Wednesday, March 30, 2016

SSS Monthly Card Kit for April

 I am back to share three of the cards that I created using the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit of the Month for April 2016.   One of the things I love about the kits is that it stretches my own creativity.  For example, I don't think I would naturally choose this color palette for my cards.  Then I put it together and there is an "oh yes" moment when the cards are different from my norm but so nice.   Everything for the three cards comes in the kit with a few embellishments.  The ribbons, enamel hearts and sequins are from my own stash.

As always, thank you for dropping by.  Your comments questions or recommendations are very welcome.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Easter Peeps!

These are three of the cards I created using the Card Kit of the Month for March from Simon Says Stamp. 
The first is a shaker that uses the sequins from the kit and the smaller peeps that I stamped and die cut to add to the mixture for fun.  Love this pretty pink gingham patterned paper included in the selection.

This second card is a completely different color palette in the bold green apple and orange peel cardstock from this month's kit.  It worked beautifully with the cute carrot print paper for a bolder and pretty Easter card.  I used an enamel bow that I had in my stash but you could just as easily used the little bow tie that is part of the stamp set.

My third card uses a bit of the patterned paper combined with the soft lemon chiffon cardstock.  

Almost everything I used was included in this kit with the exception of a few bits of ribbon from my stash, the acrylic for the window and the enamel bows used in the first two cards.

As always, thank you for dropping by.  Your comments questions or recommendations are very welcome.


Sunday, March 6, 2016

Hello "Tweet One"

I created this card to enter in two different challenges.
Usually don't do it this way but, this one was a perfect fit for both the March Card Chain Challenge and Paru's Card Making Challenge

The monthly CCC is wonderful fun. I try to play it every month.
Like most chain challenges, you sign up to send a card to the person whose name appears above you in the link.   Deborah Nolan aka hostess of Society of Stampaholics gives us guidelines within the challenges to apply to our card each month.  You are given 4 choices that include a palette of three colors, a card template, a technique or material and a theme.  You can choose to use only one or you can try to include more.  I think it is most fun to try to get all four into my card.  This month I used the color palette (deep fir, dusty teal and pale sage), the card sketch template, the theme of Spring or Friendship and watercolor paper for my entry.  The CCC is international with many cardmakers playing each month.  There is a random prize selection if your card reaches it's recipient by the last day of the month.
The second challenge I am entering is Paru's Card Making Challenge .  This month's challenge was to use masking and color. I used both to make this card.  My color for the card is my new favorite, watercolors.  The stamps I am using for my card, is a set I selected with the gift certificate from Winnie & Walter ,  I won the certificate in Paru's challenge in January.  Couldn't wait to show it off!

The first thing I did to create this card was to mask off the design using micro pore tape.  I then applied a watercolor wash. After removing the mask, I used the same color to add some striping across the entire bottom edge.  I put this aside to dry and repeated the masking process for my focal image.    
Winnie & Walter makes this a bit easier in that they have digital cut files available for many of their stamps.
I used the cut file for my set and my Silhouette to cut my masks from masking paper.  Of course,this could  also be done by fussy cutting a mask. Then it is only a matter of adding the image, sentiment and color to the little birds.

Last and most fun is to bring it all together. Added a bit of twine below the birds to anchor them and a few enamel hearts as finishing touches.

As always, thank you for dropping by.  Your comments questions or recommendations are very welcome.