DieCember™ Blog Hop: Winners!

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Earlier in the month, we had a blog hop to celebrate the new DieCember™ collection from Simon Says Stamp. If you haven’t had a chance to visit the hop, click here to view the first post.  I think you’ll find loads of holiday card making inspiration!

Congratulations to all of the blog hop winners! Thank you for hopping along with us and taking the time to leave feedback for the designers in the form of comments along the way :)  I know they really really enjoy hearing from you!

Laura Bassen‘s winner is: Adele Holcomb!
Lucy Abrams‘s winner is: Kristie Goulet!
Caryn Davies‘s winner is: Joyce M.!
Wanda Guess‘s winner is: JaneenK!
Lisa Addesa‘s winner is: Sazzle Dazzle!
Sarah Moerman‘s winner is: Melissa Anderson!
Debby Hughes‘s winner is: Tess Hackett!
Nichol Magouirk‘s winner is: Debbie P!
Winners, Congratulations!  Please check your inbox’s for an email from us asking for your shipping address so we can send you the Simon Prize Pack!  If for some reason we couldn’t access your email, please email Samantha@SimonSaysstamp.com letting her know you are one of our Blog Hop winners for the Simon Super Surprise pack and give her your mailing address.  Thank you again for hopping along with us! grabbag1
Stephanie Leykauf
Marketing Director • Enjoys photography, interior decorating, crafting, and laughing! • Music enthusiast • Loves to smile!

Quick & Simple Holiday Tags!

Hi readers! Happy Thursday to you! It’s a WEEK before Christmas!! How did THAT happen?!?  We asked our pal Sarah Moerman for some inspiration and she delivered three delightful tags that we can enjoy and recreate!

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Hi everyone,
I’m excited to be sharing some Christmas tags I made here on the Simon Says Stamp Blog! I was inspired by all the shaker cards I’ve been seeing lately and wanted to add this fun feature to some of the Christmas tags I’ll be using this year.
I started all three tags by die cutting some of the Stitched Rectangles Dies to make my frames.
For the Christmas Blessings tag I added a piece cut from a Hero Arts Acetate Notecard to the back of the frame, followed by strips of foam adhesive to completely cover the edging. I then added the sequins and a piece of Mint cardstock to the back. Finally, I die cut the Christmas Blessings die with Cotton Candy cardstock and adhered it to the acetate at the front of the tag.
For the Big Holiday Wishes tag I die cut  a piece of vellum using Gift Card Envelope Die, heat embossed the sentiment, and assembled the envelope. I then added sequins, sealed the top, and adhered the envelope to a piece of SSS Cotton Candy cardstock framed with one of my die cut frames.

Finally, for the ‘Tis the Season tag I adhered Mint cardstock to the back of one of my diecut frames. I then diecut 3 of the same ornament from Ornament Dies set using Cotton Candy cardstock, scoring all three down the middle. I covered the fronts of them with embossing ink and heat embossed them with WOW Strawberry Crush Embossing Glitter. I adhered my pieces together to form a 3D ornament  and attached it to my tag. Finally, I stamped my sentiment and added some sequins. (I know this one isn’t a shaker tag but it still has sequins). :)

I finished all three tags off by punching a small hole in each of them and adding some May Arts Natural Twine so they can be used as Christmas ornaments once they’ve served their gift-giving purpose.

Thanks so much for stopping by and a big thanks to Simon for having me!

Sarah

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Thanks for reading today, and thanks to Sarah for the festive inspiration!

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

Winter Pinterest Inspiration

This week on the  Wednesday Challenge we have a super Winter Inspiration theme!

Design Team Member, Jenn Shurkus, created this fabulous mood board on Pinterest for us to  use.  Do you use Pinterest? We have a Pinterest page that we work hard on to keep lots of relevant and fun inspiration for ourselves and our fellow crafters! All you have to do is choose one or more of these wintry photo’s  for your inspiration and get crafty. You can choose the actual images,  the colors, or simply the sparkle. The choice is yours, the main idea is to have FUN!

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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  Jenn Shurkus

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Created by Mandy Stacey

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Created by Barb Engler

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Appreciation Trio with Jennifer McGuire

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Hi readers! Happy Wednesday to you! I’m excited to share with you a soft palette trio of cards by the always inspiring Jennifer McGuire!  Be sure to watch the video below to see how she added that pretty subtle sparkle, and used the Calliope Flourish to do some cool partial die-cutting! It IS DieCember™ after all! ;)

Enjoy!

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Thanks for reading, and thanks to Jennifer for the fabulous inspiration!

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Congrats! Blog Candy Winner!

From: Custom Holiday Gift Tags: Loly Borda!

Please email Samantha (Samantha@SimonSaysStamp.com) with your mailing address and the name of the blog you won from to claim your prize!

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

Custom Holiday Gift Tags

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Hi readers! Happy Tuesday!  If you’re ahead of the game, (or at least begun), it’s time to start thinking about how to WRAP those lovely presents you lovingly picked out for the special people in your life! We’re happy to welcome back guest designer Richele Christensen to our blog for some fun gift tag & wrapping ideas… just in time for Christmas!

P.S. How FUN are the Tidings Tokens?!

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Hello friends! It’s hard to believe Christmas is right around the corner and if you’re like me you have lots of packages to wrap before the big day. Making a custom stamp pad with Cut-n-Dry Felt is the perfect technique to make personalized tags for all the gift under your tree. I love the gift giving season!

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1. Stamp image on to Cut-n-Dry Felt with Archival Ink. This will act as a guide for where to add the reinkers.
2. To make our custom stamp pad choose Distress Reinker colors for your design. (Peeled Paint for the greens, Iced Spruce for the pine needles, Festive Berries for the berries and Gathered Twigs for the Pinecone.
3. Use the dropper applicator to add reinker to the design where desired. Work quickly so the reinker doesn’t spread out to much between colors.
4. Now you have a custom stamp pad. The stamp pad can be stored in a plastic baggie to use later or reinked if necessary.
5. The Tag Collections Framelits set will be perfect for cutting our tags and bands. Look at all the dies you get in this set.

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6. Die cut several tags from manila cardstock.
7. Make a long band with the tag shape on each end by die cutting one side of the tag and positioning the Dimensional Cutting Pad so it doesn’t cut the end or center of the band.
8. Turn the die around and cut the other side using the Dimensional Cutting Pad again so not to cut the center.
9. You will end up with a band that has the tag shape on both ends. This technique enables you to make die cuts longer if desired.
10. Stamp the messages with Jet Black Archival Ink with the Mini Handwritten Holiday set from Stampers Anonymous. Stamp your Holly or Pinecone images using your custom stamp pads.

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11. Add some background texture with the Distress Spritzer and the Iced Spruce Distress Marker. Load the marker in the Spritzer so the tip of the marker is over the end of the spritzer.
12. Hold the Distress Spritzer straight up and down then squeeze the Spritzer to blow air over the marker and you get this fun texture in the background.
13. Ink the edges of the tags with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
14. You can also make your own wrapping paper with your custom stamp pad. Love how the tag matches the wrapping paper.

I hope you will try making a custom stamp pad. I can’t tell you how easy it is to make lots of cards or tags in a short period of time! I cant wait to see all the pretty packages under my tree!

Thanks for stopping in today and I hope you and your family have a very Happy Holiday!
Richele

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Thanks for reading today, and thanks to Richele for being our lovely guest!

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Congrats! Blog Candy Winners!
From: Organizational Tips & Tricks: Adriana Reyes!
From: 5 Ways to Gift A Gift Card: Kristie Maynard!
From: NEW Lawn Fawn Valentines are HERE!: Mary Roberson!
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Stephanie Leykauf
Marketing Director • Enjoys photography, interior decorating, crafting, and laughing! • Music enthusiast • Loves to smile!