Thursday, December 27, 2018

Exotic Little Black Dress

Well!  I hope y'all aren't gonna think I'm really weird or something! One just never knows from where inspiration is gonna strike! When I first saw these two particular prints in Graphic 45's Flutter designer paper, I immediately thought of Victorian "beetle wing" dresses.  They were, at one time, all the high fashion rage and they're stunningly gorgeous in an exotic, odd way.  Here is a link to one and a little history, since it is possible or maybe even likely that you've never seen or even heard of the Victorian version, although you might have seen beetle wings in Egyptian fashion and art.  

Then I came across this easy origami video for folding a cute little dress!  I used a scor-pal for some of the folds of mine since this paper is a little thicker than traditional origami paper.  A little bit of sponging with Black Soot distress ink helped to add the illusion of even more dimension to the folds and edges of the dress, and also helped the bright yellow paper underneath to recede into the background instead of being so boldly prominent.  The camera didn't really pick up the added sparkle of the clear Wink of Stella that I added to the beetle wings of the dress, but IRL it is readily visible.

I used a fishtail banner die to cut the stamped sentiment into two separate pieces to dangle from the ribbon "belt" and added a little sparkle there too with the Wink of Stella markers.  With a change of sentiments inside and out this would make a fun birthday card, something for bridal, prom or girls' night out.

I just love the dimension of the folds of the skirt and how 3-D it sits on the front of the card, and how appropriate is it that there is a peek of beetle wing in the background paper right at the hemline!?! 

The paper (and sponging) that I used on the card front was repeated on the inside along with a favorite scripture.

I suppose a card and a post like this shows how completely enthralled with Victorian fashion I have become!  For much of this year I was immersed in research for one period or another, grateful for knowledgeable friends to show me the ropes in the reenacting world.  They would totally comprehend and appreciate the strange inspiration for today's project!  I know exactly to whom I should send this card!  ❤️
All of the supplies used for today's card are from Stamp Simply:

Thursday, December 20, 2018

The Rose of Sharon

Today's Stamp Simply card features an everyday stamp set with a Christmas set in a clean and simple card design.  I'm really pleased with the way it turned out, quite simple and yet still elegant.

The rose was stamped with Memento ink, then colored with Copic markers and highlighted with a white Prismacolor pencil.  All of the card stock edges were distressed with tea dye distress ink.  I wanted wood dots that were a little greener blue than what was in the package, so I colored the natural wood ones with a Copic marker.  

Inside there is just a hint of Winter designer paper, two prints from Authentique's Solitude.

The "rose" sentiment inside was stamped with shimmering Celestial Copper Delicata ink onto the dark card stock, then die-cut and mounted on top of the designer papers with dimensional adhesive.


Thursday, December 13, 2018

Holly Jolly Envelope Project

Hello friends!  I'm here with another easy peasy fun project for Stamp Simply using kraft card stock, a few stamps and dies, and some lovely Graphic 45 designer paper!

I started with an 8 1/4 x 7 piece of card stock.  With the 7 inch side along the top of the Score-Pal, score at 1/2 and 3 3/4 inches.  Add scor-tape along the 1/2 inch flap, and along the top and bottom of the inside of the adjacent section as shown in the photo.

Create a flap using Spellbinders' classic circle dies.  To make it, die cut a circle that is approximately 3 1/4 inches in diameter.  Fold it in half, then score 1/4 inch on either side of the score line before cutting the flap in half (save the other half for envelope #2!). Because my kraft card stock was rather thin and I love layers, I chose to add a smaller half-circle of contrasting card stock with a strip of designer paper to accent.  

I used the smallest circle die and a 1/2 inch circle punch to create the tabs for the closure.  I used a crop-a-dile to place an eyelet in the center of the unglued circles, then glued them to the flap in the desired placement.  Leaving the layers unglued will give the string a place to easily lace to hold the flap closed.  Adhere the flap to the inside top of the envelope, then fold and adhere the bottom and side to create the envelope.

Add designer paper if desired, then add a corresponding eyelet circles to the envelope to complete the closure.  

I also chose to punch three holes in the side of my project so that I can add more pages and make them into a little book.  Punching the holes into the side that was taped to close the envelope adds an extra layer to provide a little reinforcement so that hopefully the holes will not rip out quite as easily.

The leaf was stamped with Memento ink, colored with Copic markers, then given a bit of sparkle with clear Wink of Stella.  It harmonizes beautifully with the designer paper tag from the 8 x 8 paper pad, especially with the added splash of a little gold Delicata ink and a few pretty pearls.

A little burlap string holds the flap closed, with a couple of sparkly tags dangling from it.  

This project can stand alone as is, but would also be beautiful as an embellishment for a gift box or bag.  It is perfect for enclosing a personal letter, gift card, or small trinket.  

Here are the supplies I used:

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Holiday Wishes

Hi everyone!  Happy December!  

For today's Stamp Simply project, I couldn't resist adding some pearls, a bow and blossom to what started out as a masculine card inspired by this awesome plaid designer paper.  The bird print and the woodgrain stencil both add to its woodsy feel, and although it is in Christmas-y colors, with this sentiment and a change of designer paper it could easily be adapted for other Winter holidays/occasions.

This is a flat, unfolded pocket card.  One could attach a gift card to the back of the pocket insert if desired.

If you look closely, you might be able to see a little of the sparkle of clear Wink of Stella on the snowy branches of the tree...very difficult to try to capture on camera and much prettier IRL.