Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Little Watercolor...

Sometimes all it takes is a little watercolor to really make a greeting stand out.

I recently picked up a set of Mijello Mission Gold Watercolors from the Simon Says Stamp store. 
It took me a while to take the plunge... but I'm so glad I did.

Whats different about them? They are crystal clear color. Gorgeous concentrated pigment!!!

This card came from my first play with these paints and.... I WISH I had filmed it. Kicking myself!! But I'll do another tutorial because these paints are too good not to share.

So... you see the holes in the centers of the upper stars?
Underneath them are ChibiTronic LED lights.
They light up when you push on the lower stars... so fun!!

I created a video for the New Crafters Guide Series with Simon Says Stamp. This series touches on products and techniques for newer crafters. 

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at my new obsession.... Enjoy!!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Simon Says Stamp Special Holiday Release Blog Hop!

Thanks for stopping by today! If you've come from Tim Holtzs' blog for the Simon Says Stamp Special Holiday Release BLOG HOP... then Welcome!!! 
We are celebrating three releases in one week!! 

First, we have the December Card kit (Santa's helpers just informed me that it has already sold out)!! But, many of the kit components (including lights) are available for individual sale in the 
Simon Says Stamp store. 

Secondly, there is the Advent Plus release... super cute stamps and dies to create your 
very own holiday Advent Calendar plus new envelopes and tags!!! 

And finally, The Limited Edition Simon Says Stamp Holiday Card kit for 2016. It's a doozy... absolutely packed full of so many goodies!!!

For my card, I used some of the items from the Limited Edition Holiday card kit. I wanted to make a white on white look by using the basic neutrals. I started off with white cardstock and the Stitched Oval and Stitched Rectangle dies from Simon Says Stamp.

I tore white cardstock to create snow banks and added the tree from the Sugar Plum foam stickers along with the Retro Deer die cut from one of the Simon Says Stamp kraft tags. To finish off with a pop of color I added the green and red Stickles as ornaments and red nose 
for the deer. 

Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher to one person from each blog in this hop. Remember to leave a comment telling us about your holiday crafting along the way f
or a better chance to win. 
I'll be choosing a winner by comments left on my blog before midnight (CST), Sunday. 
All winners will be announced on the Simon Says Stamp blog on Monday. Good Luck!!

The hop starts at the Simon Says Stamp blog, below is a list just in case you 
encounter any broken links. 

Your next stop is to the incredibly talented and my good friend Kristina Werner!

Happy Hopping!!

Tim Holtz   

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Caring Hearts Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

Welcome friends! Today we are celebrating the 7th annual Caring Hearts Card Drive with a fun blog hop! The purpose of this card drive is to collect handmade holiday cards for the elderly that live in nursing homes around the world. Since 2010 we have been bringing joy to many nursing homes throughout the US, Canada and Australia. And this year, we are branching out to the UK! What better way to share our love of card making than to bring joy to others, right? We hope you'll join us in supporting the card drive. Details for the card drive can be found at: Vera Yates Blog; Jennifer McGuire's Blog

I experimented... with a different color combination. I used only Peeled Paint and Wilted Violet Distress inks. The colors that I got from mixing the two together are amazing. I only wished I had filmed while I was playing.

I stamped the Circle Doodle background onto Tim Holtz Watercolor cardstock (the smooth side) and silver embossed. Then I painted with the Distress Inks. 

Once everything was dry, I used the Stitched Rectangle dies to create a frame. I turned it into a shaker card by adding a piece of acetate, foam tape and sequins. 

I stamped one of the Color Me Trees, silver embossed and painted the same as the background. It's hard to tell from the photos, but the tree is sitting under the acetate.

The Believe die was cut out from some Tim Holtz Silver Deco sheets. As a tip, I stuck a piece of the deco sheet onto Neenah card stock and ran it through my Big Shot a few times to get a really good cut. 

No hop is complete without fun giveaway, right? Simon Says Stamp has generously offering $150 gift card for this hop. All you need to do is visit and leave comment on each blog. Winner will be randomly selected from one of the participant blog. You have till midnight Thursday, 11/17/2016 to leave comment. Winner will be announced on Vera's blog on Friday11/18/2016.

So So generous!!

Here's a list of all the stops on the hop just in case you missed any!

Thanks for hopping by, your next stop is to my dear friend and the amazingly talented

Friday, October 21, 2016

Believe in the Season Blog Hop!

Welcome to my blog for the Simon Says Stamp Believe in the Season blog hop! Do you love what you've seen so far?? I love hops for all the inspiration! This release is a stunner!!

I've created a card using unconventional colors... I seem to be stuck in a very pastel mood, I'm thinking if I avoid fall colors then cold winter weather won't come. Ha! One can only wish. 
I've white embossed a Color Me tree and used Distress inks for my paint. 

This next Circle Doodle background stamp is a winner... so versatile and great for any occasion! I white embossed it onto vellum and colored the backside with Copic markers. This technique would also be great with gold or silver embossing for a more dramatic effect. 

I hope you've found some inspiration in my creations. Below I have a list of all the stops for the hop.


We're trying something a little different this time. I get to choose a winner for a Simon Says Stamp $25 gift card from my blog comments and or social media posts. Make sure to comment below or on my social media platforms for a chance to win. I'll be using the hashtag #sssbelieve for projects I've created from this release. I'll be picking a winner on Friday, October 28th. Good luck everyone!!


Your next and final stop on the hop is to the talented Heather Hoffman

Thanks for stopping by today, enjoy your weekend!!

•Believe in the Season Release•