Simon Says Stamp Welcome Baby

Hello Beautiful Release

The Simon Says Stamp Hello Beautiful release is amazing, and I’m loving my Welcome die! I really can’t stop playing with it! I rarely, and I mean rarely, ever make baby cards, but I think these turned out super cute!

I ended up making two baby cards, because you know, I wanted one in pink and one in blue! As you can see, both cards are made exactly the same way, so I’m only going through making one card. So what are the details? Lemme tell you! First off, it’s a lot of die cutting, make no mistake about that! I began by cutting a panel of Neenah Classic Crest 110lb cardstock using the SSS Detail Petal Plate. Actually, all of the die cutting used is Neenah 110lb, except for the pink and blue leaves. Moving on .. I die cut the Etched Eucalyptus Wreath twice, and the Detail Elm Leaves four times from pink or blue cardstock in my stash. I used the SSS Rounded Alphabet Small to cut the letters for Baby, and I cut those two times each.

See what I mean? A lot of die cutting! I adhered the four Welcome die cuts together using Craft Tacky Glue, and the two letters for Baby. Once I figured out the placement of the Etched Eucalyptus Wreath, I glued those two together using only four points. I wanted to be able to tuck the Detail Elm Leaves in the nooks and crannies of the wreath.

Of the Detail Elm Leaves cut, I used the smaller leaf and the medium leaf. While my wreath was lying on top of my card panel, I figured out the placement of the medium Elm leaf and glued those underneath the wreath. I then adhered the wreath to the card panel with Craft Tacky Glue using only four points again. I didn’t want anything on this project adhered flat.

I placed a small amount of glue on the smaller Elm leaf and tucked those into the wreath. I then adhered the letters for Baby inside the wreath, towards the bottom. Cutting four of the Welcome die might seem a bit like overkill, but I wanted it to be sturdy, because the Welcome is only adhered to the wreath at the letters E and M.

To finish, I adhered some pink sequins from the SSS Strawberry Shortcake pack to the pink card, and some sequins from the SSS Moonshine Confetti pack to the blue card. And my last step was to adhere my card panel to my card base, which is Neenah Classic Crest 110lb, using 3M Foam Tape.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed this project, and hopefully, it inspires you to get crafty! Do you have any favorites from the Hello Beautiful release? I’d love to know what they are!

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Simon Says Stamp Welcome to the Neighborhood

Hello Beautiful Release

Hello Friends! Isn’t the new Hello Beautiful release gorgeous? There’s literally something for everyone! I’m super excited to be sharing the Welcome die cut with you! I had a ton of fun creating this card and thought that it turned out kinda cute!

To begin, I cut an A2 card panel from Neenah Classic Crest 80lb, and ink blended Distress Oxide Mowed Lawn using the SSS Clouds for Days stencil. Unfortunately, the cloud detail doesn’t really show in the pics. Anyhoo, moving on .. Next I stamped the houses from the Home Sweet Home set in VersaFine Onyx Black ink and embossed it with Ranger Clear Embossing Powder. I actually stamped and embossed the houses twice because I was pretty sure that I was going to need two strips of houses to cover my card panel. I also stamped my little sub-sentiment with VersaMark Ink on black cardstock and embossed with SSS Detail White Embossing Powder.

Now that everything is stamped, it’s time to get coloring all of my cute little houses. The Copic Markers used were: YG03, YG13, YG17, YG67, N0, N2, N3, N4, RV00, RV02, RV10, RV11, E04, E70, E71, E74, Y08, Y15, B34, B41, B45, B91, B93 and BV23. I know that’s a lot of markers, but I wanted all the houses to be unique!

Now for some die cutting! I used the Home Sweet Home coordinating die to cut out the houses, and I used the SSS Sentiment Labels Die to cut my sub-sentiment. On a side note, I use that Sentiment Labels Die ALL THE TIME! I wasn’t sure that I would, but it’s been a great investment! Back to it .. I die cut the Welcome sentiment three times from black cardstock and adhered those together using Craft Tacky Glue, and I cut the shadow once from Neenah Classic Crest 110lb cardstock and adhered those together.

Now for the hard part! Figuring out the placement of everything! I say hard part only because I knew that I was going to be cutting my little strips of houses, and I REALLY didn’t want to mess those up .. that coloring took me quite a bit of time! Even after I had figured everything out, I was STILL nervous about cutting my houses!

As you can see from the pics, I ended up with four rows of houses around my sentiments. The bottom and two top rows of houses were adhered to my card panel using 3M Foam Tape. The row above my sentiment was adhered directly to the panel with glue, as well as the Welcome sentiment. I did however, pop my sub-sentiment up with foam tape because dimension is life!

To finish up my card, I adhered my card panel to a black panel for some contrast, and I adhered those to my card base, which is Neenah Classic Crest 110lb cardstock. No card is complete without some bling, am I right?! I added some green jewels from the PinkFresh Studio Jewels Mix.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project, and I hope you’ll check out this new release! You can catch the whole release HERE. Also, don’t forget to check out #ssshellobeautiful over on Instagram for lots of inspiration from the team! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Simon Says Stamp Welcome Home

Hello Beautiful Release

Hello! Hello! I’m back with another card featuring the new Welcome die cut from the brand spanking new SSS Hello Beautiful release! What are your favorites of the release? You can check out the whole release HERE.

Alright, let’s get into the deets of this card. I first cut a white card panel from Neenah Classic Crest 110lb cardstock using the Diagonal Stitched Rectangles from PinkFresh Studio. I then pulled out my Simple Strips die from Pretty Pink Posh and got to die cutting a bunch of strips from various colored cardstocks in my stash. I think most of these are SSS cardstock, but I can’t be sure on that!

While I was over die cutting, I went ahead and cut my Welcome sentiment four times and the houses from the SSS Village set once from Neenah Classic Crest 110lb. I then used some tape runner on a thin piece of white paper and began adhering my strips to that. If we’re being honest here, I messed up my rainbow and then just had to mix them up .. you know, to look like it was on purpose!

Once I thought I had enough strips, I started playing with the layout on my card panel and finally decided on the layout that you can see here in the pics. Before I proceeded any further, some black splatter needed to happen .. Just a little to pull all of the black elements together. I glued down my little panel of strips to my card panel using Craft Tacky Glue, and adhered all four of my Welcome die cuts together and then adhered that to the bottom of my strip panel. I added 3M Foam Tape to the backs of the houses and positioned those just above my main sentiment.

So I knew that I wanted this card to say Welcome Home, but I searched and searched for a “home” word stamp to no avail. What was I to do? To solve this dilemma, I busted out the handy, dandy label maker! I made my tiny label and positioned it next to the house, and I was pleased with the way it looked. Then I decided that I wanted a cute little sub-sentiment, so I scoured through my bajillion Reverse Sentiment Strips and settled on this one. I trimmed it using the SSS Sentiment Labels die and popped it up on some foam tape. I adhered my card panel to a black panel of cardstock for some contrast and adhered all of that to my card base, which is Neenah Classic Crest 110lb.

There you have it! I enjoyed this card because I really like working with strips, and it came out bright and fun! I hope you enjoyed this project and that it inspires your creative juices! Don’t forget to check out the Hello Beautiful release, and definitely check out #ssshellobeautiful over on Instagram! That’s where you’ll find tons of inspiration!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

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Simon Says Stamp Welcome Floral Frame

Hello Beautiful Release

Welcome Back! Get it ..Welcome? Yeah, that was cheesy, I know! I just love all of the detail and elements of this card! I’m so glad that you stopped by to check it out!

Now for the deets! I started by stamping the flowers from the SSS Best Friend Ever set with VersaMark ink on Neenah Classic Crest 110lb cardstock and embossing it with Ranger Princess Gold Embossing Powder. Then I got to coloring with my Copic Markers! The colors I used are: YG03, YG13, YG17, RV00, RV10, RV11 and Y11.

Once the coloring was done, it was time to do some die cutting. I used the SSS Best Friend Ever Die set to cut the flowers. I cut the Welcome die once from gold cardstock from my stash and four times from Neenah 110lb. I also used the 110lb to cut the Fancy Scalloped Rectangle Stackable frame from Lawn Fawn and the SSS Simple Stem four times.

I needed something behind the frame that would work well with my flowers. I opted for this piece of beautiful, blue plaid paper from PinkFresh Studio, which is in their My Favorite Story Collection. I trimmed it down and mounted it behind my frame using 3M Foam Tape. Before I adhered the flowers with foam tape, I decided the placement for the SSS Simple Stem and adhered those to the blue panel with Craft Tacky Glue.

This card is almost done!! I adhered all of my layers of the Welcome die together using Craft Tacky Glue. Remember that was four layers out of Neenah 110lb cardstock and once out of gold cardstock! That’s a crazy amount, but I needed it to be sturdy, because the Welcome sentiment is only attached to the frame at the letters W and E.

Just look at that dimension!! Love, love, love it! As always, I had to add some blingy sequins to finish it up.

Well, there you have it! My floral welcome card showcasing the new Welcome die from the Simon Says Stamp HELLO BEAUTIFUL release. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you found some inspiration to get crafty!

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Chevron Hugs

Hello and welcome back friends! I’m so glad you stopped by! For today’s card I’m using the PinkFresh Studio Nested Chevron stamp and coordinating die to create a rainbow-ish look. I’ve had this set for a little bit, and finally decided to take it for a spin! The pop-out feature of this stamp, any many of their others, offers so many possibilities! To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure if I was going to like it, but dang, it’s pretty awesome! So glad that I went ahead a bought a few of the other sets when I bought this one!

For my rainbow stamping, I chose PinkFresh Studio dye inks in Sparkling Rose, Apricot, Lemon Whip, Fresh Pear, Sky Blue, Ocean Breeze and Soft Lilac. I trimmed a piece of Neenah Classic Crest 80lb cardstock large enough to fit into my Misti and positioned my stamp in the middle of that. You can stamp different sections with different inks at the same time, but since I’m a newbie to these pop-out stamps, I stamped each section individually .. ya know, because I wasn’t really in the mood for messing something up!

This stamp is cool, because it has a frame which allows you to position the pieces correctly and straight .. which I need! So once all of my stamping was done, I die cut my Nested Chevron with the coordinating die. I cut another piece of Neenah 80lb to adhere my Chevron pieces to. I adhered the thin striped pieces to my panel using Craft Tacky Glue, and I adhered the solid stripes to the panel with 3M Foam Tape .. because as we all like to say, dimension is life!

Moving along .. I stamped the new Choose Hope floral image using VersaMark ink on vellum twice, and embossed both of those using Simon Says Stamp Detail White Embossing Powder. Once those were cut with the coordinating die, I then glued those two pieces together and positioned them over my chevron to decide if I was happy with the look.

I decided that the white just wasn’t doing it for me, so I stamped the floral again, embossed it using Ranger Ink Princess Gold Embossing Powder and die cut it. That was so much better! Thank goodness! So I went ahead and adhered the gold floral to the white floral piece.

Back to the die cutting machine I go! I decided to use the Hugs sentiment from the PinkFresh Studio Sending Phrase Builder set, so I cut the shadow three times from Neenah Classic Crest 110lb cardstock and the detail sentiment once from Neenah 110lb and once from gold cardstock. While there, I went ahead and cut a few leaves from the new Curvy Leaves set as well. I adhered all of the sentiments together and determined the placement on top of the chevron pattern. Before gluing down the vellum piece, I tucked in some of the Curvy Leaves and adhered those. I then adhered the vellum piece to the chevron panel and the hugs sentiment on top of that. My finished panel was then adhered to my card base, which is Neenah 110lb. Of course you have to have embellishments, so I added a few PinkFresh Studio Crystals Mix.

So there’s my pretty little chevron rainbow-ish card! I hope you like it, and I hope it inspires you to get crafty today!

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Hello Lovely Floral

PinkFresh Studio Celebrate

Hey there crafty friends! I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy! I have so much beautiful patterned paper in my stash and sometimes I like incorporating it in to my projects, and today’s card does just that! I recently bought a bunch of patterned paper from PinkFresh Studio, and let me just tell you, they are beautiful!

My card panel on this project is a sheet of patterned paper from the PinkFresh Studio Celebrate 6×6 paper pad. I trimmed it down using the PinkFresh Studio Diagonal Stitched Rectangles set, and added a few white splatters with watered down acrylic paint. The pink splatters were already part of the design on the patterned paper. I thought the Fancy Oval Frame, also from PinkFresh Studio, would look super awesome over the floral design of the paper.

I trimmed the oval frame using Neenah Classic Crest 110lb cardstock. While I was at the die cutting machine, I went ahead and did the rest of my cutting. I cut the Hello Lovely sentiment, which is from the PinkFresh Studio set Hello Phrase Builder, once from gold cardstock from my stash and once from Neenah 110lb cardstock. For the shadow portion of the sentiment, I cut that three times from the 110lb cardstock.

I also cut some leaves from the new Curvy Leaves set from the 110lb. Now for some assembly! I placed 3M Foam Tape on the back of the Fancy Oval Frame and positioned it over the central floral image to determine where I wanted to place my Curvy Leaves. Once I decided that placement, I adhered the leaves to my card panel using Craft Tacky Glue. I then adhered my oval frame over those leaves.

I adhered all of my sentiment shadow pieces together using that same Craft Tacky Glue, as well as adhering the rest of the sentiment pieces together. So much adhering!! Anyhoo, I “glued,” ha ha, see I switched it up there, the Hello sentiment to the card panel and glued the Lovely part of the sentiment to the oval frame. As if you couldn’t tell, I REALLY like dimension! Next, I added my card panel to an additional panel of yellow cardstock from my stash, before adhering that to my card base, which is Neenah Classic Crest 110lbo. And no card is complete without some bling! So, of course, I had to add some jewels from the PinkFresh Studio Jewel Mix to finish it up!

That’s my card for today! All of these PinkFresh Studio elements are new to me, and I can honestly say I’m loving them!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at my card today! I hope it inspires you to get in your crafty space and start creating, whatever that may be!

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Alex Syberia Design Winter Garden

Hello Lovelies! Have you had a chance to check out Alex Syberia’s February release? I always fall in love with her floral images .. without fail! This Winter Garden A2 card panel was no different! You can check out her Etsy shop here.

So the original image is the size of an A2 panel, but I decided to resize it so that I was only going to get a partial image .. the one you see above. Now I’m no tech savvy anything! I use a Mac and insert the image into a Pages document and resize from there. No fancy app or software being used at my house!

Once I was done resizing my image and had it the way that I wanted, I printed it out on Neenah Classic Crest 80lb cardstock. I’ll link to my printer down below. A lot of people have been curious about printers, because they want to be able to print on heavyweight 140lb watercolor paper. I was the same!! And I found this one and love it!

So back to my card! I printed and started coloring with Copic Markers. The colors I used were: RV00, RV10, RV11, YG03, YG13, YG17, Y08, Y15, C0, and C2. I also used a Micron pen .03 to add the black detail to the middle of the pink and white flowers.

Once all of my color was added with markers, I added some detail and shading using Prismacolor Colored Pencils. Then to add gray shading around the flowers and leaves, which I love to do, I used a graphite pencil with a tortillon blender stump.

I trimmed my card panel down to 3.75” x 5” and I added an Altenew Fine Frames in white. Because I’m me, I decided it needed some additional detail, so I found this cute polka dot paper from the Miss Modern 6×6 pad from The Stamp Market and trimmed it down using the Diagonal Stitched Rectangles die from PinkFresh Studio. Once that was done, I mounted my card panel to the printed paper using 3M Foam Tape, because dimension is life!

Don’t you just love this sentiment?! This sentiment is from the Simply Said stamp and die set from The Stamp Market. I thought it fit perfectly in the space on my card panel! To finish, I adhered my panel to my card base, which is Neenah Classic Crest 110lb cardstock, and added some pink jewels from the PinkFresh Studio Jewels Mix.

I hope you enjoyed this project and that it will inspire you to get creating! Don’t forget to check out Alex’s new release over in her Etsy shop, AlexSyberiaDesign!

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Love You Chunky Hearts

Hello crafty friends! How are your Valentine’s Day cards coming along? I have a few that I would like to send out, and really need to get myself in gear!

For today’s post, I’m using the Simon Says Stamp Chunky Hearts Panel die.

To begin my project, I spent some time die cutting the panel fifteen times from fifteen different colors of cardstock. These cardstocks included some from my stash, as well as some from Concord and 9th and The Stamp Market.

For my card panel, I die cut the Chunky Hearts die from Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock, and also used the Postal Frames die set from The Greetery. I then ink blended my card panel using Distress Oxide Spun Sugar. After that, I adhered my card panel to the base using foam tape for dimension.

I added a small piece of foam tape on the back of each colored heart and inlaid them into my card panel. I die cut the Love You shadow sentiment three times from white cardstock and the Love You sentiment once from gold cardstock and adhered all of those together and glued it to my card panel.

That’s it for today’s card. I hope you enjoyed this project and that it inspires you to get busy on your Valentine’s Day cards!

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