• 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!

  • 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!

  • Kits

    Hero Arts My Monthly Hero August 2018: Coffee Part 2

    Hello All!

    Sorry for being MIA!  Between birthdays, fall activities, throwing my back and sickness in the family it’s been hard to get a post up!

    I made another card from the My Monthly Hero August Kit.  I’ve been thinking about this shaker card for a long time!  Since it’s now fall, I decided to make it an autumn theme.  It smells wonderful!!

    I used a fall background paper from JoAnns then die cut two circles to make a frame.  I sponged it with Rusty Hinge, Peeled Paint and Tea Dye distress inks to match the paper.  The cup is stamped from the My Monthly Hero stamp set and colored with Spectrum Noir and Copic Markers.  The leaf stamp and sentiment (embossed in Wow! Copper Pearl) are from SU! Merry Cafe set.

    Of course the star element on this card is the shaker!  I used real coffee beans with a thin tulle like fabric so you can smell the coffee yumminess!!  I also threw in some copper sequin for the bling we all know and love in shaker cards.  I love how it came out.  Might put it by my bedside to smell when I wake up in the morning, ha ha!

    I hope everyone’s fall is and has been full of yummy pumpkin spice and everything nice!  I plan to have more fall cards really soon!

    Have a Blessed Day!

  • Kits

    Fly Me Away (Beautiful Flowers) Kit Part 1

    I’ve been wanting to play with the Fly Me Away kit from Simon Says Stamp and the stamp set Beautiful Flowers all summer!  Unfortunately all the summer action kept getting in the way.  I made one card a few months ago and started playing with coloring the flower stamps using watercolors, alcohol markers and Prismacolor pencils but then just couldn’t get them finished!  Finally I now have 7 cards to share.  I just love these flowers and will be making more really soon!

    This first card was the first I made a few months ago.  I used distress oxide (Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber, Lucky Clover, and Cracked Pistachio) and watercolored the background focusing color where I knew the flowers and leaves would land.  Then I embossed the large flower blooms image with pearl embossing powder.  However when I did this it didn’t show up well so I then embossed with white over the pearl (yay for the Misti!).  I loved how that turned out.  I used SU Calypso Coral ink to stamp the sentiment and the same colored card stock for the base.  The sequins are from a retired SU set.  They matched perfectly!  This technique was a lot of fun and I loved the results!

    For the next card I couldn’t decide on using white embossing powder or silver… so I did both!

    This card is soooo easy but has a very pretty look and strong impact.  I used my misti to stamp the large flower blooms, happy and birthday with Versamark ink and added the embossing powder.  The white is Ranger detail white and the silver is one I’ve had with no label on it.  I put the white on a 110lb white card base and the silver is backed with a silver mirror cardstock and placed on a white 110lb base.  The white also has pearl accents and the silver Studio Katia gems.

    I love the simplicity of this kit to make a beautiful card!  For the next card I used one of the patterned papers from Moda Scrap included in the kit to make a simple card.

    After putting it on a pale purple cardstock I stamped the sentiment with a light purple and used Wink of Stella on the balloons and the rooftops.  I couldn’t get the shimmer to show in a picture but it really helps take this card from plain to pretty!

    I used the Tim Holtz Texture Fade Botanical on the included gold cardstock for the next card.  LOVE it!

    I added it to a Simon Says Stamp black cardstock base.  Popped up one of the flowers I had previously colored with Spectrum Noir/Copic markers (I have some of both) as well as the Big Thanks die from Simon Says Stamp.  For final touches I added some dots with Ranger black enamel.

    As I placed the “thanks” down I thought it was straight but the dimensional adhesive I used wasn’t going to let me fix it.  Gives it more character, ha ha.

    I made the background for this next card with Nuvo shimmer powders.  It was my first time playing with them and they are so much fun!  I can’t wait to do more with them.  I simply added water to a watercolor paper and sprinkled the powders on.  Then I tilted the paper to get the colors to move and mix.  I used Cherry Bomb, Blue Blitz and Green Parade.  I kept the rest of the card simple and used a single flower from the set I had watercolored with the die cut greeting in black cardstock.  Finally I used Studio Katia gems for some bling.

    The final card was made after I watched Jennifer McGuire’s recent video on Perfect Pearls.  It’s a “trial and error” card.

    I stamped the repeated background on SU Rose Romance cardstock with versamark and added the Perfect Pearls with the included brush.  I then stamped the flower on vellum with versamark and drew leaves in with a versamarker.  I then added white embossing powder.  It didn’t stand out on the pink background so I added a white cs background to it.  The sentiment is stamped with Rose Romance ink and Studio Katia gems gave some bling to the card.

     

    I hope you enjoyed these cards!  I’ll be back soon with a cards from a new kit…maybe the Hero Arts coffee set??

     

    Have a wonderful and blessed day!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Kits

    Mandy’s Flowers SSS August 2018 Card Kit Part 2

    I finally got to play some more with the Simon Says Stamp August kit this weekend!  I really wanted to keep making more but 3 was my max with the time I had to use!

    The first card was inspired by one of the samples on the sheet that comes with the kit.

    I wanted to try to do the watercolor coloring on the Modern Rose Blooms cling background stamp.  I used Abandoned Coral, Tumbled Glass, Mowed Lawn and Mustard Seed distress markers to color it in.  Then I sprayed water on it and stamped.  I didn’t feel I used as much water as needed for the look I originally wanted but still thought it looked good and a little shabby.  I used the same markers as well as Twisted Citron and Hickory Smoke to color in the flower and vase.  To put it all together I used a wonky rectangle die on the background, added it to a MFT gray cardstock, and white heat embossed a greeting on the same cardstock.  For final touches I added some white mulberry paper behind the popped up flower and a small Doodlebug heart (came with the kit) next to the greeting.

    The next card shows how it doesn’t have to take a long time to make a card.  I made the background from two of the BoBunny patterned papers that came in the kit.  Added a small sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black and a stitched square with a simple copic colored image.  Finally I used white Nuvo drops to fill in the center of each flower.

    (As I post this I see I missed a flower!  It’s like a Find Waldo…do you see it? Ha Ha!)

    The last card was one I started without an ending in mind.  I wanted to do an embossed background resist with the Modern Rose Bloom stamp and distress oxide.  I used Worn Lipstick and Broken China.  Then it was trial and error to decide how I wanted to put it all together.  I colored the tulips and jar with Copic and Spectrum Noir markers.

    I felt the background was a little to bold so by cutting it in 2/3’s it helps break it up.  I added some pink rick rack, a circle sentiment embossed with Broken China and clear powder and ink blended Worn Lipstick on top.  Finally I added some of the Bubblegum Blush nuvo drops that came in the kit to finish it off.

    All of the cards were added to a 110 lb white card base.

    I hope you enjoyed these cards as much I did creating them.  Thanks for looking!  Have a wonderful and blessed day!

     

     

  • Kits

    Mandy’s Flowers SSS August 2018 Card Kit Part 1

    I hope everyone is having a great Summer!  I haven’t posted for a bit because I’ve been in Idaho visiting my mom with my son.  We had tons of fun going to the river, the lake, enjoying family (including my 2 month old nephew!) and of course stamping with my crafty mom!

    I was able to pull out the newest Kit from Simon Says Stamp and start to play.  I plan to make more cards this week so this card is just a teaser.

     

    I don’t have any of the Nuvo mousse so when I saw my mom had them I just had to play!  I used a stencil with the light aqua mousse to create the shiny background (so much prettier in person).  While it dried, I stamped the jar and flowers in black Memento ink.  I masked off the saying on the jar to have a plain glass jar.  I then colored it in with Copic markers, drew in stems with a fine Copic pen and fussy cut it out.  The sentiment was stamped in black Archival Ink on vellum die cut from an SU label die with the flowers popped up on foam dots next to it.  For finishing touches I added a thin white string around the jar, used the Bubble Blush Nuvo drops included in the kit and added it all to a SU Bermuda Bay card.

     

    I hope you enjoy this card!  If so subscribe to my blog and you won’t miss the next cards I make from Mandy’s Flowers and other kits.

    BONUS

    While I was making the above card my mom made the two following cards, one for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Wild Things.  How cute is he?!  The sentiment on the bottom is what is in the card.

    And one because we love coffee!!

    Have a wonderful and blessed day!