Creative Uses with Debby Hughes

Hi readers! Happy Thursday to you! I hope you’re having a great week! I’m pleased to be back with this month’s feature with Debby Hughes showing us even more creative ways to use Simon Says Stamp exclusive products!



Hello, Debby here and yes, it’s time for another ‘creative uses’ post! I’m starting with this card using one of the dies from the Butterflies set cut from Sea Glass cardstock. No creativity there, but by adding those lacy wings, this clean and graphic butterfly set all of a sudden becomes soft and dreamy. Those lace wings …. they are one of the sheer overlays for the dress in the Princess set! I white heat embossed them twice onto vellum and cut them out. However, the images are both the same – ‘right wings’ in effect. But as these are on vellum, by flipping one set over and using the back of the vellum you get a ‘left wing’ and can still see the white embossing through the vellum. By the time I’d added a liberal covering of Stickles Star Dust glitter glue any apparent differences between the two wings disappeared :D A few Doodlebug enamel dots became the butterfly body and hid the join between the two wings.


After being on a water colouring kick for the last wee while I’m now falling in love all over again with my white embossing paste as a background and I love the small patterns within the Balloons Patterns stencil set. I went with a simply stamped sentiment from the Butterflies Friends set stamped in Smoke ink.



OK, don’t kill me for this one! I know it’s not Christmas for aaaaaaaages, but I also know a lot of people make Christmas cards all year round. So when I was looking at the summery Scribble Flowers set and saw not only flowers but cute snowmen then I had to go for it! The scribble lines add just the right amount of character to this guy :) I stamped two of the flowers in black on their matching die cuts, for the eyes I cut the flower center piece from the die set and added black enamel accents for the pupils. The carrot nose is the tip snipped from a Mini Star cut from Burnt Orange. To embellish I added the scarf from Stylish Simon and the hat from Furry Christmas both of which I added colouring with Copics. The snow banks are cut using the A2 card curved edge die and then foam mounted on a panel covered with some Lawn Fawn paper from their petite paper pack.


For the sentiment I used the fabulous Thought Bubble die and stamped the ‘Happy’ from the matching set. The die cut ‘Christmas’ is from the previously released Merry Christmas set cut from card coloured in an ombre pattern with Copics. Phew! I did add a little Distress Stickles in clear rock candy to the snow banks and side of the snowman too just for a bit of rustic sparkle.

Well, that’s me for this month. I hope you enjoyed my little look at stretching your supplies :) Until next time!


Thanks for reading today, and thanks to Debby for continuing to inspire us to STRETCH our supplies!!

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  1. LOVE that fabulous butterfly card! Gorgeous! And the snowman card is so fun…. never too early to start Christmas cards!

  2. Love both card designs, the butterfly card is beautifully crafted, so soft and delicate and that christmas card is too adorable, love it!!!!

  3. There isn’t a designer I love more than Debby… once again, she has inspired us with her beautiful works of art… that butterfly is ethereal, my friend and love how you can repurpose just about anything – and, pardon the pun, that snowman is totally cool =]

  4. These are great examples of thinking outside the box to use our supplies. I have to work at “seeing” different uses for my stuff, but this column encourages me to keep trying. The cards are wonderful.

  5. Those cards are so amazing!! love the butterfly wings…Beautiful… and the snowman is so cute!! great job…Thanks!!

  6. Another ethereal beauty by Debby. *sigh* And a fun little snowdude! Have signed up for newsletters. Will eagerly read them! : )

  7. Debby, how did you imagine the scribble flowers into the snowman? What a brilliant idea! The card is adorable.

  8. These are wonderful! Such fantastic textures on the first and I love the googly eyes on the second!

  9. I just love how Debby always sees so many possibilities in one set. Her creativity is inspiring and her cards are always stunning. Thanks for sharing them.

  10. Great ideas on how to stretch our supplies. I’m a pushover for snowmen so that is my favorite!! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Fabulous techniques – thank you for sharing! I must remember to look at my tools in more than one way – thank you for the prompt and the inspiration Karen x

  12. I’m still stuck in watercolor mode because I love it, but your butterfly card is gorgeous and the snow man is so cute. It’s not too soon to think Christmas thoughts because I start early on my cards, making them individual instead of mass produced. This way I’m not rushed and it’s more fun for me!

  13. Love the white on white – with just a hint of color.
    the snowman is appropriate on these hot days. (today is cooler so he’s not appreciated as much).

  14. Debby, could I please borrow your brain for a day or two? Lol! I love how you can look at a stamp or die and see something no one else does. So very clever and creative! Both cards are so awesome!

  15. Both cards are so adorable! Such a creative way to use the die cuts for both the butterflies and snowman. The eyes really add that extra cute touch to the snowman! :)

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