Thursday, February 22, 2018

Hello, Beautiful!

I often look to Pinterest for inspiration for card-making, and recently came across a fancy fold that caught my eye.  It's called a pop out swing card.  I like it because the card front looks deceptively simple, and then when the card is opened, the surprise unfolds.

After having spent quite a while researching historical clothing in preparation to do some sewing for reenacting and living history, I especially enjoyed using this designer paper for today's project!   The busy pattern of the paper is in perfect keeping with the busy-ness of Victorian fashion where the rule is generally the more frou frou, the better! 

As I was constructing the card, I discovered that Spellbinders classic rectangles and the large oval dies were a perfect fit for this particular cameo-like image.  Since the paper pad includes two sheets of each design, I was able to die cut and layer one on top of the other with dimensional adhesive to create this focal point.  

The "You are so beautiful" sentiment inside (from one of our recently released Stamp Simply clear stamp sets) is stamped using shimmering copper-colored Delicata ink, embellished with a die-cut rose from another Stamp Simply set.  The rose was colored with Copics and then given a top coat of glitter with a clear Wink of Stella pen.  I wish I could capture all of that shimmery goodness in a photo!

Since the papers are two-sided and the card construction makes the back side of the flap visible, I decided to add another design to the back.  It's smaller than an ATC and was just enough to make everything look more finished.

This part of the card can be removed from the "window" and laid flat to write inside.  Here's a link to the tutorial I followed should you decide to make one of your own.  

Here is a full list of the supplies used to make today's project:

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Loved Beyond Measure!

Hello everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!  My card for today actually might've worked as a Valentine, but it was made as a card of encouragement with my Bible study ladies in mind.  

Stamp Simply is excited to be the sponsor for the current Word Art Wednesday challenge.  This challenge blog is about sharing the love of the Lord, so our Stamp Simply clear stamps are a perfect fit!  I hope you'll join us!  I am still having a blast playing with our new Farmhouse Signage series, and since this Miss Betty designer paper arrived along with my order of new colors of distress oxide inks (you'll be seeing those on a project soon!), I simply had to use it.  I love how these papers and this sentiment go so well together!

Here's a closer look at the bow so that you can see the die cut pierced hearttulle, silk ribbon, burlap stringpretty pink flowers and just a glimpse of the light pink rhinestones.  This card really is kind of a juxtaposition of masculine and feminine elements...the contrast of the dark woodgrain paper behind the bright colors is rather refreshing, especially since the last several days here have been grey and dreary.

There's more of the measuring tape designer paper inside, along with another die-cut heart.  

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Walk by Faith

Masculine cards can be such a challenge!  I've have been looking at this "flannel" print in this masculine paper pad for a while and decided to try a masculine card of encouragement with it.  The compass motif in the punch-out elements seemed to go with a "walk by faith" sentiment, and so I combined those, adding the tags, ribbon/cording and colored pearls to the card front to tie all the colors together.

Going along with the idea that God's Word is the compass for our journey and that nature allows us to hear Him more clearly, I used a woodgrain stencil with distress oxides and inks on the inside, accented by more of the designer paper, another compass punch-out element and colored pearl.  

Here are the Stamp Simply supplies I used for today's project:

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Be Still and Know!

I love this passage of scripture!  On the day that I made this card, I needed to be reminded of it, to seek the peace and comfort of knowing that He is indeed sovereign.  

The sights and sounds of the ocean are awe-inspiring and help to usher in that sense of majesty and serenity, so even though we (yes, even in Florida!) are in the throes of winter it seemed appropriate to pair this sentiment with these beautiful shells.  

Here are the supplies I used for today's card, all from Stamp Simply:

Thursday, January 25, 2018

New Every Morning!

I'm here today with a super simple, very quick card using a new sentiment stamp from Stamp Simply.

I glued a few torn pieces of designer paper onto a piece of white card stock in a sunrise gradient, tied on a button with colored burlap string and then popped it all up on dimensional adhesives atop a white heavyweight card stock base.  The sentiment, stamped on a white banner, really stands out against the brightly colored background with a single simple heart for embellishment.

This release has been so inspiring and so much fun!

Here are the supplies I used:

Friday, January 19, 2018

Dropping Anchor

Hello friends!  It seems that there's lots of ice and snow practically everywhere, but that doesn't stop me from longing for the sights and sounds of the ocean.  It has been a stressful week, and just the thought of sand between my toes is enough to calm the spirit and settle the "monkey mind!"  That sense of peace provides an anchor through the storm.

These supplies were strewn across my desk for another project (more on that another day!) but my heart had a detour in mind and I had to make this card first!  I am hoping that you got the feeling of the boardwalk and the fourth of July when you first saw it. 

The inside is reminiscent of the shorebirds patiently wading through the tide pool.  Kinda makes me  wanna go shell seeking or searching for sea glass!  Well...maybe when it's warmer!  ;)  

Here are the Eyelet Outlet supplies I used for this project:
If I had had it, I would have added some seahorse washi tape because the colors look like they'd work perfectly with this designer paper!  There are quite a few options for a beach themed, summer vacation card if you are longing for summer or if you're lucky enough to go for a winter getaway!  

And here are the supplies I used from Stamp Simply:

Thursday, January 18, 2018

A Brand New Release from Stamp Simply!

We've got new stamp sets and dies from Stamp Simply and you're gonna love 'em!  Here's a peek at the ones I used for today's card, but you can see the rest (a total of four stamp sets and two die sets) if you visit Stamp Simply What's New.   Our team will be sharing projects made with the new release daily for the next week or so on the Stamp Simply blog, so be sure to visit!

I love this combination of beautiful fonts and such wonderful, lovely sentiments.  A few are perfect (and just in time!) for Valentine's Day, and the rest are great for all kinds of occasions.  I suspect these will see lots of use on a regular basis!

Here are the supplies I used for my card:

Friday, January 12, 2018

Sew Happy!

Hello crafty friends!  Ready for the weekend?  I am tremendously looking forward to it!  

Most of the crafters I know have their go-to craft but are enthusiastic about other crafts too. I love card-making but lately my heart has been drawn to the first craft I really remember learning...sewing. I am so grateful that my mom and my home-ec teacher, Mrs. Farley, taught me to sew!   It's a very useful skill set to have in the tool box!  Since I have been spending time lately planning some garments for historical reenacting, these sewing stamp sets and the Eyelet Outlet embellishments that coordinate with them were calling out to me.  ;)  I even used a set of paper pinking shears that I haven't used in aeons!  

I love that so many of our EO products come in multiple colors so you can perfectly coordinate with your designer paper and other project elements.  These spools and paper flowers were an exact match for the spools and flowers in this busy, fun sewing print.  

Here are the EO products used for today's project:
I'll be at my sewing machine this weekend sewing up some garments for the Victorian era! I hope to squeeze in some stamping time, too, especially since here in the U. S. we have a long weekend in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  


Thursday, January 11, 2018

A Little bit of coffee...

...and a whole lot of Jesus!

The idea for today's card comes from Kintsugi, the centuries-old Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold.  An article from My Modern Met states: "This repair method celebrates each artifact's unique history by emphasizing its fractures and breaks instead of hiding or disguising them. Kintsugi often makes the repaired piece even more beautiful than the original, revitalizing it with new life."  To me, that is what time spent with God does with our broken lives, so I wanted to make a card with a crackled cup featuring Kintsugi paired with this sentiment from Stamp Simply.  It would be a great way to encourage a friend to take a time-out from a stressful life with his or her Bible and a delicious cup of coffee.

Everything about this card is "latte" from the theme to the color scheme, including the coffee gift card in the pocket on the card front. 

I know I am probably very late to the "Jesus Calling" bandwagon, but one of my Bible study friends had an extra copy so now it's mine, and I'm loving it!  What a great way to start the day!

Here are the supplies I used for this project:

Friday, January 5, 2018

Enjoy the Ride!

Hello again!

My brothers are both great car enthusiasts.  They like to buy old, junky "vintage" cars and restore them.  They're really good at it, too, and one of those cars, a gorgeous red hemi Belvedere, has even graced the cover of a popular auto magazine!  We used to go together to car shows and to the drag races (when we didn't live half a continent from each other!), and that's what inspired today's card.

I grabbed Eyelet Outlet's antique car washi tapered number washi tapewide ticket washi tapescrew brads, and truck brads to pull this birthday card together.  With its red, black, and white color scheme and tea-dye distress inking, it definitely has that vintage car feel and they'll know exactly what I was going for!  

Haha!  Bet you'd never guess that I used to pack the parachute for a AA fuel dragster!  Yep!  It's true!