Thursday, October 29, 2020

NEW Release! Typewritten Sentiments!

Hello, friends!  I'm here today with three very different cards to share which feature some fabulous NEW SETS from Stamp Simply!  

When I was growing up, we lived kitty-corner across the street from one of my mom's best friends, whose name is Iris.  Any and every time I see anything with irises, it makes me think of her.  I'd lost track of her for a while, but after Hurricane Laura I bumped into her daughter online.  I found out that "Miss Iris" is now in her 90s, living in a nursing home.  I was able to get her address, so this card is for her!  She has been like a second mother to me and I am so happy to find her again and to be able to send her my love!

I actually had been eyeing this paper for a while and was contemplating how I might use it when our new Stamp Simply Typewritten Sentiment sets came into being.  Paired with an arrow and heart from our Farmhouse Series, they allowed me to convey exactly what I was thinking!

Here's the inside, with another one of those "just perfect" sentiments! 


And this is the back!  It feels so good when a simple plan comes together!  ;) 

Next up is a card inspired by some beautiful new Memory Box papers.  The corner motif reminded me of one of our new wreath stamps, and the sprig in our floral cluster die set, so I paired those together.

This card is relatively flat for easy mailing.  Most of the papers in the pad are Christmasy, but this particular one worked for a more every-day design.

The floral stamp is designed to be a focal point of our wreath set, but it works just as beautifully to accent a special sentiment.  I just love this combination of colors!  This card will go to a neighbor who recently had surgery.  

This last card design has been floating around in my head since our ornaments set was released.  By stamping three repeats of the ornaments and gluing them together, they appear 3-D.  

Both ornaments were colored with Copic markers and accented with a gold gel pen.  To keep the fussy-cutting to a minimum, I used the smallest of the Spellbinders Classic Circles large set to die cut the circle ornaments out.  There was a bit of a white border around them which I colored in with a black Copic marker.  The shaped ornaments had to be fussy-cut, but the lines are simple so it really is not hard to do.  To make them consistent with the circles, I left a tiny edging of white around the ornament and colored it with a black marker.  

To assemble, the ornaments were scored down the center, then glued to one another and finally adhered to the card front.  I used a scrap of gold shimmer metallic paper for the top of each ornament and scored it with a stylus to give it that fluted metal appearance.  (It sounds much more complicated than it was really very quick and easy!)

Here's the inside. 

What I love about these sets is the versatility!  They are great for holidays throughout the year, but also every day in between!  As you can see, you can adapt them for just about any occasion!  Be sure to visit the Stamp Simply blog and scroll to see what my design team members have been creating with these awesome sets!

Supply lists:

Iris card
Thoughts and Prayers card
Ornaments card

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Christmas Slimline

Welcome back!  

This beautiful new Memory Box designer paper inspired today's slimline card using one of my favorite Stamp Simply Christmas sets (I'll be revisiting our new Christmas sets again next week).    

I love the softness of these colors and how well our floral dies and images coordinate with this lovely paper.  There's just a touch of snow on the greenery, too!

Here's a peek at the inside, with splashes of gold Delicata ink and another lovely sentiment.  


Thursday, October 15, 2020

Gather Together

Hello again!  

Today's Stamp Simply project is a Fall card with a hint of Christmas colors!  I thought this particular designer paper print would work for Fall even though it is part of a Christmas pack, and its accents of red and green are a great segue to Christmas. (I confess I'm not quite ready to start my Christmas stamping, so I'm hoping this will begin to get me into the mood!)

I really love the beautiful bold colors of Fall, and enjoyed using bright yellows and oranges, rusty reds, and a few pops of green when coloring this beautiful wreath accent using Copic markers.  

Thursday, October 8, 2020

New Designer Papers!

Hi everyone!  I'm here today with a Fall project using some of the NEW designer paper that arrived this week at Stamp Simply!  So many beautiful paper pads!  The little bit of cooler Fall weather we've have had made my fingers itch to use this one first!  This is a stamping only, zero coloring card!

The smallest of the long rectangles dies is the perfect size for this sentiment!

I diluted a drop or two of Copic marker refill with blending fluid to splash just a bit of the robin's breast color onto the card, inside and out.  It helps to unify the design and warm up the colors just a little!


Thursday, October 1, 2020

Building the Kingdom

Hi everyone!  Welcome back!

Sharon sent some messages to our design team earlier this week and then when I went looking through my supplies for this week's project, inspiration struck!  This Little Lumberjack designer print made me think of Louisiana and all the trees that were blown over during Hurricane Laura, all the chain-sawing going on there during the last month, and how my sweet little home church has been "Ministry Central" for so many people! For the majority of the month, I've seen nearly daily FB live videos of the mayor of Westlake inviting people to Westlake UMC for a free meal, bottled water, supplies, etc. I'm sure that under the circumstances it would be quite easy for them to grow weary, and I thought this scripture from Hebrews was so appropriate!  

The card is an Interlocking Gate Fold card (tutorial here).  Easy and fun with a lot of wow for a little time.  

Tip: I cut the frame and the sentiment panels twice so that the double-thickness would be stronger and hopefully resist bending as the card is opened and closed.

The bow was a last-minute addition.  Here's what it looked like without it.  This simpler version, even with the dimensional adhesives under the sentiment and the tiny heart, would be relatively flat for mailing.