Friday, August 18, 2017

Posies and Gingham

It's Five for Friday at Tammy Tutterow's blog, and here's my contribution......since we're nearing the end of summer, I thought I'd use some bright colors for a change, although these particular ones on this first card would also work for fall, don't you think?

TT Birthday Posies

supplies: white cardstock, Tammy's Posie Parade 2-step stencil, Tiny Sentiments cling, Frayed Posies flowers and leaves from Pom Pom Posies dies, distress inks, finger dauber, Simon's Stitched Rectangle dies, yellow button and twine

The background/frame is a 2-step stencil which I daubed with various summery distress inks.  One of the stencils has all the flower bases on it, and the 2nd overlying one has the flower centers and the leaves.  I used some of the same inks to sponge my flower dies and leaves and added a big yellow button to pull that color into the center.  The Tiny Sentiments are proving to be so useful - they cover all kinds of occasions and are the perfect size!

Next up, another card mixing stencils and stamps:

TT Gingham

supplies: white cardstock, Tammy's Gingham 2-step stencil, broken china distress oxide ink, Flower Swag 5 and one of the Tiny Sentiments cling stamps, Zig markers, MFT Stitched Mini Scallop Square die, adhesive foam squares

I hope you'll visit Tammy's Blog to see what my talented sisters have done this time!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Simon Says........Add a Sentiment


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

Our theme this week is "Add a Sentiment", and the team are all playing with Impression Obsession goodies!

For my card today, I used a fun cling that is sentiment and image in one!

SSSAug 16

supplies: Bristol paper, Doodlebug printed papers, Impression Obsession Without Cake, Zig markers, My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Rectangle die, Hero Arts Prisma glitter and glue pen, tiny pearls

I used some fluorescent markers to color this, and added glittered icing and a few teensy pearls to the cake.  Don't you love this sentiment?

Now it's your turn - I can't wait to see what you create!  Heidi has provided another $50.00 gift voucher


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

Monday, August 14, 2017

Better than Sprinkles!!

Summer's coming to a close too quickly, so I thought I'd share this cute ice cream card today.  I'll eat ice cream during any season, but I may be in the minority........

TT Aug 18

supplies: white, kraft, mint, cotton candy, dark chocolate, schoolhouse red cardstock, Tammy's Ice Cream Cone stamps and dies set, Zig markers to color, My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched die, sparkling clear sequins, glossy accents on cherry

Tammy's May 2017 release had several large stamp and die sets - this is one of them.  With the ice cream cone dies included you can stamp and cut each part of the ice cream cone on colored cardstock, then assemble it back together by paper-piecing the parts - a great thing for someone who doesn't want to do alot of coloring.  I added some glossy accents on my cherry for even more dimension!

What's your favorite ice cream flavor?  Mine is anything with chocolate!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Couldn't Sleep Last Night...... I designed this.  It's really a CASE of my own card HERE.

Yellow & Grey

supplies: white, yellow/gold, and charcoal cardstock, dp from retired Teresa Colins Carolina Breeze pad, Hero Arts Artist Butterfly, grey marker and mustard seed distress ink to color, Simon's Painted Hugs die, sparkling clear sequins

Is it too early for a nap?  

Saturday, August 12, 2017


One of the many things Tammy Tutterow and I have in common is our love of all things hearts!  So when I received this sweet Polka Heart stencil from Tammy earlier this week, I thought I'd do a card full of hearts!

TT Heartful

supplies: Simon Cotton Candy and black cardstock and Bristol paper, Tammy's Thank You cling and the smaller of her Polka Heart stencilsspun sugar distress ink for stencilling, and Zig markers to color, Simon's Stitched Rectangle die, adhesive foam squares

I first stamped the Thank You heart on Bristol paper, then masked it and stencilled around it using spun sugar distress ink.  After coloring the heart details and sponging on more spun sugar in the center of the heart, I trimmed the panel with a stitched rectangle, tightly framed it in black cardstock and popped that above my pink card base.  I separately stamped, colored, and cut out the roses and popped them above the design.

Sorry I haven't been around as often as I usually priorities have been keeping me out of the craft room.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Simon Says.........For a Child


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

This week our challenge is to make something "for a child".  My teamies and I are playing with Neat & Tangled products.  

SSS Aug 9

supplies: white, tan, kraft, and Surf Blue cardstock, scraps of old design papers for sea and cloudy sky, Neat & Tangled Yo Ho Ho stamp set, Simon's Stitched Circle die, Lawn Fawn Stitched Scallop Border die, DieNamics Blueprints 20 banner, Zig markers to color

There are lots of darling pirate stamps in this set - I just chose a few of them and made my little scene.  I didn't have very much of the cloud and sea paper, so I used what I had and cut them into partial circles, inserting the pirate ship between them, to mimic the view through the spy-glass!  This card will be perfect for our youngest grandson's birthday in September!

Now it's your turn - I can't wait to see what you create!  Heidi has provided another $50.00 gift voucher


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

We also have a special challenge for children between the ages of 2 and 16! CLICK HERE or on the logo to go directly to the challenge page

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

All Seasons Tree

This is an older Simon die, but I just recently rediscovered it on Pinterest (mostly from Lisa's blog!) and I thought I'd have a play with a summer version for my first time using it.  I love this combination of green, kraft, and chocolate!

All Seasons Tree

supplies: white, Green Apple, Dark Chocolate and kraft cardstock, All Seasons Tree and Stitched Rectangle dies

I left this one without a sentiment.......I'll add a banner one when I send it.

For my 2nd card, I did add a sentiment.  The Vintage Photo ink is a perfect match for kraft.

AllSeasons Tree

supplies: white, kraft, and Green Apple cardstock, All Seasons Tree die and a retired Hero Arts sentiment, VersaFine Vintage Sepia ink

Both cards use the inlaid die technique - although there are tiny leaf dies included (which I know I'll use for the autumn version when I make it), it is much easier to just put the inlaid panel over another color of cardstock to give the leaves detail......

I think this design will be very useful for masculine cards.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

A mix of favorites

Today I used a favorite wooden plank cling stamp along with lots of other things that are favorites, too, for my card.  This one just makes me smile - it was fun to create and I love the results!


supplies: white, pale gold, and Simon Surf Blue cardstock, Impression Obsession Wooden Plank, VersaMark ink and Simon white embossing powder, Altenew Painted Flowers, My Favorite Things Thanks die, tonic eyelet lace punch, Lucy's sequin mix 

I white embossed the planks on a piece of Surf Blue cardstock, trimmed it to fit a white card base, and then added the other elements, cutting the sentiment 3 times and stacking them.

I love the contrast of the "soft" lace and flowers against the "hard" wood plank background!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Encouraging Words Blog Hop!

Welcome to my stop on the Simon Encouraging Words Blog Hop!  The hop started yesterday and continues today.

I was sent the new Suzy Watercolor Paintable Prints set called Fruit Puns.  Here are 2 cards plus 2 panels that I watercolored with my Spectrum Aqua markers and water.

SSS Encouraging Words Blog Hop

SSS Encouraging Words Blog Hop 2

SSS Encouraging Words Blog Hop 3

Since these panels are A2 card sized, they take just a tiny bit of trimming to frame with a colored cardstock to make these simple cards.  There are 9 panels in the set, which is made of nice heavy watercolor paper, and all of the sentiments are punny ones!  Aren't they fun?   Here's what the whole set looks like:

Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Collection: Encouraging Words

You should hop over now to one of my favorite card makers,  Lisa Addesa !   Or if you haven't started the hop yet, you can begin at the Simon Says Stamp blog. 

Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $25.00 coupon at EACH STOP along the blog!  That's 11 winners from just today's hop (and don't forget to do the same for the blogs on the Friday hop!)  The winners will be chosen randomly from the comments at each blog, so make sure you leave a comment at each stop to increase your chances of winning.  The winners will be posted on the Simon blog next Tuesday, August 8.

Enjoy, and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Creative Team Friday

I have 2 really simple cards for you today as part of Tammy's Creative Team Friday post, using  new cling stamps from the May release: Happy Grams #3.  Tammy's cling stamps are perfect for working up a fast card - you can just stamp and color in details, or you can add a bit of paper-piecing for some extra dimension like I did on these 2 cards.

TT Shine

supplies: white cardstock, various Doodlebug patterned papers, Lawn Fawn Let's Polka 12" heart paper, Tammy's Shine cling stamp, Simon's Stitched Rectangle die, gold sequins, adhesive foam squares

I paper-pieced the sentiment and sun in yellows and oranges, and added some gold sequins for extra bling!

Here's another:

TT Wishing You

supplies: white and Simon Schoolhouse Red cardstock, some small patterned paper scraps for piecing the ladybug, Tammy's Wishing You cling stamp, red, green and black markers to color, MFT Wonky Stitches rectangle die, adhesive foam squares

Please don't forget to visit Tammy's Blog to see what my DT sisters have created!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Simon Says.........Splatter It!


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

We have a fun theme for you - Splatter It!  My teamies and I are featuring Ranger products this week.

My first card features a controlled splatter in the form of a stamp.

SSS Aug2 Splatters

supplies: white and black cardstock, Doodlebug gingham dp, Your Next Stamp Mini Flower Ink Splatter stamp, abandoned coral, mustard seed, carved pumpkin distress inks, Tim Holtz Wildflower die, Simon Painted Happy Birthday die and sentiment from Pool Play, VersaMark ink and Simon White embossing powder, flower sequins

After stamping the splatters on my white panel, I inlaid a black wildflower diecut into it.  I used the same distress inks to ombre my die, and added just 3 little flower sequins in the same colors.  

My next card uses distress oxide inks in cooler colors and real splatters.

SSS Aug2

supplies: white cardstock and Bristol paper, Tim Holtz Floral stencilbroken china, cracked pistachio, and faded jeans distress oxide inks, round blending tool, water, Simon's Fresh Daisies and Stitched Rectangle dies, Winnie & Walter Big Bold Friends cutaway, My Mind's Eye enamel hearts

I started by masking off a piece of Bristol paper, then sponging on my distress oxide inks.  I ADORE these 3 colors together!  I splattered some water droplets while the mask was still attached, and heat set everything.  Next I attached the stencil and sponged it over the masked panel with the same oxide inks.  Then I removed the mask and stencil, diluted the inks with water on my craft mat, and splattered them with a tiny paintbrush.  Again I dried everything, then the panel was die cut into a Stitched Rectangle and attached to my card base before adding my flowers and sentiment.

Here's a closer photo to show you the batik-like effect this technique gives:

SSS Aug2, detail

Now it's your turn - I can't wait to see what you create!  Heidi has provided another $50.00 gift voucher


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

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Simon's Summer Vacation Kid's Challenge!


I wanted to make sure that you knew that Simon Says Stamp is launching a month-long Kid's Challenge!

And the theme is Anything Goes with SPARKLE.  It's open to all children between the ages of 2 and 16.  You are allowed to help them a little bit, if necessary, but we really want them to create something all by themselves.

We have THREE grab bags of craftiness as prizes for 3 random winners.  The challenge will remain open until 6 P.M. August 31st, and the winner will be announced soon after the challenge closes.

This challenge is open for CHILDREN ONLY, and any entry from anyone over the age of 16 will be deleted.  Please make sure to add the child's age along with his/her name when you post your entry.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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


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

It's Anything Goes week once again, and the Design Team and I are playing with Wild Rose Studio goodies.  They make the most adorable stamps, it's hard to choose, but I ended up with some Teddies this time and made 2 cards with them!

SSS July 26

supplies: white cardstock, (retired) Pebbles double-sided cardstock, Wild Rose Studios Bears on Swing, Zig markers to color, Simon's Smile Circle and Stitched Rectangle dies, adhesive foam squares

I decided to use some of my long-hoarded 12" scrapbook papers and thought this flowered one with a gingham reverse would be a good place to start.  After making that choice, I colored the image pulling my colors from the paper.  The image was first put onto the gingham paper, then I cut a stitched frame using the floral and popped it above the card base.  There isn't alot of room for a sentiment, but I think this one works well without taking away from everything else.  

This will make a perfect card for our granddaughter!

After finishing card #1, I got the idea to try and make the image actually kind of swing, and here's what resulted:

SSS July26 

supplies: white and pink cardstock, green gingham from My Favorite Things Farm Fresh Gingham, Wild Rose Studios Bear on Swing, Simon sentiment from Beautiful Ride, Taylored Expressions Leafy Vine embossing folder, Simon Stitched Rectangle die

For this one I colored and cut out the bears first.  Then I die-cut a window into the card front and embossed the front.  The inside was layered with the green gingham, and to finish I glued the swing to the top of the window and added the sentiment at the bottom.

Now it's your turn - I can't wait to see what you create!  Heidi has provided another $50.00 gift voucher


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

Monday, July 24, 2017

A Beautiful Day

I really liked the Floral Sparkle die from Simon's last Cherished release - it makes me think of eyelet lace.  Here's my first play with it.

Beautiful Day

supplies: white, Simon's Audrey Blue, Green Apple, and Doll Pink cardstock, Floral Sparkle die, Paper Smooches Dots die, Memory Box Mini Hybrid Heirloom Rose die and Meadow Leaf die, flower button, Wplus9 Doodle Buds sentiment, iridescent sequins

I die-cut the floral sparkle and then the dots die on either side of it, then lined that part of the design with doll pink and green apple cardstock.  After stamping my sentiment, I attached that panel to an Audrey Blue base, then added my flower and leaves.

Hope your week is off to a great start - we're having some lovely cool weather here at the moment!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

More Bamboo Roses

Still playing.......I love these colors together, so soothing!  This card started with this pretty plaid.......

A Little Dose

supplies: white cardstock, dps from My Favorite Things Plaid Patterns Merry & Bright and Watercolor Wash Brights, Alenew Bamboo RoseZig markers and water, Tammy Tutterow Tiny Sentiments, Simon's Stitched Rectangles, aqua pearls, adhesive foam strips

These little posies may give my beloved Painted Flowers a run for the money - they are easy to color and cut out, and it's fun to arrange them!  And Tammy's darling sentiments add just the sweetest touch!

Hope your week is off to a great start!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Rosy Smiles

I have had the Bamboo Roses on my wishlist forever, and I finally got them!  Here's my first play with them, mixed with elements from lots of other companies.

Rose Smiles

supplies: white and Simon's Khaki cardstock, Impression Obsession Wooden Plank cling, Tammy Tutterow Dear Ruby cling (script), Hero Arts Wet Cement ink, Simon's Stitched Rectangle die, Altenew Bamboo Rose, VersaMark ink and white embossing powder, watercolored in Puffy Heart, Warm Sunshine, and Forest Glades inks diluted with water, Winnie & Walter Big, Bold Friends sentiment, VersaFine onyx black ink, adhesive foam squares, irridescent sequins for a little sparkle

I stamped my wooden plank, then overstamped the Dear ruby cling, both in the same ink - it's subtle, but that's the way I wanted it.......The flowers were white embossed, watercolored, and cut out, then arranged to fit around the stamped sentiment.

Hope you're enjoying your summer - it's flying by!  We're getting some rain here this weekend.

Friday, July 21, 2017

With Much Love

I'm back today with a card for Tammy Tutterow's Creative Team Friday post, using one of her stencil sets and 2 of her cling stamps.

TT July 21

supplies: white cardstock, Bristol paper, Tammy's Mad for Plaid two step stencil, cracked pistachio, broken china, and faded jeans distress oxide inks, Flower Swag 5 and Tiny Sentiments cling stamps, My Favorite Things Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle die, Simon's Stitched Circle, adhesive foam squares, ribbon

I used 3 distress oxide inks to stencil the plaid.  These stencils come in sets of 2, in this case, a vertical design paired with a horizontal one.  They are configured slightly different, so you could easily use just one of them and turn it 90 degrees.  They measure 5" X 7", so there's lots of wiggle room to get just what you want.  That panel was trimmed to fit inside an A2 white card.  Then I die-cut the scalloped rectangle from white card stock, and from that a stitched circle.  I stamped one of the absolutely darling Tiny Sentiments on the scalloped panel, and then separately stamped the flowers from a Flower Swag cling.  I used the same 3 distress inks, to watercolor the flowers, then selectively cut them out and attached them to my white panel, along with a teensy ribbon.  Then the panel was raised above my card base.

Please visit Tammy's Blog to see what my team-mates have made this week!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Simon Says..........Seeing Stars


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

Our theme this week is "Seeing Stars" and my teamies and I are playing with My Favorite Things goodies!  For my first card today, I used their star quilt die and some mini star-patterned papers:

SSS July 19

supplies: white cardstock, My Favorite Things Lucky Prints (star patterns), Quilt Square Cover-up, Let's Get Cozy sentiment, Altenew Warm Sunshine, Hero Arts Cornflower, BubbleGum, and Green Hills inks, mini MISTItiny buttons, Stick It

I've done this star quilt before, but never in pastels.  I also used a sheet of Stick It, and it was so much easier to do my paper-piecing that way!  I decided to continue the pastel theme in my sentiment by stamping in different colors, with the help of some masking and my Misti

For my next card I'm sharing the birthday card I made for our oldest grandson earlier this year.  I'm CASEing a design by Yoonsun - loved her idea!

Liam's Birthday

supplies: white cardstock and Bristol paper, My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Rectangle die, Hero Arts Lower-Case alphabet dies, Simon's Birthday Bits sentiment, stitched star dies, Fossilized Amber and Broken China Distress Oxide inks, a puffy star sticker, Scrapbook Adhesive foam squares

I started by smooshing my distress oxide inks onto my craft sheet and spritzing them liberally with water, then I dragged my bristol paper through each one separately, drying each color before moving on.  I also wet a paint brush and flicked on some splatters before I finished.  After drying, that panel was die-cut with the Wonky Stitched rectangle.  Next I die-cut some stars from that panel, and then added my stamped and die-cut sentiment.  The panel was then popped above my white card base, and I popped up the stars, along with a puffy sticker to dot the "i".

Now it's your turn - I can't wait to see what you create!  Heidi has provided another $50.00 gift voucher


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