Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Wonderland Christmas Star



The stamp set and die pair wonderfully with Kaisercraft's new "Wonderland" decorator paper. Love the unconventional colors in this lovely pad...perfect for the entire winter season!

I began by stamping the star on Ranger Watercolor Paper with Versafine Smokey Gray ink and my Tonic Stamp Platform. The stamp platform is fabulous for stamping on watercolor paper as it has a bit of texture and you sometimes need to stamp numerous times to get a crisp, clear result.

I then watercolored the stamp using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink in Iced Spruce...wow, the match to the decorator paper was spot on! After the watercoloring dried, I die cut it out with the Stamp Simply Star die, then applied some Stampendous Ultra Fine Translucent Glitter using a Sakuri Quickie Glue Pen.

The base of the card is made up of patterned sheets from the "Wonderland" pad. A layer of May Art's 2.5" Cotton Blend Vintage Ribbon acts as a border beneath one of the strips of decorator paper.

The accent tag was cut from the same Wonderland pad using a tag die, similar HERE. The sentiment from Stamp Simply's "Merry Christmas" set was stamped with more of the Versafine Smokey Gray ink. 

The star and tag layers were mounted on the background with Thermoweb 3D Foam pieces. A couple of pieces of May Art's Burlap String finalize the design.

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Be sure to check back next week for "something sweet!" 
I'm celebrating ten years of blogging!

Thanks for stopping by!




Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Thanksgiving Design


Here's an easy to mail design with Thanksgiving wishes...and, easy to create with products from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store! I've used Stamp Simply Clear "Autumn Blessings" stamp and steel die sets, Stamp Simply Clear "All Occasion Sentiments Set Two" stamps, and a Stamp Simply Fishtail Sentiment Banner die 
for this card.



I began by stamping the wheat bundles from the "Autumn Blessings" set with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Wild Honey and a Tonic Stamp Platform, then die cut them with the Autumn Blessings wheat bundles steel die.  I used a Prismacolor pencil to add some detail to the stamped images, and wrapped a bit of May Art's Burlap String around them for added interest.

Justrite's "Three in a Row" die was then used to make the frame shape, cutting it from Authentique's "Pleasant" decorator paper and creamy cardstock. The background is also from the "Pleasant" decorator pad, so similar to a "Burberry" plaid print!

The wheat bundles were then mounted into the frames with Thermoweb 3D Foam pieces, and a sentiment was stamped using  Stamp Simply Clear "All Occasion Sentiments Set Two" and Versafine Vintage Sepia ink. The sentiment was then die cut with a die from Stamp Simply's Fishtail Sentiment Banner die set and then mounted to the background with Thermoweb foam.

Here's the inside using a sentiment from Stamp Simply's "Autumn Blessings" stamp set: 



All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Enjoy the remainder of your week and upcoming weekend!
Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Jingle Shaker Card

Today's design features a couple of different fun elements...
sparkle from the shaker "gift" and jingle bell tinkle 
from the bell and bow combo! 

I was inspired by the "First Noel" designer paper from Kaisercraft. The gifts on the paper are printed with touches of gold foil, which are lovely but do not show up that well in my photos. I layered the printed paper over a top tent fold black cardstock base, then proceeded to make the shaker portion of the card.

The square "gift" shaped shaker was created with a JustRite "Four in a Square Dies" set. I diecut the first layer out of Gold Mirror cardstock (there are also a couple of gold foiled cardstock pages in the Kaisercraft First Noel pack), then cut a square piece of acetate from a Crystal Clear Box to fit the window of the shaker. I carefully glued the two together with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue. Just use a very small amount of glue, if you get some of the glue onto the mirror cardstock, it will smudge and be difficult to remove.

Cut the die cut window...this time from Foamiran foam or from a sheet of fun foam. This makes up the sides of the shaker, so there is room for the sequins to move within the shaker. If your foam is thin, you may need to add an additional layer. After the foam layer/layers are adhered, add some 5 mm Gold Sequins to each window pane, taking care not to over fill. Choose a base for the shaker-- I choose a black and gold foiled speckled paper from the Kaisercraft decorator paper pack. Glue the base onto the back of the sequin filled window carefully.


The shaker was then adhered to the base of the card with Scor-Tape, and embellished with a May Art's 1.5" Silk bow (tied with an Original Bow Easy) and 3/4" gold Jingle Bell.  A sentiment from Stamp Simply's "Farmhouse Christmas" stamped with Versafine Onyx Black Ink and die cut with a Stamp Simply's steel Fishtail Sentiment Banner die adds the final touch.

Sparkle and sound! A fun design that will hopefully bring 
smile to the recipient's face.

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

For You Pumpkin

 So very much to love about Autumn...especially pumpkins and the recollection from my youth of the pure excitement in getting a pumpkin to carve! I still enjoy pumpkins, but no longer carve them up...I appreciate them just as they are!

The pumpkin featured here today is from Stamp Simply Ribbon Store's "Welcome Fall" clear stamp set...along with a matching "Welcome Fall Pumpkin" steel die that can also be purchased separately for easy cutting.

Here's a quick run down on this smaller, 4 x 4" size card.

I embossed a kraft cardstock panel with Spellbinder's M-Bossabilities "Simplicity" Embossing Folder, then layered it with Thermoweb 3D Foam pieces upon a matching tent fold base. I wanted a very neutral background to highlight the pumpkin, yet desired a bit of texture as well. 

The "for you" sentiment was stamped with Delicata Non Tarnishing Celestial Copper ink from the Stamp Simply "Welcome Fall" set. It was then cut with a Stamp Simply's new "Fishtail Sentiment Banner" die, and popped up on the card base with a piece of the Thermoweb Foam.


The pumpkin was stamped with the Celestial Copper ink onto Ranger Watercolor Paper. I used my Tonic Stamp Platform in order to stamp the image multiple times in the same place--sometimes necessary for a good imprint on the slightly textured watercolor paper. 

I watercolored the pumpkin with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks, then die cut it with Stamp Simply's "Welcome Fall Pumpkin" die. I then added it to the card base with Thermoweb Foam for dimension. The pumpkin and verse have a pleasant sheen in person...a bit difficult to capture it in the photo.

A bit of May Art's Burlap String ties it all together.

All supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope that you are enjoying the fall weather where ever you are located--it has cooled down here in Montenegro.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

O Christmas Tree Sparkle


Presenting a design that is fairly quick and easy to mail...also with a bit of sparkle that makes it extra special! I believe that this design would be quite easy to create in multiples.

I began with Ranger Watercolor paper, and trimmed it into a standard 4.25 x 5.5" top fold card. I then cut the smaller main panel 4 X 5.25." 

The main panel was then stenciled with Tim Holtz Layering Stencil in "Crossed" and DreamWeavers Embossing Paste. I immediately covered the wet embossing paste design with Stampendous Ultra Fine Translucent Glitter and set the panel aside to dry.

On to the tree...

This lovely tree is from Stamp Simply Ribbon Store's clear "O Christmas Tree" stamp, stamped with Versafine Smokey Gray ink. I then water colored it with some Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks. The tree was then die cut with Stamp Simply's O Christmas Tree steel die.

A bit of snowy sparkle was added to the branches with a Sakura Quickie Glue Pen and some more of the Stampendous ultra fine glitter.


The sentiment "O Christmas Tree" is also from the Stamp Simply stamp set by the same name, stamped with the Versafine Smokey Gray ink. It was then die cut with Stamp Simply's new "Fishtail Sentiment Banners" die, then both it and the tree adhered to the background panel using Thermoweb 3D Foam Squares.

A simple card with just a bit of drying time for the embossing paste. I believe that in taking it a step at a time, you can mass produce these sparkly cards for your Christmas card stash.

All product is from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Thank you for joining me today! Hope the remainder 
of your week is fabulous!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Pastor Appreciation Month

 October is Pastor Appreciation month...two new stamp sets from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store are perfect to make those cards of appreciation."Pastor and Ministry Appreciation Greetings" and "Pastor and Ministry Appreciation Scripture Sentiments" clear stamp sets can be purchased individually or as a duo.




Let me tell you about my card for today, using the two new sets as well as the new steel "Fish Tail Dies" and clear "Autumn Blessings" stamp and die sets. 

I began with a panel of kraft cardstock, then stenciled Tim Holtz' "String" layering stencil using Tim Holtz Distress Wild Honey ink (Ranger Mini Blending Tool) onto it. I then layered another stencil, "Leafy" over it, using Tim Holtz Distress Old Paper ink. Old Paper ink also edged the panel. Drops of water add a bit of distressing and allow the kraft to peek through the drops.

The panel was then layered over a piece of EK Success Assorted Cork and attached to the base of Tim Holtz Color Coordinations 12 x 12" cardstock.


The sentiment panel was stamped from the "Pastor and Ministry Appreciation Greetings" set using Versafine Vintage Sepia ink. It was then die cut using Stamp Simply Ribbon Store's brand new "Fishtail Steel Dies." Love the assorted dies in this new set...perfect for so many of the Stamp Simply sentiments!

I stamped the wheat sheaf from the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store's "Autumn Blessings" set twice...first with Tim Holtz Distress Mustard Seed ink, then directly over that with Tim Holtz Distress Wild Honey...easy to do when you use a Tonic/Tim Holtz Stamp Platform!  The wheat sheaf was then cut with Stamp Simply's new "Autumn Blessings Wheat Bundles Dies." I added an accent of Prismacolor pencil to the wheat.

The wheat was glued onto the sentiment with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue, then adhered to the base with Thermoweb 3D Foam Squares.

Here's a peek of the inside Bible verse from the Stamp Simply "Pastor and Ministry Appreciation Scripture Sentiments..."


I hope that today's design gives you some ideas for ministry appreciation in your congregation! 


All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store...
be certain to check out all of the new sets and steel die sets at 
Stamp Simply! There is also a huge decorator paper sale -- 
ALL 25% to 50% off!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Winner for Blog Candy!

Hi All:  Here to announce the winner from my National Coffee Day blog post--

Jennifer Scull!

Blogger Jennifer Scull said...
Your card is just beautiful in the shades of white. I love the BG you created for it. The die cut poinsettia is so very pretty, too.

I confess to drinking pumpkin spice coffee all year long. I stock up on it every fall so that I have enough to last! ;)

 Jennifer: please email me (deb.saaranen@gmail.com) -or- Sharon (ssj@up.net) with your two Stamp Simply Ribbon Store stamp/die choices and shipping information...congratulations!

Thanks, All, for your participation and kind comments from the hop!