Sunday, January 14, 2018

Simon Says Stamp February Card Kit Reveal & GIVEAWAY!

Hi everyone!

Today is reveal day for the Simon Says Stamp February Card Kit: A Colorful Crafty Life and it is jam packed with crafty goodness!



This month's fabulous kit includes the fun new Crafty Friend Stamp Set, some Prima wood embellishments, Studio Katia Cupid's Kiss Crystals, TWO Tim Holtz Texture Fade Embossing Folders, samples of 6 different Daniel Smith Watercolors, a water brush pen, Plus "Twiggy" Curved Blade Scissors (which are great for carrying in your purse or pocket), 12 sheets of Echo Park's I'd Rather be Crafting 6x6 Papers, 5 pieces of Simon's cardstock, 3 of Simon's envelopes, and Simon's Craft Tacky Glue. Wow!

For the card I'm sharing today I wanted to use as many of the elements from the kit as I could:



If you're interested, you can pick up the Simon Says Stamp February Card Kit for $34.99 + shipping. If you'd like to receive this kit and future kits for $29.99 + shipping per month, you can SUBSCRIBE HERE.

Heidi, owner of Simon Says Stamp, has given me an extra Simon Says Stamp February Card Kit to pass on to one of you! Just leave a comment on any or all of my February 2018 Card Kit posts and I'll announce a winner Monday January 29th.

Thanks for stopping by,
Sarah

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Gradient Stitched Borders Cards

Hi everyone!

I hope your week is off to a great start and that you all had a great Christman break. We spent ours fighting colds and cold weather...and have a TON of snow...which is beautiful and has given me the excuse to not venture out of town the past few days.

Today I'm sharing a couple of cards featuring the Simon Say Stamp Stitched Wimbley Borders Dies and a couple of their sentiment dies.


For my first card I diecut pieces of orange, white, and blue cardstock with the wavy stitched die, varying the width of the pieces. The second card features the scalloped stitched die cut with purples, white, and teals. These pieces are all the same width. I adhered the strips to my card front, diecut and adhered the sentiments (listed in the supply list), and added some enamel dots.


These cards are clean and simple and yet the transition of colour adds some depth to the design.

That's it for me today. Stay warm and safe!
Sarah

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Colour with Cardmaking Class

Hi everyone!

Happy New Year! I hope things are off to a great start for you! I'm stopping by today to share a set of cards I made as a sample set for a class I taught at our homeschoool co-op this past fall. I taught this class to a group of 11-12 5th and 6th graders over the course of six 45 minute classes. It was my first time teaching a group and so I wanted to keep things simple as I was learning the ropes. I also had to do what I could to keep costs down since I had a small budget to work with.

Basically I used cardmaking to teach the kids about different rules of colour. They each chose a background stamp they wanted to work with and we got everyone set up with a couple of cards to start with that first week. (I stamped the rest of them at home to save time in class.) Our co-op has lots of pencil crayons in the supply cupboard and many of the kids brought their own from home.

Week one we talked about primary, secondary, and complimentary colours and then the kids coloured their notecards to show what had been discussed:

Primary colours:


Secondary colours:


Complimentary colours:


Week two we focused on warm colours, cool colours, and neutral colours:




Week three we discussed saturation - bold colours and soft colours:



Week four was all about ombre/ gradient and mood:




Week five we focused on the use of a gallon, pint, and cup of colour to create interest:


Some weeks we only focused on one or two cards but the kids could use any extra time to catch up on colouring from previous weeks. Our final week we used to continue with any colouring that still needed to be done and to add our sentiment strips. I brought in my heat embossing supplies to show the kids how it was done and showed them how the white heat embossing really popped compared to just using white ink. I had pre-stamped/embossed the sentiment strips for the kids in order to once again save on time. During the final class I also quizzed the kids on what had been taught, handing out chocolates for correct answers.

In the end the kids had a set of 10 cards (I have a couple extra in my examples) with envelopes in a clear box that they could use themselves or gift to someone else. I also included an A2-sized cheat sheet of everything they had learned.


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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

SSS Circles and Hearts Scraps Card Set and January Card Kit Winner!

Hi everyone! 

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I'm stopping by to share another one of the card sets I made in an attempt to use up some of my patterned paper scraps and also to announce the winner of Simon's January Card Kit


First, here's the set of cards I made. All the circles, hearts, and stars were cut from scraps of patterned paper. These designs enabled me cut from some pretty small scraps. I can't remember which stamp set I used for the 'here for you' cards and can't find it on Simon's website. Does anyone happen to know? 









The winner of the Simon Says Stamp January Card Kit is....

Lynette @ My Craft Discovery who said...
Really cute tags! I love that sentiment, I think it's really fun. Such a fun joke to have going in a family. :)
December 18, 2017 at 3:38 PM
Congrats Lynette! Please message me via my contact info on the sidebar with your mailing info so I can pass it on to Simon!
Thanks everyone for stopping by my little blog this past year! Happy New Year!
Sarah

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

SSS January Card Kit: Love You (& GIVEAWAY)!

Hi everyone!

I'm stopping by to share a final card featuring the Simon Says Stamp January Card Kit: Favorite Person!


Here it is:


Using the Simon Says Stamp Wonky Rectangles Dies, I diecut two pieces of the Pebbles Ink Forever My Always 6x6 Papers. I ahered the pink one to a notecard made from Simon's Black Cardstock. On the blue piece I stamped the sentiment from Simon's Really Like You Stamp Set and added one of the Crate Paper Main Squeeze Puffy Stickers. I ran a thin line of Multi Medium Matte Adhesive along the edge of stamped piece and added some of the Vintage Platinum Distress Glitter. Once dry, I adhered the panel to the notecard with foam tape.


If you're interested, you can pick up the Simon Says Stamp January Card Kit for just $29.99 + shipping. If you'd like to receive this kit and future kits for only $24.95 + shipping per month, you can SUBSCRIBE HERE.

Heidi, owner of Simon Says Stamp, has given me an extra Simon Says Stamp January Card Kit to pass on to one of you! Just leave a comment on any or all of my January 2018 Card Kit posts and I'll announce a winner Wednesday December 27th.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas celebrating the birth of our Lord and Saviour!
Sarah

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Monday, December 18, 2017

SSS January Card Kit: Valentine Tags (& GIVEAWAY)

Hi everyone!

I'm back to share another project featuring the beautiful Simon Says Stamp January Card Kit: Favorite Person. 


For today's project I decided to make gift tags for my kids' Valentine's gifts. I have yet to decide what I'm giving them since it's still a ways off but now I won't have to scramble to make the tags!

I always joke with my kids about which one of them is my 'favourite'. It's usually whoever I'm currently kntting socks for. Ha! Because of our ongoing joke about the rotating favouritism, I thought the 'You're My Favorite' sentiment would be perfect to use for all 4 of their gift tags. :)


I diecut the gift tags from the Neenah Desert Storm Cardstock and some of the Pebbles Inc Forever My Always 6x6 papers using Simon's Stitched Dress Up Tags. I stamped the sentiment from Simon's Really Like You Stamp Set with Versafine Onyx Black Ink for my boys and the Tsukineko Delicata Small Pink Shimmer Ink that came with the January Card Kit for my daughter's tag. I mixed some Multi Medium Matte and water together and flicked it on the gift tags before adding some of the Vintage Platinum Distress Glitter Dust. I finished the tags off with some Crate Paper Main Sqeeze Puffy Stickers.

If you're interested, you can pick up the Simon Says Stamp January Card Kit for just $29.99 + shipping. If you'd like to receive this kit and future kits for only $24.95 + shipping per month, you can SUBSCRIBE HERE.

Heidi, owner of Simon Says Stamp, has given me an extra Simon Says Stamp January Card Kit to pass on to one of you! Just leave a comment on any or all of my January 2018 Card Kit posts and I'll announce a winner Wednesday December 27th.

Thanks for stopping by,
Sarah

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Simon Says Stamp January Card Kit Reveal (& GIVEAWAY)!

Hi everyone!

Today is reveal day for the Simon Says Stamp January Card Kit: Favorite Person and it is FABULOUS! 


January's Card Kit includes the wonderful new Really Like You Stamp Set, a mini jar of Vintage Platinum Distress Glitter Dust, a Tsukineko Delicata Pink Shimmer Ink Cube, Crate Pater Main Squeeze Puffy Stickers, Pebbles Inc Forever in My Heart 6x6 Papers, and cardstock and envelopes from Simon Says Stamp. This kit is perfect for getting a start on your Valentine's projects but is great for any time of the year.

Here's the first project I'm sharing featuring the Simon Says Stamp January Card Kit:



I started by creating my card base from Simon's Black Cardstock. On a Ranger Craft Sheet, I mixed a bit of water with some Multi Medium Matte and using a paint brush I flicked the mixture onto my card front before adding some of the gorgeous Vintage Platinum Distress Glitter. While I let that dry, I stamped the stitched heart from the Simon Says Stamp Really Like You Stamp Set onto a number of the Pebbles Inc Forever My Always 6x6 papers and cut them out with scissors. I adhered them to the dry card front, stamped one of the smaller heart images on some of the hearts, and adhered the sentiment strip (from one of the Pebbles Inc papers) to the card with foam tape. I love how the colour pops on the black card and the touch of glitter too.

If you're interested, you can pick up the Simon Says Stamp January Card Kit for just $29.99 + shipping. If you'd like to receive this kit and future kits for only $24.95 + shipping per month, you can SUBSCRIBE HERE.

Heidi, owner of Simon Says Stamp, has given me an extra Simon Says Stamp January Card Kit to pass on to one of you! Just leave a comment on any or all of my January 2018 Card Kit posts and I'll announce a winner Wednesday December 27th.

Thanks for stopping by,
Sarah

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