Hello everyone, I have made a New Year Resolution early. I never make resolutions. I choose "One Little Word" with Ali Edwards every year but this year I am changing it up a bit. My resolution you ask? To use my Simon Says Stamp Card Kits right when they come in every. single. month. I have a stack of 2013 next to me. I am going to use them all up with the new 2014 kits. I am starting early though. I have been playing and over the next couple of days I am going to share the cards I make with the December 2013 kit. It was a great kit!
This is the kit:
Here are my cards:
For my first card I decided to go manly. My kids love this card. They laugh every time they see it. I think it's quite funny too. I love that battery stamp. I colored it in with Prismacolor Pencils and just used a black pen to outline the edge of the card. Very CAS.
Another very CAS card. I traced the snowflake stencil with my White Sakura Gelly Roll pen. Best white pen on the market...hands down. It never skips, it doesn't dry out and it's dry within seconds of hitting the paper. I get mine at Michaels. I haven't found them anywhere else singly. I stamped the title in White and Heat embossed with Hero Arts White Embossing powder...the whitest white on the market in my honest opinion.
The little sequins that were in this kit are incredible. I love them. They are so tiny and only require a small dab of glossy accents to hold them.
This last card uses patterned papers from the kit, the stencil snowflake and I added the Merry Christmas die cut from SSS holiday release. I love this die. I placed the stencil on the tag and held it down with some washi while I covered it in some Versamark. I then used the Zing Glitter Silver embossing powder on it. The shine is amazing in person.
That is all for today. If you don't get the monthly Simon Says Stamp Card Kit, I highly recommend that you do. It is just chock full of goodness.
Happy Tuesday. Today I am sharing a card that I made with Purple Onion Designs stamps and my favorite Hero Arts tree designed by Shari Carroll. I did some piecing. It was really a fast, fun card to make.
The snowman is part of a trio but I cut him out. I used foam dots as snowballst with some stickles on them for sparkle. I colored all pieces in with my Prismacolor pencils.
Hello everyone! Today I am playing along with the Wednesday Challenge Blog over at Simon Says Stamp. This weeks challenge was to create your own background...and you couldn't use patterned paper to do it. I had been in the middle of playing with the December Simon Says Stamp Card kit and decided to use the stencil from it and a white Gelly pen to create my background.
I placed the snowflake stencil at various angles on the red cardstock and traced it. It was so simple and so fast. I also traced the same snowflake stencil on white cardstock and covered it in Martha Stewart glitter.
I recently went to a stamp retreat. While there a friend was showing us a small stack of DCWV's Glitzy Glitter Stack. Now normally if I had seen the packaging I would have walked right by it. Most glitter paper is chunky and not soft looking or feeling at all. Well folks lemme tell ya...this paper is NOTHING like that. Out of the 36 women there I don't think one of us didn't fall in LOVE with this paper. It is soft, supple and just absolutely GORGEOUS! Don't be fooled by packaging my friend. We seriously bought Archiver's out of all these stacks that weekend.
The good news is Heidi, the owner of Simon Says Stamp, was also there and she too fell in love with the paper. You can now find it in her store HERE. If you go to your local craft store looking for it you need to really look at it. Not all stacks are the GLITZY paper.
I die cut this gorgeous Simon Says Stamp snowflake out of the light blue glitter paper. You have to cut it with the die on the back of the glitter paper for the best cut and run it through a couple of times. It may not seem like you got a good through and through cut because of the glue they use on the paper but with a little tug the images will pop right out of the paper.
The silver edges are Martha Stewart glitter, the white is crushed glass (yes actual crushed glass) with the Glitzy snowflake on top. Banner is from Avery Elle, Sentiment is Hero Arts.
Just look how amazing that blue glitter snowflake is. It makes me swoon.
This paper also cuts beautifully in the Silhouette Machine. If you saw my coasters on ABNH or Here on my blog last week, the glitter tree is the same paper but cut with my Silhouette.
Today is my son's birthday. He is 17. I honestly cannot believe how fast the time went. I feel like I was just looking at him for the first time and now he is a man. Why do they grow so fast? If you could just bottle those little people for a little bit longer.
I am so very proud of the man he is becoming. He is kind, loving, respectful, funny, brilliant and always has a a smile and hug to share. I love this boy more than words can say.
So today I share a birthday card I made at a stamp retreat a while back. I was playing with friends CAS-Friday stamps and experimenting with different inks. There are some Mama Elephant inks and Momenta Luxe in there. They are a must have for any ink collector! ;)
Happy Birthday Brycen, you are one of the greatest joys of my life. I love you with all my heart.
This week is all about 5 minute gifts. I don't really think any gift can be done in 5 minutes but with a little prep work you can definitely get them done. One of my 5 minute gifts are magnets for the refrigerator. They were so very simple to do.
Here I used the Hero Arts/Sizzix Floral set. I die cut the images out of Neenah Cardstock and the Darice Magnetic sheets (you have to run it through a couple of times) then I colored the stamps with Tombow Markers, misted them lightly with water and some Perfect Pearls, then stamping the image. I then attached them to the magnetic die cuts. The magnetic sheets are sticky on one side so no adhesive in necessary.
I did the same thing with the Lawn Fawn Critters in the Park except that I colored them with Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol
Here I have some Avery Elle and Lawn Fawn Critters in Costume. The top of the Avery Elle is pop dotted. These are great for kids artwork and papers that we all post on our fridges.
To go with these I made some really quick gift card holders:
I used Neat & Tangled's Simple Christmas and On the Strip 2, mixed with some Hero Arts. I masked off the bottom and stamped the stripes. I then masked off the stripes stamped the house and masked that too and stamped the Hero Arts snowflakes in Silver then heat embossed them. Super fast.
This last one took a little longer but was so worth it. I started by cutting a 3.5 x 3.5 gift card out with my Silhouette. I stamped the Neat & Tangled wreath, pinecones and leaves. I also stamped the Avery Elle bow and covered it with Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents. It all came together fairly quickly.
Please stop by A Blog Named Hero to see what the other girls did....they are just so talented. We have some great prizes you can win too.