Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Foliage Circle

I made this card with a couple wonderful dies from the Simon Says Stamp DieCember® release...one Simon and one CZ Design...
  
I had seen Barbara's take on this Foliage Circle die, HERE(the first picture under the product), where she dotted the flowers at their tips...thanks for the inspiration, Barbara!   I loved that idea, so I colored my flowers purple and the leaves green then dotted the flowers with my enamel accents,  I ran the "hugs" and the circle panel through my big shot, underneath a piece of burlap, thus the texture.  I colored the sentiment with the same purple marker as the flower. I also blended yellow ink onto the background panel of the card.  Here's a close up...  
Christmas is in FIVE DAYS ...ready or not, here it comes!!  Hope you are finding some time for fun and relaxation during these busy days!   Thanks for taking time to visit  me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Monday, December 19, 2022

Fancy Love

I have made a black and white card with just a "pop" of color with one of the wonderful new CZ Design dies from Simon Says Stamp's newest Hugs Release!...
I LOVE this Fancy Love die...it's aptly named the font is fancy and so sweet...it's just so pretty!  I combined the die with a new background stamp from this new release, as well!  I stamped the background with black ink and my MISTI, stamped it twice and cut it down.  I die cut the sentiment and used the piece surrounding the "o" and the heart, as a stencil.  I adhered it with a tiny bit of adhesive runner, and then some removable tape around it, then a very small blending brush.  It looked like this....
I then layered the sentiment and adhered to a die cut and twice layered background sentiment.  I added a hand cut then popped up, piece of a sentiment strip(I've listed the set of strips below).  I popped the whole thing up on a card.  Here's a close up...
Simply done...but I love black/white cards with just a pop of color...this card makes me happy!  Hope you're not stressing, 6 days before Christmas...I have very little ready, but will do better next year...I hope, anyway!  Take care, stay safe!!  Thanks for stopping by to take a look!  Hugs!  Lisa

Friday, December 16, 2022

Hugs Release!

The new Simon Says Stamp Hugs Release is out today!!  I have made a card using one of the fun new dies, by CZ Design, and an older Simon giraffe die!...
When I saw this sentiment die, I KNEW what I wanted to do with it! There is an adorable new CZ Design stamp/die set with animals, but giraffes are a family favorite "wild animal" made so by my mother's love for them, so I had to use a giraffe with this sentiment!  The giraffe I had in mind is long, so I knew his height would be great with this sentiment, as well!  I know my card is simple, but kind of like things that way!  I blended some yellow, orange, and brown Simon inks to make a kind of "sahara feeling"?!  I used the same process to put my giraffe together that I used for THIS card, back in 2018!  I added some tonic drops and filled in the heart with some pink cardstock!  Here's a close up...
Hope you will check out the Simon site to see this wonderful new collection...thanks so much for stopping by!!  Hugs to you!!  Lisa

Monday, December 12, 2022

Winsome Branch Two Ways

I have used the beautiful new Simon Says Stamp Winsome Branch die from the DieCember® release to make two cards...one die cut being the focal point of both...
I have said it before, I am in love with the blended cardstock pieces from this release!  I used the pink/purple shaded piece, and die cut one beautiful detailed branch die from the blended piece of cardstock.  I have used that one die cut branch to make two cards...
After die cutting the branch, I EMBOSSED the die on a silver piece of cardstock.  I used that embossed piece to adhere behind the die cut blended piece.  This way, you have beautiful detailed silver leaves showing through the aperture.  I used the pretty "birthday" sentiment die, die cut and layered, for the sentiment.  I added "wishes" stamped with versamark, silver embossed, and cut out.  Here's a close up...

The second one...the other 1/2 of the die cut...the actual die cut branch...
I love the shine on this branch, and the varying color on the leaves...LOVE!!  I layered the branch and then used the die, to again, EMBOSS the panel that I would be adhering the branch to.  I used the same sentiment for this card, this time die cut in silver, and layered.  I stamped the "wishes"in Taffy ink and clear embossed.  I cut it out.  Here's a close up...
I LOVE die cutting...what a wonderful release the DieCember® release is!!  Having so...much...fun!!  Hope you are not going too crazy with Christmas looming around the corner...make some fun!!  
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Cheers

I have made a card with two of the cool new CZ Design dies from Simon Says Stamp's DieCember® release!...
I thought both these dies were just "made for" each other!  I decided to go with black outlined wine glasses...using glossy cardstock.  I layered the glasses with white cardstock underneath, and used a black marker to color around each wine glass, in their entirety, so that no white would take away from the cool black.  I blended red ink on some glossy white cardstock and die cut the wine pieces from the blended paper, and layered.  I die cut the "cheers", layered, and gave the sentiment some sparkle by pressing the entire sentiment into my versamark pad, sprinkling with Unicorn embossing powder, and heating.  I adhered them all to a piece of the new Color Blend cardstock!  Here's a close up...
I thought of adding bling to the card, but loved it as is!!  This card could be for Christmas, New Years, or for a birthday, celebration...the possibilities are endless...but fun and very cool!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Evergreen Trees

I have made a card with one of the pretty, cool new dies from Simon Says Stamp's DieCember® release...
I die cut several of the line of trees.  I kept the trees in their original card stock cut out, and brushed three shades of green on the trees.  I removed the trees from the cardstock, layered and adhered to a panel that I had used a stencil and embossing paste, to make snow. I made the top layer of the trees a die cut minus the trees(I cut them off with scissors).  To that piece, I stamped a Simon sentiment and silver embossed.  Here's a close up...
The simplicity of this card DOES bring me peace and love...Hope you are doing good...not going crazy with less than 3 weeks to Christmas...have fun...really!!!  Thank you for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Friday, December 2, 2022

DieCember® Blog Hop!

I am so thrilled and thankful to be a part of today's Simon Says Stamp's Blog Hop, celebrating the Simon Says Stamp DieCember® release!  This is the 10th year that Simon has had a DieCember® release...a month long celebration of dies and die cutting.  I can remember creating cards when dies did not exist...what an amazing and, for me, much loved, part of card making that came to be, when dies came to be!  I have used one of the beautiful new dies as my constant on all four of my cards, showing you how it can be used in different ways on a card, for different occasions...
I have used the beautiful new Whirl Leaves for all four cards.  The first one, I simply die cut the leaves in white and in gold and adhered together.  I die cut and layered the new wonderful  Flourished Merrry Christmas, and  adhered both to one of the new Color Blend Cardstock pieces.  Can I just say...I LOVE these papers!!  They are beautiful!!  I love that the color blending is already done for you, no ink necessary(and are done more beautifully than I could probably do them!!), cardmaking made a little easier...I am really in love!!  I have already ordered a number of themπŸ˜„πŸ˜„!  Here's a close up...

The second one, I used the leaves die cut in white with some vellum behind them...
I used some Simon Vellum for the leaves behind the white leaves, and  another piece of the Blended paper for the background, this time, teal/blues.  I used the letters from the cool new Thanks Frame die for the sentiment.  I also used the Simon T Ruler to make certain that my letters were straight...love cool tools!  Here's a close up... 

The next one, I added some flowers to the leaves...
I had die cut the Whirl Leaves in white cardstock, and colored with two green markers.  I then layered the leaves with an extra set of leaves.  I tried to figure out ways to allow the pretty green leaves to go solo on the card, but they just "needed" something!  When searching through my flower dies, I discovered that I already had some layered Etched Flower Buds die cuts in their envelope, and I loved how they had lines that just "went" with the lines on the leaves...so done!  I cut them apart and adhered both flowers and the green leaves onto the card.  I die cut the new Fancy Birthday die in white for the layers and silver for the top layer, and adhered that over the flowers and leaves.  Here's a close up...

The last one, by my sister's request, I made the beautiful leaves into a sympathy card...
I used the leaves, die cut in silver, and added some of the also beautiful new Winsome Branches die cut in white and vellum cardstocks.  I adhered them to a piece of textured olive cardstock.  I added a white embossed sentiment and popped up the panel on the card.  Here's a close up...
 
I had SO much fun making my cards...now it's your turn for some fun!  
Simon is generously giving a $25 coupon to every stop on the hop from our comment sections, so the more hop blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win!  Winners will be chosen and posted on the Simon Blog on Wednesday, December 7th, so make sure you check the Simon Blog on the 7th, to see if you are a winner!!  If you are a winner, you can email Simon to claim your prize.
The list of participants in today's hop are listed below...

Simon Says Stamp Blog 

Nina-Marie Trapani

Caly Person

Nichol Spohr

Cathy Zielske

Jennifer McGuire

Amy Rysavy

Suzy Plantamura

Keisha Charles

Barbara Tarayao

Bibi Cameron

                                  Lisa Addesa<----You are HERE

Vicky Papaioannou

Barb Engler

Heather Ruwe


A couple things before I go...don't forget the offer in the banner at the top of my post! Simon is offering a free Merry on a Line die with any purchase of $25 or more!  Simply use the code MERRY when checking out, to get this gift!  Just remember, the offer is only good until the end of the day on 

December 4th,  OR until supplies last!

Second...there is another blog hop tomorrow!  So please visit the Simon Blog tomorrow, for another day of celebration and inspiration!

Thank you so much for stopping by, and keep on hopping!! 

Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, December 1, 2022

DieCember® Release!

Simon Says Stamp’s DieCember® Release is here!!  A month to celebrate dies!  I have used 4 of the wonderful brand new dies to makes some gift card holders for all occasions!…
I don’t know about you, but I give a lot of gift cards!  This cute gift card holder is perfect for a quick, simple and wonderful way to give a gift card…you can make it as simple or ornate as you want, but with this die, you will definitely dress up a gift card, and make it even more fun to give!  I used three different pieces of patterned papers, thought it was so nice that they were two-sided.  I added a sentiment to the front of the holder, and layered each.  
I adhered each of the gift cards with a large glue dot, and inserted the die cut end into the die cut slot…
What fun!!!  So simple and I love how nice they make a simple gift card look!  And again, you can use this simple die for any occasion, for any gift card!  I hope you will join me and a whole host of  uber talented artists for day 1 of  2 days of blog hops over on the Simon Blog, tomorrow!  This is going to be a fun month!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Warm Christmas

I have made one last card before Simon Says Stamp's new release, DieCember®. tomorrow!  This card was made with a cute stamp die set from Simon's Holiday Sparkle release, and a perfect Christmas card for my Florida family!...
This was a simple, but such a fn  and to make!  I stamped, die cut, colored and layered the tree.  I added wink of stella glitter to all the decorations and a silver pen to the tops of the ornaments.  I added a cute sentiment from the set and popped up on the card.  Here's a close up...
Hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday...and hope you will check for Simon's DieCember® release tomorrow...December is going to be a really fun month!  
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Monday, November 28, 2022

Holly Jolly Berries

I used some strips of cardstock and an embossing folder to make a fun card of Christmas/Winter encouragement...
I two new products from the Simon Says Stamp Holiday Sparkle release. an embossing folder and sentiment die along with a die to cut the strips of cardstock.  I adhered the strips to a thin piece of cardstock, then cut them down.  I embossed the adhered strips between the embossing folder, then added the die cut, layered and glitter embossed sentitment.  To emboss the sentiment, I pressed the layered sentiment onto the versamark pad, then sprinkled with glitter powder, and embossed.  I  popped up the whole panel on card..here's a close up...
I love the sparkle on the sentiment!  What a fun card to make!!  Hope you are having a great start to your week...Simon's DieCember® is only a few days away...stay tuned!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Chilly and Freezy!

Happy Cyber Monday!  I have a card to share with you using an exclusive Tim Holtz DieCember® set, Chilly and Freezy, celebrating the upcoming Simon Says Stamp's DieCember® release!  Customers will be able to receive the die set free with any $25 Tim Holtz purchase, while supplies last, no code required! 
These snow people are adorable!!  I love their hats nd scarves...very cool...get it??!!  I used the Simon Says Stamp Snow White velvet cardstock... for the snow people as well as for the mounds of snow!  I used a Simon Says Stamp sentiment stamped with versamark and silver embossed.  The snow is a Simon stencil and some embossing paste.  Here's a close up...
Hope you will check out the Simon website to get this cute set, as well as the DieCember® release on December 1st...I CAN'T wait!!  Happy Crafting!!  
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Christmas Ornament and Tags

I hope for those in the states, that you had a Happy Thanksgiving!  My sister drove 700+ miles to be with me and my family, and it's the first time I've seen her in almost 3 years! I have been having so much fun, but wanted to show you an ornament and a couple tags I made before she got here!  The ornament was made with a beautiful die and cardstock from Simon Says Stamp's latest Holiday Magic release...
The ornament is a heart adorned with berry branches...
I used the beautiful Fruitful Berries die set for the ornament.  I die cut in white cardstock, and colored.  I added tonic drops to add gloss to the berries.  I adhered them to a die cut and layered heart that was stamped with white ink and the Simon Planks background stamp.  I used three layers of the new Simon Chipboard ...love the heft and the white on the kraft colored chipboard.  Again, I used a store to photograph my ornament!  Can you guess the store I took the pic in??...
IKEA!!  πŸ˜„πŸ˜„  Here's a close up...

I was in a berry kind of mood, so I made a couple tags using the beautiful Simon Says Stamp Etched Berry Branch...
I die cut in white, and colored.  I added some tonic drops and adhered to a tag that I had die cut, stamped a "to-from" sentiment, and snow embossed with an old cuttlebug embossing folder.  The second one, done with the same die and done in gold with a gold sentiment...
Now it's off to stuffed shells for our second to last family dinner with my sister.  Hope you are having a great weekend after Thanksgiving...and if you are, you're having fun shopping for Christmas!  
Thanks for coming by my blog today!! Hugs!! Lisa