Thursday, April 27, 2017

Four-Fold Blessings

It's so much fun to try a new fancy card fold, especially one that works well with coordinating prints of patterned paper.  I love this one because it provides so many opportunities for a variety of prints or for stamping multiple images and sentiments, and also because one of its panels is the perfect size for enclosing a gift card (the red panel in the photo below).

Graphic 45's Nature Sketchbook has become a favorite of mine, and it worked just great for this fold with a little adjustment of the card's measurements and some layering to frame the ATC sized designs.  For the stamped image on the final panel, I inked the stamp with Tuxedo Black ink, stamping off on a scrap of paper before stamping onto the card stock, so that the image would not interfere with the legibility of a handwritten message which remains hidden when the card is closed.

Here are the supplies I used:

Friday, April 21, 2017

Fun with Flamingoes

The other day I went shopping for new stamps and stencils at our local stamp store, A Small Cleverness...there was a whole section full of quirky quotes and sentiments and this one really gave me the giggles!  Then I found this cute flamingo paper, and I thought that both would work with our new flamingo brads to make a punny, fun flamingo card.

I wanted the brad to stand out and not get lost in the flock, so I gave it front and center on a circle of contrasting dark gray.   A sprinkling of pink enamel dots brought the darker pink from the designer paper across to the light pink card stock that the sentiment was stamped on, also giving the design a sort of quirky, chaotic feeling that corresponds with the "technical difficulties" sentiment.

Unfortunately, that was the last of the lighter pink paper.  The darker paper for the inside means I'll have to use a gel-pen in a lighter ink for this card, but that's ok!  

I am counting down until Scrapbook Expo Orlando when I get to meet my Eyelet Outlet friends and shop the store in person!  Can't wait to see IRL that flamingo washi tape and lots of other fun stuff that I am excited to get my hands on!  (I have seen some previews of more flamingo fun that will be coming your way from our other designers, so stay tuned to the Eyelet Outlet blog!)

I hope my card gave you a chuckle and gets your weekend off to a light-hearted start!  Wishing you lots of sunshine and laughter!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thinking of You!

For those of us who love to make lacy, blingy girlie cards, making a masculine card can be quite a challenge!  Having some great masculine prints in a designer paper pad certainly makes it a whole lot easier!  This clock print with coordinating punch-out borders and embellishments gave me a head start for this design.

I reached for a circle die to stamp the sentiment, but because I didn't want to cover up the row of tiny clocks in the horizontal element, I ended up cutting the bottom of it off.  A few colored jewels clustered around the sentiment echo the colors of the background.

Inside, a strip of paper layered with some punch-out elements bring a bit of color above another encouraging sentiment.  

Supplies, all from Stamp Simply:

Friday, April 14, 2017

Vintage Post Card

I've always loved vintage things, especially vintage postal and typewriter images, and lately I've been collecting papers, stamps, and embellishments with a vintage theme.  I love the time-worn colors, the flourished scripts, fancy fonts...well, just about everything about it!

Today's project is all about that vintage charm!  I used some beautiful designer paper with post card images stamped with a few postal themed stamps, embellished with some lovely swirly bling and a pretty bow with a pink pearl brad center.

The postal theme is carried to the inside with some lined designer paper, an air mail stamp, mail washi tape and an envelope mail brad on a paper-pierced flight to its destination.  

Glad you came for a visit!  I hope you're having a spectacular Saturday and a glorious Easter weekend!  

Lookie, y'all! No stamps!

I'm back with another VSN card, made for my friend Dawn's no-stamping challenge.  This Springtime paper by Authentique has several sheets of little Spring/Easter vignettes that worked just perfectly on a layout inspired by a sketch from several years ago, SC514.  It is a simple, straightforward sketch, and the zig-zag lines of the design leant themselves well to a row of pearls accents above or below each image.  

I met with a friend on Wednesday afternoon so that she could look through a few of my cards, and she decided that she would purchase this one and another one using the same designer paper for her daughter's Easter basket.  So sweet!  She and I are so happy to be able to help the Easter Bunny prepare for his big day!  

Supplies, all from Stamp Simply:
Blessings to you and yours this Easter weekend!  I hope you have a very blessed Resurrection Sunday!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

You are a blessing!

This KaiserCraft designer paper is so bright and fun and happy!  I thought it would make a nice, cheerful thank you card for a long-time friend who was a huge blessing to my family as we were moving my parents' belongings out of their home when it sold last month.  What a blessing!  We could not have done it in the necessary time-frame without her help!  

I enjoy using sketches from Splitcoaststampers for my cards.  This one is SC627.  I love the way the elements of the card overhang the card base while still allowing the card to fit into a standard envelope.   

If you look closely you will notice a pink rhinestone embellishing the flourish of the "g" of the sentiment.  It was the perfect camouflage for where the enameled square printed on the paper did not accept ink, leaving a blank spot.   

It's also nice that the inside of this card has lines!  Love this paper! Maybe this time I can manage to keep my writing straight!  :) 

Supplies for this design, all from Stamp Simply:

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Cross

Virtual Stamp Night is over now, but I still thought it would be fun to share some of the cards that I made with you, and this one is especially appropriate for now since it is Holy Week.

This elegant metallic gold and kraft card was created for the "Mr. T." challenge, to use stripes in honor of his iconic mohawk hairstyle, and gold, because of all of his gold jewelry, of course!  I love how changing the direction of the stripes in this designer paper makes the card more interesting and really draws the eye toward the center of the Cross, a symbolic reminder to keep our eyes on Christ and keep Him at the center of our lives.

It's so hard to show the reflection of the metallic paper in a photo, so I really wish you could see this card in person.  (I made a similar card about a month ago, which you can see in this post, which shows the golden glow a little more clearly!)

Here's a glimpse of the inside.

And here are the products that I used, all from Stamp Simply.
Have a glorious Holy Week!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Finding Inspiration

I had a blast last weekend playing virtual stamp night at Splitcoaststampers!  There were 15 challenges hosted over a two day period!  It really is fun to see how a challenge can drive your creativity and influence the way a card comes together!  There's still time for you to play if you'd like to join in the fun!

One of the awesome things about Eyelet Outlet products is that with them you can make an okay card and take it over the top! For example, take a look at granny on the beach.  This card was for a challenge to use the masking technique.  Stamped seagulls would have been kinda cute, but EO's seagull brads make it a really fun, much more interesting card!  They were a great finishing touch.

Sometimes the process of designing actually starts with an EO product in mind, as with this project that was made for a challenge to use shaving cream to create a background.  After looking through my stash of stamps, stencils and brads, an alphabet stencil, three different stamp sets and this book brad inspired this library/travel themed card.  I love it when a project practically comes together on its own that way!

I hope seeing these projects will inspire you to look through your stamps and stencils, dies, and Eyelet Outlet products to see how you might be inspired to create.  

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

He Will Sustain You

I absolutely adore vintage, especially images of postcards, music, etc. and so this beautiful Kaisercraft paper is a favorite!  It's another one of those "almost too pretty to cover up" papers, and so I've kept the layout very simple.  I used a rectangle die as a mask while inking the paper, then used that as a guideline for my machine stitching, further distressing, fraying, and tearing the edges.

One of the sheets in the paper pack is a collection of tags that can be cut apart, and I was happy that this sentiment fit perfectly into one of them.  I repeated the distress ink/stitching/fraying/tearing as before, adding some silk ribbon through a grommet tag die to frame and secure the sentiment,  embellishing with a tiny rose and finishing the card with a trio of pearls.  

Here are the supplies I used:  

Friday, March 31, 2017

It's VSN Challenge Time!

Good evening, everyone!  Most of my posts are early morning posts, or in the wee hours posts, but this one is coming to you at 9 p.m. EDT courtesy of Splitcoaststampers Virtual Stamp Night!  It's a virtual stamp weekend, really, with challenges from 5-9 EDT tonight and then again tomorrow from 1-10 p.m. EDT.  Our theme this Spring is April Fools.  I'm hosting the 9 p.m. challenge tonight and I'm hoping that you'll join me!

I am hooked on Traveler's Notebooks!  I got my first one last year when we were traveling to Italy for our chorale tour.  Little did I know how obsessed I would become, or that there's a whole TN community of TN lovers out there!  Anyway, since then I have grown to adore my TN even more, and because the legend of April Fool's Day is calendar-associated, my love for my TN inspired my challenge.  :) 

All you have to do is to take your planner, calendar, or to-do list, and make it pretty.  Stamp, paint, draw, doodle...find a way to transform the ordinary into something beautiful that transcends the everyday, that speaks to your spirit to bring calm, energy, or enthusiasm for the (often mundane) tasks at hand.

I use my TN to keep track of everything! If it isn't written down, it pretty much doesn't happen! It serves as a reminder to drink my water (especially on concert day!), to take my supplements and meds, pay bills, keep appointments, etc. It also functions as a food planner/diary, a to-do list, a journal and sometimes even a scrapbook/sketchbook.

I have found that a beautiful page in my TN can make even the most mundane of tasks more enjoyable. It's a great place to experiment and discover how colors play together, how various mediums interact, even to discover good ways to fix oopsies (like how to cover up the mistake I made when I forgot to mask the 31 when stamping the calendar for April).

I use de Atramentis Document Black ink in my Lamy Safari fountain pen to write in my journal before any using water-based media. I hand-letter the day of the week with a Tombow Fudenosuke hard brush tip pen. Any stamping is also done using an ink that will not run, like Stazon or Ranger Archival ink.  Then I'm free to use Magicals, distress inks, watercolors, or other water-based media without fear of ruining what is already documented. It gives the paper this wrinkly, crinkly charm that I just can't explain!
This page is ready to welcome the beginning of April, and all set to remind me to drink my water early on concert day tomorrow!

Thanks for visiting!  I hope you'll play along!  Be sure to visit Splitcoaststampers Virtual Stamp Night for more challenges and all of the details!

  • Tombow Fudenosuke Hard brush tip pen
  • Lamy Safari ink pen
  • de Atramentis Document Black ink
  • Stazon
  • Magicals
  • Dylusions Bubblegum Pink spray
  • roller date stamp
  • Waffle Flower calendar stamp
  • Kelly Purkey planner stamps
  • Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Stamp Set 1 (butterflies)
  • Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Butterfly Melange (music stamp)

Thursday, March 30, 2017

John 3:16

My Bible study girlfriends and I are studying the Apostles' Creed and have spent the last several weeks pondering the very foundations of our faith.  In the last three weeks we have read and discussed scriptures regarding God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, so I was drawn to stamp a card featuring this widely known and very profound passage using stamps and supplies from Stamp Simply.

I am intrigued by all of the detail that God takes the time to give to us in His Word, and mesmerized by the fact that the entire Bible can be unraveled by the "one scarlet thread" of His Covenant.  The Law was but a fore-shadowing of the One who IS the Word, and especially during Lent and Easter, this verse seems to speak even more powerfully.   

God speaks often and clearly to me through nature, and so Nature's Sketchbook was the paper I chose for the background of this card.  I kept the layout simple because I didn't want to cover up that lovely design.  I often use embellishments in threes on my cards, but here it has a deeper, even more special significance, symbolic of the Trinity.

I am so happy to be working with Sharon and the Stamp Simply team and their lovely scripture stamps!  Thanks for visiting!  


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sending You Big Hugs

Yesterday's SCS sketch was an interesting, fun layout, inspiring me to create a card using supplies and stamps from Stamp Simply.  The punch-out elements from KaiserCraft's Hopscotch designer paper lent themselves well to the design and made this a quick and easy card.

I punched a hole in the paper flower base to thread ribbon and twine ends through, then embellished the bow with a Spellbinders flower and leaves.  This sketch really leads the eye from the top left to bottom right, and a sprinkling of rhinestones draw even more attention to the sentiment in the bottom right corner.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

P.S. i {heart} you

Like many of the guys his age, my son loves gaming!  He's in college now, but when he wants a break to relax and unwind, he will often pick up a controller and immerse himself in a game.  Last week was midterms...he worked so hard and was really looking forward to Spring Break this week.  

This simple card with a sketched video game console and Eyelet Outlet's gamer brads is the perfect way to say I love you and I'm proud of you!  

The contour and color of the background panel were deliberately designed to bring a certain gaming system to mind, and I used some click-together alphabet stamps to add a punny greeting.  I think he'll like it!  I hope you do too!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Bookmark Card

This verse from Philippians is one of my favorites, one that is worth returning to time and again, and it is even more lovely in this elegant font as a stamp from Stamp Simply.  I decided to use it to make a card with the verse stamped in gold onto a removable bookmark which is held in place with a bow that loops around the front flap of the trifold card.  

A beautiful gold Thinking of You Rose is revealed when the bookmark is removed.

Inside, the card is a profusion of roses along with another encouraging verse, this one from the Psalms.

The bookmark has a pull tab embellished with ribbon, and a few sparkling jewels.

Here are the supplies I used:

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Out of This World!

Hi everyone! I recently got some new stamp sets and the new distress oxide inks and have been wanting to play around with them, so I created a galaxy background/space scene for one of our new brads, this fun green alien.  

Here's a close-up so you can get a better look at him/her, along with a few glitter enamel dots that are scattered through the sky.  

To balance out that pop of green, I added some green enamel hearts from the bright enamel hearts set to frame the silver-embossed sentiment, along with a little green cording in the fold of the card.  

It's SO fun playing with new stuff, don't you agree!?   

Have a great weekend!     

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Love You So Much!

At the first sight of the rose in the new Stamp Simply Thinking of You Rose clear stamp set, I had this card in my head, and with a glimpse of the fern in Nature's Sketchbook, the details of the whole tuxedo/boutonniere idea began to take shape.  Lucky for me there was a wedding robe card video demonstrating this fun fold, which I modified to fit into a standard envelope.  What a great card for a bride's groom, the groom's best man, groomsman, or even that special prom date!

The card base is essentially a tri-fold card with lapels folded and trimmed into the front flaps.  The boutonniere began with that fussy-cut fern from a sheet of Nature Sketchbook designer paper underneath the stamped and die-cut rose.  A pretty bow and pearl-headed straight pin gave it the characteristic corsage look.

Here are the links to all of the supplies:

Friday, March 3, 2017

Stamp Simply Spring Release Blog Hop

Welcome to Stamp Simply's Spring Release Blog Hop!  Our designers are excited to share projects featuring four new stamp sets and two new coordinating steel die sets.  Darsie's video showcases the new products and how to use them.  

My first card showcases the beautiful new Get Well Tulip and coordinating steel dies.  

I stamped the tulip onto some text-printed designer paper and colored it with copic markers, then die-cut the sentiment.  Here's a look at the inside.

Here are the supplies I used to make this card:
My next card is a very shiny clean and simple design using one of the new scripture stamp sets, Fear Not.  

I love how metallic paper and some gold ink instantly step up the formality of a card.  The sentiment and pretty paper can stand on their own without any embellishments, so this card would be an easy one to mail, and it would be just as appropriate for a fella as for a lady. 

The words in both new scripture sets are so uplifting!  Life can be tough, and we all know someone who could use some Godly encouragement.  

Here are the supplies for my shiny card:
And here are the links for the hop.  Be sure to visit each one so you can see the projects using the other new sets that were not presented here!

Thursday, March 2, 2017


Tuesday was Mardi Gras, and I am leaving in less than two weeks for a quick trip to Louisiana, so these fleur de lis were calling to me when I sat down to create this Stamp Simply Easter card!  

I love this color combo and the harmony of ivory blossoms, green leaves and sparkly flower centers against the hues of the background.

While some "hide the Alleluia" for the season of Lent, I chose to stamp Hallelujah for the inside sentiment.  Matthew and I have our upcoming Orange Park Chorale concerts next weekend, so we've been rehearsing "Honor and Glory" and those Hallelujahs get stuck in my head, which I love!    

Here are the supplies I used:

Monday, February 27, 2017

Some Bunny Loves You!

Hi everyone!  I'm here today with a clean and simple card that was put together with a couple of punches and a few quick embellishments.  Gotta love it when the colors coordinate and it comes together so easily!  

Some Easter washi tape forms a border beneath a punched garden of flowers accented with enamel dot centers.  A pastel rabbit brad and an enamel heart on the (also punched) sentiment tag add another pop of color to the uncluttered, bright white background. A fast, fun card for Easter, or for any lovely Spring day, for that matter!