11.11.2015

Simon Says … Thinking of You

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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 Thanks/Thanksgiving 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

THINKING OF YOU

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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Hey there – it’s a great theme this week, especially around the time of Remembrance and Veterans days – definitely a time to keep folks in our thoughts.  Although I know it has a very summery feel to it I was dying to play with this set of Colour Layering Hibiscus flowers from Hero Arts.  I bought it a wee while ago and have only just managed to ink it up (did you catch me on Periscope where I created these with the MISTI?).  I used some lovely SimonSays Stamp inks (I love how they blend together – perfect for multi-step images like this).   I also used the Wavy Scalloped Borders dies – another new-to-me item and I LOVE them!!  I have a special family in mind to whom I will be sending this card.  Tragically, one of the teachers at my daughter’s school has suddenly passed away – she was amazing and will leave a big gap in her place.

Thinking of You

So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting

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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

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22.04.2015

Simon Says … Clean and Simple

 

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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 Your Own Background 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

CLEAN AND SIMPLE

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

I recently picked up the Hero Arts Stamp Your Own Cactus stamp set and couldn’t wait to play!  I love the images and little cacti arrangements seem to be everywhere right now!  At the moment I’m pretty obsessed with Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers.  I have just added to my collection with a third set, the Florals one.  To colour my image on today’s card I used pens from the Primaries and Essentials sets.

I started by stamping the first cactus (the larger one) in India black Versafine ink (a great ink for using with watercolour techniques) onto water colour card and then masked it and stamped the round cactus as well as the pots.  I coloured the images in using the pens as water colours (scribbling on a mat then adding water and painting with a brush).  I added a very diluted wash of the aqua colour around the image and a grey wash for the shadow.  Although you can’t see it, there is a little Wink of Stella on the cacti too – well why not?!

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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 !

There are fabulous Give Aways and inspiration from fabulous designers on a daily basis over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog , if you haven’t subscribed by email you may want to so you don’t miss out

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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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04.02.2015

Simon Says … All Things Bright and Beautiful

 

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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

ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL

We would like to see nice cheerful bright colors after the long gray days of winter.

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’ve used one of my all-time favourite Hero Arts stamp sets, Delicate Blossoms.  Poppies are one of my favourite flowers but I’ve never been able to get them to grow in my garden.  When I see them in other people’s gardens I get so jealous!  I used my Kuretake water colours – I love them so much! – the pigment is SO intense!  So I hope you can join us this week at the Wednesday Challenge – hoping to see lots of bright and cheery cards to chase away those grey skies!

 
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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22.10.2014

Simon Says …. get KRAFTY!

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

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

GET CRAFTY AND USE KRAFT 

We are showcasing HERO ARTS  Products this week, you don’t have to use them but if you do 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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We have been a very lucky design team this week – the fabulous peeps at Hero Arts sent us all some amazing goodies to play with and I was lucky enough to receive the Christmas Crystals stamp set and a fabulous cling background stamp (so sorry – I don’t know the name of it!!).

I stamped the kraft panel in Versamark and heat embossed it in clear embossing powder.  I then stamped and embossed the three ornaments in gold and added glitter to the different facets in shades of blue and green.  As you know – glitter is murder to capture in a photo!!  I added a coat of Glossy Accents over the top so the whole thing is SUPER shiny!!

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I hope you can get a chance to play along this week – I love to use kraft card so am looking forward to seeing all of your fabulous creations!

There are fabulous Give Aways and inspiration from fabulous designers on a daily basis over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog , if you haven’t subscribed by email you may want to so you don’t miss out 

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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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10.09.2014

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Create Your Own Background!

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

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

MAKE YOUR OWN BACKGROUND

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

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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!