Golden Best Day Ever

I always keep all my scraps of mirror cardstock and have it in a drawer to use for sentiments. I had pulled out an oval piece to cut the sentiment for my previous card and didn’t want to waste the leftover.

I decided to create a background using the Studio Katia Floral Bunch from the last card. I stamped it in light pink ink to fill quarter sheet of cardstock and then cut it down with a stitched rectangle. Gold mirror cardstock was added behind the rectangle for a thin border, then the panel was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase.

I pulled out the Spellbinders Fancy Edged Ovals to die cut the leftover negative sentiment and add a pretty border. The large scallop of this die set was used cut white cardstock to add visual interest behind the sentiment. I didn’t like the way the white looked so I used the pink Copic Markers used on the previous card to color the scalloped background and the inside of the sentiment. I like this much better, but the coloring inside the sentiment was blotchy because in a few places the glue used to adhered the gold oval sentiment to the background had oozed out, so I colored a scrap of cardstock with the markers and die cut the sentiment again, inlaying into the negative space.

Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back of the oval and adhered to stamped background. It was pretty, but kind of blah. It just needed something. So I pulled out my Altenew Garden Picks 3D dies and cut a flower and leaves, colored some cardstock with Copic Markers and then die cut and layered the images and adhered them to the left of the oval. Finally the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Garden Picks 3D
  • Studio Katia Floral Bunch
  • Simon Says Stamp Best Day Ever
  • Copic Markers: RV23, RV02, RV000, YG00, YG17
  • Spellbinders Fancy Edged Ovals
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Gina K. Designs Innocent Pink Ink
  • Wink of Stella Clear
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape

Floral Bunch Best Day Ever

For the first day of Simon Says Stamptember the collaberative company was Studio Katia. The stamp set contained two beautiful floral arrangements with matching dies. I quickly snatched it up, because once the product on hand is sold it cannot be purchased again, ever. I finally received mine in the mail and they are gorgeous.

I stamped the first floral onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock, but I left the stamp in my MISTI, just in case I wanted to stamp it again and emboss it with gold, which is what I eventually decided to do.

I colored the image with Copic Markers and die cut it with the coordinating dies. I have had problems in the past with the embossing peeling off when running an image through afterwards. So, I die cut the image first and then temporarily adhered the negative in the MISTI, placed the die cut into the opening and then stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed it gold. It worked perfectly.

I wanted something that would add visual interest to the card rather than merely placing the floral arrangement on a card front. I went through my foiled paper and found this diagonal strip. I cut it down with a stitched rectangle and cut it in half. I did the same for a white rectangle. Both were adhered to a top folding cardbase with dotliner adhesive. To cover the seam a thin strip of gold mirror cardstock was adhered with liquid glue.

I wanted to use the new sentiment die from Simon Says Stamp “Best Day Ever” and laid it on both the gold strip and white sides of the card. It was a touch decision, but I decided I liked the way the flowers looked on the white side best. To help the sentiment stand out it was cut from both gold mirror cardstock and white cardstock that was colored with the same pink Copic Markers as the flowers. They were adhered together with the pink in the back and the gold slightly offset and then adhered to the stripped side of the card front.

Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back of the flowers, which were adhered to the right side of the card on the white cardstock. Clear Wink of Stella was added to the flowers as a final embellishment and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Studio Katia Floral Bunch
  • Copic Markers: RV99, RV69, RV66; RV23, RV21, RV000; V17, V15, V12, V01; YR24, YR21; G99, YG63, YG03; YG67, YG17, YG03; YG57, YG13, YG03; G46, G24, G20
  • Ranger Gold Stickles
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frame
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Wink of Stella Clear
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive

Tropical Hello

Who doesn’t love thinking about spending time in a beautiful tropical setting. This stamp set from Stampin’ Up is lovely. I searched on the web for people who have created cards with this stamp and found a layout I liked from Stampin with Kristi. She used a red cardstock and die cut and layered her images, but the layout is similar.

I love the color red, and with a clean white background the flowers make a real statement on the card. Since I don’t have the dies yet, so I used Post-it Full Adhesive Notes for my masking. Always stamp the image you want in the front first and work your way back. It really is a fairly simple process.

I colored my images with Copic Markers and then die cut the panel with the Memory Box Matinee Rectangle. It adds such beautiful visual interest to a card. I added sticky back foam to the back for dimension and adhered it to a side folding white card.

The sentiment was a calligraphy word die cut from gold mirror cardstock. I love the color red, and it looks stunning against a white background.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Stampin’ Up Timeless Tropical
  • Simon Says Stamp Painted Hello
  • Copic Markers: R39, R29, R24, R22; YG67, YG17, YG03
  • Stampin’ Up Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder
  • Memory Box Matinee Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Welcome to the Neighborhood


I recently purchased this Home Sweet Home stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. I make a lot of welcome cards for people moving into our congregation at church and thought it would make some great cards to send. This is the second card I created with this stamp. The Hawks moved in to a house four houses down from us. We gave them a cake from Desserts by Kelly, the best bakery in the area.

I stamped the image and then used the Silhouette PixScan Mat to cut it out. I’ve had a few issues with the Silhouette not cutting correctly since I got my new iPhone 11, so I cut the outline first and then used Jennifer McGuire’s tip of keeping the negative and placing some repositional to hold it in place in the Misti and then put the positive cut out in place and then stamp. It worked great.

I colored the images with Copic Markers and then needed to create my scene. I cut a slimline rectangle with a Pink Fresh Studio Stitched Rectangle. I stamped a yellow sun in the upper left of the card and I then masked off the top portion of the card with Post-it Tape and ink blended the grass with Distress Oxide Mowed Lawn. I turned the Post-it Tape and then ink blended the sky with a couple of blue Oxide inks.

I pulled out my Avery Elle Pierced Clouds and decided to use the cloud boder for this card. I cut it from white cardstock and added foam tape to the back for dimension. For this card I decided to use the cut airplane pulling a banner. The banners in the stamp set weren’t the sentiment I wanted to use, so I created it in Microsoft Word, ink blended it, and die cut it with a sentiment banner. I used some platinum embroidery thread for the string on the banner and adhered it flying across the clouds. It turned out cute.

I decided to back the focal image panel with some blue cardstock from my stash so that it had a thin border. It was then adhered to a slimline cardbase and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Home Sweet Home
  • Copic Markers: G85, G82, G43; G29, G24; YG97, YG93; YG67, YG17, YG03; C9, C7, C6, C5, C3, C2, C1, C00; R27, R24, R22; E79, E77, E74; E19, E17, E15, E13; E33, E31, E30; E00, E000; B21; B01; Y02
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed
  • Kat Scrappiness Slimline Wonky Rectangle
  • Avery Elle Pierced Clouds
  • Honey Bee Sentiment Banners
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120 White Cardstock
  • Blue Cardstock from Stash
  • 3M ½ Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • DMC Mouline Embroidery Floss Platinum

Welcome to Your New Home

I recently purchased this Home Sweet Home stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. I make a lot of welcome cards for people moving into our congregation at church and thought it would make some great cards to send. It is a large stamp that works perfectly with slimline cards.

I stamped the image and then used the Silhouette PixScan Mat to cut it out. I’ve had a few issues with the Silhouette not cutting correctly since I got my new iPhone 11, so I cut the outline first and then used Jennifer McGuire’s tip of keeping the negative and placing some repositional to hold it in place in the Misti and then put the positive cut out in place and then stamp. It worked great.

I colored the images with Copic Markers and then needed to create my scene. I cut a slimline rectangle with a Pink Fresh Studio Stitched Rectangle. I then masked off the top portion of the card with Post-it Tape and ink blended the grass with Distress Oxide Mowed Lawn. I turned the Post-it Tape and then ink blended the sky with a couple of blue Oxide inks.

I pulled out my Avery Elle Pierced Clouds and die cut a few clouds from white cardstock and laid them on the panel to determine where to stamp the sentiment with VersaMark Ink and heat emboss it white. The clouds where then adhered, two with liquid glue and the third with foam tape.

I decided to back the focal image panel with some blue cardstock from my stash so that it had a thin border. It was then adhered to a slimline cardbase and the card was done.

I like the look of slim line cards, but I don’t know how many I will create. I don’t like that they take about twice as much paper as an A2 card, but some stamp sets really need the length.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Home Sweet Home
  • Copic Markers: G85, G82, G43; G29, G24; YG97, YG93; YG67, YG17, YG03; C9, C7, C6, C5, C3, C2, C1, C00; R27, R24, R22; E79, E77, E74; E19, E17, E15, E13; E33, E31, E30; E00, E000; B21; B01; Y02
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Pink Fresh Studio Slimline Stitched Rectangle
  • Avery Elle Pierced Clouds
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120 White Cardstock
  • Blue Cardstock from Stash
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Thanks to Our Roadside Angels

While we were traveling between Sioux Falls and Rapid City, South Dakota we had a tire blow out on on our 5th wheel trailer. We were in the middle of nowhere without good cell phone coverage, trying to contact roadside assistance when two angles arrived. Chris and Christine Elwell were from Kalamazoo, Michigan on their way to Mount Rushmore. Chris, a journeyman mechanic, had all the tools and the willing heart and hands to help us change our tire. I wanted to create a thank you card for them that would be waiting when they got home, so I pulled out my limited supplies and created this card.

While guys aren’t really into flowers, it’s what I had on hand. I kept the color scheme without any pinks or purples. I would have used blue, since most guys really like that color, but alas there aren’t many blue flowers.

I first stamped the image in a light ink in the MISTI onto some 80# Neenah Solar White 80# Cardstock, leaving the stamp in place. I used Copic Markers to color the image and put it back into the Misti and stamped it again with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold. It was then die cut using the coordinating die. I used the coordinating die to cut some sticky back foam and trimmed it down with my scissors and added it behind the flower image.

A stitched rectangle was used to cut a quarter sheet of cardstock and then embossed it with Cuttlebug Embossing Folder to add visual interest behind the flower bouquet. The sentiment was cut from some gold mirror cardstock. The bouquet and sentiment were adhered to the embossed panel using liquid glue and then the panel was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Honey Bee Stamps Everything Wonderful
  • Simon Says Stamp Bold Thanks Die
  • Copic Markers: R27, R24, R22, R21; Y38, Y35, Y32, V09, V06,V01; YR18, YR16, YR14; YG97, YG93; YG67, YG63, Y05; G46, G43, G20
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock

Dazzling Dahlia Hello

I think a lot of us are creating hello cards to send to family and friends during this interest time in history when we aren’t gathering together as much. I purchased this pretty stamp set from Gina K. Designs called Dazzling Dahlia in a little scrapbook store in Springfield, MO.

I first stamped the solid layer of the flowers and leaves with Altenew Pinkalicious and Fresh Leaf inks. I then used a couple of Copic Markers to add some depth to the petals and leaves. Next I stamped the outline of the images with VersaMark Ink and then heat embossed them with gold embossing powder.

Since I do not have the coordinating dies I fussy cut the images. I wanted to add some focal interest to the flowers and decided to use a stitched rectangle. I then pulled out my Ellen Hutson Essential Ovals. I love these dies because they not only cut the oval but also a thin border. I cut the oval from the center of the stitched rectangle and then cut it again from gold cardstock.

I adhered the stitched rectangle to the front of a side folding A2 cardbase with liquid glue and then added the thin gold border using liquid glue as well. The flower and leaves were adhered to the white oval with liquid glue, with the exception of the flower in the front, which was adhered to foam tape. Foam tape was also added to the back of the oval and adhered to the card front.

The sentiment was cut from gold mirror cardstock and adhered to the bottom of the oval and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Dazzling Dahlia
  • Simon Says Stamp Bold Hello
  • Altenew Pinkalicious and Fresh Leaf Inks
  • Copic Markers: YG67, YG05, YG03, RV17, RV14
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Ellen Hutson Essential Ovals Die
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Wink of Stella Clear Sparkle Pen

Lined Flowers Watercolor Birthday

I recently purchased the My Favorite Things Loosely Lined Flowers Background stamp and decided to use my new Karin Brushmarker Pro to color it.

I stamped it on Canson XL Watercolor Paper with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold. I tried couple of way to add the color to the flowers. First I added the color directly to the base of the petal and then added water, starting at the edge of the petal and moving down to the center and letting the color spread through the water. The second way I tried was to add water to the petal first and then add a little bit of color to the base of the petal and let it spread. Both ways worked well. You get a lot of shadow and depth with these markers, and you can fade them out to a light color at the tips of the petals using only one color.

I decided to add a very dark green background to these flowers. I was impressed with out deep of a color you can get with these markers. I think the dark color really lets the flowers pop on the page.

Once the watercolor was dry I cut down the panel with a stitched rectangle and adhered it to a white cardbase with liquid glue.

I used the Simon Says Stamp Birthday Word Mix 1 stamp for the sentiment, stamping it with VersaMark and heat embossing it gold, then using the matching die to cut it out and adhering it to the lower right of the card front with foam tape.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Loosely Lined Flowers Background
  • Simon Says Stamp Birthday Word Mix 1
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Karin Brushmarkers: 281 Olive Green, 210 Apple; 377 Ocean Teal, 253 Grass; 297 Curry, 071 Lime Green; 168 Rose Pink, 201 Skin 2; 195 Amber, 209 Red; 247 Pale Violet, 226 Lilac; 228 Lush Green
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive

Floral Fantasy Watercolor Birthday

I recently purchased the Karin Brushmarkers Pro set and decided to give them a try. We are currently traveling in our fifth wheel across the United States and I brought only a few of my stamps with me. I decided to use this new background stamp from My Favorite Things. I stamped on Canson XL Watercolor Paper with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.

I found the Karin Brushmarkers very easy to use and very vibrant in hue. You can soften the color by scribbling the markers on a palette and then picking them up with a brush, but overall I really enjoyed using them.

Once the watercolor was dry I used a stitched rectangle to cut down the watercolored panel and adhered it directly to a top folding A2 white cardbase with liquid glue.

The sentiment is from the My Favorite Things Birthday word Mix 1. It was stamped on Neena Classic Crest 80# Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold. I used the matching die to cut out the sentiment, added some foam tape to the back and adhered to the lower right of the card front.

Taking pictures on the road has proved a little challenging. I hope you can see the vibrant colors you get with these markers.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Floral Fantasy Background
  • Simon Says Stamp Birthday Word Mix 1
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Karin Brushmarkers: 358 Red Lilac, 197 Plum 688 Violet Blue; 207 Cyan, 254 Artic; 375 Cerise; 228 Lush Green; 552 Ochre; 228 Lush Green (Background)
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive

Modern Floral Sending Big Hugs

When I saw this stamp set from Pink Fresh Studio I knew it would make some awesome card. I used Jennifer McGuire’s technique and die cut multiple images from white cardstock. Then I used one of the rectangles with the negative openings and placed a die cut in the opening and stamped it with the colors desired. This way you don’t have to realign the layers every time, only once, cleaning the stamp well between different colors. It went very quickly.

Once the stamping was done you have a lot of flowers and leaves to begin creating cards. For this card I used blue and yellow flowers, which is always a pretty combination, and arranged them so that I could have a circle sentiment in the middle.

I went through my stamps and found a sentiment I liked, stamped it on white cardstock, and then die cut it using a scalloped circle die. It was adhered in the middle of the flower arrangement with sticky back foam.

The final embellishment was to scatter a few matching sequins around the flower arrangement.

Below is another card I used with the same color combination in a little bit different layout.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Pink Fresh Studio Modern Layered Florals
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Scripty Greetings/Gina K. Designs Massive Messages
  • Altenew Inks: Honey Drizzle, Maple Yellow, Sea Breeze, Turquoise, Tide Blue, Fresh Leaf, Lime
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Stampin’ Up Basket Weave 3D Embossing Folder
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Large
  • My Favorite Things Mini Scalloped Circle STAX
  • Hero Arts Circle Infinity Dies
  • Ranger Gold Stickles
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Pretty Pink Posh Tuitti Fruiti, Share Kindness Sequin Mixes