Simon Says …All Creatures Great and Small


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

Thank you for joining us for the All Things Bright and Beautiful Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is


We would like to see animals on your creations this week.

We are showcasing PAPER SMOOCHES 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’m loving the smaller scale of these little 4-bar sized cards I’ve been making recently – they’re so cute!  For my interpretation of the challenge I looked to the smallest creatures of all – microbes!  In a previous life I obtained a degree in microbiology so this stamp set, Healthy Vibes from Paper Smooches is really quite appropriate!!  I stamped each of the bugs onto a sheet of gorgeous Taylored Expressions paper from the new Rainbow Brights paper pack and fussy cut them out.  I then took the Borders 1 dies and cut my white front card panel across the bottom third with one of the dies (the heartbeat one – no idea of the technical name??).  With a strip of one of the other papers from the same pack I placed it behind the gap.  I then simply stamped the greeting and popped the little bugs onto the front with foam adhesive and added some googly eyes – for which I never need an excuse!!!

all creatures great and small


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



Simon Says ,,, Childrens Summer Vacation Challenge


It’s a very special day on my blog today.  I have 2 very cool cards created by 2 very cool chicks – my daughters Olivia and Georgia!  Here’s what it’s all about….

Hi all and welcome to another of our annual Simon Says Stamp Children’s Summer Vacation Challenge where we host a special challenge dedicated to our young designers.

It is time for all you crafters to let your children loose in your crafty corners for a few hours. Just close your eyes and set them free to explore their creativity 🙂 You are allowed to hide your Copic Markers and extra special papers and you are allowed to help just a little bit if necessary, but we really want the children to ‘DO IT’ themselves as much as possible.


This challenge is open to all children aged between 2 and 16 inclusive.

We have not 1, not 2 but  3 surprise parcels of crafty goodies, hand picked by Simon !


 For this challenge we have a very special Junior Design Team who I am sure you will agree have done an excellent job.

Please give them a warm welcome and leave comments for them on thir blog posts. Thank You xx

Olivia Davies age 13  used Paper Smooches ‘Calorie Free’ Clear Stamps, Avery Elle Sorbet Collection Paper Pack and Gift tag die collection

Olivia Davies - Children's challenge

Georgia Davies age 12 used Lawn Fawn Love’n Breakfast Clear Stamps and Doodlebug Kraft in Colour paper pack.

Georgia Davies 12 - Children's challenge

Haven’t they done a fantastic job?!  I’m a bit scared of what I might have started though – my craft space might get invaded a bit more often from now on!!

Simon Says Stamp

You have until August 31st 6pm Ohio time. 11pm UK time, 12 pm CET to join in

You can enter as many times as you like 🙂






Hello!  Today is a very exciting day for me.  In case you didn’t hear my squeals when I got the news, I was picked to join the Design Team at the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge !! And with it being Wednesday and all, here I am to share my first card!  I am absolutely honoured to be joining an amazing line up of designers along with my other two newbie pals Virginia Lu and Jenn Shurkus!  Check out their amazing blogs (although I’m sure you know perfectly well who they are already)!!

Anyway, onto the challenge.   The theme this week is is DOTS AND SPOTS and we’re showcasing products from Paper Smooches.


I can’t wait to see how you interpret this challenge – there are so many options available to you – stamps, paper, embossing folders, stencils… the list is endless!

For my card this week I used the Paper Smooches Spiffy Scooters stamp set and the Borders 1 die collection.   Just because I do so love spots I added a bit more dotty interest using the Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow stencil with some Distress Ink in Spun Sugar.  And although it doesn’t show as well in the photo as in real life – the sides (I’m sure there’s a technical name for them!!) of the scooter are coated in Prisma glitter and then covered with Glossy Accents – yum!!

NOTE:  The papers I’ve used here are currently not in stock at the SSS store but a good alternative can be found HERE!

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


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!!!




Just roll with it!

There’s so many people I’d love to give a card like this to – people who maybe just need to be reminded that sometimes, life just throws something at you and instead of stressing out about it (which achieves nothing) just chill out – roll with it!!  Of course, I include myself in those people – maybe I should keep it and stick it on my mantelpiece to remind myself to do it!!

just roll with it

I spent some of the weekend playing with more of my new goodies and this gorgeous sushi image (LOVE IT THE MOST) is from Calorie Free by Paper Smooches.  I’ve never owned any PS sets before and I have to say – they are fabulous to work with – great for a spot of colouring too – always good therapy!  The panel across the bottom is done using the one of the Border 1 dies – how useful is that going to be?!!  I can see myself using it quite a bit!  I coloured the sushi with Copics and then added a liberal coating of my clear wink of stella brush to a few areas (think I’m going to need to replace that soon!!)

Right, better get on with it – have a good week!


A vision in pink.

Just whizzing in with a quick post to share the card I’ve whipped up for the current challenge at The Card Concept.  The theme this time is “Monochromatic Pink” so I pulled out one of my new purchases – the fabby Spiffy Scooters from Paper Smooches.  Perfect for a bit of paper piecing as it has quite large open spaces on the image.  I think this falls into the “Clean and Layered” category once again – beginning to think that’s my style as they’ve all been that so far!!!

card concept 3 - mono pinkHere is the inspiration photo:


 Hope you’re enjoying the weekend and the weather isn’t too bad where you are?

Caryn xxx