Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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


It's time for a new challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog!

Our theme is our usual end-of-the-month Anything Goes, your favorite!!  The Design Team are playing with Hero Arts products this week.  If you have any of their stamps, stencils, or dies, we'd love to see you using them!  

By now you should have noticed how much in love I am with anything that is a multi-step stamp......most of them up until now have been florals, but Hero Arts is expanding that idea.  They call it color layering,  because you use inks to color the stamped images, and I couldn't wait to play with this Bird and Branch set!  I also used one of their new Stamp & Cut sets for this card.  The mixed fonts of type with a beautiful script is lovely, and what a great idea to give us a die to work along with them!

supplies: Hero Arts Color Layering Bird & Branch clear stamp set, Brilliance pearlescent sky blue, Hero Arts Cornflower, Stone Wash, Green Hills, and Grass, Memento Luxe Toffee Crunch, and VersaFine Onyx Black inks, Hero Arts Happy Stamp & Cut stamps and die set, Hero Arts Grass layering paper and dp from an old Echo Park Dots & Stripes paper pad, Hero Arts light blue pearls

My next card is a CASE of a card by Karen Mead.  When I saw her card I immediately added this Paint Spots woodblock stamp to my wishlist at Simon.  I think this stamp makes a perfect birthday or celebration card -  it looks like fireworks to me!  Wouldn't it look great embossed in metallics against a dark background?  And once again, the mixed font on the sentiment stamp is so appealing to me; I believe it's Kelly Rasmussen's handwriting.

supplies: Hero Arts Paint Spots and Happy Birthday to You woodblock stamps, mermaid lagoon distress, Ranger Electric Lime, Lemon Twist, and Cheese Puff dye inks, Simon's Hollyhock ink, and Hero Arts Punch ink, Simon's Stitched Rectangles dies, striped paper from Doodlebug's Sunkissed paper pad

I decided I wanted to back the stamped panels with a striped one, and so I pulled the ink colors from the striped paper.  

Now it's your turn!  We have a $50.00 gift voucher to the Simon Says Stamp Store for one lucky random winner of our challenge!


Simon Says Stamp

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Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous cards Lin :-) Both of them are absolutely fabulous! I LOVE the bird and will definitely be getting that stamp set, the paint spots are fab too, think that will go in my trolley too ;-)

Lols x x x

Barb said...

I love your bird, Lin - so beautiful! But that birthday card is AWESOME! So fun with the bright, happy colors!

Becca Cruger said...

You, Lin, are a creative wizard! The colors in both of these cards just pop! You have such a way of doing cards that have an easy, tailored elegance to them and these are no exception.

Melissa Bove said...

Wow! Fantastic cards Lin!! Amazing designs! Love the pretty bird and the birthday one is so fun!!!!


Heather said...

Both fabulous cards Lin, super fun paint spots and the layering bird and branch is beautiful!!

Heather xx

Lisa Elton said...

Your little blue bird is so pretty Lin, wonderful card!! And your second colorful card is marvelous!!

kiwimeskreations said...

Lin these are beautiful cards - love your use of colour on the second one, and yes, that stamp is spectacular!

Gayatri said...

Both your cards are beautiful, Lin! That bird is so pretty and the colours on the second card is wow! Love them both :)

debby4000 said...

Fabulous cards, love the bird one but my fave is the colourful second one.

Mandy said...

Both of your cards are gorgeous Lin! I absolutely love the bird with your perfect stamping. The paint spots look fab, such a happy feel to your card, think I may need this stamp! You are the queen of colour layering :)
Mandy xx

Susi said...

Two lovely cards, Lin - love the colours you chose for that layered bird image as well as the vibrant colours for the Paint Spot Birthday card!

CreativSpirit said...

I love both of you cards Lin, but your "You make me so happy" card does just that. Love your colouring of the bird.

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Lin, what fabulous cards, and I especially love the bird!! So sweet!! And I love the "happy" stamp set and die - into my wishlist!! Hugs!

Teresa Kline said...

both are very pretty....soooo amazing! hope your weekend is grand!

sparkle & shine *~*

Cat Craig said...

Both cards are fabulous Lin. The pearls on the branch add such a nice touch. The birthday card screams celebration and those bold colors are such fun.

Ruth G said...

Wonderful cards! Definitely a blue bird of happiness and a super fun birthday celebration on a card! Love them! Thanks so much for sharing!

Karen Dunbrook said...

Love this fun card Lin.....just so happy!