Simon Says Stamps, Spellbinders

Simon Says Anything Goes!

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Hello, all! Welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!
Thank you for joining us for the Gift It Challenge. We hope you will all join us again this week too.
We will be back soon with the name of the lucky winner of the $50 Voucher.
This week the challenge is…

Anything Goes 

Yes, that’s right, it’s your FAVORITE challenge this week! The Design Team is showcasing Spellbinders Products.  You don’t have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store! You KNOW you want to win that goodness, ladies and gentlemen!
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I love Spellbinders dies. So for my cards (yes, CARDS!) I have used Spellbinders Lattice Ornaments Dies. Since I was making Christmas cards, I decided I will make multiples. I made fours cards. Two using traditional Christmas colours and two non Christmas colours. I shall start with non Christmas coloured cards first. I am share two photos of each card. One head shot and the other flat from the top. So this post is photo heavy!

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I used some of my old pattern papers from various brands to combine colours and patterns. I die cut them using various stitched rectangle dies, sponged inks on the edges and layered them with foam adhesives. The gold frame is die cut using  Simon Says Stamp Woodland Rectangular Frame die. This is my favourite die to use for Christmas card. I die cut the bells and bow from Spellbinders Lattice Ornaments die set using gold mirror cardstock and layered glued with a pink twine bow behind it. The sentiment is from Retro Christmas stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. I added a touch of pearl on the bow.

Here are my two traditional Christmas cards using the other ornament from the Spellbinders Lattice Ornament die set.

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For these two cards, the process of creating and layout is the same as the previous cards. Only difference is use of traditional Christmas pattern papers and different ornament. I did not sponge the edges of the panels. I added gold thread and red glitter frame on one of the cards.

I love all the four cards. No favourites for me 🙂 And I also love this style of cards especially layering and using some of my old pattern papers in the stash. I will be making more of this style of cards this year I think. Hope you like them and are inspired.

So now it’s YOUR turn.  Happy Crafting
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Clearly Besotted, Pretty Pink Posh

Simon Says Gift It!


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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Clean and Simple  Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
We will be back soon with the name of the lucky winner of the $50 Voucher
This week the challenge is

Gift It 

make a gift card/bag/box, or a gift for someone special.
This week we are showcasing Clearly Besotted Products.  You don’t have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
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I have used Clearly Besotted stamp set to dress up an envelope gift card holder.

The stamp I used from Clearly Besotted is called Sweet Treats. Love this stamp set. Absolutely adorable images. I simply stamped the cupcake image randomly on a watercolour panel filling in with the speech bubble sentiment also from the stamp set.  I coloured them using Zig clean brush watercolour pens. I then used one of the stitched rectangle die from Simon Says Stamp to die cut two panels. I also used the same die to cut another panel out of white cardstock. Then I took an black colour envelope, folded in half. Cut the flap in half and adhered the flap on the left side of the envelope in place. I adhered the stamped and watercoloured panel on the front and back of the folded envelope using foam adhesives. 
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I adhered the plain white panel on the inside of the folded envelope where the flap is adhered. This panel is adhered flush so one can write on it. The other side has the pocket to hold the gift card.
On the front of the card, I added a layer of vellum die cut using stitched rectangle die, The sentiment is stamped on a strip of white card stock. I also stamped the cupcake image from the stamp set on watercolour paper, coloured with Zig pens and cut it out with scissors. I adhered this on the vellum layer. I embellished with Sparkly Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. Here is a collage of the gift card holder front, back and inside.
This gift card holder is very easy to make. Great for last minute gifts. Hope you like it. As always I have listed all the products I used to make this card below.

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Pretty Pink Posh

Grateful!

Hey everyone,
Hope you had/have a wonderful weekend! I managed to make a card over the weekend using new STAMPtember® release from Simon Says Stamp.
I have used Birch Tree Window and Grateful die from the STAMPtember® release along with older die from Simon Says Stamp called Songbird Branch die to make this card.
I die cut a small stitched panel using cream cardstock and Stitched Rectangle die set. Then I die cut the Birch Tree Window in the centre of the panel. I added acetate behind the panel. For the background, I sponged Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon and Peeled Paint distress ink on watercolour paper. Then I spattered some water, dabbed the water and when dry, sponged some more of the inks. I repeated this process couple of times to build layers. I really wanted the bright ink blue on the background.

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I also sponged some autumn colour distress inks – Wild Honey, Craved Pumpkin, Ripe Persimmon and Crushed Olive distress inks on watercolour paper. Spattered with water and dabbed the excess out. Once dry, I used the leaves die from Songbird Branch die set to die cut several leaves from all these colours. I added these leaves on the blue sponged background panel and adhered the Brich Tree Window panel using foam adhesive to create a shaker element.

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I adhered this shaker panel on a stitched rectangle kraft panel which is adhered to the kraft cardbase. For the focal point, I die cut the bird from Songbird Branch die and sponged with distress inks Ricked Raspberry, Mustard Seed and Ripe Persimmon. I also sponged a cream scrap cardstock with Espresso Distress ink and die cut the sentiment Grateful. I also die cut the outline of the sentiment using kraft cardstock. I adhered the sentiment on the outline die cut to foam adhered the entire sentiment to the card front. The bird, I adhered using foam as shown. Finally embellished with Espresso sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

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Love the colours on the card and CAS feel to it. Hope you like it too. As always I have listed all the supplies I used to make this card below.

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Taylored Expressions

Put another candle on your Birthday Cake!

Hey everyone,
Happy weekend! I got to sleep in this morning to catch up on much lost sleep. Yesterday I had time to craft and I wanted to do my favourite technique of ink blending. I also played with couple of new release stamp sets and dies from Taylored Expressions to make this birthday card.
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I have used Taylored Expressions dye inks to do ink blending for the background. The colours I used are Pink Champagne, Strawberry Milkshake, Mint Julep and Cookie Monster. A lot of back and forth blending to build up the colour intensity. I love taking that time to get beautiful coverage and blending. The result brings a sense of achievement and pride Lol! I then spatter the panel with white Mr. Huey and Gold Colorshine from Heidi Swapp and left it to dry.

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I then stamped the candles from Make a Wish Stamp set and Die combo using the same colour dye inks from Taylored Expressions and mini Misti. I did stamped them three times as I wanted them a bit darker than the background colour. They are all then die cut using the coordinating dies. I die cut the background using Frame in Frame 2 cutting plate. I used the largest die from the set. This is a frame die but I am using both the inner panel as well. I adhered the candles on the inner panel using foam adhesives and stamped the sentiment using Black Hybrid ink from Taylored Expressions. The sentiment is from Bright Birthday stamp set. I would heat emboss the sentiment next time as I felt the sentiment was not bright enough. Anyway, I adhered the scallop panel using foam adhesives on the Oreo card base and flush glued the inner panel.  I also die cut a few sequins using Little Bits: Sequins Confetti dies and gold glitter paper. I adhered them as shown in the picture.

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I love how this card turned out and the contrast against the back base. Hope you do too. I have listed all the products I have used on this card below.

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Winnie & Walter.

Guest designing for Paru’s Challenge Blog!

Hello everyone,
I am so happy to share that I am Guest Designing for Paru’s Card Making Challenge Blog this month.
This month’s challenge focuses on words.
And this is my take on the challenge. And I made both the card and coordinating tag.
I have made Christmas card and tag with focus on the sentiment. My card base is white and I stamped Christmas image from Winnie & Walter’s In Bloom: Elsa’s Flora stamp set using Fog ink from Simon Says Stamp only on the top of the card front. Then I die cut the In a Word: Merry from Winnie & Walter on Fog cardstock panel. I saved the Merry die cut for the tag. On the negative of the panel, I trimmed the panel from half of the negative Merry to the top. Then I inlaid the die cut Merry die cut using red cardstock. I wrapped red twine around this panel and tied a bow. I adhered this panel on the card front using foam adhesives. 
The secondary sentiment are from Winnie & Walter’s The Big, the Bold and the Merry stamp set. I white heat embossed the sentiment on green card stock strip and adhered as shown in the picture. Rose gold sequins from Pretty Pink Posh completes the card.

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I used the saved up fog coloured Merry die cut to make coordinating tag for the card.

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The tag is die cut using fog and red cardstocks. The tag die is from Winnie & Walter’s Essentials: Katharine Cutaway. I stamped the same image I stamped on the card on the fog tag using Lipstick Red ink from Simon Says Stamp. I layered the red tag over the fog tag and used a green twine to tie them together. I adhered the fog coloured Merry die cut saved from the making of the card on the red tag at an angle. The secondary sentiments are again from Winnie & Walter’s The Big, the Bold and the Merry stamp set. I simply stamped them on fog cardstock strips in black ink and adhered as shown in the picture. Finally, the Sparkly Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh completes the tag. Here is both the card and tag together.

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So this is my take on the challenge: Focus on Words!  The words and colours make this card a Perfect Christmas card in spite of not have a Christmas themed focal image on the card.

Hope you are inspired by my card. Now its your turn to play along. For more details on how to play the challenge, please visit Paru’s Card Making Challenge Blog.

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CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

Simon Says Clean and Simple!

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Stamp It Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
We will be back soon with the name of the lucky winner of the $50 Voucher
This week the challenge is

Clean And Simple 

This week we are showcasing CAS-ual Fridays Products. You don’t have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
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Here is my card for the challenge.


I have used Lovely Blessings stamp set from CAS-ual Fridays on my card. I love the bold font of the sentiments in this stamp set. To keep it simple and clean, I sponged distress inks Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon and Salty Ocean on white card stock panel. I made some spatters with clean water for added texture. I then used Memory Box ‘s Snowdrift Breeze border die to die cut on the panel. 
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I stamped the smaller sentiment on the blue card panel and the larger sentiment on the bottom of the card base using Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink and MISTI. I then trimmed the panel and adhered on the card base using foam adhesives. I also used the snowflakes from the die cut to embellish along with Clear Droplets from Pretty Pink Posh.

Clean and Simple to mass produce this design for this year Christmas cards 🙂  Hope you like it. As always I have listed all my supplies towards the end of the post. Now it’s YOUR turn.  Happy Crafting
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Pretty Pink Posh

Sprinkling some happy!

Hey everyone,
Sharing a card I made using one of the new stamp set from STAMPtember® release from Simon Says Stamp.

I have used the fairy image from Secret Garden stamp set on my card.

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I stamped the fairy image and butterflies, masked and sponged distress inks Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet and Blueprint Sketch. I then spattered some clean water, dabbed them and then sprayed clear shimmer. I also white heat embossed some star constellation from Seeing Stars stamp set. I die cut this panel using the largest stitched rectangle die from Stitched Rectangle die set.

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I removed the masks and copic coloured the images. Then I added a large silver star on the wand of the fairy with a small sequins in the middle. I white heat embossed the sentiment from Secret Garden stamp set on a strip of black cardstock and adhered with foam adhesives. The entire panel is adhered on a Fog card base. and embellished with Sparkly Clear sequins. I also brushed some shimmer on the fairy image.

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Love the yellow glow around the fairy and butterflies.  Love how the card turned out. As always here are all the supplies I used to make this card.

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Penny Black

Its a birthday card!

Hello everyone,
I have a birthday card to share using Penny Black dies and no stamping involved.
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I have used two Penny Black dies called Your Day and Numbers.

 
Started with smooshing distress inks Squeezed Lemonade, Salty Ocean, Twisted Citron for the first layer of colour wash. Then I added couple of layers of Mermaid Lagoon, Mowed Lawn and Mustard Seeds to add texture, layers and saturation to the colours. I left the panel to dry. By the way, I have used watercolor paper as my panel. Once the panel is dry, I embossed the Your Day die to wards the bottom of the panel. Then I embossed the “15th” above the happy birthday to the right. I love the embossing so I randomly embossed the “15” all over the paper. I adhered the panel on the card base. 
Although I loved the embossed look of the dies, I felt that the sentiment got lost in all the layered colours of the background. To make the sentiment stand out, I die cut the Your Day die and “15th” out of white cardstock and adhered over the main embossed image. Now the main sentiment pops out of the background. I left the rest of the embossed images as it for added interest. To add contrast, I embellished with Onyx sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

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Hope you like my card. I gave this card to my daughter yesterday for her birthday! She loved it.
All the Penny Black die I used to make this card are available for purchase from Penny Black store.

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Uncategorized

Simon Says: STAMPtember® Stamp It

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Anything Goes Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
We will be back soon with the name of the lucky winner of the $50 Voucher
This week the challenge is

Stamp It

STAMPtember® is a very special month on the Simon Says Stamp  calendar and this week we are showcasing some of the latest STAMPtember® products. You may not yet have any of the new products but we would appreciate you using Simon’s Exclusive Products if you have them, although it isn’t necessary to join in with the challenge.

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The Monday Challenge also has the same theme this week so you will be able to have 2 chances of winning a $50 Gift Voucher if you enter both challenges!
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
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Heidi and team sent us designers some of the beautiful products released by Simon Says Stamp to play with. The Henna Patterns stamp set is absolutely amazing. It is a building stamp set of course and so every time you stamp to build a design, it will be unique. That is very cool! Here is my take on the Stamp It challenge.


I have used Strathmore watercolour paper as my base panel. I die cut the paper using Stitched rectangle die from MFT. Then I stamped the images from Henna Patterns stamp set diagonally opposite of the watercolour panel building into a design. I used Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink to stamp as this ink is waterproof as well. 
Then I used my Zig clean brush pens in red, orange and pink shades to give watercolour wash on the stamped area. I started with the lighter shade of pink and orange one colour at a time to give a watercolour wash initially. I let it dry and then added darker shades of the red, orange and pink to build layers and textures on colour. I like bright colours so I added three to four layers of colour to get the intensity of colour I wanted. I let the panel air dry while I worked on the sentiment.


I wanted gold on my card but not a lot of it. So I die cut the word grateful using the Grateful die from Simon Says Stamp and gold glitter paper. This die set also have the outline die as well. To make the glitter gold pop out, I die cut the outline of the sentiment in black. I glued the gold glitter grateful over the black outline grateful and adhered on the panel. The black from the sentiment brought out the black stamped images. I also added some black sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to tie it all together. The entire panel is adhered to black card base.

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Hope you like my card. The images on Henna Patterns stamp set are outline images. So you can do many techniques with them. Build you own design like zentangles and colour them with copics or pencils. Heat embossing your own design on cardstock and do emboss resist. Heat emboss your own design on watercolour paper and watercolour the images. Such a versatile stamp set. Love it! As always I have listed all the products I have used on this card below.

So now it’s YOUR turn.  Happy Crafting
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How would you like a chance to win a fabulous Dream Craft Room Makeover AND loads of products!!??

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CLICK HERE for more details of how to enter and watch a presentation to see what YOU could win!
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Taylored Expressions

Watercolour Panels – Birthday!

Hello everyone,
Welcome back! I have a set of cards using Taylored Expressions Watercolor Panels. These are 3×4″ with beautiful birthday themed prints on it. These panels are newly released this month.
This post is photo heavy, so sit back and enjoy!
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I coloured the watercolour panels using Zig Clean brush pens. I diecut pattern papers from Hello Happiness 6×6 paper pack using the largest of the stitched rectangle die from Stitched Rectangle Stacklets. I have adhered the pattern paper panel on white card base and foam mount the watercoloured panels. Finally embellished with glitter gold enamel dots from Doodlebug. Simple easy and within no time you can make a few birthday cards. No stamping required! These panels can also be used as Project Life cards. As always I have all the products I have used to make these cards listed below. You can purchase them at Taylored Expressions store.

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