Thursday, January 27, 2022

Easter Blessings

Hello again!  It has been cold and dreary here so today's card will hopefully bring a preview of Spring sunshine and warmth your way!

This beautiful pad of Easter paper just arrived day before yesterday and I could not wait to craft with it!  I used a little vellum for the sentiment so that that pretty plaid would not be all covered up.  I already had a little scrap of paper with the hyacinths stamped on it from a prior project, so with some quick coloring that became the floral accent.  The flower centers sparkle with a sweep of clear Wink of Stella.  The tiny variegated silk bow, yellow jute string and pink rhinestone pulls all the colors of the card together.

The inside has a sentiment along with a beautiful glittering embossed cross with lots of bling accents too!  I used a touch of distress oxide inks to emphasize the dry embossing, softening it with clear Wink of Stella. 


Thursday, January 20, 2022

Love to You!

Last week our Stamp Simply team focused on feminine cards, so this week we're sharing masculine ones.  You can see that mine has a hint of military flair since our family's fellows include some who served in the armed forces.

This paper pad is filled with beautiful plaids that are perfect for masculine cards.  This particular print has a metallic gold stripe, so I used mirror card stock to mat the squares and Versamark ink/gold embossing powder for the sentiments.   The squares and the large star are cut using Spellbinders dies.  

The small star and heart dies and the Love to You sentiment are from one of our newer sets, Welcome Baby.  


Thursday, January 13, 2022

Just Checking In!

Hello again!  

This week I've been playing with more pretty Graphic 45 papers and some favorite Stamp Simply stamps!  

This was a really easy card front to design because the "ticking stripe" paper is actually the flip side of the pretty floral design.  I simply cut a piece of paper to fit inside the mat with about 1/4 inch of border, then cut it in two in both directions and flipped two pieces.  Distressing the edges and adding a pretty bow gave it a little frillier, more feminine look.

I stamped the hyacinth cluster twice (once on a scrap of white card stock, and the other on the piece that would become the background for inside), cutting one of them in two to use as an accent to the card front and as a pop up over the edge of the oval inside.

The flowers were colored with Copic markers, with a cool grey providing some shading along the right side of the one stamped on the inside.  Clear Wink of Stella makes the petals hard to capture well in a photo, but it is SO pretty in person!


Remember, G45 products and May Arts ribbon are on sale now at Stamp Simply!

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Thanks a Bunch!


Happy New Year!  As this year begins, I am looking forward with a heart filled with hope and gratitude, praying for a year of good health and warm, thriving relationships with family and friends both near and far!  

We had a lovely Christmas!  Our son was home for Christmas week and Time did its funny "slower-than-usual-but-still-flying-by" thing...all too soon the holidays were over and it was time for the two fellas to return to work/school.  

We've kept our decorations up throughout the entire 12 Days of Christmas until Epiphany, and since today's the day, they will soon be put away and I'll bring out a few Mardi Gras decorations.  It's time for King Cake!  

I've been participating in a couple of 12 Days of Christmas spinning challenges, opening a little package of fluff each morning.  It has been so peaceful each evening to enjoy a cup of homemade eggnog while spinning in the glow of the twinkling Christmas tree, and especially on those rare evenings when it was cool enough to have a roaring fire in the fireplace!  (I'll share more about my spinning after sharing my Stamp Simply project for today, so if you're interested in the fiber arts part, it will be toward the end of today's post!)

We're having a Happy New Year sale during the month of January at Stamp Simply which includes May Arts ribbon and Graphic 45 products, so my project for today uses both.

I had some wonderful gifts under the tree, so today's project is a thank you card using one of our stamp sets that coordinates beautifully with this gorgeous G45 designer paper.  The focal image was stamped onto white card stock with memento ink and colored with Copic markers.  It looked too stark white compared to the background paper, so I added some blended alcohol inks in coordinating colors and stamped off some cursive text to grunge it up just a little.  So much better!

I used Spellbinders classic squares to cut and mat this focal image and popped it onto dimensionals on a hand-cut tag, tied onto the card front with silk ribbon.  We have some beautiful variegated silk ribbon that I debated using which includes all the right colors, but I decided to go with the solid watermelon red ribbon which really brings out the bright red of the cherries.  I could not resist using a little scrap of the other one though, because it included the perfect green-ish gold of the pears in the background paper!  I also added a little pink jute string for texture, loving the look of the rustic against the silky-soft.      

The inside of the card includes another stamp (again, colored with Copics) from the same set with a coordinating sentiment (there's actually a trio of sets that work together).  I added a splash of Delicata ink to sparkle things up just a little.

I'm so thankful for fiber arts and paper crafts and for all the peace and joy that they bring!  I can't tell you how often I've turned to such "right brain" activities to sooth my spirit and find calm in the midst of stress and strain.  2020 was the year of learning to knit socks, so we shall see what 2022 shall bring!

I'm always spinning with Turkish spindles which are easy to take on-the-go.  This fiber is Day 2 from Inglenook Fibers on a Jenkins finch Turkish spindle. 

A cute little snowman spindle was one of my Christmas gifts!  Isn't he adorable?!  This fiber is actually from one of last year's 12 Days sets, and I'm still working on it!  Savoring, since it is so luscious!

I'm trying to improve my technique with supported spinning.  This fiber is Day 1 from Woodland Pixie.  All of the supported spindles shown in these photos are from Woodland Woodworking.  LOVE Carl's amazing spindles which of works of art within themselves.

I took one braid of fiber from Three Waters Farm and divided it by color, making it into rolags to spin long draw on the wheel, another technique that I'd like to perfect.

Thanks for visiting my blog and allowing me to share my crafts with you!  May you and yours be blessed with health, happiness and prosperity this whole new year through!