Friday, January 17, 2020

Easy Gilded Valentine


Hello! A super quick and easy Valentine for today--easy to mail, using few supplies, and so pretty in person! The photos just do not do the silver embossing justice!


I die cut three hearts out of Ranger Water Color Paper using The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store's "Pierced Nested Heart Trio" dies.  These lovely heart dies are now on SALE for 30% off, a price of $8.95! 
I then quickly watercolor painted them with Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry Distress ink (half off now!). After initially watercoloring the hearts, I rubbed the pad direct onto the hearts for even deeper color. 

After the ink dried, I used my Versamark Water Mark ink pad along the edges of the hearts and heat embossed them with Ranger Super Fine Silver Embossing Powder. I also treated the panel edge in the same way. Last up, heat embossing the "Love You" sentiment from Stamp Simply's "Farmhouse Simple Sentiments."

The layers are popped up using Thermoweb 3D Foam.

All supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Make certain to check out the deals happening over at Stamp Simply right now: 







Thanks for stopping by and be sure to enjoy your weekend!

Friday, January 10, 2020

Single Rose Love You


Here's a quick and easy Valentine for your honey, featuring Stamp Simply Ribbon Store's "Thinking of You Rose" and "Rose" steel die. Simple and easy to mail!

I began with a panel of Ranger Watercolor paper, dry brushing with a couple of Tim Holtz Distress inks (Tattered RoseVictorian Velvet, and Bundled Sage) across the background. The "love you so much" sentiment if from the "Thinking of You Rose" clear stamp set, stamped with the Victorian Velvet ink. Some spatters were added for a bit more interest.

The rose was stamped with Versamark Watermark ink, then heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine White embossing powder. Distress inks were used to watercolor the rose, and the Rose steel die was used to die cut it out. I cut four other roses from watercolor paper and glued them all together with Tombow Mono Multi glue to really bump up the thickness of the rose.


The panel was then adhered with dimensional tape to a 
base card of watercolor paper. 

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

There are a lot of specials happening at Stamp Simply Right now-- check them out:






Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Winner for Seasons Giving 2019 Bloghop

Hello! Thanks to everyone for the kind comments and interest in Seasons Giving Blog Hop 2019! 

Congratulations to the winner of the Altenew set:

Blogger Michele K. Henderson said...
Hi Deb! I love ALL of your pretty projects! Thanks for being a part of Seasons Giving! Have a great 2020!
Crafty Hugs!
Michele K. Henderson
crimsonowl@comcast.net
January 2, 2020 at 1:04 PM

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Seasons Givings Blog Hop and Ten Faves for 2019


HELLO! Welcome to 2019 Season's Givings Blog Hop! We are all so thrilled to have inspired you throughout 2019 and are planning on more of the same for 2020! Each blog participating in the hop will have a giveaway as a THANK YOU!

I am offering this Altenew set as a thank you prize...please leave one comment on this blog post to participate. Comments are open through January 7th. A random drawing will occur on January 8th for the winner. 



I've picked my favorite ten cards for 2019. Hope that you like them too! Blog posts are linked beneath the photo.

















Here's the blog hop list:

Deborah Saaranen (you are here!)



 Thanks for stopping by and best wishes on the drawings!





Friday, December 20, 2019

Upper Peninsula Christmas


Here today with a Christmas card that will speak to all of the "Yoopers" out there, using the "Upper Peninsula" of Michigan image from Stamp Simply Ribbon Store's "Upper Peninsula" clear stamp set. 


Let me tell you how I've captured the sparkle:

I began with base layers of Ranger Water Color paper. I stamped the Upper Peninsula image onto the watercolor paper with Versamark ink, then heat embossed it with Ranger Super Fine White Embossing Powder.

I watered down a couple of shades of Tim Holtz Distress ink, then brushed over the heat embossed image, adding a wash of color. I also spattered some of the blue ink over the image.

After the watercolor dried, I used Tombow Mono Aqua Liquid Glue to cover the image with glue, then sprinkled on Floracraft Twinklet Diamond Dust glitter over the surface. I love the frosty, icy outcome, so very like the snow and ice that we experience throughout winter in the U.P. The Tombow Mono Aqua dries nice and clear, perfect for glitter use.

The inside is decorated with a combination of stamps-- "Yooper" from the Upper Peninsula stamp set, and "Christmas" from the Jesus stamp set. They are stamped onto vellum with Ranger Super Fine Silver embossing powder, then die cut with a Stamp Simply Fishtail Banner Sentiment die.


All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

There is still time to check out Stamp Simply's specials--


Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Christmas holiday!

Friday, December 13, 2019

Last Minute Quick Christmas Card


Hello! Here today with a super simple, last minute Christmas card duo that can be created with a few supplies and minimal time.



Love this pretty paper pad from Echo Park. The sentiments from the "Jesus" stamp set were stamped with Versamark ink, then heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine White embossing powder. A bit of May Art's 1/4" Crochet Lace Trim adds extra interest on one of the cards. Scor Tape was used as an adhesive for the cards.


The cards are quick to make, and so easy to mail. 

All supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Stamp Simply has some specials happening now...check them out:



Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

Friday, December 6, 2019

Sparkle Christmas Tree


Hello! Here today with a sparkly Christmas design using Stamp Simply Ribbon Store's "O Christmas Tree" clear stamp set and 

Additional glimmer is achieved using Kaisercraft's "Let it Snow" decorator paper; some of the sheets in the pad have lovely foiled accents, such as this one used today.

I began by layering the Kaisercraft papers onto a Ranger Watercolor paper tent fold card -- love the heft of the watercolor paper! Spellbinder Classic Oval dies act as a frame for the lovely, frosted tree.


I stamped the tree from the O Christmas Tree set onto Ranger Watercolor paper with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink. I then watercolored the tree with Tim Holtz Distress inks (HALF PRICE NOW!!!) and die cut it with the O Christmas Tree steel die. Floracraft Twinklets Diamond Dust Glitter adds an icy touch to the branches.

The sentiment is stamped with a sentiment from the O Christmas Tree stamp set, die cut with a Stamp Simply Fishtail Banner Sentiment die, and accented with a bit of glitter as well.

Scor-Tape, Sakura Quickie Glue Pen, and Thermoweb 3D Foam were all used as adhesives.


All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.




Thanks for stopping by today. Enjoy your week!