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Kit to Cards featuring Simon Says Stamp April Card Kit

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Hi all,

For this project, I wanted to challenge myself into using a good portion of a card kit to see just how many cards I could make. I have been a long time subscriber to the Simon Says Stamp card kit and love the quality of products they include in those kits. I wanted to dive into this month’s kit and create some cards to share with you. As I state in the video, there are a TON of supplies left over and this is just a few of the cards I created. Working with a kit is great in that you really don’t have to worry about coordinating colors and patterns — that part is already done for you!

You may wonder how long it took me to create these cards? I created these over the course of 3 days and had about 6 hours of footage to work through. A majority of that time was spent brainstorming, and clearly, I have edited that down to a shorter video for you!

Here’s a look at 10 cards I made. Enjoy!

Color War Inspired Card

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Hey Everyone!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer and enjoying a few good moments of quality r&r. I’ve been enjoying some quality time with friends, family and the great outdoors. I’ve even spent a good amount of time in the craft room working on projects and filmed a room tour (that still needs to be edited) for you all!

Also, if you’re interested in seeing daily posts about what’s happening in the craftroom then feel free to come join the crafty community over on instagram (jolie_samuel).

Anyway, on to today’s card. Before Pinterest and all these online resources for inspiration hit, I kept a notebook of random images or color schemes that I thought were fun or could potential make a spark a ‘creative jumpstart’ towards making a crafty project. This week I’ve dug out that book and found a page that immediately gave me a “hmmmm” moment. I took that as a challenge and came up with a card (okay, maybe three cards) to share with you today. I know what you’re thinking. A car ad inspired you to make a card!? Yes, absolutely!

I’d love to tell you how I created it, but i’d rather show you. So here’s a video of the entire process. Enjoy.


Here’s a finished set of the balloon cards.


BONUS VIDEO: I made a second card using the same inks & same ad.

How fun is this card!?


Hope you enjoyed watching! We’ll catch up again real soon =)

Have a great weekend friends.

Sparkle, Shine and Watercolors

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Hi All,

Welcome to another day of easy card ideas. For today’s card I wanted to try my hands at watercoloring a background. I’m pretty new to the watercoloring world and recently received the Koi watercolor set as a Christmas gift. I thought it would be the perfect time to break it out and try some of those soft valentine type colors.

To create this card I used some Carson watercolor paper and saturated the entire front with some water. I then grabbed some paint colors and use quite a bit of water to get them activated and moving on the paper. I must admit it wasn’t looking all to great when wet, but as I hit it with my heat gun (to speed up the drying process) I really liked the softness it had.


Once I finished the background I stamped the circle and sentiment using a Simon Says Stamp set I received in my December kit. Love those kits! Lastly, I added a bit of shimmer using my wink of stella glitter pen & some sequins.


Hope you enjoyed and stay tuned for a new video post tomorrow featuring this technique and some quick valentine’s day cards ideas.

Holiday Cards 2014 – Day 8

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Hi all,

Welcome to Day 8 featuring a holiday presents garland via papers from Basic Grey.


I’ve got to say I absolutely LOVE this card for the quality of materials it incorporates. The red card base is such a nice thick material that is super sturdy and can be handled roughly in the mail but still maintain it’s structure. The banner is popped up on dimensional on a wood grain background that is so subtle you may even miss it if you look too quickly. Also, notice how the garland is actually stitched together!? So many little details…this is truly a card that was a wow-factor in person.


Card Base: Simon Says Stamp Card Stock

Wood grain: Paper Place white woodgrain

Presents garland: Basic Grey

Misc: white gel pen and adhesives