Laser Cut Stencils -20 Designs Available!

I’ve been making stencils for well over a year now. I will get into a creative roll and then get stuck in a rut. Lately I’ve added 3 new stencils and one old one for a total of 20 different stencils. I will try to continue making more and let you know when I have a bundle of them ready. The best selling stencils are the Pretty Face and Pretty Lady stencil. these are very helpful for adding a face to your art journal. I favor background stencils to use with my cards. If there’s something you are looking for, let me know and I might be able to design it!

To buy a stencil just click on the picture below and it will take you to the auction. To see all of them on one page, just click here!

I should also mention all of our stencils are 4.25 x 5.5″ and they are $3.99. We have a store wide sale of 25% off right now so the stencils are just $2.99. That’s a great deal for a plastic laser cut stencil!

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Chain Link Stencil

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Omega Abstract

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Snowflakes (includes masks)

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Rectangle Flow

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Moroccan Tile

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Arrows

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Large Mesh

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Small Mesh

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Abstract Flower Background

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Flower #2

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Barcodes

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Pretty Face

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Pretty Lady

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Floral Frame

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Scalene Trapezoid

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Herringbone

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Scallops

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Pinwheel

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There’s all of the stencils for now. Hopefully you found something you like!

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“Stronger” Orchid Encouragement Card

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This card came together after I was left with a beautiful watercolored orchid from my last blog post and video. To see how I made the watercolored image using Prima Water Soluble Oil Pastels head over to that blog post.

After cutting out the orchid, from the Stampendous Orchid Greetings Stamp Set, I misted it with some spray mist in a nice light tan color to make the paper look aged and add some shimmer.

I adhered it to a piece of brick patterned paper from Authentique’s “Accomplished” collection. I proceeded to put the orchid image on my background paper with the bricks vertical rather than horizontal (oops!). I didn’t realize this until the very end when I was looking at my card and by then it was too late to remove anything. We’ll just pretend I was trying to be edgy and different!

The sentiment is from a 12×12″ piece of paper that is supposed to look like newspaper ads but has all these awesome sayings. It says “Everyday Moments” at the top. Sadly I threw away the strip with the information and I have no idea who makes it or where I bought it from. I think I may have got just this single piece of paper at one of my local scrapbook stores so who knows what company it was (sorry!). I popped that up with some thin foam tape for a tiny bit of dimension. I sprayed this cardstock with the light tan spray mist to match the background of the orchid.

Lastly, I inked the edges with some Donna Salazar Mix’d Media Inx in the color “Vintage”. These inks are by Colorbox and they are sooooo juicy! I don’t really ever see them for sale at the online craft stores or brick and mortar stores but they are really nice. I was able to find this color and many others on Amazon though.

I always forget to make encouragement cards for my stash so I am glad I have one ready to go now. When you have a friend in need you want to be there for them right away and that means no time to make a card. Now I’ll be ready the next time I need a card for this. Even if it’s just a friend trying to get a raise or save money! It doesn’t always have to be a sad situation to get a card like this.

Thank you for stopping by!

Prima Water Soluble Oil Pastels Review and Techniques

I recently ordered some Prima items and among them were the Water Soluble Oil Pastels. Since one of the boxes came dented up I decided I would keep that one for myself (since the contents were likely damaged- and they were) and write a review about it. 



These pastels come in a box of 24 and retail for $20.00. Simon Says Stamp sells them. We also sell them but by the time this blog post goes up we’ll probably only have a couple left



Once I opened my box I got right to work seeing what these worked well for and maybe not so well for. 



First technique was general coloring. The pastels are very creamy and would even draw on the tip of my finger. I tried scribbling on a thin sheet of non primed paper and it easily took the pastel. I added some water with my paint brush and it easily made the numbers I had written disappear. They are very soluble even on a non primed surface. 



Second technique was mixing with a gel medium. I chopped off the end of one of the pastels with my palette knife and smashed it into some Prima 3D Gloss Gel Medium . It’s not as creamy as a gelato so it took quite a bit of smashing to get it mixed in. I used the red color and you can see the result of me applying it through a star stencil on the picture below on the right. 

On the left side of the picture you will notice some light green dots over a purple wash of color. The purple wash of color was added on top of some dried Prima 3D Gloss Gel to see how it would react. I wanted to see if the water soluble oil pastels would stay on that medium or if it would act as a resist. It dried and stayed on it just fine. Then I was able to scribble the oil pastel on a non porous surface and mix in some Liquitex Gloss Gel Medium to create another colorful mixture to put through a stencil. This blended much easier than chopping off the end of a pastel. 



For my next technique I thought it would be fun to see how they worked on enhancing texture. I added some Golden Molding Paste to my journal and dried it with a heat tool to create some bubbles and get a lunar type of texture. Then I lightly scribbled on top of the texture, squirted some water on it, and blended it out with my finger. Here’s the effect: 

It really gets into all of those small nooks and crannies and really accentuates the texture! 
 
Next I wanted to see how these worked for stamping. This one of my favorite techniques with these pastels and it’s enough to make me happy to own them! All you do is scribble on the back of a stamp and give it a few mists of water and stamp down. You can then use a waterbrush to draw some of the color from the edges to the inside or even grab color directly from the oil pastel to add to your image. Here’s how it came out on 140 lb watercolor cardstock using a photopolymer stamp: 
 
Lastly I tried it on a rubber stamp with 3 different colors to see what would happen and that came out nice too. Here’s what that looked like with a woodgrain stamp: 
 

If you like these techniques then I definitely recommend checking out the Prima Water Soluble Oil Pastels



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Here’s a video I put together showing all of these techniques in action! 


We’re Expecting Card with Authentique Classique Pretty

This card was a quick one and it showcases some gorgeous papers by Authentique! The papers I used on this card are all from the Classique: Pretty set. We have them for sale on our e-bay store right now. The set we have usually retails for $30.40 but after the already discounted price along with the extra 25% off we have running right now, it’s just $15.75 which is almost 50% off! 

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To make the letters on the front that say “We’re Expecting” I used the Amperzand font and cut them out of the Authentique paper using my Silhouette Cameo 2. The inside of the card says “a Baby Girl”. I popped the front of the card up using some adhesive fun foam so when the card gets squished going through the mail you won’t see the outlines of foam tape. Such a cool little trick!

This card came together pretty quick and I’m excited for more of my family members to know about our little bundle of joy that’s on the way! Thank you for stopping by.

Thankful Avery Elle & Authentique Card

This card was quick, easy and fun to make! I pulled out some pieces I had previously cut on my Silhouette Cameo 2 and this card was born.

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The Authentique Papers are from Classique: Pretty 

The Avery Elle Stamp Set is called Handwritten Notes. I love this stamp set because it has the tiny arrows with words to add as if you were writing it and wanted to add something extra. All of the sentiments are long and horizontal but you can stack them like I did by just inking up the area you want to stamp.

This is what the stamp set looks like:
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I used Versamark embossing ink and some brassy gold embossing powder to make the sentiment really pop.

As always, thank you for stopping by!

Lawn Fawn Mom + Me Mother’s Day Card

Here’s a card I made last night for my Mom. This card took me about 35 minutes which is a good time frame in my opinion. There’s times that a card can take me over an hour to complete. This one hit that sweet spot where there’s still coloring and detail but it didn’t take me an astronomical amount of time to complete. A list of supplies will be listed below the pictures.

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Here’s the clickable list of supplies I used:

•Lawn Fawn Mom + Me Stamp Set (25% off in our store right now!) Also available at Simon Says Stamp by clicking the picture below.
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• Lawn Fawn Celebration Scripty Sayings (for inside sentiment) (25% off in our store!). Also available at Simon Says Stamp by clicking the picture below.

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• Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Paper (discounted in our store as a set) . Also available as a set from Simon Says Stamp by clicking the picture below.
Lawn Fawn PERFECTLY PLAID 12 x 12 Collection Pack LF1115

• Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers from Amazon or Simon Says Stamp by clicking the picture below.
Zig CLEAN COLOR 12 set Real Brush RB-6000AT

• Water Brush from Amazon or Simon Says Stamp by clicking the picture below.
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• Staedtler Ergosoft Watercolor Pencils from Amazon by clicking the picture below.

•Colorbox Petal Point Pinwheel for the Purple and Blue inks used on the front and inside sentiment from Amazon by clicking the picture below.

• Colorbox Cateye Ink in Brown for the Tree Trunk from Amazon by clicking the picture below.

• Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Walnut Stain used on the owl stamp from Amazon or Simon Says Stamp by clicking the picture below.
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• 140 pound watercolor cardstock from Amazon or Simon Says Stamp by clicking the picture below. (Also a great item to buy with a coupon at Michael’s)
Strathmore WATERCOLOR PAPER PAD 9x12 Bound 360109

• Scotch ATG Gun to adhere everything firmly and securely from Amazon or Simon Says Stamp by clicking the picture below.
3M Scotch PINK ATG ADVANCED TAPE GLIDER 1/4 Inch Adhesive Glue Gun

• Card Bases and Envelopes to make assembly and sending easy from Amazon or Simon Says Stamp by clicking the picture below. (Tip: I also like to buy the bulk sets at Hobby Lobby with a coupon!)
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That completes the list of necessary supplies. This card came together so nicely and I had a lot of fun making it. Don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel so you can see the making of this card when the video is posted! Thank you for stopping by!

New Lawn Fawn in Stock & 25% Off!

Did you know we have over SIXTY Lawn Fawn items in our store? That’s quite a bit!

We just posted some of their newest products for sale including the highly sought after Fairy Friends , Plan On It and Lovable Legends stamp sets! Plus, tons of new dies, inks, and paper.

After you add items to your cart, you will automatically get 25% off at checkout since the entire store is on sale right now!

Don’t wait until all the stamps you want are gone. Click here to get to the store. 

 

We’re Expecting a Baby Girl Card #2

Here’s the second card I made to announce to family in other states that we’re having our first baby! This card came so naturally to me. I find that I have the most fun making card with spray inks and using my fingers. If it leaves my hands messy then I probably had that much more fun making it!

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Here’s a list of the supplies I used:

Cardstock Stencil made using Amperzand Font on Silhouette Cameo 2  traced with Fude Ball Pen 

Ken Oliver Color Bursts in Alizarin Crimson and Ultramarine Blue

Luster Mica Spray Mist ( I stopped selling these due to the time they take to make. I still have the powders and bottles available if you are interested. I can post them for sale.)

Floral Frame Stencil used with Distress Paint in Spun Sugar , Gel Medium mixed with Mica Powder, and Silks Acrylics. (apply using a palette knife)

Tim Holtz Dot Fade Stencil used with Inka Gold in Champagne. (rub with your finger. Such a fun effect!)

I thoroughly enjoy making mixed media cards. I hope you give this one a try! Remember, subscribe to us on YouTube so you can get notified when the video for this card goes live!

Many of these products can be purchased at Simon Says Stamp as well as our e-bay store.