Monday, December 2, 2019

SSS DieCember Blog Hop!

Hey guys!

Welcome to my stop for day 1 of the Simon Says Stamp DieCember blog hop! You should've arrived here from the very talented Gayatri and her blog, Handmade By G3. If you'd like to start at the beginning of the hop, head to Simon's blog here.


I love DieCember! It's a month long celebration of die cutting with special features, sales, education and inspiration that focus on die cutting and it all starts with Simon's exclusive, new release!

I'm so excited you're here and I can't wait to share my cards with you but first, we need to take care of some important business.



FREE GIFT:
As you can see in the graphic above, Simon is giving away an adorable, exclusive enamel pin, free with any purchase! How fun is that?! You can choose which pin you'd like and use the corresponding code at checkout. This gift is valid until 12/8 at 11;59pm ET, or while supplies last.

GIVEAWAY: 
Simon is also giving away a $25 gift certificate at every stop along the hop, from the comment sections! Be sure leave a comment below for your chance to win! They'll announce all the winners on Wednesday, December 11th, on their blog.

SIMON GALLERIES:
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 new, DieCember Gallery. There is so much inspiration to see! I encourage you to check them out and add your own cards/projects!

CARDS:
Okay, let's get to my cards because I know that's why you're all here - to see some inspiration. I had so much fun playing with some of the new products!

For my first card, I used the, "Hello Crafty Friend" die set. It's perfect for all your crafty friends, near or far! My background was created using Alcohol Pearl Inks.



I created another card with the same die set but this time I also used the matching background die. This one is clean and simple. Just a bit of shading with some Distress Oxide Ink.



This next die set could be used for so many special people in your life. Whether it's your spouse, partner, a sibling, or a close friend, they'd love to receive a card with this sentiment! It's called, "The Best Is Yet To Come." I used an older stencil, with some pretty shading, for the background.


While I had that stencil out and before I cleaned it, I spritzed the remaining ink with some water, took a watercolor card panel and laid it on top of the wet stencil. It's a fun technique! The die for this one is designed by Cathy Zielske for Simon and I love the simple yet bold letters! I don't know about you but I can never have enough "Thank You" dies! It also comes with a matching background.


Next up is the, "Burst" die and it's a fun one! So many possibilities with this one! I used Alcohol Pearl Inks again for a fun and striking look!


 Here's a different angle so you can see the shimmer from the gold.



Okay, last card, I promise! ;) For this one I used the beautiful "Winter Wishes Circle Die," along with one of the many dies from the "A7 Thin Frames" die set. I also added some leaves from an older set. More Distress Oxide Ink and some white splatters make for a pretty card!


That's it for me. I hope I've given you a bit of inspiration for using some of the new DieCember products. Thank you for your visit! I appreciate it so much!  

Day 2 of the hop will be this coming Friday, December 6th.

Your next stop on the hop is the wonderful, Lea Lawson at her blog, Lea Lawson Creates

Enjoy the rest of the hop!
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Friday, October 11, 2019

SSS Cheer and Joy Release Blog Hop!

Hey guys!

Welcome to my stop on day 1 of the Simon Says Stamp, Cheer and Joy release blog hop!


You should have arrived here from the blog of my talented friend, Karin. If you'd like to start at the beginning of the hop, click here to be taken to Simon's blog.

I'm so excited to share my cards with you today but first, there's some exciting things I need to tell you about.

FREE GIFT:
As you can see in the graphic above, Simon is giving away their adorable Post Office Box pin, free with any purchase! How fun is that?! Just use the code: HPYML9 at checkout. This gift is valid until 10/13 at 11;59pm ET, or while supplies last.

GIVEAWAY: 
Simon is also giving away a $25 gift certificate at every stop along the hop, from the comment sections! Be sure leave a comment below for your chance to win! They'll announce all the winners on Wednesday, October 16th, on their blog.

SIMON GALLERIES:
Did you know Simon has card galleries for each of their releases and 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 new, Cheer and Joy release gallery. There is so much inspiration to see! I encourage you to check them out.

CARDS: 
Okay, let's get to my cards because I know that's why you're all here - to see some inspiration. I had so much fun playing with some of the new products! 

For my first card, I used a sentiment from the new, "Holiday Greetings Mix 1" stamp set. I love this set!
It didn't take me very long to create this card. I just did a bit of Copic coloring, added some little star embellishments and popped the panel onto a couple of pieces of colored cardstock and I was done! 

 
My second card was created using the same sentiment set, along with the gorgeous new, "Marie Snowflake" Die.
I just love playing with snowflakes, don't you? And I mean the paper kind, not the real ones - ha! (I am not a winter lover) This is another very simple, quick card. A little ink blending, then cutting the snowflake from a couple of different glittery papers, layering and attaching them. I really love that sentiment too!

 
Okay, I'm gonna be honest with you now and tell ya that this next card is not my fave. I loved water coloring the image with my Zig Markers but I don't love my color choices. That's okay though - sometimes we make the wrong choice, but I still think it's a fun card and the "Christmas Kaleidoscope Background" cling stamp is awesome! I'm looking forward to playing with it again soon - but I'll leave out the purple next time. Lol!


The next two cards focus on the new, "Prayers" Die. I first used the word die by itself, along with some watercolor flowers from a previously released set.


Then I used both the word die and its shadow image, which comes in the set. A little Alcohol Inking was all it needed.


Okay, last one. And I have to tell you, I ADORE the new, "Winter Floral Layering Stencil Set!" Gosh, it's fun to play with! And seriously, so easy to use to create another quick Christmas card!

That's it for me. I hope I've given you some inspiration for using some of the awesome new products in this release! Next up on the hop is the very talented, Crystal Thompson!

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Thanks so much for your visit today! Enjoy the rest of the hop and don't forget - day 2 of the hop is tomorrow!

Hugs and happy stamping!






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