Sunday, September 14, 2014

Happy 85, Dad ❤ !!!

I did a day trip on Friday, and flew to Buffalo, NY(about 700 miles from Virginia), to visit my dad for his 85th birthday!!  I flew out at 7am and returned at 9pm...just enough time to go to lunch with him, my mom, 2 of my sisters, and my daughter, Hannah and her husband Nic and hang out a while with them all before going home to my family tending to Noah in my absence.  I made this card for his birthday...
I finally got to use some of my number dies...three sets to be exact, along with a sentiment die from Papertrey Ink.  I chose a rainbow of colors mixed with thin strips of black...thought it looked cool...so did my dad!!  He said the different colored stripes represented the different seasons and times of his life...oh, my dad thinks like me...or is it I think like him?!  I die cut the panel underneath the "85" with 2 different sets and sizes of numbers.  The "Happy" was swiped on a versa mark pad and clear embossed(you COULD use glossy accents, but versamarking/clear embossing dries faster...and gives the same effect!  Here's a close up....
Here's a pic of my family at our favorite doughnut shop (Paula's Rocks!!)...dessert after lunch...it's become tradition...we laughed so hard...had so much fun...notice my doughnut on the bottom left with my large coffee waiting to be devoured...along with the box of doughnuts I took home to Virginia...shared the love:)!!
I LOVE YOU, DAD...so happy I was able to be there to share this milestone with you❤!!

Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Cutting Edge Challenge #10...Grateful

It's time to share the next Cutting Edge Challenge!  We have another wonderful inspiration project, this one done by Jean Manis...

Pick something, or everything, that inspires you from this card by Jean, and create a card that includes die cutting (all forms accepted).  Here’s what I created...
I chose the blue background the orange, the yellow in the card, and the textured fence for my textured  bow for my card.  The sentiment is from a beautiful new Simon Says Stamp  set, Autumn Blessings.  I love these leaf dies from Impression Obsession...love the detail of the impression they leave when you die cut them...
The ribbon is from Tim Holtz and is really cool.  It looks like this...
...and you can spread it out once your bow is made, to look kind of sort of lacey...just a fluke...I tried to straighten my bow and it SPREAD OUT...LOVE IT!!

We’d love to have you play along with us! If you click on through to The Cutting Edge Challenge Blog, you’ll find lots of information, including:
  • The Winner of the last challenge, as well as the Top 3, are being announced;
  • The Cutting Edge Design Team is sharing their samples for the challenge, and they are pretty fabulous;
  • The InLinkz link-up tool for you to link up YOUR project!

The challenge closes on Thursday, September 25,  2014 at 9:00 AM EDT, so hope you'll join in!!  You can find everything you need to play along HERE.  We can’t wait to see what you create!!  
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Friday, September 12, 2014

Winner of the Simon Says STAMPtember® Blog Hop Giveaway!

Sorry this is posting late...I was celebrating my dad's 85th birthday 700 miles from home today:)!!
Thanks to all of you who left so many wonderful, sweet comments during the Hop this last week...you really made me smile, and made my heart so happy...I truly appreciate you all taking the time to write!!

The winner of the Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember® Release Blog Hop Giveaway for my blog is:
MONIKA DAVIS
Congratulations, Monika!!!

There were 19 winners, all together, the rest of the winners are listed on the Simon Says Stamp Blog congratulations to ALL the winners!!
Hope you have a great weekend:)!!  Hugs!!  Lisa

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Thanks Card Cards

There are so many wonderful stamps and dies from Simon Says Stamp's STAMPtember® release that came out last week...I HAVE to show you a few ways I used the Thanks card die along with some tree and leaf stamp/die sets to make a couple Fall cards and an everyday flower card...I'M IN SERIOUS LOVE...
I used the Thanks card die on wood veneer paper (sort of like a tree) with some of the new leaf stamps and dies from Simon...these leaves are so realistic looking!!  I stamped with the solid leaf stamp in yellow then the detailed stamp in orange...orange then red detail on top....and yellow with green detail on top, layering the Thanks card AND the leaves...I had to use my stamp-a-ma-jig to make the stamping of the two layered leaves perfect...

I then used some kraft paper for the Thanks Card die with some of the Scribble Tree stamps and dies.  I used some Love Potion #9, spraying on the inked stamp...giving the trees(the red, orange and yellow) a splattered look...LOVED

This third card was created with an idea I had to sponge the sentiment and make it dark and then clear emboss after inking it with versa mark...oh what fun I had!!...along with the thought of a flower on the card.  I  used the small tree stamp and die from above, and made the tree into flower petals.  I used the swirl design from another new Simon Set: Thanksgiving Table for the flower's center, staamped then cut out...
How to make the black sentiment?  I used my eclipse tape to tape off around the sentiment and then sponged the polka dotted sentiment with black ink.  I then took an old versamark pad(one that already had ink stains...does anyone else have one like that??) and patted it over the blackened sentiment...with it being a bit dirty, it doesn't matter if it gets a little dirtier...right?...and then put clear embossing powder over it, heated it.  I then put MORE embossing powder over the just heated sentiment and heated it a couple more times to give it a super glossy look...
Layered the flower's petals AND the Thanks card die cuts...I had SO MUCH FUN...these stamps and dies are a BLAST to play with!!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember® Blog Hop

The 5th annual Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember® celebration began yesterday with the official release of Simon's new stamps dies, stencils, inks, and some new stamping accessories...the collection is AMAZING!!!  I am thrilled to be among a number of uber talented and amazing artists who have joined together to showcase some of all these wonderful products by way of this hop today!!
I, personally, am blown away by all the creative genius that went into this release....I am in love with the new and wonderful stamps, dies and stencils...the collection takes you from Fall to Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas and lots of places in between....and with fun, beauty, and amazing artistry!! There are SIX new Simon color inks, too...have-to-have colors!!  I LOVE IT ALL!!!

I especially LOVE dies, and there are SO MANY to LOVE in this release!!  I will be showcasing the Poinsettia Parade today...
The cool thing about this die is that it can be used as it is in it's parade form, or used  to make a traditional poinsettia!  I wanted to show you some of the ways you could use this die to make some poinsettia loveliness for your holiday cards!  A parade die calls for a parade!!...maybe you could put your Christmas music on:)...

 I started MY parade of THIS parade die with a traditional poinsettia in red, green and gold.  I actually colored the white die cut poinsettia petals with red markers....and used a sweet frame from Simon's Frame collection of dies from This is the Life release.  I layered the gold frame twice for depth.  The sentiment is from the new set Peace on Earth stamped in versamark and gold embossed.  Here's a close up...

The second and third ones use the die as is...layered and then simply die cut, using the same striped paper with a wonderful new sentiment die from Simon, Season's Greetings.  I used wood veneer paper for this one...just loved the layered wood together with the striped paper and white sentiment...

This one I simply die cut the poinsettias with a layer behind the die cut, then embossed with the die on the card, using the same die sentiment as the one above...
 Here's a close up of the embossing...the embossing gives more detail to a simple card...


I used shiny silver paper on a black panel and card for this next one...using another new Simon, sweet sentiment die, from the set Deco Trees dies.  I die cut the sentiment first, then used the poinsettia die at an angle on the panel and die cut around the sentiment(a total of 4 times, 2 large cuts and 2 smaller ones for the corners).  I die cut the poinsettia parade and sentiment in shiny silver and with sticky foam behind the panel, adhered the sentiment and poinsettia pieces onto the black panel.  Cool how you can layer, simply die cut or inlay!!

For my last card, I simply used the entire Poinsettia parade to make a wreath and made a pink poinsettia for the wreath...

Here's a close up...


 Now...for the fun part for you!  Simon Says Stamp is having a giveaway!!  Simon Says Stamp is giving away a prize pack of a selection of items from their STAMPtember® giveaway stash at each stop on the hop! 
One commenter from each blog on the hop will be chosen for this amazing giveaway...that's 19 chances to win!! 
Just leave a comment on each of the blog posts as you hop along, to be entered in the random drawings. The giveaways will stay open until Thursday September 11, 2014 at 6:00pm EST and the winners will be announced on the Simon Says Stamp blog on Friday September 12, 2014.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog on the hop! The next stop is the amazing 
Vicky Papaioannou!!

The hop begins at the  SIMON SAYS STAMP BLOG , so if you encounter any broken links while 'hopping' you can head back there for a full list of participants.
Happy Hopping!!    Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Products I used on the cards I made for the Hop:


Some of the new release I can't wait to create with: