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Color Coordinates Recipe and Village Dies with Kristina!

10.17.14 Recipe Color Coordinates

Hi everyone! It’s Shari here with a Color Coordinates Recipe for you! Are you making fall cards right now? I thought I’d play around with the Stitched Tree stamps along with the coordinating Trees and Trunks dies to make a real quick one.

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I used the tone on tone method by stamping with matching inks and card stocks. I’ve also used the Stitched Slopes and Hills Dies along with the Bundle of Stitches dies to create my scene.

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The Giving Thanks Card die can also be used a a greeting on your cards, I used the stitch die to cut off the bottom and have it coordinate with the rest of the stitching on the card.

I’ve shot a video on how I made the card, hope it gives you some inspiration for not only a color group but also for your fall card making. Enjoy!

I have a special treat for you on this fine Friday! Kristina Werner has created a video using the new Village dies. These are the CUTEST dies ever!

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You can visit her blog post HERE for all the card details.

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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

November 2014 Card Kit Reveal!

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Hi everyone! Today is the 14th and that means we are super excited to reveal the newest Simon Says Stamp November card kit, “Winter Jubilee“! The November kit is packed full of winter delight to get you started on your winter and holiday themed cards.

The November 2014 card kit includes: “Be Joyful” stamp set, Lawn Fawn “Snow Day” 6×6 papers, My Mind’s Eye “Jubilee” enamel shapes, Snowflake Sequins, a Mini Multi Medium matte, and five card stocks, Simon Says Stamp Khaki, Cotton Candy and 120lb. white, plus Peppermint and Candy Necklace from Bazzill.

You can pick up the November card kit here for just $24.95 + shipping. Or if you’d like to receive this kit and future kits for only $19.95 + shipping per month, you can subscribe here. When you subscribe you will receive kits delivered to your door automatically!

To inspire you, I’ve made a card using the kit and highlighting the small tree stamp and greeting from the “Be Joyful” stamps set along with the adorable pattern papers. I’ve used two of the newest Simon Says Stamp inks Teal and Hot Lips which coordinate perfectly with these papers!

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I started my card off by cutting the winter scene sheet into a banner shape, then stamped my tree and cut it out. I stamped the greeting, trimmed around the message and stacked it onto the banner panel.

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I assemble the card together using strips of papers onto a top folding white card. I shot a video of the kit walkthrough and explanation of my card. Enjoy!

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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

For the Love of Fall: Art Journal

Happy Saturday everyone! It’s Shari here with an art journal page featuring some of the new Tim Holtz Distress Sprays. I had an excellent time creating this entry and even did some experimenting to discover a new technique! I love it when I try something new and it works out!

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I started off by using the Reverse Damask and Falling Leaves stamps using Antique Bronze Distress paint. Then I used die cut tissue paper leaves as masks. I added color by using the Tim Holtz Distress sprays which resisted the paints. Do you see the faint leaves in the background from the tissue paper?

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I used a couple layering stencils with Distress paint for an additional layer, then stamped more leaves using Wendy Vecchis’ Potting Soil Archival Ink, love this color and that it can be used on top of all my layers of inks and paints.

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To finish things off, I sprayed some die cut leaves and paint my canvas letters to match the feel of the background.

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I shot a video of my complete process, I hope it inspires you to try something new!

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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

STAMPtember® with Paper Artsy!

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Hi everyone.  I’m Ellen Vargo.  I am a signature designer for PaperArtsy, as well as a former design team member for Simon Says Stamp & Show.   I am thrilled to have the chance to do a guest post STAMPtember® and thought I would take it a step further and design an exclusive stamp set for the event.  I’m a big fan of flowers, so I wanted to do some hand drawn sketchy designs.  Below I’m showing 3 different ways to use them for cards, adding some of my other stamps as well as other fabulous PaperArtsy products.  I hope you enjoy them!

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The first card in the set shows how you can make a clean and simple card using just one stamp set.  I used Versamark ink and black embossing powder to emboss the coneflower two times onto PaperArtsy’s Smoothy Heavyweight card stock, then painted the flowers in with a watery mix of Fresco Finish chalk acrylic paints.  Then I stamped the sentiment with Versafine black onyx ink directly onto the card front.  I added a black outline with a sharpie paint pen, matted the whole card front onto orange card stock, and with a few sequins you’ve got an elegant and simple one layer card.

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The second card shows more of my typical style, which is very mixed media / painty / inky.  I used a brayer (inky roller) with Fresco Finish paints to create a multi layered background and added some paint-stamping with stamps from EEV01 and EEV06.   Then I stamped the fringy flower from the exclusive stamp set onto white card stock, painted it in with Fresco Finish paints, and then did some fussy-cutting and adhered it to the card.  The fussy cutting allows you to layer a bright flower onto a darker background.  The sentiment was stamped with Versafine black onyx ink, double matted and outlined with a black fine-line pen so it would stand out.

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And our final card shows how to make another mixed media background with a dimensional flower.  I created another multi-layer background with a brayer (inky roller) and Fresco Finish paints, then added some textural stamping with archival inks as well as paint, and this time I added a layer of tissue paper collage made with the dotty stamp from EEV06.  Added some white dots as accents with a white paint pen and a few scattered sequins.  I stamped the tulip three times and painted it in with coordinating but different fresco paints, and then cut different layers from each flower, gluing them on top of each other with foam dots between the layers.  The dimension doesn’t show too well in the main photo, but there’s a detail pic below so you can see.

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This picture shows the dimension of the multi-layered tulip with foam dots between the layers.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing a few different ways to use my new flower stamps along with my go-to favorite paints and paper from PaperArtsy.  Thanks to Heidi and the SSS family for the opportunity to share my stamps and my style with all of you.  Happy STAMPtember®!

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Hey everyone! It’s Shari here with another card using Ellen’s stamps. I fell in love with the tulip blossom and tried something a little different. I used Peakcock Feathers, Rusty Hinge and Peeled Paint Distress markers to color my flower.

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I also played around with the Paper Artsy JOFY letters and Gesso to create a unique background. The new Tim Holtz Distress sprays Peacock Feathers, Rusty Hinge and Peeled Paint were used for my color.

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I have a video for you with the full process. Enjoy!

All of the products in this “Paper Artsy Sale” category:  http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/category/Shop-Stamps-and-Stamping-Paper-Artsy-Sale are 75% off when you use coupon code ARTSY! OR you will receive a FREE Paper Artsy Gift (while supplies last) with coupon code ARTSYGIFT.

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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

Art Journal Feature with Darkroom Door

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Hi everyone and happy Saturday! It’s Shari here with a special art journal feature. Darkroom Door has created two stamp sets exclusively for Simon Says Stamp’s STAMPtember® event!

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Love these stamps, so many possibilities! The one on the left is Warm Wishes and on the right is Enjoy The Journey. I’ve used a few stamps from each set for my art journal page today. I started with the flowers by clear embossing them on my background to create a resist.

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I used some of the new Prima Arts Basic mediums to create some layers, and Dylusions sprays as paint. Once happy with my background, I stamped more of the Darkroom Door images with black ink over the top of all my treatments.

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My Dylusins inks gave me a happy surprise, my brown turned out kind of purple when applied over the Crackle Paste. Delicious!!!

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I shot a video of my process and this time I did it “live” since I used a lot of new product that needed some explanation. I’ve split it up in to two parts, Enjoy!

And on to Part 2.

I hope you like the voice format, if so, I’ll do more like this in the future.  Thanks for stopping by today!

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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