The theme for the forty-second Simon Says Challenge is things that remind us of spring.
Bright colored flowers always remind me of spring. Spring colors are always so fresh and vivid which is such a contrast from the gray days of winter. I used bright colors for my flowers and bright green for the stems. I imitated the bright flower beds I see planted in the spring.
I added butterflies that were punched out of bright pink cardstock using an old Martha Stewart’s punch.
This card is fairly simple no special stamping techniques and I didn’t add any special background because I just wanted all the flowers and butterflies to pop.
Hope you like the card.
Supplies used in making this project:
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: Birthday Flowers stamp set.
Dies: Simon Says Stamp: Painted Hello.; Martha Stewart butterflies punch (obsolete).
Inks: Papertrey Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, Melon Berry, Summer Sunrise, Bright Buttercup, and New Leaf.
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# for the card front; Neenah Solar White 110# for the card base; Papertrey Ink: Raspberry Fizz for the punched butterflies, New Leaf for matting the card front.
Simon Says Stamp’s Flickr Challenge #29 requires that the project you create incorporate the colors black, yellow and white.
My project for this challenge is a rather bold black and white background behind a white frame with the addition of yellow flowers to soften the look of the card. I stamped SSS’s Leaves background stamp in black ink on white cardstock. I used Versafine Onyx Black ink for this because the ink leaves a really solid and detailed image. I really wanted the tangle of vines and leaves to really stand out against the white cardstock.
Since the background stamp is such a busy and bold pattern, I softened it somewhat by using a die-cut frame die called Stitched Cover-Up Companion Die from My Favorite Thing’s Die-namics line. It is currently my favorite stitched frame die. I like the 2 windows that the die creates. The frame was cut from white cardstock and layered over the black and white cardstock. Yellow flowers with black centers were inked from SSS’s Flowers on My Mind and die-cut using the set’s coordinating dies. The flowers were arranged in a cluster on the white frame. A sentiment was stamped onto the frame in Versafine Onyx Black ink,
The entire card front was mounted onto black card stock and then adhered to a top-folding, A2 portrait-oriented card base of white cardstock.
There you have it, my submission for challenge #29. Hope you like it!
Summary of supplies used in this project:
Stamps: SSS: Leaves background stamp; SSS: Flowers on My Mind stamp set; SSS My Sunshine stamp set (sentiment).
Dies: My Favorite Things, Die-namics: Stitched Cover-up Companion Vertical Die.
Inks: Versafine ink: Onyx Black; WPlus9 Pure Color Inks: Hayride and Falling Star.
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# (card background & frame) and 110# (card base); Papertrey Ink: True Black (as mat for card front).
The September, 2015 Ellen Hutson Mix It Up Challenge requires combining any Essentials by Ellen and Impression Obsession products. Impression Obsession makes some great red rubber cling background stamps and I have collected a few. The line of Essentials by Ellen clear stamps has a number of beautiful floral images. All the images are quite versatile and can be used in a number of ways.
For this challenge I decide to use florals in my card composition. So, I combined Impression Obsession’s Doodle Flowers 6”x6” background stamp with floral images from Ellen’s Bohemian Garden. I think the images from both brands really coordinate well and I am quite pleased with the results. I hope you like the final creation as well.
I first stamped the cling background piece onto an A2-sized piece white cardstock using a pinky-coral ink. I cut the stamped A2 piece in half along the diagonal. I then took a piece of A2-sized blush-pink cardstock and randomly stamped several of the Bohemian Garden images on it using the same pinky-coral ink used on the white cardstock piece. Note: I drew a diagonal pencil mark from corner to corner on the blush-pink cardstock as a guide to mark off the area I was going to create my background. I didn’t stamp the entire area of the blush-pink cardstock, only the area that would show.
I then adhered the white piece of stamped cardstock onto the bottom half of the stamped blush-pink cardstock. This served as the front of my card. I die-cut a narrow frame from gold metallic cardstock from my stash. I used two dies from Papertrey Ink’s Mat Stack #1 dies to make the frame. Then using the larger of the two dies, I cut a vellum piece, and heat embossed the sentiment (also from Bohemian Garden) using gold embossing powder onto it. The sentiment piece was adhered to the back of the gold frame and gold sequins were added to finish the look. I adhered the entire frame to the front of the card and the card front was mounted onto a top-folding landscape-oriented card base.
Have a great day!
Supplies used in making this card:
Stamps: Essentials by Ellen: Bohemian Garden stamp set; Impression Obsession: Cover-a-Card Doodle Flowers,
Inks: Papertrey Ink: Melon Berry; Versamark.
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80lb for card front; Papertrey Ink: Sweet Blush for card front; gold metallic paper from my stash; Bazzill 40# Vellum; Neenah Solar White 110# for card base.
Other: WOW embossing powder in Gold Rich Pale; Pretty Pink Post gold metallic sequins (4mm and 6mm sizes).
I love Ellen Hutson’s shop. They have such a great selection of high-quality stamps and craft supplies.
They are initiating a twice a month challenge on their blog! Yay! Some chances for me to win a gift certificate so I can buy more stamp supplies.
The first challenge is one that incorporates their fairly new line of stamps, Essentials by Ellen which are designed by Julie Ebersole and any Hero Arts stamp or product. I decide to create the card you see above.
The card uses the Essentials by Ellen, Hello Gorgeous stamp set and a cling background stamp from Hero Arts, Tiny Star Background. To up the bling factor, I stamped the Tiny Stars background with Tsukineko’s Delicata Ink in Golden Glitz. The sentiment and the diamond images from Ellen’s Hello Gorgeous stamp set were inked with Versamark ink and then heat embossed using WOW Gold Rich Pale embossing powder. I love this gold embossing powder. Not too brash, just a nice rich gold color as the name of the product implies. A few Pretty Pink Posh gold sequins were added to the card front for additional bling.
The card front was originally 4.25″ x 5.5″, but I cut it down to 4.00″ x 5.25″ and then used 3-M foam tape and mounted it onto a black top-folding A2 card base. I did this so that the card front had black framing around it to make it pop visually.
Hope you like the card!
Supplies used in making this card:
Stamps: Essentials by Ellen: Hello Gorgeous stamp set, Hero Arts: Tiny Star Background cling stamp.
Inks: Versamark Ink, Tsukineko Delicata Ink in Golden Glitz.
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80 lb. cardstock for card front; Papertrey Ink: True Black for card base.
Other: WOW Gold Rich Pale embossing powder; Pretty Pink Posh: Gold sequins; Glue Dots: Micro size (for sequins).
This is another card I made using stamps from the Essentials by Ellen Holiday 2014 release. I love the Santa with the shades! He’s such a cool dude. It looks like Santa took a bite out of the poor gingerbread man while sipping some hot chocolate.
Well anyway, enough storytelling.
I die cut a 3-opening film strip using Pretty Pink Posh’s die and PTI’s Pinefeather cardstock. I stamped the images onto white cardstock. The gingerbread man was stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa ink and the other 2 images in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. All images were colored using Copic makers (I only colored Mr. Gingerbread man’s eyes, mouth and bow tie in red). After coloring, I fussy-cut the images.
The backing to the 3-opening strip is a piece of kraft cardstock cut down to the same size as the strip and then stamped in red ink using the argyle-patterned background stamp. After adhering the backing to the film strip, I mounted the fussy-cut images onto the strip using small dimensional foam dots. Then I mounted the strip onto a 4.25” x 5.5” piece of red cardstock. This entire piece was mounted onto an A2 top-folding card. The sentiment was stamped using white craft ink.
Supplies used in making this card: Stamps: Essentials by Ellen’s Tis the Season stamp set by Julie Ebersole and Cozy Christmas stamp set by Julie Ebersole; Impression Obsession’s Dotted Argyle background stamp. Cardstock: Papertrey Ink in Pure Poppy ,Pinefeather and Kraft; Neenah Solar white 80 lb.; Neenah Solar White 110 lb. (for card base). Inks: Memento inks in Rich Cocoa and Tuxedo Black, Stampin’ Up Whisper White craft ink. Other Supplies: Dies: Pretty Pink Posh’s Stitched Film Strip Die; Copic Markers; dimensional foam dots.