Sunday, October 19, 2014

For a friend

A friend is moving away, and we will likely not see her often again.  I made her this card to wish her well.  It's a CASE of a card by Kay Miller that I recently saw in my blog-hopping.  I just love Kay's mix of the happy sunflower with the green gingham, and thought it would make a great card for my friend.

for Pat

supplies: Lawn Fawn Our Friendship Grows (sunflowers and leaves), colored with markers and watercolors, sentiment from a retired The Craft's Meow set, green gingham from Simple Stories Harvest Lane, Doodlebug sprinkles

As always, thanks for visiting - enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Be Joyful

I'm always late to the party........I just recently received this adorable Winter Sparrows stamp set from Lawn Fawn, and then this week my Simon November card kit arrived with the Lawn Fawn Snow Day papers in it.  And this morning I found a tutorial by Jennifer McGuire that explained how to get some new life out of our Wink of Stella pens.  All of that came together in this little card.

Be Joyful

supplies: Lawn Fawn's Winter Sparrows, Simon's Be Joyful (sentiment and "snow"), Lawn Fawn's Snow Days paper, markers, a rejuvenated Wink of Stella pen (which never shows on my photographs), VersaFine onyx black, Teddy Bear Brown, Lipstick Red, and Soft Pool inks, red gem "berries"

Thank you, Jennifer, adding water to my WOS pen has got it going again!   I think they ARE expensive, so I was thrilled to get some more use out of mine! 

Have a great weekend, everyone! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Simon's November Card Kit: Winter Jubilee

I just received my Simon November Card Kit, Winter Jubilee, and it is one of my favorites!

Love the colors, love the papers, love the stamps, love those little enamel hearts!  Here are my first 2 cards:

SSS Nov Card Kit

I thought this paper with the bunnies and birds decorating a tree was so cute, I wanted to build my card around it.  The largest tree was stamped in Hero Arts Splash ink, then cut out in an oval shape and framed in a scalloped oval, and I added some of the enamel hearts from the kit.  The sentiment stamp seems perfect; it was stamped in Hero Arts punch ink.

SSS November CardKit

I also really liked this striped paper, which has so many fun motifs on it.  So I cut a small section of it and stamped the candy cane stripe on either side of it, then added another of the papers along the spine of the card, and framed up one of the tags, which acts as my focal point and my sentiment at the same time.  

Lawn Fawn has outdone themselves with these wonderful papers - you can't help but smile when you see them, and they all coordinate beautifully together.  There will be some mighty happy Christmas cards made with them!

Thanks for your visit today.   Have you started your Christmas cards yet?  It's never too early!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Simon Says........Shari's Color Coordinates

If you're looking for my Color Throwdown post, please scroll down 1 post or click HERE.  Thank you.


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

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

This week is a really fun challenge; we're going to use the colors from Shari's Color Coordinates that she posts periodically at the Simon Says Stamp Blog!  Here's the latest one:

The design team are all using Simon exclusive products, and if you have any that would work, we'd love to see them in your entry!

These are definitely colors for Halloween, so I decided to find something that you wouldn't ordinarily associate with Halloween, and see what happened!  I decided on Simon's Butterfly Drift die - I thought if you let your imagination run free, they could be bats!  Here's my card:

SSS Oct 15

supplies: Doodlebug Petite Print dots and the stripes from one of their Halloween papers from last year, Doodlebug Halloween Sprinkles, Hero Arts Happy Halloween sentiment

Now it's your turn!  I can't wait to see what you do with these colors!!

Heidi has once again provided another $50.00 gift voucher to the random winner of our challenge


that you can spend at her fabulous Simon Says Stamp store!

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Color Throwdown #314

I'm delighted to be the guest this week at the Color Throwdown challenge!  Here are the fun colors  that we have to work with:

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And here's the card I made using them:

Color Throwdown #314

supplies: PaperTrey Ink The Sweet Life, inked with Hero Arts Fresh Peach, Pale Tomato, Punch, Green Hills, and Grass inks, Simon's Flower Friend sentiment, pink gingham paper from my stash, cream cardstock, Lawn Fawn sequins

I stamped a spray of roses, then fussy cut them and popped them above the card, sprinkling some sequins to match.   I was happy to find this pale pink gingham to add for a bit of pattern.

Thank you to the ladies of Color Throwdown for having me this week!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Simon Says Stamp's Flickr challenge #3

Simon Says Stamp has created a Flickr group, in which you can share anything you make using exclusive Simon-branded products.  And every 2 weeks there is a challenge, hosted by my friend Barb, with a different theme.  This time the theme is "Trendy Tags", and you can create a tag or add a tag to a card or other project.  The prize is a $50.00 gift card, and it's a random draw!  And the odds are wonderful right now, as there are only a few entries.  Here's my tag:

SSS Flickr Challenge #3

supplies: Simon's Giving Thanks stamps set, Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirls embossing folder, Tim Holtz Alphabet Tiles, various distress inks, 

The challenge ends on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 9:00 AM Eastern time.  I hope to see you there!  HERE's a link for all the details.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Pattern Play

On World Card Making Day, the Winnie & Walter blog had several great challenges for us, but I didn't get around to playing until just now.  This one is called Pattern Play, and Shay challenged us to play with patterns.  In thinking about this, I can't think of anything that uses pattern more than quilts, and so I decided to make one of my little quilt cards to enter this challenge.

W&W Pattern Play

I used a punch to cut 9 squares, mostly from Simple Stories Harvest Lane paper pad, and then pieced them together on a backing.  As I always do, that panel was embossed with an embossing folder, to simulate quilting, and then framed in a Core'dinations brick cardstock. (the binding)  Then I remembered these matching stickers from the same collection, and I thought this would be the perfect time to use them, so that leafy branch went over the top of my quilt.  I finished with a simple welcome home sentiment from Winnie & Walter's The Big, the Bold and Blessings, stamped in Simon's Lipstick Red ink.  

Our boys are far from home, in warmer climates, and they rarely get home here - it's usually easier for us to go to them.  But my fondest wish would be for them to be home at this, my favorite time of year.  This is kind of the thinking behind this card......a Mom can dream, can't she?

Shay, is this enough pattern for you?  :))  Thanks for visiting!

White on white

Hero Arts has a Holiday challenge going, and one of the categories is to make an all-white card.  I knew immediately what I would do, using their large Snowflake die, cut from white glitter paper.

HA Holiday challenge, White Out

supplies: Hero Arts sentiment from Miracle of the Holidays, embossed on vellum in Ranger super fine detail silver, Darice snowflake embossing folder, clear rhinestones, white cardstock, white glitter cardstock

After cutting the snowflake and embossing the background panel, it was popped up above the glitter paper frame, and then the glittered snowflake was turned slightly and popped above that.  I love the soft glimmer this gives off, just like new-fallen snow!


The other categories for this challenge are metallics, and tags, and there's even an anything goes one for a Holiday project you make that doesn't fit into the others.  Even though the challenge is open for a good long time, don't wait too long - there are FIVE $40.00 shopping sprees up for grabs!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Simon Says.........Watercolor


Happy Wednesday  - are you ready for a new Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge?  

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Our theme this week is Watercolor!  I'm so glad that this is so popular now - it really makes me feel like an artist when I watercolor.  Here's my card for this week:


I pulled out a set that has some pearlescent and metallic highlights in most of the colors: Yasatomo Pearlescent Watercolors.  The magic happens when you tilt the finished card to see these highlights appear.

SSS Oct 8

I first stamped my Winnie & Walter sentiment in Simon's Lipstick Red ink, then masked off that area and stamped a maple leaf multiple times.  Then I added color to the leaves, working with one color at a time, outlining the leaf with one color and filling in with another, then blending them.   When the leaves were dry I also splattered some of the same paints at the top and bottom of my card.  Then I added a dotted line at the top and bottom of my sentiment with a matching marker, and to finish used some My Mind's Eye Charmed gold enamel dots for a little more sparkle.  The panel was mounted on a card made from Hero Arts Grenadine layering paper, a perfect match.

Now it's your turn - I can't wait to see what you do this week!  As always, Heidi has provided another $50.00 gift voucher to the Simon Says Stamp Store, where you can find these watercolors, and almost anything else you can think of!


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eta: thanks to Angela, I'd like to add this to the AAA Cards challenge for this week, "Play with watercolors".

.....and also into the current LIM challenge, Autumn's Bounty

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Painted Flowers for fall

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Good morning!  Yesterday was World Card Making Day, and I spent it making cards that I will need for this month of October - birthdays, and some Halloween cards for our grandchildren.  I'm sharing one of them here today.

Fall Painted Flowers

After waiting so long to get these Painted Flowers in my hands, I haven't used them nearly enough, so I decided to color them in fall colors, and I love how this turned out!  I paired them up with a sentiment from another favorite company, Winnie & Walter, and added some pretty cupped flower sequins from Paper Sweeties to match.  The card base is an old Hero Arts notecard, a perfect match!

It's another dreary day here today, so I'll be doing more of the same.  Hope your Sunday is a creative one, too!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Color Throwdown #312

These are such unusual colors for the current Color Throwdown!  I just had to see what I could do with them.

Color Throwdown #312

I started with this trio of Hero Arts flowers, coloring them with various orange markers (the leaves are bundled sage), and fussy-cut them out.  I previewed several grey patterned papers for my vertical panel, and this one from My Mind's Eye Bramble Rose was the one I liked the best.  The black lacy edging is one of Hero Arts Scallop Borders, an older set, and the sentiment is Simon's Handwritten Sentiments.  I added some orange flower sequins from Paper Sweeties to finish.

Thanks for visiting again today......I hope to see you over the weekend for World Card Making Day festivities!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

A bittersweet wreath

Virginia has posted her newest challenge, and the theme this month is Clean and Simple.

October is my favorite month, so I am far from finished making fall cards!  I pulled out my fall supplies and chose a couple stamps that haven't been used in awhile.


supplies: Bittersweet Wreath, sentiment from The Craft's Meow Golden Days (now retired), Hero Arts Orange Soda ink, bow die from MFT Die-Namics Spring Wreath, Amuse dotted orange paper, cream and kraft cardstock, corner chomper

After stamping my wreath in brown ink, I colored in the berries with an orange marker and then added some glossy accents to them for a little bit of dimension.

Thanks for your visit today!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Simon Says..........Transport It!


Happy October, my favorite month of the year, and welcome to another challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge blog!

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

This week our theme is Transport It!  ...... planes, trains, cars, bikes, anything you can think of is fair game!  The design team are all using Simple Stories products this week.

SSS Oct 1

supplies: all Simple Stories DIY Boutique papers, Hero Arts Going (car) and Joy Ride (sentiment), Basic Grey enamel dots

The car that I learned to drive with was a VW bug, a pale aqua number, with a STICK SHIFT!  Living in Pittsburgh, PA, that was not a good combination (we have lots of hills).   But I survived, and now if I was buying a Bug, it would be this bright lime color and an automatic.......I framed it up in a polaroid-type frame and used some of the fun bright papers from my DIY Boutique pad.

So now it's your turn!  As always, Heidi has a $50.00 gift voucher


for the random winner of our challenge, to spend at the SUPER Simon Says Stamp store!

Simon Says Stamp

Monday, September 29, 2014

Mostly Words

It's always hard for me to jump back into creating after having taken a long break like I just did, but I saw several of my SSS teamies playing in the Less is More challenge, and that was a great way to get back into it.  The theme this time is Mostly Words.  Here's what I made:

LIM Mostly Words

I just love this Stampendous stamp called Autumn Words, so I inked it up in festive berries, spiced marmalade, fired brick, and ripe persimmon distress inks, then used 2 of Lawn Fawn's Stitched Leaves to cut out the leaf shapes.  I used the same inks to color the leaves before putting them back in their places, and then simply trimmed my panel and applied it to a rust card base.  Easy-peasy, but so fun!

Hope you have a great week!  I'll see on Wednesday for a Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!