Birthdays, Cards, Celebrations, Spring

Gnome Birthday Card

Happy Sunday friends! Hope you are safe and having a good weekend. Today I am bringing you this card featuring the very cute gnomes from Simon Says Stamp Lil Gnome Wafer Dies. This die was included in the December 2019 card kit and but is great for Spring, Easter or any occassion cards! I paired them with some cute Lawn Fawn border dies to create a fun little Spring cards. This card is mostly ink blending and diecutting so if you don’t like stamping or coloring, this card is for you!

I started by cutting a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″, one piece to 4 x 5-1/4” and two pieces of Simon Says Stamp Green Apple Card Stock 100# 8.5 x 11″ to 4 x 2 3/4″ and 4 x 1 7/8″. I diecut the edges of the Apple Green Cardstock pieces with the Lawn Fawn Grassy Border.

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I used the My Favorite Things Mini Cloud Edges Mix-ables Stencil and Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink and Tim Holtz Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink with my ink blenders to add clouds to the top 2/3 of the panel. Then I used Tim Holtz Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide Ink to add color to the grassy areas. Next I diecut two strips of Lawn Fawn Straight Flower Border Die from Simon Says Stamp Green Apple Card Stock 100# 8.5 x 11″ and the flowers from Stampin’ Up! Real Red 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock and Stampin’ Up! Elegant Eggplant Cardstock 8.5 x 11″ (retired), as well as some yellow scraps from my stash for the flower centers. I adhered the flowers to the flower border strips and those to the back of the grassy border pieces.

I diecut two gnomes with the Simon Says Stamp Lil Gnome Wafer Dies. I used pink plaid paper from Lawn Fawn 6×6 Perfectly Plaid Spring Petite Paper Pack and the purple pattern paper from the Really Rainbow Petite Paper Pack for the bodies, Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ for the nose, beard and background and pink scrap and Stampin’ Up! Elegant Eggplant Cardstock 8.5 x 11″ (retired) for the hats.

I assembled the two gnomes and moved on to assembling the card. I adhered the sky background to the card base and the added the back grassy border to the card with glue and the front grassy border with 3M Foam Tape. I added the gnomes to the card, adhering one with glue and one with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I stamped “Happy Birthday” from the Lawn Fawn Oh Gnome! stampset with Versamark Ink onto a piece of Stampin’ Up! Elegant Eggplant Cardstock 8.5 x 11″ (retired) and added WOW Embossing Powder Opaque Bright White. I trimmed it down to 1/2 x 2-1/2″ and adhered it to the card front with 3M Foam Tape. To finish it off, I added Tonic White Blizzard Nuvo Glitter Drops.

On the inside of the card, I stamped another greeting from the Lawn Fawn Oh Gnome! stampset in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and added some tulips that were left over from the front of the card. And that completes this card.

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Birthdays, Cards, Celebrations, Spring

Happy Birthday Watercolor Card Featuring Simon Says Stamp’s Stronger Together March Card Kit

Happy Hump Day friends! Here’s another quick card using the Simon Says Stamp’s Stronger Together March Card Kit. I’ve been having fun watercoloring with the pencils included in the kit. The quality of the pencils is not bad. You have more control with pencils than you do with traditional watercolors so it’s definitely a great option for folks (like me) who are not great at watercoloring. My colors tend to run into each other. Anyone else have this issue??

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This kit includes:
Simon Says Stamp Exclusive 6×8 Stronger Together clear stamp set
Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Bold Hello wafer thin die
ModaScrap Spring Flowers 6 x 6 paper pack
24 piece watercolor pencil pack
Simon Says Stamp Craft Tacky Glue
3 Suzy Plantamura custom floral watercolor cards
Simon Says Stamp 6 x 6 inch glitter paper 
Simon Says Stamp Metallic Lavender envelope
Simon Says Stamp Mint envelope
Simon Says Stamp White envelope
Simon Says Stamp Mint 8.5×11 cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Lavender 8.5×11 cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Cornflower Blue 8.5×11 cardstock
Simon Says Stamp White 120# 8.5×11 cardstock

I started by cutting a piece Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ for the card base. I then used the 24 piece watercolor pencil pack and watercolor brushes to color one of the Suzy Plantamura custom floral watercolor cards. Once everything was dry, I cut the panel down to 4 x 5-1/4″ and adhered it to the card base with Simon Says Stamp Craft Tacky Glue. For the sentiment I diecut “happy” using the Donut Worry Honey Cuts Dies from Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# BLACK and stamped “birthday” from Lawn Fawn’s happy happy happy stampset onto a piece Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and cut it down to 1-5/16″ x 3/16″. I adhered it to the card panel with 3M Foam Tape to pop it up.

I finished off this card by adding some sparkle to the flower petals with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle Fine Glitter Brush Pen and added Nuvo LIMONCELLO Jewel Drops to the flower centers and SIMPLY GLOSS WHITE Nuvo Crystal Drops around the card.

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Birthdays, Cards, Celebrations

Rainbow Birthday Card featuring Simon Says Stamp Trio Window Die.

Hi friends. This fun and colorful card was made using the Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Trio Window Wafer Die and Simon Says Stamp Exclusive 6×8 Inch Window Frames clear stamp set included in the Simon Says Stamp February 2020 Card Kit. All the items from the kit are sold seperately so no need to fret if you don’t have the kit.

I started by cutting a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ to create a card base. Then I cut another piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 4 x 5-1/4” to create top panel.

I diecut the trio window using the Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Trio Window Wafer Die from the top panel, offsetting it from the center slightly.

I stamped the balloon border from the Simon Says Stamp Exclusive 6×8 Inch Window Frames clear stamp set around the windows and also some extra balloons with the additional balloon and string stamp included in the stampset using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. To stamp balloons that look like they are behind the balloons around the windows, I stamped the balloon border on to Masking Paper, fussycut it out, and placed it over the balloon border image before stamping additional balloons. I stamped some of the confetti pieces around the card to fill up the white space. I wanted this card to look like a party on paper!

I also stamped some balloons in the inside of the windows so it looks like balloons continue on the inside. To do this, I just lined up the stamp on the card panel using my Tim Holtz Tonic Craft Travel Stamp Platform, removed the top panel, and stamped in the card base. I also stamped additional balloons onto scraps of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″, which I will pop up later with foam squares.

Before I started coloring all the images, I stamped some of the tiny sentiments in between the windows using the same Memento Tuxedo Black Ink (COPIC-friendly ink). I used COPICS in R17 and R27, R81 and R85, YR12 and YR16, Y06 and Y18, G07 and G14, BG000 and BG01, B95 and B37, and V06 and V09. Not gonna lie, this took a long time to color but I usually just watch a movie or Youtube videos while doing it so it makes it more fun. Once colored I all the images, I adhered the panel to the card base with 3M Foam Tape and used Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhered some of the additional balloons.

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Lastly, I stamped the “happy birthday” sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Exclusive 6×8 Inch Window Frames clear stamp set onto a scrap of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ and fussycut it out, separating the two words. I also used white alphabet stickers from my stash for the “50”. Since they were white I colored them with a black marker and addded them to the card in the middle window. If you have black Alphabet stickers that you like and fit inside the window, you can use those. I finished off the card by adding some highlights with my White Uni-Ball UM 153 Signo Broad Point Gel Pen and some splatters with Craft Smart Acrylic Paint in Black. And of course, no card is complete without some Nuvo Drops. I used Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ebony Black. It’s now a fun and colorful rainbow card. Doesn’t it just scream “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!?!”

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Birthdays, Celebrations, Spring

Getting the Most From Your Dies, Featuring Simon Says Stamp Dies

Hi friends. Today I’m bringing you two cards featuring the Simon Says Stamp Dazzling Circle and Blooming Circle Dies. One card uses the dies in the way they were intended but the second card uses it in a different way — using the positive diecuts to create a background. This is an easy way to create a background.

Traditional Use of Die

For the first card I started by cutting a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″. Then I cut a piece of green gingham paper (from the Birthday paper pack included in the Crafty Parcel) to 4 x 5-1/4” and diecut the wreath in the top center of the panel using the Simon Says Stamp Dazzling Circle Die (no longer available as it was part of the Stamptember release). I added some 3M Foam Tape to the back of the panel and adhered a square piece of Stampin’ Up! Granny Apple Green 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock on the card base behind the wreath. The easiest way to do this is to add the foam tape to the wreath panel and then attaching the green square piece behind that and then adhering it to the card base.

I diecut a bunch of flowers from 6 different colored scraps of cardstock using the Simon Says Stamp Blooming Circle Wafer Dies and adhered them to the wreath using Tombow Mono Multi-liquid Glue.

For the sentiment, I diecut ‘Celebrate’ from the Sentiment Stacker Dies #1 with some Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ for the sentiment and pink glitter foam from Queen & Company’s Glitter Fun Foam – Rainbow for the shadow. I finished it off the by adding some Love from Lizi Peel-offs in Clear Iridescent Pink Glitter and some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gloss White.

On the inside of the card, I cut a strip of Green Gingham paper (from the Birthday paper pack included in the Crafty Parcel) to 1 x 4-1/4″. I stamped a greeting from the Catherine Pooler Stamp of Approval Young at Heart Collection stampset (I don’t think this is available in her shop anymore) in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and Catherine Pooler Party Dress Ink. I finished it off by adding some additional flowers.

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  • Card Base = 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″
  • Top Panel = 4 x 5-1/4” Green Gingham paper (from the Birthday paper pack included in the Crafty Parcel)
  • Inside Strip = 1 x 4-1/4″ Green Gingham paper (from the Birthday paper pack included in the Crafty Parcel)

Creating a Background Using Just Dies

For the second card I started by cutting a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ and a piece of Neenah 80lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 4 x 5-1/4”. I diecut the several leaves from Stampin’ Up! Old Olive Cardstock using the Simon Says Stamp Dazzling Circle Die (no longer available as it was part of the Stamptember release). I think I diecut about 3 wreaths with the die. I diecut flowers from 6 different colored scraps of cardstock using the Simon Says Stamp Blooming Circle Wafer Dies.

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I adhered the leaves and flowers to the front panel using Tombow Mono Multi-liquid Glue, creating a pattern. I coated it with Matte Gel Medium to seal it because the images are so small they might come unglued without it. Next I stamped a sentiment from the Newton’s Nook Designs Newton Loves Cake with Catherine Pooler Designs Royal Treatment Ink Pad onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ and diecut it using a Studio Katia Stitched Square Nested Die set. I used the smaller square in the set. I adhered it to a piece of Stampin’ Up! Old Olive Cardstock and fussycut around it, creating a mat layer. I popped it up on my card with some 3M Foam Tape. I added a small bow made from 1/4” Lavender Double-Faced Satin Ribbon from my stash and a little flower to the sentiment area. I finished it off by adding some Nuvo Drops in Ivory Seashell to the centers of the larger flowers.

On the inside of the card, I just added some flowers. And that completes this card.

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Cards, Celebrations, Fall, Just Because

Donut Cards

Happy Monday everyone! Coming to you today with some fun and delicious cards. I love coffee and donuts but since I am trying to be good (yeah, right!) and not eat too much sugar, I will make them into cards instead.

This die from Honey Bee Stamps really makes them super quick and easy to make. There are also so many ways to embellish this cute donut card. It can be for birthdays, holidays, seasons, or just because.

All the cards bases were created using Lawn Fawn Paper Bag 8. 1/2 x 11” Cardstock along with the Honey Bee Stamps Donut Card Die. On this first card I used Lawn Fawn Guava 8 1/2 x 11” Cardstock and the Honey Bee Stamps Donut Card Die to create the frosting and added a layer of orange Queen & Co Rainbow Glitter Fun Foam to highlight the sprinkles. In retrospect I should’ve made the sprinkles 3D, but oh well.

I diecut the sentiment from Neenah Solar White 8 1/2 x 11” 110lb Cardstock using the Honey Bee Stamps Donut Worry Dies for the inside and the outside of the card. I used Stampin’ Up! Vellum for the sentiment shadow. I glued all of it with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue.

The second card uses SU! Highland Heather 8 1/2 x 11 Cardstock for the frosting and a layer of light pink Queen & Co Rainbow Glitter Fun Foam to highlight the sprinkles.

I diecut the word ‘Sweet’ from Neenah Solar White 8 1/2 x 11” 110lb Cardstock using the Catherine Pooler Celebrate Friends Stamp of Approval Collection Sweet Die. I then ink blended Catherine Pooler It’s A Girl ink to create an ombré effect on the word. I glued that down onto a scrap of Stampin’ Up! 8 1/2 x 11 Early Espresso 8 1/2 x 11” cardstock and fussycut around it to create a shadow. I stamped the word ‘You’re’ from Stampin’ Up!’s Cool Treats (retired) with Versamark clear embossing ink onto a piece of Stampin’ Up! 8 1/2 x 11 Early Espresso 8 1/2 x 11” cardstock and heat embossed it with Wow white embossing powder. I adhered those two pieces to the front of the card with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue.

On the inside I diecut out a donut shape using the Honey Bee Stamps Donut Card Die circle die from Neenah Solar White 8 1/2 x 11” 110lb Cardstock and stamped a sentiment from Stampin’ Up!’s Cool Treats (retired) in Catherine Pooler Designs Over Coffee Ink and glued the piece inside the card.

For the last card I had to make it a Fall card, not only because I love Fall but also because I love pumpkin spiced everything and donuts are no exception. Can’t wait for Fall people!

Anyways I used SU! Pumpkin Pie 8 1/2 x 11 Cardstock for the yummy orange frosting and layered purple Queen & Co Rainbow Glitter Fun Foam (ok it’s a little bit more Halloween than Fall but that’s ok ‘cuz I live Halloween too).

For the sentiment, I stamped part of it using the Honey Bee Stamps Happy Fall Y’all stampset, Versamark clear embossing ink and heat embossed it with Wow white embossing powder onto a piece of Stampin’ Up! 8 1/2 x 11 Early Espresso 8 1/2 x 11” cardstock. Then diecut the ‘Fall’ word from Stampin’ Up! 8 1/2 x 11 Early Espresso 8 1/2 x 11” cardstock with the Fall die from the same stampset.

To make the word appear to float over the donut hole, I used a strip of Stampin’ Up! Vellum and adheredit over the hole. I used the circle die in the Donut Card dieset to trim the sides. I then adhered the rest of the sentiment pieces above and below. I used Nuvo Crystal Drops in Violet Galaxy to add some embellishment.

Lastly I stamped a sentiment from the Queen & Co Happy Harvest Kit with Catherine Pooler Designs Over Coffee Ink and this card is complete.

Before I go I just want to say that if you want to make these cards and you don’t have all the supplies I used and don’t want to purchase them, just look through your stash of stamps, dies, and papers and make them your own. It’s fun to play with different looks. The possibilities are really endless. Have FUN with it!!!

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope I’ve inspired you to give the Honey Bee Donut Card Die a try and make some donut cards of your own. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.

Birthdays, Cards, Celebrations

Today is Your Day

Hello friends. This card features stamps from Catherine Pooler Designs. These stamps are from the Celebrate Friends Stamp of Approval Collection but are also sold separately. I wanted to make a cheerful, fun but gender neutral card. This can be for a birthday or other celebration. This card is available for sale in my Etsy shop if you prefer not to make it yourself.

Ok let’s make this card. First I cut a piece of Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2” for the card base and scored it at 4 1/4”, another piece to 4 x 5 1/4” for the back panel and a third to 1 1/8 x 5 1/2” for the vertical strip. Time to do some stamping.

I stamped the back panel first using the mod circles from Catherine Pooler Designs Punctuated Party Stamp Set and Catherine Pooler Fiesta Blue Ink and Catherine Pooler Garden Party Ink. Next I stamped the mod streamers from the same stampset using Catherine Pooler Fiesta Blue Ink and Catherine Pooler Over Coffee Ink. I stamped 3 next to each other. Then I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of with Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock using Catherine Pooler Over Coffee Ink and the Catherine Pooler Designs Punctuated Party Stamp Set. I quickly (gotta be quick or the ink will dry) sprinkled some WOW Clear Embossing Powder and heat set it using my heat gun.

I diecut the sentiment with the Simon Says Stamp STITCHED SQUARES Wafer Dies. Then I fussycut the streamers out. Time to start putting this card together. I adhered the back panel to the card base and then I went to adhere the streamers to that and realized it was not going to hold up against the background. So I cut out a piece of Stampin’ Up! Vellum to 4 x 5 1/4” and adhered it on top of the card panel. Now I can adhere the streamer strip over that. I added the sentiment piece with some 3M foam tape to the card.

Something is missing but what… It’s not festive enough. What’s a birthday car without cake and a party hat?!? So I stamped the cake from Catherine Pooler Designs WooHoo Stamp Set in Catherine Pooler Fiesta Blue Ink and the party hat in Catherine Pooler Garden Party Ink and Catherine Pooler Over Coffee Ink and diecut them with their coordinating dies. I added some Stampin’ Dimensionals to each image and added it to the card. Finished it off with some Tonic Nuvo Jewel Drops in Key Lime and Sea Breeze and I added some shimmer to the cake with my Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Sparkle Brush Pen. All supplies and dimensions listed below.

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope I’ve inspired you to make some birthday cards of your own. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.

Cards, Celebrations, Encouragement, Just Because, Mother’s Day

Stampin’ Up! So Hoppy Together Stampset

Hello friends, I’m coming at you today with this cute and simple froggy card using Stampin’ Up!’s SO HOPPY TOGETHER Stamp Set. I’ve had this stampset for awhile and just got around to making some cards. It was part of the Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration 2019 catalog so unfortunately is no longer available but I still wanted to present some inspiration for those of you who have this stampset. And if you don’t have the stampset you can easily substitute another critter for the frogs. And if you want to own any of these cards they are both available for sale in my Etsy shop.

Celebrate Your Awesomeness Card

For this card I kept things simple. I cut a card base to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2” from Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock and scored it at 4 1/4”. Then cut and adhered a panel measuring 4 1/4 x 5 1/2” and a Strip to 1 3/4 x 5 1/2” from Queen and Company Flirty Florals Paper Pad to the card base. Using a paper pad is a great way to ensure that all your pattern papers coordinate. No guessing necessary.

I stamped the frog images onto Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and colored them with Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends Markers, Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends Markers, Highland Heather Stampin’ Blends Markers, Pool Party Stampin’ Blends Markers and Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blends Markers.

I fussycut all the images out then diecut the circles with the Queen and Company Foundation Dies #1. Using the Company Sentiment Stacker Dies, I diecut the ‘Celebrate’ word from Simon Says Stamp Black Card stock and the shadow from Stampin’ Up! Vellum. I adhered those two pieces together then proceeded to stamp and heat emboss the sentiment strip onto black cardstock using Versamark clear embossing ink and Wow white embossing powder. That was then cut out using the Company Foundation Dies #2.

I figured out the placement of all the images and sentiments on the card and adhered. Finished it off with some Nuvo drops in Key Lime, Purple Rain and Sea Breeze. I also stamped the froggy image on a white envelope.

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Hoppy For You

This card is my favorite of the two. Also quite easy to make. This time the pattern paper is just an accent or enhancement.

I cut a card base to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2” and a panel to 4 x 5 1/4” from Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock. Then cut a strip of Catherine Pooler Black Tie Gala Patterned Paper to 1 3/16 x 5 1/4” and Simon Says Stamp Black Card stock to 1 3/8 x 5 1/4″. I adhered those two pieces together and then to the card panel. Then adhered the white card panel to the card base.

I had already stamped and colored the images prior to starting this card. If I know I’m making multiple cards using the same stamp set, I like to stamp and color all the images I need (or just a bunch of I’m not sure what I want to use) before I create my cards. I will fussycut them just before I begin the cardmaking process. Onto the next step then…

I used some Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock and used the direct-to-paper method to color with Catherine Pooler Fiesta Blue Ink. This method is a great way to match your cardstock to your project. If you want to see this technique in action check out this video from Catherine Pooler.

Next I diecut the word “HOPPY” with the Honey Bee Bee Bold Alphabet Dies. I also cut two additional sets of the word from Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock. I stacked the two white sets together and adhered, followed by the colored set of letters on top of those.

I stamped the sentiment with the Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy Sentiments using Versamark clear embossing ink onto Simon Says Stamp Black Card stock and heat embossed with Wow white embossing powder. I cut it down to a strip measuring 1/2 x 1 3/4”. Time to adhere the sentiments and the little froggy on his unicycle as well as his fluttering friends. He’s just so cute, don’t you think?!? Finished it off with some Nuvo drops in Key Lime, Sea Breeze, and Rosewater. Lastly I stamped a little frog on a white envelope in Catherine Pooler Fiesta Blue Ink.

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope I’ve inspired you to make some adorable critter cards of your own. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.