Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Simon Says..........Winter Inspiration!


Happy Wednesday and welcome back to a new challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

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This week is an especially fun challenge, I think - our own Jenn has made us an inspiration board from various Pinterest images, and we want you to be inspired by something you see here to make a card or any creation.  The design team are all using Penny Black products, and we'd love to see you using them, too, but it isn't a requirement.  Here's Jenn's gorgeous board:

My first card uses the darling Holly Concert woodblock stamp, paired with a sentiment from Season's Wishes.  

SSS Dec17

The image was colored with markers, then I sponged on some tumbled glass distress ink surrounding it, and overlaid some snowflakes using Simon's Falling Snow stencil and Ranger Texture Paste.  The panel was then attached to a card base made from Simon's Schoolhouse cardstock.

Remembering some gorgeous snowflake dies from last year, I was taken with the center of the top row, and here's my literal interpretation:

SSS Dec 17

supplies: Penny Black Snowflake Trio dies, white glitter paper, Yuletide Greetings, vellum, kraft cardstock, Tim Holtz woodgrain embossing folder, stained with gathered twigs distress ink, Lawn Fawn white sequins

These snowflake dies are still some of my favorites - they are so delicate!  I wish my photography skills were better, to show you the pretty sparkle that the glitter paper gives them......

Alright, now it's your turn - how will you be inspired by our Winter collage above?  As always, we have a $50.00 gift voucher to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store


to give to a random winner from this week's challenge.  It would be a great little thing to find in your Christmas stocking, wouldn't it?  Good luck!

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Friday, December 12, 2014

A new release at Simon Says Stamp!

Today Simon is releasing their new Valentine's release called "Better Together"!!  I have a card today using the new set called Heartfelt Notes.  It has lots of little elements, so I pulled just 4 of them and made this card.

Love is Sweet

I stamped everything in Wplus9's pretty Sweet Gelato ink.  The central big heart has been fussy-cut and popped above everything else. 

Thanks for visiting today - I hope you'll go see all of the new things at the Simon Says Stamp Blog!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Another feminine tag of Christmas

Dawn Woleslagle has done a gorgeous tag for the CLASSroom's 12 Feminine Tags of Christmas challenge:

Dawn Final 2

Here's my CASE of it:

Feminine Tags of Christmas

supplies: white and Audrey blue cardstock, gold metal foil, aqua glitter cardstock, Wplus9's Stitched tags, Simon's Nautical Borders (stripes), Penny Black Snowflake Trio snowflake dies, Wplus9's Hand-lettered Holiday die and matching stamp set. Ranger super fine detail gold embossing powder, aqua ribbon, gold stretchy twine, gold sequins

Thanks for visiting today!  

Simon Says........Bling it On!


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

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This week, so appropriate for the Holidays, we're asking you to Bling it On!  The design team are using Kaisercraft products this week.  I chose a paper pad and a stamp set and made 2 cards.

SSS Dec 10

supplies: Kaiser St. Nicholas papers, Simon's Holiday Frames die, pale gold pearls

There are some gorgeous papers in this pad, many of them gold-foiled like my background, but also some beautiful rich vintage designs, like the one with the bells.  I fussy cut around a 2nd piece of paper and popped the bells and holly up for a little added interest.  And a row of gold pearls finishes the card.

For my second card, I used a stamp from Kaiser's Basecoat Christmas set, and made a little 4 1/4" square card with lots of bling!

SSS Dec10

I embossed the text tree in Ranger's Super Fine Detail Gold embossing powder, then added lots of Simon's Crystal Reflections sequins anywhere that there was a dot or tiny star or snowflake on the design.  The panel was popped above a panel of gold glitter cardstock, then attached to my white card base.  

It's your turn now!  We have a $50.00 gift voucher to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for one lucky random winner of our challenge!


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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Christmas Blessings

Just popping in to share a Christmas card.  I originally made it for a challenge, but decided not to enter it.  I used the very last scrap of this paper from Hero Arts Pool designer paper; I think the pretty swirls go so nicely with snowflakes!

Dazzling Snowflake

supplies: Hero Arts Dazzling Snowflake, Pool Designer Paper, Simon's Christmas Blessings die, green glitter paper white and silver sequins 

Thanks for stopping by - enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Merry & Bright

Ellen Hutson's CLASSroom is having its annual 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist, and after seeing Jennifer McGuire's tag, I was inspired!  I have had this coppery glittered reindeer for ages, recycled from a Christmas card years and years ago........and now was the time to use it!

12 Femine Tags, detail

I tied some gold jingle bells around its neck with teal embroidery thread, giving this tag a fun aspect of sound when it's moved, and stamped a background (The Craft's Meow Christmas Lantern, retired) in embossed gold, adding some gold sequins for more glitz.  I loved Jennifer's color choices, so I followed suit, using bright pink and aqua glitter cardstock.

12 Feminine Tags of Christmas

I love using glitter cardstock, but I always forget the fits it gives me trying to get a good photograph of it!  

Be sure to visit the CLASSroom for lots of wonderful inspiration - there'll be a new tag every day from Dec. 1 - 12!


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Clearly Christmas

What beautiful colors in the inspiration for us at the Curtain Call challenge!

And since it's called CLEARLY Christmas, I wanted to use something clear on my card.  I remembered a digital image from Jane's Doodles that I had previously printed out in several sizes on vellum, and that's where my card started.

Curtain Call Clearly Christmas

I colored 3 of the vellum poinsettias with green and blue markers, and stacked them together after cutting them out.  They were attached to a MFT stitched tag, which was stamped with a (now discontinued) The Craft's Meow sentiment from Holiday Poinsettia.  The tag was attached to a card base embossed with Cuttlebug's Victoria pattern, and I scattered some turquoise and green sequins.

I love the special look that vellum gives!

Thanks for stopping by!  

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Simon Says..........Christmas!

If you're here for my part of the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Farewell blog hop, please scroll down one post or click HERE.


Happy December and welcome to a new month of challenges at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

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This week our theme is CHRISTMAS and the team is playing with Stampendous products!  I have 2 stamps made by them that I just love for the Holidays!

SSS Dec 3

This one features the lovely Snowy Postcard stamp, or should I say most of it.  I trimmed out the main motif of a peaceful country scene and framed it with a Floral Ovals die, then attached this to my backing of blue glitter paper.  I embellished it with a Spellbinder's Poinsettia, Simon's Merry Christmas die, and a sentiment from Simon's Holiday Hellos, stamped in Hero Arts Red Royal ink.   Other supplies: broken china distress ink sponged into the sky, Twinklets Diamond Dust along the rooftops and snowline, and gold pearls.

My next card features Stampendous' Winter Birds.  I think these guys are so cute I made a special order just for it when I saw it come into the store.

SSS Dec3

This is a big stamp!  So all you really need is a sentiment, which I found in Hero Arts Joy to All set.  I cut the sentiment apart to make it fit into the space I had here.  I colored the main image with watercolor pencils (the blues) and markers, sponged around it in tumbled glass, and added some glitter to the snowy areas and punched snowflakes, which are also coated with glitter.  Then the panel was trimmed and attached to a green card base

Now it's your turn - I can't wait to get some ideas for some Christmas cards from all of you!  As always, we'll have a $50.00 gift card  to the amazing Simon Says Stamp Store for the random winner of our challenge.


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I'm entering my 2nd card into Merry Monday's Feathered Friends Challenge this week.

Thank You to PaperCrafts Magazine

Welcome to my little stop on the Blog Hop honoring Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine.  You should have arrived here from my friend Donna Mikasa's blog.

PaperCrafts was my first publication, back in 2012, so in thinking what I wanted to do for this hop, it seemed natural to revisit that first card, and I decided to use the same stamp and make a thank you card this time:

PCMag Farewell

supplies: Memory Box Tree of Birds, Simon's Autumn Blessings, both stamped in gathered twigs distress ink, markers, twine, enamel heart, foam squares

I do remember that feeling when I received the happy mail from Susan giving me the great news, and after coming back down to earth, experiencing it all over again when I saw my card in print!  

Now off you go to the next stop at the talented Giovana Smith's blog and enjoy!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Blue Christmas

Here's a card I made with 2 challenges in mind, the current one at the Simon Says Stamp Flickr group, to use a stencil, and AAA Cards Blue Christmas.

Blue Christmas

supplies: Simon's MaryAnne Snowflake stencil, various blue distress inks, Simon's Holiday Frames die, Lawn Fawn Stitched Snowflake die, white glitter paper, white sequin

Thanks for visiting today - I'll have 2 posts for you tomorrow, hope to see you then!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Happy Die-Cember!


It's December, and that means a new release of dies at Simon Says Stamp!  We're calling it our DIE-cember event!  Each of the design team was sent one of the new dies, and here is what I made with my set, called Highlight Frames.

SSS DieCember

This set has 3 separate motifs, a heart, a square, and a circle.  Of course I grabbed the heart first and ended up using the negative die-cuts for this simple card.  My sentiment is from Simon's Just a Love Note stamp set.  

Now, to show you what the actual dies look like, here's my 2nd card:

SSS Die-Cember Card #2

This one uses the square motif die, cut 4 times from Audrey Blue cardstock, and arranged around the stamped sentiment from Simon's Happy Every Day stamp set, stamped in Audrey Blue ink.  And I added a left-over die-cut heart from the card above.

And here's a special sale for you for a selection of dies HERE for today and tomorrow only: 50% off!!


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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


It's time for your favorite challenge - it's ANYTHING GOES at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

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The design team are playing with all things Lawn Fawn, and so our little gallery over at our blog is filled with cuteness this week!  We'd love to see you using Lawn Fawn products, too, if you have them!

SSS Nov26

My card this week features Lawn Fawn's Winter Sparrows and their Scripty Joy die, along with Simon's Falling Snow stencil, Ranger's Texture Paste, some red pearls and red glitter paper (and I dotted my joy with a tiny heart from Simon's Holiday Shapes).

This was so fun to put together!  I made another card, too:


This one again uses the Scripty Joy die, and also their Stitched Snowflakes dies.  Other supplies: Hero Arts pool designer paper, Simon's Schoolhouse cardstock and Holiday Shapes hearts, white glitter paper 

Now it's your turn!  As always, we have a $50.00 gift voucher to the Simon Says Stamp Store for 1 lucky random winner of this week's challenge!  


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And may I add to my American friends, I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving!  Aren't we lucky to have a holiday that makes us stop and think about our blessings?  I think we should expand it to about 3 or 4 times a year! 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

It's Your Day

Here's my card using this month's Simon Says Stamp Card Kit, called Winter Sparkle - so aptly named!   I used the Liquid Platinum embossing powder and several motifs from the stamp set and went dotty for you!

SSS Dec. Card Kit

The kit includes a lovely array of cardstock, including a beautiful silver matte one from Bazzill, plus 2 embossing powders, a fun stamp set, and some gold and silver sequins. 

Dec 2014 CardKit

Today there's a blog hop at the Simon Says Stamp blog, featuring top designers using this kit, with a Simon Prize pack available at each stop!  Don't miss it, there is some great inspiration there!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Scramble #98

Over the weekend we had another Scramble at the Hero Arts Flickr group, and our hostess Theresa chose snow as her theme - we could do anything that had snowflakes, snowmen, a snowy scene, etc.  Here's the card I made.


I've been wanting to try a masking technique to make a snowy scene, and this was my chance.  So I tore a piece of thin cardstock and placed it about 2/3 up my panel, then sponged on some blue and purple distress inks, also masking off my moon with a die-cut circle.  Then I removed my mask and moved it a little further down the page and stamped 2 trees (Hero Arts Classic Evergreen) and used some tumbled glass distress ink to make some shadows.  I continued down the card with my mask, adding shadows, and finished with a fully stamped tree and my sentiment from Avery Elle's Let It Snow.  Then I taped my Falling Snow stencil over the panel and added some Texture paste.  And when that was dry I attached my panel to a white card base and added a couple punched snowflakes (Wplus9's Seasonal Sentiments die).

I think I have lots of room for improvement with this technique, but for a first try, I'm pleased with the results - and I have another Christmas card ready!