High Five Day + Encouragement Cards for Friends

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Happy High Five day everyone! Have you given anyone you know a “high five” today? I love giving my friends who live far away “high fives” in the form of encouragement cards. Encouragement cards cover a wide range of occasions. Today I want to share a set of encouragement cards I created that feature stamps from both Pretty Pink Posh and Simon Says Stamp! I’m also going to focus on how you can use simple, inexpensive coloring supplies to get awesome effects!

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I’m sure a large majority of us all have Crayola markers on hand somewhere in our homes. Crayola products have been in all of our lives for years! In our most recent monthly card kit, Animation, we included a box of 12 Crayola Fine Line markers. While these aren’t your artist-grade, alcohol-based Copic markers, you’d be surprised at how well these fine line Crayola markers work and what you can do with just 12 of them!

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The one big difference these markers have in comparison to Copics is that the Crayola markers are water-based. This means that the marker ink will reactivate when it comes in contact with water. Because of the water-reactive properties, you can use these markers for watercoloring! Today I am focusing only on Crayola markers, but the same thing goes with other water-based markers, such as Tombow or Zig markers.

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I used the markers to watercolor the adorable little kids from Pretty Pink Posh’s Friends Forever stamp set. There are four children in the set, with a few accessories too. They can be used alone, as I did here, or together to create a cute grouping! I think these would be really fun for kids to color as themselves to then send as a more “personalized” card. Imagine – with the upcoming Mother’s Day and Father’s Day holidays – how fun it would be for moms and dads to receive handmade cards with these kids colored as their own children?

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I paired the kids with sentiments from Simon’s Uplifting Thoughts and Loving Heart stamp sets. To make the sentiments a bit more interesting, I cut the stamps apart and used multiple colored inks that matched the colors I used for the children.

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Because these cards are meant to be encouraging, I wanted to go with something colorful. The newest plaid paper collection from Lawn Fawn – Rainbow – was the perfect papers to pair with these kiddos. I have pretty much used up all the paper I had from that pad, I love it so much! Going to have to get another one!

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I hope today’s cards inspire you to create something encouraging for someone you know! I also hope it proves a good demonstration as to what you can do with even the simplest of coloring mediums, such as Crayola markers! Thanks for visiting me today and spending some time with me… I’ll be back next week with a brand new Studio Monday video!

 

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Work it Wednesday April 2017

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Hi readers! Happy Wednesday! Welcome to Work It Wednesday for April 2017!

In case you’re wondering what ‘Work It Wednesday’ is, let me explain: On the last (NOW second to last! :) Wednesday of every month, we want to see what you’re creating! The Simon Says Stamp community is so very talented, and we want to see more of your cards and projects every month.

We thought this would be a great way for all of you to ‘stretch your creative muscles’ and share what you’ve been working on. So we’ll give you a little challenge each month, and you’ll have until the following month to share what you’ve made. Please limit entries to 3 per month.

Each month we’ll pick a few random participants to win a Simon Says Stamp grab bag!
The projects and cards that were shared for March were so great! We loved what you made, and we look forward to seeing what you make for this challenge.

Do you want to see all of the cards and projects that were shared for March 2017 Work it Wednesday? Check them out!
The following three participants were randomly chosen to win a goody bag from Simon Says Stamp:

Paper Tokens!
Cindy Beach!
Gwendolyn!

Please email Samantha@SimonSaysStamp.com with your mailing address and she’ll get your prize sent out to you.

Now on to this month’s challenge! April showers bring May Flowers! As April winds down, share something with rain or think forward to May blooms! Rain or flowers in your project will make you eligible for a prize next month!

Once you’re done creating, share your project below!
What are you waiting for? WORK IT! ;)


Happy Happy Happy PURRthday!!

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Hi friends! Happy Tuesday! Thanks or stopping by today! We’re sharing a fabulous card by Robin Tharaldson using brand new designs from Lawn Fawn! Isn’t this card design too cute?! Robin combined the use of the Meow You Doin’? stamps & dies, Happy Happy Happy stamps, super popular Lawn Fawn Rainbow Plaid paper, and a finishing touch of clear Wink of Stella to assgemble this adorable design perfect for cat lovers! Enjoy!

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Thanks so much for reading today to Robin for being our guest!

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