Thursday, January 31, 2019

Garden Goddess Valentine

January has flown by and Valentine's Day is just a couple of weeks away.  Today's card is a romantic Valentine using Graphic 45's Garden Goddess designer paper and a couple of stamp sets from Stamp Simply's Farmhouse series.  Hopefully you're reminded of love notes and postage-stamped envelopes when you look at it.    

I glued one of the printed papers onto the card front before die-cutting the heart-shaped window to allow the beautiful image to peek through.  Some gold Wink of Stella around the edges of the heart makes it look more finished and elegant, especially when embellished with some sheer ribbon, wispy tulle, die-cut leaves and a rose also edged in shimmery gold.  The rows of "postage stamps" are cut from another sheet of designer paper printed with various border designs.  (This double-sided paper pad is packed with lovely options!) 

The entire ~ 2.5 x 4 inch image is visible once the card is opened, with a little fishtail banner sentiment along the right side to add some extra interest.  The layers of green and white underneath really make the printed image pop.  Super simple to put together.


Thursday, January 24, 2019

Every Good and Perfect Gift

Hi everyone!  I'm here today with another quick Stamp Simply card that could easily be adapted for numerous occasions.  Black, white and gold are so elegant!  This color combo would work for just about anything (and interestingly enough, here I'm getting some extra mileage from paper that is part of a Christmas pad...if you're one of those organized people who stamps Christmas cards all year round, with this pad you'll be ready to start early!)

I love this foil paper!  I used square dies in graduated sizes to cut out the gift and the opening for it in the outer layer of designer paper with the foil from underneath peeking through.  Quick and easy peasy!

There must've been some residual Versamark on my sentiment stamp because when I stamped it onto the foil paper it lifted some of the foil.  If it had been a bit juicier I would have straight-away embossed it with black embossing powder, but I decided to stamp it again with some black soot distress oxide ink which was more quickly within reach.

The inside uses what's left of the punch-out scallop border with a fussy cut gift and a sentiment from Farmhouse Scriptural Quotes stamped with Memento ink.  

Here are links to all of the supplies I used:

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Classic Plaid Shirt

Since I've made a few girlie dress cards for the ladies I thought it only right that the gentlemen have their turn, so with my scor pal and sewing machine I came up with a very CAS classic plaid shirt. Originally I thought that I might try to dress it up with a pocket or a bow tie, but my guys voted for the "less is more" version, so here it is.

Stamp Simply's set, A Godly Man, is the perfect set for a card like this!  The antlers, stamped and embossed in silver, mimic the brand logo so often seen on men's shirts, with wood dots for buttons.  

Inside, a quote from scripture that would work for Valentine's Day or any day.  

Supplies, all from Stamp Simply:

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Fishtail Banner Card

Hello again, friends!  Happy Thursday!

I saw a card similar to this one while browsing Pinterest a while back and decided to make one using our Stamp Simply fishtail banner dies.  It's another fun way to combine lots of pretty designer prints, even for a masculine card.  I gathered a handful of coordinating papers, die-cut a bunch of banners in different sizes, and then arranged them all on a 4 x 5 1/2 inch piece of white card stock.  Once I had them all glued in place I trimmed each of the edges and glued it to a piece of contrasting card stock for an easy card base.

From this angle (upside down from top right to bottom left) you can see where two of the banner ends meet to form the perfect little spot for an enamel dot (or jewel) accent.  

The sentiment is stamped inside another fishtail banner.  Our All Occasions Sentiment Set 2 has several sentiments that fit perfectly within the die which comes in various sizes, so this would be an easy card to duplicate for other occasions.  I think my quilting friends will really appreciate this design!

Here are the supplies I used to make today's project:

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Seeds of Kindness

Happy New Year!  I hope that you had a wonderful holiday!  We put our Christmas tree up late and so we'll continue to enjoy it through Epiphany.  Even so, slowly but surely, things are beginning to return to a more normal routine.   

Many of  my friends posted New Year's greetings or resolutions to social media where happiness, kindness and gratitude were recurring themes.  I love the quote on this beautiful Graphic 45 designer paper and thought it was appropriate for my first Stamp Simply project of this new year.

This sentiment is from our masculine set, A Godly Man, but it's just as perfectly at home on this frilly, feminine card with accents of Living Coral ribbon, flowers, and wispy white tulle.   

For the inside there's a fishtail banner die-cut from that gorgeous paper along with a faint (stamped off) sunflower from our Sunflower Season set as a background for another sentiment.