Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Simon Says Make Your Own Background

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It's Wednesday...and it's time for a new Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge!!  I am thrilled to be a guest designer for another challenge this week!!
  The challenge this week is: Make Your Own Background
The challenge is showcasing Lawn Fawn products, and although not necessary to enter the challenge, if you have Lawn Fawn products to use on your cards, that would be wonderful!!
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The winner of the challenge will be given a $50 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp...sweet!!!

I made my own background with a set of Lawn Fawn border dies, Stitched Borders, that I embossed a number of times diagonally across my white cardstock.  The borders came attached, and I have not cut them apart, so it was very easy to emboss the four borders, and then move them all (the one piece), to emboss another four...
I then adhered a rainbow of cardstock strips together, and die cut the Lawn Fawn "thanks" die.  I layered the sentiment and added another Lawn Fawn sentiment from the Pizza My Heart stamp set.
I added some Tonic Jewel Drops for a little bling:)!  Here's a close up...

Such fun...who knew making backgrounds could be so much fun and be so easy!!
You have until next Wednesday at 8am (EST) to join the fun and create something amazing for this week's challenge!  
Hope, too, you will get connected to Simon's Wednesday Challenge if you're not already...a great way to stay inspired!! You can see what the amazing design team has created for this challenge by clicking the link above.
         
Simon Says Stamp
Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you have a great week!!  Hugs!!  Lisa
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Friday, February 16, 2018

Soft and Bold Under Vellum

I used the new Simon Says Stamp Cosmos Background stamp to make a couple cards.  They were made the same way, but have different looks...just because of color!  The first I used a soft pink...a monochromatic look... to color the cosmos...
 I stamped the large stamp onto a card size piece of vellum...5 1/2"x 8 1/2".  I DID that, so that I could cut some off the bottom, to get just the right panel of these pretty flowers I wanted on my card, and be able to fold and wrap the vellum over the top, to adhere the vellum to the back of the card. I colored on the backside of the vellum with markers...two shades of pink and added the Simon Thanks die in black and layered.  Here's a close up...

The second one was done just like the first, except with red, orange and yellow cosmos, and a white instead of black "thanks"....a much bolder look than the pink:)!...  
 You can notice the clear embossing over the black ink on both cards...it gives the cards a textured look, but the color comes from "below"...
Oh how I love coloring on vellum...such fun!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Picture Book Giraffe Baby Card

I am having so much fun with all the new Simon Says Stamp Picture Book animal dies!!  They are so cute, and so much fun!!  I used my Picture Book Giraffe die to make a baby card...
I die cut the giraffe in 3 different cardstocks...brown/kraft/tan...diecutting each twice for layering.  I adhered them together and adhered them to an embossed giraffe that I  hand cut out, to have a whole giraffe to adhere all the pieces to...
Here are a few pics to show you what I did...
Put the die on a piece of cardstock on an embossing pad, then put the second embossing pad with an acrylic plate over those(if you have a Big Shot)...
After running it through, the giraffe will look like the pic on the left, and then you cut him out, like the beginnings of the pic on the right, to have a whole, secure piece to adhere all the little die cut pieces onto.  Hope this all makes sense:)!

I added a cute sentiment from the Simon Cuddly Critters Accessories stamp set.  I used the Tonic Jewel drops to add a few drops of bling to this little cutie!!  The card is embossed with a piece of burlap.  Here's a close up...
Such FUN!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Simon Says Add A Die Cut

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💝Happy Valentine's Day!!💝
This is my second week as a guest design over at  Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge!!  
This weeks challenge is: Add a Die Cut
The challenge is showcasing Penny Black products, and although not necessary to enter the challenge, if you have Penny Black products to use on your cards, that would be wonderful!!
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The winner of the challenge will be given a $50 gift voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store...sweet!!!

I chose to make a card for this week's challenge with not only one of my all time favorite Penny Black dies, but one my favorite flower dies...Pinwheel.  I also used the Penny Black leaves dies to accent my flower...
I die cut and layered the flower, added a dotted center, die cut from the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Daisies die set and a Simon sentiment from the Thoughtful Messages stamp set!  I layered the scalloped circle from underneath and popped up the panel on the card.  I also lightly embossed the panel with burlap for texture.  Here's a close up...
Such fun...you have until next Wednesday at 8am (EST) to join the fun and create something amazing for this week's challenge!  
Hope, too, you will get connected to Simon's Wednesday Challenge if you're not already...a great way to stay inspired!! You can see what the amazing design team has created for this challenge by clicking the link above.
         
Simon Says Stamp
Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you have a great week!!  Hugs!!  Lisa

Saturday, February 10, 2018

I Believe in "You"nicorn

Unicorns are mythical animals, but as I learned on Ellen DeGeneres's show, Game of Games, unicorns are the national animal of Scotland!  I think they are cool...and there are lots of versions of the unicorns.  My favorite version of unicorns are, you may have guessed it, the rainbow ones...and any rainbow animal is one loved by me!!  I used the new Simon Says Stamp Picture Book Unicorn to make a rainbow unicorn...
I cut some strips of cardstock in a rainbow of colors, adhered to paper, then die cut the unicorn's mane.  I did the same for the unicorn's horn...small strips of gold cardstock, to make his horn with some texture, definition, and shape.  I die cut the rest of this fellow in various cardstocks, layered all the pieces, then adhered them onto an embossed and cut out unicorn.  I die cut the circle, and layered from underneath.  I used a piece of black cardstock and embossed some stars, then die cut three stars to put around the unicorn.  I searched my stash for a sentiment that went perfectly with this pretty pony, and found one in the Simon Handwritten Love stamp set.  Here's a close up...
This was sooooo muchhhhhh funnnnn!!!!   Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Lawn Fawn Flower Border

I recently got the Lawn Fawn Flower Border die, just thought it looked so cute!!  I have made three cards to show you that I made with this fun die! The first is the last one I made, the last is the first, and I'll tell you why in a bit...
This card uses a straightened border...this is what I did to it...
I die cut a couple white ones, and a green one for the stems and leaves, cutting them into a curved strip.  I cut off the green flower tops and adhered them to the white ones.  I then adhered them to a piece of white cardstock, straightening the curve to a straight line.  The cardstock will bend a bit,  but it's not going to show, so no matter...
I then layered a rainbow of colors of flowers that were cut from their stems , layered and adhered to the white cardstock pieces.  I embossed the card panel with a Papertrey Ink embossing plate and stamped a Simon sentiment.  I added enamel dots to the flowers.  Here's a close up...
The second one, I used the die as was, making very similar to the first, without the cutting and the bending.  I used pink and red cardstock for the flowers, and added enamel dots to the centers of the pink ones.  I stamped the My Favorite Things sentiment along the slope of the flowers...
Here's a close up...
Ok...now to the last, which was the first I made.  I made it with a black background, but I just LOVED and STILL LOVE the black background!!
 I just thought with the daisies, the white background kind of made the flowers disappear.  Both my daughters, when asked, one didn't like the black at all, the other said it was cute, but the black WAS kind of big.   I added the striped bottom to this version, and laugh, because it looks like a piano to me...hee hee!   I STILL like this one, though, and thought I would put it up anyway...just in case there was someone out there in blog land who may see things like me:)!! ...

Okay...the next I didn't even mention, but decided I just HAD to put it in this post!!   I made another after the one above.... and had to cut it short, because I didn't stamp the sentiment perfectly.  I added a...RED RIBBON!!!!...yes...a... ribbon!!!!!  I can't remember the last time I used a ribbon....ok...I don't mind sayting it...I like/liked it!!!!
I have just LOVED playing with this die...it is cute, fun, and has so many possibilities...Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Simon Says It Must Be Love


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I am thrilled and honored to have been asked to be a guest designer over at Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge for the month of February!!  
For the next four Wednesdays, I will be having fun making cards for each week's challenge!!
This weeks challenge is: It Must Be Love
The challenge is showcasing Simon Says Stamp products, and although not necessary to enter the challenge, if you have Simon products to use on your cards, that would be wonderful!!
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The winner of the challenge will be given a $50 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp...sweet!!!

My card is full of some sweet and "love"ly Simon Says Stamp dies and a stencil...
I used translucent embossing paste on a piece of cream cardstock, and after allowing it to dry, die cut the heart die and then layered it.  I used the flowers from the Simon Floral Burst Collage die for the flowers, and the leaves are from the Simon Forget Me Not flower die set (these leaves have become some of my favorite!).  I used the Simon I Love You die for the sentiment, minus the "I", die cut from the same textured cardstock as the card, and layered a couple times.  The flowers are dotted with enamel dots made from Tonic Studios Crystal Drops(I squirted the dots onto some acetate, allowed them to dry, removed them from the acetate and adhered to flowers).  Here's a close up...
Such fun...you have until next Wednesday at 8am (EST) to join the fun and create something amazing for this week's challenge!  
Hope, too, you will get connected to Simon's Wednesday Challenge if you're not already...a great way to stay inspired!! You can see what the amazing design team has created for this challenge by clicking the link above.
           
Simon Says Stamp
Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you have a great week!!  Hugs!!  Lisa

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Bear Hugs

Oh my...the Picture Book Love Bear from Simon Says Stamp is too...stinkin...cute!!!!  I love this little guy!!!  I made a card today that hopefully will make you smile as much as it did me...
I die cut and layered the parts of the bear twice, then adhered them to an embossed bear image that I cut by hand(so much easier for assembly that way, I've found).  I die cut the heart from the panel, stamped the sentiment, embossed with a piece of burlap,  then layered from underneath.  I added a piece of gingham paper behind the adorable bear, and put it all together.  Here's a close up...
Ok...sooooooo much fun!!!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Friday, February 2, 2018

Birthday Wishes for Her and Him

I made a couple cards to show you today, using the new Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday die from the Friends release, one for her...
 I used some polka dotted paper for the sentiment, die cut then layered.  I used the Simon Says Stamp Corbel Cut Border die and the mini flower dies.  I layered both and added two strips of black cardstock above and below the sentiment die for some added interest.  The "wishes" sentiment is from the Simon Thoughtful Messages stamp set.  Here's a close up...

...and one for him...
 I used the Mod Circle Frame die for a background (I used this on my rainbow version a couple weeks ago).  I used washi tape to cover some thin cardstock, and die cut the sentiment from that strip of washi.  I layered the "BIRTHDAY" die, added die cut and layered gold balloons on gold thread, and stamped the "wishes"with versa mark and gold embossed.  Here's a close up...
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa