Birthday Numbers (A STAMPtember Kick Off Online Party)

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Today we are kicking off a big online party to celebrate Simon Says Stamp’s STAMPtember® month of exclusive products, ideas and inspiration! My card project for today features the brand new Birthday Numbers stamp set and coordinating dies and this 6 x 8 set is just so all purpose because: numbers. Whether you’re celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, dates—big numbers work for … Read More

Cathy ZielskeBirthday Numbers (A STAMPtember Kick Off Online Party)

Tone-on-tone background (A STAMPtember card project)

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Welcome to STAMPtember®, friends! What is STAMPtember, you may be asking yourself? Well, I was in the same boat this time last year as a new cardmaker and it boils down to this: one month of total awesomeness brought to you by Simon Says Stamp! During the month of STAMPtember, you’ll see not only new products, such as the ones … Read More

Cathy ZielskeTone-on-tone background (A STAMPtember card project)

Happy Birthday Floral Frame (a Neat & Tangled Blog hop)

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Hello and welcome to a fun blog hop celebrating Neat & Tangled’s 6th birthday! Hopefully you’ve arrived here from the Neat & Tangled blog and if you’re new to my little corner of the internet, welcome! My card for the hop features a wonderful new Floral Frame stamp set and coordinating dies. I love this floral design and feel like … Read More

Cathy ZielskeHappy Birthday Floral Frame (a Neat & Tangled Blog hop)

Monochromatic Cards: I heart you

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If you are ever stumped for color combinations for your cards, don’t overthink it, my crafty friends. Just go monochromatic! I have always loved doing this for my scrapbook pages and it turns out that it works for card, too! When I got my hands on this cute little Picture Book Crab die, I started playing with some ideas, but … Read More

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Distress Ink Galaxy Card

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You know how sometimes you make a card in record time and everything comes together like clockwork? This is not one of those cards. That said, I freaking LOVE this card and how it turned out so I wanted to share my process today in a slightly longer video (just over 15 minutes) because  I like to keep it real, … Read More

Cathy ZielskeDistress Ink Galaxy Card

Simon Says Stamp Friendly Frolic Blog Hop

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It’s blog hop time at Simon Says Stamp to celebrate the Friendly Frolic release! Today I have a card that is a little bit whimsical and little bit graphic. You should know I am not an expert of watercolor by any stretch, and so today I’m using Tim Holtz Distress Inks to color in a huge, sketchy flower and combining … Read More

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Faux Stamped Metal + Dude (a masculine card)

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If you struggle to create masculine cards for some of the dudes in your life, I have a project today that just might fill that need! Using a brand new background stamp from Simon Says Stamp, I created what I’m calling a faux metal background using some gold cardstock and gold embossing powder. I thought it would work great with … Read More

Cathy ZielskeFaux Stamped Metal + Dude (a masculine card)

Darling Dragonflies and Simple Copic Coloring

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Today’s card is all about getting more confident with my Copic marker coloring and starting to learn how to use my Sandy Allnock Hex Chart. (All card supplies listed at the end of this post!) I purchased this printable chart right after buying my first Copic markers, but I didn’t really understand it in terms of how it can help … Read More

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Fun with Gina K. Designs Foil-Mates

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Hello month of July, the month of all things hot and right now, foil is a hot trend that I am just starting to dabble in. Today, I’m sharing a simple card (or two!) using some of the fun Foil-Mates products from Gina K. Designs and Therm O Web. I would like to say for the record, the shot above … Read More

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Love You Word + Shadow die two ways

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Today I’m sharing two card projects featuring a word and shadow die set that I designed for Simon Says Stamp. I really love the whole word die/shadow die combo! This particular die cuts out the love, Y, O and U as separate dies, and you ground them on the shadow layer. I kept my word die layer together, rather than … Read More

Cathy ZielskeLove You Word + Shadow die two ways