Thursday, December 31, 2015

SSS You Have My Heart Blog Hop


Hi there. I'm excited and honored to be part of the SSS You Have My Heart Blog Hop. Here is the card I created using some of the product from THIS awesome release....


I thought I would share three technique/tips that I used when creating this card...

TIP #1 STRETCH THE SIZE OF YOUR DIES
I wanted to use THIS die for the sentiment. However, it was a bit large for where I wanted to place it. By die-cutting it from some black fun foam, I was able to shrink it down in size by applying heat to it with my heat gun. This gives you a lot more mileage from your dies.

TIP #2 COMBINE DIES FOR A WHOLE NEW LOOK
I cut THIS scalloped die out of some black cardstock and then placed THIS rectangle die in the center and ran it through my die-cut machine, creating an open frame. I love using multiple dies together to create a whole new image.



TIP #3 ADDING DIMENSION
I just love those big bold eyes on the bird images from THIS set. I decided to stamp an extra set, cut them out and adhere them back into place with some of THIS foam adhesive. I love how the dimension draws attention to the eyes...



GIVEAWAY
Now how about a GIVEAWAY!? Simon Says Stamp is picking one winner from each stop along the hop to win a prize package valued at $50! To enter, leave a comment below. Winners will be chosen on Monday, January, 4. 2016 and contacted by Simon Says Stamp. Good Luck!

KEEP HOPPING 
Click HERE for the next stop on the hop and visit the sweet and talented Sarah Moerman. Click HERE to start at the beginning of the hop.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

White Ink on Kraft Cardstock

Hi there. Today I have two cards to share. Same design using a different color palette....

I love the look of white ink on kraft cardstock. I decided to test out two different white inks when using THIS striped background stamp. The purple card on the left uses THIS white pigment ink. The pink card on the right uses THIS staz-on ink. I found that the unicorn pigment ink gives a nice, almost "ghost like" look. The white Staz-on ink gives more of a crisp, bold white. I like them both and it simply comes down to on personal preference. I just thought I would share a comparison to give you a closer look...

Here's the white pigment ink...
 ...and the white Staz-on ink...
After stamping the background on to THIS cardstock, I die-cut and stamped the sentiment using THIS stamp set. I used THIS new heart die from Simon Says Stamp and cut it from two shades of one color to create a shadow effect on each card. I finished off the cards by creating the base using THIS die and adhered a few of THESE embellishments. 

A closer look...

I hope this has inspired you to do some white stamping on kraft cardstock. Thanks so much for stopping by. 

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*Cardstock used can be found HERE


Friday, December 25, 2015

Holiday Card Series- Wrap Up

Merry Christmas! I thought I would wrap up the Holiday Card Series with our family Christmas card. I decided to do a simple shaker card...


Mass producing these cards were so simple thanks to THESE pocket sleeves. I stamped a greeting from THIS stamp set using THIS ink on to the photo sleeve using THIS tool. I printed my photos to be 4x4, rounded the corners, slipped them inside and added a few of THESE beads. I used THIS fuse tool to seal off the top. Quick and easy.

Oh, I did trim off the edge of the sleeve to remove the strip where you place it in a photo album. Here's a peek at the other side of the shaker card...


I also wanted to share a gift I created using the same concept. I bought my nephew a Chuck E Cheese gift card for Christmas. I wanted to present it in a fun way so I stamped one of the same photo sleeves with a sentiment from THIS stamp set using THIS ink. I slipped in some patterned paper from THIS paper pad along with the gift card and few Chuck E Cheese tickets and coins. I sealed the top to create a fun shaker card....

Thanks so much for stopping by. From our family to yours, Merry Christmas! 

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