Monday, April 23, 2018

A Little Cross Stitch

Back in the dark ages I did a fair amount of cross-stitch.  I loved the shading available with all of the floss colors, but I did not like how expensive it was to frame a piece.  Eventually the close work got to be hard on my eyes, and so I put away all my materials and moved on to other things.

But seeing the merging of cross-stitching and card making makes me happy, so when I unearthed some 14-count perforated papers in my closet, I thought I'd have a go.  I found this pattern through a My Favorite Things printable patterns.

Cross Stitch Lavender

supplies: purple, beige, and black card, ecru perforated paper, DMC floss in 3 periwinkles/ 2 greens, 3 strands, Taylored Expressions Garden Party embossing folder, sentiment from Simon's Happy, Memory box Pinpoint Rectangle dies

It took me a good 4 hours to stitch this tiny little piece, but it was time enjoyably spent!  If you google cross-stitch cards, you'll be able to find lots of small-scale patterns that will work on a card.  And I see that you can still buy perforated paper, or you could get yourself one of those dies - Paper Smooches, My Favorite Things, and Altenew all have their own versions.  See some HERE.

Thanks for stopping by - hope you have a great week!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Love Always

Here's another card using the small stamp set and a sticker from Simon's May Card Kit.


supplies: white, apricot, and Audrey Blue card, Bristol paper, Simon's Take Heart stamps, watercolor markers, puffy sticker from Pink Fresh Let Your Heart Decide

Here's all that you get in this month's Kit - a little something for everyone!


Saturday, April 21, 2018

You Have a Beautiful Heart


I received my Simon Says Stamp May Card Kit yesterday - here's my first card using the supplies.

SSS May Card Kit

supplies: white and Audrey Blue card stock, dp from Pink Fresh Let Your Heart Decide paper pack, matching puffy stickers, Simon's Heart die and sentiment from Take Heart stamp set, Stitched Rectangle dies

I seem to be in a blue state of mind recently, so I concentrated on that color for this first card.  It's nice to have coordinating products to mix and match!   Next I want to play more with the little Take Heart stamp set - hopefully I'll be back again tomorrow with another card. 

Did you know that Simon has a gallery for each of its Card Kits and also each release?  You can find the gallery for this May Kit HERE - be sure to add your card to it when you use this month's kit.

Doodle Lace

Here's another cover plate die that has been neglected.

Doodle Lace

supplies: white and Audrey Blue card stock, Altenew Doodle Lace cover die, peacock feathers, blueprint sketch, and wilted violet distress inks, blending tool, Simon's Happy sentiments, Doodlebug Heart Shaped Sprinkles

Not much to describe, I just cut the lace plate and layered it over a panel which was blended with 3 distress inks.    Happy Saturday!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Daffodils and Gingham

I have all my "must-dos" finished for awhile, so I took some time to make something that pleases me!
I recently received this pretty lacey cover die and a pad of pastel gingham papers and here's what I made:

Daffodils and Gingham

supplies: white card, Bristol paper, Echo Park Dots & Stripes Gingham, Simon's Friendship Blooms, sentiment from Memory Box Spring Lilacs, Zig markers and water, Spellbinders Floral Panel Card die, adhesive foam strips

Here's another using the same cover plate die, this time watercoloring the leaves and flowers with some Aqua markers.  Doing it this way shows off the sweet lily of the valley flowers that you might miss in the card above.

Sending You Love & Hugs

supplies: white, Surf Blue, and Audrey Blue card, Spellbinder's Floral Panel Card die, Simon's Sending die and sentiment from Sending & Wishing stamp set, Spectrum Aqua markers and water

Spring is certainly dragging its feet here in NE Ohio.  Hope my cards help you to wait for it.  

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Simon Says.........Sparkle & Shine!

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


Our theme this week is "Sparkle & Shine", and the team is playing with Tonic Studios goodies!  I chose a pack of glitter card stock, and paired it with some Simon butterflies.

SSS April 18

supplies: white and Tonic Tropical Tide Glitter Card, Bristol paper, Simon's Beautiful Day butterflies and sentiment, Zig Markers light blue, cobalt blue, and black, Wink of Stella clear Shimmer brush

I chose a simple sketch that uses 3 of everything, and mounted my finished panel to more of the glitter card.  

Now it's your turn!  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 16, 2018

Sparkly Wreath

Those of you who visit often know that one of my favorite things is wreaths, and when it's made from flowers, I'm all in!  I couldn't wait to play with this new Simon Blooming Circle die, and I punched it up for it's first use with glitter card and my favorite blues.

Sparkly Wreath

supplies: white, glitter cornflower, glitter aqua, and Hero Arts Grass card, Simon's Blooming Circle die and sentiment from Beautiful Day, stamped in Altenew Persian Blue ink, corner rounder, foam adhesive

I cut a wreath from an aqua and a cornflower glitter card, plus a green and a white.  The white panel was trimmed into a square, corners rounded, and then I applied tape to the back, sticky-side-up, covering all the flowers and leaves.  Then it was just a matter of inserting the glittered elements back into the design.  I stamped a generic sentiment, so that it could be used for lots of occasions.

We're off to another week - hope yours is a great one!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Hello Sunshine

Spring is slowly creeping in, advancing and retreating here, so I decided to make my own sunshine!

Hello Sunshine

supplies: yellow and white card, Altenew Spring Showers cover die, MFT Gumdrop Green ink for leaves, blending tool, Winnie & Walter Hello cutaway,  Hero Arts Butter Bar ink for shading, Avery Elle (retired)  Simply Said Hello, gold pearls

I cut my cover die from white card, punched out all the parts, and then positioned it over my yellow card base.  The leaves were sponged with green ink and replaced into the design, and some flower punch-outs were also added back into the centers of the flowers.  What better sentiment than this one - I sponged the diecut with my favorite yellow ink, and added the tiny "sunshine" piece.

Hope you're having a great weekend!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Simon Says Stamp Fluttering By Release Blog Hop


Welcome to my little stop on Day 1 of the Simon Says Stamp Blog Hop, featuring our newest release, Fluttering By!

You should have arrived here from Melissa Phillips' blog.  If you have just happened upon me today and want to start the hop from the beginning, go to the Simon Says Stamp blog We'll be giving away a $25.00 gift certificate at every stop on the hop, so don't forget to leave a comment!  The winners will be announced at the Simon Says Stamp Store Blog next Wednesday, April 18.

My first card features the sweet Center Cut Flowers.  This is a large cling stamp with a square border of flowers and this smaller circular bunch inside it, which is removable and can be stamped separately.  When I first looked at this stamp, my mind went immediately to an old-fashioned tussy-mussy, a little handheld bouquet of violets encircled in a doily.

Center Cut Flowers

supplies: white, periwinkle, and black card stock, Bristol paper, Simon's Center Cut Flowers and Hope dies, Spectrum Aqua markers and water, Tim Holtz Doily embossing folder, purple adhesive genstones

Since we've been having an extended winter, my "hope" is that spring arrives soon!

My next card uses the Stitching Butterflies dies.

Stitched Butterfly

supplies: white, black, and pink cardstock, dps from MFT Plaid Patterns Merry & Bright and Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes pads, Simon's Stitching Butterflies dies, Stitched Rectangle dies, and sentiment from Beautiful Day, adhesive strips

Here's a closer look to see the stitching detail on one of the butterflies (there are 2 in the set).  And I carried the stitching theme throughout the card by using the Stitched Rectangles.

Stitched Butterfly closeup


And finally, I received a new stencil, called New Beginnings.

New Beginnings

supplies: white and Green Apple cardstock, Simon's New Beginnings stencil, sentiment from Beautiful Day, Stitched Rectangle die, gathered twigs, twisted citron, and worn lipstick distress inks, finger dauber and Fantastix to apply inks through the stencil

That's it from me - your next stop is at the amazing Kathy Racoosin's blog.  I know she'll have something scrumptious to show you!

Here's the Hop order for today:


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Simon Says......Add Some Texture

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


Our theme this week is "Add Some Texture", and we're highlighting Tim Holtz products.  

My first card uses a pretty Floral stencil.  To get my texture, I first embossed the stencil before coloring it in the usual way using an oxide and a regular distress ink.  Then, while the stencil was still attached, I added some Moonstone glimmer paste to give it a subtle sparkle.

SSS April 11

supplies: white, pink, black, and Green Leaf card stock, Tim Holtz Floral layering stencil, Worn LIpstick distress oxide ink and mowed lawn distress ink, finger daubers, Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer paste, Simon's Scripty Thanks die

Here's a closer look:


SSS April 11, close

My second card uses my favorite Tim Holtz embossing folder, or, as he calls it, a texture fade.

SSS April11

supplies: white, Green Apple, Green Leaf, and 2 shades of pink card stock, Lawn Fawn striped paper, Tim Holtz Roses embossing folder, Simon's Single Roses dies, sentiment from (retired) Simon/Mama Elephant Summer Garden

Now it's your turn!  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!

Simon's Spring "Fluttering By" release!!


Have you seen all the new product from Simon's latest release?  Fluttering By is all about spring, and all that entails!

I'm loving the Best Mom Ever clear stamp set, the Center Cut Flowers clings, and now we have dies to match the Beautiful Day stamps, too! What are you excited about?  See them all HERE!

I have 2 cards today using some new dies.  The first one is called Butterfly Shimmer.

Butterfly Shimmer

supplies: white card stock,dps from Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes and Shimmer Pastels (for the butterflies), Simon's Butterfly Shimmer and sentiment from Look for the Miracles, various Pretty Pink Posh sequins, VersaMark ink and white embossing powder

This next one uses a die called "Whoa! You're Amazing!!"


Whoa!

supplies: white and black cardstock, Whoa! You're Amazing die and Brush Stroke Messages stamp set, wonky rectangle die, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, and Lucky Clover distress oxide inks

I'll hope you'll visit me again tomorrow, April 12, for a Blog Hop, where we'll be giving away a $25 gift certificate at EACH stop! The Hop will start at 8:00 am Eastern, beginning at the Simon Says Stamp Blog!  I'll see you there!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Simon Says........It's Our NINTH Birthday!

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


Our theme is Happy Birthday!  Of course we'll be highlighting our own Simon Says Stamp products!

My first card uses this lovely Modern Flowers Card Wrap die, along with some Distress Oxide inks.  I love the intricacy of this design!

SSS April 4

supplies: white, black, and Green Apple card stock, Bristol paper, Modern Flowers Card Wrap die, sentiment from Brush Stroke Messages, flowers and leaves are Tammy Tutterow's Bitty Posies dies, Picked Raspberry and Carved Pumpkin distress oxide inks, sponging tool, white embossing powder, pearls

I cut the die twice from white cardstock, then put the halves together over a panel of sponged oxide inks and covered the seam with a sentiment strip.   I used some leftovers from that inked panel to cut my bitty posies.  

Next I used the die to wrap a simple top-folding white card and embellished it with some ribbon and a Prima rose:

SSS April 4 wrap

Here is the card out of its wrapping:


SSS Ap4 wrap

supplies: white and rose card stock, Modern Flowers Card Wrap die, Big Scripty Greetings sentiment, Altenew Puffy Heart ink, Prima rose and leaves from Rose Quartz collection, Kaiser pink pearls, pink satin ribbon

I used the die to cut each end of a long rectangle; the die also embosses a fold line to make the wrap.  The wrap is tied together in the front with a bow by threading the ribbon through an opening on each side of the lacy half-circle.  Then I attached the flower and leaves.  The wrap is loose enough to allow the card to be pulled out and put back.  Wouldn't this make a lovely wedding card when cut from a metallic cream paper?

Now it's your turn!  Heidi has provided NINE $50.00 gift vouchers 



to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 9 lucky random winners of this week's challenge!


Is she generous or what?  We thank you for supporting this challenge, and this is one way we can thank you.  As always, you can enter 5 times, as long as they are NEW creations.  Good luck!

And a little reminder that we have a DT Call ongoing through April 13 at 9:00 am EST!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Design Team Call!!!


Would YOU like to join the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Design Team? 
  • Are you fun loving?
  • Do you have a blog?
  • Are you a team player and ready to help your fellow teammates?
  • Are you drama free?
  • Do you enjoy leaving comments on crafty creations?
  • Are you active on social media, or ready to join in on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.?
  • As a Simon Says Stamp Design Team member you would be required to create a project for our weekly challenges and promote the Simon Says Stamp Store wherever possible. Would you be able to commit to that?

If the answer is YES to the above questions then please go ahead and apply to join the team!
You can add a link to your blog in the InLinkz system on the Challenge Blog or you can email us with a link to your blog at simonsayschallenge@hotmail.com

The DT term is for one year and will then be reviewed.

Simon Says Stamp is a fun company to work for and there will be perks such as free products! 
The call will close at 9am EST on April 13, 2018, and we will inform the lucky choice of team members as soon as we are able after that date.


Good luck!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Some Easter Cards

I wanted to share some Easter cards that I made for our Grands.

Easter Owen

supplies: white and Green Apple cardstock, (retired) Easter dps from Doodlebug, bunny and sentiment from Simon's Some Bunny stamp set, MFT Wonky Rectangle die

Easter Liam

supplies: white, pale gold, and kraft card stock, (retired) Easter dp from Doodlebug, Simon's Oval of Flowers stencil, cracked pistachio distress oxide ink, chick and sentiment from Simon's Some Bunny stamp set

Happy Easter to you!  My blog will be quiet here for a few days, but I'll see you back here next Wednesday for a new Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

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

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


It's Anything Goes week, and the team are playing with Stampendous products!  I got myself another Laurel Burch design, and had fun coloring it with my Zig markers.

SSS Mar 28

supplies: white and Lemon Chiffon card stock, vellum, Stampendous Teacup cling, sentiment from Simon's Crafty Friend set, Zig markers, Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins

This stamp is the perfect size for an A2 card - all you need is a sentiment!  

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!