Thursday, April 25, 2019

Proud to be an American!

I feel so proud (and blessed!) to be American.  My husband spent nearly 30 years in the USN, and the city in which we live is very much a "Navy town."  Memorial Day, celebrated on May 27,  is our next patriotic holiday, but truthfully, every day is a good day to show your gratitude to a veteran, and around here we have plenty of opportunities!  

I love how the Stars 5 dies look when they're scored and folded 3D!  Scoring from the point to the "notch" all the way around and then giving the folds an alternating mountain/valley orientation and a little pinch creates that dimensional effect.  Then when they're glued into a negative space cut using the same die, there's a little border that really helps them to stand out even more.  

The angle of the fishtail banners is a perfect fit, too!  I cut the sentiment banner, then ran it through the machine again to create more of an arrow shape that nestles perfectly into the edge of that star.    

Here's the inside.  My stamping platform was really helpful in getting nice color saturation on those stars, and clear impressions on the sentiments.  

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

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Thanking God for You!

Everything has been so beautifully green and gorgeous lately!  Yes, it's already hotter than blazes in Florida, especially when you're dressed for the 1860s as my friends and I have been for the last two weekends, but the hotter, summer-like days are interspersed with cooler, more pleasant Spring weather that is quite pleasant.   

Time is certainly flying by!  Easter is almost here, and Mother's Day is just a month behind it.  My calendar is filled for the next four weeks, so I'm trying to stay with my head above water.  For today's Stamp Simply project, I made a Mother's Day card for my husband to give his mom.  There's not a day that goes by that I don't miss my mom, and I am so thankful for my mother-in-law!   

I wanted this card to be bright and sunshiny, so I used the beautiful Graphic 45 Flutter designer paper with some bold green and yellow card stock.  

Using my mom's paintbrush to splatter things just makes me happy!  I love the bit of glitz that Delicata gold brings to this project.  It's also kinda cool that the font of the stamp set harmonizes so well with the font from the designer paper.  I always feel that I have to be so strategic with Graphic 45 paper, because it is too lovely to cover up and I don't want to waste a bit of it!


Thursday, April 11, 2019

You're in my Thoughts!

A friend from back home lost his mother recently, so today's Stamp Simply card is a relatively flat-for-mailing sympathy card.  This paper is so beautiful that it really doesn't need much embellishing at all but I couldn't help but add those big ole pearls, so I may need to try to pad the envelope a bit after all.

As I have mentioned before, I often put butterflies on sympathy cards.  This one started with a small but wide rectangular piece of white tulle that I stretched, fraying the edges, then tying them into a small bow.  This was topped by double bow of jute string and a pearl.  

I love that these sentiments are so simply lovely and yet so versatile.  This pairing of sentiments would work for a variety of occasions.  

This card was splashed both inside and out with diluted Delicate silvery shimmer ink.  It just adds a bit of shine, sparkle and elegance to the paper, which has its own classic vintage feel.  I love it!  

Stamp Simply products used for today's project:

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Rise and Shine!

Stamp Simply just released a new Java stamp and die duo and it is SO adorable!  Just look how darling that heart-shaped cup handle is!  The die set includes another larger cup with a regular handle that will even double as a beer mug, and the set has the perfect accompanying sentiment!  So much fun!  

This pretty girlie paper is part of Echo Park's Coffee designer paper pad.  Some Thursday mornings my BFF and I go by Spring Coffee Shop to grab a cup as we head to St. Augustine for the Textiles Fiber Guild meeting, so I thought this feminine floral was an appropriate choice for today's project.  There are more traditional coffee prints in the pad should you prefer to carry the theme a little further.

The Java die cut on the card front is cut from designer paper and card stock, one layer adhered with the other just barely peeking from under the other like a drop-shadow for just a little extra strength and dimension.  

The coffee cup peeks through the window that is cut through the front of the card, and when the card is open, the hidden sentiment is revealed.  This card is relatively flat, so it would be easy to send through the mail.