Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Simon Says Stamp May Card Kit

I was lucky enough to win one of Simon Says Stamp's May 2018 Card Kits this month. I've gotten a couple of kits before, but that was a couple of years ago.  The kits are definitely fuller and more jam packed than they used to be.  If you sign up for a subscription, the kit costs $29.99, you also have the option to purchase individual kits for $34.99.

The fact that the kit includes a 6x8 set, a 3x4 set, and a sentiment die which total $31 when purchased separately gives you an idea of what a good deal this is.

The May kit features papers and embellishments from Pinkfresh's Let Your Heart Decide collection and they are so pretty.  

I created five cards to share and tried to use only items from the kit with the exception of ink and cardstock.  I still have lots of papers and embellishments left to create more with too!  Take a look at the cards:

This first card features the heart patterned paper.  The only thing I did to it was add some of the epoxy heart stickers stickers, they add great shine and dimension.  The sentiment is from the small 3x4 set.  A really simple, easy card, but I love the impact.

Next up another card that uses the design of the patterned paper as the jumping off point.

There's this great pattern with criss-crossing strips that end in an ampersand in one corner.  I didn't want to use the ampersand, so I trimmed that out, but I made that criss cross the focal point, trimming out the corner of the panel at the top left.  

I debated whether or not to add a pattern behind the criss cross, or leave it solid, but decided to use one of the other papers which I added some splatter to because I think it adds emphasis to the diagonal design.  The sentiment is from the large 6x8 set and I added one of the pufffy heart stickers as an accent.

Fun fact, that soft gray striped paper mat is actually the Pinkfresh backing sheet from the puffy stickers. I was looking for a really neutral paper to use and that ended up being perfect!

The next card focuses on the diagonal washi like striped background.  Since it's a really strong pattern, I wanted to leave it as the focal point. I stamped the sentiment on a small panel and popped it up over a couple patterned paper mats.  I used some of the puffy flower stickers as accents and also stamped some black dots which are part of the 6x8 set.

Next a more collage style card.  I cut a few squares of patterned paper and stitched them to a patterned paper mat. 

The sentiment is from the 3x4 set and I added a bunch of puffy heart stickers as accents.

Finally, a stamped card.  The kit comes with two small hybrid ink cubes.  I've tried hybrid ink before (from a different company), but they weren't my favorite, I wasn't happy with the coverage.  Based on that experience, I was a little skeptical of these, but I was really happy with the coverage.

In addition to the two colors included in the kit, I also stamped with Versafine Onyx Black, and basically created a kind of medallion pattern on my panel.  I was brave and did this without the MISTI, eyeballing the whole thing.

Once I was done stamping, I wanted to pump up the graphic feel, so I added black accents with a journaling pen.

The small sentiment is from the 3x4 set and then I cut the sentiment die three times to create a more dimensional piece and adhered it to the card.

It was a great kit to work with and I think it's definitely worth the money if you have the room in your budget for a monthly kit.  I could probably get at least another five cards from what I have left.  Would love to know which of these cards is your favorite.  Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Oh, these are all awesome! Loving that 'you are simply the best ever' sentiment!

  2. Fantastic cards Miriam, Congrats on the win! These are all great and what a good use of the backing paper from the stickers, very clever!