Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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


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


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


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


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!!"


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!


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

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!


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 


to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 1 lucky random winner of this week's challenge!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Hello, My Friend

Playing again with my new Layered Rose dies, this time in a much brighter version than before.

Layered Roses2

supplies: black and white card, various shades of yellow, pinks, tangerines and greens card and paint chips, Altenew Layred Rose dies, Impression Obsession Painted Stripes background, Audrey Blue ink, Winnie & Walter Hello cutaway, Avery Elle stamped sentiment from (discontinued) Simply Said Hello

This time the top layer of the roses and leaves were cut from the darkest of the color shades, as opposed to the black that I used before.  And again, I chose a large sentiment to go along with these large rose dies.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Rainbow Butterflies

My Simon Says Stamp April Card Kit arrived earlier this week, and here's my first card using it!

SSS April CK

supplies: white and black card stock, striped rainbow dp from Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow pad, Simon Butterflies stencil, picked raspberry, spiced marmalade, squeezed marmalade, twisted citron, mermaid lagoon, and wilted violet distress oxide inks, applied with finger daubers, sentiment from Simon's Beautiful Day stamp set, Doodlebug Rainbow Hearts Sprinkles

Sadly, the kit sold out almost immediately, but lots of the components are available still. 

Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Simon Says....... Floral Frenzy


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

Our challenge this week is "Floral Frenzy" and the team is showcasing Altenew goodies - Altenew has become my go-to company for beautiful flowers in both stamps and dies!  So I made one card using primarily dies, and another with stamps.

SSS Mar 21

supplies: white and black card stock, Altenew Rose Flurries and Creative Edges Lace dies and sentiment from Sewn with Love, pink and green paint chips, VersaMark ink and white embossing powder

I cut my flowers and leaves, assembled them, then moved them around on a white card panel until I liked the arrangement.  I then took a picture of it before I started attaching everything to my panel, referring back to the picture for placement.  I didn't save much room for a sentiment, but this teensy one fit in nicely!

Here's a card that is made from a color-layering stamp set and its matching dies.

SSS Mar21

supplies: white card stock, Altenew Flower Arrangement stamps and matching dies, Altenew Tea Party, Warm & Cozy, Sweet Dreams and Tropical Forest mini ink sets and Warm Sunshine for flower centers, aqua pearls

When I found out that we'd be highlighting Altenew this week, I was delighted to be able to pick out a new stamp set, but since there are so many that I would love to have, it was a difficult decision; I decided on this one because it had 2 great large sentiments included with the lovely layered flowers and leaves.  For that same reason I also chose the matching die-set also, mainly for those sentiments.

Now it's your turn!  Heidi has provided another $50.00 gift voucher


to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 1 lucky random winner of this week's challenge!