Monday, December 15, 2014

Vellum Goodie Bag

Hello Friends! I had a little time today to play with the December 2014 Simon Says Stamp Card Kit. This kit is a bit different from previous months. This one focuses on a theme: Embossing. It's chock full of goodies to make embossing fun, quick and easy. Take a look...

Two gorgeous full size Ranger embossing powders and a mini Distress Embossing ink cube, that smells like cinnamon and I hear that this size was created exclusively for Simon Says Stamp to use in this kit. Fun stuff!

When I first saw the picture, I knew exactly what I wanted to create with the kit; the contents just scream CELEBRATION to me! I decided to make a goodie bag...SURPRISE!

The kit included a piece of vellum, but it was not study enough for a bag, so I used card stock vellum from Papertrey Ink. I have to say, die cutting the vellum can be tricky. I have several that landed in the garbage. The vellum makes a sweet bag, though and I think they would be really pretty for a New Year's Eve party or change out the stamps and they would make lovely table favors for a wedding.

Lots of embossing here. I used the stamp set from the kit and also a 4th of July set from Lawn Fawn. I used the embossing ink included in the kit and after I added powder and melted it, the image kept lifting. Soooo, I grabbed my Versamark and everything was fine after that. I used the Liquid Platinum powder for this bag.

After everything was embossed, I assembled the bag and added sequins. Very sparkly, very festive, very fun! The bag is slightly see-thru. I'm not sure what I would put in here. But, I think I saw a New Year's Mix online somewhere... :)

Thanks for stopping by today!


stamp set, embossing powder and sequins are from the December 2014 Simon Says Stamp Card Kit.
stamp set: Happy 4th(Lawn Fawn)
card stock vellum(Papertrey Ink)
ink: Versamark(Tsukineko)
dies: Goodie Bag(Lawn Fawn)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Season's Greetings!

Hello Friends! I've got a really cute card to share today. I made it using supplies that were included in the November 2014 Simon Says Stamp card kit. I just love the Lawn Fawn papers in the kit and that is what my card showcases...

This was a SUPER quick and easy card to make. I let the patterned paper be the star of the show. I simply trimmed down this adorable paper and adhered it to my card base. I stamped the greeting with Versamark ink and embossed it with Early Espresso embossing powder. Then I added a few Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins. And to finish it off, I tied on a bit of Mistletoe Hemp Cord. I just love the little scene printed on this paper!

Then, I worked on the inside of the card.

I used Early Espresso ink and a stamp set from Papertrey Ink to stamp the message. Then I adhered a strip of coordinating patterned paper to tie the whole thing together.

*I am entering this card into the ANYTHING GOES challenge at Simon Says Stamp.*

And that was all there was to it! Cute, quick and simple! Thank you for stopping by today.


stamps, patterned paper and card stock are from the November 2014 Simon Says Stamp Card Kit.
ink: Versamark(Tsukineko)  Early Espresso(Stampin' Up!)
stamp set: (inside greeting) Holiday Greetings(Papertrey Ink)
bling: 4mm, 6mm Sparkling Clear Sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)
other: Mistletoe Lawn Trimmings Hemp Cord(Lawn Fawn)  Early Espresso embossing powder(Stampin' Up!)

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmas Blessings Goodie Bags

Hello Friends!  Well, you shouldn't be surprised to see these, so let's just get right to it! I posted two of the goodie bags HERE. And then I received an e-mail request for 12 of them! They are to be used as table favors for a Christmas Bunco. I was ALLLLL over that! I got busy right away and did a quick Google search for a Christmas Blessings mix and then it was game on!

Again, using the Lawn Fawn Goodie Bag die, made quick work of cutting my bag shape. I set everything up and just went at it assembly line style. I did the same steps for these as I did on the previous bags. But with these, I added the Christmas Blessings Mix poem onto the back.

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I came up with two versions. There are several out there online, but these two fit my needs.

Version One:
Bugles: Bring us the joyful message of the Heavenly Host, announcing peace on earth, good will to men. Pretzels: Symbol of a mother’s loving arms. Mary wrapped her Son in swaddling clothes and laid Him in the manger. Red Hots: Red berries that decorate the holly plant, a reminder of eternal life and Christ’s redemption. Peanuts: The promise of a future harvest, one we will reap only if seeds are planted and tended with diligence. Dried Fruit: Reminds us of the rich gifts brought by the Wise Men. M&M’s: Memories of those who came before us to guide us to a blessed future .
Candy Cane: The shepherd's crook brings back sheep strayed from the fold. It reminds us to reach out and help others. Hershey’s Kiss: The love of family and friends that sweetens our lives.

Version Two:
Bugles: To remind us of the angels we have heard on high. Pretzels: Arms folded in prayer, a freedom sought by those who founded our country. Red Hots: Symbols of holly berries that decorate our wreaths. Peanuts: To remind us to plant the seeds for peace on Earth. M&M’s: Memories of those who came before us to lead us into a blessed future. Candy Cane: The shepherd’s crook, reminds us to reach out and help others. Hershey’s Kiss: The love of family and friends that sweetens our lives.

I added a bit of sparkle and shine with a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen on the bow, a clear Stardust pen on the wreath and Xmas Red Stickles to create the "berries". Although, very faint here, you can get a glimpse of the tone on tone background stamping I did with Versamark ink. This creates interest without taking attention from the main image.

And that is all I have to share with you today. I still can't believe it's December already! But, ready or not, here comes CHRISTMAS!!

Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate the visit.


digital image: Pre-Colored Happy Holidays Wreath(MelJen's Designs)
stamp set: Be Joyful(Simon Says Stamp)
card stock: Pure Poppy(Papertrey Ink)  Real Red, Whisper White(Stampin' Up!) Candy Necklace(Bazzill)
specialty paper: Premium Presentation Paper Matte(Epson)
patterned paper: Snow Day 6x6 Petite Paper Pack(Lawn Fawn)
dies: Goodie Bag(Lawn Fawn)  Classic Circle, Scallop Circle Nestabilities(Spellbinders)
other: White embossing powder(Hero Arts)  Clear Wink of Stella Glitter brush(Zig)  Clearstar Gelly Roll pen(Sakura)  4x6 Cellophane Bags(Stampin' Up!) Xmas Red Stickles(Ranger)  "Joy" ribbon(Offray)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Little Heart Bandage Card

Hello Friends! I've got a quick little post here. A friend of mine had surgery on her wrist, so I whipped up a little something for her. Hopefully, this will brighten her day a bit.

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I tried the 4-bar size card this time. I like it! It's a bit smaller than A2 and I thought it was the perfect choice for this band aid card. I used a digital image from my beloved MelJen's Designs collection.       Just a side note, MelJen's has an all new website and a 50% off sale...go check it out! Back to the card...I printed the Little Heart Bandage onto white card stock and colored it with Spectrum Noir colored pencils and blended with gamsol. I added clear Wink of Stella to the heart. Then I fussy cut it out. I also printed the image onto another piece of white card stock and I die cut a panel using the Stitched Journaling card die from Lawn Fawn. I wanted to have the swirls, bitty hearts and dots, but I also wanted the card to have dimension, so after I colored in the bitty hearts, I adhered the band aid with foam tape. Then I added tiny twinkles and glossy accents.

I decided to create an envelope for my card, using the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board. I really like a coordinating envelope. It just makes me happy!

And that is it for me today. Thanks for stopping by!


digital image: Little Heart Bandage(MelJen's Designs)
card stock: Neenah Solar White(Simon Says Stamp)
patterned paper: In Color Designer Series Paper Pad(Stampin' Up!)
dies: Stitched Journaling Card(Lawn Fawn)
bling: Tiny Twinkles(Taylored Expressions)  Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush(Zig)  Clear Stardust glitter pen(Sakura)
other: Glossy Accents(Ranger)  colored pencils(Spectrum Noir)  gamsol(Inky Antics)  envelope punch board(WeRMemory Keepers)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Merry Christmas Goodie Bags

Hello Friends! Today, I'm sharing the goodie bags I created using products from the November 2014 Simon Says Stamp Card Kit. The kit this month has several sheets of Lawn Fawn's new Christmas patterned papers, which I was VERY pleased to see. I like the color palette, too, mostly traditional with a touch of teal. Very festive, indeed!

I decided I would make a few goodie bags and I visited an "old friend" for the pre-colored wreath digital image, MelJen's Designs. 

It is difficult to see here, but I used the star swirl stamp from the kit to cover the card stock. Then, I stamped and embossed the Merry Christmas greeting. I added strips of paper, from the kit and assembled the bags. I printed the wreath image onto Presentation Paper and die cut them. I accented the image with a glitter pen and added Clear Wink of Stella to the bow. Next, I die cut the scalloped pieces and adhered them together. The focal pieces are adhered to the bags with dimensional adhesive.

And that is it for me today. Thank you for stopping by!


stamps, card stock, patterned papers from the November 2014 Simon Says Stamp Card Kit
digital image: Pre-Colored Happy Holidays Wreath(MelJen's Designs)
specialty paper: Premium Presentation Paper Matte(Epson)
dies: Goodie Bag(Lawn Fawn)   
Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities(Spellbinders)
other: White embossing powder(Hero Arts)  Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush(Zig)  Clearstar Gelly Roll pen(Sakura) 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Happy Autumn Shaker Card

Hello Friends! My card share today was inspired by Kristina Werner and Shari Carroll. Both of them recently created cards with tags and Shari's was a shaker card. And that is what I decided to make.

Take a look...The picture is a little blown out, because I've inked the tag and it's not as stark as it's coming across on screen.

I started off by stamping my background on the card base. For this I used a combination of Versamark and Soft Suede inks. Then I inked the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress ink. Next, I worked on the tag. I pulled out my Coluzzle-remember that tool?-and cut the tag shape. Then I die cut the leaf shape. I added Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade and Peeled Paint Distress inks to the leaf and set it aside to dry. Using my Crop-a-dile, I punched a hole in the top of the tag and added the die cut reinforcement. Then, I stamped my greeting and dusted ink around the edges of the tag. I added a strip of patterned paper to the bottom of the tag for a little interest. It was looking really plain and I thought the pop of color was a good choice. And it was from the patterned paper, that I pulled my sequin colors. But, before I could add the sequins, I had to do a little side task...

The foam squares could be seen from the front of the card. That's a no, no! So, I used a brown marker to color the exposed white tape and that made it disappear. I was a happy camper! Now, it was time to add the sequins. I love making shaker cards, they are so much fun! I loaded this one up with lots of colorful sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. After the sequins were secured. I adhered the die cut leaf to the back, so it would show thru the die cut leaf window.

And finally, I adhered the tag onto the card base with Pop Dots. I tied on a Linen Thread bow and added more sequins to the tag. I honestly was not planning on doing this, as this card is being given to a man, but, I was not tidy in cleaning up my Distress ink on my craft sheet and I got random ink spots on the tag. Ugh! And rather than pitching the whole thing and starting over, I decided to embellish!

Next, I moved on to the inside of the card...

I used more of the patterned paper and random stamped some leaves, too. And although, the camera doesn't show it, the edges of the vanilla card stock have been inked.

And that was the card for today! I hope you liked it and maybe got inspired to try a shaker card.

Have a great weekend!


stamp sets: Fall Foliage(Stampin' Up!)  Happy Autumn sentiment-Mailbox Greetings, inside greeting-Heartfelt Basics(Papertrey Ink)
card stock: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla(Stampin' Up!)
patterned paper: Grateful Heart 6x6 pack(GinaK Designs)
ink: Versamark(Tuskineko)  Soft Suede(Stampin' Up!) Gathered Twigs, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint Distress Ink(Ranger)
dies: Stitched Leaves, reinforcement on tag-Stitched Journaling die(Lawn Fawn)
bling: Sand, Mossy Green, Espresso, Pumpkin, Marigold, Raspberry, Sparkling Clear, Gold Star sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)
other: Linen Thread(Stampin' Up!)  Coluzzle Shape for tag

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Petite Christmas Purses

Hello Friends! I took a little break from my Goodie Bag die, but I still made a bag of sorts. This time I used the Petite Purse die from Stampin' Up! These sweet little purses will be used to hold a small gift and to serve as table favors at a Christmas Tea next month. I think the ladies will like them!

I created these assembly line style, so I could crank them out quickly. For some reason, the vanilla purses gave me FITS. The red card stock was fine, but not that vanilla! Yikes! This project involved lots of die cutting, lots of punching, lots of gluing and lots of patience!

After die cutting the bags, I die cut more card stock to use as front panels and I also die cut the patterned papers. I embossed the front panels to add a bit of texture and I inked around the edges. I also embossed the handles of each purse. After I assembled the bags, I added the floral embellishment to finish them off.

That's it for me today. Thanks for stopping by!


supplies ~ All supplies are from Stampin' Up! others are noted
card stock: Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green
patterned paper: Be of Good Cheer-retired
ink: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake
punches: Boho Blossoms, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack
dies: Petite Purse BigzL
bling: Rhinestone Brads
other: Vintage brads  Textile embossing folder(Provo Craft)