Simon Says Stamp Masterpiece Box and a GIVEAWAY!!



HAPPY Saturday!  You should have hopped here from the blog of the amazingly talented JANA MILLEN but if you want to go back to the start the head to the SIMON SAYS STAMP NOW!

So as if the arrival of the weekend wasn’t reason enough to celebrate, today I also get to join in with one AMAZING blog hop in honour of the brand new (only became available yesterday) MASTERPIECE BOX from Simon Says Stamp.  If you don’t already know, this is a very special chance to purchase products from some of the leading companies in the craft industry ahead of their release date and all in one amazing box! Imagine that parcel arriving on your doorstep!!  For every comment you leave on the your trip round the hop stops today, you have a chance of winning a $25 Simon Says Stamp gift certificate too – woohoo!  This box is in LIMITED quantities and once it’s sold out it won’t be restocked – just sayin’ 😉

So I’ve been lucky enough to be able to play with a few of these gorgeous products over the last few days and here’s what I have to share.

First up are two cards I made using a stunning set from Simon Says Stamp called Oh Happy Day.  The is card uses a couple of the open flowers and a masking technique to create a frame around the sentiment.  I chose some pretty, warm colours Simon Says Stamp inks and added some sparkle to them with a clear Wink of Stella pen.

Masterpiece Box 2

Next, I chose the large solid bloom from the same set and stamped it in three colours of pink and purple.  I die cut a circle and the Hugs sentiment (also from Simon Says Stamp) in black and adhered them to the card base and finished off with a few Doodlebug Sprinkles in black.

Masterpiece Box 1

My final card feature a couple of sweet new sets from Clearly Besotted.  Originally designed for use in your planners I thought I would use them on a card instead.  I stamped a bunch of the Panda Planner images over a piece of white cardstock and chose a stamp from the smaller Penguin Planner set to sit in amongst them.  To make him stand out a wee bit more I coated him in Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents.  The sentiment is from a perviously released Simon Says Stamp set called Happy Days.

Masterpiece Box 3

So now you can pop along to the next stop on the hop which is the gorgeous BARB ENGLER!

And here’s the full list – just in case you missed any out!

Simon Says Stamp Blog

Jennifer McGuire

Kristina Werner

Laura Bassen

Yana Smakula

Debby Hughes

Nichol Spohr

Yoonsun Hur

Shari Carroll

Amy Rysavy

Virginia Lu

Chari Moss

Kelly Latevola

May Sukyoung Park

Nina Marie Trapani

Heather Ruwe

Kathy Racoosin

Wanda Guess

Jana Millen

Caryn Davies (You’re here!)

Barb Engler

Heather Hoffman



Simon Says … Anything Goes


Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for our Make It Girlie Challenge and we hope you will join in with our new theme!

We will be back soon with the names of the lucky winner of the $50 Voucher.

This week the challenge is


We are showcasing STAMPENDOUS PRODUCTS this week. You don’t have to use them to join in with 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


I decided to create a floral Mother’s Day card for the challenge this week.  It was last month here in the UK but I know elsewhere in the world it is in May so I’m not entirely behind with this card!!!  I used the pretty Fronds stamp set from Stampendous to create a simple bunch of flowers – they could have been picked fresh out of any English country garden!!  I stamped them in a light ink then used Zig Clean Colour Markers to colour loosely over the image.  To give it a more water coloured appearance I went over the ink with a water brush.  I die cut the panel with the Scalloped Dotted Border die from Avery Elle and finished with some twine and a few sequins.

Make it girly

So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting


If you use instagram 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


Simon Says … Anything Goes


Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the No Designer Paper Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is


We are showcasing CLEARLY BESOTTED  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


It’s been a while since I’ve had the chance to play with my Clearly Besotted stamps and boy, have I missed it!  I was so chuffed to see we were featuring them for this week’s Wednesday Challenge but then I had a struggle to decide which of the many sets to use!  One of my all-time favourites is Modern Christmas (designed by my bestie Amy Gray) and as I’m in total Christmas mode I thought this would be the perfect one to ink up!  I started by heat embossing in white, three of the Christmas trees and then used Abandoned Coral Distress ink mixed with a little water to add colour to them.  For the card panel I sponged some of the same colour mixed with a little Spun Sugar Distress ink but I wanted a little more “something”!  So, I took an acrylic block and scribbled some AC ink onto it and spritzed with water to make a puddle.  I then used a small paintbrush to flick splatters onto the card base and also mixed in a little Perfect Pearls for a touch of shimmer.  To finish I arranged the tress onto foam adhesive and added a few Iridescent sequins from Little Things From Lucy’s Cards then stamped the sentiment in Smoke ink from Simon Says Stamp.


So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting


If you use instagram 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



Clearly Besotted Release Day is here!!

Phew – what a week of amazing releases!  Yesterday was the launch of the Summer release at Avery Elle (make sure you hop along and check out all the new goodies) and today is the BIG DAY over at Clearly Besotted.  All the fantastic new stamps and dies will be available from 10pm tonight (BST).  Here’s another sneak peek from me featuring the Any Occasion Cupcakes set – love the designs in this set!cupcake


So what’s on your wish list?  I It’s another toughie isn’t it?!  Make sure you check out Steph’s gorgeous samples over on her blog and of course the rest of the design team too!


More Clearly Besotted teasers!

Whizzing in with a VERY quick post as I’m heading out to the Ideal Home Exhibition in about 5 minutes – can’t wait!!  I’m sharing another card I made with the Best Teacher set from the new release at Clearly Besotted –  need a few of these at this time of year! This time I stamped the apple with one of the new ombre ink pads from Hero Arts – love the effect of these on big solid stamps like this!

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I also used the same inkpad to stencil a background area behind the apple and for the banner too.  A simple card but made more interesting with the graduation of colour – love these ink.

Make sure you take a look at the rest of the teams samples – they’er amazing!!


Best Teacher

Hello again, here with another little sneak at a new Clearly Besotted set that is REALLY useful at this time of year – this one’s called Best Teacher.  I LOVE this big bold, juicy apple – Isn’t it amazing?!  I inked it up with Clasic Cherry ink by Ranger and stamped it a couple of times using my MISTI to get a really clean flawless print.  I LOVE the MISTI for that.  I used a thin strip of striped cardstock from Simple Stories colour vibe paper pad and finished with one of the sentiments from the set.

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Well I hope you’re enjoying all the sneak peeks so far?  I’ll be back again tomorrow with another card but make sure you pop along to Steph’s blog and the rest of the team for more mouth-watering inspiration .



Clearly Besotted Sneak Peek – Looking Up


Teaser Time

Hello – it’s the 2nd of the month so that means the start of the Clearly Besotted sneak peeks for the June 2015 release.  There’s some absolutely gorgeous sets coming this month and today I’m starting with one of my favourites – Looking Up.  I’m a BIG flamingo fan so I was so thrilled when I saw this little set – aren’t these the cutest?!  I created this wee 4-bar card from Berry Sorbet cardstock (Papertrey Ink)  and did some ink smooshing on some watercolour card for my panel.  I used Spectrum Noir Aqua markers – love these pens!  To keep it simple I just stamped and coloured the flamingoes with Copic markers and then die cut them using the co-ordinating dies.

flamingoI’ll be popping back tomorrow with another little sneak but in the meantime, please check out the rest of the Design Team and our two fabulous guests Jen Nelson and Jo Neville.




Clearly Besotted May Release – 4 more cards

So here we are – the Clearly Besotted May 2015 release will be available at 10pm this evening and to finish off my samples I have, 4 YES 4 more cards to share.  The first features the new April Showers Additions set – a wee add on to the previously released April Showers.  I selectively inked the sentiment using some gorgeous bright rainbow colours (Ranger dye inks <3) and added some texture with a few Doodlebug Sprinkles.

April showers additions

My second card features the new Ribbon Flowers stamp set.  Here I coloured one of the images using Spectrum Noir Aqua markers and then mounted the panel onto a wee 4-bar card made from Papertrey Ink Spring Moss cardstock.

ribbon flowers

My next two cards feature the ABSOLUTELY AMAZING (sure-to-sell-out-in-minutes) Shaker card dies created in collaboration with Lucy Abrahms.  I am in love with these dies – I just can’t put into words how much!  By the way – don’t you love the woodgrain papers I used on this first card?  Stephanie now stocks a great range of paper pads at the Clearly Besotted store as well as a ton of other products – check out all the new additions HERE!.

shaker die love 1

shaker die love 2

The second card uses the Star shaker die:

shaker die star

shaker die star 3

shaker die star 1

Links to all of the products used are included below.  Please pop along to the rest of the design team to see the last few samples and the big reveal over on Steph’s blog, Stamping and Sharing.


Everything Changes: Clearly Besotted May release

Clearly Besotted are well known for lots of things – their unrivalled customer service, high quality products and trendy, unique designs.  Two things they do really, really well are flowers (check out all the floral sets here) and butterflies.  You’ve already had a glimpse at the new floral sets being released this month and today I’m featuring a brand new butterfly set.  These are a little different in that they’re a side view rather than front view – if that makes sense?!  There are both solid and outline images too so something for everyone!  I coloured the butterflies in Copics and added some coordinating sequins from a mis by Lucy’s Cards.

everything changes


Enjoyed the sneaks so far?  Tomorrow is the big reveal and all the new products will be available to purchase at 10pm GMT!


My Hero – Clearly Besotted

Hello – back for day 2 of the Clearly Besotted May release previews and today I’m focussing on a sentiment set for all the men in your life called My Hero.  Steph released a girly version of this last month called Sugar and Spice so it’s nice to have one for the boys!!  I’ve made a couple of cards for my two most important men – my husband and my son.  As you can see I have really gone to town with the stripes this month!  Once I started stamping them I couldn’t stop.  My first card is for my hubs.  I probably don’t tell him as much as I should but I kinda like him!  We’re celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary in July so I guess we must be doing something right!!

my hero 1

My second card is for my AWESOME boy, Daniel.  He makes me so proud and I could not wish for a better son!  He’s clever, creative, handsome, caring, and just a bit cheeky!  He makes a good cup of tea too.  For the background I used the “Laura Bassen smooshing technique” with Spectrum Noir aqua markers.  I took a large acrylic block and a rainbow of aqua markers, scribbled my colours onto the block and then gave it a jolly good spritzing of water.  Then I laid my water-colour cardstock down onto the block and pressed it down well.  When you (carefully) lift the paper up you will hopefully have a nice “smooshed” rainbow pattern like this.  I used a Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle die to cut my panel (once I’d let it dry obviously) and then stamped the “Son” three times with the various sentiments in between.  I used my MISTI again to get everything perfectly lined up.  I finished off with a few stamped stars from the Blast Off II set.

my hero 2

Be sure to pop back again tomorrow for more teasers and check out the rest of the team – they’re ON FIRE again this month!