Thursday, June 13, 2024

More New Stamps!


It's no secret that I love making patriotic cards, so I was really thrilled when we at Stamp Simply added several new stamp sets to our already awesome patriotic line!  Don't you just love this background stamp?!  It works great on its own, and it is equally amazing for layering with other stamps as well!

For today's card I stamped the background on white card stock and colored it with Copic markers. I stamped the top and bottom of the stamp on scraps of kraft card stock and layered those on top, adding the sentiment stamp onto that bottom panel. A few pieces of patriotic designer paper and some die cut stars and voila`!  This is a 4.25 x 8.5 inch tall card that fits into a business size envelope.

I used our gorgeous new Liberty Bell stamp set for the inside.  I absolutely love how these sets all work so well together.  They have lovely detail without being overwhelming to color, and the coordinating dies make them so easy to use. 

This card makes me think of a long-ago trip to Philadelphia and Washington DC when we visited lots of the famous landmarks that commemorate the birth of our nation and the wisdom of our founding fathers.  I feel so blessed to live in the United States.  We will proudly fly our flag to celebrate Flag Day tomorrow and gratefully celebrate American freedom every single day of the year!  

Thursday, June 6, 2024

Another new stamp set!


Hi y'all!  

Today's project features another of our newest Stamp Simply sets, the Great Lakes freighter, the Edmund Fitzgerald bundle.  

The designer paper I chose for this card's background is  reminiscent of rusty metal, while the center section is meant to allude to dark foggy skies and deep icy waters.  The ship was stamped on ivory card stock, die-cut with a coordinating die, and colored with Copic markers.  I colored the edges of the cut-out to match the paper underneath so that they blend and recede.  

You might recognize this sentiment from Gordon Lightfoot's song, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.  I was a junior in high school when the ship sank on November 10, 1975.  Gordon Lightfoot recorded his tribute song during December of that same year, which dramatically raised awareness of the accident.

While this stamp set includes the image and verse that pay tribute to the 29 men who perished in that terrible accident, it also contains sentiments of leadership, strength, direction and hope.  It's a great set for making masculine cards like this one.  

Here is the inside of my card using another sentiment from the Great Lakes freighter up to this point, the card uses only stamps from this new set.   

However...I couldn't resist a little extra embellishing!  Here it is with the addition of a helm wheel from one of our other sets, the lighthouse set He Stilled the Storm.  I love how these Michigan-themed sets mix-n-match so well together.  

A closer look...


Thursday, May 30, 2024

You Crossed My Mind!

Hello everyone!  I'm here with a project featuring another new Stamp Simply stamp set!  Presenting the Mackinac Bridge bundle, part of our Great Lakes series and another lovely addition to our Michigan-themed stamp sets.  

If you've been here for a while you more than likely remember that my husband is a "Yooper" from the Upper Peninsula (the U-P, hence Yooper) of Michigan.  If you're driving from the lower peninsula (the mitten part) to the UP, it's the Mackinac bridge that one must cross to get there.  

Considering all that, it's no surprise that my card for today is a very CAS/masculine version that would be appropriate for either my husband or my father-in-law, and it's completely flat for mailing too. It's a classic card using a scalloped circle (punched from a scrap of copy paper) and sponging to "mask" in clouds for the sky, and Copic markers for the bridge and surroundings.    

I used our fishtail banner die and a tiny farmhouse signage heart die to embellish the sentiment, replacing the heart cut from the banner with one cut from a scrap of red card stock.  

The same tiny farmhouse signage heart is repeated on the inside.  


Thursday, May 23, 2024

Eucalyptus Silhouettes!


Hello again friends!  Back today with a project using another brand new stamp set from Stamp Simply, Eucalyptus Silhouettes!  I used various distress oxide inks to stamp the leaves, die-cut them with their coordinating dies, and then tapped/dragged them over silver and copper Delicata metallic ink pads to add lots of shine and sparkle.  They're so pretty IRL!

In addition to those graceful leaves, this set has beautiful scriptures and sayings in swirly fonts that are simply gorgeous!  

So I used one passage on the front, stamped directly onto a square die cut from that gorgeous Ink Drops paper,  

and another one stamped directly onto the paper inside.  Added a soft, sheer bow!  It really doesn't get much easier than that!  

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Cherished Memories


So excited to share a brand new Stamp Simply stamp set with you this morning!  

When I first saw it, my initial thoughts were of the flowers we'd seen outside the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh when we went there for tea toward the end of our time in Scotland.  

Aren't they beautiful?!  
(This photo was taken by Carolyn from Olive & Two Ewe, one of our hosts and travel mates for our trip)

So, of course I had to color mine accordingly, although I did use lighter shades of purple/blue so the details of this beautiful stamp would not be obscured!  I used designer paper from a new paper pad too!  

Here is a closer look at the sentiment banner with a layered bow embellishment.  

The inside features more of that gorgeous designer paper with another stamp and sentiment from this new set.  I love that there are coordinating dies even for a few of the smaller flowers, so there's no fussy-cutting involved at all!  


Thursday, May 9, 2024

Take Life One Cup at a Time!

Hi everyone!  After returning from our two week trip to Scotland I am stuck on plaids/tartans and (with some lingering jet-lag) still needing a little extra caffeine to put some pep in my step!  It has taken me a while to get my body clock firmly back onto Eastern time.  

I'm simply struggling with jet lag, but I know that there are plenty of times when one might feel a bit overwhelmed and that "one cup at a time" is a good way to approach Life under such circumstances.  

One of my loved ones is facing a life crossroads (job changes, a move), so this card will hopefully remind him that the consistency of everyday simple things can bring solace when everything else seems to be unfamiliar.  A hand-made card contains lots of love inside!


Thursday, May 2, 2024

Well done, good and faithful servant!


Hello everyone!  

I'm here today with a sympathy card that is made from a combination of beautiful designer papers and some very traditional and familiar verses.  This is an easy to make "fancy fold" that allows the circular sentiment to peek through from the back through the front of the card.

I used ribbons in harmonizing colors along with some shredded cheesecloth, jute string, and boldly colored flowers/leaves as an accent on the card front.  

This view shows the opening cut through the fold of the front, 

and here you can see the inside. Hopefully these words will bring comfort and solace to the ones who remain.


Thursday, April 25, 2024

Happy Belated Birthday!


Hi y'all! I'm here with an "April Showers bring May flowers" kind of belated birthday card for my neighbor, the wife of the doctor neighbor I mentioned last week, who spent the night...the night of her the hospital.   

I wanted to make something really cute and happy for her since she didn't really get to celebrate her birthday.  

This particular print has cute little ducks on it and since my husband Patrick has been into buying "Jeep ducks" lately from the Target $ spot, I had to put some duck accents on there! (y'all know about the Jeep duck thing?!).  These are part of the die set that goes with our Welcome Baby bundle.

Besides the cute designer paper prints, the paper pad has little block designs that can be used as is or stamped with sentiments, so using them makes a project really quick and easy!


Thursday, April 18, 2024

Hope you're feeling better!

One of the things that I love about card-making is that one can tailor a card to be so uniquely personal for someone's specific circumstances, interests and personality.  Today's card is an example of exactly that.

My neighbor, a physician, had his very own overnight hospital stay not long ago, and it was on his wife's birthday.  I wanted to make them each a card.  Here's his.

I've seen those cute shirt & tie cards, but I wanted this one to be two-layered with the lab coat over the shirt and omitting the tie.   To make it I cut the card base to be the traditional 5.5 inches tall, but 7.5 rather than 8.5 inches long , scored so that the card front is 3.25 rather than 4.25 wide (the back remains 4.25 wide).  Part of the front was trimmed off at an angle and a second piece of card stock adhered to the inside and folded around the front edge to create the lapel.  

The second sheet of white card stock measured approximately 7 x 3.5 inches, portrait orientation.  I folded back the lapel at a pleasing angle, cutting a small notch and then scoring from the point of the notch to the fold to give the illusion of the seam between lapel and collar (peek at a photo of a lab coat for inspiration and guidance).  That piece was then adhered to the inside of the card front and the top trimmed flush to the standard 5.5 inches to match the original card base.

I've also recently seen "pocket boutonnieres" made with a plastic ID card or baseball card sleeve with flower stems sandwiched inside, so that gave me the idea of the rose in the pocket along with an "embossed" pencil.  The rose is from one of our many lovely floral stamp sets (pick your favorite flower), and the sentiments inside and out are from our Typewritten "Just Checking In" set.  

Here's the shirt inside.  The lab coat and shirt pockets were both cut with rectangle dies, so the rest of the card  only required a little more cutting and scoring to make a collar and button placket.  I love the way it turned has the perfect combination of words, and a warm, relaxed "country gentleman" vibe that is just the feel I was going for.

While this card was made for my neighbor's "doctor turned patient" circumstance, it would be easy to adapt for a prom or wedding groom/best man setting with a change of colors and prints and greetings.     

The plaid is an ode to my trip to Scotland!  I'm leaving tomorrow afternoon, carpooling with some girlfriends to Orlando to meet up with my son who, I am very excited to say, is going along, as are several others' husbands and brothers!  We have a direct flight from Orlando to Edinburgh and will be touring the country for nearly two weeks.  My husband will be keeping the home fires burning until our return.    


Thursday, April 11, 2024

Make Mine a Tall One!

In a little more than a week I'll be heading to Scotland on a trip with the "Yarnie Ewes," patrons of the central Florida yarn shop Olive & Two Ewes.  Scotland can be chilly and damp in April, so I have been knitting a few warm things to take on the trip!  One is a sweater which...after knitting almost half of it, I realized it was turning out too I frogged it and started over.  Now I'm knitting "overtime" to try to finish it in time for the trip, and so lately knitting has frequently accompanied my morning coffee and has taken up a large portion of my days.  Since this paper looks like knit stitches to me (and I saw this clip on Pinterest), the idea for this card was born!

This is a really easy construction that looks more complicated than it actually is.  The circles cut from the front are used to make the flap, sandwiching the banner between the two layers.  (I did re-cut the circle of designer paper to a smaller size for layering so the mat would show underneath, but you wouldn't have to do that unless you want to).  

The end of the striped designer paper is a bit longer than the banner, and is glued onto the back of the card leaving just a little space between to accommodate the bulk of the fold when the card is closed and the fishtail banner is threaded through the opening (you'll see this in one of the photos below, so if it isn't making sense yet, hopefully it will before long!)

I love combining prints, and while shuffling through Craft Consortium paper pads, I discovered how beautifully these two designer prints from two different pads work together.  These colors are so scrumptious!  Our leafy sprigs mimic the shape of the leaves in the Bloom & Wild paper so I die cut some from white paper and colored them with various Copic markers, adding a little texture with some daubs of distress oxide inks.  There's some wispy tulle, a clear button, and some jute string to finish off this bow embellishment.  

Here's what you see when the front of the card is opened...

...and the entire sentiment is fully revealed as the banner layer is flipped open (and here you can see that tiny sliver of space that I mentioned earlier).


Thanks for visiting!  Hope to see you next week!