Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Week 3, Guest Designing, SSS Wednesday Challenge

Hi everyone!

Today I'm sharing a card for my third week of guest designing for the Simon Says Stamp, Wednesday challenge blog.

This week, our theme is Winter Inspiration and the design team have all been playing with Penny Black products. You don't have to use them but if you own some, we'd love to see them on your projects!

Jenn created a wonderful inspiration board for you to use to inspire your wintery creations.

When I found out the theme and the products we were to play with, I knew right away which stamp I was going to use. It's my all-time favorite snowman image. He's one of the stamps in Penny Black's, Jolly Friends clear set. I don't know what it is about this little guy but he brings a smile to my face every time I stamp and color him!

Maybe it's his fuzzy hat and scarf, or his adorable face, or his fun, chubby shape. Actually, I think it's all three! :)

The card is fairly self explanatory. I colored the image with Copics and added some softly stamped snowflakes on both the card base and white panel. 

As always, there is a generous, $50.00 gift voucher to the Simon Says Stamp Store for one lucky random winner of this week's challenge!

Now it's your turn! If you need some wintery inspiration, head on over to the Wednesday challenge blog and check out the amazing cards from the design team and then get creating!

I hope you're all well on your way to being ready for Christmas. Me? Well, let's just say I've got a ways to go yet but I keep reminding myself that it always gets done, right? My fingers are crossed!

Thanks for stopping by! ♥

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Virginia's View Challenge #10

Hi there!

I am finally playing along with Virginia's View challenge

I really want to play each month, then I get too busy, time slips away from me and before I know it, I've missed another one. So, I was determined to get a card made this month because it's All Things Distressed and I love playing with Distress Inks!

I started with watercolor paper and did some white heat embossing using the Stars and Dots stencil from Simon Says Stamp. Then I took out my Iced Spruce and Evergreen Bough Distress Inks. I smooshed the inks onto my craft sheet, spritzed them with water and pressed the paper into the inky mess.

I always let each layer of ink dry before pressing the paper back into it. Backgrounds turn out really cool with this technique - take a look.

I decided to give the background a bit of silver too so I splattered it with some Tim Holtz, Brushed Pewter Distress Spray.

I used the same two inks to shade the Simon Says Stamp, Stitched Circles die-cuts, then layered them up with dimensional adhesive. The tree die-cut is from the Suspension Tree set and the die-cut, Merry Christmas sentiment is also from SSS.

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your weekend! ♥

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

More Guest Designing for SSS Wednesday Challenge!

Hi There!

Today I'm sharing a card for my second week of guest designing for the Simon Says Stamp, Wednesday challenge blog

The theme this week is, "Bling It On!" The design team and I are using products from Kaisercraft this week. You don't have to use them but if you own some, we'd love to see them on your projects!

I used a pretty rose image from a clear set called, Honey Chai. Unfortunately this set is no longer available for purchase but Kaisercraft has some wonderful stamp sets here.

I embossed my cardbase with the, Cross My Heart Cuttlebug embossing folder. The rose was colored with Copics, fussy cut, then adhered to my die-cut panel with dimensional adhesive. For some added bling, I die-cut another Wonky Rectangle out of some pretty glitter paper and decided to offset both panels for a different look. I needed a bit more bling, so I added a few gems. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp's Friendship Messages set.

As always, there is a generous, $50.00 gift voucher to the Simon Says Stamp Store for one lucky random winner of this week's challenge!

I hope you'll join us this week! I'm looking forward to seeing your "blingy" projects!

Thank so much for stopping by! ♥ 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Guest Designing For SSS Wednesday Challenge Blog!

Hi everyone!

I'm so excited to be the Designer in the Spotlight this month for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge blog!

This week's theme is Christmas/Holidays and the design team are playing with products from Stampendous. You are not required to use them but if you have some, we would love to see them used.

I chose to play with the adorable, Whee Flight House Mouse image from Stampendous and colored him with Copics. I cut him out and popped him up so it looks like he's flying into the Holiday Frames die from Simon Says Stamp. My background was stamped with the Stampendous Cling Snowfall in Sea Glass Ink.

As always, there is a generous, $50.00 gift voucher to the Simon Says Stamp Store for one lucky random winner of this week's challenge!

Now it's your turn! Come check out the challenge and join in the fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by and a huge thank you to Lols and the Simon team for inviting me to guest design this month! ♥

Monday, December 1, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Celebrates Die-Cember!

Hi there!

I've got some fun, new goodies to share with you today. 

I was so excited to receive some of the new dies from Simon Says Stamp to help celebrate Die-Cember! They have 15 new dies, which you can see here. It's a really fun collection with so many different designs!

I got right down to playing and created four cards and a tag to share with you today.

For this first card, I used the Mod Circle Frame Die. The possibilities with this one are endless! I cut it from white, green and blue cardstock and used the inlaid die-cutting technique. So fun! 

My second card was created using the adorable die set called, Cup of Tea.

It comes with the cup, the spoon and a set of three sugar cubes. I cut out the cup from some glitter paper and the spoon from silver metallic paper. The sugar cubes were cut from white cardstock and I layered them four times to create some dimension. Then I added a bit of Frosted Lace Stickles for a some sparkle. Here's a close-up:

Isn't that adorable? Dies sure make it easy to create fun cards!

For my next one, I used the inlaid technique again but this time with the Balloon Bouquet die set.

I used all white cardstock then colored the different pieces of the balloons with my Copic Markers. Adding some shimmer with a Wink of Stella pen makes them even more festive!

And here's another card with a bit of elegance and yes, more sparkle! 

That pretty flower cluster was cut with the Calliope Flourish Die. I layered it with blue and gray cardstock, off-set a bit for a shadow effect. Here's a close-up:

Okay, almost done! I have one more to share. This one is a tag.

The Garden Stems Tag Die is so pretty! The surrounding tag is part of the die, which I think is so awesome! I cut it from silver metallic paper and adhered it to some slate cardstock, which I cut in the same shape as the tag.

I hope you're as excited as I am about Die-Cember! Go check out the whole release here. I have my eye on about four more must haves! So hard to resist!

And don't forget it's Cyber Monday! Simon Says Stamp has a big sale going on too. Lots of other dies are 50% off. You can read all about it here and see this special category of dies here.

I hope everyone has a great week - thank you for stopping by! ♥

Monday, November 24, 2014

Guesting at A Blog Named Hero

Hi there!

I'm celebrating the month long Christmas event over at A Blog Named Hero today!

Here's the card I created.

I used one of my favorite stamps from Hero Arts called, Happy Holiday Trees.

A big huge thank you to Mary Dawn and Linda for inviting me to help celebrate with them!

Head on over to ABNH to check out more details about my card and leave me some love! ♥

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

25 Days of Christmas Tags!

Hi there!

I'm excited to be sharing a Christmas tag today over on Tracey McNeely's blog, In My Creative Opinion. She's having a month-long event, featuring tags from many wonderful, crafty designers and I am thrilled to be included! Thank you, Tracey! ♥

I created a fun shaker tag using the Tri-Square Die from Simon Says Stamp, along with the adorable Winter Friends Stamp and Die Set, created by Clearly Besotted for SSS.


I colored these sweet images with Copics and added a bit of sparkle with a Wink of Stella clear pen.

You can win prizes from the following, fabulous companies by heading over to Tracey's blog and checking out the details:


For your chance to win one of these awesome prizes just leave a comment on Tracey's blog for each one of the days (plus the main prize drawing *here*) and you'll be entered to win. You have until 11:59pm EST on November 27th to enter.

You will also get an extra chance to win by commenting on this post! You have until 11:59 EST, Wednesday, November 26th to comment. I'll randomly choose one commenter and pass their name onto Tracey so she can include that name in the drawing! Winners will be announced on November 28th on Tracey's blog.

Thanks for stopping by and a big thank you to Tracey!