Sunday, January 21, 2018

Roses and Forget-me-Nots

As soon as I saw the new Altenew Rose Flurries dies, I jumped - it has everything you need to make beautiful bouquets!  Here's my first card with them.

Roses and Forget-me-Nots

supplies: Cotton Candy and Desert Storm card stock, (retired) Doodlebug Rainbow cardstock assortment for flowers and leaves, Altenew Rose Flurries dies and Painted Greetings sentiment, Impression Obsession Wooden Plank, VersaFine Onyx Black and Vintage Sepia inks, Simon's Stitched Rectangle die

The flowers are 4 layers deep, which gives them a natural dimension off the card.  And they're all easy to assemble - what a great set of dies!   The only down-side is that now we need to find card stock that comes in 4 shades of each color........


Hope you're having a great weekend!   Sorry I've been missing in action this month - hopefully I'll be getting back to speed soon.  Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Simon Says..........Add a Sentiment


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

This week we want you to add a sentiment!  The team and I are showcasing Clearly Besotted products!

These flowers reminded me of apple blossoms, so they were colored accordingly.

SSS Jan 17

supplies: white card stock, Bristol paper, Clearly Besotted Beautiful Friend II clear stamps, Zig markers and water, MFT Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle die, sticky back foam

Who can resist daisies in a canning jar?  I stamped them on kraft paper and colored them with pencils.

SSS Jan17

supplies: white, black, and kraft card stock, Doodlebug green gingham dp, Clearly Besotted Delightful Day daisies, jar, and sentiment, Simon's Stitched Rectangle die, (retired) MFT Blueprints 20 banner die, green swiss dot ribbon

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, January 15, 2018

Birthday Butterflies

Here are 2 cards for some birthday girls this month.........both using butterflies and a variation on the same sketch.

supplies: white and black card stock, Doodlebug pink and purple dot petite print, Calais Butterflies, sentiment from Brush Stroke Messages, tiny heart die, Audrey Cutaway  scalloped die, adhesive foam squares

I inlaid the butterflies into the scalloped panel, then lined them with purples and pinks, scattering a few little die-cut hearts.

For my 2nd card, I changed up the butterflies, stamped ones this time, but the other supplies are the same.

supplies: white, black, and Audrey Blue card stock,  (retired) Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Antique Flowers and Butterflies, colored with Chameleon Cool Tones markers (BV4 Blue Violet) and Blue Tones Color Tops (BG3 Turquoise), Simon's Brush Stroke Messages, Audrey Cutaway scalloped die, adhesive foam squares to lift butterflies

I finally got myself some Chameleon color tops to add to the set of markers I already have, and had a little play with blending.  They are fun!

My cards for the next couple of months are going to be simpler than usual, as we are in Florida, and I left lots of supplies at home.  Hope you'll bear with me.......

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Simon Says..........Use Patterned Paper


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

Our challenge this week is to use patterned paper, and what better company to highlight than Doodlebug?!  Their 6" paper pads are perfectly sized for cards.  I have 2 for you today, with some bright colors to lift our winter doldrums!

SSS Jan 10

supplies: white and Doll Pink card stock, various Doodlebug 6" paper pads, Simon's Summer Flowers and Love and Friendship clear stamp sets, retired MFT Blueprints 20 die (banner) and Winnie & Walter Audrey's cutaways (xo die), adhesive foam squares

I used a strip quilt design for my background, edged it with x's and o's lined in pink, and then just added a flower and sentiment banner.

Next up, a super simple design that you can do in 10 minutes or less.  

SSS Dec10

supplies: white cardstock, a Doodlebug floral and a pink gingham from Gingham/Linen Rainbow Petite Prints paper pad, Simon's Smile Circle die, Pretty Pink Posh Scallop Border die

If you visit here often, you'll remember that I love all things gingham, and mixing a gingham with a floral like this makes me smile big!  This Gingham paper pad is a must-have - it has 24 different ginghams, ranging from pinks through greys and black, and everything in between, and the reverse is a solid linen look.  

This would be a good design for a quick set of cards.....just change the colors of gingham for each one!

The scalloped die cuts a scallop edge, with an inner stitch line - I just hand-cut along that line and then separated the 2 pieces a bit when I attached them to my floral base.  

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!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Simon Says..........Something New


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

Welcome to the first challenge of the New Year!  Our theme is Something New, and we're showcasing Hero Arts products.  I'm celebrating all the wonderful things about winter with some new (to me) Hero Arts stamps.

SSS Jan 3

supplies: white, dark green, and Simon Surf Blue card stock, Hero Arts Winter Silhouettes clear stamp set, VersaFine onyx black ink, tumbled glass, pine needles, and evergreen bough distress inks, ink blending tool, Simon's Falling Snow stencil, Nuvo Moonstone glimmer paste

This Winter Silhouette stamp set has lots of images of children playing in the snow - I chose only 3 of them, plus one of the trees in the set and made myself a little skating rink in the woods.  

There's nothing more lovely than those big fluffy snowflakes that fall during the winter and that's where this next card came from.  I wanted to capture the feeling of peace I feel when we have a beautiful snowfall that makes the world all bright and fresh again.  And since it's the New Year, I thought that this lovely Hope sentiment was a perfect's new, too!

SSS Jan3

supplies: white and silver glitter card stock,  Hero Arts Hand Drawn Snowflakes Bold Prints cling, VersaMark and white embossing powder, salty ocean and blueprint sketch distress inks, ink blending tool, Simon Hope diesYour Next Stamp silver glitter gumdrops

Now it's your turn.  As always, we have another $50.00 gift voucher


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

Monday, January 1, 2018

Simon's January Card Kit

Happy New Year!  I'm thrilled to be moving into the new year with my favorite kind of card - for Valentine's Day!

My card uses a few of the supplies in the latest Card Kit.  I LOVED this particular floral paper from the Pebbles design papers in the kit, and used that as my inspiration.  I paired it with a sentiment and the tiny hearts in the new stamp set, along with my own stamped roses with die-cut leaves, to mimic the roses in the paper.

Jan Card Kit

supplies: Cotton Candy, Doll Pink, Lipstick Red, and Mint cardstock, floral dp from Pebbles Forever My Always paper pad, sentiment and tiny stamped hearts from new Really Like You stamp set, (all in the kit), along with roses from Roses for You and Partial Cut Leaf dies, Stitched Rectangle die

The background is a very dark brown, and I followed suit, using an Espresso distress ink for my stamping.

Here's what this January Card Kit looks like, and as of this writing it's still available!  Be sure to check out our Gallery for more ideas!

January Card Kit, Shari Carroll

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Looking Back at my Favorite Cards from 2017

For many years now I have continued a tradition wherein I revisit my personal favorites of the past year.  I hope you'll enjoy seeing them once again, too - if you need any details, just click on the photo, and you'll be taken back to the original post.  I'm beginning with last January and moving forward in the calendar - you can see the seasons change as you scroll down......let's get started!

TT Sunflower Bunch


Card Concept Lim & Aqua

A Blog Named Hero, 5th Anniversary

TT April 14 Rose Border

Paper Smooches May challenge

SSS June CK#2

Camp Create Day 2

SSS June 21

TT July 7

From My Heart

A Little Dose

SSS Aug2 Splatters

Beachy Wreath

Wood Hello 2

Hello Fall

TT Sept 29

for Yvonne

for Mary Anne

Winter Cheer

SSS Nov 29

SSS Dec 6

Woodland Wreath

Flowers continue to be my first love, followed closely by wreaths, plaid and gingham, and woodgrain planking.  I notice I evidently have retained my love of blues, too, but lots of color for the most part makes me smile when I'm creating.  And I still use a fair amount of printed papers.    

A door closed this year when Tammy Tutterow's Creative Team dissolved.  She is well-represented here, and I will sorely miss the inspiration she and the others on that team gave me.  Comments and visits continue to dwindle, as do the number of my posts compared to years past.  I wonder what will happen with blogging as the future unfolds?  I'm as guilty as anyone of not spending the time I used to visiting blogs, but I truly do think they represent each of us better than the quickie fixes of IG and FB.  The world just keeps spinning faster and faster and we along with it, a sad state of affairs in my opinion......

I'd love to hear your thoughts, and please share a link if you do a similar year-end post.  I send hugs and thanks to my loyal visitors, and wish all of you a Happy, Healthy, and Creative 2018!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Simon Says..........Anything Goes!


Happy Wednesday!  Welcome to our last challenge of 2017 at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

Our theme this week, as always at the end of each month, is Anything Goes, and the team is showcasing Lawn Fawn products.  I've used a favorite little stamp set and matching dies today, along with some other Lawn Fawn goodies.  I used the plaid as my guide for a color scheme, and kept the colors low-key and soft.....

SSS Dec 27

supplies: white, glitter white, Simon Surf Blue, and Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Winter patterned paper, Lawn Fawn Winter Sparrows stamps and matching dies, Zig markers, Lawn Fawn Stitched Snowflakes dies,  BirchPress Design Let It Snow die, glue pen and prisma glitter, Memory Box Pinpoint Rectangles

The sentiment dies are made so that you can also emboss them to make it look like there is snow across their tops - I emphasized this by adding some glitter to them with a glue pen.  I did the same on the middle bird's hat.

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!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Five for Friday! A Sad Farewell

Tammy has decided to bring our creative team to a close.  She has made this team fun, and it was a pleasure and a joy to be part of it - it's been one of my best experiences, and I'm heart-broken that it's coming to an end.  I adore Tammy's designs, they all come from  her heart, and am in awe of my teammates talents; I loved seeing how each of the team interpreted Tammy's designs.  I am going to miss our official Friday posts, but I'll be using Tammy's products forever - they are that timeless!

I have 2 cards for our final Five for Friday today, both of them in the colors of the season.

TT Dec 22

supplies: cream, green, and Schoolhouse Red card stock, striped paper from Authentique Retro Christmas, Rejoice cling stamp, Zig markers to color, Martha Stewart Doily Lace punch, clear Wink of Stella pen, tiny gold pearls

This stamp could be used for many situations, but I chose to make a Christmas card this time - we certainly have so many things to rejoice for at this time of year!   I simply colored it in reds and greens, with a bit of yellow for the stars, and added a bit of twinkle with a Wink of Stella clear brush. The panel was then added to this seasonal stripe along with some punched lace.  The trio of roses on each side of the card was separately stamped, cut out, and lifted above the base, adding some little gold pearls.  This is a big stamp, so my card turned out to be 6" X 5 1/2".

My final card is for Tammy and uses one of my favorites of her designs - she and I share a love of hearts and flowers, so I thought this card would serve to let her know how fortunate I felt being a part of her journey......that tiny sentiment at the bottom says it all.  So charming!

Final Five for Friday

supplies: Bristol paper and a burgundy dot dp, Tammy's Thank You cling stamp, Zig markers to color, spun sugar distress ink to shade heart, buttons, Memory Box Pinpoint Rectangle die

And this card serves to thank you for supporting our team during our time together......

I hope you'll visit Tammy's Blog to see what my teammates have made - prepare to be wowed!  And Tammy, I wish you all the very best - I know we'll be seeing lots of your designs going forward!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Simon Says........Party Time!


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

This week we want you to get your party on and show us something festive!  We are showcasing Simon's exclusive products this week.

I wanted to make a card that would work for any happy occasion, though with New Year's on the way, I wanted to make it extra festive, so I did that by adding glittery papers to my design.

SSS Dec 20

supplies: white, Simon's Audrey Blue and Doll Pink cardstock, silver, raspberry and turquoise glitter card stock, Simon's Birthday Bits clear stamp set (sentiment, stars),  silver, Simon Doll Pink, and Audrey Blue inks, Liquid Platinum embossing powder (sentiment), Tammy Tutterow Party dies, Simon's Holiday Shapes die (stars), MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle die

I cut my hat pieces from silver and raspberry glitter card stock, (used a circle die from my stash for the dots on the hat) and pieced it together.  The sentiment was embossed for more sparkle, and after affixing these 2 elements, I stamped star confetti all around, adding some stars cut from the glitter papers also.

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!