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.


Thursday, August 15, 2019

Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice!

Sometimes cards are inspired by unexpected things and today's Stamp Simply card was just that!  We were traveling last week to visit my husband's family in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and on Saturday, my sisters-in-law and I went to the Farmer's Market. Afterward we decided to stop for a cup of coffee in Organic Grounds Coffeehouse.  This turned out to be a BIG bonus for me, because everything they serve there is gluten-free.  I went gluten-free in January of 2013, and in the past it's been quite challenging to find gluten-free food in a primarily Italian, pasta-everywhere town, but over the years it has gotten easier and this year was the best ever.  I loaded up on GF cookies, muffins, and tarts while I was there.  Yup, I treated myself, because...vacation!

Besides the coffee and food, I loved the decor and atmosphere in Organic Grounds Coffeehouse and that's where the inspiration for today's project came from!  Look at how cute and clever this wall is!  After returning home and finding this bicycle paper in the package of beautiful papers that Sharon sent me, I was inspired!  (And yes, there was a delicious gluten-free pecan pumpkin muffin in the bag of goodies I had purchased).  

I used our coffee mug die cut to cut a mug from one of the printed rectangles and two other printed papers from the paper pack, embellishing it with a Copic-colored trio of acorns fussy-cut from the leaf/acorn image in our Give Thanks stamp set.  

The inside is the pumpkin from our Welcome Fall set.  I love this image!  Here it is stamped and colored directly on the inside panel of card stock, but there are dies to match so it could be diecut and popped up on dimensionals if preferred.

If you haven't visited the Stamp Simply online store lately, you should!  Sharon just added a lot of new designer paper, and I can personally attest that you NEED some!  It is all so scrumptious!