Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Simon Says.......use dies or punches........and a GIVEAWAY!!

Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog

Wednesday means another challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge blog, and this week our theme is 
Dies or Punches!  This week the DT is showcasing the new Simon Says Stamp dies that were recently released.  We'd love you to use them, too, if you have any, but if not, please make something using any die or punch.  

I chose the Ariana Wreath die, a lovely oval wreath.  I made 2 cards, 1 with layers galore, and the 2nd much more CAS.  Here's the first one:

Ariana Wreath

I simply die-cut the wreath from cream cardstock, colored in the leaves with various Memento Dual-tip Markers in autumn colors, then placed it over a Nestabilities oval framed in a scalloped oval die, and added a natural jute twine bow at the top.  Then I surrounded it with panels of various autumnal design papers from my stash.

Ariana Wreath, Christmas

For my 2nd card, I cut the wreath from dark green paper, placed it on my square card, and added the Hero Arts sentiment, some tiny red pearls, and a red bow - easy Christmas card!

I also think this would be a perfect frame for any of those head silhouette stamps that were popular just a little while ago........

Our generous Heidi has provided another $50.00 gift voucher for the random winner of our challenge again this week.


As an extra bonus for this challenge Heidi will be giving one lucky entrant a FABULOUS pack of Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Dies worth $50 !! Woo Hoo !!  To be considered for this random draw, be sure to leave a comment on the designers' blogs!



And please visit the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog to see what our Guest Designer Laura  and the rest of my team-mates made with our dies, then create something special and link it up for a chance at that voucher!


86 comments:

  1. Love that you showed how versatile this die can be, Lin! Beautiful cards!

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  2. Beautiful wreaths, love the two takes with the same die!

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  3. Like how you made the wreaths seasonal for both cards. The oval wreath die is nice looking on both cards.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  4. I love what you've done with that die, your cards are gorgeous. Simon Says has so many pretty dies, I'd love to have them all!

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  5. 2 stunning cards and yet both so different using the same die love them x

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  6. Gorgeous cards Lin :-) both of them are fabulous and it shows how they can be used for different seasons ! :-) I think it would make a lovely wedding style card too ,, such a pretty die :-)

    luv
    Lols x x x

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  7. Great cards, both different yet using same die shows their versatility x

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  8. Hi, Lin! I love this cute little wreath die and the two cards you have made with it. Such a versatile die. And, who wouldn't LOVE to win that set of Simon Says dies??? Their dies are awesome!!

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  9. I love this wreath die on both of your cards...so pretty! Thanks so much for your inspiration!!!

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  10. Both cards are fabulous card Lin, I love the amazing versatility of one die - I'm thinking of spring and summer now!!!

    hugs
    Heather xx

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  11. I love the autumnal colours and the green one is just perfect for Christmas - beautiful xx

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  12. Beautiful cards, Lin! I love the Autumn AND Holiday takes on the same die, both clever & gorgeous!

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  13. Thank you for posting two different styles with the same due! I always appreciate that kind of inspiration. I am usually a CAS kind of girl, but I actually really like the first one. The way you colored the die is really lovely. :)

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  14. Love both of your cards! The beautiful colors on the Autumn one and the grand simplicity of the holiday one are gorgeous.

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  15. I love that beautiful wreath die and the pretty autumn colors in your first card!

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  16. I must say I LOVE the LAYERED card...so much movement on it:)

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  17. gorgeous cards! thanks for sharing how versitle some dies can be! :)

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  18. lovin' your wreath cards ... and do I spy yet another wreath die in the pile of goodies?! thanx for the inspiration and blog candy opp!

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  19. So pretty! Great die for a number of special occasions!

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  20. Love that gorgeous wreath! Works great for the fall card and the Christmas version. Love the versatility! Beautiful cards!
    DeniseB

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  21. Love this wreath die!!! Great fall card and I like your suggestions for more ways to use it!

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  22. Sweet and simple and lovely! Your cards are perfect! Thanks for always sharing such cool stuff with us! :-)

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  23. Great wreath cards, Lin! So great to see the wreath die used in a couple different ways and so beautifully! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  24. Both fabulous card Lin, love the CAS Christmas card, so clean and fresh, and love the layers with the Autumn colours..gorgeous.

    Luv CHRISSYxx

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  25. imlike the fall theme card and the usage of the color orange...you made this die look amazing

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  26. what a beautiful couple of cards Lin. This is a lovely die.

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  27. This die is so versatile! I love the CAS christmas card.

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  28. Like both cards but kudos for the effect of coloring the individual leaves on the first card. What a lovely warm feeling that evokes!

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  29. I never would have thought to color the wreath like you did in your autumn card, but what a fantastic look! I love the ease and simplicity for creating such a cute Christmas card too. TFS some great ideas for using this wreath die in different themed cards!

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  30. So versatile - love them both!!!!

    Deanne :)

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  31. Oh gosh! When I see those autumn colours I just want to get on the plane and head back to the US! Fabulous cards Lin!

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  32. Lovely card Hun the oval wreath is gorgeous :)

    Hugs Mandy xxx

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  33. LOVE them both, Lin! I'm always partial to your Autumnal cards, but I adore your CAS with that wreath! xoxo

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  34. The Fall colors you used are so pretty! TFS!

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  35. Gorgeous cards Lin! Love how you used that Wreath Die!!

    hugs...

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  36. Beautiful cards, Lin! I love how you colored the 'leaves' different colors for interest. And that die makes a great wreath, too! I think I'm going to get it.. I have to have it just because my daughter has the same name - spelling and all! LOL

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  37. These are so pretty, love how you've used them for two different seasons.

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  38. Love your layered fall card and the pearls are perfect on the 2nd card!

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  39. Wow, two super cards. Love the way you have shown how you use the die in different ways

    Hugs

    Jo x

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  40. OH WOW I love them both! So different, both so lovely!
    Hugs
    Bernie

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  41. Lin!!
    Your cards are sooo inspiring!! I love how you colored the die on the autumn card and then you made it into a Christmas card for the next:) Thank you so much for sharing your gift with us!! be blessed
    ~Beyond Measure
    Tammy
    www.urbeyondmeasure.com

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  42. Nice cards... very versatile die, love both projects :)

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  43. It was good to see the wreath stamp used on 2 different cards. I like the bow on the 1st one & the beads on the 2nd.

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  44. What a great way to use that that die...simple and more complex! Perfect.

    thanks for the chance to win!

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  45. This sure is a great die for both cards and many occasions. Love the colours on the first card.
    Liselot

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  46. So Pretty Love these Lin Both of them...Hugs!

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  47. Both are gorgeous!! Really love the pretty colors and bow on the Christmas card :)

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  48. two beautiful cards! TFS! ;D

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  49. Love your cards! Thanks for showing two ways to use the new die!

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  50. Both of your cards are wonderful. Really love the fall colors in the first one. I love the versatility of the die; from CAS to fabulous!

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  51. This is so beautifully designed. Loving your creativity. Wishing you a wonderful day.
    hugs hellerlittle

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  52. got my eye on a couple of dies and this would be one of them, love how you have presented it in the warmer Autumnal tones and also in the Xmas ones, love your berries on the CAS Xmas one
    Hugs Kate xx

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  53. I love the autumn colors in the first card but you have shown have versatile an image can be, i love the simplicity of it :) x

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  54. Love both your cards!! Shows that the die can be used for various occasions!! HUgsxx

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  55. Lin, your die cut wreaths look fabulous on these simple cards. TFS! Hugz, ~ Rose

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  56. Great use of this die, I can now see many uses. Love your CAS cards, so inspiring but I bet they wouldnt look so good done by me, lol.
    Hugs Tracy x

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  57. I love the bow. When I was 8 years old I won a darning contest. It's kind of sad how we passed the time back then. The first glimpse of the card made me think of thatas well as a blanket stitch we did. Both cards are beauties. Blessings Carole

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  58. Stunning cards using this beautiful wreath die!!
    hugz

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  59. Both are pretty but that wreath on the first one is so colorful and wonderful, Lin!

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  60. Both beautiful cards Lin, I have yet to try memory box dies but you are tempting me with these gorgeous creations!

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  61. I love both cards, the are so beautiful

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  62. gorgeous wreath, what a great idea to colour with memento's - i love autumn colours! 2 fabulous cards x

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  63. Awesome Fall card. Love all the Fall colors and you were so creative, coloring the die cut to give it the Fall look.

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  64. Stunning card!
    Every detail is gorgeous.
    Love the colors
    The whole thing is PERFECT!!
    Hugs
    Lorianna

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  65. This is lovely, I love the colours you have used. xxx

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  66. Both of these cards are fantastic! Such a punch from a simple cut! Love them!
    ((HUGS))
    Cheryl First
    aka Cafexpressions

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  67. Two gorgeous cards that show how the dies can be used to make very different projects.
    Mags
    x

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  68. lovely card; love the fall color combo! :)

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  69. Beautiful cards Lin, love how versatile that die is. I really can't choose between these two, love the colours of the Fall card and love the simplicity of the Christmas one!

    Hugs
    Brenda

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  70. Love the different ways of using this die. cheers Linda

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  71. oh lin ! both the cards are so beautiful !
    Love
    Pooja
    http://lightboxcreative.blogspot.in/

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  72. I really love both cards Lin. This die looks very versatile for my die collection. I think you could cut out a few and put them together to make a fuller wreath as well. Just my two cents. Thanks.

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