Sunday, June 28, 2020

NC Demos Blog Hop June 2020

Welcome to the NC Demos Blog Hop for June 2020!

For this months blog hop the theme is Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue.


I had a digital craft day with my sister Jane who lives in Florida & my best crafting buddy Tracy who lives in Washington. Since I live in North Carolina I could not exactly borrow from them. We decided to try the Braided Fold Card inspired by, a card Maggie Trimble sent me as well as an item from Pinterest, so I think this qualifies me to check the box for Something Borrowed!

For something new, I used the new In-Color of Magenta Madness even though it really is indistinguishable from the Blackberry Bliss I used to sponge the background with some Mango Melody and Pretty Peacock. The Braid Fold is also new to me. We always try to do new techniques when we get together to keep it fun. Something New...Check!

For Something Old, I used the Bokeh technique which my sister has never done on top of my sponged background as well as the Christmas Layers Dies cut with Gold Foil Paper and Gold 3/8" Metallic-Edge Ribbon. The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Christmas. Three out of four... on to Something Blue!

For something blue, I had the card all set up to use the Pretty Peacock as the card base but at the last minute I switched it out for a Blackberry Bliss one, so the sponged background will have to count for my something blue.

This card is spectacular in person! 

Make sure to check out these other amazing projects!!

Tina Lesson
Toni Campana
Jo Anne Hewins
Ariel Matera
Laurie Meier
Amy Kinler
Tracy Lewis
Sue Root
Tracie Evans Langley
Libby Foreman <- You are here

Martinette Horner

Before you go, here is a bonus card with my "discarded" Pretty Peacock base from above! This uses a piece of the retired Perennial Essence DSP, that I loved but never got around to using. It is layered with a sentiment heat embossed with Itty Bitty Birthdays and the butterflies are from the Butterfly Beauties Dies, cut with Gold Glimmer Paper and Vellum. The envelope is stamped with the Beauty Abounds Stamp Set. Thanks for stopping by!

Stampin' Up! products used:
  • Beauty Abounds Stamp Set
  • Itty Bitty Christmas Stamp Set
  • Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set
  • Christmas Layers Dies
  • Butterfly Beauties Dies
  • Perennial Essence DSP
  • Gold Glimmer Paper
  • Gold Foil Paper
  • Gold 3/8" Metallic-Edge Ribbon
  • Vellum
  • Magenta Madness
  • Blackberry Bliss
  • Mango Melody
  • Pretty Peacock
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Sunday, May 31, 2020

NC Demos Blog Hop May 2020

Welcome to the NC Demos Blog Hop for May 2020!

It is time to say goodbye to the 2018-2020 Stampin' Up catalog, so we wanted to share our favorite outgoing products, unfortunately for me there are soooo many! But for the sake of choosing one, I chose to highlight the amazing batch of Designer Series Paper (DSP). I also incorporated a few other favorites that will be going, a-buh-bye: the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set, the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder, Silver Glimmer Paper and Silver Thread. I had to go buy up some extra of that for my stash, once I discovered the trick to using it, I use it all of the time!


I started out using the Magnolia Lane DSP and paired it with Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake, Petal Pink, Whisper White and Very Vanilla. The black background with the magnolias is a stunning piece of DSP and turned into my favorite cards out of this grouping. I started with some tried and true layouts and created 2 cards for each design with the black and white paper.

Here is the collection and you can get the details for each card below!

Now go check out these other amazing projects!!

Stampin' Up! products used:
  • Magnolia Blooms Stamp Set
  • Daisy Lane Stamp Set
  • Parisian Beauty Stamp Set
  • Very Versailles Stamp Set
  • Magnolia Lane DSP
  • Trio of Tags Dies
  • Stitched Nested Labels Dies
  • Whisper White 1/4" Seam Binding Ribbon
  • Whisper White 5/8" Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon
  • Very Vanilla 3/8" Scalloped Lace Trim
  • Silver Thread
  • Crumb Cake Blends
  • Petal Pink Blends
  • Silver Glimmer Paper
  • White Stampin' Emboss Powder
  • Wink of Stella
  • Mossy Meadow
  • Crumb Cake
  • Petal Pink
  • Whisper White
  • Very Vanilla
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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Side Panel Layouts 3 Ways

On our May digital play date with Tracy & Jane, we picked a layout and applied 3 different applications with the same color choices - I love how these turned out and bonus: quick & simple cards with a wow effect!


First up, a shout out to my favorite designer from whom this card was CASEd from Pinterest: Tammy Wilson. She makes the most beautiful cards! For this sample she used Label me bold. Tracy was the only one to have this stamp set, so the rest of us improvised.

We also picked a color challenge of Pretty Peacock, Rich Razzleberry and Mango Melody. For this first card, I used some diamond stamps from my stash (Grunge Rock would work for this too) and gave it a light spritzing with water to blur the pattern a little more. I mounted the stamped strip on Rich Razzleberry card stock and then on Whisper White that was embossed with the Subtle Embossing Folder. I stamped the sentiment from Itty Bitty Birthdays on Basic Black cardstock and VersaMark and heat embossed it with White Stampin' Emboss Powder. I trimmed the sentiment in Whisper White to give it the negative affect of the original card. I also added a little Silver Glimmer Paper, because, duh, birthday cards need a little pizzazz! I finished the whole thing off with some Whisper White 1/4" Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon and just a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

For this card I used the dots from the Timeless Textures Stamp Set and it is mounted on pretty Peacock and Whisper White that was embossed with the Parisian Flourish 3D Embossing Folder (I love this one!) The sentiment is form my stash with all of the same steps as above.

Lastly, one of my favorite quick & easy backgrounds is the swish! To make the background, I dragged each color across a piece of Whisper White cardstock. Hold the ink pad so that only the top edge hits the paper then quickly drag the pad across the paper back & forth in a diagonal. The trick here is not to press too hard, take a running start at your paper and do it really fast. For this one I used the the Tasteful Textiles 3D Embossing Folder and a little Whisper White Bakers Twine as my finishing touch.

Stampin' Up! products used:
  • Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set
  • Timeless Textures Stamp Set
  • Subtle Embossing Folder
  • Parisian Flourish 3D Embossing Folder
  • Tasteful Textiles 3D Embossing Folder
  • VersaMark
  • White Stampin' Emboss Powder
  • Whisper White 1/4" Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon
  • Whisper White Bakers Twine 
  • Silver Glimmer Paper
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels
  • Pretty Peacock
  • Rich Razzleberry
  • Mango Melody
  • Whisper White
  • Basic Black
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