Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Cosmo Thanks

I made a card with the new Simon Says Stamp Cosmo Flower Frame die today..
I was inspired by none other than a television program whose colors are light pink, black and white.  I took note of the colors during multiple commercials, and decided to make a card using that color theme.  I think this new flower die from Simon is SOOOOOO PRETTY!!!!  I used Tim Holtz distress ink, and brushed it onto watercolor paper.  I embossed the die onto the brushed paper,  hand cut the flower from the embossed image, and adhered the paper to a layered die cut with all the pieces removed.  I die cut and layered the Simon Thanks sentiment and adhered the panel to a card with a polka dotted piece of patterned paper.  Here's a closeup...
Slowly but surely coming through the January cold freeze we're having and the fog of my continued cleaning...always having FUN!!!   Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Monday, January 15, 2018

Sending Hugs

I have been in the middle of tearing apart my craft room!! Now, mind you, my craft room is 1/2 my daughters old bedroom.  The room is still a bedroom and serves as guest room when we have visitors.  I have supplies in the closet and some various storage containers throughout the room, but the bottom line is... I have way too much stuff, and it is very disorganized!!  One of my words for 2018 is lean...and I don't just mean me.  My sister's words to me in the middle of cleaning any part of my house is to "thin the herd", and I remember one crafter saying some years ago, that too much stuff and a cluttered room stiffled her creativity.  That being said, my space for creativity is a bit chaotic right now.  I have held onto things for YEARS, and am realizing that getting my space cleaned out and up is going to be amazing, but it is also going to take some real time.  
I made today's card a little bit ago...thought today would be a perfect day to show it to you!...
 I die cut the Papertrey Ink "HUGS" from washi tape.  Yes, I love washi tape!!  Of late, I especially love wide, and cool colored washi tape!  The tape I used for this card, I purchased at ACMoore, and it looks like this...
It was the perfect width to totally fit this sentiment die with one piece of tape.  I layered a couple times, and added it to a card that I had embossed Papertrey Ink diagonal stripes and a PTI coordinated sentiment to.  Here's a close up...
Such fun!!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Friday, January 12, 2018

Simon Says Stamp Friends Blog Hop and Giveaway!


I am beyond thrilled to be a part of today's Simon Says Stamp blog hop, showcasing Simon's newest release, Friends
You should be arriving here from Kathy Racoosin's blog!
This release has wonderful new stamps and fun new dies and even some new stencils... with friends in mind!  There is such a wide variety of themes...there truly is something for everyone in this wonderful release...WHAT FUN!! 
  Today, I chose to use the pretty new Stained Glass Love stamp and die sets to make a trio of cards with these stained glass sentiments!...
  This set of stamps and dies is similiar to another stained glass stamp/die set released for Christmas.  With Valentines Day around the corner, this set of sentiments has little hearts in the letters, and there is lots of love in the sentiments...I love them!  I saw something a little different when I thought of creating with these stamps...PAPER PIECING!!  It has been a while since I paper pieced, but thought these sentiments had such great versatility and fun possibilities with patterned paper!
  I started with  polka dots on kraft...
 I stamped, die cut, and layered the "LOVE".  I used a stencil and black ink to make some polka dots on kraft paper... making my own patterned paper.  The letters on these sentiments are small, and paper piecing means having small designs or patterned paper to work with.  I then stamped and embossed the "LOVE" on the polka dots(this one below was one that didn't make the cut😆)...
I cut out the letters and adhered them onto the die cut sentiment. I die cut the little hearts for the sentiment from the Simon Falling Hearts die, and used my pick me up stick to adhere them to the sentiment.  I put them over a panel that was heart die cut, layered from underneath and embossed with a piece of burlap for some texture...

The second just like the first, but gingham black patterned paper for the letters,  a bigger heart and glossed hearts on the letters...
 Here's a close up...

The third...just like the first two, but with little flowers to a friend...with a yet bigger heart for a longer sentiment...
Here's a close up of this one...
Ahhhhh...such great fun!!!!  Now to the fun for all of you!!
 Simon Says Stamp will generously be giving a $25 coupon to one commenter from each and every blog on the hop, simply leave a comment for a chance to win!!  The winners will be chosen and be posted on the Simon Says Stamp Blog this coming Wednesday, so make sure you check the blog to see if you're a winner!
The next stop on the hop is to Nina-Marie Trapani's blog!!  All the participants of today's blog can be found on the Simon Says Stamp Blog, you can head there if you should get lost...hope you will check out everyone's inspiration today!  Just a head's up...there is another blog hop tomorrow morning, hope you will check it out for even MORE inspiration!!  Oh what real fun:)!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Miss You Snowflake

I  made a card with the beautiful Big Bliss Snowflake and Script Miss You dies from Simon Says Stamp...
I think this snowflake die is sooooooo pretty!!! I die cut and layered three times and added a layered heart in the middle, as it IS a miss you card!  I stamped the background with the Simon Diagonal Stripes stamp and some khaki ink on kraft cardstock.  The background of the snowflake has snow, stamped with another Simon background stamp, then clear embossed.  Here's a close up...
I actually saw a couple snowflakes fall in my yard this morning...but coming from Buffalo, New York, I'd sometimes like more than just a couple flakes.  I love them however  I can see them...on a card will make me happy for now:)!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas Thank You

  I hope your Christmas, if you celebrated the day, was filled with happiness.  I made a couple cards the day before family arrived for Christmas, and my craft room became occupado.  The one I'm sharing with you today would be perfect as a Christmas thank you...
I used the Simon Says Stamp Cora Background stamp on vellum...stamped with versamark and gold embossed.  I used the Simon Nested Hearts dies and die cut a heart from the stamped background.  I colored the back of the heart with sharpie and mark it markers...red and green for Christmas.  I then layered the heart with pieces of cardstock and chipboard.  I stamped a couple sentiments from the Simon Floral Bouquet stamp set, also with Versamark and gold embossed.  Here's a close up...
With Valentines day coming, this heart would also be wonderful with other sentiments, too:)!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Rustic Joy with a Wreath

 Kind of a rustic, simple Christmas card made with more of my leftovers!!  I had the wreath sitting in one of my many bags of leftover die cuts and added the layered "J" and "Y"...
*****Okay...I just could not like this card as it was(the second photo)...so I edited it a bit*****
...see if you can tell how...

...I think chopping a little off the top makes a BIG difference...with too much card, the "JOY" is a bit lost...what do you think??  
I added a  bottom of stamped stripes and some twine from the Target dollar section...

Less than one week from Christmas, this will be my last Christmas card...hope you have all yours made and mailed!!  It's been such fun!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Monday, December 18, 2017

Koala Love

I made a Valentine's Day card with a little fellow from "down under"...
Simon Says Stamp's newest release, Friends, is amazing!!  The stamps, and dies in this release are simply wonderful...endless possibilities to create some amazing cards!!  I am going to be having a lot of fun creating with the stamps and dies from this release...I hope you'll have a moment check it out, there is so much fun just waiting to happen!!

 I used the new Picture Book Koala die and the new Handwritten Love stamp set to make a Valentine's card!  I die cut and layered the koala and adhered all his pieces to a Koala that I had just embossed and then cut out.  I used the older Holiday Shapes heart die to make a heart banner for the little guy to hang onto...
 ...oh this little guy is sooooo adorable...
...will have more with this little guy...such fun!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Happy Birthday with Love, Arrows

I made a birthday card with arrows...
Ok...this is kind of crazy.  My son-in-law wanted a card with arrows for his sister for her birthday.  I went on a search to find arrow dies, I think they're cool, but I didn't have any sets of arrows.  I found some really cool arrow dies that I really liked (just what I had in my mind) on ebay that were about $2-3 for four arrow dies (REALLY??), three of which are in the card above...and with FREE SHIPPING, TOO, I DO love eBay for lots of things I can't find anywhere else!!  They came from China, but were delivered quickly...and hey, for $3...how could I possibly beat THAT deal??  Well, I came to find out that the dies look exactly like arrow dies by Elizabeth Craft Designs, selling for $14.95...what's with that??  Can anyone tell me??  Well...they are cool dies, and I combined them with a Hero Arts Happy Birthday sentiment, along with a Winnie and Walter "with love" from The Big The Bold and The Happy stamp set.  The heart on the one arrow was added onto the arrow from some red die cut arrows, then cut off, and glossy accented.  Here's a close up...
There are no links for this card, as auctions on ebay are fleeting, and the sentiment is retired.  What a fun card to make, though, wanted you to see it:)!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Love at Christmas...Gold on Vellum

A little more than one week until Christmas...and what's better than Love at Christmas?! I had stamped the Simon Says Stamp Ornate Background stamp and embossed some vellum a couple months ago, with versa mark and gold embossed.   I colored the largest single flower with red markers from the back of the vellum...just one...
I added a die cut and colored sentiment from the Stained Glass Greetings, colored with red marker like the flower.  Simply done...sometimes less means more...
Ahhh....gold and vellum...LOVE!!!!   Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Friday, December 15, 2017

Kindness x 12

I made some cards for my mom...
My mom had wanted some one layer cards to thank people for their kindness. I thought  the beautiful My Favorite Things Kind Words stamp set was perfect!!!  I used the lovely Kindness sentiment stamp for the center of the card, and one of the sweet additional sentiments from the set for just below it, stamping them with versamark and gold embossing.  I chose the old but wonderfully timeless set of Paper Smooches Reflections stamp set for the flowers.  I made a card almost two years ago with this set and similiar layout...thought it perfect for these cards!!  I stamped the leaves, then the flowers, and dotted them(choosing to make the pink a bit off circular for something different) with colored enamel accents.  Here's a pic of all twelve I made...in one night...really fast when you have them down to a system...
Cards bring me such joy...Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Spiral Flower Birthday

I made a fun birthday card with the new Spiral Flower die from Simon Says Stamp!...
 This flower is so artsy and fun...I die cut then layered each flower twice.  The die is a bit intricate, but I took my time and didn't mess up one flower while gluing layers, so although a fine die, pretty easy to work with!!  I also used a sentiment from the Thoughtful Messages stamp set, stamped with Versamark and white embossed. I adhered them to a heavyweight kraft paper.   Here's a close up...
Simple fun...doesn't get much better than this:)!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Corbel Border Die Fun!

I LOVE the new Simon Says Stamp Corbel Cut Border die!!!  It is SOOOOO pretty, and I've made two cards made with it, same layout, changing out the colors and sentiments...
 I used a 3 1/4" x 5 1/2" panel, and die cut both the long ends with the border die, adding one layer underneath for depth.  I added a sentiment that was also layered(three or four deep) and an added sentiment stamp stamped with versa mark and white embossed.  Here's a close up...
 The second one, just like the first, but using a different color combo and die cut sentiment...
and a close up...
Oh yeah...loving this one, and having so much fun!!!  Thanks for visiting me today!!                  Hugs!! Lisa

Merry Christmas Elephants and Snowflakes

 More leftovers...this time some die cut, colored elephants from W Plus 9 Designs stamps and dies.  I decided to use them to make a couple Christmas cards...Hey...kind of different, elephants on Christmas cards, I know, Elephants would be FAR away from snow and snowflakes...but they are cute... anywhere, anytime:)!!...
Snipped around his trunk and added a snowflake hung on a silver thread and added a bow...
The second one, snowflakes all around, another WPlus9 design die for the sentiment...
...a close up...
...and the "Merry Christmas" on the inside...
Having SO MUCH FUN!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa