Tuesday, January 31, 2023

My Favorite Cards from January

 Here are my personal faves made this month!

A real mix of stamping, stencils, dies, and stitching!  Aren't we lucky to have so much to pick from when we create?!

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Layered Rosebuds

 Here's a card using a brand new flower die from Simon's recent Hugs collection.

supplies: white, Green Apple, Green Leaf, and black cardstock, Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes paper pad, Simon Layered Rosebud dies, Altenew Pocketful of Sunshine and Golden Sunset inks, blending brushes, Beautiful Butterflies sentiment, Sunny Studio Frilly Frames Eyelet Lace dies, Hero Arts and MFT (retired) layered leaf dies

If you've visited here long enough you know that my favorite color for roses is yellow, so that's what I used for these dies' first outing.  I cut the pieces from white cardstock and added color with a blending brush and shades of ink.  The leaves were cut from green cardstocks.

This new die set is quite large as flowers go, but not too large that you can't use 2 or even 3 of them on a card.  

Thanks for stopping by today - enjoy your day!

Friday, January 27, 2023

Sending Love and Hugs

 Another Valentine.  I fell in love with this sweet floral embossing folder from Spellbinders; and I think it pairs nicely with hearts.

supplies: white and Cotton Candy cardstock, Spellbinders Flower Frenzy embossing folder, Simon White pigment ink, Paper Rose Lace Heart Frame die, Simon Sending Happy Thoughts and Sending & Wishing clear stamp sets, tiny heart sprinkle, adhesive foam

I like this combination done in a soft pink!  Thanks for coming by today!

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Simon Says.......Anything Goes

Welcome to the new challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

 Our theme is Anything Goes, and my teamies and I are featuring Newton's Nook products this week.  As usual in my neck of the woods, it's been a dreary January, and I've been craving sunshine and the beach, so when I saw this stencil set, I grabbed it!  

supplies: white and kraft cardstock, Newton's Nook Retro Sun  & Palms stencil set, sentiment from Simon (retired) Sea You Soon

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!  

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Simon's February Card Kit

 My kit arrived a few days ago, and the first thing I played with were the holographic papers, the stencil, and the Fancy Love die.  I think this makes a fun modern valentine!

supplies: Doll Pink and Simon Holographic Rainbows cardstock, Hearts and Stars stencil, Fancy Love die, Small Love You die, a heart die

I used the stencil, along with an embossing plate and mat, to transfer the heart design onto the holographic cardstock, then simply added an embellished sentiment.

I was pleased to get a pretty pink mesh bag, the Adhesive Sheets, and a Tri-Blend marker in my kit, also, along with the adorable stamp set called Sweet Days!

Monday, January 23, 2023

You Have My Heart

 Valentine's Day is on the way, so I'll be in full heart mode now for awhile.  My Mom sent us Valentines up through our adult years, and I have carried on that tradition, sending them to my family members and girlfriends. 

supplies: white and Schoolhouse Red cardstock, Honey Bee Heart Vine die, old Hero Arts heart die, sentiment from Simon (retired) You Have My Heart

Is Valentine's Day a big day with you?

Saturday, January 21, 2023

For a January Birthday

I loved this embossing folder with sweet posies, and paired it with a little wreath of flowers that I had previously colored and had in my scrap basket.

supplies: white cardstock, Spellbinders Flower Frenzy 3D embossing folder, Simon Violet ink pad, Lawn Fawn Floral Wreath die, sentiment from The Greetery Lovely Blossoms

After embossing the design on white, I gently rubbed on some violet ink with a large blending brush.

It's Saturday - hope your weekend is a fun one!  Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Spellbinders January Clubs Blog Hop

I'm taking part in a blog hop today to showcase the January Club Kits from Spellbinders.  To celebrate this release, we are giving away a $25 gift certificate to 3 lucky blog readers - selected from the comments on the Spellbinders' blog.  Giveaway closes on Sunday, January 22nd, 11:59 pm MST.  The winner will be announced in the Spellbinders blog hop post the following Wednesday.  The winner is responsible for shipping costs, duties, and taxes. 

Please note, store credit (gift certificate) cannot be applied to Club Subscriptions.  Store credit CAN be applied to shop past Club products, Club extras, and regular releases.

Here's my card, featuring the Large Dies of the Month and the Embossing Folder of the Month for January.  

supplies: white cardstock, January Large Dies of the Month: Club Blooms, Spring Bouquet and Chamomile mini ink cubes, finger daubers, January Embossing Folder of the Month: Stylized Trellis, sentiment from Sentimental Greetings clear stamps

The FIRST TIME I played with these dies, I used colored cardstocks, so this time I thought I'd use my inks on white cardstock.  I embossed a partial panel in the Stylized Trellis folder, gently rubbed a pale pink ink over it, and affixed it to my card front.  Then I stamped my sentiment, and lastly added my arrangement of Club Blooms.

I'm sorry to say that the Large Die, Stitching Die, and 3D Embossing Folder for January are sold out.  You will be able to join these Clubs next month, in February.  Be sure to join so that you don't miss out again on new designs!

Here's the Blog Hop order:

Thanks so much for stopping by, now off you go to Lisa Tilson's blog - she's made you a gorgeous floral card!  Enjoy the Hop!

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Simon Says.......Fabulous Flowers

Welcome to a new challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

Fabulous Flowers is our theme this week, and the team is featuring Waffle Flower products.  I chose a Snow Drop set of stamps.

supplies: white and Cornflower Blue cardstock, Waffle Flower Snow Drop clear stamp set, Simon Snowflake Visions embossing folder and sentiment from Snowflake Season, white acrylic paint splatters

After coloring and cutting out the flowers, and embossing the background, I lightly splattered everything with white paint before putting all the layers together.  I glued the base of each flower down and popped up the flowers with some shallow adhesive foam squares.

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!  

Monday, January 16, 2023

Some Stencilled Valentine Cards!

Taylored Expressions has done it again - I adore their Triple Layering stencil sets and there is a new one for Valentine's day!  

Here are my cards.

supplies: white and Doll Pink cardstock, Taylored Expressions Hearts in Bloom Triple Slim Layering Stencil set, Simon Carnation, Rose, and Dublin inks, sentiment from Beautiful Flowers, Spellbinders Bow die, fairy jewels

supplies: same cardstock, stencils, and ink as above, Simon Small Love You die, heart die

supplies: same cardstock, stencils, and inks, Simon (retired) Just a Love Note sentiment

The stencil set makes 3 different designs at one time using 4 layers of stencils.  After finishing, you just cut apart the large panel to make 3 mini slimline cards!  Genius, don't you think?  Easy to line up, too......

Here's a 2nd version done in reds.

supplies: white and Lipstick Red cardstock, vellum, Hearts in Bloom stencils, Simon Pearfection and  Altenew Tea Party inks, sentiment dies from Spellbinders Smooth Lines Mix & Match Sentiments and Honey Bee Stamps Bitty Buzzwords dies, Spellbinders bow, enamel dots

My cards measure about 3 1/4" X 5 3/4" long.  This is my 2nd set of these layering stencils.  You can see my fall cards with the other set HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Anemone Glimmer Blooms

 Here's another card from Yana's Anemone Blooms collection, this time using a glimmer plate and hot foil.

supplies: cream and peachy pink cardstock gold mirror cardstock, Anemone Glimmer Blooms plate,   matching die, and sentiment die, Gold glimmer foil, Hemstitch Rectangle die, microdot adhesive

This set has a large floral glimmer plate, a die to cut it out, and a sentiment die and matching shadow die (which I didn't use this time).  This glimmer design is very similar to Yana's Anemone dies (seen HERE), except that she's added some delicate baby's breath details to this one.  The gold glimmer foil looks really elegant against cream cardstock, and I wanted to keep the colors soft, so I colored the flowers in a peachy-pink.  

Yana's designs are lovely, don't you agree?  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 13, 2023

Yana's Anemones

 Yana Smakula has a really lovely new collection that just released a few days ago - it's called Anemone Blooms, and it is amazing!

Today I have some cards that  use her Anemone dies and matching sentiment dies from this collection.  I wasn't familiar with this kind of anemone, so I looked it up and found pictures that suggested it comes in white, red, purple, and bright pink.  

For my first card I used all colored foils for all my die-cutting.

supplies: white cardstock, lavender, sage green, and gold foil cardstock, Yana's Anemone dies and Wonderful Script Sentiments dies, microdot adhesive

My sentiment is just 1 of 4 different ones, and there are shadow dies to match each.  I used microdot adhesive to adhere the floral outline and the sentiment, and glue to inlay the flower parts right onto my card base.

Here's a 2nd version.  This time I cut everything from ivory cardstock and watercolored in the details.

supplies: white, black, and ivory cardstock, Yana's Anemone dies and Wonderful Script Sentiment die, Zig watercolor markers and water, microdot adhesive

I'm really pleased with how this one turned out!  I intentionally used an ivory as my background and white for my card base.  This time I stuck to the script and gave the flowers black centers, as they all had when I looked them up.  That tied in nicely with my black sentiment.

Stay tuned.....I'll be back soon with some cards using Yana's Glimmer Anemones!

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Simon Says......Too Cute!


Welcome to our weekly challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

Our theme this week is "Too Cute!", and the team is playing with Lawn Fawn products!  You don't have to use this brand to play along, but we'd love to see you using it also if you have any!

I fell in love with their Build a Snowman dies, and I have 2 cards for you today.

supplies: white, black, Lipstick Red, Orange Peel, and brown cardstock, dotted paper from Sunny Studio Holiday Cheer paper pad, Lawn Fawn Build a Snowman dies, Taylored Expressions Birch Tree cutting plate, Simon Snowflake Season sentiment, Lipstick Red ink, adhesive foam

supplies: white, aqua, Green Apple, black, Orange Peel, and brown cardstock, Lawn Fawn Build a Snowman dies, pink snowflake paper from Sunny Studio Holiday Cheer paper pad, Simon Warmest Wishes sentiment, small snowflake dies, sequins, adhesive foam

These are so much fun to play with!  

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!  

Sunday, January 8, 2023

Just Because

 It's been a dreary January so far, so I decided to brighten things up a bit with this glitzy card today!

supplies: white, black, and peach cardstock, Simon Bouquet of Roses stencil, Altenew Magenta and Volcano Lake inks, Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste, Just Because die, peach enamel dots

I first applied inks through the stencil, and then smoothed on some glitzy glimmer paste.  Maybe because of the bits of gold in the paste, the magenta color of the flowers turned to more of a peachy pink!  Here's a close shot to show the pretty glimmer.

This Just Because sentiment will allow me to send this for a variety of occasions!  

Thanks for your visit today - I hope your day is a good one!

Friday, January 6, 2023

Spellbinders January Clubs: Stitching Die Kit and Glimmer Hot Foil Kit

Today I have 2 more January Club Kits to show you!  I'm excited to share with you that we'll now have a Stitching Die Club each month!!  My first card features the Stitching kit for January, called Nested Stitched Burst.  There is also a matching set of clear stamps that you can get: Sentimental Greetings, which covers a nice range of occasions.

suppllies: white and Audrey Blue cardstock, vellum, Nested Stitched Burst stitching dies, 2 pink and an aqua embroidery floss, 3 threads, Sentimental Greetings sentiment, tiny heart enamel dot

This stitching set consists of 3 stitching dies and 2 cutting dies, and I used all of them this time.  As always, I really enjoyed choosing the colors and doing the stitching.  You can either do a stamped circle with a sentiment in the center, or a stitched one - I did both, stamping on vellum so that the stitching shows through a bit.

Edited to add: the kit has sold out for this month - be sure to be there on Feb 1 when the next one arrives!

My last card features the Glimmer Hot Foil Kit: Flower Delivery.  Isn't it fun?

supplies: white and Audrey Blue cardstock, January Glimmer Kit Flower Delivery, Teal and Black glimmer hot foil, foiled sentiment from  Anytime Glimmer Sentiments, tiny aqua gems for flower centers

This kit truly did make me smile (thus the sentiment I chose) because I learned to drive on a stick-shift pale blue VW Bug!  And what fun to include this little spray of flowers for it to wear on its roof!  I foiled it in black and then colored it before cutting it out with its matching die.  The car has matching dies, too, along with a tag die and some teensy words to foil inside.

You can look HERE for information on Spellbinders Clubs.  Each is available only until January 28.  If you click on my links under each card, you can see the details of each kit.