Simple Sunday

Mostly Manly Monday: To a Fungi

I have been wanting to make a card using this sentiment ever since I first saw the  Stampin' Up!  Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper.   When  I saw sketch #230 on the CAS(E) this Sketch! blog everything came together.

Here's the sketch which I followed pretty much exactly!  Why mess with perfection?

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Get it?  I know it is a pretty silly play on words but I like it!  Anytime I can come up with a twist on a manly card I will take it.  The Pick a Pattern DSP is so very fun to play with.  Lots of great designs to mix and match.  After a little fiddling around I finally settled on these three patterns.   I used the Brushworks Alphabet to stamp out the sentiment.  I think it is always good to have at least one alphabet stamp set in your collection, so you can customize your sentiments.  I like the Brushworks Alphabet because I like to pretend that I can brush letter.

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On the inside of the card I used another strip of the Pick a Pattern DSP and cut out some of the fungi/mushrooms.  This is a pretty simple card to make and a great way to use some of your scrap pieces of DSP.

Here are the basic measurement but you can easily change the sizes of the DSP depending on what you have in your DSP stash.

Basic Black card base 4-1/4" x 11"  scored at 5-1/2"

Crushed Curry layer 4" x 5-1/4"

Basic Black layer 3-1/2" x  4-3/4"

Striped DSP 1" x 3-1/4"

Mushroom DSP 2-1/4" x  3-1/4"

Black and White DSP 1-1/4" x 3-1/4"

Whisper White inside of the card 4" x 5-1/4"

DSP strip inside of the card 3/4" x 4"

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Simple Sunday Share: Beverage Bar

Dropping in for Simple Sunday Share and I should add almost silent too.  In other words a quick post.  We are heading out for some sunshine and a picnic.  

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Love the retro look of the Beverage Bar stamp set.  There are 44 stamps in this set and it is going to be fun mixing, matching and customizing my bar.   Okay that is it, I told you Simple (almost Silent) Sunday Share.

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Simple Saturday Share

Meeting up with some friends for coffee and I thought it would be fun to bring a quick little project for them to make.  Here's a little back story about this project.  Earlier in the week I found some cute teabags in my things to make bin.  I bought these teabags in October and thinking they would make a cute fall project, well it is definitely fall so I better get to it.  

Since we are making this in a coffee shop I did not want to bring a lot of supplies or do anything that would be too messy.   

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Yes, I am still using my Halloween Night Specialty DSP.  I cut the holder using the Project Life Cards and Labels die.  It is just the right size for one teabag .   You can get 2 in there but it is a tight squeeze.  I stamped the acorn in Chocolate Chip ink and cut it and the Pumpkin Pie Glimmer paper with the Acorn Builder punch.   The "thankful" is stamped using Pumpkin Pie ink and yes, you have to cut it by hand.  Remember when we had to cut everything by hand?  Fortunately, this is an easy shape and will take you just a few seconds to get done.   I punched out the little Old Olive leaf using the Festive Flower Builder punch and tied it all up with some Very Vanilla Thick Baker's twine.   I did find some retired wooden embellishments in my stash that I added but they really are not necessary.  I think they were from a year or 2 ago.

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Simple Sunday: Watercolor Wings

We just got back from a week long visit to see our son.  He just bought his first condo and we went to help him get settled in.  It was a lot of work but we accomplished what we needed to do.   I have a stamp club coming in a few minutes so this is going to be quick. 

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This is the first time I used the the new Fluttering embossing folder.  All I can say is Love it!  Okay, I best be posting this as I can hear the club members at the door.  Hope you are having a fabulous Sunday!

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Simple Sunday: Bohemian Borders

I have a simple share for you to do.  I had a few leftover Blackberry Bliss card bases that were 4-1/4" x 9" scored at 5-1/2".  I wanted to see what I could come up with using these bases.  This is the first one I made and I will be sharing the other 2 this week.

Bohemian Borders and DSP

I made a simple pocket card.  The inside card measures 3-3/4" x 5-1/2".  I decided to keep it simple since there's already a lot going on with the Bohemian Designer Series Paper.

Bohemian Borders out

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Simple Sunday: Bloom for You

It is Simple Sunday which means it is  time for a super quick and simple card.  

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When creating a simple project it is good  to use a strong color combination.  I chose the strong and clean combination of black, white and red.

Bloom for You simple sunday side

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To add a little more interest to the flower I embossed the middle of the flower with Iridescent Ice embossing powder.  I think it dresses up the card just a bit.  I also stamped and punched the flower twice to make it fuller and again to add some more interest.

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Hope you liked this Simple Sunday share. 

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Simple Sunday Share

This is a VERY simple share idea.  In fact I am sure I have shared this before but the other day while I was addressing envelopes when it hit me...I NEED to pretty these up.  It was pouring outside so I did not want to stamp them in case they got wet and I also did not want to spend a lot of time.  Hmmm, what is quick and easy to do, makes a big impact and it doesn't involve ink?  You got it... Textured Impressions Embossing folders!  Since I have my Big Shot out at all times,  I pulled out my Flower Garden TIEF and look how gorgeous this looks and it took maybe 5 seconds to do.

006 Flower Garden Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Isn't it so elegant?  It takes no time at all with the Big Shot and the Flower Garden TIEF (page 24 of the Summer Mini Catalog).   I ran this through my Big Shot on "no tabs".  I can also run these ahead of time since this TIEF  isn't  a full card sized design and so I still have a place to address the envelope. 

Here's one to file away for later.

009 Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

This is the Northern Flurry TIEF ( 120902) and it was first featured in the Holiday Mini Catalog and is still available for purchase. 

The next time you are in your stamp room and waiting for inspiration to hit, grab your TIEF and some envelopes and start prettying up your envelopes.  This is  part of my stamping aerobics workout so make sure you crank with both arms so you will work out each arm evenly!  HAHA!  Wow, stamping and fitness tips all in one blog!  Have a great one and if you need a Big Shot or more Textured Impressions Embossing folders go to my website and order some, consider them exercise equipment you can really use!


Simple Sunday and Lots of Flowers

I am back home and the morning I arrived it was beautiful!  It was the perfect welcome home to see the early morning  sun shining on Mt. Rainier.   I wish I had taken a picture to share with you.   I got unpacked and then had to head to the dentist.  I know I really know how to have a good time!  If you know me the dentist is one of my most hated things to do but I love to eat  so I got to keep  my teeth as long as possible.  After that lovely visit I have been catching up on the mundane things that you have to do and also spending time with the family.

I squeezed in a little stamping.  It has been almost 2 weeks isnce I have stamped anything and I have missed  my creative outlet.  It is strange but my hands and head felt a little rusty.  Here's what I came up with and it is just right for a Simple Sunday share.

I will have to admit that this card is not quick.  The centers of the flowers are paper buttons I cut with the Sweet Buttons Embosslit and you have to cut them one piece of cardstock at a time.  The flower is from the Big Bold Cupcakes sizzlit and needs to be cut out one flower at a time.

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Stamps:  So Happy for You (SAB stamp set) and Apple Blossoms (level 2 hostess set)
Ink Whisper White  Craft ink and Early Espresso
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Rose Red and Springtime Vintage
Big Shot:  Perfect Polka Dots TIEF, Sweet Buttons embosslit, and Big Bold Cupcakes sizzlits
Extras:  Rose Red seam binding ribbon

Here is another version that is both simple and quick. 
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Stamps:  Apple Blosssoms and Hello Again
Ink: Whisper White craft ink
Paper:  Springtime Vintage DSP and Rose Red
Punch: 1/2' Circle and Boho Blossom
Big Shot: Beautiful Wings and Perfect Polka Dot TIEF
Extras:  Rose Red seam binding ribbon and Basic Pearls

This card is much quicker since you punch the flowers out and the centers too.   This would also be another easy template to use with other punches or dies.  How about cupcakes, butterflies or even bats!  I may have to explore some of those too and i will share them when i do.  If you need any punches, Big Shot dies, or any other stamping supplies you know who to contact!


Simple Sunday and the Four Frames stamp set 2

I am sorry that I have not been posting regularly the last few days.   I am currently helping my parents and do not have access to my stamping supplies!  I have not crafted a thing in 6 days and it will be a few more days  before i do.  This is one of the last things I made before leaving.  It is a simple card and  a useful template for future Simple Sunday cards.

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Stamps:  Four Frames and Great Friend
Ink:  Not Quite Navy
Paper:  Sahara Sand, Paisley Petals DSP, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White
Big Shot:  Perfect Polka Dots TIEF and Beautiful Wings embosslit
Punch:  Designer Label punch
Extras:  Baja Breeze seam binding ribbon, Basic pearls

I do have some great cards  to share with you from a swap I received before leaving.   Check back for more stamping inspiration!