Stretch Your Stamps with Debby Hughes!

Hi bloggers!! Happy FRIDAY to you! I’m always thrilled to have the super clever & talented Debby Hughes as a guest designer on our blog to give us lots of ways to use our Simon Says Stamp exclusive stamps & dies! Without further ado, I’ll let her take it away!


Hi everyone, Debby here with another look at how to stretch those Simon Exclusive stamps and dies! Have you been following the latest CHA releases, looking for the next trend? One of the shapes I’ve noticed popping up is that of a simple house. I think the shape ties in well with the changing season as we cozy down for autumn and homey pursuits :)

The other day I came across a happy little discovery while cutting some hexagons from scraps of card with the Full Card Hexagons die – an incomplete hexagon (the bottom point chopped off) makes an awesome little die cut house icon! Very pleased with myself LOL I die cut a few houses from Bazzill Card Shoppe colors and took some inspiration from the last Online Card Class (Summer Card Camp 2) and a card featured by Julie Ebersole to make this little scene.



For my next card, I was inspired by a vintage book cover I saw on Pinterest with a wonderful pattern constructed from oh so trendy, super skinny little triangles. I used the smallest ray from the Sunshine die to cut lots of little triangles and mimicked the pattern from the book on my card front, pairing it with a sentiment from Inside and Out Sayings.



Lastly I thought I’d leave you with a bit of fun! Here in the UK we have a saying “feeling a little off-colour” as in you aren’t feeling very well. So I thought I’d play around with the idea of something being a different colour to normal. A skunk has such a striking colour-way that I thought playing with the Stinkin’ Cute set was just perfect for this idea. So I coloured the skunk in green and popped him on a pillow (Pillow Talk) with a box of tissues to reinforce the idea of him being unwell. The sentiment is computer generated. Inside the card the sentiment continues and there is the sweet little fellow all feeling better and back to normal. The scene inside uses one of the Flat Bottom Cloud dies as a bush and a floral image from Petal Pieces as the sun :)




Well I hope I’ve encouraged you to make the most of your supplies and look for different or unexpected ways they can be used.

Thanks for reading today and thanks again so much to the amazing Debby Hughes for being a guest on our blog today! It’s always a treat to see what she comes up with!


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  1. Debby’s creations are always inspiring. Didn’t know she is an across the pond girl. I appreciate her ideas on using our die cuts in different ways. Bravo, Debby! Thanks

  2. I so love that Mr. LaPU… stinkin’ cute. I also love that you colored him green. I just had to laugh and thank you for that! Ya’ know, I did notice a lot of shapes going around. Thanks so much for sharing. Nicely done.

  3. Too clever, love the little “village”, not to mention the crisp CAS of your black and green card – so trendy :)

  4. What great ideas! I love the little houses made from the hexagon die. Thanks for the inspiration. :D

  5. 3 great cards. Love how graphic the skinny triangles are. Great for the men in our lives. And the skunk card is stinkin’ CUTE.

  6. Wow, makes me want to go through al my stamps and see what shapes I have that look like they are now “on trend”!! Fabulous cards Debbie!

  7. I especially LOVE the get-well card with the skunk! Just too cute & funny–I know it would give me a lift if I were not feeling well.

  8. I love Debbie’s card. It’s always gives me hope that someday I will stop overdoing it and make something clean and simple just like her. The cards are perfection :) thanks for the chance to win :)

  9. I enjoy these posts about stretching supplies. It makes me more likely to buy a product if there are multiple uses for it. These are all great. Love the house and triangle shapes, and the little skunk get well card really is stinkin’ cute!

  10. Wowzer–she left me speechless! Amazing & wonderful creativity–love every one of these–especially the skinny triangles card!

  11. That skunk card was too cute and would make anyone feel better! Love the way you use your dies for more than the original design! Thanks for sharing!

  12. All of the cards are wonderful. I love the way you made a different piece from the full die. Great idea. I will have to look at my dies with an open mind. I love the little critter and coloring and the inside of the card. Awesome cards.

  13. I tend to be a “stamp for a purpose” kinda gal – so stretching my stamps doesn’t come easily but I am definitely going to give it a try! Thanks for the ideas.

  14. All great cards. I really like the triangles idea & the hexagon house is soooo clever. Fun ideas to try-TFS.

  15. i hate being sick so I don’t make get well cards very often but yours totally made me smile! Very cute and clever!

  16. Thanks Debby for sharing some great cards & the idea of stretching our stamps!! It’s fun to see what’s possible!!! That little skunk is too cute!!!!

  17. Lover all 3 of them, super cute and great ideas and the gett well card is the best remedy if you ask me, makes me smile on a very dark and wet Sunday!!!

    xx Irene

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