Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Simon Says..........Winter Inspiration!


Happy Wednesday and welcome back to a new challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

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This week is an especially fun challenge, I think - our own Jenn has made us an inspiration board from various Pinterest images, and we want you to be inspired by something you see here to make a card or any creation.  The design team are all using Penny Black products, and we'd love to see you using them, too, but it isn't a requirement.  Here's Jenn's gorgeous board:

My first card uses the darling Holly Concert woodblock stamp, paired with a sentiment from Season's Wishes.  

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The image was colored with markers, then I sponged on some tumbled glass distress ink surrounding it, and overlaid some snowflakes using Simon's Falling Snow stencil and Ranger Texture Paste.  The panel was then attached to a card base made from Simon's Schoolhouse cardstock.

Remembering some gorgeous snowflake dies from last year, I was taken with the center of the top row, and here's my literal interpretation:

SSS Dec 17

supplies: Penny Black Snowflake Trio dies, white glitter paper, Yuletide Greetings, vellum, kraft cardstock, Tim Holtz woodgrain embossing folder, stained with gathered twigs distress ink, Lawn Fawn white sequins

These snowflake dies are still some of my favorites - they are so delicate!  I wish my photography skills were better, to show you the pretty sparkle that the glitter paper gives them......

Alright, now it's your turn - how will you be inspired by our Winter collage above?  As always, we have a $50.00 gift voucher to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store


to give to a random winner from this week's challenge.  It would be a great little thing to find in your Christmas stocking, wouldn't it?  Good luck!

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  1. Both cards awesome!! The first one is really sweet, the birds are darling! The second, wow, the contrast is wonderful! I think we all experienced difficulties photographing glittered objects Lin! I could imagine the sparkles of the snowflakes!! With my coffee in hand, these two cards makes a beautiful start of my day! :)

  2. Gorgeous cards, Lin! Those little, nestled birds are so adorable and love how your snowflakes pop against the woodgrain background! ♥

  3. Gorgeous cards Lin :-) both are stunning ! the birds are very cute and I love the embossed snowflakes and your 2nd card is really striking too, FAB :-)

    Lols x x

  4. Oh those little birds are adorable, what a cute card Lin! And those snowflakes look amazing against the dark card base!

  5. Two very different cards - both of which are wonderful! Jo x

  6. I simply need to get that snow stencil. I've been seeing it a lot of places, but your bird card just solidifies it in my mind because it's so darn lovely! Such a cute wintry scene. I also like the wood grain against those pristine white flakes. Great cards!

  7. Super sweet cards!! I just love the snowfall stencil!! Such a fabulous winter staple! :)

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  8. love the bird card - the snow stencil and the blue sponging make it so pretty! The snowflakes are beautiful, too!

  9. both of these are just beautiful. The birds are so sweet and love the elegance of the second one.

  10. Two gorgeous cards Lin, love them both.

  11. I really LOVE the birdy card, so sweet! Love the blue sponging with the snowflakes over it! Just very real.

  12. beautiful cards the woodgrain snowflake one...

    Just wanted to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays filled with many blessings.

  13. luv both cards Lin...gorgeous!

    sparkle & shine *~*

  14. Fabulous cards Lin ! Wishing you a very happy Christmas.

    Lots of love,

    Jo x


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