Sunday, October 24, 2021

Christmas JOY


Today's Stamp Simply project started out with the intention to make a flat-for-mailing card, but as you can see, it ended up going in a different direction!  Sometimes it just works out that way and you gotta go with the flow, right?!


I stamped the holly leaves with Memento ink and colored them with Copic markers.  Then I used the coordinating dye to cut several masks out of printer paper so that I could stamp the background with text without inking the leaves.  I used Delicata gold ink and "finger-pressed" the stamp onto the paper over the masks to get a faint, partial impression (and I was bummed that it turned out so faint that it is difficult to see, especially in a photograph.  Because I did not use a stamp jig it was impossible to repeat the inking...I will probably try again with this original idea using a stamp positioner next time to improve upon the execution!)


I was disappointed but opted to keep going since I was happy with the way those berries turned out!  Then as I was clearing things from my desk, I dropped a big splat of ink right onto the middle of the card.  😳

So, QUICK! I grabbed the ivory acrylic paint and painted over it, and then covered it with this lovely die-cut shimmery gold cross. Whew!  JOY!  And then I immediately thought, wow,  this is a reminder of how I'm "covered by the Cross!"  Even stamping can be a spiritual experience with a lesson to be learned!


I used the same mini background to stamp the inside.  I'm sure now that you can actually see it, you're singing along too!  I just had to include that little music score (from another new set!) in the corner!  I'm sure you'll be seeing lots more of that one!

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Thursday, October 21, 2021

My Refuge and Fortress


Hi everyone!  

Lighthouses have always been so interesting and intriguing to me! They are each so very individual and have their own unique history, but collectively they have played such an important role for maritime travelers throughout time that they've come to represent a place of safety and refuge, which for Christians is very powerful symbolism indeed. 

Our recent Stamp Simply release included two new lighthouse stamp sets.  This is the lighthouse in the Keweenaw Waterway North Entry in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, featured in the new set, He Stilled the Storm.


I had so much fun combining sets from this release for today's project!  The branch in the upper left corner of the card is from another new set, God Will Take Care of You.  The background stamp is a scripture from Psalms in one of our new background minis.  


Here's a peek at the inside, which includes another beautiful scripture. There's lots of detail and interest in this card, yet because there are no ribbons or rhinestones, it is still ideally flat-for-mailing.

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

New Release!


I'm so excited to share with you one of the new sets that was released by Stamp Simply this week! We are introducing some mini backgrounds, a lighthouse series, a bird set and a decor set.  The mini background set I have used for today's project includes some beautiful scriptures.  This particular one is from Proverbs 31.  


I stamped the scripture several times diagonally, then inked over it with a mesh stencil and shimmery copper ink, tearing and fraying the right edge of the paper.  It makes a nice backdrop for a big beautiful sunflower!   (That mesh stencil always makes the think of the windows of the church that I grew up attending!)


There is more stenciling on the inside of the card, along with another encouraging passage from Proverbs 16.  

Be sure to visit the Stamp Simply blog and scroll down through this week's posts to see all the inspiration that our design team is sharing!  We have specials on Tim Holtz products, and of course, you have to see the sets for this new release!


 


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Thursday, October 7, 2021

Peace


Hello friends!  Back again after bit of a break!  Our family took a vacation and then needed vacation to recover!  Anybody relate?!  

At Stamp Simply, we're currently featuring Tim Holtz products...they're on sale for the entire month of October.


I love his style and have enjoyed using his stamps, stencils, and dies for all kinds of projects.  Their versatility for card-making and mixed media, and their timelessness make them a consistent favorite!


For today's project I used a beautiful quatrefoil die from the Thinlets Mixed Media #1 set to cut an accent in the corner of a lovely patterned paper from a brand new Christmas designer paper pad by Studio Light.  In my imagination the patterned paper evoked a feeling of peace in the midst of a snowy Winter's day, so I wanted to keep things simple, elegant, and monochromatic.  I used grey ink for the sentiment with splashes of silver and gold inks and diluted white acrylic paint.  The tree was stamped with distress oxide ink in a coordinating color.  


The paper on the inside is from Craft Consortium's Grunge Dark pad.  It was a great match, especially with the added splatters and splashes of ink and paint.  The camera does not capture what a pretty, sparkling card this is!  If the rhinestone "tree ornaments" were omitted, it would also make a great card for mailing.

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Give Thanks!

 


Fall is one of my absolute FAVS when it comes to crafting and it is mostly because of the gorgeously vibrant colors.  Maybe it's partly due to the fact that we live in Florida so I am more likely to get my color fix from pretty papers than from the Fall view from my window?!  (Here the colors do eventually turn, but in small volume and much later than elsewhere!)


Today's Stamp Simply project is a relatively clean and simple card using some of my favorite Fall stamps and new designer papers by Carta Bella.  The bright colors really pop against that dark background!  

I used Copic markers to color the leaves and acorns, and then splashed a few drops of Copic refills on as well, so if your coloring skills are not as awesome as you would like, no problem!


I love this scripture that is stamped on the inside.  A very long time ago I was part of a women's chorus that sang a song based on this passage.  Every time I see it, the song starts to replay in my head.  It not only brings the scripture to mind, but the bonds of friendship that I shared with those lovely ladies.  ❤️

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Saturday, August 28, 2021

A message from Stamp Simply

Shipments are delayed at Stamp Simply.  We're terribly sorry for unprecedented late shipping. All late orders should ship next week.

Thanks for your patience, kindness, and understanding.  All late shipped orders will be nicely rewarded.

Thank you.


Thursday, August 19, 2021

There's Magic in the Air!


I'm back with another G45 Halloween card!  I absolutely LOVE this paper!  This particular print had such a lovely sunset glow that I could not resist pulling out some pastel card stock for an elegant Halloween card that requires very little stamping.


The floral cluster includes a dark purple blossom that I edged with black Wink of Stella, layered with shreds of cheesecloth, a beautiful variegated silk ribbon that matches perfectly, a little dotted Swiss (inspired by the paper's dotted border), and a stretched and torn bit of the purple netting that shallots come in!  It looks like point d'esprit lace from a vintage hat!


For the inside I used a sheet of Ink Drops Vivid designer paper. With those swirling colors and splashes of gold (and also of white, that I added inside and out with diluted acrylic paint), it looks magical to me and fits in well with the "Magic in the Air" theme.

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Thursday, August 12, 2021

Christmas Candy

I am so in love with this beautiful Ink Drops Candy designer paper from Craft Consortium!  This particular print made me think of a sparkling Christmas tree, so I decided to hang a gold ornament on it.


The ornament was stamped with Delicata gold ink and embossed with gold embossing powder, die cut, and then colored with pink and gold Copic markers.  


The inside is simple, with a verse stamped in sparkling gold ink.

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Thursday, August 5, 2021

G45 Halloween Slimline

 


Hello friends!  If you've been around for a while, then you already know that I absolutely adore making Halloween cards!  The colors are so much fun to work with!  


It's hard to see in the photo, but this designer paper has a just a hint of purple so I decided to add a few purple accents.  I added black Wink of Stella to the edges of the lilac flower petals to make a floral embellishment that has black twill ribbon, shreds of cheesecloth, and purple jute string.  Look closely and you'll also see some purple "netting."  I have had some of that purple plastic mesh (the kind that shallots come in!) stashed for a while, and this was the perfect occasion to use it.  It looks really cool if you stretch and tear it!


This paper has lots of fun designs that you can use as accents and borders, so I added one of those to the inside.

Here's a closer look.  This sentiment is from one of our All Occasions sentiment sets.

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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Fall is Coming Super Sale!


Hi friends!  Fall is just around the corner, so I'm here with a card that practically put itself together, and another great Stamp Simply promo!  


Shop now to July 31st for Fall stamps, dies, and papers.


This paper pack from Doodlebug has a few printed tags and one was the perfect size for this sentiment from our Give Thanks set.   The tag would make the perfect bookmark, so I gave it a ribbon treatment that would work well for that purpose.  

Just a stamp or two, a few quick slices of designer paper, a swipe of glue and a few colors and this card's all done!  


The inside has a pop of Fall colors that harmonize with the colors in the designer paper.  

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