Saturday, October 13, 2018

Heart Balloon Fun!

I LOVE sentiments!!  The MFT Stamps set, I Heart Celebrating has some WONDERFUL sentiments!!  I recently got this set, along with the Heart Balloons dies and have made a couple cards to share with you...
I chose to use a red shiny metallic to make this card, along with black cardstock for the die cut strings.  I stamped then layered the sentiment onto a CZ Design sentiment die and adhered all of this within a stitched rectangular panel.  Here's a close up...

The second one, I used some colored vellum(had this in my stash for YEARS), along with some scrap acetate to adhere the vellum to for some heft.  I stamped the sentiment onto the same die cut, and popped up on the same stitched rectangle as the first...
I wanted, and love the look achieved with the vellum, of the balloon colors overlapping and changing the color of each other....fun!!  I stamped the strings with some gray ink.  Here's a close up...
Such fun, I can't tell you...but I WILL tell you...I had SUCH FUN!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Friday, October 12, 2018

Simon Says Stamp Fun and Festive Blog Hop!


I am so excited to be a part of today's Simon Blog hop, celebrating Simon Says Stamp's newest release, so appropriately named Fun and Festive!!  This release is filled with fun and festive new products to make this coming holiday season a wonderful one!!  I am joining a bunch of amazing artists today, to showcase some of the new products...if you're following the hop, you should have come here from the talented Heather Ruwe's blog!
I have decide to use the beautiful new snowflake dies, Alicia and Rina, along with some of the new sentiment stamps and dies, to make three cards...
For all three cards, I die cut and layered the snowflakes, and used the Zig Kuretake watercolors for the backgrounds.  I DID use an older small snowflake, the Maryanne, for the first card.  These new snowflake dies are BEAUTIFUL!!  I am kind of a snowflake snob...hey I'm from Buffalo...I was around a LOT of snowflakes for my first 30+ years of life, so I KNOW snowflakes...hee hee!!  I think these snowflakes are SO very pretty!!  I added a sentiment from the Winter Scene stamp set and added Tonic White Crystal drops.  Here's a close up...

Last year, I had a friend tell me that she tore the snowflake off the card I sent her and put it on her tree.  Soooo... I thought it would be cool to make a card with a snowflake MEANT to be an ornament... 
I die cut the Alicia snowflake from shiny metallic silver cardstock four times, and adhered them together.  I added a silver cord and some of the new Christmas Magic sequins for some pretty.  The snowflake is held to the front of the card with a tiny glue dot, the cord is taped on the back of the card, so removal from the card is super easy!!   The sentiment is from a pretty new set of dies, Holiday Words on a Line, also die cut from the shiny silver metallic cardstock.  Here's a close up...

The third one, I die cut the Rina snowflake and made a line of the super pretty flakes...
I layered each of the snowflakes three times, and again, added the white Tonic Crystal drops to the card.  The sentiment is from the new Critter Sweaters stamp set!  Here's a close up...
THAT was SO MUCH FUN!!!!  
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 this coming Wednesday, so make sure you check the blog to see if you're a winner!
The next stop on the hop is creative Marge Yoon
 All the participants of today's blog can be found 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!! 

Don't forget the code up above (FEST587), for a free Stickles with any order...for a limited time...have fun...be festive!!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Metallic and Kraft for Christmas!

Ok...more festive fun with stamps and dies from Simon Says Stamp's newest release, Fun and Festive!!  Today, I used the Dancing Deer and CZ Design's Merry dies along with Mod Trees Background stamp to make a couple cards that hopefully will bring out the fun and festive in you:)!!...
Not sure what it is, but I am LOVING metallics for Christmas!  Challenging to photograph, but fun to work with!  I die cut the deer and layered him twice in silver, then the border only in gold.  I DID put the fine tipped glue bottle I use in the store links, as with a die cut this thin, very thin dots of glue are necessary for the best hold and the best look.  I added a layered "merry in shiny red metallic, and added a dot of that same red to the nose of the deer (yes, both my cards are Rudolph:):)!!).  I adhered them both to an embossed panel and then poppped up on card.  Here's a close up...
The second one done in my second favorite paper for Christmas so far, kraft!!...
I layered the deer just like the first one, but because the whole layered deer was done in kraft, I opted  to do a two color card, so I stamped the background stamp with Simon Khaki ink, and swiped the tops of the deer and the "merry" with the khaki ink to give the image and sentiment the same darker brown look and feel.  That indent in his nose was screaming for some red, and I LOVE the little pop of red on both cards!!  I couldn't think of a more perfect pop than on this reindeer's nose...GO RUDOLPH:)!!  There's a blog hop going on over at the Simon Blog today, and I'll be a part of a second one tomorrow...hope you will come back to see the festive fun and find some inspiration for the holidays ahead!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Simon Says Fun and Festive Release Today!!

Simon Says Stamp just came out with a brand new release today, Fun and Festive!!  The words fun and festive are perfect to describe this release...it is a release FULL of fun and festive products to make the coming holidays Fun and Festive!!!   The picture below is the start of my fun and festive...Christmas Tag Central Crazy😄...
I edited my crazy pic of tags...looks a little less crazy...
 I used the fun and pretty new Snowflake Tags dies to make a whole bunch of tags for Christmas presents!!  OK...I LOVE these dies...and I'll tell you why.  Christmas tags are a real necessity when it comes to Christmas gifts(and I make a BUNCH for one of my daughters, too).   But,  Christmas tags are something that I, myself, don't like to spend a lot of time on, as they are lost in the wrappings on Christmas after the gifts are opened.  BUT...as much as I don't want to spend a lot of time on them, I also want them to look nice.  I know...I'm a challenge, and so are tags!!  THESE dies, though, fit both of my requirements...they make pretty tags, and I made all the above tags in a couple hours...yes...really!!!  
 I used a whole bunch of patterned papers to make my tags.  You could stamp background stamps, too, if you don't have lots of patterned paper(I have A LOT!!!).   How I made every one of these tags was with two die cuts.  The patterned or embossed pattern on the top, and the snowflake on the bottom layer.  This DID mean cutting out the snowflakes from the circular ones, and removing the snowflake from the other style, showing the snowflake on the bottom layer.   I added a stamped "to and from" from the pretty new Christmas Wishes stamp set, and added string or twine to each tag.  The kraft colored tags are fun...a kraft gift bag or wrapping paper with a white or colored bow, and DONE!!  
Below are some of the tags, starting with the embossed paper ones (the first one I used distess oxide on the snowflake...
Notice that it doesn't matter how messy it looks, as the top die cut tag covers the ink...(I used a white embossed piece of cardstock instead of the kraft striped one as the picture shows)...

These three are metallic.  The first one, I used versamark on the snowflake, then silver embossed.  The other two are shiny silver and gold metallic cardstock...FUN!!...
Here's a pic of the embossed one in the making ( I dabbed the versamark onto the snowflake with dauber)...again, the messy doesn't show...

These were done with striped cardstock...the white looks cool...

 I TRIED to take photos of my tags with presents...this is what my craft room/spare bedroom looked like...YIKES...
...let's just say, it didn't go well...but I did get a small shot of one of my presents with one of the tags...
OK...SOOOOOO pretty!!!!! ... soooooooo easy....and so fast.....and who doesn't love all THAT at Christmas??!!  AND...the possibilities are endless...I'm thinking of a bunch more ideas as I'm writing!!  Now the creativity is up to you:)!!  Hope you will check out the release over at Simon!!  See you tomorrow with more fun!!!  
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Monday, October 8, 2018

Happy 23rd Birthday!

I used the fun new Simon Says Stamp Birthday Numbers stamps/dies set to make a couple cards for my amazing Noah's birthday this month!!...
He IS Noah, so rainbows are totally a MUST(he is MY rainbow, and although I love rainbows, he is  the reason I REALLY love rainbows like I do!!)
This first card was actually my second card, when the first one didn't turn out as I planned.  For this card, I stamped, embossed, and die cut the numbers.  I used an acetate sheet as a "ruler" on the letters, to color them with a striped patten.  My coloring with markers wasn't perfect, but it turned out pretty good.  I simply moved the piece of acetate up the number, coloring the number up to the end of the acetate, using acetate, I could see where I was and where I wanted to be.  I stamped the candles and flames from the Simon Birthday Borders stamp set with my MISTI for positioning.  I also added a sentiment from the Tiny Words stamp set.  I added some Wink of Stella glitter to my numbers:)!  Here's a close up

This second card was actually my first attempt, but it went through some changes before it made the cut...
I used strips of patterned paper, adhered to a light weight piece of cardstock, then stamped the numbers onto the striped papers.  I THOUGHT I was going to cut out the patterned paper numbers and add them onto stamped and die cut numbers, but they just didn't look right...😞.  Soooo, I left them as they were, without the depth, over a border of "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" stamped sentiments.  I stamped the sentiments with my MISTI for perfect placement.  I did, however, stamp from top to bottom of an entire card, but another of the things that didn't make it, I cut two of them off, added a black strip, and popped up over a blue patterned piece of cardstock, like the patterned paper of the numbers.  Here's a close up...
These numbers are fun...and have wonderful possibilities, colored, made from patterned paper, die cut or hand cut...FUN!!   Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Cut Up Thank You Circle

 I sat down at my desk this morning, took the My Favorite Things Thank You Circle die from a pile on my desk, and thought...hmmm...what could I do "different" with this die??  This is what I came up with...
I die cut the circle from white cardstock, and cut it into three separate thank yous.  I layered each twice, then adhered the top layer with a paint chip die cut thank you.  I adhered each of the thank yous to the stitched panel with two tiny glue dots...kind of fun, right??!!  Here's a close up...
A quick post...my fun for the day:)!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Monday, October 1, 2018

Handlettered Halloween

I am in love with the Simon Says Stamp Handlettered Halloween stamp/die set!!  The sentiments are so cute and so versatile...I made a card and a Halloween candy bag to share with you, using two of the stamps and their dies from the set along with a couple other Simon stamps...
I LOVED the "Hey Pumpkin" sentiment, so I searched through my stamp collection and found this older, but adorable kitty in a pumpkin from Simon, and knew this was the image to use with my sentiment!!  I stamped the kitten on a stitched rectangle panel, and colored with my Prismacolor markers.  I added the "thinking of you" sentiment from the Tiny Words stamp set, and adhered the stamped, die cut, and layered "Hey Pumpkin" sentiment!!  Sweet!!!  Here's a close up...
The "trick or treat" sentiment screamed a candy bag to me, so...
OK...after a night to sleep on it, I decided to take scissors to the ends of the tag (on the top and bottom), to follow the lines of the spider web.  The thought was that it would add a little interest and take the hard edges off the tag(I just couldn't LOVE it the way it was...ever had that happen??).  Here's the changed version...
A little different, right??!!  I like it better than the hard edges of the originial tag...ok, I feel better:)!!

I stamped the sentimtent on orange cardstock, and die cut and layered.  I stamped the Simon Spider Web Background stamp on white cardstock with smoke colored ink, and then die cut with a Simon tag die.  I layered the tag, added a stamped spider from the Handlettered set, and adhered the stamped, die cut, and layered sentiment onto the webbed tag.  I tied the tag around a bag of Reese's pumpkins....here's a close up...
I always gave my children bags of candy on Halloween...they're grown now, but some things never change...it's just too much fun!!  This set makes Halloween so much fun!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Ornate Ornaments

I used the beautiful new Ornate Ornaments stamp/die set by Simon Says Stamp from their latest STAMPtember® release to make a Christmas card...
I stamped all the ornament stamps at one time on vellum with versa mark, and embossed with silver embossing powder.  I die cut them all at once, too...way to speed up the process, and colored the ornaments from behind with sharpie, mark it markers.  I adhered and layered the vellum onto white cardstock, and tied silver cord onto each of the ornament openings.  I brushed some distress inks onto a piece of watercolor paper, let dry, then adhered the ornaments to the paper.  I dotted around the ornaments with one of my Prismacolor markers (a metallic silver).  I used 4 pieces of sentiment stamps from the set to make my sentiment for this card...the sentiments were all stamped together...worked like a DREAM!!!!  Stamped them with versa mark and like the ornaments, embossed with silver.  Here's a close up...
This set is sooooo pretty, a card simply done, but I think looks pretty lovely for Christmas giving!!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Octopus Birthday

We celebrated one of my son-in-law's birthdays on Sunday...and he LOVES octopi!!  I used the Simon Says Stamp adorable Picture Book Octopus(as adorable as an octopus can be:):)!!), and Happy Birthday Script dies,  to make an under-the-sea birthday card for him...
I used all distress oxide inks to make the water and color the octopus, then die cut the sentiment die.  I layered both and adhered them both to the colored and stitched cut panel.  Here's a close up...
Ok...a quick post, but fun and simple does it:)!!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Huge Big Thank You in Gold

I used the new Simon Says Stamp Huge Big Thank You die from the latest STAMPtember® release, to make a thank you card!...
 This die fits an entire card...it IS wonderfully HUGE:)!!  It is so pretty, too...I opted to die cut it in gold...I thought an elegant thank you would be cool!!  I die cut the sentiment three times in gold, adhered together, and paired the thank you with a sentiment from another of the new stamp sets,  Tiny Words, stamped with versa mark and gold embossed.  The gold dotted paper is from My Mind's Eye(Fancy That....an older 6x6 pad of paper).  I added one of the gold panels that the "thank you" had been die cut from, which shows on the top and bottom of the polka dotted paper panel.  Here's a close up...
Thank you card made easy...with a pretty, card filling thank you die...FUN!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa