Blog, Copic, Kits, Lawn Fawn, Simon Says Stamp

Surprise Pop-up with SSS Mandy’s Flowers

I got the inspiration for this card from one of Jennifer McGuire’s videos, and you should all go and watch it on her channel It’s the Window Pop Up Cards video.

Though her technique did inspire this card, I changed it up a little by making the pop-up a surprise that you don’t see until you open the card.

Using the Simon’s stamp set from the August card kit, I first stamped out the image on the front of the card base (A2 side folding portrait) and then the rest of the images on some Neenah solar white 80lb. I stamped the fence twice and the flowers once each.

Then I used a scrap of Simon’s 120lb cardstock, I had laying around on my desk, to make the pop-up feature. Again, if you want the full instructions on how to do this, you should watch Jennifers video. She explains it so much better than I ever could. The one thing I would change, if I did this card again, would be that I would use a lighter weight cardstock for the pop-up so that the finished card sits flatter.

I coloured in all the images with my copic markers cut some Lawn Fawn watercolor wishes paper to create an outdoor scene and die cut some clouds. I also covered the pop-up piece with watercolor wished paper so that it blended into the scene. Being very careful I cut out the center of the image to create a window in my card. I stuck the 2 fence images together and adhered them to the card, partially obscuring the window in the card. Adhered the flowers, clouds and pop-up piece within the card so they couldn’t be seen when the card was closed.

I stamped my sentiment last and was lucky that the bulk of the pop-up didn’t effect my stamping. I should have stamped it before finishing the pop-up. Stamp positioning tools are great. I’m so glad I have one. The card was embellished on the front with some lilac Nuvo drops to finish it off.



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My Camera Wanted a Change of Scenery

It decided to break so I would be forced to send it on a holiday to be repaired. I was in the middle of filming something when it decided to freeze and then refused to turn back on at all.

I may have a temporary work around for filming, while I wait to see if my camera is a ride off or not. I do have some things already recorded that need editing, so there will be some content from me in the coming weeks. Just not as much as I would like.

Blog, Challenge, Copic, Distress Inks, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday

Create Your Own Background | Simon Says Stamp Challenge

This weeks SSS Wednesday Challenge was to create your own background and while they were featuring Concord&9th products, like they feature different products with all their challenges, you don’t have to use the featured products to enter. Not that I don’t love Concord&9th products, I only have 2 of their sets one sentiments and the other an alpha set. So to make this weeks challenge easier on me I decided to just use some of Simon’s stamp sets.

Using a stamp from the Crafty Friends stamp set I stamped out a pattern of stripes using Simon’s Hollyhock & Spring Rain inks and some Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink. I then used another stamp from the same set which was some dashed lines and stamped over the previous stripes using Watering Can Archival ink.

I then cut this background panel and some of Simon’s vellum to 4 x 5 1/4 inches. Using some paper from the Lawn fawn Watercolor Wishes paper pad I cut a strip for my sentiment. I used up some left over white heat embossed and Copic coloured butterflies from Simon’s Beautiful Day stamp set and cut a stitched circle out of some Simon’s Fog cardstock for  them to sit on.

The vellum and cardstock were adhered with tacky glue and the butterflies were adhered with some score tape in the center so the wings could stand off of the card. The card was then finished off with some Nuvo Simply White and Bubblegum Blush Jewel drops.



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SSS August Kit Unboxing and a Card

Love, love, love this kit. Floral images are good for so many things. I jumped right into making cards as soon as I received this kit in the mail.

This kit also came way earlier than I was expecting it to. I do live in rural Queensland Aus, so there is a decent amount of wait time for nearly all my packages.

Since this kit came with 2 stamp sets I wanted to use them both. I also plan on entering this card in the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

I white heat embossed the Modern Rose Blooms cling stamp on some 80lb cardstock and water coloured it in with some Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink. I stamped out 2 of the floral images from the Mandy’s Flowers stamp set on the same piece of cardstock and coloured them with Copic markers.

I cut the heat embosses background panel, down to 4 x 5 1/4 inches, to give it a white border once I adhered it to the card. I cut a strip of Simon’s Cotton Candy cardstock (which came in the kit) and heat embossed the sentiment “thank you” from the Mandy’s Flowers stamp set. I also cut a strip of vellum to go behind the sentiment strip.

I adhered it all to a A2 top folding landscape card made from Simon’s 120lb white cardstock. Finishing touches were made to the card with some Bubblegum Blush Nuvo Jewel Drops (also in the kit). This kit definitely inspired me to make some soft and feminine cards.



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SSS July Kit Unboxing & a Card

If you’ve been following my blog or YouTube you will know I get my card kits from Simon Says Stamp late in the month. So, because of this I have started creating a simple card to go with the unboxing. This months card involves a fun punny swear. While it’s great to just use products from the kit, I’m a big advocate of combining your stash and getting the most out of all that you have, so I have combined things I had with things from the kit in this card. I figure every serious cardmaker has an alpha set or two. And if you don’t you should get on that.

Using some grey archival ink, I stamped a repeating pattern onto 3 panels using the flamingo stamp. I then stamped the same flamingo 3 times using Tuxedo black ink, on a separate piece of cardstock, and copic coloured them. I cut these 3 coloured images out with the flamingo die that came with the kit.

I stamped the word “flocking” out 3 times using a script stamp set and also used a stamp that says “awesome!” from my stash. I then cut these into strips and attached a flamingo to each to be placed on the cards. I didn’t have the right shade of pink cardstock to match the sentiment so I swiped my ink pad over some white cardstock and used that to mat the sentiment strips.

The final step was cutting down all the panels and adhering it all. Slate cardstock 4 1/4 x 5 1/2, flamingo panels 4 x 5 1/4, adhered down to Some pre-made portrait side folding card bases that were included in the kit. Stick the sentiment strips on and used a few Nuvo drops on the beak and card for extra gloss and sparkle.



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Art Journal Haul

I had been thinking of getting into art journaling and mixed media for myself. I had done it previously, but mostly for university units. Since I already make cards, I figured that both artistic endeavours complimented each other and I could use most of my art supplies for both.

I still wanted to buy a commercially made art journal though. I looked around and watched some art journaling YouTube videos and came across the Mixed Media Store. The Mixed Media Store is a small Australian business run by a women called Mimi Bondi. She sells an art journal starter kit that is really great value.

The kit comes with:

  • 1 x Small Dylusions art journal
  • 1 x White Gesso
  • 10 x Dylusions Acrylic Paints (you choose!)
  • 3 x Tim Holtz stencils (abstract designs that can be used over and over again)
  • Makeup sponges to apply paint with stencils
  • 3 x Small stamps (abstract designs that can be used over and over again)
  • 1 x inkpad
  • 1 x Gel Medium

These items can change depending on stock and availability but it’s definitely great value. Even if you aren’t starting out, and just want the art journal, it’s worth considering.

I also bought some extra things to go with my order, one item after my first order was just completed. I was able to add it to the first order for no extra shipping (though I would suspect the orders would have to be placed very close together).

I made a haul video showing the products from the Mixed Media Store and a few other stores as well.

I was in so way, paid for, or compensated for this video or blog post, or its content in any way. The products shown within this video were purchased by me, at my own expense. Views expressed within this video are my own and are in no way influence by any other.

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Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens –
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Art Journal with SSS July Card Kit

I got an art journal. Yay. I love it. There is an upcoming haul video. But now, to the page.

So, this is actually my third art journal page and because I used stuff from the Simon Say Stamp July card kit I’m uploading it before the others. It was just happenstance that the mail was getting delivered when I was at the beginning stages of this page and had no focal image.

I started by tearing scraps of paper and experiments I still had lying around and sticking them onto a gesso’ed page with some gel medium. I also used some postal tissue paper. No planning, just intuitive art.

After sticking the bits n bobs down I used some texture paste through a stencil and let it dry. Using some red and black Dylusions paint watered down with a mica spray I applied it to run down the textured bits. Once that had dried I slapped on some clear crackle paint and left it to dry overnight.

The next day I used some purple paint over the textured and crackly bits. I then used a gritty stamp and some border stamps from the SSS crafty friend stamp set in various pinks and greys. I then used a scrap piece of watercolour paper, that I had been mopping the left over paint with, to cut out some flamingo with a die from the SSS July card kit. I just love those flamingos.

I also stamped out part of a sentiment that said “be a flamingo” in black and picked raspberry oxide. I used the hearts from the same stamp set and stamped them in picked raspberry also and then coated them with glossy accents. I fussy cut the sentiment out, suck all the things to the page and accented the textured parts with some platinum nuvo moose. I added some clear nuvo glitter drops to ‘flamingo’ to make it sparkle.

I then set about using my brush markers to shade around the hearts, flamingos, and sentiment. I sort of stuffed up the the word ‘flamingo’ by going around it with black, but salvaged it with some white pens.


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Blog, Distress Inks, Mission Gold, My Favorite Things, No-line Watercolour, Watercolour

What Not To Do. No-line Watercolour.

So I don’t have any photos to go with this post, but I do have a video.

This is my very first attempt at no-line watercolouring. It’s more an exercise in learning the medium and technique than trying to get something that is perfect. I did however make a card out of the image I created, and I believe that there is merit in our failures and not just our successes. So I’m showing and telling you my biggest mistakes. This hasn’t put me off of no-line watercolour it just means I need to experiment with it more.

I used My Favorite Things Magical Dragons stamp set, Canson XL watercolor paper, my Mission Gold watercolours, Distress ink in Antique Linen, and paint brushes from Royal & Langnickel and Silver Black Velvet



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Very Late June Kit Unboxing & a Card

Very late seems to be a theme in my life lately, for everything but my university work. While I get this kit a little shy of 1 month after its release, I was extra late in posting this video. I’m not the type to make x number of cards to showcase a kit, because I don’t want to force my creativity, but I have created a card to go with this unboxing.

This card is quite simple. I have used my Mission Gold Watercolours to create a background wash with some black paint. I then stamped and heat embossed the large floral arrangement stamp from the kit using Wow Gold Sparkle Embossing Glitter, splattered some Winsor & Newton Gold Drawing Ink on the card panel and then darkened inside the stamped area, with more black watercolour, to make the gold embossing pop.

I matted the card using some foam tape to some black cardstock from my stash and adhered it to the A2 card base. Some stamp surgery was involved with the sentiment from the kit, which I also heat embossed with the same gold embossing glitter. I cut one end of the sentiment strip at an angle and then stuck the strip straight down to the card and trimmed off the excess. This card was so simple and uncomplicated to make, and was truly a pleasure to mindlessly watercolour.


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I Missed a Color Throwdown Challenge

I had intentions of entering the Color Throwdown challenge #496 but my university studies had other plans for my time and my studies come first. Oh well, I make cards for enjoyment and not solely to enter challenges. And I was really happy with how these cards came out.


I had recently purchased the Simon Says Stamp Spring Flowers stamp set and the color throwdown challenge presented the perfect opportunity to use it

I started by stamping all the images out in Versamark ink and heat embossing with white embossing powder on to Canson XL watercolor paper. I then pulled out my Mijello Mission Gold watercolours to messily paint in some colour. I mixed an aquay blue for the flowers and used black for the stems and leaves. I put down multiple layers, drying in-between, to create some depth and texture.

Once I was finished and the images were dry I sat down to watch a movie while doing a not so small amount of fussy cutting, as I don’t have the matching dies (Yet. Seriously, I love this set and will use it enough that the dies are definitely going on my shopping list). I adhered some A2 sized panels of black cardstock (from a previous hero arts kit) to top folding landscape cards made of Neenah 110lb with another white matting layer measuring 3 3/4 x 5 inches made from Neenah 80lb.

I had enough images to make 2 cards. Both cards had differing sentiments but both used Simon Says Stamp die cut words. One card even fell prey to my over-exuberance with Nuvo drops, which finished off the cards, along with some clear drops from Studio Katia.

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