Thursday, November 15, 2018

Another Window Card


Hi everyone!  A few weeks ago one of my readers asked for instructions on making a window card so I'm back with another one, this time with traditional Christmas colors and imagery.  These are really simple to make, and can be left simple or fancied up depending on the occasion.  They are also a good way to create an interesting yet relatively flat card for mailing when made without bows, flowers, enamel dots and other bulky embellishments.


This card starts with a standard 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of card stock cut in half vertically and folded to create a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card front.  

The window, using the larger of two coordinating dies, is first cut into a 4 x 5 1/4 inch piece of designer paper.  After adhering the designer paper to the card front, it is easy to then position the smaller die within the negative space and run the open card back through the die machine to make the actual opening that allows the inside of the card to peek through.  What a fun "teaser."

Adhere another piece of 4 x 5 1/4 inch card stock to the inside, close the card, and stamp the image or quote to properly position it within the window.  It helps, especially with solid stamps, to use a platform so that the stamp can be repetitively inked and stamped to get adequate coverage.  One advantage of the Tim Holtz platform is that one of its edges is open...even if you've already completed your card front, you can position it off of the edge of the platform to stamp the inside.


Here's a full view of what is peeking through from the inside.  I included a die cut tree and sentiment, which adds a bit more dimension and interest for both the "peek" and the full reveal, especially with shimmery ink and some textural snow.

Today's version of the window card uses coordinating dies and the contrasting colors of the designer paper and card stock to create a simple border.  Another option as seen here, is to die cut a fancy die shape, and then use a smaller basic shaped die (the same size as the one used to cut the actual opening on the card front) in its center.  This creates an actual frame that can be layered directly onto the card front, with a stamped image or designer paper tag peeking through.  It's especially fun because in this case the window design is not quite as obvious until the moment the card is opened.

I hope you have fun playing around with coordinating dies in graduated sizes and varying shapes to make some window cards of your own.

Here's what I used for today's card, all from Stamp Simply:

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Time for a Cup!


I absolutely adore Authentique's new Jingle designer paper!  Just look how darling this vintage image is!  As I flipped through the pad and came across this image and the cute coffee cup paper, it made me think of stopping in the midst of a Christmas shopping spree for a cup of hot coffee with a friend and a rest from the frenzy!  And so...I just had to make a k-cup holder for today's Stamp Simply project.


There are a lot of different designs for k-cup holders on YouTube. Here's a tutorial for how this particular one is made.  These go together really quickly when you use dies, quick solid stamps that do not require coloring, and printed tags/images.


All of the supplies I used are listed here:

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Celebrate Fall!


Between my recent foray into historical fashion and Halloween this week, it seems like Life has centered around costuming, so I could not resist this "not quite Little Red Riding Hood" image for today's Stamp Simply card.  I love the soft misty greens of the printed image and tried to incorporate the colors and haziness into the background of my card using distress oxides and splashes of glittery Delicata ink.


The flurry of leaves surrounding the girl inspired the addition of a few stamped, Copic colored die cut leaves as accents to carry the theme further.


The inside is simple, with a bronze wheat sheaf and the script from our newest Autumn stamp set.  I love how well our older sets coordinate with the newer ones to give even more versatility.

Here are the supplies:

Thursday, October 25, 2018

You Color My World


and I'm thankful for you!  

I just got a box of some beautiful new supplies from Stamp Simply, including this lovely package of Fall paper from Authentique.  In addition to some gorgeous prints it includes several sheets of small printed rectangular images and sentiments, which inspired this peek-a-boo style window card.  The opening of the window is embellished with a lovely scrolling frame and a distress-oxide-inked spray of leaves and glittering roses


Once opened, the "Thankful for You" sentiment from our new Autumn Blessings set is revealed.  I'm so grateful for the friends who color my world and help to make my life vibrant, interesting, and exciting!  


This card is going to one of my reenacting friends who went way above and beyond to help me get my 1888 bustle dress ready for an event that we had last Friday night at the Lightner Museum in St. Augustine.


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

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Autumn Blessings


I've been seeing beautiful photos of lovely Fall colors lately, but Fall has not yet arrived here in NE Florida.  Supposedly yesterday was forecast to be our last 90 degree day of the year!  Ha!  We'll see!  

I have a relatively clean and simple Autumn card for today's Stamp Simply project.  The tiny floral print on this rust-colored designer paper harmonizes beautifully with our new Autumn Blessings stamp and die combo.  I used fired brick distress ink to sponge the edges of the ivory card stock to soften the contrast.  


I stamped the wheat sheaves using antique linen distress oxide ink and after it was dry, went over it with a glitter marker.  So sparkly and simply beautiful!  The rope tie was colored with a Copic marker.  


The inside of the card has the same sponging along with a little fishtail banner strip of the designer paper and a die-cut sheaf of wheat.  I love that we have the coordinating dies for these images because it increases the options for using the stamps and makes a popped up image so easy.  

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

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Good Treasure


Last week my two brothers and sister-in-law spent the week at Cruisin' the Coast.  The cool thing about it is that Tom and Bridget drove their 1950 Buick Super that Tom had just finished restoring all the way from Dallas to pick up Jerry in Louisiana and then head on over to Pascagoula, MS.  The car had been owned by a Buick salesman and had sat unstarted for 30+ years...Tom bought it from its second owner, and spent three weeks short of a year polishing it up, replacing the interior, and getting it running.  All that elbow grease to get the original paint job and chrome sparkling and gorgeous is what inspired today's project.  That kind of perseverance takes (and makes!) character!   

Yep!  I'm more than a little proud of my brother(s)!   

Authentique's retro Dapper designer paper (especially this particular print!) was absolutely perfect for this project!  I just had to combine it with some shiny silver mirror "chrome" paper and a few clear rhinestones for the "checklist" that runs across the top of the paper.  


This sentiment is from one of our newer Stamp Simply sets, A Godly Man.  Tom, through patience and diligence, brought out the good treasure hidden in that old car.  I love allegory and metaphor...this makes me think of the way the Lord transforms our hearts and minds and renews our spirits.  Then, from that good treasure, something good can come forth to bless others.


Since the design of this card is relatively flat it should be easy to mail, although with the larger square format and a few rhinestones it will require hand cancelling.  Inside...three rhinestones, one for each week short of a year that it took to do the work!  ;)

Here are the supplies that I used for today's project:
And here are before and after photos of "Sweet Thang" in all her glory!  It's amazing what Turtle Wax and elbow grease uncovered!



And just to be fair...here's my other brother's beauty!  This is what a 23 year old paint job on a show winning 1965 426 HEMI Belvedere should look like!!!  Well taken care of by my brother Jerry.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Seek First the Kingdom


We have more new stamps from Stamp Simply!  It is so inspiring to have new stamps to play with, especially when they're great scripture sets!  This project was inspired by the awe of God that is the heart's response to the majesty and glory of His creation.  The paper reminds me of a trip that my husband and I took to Yellowstone.  God's creativity on display at every turn!  

The sentiment on the front is from our new Pastor and Ministry Appreciation set, stamped directly onto the designer paper.



The one on the inside, stamped on one of the paper pad's punch out elements, is from Autumn Blessings.    

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Joshua 24:15


Another serendipitous scattering of supplies on my desk provided the inspiration for today's card.  Not long after I sat down to stamp I was interrupted, and the idea for a simple layout took shape as the day unfolded, so this card came together fairly quickly.  I love when that happens!    


The scriptural focal point, part of our new set, A Godly Man, is stamped on a blue grommet tag die.  The tag needed a little more oomph to stand out from the background so I die-cut a second one in white, quartered it and used it to frame the edges.  If you look closely in the center you can see a small slice of white card stock glued in between to make the splice job less obvious.  The ribbon covers the places on the ends where there is no white border.  


The inside features a sentiment from another new set, Farmhouse All Occasion Greetings.  There's lots of white space with a little repetition of the colors from the card front.  

Supplies, all from Stamp Simply:

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Farmhouse Christmas


We at Stamp Simply are excited to be expanding our Farmhouse Series.  My card for today was created using Farmhouse Christmas. This set has several solid images that are perfect for the holidays along with some wonderful greetings which are ideal for either cards or tags.  I had a lot of fun playing with our new stamps and also with some older dies in unconventional ways to create a snowy farmhouse barn wood door for this project. 


The window panes were made using a single square die, repetitively cut and then using the remaining negative,  adhering it to mirror paper and scraping some gesso "snow" into the corners. The wreath was made by die-cutting multiples of one of the dies from the Spellbinders' foliage set,  arranging the boughs in a circle and adding a ribbon banner, enamel dots, gesso snow, a jute string bow and Petaloo blossom.

The doorknob is another Spellbinders' die (an old one, now retired, but these are similar), using the positive for the base and the negative for the curved "handle" part.  Adding the doorknob and some snowdrifts with the sentiment (I love the font used for this series!) really helped to convey the idea of a Farmhouse Christmas door, and hopefully you have a vision of a warm kitchen with scents of cinnamon, vanilla, and maybe some hot chocolate just beyond on the other side!   


The inside of the card is embellished with a cute tree stamp and another sentiment from the new set.  I used markers directly to the stamp, adding accents over the wet marker with a gessoed paintbrush and then giving everything (inside and out) a dusting of diluted gesso snow.  

I couldn't resist adding a tiny farmhouse in the corner just for fun.

Here are the supplies used for this project:
I'll be back on Saturday with a card using another new set, Farmhouse All Occasion Greetings.  Hope to see you then!  

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Anniversary Wishes


I had so much fun getting inky with these blinding bright colors for today's project for Stamp Simply!  The whole idea started with the cute printed designer paper upon which the "Anniversary Wishes" sentiment was stamped.  It kinda reminded me of some of the really cute tall skinny magnetic notepads we've had stuck on our refrigerator for making grocery lists, so I decided to give it center stage and stamp on it.  :)



The base layers of the card were a little too plain compared to all the happiness going on, so I had to add some stenciling to make things more interesting.

Next I layered pink and orange ribbons with some bitty blossom flowers and leaves, jute string, and a little dangling heart to bring in lots of texture and dimension.  It was fun to pick out the colors of the paper and make sure they repeated in other areas of the design...like the green of the leaves and the addition of the enamel dots to the plant stem in the upper right corner.  



Inside there is more bright color along with a coordinating sentiment.  When it was all finished it just needed a little splash of white to tie everything together, so I diluted some ivory acrylic paint and splattered it everywhere with a paintbrush.  

Supplies:

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Blessed are those who mourn...


...for they shall be comforted.  I am so thankful for this scriptural promise!  Last week was a very difficult week.  The 20th was the 4th anniversary of my mother's passing, and on that very same day my sweet uncle passed away.  He was the husband of my mother's youngest sister, and a Baptist preacher/minister for as long as I can remember.  My heart is heavy for my auntie and cousins and all of those who are grieving his passing.  


I love sympathy cards with scriptural sentiments, but it seems even more appropriate than ever under this circumstance.  I am wondering how many times in a lifetime of ministry my uncle might've used these words to comfort his grieving parishioners.  I pray that they now will bring comfort to his own family. 

Usually I use more neutral colors for sympathy cards but for some reason this time a pop of bold color felt essential.  There's also the subtle sparkle of diluted Delicata ink on the floral focal point and the edges of the sentiment panel.  It brings some elegance to an otherwise relatively simple card.


And here's the inside.

These are the supplies I used for this project:

Thursday, August 16, 2018

You've Been On My Mind!


We just got back from a trip to Upper Michigan, and although it was hotter than normal for there this time of year, it still wasn't quite as blazing hot as Florida!  The nights were cool, even chilly, and Fall felt just around the corner.  It made me yearn for warm yellows and oranges so I reached for some distress oxides, a stencil and some cinnamon colored polkadot designer paper for today's Stamp Simply project, which will be hand-delivered to a friend who was recently hospitalized.  


I layered several colors of distress oxide inks onto some white card stock for the focal panel background, splashing drops of water, blotting with a paper towel, then stenciling on some lacy flowers with the brighter colors.  Next I diluted some metallic inks with water and splashed them on with a paintbrush.  The edges were sponged with regular tea-dye distress ink.  The sentiment panel was cut with the teardrop die from another print from the designer paper, then backed with a classic circle to allow the brighter color to peek from underneath.  A cluster of bitty blossoms with sparkly centers add a pop of color to match the horizontal scalloped border which is a punch-out from the same designer paper pad.


For the inside I repeated the polkadots and a little bit of stenciling on kraft-colored card stock for a more subtle, easier to write on background, adding more splashes of gold and the distress oxide orange.  The sentiments outside and in were stamped using the Tim Holtz platform and shimmery Delicata copper ink, in keeping with the relatively monochromatic color scheme. 

Supplies:

Thursday, August 9, 2018

A Pinwheel Card, Just for You!


I found another tutorial online that's great for 8 x 8 double-sided papers.  I just love how simple but impressive this pinwheel card is!  The tutorial uses a diagonal score board, but it's easy to make the card without it.  Just measure in three inches from each corner on all four sides, then align the scores diagonally on your regular scor-pal, going from the mark at the top left to the mark on the bottom right. repeating on each side.   That's the only modification from the video that was necessary.


I made a really narrow belly band with a small square center sentiment because I didn't want to cover up the pinwheel formed where the sides intersect when the card is closed.  There's a hint of the double-sided paper on the outside.  I love this busy little floral print, which looks really pretty with the contrast of bright white for a sentiment and your own message inside.

Here are the supplies I used for today's project, all from Stamp Simply:

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Just A Note, again!


As much as I have been into fabric lately, I really love this pretty rose print from the Miss Betty designer paper line.  The fresh, feminine colors, punch outs and vintage office/school-themed designs really appeal to me.  Today's Stamp Simply card was inspired entirely by the tiny notebook paper and a card sketch that I saw on Pinterest.  

A little bit of fussy cutting, die cutting, and "sanding" around the edges of a punch-out with an emory board and this card was done!


There's another punch-out on the inside which is otherwise very low-key, with lots of white space for a handwritten note of your own.

Supplies:

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Just a Note!


Today's Stamp Simply card was inspired by envelopes and postmarks.  I've made a similar card with this paper pad and image but I adore it so here it is again.  Hopefully this one reminds you of an envelope flap with a letter tucked underneath, and a photo too, having just been opened with a few words penned inside.  I just LOVE this paper and these vivid colors!



Here's a peek at the inside.  That blueprint ink is the perfect match for this paper.
Supplies:

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: