Friday, October 13, 2017

Hello!!


Hello!!  I'm here with a CAS vintage kraft, black and white card with just a tiny pop of color.  The outside is clean and graphic with a sentiment in an old-fashioned font accented by a telephone brad from Eyelet Outlet's telephone/fan brad set.  


Inside there are some torn strips of vintage washi tape and phone washi tape, along with a punny sentiment built from typewritten words, a couple of stamps and a fan brad.   We have so many selections for coordinating tapes and brads, it really makes your creative options practically limitless!  

Enjoy your weekend!  We have forecast highs around 87 degrees so I'll be enjoying some craft time in the comfort of the AC!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

So Blessed!


I love the colors of Fall!  Even though Florida does not get all of the full-fledged flaming colors of Fall at this time of year, the light still changes to a more golden hue and the air has a clear crispness (even if it's hot!) that is noticeably different than summer.  As November and the end-of-year holidays approach, my heart always turns toward giving thanks for being "so blessed!"

Isn't this BoBunny paper gorgeous?!  It has beautiful yellows, golds, oranges, pinks, reds, purples, and even a few flecks of green and makes for an elegant Fall card, especially when paired with shimmering ink and satiny two-toned ribbon.


This is a asymmetrical design that begins with a narrower-than-usual card base.  Then an overhanging element brings the overall finished dimensions to the traditional 4.25 x 5.5 inches that will fit in a standard envelope.


Here you can see the hint of gold on the underside of the rust colored satin bow, and Darsie's beautiful stick pen that reflects the pops of pink and green in the designer paper.  There are lots of layers using simple shapes with just enough fancy.

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

Friday, October 6, 2017

Swept Off My Feet!


Halloween card-making is so much fun!  The colors are so bold and quirky.  Silly, punny and even downright corny can work for Halloween when it would fall flat for other holidays.  On top of all that, it is just fun to stretch your non-holiday stamps and supplies and use them in unexpected ways.

I've been sewing clothing for a Colonial era historical reenactment, and so I guess petticoats and bumrolls are partly what inspired today's card!  I looked through all of my stamps and found an image and sentiment that I thought would go with these witch's legs brads, and then sketched a bodice and some poufy purple hair to go along with them. 


The witch's bum is a small piece of tulle stitched and gathered and knotted, then positioned so that the broomstick barely peeks through from underneath...hopefully it looks like she is comfortably seated and flying off into the night. Of course, her little black kitten had to go along for the ride!

Bright purple glitter washi tape frames the design, echoed in her glittery purple hair and the colors of the designer paper bodice.  

Certainly silly and sure to bring some Halloween smiles and snickers (pun intended!)!  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Keep Christ in Christmas


I love this sentiment from our new Stamp Simply Clear Stamps O Christmas Tree set, and that's what inspired this project.  When I sat down to play, these not-quite-traditional Christmas colors were calling to me!  I love the soft pinks and blues of this designer paper.  So pretty!  

Even the unassembled cross shape of the box goes along with the sentiment!  ;)  The box was cut from heavyweight card stock, and then assembled with scor tape.  Spellbinders square dies made the designer paper part of the decorating easy.  (Cut the paper to 7.5 x 10.5 inches.  With the long side against the top of the scor pal, score at 1/2, 3, 5 1/2, and 8 inches.  Rotate 90 degrees and score at 2 1/2 and 5 inches, then trim away the flaps as shown).


The soft pink and the shimmer of silver are simple and elegant.  


Here are the Stamp Simply supplies used to make this project:

Friday, September 29, 2017

Cinema: Admit One


I love going to the movies!  It has been a couple of months since we've been because we all seem to all be going in different directions with hectic schedules, especially since school started again.  I'm hoping to go soon to see the one with Judi Dench.  I love her!

Our new movie brads and this retro designer paper are what inspired today's card.  

I adhered some wide ticket washi tape to some white card stock and bordered it with some skinny washi tape, adding a little red pearl heart and a tiny red bow because that little bit of red in the washi tape design caught my eye. 

 

Don't you adore these brads?!  Against some black, white and retro they really stand out!


Inside there's a little heart jewel bling atop black and white layers for another pop of color.

Happy Friday!  Have a great weekend!


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Welcome Fall!


Fall is gradually starting to make its appearance here in our household.  I really LOVE these colors and this time of year gets me even more excited to craft.  Today I am sharing a Welcome Fall insert for a frame that remains on display year-round, next to my daddy's typewriter.  The images, new stamps from Stamp Simply, were stamped with Stazon ink and "painted" with distress oxide re-inkers on watercolor paper.


Once again I am using Simple Stories double-sided designer paper. It was perfect for this project because even though the backside of the frame is not meant to be on display it is visible, and so the double-sided paper made very easy to quickly add something attractive to that side also.


I confess to being an impatient stamper!  I thought the distress oxide ink "paint" splatters were dry when I flipped the piece over, but they weren't and of course, they smeared a little bit.  I am trying to be okay with oopsies like this, but UGH, they bother me!


Supplies:
Stamp Simply Clear Stamp Set Welcome Fall
Stamp Simply Clear Stamp and Die Combo Harvest
Spellbinders Small Standard Circle Dies
Simple Stories Hello Fall designer paper
Hello Fall matching enamel dots
Stazon ink

Friday, September 22, 2017

Feel Better Soon!


When I was a little girl I dreamed of growing up to be a nurse (and ended up becoming a physical therapist).  This clean and simple get well card brings back memories of being a candy striper at the hospital. 


These nurse brads set the stage for a red, black and white color scheme, which is one of my favorites.   Aren't they cute?  I love how detailed they are!  

The black and white striped washi tape from one of our skinny washi tape sets is another go-to favorite, which makes a nice frame for the red and white pin-dot designer paper.  A shiny satin bow with a sticky back heart pearl center and a W+9 sentiment finish the card.

Lots of friends have said that with their kids back in school, the germs are being passed around, so I am sure a quick card like this will be good to have in the stash for just such an occasion!  I hope you and yours are well and that you have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thankful for You!


Have you gotten all of your Fall decorations out for display?  I usually have mine out by now but I'm behind this year!  Hopefully this weekend I can make it happen!

I like having little trinket boxes at the place settings of our Thanksgiving table, and when the new Stamp Simply sets arrived along with some double-sided Simple Stories designer paper, I got the idea to make a modification of the tiny triangle box tutorial that I did for SCS a long time ago.  This one, instead of having a flap closure, has a slide-on/off belly band.  


Just a trim or two (to center the printed design) of the 6 x 8 inch paper into a 6 x 6 inch square, plus the addition of a few score lines, and the box is done!  It doesn't take much time at all to fashion the belly band that holds it closed.  This is a really easy project that comes together quickly, which is great when you're making multiples.  If you wanted to, you could personalize it further with a calligraphed name, and it can hold a unique tiny trinket for each of your guests.


Here you can see the belly band removed, with the folds of the box opening to reveal the unexpected pop of pink polka dots and the cute floral print inside.  If you only have a few to make, you might stamp and color a stamped image to place in the center panel of the box bottom rather than using a pre-printed design.

Supplies, all from Stamp Simply:

Friday, September 8, 2017

Love, Admire, Respect YOU!


I love Love LOVE kraft and black together and decided to pair some cameo designer paper with our cameo washi tape for a sweet and feminine card.  Of course, there had to be some bling!


I used some jewel bling strips along with black and ivory paper flowers (tinted kraft with Tattered Angels spray) with a big shiny bling center.  Gotta have a little drama, too!

Please keep Florida in your thoughts in prayers!  Our whole state is hunkering down for "Irmageddon!"  I'm certainly hoping and praying that it won't be as bad as it sounds!



Thursday, September 7, 2017

Thinking of You!


Today's project is a simple card made during a hectic week! Everyone in Florida has been watching Hurricane Irma intently, trying to make necessary preparations and informed decisions in light of the ever-changing forecast and in the shadow of Hurricane Harvey.  


It means so much to receive phone calls and texts from friends and loved ones who are concerned for our safety, and to know that we are in their prayers...and the people of Texas, Louisiana, and Florida are in mine!

On the front of my card the dies nest together in several layers, and along with the pearls frame the sentiment, giving depth and interest.  The ribbons, tulle, jute and flowers echo the lovely, soft colors of this designer paper, and I just LOVE this beautiful stick pin!  And here's the inside:


Here are the links to the Stamp Simply supplies I used for today's card:

Friday, September 1, 2017

In Stitches!


Hello friends!  TGIF!  I am SO ready for the weekend!  I am here today with a super simple card that was inspired by a scrap of white "dotted Swiss" paper.  It brought back lots of warm memories and gave me the idea to reach for the tape measure washi tapescissors brads, and a sewing machine stamp for this quick design.


I love kraft and black and decided to try out a relatively monochromatic scheme with just a couple of pops of color, repeating the color in a couple of places to tie things together. There's the yellow tape measure and the yellow enamel dot flower center, the black spool brad and the shimmery (glitter pen) black spool atop the sewing machine, the Copic warm grey sewing machine and the metallic scissors, and finally the green leaves and green ribbon.  The colors cause your eye to travel around the visual triangle of the various elements, the neutral background colors make the yellow and green really pop, and the black grounds everything so that it all works together.  

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Bear One Another's Burdens


Since September is fast approaching and I didn't have an insert for my Chic Sparrow traveler's notebook, I decided to make one for it using papers and stamps from Stamp Simply.

This week has been a rollercoaster of emotions since Hurricane Harvey hit Texas (including where I graduated from PT school in Galveston) and then turned to make its way right over my brother's home in Westlake, Louisiana (next to Lake Charles).  The devastation was so widespread and so literally close to home and heart that it was completely overwhelming, although seeing the rescue operations and the way strangers have worked together to help each other has really bolstered my faith in humanity!  

As I sat down at my studio desk to create, these stamps practically cried out, "Use me! Use me!"  Certainly in times like these we can all use reminders to be thankful and to not grow weary doing good.
  
I didn't want to have to choose between verses, and so I decided to make a little "least of these" up-cycled paper bag tag album to go along with my TN insert, adding extra sentiments to the tags inside the pockets and leaving some extra writing room in case I decide to document some of what I've been feeling.  (I am broken-hearted over what Texas is experiencing, and so relieved that my hometown did not also get the heavy, flooding rains that were predicted, especially since the storm passed directly through it.)


This designer paper has so many cute cut-apart pieces and coordinating prints it is really fun to use.  I tore this one in half so I could use it on the front and back, adding verses to each half.  For the front I added a die-cut flower.


To the back I added a cluster of enamel dots to mimic the floral/berry clusters printed on the paper.


This pre-printed strip was the perfect size for the center fold.


These are the tags that slide inside the pockets.  This is the verse that really spoke to me in the midst of this tragedy, inspiring the entire project.


The actual TN insert is very simple, with few embellishments because it makes it easier to write when things are flat!  


The pages inside this particular insert are cut from Strathmore mixed media paper, and I used a lace stencil and some distress oxides to dress the first one up a little.  This paper is ok for journaling and light artwork, but  I would like to have another insert made with watercolor paper so that I can do some more extensive watercolor should I get the notion.  The mixed media paper absorbs differently and doesn't hold up to a lot of water the way real watercolor paper does.  This TN has four elastics, so there is definitely room for another insert.

Art has a way of helping to express and diffuse those painful emotions, at least for the moment!  I'm grateful for that, and also very encouraged by the outpouring of compassion and help for Hurricane Harvey victims.  I would like to encourage everyone to contribute to the relief efforts and to keep them all in your prayers!

Here are the Stamp Simply stamps and supplies I used:

Friday, August 25, 2017

Let's Go Glamping!


Do you have friends who like to "glamp?"  If I'm gonna go camping, girlie glamping is the way I want to go!  This retro-style card would be perfect for the girlie girlfriend who likes to camp in style!


It is the glow of glossy enamel dots "lights" in a rainbow of colors that really brings this card to life!  Most of these are from Eyelet Outlet's line of multi-sized enamel dots (bluegreenaqua...they come in a huge selection of colors!), but some are from packages that include other shapes like stars or hearts so you can mix and match.


Easy peasy and so cute!  

I hope you get to relax and stamp some this weekend!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Sending Love & Hugs!


I am loving my new colors of distress inks and wanted to play with them and a new stencil, so I created this easel card for Stamp Simply with some lovely MME designer paper.  This weathered wood floral is beautiful, and the tiny yellow flowers seemed to mimic the shape/design of these Altenew stamps.  I was noticing just yesterday that even though it is still blazing hot, the light is changing.  It seems warmer and golder,  signaling that Fall is coming!  I think that's why these warm golden yellows really spoke to me!  


There's lots of layering going on here...in the papers, the stenciling and splattering, the dies, the ric rac and ribbon.  I love that you can stamp directly on this faux canvas ribbon!  It holds a nice, crisp line.


There is a bit of stenciling and weathered wood designer paper on the inside of the card, too.  

Here are the Stamp Simply supplies I used:

Friday, August 18, 2017

Made With Love!


We just got back from vacation in upper Michigan, visiting my husband's family and attending our nephew's wedding.  What a great trip!  This card was inspired by all of the love poured into cooking for a larger-than-usual crowd!  My husband and SIL always have fun in the kitchen cooking up sentimental favorites for the family.    


I love all of the great details on these adorable brads!  The measuring cup (from our mixer and cup brad set) has little red lines on it just like the real thing, and you can see the wood grain on the spoon (part of the baking brads set)!  They are so CUTE! We have a real wooden spoon just like this that belonged to my husband's grandmother!


On the inside, there's a strip of silverware washi tape, and of course, inside and out, some enamel hearts to show the love!  

As much fun as we had, it sure is great to be home and back in the craft room!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Fall Fun Fold


A new box of goodies from Stamp Simply was waiting for me when I got home from Bible study yesterday, and of course, I couldn't wait to play with it!  I fell in love with this paper and decided that a fun fold was in order!  Then the card needed a dressed up envelope because this paper pack is full of fun little cards that make dressing up an envelope really easy!  They'd be great in planners or traveler's notebooks too!


The die-cut leaf sits along the fold line of the card center.  I love that this fancy fold fits in a standard envelope.  Here you can see the inside of the envelope, embellished with watermarked and distress-oxide-splattered paper.


The inside of the card is stamped with a scripture sentiment, and here's one of those pre-printed cards...all it needs is to be cut apart and glued to the front of the envelope.  

Supplies:

Friday, August 11, 2017

1...2...3...Smile!


We just got back from a vacation at my in-laws, spending most of our time visiting with family and fishing on the lake, but evenings and rainy days were filled with Nona's favorite old classics on TCM and Me TV, some even in black and white!  So here's a card to go along with the black and white movie night theme!  

This layout started with a criss-cross of film strip washi tape (also available in gold) and camera washi tape along with a sprinkling of black enamel stars, dots, and hearts.


More dots, stars, and hearts carry the theme to the inside of the card.  I love this quote!  

As fun as vacation was, there's no place like home! (Couldn't resist an old movie quote!)  I'm glad to have the weekend to recover and get back into the groove.  I hope you have a great weekend too!