Simon Says Stamp Kit Unboxing & Card Share

My weekly video is a bit different than my usual videos. I was so busy finishing the 300 cards for my annual Christmas Card donation, that I did not have time to record a card making video. I did, however, want to try my hand at an unboxing video so I thought it would be fun to share the Limited Edition Simon Says Stamp Holiday Card Kit WE BELIEVE. Once I was finished sharing the contents of the kit, I wanted to share pictures of some of the cards I will be donating this year. Making and donating these cards is my own little gift to myself every year because I think I enjoy giving them as much as the recipients enjoy receiving them. The cards are all ready to go, so I will be taking them to the skilled nursing facility this Saturday. I’ve shared a few photos below of the 300 cards I will be donating this year. Sit back, relax and enjoy! Head on over to my YouTube channel and check out my latest YouTube video (https://youtu.be/MRiAZt7P7h4).

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Black Friday Shopping

My latest YouTube Video is now live. I was stumped on what to do for today’s video so I asked my husband for his opinion. He said “do something with Black Friday.” He is a genius! As soon as he said that, I knew exactly what stamp I was going to use. I pulled out the “Holiday Cheer” stamp set by My Favorite Things. I don’t do Black Friday shopping because I just don’t like to deal with all the crowds, but this was my way of being part of the annual tradition without going out. I have to start prepping for Thanksgiving now so please head on over to my channel and check out my YouTube video (https://youtu.be/hR0FivhSyaM).

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November2020 Collected Crafty Collabs Hop

This month’s theme was Christmas and/or Texture Paste/Mousse. I had fun using more goodies from my stash for this one. I will add these three cards to my annual donation of Christmas Cards.

For the first card, I began by ink blending on some white card stock using Distress Oxide Inks (Stormy Sky, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord). Once I was happy with the ink blending, I sprinkled some water droplets on the panel and dabbed the excess water off. I pulled out the “Snowflakes” stencil by Simon Says Stamp and used Nuvo Embellishment Mouse in Gunmetal Gray. I felt like the mousse needed some sparkle so I added some Arteza Brillant Silver Glitter on the wet mousse. I set the panel aside to dry. While it was drying, I heat embossed my sentiment on some velum using VersaFine Claire Nocturne Ink and Recollections Clear Embossing Powder. The sentiment I used was from the “Good Cheer” stamp set by Simon Says Stamp and CZ Design. I cut down the velum and wrapped it around the panel. I then matted the panel with some silver Recollections paper and added it to my card base using Art Glitter Glue.

For the second card I used “Holiday Tree Medallion” stencil set by Simon Says Stamp. I taped it to some Recollections black card stock and then applied some Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Amethyst Purple to the card panel. I set this aside to dry for a while and then matted it with some gray shimmer card stock by CraftSmart using foam tape by Simon Says Stamp. I then added a sentiment from my stash using more foam tape. I then added the panel to my card base.

For the third and final card I used some green card stock I had in my stash. I used Tim Holtz “Woodland” stencil and Gina K. Inks (Dark Sage & Christmas Pine) to shade the trees in a darker green. I then added some Stickles Glitter Gel (Nebula) over the ink blended trees. I pulled in a pre-printed sentiment by Simon Says Stamp and matted the sentiment strip with some Recollections gold card stock. I added the sentiment to the panel using some foam tape. I then matted the panel with some more of the gold card stock and some red card stock as well. I added this to my card base and with that…my three cards are done.

Thank you to all the creators who continue to support and inspire me to be a better, more creative version of myself. I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year!!

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Marie Bingaman

Teresa Russell

Lounon Riviere

Anna Mahtani

Yvette Olea (Yvette Olea Creates) – You Are Here

Donna Perisic (Creative Pixie Designs) – Next Stop

Danielle Brown

Karen Page

Boryana Yankova

Virginia Fairchild

Tracy Shultz

Sharon Luska

Natasha Davies

Valerie Powell

Warm Hugs

I’m continuing to work on Christmas cards this week. I decided to make a few cards using one background stamp and some Distress Oxide inks and sprays.

I used Simon Says Stamp’s “Modern Poinsettia” background stamp and VersaFine Claire Nocturne ink on Bristol Smooth Watercolor paper as well as on some Recollections white card stock. Once I had the images stamped, I used Recollections Charcoal embossing powder on the watercolor paper. Now that my image was embossed and grabbed some Distress Oxide Sprays (Wilted Violet and Mermaid Lagoon) and randomly sprayed them on the card panel. I didn’t want the overspray of Distress Oxide ink to go to waste, so I sprayed some water on my work surface, pulled in one of the other stamped card panels and smooshed the card panel into the ink. I then used Distress Oxide Inks (Wilted Violet and Mermaid Lagoon) to blend colors onto my third card panel.

While my card panels were drying, I die cut the sentiment using the Simon Says Stamp “Warm Hugs” die. I used some Recollections shimmer blue cards stock and some Recollections black card stock for the die cut sentiments. Once my panels were dry it was time assemble the cards. I cut down the ink blended panel and used a black card stock mat to help make the color pop. I pulled in one of the die cut sentiments and a strip of black card stock and added them to the panel. I then added some sequins from my stash to add a little bit of sparkle to the card. Card #1 is now complete.

For the next card, I used the ink smooshed card panel and cut it down. I added a sentiment from the Scrapbook.com “Big and Bold Holidays” stamp set and stamped it using VersaFine Claire Nocturne Ink. I then used some fun foam on the back of the panel and added it to a black mat. Card #2 is now complete.

For the third card, I used the ink sprayed panel and cut it down as well. I added two narrow strips of black card stock and the die cut sentiment to this panel. I also matted this panel with some black card stock. Card #3 is now complete.

I am going to continue making cards throughout the month of November to add to my Christmas Card Donation. Thank you for supporting me and helping me grow as I practice being creative!

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Veterans Day Card

Today I decided to make a patriotic card in honor of all the veterans who have risked their lives for our freedom. As the daughter of a WWII Veteran and the mother of a US Marine Veteran, I am so very proud of all the men and women who have served and continue to serve our great nation. Thank a veteran today 😉

I used a “Patriotic Picnic” patterned paper by Doodlebug for the panel of this card. I stamped images from the “Band Camp” stamp set by Simon Says Stamp and colored them using my Copic markers. Once the images were all colored, I cut them using the coordinating die cuts and my Genini Junior. I am patiently waiting the for the Magic Mat (Scrapbook.com) to be restocked so I can order one (or two) for my machines. Once the images were cut out, I layered some strips of patterned paper onto the star patterned paper panel. From there, I heat embossed the sentiment from the “For the Boys” stamp set by My Favorite Things. I then placed the sentiment on some foam tape by Simon Says Stamp and then put one image on each side of the sentiment as though they are holding up a banner.

I could have been done with the card at this point, but decided to add a sentiment and image to the inside of the card as well. I think that gives this card the finishing touch. I had fun making this card, even though I did record, edit and upload the video all in one morning. Good thing I had the day off from work!

Thank you for supporting me and helping me grow as I continue my creative (and fun) journey. Thank you to all the other creators who continue to inspire and motivate me. Thank you to all our veterans for their sacrifice and dedication.

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Sheetload of Cards – Christmas 2020

I just love using up my patterned paper so I used a card sketch to make six quick cards using 6×6 patterned paper from my stash.

I made several Christmas cards using the November 2020 Sheetload of Cards sketch by Call Me Crafty Al. Her monthly sketches are available for download to her subscribers so go over to her channel (https://www.youtube.com/callmecraftyal) and subscribe for some creative fun. I made these cards to add to my stash of cards for my annual Christmas card donation. I’m about 50 cards away from the 300 I need to have done by December 1 so this card sketch helped me to make cards quickly. In fact, I will be making a dozen or two more using this card sketch. Thank you Alicia for making the last minute crunch time easier to get through.

I used a paper pad I had in my stash from Hobby Lobby as well as some pink and white card stock from Michaels. I cut out circles from white card stock, using nesting circle dies by We Are Memory Keepers. I also die cut some scallop circles (Sizzix) from pink card stock in my stash. For the sentiment, I used the Holiday Seals stamp set by The Stamping Village. The stamp I chose to use was by Studio Katia. I stamped the image/sentiment in Versafine Claire Nocturne ink, which allowed the beautiful papers to be the focus of the cards. This made putting them together fairly quick and easy, which always makes me happy.

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Making Christmas Tags

I realized that we are almost in November and I don’t have enough Christmas tags for my family’s gifts. Every year, I help Santa Clause with wrapping and tagging all the gifts for my ever growing family. I usually spend my birthday (two days before Christmas) doing all the wrapping. I love doing this and it brings me such joy. I think of each of my children and grandchildren as I make the tags to go with each of their gifts.

I made these tags using several different papers and mediums. I used white card stock, glossy paper, and watercolor paper. I started by using a few of the Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks (put colors here) and some glossy paper I bought at Dollar Tree. This paper works just fine, although, Yupo paper is definitely higher quality. Once I was happy with the colors on the tags, I set them aside to dry.

For the second and third tags, I pulled out my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens (Aquamarine, Pink Garnet & Amethyst) to do the watercoloring and add sparkle at the same time. I used the Simon Says Stamp “Christmas Cheer” stamp set to stamp and emboss some snowflakes on one of the tags and then watercolored them. I then just brushed on some of the Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen color to the next tag and set these two tags aside to dry.

For the next card, I did some ink blending using a stencil from Dollar Tree and Gina K (Cherry Red) Ink on white card stock. I think this tag may be my favorite since it was quick and easy and looks so pretty. For my last card I added ink blending using Gina K (Powder Blue & Lovely Lavender) Inks. Once all my tags were dry, I brought in the “Good Cheer” stamp set by CZ Design and “Sassy Christmas” stamp set by Scrapbook.com for the wonderful sentiments I added to the tags. And last but not least, I added twine from my stash to each of the tags. Making these seven tags took me less than an hour! I need at least another 40 tags so I have to get busy!

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October 2020 Collected Crafty Collabs Hop

This month’s theme was Thankful and/or Foil/Shiny Element. I waited as long as I could to make this card because I was waiting for my order of Gina K. inks (full set) to arrive. Unfortunately, my order was delayed (by the post office, not Gina K.) so I went ahead and made this card using what I already had.

I used a card base that was sent to me by a crafty friend in a recent swap we did in our group (Handmade Happiness). I pulled out the “Ornate Leaves” stamp set by Simon Says stamp and used fall-ish colored ink cubes by My Favorite Things. Once I stamped the images on the card base, I pulled out the “Thank You Layered” die by Paper Roses and cut the shadow layer using some velum I had in my stash and the sentiment layer from some copper paper by Tim Holtz. I then pulled out the preprinted thank you sentiments also from Simon Says stamp and ink blended with copper ink by Delicata. It is difficult to get in the fall mood here in San Diego because it is basically summer all year, but I pretended I was in another part of the country where the leaves actually do change colors. Finally, I attached the die cut sentiment and the sentiment strip to the panel using Art Glitter Glue. Thank you to all the creators who continue to support and inspire me to be a better, more creative version of myself!

Please hop along with us to see all the wonderful creations this month. If you enjoy a post, please consider subscribing to their blog, YouTube, or other social media accounts. Follow along with next creator on the hop, Danielle Brown. I hope you will be inspired to follow and create along with the hop!

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Marie Bingaman

Teresa Russell

Lounon Riviere

Anna Mahtani

Yvette Olea (Yvette Olea Creates) – You are Here

Danielle Brown – Next Stop

Karen Page

Boryana Yankova

Virginia Fairchild

Charlotte E (Lady Joyful)

Sharon Luska

Natasha Davies

Mary Ellen Driggs

Valerie Powell

Five Christmas Cards Using One Background Stamp

I’m still working on my annual Christmas Card donation of 300 cards. I have a few more to go so I thought I would make a few using just one background stamp and different coloring techniques/mediums.

I made these five cards using the “Gift Box” background stamp by Simon Says Stamp. For the first card I stamped the image using Ranger Distress Oxide in Candied Apple. I stamped and embossed the sentiment on some red card stock using the “Good Cheer” stamp set by CZ Design & Simon Says Stamp. I used some foam tape to pop up the sentiment on the panel and then attached the panel to some red cardstock. Card #1 is done.

For the second card, I stamped and embossed the image on some Canson watercolor paper using Versafine Claire Nocturne ink and Recollections clear embossing powder. I chose to color in this image using some pink and purple Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolor markers (English Lavender, Lilac, Light Violet, Purple, Violet, Almond Pink, Peach Pink, Pink, and Dark Pink). I then layered the panel on some black cardstock and added a s sentiment strip by Simon Says Stamp. Card #2 is done.

For the third card, I stamped and embossed the image on some white cardstock using Simon Says Stamp Clear Embossing Ink and Gina K. Designs Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder. It was at this point that I decided to check the mail and much to my surprise, my order of Gina K. inks had arrived. Well…the excitement was too much to contain so I shared my opening of the full set of inks!

I chose to use three of my new Gina K inks to do some ink blending on this panel (Tranquil Teal, Blue Lagoon and Ocean Mist). Oh my, I had so much fun using my new inks. Now I just need to do my ink swatches and add them to my inventory using AirTable. That is a job to be done on the weekend. I layered the ink blended panel on some silver card stock by Recollections and added another pre-printed sentiment by Simon Says Stamp. Card #3 is done.

The video was getting to be a bit long, so I finished the last two cards off camera. I kept these two very simple. I stamped and embossed the image on black cardstock using Simon Says Stamp Clear Embossing Ink and Gina K. Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder on one and Simon Says Stamp Ultra Fine Antique Gold Embossing Powder on the other. I added a pre-printed sentiment by CZ Design on the gold card and layered it on some gold cardstock by Recollections. For the silver embossed card, I added an embossed sentiment and layered the panel on silver cardstock by Recollections. Cards #4 and #5 are done. I am going to make a few more of these to add to my Christmas Card Donation. Thank you for supporting me and helping me grow as I practice being creative!

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Playing with Circles

As you may already know, my stash of birthday cards has been depleted so I chose to make another birthday card to add to my pile. I pulled out a couple of items I purchased from Simon Says Stamp during Stamptember. I was going to use the stencil and stamp set, but ultimately decided to stick with just using the stencil. The rainbow of circles was just too pretty to cover up. I will use the stamp set on another card and share on my Instagram account.

I made this card using the “In The Round” stencil by Simon Says Stamp and my Ranger Distress Ink cubes (Picked Raspberry, Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon and Wilted Violet). Once I was done blending colors, I trimmed the panel and matted it on some black cardstock by Recollections. I used the “Sentiment Strips Birthday” by Simon Says Stamp to add the sentiment to the card. I had put off buying these preprinted sentiments for so long and now I don’t know why I waited. Using the preprinted sentiments helped me to make this card in less than 20 minutes. After I added the sentiment, I decided the card needed a little extra touch of sparkle so I added a few clear drops by Studio Katia. At this point, my card panel was complete so I put it on a card base and added a sentiment to the inside of the card. I think I am going to make a few more of these to add to my birthday card stash. Thank you for supporting me and helping me grow as I practice being creative!

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