Welcome to this month’s NC Demos Blog Hop!

We have a wonderful network of Stampin’ Up! Demos here in NC, and we love getting together and sharing our creativity.

This month I thought it would share my spin and info on a project we did last weekend at one of our NC Demos Quarterly meetings.

Here is a pic of the room full of busy ladies so you can see us all getting our craft on that weekend.  A wonderful time!

The theme the hosting team chose was ‘Old School’ and it is a great theme for this blog hop, too.  We are supposed to use some of our favorite retiring products.

I am using some retiring DSP for a recreation of one of the quarterly’s projects.  An easy and sturdy paper framed project.

To make the frame,  I chose to use the Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper, which is currently still available in my store.

Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper 141632 Price: reg $13.00 now $9.10


Click on the picture above to see if it is still available now, but at the time I published this blog post, it is $9.10, when the regular price was $13.00.

The way you make this frame is to score on each side of the paper 4 lines 1/2″ apart.  That adds 2″ to the paper needed on each side, 4″ total needed in each direction in addition to the size you want the finished frame to be.

What you add that 4″ to is whatever you want the final size of the frame to be.  It also matters if you want to have the size you care about to be the final inside size or the outside size.

Since the DSP is 12″x 12″, there is a lot to work with.  The max outside frame size you can make from that is an 8″x 8″ when you subtract the 4″ on each side needed to fold up the frame.

I decided I wanted the inside of the frame to be 5″ x 7″.  The frame takes up 1/2″ on each side.  So my paper needed to start at 12″ x  10″.

Not a math lover?  It is easier to just figure the outside frame measurement and add the 4″ to each side.  LOL

OK, now, in addition to the 4 – 1/2″ scores on each side, you need an additional score on the long side of each corner s you can make a nice neat corner.  Score in another 1/2″ just down to the other score lines.

Here is a pic or the scores AND how each corner is cut.

Hard to see on the white back of the specialty paper, but hope the pic helps you see what I mean.




Here is a view of the final cuts with the cutout turned over so you can see them well.

You can also see the yummy copper shine on this Specialty paper.  Love it!

Now, fold on all of your score lines.

Here is the frame with the score all folded ready for the adhesive.  Use Tear and Tape or Fast Fuse on the outside edges (the tops showing in these pics).

You may also want to put a line of adhesive along the backside of that diagonal cut.

Roll the short ends in first creating a square ‘tube’ at each side.  If might be helpful to put a pen inside and mash the bottom down so it sticks really well to the base.

Then roll in the long ends.  The diagonal cuts create a neat miter on the corners.

I used another of the DSP designs as my background piece and then built on the colors in the DSP pack to  add some fun flowers.

Botanical Builder Framelits Dies 140625 Price: reg $33.00 now $16.50

And that meant using another of my favorite retiring items, the Botanical Builders Framelits.

And YES, as I publish this post, those framelits are still available and at a great discount.

IF you do NOT have them, you better hurry!  And they are HALF PRICE!!!  Click on the picture to go right to my store and snag them… you will thank me!

I had a great time cutting out a bunch of flowers in the different colors in the DSP.  The colors are always listed on the back of the DSP package if you don’t remember.  A great resource, use it!

Since this DSP has lots of copper metallic in it, it made sense to use a bit of the copper metallic foil as a mat for my Night of Navy focal piece.

The Night of Navy piece is cut to 3.5″ x 5″ and the copper foil is cut just 1/4th” bigger to show a nice shiny copper mat all around.

Now, I happen to believe that the foil paper and the glimmer papers are like gold!  So the little pic shows the back of that focal piece.

All those leaves and flower centers were cut out of that mat piece and no one will ever know!  That is a big ole money saver, right there!

I did use. a new stamp set for the big sentiment, from the Lovely friends stamp set.  LOVE the big greetings!!!  Wonderful to emboss and then watercolor a shaded wash right over the words, mount and go!

But I digress… hehe  Here is the finished frame from the front.

But what about the back?   I have that covered, too!

There was a 2″ wide piece of the frame DSP matching the frame that I cut off.  This makes a great frame stand.

Score that piece at 1″ on one end and then 1″, 2″, and 3″ on the other end.  Fold as in the picture.

I did take a 1″ x 8″ piece of thick cardboard from the glimmer paper backing and stick inside the  piece on the back.

Attach to your frame with fast fuse like in the pic on the right.  Stand up great yet folds flat.

Curious about making other size frames?  This math is really easy, don’t be afraid.

Here is a frame done with a full 8.5″ x 11″ piece of cardstock if you don’t want to fool with any measurements!

I also used the new bundle Colorful Seasons to make this little framed art piece.  I love how the die cut branches go over the frame edges and give it so much dimension!

The chair is actually 3 chairs, cut and layered in decoupage style.

Here is a close up so you can see how cool it looks as a 3d piece!

The foam adhesive strips make it easy to pop the slats of the little chair up.

You could also trim up regular dimensionals, or get some of the new mini dimensionsals, too

Today while my hubby and I were out shopping, I actually saw a real Adirondack chair in this bright Lemon lime twist color.

Isn’t it cool how Stampin’ Up! is always right on trend?

Here is a sneak peek of this new bundle… and yes, you will want it.  

Now on to the blog of the incredibly talented JoAnn Hewins.  I can’t wait to see what she has to share today!

Hope to see you next month.

Full list of Hoppers

Debra Ballance-Byrd
Tamra Davis
Jo Anne Hewins
Michelle Irinyi
Tracie Evans Langley
Sharon Maranich
Laurie Meier
Frances Wagner