Simon Says Stamp has a stencil for the insanely popular Gnomes. While I have already made some cards with the “sold out” large Gnome die, that I ordered for and stole from Sandra, this time I wanted a one-layer rather than pieced Gnome.
Using the stencil involved some extensive masking. I may end up making my own layered stencil to avoid having to do all this masking in the future. In the meantime, after a couple of ruined cards with some stray ink on them, I got it right.
This card is just so stinkin’ cute, that I am sure I will be making more.
I used the Swirls background die from Concord and 9th which just tucked around the Gnome perfectly. Sequins from Lucie’s Little Things and some glittery Nuvo drops complete the card. His nose is made with transparent pink Nuvo drops and gives perfect colour and dimension.
The Monday challenge on Simon Says Stamp this week is foiling. They are featuring Gina K Designs and I have lots of her great products. Sadly, I did not bring any of her foil products to Phoenix. I did, however, acquire quite a few “hot foil” products while down here so I am going to enter the challenge using those.
I think that foiling is particularly suited to sympathy cards. On sad occasions, it is not “about the card”, it is about the person we are missing and foiled cards always manage to look elegant without taking over.
The dandelion in this card is from Picket Fence and the sentiment is from Spellbinders.
I had a boo boo on this card as I hovered the Heidi Swapp gold spray over the card one second too long after dripping on some dandelion fluff. This resulted in a spot of faint gold where I did not want it, but the card was too nice to throw away.
Wait it is a new post on Maverick Muses! I cannot believe how time is flying these days. I have already started to think about going home to Canada, and yet, I also think I haven’t fully unpacked yet.
I always send St Patrick’s Day cards to a couple of my friends and so I thought it was a great opportunity to get a new post on the blog at the same time.
I failed to bring any St Patrick’s Day stamp sets with me and so I was limited to using the Wooly Lucky Stamp set that I recently got from Simon Says Stamp. It is a cute little stamp set with an Irish Llama and some punny sentiments.
Take a look:
The little sloth is back today. He is just too cute and deserves a second card. This time Lawn Fawn’s Knit Picky provides the background. My Favourite Things Ice Cube shaker pieces double as sugar cubes in this card. The spoon is from a tea cup die set from Simon Says Stamp.
If struggle and hard work ensures good results, then my card would be a Picasso. Working on this card is pretty much all I have done today, and my craft room mess emphasizes this. Trouble started early, when I realized that I didn’t really have any stamps sets with triangles on them for trees. In fact, the only stamp set I had with varying sizes and solid and outline images was my circles set from Simon Says Stamp. No problem, I say to myself…………..I will make snowmen instead of trees. This proved problematic as well, as the graphic elegance of Laura’s card was impossible with snowmen as the image. They are just cartoonish, and that is all. No problem, I will make a fun version of the card. More problems arose with ink selection, blah blah blah. I finally got the card made, albeit with much darker colours than I intended, but then I went to embellish. I found great little hats in my stash, but they were too big for the snowmen heads. Yikes.
I started over, this time picking snow man heads that fit the hats and worked backwards from there. This time, I liked the results and the holographic cardstock that I used to frame the card finished it off nicely. The only remaining problem is that the camera doesn’t play well with shiny, sparkly things. The card is actually nicer that it appears in a picture.
Supplies: Lots of Dots Stamp Set from Simon Says Stamp, Recollections glitter embossing powders in Mauve Blue and Green, Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp dye inks, hats from Happy Howlidays Lawn Fawn, Glasses and bowtie from Stylish Simon, DCWV holographic cardstock, Happy Holidays sentiment stamp from Be Joyful stamp set from Simon Says stamp
Today is the last day of the blog hop. I recently got this sentiment stamp which pretty much sums up how I cope with life. The ants not only convey summer, but the inevitability of problems that either need to be dealt with or endured. That’s life, folks!
Supplies: Verses Lots of Laughs stamp, Doodlebug Picnic Ants stickers, Simon Says stamp coffee die and Adult Beverages die set, Paperhouse At the Vinyard patterned paper, Reverse Confetti All Framed up die, Lawn Fawn Make me smile die, Alideco washi tape, My Favorite things Abstract Art stamp set, Hero Arts Painted circle stamp,Simon Says stamp card base and Scor tape.
Today’s card started with a desire to use the cute stitched frame die shown on the card. It is a Creative Expressions die that comes with a plethora of little dies to fill the frame windows. Mine has a garden theme, but they have a variety of themes and frame designs. I wanted to make a coffee card instead of a garden card, so I went on a stash search. Somewhat amazingly, I was able to find enough coffee die images to fill the frames.
When Sandra came down to visit me in Phoenix, she made two cards for me to put on the blog. I put one on the blog, but sent my laptop home in a car with a trunk that was bigger than a breadbox, before I got the second one published. I have a ToDo list that is about 30 items long right now, so I thought this was a good time to do a quick post with the other card.
Here it is:
Supplies: Doodlebug Cream & Sugar patterned paper, Simon Says Stamp Coffee and Tea stamp set, Cor’dinations cardstock,