Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Florals Embossed in Gold and Silver

I have used the beautiful new Simon Says Stamp Best Friend Ever stamp/die set, from their newest
  Love you, Too release, to make two metallic embossed cards...
The first one, I used my MISTI to stamp, color, stamp, emboss.  I stamped the floral image in my MISTI with a darker gray ink.  I removed the cardstock and colored with markers.  I then put the paper back into the MISTI, brushed with my magic embossing bag, stamped with versamark, and then gold embossed. I layered and adhered to a rectangular die cut panel, using one of the pieces of brand new Kraft Woodgrain cardstock from Simon!  I have always love Simon's white woodgrain cardstock, but love the brown when you want the woodgrain wood colored.  It goes perfectly with this image and sentiment...the sentiment is also from the set.  Here's a close up....

The second one, I chose to use vellum and silver embossing powder...
For this one, I stamped the vellum with versamark, silver embossed, and colored the flowers and leaves from behind.  I then adhered the vellum to more die cuts of the flowers, die cut from white cardstock.  
Funny thing with this...then I adhered the vellum to the white cardstock, the background of the floral image on vellum, looked a bit off white.  So...I chose to used a piece of natural paper...one a bit more creamy colored with little specks in it.  I again, used the stitched rectangle die cut and another of the sentiments from the set, along with some tonic drops, to complete this simple design.  
Here's a close up...
What pretty flowers...and combined with gold and silver embossing powder, makes them fancy!  
Thanks so much for stopping by!! Hugs!! Lisa

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Love You Too Blog Hop!

I am so happy to be joining a whole bunch of amazing artists, today on the Simon Says Stamp Blog, to celebrate the amazing new Simon Says Stamp release, Love You, Too!!  This release has something for almost every upcoming celebration with wonderful stamps/dies, stencils and accessories to send love and happiness to others. 
 There is a die in this release that I especially LOVED, the Thank You for Being a Friend die. Stay with me.  I am dating myself, perhaps, but I LOVE The Golden Girls!  Classic series...as it pertains to life with friends and getting old.  "Thank You for Being a Friend" was the theme song!   Betty White is the last remaining "Golden Girl" and will be celebrating her 99th birthday tomorrow!!  Well, I just could not resist making a few cards with this wonderful die to not only showcase this die, but to say Happy Birthday to Betty White!! She is an American Treasure...Happy Birthday, Betty!  This die is especially wonderful, as it's size doesn't warrant much else to make a card, so all three cards have simplicity at "heart"! 
The first one, I die cut the sentiment in, what else...GOLD!   I used the World of Love Sentiments stamp set from the Love You release for the background.  I sponged some ink onto the heart shaped world stamp and used a blending spray on the ink on the stamp, before putting the inked stamp onto the paper.  I must tell you, it was all an experiment, the blending spray was really old, and not sure what you could use as a substitute, but I liked how it turned out  I then used a sentiment stamp from the new Inside Friendship Messages stamp set (on the outside), stamped with versamark and gold embossed.  Here's a close up...

The second one, I used strips of paper behind the sentiment for the background...
I used the Simon Says Stamp Strips 1&2 for super easy made strips of multi colors.  These dies are amazing for making strips quickly and easily!!  I layered them at a diagonal and then popped them up very slightly on the card.  I added some tonic drops for bling.  My daughter, without any idea of where I was going with my cards, said it looked kind of retro...cool, man!  Here's a close up...

The third one, I used a background stamp for the background for the sentiment die...
I stamped the XOXO Background stamp with versamark and gold embossed.  I know this card is super simple in design, but it did take a while to cut it perfectly to get all the x's and o's to show without cutting then off!  I then popped it off the card just a tiny bit and adhered my layered sentiment on the card.  Here's a closeup...
My fun is above, your fun, just below!  Simon will geneously be giving away a $25 coupon to every stop on the hop from our blog comment section!   They willl choose our winners and post on our Simon Says Stamp blog on Wednesday, the 20th of January, so check back on the Simon Blog on the 20th to see if you're a winner!  
The participants of the hop are below, if you should need to find out where you are in the hop, or miss someonešŸ˜Š:
Before I go, I want to remind you of the offer on the banner at the top of my post!  If you make a purchase of $100 or more before the end of the day on January 18th, you will receive the Faraway Hugs stamp set for FREE!  The stamp set looks amazing!!  AND, please check back on the Simon Says Stamp Blog tomorrow for another hop and lots more inspiration!!
Thanks so much for hopping and stopping by!! Hugs!! Lisa


Friday, January 15, 2021

Love You Too Release Day!

There's a new release out, today, over at Simon Says Stamp, Love You Too!!  I have chosen the adorable and sweet stamp set, Heart Garden, to make a card to celebrate this new release, and to share with you, today!... 
This cling stamp is so stinking pretty, cute, lovely...I just "love it too" (get what I did, there?)!  I stamped and then clear embossed the heart flowers, colored and then glossed the hearts with Tonic drops.  I stamped one of the sentiments and white embossed.  Super simple...simply adorable!!  Here's a close up...
I have put a link to the release below...hope you will check it out, and hope, too, you will join me and a whole bunch of incredible artist tomorrow and Sunday for two days of blog hops celebrating this release with some wonderful inspiration!  
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Freestyle Flowers

I have been away from my blog since before Christmas...holy cow...I do so hope your holidays were lovely!  I am so ready to get back to creating after taking some time off! I made a number of cards this last week that I haven't yet put on my blog... but will post them soon.  I recently got the Simon Says Stamp Freestyle Flowers stamp and die set!  I had loved this set for awhile, but one or the other kept going out of stock...not at all surprised...this stamp/die set is so pretty, so when both the stamp and die sets were back in stock, I jumped on ordering them!  I have made a couple cards, made for birthdays, to share with you...
The first one, I stamped, embossed, die cut and colored the wreath, layered, and dotted the middles of the purple and the yellow flowers with Tonic drops.  The paper is Sunny Studio.  Here's a close up...

The second one, I used the stemmed flowers, positioning them in a die cut heart...
I did the same as I did for the first card, but used a heart die and some polka dotted paper, positioning the flowers in the popped up heart.  Here's a close up...
Hope you are all doing well, wherever this message finds you...please stay safe!  
Thank you so much for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Simple Stem Two Ways

I have used the Simon Says Stamp Simple Stem die from the DieCember® release to make two simply designed cards, showing the versatility of this pretty die!  I've made one for Christmas time, and the second for anytime! 
I die cut and layered the leaves of this pretty die with two shades of paint chips.  I dotted the leaves with with enamel dots that I had colored red with a sharpie marker.  Then I brushed the leaves with my Wink of Stella glitter marker for some Christmas bling!  I used an older Simon sentiment stamp that I thought fit the length of the die, and made me happy!  Here's a close up...

The second one, I opted to use a rainbow of colors to fill in the leaves and make a card to bring happy to whoever I send it to...
I filled in the leaves like the first one, and instead of glitter, I used my Tonic drops and dotted some of the leaves, and outside the die cut for other dots.  I used another longer sentiment die, that has become one of my favorites during these times!!  Here's a close up...
I won't be posting until after Christmas...so for those of you who celebrate  this wonderfilled day, I hope you have a very merry Christmas!!  I'll see you after the 25th!!
Thank you so much for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Friday, December 18, 2020

Just Because

I've made a card with the new CZ Design Just Because die, from the new Simon Says Stamp Love You release...just because...
I used strips of heart patterned papers adhered together, to die cut the background of the sentiment.  I die cut the sentiment in white cardstock and layered.  I embossed the new Simon Mini Hearts Party die across the card panel, and used the same die to die cut three hearts, in the colors of the open space above and next to the sentiments,  and layered them   I used the sentiment stamp from the new Love Greetings Mix sentiment stamp set, and cut out with scissors.  Here's a close up... 
Hope you are all doing well!  With one week til Christmas, I hope you are not going Christmas crazy....please stay safe!!
Thanks so much for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Sunday, December 13, 2020

You Have My Heart

I know that Valentines Day will be the next big day for cardmaking after Christmas, and who doesn't love to send cards expressing love to others, but can I just say, love is for any day!  The stamp and die set I used for my card, today, are by Simon Says Stamp from their newest Love You release!...  
I used the beautiful You Have My Heart stamp/die set. I think this heart shaped wreath is simply beautiful! I stamped the wreath in my MISTI with a gray ink, colored the flowers and leaves, put it back into my MISTI and this time stamped with versamark and then gold embossed.  I LOVE this technique for using with gold/silver embossing, as it's important to get the image colored before embossing, so the metallic embossing doesn't become colored from the markers.  I know yellow might seem like a strange choice for the roses, but I chose yellow as I'm missing my dad, and I always gave him yellow roses for his birthday, so yellow made me happy!  I dotted the berries with white Tonic drops, added one of the sentiments, from the set, and gave my green card panel some darker green stripes with a Simon background stamp, to match the leaves.  Here's a close up...
I hope you are doing great, wherever you are, on this amazing planet of ours, today!  Please stay safe!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Rainbow Floral

I've made a card with the beautiful new Simon Says Stamp Floral Card Front die from Simon' s newest Love You release!...
One of the things I was feeling when I saw this die was "rainbow"!  The number of elements in this die was perfect for a rainbow, so I used two different shades of each of the six colors I chose .  I layered the entire die cut and added a stamped sentiment on the card, from the Simon Healing Hugs stamp/die set.  Here'a a close up...
Sending happy thoughts your way for a happy day!!
Thanks for stopping by,  today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Love Birds

Simon Says Stamp has come out with a new release, today, Love You, to celebrate the upcoming season of love!  I have made a card with one of the new dies, Love Birds and a sentiment from one of the new sentiment stamp sets from this amazing new release!...
I am a bird lover...I have four bird feeders and have a pair of bluebirds that come to my feeders every day!  I think they are just beautiful!!  It's also easy to see them as a pair, as the male is so blue with an orange chest, and the female gray with blue specs in her wings.  I thought this die fit them perfectly!!  I die cut the birds, adhered an empty of pieces die cut on top of the first die cut, filled in with colored pieces, then adhered tow more layers on top of those,  I stamped the sentiement from the new Love Greetings Mix stamp set, and used a die cut, popped up heart  as the homefor both the birds and sentiment. 
Here's a close up...
I hope you will check out this new release...will have lots more to show you in the days to come...
so much fun!!!
Thanks for stopping by to visit today, it means a lot to me!! Hugs!! Lisa

Monday, December 7, 2020

Chunky Hearts Panel

I made a couple cards with the new Simon Says Stamp Chunky Hearts Panel die, from their new DieCember® release!...
The first one, I used the die as is, and adhered it to a die cut piece of craft foam for depth.  I added two die cut hearts from patterned paper to "mimic" two friends, and added the new CZ Design Friends die, layered, and a CZ Design sentiment strip.  Here's a close up...

The second one, I used the craft foam pieces from the first one, and 4 shades of paint chips...
The sentiment is from the Simon I am With You stamp set!  Here's a close up...
LOVED making these cards!!  Simon will be coming out with a new release in a couple days...so hope you will check back!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Friday, December 4, 2020

Autumn Splendor Two Ways

I've made a couple cards with the pretty new Simon Says Stamp Autumn Splendor die from their newest DieCember® release!...
Without looking at the name of the die, I "thought", at first glance, that this die was a Christmas die...Christmas greenery and some holly berries.  So...that's what I made my first card.  I die cut, placed different shades of green paint chips into the die cut before layering, then added some glossy accents on the berries for some fun.  I added a gold die cut and layered CZ Design Joyful for the sentiment.  The background is the pretty Simon Petal Plate die.  Here's a close up...

Then, I went and looked at the NAME of the die, and decided that I would do a more Autumny version...
I again used paint strips...the colors more on the lighter side of Autumn, and did the same as the first.  I used the CZ Design Thankful die and the Simon Wood Planks stamp for the background.  I again dotted the orange berries with Glossy Accents.  Here's a close up...
A very versatile die...and I am having so much fun with DieCember®!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

DieCember® Blog Hop!

I am so happy to be joining a whole bunch of really talented artists, today, to celebrate Simon Says Stamp's wonderful new DieCember® release on the Simon Blog!  The December release is an annual one, and, as is in the name, this release is comprised solely of...you guessed it...DIES!  
I have used one of these amazing new dies to showcase, using it on two different cards for today's hop...
I have used the very cool new CZ Design Hugs die for both my cards.  I think all of us could use some hugs, and others would love to receive some "hugs"...paper hugs being the next best thing to the real thing, right now. I die cut the sentiment in six different colors and die cut another for each, from craft foam, to give them height off the card.  I arranged them on the card...a bit bigger than the usual cards, about an A7 size card...6 3/4"x 5".  I used a sentiment from the Simon Paper Hugs stamp set, and cut the hearts from the Simon Stacked Hearts die, and layered with foam, like the "hugs".  Here's a close up... 

The second one, I chose to link the hugs, and give color to only the one in the middle...
I discovered these hugs fit perfectly into one another, so I linked them together on the card!  I used the same craft foam as in the first one, to give the words some height, and used strips of color adhered together for the middle one.  The sentiment is made from two sentiments stamped together, and the heart was cut from an old favorite Simon heart die.   The card is 6" x 4 1/4".  Here's a close up,...

Well...I had so much fun making these,..now it's time for fun for you!  Simon will be giving away a $25 coupon to every stop on the hop from our blog comments section, so make sure you  leave a comment for a chance to win...that's a LOT of chances if you leave a comment on each artist's blog!   Winners will be chosen over the weekend and will post on the Simon Says Stamp blog on Wednesday, the 9th of December, so make sure you check the Simon Blog on the 9th to see if you're a winner!  
Below is a list of all today's participants:
Don't forget about the offer in the banner above...use the code JINGLE when you make a purchase at Simon, to receive a free American Crafts tag kit!!  
AND...make sure you check back to the Simon Blog tomorrow for day 2 of inspiration with a second hop!!
Thanks for visiting me today!!