Thursday, February 22, 2024

Dial-a-doodle-doo!



Hi everyone!  

If you've been around for a while you know that I love to spin, and for a spinner, Spring is the season for shearing and new fleece to wash/process/spin.  So here is a viewfinder "dial a doodle-doo" card featuring some barnyard friends along with a few treasured words of wisdom.


The base of this card is 4.0 x 5.5 inches, but the overhanging banner and the edge of the viewfinder spinner bring the measurement to the full standard 4.25 inches wide.  


I used the largest Spellbinders die to cut one circle from card stock and another from copy paper.  Folding the copy paper circle in half and then in half again helps to find where to punch a tiny hole in its very center.  I also used the template to divide the spinner into quadrants for aligning the individual stamps.


You'll need to be careful to align your spinner so that there is that little bit of overhang, but still room for the other elements and embellishments you wish to include on your card front.  


I figured out the placement of the brad and then decided what pair of circle dies to use for the "peek" part of the viewfinder.  Take care to align the opening so that the edges of the larger circle do not show through from underneath.  I like for the mat layers to show, so I cut the larger circle of the pair where I want it to go on the thin designer paper.  After glueing the designer paper to the underneath layer, the smaller circle is easy to align to cut the opening through the mat layer of card stock.


Here is a look at the sentiment and that fun rustic barn designer paper.  And I'll let you in on a secret:  I got a tiny smudge of black ink beside that little piggy so I decide to give everything a generous splattering of tea dye distress ink, black distress oxide ink, and diluted white acrylic paint.  I hope you'll think that it gave everything a fun, grungy barnyard kind of vibe with a side of sunshine.  


A sheet of designer paper from Craft Consortium's Over the Rainbow brings the cheerful yellow of the ribbon from the card front to the inside, a reminder of sunny skies and happy times when the stress of life has made them difficult to call to mind!       

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Preparing for Easter


Hello everyone!  I hope you had a happy Mardi Gras and a lovely Valentine's Day/Ash Wednesday!  Lent is here and Easter is definitely on its way!  🎶


Today's Stamp Simply project is a traditional sized card but with an off-center gate fold.  To make it I scored a 5.5 x 8.5 piece of card stock at 1.25 and 3 inches.  I adore cards like this that show off coordinating prints from a single pad of paper!    


The focus of the card front is our beautiful cross die embellished with pretty pastel Spring florals and rhinestones.  All of the images and sentiments here are from a single stamp set.  


On the inside there are some of our beautiful daffodils, one of my favorite flowers and also one of my favorites of all of our stamp sets.


This time I gave the flowers' centers a bolder color to bring some of the brighter colors from the Easter egg paper on the front into the inside.  I looked up photos of daffodils for examples...I had no idea they came in so many colors!

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Thursday, February 8, 2024

Getting ready for Easter!

 


Hi everyone!  We're already into the second week of February and time is flying by!  Mardi Gras is almost here because Easter is early this year!    

It has been a while since I've made one of these "half-front" cards so I thought I'd try it with this darling Easter set!  It's such a cute set for making cards for kids, but adults will love it too.  


With the card closed it looks almost like a full card front with pretty papers, that adorable bunny for a focal image, a banner sentiment and a bright floral/ribbon embellishment.  


But when the card is opened the half-front design reveals the image and sentiment hidden inside.  All of the images and sentiments are from the same stamp set, our "Easter is for Jesus" stamp set and die bundle.  

To make the half front, I cut and scored a traditional portrait fold card base.  I used an additional 4.25 x 5.5 inch blank piece of card stock to die cut the bunny shape without passing the bottom of the die completely through the machine.  I carefully trimmed away the card stock to the left and right of the die cut.  

The depth of this piece helped to determine how much to cut away from the front of the card base to make the half-front.  I stamped the bunny onto another separate piece of card stock, colored and die cut it, and attached it to the half-front with mono multi glue.  That double-thickness helps lend more stability to the bunny and also keeps the Copic marker bleed-through from being visible from the inside.  A tiny slit in the fold allows the ribbon to pass through to the inside so that it doesn't have to be untied to open the card.  


Here's a closer look at the inside.  I love this simple, rustic cross alongside this profound message.  I hope that it gives you the "Easter Sunrise" vibe that I was going for!  

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Thursday, February 1, 2024

Sunny Appreciation


Every once in a while I'll see something that inspires an idea, and I won't be able to shift gears until I've at least tried making it.  That is what happened with this card.  That umbrella paper is SO cute, and our new cloud dies seemed like a perfect mate to go along with the paper.  When I saw this fun fold on Pinterest I had to try putting it all together!  

The square focal point is made from a 6 x 6 piece of double-print paper scored 1.5 inches from all edges, with the corners snipped away.  Then a corner is folded back on each of the remaining flaps.  I used a couple of Tim Holtz dies to add a pull tab and arrow to draw attention to one of the flaps so the recipient will know there's more to see inside.


I found a cute sentiment to go with this theme from our Typewritten series.  The sunny yellow button and bow add to the fun, happy feeling.  


And here is a peek at the inside.  Circle and square dies finish it off with another sentiment from the same Typewritten series set.  

Do you have a friend who brings sunshine to your rainy days?  I hope so!  I'm so grateful for mine!

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Thursday, January 25, 2024

Love you so much!



Hello everyone!  I wonder how many of you have been given roses for Valentine's Day?!  Most people recognize the red rose as a symbol of true love and enduring passion.  My husband has given me roses for Valentine's Day quite often, and I have a big jar of dried rose petals that I've saved over all these years.  


This little Valentine box was inspired by some gorgeous Ink Drops Rose designer paper.  The rose stamp/die and accompanying sentiment on top are both from our Thinking of You Rose bundle.   

To make the box I cut a 5 x 7.5 inch piece of card stock and scored 1.5 inches from each edge.  (I had planned to put the entire die cut rose on the box top and designed it to size, but then I changed my mind!)  A few snips and a little glue and the box comes together quickly.  The bottom is the same but cut a tiny bit smaller so that it will slide inside easily.  


My husband LOVES chocolate so that is what I've put inside this box, but that's an obvious idea!  What's special for your sweetheart? Maybe a watch or a pen or some concert or sports tickets?  Some jewelry?  A love letter or some poetry?!  It's easy to adjust the box size if you need to, and to adapt the style to fit the recipient, although Valentine's Day is the one time you can probably get away with pink no matter their age/gender.


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And hey, all of my fiber artist friends...did you notice that peek of pretty Ewephoric fiber tucked in there under all those chocolate coins? Guess what?!  An un-assembled Jenkins finch fits in there just perfectly instead of chocolates!  If you wanna give your beloved a hint of what you'd like for yourself and how it could be presented!  ☺️

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Love You to the Moon and Back!


Hi y'all!  I hope you are staying cozy, warm and dry!  Even here in Florida the temperature dipped below freezing and took hours to make it above 40 degrees!   I've had lots of opportunities lately to pull out all of my handspun/handknit woolens!  

I'm back today with another card made with the adorable Echo Park Love Notes designer paper.  I had fun with this paper last week and wanted to find a way to showcase an assortment of these darling prints all at once.  Pinterest to the rescue with an accordion fold card!  


The base of the card is cut to a standard size 4.25 inches wide x 5.5 inches tall.  The accordion portion is 4.25 x 11, scored at scored at 3, 5.5, 8, and 9.5 inches.  The folds are held flat for mailing in a standard envelope with a removable belly band decorated with a pretty heart and Valentine's Day sentiment. 


Here's a peek at the inside.  I used a couple of circle dies to cut a crescent moon from pearly white paper.  The cute little clouds are from our new country church dies set.  

Thursday, January 11, 2024

Traditional Valentine: flowers, love notes, and chocolate!


Hi friends!  Waving to you from stormy, not-so-sunny Florida!  A couple of nights ago we had a supposed tornado form aloft right overhead, which touched down across the river a couple of miles from us as the crow flies.  They're saying we're in for another storm tonight/tomorrow so I am hoping we are not in for another wild ride!


My project for today is a traditional Valentine which typically includes flowers, love notes and chocolate!  I used a combination of Stamp Simply stamps/dies and a couple of Tim Holtz dies to make it, all inspired by this cute Echo Park designer paper with a postal theme.  

Anybody else having flashbacks of a long ago long-distance romance?  Such is life when you love someone in the Navy!  dh and I dated long-distance for ~ 3.5 years before we got married...and then we were still apart a lot of the time! 


The flowers are a stem of irises stamped and die cut from our Happy Day Iris bundle.  


I folded a strip of card stock and then cut the top and sides of it using the largest Tim Holtz tags die to create a little pocket tied with ribbon which holds two chocolate coins.   The tag is just the right width to slide into the envelope from the Postale die set.


I stamped a greeting onto a "love note" (another die from Postale) and added the xoxoxo from one of our Stick People stamp sets.  


The inside is embellished with a little printed tag from the Echo Parks Love Notes designer paper.  I included a zip code with the numbers from Postale to carry on with the postage theme.  

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Thursday, January 4, 2024

The Lord is My Shepherd


Hello friends!  Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!  Today (January 4th) is the 11th Day of Christmas.  I'm here with a project and post that represent the collision of several of my favorite and most beloved things, including the 23rd Psalm, spinning (wool, the sheep and the Shepherd!), stamping/card-making, and growing up in  Louisiana!  


I recently had a conversation with a friend about a book, A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23, telling her about how learning to spin has deepened my understanding of the words of the 23rd Psalm and of my relationship with the Shepherd.  She's a friend from Louisiana where preparations are underway for the arrival of 12th Night tomorrow night, which is the big kick-off of the Mardi Gras season. 

The book is wonderful, explaining the relationship of the sheep with the shepherd, much the way an infant is dependent upon its mother and father.  Then there is also the reverse, the shepherd and his family depending upon the sheep for clothing and even for food. Becoming a spinner has really taught me to appreciate natural fibers, of the renewability and sustainability of wool.  There is so much Life to learn here!    

Last week I mentioned the significance of 12th night and Epiphany in relation to my Louisiana heritage, but here is a little more to the broader story.  Historically women worked as spinners and took off the 12 days of Christmas, those days between Christmas and Epiphany, returning to work on January 6th, the day after 12th night, which was also called Distaff Day. (The distaff is a staff used for holding fiber from which it is drafted to spin with a spindle or wheel).  With a loaded distaff, a woman could carry her spindle and fiber supply with her as she went about her other daily chores.  Fiber preparation, spinning, knitting, weaving, and sewing were only a portion of the way she would spend her day.  It is really mind boggling to contemplate and comprehend!  


Here's a photo of my ready-to-be-dressed ring distaff (made by Enid Ashcroft) and my Mardi Gras support spindle (made by Allen R Berry).  The fiber is in Mardi Gras colors of purple (justice), green (faith), and gold (power).   

Modern spinners enjoy spinning as a hobby and often purchase special "12 Days" fiber sets. You can see some of mine in the background of the table-top photo above. I'm traveling on Friday to a Distaff Day weekend gathering in Orlando, and looking forward to hanging out with other spinners and knitters.  And can I just say...I am so glad that nowadays we spin for fun and not because we need/have to!  Being required to would take all of the fun out of it imho! 


OK, so that was a really long detour, but it explains why these words and images speak so significantly to me.  It was the convergence of all of these things that lead to the idea for this simple card.  I believe that the love poured into your card-making from the things that you love in your life will find its way to the ones who receive your thoughtful creations.  So put your heart into it!    

I used two Stamp Simply sets to make the card.  One is an older Sympathy set which includes the words of the entire 23rd Psalm, and the other a newer set which includes the praying hands image and the sentiment that I used on the inside of the card.  I stamped directly onto the designer paper with inks that could be used safely with Copic markers.  


Here's a peek at the inside.  


And here it is with one of my Turkish spindles (also by Enid Ashcroft) and a beautiful wool/silk blend of fiber from one of my 12 Days of Christmas fiber sets.  I've been spinning daily for quite a while, but for December joined some Advent and 12 Days spins, #spin15aday and #100daysofspindlespinning 

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My hope is that this post will prompt you to think upon the details and be reminded that the Shepherd cares so deeply about yours! The most basic and the most intricate.  There's something to look forward to in that for this new year!

So next week you'll find me spinning Mardi Gras colors, baking (and eating) gluten-free King Cake, celebrating the Shepherd/King and gearing up for the next holiday!  💜💛💚  

Thursday, December 28, 2023

2023 Stamp Simply Favorites

Hello everyone!  Merry 4th day of Christmas!  I have always loved this quiet week between Christmas and the start of the New Year! The house is still dressed with the apparel of the season and still feels festive, so it is easy to stay in the Christmas spirit and start to work on gifts and decorations for next year.  Being from Louisiana, there is also the excitement of counting down to Epiphany and the start of the Mardi Gras season.  Anybody else looking forward to King Cake?!  Since I've become a spinner there is also a 12 Days of Christmas fiber set to spin, which is a daily opportunity to slow down and take a break from the hustle and bustle for at least 15 minutes a day.  #spin15aday #100daysofspindlespinning 


Here's the one from Christmas Day, the first day of Christmas, with one of my favorite Stamp Simply projects there in the background.

Speaking of favorites, this time of year is when we at Stamp Simply look back over the past year of creativity and choose favorites from all of the projects we've made.  This is a lot harder than you might expect, and if you asked more than once I might come up with a different answer each time because I have lots of favorites for a variety of reasons!  But here are links to some of my favorites from 2023, with links to the blog posts which have more photos and links for the products used for those projects!  

 

Hello Beautiful



Graduation 2023



Stars and Stripes Easel Card



Monochromatic Fancy Fold



#1 Coach Appreciation Card



Angels Among Us!



Christmas Special Delivery Gift Card 




Happy Thanksgiving! Let the Countdown to Christmas Begin!  

I hope this last week of 2023 and the brand new year will bring much joy and happiness and many blessings to your life.