Thursday, March 26, 2020

Hello from Home Sweet Home!

Two things inspired today's card:  the fact that we are all staying home to try to flatten the curve, missing our loved ones (even if they're just a few blocks away!) and that Stamp Simply currently has free shipping within the US through March 31 for the supplies you need to say "Hello from Home Sweet Home!"

Green, and similar bright happy colors have really been speaking to me during this time at home, so this Craft Consortium paper caught my eye right away.  If you look closely, you'll notice that on top of that beautiful patterned paper and underneath the wide ric rac ribbon, there is a torn strip of packing envelope!  Yep, free-shipping-inspired!  Truth of the matter is that crafters from all over the globe are ordering in now for supplies to help keep their minds and hands occupied...there's been nothing like this in my lifetime.

The sentiment (from our Yooper stamp set) is stamped on a bit of index card that was smeared with ink/paint mixed-media style. Both the envelope and the index card were in my mixed media stash ready and waiting for just such an opportunity.  I added some Wink of Stella in clear to the flower petals, and in gold on the veins and edges of the leaves, just to add a bit of detail and sparkle.  

Here's a peek at the inside.  The sentiment here is from another set, Fruit of the Spirit.  A little strip of that shipping envelope along with splatters of gold and green ink inside and out help to unify the design of the inside to the rest of the card.

Here are the supplies I used:
I've been doing a whole lot of spinning and knitting during my time here at home.  In 2018 I had spun some green fiber from Frabjous Fibers in their "Martini" color way so now I've started a "Quarantini" shawl pattern from Romi Hill using that hand-spun. Here's what it looks like so far, with just a little tiny bit of the lace beginning to show:

One of my other projects is to make fabric surgical masks for my neighbor, a physician, to take to UF Emergency Management.  The cloth masks make wearing the n95 mask more comfortable, and they afford an extra layer of comfort/protection with a surgical mask as well.  Plus they're washable.  :) 

I am praying that you are staying safe and healthy, and that you are able to find a way to recognize the silver-lined blessings in all of the stress and craziness of this pandemic.  Stay well!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Be Still and Know...

Since it is Lent with Easter just around the corner, and especially with all that is currently going on in the world (staying home/social distancing) it seemed more appropriate than ever to make a card with the Cross front and center, and with a scripture of encouragement inside.  I loved discovering upon finishing that the way the papers aligned, I had unintentionally created another cross underneath the focal point.

Here's a close-up of the embossed, layered cross, embellished with sparkling jewels.  I just love the rich colors and incredible detail of this designer paper.  Purple is a color often used in Lent  (and Advent) to represent a time of personal reflection, preparation and repentance.  

This is a standard sized card, but with the opening at the center front, held closed by a belly band that easily slides off and on in one piece. 

Supplies, all from Stamp Simply:

Thursday, March 12, 2020

An Easter Window

Hello again!  Happy Thursday!  

I've been Spring cleaning this week, and in the process of going through my craft studio, came across an earlier card that inspired today's Stamp Simply project.  

These beautiful Craft Consortium Watercolour designer papers remind me so much of a stained glass window.  I wanted to use them for the inside of my card and then used the scraps from that to form the shape of the Cross on the card front.  The sentiment is stamped on a scrap using the other side of the same designer print.  

I used ribbons and flowers in a Trinity of colors that harmonized with the beautiful hues of the paper, with a few rhinestones for a little sparkle.

The inside features a peek-through oval window with the most famous Bible scripture ever, John 3:16.  

There was room for embellishment on the inside, but with the busy-ness of the printed paper, I opted to leave it clean and simple, allowing the scripture to be the center of attention.  

Here's what the card looks like from a bird's-eye point of view.  


Thursday, March 5, 2020

Easter Blessings!

I simply could NOT resist decorating a cute little Easter egg carton for this week's Stamp Simply project.  Usually I try to buy free-range eggs, and the paper label from the cartons reminded me of a template so I just ran with it.  The smaller half-dozen sized carton is really pretty much like making a card front.

There's just a tiny peek of bunny rabbits hopping across the front along with Stamp Simply's lovely layered cross, some sparkling rhinestones, a hint of lace, a soft bow and a pretty flower.  

The theme is carried to the inside with the same designer print and another lovely flower.  I need to climb up into my attic to find my cute painted wooden eggs.  PLEASE NOTE: Used egg cartons can carry salmonella and putting anything edible into used egg cartons is NOT recommended.

And this sentiment proclaims what Easter is ALL about.  Thanks be to God for this indescribable gift!