questions answered & a challenge

Your a Star
Hello sweet friends, TGIF!! Any fun plans for the weekend? How about a challenge? This card was created for Lily Pad's / Simon Says Stamp's challenge STARS! Visit the Lily Pad blog for all of the details and inspiration from the DT. Simon Says Stamp has a $25.00 gift certificate for one winner. 
These are the distress markers I used and distress inks. I love how the inks and "markers" combined when I sprayed my coloring and inking with water. (I stamped & embossed in clear first)
I used this paper but, this thick watercolor I'll be using next time. 
After die cutting the star I stamped it with this "Chevron Backdrops" by Lawn Fawn with brown distress ink and distressed it too. I placed the star so it falls under the cut out of the star on the front of my card when I mount it using pop dots.
I mounted my front panel to some white paper. The top left star was cut again so in this photo there is a "window" to show the star on kraft paper as seen in the above photo. 
Your a Star
You can see the window in this photo. The top right star is popped up with pop dots. I love these "pop dots" because they are super sticky and have lots of dimension. 
Your a Star
The die cut is Labels 16 and the sentiment is from SRM and you can find it here. After I die cut my sentiment I cut a portion off so it could tuck right under my card panel.  If you have questions you can find my email on the right side of my blog so that I can answer you personally.

 I have a few questions that were left in the comment area on my blog that I would like to answer. 
This is the card that the question is referring to.
"What size envelope does the card fit into??" The card fits perfectly in a 5x5 square envelope the way I have the banner positioned on this card. (If I rotated the banner it would fit into a standard envelope. The banner length is 5 inches.)

This is the card that the question refers to.
"You said to add 3 coats - where is that to go? over all of the card or what? Thanks." The center of the flowers on each card has Glossy Accents in the center (the brownish part) I added some glossy accents, let it dry and reapplied the same way 2 more times. I hope I explained this better :) I like taking the time to add extra coats of glossy accents to build up the centers of the flowers but, it's not necessary. 

On my last post this card. I linked the wrong die cut. It's Labels 16  and you can see it here. Thanks for pointing that out Ruby and bringing it to my attention. 

Did you see my giveaway here for the Simon Says June card kit?? Many thanks for taking the time to visit me. Have a happy weekend :) Hugs, Kathy



Giveaway-Simon Says Stamp's Card Kit

June card kit for Simon Says Stamp
Hello Friends, How have you been? Did you have a nice weekend??
Before we get started I thought you might like to know that I have a Simon Says June Card Kit for a giveaway...yay!

The winner was selected here but, stay tuned for more giveaways :)

(All you have to do is leave a quick comment & I'll announce a winner on Monday:)
If you want to tweet, blog or Facebook that I have a giveaway and link back to me you can add your name again... and again for extra chances to win (for each mention) If you already subscribe or purchased the kit you will be credited for June's card kit.

I loved all the papers and wanted to use everything in this kit so I decided to create a card set where the recipient can get a little crafty by decorating the enclosed card bases with hand made embellishments and sentiments inside this clear box.

June card kit for Simon Says Stamp
June's card kit has TWO stamps sets, a few real vintage papers, stickels, heart brads and beautiful pins and more!! I am always amazed by the value of these kits.

The first card is complete in the gift pack so they can  see an example of what they can do with the hearts and sentiment banners.

I love the way this Spellbinder die really stands out. I did add this kraft paper to the kit's papers and I must mention this thick and delicious white paper that is in June's card kit. The weight of 120 lbs is perfect for one layers cards especially when coloring with markers because it won't show any bleed through of colors. Pretty cool!

June card kit for Simon Says Stamp

I will explain how I created this heart embellishment and the glittery sentiment in the mini tutorial below.

Don't you love these sentiment banners?? This Simon Says exclusive will be available for purchase next month.) I love the weight of this paper and began by stamping the banner with this, this and this chalk ink then I stamped the hearts. When the ink was dry I stamped the sentiments in with this back ink for a sharp and crisp image.


It's easy to select your papers because they are all beautiful. Layer them up and round a few corners. You might notice that I ended up cutting of a few inches from the top and will share what I made with my "scraps" soon. I should mentions that after you layer use this die to cut the center out then mix the center die cuts up and add the new layer on the card bases.


This beautiful iridescent stickles comes in the card kit. I brushed the stickles on most of the hearts and all of the sentiment banners after trimming them. Be sure to rinse you brush right away and it will last a long time.


This photos give you an idea of how pretty the stickles looks on the banners. LOVE these fonts too!


I trimmed the hearts to leave a white boarder so they are larger and stand out more. I applied Glossy Accents to each heart as you can see on the top heart. I recommend you let it dry over night.


These are the card bases in my gift pack.


These are all of the glittery sentiments and hearts in my gift pack. Some of the hearts are tied with the twine, some have glossy accents and some just glitter from the stickles.
The recipient just has to add a heart and sentiment of their choice so this way they feel apart of the creative process.


When you look at the way I decorated the box you will see that I die cut some hearts and used the beautiful vintage paper in the SSS card kit. I wanted to give the doily & vintage papers some body & strength so I brushed on this and let it dry while I was packing the box. Let me know if you have any questions and don't forget to leave a comment so you have a chance to win this awesome card kit. A big thanks to Simon Says Stamp for letting me give June's card kit away! Thanks for popping in and enjoy the rest of the week. Hugs, Kathy

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