Wednesday, January 16, 2019

You are Resplendent!

I used the pretty Simon Says Stamp Deco Heart die and cool CZ Design/Simon Says Stamp sentiment to make a card that I thought combined them sweetly:)!...
 Cathy Zielske...AKA CZ Design, has a line of stamps and dies over at Simon Says Stamp!  She is funny and fun, and though I've never met her, I like her...and I like her style!  She makes cool stamps and dies, and the partial sentiment stamp that I used on today's card is just one such example.  I DID use a "You are" from another stamp set, as I felt my card needed a bigger sentiment and the heart needed a little bit of curvy font, so I simply used the last part of her sentiment, the word resplendent!  Ok...few I have asked know what that word means, but I had heard it on a Disney show(yes, I DO learn from Disney...watching A LOT of it with Noah:):)!!).  Resplendent means: attractive and impressive through being richly colorful, having a very bright or beautiful appearance, has great beauty, and is a pleasure to behold, lovely...to give you a few.  I thought the one brightly colored heart amongst the black and white went with resplendent...impressive though being richly colorful...and that the one who receives this card will be someone loved and like that pretty pink heart!!  I layered the black die cut heart three times, and a couple white below the black with the heart attached to the layered black hearts.  I layered with the two white layers to give the heart die cut real depth for when I put the card together.  Here's a close up...
I really love this card...thanks Cathy for the cool vibe you bring to the crafting industry...love your style, lady:)!! This was great fun...be resplendent you!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Monday, January 14, 2019

Heart Tree

 I have used the pretty new My Favorite Things Heart Tree die to make a couple cards to share with you today...
This first one, I die cut the tree and the stitched square at the same time, then die cut a couple more trees to layer from underneath.  Below the three layers, I used a piece of watercolor paper, embossing it with the tree die, and then coloring with markers.  I adhered all of the layers together, and then adhered to a card with a piece of striped MFT Stamps striped paper on the top and bottom of the card.  I stamped a sentiment from the Woodland Friends stamp set, and then cut to a banner.  Here's a close up...

The second one I did much like the first, minus the square cut and coloring...
I die cut the tree and layered twice underneath the main, top panel.  I adhered them all together, with a black panel on the bottom, with a bright pink heart adhered between the black panel and the bottom white layers.  I used another of the sentiments from the Woodland Friends stamps set, and some of the diagonal paper on the right and left sides of the card.  Here's a close up...
I had SO MUCH FUN...but... I still feel a rainbow coming on with this die:)!!  
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Totally Love You

I used the smallest heart from the new Simon Says Stamp Ornate Love stamp/die set to make a rainbow of hearts to say "love you"...
As you will see from the product list below, the biggest thing to this card is INK!!  Choosing 9 different colored inks is no small or easy task.  I finally settled on what you see here, stamping each color heart, die cut and layering each a couple extra times.  I adhered them to a card panel that had the new Simon Quilted Hearts Background stamp stamped with Simon Fog ink.  I added a sentiment stamped and embossed on vellum and wrapped around the panel and adhered on the back.  I dotted three of the hearts with Tonic drops and adhered the whole panel to a card.  Here's a close up...
Rainbows and hearts...it doens't get much better than this:):)!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Simon Says Stamp You Are Loved Blog Hop!

Valentine's Day is a day to tell others, "you are loved!"....and Simon Says Stamp's latest release, You Are Loved, is not only perfectly named but filled with perfect stamps, dies and stencils to celebrate the upcoming day of LOVE! I am thrilled to be a part of today's Simon Blog Hop that celebrates the release that celebrates "the day" (but hey, LOVE is really for EVERYDAY, right?!)!
If you're following the hop, you should have reached here from the talented Amy Rysavy!

Love is most often shown on cards with hearts and words of love, and I have used the new Simon Says Stamp Ornate Love stamp/die set, combining both, to create a couple cards to share with you...
I stamped, embossed, die cut and colored the letters with markers.  I used two shades of pink, coloring all of one type of flowers.  I used my Prismacolor cool gray markers (4 shades), to color all the rest of the letter's flowers, leaves and designs.  I wanted the pink flowers to be the only color on the card.  I layered each of the letters three times.  I cut a heart out of a textured piece of cardstock and layered it from underneath.  I used one of the sentiments from the set(oh yeah...the Beatles!!) and stamped it with versamark and white embossed.  Here's a close up...

 I used the other Ornate stamp from the set, to make my second card...
I sponged three distress oxide inks on watercolor paper, allowed them to dry, then brushed my embossing bag over the paper, to avoid static, and stamped with versa mark and white embossed the ornate heart stamp.  I hand cut the heart out, and layered with die cut, black hearts from the set.  I stamped the Ornate background stamp onto a piece of black cardstock with silver ink.  I wanted something that would show, but didn't want embossed color or shine of embossing...the silver gave design without taking from the heart.  I added a stamped, die cut and layered sentiment.  Here's a close up...
Well, that's it for MY fun, now onto yours!!  
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 on Wednesday, January 16th, so make sure you check the blog on the 16th, to see if you're a winner!
The next stop on the hop is creative Heather Hoffman
   The list of participants of the hop are 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!! 
Please don't forget, as you read in the heading, you will be given a FREE Tim Holtz Festive Berries Distress Oxide Ink Pad (while supplies last), with ANY purchase!!  The CODE IS LVE584, and will expire on January 13th at 11:59pm EST, so don't forget when you place your order!!
AND...debuting today over at Simon, is a BRAND NEW set of watercolor prints from Suzy Plantamura...Push on the pic to see them at the store...
 Simon Says Stamp Suzy's SENDING LOVE Watercolor Prints szval19
ONE LAST THING(but not least)...there's a Day 2 of the You Are Loved Hop TOMORROW...so please make sure you check back to Simon's blog tomorrow for MORE inspiration...ok...keep hopping!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Botanical Branch with a Masked Background

I hope for all of you who celebrated, that you had a very Merry Christmas!  I had a wonderful Christmas spent with my children...it was a blend of beautiful but crazy chaos, mixed with quiet, tender moments and all covered with lots of love...yes, a wonderful Christmas!!  Happy New Year to you all, too...I am believing that 2019 is going to be a great year! 
I have been absent from stamping as my craft room is my guest bedroom.  After everyone went home, Noah and I got sick.  We have spent the last five days getting better.  I am rarely sick, and I'm so thankful for that, but oh how I hate being sick!!  I finally got back into the craftroom, and made and threw away my first number of cards...I WANTED to create, but "it" just wasn't coming to me.  I pulled out my scraps, and found some of the Pink Fresh Studio Botanical Branch die cuts that I had die cut a while back, but hadn't used.  They were white, and although I didn't use the scraps, the branches did inspire me...
The total die cut contains a frame around the branch, but I opted to cut the branch from the frame and use only the branch.  I layered it in two colors of olive green card stock, and used orange enamel accents to make berries(the most intense and solid orange colored product I have).  I then dotted each berry with glossy accents, to make sure they were really shiny.  I was inspired by the Pyracantha bushes I am seeing everywhere around where I live.  Here's a picture of what they look like, I think they're so pretty...
After I had the branch put together, I chose to give it a background before adhering to the card. I chose the Simon Says Stamp You Matter Background stamp...the words so fit being grateful for someone! I stamped the sentiment onto the card panel, then masked it, so it would not be a part of the worded background...
I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of copy paper, and cut out with scissors.  I put a tiny dot of tombow runner on the cut out, and put it over the stamped sentiment.  
 The below is my pattern, having been stamped a bunch of times before I took the picture, so the print is ALL OVER the paper, but hopefully you get the idea. I tore a piece of printer paper in a shape that went with the shape of the branch, centered it on the card, and then flipped both papers over onto the inked background stamp.  
Here's a close up of the branch and sentiment...
I am so very grateful for wonderful family and friends in my life, and I am so grateful for you!...
thanks so much for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Bixby Flowers...Love and Thanks

I made three cards using some of the new stamps and dies from Simon Says Stamp's two latest releases, Diecember®, and You are Loved!...
All three cards use the flowers from the Bixby Arch die!  The first one, I die cut a BUNCH of flowers in two shades of pink, and adhered them together with tiny glue dots.  I then adhered the adhered flowers to a die cut heart from the Ornate Love die set.  I dotted all the centers with white Tonic Crystal drops.  I then adhered the whole heart to the stamped and die cut card panel.  Here's a close up...

The second one, I made the flowers into daisies and used the stamped/die cut Ornate Love heart as a backdrop for the daisies...
I die cut and layered the flowers, added some stems made by simply finely cutting paper, and stems from the Bixby die.  I stamped, die cut and layered the heart, as well as the sentiment.  I added striped strips of paper on the top and bottom to center the heart and sentiment.  Here's a close up...
The third one was an experiment!  I wondered what it would be like to fill up a layered die cut with Tonic drops??!!...
I thought someone might want to know how I die cut this border of flowers...so here are some pics of my die cutting...
  I centered the four flower die in the middle of the card panel...
This is the four flowers die cut...
To get the extra two flowers, I positioned the die over three of the already die cut flowers and die cut...
...making an exta flower on the right side.
Then, I placed the die over three of the already die cut flowers again, this time on the left side...
...and die cut, now having a full row of flowers!!
I made three more like these, and cut those three into strips.  I adhered all three of the strips together with a uncut piece at the very bottom.  I decided to try using my Tonic drops to fill them in, in lieu of paper, paint chips, or coloring/painting.  It was fun!!  I had to refill the flowers a second time, as the Tonic drops seemed to dissipate a bit when they dried.  What was SO cool about the process is that when the drops dried, there were little lines in each of the flower's petals...not sure why, but way cool!!!  Here's a close up...
I then adhered the Tonic Drop flower strips to the top panel, and added Jewel Tonic drops to the centers of each flower, and a small black dot in between each flower for some interest. The sentiment is from one of the new Simon stamp sets, So Loved...such lovely sentiment stamps!!  
OK...this was so much fun...hope you are having a wonderful December and for those of you preparing for Christmas, that you have peace in your heart and home:)!!  
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Saturday, December 15, 2018

You Light Up My Life

I made a fun card with a new Simon Says Stamp stamp set from their latest release, You are Loved!!
You light up my life...hmmm...not much going on here...
 Then the light goes on!!...
Okay...the story.   I was trying to find a card I had made using a little girl sitting on a flower pot.  I FINALLY found her, having made the card back in 2012.  As I scrolled down, I found THIS post, and KNEW I had to try this again!!  In Simon's latest release was this light bulb, with the PERFECT sentiment for this fun interactive card!!  It DID take a little perfecting...but it's basically a stamp stamped on a piece of acetate(with stazon ink) and another of the same, stamped on cardstock, embossed, and colored.  They are separated by a piece of white cardstock when you pull the two of them, the colored one is revealed behind the acetate one.  Here's a 7 second video of me pulling it out...

Okay...SO...MUCH...FUN!!!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, December 13, 2018

One of a Kind

I used the pretty new Simon Says Stamp Sweet Tulip die from the Diecember® release, with some paint chips, to make a card...
This is such a pretty die!!  I used two shades of red and green paint chips, and after die cutting and layering the die cuts, added the colored paint chips.  I used one of the sentiments from the Tiny Words stamp set to complete the card.  Here's a close up...
I am having the most fun with the latest Simon releases!!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

You Are Loved!

Simon Says Stamp has come out with a new release today, You Are Loved!!  It is a beautiful release, filled with "love"ly stamps, dies, stencils and sequins that celebrate LOVE!!  I have used a number of the new products to make three cards that celebrate the new release, and LOVE:)!!...
 I made the first card a shaker card as when I read the name of the die, it was my first thought!!  The die is Windows to My Heart. I also used the Quilted Hearts background stamp (I really "LOVE" this background stamp....the tiny hearts and the soft look it gives to a background....LOVE...just sayin!!), the Love Messages stamp set, and the Girl's Best Friend Sequins to make my shaker card!  I stamped the background, die cut the hearts, and stamped the sentiment onto the card panel.  I used double sided foam, and die cut the hearts from it.  I added a piece of acetate to one side of the foam, and then adhered the acetate/foam to the card panel.  I added the pretty sequins, then put a square of the hearted patterned paper on top of the other side of sticky foam.  Here's a close up of the windows...
I used the white die cuts from the first card, to make another rainbow card, this time with layered hearts...
 I used the same background stamp, sentiment stamp set, and patterned papers to make this, as well as the third card.  I dotted a few of the hearts with Tonic Crystal drops.  Here's a close up...
The third one, I did more of the same, but, as with the first two, the hearts are in another pattern...
I dotted ALL the hearts with Tonic Crystal drops and used the same sentiment as the first card.  Here's a close up...
This release is full of love and full of fun, I am having so much fun!!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa