3 Styles, 1 Stamp Set – Featuring SSS Summer Flowers

Hello!  

Today’s card is actually 3 cards featuring the Summer Flowers stamp set by Simon Says Stamp.  I wanted to use the set in three different ways to get more mileage from the stamps.

 

 

This first attempt is Clean & Simple card using Copic Markers on 120# Simon Says Stamp white cardstock.

 

 

 

 

This colorful version is more of a Shabby Chic style with lots of layers and torn edges.  I used Derwent Inktense pencils in purple and pink to give this a real feminine feel. Chunky glitter, glossy accents and some shimmer add plenty of sparkle. This was fun to make. 

 The close up shows a bit more of the dimension on this card.

 

 

Finally, this artistic version was a bit of a struggle.  I used the “smooshing” technique with Distress Ink, but found I couldn’t quite control the color placement.  In the end, I think it came out okay, even if I did have to help it a bit with a paint brush ;-).

I finished the card with a black layer of cardstock to help frame the piece.  

All of the cards feature sentiments from the Thoughtful Messages stamp set.

 

Thank you for dropping by today!  I’m happy to give more details, just let me know in the comments.

Enjoy!

Stephanie

 

 

Wild Thing

Hello!

Today’s card is for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  The theme is Make a Rainbow. Although the featured products are by Tim Holtz, the only products I used were Wilted Violet and Pumice Stone Distress ink. I really wanted to make a card with the very cute stamp set and inks included in the April Simon Says Stamp Card Kit. The stamp set is called Wild Cuddly Critters.

Rainbow was created by swiping cardstock with Simon Says Stamp hybrid inks in Watermelon, Orange Slush, Lemon Zest and Key Lime.  Audrey Blue and Distress Wilted Violet were added to round out the colors.

The cuddly elephant was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with “C” series Copic Sketch markers. The sentiment from the stamp set was heat embossed with white on black cardstock and colored in with a white gel pen. The stencil I used on the background came with a  stamp set I got at Michael’s, I think. There are no markings on it.  

Thanks for dropping by!     Stephanie

 

 

 

Dare You to Move

Today’s post is a canvas panel I did for this week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Inspired by a Song.

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The challenge was a great jump start to my MIA mojo. I decided to mostly play, but have a deadline in order to actually stop thinking about the project and actually stick with the whole process.

My favorite song from Switchfoot called Dare You to Move is fitting because it is a reminder to keep going.

Every once in a while when I get a bit discouraged, I turn on this song and make myself sing screech it out loud. It instantly reminds me that I can make the choice to take a step forward and that there is always hope:

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What if redemption has stories to tell? 

What if forgiveness is right where you fell?

Where can you run to escape from yourself?

Where are you gonna go? Where are you gonna go?

Salvation is here.

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The panel is 8 x 10 and features Tim Holtz distress stains and paints over Melange tissue paper with a bit of stenciling and found objects. Stamps include the circle/oval from Simon Says Stamp, alphabets from Lawn Fawn and Hero Arts. The die cut letters “Dare to” are from my Silhouette and the die cut word “you” is from Simon Says Stamp.

Official Switchfoot DYTM Video @ YouTube

Thanks for stopping by!

Stephanie

Hello!

While waiting patiently for the next installment of the Simon Says Stamp card kit (October) to arrive in my mailbox, I actually made a card with the wonderful stamps, embellishments and papers in the September kit.  You really need to treat yourself to these card kits. They are well put together and have all the stuff you need to create several great cards.

SSS-Sept-CK-Thank-You-Banner Banners were cut on my Silhouette machine using the My Mind’s Eye Chalk Studio papers and shapes in the 6 Banner Set cut file available from SilhouetteOnlineStore.com (Design ID #20957).

The flowers at the bottom were stamped in white pigment ink (included in the kit) and colored with Prismacolor pencils. The flowers and Thank You sentiment are part of the “Journey of Life” clear stamp set included in the kit.  The dashed lines were drawn around the sentiment using a white gel pen and the banner stencil included in the kit. See, this kit IS full of awesome stuff!

The only things I used that were not in the kit are: white string, white embossing powder (for the sentiment), white gel pen and small rhinestones and pearls.

 I will post a card later this week using the NEW October card kit by Simon Says Stamp.

Thanks for visiting!

Stephanie

 

 

 

 

 

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Chalkboard Technique with a Twist

This started out as a clean and simple card that I wanted to create using the chalkboard technique and Simon Says Stamp’s “Card Exchanging Friends” stamp set. The stamps were included in the August Card Kit.

You will see that I didn’t achieve the clean and simple look, as I ended up cutting the card down to remove all that extra “white space.” I also added more grunge than necessary ’cause if I can’t have layers, I gotta have grunge. LOL.CAS-Experiment-No1-Web

 The twist on the chalkboard technique came with the “bright” idea to do an opposite color scheme. White and black makes…wait for it…whiteboard. Okay, so it isn’t as cool or as trendy as chalkboard, but I wanted to see what would happen if I tried a similar technique.

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It sort of looks like a whiteboard. Or it just looks like I’m a careless stamper. I don’t know which one.

With school starting soon in these parts, I took the chalkboard and whiteboard concept literally and made frames for my little 3×4 note cards. The frames help contain all that empty space somehow. 🙂 These would be cute for teacher or lunch box notes.

What do you think? All comments are welcome.

Thanks for checking out my little experiment!

Stephanie

Chalkboard Technique (as used above):

1. Stamping image/sentiment in pigment or Versamark ink on black -smooth- cardstock

2. Heat emboss the image with white embossing powder

3. Stamp over the same image/sentiment with white pigment ink, only offsetting it a bit

4. Smudge the pigment ink a bit (or a lot!) before it dries to create the chalk dust effect

For the Whiteboard, I followed similar steps, only using Black and grey ink. Apparently I don’t have black pigment ink. Or maybe it is still hiding in a moving box.

{Heart} You

Heart-You-Flair-Card-SSS0813-webHappy Wednesday!

Here is another card using the supplies included in Simon Says Stamp August 2013 card kit. The papers are by My Mind’s Eye and I love the fresh colors and patterns. Like Monday’s card, this is mostly layered paper.        No Clean & Simple here!

This flair button from the kit did not have a sentiment, so I stamped my own in Jet Black Staz-On. The stamp smudged a bit, but after three or four re-dos, I left it as is…

Thank you for stopping by today!

Stephanie

You Make Me Smile

Hello!

Here is a top-folding card using theYou-Make-Me-Smile-SSS0813-web goodies included in the Simon Says Stamp August 2013 Card Kit. Love, love, love the papers in this one!

There is misting, stamping, heat embossing and a little touch of bling in this card. The mist is Black Velvet by Heidi Swapp. It is black with a gold sparkle. The stamp set with this kit supplied the sentiment, “You Make Me Smile.” The ink on the banner under “You Make” is Pear Tart Memento by Tsukineko. It is a beautiful match to the green in the My Mind’s Eye paper. The card base is Neenah Desert Storm (kraft).

I’m working on another card from the supplies in the kit and I’ll post it Wednesday.

Thank you for stopping by!

Stephanie

 

 

More Hero Arts Hearts

Valentines-1-24-13-webHello!

I have a very simple card for you today. I can’t seem to get enough of the Hero Arts Hearts Frame Cuts, so here is one more!

The grey card base and heart is Date Swirl from Bazzill. It is smooth 80# cardstock and one of the prettiest light grey colors I’ve seen.

The background on the Heart Frame Cut is stamped in Versamark and dusted with Pewter Perfect Pearls. It adds a subtle simmer that gives this card a bit of elegance.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this card, or on Valentine’s Day (love it, hate it, meh, is it Easter yet?)  For the record, I love any holiday that has to do with chocolate. J

Thanks for stopping by today!Valentines-1-24-13-Shiny-web

Stephanie

 

Ingredients:

Stamps:  Hero Arts Leaf & Floral cling background, Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments clear set, Simon Says Stamp Very Special clear set

Die: Hero Arts Hearts Frame Cuts

Paper: Bazzill  Date Swirl Smoothies (grey), Pinkini (pink), Basic Grey fuchsia pattern

Ink: Tsukineko Memento London Fog, Versamark

Accent: Ranger Perfect Pearls in Pewter

Cards Cards Cards

Welcome to my new blog!  Happy New Year!

To kick things off, I am sharing some cards I made with the Simon Says Stamp January 2013 Card Kit.  I have been a subscriber to this kit for a while now and I really like this particular kit. For today’s cards, I’ve chosen the hip greens, navys and greys from Lily Bee Design’s Persnickety collection.

Except for ink and adhesives, everything I’ve used is from the kit. Cardstock, ribbon, brads, floss and the Tim Holtz tickets.

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Very Special exclusive stamp set from Simon Says Stamp
Persnickety Collection by Lily Bee Designs
Simon Says Stamp Card Kit of the Month (Jan 2013)

Please leave me a comment to let me know if you subscribe to any card kits.

Thanks for visiting today!   Stephanie