Saturday, February 16, 2019

"Sentiment"al Birthday Card

I had made a card with Simon Says Stamp's Nested Banner dies a few posts ago.  I had not used the middle ring of die cuts, and said I was going to find a way to use them...well...here's what I made with them...
I decided(after MUCH trial and error), to stamp sentiments inside each ring.  I gathered sentiments from a number of Simon stamp sets, and used some Sunny Studio rainbow striped paper to cover the rings.  I loved what the colors brought to the sentiments,  and happily made this a birthday card!  I then wanted a background.  I decided to use the candles from the Simon Birthday Borders stamp set.  I opted for a black panel and used white ink..thought it looked cool!  I will say, I used my MISTI for the positioning of the candles...made the stamping SO MUCH easier than stamping by mere sight, with hands!!  Here's a close up...
Rainbows and birthdays...LOVE!!  
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Friday, February 15, 2019

Pointsettias, Paint Chips, and Patterned Papers

I am blessed beyond measure to design for Simon Says Stamp!!  I am also blessed beyond measure to receive products from them to create with!!  I received the Mod Pointsettia and Mod Leaves dies for the Diecember® release, but with the You are Loved release right on the heels of that release, I haven't had a chance to use these pretty dies, until now.  I KNOW the flower is a mod poinsettia, but I didn't even think of it as a pointsettia, or know that until I looked at the die's title, so I decided to show ways you could use this flower for everyday occasions!!  For this reason, the flower choices are blue, yellow and purple...NOT pointsettia colors:)!! AND...then I put the Mod Leaves die cut up against the Mod Poinsettia die cut, and I LOVED them together...they fit perfectly together and looked sooooo pretty together!!  So what you see below, are three cards made with BOTH dies together!!   I made them all pretty similarly, using paint chips for the flowers and leaves, patterned paper for the background, with stamped Simon sentiments for different occasions.  
The first is a blue flowered thank you...
I used TWO shades of blue paint chips, no color on the leaves and a gray linen design paper (Doodlebug) for the background.  Here's a close up...
The second one, a yellow flower...
 This one, I opted to use two shades of green paint chips for the leaves, and THREE shades of yellow for the flower.  I used a Sunny Studio striped gray paper for the background and made it a card for my mom...she loves yellow and daisies...this flower fit the bill!!  Here's a close up...
 The third one, I made a purple birthday flower...
This one, I used FOUR shades fo purple paint chips, two shades of green for the leaves, and some itsy bitsy polka dotted paper(kraft collection) from MFT stamps, that I could not find, so it must have been discontinued...along with a Simon Happy Birthday sentiment .  Here's a close up...
So much fun...pointsettias...paint chips...and patterned paper...leaves and sentiments, too...but the three "P's" had a better ring to it:):)!!
I MUST give a HUGE birthday shout out to Simon Says Stamp...
17 YEARS old this week...Simon, you're AMAZING!!!  
They are having a HUGE sale...thought you would want to know!!...

Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Happy Birthday Spring Foliage

I love putting soft pink and olive together on a card...it makes me happy!  Today's card is one of those!  I used my new Creative Expressions Spring Foliage die(not sure how new it is...but new to me), along with the Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday die to make a Spring flavored birthday card...
I thought the leaves of this die were so pretty, and that the die came with the ability to die cut the pretty flowers four at a time...made this die a part of my collection:)!!  I die cut and layered the leaves, flowers, and sentiment.  The leaves and flowers on the right is part of the whole die, with lots of leaves cut off to make it look a little different!  I adhered the flowers  to the leaveswith small glue dots, and then more dots to attach the branch with leaves and flowers to the card panel.  I dotted the flowers with Tonic drops and stamped a "happy" from the Altenew Birthday Builder stamp set.  I wasn't happy with the "empty space", so I used the same olive colored cardstock of the leaves and stamped the MFT Stamps Pinstripe Background stamp with versa mark  and white embossed, using the striped pieces on the top and bottom of the card.  The card is 4" across, I loved the leaf hanging over the side, so it is a bit more narrow than an average card, so it will fit into a regular envelope. Here's a close up...
Pink and olive happiness...such fun!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Rounded Rainbow Thanks

I used the new Simon Says StamNested Banners to make a thank you card, with my favorite colors... rainbow...
I am LOVING these dies for graphic styled/designed cards, beyond their being fab for sentiments!!  I used the Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow paper for my elongated die cuts.  On the middle three colored die cuts, I die cut right in the middle of the colors, the end two, the very end colors on the paper are smaller, so I tried to get as much of those as I could, so they are not centered.  I used the Simon Everest Solid Letter dies for my sentiment...LOVE these letters!!  I layered them, and I added a sentiment stamp from the new Simon/CZ Design Simple Sentiments 2, using the smallest of the nested banners.  Here's a close up...
I have to tell you...rainbows make me so happy...these dies and this card makes me happy!!  I didn't use the die cuts from the middle oval die cuts, as I only popped up two of the three...I have another idea on my desk for those...hope it works out, and if it does, can't wait to show you!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa