Friday, January 19, 2018

Dropping Anchor


Hello friends!  It seems that there's lots of ice and snow practically everywhere, but that doesn't stop me from longing for the sights and sounds of the ocean.  It has been a stressful week, and just the thought of sand between my toes is enough to calm the spirit and settle the "monkey mind!"  That sense of peace provides an anchor through the storm.

These supplies were strewn across my desk for another project (more on that another day!) but my heart had a detour in mind and I had to make this card first!  I am hoping that you got the feeling of the boardwalk and the fourth of July when you first saw it. 
  

The inside is reminiscent of the shorebirds patiently wading through the tide pool.  Kinda makes me  wanna go shell seeking or searching for sea glass!  Well...maybe when it's warmer!  ;)  

Here are the Eyelet Outlet supplies I used for this project:
If I had had it, I would have added some seahorse washi tape because the colors look like they'd work perfectly with this designer paper!  There are quite a few options for a beach themed, summer vacation card if you are longing for summer or if you're lucky enough to go for a winter getaway!  

And here are the supplies I used from Stamp Simply:

Thursday, January 18, 2018

A Brand New Release from Stamp Simply!


We've got new stamp sets and dies from Stamp Simply and you're gonna love 'em!  Here's a peek at the ones I used for today's card, but you can see the rest (a total of four stamp sets and two die sets) if you visit Stamp Simply What's New.   Our team will be sharing projects made with the new release daily for the next week or so on the Stamp Simply blog, so be sure to visit!



I love this combination of beautiful fonts and such wonderful, lovely sentiments.  A few are perfect (and just in time!) for Valentine's Day, and the rest are great for all kinds of occasions.  I suspect these will see lots of use on a regular basis!

Here are the supplies I used for my card:

Friday, January 12, 2018

Sew Happy!


Hello crafty friends!  Ready for the weekend?  I am tremendously looking forward to it!  

Most of the crafters I know have their go-to craft but are enthusiastic about other crafts too. I love card-making but lately my heart has been drawn to the first craft I really remember learning...sewing. I am so grateful that my mom and my home-ec teacher, Mrs. Farley, taught me to sew!   It's a very useful skill set to have in the tool box!  Since I have been spending time lately planning some garments for historical reenacting, these sewing stamp sets and the Eyelet Outlet embellishments that coordinate with them were calling out to me.  ;)  I even used a set of paper pinking shears that I haven't used in aeons!  


I love that so many of our EO products come in multiple colors so you can perfectly coordinate with your designer paper and other project elements.  These spools and paper flowers were an exact match for the spools and flowers in this busy, fun sewing print.  

Here are the EO products used for today's project:
I'll be at my sewing machine this weekend sewing up some garments for the Victorian era! I hope to squeeze in some stamping time, too, especially since here in the U. S. we have a long weekend in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  

Enjoy!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

A Little bit of coffee...


...and a whole lot of Jesus!

The idea for today's card comes from Kintsugi, the centuries-old Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold.  An article from My Modern Met states: "This repair method celebrates each artifact's unique history by emphasizing its fractures and breaks instead of hiding or disguising them. Kintsugi often makes the repaired piece even more beautiful than the original, revitalizing it with new life."  To me, that is what time spent with God does with our broken lives, so I wanted to make a card with a crackled cup featuring Kintsugi paired with this sentiment from Stamp Simply.  It would be a great way to encourage a friend to take a time-out from a stressful life with his or her Bible and a delicious cup of coffee.



Everything about this card is "latte" from the theme to the color scheme, including the coffee gift card in the pocket on the card front. 

I know I am probably very late to the "Jesus Calling" bandwagon, but one of my Bible study friends had an extra copy so now it's mine, and I'm loving it!  What a great way to start the day!

Here are the supplies I used for this project:

Friday, January 5, 2018

Enjoy the Ride!


Hello again!

My brothers are both great car enthusiasts.  They like to buy old, junky "vintage" cars and restore them.  They're really good at it, too, and one of those cars, a gorgeous red hemi Belvedere, has even graced the cover of a popular auto magazine!  We used to go together to car shows and to the drag races (when we didn't live half a continent from each other!), and that's what inspired today's card.


I grabbed Eyelet Outlet's antique car washi tapered number washi tapewide ticket washi tapescrew brads, and truck brads to pull this birthday card together.  With its red, black, and white color scheme and tea-dye distress inking, it definitely has that vintage car feel and they'll know exactly what I was going for!  

Haha!  Bet you'd never guess that I used to pack the parachute for a AA fuel dragster!  Yep!  It's true!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

A Note to Cheer You Up!


Hello everyone!  I hope you're managing to stay warm so far in this cold start to 2018!  It has been freezing even in Florida! 

I have so many friends that I have met through music (from singing and from playing ukulele) and today's card is "a note to cheer up" one of them.  I was looking for bright, happy colors of designer paper and came across Kaisercraft's Hopscotch, which is vibrant and has the bonus of having some punch-out elements (like that scalloped border) that make card-making quick and easy. This particular print even had a sprinkling of music notes on a few of the pieces!    


The sentiment on the outside of the card is one of the companion sentiments that goes along with our pretty Stamp Simply Get Well Tulip.  I could have stamped "praying for your rapid recovery," but opted instead for a sentiment from Blessings and Beatitudes 1 for the inside so that it would fit better on the long, narrow punch-out element.  

Here are the supplies I used to make today's project:
I will definitely be keeping my friend in my prayers.  I hope this card will bring a smile to her face and some light and joy to her spirit.