Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sending You Big Hugs

Yesterday's SCS sketch was an interesting, fun layout, inspiring me to create a card using supplies and stamps from Stamp Simply.  The punch-out elements from KaiserCraft's Hopscotch designer paper lent themselves well to the design and made this a quick and easy card.

I punched a hole in the paper flower base to thread ribbon and twine ends through, then embellished the bow with a Spellbinders flower and leaves.  This sketch really leads the eye from the top left to bottom right, and a sprinkling of rhinestones draw even more attention to the sentiment in the bottom right corner.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

P.S. i {heart} you

Like many of the guys his age, my son loves gaming!  He's in college now, but when he wants a break to relax and unwind, he will often pick up a controller and immerse himself in a game.  Last week was midterms...he worked so hard and was really looking forward to Spring Break this week.  

This simple card with a sketched video game console and Eyelet Outlet's gamer brads is the perfect way to say I love you and I'm proud of you!  

The contour and color of the background panel were deliberately designed to bring a certain gaming system to mind, and I used some click-together alphabet stamps to add a punny greeting.  I think he'll like it!  I hope you do too!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Bookmark Card

This verse from Philippians is one of my favorites, one that is worth returning to time and again, and it is even more lovely in this elegant font as a stamp from Stamp Simply.  I decided to use it to make a card with the verse stamped in gold onto a removable bookmark which is held in place with a bow that loops around the front flap of the trifold card.  

A beautiful gold Thinking of You Rose is revealed when the bookmark is removed.

Inside, the card is a profusion of roses along with another encouraging verse, this one from the Psalms.

The bookmark has a pull tab embellished with ribbon, and a few sparkling jewels.

Here are the supplies I used:

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Out of This World!

Hi everyone! I recently got some new stamp sets and the new distress oxide inks and have been wanting to play around with them, so I created a galaxy background/space scene for one of our new brads, this fun green alien.  

Here's a close-up so you can get a better look at him/her, along with a few glitter enamel dots that are scattered through the sky.  

To balance out that pop of green, I added some green enamel hearts from the bright enamel hearts set to frame the silver-embossed sentiment, along with a little green cording in the fold of the card.  

It's SO fun playing with new stuff, don't you agree!?   

Have a great weekend!     

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Love You So Much!

At the first sight of the rose in the new Stamp Simply Thinking of You Rose clear stamp set, I had this card in my head, and with a glimpse of the fern in Nature's Sketchbook, the details of the whole tuxedo/boutonniere idea began to take shape.  Lucky for me there was a wedding robe card video demonstrating this fun fold, which I modified to fit into a standard envelope.  What a great card for a bride's groom, the groom's best man, groomsman, or even that special prom date!

The card base is essentially a tri-fold card with lapels folded and trimmed into the front flaps.  The boutonniere began with that fussy-cut fern from a sheet of Nature Sketchbook designer paper underneath the stamped and die-cut rose.  A pretty bow and pearl-headed straight pin gave it the characteristic corsage look.

Here are the links to all of the supplies:

Friday, March 3, 2017

Stamp Simply Spring Release Blog Hop

Welcome to Stamp Simply's Spring Release Blog Hop!  Our designers are excited to share projects featuring four new stamp sets and two new coordinating steel die sets.  Darsie's video showcases the new products and how to use them.  

My first card showcases the beautiful new Get Well Tulip and coordinating steel dies.  

I stamped the tulip onto some text-printed designer paper and colored it with copic markers, then die-cut the sentiment.  Here's a look at the inside.

Here are the supplies I used to make this card:
My next card is a very shiny clean and simple design using one of the new scripture stamp sets, Fear Not.  

I love how metallic paper and some gold ink instantly step up the formality of a card.  The sentiment and pretty paper can stand on their own without any embellishments, so this card would be an easy one to mail, and it would be just as appropriate for a fella as for a lady. 

The words in both new scripture sets are so uplifting!  Life can be tough, and we all know someone who could use some Godly encouragement.  

Here are the supplies for my shiny card:
And here are the links for the hop.  Be sure to visit each one so you can see the projects using the other new sets that were not presented here!

Thursday, March 2, 2017


Tuesday was Mardi Gras, and I am leaving in less than two weeks for a quick trip to Louisiana, so these fleur de lis were calling to me when I sat down to create this Stamp Simply Easter card!  

I love this color combo and the harmony of ivory blossoms, green leaves and sparkly flower centers against the hues of the background.

While some "hide the Alleluia" for the season of Lent, I chose to stamp Hallelujah for the inside sentiment.  Matthew and I have our upcoming Orange Park Chorale concerts next weekend, so we've been rehearsing "Honor and Glory" and those Hallelujahs get stuck in my head, which I love!    

Here are the supplies I used:

Monday, February 27, 2017

Some Bunny Loves You!

Hi everyone!  I'm here today with a clean and simple card that was put together with a couple of punches and a few quick embellishments.  Gotta love it when the colors coordinate and it comes together so easily!  

Some Easter washi tape forms a border beneath a punched garden of flowers accented with enamel dot centers.  A pastel rabbit brad and an enamel heart on the (also punched) sentiment tag add another pop of color to the uncluttered, bright white background. A fast, fun card for Easter, or for any lovely Spring day, for that matter!  

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Taste and See!

I just love bees!  I'm always drawn to images of bees and honey, partly because Deborah means "bee" and partly because bees are simply amazing and honey is so delicious.  I knew, when I saw this print from Graphic 45 and this scripture stamp from Stamp Simply that I had to make a card combining the two.   

For the floral cluster, I stamped and die-cut some little flowers from Altenew's Mini Blossoms set, then stamped and fussy-cut a bee from Graphic 45's A Time to Flourish.  I attached each one to a bit of jeweler's wire with a glue dot and tucked them between a couple of paper flowers, adding some snips of cheesecloth to fill in the gaps.  I love how wispy and natural it turned out.

Here are the links to the supplies I used:

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Vintage Easter

New stamps and supplies are SO inspiring!  I am having the best time playing with the goodies from Stamp Simply!  It was a gray, windy day, and these pretty pastel papers from Authentique were just the ticket!  One of the sheets included small rectangular vintage images, so I cut them apart and used one as the focal image for an Easter card.  

The sentiment banner is held in place with a Tim Holtz memo pin, which is stuck into a flower embellished with soft pink silk ribbon, ivory tulle, and some jute thread.  I love how dainty it all turned out!