculine cards.

To make my card, I cut out the letters using dark brown cardstock and layered them onto a kraft colored heart cut from one of the Valentine release dies. I don't know about you, but I tend to use hearts year-round.

To finish the card, I sponged some Vintage Photo Distress ink to the edges of my heart and layered it onto some of the new Memory Box plaid papers.

Thanks for visiting today!







Sun 04

Paper-Pieced Crystal Frames
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings Friends. I wanted to share with you a couple of cards I made using the Crystal Frame die as well as some of the new Memory Box plaid papers. The frame is a great way to really highlight whatever sentiment you desire.

For the first card, I chose a purple and yellow color scheme to really make the card "pop." I started with solid papers from the Sunny Orange pack and then added elements from the Twilight Purple pack. The plaid is from the Madras Plaid Blue and Violet collection. I cut out each color/pattern with the same Crystal Frame die and then paper-pieced them together to get the look I wanted. The nice thing about that is now I have a lot of leftover pieces to make a couple more cards.

To finish the first card, I added my sentiment and then cut out pieces from the new Layered Daisies set to build my own flower. Most of the flower consists of cardstock from the Sunny Orange pack, but I added a little Copic marker to the petals to give them a bit of dimension.


I made a second card using some of the extra pieces from the first card. I figure if you have your machine out and are diecutting, you might as well make several cards. To finish this card, I used a thank you die as well as some lavender and a little bit of twine.

I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday. If you celebrate Easter, I wish you a happy holiday.