Simon Says Stamp Mini Haul

Hi friends!!  Ok, I know I said I wasn’t going to be posting for a bit, but I just have one more fun little post to share with you.  I have a video of this haul on my YouTube channel which you can access by clicking here.  I just want to share with you my latest Simon Says Stamp order.  There’s some really cute stamp sets here!!


I’ll list each item with a link in case you want to check it out.


This first stamp set is called Bring the Sunshine by SSS.  The main reason I wanted this set is because I really like the big sentiment there on the left.  “You are my sunshine, you make me happy when skies are gray.”  I have a painting in my guest bathroom that has this song painted on it and I just love it!  It makes me happy when I see it.


I just got some Halloween twine so that I can start making some Halloween card.  This is simply called Halloween by Tim Holtz Idea-ology.


I absolutely adore this set called Fawning Over You by Memory Box/Poppy Stamps.  Those little deer are so darn cute!!  So is the little boat and the trampoline!


I’ve been eyeing this one since it came out so it was only a matter of time before I had it in my hot little hands… bwahahaha (That’s my evil Halloween laugh right there. Just envision it sounding really scary…)


I’ve been seeing so many cute panda stamp sets lately!!  And I want them all!!!  This one stood out to me because I really like that you get several different pandas, but you also get a mailbox and a mail bin and a cute little stack of packages and individual letters.  All those images are versatile and can be used for many different types of cards.  This set is called Incoming Mail by Mama Elephant.


I also got the Stitched Banners die by SSS because I liked that they are wide enough for a sentiment and short enough that I won’t have to always cut an end off of them.  I also have Stitched Fishtail Flags by My Favorite Things and I like them as well.  They’re longer and thinner than this set from SSS.


I was thinking ahead for super easy Christmas cards when I added this to my order.  We only send out about 50 Christmas cards (when I actually send them) but the easier, the better.  Right?  This is called Village by SSS.  I might even try and play around with this for a Halloween card…  The wheels are turning.


I couldn’t resist this ADORABLE unicorn set!!  I LOVE these unicorns.  I love the little wings that you can add to them and the castle.  This is Magical Unicorns by My Favorite Things.  My favorite sentiment though, is “Write Your Own Fairy Tale”.  There’s just something about that sentence that warms my heart and gives me butterflies at the same time.


I FINALLY got the Sophisticated Script Uppercase set by Concord & 9th!!!  I LOVE my SS lowercase and could not WAIT until this came out, but then life happened and I kept forgetting about it.  Until now.  I’m really looking forward to using this with the lowercase set.  I’ve really been wanting to learn how to do lettering but I just don’t have the time these days so until I learn how to do my own lettering, this set along with the lowercase set will help me fake it.


And last but certainly not least are these two lovely felt sets by Taylored Expressions.  They were on sale at SSS and I’ve been wanting to give them a try so I bought these two to try out.  I really like the colors and wanted to know how they felt (hehe, get it?) Some felts that I’ve handled are kind of rough.  These are actually quite soft.  I was impressed.

And that is my Simon Says Stamp order, ladies and gentlemen!!  I hope you saw something here that maybe you hadn’t seen before or wasn’t sure about and now you are.  Or you just like checking out crafty hauls..  Either way, I hope you enjoyed this post and if you’d like to see the items up close and personal, please take a look at my video on my YouTube channel by clicking here.  Thanks!!



Watercolored Thank You Card

Hi friends!!  I’m back to share another super easy yet super fun watercolor card with you.


I’m totally loving how this turned out.  I used Strathmore 140 lb. Ready Cut Watercolor paper and Delicate Surface Frog Tape to tape it down.  I recommend the Delicate Surface instead of the original because I’ve heard that some people have problems with the tape tearing their paper when they try to remove it and I’ve never had a problem with the Delicate Surface tape.  It peels off beautifully.  I’m also going to use distress inks for this card.


And yes, this is attached to a pizza peel…  Hey!  It works beautifully.  I can tip it by propping the handle up so that the colors will run down or lay if flat if I don’t want the colors to run.  For this particular card, I did want the colors to kind of work their way down.

I used Seedless Preserves, Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers distress inks.  I put a layer of color on and then I used my heat tool to dry it.


I repeated this process 5 times.  You can do it however many times you want, that’s the beauty of watercolors.  Once I got the background the way I wanted it, I used Wonky Stitched Rectangle die by MFT to cut my background out.


I was trying to decide which color I wanted at the top and how much of that color I wanted to show.


Once I cut the background, I decided to add some paint splatters before I added my sentiment.  I used the gold from my Gansai Tambi watercolors to do the splattering.  You can also purchase the individual color blocks if you don’t want to purchase the entire set.


Once I had my paint splatters on, I used my Mini Misti to ink up the greeting with VersaMark ink.  The watercolor paper is kinda bumpy, especially after hitting it with my heat tool so many times, so the mini Misti is perfect for this.


I then added gold embossing powder  to my greeting which is from the Thank You Wishes stamp set by Mama Elephant.


Look how gorgeous that gold embossing powder is.  This is one of my favorites.  After I admired the embossing powder for a minute, I added a few sequins here and there.


I stuck with the gold theme by using Little Things by Lucy’s Cards in Champagne.  I always use my smallest acrylic block to keep the sequins pressed down while they dry.  When I use my hand to do it, it seems like I always put too much pressure on it and then the glue smooshes out the sides..


The largest of the Wonky Stitched Rectangle die measures 4″x5.25″ so I was planning on just having either a white or black border around it, but it just didn’t look right.  I wanted the colors from the watercoloring to take center stage without any competing colors so I just trimmed my card base down to 4″ x 5.25″.


Next I added the sentiment on the inside and I used this really cool transparent grid that you can purchase to use with your Mini Misti.  I sometimes have a hard time getting my sentiment straight, especially when it’s a scripty font like this.  This grid is perfect for that.


I don’t know how we did it before the Misti was invented.  Oh wait, I didn’t.  I was just becoming a card maker, I believe..  I love using Intense Black ink by Simon Says Stamp for most of my cards, but I do need to ink it up twice every time.  I’m not sure why, but again, this is exactly what the Misti was made for.  I can ink it as many times as I want and I know I will get it in the exact location every time.

So the sentiment you see above is from the set Lovely Spring by SSS.


And since this is a Thank You card, I added one of these card inserts that Jennifer McGuire so kindly shared on her blog here.  It’s a Pass It On insert so that your recipient can remove your message and reuse your card!!  I love using this for Thank You cards especially because it’s like you’re giving your recipient a little gift!  I always use removable adhesive to adhere it down.


I added a more personal sentiment for my recipient which is from the Up and Away set from Mama Elephant and a more general sentiment for her to use, if she chooses to reuse this card.


And lastly, I added my message and my card was ready for the mail!!  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  If you would like to see exactly how I made this card, you can go to my YouTube channel and watch me make it by clicking here.

This may be my last post for a week or so.  I have a craft fair coming up on Labor Day weekend and I’m spending sooo much time on here and editing my YouTube videos, that I’m not getting any cards made!!  But I will be back as soon as possible.  I really enjoy this new blog and editing my videos so I won’t be gone long.  I can’t.  I’ll start having withdrawals.  Thanks for understanding.  I hope you have a fantabulous day and I’ll catch ya next time ~




Note To Say Hello

Hello friends!!  Got a super easy card to share with you today.  I made this one to send to my aunt who is dealing with some health issues and I think it turned out perfectly!!IMG_4962This was actually perfect timing because I had the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge rolling around in my head which was called “Emboss It” this week so I started this card with embossing on my mind.  I used Handwritten Floral Greetings by Simon Says Stamp along with Horizontal Stitched Strips by My Favorite Things.IMG_7194.m4v.Still001I used my Copic markers to color the lovely flower (V12, V15, V17).  I wasn’t paying attention to staying in the lines because I knew I’d be cutting it out.IMG_7194.m4v.Still003It drives me nuts when I forget to do this tiny little step.  It makes such a huge difference when you’re not the best fussy cutter to go around the edge of your image with a black marker.  I used my Memento black marker to do this, but any marker will suffice.IMG_7194.m4v.Still004I used gold embossing powder on the sentiment and I really liked the way the gold looked with the wood background.IMG_7194.m4v.Still006I decided to use my favorite 40 lb. vellum from Ellen Hutson for the leaves along with the same gold embossing powder to tuck behind the flower to try and soften the overall look of this card.  IMG_7194.m4v.Still007I had originally planned on using this Clustered Leaves die by Simon Says Stamp, but I just couldn’t get it to look quite right.IMG_7194.m4v.Still008I finally realized it was the black trimmed flower that wasn’t working for me.  Once I decided to heat emboss the flower to match the rest of the card, I was on a roll!!IMG_7195.m4vSo I colored the flower once again and fussy cut it out, once again and I was back in business.IMG_7195.m4v.Still002All I had left to do was add some fun foam to the back of the card front and also behind the stitched strip where the sentiment was.  I chose a really pretty purple card stock from my paper stash that matched the flower beautifully.IMG_4974I dropped the Clustered Leaves and added a few droplets and then my card was complete!  See, I told you this one was super easy.  Hope you enjoy!!



CASEing One of The Best

Ok, so I said in my last post that I would share with you the card I CASE’d from Online Card Classes.  I won’t go into too much detail on this because I’m sure they want you to sign up for the class in order to learn how to create it.  BUT, I will share with you what I took from the class.  I’ve never in my life done any real watercoloring or any coloring of roses before so I was absolutely 100% in the dark on this one.  Which is why I decided to CASE this beautiful card created by Dawn Woleslagle.  If you want to see the original created by Dawn, click here to sign up for the OCC Watercolor for Card Makers class.  I was hoping that if I followed her step by step, I might actually learn when to shade and where to highlight, stuff like that.  They make it look so darn easy!!  I can’t even figure out how to create the basic shape of a rose!!  Anyway, for my very first try, I don’t think it turned out too terrible.  It certainly doesn’t look anything like Dawn’s card, but I’m ok with that.  I’m excited to CASE this one again in hopes that every time I do it, I’ll understand a little more of the basic concept of creating a rose.  So without further ado, here is my first attempt at watercoloring flowers.IMG_4883-copyAs lost as I was when I first set out to CASE this one, I actually had a lot of fun making it.  Dawn does such a beautiful job of explaining everything as she goes along.  I NEVER would have attempted this if it hadn’t been for this class.  I highly recommend everyone taking this class.  If watercoloring isn’t your thing, they have plenty of other classes that I’m sure you will find interesting.  You can check them all out by clicking here.IMG_7156.m4v.Still004The products I used for this card were, of course, WPlus9’s Coming Up Roses and Spring Blooms.  I used several distress inks as well.  I haven’t really used either of these stamps sets yet until now.  How horrible is that?!?  I’ll be honest with you, I was pretty intimidated by them!!  I’m not really a floral person so I just wasn’t really sure how to make them look amazing, like everyone else I see that uses them does…  They are absolutely beautiful stamp sets though.  I look forward to using them again.IMG_7156.m4v.Still001This experience brought a whole new level of love to my distress inks.  I knew how amazing they were for ink blending and watercoloring, but I’ve never really used them like this before.  When I’ve watercolored with them, it’s mostly for backgrounds or to color an image in.  But to actually stamp the image in the color I’m using to fill the image, I don’t think I’ve done that before.  You gotta remember, I’m still a newbie at card making.  I’m only a little under a year and a half in so there’s sooo many techniques I haven’t even experienced yet!!  That was a huge part of why I wanted to start a blog.  I wanted to keep track of all the new experiences I have.IMG_7156.m4v.Still002From a distance, this doesn’t look all that bad!!  I NEVER in a million years would have imagined that I made this card.  ME!  I’m still in shock.  I can’t even express to you how grateful I am for these online card classes.  They’re simply amazing.  If I can go from never before watercoloring florals, to this card I’m sharing with you today, just by watching this class, AND on my first try, then anyone can do this.  Anyone!!  Yes, they are THAT good.  I would put money on it.IMG_7156.m4v.Still003But like I said, I won’t go into too much detail on this one.  If you want to make this beautiful card or are interested in learning how to watercolor, then you definitely want to check this class out.

And that’s it folks!!  Thank you for stopping by.  If you have any questions or just wanna share some love, please leave me a comment.  I love chatting with you!


Where Do I Even Begin…

Hi guys!!!!  Wow, did I get ever so sidetracked or what..?  I set out to play with a few different mediums using the stamp set Spring Flowers by Simon Says Stamp (see my last “Sneak Peek” post), and I ended up…  well, everywhere BUT playing with Spring Flowers… I did, however,  watch a few days of the Watercolor For Card Makers class by Online Card Classes!!  I absolutely LOVE OCC.  Every class I’ve taken so far has been packed FULL of great information.   And they make it look so easy!!  I was so pumped and confident after watching day  7.  I thought for sure I could do what they were teaching! Well…, I  attempted to CASE one of Dawn Woleslagle’s floral cards.  That was my first mistake.  If you’ve never watercolored flowers before, it probably isn’t the wisest choice to go straight for the best of the best… I should’ve started out maybe practicing with day 1.  Lesson learned.  But I was in the moment and like I said, I was feeling confident so I went for it!!  That will be my next post..  It wasn’t as big of a disaster as I was envisioning but I’m certainly not entering it into any watercoloring challenges any time soon.  Check out my next post to see how this ended.   But anyway, I didn’t quite make my way back to my original plan just yet.  I then  proceeded to make a couple other cards that had nothing to do with that Spring Flowers set and THEN I came back and finished what I started, which ended in this card here.  I’m a lot like the dog, Dug from the movie UP.  If you don’t know who Dug is, click here to see a short clip. I’m on a mission to complete a task and then all of a sudden, SQUIRREL!!!

IMG_4951So let’s start with the Spring Flowers set since that was my intention.  I wanted to play around with some different watercoloring techniques.  I started out with my Zig watercolor brushes.  I quickly learned that they are NOT my favorite.  And that’s not to say they won’t end up being my favorite, but for now, let’s just say I didn’t spend too much time with them.  I am an equal opportunist however, and I do intend to spend a little more time with them because I think if I actually learned how to use them, I might just change my mind about how I feel towards them..IMG_7133.m4v.Still001Then I moved on to my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors.  I knew I liked these, I just love how vibrant the colors can be.  Or they can be muted down by adding more water. At this point I didn’t know if I wanted to stay in the lines or just cover the image with color.  So I did a little of both.  I still had no idea what I was going to do with all these images..  Truth be told, I still don’t.  But that’s ok! IMG_7135.m4v.Still001IMG_7135.m4v.Still002Next, I busted out my Mission watercolor palette and dabbled in a few different color combos.  I really haven’t watercolored that much in my whole year and 5 months of card making experience.  I was more experimenting with combining colors and seeing what would happen if I added this color to that or more water or less.  This thought process is what lead me to take a peak at the Online Card Classes Watercolor class.  I purchased the class quite a while ago, but haven’t really had time to play around with it just yet.  Before I got totally sidetracked, I played with a couple more watercolor techniques.  Next on my list was Distress Inks!!IMG_7135.m4v.Still003I’d say this is my favorite technique so far!!  It just doesn’t get any easier than this.   I really liked Peeled paint and Mowed Lawn for the leaves.  And Victorian Velvet made for such a beautiful mauve colored rose.  IMG_7137.m4v.Still002Lastly, before moving on to my Copics, I used my distress inks one last time to do some ink blending.  I think I am in love with ink blending.  You can have two totally different colors come together and blend so flawlessly, it’s almost magical.  And it’s not just distress inks that you can do this with.  I used many Simon Says Stamp ink pads as well.  I cut these in rows so that I didn’t cross contaminate the colors and also so that I got that really bright concentrated color at the base of the flower.  IMG_7150.m4v.Still001Once I was done with the coloring, I fussy cut all the images out.  I tried cutting them out using my Scan N Cut, but it just wasn’t working out for me so I fussy cut them instead.  These were pretty basic shapes so fussy cutting wasn’t a problem for me. It’s definitely not my first choice, but at this point, it was my only choice..  And just when you thought you’ve had enough…IMG_7203I bring in the Copics!!!IMG_7200.m4v.Still001There’s just something about copic coloring that totally melts me heart.  I love the control I have, I love the flicking in color, I love all the different possibilities, and bringing a black and white image to life.  I love everything about them!!!  IMG_7200.m4v.Still002I could color for days without coming up for air.  And I probably would if it weren’t for this little thing called a FAMILY that I have to tend to.  I can’t believe school is starting on Monday already!!  Where did this summer go?!!?IMG_7211.m4v.Still002And then when all the coloring was complete, the real fun began.  Picking and choosing which colors to put together and which flowers go with what…  Can watercolored flowers be mixed with copic colored flowers??IMG_7211.m4v.Still001 Check out all this color!!  I LOVE it!!  And then a card started to take shape.


IMG_7211.m4v.Still003I had an idea of what I wanted to do, but it took me awhile to figure out how to keep that cute little curly cue in the long, straight leaves.  I didn’t want a one layered card and I knew I wouldn’t be able to cut around that tiny little thing, so I did the only thing I could think to do.  I stamped the leaves on the card front and then layered another colored image over the top!!  Voila!!  Problem solved.   IMG_4956To finish this off, I added some foam adhesive behind some of the images and the sentiment.  I attached a few sequins here and there and some mini rhinestones on the 3 smallest flowers to add some sparkle.  I used the Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear glitter pen on all of the flowers which gave it even more sparkle.  The sentiment came from the Choose Happy set from Simon Says Stamp.  I really like how simple this card looks.  If I were to do it over again, I’d probably add some color behind the flowers.  Either a light watercolor wash, or maybe some ink blending.  The Clarity brushes would have been perfect!!  Ok, I know what I’m doing for my next card now.  I have a craft fair coming up on Labor Day weekend so I’ll be making as many cards as I can between now and then.

I know this was kind of a loooong post, and I’m working on that.  I still don’t know what my blogging style is but I’m going to try and keep it more short and sweet in my posts that follow.  It took me awhile to get this post up but I do still have a family to attend to so all I can do is post when I have the time.  School is starting on Monday so I’m not sure if that’s going to give me more time or if it’s going to make me even busier since I like to help out in class each week and we also have football practice every night…  Well, you know the song and dance if you’ve had kids so I won’t bore you with the details.  My point is,  this took me so long to get posted.  I gotta get better at this and when I say better, I mean faster, if I ever want to have time to post.  I’m hoping to get some type of schedule here one of these days.  Until then, I will post whenever I can.  Like I said, I have a craft fair coming up so most of my free time will be dedicated to making cards so if I don’t get many posts up, that is probably why.  At least I’ll have a lot of material to post about!!  Even if it isn’t until after the holiday weekend.  Thank you so much for your patience and thank you so much for taking the time to read my lengthy post.  I know time is so valuable in everyone’s lives whether you have kids or not, whether you work or not, no matter what we all do everyday that shapes our lives, time is one of the most important aspects of anyone’s life.  We gotta use it wisely…


Sneak Peek

Hi there!!  I wanted to give you a sneak peek at what I’m working on. I didn’t have anything to report today since I’m not quite done so I thought I’d at least let ya in on what I’ve been up to.  I think I pulled out almost every ink pad I have for this one…  Well, hopefully I’ll get more than one (card) out of this…

I’ve got some emboss resist ink blending going on over here..

And some not so great water coloring going on over here…  (notice the not too close, kinda dark corner shot?  Yeah, that’s on purpose.)

I’m planning on Copic coloring some of the images from this set in the morning so I can get a feel for a few different mediums.  I’ll be sharing all of this in my next YouTube video as well.  All in all, I’ll be happy if I can get at least a card or two done by tomorrow. It’s waaaay past my bedtime so I think I’m gonna call it a day. I hope to see ya, well, later today since it’s already after  1 a.m.  Yikes!!  Nighty night!!