Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween!

Today's  Stamp Simply Halloween project features a darling old-fashioned Halloween scene (or two)!  Vintage Halloween images bring back such sweet memories of when I was a little girl and my older brothers would take me trick-or-treating.  We would go all over the neighborhood and end up at Caraway's Pharmacy where there were always fabulous freaky displays and people dressed in incredible costumes.  There was even a headless horseman on horseback!

It wasn't unusual in those days to receive home-made ooey gooey popcorn balls, rich fudge or crunchy peanut brittle.  I've been traveling a lot lately, so I was happily able to complete the paper-crafting part of this project well in advance, but had to opt for store-bought sweets because of the tight timeline I have in between trips.  (I've just returned from the Southeastern Animal Fiber Festival in North Carolina, and will be heading for the Tampa Bay Ukulele Getaway tomorrow).  

The tag on the candy bucket is made like a little booklet from two-sided paper.  This is one of those KISS projects...keeping it sweet and simple yet still made with lots of love!  Here's hoping that the one who receives it knows how very special they are!  


Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Wonder of Christmas

When you're making multiples for mailing, something fast, flat, and easy is the name of the Christmas card-making game!  It is so nice to find some amazing paper so that meeting those criteria does not mean skimping on style!

Today's Stamp Simply project uses a combination of spectacular Graphic 45 papers, simple traditional stamps (no coloring required!) and beautifully scripted sentiments for a fun Christmas greeting from Santa's North Pole perspective.  There's even a gift tag that could be removed and used to top a gift for Christmas morning.

Inside features Santa's smiling face on a lovely vintage advertisement.

Supplies, all from Stamp Simply:

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Always Give Thanks!

I absolutely LOVED Prima's Spring Farm House papers, and today's Stamp Simply card is using their equally gorgeous Autumn Sunset designer paper, which inspired this slightly unexpected Fall color scheme.  

Several layers of coordinating card stock help to bring out the subtle colors of the pumpkins and greenery in this lovely print. Graduated ovals create a window that allows the colors to peek through, with the sentiment stamped on a pumpkin-colored layer to herald Fall and the Thanksgiving theme.  (It's quite simple to align the ovals...just start with the widest die and the top-most paper, run it through the die cutter, then with that layer and the next layer aligned underneath, position the next smaller die, run it through, and continue working your way down.  The cut of upper layer helps hold the die in place to make the next pass.)

The ovals that were cut in the making of the window on the front of the card were used for the sentiment on the inside.  

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Farmhouse Fun!

If you've been following the Stamp Simply blog, then you already know that we're having a promotional sale on our Farmhouse Signage stamps/dies, and Pierced Heart dies this week!  This is a fun little set with some sweet every-day sentiments.  Our team has been posting some fabulous projects with it, and I'm sharing mine today!  

Halloween always inspires me to make bags and boxes that will hold candy, so here's a little milk carton for some milk duds or milk chocolate covered almonds, or something similar! I used Beate's SCS milk carton box tutorial for the scoring/cutting/folding instructions.

I thought this rusty corrugated tin designer paper from Kaisercraft's Workshop pad was perfect for a farmhouse design.  To go along with that theme, I used Delicata silvery shimmer ink to stamp the ole milk can which embellishes the tag that hangs from the top of the carton.  A few strokes of gold Wink of Stella marker gave the milk can a little dimension, and maybe even the appearance of a little touch of rust.

The same simple design is repeated on all four sides of the carton. Each of the stamped/diecut cows are popped up on dimensional foam adhesive dots.  Along the top, diecut farmhouse arrows point to where the spout opens.  

There's a diecut little heart just underneath the spout on the front. Not a bit of fussy cutting on this project except for a few snips to make the carton as Beate's tutorial clearly explains.  

Fun, fast, cute, and yummy!


Thursday, October 3, 2019

Happy Anniversary!

My husband and I are celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary this weekend so I made an anniversary card for this week's Stamp Simply project!  Isn't this sweet pair of birds a lovely print for a Fall anniversary card!?  I love this paper!  (If you're intimidated by coloring, this kind of card would be right up your alley!  No coloring, very little stamping, mostly die-cutting.)

I kept the layout fairly husband likes simple, but he knows me!  I could not resist fancying this up a little bit with a flourished frame, a bit of bridal tulle, some greenery, and that single, most important word ever.  :wink:  

The flower I chose is the same soft green as some of the greenery in the floral print, but if you'd rather a brighter splash of color you could certainly use one of the gold Sienna flowers from the same package of sugared minis.  

Inside there's another lovely print from the same paper pad.  I simply adore the French influence here!  One of our favorite, most romantic trips ever was to Paris, and since I'm from Cajun/French SW Louisiana that makes this design special in two ways!