Thursday, April 2, 2020

What Lies Within

It seems that the whole world is holding its breath as the majority of us wait at home hoping to flatten the peak of the Covid-19 contagion.  In yesterday's daily briefing we were cautioned that these next two weeks may be difficult weeks and urged to reach deep within for the hope that is vital to make it through without wavering.  

While we card-makers and crafters are likely to have plenty to keep us happily occupied (and no longer feeling quite so guilty for the stash we've accumulated 😂), that doesn't mean that staying home has been easy.  I did well for the first week and then suddenly started to feel a bit antsy...I miss my friends and our outings together (chorale, textiles guild, lunch)!  I don't think I have ever in my entire life been so thankful for technology like television, telephone, and internet!

One of the things I've been doing to keep my mind and hands occupied is spinning.  I have lots of spindles and several wheels, and a variety of projects going at once to keep things interesting. Here's a photo of my "Spring Quarantine Spin" that inspired the colors for today's Stamp Simply project.

I smeared several colors of distress ink onto a craft mat, blending the edges where they touched with a wet brush, then pressing them onto a dampened sheet of watercolor paper.  (I used Barn Door and Chipped Sapphire to make purple before adding the other colors).  Once the paper was absolutely bone dry, I stamped the sentiment onto it in Memento ink, die cut it with an oval die, and distress inked the edges.  This quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, which is included in our Graduation Sentiments set, provides us with a perfect reminder that we can help miracles happen.   

The quote inside is a reminder that this strength does not come from us alone, but from Christ Jesus.   Through Him, in Him, and with Him, we are able to stand firm and extend grace the world over.


Thursday, March 26, 2020

Hello from Home Sweet Home!

Two things inspired today's card:  the fact that we are all staying home to try to flatten the curve, missing our loved ones (even if they're just a few blocks away!) and that Stamp Simply currently has free shipping within the US through March 31 for the supplies you need to say "Hello from Home Sweet Home!"

Green, and similar bright happy colors have really been speaking to me during this time at home, so this Craft Consortium paper caught my eye right away.  If you look closely, you'll notice that on top of that beautiful patterned paper and underneath the wide ric rac ribbon, there is a torn strip of packing envelope!  Yep, free-shipping-inspired!  Truth of the matter is that crafters from all over the globe are ordering in now for supplies to help keep their minds and hands occupied...there's been nothing like this in my lifetime.

The sentiment (from our Yooper stamp set) is stamped on a bit of index card that was smeared with ink/paint mixed-media style. Both the envelope and the index card were in my mixed media stash ready and waiting for just such an opportunity.  I added some Wink of Stella in clear to the flower petals, and in gold on the veins and edges of the leaves, just to add a bit of detail and sparkle.  

Here's a peek at the inside.  The sentiment here is from another set, Fruit of the Spirit.  A little strip of that shipping envelope along with splatters of gold and green ink inside and out help to unify the design of the inside to the rest of the card.

Here are the supplies I used:
I've been doing a whole lot of spinning and knitting during my time here at home.  In 2018 I had spun some green fiber from Frabjous Fibers in their "Martini" color way so now I've started a "Quarantini" shawl pattern from Romi Hill using that hand-spun. Here's what it looks like so far, with just a little tiny bit of the lace beginning to show:

One of my other projects is to make fabric surgical masks for my neighbor, a physician, to take to UF Emergency Management.  The cloth masks make wearing the n95 mask more comfortable, and they afford an extra layer of comfort/protection with a surgical mask as well.  Plus they're washable.  :) 

I am praying that you are staying safe and healthy, and that you are able to find a way to recognize the silver-lined blessings in all of the stress and craziness of this pandemic.  Stay well!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Be Still and Know...

Since it is Lent with Easter just around the corner, and especially with all that is currently going on in the world (staying home/social distancing) it seemed more appropriate than ever to make a card with the Cross front and center, and with a scripture of encouragement inside.  I loved discovering upon finishing that the way the papers aligned, I had unintentionally created another cross underneath the focal point.

Here's a close-up of the embossed, layered cross, embellished with sparkling jewels.  I just love the rich colors and incredible detail of this designer paper.  Purple is a color often used in Lent  (and Advent) to represent a time of personal reflection, preparation and repentance.  

This is a standard sized card, but with the opening at the center front, held closed by a belly band that easily slides off and on in one piece. 

Supplies, all from Stamp Simply:

Thursday, March 12, 2020

An Easter Window

Hello again!  Happy Thursday!  

I've been Spring cleaning this week, and in the process of going through my craft studio, came across an earlier card that inspired today's Stamp Simply project.  

These beautiful Craft Consortium Watercolour designer papers remind me so much of a stained glass window.  I wanted to use them for the inside of my card and then used the scraps from that to form the shape of the Cross on the card front.  The sentiment is stamped on a scrap using the other side of the same designer print.  

I used ribbons and flowers in a Trinity of colors that harmonized with the beautiful hues of the paper, with a few rhinestones for a little sparkle.

The inside features a peek-through oval window with the most famous Bible scripture ever, John 3:16.  

There was room for embellishment on the inside, but with the busy-ness of the printed paper, I opted to leave it clean and simple, allowing the scripture to be the center of attention.  

Here's what the card looks like from a bird's-eye point of view.  


Thursday, March 5, 2020

Easter Blessings!

I simply could NOT resist decorating a cute little Easter egg carton for this week's Stamp Simply project.  Usually I try to buy free-range eggs, and the paper label from the cartons reminded me of a template so I just ran with it.  The smaller half-dozen sized carton is really pretty much like making a card front.

There's just a tiny peek of bunny rabbits hopping across the front along with Stamp Simply's lovely layered cross, some sparkling rhinestones, a hint of lace, a soft bow and a pretty flower.  

The theme is carried to the inside with the same designer print and another lovely flower.  I need to climb up into my attic to find my cute painted wooden eggs.  PLEASE NOTE: Used egg cartons can carry salmonella and putting anything edible into used egg cartons is NOT recommended.

And this sentiment proclaims what Easter is ALL about.  Thanks be to God for this indescribable gift!


Thursday, February 27, 2020

He Gives Us the Victory!

Hello!  Thanks for visiting!  My Stamp Simply project for this week is in celebration of the victories, whether great or small, that we claim in Christ, knowing that without Him they would have been impossible.  I can think of lots of people and circumstances for which a card like this would be appropriate, and I'll bet you can too.  

Look at how lovely our Stamp Simply crosses dies look layered together and blinged out with a couple of leaf sprigs tucked beneath.  I used Delicata ink in copper to add some "veins" to the leaves and then added some splatters to tie everything together.  (They almost look as though they are a part of the marbled paper).  I know that the flowers in the background paper are old roses but something about this print reminds me also of dogwoods, so I think it would work equally well for Easter with only a tweak of the sentiment inside.


Thursday, February 20, 2020

Spring is Coming...

...and Easter with it!  Time to get stamping if you like sending Easter cards!  Here's some Easter inspiration from Stamp Simply.

I love these sweet vintage Easter images and the colors that harmonize with them!  And of course since I'm from Louisiana, you have to know that I love Fleur de lis!  

Stamp Simply's embossed cross is such an elegant one to use for Easter or any Christian card.  I painted some clear Wink of Stella through the die to add some sparkle.  I also chose a gold flower and some golden yellow ribbon to bring out the yellows of the chicks these little blond cuties are holding.  A bit of gold and clear Wink of Stella on the edges of the flower petals intensifies the color.

Here's the inside, embellished with a scrap from the same designer paper pad.

Supplies, all from Stamp Simply:

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Happy Birthday!

I needed a very simple, mailable birthday card and when I came across a pad of Eastern Influences designer paper I thought that the bright colors and a simple, uncluttered layout would be ideal, so that's this week's Stamp Simply project!  

This is one of those fast and easy cards where the beautiful paper, striking colors and bold sentiment take front and center.

Here's the inside.  This card delivers lots of punch with very little effort!  And yay that it is relatively flat for mailing without sacrificing its attractive appearance!  Even though this paper is a floral design, the contrasting dark colors along with this minimalistic layout make this a card that would work for either gender.   

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Love You SO Much! Miss You a Lot!

Hi y'all!  Last week I was here with a masculine gears and sprockets Valentine/I love you card, and today I'm back with a very girlie Valentine for this week's Stamp Simply project.  Roses (and chocolate!) are traditional Valentine gifts, so today's card includes a lovely rose!  

I love that the oval center panel is simply the flip-side of this pretty designer paper.  I used the larger oval to cut it and then used the smaller oval to cut the positive a tiny bit smaller.  

Sometimes Valentines are not able to be together for Valentine's Day (this year I won't be able to be with mine, so we'll be celebrating either early or late, maybe both!).  I love that the sentiment from our All Occasions 1 set works so well with those from our Thinking of You Rose set, so that they can be mixed and matched so effortlessly!


Thursday, January 30, 2020

For You

Hi everyone!  With Valentine's Day just two weeks away, there is enough time to quick, order a Stamp Simply stamp set and some paper and make a Valentine for your sweetie, although my card for today would actually work as a masculine "I love you" for any day of the year.

I chose some fabulous Workshop designer paper with wheels, gears, and circuits, and followed MojoSketch526 to create a clean and simple, no-nonsense manly card.  That's the kind my guy likes.  I love this traditional blueprint and kraft color combo.

The sentiment is stamped on a die-cut circle of printed paper with a wood accent and a knotted scrap of ribbon stapled bows, no flowers, no anything sparkly!  😂

Inside imitates the layout on the card front, with a tiny wooden heart to accent the sentiment.