Category Archives: Simon Says Stamp

Aloha, Cool Penguin!

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  • Stamps – My Favorite Things “Penguins in Paradise” set
  • Die – Spellbinders Nestabilities “Labels Twenty Eight”
  • Patterned papers – SEI “Bright Blossom” collection
  • Cardstock – Paper Accents
  • Copic markers

I colored this cool penguin with Copic markers and cut out the image with the Spellbinders die. I edged the image and the sentiment with a Copic marker matching the flower in the penguin’s drink. The patterned paper picks up the tropical, celebratory mood that the penguin is in. He has the right idea and is ready to kick off Summer this week. Thanks for visiting today!

Challenges:

Addicted to CAS Challenge #90 – Code word: Aloha

Love Handmade Cards Flickr Group June challenge – Diving into Summer

The Paper Players Challenge #300 – Celebration!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Blog Challenge – Animal Magic

 

 

 


Need a Coffee Break?

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  • Stamps – Technique Tuesday Coffee Break Seal
  • Cardstock – Ranger Manila
  • Distress inks – Ranger Old Paper and Walnut Stain
  • Pigment ink – Tsukineko Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer

I created this set of Artist’s Trading Cards (ATCs) for an upcoming exchange I’m participating in. A friend gave me the stamp set I used, which is the perfect size for trading cards! I started with the manila cardstock, which is the same stuff used for manila tags. I applied a layer of Old Paper Distress Ink with a foam applicator around the edges and then added the Walnut Stain Distress Ink and blended it into the other ink, around the very edges. I then spritzed some water on the craft mat and mopped up some water and Walnut Stain ink to make it look a little coffee-splotched–which is a technical term. I then stamped the seal in the center and added a coffee bean at each corner–all with the Delicata shimmery brown ink. I connected the beans with some freehand double-lines drawn in fine-line dark brown ink to pull the composition together. These cards are also very fitting for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Blog Anything Goes Challenge. I even showcased Technique Tuesday stamps! Thanks for visiting today.

 


Mixed Media Butterfly Birthday Card

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  • Dies – Sizzix Thinlets – Tim Holtz “Detailed Butterflies”
  • Stamp – Simon Says Stamp “Square Sayings”
  • Patterned paper – Basic Grey Lemonade Collection: “Pretty Petals”
  • Ranger – Dina Wakley Clear Gesso
  • Ranger – Tim Holtz Distress Crayons
  • Ranger Texture Paste
  • Stencil – The Crafter’s Workshop “Tiny Circles” 6 X 6″ stencil
  • Sequins – Simon Says Stamp – Assorted Moonshine
  • Inks Sprays – Dylusions White Linen, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist assorted colors
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

This was such a fun project! I made it over a period of time, since I created the background while playing with patterned papers, texture paste and stencils, and ink sprays with some friends. I made a lot of different backgrounds with many layers of ink and texture. Then I got my hands on the Distress Crayons and butterfly dies and put together some different butterflies to use on something someday, coloring the butterfly base with the crayons and cutting the details from a contrasting cardstock. I stared at my backgrounds and the butterflies and finally put the pieces together in this birthday card!  The final card fits perfectly for the current challenge at Simon Says Stamp for the Monday Challenge Blog Butterfly Beauty Challenge. Thanks for stopping by!


Daisy Tag

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  • Dies – Simon Says Stamp “Stitched Daisies”
  • Stencil – Ranger Dylusions “Fronds of  Foliage”
  • Tag – Ranger #8 Manila Tag
  • Distress Crayons – Ranger Tim Holtz: Chipped Sapphire, Seedless Preserves, and Mermaid Lagoon
  • Distress Inks – Ranger Tim Holtz: Chipped Sapphire and Salty Ocean
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Ribbon

This tag was my first experiment with Distress Crayons. I started with a manila tag and colored it with three different colors of the crayons, pretty much covering the whole tag. I spritzed it with water and blended the colors a bit. I applied Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink through the stencil in a few spots and then applied Salty Ocean ink all around the edges of the tag, blending all of the colors together. Along the way, I spritzed and splattered some water to add some nice spots! The focal point is the set of daisy die cuts from Simon Says Stamp, that I also distressed with Chipped Sapphire before adhering to the tag. I like how the ink picks up the faux stitching on the daisies. Thanks for visiting today.


Thank You in Three Pastels

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  • Dies – Simon Says Stamp – “Stitched Rectangles” and “Frames” (two die cuts from this set)
  • Stencil – Simon Says Stamp – “Circle Dots”
  • Stamp – Simon Says Stamp (designed by Hero Arts) – “Brave (OWH)”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill (white) and BoBunny “Passion Fruit Dot”
  • Inks – Ranger Distress Inks – Tumbled Glass, Spun Sugar, and Shaded Lilac; Hero Arts Ombre pad – Pink to Red (used on sentiment)
  • Bling – Hero Arts and Mark Richards

I created this card for two Simon Says Stamp (SSS) challenges. The Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #26 is to create a card using pastel colors. The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week is to create a project featuring three colors. So I made a card that has three pastel colors and lots of polka dots. I created the background by applying Spun Sugar and Shaded Lilac Distress inks through the SSS stencil. I then blended Tumbled Glass ink onto cardstock and die cut it for the sentiment. Three gemstones were attached to three of the background dots for just a little sparkle. I layered all of the elements onto polka dot-covered cardstock to tie it all together. Thanks for stopping by.


White on White with a Touch of Blue

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  • Dies all by Simon Says Stamp:
    • Stitched Rectangles
    • Merry Christmas
    • Melody Snowflake
    • Abby Snowflake
  • Ranger Distress Ink – Tumbled Glass
  • Sequins – Doodlebug Designs
  • Cardstock – Neenah Solar White

I created this card for the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Group Challenge #25: White on White with a Touch of Color. I immediately thought of Winter cards for this color scheme. I applied some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink with a foam applicator for a little contrast in the background for the snowflakes. I then added sequins and Wink of Stella sparkly ink around the snowflakes for a bit more frost. Finally, I layered the white “stitched” piece onto a white card. I really enjoyed making this card! Maybe it is because our normally mild Pacific Northwest weather was in the 90s once again today! Thanks for stopping by.

 


Chevron “Thanks” Card

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  • Stamp – Lawn Fawn “Chevron Backdrops”
  • Die – Simon Says Stamp “Stamptember Thanks”
  • Sequins – Doodlebug Designs
  • Bling – Silver metal 3 mm dots
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Ink – Hero Arts “Pool to Navy Ombre” ink pad

I created this clean and simple card using the Lawn Fawn chevron stamp that is great for backgrounds and used a die cut sentiment from Simon Says Stamp. I stamped the design with Hero Arts ombre ink.  The Addicted to CAS Challenge #68 was to use chevron on a clean and simple card. The Operation Write Home (OWH) – Our Daily Bread Challenge for July is a Thank You card. And I added a little bit of sparkle and shine to this card for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog. It’s a three-fer! What fun! This might be my last OWH card. Maybe. Thanks for visiting today!


Cheers!

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  • Dies – Simon Says Stamp – “Cheers” and “Frames”
  • Patterned papers – Bella Blvd. “Color Chaos: Peep Strandz” and Pebbles “Happy Day: Puzzled”
  • Cardstock – BoBunny and Bazzill
  • Sequins – Doodlebug Designs

This is a simple card featuring die cuts and no stamping. I began by watercoloring a panel with blues and deep pinks, then die cutting a shape from it for a background to be used for the sentiment. I used two pieces from the frames die set to create the “label” on which I placed the Cheers! sentiment. I selected some papers that featured the same colors that I used in the watercolored piece and accented the card with sequins and banners. The Simon Says Stamp Flickr Group Challenge #23 is to create a project using dies. This card also fits the bill for The Paper Players Challenge #254, which is to create a clean and simple card featuring frames. Thanks for stopping by today!


Happy Birthday in Rainbow Colors

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  • Stamps – Simon Says Stamp – “Happy & Smile” set and “Baby Party Animals” set
  • Stencil – Simon Says Stamp – “Grid”
  • Ranger Distress Inks: Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Crushed Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, and Seedless Preserves
  • Cardstock – Neenah

For the background, I applied each of the Distress Inks, one at a time, with a foam applicator through the grid stencil. I used a linear application to give it a rainbow look. I colored the animals with Copic markers. I created this card for the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #22, which is to create a card using the colors of the rainbow. Thanks for visiting today.


OWH Finishing Strong Bloghop

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Welcome to my stop on the Operation Write Home (OWH) Finishing Strong Bloghop on this Memorial Day Weekend! There are a lot of cardmakers participating in the hop, so visit as many as you can and check out the great assortment of cards and talent! Click here to return back to the Hop’s home. I’ve been participating in OWH by making cards since early 2011. I’m proud to say that cardmakers have made MILLIONS of cards for our Heroes

Operation Write Home, a charity that has supported heroes with handmade cards since 2007, will be closing later this year. All cards need to be sent in by August 1st, so I’m helping to get the word out!

Here is my card for the hop:

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  • Stamp – Simon Says Stamp “OWH Brave”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Labels Two”
  • Patterned papers – Echo Park “For the Record 2” (blue dots) and KaiserCraft “Tropical Punch Collection: Sunny” (red)
  • Epoxy stickers – Doodlebug Designs Inc. “Sprinkles”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I used OWH Sketch # 185 as a point of departure for this card. The color scheme is red, white and blue without it being a patriotic card per se. It is a very clean and simple design. Thanks for visiting my stop on the hop and have a great weekend! To return to OWH Stars and Stamp and to the bloghop, click here.