Hello Folks! Scott here with my ten cards from the Simon Says Stamp August ’17 “Together” Card Kit. This kit featured 16 single-sided designer papers and one sheet of Studio Puff stickers from the Pinkfresh Studio “Live More” collection. The pattern papers are very thick, sturdy cardstock, but I wasn’t bowled over by the patterns – lots of white and pink… fairly muted colors, and the stickers didn’t do much for me either. This Card Kit is still available at Simon Says Stamps – I think that says a lot as to the popularity of this particular kit…! We did get a full size Distress Oxide ink pad in Cracked Pistachio, a WOW! Cloud 9 glitter embossing powder, and 5 sheets of SSS cardstock.
The stamp set this month is the You + Me clear stamp set – very sentiment heavy. Interesting corner stripe stamp and the border stamps are nice… but the last thing I need is more LOVE and THANKS sentiments…! I think this text heavy stamp set is the main reason this kit has not sold out… But I am determined to create some cards that stretch the boundaries of this kit and possibly help those who did purchase this kit think outside the box a little bit.
For my first card, I started playing around with the border stamps, and used the plus stamp to stamp out a heart shape on a piece of the pattern paper. I recently received my new Tim Holtz Stamp Platform and that was invaluable in helping me create this stamped and fussy-cut heart. The YOU + ME = AWESOME is the best sentiment stamp in this set, and everything has been stamped with the Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink on the Mint card base. I did clear embossing on the sentiment and the top and bottom stamps for a little shine, and added little strips of the + pattern paper for a little extra color… one of my old red heart brads matched up nicely and echoes the heart cut-out and the red pluses on the pattern paper. I used my VersaMarker Pen to add the Cloud 9 glitter embossing powder around the heart. This is the first time I have used ‘glitter’ embossing powder and I found it didn’t stick to the VersaMark ink very well… even after heat setting, a lot of the glitter would brush away fairly easily. I don’t know if this is indicative of other glitter embossing powders, or just my inexperience of using it, but I had to ink and emboss a couple times to get this effect. Nice sparkle, but I think I’d just as soon use real glitter! I do like this finished card and I especially like how the plus stamp on the grid paper kind of looks like cross-stitching!
The “There is beauty in Simplicity” sticker caught my eye… I was tempted to just stick that in the middle of the Orange Peel card base and call it done, but I couldn’t help but add a little bit of decoration. The orange stripe down the side was cut from one of the pattern papers, and I stamped the dashed line border stamp right next to that with the Orange Slush Hybrid ink that we got in the SSS April ’17 card kit. Perfect match, and the hybrid quality of the ink allowed me to do a little clear embossing on top of that stamp. I rounded the outside edges of the card base with my WRMK Corner Chomper, added three sequins from the Paper Pumpkin ‘Season of Gratitude’ October 2016 kit for a touch of sparkle, and I don’t think I can get any more ‘simple’ than that. 3 sequins, 2 stickers, 1 stamp and a strip of pattern paper.
The TH Stamp Platform to the rescue again…! I stamped the “LOVE you endlessly” sentiment using the SSS Barely Beige ink pad (received in the SSS June kit) on the light brown grid paper over and over again to cover the whole card face, then stamped the same sentiment using Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink on a bit of the leftover white grid paper, and trimmed that down to a little flag. I fussy-cut the edge of the pink diamond pattern paper to tuck under the edge of the brown grid paper and mounted this all to the Banana card base. I used an Ellen Hutson Stitching lines die to cut the edge of the card base – I like that it repeats the flag end of the sentiment and the cut edge of the diamond pattern paper. I added some golden gemstones from the Love From Lizi July ’17 card kit under the sentiment – I just used a piece of tape to pick the gemstones up off the acetate sheet they came on, and transferred them directly to the card – made them nice and straight and evenly spaced without a lot of fussing. I also used a border peel off sticker in Chocolate Brown from the Love From Lizi August card kit to define the left edge of the card. These Border Peel Off stickers have become my favorite sticker with so many uses – they come in three widths and are an easy way to add a touch of shine and a lovely accent wherever you use them.
Once again, the TH Stamp Platform helped me accurately place the corner stripe stamp in the center of the Mint card base to form a center square as my focal point. I’m loving this new stamp platform! The corner stripe is stamped in Worn Lipstick Oxide ink (from the SSS June card kit), the sentiments are stamped in Broken China Oxide ink and the arrow border is stamped in the Cracked Pistachio Oxide ink – these colors work great together and I really enjoyed having the sentiment go around the corners and edges of the stripe stamp. A simple square of pattern paper (this is the one sheet of pattern paper in this kit that I REALLY like) to fill in the center square, and one of the puffy stickers on top of that – a little sappy, but it goes well with the sentiment. Three Moonshine Confetti sequins (from the SSS July kit) add a spot of bling, and I am really pleased with this card.
I was getting tired of not having any images in this kit to work with, so I raided my stash, and found this photo – I actually made a Birthday Card that is very similar to this card a couple of years ago. The Polaroid frame I created on my Silhouette and cut four of them in plain white cardstock and glued them together to make a nice thick chunky frame. A strip of the blue-green stripe pattern paper across the front of the Slate card base, and I stamped the sentiment in Mint Macaron ink from Stampin’ Up (discontinued) which matched the blue-green stripe much better than the Cracked Pistachio ink. I did print the picture on photo paper so it does have that photo gloss to it, and mounted the whole ‘Polaroid’ up on foam tape. A lovely, touching, simple card. WITH AN IMAGE!
The ‘Don’t Quit’ puffy sticker caught my eye, and I added “Your Daydreams” in Arial Black font printed on white cardstock to complete that sentiment. The pattern paper had a grey and white ‘marble’ pattern in the cut-out corners – once I got rid of the marble design, I liked this pattern paper much better..! That also allows the Slate card base to help us zero in on the focal point. The little triangular puffy stickers matched perfectly and added some nice texture, and I used a new Extra Fine Point Metallic Silver Sharpie to add a touch of shine to the cut-out corners. I really like the tips on these water-based markers – Extra Fine Point indeed! “Don’t Quit Your Daydreams” is a fun and unique sentiment!
Here we go with the TH Stamp Platform and that corner stripe stamp again…! AND the Worn Lipstick, Cracked Pistachio, and Broken China Oxide inks (I think those three colors work great together). By masking the corner of the stamp at a 45 degree angle, I was able to get a very good ‘striped square’ for a shaker window frame. I stamped the stripes and sentiment on white cardstock – the corner stripe stamp was only 5″ long (before the corner) so I had to stamp the stripes on both ends of the card and hide the seam behind the shaker. Thank You TH Stamp Platform!! My favorite pattern paper returns in the back of the shaker window, and for a couple of thin strips to help transition from the white cardstock to the Ivory card base. The sequin mix is from the Paper Pumpkin June ’16 kit, and I added one of the tiny puffy stickers in the middle of the shaker window. I like this card a lot – It’s good to be reminded of the impact a shaker windows adds even when it’s a very small part of the card!
This card actually embraces the pattern papers in this kit. I found this great cat and dog silhouette on-line and created a ‘hand-cut die’ for cutting them out of two pattern papers. (more pink..!!!) Those shapes were traced with my Pigma Micron 05 archival ink pen, and mounted on the light brown grid paper with two different thicknesses of foam tape. The XOXO pattern paper matched the Orange Peel card base perfectly, the sentiment is stamped in Walnut Stain Oxide ink, and there’s a couple of the Chocolate peel off stickers to highlight the center panel. I enjoy this card a great deal – I actually wish I had these cat and dog shapes as a real die! I’ve about exhausted the stamps and pattern papers in this kit (at least the ones I like!), and by now, I am really aching to COLOR SOMETHING!!
HOORAY FOR COLOR!! I found this cute image on-line (similar to the picture of the boys on the Polaroid card) and had to use it. I traced it directly to the Ivory card base with my Pigma Micron 05 pen, and colored it with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. (For a detailed – yet sped up – coloring process check out the video for this card kit) The sentiment and the arrow border are stamped in the Cracked Pistachio Oxide ink, and here we have a very bright, colorful, single-layer card. I think this is a terrific Thank You card! And NOW.. I have used EVERY sentiment stamp in this kit!
I was a little dismayed at the YOU + ME = AWESOME stamp in this kit because the AWESOME was so close to the YOU + ME = that, try as I might, I could not get a good stamp of just the YOU + ME =. I tried masking the stamp, I tried masking the paper, nothing would give me a good stamp. (You + Me = a lot of things… not just AWESOME!) I wish SSS had taken that into consideration when making this stamp and had given us a little more room between the two lines! Nonetheless, I printed the sentiment myself (in Arial Black font) on the Banana cardstock, framed that with some of the Cloud 9 embossing glitter (and my VersaMarker pen) and mounted that on foam tape to a piece of the pattern paper. I added more Cloud 9 embossing glitter to the top and bottom of the pattern paper with scor-tape – I think the scor-tape holds this glitter embossing powder much better than the VersaMark ink does – even after heat setting. I mounted this all on my own black card base which I had coated with a spray of Sheer Shimmer Spritz. I wanted this card front to be very simple, yet still hint at the treasures inside:
YOU + ME = MAGIC !!!! (even better than awesome!) This is a Twist and Pop card that has been out there in the card-making world for some time. I mastered the pattern for this card a while ago, but haven’t had an occasion to use it yet… until NOW! I colored and cut the word MAGIC on my Silhouette using the Brady Bunch Remastered font (I am getting a LOT of use out of that font!) and used the Shimmer Spritz to add some sparkle, I found this great fireworks image on-line to use for the top background, and added the Banana card stock to provide writing space at the bottom. I used my Sakura Stardust glitter gel pen to outline all the edges, and some of the SSS Moonshine sequins to add some real bling. This card makes me very happy!! When I do one of these Twist and Pop cards again, I will use lighter weight cardstock for the mechanics… !!
On a final note for this post, It has been announced that I am now a Design Team member for the the Love From Lizi shop! HOORAY!! I am very excited for my first Design Team assignment! As such, I have had to embrace new avenues of social media for this assignment, so you can now find me on Instagram @cardcutups and on FaceBook @cardcutups as well as here and on YouTube. I hope you will join and follow me on these other platforms as well. As always, thank you so much for your attention and support, and please send me any questions or comments you may have – I will try my best to answer everyone. HAPPY CRAFTING!