Hello friends! Have you seen our NEW DieCember® exclusive Simon Says Stamp product release which was revealed last Thursday? This fabulous collection of gorgeous and fun dies, a wide array of glitter paper, and an adorably festive collection of Suzy’s Watercolor Prints is bursting with so much creative inspiration it’ll make your head spin! We’re eager to see what YOU create with our newest products.
To celebrate, we hosted a two-day blog hop! The hop featured many talented designers and each one created wonderful projects to inspire you. If you missed the hop, you can find the hop links here: DAY ONE and DAY TWO.
A BIG thank you to all of YOU who joined us for the hop! We enjoy hearing from each of you, and your words of encouragement and appreciation to each of the designers mean so much to us here at Simon and to them. It’s our tradition to give away gift certificates to random commenters on each blog stop, and today we are revealing all of the winners! So without further ado, I present to you our winners!
from Simon Says Stamp: Sam Burnett!
from Jennifer McGuire’s blog: Mary Kay Werry!
from Kristina Werner’s blog: Johna R!
from Debby Hughes’s blog: mjmarmo!
from Amanda Korotkova’s blog: Teresa Doyle!
from Jessica Frost-Ballas’s blog: Sandya Dasai!
from Kathy Racoosin’s blog: FD91354!
from Bibi Cameron’s blog: Paper Therapy Ponderings!
from Heather Hoffman’s blog: Carmela Hubler!
from Barb Engler’s blog: Marsha Guskey!
from Sarah Moerman’s blog: Corina Dickey!
from Anna Kossakovskaya’s blog: Kati Caprara!
from Simon Says Stamp’s blog: Anne Sturgeon!
from Laura Bassen’s blog: LauraBuehler!
from Nichol Spohr’s blog: Melissa Watson!
from Nina-Marie Trapani’s blog: Kari D!
from Amy Rysavy’s blog: Natalie Winterstein!
from Heather Ruwe’s blog: Lori Kobular!
from Kelly Latevola’s blog: Nandini!
from Suzy Plantamura’s blog: Joy Meadows!
from Lisa Addesa’s blog: Rebecca Yahrling!
from Anna-Karin Evalddson’s blog: Lorraine Turner!
from Gayatri Murali’s blog: Tracey Magner!
from Virginia Lu’s blog: Ann Kulseth!
from Lorraine Aquilina’s blog: Andrea Hastilow!
If you see your name listed above, CONGRATULATIONS! Please email Samantha@SimonSaysStamp.com and let her know that you are one of our DieCember® Blog Hop winners! You’ll receive a $25 Gift Card. 🎉🎉🎉
Thanks again for hopping along with us! We hope you enjoy our new DieCember® release and that it gives you creative enjoyment for months to come!
Hi friends! Happy Wednesday! Are you starting to get into the holiday spirit? I feel it’s hard not to with many lights strung, trees going up in windows, and special music on the radio! I’m so happy to welcome special guest Mindy Eggen of Pink and Main who has added to my holiday spirit with this sweet design! Be sure to read on and enjoy!
Hi everyone! It’s Mindy and I’m super excited to be sharing my card today using products from Pink & Main. They have such beautiful papers and stamps that are sure to make their way into your shopping cart!
For my card today, I’m using a variety of products from Pink & Main and Simon Says Stamp. I start out by using the Christmas Mugs stamp set from Pink & Main and stamping then onto Neenah white cardstock with Simon Says Stamp black ink which is a Copic friendly ink. Then I color them with my Copic markers to coordinate with the Frosty paper pack from Pink & Main. I use the coordinating die set to cut out my mugs.
I prepare my card base by using the Rounded Stitched Rectangle die from Pink & Main and Neenah white cardstock. Next, I use one size smaller of the Rounded Stitched Rectangle die and cut from a piece of snowflake pattern paper from the beautiful Frosty Paper pack from Pink & Main. I also cut out a smaller rectangle from white cardstock and popped that up with craft foam in the middle of my card.
I added my cut out mugs to the middle panel and popped up the center one with foam squares so they didn’t all blend into each other. This fun sentiment is also from the Christmas Mugs stamp set stamped in Simon Says Black ink. I couldn’t resist adding a few snowflakes using the Silver & White glitter cardstock from Simon Says Stamp with their Stitched Snowflakes die. To finish off the card, I used some of the Ice Cube Mix Jewels from Lucy’s Cards.
I hope you enjoyed today’s card. I adore these papers and Christmas mugs and are sure to be a favorite in your collection too!
Thanks for reading today, and thanks to Mindy for being our guest!
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Hi friends! Happy DieCember® 5th! We hope you’ve been enjoying our celebration of the amazing pizzaz that die cuts provide to your crafting! Today we continue the spotlight and love of die-cuts with a special feature from the always fabulous Emma Williams! To see even more great projects by Emma, tune into our Monday Challenge Blog each week! Be sure to read on and enjoy!
Hello friends, Emma here and I’m thrilled to be back on the Simon Says Stamp blog sharing my Victorian Carolers Home Decor project, featuring some of my favorite seasonal products and dies from Tim Holtz and Sizzix. This vintage style project is full of sparkle and shine and can you believe the base actually began life as a chocolate box!
So, let’s get started and here’s how I created this project….
1. Using the lid of the chocolate/candy box, (you can choose whatever shape you prefer but I chose a round box) I gave it a coat of gesso to prime the box ready for decorating.
2. Select papers of your choice, I used one of the beautiful papers from the Christmas Paper Stash by Tim Holtz and cut panels of the paper to fit the sides of my box. Depending on the size of the box and the size of your papers, you might have to cut two sections and join them, which is what I did on mine, joining the papers on the side. Adhere the papers onto the box using Matte Collage Medium.
3. Cut another piece of paper with a coordinating design to fit the top of the box and again, adhere the paper using Collage Medium.
4. Taking the Shiny & Brite piece from the Christmas Ephemera pack, attach this centrally to the front of the box and then apply a coat of the medium over the entire box to seal it. Allow drying time.
5. Using the red sparkle tape from the Tidings Design Tape set, attach the tape around the top of the box.
6. I then made a hole in the top of the box and threaded through a battery operated wire light strand. Attach the battery compartment to the underside of the box, where it will be hidden away from view but ensure that you can get to the battery compartment to change the batteries.
7. To create the two Victorian Carolers, which will need to be substantial enough to stand on their own once they are attached to the base, I used the Victorian Carolers die to die cut three pieces of chipboard for each image. Using Collage Medium between each individual chipboard die cut, layer them over the top of one another to create the two individual figures, which are now going to be really substantial.
8. Paint the chipboard die cuts, back and front with two coats of Black Soot Distress Paint and allow to dry in between each application.
9. To complete the figures and add the glittered top layer, I applied a sheet of Be Creative Double Sided Tape over black card and cut the two carolers from the card. I then attached these layers over the top of my chipboard figures adhering the die cuts with collage medium on the side without the tape sheet attached. Peel away the backing sheet of the tape and then sprinkle each die cut figure with Black Soot Distress Glitter, tapping away the excess.
10. To create the tree, I started with the Trophy Cup which the tree is standing in and applied Mushroom and Gold Mixative Alcohol Ink onto the surface to create a more antique, vintage feel.
11. I then took one of the Woodland Trees and spritzed it with Peeled Paint Distress Spray Stain. Allow to dry naturally or gently dry with a heat gun.
12. Apply a good amount of Glossy Accents onto a non-stick craft sheet and roll your tree into the medium, picking up small amounts of the medium on the tips of the tree. Sprinkle with a generous amount of Rock Candy Distress Glitter, shake away the excess and allow to dry.
13. To color the baubles for the tree, I placed the baubles into a sealed bag and added two drops of alcohol ink, I used Cranberry and Turquoise. Shake the bag to coat the baubles with color and once happy with the coverage, attach them to your tree using small amounts of the Collage Medium. You will need to use an individual bag for each color of bauble and alcohol ink.
14. Place the tree into the Trophy Cup, attaching it with a hot glue gun to secure into place.
15. Taking the wire light strand that I previously inserted through the top of the box, wrap the lights around the tree. Once the lights are in place, attach the trailing wire to the back of the cup and then attach the completed tree onto the top of your covered box.
16. Wrap some tinsel from the Metallic Trimmings set around the tree and place a fluted star on the top.
17. Tie a small bow from gold metallic trimmings ribbon and attach the bow onto the center of the trophy cup, just beneath the tree.
18. Apply a good amount of Grit Paste over the surface of the box to create the look of snow and also add it around the base of the trophy cup before sprinkling the paste with a dusting of Rock Candy Glitter. I then arranged a small amount of cheesecloth and sisal fibers over the paste to create some movement and texture to the piece.
19. Attach your die cut glittered figures onto the top of the box, placing them in front of the tree and adhering them into place with a hot glue gun or Collage Medium which I applied along the flat base of the die cuts.
20. Die cut some foliage from a piece of green Classic Kraft card and frost the individual pieces by applying a small amount of Collage Medium onto the tips and then dusting with Rock Candy Distress Glitter. Attach the foliage by placing it, in and around the cheesecloth layer.
21. To create the snowballs, I used three of the baubles and applied a layer of Collage Medium over the surface before sprinkling them with Rock Candy Distress Glitter and attaching them to the project.
22. Attach a Christmas Quote Chip at the front of the box, placing a Wood Slice behind it that has a light covering of Grit Paste over the top of the slice.
23. Attach two die cut holly leaves to slice and complete with two red pearls.
I really hope you’ve been inspired by this project and the techniques I’ve used and any of these ideas can be adapted in so many different ways. If you want to choose a different die or even a different color or paper design, then anything is possible and you can really make a project that is unique to you, and your home!
Thank you so much for stopping by today, it’s been fun to take you through the creative process of this piece.
Take care and I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy and healthy 2018!
Thanks for reading today, and thanks to Emma for being our guest!
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