Simon Says Stamp June Card Kit Card

Yes, June. I know...but better late than never. I actually made this card in June, I just didn't get around to posting it until now.

Once again, Shari Carroll was my inspiration for this card. You can see her inspiration card here.

And here is my version:

I love that little Smile die, and the papers in that kit are delightful. I bought the extra 6 x 6 paper pad, too, of course. The kit is sold out, but the pieces are still available for purchase.


Faux Metal

Jennifer McGuire comes up with the coolest techniques, most of which I pin to my Pinterest board and promptly forget to try, but this one was so quick and easy I couldn't resist. I also needed an anniversary card for hubby - two birds, one stone and all that.

I used one of the new WeR Memory Keepers Next Level embossing folders - they are too cool! I hope they come out with more patterns soon. No shimmer on this one, just ink blending.

I made a couple of cards using different colors of Distress Ink and just put the Happy die cut on them, but left off the rest of the sentiment so I can add it as I need a card for a particular occasion.

This one doesn't have the Perfect Pearls added, I just love the way these colors blended, though.

Here's a closeup of the pretty shimmer of the Perfect Pearls. This one is in the when-I-need-a-quick-card pile. I can add a die cut or stamped sentiment strip and be done.

In case you missed this technique, here's a link to the post on Jennifer's blog. Give it a try, it's fun and you can make a lot of card fronts/layers in no time.


Happy Birthday (again)

My last post featured the gift box for my husband's birthday and I totally forgot to post the card. Duh!

I used a Simon Says Stamp window die, Mama Elephant stamps and dies, and some hand cut banners. The hardest part was the coloring, of course. We have 2 black cats and a brown tabby and these cats don't even begin to resemble them. I can't color the cats all black, they would just look like black cat-shaped blobs. So I made them dark grayish. For the brown tabby...well...I couldn't get the browns to work, so I went with the YR Copic family. I love these little cats, but coloring them is a challenge. If anyone has some suggestions, good color combinations, links to videos/blogs of perfectly colored cats, I'm all ears...or eyes.

I couldn't resist using one of those crazy birds for the inside of the card, along with a little bit of sass. He expects that from me by now.

I used a Lawn Fawn alphabet set for the sentiment - Violet's ABCs. He liked it :-)


Cute Little Gift Boxes

It's so much fun to make something other than a card once in a while. I had a need for a small gift box to hold a little goofy present for my husband's birthday and I found this wonderful video. The photos are on her blog, but it's in German/Swedish/Dutch (??) and the Google translation, while humorous, was not much help. The video is excellent.

They are so easy to make, you only need one 6 x 6 piece of paper and a brad. The paper was easy, the brad, not so much. I got rid of 90% of my brads a while back and the ones I have left were either too big or too small for the hole punches I have. *sigh* It's always something. I did find a couple that worked, though, thankfully.

I love the way they turned out, they are adorable! Yes, I will be keeping the box I gave my husband. He has the gift, he doesn't need the box :-)

Check out the video, I think you will have a lot of fun making these little boxes.


Happy Birthday

It's been a while since I've made anything blog worthy but I have lots of new things that need to be inked up, so I am trying to get out of my funk.

My stash of birthday cards was non-existent so, where better to start? I grabbed my Simon Says Stamp set from the Color of Fun release and a sentiment from a cute Paper Smooches set, and got busy.

Add a few Pretty Pink Posh sequins and you've got a pretty biirthday card.

My inspiration was this card by Barb Dengler - 

 I should have stamped the sentiment first, then the flowers, but I was having so much fun with those flowers I guess I got a bit carried away. I couldn't get the leaf overlays to look right no matter what I did, so I ended up just leaving them off.

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and not suffering the same oppressive heat we've been having for the past few months. Ugh! Is it autumn yet??