Monday, May 29, 2023

Life Happens, Chocolate Helps – anonymous

Simon Says Stamp | Hugs Release

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Hi there!

I have a birthday coming up in a couple of days.  It’s not a significant birthday, but, admittedly, I have been feeling a bit…old.  I blame the pandemic for the rapid onset of old-lady-like things I’ve evolved into.  Like pants with elastic waistbands (young people call them joggers), progressive lenses (where no lenses were needed before), and an epic intolerance for nonsense. <Ok, ok… so I haven’t tolerated nonsense since I was 4 years old, but I do think it may have gotten worse with…age.>

So, what does this have to do with my card today?  Not much, really, except that chocolate seems to make everything better.  And so do shaker cards.  🙂  And, while I was making it, I forgot that I was getting old, and I was just totally happy creating it in my…joggers…with my…progressive lenses…and… not having to deal with any…nonsense.  LOL (but it’s true)!!

I made this card using the new “A-Glazing Day” stamp set from the Simon Says Stamp “Hugs” release.  This set is super sweet (pun intended) and there are a ton of other fun products in this release, too!  I hope you’ll check it out (link below in product list).

To make this card:

1.	Use a stitched rectangle die to cut a panel the same size as your card base (mine is 
        4.25 x 5.5 inches).  This will be your base panel.
2.	Use another, smaller, stitched rectangle to die cut another panel.  This will be your 
        top panel.
3.	Cut 3 hearts out of your top panel.
4.	Center your top panel over your base panel and use a pencil to lightly mark the 
        edges of the hearts on the base panel.  Remove the top panel, and ink-blend the 
        base panel where the hearts will be (where you marked them in pencil).  Erase 
        your pencil marks.
5.	Adhere acetate on the back side of your top panel behind the heart openings to 
        create the windows.
6.	Use foam adhesive to frame each of the hearts.  
7.	Create small piles of shaker material on your base panel over the ink blended 
8.	Adhere your top panel over the base panel, making sure the shaker material stays 
        inside each window.
9.	Use a no-line ink or very light-colored dye ink to stamp three chocolates and then 
        use Copic markers to color them.
10.	Use a VersaMark marker to go over the frosting swirl on each of the chocolates and 
        heat emboss them using pink and white embossing powders.  Cut or die cut each 
        of the chocolates.
11.	Heat emboss your sentiment in black and cut it into a strip.
12.	Arrange and adhere your chocolates to your top panel.
13.	Add your sentiment with foam tape.
14.	Add a few sequins for even more shine!

Do you make cards to escape from the realities of the day?  It is so easy for me to forget the world when I’m making a card – and it’s a bonus when the card turns out to be super cute like this one.  I hope you like it as much as I liked making it!

Have a wonderfully creative day, everyone!



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I love to make cards and enjoy trying out new techniques and products. My artistic “style” differs almost daily – it just depends on what I’m making, the look I’m going for, who the intended recipient is, and, well, sometimes just the mood I’m in.



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