Thursday, August 18, 2022

Dimensional Cube Stencil Birthday

I have made a card with the new Simon Says Stamp Dimensional Cubes Stencil set from their Dream Big release,  to make a more mascuine birthday card...with a little sparkle...
I used three shades of the Simon Saturated gray inks. and blended the lightest one to the darkest, the most open stencil to the one with single little squares being the darkest.  I used some gray glitter cardstock to die cut the sentiment, and layered with gray cardstock.  I ran my wink of stella brush marker to add some extra glitter, so the glitter really showed.  I cut down the squares a bit and adhered the sentiment on a piece of vellum, then attached it to the card panel.  Here's a close up...
This was alot of fun, it's always such a wonderful suprise when you stencil, and lift the stencil up after applying the ink with the blending brush!  
Thank you so much for stopping by, today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Party Birthday Candles!

I decided to play with a stencil set that I had purchased a while back, but have not yet had a chance to play with...Simon Says Stamp Party Candles...
I used 13 different color inks for these cute candles...yes, thirteen.  Two different shades of each of the rainbow of colors, and a second "yellow/orange" for the flame(sunbeam and then citrine).  I used the lighter shade for the full candle and the darker shade of each color for the detail.  
I hand cut both the candles and flames, and then randomly popped them all up on the card panel.  I stamped the sentiment, and black embossed.  I cut it into a strip and popped it up over the candles.  Here's a close up...  
Okay, I may have used a lot of inks, but what fun!!  Thought of putting some bling on the candles, but felt they were "good" on their own, but if you decide to try this, you might choose to use some bling!  
Thank you for coming by my blog today...so appreciate your time and interest!! Hugs!! Lisa

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Fab Floral Plate Happy Birthday

I have made a birthday card with the fun Simon Says Stamp Fab Floral Plate die, from their 
I first embossed the plate onto a piece of cardstock...so I had the flower images.  I then used the old MFT Stamps Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot Background stamp(so sorry, but doesn't appear to be available any more), stamped with versamark and white embossed, over the embossed plate cardstock.  I then used a rainbow of colors and the new Simon Detail Round Blending Brushes to give color to the flowers.  I adhered three layers of die cut plates over the colored flowers, and added a silver, layered Simon happy birthday die cut!  Here's a close up...
Rainbow anything, but especiallyflowers, ALWAYS make me so happy!  Hope you had a great weekend!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Leafy Birthday

I have used the beautiful Simon Says Stamp Layered Rose Leaves dies, from their Dream Big release,  to make a metallic, shiny leaf filled birthday card...
I die cut the two leaves each in gold, silver and a glossy black cardstock.  I also die cut the same amount in white to layer each leaf.  I adhered them in a random pattern after stamping the sentiment from the Soaring Birthday stamp set.  I popped up the panel on a card, and added some black Tonic drops.  Here's a close up...
I was and still am a little on the fence about the colors of this card, as my one daughter told me the colors make this card one for an older person(which I am, as is most everyone I know), but I thought the colors are classy, not old.  I love the three together, and to celebrate a birthday, I was no less in love.  Would love to know your thoughts!  I can take it! 😁
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Friday, August 12, 2022

Floral Stem Two Ways

I have made a couple cards with the wonderful Simon Says Stamp Floral Stem die from their Dream Big release...one watercolor, the other simply marker colored...
I used watercolor cardstock, and embossed the floral stem image onto the paper.  I then used my watercolors to color in the petals and leaves of the stem.  I added a stamped sentiment, from the Big Day stamp set.  I used the same cardstock, and die cut another two stems, and adhered them together.  I then adhered them to the watercolored panel.  I added some jewel tonic drops to add some bling and here's a close up...
The second one, I made into a daisy stem, which only required coloring one flower center, and the leaves...
I layered the outlines just as I had the first card, and although I know both the little flowers look a little off being totally white with no centers, I wanted to keep them all daisies, see as it is a stem, not stems.  I adhered it to a stamped background, made with the pretty new Talavera Vine background stamp, stamped in Simon Fog ink.  I added some enamel accents and added a stamped sentiment from Soaring Birthday, made into a strip, popped up over the stem.  Popped up the whole panel on the card.  Here's a close up
This die makes me so happy...sweet, pretty, and so versatile...lots of fun to create with!!  
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Terrace Floral

I have used the Simon Says Stamp Terrace Floral Embossing Folder/die to make a card for a friend that I have been missing alot!  The set is from Simon's Dream Big release!
If you know me, you know I love daisies.  I could not pass up the opportunity to make this die cut and embossed flower into a daisy...but hey, it looks like one, so a pretty easy create!  I embossed the whole folder in gray.  I then die cut the flower and leaves.  I put that flower into the embossing folder and embossed it.  I then colored it with markers, layered and adhered it to the embossed gray panel.  I used a Simon sentiment  stamp, then after embossing with black powder, I hand cut it out, and popped up on panel.  Here's a close up...
A pretty simple, easy card, but love how it turned out...the daisy "pops", and is the star of the card...sweet!  Hope you have a great weekend...gonna be a nice one in my part of Virginia...can't wait!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Blooming Tree Christmas

I have made a Christmas card with the pretty new Spellbinders Blooming Tree Hot Foil plate/die set, from their Glimmer Greetings Collection, and their Happy Occasion Word dies...
I am loving Hot foil dies, of late, and this one is wonderful.  I originally simply colored the flowers and leaves of this tree.  I decided simply coloring the flowers and leaves didn't give the tree enough life/color, it "needed" something more, so I colored the tree!  I addded the die cut and layered sentiment.  I adhered them to a panel that I had used my old but much loved Cuttlebug snow embossing folder, then adhered that to a marker colored (the same green as the tree), and gold stripped card.  I added some white enamel accents, and Tonic Morning Dew drops to the flowers and berries on the tree.  Here's a close up...
Hope you have a bright and shiny rest of your week!  
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Parcel and Post Hearts

I have made a couple cards using the Spellbinders Parcel and Post Heart Decorations from the Parcel and Post Collection...
I used the trio of heart dies from this cute set of dies for both my cards, and the "LOVE" sentiment die set on this first one. My sister told me to make a rainbow with all the hearts, and I thought that sounded perfect, so that's what I did!   I used 7 paint chips that had three shades on them, and die cut the set of three hearts from each of the shades...21 cuts.  I used the lightest shades for the smallest hearts, and the the darkest shades for the largest hearts.  I layered each of the hearts twice and adhered them in a rainbow over the layered "LOVE".  I added some Tonic jewel drops on the heart and popped up over a black panel and then card.  Here's a close up...

The second one, I used the leftovers from the first...
I layered the hearts, then adhered the smaller, darker hearts over the larger.  I used a Simon Says Stamp sentiment stamp, stamped with versamark and black embossed.  I adhered the hearts to the panel and poppped up over the card.  Here's a closeup...
Hearts and rainbows...doesn't get much more fun or loved  than this, for me!  Hope you are having a super weekend!! Thanks so much for taing the time to stop by!  Hugs!  Lisa

Sunburst Thank You

I've made a card with the Simon Says Stamp Sunburst and Photo Play Thank You dies, for a requested thank you card for my daughter to give to a friend...
She wanted a thank you card with a sun, and for it to be melon colored....the Simon Sunburst was my first thought to create the card she was thinking of.  I die cut, blended the inks, and layered the sunburst,  I cut it down before layering...kind of liked the border that it created.  I added a cool die cut and layered thank you, and done.  Simple and I have to say, I think it turned out kind of  cool!  Here's a close up...
Hope you have a sunny day...but not too hot, although I am recently having a hard time imagining the not too hot part...ha ha!!  
Thanks for taking a look today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Monday, August 1, 2022

Ginko Leaves Birthday

I have used the new Simon Says Stamp Intricate Biloba Leaves Hot Foil/die set, from their new Dream Big release, to make a birthday card...
I hot foiled the leaves, then colored with two shades of teal colored markers, after being inspired by some leaves on Etsy.  I layered them and then die cut and layered the CZ Design Happy Birthday die in gold.  I adhered them to the card panel and popped up the panel on the card.  Simplicity is happiness!   Here's a close up...  
Happy August...looking forward to an amazing month!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Lemon Zest

I have made a card with the pretty new Simon Says Stamp Lemon Zest die set, from Simon's newest Dream Big release!...
The card was made by die cutting the lemon from yellow cardstock and layering.  I simply used a yellow marker to give the lemon some added shading on the far side.  I also scored the leaves to give them some definition.  I used the lemon die piece to emboss the card panel, after stamping a CZ Design sentiment that I thought went perfectly with the pretty lemon.  Here's a close up...
Having a quiet weekend...rain and thunder as I write...the rain is so badly needed, so a great night!!
Thank you for stopping by today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Bitty Birdhouse Welcome

My daughter had wonderful new neighbors move in next door and asked me if I could make a card for them.  I pulled out my Simon Says Stamp Bitty Birdhouse die set and a perfect CZ Design sentiment die and stamp, and here's what I came up with...
I had used these dies before, and made a card with a rainbow of houses.  Seeing as it was for just-moved-in neighhbors, I opted to make it more house color appropriate, and I wanted an A2 card.    I liked my idea even better after I was inspired by the wonderful card made by Laura Bassen that I originally saw on the Simon Store website, HERE on her website, found when I couldn't remember if there was a "welcome" die, went searching and saw her card!  I layered each piece of each house, and then popped up the houses on the card panel.  I adjusted them on the panel to "fit" the layered welcome die cut.  I added a sentiment stamp from a CZ Design coordinating set, popped up the panel on the card, and done!  Here's a close up...
Love to have wonderful dies to be able to pull out, and make a fun card when needed!  Hope your weekend is great!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Friday, July 29, 2022

Sword Fern Die

I have made a very simple card with the beautiful new Simon Says Stamp Sword Fern die, from their Dream Big release!...
I felt this die was most beautiful all by itself.  I die cut the die with white cardstock, and colored with two different Prismacolor markers.  I gently bent the leaves, as they have die indents in them, and it gives the fern some added dimension.  I only adhered the fern at the stem/base of the leaves...this way giving the leaves a more natural look to them.  I added a sentiment from the new Magnolia Apple Blossom stamp  set, stamped with Versamark and silver embossed.  Here's a close up...
On our way to August in a couple days...where is this year going??  Hope you are well!!
Thanks for making me a part of your day!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Construction Truck Birthday

I made a card for my grandson's birthday with the amazing Pretty Pink Posh Construction Trucks stamps and dies set...
I was SO excited when I saw this set!!!  My grandbaby, who just turned three, LOVES trash trucks and construction trucks, so I was beyond thrilled that I would be able to make a card with things he loves on it!!  I'm not sure, but in all the years I have been creating cards, I cannot remember a set stamp/die set with trucks like this!  Thank you, Pretty Pink Posh...these are ADORABLE!!  I will admit, my card was made with lots of foibles.  My "happy birthday" is crooked, and despite my best of intentions in making the trucks sliders, they are, I think due to their size, a bit wobbly, and the curve on the bottom truck was not thought out well, as it runs down off the card.  Despite it all, I loved the idea, and for the most part, it turned out to be a card not only was I pretty happy with, but more importantly, one my grandbaby loved!   I DID learn ALOT, though!  I have only made a couple of slider cards, so I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, despite all  the missteps!  
First I die cut all the sliders.  I then masked the card panel to blend the brown and blue inks on the cardstock, and blended a second panel with the brown, to have behind the sliders.  I stamped, embossed, die cut, colored then layered the trucks.  I used THIS video to help me remember how to make sliders.  
Here are a couple close ups...


And here's a video I made to show you how the cute trucks can move(please don't mind the foibles)...
I hope this card gave you some ideas of how you might want to use this adorable set...I am so in love!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Blossom Vine Birthday

I have used one of the beautiful new dies from Simon Says Stamp's newest Dream Big release, to make a birthday card...
The die set is called Blossom Vine, and like so many other of the dies in this release, it is beautiful!  I have die cut the flowers/stems from white cardstock and colored with markers.  I popped up the outside petals from the base flower for some dimension, and I DID add a third flower to the two originals...with the oval die cut, the three just "worked" better!  I added a sentiment from an older Simon stamp set, embossed with silver.  I used an old polka dot embossing folder after die cutting the oval from the card panel, and then added some jewel Tonic drops for some bling.  Here's a close up...  
The dies from this release are making me very happy...having a lot of fun!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa