Simon Says Stamp Birthday Background

Hello Crafty Friends and welcome to another Simon Says Stamp release! Good Luck Charm is live and ready for your viewing pleasure! My project today is featuring the new Basic Box Card Happy Birthday. Let’s run through the details, shall we?

I’ve really enjoyed making backgrounds with sentiments lately, so I decided to hop on that bandwagon again for this one! It’s such a great way to stretch those sentiment dies, or even just stand alone dies! Anyhoo, I began this project by ink blending a large panel of Neenah Classic Crest 110lb cardstock using SSS Pawsitively Saturated Inks in Sweets, Blush, Sunshine and Surf. Once that was done, I die cut enough sentiments to cover an A2 card panel. I also cut them a second time for stacking purposes, and adhered them together using liquid glue.

I cut another panel of Neenah 110lb cardstock using the PFS Diagonal Stitched Rectangles and splattered that using Royal Talens Amsterdam Oxide Black Acrylic Ink. You guys know how much I love my black splatter! Once that panel was dry, I began adhering the sentiments in rainbow order using liquid glue.

Because the background was so colorful, I decided to downplay the floral elements by cutting the SSS Etched Crocus Stems from Neenah 110lb cardstock and leaving those white. I adhered the background panel to a black panel using SSS Dot Tape Runner and I adhered the flowers using glue. I found a coordinating SSS Sentiment Strip and adhered that over the stems using foam tape for dimension.

Everything was then adhered to the card base, and I added some PFS Jewels to finish it up with some bling.

I hope you enjoyed this project! Take a look at your dies and see what kind of background that you can make, and stretch those supplies! Stop by and check out the entire Good Luck Charm release and let me know your favorites! Have a wonderful day and don’t forget to stay awesome!

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Simon Says Stamp Lots of Love Greetings

Hello Friends and thanks for joining me! I’m super excited to be participating in a SSS Instagram Hop today, to celebrate the And Back Again release! Be sure to head over there to check it out and leave comments along the hop! There are lots of $25 gift cards up for grabs! So, let’s go through the deets for today’s card!

The colors of this card remind me of Valentine’s Day conversation hearts! This card was definitely a labor of love! I hated it for a bit, and then I finally came around to liking it! But it was definitely one of those cards that starts out as a great idea in your head, but once you get started, it doesn’t look like you envisioned it. So then you end up stamping, cutting, moving things around, changing colors, etc., etc. before deciding on a finished project. Anyhoo, I began this project by stamping a bunch of the sentiments from the SSS XL Love Greetings set on Neenah Classic Crest 110lb cardstock using SSS Pawsitively Saturated inks in Bubblegum, Sweets, Cheeky, Melon, Sunbeam, Celery, Fairway, Seafoam and Marine.

I stamped each sentiment in it’s ink color, cleaned the stamped and re-inked it using VersaMark ink and then heat set it using Ranger Clear Embossing Powder. I continued this process for lots of sentiments obviously. When I was done, I used the coordinating SSS XL Love Greetings dies to trim those out.

This background was a bluish, ink smooshed background from my stash, but I decided that it needed some additional colors to tie in all of my colored sentiments. I added some Distress Oxide Spray in Picked Raspberry and moved that around with a water brush, as well as, some ink smooshed Twisted Citron. In addition to those, I used some Ranger Dina Wakely Gloss Sprays in Lime, Turquoise, Ocean and White to do a bunch of splattering. I did use my heat tool to speed up the drying process so that I could continue.

I laid out my sentiments on the panel in a way that I was satisfied with, but decided that they needed more dimension. So, I went back and cut another white layer using the dies and adhered all of those together using liquid glue. I then glued the sentiments to the panel and trimmed off any excess around the edges. I wasn’t quite satisfied, so I went back and stamped three of the sentiments using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and heat set those using the same clear embossing powder, and trimmed them out.

I adhered those three sentiments to the panel using foam tape for added dimension. I also added some pink glitter hearts, because why not, and because I felt like it needed something extra! This panel was then adhered to a black panel using foam tape, before being adhered to my card base with SSS Tape Runner, which I splattered with Royal Talens Amsterdam Oxide Black Acrylic Ink.

That finishes up this project! It took a while, but in the end, I love how it turned out! Don’t forget to head over to Instagram to participate in the hop and leave comments for your chance to win a gift card! Who doesn’t love winning gift cards?! Thanks again for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

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Simon Says Stamp You Still Give Me Butterflies

Hello! Hello! I hope you’re having a wonderful day! I appreciate you stopping by to check out my post featuring new goodies from Simon Says Stamp’s latest release, And Back Again! Today’s project is featuring the new XL Love Greetings. I love this set so much, and have enjoyed playing with it. Of course, I had to order the coordinating die set, because, duh, I needed it! Anyhoo, let’s jump right into the details!

I started this project by doing some ink blending on a panel of Neenah Classic Crest 110lb cardstock using the SSS Stylized Butterfly Stencil. I needed rainbow colors, so I reached for Distress Oxide inks in Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron and Broken China. Once I was done ink blending, I fussy cut the butterfly wings.

Then, I used the SSS Stylized Butterfly die to trim the butterfly wings twice from Neenah 110lb, and I trimmed the body from black cardstock. I adhered all of the pieces together, leaving the outside of the wings free-flowing so that I could zhoosh them up. I set the butterfly pieces aside while I worked on the remainder of the card.

I die cut some leaves using the SSS Privet Branch and lightly ink blended those using the remainder of the ink on my blending brush. I wanted just a small hint of color on those. I trimmed a panel of Neenah 110lb using the PinkFresh Studio Diagonal Stitched Rectangles and adhered the leaves atop that using liquid glue.

I stamped the sentiment, which is from the new SSS XL Love Greetings set using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed that using Ranger Clear Embossing Powder. I stamped it a second time using VersaMark ink and embossed again using the same powder. By embossing twice, it gives it a much nicer, smoother finish. Once that was done, I had to fussy cut the sentiment, hence purchasing the coordinating die set!

The butterfly was glued to the center of the panel and the sentiment was adhered just below that using foam tape for dimension. This panel was then adhered to a black panel using SSS Dot Tape Runner, before being adhered to the card base. I added some iridescent confetti to finish up!

Super fun card to make! I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope it inspires you to get crafty! Stop by and check out the entire And Back Again, and let me know your favorites! Thanks again for stopping by, and don’t forget to stay awesome!

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Simon Says Stamp Imperia Rose Bud Bundle

Hello and thanks for joining me! Welcome to for another DIEcember project! Die cuts are absolutely my jam, and I love making cards with them! Today’s project is featuring the new Sketched Rose Bud Bundle. This set includes a foiling plate along with a die cut! Let’s jump right into the details, shall we?

I began this project by foiling the SSS Rose Bud Bundle three times using Spellbinders Champagne Foil on Neenah Classic Crest 110lb cardstock. I pulled out some Copic markers for the coloring using, RV91, RV93, RV95, G82 and YG61. That set of RV markers is really a gorgeous combination!

Once the coloring was complete, I used the included die cut to run that through the machine. For the background, I used the new, absolutely gorgeous SSS Imperia Plate. So much texture and detail with so little effort! That’s the amazing thing about background plates, in my opinion!

For the sentiment, I used the SSS Silhouette Sentiments. I stamped the sentiment on Neenah 110lb using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed it using Ranger Clear Embossing Powder. The coordinating die was then used to trim it out. I also trimmed it three additional times and adhered all of those together, making it four layers thick.

After playing with the arrangement of the flowers on the background panel, I decided that it needed some additional white leaves, so I opted for the SSS Outline Clustered Leaves. This added just the slightest bit of interest that I was looking for. I adhered the flowers and leaves to the corners of the panel using a combination of foam tape and liquid glue. The sentiment was also glued directly to the panel along with some pearls. The panel was then adhered to the card base using foam tape.

And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this project! I love foiling and die cutting, so this was a match made in heaven for me! Don’t forget to stop by and check out the entire DIEcember release! There’s so many amazing things to feast your eyes upon! Have a wonderful day and stay awesome!

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Simon Says Stamp Hang in There Blossom

Hello! Hello! Thanks so much for stopping by! I’m still working my way through some DIEcember products! Have you checked out the entire release? Tell me your favorites, because you know I want to know! I always ask! Anyhoo, today’s project is featuring the new Etched Evening Blossom and the Imperia Plate. These dies are so gorgeous! Let’s jump into the details!

To begin this project, I started ink blending a panel of Neenah Classic Crest 110lb cardstock using Distress Oxide inks in rainbow colors of course! I used Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron and Broken China.

Once I was done ink blending, I ran that panel through the die cutting machine using the largest of the Honey Bee Deckle Edge A2 dies. Then, I ran that same panel through again using the new SSS Imperia Plate. I love, love, love background plates! I can’t say it enough!

For the sentiment, I used the SSS XL Greetings 2 set. I stamped the Hang in There sentiment using VersaMark ink on black cardstock and heat embossed it using SSS Detail White Embossing Powder, and used the coordinating die to trim that out. I searched through my SSS Sentiment Strips to find an appropriate sub-sentiment as well.

I die cut the SSS Etched Evening Blossom once from Neenah 110lb and once from black cardstock, adhering those together using liquid glue, offsetting them just slightly to achieve that silhouette look. For a little more added interest, I added some PinkFresh Jewels to the center of the flower, because bling! Every card needs bling!

To finish up this project, I glued the flower to the ink blended panel and attached both sentiments using foam tape. The panel was then adhered to a black panel before being adhered to the card base.

That does it for this project! I feel like for every release, I have to sneak a rainbow project or two! I hope you’ll swing by and check out the entire DIEcember release, this month is always one of my favorites! Have a wonderful day and don’t forget to stay awesome!

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Simon Says Stamp Be Your Amazing Self

Hello and welcome back! I can’t get enough of DIEcember! If you know me, then you know that die cutting is my jam! There are so many awesome things in this release! Have you checked it out yet? Today’s project is featuring the new Stylized Butterfly, so let’s get right to it!

My first order of business was spraying some Neenah Classic Crest 110lb cardstock with some Dina Wakely Gloss Sprays. I was going for a quasi rainbow feel, so the colors that I used were Lemon, Lime, Magenta and Ocean. I got a set of twelve sprays for my birthday, and I gotta say, I’m loving them! Once I was done with the sprays, I set that panel aside to dry.

I used the new SSS Imperia Plate to create the background for the butterflies using Neenah 110lb, and I die cut the SSS Stylized Butterfly from my sprayed panel three times, because I wanted some movement across the card. I also cut the butterfly three times from black cardstock, and adhered those together using liquid glue.

I glued just the inner edges of the butterflies to the background panel, along with their center body portions as well, trimming off the excess as needed. I chose a SSS Sentiment Strip that complimented the card well and adhered that with foam tape for dimension.

My panel was then adhered to the card base, which is also Neenah 110lb, and I added some confetti for that added pop of bling. Everything needs bling, am I right?!

I really like how this card turned out! I think the addition of the black shadow to the butterflies really added a lot of interest and contrast that was needed. I hope you like it, and I hope you’ll stop by and check out the entire DIEcember release! Lots of good stuff for sure! Have a wonderful day and don’t forget to stay awesome!

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LDRS Grateful Heart

Hello Crafty Friends and thanks for joining me! Today’s project is featuring a couple of new products from the latest LDRS October Collection, the Modern Trellis Coverplate and the Thankful Flowers Slimline set. Let’s get right into the details!

To begin this project, I stamped the florals from the LDRS Corner Garden set on Neenah Classic Crest 110lb cardstock, using VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and heat set that using Ranger Clear Embossing Powder. I then colored the images using Copic markers. Unfortunately, I did not write down the specific colors used, which is unlike me, but sometimes things happen. So I apologize about that.

Once everything was colored, I used the LDRS Corner Garden Die set to trim those images out. While I was die cutting, I went ahead and die cut the LDRS Modern Trellis Coverplate from Neenah 110lb, and did some light ink blending, using LDRS Dan-D-Lion ink, on the corners where I intended to put the florals.

I decided on this sentiment from the new LDRS Thankful Flowers Slimline set because I loved it so much. I love die cut sentiments, so I’m thrilled to see some coordinating dies for the sentiments in the sets! Anyhoo, I stamped the sentiment with the same VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and heat set it using the same embossing powder. Once that was done, I used the coordinating die to trim it out.

To assemble the card, I adhered the trellis to the card base, which is also Neenah 110lb, using liquid glue, and adhered the florals to the ink blended corners using foam tape. I nestled the sentiment between those and adhered that with foam tape as well. To finish up, I added a few PinkFresh Studio Gold Metallic Pearls for some added bling!

That does it for this project! I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope it inspires you to get crafty as well! Stop by and check out all of the new October Collection goodies over at LDRS! Have a wonderful day and don’t forget to stay awesome!

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Simon Says Stamp Rainbow Berry Branch

Hello and welcome back! The new Simon Says Stamp release, Handmade Holiday, is in full swing and I’m loving it! Once again, for today’s post, I’m featuring the new SSS Etched Berry Branch. Can I just say that I love this die so much?! I’m a sucker for leaves and flowers though! Let’s go over the details for today’s project, shall we?

I began this project by cutting a panel of Neenah Classic Crest 110lb cardstock and running it through the die cutting machine using the SSS Kaleidoscope Embossing Folder. This added some much needed texture and interest for the background.

Next, I used the SSS Etched Berry Branch along with some rainbow cardstock pieces from my stash and made a bunch of branches. I arranged them atop the embossed panel, adhering only the stems with liquid glue.

I decided on this SSS Large Joy sentiment and die cut it once from mirror gold cardstock and once from white cardstock. I also cut the shadow portion of the die twice from black cardstock and glued all of those pieces together.

I glued the sentiment to the bottom portion of the panel and added PinkFresh Studio Gold Metallic Pearls for the berries. All of this was then adhered to a black cardstock panel using foam tape before being adhered to the card base, which is also Neenah 110lb.

Simple project for today, but I love the way that it came out. Who doesn’t love rainbow leaves?! Thanks for joining me today, and I hope you’ll stop by and check out the entire Handmade Holiday release! Let me know your favorites. Have an beautiful day and don’t forget to stay awesome!

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Simon Says Stamp Calm & Bright Berry Branch

Hello Lovelies, and happy release day! The new Simon Says Stamp release, Handmade Holiday, is live and ready for your viewing (and shopping) pleasure! I know that I say this every single time, but once again, it’s a gorgeous release, and you’ll definitely want to check it out! For today’s card, I’m featuring the brand new Etched Berry Branch, so let’s get right to the details!

First off, I made a striped panel using green cardstock from Concord & 9th. I used the PinkFresh Studio Slim Stripes die to cut all of the stripes and adhered them diagonally on a panel of Neenah Classic Crest 80lb cardstock using liquid glue. I used the PinkFresh Studio Diagonal Stitched Rectangles to cut two panels of Neenah 110lb cardstock.

I positioned the Etched Berry Branch in the top half of the panel, taped it in place, and ran it through the die cutting machine, making sure to save the branch. I positioned the branch die again on the lower half of the panel, and ran that through the machine again. Remember that I said that I cut two panels? I wanted a double layer of the negative panel for dimension without using foam tape. I lined up both panels, taped them together and placed the branch die back into the negative piece, taping it down, and running it through the machine again. It did not cut through the second panel, which I knew would be the case, but it did leave enough of an indentation that I could position the die on the second panel and cut through that one completely.

Once both of those negative panels were cut, I adhered them together using liquid glue. I once again used glue to adhere those panels to my striped panel. Now, to stop here was kind of boring, so I took the positive pieces of the berry branch and adhered those to the front of the card wherever they would fit, overlapping some as needed.

I used the calm & bright sentiment from the SSS Clean Line Christmas set, and stamped it using VersaMark ink and heat set it using Ranger Princess Gold Embossing Powder. Once that was done, I used the coordinating die to trim out the sentiment, and that was then adhered to my card using foam tape.

For even more added interest, I added some PinkFresh Studio Gold Metallic Pearls where the berries would be. Because that panel is two layers, they nestled down in there quite well. Everything was then adhered to a matching dark green panel before being adhered to the card base, which is Neenah 110lb.

That does it for this project! I had a lot of fun making this one! It’s a little bit outside of my norm, but I enjoyed it! I hope you’ll swing by and check out the entire Handmade Holiday release from Simon Says Stamp. You won’t be disappointed! Have a wonderful day and don’t forget to stay awesome!

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Simon Says Stamp Peace and Love to You

Hello Crafty Friends! Thanks so much for stopping by! There’s a new Simon release coming very soon, but today, we are having an IG Hop over on Instagram using products from the latest Peace on Earth release. I hope you’ll head over there to check it out. But for now, let’s go through the details of my card.

I don’t always like or love my own cards, but I do like this one! I began this project by using the PinkFresh Studio Diagonal Stitched Rectangles to cut a panel of Neenah Classic Crest 110lb cardstock. I then used the SSS Peace, Joy, Hope, Love Stencil along with the some Iridescent Gina K Glitz Glitter Gel to create this background panel. Super simple, yet so pretty!

For the sentiment, I opted to use the SSS Clean Line Christmas set. I’ve used this set over and over again! It ends up being my go-to set when I need a simple holiday sentiment. Anyhoo, I stamped the sentiments using VersaFine Black Onyx ink and heat embossed them using Ranger Clear Embossing Powder. I used the coordinating die to trim out the peace sentiment and just trimmed the sub-sentiment using my paper trimmer.

I used the SSS Delicate Leafy Branch and die cut it once from black cardstock, once from glitter cardstock and once from silver cardstock. I adhered all of those together, but only applying glue on the base part of the stems. By doing that, the leaves and part of the stem are “free-flowing,” which adds interest in my opinion.

To assemble the card, I glued the branch to the top corner and adhered the sentiments just below that using foam tape. I adhered the panel to black cardstock before adhering it to the card base.

That does it for this project! I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope you’ll stop by Instagram to check out the hop! Have a wonderful day and don’t forget to stay awesome!

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