Todays theme for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge was “Bright & Cheerful”. I have been dying to get my hands on these “Tropical” thinlits from Sizzix and they just came in yesterday. So…….yes, these were the best part of this make. I think, anyway. Margaritas run a pretty close second though. Haha. Todays card was pretty simple. You will see two of everything in this post, because I just knew I was gonna screw up something! Haha. Didn’t happen, surprise, surprise, so now I have two of this cute little beauty. Here’s how it went.

I decided to go with a Kraft card base this time. For my background, I used the Distress Watercolor cardstock and my Distress Oxides. The colors I chose today were Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachio, Broke China, and Tumbled Glass. I smudged a little of my Mermaid Lagoon onto my nonstick mat on my glass media mat, then spritzed it with some water. Then I dabbed my paper into the mix until I was happy with the coverage. I did this same procedure on the other three colors. Once I was happy with the coverage, I spritzed my paper with a little water and dried with my Ranger Heat It Tool. With the Ranger Distress Specialty Stamping Paper, and my Memento ink, I stamped my Margarita from the Stampers Anonymous Cocktails Blueprint (CMS335) stamp set by Tim Holtz. My cheers sentiment is from a set I’ve had for a few years and it’s stored just as pictured. It has no card or manufacturer or part number. Sorry.

The next thing I did, I took my Distress Splatter brush and my Liquitex White Gesso and splattered some small dots of white onto that blue background. I dried it with my Heat It tool and then framed the edges by distressing my paper with the Black Soot Distress Paint. Once I made sure everything was good and dry, I taped it to my card base with my X-Press-It double sided tape.

Next up, Margarita!! I used my Copic markers to color today. For the Margarita, I used YG21, YG23, and YG25. For the stem of the glass, I used BG02. I tried a little of the Icicle Stickles as a rimmer, but it turned out to be a little too gold. So, I ended up wiping most of that off, and went with the White Blizzard Nuvo Glitter Drops at the end.

Next was the fun Tropical thinlits. I actually used some alcohol ink experiments from last weekends demo to cut these pieces out. Some were pretty perfect colors for what was not even intended for today. I have not a clue what colors of alcohol inks I used, so I won’t be able to give you the details on that, but I used different shades of greens and oranges, and yellows. Once I cut out my images, I glued them down to my card with my Art Glitter glue. Things are kinda hanging off the edge, so if I end up sending it to someone, I’ll have to trim the edges. Like I said earlier, I did add some more Nuvo glitter drops to the rim of my glasses as the last step.

When I think of bright and cheerful, I think of Summer and Summer colors. Like I said, I got these dies in the mail yesterday, and that was what I went for. If you look at my scrapbook stash, I have the most of Summer and Beachy themed papers and embellishments. And, these Stampers Anonymous stamps are kinda my fav because who doesn’t enjoy a margarita by the pool??

Until next time,


Here is a list of the supplies used in today’s make:

   Distress Watercolor Paper

   Distress Specialty Stamping Paper

Products used :

   Distress Oxide Ink Mermaid Lagoon

   Distress Oxide Ink Broken China

   Distress Oxide Ink Cracked Pistachio

   Distress Oxide Ink Tumbled Glass

   Distress Collage Medium

   Archival Ink Jet Black

   Nuvo Glitter Drops White Blizzard

   Art Glitter Glue

   Copic BG02

   Copic YG21

   Copic YG23

   Copic YG25

   Liquitex White Gesso


   Stampers Anonymous Cocktails BluePrint CMS335

   Ranger Heat it Craft Tool

   Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer

   Tim Holtz Media Mat by Tonic

   Sizzix Tropical Thinlits Dies 661207

   Sizzix Tool Set from Tim Holtz

   Ranger Yupo Paper

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