Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Three Thank Yous

I think, besides Happy Birthday cards, thank you cards are a staple of card making!!  I pulled out the super fun and classic Simon Says Stamp On Edge Thank You die, and combined it with some pretty patterned paper,  to make a trio of die cut thank you cards...
I used some floral patterned paper that I purchased at ACMoore and die cut the sentiment from each standard sized card panel...
 ...then cut away the die cut "remains", and this is what you're left with...
 I DID find that masking the sentiment to make it a "STAND OUT" color was really hard, unless the color was a dark brown.  I tried to color with white ink, then coat with a different colored ink, the only thing that happened was that the colored ink turned white!!!  I decided, then, to use craft paint, masking the sentiment and with a paint brush, painted the sentiment instead of inking it a different color.  I DID layer each of the sentiments 3 layers thick and used pop up dots for the panels to give depth and interest to an otherwise very simple card.  Here's a pic of all my die cut sentiments before I cut them apart and adhered them together...

Here are pics of each of the three cards...





Kind  of cool how you can make cards that look so different with the same die and same paper!!  SUCH FUN!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Monday, August 21, 2017

You're a Star Gift Tag

I used the Simon Says Stamp You're a Star die to make a "starry"  tag/card for my gift bag!...
I die cut the sentiment and stars several times from silver cardstock and adhered them together.  I also used the Simon Says Stamp Space Journey die for a couple extra, slightly different shaped stars.  I dotted a die cut star with silver pen and adhered the stars and sentiment to the star.  I went over all of them with my wink of stella glitter brush.  I added the star to a die cut card, and tied the star to the bag with some silver ribbon. Here's a close up...it was hard to photograph the glitter...the second star from the top shows it best... 
On this day of the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse since 1918, I thought it cool to share something "solar" related 😊😊!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Sending Hugs Trail of Flowers

I hope you are all having an amazing August!!  The card I made today, is one that uses a couple older Memory Box dies.  These dies are TIMELESS, and so is the sentiment that is with them...
Somehow, this Memory Box Botanical Stem escaped me when it first came out, I JUST got it...notice the name...Memory Box...I KNEW it was old when I got it!  You can still purchase it at Simon(the link below)...I think it's beautiful...I love trailing leaves...and these ones have definition, too!  I paired them with the older Memory Box Fancy Blooms (also still available), added a Papertrey Ink sentiment (I used my MISTI...stamping on textured cardstock is sketchy, but with a MISTI, being able to double stamp...perfection!!) and some enamel dots onto Simon Says Stamp woodgrain cardstock...ahhhh...here's a close up...
This card would be great for ALL occasions, just sayin'...thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Monday, August 14, 2017

Wonky Rainbow Hearts

I die cut and layered some die cut Simon Says Stamp Wonky Hearts with paint chips...these dies make for some some sweet, fun hearts...
I layered the hearts and adhered to a card that had the Simon Says Stamp Grid Background stamp stamped with versamark and clear embossed for some texture.  I added a sentiment stamped in black and clear embossed, cut into a strip and adhered behind both the blue and purple hearts. Added a few enamel dots.   Here's a close up...
Hearts and rainbows...LOVE!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Be Yourself

I made today's card based on the CAS(E) this Sketch layout from last week and some older adorable Lawn Fawn Turtle stamps and dies I have had on my desk for A WHILE and wanted to play with!...
 I stamped, embossed and die cut the turtles, then colored.  I layered them, and then put them between two embossed and raised panels that I had diagonally cut to fit these cuties!!  I added the Simon sentiment stamped on the top panel before adhering everything together.  Here's a close up...
I really love these little turtles, they are sooo cute!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Encouraging Words Blog Hop

 As the new school year is upon us, Simon Says Stamp's new release, Encouraging Words, is giving us an opportunity  to help encourage not only teachers and students,  but each other...with words!  I am joining some amazing artists to showcase the stamps, dies, and other new products from this sweet new release!  If you are following the hop, you should have come here from 
Lynn Brandyberry's blog! 
A list of all the participants is at the end of my post. 

One of the dies from the new release, Kindness Matters, is one die with two simple, but powerfully encouraging words, and Simon has made these words-made-die in a wonderful, kind of whimsical way!!  I LOVE dies...and LOVE sentiments... so I made two cards to share with you, using this die.   The sentiments  are cut from the same paper, with two different layouts and looks.  I used strips of colored cardstock attached to copy paper, then die cut the "kindness matters" from the colored strips...  


I die cut the words three times from white cardstock, layered, then adhered the colored die cut cardstock over the white layers.  I embossed the sentiment die onto a piece of white cardstock, then adhered the colored, layered letters onto the white embossed cardstock letters.  I stamped the card panel  with the Simon You Matter Background stamp in Simon Fog ink.  I thought this stamp went perfectly with this die!!  I didn't quite ink the whole stamp, for a faded stamped look around the corners.  I layered a couple layers  of the outline of the die UNDERNEATH the stamped panel for depth.  Here's a closeup of the letters...


The second card, I used a black stamped background to showcase simply the words without the frame...

 I stamped the Simon Stepping Stones background stamp with versa mark and clear embossed.  I used one of the die cut "kindness matters" as a template for placement of the letters...only adhering one of each letter for positioning, at first, then adhering all the other layers after the first ones were positioned.  I finished by simply using a few enamel dots to accent the colored letters.  Here's a close up...
Oh what incredible fun!!  Make sure you check out all the inspiration from all the hop participants!!  
Simon Says Stamp is generously giving a $25 coupon to one commenter at each stop on today's blog, WOW, so make sure you leave a comment for a chance to win!!!  The winners will be announced on the Simon Blog on Tuesday!
If you started at the beginning of the hop, I'm the last stop.  If you started somewhere in between, the next stop is back at the top of the hop lineup, at the Simon Blog .  
HOP ORDER:
                                        Lisa Addesa    <--- YOU ARE HERE
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa