Simon Says Stamp Always and Forever Deux

Simon Says Stamp Always and Forever Deux

If you were watching Simon Says Stamp’s Facebook Live on the You are Loved release,  you would have seen this card! So I figured I should dig myself out of my hole that the holidays put me in and post it on my blog. Smiley from Millan.Net

Seriously, I have been in the tank since the beginning of the year creatively. I managed to push myself before New Year’s Day to complete cards for my latest Mitten State Stamps release and then this card so I could send it to Simon for the Facebook Live, but since then, I have just not felt very crafty or creative. I guess I pushed myself so hard in November and December that my brain decided to put itself in park. The only thing that’s been sparking my interest is knitting. I need to do something about it.

It also doesn’t help that all my papercrafty friends are posting about Creativation. I can’t go. No money for that right now. No paid time off available (I had low energy last year and had a hard time hitting my production goals in order to earn it). It sucks, but I will get there some day!

I also have realized that my writing voice has changed on my blog, and I really want to get back to where I used to be in terms of being chatty and, dare I say, funny. What happened to that me? I recently reconnected with one of my knitting listserve groups (yep, they are still out there), where people still knew me as the mother of the Squatter (hey, he’s now known as The Boy with the Wayward Finger). Before I became JanTink, stamper extraordinaire, I was JanTink, knitter extraordinaire. I had a little newsletter with hundreds of subscribers where I wrote about my adventures in motherhood. I published essays in books about knitting! I was a GODDESS!

So anyway, I started writing posts to this knitting list, and you know what? All the fun of writing that way came back. I feel like Pam on The Office. ‘I used to be young and cute and sort of funny and, I could do those cute little cartoons and everyone who came through here was like, “who’s that receptionist? I like her.” Now I’m just a fat mom! Yeah. And you take one look at me and you’re like, loser!’  Life cannot be too full of The Office references. The Office IS LIFE.

Smiley from Millan.Net

So here’s to me getting back to being the Pam that I used to be. I’m going to chat more and post fewer photos. You can open up any photo anyway and zoom in yourself. I don’t NEED to post 10 million photos of one card. So I’m paring it back.

ANYWAY, you came here to find out about this card, and I’m going to show you! Lookie:

Simon Says Stamp Always and Forever

I went back to using Distress Oxide inks to make this softly blended background that I layered behind the Simon Says Stamp Leafy Frame die.

Simon Says Stamp Always and Forever

I stamped the champagne flutes with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored them in with Copic markers. I made sure to add some pink shadows to the coloring so that it looked like you could see the background through the flutes. I painted over my coloring with clear Wink of Stella, and I added some Sakura Stardust pen to the bubbles in the glass. I fussy cut those suckers out and popped them up on pop dots, but you know, they’ve come out with a matching die set, so I have linked that below. I stamped the greeting and heat embossed with clear EP. I used some Simon Says Stamp glitter card stock and an older retired die to create the hearts which I sprinkled over the whole card front, but I found a similar heart die to link up below.

My fame-loving heart thrilled to the fact that they showed my card for this stamp set first on the Facebook Live and they showed the other one I made last. I’m going to ride that feeling and create some new stuff!

Below is my list of products that I used, and I have used compensated affiliate links where they were available, as I now participate in affiliate programs for Simon Says Stamp, Amazon, Ellen Hutson LLC,, Gina K, Hallmark Scrapbook, My Favorite Things, Sizzix, and Blick Art Supplies.

Enjoy! Ta!

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4 thoughts on “Simon Says Stamp Always and Forever Deux”

    • Lovely card Jan. I love your TJ stamps. You are so creative.

      I hear and understand what you are saying. At one time I was funny but lost that through me being diagnosed with bipolar. It is often a struggle to be creative. At this stage, I finially found my mojo about two weeks ago and am ready to be productive on my blog. I just picked up knitting again after a 25 year hiatus so I have to relearn everything again. I just finished two 3 1/2 yard scarves. Now I’m moving onto a felted purse. If you start up your knitting blog I’d love to be directed towards it.

      Hugs, Beth

  • Gorgeous card. Love that colour of background so soft. Do you know so many blogs I have read are saying they to have had a block just lately, it mud be the time of year after all that Christmas making madness. Enjoyed your post, can be ask as I’m newer to rhis, mother of a squatter ??? Boy with the wayward finger ??? What am i missing here please ?

    • Back when I was pregnant with my third and final child, a son, he was very late. Since my girls had both been born 2 to 3 weeks before their due dates, having gone up to my due date and past it seemed like he was way behind schedule. I didn’t know the sex because we didn’t want to find out, so when I talked about him on the Knit List, I referred to the baby as The Squatter, i.e., a tenant who has no lease or has overstayed their lease. It stuck, so after he was born, STRICTLY on the Knit List, I referred to him as The Squatter. Fast forward a number of years later, my son was in his Catholic elementary school, and I detailed the story of his suspension for a fairly minor infraction here in this post.

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