SSS-April Card Kit Blog Hop

Hi there! Today I’m joining Simon Says Stamp for a blog hop showcasing the April Card Kit.April Card Kit Blog HopHere’s a little bit about the card kit:
The colorful April Card Kit of the Month, CELEBRATE!, has begun shipping!

The bright and cheerful kit is delightful for celebrating any occasion. You can subscribe to this (no obligation) fabulous card kit of the month program for just $24.95 plus shipping and handling. Kits can also be purchased individually at Simon Says Stamp store for $29.95 plus Shipping and Handling.

Simon’s card kits are awesome!  Subscribers can skip any month or unsubscribe at any time.

Card Kits are revealed on the 14th of every month.  May’s card kit will be revealed April 14th.
Card Kits ship from the 17th through 27th of each month.  May’s card kit will begin shipping April 17th.
SSS-April Card KitI used an image from the Up In The Clouds gold rub-ons and Peach & Mint ombre airmail washi tape both by Pinkfresh Studio.
SSS-April Card KitI did some ink smooshing behind the rub ons and added a white embossed sentiment from the Big Birthday Wishes stamp set that is also included in the stamp set.
SSS-April Card KitHere’s a video showing you how I created my card:

Leave a comment for you chance to win a Simon Says Stamp goody bag filled with fresh and exciting new products.  The winners will be chosen on Wednesday, April 15.
Here is the blog hop order:
Simon Says Stamp Blog
Shari Carroll
Kristina Werner
Jennifer McGuire
Debby Hughes
Nichol Magouirk
Vicky Papaioannou
Yana Smakula
Heather Ruwe
Laurie Willison
Thanks so much for stopping by!

620 thoughts on “SSS-April Card Kit Blog Hop

  1. I am a subscriber of the monthly kit and really enjoy using products that I wouldn’t normally pick out to purchase on my own initiative. I really like trying out some of the newer products and especially the fun stamps! Thanks for the opportunity to win a package of goodies.

  2. After this hop, I think I’m hooked, going to hit the monthly subscription. All of these cards are beautiful! thanks for sharing.

  3. This kit has such unique products…the gold rub-ons, gold and kraft papers and the peach & mint air mail washi tape. A smoosh a day is a good thing.

  4. Very pretty! I have to admit..when I first got this kit I wasn’t too sure about it…but I love what you did and I will be CASE-ing it! 🙂


  5. Love your video and how to do the paper smooching:) very fun technique for free- form painting. Thanks for the inspiration:)

  6. I haven’t invested in washi tapes, nor rub-ons. But I love how these coordinate on this project. Also admire how you used the washi to inspire your color selections. TFS!

  7. Great loose and fun card. I must admit that when I saw the tub ons in this kit and one s couple of months back I was disappointed. I thought the were so 1990! But the ones in the kits are fabulous. They go one easy and look great. I really like the watercolor behind yours.

  8. Ugh! That technique for “smooshing” is GENIUS! I must try this myself…It seemed to give you much better control over the end result! I love it! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  9. I love rub ons and haven’t seen them in a long time. What a great kit. The gold in the paper is gorgeous and your card is the best with that pretty washi tape. It’s a wonderful use of the things in the kit.

  10. Great video. First, I must give smooching a try – really cool looking. Second, I have never used a rub on and thanks for the tips. Lovely card!

  11. I smoshed yesterday and the card came out very pretty, I gotta try it again. I just love how you used it behind the clouds.

  12. AWWWWW Your card is so sweet got teary eyed when I read the sentiment OMG it’s so sweet….gosh now I’m crying….Your card is adorable. I love how you used the gold rubbons gosh that pretty. Love your ink smooshing what pretty, pretty watercolor look. You are so talented with your inking and nice touch with the Washi Tape. Laura you really did a super Outstanding, clever and creative job!! YOU so ROCK!!

  13. It’s good to know that the technical term is “ink smooshing”! 😀 (which I think is a great technique, by the way). Thanks for sharing your card with us!

  14. Your commentary was hilarious! It is funny how we become attached to our tools. My metal edged ruler is my obsession. Your card is so different from the others we have seen, definitely more freeform. Those rub ins were impressive… I don’t like them either, usually… But yours worked. Thanks for sharing your card.

  15. Laura, This is a great card. I love your discription “smooshing” water color. I must say it is a way to control putting down water color where you want it. Thank so much enjoyed your video.

  16. I love your videos Laura…..they make me smile. Cute card too…..I’ve never used rub-ons but these ones in the kit are just gorgeous and worth a try!

  17. Laura, thank you for the “smooshing” technique. Your card looks great and I can’t wait to try. Love the SS Card Kits!

  18. Hey Laura!!
    Just want to say I love your videos! Love all your cards!
    I am in love with the smooch’in technique !! It’s amazing !!
    Thanks for a chance to win!

  19. What a pretty card!! Thanks for some great ideas for the monthly card kit. Sometimes when I get mine I’m just stuck but this hop provides plenty of inspiration!

  20. Love the term smoothing my son giggles when he watches you with me. I thought you were crazy about this bone folder but I had to try it and your so rite can’t live without it!

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  22. Smooshing, smashing, squishing all the same 🙂 anyway beautiful. Its been awhile since I’ve used rub ons! Thanks for the inspiration!

  23. Wonderful card and wonderful video. I am really liking the water color effect on cards right now. thank you for the video and showing us how to do it using inks.

  24. Wonderful card and wonderful video.Thanks for the chance to win this fabulous prize from SSS. April Card Kit and stamps set in this kit are fantastic.

  25. Nice card! It seems a really fun technique! I’ve got to try it! By the way, you made me laugh a lot, so yellow an blue were not supposed to be mixed… Hehehe… Anyway, they look really nice! Well done and thanks for sharing! 🙂 I’ll go and subscribe to your YouTube channel

  26. I really love your card. I have already received my kit (which is awesome), but I love the fresh ideas you’ve given me. Also, thanks for a chance to win a great prize from SSS.

  27. Thanks for sharing! Love the card and I learned a new technique… smushin’ LOL I get the card kit each month so I can’t wait to try this new technique 🙂

  28. I know your pain with the rub-ons – I always shy away from them. Really like your birthday card – especially the saying.

  29. Beautiful card! I thoroughly enjoyed your video. Thanks so much for this new (to me) technique. I will definitely try it. I’m happy to see rub ons make a comeback – I love using them.

  30. Love the colors you used in your smooshing. Great design using the wahsi and the gold rub on. Very cute sentiment. TFS

  31. Oh Laura, I love watching your videos! you are so much fun to watch and listen to!! I love the smooshing technique and am going to have to give it a try with the acetate, look like it might be a little easier to “control” than my acrylic blocks! But let’s be real, who is really in control? Me or the watercolor?

  32. I’ve got to try the smooshing technique and can I say I look forward to all your videos because you are so adorable and funny. Great card using the kit!

  33. I love how you just go with the flow and use the products the best way you know how. It gives people like me hope that I am not doing anything wrong!

  34. I still haven’t figured out how you can make a bunch of ink splatters look elegant but you do. great card

  35. Love the card and the video. I also love the smooshing technique. Thank you for sharing your ideas with us! 🙂

  36. Honestly, seeing a video from you available makes my day. It’s so fun to listen to you as you make your cards! Thanks so much for sharing.

  37. You are such a joy to watch. I love to watch you work your magic. Thanks for taking the time to share with us.

  38. Beautiful card! I always look forward to your videos; not only do you make beautiful cards, but you crack me up every time! I can relate to the minor panic attack when I can’t find something and I usually find it within an arm’s reach!

  39. Your card is BEAUTIFUL!!! Thank you for the great idea and for a chance to win! YOUR WORK IS AMAZING!!!!!!!

  40. Hi Laura. You crack me up. Your humor is infectious and your demeanor delightful. Thank you for sharing your card and your personality with us. 🙂

  41. Just gorgeous. I love how you used the Rub-ons as a focal point. And of course you are the master of smooshing!

  42. I love this technique for the distress inks. It’s loose and free yet leaves you some control. Can’t wait to try it this weekend!

  43. Yes, I can really get behind this blog hop. I loved this month’s card kit! I love your take on the rub-ons. GOOD ideas.

  44. Your cards are always so much fun and this one is amazing. I love the saying too – so true! Thanks so much for sharing so much inspiration!!

  45. Oh, my heavens! Bright colors, pastel colors, smooched colors…’s all just beautiful when you use them. And you know just how much….just a touch….of bling will bring it all HOME! Absolutely fabulous! I don’t care who else is on the blog list, I ALWAYS look at your creation first! Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  46. What a beautiful card design. I SO love the watercolor background. It makes the card look soft. I just love the new card kit.

  47. Omg, I love this card. I love the “smooshing technique” and the sentiment is awesome. I think this is the kit for me. Thank you!

  48. It amazes me how some of the by gone supplies are appearing again(rub-ons, sequins, gold enhanced papers). Your card is lovely. Tks.

  49. Beautiful card. I love the soft watercolors and the embellishments and sentiment are perfect. Thanks for your video and for a chance to win. Michelle t

  50. Laura, thank you for all the inspiration. Sometimes I Don’t know what to do with items in the kit and invariably your videos help get me started. Love the soft smooching and rub ons together! Thank you!

  51. I LOVE your videos. . .you’re so funny and energetic. I also love that sentiment…my thoughts exactly! TFS

  52. A simple yet effective card. I love your colour choice with gold – would never have thought of it! Excellent!

  53. I love your card, the “smooshing color” technique is awesome, and you’re a riot!
    Loved the video 🙂

  54. I love your card. That smooching technique looks so fun and I love the results. I am going to try this for sure.

  55. Beautiful card and I loved seeing your “smooshing” technique to create the water color look. For some reason, my spell-check says “smooshing” is not a word, but I know it is ’cause I saw it. Thanks for a fun video and a neat way to use the products from the kit.

  56. Really pretty card Laura….I love how much the watercoloring colors match nicely with the washi tape colors.

  57. Hi Laura, As usual you blow us away with your card design (still trying to perfect that ‘smooshing technique!) Got to love those beautiful sayings on the stamp kit. They are one of the nicest ones I have seen yet!

  58. I think you’ve perfected the smoosh technique! I like that you can still have a little control within the randomness. Great for those of us that have a little trouble with letting go 🙂

  59. You are hysterical and your cards are fabulous and look to be so easy to make. You are all so uber talented!! Thanks for the great idea!!

  60. I love the smooshing you have been doing on your cards. It’s great! Thanks for all the inspiration you give me.

  61. I have been a card kit subscriber for several years now, and I am really excited for this kit, I love all the elements and especially the stamp set! Thanks for sharing your lovely card.

  62. sheesh! i had to scroll forever to get to the comments. you’re such a hoot, and a great card maker too! love the smooching, or swooshing thing!!

  63. Cute card- love the idea of using acetate to combine the distress inks and water for the watercolor look. TFS

  64. I sure enjoy your commentary & love the results you get with your smooching technique. Very pretty card & thank you for sharing your use of the rub on.

  65. Thank you for saying that rub on makes you nervous I was not sure what to do with that particular one you use but that gave me a few ideas. Great card

  66. Love your ideas, thank you for admitting that rub-on makes you nervous, you gave me a few ideas of what to do with that particular rub-on.

  67. Hello again Laurafadora just love saying that name lol rolls so easy….you’ll probably never see this in the haystack of comments here lol lol giggle can’t help myself…. Love your card and your famous smooshing

  68. I love your card. I also Love your always sound as if you’re having a Great time.. Therefore ,so am I……

  69. Another beautiful card. I love that you say you are not in control of the watercolor, when in fact you take great pains to get the perfect layout of color. Beautifully done.

  70. Always love your videos. Just loving this months kit, gold always looks beautiful on cards. If I didnt live in Australia I would always order the kits just too much for postage so I miss out but love seeing what others do.

  71. Thanks for doing the smoooooshing a layer at a time. I haven’t had smooshing success and maybe this will help! Thanks for the help and the beautiful card.

  72. So glad you used the rub-on…my fear of using them was the same as yours before, but now I am excited about trying to do that. (will use my bone folder, for sure) Thank you for sharing your happy attitude.

  73. Always enjoy your funny comments! The card kits are always filled with fun and creative elements. Love how the products were used. Love SSS.

  74. I love the smooshing technique with the acetate sheet–hadn’t thought of that but what a great effect. Thanks for the inspiration with the rub on–I have been unsure of how to use them in my cards. Lovely!

  75. Thanks for sharing the technique of smooching with the clear sheet. It looks like you can direct the colour much easier. That washi tape is amazing!

  76. very cool technique! I love your video’s, you are so funny, always gives me a chuckle! Thanks for being you!

  77. I love the distress ink colors you used and that smooshing technique is so cool, and different than using a stamp block. TFS.

  78. I love your ink smooching technique. I would love to try this one day. That washi tape (which is one of my obsessions), those sequins (another obsession), those seed beeds (I will add that to my obsession), and rub-ons (another add-on to my list of obsessions) is to die for. I enjoy watching your happy videos!

  79. awesome technique with the acetate! I tried to play around with distress ink and watercolors to get those kinds of look but it always comes out too dark color or too light. the acetate transferance just seems to do the trick. I should try it out! Thanks!

  80. Great background ! Thank you for explaining in the video – I have to try it !
    Great sentiment too ! Beautiful birthday card !

  81. Love your smooching. I have yet to try it, but it’s gonna happen one of these days!! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  82. What a unique approach to a birthday card. I like that you focused on the rub ons instead of the bold stamped images.

  83. I haven’t used rubons in ages so it was cool to see you add them to your card. They make me nervous too. I never seemed to get the hang of them. Great video and I love the modern feel of this card. Thanks!

  84. Laura, I love your cards! The colours, the whole composition, they are beautiful. But what makes it so enjoyable for me is your sense of humour and that you just don’t take yourself seriously Love it! 🙂

  85. I have been watching your “smooshing” technique. Pretty cool. P.S. Thanks for being you and making us laugh.

  86. Love, love, love this card! The Big Birthday Wishes stamp set had just been added to my wish list! Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win some goodies!

  87. Ooh I love the technique of the rub on and the ink smooshing! Looks awesome and is definitely something I will have to try! 🙂

  88. Oh what a cute card with the soft colors and the geometric colors and raindrops are adorable….I really love the saying on the card! its adorable and just makes the card adorably.

  89. Neat card – amazing how each of you got the same monthly kit and how different each of your cards and or pillows are – truly amazing.

  90. I always enjoy your videos and your work. Also love your little comments and tips. Thanks for sharing.

  91. So creative using the washi tape and watercolor smooshing (I think that was your term), and I love the rub on atop!

  92. I love the use of the water color to coordinate with the washi tape and I love the use of the washi tape as a simple and easy border. Very pretty!

  93. DELIGHTFUL card and FABULOUS tutorial – THANK YOU for INSPIRING me Laura 🙂
    LOVE how you smooshed the distress inks!!!

  94. I love the colors you used for the background. It’s very beautiful. Thank you for sharing your great ideas ^-^

  95. What a lovely card. I so love water coloring, but haven’t done a lot….may have to try your idea. Thanks for the inspiration.

  96. Love this card- I looked at the “rub-on”s and did not even imagine using them, but you have shown me a glimmer that they might be fun… Love your cards and videos- you and Julie Ebersole can always make me smile! Thanks so much!

  97. This kit looks awesome, Laura, and I love your “smooshed” card with all the details. Thanks for always being so inspiring!

  98. I love the cards, especially the sentiments on the card! So cheesy but cute! I will be happy if I receive the card!

  99. I can see why you chose to pick out the colors of that washi tape for your watercolor, Laura – it’s beautiful, love that ombré effect! Thanks for sharing this card, and inspiring me to give rub-ons another try; the tip to use the bone folder sounds good!

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