Sunday, November 4, 2012

Inspiring cards

Today I have some happy inspiring cards to share with you.  On World Card Making Day I was lucky enough to win a fun card kit from Simon Says.  Since it arrived I have pulled each piece out and touched it, and held it up against the others, showing them all to hubby one by one (boy, is he thrilled LOL!), but just couldn't bring myself to use them.  I am such a hoarder!  Finally, I opened the stamp set and dug out the washi tape and buttons, then found items in my craft room that kind of went with the theme, so that I could save the lovely one of a kind pieces from the kit for a future day {roll eyes here}.

So here are the first three cards:

The colour scheme is based on what they had in the May 2012 card kit  which Simon Says sent me, but slightly substituted.  The main colours are Pool Party, Real Red, and Chocolate.  I've used a Stampin Up digi set in MDS to create the balloons.  The sentiment has been stamped in Versafine in a brown colour called Vintage Sepia.

In the MDS software, you can choose to recolour all or part of an image, so I coloured the baskets chocolate brown, and the other parts the Real Red and Pool Party, so that they would completely coordinate with my paper.

You may notice some shine on the balloons, I printed them on Best settings on photo paper, which came out really well, and then hand cut them.

This last one came out completely crooked, but I figure I'll give it to someone forgiving.  Despite the crookedness, it's still my favourite of the bunch.

So a huge thank you to the folks at Simon Says for all the inspiration they gave me with this stamp kit, even though I'm only using a couple of items directly from it, I have gotten a lot of enjoyment from that card kit.

And on to other news, yesterday I finally ordered a Silhouette cutting machine, after wanting one for over 3 years, I'm so excited!!!  If you have any tips or suggestions for getting started, please share those with me.  I've been madly searching online for tips and tricks (and of course, free cutting files LOL!), and have loaded the software up and experimented a bit.  Now I'm waiting for the post now to bring it to me, sigh!  I'll be thrilled with any suggestions you all have to share with me on what has worked or not worked for you, or sites you'd recommend I'd check out online :-)

I'm entering these cards in the following challenges:

Card Crafters Circle - Patterned Paper
Sentimental Sundays - Dimensions
Hybrid Chicks - National Chocolate Day  (chocolate coloured sentiment and accents)
Pink Gem Challenge Blog - Polka dots
Totally Gorgjuss - Anything with a button
Sweet Pea Stampers - Support


  1. Oh lucky you!!

    These are so pretty!

  2. all of these are just increadible!!!

  3. love these cards - very fun and cheerful! The popped up balloons are perfect for inspirational cards - they seem to be flying! "_

  4. Oh I really like all 3 of these cards ,the balloons look like they are ready to fly . Love the color combo --great pick me up cards for sure .

  5. Wow, love each and every card! Fabulous mix of colors and your designs rock!
    Gorgeous creations.

  6. Oh Kristina, I love, love, love these cards. I have a thing for hot air balloons. Fab layouts. X

  7. That was a nice win and you've made some fabby cards using some of the kit. Love them all. Love how you've added the button to the last one. Thanks for joining us at TG this week.

    Kat xx

  8. Great Card and FAB sentiment! thanks so much for joining us at Sweet Pea Stampers this month

  9. You have made some wonderful balloon cards here. Perfect. Thanks for taking part in the Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge this month and best of luck. We hope to see you back again very soon. Best wishes, Kym, Sweet Pea Stampers Design Team xxx

  10. lovely cards,am your new follower


  11. Beautiful cards! Those hot air balloons are super cute! :) thanks for stopping by my blog :)

  12. Beautiful cards, thank you for joining us at A Gem of a Challenge.

    Pam x

  13. Your cards are lovely and the sentiments are spo encouraging. Thanks for joining us for the Card Caravan at The Hybrid

  14. Congratulations on winning. I really like your cards, I love those hot air balloons and the way you made the cards similar, but different. I had to laugh at your description of showing your things to your hubby. I do that exact same thing to him but he's always a good sport about it. I remember that too when he is explaining his latest video game in minute detail!

  15. Gorgeous collection of cards. Thanks for joining us at Sweet Pea Stampers this Month.
    Hugs Nataliya

  16. What lovely cards! I love that stamp set, though we don't have MDS here in the UK yet (sounds fabulous though!).

    Very jealous of your Silhoutte purchase too... it's at the top of my want list!

    Thanks so much for joining in our "Support" challenge at Sweet Pea Stampers this month. :)


  17. Wow!!! This is magical!! I'm transported to wonderful visions looking at your cards! Perfect paper, design and so,creative, Kristina!! (that's my daughters name, too!). Love these!!! Xoxo

  18. Wow these are just fantastic , love the designs and your style is FAB. I too have wanted a silhouette machine , how lucky are you to be getting one ,have fun with that Hugs Elaine
    ps Thank you for your lovely comment and visit

  19. These are gorgeous Kristina! I just love the colours and the lovely sentiments and papers!

    Such a brilliant set of cards!

  20. What a lovely kit Kristina! These are such great colors and I love the 3 different designs, this is just super for a masculine card. I love the new SU digis too!

  21. fabulous kit and I know what you mean, I have 'stuff' I STILL get out, smooth, touch, smell and put it away again, can't cut it! Happy Crafting ((Lyn))

  22. Wonderful set of cards you created, Kristina. Beautiful kit to make such amazing masculine cards with. Congrats :)

  23. These are so cute! I love the hot air balloons and the primary colors. Beautiful!

  24. Beautiful cards! Love the design. Thanks for joining the Sentimental Sundays Challenge!