Fragrant for Paper Players #247
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Smile for As you see it and Case this Sketch challenges

Hi Everyone.  I have TWO cards for you tonight.  Yep... two for the price of one visit :-)

I made a promise to myself that I would use up the card kits that I buy - both from the SU catalog, from My Paper Pumpkin and from Simon Says Stamp.  I really do like getting a little surprise in my postbox each month but found that I was generally making one or two cards and then stacking them away.  I decided that was a complete waste of money and vowed that I would make several cards with the SSS kit before putting it away - and that I would complete all of the projects from My Paper Pumpkin!

Anyway, I used the Simon Says Stamp June card kit for the two cards tonight.  I really do think this is one of my favourite kits from SSS.  You can read more about the kit here.  I love the fact that it comes with a "smile" die as well as a stamp set, washi tape and paper.  I made very good use of these goodies and made several cards on Sunday.  These cards will all be going to the Splitcoaststampers June Cards for a Cause.  You can read more about that here.  I am always happy to create cards for children and this is the second time that I have supported this particular cause.

Anyway, on to the cards!   Firstly, let's look at the card for As You See It

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I started by die-cutting the "smile" using three different colours of card stock that I had chosen to match the background DSP.  I love how bright and sunny the colours are together.  The kit also comes with a sheet of embellishments - and I used the three flower elements as the colours perfectly matched the colours I had chosen for the "smile".

Here's my card:

Smile  - as you see it

Of course, I had to create an envelope to go with it!

Smiletrioenvelope (1 of 1)

The sun and the "smile" are 3 stamps from the "Happy and Smile" stamp set that comes with the kit - but is also available separately!

Now.... on to another card made using the elements from the kit, this time for CasethisSketch

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I began with placing the Washi tape (that comes with the kit) onto the card base - making sure that I had sufficient room for the stamped sentiment.  Once again, I made sure the colours were nice and bright - perfect with the washi tape.   Here's my card:

Casethissketchsmile (1 of 1)

I hope you will visit both the the challenge sites and check out the fabulous design team and submission cards.

On a personal note:

Well, it rained AGAIN today!  Yep... Again!  I think we can now officially say that our part of the world is no longer in drought.  I'm hoping that some of this rain - and the rain from Texas - will be heading the way of California!

Our Redheaded Woodpecker is still hanging around!

Redheaded (1 of 1)-2

We really do hope that the two of them have found somewhere to nest.  If they nest successfully, there is a good chance that we will get a couple more pairs in the area as they breed in a "cluster".  It would be fabulous if that was the case.  Increasing our known number from 0 to 6 would be incredible!

I was on the deck today and noticed a flash of colour and managed to locate it!  Yes, the Great Crested Flycatcher is back, too!

Flycatcher (1 of 1)

It's a decent enough photo - pity he didn't have his crest up!  You can read about the Great Crested Flycatcher here

I'll be back with another card tomorrow and a couple more wildlife photos.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.



Card recipe:

  • Stamp set:  Happy and Smile (Simon Says Stamp)
  • Die:  Smile Circle (Simon Says Stamp).  
  • Accessories:  Flower stickers- Doodlebug- Summer Shapes
  • All contents from the Simon Says Stamp June card kit