Saturday, November 21, 2020

Warm Hugs at Christmas

I used the new Simon Says Stamp Christmas Kitties stamp/die set from their new Holly Jolly release, along with the Simon Warm Hugs die from the Make Merry release, to make a Christmas card...
The kitties in this set are so cute!!  I stamped, embossed, die cut and colored the one with the sweater, then layered him.  I sat him on top of a die cut and layered sentiment that I had colored with the same ink that I had used for the sweater.  I then adhered them to a panel that I had embossed snowflakes on, from the Simon Large Falling Snow Slimline stencil.  Here's a close up...
I then stamped the inside with two of the sentiment stamps from the Christmas Kitties set...thought it perfect with the outside of the card!...
What a fun card with such an adorable set of stamps!!  Hope this post finds you well and happy, whereever you may be!!
Thank you so much for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Friday, November 13, 2020

Purse for Isla

I know I'm late to the party, but I finally made a purse with the Concord and 9th Everyday Purse die set and coordinating stamps...
I must admit, I purchased this set A WHILE ago, but haven't had a chance or immediate need to use it...until last week.  My grandbaby, Isla, just turned three and LOVES the purse I gave her a year or more ago.  She carries it with her everywhere.  So, for her birthday "card",  I pulled out the sets that had been waiting to be used, and made her a purse!  I think this purse is adorable!!  Since making this, I've already had a request for one from my other daughter, for a friend!  I made this with a two-sided piece of patterned paper, so you can see the ladybugs peeking out of the inside, but I thought this paper looked cute, and yet classy, so the love bugs on the inside are ok.  The purse was pretty easy to put together...once I knew what I was doing.  There are a lot of pieces to this purse.  The first thing you should do, if you get this amazing set, is print out the instructions under the product picture on the Concord and 9th's website, that shows you where all the pieces go.  Then, watch the video.  I had to redo the purse once, as well as the handles, as I wasn't clear on the jump rings (the silver cardstock pieces adhered to the purse and holding the straps).  I was actually on different websites, trying to PURCHASE jump rings, not knowing that they were actually a die and part of the set, made with paper, and not metal(this is how REAL this purse looks to me!)! I think I'm pretty good with putting things together, but directions with this die set would be really nice, as this is a real assembly.  I guesstimated where to put the handles and how to make the purse latch (made with a silver adhesive enamel dot),  and where to adhere the latch's strap, but I think it looks good!  Here's a close up of all the cute tags I made to hang from the purse, made with more of the dies in the set, the sentiment from the coordinating stamp set.... much fun...really cool die set, and I will be making more purses in the near future!  
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Daisy Filled Birthday

I used the beautiful new Simon Says Stamp Floral Field Embossing Folder from their new Holly Jolly release to make a birthday card...
I know we are all gearing up for Christmas, but birthdays are happening all the time.  The new embossing folders in this release are so fun!!  I used the new embossing folder and an old tool and technique that I used a number of months ago.  I used my brayer and inked one side of the inside of the embossing folder with black ink.  I embossed the side with the indents and flat spaces, not the raised side.  I then closed the folder and ran it through my Big Shot.  The result is what you see...the outlines and subtle details of the daisies are in black.  I used a yellow marker and colored in the centers, and added a layered CZ Design Happy Birthday die cut.  I popped it up a bit on the card.  Super simple, but love how it turned out!  Here's a close up...
Oh, so much fun...and I really love daisies, so this card makes me happy!!
Thanks so much for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Monday, November 9, 2020

Stamp, Color, Emboss

I used the cool new Simon Says Stamp Outline Merry Christmas Background stamp from their latest Holly Jolly release to make a fun Christmas card...
I used my MISTI for today's card.  I put the stamp in my MISTI, taking the black pad out of the MISTI.  I stamped the sentiment images onto cardstock with Simon Smoke ink.  I took the card stock out the MISTI and colored the for the "merry", green for the "christmas", and gray for everything else.  I then put the piece of card stock back into the MISTI, rubbed my magic embossing bag over the entire piece of paper, then using versamark, stamp the sentiments again, and heat after sprinkling with gold embossing powder.  I finished the card by adding drops of Tonic Morning Dew all ove the letters for some fun bling!  Here's a close up...
I LOVE this's truly like opening a Christmas present when you get done...such a great surprise!  Hope you are having a great day, thanks so much for taking the time to visit my blog today!!

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Holly Jolly Blog Hop

I am thrilled to be joining a star studded group of artists to celebrate Simon Says Stamp's newest release, HOLLY JOLLY, on the Simon Blog, today!  I don't know about you, but I love the Christmas season! This new release from Simon is filled with all kinds of products to help get you in a holly jolly mood and get you started with the Christmas festivities for card and gift giving!!  I have chosen to showcase two of the wonderful new sentiment dies as well a set of new dies, for the hop, today, having two cards to share with you...
I took strips of what are my current favorite Christmas colors, and adhered them to a thin piece of cardstock.  I used the fun and pretty new CZ Design Chunky Merry die for my colored strips, and die cut the sentiment from them.  I then layered the die cut sentiment with several layers of white die cuts.  I enclosed the sentiment with holly leaves from the new CZ Design Chunky Trees and Holly die set.  I used Tonic Morning Dew drops to fill in the berries of the holly leaves.  I used 1/2" strips of white cardstock and adhered them diagonally over another piece of cardstock(I LOVE diangonal stripes at Christmas) and framed that with gold  cardstock.  Here's a close up...

The second one, I used the pretty new CZ Design Peace die ...
I opted to keep the peace sentiments white and give the color to their backgrounds.  I also chose to use more pastel colors for the backgrounds...and the colors were done with...paint chips.  Yes, I love to use paint chips.  I layered the sentiments as well as their backgrounds, and then adhered them to a gray background that I had stamped and white embossed with snow flakes, using the different circle stamps from the Simon Holiday Sparkle Greetings stamp set.  I think of peace when I see gentle falling snow, and the gray cardstock gave it more of nighttime feel for me. I used a sentiment from the older CZ Design Clean Line Christmas...thought it went perfectly with all my "Peace"s.  I then dotted random sentiments with Tonic jewel drops.  Here's a close up...
I have had so much fun!!  Your fun is yet to come!!  Simon Says Stamp will be generously giving away a $25 coupon to each stop on the hop from the comment section of our blogs, so if you leave a comment on each blog of the hop, you will have LOTS of chances to win!!  The winners will be announced on Wednesday, November 11th on the Simon Blog, so make sure you check the Simon Blog to see if you are a winner!  Here's a list of all the participants:

Simon Says Stamp Blog   

Jennifer McGuire

Cathy Zielske

Nina-Marie Trapani

Laura Bassen

Debby Hughes

Caly Person

Nichol Spohr

Amy Rysavy

Amanda Korotkova

Yana Smakula

                                   Lisa Addesa<----YOU ARE HERE

Yoonsun Hur

Heather Ruwe

Suzy Plantamura

Sidnie Des Jardins

One last thing...don't forget the offer in the banner at the top...use the code on the banner to get a free exclusive mini Speckled Egg Distress Ink pad...good with any purchase, but only good until the end of the day tomorrow, or until supplies last, so don't wait!  
Thanks so much for visiting my blog, today, hope you have a great day!!

Friday, November 6, 2020

Joy Joy Joy

Today is release day for Simon Says Stamp's newest release, Holly Jolly!!  I have made a card with one of the wonderful new dies, by CZ Design, Chunky Joy!...
I die cut, then layered the sentiment.  I used three shades of paint chips for my colors...wanting something kind of regal and classic for my "JOY"s.  I used a Simon Frame that I also layered, the top layer, as with the sentiments, being shiny gold.  I adhered to an embossed piece of cardstock.  Here's a close up...
Tomorrow there will be a blog hop at the Simon Blog, starting at 8am...hope you will join me and a whole lot of amazing artists that will showcase and inspire, using new products from this wonderful new release!!  
Stay safe...thanks so much for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Hanging Snowflake Hugs

I have used the pretty new Simon Says Stamp Daphine Snowflake die and Warm Hugs die, from their Make Merry release, to make a card...
I used strips of paint chips adhered together, to die cut the sentiment.  I then layered the sentiment with several layers of die cuts.  I die cut and adhered several snowflakes together, and hung the snowflake from the sentiment with a jewelry ring that I had had in a drawer,  I adhered both the sentiment and flake onto a card with card panel that I had embossed with snowflakes, using a Simon stencil.  Here's a close up,..
Warm hugs to you matter where you are...

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Merry Everything

I made a rainbow flavored Merry card, using cool new products from the Simon Says Stamp Make Merry  release.  I used the Merry on a Line die set and the new Simon Mega Wrap Stripes stencil, for today's card...
I die cut the letters from the Sunny Studio Silly Stripes paper, turning the papers when die cutting, to make the stripes go different ways.  I layered them once, then arranged them between two panels that had been embossed the the new Mega Wrap Stripes stencil.  I liked this stencil for embossing fo the card panel, as I thought the every which way lines mimic the lines of the patterned paper on the die cut letters.  It was hard to photograph the embossed lines, thus why my card is laying down!  I used a piece of the CZ Design sentiment from the new Good Cheer stamp set.  I finished the card by adding some Tonic Jewel drops for bling.  Here's a close up...
Such fun!!  An extra hour of sleep tonight....YAY!!  Hope you are having a great weekend!!
Thanks so very much for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Ho Ho Ho

I used the  cool new CZ Design Simple Ho die from Simon Says Stamp's newest Make Merry release, to make a Christmas card...
I die cut the sentiment from three different colors of Sunny Studio patterned paper.  I then die cut more of the senitments in white cardstock to layer.  I die cut and layered the background die for the sentiment, as well.  I wanted to keep the polka dot "thing" going, so I used one of the new Simon stencils, embossing the design into the card stock.  The image is subtle, but just enough for some added interest to the card.  I also used my Wink of Stella brush to give glitter to the "hos", as well as some clear Tonic drops on the letters of all three of the sentiments.  Here are a couple close ups...
I love the added look of the glitter...again, subtle, but another little added detail to the card...
Christmas makes me happy...hope you're finding some happy today! 
Thanks so much for taking time to visit me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Snowflake Ornament Card

I used the beautiful new Simon Says Stamp Sophie Snowflake die, from their new Make Merry release, to make an ornament and then use it on a card for Christmas!...
I am originally from the Buffalo NY area, so snow was a huge part of my life!  I LOVE snow, well at least, now, to look at out the window, and I think snowflakes are BEAUTIFUL!!  This Sofie snowflake is no exception.  I got the idea a few years ago, by the suggestion of a friend, that I use my die cut snowflakes to make Christmas tree ornaments!  So, this is my 2020 offering.  It was pretty simple to do.  I die cut 5 snowflakes(was going to be 4, but I made an extra, so I adhered it to one side of the snowflake...the more the merrier!).  I adhered two snowflakes together.  Then I adhered another two of them together.  I then adhered the backsides of those two adhered pairs together, so either side of the snowflake would look like the front.  I then added the fifth flake to one of the sides...didn't want to waste it.  I strung silver cording, tied and wrapped over the back of the card panel.  I used a piece of scotch tape to hold it in place, but easily enough to pull out of tape for hanging.  For the blue card panel, I used the new CZ Design Good Cheer stamp set for the sentiments.  Then, I used the dots from the new Simon Holiday Sparkle Greetings stamp set for my snow.  It took about 5 separate placements around the card, but I placed the stamps and moved them around the card and adhered them to my Misti each time.  I stamped them with versamark and white embossed.  I love how my snow turned out using these stamps!  Here's a close up...
So much fun putting this card together...hope you are staying safe and having some fun, wherever you may be!
Thanks so much for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Christmas Gnome

I made a Christmas card with the adorable new Simon Says Stamp Deco Hat Gnome die and one of the new CZ Design sentiment stamps from the new Simon Make Merry release...
I first embossed the gnome on a piece of cardstock.  This way, I had a base with all the indents of pieces.  This die comes with a background die, but I didn't really want a background for this guy. I hand cut the embossed image with my scissors,  then ran my adhesive all over the cut out paper. I die cut the gnome twice with white cardstock, then added all the die cut pieces onto the cut out gnome with adhesive, putting more adhesive between each layer.   I then die cut the gnome in two different colors of green and red paint chips.  I used all those pieces to the top layer of die cut adhered gnomes.  This top layer also had adhesive all over it, like the first and second layers.  I used my Tombow runner.  His outfit was made with strips of the four colors adhered together and then die cut.  I cut the"HO HO HO" sentiment with my scissors and using my MISTI, I arranged them below one another, stamped, and then embossed the words onto a piece of card stock.  I used glitter embossing paste and a stencil that came out in the Simon STAMPtember® release, last month, that had a die cut oval cut out in the middle (the die also die from STAMPtember® release).  I layered the glittered panel and adhered to a card.  Here's a close up... 
There are lots of little pieces to this die( use a pick up stick...I've listed it easy!), but so stinkin' cute!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Friday, October 16, 2020

When You Can't Find the Words...

When you can't find the words... make your own!  I LOVE the new Simon Says Stamp Lil Critters Corgi die from their new Make Merry release, he is so stinkin cute!!  Our first family dog, when I was little, was a Welsh Corgi...Barney!  So when I saw this die, I was so excited to make a card with him!  Only thing is..what to use for a sentiment??  Well, I created my own...
I die cut the corgi, and layered.  I die cut the letters from a CZ Design alphabet die set, and layered.  I adhered to a piece of embossed cardstock I had purchased a long time ago, and added some Tonic drops at the end of "sweet".  Super simple...short, sweet, and simple!  Here's a close up...
So so much fun!!  
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Geometric Christmas Tree

I used the very cool and pretty new Simon Says Stamp Geometric Christmas Tree die from their new Make Merry release, to make a Christmas card...
I die cut the tree, then ran my tombow adhesive all over the tree(making sure that all the pieces were still in the die cut.  I then put one of the outlines of the tree over the adhesived tree, and filled in the pieces of the outline, with die cut pieces from paint chips, five different colors of green for the tree, and four different colors of red for the hearts.  I used a gold cardstock's pieces for the star.  I then adhered two more of the outlines together, then adhered those to the tree with all the color paint chipped outline.  I die cut and layered the rectangle, and used a sentiment from a Simon stamp set from last Christmas, as I was wanting a sentiment that had "heart"!  I stamped with versamark and gold embossed.  Here's a close up...
I LOVE this could use lots of color combos, and designs in this geometric wonder...such fun!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Sunday, October 11, 2020


I used the wonderful new CZ Design "Alleluia" die from Simon Says Stamp's new Make Merry 
release, and some not so traditional colored cardstock, to make a card...
I die cut and adhered three layers of white die cuts, and one colored top die cut.  I adhered all five to a white panel, and poped up over a paneled card with strips of each color of the sentiment coordinating behind the die cut sentiment.  Simply's a close up...
Lots of die cuts for this card, but what fun!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Friday, October 9, 2020

Make Merry Blog Hop!

I'm thrilled to be joining a number of amazing cardmaking artists, to celebrate Simon Says Stamp's latest wonderfilled release, Make Merry on the Simon Blog one of two!  There are some wonderful stamps, dies, and accessories, for making your Christmas cardmaking and gift giving merry!!  This release celebrates not only Christmas, but one of my favorite times of the year, Fall/Thanksgiving!  I have used the beautiful new stamps, Autumn Leaves stamps/die set,  and All Leaves background stamp, to make a couple cards to share with you today!

This first one, I used both the Autumn Leaves stamp/die set and the All Leaves background stamp...

I sponged distress inks on a piece of card stock, then stamped with versamark, gold embossed,  and die cut from select places on the card stock for my leaves.  I layered them and adhered them to a card panel that I had stamped the All Leaves stamp in light gray.  I used the CZ Design Clean Line Gratitude stamp/die set for this, as well as the second card's sentiments, stamped with versamark, gold embossed, die cut and layered, like the leaves.   Here's a close up...

For the second card, I simply colored the All Leaves background stamp...

I had so much fun coloring the leaves....nothing fancy...just coloring, but the gold embossing adds the fancy!  I used my MISTI, and stamped the image with fog ink.  I colored the leaves, then put the paper back into my misti and stamped with versamark and gold embossed.  I LOVE this technique...such magic when you emboss with the gold after coloring!!  I did color the background of the stamped images with a light gray, also.  I then used my stitched rectangle die, in keeping with the stitched leaves, and die cut the

 background stamp with the rectangle and layered. 

Here's a close up...

The fun for me was above, the fun for you is below!

Not only is there an offer of free glitter glue for a purchase during this hop, using the code in the banner at the top of this post, but Simon will be giving away a $25 coupon to one reader's comment for every stop on the hop!  The winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 14th, so make sure you check out the Simon Blog on the 14th,  to see if you are one of the winners!!  

Here's a list of all the participants of today's hop....

Simon Says Stamp Blog  

Jennifer McGuire

Nina-Marie Trapani

Caly Person

Nichol Spohr

Amy Rysavy

                                   Lisa Addesa<-----YOU ARE HERE

Heather Ruwe

Suzy Plantamura

Sidnie Des Jardins

Barb Engler

Cheiron Brandon

Lea Lawson

Remember to check back tomorrow for day two of the Make Merry Blog Hop, for more inspiration!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa