Keep Smiling! A SSS Card Kit Card Tutorial!

Hi, everyone. Marie here!
Today features a card that I made using most of the materials coming from the Simon Says Stamp's card kit.

Overall, I'm pleased with how it turned out:

The video is right here:

Products used:

Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow 6x6SSS 120# Cardstock in WhiteSSS Beautiful Day Stamp SetMemento Tuxedo Black Ink, Copic markers in G00 Jade GreenG02 Spectrum GreenG03 Meadow GreenBV000 Iridescent MauveBV00 Mauve Shadow, and BV01 ViolaMISTI Stamping Tool, and the Fiskars Paper Trimmer

So, do enjoy (and hopefully I'll figure out a new way to film)!

Until next time...


One Card Out of Twelve!

Hi everyone; Marie here!

Today, I'm bringing just one card out of twelve that I made for a charity to give out to kiddos who are sick and in hospital. Many of these youngins are fighting cancer and other diseases that are life-threatening; what tends to cheer up a kiddo is a bright and cheerful card!

I did have a helpful Bee to help with me; for my little one, color is always better. :D

That said, here is my "just because":

The cards were made from standard-sized A2 (4.25" x 5.5") and are a mix of top-folding and side-folding (with some as landscape). Bee was able to help put some of the parts together, while Mama taped/glued/stuck them together (We made a pretty good team, actually!).

Here's the best part: The only things I've used were the Doodlebug Fairy Tales 6x6 paper pad, some Michaels brand card stock I had in my stash, DoCrafts Stick It Foam SquaresTombow MONO Adhesive, and (not necessary but still cute) Tonic AQUA Shimmer Pen for small touches of…

New Content: First Impressions!

Hi, everyone; Marie here with a new review and new content for the YT channel.
Occasionally, I will try new things but I hardly see anyone post reviews or first impressions on the things I try. I will give a grade based on product claim and ease of use.
That said, here's my First Impression on the Tonic Easy Clean Mat (Warning: Glitter gets EVERYWHERE, I need stock in Swiffer cloths, and the mat does a good job.).

Ease of Use: A-. It does stick to the surface of the table and it's hard to reposition once it's "stuck". You can lift it up and reposition without issue.
Product Claim: B. While it is easy to clean using a microfiber or Swiffer cloth, you can't dump contents back into container by lifting mat up and funneling Messy Stuff into container. Just. Won't. Happen.
Overall: B+. As long as you position the mat next to the table's edge, it would be easy to wipe Messy Stuff into its original container. Would keep using.
Until next time...

Latest YT videos: A Couple of Hauls; Other Things!

First off, I'd like to apologize for not updating as much as I should! With getting into a new house, unpacking (Oh the joys!), and creating a new space for a craft room, I haven't been updating my blog! (EEK!) Anywho, I'm back and up for a challenge (or a few).

Second, I have been able to film a couple of haul videos from Simon Says Stamp, so I did manage to do something!
In fact, here's the first one of two that were done this week!

Filled with awesome goodies (I mean, Doodlebug pins!!! How precious are they!!!!) and one thing I haven't tried yet; I am planning on a First Impressions video about the Tonic Keep Clean Mat, so keep an eye out for it SOON.

I am also planning to put out a video or two using some of the newest goodies that have shown up at my doorstep.

Bear with me as this gets rolling!


Happy (belated) STAMPtember!

(I realize I'm running a bit behind, since it's October, but there is a good reason for it!)

A while back, I received Simon Says Stamp's September card kit in the mail; it was a really adorable mish-mash of birthday fabulousness (I'm a little partial to September birthdays; my daughter was born in September.) and I couldn't wait to play with it!

 (The card in question!)

While I did have the kit, it sold out pretty quickly, but you can purchase the items separately (I did receive the flower and jar shaker tags instead of the balloon shaker tags, but that was okay. I still managed to use them!).  The kit costs 24.99/month, but the individual items can run you up a bit more than that.

Check out the video on how I made this card; my favorite part happens to be the shaker tag. :D

Thank you to Simon Says Stamp for offering the card kits and thank you for coming by!


Your Next Stamp Sketch #69 Challenge!

The lovely folks at Your Next Stamp have set out a nifty challenge, so I figured that it would help me get out of my crafty slump.

It sure did!

I managed to take this sketch...

...and turn it into THIS:

The stamp and sentiment is from Newton's Nook, the papers are Simon Says Stamp Doll Pink cardstock and Echo Park Summer Dreams, embellishments are from Doodlebug and Nuvo Glitter Drops. I used Prismacolor colored pencils for the stamped image, as well as Versafine ink.

Overall, this card took about 15 to 20 minutes to make, from start to finish; it's summery and cheerful. :D

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Mojo Monday 500...

Go figure that I enter the very last time Mojo Monday occurs!

That said, the sketch was a good one:

So, seeing some of the designs that came in did help, but I wanted something a bit different. I love Verve Stamps and I wanted to convey a "happy trails" kind of theme without being too sappy (I am a bit of a sap, but don't ruin my rep!). 
I came up with this:

The paper came from Illustrated Fairh, the ribbon came from Hobby Lobby, and the sentiment is from Verve's New Mercies set.  I also figured out the two-finger bow method that Gina K. uses on her cards. Yay!
As a newer card maker, this was a push in the right direction; I like being challenged and I liked this result. :)
Happy crafting!