Thursday, September 6, 2012

Card challenges

I got a Simon Says Stamp card kit and decided it had sat unused for too long! It didn't hurt that  Simon Says Stamp and Show blog and A Blog Named Hero had a great challenges to submit to as well as the Big Idea Festival Day 1 challenge.

This is what came in the Simon Says Stamp June Card Kit.

For this first card I lifted a card from the inspiration sheet included with the kit. It was a nice way to start cutting into the paper and get my creative mojo working.
 I diecut the dictionary sheet with the Tattered Flowers die from Tim Holtz and used spun sugar distress ink on the edges. I love that die! I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark ink and used white embossing powder. Used a pair of old scallop scissors to create the edge on the vellum.
This card is all ready addressed ready to be sent out to a friend of mine who just got married.

For this next card, I needed a card for my In-laws 40th wedding anniversary. I had made invitations for the event as well in a previous post. Die cut an extra "40" when making the invites to use on this card.
I had a hard time using the doilies in the kit because I had bought a stack for the invites and I thought the ones in the kit were more beautiful. I think I am saving them for a layout in the future. 
I used the stamp set in the kit to make the banner and the sentiment. The hearts are also stamped from that set. I used the twine in the kit to tie the hearts together. 
Loving the Pebbles glittered heart brads also included in the kit!
I used my 1/4'' corner chomper on the top corner of the card.

This next card I created for the Big Idea Festival at Big Picture Classes. I used a retired Stampin' Up heart punch on the dictionary paper and distressed them with Frayed Burlap distress ink. I used a Martha Stewart edge punch for the bottom of the card and backed it with some of the patterned papers in the kit.

This next card, I used the Tattered Flowers Tim Holtz die and distressed with Barn Door distress ink. Used the exclusive stamp set in the kit to stamp the heart and sentiment. Used another Martha Stewart border punch on the bottom of this card. 
I chose this card to submit for the Simon Says Stamp and Show's  Read All About It challenge. It prominently showcased the dictionary text paper.

When I got to this point in my creative process I started thinking outside the box. The card kit box, that is. I recently attended a scrapbook garage sale at my LSS. I scored this awesome Close to My Heart library card stamp for only a couple of dollars! Score! 
Used the Sizzix butterfly Embosslet to die cut and emboss (in one step!) the butterflies. Then I used black embossing powder and embossed the sentiment on a strip of vellum.
Used a Martha Stewart corner punch on the corners of this card. 
I created this card with the A Blog Named Hero blog's challenge Gettin' Bossy challenge in mind since it incorporated multiple embossing techniques.

For this card I dived deeper into my stash. I found a heart stamp that had a map print on it. I had scored this beauty in a freebee box at a crop!
I used a sheet of the patterned paper included in the kit to stamp on with black ink. I used my latest Studio AE stamp set to stamp the small black hearts and the sentiment. I used a black marker and outlined the heart by hand. Used left over strips from the border punches and a bit of the black patterned paper in the kit and added the border strips.
I submitted this card for Simon Says Stamps blog's stamp on it challenge.

Cool thing about this kit is that I still have a ton of bits and pieces left to create more with it! Even cooler yet, is the chance to win a Simon Says Stamp gift card to shop for another one of these card kits or other exclusive products!
Thanks for checking out my cards!  


  1. Wow, you've had some serious mojo going!!! Your cards are all fabulous!!! I think my fav is the first one with all the interesting little squares, and I love the white embossing on kraft (or is that gray?). I didn't know SSS had card kits! I'm on my way to check that out right now--yours looks awesome!!!

  2. Lovely selection of cards. Love the heart card using the map background, lovely idea and layout. Thanks do much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

  3. Awesome cards!!
    Love how many you made and they have such great designs!!
    Glad you enjoyed the kit so much!! ;-)

  4. Wow! All of your cards are just beautiful!! You rocked that Kit!!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!