Baby Party Animals by Simon Says Stamp

Good morning guys. Today I am showcasing a stamp and die set from Simon Says Stamp called Baby Party Animals. Simon Says stamp have their own brand of quality stamps and dies and they launch under a titled release. This set is from the Falling For You release.

Cute party animals 2The set has a cute little bunny, monkey, kitten and pig with a couple of sentiments and choices of them holding a flag or a balloon.

It lends itself for different occasions, though I was not keen on the font for the sentiment ‘baby’. I think I felt it did not look cute as a word so just it just didn’t feel right to use it. Instead, I focused on the birthday sentiment.

Cute party animals 3As I love a co ordinated look I decided to make two cards and show different colour mixes…I wanted to do a blue and pink and although it was obvious to use the pig, it felt very strange colouring a blue monkey! I kept telling myself that it was my design and I could do the monkey any colour I wanted but it still felt a bit wrong…looks colour co ordinated though 🙂 In case you were wondering, the dies I used to cut out the grey frames are called Stitched Circle Frames by My Favourite Things.

I have a few sets from Simon Says Stamp and I often pull on their sentiment sets when I am trying to find the right thing to say. It really is great to cheat a little and get the fab Kristina Werner’s handwritten sentiments on my cards, which you will recognize on another blog entry coming up later this week.

I hope you have a great week and find time for yourself to do something fun!

By for now, Cheryl 🙂

Beautiful Bouquets by W plus 9

wplus9 3Hi guys, today I am showcasing the Beautiful Bouquets Stamp Set by W plus 9. Honestly, what a gorgeous, detailed floral stamp set! It was such a pleasure to do a project with. At first, I was pretty intimidated to use copics to colour it. I then wondered about watercoloring as I haven’t done much of that either!

As with most projects that I do, I start with a bit of an idea, look at the stamp set and start pulling media out and see what takes my fancy. For these two cards, I decided to use the Tim Holtz blending inks. wplus9 4They are so easy to use and really give a great effect. For each card I used four different colours that complimented each other. One, pale pink to lavender and the other pale blue to turquoise.

The first thing I did was emboss the Beautiful Bouquets stamp set on a piece of card stock using the essential Tsukineko Versamark Emboss Ink Pad. I then added white embossing powder and heat dried it. This give a subtle raised effect to the image. Once cool, I then blended the inks one by one from the top of the card stock, lightest to darkest….Wow, they came out amazing! (in my humble opinion). To finish, I popped them on some foam backing to give dimension when added to the card base. The sentiments were attached to a card magazine that Clearly Besotted gave away. Great large fonts, which complimented these cards really well.wplus9 2

I was surprised how easy these cards were to do with such an effective result. I highly recommend this technique as I am sure you would feel the same way. My creative brain was thinking of all sorts of projects I could do now.

 

What do you think? I love hearing from you 🙂

Bye for now, Cheryl

Wednesday Card Challenge

Hi guys, this weeks card challenge with Simon Says Stamp is called Touchy Feely. The challenge is showcasing My Favourite Things and even though you are not obliged to use their products to enter the challenge, I did. As the names suggests, your creation had to have a touchy feely to it. This is quite easy to do if you add dimension to your project.

The whole herd 2The stamp set I decided to use is called The Whole Herd and the dies are called  Grassy Edges and Pierced Fishtail Flags.

I decided to build a bit of a scene. The sentiment made me smile, so I worked around that really. I cut some clouds out of sticky masking tape and randomly attached them to my base. I then blended some Tm Holtz distress inks to create the sky. I added some black at the top to signify the night drawing in 🙂

I decided to cut one of the stamps, so I could have a ‘Happy Birthday’ on its own to use for the inside of the card. I wanted it to have the same font and relate to the front sentiment. I have never cut my stamps before, mainly because it distresses me at the thought..lol. Also, I wasn’t that confident to do so, but hey..I did and it worked out great!

I used my comics to colour the images. My topic colouring is a work in progress, so I learn as I go and watch videos to pick up tips and tricks. I thinks its getting better. It is cathartic for me too.

I hope my card makes you smile this week?

Bye for now, Cheryl 🙂

The Topic of Love for Valentines

Hi guys,

A the topic of love continues due to Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I wanted to share with you a card that I made and had posted to Instagram without updating my blog, for some reason. Not sure how that happened!January3 It’s one of my favourite Valentines cards that I made this year.  A couple of weekends ago, I spent some time making several cards with the love theme.

It helps for me to have some cards at the ready to show you through the week and keep me in touch with  you guys :).

Sending Hugs
Sending Hugs

The card is a mixture of the same supplies except for the Small Envelope Die by Simon Says Stamp that I made out of 40Lb Vellum by Bazzill. It’s aways handy to have some vellum in your stash. It adds subtle dimension to your products without blocking out colour, I love it!

I think with small cute dies and cute paper and fabulous creative elements like vellum, you can make anything so adorable. They can really get my creative mind going.

Sending Hugs
Sending Hugs

I hope that as I show you the cards I make, you too will be inspired. I just think its wonderful to be able to chat with you through my blog and in turn, you want to start creating something yourself.

Happy crafting!

Cheryl 🙂