Monthly Kits… my thoughts

For a very long time I loved getting monthly kits. Way back when I started crafting, I got scrapbook kits. And then when I was a demonstrator, I got the monthly card kit called Paper Pumpkin. Need less to say I love getting a monthly kit. But I struggled with Paper Pumpkin. It wasn’t exactly what I wanted or what my skill level needed. I didn’t love that there wasn’t a full size stamp set that I would uses for months to come. Across the months I picked up MFT kits and Pink and Main kits, which I really like by the way. However, there is one kit that I kept coming back to.

The kit I’m talking about is the Simon Says Stamp monthly kit. This kit stole my heart. I loved being able to purchase this kit without a subscription (it wasn’t much more than the subscription price). Now I’m a monthly kit subscriber and I’ll be making cards and reviewing the kits when I get them.  Some of the features that I was drawn to with this over on the Simon Says Stamps blog is a gallery that YOU can add your projects too. I love seeing what their team puts together but I really love seeing what everyone else makes with the kit. Oh and there is a hashtag that you can use on Instagram.

Now let’s look at the May Monthly kit.

Oh and before I forget, there are special kits as well that aren’t the monthly kit. For example, at the time of this post, there is a Mother’s Day kit that is available. So I pulled the official image from Simon Says Stamps.

Before I share some of the things I have created with this kit I want to talk about some of the items in the kit.

This is what came in my kit…

I only own 1 of the Pawsitivitly Saturated Inks and am so excited to see these cubes. I hope that they introduce more of these! They are so yummy!!! I’m also loving using this smaller size blending brush. I’ve gotten one in a past kit so this makes 2. They are perfect for smaller openings in stencils or coloring images.

This is the A side of the paper in this months kit and the B side is below.

And  this was introduced in this months kit. This is a stamp cube holder. I am in LOVE!!! I use the Tim Holtz grip for my big pads but I am really loving this for my cube size ink pads. I feel like it was designed to hold the ink in the lower section and the lid in the top section. But y’all… I am thinking that I could totally load up more with the lids to the side.

I am really loving the variety of products in the monthly kits. I also love that there are dies that you can purchase in addition to the kit. I did not get them this time and have fussy cut all the flowers in the cards I am sharing.

Let’s dive into the card details and then I’ll share some close ups.

Card Details:
Card Base: Top folding A2 card made from Accent Opaque White 120lb
Layers: Tim Holtz Distress White Heavy Stock paper
Stamps: May Simon Says Stamps set, CZ Spring in my Step stamp set
Other: Tim Holtz Stencil, Distress Spray Stains, Distress Inks, Simon Says Stamps sequins

Now lets take a a closer look at the flowers. I used the faux watercolor technique to create them, and then fussy cut each one.

I will be sharing more cards on my IG account using this stamp set. I also plan to put together a Reel sharing everything I made with this kit. I can’t wait to see the June kit!


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