Wednesday, February 22, 2017

SSS Hopping Along Limited Edition Card Kit

Click HERE for more info. on this kit.

Hi there. Simon Says stamp just released THIS Limited Edition Card Kit called, "Hopping Along". This is a specialty kit perfect for the season! Although they should have called it, "Sliding Along" because it's perfect for slider cards...
The kit comes with an awesome train track slider die and I cut it from a piece of gray cardstock. I removed the stick from the train sticker with one of THESE and adhered it to a penny (that was also included in the kit!) using circle foam adhesive. I doubled up on foam tape to the back piece of the train track wherever there was room and adhered it on top of another gray strip of cardstock. I adhered it to the bottom of the adorable scene that is one of the patterned papers in the kit. I adhered the whole piece to a plaid piece of paper from the kit. 
I adhered the sun sticker on top of where the sun was on the scene with foam tape to make it stand out more as well as adding some enamel flowers (from the kit) to the scene. I stamped the sentiment from the kit's stamp set on to one of THESE banner shapes. I just love how the train moves down the track!

You can see it in action on my Instagram HERE

You can find more information about the kit HERE. Be sure to grab one while you can because these kits sell out fast! 


Friday, February 17, 2017

SSS March 2017 Card Kit Inspiration

Hello there. The March Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp sold out super fast. However, THIS stamp set that was included in the kit is available for sale. I used it to create this card...

I started by stamping the chick repeatedly on a  piece of THIS cardstock using THIS ink. I die-cut the piece using THIS die to add some stitching around the edges. After the ink was dry, I colored one of the chicks using THESE markers. I also stamped, colored, and cut out the sunglasses image. I heat embossed a sentient from the set on to a strip of black cardstock and adhered it under the colored chick. I adhered everything to a top-folding orange card created from THIS cardstock.

I added a few finishing details like one of THESE flowers, some of THIS on top of the sunglasses to add some shine, and some dots on the chick's belly made with THIS white gel pen.

I hope you give this image spotlight technique a try. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

2017 Hero Arts Catalog Blog Hop

*ETA: This is the second hop for today. If you're looking for the Katy's Kindness Blog Hop, click HERE.

Hello there and welcome. I'm honored to be joining the Hero Arts Blog Hop celebrating their 2017 Catalog release that is available HERE. I fell in love with THIS Koi Fish Layering Stamp Set and created this card with it...

I started with a Google search on Koi fish for coloring. I was surprised with all the beautiful colors that popped up. I didn't go for 100% realistic, but I had fun experimenting and choosing colors that I like. Remember, you don't have to follow any rules when creating...just have fun.

I used an acrylic block to stamp each layer. The MISTI tool would be perfect for lining up each layer, but I wanted to show that if you don't have the tool, you can still achieve great results. Here's the color combo of inks I used for each layer (all Hero Arts). I used a lighter shade for the base color and a darker shade for the next layer. The number one represents the first layer and the number two represents the second layer.

Red Fish     
1.Bubble Gum     
2.Raspberry Jam
Orange Fish
1.Butter Bar        
2.Orange Soda
Green Fish 
1.Green Hills   
2.Lime Green
Blue Fish   
Purple Fish
1.Passion Flower
2.Grape Juice

I stamped the eye layer with black and then stamped the base layer again on top with VersaMark ink and added clear embossing powder. This adds shine and a realistic wet look...

After cutting out each fish with THIS coordinating die, I applied THIS Distress Ink on to a piece of watercolor cardstock. I applied water drops on top to give a realistic water look and cut a large oval out of the center using THESE dies. I adhered the fish inside the oval and stamped some bubbles from the stamp set in the center. I finished off the card by adding a sentiment from THIS stamp set and adhering a few of THESE clear drops.

I also stamped on the inside of the card using a sentiment from the Koi stamp set...

I plan to add a scratch off lottery ticket inside to tie along with the theme of the card.

There's lots more inspiration to check out. Click HERE to go to the next stop on the blog hop and visit the wonderful, Libby Hickson.

Here's the complete Blog Hop order...
The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Laura Bassen
Wanda Guess
Amy Tsuruta
Clare Prezzia
Yana Smakula
Kathy Racoosin
Debby Hughes
Kelly Purkey
Lydia Fiedler
May Park
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Heather Ruwe
Libby Hickson
Michelle Short
Jana Millen

  GIVEAWAYHero Arts will be giving away three $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. For a chance to win, leave a comment by Tuesday, February 21st at 11:59pm PT.

Click HERE to see the 2017 catalog. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day.