Friday, May 25, 2018

Love You Wreath

I made a card with a couple of the new dies and background stamp from Simon Says Stamp's newest release, Sending Sunshine!!...
 I embossed a piece of watercolor paper with the Dazzling Circle die, colored with two Memento markers( a little sketchy, but I liked it), die cut a couple more and adhered and layered from underneath the top panel.   I stamped the Deco Diamonds background stamp and then die cut the Dazzle Circle on the top panel.  I die cut and layered new Love You die...ok...I LOVE all three of these!!  The background stamp is quickly becoming my favorite go-to stamp for some simple texture and design on cards, and this Love You die, as well as the other new one from this release...I love THEM!!!  This Love You is a little more geometric and goes with the undetailed more geometricness of this wreath...here's a close up...
I have cards to show you, just been hard to photograph...going to my light box from here on for the rest of the summer, I think!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Simon Says Stamp Sending Sunshine Blog Hop!

I'm so thrilled and honored to have been invited to be a part of today's blog hop, celebrating Simon Says Stamp's newest release, Sending Sunshine!!  Sunshine always makes me happy, and this release is full of happy!!  I don't know about you, but I need encouragement...and the stamps and dies in this newest Simon release speak to me of encouragement! 
I have used one of the sweet new stencils, Solar Burst, and some distress oxide inks to make not only some cards of encouragement, but thanks and a birthday card!!
Now...I have to state up front...I am a bit of a novice when it comes to stencils and ink(I still love embossing paste), but I have to tell you, Simon stencils make it so easy for us novices... and so much fun...may not be perfect, but SO...MUCH...FUN!!
I simply adhered the stencil to scrap paper with washi tape, and used the mini ink blending tools with the oxide inks ( I now have a blending tool and sponge for each color!...well, that may change after 6 colors, and then it will simply be a separate sponge for each,but for now, I have one tool for each color!).  The thing I DID learn with my inking, was to keep your card panel adhered to the scrap piece of paper, otherwise, it will move and make for a little hiccup in the look (yes...I had that in at least one of these...but not bad!!).  For the first and second cards, I used a piece of the new sentiment die, You are My Sunshine and a sentiment stamp from the new set, Four Seasons, and layered the die cut sentiment...
Then, I decided to use a rainbow...you know me and rainbows...and made a thank you card, using an older Simon Thanks die...
...and switched the rainbow and made a birthday card, with one of my favorite Simon Birthday dies...
I LOVE how this stencil can give you so many different looks by simply repositioning it...and the sentiment...ahhhh... Simply done, but SUCH FUN!!
Ok...that's MY fun, but now, some fun for YOU!!
 Simon Says Stamp will be generously 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 Suzy Plantamura
 All the participants of today's blog can be found below, if you get lost, you can head to the  Simon Says Stamp Blog...hope you will check out all the amazing artists' inspiration today!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Seasons

Simon Says Stamp has a wonderful new release at their store today, Sending Sunshine!!  I have used a few of the fun, new products to make a card celebrating the seasons!!...
I used the Four Seasons stamp/die set, along with the cool new Deco Diamonds background stamp  for my card.  I layered each season twice, and added some Tonic Jewel Drops.  I added one of the sentiment stamps from the set for the inside of the card...thought it was such a powerful sentiment....
Here's a close up of the season die cuts...
You HAVE to check out the new release...it's filled with some really cool and fun new stamps, dies and accessories that, if you are anything like me, are sure to make you happy!!
Oh...and here's another happy...

Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

It IS a Beautiful Day!

I returned from Florida last week after a 3+ week visit with my daughter, son-in-law and grand baby!!    I had a wonderful time and miss them terribly!!  I don't know about you, but for me, it's hard getting back to life after being gone so long from it.  I DID come home to some fun new things that I had ordered while I was gone...so I did return to lots of happiness!!  I am getting back into the swing of things even in my craft room... I made a first card with a new stamp/die set I had waiting for me when I got home... 
 I used the new Simon Says Stamp stamp/die set Beautiful Day...ok...the butterflies and sentiments ARE so beautiful!!!  I stamped, die cut, then colored the butterflies and leaves with markers.  I layered the butterfly with a blank butterfly die cut, and added some pop up dots behind the wings so it would be raised.  I also used the new Simon Woodgrain Block die to adhere the butterfly and leaves to (I layered it twice for a bit of depth).  I added one of the beautiful sentiments, and some tonic drops between the leaves.  Here's a close up...
Simon is coming out with a new release tomorrow...see you then!!   Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Tree Blossom Stitched Circle Frame

I have a couple cards to share with you today that I made using the Memory Box Tree Blossom Stitched Circle Frame...
 I made these cards a bit ago, but have not been able to find out the name of the stamp company that made the sentiment for the first.  The sentiment is a wood mounted rubber stamp and is so old and so used, that the name is a blur. Then, because it's been so long since I made these cards, I forgot where the second sentiment came from (although I think it's Simon Says Stamp).  Oh my!!  
For the first, I die cut the frame from white cardstock, then used Simon Says Stamp woodgrain cardstock, die cut again, and cut the branch and leaves away from the frame, colored, and adhered them to the white die cut.  The woodgrain gives the leaves and branch a little texture.  I added a pink die cut flower from another time die cutting the frame, and a Tonic drop for the center. The card is striped with the Papertrey Ink Striped Impression Plate (discontinued...SO sorry...I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this plate!!).  Here's a close up...
The second is much like the first, except the layout is different and I simply used green cardstock for the branch and leaves, and instead of hanging, it's growing upwards...
Sorry for the unknown stamps and the discontinued impression plate, perhaps simply a little inspiration...thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Friday, April 27, 2018

Floral Cluster Birthday

I used the Poppy Stamps Floral Cluster die to make a birthday card...
I embossed the die onto the cardstock panel, so I would know where to place each flower and leaf.  I layered each twice and added some Tonic Jewel Drops and a Simon Says Stamp sentiment, as well as some striped paper at the bottom of the card panel.  Here's a close up...
Super fun flowers!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Sweet Succulent Thank Yous

I'm in Florida visiting my daughter, son-in-law, and baby granddaughter for a couple weeks!!  I had helped my daughter with some baby thank you cards a number of months ago, and just had to show you a few...
My daughter, Hannah, LOVES succulents!!  She wanted to make her baby thank you cards with succulents on them, so I chose the My Favorite Things Sweet Succulents...I thought the plants looked fun, yet amazing, and had a variety of pots to go with them!!  I stamped on watercolor paper, die cut, and layered the plants and pots, and added adhesive dots on the bottom of the 70+ pots.  I also stamped the wonderful sentiment stamp from Reverse Confetti, Lots to Say (LOVE this set, and perfect for these potted pretties!!) on 70+ cards.  I sent all of these plus my Peerless paints, some of the blocks from my Zig box of paints, adhesive and some brushes.  Hannah colored all the succulents and adhered them to the cards!  These cards were a joint effort:)!!  She had some that she hadn't sent yet, so I snapped some pics.  A succulent and sentiment...simple!!  Here's a close up of the first...
The second a blooming cactus...love the way she shaded the pot...
She loved the thought of being able to paint, and I LOVED the thought of her painting the plants and pots, too!  I have fun watercolor painting every once in a while, but am definitely not as adventurous as Hannah! I  think she did an AMAZING JOB coloring!!  Here's a close up...
Here's a pic of the cards she has not yet sent...
 SUCH FUN!!!  How wonderful and so amazing that you can make so many cards that look so different, yet with only one stamp set, and have a long distance bonding moment with your daughter on top of all that fun..LOL!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Monday, April 23, 2018

Heart Mandalas

The new Heart Mandala die from Simon Says Stamp's newest release, Fluttering By, is one of the most beautiful dies I've ever seen!!  I have made a couple cards to show you using this striking new die...
The first one I used Distress Oxide inks on watercolor paper, and then die cut from the sponged on tri-colored paper...
I layered it once to give it a bit of depth and adhered it to cardstock that I stamped a sweet sentiment on, also from Simon, that spoke to the hearts in the die!  I also added a strip of striped paper at the bottem.  Here's a close up...
The second one, a Mother's Day card, was simply done in white on coral, with a die cut and stamped sentiments.  This one was also layered a second time...
Here's a close up...
I thought of doing an all white die cut and card for a wedding, my daughter suggested it looked like a snowflake, great for Christmas...it has SO MANY wonderful possibilities.  The die is intricate, and requires a metal adaptor plate to get a great cut(I have listed a few below for you to check out if you're interested), and the die cut requires a bit of poking out of all the tiny pieces, but the beauty of how this die looks, is well worth every minute of time it takes to punch the pieces out.  I LOVE IT!!  I hope to have more to show you:)!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Make Your Mark...You Da Best!

I used the new Simon Says Stamp Make Your Mark stamp set, coupled with a Simon die and sentiment and made a couple cards with different looks...
The first one uses my love of rainbows, and the long striped mark stamp from the set.  I used the You Da Best die from Simon along with a sentiment stamp from the new set, Messages for Everyday.  I thought of using my Tonic Drops, but I like it plain...here's a close up...
The second one, I used the set of three long differently shaped stamps, put them all on one acrylic block, and stamped them on gray cardstock with gray ink...
I used the same You Da Best sentiment die with another of the sentiment dies from the Messages from Everyday set and added a black strip at the bottom (think it looks cool, but truth be told, the 6 strips were a bit too short to fit the total width of an A2 card...:)!!_).  I used strips of red and two shades of gray, adhered to thin cardstock, and die cut the sentiment. 
Ok...a really fun set to make cool cards with!!  Hope you are having a great day, wherever you are:)!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Friday, April 20, 2018

Little Flowers

I used the cute and sweet new Lawn Fawn Little Flowers die set and made a couple Mother's Day cards, composed of a single element, but with lots of love for moms (the second one is for my mom!)!...
I die cut and layered the flowers, leaves and pots of both cards, used a new set of pretty stamps from Simon Says Stamp for the sentiments and adhered them to cards with stitched and layered rectangles.  Here's a close up...

The second is just like the first, only daisies instead of tulips...
I know it's white on white, but I liked it...even after I thought about it...for days....just liked it. 
Here's a close up...
Such fun...what a cute, fun set of dies to play with!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Twinkle Flowers

I used the new Simon Says Stamp Twinkle Flower die and the new Messages for Everyday from the new Fluttering By release, and made a couple cards...
I die cut the flowers twice, and layered one of the layers below the top panel.  I used Distress Oxide inks on some watercolor cardstock, and sponged three colors onto the paper.  I adhered it behind the layered flowers, adding a sentiment.  I also added Tonic Jewel drops in the three colors of inks.  I also gave the card panel some texture by embossing(as has become my favorite) with a piece of burlap!  Here's a close up...

The second one, I did the same as the first, but this time colored the stems of the Twinkle flowers, and adhering them to a black background and a striped strip to the bottom...
Here's a close up...
The new release from Simon is "simply" so much fun!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa