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March Kit Cards

March Kit Cards

I’ve had the Simon Says Stamp March card kit for a couple weeks now, and while my card-making pace has slowed a lot this winter, I’m definitely liking this kit. I wasn’t absolutely sold on it at first, but the classy grays and yellows have been growing on me.

This first one uses the Flowers on my Mind stamp set along with papers from the kit. I also used the Onyx Pearl Luquid Pearls that come with the kit, and I love them—it’s like having tiny black gems without having to mess with glue to stick them down. Perfect!


This one came together really fast. The patterned paper is actually one of the 3″ x 4″ journaling cards from the kit. I die cut the talk balloon using a die from Lawn Fawn, and the sentiment is from the Flowers on My Mind stamp set. Simple and classy.

I’ll have a couple more cards to share soon!

Wintry Mix

Wintry Mix

Living in Connecticut, “wintry mix” is a common phrase in our forecasts from December through March. It usually means the roads will be a mess, but if the mix leans toward snow, we may get a bonus of beautiful on the trees outside, and since I’m rarely forced to go out in bad weather, the snowy beautiful makes up for the messy mix part pretty much every time.

My wintry mix today, however, is a bunch of cards made from the Simon Says Stamp January Card Kit.

Snow Much Thanks by BraveBeanArt

For this one I did some stamping on the snowy patterned paper to add a few more flakes with Versamark ink and the Perfect Pearls included in the kit. I added some of the Snowdrift sequins from Simon as well as a snowflake cut from vellum with the Stitched Snowflakes die set by Lawn Fawn. The banner piece is cut with Simon’s Bundle of Stitched Shapes banner die, and the patterned paper with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles die. The sentiment is from Simon’s Hand Lettered Winter Wishes stamp set, in the kit or sold separately. (I’m entering this one in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Winter Stamping–check it out!)

Happy Day by BraveBeanArt

Here are more flakes and sequins and rectangles. I loved the colors and patterns in the patterned paper from Bo Bunny that was included in the kit.


Thanks card by BraveBeanArt


These last two are variations on a theme–water color and heat embossing. For the top one, I did the water coloring on Tim Holtz water color paper using Distress Inks, then heat embossed over that with Zing black embossing powder. It was a little messy, but I can live with that! For the second one, I heat embossed the greeting with Zing white embossing powder first, then water colored over the top using my Koi water color set. I like the vibrancy the Koi water colors gave it. I added a few splatters and sequins to jazz it up a little.

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a Heart

Have a Heart

Love You by BraveBeanArt


Wednesday’s challenge at Simon Says Stamp is called “have a heart,” which inspired this card. I’ve been making a lot of colorful cards lately (coming up in a separate post!), so I wanted to do something a little more toned down and neutral. I started with the larger heart, which I cut with a Martha Stewart heart punch from a piece of white card stock I’d painted gold some weeks ago. I heat embossed the sentiment from the Love This stamp set by Simon Says Stamp and brushed over the whole thing with my clear Wink of Stella brush (hard to see the shimmer in the photo, but it’s there; you’ll just have to take my word for it). For the card base I used the Tiny Dots stencil from Simon and some glossy embossing paste by Dreamweaver. The ribbon was left over from an old card or scrapbooking kit, and the wooden hearts are by Studio Calico. Simple and sweet.

Everyday Cards

Everyday Cards



After making a whole lot of Christmas cards the last couple months, I took a few weeks off from card making, but I’ve regained my inspiration lately. It has been nice to work on some all-occasion and birthday cards after all the merry, merry holiday themes!


I picked up the Be Awesome die and stamp set at Studio Calico over the holidays during a sale. It’s a very simple card, but I kind of love it. I think it would make a great guy card, and I’m entering it in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge, “It’s a Guy Thing.”

Awesome card by BraveBeanArt


Hello card by BraveBeanArt

This is another very simple one, on a kraft base with a few bits of paper scraps from older card kits.  That sweet little “hello” stamp is from the Simon Says Stamp Thought Bubbles stamp set.

happy birthday card by BraveBeanArt

This birthday card also uses the Thought Bubbles stamp set. I die cut the banner piece using a die from Simon Says Stamps Bundle of Stitched Shapes set. I cut the circle from a piece of white card stock I’d used to mop up a Distress Ink reinker experiment.

Yay banner card by BraveBeanArt

This one and the next one are both from the December card kit from Simon Says Stamp. This one’s banner was inspired by a card I spotted on Pinterest and just loved; you can see the original here at DIYcraftyscraps.

Sparkle&Shine card by BraveBeanArt

This one uses that lovely December card kit again, as well as a heart die cut from the Bundle of Stitched Shapes set. I used a little Wink of Stella on the heart. The December card kit is sold out, but you can pick up the Sparkle and Shine stamps separately, and they are pretty fun.

It’s Twenty-Fifteen. Really?!

It’s Twenty-Fifteen. Really?!

So I took a little blogging break in December. It felt as if all I was doing was making cards and running errands and making cards. That can’t quite be true, but cards were really the thing for me art-wise last month. Here are a few:

St. Nick card by BraveBeanArt

Those white dots on the card above are embossing paste smooshed through the very fun tiny dots stencil from Simon Says Stamp. The card pieces are from a big pack I purchased from Peachy Cheap; they’re by Chic Tags. Because they arrived when I was almost done making Christmas cards, I’m sure I’ll be using them next year.

Joy Shaker Card by BraveBeanArt

Here’s yet another shaker card. I used the Thought Bubbles Die from Simon Says Stamp, a new acquisition. The heat-embossed greeting is from Simon’s Peace on Earth stamp set. I watercolored the top panel, and the inner paper is from Lawn Fawn. I love the colors of this card. I’m entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Anything Goes” challenge.

One last card for today–not a holiday card!

Wishing card by BraveBeanArt


This uses the Thought Bubbles stamps set with the Thought Bubbles dies. I also used a stitched rectangle die here, but I don’t remember if it was from my Lawn Fawn set or from the new-to-me Bundle of Stitches set from Simon Says Stamp. Again I used water colors and heat embossing.

I’ll be back soon with some non-card artwork!

A Mixed Bag of Cards

A Mixed Bag of Cards

I have made a few more cards over the past week or so as well as getting messy with a few other projects. After my big push of holiday card making inspired by the Holiday Card Workshop from Online Card Classes, I did take a little break, but I still need some more cards, and I couldn’t resist putting a few new purchases to use.

One of my new purchases is the adorable Sending Hedgehugs stamp set from Lawn Fawn. I tried to resist this; I really did. But I failed. Too cute. Here’s a non-holiday card I made with it.

Hedgehugs Card by BraveBeanArt

The papers I used were included in the October Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp. I used Glossy Accents over the little stamped heart, which is part of the stamp set.

This is a holiday card I started last week and kind of lost steam on, but when I saw the pieces on my work table today, I decided to finish it off.

Village Holidays by BraveBeanArt

I used an edge die by Tim Holtz for the houses and backed the windows with paper I inked yellow (because I had no yellow card stock on hand). I used clear Wink of Stella on the windows, though it doesn’t show up in the photo very well. The “snow” is Liquitex Flexible Modeling Paste, which I applied through a Heidi Swapp stencil. The sentiment stamp is by Ali Edwards.

Last but not least, I was inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog to do a seasonal thank-you card. I had fun making the fall wreath with the Lawn Fawn Deck the Halls stamp set and coordinating dies.

Fall Thanks by BraveBeanArt

I promise to be back soon with some work that’s not a card, if you can believe it. I’ve been playing with Gelli prints, doing some art journaling, and making some Christmas ornaments.



All of last week I was obsessed with holiday card making thanks to Holiday Card Workshop 2014 at Online Card Classes. I loved watching every video, and I learned something even when the card being created didn’t seem at first like something I’d ever make. I must admit to spending more time watching videos than actually creating, but my mind was spinning with ideas, and I’ve begun to put some into practice with actual projects.

One of the classes focused on tags, which are so much fun to make.

Tag by BraveBeanArt


In another class, Jennifer McGuire showed a one-layer window card. Hers used some fancy partial die cutting, which I attempted but wasn’t very successful at, mostly because I just didn’t have dies that were well suited to the technique. But I liked the window idea and put that to use here:

Window Card by BraveBeanArt

I love that cute Lawn Fawn patterned paper! The sentiment is by Simon Says Stamp, as is the candy cane stripe stamp at the left.

Finally, I was inspired by the white and gold of a card by Debby Hughes on the first day of class, which highlighted easy-to-reproduce cards. Thanks to a few new Lawn Fawn dies I just picked up this morning (Tag, You’re It; Scripty Joy; Stitched Snowflakes), this one would indeed be pretty easy to reproduce.

Joy Card by BraveBeanArt


That glittered gold paper? I picked that up at Joann’s last week as part of a 70% off fall/Halloween paper pad from Die Cuts with a View–a steal, and it has plenty of paper I can use year round.

Shake, Shake, Shake!

Shake, Shake, Shake!

This past week I created not one but two shaker cards, my first ever. Yes, amazing. I’m pretty sure I won’t be making these every day, but they are pretty fun.

Coffee Time card by BraveBeanArt

This was my first attempt. The idea of putting the sequins inside the coffee cup comes from Vicky Papaioannou at Clips-n-Cuts. I loved her card and couldn’t help but lift her idea. I used the Simon Says Stamp October Card Kit.

I got a little more ambitious on my second card after watching a few more shaker card tutorial videos, both in the Holiday Card Workshop at Online Card Classes and elsewhere around the web.

Season's Greetings Shaker Card by BraveBeanArt


I had quite a few mess-ups along the way making this one–I am patting myself on the back for not giving up! I used my Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle dies to cut the panels and the frame–I find myself using these on almost every card. The papers are from the Simon Says Stamp November Card Kit–that fun patterned paper with the bunny is from Lawn Fawn. The greeting is from Holiday Hellos by Simon Says Stamp. The strip at the top inside the window covers up a bad heat embossing job, and I had to make the pink frame twice due to a stamping error. I know the greeting is still crooked, but I’m thinking that adds to the homemade charm. Ya think?

Happy creating!

Now That It’s November…

Now That It’s November…

I’m ready to start on holiday card making. To kick start my process, I signed up for Holiday Card Workshop 2014 at Online Card Classes. This is my first class there, and I must say that I am pretty impressed so far. Every card has a video and a PDF, which I love, because the videos are genuinely helpful for seeing how techniques are done, but I can refer back to the PDFs more easily any time. It’s all well done, and the cards are fun and inspiring. I can predict that this will not be my last card at Online Card Classes.

Watercolor Card Panel by BraveBeanArt


I’ve watched a bunch of the videos and tried some of the techniques, though only produced a few finished cards so far. The panel above is actually not a finished card, but I really like how it turned out, with watercolor over white heat embossing. I may use it as home decor, as it’s not a standard card size–I was so eager to try the technique that I didn’t give much thought to the size of my watercolor paper! The images around the edges are from Lawn Fawn’s Deck the Halls set, and the sentiment is from Peace on Earth by Simon Says Stamp.

MerryGreens Card by BraveBeanArt

This square card also uses a watercolor technique; I used Tim Holtz Distress Markers along with Tim Holtz stamps and Ranger Stickles. I like the old-fashioned feel of these stamps, and I’m submitting this for the Monday Challenge “Good Ol’ Days” at Simon Says Stamp here.

Stop back on Monday for a few more cards!

More Coffee Cards

More Coffee Cards

Yesterday I pulled out the October card kit from Simon Says Stamp again and got to work: we have a lot of fall birthdays in our family!

JavaCard by BraveBeanArt



My daughter had made a few cards last week. She makes lovely, simple cards, and because she doesn’t get caught up in trends or fancy techniques, she often does things I don’t think of, like fussy cut the coffee mug. So she was my inspiration for this card. She also loves heat embossing and Wink of Stella, both of which make an appearance here in her honor.

What'sBrewingCard by BraveBeanArt


This was the second card I made, and I had a funny experience while I was looking for inspiration online. I knew I wanted to use the talk balloon stamp and the “what’s brewing?” sentiment stamp together, but I wasn’t sure just how. I hopped online to the card kit gallery at Simon Says Stamp for this kit and scrolled through. looking for talk balloons and opening tabs with examples as I went along. When I went from tab to tab I was surprised to see that I’d clicked on one of my own cards where I’d previously used the talk balloon–I had completely forgotten I’d used it! So I sort of inspired myself… Only in the meantime I had had the idea of heat embossing the sentiment first and stamping the talk balloon on top, letting the embossed words resist the ink–which worked just fine.

I’m adding this second card to the Monday “Anything Goes” challenge at Simon Says Stamp–check out the fun here!