Friday, November 24, 2017

Giving Thanks, Part 4

Well, I am grateful for an awesome prime birthday (51 is lovely) and an awesome Thanksgiving two days in a row. Next year, my birthday will BE on Thanksgiving.

This may or may not be why I love Thanksgiving so much.

Today's card takes the layout of Tuesday's cards and changes the theme from flowers to sea shells. These stamps are from the Color Layering Sea Horse set from Hero of my favorite sea-themed sets.

Can you tell me what's wrong with this card? It didn't hit me until I was photographing it, but the sentiment and the stamps don't really work together. That sentiment, which worked so well with Tuesday's floral stamps, is too loose and whimsical for these layered stamps. They are too visually heavy...and the sentiment too light.

Adding the sand in between the shells helped a bit to anchor everything, but I want to remake this card with a heavier sentiment in a very dark brown or maybe dark blue...but the black seems pretty stark here.

Other than that, I love it!

On my birthday, I received two orders of stamp supplies, one from Papertrey (my SIL gave me a gift card) and the other from Simon Says Stamp (my mom gave me money). So much fun stuff!

When I tried to use some of this goodness, I found myself paralyzed and overwhelmed. Weird. Anyway, I'm slowly starting to chip away at actually using this goodness, and oh,'s becoming fun! I'm grateful to get new stuff.

And let's close with yet another thing I'm grateful for: my dogs. Here's a cute picture of Cooper the Bobble-Head. He looks so serious...and he's not.

I'll try to embed a video of Cooper and Daisy playing, but the video is not playing well with my PC and Blogger doesn't work right on my iPad. First world problems for sure.

Okay, so the video won't load in Blogger, but you can see it on Facebook HERE. Let me know if there's a problem.

What are you grateful for today?

Mercy, grace, peace, love, and gratitude,

stamps: Hero Arts
ink: various dye inks
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: None

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing all my readers a very happy Thanksgiving...even if you're someplace that doesn't celebrate Thanksgiving. Every day should be a thanksgiving, don't you think?

Thank you for reading Simplicity, for your comments, for your emails, and for your positive energy. I wouldn't do this if it weren't for you!

Mercy, grace, peace, love, and gratitude,

stamps: Papertrey Through the Trees, Clearly Besotted A Little Sentimental
paper: Papertrey white
ink: embossing ink, Tim Holtz Distress inks, Ancient Page henna
accessories: white embossing powder, heat gun, inking tools, craft foam, glue

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Giving Thanks, Part 3

Part 3 has three cards, all with the same basic layout and same sentiment, but with different stamps and different colors. I love playing around like this!

Papertrey Beautiful Blooms II

The monochromatic pink daisy card came first, and I liked it so much, I had to play some more. Out came a Christmas set and presto! A Christmas thank you in two colors!

Papertrey Peaceful Poinsettias

Then, I decided to go wild with colors and made this bright card.

StampinUp Endless Thanks

It's always a treat to see how different colors and slightly different stamps affect the feel of a design. The first card is the simplest, with three sizes of the same daisy stamp, three shades of pink, and three sizes of bling. As the simplest, it's also my favorite.

The second card creates more interest with two complementary colors (red and green) adding energy, along with three different stamps (flower, leaves, berries) dancing around. I regretted adding the bling to the centers of the sort of weighs down the design. The open berries would have reinforced the open centers of the flowers, adding more unity to the design. Oh, well. Bling and learn.

The third card has much looser images, almost whimsical, with vivid colors and no bling. I'd originally planned to add bling but after not liking the bling on the second card, I decided against it on this one. The open centers of the flowers keep things bright and light.

Which is your favorite?

Also, what are you thankful for today? I'm thankful for my Tuesday morning Bible study. It's an awesome group of amazing, faith-filled people who teach me so much and who inspire me to be a better person. Love them!

Mercy, grace, peace, love, and gratitude,

stamps: Thank you from Hero Arts
ink: various dye inks from Hero Arts and Archival Inks
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: rhinestones

Monday, November 20, 2017

Giving Thanks, Part 2

Many, many thanks to Cheryl, who sent a batch of thinking-of-you and sympathy cards last week for Karen's Card Shop and today commented that she'll be sending thank-you cards soon.

I tell everyone at church how wonderfully my blog readers have contributed to our little card shop. Our Tuesday morning Bible study has even prayed thanksgiving for all who have donated.

Today, I am grateful for the generosity and big hearts of stampers all over the world who send beautiful bits of love to others.

Today's card represents a gentle thanks...and also an iridescent one.

The inks are Brilliance iridescent jade, sky, and lime. What a happy and fun combination! The strong black sentiment anchors the lighter colors and is positioned to touch all the feathers...unifying them.

This is such a simple, clean card...and so fun!

What are you grateful for today?

Mercy, grace, peace, love, and gratitude,

stamps: Waltzingmouse Fine Feathers, Hero Arts thank you
ink: Brilliance jade, sky, and lime; Archival black
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: dimensionals, scissors

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Giving Thanks, Part 1

By lovely coincidence, Karen's Card Shop is running low on thank-you cards, so this Thanksgiving week, I'll be sharing a bunch of thank-you cards I've made for the shop. There's quite a variety of looks to this particular batch of creativity.

Today's card looks very wintery and uses one of my favorite color combinations: gray and red.

The trees come from Papertrey's classic set Through the Trees. The stamp has three trees (the three on the right of the card). My panel needed an extra tree, so I stamped the far right one again on the left. The two red birds are looking at each other and form a visual triangle of red with the sentiment.

The matting is simple white-on-white.

I hope all the Americans reading my blog are happily gearing up for Thanksgiving on Thursday. We are having a low-key but festive day ourselves.

Blessings to all of you, and I encourage those who live in countries that don't have formal thanksgiving celebrations to take this week to think of things you are grateful for and thank whatever greater power you believe in for your blessings. There is always, always, always something to be grateful for.

Feel free to share what you're grateful for today in the comments. Today, I am grateful for my church family and the warm community in Christ we have!

Mercy, grace, peace, love, and gratitude,

stamps: Papertrey Through the Trees, Keep It Simple Birthday III
paper: Papertrey white
ink: Hero Arts soft granite, Archival red geranium
accessories: none

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Bigger Words, Words, Words

Yesterday's card showcased small words cut out and matted. Today's card features larger words cut out and popped up with dimensionals. The look is (surprise!) completely different.

Several differences between the two cards dictate the change in word's size and poppage. The focal point is visually heavy, dense, and colorful. The holly and branches and giant gingham bow are VERY different from the light and airy and glittery tree of yesterday's card. The words needed to balance that heavier focal point, and therefore had to be heavier (bigger). Popping them gave them some extra interest by creating shadows without cluttering up the design.

I hope those of you who were itchy about yesterday's card feel better about today's!

Mercy, grace, peace, and love,

stamps: Hero Arts, Winnie and Walter
ink: various dye inks
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: dimensionals, scissors, glue dot, gingham ribbon

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Words, Words, Words

I'm sure you all have seen the cards (primarily mixed media) that use cut-out words for their sentiments, such as this pretty example here. I've used this idea before and loved the effect, so I decided to try it again on a Christmas card.

Here's the final result:

Now, you'll notice that my words are matted. Without the mats, the words looked very floaty on the card, and this did not look good. I realized that on the mixed media cards, the cut-out words typically rest on a colorful background, which makes them stand out beautifully. My card had no colorful background against which to stand out, and colored mats (say, in red to match the Stickles or gray to match the tree) would have been distracting and busy for my style. The white-on-white gives the perfect little bit of visual weight to the words without distracting. At least, that is how it looks to me.

All the cutting was by hand with scissors, so there's a loose, imperfect feel to the words that matches the imperfections of the font, which I just love immoderately.

Here's the card all by itself. *happy little sigh*

Now, if all this white space and simplicity has you feeling itchy, just wait for tomorrow's card, which has a lot less white space and simplicity, but still showcases cut-out words.

Mercy, grace, peace, and love,

stamps: Penny Black (tree), Tim Holtz (words from a large background stamp)
ink: Archival watering can, red geranium
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: Stickles, scissors, glue pen