Monday, August 13, 2018

More Good Vibes

I LOVED the Simon Says Stamp Good Vibes stamp set from their last release!  Well...Simon came out with More Good Vibes stamp set with their latest release, Friendly Frolic!  Needless to say, MORE Good Vibes...what's not to love??!!  I made two cards using two of the images and two of the sentiments from this fun, cool, groovy new set of stamps!!....
I stamped and cut out the flowered peace image with scissors, then colored it with sharpie markers...the colors pop and totally fit a 70's image, for sure.  I popped it up on a stitched panel stamped with one of the sentiments.  Here's a close up...
The second one, like the first, except basic layout, bigger image, bigger rectangle, and also cut out and popped up the sentiment...
Here's a close up...
Such fun...loved the coloring...peace out... Lisa😄

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Big Happy...Made into a Rainbow Birthday!

I used the new Simon Says Stamp's Big Happy and Diamond Pattern dies from their new Friendly Frolic collection, along with the two of the balloons from the older Celebration Time die set, and made a birthday card...rainbow set against black... 
I cut strips of eight different colors of cardstock, adhered them on a slight slant on a thinner piece of cardstock and die cut the "Happy" from those strips.  I layered it with 3 layers of black cardstock, and die cut and layered balloons in 6 of the 8 colored cardstocks.  I die cut the Diamond Pattern full card die.  I stamped and embossed the "birthday" part of a happy birthday sentiment...it fit PERFECTLY between the grids of the diamonds:):)!!  I  die cut the diamonds a second time, adhered it to the one with the stamped sentiment,  and adhered those two layers to a full card sized piece of black card stock, then onto a card.  I then adhered the die cut sentiment, floss, and balloons to the card.  Love the depth of the diamond pattern, and how it gives dimension to the card, but doesn't overpower it.  I also chose to put the "birthday" where I did, as the white sentiment balanced with the white floss of the balloons.  Here's a close up...
and here's a close up of the sentiments... 
I don't have to tell you...but I will, anyways...Rainbows and Birthdays...my heart is happy!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Friday, August 10, 2018

Keep on Swimming!!

The Simon Says Stamp Picture Book animals are ADORABLE...and the Turtle, in this collection, is no exception!!  I die cut one of these little guys and put him in the ocean, along with an encouragement to "keep on swimming"...
I used the Simon Waves and Hills stencil along with three different colors of Oxide inks to make the ocean.  I then die cut the little guy, embossing the bottom layer of green, then cutting it out...this way, the spots and dots of the turtle are one piece.  I used two layers of kraft for his shell, and a layered, darker green body.  I stamped the sentiment with versamark and white embossed.  I raised the panel on a white card.  Here's a close up...
This card is an encouragement for me...that no matter what I'm facing...and likewise, for you...no matter what you are or may be facing...KEEP SWIMMING!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Foiled Rainbow Birthdays

I purchased some rainbow foil washi tape at Hobby Lobby last week...not your typical washi, but it intrigued me...and at 50%off...I couldn't resist.  I have made two very clean and simple birthday cards with my foil washi, using my favorite birthday sentiment die from Simon Says Stamp...
I lined up strips of the washi onto a thinner cardstock and then die cut the sentiment from the strips...I actually got two from the strips I laid down!!  I layered them three times for depth.  With the first card, I stamped and embossed, using my MISTI for placement the word "Happy" with versa mark and clear embossing powder.  I wanted the pretty "BIRTHDAY" to be the sole star of the show!!  Here's a pic of the washi and die cuts.
I wasn't sure if I was going to like this washi, because it was SOOOO thin, but the colors are beautiful ...SO RAINBOWY, and the shine is wonderful...just takes a little more time to lay all the strips down.  I had to keep adding more, and more, and more, until there were enough to fit the length of the sentiment die!!  Here's a close up of the sentiment and the background stamping...
 For the second card, I chose to add a foil gold panel cardstock piece to the back of the card panel, along with a simple gold "HAPPY" right before the BIRTHDAY...
 I think the gold ties into the sentiment and gives it a more dressed up feel.  Here's a close up...
Ok...simply done...oh how I LOVE the white space of cards...these were such fun!!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Heart Party Circle Cards

I recently got the Memory Box Heart Party Circle die...I thought it was too pretty to pass by when looking through dies at Simon a number of weeks ago!  I made a couple cards, one using the circle as it was designed, the other, with the circle cut apart!
The first one, I die cut and layered the die cut hearts.  I then colored the hearts with sharpie and mark it markers, and dotted the circles with Tonic Crystal Drops.  The sentiment is from Altenew's Birthday Builder stamp set.  Here's a close up...
The second one, I die cut the circle of hearts, then used a scissor to cut and trim the circle into 3 pieces, 2 of which are used on the card below...
I used the circle of hearts like leaf sprigs on either side of my Penny Black Pinwheel die cut flower.  The sentiment is Paper Smooches.  The striped paper strips on either side are from a 6x6 pad of paper from MFT Stamps.   I also used Doodlebug enamel dots to accent the vine of hearts.  Here's a close up...
Yep...a pretty AND a fun die!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Monday, August 6, 2018

Dinosaur Love!

I made a couple cards to share with you today, using two of the new Picture Book Dinosaur dies from Simon Says Stamp's newest release, Friendly Frolic!  I think these guys are ADORABLE!!  I know...most dinosaurs are scary, but these guys are as adorable as a dinosaur can be...
  I die cut the parts of the brontosaurus in different colored cardstock(I had looked up brontos and  most of the pics of them led me to believe that most thought they were a gray color), and adhered to an embossed and cut out dinosaur that I put adhesive all over, so all the pieces would stick to the embossed and cut out guy.  Then I gave him a couple layers over all of THAT...
  The balloons were made with some old colored vellum I have had for years!!  Here'a a close up....

Then I googled a stegosaurus, to get an idea of what colors to make him, and came up with two shades of green.  I think he IS awesome...and yet cute:)!!... 
Ok...he's a dinosaur, but I think he is so...stinkin...cute!!  I made him a bit more 3D than usual, so he POPs off the card...simple, but these guys shine all alone:)!!...Here's a close up of this guy...
I had so much fun with these guys!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Monday, July 30, 2018

Love and Sunshine...With an Ornate Pop!

 A very cool set of dies by Simon Says Stamp just came out with their new Friendly Frolic release, Ornate Background dies!!  I have loved having the Ornate Background stamp, but this takes that stamp to a whole new level.   I made a simply colored card to show you the pop-up effect of these new dies...
The three dies in the set all match three different flowers on the stamp.   I used the biggest and my favorite flower on the stamp to die cut, and after stamping, die cut the flower.  What is cool about these dies is that they don't totally cut the image...they only partially die cut the image.  I colored the flower with my Prismacolor markers, making it the sole colored flower on the card, and used pop up dots underneath for a definite lift.  I added a die cut and layered sentiment(i swiped the two yellow prismacolor markers on white cardstock to die cut from... so the die cut sentiment has a soft ombre feel:)!), as well as a stamped sentiment on cardstock.  Here's a close up...
Such fun...who'd have thought...a die for a background stamp...how cool is this??!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Bouquets of Sympathy

This last week, I had need of several sympathy cards...the hardest card to make or to send.  I had been a part of yesterday's Simon Says Stamp blog hop, and I used a new set of stamps on vellum with gold embossing.  I loved the look of the gold and colored flowers, and the ease of actually making and putting the cards together!  So...I decided to try it with another set of stamps/dies.  I made four sympathy cards, simply changing out the color of the flowers.  The cards are simply done, but they convey my heart.
The first one done in a melon color...
I die cut the embossed image, and colored with the markers on the back of the embossed vellum.  I then adhered the die cut to a layered set of three floral die cuts that were cut from white cardstock.  I adhered the flowers to a die cut stitched and layered rectangle, that had a sentiment stamped on it, also embossed in gold.  Here's a close up... 

The next with the flowers colored orange...
...and a close up...

The flowers in pink...
...with a close up...

The flowers done in yellow...
...and again, a close up....
This pic shows the back side with all the mark it and sharpie markers I used for these cards:
This pic shows the front side after coloring some of the petals, so you can see what it looks like:
  I am loving gold embossing and coloring on vellum!!  Simply done...and for times like these...an easily created card to express your sympathy, makes life just a little easier. 
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Simon Says Stamp Friendly Frolic Release Blog Hop!


I am so happy to be a part of today's blog hop, celebrating Simon Says Stamp's newest release, Friendly Frolic!!  This release is jam packed with fun, beautiful and cool stamps/dies, along with a few other stamping must haves!!!   I have used one of the beautiful new combo stamp/die sets, Sketch Lotus Flowers, and used this super pretty set THREE different ways!  I'll tell you right now...I LOVE this set!...
On all three cards, I used a heavy weight vellum, gold embossed, and colored the flowers on the back of the vellum with Sharpie and Mark it markers.
 This first one, I die cut the flowers, colored, and layered.  I adhered the die cut vellum onto the white layers with vellum adhesive.  I used one of the sweet sentiments, stamping with versa mark and gold embossing, like the flowers.  Here's a close up...

The second one, I simply used the entire entire panel of vellum as the front panel of the card...
I stamped, embossed and colored the flowers, then adhered the vellum to the card in a couple spots, and tied some very fine gold thread around the top of the card for prettiness and to help secure the vellum to the card. I used another of the beautiful sentiments from the set....LOVE not only this set, but the sentiments!!!  Here's a close up...

The third one, I die cut the card panel with the die, and placed the stamped, embossed and colored piece with the flowers under a layered die cut panel....
This one used yet another of the sentiments from the set.  Here's a close up...
Ok...three different looks with one stamp/die set... I don't know about you, but I think THAT'S sweet!  This set is beautiful, and I truly had SO...MUCH...FUN!!!
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 this coming Wednesday, so make sure you check the blog to see if you're a winner!
The next stop on the hop is Lea Lawson
 All the participants of today's blog can be found 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!!  

Hope you will check out the release over at Simon, and remember, there is a free mystery gift with every order...use the code FREEG...and remember, it's for a limited time only!!

Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa