Thursday, November 11, 2021

Handmade Holiday Blog Hop!

I am so happy to be a part of today's Simon Says Stamp Blog Hop over at the Simon Blog, celebrating their newest release, Handmade Holiday!  There are so many wonderful stencils in this release, as well as new beautiful glitter gel!  I chose the wonderful new Layered Holiday Grid stencil set to make a couple cards to share with you for today's celebration!...
I used Pixie spray on the back of the grid stencil, to help it firmly stick to the cardstock as I brushed the ink onto the paper.  The cool thing about this spray is that the stencil will come off the cardstock as soon as you're finished!  I used black ink and after it dried, I began using the pretty glitter gel, to fill in the squares with the other stencil from the set.  I used my Eclipse tape to mask off the areas I didn't want gel, and used one color at a time, allowing each gel to dry before using another one.  So, it took three attempts to get all the glitter onto the squares.  This was SO MUCH FUN to work with and to do!  Seeing the different colored glitter after each time I would pull up the stencil was sheer happiness!!  After I was finished, I popped up the panel onto my card and done!  I have to say, the glitter against the black and the intensity of the shine is lost on these pictures!  Much like metallic paper, it would seem that it's hard to photograph glitter, but let me tell you...it's sooooo pretty!!!  Here's a close up...
The second one, has squares that were actually the first ones I made...and this one needs explaining...
I was intent on making the black ink pretty black in the squares.  To do this, I thought I would stamp my blending tool onto the stencil, rather than brush it on.  What happened, by doing this, is that the ink went beyond the stencil and gave the squares ends that look a little jagged.  I originally dismissed it, but then kind of liked the more rustic look that the ends gave the squares, and the fact that the jagged ends showed on ALL of the squares, rather than just on some, made me think that making a card of these squares was not out of the question, and would be kind of cool.  SO...I used the other side of the stencil for the images and sentiment,  and then a few of the images for an extra line of squares above the "JOY", and done like the first...such fun!!  And I am so happy I got to use what I thought I would throw away, to make another wonderful Christmas card!  Here's a close up...  
I've had fun making my cards, but the fun is just beginning for you!
Simon is generously giving a $25 coupon to every stop on the hop from our comments section, so if you leave a comment, you have a chance to win!  The winners will be posted on the Simon Blog on Wednesday, November 17th, so make sure you check the blog on the 17th, to see if you're a winner! 
The list of participants for today's blog hop are below:

Simon Says Stamp Blog

Nina-Marie Trapani

Caly Person

Nichol Spohr

Jennifer McGuire

Cathy Zielske

                                          Lisa Addesa<------ YOU ARE HERE

Amy Rysavy

Sidnie Des Jardins

Heather Ruwe

Suzy Plantamura

Yana Smakula

Heather Hoffman

Lea Lawson

 

Before I go...two things:

Don't forget the offer in the banner at the top of my post!  Simon is offering a free Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide Ink during this blog hop, with ANY purchase!  Just use the code HDMADE4U to get your ink pad!  Just remember, the offer is only good until the end of the day on November 14th OR until supplies last!

Second...there is another blog hop tomorrow!  So please visit the Simon Blog tomorrow for another day of celebration and inspiration!

Keep on hopping!! Hugs!! Lisa

88 comments:

  1. very nice and simple card. Lovely

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  2. Gorgeous card!
    Love all of the sparkle!
    thanks for the inspiration.

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  3. I LOVE the squares and glitter gels!!!

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  4. Very creative card; the glitter gel looks great.

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  5. This is glorious. That glitter gel is really stunning.

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  6. Wonderful card! I love this new release.

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  7. I’m loving the glitter gels!

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  8. fabulous sparkly card, love the new glitter gels.

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  9. Both beautiful cards but I actually like the "rustic" one best!

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  10. These glitter gels are getting me excited to play!

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  11. Delightful! I love the more classic look you got for your rich colors! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  12. I love these cards! This is probably my favorite stencil of the release.

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  13. The glitter looks so pretty. Nice look

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  14. Stunning card, love the glittler!

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  15. cute way to fill the blocks and I love the sparkle!

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  16. Love that quilt look for these cards.

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  17. Love the square idea for Christmas card- so quick and easy.

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  18. Nice card! Love the glitter on it!

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  19. Oh, so pretty! I love all the great techniques on this blog. So much fun today! Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us.

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  20. What fun cards and great use of all that pretty stencil has to offer. Those glitter gels are great colors too.

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  21. It looks like the squares are felt instead of paper on my screen. Very cool look.

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  22. Fun cards with the glitz gel. Love it!

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  23. So pretty and fun! The glitz gel is great!

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  24. What a beautiful card! Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

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  25. Such glittery fun. Sweet cards.

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  26. Gorgeous sparkle Lisa! Love them!

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  27. I love that card and I love the Layered Holiday Grid stencil set -- so many possibilities for year-round use with that one!

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  28. Love the framing. Fun idea.
    Great cards. thanks for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  29. OOOh! Love that glitter gel.

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  30. Love the glitter gel against the black!

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  31. your cards are lovely - really stylish

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  32. Very lovely and creative cards. Love all the glitter.

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  33. What a sweet card! Love the sparkle!

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  34. Both the "elegant" and the "rustic" versions are beautiful.

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  35. Very cute stencil! Your cards are both beautiful!

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  36. This stencil is very versatile.Like your cards.

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  37. Love this card. What a great idea.

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  38. So beautiful and the glitter is amazing!

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  39. A very effective card design and great colour combo.

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  40. What a nice effect you got with a stencil and the gel!

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  41. Such pretty cards! I love the glitter gel on the dark background.

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  42. Hi, Lisa - I'm going to have to try that gel. Your card turned out great! I like that dark background and I like the word all spelled out down the left side.
    TFS -
    Lori S in PA

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  43. I've always been drawn to geometric designs & grids as they tend to have a CAS look to them. Even though your cards have designs in each square it still has a clean look to it in my eyes. I love the words LOVE & JOY you've incorporated & the glitter gel adds a wow factor.

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  44. Wonderful use of glitter.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  45. I love all the ways you used this stencil set. So pretty!!

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  46. So beautiful! The glitter really sets it off.

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  47. Those glitter gels are gorgeous!

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  48. So beautiful, I thought the glitter was felt at first.

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  49. Both the cards are beautiful! I love the colors of the glitter.

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  50. Love the colors and designs on your awesome cards! Great stencil set!

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  51. I love glitter paste for that pop of WOW!

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  52. I just ordered the glitter paste and can't wait to receive it. I love how your card sparkles because of it. Thanks for sharing.

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  53. Beautiful with elegant glitter colors!

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  54. Beautiful card! I love the different colors of glitter gels together.

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  55. Lovely card! I am really excited about the colors of the glitz gels!

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  56. Great cards! Love how you manipulated the stencil around to customize the look and words.

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  57. What an elegant card! I love all the glitter!

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  58. Interesting ideas and design!

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  59. This is my favorite stencil - great card!

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  60. Lisa, the card is beautiful!

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  61. Beautiful cards!! Love the sparkle

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  62. Gorgeous cards! Thanks for sharing…

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  63. Gorgeous! Love the Christmas colors and the cleaness of the design.

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  64. I'll bet it is gorgeous in person! Manipulating the stencil looks flawless, I'd be afraid to attempt that.

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  65. Beautiful and so glitzy, these must be amazing in real life!

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  66. Beautiful card!! Love that stencil set!

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  67. Such an inspirational card!! Love this release!

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  68. Sweet design and I love all the sparkle!

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  69. Oooooooh. The glitz glitter gel is stunning against the black!

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  70. Love your glittery card! It was worth all your time!

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  71. Great details on the stenciling and look to the squares. Great project shares.

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  72. I love your sparkly cards!!!

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  73. Great card and fabulous techniques!

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I so appreciate your comments...thank for taking the time to write:)!! Hugs!! Lisa