Thursday, September 29, 2022

Have a Cup on Us!

Happy National Coffee Day!  We really love our local coffee shop, Spring Park Coffee, and usually drop by there at least once a week to grab a cuppa Joe and sometimes a pastry for Patrick, too.  I'm gluten-free, so no pastry for me, but the nice thing is that Spring Park Coffee's flavorings (unlike those at Starbucks) are all gluten-free and safe for me.  Yay!  In the Fall they usually include a Butter Beer coffee on their menu, so that is my flavor-of-choice at the moment! YUM!  (Otherwise, it's a caramel macchiato, which is yummy too!)    

So here's my Stamp Simply project for today!  Our pretty little coffee cup stamp coordinates so smartly with this floral designer paper print!  I love when that happens!  That little coffee shop scene with the chalkboard menu is super cute too!

The inside of my card features a pocket for a gift card (a Starbucks one here since this card will go to an out-of-town friend).  Just for fun I added a sprinkling of tiny flowers (a die cut from one of our baby sets) and a tiny cup (from our Farmhouse series) with some tiny girlie pearls.  Sometimes it's the little things, right?!  In this case those little things add some cute feminine whimsy to the design.  Hopefully attention to those little details will help my friend to know how special she is to me!  

In honor of National Coffee Day (Thursday), International Coffee Day (Saturday) and World Card-making Day (Saturday), we are having a sale!  

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Warm and Cozy

Hello everyone!  I hope you're having a fine day so far!  I'm back today with another card using one of our new sets from our recent Stamp Simply Christmas/Winter release, along with a couple of our other sets.  I had so much fun making this card that I got carried away and had a hard time putting it down.  ;)

Our new stocking set is what got the idea rolling around in my head, but the folding doors of our very own fireplace inspired the rest.  I thought the designer paper looked like wallpaper with greenery laid on the mantle, and then of course...a wood mantle and bricks!  

The sign frame is from our Seasonal Decor set, but the sentiment is from the stockings set and it fit perfectly inside it.  

The stocking is SO cute and so easy!  The cuff, heel, and toe are three separate-but-connected-to-each-other dies in addition to the stocking die itself so you can use two small pieces of designer paper and/or card stock to make the stocking in one pass of the die cutter.  There's a separate little loop hanger die too, or you can use some string/ribbon instead!  That little snowflake is the perfect sized embellishment.

Here I used card stock and strips of gold mirror card stock to mimic our fireplace's folding doors...if I'd had clear transparency paper, I would have used that for the doors instead! I used Spellbinders' rectangles to frame the fireplace box inside and out. I even thought about adding a wreath or candle or some flowers inside since here in Florida we don't get to use our fireplace that often.  

And here's the inside of the card.  Who doesn't love cozying up to a warm fireplace with a warm cuppa?!  

This little cup is from our newest coffee set, and thematically goes so perfectly with the sentiments from our new stocking/mittens set!  


Stamp Simply Christmas/Winter Release

This week, Stamp Simply is celebrating our new Christmas/Winter release, and I have two projects to share!  I had so much fun playing with our new snowflakes border stamp set, and our new mitten/stocking set with coordinating dies.  There are also three new word dies (Blessings, Joy and Peace).   

My first card combines silver and gold for an elegant Christmas card using Snowflake Blessings and Kaisercraft designer paper.  

This snowflake border is so delicate and lovely!  

The set includes both sentiments and scriptures so there is something for everyone!  

My next card features the Christmas Stockings and Mittens bundle alongside the Joy word die.  The mitten is a two piece die so it is easy to cut the mitt and cuff separately from coordinating papers, and also to cut from the backside for the second mitt of the pair.  

This scrolling font is so beautiful and I love that smaller snowflake die!  

I used sparkly silver and gold inks to add shimmer to all of the elements of these cards, with accents of metallic gel pen as well.    


Thursday, September 8, 2022

Leaves are Falling, Autumn is Calling

New stamps are so much fun but combining new sets with old favorites is even better imho!  Today's Stamp Simply project combines some of my all-time favorites and was inspired by an oversized piece of card stock.  Rather than cutting it down to size, I scored it and perforated it to make a card with a removable bookmark.

This peek-a-boo view shows the bookmark and how well these sets work together.  The new border set is so absolutely stunning!  

Inside and on the background of the bookmark, I used pale peachy-pink Copic markers and tea-dye distress ink to mimic the hues of the designer paper that's on the front of the card, and because I love that beautiful golden glow that Fall always brings, I gave everything a splash of Delicata shimmery copper sparkle.  

The top of the bookmark is accented with brightly colored ribbon and twine along with a leaf-shaped button from my stash.

This sentiment inside is from one of our Seasonal Wreath sets.  


Thursday, September 1, 2022

New Release from Stamp Simply!


This week at Stamp Simply we are celebrating Fall with the release of some beautiful new Fall stamp sets!  

Besides the beautiful new Falling Leaves border stamp set, there is also a new Autumn Silhouettes stamp set and a Sympathy die with a gorgeous scrolling font.  All coordinate perfectly with our older Fall sets which include some of my all-time favorites!  

My first project using the new border stamp is a gift bag using a recycled/repurposed Kraft bag.  I stamped the border stamp onto some linen print designer paper and colored it in with Copic markers, stamping a few extra to fussy-cut for accents.  (Using our older sets and coordinating dies is another option if you're not into fussy-cutting).


I love that stamping over the linen print gave this an almost hand-stitched quality.  (I'm waiting for some linen and floss to begin a Fall themed slow-stitching project, so maybe that is what inspired this idea?!)

You can barely see it in the photos, but I used a mesh layering stencil and Celestial Copper Delicata ink to add some sheen and sparkle to those two colorful squares of grunge papers, and metallic gel-pen accents on the border.  I love these rich Fall colors so much!

I used the same linen print paper for a card using the new Autumn Silhouettes and new Sympathy die.  Transparent distress inks add those lovely Fall colors but still allow the linen texture to shine through, and the shimmery Copper stenciling adds even more elegance.  Rich Cocoa and stamped off Tuxedo Black Memento inks provide the perfect contrast for layering the two silhouette images on top of those beautiful Fall hues.

While we may not experience full-on "flaming Fall" here in Florida, this card feels very "Fall in Florida" to me!  Same for my home state of Louisiana.  I can envision Fall on the marsh or the beach with these images!    

Here's the inside, featuring a beautiful scripture sentiment also from the Autumn Silhouettes set.