Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Good Vibes...Peace and Love

Simon Says Stamp has come out with a brand new release, today, Good Vibes!!  I  have been so  excited to play with the namesake stamps and dies, as I was a girl of the 70's!!  I have made two cards to celebrate the release of the fun new products over at Simon ...
I went to Pinterest and found a 70's paper pattern that I simply copied on my printer(I know...probably a lot of ink, but it was JUST what I wanted!!).  It  was not a full 8 1/2 x 11 copy, but was the perfect size for both the sentiment and the panel...with a "hand" to spare (below:):)!!)!  I die cut and layered the sentiment, and layered the rectangular panel, as well...here's a close up...
I used the remaining piece of paper for stamping the peace and love hand/fingers...
I stamped, embossed and hand cut the hand.  The new Simon acrylic blocks are the perfect size and shape for the larger stamps of this set...love these blocks for being big enough, but not too big!!  I layered it and adhered the cut out hand to a card that I first stamped a sentiment from the set, and had used embossing paste and the new Simon Stencil, Jazz Dance to make a background.  Here's a close up...
Ok...you have GOT TO check out this new release...lots of fun!!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Friday, June 15, 2018

Thanks Friend

I used the pretty new Simon Says Stamp Spring Flower Burst stamp/die set to make a card for a friend...
I stamped and die cut the flowers, colored them with my Prismacolor markers, layered, and added a Tonic Crystal drop in the middle of each.  I adhered them to a card with a polka dotted panel stamped with one of the pretty sentiments from the set.  Here'a a close up...
I love this flower and I love purple and yellow together...it's a match... on the color wheel, for Spring(or Summer), and with me:)!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Birthday Flower Cards

I made some birthday cards for my mom!  Daisies and sunflowers are her favorite flowers, so I chose a couple daisy looking dies and my favorite sunflower die for my cards, and made cards to celebrate my mom...
 This card was my mom's favorite, so I thought I would start with it!  The Penny Black Pinwheel die is probably my favorite stand alone flower die...I just LOVE it...and have for a long time.  I chose to pair it with a couple Simon Says Stamp dies for the flower's center and the background woodgrain panel, and a retired Memory Box leaf die for this first card.  I layered the flower and added an Altenew happy birthday sentiment...
Yes, there is a theme going on with these cards...white, yellow, brown/kraft, and green.  I didn't plan it that way, that's just the way it turned out.  The second one used the Simon Says Stamp's Big Mom die, along with some Simon sentiment stamps.  The daisy and it's leaves are part of a retired die set from My Favorite Things, Flower and Leaf Trio...
The center of the flower was also from the same die as the first card, Simon's Stitched Daisy dies.  Here's a close up...
  The third one I used my favorite Sunflower die set, by Simon Says Stamp, along with a sentiment from the Altenew stamp set as used above, Birthday Builder. The panel behind the sunflower is a retired die from My Favorite Things, Vertical Stitched Strips
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Koalas, Monkeys, and Love, Oh My!

I made a couple "love you" cards with a couple of the "love"able new Simon Says Stamp stamp/die sets...
 I thought the animals in the new Hello There stamp/die set were so adorable, so I used the koala and the monkey for my two cards.  I die cut, then colored the animals with my Prismacolor markers.  I layered them a couple times, as well.  I used a swivel exacto knife to cut the paws of the koala a bit to hold the stamped and die cut heart from the set.  I added a little glossy accents to the heart for shine.  I stood the koala on a die cut layered love you sentiment, with an added stamped sentiment from the Love You Like stamp set below it.  Here's a close up...
Then, I used the adorable monkey, who's arms looked like they were in the "SO MUCH LOVE" position, for the second card...
 I stamped, die cut, colored then layered the monkey.  I added a hanging heart on twine, also glossy accented like the first, using the same two sentiments as the first card.  Here's a close up...
Such fun with these little cuties!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Thanks So So Much

I used a couple of the new Simon Says Stamp stamp and die sets to make a fun thank you card...
The Hex Yeah set has not only got some fun sentiments and cool hexagons, but coordinating dies that  die cut around those sentiments!  I thought THAT was so cool, and stamped and then die cut the thanks in a rainbow of colors!  I layered them, and added a sentiment from another new set of sentiment stamps, Love You Like, and there you have it!  Here's a close up of the stamped, embossed, die cut and layered sentiments... 
Oh, now THAT was so much fun!!!   Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Birch Press Butterfly Garden Dies

I purchased the new Birch Press Butterfly Garden trio of full card die plates, recently!  I had this set of dies in my Simon Shopping cart for a while...while I thought about them.  These are beautiful dies, but a bit more than an average person like me has to spend on one set of dies.  The truth is, though, this is a set of 3 full size card dies, so the cost is warranted...but I still had to think about it for a while...and a while more!  I got them a few weeks back and finally took them out of their envelopes a couple days ago.  In less than 2 days,  I had EIGHT cards made with the three plates!!  There are SO many different ways that these three plates can be used...SO many possibilities!! 
 Here are the eight that I made...
The first one, I used all three plates in three shades of pink onto a white card.  I added a Birch Press sentiment die, along with a Simon Says Stamp sentiment stamp...

The second one, I used all three plates, die cut in white.  I adhered them to a black bottom layer underneath the three die cut layers (so the black would peek out), and added purple paint chip, die cut butterflies, filling in the last die cut layer's butterflies.  I added another Birch Press die cut sentiment...

The third one, all three plates die cut in cream color cardstock...thought it would be pretty for a wedding...
...and so I added a layered Penny Black die cut sentiment on the inside (from the retired Hooray die cut set)...

The fourth one I made while I was writing this post...LOL...I just couldn't stop!  I love black and gray, so I chose two shades of gray, and black on a white card with the Birch Press Big Thanks die...

The next one, I put used only the two top layers, one white and one cream, layered them on a cream card, and added the same Thanks as the one above, with a cream background, as well...
Here's a close up of this one...

The next one, I used just the first layer, love all the stitched detail of this layer!  I chose a piece of rainbow colored paper to put behind the layered die cuts(yes, I layered this one!), and added a fun birthday die that I recently got by Create a Smile, and sentiment stamp from Simon...
Here's a close up of this one, too...
THEN...I used all the die cut butterflies and made a couple more cards...
This first one, I used some paint chips for the five sizes of die cut butterflies.  I added a Paper Smooches sentiment stamp and added some enamel dots!  
The last, but not least is a card made with the butterflies simply left in the white cardstock from the previous die cuts, on the leftover piece of rainbow paper from the birthday card, above...
I used the You sentiment die from Birch Press...I LOVE the font and sizes of these sentiment dies!!!  I also added a part of a sentiment stamp from the same Paper Smooches stamp set as the Happy Birthday, above.  I added Tonic Jewel drops in seven colors(I LOVE these drops!!!), adhering the rainbow panel of white butterflies onto a tiny bit bigger black panel.  I DID use my fingers rubbing the wings of the butterflies and putting a tiny bit of pressure upwards, to  hand curve the butterflies a tiny bit to give them some dimension...I think the tiny details can make a simple card more fun!!  Here's a close up...

OK...I think this set of dies is well worth the investment I made...fun, easy and such pretty cards...  with 3 dies(along with some sentiment stamps and dies).... SOOOOO MUCH FUN!!  Thanks so much for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Butterfly Love Recycled and Leftovers

I must confess...I am a bit of a hoarder.  Just to clarify, I'm not like the tv show "Hoarders", but when I get a box with bubble wrap in it, or a pretty reusable gift bag, for example, I know they still have potential use...I hoard with purpose.  Yes, I hear it...I'm sure that's what every hoarder on that show used to say, but I will say, I occasionally watch the show to keep me from going down that slippery slope!! 😆  Well...I was given a package, recently, with some really pretty, heavy wrapping paper on it, and just knew it would make for a pretty card, so I cut it up and put it aside for later...well, it's later...
 I have combined the recycled wrapping paper, with a few Simon Says Stamp dies,  choosing the pretty gold and beautiful blue from the paper to use as colors for the sentiment and butterfly.  I tried a few gold card stocks, until I tried the My Favorite Things Gold Shine that I had gotten, and it was PERFECT!!  I layered the sentiment as well as the butterfly.  Oh, and I used the body/antennea from Adeline Butterfly and adhered it to the Stitched Butterfly die cut body...I really wanted antenna on this one.  I took a couple pics, and hopefully you can see/the picture picked up, the pretty gold streaks in the paper...
 Here's another view...

 Then...The Leftover part of the post...
I had one little square of my rainbow paper leftover from the birthday card and the butterfly card I made(the last two posts), well, being the recycler  I am (yes, I also love to recycle!!), I stamped the small butterfly from the Beautiful Day stamp set, die cut it and added a sentiment from the set...a quick, super simple card, no layering, no dots, SUPER CAS!!  But cool, though how a tiny butterfly and a sentiment CAN make a card...
Here's a close up...the only extra to this card, embossed...gives it a little shine...
SO MUCH FUN!!  Hope you're having fun today!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Butterflies and Rainbows

I used the leftover piece of rainbow patterned paper from my daughter's birthday card(couldn't waste a beautiful piece of colored rainbows!!), and combined it with some pretty stamped and die cut butterflies from the Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Day stamp/die set...
I thought it would be nice to be able to see the rainbows, so I stamped the butterflies with versa mark and white embossed.  I die cut and adhered them to the rainbow paper.  I added a partial panel on top and bottom of the butterflies, with a TINY piece of black cardstock peeking over the edge.  I added a Simon birthday sentiment, and popped up the panel on either side of the butterflies.  I brushed the butterflies with a Wink of Stella glitter pen.  I added a bunch of Tonic Jewel drops all around the butterflies in all the rainbow colors.  Here's a close up...
Love when a little piece of leftover patterned paper can inspire an entire card...such lovely fun!!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Happy 29th, Hannah!!

It was my beautiful daughter, Hannah's, birthday last week.  She turned 29!  She LOVES unicorns, so I knew exactly what card I was going to make for her...
I used the My Favorite Things Magical Unicorns stamp/die set along with a couple discontinued die sets😞, also by My Favorite Things...the Happy Birthday and Big Numbers dies.  I stamped the sentiment after die cutting the "happy 29" on the top panel, then layered the sentiment and the numbers below the top panel a couple times.   I added a stamped, layered die cut and colored unicorn on the panel. I used a pretty piece of rainbow paper by Lawn Fawn for the "happy 29"...this paper is SO FUN...and SO ME!!!   I added some Wink of Stella glitter to the unicorn's mane, horn and tail for some wonderful sparkle! I tried hard to match the colors of the unicorn to the paper.   Here's a close up...
I added some combined sentiments to the inside of the card...bringing the front of the card to the inside...
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, my baby girl...and this card made her very happy...life is so good!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa