Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Simon Says..........Make Your Own Background

Happy Wednesday - welcome to our challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


This week our theme is Make Your Own Background, and we're playing with Tim Holtz products.  We'd love to see you using them, too, but you can use anything  you'd like, as long as you follow the theme.

I have 2 cards today.

supplies: white cardstock, Tim Holtz Plaid stencil, Wildflower die, cracked pistachio, peacock feathers, and salty ocean distress oxide inks, Tammy Tutterow Tiny Sentiment

I used all 3 oxide inks with the plaid stencil, and splattered with the same inks.  Then I trimmed out the panel, edged it with peacock feathers, and attached it to a white card base.  I stamped and heat embossed my sentiment, then cut my flowers, sponged them with the same inks, then attached them, extending them just a bit beyond my inked background.

Next I played with some Distress Resist Spray and oxides.

supplies: white cardstock, Tim Holtz Flourish die and stencil, distress resist spray, picked raspberry and squeezed lemonade distress inks, Simon Painted Hello and Leanna Butterfly dies, rainbow heart sprinkles

To make this card I first used the flourish die to make a cut on an A2 sized panel, in essence making my own stencil.  That was placed over a plain white cardstock panel of the same size, put inside a cardboard box, and spritzed with distress resist spray.  Then I removed the "stencil" to allow the plain panel to dry naturally (maybe 15 minutes or so). When dry, the flourish image is raised slightly and shiny, just like if it had been heat embossed.  Next I sponged on my oxide inks diagonally.  After a little more air-drying, I used the flourish stencil to apply the same inks in the areas that were not embossed.  I also splattered more of the inks and some plain water.  Then the panel was trimmed, attached to my white card base, and I added my sentiment and butterfly die-cuts, along with a couple tiny heart sprinkles.

The distress resist spray acts just like embossing powder, allowing the white card to show through. As you can see, I could have spritzed it a little more in the upper part of the design to get a more even, less splotchy, pattern, but that's a lesson learned which I'll remember next time!

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, July 15, 2019

Variations on a Theme

I have 2 cards today, inspired by a wonderful card maker, Michele Ferguson.  I've had THIS card of Michele's pinned for awhile, waiting for the right inspiration.  I loved Michele's use of the bit of gingham behind her main image.  Here's the first card I made:

supplies: white and pale blue cardstock, Impression Obssession Gingham cling, Sunny Studios Everything's Rosy multi-step stamps, Deep Blue Seas and Green Valley mini ink cubes, The Crafts Meow (retired) Happy as a Lark sentiment, adhesive foam squares

I first used a circle mask to stamp the gingham in the center of my white panel.  Separately, I stamped and arranged the flowers and leaves and decided where they'd be placed before I stamped my sentiment.  The flower arrangement was then lifted above the gingham circle.  

Then I thought I'd reverse the design for the background, and put a white circle inside a gingham base.  This Sunny Studio Gingham dp is a perfect match to the inks I used for the flowers.

supplies: white and Classic Gingham cardstock, Sunny Studios Everything's Rosy multi-step stamps, Deep Blue Seas and Green Meadows mini ink cubes, Fancy Frames Circle die, Simon's Stitched Circle die and sentiment from Choose Joy stamp set

Which one do you prefer?  Thank you, Michele, for your constant inspiration!

Just sharing......

........a picture of a volunteer autumn clematis trying to eat a birdhouse in our herb garden!  

The yellow flower is dill......

How is your garden doing this summer?  Ours is not so great this year.........vegetables and roses are sub-standard - too much rain??  And it seems that we have all kinds of things munching - deer and Japanese Beetles at the moment, though we may be making progress with the deer using a spray my DH has been applying.  So I'm concentrating on the parts that are doing well.

The purple bee-balm isn't showing any signs of mildew yet!  But I didn't see any bees except a big bumble.....

Our little courtyard is mostly in the shade, so it always thrives!  These are Patriot hostas and Japanese Painted Fern, with a bit of Lenten Rose leaves at the top.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Hello Summer

Altenew has a WOW! inspiration for us this month for their Inspiration Challenge.  I have 2 cards today, inspired by its summery orange and pinks.

supplies:  white, black, 3 shades of pink, 3 shades of orange, yellow, and green cardstock, Altenew Hibiscus Garden 3D dies, Neat & Tangled Tropical Leaves stencil, sentiment from a retired Simon set

I used bright pink and orange colors to make my flowers, with bright green leaves.  In looking at the inspiration, I noticed that it was set against black, so I tried that, and liked that the colors really pop against it.  THEN I remembered this tropical leaves stencil, so I "embossed" it onto my black background.  It was hard to get a good picture of it, because it's can see it best in the upper right corner, but irl the whole background has this detail. 

So that you can see the embossing better, I messed around with my editing program......this next one shows the details, but the colors got skewed a bit. 

And one more pic, closer, to show the embosssed stencil.

Next, I decided to play with my all-time favorite Altenew stamp set, Painted Flowers - this is the first time I've colored the outline image with markers instead of using the layering stamps.

supplies: white and black cardstock, Altenew Painted Flowers stamps, colored with Nuvo Creative markers, sentiment die from their Flower Arrangement set, Simon retired "summer" stamp,  sequins to match

Here's the inspiration photo:

Thanks for visiting today - have a great one!  

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Some Paper Flowers

Today I decided to make a little bouquet of Tammy's Beautiful Succulents.   I chose cardstock in summery colors: 2 corals, 2 yellows/golds, 2 oranges, and a cream, then cut out 1 of each of the 4 sizes of the succulent dies.  The leaves are from another of Tammy's sets, called Posey Flowers 4.

I also pulled out yellow/gold buttons from my stash and a little PTI daisy die, long retired, to surround the buttons, 

I used some adhesive foam strips to separate the layers of each flower, then inserted wire through my button and down through the layers, leaving about 6" of wire, which was then wrapped with floral tape.  I pulled all the petals upward, held them tightly in a bud, and then let them relax.  I added a single leaf to each flower, securing it to the flower with glue dots.

Once I had done the first couple of flowers, the process got easier, and it took me just an afternoon to get these 7 flowers completed.  In case you're wondering about size, these came out at just under 3" in diameter, without the leaves.

Because these are something a bit out of the ordinary for me, I'd like to enter my bouquet into my friend Virginia's Show & Share for July.

These are addictive - I'll be making more of them.  Hope you enjoy these, and maybe think about making a bouquet for yourself!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Simon Says.........Add a Number

Happy Wednesday - welcome to our challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


This week we want you to Add a Number!  The design team are playing with Your Next Stamp products - if you have some we'd love to see you using them, too!  But it's not a requirement to play along. 

I love YNS's ink splatter stamps, and I took this as an opportunity to get another.  They come in hearts, flowers, these stars, and other fun motifs.  Our youngest Grand will be turning 7 later this year, so I pulled together some primary colors and made him a birthday card.

supplies: white and Lipstick Red cardstock, YNS Mini Star Ink Splatters clear stamp and their Bold Numbers die, sentiment pieced from Simon's Big Birthday Greetings and Happy clear stamp sets, Altenew mini inks, MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle 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!  I can't wait to see what you all make this week!

Monday, July 8, 2019

Another Tea Cup

This set is so much fun to play with - the images are small and easy to color and fussy-cut, and I'm loving finding pretty papers to paper-piece the cup and saucer!

supplies: white cardstock, floral and dot dps from my stash, Wplus9 Hello and Thanks stamp set, Marina Blues, Sunshine Yellows, and Irish Clover Nuvo markers to color, Sunny Studios Quilted Hearts embossing folder, sentiment from (retired) Simon Flower Friend, MFT Mini Stitched Scallop Rectangle

This time I added a scrap of embossing as a tablecloth under the teacup.  If you'd like to see my other cards with this set, check out yesterday's post or click HERE.  And I forgot to mention last time, but there's a matching die set, too. 

Thanks for visiting - have a lovely day!

Saturday, July 6, 2019


I have 2 cards today that I made with a new-to-me Wplus9 stamp set that I've had on my list since it was released.  I often stick cuttings from our garden into cups, especially in the spring when the flowers are scarce and this set spoke to me, especially with the little birds that Dawn included!

supplies: white and Doll Pink cardstock, various dps from MFT and Carta Bella,  Wplus9 Hello and Thanks stamps, Nuvo Rosy Pinks and Irish Clover markers to color, Penny Black Stitched Stackers die

And another, in cooler colors, using just the flower sprigs and a sentiment.

supplies: white, Lavender and light blue cardstock, Wplus9 Hello and Thanks, Nuvo markers (Parma Violets, Marina Blues, Woodland Greens, and Irish Clover), Simon Stitched Rectangle and Winnie & Walter Audrey dies

This time I used some lapis lazuli and enchanted garden mini inks to stamp my sentiment.

Are you enjoying your holiday?  Thanks for taking the time to stop by today!

Friday, July 5, 2019

Thinking of You

Here's another play with my new The Greetery goodies, this time with the addition of a stencilled cloudy sky.

supplies: white and Surf Blue card, The Greetery Robin & Wren and Blooming Branch stamp sets, MFT Cloud stencil and tumbled glass distress ink, sentiment from Simon's Sketched Flowers

This time I used the matching die for the branch, and the wren from the bird set.  Wrens wake me every morning with their song - I swear they're up before sunrise! 

Enjoy your holiday weekend!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Simon Says.........Stars/Stripes

Happy Wednesday - welcome to our challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


Our theme this week is Stars and/or Stripes and we're highlighting My Favorite Things goodies.  I chose their Peek-a-boo Star die and made a shaker card for the 4th of July!

supplies: ivory cardstock, scrap of acetate for window, dps from (retired) BoBunny Anthem Collection, Hero Arts Celebrate Everyday sentiment, Altenew Azurite ink, MFT Stitched Star Peek-a-Boo Window die, gold and silver sequins, adhesive foam strips, red gem stars

After affixing my striped panel to my card base, I cut a panel from the starry paper, die-cut the star from it, and then, using skinny foam strips, made it into a shaker full of silver and gold sequins.

I'm sorry that these design papers are no longer available - they are perfect for what I wanted to do with the star die.  AND it appears that my star die has retired!  THIS ONE should work just as well.

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!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

For You

I found the sweetest little bouquet die recently and couldn't wait to get it home to play!

supplies: white and Cotton Candy cardstock, BoBunny Early Bird patterned paper, Pink Fresh Studios Partial Cut Bouquet and Bow die, alcohol markers to color, aqua ribbon, pink baker's twine, PTI Tiny Tag and sentiment

This die makes a partial cut of the bouquet, leaving the center part attached to its base.  Here I added an aqua ribbon, threading it through the slits that are provided.

For my next card, I took it a step further, cutting it from both white and kraft card, then inlaying the colored white one back into the kraft base.  The 3-piece bow dies are part of the set. 

supplies: white, Cotton Candy, and kraft cardstock, Pink Fresh Studios Partial Cut Bouquet and Bow dies, alcohol markers to color, Tammy Tutterow's Tiny Sentiment, tiny heart sprinkle

I love how these turned out!

Thanks for coming by - have a great week!

Monday, July 1, 2019

My June Faves

I've decided to start a monthly post where I choose my favorite cards from the previous month.  Here are my June favorites.

Thanks for stopping by!  

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Some Anniversary Cards

June is the month for anniversaries, and we have an abundance in our family!  Here are 2 anniversary cards I made earlier this month.

supplies: white cardstock, Doodlebug patterned papers, MFT Stitched Blooms dies, Simon Happy sentiment, yellow enamel dots for flower centers

A simple design, I just chose some pretty colors of patterned papers, cut my flowers and leaves and arranged them around my sentiment.  

I used the same sentiment set for my 2nd card.

supplies: kraft, white, and Lipstick Red cardstock, Ribbon Heart Sidekick Frame and Stencil set, sentiment Simon Happy clear stamps, heart die from (retired) Simon Heart Flowers, adhesive foam strips

This die and stencil set is one of a few Sidekick Frame sets that Poppy Stamps has introduced this year, and I was lucky to win this one!  There is a stencil included so that you can easily add some color to the die.  And the skinny foam strips are perfect for lifting the die above my card base!

We celebrated our 48th anniversary this month with a trip to see our Grands and a stopover in one of our favorite places - Asheville, NC and it's gorgeous environs. After the heat of Texas, the Smokies were literally "a breath of fresh air"!

Friday, June 28, 2019

Betsy's Birds

I received my order from The Greetery and had a play with the new Robin and Wren and Blooming Branch stamps.

supplies: white cardstock, The Greetery Robin and Wren and Blooming Branch multi-step stamps, Altenew mini ink cubes, sentiment from a retired Wplus9 set, adhesive foam squares

These sets get an A+ from me!  Here I made my birds into bluebirds; next time I may try a robin.......looking forward to playing lots more with these!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Some Foiling......

One of the supplies inside this month's Simon Card Kit was a pack of 5 Shattered Glass foils.  I couldn't wait to play with them, and once I had my laminator heated up, I made it worthwhile and did a couple more foiled cards at the same time.  This foil is gorgeous!

supplies: white, several ivories, pale yellow, green, and black cardstock, Altenew Watercolor Stripes stencil, Deco Foil Rainbow Shattered Glass foil, transfer gel and stencil pal, Altnew Fantasy Floral dies, sentiment from Simon's Beautiful Flowers, adhesive foam strips to separate flower layers

I love foiling with a stencil and transfer gel!  And now with the new stencil pal, spreading the gel smoothly is a piece of cake!  It's a nice large 5 1/2" long, SO much better than a credit card!  

Here I used a striped stencil and tried to get a rainbow effect with the foil, then just added my flower and a sentiment.  With all the color in the stripes, I opted for a simple cream/off-white flower and a small black sentiment.

The next card is REALLY simple, and lets the stencil and the gorgeous foil shine.  This one has blues, golds, and greens in it.

supplies: white and green cardstock, gold foil cardstock, Newton's Nook Tropical Leaves stencil, transfer gel, stencil pal, and Emerald Watercolor foil, lucky clover distress ink, IO Greeting Top Edgers sentiment die

As I did above, I spread the gel through the stencil, let it dry, then added a sheet of Watercolor foil to it before heating it in my laminator.  I didn't like the foiling against white, so I sponged on some lucky clover distress ink.  Next I sliced my foiled panel into 2 pieces, and added my gold foil sentiment die at the top of one, and edged the other panel with more of the gold foiled cardstock.  

My final card is all Tim Holtz - this Scribbles stencil is one of my favorites of his!

supplies: white, black, and Cotton Candy cardstock, Tim Holtz Scribbles stencil, Gina K Bubblegum foil, transfer gel, stencil pal, Detailed Butterflies dies, Big Chat stickers, Tiny Heart sprinkle

Since Tim's stencils don't cover an entire card width-wise, after I'd foiled it, I trimmed it down and framed it with white cardstock before adding it to the Cotton Candy base.  And I added a little Tiny Heart sprinkle to the butterfly.

And one final card, using the same stencil as above, and the same foil as my first card.

supplies: white cardstock, Scribbles stencil, Rainbow Shattered foil, transfer gel, stencil pal, sentiment from Simon's (retired) Birthday Flowers, Pretty Pink Posh Scallop Borders 2 die

Thanks for sticking with me on this long post.  Foiling stencils is a great easy way to add some oomph to a card!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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

Happy Wednesday - welcome to our challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


Our theme this week is the ever-popular Anything Goes, and my teamies and I are showcasing Stampendous products!  I chose this fun Laurel Burch heart full of flowers and butterflies.

supplies: white and Audrey Blue cardstock, Stampendous Laurel Burch Butterfly Heart cling, Tonic Nuvo markers to color, Simon's Beautiful Day sentiment, MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle die, irridescent sequins

I stamped the butterfly a 2nd time, fussy-cut it, and lifted it above the main panel.

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, June 24, 2019

Lime Time!

I lied again........said I would put this stamp away, but it's too pretty to do that.  Besides, with all the rain we've been having, I have to get my flower fix somewhere, right?  I planted some lime zinnia seeds back in May, but they're taking their time producing flowers, so I made my own with this card.

supplies: black, white, and Green Apple cardstock, The Greetery Fleur Impressions, Simon Sketched Flowers sentiment, Altenew Limeade, Lime, and Fresh Leaf mini inks, PTI Mix & Mat dies, black pearls

Aren't these inks yummy?!

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Tammy's Posies

It's the time of year when I normally have jars of flowers in the house, fresh-picked from my garden.  This year, between the rain and nibbling deer, I haven't been able to do that so much.  So I thought I'd make a paper version!

supplies: white cardstock, Doodlebug papers, old PTI jar,stems, and sentiment, Tammy Tutterow Posey Flowers from sets 1 - 4, Paper Smooches Fab Frames die, natural twine, enamel dots

We have a sunny day today, a little on the cool side, so I think I'll go outside and forage to see if I can find anything blooming!  Enjoy your weekend!