Thursday, February 28, 2019

Simon Says Stamp March Card Kit

My Card Kit arrived and the first thing I did was to make a set of St. Patrick's Day cards for our Grands.  They are small - 1/2 of an A2 size, measuring 2 3/4 X 4 1/4". 


supplies: white and Green Apple card, Doodlebug Lots o' Luck Icons stickers, Buttons Galore & More Lucky Charmz metallic shamrocks and stars, all from the March Card Kit, plus my own stitched oval and rectangle dies

On the inside of each card, I stamped the tiny "Happy St Patrick's Day" sentiment from the smaller stamp set in the green ink and added one of the shamrock stickers.   

There are TWO stamp sets in this kit; also a nice rainbow array of colored cardstock and a mini ink cube in green, plus some envelopes and Lawn Fawn dps

Here's the kit in its entirety:

March 2019 Lucky Rainbow Card Kit

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

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

Happy Wednesday!  Welcome to this week's challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!  

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As always at this time of the month, our theme is Anything Goes, and this week the team is showcasing Pink & Main goodies.

Since we're still in the month for Valentines, I thought I'd use my new die to make a quilt for the occasion.


supplies: white card, various pink dps from Doodlebug, Pink & Main Quilt Square 1 die, sentiment from Simon's Mandy's Flowers and an old (retired) Hero Arts stamp, Doll Pink ink,  heart from Simon Small Heart Doily die

If you look closely, you can see that there is stitching around each of the inlaid pieces in the quilt.  Doodlebug's tiny prints are the perfect choice for piecing this paper quilt!   I added a popped-up heart to the center, and a sentiment made from 2 different stamps.

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!

Monday, February 25, 2019

More Rose Flurries - in Pink

I have another card using the Rose Flurries dies and a die/embossing technique that I've used before.


supplies: white, 4 shades of pink, Green Apple, Green Leaf, and Sea Glass card, Altenew Rose Flurries dies, Sunny Studio Quilted Hearts embossing folder, Simon's Mandy's Flowers sentiment and Stitched Rectangle die

I trimmed a panel of A2 white card, cut out the inner stitched rectangle, then embossed the "frame" that was left before inserting the stitched rectangle back into it.  Then I stamped my sentiment and glued down the florals.  This sentiment will work for so many occasions; it's a good one to have on hand!  

I've noticed the embossing design as a die and in patterned paper pads.  I love the little tiny hearts!  

Thanks for your visit today.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Just a Note

Here's a card using another couple of Tammy Tutterow dies from Crafter's Edge.  The flower is actually a set of dies called Beautiful Succulents 3, but don't they make a pretty flower, too?


supplies: cream, kraft, black,and sage green card, music dp, Tammy Tutterow's Beautiful Succulents 3 and Foliage fabric cutting dies, Hemstitch Rectangle die, sentiment from Wplus9 Doodle Buds, adhesive foam squares

I cut 2 of each of the middle-sized and 1 of the smallest dies, then separated the layers with adhesive foam squares and fluffed the petals.  I added a die-cut black circle as the center.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Hello Sunshine!

I enjoyed working with last week's yellow flowers, so I used the same cardstock and switched up the floral dies for this card, this time building up the layers from light to dark.


supplies: white, black, 4 shades of yellow, Green Apple, and Green Leaf card, Altenew Fantasy Florals and Rose Flurries (small flower clusters) dies, Simon's Sunshine die, Spellbinders Hemstitch Rectangle dies, stamped hello from Winnie & Walter Big, Bold, & Happy, adhesive foam strips to separate flower layers

As in my last card, I separated my layers on the large flowers with adhesive foam.  I also used 3 of the Hemstitch dies on my background panel - still in love with this set!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Simon Says.........No Stamps Allowed

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

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Our theme this week is No Stamps Allowed, and my teammates and I are showcasing Simon Says Stamp exclusives.  Here's my card for this week - a wreath for spring!


supplies: white, pink, and Green Apple card, Simon's Blooming Circle and Christmas Blessings dies, Hero Arts Nesting Rectangle dies, retired MFT bow die

My design is pretty simple.  I inlaid the wreath and sentiment dies into a white panel, then added a bow and some framing.

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!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Florals and Stripes

I have a CASE of one of my old cards today, using different supplies but keeping the same layout and elements.  I've always thought florals and stripes make a pretty  combination.


supplies: white card and Bristol paper, Simon's Spring Flowers, More Spring Flowers, and Sending Happy Thoughts, Altenew Watercolor Stripes stencil, Creative Edges Lace die, and Puffy Heart ink, Zig watercolor markers in pink and green and water

Here's the original, from 2014:


I must be in my "pink stage" - I'll see you again tomorrow with another pink card!

Monday, February 18, 2019

Heart Bouquet

Here's another play with Concord & 9th's Everyday Bouquet Turnabout stamps.


supplies: white, petunia, and Surf Blue card, vellum, Everyday Bouquet Turnabout stamp set, Altenew Mountain Mist, Bamboo, Pink Diamond, and Limestone mini inks, Simon's Small Doily and (retired) Lots of Hearts die and sentiment from (retired) Butterly Friends, Spellbinders Hemstitch Rectangle, adhesive foam squares to pop up heart

The delicate details of the stamps look nice in pastels, I think.  After I'd chosen my ink colors and stamped the design, I tried to find some cardstock to match them.  I really wanted to bring in the grey, but nothing was right until I tried using vellum, and that worked for me.  Here's a closer shot for you to see better.  I also like that the details of the vellum heart pick up on the hemstitched border, and how it adds a frilly look without detracting from the stamped design.


As always, thanks for stopping by today.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Everyday Bouquet Thanks

I tried my hardest to resist, but in the end I caved and got myself the Concord & 9th Everyday Bouquet Turnabout kit.  I stamped the bouquet out 4 times to try different color combinations, and I'm sharing 2 Thank You cards today.

First up, a feminine version.


supplies: white, petunia, Lavender and Green Apple card, Everyday Bouquet Turnabout stamps, Altenew inks (Pink Diamond, Lavender Fields, Bamboo, and Parrot), Winnie & Walter Audrey cutaway scalloped rectangle, Sunny Studio Fancy Frames Circle and a Simon heart die, leaf sprigs from Bouquet Turnabout die set

I bought this kit mainly for the dainty images in this stamp set, but to have some dies to go along with them, plus the jig to align everything included in the kit was a win-win!

Here's another using distress oxide inks and one of the dies; it may be a good option for sending to a guy.


supplies: white, Soft Navy, and Green Apple card, Everyday Bouquet Turnabout stamps and die, twisted citron, cracked pistachio, salty ocean, and blueprint sketch distress oxide inks

After stamping my bouquet, I used the thanks die included in this set to cut out my sentiment, then trimmed the panel and lined it with first navy and and then green.

Using the jig included in the kit makes a real difference - saved time and enabled an easier application of these stamps to make the design, allowing for the joy of playing with different colors!  And I am really impressed with how nicely the oxide inks stamp; no blotching like the regular distress inks would sometimes do.......

Thursday, February 14, 2019

A Spray of Roses

Happy Valentine's Day! 

Since I had my Rose Flurries out last week, I decided to play some more with them.  Unlike most of the cards I've made before with these, I popped up all of the layers, so this is really dimensional!


supplies: white and 4 shades of Bazzill yellow card (Pollen, African Daisy,  Bazzill Yellow, and Mexican Poppy), and 2 shades of Simon green (Green Apple and Green Leaf), Altenew Rose Flurries dies, Penny Black Stitched Stackers die, adhesive foam strips

I put the darkest shade on the bottom layer and lightened each succeeding layer.  After moving them around to find a pleasing arrangement I glued them down to a panel of white with a tiny stitched border, and then framed that with the lightest of the yellows.  I decided against a sentiment for now - a tiny banner can easily be inserted when I need it.


This design would work for so many occasions - birthdays, thinking of you, an anniversary, maybe even a wedding. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Simon Says........Black, White, and One Other Color

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

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Our challenge this week is to make something using black, white, and one other color of your choice!  The team is playing with Avery Elle products.


supplies: white and black card, dps from Gina K Designs Petite Patterns, Doodlebug Floral Graph Rainbow Petite Prints, and the large dot from a retired MME paper pad, Avery Elle Hand Drawn Florals and Loads of Wishes stamp sets, Nuvo Irish Clover markers to color, Simon's Scallop Stitches die

Way back when there was a weekly challenge called the Play Date Cafe and my favorite challenges there were called "Black, White, and a Splash".  I always loved the ones that asked for a splash of lime - I think all the colors pop in that combination.  So of course, that was my first choice for this week's card.

That was so much fun that I used the same elements and made a 2nd card, this time with yellow.


supplies: white and black card, dps from Gina K Designs Petite Patterns, a retired Doodlebug woodgrain, and Lawn Fawn (Let's Polka heart print), Avery Elle Hand Drawn Florals and Loads of Wishes stamps, Nuvo Sunshine marker to color, Simon's Scallop Stitches die, and a Tim Holtz Garden Greens die

This time I used the largest and the smallest of the flowers and a sketch that I've used many times.  I was lazy this time and stamped my flowers on a yellow heart print design paper, adding a tiny bit of shading with a marker.  And I used die-cut leaves to mimic the vining design in the paper.  

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!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Sending Hugs

Here's a card that I made for Valentine's Day.


supplies; white and Ripe Raspberry card stock, dps from MFT Dots & Stripes Sorbet and Farm Fresh Gingham paper pads, MFT All Occasion Sentiments, Your Next Stamp Mini Heart Ink Splatter, Ripe Raspberry ink, Simon's Small Heart Doily and (retired) Large Heart Doily dies, adhesive foam squares

I cut the Heart doilies from patterned and solid paper, then pieced the gingham and dots back onto the solid.  I love these little heart splatters - they are just the right size to work with everything!  

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Beautiful Day

This card resulted from a conversation with my friend about whether or not the Hemstitch dies were large enough to thread ribbon or floss through.  I can verify that floss is a big yes - we'll reserve judgement on ribbon until I can try that another time.


supplies: white, various brick red and green card stock, Simon Beautiful Day sentiment, Spellbinders Hemstitch Rectangle and Altenew Rose Flurries dies, WeRMemoryKeepers Sew Easy red floss, adhesive strips

I die-cut a medium Hemstitch rectangle from a slightly smaller than A2 size card panel, after having made certain that my stamped sentiment would fit inside.  After stamping it, I did my stitching, securing the floss ends inside with a piece of tape, then constructed my Rose Flurries flowers and leaves, popping up a couple of the flower layers, and arranged them around the sentiment.  

I was also trying to decide if I really "need" the new Garden Picks dies, since I already own these Rose Flurries dies.  For now (and I may eat my words) I think I'm content with what I have.  

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Pink Poseys

Here's another creation using some of Tammy Tutterow's dies from Crafter's Edge.


supplies: kraft and cream cardstock, lots of pink and green prints from Doodlebug and Sunny Studios paper pads, Vintage Photo distress ink, Tammy's Posey Basket, Posey Flowers Sets 1, 2, and 3, small yellow buttons, natural twine

The Basket die set cuts several pieces so that you can weave your basket.  I die-cut the pieces from kraft and then sponged each of the edges with distress ink to make them show up a bit better.  There are 2 long handles on this basket - for this card they provided a base to attach my flowers, so you don't see much of them.   The little tag and heart are also part of this die set.  I made this into a card by attaching a traced basket shape to the back of my woven basket, scoring the back about 3/4" down from the top and then gluing that section only to the back of my woven basket.  


I filled my basket with some 2- and 3-layer die-cut flowers, mixing up the tiny patterns, and adding little yellow buttons into their centers.  The finished card measures about 4 1/4" wide by 5 3/4" tall, so it will need its own envelope.  But if you bring the flowers down more over the basket, I think you could adjust this design to fit into an A2 envelope.

What a fun project this was to pull together!  These dies are designed primarily for use with fabric or felt, but as you can see, they translate nicely for paper, too.  Thanks for stopping by today.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Simon Says..........Interactive Card

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

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Our theme this week is Interactive Card, and we are showcasing Lawn Fawn products.  I jumped at the chance to get myself some Woodland Critter Huggers, and make some Valentine cards for my Grands!  I love all the different ways you can use this die set!


supplies: cream, pale gold, kraft, Burnt Orange, Cotton Candy, Green Leaf, Green Apple, and Dark Chocolate card, Lawn Fawn Woodland Critter Huggers dies, adhesive foam strips to pop up feet, glue dots to secure hearts

I cut an extra body for each critter, scored it about 3/4" from the top, and glued it onto a finished body in order to make these into little cards, about 4 3/4" tallest at most.  They easily fit into an A2 envelope.  Here are some pictures of them standing up:




These were truly a joy to play with!  

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!

Monday, February 4, 2019

For You

Another die set I've had on my wishlist forever is the Stitched Blooms set.  I finally treated myself and here is my first play with them.  I used some tiny print Doodlebug papers; I love the vibrancy of these colors!



supplies: white and Audrey Blue card, aqua, purple, periwinkle, green, and a tiny bit of yellow dps from Doodlebug Dot-Grid-Daisy-Stripe, Floral Graph, and Gingham Linen pads, MFT Stitched Blooms, and Spellbinders Hemstitch Rectangle dies, Tammy Tutterow Tiny Sentiments

Thanks for dropping by - have a good one!

Sunday, February 3, 2019

February Large Die of the Month!

I've been honored to receive a surprise once a month lately from Spellbinders - this month I got the Large Die of the Month, and had a ball with it!


supplies: white, Green Apple, Soft Navy, Island Blue and an unknown aqua card stock, February Large Die of the Month set, Hemstitch Rectangle die

The butterfly is made of 4 different dies, all designed to work together.  The set also includes lots of different flowers and leaves and the Bonjour sentiment you see here!

Here's just the butterfly in a warmer color scheme.  Every butterfly needs a Flower Garden!


supplies: white, Doll Pink, a softer pink, and Orange Peel card, a Doodlebug coral dp, February Large die of the Month butterfly, Flower Garden cover plate dies, Tammy Tutterow Tiny Sentiment, adhesive foam strips to lift garden panel

I used orange and 2 shades of pink on this one, and a subtle coral print underneath the cover die.

Next I brought back the big sentiment and added some of the little flowers.


supplies: white and black card, dps from MFT Black & White Stripes and Sunny Studio Gingham (reverse), pearls for flower centers 

These colorful flowers have a little mesh design in them, just enough not to overpower their diminutive size.  The sentiment was cut twice and layered.  

When these dies first arrived, I tried some different color combinations; here's a shot of them.


supplies: black, Sunshine, Orange Peel, Burnt Orange, and Lipstick Red cardstock, various combinations of the butterfly dies

From the top, I used all 4 of the layers, then skipped the top layer in the middle,  and at the bottom, skipped one of the middle layers.  As you can see, no matter how many layers you put together, they all turn out nice.

Wouldn't it be fun to make a variety of these in different colors and make a mobile?  They are symmetrical, so you can cover the reverse in any or all of those layers, too, and with all the layers, they are really sturdy!

You can see everything in the set HERE, plus more ideas to use it.  Thank you, Team Spellbinders, for allowing me to play with this month's fun set!

Friday, February 1, 2019

Pastel Valentine

It's February!  This is the month that I usually decide that I can't stand winter another minute.  Fortunately it is saved by Valentine's Day!  Here's a Valentine card that promises spring is coming......


supplies: white and orchid pink card, Concord & 9th Wreath Turnabout stamp, pastel Altenew mini ink cubes, Spellbinders Hemstitch Rectangle dies, Simon's Small Heart Doily die and sentiment from Only Have Eyes for You (retired)

I have wanted this Hemstitch die for quite awhile, and finally was able to snag one - it does NOT disappoint - love the sweet effect it gives!