24.08.2016

Simon Says … It’s Hip To Be Square

 

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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
Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too.
You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in
22.08.2016

Avery Elle … North Pole Pals and Elf-tacular

I’m sharing a couple of cards using the fabulous Elf-tacular and North Pole Pals stamp sets from the brand new Fall release from Avery Elle.  Heather designed both of these sets and I think they’re so fun for Christmas.  The first card also features a brilliant new die, Postage Stamp Elle-ments.  I LOVE this and I think I’ll be using it LOADS.

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I have also been playing with the Hanging Banners dies and stamps – aren’t they festive?!

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Thanks for stopping by.

17.08.2016

Simon Says … Make For The Border

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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 Let’s Go Wild Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is

Make For The Border

this week we would like to see some sort of interest around the borders of your project, whether it is using a decorative border stamp, punch or die along one edge or around the whole project, we will be looking forward to seeing how you interpret this challenge!

We are showcasing Memory Box 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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Well I’m well and truly in the swing of it with Christmas – I KNOW it’s only August but with all the new releases from my favourite companies showing up, it’s hard to not start getting that festive feeling!  Today’s card is a crisp and clean Christmas card using some fantastic Memory Box designs.  The actual Merry Christmas die I used is not currently available at Simon Says Stamp but I have linked to another gorgeous, similar one below.  I love this border die too – it’s Country Landscape and with just a touch of added sparkle it makes a quick and simple card that looks so festive!

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So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting
Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too.
You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in
11.08.2016

Avery Elle Fall Release 2016 Blog Hop

Woohoo!  At last the Avery Elle Fall 2016 Release is here!  You should have arrived from my fabulous friend Karolyn Loncon’s blog but if you want to start from the beginning then scroll down for the full hop line up.
Well I’ve been dying to get started on my Christmas cards and the Fall release is always my favourite one of the year.  This release has SO many amazing sets in it, there really is something for everyone.  I’m also pleased as punch to have 3 sets in there too – I hope you like them as much as I enjoyed designing them!!
First up I have Dear Santa.  I love the old fashioned, retro styles going back to the Fifties and Sixties and this crazy cat was very much influenced by those images.  I kept the hat separate so it can be used all year round, not just for Christmas (like in my second card below).
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Next is Retro Ornaments (are you sensing a theme here, lol?!).  I remember the gorgeous old glass decorations that used to hang on the tree when I was little.  I loved the ones with the concave bits especially, they really take me back!
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Lastly I have Kitsch Christmas.  I ADORE  little vintage deer ornaments and really wanted the set to be reminiscent of those.
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 Kitsch Christmas

Avery Elle / Jamie
Karolyn Loncon
Caryn Davies (that’s me)
Heather Campbell
Yainea
Melania Deasy
Katie Gehring 
Amy Kolling 
Ashley Marcu
Maska Vanacker 

To celebrate our Fall 2016 Release Blog Hop, Avery Elle is giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to one random winner.  To enter to win just comment on this post.  There is no purchase necessary and you must be 18 years of age or older to enter.  This giveaway is void where prohibited.  You can also do options 2, 3, 4, 5 or all 6 of the following to increase your chances of winning. You have until midnight Sunday, August 14th to enter.  The winner will be announced on the Avery Elle Blog on Monday, August 15th .  All products are available for purchase in the Avery Elle store right now.
To enter to win you can do 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or all 6 of the following to increase your chances:

  1. Comment on any of the design team’s posts and/or here on the Avery Elle Blog
  2. Follow us on Twitter and tweet the contest (we are @averyellestamps )
  3. Follow us on Facebook (we are www.facebook.com/AveryElle ) and share us with your friends – make sure they tell us you sent them.
  4. Follow us on Pinterest
  5. Become a blog follower through email (comment on the Avery Elle blog if you already follow us)
  6. Join our Flickr group (comment on the Avery Elle blog if you already belong)
10.08.2016

Simon Says … Let’s Go Wild

 

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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 Fabulous Florals Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is

Let’s Go Wild

You could use a wild animal image on your creation, or you could go wild with wildflowers or with colors,  ! Just Go Wild and have fun, we will be looking forward to seeing your Wild Side!

We are showcasing Wplus9 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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So my take on the “wild” theme is inspired by the fabulous “bouquet” series of floral stamps from WPlus9 – they’re stunning.  I went for the Ranunculus – you can’t argue with a word like Ranunculus, can you, lol?!  I stamped the flower in Versamark then heat embossed it in white.  For my choice of water colour medium I went with my Zig Clean Colour Markers – LOVE them so much, such strong, bold colours.  You can’t really see it, but I added a shimmer of Wink of Stella around the flowers rather than on them, just for a change!  I used the Custom Panels dies from Avery Elle to cut a curve on my water coloured panel and stamped the sentiment using the amazing With Sympathy set (also from Avery Elle) in Fog dye ink.  I finished with a few strategically placed sequins and some twine.

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So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting
Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too.
You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in
03.08.2016

Simon Says … Fabulous Florals

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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

Fabulous Florals  

We are showcasing Hero Arts 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 keeping it clean and simple this week with pops of colour using a tried and trusted combo of shades (see below) and the stunning Colour Layering Large Orchid from Hero Arts.  The top layer is also heat embossed in clear which adds a gorgeous extra detail to the flowers.  To keep the look crisp I die cut the Hugs sentiment (Avery Elle) in white and finished with a smattering of Doodlebug Sprinkles.

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So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting
Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too.
You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in

No backlinking allowed, Only 5 new creations will be eligible in the prize draw

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We also have a Kids Vacation Challenge running for the whole month of August, CLICK HERE to go directly to the challenge where you will find all of the details plus you will see what our Junior design Team created!

01.08.2016

Avery Elle … Konnichiwa and Flamingoes

Dashing in with a quick post sharing 3 cards I have up on the Avery Elle Blog today.  I’ve been playing with the Konnichiwa and Flamingo stamp sets – aren’t they fun?!  Everything is coloured with Copics and I couldn’t help but make one of my little girls have pink hair – wish I could still get away with it myself!!

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28.07.2016

MFT Stamps Guest Designer Day 2

I’m back with a couple more cards for my wee guest spot over on the MFT Stamps Blog.  This time I’ve been playing with the Celebrate With Cake stamps and a few more fantastic Die-namics.  Pop over for a few more deets!!

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Thank you so much MFT – I have had a blast with this release.


27.07.2016

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 Things With Wings Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is

Anything Goes

We are showcasing Lawn Fawn 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

I’ve had a great time using this stamp set from Lawn Fawn – I masked the different smoothie ingredients inside the blender and coloured with Copics before adding a few areas of sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella pen and then copious amounts of Glossy Accents!  I could literally drink that little cocktail right now!!

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So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting
Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too.
You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in
27.07.2016

MFT Stamps Guest Designer – Day 1

I’m super-excited to be guesting over on the MFT Stamps Blog today and tomorrow!  I LOVE this company – they have such high quality products and their team are just THE BEST!  The two cards I’ve made are below – for more details on how I made them, pop over to the MFT Blog.

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Time for Bubbly

I’ll be back with 2 more cards tomorrow xxx