Monday, September 10, 2018

Stashin' Thank You's


Happy Monday everyone.  Sorry I've been MIA from my blog.  I'm still trying to get the hang of this and set a schedule for how many time to post each month.

Today's Blog post is about building your stash with Thank You stamps & cards.  Thank you cards are so important to have in your stash.  I always keep a few on hand to give out when I need to. A card doesn't just have to say thank you.  Build up your stash with sentiment stamps that say grateful,  kindness, or appreciation sentiments. 

Today I'm using the limited edition Thank You card kit from Simon Says Stamp. The kit is still available & is a perfect addition to your stash for thank you cards.



I started by stamping the flowers and leaves onto Neenah 80lb card stock with the mini ink cubes that came with the kit, Melon, Soft Navy, and Mint Candy (along with some other inks). Then I fussy cut the images. I'm still learning with fussy cuts, so no close ups here LOL.  

Using a pretty pink gingham paper from the PinkFresh Studio Sweet & Simple 6x6 paper pack included in the kit, I stamped and clear embossed the large Thank You stamp directly onto the patterned paper.  I love the look of using clear embossing powder over black ink. It looks so glossy with out using glossy accents.


I added the flowers and leaves to the card front and used some 3D foam tape to pop up a couple and glued some flat.  Finally, I added some iridescent sequins to the middle of the flowers to finish off the card.


I think it's a simple and elegant thank you card.  I absolutely love this limited edition set.  I'm so happy to have added this to my stash.  

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  I hope I've given you some ideas to add to your stash. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.  

Also, if you have any good tips for organizing a blog schedule, that would be greatly appreciated too 😊😊.

Hope you have a great week ahead and I'll see you soon.

Xoxo, Renee


Monday, July 9, 2018

Using Your Stash





Hi everyone. Happy Monday. Today's post is about using your stash to create fun cards. I have a pretty small budget for crafting.  I try to keep my purchases to my monthly budget and that means skipping out on a lot of things, especially most new releases. Sometimes I just have to be patient and wait til I have enough money saved to buy from that release.  And, it KILLS me!!! ugh!

However, it does give me the opportunity to go into my stash and use the items that I already have.  Using my stash makes me look at things in a different way.  Coming up with designs, using patterned paper, and stamps & dies I already have challenges me to be more creative. 

I made these cards with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge in mind.  The theme this week is Red,White and/or Blue.  And, since the challenge started on 4th of July, a card with stars was so appropriate.  I knew I had some patterned paper left over from previous card kits. I pulled out some star wafer dies and a couple of stamps sets.

Let's begin.

All of the cards have the same elements just in different patterns with different sentiments. I used some patterned paper from the May and June SSS card kit for all three cards.  The blue is a pretty watercolor from Modascrap and the Red stripe is from Pink Fresh Studios.  I used the SSS Wonky Rectangle Dies to create my focal panels.  Then I used Cas-ual Friday Star Fri-dies to cut the stars in the focal panel.  I did an inlay of both papers to create some contrast.  

For this card I added a sentiment from SSS Everyday Sentiments.  




For the second card I used the SSS Birthday Messages stamp set.



And for the third card, I used Hero Arts Thanks Stamp & Cut die.  I cut it out three times and layered them to create dimension. I added another sentiment from the SSS Everyday Sentiments mentioned above.  

I finished all of the card with Studio Katia foil stars and added some Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard to some of the stars.

I hope you like the cards and this sparks your creativity to use your stash to make something wonderful.

Have a great week!

xoxo
~Renee

Monday, June 18, 2018

Fly Me Away - SSS June 2018 card kit


Hi Everyone! Today's post is about the June 2018 card kit from Simon Says Stamp - Fly Me Away.  Again, they have knocked it out of the park with this kit! This kit sold out FAST!! There were so many goodies in this kit and they are all sold separately so you can pick and choose what you'd like.  Personally, I absolutely love the huge 6x8 stamp set Beautiful Flowers and the ModaScrap Fly and Scrap 6x6 paper pack.  The images and watercolors used for the paper pack are AH-MAZ-ING!  Just look at my first card below.



With the paper pack all you need to do is use one of the gorgeous papers, cut to size, and wah-la, you have one beautiful background already created to add a sentiment too. Seriously though, how amazing are those flowers!!!  The card base is Fog card stock. I used White Blizzard Nuvo Glitter drops to finish the card.

This huge flower pattern is a STAMP!!  There are so many things you can do with this stamp and GET THIS, there are three different smaller flowers on the stamp set as well.  WOW-ZA!
For this card I used the new Tonic Shimmer Powders for the background.  I used Blue Blitz and Green Parade.  I love the gold undertones in these colors.  The card kit came with a thick piece of 8.5x11 Tonic Gold Pearl card stock.  I used this to frame my focal panel and for my sentiment.  This card would be great for a wedding.  So simple and elegant.


This feather patterned paper is TO-DIE-4!!  I love the purples and blues.  The kit came with several different card stocks.  I used the Cornflower Blue for the card base to bring out the blues in the paper.  I added a strip of Fog card stock with a sentiment from the ah-maz-ing stamp set. To finish off the card I used Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Gems for some bling.


The last and final card is just stunning.  The kit came with an amazing Tim Holtz Sizzix Bontanical 3D embossing folder.  It is STUNNING!!  I used Fog card stock for the embossing.  After cutting out a circle I added another piece of the ModaScrap paper to the inside and used a scrap piece of the same paper for the sentiment.  To finish the card I added some navy sequins from SSS Peach Beach.










There are so many ways to use this kit.  I am still having so much fun creating and this kit is a great stash builder.  The floral stamp set is a classic and can be used for any occasion.  I hope you got your kit before they sold out!

Cant wait to see what is coming for July.

Have a great day!

XOXO
~Renee

Friday, May 11, 2018

May - Kind Heart card kit from Simon Says Stamp

Hi there.  Hope everyone is having a great week.  It's Friday and the weekend is finally here! I thought it would never come.

Today's post is about the beautiful May card kit from Simon Says Stamp called Kind Heart.  It is full of so many amazing goodies.  There are two stamp sets.  The Everything Together stamp set is 6x8 with gorgeous lettering. The picture above shows an A2 sized card and how the largest stamp fills up the card.  It's truly stunning!



I used emboss resist technique on the card front.  I added VersaMark ink and then embossed using a glitter embossing powder to give it a sparkly effect.  After that, I used Wild Honey Distress Oxide Ink to cover most of the card front and then wiped away the ink to reveal the prettiness. I love using this technique when I want a solid background for bold lettering stamps.




I used one of the sheets from the Pinkfresh studio paper pack that was included in the kit and cut it into strips. I added those to a Neenah Desert Storm card base.  Then I added the wave line stamp in white pigment ink for some contrast.
I love way this card came out.  It looks very natural.










                                               
My next card is a simple one layer card but so pretty.  I used another sheet of paper from the Pinkfresh studio paper pack.  I love the blue background on the paper.  I did a very simple die cut inlay for the stamped part using a scalloped edge die from my stash.  Then I added some of the epoxy heart stickers, again, from Pinkfresh Studio.  I tried to pull out some of the leafy colors from the paper.  Finally I added some Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets to finish off the card.  Like I said, simple but so pretty.


For my last card, I used the second stamp set included with the kit.  This is a 3x4 stamp set called Take Heart.  I tried my hand at water coloring for this stamp.  This is definitely out of my comfort zone.  But I just had to try it. I embossed the black ink so I could keep within the lines of the stamp.  I cut it out using a scalloped edge dies from Sugar Pea Designs Card Front Element Builder set.
The May kit comes with a beautiful word die "heart" and the shadow die. I added some shimmer with a Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen.  LOVE that shimmer!! This card was also finished with Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets.



I absolutely love this kit for this month!!  So many elements to use to make such pretty cards.
Unfortunately, it is sold out but the elements of the kit are sold separately if you wish to purchase.

Thanks for taking the time to read my post.  Until next time, I hope your days are filled with many blessings and much love.

Renee
xoxo

Monday, April 30, 2018

Distress Inks and Block Smooshing Technique



Hi there.  Hope everyone is having a good weekend.  It's my daughters 9th birthday during this weekend and I had a house full of giggling girls.  And, it was a sleepover party.  Lord help me! But, my daughter loved it and she had so much fun, so I guess that's all that counts.

This week I'm using an ink smooshing technique with an acrylic block.  I seen this done so many times and it comes out so cool, thought I'd give it a try.  I used a 4.25x5" acrylic block to smoosh Distress Inks (Fired Brick, Scattered Straw, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserve), I added water on top of the ink until it beaded up and then turned it over onto distress watercolor paper.  I let it sit for about 10 mins before I took the block off.  Even though it wasn't dried, I used my heat tool to finish drying and set in the color.  I did this twice to get a deeper color.


I didn't get the result with yellow or green that I wanted to, so I used SSS Bright Yellow for a card base and  SSS Emerald Green Glitter cardstock for the shadow of the Big Thanks wafer die.
I added a black strip for the sentiment and finished off the card with some Studio Katia Crystal Rainbow Confetti.

I love how the color has a textured look to it.  And, I love the how the glitter paper pops.


Hope you try this technique.  You can use any blocks you have to create a look like this.  It's so easy and creates such a unique look.

Have a great weekend!!

Renee
xoxo

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

April Beginnings




Good afternoon. I hope you're having a great week so far.

I received the new Simon Says Stamp April 2018 card kit Beautiful Day.  This kit is AH-maz-ing!!!  So much is packed into it.  The large 6x8 stamp set has such beautiful butterflies and hand lettering (you can find it here Beautiful Day Stamp Set). And, the 6x6 stencil is just as perfect (find it here Simon Says Stamp Stencil Butterflies)! Also, who can resist 2 of the new full size Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks included with the kit.

Unfortunately, the kit is sold out.  But you can purchase everything in the set separately if you wanted to pick and choose what you want.  The stamp set is on reserve until April 19th.



I had so much fun making these two cards with the kit.  The Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow paper pad is so colorful and fun (find the paper pad here Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow).  They really pop when added to any color card base.


For the first card I used a white background rainbow paper.  I cut it out using a stitched rectangle die and then cut three circle to make windows.  On my card base I used the new distress oxide inks that came with the kit, Squeezed Lemonade and Mermaid Lagoon.  I also added Twisted Citron distress ink.  Then I stamped the images in the windows.  I love the sentiment "I adore you".
I white heat embossed the butterflies.  I popped the focal panel with some 3M tape. And now there needs to be shimmer!!  I used a Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen to add some sparkle and lighten up the distress inks.






For the second card, also my favorite, I used the Simon Says Stamp Island Blue card stock for my card base.  Then added another rainbow pattern paper cut to 4 x 5.25 to give a nice border around the edges.  I stamped two butterflies and a leaf stem from the stamp set and colored them with Arteza Real Brush Pens.  I fussy cut the butterflies and leaf (there isn't a die set for the stamps yet). I added the "have a beautiful day" sentiment and the swoop for the flying butterfly.  I added 3D foam squares under the wings of the butterflies to make them pop off the card.  I absolutely love how this came out!
Oh, and there has to be some sparkle.  I added the Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen to some parts of the wings.



Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog today.  I hope you come back for some more inspiration and fun!

Just Starting Out

Hi there and welcome to my blog.

This is my very first post and I am super nervous.

Just a little info about me.  I live in sunny South Florida.  I have an amazing husband and little girl who we both adore.  I love to craft and create.  We are all quite crafty in my family.  My daughter loves to spend time with me in my craft room.  She also loves to help my husband in his wood working shop.

I have been crafting for several years.  I started out sewing, and moved into machine embroidery. Then I moved into paper crafting and card making.  My husband bought me my first Cricut machine and Cuttlebug and it took off from there.  Yeah, he's pretty awesome.

I started this blog as an outlet for me to share my creativity and maybe inspire others while I'm at it. I believe in sharing kindness through crafts.  Cards and other handmade things always brighten people's day and I enjoy spreading that kindness.  I am on instagram as Swift_Creations so come find me and check out some of my creations.

I hope you'll come back to see the things I've posted.  I don't have a schedule of postings. Not yet anyway.  I'm sure I will come up with a schedule soon.  As I said I'm new and just starting out. Let me know what you think.

Thanks for stopping by and hope see you again!

XO,
Renee