Sunday, May 20, 2018

A Bouquet for You

I've only used this pretty Amuse bouquet once before - thought it was time to get it out and play again.

Bouquet for You

supplies: white card stock, amuse studio Southern Bouquet, alcohol markers, sentiment from Simon's Summer Garden, Lil' Inker Circles and Diamonds Stitched Pattern cover die, May Arts twine, adhesive foam squares

Since this card is pretty CAS, I decided to wrap the bouquet with real twine this time for a little more dimension.  I think this is a perfect card for so many occasions.

I made this card earlier this week, and after watching the Royal Wedding yesterday, I was inspired by Princess Meghan's sweet bouquet to use it again.  I first thought I'd leave the flowers all white and just color in the leaves, but I ended up using some pastels lightly to make the flowers stand out from each other.  I also coated them in some Wink of Stella.

Wedding Bouquet

supplies: white, black, and pale aqua card, Southern Bouquet, sentiment from Simon's Floral Bliss, Winnie & Walter Noelle cutaway scalloped rectangle die, markers and colored pencils

Hope you're enjoying your Sunday - thanks for coming by!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Beautiful Flowers

I received my Simon Says Stamp June Card Kit yesterday and couldn't wait to dive in and play!  I tried the gorgeous stamp set first.

SSS June Card Kit

supplies: white, black, and pink card stock, striped dp, Simon's Beautiful Flowers, markers to color

I stamped the floral on an A2 panel, colored it, then trimmed out the left side and layered it over the striped paper.  The sentiment is just one of many in this set - Simon has hit this one waaaaaay out of the ballpark!

One more, adding in the beautiful embossing folder in the kit:

SSS June CK

supplies: white card stock, watercolor paper, vellum, Beautiful Flowers stamp set, Sizzix/Tim Holtz Botanical embossing folder, lemonade and worn lipstick distress inks and water, alcohol markers

I inked the "flat" side of the embossing folder with distress inks, then spritzed with water, and ran a piece of watercolorpaper through my cuttlebug.  (For anyone interested, my sandwich is the A plate, the loaded embossing folder, and the B plate.)  The sentiment was stamped on a strip of vellum and colored with the same markers I used for my flowers.  

I can't wait to try those dreamy design papers next!

Fly Me Away June 2018 Card Kit

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Simon Says..........Stencil It!

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

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Our theme this week is Stencil It! and we're playing with our own Simon Says Stamp products!  I've really grown to enjoy using stencils, so I can't wait to see what you do for this challenge!


SSS May 16

supplies: white, turquoise, and Doll Pink card, Simon's Diamond Circles stencil, inked with picked raspberry, mermaid lagoon, and mowed lawn distress ink and finger daubers, one of the Stitching Butterflies dies, Simon's Stitched Rectangles dies to make turquoise inner frame, Sparkling Clear sequins

I got this stencil because I wanted to use it to make quilt cards like this one.  The first thing I did was affix my stencil to white card and emboss it for dimension, then mask off the center area and apply my distress inks.  To finish I cut my inner frame and at that point I saw the green as butterflies in the design, so I added a Stitched Butterfly in the center to mimic them.  

Since this is such a bright card, I decided to use the same stencil and make a much more soft design, but still with a butterfly theme.


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supplies: white card,Simon's Diamond Circles stencil, tumbled glass distress ink, Simon's Beautiful Day stamp set, Audrey Blue ink and mowed lawn distress ink

After applying the stenciled background, I separately stamped and sponged the butterfly and leaf sprig, cut them out and added them to the card, and stamped some small butterflies, along with the sentiment.  

I said I really like stencils, didn't I?  Here's one more card using my newest Simon stencil which feature - big surprise - more butterflies!!


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supplies: white card stock, dp from Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow pad, Simon's Butterflies stencil, distress oxide inks (picked raspberry, carved pumpkin, lemonade, cracked pistachio and peacock feathers) and Nuvo Moonstone glimmer paste, Simon's Painted Hello die and sentiment from Wplus9 Hand Lettered Hello

I applied my oxide inks through the stencil and while it was still in place, did the same with Moonstone glimmer paste.  Love the sparkly results.  Then I used the same inks to color my hello die, and framed everything with a rainbow stripe paper.

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

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


And have you seen our newest release, Sending Sunshine?  Be sure to visit HERE to see the amazing goodies! If you click HERE you can see how I used a brand new cling stamp from this release.

Sending Sunshine - Simon's new release!


Simon is debuting a new release today, called Sending Sunshine!  There are almost 40 new stamps, dies, stencils, watercolor cards, and sequins - something for everyone to use this summer and beyond!

I was lucky enough to receive a large cling stamp called Bohemian Lace, and here's my first play with it.

Bohemian Lace


supplies: white, cream and black card stock, Simon's new Bohemian Lace cling stamp, Best Mom Ever roses and leaves, and sentiment from Kind Flowers, VersaMark ink and white embossing powder, old paper distress ink, markers to color 

I started with a panel of cream card and white embossed the lace, offsetting it a bit, then sponged it with old paper distress ink to bring out the details.  My mind went to a vintage lace, which led me to pressed flowers, so I searched my Simon stamps, and added these sweet rosebuds, along with a small sentiment on black.  The cream panel was attached to a white card base to help bring out the embossed white details, which are quite delicate.

Be sure to visit THIS page to see all the new goodies!  My favorites are the Four Seasons stamps and dies set, the Flower Cluster die, the You Are My Sunshine die, and the Leafy Frame stencil.  What are yours?

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you'll visit again later this morning for my regular Simon Says Stamp Wednesday blog post.   

Friday, May 11, 2018

Gingham Hugs

Here's a CASE of one of my favorite cards.  This time I used die-cuts instead of stamped elements, and gingham design paper instead of washi tape and more summery colors.  Coincidentally it uses the same colors as my card for this week's Simon Wednesday challenge, but is much more feminine!

Gingham Hugs

supplies: white card, dps from Doodlebug's Gingham/Linen paper pad, Simon's Flower Friend sentiment, Lil Inker Perky Posies, Wplus9 Folk Art Florals leaves, Doodlebug sprinkles

I used the reverse of the ginghams to cut my flowers and leaves.

Here's the original, from 2014:

Do the Polka

Which do you prefer?

Thanks for stopping by - have a  beautiful weekend!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Simon Says..........For the Boys

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

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Our theme is "For the Boys" and we are showcasing Lawn Fawn goodies!

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supplies: white cardstock, Lawn Fawn Knock on Wood dps and Monster Mash stamp set, Paper Smooches Birthday Words die, Simon's Stitched Rectangle die, googly eyes

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

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

Monday, May 7, 2018

Grateful Wreath

Here's an easy wreath card:

Grateful Wreath

supplies: white, periwinkle and Audrey Blue card, Pretty Pink Posh rose and leaves from Bold Blooms, colored with alcohol markers, sentiment from Gina K Designs Wreath Builder stamp set

You can't have enough thank you cards.  I free-handed this one, just randomly stamping the tiny flower and leaves around a pencilled circle I traced.  The sentiments in the Gina K Wreath Builder stamp set are the perfect size to fit inside.  Double-framed and done!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Happy Mother's Day

Here's a last Mother's Day card that was made for my sister.

for Nan

supplies: white and black card stock, PTI lacy rectangle dies, Simon's Best Mom Ever sentiment, Altenew Build a Rose stamps and dies, Cherry Blossom and Tropical Forest mini inks

This rose is the perfect stamp set for Mother's Day. 

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Simon Says.........Animal Magic!

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


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We are excited to share that we have SIX new sisters debuting this week!  Please welcome Ankita, Karen, Kim, Marge, Mindy, and Misty!

This week our theme is Animal Magic, and the team is playing with Gina K products.

First up, a wreath of rainbow butterflies.

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supplies: white card, dp from Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow striped dp, Gina K Wreath Builder stencil, and hearts from Wreath Builder stamp set, butterfly from Simon's Beautiful Day, picked raspberry, candied apple, carved pumpkin, mustard seed, lucky clover, mermaid lagoon, blueprint sketch, and wilted violet mini distress inks, sentiment from Simon's Watt's Up?, Sparkling Clear sequins, Tim Holtz Stamp Platform

I used the wreath builder stencil to stamp my butterflies and hearts in rainbow order into a wreath, adding some tiny dots as fillers. This wreath builder stencil, in conjunction with a stamp platform, makes it so easy to form a perfect wreath using all our smaller stamps - it is a must-have!

Next, another colorful design using the Bella Elephant stamp set.

SSS May 2

supplies: white cardstock, various Doodlebug dps, Gina K Bella Elephant stamps, My Favorite Things Stitched Mini Scallop Square die

I wasn't in the mood to color, so I stamped Bella on a dotty grey paper, then found a sketch that I had saved on Pinterest and surrounded her with lots of bright papers.

Now it's your turn!  We have a $50.00 gift certificate 

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

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

....."One is Silver and the other Gold"........

I'm back with a couple more foiled cards.  This time I trimmed out  Gina K Design FoilMate panels and colored them first with distress inks before foiling.  The panels are not shiny, but there's something extremely smooth about them so that the inks sponge on beautifully.

Silver Dream

supplies: Cornflower, Mint, and silver metallic and glitter card stock, Gina K Vibrant Vines Foil Mates panel, cracked pistachio, broken china, and blueprint sketch distress inks, Sparkling Silver foil, Tim Holtz Detailed Butterfly dies, Simon dream die

The bad thing about these cards is that they're impossible to photograph so that they look like the real thing.  This one uses all silver metallics, but you wouldn't know it from the picture.  You'll just have to take my word for it.   That Sparkling Silver foil is to die for!  It was included in a recent card kit, but I'll be getting a whole pack of it asap!  In real life it starts silver, but looks periwinkle in some lights.  I'm sure it will take on the hue of any other color it's put against...

Next up is a rose-gold card:

Rose Gold Heart

supplies: cream and rose gold metallic card stock, Gina K Designs Blooming Hearts Foil Mate panel,  carved pumpkin, picked raspberry, and mustard seed distress inks, Rose Gold foil, Spellbinder's Scalloped Heart die, Simon's Heart die, sentiment from Hero Arts With Sympathy, rose gold embossing powder

I again colored my panel before foiling it, then cut out the heart.  The die-cut sentiment was glued to the panel over the "hole" and after stamping and gold embossing the rest of the sentiment on the card base, the foiled panel was popped above it.

Thanks for stopping by - I'll see you again tomorrow, I hope, for a Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge post.  

Monday, April 30, 2018

Some Foiled Cards

I've been intrigued with foiling and recently treated myself to some foiling supplies.  Here's my first play with them.

Foiled BD

supplies: white and Green Leaf card stock, Gina K Designs Vibrant Vines Foil Mates sheet and Lime DecoFoil, (retired) MFT happy die, white embossed sentiment from Simon Says Stamp, adhesive foam strips

The leaf flourishes are larger in scale, and so the foiling shows up much better on this card than the others, but never enough for a photograph.  I added a big die-cut Happy and popped that layer above my card base for some fun shadow play.

Next up, a pink card.

Foiled Hugs

supplies: white and Cotton Candy card stock, Gina K. Designs Blooming Hearts Foil Mates sheet and Bubblegum foil, Simon's Leanna butterfly die and a hugs die, Doodlebug Heart sprinkle

After foiling the heart print sheet, I also burnished the same foil onto the edges of a panel of pink card and also a die-cut sentiment before assembling.  I wish I could capture the shine these make when the light hits them just right!  You can see just a bit of the pink foiling at the bottom right corner......

Here's another one.

Foiled Birthday

supplies: white, purple, and periwinkle card stock, Gina K. Designs Polka Party Foil Mate sheet, Deco Foil Lilac foil, Simon's Artful Flowers, leaves from Beautiful Day, and sentiment from Brush Stroke Messages, alcohol markers to color, adhesive foam squares

If you look closely, you can see the foil reflecting at the very bottom and a bit at the top left, too.  I cut this sheet up into 3 pieces and then added some flowers and a sentiment.

Not having an ink-jet printer, I went the way of also getting myself a laminator, and it works great with these supplies! These are a good value for the price, in my opinion, and work beautifully.

Can't wait to learn more ways to use these supplies!  If you need me, I'll be watching videos!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Testing some Alcohol Markers

I've made the decision not to invest in Copic markers because of their price, so I am always on the lookout for alcohol markers at something more reasonable   I recently ordered 2 sets of alcohol-based markers,  Altenew greens and Nuvo Palma Violets,  to see what I could do with them.  Here's my first play with them, using an old favorite butterfly woodblock stamp.

Artist's Butterfly

supplies: white, Green Apple, and a denim card stock, Hero Arts Artists' Butterfly, Simon's Leaves Background and sentiment from Beautiful Day, Nuvo Palma Violets Collection, Altenew Green Fields set, Spellbinder's Scalloped Circle die

I thought the plain blue card needed something, so I clear embossed the leaf background on them, and I like the extra interest it adds.   I cut a scalloped circle from it and mounted it over the butterfly panel. 

I am far from an expert, but I actually think the $5.99 Nuvo set blends a bit better than the $15.99 Altenew set!  But the greens in this set are my favorites, so I'm still pleased with my purchase of them.  And these Palma Violets are exactly what I was hoping for: periwinkle blue/lavender shades!  I now plan to buy some more of the Nuvo sets.  Have any of you any history or tips with either of these brands that you'd like to share?

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Rose and Lilac Birthday

It's taken me all this time to finally get my own Build a Rose stamp and die set, and after getting to know it a little, here's my first finished card using it.

Rose & Lilac Birthday

supplies: white and Audrey Blue card stock, vellum,  Altenew Build a Rose stamp and die set, Altenew Cherry Blossom and Green Meadows mini ink sets, Nuvo Palma Violet markers for "lilac", Simon's It's Your Birthday sentiment, Altenew Layered Plaid Cover Die B, Darice Adhesive Strips

After stamping and cutting out my rose and leaves I thought I'd also do the same with the little flower sprig that is included in the set, thinking I'd just scatter a couple around the rose.  When I put a group of 3 together, I thought they looked like a hydrangea, and when I added 2 more sprigs and elongated them - voila - a lilac!  I tried this arrangement over a few colored card stocks, and Audrey Blue won out this time, with a popped up plaid cover die in between.

I'd like to enter this card into Altenew's April Inspiration Challenge.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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

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


Once again, at the end of each month, our theme is Anything Goes.  This week my teamies and I are playing with My Favorite Things supplies.

I used some flower and leaf dies to make my card.

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supplies: white card, Bristol paper, watercolor dps from Lawn Fawn and MFT, MFT Scribble Roses Overlay and Layered Leaves dies, sentiment from Simon's Friendship Blooms, Simon's Stitched Rectangle die, mermaid lagoon and peacock feathers mixed with water for background smooshing

I made it easy on myself and used watercolor design papers as the backing for my flowers and leaves.

Now it's your turn!  We have a $50.00 gift certificate 

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