Happy New Year!

Happy FIRST day of 2014, everyone! I hope the new year is starting out very well for you all!  I thought it would be fun to have the amazing Debby Hughes as our guest once again to give us some really fun and unique inspiration to kick off the new year!


Happy New Year everyone! It’s Debby here with a New Year’s look at stretching your supplies. As I was looking through my stamp sets the chevron from Friend Flags reminded me of the symbol for military rank found on the sleeve of service uniforms. It got me thinking of what better time to thank those that serve and are away from their families in the holidays. So I used the chevron to create a military medal on my card. Stamping the chevron below the thanks flag in lipstick red and then navy. I trimmed around this and then used Distress Inks to give a vintage look. I also stamped the star from the set and trimmed it out too. I set the medal on to a panel on which I’d added a little embossing paste love :) Stamped the sentiment in the same direction as the thanks flag and then mounted my panel onto a Khaki card base.


I just wanted to say a little something about the pilot wings and book in the photograph. They belonged to my very charismatic, learned and hugely musically talented Great Uncle. In this photo he’s holding my young Father :)


For my next project I wanted to use one of the dies from the latest Simon Says Stamp release; lots of lovely Valentine’s treats and hearts galore. I used the heart die from Hearts & Spoons to create a little apple. I’ve seen this project in various forms over the years and wanted to give it a go myself. I cut 18 hearts and trimmed away the point of each – this becomes the base of the apple and gives stability. Then I used Distress Inks to color each heart before scoring and gluing the hearts back to back with each other. I rolled a little Dark Chocolate card to form a stem and then added a couple of leaves from the Clustered Leaves die which had been given the same Distress Ink treatment.


Finally I added a tag from Filled With Love and a sentiment from From Us all tied up with a little twine :)

Well that’s me for today. Enjoy the start of the New Year!


Thanks for reading today and thanks so much to Debby for being our guest today!


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  1. Love this “military-feel” card! Anxious to see what fun and surprises this New Year will bring! I know it will be the best ever at Simon Says!

  2. Love both projects! The military one tugged at my heart strings as my Dad served in the RAF as a Spitfire pilot. I love the use of the Chevron stamp. As I am new to card making I’ve never seen the apple before. Using a technique that’s been done before is a good idea for anyone new to the craft. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Love the crisp, military feel to your card, awesome, and how darling is that apple, wouldn’t a collection of them in a wooden bowl be lovely, wonder if you could make pears?? maybe a christmas ornament?? Thanks so much for all you wonderful creativity and wishing you and all a ~Wonderful and Joyful New Year.

  4. Debby: Great projects to start the year. Would love to give both a try. I do not own any stencils yet. Could start my wish list now. Happy New Year to the entire SSS family. Cheers.

  5. Love the creativity!! Thanks for some wonderful ideas and ways to stretch the supplies we already have on hand. Happy New Year!

  6. I love the card. Having my son serving clear across the country from me is tough. I was lucky enough to have him home for Christmas, but many were not so lucky. Thanks to all the men and women who serve our country!!

  7. Debby NEVER disappoints when it comes to creativity. I’m looking forward to more of her projects and all of the SSS team. Wishes to all for a good year.

  8. Wonderful card to remember those who gave so much and I love the apple from the heart dies. That is so super!

  9. The military card is such a clever use of chevrons & that apple is stunning- perfect coloring. Well done, Debby & Happy 2014 to all.

  10. I like your card, so trendy but so nice. What a great card for a veteran! The little apple is just so cute. Thanks for sharing.

  11. It was extremely thoughtful of you to remember our service members who can’t be with lived ones ! I like how you used the chevron!

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