Happy Plaid Birthday, With Googly Eyes On Top!

Hello Fellow Paper Crafters!

I know it’s been a while since I’ve shared some handmade cards with you – I’ve been awfully busy.  Case and point, I’m just getting around to playing with my May 2016 Simon Says Stamp Card Kit.  So yeah, if you are keeping track here, I am one card kit behind.  So… I unsubscribed for the time being with plans to order once a quarter.  As much as I love card crafting, life is just too hectic to use up all of my monthly goodies.  Plus, we are heading into summer and my garden is calling my name.  Any who, below is the May card kit.  I just loved this kit!  It was perfect for spring-time.

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So what project did I dream up with this card kit?  A friend (who is pretty much a brother to me) was celebrating their birthday at the beginning of June so I used this kit to create him a birthday card.  Of course I took some time for colour-therapy with these stamps.  Just. So. Freaking. Cute.

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Side note: I still have not tried stamps with coordinating die sets, but it looks and sounds so attractive!  I mean I don’t mind taking the time to cut my stamps out, I just think of how much time would be saved (and my poor hands with those crafting scissors – yikes).  Some stamps are just so intricate (i.e. the umbrella handle on the stamp above).  So the next stamp set I get, I promise, I’m going to break down and buy the die set as well. 🙂

So birthday card!  Focus!  🙂  Below is what I came up with. Yup, I can’t even.  I added googly eyes (**smiles uncontrollably**), because well, googly eyes are never a bad idea.  See for yourself?  Cute right?

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For this birthday greeting card you will need:

  • Card stock (I used Lawn Fawn plain white for the card base, solid blue and green, and plaid patterned paper – all from the May SSSCK)
  • Paper trimmer
  • SSS Happy Days stamp set, ink, and stamp block
  • Colouring weapon of choice (I used brush markers)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes (aka “Jiggly Eyes”- I bought mine at my local Walmart)
  • Ribbon bows and string
  • Sequins

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Measure and cut out the solid and patterned paper of choice.  I just eye-balled my pieces and then used my paper trimmer to get them down to size.  Stamp, colour, and cut out your little darling stamps of choice.  I arranged all of my paper pieces before gluing them all down.  You can use my layout above as inspiration or play around with other stamps and combinations.  These sets are so versatile, there are so many possibilities!

Once you’ve organized your layout, trim some string and glue it to your kite stamp.  Glue all paper pieces down.  Stamp your chosen greeting (I found that it’s easiest to stamp this prior to adding your googly eyes – add these last).  Finally, add your ribbon bows to your kite string (I got these cute little bow stickers at my local dollar store – I use them lots in card crafting!), googly eyes and sequins (I added six in total to the right corners of the card).

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So cute right?  My friend that I gave this to is quite a fan of plaid, so the card stock that came in the SSS card kit was perfect!  I was so excited to share this one with you (ohmegosh googly eyes!!!!), I hope you enjoyed it!  Did you receive this card kit or stamp set?  Leave me some love in the comments so I can check out your card crafting adventures!

Warmth,

Kim

SSSCK: Mother’s Day Card

Hello Card Crafters!

So I received my first Simon Says Stamp subscription package a few weeks ago.  I ate the lollipop right away (obvs) but I just got around to paper crafting with this card kit now.  This package was so versatile with some strong vibrant colours, perfect for spring.

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For my first subscription package I was thrilled.  Upon first look many handmade cards  can be made from this set: Valentines, Birthday, Thank-you, simple greeting cards.  Projects truly are endless with this kit!  I also picked up some new brush markers at Homesense last weekend.  I’ve been eyeing those Copic markers that a lot of card crafters use but I couldn’t justify the price just quite yet.  Maybe with more experience I will slowly start building my marker collection, but until then these will work just fine I’m sure.

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New! Yay!

I don’t have any special occasions coming up in the next little while so I decided to get a head start on my Mother’s Day cards.  I have two amazing mom’s so I was able to make two similar home-made cards.  I know Mother’s Day is a few months away but I figured it’s never too early for some inspiration.

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For these handmade cards you will need:IMG_9374

  • The April Simon Says Stamp Card Kit (SSSCK) – you can buy all of the supplies separately from their online shop as well.
    • You can also just use solid and patterned cardstock, stickers and stamps to create your own handmade card
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Glue
  • Small 3D Dot Foam Adhesive Squares
  • Markers
  • Mother’s Day stamp
  • Stamp Ink Pads

The most time consuming part of this card creation was choosing the patterned paper and coordinating stickers.  Everything was just so lovely!  After I chose the paper combinations I eyeballed the sizing and trimmed my paper pieces (3 in total – the large “XOXO” paper and the smaller half and half paper that is glued at the top of the “XOXO” paper, and the sentimental greeting to the right).

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I glued the two patterned paper pieces to the card and attached the sentimental piece of paper with some 3D foam squares (note: don’t stick the foam stickers where the cute lil clip will go if you plan to let your loved one know that they can re-use the clip as a bookmark <3).  Attach your chosen stickers (I stamped the “Love You” greeting on the label sticker from the kit), and add the cute lil clip onto your sentimental greeting.

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I added some detail to the inside of these cards.  I really liked how they turned out!  Perfect for Spring, and perfect for Mother’s Day!  I used the lines and flower stamps included in the kit and coloured the flowers with my new brush pens.  Stamp your greeting and you’re done!

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So there you have it, a Mother’s Day card!

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I can’t wait to see what comes in next months SSSCK.  Did you create a greeting card with this month’s card kit?  Leave me a comment so I can check out your blog and creations!

Warmth,

Kim