Saturday, March 25, 2023

They Shall Be Comforted


Hi Friends!

This week the Design Team at Stamp Simply are sharing cards for life events.  I decided to create a sympathy card, since unfortunately, I never seem to have enough sympathy cards on file.

As many of you who follow my blog know, I enjoy playing along with online challenges and I decided to incorporate the Freshly Made Sketch #578 into the design.

I like the clean lines on this sketch and it was perfect for a scrap piece of designer paper that I had on my desk :-)

I am also playing along with the Word Art Wednesday #587-#588 “Anything Goes” Challenge.

I hope you have a chance to check out the rest of the inspiration from the Stamp Simply Design Team as well as from the other challenge sites.



The floral image from the Pretty Poppies Bundle was stamped with Versafine Black Onyx ink and once heat set with a heat tool, water-colored with water-based markers and pencils.  Highlights in the floral centers were created with an extra fine paint marker.



The floral image was die cut with the coordinating die and layered onto another die cut from white cardstock.

The background panels were stenciled using a stencil brush with Crushed Olive Distress Oxide ink and the Tim Holtz Flourish Layering Stencil.



A piece of Farmer’s Market (Echo Park) paper was used for the horizontal strip.

The verse from the Blessings/Beatitudes 1 clear stamp set was heat embossed with gold embossing powder.

The pearls were added in the upper right hand corner to finish off the card.



Stamp Sets:   Pretty Poppies Bundle, Blessings/Beatitudes 1  (Stamp Simply)

Inks/Mediums:  Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark, Watercolor Pencils, Water-based Markers (Flirty Flamingo, Poppy Parade, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow), Extra Fine White Paint Pen


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

Accessories/Tools: Gemini, Jr., Stamp Simply Clear Stamps- Pretty Poppies Bundle, Tim Holtz Layering Stencil- Flourish, Kaisercraft Self-Adhesive Round Pearls- Pearls, Heat Tool, Gold Embossing Powder





Also, don’t forget to check out the wonderful array of Easter/Spring sets at Stamp Simply!  Easter is just a few days away!

Thanks again for taking the time to visit!  I hope you can drop by again soon.  

 


Saturday, March 18, 2023

America the Beautiful

 

Hi Friends!

This week the Design Team at Stamp Simply are sharing a few patriotic cards. Today I am sharing a patriotic card designed using stamps, dies and paper all from Stamp Simply!  


I love all things Americana and Patriotic and the
Old Glory Bundle is perfect for creating cards as well as d├ęcor items. 



Plus, Stamp Simply has several other fabulous Patriotic stamps perfect for Memorial Day, Independence Day, Veteran’s Day or just every day!


I enjoy playing along with online challenges and will be linking this card to the
Word Art Wednesday #587-#588 “Anything Goes” Challenge.

I hope you have a chance to check out the rest of the inspiration from the Stamp Simply Design Team as well as from the Word Art Wednesday Challenge site.



The USA image from the Old Glory Bundle was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto white cardstock and heat set with a heat tool.

After die-cutting with the coordinating die from the Old Glory Bundle, the image was colored with watercolor pencils along with water-based markers.

Two additional die cuts from white cardstock were layered behind the USA image.

The Echo Park Let Freedom Ring 6x6 paper pad is perfect for summer and patriotic cards! The small banner flags were die cut from the Fishtail Sentiment Banners dies and mounted behind the sentiment panel from the paper pad.



The white cardstock background was embossed with the 3D Lumber EF and mounted onto navy cardstock.

The stars were die cut from the Old Glory Bundle from silver metallic cardstock and scraps of the Echo Part Let Freedom Ring paper (plus the horizontal red and white striped strip is a paper scrap as well).

This card will be perfect for a summer encouragement or birthday card (we have several family members born on July 4th).  

Stamp Sets:  Old Glory Bundle  (Stamp Simply)

Inks/Mediums:  Versafine Onyx Black, Watercolor Pencils, Water-based Markers (Midnight Muse, Poppy Parade)



Cardstock/Paper: White, Night of Navy; Echo Park Let Freedom Ring 6x6 Paper Pad, Bazzill 8 ½ x 11 Silver Mirror Cardstock

Accessories/Tools: Gemini, Jr., Old Glory Bundle, Stamp Simply Steel Dies- Fishtail Sentiment Banners, Sizzix 3D Texture Fades A6 Embossing Folder- Lumber, Heat Tool




Also, in addition to the Patriotic stamps, don’t forget to check out the wonderful array of Easter/Spring sets at Stamp Simply!


 

Thanks again for taking the time to visit!  I hope you can drop by again soon.  


Wednesday, March 15, 2023

TCC191 Blue Butterfly

 




Hi Friends!

Welcome to our #191 {Signs of Spring} or {Blue Butterfly} at The Card Concept! The Card Concept is a bi-weekly challenge and we would love for you to create a card based on our inspiration photo and join us! Every month, the second challenge will have two photos to choose from for your card design. 

The colors and the butterfly of the second photo were what inspired my Elegant and Classy/Mixed Media card. 

As many of you who follow my blog also know, I enjoy participating with other online challenges (I know how much work goes into maintaining a challenge blog and want to give support).  I will be linking this card to the Tic-Tac-Toe #199 Featured Designer Jeanie Challenge (across Die Cut-Green-Layers), the Stamping Sensations “Anything Stamped with opt of Wings and Tails” Challenge and the Retro Rubber Blog Challenge #201 Anything Goes Challenge.  One of the requirements of the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog is to use a stamp that is at least one year old (the Stampin’ Up! Wonderful Wings image is from 2001).


If you have not had a chance to check out the galleries at the challenge sites, I hope you will take time to check them out!  Also, we hope you will stop by The Card Concept to see the rest of the DT designs and which photo they chose-  we would love to have you participate with us!

The background panel was a piece of retired Stampin' Up! Bashful Blue cardstock that I had in my stash (with the oval already die cut). 

The retired Tin Tile 3D Embossing Folder (Stampin' Up!) was used to emboss the blue panel, then Distress Oxide along with Distress Stains and glitter pens were used to finish the background.


The Wonderful Wings butterfly (2001 Stampin’ Up!) was heat embossed using clear embossing powder and colored with water-based markers. After coloring, fussy-cut and shimmer was added with a clear glitter marker.



The sentiment was also heat embossed with clear embossing powder from the Farmhouse Scriptural Quotes stamp set from Stamp Simply.  After die cutting a piece of black cardstock with another oval die, the card was layered along with ribbon and lace.

I love the fonts used on this stamp set as well as the encouraging Scripture verses!

The card was finished off with a few silver rhinestones.

Stamp Sets: Farmhouse Scriptural Quotes (Stamp Simply)

Inks/Mediums: Versafine Onyx Black, Broken China Distress Oxide, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, Mowed Lawn Distress Stain; Stampin’ Write Markers- Balmy Blue, Tempting Turquoise; Wink of Stella Clear and Silver Glitter Markers

Cardstock/Paper: White, Black, Bashful Blue

Accessories/Tools: Gemini, Jr., Sizzix Ovals Dies, Tin Tiles 3D Embossing Folder;  Embossing Powder Tool, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, ¼” Black Satin Ribbon, White Lace (from my stash), Silver Rhinestones  

Thanks again for taking the time to visit! I hope you are inspired to create a card and join us for our #191 {Signs of Spring} or {Blue Butterfly} Challenge.


Saturday, March 11, 2023

We Love Because He First Loved Us


Hi Friends!

I designed this quick Easter card using the Craft Consortium Ink Drops paper strips remaining from the previous set of four cards in my last post (I like to try to use every last bit of designer paper- hate wasting that gorgeous paper)!  





I enjoy playing along with online challenges and will be linking this card to the Use Your Stuff #479 Paper Strips Challenge along with the Tic-Tac-Toe #TTTC199 Featured Designer Jeanie Challenge (bottom row across Spring-Emboss-DSP). This card was designed using strips (see above) and the cross was embossed as well as the sentiment. I am also playing along with the Simon Says Monday “Emboss It” Challenge.



This card was quick and easy to put together-
   

The strips are from the Craft Consortium Ink Drops paper (the new Sunset and  Rose 6x6 paper pads), the cross was die cut and embossed from the larger cross from the Stamp Simply Steel Dies- Crosses.

The sentiment from Farmhouse Scriptural Quotes was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

The card was finished off by mounting onto a white card base and applying shimmer with a clear glitter pen to the cross.



Another fairly flat card for mailing and I am thrilled to have been able to use every inch of the 6x6 paper!

I hope you have time to check out the rest of the projects from the Stamp Simply Design Team as well as the other challenge sites– fabulous inspiration by all!



Stamp Sets: Farmhouse Scriptural Quotes  (Stamp Simply)

Inks/Mediums:  Versafine Onyx Black, Clear Glitter Pen

Cardstock/Paper: White, Black, Craft Consortium Ink Drops- Rose and Sunset 6x6 Paper Pads

Accessories/Tools: Gemini, Jr., Stamp Simply Steel Dies- Crosses, Embossing Powder Tool, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool


Also, don’t forget to check out the wonderful array of Easter/Spring sets at Stamp Simply!

 


Thanks again for taking the time to visit!  I hope you can drop by again soon

Saturday, March 4, 2023

Set of Four Easter Cards

 

Hi Friends!

This week the Design Team at Stamp Simply are sharing Easter cards and I decided to create a quick set of four cards reflecting the true meaning of Easter.





I love the Craft Consortium Ink Drops paper and used the new Sunset and  Rose 6x6 paper pads for this set of cards.




I hope you have time to check out the rest of the projects from the Design Team – gorgeous inspiration by all!

The set of cards was created by die cutting and embossing the larger cross from the Stamp Simply Steel Dies- Crosses from the Sunset and  Rose Ink Drops paper.

After cutting out the crosses, an additional set of two crosses were die cut from black cardstock to mount behind each cross. This gives more stability to the cross for mounting later.

The ink drops background paper was trimmed to 3 ¾” x 5” and the verse sentiments from He Has Risen or Easter were stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder before adhering the entire panel to black cardstock.

Once the black cardstock was trimmed, the panel was mounted onto a white card base.



The inside was decorated with a 1 ½” piece of the same ink drops paper mounted onto black cardstock (I do not like to see designer paper go to waste).

The layered cross was mounted with dimensional foam and a clear glitter pen was used to add shimmer to each cross.

Very easy cards to create and fairly flat for mailing.

So which set is your favorite- the Sunset or the Rose? I tend to gravitate towards the pink/purple hues but the orange/yellow in the Sunset pad are gorgeous as well!


Stamp Sets: He Has Risen, Easter (Stamp Simply)

Inks/Mediums:  Versafine Onyx Black, Clear Glitter Pen

Cardstock/Paper: White, Black, Craft Consortium Ink Drops- Rose and Sunset 6x6 Paper Pads

Accessories/Tools: Gemini, Jr., Stamp Simply Steel Dies- Crosses, Embossing Powder Tool, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool

As many of you who follow my blog know, I enjoy playing along with online challenges and will be linking these cards to the Word Art Wednesday #585-#586 "Anything Goes" Challenge. 


Also, don’t forget to check out the wonderful array of Easter/Spring sets at Stamp Simply









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