Friday, July 21, 2017

Create ART!

I just love it when "serendipity" comes into play and something fun and unexpected happens.  That's how I happened upon my card for today.  I have had a little stack of stamps that have never seen ink gathered together and wanted to use one of them for a card. I've been doing various projects all week and my desk has been a mess so before I could start something new I had to clear some space.  There were also a few stamps that needed cleaning stuck on the corner of my craft mat.  Somehow these bricks and this artist girl got stuck together and this idea fell into place! 

The torn edges of the decorative washi tape frame the top and bottom of this brick graffiti wall, and the pink matte finish enamel dots echo the only other color in the focal image.  It is simple but fun design!

I hope you have plenty of opportunity to create ART this weekend! I plan to!  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Reap a Harvest

Fall is one of my favorite seasons for stamping!  These colors!  I love them so much!  I saw a photo of a vibrant leaf against a bright blue sky, and that inspired the color scheme for today's Stamp Simply project, a one-sheet box with a tag tucked inside.  The box is constructed of beautiful, lustrous metallic card stock.  

Here's a close-up of the leaf, which was colored with Copics and then given some sparkle with clear Wink of Stella.  These are sets that we've had for a while, but the coordinating dies are new!  The blue background is from Graphic 45's Artisan Style designer paper.

I just yesterday said good-bye to a young friend who is going on a year-long mission, so this scripture about doing good and reaping a harvest really grabbed my attention.  She will certainly be in my prayers!

Here are the products I used, all from Stamp Simply:

Friday, July 14, 2017

It's Your Day!

I really love these box cards but until now I had never tried one!  It was really fun and easy, especially since this particular one is a set of dies so all you really have to do is  glue things together.  I love that it folds flat for mailing. These flowers were perfect for embellishing with Eyelet Outlet brads and enamel dots.  

Here's a closer shot of the flowers and their different sized enamel dots centers, which come conveniently in one package.  I used a cute little funky bee brad for one of the flower centers and backed some of the die cut flowers with scrunched up Eyelet Outlet paper flowers just to add a little variety.

Have a great weekend!  

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Come Near to God

Hello and happy Thursday!  I hope you're having a great week!  

I had to reach for this Stamp Simply scripture stamp for today's card because it was one of the scriptures we studied this week for our women's Bible study.  (We are a little over half-way through Lysa TerKeurst's "Finding I Am" and it has been wonderful so far.  I really like her down-to-earth writing style.)  The designer paper that I used in the background has the definition of "devotion" which really seemed to go perfectly with the idea of drawing near. There's even a book in the corner of the other print, and while it isn't a Bible, at first glance one might think that it is.     

In some of the art challenges I have been completing lately, I have been painting and splattering everything, and so I decided to try it on a card.  I squished and scribbled out some Spun Sugar distress ink and Earl Grey gelatos onto my craft mat, spritzed them generously with a mini mister, and then used the gelatos paintbrush to flick color onto the finished card.  I also used the Earl Grey to lightly tint the edges of the designer paper.  It made the paper a little crinkly and warped, so I stitched around the edges to help flatten it again.  I'm just really lovin' that crinkly, splattered look!

Here's a closer look so you can see the detail of the flowers and tulle, some of those splatters, and the shimmer of the silver ink.  

Inside is also lightly splashed and splattered.  I used the gelatos stamp as a corner accent with a single pink rhinestone.  

All of the supplies I used are from Stamp Simply:

Friday, July 7, 2017

Sweet Little Sailor!

I have had so many fun Summery papers strewn across my desk lately that I keep coming up with ideas for these Eyelet Outlet anchor brads!  Today's is a cute onesie card.  There is probably a cut file for something similar somewhere if you have a machine, but mine was made with a few circle and square dies, some washi tape and a brad.  

It's very easy to adapt these for either a boy or a girl by changing the colors, prints, collar shape, and embellishments.  It is also a lot of fun to personalize them to fit the characteristics and interests of the parents-to-be, so when it comes to the washi tape and brads that you could use, the sky is really the limit!  Here I chose some skinny glitter washi tape and a single silver anchor brad.  

I hope you'll try one of these fun shaped cards when you need a cute greeting for a baby shower!  

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled!

Happy Thursday!  Because of the holiday this week has flown by! If you're like me, you're already ready for another weekend!  

I'm here today with an elegant, encouraging card using two Stamp Simply sentiments, lovely papers and embellishments.

This color combo is one of my all-time favorites!  It is so classy and is especially beautiful when paired with lace, pearls and tulle.  The black accents give it that extra POP!

Here's a close-up of those little torn bits of tulle tucked between the flowers and seam binding.

Here's a peek at the inside.

And here's a list of the Stamp Simply supplies I used:

Friday, June 30, 2017

Hope Anchors the Soul!

Hello everyone, on this last day of June!  I hope you have had a great week!  My American friends are looking forward to a long holiday weekend and the 4th of July holiday so I'm here with a nautical themed card with red, white and blue accents.  I love nautical cards for Summer, but in a city with a Naval Air Station, you can send nautical cards year round, especially one with this kind of sentiment.

I used a Stampendous stamp set and paper-pieced the sails, sponging the clouds in the sky with a scalloped circle mask.  The focal image is framed along the right side with a trio of anchor brads, and along the bottom with a strip of striped washi tape which, in this clean and simple design, both help to lead the eye toward the sentiment.  

Inside, another strip of washi tape forms a border ending with a single anchor.  (If you really like clean and simple designs, this could work for a card front!)

Enjoy your weekend!  

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Life is the Flower, Love is the Honey

I'm still having so much fun playing with my distress oxides, and was thrilled to hear that new colors will soon be released!  I cannot wait!  There is just so much that you can do with them, especially when combined with the regular distress inks.  If you haven't tried them yet, you need to!  

For today's card I kept it really simple, using two colors of the oxides to stencil a woodgrain pattern on some kraft card stock, then inking the edges and splattering everything with both oxide ink and black soot distress ink that I smooshed onto my craft mat and diluted with water, flicking it onto the paper with an old paint brush.  

I used an enameled print from the Limelight designer paper pad to die cut some leaves, inking them with the oxide ink before removing them from the die, and the enamel gave them a cool speckled texture.  The flowers were done the same way using coordinating colors of card stock scraps that were left over from other projects.

To give everything a little shimmer, I spritzed the entire project with Perfect Pearls, and colored the little bees with a glittery pen. The spray came out a little heavier than I expected, but it kinda makes me think of the way the garden looks after a Summer shower, so I'm trying to be ok with that!  I have found that sprays and splatters are an excellent exercise in overcoming perfectionism because they are not something that you can entirely control!  ;)  

Here are the supplies I used, all from Stamp Simply:

Friday, June 23, 2017


I'm here today with a card that is just perfect for a busy, handsome kid who is constantly on-the-go and then crashes hard!   The one that suddenly cares about how he looks, that you can't get to go to bed, and then he sleeps away half of Saturday morning!

The stripes in this designer paper were a perfect border for Eyelet Outlet's fox washi tape, and the prints seemed practically tailor-made for our fox brads too!  They all were so cute I didn't want to have to choose, so I cut strips of several and glued them alongside the washi border, using one of the pre-printed sentiments as a focal point for that cute fox brad.  Couldn't resist adding a few more pops of color and shine with some enamel dots (Mickey colors and blue) too!

The border repeats on the inside, along with more enamel dots and a napping fox atop another one of those sentiments.

Busy, bright, and fun!  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Patriotic "I Miss You"

Over the course of my husband's career in the United States Navy he spent a lot of time deployed, so we missed having him home for plenty of birthdays and holidays, as well as plain ole everydays! Today's Stamp Simply card comes from those memories, and a deep appreciation for those who are currently making those kinds of sacrifices.  

I absolutely adore this Authentique paper!  It is so perfect for patriotic cards but also has plenty of beachy, nautical designs that work well for the rest of Summer.  I was going for a "Blue Ribbon at the Fair" kind of feel for this card and pulled two sentiments from an Altenew stamp set to add inside and out to go along with that theme.

Here are the supplies I used, all from Stamp Simply: