Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Simon Says One Layer!


Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. Thank you for joining us for the Have a Heart Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too

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This week the challenge is One Layer!

For this challenge you may add die cut pieces and embellishments but the front of the card should look like one layer. We know this one can be tricky for some folks, but we also know you guys ROCK OUR SOCKS every week, so we can’t WAIT to see what you do with the One Layer challenge! Your designs inspire us! Show us what you can do!

We are showcasing Paper Smooches Products this week. You don't have to use them to join in but if you have some we would love to see them used
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
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Here is my one layer card for the challenge.

PS one layer #1

I have used Blossoming Buds stamp set from Paper Smooches to stamp over the edges of the grey cardstock.  The inspiration for this card came from Jennifer McGuire's  White Pencil Highlights for stamping video. I loved how the White Prisma pencil softens the stamped image and gave highlights to the image as well. I decided to use a grey cardstock and try the technique. When I did practice piece, I loved the chalkboard effect this technique card against the grey cardstock. Hence I choose grey as my background instead of coloured cardstock. I did white pencil highlighting to the entire of the stamped images including the sentiment. Then I felt that the definition of the image was lost. So I sharpened my pencil and went through the outline of the images to get a nice definittion. Then I added some colous here and there using blue, pink, yellow, green and gold pencils. Finally used Clear Droplets from Pretty Pink Posh to embellish and finish the card.


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Hope you like my one layer card. So now it's YOUR turn, Happy Crafting

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You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in
No backlinking allowed, Only 5 new creations will be eligible in the prize draw

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

More Projects from Taylored Expressions February Release!

Hello and welcome back to my blog. I am sharing couple of more cards using Taylored Expressions February release die called In the Garden. 

In the Garden


I LOVE this die. So detailed that all you need to do is create a background and add the die cut. But then if you want do some colouring, then you can die cut the die using watercolour paper and watercolour the details. The coloured die cut will look gorgeous against the white background. You can create a shaker box out of the die by putting the die on a rectangle or circular frame. In short, it is a beautiful detailed versatile die. Must have in your collection :)

I created two different cards by creating my own background and adding the die cut. Here is the first!

Remembering fondly card #2

I have used Tim Hotlz watercolour paper with Color Burst pigments to create this background. I have used Color Burst Ultra Marine Blue pigment. I started with die cutting the watercolour panel using the largest of the Stitched Rectangle Stacklets. Then I sprayed water on the paper followed by a very slight dust of the blue pigment. This gave me a base colour wash. I did not cover my entire panel. I left some of white space. I left it to air dry. Then I came back again and did the same process - spray water, dust the pigment. The second time I dusted a bit more pigment to get a little more intense colour. Also this gives a bit more control for me using the pigment. I let the water do the work and left it to air dry. I prefer to air dry because the water mixes with the pigment and the paper absorbs the water and move the water while it dries. This gives a totally awesome effect to drying than with a heat gun. This method also give texture and some soft and hard edges. At the moment, I am in summer and above 40C. So air drying does not take very long. I repeated this process couple of more time each time adding more pigment. You can see how beautiful the layers are, the shades of blue and the edges gave the background clouds like effect.

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All I did to assemble the card was to die cut three of the In the Garden die in black cardstock, Stacked and glued them and adhered to the bottom of the panel. Then I adhered this panel to a black card base. The sentiment is from Spring Tulips stamp set which is white heat embossed and die cut using the smallest of the Stitched Banner Stacklets. Finally added a few of white sequins from Build A Scene: Halloween!

On my second card, I wanted to create twilight sky where there is still sun on the horizon but night sky with stars starting to appear on the other side.


Thank you card

This time, I sponged distress inks. So I used Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserve, Milled Lavender, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch distress inks I went back and forth with the colours to get a good blend.  Then I spattered large droplet of clean water. Followed by spray of clear shimmer. This gives a nice stary effect. Just beautiful in real!

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To assemble the card, I adhered this background on a white card base, and added the In the Garden die cut in black. The sentiment is from Spring Tulips stamp set white heat embossed on black strip cardstock trimmed with fish tail ends. Again embellished with some beautiful sparkling sequins from Wedding sequins collection.

In the Garden die and Spring Tulips stamp set are available along with other new release stamp sets and dies at the Taylored Expressions store. Check out Taylored Expressions Gallery for more inspirations using the In the Garden die.


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Friday, February 5, 2016

Simon Says Stamp February card kit card #1

Hey everyone!

I am sharing my first card using the new February card kit from Simon Says Stamp. This kit is a very pretty Valentine themed kit. And as always the kit has fabulous pattern paper from Crate paper, coordinating sequins, epoxy stickers and a sentiment sticker sheet. This kit also has coordinated stamp set and dies from Simon Says Stamp which I love. And of course cardstock that colour coordinate with everything.


I normally play with the pattern papers and the stickers to make quick cards. But with kits, I love the gorgeous big bold sentiment on the stamp set. And I did some watercolouring using resist technique. Here is my card.

Hello Beautiful card #1

I started with black heat embossing the big "Hello Beautiful" sentiment on watercolour paper. Then used Gansai Tambi watercolour to add colour around the sentiment. I did wet on wet technique. I added clean water on the paper first, then added drops of colour and let the water do the work. Initially I gave a very light colour wash. Then when the paper is damp, I added more colour in certain areas to build depth and layers of colours. I also left the colours to air dry. So I literally watched the paint dry for sometime. Air dry gives awesome effect when colour mixes with water and seep through the fibres of the paper and dry.There are more areas of soft finish and some textured finish and some hard edge finish. The combination is beautiful. I trimmed the panel to five and half inches to three and three quarters.
On the card base, I adhered a black paint striped pattern paper from the kit on the bottom of the card front. Then the watercolour panel using craft foam for dimension. To finish the watercolour front, I added a sticker from the sticker sheet in the kit and embellished with a few epoxy stickers and heart shaped sequins also from the kit.

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I LOVE the watercolour background around the heat embossed sentiment and gold accents.

This kit is available for purchase at Simon Says Stamp store. More inspiration using the kit can be found HERE

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Taylored Expressions Release Day!


Hello everyone!

Today is THE day! It is the Taylored Expressions February new release day. All the new goodies are available for purchase today at the Taylored Expression store.


There are eight new stamp sets, seventeen new dies and and embossing folder. And all of them are spring and Easter themed! Did you check sneak peek of all the products? If now head over to Taylored Expressions blog and get inspired.

Today I am showcasing Bunny Tails and Happy Trails stamp set and coordinating dies.

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How adorable are those images?  And I LOVE the mixed font sentiment. Fun set to have in your collection. I have two cards  to share with you today. 

Easter treat card

I loved copic colouring the images from stamp set. Then used the coordinating dies to die cut them out. I then die a partial die cutting of a circle using Stitched Circle Stacklet on a white cardstock panel. On a white card base, I masked and sponged Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch and Seedless Preserve distress inks. I then adhered the partial die cut white panel on the card base using foam adhesives. I adhered the three die cut coloured images over the bottom of the partial die cut circle.  The sentiment is stamped beneath the die cut images. Finally embellished with Rainbow Bright sequins and brushed the images with clear Wink of Stella.

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I then used the last coloured and die cut image from Bunny Tails and Happy Trails stamp set to make another card.

Speedy recovery card

There is also this sentiment in the stamp set to make a get well card.  The rainbow pattern paper is from Taylored Expressions Rainbow Bright 6x6 pattern paper pad. I added a strip of black cardstock over the pattern paper to make it look like a road. Adhered the coloured image on top of the  black strip, black heat embossed the sentiment to the left of the image. I coloured the "TRIP" with red copic. Then finally embellish with red metallic sequins from Rainbow Bright sequins.

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Hope you like my cards using the new Bunny Tails and Happy Trails stamp set and coordinating die set. All the new release stamp set, dies and embossing folder are available for purchase from Taylored Expressions shop. Check out Taylored Expressions blog for more inspiration from Taylor and other design team members.

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