Thursday, February 22, 2018

Hello, Beautiful!

I often look to Pinterest for inspiration for card-making, and recently came across a fancy fold that caught my eye.  It's called a pop out swing card.  I like it because the card front looks deceptively simple, and then when the card is opened, the surprise unfolds.

After having spent quite a while researching historical clothing in preparation to do some sewing for reenacting and living history, I especially enjoyed using this designer paper for today's project!   The busy pattern of the paper is in perfect keeping with the busy-ness of Victorian fashion where the rule is generally the more frou frou, the better! 

As I was constructing the card, I discovered that Spellbinders classic rectangles and the large oval dies were a perfect fit for this particular cameo-like image.  Since the paper pad includes two sheets of each design, I was able to die cut and layer one on top of the other with dimensional adhesive to create this focal point.  

The "You are so beautiful" sentiment inside (from one of our recently released Stamp Simply clear stamp sets) is stamped using shimmering copper-colored Delicata ink, embellished with a die-cut rose from another Stamp Simply set.  The rose was colored with Copics and then given a top coat of glitter with a clear Wink of Stella pen.  I wish I could capture all of that shimmery goodness in a photo!

Since the papers are two-sided and the card construction makes the back side of the flap visible, I decided to add another design to the back.  It's smaller than an ATC and was just enough to make everything look more finished.

This part of the card can be removed from the "window" and laid flat to write inside.  Here's a link to the tutorial I followed should you decide to make one of your own.  

Here is a full list of the supplies used to make today's project:

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Loved Beyond Measure!

Hello everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!  My card for today actually might've worked as a Valentine, but it was made as a card of encouragement with my Bible study ladies in mind.  

Stamp Simply is excited to be the sponsor for the current Word Art Wednesday challenge.  This challenge blog is about sharing the love of the Lord, so our Stamp Simply clear stamps are a perfect fit!  I hope you'll join us!  I am still having a blast playing with our new Farmhouse Signage series, and since this Miss Betty designer paper arrived along with my order of new colors of distress oxide inks (you'll be seeing those on a project soon!), I simply had to use it.  I love how these papers and this sentiment go so well together!

Here's a closer look at the bow so that you can see the die cut pierced hearttulle, silk ribbon, burlap stringpretty pink flowers and just a glimpse of the light pink rhinestones.  This card really is kind of a juxtaposition of masculine and feminine elements...the contrast of the dark woodgrain paper behind the bright colors is rather refreshing, especially since the last several days here have been grey and dreary.

There's more of the measuring tape designer paper inside, along with another die-cut heart.  

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Walk by Faith

Masculine cards can be such a challenge!  I've have been looking at this "flannel" print in this masculine paper pad for a while and decided to try a masculine card of encouragement with it.  The compass motif in the punch-out elements seemed to go with a "walk by faith" sentiment, and so I combined those, adding the tags, ribbon/cording and colored pearls to the card front to tie all the colors together.

Going along with the idea that God's Word is the compass for our journey and that nature allows us to hear Him more clearly, I used a woodgrain stencil with distress oxides and inks on the inside, accented by more of the designer paper, another compass punch-out element and colored pearl.  

Here are the Stamp Simply supplies I used for today's project:

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Be Still and Know!

I love this passage of scripture!  On the day that I made this card, I needed to be reminded of it, to seek the peace and comfort of knowing that He is indeed sovereign.  

The sights and sounds of the ocean are awe-inspiring and help to usher in that sense of majesty and serenity, so even though we (yes, even in Florida!) are in the throes of winter it seemed appropriate to pair this sentiment with these beautiful shells.  

Here are the supplies I used for today's card, all from Stamp Simply: