Category Archives: Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

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 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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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

Wish You Lived Closer

February 26, 2017

I saw this sentiment in a YouTube video a few days ago. I couldn’t wait to use it.

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Details

Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started with a stitched rectangle panel. I used part of an existing sentiment and some alpha stamps to create my own custom sentiment. I stamped the outline of the United States on the other edge of the panel. I used glitter gel pens, regular gel pens, and colored pencils to add color to the images.

After I completed the panel, I made a card base from gray cardstock. I added some dotted lines and little vehicles in a light gray ink for interest.

I adhered the white panel to the card base and the card was done.

Challenges Entered:

                Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Transport It

Simon Says: Transport It

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Plan on It, Riley’s ABCs, Sally’s ABCs, and Wish You Were Here

Dies Used: Large Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Ink: Versa Fine

Simon Says Stamp Ink in Slate

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

You + Me = Love

February 13, 2017

This is the Valentine’s Card I made for my husband this year

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The front of the card

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The inside

Details

Size:  Vertical top fold A2 card

Extra Details: I started with a card base made from water color paper. Using a mini round ink blending tool, I ink blending three Distress Inks on the card front. I used Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry, and Spun Sugar. I started with the darkest color and the top and tried to fade out to white at the bottom. I let the ink dry overnight.

Using Versa Mark Ink, I stamped and clear embossed a heart pattern on the ink blended card front. I used the small heart stamps from Lawn Fawn’s Science of Love Stamp set. After I had melted the embossing powder, I place a damp paper towel over the whole card front. I love the effect that the damp paper towel created.

While the card base dried again, I die cut a puffy cloud border from a scrap of water color paper. I stamped the sentiment and bird images on the cloud. I used the same Distress Inks to water color the bird images.

I added the rest of the sentiment to the inside of the card. Lastly, I adhered the cloud border to the card front once everything was dry.

Challenges Entered: Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Cute

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-cute/

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Use Your Favorite Tool

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=8173

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Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Science of Love

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Puffy Cloud Borders

Ink: Versa Fine

Versa Mark

Distress Inks in Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry, and Spun Sugar

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Have a Purrrfect Birthday

January 30, 2017

My mother-in-law and her twin have a birthday coming up soon. My son wanted to make a card for each one of them.

This is the card for his great aunt. She has two cars and he wanted to include the cats on her card.

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Details

Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  We started by making our card base from some heavy weight water color paper. On an extra scrap I stamped the two cats. I used a brown and grey ink to match the colors of the real cats.

We stamped a custom sentiment on a strip of black paper using Versa Mark ink and silver embossing powder.

I die cut to scalloped circles from some green patterned paper. I die cut a window in one of the circles.  I created the shaker pocket with the Fuse tool and some page protectors. Using strong adhesive, I sandwiched the shaker pocket between the two green circles and adhered it to my card base.

I layered the cats and sentiments over the shaker pocket and the card was done.

 

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Pets Corner

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=7941

 

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Fairy Friends and Sally’s ABCs

Clearly Besotted’s In Print

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Scalloped Circle Stackables

Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Circles

Ink: Versa Fine

Versa Mark

Simon Says Stamp’s Slate Ink

Memento Dew Drop Ink in Rich Cocoa

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Treat Yourself Birthday Card

January 30, 2017

My mother-in-law and her twin have a birthday coming up soon. My son wanted to make a card for each one of them.

This is the card for his grandmother. She has a dog and he wanted to include the dog on her card.

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Details

Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  We started by making our card base from some heavy weight water color paper. Next, I die cut a cross stitched rectangle from some teal card stock. I used some stitched hillside borders to create the open area. Using Versa Mark ink, I added the bones and paw prints to the teal panels.

We used kraft paper to stamp the puppy face and sentiment. I used a white pigment ink for the fingerprint on the puppy face. The sentiment is stamped in Versa Mark ink and silver heat embossed. I then die cut it with a banner die. The puppy face is fussy cut.

Then, I worked on the shaker part of this card. I cut two rectangles from some clear page protectors. I used my Fuse tool to seal the two layers together on three sides. I added the sequins and snowflakes, and then sealed the fourth side.

Using some strong adhesive, I adhered the shaker panel to the card base. I layered the teal panels on top of the shaker panel. Lastly, I adhered the puppy face and the sentiment banner.

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Pets Corner

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=7941

 

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn and Simon Says Stamps Happy Holidays

Clearly Besotted’s In Print

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Large Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables, Everyday Sentiment Banners, Stitched Hillside Borders

Ink: Versa Fine

Versa Mark

Lawn Fawn’s Yeti White Pigment Ink

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Mermaid Birthday Panels

January 20, 2017

Yet again, my daughter was invited to a birthday party that required two cards. Two of her classmates decided to celebrate their birthdays together this year. It was a swimming party, so Reina decided on mermaid themed cards. Also these are only panels; the small hearts are the only thing that opens.

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Close up of a single card

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Both cards together

Details

Size:  Horizontal A2 panels

Extra Details:  I started by die cutting two cross stitched A2 sized rectangles from some water color paper. While the die cut machine was out, I die cut some kraft card stock with the same cross stitched rectangle and a stitched hillside border to create two sea beds for the cards. I also die cut two green scalloped circles and two folded pink hearts.

Next up was the stamping. Most of the stamping was done on the large rectangle panels. I used Versa Mark ink and clear embossing powder, so we could start coloring faster. I also stamped the sea horse and crab on a scrap of water color paper, so I can fussy cut them out later.  I stamped the sentiments to the green scalloped circles and the pink hearts.

My daughter used water color pencils to color everything in. After she was done, I used a water brush to even the coloring out. I also added the blue to the background with a washable children’s blue ink pad.

Once everything was dry, we started assembling the “cards.” We started by adhering the kraft sea beds down first. I added some stamping in brown ink to the kraft sea beds for interest. We added a fun foam scalloped circle to the back of each green scalloped circle for dimension. After adhering the scalloped circles, we adhered the pink hearts to the circles. Lastly, we added the sea horse and crab.

I felt that the background needed something more, so I added some of the bubbles in the same ink I used to water color the background. I used first and second generation stamping for variety.

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Chill Out

Simon Says: Chill Out

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Octopi My Heart, Fintastic Friends, Mermaid for You, So Jelly and Sprinkled with Love

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Large Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables, Scalloped Circle Stackables, Stitched Hillside Borders, and Pizza My Heart Dies

Ink: Versa Fine

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Flying By the UAE

October 15, 2016

Yesterday, one of my student’s fathers came into my classroom to tell the students about United Arab Emirates. He was stationed there for 4 months with the United States Air Force. The presentation was very interesting.

This is the Thank You card I created for my students to sign and send to him. I tried to create a card that reflected his presentation.

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Details

Size:  Vertical side fold 6” x 9” card

Extra Details:  I started with a full sheet of water color paper that I scored and folded in half to create a large card. Then, I started stamping. I drew the sand dunes in with a thin black Sharpie Marker. I also added some small dots to give the sand some texture.

I used Crayola water colors to add color to the card front. I was a bit heavy handed with the brown paint on the tree trunks, but it dried in a really cool way.

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Explore the World

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=6845

 

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Plan on It, A Good Apple, Flying By, Fintastic Friends, and Critters From the Past

Ink: Versa Fine

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Pumpkin Face

October 7, 2016

The idea for this card came to me while wandering around my local craft store and looking at all the Halloween Decorations. I kept it sentiment free so that I can send it any time and for any reason in October.

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Details

Size:  Vertical side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by clear embossing the chevron strips on a black card base. While those were cooling, I die cut a stitched rectangle from some water color paper. I stamped the images with Versa Fine black ink and used Ranger’s Holographic embossing powder. I used the back of the pizza slice from Lawn Fawn’s Pizza My Heart set to make the triangle shapes. I used two shades of Distress Ink to add color to my pumpkin face.

Lastly, I adhered the inked panel to the card base and the card was finished.

Challenges Entered:

Lawnscaping Challenge #139: Pintrest Inspired

http://lawnscaping.blogspot.com/2016/10/lawnscaping-challenge-pinterest.html

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Halloween

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=6843

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Halloween Inspiration

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-halloween-inspiration/

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Pizza My Heart and Chevron Backdrops

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Rectangles

Ink: Versa Fine

Versa Mark

Distress Inks in Carved Pumpkin and Ripe Persimmon

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Fab BOO lous

October 2, 2016

Halloween is coming and I’m getting in the spirit. I made this card for a friend who just started a new job. The current Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge inspired me to use a lot of embossing powders.

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Close up of the embossing

Details

Size:  Vertical Top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by clear embossing the chevron strips on a black card base. I still struggle with lining up background stamps and getting a perfect impression every time.  I still love the way the background turned out, it feels very Halloween-ie to me.

Next, I die cut a smallish stitched rectangle from water color paper. I created my own custom sentiment. I saw this sentiment on a Halloween decoration at a local store and fell in love with it. I used black ink and clear embossing power on the black parts of the sentiment and the little spider. For the ghost and Boo, I used silver embossing powder. I felt that my ghost was a little lonely on the bottom of the panel, so I added some stars with white embossing powder.

Once all the embossing was dry, I added color to the panel. I used Distress Inks for everything. I carefully ink blended some purple and green inks on the background using a foam tool. I water colored the ghost with the same ink. I added some very light grey ink to the ghost for shadows.

For added texture, I flicked some water on the panel and soaked it up a clean paper towel. I added my panel to my black card base and was done.

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Powder Power

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=6479

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-31/

 

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Booyah, Chevron Backdrops, Riley’s ABCs, and Sally’s ABCs

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Rectangles

Ink: Versa Fine

Versa Mark

Distress Inks in Wilted Violet, Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron, and Hickory Smoke

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Rooting for You, Scarecrow

September 6, 2016

I have been thinking about this card ever since I bought the Rooting For You stamp set. Just last week, I finally bought the Happy Harvest stamp set and was able to create this card.

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Details

Size:  Vertical side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by stamping my images on water color paper. I used Distress Inks on the veggies because those are the only colored inks I own. They do not give a smooth image but I do like the texture I achieved. I also used Distress Inks to water color the scarecrow and birds.

While the images were drying, I started on the background. I used my Speech Bubble Border Die to cut the rows in the kraft card stock. Using the partial die cutting technique, I was able to keep my background in one piece. I added some ink blending to help define the rows.

Then it was time to build my card. First, I adhered a light blue rectangle to the top of the card base. Next, I adhered my die cut kraft card stock. On that piece, I only added adhesive to the edges, so I could tuck my veggies into the slits. Then, I adhered all of the fussy cut images. I used the slits to make the veggies look they were planted in the ground. Lastly, I added my sentiment. I am glad I waited so long to add my sentiment; my original plan was to put the sentiment on the top of the card, but it would have looked odd. I used Versa Mark ink and white heat embossing powder.

Challenges Entered: Simon Says Monday Challenge: STAMPtember Stamp IT

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=6472

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Rooting for You and Happy Harvest

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Speech Bubble Border Die

Ink: Versa Fine

Versa Mark

Distress Inks in Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Lucky Clover, Antique Linen, Black Soot, Blueprint Sketch, Brushed Corduroy, Dusty Concord, Fired Brick, Ground Espresso, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo, and Walnut Stain