Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Kit Giveaway

Hello Friends! It's no secret that I have been enjoying the kits that I receive each month from Simon Says Stamp. Well, did you know that each month, several kits are up for grabs, for FREE? YES! Different designers feature the kit and then they host a kit giveaway. This month's kit is a-dorable! I know I say that every month. But, just take a look...


It's loaded with goodies! Patterned papers, card stock, stickers, washi tape, an exclusive stamp set, those cool wooden dots and a mini Distress Ink cube. Now here's the fun part. Click on this link HERE, to be entered into the Giveaway, hosted by Kristina Werner. When you get there, you can see a card and video that Kristina created with the stamp set. It's really cute. And you can also enter the giveaway. The winner is chosen at random...could be YOU!

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Gotta Love that Sandy Allnock!

Hello Friends! Happy Sunday! I wanted to share something fun with you. A few weeks ago, sweet Sandy Allnock the very same one from Operation Write Home, who also happens to be an AMAZING Copic colorist, posted on Instagram that she wanted to do a color-match with ethnic skin tones. I posted my picture and lookie, lookie!

Isn't that cool?! There are many more examples on her Gimme Some Skin post. Sandy searched for images that looked like each pic and then made her samples. And guess what? Each of the people that she selected to color match, will receive the image that Sandy colored to match them! The image she used for me is called Love Letters. She's a digi from Saturated Canary. I just love how this turned out and I look forward to receiving my color matched image. Just in case you're interested...these are the Copic colors Sandy used on this image: E00 E33 V93 R11 R000 If you've ever had a challenge, like I have, with ethnic skin tones, you have to check out Sandy's post, because all of the other color combos are listed there, as well.

That's it for me today. I hope you are enjoying your weekend!


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Birthday Sparkles

Hello Friends! I'm popping in today with another card I created with the August 2014 Simon Says Stamp Card Kit.

When I first saw this ice cream stamp, I knew I wanted to glitter it up. I stamped the images and then colored them with a combination of Spectrum Noir and Prisma colored pencils. I blended the colors out using gamesol and a blending stump. Then, I fussy cut all of the pieces and added glitter. While those were drying, I worked on my focal background. I loved the little dots in the patterned paper, so I decided to replicate them on the focal. I used the single dot stamp from SSS Sending Happy Thoughts stamp set, which was included in last month's card kit. Next, I punched the border, then added a strip of orange behind it. I stamped the greeting, punched it out and matted it onto a circle that I die cut with Circle Nestabilities. I adhered the ice cream and the greeting onto the focal and then added lots of Pretty Pink Posh sequins. And to finish it off, I added the little cherry that I colored and coated with Glossy Accents. And that was it!

**I am also entering this card in a few challenges**
Simon Says Stamp has the SUMMER challenge
Sister Act Card Challenge blog has ANYTHING GOES
Brown Sugar Challenge blog has ANYTHING GOES

Thanks for visiting today! I hope you are staying cool in your neck of the woods. Yesterday we hit 112 degrees here. I was NOT a happy camper!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


stamps, card stock and patterned paper from the August 2014 Simon Says Stamp Kit.
stamp: little dot-Sending Happy Thoughts(Simon Says Stamp)
ink: Audrey Blue, Doll Pink, Orange Peel(Simon Says Stamp)  Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade(Stampin' Up!)
dies: Classic Circle Nestabilities(Spellbinders)
punches: 1 inch Scalloped Circle(Martha Stewart Crafts)  Dotted Scallop Border(EK Success)
bling: 4mm Pink Peonies, 4mm Marigold, 4mm Sparkling Clear, 6mm Tangerine sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)
glitter: Lemon Drop, Orange Sorbet, Pink Tourmaline(Martha Stewart Crafts)
colored pencils: Essentials(Spectrum Noir)  Red(Prisma Color)
other: Glossy Accents, Multi-Medium Matte(Ranger)

Friday, August 1, 2014

Summer Dreams

Hello Friends! Happy August! I love seeing that month, because that tells me that Autumn is on the way. If you've been following my blog, you'll know that I am not a fan of Summer..just too hot for me. Sooo...this month's Simon Says Stamp kit, Summer Dreams is perfect for chasing away my Summertime blues. It features a stamp set that is loaded with frosty treats and cool sentiments. Just take a look!

I love the bright colors and the fun patterned papers. And that stamp set, designed by Kristina Werner, is sooo darling. She even included little smiling faces that can be added to the treats. So cute!

The card I'm sharing today was inspired by this card HERE. I just love the patterned paper and the way the watercolored ice cream looked. I knew I wanted to create a version of my own...

First, I die cut a tag from watercolor paper, which was included in the kit, using the Lawn Fawn Tag You're It die. Then, I stamped the image with Versamark ink and I embossed it with gold embossing powder. Next, using the two Distress markers that came with the kit, I watercolored the image. I used a Wild Honey Distress marker for the stick. To finish my tag, I stamped the greeting using Audrey Blue ink and tied on some Baker's Twine. I adhered the tag onto the patterned paper with dimensional adhesive and added a few Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Sparkling Clear sequins to finish off the card.

*I am entering my card into a few challenges*

That's all I have to share today. I hope you have an amazing weekend! Thanks for stopping by.


stamps, card stock, and patterned papers are from the August 2014 Simon Says Stamp Kit.
card stock: 100lb white(Neenah)
ink: Audrey Blue(Simon Says Stamp)
dies: Tag You're It(Lawn Fawn)
bling: 4mm Sparkling Clear sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)
other: Enchanted Gold embossing powder(Ranger)  Caribbean Baker's Twine(The Twinery)  Wild Honey Distress Marker(Ranger)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Two Clean and Really Simple Cards

Well hello Friends! It's a been awhile since I've posted, I am enjoying a little break. But, I wanted to pop in today and share a few more cards I created with the July Simon Says Stamp Card Kit. The request was for "two cards with not a lot of dimension, something easy to mail, one for him and one for her." Here is what I came up with.

For Her...

Really CAS, yes? I told you! I used white embossing powder on the sentiment to add a little interest. The hearts and dots were stamped with Versamark ink. Sometimes, I forget that Versamark is a watermark ink that creates lovely stamped images on colored card stock. I added the little flag up top and adorned it with a heart that I die cut several times and layered for a smidge of dimension. Sparkling Clear 4mm sequins from Pretty Pink Posh finished off the card.

For Him...

For this one, I used Liquid Platinum embossing powder. Jennifer McGuire raved about it so much, I had to get some. It's very nice. Not the typical shiny silver, but more of a muted, almost antiqued silver...very lovely. And then, everything else is pretty much the same as the first card. I used the Wink of Stella glitter brush on the hearts on both cards to add my signature sparkle. :)

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


stamp set, card stock and patterned papers are from the July 2014 SSS card kit. Others are noted.
cardstock: Strawberry Slush, Night of Navy, Real Red(Stampin' Up!)
ink: Versamark(Tsukineko)
dies: Hearts(Lawn Fawn)
bling: Sparkling Clear 4mm sequins(Pretty Pink Posh) Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush(Zig)
other: White embossing powder(Hero Arts)  Liquid Platinum embossing powder(Ranger)

Saturday, July 12, 2014


Hello Friends! I tried something new again. Earlier this year, I picked up a copy of  Papercrafts Card Creations for Him magazine. I was in need of a birthday card for a male friend, who is into robots and technology. While thumbing through the magazine something caught my eye. Now, I don't usually go for this type of thing, but, this guy is pretty  special, so I thought I would give it a go.

Don't laugh...here is the card I created...

I used the pattern that I downloaded from the Papercrafts website. I printed all the various pieces onto card stock and fussy cut them out. Then I simply adhered them according to the picture. I pulled out some old alpha stickers from my scrapbook supplies to create the greeting. Then I added some ginormus brads to balance things out a bit. It doesn't show well in the picture, but Mr. Robot there, has a few sparkles...I used silver card stock on some of this parts and I also added Glossy Accents to a few of his buttons.  I have to admit it was a lot of fun making this card. Would I do it again? No. But, it was fun that one time!

For the inside of the card, I printed the binary code for Happy Birthday onto white card stock and then cut it down to fit inside the card. Impressed that I know binary code? Ha! Don't be...I Googled it!

That's it for me today! I hope you are enjoying your weekend. Is it Autumn yet?


card stock: Basic Gray, Lucky Limeade, Not Quite Navy, Smoky Slate, Real Red, Brushed Silver(Stampin' Up!)  Neenah White
stamp set: Happy Birthday(Close to My Heart)  Cogs and Gears(Club Scrap)
ink: Metallic Blue(Encore!)
other: brads(Hot Off the Press)  alphas from my stash

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sending Happy Thoughts...

Hello Friends! Surprise! I've got another card to share using the goodies from the July Simon Says Stamp kit. LoL! I figured since it was already out on my work space, I might as well keep going with it. The patterned papers in this kit are fantastic. Even though the kit is sold out, the pieces can be purchased individually. The Sending Happy Thoughts stamp set works beautifully with the Pink Paislee Pen Pals collection.

Here's the card I created for today's share...

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Aren't those little envelopes the cutest?! I decided to showcase some of the patterned papers and just stamped on a bunch of them. I cut the envelopes out and mounted them with foam tape. As I did with my previous card, I paired the scripty greeting with the smaller type-set words...so cute! I am really liking the look of stamping on patterned paper,too. It adds interest without the bulk of extra layers.

I was feeling extra creative and decided to use another one of the sentiments to decorate the backside of an envelope.

And that is it for today...Thanks for the visit!


stamps, card stock, patterned papers, ink from the July 2014 Simon Says Stamp Card Kit
ink: Outdoor Denim(Close to My Heart)
bling: Clear Wink of Stella(Zig)
other: kraft envelope(Stampin' Up!)