Friday, January 19, 2018

Dropping Anchor

Hello friends!  It seems that there's lots of ice and snow practically everywhere, but that doesn't stop me from longing for the sights and sounds of the ocean.  It has been a stressful week, and just the thought of sand between my toes is enough to calm the spirit and settle the "monkey mind!"  That sense of peace provides an anchor through the storm.

These supplies were strewn across my desk for another project (more on that another day!) but my heart had a detour in mind and I had to make this card first!  I am hoping that you got the feeling of the boardwalk and the fourth of July when you first saw it. 

The inside is reminiscent of the shorebirds patiently wading through the tide pool.  Kinda makes me  wanna go shell seeking or searching for sea glass!  Well...maybe when it's warmer!  ;)  

Here are the Eyelet Outlet supplies I used for this project:
If I had had it, I would have added some seahorse washi tape because the colors look like they'd work perfectly with this designer paper!  There are quite a few options for a beach themed, summer vacation card if you are longing for summer or if you're lucky enough to go for a winter getaway!  

And here are the supplies I used from Stamp Simply:

Thursday, January 18, 2018

A Brand New Release from Stamp Simply!

We've got new stamp sets and dies from Stamp Simply and you're gonna love 'em!  Here's a peek at the ones I used for today's card, but you can see the rest (a total of four stamp sets and two die sets) if you visit Stamp Simply What's New.   Our team will be sharing projects made with the new release daily for the next week or so on the Stamp Simply blog, so be sure to visit!

I love this combination of beautiful fonts and such wonderful, lovely sentiments.  A few are perfect (and just in time!) for Valentine's Day, and the rest are great for all kinds of occasions.  I suspect these will see lots of use on a regular basis!

Here are the supplies I used for my card:

Friday, January 12, 2018

Sew Happy!

Hello crafty friends!  Ready for the weekend?  I am tremendously looking forward to it!  

Most of the crafters I know have their go-to craft but are enthusiastic about other crafts too. I love card-making but lately my heart has been drawn to the first craft I really remember learning...sewing. I am so grateful that my mom and my home-ec teacher, Mrs. Farley, taught me to sew!   It's a very useful skill set to have in the tool box!  Since I have been spending time lately planning some garments for historical reenacting, these sewing stamp sets and the Eyelet Outlet embellishments that coordinate with them were calling out to me.  ;)  I even used a set of paper pinking shears that I haven't used in aeons!  

I love that so many of our EO products come in multiple colors so you can perfectly coordinate with your designer paper and other project elements.  These spools and paper flowers were an exact match for the spools and flowers in this busy, fun sewing print.  

Here are the EO products used for today's project:
I'll be at my sewing machine this weekend sewing up some garments for the Victorian era! I hope to squeeze in some stamping time, too, especially since here in the U. S. we have a long weekend in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  


Thursday, January 11, 2018

A Little bit of coffee...

...and a whole lot of Jesus!

The idea for today's card comes from Kintsugi, the centuries-old Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold.  An article from My Modern Met states: "This repair method celebrates each artifact's unique history by emphasizing its fractures and breaks instead of hiding or disguising them. Kintsugi often makes the repaired piece even more beautiful than the original, revitalizing it with new life."  To me, that is what time spent with God does with our broken lives, so I wanted to make a card with a crackled cup featuring Kintsugi paired with this sentiment from Stamp Simply.  It would be a great way to encourage a friend to take a time-out from a stressful life with his or her Bible and a delicious cup of coffee.

Everything about this card is "latte" from the theme to the color scheme, including the coffee gift card in the pocket on the card front. 

I know I am probably very late to the "Jesus Calling" bandwagon, but one of my Bible study friends had an extra copy so now it's mine, and I'm loving it!  What a great way to start the day!

Here are the supplies I used for this project:

Friday, January 5, 2018

Enjoy the Ride!

Hello again!

My brothers are both great car enthusiasts.  They like to buy old, junky "vintage" cars and restore them.  They're really good at it, too, and one of those cars, a gorgeous red hemi Belvedere, has even graced the cover of a popular auto magazine!  We used to go together to car shows and to the drag races (when we didn't live half a continent from each other!), and that's what inspired today's card.

I grabbed Eyelet Outlet's antique car washi tapered number washi tapewide ticket washi tapescrew brads, and truck brads to pull this birthday card together.  With its red, black, and white color scheme and tea-dye distress inking, it definitely has that vintage car feel and they'll know exactly what I was going for!  

Haha!  Bet you'd never guess that I used to pack the parachute for a AA fuel dragster!  Yep!  It's true!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

A Note to Cheer You Up!

Hello everyone!  I hope you're managing to stay warm so far in this cold start to 2018!  It has been freezing even in Florida! 

I have so many friends that I have met through music (from singing and from playing ukulele) and today's card is "a note to cheer up" one of them.  I was looking for bright, happy colors of designer paper and came across Kaisercraft's Hopscotch, which is vibrant and has the bonus of having some punch-out elements (like that scalloped border) that make card-making quick and easy. This particular print even had a sprinkling of music notes on a few of the pieces!    

The sentiment on the outside of the card is one of the companion sentiments that goes along with our pretty Stamp Simply Get Well Tulip.  I could have stamped "praying for your rapid recovery," but opted instead for a sentiment from Blessings and Beatitudes 1 for the inside so that it would fit better on the long, narrow punch-out element.  

Here are the supplies I used to make today's project:
I will definitely be keeping my friend in my prayers.  I hope this card will bring a smile to her face and some light and joy to her spirit.

Friday, December 29, 2017

12th Night Invite!

Hello everyone!  I hope you had a very merry Christmas!  We're making our way through the 12 days of Christmas on the way to Epiphany, and today I'm here with a totally over-the-top 12th Night card.  

The colors of the Mardi Gras season are purple, gold, and green, and I absolutely love them together!  I used gold embossing powder for the background, sponging over it with bold colors of distress ink, adding a band of sparkling green and purple jewel bling strips and glittery gold washi tape with a giant frou-frou purple bow.  

The admission ticket dangling from the bow features a gold embossed crown with purple jewels.  Beautiful green jewel bling leads the eye from one corner of the design to the other. 

Inside is a bold embossed crown with more purple and green jewels.

While this card is designed for 12th Night, the kick-off of the Mardi Gras season, it would be easily adaptable to practically any holiday or special occasion!  

We're planning to enjoy some King Cake and chicory coffee on the day of Epiphany, January 6th.  I hope you are enjoying an extended holiday celebration, too!  It's nice to make the most of the season since it seems to come and go so quickly!    

Wishing all of the best to you for 2018!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Tea Time Morning Devotion

I have had so much fun playing with the new "Coffee or Tea?" stamps and dies from Stamp Simply.  This set of dies and the coordinating sentiments are so versatile!  Since the cup and handle are separate pieces, you can mix and match for the look of your choosing, and then stamp the perfect sentiment for the coffee or tea lover to go along with your design.

I love stamping for card-making, but I have been dabbling in mixed media.  I recently got a copy of Jesus Calling from one of my Bible study friends and that inspired this tea time morning devotion journal page.  I love the quiet of the early morning when it's just me with my cup and some thought-provoking, heart-stirring scripture.  

Two sheets of beautiful designer paper inspired the colors for the distress ink and texture paste lace background.  Look closely and you can see the gorgeous metallic silver sheet music and sheer vellum swirls of steam rising from the cup.  I added more shine with Silver Shimmer Delicata ink and some splatters of Finetec silver metallic watercolor paint.

Because the background was textured, I opted to stamp verses and a title on some vellum, then die cut around them and attach them with rhinestones to cover the places where the glue was applied.  

The process of making this two page spread was so enjoyable, and I am absolutely delighted with the outcome!  I hope you like it too!

Here are the supplies I used to create them:
May the Lord bless and keep you today and always!  Wishing you and yours the very best for 2018!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Vintage Floral

Eyelet Outlet products form a beautiful focal point for today's card. This pad of designer paper has so many lovely patterns, and the color combination is soft and elegant, so it inspired an elegant vintage layout for this project.

The grey-blue, sage green, kraft, and dark rose pink of the papers are echoed in the vintage washi tapegold pearl swirl blingenamel dot flower center, and in the paper flower leaves and petals.  A light sponging of the leaves and flower petals with silver ink helped to mute the colors and match the hazy, softer colors of the flowers in the background.  

Inside, there's another strip of washi tape.  A splattering of Finetec silver metallic watercolor inside and out brings even more sparkle.  
I like having my holidays one at a time, so I'm not completely ready to stamp Valentines just yet since Christmas is not quite here!  This card is a way to make a soft transition from one holiday to the next!

Happy holidays, everyone!  

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Star-shaped Gift Boxes

I saw these star-shaped boxes on Pinterest and absolutely loved them!  I am always looking for pretty presentations for gift cards, cash, and small trinket gifts, and so these will be perfect.  The lids and box bottoms are each made from a hexagonal piece of designer paper or card stock which is scored parallel to the edges and then from the intersections of those lines to the points.  

This one is made from Christmas-y papers, a bit of lace and a pocket tag attached with some burlap string.

The shape of the box reminds me of the Star of David, so I wanted to make another one in hues of blue.  
Take a peek at the Stamp Simply sales that are happening now!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!