March’s Color of the Month Is…Mermaid Lagoon!



Hi readers! TGIF! We’re happy to kick your weekend off RIGHT with a fresh new color from Tim Holtz & Ranger!

We hope you’re as excited as we are about this lovely color: Mermaid Lagoon! You can reserve this color now, and it will ship at the end of the month!!

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

New Release: PLAN ON IT! Stamps Inks and Dies!


Hi friends!  Welcome!

Today we are super duper excited to unveil a project we’ve been working on for a very long time.  This project involves several collaborations and lots of hard work trying to develop products that are helpful to use in our paper planners.   The nice thing about these new “Plan On It” products- (especially the ink!) – is that you can also use these stamps, inks, and dies in ALL of your paper crafts!

Plan on It” features 4 ink cube sets, 3 stamp sets and 2 wafer thin dies. Our new ink cubes feature a brand new hybrid formula of ink:

“What exactly is hybrid ink?” You might ask.  Hybrid inks are permanent on paper surfaces, acid-free, archival and fade resistant. They are pigment based, but dry quickly like dye ink and are less likely to bleed through thin papers often found in planners.  Many of our stamping friends have fallen in love with this smooth formula for their card making too!

Developed in conjunction with our “Plan on It” series of products made especially for people who like to stamp in their paper planners, these ink cubes are compact for travel and come in a gorgeous assortment of Simon Says Stamp exclusive colors.  These inks also work beautifully for card makers and other paper crafters.

The inks are perfect for crafters who are on the go!  Ink cubes are a great way to carry a wide assortment of colors wherever you go.  AND THE HUGE BONUS for ink portability!?  The inks also fit in the Tim Holtz Ink storage case!
Our friends at Waffle Flower have consistently been creating the most delightful stamps.  Up until now, one of our all time favorite planning stamp sets is Waffle Flower’s Stay Focused Stamps.  We are so happy that Nina at Waffle Flower designed a stamp set exclusively for you to enjoy in our PLAN ON IT RELEASE!  It’s called “Planning Ahead” and is an incredibly useful tool in helping you get organized and keep track of your busy schedule.

Anyone who is keeping a paper planner probably has seen a few of Studio L2E’s stamps.  Kanani from Studio L2E is a great source for awesome planner stamps.  We are delighted to bring the Studio L2E Simon Says Stamp exclusive “Plan on It” she designed especially for this release.  A note from Kanani:  “The entire set was designed with the Erin Condren Life Planner in mind. HOWEVER, they will also fit a variety of other planners as well.  The checklist in the set is designed to fit perfectly in the Erin Condren Life Planner.  The words/phrases are basic ones that would make for great checklists but also are great for covering the words on the ECLP weekly spreads.”

The third stamp set in our release is called “Life Planning” and we hope it helps you do exactly that!  You can purchase all 3 of these stamp sets, Making Plans, at a discount price for a limited time.

We’ve been wanting to add the useful dies “Cheers” and “Today” to our product line up for quite some time and I thought there sure is no time like the present, right!?

Do you use a paper planner?  We would love your feedback!  Would you like to see more ink cubes from Simon Says Stamp?  Comment below to share with us and we will select 4 random people to win a Simon Says Stamp prize pack.
Founder of Simon Says Stamp. Mother of two adorable children and one dog, Simon. Lover of all things art, craft, and stamp related.


Hi readers! Happy Thursday to you! I’m excited to bring you this ADORABLE card from our Wednesday Challenge team member Caryn Davies. She’s super talented, and has such a great accent! I’m American and without an accent so.. I love it!! :) This adorable card features the Mama Elephant Pandamonium Stamp and Die set along with some adorable bright Springtime card stock from Doodlebug!

Be sure to watch the video, and enjoy!


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Thanks for reading today, and thanks to the fantastic and fabulous Caryn for being our guest designer today!


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

I am Loved and Grateful

Hi readers! Happy Wednesday to you! Please join me in welcoming guest designer Vicki Boutin to the blog today! She has a really fun scrapbook layout featuring some brand spankin’ NEW Simple Stories product and Ranger product! Enjoy!

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Hi there!  It’s Vicki and I am beyond excited to be sharing this project on the blog today!

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Simple Stories new line “I Am” is probably one of my all time FAVORITE releases.  I dig the color palette and the whole idea of including your story in your paper crafting.  I also have a real love for Tim Holtz’s Distress paints and inks.  So I combined the two in this “traditional scrapbooking meets mixed media in a contained encountered”.

The “contained” part refers to the peek-a-boo circles on the page.  All of the “inky” goodness is on the bottom page and is confined to the cut outs.  This technique works well when mixing papers or products with a more linear design with free flowing mixed media techniques.

Here are a few steps to follow to get the look.


  • Add Distress Paint to an acrylic stamping block
  • Press the “polka dot” pattern on to your patterned paper.  I like a tone on tone color palette for this.
  • Add Distress Ink with an Ink Blending Tool.  The paint will resist the ink.
  • Ink a background stamp with Distress Ink and stamp a pattern on the paper
  • Buff the ink off of the painted areas with a paper towel
  • For the wood veneer title: dab two shades of Distress Paint on the wood
  • While the paint is wet sprinkle the word with clear embossing powder and heat set

Go ahead and put the pieces together to create a fun layout with a twist.  Or adapt the ideas to make a card.

A big thank you to Simon Says Stamp for letting me join in the fun today!  Have a great day!

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Thanks for reading today and thanks to Vicki for being our guest!


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

Monday Challenge: Just a hint of clover

From clover to cracked pistachio our Monday Challenge Team is inspired by all things green this week! Clover and the upcoming holiday (St. Patrick’s Day) were the original inspiration but that soon spiraled into thoughts about luck, shades of green, and spring being in the air. Be sure to join them with your version of this challenge over on the Monday Challenge Blog.

Below are three projects created by team members this week – love the variety and inspiring ideas! And don’t forget that when you enter your projects into the challenge, you can win a $50 Gift Voucher to Simon Says Stamp!







Thanks for reading today!

Monday Challenge Team