Thursday, November 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends, and happy Thursday to all of you!  I am here today with an ultra clean and simple Stamp Simply Thanksgiving Day card.  

This sheet of beautiful Wonderful Autumn designer paper, with its growth ring design, seemed a perfect match for the sentiment, "Count Your Blessings!"  The sentiment peeks through a circular opening cut along the lines of the growth rings, with rich bronze matting paper and Delicata ink reflecting the lovely colors of the print.  

I thought this paper was simply too gorgeous to cover up, hence the clean, uncluttered design.  I debated adding a ribbon (it would be beautiful with one of our beige/pink variegated silks), and indeed I would have if this had been a top-folding card (where I could've positioned it in the upper right corner), but this side-folding card looked better without it.  

Inside there is another sentiment stamped on a strip of the same designer paper, with a shock of wheat accenting the opposite corner.

The simplicity of the layout, the shimmering bronze ink and metallic paper give the card a subtle elegance. 

I am certainly counting my blessings today!  This year has been one that has made me ever so much more aware of the simple things that are truly the most meaningful things of life!


Thursday, November 19, 2020

Christmas Time

Today's Stamp Simply project is a fun belly-banded tri-fold card with a peek through window and an optional inner gift card pocket. It is flat for mailing although because of its multiple layers, will definitely require extra postage.

Those lovely poinsettias peek through the window when the card is closed...but when opened, a strip of the plaid paper is also visible.  The construction of the card is a bit similar to a Joy-fold card.  

When the tri-fold is fully opened, the sentiment and gift card pocket are fully revealed.  The plaid paper not only carries the theme through to the inside of the covers up the Copic bleed-through from the image on the opposite side of the fold.

This Graphic 45 Christmas Time paper pad has lots of pretty printed tags that are perfect for making a gift card holder, for embellishing gift bags or boxes, or for scrapbook pages.  


Thursday, November 12, 2020

Autumn Blessings

Hello again, friends!

I know that many of you are in the throes of Winter already, but because Thanksgiving has not yet arrived in the U.S. and Fall in Florida is yet on the horizon, I'm still reaching for beautiful Autumn papers and stamps for this week's Stamp Simply project.  

This Studio Light Wonderful Autumn paper printed with a corner design is SO beautiful, and pairs well with our fishtail banners for a quick and easy "go-to" layout.  The stamped and die cut leaf from our Harvest stamp duo is a lovely accent for this particular print.  Splashes of diluted Delicata ink in gold and copper add some sparkle and elegance.

The inside includes another beautiful Fall image from the same paper pad, along with a stamped sentiment and more splatters of beautiful gold and copper.  


Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Don't Forget Your Jacket!

Yesterday was our first really chilly morning here in Florida (it was in the 40s).  I was going through papers and stamps for my Stamp Simply tag trio project and envisioned local moms shouting, "Don't forget your jacket!" as their kids were running out the door!  Honestly though, here in the South we have had as many or more Christmases in shorts as sweaters!  You never really quite know what you're gonna get!

These little cuties were fun to make!  I used grommet tags folded in half and topped with fishtail banners for the tabs, and even used the grommet tags as backgrounds for a couple of the images.  I drew simple little hats and headbands to fit the Stick Kids.  For some I fussy-cut and popped up portions to add some dimension, and for others I just stamped them single layer.  

It was fun to make them "fraternal triplets" using the same papers and colors but different layouts.  Another thing I love is that these are rather generic and would work for Christmas, Hanukkah, a Winter birthday, or for just about any Winter occasion!  Our new Typewritten Year Round Greetings covers occasions year-round!

I reached deep into my stash for the embellishments for this project!  I haven't used brads in ages!  I had some snowy sparkly ones that worked well for this theme, although I ran out of white and had to use one silver one.