Simon Says Stamp 2017 Halloween Kit – Creepy Cute!

October 2nd, 2017 klwade Posted in Cardmaking, Crafts, Simon Says Stamp Card Kit 4 Comments »

It comes as no surprise to friends and family that Halloween is my favorite holiday.  Nothing is as exciting than cute critters in witches hats…   paper in orange, black, green and purple.  A ghost or two.

So when Simon Says Stamp came out with their annual Halloween kit I was right there…probably order number 17 in the list of people.

The stamp set is just awesome.

My first card I wanted to use a new bat stencil I bought recently.   I used black embossing paste but discovered it was matte and hard to see.  I ended up using some wonderful purple glitter paint on the card to highlight the bats.

My second card I had wanted to use the google eyes.

Isn’t that cute how they eyes come out of the paper.

I don’ know about you but usually the first two cards are a struggle when I start a kit, I seem to get better as the card progress.

You be the judge.

Pretty simple card but I like it.

I bought some cool green glitter I just needed to use.

I ended up using the green glitter on the witches brew….but to spice it up I used the glow in the dark drops and the crystal blizzard nuvo drops to create the bubbles.

A close up….too bad I cannot get a photo of the glow in the dark

For my 5th card, I wanted to use the shaker beads.

I used the moon stamp and then re-stamped it again to use the glow in the dark embossing powder.

There are more cards to post but I wanted to make the deadline for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge.

 

Look for more later this week.

 

Simon Says Stamp July 2014 Card Kit

August 1st, 2016 klwade Posted in Cardmaking, Crafts, Simon Says Stamp Card Kit 3 Comments »

July 2014 Card Kit

I have been trying to catch up with old card kits.   I am on a roll, but I keep finding boxes that I have stashed away in interesting places.

I really like this card kit.  I like the red, white and blue color theme and the stamp set is just inspiring!

I made SIX cards with this kit.  I think I could have made more, but there are stacks on boxes to go thru.   I am sooooo behind!

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To start with, I wanted to dive into the color theme.  I made a simple card that really focuses on the colors.

Sending You lots of Love

The next card is also a simple design.  I loved this pattern paper and really wanted it to be a major focus on the page.  I pulled out my favorite large word die from Simon Says Stamp.  This HELLO die has been on several of my cards and I just love it.    I die cut several “hello” and glue them together to give it thickness.   Whenever I do this I think it looks just like a Thicker chipboard word.

Hello Blue and Red

For this card I wanted to use some of the puffy stickers that came in the kit.  I die cut the typewriter print paper with a postage stamp die frame.  Which just pulls the whole “Mail/Typewriter” theme together on this card.

Typewriter Mail

To continue the mail theme, I colored in a Tim Holtz crazy bird.  I even cut a slit in card to slide an envelope under his beak.   I used Glossy Accents on his eyes to give him some extra dimension, but I don’t think you can see it very well in this picture.   I copic colored the envelopes to change the color of the paper to match the bird.   I really like this bird.   I know this bird will be back!

Happy Mail Bird

I decided on this card to pull away from the mail/envelopes/color theme and do something different.  I used an embossing folder that gave this great dimension on the paper.  It is simple, yet elegant.

Thinkg of you Gray Crinkle

My final card, and my favorite card started out as a mistake.

I was trying to make stripes and they looked funny and awkward.  So I blended it all together and it started to look like a sunset on the ocean.

I added some black foliage on the bottom.  It looks so serene I decided to make it a somber card that I can send to someone having a hard time.

Sending Love and Prayers Ocean Sunset

I hope you enjoy looking at my creations.

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Online Card Class Heat Wave and SSS July 2016 Card Kit

July 19th, 2016 klwade Posted in Cardmaking, Crafts, Online Card Class, Simon Says Stamp Card Kit 3 Comments »

Well it comes as no surprise to me that I have been so busy and not inspired to do any cards lately.   However that does not mean that there are deadlines to upload images and new card kits coming. So get a move on girl!!!  I decided to do the homework from the Online Card Class Heat Wave from the SSS July 2016 card kit, killing two birds with one stone.   I had sketched out the ideas for my cards so it was easy to add the techniques from the Heat Wave Class to my ideas.

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Take this kit……and add this class

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and you get 7 cards from one kit.

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First day of class taught us some basics on embossing as well as some interesting techniques.   The following card is just simple embossing on watercolor paper.

I tried to get the illusion of leaves floating on some water.  Very Zen like.  Calm.

Leaves on Blue Water Background

Also on the first day of class, they showed us several techniques.  Some I tried, others I wanted too but did not have the time.

The first technique (which I have done before) is embossing a die cut.

In this card I used the paper from the kit that had a lot of triangles.  I added additional triangles and heat embossed an entire die cut.

Triangle Card

I used some WOW copper colored embossing powder.    I stamped some additional triangles that were a scribble look and added some bling.

Here is a close up of the die cut.

Triangle Card closeup

Another technique they used was glitter embossing powder.

I copic colored the small panel underneath and then covered the whole thing with versamark and some glittery embossing powder.

woodgrain card with glittered flowers

It is hard to see how pretty the card looks with the shimmer over the copics.

The final card from day one was embossing on something besides cardstock.   I decided to use wood veneer to make this card.

card embossed on wood veneer

The wood cracked and split on the bottom thru the flower.   I am not sure if the heat was too much for the wood, or if it was a user error.  Most times it is me making a mistake.  I still like the card.  I think the stark white on the wood is very pretty.

On Day Two, Jennifer showed us some pretty techniques that can add detail to your cards.

I used the technique of a small strip of double sided tape and embossed it with pink powder.

Thank you with flower top and bottom border

I masked off the middle and stamped the flowers using a mask so the images did not overlap.  I then colored the card with some colored pencils.

She also showed a technique of splattering water and embossing over the wet area.

I really like this technique.   I took the paper that already had the purple splatters and added gold splatters.

Purple and Gold Splatter

She also did the technique of using a glue pen to make little dots to add additional embossing to fill out a space or enhance an image.  I ended up doing that on the vellum window.

Purple and Gold Splatter closeup

You can see the sequins captured behind the vellum to make this shaker card.

On the last day we learned about ironing off embossing powder to create a look.  But the project that caught my eye was the batik looking card.

I used the stamp set to create a background and embossed in white.   The after the fold and refold process I used three shades of purple distress ink.

Purple Batik Card

I always ask my brother to rank the cards and this was his favorite.  His logic: Today I like purple.

Overall I enjoyed the class and I liked this card kit.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my creations!

 

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5 Cards from 1 Kit – Simon Says Stamp June 2016 Card Kit

May 28th, 2016 klwade Posted in Cardmaking, Simon Says Stamp Card Kit 3 Comments »

Ok I am guilty.  Very Guilty.   I am guilty of “buy the kit and do nothing with it – itis”

I subscribe to the Simon Says Stamp monthly card kit.   And the kits just sit in their boxes.  Sad little brown boxes, just wanting to be made into fantastic cards.

So I decided to get off my butt and commit to making at least 5 cards from one kit.  So grabbed the current kit, the June 2016 kit.  To be honest I was not that thrilled with the colors of the kit, but I loved the stamp set.  I also loved the coloring cards.   I have to admit,  I am seriously crushing on Suzy Plantamura and her adorable drawings.  I actually went to Simon Says and bought the sets.  Here is her newest one.

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Doesn’t this make you want to sharpen your colored pencils.

Ok, to get back on track.  Here is the kit for June 2016

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So my first two cards are made from the cute coloring card fronts from the kit.  It was  great paper to use copics on.  On a side note, I almost have all the copic colors.  I have been collecting them for a long, long time.  I just wish there was a better storage solution.  I did check out Sandy Allnock’s post on copic storage and it did give me some ideas.   You can check out her post here.  I am seriously thinking of the new suitcase, but back to the cards.

Be Happy

Besides using copics, I used a white gel pen to add some dots.

Believe

I decided to make this a shaker card.   The body of the sun was just begging to be made into a shaker.  I also used some zig glitter pens to the sun rays, you can see it better in this closeup.

Believe closeup

Next I wanted a card that has some elegance.   I decided to emboss on some gold vellum with the new Simon Says stamp Rose Gold Embossing powder.   I also used the same embossing powder for the “dream” die cut.   The glitter strips were from Anita’s 3D Border Glitterations.  She has some cute stuff and I thought this puffy glitter strip was just perfect.   I recently went to the CKC Expo in Mesa Arizona and found some orange colored Twinkle Goosebumps that matched perfectly.

Dream Flowers

For my next card I wanted to use the Look for a Miracle stamp.   I water colored the card front with some pinks, green and yellows.

Look for Miracles

For my final card I wanted to use the pretty rainbow type paper, but I could not think of design that was not overwhelming in colors.   I finally decided to do a die cut that showed the pretty color underneath.  I actually like how this card came out.

Rainbow Flowers

I hope you enjoyed my cards.   I really enjoyed challenging myself to come up with some designs.

 

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Simon Says Stamp – October 2015 Card Kit

October 11th, 2015 klwade Posted in Cardmaking, Crafts, Simon Says Stamp Card Kit No Comments »

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This was the 2nd card kit I grabbed.  At least it is the most current one.

I really liked the bright colors of this kit!

Oct 2015 Butterfly copy

It is hard to see in this picture but there is another butterfly under the gold one that is a soft metallic pink.  I struggle using journaling cards onto cards.  So this time I intentionally made it work.  I also did a mix of patterns which I never feel comfortable doing.  But overall I liked the card.

Oct 2015 Hello Card copy

Since the last one was so busy, I thought I would simplify this card.  I loved how the scalloped circle worked with the words underneath.    The HELLO is several layers to give it some lift!

Oct 2015 arrows copy

I loved this cardstock with arrows.  It screamed put a heart on this.   So I embossed and water  colored the heart.  I could not figure out where to put the sentiment so I ended up making a tiny tag which hung from the heart.  I like how it came out!

Oct 2015 glasses copy

I had some dies of glasses and decided to make a glasses/I See You card.    Glasses always remind me of the 1960’s  No clue why, but they do.

 

Oct 2015 Write your story copy

I wanted to try another journaling card but was not sure what to do.  Sitting on my desk was some older wooden snowflakes I got from Michaels.  I picked up the ink from the kit and said, what would happen if I inked it up.   The color was pretty, but boy did it take a long time to dry.  I think I added it to my card wet because it was taking so long.    It is in the lower right corner under the journal card in case you cannot see it.

Well I did my kit this month so I deserve a pat on my back!   Pat Pat Pat!

 

Thanks for looking!!!

 

Simon Says Stamp – September 2015 Card Creations

October 11th, 2015 klwade Posted in Cardmaking, Crafts, Simon Says Stamp Card Kit No Comments »

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I am woefully behind in my Simon Says Card Monthly Kits.   I love each one but get so distracted by everything else in life that I never get around to making the cards.

So I grabbed out two cards kit (one being September 2015) and started to create.

One of my goals is to push myself and try something different, either a technique or a style/look.

I usually check out what others had done to make sure I am not “creating” something someone else posted.  LOL,  done that before

 

sept 2015 triangles copy

I was taken by the wood grain with the white triangles.  I love that look.   I decided to continue to design by adding gold embossing in both the triangles and the sentiment.  My Brother in Law said it looks like my scraproom floor.   Wood floor with scraps of paper on it.   LOL.    The card front is attached to gold foil.

 

Sept 2015 Silver copy

This time I went Silver.   This card looked so wedding, special event to me.  The paper was grey with white florals.   I made a vellum die cut and then drew on the edges with a versamark pen and embossed in silver.  I also edged the sentiment banner.

 

Sep 2015 Rainbow Card copy

 

This time I went for a different look.  When I saw this paper it reminded me of the currently popular adult coloring books.  So I decided to color it myself.   Or as I said to my sister, I am channeling my inner Laura Bassen (with the rainbow colors)

Then it dawned on me that the stamp set was all about balloons.  Opps.  then I focused on those for the next two cards.

 

Sept 2015 balloons copy

I did this card using pastel distress inks.  I wanted it to be light and carefree.

Sept 2015 Celebrate copy

I told myself I needed to use the white gesso that came with the kit.  Using the stencil I covered watercolor paper and then once dried I painted it with Peerless Watercolors.  I then decided to do a shaker card.  I love those sequin bags from Lucy Abrams.   They have the coolest shapes and colors.  That woman has an eye for color.   Even after adding a shaker to the card it still looked a little bland.  So then I decided to use the balloons (smaller size) to the bottom.  I used black sewing thread stiffened with matte medium.

 

So there is my creations for the Month of September!!!

Thanks for looking!!!

Simon Says Stamp July 2015 Card Kit

July 23rd, 2015 klwade Posted in Cardmaking, Simon Says Stamp Card Kit No Comments »

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I love the nautical look and was so excited to get this kit in the mail.   Since I had to make cards quickly for my consignment shop, I grabbed this kit.  After looking at everyone’s inspiration, started cutting paper and designing.

You are a LIfesaver

I wanted the lifesaver to have some pop so I used Glossy Accents to make it more visible. This card screams nautical to me!!

 

Sail Away with Me

I wanted the look of the ship sailing away in the stars. Reminds me of Peter Pan.

 

 

Nautical Thanks

I love the coral paper in the background. A simple design so the beautiful paper is not lost in stuff.

 

 

 

 

Love Card – February 2015 Card Kit

February 18th, 2015 klwade Posted in Cardmaking, Simon Says Stamp Card Kit No Comments »

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So I dragged my feet to make the cards from the card kit.   Especially since Valentines day is over with, I really lost my desire to create cards with hearts and valentines.   But tehn I found out my sister got the card kit subscription.  I was thinking WAY COOL, we can challenge each other to make cards.  So the goal was to create THREE cards and actually did made FOUR cards.

My first card is the LOVE card.  I liked the die from My Favorite Things and I thought it would work great with the card kit.  I decided to color my own ribbon with distress stain from Tim Holtz.   This worked out great and the color matched the card base.

So here is the stupid mistake I made.  After I made the ribbon,  I took my card front and turned it over to glue it to the base.  Well I guess I did not clean my work space as cleanly as I should have.  Dang it, I got red ink on the front, mostly on the bottom of the tag.  So I ended up cutting a new bottom piece and placed it over the bottom.  Cannot really tell, but zoom in on that letter L and you can see the patch job I did covering paint.   It was not a good day.   But it got better on the next card.

 

Love-Feb-Kit

 

Thanks for Looking!!

Supplies:
Simon Says Stamp February 2015 Card Kit
Seam Binding Tape
Distress Stain – Festive Berries
Wendy Vecchi Red Geranium Embossing Powder
My Favorite Things Die-namics  LOVE die
Lawn Fawn Stitched Party Banner

Simon Says Sept 2014 Card Kit True Story Card

August 30th, 2014 klwade Posted in Cardmaking, Simon Says Stamp Card Kit 3 Comments »

Simon Says Stamp September 2014 Card Kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I enjoy getting these cards kits.  Not only do I get some great inspiration, I get some great supplies.   This month I got a Tim Holtz mini distress ink, in addition to great paper and embellishments.

I also LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the stamp sets.  Each one is unique and fun to stamp with!!!

 

Simon Says Stamp To Thine Own Shelf Stamp Set

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So Stinkin Cute!!!!!!

 

True-Story

 

 

Supplies:

Simon Says Stamp September 2014 Card Kit
DCWV Pastel Cork
My Favorite Things Die-namics Blueprints 13 dies
Yellow Recollections cardstock

 

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Simon Says Stamp September Card Kit – I Like Big Books

August 30th, 2014 klwade Posted in Cardmaking, Simon Says Stamp Card Kit 1 Comment »

OK, I have been bad about doing card from the card kits, so I put it on my LIST OF THINGS TO DO!!!!

SSS September 2015 Card Kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is so cool about this kit is that they are using the October Afternoon Public Library paper.   I LOVE LOVE LOVE October Afternoon!!!

 

Big-Books

 

 

Supplies:

Simon Says Stamp Monthly Card Kit September 2015
Jillie Bean Bakers Twine
Simon Says Super Geogtag Die and Stamp set
My Favorite Things Die-Namics Horizontal Stitched Strips
Clear Embossing Powder

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