SSS Card Kit: Handwritten Floral Greetings

Those cards that are piling up? Here’s one I made last month using the July card kit from Simon Says Stamp. The kit is unfortunately sold out, so here’s a link to the stamp set, Handwritten Floral Greetings. This was one of my favorite card kits since I started subscribing last spring. I’m such a sucker for florals.
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To make this card, I first stamped and embossed the flowers and leaves in white, and then filled in with some of the other smaller floral stamps using clear embossing powder. I love tonal embossing like this. Then I embossed the “grateful” (from My Favorite Things) onto velum, trimmed it and attached it to the gray cardstock. I layered that onto a yellow patterned paper from the kit using a piece of craft foam.

I’m hoping to make more cards with this kit soon. It’s perfect for thank you notes, and I actually have a “thank you” note war going on with my mom. This stamp set will have to make an appearance soon, I think.

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time!

 

Simon Says Stamp April Card Kit

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Woohoo! Three posts in one week! Thanks post-scheduling thingy!

Today I have a couple of cards to share with you using the (sold out)  April 2016 card kit from Simon Says Stamp. For the first card, I was inspired by one of the cards on the inspiration sheet (funny how that works) included in the kit. I really loved how the designer, Suzy, created the water color custom background look on her card, so I tracked down her blog post about it and set about trying it myself.

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I applied distress ink (festive berries, and I can’t remember which blue – mermaid lagoon, maybe?) ink to the outside edge of the stamps and stamped the image onto watercolor paper. Then I used a water brush to pull the color in and fill the image. Suzy has some beautiful examples. I really enjoyed this technique. Yay craft community sharing its talents!

For the next card, I challenged myself to use the papers and embellishments from the kit.

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Seriously. I had to double dog dare myself. I am not an embellishment girl. I just don’t love them. I’m fine with the occasional ribbon or thread accent. Maybe a wood veneer sticker here and there. But I prefer to just say no to cute stickers and clips and such. There’s nothing wrong with them, they’re just not my style. For this card? I used three (THREE) stickers AND a clip thingy. Wha?

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And you know? It turned out cuter than I thought it would. This kit has a lot of scrapbook-friendly things in it. It leads to cards that are busier than I generally like, but it’s good to try new things. Right? Right.

Simon Says Stamp November Card Kit: Handmade with Love

If you follow my Instagram, you may have seen that my stack of cards to blog just keeps getting bigger. I’m obsessed with making Christmas cards right now (and who knows, maybe I’ll even send them out), but during the Weekend of Hugging Sheep, I took a break to work on some fall cards using the November card kit Handmade with Love from Simon Says Stamp.

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This was a super easy and fun card to put together thanks to the fall leaves stamps and the large sentiment. I stamped a background of the leaves with VersaMark and embossed them with clear powder. Then I stamped the sentiment onto some white card stock and foam mounted it to the orange card stock. Then I adhered that to the brown background and onto the card base. Easy peasy. I wish they all turned out the way I wanted them to on the first try.

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The second card I made with the kit uses the Chips embellishments. There are a lot of cute embellishments in that pack, but I picked out the fruit for this card.

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Another super easy card to assemble. The green card stock came with the kit and the arrow pattern paper is from the Echo Park Story of Fall collection.

Fall is my favorite season, and yet I haven’t really thought to make fall themed cards. But I love all the papers in this kit and those Chip embellishments are adorable (there’s a chicken!), so I guess I should challenge myself with more fall cards before the Christmas cards completely take over!

Sail Away

I’m finally getting around to posting the two cards I made with Simon Says Stamp’s July card kit. I have to admit that I’m not that big on nautical themes, but I do love the waves stamp and the patterned 6×6 papers that I get to add to my collection. I think I mentioned before that the waves, when stamped/embossed in white, especially on a dark blue background, sort of remind me of sashiko embroidery.

For the first card, I wanted to play up the potential for layering. I stamped a couple groupings of waves and colored them with Copics. I added a bit of Wink of Stella (which is totally not showing up in the photo) and (more than) a touch of a white gel pen. I cut them out and used foam dots to adhere. I think the bottom/front waves have two layers of foam dots for extra lift. I stamped and Copiced (sure, that’s a word) the sail boat, cut it out, and positioned it so that it was sort of between the waves. This is definitely a padded-envelope kind of card. Thankfully, I doubt I’ll be sending it anywhere.

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For the second card, I used that waves stamp again, this time heat embossing almost an entire panel’s worth. Then I got out the watercolors and painted a sort of ombre of blue. Can you spot the booboo I made? I got a little cocky thinking that I could paint and heat at the same time. Do you know what that does? It melts the embossing powder (as it should) and then the watercolor kind of ruins it. So I re-stamped and re-embossed that wave, which really only made it worse. What is one to do? Cover that #&%! up with a tag!

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More cards coming up! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Where does the time go?

Well, that didn’t last long, that start out of the gate. Blogging is sort of like exercise: When you miss a few days, it can be really hard to get back into it.

During my radio silence, we took a mini vacation to Canada where we celebrated the christening of a new baby cousin and the belated birthday of my mother in-law. We also got to play tourists in Toronto and went up the CN Tower.

(I am terrible with heights and if the CN Tower weren’t fully enclosed, I never would have made it up there. But I even ventured onto the glass floor!)

That was followed by the holiday weekend and that was followed by all sorts of busyness and very little crafting.

Somewhere in there, I got the June card kit from Simon Says Stamp and felt briefly motivated to play with it. I made two cards and then sort of forgot about them until this past weekend. So here they are!

Happy Birthday

I love the scripty “happy” from the stamp set. Here I stamped them using hybrid dye ink pads from My Favorite Things in PersimmonBlu Raspberry, and Black Licorice. The “birthday” stamp is from the Big Birthday Wishes stamp set.

Be Happy and Smile

This is a very simple card using the kit’s “smile” die. I layered it with rainbow striped paper from the Doodlebug Sunkissed sampler included in the kit and stamped sentiments with more Black Licorice hybrid dye ink.

I’ve only been subscribing to the Simon Says Stamp card kits for a few months, but I think this is definitely my favorite one so far. The July kit looks awesome too, though. I’m looking forward to stamping some white waves onto some navy cardstock, which is kind of, um, specific, I guess. But it reminds me of sashiko embroidery, which I love. So there you go.

I do have a few more cards to share, but let’s pace ourselves lest we run out of things to talk about 🙂