Thursday, November 21, 2019

My heart belongs to Yooper!

I'm SO excited about our most recent Stamp Simply release!  I didn't even know that this stamp set was in the works, and yet I could not have requested one that would be any more sentimental if I'd designed it myself! 

Unless you're from Michigan, you might be left wondering what in the world is that?!  It is a map (stamp and die!) of "da U.P."  My husband is from the U.P. of Michigan, and for all of his Navy career he was known as "Yooper."  To me, he was not "a" Yooper, but "the" Yooper.  😂  Stamp Simply is located in the U.P., so this stamp is a very special release for Sharon and her local customers, as well as for my husband, my in-laws, and me!  I have found the U.P. to be a place with a personality all its own, and it will be fun to have a stamp set to celebrate that local flavor.  

The designer papers I've used for this card make me smile, because they remind me of the woodsy decor of the basement of my in-laws' cottage.  Our family has made lots of great memories there over the years, although I will admit that I much prefer to go when there's no snow!  (While he's a Yooper, I'm a GRITS...a girl raised in the South!  I grew up in Cajun southwest Louisiana.  My whole life I have never lived more than a mile north of Interstate 10 except for the six weeks we lived as newlyweds at the Navy Lodge in Norfolk, VA!)

I inked a piece of Kraft paper with blue distress oxide ink and then stamped and diecut the U.P., splashing it with water, blotting, and then splattering with diluted gesso to give it that snowy look.  The tiny heart on the map is over Iron Mountain, my husband's beloved home town.   

I had to do some selective stamping of the sentiments in the set to create the perfect phrase for "my" Yooper...but it was not hard to do at all!  If you're a Yooper too, you'll find plenty of fun sentiments in this set that are great to send from one Yooper to another.  


Thursday, November 14, 2019

Spreading Joy!

Hello again!  Whew, I don't know about y'all, but for me the last few weeks have flown by!  I traveled to North Carolina, then to Tampa, and Oxford, FL.  Last weekend was Orange Park Chorale concert weekend.  It has just been a whirlwind, and it seems like (especially since the time change) the days are passing so quickly! The calendar is filling up, and Christmas will be here before you know it!

After all of that galavanting, it felt great to sit down at the craft table and stamp a pretty card with some lovely pastel vintage papers.  They are SO beautiful and have been a recent favorite! The included vintage images are the sweetest, and our Stamp Simply stamps coordinate perfectly.  This is another of the trees from the set I used last week.  It is especially lovely when embellished with glittering Wink of Stella and Snow Tex.

The boughs from A Godly Man make a beautiful frame for a sentiment from Farmhouse Christmas, carrying the snowy theme from outside to inside.  


Thursday, November 7, 2019

'Tis the Season

Hi everyone!  I'm back with today's Stamp Simply project, a Christmas card and tag combo featuring pretty plaid papers and some of my favorite Christmas sets.  Definitely 'tis the season to get your handmade Christmas cards and gift tags ready for mailing and gift-giving!  

Graphic 45 papers are always spectacular and this particular design is no exception!  I love the traditional Christmas plaid and how the floral paper includes some not-quite-so-traditional colors.  Certainly makes one think "visions of sugarplums!"    

The tree, stamped with Delicate gold, colored with Copic markers, and painted over with clear glittery Wink of Stella was splashed with diluted gesso and dotted with rhinestones to give it that same sugarplum sparkle.  

A printed tag from the paper pad accents the inside of the card, where there's a lovely holiday season blessing stamped in gold.

The tag was so quick and easy to put together using square dies and a printed square from the G45 paper.  There are several of these, so an assembly-line approach to making multiples would be quite time-saving.  I used a circle die and a Cropadile to make a matching reinforcer for the ribbon.  The sentiment at the bottom says "from our house to yours."    

Supplies, all from Stamp Simply:

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween!

Today's  Stamp Simply Halloween project features a darling old-fashioned Halloween scene (or two)!  Vintage Halloween images bring back such sweet memories of when I was a little girl and my older brothers would take me trick-or-treating.  We would go all over the neighborhood and end up at Caraway's Pharmacy where there were always fabulous freaky displays and people dressed in incredible costumes.  There was even a headless horseman on horseback!

It wasn't unusual in those days to receive home-made ooey gooey popcorn balls, rich fudge or crunchy peanut brittle.  I've been traveling a lot lately, so I was happily able to complete the paper-crafting part of this project well in advance, but had to opt for store-bought sweets because of the tight timeline I have in between trips.  (I've just returned from the Southeastern Animal Fiber Festival in North Carolina, and will be heading for the Tampa Bay Ukulele Getaway tomorrow).  

The tag on the candy bucket is made like a little booklet from two-sided paper.  This is one of those KISS projects...keeping it sweet and simple yet still made with lots of love!  Here's hoping that the one who receives it knows how very special they are!  


Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Wonder of Christmas

When you're making multiples for mailing, something fast, flat, and easy is the name of the Christmas card-making game!  It is so nice to find some amazing paper so that meeting those criteria does not mean skimping on style!

Today's Stamp Simply project uses a combination of spectacular Graphic 45 papers, simple traditional stamps (no coloring required!) and beautifully scripted sentiments for a fun Christmas greeting from Santa's North Pole perspective.  There's even a gift tag that could be removed and used to top a gift for Christmas morning.

Inside features Santa's smiling face on a lovely vintage advertisement.

Supplies, all from Stamp Simply:

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Always Give Thanks!

I absolutely LOVED Prima's Spring Farm House papers, and today's Stamp Simply card is using their equally gorgeous Autumn Sunset designer paper, which inspired this slightly unexpected Fall color scheme.  

Several layers of coordinating card stock help to bring out the subtle colors of the pumpkins and greenery in this lovely print. Graduated ovals create a window that allows the colors to peek through, with the sentiment stamped on a pumpkin-colored layer to herald Fall and the Thanksgiving theme.  (It's quite simple to align the ovals...just start with the widest die and the top-most paper, run it through the die cutter, then with that layer and the next layer aligned underneath, position the next smaller die, run it through, and continue working your way down.  The cut of upper layer helps hold the die in place to make the next pass.)

The ovals that were cut in the making of the window on the front of the card were used for the sentiment on the inside.  

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Farmhouse Fun!

If you've been following the Stamp Simply blog, then you already know that we're having a promotional sale on our Farmhouse Signage stamps/dies, and Pierced Heart dies this week!  This is a fun little set with some sweet every-day sentiments.  Our team has been posting some fabulous projects with it, and I'm sharing mine today!  

Halloween always inspires me to make bags and boxes that will hold candy, so here's a little milk carton for some milk duds or milk chocolate covered almonds, or something similar! I used Beate's SCS milk carton box tutorial for the scoring/cutting/folding instructions.

I thought this rusty corrugated tin designer paper from Kaisercraft's Workshop pad was perfect for a farmhouse design.  To go along with that theme, I used Delicata silvery shimmer ink to stamp the ole milk can which embellishes the tag that hangs from the top of the carton.  A few strokes of gold Wink of Stella marker gave the milk can a little dimension, and maybe even the appearance of a little touch of rust.

The same simple design is repeated on all four sides of the carton. Each of the stamped/diecut cows are popped up on dimensional foam adhesive dots.  Along the top, diecut farmhouse arrows point to where the spout opens.  

There's a diecut little heart just underneath the spout on the front. Not a bit of fussy cutting on this project except for a few snips to make the carton as Beate's tutorial clearly explains.  

Fun, fast, cute, and yummy!


Thursday, October 3, 2019

Happy Anniversary!

My husband and I are celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary this weekend so I made an anniversary card for this week's Stamp Simply project!  Isn't this sweet pair of birds a lovely print for a Fall anniversary card!?  I love this paper!  (If you're intimidated by coloring, this kind of card would be right up your alley!  No coloring, very little stamping, mostly die-cutting.)

I kept the layout fairly husband likes simple, but he knows me!  I could not resist fancying this up a little bit with a flourished frame, a bit of bridal tulle, some greenery, and that single, most important word ever.  :wink:  

The flower I chose is the same soft green as some of the greenery in the floral print, but if you'd rather a brighter splash of color you could certainly use one of the gold Sienna flowers from the same package of sugared minis.  

Inside there's another lovely print from the same paper pad.  I simply adore the French influence here!  One of our favorite, most romantic trips ever was to Paris, and since I'm from Cajun/French SW Louisiana that makes this design special in two ways!   


Thursday, September 26, 2019

Give Thanks

Today's Stamp Simply project shows off one of our wonderful Fall sets along with some beautifully coordinated papers from Authentique.  The layout is from a card sketch I found on Pinterest which was perfect for showcasing our fishtail banner dies...they're one of my favorite dies and I reach for them on nearly every card lately!  

The focal point is a vibrant Autumn leaf (Give Thanks stamp set and coordinating dies) colored with Copic markers, sparkled with clear Wink of Stella and splashed with just a bit of green distress oxide ink.  

The inside includes more banners die-cut from those lovely prints, another sprinkling of distress oxide ink and a trio of rhinestones to accent the beautiful scripture.  


Thursday, September 19, 2019

Halloween Trio

I really love "stretching" my stamp sets and using sentiments in unusual ways.  I had SO much fun doing just that with this set of three Halloween tags for today's Stamp Simply project.  (If you haven't visited the Stamp Simply blog to see the other tag sets that have been posted recently, you need to take a look!)

This Authentique pad has a sheet of little rectangular images to cut apart, so I used one of those for each of my three tags.  This one with the cauldron seemed to fit perfectly with one of the sentiments from our Cup of Java set.

The second tag has a traditional greeting banner with a pretty full moon scene, an elegant frame, some skeleton damask and polka dot papers, and a sprinkling of stars.

This last one was the most fun!  The little girl in the scene is looking at a sky map, so I reached for our graduation set for this sentiment.  I thought I had a pre-fab broom somewhere in my craft closet, but when I couldn't find it I grabbed a stick and some of our burlap string and made one from scratch!


Thursday, September 12, 2019

Fruit of the Spirit

Hi everyone!  Have you seen Stamp Simply's newest release, the Fruit of the Spirit trio?  They are simply lovely new sets, and imho they're absolutely pearfect!  ;)

I've got two cards for you today featuring this trio of stamps, Fruit of the SpiritFruit, and Fruit Sentiments, which are also sold as a bundle.

The first is a pairing of Graphic 45 designer paper and a stamped pear (colored with Copics atop a classic oval)...they look made for each other.   With this elegant/neutral color scheme, this card would work for either a male or female recipient, and it's relatively flat for mailing.

Next up is an obviously more feminine card.  

The card base is a narrower than usual scrap of white card stock, with an overhanging accent panel that brings the card dimensions to the standard 4.25 x 5.5 inches that fits in a regular envelope.  

The cherries were stamped directly onto the designer paper using both brown and black inks to try to mimic the dark brown-black of the printed motif in the background.  The fruit and leaves were then colored with Copics, highlighted with a white Prisma pencil and a dab of white gel pen, and finally given some sparkle with Clear Wink of Stella.

The leaves were also colored with Copics and Wink of Stella, then given a few pinches and folds to add some dimension.


Thursday, September 5, 2019

Glad Tidings!

September has arrived in Florida with a flurry of hurricane preparations and all of the stress and anxiety that go along with an unpredictable storm.  I was happy, in the midst of all of the storm prep, to take a break in my stamping studio to create this Stamp Simply Christmas card.  

This Graphic 45 designer paper is simply glorious and it coordinates just perfectly with our Christmas Blessings holly!  I think this vintage color scheme is so classically elegant and just a little bit different than the usual traditional red and green!  

For the holly embellishment, I stamped off some Memento Rich Cocoa once before stamping the leaf on white card stock, coloring with Copics, which gives an almost no-line look.  I added some white Prisma pencil accents to the berries, and clear glitter Wink of Stella pen to the rest of the leaf before splattering the entire card front with a little broken china distress ink and white Gesso "snow."

Although this gold Noel sentiment is difficult to see in this photo, it is a bit more obvious IRL.

The inside has a small border print accent and another gold this flourished font!  So regal and perfect for Christmas.


Thursday, August 29, 2019

Fall is in the Air! (maybe?!)

Although it is still in the 90s here it is cooler than it has been, so maybe Fall IS in the air and the leaves will be turning from green to colors before too long. Of course, currently all of Florida has their eyes on Dorian and where the storm will finally make landfall, so we shall see if there are even any leaves left on the trees to turn (and not that many turn to begin with!) Your prayers for protection would be most appreciated! 

That transition from late Summer to full-on Fall is hopefully captured in this Stamp Simply project as one turns from the green of the card front to the colors inside. The die cut leaves and enamel dots arrangement on the card front sort of echoes the leaves and flowers in the little printed rectangle from the paper pad, although maybe the dots look a bit more like berries.

The bright Fall leaves on the inside were colored with Inktense color pencils, smoothed with a tiny bit of olive oil and a blending stump, and given faint drop shadows with a warm grey Copic marker.  I love how the Inktense pencils keep their clear clean colors even on Kraft card stock.  (I think this simple design would make a pretty card front on its own, perfect for mailing).


Thursday, August 22, 2019

One Cup at a Time!

When life ALWAYS helps!  Gotta love these stamps and supplies from Stamp Simply!  Just perfect for times like these! 

Our son just moved to Tallahassee to finish his degree at Florida State University.  We were blessed to have had him here with us longer than most parents since he took a gap after high school and then lived at home while attending a local community college for his AA.  Still, it is a big change for all of us and while we are VERY proud and excited, we still miss him terribly and he's missing us and home a bit too.  I thought maybe a coffee card would help!

Here's what the easel card looks like when it's propped open.  I added some stamped coffee beans to the background paper, and just LOVE how the wood dots resemble coffee beans, too.  Mocha, Java, Latte?  With the enclosed gift card, you can take your pick!  

I added the pocket for a gift card on the back of the easel, but I've still gotta run to Starbuck's to purchase the gift card to put into it before I can get this into the mail.  The shaped medallion here is one of the punch outs from this fun Workshop paper pack.  

All of the stamped sentiments on this card were stamped once with copper ink, then again with black.  That seemed to soften the contrast just a tiny bit so that the black did not look quite so harsh.