Monday, February 18, 2019

Clustered Leaves Thanks

I used the new Simon Says Stamp Outline Clustered Leaves die and the Clustered Leaves die,  to make a rainbow leafed thank you card...
I die cut the outline and then a whole leaf die cut.  I adhered them together, then went to town, die cutting the colored leaves.  I used the Sunny Studio rainbow stripes paper(LOVE this paper!!), LOVE how many wonderful colors are in this pack, being intentional about the direction of the stripes for each leaf.  I adhered the leaves to the two die cuts already put together, then, when finished with all the colored leaves, adhered another two outline die cuts over the colored leaves.  I used the Simon Deco diamonds for the background, and the Simon/CZ Design Thanks for the sentiment.  I chose to use vellum as the background for the sentiment.  I thought it important to stand the sentiment apart from the leaves, but wanted the color to faintly show through...thus the vellum instead of a white background, which I felt would cover up too much.  Here's a close up...
Here's a close up of the leaves...
Another card that makes me happy...oh how I love rainbows...and this cluster of leaves is soooo pretty...together...sheer happiness!!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Saturday, February 16, 2019

"Sentiment"al Birthday Card

I had made a card with Simon Says Stamp's Nested Banner dies a few posts ago.  I had not used the middle ring of die cuts, and said I was going to find a way to use them...well...here's what I made with them...
I decided(after MUCH trial and error), to stamp sentiments inside each ring.  I gathered sentiments from a number of Simon stamp sets, and used some Sunny Studio rainbow striped paper to cover the rings.  I loved what the colors brought to the sentiments,  and happily made this a birthday card!  I then wanted a background.  I decided to use the candles from the Simon Birthday Borders stamp set.  I opted for a black panel and used white ink..thought it looked cool!  I will say, I used my MISTI for the positioning of the candles...made the stamping SO MUCH easier than stamping by mere sight, with hands!!  Here's a close up...
Rainbows and birthdays...LOVE!!  
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Friday, February 15, 2019

Pointsettias, Paint Chips, and Patterned Papers

I am blessed beyond measure to design for Simon Says Stamp!!  I am also blessed beyond measure to receive products from them to create with!!  I received the Mod Pointsettia and Mod Leaves dies for the Diecember® release, but with the You are Loved release right on the heels of that release, I haven't had a chance to use these pretty dies, until now.  I KNOW the flower is a mod poinsettia, but I didn't even think of it as a pointsettia, or know that until I looked at the die's title, so I decided to show ways you could use this flower for everyday occasions!!  For this reason, the flower choices are blue, yellow and purple...NOT pointsettia colors:)!! AND...then I put the Mod Leaves die cut up against the Mod Poinsettia die cut, and I LOVED them together...they fit perfectly together and looked sooooo pretty together!!  So what you see below, are three cards made with BOTH dies together!!   I made them all pretty similarly, using paint chips for the flowers and leaves, patterned paper for the background, with stamped Simon sentiments for different occasions.  
The first is a blue flowered thank you...
I used TWO shades of blue paint chips, no color on the leaves and a gray linen design paper (Doodlebug) for the background.  Here's a close up...
The second one, a yellow flower...
 This one, I opted to use two shades of green paint chips for the leaves, and THREE shades of yellow for the flower.  I used a Sunny Studio striped gray paper for the background and made it a card for my mom...she loves yellow and daisies...this flower fit the bill!!  Here's a close up...
 The third one, I made a purple birthday flower...
This one, I used FOUR shades fo purple paint chips, two shades of green for the leaves, and some itsy bitsy polka dotted paper(kraft collection) from MFT stamps, that I could not find, so it must have been discontinued...along with a Simon Happy Birthday sentiment .  Here's a close up...
So much fun...pointsettias...paint chips...and patterned paper...leaves and sentiments, too...but the three "P's" had a better ring to it:):)!!
I MUST give a HUGE birthday shout out to Simon Says Stamp...
17 YEARS old this week...Simon, you're AMAZING!!!  
They are having a HUGE sale...thought you would want to know!!...

Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Happy Birthday Spring Foliage

I love putting soft pink and olive together on a card...it makes me happy!  Today's card is one of those!  I used my new Creative Expressions Spring Foliage die(not sure how new it is...but new to me), along with the Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday die to make a Spring flavored birthday card...
I thought the leaves of this die were so pretty, and that the die came with the ability to die cut the pretty flowers four at a time...made this die a part of my collection:)!!  I die cut and layered the leaves, flowers, and sentiment.  The leaves and flowers on the right is part of the whole die, with lots of leaves cut off to make it look a little different!  I adhered the flowers  to the leaveswith small glue dots, and then more dots to attach the branch with leaves and flowers to the card panel.  I dotted the flowers with Tonic drops and stamped a "happy" from the Altenew Birthday Builder stamp set.  I wasn't happy with the "empty space", so I used the same olive colored cardstock of the leaves and stamped the MFT Stamps Pinstripe Background stamp with versa mark  and white embossed, using the striped pieces on the top and bottom of the card.  The card is 4" across, I loved the leaf hanging over the side, so it is a bit more narrow than an average card, so it will fit into a regular envelope. Here's a close up...
Pink and olive happiness...such fun!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Rounded Rainbow Thanks

I used the new Simon Says StamNested Banners to make a thank you card, with my favorite colors... rainbow...
I am LOVING these dies for graphic styled/designed cards, beyond their being fab for sentiments!!  I used the Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow paper for my elongated die cuts.  On the middle three colored die cuts, I die cut right in the middle of the colors, the end two, the very end colors on the paper are smaller, so I tried to get as much of those as I could, so they are not centered.  I used the Simon Everest Solid Letter dies for my sentiment...LOVE these letters!!  I layered them, and I added a sentiment stamp from the new Simon/CZ Design Simple Sentiments 2, using the smallest of the nested banners.  Here's a close up...
I have to tell you...rainbows make me so happy...these dies and this card makes me happy!!  I didn't use the die cuts from the middle oval die cuts, as I only popped up two of the three...I have another idea on my desk for those...hope it works out, and if it does, can't wait to show you!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Love You with Lots of Hearts

I used the My Favorite Things Lots of Hearts and their Outline dies to make a couple cards...
I die cut the outlines and layered three times.  I thought the soft colors of the My Favorite Things Dots and Stripes Confection paper pack was sweet (confection...sweet...😊😊), so I die cut another heart from the outlines with the striped paper.  I will use the outline in the second card, but for this card, I used the inside of the die cut.  I used the "love you", from the MFT Stamps Simply Hello and Love You dies...layering, like the hearts.  I used a Darice embossing folder for the background... I loved how the lines of the folder were so like the lines in the patterned paper!   Not sure they make this folder any more.  I have never really used this folder, because it cracks the paper when it embosses the paper...the embossing lines are too deep.  After much trial and error, I learned that putting an extra piece of thin cardstock in the folder when die cutting the piece of paper I want for my card, will significantly help to lessen that problem.  I think you'll be seeing more of this folder in the future!! I finished the card by dotting the hearts with Tonic Jewel drops.  Here's a close up...
The second one, I used the outline of the first card, and then die cut a polka dotted background for the striped outline...
I used a sentiment from the MFT Stamps Sweet Nothings set, and some striped paper on either side of the panel.  I dotted three of the hearts with enamel dots.  Here's a close up...
These cards make me happy, and I had lots of fun making them!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Folk Dance Dies in Frames

I used the Simon Says Stamp Folk Dance die, to make a couple cards using the full card die in a different way...
I have to admit, I had a bunch of white and black Folk Dance frames die cut from when the release first came out.  They had been sitting on my desk, over to the side, and I decided it was time to make cards with them...wasn't sure WHAT that meant, but here's what I did.  I layered the three white die cut frames together and adhered them behind a white die cut frame.  I made the outside frames by using two of the Simon Stitched rectangle dies that I had taped together with washi tape...I know, my dies are VERY worn loved...
The reason for this...so that when you die cut a number of these frames for layering, they are all die cut the exact same way, and layering will be spot on.  I stamped the sentiment onto the frame and clear embossed.  I sponged ink onto a piece of watercolor paper for the color behind the layered frames.  Here's a close up...

The second one, I used the whole Folk Dance die cut behind the frame...
I layered the black frames, then adhered a piece of colored cardstock behind them.  The black frame fit PERFECTLY behind the white frame, so I did not cut it down like the first card(for some reason, not at all sure why, a tiny part of the design of the white Folk Dance frames DID show through beyond the outside edges of the white stitched frame, thus I cut them off)...
I did layer the white frame as well as the black.  Here's a closeup...
I LOVE to use leftovers...they always have possibilities...this was super fun!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Banner Filled Thinking of You

I used the pretty Simon Says Stamp Thinking of You die, along with the Nested Banners dies to make a totally die cut card...
I loved that the banner dies came from Simon attached to one another.  I thought it would be fun to die cut the rectangles without taking them apart.  I used two colors of cardstock, and die cut one three times, the other color twice, so there were three rectangles with each die cut.  I used my tombow runner on a separate piece of cardstock and covered it with tape.  I adhered all the rectangle die cuts to the cardstock and then added some layers of chipboard behind for some lift.  I die cut and layered the Thinking of You die cuts and adhered to the rectangular panel.  Here's a close up...
This was so much fun...simple, die cut, fun!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Monday, January 28, 2019

You're the Coolest

I used the new Simon Says Stamp Shimmer Burst die to make a fun card...
I die cut the Burst three times from a card panel.  I then used Distress Oxide Inks and sponged them onto a piece of watercolor paper in a rainbow sweep that would move with the positioning of the bursts.  Here's what my sponged inks looked like...
 I then die cut the burst three more times, cut them with scissors, and adhered them underneath the die cut card panel, to give the panel some depth (you know I LOVE depth:)!!).  Here's a pic of my cut and glued die cuts...
I then swiped a piece of cardstock with the Twisted Citron ink, let it dry, then stamped the "cool" sentiment and embossed.  I die cut the sentiment with one of the dies from the Nested Banners die set.  I LOVE that you can position the sentiment in the middle "window" of the die, and get a perfectly positioned and cut sentiment.  I used to have to slice them with my cutting board, and they were often crooked...so lots of do overs...NO MORE:)!!  Here's a close up of the bursts and sentiment...
Ok...just have to say...this card makes me HAPPY...such fun!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Outline Floral Frame...Paint Chips and Markers

I have used the pretty new Simon Says Stamp Outline Floral Frame die to make two cards...the first using paint chips and the new Simon Thank You Script sentiment die...
I die cut and layered the floral die four times...the paint chips are 1/2 way down the layers.  The last two layers, I kept all the flower pieces IN the die cut to be able to layer the flowers without them falling through to the bottom layer.  I used my tombow runner on one of the die cuts with all the pieces, adhered a whole die cut to it, and then adhered the paint chip die cut pieces into the die cut...here's a pic...
I wanted depth, but the color to be close to the top.  I used 3 shades of yellow and green, two shades of blue.  The sentiment is die cut from cardstock and layered several times.  Here's a close up...

The second one, I embossed a white card panel with the flower frame.  I then colored the embossed panel with markers, and adhered layered outline dies that had already been adhered together, on top of the colored panel...
I colored the flowers and leaves with my Prismacolor markers.  I also colored a piece of cardstock with the violet mist marker and die cut the "Birthday" sentiment from the colored piece.  I layered it and adhered it under a stamped "happy" sentiment.  Here's a close up...
I think this flower frame die is so pretty, and filling the flowers and leaves with markers, cardstock or paint chips, make the possibilities endless!! 
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Watercolored Birthday

I used stamps and dies from a number of companies, to make a flowery, watercolored, birthday card...
The Simon Says Stamp Clustered Leaves dies are BEAUTIFUL!!  I combined the new outlined die with the solid leaves, and chose to use the ENTIRE die on my card.  This die is long and beautiful, the size of the card was 6 3/4" x 4", to accomodate the entire die.  I embossed the solid die onto watercolor paper, and using my watercolor brush, dabbled paint onto the embossed image.  I then die cut the die from the watercolored paper.  I die cut the Outline Cluster in white cardstock several times, and layered all three.  I then adhered the watercolored solid with the outlined, layered die cuts.  I die cut the flower from Penny Black (one of my forever favorite flower dies!!)  from watercolor paper, and  brushed the petals with watered paint.  I layered and adhered then adhered to leaves. I added a middle to the flower, also watercolored, made from a retired MFT Stamps set, Upsy Daisy.   I added a sentiment from my go-to birthday sentiment stamp set from Altenew, and added Tonic drops to finish.  Here's a close up...
Been hunkered down in the house with such gold weather here in Virginia today (28 degrees, but with wind feels like 16 degrees!!)...but, I am having fun in my craft room:)!!  For those of you facing this winter cold snap, hope you are staying warm wherever you are!!  
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa