Today's post is a follow-up to yesterday's Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Sunshine Sayings stamp set. To see the line up of Stampin' Up! artists contributing to this hop, click here. To begin the hop, click here.
Stamp sets with a bunch of words and phrases are always a great item for me because it makes creating a custom card so simple. The Sunshine Sayings stamp set certainly provides this function because I can create a greeting or sentiment for any occasion.
When I was thinking about a card to make for the blog hop, I was also worrying over a series of hurtful events that had occurred the day before and wondering how to resolve a seemingly unsolvable set of issues. I knew that creating would help me to redirect my focus to something a whole lot more positive, so I kept telling myself to put the worries aside and think happy. Then I saw this phrase in the Sunshine Sayings stamp set: "Take Heart". Yep. That's what I needed to do. Take Heart and let love point the way. Once I came to that realization, the card pretty much made itself AND I was definitely in a happier place.
This card begins with a card base of Sahara Sand. The spiral flower center from the Botanical Blooms stamp set was randomly stamped on the card front using Versamark ink. [I chose this image because it resembles the puffies at the end of the stems on the Designer Series Paper.] A panel of Very Vanilla cardstock was adhered to the card front with the top, left, and right edges of the cardstock a smidge more than 1/4" from the top, left, and right edges of the card front.
A panel of Falling In Love Designer Series Paper was adhered at the center of a slightly larger piece of Sahara Sand cardstock. The "Take Heart" phrase, from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set, was stamped on a strip of Sahara Sand cardstock inked with the brush tip of a Sahara Sand Stampin' Write Marker. A banner tail was cut on the left side of the phrase and the banner adhered to the Designer Series Paper with the right edge of the banner flush with the right edge of the paper and the bottom edge of the banner a smidge less than 1/2" from the bottom edge of the paper.
The heart thinlit, from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, was die cut four times from Very Vanilla cardstock using the Big Shot [the Precision Base Plate is definitely your friend for this die]. Each of the die cut hearts were adhered, one on top of the other, using teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid glue. Wink of Stella Clear brush ink was brushed over the top of stacked hearts.
A length of Very Vanilla 1/4" Satin ribbon was threaded through the opening on the lower right side of the heart and folded around the Designer Series Paper/Sahara Sand panel so that the ends of the ribbon extend beyond the right side of the panel. The heart was adhered to the Designer Series Paper using teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid glue. A piece of Linen Thread was used to tie the ends of the ribbon snug to the panel. The panel was adhered to the card front at the center of the Very Vanilla cardstock.
The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. The "Everything Will Be OK" sentiment, from the Designer Tee Sale-A-Bration stamp set, was inked with the brush tips of Sahara Sand and Soft Sky Stampin' Write Markers and stamped near the upper center of the liner. The "Just Give It Some Time" coordinating sentiment, also from the Designer Tee Sale-A-Bration stamp set, was inked with the brush tip of a Sahara Sand Stampin' Write Marker and stamped just below the first sentiment.
A thin strip of Sahara Sand cardstock was adhered behind the top edge of a piece of Falling In Love Designer Series Paper so that a thin edge of Sahara Sand peeks above the paper. This piece was adhered along the bottom edge of the liner.
A piece of Falling In Love Designer Series Paper was adhered over the flap of a Medium Very Vanilla Envelope, lining up the top edge of the paper with the fold of the envelope flap. The paper extending beyond the edges of the flap were trimmed off with Paper Snips.
I really like the simple but meaningful look of this card. It reminds me that more often than not, the most difficult issues have the simplest solutions if you are just quiet and let your heart show you the answer.
Card Measurements --
Sahara Sand: 4-1/4" x 11 scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length, 3-1/8" x 4-1/8", 1/2" x 1-3/4", 3/8" x 4"; Very Vanilla: 3-5/8" x 4-5/8", 4 @ 2-3/4" x 2-3/4", 4" x 5-1/4"; Falling In Love Designer Series Paper: 3" x 4", 1" x 4", 2-1/4" x 6"; Very Vanilla 1/4" Satin ribbon: 8-1/2"; Linen Thread: 3"
Supplies I used to make this card --
Stamps: Sunshine Sayings, Botanical Blooms, Designer Tee Sale-A-Bration; Inks: Versamark, Wink of Stella Clear; Stampin' Write Markers: Neutrals (Sahara Sand), Subtles (Soft Sky); Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper: Falling In Love; Embellishments: Very Vanilla 1/4" Satin ribbon, Linen Thread; Adhesives: Fast Fuse, Multipurpose Liquid; Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform and/or Precision Base Plate, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits; Other: Medium Very Vanilla Envelope