Thursday, February 25, 2021

Stamp Simply's New Easter Release!

Hi everyone!  I'm so excited to share our new Stamp Simply Easter release with you today!  

We've got a gorgeous bunch of new images, dies and great sentiments that coordinate together, and there are lots of options for how to use them and how to purchase them (individually or bundled) too!

For today's project I combined an image from one of our seasonal wreath sets with its new coordinating die, and our new Easter is for Jesus Bundle (shown in the top right corner of the image above), using a sketch that I found on Pinterest.  I have an egg-shaped hand-formed grapevine wreath that I made from some vines last year that still needs to be decorated, and that thought is what inspired today's card.

This new set includes not only the cute eggs, rabbit, and sentiment shown here, but also a simple, rustic wooden cross and several sentiments that are perfect for cards for kids and adults alike.

Here's a peek at the inside.  This would be so cute tucked inside an Easter basket alongside some chocolate eggs and colorful jelly beans!

Here's a close-up.  Isn't this bunny absolutely darling?!  So sweet!  


Thursday, February 18, 2021

Always & Forever

Hi everybody!  This week is a busy week, with Valentine's Day, President's Day, Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday and my son's birthday!  In the midst of all that we are remodeling our master bathroom, so it has been kinda hectic around here!

I hope you have been able to stay warm and cozy...I've been keeping an eye on my family and friends in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.  It has been so much colder there than usual, and with all the power grid issues and lack of water, I've been so concerned. I sincerely hope that things are getting better.  My friends in Cajun Country have been making the most of that ice and snow!  I've seen videos of kids being dragged around in crawfish pots, sledding behind golf carts, or sliding down driveway "hills" in kayaks.  That's the true spirit of SW LA and with all they've endured this past year (they've had two hurricanes and now also two winter storms) I have to say that I am mighty proud of them!  They make do with what they've got and do their darndest to make the best out of a dire situation and keep their smiles in the process.  I am so impressed and love 'em to pieces.   

My Stamp Simply project for this week uses one of our newer floral sets and the matching die to go with it!  If you have ever fussy cut this image, you know that having these dies is a BIG deal!  It makes everything so much easier!  

These Craft Consortium papers are so beautiful!  I've been seeing the camellias blooming in my neighbor's yard, so I was drawn to these pretty pink roses!  Such a lovely soft watercolor look!  

I couldn't resist, here at the beginning of this season of Lent, pairing this well known verse with the "Always & forever" tag from our Wedding and Anniversaries set.  ❤️  It seems so fitting!


Thursday, February 11, 2021

Pandemic Plans

This designer paper print from mades me think of handmade quilts, so my Stamp Simply project for today just had to be a Grandma card!  We've just released a couple of new sets to go with our original Stick People sets, and I had a blast playing with all the little bits and pieces!

The new sets include new characters and lots of small stamps that add personality to them.  I used the little paper bag for their masks, trimming off the handles and scoring/folding/sculpting them to fit their faces. 

The new stamp I used for this "grandma" is actually intended to be used to stamp a mom with a baby belly, but I thought it would work just as well for an older woman who is a little squishy around the middle!  I drew in a granny-bun-on-top hairstyle and colored it with grey Copics and clear Wink of Stella for some silver sparkle.  The sentiments here are from our original Stick People sets.  

The boy is from the original Stick People release, but the sentiment paired with him includes one from the new and one from the old, combined.    

Here again I spliced sentiments together and added a cute little iPhone...the "Soon" is from one of the other sentiments in the new set.  The phone number was the phone number of the house I grew up in, where my parents lived for 60+ years. (Disconnected after they passed away, and I sure hope it hasn't been reassigned!) 

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Easter Blessings

Today's Stamp Simply project is a simple, classic Easter card featuring our lovely Cross dies and several of our stamp sets in combination.   

The beautiful hyacinths in Graphic 45's Fairie Wings designer paper inspired the floral focal point atop the center of the Cross, which was die cut from pearlescent metallic copper paper.  The flowers were fussy cut from the center of one of the floral clusters in our Spring and Summer Seasonal Wreath set.  I chose to cut right up to the ink line and to cut away some of the smaller sprigs and leaves.    

I love the beautiful flourishes of the font used for this sentiment, stamped in Celestial Copper to coordinate with the Cross.  

More of the floral paper is inside, along with another classic Easter sentiment stamped in the same shimmery copper ink.


Thursday, January 28, 2021

Vintage Romantic Valentine

Hello again!  Can you believe that January is almost over and that Valentine's Day is just around the corner?!  If you aren't ready yet, there is still time to order paper and stamps and make a card!

If you have followed me for very long, you probably know that I have a thing for typewriters!  My dad was a pharmacist and my grandfather too!  They spent many long hours standing in front of a typewriter, typing bottle labels with medicine names and dosages from doctors' orders.  

I am blessed enough to have not one, but two of my dad's typewriters.  They're both in pretty rugged shape, but I wouldn't trade the world for them!  One of them has a groove worn deep into the space bar it was tapped so often!  

This beautiful Prima paper caught my eye and inspired a project using a combination of our new Typewritten stamps and an old favorite, Thinking of You Rose.  

The card features lots of frayed and torn edges, along with lots of layers and beautiful rich Valentine colors.

The inside has another print from the same paper pad, along with a coordinating sentiment from our Typewritten series.  I was bummed that I could not find another piece of that beautiful burgundy paper to layer underneath to add that little bit of color around the edges.  


Thursday, January 21, 2021

Be Comforted

I'm here today with a feminine sympathy card for this week's Stamp Simply project.  These papers are so pretty together, and the layout is a simple slice and score technique, which takes only a couple of seconds using beautiful double-sided paper.  

The floral focal point alongside the sentiment uses our floral cluster foliage dies cut in various shades of green, some seam binding, tulle, and several blooms and blossoms.  

It's hard to see in the photos but the sentiments are stamped in gold and then black, which gives them a little shimmer and almost a drop-shadow appearance.  

Thursday, January 14, 2021

A Winter Valentine

Hello friends! 

I've been spending a bit of time snuggled up in my cushy chair in front of the fire with my spinning or knitting lately, so I suppose the chill in Florida is partly responsible for inspiring this week's Stamp Simply project!  Our design team was challenged to create a black and white card, with the extra twist of a making a Valentine if possible.  After a stroll through my designer paper and a flip through some of my new favorite sentiment sets, this is what I came up with.  

The snowman is constructed from small and large circle dies, a floral greenery die, and a hand-cut top hat. I used orange and black Copic markers to sketch in those vital snowman details and a bit of grey Copic marker for dimension.  Snowtex and clear Wink of Stella add fun texture and sparkle to the scene.

I tried really hard not to cheat!  Technically grey is black + white, right?  But of course, he did need a nose so that had to be orange!  😉

And here's a peek at the sparkly snowflake that accents the sentiment inside...

...and oops, I did cheat a bit more to add a tiny red heart to the inside!  


Thursday, January 7, 2021

Fresh Picked Blooms

Happy New Year!  I hope your holidays were wonderful!  With Christmas, New Year's Day, and Epiphany/King's Day behind us, the next big card-making event on the horizon is Valentine's Day!  

This adorable Echo Park flower market paper made me think of Audrey Hepburn and My Fair Lady!  I love that show!  Thought it would be fun to combine some of our Love and Wedding stamps for a whimsical Valentine.

This paper pad has several sheets of printed tags of various sizes...I used two of those on today's project (a large one outside, and a smaller one inside) alongside a Copic-colored bouquet.  It was serendipity that that huge pink rhinestone just perfectly fit inside the "O" of the LOVE sentiment!

The outside is pretty busy, but inside there's plenty of room for a long love letter!  


Thursday, December 31, 2020

Happy New Year!

Hello everyone, on this very last day of the year!  I'm sure it is not far-fetched to say that all of us are glad to see 2020 come to a close, so here is wishing you a very happy, healthy, and prosperous new year!  

My Stamp Simply project for today features sunny, cheerful colors and some beautiful paper from Graphic 45 along with two sets that are part of our Typewritten Sentiment Bundled Trio.  This paper has captured my historic-fashion-loving heart!  

The Happy New Year sentiment just perfectly fit into one of the little printed tags that are part of this lovely paper pad.  

Inside there's a drama queen encouraging us all to "Be Happy" along with another sentiment from the Typewritten Trio bundle. What an apt reminder!

I loved using these sets for a New Year's card, but they include sentiments for many occasions, including the upcoming Valentine's Day, lots of other holidays, thank-you and more.  

Wishing you every blessing and the very best for 2021! 


Thursday, December 24, 2020

Stamp Simply Favorite Six of 2020

Merry Christmas Eve!  Christmas is oh so close, and with so much yet to do our Stamp Simply team has been taking this week off to focus on our holiday preparations and enjoying the holidays with our families.  We each are sharing our favorite six of 2020.  I'm sure each of my design team members would agree, it is hard to narrow it down to just six!  Here are mine, presented in calendar order:

First up is a flirty feminine card inspired by women's fashion!  This was a really fun one to make!

If I could have only chosen one favorite card for the entire year, THIS would have been it.  From the first time I saw this stamp set, the idea for this card came clearly and immediately into focus.  

Sometimes other fun crafts inspire my card-making.  These two remind me of quilting, and the bonus was that the making of one card created a cut-out for the making of the other.  

I love the rich colors of Fall.  This card uses one of my favorites of all of our stamp it won't be a surprise for you to see that stamp here twice!

This one was fun because of the combination of masculine designer papers and sort of unexpected colors.

It's always fun to make a card that has different dimensions.  Here is a tall, skinny Christmas card that nearly fell together on its own (the top is the reverse side of the paper used on the bottom).  I love when something so simple turns out to be so beautiful with very little fuss.

As I reflect upon 2020, I can't help but think of the role that fiber and the spin15aday challenge have played in my day-to-day life.  I've spun at least 15 minutes each and every single day of this year.  If you follow me on Instagram you've seen photos of my daily spinning, although there were a couple of days that I missed posting photos.  And so, on this Christmas Eve, it seems appropriate that I should share a little peek of a bit of fluffy fiber (alpaca and wool) and thoughts of Grandma, especially since we did not get to travel to see her this year!    

Merry Christmas to you and yours!  Blessings and much love!