Thursday, December 31, 2020

Happy New Year!

Hello everyone, on this very last day of the year!  I'm sure it is not far-fetched to say that all of us are glad to see 2020 come to a close, so here is wishing you a very happy, healthy, and prosperous new year!  

My Stamp Simply project for today features sunny, cheerful colors and some beautiful paper from Graphic 45 along with two sets that are part of our Typewritten Sentiment Bundled Trio.  This paper has captured my historic-fashion-loving heart!  

The Happy New Year sentiment just perfectly fit into one of the little printed tags that are part of this lovely paper pad.  

Inside there's a drama queen encouraging us all to "Be Happy" along with another sentiment from the Typewritten Trio bundle. What an apt reminder!

I loved using these sets for a New Year's card, but they include sentiments for many occasions, including the upcoming Valentine's Day, lots of other holidays, thank-you and more.  

Wishing you every blessing and the very best for 2021! 


Thursday, December 24, 2020

Stamp Simply Favorite Six of 2020

Merry Christmas Eve!  Christmas is oh so close, and with so much yet to do our Stamp Simply team has been taking this week off to focus on our holiday preparations and enjoying the holidays with our families.  We each are sharing our favorite six of 2020.  I'm sure each of my design team members would agree, it is hard to narrow it down to just six!  Here are mine, presented in calendar order:

First up is a flirty feminine card inspired by women's fashion!  This was a really fun one to make!

If I could have only chosen one favorite card for the entire year, THIS would have been it.  From the first time I saw this stamp set, the idea for this card came clearly and immediately into focus.  

Sometimes other fun crafts inspire my card-making.  These two remind me of quilting, and the bonus was that the making of one card created a cut-out for the making of the other.  

I love the rich colors of Fall.  This card uses one of my favorites of all of our stamp it won't be a surprise for you to see that stamp here twice!

This one was fun because of the combination of masculine designer papers and sort of unexpected colors.

It's always fun to make a card that has different dimensions.  Here is a tall, skinny Christmas card that nearly fell together on its own (the top is the reverse side of the paper used on the bottom).  I love when something so simple turns out to be so beautiful with very little fuss.

As I reflect upon 2020, I can't help but think of the role that fiber and the spin15aday challenge have played in my day-to-day life.  I've spun at least 15 minutes each and every single day of this year.  If you follow me on Instagram you've seen photos of my daily spinning, although there were a couple of days that I missed posting photos.  And so, on this Christmas Eve, it seems appropriate that I should share a little peek of a bit of fluffy fiber (alpaca and wool) and thoughts of Grandma, especially since we did not get to travel to see her this year!    

Merry Christmas to you and yours!  Blessings and much love!

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Name Above All Names


Hello everyone!  I hope you are enjoying this 2020 Holiday Season!  It certainly seems to be flying by!

I'm here today with a Stamp Simply card that uses some of the same sentiments as last week's card, but with a completely different feel.  Last week's was simple and had a child-like's is more elegant and formal, and takes its focus all the way from the cradle to the cross.

A tiny blossom and some Floral Cluster greenery form a corner focal point alongside one of two phrases from our Jesus set.  

Here's the inside, with the cross and a "wreath" of greenery around that most powerful Name.  


Thursday, December 10, 2020

Jesus is the Reason

Our Stamp Simply design team was given a challenge for this week's projects:  to use a stamp to make a background and have a sentiment be the focal image.  Here's my design, featuring stamps from our Farmhouse Signage and Jesus sets.  

This cute Echo Park paper is what inspired my choice of stamps and sentiments.  Such an adorable paper pad!  I used distress ink to stamp my background, sometimes stamping off first for some variety.  

I could not resist putting one of those lowing cattle from the manger scene on the inside of the card!  😉


Thursday, December 3, 2020

Simple, or Stepped UP!

Hello from sunny but chilly Florida!  Yesterday when I woke up it was literally a freezing 32 degrees!  Brrrr!  

My Stamp Simply project for today is a simple, easy-to-mass-produce card along with a "stepped UP" version to send to someone extra special.  

A card with a paper print this pretty really doesn't take much time or effort!  A pretty, shimmery sentiment stamped on a fishtail banner is all it really needs!

If you have extra time, you can add a companion design...

...and a glittery bow instead of a bow tied with burlap string.

Here's the inside, with another beautifully scripted sentiment from one of our Floral Clusters sets.