Thursday, February 27, 2020

Admiration

I used the new Simon Says Stamp's Love Friendship stamp set from their latest release, Hey 
Bestie, to make a card for a friend...
This set of stamps has some pretty flowers!  I chose to use the stamp that had flowers, leaves and dots.  It also had "corner" written all over it, to me.  So, I stamped it in two of the four corners, embossed, and colored the flowers and leaves, and added tonic drops to the flowers' centers and dotted the dots with black tonic drops.  I added a cool sentiment (admire: respect, look up to, look at with joy and pleasure) from the set, right in the middle, and framed it all with the Simon A2 Thin Frame die cut, which I layered.  I am LOVING these frame dies...have been using them a lot...as you will see, with upcoming cards!!  I added a polka dotted strip behind the sentiment(It was the only piece of this particular polka dots paper I could find).  Here's a close up...
Having fun in my craft room!!  Hope you are having a great week!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Peonies Pose Possibilities

I've made a card with the pretty Simon Says Stamp Peony Bouquet stencil from the Hey Bestie release...
 Okay...I really love how the card, above, turned out.  Sometimes, though, it takes a
 failed attempt or two, to get to the card you love.  I thought I would show you the progression of this card, and those first two attempts! 
 I googled peonies to find out about them, and found that the majority of peonies are pink...so I KNEW my flowers would be pink.  I wanted a thank you card, so I KNEW the sentiment would be the CZ Design Thanks die (my favorite!).  Below, you see the first card I made, fully finished minus the sentiment strip(which I "stripped" from this card to use for the final version) ...
  I thought that it would be cool to use embossing paste, as I've loved to do, of late with stencils, and on kraft cardstock.  Thought that pink flowers on the kraft cardstock would go together!!  So, I spread white embossing paste on the cardstock, let it dry, and then, with the stencil back in place, sponged the color onto the dried paste. I added the layered sentiment and sentiment strip and some tonic jewel drops.   Hmmmm....well, I kind of liked it, but the more I looked at it, the less I liked it.  The kraft background just bothered me a bit.  I watched a youtube video about stencil techniques, and not learning much new, thought I would go back to basics...sponge ink onto cardstock through stencil!  The second one, below, used two pink distress oxide inks...picked raspberry and worn lipstick....
 Well...I liked it better than the first, but definitely didn't like what I did to the centers, and the more I looked at it, it was tooooooo dark and too intense a pink, I wanted a softer pink.  So....I simply used the Worn Lipstick on my final card, and LOVED the softer pink.  I didn't used any yellow in the middles, but used some Tonic jewel drops on each center dot, to give them some interest.  I didn't use the THANKS from the first card, as I had glued them down, but decided that a pink THANKS would be better, so I sponged one of the die cut" thanks" with the worn lipstick, then layered, and used a white layered shadow underneath. Until last night, my card looked like this...
I photographed it last night, but then didn't like it without a border...so on the chopping block it went!!  I reattached it to the card, and my final thought is that I like both the final two...whole and trimmed...maybe should have trimmed a tiny less...oh well, I always say, "can't go back, can only go forwards"....so it is with today's card.  Oh this card...questions from start to finish...and beyond!!  Below, are all three versions...
 Here's a close up of the final card...
Sometimes, you've just got to keep on trying different things until you do something, and see something,  that makes you happy...and you'll know it when you see it:)!!  Such fun, as always!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, February 20, 2020

4 Bar Die Cut Envelopes with Matching Cards

I have used the wonderful new Simon Says Stamp 4 Bar envelope dies (there are two: the V flap and Square flap), from the Hey Bestie release, and made envelopes and simple cards that match,  to go with these cool envelopes..
What is so incredibly cool and I love about these dies, is that you can not only create your own custom envelopes, but cards to match the envelopes!!  The 4 bar envelope is not for usual sized card, but rather these cards are 3 1/2" x 5"...a 1/2" shorter in length and width than an A2 card.  Just a little smaller in size, but just as much fun!!  
The first one I used a one sided piece of patterned paper for the envelope and for the trim on the card.  The first card has stamping and die cutting, the second, simply a couple die cuts.  I stamped, die cut, colored and layered the heart wreath.  I added Tonic drops to the hearts for some shine.  I used my very thin Scor Tape to securely adhere the insides of the envelopes' flaps to each other when putting together the envelope. Have had this tape FOREVER, but it seems to last forever, and is so perfect and kind of a must have for these envelopes(well, for real secure envelopes)!!
I stamped the background in Fog colored ink, and added the pretty sentiment from an older Simon stamp/die set.  Here's a close up of the hearts.
The second one, simply done with a double sided piece of patterned paper and a couple dies....
I die cut and layered the heart and sentiment, added tonic drops and adhered to a card using the same striped paper as the envelope and die cut heart.  Here's a view of the envelope...
The envelopes are the same size, but have a very different looks from each other...both are so cool!!
This was soooooo much fun, with such endless possiblitites...thinking how much fun it will be to send these matching duos...LOVED it!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Ombre Thanks

I used the cool Simon Says Stamp Large Outline Thanks die, from the Diecember release, paint chips, and some patterned paper to make a thank you card...
 It has been awhile since I've been into my paint chip box.  I pulled out a piece with four colors on one chip, and then a separate chip, all shades of green and thought green would be perfect for an ombre colored thank you card, and especiallly for this big thanks die!  I cut the paint chips into strips, adhered, die cut, and layered the die cut letters.  I used a Simon sentiment strip, and popped it all up on a piece of striped paper and card.  Here's a close up...
Such great fun...ombre is classic, so cool and so much fun!! 
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Giraffe Love

Okay, I know it might seem that I'm a day late for love, but as I've said before, hearts and love are for everyday!  I have made a card with the the ADORABLE little Poppy Stamps Whittle Giraffe die and Memory Box's Mini Vintage Varsity Alphabet dies...
 This little guy is so stinkin cute!!  A little die with such great personality and charm!  My mom LOVED giraffes...she had a massive collection of them, a number of which I have inherited!  I always liked giraffes, but they have become a love of mine, now, too!!  I die cut, colored, and layered this little guy.  I die cut and layered the letters, too.  I LOVE this alphabet die...it die cuts FOUR of each letter of the alphabet, all in one run through on the die cutting machine...making it easier for layering!  I put the letters in a die cut heart from Simon Says Stamp's Shimmer Heart die...thought the stitching from the heart went with the stitched giraffe.  The little oval the giraffe is standing on is from the My Favorite Things Oval Shadows dies(I think they were retired...but maybe they'll come out of the vault sometime...they are wonderful for times like these!!), so the giraffe is grounded.  Here's a close up...
This little guy would be great for a baby, get well, birthday card...not sure about you, but he would make me happy no matter what  card I saw him on!!   Love and miss you, Mom!💕
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Friday, February 14, 2020

So Loved

Happy Valentine's Day!  I am hoping that wherever in life you may find yourself today, that you know you are so loved!   Today, a simple, but meaningful card to express that very truth...
 I die cut the Simon Says Stamp Tulip Collage die onto the center of a card.   I colored just the tulips and stems, leaving everything else white.   I then centered the sentiment from the Simon So Loved stamp set onto the card, and with my MISTI, stamped the sentiment.  I clear embossed.  I loved not only the font of this sentiment, but it fit soooooo perfectly into the shape of this die cut!!  I added a tiny die cut heart that I layered, and dotted with glossy accents.  I thought it gave the sentiment a little balance.   Here's a picture of when the card is opened...  
 ...and another view of the card...
Happy Valentine's Day...hope you have some fun and some chocolate today!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Love with Gingham Hearts

I made a card today, from some leftovers... hearts from my Memory Box Banded Hearts die and a couple Birch Press Design sentiment dies(I was going to use these on another card, but changed my mind)...
I made some cards a few weeks ago, with the Banded Hearts die.  I had a bag full of leftover die cut hearts that I will "LOVE" using on lots of cards to come, but today's idea sounded perfect.
I used some of the hearts I had already layered, and after die cutting hearts from the Banded die with four different colors of gingham paper, adhered the gingham onto the layered hearts.  I used a stitched border die from MFT Stamps, and a couple die cut layered Birch Press Design sentiments, and put the card together, with the hearts and sentiments following the curves of the border die cut.  Here's a close up...
This card has a Valentine's Day flavor, but change the color of the hearts and sentiment, and it could be for any day...hearts are for everyday!!  Such fun!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Daisy Birthday Wishes

I made a birthday card with the very pretty Memory Box Daisy Flower Frame die and a Poppy Stamps sentiment...
 I thought this die was soooo pretty and love daisies, so I knew I had to have it!  I die cut and layered the framed daisies, leaving one layer of white flower petals in the die cut, and filling in the leaves with green die cuts.  I used a sentiment from Poppy Stamps Birthday Blowout.  Here's a close up...
Daisies are "such a friendly flower"...from the movie You've Got Mail...but they really are!!  Simple, pretty, friendly, fun!!  
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Friday, February 7, 2020

LOTS of Love

I've made a card using the fun new Simon Says Stamp's Love and Valentines Word Mix 2, from their Love You More release, to make a rainbow colored card filled with love!!...
 I stamped and white embossed the sentiments on MFT Stamps patterned paper, then die cut.  Truth be told, I stamped ALL the stamps from the set on the colored papers and die cut, but "loved" this particular sentiment alot, so I opted to make a rainbow with this one sentiment die cut!  I added a stamped, die cut, and layered sentiment from the Ampersand Words stamp/die set.   The stamped sentiment is one taken from the Simon Stained Glass Love set(I actually cut the stamp apart to get the two lines you see above).  I hand cut a layer for each love banner piece to go underneath the stamped/die cut piece and hang on the string.  I adhered the tops and bottoms of each banner piece with a tiny glue dot, as well as underneath each black bow.  Here's a close up...
I NEVER get tired of rainbows...they make me happy...and are so much fun!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Happy Birthday Hearts

I've made a couple Birthday cards with the new Memory Box Antique Heart Label die, and one with the Poppy Stamps Samba Heart Border...all hearts...
I die cut and layered the label die, filled with colored die cut hearts and dotted with Tonic drops.  The sentiment was from the Poppy Stamps Birthday Blowout(LOVE this sentiment set).  I stamped the background with a polka dotted background stamp.  Here's a close up...
The second, much like the first, but with a rainbow theme...
I used the same sentiment with some patterned embossed paper for the background.  Here's a close up...

The last one, I used the very cool Samba Heart Border die...
I used Sunny Studio patterned paper to fill in the hearts, and a scrap piece of striped paper for the border.  I used another sentiment from the Birthday Blowout stamp set...
I know I've said it before, but bears repeating...Hearts are for everyday!!  FUN!!  
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The Stamping Village Birthdays

I saw The Stamping Village's Happy Birthday stamp set on Simon Says Stamp's store site, and had to have it!!  I LOVE the beautiful compilation of all these amazing sweet birthday stamps and the collaboration of the beautiful and amazing companies that came together to put this set into production!!  These twelve companies' statement...they prefer community, creativity and the joy of stamping,  to competition!  How cool is that?!!  And...if that weren't sweet enough, on the back of the packaging, they state that $5 from every stamp set purchased will go to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation.  They believe that all children, regardless of their financial circumstances, should have art education.  They provide art and music materials across the country!  
I have used six of the twelve stamps, and in one night, made five birthday cards, such fun!!...
 The stamps are all pretty much the same size, so layout was the only thing to think about with these cuties.  On every one of today's cards, I stamped, clear embossed,  then colored with Sharpie and Mark It markers.  I have to say, my clean and simple vibes were in such a happy place with these stamps...so easy to make a CAS card with them.  Some of these cards are do overs, my first cards were SO CAS, some of them stayed as simple as I originally made them, others, I decided to add some paper to the backgrounds.  
Okay...the first one, I cut out by hand, the stamped sentiment.  I popped it up over a transparent emboss pasted card panel with confetti.  I used seven strips of paper for a background, making them the same colors and in the same order as the balloons.  I used a Wink of Stella brush marker and added some glitter to the balloons.  Here's a close up...
 The second one, I colored the candles, and left this card simple...
 I used the same markers, with an added lighter shade of each color on the candles.    I added glitter gel pen on the flames for added interest and popped up the candles on the card.  Here's a close up...
 The third one, I used two of the stamps from the set.  
The top sentiments and image are one stamp, the bottom sentiment is from another one of the images (I masked the image and simply used the sentiment...hey it really went with this stamp, too!)...
 Again, this stamp, especially with the extra senttiment, had enough body to stamd alone on the card. I did put clear tonic drops on the balloon, for some added interest(I did that on all the cards, whether glitter, or gloss).  Here's a close up...
 The fourth one, was a heart filled birthday card...
I colored the hearts in a rainbow, then had a thought to use some patterned paper as a backdrop for these sweet little hearts.  The Sunny Studio heart paper was perfect in color, and well... hearts!!  I cut the strips to fit the widths of each heart  on the border, and adhered them to paper in the order of the hearts on the border.  I thought this would keep eyes looking at the card, from getting distracted...it kind of flows! I added Tonic drops to each heart to give them some shine!   Here's a close up...
 And then the fifth card...
 I loved this ladybug and the sentiment!  Super simple, I stamped, embossed, colored and glossed the lady bug.  I used a piece of polka dotted patterned paper for the border...DONE!!  Here's a close up...
Ok...this made my Clean and Simple heart sooooooo happy, these stamps are soooo wonderful, and  ...I had SUCH FUN!!!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa