Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Simon Says Stamp Rest and Refresh Reveal!!!


Welcome everyone! We're gearing up for summer with relaxation, love, and lazy days with our latest release called Rest and Refresh! I've created a few cards to give you some inspiration using these new products. 

This first card is an example of how you can pull many items together to make a meaningful card. I've used the Filigree Wreath die along with the Ornate Alphabet stamps and an additional greeting from our Sentiment Strips


This next card used the Waves Background Cling stamp with a watercolored Anchor Tag die on top. The greeting comes from the Your Light stamp set


And finally, one of my favorite to play around with, Suzy Plantamura's Watercolor cards. I started out with watercolors and added details using some Comic markers. 


Be sure to check out my Instagram in the coming days for additional inspiration using our Rest and Refresh Release!!! Enjoy!





Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Celebrate You!! New Simon Says Stamp Release!


Welcome everyone!!! Thanks for stopping by. Simon Says Stamp has a new release NOW... Celebrate You! There are a bunch of fun stamp sets and dies that I think you're going to like.

I've made a couple cards to share now, I'll be sharing more on my Instagram as the week progresses.

This first card is from the Patriotic Service stamp and die set. I've always wanted a stamp set that can be used for all branches of military as well as police and firefighters to honor their service. So... I made a set!


Have you tried Suzy Plantamura's watercolor cards? The set for this release is all about Dad's. The guitar card caught my eye right away because my dad sang and played guitar. The designs also feel very retro, like the 70's... so I went with some colors that I felt would do the era some justice. 


I've used the Rounded Rectangle dies for this last card. They are nested dies to the corner match up when you layer them. I watercolored the stripe background and then placed the Cathy Zielske HBD (Happy Birthday) on top. The black background paper really makes the front panel pop!



DID YOU KNOW? As part of my job with Simon Says Stamp I design stamps, dies, and stencils, then make cards. Once I have the cards completed, I photograph the release layout. The final step is to create the graphics. The graphic above is all my stamping, some of my own designs, photography and graphics. It's such a pleasure to go from design concept to finished product, to graphics and finally to see what designers and artists like you do with my initial vision. 

I hope you've enjoyed a snippet of this release. Thanks for stopping by!!!

You can shop the entire Celebrate You release HERE.
or browse through the itms below. 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Celebrate Women Blog Hop


Welcome to the Simon Says Stamp Celebrate Women Blog hop!!! If you're coming from the blog of my friend Cathy Zielske then you're in the right place!!!

I've create a card using Cathy's Good Job Mama stamp set and a bunch of washi tape designed by  some of my other incredible women artist friends. I angled the tape on a black tag and white embossed the main greeting above.

I cut a heart from the bottom portion and popped it up a little wonky from the die cut area. I added a small message in the open area and also another at the bottom where I've white embossed onto a strip of black cardstock.


This next card uses the Incredible Women stamp set where I've white embossed one of the greetings onto a piece of vellum. I cut strips of colored papers to place under each word, mounted everything to a pattern paper background.

To finish it up, I added cut strips of pattern paper to the top and bottom of the vellum piece and tied the card with blue twine.


These are the featured stamp sets used for these cards!!



GIVEAWAY!!

Did you catch the GIVEAWAY???  Use code WMN999 for a free 4 pack of the Mother's Sentiment strips (while supplies last!) with any purchase. This code will expire Sunday, 4/28 at 11:59 pm EDT. 

Keep on Hoppin!!!
Your next stop is to the amazing Laura Bassen!!


Thanks for stopping by!!!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Blossoms and Butterflies Release from Simon Says Stamp!


Welcome everyone!!! We've just released the Blossom and Butterflies collection of stamps, dies, stencils, and more from Simon Says Stamp!! 

I've created a couple cards to spark some inspiration. This first card uses the stamp set Wake Up and Make Up designed by Kristina Werner. This set is so fun!!!I stamped and colored the images, cut them out and mounted them to a strip of color blocked paper. Quick and Easy!!!


Do you like to color on the go??? I love this new set of Watercolor cards from Suzy Platamura. There are 12 cards in the pack, many of them large flowers. This cactus card tickled my soul... I watercolored first, then went around the images with a light grey Topic marker. 


You can check out the entire release HERE, or check out the individual links below. Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Fresh Bloom Release from Simon Says Stamp!!!

Ok... I think I might get the worst blogger award... and I deserve it!! I've been hiding under blankets and taking a vacation to avoid the frigid cold of Illinois. It stinks!!!

But I'm here to day to introduce you to the FABULOUS release from Simon Says Stamp called Fresh Bloom!!!

You can see the entire release HERE!


I've created a couple cards from this release that i think you'll enjoy. This first card uses the 6x8" Blossoming stamp set which feature a large Cherry Blossom image. I've offset it to the left, colored it with watercolors and then die cut a portion of it with a rectangle die. 


This next card is super fun. I've used the Cathy Zielske "Build a Buttercup" die along with the Buttercup stamp set for the greeting. I've colored each petal of the flowers with a blending tool and Distress Inks. 


I hope you're enjoyed these samples. I promise to be back to show you more. I'm active on my Instagram if you'd like to see more daily updates. 

Thanks for hanging in there with me!!!

And here it is.....Fresh Bloom!!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Comfort and Joy Coming at You!!


Welcome everyone to the Simon Says Stamp celebrating the Limited Edition Comfort and Joy Card kit!! If you're coming from Nichol Spohr's Blog, then you're in the right place. 

This kit is pack full of amazing goodies to make cards and tags for Christmas. You can check out the details HERE. For the hop today, I've created two cards featuring stamps and ephemera.

First up is a card that is just layered elements from the kit. I've cut up some of the papers to add to the mix to create my arrangement all set upon a Kraft tag. 



For this next card, I gold embossed the Poinsettia background on a panel of Desert Storm cardstock and added layers of the Tim Holtz ephemera to create my layout. To finish it off, I added Gold Stickles to the tree. 



I just LOVE layering and creating arrangements on my cards!!!

Below is a list of all the blogs to visit today. 


Your next stop on the hop is to JESSICA FROST-BALLAS

Enjoy!!!


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Ornate Ornaments Christmas Card

Hello everyone! Happy November!!!!! I can't believe how quickly this year is going by! Can you?

I've been asked a lot about this card as to how I made it. I'm so sorry I didn't shoot a video, I was in a card making frenzy and forgot. Sooooooo I'll give you some brief step by step instructions.

  1. I started off stamping the ornaments onto Tim Holtz Distress watercolor cardstock with Simon Says Stamp Clear ink and used Simon Says Stamp Silver embossing powder, then heat embossed. The ornament at the bottom is stamped onto Tonic Imperial Blue cardstock. 
  2. Then I used my Mijello Mission watercolors to paint in the areas, using blues, greens and purples.
  3. I die cut the ornaments out with the coordinating dies.  and strung white crochet thread through the holes of the ornaments.
  4. Next I cut a panel of Silver Tonic cardstock to 4x5.25 and mounted the ornaments to it with foam tape. I wrapped the string to the back or the cardstock and secured them down with tape.
  5. The Silver panel got mounted onto a Simon Says Stamp Top Folding notecard with some foam tape to lift it up a bit. 
  6. To finish the card off, I added some confetti using Simon Says Tacky Craft Glue. 
I've listed all the supplies below for your reference, I hope you enjoy and have a great day!!!

SUPPLIES:

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Halloween Limited Edition Card Kit!!

Welcome everyone!! Are you ready to start creating some Halloween projects? I've got some fun inspiration for you using the
Limited Edition Halloween Card Kit: Frightful Fun!!

This is a super fun card kit with everything needed to created cards, goodie bags and decorations for Halloween. I've created 3 quick and easy projects using this kit.

To start off, I've die cut 3 Ghost Boo's using Halloween color cardstocks, and placed them onto a black panel. I white embossed the Happy Halloween greeting, added a Pebbles puffy sticker and this card is complete!


Next, I used the Pebbles Inc. Spooky Boo die cut pieces to create an arrangement, then cut our one of the panels from the Spooky Boo 6x6 printed papers. This is a nice mature card for adults. 


Finally, I created a goodie bag where I've die cut the Ghost Boo through the kraft bag and papers. I decorated the front with additional strips of papers and die cut shapes. I filled one of the American Crafts treat bags with some flavored popcorn and slid it it in and folded over the top securing it with an additional die cut shape and spider clip. 


This is a limited edition card kit, so you may want to act fast!!

I hope you enjoy!!!

Sunday, September 09, 2018

STAMPtember® Exclusive Concord & 9th!!


Hey everyone!!! Welcome back to my blog!! I have another STAMPtember® inspiration card for you using the ADORABLE 
Monster Hugs Stamp set from Concord & 9th. 


I've tried to channel my inner Debby Hughes by watercoloring the stamped elements of my card. I challenged myself by using only two paint colors and trying washes and concentrated values to get dimension, shadows
and highlights. 

Once my paints were dry in the balloons, I stamped a light tone hearts using Surf Blue and Fog ink.


The Monster Hugs stamp set is really fun, it has messages that can be used for all kinds of occasions. 

Thanks for stopping by, I hope I've added some inspiration to your day! Enjoy!!

Thursday, September 06, 2018

STAMPtember® Exclusive Gina K Designs!!


Welcome back everyone!!! I'm back with another Simon Says Stamp exclusive STAMPtember® stamp set. Let me introduce you to the Gina K Designs Joy of the Season !!! It's gorgeous and perfect to jump start your holiday cards. 

I've created a simple card that I can create multiples of. Simplicity is sometimes best, especially for the holidays.


I've white embossed the trees onto some printed paper then blended in some light tones of Distress inks to make them pop against the light paper. I stamps a few snowflakes (which the trees resist) in the same Distress ink colors. 


I have filmed a video of the process that you can view below or on my YouTube channel HERE


I hope you enjoy this beautiful stamp set from Gina K. Thanks for stopping by, I'll see you again soon!!

STAMPtember® Exclusive Sugar Pea Designs!


Welcome everyone!! I'm loving STAMPtember... seriously, so many fun things to play with. Today's featured stamp set is the Cuddly Cacti from Sugar Pea Designs

I did a bit of masking to create a grouping. These are one of the easiest sets to mask with their straight edges. Just remember to start with the images you want to be in front first and work towards the back.


I've pulled out my Mission Mijello watercolors to paint these sweet beauties. I kept it simple with basic painting and added concentrated color for shadows. I also used some warm grey Copics to outline the images for a little bit of dimension. 


Thanks for stopping by. I'll be back tomorrow with another exciting stamp and die set. ENJOY!!