Thursday, October 27, 2022

Trifold "Thankful for You"

There have been so many beautiful designer paper pads from Craft Consortium lately, and today's card provides a great way to showcase prints from several of them and how they can work together so beautifully!  They provide a gorgeous backdrop for our new Falling Leaves border strip.

Most of the time Fall cards are vibrantly colored, so I thought it would be interesting to go more monochrome/neutral with this one.   I stamped the image with black Memento ink,  shaded outside the images with warm grey Copic markers, and then painted on diluted Delicata Celestial Copper ink; had to be quick about it because the Memento will run if not careful.  I also flicked on some diluted black distress ink and then sponged black ink onto the edges too.  

Because it is so shimmery with copper ink, it came out very elegant in spite of being a little bit grungy, but that shimmer is really hard to capture on camera!  And in spite of its shimmer, these "colors" could work quite well for a guy card I think!

Here's a view of the card open.  It is really easy to make (here's the scoring tutorial for this fold) even though it looks fancy. 

I added some cattails to the inside, with just a touch of that pretty copper ink to make them shimmer.

The sentiment and the tiny tag on the front were made the same way the belly band was, but die cut with  dies from the Tim Holtz Collector set.  

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Deck the Halls!


Hi everyone!  I'm back with  another Pottery Barn inspired design, this one mimicking a quilted bedspread using some of our newest stamp sets and supplies from Stamp Simply.  

I used square dies in various sizes along with tartan paper and greenery dies to create the quilt design which reminds me of both traditional and Hawaiian quilting patterns.  How many of you "Deck the Halls" with a pretty bedspread or duvet?  We don't have one yet...I could purchase one, but I'd really love to make one myself.  

Here's the inside, embellished with another very traditional decoration, the Christmas stocking.  

This one was cut from the papers from Grunge Festive Tones, accented with more of the greenery cut from shimmery metallic paper.  There is no coloring at all on this card; the only stamping is the sentiments.   

I off-stamped the sentiment with brown ink and then over-stamped that with shimmery copper.  This sentiment always makes me think of Burl Ives and leaves me with a song in my heart!  ❤️  


Thursday, October 13, 2022

Counting Down to Halloween

Hi y'all!  I've been knitting several Halloween projects for the past few weeks and those bright, fun colors had me craving a Halloween stamping project so here it is!  I got to play with Graphic 45 paper and with some fabulous Tim Holtz dies that I got with my most recent Stamp Simply order, so that made it doubly fun!  

Numbers are an obvious choice for birthday cards, but they're great to use for Halloween and Christmas too.  This die set is called Countdown. 
Here's the envelope die that the numbers from Countdown are attached to (the numbers in this die set are tiny compared to the Countdown numbers).  I just glued the flap to the card front and then added that cute strip of stamps over top.  

Here you can see that it actually is an envelope that has a tiny card tucked inside.  

The card is stamped with images and sentiments from our Welcome Fall set.  

Here's the inside with a sentiment also from Welcome Fall.  Doesn't this paper have lots of fun little printed strips that make great accents and borders?!  

And it's ON SALE!  From now through Sunday 10/16 enjoy 30% off Graphic 45 papers at Stamp Simply!


Just in case you're curious about those knitting projects I mentioned earlier, here they are!  The first two are socks that will have color work bands at the top just under the cuff ribbing. These skeins are from Color Me Sheepish.

Diamond Heel socks

Trusty Toe Up Socks

This is "Cowloween" which I'm knitting from Knit Picks Stroll Bare yarn that I dyed myself with Dharma acid dyes.  :) 


I also have two mystery knit along shawls on the needles.  More on those when they're further along and the "secrets" are safe to share, but here are the yarns/beads.  

Boo's Bewitched

Stephen West's Twists and Turns

All of the knitting patterns are available on Ravelry.

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Pocket Money!


Our Stamp Simply design team has been sharing tag projects this week, and I'm here with a fun set using some utensil bags from our lunches out.  Black/Kraft is one of my favorite color combos so those new Ink Drop papers really spoke to me, especially since Pottery Barn just came out with a new Holiday Look Book that included "Luxe Neutrals!"  Instant inspiration!

At several of the restaurants that we visit, our utensils are presented in these little bags. I have seen them more often since the start of the Pandemic.  Every time we go out I stash them in my purse and I've been saving them for just the right project!  (I have to be quick about it!  You can tell I wasn't quite fast enough with this one because Patrick crumpled his up before I could get my hands on it!). 

These long skinny bags are the perfect size for tucking in some cash so that the tag can be a gift on its own.  Literally pocket money!  

Sometimes I slice the perforated edge off, sometimes not.  The longer white ones, folded in half, make cute little paper bag pocket albums, too.  (The Kraft ones are from Chili's...the longer white ones are from Hurricanes). 

I love using recycled paper and making something elegant from something that is everyday and ordinary.

Although they all use the same papers, inks, ribbons, and stamp set (the one with the Star of Bethlehem also uses one additional set), each tag of this trio is just a bit different from the others.    

Our new snowflake border is absolutely gorgeous and is a new favorite of mine!  The Star from one of our older sets pairs perfectly with it.  

This sentiment makes me want to break out the Christmas music already!

The little snowflakes are a die from our new mittens/stocking set.  

The "Joy" is made using one of our new word dies.

Ink splatters and metallic gel pen accents help to unify the design.

And this paper!  LOVE!  So beautiful for a Christmas tag set in beautiful neutrals!  And a perfect Christmas wish!