Friday, November 30, 2018

Simon December Card Kit

......has sold out, but you can still get some of the elements from it separately.  Here's the card I made using the peppermint sticks die, one of the sentiment stamps, and design papers found in the kit.

supplies: Simon's Lipstick Red card, dps from Carta Bella Santa's Workshop paper pad, Candy Canes dies, sentiment from Christmas Cheer stamp set, adhesive foam squares to pop up circle

I'll be back tomorrow with a card using a brand new DieCember product - see you then!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

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

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


As always, at the end of each month, our theme is Anything Goes!  And the team is showcasing adorable Wild Rose Studio products.

supplies: Schoolhouse Red, Audrey Blue, and white card, Doodlebug Christmas dp, Wild Rose Studios Snowman Family, Nuvo Creative Pens to color, sentiment from Simon Presents & Ornaments, glue pen and Prisma glitter

I pulled the colors from the background paper to color my image.

Now it's your turn!  We have a $50.00 gift certificate 


to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 1 lucky random winner of this week's challenge!  I can't wait to see what you all make this week!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Simon Says.........Baby, It's COLD outside!

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


We have a fun theme for you this week - Baby, It's COLD Outside!  And my teamies and I are playing with Penny Black goodies.  

My mind went instantly to my Snowy snowman, and I decided to play with him this week.

supplies: white and silver and white glitter cardstock, various design papers in blues and grays, Penny Black Snowy woodblock stamp and Snowflake die, Birch Press Design Let it Snow die, light blue Zig marker and water, glue pen and Prisma glitter

As I've done before, I paper-pieced his scarf and hat - it's fun to add some pattern to him!  And just for fun, I CASEd a card by Nancy Thomas for my 2nd card, using my own elements. 

supplies: Schoolhouse Red, Slate Gray, and white cardstock, Sunny Studio Rainbow Bright dp, Snowy wood stamp, sentiment from a retired Kelly Purkey/Simon collaboration called Let It Snow, Paper Smooches Birch Tree die, cardinal from Impression Obsession Birch Tree die set, Simon Stitched Circle die, snowflake embossing folder, Nuvo Red marker, Signo white gel pen, glue pen and Prisma glitter

This time I colored his hat and scarf with a red marker, then added white dots with a gel pen.  And I tore a circle of white to make snow in the background circle.  

Now it's your turn!  We have a $50.00 gift certificate 


to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 1 lucky random winner of this week's challenge!  I can't wait to see what you all make this week!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

One more time, One Layer fussy cutting or die-cutting this time, all stamping.

supplies: red and white card, Nuvo markers to color, MFT's Tweet Holidays birds, birdhouse, and holly, Winnie & Walter sentiments from Big, Bold & Merry, Winter Wonderland, and Happiest of Holidays, Simon's Falling Snow stencil, texture paste, glue pen, and prisma glitter

Here's a close-up of the birdhouse, with its little surprise inside:

DH and I spent some time yesterday bagging wet leaves, and there are STILL some leaves up in the trees.........hopefully one more big wind will do it!  I do love fall, but its residue can get you down!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Friday, November 16, 2018

'Tis the Season

I've fallen in love with yet another My Favorite Things set of birds, in this case, their Tweet Holidays stamps.  I had a fun day yesterday playing with them, and here are some results.

supplies: Schoolhouse Red and white card, MFT Tweet Holidays stamps, Nuvo markers to color, Penny Black Joy to the World die, an old snowflake embossing folder

A 2nd version, just changing up the sentiment and background embossing:

supplies: Schoolhouse Red and white card, MFT Tweet Holidays, Nuvo markers, Winnie & Walter in a Word Merry cutaway, Taylored Expressions Winter Flurry embossing folder

And lastly, I CASEd a recent card of my own for this last design.

supplies: white and pink card, plaid dp from MFT Merry & Bright pad, MFT Tweet Holidays stamps,  Nuvo markers, Simon's Stitched Rectangle die,  adhesive foam to pop birds up

I masked off an area to repeatedly stamp one of the sentiments in the set, then framed the panel in a plaid, colored the birds and leaves to match, added a group of leaves, and popped the birds above the card.  

Winter appears to have arrived here, and we have still to finish our fall clean-up!  Not looking forward to raking up frozen leaves; let's hope we get a little break soon.  In the meantime, stay warm and cozy!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Simon Says.......All That Glitters is Gold

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


Our theme this week is "All That Glitters is Gold", and the team is showcasing Lawn Fawn products.

supplies: green, white, and gold glitter card stock, Lawn Fawn Deck the Halls stamps paired with Gina K's Wreath Builder stencil, a bow die

I got my gold fix with gold glitter cardstock - wish I could capture the sparkle it gives off!  I framed my stamped panels with it, and used it also to make my bow and to add some detail to the wreath.

And I used a gold metallic paper for my sentiment on my next card.  

supplies: Schoolhouse Red, kraft, green, and metallic gold card, birch and stripe patterned papers, Lawn Fawn Scripty Joy and Paper Smooches Holly dies, Simon heart

Now it's your turn!  We have a $50.00 gift certificate 


to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 1 lucky random winner of this week's challenge!  I can't wait to see what you all make this week!

Monday, November 12, 2018

More Turnabouts!

I have a couple cards using another new-to-me Concord & 9th Turnabout stamp today.  For my first try, it was a no-brainer to stamp in fall colors.....

supplies: white and kraft card, Concord & 9th Wreath Turnabout stamp set, sentiment from Sugar Pea Designs Fall Fox, Altenew ink cubes and vintage photo distress ink

And one for a birthday  - I was truly playing with these colors, and I like the result.....probably a good candidate for a masculine card, which I am sadly lacking.  I used the disappearing sentiment technique, cutting it out of the stamped image and popping it up 4 layers deep.

supplies: white and peacock card, Concord & 9th Wreath Turnabout set, sentiment from Wplus9 Hand Lettered Hello, Winnie & Walter In a Word Hello cutaway

These turnabout stamps are addictive, and what a fun way to construct a wreath! Whoever designed them must have a degree in engineering!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Deck the Halls Turnabout stamp

I'm loving the Concord & 9th Turnabout stamps!  Here are my first plays with their Deck the Halls stamp.

supplies: white, Doll Pink, and Green Apple card, Concord & 9th Deck the Halls Turnabout stamp, Cotton Candy, Doll Pink, Green Apple, and Grass inks, Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia dies and Winnie & Walter In a Word Merry cutaway

supplies: white, Mint, and Blue Violet card, Deck the Halls Turnabout, cracked pistachio, broken china, blueprint sketch, and wilted violet distress oxide inks, Simon's Yuletide Holiday sentiment, MFT Stitched Mini Scallop Square die, Tim Holtz Mini Holiday Greens die, purple pearls for berries

supplies: white, silver glitter,  Green Apple and Audrey Blue cardstock, Deck the Halls Turnabout, Audrey Blue, Green Apple, High Dive, and Silver Lining inks, Simon's Merry & Bright sentiment and Stitched Circle die, Lawn Fawn Stitched Snowflakes dies, adhesive foam squares to lift circle and snowflakes

These turnabout are really fun to play with and to try different color combinations.  

Thanks for coming by today!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Layered Butterflies and Sentimental Words

Spellbinders has a brand new clear stamps collection, and I was thrilled to be able to play with a couple of the sets.  I received a color layering set of butterflies and another of everyday sentiments.  Here are my cards.

supplies: white and black cardstock, Spellbinders Layered Butterflies, jewel-tones of Altenew mini inks

The Layered Butterflies set contains 2 sizes of butterflies, plus 5 detailed stamps and a sentiment.  I used the largest of the butterflies here, varying the colors in rainbow order.  Three were stamped directly on my card panel, and I fussy-cut 2 of them and popped the others.  I love sets like these that don't require me to color them - solid images in the set mixed with colored inks does the job for me!

Here's another, in softer colors pulled from the plaid strip I used.  This one uses both butterflies, and I got my sentiment from the new Sentimental Words set - love this bold font!

supplies: white, Surf Blue and Apple Green cardstock, My Favorite Things plaid paper, Spellbinders Layered Butterflies and Sentimental Words stamps,  Altenew Tropical Forest and Deep Blue Sea mini ink cubes to color, Doodlebug Tiny Heart sprinkles

The butterflies are easy to line up the various layers and also very easy to fussy-cut them, if you'd like.  Thanks to Team Spellbinders for allowing me to play - I had a blast making these!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Simon Says.........Thanks/Thanksgiving

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


This week our theme is Thanks/Thanksgiving, and my teamies and I are playing with beautiful Altenew goodies!  When I think of Altenew, I think of their gorgeous multi-step stamps, so I chose one of my favorites and stamped it in the colors of the season.

supplies: white and Orange Peel card stock, Altenew Build a Flower Rose stamp and die set, Altenew Warm & Cozy and Tropical Forest mini ink cubes, Hero Arts Old Letter Writing wood stamp, embossed in white, and sponged with rusty hinge and carved pumpkin distress inks, Simon Thankful Heart sentiment, Doodlebug orange pearls

Here's another one using the same inks as above with another of their layering stamp sets.

supplies: white, Green Leaf, and Orange Peel card stocks, vellum, Altenew Ditsy Print stamps, Warm and Cozy and Tropical Forest mini ink cubes, sentiment from Simon's (retired) Autumn Blessings clear stamp set, Stitched Rectangle die, and Lawn Fawn Quilted Backdrop die

Now it's your turn!  We have a $50.00 gift certificate 


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

Friday, November 2, 2018

A Collaboration Between Spellbinders and Fun Stampers Journey!

Spellbinders and Fun Stampers Journey are coming together, and will be offering products from both companies, all in one place, at the Spellbinders site!  I was tickled to be asked to help showcase the new Fun Stamper Journey cling stamps.  Here are 3 cards I made with what I received.

My first card shows just a few elements from the Thankful Friends set.

supplies: cream, Audrey Blue, and chocolate brown cardstock, dps from I Love Family by Lori Whitlock paper pad, FSJ's Thankful Friends cling stamps and matching dies, rust and brown inks, twine, adhesive foam squares

This set is a keeper - besides this foxy gentleman, there's a darling squirrel, 2 other sentiments, a winter cap, a coffee cup, an acorn, and more leaves.  I really like this set because I'm not a colorist, and these stamps are all solid, so the ink does all the work!

I also received a gorgeous fall background called Color Me Fall, with which I paired a Spellbinders die from a previous kit this year.

supplies: Orange Peel, brown, and Ivory cardstock, a strip of vellum, FSJ Color Me Fall, Nuvo Creative Pens markers to color, Spellbinders October Small Die of the Month sentiment die

It was fun to use my fall markers to color in the design, and this background is easy to pair with a sentiment die to make a fairly easy design!

And one more, for when you're feeling lazy.  This one combines the background stamp with a sentiment from Thankful Friends.

supplies: beige, brown, and Desert Storm cardstock, FSJ Color Me Fall and sentiment from Thankful Friends, brown ink, adhesive foam to pop stamped panel above sentiment, copper maple leaf sequins

Fun Stampers Journey stamps are made in the USA, and over 50% of their stamps have coordinating dies.  Head on over to the Spellbinders site to see all the entire Fun Stampers Journey line!

Many thanks to Team Spellbinders for the chance to play with these fun stamps!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

25 Days of Christmas Tags

So pleased to be participating in Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags today as some of the Simon Says Stamp Monday and Wednesday challenges teams kick off her annual feature!  It's her 8th year!!  Every day, from now through Nov. 26, she will be featuring a different company, and today is Simon Says Stamp's day!  There will be giveaways and prizes to be won!

I made 2 tags for today.  This first one is a woodland tag that features Simon's Retro Deer die.

supplies: kraft, pine green, and white cardstock, Kaisercraft mint plank dp (retired), Simon's Retro Deer die and (retired) Kelly Purkey Let It Snow sentiment, Tim Holtz Layering stencil, pine needles distress ink and Nuvo Moonstone glimmer paste, MFT Stitched Tag die, snowflake die, pine ribbon and twine

I first cut my stitched tag from the plank patterned paper, then stenciled 2 trees onto it, adding in the details with glimmer paste.  The deer was cut twice and glued together for strength, then popped above my panel.  I added my sentiment and snowflakes and popped the whole thing onto a slightly larger tag, adding a twine and ribbon bow.

Here's another, featuring the Picture Book Snowman die.

supplies: white Audrey Blue, Surf Blue, Sea Glass, Schoolhouse Red, Green Leaf, Orange Peel, and black cardstock,  BoBunny green dot dp, Simon Picture Book Snowman with Be Joyful sentiment, Memory Box Holly leaves die, various snowflake dies, MFT Stitched Tag die, green ribbon, white string

There are lots of ways to win prizes - see Tracey's Blog for all the details.  Simon Says Stamp is sponsoring a $50.00 gift card if you create and post a Christmas tag inspired by one of our tags being featured today at her blog!  And we're just one of 26 companies offering fun prizes!  You can post your tags HERE.

To be eligible for a prize, you must state in your post the day and the tag you were inspired by.  If you don't have a blog of your own, you can use Instagram, using the hashtag #25daysoftags2018, and be sure to be a follower of Tracey's Instagram account.  You may create as many tags as you like as long as you follow the rules.  The more you hop along each day and participate, the more chances you have at winning.  You can also win by commenting on Tracey's blog each day, and by following each day's blog hop and commenting at each stop.  To be fair, only one comment per person per post, please.

The contest will close December 3 at 12:00 AM, and prizes will be announced on December 10 on Tracey's blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by today - I hope I've inspired you to play along, too, this month.  Tune in each day to Tracey's Blog to see lots and lots of fun examples!