Thursday, July 9, 2020

Tea for two

Hello friends! I'm back with another pair of cards for today's Stamp Simply project. I suppose you could call these sisters or even fraternal twins?!  I was inspired by a video that I saw on Pinterest and loved that it was again practically two-for-the-effort-of-one. Easy peasy, a fancy fold, and the bases for both only used one sheet of 8.5 x 11 card stock.  Can't beat that!

Those of us who are huggers are in a crisis with Covid nowadays, so a handmade card with "a hug in a cup" is the next best thing. This card uses beautiful Prima papers with the addition of one scrap (the oval mat and diecut heart) from Kaisercraft's Rosabella. The "You are worth it" tiny tea tag was die cut from one of the sheets of printed tags of the Prima pad and goes great with our "no one stacks up to you" sentiment.  

The card was splashed inside and out with several colors of gelatos.  I love how this brings some of the colors from the designer papers to the inside but still allows lots of clean, flat white space.  I was actually having tea while making these cards and was tempted to dip the bottom rim of my cup into some "gelato water" to make a cup ring, but it was too full and I didn't want to risk sloshing tea everywhere!

My second card uses another one of the printed tags from the Prima designer paper pad.  Since just a tiny bit of the "l" in the sentiment was overhanging the edge in the middle of the pierced heart die that I wanted to use for contrast/color, I stamped the sentiment directly onto the tag and then once again onto the heart so that the letter would be perfectly aligned and clearly legible. The tiny cup at the top of the tag is from our Farmhouse series.  It was stamped with distress oxide ink and die cut with a coordinating die.

And here's the quote inside to go along with that one.  I don't know about y'all, but I've had several sleepless Quarantine nights, so I have definitely had a few extra prayerful, extra caffeinated mornings!  


Thursday, July 2, 2020

So Beautiful!

Hello all!  Today's Stamp Simply project is an old-fashioned, romantic card made with gorgeous Prima designer papers.  These prints made me think of old Victorian houses with formal gardens and lots of fragrant, beautiful roses so I wanted to make a classic card.  I absolutely adore ledger papers and the like, so I really love the selection of designs within this pad!

It was so hard to decide which papers to choose that I ended up layering several!  Then I stamped a sentiment from a set in our Farmhouse series onto a circle of white card stock.  With the beige ledger paper underneath that layer, the white needed a bit more warmth...some splashes of copper ink accomplished that, helped to tie the design together, and gave it a subtle luxurious sparkle as well.

The inside has another Farmhouse series sentiment and the same gold splatter treatment.  Simple and elegant.


Thursday, June 25, 2020

Patriotic 2-for-1

Today's Stamp Simply project is a 2-for-1 patriotic card set.  There is no shortage of heroes these days, military and otherwise, and they come in all shapes and sizes, so these will be off in the mail ASAP.  

Life is certainly always full of challenges, but 2020 has had more than its share of them, so this sentiment from Romans seemed to fit the occasion!  The card front is a trio of patriotic papers glued atop a panel of card stock, then die cut with the largest of the Spellbinders Stars 5 dies.  The negative space was then filled with a shimmery gold star of the same size, and a slightly smaller star, stamped with the sentiment and popped up on dimensional adhesives.

Here's the positive die cut from the card above, used on the second card front.  There's lots of white space with that pretty gold shimmer card stock peeking from underneath. 

It's always nice to have one card give a head start for another!   

The insides of each card are very similar, with a border of gold, a sentiment stamped in shimmery gold ink, and a single gold die cut star.

That uncluttered, simple layout leaves lots of room for a signature and some words of encouragement.


Thursday, June 18, 2020


Today's Stamp Simply project uses another one of the sets from our new Faith, Hope, and Love series.  Love these scriptures sets and the beautiful variety of fonts used in them.

Couldn't resist pairing this lovely angel with some uplifting scripture.  These papers are so gorgeous, and the color palette so calming.


Thursday, June 11, 2020

To the New Mr. & Mrs.

Sometimes it almost feels as though a card idea is a "gift" and the design practically puts itself together!  Today's Stamp Simply card was most definitely one of those gifts using a set from our brand new release!  And it was SO much FUN!  

Our new release actually includes FOUR new sets... the one I used for today's project is the one on the bottom right,  Wedding and Anniversary Wishes.

The card base is top-folding, 5 1/2 wide x 4.25 tall with the bride and groom assembled on an overlaying 5 1/4 x 4 inch layer.  His tuxedo is simply a few triangles of black and white, with additional layers and a bit of scoring or snipping to create the illusion of a shirt placket and jacket lapels.  I used a star die to die-cut the shirt collar (I think next time I'll tuck the bottom points inside).  Another die created the neckline of her dress.  Embellishments include a ribbon bow tie, and pearls for his buttons and her necklace.

Her bouquet was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on a scrap piece of card stock, colored with Copic markers, then fussy-cut and adhered with glue/dimensional adhesives.   The rich reds and greens give the card a very formal, traditional look.

Inside is just a simple black and white with the greeting that usually makes every new couple smile from ear-to-ear!


Thursday, June 4, 2020

Thanks a Bunch!

This beautiful designer paper from Graphic 45 inspired today's Stamp Simply "Thanks a Bunch" card, another relatively flat-for-mailing design.  

The focal image from our fruit set was colored with Copic markers and highlighted with a white Prisma color pencil.  The plaid mat underneath is actually the reverse side of the floral/fruit paper, so this card used less than one entire sheet of designer paper. 

This green is such a cheerful, bright color I decided to use it for the inside too!  It makes the little red strawberry (stamped on white, colored, fussy cut and glued flat) really pop!


Thursday, May 28, 2020


I'm back today with another very clean and simple, flat-for-mailing patriotic card.  Red, white, and blue cards always look so striking!

Gold mirror card stock and gold delicata ink make even a simple card elegant!  The arrangement of the stars and the designer paper draws the eye toward the USA stamped near the bottom.  These are the new star dies from our latest release.  The cool thing is that there are stamps that coordinate with them, too!

Here's the inside...equally clean and simple but still pretty!  This is a very quick and easy card to make and would be a good one for making multiples assembly-line-style.

Be sure to visit the Stamp Simply blog for more ideas with the Old Glory bundle!

Thursday, May 21, 2020

My American Hero

Our Stamp Simply team is excited for the release of a new patriotic stamp and die set that coordinates with an existing stamp set to make an amazing trio!  Presenting Old Glory, its coordinating Patriotic Stars and Stripes dies, alongside our original set, Patriotic Sentiments.  These items, which mix and match effortlessly, are all available individually or bundled for your convenience.

The flag/map die can be used with its coordinating stamp or as a stand alone die of the United States.  The 2 largest stars in the die set fit the 2 largest stars in Patriotic Sentiments.  The smallest star in the die set fits the small star in Old Glory.  The stars can also be used as stand alone dies.

The American flag looks beautifully dimensional when colored with Copic markers.  I added some clear Wink of Stella to its entirety, with a little tiny bit of gold Wink of Stella along the flag's folds.  (It seems that since we live in Florida I couldn't help but color the entire state one color!  😉  Oopsie!)

These days, there are plenty of American heroes for whom this card would be appropriate!  This one is relatively flat for ease of mailing so it could go anywhere!

Be sure to visit the Stamp Simply blog for more ideas on how to use these awesome sets!

Here are the supplies I used for today's project:

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Color Your World!

If you've visited recently you might remember that our sweet baby great niece was born just a few weeks ago.  This is a gift for her big brother using stamps and supplies from Stamp Simply!  I sometimes wonder if older siblings feel a bit left out while the new baby is getting all kinds of attention, so this is just a little something to make him feel special and maybe to give him something quiet to do while his baby sister is sleeping!  Since right now I can't be there to stamp with him in person, this is the next best thing!

I used our new Stick People set, and you may be wondering why I cut all their little heads off!  As we have been playing with these fun sets, our design team members have all agreed that it's easier to add hair (and a bit more realistic looking, too) when that line across the top is not stamped, unless, of course, you intend for them to be truly bald (and sometimes, you do)! 

It's really easy to stamp them this way.  Just use a stamp positioner, and align a piece of thin copy paper as a mask before inking the stamp.  You can use this same method to combine words of various sentiments to make different phrases as well.  For instance, the "Me" was stamped by masking the rest of "Me(rry Christmas)" in the very same way, as was the "My Friends" (combining My Family and Best Friends).  

Since the primary marker set in this gift bundle did not include a flesh-toned marker, I opted to give big brother a little bit of a head start by coloring their faces, blushing their cheeks, and sponging/coloring in some background to ground the figures.  He can use his new markers to color their hair and clothing, and if he wants to, maybe with help he can even use some scissors to cut and paste them onto a card.  


Thursday, May 7, 2020

Hugs from Grandma!

We are premiering a brand new bundle of sets this week at Stamp Simply and they are SO much fun to play with!  From the first moment I saw them this idea took shape, and I'm so excited to share it!

Not long ago I started spinning a combination of alpaca, Merino wool, and Corriedale wool on one of my Turkish spindles. Immediately when I saw the adult female of this stamp set, I just knew I had to use some of that wool to make her a grandma!

So I took a little tuft of fiber, folded it in half, tied it into a knot, and voila!  Grandma's bun!

I gave her little bangs a trim and tucked the loose ends of fiber on the sides of her face behind a fussy cut-out of her face and torso. The front of the card has a small floral print that looks a lot like fabric a grandma would wear, so her clothing is also fussy-cut and paper-pieced.

Oval dies form a frame that reveals the white of the mat underneath the floral print, which is where grandma's entire figure was stamped, then the fussy cut part glued right onto it, hiding the ends of the wool.  I love that the oval frame made a little edge that draws even more attention to her bun.  The little alphabet letter names of her grandchildren are strung on burlap string that dangles from a tulle bow tied around the fold of the card.  You can see just a peek of them in the above photo.

Inside, there's a simple I ❤️ U which was inked with black and red distress markers.  Lots of room to write a message or even stamp another figure, maybe of Grandpa!