Friday, August 18, 2017

Made With Love!

We just got back from vacation in upper Michigan, visiting my husband's family and attending our nephew's wedding.  What a great trip!  This card was inspired by all of the love poured into cooking for a larger-than-usual crowd!  My husband and SIL always have fun in the kitchen cooking up sentimental favorites for the family.    

I love all of the great details on these adorable brads!  The measuring cup (from our mixer and cup brad set) has little red lines on it just like the real thing, and you can see the wood grain on the spoon (part of the baking brads set)!  They are so CUTE! We have a real wooden spoon just like this that belonged to my husband's grandmother!

On the inside, there's a strip of silverware washi tape, and of course, inside and out, some enamel hearts to show the love!  

As much fun as we had, it sure is great to be home and back in the craft room!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Fall Fun Fold

A new box of goodies from Stamp Simply was waiting for me when I got home from Bible study yesterday, and of course, I couldn't wait to play with it!  I fell in love with this paper and decided that a fun fold was in order!  Then the card needed a dressed up envelope because this paper pack is full of fun little cards that make dressing up an envelope really easy!  They'd be great in planners or traveler's notebooks too!

The die-cut leaf sits along the fold line of the card center.  I love that this fancy fold fits in a standard envelope.  Here you can see the inside of the envelope, embellished with watermarked and distress-oxide-splattered paper.

The inside of the card is stamped with a scripture sentiment, and here's one of those pre-printed cards...all it needs is to be cut apart and glued to the front of the envelope.  


Friday, August 11, 2017


We just got back from a vacation at my in-laws, spending most of our time visiting with family and fishing on the lake, but evenings and rainy days were filled with Nona's favorite old classics on TCM and Me TV, some even in black and white!  So here's a card to go along with the black and white movie night theme!  

This layout started with a criss-cross of film strip washi tape (also available in gold) and camera washi tape along with a sprinkling of black enamel stars, dots, and hearts.

More dots, stars, and hearts carry the theme to the inside of the card.  I love this quote!  

As fun as vacation was, there's no place like home! (Couldn't resist an old movie quote!)  I'm glad to have the weekend to recover and get back into the groove.  I hope you have a great weekend too!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Star of Wonder!

Hello everyone!  I'm here with a monochromatic Christmas card using a print from Kaisercraft's Outdoor Trail designer paper and Stamp Simply's Merry Christmas stamp and die combo.  The paper measures 6.5 inches square...after trimming the paper down to fit on a 5.5 inch card with a bit of a border, I used the leftover pieces to emboss and die-cut the star and sentiment.

I had a very difficult time trying to get a clear photograph of the silver embossing against the background paper...these pale blues and all the shimmer confused my camera!  In real life, it shows clearly, and this seam binding and paper flower, both tinted with Copic refill ink, harmonize in color much better.

The Ice Blue rhinestones shine brightly against the darker background.

Inside, a fancy tag with a light brush of silver frames the verse.  

Here are the Stamp Simply supplies I used for today's card:

Friday, August 4, 2017

Let Minnow!

I'm still having a great time with my distress oxides!  They make the best backgrounds, especially for watery scenes!  I absolutely love these aquas, blues and purples.

The bubbles in this Hero Arts set were the perfect size for Eyelet Outlet sticky-back enamels.  I used several colors and sizes along with some glittery inks for this punny funny, fishy card.  

Here are links to the colors of enamel dots I used:

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Deck the Halls!

With our most recent Stamp Simply release, we not only added new stamps and coordinating dies to our collection, but we also added dies for some of our existing stamp sets and so those are now available individually and as combos.  It's so nice to not have to fussy cut!

The holly and berries were colored with Copic markers, and the ribbon was given a coat of glittery Wink of Stella.

This particular print in the Limelight designer paper had hints of Christmas colors in the design, so I pulled out a coordinating Petaloo flower and some seam binding to bring out those colors. The design of the paper is enameled...if I had it to do over again, I would probably opt to heat emboss the sentiment so that it would be inked more evenly.  The date tag is a punch-out from the designer pack (I added the 12-25 with a snap-together date stamp).  

The berry cluster brings just a hint of color to the inside.

Here are the Stamp Simply supplies I used:

Friday, July 28, 2017

You're a Llama Fun!

During July, while the Tour de France race is being run, the Tour de Fleece is also happening!  Spinners, crocheters and knitters participate in this annual challenge, and as a spinner, I joined three teams this year (for my Turkish spindle, my Trindle, and my wheel, for those who are curious).  :)

When I saw this llama set in Orlando at the Scrap Expo, I just had to have it!  And yay, it is the perfect companion for Eyelet Outlet's llama brads!  

I sponged in a cloudy sky and colored a desert landscape with Copic markers, adding a sun and cloud brad to help set the scene.

I inked only part of the sentiment, filling in the word llama with a llama brad instead.  "You're a llama fun!"  He's so cute!  My fiber-loving friends would appreciate a card like this one!   

Eventually I am gonna get around to processing and spinning some llama fiber!  I have some in my stash! 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Thank You for Caring Coneflower

Hello friends!  I am back with my second post for the day for Stamp Simply's Summer Release.

Coneflowers are another favorite of mine, and this one is simply gorgeous!  I decided to keep everything about this card subtle and let that beautiful coneflower steal the show.  You'll laugh when you find out where this elegant background is from!  It is part of KaiserCraft's Outdoor Trail designer paper pad, which is mostly masculine landscapes and fishing images.  :)

To bring a little subtle color to the focal image panel, I splashed it with diluted distress inks in Spiced Marmalade and Seedless Preserves.  

I brought a little color and pattern to the background too, with a subtly stenciled torn paper strip. 

And here's a view of the inside.  

Here are links for this lovely stamp set, and all of the supplies for my card:

Sunflower Season

I am excited to be sharing two cards with you today (one in this post, with another post this evening) for Stamp Simply's New Summer Release!  I *love* these stamp sets!  The images are absolutely gorgeous, and the sentiments are wonderful scriptures or encouraging words that coordinate perfectly.  The dies make cutting these images so easy!

My teammate Darsie has made a video showcasing the stamps and dies in this release.  I know you'll enjoy watching!

Sunflowers just make me happy!  This stamp makes a beautiful focal point for a card that POPS with all those sunny yellows and rich golden browns!  I added a little bit of sparkle with some Wink of Stella to the seeds in the center.  If you look closely you can see that the designer paper text says "from little things, big things grow."  I thought that went so perfectly with this image!

Here you can see the coordinating verse for the inside which completes the rest of the verse that was stamped on the card front.  I just love this verse from Ecclesiastes!  (I have to admit that I have a hard time just reading it...every time I have to sing it because the song by the Byrds starts playing in my head!)

Here are the links to this gorgeous set, and to the supplies I used to make my cards:
I'll be back tonight at 8 with my second card for our Summer Release, so I hope you'll join me!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Create ART!

I just love it when "serendipity" comes into play and something fun and unexpected happens.  That's how I happened upon my card for today.  I have had a little stack of stamps that have never seen ink gathered together and wanted to use one of them for a card. I've been doing various projects all week and my desk has been a mess so before I could start something new I had to clear some space.  There were also a few stamps that needed cleaning stuck on the corner of my craft mat.  Somehow these bricks and this artist girl got stuck together and this idea fell into place! 

The torn edges of the decorative washi tape frame the top and bottom of this brick graffiti wall, and the pink matte finish enamel dots echo the only other color in the focal image.  It is simple but fun design!

I hope you have plenty of opportunity to create ART this weekend! I plan to!  Have a great weekend!