Monday, August 22, 2016

Vintage and Modern

I'm playing today with a set of thinlet dies in the Sizzix/Tim Holtz set called Mixed Media 2.  All 3 of them, I think, originated first as stencils in his line.  This one is an extremely feminine set, so I pounced when I saw it!   Here's my first play:

Blue Flourish

supplies: cream,  pastel and dark blue cardstock, an unknown script text design paper, Mixed Media 2 flourish thinlet, Simon's Christmas Blessings die, 3 blue paper flowers from our local craft store

Since this flourish is so ornate, I wanted to do something with a vintage feel, and so I chose this scripty text paper as my background, and then my favorite color to complete the design.

This next card features the doily die, and I think it has a much more modern feel:

Beautiful Doily

supplies: black and white cardstock, dps from My Favorite Things Dots & Stripes Sorbet paper pad, Mixed Media 2 doily die, mixed sentiment from Simon's Handwritten Sentiments and Winnie & Walter Big, Bold and Happy, black pearls, adhesive foam squares

I simply die-cut the doily and trimmed it into a rectangular panel, then lined and framed it before popping it above my card base.

There's a wildflower die included in this set, but I decided to make it into a leafy branch for a fall card:

Harvest Wishes

supplies: white cardstock, Mixed Media die and Holiday Words Script sentiment die, ripe persimmon, carved pumpkin, fossilized amber, and candied apple distress inks, Perfect Pearls mixed with water, Winnie & Walter Audrey's cutaways scalloped die, adhesive foam squares

I covered a panel with autumnal distress inks, then spritzed it with a mixture of Perfect Pearls and water to give it a little shimmer.  Then I die-cut a scalloped panel, and from that, the Tim Holtz die.  I used the same distress inks, watered down, to splatter that panel. The sentiment is made up of a long-discontinued autumn stamp set from JoAnn, along with another Tim Holtz sentiment die, this one from a Holiday set. 

Hope your week is off to a great start!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Altenew Challenge

The current Altenew Inspiration challenge has evidently been in the back of my mind, because I woke up yesterday morning, and made another card for it.  This time I used more of the greys, in ombre style, and because of that, the flowers pop more on this card......I also toned down the deeper cranberry from my last card to a brighter pink.

Flamingo color challenge

supplies: white, pink, grey, and black cardstock, Altenew Painted Flowers and Beautitul Day (sentiment), Avery Elle Brushed, 4 shades of grey, 2 pinks, and a green ink, Simon Stitched Rectangle die, black enamel dots

Here's our August inspiration:


Thanks for stopping by today - hope you're enjoying your Sunday!

Friday, August 19, 2016

With Thanks

When I saw these new stamps and dies from Concord & 9th, I practically fell over myself putting them into my shopping basket.  They arrived earlier this week, and I made three cards using them:

Give Thanks

supplies: cream and Hero Arts Punch cardstock, Concord &9th Give Thanks stamps, various Hero Arts inks, Concord & 9th Layering Leaves die, Paper Smooches Dots & Dashes die

I simply stamped the sentiment, then masked it off and stamped the heart-shaped leaves.  After trimming the panel, I die cut a line of dots, and also a few of the matching leaf dies and then glued everything together.

I was first drawn to these sets because of this heart-shaped leaf, so here's another go with it.

With Thanks

supplies: recycled cream cardstock, sourced locally, Concord & 9th Layering Leaves die and Give Thanks stamp set, "with" from Winnie & Walter's Big, Bold, and Happy sentiment set,  a harvest rainbow ink pad, ripe persimmon, fossilized amber, and ground espresso distress inks mixed with water for splattering, matching sequins, adhesive foam squares

I started by trimming out a piece of cardstock just a tad smaller than my card front.  Next I stamped my sentiments using my Mini Misti.  Then I die-cut the leaves going diagonally across my card, and after removing the leaves from the panel, I splattered some distress inks lightly across it.  Next the stamped  panel was laid over my card front and I lightly traced the areas where the leaves would be, then removed the panel and stamped the heart from the stamp set in those areas, using a multi-color stamp pad in fall tones. (I also masked the top left and bottom right areas on the card front so that the stamping ended at the same place as my die-cut panel would.)  Then I carefully adhered the leaf cuts back into the panel, added some foam squares on the back to lift it, and affixed it to the card front.  My last step was sprinkling some matching sequins.

My last card uses the other 2 leaf dies.  One of them looks like wheat to me, so I ran with that idea, and made a more neutral card.


supplies: various kraft to cream cardstock, plus a green, Hero Arts Old Letter Writing background stamp, Simon Khaki ink, Concord & 9th Layering Leaves dies, Simon's retired Autumn Blessings sentiment, DieNamics Stitched Tag die, natural twine

These 2 sets are wonderful on their own, but I highly recommend that you get the stamps and dies both! 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Flamingo colors

The monthly inspiration for August at the Altenew blog is to use flamingo colors!  Here's the card I made:

Altenew Flamingo Inspiration

supplies: white, , light pink, rosy red, and charcoal cardstock, unknown board design paper, Altenew Painted Flowers stamps, Hero Arts inks, Wplus9 Hand Lettered Thanks sentiment, black enamel dots

I have really become addicted to multi-step stamping - the results are so much nicer than my own coloring of a stamp.  And this Painted Flowers set has become a favorite and go-to of mine.

Here's our inspiration board:


Be sure to visit Altenew to see the other gorgeous entries for this month's challenge!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Simon Says........Make for the Border!


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

Our theme this week is "Make for the Border"!  You can interpret that any way you'd like - I'll bet we'll have some fun and unique entries this week!  The Design Team are working with Memory Box products.  If you have any of their products, we'd love to see you using them, too!

When I hear "border", I think garden border, so I made you a card full of delphiniums.  They come in the most luscious blues and purples, even some pinks and whites, and because they can get to 6' or so, they put on a real show in a garden!  I used some coordinating stencils to make my border.

SSS Aug 17

supplies: white and purple cardstock, Memory Box Garden Stencils, Delphinium and Stems, Spectrum Aqua markers (wildflower, heather, peacock blue, and moss), Simon's Stitched Rectangle die, happy die, adhesive foam, Hero Arts birthday sentiment

First I cut my stitched rectangle, then used my stencils with markers to make my delphinium border, moving them around to get a good full panel of them.  Then I die-cut the big happy from my panel, and cut it a 2nd time from adhesive foam, and put the stamped one on top.   I stamped my birthday sentiment, and then fit in my die-cut in it's place, framed the whole panel, and affixed it to my card base.

For my 2nd card, I used a flower die and made a border strip this time:

SSS Aug17

supplies: white, black, and Audrey Blue cardstock, Memory Box Hibiscus Flower die, DieNamics Layered Leaves die, distress inks to sponge, Taylored Expressions Leafy Vine embossing folder, Simon Sunshine die, hello from Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold, and the Happy, sequins to match flowers.

Now it's your turn - I can't wait to see what you create!  We have another $50.00 gift voucher


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

Simon Says Stamp

Friday, August 12, 2016

Another Tag

We're halfway through the current Tag You're It! challenge, being inspired this time by a tag by Michele Ferguson.  Here's another CASE of her tag:

Tag You're It! 53

supplies: white cardsotck and Bristol paper, Avery Elle Floral Frame stamps, Spectrum Aqua markers and water, Sizzix flowers embossing folder, May Arts periwinkle ribbon

I started by cutting out two 5" X 1 3/4" strips of white cardstock, then rounded all the corners and punched holes at the tops.  Then I embossed the little flowers on the top one.  Separately on Bristol paper I stamped, white embossed, and watercolored the flowers and leaves, and then glued them onto the embossed panel.  This is just the right size for a bookmark!

Here's Michele's pretty tag:

You still have a week to play - hurry on over to the Tag You're It! challenge, and see what the designers did!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Simon Says.........Let's Go Wild!


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

This week our theme is "Let's Go Wild!", and the Design Team are all playing with Wplus9 products.  You don't have to use them to play with us, but if you have some, we'd love to see them being used.

Here's my first card:

SSS Aug 10

supplies: white card stock base, Bristol paper, Wplus9 Party Animal set, Spectrum Aqua markers and water to color, smooshed salty ocean and mowed lawn distress inks for background, Simon's Stitched Rectangle die

First I smooshed my background, using some brighter distress inks, and when it was dry, I trimmed it using the Stitched Rectangle die and stamped my sentiment.  Next I stamped and watercolored the animals and birds, cut them out, and then glued them to my background.

Here's another one, using "wild" flowers, aka Doodle Buds:

SSS Aug10

supplies: Bristol paper, Wplus9 Doodle Buds and bird from Party Animal, Spectrum Aqua markers and water, tumbled glass distress ink and finger dauber to shade background, Simon Stitched Rectangle die

Now it's your turn - I can't wait to see what you create!  Heidi has provided another $50.00 gift voucher


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

Simon Says Stamp

And don't forget about our Kid's Challenge running all this month!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Stamping with Markers

I finally broke down and got this Impression Obsession Full Bloom Hollyhock cling stamp, and it came just in time to make a birthday card for a friend who loves her garden.  I've seen Karen use these many times, so she was my muse.

Sunshine and Flowers

supplies: Bristol paper and Simon Doll Pink cardstock, Impression Obsession Full Bloom Hollyhock and Hero Arts woodblock Sunshine and Flowers from 2006, picked raspberry and mowed lawn distress markers, Tombow 723 and Memento Rose Bud markers, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, DieNamics Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle die, Simon moonshine sequins

I colored directly onto my stamp with markers.  You can take your time to get in all the details, and then spritz lightly with water before stamping.  Then I stamped my sentiment and die-cut it out using a stitched scallop die.  The bigger panel was attached to a Doll Pink card, and the sentiment panel was lifted with adhesive foam, then I added my butterflies and a few sequins.

I love hollyhocks, make me remember my grandfather's garden, but I can't seem to grow them, so this is the next best thing!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Gingham and Flowers

I have always loved ginghams, but they had become scarce there for awhile.  I am so thrilled that My Favorite Things gave us a paper pad full of small-scale ginghams!   I teamed one of them up with some new Wplus9 flowers.  I like how the gingham gives these flowers a little punch!

So Kind

supplies: white cardstock, My Favorite Things Tiny Check paper pack, Wplus9 You = Kind clear stamp set,  Hero Arts Bubble Gum, Orange Soda, Butter Bar, and Green Hills inks, DieNamics Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangles die

If you'd like to see these same flowers used in a little different way, see this card.

Hope you're having a great weekend and staying cool!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Guest Designing at Tag Your'e It!

I'm pleased to be guest designing over at the Tag You're It! challenge this week! We are being inspired by this gorgeous tag by Michele Ferguson.

Displaying TYIC #53_MicheleFerguson.pngI loved Michele's embossed background and soft florals - here's my take on her tag:

Tag You're It! challenge #52

supplies: white, yellow, blue, and green cardstock, leaves from Wplus9 Folk Art Florals die set, flowers are Memory Box Fancy Blossoms, Tim Holtz Doily embossing folder, DieNamics Stitched Tags die, blue gingham ribbon, adhesive pearls

Thank you Tracey for inviting me to be your guest this week!   Please be sure to visit the Tag You're It! challenge to see how the other designers were inspired by Michele!  And I hope you'll play along, too! 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

So Kind

I just got a couple of new stamps and decided to combine them using a pretty combination of yellow and blue.

So Kind

supplies: white cardstock, Impression Obsession Painted Stripes, Altenew Warm Sunshine ink, Wplus9 You = Kind clear set, with stem from Simon's Artful Flowers, Altenew Caribbean Sky and Persian Blue inks, Hero Arts Grass and Green Hills and VersaFine Onyx Black inks, Winnie & Walter Audrey Cutaways scalloped die, Paper Sweeties flower sequins

The original plan was to stamp the flowers in these blues plus some purples, and mix them up in a corner of my striped panel.  But at the last moment, I thought of a delphinium or hollyhock or foxglove, that grow up a stem like this, and arranged them this way  All I needed was a stem, which I found in a Simon set!

This shade of blue mixed with yellow makes me happy - hope it brightens your day, too!  I'll be back tomorrow with a tag that uses the same colors.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Simon Says........Fabulous Florals


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

This week our theme is Fabulous Florals, and the DT are using Hero Arts products!  When I was first introduced to stamping, Hero Arts instantly got my attention with all of their pretty flowers, so I was thrilled to be able to play again with them!

For my first card I used a woodblock flower:

SSS Aug 3

supplies: white and black cardstock, Hero Arts Poppy wood stamp and sentiment from Hero Arts Remember cling set, distress inks: festive berries, barn door, ripe persimmon, and abandoned coral, Memento green and black markers for details, Memory Box Pinpoint Rectangle die, black pearls

I randomly stamped the poppy all across my panel, changing inks for the flowers as I went.  I made small puddles of some of the inks to add some splatters, and also added some big black pearls to the flower centers.

Lastly, using this woodblock floral sprig, I colored it with pencils and made a tag:

SSS Aug3

supplies: kraft cardstock and vellum, Hero Arts Flower Swirl Vine, Prismacolor pencils (Blue Violet Lake, Ultramarine, and Lime Peel), Simon's Summer Garden sentiment, DieNamics Stitched Tags dies, May Arts periwinkle ribbon, Doodlebug dp in blue jeans

Now it's your turn - I can't wait to see what you create!  Heidi has provided another $50.00 gift voucher


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

Simon Says Stamp

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Simon's Kid's Challenge!

I wanted to make sure that you knew that Simon Says Stamp is holding its annual  Kid's Challenge all this month of August.  It's open to all kids between 2 and 16, and our theme this year is Anything Goes with Glitter!  Just make sure there's something glitzy on your entry!

AND we have THREE prizes up for grabs!


When your child has something ready to post, you can go HERE to enter.  This challenge runs all through August, ending on Aug. 31 at 11:59 P.M.  Have fun!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Sending Smiles

I haven't played with this Hero Arts set lately, so I pulled it out, and "borrowed" the colors that were shown on the reverse of the stamp set.  I must admit, I'd never have thought to put these together, but I do like the results.


supplies: white, medium and navy blue, reverse of Core'dinations pink diamond gemstone cardstock, Hero Arts Color Layering Bird & Branch, various Hero Arts and Altenew inks, Mini Misti, Hero Arts Card Messages sentiment, long discontinued, woodgrain embossing folder, Simon Stitched Circle die, moonshine sequins

It's August!  Hope you have a great week!