Saturday, August 13, 2022

God Bless The USA

 


Hi Friends!

Today I am sharing a center step gift card designed with stamps, dies and supplies from Stamp Simply

I love all things patriotic and absolutely love the Stamp Simply Clear Stamps- Old Glory Bundle, Patriotic Bundle Trio, The Red, White and Blue and Patriotic Sentiments stamp sets/die bundles and used all of them in this card.



I used the
Center Step Gift Card Tutorial at Splitcoaststampers to create the base for this card from navy cardstock. The inside flap has a pocket that you can fit a gift card for the recipient- love this twist on the center step!  

If you have not already had a chance to do so, I hope you visit the Stamp Simply blog to see all of the inspiration from the rest of the SS Design Team as well as the other challenge galleries- gorgeous galleries from all!

To create this card:

After you create the base from navy cardstock, emboss a panel of white cardstock with the Sizzix 3D Lumber Embossing Folder , trim and adhere to the front of the center step card.



Create the banners from the Echo Park Let Freedom Ring 6x6 Paper Pad and navy cardstock using the Fishtail Sentiment Banners Dies.

Add the striped designer paper along the front of the step card and adhere the stamped sentiment banner over the edge.

Watercolor the USA flag country image with watercolor pencils, die cut with the coordinating die (also die cut two additional dies from white cardstock), layer behind the colored image and mount onto the card from using dimensional foam.


Add the navy twine bow and red rhinestones, finish off the bow with a red button.



For the inside: Ink the subway background stamp from The Red, White and Blue stamp set with navy ink, stamp onto a piece of white cardstock.

 Trim and add to the inside of the step card, add a strip of the star patterned designer paper (only adhering at the sides to create a pocket).

Die cut a few stars from the designer paper and navy cardstock, add to the inside and cut a panel of white cardstock for the upper part of the inside to finish off the card. 

Stamp Sets: Old Glory Bundle,  Patriotic Bundle Trio, The Red, White and Blue, Patriotic Sentiments  (Stamp Simply)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine Onyx Black, Watercolor Pencils- Navy, Red, Black

Cardstock/Paper: White, Navy, Echo Park Let Freedom Ring 6x6 Paper Pad

Accessories/Tools: Gemini, Jr., Stamp Simply Clear Stamps- Old Glory Bundle, Patriotic Bundle Trio; Stamp Simply Steel Dies- Fishtail Sentiment Banners, Kaisercraft Self-Adhesive Round Rhinestones- Red , May Arts Burlap String- 400 yd spool- Navy, Sizzix 3D Texture Fades A6 Embossing Folder- Lumber , Craft Knife

Also, today is the start of this week’s Flower of the Week Seasonal Wreaths sale at Stamp Simply!  



Thanks again for taking the time to visit! I hope all of you have a fabulous weekend!

Saturday, August 6, 2022

The Light of the World

 


Hi Friends!

Today I am sharing a quick Clean and Layered card that was designed using the StampSimply Clear Stamps- He is the Light Bundle along with the CraftConsortium Ink Drops- Ocean 6x6 Paper Pad and a few other supplies all from Stamp Simply


 I think that the Ocean Ink Drops paper pairs perfectly with the He is the Light Bundle, don't you?







I was able to incorporate another one of the Splitcoaststampers’ Sketch Challenges into the design (SC304)- woohoo! FYI-  I have a personal goal to create a card for each of the over 916+ sketches – I have created cards for over half of them now, but have not had time to post all to my blog!  Never enough time, it seems- lol!

Also, I enjoy playing along with online challenges and am linking this card to one of my favorite challenges- the Word Art Wednesday #555-#556 “Anything Goes” Challenge.

If you have not already had a chance to do so, I hope you will take the time to visit the Stamp Simply blog to see all of the inspiration from the rest of the SS Design Team as well as the WordArt Wednesday and Splitcoaststampers sites- fabulous galleries from all!

To create this card:

Trim a piece of the Craft Consortium Ocean Ink Drops 6x6 paper to 4 ” x 5 ¼”, mount onto a piece of white cardstock, trim close to the edge and mount onto a piece of black cardstock.




Repeat the above steps for the small top horizontal layer (I used the scrap piece that I had cut from the panel used above as well).  This panel is approx. 1 ¾” x 4 ½”.

Emboss a 2 ¼” x 4 ¾” piece of blue cardstock with the Sizzix 3D Lumber Embossing Folder, mount onto a piece of white cardstock, trim close to the edge and mount onto a piece of black cardstock.

Layer the two panels onto the background panel.

De-static a two pieces of white cardstock with an embossing embossing powder tool. 

Stamp the verse sentiment from the Stamp Simply Clear Stamps- He is the Light Bundle  onto one piece of the white cardstock with Versafine Onyx Black ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.

Once the embossing has cooled, die cut the sentiment with the medium oval die from the Spellbinders Amazing Grace- Hemstitch Ovals Dies. 

 Die cut another oval from black cardstock (not using the medium oval outer die only from the Hemstitch Oval Dies) and mount behind the sentiment.

On the other white cardstock panel, stamp the lighthouse from the Stamp Simply Clear Stamps- He is the Light Bundle  using Versafine Onyx Black ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.

Once the embossing has cooled, watercolor the image with water-based markers and die cut using the coordinating die from the He is the Light Bundle. Die cut two additional lighthouse pieces from white cardstock to mount behind the stamped/embossed image.



Adhere the oval panel to the card front, add a strip of the dark purple seam binding from the Blues/Purples Seam Binding Sampler, and mount the entire panel onto a white card base.

Finish off the card with the dark purple bow  and lighthouse image (mounted with thin chipboard).

Stamp Sets: He is the Light   (Stamp Simply)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine Ink Pad- Onyx Black,  Stampin’ Write Markers- Lost Lagoon, Pool Party, Smoky Slate

Cardstock/Paper:  White, Black; Craft Consortium Ocean Ink Drops 6x6 paper

Accessories/Tools: Gemini, Jr., Stamp Simply Steel Dies- He is the Light, Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace- Hemstitch Ovals Dies, Seam Binding Sampler- Blues Purples- 30 yards,  Embossing Powder Tool, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool


Also, just a reminder that there is free shipping on all orders over $100 and this week's Flower of the Week sale is on the He Lives-Daffodil or Happy Day Iris 



Thanks again for taking the time to visit- I hope all of you have a great weekend and stop by again soon!


Saturday, July 30, 2022

Tulip Prayers

 Hi Friends!

Today I am sharing a vintage style floral card that was designed using the Get Well Tulip Bundle along with the Craft Consortium Baroque 6x6 Paper Pad and a few other supplies all from Stamp Simply

Plus this week, the Get Well Tulip items are part of the Tulips & Roses Flower of the Week sale at Stamp Simply- save 15% off! 


As many of you who follow my blog know, I enjoy playing along with online challenges and am linking this card to the
Simon Says Wednesday “Anything Goes” Challenge along with the Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge #172 (Diagonal – Watercolor, Free, Any Sentiment).


If you have not already had a chance to do so, I hope you visit the Stamp Simply blog to see all of the inspiration from the rest of the SS Design Team as well as the above challenge sites- gorgeous galleries from all!

To create this card:

Trim a piece of the Craft Consortium Baroque 6x6 paper to 3 ¾ ” x 5”, de-static the upper right hand area with an embossing powder tool.  Ink the verse sentiment from the Get Well Tulip Bundle with Versafine Onyx Black, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.




Once the embossing has cooled, distress the edges with a distressing tool and mount onto a 4 ¼” x 5 ¼” piece of dark purple cardstock.

Add a strip of .75” White Venise Lace to the panel. 



Layer another pattern of the Baroque 6x6 Paper– cut to approx. 1 ¾” x 3 ⅝”, distress the edges and layer onto a piece of 2” x 4 ¼” dark purple cardstock. Adhere to the panel covering the raw edge of the lace.

Add a strip of purple seam binding and wrap the edges behind the panel.

Mount onto a white card base.

Ink the tulip image from the Get Well Tulip Bundle with Versafine Onyx Black, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.

Once the embossing has cooled, watercolor with water-based markers and die cut with the coordinating die from the Get Well Tulip Bundle.

Mount onto the card front with dimensional foam. 

Finish off the card with a purple seam binding bow and pearls in the corners.



Stamp Sets: Get Well Tulip Bundle (Stamp Simply)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine Onyx Black. Stampin’ Write Markers- Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Gumball Green

Cardstock/Paper:  White, Eggplant; Craft Consortium Baroque 6x6 paper pad

Accessories/Tools: Gemini, Jr., Stamp Simply Clear Stamps- Get Well Tulip Bundle;  .75” Venise Lace Lucia- 1 yd- White, Seam Binding Sampler- Blues Purples- 30 yards, Kaisercraft Self Adhesive Pearls- Pearl, Embossing Powder Tool, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool

Thanks again for taking the time to stop by- I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend! 

Friday, July 29, 2022

Sunflower Season- To Everything There Is A Season

 


Hi Friends!

I am thankful to be back to designing cards again!  The last few months have been a whirlwind of emotion as well as additional physical work since my beloved hubby went to be with the Lord!  He did so much around our home with the yard work as well as vehicle maintenance.  

The Lord has given me the strength to do some of the work that he used to handle and has blessed me with others who are helping me get the jobs done. 

In the meantime, I have not had time to create (plus felt that I had lost my mojo).  This week I had dental surgery and had to take it easy so I decided to take some time to create a few cards using Stamp Simply stamps and other supplies.

Today I am sharing a floral card featuring the Stamp Simply Clear Stamps- Sunflower Season Bundle along with the Echo Park Farmer’s Market 6x6 paper pad and other Stamp Simply ribbon, dies, etc.

The Sunflower Season stamp set is the Floral Stamp of the Week and tomorrow is the last day of the sale.  This is one of my favorite florals from Stamp Simply- I love sunflowers and the fonts on the verses and sentiments in this fun set.



I was able to incorporate the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog #187 Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge into the design (diagonal Nature-Green-Die Cut or Punch).  

I have owned the Sunflower Season set for a while and it was designed several years ago (one of the requirements of The Retro Rubber Challenge Blog is to use stamps sets that are over one year old or older).

I am also entering this card into the Word Art Wednesday #553-#554 “Anything Goes”Challenge.

If you have not had a chance to do so, I hope you will visit the Stamp Simply blog along with the other challenge sites- gorgeous inspiration from all!

This card was fairly simple to create- the sunflower and sentiment verse images were stamped with Versafine Black Onyx ink,  then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. 

The sunflower image was colored with water-based markers and die cut with the coordinating die.



The Echo Park Farmers Market 6x6 designer paper was trimmed before layering onto white cardstock, trimmed and layered again onto black cardstock.

After heat embossing the sentiments from the Sunflower Season on white cardstock, they were die cut with the medium die from the Spellbinders Celebrations Pierced Rectangle dies.

The sentiment panel was mounted onto black cardstock and trimmed close to the edge before mounting onto the layered designer card panel.

The black and white gingham ribbon along with strands of Kraft Baker’s Twine were added (wrapping the ends behind the panel).

Mount the entire panel onto a white card base.



Adhere the Sunflower image with dimensional foam and finish off the card with a kraft twine bow and button (threaded with Natural Burlap String).

Stamp Sets and Coordinating Dies: Stamp Simply Clear Stamps- Sunflower Season Bundle, Stamp Simply Clear Stamps Sunflower Season

Ink/Mediums:  Versafine Onyx Black, Stampin’ Write Markers- Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Gumball Green

Cardstock/Paper:  White, Black; Echo Park Farmer’s Market 6x6 Paper Pad

Accessories/Tools: Gemini, Jr., Stamp Simply Steel Dies- Sunflower, Spellbinders Celebrations Dies- Pierced Rectangles, Embossing Powder Tool, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Black and White Gingham, May Arts Baker’s Twine- 110 yd spool- Kraft, May Arts Burlap String- 400 yd spool- Natural, Black Button (from my stash)

Thanks again for taking the time to visit- I hope all of you have a blessed week and stop back again soon! I have a few more cards to share in the upcoming weeks :-)

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

TCC178 A Light Unto My Path

 


Hi Friends!

Welcome to the #178 {By The Sea} Challenge at The Card Concept! 

I was inspired by the colors, theme and textures in our inspiration photo to create a Clean and Layered Mixed Media card using a retired Stampin’ Up! set, A Light Unto My Path. 

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have a personal goal to create cards using stamps and supplies that I already own (and have not inked up in a while).  This stamp set has been in my collection for at least 20 years and I have not inked it up in ages.

 I also enjoy playing along with other online challenges and am incorporating the Stamping Sensation “Make It Masculine”Challenge, the Simon Says Monday “Something Beginning with 'S' Challenge(Stamps, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, String, Scripture, Seashore, Sky) and the Word Art Wednesday #549-#550  “Anything Goes” Challenge into the design.

If you have not had a chance to visit our Design Team/gallery at The Card Concept Challenge, or the other challenge sites,  I hope you will find time to do so- so much inspiration from all!

To create this card:

Using water-based markers, color the lighthouse image (I used Balmy Blue for the sky and sea, Coastal Cabana for the grassy area, Crumb Cake for the sand on the hill and Early Espresso for the lighthouse).  “Huff” onto the colored stamp surface to re-activate the ink and stamp onto a piece of white cardstock.


Die cut the image with a stitched rectangle die, mount onto espresso cardstock, trim close to the edge and mount onto kraft cardstock (again trimming close to the edge). 

Use a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the waves and the light from the lighthouse.

Stamp the sentiment using Early Espresso ink from a marker onto white cardstock, die cut with a banner die and mount onto a piece of espresso cardstock, also die cut from the same banner die.

Tie a knot into a piece of twine and adhere onto the sentiment banner.

Emboss a piece of white cardstock with the retired Square Lattice Embossing Folder, trim to approx. 3 ¾” x 5”, mount onto a piece of kraft cardstock, trim to approx. 4” x 5 ¼” and mount onto a 4 ¼” x 5 ½” panel of espresso cardstock.

Add the strip of burlap ribbon (I frayed the ends) and adhere the metal compass with a brad.

Mount the entire panel onto a white card base.

Mount the lighthouse image with dimensional foam (or chipboard) and add the banner sentiment at the top of the card to cover the brad and the very top edge of the lighthouse image.

Finish off the card by creating small photo corners for the top left and bottom right of the lighthouse panel from espresso cardstock (I generally hand cut these small photo corners but you could use a punch). 

Stamp Sets:  A Light Unto My Path (retired Stampin’ Up!)

Ink/Mediums:  Stampin’ Write Markers- Balmy Blue, Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake,  Early Espresso; Clear Wink of Stella

Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso

Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, Square Lattice Embossing Folder (retired SU!), My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX, Polished Hemp Twine, Burlap Ribbon, Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware, Antique Brass Compass (Paper Studio)

Thanks so much for stopping by-I hope you have been inspired to join us with our #177 Make It Masculine Challenge at The Card Concept!

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