Monday, September 21, 2020

Autumn Blessings

 Here's the last installment of my seasonal set of cards using The Greetery products.

supplies: white and Burnt Orange cardstock, The Greetery Autumn Sketches and Robin and Wren stamps and matching die, Simon Four Seasons die, stamped sentiment from The Craft's Meow, Penny Black Stitched Stackers die

Here are the other seasons: Spring, Summer, and Winter.

I tried to keep a few elements the same, using season dies from the same set, and a border of Stitched Stackers, in addition to the Robin stamp, just varying the colors.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 20, 2020

More Foiling

 I wanted to try foiling the toner sheet leaves again, this time using a rainbow foil.  I love how it turned out, but it took me half a day to get a good representation of what it looks like!

supplies: various fall shades of cardstock, from pale yellow to deep burgundy, Endless Leaves toner sheet, Summer Rainbow foil, Hero Arts Nesting Rectangle dies, sentiment from Impression Obsession Early Sunsets clear stamp set

To start, I cut 1/2" strips of lots of fall-colored cardstock, and attached them on the diagonal to a card base.  Then I foiled the toner sheet - this Summer Rainbow has tones of silver, gold, orange, red, and purple, repeating in stripes down the panel.  I attached it to my card, then made a skinny frame and stamped my sentiment to finish.

I took a zillion pictures inside, but in order to get the foil colors to show, I also got lots of glare from the acetate base these toner sheets are made of.  I finally took my card outside on a bright day and took some shots in the shade.......still not a piece of cake, but I got at least this one to show you the details.

Thanks for coming by!

Friday, September 18, 2020


 Today's card is a variation of one I made last year - I like these elements together.  This year I added some metallics to the mix.

supplies: ivory and Tim Holtz Rose Gold Metallic Kraft cardstock, plank dp from Craft Consortium Wood Textures pad, Simon Stitched Grand Maple and part of Christmas Blessings dies, Fun Stampers Journey Changing Seasons embossing folder, rose gold sequins, adhesive foam to lift top panel

When I got this new plank pad of paper, I wondered whether I'd ever use this particular one - it looks like someone used the side of a barn to clean his paint brushes!  But I think it worked nicely for this card.  The pinks in it were one reason I chose the rose-gold accents.

And one more shot.  It's unusual to find an embossing folder with various leaves on it like this one.

As always, thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

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

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

Our theme this week is No Stamps Allowed, and the team is showcasing Spellbinders' products!

For my first card, I chose their lovely Oval Coronet dies.  I love the beautiful filigree details that the designer, Becca Feeken, specializes in!

supplies: white, Surf Blue, Audrey Blue, Lavender, purple, Green Apple, and Green Leaf cardstock, Oval Coronet dies

This die set has 5 dies that can be mixed and matched for different results.  I used all of the dies except the very largest shaped one today.  I cut the most detailed oval die from 6 different colors, and then inlaid them back into the pattern.  That panel was then placed onto an oval of surf blue cardstock, before attaching it to the large white panel cut with the largest die.  Then that panel was attached to an A2 panel of surf blue cardstock.  

I didn't really have a sentiment die that wouldn't cover up this beautiful design, so I opted to leave this as is for the present.  I'll probably add a small stamped sentiment when I use it.

Next I made a card with another die set that was released at Christmas.  This one has a built-in sentiment, I made it into a year-round card by using floral patterned papers for a spring or summer feel. 

supplies: white, Green Leaf, a darker green, and several coral pink cardstocks, Carta Bella Flora #1 patterned paper, Joy die set, enamel dots in deep red

I first embossed the image into a piece of white cardstock, then cut it out from 2 greens.  There is a separate flower die, which I used to cut out the flowers in several shades of coral.  I cut apart the green die-cuts and glued them into place on my embossed panel, then added the flowers.  Finally, I cut out the letters, which are also separate dies, and pieced them back into the design.  I used the same patterned paper as borders after trimming my embossed panel.

Now it's your turn!  We have a $25.00 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, September 14, 2020

Mighty Oak

More cards for the season - oaks were my Dad's favorite tree in the autumn; he liked the duller colors.  These oak dies are another new Botanicuts release from The Greetery.  They're a nice size, not too big, so there's plenty of room for a sentiment, as you'll see in my 2nd card.

supplies: white (to stamp pitcher) and kraft (under shiplap) cardstock, solid dps from an Authentique 2012 paper pad, The Greetery Pitcher-esque layering stamps, Ship Lap and Mighty Oak dies, sentiment from (retired) Sugar Pea Designs Fall Fox

Isn't that ship-lap die amazing?  It has woodgrain markings in it, as well as little "nail" cutouts.  I layered my individual boards over a panel of kraft cardstock to get the nails to be more noticeable.   I added a darker brown shelf to hold my pitcher.  Here I just arranged the leaves in my pitcher with some bare branches, adding some acorns and an extra leaf as if they'd fallen out.

For this next card, I used the full branch.

supplies: Lipstick Red, Schoolhouse Red, Burnt Orange, kraft and cream cardstock, The Greetery Mighty Oak Botanicuts, Changing Seasons embossing folder, sentiment from (retired) Newton's Nook Fall-ing for You

This spray of oak leaves was fun and easy to put together - I used colored cardstocks to make it even easier!  I cut a couple extra of the smallest leaves to have them fluttering down and to balance out the sentiment in the corner.  

Thanks for stopping by - is it feeling like fall where you live?

Sunday, September 13, 2020

A Season of Blessings

 I've pulled out all my fall goodies and will be playing with them this month and next.  I always love a fall wreath!

supplies: cream cardstock, Poppy Stamps (retired) Leafy Wreath Collage die, markers to color, Sunny Studio Autumn Greetings sentiment, Winnie & Walter Noelle die (retired), foam to pop up top panel.

I first cut the stitched scallop panel, then the wreath.  After removing the tiny cuts, I added some tape on the back of the panel, sticky side towards the front, then carefully colored and pieced each leaf back into the wreath.  My sentiment is the only new-to-me thing on this card - and it appears to be discontinued already!

The last time I used this stamp was in 2017 - high time to bring it forward again!  

Friday, September 11, 2020

So Grateful

 I just received some of the new release from The Greetery, and here's my first play with some of them.

supplies: white cardstock, a dotted yellow dp, The Greetery Pitcher-esque, Bittersweet Bouquet, and Square Dance stencil, Gina K Designs Autumn Wreath Builder sentiment, Altenew mini ink cubes

I have a large collection of salt-glazed stoneware, which is a hand-made pottery usually grey with blue painted details.  And pitchers are my favorites, so useful for holding flowers!  So I started by making my pitcher using greys with a blue decoration.  I stamped the bittersweet bouquet and a few extra little branches.  Then I used the stencil to make my gingham background all in the same blues, and finished with a yellow tablecloth to hold the sentiment.

The gingham stencil is 3 parts, and can be stamped in 1 to 3 colors - this was a must-have for me!  I used 2 colors here.

It's Friday again!  Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Simon Says.........Humorous/Fun Card

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

This week we want you to make a funny card!  We are highlighting a company that specializes in such sentiments: Riley & Company!  They have so many cute sentiment stamps in their Funny Bones collection - I chose one that made me giggle, and made a card to send to our Grands.

supplies: white and black cardstock, Riley and Company Milk Dud cling sentiment stamp,  Doodlebug Down on the Farm 6" papers, What's Moo Doodle-pop, red gingham ribbon, MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle die

I used a strip-piecing technique taught to me years ago by my friend Mary Anne.  It's a great one for using up scraps of paper, or, in this case, just creating a background to highlight an image.  Doodlebug's design papers are made to play nicely together, so I chose 5 from this Down on the Farm pad.   Simply cut 1/2" strips and glue them onto a backing piece of cardstock.  You can glue them touching each other, or off-set them a bit like I did today.  Then trim your panel and mat it.

I used the very last bit of this skinny red gingham ribbon to make a bow for this darling little cow.

Now it's your turn!  We have a $25.00 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, September 8, 2020

Hello Fall

 I take September as my cue to play with all my fall goodies; here's a card made of new and a bit older multi-step stamps from the Greetery.

supplies: ivory cardstock, Sunny Studio Classic Gingham dp, The Greetery Sprinkled with Kindness watering can, Budding Beauties Autumn and Autumn Sketches stamps, sentiment from Sugar Pea Fall Fox, Altenew mini ink cubes, adhesive foam squares

I'm in heaven when I'm working with these stamps and colors - what's your favorite kind of card to make?

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Endless Leaves

 I don't think I've done a foiled card for fall, so when I saw these Endless Leaves clear toner sheets,  I jumped!  

supplies: turquoise woodplank dp, DecoFoil Endless Leaves toner sheet, Gina K. Designs Dazzling Orange foil, laminator, sentiment from (retired) Neat & Tangled Maple Thanks clear stamp set

I love orange and turquoise together!  This foil looks just shiny in some lights and more glittery in others; hopefully you can see both on these photos.  The toner sheets are printed on clear acetate.  It cuts beautifully and I just put dots of glue under the most solid parts of the design, and it's holding well to the plank background!  It's a real steal, in my opinion - you can make 16 cards with the package!  

The sentiment is a scripture quote, 1 Thessalonians 5:18, just stamped on a scrap of the plank paper and glued over the foiled panel.

Thanks for stopping by today - I hope your week is a lovely one!

Friday, September 4, 2020

Harvest Time

It's September, and for me that means I can start using my fall stamps and dies!  Here's my first card for the season.

supplies: various colors of cardstock, Honey Bee Studio Fall Bouquets dies, Spellbinders Hemstitch Rectangle die, Pink & Main Fall Sentiments, enamel dots

I used a distress marker to accentuate the embossed lines in the pumpkin and also shaded it just a tad with the matching spiced marmalade ink. The flowers and leaves were all cut from colored cardstock.  These dies have lots of fun embossed details in the leaves.  I decided to stamp my sentiment right onto the pumpkin, and then just added a few enamel dots to the flowers and here and there around my arrangement.  I only used the smallest flowers in this set, but there are 3 much larger ones included; also some acorn dies and a canning jar, so this has everything you need to make a beautiful autumn arrangement!

I got these dies last year - HERE's what I made then.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Simon Says...........Stamp It!

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

It's STAMPtember, so our theme this week is Stamp It!  We'll be playing with Simon exclusive products this week, and we'd love to see you using them, too, but it's not a requirement to enter the challenge. 

I wasn't sent any stamps that had images on them, just sentiment stamps, so I had to put on my thinking cap this week.  One of the stamp sets I received is called Circle Sentiments Christmas, and I seized on the idea of "circles" to compose my card.  

supplies: white, Green Apple, Green Leaf, and Doll Pink cardstock, Doll Pink ink, NEW Circle Sentiments Christmas clear stamps, NEW Detail Ringlet Plate die, Christmas Foliage dies

I stamped my sentiments and dotty circle using Doll Pink ink, added a wreath around it, and the tiny banner sentiment, and placed the whole thing against the new Ringlet background die.  I'm so pleased to have been sent this Ringlet die - it's so versatile, adds a lovely subtle detail, or can be colored so that it's more prominent!  I did 3 other cards using it on THIS post earlier this morning.

Now it's your turn!  We have a $25.00 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!

STAMPtember Blog Party!


I'm excited today to be participating in a STAMPtember Blog Party!  This is NOT a hop, just a blog celebration of friends who are excited to show off the new STAMPtember goodies that were released yesterday HERE.  Each of us will have a promotional banner to share with our followers - we want you to have fun and see all the different promotions available throughout the party!  Mine is at the top of this post - a mini Speckled Egg Distress inkpad, free with any purchase now through Sept. 2 at midnight!  Just use the code GWSE45.    

Everything starts at the Simon Says Stamp Blog. Visit there every day, as throughout all of September we will be celebrating with exclusive collaborations, contests, prizes, promotions and lots of surprises!!

I was sent this new cover plate die called Detail Ringlet Plate and a clear stamp set called Circle Sentiments Christmas.

supplies: white and Lipstick Red cardstock, new Detail Ringlet Plate, markers to color, stamped dotted circle from new Circle Sentiments Christmas, Joy die, Stitched Rectangle die

I took one look at this new cover plate die and thought "quilt"!  So I made an impression, trimmed it just a tad so that I could frame it in red, and took my time and colored it with red, a blue-green, and a minty green.  One of the circles in the new sentiment set is a dotted one, which I thought was a perfect match to the pierced design, and since I wanted to keep the rest of the card pretty simple to balance out the busy design, I just chose a sentiment die to finish my card.  

Then I decided to go autumnal - it is September, which is all the reason I need!  

supplies: white,  kraft, and Dark Chocolate cardstock, new Detail Ringlet Plate, markers to color, Four Seasons die, Stitched Rectangle die

This time I only colored in the center part of the design and then added my die-cut and stamped sentiment. 

Here's one more, left alone and paired with a sentiment from the new Sympathy Greetings Mix and a flower.

supplies: white and orchid pink cardstock, new Detail Ringlet Plate die, new Sympathy Greetings Mix clear set, Love Always rose, MFT Mini Stitched Scallop rectangle die, Zig markers

HERE's a card from yesterday using the Sympathy Greetings Mix set, and I'll have another card for you using my new goodies on my regular Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge post HERE.

Thanks for coming by today.  If you haven't already, head over to the Simon Says Stamp Blog to see a complete list of others participating in today's party.  And don't forget to take note of all the promotions you'll find as you visit each one.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 1, 2020


 It's that time of year - STAMPtember!  Today we begin a whole month of new releases and collaborations from Simon Says Stamp!

Here's a card using one of the sentiments from the new Sympathy Greetings Mix clear stamps, mixed with some older Simon Says Stamp products.

supplies: white and Slate cardstock, new Sympathy Greetings Mix, Leaves Background, Beautiful Flowers, leaf sprig die, silver pearls

There are a lovely variety of sympathy sentiments in the new Sympathy Greetings Mix set - I chose one that resonated with me, and accessorized it with some older Simon stamps, using shades of grey from light to slate to black.

You can find just the start of the exciting new releases HERE, with a look at our brand new Simon exclusive products for STAMPtember.  Visit the Simon Says Stamp Blog often this month as we reveal exclusive collaborations, along with contests, prizes and promotions!

Tomorrow, Sept. 2, we're planning a Blog Party with lots of participants.  Each participant will have a little surprise for you, and you'll get to see more of the new products in action!

And as the week and the month progress, look for Simon collaborations with some of your favorite companies, available only while supplies last.  Collaborations will start this Thursday, Sept. 3.

Simon Says Stamp is planning for FIVE Facebook Lives, all beginning at noon Eastern time: TODAY, and then every Friday this month: Sept 4, 11, 18, and 25!  Heidi will be sharing lots of inspiration!

STAMPtember lasts 30 days, so be sure to tune in every day to the Simon Says Stamp Blog to see something new - I'll see you there!

Monday, August 31, 2020

My August Favorites

Here are the cards that I enjoyed making this month.


Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Another Slimline Card

I'm enjoying the new slimline cards, and decided to take advantage of the height for a bouquet in a canning jar.

supplies: white cardstock, some scraps of pink dps for the tablecloth and bow, The Greetery Just Mason Around and Summer Budding Beauties, Simon Crackle Background and sentiment from Leafy Frames, Altenew and Hero Arts inks, a bow die

I knew I wanted to put make the flowers pink and have a "clear" jar,  but once it was all stamped and assembled, I just couldn't get a good mix for the background.  Then I remembered Simon's new Crackle Background cling stamp, and that was the perfect touch, along with a grounding of a pink tablecloth.  I've always loved this particular sentiment because it can be used for so many occasions, and the little bow gives a tiny bit of dimension, but doesn't add much bulk.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 28, 2020

Playing with a Glimmer Plate

After watching Jennifer McGuire's recent post and video with Glimmer Plates, I caved.  One of the reasons I decided to go this way was that she showed that some could be used to emboss without any foil involved at all.  So when the Flower Pattern glimmer plate arrived before the machine, I decided to give it a try.  Embossing folders are one of my favorite supplies, and these plates give a nice deep embossed effect also.   Here's my first card. 

supplies: white and a yellow cardstock, Spellbinders Flower Pattern Glimmer Plate, Simon Mandy's Flowers, markers to color, tiny heart sprinkles

I used a color-core yellow cardstock, so that I could sand it after embossing to help bring out some details.  I chose yellow because the larger flowers in this plate remind me a bit of daffodils. 

Then I just looked for something that would go into the center to make this a simple design, and found it in my Mandy's Flowers set. 

I love it when you can get extra usage from something, and will be on the lookout for other glimmer plates to try.  There's a snowflake one that might be fun, and won't that be gorgeous glimmered in silver on a blue background?

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

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

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

This week our theme is Anything Goes, and the team is highlighting Gina K Designs.  I have 2 cards today.

supplies: white and pink cardstock, Echo Park Dots & Stripes and a green patterned paper, Gina K Peaceful Roses clear stamp set, Zig markers 

I thought the sentiment on this card especially appropriate, because of our current world situation - sometimes we just need to breathe.  It's one of 2 sentiments included with this pretty spray of roses.

I think I first heard of Gina K because of her foiling products, so my next card highlights some of those.

supplies: white and black cardstock, Gina K. Petite Patterns dp, twisted citron, peacock feathers, and blueprint sketch distress inks, blender brushes, Sparkling Silver foil, laminator, Simon (retired) Beautiful Day butterfly, sentiment from Beautiful Butterflies, adhesive foam squares

Gina makes a patterned paper pack that you top with a piece of foil and run it through your laminator.  It works because the patterns are printed in toner ink.  I chose one of the 8 patterns, and first blended on some distress inks.  The inks blended onto this paper beautifully; it's really smooth! When they were dry, I foiled the panel.  The butterfly and leaves were colored in the same colors as the background, and I popped the butterfly above the card, along with a sentiment.  

This particular foil shows up both bright and shiny, and glittery, quite a lovely effect!

Now it's your turn!  We have a $25.00 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!

Don't forget about our Kid's Summer Vacation Challenge, running all this month!