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12 Days of Christmas | Simon Says Stamp (Part 2 of 2) + Hidden Giveaway Winner!

Whew…just made it! (technically it’s still December for another hour)

Happy New Year!!

So sorry for the delay in posting this, I’ve had it edited for a week but had to do the voiceover and although I took everything home with me to Pennsylvania I was swamped with family stuff and just didn’t get to it. So without further ado – here are the last 5 Cards from the Simon Says Stamp December 2017 Card Kit:

And here are the stills:

1 front

This paper was so pretty, I just wanted to let it shine.

1 close

Love those gum drop stickers and they accented the paper perfectly.

2 front

I think if I had to do it again, I would have rounded the corners on the Santa card to make it more similar to a journaling card.

2 close

That Marvy pen is so much fun…really I could put it on everything!

3 front

I’m happy how this turned out, but after I finished I thought it would be really fun to to “wrap” the front of the card across the middle as well as if it was a present and put the tag in the middle, but I didn’t want to  put another hole in the top so I left it as it was. Idea for next year though…

3 close

I really love the combination of the Santa tag, the flag and the bow.

4 front

This tri-square die is so versatile. I’ve used it on lots of card and it’s a really great go-to when I’m running out of ideas. I’m always pleased with how the designs turn out though, must be something about that rule of thirds.

4 close

Those gingerbread men are so cute!

5 front

It’s been a while since I’ve done a patterned background like this, it changes it up a bit to leave the sentiment half on/half off the pattern.

5 close

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you’ve had a Merry Christmas and wish you a very Happy New Year! I’ve really enjoyed sharing all my card ideas with you for the past several months and am looking forward to sharing more in the next year.

Here are some links to the additional products I used today:

Misti Precision Stamping Tool: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Simon Says Intense Black Ink

Lawn Fawn – Lobster Ink: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Versamark Ink: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Simon Says Stamp Detail White Embossing Powder

Sizzix Big Shot: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

MFT – Blueprints 32 Dies

Lawn Fawn – Outside In Stitched Scalloped Rectangles: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Dies: Simon Says Stamp |Amazon

Simon Says Stamp Tri Square Craft Die

Fiskars Paper Trimmer: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Fiskars Crimper

Neenah Desert Storm Card stock: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

MFT Card Stock:

ATG Gun: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Glue Dots: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

1/8 Inch Scor Tape: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Stampin Up Foam Strips

Ranger Multi Medium Matte: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Ad Tech Removable Tape

Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Spectrum Noir Shimmer Pen: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Uni-Ball Signo Black Gel Pen: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Nuvo Drops – Red Berry: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Marvy Snow Marker: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Stampin Up Dimensionals

Prismacolor Colored Pencils: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

  • Santa: 923, 925, 935, 916, 927
  • Mrs. Claus Scene: 923, 925, 938, 1070, 935, 916, 912, 945, 1082, 1083, 927, 118, 1033
12 Days of Christmas · happy holidays

12 Days of Christmas | Simon Says Stamp (Part 1 of 2)

Hello there!

Man, my week has been crazy so far. I’ve still got presents to wrap, roasted pecans to make and of course videos to film. Of course you have to make time for cards and unwinding too. I had a lot of fun sitting down with this SSS kit, I alway love when they include the Doodlebug papers and this one was especially great since the stamp set was made to match. Here is the video of the first 5 cards I’ve come up with:

Here are some still shots for you:

1 front

I was drawn to this adorable little cake right away, it had to be the first card I made.

1 inside

and this cut apart sentiment was perfect!

1 close up

It’s a really small touch, but the shine from that nuvo drop and the shimmer pen really do make a difference in the finished card. I need to remember to use my nuvo drops more.

2 Front

These doodlebug scenes make for such easy cards.

2 close up

I was thrilled when I saw that those sequins would work as ornaments. I could have added a few to the largest balls in the wreath, but I decided to let the tree shine. And they really do shine when they catch the light.

3 front

I love the color mint. I love the color pink. When they’re combined – sheer perfection.

3 inside

This card will most definitely go to my niece at some point. I love that sentiment – if anyone knows of a stamp set that has something like this, please share it with me!

3 close up

Those accent stickers – too cute.

4 front

Ok. I’m going to toot my own horn here…I’m really proud of this card. It took me a while to decide how I was going to create that rooftop, but I was determined and in the end I decided that simpler was better. I’m SO excited with the result!

4 slide

I don’t know who’s going to receive this card yet, but I hope they love it as much as I do.

4 inside

Simple straight forward sentiments are always great for stash building.

4 our

I toyed with trying to keep him from coming all the way out of the chimney but I think it works ok this way. If the recipient doesn’t want to keep the card (I’m cringing saying that) they can always re-use Santa as a tag or bookmark.

5 front

Mrs. Claus is adorable and I love that she’s not wearing a hat because now she can double as a grandma on another card.

5 close

You have to smile when you see that #Squadgoals sentiment.

I know I end every blog post this way…but thanks for stopping by today. I really do appreciate you taking the time to look at my work. I know how much it inspires me to see things others come up with and I hope I’m able to pass some inspiration on to you as well. xoxo, Sarah

 

Here are some links to the additional products I used today:

Misti Precision Stamping Tool: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Simon Says Intense Black Ink

Lawn Fawn – Lobster Ink: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Versamark Ink: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Simon Says Stamp Detail White Embossing Powder

Sizzix Big Shot: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

MFT – Blueprints 32 Dies

Lawn Fawn – Outside In Stitched Scalloped Rectangles: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Dies: Simon Says Stamp |Amazon

Fiskars Paper Trimmer: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Fiskars Crimper

Neenah Desert Storm Card stock: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

MFT Card Stock:

ATG Gun: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Glue Dots: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

1/8 Inch Scor Tape: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Stampin Up Foam Strips

Ranger Multi Medium Matte: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Spectrum Noir Shimmer Pen: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Uni-Ball Signo Black Gel Pen: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Nuvo Drops – Red Berry: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Stampin Up Dimensionals

Prismacolor Colored Pencils: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

  • Santa: 923, 925, 935, 916, 927
  • Mrs. Claus Scene: 923, 925, 938, 1070, 935, 916, 912, 945, 1082, 1083, 927, 118, 1033

 

12 Days of Christmas · happy holidays

12 Days of Christmas | Art Impressions -Dairy Christmas

Whew…my day at work was so busy today, it was nice to unwind a bit doing this watercolor. Something about watercoloring in tiny spaces relaxes me, lol.

I found this Dairy Christmas set a while ago and had to purchase it, my Aunt loves chickens so this will be her card this year. I wasn’t sure what to do with it since the stamp I wanted to use is a bit smaller than what I usually watercolor, so first I thought I’d just make a mini card, but then I thought why not go bigger? I tend to always want to add things, but I try to stretch myself and leave white space every once and a while and this time I think it worked out.

You can check out the process video here:

And her are some still shots:

front

Extra long. Extra cute.

close

inside

LOVE me a pun.

closer

I stamped this again after I was done watercoloring and it was slightly off, not off enough to ruin it, but enough to drive me crazy. I should have known better, the watercolor warped the page, so even though I left the stamp on my misti, it just didn’t work. Don’t do what I did.

Thanks for stopping by today. xoxo, Sarah

 

Here are some links to the additional products I used today:

Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Misti Precision Stamping Tool: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Art Impressions – Dairy Christmas: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Simon Says Intense Black Ink

Kuretake Watercolor Set: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Fiskars Paper Trimmer: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

 

Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

MFT – Poppy Card Stock

 

 

12 Days of Christmas · happy holidays

12 Days of Christmas | Fa La La – Shaker Tags

Hello there…running late again today. Does anyone else feel constantly behind during the holidays? Maybe it’s just me.

I am IN LOVE with this collection from Crate Paper – I should have bought all the things! I’m tempted to get them now while I still can, but I have way too much to work with this year already and I’m running out of time. What is super great about it is that you can make feminine and masculine designs from it. I’m going to use most of these to decorate gifts for my family and I’ve ticked off a tag for everyone I needed to. Take a look at the process video here:

I know that went by really fast – here are some still shots for you:

12

So much fun – I could make these every day!

9

That line of tags was cut from the bottom of a 6×6 sheet of paper and ended up being one of my favorite pieces of ephemera.

5

Ok…I know they’re not terribly masculine, but probably as close as glitter is ever going to get…

10

This one is my favorite…

13

…so it get’s two pics. Mint green, pink, and gold – what’s not to love?

7

I especially love all the gold accents that are in this collection.

3

I forgot to mention it in the video, but the Tim Holtz Small talk stickers worked great to add some extra sentiments.

8

I’m super stingy with that lucy’s little things purely peppermint mix – I love it and just want to hoard it.

2

This tag is super tiny, but one of my favorites. I really like the look of the layered tags, I’ll definitely do more of that on future shakers.

1

As always, thanks for stopping by – xoxo, Sarah

 

Here are some links to products I used today:

Wow the Fa La La line is really sold out – I was able to find some at Walmart:

Sizzix Big Shot: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

MFT Blueprints – Tags 2

MFT Blueprints – Tags 5

Essentials by Ellen – Concertina Tag

Fiskars Paper Trimmer: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Nuvo Glue

1/8 Inch Scor Tape: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Tim Holtz – Small Talk Stickers: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Ellen Hutson Storage Envelopes

We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Studio Katia Crystal Fusion Sequins

Little Things from Lucy – Purely Peppermint

Taylored Expressions – Snow Flurries

Neat and Tangled:

Doodlebug Sequins: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

 

 

12 Days of Christmas · happy holidays

12 Days of Christmas | Lawn Fawn Tiny Gift Box – Advent Calendar

Hello Hello…Hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend!

I’m running late today, I was lazy last night and waited until today to film the video and now I’m impatiently waiting for YouTube to upload! So I’ve been wanting to dig into this die from the moment I got it, but I’m glad I was a bit delayed because when I got my SSS kit this month and saw the 25 days sheet of paper from Doodlebug I instantly knew I would use it for this advent calendar. I’m super happy with the result – You can check out the video here:

Here are some stills:

tree

So cute – You can fill each box with a piece of candy, or a clue of where your little one can find a surprise hidden somewhere in the house! It would be really fun to combine with an elf on the shelf.

all angle

Those squares are a perfect fit – it’s like they were made for each other.

small tree anglesingle box

That bow was a little tricky because it is so tiny, but was so worth it!

bow topbox on top

Thanks for stopping by to check out my project.  xoxo, Sarah

 

Here are some links to products I used today:

Lawn Fawn – Tiny Gift Box: Simon Says StampAmazon

Sizzix Big Shot: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Fiskars Paper Trimmer: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Doodle Bug Milk and Cookies 6×6 Paper Pad: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

1/8 Inch Scor Tape: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

1/2 Inch Scor Tape: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Glue Dots: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

MFT Card Stock:

 

12 Days of Christmas · happy holidays

12 Days of Christmas | Papertrey Ink Gift Card Cozy

As I type this…lots of tiny snowflakes are landing outside my window, lights are in the trees along the street and it indeed feels very much like Christmas in Baltimore.

On to the craftiness…I’m working with some dies from Papertrey Ink, stamps from Ellen Hutson and a paper kit from Echo Park to create some really cute gift card cosies. I’m super happy with how they turned out and you can check out the video here:

Here are the stills:

all

I thought these might make a good item to sell as a set at some craft fairs. What do you guys think?

green polka

This is totally my favorite but in all honesty it’s hard to beat a polk-a-dot if I’m judging!

ornamenmt close up

special delivery

The great thing about using these type of paper packs is that they are double-sided and add that extra little pop when opened.

25polka and north

I can’t get over that North Pole stamp, I want to put it on every tag I make this year.

all tilt

Thanks for stopping by today. xoxo, Sarah

 

Here are some links to products I used today:

Papertrey Ink – Gift Card Cozy Die

Ellen Hutson – Santa’s Flight Stamps

Echo Park – Tis the Season Kit

Misti Precision Stamping Tool: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Lawn Fawn – Lobster Ink: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Sizzix Big Shot: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

ATG Gun: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Glue Dots: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Stampin Up Dimensionals

12 Days of Christmas · happy holidays

12 Days of Christmas | Art Impressions Magical Christmas Tryfold Card

Hi-ya!

We’re almost through the week but this close to Christmas I’m not wishing the days to go by too fast – there’s still so much left to do! Hope you’re further ahead than I am.

Today I’m sharing a tryfold card I made using Art Impressions Magical Christmas stamp and die set. It was fun to work with and really easy to figure out as long as you follow the instructions. I should know because I ended up making the base card 3 times, not because it was difficult, but because I kept getting red paint everywhere, I swear every time I got ready to stamp the last panel, red would show up somewhere on the card and for the life of me I still don’t know where it came from! MAJOR FRUSTRATION. In the end I vanquished the runaway paint and I’m happy with the final result of the card, but I’ll give it a minute before my next go round with this particular set.

You can check out the process here:

 

Here are some stills of the finished card:

1

Such a cute stamp set, I followed most of the colors that they showed on the packaging, they have some great illustration examples.

2

3

It does feel like magic when you open that door to reveal Santa in the chimney. I also colored the inside of the door – I thought it looked too white when it was opened, but I’m sure I was just overthinking it.

4

5

I didn’t realize those balls at the top were ornaments until it was too late – next time I think I’ll color them in gold to match the star and break up the dark colors around the mantle. (I thought they were those cast-iron stocking holders that sit on the mantle and kept wondering where the 3rd one was – lol.)

67

Bristol card stock definitely has a right and wrong side and because of the way this is scored, the inside panel ends up on the wrong side of the paper, so I trimmed out a small panel and added that to the inside so the paint would be nice and smooth. I had some trouble with red again around the candles and the top of Santa’s hat so my paper is a little raw, but it could be worse and well…not every card can turn out perfect right?

I really would encourage you to try out one of these tryfold sets if you’re interested in it. I’m definitely going back for more.

Thanks for stopping by to check out the card. xoxo, Sarah

 

Here are some links to products I used today:

Art Impressions Magical Christmas: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Bristol Paper: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Misti Precision Stamping Tool: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Simon Says Intense Black Ink

Fiskars Paper Trimmer: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Sizzix Big Shot: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

ATG Gun: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Glue Dots: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers: Simon Says Stamp | Amazon

  • Door/wall: 901, 050, 063
  • Porch: 901, 064
  • Pots: 067, 060
  • Tree: 046, 044, 020, 022
  • Fireplace: 075, 901, 093
  • Bricks: 060, 024
  • Tree: 046, 041, 022
  • Greens: 046, 041, 400
  • Candles: 022, 050
  • Star: 050, 063
  • Socks: 400, 044, 022, 020, 902
  • Santa: 071, 044, 046, 099, 902, 022, 020
  • Wreath: 044, 046, 022