Good Monday Morning! Another day off for the hubs so I thought I’d sneak in here and get a post up quickly.
Yesterday was Easter and we celebrated with family in grand style. But before all that happened, the girls awoke to some treats on the kitchen table and hand made cards from me. I’ve been playing with my March card kit from Simon Says Stamp. Did you see my reveal video?
It’s a super cute kit and while there is a distinctly Easter themed stamp set included, the rest of the kit is not overly Easter themed. Not complaining, I really don’t make a lot of Easter cards and those are usually just for my kids, but it did present me with a challenge when it came to making those cards! I started to film a video of me playing with the kit but it kind of went sideways when I couldn’t quite decide what the heck I was doing with the kit. So … I deleted it. Trust me, you did not want to see my rambling, bumbling, oh-so-scattered process!
But I am determined to share with you all the cards I make with every kit so here are the four cards I’ve made so far. And I promise, the next cards I make will have a video!
Card #1 – Sunshine and Rubber Boots
This has nothing to do with Easter but was the first card I made with the kit. This is my “just playing” card! I hummed and hawed over the papers for WAY longer than I should have! And then I added the stamping after I’d already stuck the green card stock onto the card so despite carefully covering the edges of the white card base with scrap paper, I got some rogue stamping at the top.
But seriously, how cute is that paper with all the rubber boots?!
Card #2 – Stamped Gingham Background for Easter
While I was playing with the stamps in the kit, I stamped three of the rabbits onto the Kraft coloured card stock intending to use them to make Easter cards for my three girls. I gave them a bit of shadowing with one of my Stampin’ Up markers, then added pink to the nose and cheeks.
After putting the kit aside for a few days, I returned with renewed energy and got to work finishing my daughters’ Easter cards. I used the little gingham stamp to cover a piece of white card stock. the stamp is only about 1.5″ square so I had to repeatedly ink and move it. I purposefully did not use my miniMISTI to line things up perfectly as I wanted it slightly imperfect – and I wanted to do it quickly.
I looked at the stamp set again to see what small stamps there were that I could add as decoration and that’s when I saw the little carrot image. Being careful to ink only the carrot part with orange and then the carrot tops with green, I got these super cute images that I could then cut out and pile onto the card. There were also little heart stamps in the set so I used some of those on the back ground for further interest. The Happy Easter sentiment is from last years March Kit, and the multi coloured sequins are from a kit just a few months ago (can’t remember which one though).
Card #3 – Market Trucks for Easter
Since I had the bunnies and the carrots already stamped and cut and the cute little cotton tails glued on, I decided to ignore the patterns on the papers (for the most part) and just make some cute cards. Layering a strip of pink, with some wood grain and finally the pattern with all the flower market trucks on it, gave me a fun background that I could then add my other bits too. The pink gems from last months kit work really well with this months colours, so I added them for interest and texture.
Card #4 – Bunny in the Flower Pots
When I was flipping through the papers in the kit I remarked that this paper would make a quick and easy card and I was right. I trimmed it to fit, lightly inked the edges so it doesn’t totally blend into the card base then simply added my bunny, some carrots and some sequins. Having the stamping at the top gives me a starting place for all the decoration too.
Well there you have it, four cards made from this kit with plenty more supplies left. I am determined to make a ton of birthday cards with each kit so I will be bringing in some Happy Birthday stamps as I go. But there is room to play with the image of the rubber boot filled with flowers! I’ll keep you posted on my progress and promise to film my process so you can see how I work.
Until then, have a wonderful week. I hope the Spring sunshine starts shining for you soon! (unless you’re ‘down under’ in which case, happy Fall!)