Monday, January 15, 2018

Birthday Butterflies

Here are 2 cards for some birthday girls this month.........both using butterflies and a variation on the same sketch.

supplies: white and black card stock, Doodlebug pink and purple dot petite print, Calais Butterflies, sentiment from Brush Stroke Messages, tiny heart die, Audrey Cutaway  scalloped die, adhesive foam squares

I inlaid the butterflies into the scalloped panel, then lined them with purples and pinks, scattering a few little die-cut hearts.

For my 2nd card, I changed up the butterflies, stamped ones this time, but the other supplies are the same.

supplies: white, black, and Audrey Blue card stock,  (retired) Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Antique Flowers and Butterflies, colored with Chameleon Cool Tones markers (BV4 Blue Violet) and Blue Tones Color Tops (BG3 Turquoise), Simon's Brush Stroke Messages, Audrey Cutaway scalloped die, adhesive foam squares to lift butterflies

I finally got myself some Chameleon color tops to add to the set of markers I already have, and had a little play with blending.  They are fun!

My cards for the next couple of months are going to be simpler than usual, as we are in Florida, and I left lots of supplies at home.  Hope you'll bear with me.......

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Simon Says..........Use Patterned Paper


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

Our challenge this week is to use patterned paper, and what better company to highlight than Doodlebug?!  Their 6" paper pads are perfectly sized for cards.  I have 2 for you today, with some bright colors to lift our winter doldrums!

SSS Jan 10

supplies: white and Doll Pink card stock, various Doodlebug 6" paper pads, Simon's Summer Flowers and Love and Friendship clear stamp sets, retired MFT Blueprints 20 die (banner) and Winnie & Walter Audrey's cutaways (xo die), adhesive foam squares

I used a strip quilt design for my background, edged it with x's and o's lined in pink, and then just added a flower and sentiment banner.

Next up, a super simple design that you can do in 10 minutes or less.  

SSS Dec10

supplies: white cardstock, a Doodlebug floral and a pink gingham from Gingham/Linen Rainbow Petite Prints paper pad, Simon's Smile Circle die, Pretty Pink Posh Scallop Border die

If you visit here often, you'll remember that I love all things gingham, and mixing a gingham with a floral like this makes me smile big!  This Gingham paper pad is a must-have - it has 24 different ginghams, ranging from pinks through greys and black, and everything in between, and the reverse is a solid linen look.  

This would be a good design for a quick set of cards.....just change the colors of gingham for each one!

The scalloped die cuts a scallop edge, with an inner stitch line - I just hand-cut along that line and then separated the 2 pieces a bit when I attached them to my floral base.  

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!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Simon Says..........Something New


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

Welcome to the first challenge of the New Year!  Our theme is Something New, and we're showcasing Hero Arts products.  I'm celebrating all the wonderful things about winter with some new (to me) Hero Arts stamps.

SSS Jan 3

supplies: white, dark green, and Simon Surf Blue card stock, Hero Arts Winter Silhouettes clear stamp set, VersaFine onyx black ink, tumbled glass, pine needles, and evergreen bough distress inks, ink blending tool, Simon's Falling Snow stencil, Nuvo Moonstone glimmer paste

This Winter Silhouette stamp set has lots of images of children playing in the snow - I chose only 3 of them, plus one of the trees in the set and made myself a little skating rink in the woods.  

There's nothing more lovely than those big fluffy snowflakes that fall during the winter and that's where this next card came from.  I wanted to capture the feeling of peace I feel when we have a beautiful snowfall that makes the world all bright and fresh again.  And since it's the New Year, I thought that this lovely Hope sentiment was a perfect's new, too!

SSS Jan3

supplies: white and silver glitter card stock,  Hero Arts Hand Drawn Snowflakes Bold Prints cling, VersaMark and white embossing powder, salty ocean and blueprint sketch distress inks, ink blending tool, Simon Hope diesYour Next Stamp silver glitter gumdrops

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!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Simon's January Card Kit

Happy New Year!  I'm thrilled to be moving into the new year with my favorite kind of card - for Valentine's Day!

My card uses a few of the supplies in the latest Card Kit.  I LOVED this particular floral paper from the Pebbles design papers in the kit, and used that as my inspiration.  I paired it with a sentiment and the tiny hearts in the new stamp set, along with my own stamped roses with die-cut leaves, to mimic the roses in the paper.

Jan Card Kit

supplies: Cotton Candy, Doll Pink, Lipstick Red, and Mint cardstock, floral dp from Pebbles Forever My Always paper pad, sentiment and tiny stamped hearts from new Really Like You stamp set, (all in the kit), along with roses from Roses for You and Partial Cut Leaf dies, Stitched Rectangle die

The background is a very dark brown, and I followed suit, using an Espresso distress ink for my stamping.

Here's what this January Card Kit looks like, and as of this writing it's still available!  Be sure to check out our Gallery for more ideas!

January Card Kit, Shari Carroll