Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Simon Says.........Keep it Clean and Simple

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It's Wednesday and time for a new challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

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This week our theme is to keep it Clean and Simple, and you have an option to make a 1-layer card, too, if you wish.  The DT are all using Hero Arts products this week.  You don't have to use them for your creation, but we'd love to see them if you do!

Hero Arts has been dear to my heart ever since I started stamping, so this is a special week for me.  I've made 2 cards, one using new stamps and the other some older ones.

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My first card uses a new set from the Stamp Your Story series, Cherish Yesterday.  It contains some beautiful florals, one of which is this lilac sprig, which is a flower that holds much meaning for me.  I stamped it in 3 inks: seedless preserves and dusty concord distress inks, and Hero Arts Passion Flower.  The butterfly is from a sister set called Forever.  It was stamped in Hero Arts Iris ink, fussy cut, and popped up above the card.   In order to get 3 stampings across, my card is 6 1/4" long, as opposed to the usual A2 size of 5 1/2".

My second card features the beautiful cling spray of flowers from the set Floral Blossoms.  It is the perfect stamp for a CAS card, as it will fill up most of the card, leaving just enough room for a sentiment.  

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I used Distress markers to color the stamp itself, and then simply stamped it onto my white card base.  My sentiment is from HA's Dauber Bunch, and I added pink and green sequins from Pretty Pink Posh's Springtime Mix and some clear sequins from a former Simon card kit.

Now it's your turn - what will you make that's CAS?  Heidi has provided another $50.00 gift voucher to the brand NEW Simon Says Stamp Store to the random winner of the challenge.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Hello Friend

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Just playing today, inspired by Pinterest and some new stamps!  I found a pin that led me to this Lift Challenge and I loved the paper-pieced chevron-like design that the ladies were presenting, so I pulled out my new Bazzill Vintage Lace paper pad and made up my little panel with these pretty papers.  Then this morning my order from Winnie & Walter arrived, including the popular The Big, the Bold, and the Happy set, so this is its inaugural stamping.  I decided to stamp it on vellum and attach it to my pieced strip, and then I added this Hero Arts Jeweled Flower.  

As always, thanks so much for stopping by - enjoy your weekend!

Friday, April 18, 2014

CASEing Shari

Recently on the Simon Say Stamp blog,  Shari Carroll did an art journal spread to honor her Mom.  Shari consistently makes beautiful art of all kinds, but this particular piece really touched me

I loved it so much that I thought I'd use the same elements that Shari did, but instead of distress inks, use design papers and see what happened.

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The big background paper is from Pebbles Garden Party pad.  I stamped the background from Tim Holtz Papillon and white embossed it on that paper.  That was attached to a card base of Simon's Sea Glass cardstock.  The heart die is also Simon's, Large Doily Heart, cut from a piece of tone-on-tone check paper.  After cutting, I stamped and white embossed the butterflies from the same Papillon stamp set.  My die-cut Mom uses Hero Arts Alphabet Uppercase dies, and BoBunny double dot paper.  And to finish I added some craft store paper roses and several groupings of irridescent sequins.

One more picture to show the sparkle of the sequins - they really give off little fireworks  from across the room; sorry I couldn't capture that better.

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So, what do you think? This is definitely a brighter, busier version, but I hope that I achieved the feel that Shari evoked.   

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a wonderful Easter celebration!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

All Boy

The Simon Says Stamp May Card Kit is available, and it's chock-full of items involving boys!


Here are 2 cards I made using the supplies in it:

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One of the papers in the kit is a wonky red and cream stripe, and for some reason I decided to make it even wonkier and cut it up into angled pieces.  I attached them to the Neenah Desert Storm card base, and then stamped a sentiment and an image from the stamp set, colored them in, and framed them up, and attached that also.  Love that sentiment - isn't it the truth?

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And for this one I used a few of the papers again, cutting them into strips and lining them back up on an angle, then stamping another of the sentiments and a strip of stars.

If you have boys in your life, you may want to consider getting this card kit - it really is one of a kind!  A real little plus for this one is that it includes one of the new mini Distress ink pads in Peacock Feathers, and a new applicator and a few sponges to fit it - here's a great way to find out if these are something you can't live without!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Simon Says............Animal Antics!

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It's Wednesday and that means another challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!


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We have a fun theme for you this week: Animal Antics!  Put an animal/bird/critter on your creation!  I've gone to the birds myself this week..........

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Stampendous makes about 3 of these little chicks wearing hats - this one is called Floral Bonnet Baby, and I'm sorry to say that all of them went out of stock at the Simon store since I got her.  I colored her with some Spectrum Noir markers and paired her up with some Doodlebug Designs Hello Spring design papers.  My sentiment is computer generated around my stamped "Easter" (from a discontinued The Craft's Meow Easter set).   And I've been humming this song ever since this card was conceived!

Here's another one featuring their BlueBird Branch cling stamp:

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This image just makes me smile, and brought to mind the term "bluebird of happiness", so my sentiment seemed right with it.  I colored these sweeties again with my Spectrum Noir markers, then cut them out into a Nestabilities Labels Twenty die, and sponged on some tumbled glass distress ink while it was still in the die.  I thought the blossoms from Simon's Thinking of You set were a good match to the ones in the main image, and I added leaves from Lawn Fawn's Stitched Leaves die set.

Now it's your turn!  What will you make this week?  As always, there's a $50.00 gift voucher to the amazing Simon Says Stamp Superstore up for grabs to a random player!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Announcing new cardstock, inks, and SEQUINS from Simon Says Stamp!!

Have you seen the post today at the Simon Says Stamp blog?  We are debuting our newest color collection, Daybreak, 7 new colors!

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I'm loving the greys, Slate, Smoke, and Fog, plus that Lavender and the Lemon Chiffon!  AND there are new sequins, available in a round design, and cute little flowers!  Here are my favorites:

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.....or you can get the flower sequins in separate colors - 7 different colors, and another metallic mix!  Aren't they fun?  You can click right on my pictures to take you right to the store, or use the link at the top of my post to go to the blog and see everything new being released today.  Enjoy!

Monday, April 14, 2014

What's blooming in our gardens, 4/14/2014

Spring is creeping in here, a step forward, and a step back.  We've heard that we're about 4 weeks behind normal, and I believe it!  We've had some lovely warm temps lately and that really has popped some flower and leaf buds.  Unfortunately we're to have a dip back into the 30's tomorrow, so I thought I'd better gather some of these up in case the cold ruins them......

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And a closer look to see the miracles of even the tiniest of flowers:

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The smallest are scilla; I have patches of the blues growing with the little daffodils and a small clump of the white ones out back.  The other 2 flowers are Lenten Roses.  The daffodil is tete-a-tete, about 2 1/2" across at its widest point, to give you a reference here; much smaller than a "normal" daffodil.  

What do you have popping up?  I'd love to see!