Thursday, September 12, 2019

Fruit of the Spirit

Hi everyone!  Have you seen Stamp Simply's newest release, the Fruit of the Spirit trio?  They are simply lovely new sets, and imho they're absolutely pearfect!  ;)

I've got two cards for you today featuring this trio of stamps, Fruit of the SpiritFruit, and Fruit Sentiments, which are also sold as a bundle.

The first is a pairing of Graphic 45 designer paper and a stamped pear (colored with Copics atop a classic oval)...they look made for each other.   With this elegant/neutral color scheme, this card would work for either a male or female recipient, and it's relatively flat for mailing.

Next up is an obviously more feminine card.  

The card base is a narrower than usual scrap of white card stock, with an overhanging accent panel that brings the card dimensions to the standard 4.25 x 5.5 inches that fits in a regular envelope.  

The cherries were stamped directly onto the designer paper using both brown and black inks to try to mimic the dark brown-black of the printed motif in the background.  The fruit and leaves were then colored with Copics, highlighted with a white Prisma pencil and a dab of white gel pen, and finally given some sparkle with Clear Wink of Stella.

The leaves were also colored with Copics and Wink of Stella, then given a few pinches and folds to add some dimension.


Thursday, September 5, 2019

Glad Tidings!

September has arrived in Florida with a flurry of hurricane preparations and all of the stress and anxiety that go along with an unpredictable storm.  I was happy, in the midst of all of the storm prep, to take a break in my stamping studio to create this Stamp Simply Christmas card.  

This Graphic 45 designer paper is simply glorious and it coordinates just perfectly with our Christmas Blessings holly!  I think this vintage color scheme is so classically elegant and just a little bit different than the usual traditional red and green!  

For the holly embellishment, I stamped off some Memento Rich Cocoa once before stamping the leaf on white card stock, coloring with Copics, which gives an almost no-line look.  I added some white Prisma pencil accents to the berries, and clear glitter Wink of Stella pen to the rest of the leaf before splattering the entire card front with a little broken china distress ink and white Gesso "snow."

Although this gold Noel sentiment is difficult to see in this photo, it is a bit more obvious IRL.

The inside has a small border print accent and another gold this flourished font!  So regal and perfect for Christmas.


Thursday, August 29, 2019

Fall is in the Air! (maybe?!)

Although it is still in the 90s here it is cooler than it has been, so maybe Fall IS in the air and the leaves will be turning from green to colors before too long. Of course, currently all of Florida has their eyes on Dorian and where the storm will finally make landfall, so we shall see if there are even any leaves left on the trees to turn (and not that many turn to begin with!) Your prayers for protection would be most appreciated! 

That transition from late Summer to full-on Fall is hopefully captured in this Stamp Simply project as one turns from the green of the card front to the colors inside. The die cut leaves and enamel dots arrangement on the card front sort of echoes the leaves and flowers in the little printed rectangle from the paper pad, although maybe the dots look a bit more like berries.

The bright Fall leaves on the inside were colored with Inktense color pencils, smoothed with a tiny bit of olive oil and a blending stump, and given faint drop shadows with a warm grey Copic marker.  I love how the Inktense pencils keep their clear clean colors even on Kraft card stock.  (I think this simple design would make a pretty card front on its own, perfect for mailing).


Thursday, August 22, 2019

One Cup at a Time!

When life ALWAYS helps!  Gotta love these stamps and supplies from Stamp Simply!  Just perfect for times like these! 

Our son just moved to Tallahassee to finish his degree at Florida State University.  We were blessed to have had him here with us longer than most parents since he took a gap after high school and then lived at home while attending a local community college for his AA.  Still, it is a big change for all of us and while we are VERY proud and excited, we still miss him terribly and he's missing us and home a bit too.  I thought maybe a coffee card would help!

Here's what the easel card looks like when it's propped open.  I added some stamped coffee beans to the background paper, and just LOVE how the wood dots resemble coffee beans, too.  Mocha, Java, Latte?  With the enclosed gift card, you can take your pick!  

I added the pocket for a gift card on the back of the easel, but I've still gotta run to Starbuck's to purchase the gift card to put into it before I can get this into the mail.  The shaped medallion here is one of the punch outs from this fun Workshop paper pack.  

All of the stamped sentiments on this card were stamped once with copper ink, then again with black.  That seemed to soften the contrast just a tiny bit so that the black did not look quite so harsh.


Thursday, August 15, 2019

Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice!

Sometimes cards are inspired by unexpected things and today's Stamp Simply card was just that!  We were traveling last week to visit my husband's family in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and on Saturday, my sisters-in-law and I went to the Farmer's Market. Afterward we decided to stop for a cup of coffee in Organic Grounds Coffeehouse.  This turned out to be a BIG bonus for me, because everything they serve there is gluten-free.  I went gluten-free in January of 2013, and in the past it's been quite challenging to find gluten-free food in a primarily Italian, pasta-everywhere town, but over the years it has gotten easier and this year was the best ever.  I loaded up on GF cookies, muffins, and tarts while I was there.  Yup, I treated myself, because...vacation!

Besides the coffee and food, I loved the decor and atmosphere in Organic Grounds Coffeehouse and that's where the inspiration for today's project came from!  Look at how cute and clever this wall is!  After returning home and finding this bicycle paper in the package of beautiful papers that Sharon sent me, I was inspired!  (And yes, there was a delicious gluten-free pecan pumpkin muffin in the bag of goodies I had purchased).  

I used our coffee mug die cut to cut a mug from one of the printed rectangles and two other printed papers from the paper pack, embellishing it with a Copic-colored trio of acorns fussy-cut from the leaf/acorn image in our Give Thanks stamp set.  

The inside is the pumpkin from our Welcome Fall set.  I love this image!  Here it is stamped and colored directly on the inside panel of card stock, but there are dies to match so it could be diecut and popped up on dimensionals if preferred.

If you haven't visited the Stamp Simply online store lately, you should!  Sharon just added a lot of new designer paper, and I can personally attest that you NEED some!  It is all so scrumptious!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

As You Recuperate!

Hi everybody!  Happy Thursday!  

Today's Stamp Simply project is a feminine get well card using the center step card tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers.  I love re-visiting their tutorials...there are so many fun folds and cool project ideas there.  

One glance at this Kaisercraft Greenhouse designer paper took me back to my mother's small greenhouse where I had a special collection of cacti and succulents among her bromeliads, orchids and ferns.  It always amazes me how one image can bring back a flood of memories!

This dainty floral really caught my eye.  I used a subtle contrasting design on the "steps" that frame the raised panel, popped the matted floral up on dimensional foam to make the larger panel even more the center of attention, and as always, tried to stage the various elements of the layout in a visual triangle.  

A relatively clean, simple, uncluttered, and very girlie card for a friend who's recovering from surgery.   

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Count Your Blessings!

Today's Stamp Simply card came from a serendipitous moment with a pad of Authentique designer paper...flipping through the pad, the floral against the woodgrain reminded me of a printed cloth atop a rustic table.  All it needed was a hot beverage and a prayer of thanks for it!  I don't know about you, but I'm not worth much before I've had my morning cup of tea or coffee!  Sometimes it takes several!  

This time of year is always a bit of a flurry with Summer coming to a close and everything gearing up for Fall.  It is easy to be swept away in the stress of it all, so it's nice to have a reminder to count your blessings.  

I love these sentiments because they are as perfect for every day as they are for Thanksgiving.


Thursday, July 25, 2019

Anniversary Wishes!

Today's Stamp Simply project was inspired by the lovely embossed silver bridal and menswear fabric-like prints/textures of Kaisercraft's Two Souls designer paper.  Although this card was designed as a Silver Anniversary greeting, it could just as easily, with a simple change of the sentiment, have been in celebration of a wedding.  

The classic, elegant lines of our Thinking of You Rose look so lovely stamped in Delicata Silvery Shimmer and embossed with silver detail embossing powder.  I left the rose uncolored, the neutral color scheme reminiscent of a traditional wedding with a bride in white lace and the groom in a black and white tuxedo.  

The inside is also clean and simple, with a single strip of white lace.


Thursday, July 18, 2019

Thinking of You!

Hello everyone!  I hope you've been enjoying July!  For me, it means "Tour de Fleece" while the Tour de France is happening, so I've been busy spinning some beautiful fibers on two spindles and two wheels.  More on that later!

I'm back today with a beautiful Graphic 45/Stamp Simply project. Their papers are always so gloriously gorgeous that I want to cover up as little as possible, so the layouts are relatively clean and simple.  

Today I couldn't resist making the focal point mimic this beautiful paper.  I used distress oxide inks to stamp the sentiment and floral in coordinating colors, then added a spray of greenery, faux canvas ribbon, tulle, twine and flowers.  

Here's the inside.  Again, sweet and simple.  


Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July to all of my American friends!  I hope you are all having a lovely holiday celebrating the incredible freedoms we are so privileged to enjoy!  As the wife of a retired career Navy guy, our family is well aware of the sacrifices made by our service men and women and their families to ensure our freedom and independence. So proud to be American.  🇺🇸

Today's Stamp Simply project is a twisted patriotic thank you/hello/get well card to send to my BFF's son.  He has been in Coast Guard bootcamp, but was recently hospitalized for pneumonia. Just want him to know that all his grueling hard work is appreciated, and that he's in my thoughts and prayers.

Twisted cards look complicated but they're SO easy! My friend Kelly wrote a twisted card tutorial that shows how quick and simple they are to put together.  Just perfect for showing off the stars and stripes of this Echo Park patriotic paper.  

Heart and star dies used together made the perfect backdrop and the lines of the striped paper make it easy to align the words, especially if you use a stamp platform.

The ampersand from our Welcome Fall set comes in handy when you're combining phrases.  I used sentiments from several stamp sets for this card.  

This fold makes a tiny pocket that would be perfect for enclosing a note or gift card.

Supplies for this project, all from Stamp Simply: