Tuesday, May 15, 2018

For The Boys

This is the card I am adding to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  The stamp set I used for the boy themed birthday card is one that I received as a birthday gift from Simon with my March order called "FAVORITE PUPERONI".  It is available and such fun for a masculine themed birthday card.   The product line recommendation for this week's theme is Lawn Fawn which gave the inspiration for this fun slider card.  There is a very good youtube video on the use of this die set HERE.

For the front image on my card  I masked off the pizza in the puppy's mouth using  piece of masking paper.  I used the same mask on the inside image for placing the hat and pizza.
The Lawn Fawn MAGIC COLOR SLIDER DIES makes the slider part easy to do.   I also used the coordinating set from Lawn Fawn  PUSH HERE Clear Stamps and Dies .   The patterned paper was in my stash from a previous SSS monthly kit collection.  

This is the opened view of the card.  I love the surprise reveals that make these cards such fun.  I used my colored pencils to do the coloring.  

I have two addition cards to show you that could be used for the boys.  Both of these cards use the Simon Says Stamp Suzy's PUNDER THE SEA Watercolor Prints  and Zig CLEAN COLOR Real Brush markers.  I find these preprinted images a quick and easy way to just get to fun part for me... the coloring.   I used a waterbrush with the Zigs to do a lot of color blending here.

Thank you for dropping by to check out my cards.  Your comments, questions and suggestions are always welcome.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Blossoms & Butterflies

This is the card I made to enter is this weeks Wednesday Challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp blog.  The theme for the challenge is "Animal Magic" and they are showcasing Gina K designs.   The stamps that I used on my card are from a clear set by Gina K Designs called "Birds & Blossoms".   I think that maybe butterflies can count as animals in an insect sense of the word? 

My background uses a stencil from The Crafters Workshop Rebekah Meier "Journal Musings" and the Distress Oxide Inks,  "Mermaid Lagoon" & "Squeezed Lemonade".   
I used VersaFine Onyx Black ink to stamp the butterfly image and the sentiment.   The leaves were stamped using Hero Arts Hybrid Ink Pad MOSS .    For coloring my image I used Zig Clean Color Brush Markers to add the color right over the background coloring.   To finish I used Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium MATTE  to add a few sequins from my stash.

I usually like to create a second card while I have out all the materials.  This is the second card that I made this session.

This one is square and uses the same stamp set.  To get the butterfly without the flower I just inked the butterfly and wiped any unwanted ink off before stamping.  No masking involved in the this card at all.   The embellishment is Pretty Pink Posh 6MM & 3MM CLEAR DROPLETS .

Thank you for dropping in to check out my blog.  Your comments, questions and suggestions are always welcome.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Put A Flower On It

 This is a card that I created for the new challenge over at A Blog Named Hero.  The challenge is to "Put A Flower On It" so I went through my Hero Arts floral stamps and pulled out this pretty rose stamp and the coordinating dies from an older Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit.  This one is from April of 2016 and I still love it.

First I used my stitched rectangle die and a Tim Holtz Sizzix MIXED MEDIA Thinlits Die 660220  to make a panel from Canson Bristol XL paper.  I stamped the flower image in the lower left hand side of the panel using Hero Arts "Soft Granite" Ink.   I also stamped the flower and the bud two more times on a another piece of the paper so that it could used to make the 3D layers.   For the coloring I used  Zig CLEAN COLOR Markers and a waterbrush .   Most of the coloring  was done by  putting the color on my craft sheet and picking it up with the waterbrush to get more of a wash effect.   I used the dies to layer the flower pieces and popped them up with foam squares for extra dimension.    I added a sentiment from SSS MESSAGES FOR EVERYDAY sss101831 .  The banner die I used is from Simon Says Stamp, STITCHED BANNERS Wafer Dies SSSD111584.  To embellish  I used my collage medium to adhere a few of the Lucy's Cards CLEAR IRIDESCENT Jewels LBJ02 .

I decided to submit this card to the challenge but it was the second card of two cards that I created for the challenge. The first one I did is this one. It is very similar but uses a different floral, coloring and no 3D treatment. This stamp is Hero Arts K6136 Antique Rose Stem.

Thank you for stopping by to check out my work. Your comments, questions and suggestions are always welcome.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

SSS May Card Kit of Month Ideas

The cards I am sharing today were all made using the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit of Month, May 2018 . I just checked and it looks like this one already sold out but many of the items from the kit are still available.   
Card #1

All four of these cards were super easy when you use the stamps and the stickers that are in the kit.   
For card #1 I simply used one the sentiments and stamped it in the lower right hand corner of my panel.  Then I used masking paper to make a rough mask for the sentiment and the line stamp from the set was used to create the vertical dash lines..  To finish this card I scattered a few of the pretty heart stickers.

Card #2

Card #2 is really the same basic idea but I used my masking to orient the lines in a horizonal double dash pattern.  The flower puffy stickers are from the second sticker sheet in the kit.  I don't usually use stickers but I did love the look and so darn easy.  Both sets of stickers are still available for now.

Card #3

For Card #3 I stamped a border using the SSS Hybrid Inks that were in the kit and an additional color called Hollyhock.  After I created the flower border I used my stencil brush and the Hollyhock ink to add pink to the background.   The sentiment was stamped on a MFT stitched square die panel using the Spring Rain hybrid ink and then embossed with a clear embossing powder.  I added a few more of the sticker hearts from the kit. 

Card #4
For my fourth card I decided to use on of my favorite patterned papers in the the kit.  Nothing complicated about this card either.  I just created a layout to showcase the pretty patterned paper and added a bow sticker from the kit.

Thank you for dropping by my blog.  Your comments, questions and suggestions are always very welcome.


Stickers: Pinkfresh Studio LET YOUR HEART DECIDE Epoxy Heart Stickers pfrc101018,  Puffy Stickers pfrc100318

Inks:   Simon Says Stamp Hybrid Ink Pad Cube Set SPRING FLOWERS SF07, VersaFine Onyx black
Dies:   Lil inker  "Stitched Mat : Rectangles" MFT 552 Stitched Square Stax  Die-namics,
Cardstock:  SSS #100 Orange Peel, SSS #100 Audrey Blue , Neenah #110 Solar White
Patterned Paper: Pinkfresh Studio Let Your Heart Decide 6x6 paper pack

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Kind Heart

Today my Simon Says Stamp May Monthly Card Kit was in my mailbox.  I couldn't wait to make a card with the kit.  I am in love the color palette of the papers, stickers and inks in this kit.   The hummingbird image is so beautiful and  of course, teacup planters  will always appeal to my feminine side. 

I often use patterned paper as an inspiration for my color palette and the patterned paper from Pinkfresh Studio "Let Your Heart Decide" in this kit is so beautiful.  The one that I used for this card is just the kind that totally gets my creative juices flowing.  I will most likely be using it as inspiration for another card soon.
The stamping was done with VersaFine Onyx Black ink onto Canson Bristol XL paper.  For coloring I used watercolor markers from Tombow and a watercolor brush to closely match the colors present in the paper.   
Almost everything that I used to create this card can be found in the May Monthly  kit which is at this moment still available.  They do sell out quickly.   I did use the Die-namics MFT651 "Cross Stitch Oval" die (may no longer be available) for my focal panel and the "Stitched Banners" SSSD111584 from Simon for the sentiment.   The sequins are from my stash and I am not sure that they were need. 

Thank You for stopping by my blog.  Your comments, questions and suggestions are always welcome.

Challenges:  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Fiesta Time !

I finally am getting some time to post my latest card creations using the My Monthly Hero April kit.  This kit is still available the last time I checked.  As you can see I am have fun playing with it.  These are five of the cards I have done with it so far.

Card # 1
The background on this 1st card was created by masking off a circle then using the inks in the kit to sponge in and blend the colors. The die also included in this kit was cut from black cardstock.  I also cut a small rectangle from the black cardstock to make a little stage for the trumpeter.  All the images for the five cards were stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Card #2

For this second card put my little bird birthday scene on a tag cut from Kraft cardstock using a die from Lil Inker "Anytime Tags".    The ribbon was included in the kit. I stamped both of the sentiments onto white cardstock and highlighted both with some of the same colors of Copic markers that were used in the coloring. The sentiment strips were using a very inexpensive set of dies that I order on the Amazon site.   They don't appear to be available any longer.
Card #3

Cards #3 and #4 both use the same Lil Inker tag die.  The backgrounds were created using a Stencil Brush  and the ink from the kit to apply very light coloring.
For both of these cards I used the Unryu Paper in this month's kit.  
Card #4


For card #3, I put the Unryu paper in my paper trimmer but instead cutting it I ran a bead of water on the cutting line and gently tore the paper along the water lines.  I love the natural looking edge you get with this method.  I also used an edge die from Die-Namics "Homespun Stitch Lines" for a finishing touch to the edge.   For Card #4, I used the Unryu paper to create a fringe embellishment for the bottom edge of the tag. I have also known this type of paper to be called "Mulberry" paper.

The fifth card is probably my favorite because it is a shaker card.  I used a die from Poppy Stamps " Madison Window " to create a shaker window for the musical mouse to perform from.  The "Wonky Stitches" die from Avery Elle was used for the panel.

Thank You, for dropping by to check out my blog.   Your comments, questions and suggestions are always very welcome. 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Sparkle & Shine Birthday

The background for this card is something I created a bit ago but wasn't quite sure how to finish it.  The Wednesday Challenge with Simon Says Stamp this week is to add Sparkle and Shine.  I was inspired by that idea to add the finishing touches to make this card. 

The background stamp I used is Simon Says Stamp "Emma Background" SSS101692 .  It was stamped using VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with super fine white embossing powder.  Then I sponged with Distress Oxide Ink in "Worn Lipstick" and "Picked Raspberry".  The splatter is watered down Distress Oxides and a little white gouache'.

The sparkle comes from the Nuvo Glitter  Drops "Silver Moondust" and a dies from Memory Box "Elegant Scrollwork" cut from silver glitter cardstock .  
The sentiment is an older Hero Arts set Called "Birthday Sayings" which may no longer be available.  It is stamped on a "Stitched Banner" die from Simon Says Stamp. 

Thanks for stopping in to take a look at my card creations.  Your comments, questions or suggestions are always welcome.