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Fun With Foil

Hello crafty friends!! Please join me for a new challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  This week the challenge is

Make Your Own Background

We are showcasing Brutus Monroe Products this week.  If you have any of these products, we’d love to see them used, but it’s certainly not a requirement to join the challenge. 

As always, the generous folks at Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $25 voucher to one randomly selected winner to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store.  You can enter 5 times which means you can make 5 different projects following this week’s prompt and have 5 chances to win a shopping spree!! Sounds like a win/win to me!! I’ve linked all of the supplies that I used at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

 

I love playing with foil. I used Brutus Monroe Purple Sketch Deco Foil for my background.

I started off with a piece of black card stock and Lavender card stock. I used Deco Foil transfer gel with my Reverse Hearts stencil and set them aside to dry. Once they were dry, I used my mini minc machine to transfer the Brutus Monroe Purple Sketch Deco Foil onto my card stock.

Once they were cool to the touch, I used one of Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Rectangle dies to both backgrounds to give them a nice stitched border.

I used the gorgeous Holographic card stock and cut out my sentiment which is the You Are Loved die by Simon Says Stamp. I used black card stock as the shadow die. I attached it to a side folding card base and I was done! Easy Peazy.

For my next card, I did the same process only this time I used the Chunky Happy and Chunky Birthday dies for my sentiment.

Instead of the holographic card stock, I used Lavender and Black Card stock.

I attached it to a matching lavender side folding card base and I was done with card number two!! Sounds fairly easy, right? Well, that’s because it was! I think it took me maybe an hour to make both cards. The most time consuming part was gluing all of the letters in place.

So now it’s YOUR turn. Happy Crafting!!    

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Love You, Too Blog Hop

And oh what a release it is!! I am elated to be a part of Day 2 of Simon Says Stamp’s Love You and Love You, Too release!! Today I’m sharing a card with you that I made using the adorable Magnolia Cottage stamp set. I’m having some health problems at the moment so I only have one card to share with you for now, but as I’m able, I’ll be using a few other goodies from the Love You, Too release so stay tuned!! YouTube tutorial coming soon as well.

If you’re hopping along, you probably came from the lovely Lorraine Aquilina’s blog if not you may want to start at the beginning on the Simon Says Stamp Store Blog 

Be sure to check out Day 1 of the hop for so much more inspiration!! I’ve listed all of the supplies that I used to make this card, including links, at the bottom of this post. I also have some GIVEAWAY info. that I’ll share later in this post.

For my card, I started out on some copic friendly card stock and masked my way through stamping my image with my Misti 2.0. I wasn’t sure how well I’d be able to ink blend on this particular paper but I was pleasantly surprised when it blended just fine (I planned to just fussy cut it out if needed). After masking off my image, I ink blended Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon Distress Oxide inks.

Before I unmasked everything, I splattered my background with some Liquid Stardust to give it some sparkle

I copic colored my image with colors that I thought would go well with the yellow and orange background. Once I was done with that I used a Rounded Rectangle Infinity die to give it nice rounded edges.

I attached my card front to a top folding card base. Then I added a little extra sparkle to the flowers with my Aqua Shimmer Pen. The background just wasn’t enough sparkle for me.

As a final embellishment, I added a few Assorted Moonshine Sequins and finished them off with just a touch of Nuvo Glitter Drops in Silver Moondust.

Now, I have TWO AWESOME GIVEAWAYS to share with you!! Use the code HUGS4U2 when shopping in the Simon Says Stamp Shop and get a free Faraway Hugs stamp set with a $100 purchase. This offer will expire on January 18 @ 11:59pm EST and is available while supplies last. See the image at the top of my post for all the details.

Giveaway No. 2 there is a $25 coupon at every stop on the hop from our blog comments so please leave some love as you hop along to be eligible for your chance of winning a coupon.  A winner will be chosen from my comments and the winners will be posted over at the Simon Says Stamp Blog on Wednesday, January 20th.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!! I hope you all enjoy the loads of inspiration that can be found at the Love You and Love You, Too galleries. Please share your work in our galleries, we LOVE to see what you all create!

Well, I’m the last one on the hop today so if you missed any of the stops on this hop you can find them all on the  Simon Says Stamp Store Blog 

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Holiday Friends

Hello crafty friends!! Please join me for a new challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  This week the challenge is

Christmas Critters

We are showcasing Mama Elephant Products this week.  If you have any of these products, we’d love to see them used, but it’s certainly not a requirement to join the challenge. 

As always, the generous folks at Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $25 voucher to one randomly selected winner to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store.  You can enter 5 times which means you can make 5 different projects following this week’s prompt and have 5 chances to win a shopping spree!! Sounds like a win/win to me!! I’ve linked all of the supplies that I used at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Happy Holidays my dear friends!!! This might be my last post for a couple of weeks so I wanted to go out with a bang. I’ve got ongoing health issues that now require me to be hospitalized for awhile so I’m not sure when I’ll be back. But I wanted to say Happy, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Happy New Year and all that good stuff before I go. I’m so thankful that you actually take the time to ready my posts and view my cards, it means a lot to me.

I decided to make not 1 but FOUR cards this week featuring these adorable winter friends from Mama Elephant. I hope you enjoy them and have a very safe Holiday!!

I used the Mama Elephant Fuzzy Hugs stamp set to create my cards this week. For this card, I lightly ink blended a background on Bristol Smooth Card stock with Speckled Egg Distress Oxide ink. I wanted to keep my cards mostly white this week. I think it makes the red really pop. I colored these cuties with my copic markers.

Using a Forest Border die by Lawn Fawn, I cut my background trees out of this beautiful Pixie Dust Sparkle card stock. The Merry die is also from Mama Elephant I found it in my stash today.

I used Mama Elephant’s All Prettied Up Creative Cuts die for my card front and an oval die in the center.

I attached everything to a side folding white card base and added a few Arctic Breeze Pearls as an embellishment.

I used the Basic Set Creative Cuts die for this next card. And then I ink blended Milled Lavender Distress Oxide ink for the background.

I used Simon Says Stamp’s Fa La La die and some silver glitter card stock for my sentiment. I thought the Drifting Stitches Borders die would be a perfect backdrop for these little love bears. And since it’s a Christmas card, I had to add a little bit of chunky glitter to my snowy hills.

I colored these love bugs with copic markers and added a little Unicorn Confetti Glitter to the puff ball on his/her hat. I attached everything to a side folding card base.

To finish it off, I added a few of my favorite Arctic Breeze Pearls.

I used Peacock Feathers for a light ink blend on this one. The sentiment is from the same Fuzzy Friends stamp set. I used the Large Falling Snow Stencil and some texture paste to add a little snow fall. I added a little warm glow to the top of these bears so that the light from the lamp post would reflect off of them.

Once again I used the Basic Set Creative Cuts for this card and attached everything to a top folding card base.

For my final card, I used the All Prettied Up die again and ink blended Blueprint Sketch for my background.

I also used the Merry die by Simon Says Stamp and some Ruby Red Mirror Card to make that sentiment pop. I thought it would be fun to add a little snow a different way so I just used a glue pen and placed dots of glue here and there and then poured some Unicorn Confetti glitter all over it.

I attached everything to a top folding card base and added a few Arctic Breeze Pearls to finish it off.

now it’s YOUR turn. Happy Crafting!!    

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Let It Snow

Hello crafty friends!! Please join me for a new challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  This week the challenge is

Let It Snow

We are showcasing Lawn Fawn Products this week.  If you have any of these products, we’d love to see them used, but it’s certainly not a requirement to join the challenge. 

As always, the generous folks at Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $25 voucher to one randomly selected winner to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store.  You can enter 5 times which means you can make 5 different projects following this week’s prompt and have 5 chances to win a shopping spree!! Sounds like a win/win to me!! I’ve linked all of the supplies that I used at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

 

I think these cutie patootie bears and the stitched den dies are made for each other! Well, they probably are, but I totally understand why. It’s so cute!! I wish I had more room for a few of the other accessories in the stamp set, but I just couldn’t use them all. I added a few to the inside just to liven it up a bit.

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Die-Cember is Here

Hello crafty friends!! Please join me for a new challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  This week the challenge is

Fun With a Die

DieCember® is a very special month in the Simon Says Stamp calendar and this week we are showcasing some of the new release of DieCember® Craft Dies and previous release dies! If you have any Simon Says Stamp Dies we would love to see them used. You can view the entire new release by clicking any of my links above or just scroll down to the bottom of this post.

As always, the generous folks at Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $25 voucher to one randomly selected winner to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store.  You can enter 5 times which means you can make 5 different projects following this week’s prompt and have 5 chances to win a shopping spree!! Sounds like a win/win to me!! I’ve linked all of the supplies that I used at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

I made several cards using this new Hello die by Simon Says Stamp and CZ Design. It’s always good to have a card or two on hand just to send someone to say hello and I really like this new hello die with a matching shadow die. Plus I had my stencils out anyway so I had a little fun with it.

I used Nuvo Glacier Paste in Sea Sprite for the first three cards. I had never used this paste before and I LOVE it!! It’s so pretty and shiny. I took a piece of Midnight Green card stock and my Tumbling Leaves Stencil and created this beautiful background. Next I cut the top layer of the hello die out three times and stacked them together to get a little dimension. I used another piece of that midnight green card stock for the shadow die. I cut my card front out using a Nesting Rounded Rectangle Infinity die by Hero Arts and attached it all to a top folding card base.

I repeated my background on a piece of Onyx Black Pearlescent card stock by Tonic Studios. For the sentiment, I used my Mini Minc Machine to foil that top layer. I cut an additional two layers out of plain black card stock to get that dimension. I attached everything to a top folding black card base.

For my next card, I thought I’d change up the stencil so I used the Geometric Arcs stencil by Simon Says Stamp.

Everything else was the same except I used plain black card stock as the background.

Look how beautiful that shine is!! The Nuvo Glacier Paste and the sage colored foil go very well together.

For my last card I wanted to try out some texture paste so I mixed a little Speckled Egg Distress Paint and some Crackle Distress Texture Paste and created this fun background.

I used the In the Round Stencil and sat back in amazement as this dried. I just think it’s so cool how that crackle paste works!! It looks awesome!! I used a SSS circle die to cut out just a portion because I wanted to keep this super simple. I used a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and a piece of 110 lb. Neenah Solar White card stock to cut out my background layer and attached it to a side folding card base. I also popped the circle up on some craft foam so I had to attached a few black foam squares to the bottom of the sentiment so that it was level with my circle.

To finish off this card, I added a few Nuvo Jewel Drops in Sea Breeze as a little embellishment.

So now it’s YOUR turn. Happy Crafting!!    

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Below is the entire DieCember release. Happy shopping!!

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Foxy Slimline

Hello crafty friends!! Please join me for a new challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  This week the challenge is

Anything Goes

We are showcasing Penny Black Products this week.  If you have any of these products, we’d love to see them used, but it’s certainly not a requirement to join the challenge. 

As always, the generous folks at Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $25 voucher to one randomly selected winner to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store.  You can enter 5 times which means you can make 5 different projects following this week’s prompt and have 5 chances to win a shopping spree!! Sounds like a win/win to me!! I’ve linked all of the supplies that I used at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

  How adorable is this little fox with his scarf? I love him!! The mouse is from an older Penny Black stamp set called Jolly Friends. The fox and the tree sold me on this stamp set though, it’s called Snowfield Friends. There’s just something about Charlie Brown Christmas trees that gets me all nostalgic. And I couldn’t wait to use this chunky glitter by Simon Says Stamp called Unicorn Confetti so this card came together very easy for me this week.

I haven’t been able to make any Christmas cards yet this year so I was super excited that we had an Anything Goes challenge this week. Last week’s challenge was Christmas but unfortunately I couldn’t participate thanks to my ongoing health problems so I knew right away what kind of card I was going to make this week. I hope you like it and I hope everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

So now it’s YOUR turn. Happy Crafting!!    

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Thanksgiving Slimline

Hello crafty friends!! Please join me for a new challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  This week the challenge is

Thanks/Thanksgiving

We are showcasing Pink Fresh Studio Products this week.  If you have any of these products, we’d love to see them used, but it’s certainly not a requirement to join the challenge. 

As always, the generous folks at Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $25 voucher to one randomly selected winner to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store.  You can enter 5 times which means you can make 5 different projects following this week’s prompt and have 5 chances to win a shopping spree!! Sounds like a win/win to me!! I’ve linked all of the supplies that I used at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

 

Happy Fall Y’all!! It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve been able to make a card. I had yet another health scare. You guys should know that if I don’t post every week, then I’m having health problems. Plain and simple. I’ve been feeling great since my last surgery in June up until about 2 weeks ago. I just started to feel like I was dehydrated, which happens all the time. I go in for fluids and I’m good to go. But they always do blood work just in case and this time my blood work came back not so good. My kidneys aren’t functioning properly and my sodium is super low, even though I was going in every other day for a bag of fluids. So of course, they shipped me down to the San Francisco Emergency Room because they just don’t know what to do with me up here. Long story short, we’re keeping an eye on it. They don’t know why it’s happening. I have malabsorption problems so that could be it but we don’t know for sure. But I’m feeling better and I was starting to dream about crafting again so I knew it was time to get back in my craft room and create.

I don’t usually make Thanksgiving cards. I love the Autumn colors, but I always have a hard time creating something Fall-ish for some reason but I decided to just go for it this week.

For this card, I started out with a piece of Arches Cold Press Watercolor paper and I had purchased the PinkFresh Studio Slim Diagonal Stitched Rectangles die to use for this challenge but I could not find it for the life of me so I ended up using the Wonky Stitched Wilderness die by Trinity Stamps. I took the Thanks Autumn stamp set and I heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. Then I masked off the right side of the image and embossed it again so that it would fill the entire background.

I used some color burst powders that I had in my stash to color this beautiful image. I took some gold watercolor paint and splattered it all over the background along with a dark brown.

I had this gorgeous blue embossing powder in my collection that I thought would pair perfectly with these Autumn colors so I heat embossed it on a scrap piece of vellum and then cut it out with the largest of the sentiment labels die.

I took some double sided adhesive strips and placed it on the back of each letter so it would stay nice and smoothly popped up but hidden from view.

I added a few golden sequins and added a little Honey Gold Glitter Nuvo Drops in each center. I attached my card front to a Soft Navy background and attached it to a top folding card base. I used Neenah Desert Storm 100 lb. card stock for my base.

I still wanted to use Pink Fresh Studios so I used the Hugs and Good Vibes stamp set and stamped the envelope so that it reads, “Sending you a big hug with a fold in the middle.” I love that!! That sentiment is the reason I bought this stamp set.

So now it’s YOUR turn. Happy Crafting!!    

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Laughing Zoo Crew

Hello crafty friends!! Please join me for a new challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  This week the challenge is

Layer It Up

We are showcasing Paper Rose Products this week.  If you have any of these products, we’d love to see them used, but it’s certainly not a requirement to join the challenge. 

As always, the generous folks at Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $25 voucher to one randomly selected winner to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store.  You can enter 5 times which means you can make 5 different projects following this week’s prompt and have 5 chances to win a shopping spree!! Sounds like a win/win to me!! I’ve linked all of the supplies that I used at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

 

I have a fun, but simple card to share with you this week. I decided I needed these Laughing Animals in my life. I love laughter, I love seeing people laugh, I love hearing it, I have been known to start laughing myself even if I don’t know what’s so funny, just because hearing my loved ones laughter makes me do it as well.

For starters, I took a piece of Tim Holtz Watercolor Card Stock and I stamped these funny guys using Ranger’s Archival Jet Black Ink. I thought they would be really fun to watercolor using distress inks so I started with some Scattered Straw and Walnut Stain and I watercolored my giraffe. Next I colored my elephant with Pumice Stone and added a few shadows to my zebra using Hickory Smoke.

I cut the image out using a Stitched Mod Rectangle die since I didn’t have the matching die. I added a little color to the sky with Tumbled Glass and finished off the bottom with Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron.

I added some foam tape to the back and popped it up on some patterned paper. The patterned paper matched perfectly! I felt it needed a bit more color so I added everything to a piece of Teal card stock. That wasn’t quite enough color for me so I picked out a bunch of colored card stock and using the Slimline Scallop Frame die by Simon Says Stamp, I die cut the Happy Birthday out of each color. The colored card stock I used was Doll Pink, Orange Peel, Banana, Green Apple, Island Blue and a purple I had in my stash.

Now I had my color, but I needed some sparkle, some shine. I went over each letter with a glitter pen and topped them off with some Nuvo Crystal Glaze. That combination adds the PERFECT amount of sparkle and shine. To finish it off, I added a few beautiful aqua pearls from Studio Katia called Bora Bora. Lastly, I added a pink bow for a little extra sparkle. I attached everything to a top folding card base.

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The Boo Crew

Hello crafty friends!! Please join me for a new challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  This week the challenge is

Make a Card + Envelope

We are showcasing our very own Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Products this week.  If you have any of these products, we’d love to see them used, but it’s certainly not a requirement to join the challenge. 

As always, the generous folks at Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $25 voucher to one randomly selected winner to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store.  You can enter 5 times which means you can make 5 different projects following this week’s prompt and have 5 chances to win a shopping spree!! Sounds like a win/win to me!! I’ve linked all of the supplies that I used at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

 

Halloween is going to be so different this year. I usually get our street closed down and we pass out candy to half of the population of our little town but this year… will be different. Everyone that I’ve talked to is not passing out candy this year, including us. It’s not worth the risk. But since we aren’t passing out candy, I decided to make a few Halloween cards this year. I usually don’t make any for Halloween but I wanted to feel that Halloween spirit one way or another.

I’ve never done an envelope before. I mean, I’ve stamped a couple things on the outside but never have I ever gone to this length to decorate an envelope. I loved it!! Now if only I could address it in a beautiful calligraphy or hand lettering. Hopefully someday!! For starters, I cut a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock using a Wonky Stitched Rectangle die and then I started ink blending Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch and Black Soot distress oxide inks. I set that aside to dry.

Once it was dry, I splattered water on it with my Distress Sprayer and to add a little extra sparkle, I flicked on Lawn Fawn’s Liquid Stardust. I set that aside and moved on to the grass. I ink blended Forest Moss and Peeled Paint distress inks and cut out the shape of hills using a hill die from my stash. I made sure to cut the bottom with the Wonky Stitched Rectangle die so that it would match the top part of the card.

Next I moved on to the coloring. I colored all of my images from The Boo Crew stamp set with my copic markers, including the Boo Crew sentiment. Then I fussy cut everything out. I didn’t leave a white border around my images so I took my Black Memento Marker and drew around all of the edges of each image.

Next I heat embossed the second part of my sentiment with white embossing powder and popped both up on some black foam squares. Before putting everything together, I heat embossed the spider and spiderweb (also from The Boo Crew stamp set) with black embossing powder.

Lastly I glued everything together and added a few bats for good measure. I was ready to move on to the envelope. I really wanted to use all of the adorable trick or treater’s in this set, but I didn’t want my card to be too crowded so the few that I didn’t use on the card, I used on the front of the envelope.

I used a white Simon Says Stamp slimline envelope and I added a piece of scrap bristol card stock to the inside of the envelope so that all of the coloring wouldn’t go through. First I stamped all of my images and then I masked them off with masking paper.

I ink blended the same colors that I used on my card. I removed the masking paper and copic colored my images. The envelope was a little difficult to color on only because I’m so used to using only copic friendly card stock. But it was nothing to be concerned about. It still turned out so adorable!! To finish them both off, I added some Aqua Shimmer Pen on both ghosts and a few of the witches accessories. This was my best attempt at photographing the glitter.

Since my card base is black, I added some Fog card stock to the inside which I die cut using one of the dies from the Slim Diagonal Stitched Rectangle set and stamped a few more images. I colored the candy corn on the inside and left the rest uncolored.

So now it’s YOUR turn. Happy Crafting!!

   

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Jingle All The Way… To the New Release

It’s another new release at Simon Says Stamp!!! It’s called Make Merry and you and get there by clicking HERE or scrolling down to the bottom of this post. All I want to do is make Christmas cards now!! What a beautiful release this is!! I LOVE seeing all of the holiday goodies and I couldn’t wait to place my order.

I know I’m a little bit late sharing this, life gets in the way sometimes but I did make a card and I’m excited to share it with you.

I used the Good Cheer stamp set from the new release to make this card. I also used Chunky Christmas and the Large Falling Snow stencil.

To start out I took a piece of Sea Glass card stock and used a slimline die called Slim Diagonal Stitched Rectangle to cut it to size. Then I took the trees from the Chunky Christmas stamp set and the ‘Jingle All the Way’ from the Good Cheer stamp set and heat embossed them with Silver Hologram Sparkle. I didn’t like it on the ‘Jingle All the Way’ so I heat embossed it again but this time with silver embossing powder.

I ink blended Peacock Feathers and Chipped Sapphire distress oxide inks around the edges. I then used my Faber Castell Polychromos colored pencils and colored in the Jingle with a few pink pencils.

I still didn’t like the way the ‘All the Way’ portion of the sentiment looked so I decided to heat emboss it one more time only this time I did it on black card stock with white embossing powder. Third time is a charm!! I loved the contrast that this provided. I popped it up with a couple black foam squares to add some dimension.

Once I was happy with the coloring, I went over it with my glitter pen to add a little extra sparkle. I used the Large Falling Snow stencil by Simon Says Stamp and some embossing paste and added a nice light layer of snow.

I added a few Silver Pearls for an embellishment.

To finish off my card, I added my card front to a top folding card base measuring 8.5″ x 3.5″.

Below is a list of all of the products I used to make this card and right below that is the entire new release by Simon Says Stamp. You gotta check it out, there’s so many awesome stamps and dies and stencils in this release!! Happy Shopping, my friends!!

I’m also entering this into this week’s Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #160.

MAKE MERRY RELEASE