Monday, October 11, 2021

Laurel Leaves

I used the pretty new Simon Says Stamp Laurel Leaves Background Plate die, the fun new CZ Design Merry and Bright from the new Simon Peace on Earth release, and Simon Peace Love Hope Joy die to make a couple Christmas cards...
I think this background die is so pretty and versatile!  I chose to put a sentiment in the middle of all the pretty leaves, but also chose to cut away a few of the leaves, to give the sentiments some room to shine.  This first card, I die cut strips of colored cardstock, adhered to another piece of cardstock. I die cut the leaves twice, adhered together, and adhered to the strips.  I die cut and layered the sentiment and adhered to the card...done!  Here's a close up...
The second one, I used a sentiment die from the STAMPtember® release with the leaves...
I blended Broken China distress oxide ink on white cardstock and adhered the leaves over it.  I then took my white gel pen and put snow flakes all over the blue panel.  I added the layered gold sentiment and gave the leaves a little dimension by gently folding them in the centers.  
Here's a close up...
Christmas can't come fast enough this year!!  Hope you are having a great start to your week, and staying healthy and safe!  
Thank you so much for visiting my blog today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Friday, October 8, 2021

Peace on Earth Blog Hop!

I am super thrilled to be a part of today's Simon Says Stamp Blog Hop, celebrating Simon's newest release, Peace on Earth!  I always get so excited when Christmas gets closer.  This new release has so many wonderful stamps, dies, and accessories for Christmas card making, and I have used three of the new dies, a stamp set, and new paper, to make a couple Christmas cards to share with you for today's hop...
I used the very pretty new Fine Petal Leaf Branches die set for both today's cards.  I used the leaves for this first card.  Below, you will see a picture of the red paper ring that I die cut, and ran my adhesive over, and then adhered all the leaf stems onto the ring(along with some added little glue dots).  NOW, I know the ring is red.  It would have been green had I thought that I would be using green paper for the background.  My idea when I make this wreath, was to have a red background...but that, as you can see, changed.  If you choose to make a white wreath, like I did, you could use a white circle, but I wanted something that would blend with the background.  I am thankful that the red circle is really thin, and doesn't show, but wanted to let you know why, in this picture, it is red.  Here's the pic I took while constructing it on an ipad cover...
I added part of the new CZ Design Merry and Bright die, hand cutting the Merry from the "&Bright" and then layering it.  I also added some tonic drops made on a piece of acetate, removed when dry and then adhered to the wreath.  I used some striped paper and some gold cardstock for framing.  Here's a close up...
The second  card, I used the other die from the Fine Petal Leaf Branches die set, to make another Christmas card...
I die cut and colored the flowers with leaves.   I used the pretty new Large Joy die and a stamped sentiment from the new Heart of Christmas stamp set for the card's sentiments.  I die cut a white "Joy", and colored it with the same red Sharpie that I used on the flowers then layered it.  I then adhered the die cut flowers and sentiment to the stamped card panel.  After using my green and red markers to color some of the cardstock for stripes on top and bottom of the panel,  I realized I only really needed color on the tips of the ends of the stripes, so I colored the rest of the stripes with just color on the tips, save the markers! Here's a pic of what it looked like underneath😳😁...
Again, I love the pretty detail of these die cuts, in that you can pull out pieces of the leaves and petals, to give them some really pretty dimension...I LOVE this!!  Here's a close up...
Okay, I had so much fun making these cards!!  There is a LOT more inspiration to be found, just follow along the hop with all these amazing artists:

Simon Says Stamp Blog 

Nina-Marie Trapani

Caly Person

Laura Bassen

Nichol Spohr

Jennifer McGuire

Cathy Zielske

Debby Hughes

Yana Smakula

                                       Lisa Addesa<-----YOU ARE HERE

Suzy Plantamura

Amy Rysavy

Sidnie Des Jardins

Heather Ruwe

Keisha Charles

Bibi Cameron

Barb Engler

Cheiron Brandon

Mindy Eggen

If you should get lost, just go back to the Simon Blog, where you will find the list of all the participants!

Don't forget the special offer in the banner at the top of the post,  a Lucky Pawsitively Everything 
tool, FREE, with a purchase of $25 or more.  The offer is good until midnight on October 10th, or while supplies last...use the code: LUCKYU...hope you have fun hopping!   So happy you stopped by my blog today, please take care!! 
Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Peace On Earth Release

A quick post to share a really fun card that I made with a set of cool stamps and a pretty die from the new Simon Says Stamp Peace on Earth release, that has just come out today!... 
There are so many cool new stamps and dies in this release along with all kinds of accessories, so much fun!! I used the new Build a Plaid cling stamp and the pretty Hello Sweater Weather die to make this card...and a piece of burlap!  I used a light blue piece of cardstock and the new Simon inks along with the several of the stripe cling stamps, to stamp a plaid design on the blue paper.  I then ran it through my Big Shot with a piece of burlap on top of it, and it gave it what I'd like to think of as a kind of sweater look.  I then die cut and layered the sentiment and adhered to the plaid.  Popped up the panel, and done!  Living in Virginia, but being originally from Buffalo, I kind of miss how early sweater weather happens in Fall, but LOVE it!!  Just loved this sentiment die and had such fun with this simple card!  
Here's a close up...
Hope you will check out the fun new release, over at Simon!  There will be a blog hop tomorrow, over at the Simon Blog, to officially celebrate this wonderful new release, hope to see you there!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Unlikely Rainbows

I love rainbows!  When I saw some of the new Simon Says Stamp products from their STAMPtember® release...even though not typical, I saw rainbows!...
Simply done, for the first card, I used the Paper Layering Circles die set with six different colors of cardstock.  The circles in this die set, are circular, but odd shaped circles.  When I had them all die cut, I adhered them together, and cut them in half.  Added a sentiment and happiness!!  Here's a close up...
You could also use the other half for a second card!  The second card, below, was made using the new Concentric Doodle Cling stamp...
This was one of those stamp, color, stamp emboss cards.  I put the stamp and paper in my MISTI, stamped with Simon smoke ink, then colored the image.  I put the cardstock back in my MISTI, swiped with my static bag, stamped with versamark, and white embossed.  I cut the circle in half, then hand cut the 1/2 circle (the rainbow) out, and adhered to black cardstock with sentiment from the same set as the first card, Rainbow is My Favorite Color.  Here's a close up...
Rainbows are happiness to this girl...hope you have had some happy in your day and life today!!
Thanks for coming by today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Blended Slimline

I used a pretty new Simon Says Stamp die and new stamp set from their STAMPtember® release with some stencil masks, to make a couple distress ink blended cards...
I used a mask for each card, this one a slimline mask, with three different colored distress oxide inks.  I then added a die cut Etched Tall Leaf Spray(cutting a couple of the leaves off of the bottom), and adding a sentiment from the set that I used for the second card, the pretty Foxglove stamp set.  The envelope is from Simon, as well!  Here's a close up...
The second one, I masked like the first, but this time, using the new Mini Slimline Masks, and stamping an image over the blended inks, instead of a die cut...
After blending the oxide inks, I put the colored panel in my MISTI to stamp the foxglove with black ink.  I did this, just in case I found it necessary to stamp more than once...and I DID stamp twice.  I used one of the sentiments from the set for the card, and done!  I had a Simon orange envelope for this card, as well!
 Here's a close up...
There will be a new release at Simon in a couple days...can't wait!!  Hope you are having a great week!!
Thanks for stopping by!! Hugs!! Lisa

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Happy World Card Making Day!

Happy World Card Making Day!!  I LOVE to make cards!  Card making makes me happy, and it is so much fun to create!  And, although sadly, I missed Daugher's Day and Coffee Day, recently, I have made a quick card today, filled with some happy, to celebrate THIS day!!...
I used the Simon Says Stamp Painted Flowers Wreath stencil and some of the very pretty new Simon inks from the STAMPtember® release, along with my much loved CZ Design Happy Birthday die, to make a birthday card!  I dotted the dots with Tonic Drops, but I changed sentiments before finishing my card, so the sentiment covered a few of the dots...oops!!  Oh well, I love that about cardmaking...perfection is highly overrated...and imperfections make it handmade!!  At least that's what I tell myself when things like this happen😆😆!  Here's a close up...
Hope you've had a chance to be crafty today...as always...SO...MUCH...FUN!! 
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Etched Layered Daisy

I used the very pretty Simon Says Stamp Etched Layered Daisy die amd Printmaking Florals sentiment, from their STAMPtember® release to make a card to share with you today!...
This card was simply done by die cutting the two-part daisy, coloring and popping up the pieces in it's center, layering a second layer, and adhering the two pieces together.  I stamped a gray piece of cardstock on masked ripped circular piece of paper on the Simon You Are cling stamp, loving the wording on this stamp for the final sentiment, the added pretty Printmaking Florals sentiment.  Popped up the gray panel on the card and done!  Here's a close up...
Again, loving the flower dies in this release...so pretty, easy to create with, and they have wonderful dimension..such fun!!  
Thank you so much for stopping by, today!! Hugs to you!! Lisa

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Card for a Student...Card for a Teacher!

I have made a couple cards with some of the cool new CZ Design and Simon Says Stamp stamps/dies, from their new STAMPtember® release!  I made one card for a student, and the second for a teacher...
I used the new CZ Design Love that Student stamp/die set for this first card.  I stamped, embossed, die cut, and colored the pencils. I used random markers for the pencils, and my Prisma fine point silver marker for the pencil tops.  I randomly attached the pencils in-between two panels that had stamped and embossed sentiment stamps.  The "student" is stamped with versamark and black embossed.  Here's a close up...
The second card is for a teacher...
Just as it is so important to encourage students, teachers need support and encouragement as well!  I used the new CZ Design A+ die and Simon Ledger Paper cling stamp for the background, stamping with Simon 
Two pretty easy and super fun cards to make!  Love cards that tell others how wonderful they are!!  Hope you are having a great start to your week!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Monday, September 20, 2021

Lined Maple Leaves

I've made a card with the pretty and cool new Simon Says Stamp Lined Leaves stamp/die set, from their new STAMPtember® release!...
When I saw these leaves, I fell in love!  I immediately thought of mosaic and stained glass.  So, as I have been known to do, of late, I googled, and found this pic...
I did try to add a blue strip or two, and vary the colors in my first attempts, but really liked the Fall colors more...I'm just not always very adventurous(just ask my family).  SO...I stamped the maple leaf in my MISTI with Simon Smoke colored ink, colored the leaf with my markers, put it back into the MISTI, swiped with a static bag, stamped this time with versamark, and black embossed the leaves.  I love, love, love the look of black embossing shine...I just get such a happy feeling everytime it happens...the raised outline, the deep black lines, and the shine are so cool to me!!  A look of stained glass, and happiness to me.   I kind of fit the leaves around the sentiment, and didn't adhere them perfectly in a row or spaced perfectly...just slightly changing that three-leaves-in-a-row up!  Here's a couple close ups to show you the black embossing on the leaves and the second one, the sentiment...
The sentiment is from the new Simon set, XL Greetings 3. Shine, shine, shine...
Only two days 'til it's officially Fall...the fall of the leaves has already started in my yard.  I have a VERY LARGE Tulip tree, and info from the Arbor Day Foundation:
 George Washington planted tuliptrees at Mount Vernon which are now 140' tall. And Daniel Boone used the wood of this tree for his 60' dugout canoe.
It is one of the largest native trees in North America, and I have one in my fenced in backyard.  The front yard has a River Birch...both beautiful, both huge, and both have LOTS of leaves.  I love my trees, and wouldn't trade either of them for anything, but the older I get, the tougher Fall gets.  I wish someone would invent a really good leaf sweeper(there are lots of them, and have read many reviews, but they don't work)...until then, lots of bags and raking!  Rambling done...have a great Fall week!!
Thanks for coming by, today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Framed Etched Layered Daisy

Sharing a couple cards I made with the really pretty new Simon Says Stamp Etched Layered Daisy Stem die set, from their new STAMPtember® release!...
I have to say...I LOVE this daisy die!!!  I think it is truly one of the prettiest daisy dies I have ever worked with!  The detail on the petals and the leaves make for a not only pretty in it's design and details flower, but also wonderfully dimensional flower!  With almost no effort, you have a beautiful daisy straight from the die, with only a marker for the middle, and some bends with your fingers to give the petals, middle, and leaves some dimension.  I made both cards the same, birthday cards simply made with a thin border, the first black, the second white, just because I loved the simplicity of it when I made the first one so, so, much, I figured, why mess with someting you love so much?!  I stamped the sentiment right onto the card with versamark and black embossed.  Here's a close up of the first one...
Here's the second one with the white border...
Both my daughters liked the black bordered one better, but I really love the white border, so I put this one up, as well!  Here's a close up...
Okay...hope you are enjoying your weekend!  I just raked my first leaves of the season with my two year old grandson...I have such great fun, and love being a Grammie!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Monday, September 13, 2021

A Daisy Hello

I have made a card with the Hero Arts Fancy Die Bees and Flowers, and a CZ Design sentiment die...
I think I've said it a bunch of times, but for those of you who may not have heard, I love daisies!  I've been on a bit of a shopping spree, of late, and one of my purchases was this pretty set of dies by Hero Arts! I know, the name of the set is Bees and Flowers, interesting name for this set of dies, and there are bee dies, but sorry, not a bee on this card. I die cut the flowers, then colored the centers and stems, and added the leaves from one of the other flowers from the set.  I used a layered sentiment die from CZ Design.  I pulled out some burlap, I had multiple 12x12 pieces from YEARS ago, in three different shades of brown.  I had meant to emboss the card panel with a piece of burlap, but decided I liked the look of the burlap, itself  better, so I cut a strip, frayed the edges a bit, attached to the card, and adhered the flowers and sentiment to the burlap.  Here's a close up...
Daisies just make me happy...hope your day has some happy in it!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa