Saturday, September 2, 2023

Celebrating STAMPtember With an Epic Blog Party!

 Hi friends and Happy STAMPtember!

It's the best month of the year and I could not be more excited! If you don't know what STAMPtember is, it's a month long celebration of stamping, hosted by Simon Says Stamp, with exclusive new products, videos, collaborations with your favorite stamping companies, inspiration, special guests, giveaways, surprises and so much more! 

Every crafter who is participating in this blog party is listed on Simon's blog here. Head over there to check out the list and find SO MUCH inspiration!

Yesterday, Simon released an amazing line of new products for this special month and I had the chance to play with some of them! I'm excited to share my cards but first, here's something fun for you!


As you can see from the banner above, Simon is giving away their Autumn Cascade layering stencil set! Just search ssst221698 in their store, add one to your cart and use the code ACST at checkout! It's such a pretty stencil set! And there are lots of other free gifts and promotions throughout the blog party, so make sure to hunt them all down! This promo is valid until 11:59pm ET, on September 3rd.


I had so much fun playing with some of the STAMPtember exclusive products! First up is this beautiful die set called, Spindle Flower. I die cut all the pieces from white cardstock and used some pretty ink colors to shade-in the different floral pedals.

Next up is the Gliding Butterflies embossing folder and die set. I used ink blending for a rainbow effect with some gold accents.

My third card showcases the Patterned Circles stencil. More rainbow colors for a sweet, happy hello!

This next card features two new products. The Wonky Trapezoid cling stamp and the Holiday Typewriter sentiment stamp set. Now, I know a trapezoid isn't really a holiday image, but when you use a deep burgundy color and pair it with gold, I think it works!

Okay, here's my last card. To be honest, I don't make very many Halloween cards but this set is amazing! It's called Friendly Ghosts and comes with matching dies! It is so much fun to play with and I love how this card turned out! Those ghost are the cutest!

That's it for me! I hope I've given a few ideas for using some of the products from this amazing, STAMPtember release! 

Enjoy the rest of the blog party and Happy STAMPtember!!!


Saturday, July 29, 2023

SSS Just a Note Release Blog Hop Day 2!

 Hi Friends!

Welcome to my stop on the Simon Says Stamp, Just a Note release blog hop! 

This is day 2 of the hop, so if you missed day 1, head over to Simon's blog post here. If you'd like to start at the beginning of today's hop, click here


As you can see from the banner above, Simon is offering a free gift with purchase! Use the code ART to receive the Handcrafted With Love stamp set for free with purchase! This offer is valid until July 30th at 11:59pm.


Simon is giving away a $25 gift certificate at every stop along the hop, from the comment sections! Be sure to leave a comment below for a chance to win. Simon will announce the winners on their blog on Wednesday, August 2nd.


Did you know Simon has card galleries for each of their releases and their card kits, and even a video gallery? It's true, and you can add YOUR VERY OWN CARDS AND PROJECTS to these galleries! Here's a link to all the Simon Brand Galleries, and here's the link to the Just a Note Gallery. There is so much inspiration to see! I encourage you to check them out and add your own cards/projects as well! 


I have a few simple cards to share with you today, using some products from this fabulous release! First up is this really fun cling stamp called, Ticking! I love thinking about the all possibilities with this stamp but for this card, I white embossed it and added some pretty ink blending. The friend sentiment is from an older release but the sub sentiment is from the new, So Swell stamp set.

Up next is this pretty die called, Fresh Cut Floral Stem. I started out with a light blue panel of cardstock and ink blended a darker shade of blue toward the right side. I love adding white splatters, especially with Perfect Pearls! It gives such a lovely shimmer!

My next card uses the Summer Bouquet stencil. This stencil is a beauty! I turned it just a bit and used more pretty ink colors. You can't go wrong using this gorgeous stencil! That Teacher sentiment is a new die set, aptly called Teacher.

Okay, so I wasn't even gonna share this last card but I think it's important for all card makers, especially beginners, to see that many of us who have been creating for a long time, can hate our results sometimes! I used the Gradient Dot embossing folder, which is VERY cool, with some simple ink blending and a sentiment from the So Swell stamp set. In my opinion, it turned out terrible! I cut around the sentiment, which I'm not very good at, (I did not have the matching dies) and my blending leaves a bit to be desired!

And it should also be stated that when Simon sends me products to play with, and asks me to participate in blog hops, I am soooo grateful and never take it for granted, so I always want to use EVERY product they send me. That way, I can help all of you find a few different ways to use those products.

Anyway, here is the card. I'll be hiding over in the corner, with my eyes covered, if you need me. 

That's it for me! I hope I've given you a few ideas for using some of the products from this awesome releaseEnjoy the rest of the hop and thanks so much for stopping by!


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