Work it Wednesday January 2015

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Hello and welcome to Work It Wednesday for January 2015!

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

On the last Wednesday of every month (or towards the end of the 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 December were so great! We loved seeing what all of you did with the LOVE theme!

Do you want to see all of the cards and projects that were shared for December 2014 Work it Wednesday? Check them out!

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

Tatiana
Becca Cruger
Maria Giselle

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

Now on to this month’s challenge! Since this is the FIRST challenge of the year, let’s make it new. Are you using new product, new techniques? Show us something NEW!

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!

Sew much love!

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Hi readers! Happy Tuesday to you! We’re always pleased to have Laura Bassen as a guest on our blog each month and this January she gave us not one, but two cards to love using the Combined Hearts dies and the Soaring for You stamp set from the Better Together collection!! Just a little stitching can show so much interest and fun! Be sure to tune into Laura’s video on our Youtube channel to get the full tutorial! Enjoy!

Watch the video:


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Thanks for reading today and thanks to Laura for being our fabulous guest!

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Congrats! Blog Candy Winners!

From: Cupid’s Arrow is Pointed: Heart Textured Tag: Becca Cruger!
From: Coming Soon!: Michelle Yuen!
From: Better Together Valentine Inspiration: Stephanie T!
From: 10 Ways to use Washi Tape: Phylllis Freese!
From: Magnolia + Copic Coloring: Mary Johnson!

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!

Cupid’s Arrow is Pointed: Heart Textured Tag

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Hi readers! Happy Monday to you! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are ready to hit the ground running! How about a fun tag tutorial in the name of love? Let’s welcome back guest designer and Monday Challenge design team member Mona Pendleton!

Ready? Let’s go!

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Step 1: Apply White Gesso to tag. Allow to dry.

Step 2: Add texture to tag using Hearts stencil and Texture Paste. Allow to dry.

Step 3: Apply Distress Paint to tag.

Step 4: Repeat Step 3 using various Distress Paints and Gesso until desired look is achieved.

Step 5: Stamp / heat emboss image layer on top of fabric stitch in place.

Step 6: Die cut doily and heart die cuts then apply Distress Inks.

Step 7: Apply Distress Ink to ribbon. Layer and adhere embellishments to tag.

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

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

Coming Soon!

Hi readers, if you follow our blog and/or social media regularly you will know we just recently got back from the Craft and Hobby winter trade show.  What you may or may not know is that it’s the biggest craft show of the year with lots and lots of yummy releases! We’ve shown you a few spotted items, but how about a few more?

Amy Tangerine Rise & Shine…

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The bright and cheery colors you’ve come to expect from Amy with fun new patterns, along with some fun new products like washi strip pages, rounded stamps great for small projects and planning, and so much more!

Shop some of my favorite items available from Amy Tangerine now, and come back to check out Rise & Shine in late February to early March!

Project Life: New Collections, Editions, and More!

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From new editions to coordinate with fun core kits like the bright one above designed by Simon pal Kristina Proffitt like chipboard stickers and 6 x 6 paper pads, to essential sets to capture your big day like the Southern Wedding series below, Project Life has all of this and MORE coming out in the next month to get you on track for documenting the monumental to the mundane!

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Shop some Project Life essentials that are available now as we await all of the new goodies!

Thanks for reading today!

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

Better Together Valentine Inspiration

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Hi readers!  Happy Saturday to you! I hope your weekend is starting out wonderfully!  I’m so pleased to welcome guest designer Yoonsun Hur to our blog today! She brought some of our newest Simon Says Stamp exclusives from the “Better Together” collection to life in a really beautiful and unique way! Be sure to check all of these beauties out!

Enjoy!
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Valentine’s Day is a wonderful occasion to remember your loved ones with flowers and cards.

When I saw the pear image from the Simon Says Stamp Quite The Pear set, I instantly fell in love with it and I chose non-traditional colors to make a valentine card. YES! NO PINK here lol!

My masculine valentine card today, I made watercolor card. For the background, I stamped in VersaMark ink on the watercolor paper panel and heat embossed using Clear embossing powder. I then applied 4 different colored Distress inks – Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, and Evergreen Bough- from the top using a wide brush and then painted the detail of pear images using detailer waterbrush. For the main image at the bottom right side of the card, I stamped the pear using VersaFine Pigment Ink Onyx Black and heat embossed it in clear. I then colored it with Distress inks and applied Zig Wink of Stella Clear for finishing touches.

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Wow! Quite the Pear Stamp Set is truly awesome. There are pears, a paper plane, a gumball machine, a cute cat, and even well-matched sentiments in it.  For my card, I wanted to make it in a unique way. Hint? There is something secret hidden inside the square windows!

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For the background, I made the white panel using Stitches Rectangles Die and cut 2 small square windows onto the rectangle panel using Stitches Squares Die. I then stamped the pear & heart images randomly using Fog Gray dye ink and then stamped the sentiment in black at the bottom side. For the images inside the windows, I stamped cat & gumball machine in black pigment ink and then colored them with water-based distress inks & watercolor pencils.

That’s not all! You can pull the ribbon and the card turns into lots of great sentiments on the inside. Too cool?! I had a lot of fun creating this design!

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To create this card, I was inspired by the story –not the picture- of the oldest (but best) movie ‘You’ve Got Mail’. As you know, Kelly (Meg Ryan) and Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) meet online and begin anonymous Internet romance. So, I decided to call my monsters ‘Joe Fox’ and ‘Kelly’. Hahaha :D

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My second valentine card with Monster Hugs is a fun shaker card. Shaker card is very trendy and widely loved technique.

To create this card, I stamped all sentiments included in this set on the white panel using VersaFine Pigment Smokey Grey for making my own background. I then cut a circle window out using Stitches Circles Die and applied strong adhesive to the back of the panel and then placed acetate over the panel. I affixed the mounting tapes with no gaps to avoid my shaker card “filling” might escape through. For the main images in front of the window, I color monsters with Copic markers and cut balloons out of the glitter papers using Celebration Time Die for more fun on this card.

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Thanks so much for reading today and thanks to Yoonsun for these fun creations to inspire us!

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