10.06.2015

Simon Says … Friends/Superheroes

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

This week the challenge is

FRIENDS or SUPERHERO

Create something for a Special Friend or your very own Superhero. Someone you admire and has a special place in your heart.

We are showcasing MAMA ELEPHANT 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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Believe it or not this is the first time I’ve played with this gorgeous Mama Elephant set since buying it several weeks ago!  I know – shocking!  I just wish there were more hours in the day!  At least I’ve managed to ink it up now!  I used some woodgrain cardstock from Simon Says Stamp and added some stitched detail using one of the AHHH-MAZING new dies from the latest Avery Elle release!  I coloured the little critters from the Three Amigo’s set and attempted to add texture using Nichol Magouirk‘s (and several others) dot technique – I love how it worked – particularly on the raccoon!

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I used a little Avery Elle Linen ink under the critters to ground them and stamped the little greetings onto their flash cards (adorable)!

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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22.03.2015

A new video – pop up tutorial

Hey there. A few weeks ago I shared a card for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge using some gorgeous Mama Elephant stamp sets and Doodlebug supplies. As promised, I made a video and it’s up on the Simon Says Stamp blog today.

And here’s a reminder of the card:
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04.03.2015

Simon Says … special lady/girly!

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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

 SPECIAL LADY/GIRLY 

Anything girly/feminine will do !

We are showcasing DOODLEBUG 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 had so much fun creating this card – as soon as I saw the In My Heart stamp set from Mama Elephant, I immediately envisioned this little girl popping up out of the cupcake (from Carnival Cupcakes, also by Mama Elephant).  I had to practice a few times to get it right but once I had figured out the logistics it all came together perfectly!  I thought the Doodlebug Springtime paper pad with all of it’s gorgeous happy colours and patterns would be perfect to use on this card and of course the sprinkles are just the icing on the cake (literally!!!).  Just pull up the candle and out she pops – love it!

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The rest of the Simon Wednesday Challenge team have knocked it out of the park this week with their creations so be sure to visit them all and spread a little lurve!

So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting
 
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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07.08.2014

Kiss, kiss <3

Been playing in my crafty space with the gorgeous Mama Elephant PANDAMONIUM stamp set and, what I now know to be a retired stencil from Memory Box!  I ran my card panel through my Big Shot to emboss the design before blending a combination of distress ink in Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar onto the raised pattern.

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The wee pandas were then stamped and die cut (I love them SO much) and placed with a simple heart between them (coated in glossy accents).  The sentiment has been stamped onto a word bubble die cut (from Talk Bubbles by Simon Says Stamp).

This is the first card I’ve shared in AGES that hasn’t been a DT project – feels very weird!!

Thanks for dropping by!


06.08.2014

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Make It Sparkle

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Hi there – today is Wednesday so here we go with a new challenge over at the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge blog.  The theme of this week’s challenge is MAKE IT SPARKLE and we’re showcasing products from Jane’s Doodles and Technique Tuesday.  Sadly I don’t yet possess any of those products so I have used some other fantastic products available from Simon Says Stamp by Mama Elephant.

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As you can probably guess from the title of my blog – i LOVE anything glittery and sparkly so I’m particularly excited to see what you all come up with this week!!!

For my card I used the gorgeous Up and Away set from Mama Elephant and added lots of sparkle by colouring the balloons in first with Copics and then with a quickie glue pen and finally a dusting of Prisma Glitter!  I also added a wee touch to the scalloped edge.

Make It SparkleAnd as always, the AMAZINGLY generous peeps at Simon Says Stamp always love to reward your efforts with an awesome $50 gift voucher for one one lucky, randomly drawn participant!  Yay!!

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For lots of fabulous inspiration from the design team and all the challenge details please visit the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog.

Happy crafting!!!

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16.05.2014

It’s the small things in life that mean the most.

Just popping with a quick post this morning to share a card I whipped up yesterday evening.  When I came home from work there was a small padded envelope on my desk and the label said it was from Simon Says Stamp.  Now, I shop there a fair bit but I knew I wasn’t waiting for an order – how curious!!  When I opened it there was a letter and a die set (Partial Cut Flowers) from their new release, Pure Sunshine and a lovely letter telling me to feel free to play with them and share anything I made on my blog!!  I know my friend Michelle (the Card Grotto) received a gift too and probably MANY others around the world.  I know it’s marketing and its a great way to promote their product BUT – they never promoted they were doing it, they just sent them out and now lots of crafters have had their day lifted and a smile put on their faces because of a gesture by a company that  frankly, is successful enough without needing to do that!!  I am so impressed!  I loved shopping with SSS anyway (despite the sometimes long wait for delivery)  but this has shown me what a great company they really are and whoever is behind this marketing stroke of genius needs a pay rise!!!

Anyway, I thought “the children don’t need to be fed RIGHT away – lets see what this little die set does”!!.  And here is the (very quick) card I made.  Thank you so much Simon Says Stamp peeps – you are AWESOME!

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Right, better get on with what I’m supposed to be doing – just wanted to share a little story about good customer care when all too often we complain about the exact opposite!!!!

ETA: The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is “Die Crazy” – need to link this baby up then don’t I?!

16.04.2014

Hoppy Easter!!

So I FINALLY got a chance to play with the Mama Elephant Honey Bunny stamp set – and I’m in love!  They are so cute aren’t they?  I created some tags to go with the Easter gifts I made this year for all the children in the family – all 14 of them!!!  I bought some cone treat bags and filled them with orange Millions and some other sweeties and then tied them with scraps of green ribbon.  I also made a card with the bunnies and some dies from Taylored Expressions – the picket fence die, the grass border the cloud dies and flower box dies.  Don’t they all go together perfectly?

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I don’t usually show so many photos of a project but got a bit carried away with this one!!  Also, there is a challenge going on over at the Mama Elephant blog at the moment with a cool graphic for inspiration:  I thought the pale blue, green and yellow shades reminded me of the colours in the picture.

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13.02.2014

Case Study Challenge – more from Danielle

Hello, here with my next card for the Case Study Challenge where I’m a guest designer for the month of February – yay!  The muse this month, if you didn’t already know is Danielle Flanders (whom I adore) and here is my take on her card this week:

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The thing that struck me most about Danielle’s card is the hombre background so I grabbed my Modern Borders set from Mama Elephant and got to work.  I love that effect!

Hope you get a chance to play along over at the Case Study Challenge this week.

Big hugs,

Caryn xxx


14.01.2014

Photography hell!!

A quick post to share one of the cards for Christmas.  I actually wasn’t going to post it because it caused me no end of grief trying to get a photograph of it!!  I used the Winter Wonderland set from Mama Elephant (after seeing on Taheerah’s blog – hence why this card HAD to go and live with her!!).  This photo is awful but believe me, it was the best I could get!  It looks much prettier in real life!

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I actually decided I would share it as the Wednesday Challenge over at Simon Says Blog is “Ice Inspiration” and this fits the bill nicely!!  Just ignore the horrendous photography skills!!

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01.12.2013

Merry and BRIGHT!

A simple card but that neon ink sure does pack a punch!  I applied the Hero Arts neon pink ink to my card stock and then die cut the Memory Box reindeer – love how bold it looks against the white.  The sentiment is a quote from my favourite Christmas film EVER – Elf!.

neon reindeerRight, these trees aren’t going to decorate themselves are they?!  Catch ya later!