I love the Simon Says Stamps monthly kits. They always have great products and new items for me to play with. Their team also does a wonderful job making videos and sharing new techniques. When I saw this alcohol lift ink video by Nichol Spohr on the Simon blog using the newest kit, I could not wait for my kit to come in so I could try this. I am so in love with these cards. I combined the Simon Beautiful Butterflies kit (June 2018) with an older My Monthly Hero kit (MMH - March 2018) by Hero Arts.
I first made the backgrounds, and did the lift technique using a alcohol ink lift pad and the Beautiful Butterfly stamp set. Once they dried, I used the inked backgrounds and the transfer backgrounds to make a bunch of cards. I used the word dies from the My Monthly Hero Kit. I am not sure why I have not used these word dies until now, they are wonderful.
Blog Update: (July 5, 2020)
My cards were selected as Top 3 in two different challenges. I always appreciate it when others like the cards I make.
We are living in a unique time, one in which a pandemic (COVID-19) has restricted us all to our homes. We have all worked to find ways to fill our days. I personally, have trouble sitting still. I need to feel productive in some way. I have spent my time working (I am a teacher who has moved my High School Government classes online), catching up and am now ahead in my Graduate School studies (I am working on a masters from the University of North Texas), helping my son with his schoolwork and teaching him organization skills and homemaking skills along the way, and I have been crafting. This came at a time where I was behind on my scrapbooks. It's April 2020 and I have just started my 2019 scrapbook, but the good news is that I have had time to work on it.
I have also spent some time rebuilding my homemade card stash. I have so many kits from different companies that I haven't had a chance to use yet. I have kits from Simon Says Stamp, Crafter's Companion, Paper Pumpkin, Queen & Company, Hero Arts, and Brutus Monroe. So, I have decided that every couple of days, I am going to pull one out and craft.
The first kit I picked out was the Window Frames kit (February 2021 kit) from Simon Says Stamp. See the Simon Kit Reveal and their Gallery Here. Simon produces one of my favorite kids because they send things that can be used in the kit, but can also be use for other things, like scrapbooking. They include things like: stamps, dies, ink, beautiful papers, and embellishments.
I always start by looking at the inspiration guide that comes with the kit. This helps me to get started. Usually, once I finish one that I have copied from one of the designer's, I have so many ideas, that I finish out the kit on my own. Here is what I came up with.
It's that time of the year, no not Halloween. It's time to start making my Christmas Cards. I have a huge family and it takes me a while to make enough to be able to give one to each part of my family and still have enough left over to give out to friends as well. On average, I make 60 Christmas cards each year, so I typically start in September or October to give myself time to get them all finished.
This year, I was having trouble finding inspiration and didn't like any of the 1st cards that I made, then I remembered that I had the Simon Says Stamp Merry and Bright (December 2016 release) card kit, which I received last year after I had finished making all my cards. This was a great opportunity to use it, so I got it out and immediately got to work. I love that Simon includes a page of examples and inspiration. I was drawn to 2 of the cards right away and decided to scraplift them. Once I made a few cards, I couldn't stop. I made 13 cards from this kit, and still have material leftover to make more.
My name is JoNeita Kelly and I have been crafting for at least the last 20 years. I live in Forney, Texas with my son, Dallas. I am a High School teacher and Cheerleading Coach. I love to craft and to continue to improve my photography and editing skills whenever I have free time. What I love most is telling our story using pictures, it is the most important gift I can leave my family.
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