Happy Thanksgiving! We’re Thankful for YOU!


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  We hope you are enjoying time with family and friends!.  Today, we’re giving thanks for YOU! We are very grateful for each and everyone. Thank You!

I’ve made a card in celebration of ThanksGiving! Thought you might enjoy some early turkey!

Shari Carroll Happy Thanksgiving

I used the Thanksgiving Table stamp set, the Thanksgiving Feast dies, and the Giving Thanks Card die.

Shari Carroll Happy Thanksgiving D1

I’ve always like the look of thread bundled up on a card, so I thought I would try it. I even pulled out my Copics for this special day and have shot a video of the process. You can also view the video HERE.

Have a fantastic day and enjoy yourselves! Don’t forget to hit the Simon Sale today!

Shari Carroll
Creative Director • Designs Simon Says Stamp exclusive products • Card maker • Art Journaling • Mom to many • Gramma to Melody • Loves good friends• photography • gardening

Work it Wednesday November 2014


Hello and welcome to Work It Wednesday for November 2014!

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

On the last Wednesday of every 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 STAMPtember were so great! We loved seeing what all of you did with the special color recipe we provided!

You can see all of the cards and projects that were shared for STAMPtember here.

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

Chriss Blagrave
Adele Holcomb

Please email samantha@simonsaysstamp.com with your mailing address and we’ll get your prize sent out to you.

Now on to this month’s challenge! Since we’re nearing the official kickoff of the holiday season, we want you to share what you’re working on for the holidays! Anything goes!! (Tags/Cards/Scrapbook Layouts/etc.) It just needs to feature something holiday themed. :)

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

Now you know what to do! WORK it! ;)

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

Paper Crafter’s Library Feature


Hello and happy Wednesday! We are excited to be featured once again on the Paper Crafter’s Library today, with a card created by Shari Carroll!

Here is a little sneak peek of the card she created:

In Stitches PCL sneak

You can see the full card on the Paper Crafter’s Library blog here, including detailed instructions on how it was made!



We’re doing a giveaway on the Paper Crafter’s Library post here for a gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp! Pop on over to their blog and comment for a chance to win!


Good luck!

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

Winter Twinkle Card Kit Blog Hop! Inspiration Heaven!


Hi friends!  We are full of Sparkle and Sprinkle this winter!  The December 2014 card kit is super versatile and fun to use!  This month’s card kit is unique because it highlights embossing.  Embossing was how I fell in love with card making.  It was at my sister’s house where I first saw a heat tool make this little powdered design melt, shine, and come to life!  Oh man, I was sooo impressed.  I wanted to do it over and over again.  To this day, heat embossing is one of my favorite stamping techniques.  There are so many things to do with it.  Hopefully this month’s card kit gives you the tools you need to do some heat embossing too!

Sarah Moerman created this whimsical shaker card with the Winter Twinkle Card Kit:


Today’s blog hop will show you not only some super fun ways to use this kit, but also some cool tips and tricks about embossing.   The mini Tim Holtz distress embossing pad is a great ink for embossing!  Did you know that it even smells like cinnamon?!  The gold and silver sequins come in several sizes along with a thin vellum that could create spectacular shaker cards!  The Ranger embossing powders coordinate perfectly with our theme.  The “Sparkle and Shine” clear stamp set is versatile enough for cards of all occasions.  The backgrounds are perfect for adding personality to any card.   We included more Simon Says Stamp heavy weight cardstock than we normally do in our kits hoping you would find it useful for creating your own fun backgrounds and card bases.  The blues and grays are particularly trendy and appealing this time of year!

We hope you’ll hop along with us and see some of the fantastic projects and inspirations that many talented designers are sharing today.  There is a Simon Prize Pack available at every stop along the way.  You only need to comment to be eligible to win.  The giveaways for the goody bag will close at 6:00pm EST on Saturday, November 29 and will be announced on all blogs shortly thereafter.

**Guess what!?  Simon Says Stamp now has our own line of embossing powders!  Ultrafine Clear, White, Silver and Gold!  At just $3.99 per jar, they are great value and phenomenal quality!

Hop along with us:

Simon Says Stamp
Shari Carroll
Kristina Werner
Jennifer McGuire
Debby Hughes
Yana Smakula
Nichol Magouirk
Kathy Racoosin
Lucy Abrams
Sarah Moerman


Happy Hopping!!

Founder of Simon Says Stamp. Mother of two adorable children and one dog, Simon. Lover of all things art, craft, and stamp related.

A Very Hero Arts Holiday + Lots of Blog Candy Winners!


What to do when you’ve got holiday crafting to do and are short on time, inspiration, or just want things done simply? It’s Hero Arts to the rescue! Today in my final holiday crafting installment, I’m back (May Flaum) to share two gift giving ideas made quick thanks to my trusty Hero Arts stamps!


First up, I have a cardboard coffee sleeve that I’ve painted red as a base. This is my favorite way to present coffee gift cards – in a fancy sleeve! Use liquid adhesive or double sided tape just along the bottom opening to create a sealed pocket for your card. Then decorate as you please. Note that the little tree stamp is embossed with green embossing powder. This particular stamp is retired – but not to worry! Hero has loads of little tree stamps to choose from!


I chose to use the Hero Arts Merry Christmas and trees stamps to really make this pop. My finishing touch? A Hero Arts felt tree. I love the texture and dimension this adds.

Speaking of texture, another favorite way to present a gift to a loved one is by decorating a simple box. I love doing this because the box will be reusable, and there are no gift wrap supplies required!


First I stenciled (using a foam blending tool and green Hero Arts ink) the top of the box, then I added my stamped sentiment, tree, and a few other bits and pieces.


What I love about this quick and easy gift wrap project is that it is so adjustable for any size, shape, or style of container! From adding many layers and a big tag to keeping things simple with just one or two attached items – this project is super fun to make and whomever receives it will adore the homemade touch as well.


I hope you’ve enjoyed the holiday stamping ideas I’ve shared with you this month, and I wish you a December full of very happy (holiday) crafting!

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Congrats! Blog Candy Winners!

From: Snowy Holiday Scene: Dara Lynn
From: What Do YOU Want to See on Our Blog?: Kimberly Storti, Colleen Balija, Julie Lutz, Ashley Sargent, & Evelyn Naegele!
From: Color Coordinates Recipe Card!: Shona Chambers!
From: 10 Ways to Use Sequins!!!: Michelle Yuen!

From: DIY: Treat Boxes, Bags, & Tags!: Lillian Child!

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

Monday Challenge Team