Hello there, friends. I have a couple quick cards to share with you to kick off the newest release from Simon Says Stamp called Friendly Frolic. The background stamp that I had to work with is called Folk Dance Background stamp and I actually had a lot of fun playing with this one.
I wasn’t too sure about it at first, only because I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do with it, but then the stamp just kinda took over!
I heat embossed it, I watercolored it, I stamped it. The only thing I didn’t do that I wanted to was ink blend over the embossed image. I just ran out of time so I’m sure you’ll be seeing that in the near future.
Ok, I’m just going to throw some images at you for now because I’m still working on a video for these. As I’m typing this, it’s almost 2 a.m. and instead of staying up all night and getting it done, I’m just gonna get a few hours of shut eye and be back at it bright and early… in a couple of hours. I’m realizing that I’m getting too old to be pulling all nighters. I just can’t do it anymore. It takes a toll on me, that’s for sure. So please come back and check it out soon!! (hopefully later today)
Thanks so much for stopping by. Below I’ve listed all of the products that I used for these cards and below that is the entire new release so be sure to check it out. There’s some lovely new stamp sets that I can’t wait to get my hands on. If you see something you like, just click on it and you’ll be brought right over to the Simon Says Stamp store.
Hello my friends!! It’s that time again for a new Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. My goodness summer is flying by. I don’t want it to. I wish summer was twice as long as it actually is. Wouldn’t that be amazing? Well, it would for me because it’s not scorching hot here in Northern California, but I’m sure some of you may disagree with me… We top out at 80 degrees most summers.
This week the challenge is
We are showcasing Art Impression Products this week so if you own anything from Art Impression, I encourage you to use it. If you don’t, that’s ok too. You can still play along and be sure to add your link to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog.
Hi guys!! Yes, it’s time for a new challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. Thank you for joining us last week for the Fun in the Sun Challenge and we hope you will join us again this week too.
This week the challenge is
Use a Die or Punch
We are showcasing Birchpress Design Products this week. You don’t have to use them to join in but if you have some we would love to see them used.
Each week Simon Says Stamp generously gives away a $50 voucher to one randomly selected winner to use at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp store.
To finish it off, I added a few iridescent bubbles by Studio Katia. They are so pretty and coordinated beautifully with the color of the card. I popped it up on some white craft foam and attached it all to purple card stock.
When I started this, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to ink blend over this background stamp or watercolor so I made a couple backgrounds using watercolor paper and a couple using bristol. These first two are made using watercolor paper.
Since I had the watercolors out and another heat embossed background, I decided to make another card using different colors.
I’m really happy with how this one turned out too. I heat embossed this one with black embossing powder and then added my watercolors.
I am still madly in love with these dies that include a shadow die. I used black card stock for the shadow and gold glitter card stock from Simon Says Stamp for the word Hugs. The rest of the sentiment is from the You + Me stamp set by SSS, which has been discontinued, but is still available in the store at this moment.
I popped the entire card front up on some black craft foam. Added that to a black card base and I was done.
And for the last card, I went in a different direction.
I made these alcohol inked sheets a few weeks ago and they’ve just been sitting on my desk so since the Hugs die was the main focus this week, I thought it would be fun to do a simple design. I used Amethyst, Purple Twilight and Wild Plum alcohol inks with touches of gold foil.
I used the Stitched Scallop Basic Edges by MFT and popped the white part of the card up on craft foam. I cut a 2″ x 4.25″ chunk of the alcohol inked sheet and attached it to the bottom of my card base. I cut the shadow die with the same sheet and the Hugs using 110 lb. Neenah solar white card stock.
I went over the word Hugs with the Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen to add some sparkle and then topped it off with some Iridescent Bubbles. Can you tell I’m a little obsessed with the iridescent bubbles right now??
And just a reminder, we have our Summer Vacation Kids Challenge going on right now for the entire month of July. Click here or on the image below to be taken to that challenge.
I chose to make a shaker card this week. I used the Summer Days stamp set by Mama Elephant along with the Framed Tags Madison Avenue die for the frame. I also used an older die called Stitched Clouds to cut out my sand but I don’t think that die is available any longer.
As usual, I didn’t really know where this challenge would take me when I sat down to make it. I started out by watercoloring the adorable animals with some distress inks but I wasn’t really liking how they turned out. So I pulled out my Faber Castell polychromos colored pencils and added some details to them.
I especially love how the palm tree turned out.
I tucked the cute little pig on the inside.
Below is a process video if you’d like to see how I made it. You’ll see what mistakes I made along the way and what I did to fix them.
Hi guys!! I have important information to share with you today. Simon Says Stamp is hosting the Summer Vacation Kid’s Challenge where we host a special challenge dedicated to our young designers.
ANYTHING GOES WITH SPARKLE
It is time for all you crafters to let your children loose in your crafty corners for a few hours. Just close your eyes and set them free to explore their creativity. Adults are allowed to help just a little bit if necessary, but we really want the children to ‘DO IT’ themselves as much as possible.
You can enter as many times as you like, just remember to add your link into the inlinkz system at the bottom of this post on the Simon Says Stamp blog! If you have several entries on the same post add ?1. ?2, ?3 etc at the end of the url and they will be accepted into the system.
The Design Team all love this challenge and are ready and waiting to pop over to your blog to see your creations!
This challenge is open to all children aged between 2 and 16 inclusive
We have not 1, not 2 but 3 surprise parcels of crafty goodies, hand picked by Simon. All winners are chosen at random, Good Luck to all!
Hello!! Happy Sunday to you!! I’m not used to posting on Sunday’s, but I’m super excited to share this adorable card with you made by my adopted son, Bubby. I say adopted because we love him like he’s our own. Bubby is 10 years old and he’s actually made quite a few cards for me. He’s so sweet and has a huge heart.
He made this card after watching me use distress oxide inks on a card I was making. He thought ink blending was so cool and wanted to give it a try. I think he did a pretty darn good job for his first try!! He used Simon Says stamp Heart of Roses die along with Seedless Preserves, Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Inks. The sentiment is from my stash.
I created this fun little watermark for him so now he’s official.
If you share your creation oninstagram, please add this hashtag so that we can find you #ssskidschallenge
This challenge will remain open until 6pm EST on 29th July. The winners will be drawn at random as soon as possible after the challenge closes.
THIS CHALLENGE IS FOR CHILDREN ONLY. Please Note: creations submitted by anyone over the age of 16 will be deleted. Please add the age of the child after their name e.g. Daniel age 6. Emma age 3
Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you on Wednesday with the newest Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!!