Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Simon Says........No Designer Paper


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

Our theme this week is "No Designer Paper", and the Design Team are using Taylored Expressions products.  I fell in love with one of their embossing folders, and made you 2 cards.

SSS Sept 23

supplies: Taylored Expressions Leafy Vine embossing folder, white cardstock, cracked pistachio distress ink, Memory Box Grapevine Wreath die, kraft cardstock, Wplus9 Folk Art Florals dies and Hand Lettered Hello stamps, Audrey Blue ink and cardstock, May Arts twine, Spellbinders circle die

Using the faux letterpress technique, I inked the flat side of the embossing folder with distress ink, then inserted a piece of white cardstock and ran the whole thing through my cuttlebug.  That piece was attached to a kraft card base, and then I added the die-cut and stamped elements to it.

And since we are officially now into the Autumn season, I couldn't wait to pull out some fall colors.

SSS Sept23

supplies: Taylored Expressions Leafy Vine embossing folder, 3 colors of Core'dinations cardstock, kraft cardstock for card base, Simon's Christmas Blessings die, Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves die, cut from various Tim Holtz Shattered kraft core cardstock, sequins

 I embossed a panel of each of the 3 colors, sanded them lightly to bring out the secondary color in the papers, then cut them vertically into thirds and then those strips horizontally in half,  and re-assembled them so that the pattern continues across the card.  Then I die-cut some maple leaves and my sentiment and added them atop the embossing, along with a sprinkling of sequins.

Now it's your turn!  I can't wait to see what you make!  We have a $50.00 gift voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store for one lucky random winner of our challenge!


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  1. Beautiful cards Lin! Such lovely designs!


  2. Sooo beautiful, Lin! Love both cards! ♥

  3. I'm impressed with your card's background. I love all the fall colors used here. This is such a "solid" card.....has all the elements altogether .

  4. Such a pretty fall card and the background with the embossing folder is just as pretty as it can be!

  5. Wow both so gorgeous!! I especially like the first one, you've created you own designer paper with the embossing folder and ink!!! Well done!!

  6. Amazing cards! Love them both.

    Snoopy :D

  7. Both cards are so lovely, Lin!! I'm so excited about Autumn that one might have a slight edge with the use of beautiful rich colors :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  8. Both gorgeous cards Lin, a fabulous embossing folder ( I looked at that one and added in into my list!!) The autumnal style is lovely with the stunning leaves. The first one I just love - beautifully designed and with gorgeous colours!!

    Heather xx

  9. Very beatiful both!! Love particulray the second one with the leaves and autumnal colours, it's just wonderful!!

  10. These are fabulous Lin!! The first card is just as sweet as can be and those fall leaves are lovely!

  11. What lovely cards Lin - love the soft colours of the top one - it would make a wonderful sympathy card with an appropriate sentiment. Loving the vibrant colours of the second card.

  12. Gorgeous cards Lin, both are lovely but I do love the rich colors of the 2nd one, very beautiful

    Lols x x x
    p.s sending a hug xxxx

  13. Oh, Lin, two beautiful cards, and I especially love the first with the faux letterpress technique. I'm partial to the colors and really love the sweet wreath with the bird! Precious! Hugs!

  14. hello Lin! both cards are awesome, luvin the texture! hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    sparkle & shine *~*


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