21.09.2016

Avery Elle – Hanging Banners/Happy Home

Hey there.  I’m over on the Avery Elle Blog today with a festive little card using the gorgeous Happy Home dies and Hanging Banners stamps and dies.  I started with a 5″ square card and created my little holiday home using wood effect card layered up with all the little Christmassy elements.  I used the string of lights from Retro Ornaments to add some extra festiveness!!  A few little blobs of Glossy Accents in the right places adds some more sparkle and shine.

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21.09.2016

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 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

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’ve kept is nice and simple with my card this week.  I simply stamped and embossed the sentiment panel from Most Wonderful onto a panel of Bristol watercolour cardstock and then used my Kuretake paints to add a wash of aqua over it.  I die cut the panel using Avery Elle’s Pierced Rectangles and then used the Gift Card dies from MFT to mount a card inside.  A very quick and simple gift whipped up in no time!

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So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting
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16.09.2016

STAMPtember Avery Elle Exclusive

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Yay!  Today we are celebrating with Simon Says Stamp on a collaboration with Avery Elle as part of the 2016 STAMPtember event.  Extra exciting for me as I happily design for both these amazing companies.  Avery Elle has designed this fabulous snowflake stamp set called Christmas Cheer along with co-ordinating dies – isn’t it amazing?1_359498_zmI created a couple of cards using the stamps and some different ink blending techniques.  The first uses Distress Inks blended onto Bristol watercolour paper (my favourite) and then stamped over with Doll Pink dye ink for the snowflakes and sentiment.  I aded a shimmery sheen using some Shimmer spray.  (all supplies linked below).

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For the second card I stamped the snowflakes in Versamark and then heat embossed in white.  I used Zig Clean Colour markers to scribble across the panel and a wet cloth to blend it out – this technique was shared by Jennifer McQuire a few days ago and I loved it – great fun!  Again I finished with a good spray of shimmer spray and although you can’t see it, it’s mega sparkly!

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Please check out the rest of the Avery Elle Design Team and also the fab designers over on the Simon Says Stamp blog too for more great samples using this set – happy stamping.


14.09.2016

Simon Says … Clean and Simple

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.

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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Yes, I’ve chosen to go Christmas again!  And unless I’m told otherwise, will continue until I have all my Christmas cards done, lol!!  This stamp set from Casual Fridays is great for colouring and really doesn’t take very long to whip up a clean and simple card for the Holidays.  I used Zig Clean Colour Markers on Bristol watercolour paper and added touches of Glossy Accents to the pears, the partridge and the bow!  I also popped the bird and the base up a wee bit for added dimension – is it still considered CAS though??!

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07.09.2016

Simon Says … 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.

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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05.09.2016

Avery Elle … Chalet

Hi there.   I’m up on the Avery Elle blog today with my creation using the new Chalet stamp set from the new Fall release.  I love the design of this set, it reminds me of the gorgeous Alpine skiing resorts (although I detest skiing!!).

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I used the Pierced Clouds die to create a snowbank in front of the houses and a touch of glitter makes it all look so frosty and cosy.  I LOVE this set!

Thanks for stopping by.

01.09.2016

STAMPtember time!

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Oh Em Gee!  It’s here!  I love STAMPtember – I get excited about it every year and this year is no different!  I’ve had a wee play with one of the sets which is just right up my street!  I love a wee glass of wine (or two) now and then.  In fact, as you’re reading this I’ll be enjoying the last couple of days of our summer holiday on the island of Crete!  I dare say I’ll be sipping a nice cool vino too!

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I made a couple of wine bottle tags (using the Large Tags Dies from Simon Says Stamp) and tied them onto the bottles – makes a quick and easy gift, don’t you think?  For the red one I added a coating of glossy accents and for the Champagne tag I added a few touches of glitter to the grapes.  Don’t you love those sentiments?  I couldn’t agree more!stamptember 3b

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Thanks for stopping by (hic)!

 

31.08.2016

Simon Says … Anything Goes

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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 It’s Hip To Be Square 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

Anything Goes

We are showcasing Avery Elle Products this week. You don’t have to use them to join in but if you have some 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’m SO excited this week to be featuring Avery Elle on our projects.  I also couldn’t help myself and picked one of the new stamp sets I designed for the latest release!  As a child I remember being mesmerised by the old glass ornaments on my Gran’s tree.  I particularly loved the ones with the indents like little sparkly fairy caves!!  That’s what I was trying to recreate with this set and I love how the font adds to the retro feel.  Of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without some glitter so I added some some nice chunky crystals to the edges of the ornaments.  Ahhh, I LOVE Christmas :)

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So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting
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29.08.2016

Avery Elle… Sweet Tidings and Treat Tag /Box Die

Hey there!  This post is scheduled because as it goes live, I’ll be in Crete ready to see my beautiful twin sister walk down the aisle/beach to marry her true love.  As Chief Bridesmaid No 1 (technically I’m supposed to be Maid of Honour but I prefer CB) I’m sure it’ll be all hands on deck but I know it’s going to be the best day ever.

So onto my project for today.   If only the sentiment on that tag were true, lol!  I’ve been playing with the fabulous Treat Box die from the new release from Avery Elle.  It’s so simple to create this great little box and is so useful for all kinds of gifts – particularly of the sweet variety, yum!  The co-ordinating stamp set makes this the ideal set for those little special gifts all year round.

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Thanks for stopping by.

24.08.2016

Simon Says … It’s Hip To Be Square

 

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CLICK HERE to go straight to the Kids Vacation Challenge

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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 Make For the Border 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

It’s Hip To Be Square

We are showcasing our very own Simon Says Stamp Products this week. You don’t have to use them to join in but if you have some 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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A couple of months ago, a friend of mine asked me if I’d make her a few cards for a few different events she had coming up.  One of them was her daughter Imogen’s First Holy Communion.  Imogen is quite a girly girl so I thought lots of glitter and shine would be right up her street.  I printed what I wanted for the front of the card onto a panel of white card using my laser printer then ran it through the Minc machine with silver foil.  I created a square card base and put an overlay on it using foiled acetate from We R Memory Keepers (love this product).  To finish I cut a strip of glitter card and also die cut a bow using the Perfect Bow die from Simon Says Stamp and added a little diamond cross to the centre.

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So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting
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