Friday, January 21, 2022

Snowy Greetings

Snow is expected here in Southeastern Virginia today, 3"-6", and that's a pretty uncommon event!!  I couldn't thintk of a better time to show a card I made, perfect for today...
I used the new Simon Says Stamp Mini Slimline Snowflake Window stencil and the Snowy Greetings die, both from the new And Back Again release.  I sprayed pixie spray on the back of the stencil to hold it on the cardstock.  I used three shades of blue Simon Pawsatively Saturated dye inks on the stencil, and on the background of the sentiment die.  The die cut sentiment didn't show well by itself, and I wanted it to be white, so blending ink on the background helped the sentiment to stand out, but "go with" the card.  I added some Tonic drops to the centers of the flakes with space in their middles.  Here's a close up...
 Below, is what the bread aisle looked like yesterday, in the store I shop at, in anticipation of the coming snow.  Having been born and raised in Buffalo, NY, I don't "get" the craziness, but truth is,  because Virginians don't get much snow,  they don't have a lot of experience living or driving in it, thus the craziness ...
Stay warm, stay safe...hope you have some fun today!!
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, January 20, 2022

And Back Again Blog Hop!

I'm so happy to be a part of today's Simon Says Stamp Blog Hop, celebrating Simon's TWO newest releases, To the Moon, which came out last month, and And Back Again, which was released yesterday!! Both releases are filled with lots of love, for Valentine's Day and everyday...for the love of your life, or a friend for life!  I have used the very cool new Folding Heart and Window die for both cards, sweet new sentiment stamp sets for both cards, and the new Outline Love die for the second card...   
I die cut three of the hearts from three different colored striped papers.  I used a guide and piercing tool, and pierced holes down the centers of all three hearts.  I used floss to sew them together.  This is what they look like from the side.  I know it may be thinking way too much, but I started with light pink and ended with red, kind of thinking of the sentiment...
Then I stamped two of the sentiments from the XL Love Greetings stamp and die set.  I adhered the die cut "heart you" over the three sewn hearts, and stamped both the sentiments with versamark and black embossed.  Here's a close up...
I so love it when you stamp with versamark and black emboss, the shine is wonderful...

The second one, much like the first, different color, with different sentiments...
I used Simon Sweets colored ink to brush on ink to the die cut sentiment as well as to the embossed paper along the border.  I used a sentiment from the new Love You Bunches stamp set to go with the Outline Love die cut.  Here is a picture of the layers on this one, different shades of pink below the top layer...
And here's a close up... 
I have had so much fun making my cards, and the fun for you is just beginning!  
Simon is generously giving a $25 coupon to every stop on the hop from our comments section, so leave a comment for a chance to win!  The winners will be posted on the Simon Blog on Wednesday, January 26th, so make sure you check the blog on the 26th, to see if you're a winner! 
The list of participants for today's blog hop are below:
Don't forget the offer in the banner at the top of the post...a free Love Gnome stamp set with any purchase!  The offer is good until the end of the day on Janurary 23, or until supplies last, so don't wait!  Also, there is a second blog hop tomorrow at the Simon Blog, so check back with the Simon Blog tomorrow, for more wonderful inspiration using these two new releases!  Thanks for stopping by...keep hopping!!  
Hugs!! Lisa

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

And Back Again Release Day!

It's the second half of the "love"releases over at Simon Says Stamp today,  with the follow up to the To the Moon release, with today's And Back Again release!  I have used one of the cool new dies and sentiment stamp set, to make a couple cards that will send love... 
I used the new Big XOXO die for both cards(using both sets of die cuts), and the XL Love Greetings stamp set for the first one(I love the sentiments in this set!).  I layered the letters, and loved how the sentiment I used, fit into the shape of the lined up "X andO"...LOVE when that happens!  Here's a close up...
The second one...
For this card, I recessed the x's and o's by popping up the panels above and below the letters.  I used a sentiment from an older Simon set, as I was looking for a "hugs and kisses" sentiment.  Here's a close up...
I have been absent for the month of January...have had a sluggish start to getting back to life after Christmas.  My tree is still up, if that tells you anything.  I hope you will check out this new release...there's lots of love in these last two releases!  And though there may be one "love day" in February,  love is for everyday!  There will be two hops on the Simon Blog, to celebrate this and the former release, together, tomorrow and Friday...hope you will hop along and be inspired!  
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Happy 2022!

Happy New Year, everyone! I am hoping that 2022 will be a better year than the last two for me and for you!   I have made a card with Simon Says Stamp's Be Lovely stamp/die set, from their new To the Moon release,  that's filled with tulips and love, to start the year off right....
I stamped, die cut, colored, layered and popped up the pretty little lady.  I used one of the sentiments from the set, and an oval die cut from a very old MFT Stamps die set...made for shadows, to ground her.  I then had this idea to stamp a tulip frame around the little lady with the three tulips from the set.  I stamped, embossed, and colored them.  I stamped three of them at a time.  My mess up with the stamping came with the top strip.  I wasn't thinking about the tulip on the top of the vertical row being different from the tulip on the bottom of the vertical row, so I started stamping the top row across the same as I had stamped the bottom, but shouldn't have.  I was too into finishing to do a do over, so I left it as you see it...perfection is highly overrated, anyway!  Here's a close up...
Hope you had merry and happy holidays....and hope you are well and staying safe.  Looking forward to what this year holds...I read this quote today, 
"Hope is the feeling we have that the feeling we have is not permanent."  Mignon McLaughlin 
 Keep hoping!
 Hugs!! Lisa

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Peony and Leaves

I have made a card with the very pretty Simon Says Stamp Peony and Leaves die, from their new To the Moon release...
I used three different shade of pink paint chips, and two different shades of green chips for the flower and leaves.  I layered the flower, and added some Tonic drops for the berries.  I added a sentiment from the new CZ Design Love Garden Greetings and one from the new Simon So Much Love stamp sets.  I popped  up the panel on a card.  Here's a close up...
I hope, for those of you who celebrated it, that you had a wonderful Christmas.  Now, it's on to the new year...hoping for a better year in 2022 for me and for you!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Saturday, December 18, 2021

XOXO Sending Love

I've made a card with the one of the very cool new CZ Design dies from the Trio of Love die set, and a sentiment from her Love Garden Greetings stamp set, from Simon Says Stamp's new 
I made stripes of three different shades of pink paint chip and adhered them to cardstock.  I then adhered then to a section of the card, diagonally.  I cut another card sized panel of cardstock in two and cut them to fit the strips, large enough for the "xoxo" sentiement die cuts, which I had layered.  Before popping the white panels around the paint strips, I stamped the "sending love " sentiment with versamark and black embossed.  Here's a close up...
I had the idea to make this card when I saw this die...I love it when a card turns out just as you imagined...fun!!
One week til Christmas...definitely not ready, but ready or not, here it comes! Take care, please stay safe!!  Hugs!! Lisa

Friday, December 17, 2021

Merry Christmas Money Card

I have made a card for a family member who wanted money for their Christmas gift...
I used the wonderful Lawn Fawn Giant Merry Christmas die that I have had for a while, and thought perfect for this card! I used a mini slimline card, as it's size is MADE for money...6 1/4"x3 1/4"!  
I used Sunny Studio Holiday Cheer paper, cutting the red and two green dotted papers into strips, and adhering to thin cardstock before diecutting the sentiment.  I then layered the die cut, and added a layered die cut heart to go with the sentiment strip, both Simon Says Stamp.  I also used a mini slimline envelope for the card.  This card makes me happy!  Here's a close up...
Hope all is well in your part of the world...beautiful weather here in VA...windows open today!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, December 16, 2021

To the Moon Release!

The new Simon Says Stamp To the Moon release just out today, has me over the moon!  I have made a couple cards to begin the celebration, using two of the new dies and a stencil..,
This card was so much fun, so easy and so quick to make!  I used the cool new Polka Hearts stencil with two of the new Simon saturated inks.  I then blended some of the darker pink onto cardstock and die cut the sentiment background of the new CZ Design Love You die. I then adhered the layered sentiemnt to the  layered and popped up background.  LOVE!!  Here's a close up...

I then used the same sentiment with a different look...
I combined the sentiment with the pretty new Wreath of Love die!  I layered both, popped up the wreath on die cut strips that I had adhered to cardstock.  Here'a a close up...
Hope you will check out the To the Moon release,  to see all the new "love"ly products...I love love!!  Hope you have great rest of your week...thanks for coming by my blog today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Sketched Rose Wreath Hot Foil

I broke out my Glimmer Hot Foil system I had purchased a while ago, but was too unsure to use, and gave hot foiling a try...
I used the beautiful Simon Says Stamp Sketched Rose Wreath Hot Foil Plates and dies from their Diecember® release to start my experimenting!  I used the Hot foil plate with my Big Shot.  I watched a video (thank you, Sharon), using the hot foil system on the Big Shot, to become brave, as I had only seen artists use both the Platnium die cutting machine in conjuntion with the foil machine, when I had seen this done in the past.   My budget didn't have room, and my room didn't have room for the Spellbinder Platnium machine on top of the foil machine, so I wanted to make it work!  This was so simple and I love the beautiful gold on the wreath(I used the foil from the kit)!  Having die cuts was such a sweet extra, this whole thing was so simple and so much fun to do!  I colored with markers, then layered the wreath, flowers, and leaves.  I changed so many things about the sentiment and background...I tried a gold sentiment, a white sentiment on the gray, I tried a white background, a plain gray background...settled for what you see...pretty happy with it.  The stripes were made with a very old Papertrey Ink impression plate(no longer available, much loved, and still used...a lot!).  Here's a close up...
ELEVEN DAYS til Christmas...YIKES!!  It will come no matter if we're ready or not, but hope you're not stressing...do what you can, and let the rest go!  I know, easier said than done, but try!  
Thanks for taking/making the time to stop by, today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Stylized Butterflies

I've made a couple cards with the beautiful new Simon Says Stamp Stylized Butterfly die and stencil from the DieCember® release...
I LOVE the idea of a stencil to go with an intricate die cut like this...it makes it easy for creating and for creativity!  I made two very similiar cards in design, but what I thought to do was change the direction of the ink blending.  This first one I blended horizontally, the second one vertically!  I used five different colors on the first butterfly.  I layered two of the die cuts, adhered them to the colored stencil butterfly, after adding an older much loved Simon sentiment.  Here's a close up...

The second one, I opted to used three shades of blue for my butterfly...
I chose the darkest shade for the middle, and lightened as I blended out from the middle. I swiped a small piece of cardstock with the darkest ink and die cut the butterfly's body(thorax and abdomen) and layered.  I used a "missing you" sentiment as I felt it kind of went with a "blue" butterfly.  Here's a close up...
 
These cards were so much fun to make...super fun!! Hope, in the craziness of the season, and all the things that have to get done, you make some time for fun!!
Thanks for taking time to stop by!! Hugs!! Lisa

Friday, December 10, 2021

Embossing to Color

I have made a couple cards with two of the cool new dies by Simon Says Stamp from their DieCember® release...
The first one, I used the Mini Slimline Lattice die.  I wanted a rainbow underneath the pretty lattice, so I embossed the lattice on a piece of cardstock, and used my blender brush and some of the new Simon Pawsitively saturated inks and got to work.  Embossing the die, made following the lines of the lattice so easy!...
I die cut the lattice twice more, adhered them together, then to the colored piece, and then to the card.  I used the CZ Design Thanks die for my sentiment, layered and adhered to the bottom corner...done!  Here's a close up...

The second one, much like the first...
For this card, I used the cool Triangle Burst Medallion die!  I didn't clic a pic of the initial embossed inking, but I did it just like the first, embossing the die on cardstock, and blending the ink for this one, based on the circular design of the triangles.  I then die cut the medallion, and adhered one die cut on the bottom, and two layers on top of the colored piece.  Here's a pic of before adhering the die cuts on top...
I used a Simon sentiment strip for the sentiment, and added some Tonic drops for some added bling...
Had some real fun making these cards...hope you find some fun today!!  Thanks for stopping by today!! Huge hugs!! Lisa