Sunday, 2 November 2014

Simon Says Stamp November Kit

Yesterday morning, we woke up to a blanket of white and snowflakes in the air - of course it didn't even last until noon but it did justify my current obsession with Christmas cards!

Confession time - I subscribe to card kits, I receive them and think about all the great things that I want to do - and then I put them away untouched! I've decided that I need to change this and I will be prioritizing these kits when they arrive from now on. My Simon Says Stamp kit arrived on Friday - with no shortage of fun stuff inside so I stayed true to my self-resolution and made some cards.

The first card:
I took the inspiration for the first card from CASe this Sketch and this week's sketch:

I loved the "dashed lines and stars" background so I stamped and silver embossed it 3 times on the top panel. I then stamped and silver embossed the greeting on the bottom panel. I blended in some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink on both panels as lightly as I could. I stamped the larger tree in Hot Lips (new gorgeous Simon colour!) and the smaller tree in Green Apple. Both were coated with a generous coat of Wink of Stella. I added the snowflake sequin and the heart from the kit as accents, and then added a few Pretty Pink Posh clear sequins from my own stash. I will link this card to Case This Sketch.

The second card:
I took my inspiration for this card from the Festive Friday photo:

I stamped the candy cane stripe in Hot Lips to make an angled frame on a white panel. I coloured between the thin stripes with a silver Wink of Stella pen. I then used the Simon "Pile of Gifts" die to cut out the presents which I inlaid with some of the patterned paper from the kit. I silver embossed the greeting and added a few of the snowflake sequins from the kit. I coated everything with a coat of Wink of Stella and popped the panel up on a white card base. I will link this card up to the Festive Friday Challenge.

For the third card, I decided to start with the sentiment - I love the sentiment and the font and I felt as though they were calling out for a CAS card. I stamped and masked the trees repeatedly across the card front (Audrey Blue, Blue Violet, Lavender, Doll Pink, Hydrangea). I then masked the trees and stamped the snow repeatedly across the top of the panel - I embossed with Sticky Stuff and coated with Rock Candy Distress Glitter. I added a strip of Be Creative tape across the bottom and coated that with the same glitter. I will link this card to the current Less is More challenge to use non-traditional colours on a Christmas card and to CAS on Sunday where the challenge is to make a one-layer card.

So that is it for my first kit self-challenge and I think that I did quite well. I used every stamp except one greeting.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. Hello Jill
    Three awesome creations .All in my favourite CAS style /designs but with some sparkle .
    hugs Shirley-Anne

  2. Great cards Jill, your non trad Christmas tress look fantastic !!

  3. These are all gorgeous cards!! I love what you've done with the kit! :)

  4. Good job on using the kit! And wonderful collection of cards. Love all the colours in the last card x

  5. A superb collection of Christmas cards Jill.
    Love them all - the colour scheme of the LIM is fabulous but if I'm aloud to say the first one is my complete favourite. It simply pops with fun and colour
    Thanks so much for sharing and taking part.
    Sarah xx
    Less is More

  6. Love how you've created your frame around the red and white gifts! So glad you joined us at Festive Friday!

  7. I think all your cards are gorgeous! The pile of gifts is super, but I just love the last card with all the trees - beautiful!

  8. Like all the cards but especially the one for CASE...sketch.

  9. Great cards, one and all! I especially like the first one -- it's so pretty! Great take on the sketch!

  10. Great cards... the multi-coloured set of trees works really well!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  11. Beautiful cards Jill, yes the sentiment on third card is so elegant, stunning bunch!
    Sorry to be so late commenting this week, thanks so much for your LIM entry
    Less is More Designer

  12. A fabulous collection of cards, well done for using your kit straight away - I am guilty of putting my kits away untouched as well.