Friday, January 13, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Hey Love Blog Hop!


Simon Says Stamp recently came out with a new release, HEY LOVE, that is FILLED with lots of amazing and beautiful new stamps and dies, celebrating love... I am so in LOVE with this release!!!  Today, Simon is celebrating this release with a fun blog hop...just in time for the season of love, Valentine's Day, but HEY...LOVE is for EVERY DAY, right???!!!  Hope you will join me and the other wonderful artists in this hop,  finding some "lovely" inspiration as you hop along with us:):)!  
I made a couple cards that celebrate love in everyday ways! 
My first card uses  a couple of the new dies and some distress inks ...
I used the die, Hearts Alive, and the new sentiment die, Love.  I die cut the Hearts Alive right side up and upside down on a full card panel.  I added one more die cut layer to each of the die cuts,BENEATH the panel...love a little depth,  and adhered a distress ink watercolored panel behind the hearts.   Added the layered sentiment (3X) and a few enamel dots.  You could use this card for all kinds of occasions with different sentiments on the inside...Love...on your birthday, on your wedding, just because, Love...and Hugs, you always, on Valentine's Day!!  Here's a close up...

The second card I made used the very versatile new die, Clipping Heart, and a number of the sentiments from the new All My Love stamp set ...
I die cut the hearts three times and layered.  I used a variety of paint chips to fill the hearts.  I stamped the sentiments on a die cut stitched rectangular panel and adhered the hearts to the panel.  Here's a close up...
OK...SO...MUCH...FUN!!!  Love is truly for every day...for every occasion!!
NOW...the fun for you all!!  Simon is generously giving a $25 gift card at each stop on the hop!!  Simply leave a comment for a chance to win.  Winners will be chosen from the comments on each blog and announced on the Simon Blog on Monday!!!  The line up for today's hop is full of amazing artists and inspiration, happy hopping!!...
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Love and Hugs

The little Simon Says Stamp Bear Hugs die is so stinkin cute!!  I just couldn't resist a bear banner, stringing these cute little bears on some twine and combining them with a couple sentiments from two new sets of stamps, also from Simon, Love and Quotes, and Love...
I layered the bears with two layers of die cut bears and die cut a third along a folded piece of cardstock for hanging over the twine(I DID die cut this one in a lighter shade brown, because I thought I could use the color of the lighter brown for the ears...didn't happen...you could die cut this bear with the same cardstock as the die cut bears...
 I die cut 5 hearts in the different colors and adhered all the layers together over the twine.  I combined sentiments from two different stamp sets to get the "love" and the "hugs" onto the card to go with the little bears.  Here's a close up...
Oh my heart...these bears are too adorable!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Lots of Love...

 I used the wonderful new Simon Says Stamp Love 2 die along with it's  coordinating All My Love stamp set, and some pink and gold striped washi tape, to make a  birthday card simply with sentiments!  This "Love" die is SOOO pretty and with the sentiments above and below...ahhh..."Love"ly...
I layered the "Love" and stamped the sentiments on the top and bottom of the die cut sentiment with versa mark and gold embossed.  I originally had the "Love " sentiment covered with the striped tape, but changed it to the pure pink...just thought it looked better solid colored:):)!!  Here's a pic of the wide washi tape...got it at Michael's...
Popped up the white panel over the top and bottom tapes.  Loved the way this "Love" looked with the gold embossed sentiments.  Here's a close up...
OK...SO MUCH FUN!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year with LOVE

Happy New Year everyone!!  I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year's!!  Welcome 2017!!!  I have had a wonderful time with family visiting through much of December, with another sister arriving later this week for a late Christmas visit, but have so enjoyed, too, having an opportunity to get back in my craft room(it doubles as our guest room)!!  I made a couple cards yesterday with the new Simon Says Stamp Heart of Flowers die...this die is SO MUCH FUN to play with...the possibilities to create are absolutely endless!!  I have done simple cards using the die as is with cardstock pieces to fill in the flowers, having chosen a "70's" vibe for the first with more muted shades as the colors for the second card...
I die cut two black layers underneath the top die cut layer, adhering them together.  I then applied my Tombow runner to a bottom piece of cardstock beneath all the layers to adhere all the colored flower pieces to.  I die cut the "love" from the new Simon Hey Love die and layered it three times.  Here's a close up...
Then, I used some more pastel colors, adhered to a black piece of cardstock for the bottom layer, with the same "love" die and a sentiment from another new Simon stamp set, All My Love...
Here's a close up...
Hope you are enjoying your "new" weekend...Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!


I want to take this day to thank you all for your love this last year...I am humbled and so appreciative of all your support... your comments, emails, and notes of encouragement...it has meant so very much to me!!  I can't wait to  see what 2017 has in store!!
I hope you all enjoy this Christmas...no matter where life finds you.  We all have reason for joy and things to be thankful for.  While taking Noah to his doctor's appointment on Wednesday, I was having difficulty getting my 6'1" boy, in his wheelchair, into the office door.  I had a very kind older woman help open the door and kept it open while I brought him in.  I brought him in so that he wasn't facing the waiting room tv(which had one of his favorite TV shows on), so I kindly explained to the woman, and it seemed her daughter(my age) and disabled son, that I needed to turn my son around in front of them, but he is so long, and even with a brand new wheelchair(which he got a couple weeks ago), it is difficult to maneuver him.  The mother of the grown disabled son said, "I know just what you mean!" She spoke so kindly!  Her son's name was called shortly after that, and the mother proceeded to lift her grown son, put him over her shoulder, and then CARRIED him into his appointment.  I cry as I write this.  I'm not going to lie...life can be challenging.  BUT, I am so thankful...thankful for a wheelchair... thankful that I don't have to carry my disabled son over my shoulder and back.  If life is wonderful, wonderful!  But... no matter whether how challenging or wonderful life can be, try to find joy and be merry.  If ever there was a holiday for it, this is it!!  I am thankful for Jesus and all the joy and hope and merry that He gives me in my life, no matter what this world throws at me!!  Happy Birthday, Jesus, and again, Merry Christmas to you all!!!!   
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Monday, December 19, 2016

Love You to Pieces

My sister left for home last night😞...I headed to my craft room to make a card.   I used a brand new die from Simon Says Stamp, Hearts Align and a new set of stamps, All My Love, along with some paint chips to make a card with a bit of play on words...
This sweet new die is made up of a border of hearts which each contain three hearts within each heart...heart pieces.  I thought the "LOVE you to pieces" sentiment went perfectly with all the heart "pieces" on the card.  I used five paint chips, each with three shades of the same color on them.  The darkest shade is in the middle heart of each heart, the lightest being the biggest heart.  I added three enamel dots for some whimsey.  Here's a close up...
Oh, how I am LOVING this new release...MORE to follow!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa