Monday, September 25, 2017

Picture Book Panda Teacher Cards

Hello. If you've been a follower of my blog, then you know I'm a big fan of teachers. They do so much and in my opinion, can't be spoiled often enough. I try and keep a big stash of cards ready on hand to give to my son's teachers often to remind them how awesome they are. Here's two I recently created using new STAMPtember products from Simon Says Stamp...

Now before I get to the process, I have to say that my son's school's mascot is the panda so that is why I chose THIS panda, but you could put any critter in it's place.

I wanted to show that you can use felt with your dies.

This card features a felt panda...

This card features a cardstock panda...

I started by stamping THIS background with THIS ink. I die-cut a shape from the center of each card. I used THIS die for the circle and THIS die for the heart. I used THIS alphabet set to stamp the sentiment underneath. I used THIS die-cut teacher word and THIS stamp set to complete the sentiments. I finished off the cards by adding an apple from THIS stamp set and hearts that I punched out of THIS cardstock. I applied some of THIS on top for some shine.

I hope this inspires you to spoil a teacher. :)

Have a great day.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

STAMPtember Carol Singers Scene

Hello, friends. I wanted to share a card that features THIS adorable stamp set from Simon Says Stamp...

I just love how all the critters together make the perfect carol singers scene. I started with the background. I used THIS Distress Oxide Ink and applied it heavier around the edges and lighter in the center, leaving the center mostly white. Then I stamped all of the animal images on that background as a guide. I cut the snow hill from THIS die and stamped the sentiment towards the bottom. I added glitter to the top of the snow bank and adhered it to the background.

I stamped, colored, and cut out the animal images and used foam tape to adhere them in place. I added some of THIS to the bunny's ornament and some of THIS to the eyes and nose of all the critters for some shine. I also used THIS gel pen to add dots of snow on the background.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day!


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Ghost Shaker Card

Hello! Today I'm sharing a shaker card featuring THIS adorable stamp set designed by Cathy Zielske for Simon Says Stamp. Isn't it adorable!?

I created this shaker card a bit differently than I normally do after watching THIS video from Jennifer McGuire. She is a creative genius! It makes creating a shaker card so much easier and I love the support the cardstock gives instead of the fun foam. If you haven't watched it yet, you must. I will be creating my shaker cards from now on this way.

THIS frame die was perfect for a shaker card. Any frame die would work well for this technique. I stamped the images on a piece of THIS acetate using THIS ink. My ink pad was REALLY dry so I had to stamp it several times and it still wasn't stamping completely. However, I stopped because I really liked the look it was giving...a vintage, spooky feel. For the shaker bits, I used some old glitter I've had forever from Doodlebug. You could use any glitter or even sequins or seed beads. I mounted the shaker on to one of THESE 4 Bar Note cards.

Thanks for stopping by. You're Bootiful! :)


Friday, September 15, 2017

"Magical" Witch Hat Card

Hello. Today's card features THIS stamp set from Simon Says Stamp...

See that witch's hat? After I stamped, colored, and cut it out, I adhered one of THESE action wobblers to it. It makes the hat "magical" and moves when you tap it. Check it out in action over on my Instagram HERE.

The witch hat is adhered to a banner cut with THIS die and I silver heat embossed the sentiment from the stamp set as well as some stars. THIS striped background was stamped with THIS ink and clear heat embossed to give some shine. Here's a closer look...

I finished off the card by mounting everything to a top folding gray note card. I tied some of THIS string around the top of the card and used one of THESE in the center of the knot. I also added a few Nuvo drops around the sentiments and stars. 

I hope this inspires you to add an action wobbler to your next project. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a magical day. 


Thursday, September 14, 2017

SSS October 2017 Card Kit

Hi there and welcome. Today I'm sharing a card created with THIS card kit from Simon Says Stamp.

I fell head over heals in love with the patterned paper in the kit and used several pieces to die-cut stitched squares. I heat embossed a sentiment from the kit's stamp set on the last square using some of the new navy embossing powder from the kit...
The kit comes with two envelopes. I trimmed down one and adhered it to a navy note card and adhered the squares on top. For the other envelope, I used the flower die from the kit and applied some embossing ink (from the embossing pen included in the kit) and embossed it into the flap of the envelope with THIS embossing mat. Then I heat embossed it with the kit's navy embossing powder to tie everything together.

Here's a closer look...

You can find much more about the kit HERE

Thanks so much for visiting today.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Tim Holtz STAMPtember Collaboration

Hi! I'm so excited to share a project created with THIS exclusive stamp set designed by Tim Holtz for Simon Says Stamp's STAMPtember.

I started by creating the background. I applied four colors of Distress Oxide inks (all listed below) and spritzed water on top as I was drying it. Once it was completely dry, I stamped the deer and tree images using THIS ink. I also heat embossed two of the images to create a moon and star sky. For the snow banks, I cut two pieces of white cardstock with THIS die. I applied some of THIS on top to give them lots of texture and a realistic snow look. I finished off the card by white heat embossing a sentiment on a black banner cut with THIS die. I decided to not add any embellishments and keep the focus on the stamped images.

Here's a closer look...

You can see this card and lots more inspiration using this stamp set in a video over on Tim's blog HERE.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day.


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Smudge Stamping

Hello. Today's card features a technique I recently discovered from Mr. Distress Ink himself, Tim Holtz. I took one of his classes at a stamping convention all about Distress Oxide Inks and Smudge Stamping was my favorite technique he shared.

I started by stamping the images from THIS stamp set using Distress Oxide Inks. Once the image is stamped, you immediately use one of THESE to smear or smudge the ink. I used circular motions right on top of the image just as I would to ink blend. Since Distress Oxide Inks have dye and pigment ink properties, the image stays crisp like a dye ink but the wet ink like pigment smears or smudges. It's so much fun! I also sprayed some water on top to achieve a bleached look.

I die-cut THIS die from white and vellum. I heat embossed several layers of gold embossing powder on the white cardstock word to give an embellishment look. I also heat embossed a sentiment from THIS set underneath. I finished off the card with a sprinkling of sequins.

I hope this inspires you to try smudge stamping.