Thursday, January 26, 2023

Spring Green Daffodils

Hello friends!  I'm here today with a Spring green card to chase those Winter Blues away!  Makes me wish I had thought to force some bulbs to bloom early.  I love doing that with paperwhites at this time of year.  

They truly are one of my favorite flowers so I could not resist making a very Clean and Simple card with this beautiful Stamp Simply stamp set.  It came together in a jiffy using bright green Craft Consortium Ink Drops Earth designer paper, some Copic markers, silky white ribbon and a few dies. 

In the photo those splashes of copper ink look like splashes of dirt (maybe they make you wish to get out and dig in the garden?!), but in real life they are so shimmery and absolutely beautiful.  

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Valentine Postale


Being the wife of a career Navy man who was deployed a lot over the years, I've sent more than a few love letters in my time, so this card brings back lots of memories and makes me smile!  It was a lot different back in the day, before the invention of email.  Back then the turnaround time for a round-trip message from home to the ship and back took around two months.    

Today's Valentine project features Stamp Simply stamps, dies by Tim Holtz, with designer papers by Carte Bella and Craft Consortium.  It's so much fun to coordinate these darling papers!  

The My Valentine two-sided 6 x 6 paper pack has several cute ATC style cards in addition to full sheets, so I used the letter die from the Tim Holtz Postal die set to trim one of those pre-prints to fit into one of the die cut envelopes.  

On the flip side, I added a sentiment and die cut heart.  

The inside is a sheet of Craft Consortium Ink Drops paper with a stamped sentiment.  I die cut another heart from the designer paper (and saved it to use on the back of the card, see below) replacing the opening with a heart die cut from a scrap of gold pearlescent metallic paper.

Here's a peek at the back.


Thursday, January 12, 2023

Hello Beautiful

My Valentine is my guy who likes no-frills masculine cards, but every once in a while it is really fun to make something really pink and girlie, the kind of card I myself would like to receive, the kind that we all identify with when it comes to the traditional Valentine's Day card (right alongside roses and a box of chocolates!)

This Stamp Simply project started with a piece of pretty Baroque paper that reminded me of lovely woven fabric for home decor or women's fashions, which then inspired the pleats, lace, ribbons and floral accent for the layout. 

I love browsing the fabric stores to find the perfect fabric pairing for an outfit, so I similarly flipped through my Ink Drops and Grunge paper pads to find a couple of great matches to use together here.  Using a light application of Victorian Velvet distress ink on the edges of all the papers helped to unify the colors and give the design a more elegant, finished look.  

The floral accent is a combination of seam binding, variegated silk ribbon, jute thread and paper flowers atop some beautiful Venise lace.  I love how the colors and textures all work together.  

The inside includes another scrap of beautiful Ink Drops along with a Valentine's Day sentiment.  


Thursday, January 5, 2023

The Vine

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope your 2023 has had a happy start! 

It has been blissfully quiet here in our household, one of the reasons I always treasure the week between Christmas and New Year's.  I usually participate in some sort of "12 Days" celebration...for the last several years I've participated in two fiber offerings that count down from Christmas Day to Epiphany, so I've been enjoying opening a little "gift" of fibery goodness each morning, this morning's being the last since tonight is 12th Night and tomorrow is Epiphany.  Here's a peek of the first five days of one set.  I'm still working on spinning the first singles of Day 4. (You can see a spun "turtle" for the first three days.  I'll spin a second singles for each day from the remaining fiber and ply the two singles together). 

These gorgeous little "sticklebatts" of fiber are too luscious to rush through, so I like to take my time spinning them to savor the beautiful colors and the feel of all the lovely textures as they pass through my fingers.  It will probably take me a while to finish them, especially since I am spinning the entire 11 ounces with spindles (one Jenkins Finch which is a Turkish drop spindle, the other a supported spindle from Woodland Woodworking).  

My Stamp Simply project for today is a simple card of encouragement using paper, sentiment and dies all along the same theme, The Vine.  I love this passage of scripture which seems to hit home all the more fully in the bleakness of Winter.  (I, for one, am glad that Winter Solstice is behind us and that we are headed once again toward longer days and shorter nights.)  

For my card the sentiment is what inspired the Vine theme, but your inspiration can come from *any*where!  Browse our stamp sets and beautiful Kaisercraft papers for all kinds of ideas!


Thursday, December 29, 2022

2022 Favorites

It's become a tradition for us to look back over the last year and choose our favorite makes, so here are some of mine!  I say "some" because these are only a few!  

Just click on the caption below each card to visit the original post, and then close the window to come back to this one.  

Happy New Year from our family to yours!  It is our prayer that 2023 will be a year filled with good health, happiness, and lots of love!

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Merry Christmas!


Just a few more days and Christmas Day will dawn!  It seems that there is always more to do right up until the big day arrives, so it's nice to have a couple of quick and easy cards on hand.  Maybe you still need a couple of cards, or a little "Me time" in the stamping studio but only have a few minutes.  This pair of cards is super fast to make using both the "positive" and "negative" of one pass through the die machine.  

The first step is to cut some designer paper to layer on top of your base card stock.  It is better if the print is not too busy and the stamp you choose is not too detailed.  Stamp the image on the designer paper, position the die over the stamped image and run it through the machine.  Remove the stamped image, set the "positive" die cut aside for now, and glue the remaining paper with its "negative" open space onto the card base.  Stamp the image through the opening onto the base card stock.  Color it using your favorite method (here I used Copic markers).  

Stamp a sentiment and embellishment for your card.  I stamped and die cut two of the same sentiment and snowflake for both cards just to make it faster and easier.  

Here's the super clean and simple second card with the positive die from the plaid paper set up on dimensional adhesive dots.  The shimmery gold card stock makes even this simple design feel elegant.  

A splash of diluted white acrylic paint or Snow Tex to both cards gives them a more Wintery holiday feeling.  With so much of America 30 degrees below normal temperatures this Christmas, that seems appropriate!

I hope you and your family have the very merriest Christmas! Happy Holidays!


Thursday, December 15, 2022

Time to be Merry!

I have a real soft spot for fancy fold cards and periodically peek on Pinterest for ideas.  This one was inspired by this post which includes measurements for scoring the card base.  I adjusted the size of the focal image panel to fit our lovely seasonal wreath.    

Here's a bird's-eye view of the fold so you have a better idea of the card's construction.  Lots of places to put coordinating prints of lovely, colorful designer paper.  I pulled sheets from three different pads for this one and kept the colors traditional except for the pale green of the poinsettia.  

The "Time to be Merry" sentiment gave me the idea to use my Tim Holtz dies to embellish the wreath as a holiday clock face.  The tiny numbers are from Tim Holtz's Postale die set; the clock hands are arrows from our Farmhouse dies set. 

Of course, clocks have gears and the old timey ones often need winding so I added gears and skeleton keys from our Man of Knowledge set onto the peek-a-boo panel.


Thursday, December 8, 2022

Christmas Peace


Hello my friends!  I hope you're having a happy December so far! I can hardly believe that Christmas is just a few weeks away. There's still so much that I want to accomplish, and I'd also like to take plenty of time to just savor the Season.  

Last week I played around with distress inks and some scraps of watercolor paper which I've incorporated into this week's Stamp Simply project, a Christmas tag.  I pressed various colors of distress oxide and metallic inks onto my craft mat, spritzed them and the paper with water for the "Spray and Smoosh" technique. They've had plenty of time to dry since then so for today's stamping session they were ready to stamp and die cut without any more waiting.  

The watercolor paper that I used for the background (on top of a die cut tag of white card stock edged with metallic inks) included various colors of green, blue-green and red with splashes of silver and copper.  The ornament, also of watercolor paper that had been smooshed with only silver and copper, was stamped with Memento ink, then given just a tiny touch of Copic marker shading and metallic gel pen accents.

So here is the ornament tucked into the branches of a Christmas tree.  The greenery was cut from textured card stock smudged with silver ink, nestled with berried branches of metallic copper card stock and splashes of diluted metallic ink and diluted acrylic paint "snow" (I'd have used SnowTex if I'd had it).    

Some of our real-life ornaments have a tiny silver tag, so I added one to this ornament, stamping it with the peace sentiment from the companion set with the candle, Christmas Peace.  So this project uses the smallest and the largest of the dies in the Tim Holtz tag collection.    

While simple sticky tags are fine for some gifts, there are definitely plenty of occasions to have something a little more elegant on hand!  This would make a pretty tag for a simply wrapped gift, or an embellishment for a nice bottle of wine to share with the host of a holiday celebration (especially on a dark green bottle of red!)


Thursday, December 1, 2022

It's Coming!

Are you ready to welcome 2023?!  It is hard to believe that it is only a month away!  I always find this time of year a little bittersweet!  Some years are easier to wish good-bye than others, and whether we want the end of the year to go by slowly (or not!) so that we can savor it, it seems to speed by!

This beautiful Ink Drops designer paper print reminded me of a glittering New Year's Eve table-scape with sparkling silver and gold decorations.  Slicing the paper for a standard sized card left just enough to stamp and die cut a Pretty Poppy for a monochromatic card design.  A touch of warm Copic marker shading and sparkly metallic gel pen accents were all it really needed.  

The Welcome sentiment from Welcome Baby worked perfectly with the small die cut numbers from Tim Holtz' Collector set (The Postale die set also has small numbers in a different font for another option).  That pop of black is such a great contrast...this color combo has always been one of my favorites!  

Here's a look at the inside.  Sponging and splashing with Delicata metallic ink makes it so simply elegant.


Thursday, November 24, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I know today is an American holiday, but each and every day is a good day to be thankful so I hope y'all will celebrate along with us!  

My family and I have so much to be thankful for!  Most are simple, everyday things that have to do with treasured relationships, health, hearth and home (and maybe a few stamps and ink, a spindle or wheel or two and some fluffy fiber to spin and knit because creating brings me peace and joy)!  

Our son (who lives in Virginia now) is home for a visit and more than anything that makes my heart happy.  I've been in the kitchen cooking for days already, so this evening we will have a Thanksgiving feast to celebrate being together, sharing the bounty of the harvest and our favorite flavors of the season.  

My card for today is a very sweet and simple card given a splash of unusual color (inspired by the designer paper) with Copic markers and some added sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella glitter marker. The oak leaf die cut allows the base layer to peek through the sheet of designer paper, and the sentiment and acorn embellishment add a little dimension that is squishy enough to make it through the mail machines without mishap.  

I hope you have a beautiful day and that it will be the beginning of a wonderful countdown to the end-of-year holidays.  It's such a magical time that seems to rush by in a blur when we'd rather it pass slowly so we can savor it!  Holiday blessings to you and yours!