Cutting Edge Blog Hop!

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We are excited to announce that Pretty Pink Posh will be hosting a blog hop from today, Friday August 22nd at 6am PST until Monday August 25th at 11:55pm PST. The blog hop will feature cards using craft dies and everyone is encouraged to take part! You will be able to join in the fun at the Pretty Pink Posh blog here.

I created a card to share today that uses some of my favorite Simon Says Stamp dies: Balloons! I love that you get 5 different dies in the set that are all different sizes and shapes. You can use the smaller balloons on a card like I did here, or create a card base out of the largest balloon!

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Decorating the balloons once they’re diecut is so much fun! For my balloons on this card, I used three different Simon Says Stamp stencils (Medium Dot, Large Dot and Extra Large Dot) to create fun, glittery spots. I placed each stencil over the cut out balloons, added Versamark ink over top and then covered them with Judikins sparkle embossing powder.

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I love the great glitter and shine it adds to the balloons without it being too over the top! To finish the balloons, I used some We R Memory Keepers glitter floss as the balloon strings and then I added a sentiment stamp and some sequins to complete the card!

Simon Says Stamp is proud to be one of the sponsors, along with these other great companies:

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Make sure to stop by the Pretty Pink Posh blog here to join in the fun!

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Stephanie Klauck
Marketing • Wife and mother of two pretty awesome kiddos • Loves to get crafty, read books and watch TV • Nascar and hockey fan • Out-going and loves to laugh!

Gimme Some Skin!

Hi readers! We’re happy to be back with our monthly feature from the fabulous Sandy Allnock! Today she’s showing some great tips & tricks for coloring skin tones and even has a PDF for you!

Enjoy!

Hello again, coloristas! I’m so excited about today…I’ve been wanting to put together some resources for my own use for skintones, and this project was just the impetus I needed to get going!

Colors for skintones are one of the biggest questions people ask – and I have to say, practically ANY combination you come up with will look like *some*one. Now, it may not look like the someone you’re trying to color it to look like, but there are SO many varieties of color out in this beautiful rainbow world! Just google for “face photos” and you’ll see a rainbow – add “ethnic face photos” and it’ll open your mind to greenish-brown skin, purplish-brown skin, and all kinds of colors!

I have a few things to share – first a video!

I had such fun coloring the Prima doll named Betty, and she’s so cute, even without a face! These are oversized doll stamps, if you’ve never seen one in person – this card had to be taller than a usual A2 card to accommodate her, but since she’ll be delivered personally, I didn’t have to stick to an envelope size! I also used BoBunny papers, Prima flowers, of course, and a sentiment set with a great combo of words! What did you think about that cool dress? If you color all the shading first, then put the dots on with the white pen, it still looks dimensional!

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I had chosen this stamp for my skintone worksheets….I wanted something that was face-y (is that a word??) but without all the features to color “around” – I wanted to simply test out a ton of color combos without having to deal with cheeks, eyes, noses. I could have just done ovals, but the happy little head was much more fun to work with! I simply printed out a worksheet (download your own blank one HERE and stamp your own images), then as I colored, I noted swatches of color and their numbers. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done this stuff without writing down colors, so I’ve been working on doing that more often now!

This first sheet is more useable than some on the second – the second has those crazy combinations I got while researching some of the Manga art sites! But they’re worth trying just to see what colors you never thought of to try out. To download either PDF, just click on each image.

 

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One last thing from me – I have MORE skin on my blog today! Yep, one blog post and video just can’t contain all the goodness….some of you sent me Instagram photos to colormatch, and I’ve posted those pics plus another coloring video. So, all you #copicsistahs…click HERE to go check that out!

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

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Congrats! Blog Candy Winner!

From: Falling for You: Carol Perry!

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

CASE Study 4th Anniversary Blog Hop!

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CASE Study is celebrating their 4th anniversary and we’re excited to celebrate with them this week!

To celebrate this great milestone, they’ve prepared a month of blog hops featuring their former muses and past & present design team members. In addition, they are offering fantastic prizes for those who join the blog hop and challenges where you can share your talents and creativity.

Simon Says Stamp is sponsoring the current blog hop that starts today, August 21st and goes until August 28th!

The blog hop participants are sharing their latest inspirations and how they translate them into their papercrafts, so I decided to play along! ;)

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I have been really inspired by all of the ombre color designs that I’ve been seeing and wanted to use some yellows, oranges, pinks and reds to create a fun ombre sunburst for my card front. I diecut the Simon Says Stamp Full Card Sunshine from white cardstock and used it as the focal point and a mask to create the background.

I temporarily adhered the diecut piece over another piece of white cardstock, added the color with Distress inks over both pieces and then added a piece of vellum in between when I was done to mute the background color. I then went over all of the vellum parts with a clear Wink of Stella marker to give it that great sparkle and shine!

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Stephanie Klauck
Marketing • Wife and mother of two pretty awesome kiddos • Loves to get crafty, read books and watch TV • Nascar and hockey fan • Out-going and loves to laugh!

Falling for You

Hi readers! Happy Wednesday to you! I hope you’re enjoying your week! I just got back from visiting a much warmer part of the country, and while I loved my time in the sun, I’m happy to return home and await my most FAVORITE season of the year: Autumn.  What’s your favorite season?

I’m pleased to welcome Lawn Fawn guest designer Nancy Krueger to our blog with this great card using brand NEW Lawn Fawn products coming very soon and available for Pre-Order now!

Enjoy!

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When I first saw the new Sweater Weather stamp set I knew I wanted to make this card. I thought it would be so fun to create a “changing of the seasons” panel with the Falling for You sentiment. It was so simple to stamp the leaves with the multiple leaves stamp and the single leaf using summer to fall ink colors. I blended on a bit of Tumbled Glass Distress ink in the background and some Mowed Lawn Distress ink to ground the trees. I rounded the corners of the the panel with my Corner Chomper then popped it up on my card base covered with pretty Sweater Weather paper. Green Sparkle Lawn Trimmings is the perfect finishing touch.

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Thanks for reading today and thanks to Nancy for this fabulous inspiration!

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Congrats Blog Candy Winners!
From: Anything Goes!: Charlotte Bullock!

From: Prima Bird House: Connie Brooks!

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!

Prima Bird House

Hi everyone! Welcome back to the blog. I have a project today that incorporates a lot of Prima products. I fell in L.O.V.E . with this little Prima Birdhouse!! Oh my word!

Once I got started, I realized how well everything fit together! So, here’s my paper crafting project for you today.

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I had picked up an old photo of a child at an antique store awhile back and have been wanting to use it. I fit perfect (after a little scoring and folding) into the birdhouse. The little girl looks like she’s delighted to have the Dina Wakley Scribbly Bird with her!

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I was able to alter the color of my flowers to just the right color with a few Dylusions spray colors. Viola!

I have shot a video of the process, hope you find it inspiring!

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Thanks for coming by today, have a great week!

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