Fishy Friends & Baby Showers

Hi readers!  Happy Sunday to you! I hope your weekend is going wonderfully so far! I’m so pleased to have the amazing Debby Hughes back as a guest on our blog to show us some more unique ways to stretch your SSS exclusive supplies!   Isn’t that little fishy so cute?

I’ll let Debby take it from here… enjoy!


Hello friend! Debby here taking a creative look at Simon exclusives with a view to really get the most from our supplies. Today, I’m concentrating on one die set which has so many possibilities for out of the box thinking – Tiny Tags! This set has a great array of shaped tags which bring all sorts of different options to mind, but the one I worked with is the square tag with two rounded corners if that makes sense! I’m sure there is a correct term for this shape but it is eluding me LOL. Looking at this tag the first thing that came to mind was a fish! I cut the tag from Neenah solar white and coloured by blending in Cotton Candy ink and then finished with a spritz of a new love of mine – Tsukineko sheer shimmer sprays! For those of you that love the Zig wink of Stella pens – think liquid wink of stella and you won’t be far from the mark. Gorgeous!

The fins and tail were from the Full Card Triangle Die and treated with Hero Arts dark quartz ink. Finally a little rhinestone eye finished off this little fishy. However, the fish wasn’t the only supply in disguise on this card! See the sparkly bubbles in the background? They were created by pressing Versamark ink through the Falling Snow stencil and then heat embossing with Judikins iridescent sparkle embossing powder. Other dies making an appearance were the A2 Card Curved Edge die as the sand, the Leaf Column Outline and Life Column Background as pond weeds cut from Mint and Green Apple respectively and finally the Talk Bubbles 2 die with sentiment from the Tiny Tags stamp set.


Moving on to my second card and a CAS one this time. I used the Tiny Tag dies to cut four tags and coloured with Simon’s Cotton Candy and Hero Arts dark quartz, fresh peach and soft granite. These were then given a liberal spritz of shimmer spray and grouped into a graphic flower shape. I wrapped a strip of vellum around the panel and then added the Baby die cut and a sprinkling of Basic Grey enamel dots. The sentiment was completed with the matching Baby stamp set.

I hope you’ve enjoyed taking a closer look at the Tiny Tag die set and that you will take a fresh view of your own supplies :)

Thanks so much for reading today and thanks to Debby for two jaw dropping inspirations!!

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  1. Love to see supplies used in a different way, and thsse cards are both adorable. Love the colors too.

  2. Oh Debby, these are super fun and cute! I love seeing how others find ways to stretch our stamping supplies and I just adore these, beautifully done.

  3. Your cards are both so sweet and precious. I read your recipes for both and am amazed with the things you used to achieve your looks. You sure got creative and oh so clever with what you came up with for your ideas. I appreciate this as it sure expands my creativity and to think out of the box. You are such a talented gal.

  4. Two just amazing ideas from the same shape! The little fishie is just precious and the shower card is just lovely. And from the same shape…awesome! I especially love the colors on the baby shower card!

  5. Debby you know how much I love your style… you’ve really done it this time! Mind=Blown!

  6. Adorable cards, both of them. I have the Falling Snow stencil and would never have thought to use it in this way. I follow you via email every day, and so enjoy your posts. Thanks for all the great inspiration!

  7. The fish idea is really cute! I have a hard time looking at things and wondering what else they can be – thanks for the inspiration!

  8. I love BOTH cards and Debby, you certainly were thinking outside of the box! Genius!!!
    Great idea! TFS

  9. I love that fish and never would have thought of using a tag die. Love those soft, peachy colors, too.

  10. The fishy is a brilliant use of that die!!! So cute. Love the Baby card, too….so soft and delicate!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  11. Your fish idea is adorable! The rounded square is a shape I’e enjoyed using but never considered a fish, great inspiration. Your second tag is cute too but I’m smitten with your fish!

  12. Love the cook techniques and ideas in this two cards. The simplicity and elegance of this area beautiful.

  13. Oh Debbie, you make such lovely things. I love the little fishy scene and the sparkly background is my favorite part. The baby shower invite is simple perfection. Thanks for sharing your creative process with us.

  14. I love these cards so cute and fresh. It’s so good to see different takes on the supplies used. I have a hard time coming up with things myself that’s why I love the inspiration I get from so many talented crafters out there. Thank You!

  15. Awesome job of repurposing those dies. I’m happy to say I already have most of them because I sure am going to case your beautiful cards. Love the colors too!

  16. That little fish is just adorable! Debby you are such a genius. I love the colors you use. The second card is so pretty. Thanks so much.

  17. Debby your talent never ceases to amaze me! Who doesn’t need to stretch their crafting dollars you always seem to find a way for us to do that both cards are fab the first is super fun and the second is a very lovely soft and elegant baby card you are AMAZING thanks for sharing your creative mind and talents with us!

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