Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The "Rainbow Birds" of Happiness

I've made a slimline card with the adorable new Simon Says Stamp Sweet Garden Birds stamp/die set, from their new All the Feels release...
Maybe you've heard of the bluebird of happiness...well, that's kind of the thing I was going for, only not just blue, but with a rainbow of birds!  This card was so much fun to make...once I decided on what color inks to use for the birds. I know this might sound crazy, but I used three different shades of each color...one for the body, one for the wings, and a third color for the spots on the birds' chests, and yes, that's 18 ink pads!  It came together really fast, though! Stamped, die cut, and put the pieces together with glue dots and pop up dots.  The layout was really the most challlenging as getting all these cuties on one card was kind of tough, not going to lie.  I settled on using some black twine, and having the birds sit on the twine.  I added a sentiment from the CZ Design Happy Days stamp set.  I popped the white panel on a black panel and white card, and added some enamel dots(remember those??!!...I've got lots and still love them!).  Here's a close up...
Hope you're having a happy day(here in VA, it's a beautiful day for yard work!)...yard work is hard work...but I know it will make me really happy when it's done!  Gotta "fly"...thanks so much for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Monday, April 12, 2021

Fading Florals Stencil Two Ways

I have used the beautiful new Simon Says Stamp Fading Florals stencil from the Limited Edition Beautiful Humans Card Kit (also sold separately)...
I simply inked one, and then used embossing paste and then inked, the second one!  
I used five distress oxide inks for the first one.  I sponged on the colors, being a bit particutal is getting the colors to end and begin on whole images of the stencil.  I then used one of the sentiments from the new XL Greetings 2 stamp/die set from the All the Feels release!  I popped up the panel on the card, here's a close up
The second one, I used embossing paste on gray cardstock...
After the embossing paste dried, I put the stencil back over the raised images, and sponged on the colors with small daubers, to be a little more precise with the coloring(still not perfect, but fun, nonetheless)!  I used a CZ Design sentiment die and a Simon sentiment strip.  I popped up the gray panel over the card, like the first.  Here's a close up...
Stencils are so much fun, this one, especially, it is so stinkin pretty!!  Hope you are well, sending hugs your way!!  Thanks so much for stopping by!! Lisa

Saturday, April 10, 2021

A Rainbow-Bicycle Filled Birthday

I made a birthday card for a cycling lover, using a number of older Simon Says Stamp stamps and dies...
I stamped the bicycle from the What a Good Sport Outdoors stamp set, then die cut each cycle with the coordinating dies, and layered.  I had originally had these bikes in a straight line on a slimline card, but over time, I changed my mind as to how I wanted the layout to look, so I did a redo!  I used the Simon Layered Hills die set, to make a hilly road for the bikes, and used one of the sentiments from the set, curved it to mimic the shape of the hills, and white embossed.  I used a CZ Design sentiment for the "Birthday Wishes"!  Here's a close up... 
I have to say, this redo made me pretty happy, so cool this is a craft that, if you don't like what you do, you can often pieces apart and do the card over differently!!  Such fun!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Slimline Florals

I've made a couple cards with the beautiful new Simon Says Stamp Slimline Florals stamp/die set from the new All the Feels release!...
I stamped, embossed, die cut and colored the assortment of flowers image.  I then colored and popped  up the wreath on a white panel with two of the sentiments from the set(I loved the sentiments so much, I used them on both cards!).  I dotted the centers of the flowers with Tonic drops.  The background was made with the Simon Slimine Borders stencil and white pigment ink.  Here's a close up...
The second card was done the same but different...
This one, I used the single row of flowers, colored them a bit differently than the first, and popped them up over the white panel at a diagonal.  I used the Simon Tiny Dots stencil with some Cotton Candy ink.  Here's a close up...
Hope you are having a great week...hanging in over here....cold and rain have taken over where I am, looking forward to warmer days!  Be safe!!
Thanks for stopping by today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

You Are Loved!

I used the very cool new Simon Says Stamp wood You are Loved stamp, from the new All the Feels release, to make a couple cards...
Simon has come out with a few new wood mounted rubber stamps in this release.  Using a wood mounted stamp feels very retro and has been lots of fun!  I used the Simon Layering Hearts stencils and a rainbow of Distress Oxide inks to make a background, then stamped the You Are Loved with versamark and black embossed.  I used a sentiment from a CZ Design sentiment set under the You Are Loved.  Here's a close up...
Then, I opted for a very simple and light pinks slimline card...
I stamped the sentiment with Simon Fog ink while keeping an adhered die cut sentiment of the You Are Loved sentiment die, in the middle of the card stock.  What I DO think is especially cool about this wood mounted stamp, is that it is exactly like the You are Loved die!!  So cool to be able to coordinate them!  I stamped one sentiment  above, and one below with the stamp.  Then I die cut the sentiment with three shades of paint chips, and layered.  I added some Tonic Jewel drops and popped up and adhered to a pink paneled card.  Here's a close up...
I can't think of a person, right now, that couldn't use a little reminder that they are loved...
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Floral Garden

Today I have a couple mini slimline cards to show you, made with the pretty new Simon Says Stamp Floral Garden stamp, from the new All the Feels release...
These cards are pretty simple in their design.  The complicated or more involved part in constructing them,  came in the hand cutting of both sets of flowers, with scissors.   The flowers perfectly separate down the middle, and used each of the two images on separate cards.
I hand cut around the outside flowers of the image, colored, and popped it up on a mini slimline card.  I added one of the sentiments from the set, and some Tonic Jewel drops.  Here are a couple close ups...
And yet another close up...
The second one, much like the first, except I went a little more "pastel" with my colors...
I again used another of the wonderful sentiments from the set, and some more Tonic Jewel drops!  Here's a close up...
And another close up...
Hope your weekend has been amazing...it's on to the last week in March!!
Thanks for stopping by today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Friday, March 26, 2021

All the Feels Blog Hop!

I'm joining some amazing artists, today, to celebrate Simon Says Stamp's newest release, All the Feels, over at the Simon Blog!   This amazing release is chocked full all the feel stamps and dies, and I have chosen to use the absolutely adorable Bear Hugs die to make a couple cards to share with you today... 
 When I first started putting the die cut pieces from this set together, there were two things that I felt these bears had to have.  The mama/papa bear and baby bear had to be looking at each other(and a sentiment, of course, would have to follow).  The other was that the baby bear must be noticeably in front of the mama/papa bear, so the baby bear needed to be popped out a bit.   I opted to use two of the new sentiments from the Bouquet for Mom stamp set, on my first card (loved them with these images), making it a Mother's Day card.  The background was made with the Simon Layering Hearts stencil and some distress oxide ink.  Here's a close up...

The second card, I  chose a slightly different layout and theme...
  I used a single sentiment on this card, from the new XL Greetings 2 (there are lots of amazing sentiments in this set!).  What I loved about this sentiment, is that this card could be from a mom/dad (although, maybe just me, I think it kind of looks like a mama bear) to child/grandchild even, OR it could be from a daughter or son/grandchild TO a mom/dad! With them looking at one another, and a simple "I love You", it could be used either way...I like that, too!!  I used an older Simon stencil for the background, sponging on cotton candy colored ink.  I used a black marker to color either the tops or the bottoms of the bears eyes to have them looking at one another.  Here's a close up of these two...
  I had so much fun making both these cards, there's fun for you below! 
 Simon will be generously giving a $25 coupon to one commenter from every stop on the hop, so leaving a comment on each blog will increase your chances of winning!  The winners will be chosen by Simon, and the winner's names will be posted on the Simon Say Stamp Blog on Wednesday, March 31st, so make sure you check the Simon blog on the 31st, to see if you are a winner!
The list of particpants is below, if you should need to know where to go next :  

Simon Says Stamp Blog   

Nina-Marie Trapani

Caly Person

Nichol Spohr

Jennifer McGuire

Cathy Zielske

Heather Ruwe

Lisa Addesa

Sidnie Des Jardins

Cheiron Brandon

Barb Engler

Lea Lawson

Suzy Plantamura

Amy Rysavy

A couple things before I go...first, don't forget the offer from the banner at the top of this post!  Use the code LYGT42 to receive a free CZ Design Love Your Guts die set...with a purchase of $25 or more, but only until supplies last or til the end of the day on Sunday, the 28th!  
And... don't forget that there will be a second Blog Hop tomorrow with lots more inspiration with the new products from the All the Feels!
Thanks for stopping by, keep on hopping!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, March 25, 2021

All the Feels Release Day!

Simon Says Stamp has come out with a new release, today, All the Feels!  It is aptly named, as it is filled with lots of "feelings" stamps and dies!!  I have used the sweet Mother's Day Flowers, which is simply wonderful,  to make three cards for Mother's Day...
All three cards were simply and easily made, and that's one of the things so wonderful about this die...it is great as a stand-alone die on a card!  On this first one, I die cut and layered the sentiment and flowers from patterned papers, adhered the layers, and then adhered to a white base with circles from a Simon Stencil.  Here's a close up...

The second one, I opted for daisies with a black sparkly sentiment!...
I made the flowers into multi-petaled daisies, and used a new Simon stencil for the background with some distress oxide ink!  I went over the white cardstock once with the ink, then put the stencil on the cardstock, and inked the circles on.  I used my Wink of Stella glitter brush to put some glitter on the sentiment.  Here's a close up...
The third one, I went for some sunflowers...
I used the big center dot for the flowers, for the smaller flowers, and used the center of thte "o" in Mother's for the big sunflower. I used the new polka dotted stencil from the release with some white pigment ink, for the background.  Here's a close up...
Hope you will check out this new release...so much fun!!  There will be blog hops over at the Simon Blog tomorrow and Saturday...hope you will join in the fun, and check out the inspiration!!  
Thank you so much for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

An Incomplete Rainbow

I've made a slimline card with the adorable new Simon Says Stamp Bitty Birdhouse die set, from the Hello Beautiful release...
I wanted a rainbow of birdhouses, but what that looked like took some doing...and die cutting.  I originally made a blue house, but opted to leave it out and simply put the sentiment in its place...thought with no house and the "miss you" with the blue heart in it's place...would all kind of make sense.  I figured I'd explain it in the card when I send it,  just in case I was too in my head when I put this together!  Here were my options for color choices...
1.  Rainbow houses, roofs, and door rims...
2.  Rainbow houses and door rims, with all black roofs...
3.  Rainbow houses with black roofs and white door rims...
4.  Rainbow houses and roofs, with white door rims...
So, I settled on number 4...it made me feel the happiest!  Also, I turned the hangers around, after I looked at the packaging...the bow is supposed to be ON the birdhouse roof 😄!  I popped them up on a card panel that I had embossed with the Simon I Like Big Dots stencil.  I die cut a heart for the "o" in the sentiment, to kind of give love to the missing person/house.  I dotted with Tonic Jewel drops and popped up on slimline card.  Here's a close up...
I hope there is love and happiness where you are, today!!  Noah and I are doing well, love and happiness of family and friends, even though at a distance is everything to us!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa