Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Simon Says........Bright Color Mood Board

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

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Our Karin has made a Bright Color mood board to inspire us!



The team is showcasing Doodlebug Design goodies this week - I adore their 6" paper pads.  The patterns are scaled down perfectly for our cards.  So this week I paired a variety of these patterned papers with some of their sprinkles (enamel dots) and some flower dies.


supplies: white and a tiny strip of black card, patterned papers from Doodlebug Floral-Graph, Dot-Stripe and Gingham-Linen Rainbow Petite Prints, MFT black and white striped dp and Stitched Blooms dies, various Doodlebug sprinkles, sentiment from Simon Summer Garden

In my opinion, these patterned papers are a perfect pairing with the Stitched Blooms dies!

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

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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, May 21, 2019

Happily Ever After

Tammy Tutterow has a set of stamps and dies in the newest Pink & Main release!  I was tickled to receive them, and here are some cards I made, just in time for June weddings!


supplies: white and Surf Blue card, Bristol paper for my bouquet, Happily Ever After bouquet and sentiment, Zig markers and water to color, matching bouquet die, Sunny Studio Quilted Hearts embossing folder, foam adhesive to pop up bouquet, Doodlebug tiny white heart sprinkles

I knew exactly what I wanted to do with this sweet heart.


supplies: white and Cotton Candy cardstock, Bristol paper, Happily Ever After heart and sentiments, heart dieZig markers and water, Spellbinders Hemstitch Rectangle dies

And another very similar design, just changing out the sentiment and the framing. 


supplies: white cardstock, Bristol paper to stamp and cut heart, Happily Ever After heart and sentiment, heart die, Zig markers and water to color, Paper Smooches Fab Frame die

The matching die set has dies to cut out all of the images - and in the stamp set, there's also a wedding cake, 2 bubbling champagne glasses, and 2 other smaller floral designs, along with 3 other sentiments that I didn't use.  Everything you'll need to make lots of fun wedding cards!


Monday, May 20, 2019

Welcome Neighbor!

We have 2 new families moving into our neighborhood.  Here are the cards I made to welcome them, one busy and one simple.


supplies: white, yellow, and Green Apple cardstock, Altenew Ditsy Print, stamped in Altenew green and yellow inks, Simon's Stitched Circle and Tammy Tutterow Bitty Posies dies, stamped sentiment pieced from The Craft's Meow and Winnie & Walter sets, Limeade enamel dots


supplies: white cardstock, a Doodlebug plaid, various Doodlebug enamel dots, Winnie & Walter In a Word Cutaway Hello and stamped words from their Big, Bold sets

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Leafy Frames Card Kit for June

I received my beautiful Simon Says Stamp June Card Kit yesterday, and dove right in today!  It is a beautiful mix of stamps and design papers, and I used both on my cards.


supplies: off-white, Desert Storm, and Green Leaf cardstock, dps from Carta Bella Botanical Garden paper pad, leaf sprig, wreath, and sentiment from Leafy Frames clear stamp set, retired Hero Arts Raindrop Background wood block, Tonic Nuvo markers: Woodland Greens, Irish Clover, Fair Skin Tones, and Cookies & Cream

There are several colorways in this gorgeous paper pad - I chose to use the green/kraft/cream/black ones for this card, and a sketch that I've used before to show them off.  Two of the panels are from this paper pad, and I stamped the green one, using a leaf sprig from the stamp set, and a dotty woodblock to carry through on the dots in the other 2 panels.  "Just Because" is a sentiment I use quite often, and so I'm glad to see this pretty one included in the stamp set.

Here's another, using the rose colorway in the paper pack - this uses just 2 of the papers in the pad, plus a strip of Green Leaf cardstock, and a stamped sentiment.


The floral and the stripe are the front and reverse of one of the design papers.  I fussy-cut out a bouquet of flowers from the floral side.  Isn't the font of the stamped sentiment perfect?

If you're a paper fanatic like me, I'd recommend you pick up an extra pad of this gorgeous Botanical Garden - the papers are lovely!  It's sold out right now, but I'm sure it will be restocked. 

Here's the Kit:



Saturday, May 18, 2019

Just Because

Here's my entry into Altenew's May Inspiration challenge.


supplies: Simon's Fog and Smoke greys, Green Leaf, and 4 pink cardstocks, Altenew Rose Flurries layering dies and Painted Greetings sentiment, the middle 2 shades of Rock Collection mini inks, Impression Obsession Wooden Plank cling, adhesive foam strips to pop up layers of largest flower

Here's our beautiful inspiration for this month:


Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Floral Birthday

Here's a birthday card full of flowers for a special young woman.



supplies: white cardstock, The Greetery Fleur Impressions, Altenew Tea Party and Just Green mini inks, Simon's Big Scripty Greetings, Taylored Expressions Garden Party embossing folder, adhesive foam squares

The day before I made this card we were at a nursery and I saw the most beautiful peachy foxgloves.....couldn't get the color out of my head even the next day, and so I chose these Tea Party inks - aren't they lovely?!

I was also influenced by Donna Oates use of these flowers mixed with a lacey cover die, so I pulled out  this pretty embossing folder for my background.  It's just another layer of richness!

I'd love to enter this into the current The Flower Challenge.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Simon Says............Stitches

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

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This week our theme is Stitches - Real or Faux, and the team is playing with Art Impressions goodies.  You don't have to use them to play, but if you have any, we'd love to see them!  I have one of their sweet Windows to the World clings to show you today.


supplies: white and Cotton Candy card, Art Impressions First Bloom Window cling, colored with Zig markers and water, Simon's Butterfly Shimmer, Stitched Rectangle, and MFT Stitched Mini Scallop Square dies

The script around the image reads "The first bloom of Spring makes my heart Sing!"

My stitching is faux, found in the scallop rectangle die, the Stitched Rectangle, and also the butterfly die behind the watercolored panel.  I used the butterflies, painted with Zig markers and water, from that die to add some pastel accents to my card.


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

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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!


Simon's Celebrate You release!!

Simon Says Stamp is unveiling a new release today - it's called Celebrate You!


Here's a card made with the Big Birthday Greetings clear set that I was sent.


supplies: white and black cardstock, Sunny Studio striped dp from Rainbow Bright pad, Big Birthday Greetings, balloon strings from (retired) Love and Friendship,  stamped in rainbow colors, sequins to match

This set contains mostly sentiments revolving around birthdays, in all kinds of fonts.  I liked the Happy banner - each letter is a different stamp, which makes it easy to use different colors as I did this time, jumping on the rainbow bandwagon.  The balloons are also in the set, as are a slice of cake, and a large candle.

I did an A2 panel as you see it, but my husband came by and said it was boring, and I agree, there was waaaaay too much white space for me, so I sliced it down, fussy-cut around the balloons, matted it in black, and added it to this colorful striped dp.  Much better!

Be sure to visit THIS PAGE to see the rest of the new release.  This group covers birthdays, Mother's Day,  Father's  Day, and Patriotic.  As always, there's a little of everything: clear and cling stamps, dies, stencils, coloring prints, sentiment strips, and sequins.  My favorites are: Filigree Border die,  Gerbera Daisy Background cling, and Daisy Bouquet stamps.  

I hope to see you again later this morning for my card for the new Simon Wednesday challenge!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Inspired by Lilacs

I made this card after cutting our first lilacs to bring inside last week.


supplies: white and Mint cardstock, The Greetery Fleur Impressions, Shades of Purple and Green Meadow mini ink cubes, sentiment from Technique Tuesday (retired) Simply You, Altenew Watercolor Stripes stencil, Tiny Hearts sprinkles

I'd seen someone else use a striped background with these flowers, and decided on the lightest green in the mini ink set for some continuity.  It plays nicely with the mint cardstock.  The sentiment is one I love, probably 10 years old or more.  

Here's my inspiration......I used the portrait feature on my phone to take this picture in my kitchen where there isn't as much natural light as where I took my picture above, so the colors look a bit different, more intense.


These smell heavenly!  They are a transplant from my Dad's lilacs years and years ago, so very special to me. 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Happy Mother's Day

Here are 2 cards for Mother's Day.


supplies: white cardstock, dp from Echo Park Spring Dots & Stripes pad, The Greetery Fleur Impressions, Altenew Rose Petal and Just Green mini ink cubes, Hero Arts sentiment, Sunny Studio Fancy Circle and Winnie & Walter Audrey die, Rainbow Hearts sprinkles




supplies: white, 3 shades of pink, Mint and a green card, Altenew Fantasy Floral flower and Rose Flurries leaves dies, MFT Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle die, Simon Best Mom Ever sentiment, Doodlebug Tiny Heart sprinklesadhesive foam strips to separate flower layers

Wishing a beautiful weekend to all the Moms out there!

Friday, May 10, 2019

A Study in Blues

I treated myself to some Altenew goodies recently - here's a play with a new set of mini inks and a clear stamp set that I've had on my wishlist for a long time.


supplies: white, Cornflower and Soft Navy cardstock, Wildflower Garden stamps, Lapis Lazuli and Forest Glades inks, Flower Arrangement sentiment die

It's been a VERY long time since this country blue has been available to us - we evidently overdid it in the 70's?  SO glad to see it slowly reappearing!  

There are alot of stamps in this large set, and I didn't come near to using all of them.  I did use each of the 4 blue inks in this mini Lapis Lazuli set.  After stamping out my arrangement, I watered down a bit of a medium blue ink and added some splatters to the mix.  And to keep the blue theme going, I used soft navy cardstock to cut my sentiment.

I'm really pleased with how this turned out and look forward to playing some more with the set in other colors!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Simon Says.......For a Special Lady

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

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Our theme this week is "For a Special Lady", and we're playing with Altenew products.  You don't have to use these products to play along, but if you have some of their goodies, we'd love to see you using them.

I just received this Garden Picks layering die set in time for this challenge, so here's a card in my favorite colors.  This sentiment allows me to use this card for lots of occasions, Mothers Day, a birthday, even a wedding card!


supplies: white, 4 shades of blue, 3 shades of yellow, Green Apple, and Green Leaf cardstock, Hero Arts retired Circle Doily cling, embossed in white, Altenew Garden Picks dies, Wplus9 Doodle Buds sentiment, Doodlebug Tiny Heart sprinkle

I wanted to make a sort of nosegay of flowers and this Hero Arts Doily cling stamp from 2010 was the perfect pairing!

Next up, a card using layering stamps.  This one's for my Mom - she loves bright colors, and especially pink, so that decision was easy!


supplies: white, pink and black card, Altenew Beautiful Day stamps, Altenew Rose Petal and Tropical Forest mini ink cubes, Simon Stitched Alphabet and Mom & Dad Icons stamps, Stitched Rectangle die, adhesive foam strips

I stamped 5 of these lovely Beautiful Day flowers across a panel of white card stock, then masked them and added leaves from the same set.  The panel was trimmed with a stitched rectangle, matted in black, and then mounted on a pink card base.  

Then I stamped and fussy-cut my letters and popped them above the card, adding the black stamped sentiment on top of them.  

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

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


Edited to add: I'd like to enter my first blue card with the embossed doily into The Flower Challenge #32: Embossing (Heat/Dry).

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

CASEing Jennifer

Jennifer McGuire recently did a video that included combining some cover plate dies as a background for some florals.  Here's my take on that idea.


supplies: white and silver foiled cardstock, Wplus9 Floral Background die, Altenew Build a Rose set, Cherry Blossom and Green Meadows mini ink cubes, Penny Black Your Day die

This beautiful rose is stamped with 6 layers of stamps!  I used the darkest ink color for the last 3 steps.  

Hope to see you tomorrow for a new Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

Monday, May 6, 2019

In Stitches

This Hand-Stitched stamp set has been on my wishlist a long time, and I finally got it!  Here's my first play with it.


supplies: white card, diagonal striped dps from Sunny Studio Striped Silly paper pad, Neat & Tangled Hand-Stitched clear stamp set, Tonic Nuvo markers to color, rectangle dies from PTI Mix & Mat, tiny heart sprinkles, adhesive foam squares to pop up flowers

I used to cross-stitch and quilt, so this sweet little set with lots of small elements, all with tiny stitches, really appealed to me.  This time I used them to make a roughly oval wreath, and colored it in brights, but I think pastels will be pretty for next time.  

Thanks for coming by!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Stencilled Spring Tree

Here's another new thing from The Greetery, this time a 3-part stencil.  I have a crab apple about to bloom in our backyard, and so of course, I did a spring tree this first time out.


supplies: white card, Sunny Studio Pastel Gingham dp, The Greetery Fir & Foliage #1 stencil, vintage photo distress ink, and Altenew Pink Diamond and Pinkalicious mini inks, sentiment from Memory Box Spring Lilacs clear set

I love stencils, you can do so much with them, and the idea of layering stencils is really fun!  I know I'll use these lots for all the seasons!

Hope that your weekend is going well!

Saturday, May 4, 2019

More Fleur Impressions

More blues, but towards the aquas/teals today.......


supplies: white cardstock, Sunny Studio Striped Silly dp, The Greetery Fleur Impressions, Altenew Sweet Dreams and Simon's Lucky mini inks, Hero Arts woodblock sentiment To Be So Nice

This time I did a little masking, then trimmed my stamped panel and offset it on my striped background instead of centering it as I usually do.  Aren't these colors pleasing?  As is the font on this Hero Arts woodblock stamp from 2009.  I've made a conscious decision to try and use some of my many Hero Arts stamps that I've collected, since they are celebrating their 45th birthday in business.


Have a great weekend!

Friday, May 3, 2019

Foiled Cards for May Birthdays

I have lots of birthdays this month, and most of them will be getting a foiled card.  If you don't like photo-heavy posts, then this one isn't for you - I have 5 cards today.  They were all made with stencils, transfer gel and foils, and sentiment dies.

The first 2 cards use sentiment dies that were cut from adhesive fun foam with foil pressed directly to the adhesive, not heat-set. All of the other foiling was done with my laminator.


supplies: kraft and Peacock Teal card, The Crafters Workshop Mini Cubist stencil, transfer gel, Emerald Watercolor foil, Winnie & Walter In a Word Happy die and their Big, Bold and Happy stamped sentiment


supplies: green and white card, The Crafters Workshop Mini Vineyard stencil, transfer gel, Lime Deco Foil, Lil' Inker Boxed Up Birthday die


supplies: white, Core'dinations Broken China, and gold foil card, Tim Holtz Doily stencil, transfer gel, Emerald Watercolor foil, Penny Black Happy Birthday die


supplies: Cotton Candy and a darker pink card, Tim Holtz Floral stencil, transfer gel, Gina K. Designs Bubblegum foil, Penny Black Happy Birthday die


supplies: Lavender, darker purple and lime glitter card, Bouquet of Roses stencil, transfer gel, Lilac and Lime foils, stamped sentiment a combination of Hello You and Hand Lettered Hello stamps, Grape Soda ink

These were fun to make - which is your favorite?  I think mine is the pink one.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

A Sympathy Card

I needed to make a sympathy card, and used my brand new stamps from The Greetery.


supplies: white and Cornflower Blue cardstock, The Greetery Fleur Impressions, Altenew mini inks from Lapis Lazuli, Golden Sunset, and Green Meadow sets, sentiment from Simon's Sketched Flowers, Spellbinders Becca Feeken Hemstitch Oval die, adhesive foam squares to pop up smaller rose

These lovely layered stamps are easy to line up and not too much to fussy-cut, for now......there are matching dies, though.  And I really love these new blue ink shades from Altenew - FINALLY just the right cornflower/skyblue!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Simon Says........It's Our TENTH Birthday!!

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

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This week we are celebrating our TENTH birthday!  And we're inviting you all to join us in our celebration by making a birthday creation!  My teamies and I are playing with our own Simon exclusive products - you don't have to use them to play along, but if you have some, we'd love you to use them this week!

Here's my card:



I've been wanting to try mixing the older clear stamps with this new Floral Mix cling, as the cling is a mixing of the elements in the older clear sets.  So I stamped the background in VersaMark and embossed in white on kraft card then trimmed it and attached it to my white card base.  Then I white-embossed the rose and leaves onto blue and green cardstock, adding just a bit of shading with my Nuvo markers, cut them out and added the rose over its image in the background, then the leaves.  The image from the clear sets are not an exact match to the background, but very close, so my idea worked!  The Happy sentiment was die-cut 3 times and layered, then paired with my stamped sentiment.

Now it's your turn!  We have TEN $50.00 gift certificates



to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 10 lucky random winners of this week's challenge!