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Friday Craft, SSS March Card Kit

Going back in time a bit with this post to show off my cards from March’s Simon Says Stamp Card kit. This one was Easter themed, with three sizes of 3D Peep bunnies in the stamp set, spring and easter themed paper┬ápack, and two printed panels for watercoloring. These cards were heavily inspired by Vicky Papiaonnou, who has been making a video for each card kit demonstrating 10 cards made with each month’s kit.


With this kit I am coming to the realization that I don’t like stamping images with my Distress inks, as they don’t leave the best impressions (check out my bunny Peeps below). What is your favorite ink, dear reader?

This card is pretty much an exact copy of the technique Vicky used in her video. For this card I used my Peerless watercolors to paint and my Distress ink to stamp the sentiment “Hoppy Easter”.

The card below is another example of Distress ink perhaps not being the best ink for stamping. The sentiment bled out a bit, but I still like the simplicity of this one.


I especially like these card kits as they force me out of my comfort zone, I would never buy an Easter themed stamp set or paper pad. YouTube is filled with inspiration videos for using each kit.



Friday Craft, Stamps and Masks

I used masks to make these scenes with two of my stamp sets. Masking is a technique where you stamp the front-most image first, then cut out a mask to place over the stamped image to protect it as you continue stamping.


For the flower bouquet, I stamped the peony on the bottom left first, put a mask over it and stamped the three leaf cluster next, put a mask over that, and so on. The last thing I stamped was the bottle.

I’m not super excited about the magical day panel on the left, but I know that I’m still learning and will improve with time and practice. I don’t like the spacing of the flowers on either side of the tiny house, but once it’s colored in I trust that no one will notice but me.



Friday Craft, Simon Says Stamp May Card Kit

I am still enjoying my card kits each month. They come with really nice cardstock, enough for 10 standard cards, and a pack of patterned paper, a stamp set, some coordinating stickers or embellishments, and an extra. This month I got a glue pen with a fine tip and some pretty sequins.

This month’s theme is Happily Ever After, and the stamp images all have happy faces.


I used the cardstock to make a mini card set for KidMakes’ teacher. The inspiration came from this video by Prairie Paper and Ink. The stamps are so cute (almost too cute) that the small size fits perfectly. I used my Zig markers on watercolor paper to color the images, and the stickers and tiny sentiments came with the card kit.



These simple images were very quick and easy to color and cut out. The stamp set also came with a tiny speech bubble that fits all the sentiments, so you can make your cute images say cute things.



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