Saturday, April 13, 2019

Die Cut Letter Love!

I used the new CZ Design/Simon Says Stamp Archie Jr. Solid letters, from the latest Simon release, Blossoms and Butterflies, to make a couple rainbow cards!!... 
Can I just say, I LOVE THESE LETTERS!!!  They are small and the font is sweet...they are PERFECT for making longer words....I really love them!!!  I die cut white fun foam to layer these die cut letters, another thing that makes these letters SO easy to create with(I die cut the whole alphabet several times to have extra letters)...
I die cut the colored letters from paint chips...when making a rainbow with this many colors, paint chips make it easy to have lots of colors, and to have little pieces...for little letters. I adhered the paint chip letters to the fun foam die cut letters, and adhered them to striped paper, then popped up the card panel on top and bottom of the sentiment.  I added a couple die cut hearts for some happy love.  Here's a close up...

The second one, a thank you card, done just like the first...
 I used a piece of striped, rainbow, Lawn Fawn paper, that I cut from a diagonally striped paper piece, making the lines horizontal(I LOVE this paper!).  I added strips of black paper on the top and bottom for definition.  What is super cool about using paint chips for these fun die cut letters, you can match the letters to the patterned paper!  I don't know about you, but I don't always have cardstock that exactly matches the patterned paper that I use in cardmaking, so in this instance...Paint chips...PERFECT!!!  Here's a close up...
I may have said it before, but worth repeating...I LOVE these letters!!  So much fun, cards that say it all simply with a sentiment!!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Friday, April 12, 2019

Simon Says Stamp Blossoms and Butterflies Blog Hop + Giveaway!

 I am excited to be joining some incredible artists, today, with a Blog Hop, celebrating Simon Says Stamp's latest release, Blossoms and Butterflies!  I love the beautiful flower dies and butterfly stamps, along with stamps and dies celebrating Mother's Day...there are so many fun and pretty stamps, dies, stencils in this release, I just know you're going to love it too!! 
If you are following the blog, you should have arrived here from creative Suzy Plantamura's blog! 
I used two of the new flower dies, Dahlia Frame and Dahlia Corner Frame dies to make two cards to share with you today...I've got rainbows on my mind...
I die cut the die four times, adhered them together, watercolored a rainbow on watercolor paper, and popped up the flower and the panel surrounding it, over the watercolored paper and card.  I stamped the sentiment from the new Tiny Words Encouragement stamp set.  Here's a close up...

The second one, I used a rainbow of paper, cut in strips, to use behind the flower...
I made this one much like the first, using another sentiment from the Tiny Words of Encouragement stamp set that went with the heart strips.  Here's a close up...
My fun is above, yours is below!!
Simon Says Stamp will be generously giving a $25 coupon to one commenter from each and every blog on the hop, simply leave a comment for a chance to win!!  The winners will be chosen and be posted on the Simon Says Stamp Blog on Wednesday, April 17th , so make sure you check the blog on the 17th, to see if you're a winner!
The next stop on the hop is creative Heather Ruwe
   The list of participants of the hop are below.  If you get lost, you can head to the  Simon Says Stamp Blog...hope you will check out all the amazing artists' inspiration today!! 
Before you head off to the next blog, don't forget the free offer from Simon that was in the heading...
Use code BLSM999 to receive a jar of Unicorn Dust Glitter (while supplies last!) with any purchase!!...AND don't forget to head to the Simon Blog tomorrow for a second Blog Hop...FUN!!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, April 11, 2019

For Mom

 It's release day at Simon Says Stamp!!  The newest release, Blossoms and Butterflies, is wonderful, and I 've made a card with a beautiful die, Outline Floral Mom die, just perfect for Mother's day, or ANY day for Mom... 
I received amazing and wonderful stamps, dies and stencils from Simon for this release, but the beautiful Outline Floral Mom Die that I made today's card with, came in my mailbox late last night.  I rarely share my life on my blog, but my mom passed away almost three weeks ago, and life, of late, has been really challenging.  I had made other cards for this release, but last night and this morning, I HAD to make a card with this die!  I must admit, creativity is also challenging right now, and this card took me MANY attempts at colors and patterns for the "MOM", but I'm happy with it.   More than that, I created a Mom card...some bittersweet happiness in it all.  I will give it to one of my son-in-laws for their moms. 
I die cut the die four times in white, and one time each in 4 colored cardstocks...2 pink and 2green.  I filled in the flowers and leaves, then die cut the letters from some old Lawn Fawn patterned paper, and added some pink rhinestones(remember those??) on and in the flowers.  Here's a close up...
I'm thinking I will be making another card with this die...it is soooooo pretty and and I have 2 son-in-laws with moms:)!! You could put ANY sentiment on the inside...so it's possibilities are endless!!  
 Hope you will check out the new release, and join Simon for a two day Blog Hop full of artists showcasing the release tomorrow(I'll be there),  and Saturday! 
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Birthday, the Sail Way

 A quick post today...a simply done birthday card for a guy who LOVES sailing!!...
I don't know about you, but I struggle with "guy" birthday cards.  I try to think of the guy I'm making the birthday card for.  I decided a birthday card celebrating his love for sailing would be perfect.  Then...what to do with the sailboat.  I had gotten the Birch Press Big Birthday die a while back and inspiration struck.  I originally thought of making waves, but opted to use the birthday die as the water. I used 4 shades of blue textured cardstock and adhered, then die cut from the adhered strips.  I die cut the sailboat and adhered it to die cut foam, then adhered both the sentiment and boat to a piece of embossed cardstock.  I tried all different ways to put "wishes" on the card...wound up stamping with versamark and white embossing...the white sentiment kind of balanced the boat.  Here's a close up...
Such fun...as alway!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Triangles are Fun!

I made a couple cards using the new Simon Says Stamp Triangle Element die from Simon's latest release, Fresh Bloom...
 The first one is a die cut, layered and rainbow color filled.  I used the new Woot sentiment die by CZ Design and a sentiment below it from the new Sentiment strips...such fun!!  Here's a close up...
 The second one is a little different...
 I die cut and layered the die cut, but I had an idea given one of the new CZ Design sentiments from the You Got This stamp/die set!  I cut off one of the lines in the triangle die, and hung a die cut layered heart from the then enlarged triangle.  This fit the sentiment perfectly, and I just thought the curve and shape of the heart so FIT the triangle proportionately.  I  liked the curves of the heart vs straight lines of triangle.  I adhered the triangles, heart, and sentiment onto a watercolored piece of watercolor paper.  I added some Tonic Jewel drops.  Here's a close up... 
Very cool...very fun!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Spring Tulips

I made a couple cards with the beautiful new Simon Says Stamp Sketch Tulip Bouquet stamp/die set...
I love those artists who can color with such beautiful shading...I hope someday I can get there.  Until then, working with stamps that are beautiful no matter a solid color or shade are what I love to work with.  I DID use vellum for both card's stamped tulips.  I colored from below the vellum, but for the red, I colored ON TOP of the vellum, as well.  I loved he intensity of the red with a little extra red on top(and stamped and embossed in black was not affected so much by coloring on the embossed surface).  My Mom and Dad always had red tulips in their front garden bed...so red tulips hold a special place in my heart!  I layered the flowers, stamped a stitched rectangular panel with the new Pretty Peonies stamp stamped on it, and stamped and hand cut the sentiment.  Here's a close up...
The second card, I stamped on vellum with versamark and gold embossed...  
I, again, layered the flowers, and adhered them to a panel where I had stamped a partial background with the You Matter Background stamp.  I used another of the pretty sentiments from the Tulip Bouquet stamp set, hand cut and popped up over the flowers.  Here's a close up...
It's so cool...I can say nothing fancy(my coloring), but they LOOK fancy...simply done with a simply beautiful stamp!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Triangle Blast in Black

A quick post today, showing you a card I made with the new Simon Says Stamp Triangle Blast Stencil from the latest release, Fresh Bloom, and some black distress ink...
 I took some real liberties with this cool stencil, the triangles in the stencil are scattered,
but I filled all the triangles in by sponging with ink by moving the stencil around the card stock panel until the triangles filled the panel.  What was kind of cool, it that by the time I got done, it made some of the triangles dark, some of the newer inked ones, a bit lighter...shades of gray.  I paired the stenciled panel with a CZ Design/Simon sentiment die and one of the new Simon Sentiment Strips(these are VERY cool!).  Here's a close up...
I have to say....stepping out of the "triangles" is such fun!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Buttercup Flowers

 I have been having SO MUCH FUN with the new Simon Says Stamp CZ Design Buttercup collection of stamps and dies from the new Fresh Bloom release!!... 
I die cut and layered the stand alone flowers, using the leaf dies from the stamp/die set to make leaves for the die cut flowers.  What I love about these fun flowers is that all the petals are connected in the center of each flower...the pieces all stay together!!
I adhered the layered flowers together, added enamel dots in the centers of the flowers, a layered thanks die, also from CZ Design, then adhered them all to a card with the Deco Diamonds background stamp, stamped in Simon Says Stamp's Fog ink.  I also added some tonic jewel drops.  Here's a close up...

The second card, I used the same small sized flowers, and a sentiment from the stamp set to make a birthday card...
I layered each of the flowers and added an enamel dot in each center.  I love my tonic drops, but the enamel dots were so much easier with these flowers as they have movement.  Simply done, but a rainbow full of pretty flowers with a cute fonted sentiment...nothing more needed:)!!  
Here's a close up...

I could NOT resist the sentiment in the Buttercup stamp set, and made a "magic" card...
I had fun making a card like the one above, back in December, found HERE, so as soon as I saw the sentiment, I KNEW I had to make another!  This card and it's "magic" are made by using a piece of cardstock to separate a piece of stamped acetate in front of the cardstock, and the exact same image stamped in the exact position behind the cardstock.  All this is put into a frame, with layered 3D pop up dots separating the layers of paper, so they can slide.  Here's a little video showing me lifting the acetate and the colored image on cardstock from the frame...
                                             
I used all the flower and leaf images from the stamp set and stamped them all over the card panel.  Below a pic of the flower lifted up...
I had SO MUCH FUN with these pretty, unique, fun flowers!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Big Thanks

I made a couple thank you cards with a sentiment die from Birch Press and sentiment stamps from My Favorite Things and CZ Design...I LOVE sentiment dies:)...
I die cut and layered the "THANKS" with white and colored card stock.  I adhered the sentiment over a heart die cut panel.  I added a sentiment from My Favorite Things and used a Lawn Fawn sentiment  banner die.  I added some Tonic Crystal drops to finish.  Here's a close up...
The second one, simply done, the "THANKS" in gold and black...
 I die cut the sentiment from black card stock, then gold, and layered both.  I added a gold embossed stamped sentiment from CZ Design with Simon Says Stamp.  I adhered them both onto a piece of embossed cardstock I got at Michael's.  I used the same gold cardstock as the sentiment and adhered a strip on the top and bottom of the card.  The card is a 1/2" narrower than a standard card...the embossed cardstock was a scrap piece of paper, and it was a bit too narrow to make it standard.  Here's a close up...
I LOVE the sentiment dies from Birch Press...This one is strong enough in size and design to stand alone...loved having a little time to play with it and make a couple cards, but the possibilities are endless!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

An Egg-cellent Easter

I have used the new Simon Says Stamp Wavy Egg die from the new Fresh Bloom release to make a simple, pastel colored Easter card...
I loved the waves on this egg die!!  I expecially loved that there were six waves, as the simplest whole rainbows have six colors, so six colors, six waves...PERFECT!!  I die cut and layered the waves with white and patterned paper, some pastel polka dotted paper from My Favorite Things.  I DID emboss the egg onto the card panel, so I would perfectly place the waves in the right spots.  I adhered the colored waves onto the paper, having stamped a sentiment from the new Bunny Wishes stamp set and a adhering a layered, die cut "Easter" from the new Bunny Kisses sentiment die, die cut from the same patterned paper.  I added some Tonic jewel drops for some bling and to give the simple card a little added dimension and interest.  Here's a close up...
I LOVE simplicity...and this card has it...happiness!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Outline Floral Cross

 I used the beautiful new Simon Says Stamp Outline Floral Cross die from their latest release, Fresh Bloom,  to make a card for Easter...
I die cut and layered the outline, then filled it with three colors of die cut green paint chips, and three colors of die cut purple paint chips.  I used a piece of die cut wood veneer paper for the cross.  I adhered the layered cross and flowers to a piece of cardstock with a stamped sentiment.  I stamped the pretty new Pretty Peonies Background stamp on purple cardstock.  Here's a close up... 
This Outline Floral Cross speaks Easter to me...I LOVE this die!! 
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa