Wednesday, November 15, 2017

It's Beginning to Look ALOT LIKE...

CHRISTMAS! You don't have to look far to see the holiday season building...even though Thanksgiving is still a week and a half away! If you haven't started working on your Christmas greeting cards, now is the time! 

I just adore this Christmas tree in the Stamp Simply Clear "O Christmas Tree" stamp set! There are two other trees in the set, but this is definitely my favorite. I just love the snow covered branches and vintage feel. 

I began with Kaisercraft "Letters to Santa" decorator paper for the base of the design. Kaisercraft always has additional special borders and decorative pieces as part of their decorator pads. They also usually have embossed, metallic or glitter accents as well. This pad has love clear embossed printed special. And these vintage cut outs are also a part of the pad:

The Stamp Simply tree is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, die cut with Stamp Simply Steel O Christmas Tree dies, then colored with Copic Sketch Markers. Simple Stories enamel dots in "Cozy Christmas" add bling and shine to the tree and on the layered paper base. A bit of Thermoweb 3D Foam helps pop the tree up to add dimension.

The sentiment is from Stamp Simply's Clear "Wonder of Christmas" Sentiment stamp set. The Wonder of Christmas set is a perfect addition to the O Christmas Tree set. I stamped it with Versafine Onyx Black ink, then colored the word "Christmas" in with a Spica Gold glitter pen. It doesn't show very well in the photo, but adds a bit of gleam in person.

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Thanks for stopping by today! Enjoy all of the holiday ideas and projects that have begun!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

In All, Give Thanks!

Just a quick tag today using Stamp Simply's Clear "Welcome Fall" Stamp Set. The 1 Thessalonians Bible verse is from the set:

This lovely little scene is from Wild Rose Studio's "Harvest Meadow" decorator paper pack. This pack is filled with pretty poppies and late summer flowery fields (along with these two cuties!) and is not filled with typical fall leaves, acorns, and pumpkins. Beautiful colors throughout the patterns.

The tag is built with an orange and green decorator paper base. The mouse scene is cut out with two different sizes of rectangle dies (similar HERE). I actually cut an additional cardstock piece of the top image die size and adhered the top die cut mouse image to it to make it studier before using Thermoweb 3D Foam Strips to pop up for dimension.

The Bible verse is stamped with Versafine Onyx Black Ink, then die cut out with a Spellbinder Classic Oval die. It is also popped up with the foam strips. 

Simple Stories Pumpkin Spice Enamel Dots add a bit of interest along with the ribbon topper: May Art's 3/4" Striped Chevron, 7/8" Gingham, and Burlap String.

This tag could work for a gift tag or book mark. I'm sending it along to my granddaughter through the mail.

All linked product is from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Thanks for joining me! Have a wonderful remainder to your week!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Apple Harvest

It's time to enjoy the fruits of the harvest...the scents and tasty flavor of apple sauce, apple pie, and apple crumble remind us that Thanksgiving is just weeks away. We truly ARE blessed and give thanks!

My card today features Stamp Simply's Clear "Harvest" Stamp set and "Harvest" Steel Die set. One of my favorite stamps in the set are the larger words "Autumn" and "Harvest." Especially with the matching dies...such a crisp and clean look! 

I paired the stamp and dies with American Crafts "Farmhouse" 6 x 6" decorator paper today. Fun has a a page of recipe cards and sentiments that can be cut out. The little recipe card on the front of my card was stamped with a sentiment from Stamp Simply's "Harvest" with Versafine Onyx Black ink and a Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform.  Ranger Glossy Accents add a bit of sheen to the pair of apples on the recipe card.

Square shapes were cut for the background with Spellbinder Classic Square dies. Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue was used to glue the sentiments to the square shapes, with Thermoweb 3D Foam Strips placed beneath the squares for added dimension.

May Art's Burlap String and a button from my stash tie it all together.

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

O Christmas Tree

This is one BEAUTIFUL, natural snow covered Christmas tree from Stamp Simply's Clear "O Christmas Tree" stamp set! It brings back memories of all of our family Christmas trees, harvested from our own property. 

The Stamp Simply "O Christmas Tree" Steel dies match all three trees in the stamp set. Such a clean finish! I stamped the tree with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Spectrum Noir Ultra White Cardstock, die cut it with the matching die, then colored it with my Copic Sketch Markers.

The tree is framed with a white cardstock frame created with Spellbinder's "Hemstitch Rectangle" dies. The tree is popped up for dimension with Thermoweb 3D Foam strips. 

Floracraft Twinklets Diamond Dust Glitter adds sparkle to the snowy branches. A Sakuri Quickie Glue Pen's small applicator tip helped to apply just the right amount of adhesive.

Last, but not least...the decorator paper. It's Kaisercraft 6.5 x 6.5" "Christmas Edition." Love the neutral tones in this pad...also has glimmery metallic accents! And, as usual, Kaisercraft has added the additional sentiment and border punchouts at the back of the pad.

To finish, I stamped the sentiment from the Stamp Simply set onto one of the borders (Versafine Onyx Black ink and Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform) and centered it beneath the image panel with Scor Tape. 

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

I hope that you enjoyed the post today...I look forward to dressing this tree up a bit more in the future; hope you join me once again for that! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Gingham Holly Leaves--Christmas Blessings

for a bit of paper piecing today.

The decorator paper used here is Simple Stories "Very Merry." I first stamped the holly leaf twice on Spectrum Noir White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. After die cutting, I colored the berries and ribbon on the image with Copic Sketch Markers. 

I then stamped the holly leaves twice on the gingham decorator paper. I fussy cut the leaves, then pieced them onto the white die cuts with a Sakura Quickie Glue Pen. I applied Ranger Glossy Accents to the berries and let dry. Thermoweb 3D Foam Strips were used to mount the leaves to the base panel.

The sentiment from the "Christmas Blessings" stamp set was stamped directly on the decorator paper card base with Versafine Onyx Black ink. 

May Art's Metallic String Ribbon was wrapped around the base and tied off into a bow.

Here's the inner sentiment, also included in the 
"Christmas Blessings" stamp set:

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great remainder to your week!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Blessings and Beatitudes 1 and 2

I've been playing with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks once again...this time featuring Stamp Simply Clear "Blessings/Beatitudes One" and 

Here a bit of brush work with the watered down ink; my attempt at a bit of "free style" water coloring. Tim Holtz Watercolor cardstock was used here, along with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Frayed Burlap and Wild Honey. The colored cardstock layer is Tim Holtz Distress Core Coredination cardstock.  

The distress oxide inks were used for the background of the image panel here. A Ranger Craft Sheet mat was used, along with a Tim Holtz Distress Water Spray bottle, to layer the inks. I rubbed a couple of inks on the craft pad, added a spritz of water, then dragged and pressed the cardstock in the ink. I let that layer dry, then used a couple different inks to do it once again. 

After the background dried, I die cut it with Spellbinder's Hem Stitched Rectangle dies, and layered it over a dark brown piece of Tim Holtz Distress Color Coredination cardstock.

The bird from my stash (although no longer available, other similar) was also colored with the Distress Oxides, then glued into place with TomBow Mono Multi Liquid glue. Card layers were popped up with Thermoweb 3D Foam Strips.

The Blessing/Beatitude sentiment was stamped with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink.

This last card is another attempt at freestyle watercoloring. Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks in Iced Spruce and Frayed Burlap were used here.  The verse is stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Thanks so much for stopping by...enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Welcome Fall Autumn Treat

Autumn calls for brisk breezes, warm clothing, cocoa or apple cider and COOKIES! Here's an easy, but memorable, way to present a cookie to a friend or special co worker, or even to pose as a take home treat at a place setting.

Let me tell you how I created the tag...

I began with JustRite's A2 Stitched Banners and Rectangle dies. The base of the tag is die cut from decorator paper... American Craft "Cedar Lane." The top orange cardstock is Tim Holtz Distress Color Coredinations 12 x 12". I wanted a bit more texture, so after die cutting it I ran the piece through a Fiskars paper crimper. 

The lovely pumpkin and sentiment are from Stamp Simply's clear "Welcome Fall" stamp set along with their Steel Welcome Fall pumpkin die. 

The pumpkin is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then colored with Copic Sketch markers. After die cutting with the custom die, it is popped up on the tag with Thermoweb 3D Foam strip pieces. 

After the cookies are slipped into a food safe treat bag, the sentiment tag is created with the "for you" stamp from the stamp set. It is stamped with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink, then tied to the cookie package with May Art's Burlap String. A bow of May Art's 5/8" Burlap Center Stitch Ribbon ties it all together.

Sweet and easy! Sure to put a smile on someone's face.

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.