Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Simon Says.......Make Your Own Background


Happy Wednesday!  Welcome to another challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

Our challenge this week is to make your own background, and we're showcasing Lawn Fawn products!  I chose their Fab Flowers set and made 2 cards, a warm version and a cool one.

SSS Feb21

supplies: white and Green Apple card stock, flowers and sentiment from Fab Flowers, Altenew inks from Pocketful of Sunshine, Warm & Cozy, Rose Petal, and Tropical Forest ink sets, Simon's Wavy Scallop Stitches die

SSS  Feb 21

supplies: white, black, and Cornflower Blue card stock, Lawn Fawn Fab Flowers, inks from Altenew's Glacier Caves, Sea Shore, Deep Blue Seas, and Tropical Forest sets, Simon's Stitched Rectangle and Painted Hugs dies, Winnie & Walter "sending" from Big, Bold Friends set, adhesive foam to lift center panel

As you can see, this set has 2 layers for each of the flowers and leaves.  I only used 2 of the 4 different flowers in this set, and there's a cute butterfly in it, too, in addition to more sentiments.

Now it's your turn!  Heidi has provided another $50.00 gift voucher


to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 1 lucky random winner of this week's challenge!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Peace Roses

Since my last card used some bright colors, I thought I'd make one in softer colors today.

This card is inspired by Peace Roses, which I remember in my paternal Grandfather's garden........It's said that a cutting was sent on the last available plane to the US from France before it was invaded during WWII.  

SSS Mar 21

supplies: white, Cotton CandyLemon Chiffon, and Banana card stock, pink and green paint chips, Altenew Fantasy Floral dies and Painted Greetings sentiment, Charcoal and Picked Raspberry distress oxide inks, MFT Stitched Mini Scallop die, Pretty Pink Posh Sweet Pea sequins

I lightly edged the yellow pieces with picked raspberry distress oxide ink.

Hope your week is off to a great start!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Just for You

Here's a card using a gorgeous floral stamp by Altenew, a Tammy Tutterow background, and some warm colors.

Just for You

supplies: Bristol paper, black card stock, Altenew Bamboo Roses and Painted GreetingsZig brush markers and water, mustard seedabandoned coral, and picked raspberry distress inks, Tammy Tutterow Dear Ruby background cling, Simon Stitched Rectangle die, VersaFine Onyx Black ink, VersaMark ink and white embossing powder

AND Simon Says Stamp is celebrating 15 years with a sale!  It will work on anything on the site, now through Feb. 18 at midnight!  Use code HAPPY584.

Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Simon Says......Add a Die Cut


Happy Wednesday!  Welcome to another challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

This week our challenge is to "Add a Die Cut", and we are showcasing Penny Black products.  I chose a "love" die, since it's Valentine's Day today, to go along with this cute Penny Black stamp!

SSS Feb 14

supplies: white, Surf Blue, and Audrey Blue card stock, My Favorite Things Plaid Patterns Merry & Bright, Penny Black Woodland Friends stamp, Zig markers, Stitched Rectangle and Stitched Circle dies, Hero Arts Love stamp & cut die, adhesive foam squares to pop up birdhouse

Now it's your turn!  Heidi has provided another $50.00 gift voucher


to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 1 lucky random winner of this week's challenge!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Lots of Hearts

Tomorrow is my favorite holiday, and since I'll have a Simon DT post for then, I'm posting my Valentine to you today.

Lots of Hearts

supplies: white card stock, tiny heart dp from Doodlebug, Simon Really Like You sentiment, Your Next Stamp Mini Heart Ink Splatter, Altenew Puffy Heart ink, Hero Arts heart die to mask heart, Simon's Holiday Shapes hearts dies, Winnie & Walter Noelle Scalloped Rectangle die

I used a medium-sized heart die to cut out a mask which I placed in the center of the panel, and then repeatedly stamped the heart splatters all around.  After removing the mask, I added my sentiment, and then some extra hearts cut from the background paper, which is made up of lots of teensy hearts.

How many hearts are too many hearts on this special day?  

Sunday, February 11, 2018

A Floral Thank You

I used a pretty design paper as my basis for today's card.

Floral Thanks

supplies: Cotton Candy, Doll Pink, Lipstick Red, Mint, and Dark Chocolate card stock, design paper from Pebbles Forever My Always paper pad,  Simon's Elegant Roses and Script Thanks dies

I tried to find card stock colors as close as possible to the colors used in the patterned paper, and then inlaid them into the rose die-cuts.

Thanks for stopping by - enjoy your Sunday!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

A Valentine Shaker card

Valentine Shaker

supplies: white cardstock, dps from My Favorite Things Lucky Prints and Tiny Checks Bright pads, heart dies from Hero Arts Jan 2016 My Monthly Hero card kit, My Favorite Things hugs die, Studio Katia Cupid's Kiss crystals, Darice adhesive foam strips, piece of acetate for window

The adhesive foam strips worked really well for containing the crystal elements, and for adhering the top panel to the heart background.  I inserted a square of gingham inside the heart.  Unfortunately, after assembling everything, and dumping in my confetti, I didn't get my panel centered perfectly, and the adhesive was impossible to budge to fix it.  

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Simon Says........It Must Be Love!


Happy Wednesday!  Welcome to another challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

Just in time for Valentine's Day, our theme this week is "It Must Be LOVE!" - can't wait to see what you do with this!  We are playing with our own Simon Says Stamp products.

Simon has some really lovely stamps for Valentine's Day, and since this is my favorite holiday, I have 3 cards for you this week!  My first card uses one of my favorites: Roses for You.

supplies: white and Doll Pink card stock, Bristol PaperRoses for You and Really Like You stamp sets, Stitched Rectangle die, Tim Holtz Roses embossing folder, Zig Markers (Pink and Light Green) and water, adhesive foam squares

I stamped the heart of roses and 2 sets of single flowers and leaves on Bristol paper, watercolored them with Zig markers and water, then cut them out.  Next I stamped my sentiment onto a small die-cut panel before embossing it with the lovely rose pattern.  That was framed with some Doll Pink card stock, and then I popped my heart above and glued on the little roses.

For my next card, what better stamp for this challenge than the Love Is background?

supplies: white and Doll Pink card stock, Love Is background cling, VersaMark and white embossing powder, picked raspberry and candied apple distress inks and water, Tammy Tutterow's Prim Heart die, Small Love You die, Stitched Rectangle die, Doodlebug Rainbow Hearts sprinkles

I white embossed the text stamp, then washed the panel with a mix of distress inks before trimming it and attaching it to my card base.  I sponged the heart with picked raspberry distress ink and added some white enamel hearts, along with my die-cut sentiment.

And one more, which uses a pretty die.

SSS Feb 7 Valentines

supplies: white, Doll Pink, and Green Apple card stock, Heart of Roses, Painted Hugs, and Stitched Rectangle dies, (retired) MFT Blueprints 20 Scalloped die

Now it's your turn!  Heidi has provided another $50.00 gift voucher


to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 1 lucky random winner of this week's challenge!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Wishing You Joy

I decided to try out the watercolor samples that were in the current Simon Card Kit, and I'm really pleased with them!

Wishing You Joy

supplies: white, black, and Surf Blue card stock, Studio Katia Floral Trimmings, Daniel Smith watercolors from kit, Simon's Wishing die and matching Sending & Wishing sentiment, Memory Box Calais Butterflies, trimmed

I stamped the flowers on watercolor paper, watercolored them, then fussy-cut the right edge, trimmed the left edge, and mounted on a Surf Blue card base, along with a skinny black strip.  Then I added my die-cut and stamped sentiment and the little butterflies. 

These colors are perfect for spring, and I'm definitely planning to get more watercolor palettes!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

It's the Little Things........

I have a card today made using mostly supplies from Simon's February Card Kit.


supplies: white and Green Leaf card stock, papers (Echo Park I'd Rather be Crafting) and sentiment (Simon Crafty Friend) from February Card Kit, Simon's Stitched Rectangle dies, Tammy Tutterow Bitty Posies dies, tiny gold buttons, double-sided adhesive strips to raise flowers

I thought this paper was so pretty, so I simply added a sentiment and some 3D posies (cut from more of the solid papers from the pad) to it for my card.

Here's the Kit; if you look closely it has some really fun additions from the norm: a water-brush pen and a sampling of Daniel Smith watercolors, wooden embellishments, some lovely metallic envelopes, and 2 Tim Holtz embossing folders!

If you have this kit already and have made some cards with it, don't forget to add them to the gallery HERE

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Cosmos Thanks

More painting with my oxide inks.......

Cosmos Thanks

supplies: white card stock, Simon's Cosmos Background cling stamp, Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet distress oxides, tumbled glass and mustard seed distress ink, Simon's Stitched Rectangle die, My Favorite Things Thanks die

Short and sweet today!  Are you going to watch the Super Bowl tomorrow?  Not me, I'll be watching Victoria - wish it lasted as long as the game will!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Inspired by Gayatri and Kelly

When I saw Gayatri's recent card, I immediately pinned it because I thought it really was a beautiful showcase of the distress oxide inks.  Gayatri was in turn inspired by Kelly's idea, and it's a great example of how we card makers inspire each other.  Here's my version:

DOX Wash

supplies: white card stock, Simon's Kind Flowers clear stamp set, embossed in clear powder, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Lucky Clover, Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans, and Wilted Violet distress oxide inks and water, MFT Wonky Rectangle die, white gel pen

I first stamped and heat embossed this big floral image, then did a wash of the distress inks in a kind of rainbow order, also splatting the inks around the edges.  Aren't the colors vibrant?  I had trouble deciding, but in the end I decided to make the letters white, and reinforced that decision by adding some white gel pen to most of the small dots in the design.

While I had everything out, I made a second card, this time using the distress oxides to color the floral design, then just framed it in black.

Kind #2

I like the first one better, because the colors appear more vivid.  This one has Twisted Citron distress oxide added to half of the leaves.  I added yellow and orange zig marker accents to brighten those 2 colors up.........

Hope your weekend is off to a great start - thanks for taking the time to visit me today!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Birthday Posies

Another Rose Flurries card.......I mixed the colors this time.

Norma's Birthday

supplies: white, black, and lavender card stock, Altenew Rose Flurries dies, paint chips, PTI Mix & Mat Scallops dies, (retired) MFT Blueprints 20 scalloped rectangle die, Brush Strokes Messages sentiment, VersaMark and white embossing powder

I like this combination of elements and colors for a spring birthday!  

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Simon Says ............. Anything Goes!


Happy Wednesday!  Welcome to another challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

As always at the end of each month, our theme is Anything Goes, and this time we are showcasing Art Impressions products!  I'm a big fan of their Window to the World stamps, and I added a new one to my collection for this challenge.  At the end of January I think we all need a taste of spring!

SSS Jan 31

supplies: Simon Cotton Candy and white card stock, Art Impressions Oh Sing cling stamp, colored with Zig markers and water, Simon's Stitched Rectangle die

This stamp hits all my buttons - birds and flowers and a reference to music!  Here is the sentiment:

Oh sing unto the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things!  Psalm 98:1

Now it's your turn!  Heidi has provided another $50.00 gift voucher


to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 1 lucky random winner of this week's challenge!