April Card Kit Blog Hop

Let’s have some fun !

Today I am part of the SimonSaysStamp blog hop featuring the April Card kit “Celebrate”!

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 SimonSaysStamp 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.

And here is the birthday card that I created using many sentiments from the stamp set.


Love the shine on it and all the gold details on the included paper


You can enjoy the video below or at my YouTube channel here



SimonSaysStamp will be choosing winners from the comments section to win a Simon Says Stamp goody bag filled with fresh and exciting new products.  The winners will be chosen on Wednesday, April 15 and they will be announced on their blog. So make sure to comment on every blog along the way for a bigger chance to be the winner!

You should have arrived here from my amazingly talented friend Nichol. The next stop in the hop is another talented lady Yana Smakula! If you want to start the blog hop from the beginning make sure to visit the SimonSaysStamp blog HERE.


  1. OMG Vicky what a sweet card I just love how you did your banner and it was fun to watch your stamp and emboss just made for a super fabulous and fun look. Love the papers too.
    Gosh darn sure missed you what a great surprise to receive notification that you had posted a video super great way to begin my Friday sure made my day. YOU so ROCK!!

  2. I have my kit and wasn’t sure how I’d use the kraft and gold paper, but what you’ve done with it is gorgeous! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  3. Simple yet elegant. I love the way you dded the candle to the sentiment. Kraft and gold is a winning combo!

  4. This is an absolutely gorgeous card! I love all the gold, and the bright colours really make the sentiments pop!

  5. Love the Kraft and gold papers. Great tip on using colored ink and clear embossing powder. It’s how I started heat embossing until I got hooked.
    It comes in handy when you haven’t got a particular color of powder too.

  6. So pretty. I like the colors you worked in with the kraft and gold. SSS’s Lipstick Red is one of my favorites. Thanks for the video.

  7. Oh, Vicky! Your card makes quite a celebration! The heat embossed elements on the front panel scream celebrate. I love your videos and could watch one every day!

  8. Vicki That was amazing as always. Loved it. Your instructions are so great. Thanks for shaing

  9. I just received my first card kit and you have given me an idea how to use the gold…..I really enjoy your videos. This is going to be so fun. Thank you.

  10. Fantastic card! I love the finishing touch that the banners from the kraft and gold paper give the card.

  11. Wow, this is an outstanding card. I love the way you added the gold twine and stars to the banners, then added the gold star brad. Perfect.

  12. Stunning card. I wish the stamp was truly solid though. It looks like you didn’t stamp well with the splotchiness.

  13. Vicky, your card has so much going for it, the shine, composition, and details really make it stand out. I really love the card kit for this month. TFS

  14. I love the shine on your card, Vicky. The craft and gold card stock is so shiny and embossing the sentiments made the design ver compatible. It’s a lovely card!

  15. As usual, I “had fun and got inspired”! TFS this CAS card that could be used for anyone. It’s not too “frilly” to be a masculine card (although if I was making for a man I would probably omit the gold thread). I always look forward to your posts, Vicky!

  16. Beautiful card – I always like what you creat!
    This looks like a great kit, so many good ideas on this blog hop.

  17. It worked so well to use the kraft paper for both the background and the flags. Great idea. And I thought the overall design was festive and fun. Thank you.

  18. I love your videos! Just got into stamping and card making from the art world and would love to win to expand my limited supplies. Thanks for all of your inspiration!

  19. I really like how you fit the candle within the stamped sentiment. It really pulls everything together I think.

  20. Lovely! I really appreciated your tips about the SSS inks. I wouldn’t have thought to emboss with them, but glad to know it’s possible if I move quickly!

  21. I like this card! You are a ninja embossing wizard. I can never get it to stick with dye inkls!

  22. Vicki, I not only love all your videos but I enjoy hearing your beautiful accent!
    You are so talented!

  23. Happy Easter!
    Your card is truly a celebration! The gold foiled paper wonderfully offsets the white panel. Thanks for showing us that the SSS inks can be clear embossed – that is news to me!

  24. Great card Vicky. Simon Says Stamp April Card Kit is fabulous. Thanks for chance to win fantastic prize!

  25. Lovely card. I like all the layers of color used and the back ground paper made the card pop. Enjoyed the video.

  26. Absolutely gorgeous card Vicky! Seriously, Simon Says has a “rock star” design team. I think I’ve pinned every card today from this hop! Love these products and would love to have them so I could duplicate them when I get my coveted MISTI! LOL

  27. Wonderful card. I love the little cluster in the corner. The brad with that thread really finished off that card great.

  28. Love your creation! This April kit is awesome. Love love the specialty papers and your use of them. Thanks

  29. Vicky very pretty card. Love the gold strips with the star. Gave your card an elegant touch. Love it.

  30. Beautiful. I love the ink colors you chose and the clear heat embossing! The gold paper is just amazing too!

  31. Vicky, I love everything you create! they all are one of a kind! with every video I watch that you share inspires me every time! Thank you for that. I hope to see more to come.
    (((( Hugs))))

  32. This is the first time I’ve gone through a blog hop and very glad I did! Great ideas and also found more resources. Thank you!

  33. You are such a talent! I like the shine on the card as well. You do beautiful work! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  34. Vicky, your ideas ARE inspiring and thank you for sharing! I really appreciate having a blog hop for SS monthly card sets and a chance to win.

  35. Fantastic card! Could you give any tips on Heat embossing?? Im not very good at it!! What kind if embossing pad and powders work best?? Thanks for the video! I just love it!!

    1. I use versamark ink pad to stamp and then any fine embossing powder will give you great results. On today’s video I used the SSS ink pads to stamp and emboss but if you are a beginner I wouldn’t recommend it, because they dry fast and you have to move quickly so the powder will stick…

  36. I enjoyed your video and I really love your card. Just perfect. Thanks for the inspiration and also, for a chance to win a great prize.

  37. You’re finally back! I hope you had a good time during Easter! I’m sure I’m not the only one missing your videos 🙂
    Really nice card! I started the blog hop with your video and then I went back to the beginning. I really like the content of this kit, both the kraft/gold paper and the stamp set. I love the idea of the banners! Thanks for sharing! And looking forward to the next art journal post 🙂

  38. What a great design. Love how you used the banners to ground the front panel to the back one. The colors you used are beautiful together. Love this card. TFS

  39. Fabulous card Vicky! I have never tried using embossing powder w/Simon inks, I thought it wouldn’t work as it dries so quickly. Now I’ll have to try it! Thanks for a great video!

  40. Such an adorable card!!
    Love the “cluster” you added in the top. Really brought a lot more interest to the card!!

  41. Very nice card and easy. I did not know you could use embossing powders on SSS inks. Learn something new everyday. Thank you for sharing.

  42. I am really enjoying your cardmaking style. I reccently found your youtube channel and have been watching older videos. Love!

  43. Just love your blog & the cards & projects you create! I have loved all of them.
    Hope you had a great holiday.

  44. Lovely card, love the ink colors you used for the sentiment. The gold accents really add the wow factor.

  45. Yes, I can really get behind this blog hop. I loved this month’s card kit! That gilded craft paper is amazing.

  46. I’ve missed your videos Vicky! I had to watch again and again the older ones 🙂
    It’s a very pretty card, you always find lovely and simple (for me to replicate) ways to use these SSS kits!

  47. Your card is so nice. I want to join the stamp kit club so bad but right now it isn’t possible but soon I hope.

  48. LOVE the gold. I’m not sure about the new trend of foiling, but this gold is grea t. Thanks for makig a great card.

  49. Beautiful card, Vicky! And I love the finishing details you added…the cute banners, the gold star and that fabulous bow using gold thread! Elegant!

  50. Love this card and all your special touches. Stars are so much fun on cards and this one is beautiful! Thanks so much!

  51. It’s always interesting to see all the different cards you can make using the same kit! I enjoy your videos very much – lots of inspiration!

  52. Very cute card! I’m just loving the papers, they are just gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your talent with us! 🙂

  53. JUHUUU….. Nice to get a little card before your Easter, you are a missing person these days, but i hope you and your family are having a joyful time together…
    Blessings from me..

  54. Love your sparkling card. The gold papers are so eye-catching. Hope you had a terrific vacation with your family.

  55. Your cards are always so beautiful and inspiring! I love how you used the kit and I need a long weekend at home where I can use my own.

  56. Love the card and the kit. u can never have enought stamps for the birthday theme! because there will always be somebody who has a birthday coming up! haha love it! keep up the amazing work! love from germany

  57. Love the card and I’m just really loving the kraft and gold foil paper. You did a great job on that card! Thanks for sharing.

  58. FINALLY able to post a comment. Tried at work a few times, and it just got “stuck”. Great card!!

  59. Simple but so very lovely, especially adding the embossing powder for gloss and bling with the touches of gold, thank you once again.

  60. What a classy card! I LOVE IT. From the candle in the sentiment to the little flags at the top, your design is PERFECT!

  61. Love your beautiful card. The kraft and gold card stock is amazing and I love the way you used it on your card.

  62. Hi Vicky,
    I have always loved watching your journal techniques – now love your card techniques! You always have a wonderful way with colour. I am loving that kraft/gold cardstock which is already on my wish list! Thanks for sharing!

  63. Just beautiful, Vicky! The gold foil accents on the background and the banners add the perfect touch of sparkle to this birthday card! ♡

  64. Thanks for the demonstration of heat embossing the inks…I would not have thought that could be done! Just move quickly!

  65. As always your cards are fabulous and you make it seem so easy. I love your uber cute accent!! I love love love your style!! Thanks for being so fabulous!!

  66. Oh Vicky. I think your work is just great. You inspired me to do an art journal of my own and your card ideas are just so creative and impressive. Please, don’t ever stop! I think you are great.

  67. Beautiful card! Love the bright colors used for stamping and the way you added dimension to the banners.

  68. Love your card! Very creative. I think the banner, brad, and gold string combo would also look very nice on a Christmas card. It’s very elegant. Thank you for sharing.

  69. Wonderful idea! Your card is amazing, as always. <3 i must say that I'm in love with the kraft-gold paper.

  70. What a beautiful card! So simple but so much interest with the dimension and the shiny foil paper and embossing powder! Thank you for sharing! Christos Anesti!

  71. Definitely “thumbs Up” on this card, Vicky! Love it! You’ve inspired me ~ I’ve been looking at the card kit but lacking inspiration ~ Thank you!

  72. You have made me love the SS card kits! I wish I coykd afford them… I wish I win this kit cause it my birthday this month! 🙂

  73. The Kraft and gold cardstock banner and the gold thread bow are just perfect. Happy Easter Vicki, I celebrate this Sunday too!

  74. I loved your design for this kit Vicki. Thank you so much for participating in this. I love watching you create

  75. Another great card, I never get tired of watching your videos, I have learned more from watching your videos, and you have encouraged me to dig out my stamps and make more cards and I look at my supplies even more differently then I did before.

    Thanks again for sharing!!
    Theresa P.

  76. Great card Vicky! I love all of the shine and the extra dimension that you added by curling up the ends of the fishtail flags. TFS!

  77. As much as I loved the gold and Kraft cardstock…I needed to see this blog hop to really get inspired to use it. What a great card!!!

  78. Thanks for a relatively simple card that I think I could copy! (Glad you are back from your break – I love your videos and missed you)

  79. The card kits are always filled with fun and creative elements. Love how the products were used. Love SSS.

  80. I just love all your tutorials and the creativity you share with all of us. Thank you for sharing your beautiful cards, art journal and mixed media.

  81. Such a fun card…love the kraft and gold together…and I love, love, love the touch of the gold thread. Perfect!
    Thanks for sharing a great card!

  82. Thanks for the inspiration. The ink colors you chose are a nice bright pop when combined with the kraft and gold papers. Beautiful card!

  83. I love the look of gold with craft cardstock. I never would have thought to put these two together. Love your card, too.

  84. I like that you used totally different colors for the sentiments, I wasn’t expecting that but I really like it.

  85. Your card is sooo shiny! I never tried using embossing powder with dye inks, I’ll give it a go, also how you saw that the candle would fit into the sentiment is genius!

  86. Lots of golden accents make this card lovely to make and receive! Nice to be shown a super easy card that shines.

  87. I love all your cards and pages. Always beautiful and always use interesting techniques 🙂
    Thank you for sharing!

  88. Your beautiful card is a real eye-catcher !
    I love the bright red “make a wish” sentiment ! Thanks for sharing your talent !

  89. Gorgeous card Vicky! I love all the gold in your design. Thanks for sharing your lovely talent with us.

  90. I wasn’t really sure if I liked this paper pad in this kit but now that I’ve seen it in action-I really LOVE it-Thanks for the inspiration Vicki-your card really pops!

  91. Love the brown and gold. The tall, thin candle really shows as the type of candle we put on cakes at home.
    thanks for sharing a great card.

  92. Beautiful card! I would have had a hard time using the shiny gold papers with ink stamping, but your way of embossing it to make it shiny just might satisfy me!! Thank you for the inspiration!!

  93. Love the little fishtail banners you added to tie it all together. Fun card. Thanks for sharing.

  94. I absolutely LOVE your card and love the texture felt throughout. The sentiment is adorable and I love that its kind of stamping worn and if you want solid you can fill it in, so it really gives you an option truthfully.

  95. Love your card – you guys are so amazing you each got the same kit and each of your projects are so unique – you guys are GREAT

  96. Even I know that the shiny gold kraft cardstock is right up your alley, Vicki. Another darling card put together by you.

  97. This card is beautiful. I especially like the bits of the gold foil paper you used asking with the gold string to embellish it. Lovely!

  98. Love how much the little shiny banners adds to the card – just the perfect amount of an extra little shine.

  99. FUN & FABULOUS card Vicky 🙂
    I always enjoy watching you CREATE!!!
    LOVE the golden accents & embossing!!!

  100. I love how you incorporated the candle in the spacing between the words and made them all shiny with the embossing powder.

  101. Hi, i just wanted to say that i love what you do ! the cards, the art journal, the canvas… you are soooo creative and all what you do is sooooo beautiful. thank you very much to share with us all of this. Maybe one day i’ll make things as beautiful as yours ! ^-^and i love your accent too !! ^-^

    (sorry for my bad english ^^”)

  102. What a wonderful use of the products in the kit. How did you come up with all these ideas. Thanks for all your hard work, and sharing with all of us.

  103. Am loving this month’s kit and all the inspiration, including your pretty birthday card, Vicky. That Kraft and gold foil paper is gorgeous and great sentiments in the stamp set ~ perfect for anyone’s birthday.

  104. Another beautiful card Vicky! I just love your design style and look forward to all your card videos. You are so talented and I’m so jealous! Please keep sharing your work, it’s always amazing to watch! Oh and I LOVE this cardstock! This months kit is a great one from SSS. Thanks!

  105. Every time I see your name I smile, I love the look of your last name!!! It is so fun….talking about fun, your card is awesome too!!!

  106. You are so talented. I just love this birthday card. The colors are perfect. Who wouldn’t want to receive it?

  107. Love all your projects, especially the journal pages, it has inspired me to start my own! I’ve already made three pages!!! Thank you so much!

  108. Vicky-

    Thank you so much for the inspiration for the April 2015 SSS kit. I always have a tough time with gold and really like the way you made little flags with this month’s card stock to tie in using it in the background! You are an amazing artist and I am grateful for all that you share.


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