Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Simon Says..... Anything Goes


Welcome to our last challenge of the month at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

It's Anything Goes this week, and the Design Team are using Penny Black products this week.  I made you 2 very different cards.

SSS July 29

supplies: Penny Black Collage of Wishes, colored in Spectrum Aqua markers and water on Bristol paper

Penny Black does a nice variety of these collage-type stamps, and this is one of their newer ones.  It has a selection of 4 different sentiments that can be stamped into the banner.  I simply watercolored it and stamped and cut out an extra large rose and a butterfly, and popped them above the main design after my card was assembled.

My next card uses some Penny Black stamps, a die, and some papers:

SSS July29

supplies: Penny Black Indian Wheel background, stamped in Simon's Hydrangea ink, Purple Mountain papers, sentiment from Friendship clear stamp set, and Iris die, green cardstock for it's leaves, purple sequins

I stamped my background for this one, and trimmed out a panel, then inset the iris into it.  The sentiment comes from a set with fun fonts and sayings.

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


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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

For Becca

I was playing some more with the distress inks smooshing technique and put down some peacock feathers and seedless preserves on a Bristol card panel.  Then something clicked and I remembered that Becca is celebrating her birthday this month.  In fact, it's already come and gone, but her birthday bash linkup is still open.  I was much impressed by one of the images she posted to show us some of her favorite things:

It was that teal and purple wood panel in the bottom right.  So after my inks had dried, I put the panel into an old Tim Holtz wood grain embossing folder, and then sponged on a little more vintage photo ink to cover up the white that was still showing on the panel.  This wouldn't be a card from me if it didn't have a flower on it somewhere, so I used the last of these Hero Arts Jeweled Pastel Flowers (thank goodness it was purple!), and some Tim Holtz Small Talk stickers, along with some more pearls in Becca's colors.  This is so far out of my comfort zone, I decided to stop there.  Here it is:

Becca's Birthday

Becca, Happy belated Birthday!  From the pictures you posted, it looks like it was a great one!   


Well, I'm still at it - playing with my Painted Flowers, I mean.  This time I decided to try the ink smooshing technique for a background, and then add the uncolored flowers and a sentiment.  I am thrilled with my first try!


supplies: Black and white cardstock, Bristol paper, worn lipstick, mustard seed, and peeled paint distress ink, water spritzer, Altenew Painted Flowers, Wplus9 Hand Lettered Hello die, Avery Elle Simply Said Hello, VersaFine Onyx Black ink

I smooshed the distress inks on my kraft mat, spritzed them with water, and then used a piece of acetate to pick up the inks, one at a time, and smoosh them onto my Bristol panel.  When I was satisfied with the color blending, I heat dried the panel, then overstamped my flowers and added my sentiments.  This resulting color blend reminds me so much of the color of a Peace Rose, and I'm so pleased with how easy it was to do!  I'll definitely be playing more with this technique!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Color Throwdown #352

Once again the ladies at the Color Throwdown challenge have given us some fun colors to play with! Here's my entry:

Color Throwdown #352

supplies: Simon Smoke and Slate cardstocks, Medium Dots Stencil, Hero Arts Tide Pool, Green Hills, Soft Granite, and Charcoal inks, Technique Tuesday Two-Steppin' (flowers), Simon's Sending die, Hero Arts XO clear set (hugs), silver sequins

And here's our inspiration board:

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Throwback Thursday

I have a card for this month's Throwback Thursday at WPlus9.  I really liked the colors that Maureen used for her samples, so I tried to approximate them.

Wplus9 TT#6

supplies: Wplus9 Backgrounds & Borders 1, Blanket Stitched Blooms (sentiment), Avery Elle Brushed, Simon's Mint, Wplus9's Silver Lining, and Hero Arts Pale Tomato inks, assorted washi tape, PPP sparkling clear sequins

I stamped the ikat dots in a diagonal, changing colors with each row, and then stamped another smaller panel, added some washi tapes and paint splats and a few sequins and framed it up in black.

Once again, Maureen has pushed me out of my comfort zone, but this design is growing on me!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Hello Summer!

Here's another card using the papers, stamp set, and the puffy stickers from the Simon August Card Kit:

SSS August Card Kit

supplies: Simple Stories dp, My Mind's Eye Carrot Stick and Tropical Bay shimmer cardstocks, October Afternoon puffy stickers, Simon's Flip Flop Season stamp set, Best Creations Foam Adhesive, all from the August Card Kit, plus Simon's Stitched Rectangle dies

The "hello" panel and the stickers were lifted up using the foam squares included in the kit.


And I just wanted to make sure that you knew to look HERE in the Card Kit Galleries for ideas for using any of the Card Kits.  Just click on the picture of the kit you're interested in and you'll see lots of examples.  You're welcome to link your own card, too!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Simon Says........Sparkle and Shine!


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

This week our theme is "Sparkle & Shine", and anything you can do to make your creation  put off some glimmer is what we're looking for!   The design team are using products from Pretty Pink Posh this week!

SSS July 22

supplies: white and black cardstock, black and white striped dp, Altenew Vintage Roses, Wplus9 Hand Lettered Hello die and stamp set, Pretty Pink Posh Watermelon and Lime Sorbet 6mm sequins

SSS July22

supplies: white cardstock, various pink and green design papers, Die-Namics Insta Frame die, Wplus9 Doodle Buds stamp set, Pretty Pink Posh Watermelon, Lime Sorbet, and Sparkling Clear 6 mm sequins

Now it's your turn!  We have a $50.00 gift voucher to the Simon Says Stamp Store for one lucky random winner of our challenge!


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Monday, July 20, 2015


WPlus9 Sketch #2

supplies: Wplus9 Watercolored Anemones, various Wplus9 inks, Hand Written Thanks die, Simon's Surf Blue cardstock, Pretty Pink Posh sequins

Here's another play with the sketch that Joni has given us for this month's Wplus9 Get Sketchy challenge.  My first card was VERY busy, so I decided to make a more CAS design this time.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Marika yellow

My favorite colors for roses are yellow, so of course I had to do a yellow version of Marika's beautiful card.  I thought I'd re-arrange her elements and use design papers this time.

Marika yellow

supplies: Altenew Vintage Roses, Hero Arts/Studio Calico My Happy sentiment, Authentique Classique Beauty design papers, gold and black pearls, Sizzix branch with leaves die

Thanks for stopping by - I do love knowing you were here!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Florals and stripes

When I was trying out the emboss-resist and iron-off technique, this is the first background I made.  I let it sit for a few days, but came back to my original idea of adding flowers to it.

Hugs and Flowers on Stripes

supplies: Hero Arts Stripes Pattern cling background, embossed in clear on watercolor paper, watercolored with salty ocean distress ink and then ironed off, Altenew Painted Flowers, theBig, the Bold and Friends cutaway, cut from aqua foil cardstock

Hope you have a great weekend, everyone!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Marika Blue

Just a quick post today........I mentioned earlier that I loved Marika's design so much that I was thinking of making more cards with other colors.  Here's a blue version.

Marika blue

supplies: white, blue, and navy cardstock, Altenew Vintage Roses, Hero Arts blue and green inks, Avery Elle's Laurels (sentiment) and Storybook (small stamped branches), Hero Arts navy pearls

I flipped the sketch 90 degrees this time, and substituted a dark navy for the black.  If you'd like to see my pink version, it's HERE.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Simon's August Card Kit

This August Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp is a good one, people!  It is packed with all kinds of fun stuff!  Here's the first card I made using it:

SSS Aug CardKit

And a closer photo so you can see the confetti in the glassine bag (from my own stash) and the sentiment, part of the papers.  

detail, Aug CK

I am SO pleased to get this little sunshine die and the shimmer cardstock was really fun to play with, too; I'm sorry the shimmer doesn't show up here in my pictures.  The confetti was a fun treat, also; it comes in a little plastic vial that keeps everything in its place.  And the design papers from Simple Stories have something for everyone!  Then there's the jelly roll pen, and the adorable puffy stickers.....and Simon has even included one of their new storage pockets, to keep your stamp set and die safe, or use it like Shari did!


I haven't even scratched the surface of what's in this kit!  If you were ever going to try one of these, this is IT!

Happy Summer!


Today is the day that Simon's latest release called Splash of Color is being revealed!  Be sure to visit Simon Says Stamp to see all the fun new summer stamps and dies and inks!!  I was sent a clear stamp set and a matching die set, and here's what I made with them:

SSS Splash of Color release

supplies: Simon's new Pool Play clear stamp set, colored with markers and detailed with a Signo white gel pen, and cut out with the Summer Fun dies that match it, (or you can buy the sets together, called Happy Swimmers), a Doodlebug design paper that looks like water to me, along with some parchment for the "sand", and my own sun

This stamp set has some small stamps that are fun with these 2 larger pieces, and 3 other sentiment stamps, so I know you'll have fun making your own little scenes, too!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Simon Says.........Get in Shape!


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

This week our theme is "Get in Shape", and we'd like you to make something besides the usual square or rectangle for your creation.  My teamies and I are using Lawn Fawn products.  I made a wreath card!

SSS July 15

supplies: Lawn Fawn Our Friendship Grows stamp set, lots of yellow, orange, brown and green printed design papers, Simon's Smile Circle die

To begin I cut a doughnut as a base for my wreath from cream cardstock using 2 circle dies.   Then I stamped, cut-out, and paper-pieced the flowers, arranged them and the leaves around the base I had made, and then glued them all down.  My card backing is another cream circle that has been scored close to the top, where it is glued to the wreath.  I tried several stamped sentiments, but in the end, I liked this circle smile the best.  It is 3 layers.  My finished project measures about 5" across at it's widest point.  I used the smaller of the 2 flowers from the stamp set, so it could easily be made larger by using the larger flower, or mixing both of them together.

Here's a more colorful version, and this time I used Lawn Fawn's Scripty Hugs die and my backing is a green print.  Also, most of the flowers come from various Lawn Fawn paper pads, most of them now discontinued.  This is a great way to use up scraps!

SSS July15

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


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