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.

Card front

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.

Card inside

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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??

Card front

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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Cards, Easter, Easter, Hello, Just Because, Love & Friendship, Spring

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

Spring is officially here friends! And when I think of Spring, I think of beautiful flowers in bloom and soft pastel colors. And this Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp is perfect for spring cards, as well as Easter cards and even Mother’s Day cards! And can we talk about the purple glitter paper included in this kit?!? OMG, just gorgeous.

Card front

The 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 the Simon Says Stamp Lavender 8.5×11 cardstock to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ for the card base, a piece of one of the pattern papers in the ModaScrap Spring Flowers 6 x 6 paper pack to 4 x 5-1/4”, and another piece of pattern paper to 3-3/4 x 5”. I adhered the three together with Simon Says Stamp Craft Tacky Glue.

I then used the 24 piece watercolor pencil pack and watercolor brushes to color one of the Suzy Plantamura custom floral watercolor cards. I love these preprinted watercolor cards. They are fun and relaxing to watercolor and they make great quick and easy cards too. Once everything was dry, I fussycut the flowers out and adhered it to the card with some Simon Says Stamp Craft Tacky Glue. For the sentiment I diecut “hello” using the Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Bold Hello wafer thin die and Simon Says Stamp 6 x 6 inch glitter paper and adhered it to the card. I finished it off with some Nuvo Crystal Drops Tonic VIOLET GALAXY.

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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.

Dimensions

  • 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.

Card Front

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.

Card Inside

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Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to give your old stand-alone dies a second look and try some new techniques with them. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email.

Cards, Easter, Holidays 2019, Mother’s Day, Spring, Thank Yous

Spring Cards 2

3 Cards using SSS Blooming Circle and Blooming Wave Wafer Dies

Hi friends. Continuing on with some Spring inspired cards, I pulled out the Simon Says Stamp Blooming Circle Wafer Dies and Simon Says Stamp Blooming Wave Wafer Die to create 3 different cards. It was a little time-consuming to inlay all the flowers and leaves but the results are well worth it

This Easter card combines the Simon Says Stamp Some Bunny stamps and Newton’s Nook Designs Newton’s Easter Basket stamps with the Simon Says Stamp Blooming Circle Wafer Dies. I added patterned paper from both the Doodlebug 6 x 6 Double-sided Paper Pad-Easter Express (discontinued), and Queen & Co Flirty Florals 6 x 6 Mat Stack. Images were colored with Copic markers and fussycut. I inlaid the flowers after diecutting several pieces of scrap rainbow color cardstock. Finished it off by adding some Nuvo Crystal Drops in White Gloss.

Card 2 turned into a Mother’s Day Card. When I started working on these cards I had no idea what the theme would be so I didn’t pick sentiments. But after adding the daisy pattern paper (from Doodlebug 6 x 6 Double-sided Paper Pad-Easter Express (discontinued)), I decided to make into a Mother’s Day card. I used the Simon Says Stamp Blooming Wave Wafer, to create a border then inlaid the flowers after diecutting several pieces of scrap yellow and green cardstock. I used Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy Sentiments and the Lawn Cuts Happy Happy Happy to creqte this dimensional sentiment. Finished it off by adding Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ivory Seashell.

And for this 3rd card, I wanted to make it look like rings so I diecut the Simon Says Stamp Blooming Circle Wafer Dies and diecut 3 flower circles, centering one of them. Once again I ran the die through with several color cardstock in rainbow colors. I added a sentiment to the center wreath using Catherine Pooler Designs Good Stuff Inside.Finished it off by adding Nuvo Crystal Drops in White Blizzard Glitter Drops.

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Hope you’ve enjoyed this process post and I hope I’ve inspired you to create some cards of your own. Thanks for stopping by and once again please leave questions in the comments or feel free to email me if you prefer.

Cards, Easter, Spring

Spring Cards

Celebrate Spring

Happy Friday!!! It’s time to celebrate the arrival of Spring with this cute card featuring bunnies hopping through the tulips. Can also be used as an Easter card. This card is available for purchase in my Etsy shop.

Ok it may be winter still but I wanted to show how you all that you can use stamps meant for a specific event or holiday and use it for other type of cards. This allows us to stretch our stamps and dies.

Celebrate Spring

I used an older Lawn Fawn stampset, Hello Baby, which is meant for baby cards and used it for a Spring scene instead. Lawn Fawn stamps are great because you can combine different stampsets and they look like they belong together.

WThis card base is a made from Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso cardstock. The sky was made with Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Rainbow 6 x 6 patterned paper and the tree, grass and flowers were diecut from colored card stocks. I used Lawn Fawn’s Leafy Tree Backdrop for the tree and leaves background, Lawn Fawn’s Grassy Hillside Borders for the grass, and the dies from Hello Baby, for the tiny flowers and clouds. The bunnies and tulips on this card were colored with COPIC markers and cut with coordinating dies. Nuvo drops in Ivory Seashell and Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Sparkle Brush Pen was added to the tiny flowers for some embellishment.

The inside of the card is decorated with matching pattern paper and diecut tiny flowers. Then stamped with “Happy Spring” using Lawn Fawn How You Bean?

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Hope you’ve enjoyed this process post and I hope I’ve inspired you to create some cards of your own. Thanks for stopping by and once again please leave questions in the comments or feel free to email me if you prefer.