Saturday, December 16, 2017

Sharing a Christmas Card.......

.........a mix of old and new.  I'm winding down the year and will be around mostly for assigned DT posts, but I may sneak in and out to share some Christmas cards you haven't seen yet for this year.

Christmas Poinsettia

supplies: Schoolhouse Red, green, white and gold foiled card stock, PTI Mix & Mat Scallops dies, Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia dies, (retired) The Craft Meow sentiment, gold pearl, adhesive foam strips

I love the elegant effect that this rectangular doily set of dies gives to my card.  In my mind I can imagine them as snowflakes.   It is actually a set of 3 dies, but I've left them attached to cut them and this is the result.  I was afraid that my black ink would smear on the gold foil paper, so I quickly heat embossed it with clear powder to avoid that problem.  This set of poinsettia dies cuts and also embosses some detail into the petals; I used 3 of the smallest sizes.

Hope you're enjoying your weekend.  I'm listening to some wonderful music on PBS tonight!

Friday, December 15, 2017

New Simon Release!

Simon is unveiling some a new release called Friends!  Here's a quick card I made with what I was sent.

SSS Valentines release

supplies: white cardstock, Doodlebug dps, Simon's Love and Friendship stamp set, Zig markers, MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle die

I'm no colorist, so I tried to minimize that by paper-piecing as much as I could.  This set has lots of tiny sentiments that will fit inside this big balloon, plus lots of other stamps that you can mix and match with these little friends.

It's nice to switch to something besides Christmas cards.  Go HERE to see the full release!  What's your favorite?

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Simon Says.........Stitch It!


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

Our theme this week is Stitch It!  Make sure you have some kind of stitching on your creation - it can be stamped, actually stitched, or you could use a stitched die of some kind.  We are showcasing We R Memory Keepers goodies this week, and I had lots of fun and made 2 cards!

SSS Dec 13

supplies: white and aqua card stock, We R Memory Keepers Stitch Happy Card Kit, navy embroidery floss and needle, Simon's Expressions for You die and matching stamp set and Stitched Rectangle dies, Hero Arts Navy ink, Doodlebug heart sprinkles, adhesive foam squares

The card kit includes 10 cards and envelopes and ephemera to match.  I chose 2 of the cards in this navy stripe and dots and used my Simon Stitched Rectangles to cut out some panels.  I framed the smaller striped panel in white card stock, then used my needle to punch holes along the edges, following the stitches from the die.  Then I simply stitched with embroidery floss all the way around, and after adding the floral die cut from the kit, I tied a bow at the top left corner.  After adding my sentiment, I lifted this panel above the rest of the card.

My friend Mary Anne reminded me about perforated paper to use with cross-stitching, so I incorporated that along with another of the printed cards and this sweet little bird in the ephemera pack.

SSS Dec13

supplies: white and ivory cardstock, We R Memory Keepers Stitch Happy Card Kit, (card and bird), cream perforated paper, 3 colors of DMZ embroidery floss, Simon's Sending and Wishing stamps and Spring Rain ink, MFT Stitched Mini Scallop Square die

I tried to pull the colors from the dots for my stitched hearts, and then just added my panel to a scalloped frame.  Isn't this bird sweet?

Now it's your turn!  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!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Merry & Bright Tag

Here's a tag I made earlier but haven't shared yet.

Merry & Bright tag

supplies: white, Doll Pink, and Audrey Blue card stock, Simon's Pine Needle Wreath die and Merry & Bright dies, Spellbinder's Scalloped Circle die, pink ribbon, pink gems

This wreath die is perfect for a round tag and using dies makes making tags fast and easy - this could be made in colors to match your wrapping paper, and it could double for an ornament, too!

How are your Christmas preparations going?  Thanks for stopping by during this busy season!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Five for Friday

It's time for another of Tammy's Five for Friday posts, and I have 2 cards for you today.

My first card reflects the coziness of the season.

TT Dec 8

supplies: white, pink, and Core'dinations aqua card stock, pink and aqua Amuse petite polka dot and aqua Penny Black gingham papers, Tammy's Mittens cling stamp, Taylored Expressions Winter Flurry embossing folder, Tim Holtz Holiday Knit stencil and picked raspberry distress oxide ink, retired sentiment from Hero Arts Holiday Sayings, tiny pink buttons

I stamped the mittens on some petite polka dot and gingham papers, cut them out, and pieced in the hearts and cuffs, adding a button on each.   I stenciled the sweater pattern, trimmed and framed it, and embossed and sanded the snowflakes and trimmed that.  Then I just layered everything up.

My next card is for Christmas.

TT Dec8

supplies: ivory, gold, and green cardstock, tiny red check patterned paper from Authentique, Tammy's Be Merry cling stamp, Zig markers to color and a clear Wink of Stella brush to add a bit of sparkle on the red letters, Tim Holtz Mini Holiday Greens pine die, Lawn Fawn twine

I stamped  the design on both gold cardstock and the patterned background paper, then added the colored details on the gold one, cut it out, and glued it over the patterned one.  I added some greenery and a bow to make it look like it's hanging from a tree.

I hope you'll visit Tammy's Blog to see what my talented sisters have done this time!  They always blow me away!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Simon Says.........Gift It!


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

Our theme this week is "Gift It!" - make a gift tag, a gift box, wrapping paper, anything that has to do with a gift.  The design team are showcasing My Favorite Things this week.  I have really grown to love making tags, so that's what I have for you this week.

SSS Dec 6

supplies: white cardstock and various design papers to match colors in image, My Favorite Things Santa's Elves clear stamps, markers to color, MFT Stitched Tag die, Lawn Fawn twine and my own jingle bells

I knew I wanted to use this stamp set for this week's challenge, it's one of my favorites for the holidays, and when I pulled it out of my Christmas supplies, I found this little guy and his pile of gifts all colored and cut out already!  Talk about easy, all I had to do was find some matching papers, and mount everything onto my tag.  I decided to add some bells because he has one hanging from his hat!

Now it's your turn!  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!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Woodland Wreaths

I'm finishing up my Christmas cards.   It's a joy each year to open my bin of Christmas goodies and rediscover some beautiful stamps that I love.  Here are 2 cards using a beautiful Wplus9 set called Woodland Wreaths - I used the same colors on both for a kind of seaside feel, and changed up the backgrounds.  And I think this may be the first time I've put white berries on them......

Woodland Wreath

supplies: Simon's Surf Blue and Green Apple cardstock, white cardstock, Wplus9 Woodland Wreath stamps and matching dies, Simon's Jelly Bean, Hero Arts Latte chalk ink, and broken china distress oxide inks, Memory Box Peace Collage woodblock stamp, VersaMark and white embossing powder, Simon's Stitched Rectangle die

I knew Memory Box for their woodblock stamps when I first started this hobby - and their Peace Collage remains a favorite of mine.

And my 2nd version:

Woodland Wreath2

supplies: same cardstocks and inks, Wplus9 Woodland Wreaths stamps and matching dies, Hero Arts Holiday Sayings sentiment, Sizzix Ornate Frames embossing folder

I've listed my supplies, but I'm not linking them - most of them are out of stock or discontinued.

How are you coming with your Christmas cards?  I think I'm going to call mine finished!  

Saturday, December 2, 2017


Sharing a card today that contains all my favorite things: music, a wreath, and a bird!  This is a CASE of LaVon's card from last year, using many of the same elements, and adding a new Simon die to the mix.


supplies: cream, green and Schoolhouse Red card stock, vellum, gold foil paper, retired Hero Arts Pine Cone Wreath and Merriest Christmas Wishes stamps, cardinal from Hero Arts Vintage Christmas Post stamp set, Simon's Rejoice die, music stamp from a retired Skipping Stones set, antique linen distress ink, Zig markers

Thanks for your visit.  

Friday, December 1, 2017

It's DieCember!

And here's a card I made with the die that I was sent - it's called Moon and Star Border.

SSS Diecember

supplies: white and glitter white cardstock, wilted violet, blueprint sketch, and chipped sapphire distress inks, Simon's Moon and Star Border die and Seeing Stars sentiment

I simply inked up a panel with 3 distress inks, then randomly cut the border die on the diagonal, and affixed it to a backing of white glitter paper, adding a few of the stars to my sentiment strip.

You can see all the fun new things HERE.  What's your favorite?

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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


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

It's Anything Goes week, and the team are playing with Tim Holtz products.

I've been wanting this Scribble Woodland cling stamp set, and when they arrived recently, I made a monochromatic card with the lovely little cabin stamp and one of the sentiments.  I love little cottages in the woods!

SSS Nov29

supplies: white, glitter white, dark teal, and Audrey Blue cardstock, Tim Holtz Scribble Woodland cottage and sentiment, peacock feathers distress oxide ink, shaded with peacock feathers and mermaid lagoon distress inks, spritzed with water, Tim Holtz Woodlands die, Taylored Expressions Winter flurry embossing folder, Spellbinders Circle die, glue pen and Prisma glitter, adhesive foam squares

Next up, a card using a plaid stencil for the background.

SSS Nov 29

supplies: kraft, green, and Simon's Lipstick Red card stock, Tim Holtz Plaid stencil, Candied Apple distress ink, Tim Holtz Mini Holiday Greens dies, Simon's Merry & Bright sentiment and Stitched Circle die, adhesive foam squares

Now it's your turn!  Once again we have another $50.00 gift voucher


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

Monday, November 27, 2017

Mint Wishes

The sold-out Simon Ltd Edition Holiday Card Kit arrived today, and in between bagging leaves, I dove right into it!  I got it mostly for the pretty patterned papers, and they did not disappoint; I almost don't want to cut into them, so I used them minimally for my first card.

Mint Wishes

supplies: mint, green, and silver glitter card stock, vellum, pattern plank and mint stripe from Kaisercraft Mint Wishes paper pad, Simon's More Spring Flowers and Yuletide Holiday clear stamps,  Hero Arts Charcoal ink for sentiment, Tim Holtz Mini Holiday Greens, clear sequins

I tried a white on white embossed rose, but in the end, I watercolored that one lightly in Cracked Pistachio distress ink, and added a white-embossed vellum one on top to make it paler.

Here's one more, again using the gorgeous papers, and adding the Joy die from the kit, and my own silver snowflakes and sequins.

Holiday Card Kit

The "Merry Christmas" strips are from one of the papers that has 5 or 6 different stripes on it - I just cut it apart and used it to separate the other papers a bit.

Love this kit!!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Cyber Week at Simon Says Stamp

Simon has planned a fun week beginning today through Friday, as a prequel to DIEcember!  I was sent the newest Suzy's Watercolor Prints, and here is a sample:

SSS Cyber Week

supplies:pink and dark green card stock, Suzy's Classical Christmas Watercolor Print, Zig markers and water to color

This is just one of 12 holiday designs in the pack of Watercolor Prints, and I really enjoyed taking my time to color this up.  I chose to trim it a bit, but they are A2 size and can be popped right onto a card base for an easy card!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Giving Thanks

I made this card for a special friend, but it works also to wish you all in the US a Happy Thanksgiving - may you be surrounded by family and friends, and enjoy this very special holiday!

for Mary Anne

supplies: white, kraft, Lipstick Red, Orange Peel, and  Sunshine card stock, Tammy Tutterow's Mad for Plaid stencils, fossilized amber, carved pumpkin, and candied apple mini distress inks, stitch stamp from Winnie & Walter Stripes stamps, leaf die and sentiment from Hero Arts Sept 2016 My Monthly Hero Card Kit, Stitched Circle die, Doodlebug Rainbow Hearts sprinkles

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Simon Says..........Food/Drink


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

This week our theme is Food/Drink and my teamies and I are playing with Mama Elephant products. 
SSS Nov 22

supplies: white cardstock, Doodlebug Designs Fairy Tale design papers, Mama Elephant Carnival Toppers sentiment and flowers, Hero Arts Cupcakes, Zig markers and water, Simon's Stitched Rectangle die

I used my Simon's Stitched Rectangle die, cut 3 times to get the exact rectangle dimension I needed for this card.  After cutting it the first time I repositioned it twice more to narrow and shorten the rectangle.

Now it's your turn!  As always, we have another $50.00 gift voucher


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

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Five for Friday!

Hello!  Here's my contribution to Tammy Tutterow's Five for Friday post on Friday of this week.

TT Nov 24

supplies: Cotton Candy and Slate cardstock, a floral plank design paper from My Mind's Eye, Tammy's Hello There cling and Bitty Posies dies, pink and grey Zig markers to color, pastel felt, pastel pearls

I stamped the Hello There directly onto my patterned paper, then colored in the thicker letters with markers.  That panel was framed in slate, then affixed to a pink card.  In Tammy's stamp, there are tiny clusters of flowers where you see my felt ones, and I didn't think I could color them to show up against the patterned paper, so I opted to cover them with some of her darling Bitty Flowers cut from felt and centered with pearls.

I hope you'll visit Tammy's Blog to see what my talented sisters have done this time!

Sunday, November 19, 2017


I've been wanting to revisit a card I made 4 years ago.  It has always been one of my favorites; I like the mood it invokes.  Goodness knows we'll all need a little peace in the coming weeks!  Here is my newer version, just updating the trees in the foreground and the sentiment.


supplies: white, green, and Schoolhouse Red card stock, Tim
Holtz Woodlands and Holiday Words dies, Penny Black Christmas Cottage wood stamp, Zig markers to color, My Favorite Things Snow Drifts die, cardinals from Impression Obsession Birch Tree die set, salty ocean and peacock feathers distress inks, ink blending tool, Simon's Falling Snow stencil, Nuvo Moonstone glimmer paste, adhesive foam squares

I stamped and colored the cottage, then sponged in the sky with distress inks.  Next I overlaid a snowy slope, and stenciled on my falling snow, using glimmer paste for some sparkle.  When that was dry, I added the panel to a longer than usual card (about 6" X 4 1/4"), then affixed my sentiment, trees, and birds.

As always, thank you for stopping by to visit!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

You Take the Cake!

Got my Simon December Card Kit yesterday, and had some fun today playing only with the papers.  This kit is a collaboration with Doodlebug, who makes the CUTEST papers!


supplies: red and kraft card stock, Tonic Tropical Tide glitter card stock,  Doodlebug Milk & Cookies design papers,  Milk & Cookies sprinkle (gingerbread boy), MFT Mini Stitched Scallop Square dies

The reverse of one of the papers includes 5 stand-alone motifs - I chose this plum pudding one, and continually framed it with the other papers in the pad.  On that same sheet is an area with little sentiment strips - I framed this one with some of the candy-stripe paper in the kit.

The kit is sold out, of course, but you can still get the papers and sprinkles, if you like.

Hope you're enjoying your weekend - it's raining and dreary here, so I'll be in the craft room!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Winter Cheer

Here's another Snowy card, paired with a Tim Holtz stencil.

Winter Cheer

supplies: white and Mint card stock, Tim Holtz Holiday Knit stencil, picked raspberry and cracked pistachio distress oxide inks, Penny Black Snowy, sentiment from a retired The Craft's Meow set, glue pen and prisma glitter, pink pearls, adhesive foam squares

I first embossed the stencil into the card stock, and then added my inks - I like the subtle difference embossing makes.  I smooshed some picked raspberry onto my kraft mat, spritzed it with water, and then colored in Snowy's hat and scarf this time, adding some glitter to his hat and some pink pearl buttons to his body.  I had first stamped the sentiment in pink, but it faded into the background, so it ended up black, tucked in behind the popped-up snowman.

The oxide inks blended like butta through the stencil, and cleaned up easily, too!  Love these colors together - like sherbet!  Thanks for stopping by......

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Simon Says........Furry Friends

If you'd like to see my card for the Your Next Stamp DT Dare, please scroll down a post, or click HERE.  Thanks!


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

This week our theme is Furry Friends, and the team is showcasing Newton's Nook products.

SSS Nov 15

supplies: white and kraft cardstock, Bristol paper, fall patterned papers (Echo Park I Love Family, Doodlebug Flea Market), Newton's Nook Autumn Newton stamps, colored with Spectrum Aqua markers and water, mermaid lagoon and peacock feathers distress inks and water, adhesive foam squares

I colored and cut out the image, then popped it above a smooshed distress ink background, and surrounded that with some patterned papers.

Here's another card using the same set.

SSS Nov 15

supplies: white and kraft cardstock, Bristol paper, patterned papers from Echo Park's I Love Family and A Perfect Autumn, Newton's Nook Autumn Newton, Simon's Stitched Rectangle and Stitched Circle dies

Now it's your turn!  As always, we have another $50.00 gift voucher


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