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    Snow Much SSS January Card Kit Part 2

    The theme of this set of cards from the Simon Says Stamp January Card Kit is patterned paper! I love patterned paper, almost to the point that I don’t use it enough because it’s so pretty. I know you know what I mean! Especially the front and back ones. I mean come on, how can you decided between the two?!

    So for these cards I specifically made them with the patterned paper in mind (and which patterns I’d lose, boo hoo). They were so pretty it was fun making the cards!

    A couple of the papers had these fun sentiments that I used as my focal and jumping off point.

    This card brought in some Valentine feel with the heart and color scheme but the love in this card is all about the hot chocolate! In addition to the kits contents I stamped the mug from the SSS stamp set Choose Happy all over some Neenah white cardstock in Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink. Then I added some dots with a fine point red pen. The heart is made from SSS Schoolhouse Red and die cut using Hero Arts Infinity Hearts die. The dash lines are made with a white gel pen and some red sequin was added for bling.

    I loved creating the background on this card. So much so I wish I had made duplicates! I used the snowflakes and heart stamps from the Snow Much stamp set and white heat embossed them all over a panel of Island Blue cardstock. Then I took a white gel pen and added dots to fill in where needed. Again the fox is from the patterned paper and I layered it on a piece of Neenah white cardstock with fun foam underneath for dimension. For additional detail I took the white gel pen and added snow flake dots and patterns in the ice. The whole thing was layered on a Neenah White card base.

    I had to use this little polar bear he was just too cute not to! I used Glossy Accents on his word bubble to make it pop, added some snowflakes in Candied Apple and strung three pom poms for him to hold. Then he is layered on Schoolhouse Red and Surf Blue cardstock. I popped him up on patterned paper that I used Antique Nuvo drops on select areas. This is all on a Surf Blue card base.

    This last card was the simplest to make but I love how it came out! I layered the patterned paper sentiment on Schoolhouse Red and Soft Navy and then on a panel from the pattered paper. After placing this on a Soft Navy card base, I took Nuvo glitter drops and traced around the sentiment and added dots to the snowflakes.

    Do you have a favorite? I’d love to hear from you!

    Have a wonderful, blessed day!

    P.S. I’ll be entering the first card in SSS Wednesday Challenge: Have a Heart

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    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!

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    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!

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    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!

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    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!

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    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!

     

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    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!

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    Gina K Designs Wreath Builders: Class and New Mandala Maker Set by Rina K

    Hello my fellow stampers!  I had the privilege last week to see Gina K and Rina K at The Island’s Creative Escape in Los Gatos, CA!  I had to drive 3 hours to go to the class but it was well worth it.  It was my first time meeting a big name from the stamping arena and Gina K is a big one!  I was kinda fangirling, ha ha.

    They were teaching on the Wreath Builder sets which I hadn’t had a chance to work with yet.  I am now obsessed though!  I was even able to purchase their new Mandala Wreath Builder set which just became available yesterday.  It’s my first time getting something before the masses (*squeal*)!  I’ll post a couple I made from it towards the end of this post.

    The above cards are the three we made during the class.  They are three basics that help you learn the idea and then expand.  Gina K pointed out that the Wreath Builders are great for a Mojo booster because they are so easy to use and create a beautiful card!  I agree!  To spice the cards up a bit I came home and spiced them up a bit.  I added some nuvo drops to the first card and the final card I popped up the oval on some foam tape and added Wink of Stella to all of the flowers.

    One technique they shared was taking a geometric shape and repeating it to make a Kaleidoscope look.  This leads me to the new Mandala Maker set.  This is Rina K’s first set she’s designed and she hit it out of the ballpark!  It’s so much fun!

    Fair warning it is addictive!  My first attempt was a mess so there is a learning curve unless you have one of those wonderful brains that can visualize ahead of time, lol.  I chose just five of the many, many stamps included to make the above card.  I used Passionate Pink and Turquoise Sea, plus the wonderful new black Amalgam Ink.  The middle is popped up with a stitched circle die and the fun sentiment is stamped in Versafine black with clear embossing powder.

    The base is made with Bermuda Bay SU cardstock and black Simon Says Stamp cardstock.

    My next card was made after viewing the newest Online Card Class: Introduction to Color Theory.  I used three tertiary colors to create this colorful card.  They are blue-green (SU Tranquil Tide), yellow-orange (Hero Arts Butter Bar), and violet-red (SU Blackberry Bliss).  Then I used some neutrals with Hero Arts Soft Granite and Versafine black.  I used the Tranquil Tide to sponge ink of the edges of the card to add some more interest.  The thanks sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Big Thanks set.

     

    I hope you enjoy these and are inspired to try the Wreath Builders for yourself!  I’ll be posting more soon, including the new fall set!

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    P.S. I have a fun Monochromatic card to share by my mom Deborah for Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Monochrome Challenge.

    She used White Embossing for the Rose and colored with SU inks.  The Doily was made with a Tim Holtz die.

     

     

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    Hero Arts My Monthly Hero August 2018: Coffee part 1

    I love the August 2018 My Monthly Hero set!  Probably because I love coffee or Lattes to be exact!!  I’ve been dying to get my hands on it but as usual it’s been hard with family in town, preschool starting, field trips, etc.  I finally got started and have three cards for today.

    First, I used the full cafe scene die cut from a scrap sheet of natural white cardstock.  I wanted to see how easy it would be to create a card quickly with it…and it was easy!

     

    I simply used Vintage Photo distress ink to age the die cut and the background paper (SU).  Then a simple heart from the stamp set on the sign in SU Calypso Coral with a layer of the crystal lacquer included in the kit.  The Sentiment is stamped with Archival coffee and embossed in clear with Hero Arts brown pearls.

    For the second card I wanted to do a rainbow theme.

    I stamped each cup out with Memento ink and colored in fun bright colors with Copics and Spectrum Noir markers.  Then I used the stamps in the set and in a couple other Hero Arts sets to decorate each cup.  The sentiment, “espresso yourself” was perfect for the look I was going for!  Some cups are glued flat and some are popped up.  A patterned paper “table” and some sequin finish it off.

    The final card for today has the latte feel for sure!  It is yummy!

    I stamped the background with Simon Says Stamp Circle Doodles background stamp and white heat embossed.  Then I added Walnut Stain Distress Oxide with a ink blender.  I concentrated the ink on the ends and less towards the center.  The mug was stamped in Memento and colored with Copics.  I then used the White puff embossing powder included in the kit to add the milk design.  It has great texture!  Sentiment is white heat embossed on black paper.  Both elements were popped up on foam tape.

     

    I believe it’s time for a latte!!

    Have a blessed day!!

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    Loving My Life – My First Post

    Welcome to my new blog, Stamping Mommy!  This has been a few years in the making (in my mind anyway)!  I decided to combine my two favorite things to do: creating handmade cards and gifts and having fun being a Mommy to my active, loving, sweet, funny 3 1/2 year old (who is literally crawling on me as I type, lol).  So you will find posts about stamping, watercolor, letter writing, card making, techniques, gift ideas and their packaging, and other creative things.  But you will also see posts with quick and easy recipes (hello, Instant Pot and Crock Pot), fun activities do do with younger (and sometimes older) children and other Mommy ideas.

    Before having my son I was an Elementary School Teacher and also an RN.  I took Photography and various Art classes in college.  I’m very drawn to the creative side of life.    Then I found Papercrafting to fit almost all of my creative needs.  I’ve been doing it specifically for almost 18 years.  I love how much it can change but stay the same and all the different mediums and tools you can use to create beautiful work.  I like to keep things fairly simple in my crafting and in my Mommy life (do I need to spend hours building something my son with tear down in 2 minutes? No, I do not).  So my posts will be real, manageable for all and hopefully, simple for most to relate to at some point.

    Please share a comment if you have any requests, concerns, thoughts or just want to show some love!  Thanks for looking!!