Dove of Hope Peace & Love

It’s Friday and I hope you have fun card making and paper crafting plans for the weekend.

Today’s post is Clean and Simple and Quick and Easy without a doubt.

The Dove of Hope stamp set has bolder images and a fun, bolder font. Night of Navy and Old Olive have been a long time favorite color combination of mine and when paired with Whisper White, a clean, crisp color palette is achieved.  A dove with an olive branch needs a clean, crisp color palette.

I started with a Night of Navy card base, added Whisper White and Old Olive layers, and stamped the dove and sentiment with Night of Navy. The olive branch is stamped with Early Espresso which is the perfect “neutral” for Night of Navy and Old Olive.  I colored the leaves with my Blender Pen and some Old Olive ink.

The inside sentiment completes the peaceful message of this card…. Peace, Joy, Love  … and hope in your heart.

So, find your clean, crisp color palette, stamp a few peaceful images and create something clean and simple.

The only limitation is your imagination!


Warm Hugs And A Hot Latte!

Happy Thursday!

Only those who know me best know that I love coffee.  I’ve been known to indulge in a mocha latte or two, or three!  So, I decided to celebrate my love of a good cup of coffee in today’s post.

Yesterday was another nice day, so I spent a little time outside sketching prospective projects for blog posts. This card was the first one I sketched.  I don’t think it would be horrible to share my sketch with you.  Keep in mind that my pencil moved really fast, so it’s not very neat.  I hope you can see it. Don’t you just love my coffee cups?

I stayed with the Warm Hugs stamp set and the overall design, but switched to Gilded Autumn Specialty DSP rather than Heartwarming Hugs DSP changing my color palette completely.  The sentiment stayed the same, but I stamped three coffee cups on the card, not five. Also, I was only going to have steam coming from one coffee cup, not all.  I think I was thinking that the steam in the center cup might give this card a very unique design element. I’m not sure what I was thinking, but I like the three cups, all with steam!

I know we have our personal way of creating.  Most of the time, I look at a piece of patterned paper, a sketch (not my own), a particular stamp set or die, or a color combination and know what I want to do with it. There are those times though, when the catalog inspires me or a Pinterest post or another blog post.  Today, I was inspired by my own pencil and graph paper sketch which I CASED from the Warm Hugs Bundle.

So, wherever you find your inspiration, keep creating beautiful projects.

The only limitation is your imagination!


Celebrate Sunflowers With Love!

Wishing you all a happy Monday and lots of love!

Here it is!  The one I’ve been waiting for.  I’ve been waiting to get my hands on this gorgeous sunflower and have some fun with it.

The Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle featured in the Annual Catalog is beautiful!  Trust me on this one, you could just stamp the large sunflower image and not give it a bit of color or crop; that’s how beautifully detailed the stamp is. For today’s project though, I colored and cropped.

I used only ink and a Blender Pen to color in this image.  The Markers and Blends are great, but for me the Blender Pen and a little ink puddle work. The stamped image is so detailed that all I did was follow the lines of the image with color and blended just a little. It was that easy! The striking Fall color palette is Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow and Crushed Curry.  The images and sentiment were stamped with Soft Suede.

I cropped both the sunflower and leaves with the matching Sunflowers Dies, added a few Stampin’ Dimensionals to both and stamped my sentiment to a Very Vanilla and Cajun Craze layered card base. Oh, and don’t forget to give your envelope a little lift with the Envelopes Dies. I lined the envelope for this card with some Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper  Quick and easy!

So grab a beautiful sunflower stamp, blend in some color, pop it up on a few Dimensionals and create something amazing!

The only limitation is  your imagination!


Celebration Tidings Just For You!

More Plaid Tidings today!

Here’s a quick, easy and simple card for just about any occasion.  Today’s color palette was inspired by the colors in the patterned paper. When I chose this plaid, the subtle blue caught my eye. I wanted to keep more of a Fall theme going. To me, Fall colors are richer and deeper, so I paired the plaid with Misty Moonlight! Don’t doubt the Misty Moonlight and Bumble Bee color combination. Pair it with some Melon Mambo and you have a winner!


Below are today’s project supplies and card layer dimensions:

  • Bumblebee card stock standard A-2 card base;
  • Cut a Misty Moonlight card stock layer to 4″ X 5 1/4″
  • The Plaid DSP layer is 3 7/8″ X 5 1/8″
  • I cropped the top Misty Moonlight layer with a Rectangle Stitched Framelit die. The die measures 2 5/8″ X 4″
  • The Whisper White layer measures 3 3/4″ X 2 3/8″
  • The floral image and “Just For You” sentiment are from the Celebration Tidings stamp set stamped with Misty Moonlight ink.
  • I colored in the leaves with the dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends marker.

The Celebration Tidings Bundle in Stampin’ Up!’s new August-December Mini Catalog is a perfect fit for the upcoming holiday season and beyond. Lots of versatility in this one!  And you save 10% on the Bundle Pricing.  Click here to get the details.

So, grab some Bumblebee and Misty Moonlight card stock, add a beautiful plaid layer, a pretty stamped image and create something simple and stunning!

The only limitation is your imagination…


A Well Written Happy Birthday!

I hope your Thursday is a happy one!

It really doesn’t get any easier than this.  Of course I had lots of help with Stampin’ Up!’s Well Written Dies.  There are 24 dies in the set and I guarantee you will use them over and over again.  You can mix up the words or just use one. A quick run through your die cutting machine and your done.  I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere the cropped sentiment to the Night of Navy card band.

The Night of Navy and Whisper White striped Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper is stunning! The printed texture gives the look of painted canvas or linen.  I hand cropped the little flagged banner.  I thought that corner of the card needed just a little something extra.

Here are the card layer dimensions:

  • I started with a standard A-2 size Whisper White card base and covered the front with a 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″ Night of Navy card stock panel;
  • The first Whisper White layer is 4″ X 5 1/4″;
  • The striped Night of Navy and Whisper White DSP is 3 7/8″ X 5 1/8″;
  • The bottom Night of Navy card band layer is 4 1/4″ X 3 1/4″;
  • The Whisper White card band layer is 4 1/4″ X 3 1/8″;
  • The Night of Navy top card band sentiment layer is 4 1/4″ X 3″.

Today’s card is that perfect quick card you can pull out and send to anybody along with a handwritten birthday wish, but it does have a more masculine look to me.

So, get yourself some Well Written Dies, cut a few card stock layers, add a flagged banner and create something clean and simple.