All posts tagged Shari Carroll

Color Coordinates Recipe Card!

Happy Friday everyone!! It’s Shari back with another Color Coordinates Recipe for you! The colors I selective are some of my favorites… so much so that this is what my living room looks like!

These would be a great combination for winter cards with snowflakes as part of the design, but I made a thank you card that can be used all year round.

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Soooo… I made a party on a card! I crated an arrangement filled with rings of dies cuts, stamping and sequins! I’ve used Fog, Sea Glass and Smoke inks with some of the ring images from the Presents and Ornaments stamp set.

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The rings were created with the new Stitched Circles dies. They leave the stitched impression on both sides of the cutting line.

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To finish things off, I added some sequins here and there. I’ve shot a video of the process with tips on how to use the dies, hope you enjoy! You can view the video HERE.


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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

10 Ways to Use Sequins!!!

Hi everyone, welcome back to the blog. It’s Shari here with a fun feature. Today I bring you 10 ways to use sequins!

Sequins are one of the easiest embellishment to add to your cards. They add interest and shine to any sort of project, plus they lay relatively flat for mailing!

I’ve put together a collage of some cards I’ve made (I didn’t realize how often I use sequins). Seems to be my go-to embellishment! Be sure to check out the links below to see each card in detail.

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How I use Sequins:

1: Sequins are PERFECT for shaker cards. Fill up your shaker area and don’t forget to mix colors and shapes together. You can see the card HERE.
2: Color match. Choose sequins that coordinate well together with pattern papers and stamping ink. You can see the card HERE.
3: Complete a shape by filling in with regular and shaped sequins. You can see the card HERE.
4: Create a mood! Use silver and gold for winter themed cards and bright colors for Spring and Summer. You can see the card HERE.
5: Add sequins to your art journal pages. They sit flatter than pearls and gems and add interest to your page. You can see the page HERE.
6: Mix sequins with colorful enamel dots and paper shapes. Have a party on a card! You can see the card HERE.
7: Fill a shape! Use a variety of sequins to fill an entire shape with color and shine! You can see the card HERE.
8: Draw the eye to your focal point on your card. Just a couple helps pull you in! You can see the card HERE.
9: Add a few sequins to a larger blank area to pull your design together. You can see the card HERE.

Next up is my 10th way to use them! How about decorate a tree!

Shari Carroll Sequins

I’ve used a combination of sizes and shapes to compliment my simple little tree.

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The light color sequins give a nice winter feel, plus it just seemed right!

I created a quick little video to show how this card came together. You can view the video HERE.

Simon Says Stamp carries a plethora of sequins by many manufacturers. I have put together a reference photo of some of the sizes and shapes available in the Simon exclusive line.

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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

December 2014 Card Kit Reveal! Winter Twinkle

Dec 2014 CardKit

Oh the joy of the heat tool on cold days! I’m super excited to reveal our latest kit!! This kit is designed around everything embossing! The Winter Twinkle card kit comes with the stamp set Sparkle and Shine and several card stocks that compliment the Ranger Enchanted Gold and Liquid Platinum powders. Isn’t the Mini Tim Holtz Embossing cube the cutest thing ever!?  The combinations are endless!

My card features a simple little arrangement to focus on my greeting.

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I hand cut around the stitched circle then cut out the center to form a frame. I filled my card with stamped triangles, and a strip of Sea Glass card stock with Platinum embossed polka dots.

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I have a video for you with the walkthrough of the kit plus a how to on my card. You can view the video HERE.

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Thanks for stopping by today, hope you all have a fabulous week-end!

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

Find Comfort: Art Journal Page

Happy Saturday everyone! It’s Shari here bringing you an Art Journal inspiration.

Do you ever stumble with a starting point for your backgrounds on your pages? I do sometimes, there are many techniques to try, so many paints and products to use that my mind spins out of control. I dialed things back a bit for todays page and used some pattern paper for my inspiration.

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I have to say, I think this is one of my favorites so far.

Shari Carroll Comfort AJ

I love the warmth of the colors especially for this time of year…and of course the Bird and the Branches!

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I’ve shot a video of the entire process. Hope you find it inspiring. Enjoy!

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Hope you have a fantastic Saturday!!

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

Happy Birthday to Stephanie!

Celebrate release Hop
Hi friends!  We hope you’ll join us in wishing our marketing director, Stephanie, a very happy birthday!  Since Stephanie is often the face of our blog posts, you are probably familiar with her cheerful face already :)
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We wanted to make this celebration extra special, so we’re bringing out a stamp set, a die set and a collection of the two, in honor of Stephanie!  A few weeks ago, Stephanie and I flew to London to visit many of our designer friends we’ve worked with for years and years but have never had the pleasure of meeting in person.

When Steph wasn’t looking, I slipped this secret surprise stamp and die set into the hands of the gals at the luncheon.  The set is called “Surprise Party“.  They decided to come together to form a blog hop using these new products and wishing Stephanie a very happy birthday.

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Our dear friend and teammate, Shari Carroll, would like to wish Stephanie a very happy birthday as well!  She created this lovely card using the new products.  You can see how she did it in the video below the card:

Shari Carroll Celebrate hop


Please join our hoppers:

There will be one of Simon’s Fabulous Grab Bags to give away on every blog! All you need to do is  leave a comment on each of the blog posts (including this one) as you hop along to be entered in the random draws.

You have until Sunday 9th November until 12 noon EST to join in.

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