In these strange days of Safer At Home, I find myself with few obligations on my calendar. The time I always wished I could carve out for a big trip is suddenly available. The urge to see new places is so strong I can taste it. Of course, it’s not safe to travel and I’m stuck putting all my plans on hold, but I take solace in the photos and scrapbooks of my many trips and the great memories they bring to life. Listen to the full episode here or find me on iTunes or Google Play
There’s No Better Way to Say Thank You Call me old fashioned, but I am a firm believer in the handmade thank you card. It just feels good to show your appreciation for a gift or a kindness. When you take the time to make it yourself, you’ve put extra effort into expressing your gratitude. Ready to get started? I’ve got an elegant thank you card project you can create quickly with just a few supplies. Step By Step Instructions Supplies White Daisy card with envelope Black Cardstock 5 1/4″ x 4″ plus scrap for die cutting White Daisy Cardstock 5″ x 3 3/4″ Sentiment die (I used the Thanks Thin Cut) March Stamp of the Month Family Legacy Exclusive Inks stamp pad in Black TriBlend Marker in Ice Grey Shimmer Brush Tape Runner Liquid Adhesive Using Black ink, random stamp flourish shapes over the edges of the White Daisy cardstock. Color flourishes with TriBlend marker in Ice Grey. Add shadows and shading by blending the three tones in each shape. Use Shimmer Brush to add subtle sparkle to each colored flourish. Mat White Daisy stamped panel with Black cardstock and secure to card front. Die cut sentiment from Black cardstock and adhere to card front with liquid adhesive Variations I’ve created several cards with this same stamp set and I am so pleased with the results! Each time, I have stamped the flourishes over the edges of the cardstock, colored with a TriBlend marker and added sparkle with the Shimmer Brush. Take a look. For this version of the card, I have swapped out the mat of black cardstock and replaced it with Silver Foil Paper. I’ve stamped my sentiment in Pewter ink. I really wanted this wedding card to shine so I swapped out the black mat for
Women’s Day Getaway Sunday was International Women’s Day and while I hadn’t really planned on marking the occasion, I did plan to spend the day with my Mom. What better way to celebrate women’s history, female accomplishments, and women’s voices than spending time with a woman I love and admire? Mom and I love to plan getaways and adventures. We’re always up for events that involve our favorite interests from books and movies to shopping and gardening, so Mom and I headed to Epcot to enjoy the Flower and Garden Festival. If you’ve ever visited Epcot’s America pavilion, you may be familiar with the Voices of Liberty. This a cappella group performs patriotic songs like America The Beautiful and classics like Yankee Doodle Dandy and Oh! Susannah. Mom and I definitely share a love of music. My tastes are geared toward classic and alternative rock and I save my performances for karaoke, but Mom takes music seriously. Her notable performances include Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in NYC. This week she is performing Broadway hits with the symphony chorus. Even though we like very different styles of music, the Voices of Liberty always make our must see list at the park. I’ve seen the show a number of times and the group typically rotates a roster of patriotic favorites, but yesterday I was surprised to hear “This Is Me” from the film The Greatest Showman and the song was dedicated in recognition of International Women’s Day. Women’s Voices “This Is Me” is a powerhouse anthem of self acceptance with lyrics like: “I am brave, I am bruised I am who I’m meant to be, this is me Look out ’cause here I come And I’m marching on to the beat I drum I’m not scared to be seen I make no apologies, this is me” If you’re looking for a
My Top Three Favorite Stamps from the Spring Catalog There’s so much to love about the Spring catalog from Close To My Heart. The new paper collections are gorgeous and so versatile. I love the colors of Seas the Day and the vintage appeal of Yesterday & Today. We’ve got new embellishments, kits and everything you need to get your crafty projects completed. This book is filled with awesome products and the most incredible of them all is the selection of clear stamp sets! While there are dozens of terrific stamps, as well as stamp and Thin Cuts bundles, in the Spring release I’ve narrowed down my favorites to the top three. These images are the most unique and the most versatile. I’m so excited to add them to my collection. Yesterday & Today Scrapbooking Stamps + Thin Cuts While the sentiments make beautiful titles for family themed and vintage scrapbook pages, I also have visions of gorgeous, elegant cards with the oval frame and silhouette images. This stamp set pairs perfectly with our March Stamp of the Month, Family Legacy. Around the Clock Stamps + Thin Cuts This is by far the most unique stamp set I have seen in a long time. I love the idea of using this set on projects with vintage themes. Team this stamp set with our Card Front Spinner Thin Cuts to create a one of a kind interactive card. Mighty Oak Stamps + Thin Cuts I love cards that can be made without a lot of time and effort. Try this stamp set and you’ll be surprised! No one will believe it was quick and easy. This stamp set produces beautiful results that will have the recipient saying, “how did she do that?” I’m thrilled to have added these stamp sets to my personal collection. New
It’s All About the New Releases! With dozens of new stamp sets, gorgeous papers and loads of embellishments, the new Spring Catalog is sure to bring you a burst of creative inspiration. Take a look at all of the new goodies and be sure to download your free project recipes. I’ll be back later this week with my three favorite stamp sets from the new release.
Simple Elegance What could be better than an elegant thank you card with dazzling gold bees? I love the gorgeous detail of this stamped image and the pop of gold ink on black cardstock. I’ve got two quick and easy options for creating this card. Scroll down for my simple instructions. Country Bee + Thin Cut Handmade Card Instructions Supplies: Kraft paper Black cardstock Sentiment die “Merci” or “Thanks” Delicata ink pad in Golden Glitz or VersaMark Watermark ink and gold embossing powder with heat tool Country Bee stamp Adhesive Random stamp bees in gold ink on black cardstock or use VersaMark Watermark ink and sprinkle with gold embossing powder. Melt embossing powder with heat tool to create texture. Diecut sentiment from black cardstock and assemble as shown. Give this gorgeous project a try and share a photo of your results in the comments. I can’t wait to see what you create!