Friday, May 29, 2020

Crafty Hugs Blog Hop!

Today, Simon Says Stamp is having a Blog Hop to celebrate their newest release, Crafty Hugs !!  This release is filled with lots of wonderful stamps/dies and accessories, that will give crafty hugs to family, friends and heros when you create with them!  I am thrilled and, as always, so honored to be a part of today's hop, along with some pretty amazing artists!  We hope to inspire you to have some fun and give some crafty hugs of your own to others!  I have made two cards with the very pretty new Center Cut Hexagon Floral stamp... 
I stamped a large card panel with the entire stamp in my MISTI (you have to take the pad out of the MISTI to be able to stamp comfortably, as this is a cling stamp) with smoke gray ink.  I colored only the hexagons with the single flower with stem, then put the whole piece of cardstock back in my MISTI.  I wiped it with my magic bag to avoid any static cling, then stamped with versamark and gold embossed.  I die cut and layered the hexagons, and adhered to an almost 6" card.  I used a sentiment from the new Hexagon Greetings, also embossed in gold.  I colored the edges of the card with the marker that I used for the petals of the flowers, so the colors would be the same.  Here's a close up...

The second one, like the first, but simply used the center cut piece...
I colored, layered and then made the card lengthwise with the sentiment from the wonderful new Greetings Mix 2 sentiment stamp set.  I colored the sides the same as the I did with the first, but opted for no gold on this one. Here's a close up...
OK...my fun is above, your fun 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, June 3rd, 
so make sure you check the blog on the 3rd, to see if you're a winner!  
AND...the fun continues!  Simon is offering a FREE GIFT with any purchase during the Crafty Hugs Blog Hop!!  Use the code below to receive your free Rainbow Shattered Glass Deco Foil with your purchase...
   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!! 
One last thing before I go...there will be a second blog hop tomorrow, so make sure you check out the Simon Blog for more inspiration from more amazing artists!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Crafty Hugs Thank You

Today is release day over at Simon Says Stamp!  Their latest release, Crafty Hugs, is filled with lots of wonderful stamps/dies, and accessories, that will make giving "crafty hugs" to others so much fun!...
I used the new CZ Design Extra Large Thank You die, along with the new Thank You Background stamp for today's card...love them both!!  I die cut, layered and adhered the sentiment together, using a rainbow of cardstock strips for the sentiment's background.  I used part of a CZ Design sentiment from the Simple Sentiments 2 stamp set, stamped on black with versamark and white embossed.  I added clear Tonic drops and adhered the whole thing to a card with the Thank You background stamped in a light gray ink.  Here's a close up...
Such great fun, today!! Hope you will check back tomorrow and Saturday...a TWO DAY BLOG HOP over at the Simon Blog, to celebrate this new release!!  I just know you will be inspired!!  
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Monday, May 25, 2020

Happy Birthday Hoyas

My daughters both LOVE plants...and both have LOTS of plants.  I made a card for one of my daughters for her birthday using a stamp and die from Flora and Fauna of a plant she has and "loves"...the official name of the plant, Hoya Kerrii...sometimes referred to as "Lucky-Heart"...
 I stamped, die cut and layered the hearts.  I used the pot stamp/die from the retired My Favorite Things Sweet Succulents.  The sentiment is from the My Favorite Things Greetings Galore stamp set.  I popped up the stitched panel...here's a close up...
Then, I had an idea.  To keep the plant going into the card, I opted for another sentiment from the same set, and ...well, below, you'll see what I did...
It was such a fun card to put together...hope you are safe and healthy!  
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Saturday, May 23, 2020

A Spring Flower

 I used the very pretty new Simon Says Stamp Spring Flowers 4 stamp/die set from their newest release, Sunny Days Ahead, to make a card...
 These flowers have such classic beauty!! I had tried this flower in a variety of layouts with different papers and techniques, but I opted for a CAS card with a classic look and lots of white...it made me happy!!   I chose the gerbera daisy(loved the daisy image and it's stand-alone-size) and my MISTI to stamp, then color, then stamp again and emboss.  I stamped the flowers and leave with Simon's Smoke ink.  I colored the images, dried, then put the paper back in the MISTI, used my embossing bag, then stamped again with versamark and embossed with gold powder.  I LOVE this technique and I LOVE my MISTI(how did we survive so long without this amazing invention??!!)!  I layered them and adhered them to a stitched rectangle die cut(thought the stitched lines went with theh flower and leaves!).  The sentiment is one of my current favorites...it seems to be perfect on so many cards!  Here's a close up...
Hope you are having a good day wherever you may be today...stay safe!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Sunny Smiles

I used the adorable new Simon Says Stamp Under the Weather stamp/die set from their newest release, Sunny Days Ahead, to make a couple cards with "sunny smiles"...
 The first one, simply done, stamped, die cut, colored(the rainbow and sun), and layered.  I stamped the raindrops with versamark and sentiment with black ink, both clear embossed,  from the same set, on a light gray piece of cardstock.  I die cut the gray with one of the Simon A7 Thin Frame dies.  I adhered all the pieces to the gray, and popped up over a yellow piece of cardstock(that wonderfully went with the yellow of the sun!).  The card is 4x6.  I just had to have some space for the layout of the elements that I chose, so a bit longer card was key!  Here's a close up...
 Then, there's my second card with a very simple outside and a simple little surprise on the inside when opened.  Here's the video first...
I got the idea for this card from a card I had purchased a dozen years ago, but never sent.  It got stuck in the drawer I had it in, so I saw it again, the first time in MANY years, when I pulled it out from where it was stuck.  THAT card had a simple tiny heart cut out on the front of the card that showed yellow from underneath the cover.   When opened, the inside had a cute little sun(which is why the heart was yellow).  I STILL thought it was so cute, even after all these many years, so I had the idea to make something like that with this card...
I used the same sentiment, and a smaller A7 frame die, the same rainbow/sky image for the inside, along with another of the sentiments from the set.  Here's a close up of the inside...
I hope these made you smile a little today...here's to bright sunny days ahead!  Stay safe!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Sunday, May 17, 2020

A Rainbow of Bear Hugs

I sent a card to my daughter last week, and my 2 year old grandbaby carried it around with her all day.  I decided that I would make a card for my little Isla!  I used the new very cool Simon Says Stamp Quintuple Slider die from the newest Sunny Days Ahead release, a rainbow of papers...
...and some adorable little bear hug surprises...
This card came together over a two day stretch of time.  I had no idea what I was doing, but kind of knew what I wanted to do.  The die is very easy to put together and there are lots of videos for that on Simon's store website underneath the picture of the die.  My challenge came with design.  I knew I wanted a rainbow of colored papers, and die cut bears.   I cut the rainbow of papers in strips either exactly 1/4" or 7/16" so they would fit in each slot of the slider die cut.  The die has two heights for the five moving lines.  I adhered the  adorable die cut bears either at their heads or at their bottoms, to make them all line up at the same height  when they pop up.  Then, I used pop up dots 1/16" on the slider side, 1/8" on the bear side to give the top and bottom room to move.  I doubled the pull up die cut, adhering a second die cut to the first after I got the slider working, to hopefully give the card a little bit of a longer life with a 2yr old pulling on it๐Ÿ˜.  The letters are from CZ Design's Archie Jr Solid Alphabet dies...I thought their size and look went perfectly with the little bears. 
I DID make a couple mistakes, both having to do with the pull tab.  I didn't leave enough room to SEE it very well, before pulling up on it.   Then, I  made my card 5 1/2" long, not accounting for the height of the pull tab.    Neither was big enough to start over, but enough to tell you about.  I had watched Jennifer McGuire's video, and she HAD talked about cutting your card shorter to account for the tab, but I totally forgot. 
 Thank you to those of you who make videos!!  I don't get to watch many, but what I do watch, are so helpful and insightful, and I so appreciate!! 
 Here's a 10 second video I took of the card in action...
Hope you are all doing well in your part or the world....hang in!!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Remember the "Smiley Face"?

I purchased the My Favorite Things Big Smile die and coordinating sentiment stamp set a while ago, but decided to pull it out a couple days ago and made a smile card, based on the original yellow/black smiley face of the 70's...
 Super simple in design, dark yellow cardstock and die cut black letters.  I die cut and stacked the letters, and added glossy accents to the letters after adhering them to the card.  I added a stamped sentiment under the curved lettered "smile" and popped up on a stitched rectangle die cut.  Here's a close up..
Hope you're hanging in...me and mine are holding tight and all are well:)!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Happy You are My Friend

Today, I combined the old with the new Simon Says Stamp products to make a card for a friend...
I was looking through the sentiments on the new Reverse Mom Days sentiment strips, from the Sunny Days Ahead release, and loved the one that you see above.  I know it was originally intended for a mom, but I immediately thought of a friend!  I pulled out the Outline Friend die, released in the Diecember® release last year, and adhered some rainbow patterned papers together(because you KNOW rainbows make me HAPPY!), and die cut the Friend die from the rainbow paper.  I layered the die a couple times, and ahered to a final layer of white cardstock at the bottom of the layers.  I embossed the hexagon pattern from a very old(and sadly discontinued) Full Card Hexagon die.  Here's a close up...
Hoping you are doing well, wherever you are...please stay safe!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Monday, May 4, 2020

Hang In There

I had had the Simon Says Stamp Lifting Hearts stamp/die set on my desk for weeks, I HAD to make a card with this cute little turtle, combining it with a CZ Design sentiment, to encourage a friend during these times...
I stamped, die cut, colored and layered the turtle with heart balloon.  I used the Simon Says Stamp Clouds for Days stencil with some distress oxide ink, sponging some clouds for a background.  I stamped and clear embossed the sentiment from CZ Design's You Got This set, and adhered the turtle with some pop up dots to give him the look of floating.  Here's a close up...
It always makes me happy and feel so good to follow through with an idea and check it off my list of cards to make, and help lighten the load on my desk:)!  Such fun!  Hope you are staying safe and well!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Hugs and Love

I made a card today, with the new Simon Says Stamp Luck and Hugs stamp/die set from their newest release, Sunny Days Ahead!...
I LOVE the stamps in this set!!  I thought the flower from the set that I chose to use for my flower wreath was especially cute in it's design, I HAD to make a card showcasing this little cutie!!  I stamped and die cut the flower a dozen times, colored with markers, layered, and adhered them to a base that I had made from two circle dies...
I layered each flower with one more layer to give them some depth, and added a drop of clear Tonic drops to the center of each flower.  I used the CZ Design Archie Jr Solid Alphabet die set for the "hugs" and part of a sentiment stamp from the Tiny Words stamp set  for the stamped portion of the sentiment,  Here's a close up...
Hugs, love and rainbows...happiness!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

More Hugs

I made another card with hugs, today, using two Poppy Stamps dies and a Poppy Stamps sentiment stamp set...
 I die cut the Scribble Daisy Heart Frame.  I used my tombow adhesive runner and adhered all parts of the frame and flowers.  I then die cut a second frame and placed it on top of the adhsesive filled die cut.  I then die cut the frame again, in purple, and placed all the pieces of the flowers into the waiting adhesive filled die cut.  I then added one more die cut frame over the two, using glossy accents. I added the die cut and layered the Hugs Heart die, and added some tonic drops to the flowers' centers.  I used one of the perfect sentiments from the Greeting Basics sentiment stamps set.  Here's a close up...
Such fun...Hugs to you all!
Thanks for visiting me today!  Lisa

Monday, April 27, 2020

Hugs

I think hugs are something we could all use a little more of, these days!!  I have made a card to "give" some hugs, made with some cool stamps and a die from the newest Simon Says Stamp release, Sunny Days Ahead...
 There are so many cool stamps in the Luck and Hugs stamp set!  I used the "hugs" sentiment stamp, stamped die cut, colored, layered and added some Jewel Tonic Drops to the letters.  I stamped the square border stamp at a diagonal, using my MISTI for straight stamping!   I then stamped one of the smaller sentiment stamps below the die cut sentiment.  Here's a close up...
Hugs to you all, today, thanks for stopping by...stay safe!!            
 Lisa

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Congrats!

I have made a card with two new dies from the cool new Simon Says Stamp release, Sunny Days Ahead, for a much deserving graduate...
 I die cut and layered the very cool new CZ Design Extra Large Congrats and Grad Hat dies!  The "congrats" was die cut with black and gold cardstock, the hat in black and white, with a gold tassel.  The paper is shiny black, a scrap from a book of papers used in graphic design from a friend. The paper for the hat was also from  those papers, as well, except a smooth finished black paper.   I used one of the new Reverse Grad sentiment strips below the die cut sentiment.  The background was made with the Simon's Grid Play background stamp.  Here's a close up...
Celebrating Grads everywhere...YOU DID IT!!  Congrats!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Friday, April 24, 2020

Sunny Days Ahead Blog Hop!

I am thrilled to be joining a number of talented artists and card makers today on the Simon Says Stamp Blog, to celebrate Simon Says Stamp's newest release Sunny Days Ahead!  It is a release reminding us that there are Sunny days ahead, and celebrating those we love in our lives in the days to come, is sunshine!!  The cards that I have made for today celebrate Mothers...
 I have used the beautiful new Stylized Tulips die for both my cards today.  This die is so lovely...intricate in it's design, looks like a painting!  For the first card, I die cut and layered the die.  I used watercolor paper, and embossed it with the die, to give an imprint on the watercolor paper. I then used my watercolor paints, and painted the paper.  I adhered the layered die over the embossed and painted paper, and added Tonic Jewel drops and one of the new Reverse Mom Days sentiment strips, adhered across the tulip's base.  Here's a close up...

The second one, I used my much loved paint chips, as I wanted to give the tulip and leaves a "painted" look with paper, and the variety of colors in one paint chip allow for that... 
I used three shades of purple for the flower, and two shades of green for the leaves.  I adhered the paint chips to a bottom layer,  and added another die cut layer over the chips. I die cut the frame from the Simon A2 Thin Frames dies.   I used one of the pretty new sentiments from the Mom Word Mix 2 set of stamps, added tonic jewel drops, and popped the tulips  and leaves off the card just a bit for added dimension.  Here's a close up...
OK...my fun is above, your fun 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, April 29th, 
so make sure you check the blog on the 29th, to see if you're a winner!

   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!! 
Two things before I go...

1.  Simon is giving a free Simon Intense Black ink pad with any purchase until supplies last or the end of the day on April 26th!!  Use the code: sssink!
2.  Don't forget that there's a second blog hop tomorrow at the Simon Blog...hope you will check back for MORE inspiration!!
Okay...have a wonderful day...please stay safe...hop on!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa