Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Simon Says.......Fun with Dies!

Happy Wednesday - welcome to our challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

Our theme this week is Fun with Dies.  The team is playing with our own Simon Says Stamp products this week, and I have 2 cards for you.  

First up, here's a card that uses a brand new snowflake from the DieCember release.

supplies: white, glitter white, and Bristol cardstock, mermaid lagoonpeacock feathers, and lucky clover distress oxide inks, Simon Jewel Snowflake and Holiday Frames dies, Lots of Snowflakes embossed in white, silver sequins

I smooshed an oxide background, then overstamped various sizes of snowflakes.  The panel was attached to a white cardbase, and then I simply added the sentiment frame and a glittery snowflake.

Here's another card, using a mix of dies and stencils.

supplies: white and silver glitter cardstock, Simon's Christmas Gnome Home stencil and Joy die, bow die, pink and aqua inks, Petal Pink Liquid Pearls

This Gnome Home stencil was part of a card kit from 2019, and I hadn't used it yet.  But when I saw the little leaf sprig and dots in it, I decided to try to make a wreath from it.  I started by using a circle die to lightly draw in a circle on my white panel, then repeatedly moved the stencil around the circle.  Then I haphazardly filled in with the single dots.  After matting my panel with silver cardstock and adding the sentiment and bow, I went back in and added some liquid pearls here and there for a little more dimension. I love this modern Christmas color palette of aqua, pink, and silver!

Now it's your turn!  We have a $25.00 gift certificate 

to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 1 lucky random winner of this week's challenge!  I can't wait to see what you all make this week!


Tuesday, December 1, 2020

It's DieCember!!

It's Simon Says Stamp's annual DieCember release - what a fun assortment of dies!

I received the new Detailed Rose die set, and I have 2 cards for you.

supplies: tan, black, Schoolhouse Red, a burgundy, Green Leaf, and a darker green cardstock, Detailed Rose dies, Sunny Studios Quilted Hearts embossing folder

I used the detail dies to cut the black outlines, then the solid images to fill in with color.  I also pieced in a few more burgundy pieces to add extra depth to the image. This is such a big die that I decided to forego the sentiment on this one, until I use it.  I placed the rose over a background with tiny hearts.  Since it's a red rose, it could be for Valentine's Day!  

Then I decided to make a more elegant card and changed to gold details for my next one, and put it against a gold hot-foiled background on cream.

supplies: metallic gold, cream, Schoolhouse Red, Green Leaf and a darker green cardstock, Detailed Rose dies, Christmas Blessings dies, Spellbinders Essential Glimmer Rectangles and Glimmer Hot Foil machine, gold glimmer hot foil

Since these colors reminded me of Christmas, I used a Blessings sentiment die.

To see the entire release, just click HERE.  And for ideas on how to use the products, visit our gallery HERE.  There will be 2 blog hops, too; tomorrow and Thursday this week!

Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, November 30, 2020

My Favorites from November

 I enjoyed making these cards and tag this month!

Thanks for visiting me today!

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Frosted Poinsettia

 I haven't played with this poinsettia die in a long time - it's one of the first Spellbinders dies that I ever bought!  Today I wanted to make it pink, and frosty.

supplies: white, Cotton Candy, Mint, kraft, and various green cardstock, Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia dies, Tim Holtz Mini Holiday Greens and Funky Floral 1 dies, Simon (retired) Small Forest Tree die, Collage Medium, Clear Rock Candy distress glitter, The Greetery Banner & Bough banner stencil and sentiment stamp, tattered rose distress ink, VersaFine Vintage Sepia ink, Echo Park (retired) Snow Flurry embossing folder, tiny rhinestones, a larger Hero Arts diamond gem, adhesive foam

After die-cutting all of the various greens and parts of the flower, I dabbed collage medium with my finger over the tips of everything but the poinsettia leaves, then drizzled them with rock candy distress glitter.  This next picture shows the frostiness a bit better.  It's subtle but shows up pretty well irl.  I separated the layers of the flower with tiny adhesive foam bits, then surrounded it with my little bits of greenery before attaching it to my embossed panel.

I thought this banner and sentiment was the perfect size - it's actually a stencil and stamp combo, which I inked with Tattered Rose distress ink, and then fussy-cut.

And one more picture.

I hope you're enjoying your long weekend - thanks so much for taking time out of your day to visit me!

Friday, November 27, 2020

Pink Poppies

 I wanted to play once again with Susan Tierney-Cockburn's Oriental Poppy dies.  

When we were first planting our gardens, our neighbor gave us seeds from her pink poppies that came from her grandmother's garden.  These were so unusual, because they produced both a simple-petal flower and a multi-petal one!  Over the years they have dwindled, because I haven't saved the seeds, just allowing what seeds on its own from year to year.  This last summer, I think we had only 1 or 2 plants. Here's a picture of them in their heyday, from 2004.  I'm not sure these are oriental poppies, as they had yellow centers when they opened, and no black shading like is usually seen in most other poppies.  They grew 2 or 3 feet tall.

And here's my card in memory of those lovely flowers.

supplies: white, black, Green Apple, and a pink cardstock,  Oriental Poppy dies, Hemstitch Rectangle die, Tammy Tutterow (retired) sentiment, black pearls for centers, sparkle clear sequins

This time I used the bud die that is included in the set.  These flowers take a little bit of time to prepare once they're die-cut, using a stylus to add some veining, and I also used a little blender brush and some ink to darken the centers of the petals.   But I think the results are lovely, and I look forward to seeing more of Susan's lovely dies going forward.  

Did you know that there are blue poppies?  That will be my next project!  

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

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

Happy Wednesday - welcome to our challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


As always at the end of each month, our theme is Anything Goes, and my teammates and I are playing with Penny Black products.

I chose an old favorite for my card - my Snowy stamp is dated 2012!

supplies: white cardstock, white woodgrain cardstock, white glitter cardstock,  buffalo check and  snowflake patterned papers, Penny Black Snowy woodblock stamp and a (retired) Snowflake Trio die, sentiment from  (retired) Simon's An Arctic Christmas, Simon's Birch Circle die

I couldn't resist giving Snowy a signature Woolrich plaid scarf and hat - reminds me of my Dad's hunting gear!

Now it's your turn!  We have a $25.00 gift certificate 

to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 1 lucky random winner of this week's challenge!  I can't wait to see what you all make this week!

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Candy Cane Christmas

 I got my Simon Says Stamp December Card Kit over the weekend and dove right in!  I have 3 cards for you today.

supplies: white and Lipstick Red cardstock, Candy Cane Heart die set, sentiment and mistletoe from Joyful Season stamp set

I couldn't wait to try the new Candy Cane Heart, and I love how easy it is to play with, and the perfect size, too!  I decided to run with the heart theme and added a sprig of mistletoe to it.  The sentiment ties it all together, I think, and isn't the handwriting beautiful?

The kit also includes a lovely selection of patterned papers, and among them are sheets of 3" x 4" panels.  This one is my favorite, so I simply framed it with 2 of the other papers in the pad, and then added my own little heart button and a tiny bow.  

supplies: white cardstock, green and striped dps from Simple Stories Vintage North Pole, my own heart button and ribbon

My country-style heart loves this card!  There are beautiful velvet ribbons in this kit also, but they are just a bit bulky for such a tiny bow, so I substituted one of my own ribbons.  I also think it would be fun to use the Candy Cane die and some pine sprigs to recreate this little vignette.  That's my next card.

supplies: white, Lipstick Red, Surf Blue, and red glitter cardstock, a patterned paper from Simple Stories Vintage North Pole, Candy Cane Heart die set, Tim Holtz Holiday Greens, sponged with Rustic Wilderness (pines) and Pine Needles (holly leaves), sentiments from Joyful Season and Tiny Words Christmas sets, my own bow die and aqua flower button, white thread, Doodlebug Heart Sprinkle

I die-cut the Candy Cane Heart, then rearranged it a bit.  I used the new mini Rustic Wilderness distress ink to sponge the pine branches and Pine Needles distress ink for the holly leaves.  After  stamping and die-cutting all the elements, I assembled them as best I could to mimic the printed version you saw above, using a bit of red glitter card for my bow.  

Here's the gorgeous kit.  The stamp set is packed with beautiful images and appropriate sentiments for this unique Christmas season, and there's a pack of ephemera which will be fun to play with when I need a fast card! 

Monday, November 23, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving

Just sharing a Thanksgiving card today.

supplies: ivory, Sunshine, Green Leaf, Burnt Orange, and kraft cardstock, Taylored Expressions Fall Foliage Background stamp and stencils, mustard seed, fossilized amber, ripe persimmon, crackling campfire, and shabby shutters distress inks, Handlettered Thanksgiving Sentiment, Impression Obsession Leaf die, twine, tiny heart sprinkle

This Fall Foliage set is a joy to work with, and the results are perfect every time!  I simply added a framed stamped sentiment to the center of my card and some tiny oak leaves.

Thanks for coming by.  

Sunday, November 22, 2020

All is Calm

Another Christmas card.  Looking back at THIS card, I wanted to try that idea with a different central image. 

supplies: white, Surf Blue, and Peacock Teal cardstock, Wplus9 Pine Frame cover die, (retired) Penny Black Christmas Cottage woodblock, dated 2013, retired sentiment, glitter pen and clear glitter, adhesive foam to pop up cover plate

I found that my old Spellbinders Oval die is the perfect fit for the center of this cover die.  So I stamped the little image inside one, colored it minimally, and shaded some ink for the sky, leaving it inside the die.  Then I added a tiny bit of glitter to the shadows and the roofline and stamped my sentiment before attaching the oval to my pine frame.  That panel was then popped above my card base.  

It's a treat digging out all these "old" supplies and using them again each Christmas!  

Friday, November 20, 2020

Christmas Jar

 I got a stamp set earlier this year, and haven't yet used one of the stamps in it - today's the day!

supplies: white and Lipstick Red cardstock, Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Christmas dp, Stampendous Festive Season, sentiment from Simon Winter Scene

I always have a soft spot for canning jars, but I don't think I've seen one holding a Christmas arrangement - and I love that big red bow!  I didn't want to cover up a bit of this pretty image, so I opted to place my sentiment a bit off-kilter.  If you'd like to see some other cards using this same set, they are HERE and HERE.

And I'm thrilled to be able to use some of my vast collection of patterned papers - I like this tiny plaid to off-set the stamped panel.

Thanks for your visit!

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Simon Says........Christmas


Happy Wednesday - welcome to our challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

This week our challenge is Christmas, and the team is featuring beautiful Memory Box products.

supplies: white, pink, and Green Apple cardstock, vellum, Memory Box Open Studio Berry Wreath, Nuvo markers to color, glue pen and prisma glitter on berries

This is a large image, and to fit an A2 card, I had to cut part of it off.  I love pink and a lighter green for Christmas, and I added some clear glitter to the berries only to make it a little more festive.  

Now it's your turn!  We have a $25.00 gift certificate 

to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 1 lucky random winner of this week's challenge!  I can't wait to see what you all make this week!

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

A Clear Christmas Card

 I used a brand new stamp set along with a cover die that I got last year.

supplies: white cardstock, clear acetate, Wplus9 Pine Frame cover die, Stampendous Festive Season stamps, markers, Small Talk Occasions sticker

After cutting the pine frame and gluing it to my acetate card base, I also cut 2 oval dies; 1 will go on the inside of the card for my sentiment, and on the very back of the card to cover the tape I used to secure it (see picture below). Then I stamped, colored, and fussy-cut the birch log arrangement, and glued it onto the front.  I wanted a sentiment that wouldn't cover up the design, so I chose a Small Talk sticker and edged it in red ink.

Here's a shot of the inside.  I used the heart and holly stamp from the Festive Season set, as well as an old Hero Arts woodblock sentiment - love the font!

I haven't made one of these clear cards in ages - it's nice to do something different for a change!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Christmas Cards, Take 2

Here are 5 more Christmas cards using The Greetery's beautiful Banner and Bough set of stencils and stamps.  I've really enjoyed working with this set and ended up making 15 cards with it!

As I did last time, I used some patterned papers as my backgrounds, or some framing dies which you've seen hundreds of times before here. The first card has the banner trimmed out separately and popped above the rest of the design. That's an easy thing to do because it has its own stencil.   And I kept the accessories to a minimum also,  just 4 pearls for the centers of the large flowers.  These should all be fairly flat for mailing. 

How are you progressing with your cards?

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Floral Smiles

 I really loved this background cling, it's a form of scribbled flowers, which is a favorite motif for me!  I paired it with a new die sentiment for today's card.

supplies: white, beige and fold metallic cardstock, Spring Flowers Background cling, colored in reds, green, and cream, Sending Smiles Shadow die

This will be beautiful in pastels or just pinks or yellows, but because of the season right now, I chose to do it in shades of reds.  After I finished coloring the flowers and leaves on the bright white cardstock, I decided I wanted a creamier background, so I colored it in.  Then the sentiment cut from gold went nicer, too.  I attached the trimmed panel to a beige card base.

Thanks for stopping by!