Paper Hugs

Happy Saturday, readers! Please join us in welcoming back the super sweet and talented Lucy Abrams to our blog as a guest! She’s distributing paper hugs…how cute is this card?!

Enjoy!
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Hello. Today I have a super clean and simple card to share with you that I created with a mix of Hero Arts and Simon products. This cute little bear stamp from Hero Arts Oscar Cut Outs by Lia set is perfect for all sorts of cards, so I decided to crate an all occasion happy mail card for a friend. I added sentiments from Simon’s Sending Happy Thoughts and Paper Hugs sets, and gave my bear a tiny little heart too. The blue patterned paper from American Crafts Project Life Inspire pad creates a lovely soft backdrop for my little scene. Thanks so much for stopping by today. See you again soon.

Paper Hug by Lucy Abrams for SSS

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

New Designs from Mama Elephant

Hi readers! TGIF! I’m so happy to be sharing with you this adorable card using new Mama Elephant stamps and dies by our guest designer of the day, Elena Roussakis! I love the texture she added to the background, and her coloring is just flawless! Enjoy!

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Hi there! I’m so excited to be guesting on the Simon Says Stamp blog today. I crafted a fun card using new Mama Elephant stamps sets: tandem ride and tandem extras. I just love these fun critters with their huge heads!  I decided to create a little scene for the bike riding friends, by way of a sun ray stencil and some embossing paste.

If you decide to try and re-create this card, just be warned that the stencil’s rays don’t actually reach to the edges of the card. But the fix is simple: just let the first layer dry while you color images, and then come back and stretch them out with a second coat of paste.

Once all of the layers of embossing paste were dry, I used a very light blue Copic marker (BOOO) to add shading between the rays. I also used a colorless blender (O) to soften the edge of the blue streaks.

For the focal image, I did some masking to make it look like the little mouse (with her gigantic ears) were at the forefront. Then, I used the partial die-cut technique to have the whole image cut out as one unit. I love how clean it looks without the white border around each critter!

To finish things off, I created a mint-green hill for the bike to roll on, and stamped the sentiment (from Tandem Extras) directly on it.

I hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by!

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Call for Cards

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Hi readers! You may recall last month that we had a call for cards on the blog! We have been loving seeing what you’ve been sending so far and ask that you please continue to send if you would like to! As promised we’re showcasing just a sampling of these beauties on our blog today and will continue to do so from month to month!

THANK YOU!!!

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If you have handmade cards you’d like us to help share, please mail to:

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Thank you so much for your continued support!  We are very lucky to be in such a caring industry and appreciate all you do to keep our community alive!

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

Anything Goes On The Wednesday Challenge

As this is the last week of the month we are back with the all time favorite theme ‘Anything Goes’ on the  Wednesday Challenge Blog. It’s time to throw caution to the wind and let your creativity run riot ;-)

We are showcasing Penny Black Products this week, you don’t have to use them to join in, but if you have some now is the time to get them out and show us what you’ve got!

Once you have made your creation just go ahead and upload it into the linky on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog!  We can’t wait to see what you make!

As always, we’re offering a chance to win a $50 Gift Voucher to Simon Says Stamp! (If you enter in this weeks Wednesday Challenge, you’ll have a chance to win!)

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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 Debby Yates:

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Created by Mandy Stacey:

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Created by Melissa Bove:

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So now it’s your turn. Happy Crafting!

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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Color POP: Hickory Smoke!

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Hi readers! Happy Tuesday! If you’re like me, you may have been curious how the fabulous Wanda Guess would POP a grey ink color, but as  you may have guessed (as I did), she did it in am AMAZING way! Read on and enjoy!

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It’s Wanda, and I’m here today with the latest installment in our Color Pop series – featuring the newest Distress Ink Color! I’m excited to share a project using the color for June – Hickory Smoke. This is a soft, medium, shade of cool grey. Like the color of steel or the grey part of the ocean. I had a lot of ideas start to flow with this color and ended up going with one of my favorite classic color combinations – grey, pink and yellow. It’s a retro 50′s vibe when you use these colors together. Think – a pretty 50′s roses table cloth. Are you feeling it? And, instead of making a card this month, I made a gift box – perfect for a wedding gift card!

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One of the nice things about this grey is that it’s not too dark. And, it isn’t too warm. Yeah, the perfect grey! I started by using the Gothic Stencil on repeat (8 times) to make a sheet of my own patterned paper! I used a nice thick, smooth white paper. The stencil matches up on a repeat and this was easy to do. I used a small sponge dauber and the Hickory Smoke ink pad and went to town. I made my paper into a 9×9 inch square and then used the We R Memory Keepers Gift Box Punch Board to make the pretty box. Then the fun part — decorating it!

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I cut out several Tattered Florals die pieces and colored them using Spun Sugar Distress Ink and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink. I curled all the edges of my pink flower inward and nested them together with a pink brad in the center. It sort of looks like a cross between a cabbage rose and a peony! For the Lemonade colored flowers I added a bit of Hickory Smoke ink to the edges. You can see that I also added touches of Ranger Silver Paint to both my leaves and my yellow flowers. I wanted a bit of shine for this…but not glitter. For the leaves, I cut out the Garden Greens and colored them with Hickory Smoke. Something a bit unexpected and different… I dyed my own ribbon with Spun Sugar Inks and crinkled it up nice and pretty.

I made a charm dangle off the edge of the box with a Shield charm and a pearl bauble. More is more, right? Yes!

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I’ve made another color swatch reference chart for you to see where the new color fits in with your existing Distress Ink colors. I’m showing you some different shades that will help you see the true color of Hickory Smoke.

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Next up is the gorgeous Blueprint Sketch. YEAH! I love the TH Blueprints stamps so I am already thinking along those lines for next month’s project. What a pretty blue!! Yowza! See you next month! Have a great day and happy crafting!

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