Inspired by Garden Gloves: Thank you Card.

I love to use sketches and check Pinterest for cards. Sometimes I’m inspired by a nice stamps set or stamp line. I haven’t been making cards for all that long, and so I’m still learning all the elements that make for a nice, cohesive design. I often admit, that my imagination is pretty limited, my supplies are simple (many are thrift store finds), I’d love to own a set of nice markers, but don’t, but my worst nightmares are how to use colors and patterned paper.

So I really stepped outside the box for this card and the photo tells it pretty well I think. Sounds silly, but I’ve looked at the bright green, chevron patterned paper at least a hundred times and said to myself, “What do I do with it?” So today you have it, inspired by garden gloves.

The Cricut flowers (believe it or not) are from the Create a Critter, Hedge Hog, Accessory. I did a random “flower” search and found it. For the ‘Thanks’ I used a stamp from the Hedge Hog set that I recently received from Stamps of Life. I loved the text style and I thought it went well with this fun card. I’ve decided to link this card to the Color Throwdown #405 Challenge.

My challenge to you today is to find something crazy to inspire one of your cards. If you do, share a link in the comments. I’d love to see it. That’s it! Thanks for visiting today. Hope you have a great weekend. 

 text 2016, photos and information by Say It With Simplicity

MOJO Monday 437: Anniversary Card

Today I worked on a card using the MOJO Monday
sketch. I haven’t made too many cards lately, so it took
me awhile to get in to it a bit. Now I have a real mess
on the table with basket weaving at one end and card
making on the other.

The card I made today is an anniversary card for
two special people. I wanted it to be simple, yet
nice and I think I accomplished what I set out to do.

I confess to working through a shoe box full of
bits and pieces, and so whenever possible I’ve
been using from that stash. Today I made it
a wee bit smaller.

The stamps are from Close to My Heart and the background paper is from a We R Memory Keepers Chalkboard 6×6 stack.

Until next time, enjoy your crafting!

Christmas Crochet Jar Topper

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Say “Merry Christmas” with this festive Crochet Jar Topper

Jar toppers are a great way to say “Merry Christmas” and perfect for mason jar gifts.

Candies, nuts, hot cocoa mix and more…These are frugal and easy gifts and a festive jar topper is just the thing for that personal touch.

If you enjoy crochet, then check out the pattern for the jar topper. It comes from the 2015 Special Issue of Annie’s Christmas. *  I’d never purchased an Annie’s Magazine before, but I’m really looking forward to making another jar topper and trying some of the other patterns. 

2017 Update: This magazine is still available at the Annie’s Craft Store website. You might also check your local library for a copy.

I’ve only been doing filet crochet for about a year, and it was an easy pattern to follow.  I used 1.7 mm hook and for the white I used number 10 crochet cotton. The wreath was crocheted with Iris Embroidery Cotton. I had picked up a large bag of assorted colors and have used them for lots of projects. This pack is available at Amazon. 

Iris 150-Pack Embroidery Super Giant Floss Pack, 8m

You can use ribbon for your jar topper, however,  I chained 120 chains with the red embroidery cotton and single crocheted one row. The little red bow is just a length of chain stitches that I tied and stitched on.

I had some little assorted beads that worked nicely for embellishing the wreath.

That’s it for today!

Keep crafting and see you next time.


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Close To My Heart “Happy Birds” Card

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CTMH Happy Birds Card

Our Wisconsin weather took several turns today. First it was cold, windy and rainy. For awhile the sun came out. Tonight there was snow mixed with a little rain. Just a good day to stay inside, wrap your hands around a cup of hot cocoa and maybe do a little crafting.

This was just one of my cards for today. I used the Happy Birds set from Close To My Heart. I really enjoy this set and keep finding ways to use it. Today I stamped the small flower all over my white card with Slate ink. Then I took a Q-Tip and quickly highlighted all the flowers with Thistle and Canary. I stamped the sentiment panel in Pear and Pacifica Inks.

Pear and Slate card stocks were used for layering the sentiment and Canary for layering the flowered panel. All of the card stocks used are available in the Adventure Combo Pack.

I felt the whole card was missing a little something, so I stamped one of the birds on Pacifica card stock using my VersaMark ink pad and then embossed with white embossing powder. Dimensional adhesive was used to mount the bird on the card.

So that’s my rainy day recipe. Thanks for joining me today and I hope you “have a beautiful day” wherever you are!

Color Throwdown 338

Color Swatch for CTD338

Good afternoon! I decided to make a card for color throwdown challenge today. I love the look of kraft cardstock cards and so I was really glad to see this color combo.

I decided to try to use some older stamps and supplies. I also decided to do some heat embossing, something that is improving the more and more I try it. I used some green from the new Blossom pack from CTMH to emboss the white dots. The flower and sentiment are also heat embossed.

That’s it for today. Have a wonderful week and see you next week!

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