Monthly Archives: July 2014

Simon Says Stamp August Card Kit #5

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Here’s another August Card Kit card this time using the other half of the dies I used in my previous card.  I inlayed them into the card this time to make a fairly flat card.  Love that look, don’t you?  The cone is watercolored with distress ink and I embossed the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink and clear powder.

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Pile it on: Embossing

Artbymiran: Anything goes

 

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Try Stampin’ on Tuesday Sketch Challenge #96

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It’s time for the Try Stampin’ on Tuesday’s Sketch Challenge and my Design Team inspiration for the challenge.  I love this digital image by Kenny K  which I colored with copics.  This image is just perfect for this TSOT Sketch 96.  This summers theme is do what makes you happy.  The design paper is from Bazzill “Dino-mite” collection with a Paper Smooches Sentiment.  Hope you will stop by the challenge and leave us some of your inspiration!

 

Lawn Fawn Watercolor

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Here is a card made for the Lawn Fawn Watercolor challenge this week. I used the card stock and design paper from the Simon Says Stamp August Card Kit and the stamp set from Lawn Fawn called “Blue Skies”.  The technique is from the Online Card Classes “A Cut Above”, one of the only classes I hadn’t already taken, but purchased this past weekend while on sale.  Lots of good techniques for dies.  I watercolored the balloons and clouds with Distress Ink and a water brush.  The images are all embossed with clear powder over Black Versafine ink.

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Lawn Fawn Watercolor Challenge

 

Simon Says Stamp August Kit – Card 3

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Card three is based on Operation Write Home’s Card Sketch #235.  I also did some stamp alteration again for this card.  I wanted to make this a love card and not an ice cream one, so instead of cutting up my stamp, I used scotch tape to selectively block off words on the stamp allowing me to ink it up, then pull off the tape and only stamp the words I wanted.   The background was embossed with the new Tim Holtz texture fade called “waves and bubbles”.

Simon Says Stamp: Emboss It

Operation Write Home Sketch 235

Simon Says Stamp August Kit – Card #2

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Here is card two for August Simon Says Stamp kit using Seize the Sketch #25.  I used the watercolor paper in the kit to stamp the ice cream images with black versafine, embossed it with clear powder, then colored with distress markers and inks.  I did cut apart the stamped sentiment and left off the last few words “and that’s a lot”, as it just didn’t fit my card.

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Simon Says Stamp – Emboss it

Seize the Sketch

New Design Team Announcement for Send a Smile 4 Kids!

I’m absolutely thrilled to announce my addition as a new Design Team Member to the Send a Smile 4 Kids Design Team!  WooHoo.  This is a fantastic group of ladies, lead by Karen Hasheck.  Some reasons I love this site is it is both a challenge blog as well as a card donation program that sends cards to kids (from 1 to 19) who are hospitalized.  I’d love for you to drop by the site and check out the way to donate some of your extra cards to cheer up some hospitalized kids and teens.  For directions on how to donate, please visit SAS4kids site.

In celebration, I’ve prepared a card that would be a great example of the type of cards Send a Smile 4 Kids is looking for.  The stamps are from the new Mama Elephant set called “In My Heart”, which I colored using Copic Markers.  If you look closely at the white circles, I used one of my dies to create an embossed image using a die cut.  To do that, you simply put a silicone matt in your cutting sandwich and instead of cutting, you will emboss.  I do make sure my die is facing upward so that less pressure is created.  The papers and envelope for this card is from the July Simon Says Stamp kit.  I look forward to bringing you all some fun inspiration that will cheer up the hearts and minds of those children who are currently hospitalized.

 

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My first Design Team Challenge will be up on August 2, 2014, so I really hope you will join me then and support Send a Smile 4 Kids!

Simon Says Stamp August Card Kit #1

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Here is my first August Simon Says Stamp Card Kit card.  I used a technique from Online Card Classes, called Layered Window.  If you haven’t taken an Online Card Class from Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner, check it out.  This weekend all classes are $5.00 off and they are really reasonable without the discount.  I have taken all of them and have to say I have never been disappointed.

For my card, I used watercolor paper and embossed the ice cream with white, then colored with distress markers and inks in Squeezed Lemonade, scattered straw, and spiced marmalade. I also embossed the sentiment from the kit and put a heart on the sentiment, which is one of the dies from the kit.

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Simon Says Stamp: Emboss It

Witchy Poo Pumpkin

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I had originally made this halloween card for a design team project that called for pumpkins, however, realized the post was going up after halloween, so couldn’t use it.  No worries, it will just find a nice home either with Operation Write Home, or Send a Smile 4 Kids, both great card donation programs I work with.

I am sad to say I don’t know exactly who to credit the image to.  I think it’s a Pure Innocence, but not really sure.  If you know, please leave me a comment so I can amend my post. I colored her with Copic Markers. The cool bats are from Paper Smooches and the small stars on her outfit and the larger stars in the background are from Simon Says Stamps set called “Lots of Stars”.  I embossed the sentiment using versafine black ink and clear powder. Paper is from my stash from K & Company that my dear friend Lynn sent me last year (or was it the year before……Man I’m getting old).

Last, I just got my Simon Says Stamp July Kit, so hold on to your hat because I have a free weekend and a new card kit box and you know what that means……..

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Simon Says Stamp: Emboss It

French Pastry Inspiration 2

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Here is the 2nd card made using the same technique as my last card, embossing and watercolor wash.   The burst stamp is Simon Says Stamp from a card kit and the sentiment is Avery Elle. I put some pearls and braided ribbon from my stash and called it a card.

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Fusion Card Challenge

French Pastry Inspiration

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Todays card was inspired both by the Fusion Sketch and the French Pastry theme offered on the Fusion Card Challenge.  I began by embossing watercolor paper with white powder, getting it really wet with plain wanter, than applying some of the new FW Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic  mixed with water on my craft sheet to make a nice background wash.  The stamp is from My Favorite Things, called “Romantic”.  The other stamps are from Alte New “Henna Elements”, stamped with black versafine and clear embossing powder. The scallop border is Lawn Fawn.

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Fusion Card Challenge 

Simon Says Stamp: Emboss It

Love to Scrap: Pink & Green Dual

 

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