Thursday, September 17, 2020

Christmas, From the Cradle to the Cross

Hi everyone!  Today's Stamp Simply project is a simple, sparkly Christmas card that is sort of Florida-ish, but with a deeper meaning.  This palm branches paper brings Palm Sunday to mind as a reminder that His entire story goes From the Cradle to the Cross.  It's so much more meaningful to celebrate Christmas with God's plan of the Cross in mind.  

This is an easy, fairly quick card to make.  There's a bit of slicing and simple scoring, some stamping, and very little coloring (done here with sparkly Wink of Stella markers).  I heat-embossed the ornament just to give it a bit more detail, but with Delicata ink, it really is not necessary.  Splashes of gold Delicata ink diluted with water splattered on with a tiny paintbrush, add even more festive sparkle.  

The inside has a strip of designer paper, a single gold pearl, and a beautiful gold sentiment.  

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Christmas Peace

Hello friends!  I'm back today with a card featuring another new release, Christmas Peace and Joy from Stamp Simply!  This lovely candle is part of the new set, Christmas Peace.  (Christmas Joy features beautiful ornaments).  

The candle and the dark woodgrain designer paper made me think of an old church, its windows festively adorned with poinsettias glowing in candlelight for Christmas Eve, so I decided to try Beate's "Frosted Window" tutorial.  I used Stamp Simply's fishtail banners die to cut the window's frame and sash, mitering the corners as a real window frame would be, and adding the pretty floral print to give the illusion of wallpaper.  (Maybe next time I'll be even more adventurous and add diagonal panes of "leaded" glass...then the window would really remind me of my childhood church home)!

With this technique, the image is stamped onto card stock and also onto vellum.  I heat-embossed the top layer.  The darker marker colors and the candle's glow are colored on the underneath layer, and the lighter colors are colored on the back side of the vellum which is mounted on dimensional adhesive tape.  I added a bit of both gold and clear Wink of Stella to the right side of the vellum to give subtle shimmer and make things especially festive.  

I love how soft the colors are, and how simple yet elegant the result is with very little effort...using a stamp platform makes it incredibly easy to be sure that everything will be perfectly aligned.  The frost of the vellum camouflages the coloring on the card stock underneath, so it can be done with a little less "finesse" than usual, and since the marker inks sit on top of vellum and won't blend because of the paper finish, this really is a fast and easy technique that softens any struggles with blending that you might experience if you are new to blending with alcohol markers.  

There is a beautiful Christmas sentiment stamped on the inside.


Thursday, September 3, 2020

Fall Center Step Gift Card

Hello everyone!  I had so much fun last week with Stamp Simply's new wreaths sets that I couldn't resist making another card with them!  

This is a Center Step Gift Card...the center panel is the perfect size for the wreath and the printed paper provides a pretty frame that brings out those lovely Fall colors!  This is also a card that, if one left off the enamel dots, would be flat for mailing, but the interesting fold keeps it far from being boring!  

Here you can see that the wreath and pumpkins were stamped directly onto the center panel in one layer with Memento Rich Cocoa ink, no fussy cutting involved!  You don't even need to make a mask!  I colored the wreath decorations with Copic markers and added a touch of clear Wink of Stella to emphasize the highlights.  

Because Copic markers bleed through, I opted to add another layer of card stock to the inside of the card (to the center panel above the fold) to make the appearance of the opened card a bit neater.

Then, there's a pocket for a gift card.  I love the idea that if (in this 2020 Covid world) my family and friends can't have dinner with me then they can have dinner on me!  

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps - Seasonal Wreaths - Fall & Winter
Graphic 45 Fruit & Flora 8x8
Memento Full Size Dye Ink Pad - Rich Cocoa
Stamp Simply Steel Dies - Fishtail Sentiment Banners
Spellbinders Die - Standard Circles Small SM
Spellbinders Die - Standard Circles Large LG
Enamel Dots
Scrapbook Adhesives-3L 3D Self-adhesive Foam Squares - Mix
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
Zig Wink of Stella Brush - Clear Glitter Marker
Copic markers

I hope you'll indulge me for just a moment's been almost a week since Hurricane Laura nearly completely decimated my childhood hometown of Westlake (next to Lake Charles), Louisiana. This was the view down Sampson Street the day after the storm, with a huge chlorine leak billowing in the distance.  

Please whisper a prayer for the people of Southwest Louisiana. They are hard-working, resilient people who rebuilt their lives after taking an awful hit from Hurricane Rita in 2005.  To have to go through it...and worse...all over again is really hard.  I've lost count of how many of my friends have lost their homes and their livelihoods.  Thankfully my brother's home did not suffer extensive damage, although he did have many shingles missing and his wood laminate floors were ruined.  He lost most of the trees on his property except for the big, strong Cypress trees, and he's there with limited running water and no electricity trying to get everything cleaned up.  Everyone is pitching in to help each other and make the best of a truly devastating situation.

If you are able, please donate to the relief is going to be a long, difficult recovery.  Thank you!


Thursday, August 27, 2020

New Release: Seasonal Wreaths!!

I'm so excited to share today's "photo intense" post with you! Stamp Simply has released two brand new stamp sets that include images for wreaths of two different styles, and four seasonal florals to embellish them.  The sets are sold individually or as a bundle.  

The cards I've made are all "Joy Fold" cards, and you can find the tutorial here.  For each card, I cut the smaller folding panel a little taller than the tutorial recommended so that the wreath would fit, and even then I gave it a little squish (thanks, Michelle for this idea!).  The wreath embellishments were stamped on scrap paper, fussy-cut, and added with dimensional adhesives.

I'm starting out with beautiful roses, paired with black and white gingham for a simple, elegant thank you card.

Thanks card supplies:

Next up is a soft floral using some new Craft Consortium papers.  

The shapes and colors of the floral image reflect the shapes and colors of the delicate printed paper underneath.

Hugs card supplies:

Here's a Fall version using gorgeous papers from Graphic 45.  

The pumpkins were colored with soft, nearly monochromatic Copic colors.

Grateful card supplies:

And finally, a grungy Christmas card adorned with a bright red poinsettia.  

Christmas card supplies:
If you have not already visited the Stamp Simply blog this week, you need to!  My design team mates have shared lots of beautiful samples using these new sets!  

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Deck the Halls!

This week at Stamp Simply we are featuring simple, easy-to-construct Christmas cards.  My project for today has a die-cut window which allows a beautiful, bold Christmas print to peek through.  It is lovely as it is, but if one also affixed a gift card to the inside, it would show through the window and would be framed by not only the card front but the beautiful paper underneath. There's plenty of room on the back of the card to sign and write a message.  

I used clear and gold Wink of Stella glitter pens to add sparkle to the beautiful holly leaf that serves as a focal image for the card front.  Since some of the flowers and leaves of the designer paper print are enameled, another even better option would have been to use some Ranger Glossy Accents.  

The base of the card is a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch rectangle of ivory card stock.  The green card stock forms both the window front of the card and the mat for the printed layer inside.  It measures 5 1/4 x 8 inches, and was scored/folded at the 4 inch mark into 5 1/4 x 4 inch rectangle with the window die-cut from the center of the front half, then the back glued to the card base.  

Because Copic markers bleed through and the leaf from the front is visible when the card is opened, I die-cut an extra leaf to glue to the back of the colored leaf so that everything would look cleaner from the inside.  


Thursday, August 13, 2020

Farm House Faith


This week at Stamp Simply we've been featuring projects made with our Farmhouse Series, and I'm here with my version inspired by county fairs and colored ribbons for the winners of the various submissions of animals, crafts, foods, etc.    

I love the way a simple silhouette stamp can really pop when placed atop a bright piece of card stock!  Especially a chicken!  A scrap of bright sunny yellow designer paper found lingering on my desk was the perfect match for stamping the sentiment, bringing out some of the lighter colors in the background print.  

This is an oft-quoted definition of Faith, and to me it seemed to go so well with thoughts of life on the farm:  the rising and setting of the sun, the miracle of seeds sprouting into a bountiful harvest, the wonder of new birth, and the tenderness of animals nurturing their young...all of the best of the simplicity and fullness of Life, wonderful reminders of the provision and care given to us by our Creator.  Our faith should be filled with gratitude and that same sense of awe and wonder.

Here's a peek at the inside.  I just wanted to keep it fresh and clean and super simple. 


Thursday, August 6, 2020

Rejoice and Be Glad!

If you're like I am lately, you could use a little encouragement and a reminder that each and every day brings new mercies and another opportunity to rejoice and be glad.  We can find joy in the everyday simple things, and there is always something for which to be grateful.  That's the spirit of today's Stamp Simply project.  

We are approaching the hottest, most humid part of Summer, but as I sit at our breakfast table, the Zebra butterflies are fluttering and the hummingbird still visits the feeders.  I am savoring those sightings and realizing that there were a lot of simple joys in my busier BC (before Covid) life that I was too distracted to see so while I am struggling with cabin fever these days, it has its merits! Still, I am looking forward to Fall when the weather is cooler and we can enjoy dinner on the patio again.  

It was a delight to work with this Fall color scheme, beautiful leaves and accompanying scriptures stamps, and lovely Graphic 45 designer papers.  I used Copic markers to color the leaf and acorns,  and then added gold and clear Wink of Stella to deepen the shading and add some sparkle.  Fall truly is magical!  

I am so not a morning person, and since it usually takes a cup of coffee or tea for me to "rise and shine" I very nearly included one on the inside of this card, but ended up opting to keep it simple and stay with the leaves and acorns theme.  Fun either way!

Be sure to visit the Stamp Simply blog to see more Fall ideas from the rest of our design team!


Thursday, July 30, 2020

Belated Birthday Bouquet

The other day during dinner we were joking about how every day is like "Groundhog Day, the Movie" because most of our safe-at-home days feel so very much the same.  My guys are working/schooling from home and during that time I am spinning, knitting, etc., just trying to stay busy and quiet without being a distraction for them.  

I really haven't been paying much attention to the calendar lately because we have nothing scheduled, but then I missed a friend's birthday and so I needed to make a belated birthday card.

The rich colors of this G45 diagonal plaid were calling to me, and I used the pretty printed rectangles for an alternating block design with a sentiment stamped in the lower left corner.  A bouquet of bitty blossoms stretches diagonally across the card.  The flowers have burlap string fringe-y stamen and enamel dot centers with bitty blossom leaves and a few floral cluster die-cut smaller stems of leaves .

A strip from that same page of patterned paper carries the theme to the inside where there's the perfect belated birthday sentiment!

Supplies, all from Stamp Simply:

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Hope and a Future

The idea for today's Stamp Simply card came from the desire to use a card stock scrap that was not quite long enough for an entire card front, hence the vellum layer to extend it to the proper length.

I couldn't help but use this beautiful angel again, I love it so much! Adding this circle of designer print gave the vellum more stability and provided a focal point for an additional stamped sentiment. When fully closed the printed layer from the inside peeks through the vellum. 

Layers of designer paper on the inside of the card front hide the glue used in the construction of the card front, and also give extra white space for writing.  While the designer paper is a busy print, it can be used as "lined" paper to guide a hidden handwritten note if the writing is kept to the right hand side of the page.


Thursday, July 16, 2020

Faith, Hope, and Love

The Stamp Simply team is having fun this week with slimline cards!  You can do fun, different things on a tall skinny card and certain images really lend themselves to this format.

My card is a mostly black and white (actually, ivory!) card with a tiny bit of pale purple.  I loved the interplay between the polkadots and plaid in this Farmhouse paper pad and the way the word banners stand out against the dark background.

Inside is the familiar, beautiful verse from 1 Corinthians 13.

I placed a rhinestone there to bring emphasis to the most important word.  ❤️