Wednesday, September 13, 2017

6 Cards 1 Kit - Simon Says Stamp August 2017 Card Kit

It's already time for another 6 Cards 1 Kit video!  This month's Simon Says Stamp card kit featured Doodlebug Designs, which is one of my all time favorite companies.  I can never get enough of all of their bright colors and adorable images - I want to collect everything :-)  For the SSS card kit, Doodlebug released a custom set of papers and an adorable pack of enamel shapes that were inspired by their Fairy Tales collection.  This collection features rainbows, unicorns, and birthday themes.  Who wouldn't have fun with that?!

For my first card I wanted to use the JilliBean Soup tag and shaker element to create a card.  I used my own inks and both the heart and line stamps to create a colorful pattern on the tag.  I already had Doodlebug sequins mixes in my stash to fill up the shaker, then finished it with a sentiment strip and a bit of bakers twine.

My second card was inspired by all the adorable petite patterns from the papers.  I picked out an assortment and cut tiny flags using some MFT dies.  I also used my MFT alphabet dies to cut out the letters.  A few holes and some twine for stringing helped me create the banners, and a little enamel cupcake sticker finished it off :-)

My third card was very simple.  I used the fun banner paper to cut three simple rectangles, putting them on stitched card stock for framing.  The center circle was stamped and colored with Copic markers, then embellished with more enamel stickers from the pack.  So easy but so cute!

I really wanted to use this tiny "crowd" of animals for one of my cards, and it was only natural to give some of them balloons!  I cut them with an MFT balloon die and attached "strings" of twine.  The main balloon was made with another JilliBean Soup shaker element and filled with an assortment of black/white/clear sequins.  I don't know about you, but I'd like these little guys to show up to MY next birthday!

The fifth card features a plaid paper I made by using the solid stripe stamp from the kit and pretty inks in green, blue, pink, and purple.  I won't lie to you - this took some time and three tries before I got it right, but the end result is fabulous!  I colored the tag with more of the same ink, then created a happy sky with more enamel stickers.  Their sweet little smiles really make this card adorable, don't you think?

For my sixth and final card I decided to make a simpler custom paper by repeatedly stamping the Happy Birthday strip over a piece of orange patterned paper.  Using my Misti stamping tool made this task extremely quick and easy.  If you don't have a stamping tool yet, I would seriously consider getting one.  Several companies offer them at different price points, so hopefully you can find one that fits your needs and budget.  I created the colorful heart with stamping and more Copic coloring, adding Glossy Accents over top to give it the look of an enameled piece.  I used the last stickers from my pack to fill each little window with yummy treats.  Yay!

If you'd like to watch my YouTube video I created showing the assembly of these cards, please click the link here:   YOU TUBE 6C1K SSS August 2017

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

"Turtley Awesome" Distress Oxide Card

Hey there, crafters!  This time around I am showing a card I made while playing with my Distress Oxide inks again.  First of all, I was using a new-to-me technique of applying the ink pads directly to my paper.  Here is a video showing this process in action:

Distress Oxides Direct To Paper Technique VIDEO

Once I had the pretty panel done, I decided to break out my brand new Newton's Nook "Waves" stencil.  Using the Simon Says Stamp "White" pigment ink, I sponged over the stencil to create a soft, translucent layer of waves over the Oxide inks.  Isn't it pretty?

The next step was to figure out which stamp set to use.  I looked in my basket of new stamps and saw that I still hadn't used my Clearly Besotted "Cool Dude" stamp set featuring some very cute turtles.  Perfect!

There are several sentiments that come in the stamp set, and for this project I chose two different ones.  They're very cute, puny sentiments and I also like the font a lot.  I colored the turtles with my Copic Markers, as well as the tiny orange fish, and accented the panel with strips of colorful dotted paper from Bella Blvd.  So fun!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Layered Leaves "Thank You" Card

Hey, crafters!  Today's video is all about how I made a simple Thank You card using a borrowed stamp and die set.  My sweet mom was kind enough to let me borrow her Sizzix "Leaves" set.  As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to play with it - I'm a sucker for anything with leaves!  Just to get my fingers inky, I did a simple stamping of the leaves themselves in Bamboo Leaves ink from Memento.

Then I stamped the outline in a rich Chocolate Brown ink from My Favorite Things.

I used the smaller outline die to cut out the entire vine, then used the larger outline die to cut a piece of black card stock.  These layer together beautifully!

Once I put the floral paper down on the card base, I knew that I needed a nice oval piece for the center.  My oval dies from Spellbinders are great, but I wanted something narrower because I didn't want to cover up the pretty flowers too much.  This is where having a Silhouette Cameo really comes in handy!  I figured out the ideal measurements of my ovals and simply created one that would fit perfectly.  I cut this out of the pale purple dotted paper, then cut a slightly larger oval from white.  For the scalloped piece, I found a round scalloped cut file in my library and simply resized it to fit my card.  I could have found a scalloped oval in the Silhouette shop to avoid any distortions, but I wanted to use what I already had.  I think it turned out cute!

Assembly was very easy with the pieces.  I kept everything flat and only popped up the leaves with some foam squares.  The finishing touch was 3 little iridescent bubbles in colors picked from the patterned paper.  Voila!

Check out my card video on YouTube:

Supplies Used in this project:

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

6 Cards 1 Kit - Simon Says Stamp July 2015 Card Kit

Hello there, crafters!  My latest YouTube video features a quick look at an older card kit that I pulled from my stash.  I have quite a few kits that I've either barely used, or not used yet at all!  To remedy that situation, I decided to dust them off and make some videos about them.

The card kit is called "Sail Away With Me" and features the adorable "Sailing" stamp set.  You also get 12 sheets of Authentique patterned papers, 5 sheets of card stock, a pack of Tim Holtz metal charms, and an accessory pack of twine, paper clips and a darling sailboat die.  Let's take a look at each card I made in detail.


For the first card I chose this fabulous striped paper featuring anchors, ships, knotted rope, seashells, and seahorses.  To this I added a strip of red card stock stamped with chunky stripes and a slightly narrower strip of navy blue card stock. I then backstitched some of the twine to the navy paper and tied on one of the anchor paper clips.  How fun!

 CARD #2

For the second card I wanted to feature the life preserver image and make it look as though it were hanging on the side of a boat.  I cut a rectangle of the soft blue card stock for the top of the card, and added narrow strips of MFT's "Kraft" card stock - inked with SSS Khaki ink and Distress Ink's "Gathered Twigs" to make it look more like wood.  I added tiny dots of Nuvo Drops in Silver to mimic the look of rivets.  I also used a horizontal strip of the same inked paper to make a railing. 

For the bottom half of the card, I used a larger rectangle of the white card stock and stamped the sentiment and two stars.  I stamped the life preserver separately on both the white and red card stock, then paper-pieced the red over the white for some dimension and interest.  Then the ring was put on foam tape to pop it up a bit from the rest of the card.  The final detail I added was some embossed horizontal lines on the white to give the idea of a painted wooden boat.  Cute!


For my third card I wanted to create a bit of a scene.  I made a simple frame with white card stock which was popped up with foam tape to create dimension.  One of the clouds, the sailboat, and one of the waves were also popped up, while the other elements were attached flat.  I also added a bit more twine around the panel and tied on the little compass charm.  So cute!


My fourth card was quite a CAS (Clean and Simple) design where I let the colors do the talking for me.  I really loved that bright red paper with the coral branch design!  I flagged the ends of the paper strips and added a stitched rectangle of white to act as my focal.  The little navy blue stars were cut with an older Lawn Fawn die, and the coloring was done with alcohol markers.  The cute silver star charm tied with a tiny twine bow is the perfect finishing touch!


Another awesome paper from the kit was this pretty pale blue paper featuring delicate scrolls around a central anchor.  I trimmed the paper to preserve the detail, then added a navy strip beneath it stamped in the chunky stripes.  I used Lawn Fawn's stitched journaling tag die for the focal piece and punched out the sailboat shape, backing it with more navy blue card stock.  The scattered dots were made with Nuvo Glitter Drops in "Silver Moondust."  So pretty!


For my final card I just HAD to make a shaker!  I used one of my favorite dies to create the tags, cutting out the center of the light blue tag and backing it with a piece of acetate and popping it up on two layers of foam tape for a bit more room.  I put the second anchor paper clip in there, along with some 4mm Pretty Pink Posh sequins in three different colors.  I know this one is a little busy with the multiple patterns, but the mostly monochromatic color scheme keeps things under control....I hope! 😀

Here is a more detailed list of the products I used to make these cards.  Also, please watch the video below to see these cards coming together.  Thanks for watching and Happy Crafting!

Simon Says Stamp "Sailing" Stamp Set
Simon Says Stamp "Soft Navy" card stock
Simon Says Stamp "Lipstick Red" card stock
Simon Says Stamp "Surf Blue" card stock
Neenah Solar White 80-lb card stock
Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black
Memento Ink in Lady Bug
Memento Ink in Rhubarb Stalk
Simon Says Stamp "Khaki" ink
Distress Ink "Gathered Twigs"
Scotch 3M Foam Tape
VersaMark embossing ink
Simon Says Stamp Fine Detail Clear embossing powder
Nuvo Glitter Drops in "Silver Moondust"
Nuvo Crystal Drops in Metallic "Silver Lining"
Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Sparkling Clear sequins
Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Aquamarine sequins
Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Cobalt sequins

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

"Puppy Love" Thank You Card

Hello crafters!  I have been making quite a few YouTube videos since I got my channel going, which has been a lot of fun.  However, this blog is being ignored again 😔  I really need to figure out a way to organize my time and include blogging, YouTube, crafting and life into each day.  We'll have to see how that goes....

Anyway, today I'm showing you the thank you card that I made for my daughter's birthday.  I created multiple cards so that she could personally mail a "thank you" to each person who sent her a gift.  I've been working with the Doodlebug Designs "Puppy Love" collection lately, so we picked some cute papers and the puppy she liked best.  It came from the Silhouette Design Store, and I just re-sized it to fit my card front.

I used colored card stock from my Co'ordinations smooth paper collection to create the pup out of three different browns.  His eyes and nose are black, his collar is navy blue, and I colored his dog tag with my silver ink pen.  Isn't he the cutest?!

I chose a repeating tennis ball pattern for the background, and a cute tone-on-tone orange paper featuring interlocking dog bones.  I made the flag with a piece of turquoise blue card stock, then layered everything with the same navy blue paper as the dog collar.

I'm sad to say that I don't have any dog-related sentiment stamps, so I decided to use my Silhouette software to create one.  I chose a cute font that was playful, typed out my own sentiment, then printed it onto white card stock.  To dress up the sentiment strip, I added a chunky brad from the Doodlebug design pack that perfectly matched the orange in the papers.  I love it when everything matches!

For a more comprehensive look at how I created this card, here is my video:

Puppy Love Thank You Card

Friday, February 10, 2017


Wow, it's already 2017!  I can say for sure that 2016 was a pivotal year in all of our lives, and there was as much joy as there was sorrow.  There have already been some new challenges popping up, but I am determined to face them head-on and work through them the best I can.  No promises of perfection or grace, just diligence and determination!

I have been continuing with my YouTube channel, and I really love making videos.  It's so much fun to share with others the little things I make, and also watch all of the crafts that others are making.  I have quite a list of favorite channels, but the two that will always mean something to me are as follows:

Vicky - Vicky Papaioannou
She is really the one that lit the card-making fire in me.  Although I never branched out into the fabulous journaling that she does, I still learn so much about design and working with all of the supplies whenever I watch one of her videos.  She has personally grown and become a serious force in the crafting world, with classes around the world and guest designing on many popular channels.  If you haven't seen her yet, please click the link and enjoy!

This sweet young woman inspired me to purchase my Silhouette Cameo, and also gave me the inspiration to actually MAKE scrapbook pages instead of just dreaming about them!  I love her style, her design choices, and the cuteness that goes into each of her creations.  Her videos are clean and clear and fun to watch.  Click the link and check them out for yourself!


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