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.