Super Simple Hand Stamped Valentine Card

Super Simple Hand Stamped Valentine Card

Those of you who know me know I love simple but gorgeous and I think this super simple hand stamped Valentine card fits that bill!  Check it out and then I will tell you how ridiculously easy this card is to make!

Super Simple Hand Stamped Valentine Card

For this card I let a pattern from the Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper do most of the work for me – the graphic black and white all over pattern creates plenty of visual interest with just a couple of cuts with my paper cutter!  Placing the red banner behind the greeting panel and then the black banner OVER it makes the whole thing float off the page adding depth and pop with nothing more than just Stampin’ Dimensionals – as Ina Garten would say “How easy is that?”

The greeting is from the stamps that are included in the Watercolor Wishes card kit and I have to say that as much as I love the components in that kit, I use the stamps a LOT!  They are wonderful greetings with two different typefaces so on their own they add a lot of interest to any card and as you can see here part of this card being super simple is that the only stamping I did was that one phrase!

Here’s what I used to make this card:

A super simple hand stamped Valentine card like this can be made once for your special someone or fifty times for a classroom of friends with very little effort but a whole lotta love!

DIY Mini Bakery Boxes Thinlits on Sale!

DIY Mini Bakery Boxes Thinlits on Sale!

Ooh I am really excited because this week’s Weekly Deals includes the Baker’s Box Thinlits which lets you make the cutest mini bakery boxes EVAH!  Have you ever been to Panera and get a whole bunch of bagels or some of those yummy pastries they line up in the case?  (Don’t even ASK about those Bear Claws!!!)  You know those cute boxes they put your goodies into?  Well, with the Baker’s Box Thinlits you can make the most adorable miniature versions of those bakery boxes for any holiday, party or gifting occasion.  Here’s a pic of one that is just so cute and easy to make:

DIY Mini Baker's Box

I mean, really, how cute is that?  Also on sale this week is the gorgeous and oh-so-blingy Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim which I love to use to add ties to things OR take the sequins off the threading and use in shaker boxes, as a spot o’ bling or as accents on stamped images.  These two items plus three more can be seen here at their discounted price.  Remember, these are offered only while supplies last so if you are thinking these mini bakery boxes could be a super cute addition to your crafting repertoire, order soon and don’t miss out on the deal!

Card Making on a Budget Using One Color

Card Making on a Budget Using One Color

A lot of us like to make cards and when you make and send as many as I do, I do like to exercise my card making on a budget skills as often as I can.  One thing that I have found that works really well for me is to make a slew of stash cards using one color ink and card stock paired with a neutral for a super fast and easy card making on a budget session.  Here’s one of those types of cards I am making this week:

Card Making on a Budget with aSingle Color Card

I used the bright punch of Daffodil Delight against the crisp white which makes for a really cheery card with no additional embellishments.  And the great thing about this card is that this stamp set, Hello, was FREE.  Yes, that’s right – it’s one of the awesome free selections in this year’s Sale-A-Bration collection.  It’s got just enough sayings and little elements that it’s one of those sets you can use for so many different occasions.  It’s only guaranteed for one more week so if you are ogling it, you better get it now in case they run out and it becomes permanently unavailable!  Take a look at how cute this set is along with the other things I used:

See what I mean?  Super cute and totally useful!  That Stamp-A-Ma-Jig sure cam in handy, too, when stamping all those little suns.  Just push your clear sheet into the corner of the tool, snug your stamp right up in the same corner and stamp your placement image, then position the sheet with the placement image on your card where you want it, replace the tool, remove the sheet and snug your stamp up again in the corner and – VOILA! – perfectly placed images every time!  It may sound confusing but follow the steps as you read them and you will see how easy it is.

So grab a stamp set – or add Hello to an order and get it for FREE – and pick your favorite color and some Whisper White and have your own card making on a budget blast using one color and your creativity.

Stamp and Craft Room Design and Makeover inspired by Joanna Gaines

Stamp and Craft Room Design and Makeover inspired by Joanna Gaines

Today, instead of our typical Friday Flip, we are FLIPPING my stamp and craft room!

I LOVE Joanna Gaines style from HGTV’s Fixer Upper!  I love the clean lines, the industrial/rustic look, and we could not wait to use this style in my new stamp and craft room.

Check it out here:

 


Thanks so much for watching this week’s Friday Flip – Stamp and Craft Room Design and Makeover inspired by Joanna Gaines video!

How to Make A Card Using A Sketch – Take Three

How to Make A Card Using A Sketch – Take Three

On Monday I showed you how to make a card using a sketch and yesterday a second version of that sketch.  Today I wanted to show you one more version of this sketch making an entirely different card still using the same elements and giving them each an individual twist.  You’ve seen the sketch twice already so let’s just get to this easy and cute hand stamped card!

How to make a card using a sketch take three

You can see how I kept to the sketch’s original orientation and left the tag right side up.  Because I used only two colors on this card, I layered the tag to add a lot of visual pop with no additional color or texture and added a bow using that luscious seam binding with sheen to echo the gloss from the pearls.  Instead of a rectangular element on the tag, I added a greeting that says it all in one and used a stamp to add the background interest instead of a strip of paper.  You can see here that even though I changed up a lot of what each element IS, I’ve kept the overall design true to the sketch.

Here are the products I used for this project:

 

I hope this mini-series has helped you to understand how to take a sketch that you see and break out the various elements.  One of the most gratifying things about rubber stamping and paper crafting is that you can do whatever you want with the inspiration that you see and make anything your own.  Helping people learn this is one of the reasons I started Stamping Family and I just love seeing all the projects and ideas people have been able to get from the three different Weekly Inspirations we post, a Sketch Inspiration being one of them.  If you are ready to stretch your creativity or just want to see how other people are inspired by what they see, I invite you to check it out.  Even I, the person who started Stamping Family, am constantly inspired by what I see from the fun people who are members!

Go ahead – the weekend is just a couple of days away – find something you like and practice how to make a card using a sketch!