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10 Cards | 1 Kit – SSS July Card Kit (Part 3 of 3)

Hello there,

I’m back with the last part of the cards I created using Simon Says Stamp July 2018 Card Kit. These cards will focus on the pattern papers included in the kit. Here is what I came up with:

Here are some close-up photos for you:

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I liked this pattern paper the best out of the bunch. I know I complained about them a bit, but I did enjoy the idea of the overhead shots that some of them had.

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This stamp perplexed me a bit at first and I didn’t think I’d use it, but it really worked perfectly for beach and pool themed cards.

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Again, I liked the overhead shot so I did this card similar to the first one and just let the paper shine.

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I saved that extra strip from the first card and added a mini beach scene to the inside of this one.

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Adding those sequins as scales on the fish was one of the first ideas I came up with for this kit and I’m really pleased with how it worked out. It really gives a lot of shine to the card.

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I went to my Cricut and used it to write out this fishy inside sentiment, then added a few more stamped fish to finish it off. As I mention in the video, it takes a little longer but there are some great ABC stamp sets out there that you can use to write out specific sentiments for your card. Lawn Fawn’s Milo’s ABCs is my favorite.

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I again used my Cricut to cut out this drink and then turned it into a shaker (which moves but doesn’t really shake). It gave me the look I was going for though. If you don’t have a Cricut, there is a great martini shaker die and stamp set from MFT that would give you a similar look.

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I kept the inside super simple since the front was so detailed and finished it off with some washi and a leftover cardstock strip from one of my previous cards.

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For this last card, I used this pool patterned paper and another one of the cutouts as the sentiment. I used an embossing folder that mimicked a raft and added a pink bikini using one of the SSS dies from a card kit last summer.

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I again went pretty simple with the inside and just finished it off with the sunshine sentiment.

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So this will finish up the cards using the July card kit and just in time because my August card kit arrived in the mail this week 🙂 I’ll probably be a little later with that kit because of my moving but I’ll get it out to you as soon as I can and in the meantime I’ve got a few happy mail videos that I’ve already recorded and I’ll post those as soon as I can get the voiceovers done. Thanks, as always, for stopping by. xoxo, Sarah


10 Cards 1 Kit · Simon Says Stamp

10 Cards | 1 Kit – SSS July Card Kit (Part 2 of 3)

Hello there,

Sorry I’m a bit slower in getting these videos out. I settled on my new condo on Friday and I’ve been cleaning and packing and ahh it’s so overwhelming. I can’t wait to have everything done and be fully moved in but that won’t be until the middle of next month. It doesn’t help that my internet is incredibly slow right now for some reason and it’s taking over a day to upload to YouTube!

Anywho…for this set of cards I focused on using the stickers that were included and here is what I came up with:

Here are some close-ups of the finished cards:

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I wasn’t sure what to do with these mini stickers and then when I saw that “you made my day” sentiment I thought, oh a calendar. I used my Cricut to create the grid, write in the numbers and a few events, and then cut a thin red circle to highlight one of the days.

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Sweet and simple. I think this would be great to use as a thank you card for a birthday or special trip you went on.

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Do you ever like the inside of your cards better than the outside? This happens to me every so often, so I just cut the halves apart and use the inside as a front panel. I really loved those rainbow stickers.

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I also really loved the script sentiments in the stickers – I could use a whole sticker pack of just those.

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I’m not sure about the background on this one. I liked the wooden panel paper but the colors were a bit crazy. I think it works, but it’s just a bit busier than what I usually do. Love the cacti stickers though 🙂

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I can’t take credit for the inside sentiment – I found it on the internet, but I think it’s the perfect inside finish to the stuck on you stamp.

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I really love this card. It sort of came together by accident and once I had the idea, I had to do it.  I really love the upside down hearts for the seeds too.

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I added these watermelon stickers and a strip of the lime green to finish off the inside. I think I will write inside with my white gel pen and that will allow the white outline on the watermelon stickers to really pop.

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Aren’t those butterflies gorgeous?!? This card really speaks for itself. I love how the colors of the butterflies match the colors in the sentiment letters perfectly.

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And you know how happy I was to find this matching sentiment for the inside!

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As always…thanks so much for stopping by to check out my cards. I hope I was able to give you some inspiration on using the sticker portion of this month’s card kit.

xoxo, Sarah


10 Cards 1 Kit · Simon Says Stamp

10 Cards | 1 Kit – SSS July Card Kit (Part 1 of 3)

Hi-ya!

Hope everyone is having a great week. I’ve been a bit delayed because I’m settling on my first condo soon and I’m beginning to pack things up. I’m really excited not to be a renter anymore, but I don’t know how I’ve accumulated so much stuff over the last 6 years! The paper (and just-craft-things-in-general) addiction is real my friends.

Well, yesterday I finally sat down to edit the film using the SSS July Card Kit and have part 1 to share with you today. As I mentioned in the video I struggled a bit with this kit. It was filled with lots of goodies but I didn’t feel like everything went together (and if you’ve been watching me for even a small amount of time – you know how I love when things match!) So this will be part 1 of 3 because what I ended up doing was creating 5 cards with the stamps, 5 with the papers, and 5 with the stickers and I mixed things together a bit where possible.

Without further ado:

Here are your close-ups:

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This is the card that started all the stripes (well for this round – I did a card like this with the last kit too.) I’m just obsessed with the look of them.

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For the inside, I added that leftover strip and stamped the watermelon in black to echo the black from the sentiment on the front.

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Prismacolors: 929, 922, 1030, 989, 912

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I thought this stamp set was so much fun, I just loved all the images and the punny sentiments. I did a lot of paper piecing with the images and thought it gave a nice crisp look to match with stripes.

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I used my Cricut to write out the inside sentiment – the font style is called Rumors. If you don’t have a Cricut, Lawn Fawn’s Milo’s ABCs stamp set is really similar.

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I love using those mini wobblers – they are such fun cards to open and don’t get me started on those sunglasses. So cute! I paper pieced the pineapple again and added that lighter green popped up and slightly askew to give some added dimension.

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I still kept the inside really simple and just stamped that pineapple across the bottom.

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I wanted to try something different with the stripes on this one and went diagonally. I like how it created the space for the sentiment.

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I finished off the inside with another fish and a few bubbles.

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The flamingo is my favorite of this set. I love that die cut! I paper pieced it together like the cactus and pineapple. My flamingo colors might not be quite accurate but I thought that orange and pink were summery and go together so well.

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Again I finished off the inside by stamping and added a leftover yellow stripe with some thin washi over top.

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As always, thanks for stopping by and checking out my cards! xoxo, Sarah


 

10 Cards 1 Kit · Simon Says Stamp

10 Cards | 1 Kit – SSS June Card Kit (Part 2 of 2)

Hello,

I’m back today with part two of my 10 Cards, 1 Kit using the Simon Says Stamp June 2018 Card Kit. Hope you like what I came up with:

Here are some close-ups of the finished cards:

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I really love this design, but I love almost any two-tone design. Somehow this card feels both masculine and feminine to me at the same time.

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I really love the look of partial stamping with that large floral spray. I would totally use this panel on the front of a card too.

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I mentioned it yesterday but I’ll say it again – these papers are lovely…pardon the paperlovely pun 🙂

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and again, the mix of the outline and solid stamps together makes for some great sentiments.

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I decided to do some more no-line coloring today. This was my first time using gray background paper and stamping with the hippo ink worked really great.

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The thanks stamp was a little small but combining it with that floral helps to balance out all the white space.

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These tulle shakers are so much fun and since there’s no foam tape, much easier to mail!

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Since the shaker is so busy I kept the inside simple with just the sentiment and extra stripe of that pretty purple sky.

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I kept this last card fairly simple though I added a lot of stamping – I really loved this paper but wasn’t quite sure what to do with it so I thought stamping with a colored ink would be nice. Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide did the trick.

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I finished this off with my favorite sentiment, an extra stripe of the patterned paper, and then finally a strip of some MFT Pure Plum card stock.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today, hope I was able to give you some inspiration! xoxo, Sarah


10 Cards 1 Kit · Simon Says Stamp

10 Cards | 1 Kit – SSS June Card Kit (Part 1 of 2)

Hi There,

Hope your week is going well. Today I’m sharing part 1 of my 10 Cards, 1 Kit using the Simon Says Stamp June Card Kit. All I can say is GORGEOUS – that floral stamp is to die for and some of those papers too. Here is what I came up with:

Here are some close-ups of the final cards:

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Love these watercolor panels – they make such sweet, simple, easy cards.

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I am in LOVE with this stamp set – the mix of sizes and solids and outlines make for lots of choices and you can really make loads of different cards with them.

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Ok this may be my most favorite card of the year so far. Probably because I’m obsessed with Paris and the only thing this scene is missing is the Eiffel Tower in the background. I had so much fun making this tulle shaker card – I see lots more of them in my future.

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I kept the inside simple with just a piece of light pink washi which matched the lighter tones on the front picture.

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Beautiful floral piece – this makes making cards so easy, stamp it, color it and you’re done. I have been really stretched on time lately, but when things settle down I’m going to emboss and watercolor with this.

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Odd sized cards are so much fun right? I need to make more of them. I may go back and add a leaf to this stem, it feels like it needs a little something more.

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Prismacolor: 989, 912, 109, 1012, 916, 942, 928, 929, 994, 926, 923, 925, 934, 995, 1009

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So simple, but one of my favorites. This patterned paper pack was so lovely.

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What do you think of the double stripe keeping the pattern going? I think it looks really classy and it would look good to do a whole card front like that too!

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I was dying for some feathers to add to this for some texture. I keep meaning to pick up some boa’s so I can tear them apart but didn’t have any on hand so I went with the next best thing…stitching. I think it gives it that little extra pop it needed.

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I did a bit of stamp surgery to get these last two sentiments to work – well worth all the little piecing. (Prismacolor: 995)

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Thanks so much for stopping by – hope I was able to give you some inspiration to use with your kit! xoxo, Sarah


10 Cards 1 Kit · Simon Says Stamp

10 Cards | 1 Kit – SSS May Card Kit (Part 2 of 2)

Hello there,

I’m back today with Part 2 of my 10 Cards, 1 Kit featuring the Simon Says Stamp May 2018 Card Kit. I did a bit of water coloring, but for the most part, kept these cards pretty simple and just let that beautiful sentiment stamp set shine. You can check out the video here:

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It’s been so long since I’ve watercolored – I had a lot of fun with this image. I know there are such tiny pieces in the picture but I find this type of coloring to be so relaxing.

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I just love the “boom” of adding the last word of the sentiment on the inside by itself. I think it magnifies the significance.

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This MFT Pineapple cardstock matched perfectly with the bright yellow in this paper collection.

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Love that sentiment.

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This is one of my favorite cards of the bunch. I love the look of the 3 squares with the little highlight of yellow and if you can’t tell by now I love those enamel heart stickers too!

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Such a pretty sentiment. I really liked how the smaller sentiments worked with the larger stamped or die cut heart.

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I was disappointed I lost the footage for this card, it is also one of my favorites. I loved this background paper – If they made a pack in the entire rainbow of colors I’d totally buy it!

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I usually don’t heat emboss on the inside of my cards, but I wanted to match the gold on the outside and this SSS white cardstock is really thick and sturdy so it worked out well.

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I’m ending with all my favorites, but I love this one too lol. That amazing sticker is super fun!

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I’m really happy with how my floral corners came out too – I may play around with some masking and try to create an entire bottom border.

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As always, thanks for stopping by – more paper goodness coming soon! xoxo, Sarah


10 Cards 1 Kit · Simon Says Stamp

10 Cards | 1 Kit – SSS May Card Kit (Part 1 of 2)

Hi -ya,

Happy hump day! It’s been so rainy and depressing here the last few days and finally, we got some sunshine and it was a much-needed kick in the pants to get the voiceovers done for these 10 Card, 1 Kit videos. Funny enough, my June Card Kit came in the mail today so I promise those cards will be out much sooner. Now, without further ado here is your video:

Here are some close-up photos:

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I tried to come up with some different types of layout/background ideas and really like how this one came out; especially the way the heart stickers look peeking out over the edge.

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I LOVE the sentiments that were included in this kit. I will use this one in particular, very often.

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I love that SSS has included dies in the last two kits (well, I’m including the Mother’s Day kit in that) – Please keep them coming!!

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There was a little black left in the nooks and crannies of that hummingbird stamp so he ended up more of a grayish-blue but I still like it ok.

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How serendipitous that this ink was almost a perfect match for the yellow in the paper collection. I don’t have a ton of these, so I was really excited when I was digging in my supplies and found this one. AND I love the sentiment on that sticker.

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You’ll see that I did some stamp surgery in the next video and came up with the sentiment “I love you”. If I had thought of it earlier, it would have been perfect for this card too.

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This sentiment is so much fun – I’m starting to really like a nice dark stamp over top of a pretty patterned paper, and I often forget about washi for my cards, I usually end up only using it for happy mail but it’s great on cards too!

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Again, the font, the sentiment – all great.

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I’m a bookworm and have a wall-to-wall bookshelf in my apartment so you know I’m loving this patterned paper. This is a perfect card for one of your book-loving friends.

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You could never tell that this stamp has been cut apart. Don’t be afraid to make stamps work for you!

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I hope you like the cards I came up with, and I was able to give you some inspiration. As always thanks for stopping by to check out my cards! xoxo, Sarah