Thursday, May 16, 2019

Simon Says Stamp Celebrate You Blog Hop!

I am so thrilled to be a part of todays Blog Hop, celebrating Simon Says Stamp's newest release, Celebrate You! There are so many wonderful, pretty, and fun stamps and dies that celebrate all kinds of events that celebrate those "yous" in your life!!  
If you're following the hop, you should have reached here from amazing Amy Rysavy's blog!

I chose to showcase the very pretty Filigree Message Circle die, celebrating birthdays, for today's hop...

The first one, I simply used a gold embossed Filigree die underneath a die cut white panel with a gold embossed birthday sentiment from the new Tiny Words Birthday stamp set....
I embossed the die's image on a piece of shiny gold cardstock.  I then die cut the die on a white cardstock panel.  I adhered the white over the gold and adhered to a gold panel adhered to a card.  Here's a close up...

The second one I used markers to color an embossed panel...
I colored the embossed piece with markers, hand cut out, and then adhered to a layered , die cut that I die cut with circular stitched die.  I centered on panel with a striped piece of patterned paper on the top and bottom of panel. I used another sentiment from the Tiny Words Birthday stamp set...wonderful sentiment in this set!!   Here's a close up...

The third use for this pretty die, I die cut and layered like the second, but made into a gift tag!...
I layered the die cut and then cut out a couple times, then adhered to colored cardstock.  I used the circular die to die cut a "card" with it, and adhered to the layered white and blue piece. The "Happy Birthday" is a very cool sentiment stamp(love the font and size of this sentiment), from the new Big Birthday Greetings set!   Added some twine and ready for a birthday package:)!! 

My fun is above, yours is below!!
Simon Says Stamp will be generously giving a $25 coupon to one commenter from each and every blog on the hop, simply leave a comment for a chance to win!!  The winners will be chosen and be posted on the Simon Says Stamp Blog on Wednesday, May 22nd, so make sure you check the blog on the 22nd, to see if you're a winner!
The next stop on the hop is amazing Kathy Racoosin
   The list of participants of the hop are below.  If you get lost, you can head to the  Simon Says Stamp Blog...hope you will check out all the amazing artists' inspiration today!! 
                                          Lisa Addesa<------YOU ARE HERE
Before you head off to the next blog, don't forget the free offer from Simon that was in the heading...
Use code BTF842 to receive the Tim Holtz Butterfly adornments (while supplies last!) with any purchase!!...AND don't forget to head to the Simon Blog tomorrow for a second Blog Hop...full of lots of wonderful inspiration...FUN!!!

Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Celebrate You Release!

Today there is a new release over at Simon Says Stamp... Celebrate You!  I have made a couple cards with the fun new Rounded Corner Rectangles die set...
I left all the dies together as they came in their packaging.  I then die cut six colors of patterned paper from the total set of dies.  I then used every other size of die cut paper,  and layered those three with fun foam.  The other three, I layered on plain cardstock.  I stamped a sentiment from one of the new stamp sets, Chillin Frenchies.  I then adhered them to a card with rounded corners.  Here's a close up...
The second one, I used two of the rounded rectangle "frames" and off centered both of the rectangles...
I layered both of the colored rectangles and added a die cut "thanks", adding a stamped sentiment on black cardstock and white embossed.  Here's a close up...
Hope you will check out the new release over at Simon...it has amazing new stamps and dies that  are FULL of celebration!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Comfort and Prayers

I used the Simon Says Stamp Comfort and Prayers stamp set to make two sympathy cards...
This first one was inspired by a card I made EIGHT YEARS ago!  My sister found the card while cleaning my mom's house(I gave my mom a lot of my cards back in the day), and my sister decided to use it!  I was freaking out a bit as it was EIGHT YEARS OLD!  I STILL liked it!!  SOME cards ARE timeless. She also sent me a picture and...I found it on my blog and you can see it HERE...Iwas INSPIRED!!
 I put all the five sentiment stamps I used onto one acrylic block.  I stamped the sentiments onto vellum with versamark and gold embossed.  I wrapped the vellum over three butterflies stamped onto the card panel with dark gray ink.  I scored three lines on each side of the butterflies and sentiments.  Here's a close up...
 The second one just like the first with the sentiments, this time embossed with white powder...
 I also added the tiny butterfly to the top and bottom of the sentiments.  I adhered the vellum panel over some rainbow patterned paper.  I added a piece of black cardstock under the stamped and raised panel for definition.  Here's a close up...
Simply done sympathy...when we need these kind of cards...simply done is sometimes just the right thing!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Dahlia Heart Thanks

I used the beautiful new Birch Press Dahlia Heart Layer dies to make a thank you card...
 The Birch Press layered dies are SOOO amazing...three layers that compliment each other...how cool is that?!    I die cut all three layers, A, B, and C, in white and adhered them together.   I embossed the dark pink card panel with Layer A, then die cut three different shades of pink cardstock with A, as well.  I adhered the pieces from the three shades in a layered effect, the outer petals, dark, the next row lighter, then the third inner row of petals, the lightest pink.  I then adhered the white layered flower/heart over the embossed panel with adhered pieces.  I added a layered Birch Press "thanks" and stamped sentiment from the Memory Box Big and Little Words stamp set.

Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Butterfly Birthday

I used some butterfly stamps and letter dies from Simon Says Stamp's latest release, Blossoms and Butterflies, and made a birthday card...
 I used the Outline Butterflies background stamp and stamped in a dark gray.  I then used strips in the color of a  rainbow, and adhered them to some paper.  I then stamped the pretty butterfly from the Comfort and Prayers stamp set on vellum with versamark and white embossed.  I adhered the piece of vellum over the strips of cardstock and hand cut around the butterfly.  I loved doing it this way, as it would have been hard to stamp and white emboss the strips with all the possibilities of white powder getting in places it shouldn't have, then the added softness that the vellum gives being over the colored paper...I really liked it.  I liked it so much, that I die cut the Archie Junior Solid letter dies for "happy" from the same colored cardstock as the butterfly, and die cut the letters again with the vellum and attached the vellum to the die cut colored letters for the same soft affect.  Here's a close up...
Oh, I had fun with this one!!  
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Lotus Flowers

 I used the beautiful new Lotus Frame die from Simon Says Stamp's latest Blossoms and Butterflies release and made a couple cards to share with you today...
 The first one, I die cut three frames, adhered them together and then adhered them to a watercolor panel that I stamped, clear embossed and watercolor painted.  I used the new Sketchy Lines background stamp, stamping with versamark and clear embossed.  I added some Tonic Jewel drops to give some extra pretty to the lovely lotus flowers.  Here's a close up...
The second one, I filled in the flowers with non other than paint chips. 
I used three shades of pink  paint chips.  The pics I saw of some lotus flowers showed some with darker tips at the ends of the flower petals, so I used the darkest pink at the tips where I could.  I stamped a "happy birthday" on vellum and white embossed.  I adhered it around the frame, then adhered to a card panel that I had simply stamped the very pretty new Floral Mix background stamp with versa mark and let dry.  Here's a close up...
I love this frame, and although I love them all, this frame is probably my favorite of all the framed flowers in this new release!  Such great fun!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Monday, April 29, 2019

Bouquet of Roses Grateful

I have made a card to share with you today using the pretty new Simon Says Stamp Bouquet of Roses stencil, from the new Blossoms and Butterflies release...
 I had a thought when I set out to use this pretty stencil, I wanted to use embossing paste.  So, I used my white embossing paste, let it dry, and then set out experimenting how to color the paste(the first one I used to experiment on, I embossed a second time for this card).  I tried watercolor...nah.  Markers...nope.  Then, I thought, what if I sponged distress ink over the flowers and leaves?  Well...the first attempts...no go.  THEN, I put the stencil back over the dried paste flowers, masking around the flowers or leaves that I was sponging, to avoid the things I didn't want to sponge, and that was it!!  Something different for me, but I really like the look of these roses.  I used a Simon sentiment die and a sentiment strip to finish the card.  Here's a close up...
This was wonderful fun...and such a sweet surprise when I finished sponging!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Friday, April 26, 2019

Floral Mix Thanks

I used the beautiful new Simon Says Stamp Floral Mix Background stamp, from their latest release, Blossoms and Butterflies, to make a thank you card...
I used my Prismacolor markers to color the flowers of this uber pretty background stamp.  I HAD intended to make this background the FULL card, but I colored some leaves the color of a flower in the upper left hand corner and it looked SO BAD, so I cut a 1/2" off the length...so a popped up card...crisis and mistake averted!!   I added a CZDesign Thanks layered die cut sentiment with a vellum background.  Here's a close up...
Coloring a beautiful stamped image...so much fun...simply done, simply fun!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Floral Mom Frame

I used the new Simon Says Stamp Floral Mom Frame from Simon's latest release, Blossoms and Butterflies, along with some watercolor paints and made a card for mom...
 For those of you who know me, pastel colors are not the colors I work with often.  Somehow, though, I just had to try pastels with this beautiful Floral Mom Frame die!  I brushed four different colors of paint in various different places on the paper, then adhered a layered frame of die cuts over the colored paper.  I added some Tonic Jewel drops peeking through different places on the card for pretty bling.  Here's a close up... 
Such a pretty die...and makes for such a simply pretty card!!  Hope you're having a fun week!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Birthday Record Player

I made a birthday card for my amazing son-in-law who LOVES vinyl and record players...
This amazing die is from My Favorite Things...such a funnnnnnnn die...and I LOVE it!!   I used watercolor paper and sponged distress oxide ink and then splattered water on it, to make a cool looking record.  My daughter was showing me some of the vinyl records that Nic owns, and he has some that are wildly colored, so I thought this would be cool!  I used some wood veneer paper (old paper from Simon, but no longer available) for the player and silver cardstock for the knobs and needle.  I stamped Happy Birthday sentiment on vellum for the center piece...ok, not perfect, but had to bend the stamp a bit to get is rounded, so it wasn't perfect (believe me, I tried and tried, and tried).  This was sooooo much fun!!!  Here's a close up...
Hope you are having a great start to your week...PEACE!! 
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Monday, April 22, 2019

Happy Graduation!

I made a couple graduation cards with the new Outline Congrats die from Simon Says Stamp's latest release, Blossoms and Butterflies...
I used two layers of die cut black and blue (below) card stock letters, and one die cut gold layer of just the outlines of the die cut.  I die cut and layered the graduation cap from the new Congrats Grad die set.  I used a gold marker to put a tiny definition in the tassel(it's all about the details), and three layered die cut stars to balance and give some fun to the card.  The background is from a cool set of Simon stamps, Geometric Pattern Builder stamp set.  I thought it was just the right amount of background, giving some fun design to the card.  Here's a close up...
The same card done in graduation blue...
 Here's a close up...
A special thank you to all you who left comments about my mom
...it touched my heart!! 
Hope you are having a great start to this new week...thanks for stopping by!!
 Hugs!! Lisa

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Die Cut Letter Love!

I used the new CZ Design/Simon Says Stamp Archie Jr. Solid letters, from the latest Simon release, Blossoms and Butterflies, to make a couple rainbow cards!!... 
Can I just say, I LOVE THESE LETTERS!!!  They are small and the font is sweet...they are PERFECT for making longer words....I really love them!!!  I die cut white fun foam to layer these die cut letters, another thing that makes these letters SO easy to create with(I die cut the whole alphabet several times to have extra letters)...
I die cut the colored letters from paint chips...when making a rainbow with this many colors, paint chips make it easy to have lots of colors, and to have little pieces...for little letters. I adhered the paint chip letters to the fun foam die cut letters, and adhered them to striped paper, then popped up the card panel on top and bottom of the sentiment.  I added a couple die cut hearts for some happy love.  Here's a close up...

The second one, a thank you card, done just like the first...
 I used a piece of striped, rainbow, Lawn Fawn paper, that I cut from a diagonally striped paper piece, making the lines horizontal(I LOVE this paper!).  I added strips of black paper on the top and bottom for definition.  What is super cool about using paint chips for these fun die cut letters, you can match the letters to the patterned paper!  I don't know about you, but I don't always have cardstock that exactly matches the patterned paper that I use in cardmaking, so in this instance...Paint chips...PERFECT!!!  Here's a close up...
I may have said it before, but worth repeating...I LOVE these letters!!  So much fun, cards that say it all simply with a sentiment!!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa