June 24, 2017

Simon Says Stamp One of a Kind Release Blog Hop!


Hello everybody,

I am so thrilled to join Simon Says Stamp for their One of a Kind release Blog Hop. This release is awesome with some gorgeous stamp sets, innovative dies, two new ink pads and embellishments.

This is my first release blog hop with Simon Says Stamp. Squeal! So happy to be invited for the blog hop. Thank you so much for the invitation and generosity Heidi.

I have three cards using one of the new stamp sets and coordinating dies called So Cool.


My first card using the popsicle border stamp image and coordinating dies.

I trimmed five white cardstock to 1″ x 4.25″ in size. Sponged each of the strip with Simon Says Stamp dye inks – Audrey Blue, Melon, Jellybean, Hollyhocks and Sunshine. Then stamped the popsicles border image using black ink on each of the strip. Then used the coordinating dies to die cut them all out. To add some depth to the images, I used copic markers in a slightly darker shade in certain areas of the image. I adhered these on a fog wonky stitched rectangle panel using foam adhesives. I adhered this panel on a white card base. The sentiment is simply stamped using black ink, trimmed and adhered as shown. Then I added glossy accents to some of the popsicles.


The second card is a bit more artsy. It is simple easy to make and I love it.

I stamped the popsicles using Antique Linen distress ink and watercoloured them using Zig Clean Color brush markers. Once dry, I die cut them out using the coordinating dies. One a white card base, I spattered Black Soot distress inks. Then stamped the sentiment using grey dye ink in the middle of the card front. Then adhered the popsicles using foam adhesives. To add texture and interest, I added some Nuvo Jewel and Crystal drops and sequins from Vintage Chic sequins.

Finally, this is my favourite of all three I should say. You will know why seeing the card. I love bright colours period!

I die cut a few popsicles out of masking paper and adhered randomly on the card front. I burnished them using the bone folder because I sponged Simon Says Stamp Audrey Blue and Soft Navy dye inks. Soft Navy adds depth to a rather flat Audrey Blue background. I then removed the masks. Stamped the popsicles image using Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink. Then I coloured the popsicles using copic markers. I also added some highlights using Sakura white gelly roll pen and shimmer using Wink of Stella clear shimmer. The sentiment is simple white heat embossed on black strip of cardstock and adhered using foam adhesive. Added some Sparkly Clear sequins to the card to finish it off. I love the summer colours and contrast on this card.

Simon Says Stamp is giving away $25 coupon at every stop along the hop. So make sure you leave comment on all the stops in this blog hop. Winners will be announced on Monday.

Here is the blog hop order.

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Yana Smakula

Debby Hughes

Kathy Racoosin

Nichol Spohr

Jessica Frost-Ballas

Amy Rysavy

Heather Hoffman

Suzy Plantamura

Gayatri Murali (You are here!)

Nina Marie Trapani

Happy Hopping and thanks for stopping by!

June 21, 2017

Simon Says Use Pattern Paper.

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

Thank you for joining us for the Emboss It Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

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

This week the challenge is

Use Patterned Paper 

You might like to use paper from a pack but you can also choose to make your own patterned backgrounds. Whatever you choose to use we will be looking forward to seeing what you create!

This week we are showcasing Doodlebug Products. You don’t have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store.

My take on the challenge here is to use paper piecing as the technique. I used Gingham Linen Rainbow Petite 6×6 pattern paper pad from DoodleBug.

I used the six colours of pattern paper on my card. The neutral grey for the background panel. I used the new Simon Says Stamp Wonky Stitched Rectangle die and I die cut a circle in the middle of the panel. The flowers and leaves are from the new Simon Says Stamp Summer Flowers stamp set. I stamped the image on yellow, green, red and orange pattern paper from the Doodlebug 6×6 paper pad. Then I hand cut them all out.

On the card front, I adhered blue pattern paper with linen side facing up. Then adhered the grey gingham panel using foam adhesives. Then I tucked and adhered the flowers and leaves around the edges of the circle die cut with a few of the images overflowing out. Some of the images are adhered flush with glue and others using foam adhesives. I added details using white gel pen and Nuvo Moring Dew crystal drops. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Thoughtful Messages stamp set. I white heat embossed the sentiment, hand cut the birthday sentiment and trimmed the smaller sentiment and adhered as shown.

So now it’s YOUR turn to get your lovely papers out and create something beautiful!  Happy Crafting

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You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in

New creations only, please don’t link projects published before the start of the challenge, Only 5 new creations will be eligible in the prize draw.

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 Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Come and play along the challenge.

June 18, 2017

Congratulation to the happy couple

Hey all,

A quick post today! I made a card using Simon Says Stamp Blissful card kit.

Here is how I made this card.

  1. I trimmed the watercolour paper from the kit to the size of the card front.
  2. Mask using masking take at about three quarters at the bottom of the panel.
  3. Using MISTI I stamped the flowers leaves cluster above the masking tape using versamark and white heat embossed the image.
  4. I stamped the bottom of the cluster below the masking tape using versamark and white heat embossed the image.
  5. I removed the masking tape and trimmed the panel. I could have trimmed the panel first and stamped the image. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it earlier!!!
  6. I ran a stitched rectangle die from MFT on the top panel to get the stitched detail on the edges and again to get the stitched detail on the bottom edge of the panel. Repeated the process to the bottom panel as well.
  7. I smooshed the Worn Lipstick distress oxide ink pad from the kit on the matt, spritzed with some water and smooshed the two panel to get colour on the embossed image. I repeated the process a few times to get layer drying the panel in between.
  8. On the card base I adhered the script pattern paper from the kit and trimmed the edges.
  9. I adhered the two panel top and bottom using foam adhesives.
  10. The sentiment is gold heat embossed on strips of Fog cardstock and adhered between the two panels as shown.
  11. I embellished the card with sparkly clear sequins and Novo Morning Dew crystal drops.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Have a lovely weekend!