Category Archives: Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Upbeet Day

April 8th, 2017

The school my kids attend is having a basket auction fundraiser soon. I am donating a card set to the auction. I choose to do a set of punny vegetable cards. I choose this theme for a few reasons; a) they are fairly generic so the cards can be sent to anyone for almost any occasion, b) my kids school plants a garden every spring, and finally, c) I found a fun vegetable pun that made me laugh.

This set used beets. I used the same design for each card but moved the focal point around and rotated the colors around the circle. I did this to make each card interesting and individual.

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Card 1

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Card 2

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Card 3

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Card 4

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All 4 cards together

Details

Size:  Vertical A2 cards; There are two top fold cards and two side fold cards

Extra Details:  I started by making the card bases. I had already made the radish cards with the variety of folds, so I did the same for this card set. I used many of the same Distress Inks that I used on the Radish cards to create the background for these cards.

I started by making a circle mask. I temporarily adhered the mask to each card base. I used Mini Distress Ink Blenders to blend eight colors of Distress Ink around the circle. Then, I moved the mask to a new card base. I rotated the mask, so the colors would be in a different position on each card.

Next, I decided to add some splatter to the card bases. I used pink, yellow, and blue Distress Inks to add the splatter. I replaced the mask and flicked some ink on to the card base. I tried to keep the splatter in its own area of the color wheel I had created.

While the card bases were drying, I stamped the beets on a scrap of water color paper. I added the leaves, faces, and other details. Once the beets were all stamp, I fussy cut them out.

Because the sentiment stamp is a clear stamp, I was able to bend it to match the curve of my circle. I stamped the sentiment in black ink. Lastly, I adhered the beets and the cards were complete.

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Make a Rainbow

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=8714

LOVE! #16: Anything Goes

https://www.flickr.com/groups/2158384@N23/discuss/72157682080285165/

 

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Rooting for You

Dies Used: Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Circles

Ink: Versa Fine

Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral, Blueprint Sketch, Dusty Concord, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet, Antique Linen

Simon Says Stamp Hybrid ink in Key Lime

Memento Dew Drops in Cottage Ivy

 

Hope you enjoyed the cards!

Turnip the Fun

April 7th, 2017

The school my kids attend is having a basket auction fundraiser soon. I am donating a card set to the auction. I choose to do a set of punny vegetable cards. I choose this theme for a few reasons; a) they are fairly generic so the cards can be sent to anyone for almost any occasion, b) my kids school plants a garden every spring, and finally, c) I found a fun vegetable pun that made me laugh.

This set used turnips. I used the same design for each card but changed up the colors. I also put the turnips in different spots.

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Card 1

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Card 2

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Card 3

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Card 4

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All 4 cards together

Details

Size:  Vertical A2 cards; There are two top fold cards and two side fold cards

Extra Details:  I started by making the card bases. I had already made the radish cards with the variety of folds, so I did the same for this card set. I used many of the same Distress Inks that I used on the Radish cards to create the background for these cards.

I smooshed three colors of Distress Ink on to my acrylic block, making sure to cover most of the block. I sprayed water on to the block and then stamped the whole thing down onto my card base. I used a paper towel to sop up any large pools of water before letting the card bases dry. Once the card bases were dry, I flicked some more ink onto the card bases. I only used one color of ink when flicking the ink on each card base.

While the card bases were drying, I stamped the turnips with Distress Inks, Simon Says Stamp Hybrid Ink, and Memento Dew Drop Inks. Then, I fussy cut out all of the turnips and adhered them to the dry card bases. To keep the cards interesting, I changed up the placement.

Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in black ink.

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Make a Rainbow

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=8714

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Happy Birthday

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-happy-birthday-5/

 

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Rooting for You, and Clark’s ABC’s

Lawn Fawn and Simon Says Stamp’s Happy Howlidays

Ink: Versa Fine

Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral, Blueprint Sketch, Candied Apple, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet, Antique Linen

Simon Says Stamp Hybrid ink in Key Lime

Memento Dew Drops in Cottage Ivy

 

Hope you enjoyed the cards!

You’re RADish

April 6th, 2017

The school my kids attend is having a basket auction fundraiser soon. I am donating a card set to the auction. I choose to do a set of punny vegetable cards. I choose this theme for a few reasons; a) they are fairly generic so the cards can be sent to anyone for almost any occasion, b) my kids school plants a garden every spring, and finally, c) I found a fun vegetable puns that made me laugh.

This first set I made used radishes. The layout for each card is the same, but the colors change in each card.

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Card 1

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Card 2

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Card 3

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Card 4

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Card 5

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All 5 cards together

Details

Size:  Vertical A2 cards; There are two top fold cards and three side fold cards

Extra Details:  I began by creating the card bases. I had some extra half sheets of water color paper laying around that I used to turn into card bases, which is why some are top fold and some are side fold. Then, I created the square grid using Mini Distress Ink Cubes. I used a water brush to even out each of the squares.

While the card bases were drying, I stamped the radishes in the same Distress Ink colors on a scrap of water color paper. I added the leaves using the same colors. I used a water brush to even out the ink on each of the radishes and leaves. Once the radishes were dry, I stamped the faces and leaf lines with black ink. I stamped the cheeks in white pigment ink and added some dots with a white gel pen.

Then, I spend a lot of time fussy cutting out each of the 45 radishes. I adhered the radishes to the card bases with liquid glue and glue dots. I was running out of everything as I made these cards, so I used whatever I could get my hands on.

Lastly, I added the custom sentiment. I LOVE these cards.

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Make a Rainbow

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=8714

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Happy Birthday

Simon Says: Happy Birthday

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Rooting for You, Sally’s ABC’s, Best Pun Ever, and Happy Happy Happy (for the “ish”)

Ink: Versa Fine

Lawn Fawn’s Yeti White Pigment Ink

Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral, Blueprint Sketch, Candied Apple, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet

 

Hope you enjoyed the cards!

Sympathy Dogs

April 2, 2017

This week, two different friends lost their dogs. I made these sympathy cards to send to them.

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Details

Size:  Vertical side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by stamping and die cutting the dog images. I also die cut two small stitched rectangles while I had the die cut machine out.

I used Walnut Stain Distress Ink to water color in the dogs. Using an ink blending tool and Distress Inks, I added some color to the white rectangles. I tried to keep the colors soft and airy.

While the dogs drying, I created my card bases. I used kraft card stock for each card base. I added some wood grain stamping for interest.

I added the sentiment with Versa Mark Ink and gold embossing powder. Then I adhered the white rectangles to each card base. Next, I adhered the dogs. I felt that something was missing, so I dug through my box of pre-stamped and pre-colored images. I found some tiny butterflies and a flower. I think these small images finished off the card nicely.

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Things with Wings

Simon Says: Things With Wings

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn and Simon Says Stamp’s Happy Howlidays

Lawn Fawn’s Wood grain Backdrops, Sophie’s Sentiments, and Mom + Me

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn and Simon Says Stamp’s Happy Howlidays

Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Ink: Versa Fine

Versa Mark

Memento Dew Drops in Rich Cocoa

Distress Inks in Walnut Stain, Cracked Pistachio, and Salty Ocean

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Hello Spring Mouse

March 20, 2017

I was just having fun making a card that meets the requirements of two current challenges. This card will be entered in Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge: Layer It Up and Simon Says Stamps Flickr Challenge #67: Think Spring.

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Details

Size:  Vertical side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by stamping my images and sentiment on a panel of white cardstock. I masked the stem of the flower so it looked like the mouse was holding it. I added some color to the corner with Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink and a Mini Ink Blending Tool. I used colored pencils to add color to the mouse and flower. I used a white gel pen to color in the petals of the flower, and add some detail to the mouse’s eyes. Once the white gel pen was dry, I outlined everything in a black gel pen. I felt like it made the two stamps from different companies look more alike.

Next, I die cut the stamped panel with a small stitched rectangle die. I also die cut a piece of dotted vellum, blue polka dotted patterned paper, and striped patterned paper with stitched rectangles. Then, I began layering all of the papers together. I added the velum to the back of the stamped piece. I added a layer of fun foam behind the velum. Then, I added the blue patterned paper. I played with the edges of the velum to add some more dimension. I adhered the striped paper to a white card base. Lastly, I adhered the stamped panel and additional papers to the card base and the card was done.

Challenges Entered:

                Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Layer It Up

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=8405

Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #68: Think Spring

https://www.flickr.com/groups/simonsaysstamp/discuss/72157681505450505/

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Fairy Friends

Simon Says Stamp’s Cuddly Critter Accessories

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Large Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables and Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Paper: Patterned Papers from Lawn Fawn and Echo Park

Ink: Versa Fine

Distress Inks in Cracked Pistachio

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Watercolor Flowers

March 18, 2017

I made this card for the current Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. I don’t have a ton of flower stamps or dies, so I used an old card of my mine as inspiration.

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Details

Size:  Vertical top fold A2 card

Extra Details: I started by die cutting a stitched rectangle from water color paper. I used Distress Inks to stamp the jar, flowers and leaves. I used damp paint brush to smooth out the ink. I didn’t worry about masking anything off; I just layered the colors on top of one another. I used Peacock Feather Distress Ink to add some color to the background of the water color panel.

As the panel dried, I worked on my card base. I used light grey card stock to create the card base. I felt the plain card stock was too plain, so I added some clouds and speech bubbles with a very light grey ink.

I stamped the sentiment on the water colored panel just before adhering it to the card base.

Challenges Entered:

                Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Handmade Flowers

Simon Says: Handmade Flowers

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Into the Woods, Penelope’s Blossoms, Scripty Sayings, and Summertime Charm

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Large Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Ink: Simon Says Stamp Inks in Fog and Smoke

Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral, Cracked Pistachio, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, and Wilted Violet

Hope you enjoyed the card

Peep Flowers

March 11, 2017

While I was making my Peep Shaker Cards, I thought that the Peeps would make fun flowers. This was the result.

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Card 2

Details

Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 cards

Extra Details:  I started with strip of water color paper that measured 4.25” by 12”. I used Distress Inks to stamp the Peeps, as I have the most of these types of inks. I didn’t really plan anything out, I just started stamping. I did layer two colors of ink on top of one another to give each “flower” more interest. I added some dots in Cracked Pistachio ink to fill in the open spaces. I used the outline and solid dot stamps.

I die cut two panels from the stamped piece using a stitched rectangle die. I stamped the sentiment in Versa Fine ink.

Lastly, I adhered each panel to a colored card base.

Challenges Entered:

                Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Make your Own Background

Simon Says: Make Your Own background

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: For A Special Lady/Girl

Simon Says: For A Special Lady/Girl

Stamps Used: Simon Says Stamp’s My Kind of Peep

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Ink: Versa Fine

Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral, Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Cracked Pistachio, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade,  and Spun Sugar

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Peep Shaker Cards

March 10, 2017

My daughter just received a set of Crayola Fine Line markers as a gift. She very nicely let me use them to create this card set. I used a water brush to blend the color out and was very pleased with the results.

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Two of the four cards

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Two more cards

Details

Size:  Vertical side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started with a full sheet of water color paper. I white heat embossed the Peep outlines all over the sheet. I used the Crayola Fine Line Markers to add a single line of color around all around the inside edges of each Peep. I used my water brush to add a very small amount of water and pull the color into the middle of each Peep. Once the Peeps were dry, I used a light blue marker to add color to the background. I added a line of color around the outside of each Peep and used my water brush to pull the color out.

White this sheet was drying; I realized that I hadn’t added a sentiment…. So I got a half sheet of water color paper and stamped the sentiment and some more Peeps. I used the same markers and technique to create the sentiments and the Peeps for the inside of the shakers.

When everything was dry, I began die cutting. I used two Cross Stitched Rectangle dies to cut the outer frame and the inner piece for each card. I used the same dies to cut some frames from fun foam to use in the construction of the shakers. I used the coordinating Peep die to cut out each of the extra Peeps. I fussy cut out each sentiment.

Next, I began construction my shaker cards. I adhered the inner rectangle directly to each white card base. I added the fun foam frame around the inner rectangle with strong doubled sided tape. Then, I adhered the clear plastic to the cardstock frame. I adhered the sentiment to the outside of the clear plastic. I added small piece of fun foam behind the sentiment. I added the die cute Peeps, some clear and white sequins to the well created by the fun foam frame.  Then, I adhered the card stock frame to the fun foam frame. Lastly, I trimmed away any fun foam that was sticking out and the cards were done.

Challenges Entered:

                Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Make Your Own Background

Simon Says: Make Your Own background

LOVE! Flickr Challenge # 15 – Bringing Spring Smiles

https://www.flickr.com/groups/lovehandmadecards/discuss/72157680815680106/

Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge # 66 – Coloring

https://www.flickr.com/groups/simonsaysstamp/discuss/72157677538465903/

Stamps Used: Simon Says Stamp’s My Kind of Peep

Dies Used: Simon Says Stamp’s My Kind of Peep Dies

Lawn Fawn’s Large Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Ink: Versa Mark

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

St. Patrick’s Day Card Set

March 6, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up soon, so I have clovers on the brain. I made my own background paper on a 12 x 9 sheet of paper. I cut that paper down to create six cards.

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Details

Size:  Vertical side fold A2 cards

Extra Details:  I started with a full sheet of water color paper. I used various sizes of heart stamps to create clovers. I used my Distress Inks to stamp the hearts and a water brush to even the color out a bit. I added some outline hearts and the one clover stamp I own for variation. I also evened out the color with a water brush. I added some splatters of green and orange inks.  I added some orange ink to the back ground of half of the panel.

Once everything was dry, I cut the sheet into 6 panels that were 3 x 5.5 inches. I created six black card bases. I adhered the water color backgrounds to each of the card bases. I varied the placement of the panels for interest. I added orange glitter tape to the edges of the panels that didn’t have an orange background.

I stamped and water colored the tops hats with the same Distress Inks. I fussy cut out the hats once they were dry.

Next, I worked on the sentiments. I stamped and white heat embossed the three different styles of Happy on green glitter cardstock, orange glitter cardstock, and white water color paper. I used the matching dies to cut out the Happy’s. I added Distress ink to the white Happy’s. I white heat embossed the rest of the sentiments on black card stock and die cut it with a banner shaped die.

I adhered the sentiment pieces and top hats to the cards and the cards were done.

Challenges Entered:

                Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Make Your Own Background

We’re Making Our Own Backgrounds On The Monday Challenge

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Hat’s Off to You, Happy Happy Happy, Woodgrain Backdrops, Love You S’More

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Happy Happy Happy die

Ink: Versa Fine

Versa Mark

Distress Inks in Cracked Pistachio, Crushed Olive, Evergreen Bough, Lucky Clover, Mowed Lawn, Pine Needles, Twisted Citron, and Spiced Marmalade

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Colorful Eggs

March 4, 2017

Spring is coming and I’ve got Easter, baby animals, bright colors, and eggs on the brain. Today, I played with an Easter egg stamp. I ended up with 105 eggs after I was done. I used some of the eggs on 7 cards today. I still have many left and you will see more egg cards in the future.

This week’s Simon Says Monday Challenge is “Based on a Book” and one of my children’s favorite spring books is Max and the Chocolate Chicken, by Rosemary Wells. So I created a few cards with that book in mind.

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Card 2

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Card 3

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Card 4

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Card 5

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Card 6

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Card 7

Details

Size:   A2 cards

Extra Details:  I started by creating my eggs. I stamped 35 eggs in black ink and decorated them with a variety of small stamps. I used my Distress Inks to water color in those eggs.

For the other set of eggs, I white heat embossed a variety of background patterns on some white water color paper. Then, I heat embossed the same egg outline over the background patterns. I used Distress Inks to add color to these eggs. I used a Mini Ink Blending Tool for this application.

After all the ink was dry, I fussy cut out each egg. Yes, that was a lot of fussy cutting.

Next, I looked in my paper stash for some green pattern papers. I found six 6 x 6 pieces of paper. I cut these pieces into strips and then used a grassy border die to give the strips a decorative edge.  Then I layered the strips on to some white card stock. I tried to vary the way I layered the different grass strips, so some pieces turned out to be larger than others.

I used some rectangle, circle, and scalloped circle dies to trim up the grass pieces. Using glue dots, I tucked some eggs into each grassy piece.  For the panels with black outlined eggs, I added the sentiment in black ink. For the panels with the white heat embossed eggs, I stamped the sentiments on white banners with a grey ink.

Lastly, I created the card bases. I used pink, light blue, grey, and kraft card bases. I felt that the bases were too plain, so I added some texture with a background stamp. I used white pigment ink to help everything look bright and springy. After I adhered the grassy panels on the card bases, the cards were done.

Challenges Entered:

                Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Based on a Book

Simon Says: Based On A Book

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Chevron Backdrops, Chirpy Chirp Chirp, Interlocking Backdrops, Penelope’s Blossoms, School House Backdrops, Sharp Backdrops, Snow Cool, Starry Backdrop, Summertime Charm, and Woodgrain Backdrops

Simon Says Stamp’s Cuddly Critter Accessories and My Kind of Peep

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Grassy Border Die, Large Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables, Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables, Scalloped Circle Stackables

Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Circles

Paper: Lawn Fawn’s free papers with order

Ink: Versa Fine

Versa Mark

Distress Inks

Lawn Fawn’s White Yeti Pigment Ink

 

Hope you enjoyed the card