Thursday, November 4, 2010

Welcome to Castle O'Laurie

Welcome to my castle. I hope you are enjoying the tour so far. Princesses have come from Kingdoms everywhere and there is so much to see!!

For thy tour of my castle, I chose to do projects using "A Cardinal Christmas". Very fitting for a castle, don't you think?? :) The first project I have to show you is an altered frame. I decorated the frame using the luscious Deck The Halls Designer Series Paper. I added the cardinal image to the frame using Stampin' Dimensionals over the stamped branch and matted the verse and mounted it where the photo would normally go. I think it turned out beautiful:




Here is a closer look at the cardinal (I apologize for the color variance, the lighting is not the best in a castle tower):




For my next project, I decided to make a set of cards and wanted a cute little holder to store them in. I went to the pattern dungeon and pulled out some ideas. I altered this a bit to fit my cards as they are layered with dimensionals and came up with this:




Of course I had to use my Big Shot with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder. My loyal subjects would expect nothing less :) They are well aware that it is my favorite!! LOL! The full set of cards is revealed when the folder is opened:




The cards show much more detail with a close-up. The cards and folder have a vintage look because they have been around the castle for quite some time:




I finished off the inside of each card using the beautiful verse that comes in the stamp set:




I really must be giving these away so they do not start looking any older. So, I will offer them along with the frame as BLOG CANDY!!!

HEAR YE, HEAR YE!!!!! By order of Princess Laurie - If you would like to receive these projects in the mail, you must agree to the following creed:

1. E-mail me your name and address (or leave it in this comment)

2. Leave a comment on this post

3. In your comment, tell me which of these projects you like best

The winner will be announced following the tour so be sure to return to see if it is you! Good Luck and thank you so much for visiting my castle today!!! I hope you will continue the tour and visit the many beautiful castles we have assembled for you!!

'Til next time.............

Happy Stamping,

Laurie

Remember to get your mammogram!

79 comments:

  1. I love both of your projects but I like the card holder the best. The texture and colors are so Vintage and I just love it. Thanks for offering them up for candy. Count me in, Jackie Watson at jackielwatson2009@hotmail.com

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  3. How pretty are they Laurie?. I love them!! Thanks for sharing your xmas cards they are stunning.
    Alisha aj73@optusnet.com.au

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  4. I love, love , love the cardinal cards with folder. Your coloring is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your talent!

    Linda Daley
    daleystmpr@aol.com

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  5. I love the frame. It's just beautiful. Thanks for sharing and for a chance to win.

    Babe
    youiesmom@att.net

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  6. Laurie,
    Miss seeing your projects at our meetings but seeing them here is almost as good. I love the altered frame. And everything else is beautiful.
    Lynn
    pennylynn2@yahoo.com

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  7. So Pretty! Love the cardinal card the best.

    Teri Couture
    tericout@yahoo.com

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  8. Laurie...BEAUTIFUL. My fav is the Cards with the matching holder...LOVELY...of course the frame is just as Lovely. Thank you for being a Princess and the opportunity at blog candy.
    Marisol Gutierrez
    atouchof_sol at yahoo dot com

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  9. I love the frame the best but they are all beautiful, thanks for sharing and for this opportunity to win
    (emcclean@telus.net)

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  10. I love the cards w/ folder. Don't you just love the technique of using the lattice embossing folder to get the inlaid look?
    Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    Jennifer Eby
    jguyeby@verizon.net

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  11. The use of the frame is very imaginative. I see the wooden frames and wonder what to do with them, now I know. Thank you

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  12. I love your projects but especially like the folder with the cards inside....what a wonderful gift that would make...Thanks for sharing
    Karen Bitikofer
    scrappybit@msn.com

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  13. Oh my gosh, your hand cutting of that cardinal is awesome. I think I love the card portfolio and should be making up a batch of those myself. I love how you embossed the entire card front, that looks like you did the bird and all in needlepoint, a beautiful look. Thanks for offering blog candy, it's always fun to think about rozie.kerry@gmail.com

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  14. Love everything very much but I have a soft spot for altering and that frame is AWESOME!!!! Love the 3D effect on the Cardinal!!

    Cindy Marchant
    lcm1180@gmail.com

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  15. These were all so stunning. I espcially loved the folder project. Your work on the cardinal was superb! thanks for sharing with us! - Amy

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  16. love use of lattice embossing folder- the texture almost looks like fabric

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  17. I love the altered frame best but all of the projects are dynamite!
    Ginger Toivonen
    gtoivonen@gmail.com

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  18. Wow, these are all gorgeous. I LOVE the altered frame with the 3/D cardinal popping up. GREAT JOB.

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  19. I love these projects .the picture frame is my favorite, Dianne Bell peggydiannebell@yahoo.com

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  20. WOW!! I would have never thought to do what you did with stamping and running it through the big shot, it looks SO awesome :) I definitely want to try this! The cardinal cards are my favorite :)

    Jessica Davis oboe1012@hotmail.com

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  21. My favorite is the Cardinal card. Just beautiful. Love that technique.

    Dale Morin

    stampnscrap2003@hotmail.com

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  22. I'm amazed at the frame. The cardinal and branch are beautifully cut out. How long did that take? My eyes hurt just thinking about it! Kudos to you. Both projects are wonderful. TFS.
    Heather Arsenault
    gilles.arsenault2@sympatico.ca

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  23. I love the frame it is really regal. Hugs and happy stamping Lori Watson email postal_mom_2000@yahoo.com

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  24. Both projects are amazing!! I really love the decorated frame, but would sure like to receive both from you!!. TFS your talents.

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  25. All your projects are wonderful, but the frame is my favorite! Love that! howe1472 at bellsouth dot net

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  26. I love the cards--they remind of counted cross-stitch. BUT the frame is beautiful. :)

    Wendy Hawkinson
    stampiepoo@gmail.com
    www.gotrubberwillstamp.blogspot.com

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  27. OMGosh Laurie, these are gorgeous. How can I pick one??? I'm telling you, those cards just pop with that cardinal embossed right on the cardstock backing. I need to win both of these so I can touch and feel (yes, I'm greedy). I'm on vacation (in Oklahoma right now, headed to NM and AZ). I would love to have this waiting for me when I got back -- he, he!!
    Sandi Dailey
    gdailey@concentric.net
    http://anotherchancetostamp.blogspot.com/

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  28. I love,love,love this stamp set and you have done an amazing job at showing it off. I love the cards w/ box. Thanks for sharing!
    catherinedewaal@hotmail.com

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  29. Oooooh I am so in heaven your projects are gorgeous!!! Really stunning. I like the frame the best but please do not make me choose. They are all amazing!
    Patrice Herrera
    trygod20@verizon.net

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  30. My favorite is the decorated frame. I'm actually going to CASH this, it's beautiful. Great job!

    April Jackson
    apriljackson19@frontier.com

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  31. I love your second project using the cardinal and the lattice embossing folder. Great and beautiful card! gsrmmeyers@att.net redstampinsam Sandy Meyers, Lodi CA

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  32. Love the card holder and cardinal cards. Beautiful job. I too love using my embossing folder with the lattice. It always adds a little extra to the cards! Thanks for sharing and enjoy the tour!
    ~nancy in illinois
    javamama47@comcast.net

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  33. I adore the cardinal folder and cards. So beautiful! I love the ideas!! You are so talented; thanks for sharing.
    tionya
    tionyalynn at yahoo dot com

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  34. I love both of your projects, but the folder and cards are my favorite. I love the texture and the cardinal. Will put this on my wish list. Thanks for sharing.

    Roberta Fieth-Bond
    lovecrafts2007@gmail.com

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  35. I love what you've done, and I like the folder with the pack of cards. Thanks for sharing your talents!
    michelle mccarthy
    shellrm@hotmail.com

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  36. I do like both very much...but if I must choose, I chose the frame! It makes a very special gift or your own holiday decor. TFS.
    D J Ouellette
    stampindjo at hotmail dot com

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  37. I like the frame the best. The cardinal is so realistic. Thank you for the opportunity to win.
    galesmith at earthlink dot net

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  38. How cruel Princess!As your loyal subjects we can not choose which project we like the best. They are all beautiful and would not like to hurt your feelings by choosing only one! So therefore I have decided that I love them all equally!
    Your loyal subject
    Gwen Bloomfield
    gwenbloomfield@yahoo.com

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  39. Wow, which one I like best? That's like picking a favorite kid or chocolate isn't it? I am so in love with Christmas Cardinal. I really love the deck the halls dsp and I really love the inlaid embossing (not sure if you did that here or not but it's the same effect if not). Ok, the frame, no, the cards, no no no....it's the frame

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  40. OMG, I love your projects with this stamp. They are beautiful. It is hard to pick a favorite but I do love the way you did the frame, but I love the cards also, so both of them are my favorite. Thanks for sharing.

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  41. Wow, what gorgeous projects! Your frame is so stunning! I like it best.

    Kathy Thisted
    kthisted@comcast.net

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  42. Great projects especially the card folio.

    Laura
    bemjar@comcast.net

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  43. Wow, I liked both projects, but I guess my fav would have to be the frame - stunning! TFS!

    Cynthia Ferenz
    Proud Parent of 2 Soldiers
    stampindragon@verizon.net

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  44. Wow, both projects are stunning. But I'm in love with the cards & holder... I really had to look, at first I thought it was fabric! I would be elated to win these!

    Thank you so much for sharing & the chance to win!!!

    ~Ola
    okj83 at live dot com

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  45. Hi Princess Laurie,
    I'm so glad you are part of the tour. What a beautiful job with the cardinal! Thank you for sharing your projects.
    Monika Davis

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  46. Your cardinal cards and card box is very Christmas feeling. I would love to have either project. The Royal Blog Tour shows some fantastic cards and projects. Such talent ladies!

    Marilyn
    mkpeasley@mchsi.com

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  47. Laurie, both projects are delightful. However, I especially LOVE the gorgeous frame. It is so very different than your typical frame. Thanks for sharing and would be thrilled to win the frame and card/portfolio set.
    Kathy Mc

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  48. I love your card set with holder. The embossing folder looks so pretty.

    lisawhs808 at aol dot com

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  49. pretty, pretty bird. And the portfolio is lovely.
    sharon lemon
    sharon.lemon@sbcglobal.net

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  50. Laurie I have bookmarked your projects so I can comeback and enjoy them again. They're beautiful especially the altered album, although I love the cards and holder too!

    Penny Hanuszak
    pennyhanuszak@telus.net

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  51. Laurie, just beauitful! Love the card portfolio. Melissa Rodgers
    megastampinstudio@yahoo.com

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  52. Gorgeous Laurie! Love them all! Is it okay that I don't pick a fave?! The card holder is a great idea for a "This is for You" project introducing your business! Too much work to color though -- you spent a lot of time on this! TFS!

    Jeanne
    jvn89@aol.com

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  53. absolutely love all your projects and great color combos too, nice and bright.

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  54. I love your card holder. Also the colors you picked are awesome. Thanks for sharing
    allison warrell
    allieqdub@gmail.com

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  55. I love the cardinal cards and holder! They are very striking!
    Jill
    Jilliree@aol.com

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  56. Everyhting you did is beautiful but I think I really like the cards and card holder.
    Pam
    highhopefarm1@aol.com

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  57. I love this stamp set and you did a great job with it. I think I like the card holder and cards the best.
    Thanks for the chance to win blog candy.
    Theresa in Kitimat
    tfredric@citywest.ca

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  58. Thanks for sharing, And my fav. is the Card Holder and Cards. I love how you used that folder and it kinda makes everything mess together like one piece. Awesome.
    Joyce
    stampahaulic@comcast.net

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  59. Laurie, the Cardinal card rocks! Love the color and texture. Awesome!
    Mary B.
    www.poeticstampertoo.blogspot.com

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  60. OMG, both of your projects are fabulous but I absolutely adore the frame. I think I must try this one.. And yes, I get my mammogram on Monday the 8th so my fingers are crossed that everything is ok.
    TFS,
    Barb Slaughter (FL)
    stamper0910@yahoo.com

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  61. Beautiful projects. The frame is really unique, and the cards are absolutely beautiful. Don't make me choose between them!
    kathy.winter@hotmail.com

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  62. Beautiful projects. You can never go wrong with a cardinal, lol. Your card holder and cards are fantastic. TFS

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  63. Stunning projects. I am truly in awe of the detail on the first, which makes it my favorite by hair.

    Thank you!
    Sue

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  64. Rosemarrie GonzalezNovember 7, 2010 at 10:11 PM

    I love all your projects but my fave is the folder with the embossed cards...very vintage...very me!!

    Rosemarrie Gonzalez
    thornsandroses@sbcglobal.net

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  65. Great Projects! I especially like the card holder. Thanks for sharing your talent on the RBT!

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  66. My favorite is the embossed Cardinal in the oval frame. Absolutely beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing your work with me. Cathleen McSorley, cmcsor9101@aol.com

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  67. Lovely projects Laurie! And a favorite set of mine too! Thanks for giving me more CASEable ideas to extend the use of my stamp set. Hard to pick a favorite but loving the square lattice folder as I do my eye was drawn first to the holder and cards you created. On the other hand the frame reflects the same lovely cardinals that visit my pines from time to time and always call Christmas to mind. Hm...okay the frame for sure!

    Hugs and thanks for sharing your's and your towers bounty - LOL!

    Jean Fitch
    jlfstudio at live.com

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  68. Laurie, your creations are totally beautiful. I can't choose only one but the card set and the holder is adorable and elegant. Thank you for sharing with us. Hugs and blessings, Martha Lucia Gomez http://stampartpapel.blogspot.com
    malugomez0@gmail.com

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  69. How clever are you? I love the frame and what a wonderful gift idea.
    I am usually not very lucky, but if your highness should choose me for the royal blog candy, my email: sls1219@aol.com
    Thanks for the ideas and the chance to win candy!
    Sue Stevens

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  70. Love the frame! Great job on the tour!
    Tracy Raymond
    stampwithtracy@shaw.ca

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  71. LOVED the set of cardinal cards. Beautiful work! Thank you for sharing!
    Gayla O'Dell, gayla.odell@yahoo.com
    www.MeGaStampinStudio.com

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  72. Hi Laurie! Your frame is my favorite, but all of your projects are just fabulous!

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  73. Ok, let me just say that I love all your projects, the cardinal is one of my favorite images ever. BUT, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the frame. I really could see that sitting on my entryway table, it is so pretty, and what a great gift it would be, especially a Thanksgiving hostess gift.

    thanks so much for sharing.

    ceashark at aol dot com
    carolyn sharkas

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  74. I really like what you did with the cardinal stamp. I think the folder you made with the set would make a gift anyone would love to get.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Eva

    mcguiree224@gmail.com

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  75. I love it!! I thought the bird was cut out of paper and placed there until I realized you colored it WOW!!!!
    Great Job Thank YoU for Sharing and for being a part of the tour.

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  76. Both your projects are beautiful! YOu're so good on details and cutting. The cards and folder just makes me yearn to see it in person - I love it!
    Sharon Steinwand
    kssteinwand@hotmail.com

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  77. I really like the cardinal on the altered frame. Beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win blog candy. Connie Fouts cmfouts431 at sbcglobal dot net

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  78. Laurie: Oh my goodness, your projects are gorgeous. Love the album. Thanks for being on the tour.

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