Work It Wednesday May 2016


Hi readers! Happy Wednesday! Welcome to Work It Wednesday for April 2016!

In case you’re wondering what ‘Work It Wednesday’ is, let me explain:

On the last Wednesday of every month (or towards the end of the month ;)), we want to see what you’re creating! The Simon Says Stamp community is so very talented, and we want to see more of your cards and projects every month.

We thought this would be a great way for all of you to ‘stretch your creative muscles’ and share what you’ve been working on. So we’ll give you a little challenge each month, and you’ll have until the following month to share what you’ve made. Please limit entries to 3 per month.

Each month we’ll pick a few random participants to win a Simon Says Stamp grab bag!

The projects and cards that were shared for April were so great! We loved seeing all the pretty pastels in March’s challenge, and we look forward to seeing what you make for this challenge.

Do you want to see all of the cards and projects that were shared for April 2016 Work it Wednesday? Check them out!

The following three participants were randomly chosen to win a goody bag from Simon Says Stamp:

Sheena Joy!

Please email with your mailing address and she’ll get your prize sent out to you.

Now on to this month’s challenge! Our challenge will be to use some SUNSHINE in your project! Stamps, dies, ephemera, cardstock, ink, there are SO many options!

Once you’re done creating, share your project below!

What are you waiting for? WORK IT! ;)

Stephanie Leykauf
Marketing Director • Enjoys photography, interior decorating, and crafting • Music enthusiast • Loves to smile!

Wishing theme on the Monday Challenge!

This week on the  Monday Challenge  the theme is ‘Make A Wish’. Maybe you would like to wish someone a happy birthday or maybe you are wishing that you are lying on a sun drenched beach with the sea gently lapping at your toes! Whatever you are wishing for, translate that into a crafty project and join in the challenge, we can’t wait to see what you make!

Once you have made your creation just go ahead and upload it into the linky on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog! 

As always, we’re offering a chance to win a $50 Gift Voucher to Simon Says Stamp!  All YOU need to do is join in with the challenge! 50dollar_voucher_600px

Below are three projects created by the design team, that showcase this weeks theme! You can visit the challenge blog  to get all the details and see the amazing cards and projects that the design team has created this week. If you click on each designers name, you’ll be taken directly to their blog where you’ll get more details about their project! Be sure to give these talented ladies some comments!

Created by Anna-Karin Evaldsson:


Anna-Karin used:

Created by Kath Stewart:


Kath used:

Created by Meihsia Liu:


Meihsia used:

So now it’s your turn to make a wish!


Do you use Instagram?  If so please add  #sssmchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too!

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Congrats! Blog Candy WINNERS!

From: Studio Monday with Nina-Marie: Mist MAY-nia: ~amy~!
From: Creative Uses: Custom Dimensional Background: Tara Prince!
From: Fun with Felt!: Rebecca Ednie!
From: Lawn Fawn Summer 2016 Reveal!: Jennifer Paci!
From: Prima Frameworks Birdcage: Shabby Chic Photo Display: Tammy Arndt!
From: I Love You and Donuts Watercoloring with Puff Embossing Powder: Kate Dykstra!
From: Weekender with Wanda – Mama Elephant Stamps!: Maureen Reiss!
From: Studio Monday with Nina-Marie: Watercolor Birthday Scene: Annie Solomon!

Please email with your mailing address (if applicable), the name of the blog you won from, and the prize you won to claim your prize!

Lorraine Aquilina
Join us every Monday and Wednesday for a brand new challenge!

Studio Monday with Nina-Marie: Watercolor Birthday Scene

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Hello everyone and Happy Monday! It’s Nina-Marie here with you today for a brand new Studio Monday post featuring stamps from Art Impressions!

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I love cute and whimsical images, and the Duck Stackers stamp set from Art Impressions is a new favorite of mine. I’ve never used Art Impressions stamps prior to this video, but I know I need to get more after using them here! They are very high quality rubber cling stamps that stamp beautifully. Art Impressions also has a lot of fun people stamps too, for those that prefer those over critters.

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I have paired the Duck Stackers set with the Simon Says Stamp Wild Beauty and Cuddly Critters Accessories stamp sets to create a super adorable birthday card… with the fun party elements from Cuddly Critters Accessories, these little duckies are ready to PARTY!!!

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For my coloring I used Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolors; for most everything I only used one color shade and just altered the pigment to water ratio to create lighter and darker shades. The color tubes I used were Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Orche, Cadmium Orange Hue, Alizarin Crimson, Indian Red, Sap Green, Hooker’s Green Light and Turquoise.

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And because I love putting my critters in a scene, I did exactly that in this card! However, I wanted to make sure the duck stack stayed the center focus of my design, so I kept the background very loose and “impressionistic” by ink smooshing heavily watered-down distress inks (Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron) onto my background panel and blotting the most intense areas up with a dry cloth. I then added some grass blade details using my Cotman watercolors.

To see how I created this card from start to finish, be sure to check out the video below! And if you enjoy, please give it a big “thumbs up” and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more weekly techniques and inspiration!



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Nina-Marie Trapani
Creative Team | Card Maker | Graphic Artist | Illustrator | cat lover | tea fanatic | computer geek

Weekender with Wanda – Mama Elephant Stamps!

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Hey everyone! Happy Weekend! Welcome back to the latest edition of Weekender with Wanda! So glad to see you here today! I love having a set time to share with all of you each week. It’s my pleasure! Last week’s Weekender post was very personal and I thank you for all the super nice comments. Last week we talked Tim Holtz and Distress…. And this week we are going in a totally different direction! I used my Copics and some happy striped paper to feature stamps from one of my favorite stamp companies – Mama Elephant. Their stamps are so cheerful and cute and just plain fun. I combined two stamp sets together to create a little scene that looks just like the desk in my studio.

I used the Blogging Buddies stamp set and the Little Edibles stamp set together for my card. I thought the scale was really nice together…and who can resist those tiny food and coffee stamps! (Not me!) So, here’s the card photo, and then we can talk a little more about how I made it.  This is a great clean and simple card layout that you can use with any images or theme.


I started with a pre-cut Simon Says Stamp A2 Card Base and then covered the front with a fab stripe from the new Echo Park paper collection called Happy Summer. I used the Mama Elephant Landscape die to cut a gentle curve from some crisp white paper. I used the tiny envelope that comes in the Blogging Buddies stamp set, and randomly stamped all over the white layer. Then I added my sentiment in crisp black ink. Then,I layered that piece onto the stripes with foam tape.


Next I stamped all my images with SSS Intense Black Ink and die cut them out with the matching dies. The Little Edibles stamps had to be hand cut, but it was easy! I used my Copic Markers to color everything in hues to match the stripes in the paper.


How cute are those tiny cards?? LOVE. I used a sheet of red floral paper from the same Echo Park Happy Summer paper to frame my white circle – and made that my focal point. I attached all the images with foam squares onto the circle.



At the last minute I thought about adding glitter or Stickles…. But I decided to use some little red hearts instead. It just added that little extra bit of color to the card.



“You’ve Got Mail!” Who doesn’t like to get happy mail? No one I know! I hope that this little piece of mail has put a smile on your face today. Happy crafting – until we meet again next weekend!


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Wanda Guess
Creative Team • Enjoys photography, crafting, and coffee • Loves to spend time with friends laughing!

I Love You and Donuts Watercoloring with Puff Embossing Powder


Hi readers! Happy Saturday! I just adore this card special guest Yana Smakula made from the too cool for school Cuddly Critters dog complemented with a party hat from the Cuddly Critters Accessories, and the Donut? Well it looks good enough to eat, especially with the cool bonus “drizzle” of puff embossing powder! Be sure to watch the video too, and enjoy! *Ahem* Pass the donuts, won’t you? ;)




Watch the video:



Thanks for reading, and thanks to Yana for being our guest!


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Stephanie Leykauf
Marketing Director • Enjoys photography, interior decorating, and crafting • Music enthusiast • Loves to smile!