Thursday, August 27, 2020

New Release: Seasonal Wreaths!!

I'm so excited to share today's "photo intense" post with you! Stamp Simply has released two brand new stamp sets that include images for wreaths of two different styles, and four seasonal florals to embellish them.  The sets are sold individually or as a bundle.  

The cards I've made are all "Joy Fold" cards, and you can find the tutorial here.  For each card, I cut the smaller folding panel a little taller than the tutorial recommended so that the wreath would fit, and even then I gave it a little squish (thanks, Michelle for this idea!).  The wreath embellishments were stamped on scrap paper, fussy-cut, and added with dimensional adhesives.

I'm starting out with beautiful roses, paired with black and white gingham for a simple, elegant thank you card.

Thanks card supplies:

Next up is a soft floral using some new Craft Consortium papers.  

The shapes and colors of the floral image reflect the shapes and colors of the delicate printed paper underneath.

Hugs card supplies:

Here's a Fall version using gorgeous papers from Graphic 45.  

The pumpkins were colored with soft, nearly monochromatic Copic colors.

Grateful card supplies:

And finally, a grungy Christmas card adorned with a bright red poinsettia.  

Christmas card supplies:
If you have not already visited the Stamp Simply blog this week, you need to!  My design team mates have shared lots of beautiful samples using these new sets!  

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Deck the Halls!

This week at Stamp Simply we are featuring simple, easy-to-construct Christmas cards.  My project for today has a die-cut window which allows a beautiful, bold Christmas print to peek through.  It is lovely as it is, but if one also affixed a gift card to the inside, it would show through the window and would be framed by not only the card front but the beautiful paper underneath. There's plenty of room on the back of the card to sign and write a message.  

I used clear and gold Wink of Stella glitter pens to add sparkle to the beautiful holly leaf that serves as a focal image for the card front.  Since some of the flowers and leaves of the designer paper print are enameled, another even better option would have been to use some Ranger Glossy Accents.  

The base of the card is a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch rectangle of ivory card stock.  The green card stock forms both the window front of the card and the mat for the printed layer inside.  It measures 5 1/4 x 8 inches, and was scored/folded at the 4 inch mark into 5 1/4 x 4 inch rectangle with the window die-cut from the center of the front half, then the back glued to the card base.  

Because Copic markers bleed through and the leaf from the front is visible when the card is opened, I die-cut an extra leaf to glue to the back of the colored leaf so that everything would look cleaner from the inside.  


Thursday, August 13, 2020

Farm House Faith


This week at Stamp Simply we've been featuring projects made with our Farmhouse Series, and I'm here with my version inspired by county fairs and colored ribbons for the winners of the various submissions of animals, crafts, foods, etc.    

I love the way a simple silhouette stamp can really pop when placed atop a bright piece of card stock!  Especially a chicken!  A scrap of bright sunny yellow designer paper found lingering on my desk was the perfect match for stamping the sentiment, bringing out some of the lighter colors in the background print.  

This is an oft-quoted definition of Faith, and to me it seemed to go so well with thoughts of life on the farm:  the rising and setting of the sun, the miracle of seeds sprouting into a bountiful harvest, the wonder of new birth, and the tenderness of animals nurturing their young...all of the best of the simplicity and fullness of Life, wonderful reminders of the provision and care given to us by our Creator.  Our faith should be filled with gratitude and that same sense of awe and wonder.

Here's a peek at the inside.  I just wanted to keep it fresh and clean and super simple. 


Thursday, August 6, 2020

Rejoice and Be Glad!

If you're like I am lately, you could use a little encouragement and a reminder that each and every day brings new mercies and another opportunity to rejoice and be glad.  We can find joy in the everyday simple things, and there is always something for which to be grateful.  That's the spirit of today's Stamp Simply project.  

We are approaching the hottest, most humid part of Summer, but as I sit at our breakfast table, the Zebra butterflies are fluttering and the hummingbird still visits the feeders.  I am savoring those sightings and realizing that there were a lot of simple joys in my busier BC (before Covid) life that I was too distracted to see so while I am struggling with cabin fever these days, it has its merits! Still, I am looking forward to Fall when the weather is cooler and we can enjoy dinner on the patio again.  

It was a delight to work with this Fall color scheme, beautiful leaves and accompanying scriptures stamps, and lovely Graphic 45 designer papers.  I used Copic markers to color the leaf and acorns,  and then added gold and clear Wink of Stella to deepen the shading and add some sparkle.  Fall truly is magical!  

I am so not a morning person, and since it usually takes a cup of coffee or tea for me to "rise and shine" I very nearly included one on the inside of this card, but ended up opting to keep it simple and stay with the leaves and acorns theme.  Fun either way!

Be sure to visit the Stamp Simply blog to see more Fall ideas from the rest of our design team!