Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Don't miss this!


This coming weekend, April 28 and 29, Simon's Create event is happening!  It is SOLD OUT, but if you are anywhere in the area, there will be a pop-up store all weekend, and Create & Takes, too!  For details, click HERE!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Altenew Color Challenge for April

Still playing with my new Garden Treasure stamp set, I made another entry to this month's Altenew Inspiration Challenge:

Altenew April Color Challenge

supplies: white, yellow, and blue cardstock, Altenew Garden Treasure flower and leaf, Altenew Buttercream, Warm Sunshine, Lagoon, Emerald, and Sapphire inks, pale grey marker, wink of stella clear pen, Altenew Painted Greetings sentiment, Tim Holtz Speckles stencil, stitched rectangle dies

My stamped panel is one layer, but I tried to make the flower stand out by edging it with a pale grey marker, and adding some wink of stella glitz to it.  I knew I wanted to use a stencil behind it, and I guess Sveta's example this month influenced me, as I chose this splatter one, inking through it with sapphire ink, after masking my flower and leaves.

Friday, April 21, 2017

I think I've found a New Favorite!

Yesterday I received a new Altenew stamp set called Garden Treasure, and I'm in love!  Here's the first card I made with it, using only the large flower and leaves.

Garden Treasure

supplies: white cardstock, Altenew Garden Treasure stamp set, Altenew Shades of Purple, Rose Petal, Summer Afternoon, and Green Fields ink sets, (retired) Technique Tuesday This is the Day by Ali Edwards sentiment, Scrapbook Adhesives foam squares

This flower is 4 layers, and they are really easy to line up, even the tiny stamens!  I used my Altenew inks to stamp the layers, then cut them all out and arranged them above an old favorite sentiment, sadly retired.  I popped the pink flower above the rest, and left the background CAS, no bells and whistles.  I wanted to show off these beauties all by themselves.

I rarely share more than one picture of my card - when I do make that exception, it's because I really love the results.

GardenTreasure


Thanks for stopping by today - I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Simon's May Kit - Animation

My Simon Card Kit arrived this afternoon, and I had a play with the animation stamps and grid line acetate paper in it that makes the stamps appear to move.  The stamp set this month is exclusive to this kit only.

SSS May Card Kit

supplies: Doll Pink cardstock card base, white cardstock to stamp on, butterfly dp from Illustrated Faith Basic collection, butterfly stamp from Uchi's Designs Animation clear stamp set and grid line acetate paper, sentiment from acetate Happy Things sheet, glossy accents to secure it to card, My Favorite Things Peek-a-Boo Window die as frame (not in kit)

When the grid paper is used in conjunction with the stamps, and one slides over the other, it appears that the images are moving!  So by pulling and pushing the stamped butterflies back and forth, they appear to be fluttering!

Here's all that is in this month's kit - there's even a set of Crayola markers to use to color the 2 Suzy watercolor cards, and a fun ready-to-use animated gift card slider!

Card Kit, Reveal, Monthly Card kit

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Simon Says.........Showers/Flowers

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


Our theme this week is "Showers/Flowers", and we are designing with Prima products.  You don't have to use them to enter, but if you do have something of their's, we'd love to see what you do with them!

I found a cling stamp that made me think of fruit blossoms in the spring, and watercolored it with Zig markers:

SSS April 19

supplies: white, peachy pink, and Bristol cardstock, Prima Christine Adolph Fresh Flowers #2 cling stamp, Zig markers, (retired) sentiment from Simon/Mama Elephant Summer Garden, pink sequins from Sweet Pea mix

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

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

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

God Bless You

No card today, but for a change I thought I'd share this lovely video instead.  I have these recordings by John Rutter, but they are even more meaningful paired with these pictures.  Blessings!

Monday, April 17, 2017

A Jar of Flowers

I woke up last week and decided I wanted to make a flower bouquet in a canning jar.  Here is my result.

Spring Flowers

supplies: wood plank and Doodlebug gingham papers, PTI Friendship jar, flowers from Wplus9's Free-Hand Florals and Fresh Cut Florals, blue sprigs from My Favorite Things Beautiful Blooms, a variety of inks from Hero Arts, Altenew, and Wplus9, PTI tiny tag die and Friendship Jar Spring Fillers, twine, adhesive foam squares

I started by stamping my jar, and then all of the leaves, stems, background flowers and sprigs.  Separately I stamped some of the Free Hand Florals, and cut them out, arranging them just above the rim of the jar and in the center of my bouquet.  I didn't really plan to fussy-cut this, but after I'd stamped it, I thought it looked too plain against just white, so I added some planking and a gingham table cloth to the background and a twine bow and tag that doubles as my sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Rose Border

I have another card today to show you a new Tammy Tutterow cling stamp - I swear this whole release has me swooning - hearts and flowers galore!

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supplies: white and dark pink cardstock, Tammy Tutterow Rose Border cling stamp, Fluorescent Pink, Pink, and Emerald Green Zig markers, Simon Thankful Heart sentiment

I thought this big sentiment worked nicely to allow the darling border to be the star of the show.  After stamping and coloring it, I carefully fussy-cut it around the outer border......next time I may try doing the same and also along the inner border, too.......I think this would be a great frame for a large die-cut sentiment or a favorite photograph.....

This is part of Tammy bi-weekly post at her blog, where each of her Design Team shares a creation using her products.  Be sure to visit Tammy's blog to see what amazing projects my team-mates did this time, and to welcome our newest member, Vicki Chrisman



Thanks for coming by!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Simon Says........Spring Color Inspiration


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


Our theme this week is this lovely Spring Color Inspiration that our Jenn made up for us:

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......and we are playing with Lawn Fawn products!  You don't have to use them for your entry, but if you have any, we'd love to see what you do with them!

My eyes went to that bicycle in the top left corner, and I remembered this bicycle stamp.......here's my card for this week:

SSS April 12

supplies:  white, banana, and apple green cardstock, plaid dp from Doodlebug Smitten Kitten, Lawn Fawn Cruising Through Life and (retired) Home Sweet Home (birds), sentiment from Simon's Flower Friend, Zig markers, Die-Namics Wonky Stitched Rectangle die

I simply stamped the bicycle on a wonky rectangle, colored it, and then made a little slit in the basket to insert the flowers from the same set.  I doodled some grass, and then added the little banner and birds.  I thought this plaid paper was a really good match to Jenn's color swatches.

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

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

Monday, April 10, 2017

This & That

I recently got some Nuvo Glimmer Paste and wanted to see how it played.  So I spread it onto a stencil and added lots of die-cut elements to the resulting panel:

This & That

supplies: white, dark aqua, periwinkle, and green cardstock, Tim Holtz Mesh stencil, Nuvo Tanzanite Lavender glimmer paste, Tammy Tutterow Pinwheel Posies dies, Memory Box Meadow Leaf die (retired), Wplus9 Hello die, butterfly brad

The paste was easy to use, and I like the nice glitz it adds.  AND the glitter doesn't rub off!  This particular color has a purple base and aqua glitter highlights, so I used those same colors in my flower.

Hope you're having a great weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Playing with some new things.......

I added a couple more distress oxide inks to my collection and wanted to have another play with them.

Oxide Inks

supplies: white cardstock, Bristol paper, worn lipstick, spiced marmalade, fossilized amber, cracked pistachio, broken china, and wilted violet distress oxide inks, ink blending tool, water, Simon's Scripty Greetings, embossed in white, Impression Obsession Ornate Oval Frame, Hero Arts heart dies

I started by sponging my inks onto a piece of Bristol paper.  Then I spritzed the panel with water and dried it to blend the colors.  Next I took each ink individually, mixed it with water, and splatted each color across the panel with a paint brush.

I just received this gorgeous Ornate Frame, and thought it would show off nicely against my panel.  For a simple ending, I stamped the sentiment and added some little hearts.

These colors are beautiful, blend together effortlessly, and I'd encourage you to give them a try!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Just for Fun

I have most of my required work done, so now I can play!  Today I have a very simple card that uses the pretty rose image from a new Simon clear stamp set.

Roses

supplies: white cardstock base and Bristol paper, Simon's More Spring Flowers, colored with Spectrum Aqua markers and water, sentiment from My Favorite Things All Occasion Sentiments, Winnie & Walter Audrey's cutaways (pinpoint scallop rectangle)

I stroked the Spectrum Aqua markers onto an acrylic block, then dipped my paintbrush in water and mixed it on the block, then moved the color to my image.  I decided to leave the panel as is, no sequins, no paint splatters, no dots.  Clean and simple......

Spring is taking longer than I'd like to get here, so I'm making my own here in my craft room!  Hope my card brings you a little spring!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Simon Has a New Release!

.......and it's called "Mothers, Fathers and Florals"!  I was sent one of the clear stamp sets and here's the card I made with it:

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supplies: Simon's Mom & Dad Icons, dps from Crate Paper On Trend and Echo Park Celebrate Easter (pink solid), Simon's Wavy Scallop Stitches die

This particular shade of pink is a favorite of my Mom's, and so that's where I started.  I looked through all my paper pads to find a small floral that was the right scale to paper-piece the letters, and unfortunately the one that worked the best is long discontinued.  I thought the straight edges needed some feminizing, so I used a scallop die to add some curves.  I added some punched hearts to finish my design.

Mothers Fathers, and Florals

You can see all of this new release HERE.  What's your favorite?  There's a nice mix of cling and clear stamps, dies, some ink cubes, and sequins!

Simon Says..........Happy Birthday!

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Happy Birthday to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!  We are celebrating our 8th birthday this week!



Our theme, of course, is Happy Birthday and we're playing with our own Simon Says Stamp exclusives this week.

My first card would work for a spring birthday:

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supplies: white cardstock, Bristol paper, Simon's Friendship Blooms and More Spring Flowers, Zig markers and water, broken china distress oxide ink and ink blending tool

My flowers were colored and cut out.  Then I sponged on some broken china oxide ink in the area where I wanted them to be.  Next I stamped my sentiment, and lastly, I added my flowers, popping up the bottom daffodil for some extra dimension.

My next card uses a Simon die, and ink colors that might be most appropriate for a summer birthday:

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supplies: white cardstock, Simon Painted Happy Birthday die, Diagonal Stripe stencil, finger dauber, Fresh Fruit ink cubes, sequins to match

I started by cutting my sentiment, and not removing it from the paper scrap until I had colored the individual letters, using the new Fresh Fruit ink cubes and a finger dauber.  After popping out the sentiment, I glued it onto the scalloped pinpoint rectangle.  Next I trimmed another piece of cardstock just slightly smaller than an A2 size, and used my diagonal stencil and the same inks to color that.  Everything was then layered to my card base, and I added some sequins that matched in the corner of the scalloped piece.

Now it's your turn - I can't wait to see what you create!  Because it's a special day for us, our amazing Heidi has provided EIGHT $50.00 gift vouchers


to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 8 lucky random winners of this week's challenge!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Guest Designing at CAS-ology!

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I'm playing along today in this week's CASology challenge, which is:

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This challenge is always a head-scratcher for me, and this week's cue was no different, but in the end, I went with:

CASology Icing

supplies: white and pink gingham cardstock, an old Simon stamp set called Savor Sweet Cupcakes, Zig markers to color, Quickie glue pen and Hero Arts prisma glitter for icing, glossy accents for cherry, My Favorite Things Stitched Square Scallop die, Winnie & Walter sentiment, die-cut flowers

I think icing is the best part of a cupcake; the cake is there just to transport as much icing as possible!  This is the best cupcake image I could find that had LOTS of icing, and I glitzed mine up to underline the theme for this week's challenge; after coloring the cake and icing, I used a quickie glue pen to cover the icing, and then dipped it into some glitter.  Here's a closer view:

Casology detail

A little birdie told me that it's also Kymona's birthday, so this card does double duty for that, too.  Many thanks to the CASology team for having me this week!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Hugs and Happy Thoughts

I wanted to throw my hat in the ring for Altenew's April Inspiration challenge.  The colors are pleasing together, and here's what I came up with:

April Altenew Inspiration

supplies: white cardstock, Altenew Vintage Flowers, stamped Altenew Buttercream, Warm Sunshine,  Sapphire, Persian Blue, and Lagoon inks, sentiment from Altenew Beautiful Day, Tim Holtz Mesh stencil with blueprint sketch and lucky clover distress inks

I blended 2 distress inks through the stencil, overlapping them in the center.  Then I arranged my flowers, leaves, and sentiment on top, and popped the panel above a white card base.  I especially like the way the colors blended for the leaves, using these multi-step stamps!

Here's our inspiration photo from Sveta:


Thanks for popping by!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Flower Bouquet

I have a card today using a brand new Tammy Tutterow cling stamp!  Wait until you see this newest  release - it is spring to the max!!

Flower Bouquet

supplies: white and orchid pink cardstock, Doodlebug purple gingham, Tammy's Flower Bouquet, colored with Zig markers and a bit of water, Die-Namics Wonky Stitched Rectangle die

Wouldn't this be perfect for Mother's Day, or for any special lady's birthday?  Such an easy design - stamp, color, and layer; nice and flat for mailing, and you don't need to add a sentiment - everything is built right in!  

Be sure to visit Tammy's blog to see what my team-mates did this time! 


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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


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



Our theme this week is the ever-popular Anything Goes, and the design team are all playing with Stampendous products.  I made 2 cards for you today, both of them flowers and both of them in shades of purple.

Lilacs are probably my favorite flower, so when I saw this cling set, I jumped!

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supplies: white cardstock and Bristol paper, Stampendous Cling Lilac, Zig watercolor markers and water,  Signo white gel pen, The Crafter's Workshop Mini Cubist stencil and tumbled glass distress ink, sentiment from (retired) Mama Elephant/Simon Summer Garden, adhesive foam squares

We always had lilac bushes growing up, and they bring back fond memories of home.  I colored these a pinky purple to mimic a transplant that my Dad gave us, and fussy-cut my flower and leaves, then glued the leaves over my stencilled panel and popped the flower up a bit with foam squares - I like the dimension. 

My 2nd card uses a Stampendous set I got a few years ago, which is one of my favorites because of all the different flowers that are in it, along with 2 jars/vases to put them in!  I think the flowers that I used today look like spring violets, and I love seeing them in this canning jar,  also in the set.  And I love how they look mixed with the gingham!

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supplies: Bristol paper, lilac cardstock, gingham dp from My Favorite Things Farm Fresh Gingham, Stampendous Build a Bouquet cling stamps, Zig watercolor markers and water, Winnie & Walter Big Bold Seasons cutaway, Simon Scallop Stitches die, adhesive foam squares

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

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

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Celebrating the Fifth Anniversary of A Blog Named Hero!




Welcome to my stop for today's 5th Anniversary Celebration of A Blog Named Hero!  I have been honored to be a guest designer there several times.  We all share a love of Hero Arts products, and I'm thrilled to be able to be a part of this celebration.  It's taking place over 2 days, and of course there are lots of prizes!  Here's the card I made for it, using some oldies from 2011:

A Blog Named Hero, 5th Anniversary

supplies: white cardstock, Doodlebug Gingham petite print, Hero Arts Large Blossom and Sending Smiles Messages, VersaMark ink and white embossing powder, peacock feathers distress ink on flowers, finger dauber, Audrey Blue ink for sentiment, dyed seam binding, white pearls, adhesive foam squares

Hero Arts made several of these negative print stamps that allowed open spaces for coloring the images, while inking the details and background.  I chose to white emboss this one over an aqua gingham design paper.  I darkened the centers of the flowers by dabbing on some peacock feathers distress ink, trimmed the image, then popped it above the card front, adding some of my favorite pearls and a pretty ribbon.

There are prizes to be won for commenting on the cards along today's hop, and there are a separate set of prizes for doing the same for yesterday's hop!  Here are the prizes for today:

Comments must be left by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, March 28, and winners will be announced on March 30.

So get hopping!  Your next stop is Francine Vuilleme - I know she'll have something wonderful to show you!  If you'd like to begin at the start of today's hop, please start at A Blog Named Hero.  

Thanks, as always, for coming by, and enjoy the rest of the hop!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Wild Cuddly Critters

My Simon Says Stamp April Card Kit arrived yesterday; sadly it's already sold out.  But I had fun making some tags using the included action wobblers and the adorable critters in the stamp set.  These will go to our 3 grandchildren - they are still young enough that I think they'll like playing with the wobblers, and they can perhaps hang the tags on a doorknob or drawer pull.......

SSS April CardKit

supplies: white cardstock, Simon's Wild Cuddly Critters stamps, Zig markers to color, #5 kraft tags, dps from Lawn Fawn's Perfectly Plaid Rainbow pad, action wobblers, my own twine/ribbon and googly eyes

There is also a set of Simon cube inks in the kit that are such fun colors!  I've already made a card using them, but that will be shared down the road a bit........

Here's all that was included in the card kit:

Card Kit, Wild and Colorful
The kits have been selling out quickly each month, so if you want to be assured not to miss any of the upcoming ones, go HERE to automatically subscribe.  You'll save yourself $5.00 each month, and will never have to worry about missing another kit!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Simon Says........More than One Die or Punch

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


Our theme this week is "More than One Die or Punch", and my teamies and I are playing with Memory Box products!

First up, a card that combines 2 of my favorite things, hearts and wreaths, in one die:

SSS March 22

supplies: white cardstock, Memory Box Heart Party Circle, My Favorite Things Thanks die, Zig watercolor markers and water, Simon Stitched Rectangle die, Scrapbook Adhesives foam squares

After cutting each of my dies, I left them in the scrap of cardstock and watercolored them, using an ombre effect on the sentiment.  Then I popped them out and attached them to my stitched rectangle.  The tiny hearts are pop-outs from the wreath.

My next card uses a fairly new butterly die, paired with a set of pinpoint rectangle dies:

SSS March22

supplies: white, Simon orange peel,  sunshine, and black cardstock, Memory Box Flickering Butterfly Collage and Pinpoint Rectangle dies, sentiment from Simon's Happy Every Day set, retired

For this one, I cut the butterfly 3 times, from black, sunshine, and orange peel cardstocks.  I fussy cut the black one out, attached it to my white background, and then paper-pieced the gold and orange details into it.  I also framed the panel with the same colors, using 2 other sizes of the pinpoint rectangle dies.  To finish I added a sentiment banner embossed in white on black.

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

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

Friday, March 17, 2017

Altenew Inspiration Challenge

My friend Virginia is now on Altenew's Design Team and she is hosting this month's Inspiration Challenge there!  I turned once again to my favorite Altenew flower set and used Virginia's colors.

Altenew March color challenge

supplies: white cardstock, Avery Elle Wonky Stitches die, Altenew Painted Flowers and Painted Greetings stamps, Paper Sweeties flower sequins to match

I love these bright colors - and it's a fun change from my usual pastels.  I thought this sentiment was the perfect one to go with them, as was the wonky stitches framing; sprinkling on lots of sequins reinforces the celebration theme, too.  I didn't plan it this way, but this looks like a shot from above of these lovely ladies dancing!

Here's Virginia's fun inspiration photo, taken from her travels:


And, since flowers are my favorite motif, I'm also entering my card into The Flower Challenge.