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:

Friday, June 16, 2017

You, Me & the Sea

I've been playing with my distress inks all week...they're really great for Summer beach scenes!  Just looking at these bright clean colors makes me feel a little bit more light-hearted!  The beach is such a great place to unwind and re-center.

Eyelet Outlet has a lot of great embellishments for beach cards! For today's card I've used shell brads, sand dollars from our sea shell brads set, and shell corner brads, which are perfect for framing a focal point or accenting a sentiment.  I love how they all harmonize so well together.  There are also sand castle brads and a whole Ocean category that includes anchors, buoys, fish, mermaids and whales!  

It's a rainy, stormy day here in Florida today, but hopefully we'll all see some sunshine before the weekend is over!  Enjoy!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Happiness is Like a Butterfly

I think I am addicted to Distress Oxides and Distress Inks!  I have been using them nearly every day for all kinds of projects, and lovin' every minute!  Today they are the star of the show in this colorful project made for Stamp Simply

The background for today's card started with some heavyweight white card stock.  I sponged on a  gradient of color and then flicked it with water, blotting to lift the color in some spots.  Then I stenciled with a mesh stencil, applying the ink more heavily in some areas than others.  Finally, I splashed the background with coordinating colors of distress inks and heat-set them.  I just love how vibrant the color turned out with that faint pattern to add interest.  Even though it is a little busy the sentiment is still clearly visible.

Since I wanted to keep a clean white edge on the butterfly, I stamped it with Tuxedo Black and then colored it with Copic markers, adding a clear layer of Wink of Stella to make it sparkly the way butterflies are IRL.  I used the clipped wire stems from the flowers to fashion some antennae, coloring them with a black Copic marker, and fashioning a shape to so that the butterfly could hover over the flowers.  

A floral flourish "butterfly trail" brings a splash of color to the black and white inside of the card, and a few rhinestones help to provide a stop for the easel to lean against.  

These sunny colors just make me happy!  :)

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

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Looking for inspiration?! It's here!

If you've been struggling to find inspiration for your paper-crafting, look no further!  My design teammate Darsie put together a video that showcases a bunch of beautiful cards made by the Stamp Simply designers.  It is so inspiring to have them all gathered into one slide show, where you can see how different designers use the stamps and all their different styles.  You will LOVE it!

And...if you need a little more motivation...there's free ribbon involved!
Hope you're having a great Tuesday!  I am planning to meet with a card-making friend from out-of-town and do a little shopping! Can't wait to see her!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Life is a Beach!

Hi everyone!  I'm thrilled that it is Friday and there's a wide-open weekend coming up, with no plans whatsoever!  I'm hoping to spend lots of time playing with paint and ink!

I'm here today with a bright, sunshiny card that was inspired by Eyelet Outlet's shoe and purse brads!  I got the brads when I met Suzanne and Dawn in Orlando, then came home and found this cute flamingo stamp that looked made-to-order to go along with them!

I started out with three pieces of plain old white card stock.  I used an index card to mask off the horizon line and sponged above with worn lipstick and spiced marmalade distress oxides, then switched the mask to ink the bottom with broken china and cracked pistachio.  I repeated a similar process with two half cards to make waves (broken china and cracked pistachio), and the shoreline (fossilized amber, vintage photo), splashed with water, dabbed to remove some of the color, then splattered everything with diluted gesso (especially the frothy waterline) and diluted black acrylic paint.

Once everything was dry, I added strips of flamingo washi tape, and skinny washi tape to the horizon line, the sun and cloud brads to the sky, and that cute purse brad next to the sentiment.  I tore the tops of the two half panels to make the seafoam on the tops of the waves, adding sparkle with some clear Wink of Stella.  I glued the waves panel to the sky/ocean panel, attached the smaller panel to the  other with adhesive foam squares, and glued it all to a white card base.

I stamped the flamingo (legs only) on the front panel, and the entire body on marker card stock.  It was colored with Copic markers.  The body and purse were fussy-cut, attached with foam adhesive squares, and then the whole thing completely covered with clear Wink of Stella sparkle!

I wish you could see this card IRL!  It is so sparkly and was so fun to make!  It completely captures the Summer essence of Florida!  

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Blessed are the Peacemakers

I just love pretty patriotic papers, and since we live in a military town near a Navy base (and my husband is retired from the Navy) I enjoy making and sharing cards that say "Thank you for your service."  

This beautiful anchor image is the corner of a 6 x 6 sheet of designer paper cut with a Spellbinders classic square die.  I stamped a Bible verse from Stamp Simply's Beatitudes 2 set (LOVE this gorgeous font!), and added a little sparkle to the anchor with some clear Wink of Stella, thinking it would make a lovely focal point for a Z-fold card.  

Here you can see the card from "profile" view...while it looks like an intricate fold, it is super simple to make.

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

Friday, June 2, 2017

Let's Be Adventurers!

Hello friends!  Are you looking forward to the weekend?!  Summer has officially started and with school ending, that means more freedom to do more fun things!

My card for today is made with Eyelet Outlet products, and stamps purchased when I visited the new local scrapbook/stamping store in our area.  They had Eyelet Outlet products (yay!) and lots of fun stamp sets and designer papers to go with them!

The anchor and ship wheel are classic symbols of Summer!  I love how perfectly our anchor brads coordinate with the anchors in our cruise washi tape.  (There are also ship wheel brads that go perfectly with it!).  The contrast of the black and white washi looks great against this hot Summer yellow and navy color scheme.

Inside, there is another anchor to accent the sentiment...and a sprinkling of stars to help navigate the way!

The anchors and stars that I used today are the metallic ones, but they're also available in red, white and blue.  You can find those here and here!  And we have jewel star brads and sticky back enamel stars as well!  Such a wide variety really makes crafting Summer cards easy and a lot of fun!

Enjoy your Summer adventures!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

My friend, cast your cares on Him!

Hello and happy June!  It's officially summer and there's a lot to enjoy...I am so grateful to have some extra time with my family! It seems like lately we are all three going in different directions, so we really enjoyed having an extra day last weekend.

My card for today is a trifold pocket card made with coordinating prints from some bright KaiserCraft designer paper.  This paper pack has lots of cute punch-out tabs and tags, so I used several of those and stamped one with a tiny sentiment from a stamp set that is mostly Christmas sentiments.  It fit just perfectly and worked well with an encouragement from the set, Fear Not, which I stamped on the tag that tucks into the pocket.  I love that the verse remains entirely visible even with the tag inside.  All those punch-outs make this a super quick and easy design.

I'm so glad to have such lovely scripture stamps to use for cards like this and lately, I have been glad to have these cards close at hand.  Several of my friends are going through some significant challenges and it is nice to let them know that they're not alone! We all could use extra encouragement when we are going through tough times.  Sometimes a little reminder will help boost your faith and give just the lift you need to see it through.  

 You'll find everything you need at Stamp Simply:

Friday, May 26, 2017


Hello again and happy Friday!  I hope you're gearing up for an exceptional weekend, and for my American friends, a nice long Memorial Day holiday as we pay tribute to those who gave their lives for our freedom.  

I'm back with another card-upon-request, this one for a fashion school graduate.  I think this vintage kraft, red, black and ivory is one of my favorite color schemes!  My friend asked for a dress form image and some toile paper or fabric, and with that as a starting point, this is what I came up with.  

In addition to fabric, fitting a pattern requires a measuring tape, some straight pins and scissors, a spool of thread and some machine stitching.  Once the garment is completed, it is tagged and hung on a can see the thought process behind the choices for this particular design and these embellishments.  :)

Since I used to make most of my own clothes, I really LOVED making this project!  It was a lot of fun!  I was pleased with the way it turned out, and I hope you like it, too!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Sunshine and Rain!

It seems like it's been months since we've had a good, soaking rain here in Northeast Florida, but finally in the last several days we have gotten some relief!  It rained for the entire morning yesterday, and was as dark at noon as it had been at 6:30 in the morning.  I'm not complaining!  I'm usually not a fan of dreary weather, but we desperately needed it!  

The sunshine and rain are what inspired the colors and background for today's card.  The distress oxides are really fun to work with!  I misted some watercolor paper, then used a paintbrush to lift the colors from a craft sheet and apply them to the paper, allowing the blues and greens and yellows to run together, misting again with water, allowing the paint to swirl, and setting the colors with a heat tool.  Then I dipped a really wet brush into the inks again, tapping it against another brush to splash puddles of color onto the page, drying between colors and repeating the process to add several layers.  I really love the way it turned out!  It definitely has the look of raindrops.  

While it was raining you could almost see the thirsty earth drinking in the nourishing water, and afterward everything was bright and green and refreshed.  That's how this beautiful background makes me feel!  

Everything I used for today's card is available from Stamp Simply:

Friday, May 19, 2017

Happy Birthday, Travel-Style

Happy Friday everyone!  I'm here with a birthday card that was commissioned by a friend.  It's always fun to stamp for someone else, and maybe a little intimidating too, to put your creative heart on the line!  She specifically requested a colorful, travel-themed card with maybe some plants or greenery.  This is what I came up with.  I hope that she and her sister for whom it was stamped both like it!

The colors were inspired by the map paper in the background, punctuated by some black and white skinny striped washi and a skinny diagonal striped washi in the same bright green, which are part of a set of 5 rolls.  

Inside, there's a touch of nature via a strip of bird and flower washi tape.

Any girlie card needs just a touch of glitter, dontcha know?!  

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Thank You!

One can never have enough Thank You cards, right?!  It's nice to have extras on hand and lately I have been running low, so for today's post I grabbed several Stamp Simply clear stamp sets and some Graphic 45 Safari Adventures designer paper.  The layout is an adaptation of one that I saw on Pinterest.

It's barely visible, but there are four patterns of designer paper in this design:  three green prints and the beige one that the sentiment is stamped on, which is the reverse of one of the others. The horizontal element of the sketch was made by layering designer paper, seam binding, and some crochet trim that was laced with brown jute thread, tying the ribbon and thread into separate bows and then adding the paper flower embellishments.  

After I had adhered a vertical strip of designer paper to the inside panel and stamped the sentiment, I had an "oopsie."  To cover up a smudge of ink I added an additional strip of designer paper, and thankfully it doesn't look too obviously like a patch job.  :)  

Supplies from Stamp Simply:

Friday, May 12, 2017

Rise and Shine!

It seems like chickens are more popular than ever nowadays, and everywhere I look I'm seeing cute chicken images on everything from napkins to the front lawn of the house down the street!  I even have a few friends who are raising their eggs are my go-to breakfast lately, so I just had to make a chicken card!  

I used my old-fashioned click thingie to make a greeting for the top left corner of the card, paired with a sun brad and a chicken brad.

I've had those brads and this designer paper for a while, but the bacon, egg and toast brads are new to me and it was fun to combine old and new for this project.

Remember that I mentioned last week that I had big plans to shop the Eyelet Outlet booth at the Expo?!  Well, here are the eyelets and the paper flowers that I purchased...

...and the washi tape (lots of vintage goodness and other fun stuff!)

...and only a few sets of swirly bling and enamel dots since I already have quite a few of those.  :)  (Thank goodness for my design team discount!)  Dawn was there to "help" me shop, and she is a good enabler!  :P

I'm looking forward to continuing to play with all my new goodies this weekend!  A friend commissioned me to make some cards for her, and hopefully I can share them next week!  See you then! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Colorful Encouragement

When you're troubled or not feeling well, a colorful card with a cheery sentiment is like paper sunshine for the soul!  That's what I am hoping this card will be for my friend who's going through some exceptionally tough times right now.  I know she's worried, and this scripture will hopefully bring renewed strength and comfort to her weariness.  

This Graphic 45 paper is so lovely that I have a hard time with layouts because I just don't want to cover it up!  Here I chose a sentiment which fits within a small die, so most of the beautiful print underneath is still visible.

The wire stems of these flowers are great for attaching a fussy-cut butterfly so that it looks as though it is floating along in the garden.  The Wink of Stella over the Copic coloring gives the butterfly wings that glistening, powdery look that they have IRL.

Supplies from Stamp Simply:

Friday, May 5, 2017

Catching up on a Latte!

Hello everyone!  Happy Friday!  Yay for the weekend, right?!  I'm so excited to be spending this weekend at the Stamp/Scrapbook Expo in Orlando.  It is gonna be so much fun to meet my Eyelet Outlet friends IRL!  I'm so thrilled to get to meet Suzanne, Dawn and Georgiana.  Dawn and I met online via Splitcoaststampers and have been virtual friends for ~10 years!  Finally we are gonna get to meet face-to-face!  O Happy Day!  

In honor of this momentous occasion I made a "catch up on a latte" card using some Eyelet Outlet coffee brads, red rhinestones, and red oval sticky-back bling.  I love how the oval in the cups of the stamped image are echoed in those oval jewels!  

To carry the theme to the inside, there's a single coffee bean to go along with the sentiment. 

So by the time you're reading this, we will have already been sharing a cup or two and having a blast!  If you're in Florida, we will hope to see you there! 

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Wishing You a Wonderful Day

Hello, friends!  I'm here today with a feminine card that would work for either a wedding, anniversary, or birthday.  This beautiful silver paper is so elegant and lovely, especially with the addition of lace, tulle and a pearl-centered bow.  

This asymmetrical layout is SC567.
And here's the inside...the sentiments are stamped in silver.

Stamp Simply supplies:

Friday, April 28, 2017

Jeweled Peacock

Hello again everyone, and happy Friday!  I'm here with a card that's bright and blingy!  I just love this color combo, which was inspired by Eyelet Outlet's new flower and feather washi tape.

The stamp set I chose (from Stampendous) has a coordinating stencil, so a little distress ink made a subtle background of peacock feathers.  I used strips of the flower and feather washi tape, bordered by some glitter washi tape to form a border accent, topped by some frilly, colorful ribbon.  At the center of the bow is a clear-edged 12 mm jewel.

The peacock's tail was the perfect spot for embellishing with some beautiful turquoise sticky-back bling.  It's so nice how the jewels all coordinate together.  Makes it so quick and easy to embellish a card.

Have a great weekend!  I'll see you next week!

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: