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4/19/13

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Hello Friends! Welcome to Simon Says Stamp May 2013 Card Kit Blog Hop! Are you ready for Spring? I know I am with the help of this month's card kit, May Flowers!  It's is the perfect kit to get you in the mood for some Springtime weather and all things blooming ....  especially FLOWERS! 
You may be arriving from Nicole Magouirk's blog. Nicole has the has sweetest laugh & is so full of life & so talented too. If you want to start at the beginning of the hop click here

I am always honored and excited to work Simon's Monthly Card Kits! I love the paper selection in each kit, the exclusive stamp set and some fun elements that inspire me to do something different each month! For example in this kit, the lace trim and Perfect Pearls. If you subscribe the kit packs a value of only $19.95 ... that's what I call a serious value especially when stamp sets cost about $14.99. 
Just a side note if you are considering purchasing a kit...the last few kits have sold out. No pressure...just an FYI :) If you have purchased a kit and you end up winning a kit ... you will be credited for the full amount of the kit that you purchased. 

The flowers in the stamp set called "Best Mom Ever" are so delightful, and so easy to paper piece or color. I guarantee once you try the vellum in the kit you will want more (it's 40lbs) ! The vellum is the best I have ever used and it's so nice and substantial! Once you get to the mini tutorial you will see how I used the vellum on my flower. I also used the vellum as a layer on both of my card bases...The softness of the vellum really gives your card an elegant punch.  (if you are new to vellum you might want to poke around here , here & here to see three popular vellum posts I have done when you are finished hopping)

Stamped backgrounds are my favorite sort of card to design. The "Perfect Bow" was altered and you will see how further down the post.
When background stamping I just go with the flo and don't worry to much about lining the images up perfectly. Stamping is supposed to be fun right? When you layer the card up most imperfections get covered up so no stressing lol. After stamping with this ink from Hero Arts I filled in the leaves with some Copic markers. I like to stay away from the lines a tad just in case the inks might react.
When coloring with Copics or alcohol markers I think it's best to start with your lighter colors first.
Since I have yummy vellum on my card base I wanted to bring some vellum into the forefront of my card. I decided to add the vellum to flowers however, I didn't want to cover the entire flower just a portion of it.  Stamp on the vellum with Archival Ink and give the ink a few minutes to dry. You can "glue" the vellum with a dot of Glossy Accents or some Vellum Tape.
I have already used the "Perfect Bow" so many times but, for this card I needed the bow to be smaller... no problem. All you need to do is trace the die on your paper. The traced line will help you trim it evenly to make the bow smaller.
Trace along all of the edges or cut some off free hand. If you trace the die it gives you a guide line but, not necessary.
This is how the trimmed bow looks.  Email me if you have any questions :) Now for the best part...the
GIVEAWAY:-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50.00 gift certificate to one lucky commenter on every blog in the hop!!! The giveaways will stay open until Thursday April 25/13 at 11:59pm EST and the winners will be announced on the Simon Says Stamp blog on Friday April 26/13!


If you are a number person that means that Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $450.00 during this hop.  I encourage you to comment on ALL of the designers blogs for more chances to win on each blog. Best of luck to you all! 


Thanks so much for visiting my blog on the hop! The next stop is the amazing & crazy talented  Shari Carroll. If you encounter any broken links on the hop, you can head back the Simon Says Stamp blog here  for a full list of participants.

Happy Hopping!! ;-) and a huge thanks for your visit as always! Hugs, Kathy



649 comments:

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judy said...

Fabulous coloring!

aaga said...

Wow, stunning!
And thanks for the chance, too!

mariella said...

hi!!!
very great work and hank you for the chance to win!!!!

rommelsmom4 said...

BEAUTIFUL cards! Great colors.

Ashley Yeap said...

Love the new kit! Great ideas for the card!

Michelle said...

Wow.... amazing cards with beautiful detail! Thanks for the chance to win!

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Gorgeous cards, Kathy!! I love the fun shapes and the coloring as always is beyond AMAZING!!


*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

Penny L. said...

such pretty cards, Kathy! love the use of vellum....I almost never use that supply but wish I did after seeing your cards!

Buffy Esser said...

Oh So beautiful...I love the bow,I might have to try that!

Jennifer Scull said...

oh my gosh, your coloring is fabulous! I love these cards! :)

Hui Chow said...

I really like the backgrounds you did! It looks amazing.

Nikki Spencer said...

Drop dead gorgeous! Amazing flowers Kathy.

Lin said...

Beautiful cards today, Kathy! This kit is a MUST-HAVE!!

richardbreaks said...

Wow, Kathy,your roses are wonderfully vibrant! Great job!

stampencamper said...

what adorable bouquet cards for 'Moms' day love the bouquet stamp

JudyH said...

Love it!

Ann Kulseth said...

Love the flowers . . . thanks for the chance to win.

Nawal khalid Mahmood said...

such a lovely card !! love the shading on the flowers and thanks for a chance to win the amazing giveaway!!

Larisa said...

Very beautiful colouring!!! Love the card a lot))

sincerelyrose said...

I love both of your cards, they are so happy and bright!

Kelly Massman said...

your cards are both so pretty! TFS!

Kerri said...

great flowers love your card!!ths for sharing and the tut..is great as well

gRiSeL™ said...

Kathy, both these cards are so gorgeous!!! LOVE the one w/the lace the most--so elegant!!! (: Beautiful coloring effects also!!! (:

chrystal said...

so pretty...love the coloring on the flowers

Chitra Nair said...

WOWWWW!!! such a pretty cards.. Beautiful coloring..

scrapkat said...

wonderful colors :D

Divinity said...

very pretty

Maria said...

beautiful card

Ashley Harris said...

These are gorgeous! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!

abkreger said...

Beautiful coloring - your cards are truly amazing!

cutiephinphin said...

The cards are just gorgeous! Just love your coloring and thanks for the mini tutorial.

Terri said...

Love both cards. Very pretty background papers.

Terri said...

Love both cards. Very pretty background papers.

Scrapthat said...

Ooo I love it!! TFS Kathy.

Valerie said...

So pretty! Thanks for the chance! :)

KatCamps said...

How beautiful and creative! Thank you so much for sharing!!

Kelly said...

just love the cute yet subtle backgrounds you create!

quirks59m said...

So pretty!!

Tracy said...

Gorgeous cards!

Cassie said...

Beautiful, Kathy! You such a great job of explaining everything too :)

Kailash said...

Simply wow, gorgeous coloring and your cards are fantastic!! Thanks for sharing those tips and ideas too!!!

Megan Carroll said...

So pretty!! Love it!

Puppy Kisses and Paper Dreams said...

I love how you colored the flowers! Awesome :)

{VICKI} said...

L
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them both

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

Love those blushing roses. Gorgeous.

Marta Fosco said...

love the use of vellum and that bow is super yummy!

Barb said...

I loved how you used the kit, Kathy. the roses are so prettily colored. Thanks for sharing.

Wendy Card said...

Love the colours and techniques used to make this card!

Carol Gibson said...

Beautiful cards. Great tutorial, thank you. I can't wait for
May kit to arrive.

lynne said...

love that you created your own DP - fabulous - thanks for sharing

Ruth G said...

I never would have thought of using vellum for the flowers! It gives a perfect softness, just like flower petals!
Your coloring makes everything look so wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing your lovely creations and secrets!!!

Dana D. said...

Beautiful cards Kathy. The vellum gives such a nice touch. The May card kit looks terrific.

Beastybunny said...

Gorgeous cards! The flowers in this stamp set are simply fantastic! And I love vellum. So many uses and you do so many great things with it!

Cathy Homan said...

Great colors. Very bright and happy. It makes me smile.

JanLee said...

These cards are beautiful! I am always looking for a new way to use vellum, because I love the look. Thanks for sharing.

Judith van Stam said...

I love your coloring.

jenway9 said...

Very pretty!

Sue in Grapevine said...

so bright & cheerful -- nice coloring!

Linda said...

What great ideas--thank you!

joy said...

Very pretty cards; beautiful coloring and design. Thanks for the tip for cutting down the bow die!!

Clay and Amy said...

Gorgeous as always! Love this kit.

Gail Hislop said...

Lovely card.

RedGem said...

What a lovely card... tks for the great inspiration!

Andrea Garland said...

Lovely options of cards to make... Very different ideas.

Lori Poffenroth said...

Beautiful coloring. Thanks for sharing.

Donna Brown said...

Great cards Kathy.

Kyle4143 said...

What a gorgeous card! The coloring is amazing. Thanks for the copic details!

Maeghan M. said...

LOVE your creative use of that die! TFS!!!

Varshitha said...

I love the way you have made the background with the leafy stamp and love with match of pink and green.... gonna try this colors today..... :)

Jana said...

Jaw dropping gorgeousness!

heartforhandmade said...

I love these cards! Those flowers are just fab not only for Mothers day but for any other cards too. Love them!

Scrapycandy said...

Wow, really beautiful! So much inspiration in one card! thank you so much.

Velvet Pearson said...

I love how you used the vellum in your flowers, and also I love shaped cards.

Lydia said...

beautiful- your colouring is prefect and love the velum xx

stick said...

Very sweet cards - I love that the flowers are just kissed with pink!

Laura Z said...

Thanks for all the examples today. Love the tutorial on the bow.

Margie said...

Wow!! Simply gorgeous cards-beautiful coloring!

Tami McBeain said...

Great card kit, and your cards are stunning!

Mariana said...

Great cards, fantastic colouring.

Rachel W K said...

beautiful flowers! i cant wait to get my kit in the mail :)

-Rachel w k
rwkrafts.blogspot.com

Dixie Cochran said...

You're so clever! These cards are so bright and cheerful.

Megan said...

Beautiful!!

Rachel K said...

Your cards are SO pretty. I'm always amazed by your coloring...just beautiful!

Kathy S said...

What makes your cards so beautiful is the difference in shading you use. Some are very bright and some are very pale, making stark contrasts. Love it.

LeeAnne said...

Wow, Kathy, how beautiful! And you always have such wonderful directions to inspire creativity! Thank you!!!

Kristen said...

Wow! Your cards are amazing!

Adriana Reyes said...

LOVE it!!! Thanks for the great inspiration!

Donna Nuce said...

Gorgeous cards. Like that tip on shrinking the perfect bow! Thanks for a chance to win.

Alinsmajl said...

Love love love it!

Pavana said...

Wow... Amazing roses.. loved how you colored them..And the kit is awesome!!!

cardsbymo said...

Your coloring is always so gorgeous! Thanks for sharing you techniques with us week in and week out.

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Beautiful project

Chris said...

Wow, love the ideas! Thanks for the chance to win!

Mary Mac said...

I like using vellum and you cards show why. Beautiful projects. Just love the coloring

Sandra Strait said...

Beautiful card!

Cheryl W said...

Thanks for the tutorial. Your cards are lovely. I especially like how you used the vellum.

PjP said...

Love the card, especially the vellum. I'm a big fan of vellum and I'm thrilled to see that it's back in style.

Mary Dawn said...

love yours cards!

Kristina said...

Wow, such a nice card! Absolutely love it!

Sandra H said...

Oh so very pretty they are xx

JudyJR. said...

Always love to get ideas that are new and useful - like how you reduced the size of your perfect bow.

Peg said...

I don't think my comments posted the first time.
Love your coloring and the way you made the bow smaller for your card! Beautiful!

Kelly Szafron said...

Very pretty cards, thanks for sharing.

Emma Squared Designs said...

I like the cards you made with this kit. Simon Says has some great stuff.
I hope I win!!!
thanks for this opportunity.
Ali

Anonymous said...

What great colouring and such a great card kit! Margaret K.

Sue McRae said...

I absolutely love the colouring of your roses!

Kanan Pandya said...

Wonderful cards, the roses looks so real. Thank you for sharing it. :-)

Kritos said...

Lovley card! :)

Lilian B. said...

Loved your card!!! Great details!! Beautiful card kit, thanks for sharing..

Kim said...

I love the colors you used for the roses, so pretty! Your card is lovely. The pearl really topped off your design. Thank you for the inspiration. Take care. :)

Susan Ontiveros said...

Soooo Pretty!! Perfect for Mothers Day!

Chookarooni said...

More great cards using the May card kit - thanks!
Mary-Jane

Kimberly Russell said...

Cool Coloring!

Ellen said...

Love the colors, great cards

Val said...

Those two cards are beautiful. I love how you coloured the roses...stunning! Thank you for showing us how you made them!

Kristie Goulet said...

Amazing coloring! Love the cards!

Cindy M. said...

Great cards. Love the colors. Thanks for the chance to win.

Alinsmajl said...

Beautiful

Lynn said...

Some new ideas on techniques! Love it.

Nancy L. said...

WOW, Kathy!!!!! You are truly amazing! Just LOVE your work!

marylouh said...

I like using vellum and I'm always happy to see somebody else using it and giving tips on how to use it. Great projects. Wonderful coloring.

CandyW said...

Kathy, I knew you would do something fantastic with this kit, and you didn't disappoint!! SO pretty!!!

Anonymous said...

WOW - Your flowers are amazing...love red roses. I have seen that bow die several times this week on different blogs...may have to purchase!

Julie H in MN

Debs M said...

love the stamped backgrounds, great cards x

carolyn4723 said...

Love how you stamp your own background paper..very pretty.

JC said...

Lovely cards...I love how you colored the flowers. Thanks so much!

Harriet said...

I love your card and thank you so much for the "bow" hint!!!!

Colleen C. said...

Beautiful card. Lovely colors!

ninarsku said...

Amazing cards, I really like the way you have colored the flowers.

janet33234 said...

Beautiful cards. Such original designs. Love them....thanks for sharing.

mtscrapgal said...

Thanks for 2 great cards, Kathy. I like the addition of vellum too.

Marianne said...

Gorgeous cards, Kathy! Love the fun-shaped and stamped background. Thanks for the inspiration. Have a wonderful weekend!

Laraine R said...

Fabulous cards! Love your coloring! Love the new kit!

Morag said...

Beautiful and I can already see how versatile the May kit is (big grin)... cannot wait for mine to arrive!!

CinnamonSally said...

Your cards are stunning Kathy!

stamplover2011 said...

Wow, your cards are awesome!! Love all of them!

Kelly Booth said...

PURE Awesomeness!!!!! Love these KR xoxoxo

Kazumi Edwards said...

Love your card. Love how you colored the roses. Thank you for sharing.

Bealor said...

Beautiful cards.

Sarita said...

beautiful cards.

Becky said...

These cards are beautiful! I love the coloring!

Jamie said...

Just gorgeous!!

Diane said...

Both cards are so beautiful. Loving the May card kit. Thanks for the chance to win.

Efrat said...

The cards are so delicate and beautiful. Excellent coloring!!

m.tabori said...

Love how you made your own patterned paper with the leaves. Brilliant! Thanks for sharing.

Susan T said...

Love what you did with these cards. Thanks.

Chark said...

I love your coloring on these! it looks beautiful!

Kristen said...

Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with us! :)

Kyrsten Koops said...

Your coloring is GORGEOUS! :) Thanks for sharing!

Laura Turcotte said...

Great cards, as usual! :)

Chel said...

Those flowers are gorgeous!

liberal sprinkles said...

I love what you did with the flowers. just gorgeous!
grace

adele holcomb said...

The die cuts are such a perfect background for these elegant stamps. Thanks for featuring this nice giveaway!

Helene said...

Nice cards, I love your background With the colored leaves. Thanks for the chance to win.

Amber said...

Gorgeous cards Kathy, love the beautiful colors! Thanks for the chance to win!

Lynda M said...

Lovely feminine cards, Kathy. Love the altered bow. Great kit.

Aida said...

Too Too cute, love the cards!

Cathy said...

Hi Kathy, love how you've used the kit, your colouring is amazing :)

Bhawana said...

I am already in love with your coloring.. n this card took my breath away... awesome coloring on flowers.

Martha Green said...

Gorgeous job coloring those roses!

Jill B said...

Love the name of your blog! The roses are gorgeous! The the coloring.

Marie said...

Love the flower stamps great for mother's day cards. Thanks for the coloring tips

Robin said...

Love the colors of the roses. They really pop out on the card and makes a person want to smell them. TFS

donna mikasa said...

Hey Kath! Your cards always blow me away. I love to see how your creative mind works...Hope you are well. xx

theCook said...

Beautiful cards! My favorite is the horizontal one. Love the way you colored those roses!

Anonymous said...

What a beatiful card ! I really love your coloring...thanks for sharing.
Bea W.

Weenie Thomas said...

Fantastic colouring!

Amy#8546(TheTigersHaven) said...

Wow.... Kathy these are Beautiful. I love the shapes for one and your coloring is amazing. I love them both so much. HUGS

Monica said...

Love the colors and the use of vellum! Wonderful cards!

Leni said...

Lovely cards!

TenSGal said...

Stunning! Love the way you colored those roses! Too pretty!

Maria said...

this card kit is full of possibilities and wonderful ideas!!! thanks!

Eileen Dimon said...

Both cards are really beautiful!

Renee said...

Kathy these are sooooo beautiful!!! And I really love the subtle look of the vellum in the flowers! Thanks for sharing :)

Barb Ghig said...

I really love how you colored your flowers, Kathy! Beautiful card, and charming bow...thanks for sharing your tips with us!

*Jennyfer Leung* said...

Speechless!!! Wow, I loved how you worked with the vellum and doing your own patternedpaper. I tend to be such a perfectionist at times:-D you have shared lots of useful tips and I love your flat Bow!

Barb Murphy said...

beautiful cards!

Janet said...

Beautiful card! Can't wait to start playing! ~God bless~

Breanne W. said...

Gorgeous!

ionabunny said...

Love the shaped cards. Great work with the vellum. Thanks for the tips

bzyPTmom said...

Beautiful cards--and have to say, I love that bow die--going to have to get me one of those!

Le petit monde de Louison said...

Beautiful!!!!

Karen Ruiz said...

Love love love the bright colors!!!! Beautiful!

Deneen said...

I just love your copic coloring :)

Katie Ann Brooks said...

both are stunning and I love that spellbinders (?) shape!!!

Sue said...

Really looking forward to this next kit.

Coralynn Murray said...

What pretty colours!

ericarose said...

Wow! Your cards are stunning!!

Jessica Hicks said...

Such bright colors! Can't wait to color these roses!

Alecia Gloege said...

Love the color of that green you used for the leaves in the background

Laura C. said...

So Pretty!!

Karen L. said...

The roses are gorgeous!

elleth said...

I love how you've colored these flowers. Beautiful.

Pat Kinkaid said...

I lo e the way you walked me through the card making process. Your results were stunning!

Pat Kinkaid said...

I lo e the way you walked me through the card making process. Your results were stunning!

One Scrappy Gal said...

Beautiful cards! Thanks for the tutorial.

JMCPhillips said...

Beautiful coloring, as always!!!

Cindy said...

So very pretty!

Linda E said...

Gorgeous cards, Kathy! Thanks for the inspiration!

L Fodor said...

I think May is my favorite kit so far. Can't wait to receive mine. Very pretty cards.

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