Thursday, July 19, 2018

Sweet Pleats

I have had this Stamp Simply card brewing in my head for a little while.  (I suppose it started with all those cartridge pleats!) It came out so sweet and would be perfect for a young girl but would work just as well for an older one who's young at heart!  Reminds me of some of the Easter dresses I wore when I was little!

Here you can see the plaid paper peeking from underneath the pleats.  To make them I used a full 6 x 6 sheet of the floral paper, scoring at alternating 1/4 and 1/2 inch intervals.  Once the paper was scored, I cut it in half, then trimmed it to glue the two together and make the pleat panel wider.  The plaid paper was cut into strips 1/2 inch wide to fit perfectly on the inside of each pleat. Once all the pieces were glued in place the top of the folds could be secured and the edge hidden under the "belt."  

The top of the "dress" down to the belt is glued to a panel which is then adhered to the card front with dimensional adhesive dots. That way the bottom of the pleats is left free to fall into relaxed folds, which looks more natural than if they'd each been glued individually.

Here's the scripture sentiment on the inside.  I had originally thought to put a sentiment on the card front (hence the asymmetry) but then decided to leave the front completely unadorned save the big bow on the belt.

These are the supplies I used for today's card:

Thursday, July 12, 2018


I love it when a card practically puts itself together!  Sometimes all of the elements just seem to come easily into place and perfectly fit the circumstances.  This card made with supplies from Stamp Simply was one of those cards.

Our Bible study group is a women's group called "Friends for the Journey."  We were so excited when one of our members, a military wife, moved back to our area from assignment in Hawaii. Their family has only been back a few months but the Navy has decided to immediately send them to Whidbey Island.  We are completely stunned and so sad to see them go.  Our group is gathering for lunch to enjoy some food and fellowship before sending her on her way once again...once again with the hope that she will be back here with us before too very long! 

I love the sentiment on this tag, one of the punch-out elements in the Miss Betty designer paper pack.  It is a great reminder of the importance of both our earthly friendships and our heavenly relationship. I hope that in whatever circumstance Leslie might find herself, she will feel the strength and support of her "Friends for the Journey" and the presence and power of God.  Thankfully, as He promised, we are never alone.  

When Life feels unfamiliar and overwhelming, it is a comfort to cling to this scripture from Jeremiah and know that His promises are true, there IS hope and He has a future planned for us.  

Safe journey, Leslie!  We love you. You are a blessing!  xo


Thursday, July 5, 2018

It's All About Faith

The paper pad I used for this card, Simple Stories' "Faith," is what inspired today's card.  Stamp Simply has several wonderful sentiments about faith.  I wanted this card to feature a favorite scripture from Hebrews and to inspire its recipient to keep believing.  

I kept the layout really simple but popped one strip of designer paper up to give a little more interest.  

Here's a peek at the inside.


Thursday, June 28, 2018

Enjoy the Little Things!

Do you subscribe to any card-making newsletters?  The most recent SCS newsletter contained a link to this Double Triangle Card tutorial, so I had to try it for today's card for Stamp Simply!  I love that this interesting fold uses one piece of 8.5 x 11 card stock, sliced diagonally in half to make two cards.  By reversing the direction of the folds you can change the orientation of the card. It's kinda fun and different.

The real trick with this design is to make sure that the focal point is adhered only on one of those diagonal panels.  Otherwise the card won't open.

It offers lots of opportunity to use up those pretty prints of coordinating paper.  I am really enjoying this Authentique Seafarer paper and had to squeeze in one more sorta patriotic card since Summer is officially here and it's almost the 4th of July.  I was going for a nautical, sandy beach/splashing waves/sea salt and spray kind of a feel.  Some fishing net and sea shells would be awesome on a design like this too!

If you look closely you can see that the sentiment is stamped with a mixture of the Delicata silver and gold inks.  That seemed to match the grey-beige colors in the paper better than either color alone.  I also rubbed the ink pads onto my craft mat and used lots of water with an old paint brush to splatter the colors onto the white card stock.  After all, the beach is pretty messy!  ;)

I hope you enjoy your weekend!  And if you are one of my fellow Americans, Happy Independence Day!  

Here are the supplies I used for today's card:

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Happy Birthday!

Today's easel card for Stamp Simply was inspired by my mom! Today would have been her 90th birthday were she still living.  She loved books, and in fact, worked for many years at the Westlake Branch of the Calcasieu Parish Library.  She had a wonderful collection of books on a wide variety of subjects.  There were always stacks of books on the stool that sat beside her rocker and on her nightstand.  She kept one at arm's reach in just about every room in the house, including the kitchen!  She especially loved cookbooks!

There was a special of Little Women on TV not long ago, and I was really excited to watch it, mainly to see the costumes (in the midst of sewing my own 1860s attire, you might remember)!  I look at this vignette differently now than I would have before, noticing the details of the trim on their dresses, the collars and cuffs, the way their hair is worn.  When I was stamping, I was happy to find a way to nestle things together without having to cover anything significant, because this paper is SO lovely!

Here is a detail shot of the floral cluster.  The green of the leaves, orange of the flowers, the yellow burlap string, yellow pearls and vibrant blue faux canvas ribbon bring all of the colors of the paper together into the embellishments, while the tulle and lace add femininity and softness.  

The birthday greeting on the front is echoed by the traditional greeting that peeks from inside when the easel card is propped open.

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

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Happy Flag Day!

Happy Flag Day!  Today's card for Stamp Simply was inspired by those painted palette projects that you've seen all over Pinterest. This is the same paper that I used for my card last week, this time cut into strips and glued to a piece of white card stock.  The star is die cut from white card stock, inked with distress oxide ink, then sprinkled with water.  After stamping and heat-embossing the sentiment, everything was splattered with diluted gold ink.

You can see the embossing and the barn wood texture of the patterned paper a little better in this close-up.  I had planned to use some gold glitter-dot ribbon and blue faux canvas ribbon, but in the end decided that clean and simple was the way to go!

And here's the inside.  Again, clean and simple.  I love this stamp set!  And the nice thing is that there's still time to order it for patriotic cards for the 4th of July!  

So blessed to live in this great country and so very proud to be American.

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

Thursday, June 7, 2018

You are the BEST!

Father's Day is just around the corner!  I really miss my own sweet daddy, but I still enjoy making cards for my son to give my husband.  In his book, less is more...he is definitely a no frills kinda guy.  

Because of that, I wanted this card to be bright and colorful but still clean and simple.  This sentiment from Stamp Simply All Occasions Sentiments 2 and the designer paper from Authentique Frontier gave me the idea of a "Home on the Range/County Fair Blue Ribbon" style of a card.  I figured he would not object to this ribbons-without-bows design.

The inside of the card is "leather" designer paper, so I thought it might be cool to make the sentiment appear "branded."  I stamped it first with white chalk ink, then moved the paper ever so slightly before stamping it again with Tuxedo Black.

My cuttlebug cutting plates are in really sad shape, so there are some rough spots on those gold foil stars.  I really need to order some replacement plates!  

Here are the supplies I used:

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Spring + Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop with Stamp Simply

Hello everyone!  It's the last day of May, which means three things:'s my brother's birthday, and my great niece's, his granddaughter!  Happy birthday Tom and Faith!  
Second...we're drawing near the end of the Spring + Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop. honor of the blog hop, Stamp Simply is having a sale on everything in our Coffee/Tea section.   Check out those dates.  The sale is almost over.

I'm headed to a sew-in for the weekend so I was drawn to this Miss Betty designer paper!  (It's gonna be so much fun hanging out in a house full of ladies, with coffee/tea, sewing machines, and wine, probably in exactly that order!).  This pack has those printed/perforated tags and borders to punch out, so I combined those with our Stamp Simply dies and some Spellbinders too, for a card with lots of layers and little details.  

I couldn't resist adding a little birdie to the front of the cup.  When I was a young girl, we used to go to Oakley House where Audubon had been inspired to draw/paint many of his bird studies.  Over the years of regularly visiting there (my grandmother lived not far from there in St. Francisville, LA) my mom purchased quite a few of the collectible dinner plates, cups and saucers that were for sale in their gift shop.  I loved going there, so this little birdie is in fond remembrance!  The birds and their Spring songs are a perfect fit for today's hop theme.  

The hexagon on the die-cut cup was fussy-cut from the designer paper, die-cut with the Stamp Simply pierced heart die, and then layered atop the birdie tag from the paper pack.  It was the perfect size to peek through the tiny heart opening.  If you look closely under that pretty flower and coffee-colored ribbon, you'll see a paper Battenburg lace doily reminiscent of the fabric one your grandmother might've had.  

The inside of the card has more of that great patchwork designer paper with a stamped sentiment and the heart that was cut from the hexagon on the card front.  

Here is the full list of supplies I used for today's project, all from Stamp Simply:
Be sure to visit the original post for this week's Spring + Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop to check out all the great sponsors, prizes, and creative projects that have been submitted!  

Thursday, May 24, 2018

We will never forget!

Hello everyone!

Here in the US we are gearing up for a long holiday weekend that for many hails as the official start of Summer.  Most Americans are thrilled to have a day off from work/school on Monday to celebrate (maybe with a trip to the beach or with a cookout?!) but that really isn't all that this holiday is about.  Our freedoms are definitely worth celebrating, but I hope you'll take the time to remember those whose lives were lost to secure and protect those freedoms. Since we are a (now retired) military family, certain names and faces come to mind as we remember...and we will never forget.

And so today I am here with a very simple, clean and graphic Memorial Day card.  I used just a handful of supplies and let that shiny gold foil card stock speak for itself!  The gold peeks through the negative space of the striped designer paper, and the positive shapes decorate the inside.

Here are the supplies I used, all from Stamp Simply:
I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Deepest Sympathy

Several weeks ago I made a sympathy card using prints from Graphic 45's Little Women designer paper pad.  Although today's Stamp Simply card is made with a similar combination of inks, paper, and embellishments (I must have Little Women really on my mind since it's supposed to air Sunday night!), it has a slightly different look.  

I used a craft knife to cut slits in the vertical stripes of the triple tear die cut to insert the smaller circle die, allowing the stripes to frame the sentiment.

There's just a sprinkling of distress oxide ink on the sentiment and inside to bring out the blues of the  small flowers in the designer paper.

I am sad to have needed several sympathy cards in recent weeks, but I am glad that there are such lovely stamps to use to create hand made condolence cards to send to bereaved friends.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Star of Hope!

Hi everyone!  I've been having fun with our newly released stamps, and today I am here with a quilt block patriotic card.  This particular quilt block pattern is called Star of Hope.  :)  Lucky for you and me, there are a lot of ideas on Pinterest for cards with quilt blocks, including patriotic designs, so there's plenty of inspiration out there.  

I cut squares of designer paper with a die and then cut them in half or quarters to complete the block design.  I embossed the sentiment on the designer paper to help it stand out more clearly, but other than that, it was all just simple stamping and a little splattering of diluted ink with a paintbrush.  

I kept trying to put ribbons and flowers on this card, but it just really wanted to be clean, simple, and graphic.  So there you go! Sometimes it seems as though a card takes on a life of its own!

Here are the supplies I used:

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

All Occasion Sentiments and Patriotic Blog Hop - Stamp Simply Clear Stamps

Welcome to today's Blog Hop. This week we are showcasing three sets from our NEW April Release. Last week we concentrated on graduation and other congratulatory events using two of our new sets. This week we will concentrate on the remaining three sets - All Occasion Sentiments SET 1 and SET 2 and Patriotic Sentiments. Combine these sentiments with images, sentiments or Scripture from our other sets and your options are limitless! Hop along with us. The link list is a bit further down.

I love playing with distress oxides, so I pulled out a masculine paper pad, some harmonizing colors and a get well sentiment from one of our new stamp sets,  All Occasion Sentiments SET 1, to make this masculine card.  It's fun to see how the colors play together in different combinations and on different kinds of paper and I love this layout with the designer paper peeking through from underneath.  

I wanted this background to have a rugged, outdoorsy feel to go along with the designer print so I used earthy tones and then faintly went over them through a woodgrain stencil with a damp blending tool. Hard to catch on camera but IRL you can see the subtle effect.  

The sentiment is stamped on one of the punch-out dies that is part of the paper pad.  I liked the way it looked and fit on top of a retired Spellbinders label die, with enamel accents clustered around it.  

Ha, you KNOW when a fella doesn't even feel up to hunting or fishing, he must *really* be sick!  Better send him a card, quick!  ;)

Here are the supplies I used on today's project:
Be sure to make your way through the rest of the hop to see what lovelies my design team mates have created using our new sets.  And come back to my blog tomorrow because I will have another card using them then as well.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Congratulations & Best Wishes

Hello again!  I am back today with another card from Stamp Simply's new Graduation and Beyond release.  I love and adore how versatile these stamps are and how well they combine with stamps from previous releases!    

For today's card I combined two sentiments from a new set with the "ampersand" from our Welcome Fall set.  I thought a wedding/anniversary card would emphasize the versatility of these stamps and decided to go for a "White Lace and Promises" sort of look.  The lacy designer paper is a dark grey-olive color, and IRL the sentiment panel matches very well, but for some reason (maybe all the silver and shimmer?) it freaked my camera out and in the photos it looks nearly grey-black.

I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and heat-embossed it with white detail embossing enamel so that splattering silver ink over it would not smear the lettering.  There is also some very faint stenciling to add a bit more shimmer.  

This is the largest die of this particular die set, and so I had to find an alternative way to create a border behind it.  I cut another die of the same size from white card stock, trimmed it from point-to-point both horizontally and vertically, and glued it to the back of the darker one leaving a small gap between the pieces.  I used small left-over "negative" pieces from the fancy tags 2 die to cover the spaces, and topped those with pearls.  Hopefully the recipient will have no idea that this was a stop-gap measure!  

There is more of the stenciling and splattering on the inside, along with another beautiful sentiment.  I was hoping the design would be reminiscent of a beautiful mesh-like leaded glass window with light shimmering through the panes.

Here are all the products I used to create today's project:

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

GRADUATION & BEYOND BLOG HOP - Stamp Simply Clear Stamps

Welcome to our Graduation & Beyond BLOG HOP today. We have many projects to share showcasing two of the sets in our NEW April Release - Graduation Sentiments and Scripture for Graduation & Beyond. With these 2 sets your options for cards for so many types of celebratory and congratulatory events are limitless. Combine them with images, sentiments or Scripture from our other sets and the sky is the limit!

I love when new products spark ideas for how to use older ones, and that is exactly what happened when my new release stamps arrived.  The sentiment that I used for the inside of today's card immediately brought this piece of designer paper to mind. Because the scale of this particular design is fairly large (there are lots of smaller card-scaled prints in the pack), I originally thought it might only be suitable for scrapbooking or maybe for a frame project. Seeing that sentiment made me change my perspective...I just had to use it for a card!  This one measures ~ 6 1/2 inches x 7 3/4 inches.

I used my Tonic platform to stamp the sentiment directly onto the designer paper.  The pad has multiples of each print, and so I used the second one to fussy cut the flowers and pop them up on dimensional adhesives, adding Kaisercraft rhinestone,s seam binding bow, and Prima paper flower accent.  

Inside is the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote that inspired the entire design.  I used a coral hued Copic marker to color in some of the letters.  For the ribbon on the diploma, I die-cut another in coral paper and snipped it to fit atop the white one.  That punch of color really helped tie everything together, if you'll please pardon the pun!  

Here are the products I used for today's project:
And here are the links to the rest of the blog hop!  I've included them all just in case you have jumped in right in the middle.  And be sure to visit my blog again tomorrow because I will have another card to share using these fabulous sets!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Greatest Machine on Earth!

Tuesday (in the midst of a marathon sewing week for a reenactment event this weekend) the "accelerator" of my sewing machine quit working.  It is a pneumatic driven foot attachment, and after about 15 or 20 minutes of fiddling with it my husband "miraculously" got it working again.  HUGE sigh of relief, as I still had an entire dress yet to finish!  And so, today's Stamp Simply card is a card celebrating "the greatest machine on earth!"  Believe me, after making part of a colonial era costume completely by hand, I am really happy to be sewing what seems like miles and miles of cotton by machine rather than by hand.   The skirt hem I'm working on now for the style popular in the 1860's is about 130 inches around, not to mention petticoats of similar dimension with multiple tucks.  Just thinking of sewing that without a machine makes me cringe!

I had originally intended to use some gray seam binding for a bow (hence all the grays and no kraft card stock for the layers), but ended up unable to resist the softer, more feminine colors of this ombre` pink/champagne silk.  I added little scraps of lace, tulle, and burlap string to add to the vintage feel.

I thought this paper was nearly too pretty to cover up!  Couldn't resist using the scrap left over from the front of the card on the inside, as well as a strip of a coordinating print.  This sentiment is one of my favorites from our Farmhouse Simple Sentiments set.  

Here are the products I used for today's project:
And here's a little glimpse into what I've been sewing for the last few weeks!  Everything you see here is hand-made by me...using the greatest machine on earth!  ;)

 Chemise, drawers, corset, and cage
Yes, I hammered every single one of those grommets in by hand!

More on the dress, and hopefully some photos of the event, later! Have a great weekend!  See you next week!