Thursday, May 17, 2018

Simon Says Stamp Sending Sunshine Blog Hop!

I'm so thrilled and honored to have been invited to be a part of today's blog hop, celebrating Simon Says Stamp's newest release, Sending Sunshine!!  Sunshine always makes me happy, and this release is full of happy!!  I don't know about you, but I need encouragement...and the stamps and dies in this newest Simon release speak to me of encouragement! 
I have used one of the sweet new stencils, Solar Burst, and some distress oxide inks to make not only some cards of encouragement, but thanks and a birthday card!!
Now...I have to state up front...I am a bit of a novice when it comes to stencils and ink(I still love embossing paste), but I have to tell you, Simon stencils make it so easy for us novices... and so much fun...may not be perfect, but SO...MUCH...FUN!!
I simply adhered the stencil to scrap paper with washi tape, and used the mini ink blending tools with the oxide inks ( I now have a blending tool and sponge for each color!...well, that may change after 6 colors, and then it will simply be a separate sponge for each,but for now, I have one tool for each color!).  The thing I DID learn with my inking, was to keep your card panel adhered to the scrap piece of paper, otherwise, it will move and make for a little hiccup in the look (yes...I had that in at least one of these...but not bad!!).  For the first and second cards, I used a piece of the new sentiment die, You are My Sunshine and a sentiment stamp from the new set, Four Seasons, and layered the die cut sentiment...
Then, I decided to use a rainbow...you know me and rainbows...and made a thank you card, using an older Simon Thanks die...
...and switched the rainbow and made a birthday card, with one of my favorite Simon Birthday dies...
I LOVE how this stencil can give you so many different looks by simply repositioning it...and the sentiment...ahhhh... Simply done, but SUCH FUN!!
Ok...that's MY fun, but now, some fun for YOU!!
 Simon Says Stamp will be generously giving a $25 coupon to one commenter from each and every blog on the hop, simply leave a comment for a chance to win!!  The winners will be chosen and be posted on the Simon Says Stamp Blog this coming Wednesday, so make sure you check the blog to see if you're a winner!
The next stop on the hop is Suzy Plantamura
 All the participants of today's blog can be found below, if you get lost, you can head to the  Simon Says Stamp Blog...hope you will check out all the amazing artists' inspiration today!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Seasons

Simon Says Stamp has a wonderful new release at their store today, Sending Sunshine!!  I have used a few of the fun, new products to make a card celebrating the seasons!!...
I used the Four Seasons stamp/die set, along with the cool new Deco Diamonds background stamp  for my card.  I layered each season twice, and added some Tonic Jewel Drops.  I added one of the sentiment stamps from the set for the inside of the card...thought it was such a powerful sentiment....
Here's a close up of the season die cuts...
You HAVE to check out the new release...it's filled with some really cool and fun new stamps, dies and accessories that, if you are anything like me, are sure to make you happy!!
Oh...and here's another happy...

Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

It IS a Beautiful Day!

I returned from Florida last week after a 3+ week visit with my daughter, son-in-law and grand baby!!    I had a wonderful time and miss them terribly!!  I don't know about you, but for me, it's hard getting back to life after being gone so long from it.  I DID come home to some fun new things that I had ordered while I was gone...so I did return to lots of happiness!!  I am getting back into the swing of things even in my craft room... I made a first card with a new stamp/die set I had waiting for me when I got home... 
 I used the new Simon Says Stamp stamp/die set Beautiful Day...ok...the butterflies and sentiments ARE so beautiful!!!  I stamped, die cut, then colored the butterflies and leaves with markers.  I layered the butterfly with a blank butterfly die cut, and added some pop up dots behind the wings so it would be raised.  I also used the new Simon Woodgrain Block die to adhere the butterfly and leaves to (I layered it twice for a bit of depth).  I added one of the beautiful sentiments, and some tonic drops between the leaves.  Here's a close up...
Simon is coming out with a new release tomorrow...see you then!!   Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Tree Blossom Stitched Circle Frame

I have a couple cards to share with you today that I made using the Memory Box Tree Blossom Stitched Circle Frame...
 I made these cards a bit ago, but have not been able to find out the name of the stamp company that made the sentiment for the first.  The sentiment is a wood mounted rubber stamp and is so old and so used, that the name is a blur. Then, because it's been so long since I made these cards, I forgot where the second sentiment came from (although I think it's Simon Says Stamp).  Oh my!!  
For the first, I die cut the frame from white cardstock, then used Simon Says Stamp woodgrain cardstock, die cut again, and cut the branch and leaves away from the frame, colored, and adhered them to the white die cut.  The woodgrain gives the leaves and branch a little texture.  I added a pink die cut flower from another time die cutting the frame, and a Tonic drop for the center. The card is striped with the Papertrey Ink Striped Impression Plate (discontinued...SO sorry...I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this plate!!).  Here's a close up...
The second is much like the first, except the layout is different and I simply used green cardstock for the branch and leaves, and instead of hanging, it's growing upwards...
Sorry for the unknown stamps and the discontinued impression plate, perhaps simply a little inspiration...thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa