Friday, September 22, 2017

Feel Better Soon!

When I was a little girl I dreamed of growing up to be a nurse (and ended up becoming a physical therapist).  This clean and simple get well card brings back memories of being a candy striper at the hospital. 

These nurse brads set the stage for a red, black and white color scheme, which is one of my favorites.   Aren't they cute?  I love how detailed they are!  

The black and white striped washi tape from one of our skinny washi tape sets is another go-to favorite, which makes a nice frame for the red and white pin-dot designer paper.  A shiny satin bow with a sticky back heart pearl center and a W+9 sentiment finish the card.

Lots of friends have said that with their kids back in school, the germs are being passed around, so I am sure a quick card like this will be good to have in the stash for just such an occasion!  I hope you and yours are well and that you have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thankful for You!

Have you gotten all of your Fall decorations out for display?  I usually have mine out by now but I'm behind this year!  Hopefully this weekend I can make it happen!

I like having little trinket boxes at the place settings of our Thanksgiving table, and when the new Stamp Simply sets arrived along with some double-sided Simple Stories designer paper, I got the idea to make a modification of the tiny triangle box tutorial that I did for SCS a long time ago.  This one, instead of having a flap closure, has a slide-on/off belly band.  

Just a trim or two (to center the printed design) of the 6 x 8 inch paper into a 6 x 6 inch square, plus the addition of a few score lines, and the box is done!  It doesn't take much time at all to fashion the belly band that holds it closed.  This is a really easy project that comes together quickly, which is great when you're making multiples.  If you wanted to, you could personalize it further with a calligraphed name, and it can hold a unique tiny trinket for each of your guests.

Here you can see the belly band removed, with the folds of the box opening to reveal the unexpected pop of pink polka dots and the cute floral print inside.  If you only have a few to make, you might stamp and color a stamped image to place in the center panel of the box bottom rather than using a pre-printed design.

Supplies, all from Stamp Simply:

Friday, September 8, 2017

Love, Admire, Respect YOU!

I love Love LOVE kraft and black together and decided to pair some cameo designer paper with our cameo washi tape for a sweet and feminine card.  Of course, there had to be some bling!

I used some jewel bling strips along with black and ivory paper flowers (tinted kraft with Tattered Angels spray) with a big shiny bling center.  Gotta have a little drama, too!

Please keep Florida in your thoughts in prayers!  Our whole state is hunkering down for "Irmageddon!"  I'm certainly hoping and praying that it won't be as bad as it sounds!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Thinking of You!

Today's project is a simple card made during a hectic week! Everyone in Florida has been watching Hurricane Irma intently, trying to make necessary preparations and informed decisions in light of the ever-changing forecast and in the shadow of Hurricane Harvey.  

It means so much to receive phone calls and texts from friends and loved ones who are concerned for our safety, and to know that we are in their prayers...and the people of Texas, Louisiana, and Florida are in mine!

On the front of my card the dies nest together in several layers, and along with the pearls frame the sentiment, giving depth and interest.  The ribbons, tulle, jute and flowers echo the lovely, soft colors of this designer paper, and I just LOVE this beautiful stick pin!  And here's the inside:

Here are the links to the Stamp Simply supplies I used for today's card:

Friday, September 1, 2017

In Stitches!

Hello friends!  TGIF!  I am SO ready for the weekend!  I am here today with a super simple card that was inspired by a scrap of white "dotted Swiss" paper.  It brought back lots of warm memories and gave me the idea to reach for the tape measure washi tapescissors brads, and a sewing machine stamp for this quick design.

I love kraft and black and decided to try out a relatively monochromatic scheme with just a couple of pops of color, repeating the color in a couple of places to tie things together. There's the yellow tape measure and the yellow enamel dot flower center, the black spool brad and the shimmery (glitter pen) black spool atop the sewing machine, the Copic warm grey sewing machine and the metallic scissors, and finally the green leaves and green ribbon.  The colors cause your eye to travel around the visual triangle of the various elements, the neutral background colors make the yellow and green really pop, and the black grounds everything so that it all works together.  

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Bear One Another's Burdens

Since September is fast approaching and I didn't have an insert for my Chic Sparrow traveler's notebook, I decided to make one for it using papers and stamps from Stamp Simply.

This week has been a rollercoaster of emotions since Hurricane Harvey hit Texas (including where I graduated from PT school in Galveston) and then turned to make its way right over my brother's home in Westlake, Louisiana (next to Lake Charles).  The devastation was so widespread and so literally close to home and heart that it was completely overwhelming, although seeing the rescue operations and the way strangers have worked together to help each other has really bolstered my faith in humanity!  

As I sat down at my studio desk to create, these stamps practically cried out, "Use me! Use me!"  Certainly in times like these we can all use reminders to be thankful and to not grow weary doing good.
I didn't want to have to choose between verses, and so I decided to make a little "least of these" up-cycled paper bag tag album to go along with my TN insert, adding extra sentiments to the tags inside the pockets and leaving some extra writing room in case I decide to document some of what I've been feeling.  (I am broken-hearted over what Texas is experiencing, and so relieved that my hometown did not also get the heavy, flooding rains that were predicted, especially since the storm passed directly through it.)

This designer paper has so many cute cut-apart pieces and coordinating prints it is really fun to use.  I tore this one in half so I could use it on the front and back, adding verses to each half.  For the front I added a die-cut flower.

To the back I added a cluster of enamel dots to mimic the floral/berry clusters printed on the paper.

This pre-printed strip was the perfect size for the center fold.

These are the tags that slide inside the pockets.  This is the verse that really spoke to me in the midst of this tragedy, inspiring the entire project.

The actual TN insert is very simple, with few embellishments because it makes it easier to write when things are flat!  

The pages inside this particular insert are cut from Strathmore mixed media paper, and I used a lace stencil and some distress oxides to dress the first one up a little.  This paper is ok for journaling and light artwork, but  I would like to have another insert made with watercolor paper so that I can do some more extensive watercolor should I get the notion.  The mixed media paper absorbs differently and doesn't hold up to a lot of water the way real watercolor paper does.  This TN has four elastics, so there is definitely room for another insert.

Art has a way of helping to express and diffuse those painful emotions, at least for the moment!  I'm grateful for that, and also very encouraged by the outpouring of compassion and help for Hurricane Harvey victims.  I would like to encourage everyone to contribute to the relief efforts and to keep them all in your prayers!

Here are the Stamp Simply stamps and supplies I used:

Friday, August 25, 2017

Let's Go Glamping!

Do you have friends who like to "glamp?"  If I'm gonna go camping, girlie glamping is the way I want to go!  This retro-style card would be perfect for the girlie girlfriend who likes to camp in style!

It is the glow of glossy enamel dots "lights" in a rainbow of colors that really brings this card to life!  Most of these are from Eyelet Outlet's line of multi-sized enamel dots (bluegreenaqua...they come in a huge selection of colors!), but some are from packages that include other shapes like stars or hearts so you can mix and match.

Easy peasy and so cute!  

I hope you get to relax and stamp some this weekend!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Sending Love & Hugs!

I am loving my new colors of distress inks and wanted to play with them and a new stencil, so I created this easel card for Stamp Simply with some lovely MME designer paper.  This weathered wood floral is beautiful, and the tiny yellow flowers seemed to mimic the shape/design of these Altenew stamps.  I was noticing just yesterday that even though it is still blazing hot, the light is changing.  It seems warmer and golder,  signaling that Fall is coming!  I think that's why these warm golden yellows really spoke to me!  

There's lots of layering going on the papers, the stenciling and splattering, the dies, the ric rac and ribbon.  I love that you can stamp directly on this faux canvas ribbon!  It holds a nice, crisp line.

There is a bit of stenciling and weathered wood designer paper on the inside of the card, too.  

Here are the Stamp Simply supplies I used:

Friday, August 18, 2017

Made With Love!

We just got back from vacation in upper Michigan, visiting my husband's family and attending our nephew's wedding.  What a great trip!  This card was inspired by all of the love poured into cooking for a larger-than-usual crowd!  My husband and SIL always have fun in the kitchen cooking up sentimental favorites for the family.    

I love all of the great details on these adorable brads!  The measuring cup (from our mixer and cup brad set) has little red lines on it just like the real thing, and you can see the wood grain on the spoon (part of the baking brads set)!  They are so CUTE! We have a real wooden spoon just like this that belonged to my husband's grandmother!

On the inside, there's a strip of silverware washi tape, and of course, inside and out, some enamel hearts to show the love!  

As much fun as we had, it sure is great to be home and back in the craft room!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Fall Fun Fold

A new box of goodies from Stamp Simply was waiting for me when I got home from Bible study yesterday, and of course, I couldn't wait to play with it!  I fell in love with this paper and decided that a fun fold was in order!  Then the card needed a dressed up envelope because this paper pack is full of fun little cards that make dressing up an envelope really easy!  They'd be great in planners or traveler's notebooks too!

The die-cut leaf sits along the fold line of the card center.  I love that this fancy fold fits in a standard envelope.  Here you can see the inside of the envelope, embellished with watermarked and distress-oxide-splattered paper.

The inside of the card is stamped with a scripture sentiment, and here's one of those pre-printed cards...all it needs is to be cut apart and glued to the front of the envelope.