Thursday, May 6, 2021

Lazy Birthday Morning Cuppa Joe!

Tuesday was my neighbor's birthday.  He grew up in Puerto Rico where his grandpa owned a coffee farm, so I often make coffee-themed cards for his birthday.  

This designer paper from the quite lovely and feminine Blossom pad reminded me of men's silk PJs with a monogrammed pocket, so I was inspired to cut out a collar, placket and a pocket embossed with a sentiment.  Edging everything in white (like white piping on a sewn garment) helps the design features to stand out more rather than disappearing against that intricate background.

I used a combination of sentiments inside and out from our coffee sets and birthday sets.  Even though the fonts are not the same, they harmonize well together.

It's so much fun to truly personalize a hand-made card!  


Thursday, April 29, 2021

A Fresh Hello!

It's been so warm and summery lately, and absolutely beautiful with lots of flowers and bright sunshine!  Couldn't resist some fresh summer sunshine colors for a Stamp Simply happy birthday card!   

It's the simple things, right?!  ☺️ 

A single brightly colored lemon forms the focal point with a little medallion-style sentiment atop layers of pretty floral and polkadot papers.  

More of that pretty floral inside, with a sentiment in a beautiful script.  

Easy peasy lemon-squeezy! 


Thursday, April 22, 2021

Old Glory!

I love stamping and sharing patriotic cards!  My dad was a WWII veteran, my brother flew F-14 Tomcats for the Navy, and my husband is USN retired, so our family has an acute awareness of what it means to serve this great nation.  And yes, even with all of its tension and strife, to me it is still the greatest country on earth!   God Bless America!  (If you're not American, I hope you feel this way about your country too!)

I love this image of our country and flag from Stamp Simply's set, Old Glory!  I think it is beautiful, and it is also fun to color!  Here I used Copic markers, with splashes of diluted gold Delicata ink and also diluted white acrylic paint.  The vivid colors of the Grunge background papers really make those splashes pop!  

Here's a shot of the Old Glory sentiment which was stamped first with stamped off Memento Rich Cocoa ink before being stamped again with Delicata Golden Glitz.  I find that doing it that way helps to make the text more crisp and legible, although it is still quite difficult to get a good photo of it!  (It might have been quite nice stamped and embossed in white! Maybe I'll try that next time!)  

The inside repeats the same papers/colors, using the fishtail banner die for a medal/military feel.  This sentiment is from a companion set that comes in the trio bundle with Old Glory and the matching dies.

Since this will go to a male service member, I chose to keep the embellishments fairly low-key (my guys don't like lots of frills and fanciness!)


Thursday, April 15, 2021

Blessings from God

Hello again!  For today's Stamp Simply project I'm sharing a Christian card that would be perfect for confirmation, baptism, or just about any special occasion.

This gorgeous Graphic 45 floral is actually from the Woodland Friends collection, and definitely has a beautiful, lush "Garden of Eden" feel!  

The golds and soft pinks of the paper were calling to be paired with a sheet of yellow-gold Craft Consortium Bloom and Wild that was just laying there on my desk!  I used a little Ripe Persimmon distress ink to bring in those peachy pink tones, sponging the ink through the openings of the Cross die and also onto the stamen of the flower.

Pairing those lighter colors against the dark green from Grunge Festive Tones really makes them look bright and beautiful.  Light and Life!  I added just a light touch of clear Wink of Stella to the raised embossing of the Cross.  So elegant!

Here's the inside.  I love this sentiment, which is such a wonderful prayer that is appropriate for any special day!


Thursday, April 8, 2021

Pretty Pink Blossoms

Hi everyone!  I hope you're having a wonderful week!  We got our second Covid vaccines this week, and now we're looking forward to the weekend! 

My fiber arts friend, Karen, spun up a beautiful skein of pink and green yarn which inspired me to reach for those same colors for today's Stamp Simply project for a girlfriend's upcoming birthday.

I used sentiments from three different stamp sets for this card. The leaf is actually from an Autumn stamp set, but who says it can't be used for Spring as well?!  I cut several of the same die and glued them together and then popped the whole thing up on dimensional adhesives.

If you look closely, you can see splashes and splatters of diluted clear glitter Wink of Stella.  This was done inside and out because who doesn't love some glitter on a girlie card!?!    


Thursday, April 1, 2021

I Love You to the Moon and Back!

Tuesday night when I went to bed there was a giant full moon shining brightly into the bedroom window.  Next day, up in my stamp studio, I came across this beautiful designer paper from the Amy Design Amazing Owls pad, and decided to make this simple, shimmering celestial card.  

This was another instance of the paper being too pretty to cover up, so I went for a go-to CAS layout, the perfect accompanying sentiment, and a few shimmery splashes and splatters of silver ink.  

A single silver rhinestone and a silver metallic cord bow are the only embellishments on the card front.  

Inside there is another beautiful designer print, a wonderful sentiment, more splashes and splatters, and a single wooden heart (turned silver by a smoosh onto the silver ink pad).  

We saw Moonstruck again not long ago!  I love that movie!  The music is so awesome and there are so many great lines in it!  A great big low-hanging moon always makes me feel as though God is looking down from Heaven, watching over me.  I love that thought and I'm always glad for the reminder!  


Thursday, March 25, 2021

He Lives!

Welcome back, and welcome Spring!  I am sure you've noticed that I have been enjoying the new Stamp Simply He Lives stamp set SO much!  I've used it several times in the last month, and I'm amazed at how versatile it is...these lovely daffodils look as great on a very clean and simple background as they do on a fancier, busier designer paper.  In this case I wanted to allow the flowers and sentiment to speak for themselves for a CAS Easter card.

The flowers are stamped, colored with Copics and die-cut, then popped up on a background of soft blue from Craft Consortium's Bloom and Wild pad upon which the sentiment was stamped directly.  

That yellow dotted Swiss ribbon makes me smile...when I was young I had a pinafore style dress made out of this same fabric! Do you remember getting all dressed up in fancy clothes, hat and white gloves for Easter Sunday?!  

It's nearly impossible to catch the sparkle that clear Wink of Stella lends to a card, but I tried!  

Once again, the inside is also very clean and simple, using a scrap of the same designer paper.


Thursday, March 18, 2021

Jesus Loves You

Happy day-after-St. Patrick's Day!  I'm here with another Stamp Simply Easter card, this one combining our Stick People QUAD bundle with a new bundle, Easter Is For Jesus.  

I traced around an oval die for the basic shape of this fussy-cut conversation bubble, adding color to the edges with a Copic marker.  (Stamp Simply has several dies for conversation bubbles, so I need to order some and then I won't need to fussy-cut one!)

Most other major elements of this card were die-cut, but I did do a bit of fussy cutting with this cute little guy and his Easter basket (cut from the designer paper), mainly because I wanted the colors to be clear, clean and bright.  He wore green for St. Patrick's Day, and he's ready to celebrate that his grandparents got their COVID vaccines so now he can visit with them and give them BIG hugs!  

The inside includes one of the cute printed paper squares from the Easter pad, and a sentiment constructed with a phrase and the number 2 from the Stick People sets.  

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Clean and Simple Hello!

I have really been enjoying finding different combinations of florals and sentiments to use with our Spring/Summer Seasonal Wreaths set!  Today I've used the daffodils from He Lives, and it is so fresh and Springy!  

The flowers and wreath were stamped with Memento ink and colored with Copic markers, then given a bit of sparkle with clear Wink of Stella which doesn't show up at all in the photo.  I used pale 000 and 0000 BG and BV markers along with a few tonal greys to shade the petals of the paper-whites.

Same simple, happy colors on the inside with a sentiment from the wreaths set.


Thursday, March 4, 2021

God is smiling down upon you!

Hello friends!  

I know there's still plenty of cold, ice and snow in lots of the country, but here in Florida the azaleas are blooming and Spring is making its appearance.  One of my favorites among those Spring blossoms is the daffodil, aka narcissus, and I absolutely adore that Stamp Simply now has a beautiful Easter stamp set which includes them!      

Yellow is always like a dose of sunshine and happiness, isn't it?!  I just love the idea of God smiling down upon us!  

Y'all might remember that I've used this same gorgeous paper before!  For this card I had just enough left to cover the card front but wanted to use some for the inside too, so I cut an oval from it before adding my focal image layers.  

It makes a beautiful back-drop for the cross from our new Easter is for Jesus set.  You can see here that this simple cross from a rather "kiddie" set can look quite elegant when paired with lovely paper and sentiments with fancy fonts!