Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Lower Peninsula of Michigan

I stamped the Lower Peninsula of Michigan onto white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then colored it with Copic Sketch markers. I used the large die from the "Lower Peninsula" die set to die cut the peninsula. I also cut additional cardstock peninsulas so that I was able to glue them together to make the image very dimensional. To note: there are numerous small die shapes--arrow, hearts, stars, circles-- in this set so that you are able to mark special areas of your map.

The sentiments were stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink, my fave for sentiments, then die cut with Stamp Simply Fishtail Banner Sentiment dies. Do you see how I lined up the lower sentiment with the Lower Peninsula? After cutting the sentiment with the fishtail die, I lined it up with the Lower Peninsula die to get that left edge.

My card base is kraft paper that I ran through a crimper...love the texture that it adds, yet it remains quite flat for mailing! Scor-Tape was used throughout.

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 1, 2020

Stamp Simply Release--Lower Peninsula of Michigan

Hello once again, and welcome to another design featuring Stamp Simply Ribbon Store's new Lower Michigan Mini Release. You can see the new stamps here: 

They coordinate wonderfully with the previously released "Upper Peninsula" stamp and"Upper Peninsula" steel die sets. Here is the complete Michigan series that are available either individually or in various bundles.

My card for today is actually a combo; it can act as a greeting and also as a sign, as it is 6 x 6" and has a stand on the back of it. It combines both the Upper and Lower Peninsula die sets, as well as both Upper Peninsula and Lower Peninsula clear stamp sets.

The decorator paper used here is Echo Park's "Little Lumber Jack." It is layered over a light weight cardboard that makes a sturdy base to act as a stand up sign. Great decorator paper for these northern designs!

 Both peninsulas were die cut from the decorator paper, then layered upon additional matching die cuts of card stock and glued together. This creates a bit more dimension and interest to the design.

The sentiments were stamped from the "Upper Peninsula" and "Lower Peninsula" stamp sets with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto white cardstock. They were then die cut with a Stamp Simply Fishtail Banner Sentiment die, and Spellbinder's Classic Long Rectangle and Classic Oval dies. Scor-Tape was used throughout.

Here's a pic of the "sign" standing up, perfect for a shelf or desktop, reminding folks of "HOME."

The sentiments were stamped from the "Upper Peninsula" and "Lower Peninsula" dies sets with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto white cardstock. They were then die cut with a Stamp Simply Fishtail Banner Sentiment die, and Spellbinder's Classic Long Rectangle and Classic Oval dies. Scor-Tape was used throughout.

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Be sure to check out additional design ideas using the Michigan stamps sets at the Stamp Simply blog! 

Thanks for stopping by, I will be back tomorrow with another new Michigan inspiration card!

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Brand New Michigan Release from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Hello and welcome to the brand new Lower Michigan release from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store! "Lower Peninsula of Michigan (the Mitten)", "Michigan Facts," and "Lower Peninsula of Michigan" steel die set. 

These new stamps and dies pair beautifully with the "Upper Peninsula" clear stamp and "Upper Peninsula" steel die sets. 

Here's my 5.5 x 5.5" card for today using all of the Michigan sets: Michigan Facts, the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and both matching die sets:

I began by stamping the robin, fish, and deer from the Michigan Facts stamp set onto cardstock. I colored the images with Copic Sketch markers, then masked the images to prepare the background. I ink blended with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks and a Ranger Mini Blending Tool over the panel, then spattered then with water. After the panel dried, I peeled up the masking paper to reveal the images and did touchups around the images where needed.

The Upper and Lower Peninsula were both stamped on card stock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, great for Copic coloring, then colored with Copic Sketch markers. They were die cut with the matching dies, then layered upon additional die cut shapes to create dimension.

I stamped the "Michigan" from the "Michigan Facts" stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black ink (best for crisp, clear sentiments) onto cardstock, then die cut it with a Spellbinder Oval die.  The "pleasant peninsula" sentiment, also from "Michigan Facts" stamp set is stamped then die cut with a Stamp Simply Fishtail Banner Sentiment die. 

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Thanks so much for stopping by and viewing the new stamps that complete our great state of Michigan! Look for additional ideas for the sets at the Stamp Simply blog. I will also be back with some more Michigan designs this week.

Friday, May 29, 2020


Stars and Stripes together again, along with some checks and lace! LOVE Stamp Simply Ribbon Store's "Old Glory" clear stamp and "Patriotic Stars and Stripes" steel die sets! 

The patterned paper used here is Echo Park's "America the Beautiful." OOPS...just found out this paper is no longer available, but Echo Park has an equally fabulous patriotic pad: "America."

I stamped the "Old Glory" image onto white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I then colored it with Copic Sketch markers and die cut it with the large die from the Patriotic Stars and Stripes dies. I die cut three stars using the Stars and Stripes die three times from cardstock, then once from the decorator paper, gluing all layers together to make them quite dimensional. One star was stamped with "USA" from the Old Glory stamp set.

A border of 1/4" May Art's Crochet Lace Trim adds the final touch to this patriotic design. Scor-Tape was used throughout the design.

All linked items are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. Stamp Simply is offering shipping for $2.50 on all US orders, 
check them out!

Thanks for stopping by and check back on Sunday 
for something new!

Monday, May 25, 2020

Patriotic Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Happy Memorial Day from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan! 
"Land of the Free, Home of the Brave." We would not be free 
if not for the sacrifice of the brave men and women 
in the past and in the future.

This design is intended for Independence day, but would be suitable to any other patriotic holiday as well.

 The supplies used to make this card come from 

I began by making the paper pieced Upper Peninsula using Stamp Simply's "Upper Peninsula" steel die. I cut 1/2" strips of Echo Park "America" decorator paper. The strips are then butted up to each other and glued or taped to a light weight paper, such as copy paper. 

In my initial paper piecing, I glued my strips to card stock, but with all of the layers of paper and tape, had a difficult time die cutting though it all. I recommend lighter weight paper for the piecing as you will be layering it over heavier cardstock next-- cut two more die cuts out of regular cardstock, then glue all of the layers together to create a more dimensional appearance.

The white base for the image was die cut from cardstock using a Spellbinder Classic Rectangle die. The "liberty and justice for all" sentiment from Stamp Simply's clear "Old Glory" stamp set was directly stamped onto the panel with Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  

The panel was mounted on the card base with Thermoweb 3D Foam pieces. Other layers were adhered with Scor-Tape.  An additional sentiment accent "4th of July" from the "Old Glory" set was stamped and die cut with Spellbinder Standard Circles.

This card measures a bit smaller-- 3.75 x 5".

Be sure to check out the wonderful selection of 

Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your holiday evening.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Old Glory

Hello and Welcome! We're continuing with designs for this week's Stamp Simply release of "Old Glory" stamps and dies...take a look:

My card for today features Stamp Simply Ribbon Store's brand new "Old Glory" clear stamp set and "Patriotic Stars and Stripes" steel dies. I love this patriotic set and have had so much fun creating with it!

I began by stamping the USA image with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto kraft cardstock. I then colored it using a Inkssentials Craft Ink Holder with included nibs along with Tim Holtz Distress inks. 

It was then die cut it with the Stamp Simply USA die from the "Patriotic Stars and Stripes" die set. I also die cut two additional USA shapes from kraft, then glued them together and topped it off with the colored die cut. This gives some nice dimension and I find myself doing this often!

I made the background by die cutting numerous star shapes from a kraft panel using the dies from the Stars and Stripes die set. 

I wanted the same colors that I colored the USA to peek through the die cut kraft panel, so I laid the star die cut panel over another kraft panel and lightly traced the stars onto the panel.  I then sponged on the same distress ink onto the penciled in star shapes on the second panel. 

After taping the die cut panel and colored star panel together with Scor-Tape, I mounted it with Thermoweb 3D Foam pieces to a base card.  It may sound more difficult than it actually is...it did go quick and added a unique touch. You could also used the stars that were die cut and ink those up for another project or a similar card.

The sentiment "Old Glory" was stamped with the Tim Holtz Distress ink, then die cut with a Spellbinder Classic Circle die.

All linked products are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

If you are interested in viewing more Old Glory inspiration, be sure to check out Stamp Simply's blog!

Friday, May 22, 2020

Spring Summer Coffee Lover's Hop

It's that time of the year once again--time for the Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Hop 2020! Join in on all of the fun! 

The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store is a Super Sponsor and look at the sweet prize they are offering to one fortunate participant:

The decorator paper used is Graphic 45's "Farmhouse." Love the happy prints and rich colors in this pad! The papers were layered for a background for my coffee cup, the larger cup from the Stamp Simply "Coffee or Tea?" die set.

 The sentiment is stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink, then die cut with a Stamp Simply Fishtail Banner Sentiment dieThe "COFFEE" is die cut out of decorator paper once, and die cut two additional times from cardstock, then glued altogether to create a dimensional word. I enjoy doing this to make a word or shape *POP* from the card. 

I hope that you enjoyed viewing my card for the hop and I encourage you to stamp along!

All linked product is from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.