Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pretty Poinsettia

Hi there!

Happy Tuesday! We're having some really beautiful, fall weather here this week - a bit chilly, but as long as the sun is shining and it's not snowing, I'm happy! 

Have you seen Hero Arts' 2014 Holiday Catalog? It's filled with some wonderful products and when I saw this Peace Poinsettias stamp set, I just had to have it!

I love water coloring so I used a Worn Lipstick Distress Marker to stamp the image, then I pulled the color out and around with water and a small brush. 

I added more color where I thought it was needed, then brushed on a bunch of Wink of Stella clear.

It's so hard to capture the sparkle in a photo but the shimmer is very pretty in real life. The sentiment is included in the set and I added a bit of the same ink color around the edges of the card base.

Okay, I'm heading outside to toss some of the old flowers in my pots and garden. Always makes me sad to do it - hate that summer is over! I'm hoping beyond all hope that this upcoming winter season is much easier than the last two years! I'd love to shovel less - A LOT less! Lol!

Thanks for stopping by! ♥

Friday, September 12, 2014

STAMPtember Creations Plus Blog Hop Winner!


I have two cards to share with you today, using some fun goodies from Simon Says Stamps' STAMPtember release. But before I get to my cards, the winners from the STAMPtember blog hop have all been announced over on the SSS blog here.

The winner from my blog is . . . . . . . . . .LESLIE GOOD!!! Congratulations, Leslie! Simon Says Stamp has sent you an email.

Okay, I've been having fun creating lots of cards lately but seem to have no time to blog about them. I hate when that happens! So, I figured it will save time to share two of them in one post. They are both Christmas cards and I must say, it sure is gonna be a delight making cards this year with all the wonderful products out there!

This first card is for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is to make your own background. I used a new SSS stencil called, Swirls and Dots, adding the colors with two of their new inks - Cobblestone and Maliblue. Love them together!

The same inks were used to stamp the ornaments and the sentiment is from that same Ornaments set.

There is a wonderful, Wink of Stella sparkle on each ornament that is totally invisible in the above photo so here's a close-up.

I thought the MME Enamel Dots perfectly matched the inks!

My second card is a favorite because it uses the cutest die from the release! I absolutely love this die!


Seriously, isn't that adorable! So many possibilities with this cutie! It's called, Pile of Gifts. Before adhering the cut out panel to my card base, I first traced each little open spot lightly with a pencil. That way, I knew where I wanted each color to go. I used colored pencils, then carefully adhered the panel over the colored areas with dimensional adhesive. That die-cut sentiment is from the Deco Trees Die set.

Yup, more sparkle - can't put down that Wink of Stella pen!

Alrighty then, that's it for me - gotta run and get ready for work. Hope you all have a fabulous weekend! Thanks for the visit! ♥

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Water Color Roses


If you're looking for my STAMPtember blog hop post, click here.
Before I share my card, I want to thank those of you who responded to the my last post and for your support and enthusiasm for the new Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenges! I really appreciate it! ♥

My card today was inspired by the amazing Dawn Woleslagle from WPlus9. She just released a couple of brand new stamp sets - Pretty Peonies and Pretty Little Peonies. She also shared a video in which she water colors these images and if you haven't seen it, make sure you do! It is definitely worth watching! She has an amazing talent that I admire so much!

Anyway, if you know me at all, you know I ADORE peonies! So of course I had to order one of the stamp sets. I couldn't wait though, to try Dawn's water color technique, so I used another one of her sets called Coming Up Roses.

Just as Dawn did, I applied a Worn Lipstick Distress Marker directly to the stamp. After stamping only the outline image of the rose, I used a small brush and water to move the ink around, blending where I thought I should and leaving some white areas too.

I did the same with the leaves and added a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp's Friendship Messages. The card base was stamped with Diagonal Stripes from My Favorite Things, using VersaMark, then embossed using Judikins Iridescent Sparkle Powder.

I hope everyone had a great weekend! I am back to work on Monday after 9 days off and I don't mind telling you, I could easily stay home longer - I'm finding myself wanting to work less and less. . . .

Thank you for stopping by! ♥

Friday, September 5, 2014

Exciting News!!

Hi there!

If you're looking for the Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember blog hop, click here.

I've got some exciting news to share with you! Starting today, I'll be hosting challenges for Simon Says Stamp over in their Flickr group!

There will be a different challenge every other Friday and prizes will be given away too!

I'm so excited and would love it if you could stop by and take a look at the details here.

This week's prize is a set of Simon's new inks, just released for STAMPtember!

I hope you'll all join in the fun and play along!

Thank you and have a great weekend! ♥

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

STAMPtember 2014 Blog Hop!


Welcome to another stop on the Simon Says Stamp, STAMPtember 2014 blog hop! If you've been following along, you should have just come from the sweet and talented, Laurie Willison's blog, Soapbox Creations. If you'd like to start at the beginning of the hop, head on over to the Simon Says Stamp blog where it all begins.

Before I share my cards, you should know that Simon Says Stamp is giving away a prize pack of a selection of items from our STAMPtember® giveaway stash at each stop on the hop! That's 19 chances to win!! So make sure you leave a comment at each stop to better your chances of winning. The giveaways for the prize packs will close at 6:00pm EST on Thursday September 11, 2014 and the complete winners list will be posted on the Simon Says Stamp blog on Friday September 12, 2014.

Okay, let's get started! I was sent some wonderful products to play with and boy, oh, boy did I ever have fun! I've created eight cards - I just did not want to stop playing.

The first few cards showcase the fun, Deco Tree Die set. It has such a brilliant design.

It's a really simple card, using the negative portion of the die-cut. This card could be easily mass produced for your Holiday card making. The Merry Christmas die comes in the set too. Here's a close-up so you can see just how cool it is.

I gently pulled up the swirls for a fun effect - isn't that neat?!

This next card uses the same tree die but with the positive die-cut. I also added a bit of dimension in the background using the Zig Zag Dots Stencil and some Texture Paste from Ranger. The Sentiment is from the new, Ornaments set.

And another close-up:

One more creation using this die. It's a gift tag.

I wanted to try the inlaid die-cutting technique with the tree and to make it stand out more, I added the white outline with a Signo Gel Pen. So, both the positive and negative die-cuts were used on the tag - so fun!

I have an elegant card to share next.

This is such a beautiful stamp set. It's called Ornaments and it comes with five different ornaments and some wonderful sentiments too. I embossed everything on this card in Ranger's Princess Gold Embossing Powder. See that swirly wire? That's one of the stamps included in this set.

Here's another fun card using the same set. 

I used the smallest ornament and stamped it with various pigment inks, then added Glossy Accents to each one for some shine.

The wires were stamped with Staz-On Silver Metallic Ink and the sentiment is from the Deco Tree Die set, this time cut from black cardstock.

There is another new stamp set called, Presents and Ornaments. I wanted to use a different image from the set, other than the presents, to show you how it can be used for other occasions besides Christmas and/or birthdays. There's an open circle image and I thought it would be fun to white emboss it several times and do some water coloring.

Isn't that fun? The large, Thank You sentiment is from the Many Thanks set. There are so many sentiments in this set - all with different fonts. It's difficult to see in the photo but inside some of the circles there's a teeny, tiny "Thanks" with a heart, which is also included in the set.

Are ya still here with me? Sorry it's getting long but just a few more. This next card was created with the new, Sketched Trees stamp set, along with the matching, Trees and Trunks die set.

After cutting out the trees, I decided I wanted the inner portion of them smaller, so I just used a scissors to make the adjustment. The background was created using that awesome, Zig Zag Dots Stencil again, along with Iced Spruce Distress Ink and water. I love how it turned out! The small, Love, Peace, Joy sentiment is from the Ornaments set.

Okay, two more. It's time for something other than Christmas. Are ya ready for some fruit?

Isn't that pear image adorable? It comes in a set called, You're So Sweet and I love it! I stamped the image with Archival Black Ink then did a bit of water coloring. I added some splatters and the Thank You sentiment and it was done - so easy!

There is a cherry image in the same set that I love even more than the pear. Take a look.

I did some more water coloring for this one - on the cherries and the background. And don't ya just love that sentiment? This set comes with many more images of fruit and four more sentiments.

Okay, that's it. (I'm sure you're all saying, "Finally!") Sorry my post was so long but I wanted you to get a good idea of how fun these new products are to play with. And there are sooo many more in this release. You can check them all out, together on one page, here.

Your next stop on the hop is Suzanne Dahlberg's blog, Freshly Noted. She creates such beautiful cards, I know you'll love what she has to share.

There's lots more fun coming our way this month, so be sure to check in often at the Simon Says Stamp blog!

Thanks so much for hopping along today! And Happy STAMPtember!!! ♥
 Giveaway is now closed

Monday, September 1, 2014

STAMPtember Has Begun!

Hi everyone!

September means the end of my favorite time of year, summer. Normally I am down in the dumps when fall arrives, BUT thank goodness something else happens this month that makes it so much better! September means STAMPtember! 

It's an exciting time over on the Simon Says Stamp blog, with a month long party! There are a boat-load of new products that you will love! This fabulous new release includes stamps, stencils, dies, inks, sequins and more! It's a huge release and, in my opinion, Simon's best release EVER! You can check out all the new products here but I'm warning you, you'll want it ALL!

I was lucky enough to be asked, once again, to be a part of their blog hop, which is tomorrow! (Tuesday, Sept. 2nd.) I received some goodies to play with and I've been having a ball creating cards for the hop! 

Here are the goodies I've been playing with:

 I can't wait to share my cards with you, so be sure to stop by the Simon Says Stamp blog tomorrow to start the hop! ♥

Friday, August 22, 2014

Mixed Media Cards


I'm back today to share a couple of cards for the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #3.

 I love playing with stencils and embossing paste so this was a fun one!

My first card was inspired by the amazingly talented Shari Carroll and her card here.

I used some wonderful Tim Holtz products for this one. I took six of his Idea-ology Alpha Tiles, flipped them over to the blank, white side, and stamped them with some Sketchbook Letters from Hero Arts. The numbers and butterflies are from two different Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz sets - Stuff To Say and Papillon. The Damask stencil from Art-C was used with some Ranger Texture Paste and I also used lots of Tim Holtz Distess Inks. Here's a closer look:

For my second card, I used the new Tim Holtz Christmas Stencil with the textured paste again. By choosing the words, Wish, Believe and Hope, I was able to create a non-Christmas card. (Sorry, but I am nowhere near being ready for anything associated with winter, including Christmas!)

The other sentiments and black dots are from the Ordinary Day set from Technique Tuesday, by Ali Edwards. I also stamped some small text here and there, using a very old Inkadinkado, woodblock stamp. I white embossed and cut out the butterflies, popping them up with dimensional adhesive. Here's a close-up:

It sure felt good to get inky and messy! Need to do this more often!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! Hubby and I are heading to check out the Twin Cities Premium Outlets on Saturday, which is only about 10 minutes away from home (could be a very dangerous thing!) It's a huge outlet mall which just opened last weekend and we are really looking forward to spending the day together!

Thanks for stopping by! ♥