Simply Sunday: Simply Country

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

How are you on this fine Sunday? Hope you are enjoying your weekend. With the chill in the air … I’ve been doing some stamping and preparing for my upcoming retreat. Yesterday morning I hosted my Saturday Stamp Club and I would like to share one of the cards that we made.

This month my clubs focused on the Country Land product suite on pages 42 and 43 of the Holiday Catalog. Today’s card features the Country Home stamp set, Galvanized Metallic paper, the Tin Tile Dynamic Embossing Folder and the Stampin’ Blends to create a simply beautiful card.

We first embossed the Galvanized paper with the Tin Tile embossing folder … these two combined are simply stunning. Gives you that old Farmhouse ceiling look! In keeping with the farmhouse look, I chose the Milk Can again and demonstrated how to attach the stamps onto the plates of the Stamparatus for perfect alignment.

Once we stamped our images…  we punched two of the corners with the Detailed Trio punch. You can find that on page 211 of the Annual Catalog.  We also punched the corners on the inside piece of our card.  We added the new Metallic Pearls to both the punched corners and our greeting!

Before assembling the card we colored … that is always such a relaxing thing to do, and with the Stampin’ Blends its also easy. We started with the milk can using the Smoky Slate / Dark and brought it down both sides of the can twice. Once that was done, we took the Smoky Slate / Light and colored in the entire can, then went over the area between the light and the dark to blend them. It’s almost like magic!! Here is my color pallet …

So not only did they get to learn the basics on the Stamparatus but got to see the amazing ease at which color-blending with the Stampin’ Blends can be. And who didn’t fall in love with the Tin Tile and Galvanized paper combo!

I hope you enjoyed todays card and please feel free to check out my schedule HERE for the date and time of my clubs and think about joining us … I usually have a couple spots for guests.

Thank you for joining me on this beautiful Sunday…

and I hope you have a wonderful day.




Happy Harvest Blessings

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

And a Happy September 1st to you!  With fall just around the corner, it seems this is the time many people get reflective and have gratitude for all they have in their life, so my card today reflects the same sentiment.

I am using the Country Home stamp set from the Country Lane Suite of products found on pages 42 and 43 of your Holiday Catalog.  This stamp set reminds me of a simpler time … the pitcher from grandma’s kitchen and when I used to work in a flower shop! I loved designing dried flower arrangements … you don’t see that much anymore.

I will also be highlighting the Galvanized Metallic paper and the Tin Tile Dynamic Embossing Folder ….

The base of our card is Basic Black and the inside and the piece we stamp our images are Crumb Cake cardstock. Our background is the Galvanized Metallic paper embossed with the Tile Dynamic Embossing Folder.  This is such a dramatic piece and looks great embossed with any paper medium.

Next we stamp our two images … the pitcher and the floral piece (there are two) Using the Photopolymer stamps makes it easy to align the pitcher and floral images.  When you’re done, you can begin to color.  I used the Stampin’ Blends Markers because they are so quick and easy to use and can create so much dimension on the image.

For the pitcher … I just followed the sides of the pitcher with my marker twice, giving me nice dark color along the sides and leaving the center untouched.  Then I simply colored the pitcher going side to side with the marker to fill in the blank spaces leaving an area that looks like the light is bouncing off of it (highlighting it).

Again, I used the Stampin’ Blends to do the floral piece except for the cotton … that was done with the White Stampin’ Chalk Marker.  Don’t you just love the way the chalk marker brings the cotton to life!!

Our greeting “Happy Harvest Blessings” was stamped with VersaMark® onto the Vellum Cardstock and then heat embossed with Silver Embossing Powder… this ties all of our elements on the card together, so nothing looks out of place, just a nice flow in the design.

Thanks much for stopping by today, I have the list of ingredients below. Click on any image to see more details about the product of to begin shopping.  HOWEVER, the Country Lane product suite is not available to purchase until the 5th of September … so just a few short days and the Holiday Catalog will come alive!!

Have a great Saturday, September 1st … and I’ll see you back here tomorrow for my Simply Sunday post.