Monday, March 31, 2014

You are Loved…square cuts

Yep, I am still working with the Simon Says Stamp February card kit.  I just love it so much, so I am cherishing it as long as I can.  I probably should start working with the March and April kits soon….

I love the floral paper, but I struggle sometimes when figuring out how to use it.  So I decided to cut one of the floral papers into 1.5"x 1.5" squares and frame them with 1.75" x 1.75" black squares.  I centered the squares onto the card front using my T-ruler.  Then I cut out another black square and emboss the You Are Loved sentiment on it.  I popped that square up over the 4 patterned paper squares after using my T-ruler and white gel pen to draw faux stitching lines.

Using my T-ruler and a black gel pen, I drew faux stitching lines on the white Neenah solar white card front that is cut slightly smaller than the A2 size.  It is cut to 4" x 5.25".  I adhered that to a black card stock cut to 4.25" x 5.5".  I used Neenah Solar White 110# card stock as my top-folding card base.

Next time I make this card I am going to use my corner chomper to round one if not all of the corners of the squares to give it a more finished look.  But I still like this card; it is simple and clean.

Thank you for stopping by.  The supplies I used are below.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Just Saying Thanks...

Oh my, oh my, this was such a fun card to make!  I just had so much fun coloring with distress markers. (Did I tell you that I just got a bunch on SALE from JoAnn's online?) I just had to find the right image to color and this new-to-me stamp from Stampendous called Ranunculus Field R112 was just the right image.  I also was able to use my newest addiction- the Wink of Stella glitter pen.  I know,  I was a little late getting on the Wink of Stella band wagon; but I am on it now!  and making up for lost time.

I first took a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor paper and trimmed it down to 3.75" x 5".  I rubbed my embossing bag over it, stamped the image in VersaMark and heat embossed it with Zing! white embossing powder.  I then used Salty Ocean distress ink and a foam blender to color in the blue background.  I colored in the flowers with the following Distress markers:
Worn Lipstick
Spun Sugar
Shabby Shutters
Peeled Paint

Using the Simon Says Stamp Tilted Banner Sayings and coordinating Tilted Banners Die, I stamped the sentiment "Just Saying Thanks" on the banner in VersaFine Black Onyx ink.  Using my bone folder, I re-scored the folding lines from the die folded the banner together.  I shaded around the banner a little with Tea Dye Distress marker to help give it an aged look.  I then popped the banner on top of the colored card front.

I finished off the card by popping the colored card front on top of some black card stock matted to 4"x 5.25" and adhered the black card stock to a standard A2 card made in Neenah 110# Solar White paper. Of course, the flowers needed some sparkle so they got a nice coating of clear Wink of Stella.

I hope you enjoyed this card; it was really fun to make.  Maybe it gave a little Spring inspiration?  It was 60 degrees today for the first time since October 13 (just heard that on the news), so I got plenty of outside time.  Now I am ready for flowers and GREEN!!!!!  Oh wait, it is supposed to rain here, but north of me can get up to 20 inches of snow tomorrow!  Yuck…. gotta love Minnesota.

Thank you again for stopping by.  As always, the supplies I could find are listed below using Inlinkz.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Full Card Hexagon Die from Simon Says Stamp

During Hero Arts' 2014 catalog blog hop I watched Laura Bassen use Hero Art's Triangle Die and paper piece the little triangles onto the front of the card.  (I linked her blog post - click on Laura's name above).  I loved it and decided I had to give it a try.

Today I am trying her technique, except I used all parts of the die cuts on my card front.  I wanted to make something that reminded me of a quilt.  So I used the Full Card Hexagons die from Simon Says Stamp and created a card that I most likely will duplicate many, many times.  It was so much fun to make.

Using the remaining papers from my February card kit, I cut out the hexagon die out of two pieces of Neenah solar white and three patterns from the kit.  (The Basic Grey Fresh Cuts papers are so cute).  Using Tombow glue, I glued the two Neenah die cuts together to give the card some dimension.  I cut a 4 x 5.25 piece of white paper and glued it to the back to have somewhere to adhere the patterned hexagons.

Using my QuickStik and Tombow glue, I filled in the empty hexagons with the patterned paper hexagons.  I also used the white hexagons to make sure the card was not too heavy on different patterned papers.

When I was finished filling in all the hexagons, I stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp's Thinking of You set in VersaMark and heat set Ranger Super Fine Detail embossing powder in black on a Bazzill 40lb vellum strip.  I could have used a die cut sentiment for a floating effect, but I do not have on that say Thinking of You…. yet.  I used the vellum because I did not want to take away from the background and wanted it to be almost transparent.  I wrapped the vellum strip around the card and adhered it in the back of the hexagon piece.

I finished the card by popping up the hexagon piece on a piece of black card stock matted on a Neenah Solar White card stock base.  I added a few pale pink gems by the sentiment for a little sparkle.  I used a little glue behind the gems to tack the vellum to the card front.

I am entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Transparent.

The supplies I used are listed below.  Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Simon Says Stamp February Card Kit- card #3

Yes, I am still working on the February card kit.  I haven't started on the March kit yet.  I guess I should catch up before I get the April card kit….

Today I made this one layer card using the Thinking of You stamp set from the kit and some Neenah Desert Storm card stock.  I die cut a heart out of Neenah Solar White card stock and stamped the solid flower from the set several times with Cotton Candy ink from Simon Says Stamp.  I stamped the outline flower over the solid flower in Doll Pink ink from Simon Says Stamp.  Then I stamped the solid flower with Doll Pink wiping out the ink from the center before stamping it over the Cotton Candy stamped flower.  This gives the flowers some shading.   I then stamped the flowers again with Cotton Candy to help the blending.  I used the dot stamp and Sunshine ink from Simon Says Stamp to create the flower centers.  

I cut the same heart out of the Neenah card base and laid a white liner in the inside of the card base.  I glued the stamped heart inside the cut out heart.  I stamped the Thinking of You stamp from the kit in VersaMark and heat embossed it with Zing! white embossing powder.  I finished off the card by rounding the bottom edges and adding some dashed lines around three of the edges.  

The supplies are listed below the picture.  Thank you for stopping by today!

Supplies I used for my card:

Monday, March 17, 2014

You Are…..

I finally decided to crack open the February Simon Says Stamp card kit.  I had made only one card with it, so I decided it was high time for me to make some more.  I made two simple cards.

Card #1:  You Are Missed
The only thing I knew I wanted to do with this card was cut a big banner and have it slightly off center.  Other than that, I really did not know what I wanted to do.  So I decided to cut a circle and a scalloped circle with my Big Shot and dies.

Then using the Thinking of You stamp set in the SSS February 2014 card kit, I decided to stamp the little flower, some leaves and the circle of dots.  I used inspiration from Jennifer McGuire's two-tone stamping technique to give my flower some shading.  If you have not seen Jennifer's blog post and video linked above, I suggest popping over there.  The card she made is awesome.

I added some dashed lines around the banner, layered the gray background with some pink paper from the card kit and adhered it to a card made with Neenah 110# solar white paper.  For some added interested, I used my clear Wink of Stella glitter pen over the flower and leaves.  It doesn't show up well in the picture, but it is really cute when looking at it in person.

Supplies used:

Stampin Up inks:
Basic Gray, Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding

Card #2:  You Are Loved
For my second card I used more supplies from the Simon Says Stamp February Card Kit.  Let me just say how much I LOVE the Basic Grey Fresh Cut 6x6 paper designs.  They are so dainty and have great trendy colors.  I selected one that has rain drops all over it.   I wanted to pick up the pool-like color in the drops, so I paired it with a beautiful pool colored paper in the same paper pad.

I first made a card base of Neenah 110# solar white paper.  I layered on some grey paper from my stash that is cut 4" x 5.25".  I layered on top of that the cute raindrop paper cut to 3.75" x 5".  I popped up the gray paper off of the card base to give the card some dimension.  Using one of the grey scraps from cutting down the layering paper, I stamped and embossed the white the dots from the SSS Thinking of You stamp set in the card kit.

The cute tag is cut from the pool paper and a Neenah scrap using the Sizzix Tags, Scallop Combo #2 original die.  I put the Neenah behind the pool paper to give it some sturdiness.  I stamped in Basic Gray ink from Stampin Up the sentiment You Are Loved from the Thinking of You stamp set.  I stamped it again using Versamark and embossed it with clear embossing powder.   I wanted the sentiment to stand out, but I did not have any grey embossing powder.  I tied a little bow from some hemp twine and popped the tag up in the right corner.

I really like this card because I love the soft pool-like color.  The supplies for this card are listed below. As always, please let me know if you have any questions and THANK YOU for stopping by….

Supplies I could not find links for/ Stampin Up supplies:
Stampin Up ink in Basic Gray
Sizzix Tags, Scallop Combo #2 original die

Supplies from Simon Says Stamp using Inlinkz:

Friday, March 14, 2014

You're Very Special….

I'm on a roll… apparently with Distress inks.  I created a card tonight that used several (and I mean several) Distress Ink markers and ink pads.  I also used my very coveted Ladies' Diary paper from Graphic 45.  I think this was the first time I even tore a piece of paper out of that 12x12 pad, let alone cut into it.  But I am happy with the results.

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge of Mother's Day/Special Girl inspired me to create this card tonight.  I started with finding just the right image from Graphic 45's paper collection Ladies' Diary.  I cut out the image following its intricate border.  I colored in the image with 8 Distress Markers.
-  Her shirt is colored with Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Dried Marigold and Wild Honey.
-  Her gloves are colored with Milled Lavender and Spun Sugar.
-  Her skirt is colored with Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo.
-  Her hair decorations are colored with Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick.
-  Lastly, I used Stormy Sky for her fan.
I used my Wink of Stella clear glitter pen to accent her shirt, fan, skirt bow and hair decoration.  I distressed the image around her with Walnut Stain and Tea Dye Distress inks.  I glued some Hero Hues Woven Lace Ribbon along the left side of the image.

For the sentiment, I used a Tim Holtz Journaling Ticket which I distressed with Walnut Stain, Tea Dye and Victorian Velvet Distress inks.  I stamped the sentiment from the Very Special stamp set from Simon Says Stamp in VersaMark and heat set it with Zing! white embossing powder.  I popped the sentiment ticket up with 3D foam squares and made a little bow out of some twine.  I added a pearl for additional interest.

For the background, I used Tim Holtz and Ranger's Distress collection paper in Tattered Rose.  I distressed the edges with my Tim Holtz paper distressing tool and used the same Walnut Stain, Tea Dye and Victorian Velvet Distress inks.  I then (after making sure the paper was VERY dry) stamped the script stamp from Tim Holtz Papillon stamp set and heat set it with Ranger Super Fine Detail clear embossing powder.  I wanted to give the background just a little interest without taking interest away from the main image.  I layered this on top of a card base made of Stampin Up Chocolate Chip card stock.

I am happy with this card and have to decide who I am going to give it to… Mom, Grandma or Great-Grandma….. maybe I will just make a few more and send one to each of them.  Below are the supplies I used.  I will also be entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of Mother's Day/Special Girl.  Please let me know if you have any questions on my supplies.  Thank you for stopping by today:)

Supply List using Inlinkz and Simon Says Stamp Store: