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Slay EVERY Day

The Kisses release from Simon Says Stamp is now available. And it sure is fun! I created two projects using the brand new Slay die set.

I stepped out of my comfort zone a bit and created this fun card. To start, I ink blended the following Distress Oxides onto a white, 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch panel: Kitsch Flamingo, Carved Pumpkin, and Squeezed Lemonade. The stencil I used was the Dare2BArtzy Sunburst Stencil. Next, I shifted the stencil and put Ranger Stickles Glitter Gel in Nebula onto the paper. I am absolutely in love with how this turned out! And to be honest, I’m not much of a sparkle girl, but this worked beautifully. That glitter gel is gorgeous!

Next, I die cut the shadow for the sentiment out of white cardstock. Then, I die cut the sentiment pieces twice out of bright pink cardstock. I adhered the letters to the shadow piece and then layered on the rest of the die cuts. I added white craft foam to the back of my die cut sentiment to add dimension, and adhered it to my background. Lastly, I adhered it to an A2 cardbase. How fun is this card?

For my second project, I created a full card front shaker. I generally do not have good luck with shaker cards, but this one turned out cute. It was my first time doing this type of shaker.

To create my card, I made the die cut sentiment exactly as I did for my first card. I like the added dimension from stacking additional letters on top of each other. I cut a piece of patterned cardstock (Lawn Fawn’s Hello Sunshine Remix 6×6 Paper Pack) to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches. Then, I cut acetate with Picket Fence Studio’s Full Card Front Shaker Die. I adhered 3 of the 4 sides to the back of my patterned background. Next, I added Trinity Stamps Rainbow Sherbert Stars and a sprinkle of gold bits from Honey Bee Stamps and sealed the last edge of the shaker. I glued the sentiment to the center of the acetate window and adhered the whole shaker to an A2 cardbase.

I LOVE this shaker combination with this sentiment.

I hope you will go check out the entire new Kisses release from Simon Says Stamp. It’s a lot of fun!

If you are inspired by my projects or want to check out the rest of the release, follow this link:

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You’re My Gal

Hello and welcome back. The Hugs Release is now available from Simon Says Stamp and my cards today feature one of the new stamp sets, “You’re My Gal.” It is such a fun set, especially for making cards for your gal pals!

I wanted to make a quick Valentine and this set makes it super easy. To create this, I die cut a white panel with one of my stitched, rectangle nesting dies. Next, I stamped the sentiment from the You’re My Gal stamp set with Moment Tuxedo Black Ink. Then, I die cut a little envelope and a little heart. I adhered the envelope above the sentiment and then added the heart. Lastly, I adhered the white panel to an A2 top folding card base. Easy peasy!

To start my card, I stamped the little envelope image from the stamp set in GinaK Soft Stone Ink to create my own patterned paper. Next, I stamped “Hey Girl” in Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide. I set the ink by drying it with my heat tool. Then, I stamped it again (using my MISTI) in clear embossing ink. I sprinkled Picked Raspberry Distress Embossing Glaze over it and heat embossed it. I love that you can still see the background through the sentiment. Next, I stamped the smaller sentiment in Momento Tuxedo Black Ink. I decided to add a few small hearts. I made those by inking and embossing a piece of paper to match the sentiment. I die cut the heart and added them to the card. Lastly, I adhered the panel to an A2, side folded card base that I made from Fog cardstock from Simon Says Stamp.

This one is my favorite! To create the background, I misted a panel of Canson Watercolor paper with water and then sprayed it with Tart Cranberry Mica Stain. I set that panel aside to dry while I worked on the rest of the card elements. Next, I used the Simon Says Stamp Stacked Hearts die to cut out the grey heart pattern. I adhered it to the red panel and kept one of the little hearts in place. I added red Wink of Stella to that small heart to give it some sparkle. Then, I cut a 1″ x 5″ piece of vellum. I used my Rabbit Hole Cottontail Embossing Tool and then stamped the sentiment in embossing ink. I sprinkled Ranger Black Embossing Powder and heat embossed it. Next, I figured out where I wanted the sentiment and then folded the excess vellum around the back of the red panel and adhered it on the back. Lastly, I adhered the red panel to a white, A2 top-folding card base. I love how this card turned out!

Which card is your favorite?

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Growing in Unity Day 5 – Kindness is Like Snow

I love kindness sentiments. I work at an elementary school and our first goal is to “be kind to kids.” So I am always on the lookout for sets that include kindness quotes. I made this card for one of our brand new teachers. I hope she likes it.

This card features the Elsa Girl stamp from Unity Stamp Company. I simply stamped the image in Momento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored with my Copic markers. The sentiment I used is included in this stamp set. The other sentiment is “stay warm and cozy.” Both sentiments are very versatile, don’t you think?

Please leave a comment for your chance to win one of two $20 gift cards from Unity Stamp Company. I have really enjoyed reading your comments! And don’t forget to check out their end-of-year clearance sale.

I had a blast this week creating with Unity products. I am, and will always be a huge fan!

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Growing in Unity Day 4 – Merry Merry!

Today I am once again featuring an Itty Bitty from Unity. This one is called Merry Christmas Treeline. I believe it was free with a purchase a few years ago. I think it is adorable.

My card was inspired by a co-worker’s sweatshirt.

She purchased the sweatshirt from Sam’s Club! I thought it was cute. Below is the card it inspired.

To create my card, I ink blended Ranger Distess Oxide in Kitsch Flamingo on a piece of card stock. Then, I die cut it with one of my nesting scalloped edge dies. I added foam tape to the back of it, too. Next, I stamped the image in GinaK Fresh Asparagas ink. I stamped it a few times to get the coverage I wanted. I created two different sized banner shapes to add to my card and adhered them to an A2 top folding card base. I placed the pink stamped square on top of the banners. Lastly, I used my pine punch and cut out a few sprigs to add behind the pink square. I think this turned out pretty cute.

Where do you find inspiration for card making? Leave a comment for a chance to win $20 to the Unity Online Store!

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Growing in Unity Day 3 – Magical Moments

Hello and welcome back. Are you still making your holiday cards? I am! Every year I swear I’m going to get ahead, but I never do. I don’t like to make multiples of the same card; I like to make a card specifically for the recipient. I made this card for my son.

This card features the Layers of Life set called Search for Those Moments. It is such a pretty set. I started by placing the stamp in my MISTI and coloring directly on the stamp with Tombow marker #158. I love how the trees look! Next, I inked up the background with GinaK Amalgam ink. The sentiment is from the same stamp set and is stamped in GinaK Fresh Asparagas ink. To complete the look, I spattered white, acrylic ink to make it appear snowy. Lastly, I die cut the panel with a deckle edge die and adhered it to a dark grey A2 card base.

Please be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win one of two $20 gift cards to Unity Stamp Company.

Tomorrows card was inspired by a coworkers sweatshirt. Are you intrigued? lol

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Growing in Unity Day 2 – Hello Sweet Friend

Welcome back for day two! Today, I am featuring another cute Itty Bitty stamp from Unity Stamp Company.

Have you noticed that pastel colors seem to be very on-trend for Christmas this year? Because of that, I am using lots more in my holiday cardmaking.

For my card, I stamped the Felt Christmas Tree Itty Bitty in GinaK Kraft ink. I did mask the string, because I wanted this to look like a Christmas cookie. I colored the image with Copic markers and I added Lawn Fawn Sparkle Glaze to the cheeks. The sentiment is from the July 2017 Time to Enjoy Life Kit of the Month. I stamped it in GinaK Innocent Pink ink. Lastly, I spattered Ranger Perfect Pearls to add sparkle to my background.

Don’t forget to leave a comment for your chance to win one of two $20 gift cards to the Unity online store. I’d love to know if you like pastel colors for holiday cards!

See you tomorrow with another Unity project!

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Growing In Unity Day 1 – Oh Deer

I am very excited to be this weeks Growing In Unity gal. Today I am sharing a cute, holiday card.

This card features the It’s Christmas Oh Deer Itty Bitty stamp. Isn’t it so cute? I love the Itty Bitty stamps from Unity. They are such a great value and a fun, little gift to share with a crafty friend. Let me know what your favorite Itty Bitty stamp is…I’d love to add to my collection!

I used the following products to create my card:

It’s Christmas Oh Deer Itty Bitty stamp from Unity Stamp Company

-Ranger Distress Embossing Glaze in Walnut Stain

-Bazille cardstock in Kraft and Caribbean Breeze

Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win one of two $20 gift cards to the Unity online store. Please stop back tomorrow for another Unity project and another chance to win.

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Happy DieCember!

It sure is hard to believe that it is already December! But, we all have lots to look forward to – like DieCember at Simon Says Stamp!

I was thrilled to get the chance to create with this new die from Simon Says Stamp “Joy to You” cover plate. I made several cards and a fun banner.

For my first card, I started by using the cover plate to die cut some deep, red cardstock. I splattered white acrylic paint to add snow to my background. Next, I die cut green cardstock so I could inlay a green tree on this card. I layered it onto a white panel and adhered it to a white, top folding A2 card base.

For this card, I used the letters from the previous card to determine my color palette. I found some pretty plaid patterned paper in my stash that I thought would work perfectly for this card. I used the cover plate to die cut some white cardstock. Next, I inlayed the red letters. I also used the cover plate to die cut some silver paper so I could get a silver tree to inlay. This was such a quick card to create, and I love how it turned out!

This next card really came together quickly! I die cut the cover plate from Simon Says Stamp silver glitter cardstock. Next, I added foam tape to the back, to give this panel some dimension. I die cut a green panel and adhered it to a white, top-folding A2 card base. Lastly, I adhered the silver panel. So sparkly and pretty!

This card is probably my favorite. I simply die cut the cover plate 3 times out of white cardstock. I adhered them all together and then rubbed the edges onto my embossing ink pad. Next, I sprinkled gold embossing powder and heat embossed the edges. Then, I splattered Lawn Fawn Liquid Stardust on the base panel. I adhered the die cut panel to the base panel and added them to a top-folding A2 card base. Lastly, I inlayed a green tree. I love how this card turned out!

For my last project, I created a fun little banner for my chalkboard wall. I was going for a rustic, farmhouse vibe. I die cut the cover plate from black cardstock and used a dauber to add some Ranger Picket Fence Distress Ink on it to make it look a little chalky. I adhered that panel to a banner shape that I created.

To create the banner shape, I cut a piece of white card stock to 4 x 5 3/4″. I found the center and measured up one inch from the bottom and drew a small dot where that measurement met the middle. Using an xacto knife, I cut from each of the bottom corners, diagonally up to where the dot was located, to make the banner shape. I cut several of these for the banner.

For the other banners, I die cut an oval out of kraft cardstock and adhered it to a gingham rectangle that was adhered to the banner piece. I die cut black trees using Simon Says Stamp Mod Tree Wafer Die and adhered them to the kraft ovals. Next, I punched holes so I could string up the banner. I added black jingle bells (which I found in the Target Dollar Spot) between the banners. I hung this on my chalkboard wall in my kitchen and I am loving it!

I hope you will consider Joy For You Cover Plate Die for your holiday crafting. I think it is a must have for creating quick and simple cards!

Here is a link to the entire new release from Simon Says Stamp

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Holiday Latte

How fun is the Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop? So many wonderful cards entered. I hope you are joining in!

I decided to create a holiday card, because it is time to get busy!

My card features an image from Cozy Vibes Coffee from Unity Stamps. I colored it with Copic Markers and went back in with the colorless blender to remove some of the color from the latte design. I also added some white gel pen to brighten it up. The sentiment is from Christmas Coffee Sayings by Impression Obsession. I stamped it with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink and then die cut it with a pennant die from Divinity Designs. I used some older punches to create my holly and pine accents. I splattered some white paint on the holly and pine to look like snow.

I’m linking this up to the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and also entering it in the current Caffeinated Christmas Card challenge #cccc11.

I look forward to seeing your caffeinated creations!

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Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop

It’s time once again for the Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop. So happy you are hopping along!

I’m still enjoying creating Fall themed cards, so I pulled out some fun stamps and got busy.

My card today features several different company’s products:

~Newton’s Nook Frames Square die

~Reverse Confetti Autumn Apple Cider

~Simon Says Stamps and Dies COFFEE FRIEND set546cf Stamptember

~Newton’s Nook Autumn Paper 6×6 pad

~ Gina K Designs FADED BRICK Color Companions Mini Ink Pad CUBE21
link from: Simon Says Stamp

~ Copic Markers: E31, E33, E35, G94, BG96, BG99, R29, R37,YG05,YG23,YG01, E11, E13, E15, E00

I started by stamping my images in a Copic-friendly ink (I used Momento Tuxedo Black Ink) and then Copic colored them. Next, I used the coordinating dies to cut out my images and the scalloped frame to die cut my kraft panel. Then, I figured out where I wanted to put my images, so I could determine where to stamp the sentiment. I stamped the sentiment with Gina K Faded Brick ink. I adhered the cider mug, and added foam tape to the back of the coffee cup to add some dimension. I used the stitched square die to cut out a piece of polka dot patterned paper for the background panel. I then made a square card and adhered the polka dot and kraft panels to it. I think square cards are a fun alternative to an A2 card, don’t you?

Thank you for stopping by! Enjoy the hop and fingers crossed that you win a prize!