Thursday, July 30, 2020

Belated Birthday Bouquet

The other day during dinner we were joking about how every day is like "Groundhog Day, the Movie" because most of our safe-at-home days feel so very much the same.  My guys are working/schooling from home and during that time I am spinning, knitting, etc., just trying to stay busy and quiet without being a distraction for them.  

I really haven't been paying much attention to the calendar lately because we have nothing scheduled, but then I missed a friend's birthday and so I needed to make a belated birthday card.

The rich colors of this G45 diagonal plaid were calling to me, and I used the pretty printed rectangles for an alternating block design with a sentiment stamped in the lower left corner.  A bouquet of bitty blossoms stretches diagonally across the card.  The flowers have burlap string fringe-y stamen and enamel dot centers with bitty blossom leaves and a few floral cluster die-cut smaller stems of leaves .

A strip from that same page of patterned paper carries the theme to the inside where there's the perfect belated birthday sentiment!

Supplies, all from Stamp Simply:

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Hope and a Future

The idea for today's Stamp Simply card came from the desire to use a card stock scrap that was not quite long enough for an entire card front, hence the vellum layer to extend it to the proper length.

I couldn't help but use this beautiful angel again, I love it so much! Adding this circle of designer print gave the vellum more stability and provided a focal point for an additional stamped sentiment. When fully closed the printed layer from the inside peeks through the vellum. 

Layers of designer paper on the inside of the card front hide the glue used in the construction of the card front, and also give extra white space for writing.  While the designer paper is a busy print, it can be used as "lined" paper to guide a hidden handwritten note if the writing is kept to the right hand side of the page.


Thursday, July 16, 2020

Faith, Hope, and Love

The Stamp Simply team is having fun this week with slimline cards!  You can do fun, different things on a tall skinny card and certain images really lend themselves to this format.

My card is a mostly black and white (actually, ivory!) card with a tiny bit of pale purple.  I loved the interplay between the polkadots and plaid in this Farmhouse paper pad and the way the word banners stand out against the dark background.

Inside is the familiar, beautiful verse from 1 Corinthians 13.

I placed a rhinestone there to bring emphasis to the most important word.  ❤️


Thursday, July 9, 2020

Tea for two

Hello friends! I'm back with another pair of cards for today's Stamp Simply project. I suppose you could call these sisters or even fraternal twins?!  I was inspired by a video that I saw on Pinterest and loved that it was again practically two-for-the-effort-of-one. Easy peasy, a fancy fold, and the bases for both only used one sheet of 8.5 x 11 card stock.  Can't beat that!

Those of us who are huggers are in a crisis with Covid nowadays, so a handmade card with "a hug in a cup" is the next best thing. This card uses beautiful Prima papers with the addition of one scrap (the oval mat and diecut heart) from Kaisercraft's Rosabella. The "You are worth it" tiny tea tag was die cut from one of the sheets of printed tags of the Prima pad and goes great with our "no one stacks up to you" sentiment.  

The card was splashed inside and out with several colors of gelatos.  I love how this brings some of the colors from the designer papers to the inside but still allows lots of clean, flat white space.  I was actually having tea while making these cards and was tempted to dip the bottom rim of my cup into some "gelato water" to make a cup ring, but it was too full and I didn't want to risk sloshing tea everywhere!

My second card uses another one of the printed tags from the Prima designer paper pad.  Since just a tiny bit of the "l" in the sentiment was overhanging the edge in the middle of the pierced heart die that I wanted to use for contrast/color, I stamped the sentiment directly onto the tag and then once again onto the heart so that the letter would be perfectly aligned and clearly legible. The tiny cup at the top of the tag is from our Farmhouse series.  It was stamped with distress oxide ink and die cut with a coordinating die.

And here's the quote inside to go along with that one.  I don't know about y'all, but I've had several sleepless Quarantine nights, so I have definitely had a few extra prayerful, extra caffeinated mornings!  


Thursday, July 2, 2020

So Beautiful!

Hello all!  Today's Stamp Simply project is an old-fashioned, romantic card made with gorgeous Prima designer papers.  These prints made me think of old Victorian houses with formal gardens and lots of fragrant, beautiful roses so I wanted to make a classic card.  I absolutely adore ledger papers and the like, so I really love the selection of designs within this pad!

It was so hard to decide which papers to choose that I ended up layering several!  Then I stamped a sentiment from a set in our Farmhouse series onto a circle of white card stock.  With the beige ledger paper underneath that layer, the white needed a bit more warmth...some splashes of copper ink accomplished that, helped to tie the design together, and gave it a subtle luxurious sparkle as well.

The inside has another Farmhouse series sentiment and the same gold splatter treatment.  Simple and elegant.