Tuesday, July 22, 2014

SSS August Card Kit: Summer Dreams

Have you seen the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit for August?  If this isn't summer, I don't know what is!  My grandkids arrived at just about the same time as my kit, so I'm just now getting around to playing with it.  And being the ice cream addict that I am, I decided to use only the ice cream cone along with one of the sentiments and a heart from the adorable stamp set.  I also used the solid Simon cardstock in the kit, adding only my own Audrey Blue for the party hat on the center oval, and some kraft for the cones in the background.

SSS August CardKit

After paper-piecing all my ice cream cones, I glued most of them to my white card base, stamped some hearts in matching colors, and then embosed the whole front in dots.  There are 2 tiny smiley faces in the stamp set, so I used one of them on my center cone.  

They've thought of everything for this set!  Do you see the 2 Distress markers?  Here might be a good place to try them out, if you haven't already......

Thanks for stopping by.  I'll see you tomorrow for a Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

Thursday, July 17, 2014


I have been lusting over these Altenew Painted Flowers since they first debuted way back in the spring.  Anytime they'd be in stock I'd always miss them and they'd sell out again, but I finally nabbed them last week!  They are just lovely, and of course I had to ink them up in my favorite color for their first stamping.

Painted Flowers - Blue

supplies: blue and white cardstock, ColorBox Sky Blue, Brilliance Sky Blue, Hero Arts Cornflower, Stone Wash, Green Hills, and Grass inks, sentiment from Hero Arts Live Life, blue iridescent flower sequins from Paper Sweeties

There's a little bit of a learning curve to get all the steps stamped, and I'm not there yet,  but it is so worth it, in my opinion, to get results like this!  I know you'll be seeing lots more of this set.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Simon Says................A Blue-Eyed Chicken????


Wednesday again, and time for a new fun challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog!

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

This week our theme is Spots & Dots!  Fun, huh?  You can interpret that any way you want - the design team cards will get you started, I know!  We're all using Paper Smooches products, and we'd love to see you doing the same, but it's not a requirement to enter.  Here's my first card:

SSS July 16

When I went looking in the Simon Says Stamp Store for some Paper Smooches stamps, this Dippy Dots jumped right out at me.  It made me think of champagne bubbles, and so I stamped it in clear ink and embossed it in Ranger silver and gold embossing powders.  I framed it up with some gold foil paper and added some gold and silver sequins.  I also picked up this set of sentiment dies called Birthday Words, and I cut "Cheers" out of both silver and gold foil paper, then inserted the gold die-cut into the silver negative.  This is pretty much the way I envisioned my card, and except for the difficulty in photographing all that glow, I'm pleased with the results.  

My next card uses one of Paper Smooches first sets that I think is still just darling......I like to use it for my grandkids: Chubby Chums.

SSS July16 A Blue-eyed chicken!

And I went all-out on the dots here!  I used dotty paper, dotty washi, embossed dots, and used pearls as dots!  You can see my supplies down below.  

Okay, so now it's your turn!  

There's a $50.00 gift voucher for the Simon Says Stamp Superstore up for grabs to the random winner of our challenge!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hero Arts ATC swap

Recently in the Hero Arts Flickr group, Heather organized a small group of us to swap some ATCs. Each of us got a partner, and it was up to each group to decide what our theme would be, if any, how many ATCs to swap, etc. My partner Lucille came up with a theme of summer, and here are the ATCs I sent off to her.

Hero Arts Summer ATC swap with Lucille

In case you're unfamiliar with the term, ATC stands for Artist Trading Card, and they are traded in many of the arts.  The official size of each one is 2.5" wide by 3.5" long, about the same size as a sports trading card,  and some of them can be very ornate, with layers and layers.  I chose to keep mine on the CAS side.  As you can see, summer to me means gardens, butterflies, daisies, and lots of color!  

Lucille sent me 3 gorgeous floral ATCs - she knows how I love my flowers!  Aren't they gorgeous?

Lucille's ATCs

I mentioned that Heather organized the swap for us.   I wanted to send her some ATCs "just because", so  here are the ones I made for Heather:

Hero Arts ATCs for Heather

We both share a love of anything fiber-related, so these are in homage to that.

Here's a very special ATC that Heather made for me when we visited Ireland a year ago.

Heather's ATC

She actually made it into a little ATC-sized card, with the famous Irish Blessing inside.  The sentiment on the front means "a hundred thousand welcomes".  Isn't it amazing?  It's a much-treasured souvenier of our trip to her beautiful country.

I hope you'll try making your own ATCs if you haven't already - they are amazing tiny treasures, and a really fun way to collect some of your friends' art!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Just Saying Hello

Here's another card for the Hero Arts One-Layer challenge.  I've seen these swoosh stamps used as backgrounds several times now and I like the effect they give......

HA challenge

supplies: Hero Arts Forever (bird silhouette) and Dauber Bunch (sentiment), The Craft's Meow retired Typically Teen (swoosh stamp), Hero Arts inks Soft Pool, Tide Pool, and Splash

This card reminds me of the birds that we hear each morning, even before we get up, singing their little hearts out!  


Thanks for coming by!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Mama Elephant challenge

Mama Elephant has started its first challenge, called Mama Elephant & Me!  This inspiration was so fun that, even though I just have 1 ME set, I had to have a play!

Love those colors, and it just so happens that my set has a sentiment that could refer to a wedding day, so here's what I did:

Mama Elephant challenge

I chose one of the several flower clusters from their Water Blooms set, and after stamping and masking off the sentiment, proceeded to stamp it all over the card front, changing the ink colors as I went.  I never noticed this before, but I think this particular flower cluster looks a bit like hydrangeas.....what do you think?

Emboss Resist

Last week as I was visiting my favorite blogs I came upon Judy's and found THIS amazing card.  I couldn't get it out of my head and finally decided to CASE it.  Here's my version of Judy's card:

W&W Emboss Resist

supplies: W&W's The Big, the Bold, and the Extras (embossed flowers and leaves and dots), The Big, the Bold, and the You (sentiment),  versamark ink and white embossing powder, worn lipstick and squeezed lemonade distress inks, Penny Black Flutters butterfly die, Lawn Fawn sequins

Thank you for your inspiration, Judy, and I still like your card better than mine........

 I'll enter this at the Winnie & Walter blog, where they're playing with distress inks and resist. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

This is the Life! release at Simon Says Stamp!

Today is the day that a whole new collection of stamps, dies, and stencils are being released at Simon Says Stamp!!  A week ago I gave you a sneak peek of a card I made using a fun die that is part of the collection.  Here's what I made with it:

Sweet Summer

My die is called Ice Cream Cones, and it can cut up to 3 cones at one time.  I chose to make myself a triple-scoop cone, and paired it with a vellum cloud paper from the Dear Lizzy Neapolitan collection by American Crafts.  My letters are Hero Arts Uppercase Alphabet, and I used mint and cotton candy cardstock from Simon.  And can you see that the cone is one of the new embossed dies?  After cutting it out, you can run it through your machine a second time to get a cool embossed texture on it!

Summer is my excuse to eat all the ice cream I can, so this card couldn't be more appropriate for me!

If you'd like to see the whole new This is the Life release, please click HERE.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Velveteen stamping

Here's another card for Hero Arts one-layer challenge.  I wanted to do the Velveteen Stamping technique again, and I think this may be my most successful try at it.  Basically you stamp an underlying pattern on the card in white ink, and then overstamp solid images in colors, and if all the planets align, the first pattern shows through the top ones, creating a fun design!  Here's my card:

HA challenge Velveteen stamping

I stamped the Winnie & Walter sentiment first on an angle, then masked the sentiment and overstamped the Hero Arts Tweed pattern in Colorbox Frost White ink, to cover the top and bottom of my card.  After allowing that to dry thoroughly, I again masked the sentiment, and stamped the flowers (Hero Arts 4 Fun Flowers and the little one from Remember) in various pool, green,  and mint inks.  We're allowed to use embellishments for this challenge, so I added just a few sparkly sequins in clear and blues.  

I'm very pleased with my results, and this will be used almost immediately, as my family has 3 birthdays in August coming up!  


I hope you'll give this technique a try if you haven't already; it's really fun to do!  Thanks for visiting today!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Simon Says..........Let's Be Clear


Happy Wednesday and welcome to a new Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Our theme this week is a fun one: Let's Be Clear.  You can use acetate or vellum, glass, glossy accents, translucent embossing paste - or even a clear stamp!  The design team are all using products from Clearly Besotted, and if you have any of their stamps or dies, we'd love to see you using them also, but it's not a requirement to enter our challenge.  

I chose the set called Happy Everything and paired it up with some vellum for my cards.

SSS July 9

I white embossed this pretty blossoming branch on vellum, then turned it over and colored in the details with some distress markers.  I trimmed it into a partial panel and attached it to a card base made of Simon's Cotton Candy cardstock, to which I white embossed a sentiment from the same set.   And to finish I glued on some antique tatted lace and some white pearls.

SSS July9

This rose is the other floral image in the set.  I did the same as above, white embossed it on vellum, then fussy-cut it out and glued it to a panel that had been inked with worn lipstick and picked raspberry distress inks and overstamped with a lace pattern in picked raspberry.  The sentiment from the set was also white embossed before I popped the panel above my white card base. 

Now it's your turn!  


There's another $50.00 gift voucher to our fabulous Simon Says Stamp Superstore for the random winner!

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