Thursday, May 30, 2019

He will never leave nor forsake us!

I thought I'd try something a little different for today's Stamp Simply project! The long narrow design of this sheet of designer paper said "bookmark" to me, so I made one that slides on/off underneath the edge of the card front, held on by the loops of its cording. Even when the bookmark is removed, the card is still cute!

I put dimensional adhesive under only the bird print part of the design so that there was open space for the folded bookmark to slide underneath...with the cording wrapped around the back of the top-folding card front and the bookmark, it stays fairly securely in place. The card itself is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2, so with the bookmark in place it will need a bit larger of an envelope.

I chose to repeat the same passage of scripture that's on the bookmark on the inside of the card since this particular passage is repeated over and over in the book of Joshua...obviously we need lots of reminding to be strong and courageous!

Here is a peek at the inside of the bookmark. This paper is so fun!

Here are the supplies for today's project:

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Wrapped in Prayer

Sadly, I needed another sympathy card, and wanted it to not be a very somber one...hopefully this is colorful and yet motherly/lady-like without being disrespectful.  

The layout was inspired by this week's Freshly Made Sketch and my friend Judy's card.  My initial plan was to keep this rather clean and simple and flat for mailing, but then I couldn't resist adding that beautiful cross, even though it pained me to cover up the pretty seed packet!  LOVE this paper!

I enjoy making window cards where there's a peek of the inside from through the window, but then the reveal of more once the card is opened.  These are such beautiful sentiments.  

Supplies, all from Stamp Simply:

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Stars & Stripes Forever!

I just LOVE this polka dot paper!  A few weeks ago when I made another patriotic card I used the negative space from the dies and had these partial stars left over.  Since Memorial Day is fast approaching, I decided that I should use them for another Americana card and today's Stamp Simply project.    

It's sorta fun to mix and match papers from different pads and companies, and that's what I did here.  The mat of blue card stock under the focal point stars is actually made using a die cut.  

The kraft card base is sort of an ode to the beach, since  many consider Memorial Day the official kick-off of Summer and so many Floridians head to the shore for the holiday.  

Here's the inside...simple with that bright pop of patriotic color.  I very nearly stamped a thinking of you or sympathy sentiment, because remembering loved ones lost in service to our nation is what Memorial Day is truly all about.  Three servicemen lost their lives over the span of the nearly 29 years that my husband served in the Navy, and each Memorial Day we remember them and their families.    


Thursday, May 9, 2019

The Righteous Man

I love making clean and simple masculine cards, because it seems that CAS is what my guys (my husband, son and brothers) appreciate most.  

The designer papers for today's Stamp Simply project made me think of pinstriped shirts and men's silk ties.  I got a glimpse of the passage "As for me and my house" when I was pulling out this Proverbs verse, so the houses print had to make an appearance as well.  

I cut two strips of the striped paper, lined up the stripes "right sides together" like fabric and then cut diagonally to produce a matched, mitered corner.  

The inside has the Father's Day greeting from All Occasions 2, along with a fussy cut house to add just another little detail and to carry the Father's Day/family theme throughout.  

No frills, no fuss.  They'll let me get away with a bow though, since it is one with a shirt button tied to it!  ;)  


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Congratulations! Great Job!

This week I've been spending my evenings at our local community theater as my son and his fellow cast-mates have been  working to put the finishing touches on their production of Little Women. Another Debbie and I have been frantically working to clothe them all scene-by-scene in somewhat period-correct clothing borrowed from my reenactment friends and from other local community theaters.  We've been altering, mending, and sewing for several weeks and thankfully everything is finally coming together right on time for our Thursday evening soft opening.

I'm SO proud of all the work that's been put into this production, and even though it's "just" been rehearsal, several of the songs and scenes have already moved me to tears!  This cast has been hitting it out of the ballpark.  ❤️  That's why I was inspired to create a "Little Women" congratulations/good job card for today's Stamp Simply project.  I love how this paper and these two stamp sets have worked so well together to create a card so perfect for this occasion.

This was a really simple card to put together because the focal points are such vibrantly colorful, beautiful little vignettes and quotes that look great just as they are.  A little matting and a few simple embellishments are really all you need to make a simple but elegant card.  

Here's the inside.  I just HAD to use this quote, because over and over throughout both acts, through music and lines, Jo tells of her plans to "astonish you all someday."  I have been astonished by the generosity of my friends and the talent and dedication of this cast and crew.  They are amazing!  

I'm SO grateful that the play will be running for two consecutive weekends!  Since I am leaving this morning for the 1860s Civilian Celebration in Capon Springs, WV on a trip that was planned well before the play was on the calendar, I will miss all four performances of opening weekend.  Thankfully there will be several more performances over Mother's Day weekend, so I will get to see it after all.  

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