Friday, January 30, 2015

Day 4 - Clean and Simple 4


Today's cards are from playing with the fun techniques shown on day 4 of the online card class, Clean and Simple 4.

I first have to apologize because I am in a huge hurry today and will not be sharing any links to products, so if you have any questions, just ask in a comment below and I'll do my best to get an answer to you.

My first card uses the faux dry embossing technique shared by Yana. You use die-cuts to create the look. 

My next card is a fun one! I love using embossing paste and I really enjoyed trying to layer the paste using different stencils! This was inspired by Jocelyn Olson's beautiful card!

I didn't really love how this turned out so I wanted to try it again with two different stencils.

I sure am enjoying this class! 

I'm off to get some other, non-crafty things done around here! The house and chores have been neglected this week, to say the least!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Thanks for stopping by! ♥

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Day 3 - Clean and Simple 4

Hey there!

I'm back with a few more cards today. I loved all three techniques from day 3 of the online card class, Clean and Simple 4. More importantly, I actually had time to try each one!

This first one was inspired by Julie Ebersole's technique. You stamp using Gesso and it works as a resist.

I used the Hero Arts, Classic Bloom wood stamp for my flowers and the sentiments are from Simon Says Stamp's, Friendship Messages.

My second card was inspired by Jennifer McGuire. She shared a really fun technique too! Who knew that clear, VersaMark ink could give results like this!?

The stencil I used is from Simon Says Stamp. It's called, Make a Scene. That adorable tree die is from their Woodland Tree set and I used another sentiment from their Friendship Messages set.

My last card uses a technique most of you have probably heard of and it's a favorite - velveteen stamping. It always gives gorgeous results!

Here's a close-up so you can see the white-on-white text showing through the stamped flowers.

I first stamped Hero Arts' Friend Definition in white pigment ink and let dry before stamping the flowers. Speaking of those sweet flowers, they're from a set called, Floral Bookmarking from Simon Says Stamp. I thought they'd look really pretty, stamped in Hero Arts' Cornflower Mid-Tone ink. The sentiment is from a set called, Flower Friend by SSS.

I had a lot of luck today playing with these techniques. Hoping it continues through the rest of the class!

Thanks for the visit! I'm off to check out day 4! ♥

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Day 2 - Clean and Simple 4

Hi there!

I'm back again today with another card. I know, I know, don't faint! Lol! I rarely blog two days in a row but when you have time off from work AND there's an online card class going on, it's easier to find the time.

In today's lesson, the instructors shared some fun techniques for CAS cards using dies. I loved Kristina's card and wanted to give it a try.

What a fun way to get more out of your dies! I used the Stitched Slopes and Hills die set from Simon Says Stamp. The butterflies are from their Butterfly Drift die and the sentiment is the from WPlus9 stamp set called, Hand Lettered Thanks.

Here's a close-up of the shimmery butterflies.

I used Simon Says Stamp inks to do my shading. Surf Blue, Island Blue and Blue Violet.

The first two days of class have been wonderful! If you didn't get a chance to see my faux ceramic tile card from day 1, click here. And if you're interested in these classes, click here. They are so worth the price and I always learn something new and fun! These classes are even worth it if you just need to get your creative mojo going!

I'm also entering this card in the Inkspirational Challenge #74, Ombre. Thank you, Pia for the info!
 Thanks for stopping by! ♥


Day 1, Clean and Simple 4

Hey everyone!

Are you taking the newest online card class, Clean and Simple 4? Today was the first lesson and it was all about heat embossing. Julie Ebersole is one of the instructors this time and she shared a really cool technique, teaching us how to create a faux tile. I couldn't wait to try it!

I used a Spellbinders Shapeabilities die from a set called, Foliage. I was really happy and surprised at how it turned out!

It's hard to see in the photo above how much the focal panel looks like a real, ceramic tile, so here's a close-up.

I'm looking forward to day 2 tomorrow and I'm excited because I happen to have this whole week off from work - yay! That means more time to play and do homework from class - yay again!

And just a reminder we've got challenge #11 up and running in the Simon Says Stamp Flickr group. It's a Love/Hearts/Valentine's theme. You can check out all the guidelines and details of the challenge right here. There are two, $25.00 gift cards to the SSS store up for grabs! Hope to see you there!

Thanks for the visit! ♥

Monday, January 26, 2015


Hi there!

I want to thank everyone for leaving me such kind comments on my giveaway post! Thank you also for joining the Simon Says Stamp Flickr group and spreading the word! We are really hoping lots of you come join in the fun every two weeks and play along with the challenges! The newest one is up and running and it's all about love, hearts and Valentines. You can check it out here.

Now for the exciting part! There was a total of 84 comments and I used to choose the winner.

The 7th comment was from Kara Lynne!

Kara Lynne said...
Thanks for letting me know about the SSS Flickr challenge, I had no idea that was going on! I am now a member of the group and gladly included the blinkie on my blog. That is very generous of you, Barb.

Woo, hoo! Congratulations, Kara Lynne! I've sent you an email.

Thanks again to everyone and have a great week!