Monday, October 20, 2014

Christmas AND Birthday Gifts!

I used the new Simon Brilliant Gifts die for a couple "brilliant silver lined" cards!!  The die is designed with two more gift boxes, one on either side, but I opted to cut them off, to make the die a little shorter in length...I LOVE how the package bows hang off of either side of the boxes and I just think it fits a standard card a bit better:)!...
 I used shiny silver paper, layered with white underneath, and patterned and metallic paper to fill the packages.  I added a Christmas sentiment from last year's Simon collection...
THEN...I thought...HEY, this die could fit more than just Christmas...what about a BIRTHDAY??...
 For this card, I layered with shiny silver like the first, but used RAINBOW colored paint chips for the centers of the presents.  I also used a Simon sentiment...
Oh, my, these pretty gifts make me happy!!  What FUN!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Hey, Lady!

The challenge this week at Less is More is to make a card with "Little Creatures" on it:)!!  I have had this stamp by Rubber Soul for a while and thought it perfect to pull out of my stamp drawer for this week's challenge...
 Only thing is...I didn't have "THE" sentiment I wanted to use with my lady bug...LOL... so I used my computer and printed "THE" sentiment (Papyrus font) on a piece of white cardstock and then stamped my bug on THAT:)!
 I have computer printed the sentiments for my cards a few times...a MUST when you can't find the precise word or words in your stamps to say what you want your card to say!!!   I stamped the image a second time on a separate piece of paper and cut and colored two of the pieces of grass and the ladybug.  I also glossy accented the ladybug after adhering to the card (thought it made her look more ladybuggish)...
Thanks so much, Chrissie and ladies, for showcasing my Autumn leaf...I am honored and so appreciate your acknowledgement and sweet words...you made my week:)!!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Friday, October 17, 2014

SSS...SSS!

Ya know...after hundreds of post titles, it gets hard to come up with something original...today was a fun thought:)!  SSS...SSS!  Simon Says Stamp...Simply Stamped Snowflakes!...
At Christmas, aren't we all looking for simple ways to make pretty Christmas cards?  I used the new Simon Says Stamp snowflake stamp set with one of the new Simon colors, another Simon color, and a couple new set of sentiments (one on the front, one inside)...a card filled with Simon Goodness!! (I've linked them all at the bottom of the post:)!)   I stamped the sentiment FIRST, clear embossed, and stamped the snowflakes around it.  Added twine on the side and stamped a sentiment on the inside with the same font as the "Merry"...
I'm entering this into the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge this week (my THIRD entry...TOO MUCH FUN:)!!)...kind of flipped the sketch and put my sentiment in a different position...
Hee hee...flipped the sketch....oh, too much coffee this morning:)!!  Having FUN!!  Thanks for spending time at my blog!! Hugs!! Lisa

Monday, October 13, 2014

Four Birds on a Sled

I used a sweet new stamp/die set from the Simon STAMPtember® release...I couldn't resist putting these cute birds on the wonderful die cut sled...
 I stamped the birds then clear embossed and colored with markers.  I used the coordinating bird dies and cut all the birds out, along with a bunch of others to layer them with.  I die cut the sled with wood veneer paper (then layered with chipboard) and swiped it with distress ink to make it a darker looking wood to go with the dark "christmas" sentiment...
 The two sentiments are from 2 different new Simon sets, also from the STAMPtember® release.
I will be linking this card to the Festive Friday Challenge #42.   It's a new-to-me challenge (thanks, Ardyth!)!!   Here's the inspiration...


OK...lots of fun!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Saturday, October 11, 2014

CAS(E) this Sketch #96...Thinking of You

I had an idea for some vellum and leaves today, and made it fit this week's sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch...

 I had to search and search my stamps to find an outlined leaf stamp!  I found one stamp in an old and beautiful...but I hate to say it, I think retired stamp set by W Plus 9, Woodgrain Silhouettes, Additions.  I stamped the single stamp image repeatedly on vellum with versa mark and then white embossed all the leaves at the same time.  I used one set of Memento markers with one red, one orange and 2 yellow markers to color the BACK of the vellum...
I stamped the sentiment from Papertrey Ink and popped up the two white  panels over the colored vellum.  OK...I am really getting addicted to these sketches:)!!  There may be more...  Hope you have a great weekend:)!!   Hugs!! Lisa

I Miss You

I was going through my card picture files the other day and found a card I had never posted (well...I have a bunch I never posted, but I actually kind of liked this one...).  I made this card in March...of LAST YEAR!!  It spoke Fall, so I thought I would post it...1 1/2 years later...
Ok...the only problem...I can't remember what company made the sentiment...I think Papertrey Ink...and the tree die is Quickutz...retired.  You can find the tree dies on ebay, if you're interested.  The main reason for my post is just for an idea...and when I look at it, it just makes me smile(even though it says, "I miss you":)!!  Hope you have a great weekend:)!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

The Cutting Edge Challenge #12

Oh my...how fast the weeks fly by...it's time for the next  Cutting Edge Challenge!  We have a new, wonderful, sweet  inspiration project done by Amy Kolling...
Fun, right?!  Let yourself be inspired by Amy's card, and create a card that includes die cutting (all forms accepted).  There’s so much about this project to be inspired by, right?!  Here’s what I created:
When I saw Amy's card...the colors,  polka dots, and hearts jumped off her card for me.  I chose to pull out the elephant that I used on the last Cutting Edge Challenge...not trying to be boring, I just think this elephant  fit perfectly for the main image in navy polka dots...and I happen to think he's so stinkin' cute!!  I stamped the heart on his ear in red and cut it out,  to mimic Amy's blue plane with red propeller.  I die cut hearts behind him, to mimic Amy's die cut clouds AND hearts AND colors!  FUN!!

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 will run for 2 weeks and closes on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM EDT, so hope you'll join the fun?!  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, October 10, 2014

Umm...It's CAS(E) this Sketch #96!

I may have said it before, but I LOVE sketches!!  I guess some cardmakers love color inspiration, some may get really inspired by pictures, and I appreciate all kinds of inspiration (although I find many types of inspiration kind of difficult), but I find that I get more quickly or easily inspired by sketches... hmmm  ...what does that mean?? Maybe it's the blank slate of a sketch...the defined lines with no distractions of color or real pattern?  Interesting??!!   I have chosen the new sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch to make  today's card, here's my card and the sketch...

I chose to use the new set of stamps by Simon Says Stamp, Tons of Hearts (LOVE all these hearts!!) and a new sentiment from Paper Smooches, Bosom Buddy!  I stamped the hearts with black ink, clear embossed.  I stamped the sentiment, clear embossed and then cut around the hearts.  I used glossy accents to give my rainbow of hearts some shine, and adhered a strip of polka dotted paper behind the cut out areas.  Here's a close up of the shine...
Being this is a two week challenge, I am certain I will be trying my hand at another card...or two:):)!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa