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DIY Luminaries!

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Hi everyone! Happy March!! It’s Shari here back with another project for you. I’ve had this idea swimming around in my head and was thrilled to finally put them together. I wanted to make a luminary with my dies… and vellum was the answer to hold everything together.

This first one uses the Woodland Tree die with some scrap paper I’ve had laying around. I really like how intricate the die is and it’s beautiful when light shines through.

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I’ve  created another using Slate card stock with the Super Heart Border die, and in the back you can see a peek of the Surf Blue card stock and the Mod Window die luminary.

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These are really easy to make and can be used for a dinner gathering, bridal or baby shower. The sky is the limit with all the dies and papers available.

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Please Note: To keep things safe, use a battery candle rather than an actual flame. 

I’ve shot a video of the process. You can view it below or on our YouTube Channel HERE.

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I hope you find inspiration to create your own DIY Luminaries. Enjoy your day!

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

Mixed Media Mini Canvas

Do you have a quote that you have used a lot over time? I have a couple of favorites…

“That’s all I can stands, I can’t stands no more” Popeye.  

And this one… “I love you to the moon and back again”.

My Popeye quote may end up on a canvas someday but for today as a gift to my son, I’ve created this canvas for my grandbaby Melody’s room. I really like the 6×6 size and think it would look really cute on an easel.

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I just love neutrals and this canvas came together really quickly. I find when I’m designing in my comfort zone, it is extremely easy! I’ve used the Tim Holtz Letterpress alpha’s along with some Engraver collection paper from Prima.

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I typed my quote out and printed it onto card stock. This is an easy “cheat” when you have something personal to add to your projects.

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I wanted to think outside the canvas and adding these hanging die cut stars was just what I was looking for.

I’ve shot a video of the entire process, you can view it below or on our YouTube Channel HERE.

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I hope you all have a great weekend! I’ll be back tomorrow with a fun DIY project, stay tuned!

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 Washi Tape

Hi everyone, it’s Shari here! If you’re like me, you have A LOT of washi tape in your stash. I’m not sure if I’m a hoarder or if it just lasts so long, but I have a bunch and I keep buying more.

I thought it would be fun to show you a few ways to use it. I went with the home office theme, creating mini books, frames, cards and clips… all coordinating in some of my favorite colors and style.

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To start out, I created my own bunting or banners to put on a Thank You card.

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I found a quick and easy way of making my own envelope by sealing the sides with washi, I love this because it matches my card.

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Then I carried the bunting on into decorating a frame. I used a bit of washi to accent the frame and glass. I think this would make a great dry erase board!

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Next up is is a fun way to decorate a little notebook. I have a bunch of these little books too! Super quick and easy!

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Here’s another thing you can do with your notebooks or even your reading books. Wrap the page edges you want to highlight!

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I have these clips, some are black some are silver toned, I covered a black one to go with my notebook.

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And while I was at it, I also covered some clothes pins. I’ll be putting magnets on the backs of these to use as clips.

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Back to card making, washi tape makes it a really quick way to jazz up a tag and to add a little interest to to the background.

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Okay… So I got a bit crazy on this one! I used my washi in small strips to create a background and to hold a white tag in place. Then I die cut a washi covered panel to create my graffiti letters! FUN!!

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And finally… I go to crafting retreats where we all share our supplies. I wrapped some of my pens and tools for easy identification!

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I’ve shot a video showing a few tips on how I created some of my projects. You can also see the video on our Simon You Tube channel.  I hope you enjoy!

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Below are some suggested supplies that I’ve used.

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

Multi-Medium Wood Decor!

Happy Saturday everyone!!! I thought I’d mix it up a little this year and show you more multi-medium projects including; art journals, canvases and even home decor items using some common supplies and mediums. I think this will give you and I a chance to explore more possibilities!

For January I’ve created a wall hanging using the Jillibean Soup Mix The Media wood plank frame and lots of Prima Flowers! I went with my favorite muted tones, but remember you could choose your own pallet of colors by using other selections of flowers.

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To glue everything down, I used the Art Basics Soft Matte Gel Medium which dries completely clear.

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I’ve made it so I can change out my greeting throughout the year by using Canvas Clips to hold my pieces in place. I’ve shot a video of the process, you can see it here on the Simon Says Stamp You Tube channel.

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Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your weekend!

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

February Card Kit Reveal!

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Hello everyone! It’s Shari here with our February 2015 Card kit reveal! Watercolor Fantasy is here!  Are you ready to start making Valentine’s cards? This kit has the sweetest papers with just the right amount of romance!  AND GUESS WHAT! With the reveal of this card kit, we are also releasing a new Simon Says Stamp Cream heavy weight cardstock.

Enjoy creating your own watercolor pieces of art with the Faber-Castell Gold Gelato from the kit by pairing it up with Ranger’s paint brush and Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock.  Things get really interesting when you use the Simon Says Stamp clear embossing powder too!  The kit also contains an assortment of Crate Paper papers from the Kiss Kiss collection, rub ons from the same collection, a sheet of vintage encyclopedia paper, a swatch of sticky back canvas, the perfect little paperclip, and an assortment of Simon Says Stamp heavy 100# cardstocks.

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I’ve made a card using the elements from the kit including a bit of simple watercolor.

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I thought I’d do a little machine stitching on this one, it just seemed right!

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I have a video of the walkthrough so you can see all the goodies. If you prefer to see it in HD, you can also view it on our You Tube Channel.

The stamp set that coordinates with the kit is called Paper Hugs and is also available as a separate purchase.
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Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your day!!

 

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