Friday, April 16, 2021

Peace, Love, and Joy

 Welcome! Here today with a card that would be suitable for so many special occasions in life includings baptism, confirmation, and so much more. Stamp Simply's new "Baptism--and More" clear stamp set has the perfect sentiments for these days!

I began making a base for the card using Tim Holtz' "Flowery" thinklet background die. Love this die as one cut through cardstock and you have the beginnings of an quick and easy background. Simply glue it to a base card and you're set! The die cut blooms add so much texture to a background, even while keeping with a monochromatic color scheme.

I stamped the sentiment from the "Baptism--and More" stamp set onto a Spellbinder Rectangle die cut using Versafine Onyx Black Ink. A die cut cross from Stamp Simply's steel "Crosses" die set is cut three times and glued together with Tombow Mono Multi Glue for dimension, then layered onto the rectangle panel. A simple Kaisercraft Pearl adds a bit of bling. EASY, yet classy. Scor-Tape was used to adhere layers.

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Thanks for stopping by today-- have a great weekend!

Friday, April 9, 2021

Copper Masculine Birthday Card

 Hello, and welcome! I've created a birthday card for my son featuring Stamp Simply's "Upper Peninsula of Michigan die" and "All Occasions 2" stamp set, plus a Tim Holtz Texture Fade embossing folder. 

We live in an area in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan that is called "The Copper Country." There were numerous copper mines in our area in the past--all closed now--but a National Park was formed to celebrate the copper mining history. Keweenaw National Park information can be found HERE.

Our son lives far from home now, so a card that hearkens back to copper mining history will be appreciated and make him think of home.

I began the card by inking up Ranger Watercolor paper with layers of Tim Holtz Distress and Distress Oxide inks. Colors used: Tea Dye, Walnut Stain, Frayed Burlap, Rusty Hinge, and Hickory Smoke. While the paper was still damp, I ran it through my Spellbinders Platinum machine in Tim Holtz' "Mechanics" Texture Fade 3D embossing folder. Love the texture you can achieve using the Texture Fade folders! After the background dried, I rubbed a bit of Deco Art Metallic Lustre wax onto some of the gear edges. The panel is mounted on a base of Tim Holtz Color Coredinations cardstock.

The Upper Peninsula die was cut out of Copper Metallic cardstock once, and black cardstock three times. All layers were glued together with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue, and the copper layer was distressed with more of the Deco Art wax to tone down the shiny appearance of the cardstock.

The sentiment from Stamp Simply's "All Occasion Sentiments 2" stamp set was stamped onto more of the distress inked paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink. It was die cut with a Stamp Simply "Fishtail Banner Sentiment die." Scor-Tape was used throughout the design.

I really like how this turned out--especially that inky, grundgy backdrop. It's fairly flat for mailing.

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Friday, April 2, 2021

Hello Sweet Friend Wreath

HI there! So glad that you have stopped by. I have a springtime card for you today featuring Stamp Simply Ribbon Store's "Seasonal Wreaths--Spring and Summer" clear stamp set, along with their new steel die set to matchI love the crisp clean die cuts giving me the ability to get some added dimension and *POP* in my design!

I began by die cutting the wreath portion first, leaving the die cut wreath in the panel it was cut from, then stamped the wreath with the stamp dipped in Versafine Claire Pinecone ink. You can also stamp first, then die cut.

I stamped the floral portion of the wreath with Memento Rich Cocoa ink since I wanted to add color with Copics; then die cut it with the Stamp Simply matching die.

The image was then mounted with with Thermoweb 3D Foam onto a Spellbinder Classic Square Nestabilities die cut panel, then layered over panels of Graphic 45 "Blossom" decorator paper and an additional cardstock layer.

Fairly flat, so easy to mail. Scor-Tape was used throughout.

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Hope your Easter weekend if filled with blessings!


Friday, March 26, 2021

Easter is for Jesus


Hello! Here today with a shaped springtime bunny card using 

I began the card by creating the base. I die cut a piece of folded Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth White Cardstock with just the largest oval from the Spellbinders Hemstitch Oval die set. Make certain to leave a small space at the top of the fold so that you do not cut an entire want a hinge left at top. 

I then cut the Spellbinder Hemstitch Oval die from a piece of Graphic 45 "Woodlands Friends" decorator paper and adhered it to the oval white cardstock base.

The eggs and bunny from the "Easter is for Jesus" stamp set are stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and Copic Sketch Marker colored. They are then die cut with the "Easter is for Jesus" dies. I added Ranger Glossy Accents to the eggs and the bunny's eyes and nose.

Here's the inside of the card, with a special message, one that I hold dear:

The inside base is created in the same manner as the front, and the "Jesus is for Easter" cross is stamped, die cut, and glued into place. The sign on the cross is stamped with a sentiment from the set with VersaFine Claire Fallen Leaves ink, die cut with a Stamp Simply Fishtail Banner Sentiment die, and glued into place on each end with a small piece of dimensional tape in the center.

The sentiments from the stamp set are stamped with the VersaFine Claire ink.

A Seam Binding Ribbon Bow (tutorial HERE, using the Original Bow Easy) adds the final accent for the design. Scor-Tape and Mono Multi Liquid Glue were used throughout.

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Friday, March 19, 2021

Spring and Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop

Welcome to the 2021 Coffee Lover's Spring and Summer Hop!

It's always a pleasure to participate in the Coffee Lover's seasonal hops--so much inspiration and fun--PLUS the chance to win prizes from the Super Sponsors who donate! A BIG thanks to Stamp Simply and others for being Super Sponsors!

 All you need to do to participate is make up a coffee/tea design, take a pic and upload it to the Coffee Lover's post HERE, and sit back and enjoy all of the eye candy and ideas. Just click on the photo upload links on the Coffee Lover's post to get to each blog post.

Here's my card for the hop. Not exactly spring and summer tones...
coffee shades all of the way! 

Folks are longing to enjoy a cup together again...thus this perfect sentiment from Stamp Simply's "A Cup of Java" clear stamp set. Stamp Simply has a couple of wonderful coffee/tea stamp sets, as well as coffee/tea dies to coordinate. You can see them HERE.

The dies used here, however, are Tim Holtz/Sizzix "Cafe Colorize" dies, also available at Stamp Simply.

I began by die cutting the Tim Holtz "Cafe" dies out of Ranger Watercolor paper. You can certainly "colorize" the cups using different shades of cardstock; I enjoy using inks and watercolors so started with a blank canvas.  Colorize dies are etched with color names on the back of the dies making for easy building. You can, of course, use whatever colors you desire.

I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks in numerous shades, then built the cups using Tom Bow Mono Multi Liquid glue.

The base background is Craft Consortium's "Wood Textures" cardstock. A border of May Art's 2.5" Cotton Blend Vintage Plain ribbon adds some texture to sit beneath the coffee cups. 

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. 

I hope that you enjoy all of the inspiration and also participate at the Coffee Lover's Hop! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 12, 2021

Happy Anniversary Bouquet

Hello, and Welcome! Here today with a springtime anniversary card using Stamp Simply's "Wedding and Anniversary Wishes" clear stamp set along with their brand new "Wedding and Anniversary Wishes Bouquet" steel die set that matches. Love having that crisp edge that die cuts provide...there are also new die sets for the Stamp Simply seasonal wreath stamp sets as well as some of the recent Christmas stamp sets.

Here's the new set that I used today:

I began by stamping the floral bouquet and vase with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto white Coredinations Heavyweight Smooth Cardstock. I colored the blooms and vase with Copic Sketch markers, then die cut with the new "Wedding and Anniversary Wishes Bouquet" die set. I then coated the vase with Ranger Glossy Accents, and added Wink of Stella clear Glitter pen onto the flowers.

The base of the card is made up of the white cardstock, along with a gingham print from Echo Park's "Welcome Easter" decorator paper. I stamped the sentiment from the "Wedding and Anniversary Wishes" stamp set directly onto the base.

I die cut a tag shape from the cardstock using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Framelet Tag Collection dies and mounted it on the base for added interest. The blooming vase was mounted upon that tag.

A border of May Art's Twill Ribbon ties it all together! Scor-Tape and Thermoweb 3D Foam are used throughout.

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great weekend!

Friday, March 5, 2021

Watercolor Blessings Bouquet

Let me give you the details of the card:

This is a quite large card...just under 5 x 7." I intend for this card to be hand delivered, but can also be mailed with extra postage. 

I created a base of Ranger Watercolor paper, choosing it for its extra heft and durability for a larger card.  There is a additional panel on the background using Echo Park's "Welcome Easter" decorator paper. I love the fresh gingham pattern here, perfect with the bouquet. Scor Tape was used as an adhesive.

I die cut the Tim Holtz Wildflower Stems #1 and #2 out of the Ranger Watercolor paper, then watercolored them with Daniel Smith Watercolors and a spatter of white Windsor & Newton Gouache.

After the blooms dried, I arranged them on the gingham background, then glued them in place with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue. I wound some May Art's Burlap String around the panel, then added the sentiment, stamped using the Stamp Simply Baptism set sentiment in Versafine Vintage Sepia Ink. The new Baptism and More stamp set is suitable for baptism, dedication, confirmation, and First Communion events. 

The sentiment was then die cut with a Stamp Simply Fishtail Banner Sentiment die and cut to size. I used a corner angle punch to cut the top corners to make a tag shape, then mounted it on the card from with dimensional tape (Thermoweb 3D Foam). 

Here's the inside of the card, stamped with a sentiment from the Stamp Simply Baptism stamp set, also stamped with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink:

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope that you have a wonderful weekend, I'm so glad that we are approaching Springtime...we still have huge snowbanks that need to melt, but the sunnier days make for a Springtime feel.