SSS Stephanie’s Birthday Blog Hop !!

Celebrate release Hop

Hello there – today is a very special day – we are celebrating the birthday of the absolutely gorgeous Stephanie Lekauf – Marketing Director of Simon Says Stamp with a fabulous blog hop! I had the absolute honour of meeting Stephanie and Heidi in London a couple of weeks ago and can honestly say that they are both the sweetest girls you could meet.  Whilst Stephanie was away powdering her nose, Heidi slipped the rest of us (yes – a lot of the Wednesday team were there too – along with two of my besties Stephanie Wincott and Debby Hughes) a fabulous CELEBRATION stamp and die set designed in honour of the birthday girl.

Celebrate blog hop

It doesn’t come across so well in the picture but I coated the card in a mist of shimmer before adding the balloons and crystals.  Although it looks kind of masculine – it’s very pretty and shimmery in real life – honest!!

So are you ready to carry on hopping?  You should have arrived here from the Simon Says Stamp Blog and your next stop is the lovely Jo Neville (pictured below) but if you get lost anywhere along the way just pop back to the Simon Says Stamp Blog and start from the beginning.

There will be one of Simon’s Fabulous Grab Bags to give away on every blog ! All you have to do is  leave a comment on each of the blog posts (including this one) as you hop along to be entered in the random draws.  You have until Sunday 9th November 12 midday EST to join in!


And just to finish, here’s a wee picture of some of us after our fabulous lunch in London.


Top: Heidi Klausing Crowl, Stephanie Wincott and Lorraine Aquillina Middle: Mandy Stacey, Stephanie Lekauf, Caryn Davies Bottom: Jo Neville and Heather Gilfoy Bond


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Create Your Own Background!


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

Thank you for joining us for the  STAMPtember® Stamp-It Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is ,,,,,,,,


there are so many ways to make your own backgrounds, using stencils, splattering, gelli plate printing etc

We are showcasing GELATOS made by FABER-CASTELL 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 am really pleased with how my background turned out for this card – the colours came out just how I wanted them!  I was going for a bokeh effect and used the Hero Arts Bubble Confetti stencil to create it with the Gelatos (Tropical set).  I first scribbled the colours onto my craft sheet and spritzed with water to dissolve the pigment.  I then taped my stencil down over some Tim Holtz Distress Watercolour card and using the bristle brush that came with the Gelatos started dabbing the colour over the stencil one at a time, moving the stencil around to get random spacing of one colour before moving onto the next.  I could’ve used sponge daubers but I’ve ran out and am waiting for some new ones to arrive!!

gelatosI just continued to keep adding spots of colour over the panel until I was happy with the coverage and then took a white pigment ink (Avery Elle) and added random spots of white.  I think it’s this step that really helps to add to the bokeh effect.  I set the background panel to the side to dry and die cut the Simon Says Stamp ice-cream cone parade from white card and pastel card shades.  I used a glue pen to cover the coloured centre pieces before sprinkling them with fine clear glitter.  I assembled them back together and popped them up on foam tape and set aside.  Before adding the sentiment (from Clearly Besotted’s Many Messages) which I stamped in Versamark and embossed in Ranger gold powder, I added a few splats of Heidi Swapp Gold lame spray and a few Doodlebug gold sprinkles.  Finally I adhered the ice cream die cut and mounted the panel to an A2 white card base.

I can’t wait to see all your creative backgrounds this week – thanks for stopping by!



Clearly Besotted September Release – Woodland Pals

Hi – back today with a card featuring Woodland Pals – another of the new sets being released this month at Clearly Besotted Stamps with co-ordinating dies of course!  This is one of my favourites – look at that CUTE fox!!  I adore him!  And the wee toadstools!!

Woodland Pals

There are some other totally adorable little critters in this set – wait till you see them all!!

I hope you’re enjoying everything you’ve seen so far – pop back tomorrow for another hint at the new products available on Friday 5th at 10pm!!


Avery Elle: Balloons

Hi there – today I’m sharing a card I created using the fabulous Balloons stamp set and dies from Avery Elle.

I love the large scale of the balloons mixed with smaller ones giving you so many options to play with.  I used this set HERE to make a shaker card using the dies – they’re perfect for that technique.

Balloons 1

Thanks for stopping by.


Caryn xxx


Avery Elle: #Smile!

Hello there!  Today I’m sharing a card made with the amazing #SMILE stamp set from Avery Elle.  I LOVE this set – the camera is a great size for all kinds of techniques (I loved using it with the paper piecing technique HERE).  Today I’ve just gone with a wee bit of Copic colouring and some perfectly placed Glossy Accents and kept it simple.  The fabulous Avery Elle cardstock strips give it a bold lift of colour too.

Smile 1I love the trendy # sentiments and I think this set is great for the younger generation (so I gave it to my niece on her 13th birthday!!).



As it happens there is a fun challenge going on at the moment over at Moxie Fab World entitled “Clicking Cameras” and so I thought it’d be almost rude not to share this card over there!!!  They’re offering a gorgeous stamp set from Paper Smooches too – yay!


Avery Elle and Perfect paper Crafting Blog Hop.

It’s Perfect Paper Crafting and Avery Elle week!  This week the Avery Elle design team is playing with many of Perfect Paper Crafting’s most popular products such as their Perfect Layers tools and their Perfect AirBrush.  After visiting here, be sure to check out the Perfect Paper Crafting blog for even more inspiration!  Be sure to comment on our blogs throughout to week to be entered to win one of two prizes – a $50 Avery Elle Gift Certificate or a $50 Perfect Paper Crafting Gift Certificate!


I had the great pleasure of playing with the Mini Perfect Layers rulers and I must say – I LOVE them!  They are a handy size for card makers to.  I used them to create my mats for may card below.

PPC blog hop

Have you tried the new Avery Elle paper pads too?  I used them to paper piece my camera from #Smile – they are such a delight to use and co-ordinate with the ink and card colours too – RESULT!!!



Sweet Rose – Clearly Besotted Stamps.

Hello, back today with another little glimpse at the new release from Clearly Besotted Stamps which will be available to purchase on 5th July at 10 pm BST.  The set I’m featuring today has is a beautiful floral set called Sweet Rose.  There are both solid and outline images so whether you like to colour with Copics, watercolours etc, or you like to go for solid stamping techniques, this has something for everyone!!  Today’s card is stamped in London Fog Memento ink and coloured with Copics.

Sweet Rose 2 Sweet RosePlease go and check out Stephanie the rest of the DT’s stunning cards and not forgetting our AWESOME guest designer – one of my favourites – Jen Nelson.



Avery Elle – Simply Said: HAPPY!

Hi everyone, back today with a card using the fantastic Simply Said: Happy stamp set and (fantastic) word die from the brand new Summer release at Avery Elle.  Did you manage to join in the blog hop over the weekend?  Amazing creations from the team huh?

Simply Said HappyI’ve gone quite CAS with this card as I think the rainbow HAPPY sentiment pretty much takes centre-stage!  I cut thin strips of Avery Elle cardstock and adhered them together with tape before running it through my BigShot with the HAPPY die.  I cut the word again from a panel of white cs along with a smattering of stars (the dies are from the Storybook Elle-ments collection).  It was a fiddly exercise but I then inlaid the rainbow word into the negative space on the white panel and then popped the panel onto a white A2 base with foam adhesive.  The birthday sentiment is from Simply Said: Happy stamp set.

D1420AveryElleSimplySaidHappyDie ST1420AveryElleSimplySaidHappyStampThank for stopping by today.



I scream, you scream, we all scream ………

… for ICE CREAM!!  Today is the start of the June release sneak peaks over Clearly Besotted Stamps and I’m telling you now – you are going to LOVE IT!!  This release has everything from fun, funky, fresh and elegant – every style catered for!!

Today’s cards all feature my favourite of this month’s bunch – Super Cool.  It’s an ice-cream themed set with some fabulous sentiments in some gorgeous font combinations.  It’s a set that bound to get those creative juices flowing!!!

Super Cool 3 Super Cool 2 Super Cool 1Doesn’t it just make you yearn for those summer days and picnics at the beach??!!

Stephanie and the rest of the design team have some amazing creations to share with you today so make sure you check out their blogs and that of our awesome guest designer, Cindy Lovell.

I’ll be back tomorrow with more teasers so make sure you pop back then!!


Clearly Besotted May Release teaser time!

Hello!  Today is the (slightly delayed) start of the May release sneaky peaks over at Clearly Besotted Stamps.  And although we may have made you wait a few days longer this month – I think you’re going to agree that it’s worth the wait!

Today I’m featuring my personal favourite of this month’s sets – Love Blossoms.  I love the oriental feel of this design and the three-step options for the blossoms too.  I’ve got two cards which are a variation of each other really.

congrats love blossoms

love blossoms birthday

I’ve used a few other CBS sets here too (see the diagonal stripes peeking out??).

You can see more stunning designs from my gorgeous teamies (link over on Steph’s blog) and the wonderful Mayuri who is guesting along with us this month – yay!!