Sweet Birthday Wishes – This is the Life!

It’s a lovely summer day in the Pacific Northwest. In fact, we’re calling it hot, which is a rare thing indeed in these parts! I’m sharing a summer-themed card combining the Frozen Treats die with a Reverse Confetti die and sentiment.

SweetBirthdayWishesI’m definitely drawn towards brighter colors when it’s sunny outside. I cut four colors of cardstock with the Frozen Treats die and pieced them together. I stamped the sentiment from Reverse Confetti’s Sweet Thing stamp set and cut it with the Reverse Confetti Tag Me die. The background is dry embossed with the Simon Says Stamp Ring Cluster stencil.


Simon Says Stamp “This is the Life” Release

Today, I’m sharing two cards created with dies from the brand-new Simon Says Stamp “This is the Life” releaseFrozen Treats and Ice Cream Cone Parade. Do you see a summer treat theme here? 🙂

FrozenTreatsFor my first card, I used the Frozen Treats die to cut a variety of cardstock colors. I then fussy cut the Popsicles along embossed lines and layered the pieces onto kraft cardstock bases. The turquoise card panel was embossed with the Tim Holtz Wave embossing folder. The sentiment is from the Simon Says Stripe Greetings stamp set.

On the second card, I used the inlay technique with the Ice Cream Cone Parade die.
IceCreamConeParadeI cut a variety of cardstock colors from the Simon Says Spring Rainbow Pack with the Ice Cream Cone Parade die. I also cut the white card panel, onto which I stamped my sentiment from the Simon Says Stripe Greetings stamp set, with the die. I then began adhering the pieces into the panel. To finish off the card, I added a thin chocolate brown mat.

There are lots of great summer-themed stamps, stencils and dies in the new Simon Says Stamp “This is the Life” release! I’m off to do some shopping. There’s also a hop going on at the Simon Says Stamp Blog.

Who Loves You?

Today, I’m sharing a card created with one of the new stamp sets (and its companion die cut set)  from Paper Smooches.


For the background, I applied Ferro acrylic paint through a Simon Says Stamp star stencil. The Ferro paint was demonstrated during the Online Card Classes Stenciled Class. It’s quite thick – as thick as embossing paste. Application was super easy and much easier than coloring embossing paste with a metallic (which I actually haven’t tried, although I have colored the embossing paste with acrylic paint). I also tried heat-embossing white paste (applied through the stencil) with silver powder; another technique demonstrated in the Stenciled class. It worked fine, but I prefer the look that the Ferro provides over the embossing powder technique, which tends to bubble the embossing powder during the heating process.

I colored the owls with Copics, cut them with the Owl Icons die, and attached them to the die cut branch with dimensional adhesive.


Stenciled: Colored Embossing Paste

I’m still working through the course material from the Online Card Classes Stenciled Class. This card is based partially on a design by Debby Hughes from Day One, as well as on a card of Laura Bassen’s from the Simon Says Stamp Valentine’s Blog Hop.


I’ve been wanting to color embossing paste, and used two distress inks to color the paste I used on the “Falling Hearts” stencil. Laura used acrylic paints to color her hearts. I like that idea as well, and plan to try it, but didn’t have two shades of pink, and I was set on using pink. Theoretically you could use one pink, and mix more (or less) of the embossing paste with it to create a different shades, but I’m finding that as a “newbie” I don’t have time to mix before applying to the stencil. I particularly like this SSS stencil – you simply lay it over the card and start applying paste. I don’t have to move the stencil around to get a pleasing design.

And there’s little light today here in the Pacific Northwest – dark skies and rain! So my photo is a bit hard to see.


OCC Stenciled: Day Three

Today’s lesson in the Online Card Classes Stenciled Class focused on using embossing pastes with stencils. I followed one of the cards shown by Debby Hughes.

Day Three

I made several modifications and simplifications on my card. For one, I didn’t use any mist on the card panel like Debby did. I can see how doing so would lend a little more softness and color. Instead I used a colored  card base rather than white. I used vellum, die cut with the Poppystamps Lorelai Leaf, as a substitute for one of the elements Debby used. The “hello” die cut is from Simon Says Stamp. The butterfly is cut with the Memory Box Vivienne Butterfly die cut. Like Debby, I used white embossing paste with the Hero Arts Tweed Pattern stencil.

This class is going by quickly! Right now my goal is to make a card each day and in the next several weeks I’ll revisit the techniques and designs.

Star Card: Two Versions

I’m still working through material from the Online Card Classes Summer Card Camp 2. The class provided a lot of fantastic inspiration that will keep me busy for weeks. I’m sharing two versions of the same design using one of the sketches from the third week.


On my first card, I followed the instructions from Kristina Werner’s class video for adding the twine. The baker’s twine is looped around the back, but the top and bottom sections were done separately. I consider this card to be the “hers” version (using some of the principles and ideas learned in the Online Card Classes His & Hers class).

Because this is a relatively easy card to make, I couldn’t resist making a “his” version. I tied the twine the way that Shari Carroll had done on the card she shared in the class. The twine is three separate pieces that are just taped onto the card back. So much easier than looping around! I added the dashed line, like Kristina had done on her card, as the natural twine on the kraft cardstock called for something extra on the card.

StarMasculinewebSupplies: Stampin’ Up cardstock (red)

SCC2: Week Three, Day Two

Today’s class in Online Card Classes Summer Card Camp 2 was all about techniques. I chose to make a card like one of the ones Jennifer McGuire shared.


Again, I’ve made some product substitutions based on what I own. Jennifer used a different Memory Box die that had larger leaves. Her gold embossing was exquisite! I was surprised to hear her say she was “all thumbs,” because if that’s the case, I’m not sure what I am! Suffice it to say, getting coats of gold embossing powder on the vine was no easy feat. I added Stickles to the flowers, berries and butterflies, although I’m not sure they show up in the photo. Jennifer used some embossing powders that gave wonderful zing to those elements. I used the Stickles for an easy substitution.

SCC2: Week One, Day Five

What a week – I’m blown away by the material that’s being presented, as well as talent of teachers, guest artists and fellow classmates in the Online Card Classes Summer Card Camp 2 class!

My card for today’s homework is based on the one shared by Jennifer McGuire.


This wasn’t a “one take” card! I made some stamp and color adjustments after my first go. I didn’t have the sentiment stamps that Jennifer used, so I cut apart of the ones in the Truly Appreciated set from Hero Arts. Also Jennifer had machine stitched her vellum overlay on the left hand side. I used a white gel pen to draw fake stitching.

Have a fabulous weekend!

SSC2: Week One, Day Three

Fabulous cards in the Online Card Classes Summer Card Camp 2 class today from the guest designers. I modeled my card on the one shared by Laura Bassen with a few changes.


Although I normally shy away from pastels, the Atlantic paper from Studio Calico has some great patterns that reinforced my nautical theme and still kept to this week’s color palette. Laura stitched her banners on the left side. I adhered mine to a rectangular panel on the left, which is shorter in width than the banners, allowing the banners on the right to “flutter.” Without the stitching, the left side needed a little “something,” so I added the twine.

Supplies: Memory Box anchor die; Simon Says woodgrain cardstock; MFT fishtail die; Studio Calico and October Afternoon patterned papers; twine; Simon Says “you” die cut and stamp; Versamark; Hero Arts embossing powder

Stretch Your Stamps CASE

As I patiently wait for the Online Card Classes Summer Card Camp 2 to begin (just one week away!), I’m revisiting the materials from previous Online Card Classes, including Stretch Your Stamps. When I took the class last July, I created one of the fabulous cards designed by Cristina Kowalczyk.


I would never have considered using an alphabet stamp set to create a pattern on a card! With temperatures rising outside (a rare occurrence here in the Pacific Northwest for this time of year), I’m drawn to the fresh combination of aqua and lime green together. I used one of my favorite sentiments from the Simon Says Square Sayings set.

Happy Monday!

Supplies: Stampin’ Up cardstock (gray)