Saturday, October 20, 2018

Give Thanks

Here's another card using one of the dies from this month's Spellbinders Small Die of the Month kit. I was inspired by Kath's card HERE to make a smooshed background to showcase this wishbone thanks die.

Give Thanks

supplies: watercolor paper and kraft card stock, October Spellbinders small die of the month, distress oxide inks (carved pumpkin, barn door, and candied apple), (retired) Hero Arts Thanksgiving sentiment, Penny Black border die

Starting with a piece of watercolor paper, I smooshed several fall colors of distress oxide inks, drying each before going on to the next color.  I also stamped maple leaves with some of the same inks.  Then I attached my wishbone die and stamped the sentiment before trimming the panel out to add to a kraft card base.

This die kit has an acorn die, plus 2 stand-alone sentiment dies, perfect for Thanksgiving.  It's available only this month, while supplies last.  

Thursday, October 18, 2018

For MFT's Color Challenge

I haven't played in any challenges in ages, so when I saw this one based on colors which rang all my bells, I jumped!   This is for the MFT Challenge #103.

MFT Color Challenge

supplies: white, Lavender, Audrey Blue, Green Apple and Slate card, a woodgrain grey, highlighted with grey ink, MFT's Plaid Patterns pad, Birds of a Feather dies, Tammy Tutterow Sweet Tweets Birdhouse die, stitched oval die, Simon's Mini Hearts dies, sentiment from Wplus9 Blanket Stitched Blooms, pearls

I just got this Plaid Patterns paper pad, and I think this pretty one reflects the colors for the challenge nicely.  And this was a nice colorway to use with my current favorite Birds of a Feather dies!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Simon Says.......Animal Antics

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


This week our theme is Animal Antics; this always generates a gallery-ful of fun!  We are highlighting a new stamp company called Hello, Bluebird.  If you have any of their fun products, we'd love to see you using them, but it's not necessary to play along.

SSS Oct 17

supplies: white cardstock, Hello, Bluebird Woodland Littles, Simon's Birch Tree Window and Stitched Rectangle dies, ripe persimmon, carved pumpkin, and mustard seed distress inks for background, Tonic Nuvo Creative Pen markers to color the littles, adhesive foam squares

The littles were colored and fussy-cut, then arranged over the trimmed Birch Tree Window panel.  I stamped some of the leaves on the panel, and affixed others that I had cut out. The panel was then popped above the distress-inked background.

Now it's your turn!  We have a $50.00 gift certificate 


to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 1 lucky random winner of this week's challenge!

Saturday, October 13, 2018

CASEing Pam

I was bopping along on IG yesterday and stopped dead in my tracks when I saw THIS card by Pam Sparks.  I couldn't get it out of my head, and so this morning, I tried my own version of her gorgeous design.

CASEing Pam

supplies:2 greens, Cornflower Blue, Soft Navy, and a taupy cardstock, Winnie & Walter Scenery Stripes to stamp plaid, blueprint sketch oxide and VersaFine Onyx black inks, black marker, white pencil, SN@P Wood and Notebook Basics dp, Tim Holtz Mini Holiday Greens and Holiday Words dies, pinecone from a Hero Arts card kit, black watch tartan ribbon

I LOVED Pam's mix of wood and a tartan background, so I made a plaid background based on my family tartan, then found green and blue cardstocks to compliment it for my die-cut sprigs and sentiment.  

Thank you, Pam, for your inspiration!  

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Simon Says........Anything But a Card

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


Our theme this week is "Anything But a Card", and we're highlighting My Favorite Things products.  I tried something new and made a fall home decor project.

One of my very favorite stamp sets from MFT is their Harvest Mouse set.  It took me forever to finally bring it home, and I love playing with it every year!  This year I used it to make an embelishment to add to a candle surrounded by cinnamon sticks.

SSS Oct 10

supplies: orange candle, 3" cinnamon sticks, Glossy Accents as glue, cream and Burnt Orange card stock, My Favorite Things Harvest Mouse, Zig markers to color, text background from Newton's Nook Fall-ing for You, Simon's Stitched Circle die, twine

SSS Oct 10 #2

I started by gluing the cinnamon sticks around the orange candle.  I secured them with 3 wide rubber bands for a few hours afterwards to make sure that they were good and stable and stuck.  Meanwhile, I stamped my mouse and some extra pumpkins and leaves, colored them with Zig markers and cut them out.  Then they were affixed to my stitched circle on which I had stamped a text background and after punching some holes to pass my twine through, I backed the circle with a larger framed one, then tied the whole thing to the covered candle.  Here's a little closer shot:

SSS Oct 10 #3

Now it's your turn!  We have a $50.00 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!

Simon's New Fun & Festive Release is here!

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There's a new release debuting NOW at Simon Says Stamp!  It's called Fun & Festive!

I was sent this fun Winter Scene clear stamp set - what a great idea this set is!  I made a card and a tag with it:

SSS Fun & Festive release

supplies: white, Schoolhouse Red, and Surf Blue cardstock, unknown blue print dp, Simon Winter Scene set, VersaFine Onyx Black and Hero Arts Red Royal inks, Tonic Nuvo Creative Pen markers to color house and trees, glue pen and prisma glitter for roof and hills, Kaisercraft Tiny Hearts embossing folder, adhesive foam squares

Here's my tag, using some more elements from the set:

All is Calm

supplies: white cardstock, dark blue and white glitter cardstock, Simon's Winter SceneNuvo Creative Pen markers, Tim Holtz idealogy Small Talk Occasions sticker and Holiday Greens Mini die, MFT Stitched Tag die, red and white baker's twine, glue pen and prisma glitter

Since this is a pretty simplistic scene, I beefed it up by using lots of glitter - glitter card for the snowy slope and night sky, and glitter to the snowy parts of the mountains, trees, and the star. 

I fussy-cut all my images, but there's a matching Winter Scene die set, if you'd prefer.  As always, this release includes a nice mix of stamp sets, background cling stamps, dies, sequins, and coloring cards.  Enjoy - you can find them all HERE

Thanks for stopping by - I'll hopefully see you again in a couple of hours for my weekly Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge post. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Playing with some Cut and Emboss Folders

Spellbinders very kindly sent me some of their amazing Cut and Emboss folders, and here are some cards that I made with them.  What a great idea this is!

SB Diamond Lace Frame

supplies: white and pink card stock, Diamond Lace Frame cut and emboss folder, old PSX woodblock heart stamp, labeled G-251, Zig Light Pink marker, Wink of Stella clear glitter pen, Doodlebug Tiny Heart sprinkle, adhesive foam squares 

Those of you who know me well, know that I am a heart freak, so I was thrilled to receive this gorgeous Diamond Lace Frame folder!  Aren't the details amazing?!  I chose to fill the center diamond with a long-retired crazy-quilted hanging heart, watercolored in pink.  The sentiment strip was coated in clear Wink of Stella, and I added a tiny dimensional heart just below the sentiment, then popped the whole panel above my pink card base.

SB Dotted Lace

supplies: white and Pool card stock, white glitter card stock, Dotted Lace cut and emboss folder, Hero Arts Miracle of the Holidays stamp, Concord & 9th Take a Bough snowflake die, irridescent sequins

When I looked at this Dotted Lace folder, I saw a large snowflake with snow falling all around it.  So I chose a pool cardstock with a white core so that I could sand the details to make the dots look more like snow.  I found an old favorite sentiment that fit nicely inside the middle, and then just added some glittery snowflakes and a couple sequins to draw your eye to the large design around the sentiment strip. 

Thank you so very much, Team Spellbinders, for allowing me to play with your beautiful products!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Birthday Hugs

I haven't played with these dies in a while - this card is for a friend's birthday this month.

Y's Birthday

supplies: white, Audrey Blue, Surf Blue, Sunshine, Orange Peel, Green Leaf, Green Apple, and a coral card stock, Lawn Fawn Quilted Backdrop die, My Favorite Things Scribble Roses Overlay dies, leaves from Simon's Single RosesPainted Hugs, and Stitched Rectangle dies, Doodlebug Rainbow Hearts shape sprinkles

I decided this time that I'd add back a few of the pieces from each flower to give them a bit more presence.  And the sentiment die is cut from 2 shades of aqua and off-set a bit for the same reason.

Hope you're enjoying your day - thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

A Harvest of Blessings

I got myself some Mix & Mat dies earlier this year, and mixed 2 of them for today's card.

Harvest of Blessings

supplies: white, kraft, and Orange Peel card stock, PTI's Plaid and Pinked Edge mix & mat dies, distress inks and blending tool to color leaf panel, sentiment from MFT Harvest Mouse stamps, adhesive foam squares

I love that birch frame!

Hope you have a great week!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Sketched Flowers

Playing today with the big stamp set in the (sold out) Simon Says Stamp October Card Kit.  Thankfully, the beautiful stamp set will always be available.  I colored it in fall colors and paired it with a striped pattern paper.

Sketched Flowers

supplies: white and black card stock, MFT Dots & Stripes Sorbet paper pad, Sketched Flowers clear stamp, watercolored with distress inks, adhesive foam squares

After stamping and coloring the floral spray with diluted distress inks, I splattered more of the inks, then trimmed the panel down, fussy-cutting a few of the edges, then lined it in black.  This panel was placed onto the stripes, and my sentiment from the same set was added.  I stamped and colored an extra center flower and popped it above the card for a bit of dimension.

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Here's also a play with the alcohol inks and yupo paper included in the kit; I don't particularly like the dropped circles look, so I reverted to the old polished stone technique, using a felt pad to pounce and distribute the colors.

Oct CK - alcohol inks

supplies: Burnt Orange and black cardstock, Yupo paper, Sunset Orange and Sunshine Yellow alcohol ink refills, Sketched Flowers, stamped in VersaFine Onyx Black, Simon's Thanks and Stitched Rectangle dies

FYI, VersaFine never really dried on this Yupo surface - when I went back in with an orange alcohol marker to add some details, it smeared a bit.  

Thanks for stopping by!

A Foiled Card from the October Card Kit

We've been away the last couple of weeks, visiting all our favorite places in Maine and enjoying it thorougly; this was one of our best vacations!  My Simon October Card Kit was waiting for me when we got home, and here's my first play with it - I wanted to try one of the foiling cards included in the kit.

SSS Oct CK foiling

supplies: Burnt Orange and black cardstock, an exclusive Gina K Designs leaves card, foiled with Sweet Mango foil, then trimmed and colored with Tonic Nuvo markers

I'm still lazy from my vacation, so I didn't even attempt to get a photo that showed the beautiful foiling of the leaves and sentiment, but I love the twinkle it has from across the room!  These make for super-easy card making!

Thanks for coming by to visit today! I'll leave you with just one picture of a perfect day along Otter Cliffs in Acadia National Park. Maine - "the way life should be"!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Hello Fall

I was thrilled to receive this month's Spellbinder's Small Die of the Month kit, and couldn't wait to make my first card!  Isn't this "hello fall" acorn fun?!

Spellbinders Oct Small Die of the Month

supplies: metallic copper card, dps from an Echo Park "Perfect Autumn" pad, twine, sequins

The filigree design in the cap of the acorn is a wonderful detail!  I pulled my colors from the script background.

Also included in the kit are a wishbone that reads "give thanks", plus 2 sentiment dies, "happy" and "Thanksgiving".  

Thanks for stopping by today - hope you're having a great one!  

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Simon Says........Let's Get Ready for Christmas!

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


This week our theme is "Let's Get Ready for Christmas", and my teamies and I are showcasing Clearly Besotted goodies. 

SSS Oct 3

supplies: white and green glimmer paper, Clearly Besotted Christmas Sparkle, Simon's Best Ever stripe for trunk of tree, Simon white embossing powderCrystal Stickles, Memory Box Pinpoint Rectangle die, snowflake embossing folder

I took this theme at face value - getting ready for Christmas for me means decorating the tree and the house, so I chose this snowflake tree and embossed it and the sentiment in white, then surrounded it with snowflake embossing.

Now it's your turn!  We have a $50.00 gift certificate 


to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 1 lucky random winner of this week's challenge!

Monday, October 1, 2018