Thursday, March 22, 2018

Farm Fresh!

I just got home yesterday from a trip to Dade City.  The scenery moves from the flat stretches of northeast Florida into the rolling hills of horse country near Ocala and on about an hour north of Tampa.  The sky was bright and blue and the weather was gorgeous both coming and going although there was a pretty nasty spell in between (we almost ended up having to shelter in the closet during a tornado warning!).  

Dade City is a lovely historic town with the most beautiful trees, and right smack in the middle of town there's a fenced pasture with cows!  That just tickles me.  

Today's card showcases the coordinating prints from Authentique's Frontier.  It's an odd size (it'll need a custom envelope) but the measurements and the tri-fold design worked great with 6 x 6 inch designer paper.  

The card base is a rectangle measuring 9 3/4 inches wide x 6 1/2 inches tall.  With the paper in landscape orientation, it is scored at 3 1/4 and 6 1/2 inches to make the zig-zag tri-fold.  

I confess that I didn't actually measure to make the diagonal cut from the left edge of the card front to the top of the 6 1/2 inch score line.  I just eye-balled it!  I also sliced off about 1/4 inch of the remaining flap so that the page tab would line up flush with the adjacent fold when the card is fully closed.  (If you're a stickler for measuring, this edge measures approximately 1 5/8 inches tall on the finished card).  

The designer papers for each panel are approximately 3 inches wide.  Rather than fussing with math and measurements, after cutting them the correct width I just aligned the bottom and sides with the panel edges to make an even border, and then used a straight edge to mark the diagonal to cut at the top.  It is especially easy to do that way if you have a clear quilting ruler that's marked in 1/4 inch increments.

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

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Choose Joy!

Hi everyone!  I'm here today with a kinda corny, very "MeMaw-ish" card that was really fun to make.  It was inspired both by a card on Pinterest and by all of the cockades ads I have been seeing as I've researched and worked on my 1860s historic garb.  Apparently wearing cockades was a big deal back then!  

The double-sided old-fashioned floral/striped Kaisercraft paper made this design easy...all it took was a little slit and a couple of scores to fashion the collar.  The edging is some crocheted lace that I cut in half and stitched into place. 

I love these sentiments!  Don't we all need a reminder occasionally?!  And isn't remembering to be grateful each morning the most excellent way to choose joy on a daily basis?!  xo

Here are all of the supplies I used, all from Stamp Simply

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Easter Blessings!

I absolutely LOVE this time of year!  Seeing the drab landscape of Winter burst forth with New Life never ceases to amaze me!  The lilies and dogwoods always seem to know when Easter is right around the corner.  The colors, shapes and symbolism so speak to my heart!

Today's Stamp Simply card has a gold-embossed Easter greeting stamped upon a distress oxide watercolor panel that peeks out from underneath the rolled, distressed edges of some pretty Spring plaid paper.  The overall design is simple but the splashes of gold and the sparkle of a few rhinestones keep things from being boring.  Y'all *have* to know that that shimmery fleur de lis cross makes my Louisiana heart smile.  

Here's what the inside looks like.  Makes me think of all those lily dedications for Easter Sunday service.  :)

Here are the supplies I used:

Thursday, March 1, 2018

To Everything There is a Season...

Hi everyone!  Happy Thursday and Hello, March!  I can hardly believe how fast the year is flying!  We have had some really warm weather here in Florida during the last several weeks, enough that my azaleas are blooming!  Please don't think I am complaining!  I love Spring and don't do so well with grey and dreary.  Hopefully this bright, cheerful card will boost your mood if grey and dreary is what's currently outside your window.  

I had a lot of fun playing with watercolor paper, ink, Copic markers and Spellbinders dies to make this little floral spray that complements Wild Rose's gorgeous designer paper.  (That paper is so pretty that I had a hard time covering any of it up and kinda crunched my elements down into the corner.)  It just so happened--gotta love Serendipity!--that I had a scrap of Kaisercraft's Limelight on my desk, and it was the perfect green for some foliage to harmonize with the background.  

I have always loved this passage from Ecclesiastes and every time I see it the song by The Byrds starts playing in my head.  It is a spirit lifter for me, and lately I've needed my spirits lifted.  The last month or so has been rough.  I spent two weeks helping to care for my lifelong best friend as she lived her last days and lost her battle with breast cancer.  I'm so grateful that we had that time together. I didn't think we could become any closer, but we did.  Such grace, and so much love!  I'm really missing her now, and so I'm grateful for some happy colors and encouraging verses that remind me to always look up and have Hope (which was her name)!  

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

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: