Thursday, September 26, 2019

Give Thanks

Today's Stamp Simply project shows off one of our wonderful Fall sets along with some beautifully coordinated papers from Authentique.  The layout is from a card sketch I found on Pinterest which was perfect for showcasing our fishtail banner dies...they're one of my favorite dies and I reach for them on nearly every card lately!  

The focal point is a vibrant Autumn leaf (Give Thanks stamp set and coordinating dies) colored with Copic markers, sparkled with clear Wink of Stella and splashed with just a bit of green distress oxide ink.  

The inside includes more banners die-cut from those lovely prints, another sprinkling of distress oxide ink and a trio of rhinestones to accent the beautiful scripture.  


Thursday, September 19, 2019

Halloween Trio

I really love "stretching" my stamp sets and using sentiments in unusual ways.  I had SO much fun doing just that with this set of three Halloween tags for today's Stamp Simply project.  (If you haven't visited the Stamp Simply blog to see the other tag sets that have been posted recently, you need to take a look!)

This Authentique pad has a sheet of little rectangular images to cut apart, so I used one of those for each of my three tags.  This one with the cauldron seemed to fit perfectly with one of the sentiments from our Cup of Java set.

The second tag has a traditional greeting banner with a pretty full moon scene, an elegant frame, some skeleton damask and polka dot papers, and a sprinkling of stars.

This last one was the most fun!  The little girl in the scene is looking at a sky map, so I reached for our graduation set for this sentiment.  I thought I had a pre-fab broom somewhere in my craft closet, but when I couldn't find it I grabbed a stick and some of our burlap string and made one from scratch!


Thursday, September 12, 2019

Fruit of the Spirit

Hi everyone!  Have you seen Stamp Simply's newest release, the Fruit of the Spirit trio?  They are simply lovely new sets, and imho they're absolutely pearfect!  ;)

I've got two cards for you today featuring this trio of stamps, Fruit of the SpiritFruit, and Fruit Sentiments, which are also sold as a bundle.

The first is a pairing of Graphic 45 designer paper and a stamped pear (colored with Copics atop a classic oval)...they look made for each other.   With this elegant/neutral color scheme, this card would work for either a male or female recipient, and it's relatively flat for mailing.

Next up is an obviously more feminine card.  

The card base is a narrower than usual scrap of white card stock, with an overhanging accent panel that brings the card dimensions to the standard 4.25 x 5.5 inches that fits in a regular envelope.  

The cherries were stamped directly onto the designer paper using both brown and black inks to try to mimic the dark brown-black of the printed motif in the background.  The fruit and leaves were then colored with Copics, highlighted with a white Prisma pencil and a dab of white gel pen, and finally given some sparkle with Clear Wink of Stella.

The leaves were also colored with Copics and Wink of Stella, then given a few pinches and folds to add some dimension.


Thursday, September 5, 2019

Glad Tidings!

September has arrived in Florida with a flurry of hurricane preparations and all of the stress and anxiety that go along with an unpredictable storm.  I was happy, in the midst of all of the storm prep, to take a break in my stamping studio to create this Stamp Simply Christmas card.  

This Graphic 45 designer paper is simply glorious and it coordinates just perfectly with our Christmas Blessings holly!  I think this vintage color scheme is so classically elegant and just a little bit different than the usual traditional red and green!  

For the holly embellishment, I stamped off some Memento Rich Cocoa once before stamping the leaf on white card stock, coloring with Copics, which gives an almost no-line look.  I added some white Prisma pencil accents to the berries, and clear glitter Wink of Stella pen to the rest of the leaf before splattering the entire card front with a little broken china distress ink and white Gesso "snow."

Although this gold Noel sentiment is difficult to see in this photo, it is a bit more obvious IRL.

The inside has a small border print accent and another gold this flourished font!  So regal and perfect for Christmas.