Tuesday, May 11, 2021

You !

I have made a couple cards using the new Simon Says Stamp You Shine die, from their new Born to Sparkle release...
It's funny how sometimes the smallest stamp in a set is the one I choose to use to make a card with.  I loved the little butterfly from the Simon Beautiful Mothers stamp/die set, so I chose to make a rainbow of them!  I used a die from the Simon Layered Hills die set to give the butterflies some movement.   I used the "You" from the  You Shine die for this card, and added a Simon sentiment  strip!  Here's a close up... 

The second one, I used the total You Shine die...
I combined the new die with an older die, the Simon Burst die...looks like a sunshine for this card!  I used my Wink of Stella glitter brush to give the "shine" some shiny.  I also embossed the background with the Simon I Like Small Dots stencil!  Here's a close up...
Having time in my craft room makes me happy...hope you find some happy today!
Thanks for stopping by!! Hugs!! Lisa

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all mothers, with a card made with Simon Says Stamp's Beautiful Mothers stamp/die set... 
I hope you have happiness in this day...
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Organic Fruits and Leaves

I've made a couple cards with the fun new Simon Says Stamp Organic Fruits stamp/die set, from their newest Born to Sparkle release!...
I think this set is so cool...the stamps that are designed for the inside of each fruit are so artistic/artsy looking!  I stamped the pear outline stamps on the white panel, then the stems and then a leaf on each of the three pears.  I then filled the pears with ink and then the leaves.  I used the remaining two stamps of leaves, and using the same color paper for the background as the ink for the pears, along with the same ink, I stamped the leaves all around the outside of the green cardstock.  I popped up the pears on the green paneled white card.  Here's a closeup...
I love the set of three leaves on a stem so much, I decided to make a card filled with them...
I used a whole bunch of Simon Inks and after stamping the three leaves outlines with black ink, I placed the three inside leaf stamps on top of one of the stamped outlines for placement and then put my acrylic block over them to adhere them to the block, so every color of leaf would be easier to stamp...once instead of three separate times stamping, and then the placement would be the same each time, as well...
I know my misti has become an important stamping tool for me, but nice and so much fun to be able to use my acrylic blocks, again!!  I added the wonderful new Simon Wishing You Joy sentiment die, die cut and layered, then popped up over the leaves  I added Tonic Jewel drops for some bling.  Here's a close up...
Such great fun...simply done and so much fun!!  
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Flower Cluster

I've made a card with the beautiful new Simon Says Stamp Flower Cluster Wood Stamp, from their new Born to Sparkle release!...
I have to tell you, this card was so much fun to make!  I remember the days that I would make cards like this when I first started making cards with wooden stamps, when dies didn't exist.  Back then, I found it so satisfying and enjoyable to stamp, and cut out pieces of the stamped images to make a 3D card.  Yes, dies have made things fun, too, but these new wooden stamps are full of possibilities beyond simply stamping!  I stamped and clear embossed the flowers a few times, to make sure that I had enough images to be able to cut out each of the flowers so all the petals and leaves had borders.  The sentiment is from the new Spring Bouquets stamp set.  I adhered the petal and leaf  pieces to the stamped and colored image with glue dots, and added some tonic drops for some bling.  I popped up the white panel on a stamped red background, using the new Simon Open Grid Background stamp!   Here's a close up...
Hope you are having a great start to your May!  We've had some beautiful days here in Virginia, but I feel the heat coming on...enjoying each and every day! 
Thanks for stopping by, today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Sunshine and Rainbows

I LOVE rainbows!  When I saw the Erin Lee Creative Shine Bright Kit with wonderful rainbows and sentiments, I had to have it!  I have made a wonderfully simple and easy card with the rainbow die, one of the stencils, and sentiments....
I sponged on the sun, then positioned and stamped the sentiment with my MISTI.  I popped up and adhered the die cut rainbow with clouds over the sun.  I DID emboss and hand cut one of the rainbow dies, then put adhesive over the embossed rainbow, to attach all the cloud and rainbow pieces.  Here's a pic of the embossed rainbow as I was getting ready to cut it out...
And here's a close up of the finished rainbow and sun...
Such great fun...more to come!  
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Born to Sparkle Blog Hop!


I am so thrilled to be a part of today's Simon Says Stamp Blog Hop, celebrating with so many amazing artists, Simon Says Stamp's newest release, Born to Sparkle!  I have used a couple of the wonderful new sentiment dies along with some rainbow strips, to make two cards to share with you today!
I am happiest when I am making clean and simple cards.  I have simply made my two cards today, by die cutting and layering the sentiments, and adhering them to a striped background.  I love the sentiment of this die!  I think anyone and everyone could use a card reminding them how amazing they are, right now!!  The cool thing about this first die, is that it actually die cuts in two pieces.  Two pieces are just a bit easier to adhere together, instead of one large single sentiment die cut, and I think it's just cool that way!   I used the Simon Strips 1 die for the rainbow strips.  I then added some clear Tonic drops for some bling.  Here's a close up...

For the second one, I used the cool new CZ Design Swoopy Thank you die...
The Swoopy Thank you die is so cool...and when I first saw it, I knew I had to hang a heart from the swoop at the end of the the "thank"!  I simply made this card like the first,  this time still making my stripes going diagonal, but a little more horizontal.  I adhered the floss from the heart to the back of the swoop and dotted the heart with glossy accents for the bling on this card.  Here's a close up...
Now, it's onto the fun for you!  Simon will be giving away a $25 coupon to every stop on the hop from our blog comment section. They will choose our winners and post them on the Simon Says Stamp blog on Wednesday, May 5th. So, leave a comment and check the Simon Blog on the 5th to see if you're a winner!  Below, you will find a list of the participants to keep you hopping!...

Two things before I go!  First, don't forget the offer in the banner above...use the code CRUSH428 for a free Island Crush ink cube with the purchase of $25 or more!  The offer is good til May 2nd or until supplies last, so don't wait too long!  Second, there will be a second blog hop  on the Simon Blog tomorrow, so I hope you'll follow along tomorrow for even more inspiration from this amazing new release!
Thanks for visiting me today, keep on hopping!! Hugs!! Lisa

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Spring Bouquet Love

Today is release day for the wonderful new Simon Says Stamp Born to Sparkle release!  I have made a card with one of the beautiful new stamp/die sets, Spring Bouquets...
I stamped, embossed, die cut and colored the very pretty bouquet, and popped it up on a white panel, with one of the sentiments from the set stamped in the upper corner.  I then popped up the flower and white panel on a stenciled background and then card.  Here'a a close up...
Tomorrow is day one of two days of blog hops over at the Simon Blog...hope you will join in the fun for some prizes and inspiration!  Hope all is well in your part of the world, thanks so much for stopping by...Huge Hugs!!  Lisa

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Happy Mother's Day Bouquet

I've made a Mother's Day card with the new Simon Says Stamp Bouquet for Mom stamp/die set, from their All the Feels release!...
Simply done, I stamped, embossed, die cut, colored and popped up on card panel.  I stamped one of the sentiments from the set for the "mom" to stand on.  I used a striped pink paper behind the white panel, to match the pink flowers in the bouquet.  Popped the white panel up on the stripe and added some clear tonic drops to the purple berries, and white gel pen to the mom's dress for some texture.  Here's a close up...
Simply done, simply fun!  
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Sweet Backgrounds

I've made a couple cards with a couple of the fun new stamps and dies from Simon Says Stamp's All the Feels release!...
The flowers are made with the Sweet Garden Background stamp.  I stamped the stamp with versamark and then white embossed.  I then took my Tonic Drops, and dotted the center of every flower with  blank middle...yes, I do believe I got every flower with an empty dot!  I got done, and thought they looked like little daisies, but then asked my daughter if they looked like sunny-side-up eggs😁...ok...don't think too much!!  I added a new die cut layered CZ Design sentiment...because daisies make me happy!!  Here's a close up...

The second one, I stamped on white cardstock, using versamark and white embossed like the first card... 
This time, however, I brushed on distress oxide inks over the white, and then added another layered die cut CZ design sentiment die.  Not sure about my brushing on...a little heavy handed in spots, oh, I really need to do this more often to get the technique down a bit better, like the pros.  You get the idea, though, and it actually looks a bit better IRL.   Here's a close up... 
Life has been a bit crazy, lately, but I'm getting things done, so hope to soon have more time to do the thing I love, making cards!  Be safe!! Thanks so much for stopping by, HUGS!!  Lisa

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Happy Birthday Daisy

I have made a birthday card using the pretty Spellbinders Button and Daisy Chrysanthemum die set...
I was intrigued with the cards I saw made with these dies...I thought the flowers looked so pretty.  I watched the video suggested on the packaging, and made mine similarly...I did not have the cool tool the woman used to score and such, but improvised.  I had the hardest time with the layout (I'm having a real time with layouts on all my cards, of late, but I digress), but thought the polka dotted corner was sufficient background for the flower.   I had tried embossed backgrounds, stamped, plain, small, large, colored cardstock, white cardstock backgrounds, and thought this was a great combo.  I used a favorite CZ Design birthday stamp for the sentiment.  Here's a close up... 
Hope you are doing well!  I have had much to do around my house of late, but having fun in my craftroom when I'm able!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

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