Thursday, October 28, 2021

Under His Wings

Today's Stamp Simply card is a combination of scripture stamps in a simple, serene setting that I hope will evoke a profound sense of peace.  The lovely designer paper brought to my imagination a prayerful walk in the forest on a quiet evening with the snow softly falling.  

These beautiful verses serve as a gentle reminder (to both the card-maker and the one to whom the card is given!) that we can cast all our cares upon him, and find refuge under His wings beneath the shadow of the Cross where He indeed will take care of us.  

Here's a look at the inside when the card is fully opened.


Sunday, October 24, 2021

Christmas JOY

Today's Stamp Simply project started out with the intention to make a flat-for-mailing card, but as you can see, it ended up going in a different direction!  Sometimes it just works out that way and you gotta go with the flow, right?!

I stamped the holly leaves with Memento ink and colored them with Copic markers.  Then I used the coordinating dye to cut several masks out of printer paper so that I could stamp the background with text without inking the leaves.  I used Delicata gold ink and "finger-pressed" the stamp onto the paper over the masks to get a faint, partial impression (and I was bummed that it turned out so faint that it is difficult to see, especially in a photograph.  Because I did not use a stamp jig it was impossible to repeat the inking...I will probably try again with this original idea using a stamp positioner next time to improve upon the execution!)

I was disappointed but opted to keep going since I was happy with the way those berries turned out!  Then as I was clearing things from my desk, I dropped a big splat of ink right onto the middle of the card.  😳

So, QUICK! I grabbed the ivory acrylic paint and painted over it, and then covered it with this lovely die-cut shimmery gold cross. Whew!  JOY!  And then I immediately thought, wow,  this is a reminder of how I'm "covered by the Cross!"  Even stamping can be a spiritual experience with a lesson to be learned!

I used the same mini background to stamp the inside.  I'm sure now that you can actually see it, you're singing along too!  I just had to include that little music score (from another new set!) in the corner!  I'm sure you'll be seeing lots more of that one!


Thursday, October 21, 2021

My Refuge and Fortress

Hi everyone!  

Lighthouses have always been so interesting and intriguing to me! They are each so very individual and have their own unique history, but collectively they have played such an important role for maritime travelers throughout time that they've come to represent a place of safety and refuge, which for Christians is very powerful symbolism indeed. 

Our recent Stamp Simply release included two new lighthouse stamp sets.  This is the lighthouse in the Keweenaw Waterway North Entry in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, featured in the new set, He Stilled the Storm.

I had so much fun combining sets from this release for today's project!  The branch in the upper left corner of the card is from another new set, God Will Take Care of You.  The background stamp is a scripture from Psalms in one of our new background minis.  

Here's a peek at the inside, which includes another beautiful scripture. There's lots of detail and interest in this card, yet because there are no ribbons or rhinestones, it is still ideally flat-for-mailing.


Thursday, October 14, 2021

New Release!

I'm so excited to share with you one of the new sets that was released by Stamp Simply this week! We are introducing some mini backgrounds, a lighthouse series, a bird set and a decor set.  The mini background set I have used for today's project includes some beautiful scriptures.  This particular one is from Proverbs 31.  

I stamped the scripture several times diagonally, then inked over it with a mesh stencil and shimmery copper ink, tearing and fraying the right edge of the paper.  It makes a nice backdrop for a big beautiful sunflower!   (That mesh stencil always makes the think of the windows of the church that I grew up attending!)

There is more stenciling on the inside of the card, along with another encouraging passage from Proverbs 16.  

Be sure to visit the Stamp Simply blog and scroll down through this week's posts to see all the inspiration that our design team is sharing!  We have specials on Tim Holtz products, and of course, you have to see the sets for this new release!



Thursday, October 7, 2021


Hello friends!  Back again after bit of a break!  Our family took a vacation and then needed vacation to recover!  Anybody relate?!  

At Stamp Simply, we're currently featuring Tim Holtz products...they're on sale for the entire month of October.

I love his style and have enjoyed using his stamps, stencils, and dies for all kinds of projects.  Their versatility for card-making and mixed media, and their timelessness make them a consistent favorite!

For today's project I used a beautiful quatrefoil die from the Thinlets Mixed Media #1 set to cut an accent in the corner of a lovely patterned paper from a brand new Christmas designer paper pad by Studio Light.  In my imagination the patterned paper evoked a feeling of peace in the midst of a snowy Winter's day, so I wanted to keep things simple, elegant, and monochromatic.  I used grey ink for the sentiment with splashes of silver and gold inks and diluted white acrylic paint.  The tree was stamped with distress oxide ink in a coordinating color.  

The paper on the inside is from Craft Consortium's Grunge Dark pad.  It was a great match, especially with the added splatters and splashes of ink and paint.  The camera does not capture what a pretty, sparkling card this is!  If the rhinestone "tree ornaments" were omitted, it would also make a great card for mailing.