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Welcome to another edition of Throwback Thursday—a trip back in time! For each throwback, we’ll be spotlighting fantastic cards and projects using products from previous releases. The new stuff is always SO fun, but think about all of those great products you’ve collected and set aside. They are STILL AWESOME! And we want to inspire you with fantastic inspiration from our creative archives.
Next week we’ll be releasing another amazing collection, but let’s take a look back at a collection that made its appearance last year. You might remember some pretty spectacular products from our Friendly Frolic collection. Let’s take a look at some inspiring cards created with goodies from this inspiring release from 2018!
First up is this super fun project from Amy Rysavy:
Next, let’s throw it back to this gorgeous Scandinavian design from Heather Hoffman:
Heather shares that there’s a lot of Scandinavian blood in her family, so this design with our Folk Dance background stamp really gives off those vibes. This technique is one that Heather came up with in the middle of the night, and she was thrilled with how it turned out. Does that ever happen to you? You can find Heather’s original blog post HERE.
Since Suzy’s watercolor cards that were released with the Good Vibes collection were so popular, those designs were used to create a stamp set called More Good Vibes for our Friendly Frolic release! Last July, Suzy shared seven cards made with this stamp set, and you can find a link to her original blog post HERE.
Bibi’s artistic design features the stunning Sketch Lotus Flowers stamp set that was part of the Friendly Frolic release. What I love is how she added pretty butterflies on her design using the Plantiful Puns stamp set. To see how she pulled off this artsy card design, you can check out Bibi’s original blog post HERE.
Did you know that we have inspiration galleries on our website showcasing project ideas for all of our releases and card kits? It’s a veritable treasure-trove of terrific ideas just waiting to inspire you, and you are invited to share your projects, too! You can find all of the Simon release galleries HERE and galleries for our monthly card kits can be found HERE. Scroll through today, and maybe you’ll find one of YOUR projects linked there!
Thanks for throwing it back with us and checking out these cool projects from four talented ladies!
Hi all! Kristina here with some more card kit inspiration! I’ve seen a lot of amazing cards made using the Panda images from the Party Like a Panda stamp set from the August 2019 card kit, so I thought it would be fun to create a card using other elements from the stamp set! I used only the balloon stamps!
I started by stamping and cutting out masks with masking paper for all the balloons. Then I stamped them close together and visually overlapping. I used Versafine Onyx Black ink since it’s waterproof and I planned to watercolor. And I used Strathmore Bristol paper since that paper works well with watercolor markers.
Hi friends! Happy Tuesday! We’re continuing to share fun inspiration using our BRAND NEW August 2019 Card Kit, Party Like a Panda! Today, Nichol Spohr is sharing a very fun surprise slider she used several components of the kit to create! Be sure to watch the video to learn more and enjoy!
Hello crafters, its Nina-Marie here with you today, sharing 3 different cards you can make with our newly revealed August 2019 Card Kit, Party Like a Panda!
These cards are created with mostly kit contents, with just a few other simple supplies added in. I really wanted to demonstrate how versatile our Simon kits are and how you can use the contents for maximum creative results!
From the Party Like a Panda stamp set, I selected the disappointed panda for a belated birthday card – the deflated balloon and crushed present make me giggle! I broke out some of my favorite watercolors to color the panda and framed the scene with some of the custom Doodlebug pattern papers in the kit!
Finally, I wanted to use that cute, Picture Book Panda die again; but this time I cut it from the white and black cardstock in the kit! This card features a fun, see-through window design that really carries a lot of punch! I used some of the festive pattern papers for the inside of the card; on the inside, I have added a Simon exclusive Talk Bubble die cut, which is where you can write your message to the recipient. When the card is closed, the speech bubble on the front hides it (which is stamped with a greeting from the Party Like a Panda set). This unique layout is a fun and easy way to change up a typical card design!
I hope you will watch the video below to see how I created each of these cards! Thanks for visiting me today, I will see you again very soon!
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3 Ways: August 2019 Card Kit (Studio Monday with Nina Marie) - YouTube
In addition, this kit includes an array of colorful Simon Says Stamp custom, double-sided Doodlebug patterned papers and a Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Sparkle Pen to add some shine! Everything is complemented perfectly with coordinating Simon brand cardstocks, plus two high-quality Simon envelopes.
Our Party Like a Panda Card Kit is so cute it will make your cheeks hurt from grinning and will inspire you to create adorable designs to share with family and friends!
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Hi friends, happy Sunday! Have you seen the amazing work of Emma Williams?! She takes mixed media projects to the next level with an added detail and charm that is uniquely her and always breathtaking. Be sure to stop by her blog for continued inspiration!
We thought it would be super fun to share some projects she made with new and existing Tim Holtz products who is our celebrated Brand of the Month for July! Be sure to keep following our blog and social media channels for fun surprises, sales, features, and giveaways all month long!
Hi friends! Happy Friday! Welcome to our July 2019 edition of Doodling with Debby with the always fabulous Debby Hughes! I love watching Debby’s whole process of inspiration to execution in her projects and think you will too! Be sure to watch the video and enjoy!
Hi, it’s Debby here, and for my Doodling With Debby video feature this month I have two cards to share with you that use simple striped backgrounds as the key feature. I think the important thing with backgrounds such as these is to get a cracking color scheme to work with. I was browsing stripes on Pinterest the other day when I came across a sweater with an oatmeal background and bold stripes in mustard, black, terracotta and white. I continued browsing and came across multiple examples of similar jumpers all sporting lovely stripes but I did notice dusky pinks making an appearance too. So I set about using Winsor & Newton Permanent White Gouache along with the American Crafts/Paper Fashion gouache sets. I recently took a closer look at these gouache media and you’ll find that video on my blog and YouTube channel. I mixed a dusky pink, mustard, black, terracotta and oatmeal colors on a side plate as my palette and I love seeing these colors together. They reminded me of a lot of Instagram accounts I follow which are using these warm autumn tones in the homes and also from illustrators for branding.
I used Arches hot pressed watercolor card as its smooth surface is ideal for getting smooth washes of color when using gouache. I am terrible for being able to paint, draw or cut a straight line and so I marked the painter’s tape I’d used to adhere the card to a board at regular intervals in an attempt to keep my lines straight. Having said that I’m not too worried as I think one of the key elements of stripes such as this is their hand-painted look. A little imperfection works in your favor here giving that quirky hand-drawn look that’s so popular. I then painted the Arches card with a layer of the oatmeal mix. I kept the paint of a creamy consistency without using too much water to get the best coverage. I then dried this layer and set about painting a stripe of each color from my test swatch, drying each layer before moving on to the next. Gouache is a watercolor medium and as I brushed the stripes across the page, the stiff brush and moisture from the new layer reactivated the layer below. At first, I thought I’d have to repeat the process but then when I looked at it I really liked the variation in color – again that quirky hand-painted look. Once I’d dried the panel for the last time I removed the painter’s tape and trimmed the piece down to 3.5 by 5 inches in line with a 4 bar sized card.
I used my gouache paints today, but a simple striped background such as this could be recreated with a multitude of different options. You could use traditional watercolors or ink blend each area using masking paper to get clean lines between each stripe or color each stripe with Copic markers or cut strips of colored card. Whichever method you have the supplies for is the perfect method to give a lovely striped background a go.
For my second background, I wanted to create a repeat pattern using the five colors from the test swatch. Again there are numerous examples of this type of pattern on social media. The example I showed in the video is from Sara Boccaccini Meadows and I loved the look of it but it was a little too loose and random for my brain and so I based my pattern more on that of Kirsten Sevig. When I paint with gouache I find that the most time-consuming aspect is washing my brush in between each color – that gouache sure does like to get in among the bristles and when you think your brush is clean it often isn’t. So with the prospect of changing color so many times for a pattern such as this, I thought it easier to map out blocks on my card in pencil and then I could paint one color at a time. All I had to do was paint the first block then count four spaces for the other colors then paint the next block. I dried the panel and then went in with a small Tombow mono eraser to remove the last of the pencil lines.
Ok, it’s now time to turn these two backgrounds into cards. For the first wide striped panel, I took the Outline Clustered Leaves die and cut it from Ivory card. I added Gina K Connect glue to key points and adhered the die-cut to the panel. I then wrapped a piece of twine around the card and tied on the back and I think this adds a nice touch of texture to the card. I added three of the leaves from the Outline Clustered Leaves die offset and kept in place with more Gina K Connect glue. I added the panel to an Ivory card base and then all that was left to do was the sentiment. I like simple sentiment strips and also felt this went well with the theme of the card so I took a birthday greeting from the Simple Sentiments 02 set from Cathy Zielske in collaboration with Simon Says Stamp and stamped it in clear embossing ink on black card, sprinkled over white embossing powder and then heat set before trimming to a skinny banner and adding over the leaf die cut with foam adhesive.
To embellish that card I used Nuvo droplets (Sugared Almond, Bubblegum Blush, Dark Walnut and Simply White) and here’s a top tip for you. I often squeeze out favorite colors onto a craft mat and leave to dry overnight. Then you can simply peel the droplets of the mat the next day. This way the droplets are dry and you can fiddle around with their placement until you are happy before adhering them and to do this I used a dab of Gina K Connect glue to keep them in place.
For the second background, I used the Thanks Frame die. I painted swatches of some of the colors and dried them before running the die through for each color. I played around with different combinations of ways to adhere the frame elements but in the end, decided I liked the tone on tone effect of the main part of the die-cut from the oatmeal painted card with a mustard back panel and skinny terracotta frame. I stamped and white heat embossed another sentiment from the Simple Sentiments 02 set that went with the thanks Frame die cut and trimmed the piece to a skinny banner. Then I added foam adhesive to the back of all of the elements and mounted the panel onto a Fog card base before aligning the Thanks die cut top and center with the coordinating sentiment strip underneath. I then used the same combination of Nuvo droplets – Sugared Almond, Bubblegum Blush, Dark Walnut and Simply White.
And there you go, two simple painted striped backgrounds with die-cut elements, skinny sentiment strips, and Nuvo droplets to coordinate. I hope you give stripes a go too. Thanks for joining me today and I hope you’ll join me next time for Doodling With Debby.
Hello, friends! Its Nina-Marie here, bringing you the July 2019 edition of our Did You Know series!
If it’s your first time seeing this feature, each month we bring you fun facts, creative tips and even crafty hacks about your favorite supplies and brands; you can then use these awesome tips that you learn in your next crafting projects! Are you ready to learn some fun tricks? Keep on reading!
AVERY ELLE ZIPPER STORAGE POUCHES
Staying organized is such an important part of my crafty-life! When I know where things are, I can create more efficiently… which means I have more fun!
One of my favorite ways to stay organized is to use zippered pouches, like the ones from Avery Elle! These heavy duty mesh pouches are clear, allowing you to see inside (I also like to label mine with my Label Maker). I use them most often for holding all the contents of the latest Simon Says Stamp Card Kits, new products I’ve yet to create with, projects that are not complete… the uses are endless!
WE R MEMORY KEEPERS STICKY PIERCER
If you love sequins and fun embellishments like I do, I can’t tell you how much I have been enjoying the We R Memory Keepers Sticky Piercer tool.
Did you know that this dual-ended tool can be pulled apart to have both a tacky end for picking up those hard-to-hold embellishments, and a piercer for applying them into your adhesive? So handy!
STUDIO KATIA TRIANGLE TRAY
Speaking of embellishments, I also can’t go without the Studio Katia Triangle Tray! Simply pour your embellishments into the tray for sorting and selecting! When you are done, the convenient triangular shape of this tray puts the sequins back into their original container for super-easy cleanup. No more sequins all over your craft table (or worse, the floor!).
DISTRESS MICRO GLAZE
There are a lot of uses for this little jar of glaze, but one of my favorites is for protecting envelope art! When we mail our cards, the envelopes brave all of Nature’s elements on their journey from mailbox to mailbox… and if the envelope is decorated, its hard to help but wonder if it will still look beautiful by the time it gets to the recipient.
Did you know that a thin coat of Micro Glaze helps protect your envelope art? It won’t be a permanent seal if your envelope were to fall into a puddle, but from light moisture, dirty fingers and the like, your envelope will fare the elements far better than if left uncoated! I love to apply the glaze with a mini ink blending tool (which happens to fit inside the jar PERFECTLY!).
METAL DIE SNIPS
Sharp edges on a die are painful! For all my multi-die sets, I love to use a pair of metal die snips to trim them apart and cut off the little pieces of steel that may be left behind. Definitely a must-have tool if you love to use dies!
I hope these tips have helped you learn a few tricks for your upcoming crafting projects… Thanks for tuning in today and spending some time with me!
Hi friends! Happy Wednesday! We had so much fun sharing some of our favorite Two Lips funny quote stamps on these past Witty Wednesday posts, we thought we’d share some more gems but this time from Riley and Company today! Please enjoy!
Thanks so much for popping by the blog today! We hope it gave you a chuckle!
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Hi friends! Happy Tuesday! Welcome to another edition of our Yippee for Yana blog series with the always awesome Yana Smakula! The highlights for this project are our Waves cling stamp and our cardstock! For more information on this technique, please be sure to watch the video and enjoy!