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  1. June Challenge Results!

    Hi All!

    Thank you to everyone who participated in the June Bottom Heavy Challenge! I hope you enjoyed playing along – I definitely did. It kind of made card-making easy! I hope you’ll check out the entries when you have some time.

    This month’s random winner of the Simon Says Stamp $25 gift voucher is entry #17 by Pat Wortham. What a beautiful card, too! Congrats Pat!

    Now for some highlights. Check out this adorable cow card by Sarah:

    Sarah\

    First of all, I love this stamp set! Secondly, I love how all the cows are colored differently. And finally, the glossy highlights on the milk can are a perfect detailed touch!

    Next is this card by Anne:

    Anne

    I chose this card because of the geometric shape at the bottom and how it wraps up with a nice embellishment in the middle. I also liked how Anne kept the white border all the way around the bottom.

    Check out these little piggies by Crystal:

    Crystal

    I noticed that she colored some mud on them – so cute! My favorite part of this card was that the grass started at the bottom edge. It’s a perfect scene for bottom-heavy.

    Finally, another card by Sarah:

    Sarah

    I always admire a card that uses patterned paper well, and this is one of them! The green is perfect. I think my first thought would have been “we need another color!”, but no, that’s why this card is so good.

    Thank you again to everyone who participated. I’ll be back tomorrow with the launch of the July “Favorite Color Combos” Challenge. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  2. Cherry Blossoms

    Cherry Blossoms

    Hi All!

    I hope everyone is having a great summer! Today’s card is cheerful – I really like the Colorful Seasons stamp set I just purchased. It has such a variety of stamps for so many different occasions.

    I stamped the background with Simon Says Stamp Fog ink. I use both this ink and the matching cardstock all the time – it’s a great option for adding a subtle detail to your card. It’s a very light ink, which enabled me to stamp over it and not mess with masking! Here is a close-up of the flowers:

    Cherry Blossoms

    Enjoy the video and have a great weekend!

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    Card Measurements:

    Element Imperial Metric
    Tree panel 4 x 5 1/4 inches 10.2 x 13.3 cm
    Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm

    Supplies:

    Colorful Seasons
    Colorful Seasons
    Wonky Backdrops
    Wonky Backdrops
    Blushing Bride
    Blushing Bride Ink
    Simon Says Stamp Fog Ink
    SSS Fog Ink
    Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
    Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
    EH|SSS
    Stampin' Up! Whisper White Cardstock
    Stampin’ Up! White Cardstock
    Neenah Solar White Cardstock
    Neenah Cardstock
    EH|SSS
    Stampin' Up! Early Espresso Cardstock
    Early Espresso Cardstock
    MISTI
    MISTI
    EH|S.COM
    Stamp-a-ma-jig
    Stamp-a-ma-jig
    SSS|EH
    Thin Paper Tape
    Thin Paper Tape
    Tweezers
    Tweezers
    EH|SSS
    Zig Two-Way Glue Pen
    Glue Pen
    ATG Tape Runner
    ATG Tape Runner
    EH|SSS

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  3. Healing Hugs

    Healing Hugs

    Hi All,

    This may be the easiest, fastest card I’ve ever made, and it’s because the stamp set does all the work for you. I used the Stampin’ Up! Healing Hugs set, which is part of a line Stampin’ Up! calls “distinktive”. These stamps consist of photo-realistic images. I found that the best results are from darker inks. With lighter inks, you miss some of the detail.

    With simple stamping cards, I think the colors you use are very important – it’s mostly what your card is about. I used Pacific Point and a new Stampin’ Up! color: Granny Apple Green. I love this color so much! In the video, I also talked a little bit about the new ink pads.

    Here is a close-up of the stamped image:

    Healing Hugs

    Enjoy the brief video and have a great day!

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    Card Measurements:

    Element Imperial Metric
    Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm

    Supplies:

    Healing Hugs
    Healing Hugs
    Pacific Point
    Pacific Point Ink
    Stampin' Up! Granny Apple Green
    Granny Apple Green Ink
    Versafine Black Onyx Ink
    Versafine Black Ink
    EH|SSS
    Stampin' Up! Whisper White Thick Cardstock
    Stampin’ Up! Thick White
    Stamp-a-ma-jig
    Stamp-a-ma-jig
    SSS|EH

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  4. July Challenge Heads Up!

    July Heads Up

    Hi All!

    Time for another challenge! For July the theme is going to be “favorite color combos”. What is your favorite set of colors to use together? Sometimes I feel that figuring out my colors can be the hardest part of design. I thought it would be nice to have a gallery to go to for inspiration.

    There are still 5 days left in the June Bottom-Heavy Challenge. Each upload gets you a chance to win a $25 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp!

    Good luck!

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  5. Surf’s Up!

    Surf's Up

    Hi All,

    Today’s card is a beach scene using the new Surf’s Up set by Simon Says Stamp. There are so many cute elements in this stamp set! Here is a close-up of my coloring:

    Surf's Up

    Enjoy the video and have a great weekend!

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    Card Measurements:

    Element Imperial Metric
    Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm

    Supplies:

    Copic sketch markers used: surf boards (Y15, R27, V15, B02); palm tree (E57, E55, YG25, YG67)

    SSS Surf's Up
    SSS Surf’s Up
    SSS Surf's Up Dies
    SSS Surf’s Up Dies
    Copic Sketch Markers
    Copic Sketch Markers
    Salty Ocean Distress Ink
    Salty Ocean Distress Ink
    EH|SSS
    Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
    Tumbled Glass
    EH|SSS
    Antique Linen Distress Ink
    Antique Linen
    EH|SSS
    Versafine Black Onyx Ink
    Versafine Black Ink
    EH|SSS
    Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
    Memento Black Ink
    EH|SSS
    Versamark Ink Pad
    Versamark Ink
    EH|SSS
    Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
    Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
    EH|SSS
    Uniball White Gel Pen
    White Gel Pen
    EH|SSS
    Neenah Solar White Cardstock
    Neenah Cardstock
    EH|SSS
    Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
    Black Cardstock
    Thin Paper Tape
    Thin Paper Tape
    Zig Two-Way Glue Pen
    Glue Pen
    Scotch Foam Tape
    Scotch Foam Tape
    Tombow Mono Multi Glue
    Tombow Mono Multi Glue
    EH|SSS
    Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
    Dimensionals

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  6. Hibiscus Frame

    Hibiscus Frame

    Hi All!

    Today Simon Says Stamp has a new release called Good Vibes, and this Hibiscus die is part of the collection. I did a little watercolor with Distress Oxide inks to create the background. Multiple layers of color, drying in between, creates a very interesting look. When doing this kind of watercolor, I like to limit the colors (this time I used two). With more colors, it gets muddy quickly.

    Here is a close-up:

    Hibiscus Frame

    Enjoy the video!

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    Card Measurements:

    Element Imperial Metric
    Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm

    Supplies:

    SSS Hibiscus Frame
    SSS Hibiscus Frame
    SSS Happy Birthday Die
    SSS Happy Birthday Die
    Simon Says Stamp Birthday Balloons
    SSS Birthday Balloons
    Distress Oxide - Worn Lipstick
    Distress Oxide – Worn Lipstick
    EH|SSS
    Distress Oxide - Fossilized Amber
    Distress Oxide – Fossilized Amber
    EH|SSS
    Stampin' Up! Basic Black Marker
    Black Marker
    Uniball White Gel Pen
    White Gel Pen
    EH|SSS
    Gansai Tambi Black
    Gansai Tambi Black
    EH|SSS
    Versafine Black Onyx Ink
    Versafine Black Ink
    EH|SSS
    Strathmore Watercolor Paper
    Watercolor Paper
    Neenah Solar White Cardstock
    Neenah Cardstock
    EH|SSS
    Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
    Black Cardstock
    Zig Two-Way Glue Pen
    Glue Pen
    Scotch Foam Tape
    Scotch Foam Tape
    Micro Glue Dots
    Micro Glue Dots
    EH|SSS
    Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
    Dimensionals
    ATG Tape Runner
    ATG Tape Runner
    EH|SSS

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  7. Say it With a Donut

    You are so Sweet

    Hi All!

    Alert: Simon Says Stamp is having 15% off the entire store! Use code SUM675, now through Sunday.

    I love breaking out old stamps set and creating something new with them… it helps me feel like I’m getting my money’s worth. And who doesn’t love donuts?? Here is a close-up:

    You are so Sweet

    Enjoy the video and have a great weekend!

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    Card Measurements:

    Element Imperial Metric
    Donut panel 2 3/4 5 1/2 inches 7 x 14 cm
    Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm

    Supplies:

    Copic sketch markers used: R85, R83, R81, E27, E25

    I Love Donuts
    I Love Donuts
    Labeler Alphabet
    Labeler Alphabet
    Copic Sketch Markers
    Copic Sketch Markers
    Uniball White Gel Pen
    White Gel Pen
    EH|SSS
    Simon Says Stamp Fog Ink
    SSS Fog Ink
    Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
    Memento Black Ink
    EH|SSS
    Versafine Black Onyx Ink
    Versafine Black Ink
    EH|SSS
    Neenah Solar White Cardstock
    Neenah Cardstock
    EH|SSS
    Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
    Black Cardstock
    MISTI
    MISTI
    EH|S.COM
    Zig Two-Way Glue Pen
    Glue Pen
    Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
    Dimensionals
    ATG Tape Runner
    ATG Tape Runner
    EH|SSS

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  8. Throwback Thursday!

    Throwback Thursday

    Hi All!

    The purpose of Throwback Thursday is to “repurpose” some of the older content, making it new again. With the hundreds of videos, you probably have forgotten or maybe missed some of the old stuff. So, once a month I’m here with a fun reminder.

    I wanted to choose a card that was bottom heavy for this month’s challenge, but I seriously couldn’t find one!! This one, however, was pretty close. Remove the top strip and there you go. 🙂

    The hearts bridge the open space, and the heart behind it lines up with the die cut when the card is closed. A fun way to use an intricate die.

    Heart Parade

    See the post for details and a video. Have a wonderful day!

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  9. Cool Cat

    Cool Cat

    Hi All!

    I have another bottom-heavy card as inspiration for the June Challenge. This card is so simple – you can adapt it with any stamps and paper you have on hand.

    For some reason, I had a bad Copic day and struggled a little with my cat. Oh well, these things happen. Here is a close-up of my coloring… my paper was so soaked from the overcoloring that it started to warp, lol!

    Cool Cat
    Enjoy the video!

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    Card Measurements:

    Element Imperial Metric
    Gray strip 1 x 4 1/4 inches 2.5 x 10.8 cm
    Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm

    Supplies:

    Copic sketch markers used: cat (E40, E43, E44); pillow (R22, R24, R29, R39); shadow (C4, C2)

    MFT Cool Cat
    MFT Cool Cat
    EH|SSS
    Avery Elle 6x6 Neutral
    Avery Elle 6×6 Neutral
    Copic Sketch Markers
    Copic Sketch Markers
    Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
    Memento Black Ink
    EH|SSS
    Versafine Black Onyx Ink
    Versafine Black Ink
    EH|SSS
    Stampin' Up! Basic Black Marker
    Black Marker
    Neenah Solar White Cardstock
    Neenah Cardstock
    EH|SSS
    Mini MISTI
    Mini MISTI
    ATG Tape Runner
    ATG Tape Runner
    EH|SSS

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  10. Bottom Flowers

    Bottom Flowers

    Hi All,

    I’m here with another card in the spirit of the June Bottom-Heavy Challenge. Honestly, this challenge is kind of easy, so I encourage you to try it!!

    I used the inside piece of the Center Cut Flowers stamp by Simon Says Stamp. I used the outside piece of this stamp on this card. The flowers are colored with Zig Watercolor Markers, which give it a very subtle blend of blue and purple. I colored, cut, and popped up some of the flowers on the front as well. Here is a close-up:

    Bottom Flowers

    Enjoy the video and have a great weekend!

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    Card Measurements:

    Element Imperial Metric
    Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm

    Supplies:

    Zig Watercolor markers used: Lilac, Light Blue, May Green, Pale Green, Lemon Yellow, Light Pink

    Center Cut Flowers
    Center Cut Flowers
    Artful Flowers
    SSS Artful Flowers
    Kuretake Zig Markers
    Kuretake Zig Markers
    AMZN|SSS
    Versafine Black Onyx Ink
    Versafine Black Ink
    EH|SSS
    Ultra Fine Clear Powder
    Ultra Fine Clear Powder
    Ranger Artist Brushes
    Ranger Artist Brushes
    EH|SSS
    Canson Mix Media Paper
    Canson Mix Media Paper
    Neenah Solar White Cardstock
    Neenah Cardstock
    EH|SSS
    MISTI
    MISTI
    EH|S.COM
    Stamp-a-ma-jig
    Stamp-a-ma-jig
    SSS|EH
    Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
    Dimensionals
    ATG Tape Runner
    ATG Tape Runner
    EH|SSS

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