Monday, August 19, 2019

Encourage a Teacher!

My children are grown, but having been a homeschool teacher to all three of them, and then almost a teacher in the public school system until life suddenly changed direction, I know how nice it would be to receive cards of encouragement.  I substitute taught for 10 years (until last year), and left cards for the teachers I would sub for.  Teaching is one of the most important and yet underappreciated jobs there is.   If you have school aged children, think of encouraging their teachers this coming school year!
I used the new Simon Says Stamp School Days stamp set from the Believe in You release, to make a couple simply designed cards...one to thank and one to encourage some amazing teacher ...
I used my MISTI to stamp the elements of this card...precision and repetitive placement was made easy using it!  I stamped the sentiment, clear embossed, and then stamped the lines over the sentiment.  Then, I moved the card stock up and down, to stamp the lines above and below the sentiment.  I added the apples to the top, colored, then coated the apples with glossy accents to give the apples some "shine".  Here's a close up...
The second one, I used the ruler from the set, along with a sentiment that went with it, to make a card of encouragement (you could even send this to a friend who is a teacher!)...
I used a wood veneer to stamp the ruler on, then clear embossed.  I used the same ruler, and randomly stamped the ruler all around the card stock panel.  I stamped and clear embossed the sentiment, and adhered the layered ruler next to the sentiment.  Simply done.  Here's a close up...
This set is so sweet, and so cool...not to mention lots of fun!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Simple Makeover of Two Cards

This is a repost after my first post of these cards somehow "disappeared"...so sorry for the inconvenience to all those who linked the former post or you found no cards when you went to the post!!  I hope this one sticks around!
Did you ever have cards that you never REALLY love after you make them??  When I have cards that I just don't much care for, sometimes I take pictures of them(thinking I may like them better someday) and sometimes I don't (I KNOW I will NOT like them better someday).  I had two such cards that I made over a year ago that fit the later.  Being that I had not taken pictures of them, I only have the picture that I thought to take, as my cards were on the "chopping block" of my desk with the gray one already having been sliced by my scissors...
I didn't have any sentiments on them originally, and I just never loved the cards.  What I do LOVE, is  how wonderful this craft is, that you can, if you're careful, and somewhat crafty, can sometimes take the pieces off a card, and use them to make another.  SO...I took the flowers, stems and leaves off of both cards and used them to put on NEW cards!  OH...I almost forgot...these flowers were made with a snowflake die...yes, you heard right...a snowflake die from Poppy Stamps Boho Snowflake die set...FUN, right??!!  Here's the white daisy, redone...  
These stamped/die cut sentiments by The Stamp Market are AMAZING!!  I had never seen them until I was in Buffalo helping to clean out my parent's home, and went to Buffalo Stamps and Stuff!  Can I just say...if you are a crafter in the Buffalo, Western NY area, you HAVE to get to this store...it is a cardmaker's dream, a WONDERFUL store with such an AWESOME selection of so many companies' products, and Sharon Klima was SO kind and helpful,  I could have spent DAYS there!!  I so wished I had had more time and days to come back!!  You will NOT be disappointed with a visit to this store...I only wish I didn't live 700 miles away!!  These sentiment stamp/dies are sooooo cool...the intricacy of these dies, really make it "look" like die cut sentiments, not just die cut stamped sentiments...LOVE them!! I stamped them with my MISTI so I could make sure they were really dark everywhere before putting embossing powder on the stamped sentiment.   Here's a close up...
The second was like the first, but with three flowers and a different sentiment...
I DID redo the stems on this card, making them longer.  The sentiments are layered on both cards, and the background is made with a retired Papertrey Ink Impression Plate, Simple Stripes.  Here's a close up...
Don't be afraid to take a chance and redo a card you may not love, and make it into something that makes you happy...and you love, like these do for me:)!!  Simply done fun!!

Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Love You with Hearts and Rainbows

I made a card today, using the Sunny Studio Window Trio Circle Snippets die...
I had made a card almost a week ago using the Sunny Studio pastel paper for a butterfly's background.  Well, the first one I made, was not wide enough, I had cut the strips too small, so I repurposed it on today's card.  I LOVE Sunny Studio paper packs!  They have the market on  rainbow papers...TWELVE colors in the Dots and Stripes Pastel pack that was used on this card!  I had recently ordered some paper packs from them, and saw this die with the hearts in the centers...I couldn't resist!!  I layered a couple time from underneath, layered the different sized hearts and embossed the top panel with an old Papertrey Ink Impression Plate.  The sentiment is from CZ Design!  Here's a close up...
I'm having so much fun in my craft room!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Daisies, a Die and Colored Pencils

I've created a couple cards using the Simon Says Stamp Daisy Bouquet stamp/die set, available together in the Believe in You release!  The stamps came out by themselves, then the dies, the Believe in You release is making them available as a stamp/die set...NICE:)!!  I had made a card with this stamp set back in May, but with the coordinating dies and a couple other Simon products,  I'd like to think that the card from May has been taken to another level... 
Here is the card I made in May...
Today's cards use a darker gray for stamping/die cutting, and I used the same dark gray with the Simon Round and Round Background stamp, for a "light and kind of airy" background, stamped in black.  I think layering the flowers and having a background along with a darker cardstock "take these daisies to a whole new level"...loving this daisy stamp even more than the first card I made with these beautiful flowers!!   I layered the daisies after coloring and added a sentiment from an older but much loved set of Simon sentiments, Bouquet of Thanks.  Here's a close up...
Then, I decided to try this stamp/die combo as a true daisy...a white flower with a yellow center...still coloring with colored pencils...
 
 I DID use my sharpie markers to color the centers...pencils don't color well over embossed surfaces.    I colored with a white pencil and went over in spots, with a darker gray towards the centers.  I used another sentiment from the same set as the first.  Here's a close up of the flowers...
One important tip when coloring with pencils in small spaces like these flower petals, keep your pencil sharpened...all...the...time!!  Makes a big difference and so much easier to color the image!  Coloring is such fun...and I especially love coloring with my pencils!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Birthday Candles

I've made a couple cards to share with you today, made with the sweet new CZ Design, Birthday Sweets, from Simon Says Stamp's latest release, Believe in You.  I used the candle and sentiment stamps and their dies from the set for both cards...
For the first card, I stamped the candles with black ink and clear embossed.  I colored them, then layered them, and adhered them above a stamped and embossed sentiment.  I used a glitter gel pen to color the flames (Jelly Roll Clear Star pen).   I used a Simon stitched square die to enclose them in,  and here's a close up...
The second one, I embossed with white powder and used the same gel pen for the flames...
This one, though, I used the Simon Round and Round Background stamp and a thought (and some input from my daughter Hannah...thanks honey!).  I had stamped the background stamp in light gray, then black and made the aperture for the candles a square.  Hannah's idea was to use a glitter gold to match the flames of the candles.  Funny thing, HANNAH is the one who had given me some glitter gold embossing powder, which is the ONLY glitter embossing powder I have!  I also opted to gold emboss the black cardstock that would be peeking out from the white(I hand cut the circle from the white panel),  and line up the circles.  Love the shine and yet glittery look this powder gives to the lines!  Here's a close up... 
The first card, a no brainer, the second a bit of trial and error, and although they both have six candles, the cards are both pretty different from each other.  Either way, SO MUCH FUN!!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Gloss and Glitter

I made a couple more cards with the Gina K Designs, Petals and Wings...I am loving this set of stamps, dies and stencil!...
I had an idea for the stems with little berries on them for both cards.  For this first card, I learned, by trial and error, to stamp and die cut the stem first, by itself.  THEN, I stamped the berries onto the already die cut stems, with Gina K Wild Lilac dye.  I found it next to impossible to stamp both the stems and berries and get them to fit into the die when I die cut...just too much room for error. YOU may be more precise, but in case you are like me, remember that tip...will save you time and paper.  I layered the berries, then covered each of the berries with Glossy Accents.  Thought I would show you the difference between the original color of ink and what it looked like after the glossy accents....
...quite a change in color, right?!!  It just so happened I had ONE card size piece of card stock that matched that purple color precisely...so stinking cool, right?!  I used a stencil from Honey Bee,  Polka Dot background stencil, to add some polka dots to go with the berries. I stamped one of the sentiments from the set, and popped up the white off the polka dotted panel.  Here's a close up...
The second one was a complete afterthought...thought of last night after I realized the stencil had the BERRIES on it:)!!...
 I stamped the stem and die cut, then positioned the stem underneath the stencil and used some glitter paste to adorn the stems!  LOVE!!  As with the first one, I polka dotted the background and used the same sentiment stamp as the first card.  
OMG...SUCH FUN!!  I love when cards are fun, easy and you love them when you're done...card making at it's best...and that's these two:)!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Friday, August 9, 2019

A Butterfly, A Rainbow, and A Birthday!

I made a birthday card using a pretty new die from Simon Says Stamp's latest release, Believe in You, the die...Butterfly Square...
I love butterflies and rainbows, they both have very deep meanings for me.  Having a butterfly and a rainbow on the same card, well, simple perfection!  I had just purchased the new Sunny Studio Dots and Stripes Pastels, a pastel rainbow of papers(LOVE how many amazing different colors are in this pack!!), and combined  tiny adhered strips of each of the TWELVE different colors of paper from the pack, with a multi layered Butterfly Square die cut.  I thought...hmmm...I could end the strips to just fit behind the butterfly, but having adhered the total 6" of striped paper strips together, the strips were plenty long enough to allow me to extend them to the ends of the card!!  LOVED how it looked with the rainbow extending out over to the edges of the card, out beyond the top card panel!  DONE!!   I added a Happy Birthday stamp from the Simon Big Birthday stamp set and some Tonic Jewel Drops for some added pretty!  Here's a close up... 
Butterfly, Rainbow, Birthday, Simply done, FUN!!  
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Glittery Flowers

I made a flower filled birthday card with a solid flower stamp and die from Gina K Design, along with a coordinating stencil and  some glitter paste...
(I have updated the pic, as I didn't like the first one, so much,,,)
I was inspired by Cathy Zielske(I am inspired by her...A LOT...I love her stamps/dies and the cards she makes:)!!), and the beautiful card she made with this same set, HERE!  She inspired me to get this set and I got  some glitter paste to have fun with, too!!  This set of stamps/dies/stencil has such wonderful potential!!  I stamped and die cut the flowers and leaves, then used the stencil to add some glitter to the flowers.  I layered both the flowers and leaves and added a sentiment from the Birthday Builder stamp set from Altenew.  Here's a close up...
Simple, sparkly fun...I'm in love!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Not a Creature Was Stirring...

I purchased the little adorable Whittle Mouse die by Poppy Stamps a bit ago, and had five little layered mice on my desk for a couple weeks until a couple days ago...
..when I figured out one way I could have some fun with them.  I missed Christmas in July...it was quite a month, and I didn't have much time to create, but thought I'd make my Christmas card anyway.  I didn't have any sentiments for mice, and certainly not what I was thinking of for a Christmas card, so I went to my computer.  I chose a font, then typed up and printed out my sentiment on my printer.  I cut the top and bottom to fit the length and width I wanted them, and popped them up above and below the mice.  Here's a close up...
 A Christmas card a little late or a little early, depending on how you look at it, but no matter how you look at it, these mice are definitely cute and so much fun!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Loving Black and White Polka Dots with Daisies!

I am loving all the flower and specifically the  daisy dies in Simon Says Stamp's latest release, Believe in You!!  And I am also loving using black backgrounds to showcase all these beautiful flowers, today is no different...
 Black and white are naturals together!!  With a little pop of color on these dies, black and white are even better together!!  I used the pretty and fun new Daisy Square die for today's card.   I die cut and layered the daisy die, then colored the stem and flower's center for the pop!  I then popped them up over a piece of black and white polka dotted cardstock.  I added a new Simon sentiment from the Greetings Mix 1 set (LOVE this set of sentiments!) using my MISTI for perfect positioning(it's almost a standard these days to use my MISTI).  I also rounded the corners of the white panel, to "go with" the rounded corners of the daisy die.  I THOUGHT about rounding the polka dots, but thought is looked kind of cool with the contrast of rounded and square corners.   Here's a close up...
Such great fun...loving the pretty flowers and polka dots:)!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, August 1, 2019

A Repeat Post for My Bloglovin Readers...Pink Carnation

I am reposting the Pink Carnation card, as for some unknown reason, the post never showed up on my Bloglovin feed.  I tried to find ways to contact Google and Bloglovin, to no avail.  So...I have taken matters into my own hands and am simply reposting the  card for the benefit of Bloglovin readers.  Sorry to everyone else, for the inconvenience of a repeat post...can only hope this is a stand alone occurrence!  Here goes:


 I made a card to share with you today, using the beautiful new Simon Says Stamp Carnation Frame die from Simon's latest release, Believe in you...
I decided to let the color of the carnation flower be the only color on the card, so I got out my favorite go to colored papers for these kind of flowers...Paint Chips!!  I die cut the flower part three times with three different shades of pink.. I then die cut the flower and frame three times, adhering two of the die cuts together after taking all the die cut pieces out.  The third die cut, I left the flower petal pieces in the die cut, and used my Tombow adhesive runner and put adhesive all over that die cut.  I adhered the two layers over that adhesive covered die cut, then put in the separate petals in the different shades into the layered die cuts.  I adhered an embossed piece of black card stock behind the flower, and added a sentiment from the pretty new set of sentiment stamps from CZ Design, Clean Line Everyday.  Here's a close up...
Having so much fun with this new release!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa


Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Today Wil Be Awesome

One more post for today:)!  I used the fun new Simon Says Stamp Today Will Be Awesome die from their latest release, Believe in You, to make a card of encouragement...
I LOVED this sentiment die and the first thought I had was...you may have guessed it...rainbow!!  I used the wonderful Sunny Studio paper which has one of the brightest and most colorfilled papers to make my rainbow.  I cut strips less than a 1/4" thick and adhered them together.  I die cut the words from the rainbow paper.  I then...yes...a tiny bit crazy....layered each letter and word twice with black die cuts of the same...
I adhered them to a die cut panel that I had adhered to a solid panel.  I then added a layered (twice) gray piece behind the sentiment, and adhered to stamped gray cardstock with the new Stripe Jumble Background stamp.  Here's a close up...
I hope you have had a wonderful July...I am hopeful that August will give me a lot more time to create...a lot more time to have fun!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa