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Heartfelt Thanks

Hi readers! Happy Sunday! Please join me in welcoming first time guest designer Heather Telford! I hope you will join me in giving her a BIG & warm Simon welcome, by commenting on this post and thanking her for this fabulous inspiration today!

I’m so fortunate to have such wonderful people in my life that I find myself frequently needing a thank you card. I love this design and technique by Heather and might just have to give it a go!

Read on to learn the technique & enjoy!

_DSC3733 Fronds card

I started by inking the “Fronds” background stamp with distress stains, spritzed it lightly with water then lay my white panel on top of the stamp. Once the panel was dry I added some text using a stamp from the “Love Chapter” set. I sponged some soft color onto the panel with distress ink. Finally I flicked some distress stains over the panel for a splatter effect.
_DSC3732 Fronds panel
I cut the “Perched” die from the panel (splitting it in two) then attached the two sections to the white card base to reveal a negative bird on a branch. I then attached the die cut bird and branch lower down the panel with foam tape and a stamped a sentiment.
_DSC3734 Fronds card detail 1

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

Peace Wreath for Die-Cember™

Hi everyone! It’s Shari here with a card idea using dies in an unexpected way. When I was preparing for Die-Cember™ I got this crazy idea of using a couple dies to create a natural looking wreath. So here is how it began.

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The branches are recognizable, but the flourish pieces are hidden within the arrangement. I had the best time putting it together!

Shari Carroll Peace Wreath

With a little snip here and there before I knew it, I had a wreath. I didn’t glue the pieces down in their entirety, I secured them enough which allowed me to lift up parts for added dimension.

Shari Carroll Peace Wreath D1

I put together a video showing how it all came together. Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by today. I’d love to hear how you use your dies in unusual ways.

 

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

Penny Black Ornamental Noel

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Hi bloggers! Happy Saturday to you! For today’s blog we gave our Wednesday Challenge DT lead, Lorraine Aquilina, the challenge of showing a couple palette and design options on using this pretty holiday stamp from Penny Black! I’m really loving her designs and how even a palette change can really make the card look unique! If you were going to mass produce a card like this and wanted a slightly different look, it’s definitely do-able!

Side note: Lorraine used her favorite Copic markers to color these great cards.  If you’re thinking on expanding your collection of these markers or beginning one, now is the time! They are on sale now!

Enjoy!

Finished Card

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

Embrace Happiness

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Hi bloggers! Happy Saturday to you! We’re pleased to bring you TWO lovely cards featuring Penny Black stamps from Lin Brandyberry who happens to also be a Design Team member on our Wednesday challenge blog! Be sure to check out her fabulous work every week!

SSS Stamptember, Sept 7

When I hear September, I go into instant autumn mode, thinking of the beautiful fall colors that I see at this time of year!  So when I was asked to make something for Simon’s STAMPtember® event, it was an easy choice, and I made 2 cards for you!   For my first card, I chose my favorite Penny Black flower stamp set, Petal Party, and did it up in fall colors.  I stamped the beautiful flower twice, coloring them with markers, and then carefully cut them out.  I love the look of text on a card, so I used this delicate script as my background for them, framing it with some paper lace.  I chose my sentiment from the So Blessed cling stamp set; don’t you love the beautiful mixed font?  I mounted it with some foam squares to raise it a bit, as I did the gold flower head.   And to finish I added a twine bow and colored pearls.
A hint I’d like to share for both coloring and fussy-cutting is to heat emboss the image after stamping it. First, the embossing helps you to stay in the lines when coloring small areas, and secondly, when cutting out the image, the embossed line gives you a little  hard edge to cut beside.

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Stamptember Sept 7, Embrace Happiness

I went in a whole different direction with my 2nd card, using a very simple design.  I chose a favorite cling called Floral Thread as my main focus, and stamped and heat embossed it on white cardstock, then used distress inks to sponge in the background with more autumn shades.  These colors makes me think of looking up through the branches of a maple tree and seeing some patches of that clear blue sky we get in the fall.  I trimmed this into a panel, framed it with a solid paper, and then added it to my white card base along with a sentiment from the Friendship clear set and some enamel dots to mimic the colors in my panel.

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Thanks for reading today & thanks to Lin for the gorgeous inspiration!

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

Floral Fantasies with Kathy Racoosin!


Hi Bloggers! Happy Saturday to you! I’m always tickled to have special guest artist (and pal) Kathy Racoosin as a guest on our blog! She is not only a phenomenal artist and color-er EXTRAORDINAIRE,  but a sweetheart who is a lot of fun!

Without further ado, Here are 2 beauties that will surely have you grabbing for Copics or your favorite markers! Kathy gives a few pointers on how she made these great cards below:

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I love Hero Arts inks not just because the colors are beautiful and crisp but, they last forever. My inks have lasted years without re-inking. 
  • Start out with your darkest color in this case BG49
  • Take a light color to color on top of the dark color to blend and soften the darker color. 
  • Now you want to add a bit more of the darker color again on the base of the stems and leaves. 
  • I wanted to make this bloom look more like some pods for a darker contrast on my card. Use any light and dark browns. I also used a brown to color the stems on the flowers. 
  • Color the flowers with any pink. I selected R83
  • Feather in a darker pink and use “0″ (colorless blender) to blend the colors on the petals. (There are many ways to blend and this is one of them. I don’t always use this technique) 
  • Add some white gel pen dots to the open part of the blooms on the flowers. Cut around the black and use some pop dots on some of the blooms to layer on your card. Stamp on the vellum with Ranger Jet Black Ink. Be sure to let the ink dry. Score the vellum wrapping the vellum around the back of the card. Tape onto the back. 

The second card was colored the same way. I love to leave in some of the “Chain Links” after die cutting. Carefully lift off of your cutting plates and let some fall out. tape the rest on the back.
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Thanks for reading today and thanks so much to Kathy for these fabulous inspirations!









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