Soft Sayings Card Kit

Hello stampers. I just finished playing with the Soft Sayings Card Kit. Now I must admit that not all kits are created equally. In fact, there are some that I really don’t like at all. This one is different. It reminds me a bit of the kit in last years catalog called Watercolour Wishes. The card bases are really nice, the stamp set is versatile and the cards are really just lovely. The kit also comes with a very nice sized acrylic block and a basic grey ink pad.

 

All the elements from the Soft Sayings Card kit.

 

I made up half the cards just the way they are shown in the kit and now I have the other half left to play with and try something new. There are twenty cards in the kit so it is nice to be able to make some quick and easy cards and then get more creative with the second half. For the first time ever, there is also a refill kit available if you want to make more of these beautiful cards. The original kit is $46 Canadian and the refill kit is $28.

 

Collage of some of the cards you can make with the Soft Sayings Card kit

 

Here is a close-up of two of my favourite cards in this kit:

 

Soft Sayings Kit has ten different card styles, two of each. Great value and such soft pretty colours.

 

The washi tape and the twine as well as the tranquil tide and lemon lime twist leaves and the gold glimmer leaves are all included in the kit. Dimensionals and a mini basic grey ink pad are also included. This kit is great to take along to a trip to the cottage, or camping for a rainy day. I like taking one with me when I visit my 85 year old mother so that we have a nice activity to do together while we chat. She loves to get creative and then be able to give a special card to someone on her mind.  I am hoping to offer this as a fun class in August combined with a barbecue potluck. It is always a nice change to come and make a whole stack of cards while visiting with friends and then enjoying great food. Then you get to go home with great cards and a stamp set and block that you can keep using for many more beautiful creations.

 

When I first saw this kit I knew I would use the pretty die cuts as masks. This morning I quickly made a few very simple cards using our wonderful foam brayers along with night of navy, lemon lime twist and berry burst. I am very happy with how they turned out. Take a look!

 

Soft Sayings die cut used as mask with lemon lime twist and foam brayer

 

No, you’re eyes are not playing tricks on you. This truly was a very quick card and I just held the die cut in place for a mask and it is slightly askew. No time to fix it though. Sometimes there is beauty in imperfection!

 

Three brayers and a die cut for a mask make for a pretty stained glass effect.

 

I really love how that card turned out. I used three foam brayers, one for each colour:  night of navy, berry burst and lemon lime twist. I used washi tape on the back to hold the die cut mask in place. It really is quite sturdy so you should be able to reuse it many times. The last card could easily be used as a masculine card. It uses two colours, night of navy and lemon lime twist.

 

Great masculine card using one of the die cuts from Soft Sayings card kit.

 

I hope you like this kit as much as I do. I barely touched the tip of the iceberg as far as all the options available with this great kit. Happy stamping!!

 

Soft Sayings card kit die cut used as a mask with berry burst and powder pink.

 

I had a bit of time to make one more card and I decided to use a different colour palette, berry burst and powder pink. Looks great with some of the new glitter enamel dots. I kind of like that I can add an “addendum” after I have posted a blog post. I hope you don’t mind! The suitcase is packed, pedicure booked last minute for tomorrow morning and then I can relax on the plane and hopefully catch a snooze.

Sponges, Masks and Clouds

Hello stampers! What do you get when you combine sponges, masks and clouds? Not a rainy masquerade party. A lovely, subtle patterned paper for a background. This is such a simple technique and one that is often overlooked. Let me explain what you do. You will need a sponge wedge. I usually cut my Stampin’Up! sponges into 6 pieces, first in half and then each half into thirds like a pie wedge. I then cut out two large cloud shapes using the framelits from the Up and Away thinlet die collection. Using Pool Party ink I sponged around the cloud shapes on a piece of white cardstock. There will be a video at the end of this post so you can see how it is done. A picture is worth a thousand words and a video even more so!!

 

Use sponges, masks and ink to make a cloudy background.

 

This is an ideal background for a busy card that has a lot of other details happening. It is also so very easy to coordinate it to suit your card by choosing various shades of blue. Since my “wall” is going to be early espresso and my flowers are going to be red, the pool party is a great choice. Here is one of the cards I made using this technique. I was inspired by Bronwyn Eastley’s card. She made hers with a fall theme since that is the season it now is in Australia.

 

This is the z-fold card that I am going to be giving to the host families that showered Rachel with love during her Rotary exchange year in France.

 

You may be wondering where all those great supplies come from that are featured on my card. Well….you will be able to get them too on June 1, unless you want to join my team now and get a great deal on the starter kit. You pay only $135 and you get to pick out $165 worth of product AND you get to choose items from the pre-order including this beautiful wood paper, the Colorful Season stamp set(#143726) and the Seasonal Layers thinlets (#143751) or get the bundle (#145348) Click here for that option. The branch, the flowers and the chair as well as the leaf all come from that set. It has all the seasons covered!

 

Super simple card with background sponging to make clouds and a pop of red with the chair and the flowers. the branch is a die from Seasonal Layers.

 

This simple card has the sling lawn chair which is a two step photopolymer stamp done in early espresso for the frame and real red for the seat. The flowers are stamped in real red and the branch is cut with a die from the Seasonal Layers in early espresso. The saying is also from Colorful Seasons. Here is a simple video that shows you how to do this yourself. I hope you have a lot of fun with this great little technique.

 

 

Merry Christmas and to all a good night!

Christmas is always a good time to reflect on your blessings and to be thankful for family and friends. This is also a difficult time for people who have either lost loved ones or who have strained or estranged relationships. Remember that you are loved. That is what we are celebrating after all. God sent his son Jesus to be born into this world so that he would grow up and save us from our sins!

I do love the Christmas season. Getting together with family and friends that you don’t see often is especially wonderful. Gathering to share food and gifts is all a part of it.

I just want to take this time to thank each and every one of you for your love and support this past year, also with this brand new venture for me, the world of blogging!! I decided that a blog would be another way I could share with the world what I love to do, to brighten people’s lives with the joy of creativity and also with the surprise of a handmade card. I am looking forward to sharing many tips and tricks and card ideas with you in the coming year. If you did not get a card in the mail or with your order, here is a favourite vintage card that I made (sometimes I wish our stamps would never retire!!)Vintage Merry Christmas with retired Stampin'Up stamps. Love the gold embossing, the cherry cobbler bakers twine and the Travel Post stamp set!I did take a few minutes today to do a video on the masking technique. The card I made uses two new stamp sets from the Occasions catalog that I truly love:  Beautiful You and Mediterranean Moments. Thanks to Randi Collins for the card idea!! Here is the card (my girl had to be in red as it is my favourite colour and it is Christmas after all!)Masking technique with Beautiful You and Mediterranean Moments, coloured with the new Stampin'Up! watercolour pencilsHere is the video showing how I made this card. The whisper white card front is 3 1/2″ by 4 3/4″ and the real red mat is 4″ by 5 1/4″. I distressed the white with our old distressing tool. I really want that to come back. If you do too, be sure to call Stampin’Up and let them know.You could also use the edge of your scissors or even your finger nail to do it, but this tool is way better!

I will probably talk to you again in a few days, in the meantime, enjoy your Christmas holidays with your family and friends. Cherish every moment. Hugs, Jackie