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.  πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

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:

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Warm Winter Wishes

Hello friends!  Here today with a fun Christmas project (it's nearly July πŸ˜‰) using one of Stamp Simply's new Floral Cluster stamps, Winter Poinsettia, along with our Java dies that were released back April.  Reminds me of an arrangement I gave to my BFF one year!

I folded a piece of green card stock and placed the fold just inside the cutting line of the mug die to create a top-folding shaped card. A piece of designer paper cut with the same die covers the front, with ivory card stock and designer paper on the inside.  The beautiful floral extends beyond the top edge of the fold.  I used a second die cut of the floral to sandwich the fold of the card base, which adds sturdiness and gives a more finished look to the back of the floral portion of the card, especially since Copic markers tend to bleed through.

This sentiment was a perfect fit for the inside!  Gotta LOVE serendipity!  In this photo you can also see the way that underneath piece of card stock is scored to line up with the the fold of the mug and how its corners were clipped to allow the card to open and close.


Thursday, June 20, 2019

Sending Warm Wishes!

Today's Stamp Simply project is a nearly monochromatic card that would work for either a masculine or feminine birthday.  Splashes of distress oxide ink help to brighten the background and add a little interest to this muted color scheme.  It's kinda nice to have a stash of sorta generic cards on hand, especially when they're clean and simple (aka fast and easy to make) and relatively flat for mailing.  

The sentiment was stamped on a slightly texturized sheet of "Safari" designer paper.  I had originally stamped the focal image on white card stock.  Sponging the edges with tea dye and frayed burlap distress inks (not oxides) helped it to blend better with the rest of the design.  

These stamp sets are so fun to work with because there are practically infinite combinations of sentiments for all kinds of occasions, even for cards with sentiments that are "inside and out." 


Thursday, June 13, 2019

Just a Little Note...

I really love a bright white card with a splash of intense color! That's what today's Stamp Simply project is.  Loving our new floral cluster series, and how cool it is that one die fits all four stamps?!

For today's card, I used Copic markers and clear Wink of Stella to color the lovely Spring Pansies, then set the diecut floral atop a circle diecut from Prima Fruit Paradise 6x6.  The sentiment, heat embossed in white on a black banner strip, gives some great contrast against the orange underneath.  There are just a few jewels scattered throughout for some sparkle.   

And inside, how appropriate that the Fruit Paradise paper design features a flower and garden seeds vintage advertisement!  I just LOVE old fonts and calligraphy.  


Thursday, June 6, 2019

On Your Wedding Day!

All of us at Stamp Simply are excited to be sharing a fantastic new release!  Please join us as we share our new Floral Clusters series which includes seasonal florals and one matching die set that works for all four stamp sets.

These beautiful stamps cover all kinds of sentiments and card for today celebrates a Summer wedding.

I've always loved baskets, but especially since I took basket weaving classes way back when we were first married and living in Hawaii.  When I first saw this basketweave print and the lace print, too, I knew I had to make a basket card...our new floral cluster stamps series and matching dies provided the perfect opportunity!  

I used a Curved Matting Basics B die to cut the basket, inking the edges with tea-dye distress ink, then fussy-cut the scalloped lace paper to fit the top of the basket.  The handle, another die from Curved Matting Basics B, was attached with a copper brad.  The Summer Roses were stamped and colored with pale pink and warm grey Copic markers, then die cut and accented with clear Wink of Stella and clear rhinestones.

There are three leaf dies in the Floral Cluster die set.  I used two of them to cut leaves from the pale green paper, then glued them back-to-back, bending and shaping them to make a simple dimensional accent for the sentiment banner.  The paper was printed on a single side, so this not only covered the blank side, but strengthened the delicate stem as well.  I love how it turned out!

There is more of the lovely rose print on the inside, along with a partially stamped sentiment from another of the sentiment stamps in the Summer Roses stamp set.  


If you haven't visited the Stamp Simply blog lately, you really should!  You will not only be able to see all of the wonderful samples our team has made to showcase the beauty of this release, but you can help us welcome our new design team member, Jill!

We are thrilled to have Jill join our team!  

Thursday, May 30, 2019

He will never leave nor forsake us!

I thought I'd try something a little different for today's Stamp Simply project! The long narrow design of this sheet of designer paper said "bookmark" to me, so I made one that slides on/off underneath the edge of the card front, held on by the loops of its cording. Even when the bookmark is removed, the card is still cute!

I put dimensional adhesive under only the bird print part of the design so that there was open space for the folded bookmark to slide underneath...with the cording wrapped around the back of the top-folding card front and the bookmark, it stays fairly securely in place. The card itself is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2, so with the bookmark in place it will need a bit larger of an envelope.

I chose to repeat the same passage of scripture that's on the bookmark on the inside of the card since this particular passage is repeated over and over in the book of Joshua...obviously we need lots of reminding to be strong and courageous!

Here is a peek at the inside of the bookmark. This paper is so fun!

Here are the supplies for today's project:

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Wrapped in Prayer

Sadly, I needed another sympathy card, and wanted it to not be a very somber one...hopefully this is colorful and yet motherly/lady-like without being disrespectful.  

The layout was inspired by this week's Freshly Made Sketch and my friend Judy's card.  My initial plan was to keep this rather clean and simple and flat for mailing, but then I couldn't resist adding that beautiful cross, even though it pained me to cover up the pretty seed packet!  LOVE this paper!

I enjoy making window cards where there's a peek of the inside from through the window, but then the reveal of more once the card is opened.  These are such beautiful sentiments.  

Supplies, all from Stamp Simply:

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Stars & Stripes Forever!

I just LOVE this polka dot paper!  A few weeks ago when I made another patriotic card I used the negative space from the dies and had these partial stars left over.  Since Memorial Day is fast approaching, I decided that I should use them for another Americana card and today's Stamp Simply project.    

It's sorta fun to mix and match papers from different pads and companies, and that's what I did here.  The mat of blue card stock under the focal point stars is actually made using a die cut.  

The kraft card base is sort of an ode to the beach, since  many consider Memorial Day the official kick-off of Summer and so many Floridians head to the shore for the holiday.  

Here's the inside...simple with that bright pop of patriotic color.  I very nearly stamped a thinking of you or sympathy sentiment, because remembering loved ones lost in service to our nation is what Memorial Day is truly all about.  Three servicemen lost their lives over the span of the nearly 29 years that my husband served in the Navy, and each Memorial Day we remember them and their families.    


Thursday, May 9, 2019

The Righteous Man

I love making clean and simple masculine cards, because it seems that CAS is what my guys (my husband, son and brothers) appreciate most.  

The designer papers for today's Stamp Simply project made me think of pinstriped shirts and men's silk ties.  I got a glimpse of the passage "As for me and my house" when I was pulling out this Proverbs verse, so the houses print had to make an appearance as well.  

I cut two strips of the striped paper, lined up the stripes "right sides together" like fabric and then cut diagonally to produce a matched, mitered corner.  

The inside has the Father's Day greeting from All Occasions 2, along with a fussy cut house to add just another little detail and to carry the Father's Day/family theme throughout.  

No frills, no fuss.  They'll let me get away with a bow though, since it is one with a shirt button tied to it!  ;)