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Happy Birthday Simon!

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Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog is celebrating its’ 4th year. So they are hosting a birthday celebration and giveaway. To be entered to win one of their awesome prizes (1st prize is a $100 S.S.S. gift card) you must create a birthday or celebration card and link it to their blog.

Here is one of the cards I made for the challenge…

birthday cupcake card


I used my Tim Holtz Distress Ink color Broken China to create the blue background for my cupcakes and sentiments. I covered each cupcake with a stamp mask before sponging on the blue color. After the ink was dry but, while the masks were still in place I splattered the paper with water. The ink spreads away from the water and creates a distressed look.

Once the paper was completely dry I stamped my sentiment  twice, once with black ink and a second time with Hero Arts Neon Green.Finally I die cut the shape. The white die cut shape is actually hand cut because there was no “in between” size with this die set. That is a pet peeve I have with a lot of the Spellbinders sets. There are too few sizes in each set.

The brown, wood looking base is created by scoring the paper at random lengths and intervals, then sponging on a dark brown ink and then die cutting the shape.

Create a birthday card and join in the fun at Simon Say Stamps Challenge: Happy Birthday

Happy Stamping,



Key to My Heart

key to my heart


My card was inspired by a song by Jessica Jarrell called Key to My Heart. The song was featured in the Jennifer Lopez movie The Back Up Plan.

My son James asked me to make a card for him to give his girlfriend. He bought her chocolates, flowers and a Beta fish, so I guess he was trying to conserve funds by getting a card for free. His only stipulation is that it not be too mushy because, Maya is not a mushy card kind of girl.

The heart is colored with Tim Holtz distress inks, (Worn Lipstick and Wild Honey) and I ran it through my Big Shot in an embossing folder from The Paper Studio. I knew that I wanted to have a keyhole in the middle of my heart. Although I shopped around, I couldn’t find a keyhole punch anywhere, so created a keyhole using a small circle punch and my craft knife.

For the background paper I used the envelope from a Tiffany’s catalog that I got in the mail a few weeks ago. The catalog is filled with this gorgeous paper that has a celestial theme featuring soft blues, golden clouds, stars and zodiac symbols in gold. I am going to put that catalog to good use! I added a final touch to the Tiffany’s paper by spraying it with my blue spritz.

I will be entering this card into the Cas-ual Fridays: Love Song Challenge and I will be sharing it on the blog too.



Happy Stamping,


Haunted Mansion

Last year I bought  two Martha Stewart  Halloween paper punches for 50% off in November. And this year I finally got around to using them.

This card features the Martha Stewart Iron Edge punch. I love the little bats on the posts of the fence. I also used some of my new distress inks to create  a spooky hill and twilight sky for my haunted mansion.

Rather than have the house seem abandoned I opted to color some lights in the windows.  When I was through it kind of reminded me of the Bates Motel. The sentiment is a rub on transfer that I have had for ages and ages.

I am entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Dies and/or Punches. Someday maybe I’ll get lucky and win the $50 gift card that is always the prize for their challenges. I could spend that real quick at Simon Say Stamp.

Happy Stamping,


Hero Arts White Out Challenge

This past Sunday I purchased Tim Holtz Distress Inks on sale ($2.99 each) at Michaels. I have seen these inks used in many cards but, I hadn’t had a chance to try them out myself, before this. They were so much fun to play around with! My favorite part is spritzing the colors with water and watching the way the change to a softer look. I added a snowflake look with the tip of a wet paint brush.
After layering my background I stamped the pine tree from Stampin Up A Lovely as a Tree in Versamark ink and then I embossed them with Stampendous Silver powder.

I am entering this card into A Blog Named Hero’s White Out Challenge for a chance to win a $25 gift card to Simon Says Stamp. There are still 2 days left to play along.

Happy Stamping,


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