• Challenges,  Handmade Cards,  Kits

    Snow Much SSS January Card Kit Part 1

    Well the horrible flu right at the holiday season kept me from finishing my Christmas series but I am back with a 4 cards from the Simon Says Stamp January Card Kit! One of my new years resolutions is to just get into my craft room and “Do it!” ha ha! So that’s what I’ve been doing. My son is starting to get more curious about it so that helps a lot. Follow me on Instagram to get card updates faster… @stampingmommy

    These first two cards were made using the always fun wobblers. I haven’t used them before and have been wanting to for awhile. So here are my first two of many more because they are so much fun! Both images were stamped with Gina K Amalgam Ink and colored in with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. Then I fussy cut them out. I used Bristol Smooth cardstock for the background and used the Zig Markers again to create of fun watercolor design. On the penquin I just used water but on the snowman I decided to mix it up with the Wink of Stella glitter pen. It works really well with the Zigs! I also added it to some of the snowman to tie him in to it.

    The sentiment is from the stamp set in the kit and was stamped on both in Versafine onyx ink (LOVE for sentiments). Then the penguin was added to an Island Blue card base and embellished with Studio Katia clear drops. The snowman was added to a Soft Navy card base with Wink of Stella around the edges for embellishment as well as some hearts from the kit. Both characters were placed on a wobbler and added last. It fit perfect on the penquin but I did have to trim it for the snowman. I love playing with these cards and watching them jump around. Visit my Instagram @stampingmommy to see it in action!

    This next card was made with the precious little ice skater die from the kit. I die cut her from Soft Navy cardstock and covered her with Wink of Stella. I also die cut some snowflakes the same. The card was made with an SU! frame card (purchased a LONG time ago). I put acetate over the window and put lots of foam tape on the back. Before placing the patterned paper (from the kit) I put white and blue sequin in the hole I’d created. A few snowflakes stamped around the edge with Archival Cobalt Blue, a sentiment stamped on a Soft Navy strip embossed in white and all of it added to a 110 lb card base with the edges inked in the Cobalt Blue finished this card off.

    I think monochromatic cards can be a lot of fun to make and allow you to focus on the details.

    Fourth card today is a slider card! These can be tricky and fun to make. I decided to go a little more Valentines Day inspired with it.

    The background was ink blended with Distress Oxide Ink in Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry and Festive Berries. I sprinkled some water on top to give dimension. After stamping the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Ink I stamped a few snowflakes with the Festive Berries. The hillside was created with Lawn Fawn Hillside border dies. I chose a slider die to match the hillside slope and die cut it saving the back piece to glue to the card base.

    The penquin was stamped with Gina K Amalgam Ink and colored in with Copic markers. After cutting it out I added Glossy accents to his nose and skates. Finally I put him on a penny with foam tape through the hole and foam taped the entire panel on a 110 lb card base. Feeling like it needed a smidge more I added Nuvo drops to the sky too. Love me some Nuvo drops!

    I also created a fun envelope to go with this card!

    I’ve already started on the cards for Part 2 and since I’m having so much fun with this set there may even be a Part 3 in the future! Leave me a comment and let me know your favorite.

    Hope you have a wonderful and blessed day!

  • General

    Christmas #6: Simon Says Stamp Kits

    Snowflakes are one of the most beautiful things! It’s amazing how they look under a microscope as how no two are alike!

    I started this card planning to use just the Comfort and Joy stamp set from the Simon Says Stamp Holiday Card Kit but it ended up using all three of their Christmas kits! I wanted to make it using a simple design I used with the Beautiful Flowers set.

    As I started placing snowflakes I decided no two should be the same so I pulled more snowflakes from the Holiday Cheer set and Peaceful Christmas set. I sprinkled them around the left side and bottom with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Gold Glory embossing powder.

    The sentiment was then supposed to be heat embossed in the upper right corner. However, with this card it got lost so I decided to mat it on gold paper and adhere.

    I really liked how the gold looked on the green!

    I hope you enjoy this quick, simple but elegant Christmas card!

  • General

    Christmas #5: Holiday Cheer Kit Cards with Stickers

    Quick post! I made two cards with the stickers from the Simon Says Stamp December Card Kit.

    First card has pattern paper from the kit as the background with a white snow slope cut from Lawn Fawn Hillside die. I chose three stickers from the kit and placed on the snow.

    As a finishing touch I added lots of Nuvo glitter drops in Blizzard around the stickers, top of hill and dots in the sky. Merry Christmas from the set was stamped in Distress Oxide Candied Apple.

    This next card used the patterned paper again with a piece of vanilla cardstock. I placed the banner stickers on the top panel and simply added some of the red Vintage Nuvo drops included in the kit.

    I hope you enjoyed these cards. They were simple to throw together which is nice with all the hustle bustle of the Holidays!

    Have a wonderful day!

  • General

    Christmas #4: Alcohol Ink Panels

    I’m really loving these two cards for today! They turned out so pretty and were so easy to make. I used the blueish green panel I made over a month ago with alcohol inks and red foil. I then cut it to an A2 size and then into two pieces. I trimmed 1/4 inch off one side of each.

    For both cards I popped the panel up with foam tape onto a Simon Says Stamp Peacock cardstock. Then I die cut Merry and snowflakes from Stampin’ Up! Real Red cardstock. The Christmas sentiment is from the SSS Holiday Cheer stamp set and is stamped in Versafine Black Onyx (my favorite black for sentiments).

    This card uses Simon Says Stamp’s Rina snowflake.

    And this one uses the retired Ashlynn snowflake.

    I hope you enjoyed these cards! It’s made me ready to make more alcohol ink panels!

    Have a merry day!

  • General

    Christmas #3: Holiday Cheer Kit Tags

    Here for a very quick post. I needed 5 tags for kids and thought the Carte Bella stickers in the Simon Says Stamp Dec Card Kit were perfect! They aren’t as fancy as I normally would do but thought they’d be cute for kids!

    In addition to the stickers, I also used the paper from the kit, red Stickles, Woodland green Nuvo Drops and the to/from out of the Peaceful Christmas stamp set.

    I’ll be doing a few cards with this kit soon too. It has such cute images and paper!

    Have a Jolly day!

  • Handmade Cards

    Christmas #2: Hero Arts Stacked Snowflakes

    Welcome back! For day 2 I was inspired by a card the wonderful Kristina Werner made with Hero Arts’ Stacked Snowflake set during her Christmas card series this year. I loved her simple design and use of non traditional Christmas colors.

    I chose three colors Costal Cabana from SU!, Pale Tomato and Soft Vanilla from Hero Arts. Then on a Neenah Solar White panel I stamped three snowflakes from large, medium and small in a stack three times. The sentiment is from the set and also in Costal Cabana.

    This panel was then layered with fun foam on a white card base that I stamped several times with one of the smaller snowflakes in the set in Costal Cabana. For a simple final touch I used Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops for a drop in each snowflake and lined the entire panel.

    Here is a link to Kristina’s card http://www.kwernerdesign.com/blog/holiday-card-series-2018-day-8-colorful-stacking-snowflakes/ It is simply beautiful!

    Let me know what you think of my twist! I’ll see you tomorrow for Day 3!

    Have a blessed day!

    Nina

  • Handmade Cards

    Christmas #1: Hello Bluebird’s Frosty Friends

    It seems everyone is doing some sort of days of Christmas.  I’ve decided to do a 10 Days of Christmas up to Christmas Eve.  I will be out of town a few days and won’t get posts up those days.  Come back often to see all 10 cards or tags!

    First card is made from Hello Bluebird’s Frosty Friends.  I’ve just recently learned about the company Hello Bluebird Stamps and I just love their images!  They are so cute and fun.

    I used Copics and Spectrum Noir markers to color each little friend.  Then I fussy cut them out.  My cutting skills aren’t great currently due to a sore thumb but hopefully getting the Scan N Cut from Santa, fingers crossed!  I used a white gel pen to brighten up some of the white areas and add a few highlights and details.  The sky was also created with Spectrum Noir markers with TB7,6 and 5 and the snowflakes from the set stamped with Hero Arts Unicorn Ink.

    The snow bank was die cut with a Lawn Fawn hillside die out of white glitter cardstock and glued to the blue colored panel.  Then I die cut the entire background from Simon Says Stamp Inside/Outside Stitched Rectangle die.  Finally I stamped the sentiment from SSS Tiny Christmas set and backed it on a piece of white paper I colored with one of the same red markers I used on the Friends.  It is popped up on foam tape as well as the snowman and present.  The rest are adhered with Gina K Connect Glue.

    I hope you enjoy this card!  Please let me know if you have any questions!

    Have a wonderful, blessed day!

  • General

    Thanks and Leaves SSS November 2018 Card Kit Part 1

    Like promised, here I am two days in a row.  Yay, I’m getting a good rhythm going.  This post says Part 1 like most of my posts, however, the Part 2 will not be posted until the Spring!  I definitely feel the leaves are also beautiful in the Spring and we should always be grateful.  I’m already thinking of some great things to do with this kit for that season…and I mean those butterflies, come on they scream Spring to me!

    My first card for this set is a gold on kraft.

    This card was really fun to make.  I saw a technique that Dawn from wPlus9 did with snowflakes and embossing powder and loved how it looked.  I decided to try it with the leaves in this set.  I stamped and embossed all the leaves all over my Neenah Desert Storm panel in Gold Glory Embossing powder from SU!  Then I sprinkled the embossing powder all over the panel.  Since it doesn’t have anything to stick to I put the heat gun on the bottom until the loose powder started to melt.  Then I was able to move the heat gun on top to finish embossing them.  Some powder did blow off when I went to the top but I simply added more and started back at the back.

    Here is a close up of the panel.

    Finally I heat embossed the sentiment and two leaves in the same Gold Glory on vellum.  I carefully put Gina K’s Connect Glue on parts of the sentiment and leaves that would not show up on the other side to adhere.

    Again, this next card was fun to make.  I stamped all the different leaves in different Distress Oxide colors: Peeled Paint, Fired Brick, Vintage Photo, Wild Honey, and Fossilized Amber.  Then I sponged the background with the Vintage Photo and Sprayed water on the entire surface.  After just a moment, I dabbed up any water drops still on the paper.  Then I used a gold Sharpie to add dots in the areas that need a little more.

    For the sentiment I embossed it with Gold Glory embossing powder.  I did not want to cover up too much of the background.  Then I added a metal butterfly that came in the set.  The butterflies come in an antique silver color but I needed it to be gold.  So I dropped Gold Mixative Alcohol ink on it and used a dauber with felt to cover the entire butterfly.  After letting it dry it’s a nice looking antique gold.  I could have put more layers of the alcohol ink if I wanted a more solid gold look.

    Finally, I placed the panel on fun foam and glued it to a Orange Peel Card Base.

    For this third card I used another technique I saw with snowflakes.  What can I say, I’m a little behind and still working with leaves.  Nichol Spohr made a couple cards where she layered embossed snowflakes in different embossing powders.  I chose Wow Copper, SU! Gold Glory and SU! Clear detail for my embossing.  First however, I blended Vintage Photo oxide and Walnut Stain oxide on the Neenah Solar White panel to make a panel that was darker on the edges and lighter in the middle.  Remember Distress Oxides ink take longer to dry since they have the pigment ink properties so I had to wait awhile for this to dry in order to do the embossing.

    I embossed the sentiment first in copper and then stamped a few leaves around the edges in copper.  Next was clear and then gold.  Each time I stamped, powdered and heat before doing the next layer.  Most overlapped fine except the gold on top of the clear; the gold wanted to bleed into the clear a little.  Finally I added fun foam to the back and mounted on a white 100 lb. card base.  Then I felt it needed a little more so I used Nuvo copper drops to sprinkle some dots around the leaves.

    I just LOVE the snarky comments in the Tim Holtz snarky sentiment strips included with the kit so I had to make a card with them.  It was a little challenging to figure out how to use them so I decided to make them the main element of the card.

    I made a lovely background with the leaves and distress ink (Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Fossilized Amber, Walnut Stain and Dusty Concord).  Then I sprayed water on it and blotted up the extra to give it a little more interest.  The sentiments were stuck to coordinating cardstock strips and glued to the card.  Finally I added it to a Tangerine Tango card base and put some gold sequins around the background.

    You have to choose your recipients carefully with these sentiments, lol!

    Well, I think I feel more ready for Thanksgiving now with these wonderful cards to give to family!

    I hope everyone has a wonderfully Happy Thanksgiving!

     

  • Kits

    Sketched Flowers SSS October 2018 Card Kit Part 2

    I can’t believe Thanksgiving is just around the corner!  I’m not ready yet, lol!

    I have three more cards from the Simon Says Stamp October card kit.  For these I featured the rest of the products.

    This first card is stamped and embossed with black embossing powder on Strathmore watercolor paper.  I smooshed distress inks on my Tonic glass mat and watercolored the flowers and leaves.  I used Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Aged Mahogany, Dusty Concord, Rusty Hinge and Wild Honey.  When finished I used a couple of the colors to make small splatters all over the card.  Then when it was dry I put Wink of Stella all over the flowers and leaves.  The sentiment is stamped on vellum with Versamark and embossed in SU! Old Fashioned Olive (I have had this powder for a good 15+ years!).

    Finally I put it all together on a SU! Eggplant Envy cardstock base and added a sprinkle of black enamel dots.

     

    This second card started out similar to the first but I embossed with Wow Copper embossing powder.  Then to mix it up I decided to use Distress Oxides to do a messy watercolor.  This is my first time doing messy watercolor like this.  I did find it a bit challenging to “color outside of the lines” as many do but I really enjoyed the process and how it came out.  The colors I used were Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo and Fossilized Amber.  Then I splattered a few of the colors as before but made larger splatters for this messier look.  The hello is from the stamp set and is embossed with Copper also.

    The panel is die cut from a wonky rectangle die and glued to a light blue card base.  For added bling (gotta have the bling right?) I placed a few iridescent sequins around the flowers.

     

    The last card from this kit (for now anyway, this kit and stamp set are beautiful and will see many more cards) was what happens when things go wrong.  This was my first attempt at foiling on the toner prints included with the kit.  I cut up three colors and placed them carefully on different elements to get different colors.  Then I ran it through my laminator.  It worked but…there was one problem.  Word of advice, don’t use foil that you first used on alcohol ink on white paper!  One of the leaves had turquoise on it and some of the white around the card did too.  So I had to switch to plan B.

    It wasn’t exactly what I was going for but it works!  I cut each element out and had to toss the one leaf that was unsalvageable.  I placed the sentiment on a gold paper cut from SSS stitched rectangle die and placed that on another stitched rectangle in white.  The card base is also white but I used a gold ink around the edge to give it more pop.  It does look better in person with the sparkling foil!

    Over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog the Wednesday Challenge is All that Glitters is Gold.  I’ll be entering the above card as well as a sneak peek for tomorrow’s post.  Yes, I will post again tomorrow because I have finally been able to work on Fall cards and kits!

    It’s made with the Thanks and Leaves stamp set from the SSS November card kit.  Again it looks better in person…it’s so hard to capture the beautiful shine in pictures unfortunately.  See you tomorrow for more detail on how I made this card and more cards from the November kit.

    Check out the challenge over on the blog.  All the gold cards posted are just beautiful!

     I hope you have a Blessed day and if I don’t see you tomorrow, a Wonderful Thanksgiving!

  • General

    Sketched Flowers SSS October 2018 Card Kit Part 1

    I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed the extra hour of sleep (or for us parents of young kids the extra hour of play)!

    I’ve finally been able to play with the Sketched Flowers kit this weekend!  I have been dying to do the alcohol inks with foil technique so that is the focus of this first part.  I used all three Yupo papers that came in the kit and made a variety of art.

    This first panel was created with all three alcohol inks that came in the kit: Stream, Sunset Orange and Sunshine Yellow.  I used a straw to blow them around some and added Blender Solution too.  Then I waited about 2 minutes for it to dry some and used the holographic orange Gina K foil from the kit.  It stuck nicely to the sticky areas and created such a beautiful effect!  My first thought was I see pumpkins!!

    For this second panel I used the same orange and yellow but also used Raisin from my stash to create a fall feel.  I was having trouble with the dark red overpowering the others and puddling in areas.   I like how it came out in the end though with lots of fixing and adding.

    Finally I wanted to do a Christmas color panel since we are almost to that season.   I used the Stream ink with Pistachio and Patina to create a mix of blue-greens.  I didn’t want it to be the typical red and green.  Then I added the red foil from the kit after letting it dry for a couple minutes.  I like how this one came out and love the color combo.

    These first two cards were made from the first panel. I wanted to challenge myself with making two similar cards from pieces of the panel. Both have the Big Thanks die from Simon Says Stamp and a small sentiment from it’s matching stamp set. They were also both made with the Peacock cardstock included in the kit, Crushed Curry from SU! and SSS black.

    For this card I added vellum behind the Thanks and stamped the leaves from Sketched Flowers with Versamark.

    And for this card I decided to try foiling a die cut with Stick It. It worked pretty good. I also added orange Distress Stickles.

    Final card today was with the non foiled panel. I tried the Alcohol Lift Ink included with the kit for the first time. I realized the parts of the dark red that dried puddled does not work well with the lift ink. I still love this card though cause those colors are so gorgeous. I used Wow copper embossing powder for the sentiment and copper Nuvo drops. The card base is Crushed Curry from SU!

    I’ll be making more cards in the next few days from this set. I’m excited to use this beautiful stamp set some more!

    Hope you all have a blessed day!