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Prima Lights: DIY Circles and Hearts Garland with Shari Carroll

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Did you know that Simon Says Stamp has battery operated light sets from Prima in the store?? I was so excited when I saw these and had to try them. Since they are LED, they stay cool to the touch so you can decorate them however you’d like!

I did a couple garlands to go with my set of lights, the first one being die cut circles. I used the Stitched Circles dies and used 5 tones of papers that go well together. Once I had all my circles die cut, I used my sewing machine to stitch them together.

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Next, I die cut some hearts from Prima papers that coordinate with the circles so I can use both garlands together. I used a Crop-O-Dile to punch holes in the hearts , then strung them onto twine.

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These lights are perfect for areas without a power supply or outdoor decorating. I’ve shot a video of how they look with and without the garland. You can view it below or on our YouTube channel 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

Tim Holtz Multi Medium Clipboard: Shari Carroll

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Oh how I love projects like this; it’s a little mix of everything which comes all together to form something I could display in my home or give away as a gift. There are a lot of little details that might be missed at first glance like the Crazing Medium on the photo or the hint of foil in the background or even just setting a metal frame on top of a photo. All these tiny things make a difference to me and complete the look I was going for. Using the clipboard as the base was just icing on the cake!

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Adding touches like Picket Fence Crayon to the Quote Band makes the words stand out and gives the look of enamel. A slight touch of Brushed Pewter Distress paint on a paper frame finishes the edges of a Ornate die cut frame.

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And lastly, customizing the colors of flowers to suit the style of your project are key to finalizing the look!

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I have shot a full process video where I go into detail on some of the techniques used for this project. You can view it below or on our YouTube Channel HERE. 

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Thanks for stopping by today, enjoy!

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

“Showered With Love” May Card Kit Reveal

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It’s April 14th and that means it’s time to reveal our Monthly Card Kit! Let me introduce you to Showered With Love, our May 2016 card kit. Showered With Love is full of cheerful Spring images, colored papers and sequins.

This kit includes the Happy Days stamp set, Lawn Fawn Plaid 6×6 papers and word sticker sheets from Pinkfresh Studio. Also in this kit is a glue pen from Sakura, Simon Says Stamp Crystal Reflections sequins and 5 sheets of Simon Says card stock in Surf Blue, Sunshine, Doll Pink, Green Apple and 120# White.

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Debby Hughes created a beautiful watercolor background where she added the sun and flower to finish her outdoor scene. She used a word bubble for her greeting and complementing sequins.

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Wanda colored her cloud and sun with Copics and arranged them to shine over some of the plaid paper. She used a talk bubble and word strip to complete her greeting and sequins to finish off her design.

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Heather started with a wash of yellow and added more color detail to her sun on a piece of die cut watercolor paper. She then mounted them on plaid paper cut on the diagonal with color card stocks.

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I used the kite image where I omitted the face by masking and stamped on plaid paper. I mounted everything on a tag that I’ve added a bit Broken China ink, My kite strings are silver thread which come together at the right and under the word strip.

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I’ve put together a video walkthrough of the kit, you can watch it below or on our YouTube channel.

The Happy Days Stamp set is also available for individual purchase in our store.

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Remember, you can SUBSCRIBE to our no obligation kits and receive them monthly for $ 24.95 or purchase them each month for $ 29.95, while supplies last.

If you are a subscriber who used Paypal to purchase your subscription, please be sure to pay the invoice that we send you within 3 business days. We have a limited number of this card kit in stock and don’t want you to miss out. For easier and quicker monthly processing, please contact us via email or telephone and we will put your credit card on file as a courtesy for you. Card kits bill and ship between the 17th and 27th days of every month.

Thanks for stopping by today, enjoy!

 

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

Tim Holtz April 12 tags with a Bright Twist

Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday! Do you check out Tim Holtz’s 12 tags of 2016 each month?

The main technique of this tag is using the Distress Paper Mosaic kit to achieve a realistic looking tile piece.  The kit has everything you need for a three part process which comes out looking like actual grout and tile.

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I thought I would create my tag based on Tim’s April design but with a twist by using bright colors!  It has a bit more clean and simple look to it without using distressing techniques. Both styles are effective!

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I chose the Bo Bunny Believe paper pad which has an amazing  rainbow sheet that I used for my die cut heart piece.

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Once I had my mosaic piece done, I created a background with Tim Holtz Woodgrain cardstock which I’ve done a resist with Picket Fence Distress paint and Distress stain.

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I used my sewing machine to stitch around the woodgrain panel alternating between straight stitch and zig zag. I’ve kept my finishing touches simple and bold combining black and silver to allow the bright colored heart to be the focal point.

I’ve shot a video of the process and techniques used which you can watch it below or on our YouTube channel.

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I hope I’ve given you some inspiration on using the Distress Paper Mosaic kit, have a great 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

DIY Party and Play Crowns!

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Happy Friday everyone!!! Oh… and Happy April Fools day!!!  It’s Shari here with a fun DIY project for you.

I’ve been thinking of what I could make for Melody to use for play time and dress up. She’s at that age where tea parties are right around the corner. So, I decided on Cloth and Felt crowns! These were really fun to make and are quite durable for a toddler! I found fabric that coordinated together so I could mix and match pieces together.

Here’s my sweet Melody wearing one of them, the size is perfect for a toddler.

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I made four in all for this tutorial. These are girl themed but can easily be made for boys with a change of fabric and a velcro closure at the back instead of a bow.

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Things you’ll need:
Crown Template (download HERE) (Sized for toddler 18-24 months)
Fabric
Interfacing (medium weight)
Felt
Ribbons and trimmings
Felt/Fabric Glue

Hot glue gun
Sewing supplies
Wood Dowel for wand
Buttons
Iron
Cotton Balls or stuffing

I did use my sewing machine to stitch the top points and sides of the crown so they hold well, no special skills, just straight stitching. Felt glue was used for the trimmings.

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The felt inside make the crown really soft on the skin and adds thickness so it stands on it’s own.

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Finding fun trimmings was one of the best parts. Each one has it’a own personality.

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Oversized pearl buttons add a nice finishing touch!

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And no princess should ever be without her wand! This was a hit with Melody, the soft felt star is stuffed with cotton which makes for safe play. For older kids, bling could be added by using gems and sequins.

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I’ve put together a video showing you how to make these. You can watch it below or on our YouTube channel.

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Thanks for stopping by, try not to get fooled by any pranksters today, 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