Thanks Card–With Patterned Paper

Good afternoon!  Today I’m playing along with Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Use Patterned Paper.  I’ve been trying to reduce my stash of items that I’ve been hoarding and not using.  Patterned paper is one of those categories.  I’ve purged a lot, things I don’t like, know I won’t use, or the remnants of packs that I used my favorites out of already.  I cut my stash by about 1/3, but I still have a lot I intend to use.  This challenge is a perfect opportunity.


Supplies:  Hammermill Digital Color Cover, My Mind’s Eye papers, Simon Says Stamp Die, misc bling and enamel dot, Copics YG97, R22


Wishing You A Happy Birthday

Shortly after 6×6 paper pads came to the market en masse, I began collecting them.  However, I tended to hoard them rather than use them.  After having had my collection for a substantial amount of time, I have made it my goal to use more patterned paper on my cards.  I really like white space (I mean white white space) so I find using patterned paper difficult.  I’ve been wanting to try a curved card, and knowing it would be a good way to use some patterned paper, I decided to use this design for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Make A Wish.


Simon Says Stamp Wishing stamp
Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside dies
My Mind’s Eye
Misc – cardstock & glitter paper
Papertrey Ink ink
The Ton sequin

A Housewarming CASE

A childhood friend of mine is moving.  They’ve outgrown their tiny house and have been trying for a couple years to sell and move.  Having a tiny house (not a literally tiny house as it now means, but an 800 sq ft house), it was hard to find qualifed buyers.  But finally, they’re days from closing.  I’m so excited for them!  I plan to make a gift as well, which I’ll share later.

I bought this stamp set on sale from Simon Says Stamp a long time ago.  I didn’t have any home/housewarming sets so I thought it would be good.  But I hadn’t used it and found it difficult.  So last night, I googled images and found a card I liked.  I CASEd it, and just now when I went to find the original to give credit where credit is due, I discovered it was by an artist who’s work I knew and liked!  Happy 🙂
Yana Smakula | Simon Says Stamp – Your Heart is My HomeSource: Yana Smakula


Love You

I have not done much scene building with stamps.  It intimidates me.  For today’s card, I broke out the Concord & 9th stamp set and made a wreath.  I was really pleased with how it turned out.  So much so that I think I’ll have to do this more often.


Concord & 9th
American Crafts glitter
Simon Says stamp hybrid inks
Misc cardstock

A Few Cards

Lately, I have only been blogging the cards that I make for challenges.  I don’t have a regular following on this here blog.  I’m okay with that.  Blogging takes a lot of work!  And I’d rather spend the energy creating cards than blogging about them.

But, these cards, are some of my favorite recent cards.  And they were just for me :).


But seriously, isn’t Nessy so cute?  I didn’t want to color (I’m weird, I don’t like coloring), but I really like how the clean line simplicity of this turned out.  I originally masked Nessy off so the wave didn’t stamp across him/her, but both my daughter and I liked it better with the water being in front of Nessy.

Lawn Fawn Lovable Legends stamp
SSS ink (catkin, slate blue, and another blue that I can’t remember)
Misc cardstock

Take a Leap

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge was to take a leap and try something new.  Having been interested in a faux letterpress technique for a while, I decided to give it a try. Now, I’ll be honest (and I’m not just begging for praise), I really messed this card up.  I tried the faux letter press a few times and this was the best I got.  But it’s done.  I also tried another new techinque – glittering with my minc.  Yeah, another total flop.  But oh well.  It’s done.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it :p



Simon Says Stamp Wendesday Challenge is to make a card “touchy feely”, add texture.  I threw this idea around for a bit not sure what to do.  I finally settled on breaking out my embossing folders which I rarely use.  I’ve had this folder for probably a year and have yet to use it.  After pulling this card together, I think I’ll go for this look more often.

I used a My Favorite Things stamp, stamped it with my MISTI, used my laser printer to copy it and then Minc(k)ed it.  (How do you spell that?  It’s not Minced because then that would be a /s/ instead of a /k/ sound….but I digress).  Some SSS Catkin, Twirling Tutu and Spring Rain inks blended so very softly gave a light airy look to the embossing.


My Favorite Things – Written in Watercolor
WRMK embossing folder
SSS inks
Thermoweb foil
American Crafts gold glitter tape

Have an Unbelievable Birthday

I grew up in an area with many fables.  Fables about Big Foot.  He was real.  My dad always said so.  He said he saw him.  He also said he had proof.  You see, he had this cast of lead that was shaped exactly like a giant footprint.  My dad showed it to everyone whenever given the chance.  My dad was a believer in Big Foot.

Or, at least my dad always told everyone he was.  I think he was really just trying to “pull our legs” as he often said.  Big Foot was real, just as he is only resting his eyes.  Yes, sir.  Whatever you say, Dad.  😉 😉

Anyway, when I saw Lawn Fawn was releasing the Lovable Legends stamp set, I knew I had to have it.  And I’m not a cutesy kind of card artist.  However, it has arrived safely in my stash and I set to work using it to make a birthday card for my dad.  I thought it was appropriate to go with his lead footprint.  Which, being as how the footprint is made of lead, perhaps that explains the situation.

Being as how the card is for a guy, and it’s already cutesy, I added no embellishments.  No bling or sequins.

I’m entering this card for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes challenge.


Lawn Fawn – stamp, stitched rectangle die, sloped hillside die, cloud dies
Neat & Tangled – Fawned of You
Bazzill – cardstock
Misc – cardstock, vellum

Amazing Grace

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge was to use a song as inspiration for a card.  Being as how I’m not musical, and I don’t really know the definition of favorite, I went with one of my many favorite songs.  And of course, my inspiration was in words themself.  I tend to be inspired by words more than symbols.

With some minor stamp surgery, I was able to use Amazing from a MFT stamp set, and the Grace from Neat and Tangled Bible Journaling stamp and come up with this card.  I even used patterned paper.  :$


My Favorite Things
Neat & Tangled
The Ton – sequin
Lawn Fawn – scallop and stitched rectangle die
Distress ink
Wow embossing powder