Simon Says Stamp – Blessed

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Hello there! Easter is coming! Today, I am inspired to share an Easter card. Here is my card.

My background is inspired by my talented friend Yoonsun Hur! I feel like I can CASE her whenever I am having a creative block! Every time I started CAS-ing her design, my creative juices will come back and I can make it into my own design! Do you have a muse like that? Who is it that you like to CASE when you’re stuck with ideas? Let me know!

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Back to my card. I first die cut a piece of watercolor paper with Simon Says Stamp Floral Dot Collage Die. Then, I watercolored on it using rainbow colors. I have used my Schmincke watercolor palette. I added in several layers of paints to create transparency and layers of colors. After that, I added in more texture with paint splatters and Perfect Pearl solution splatters. The background turns out to be so beautiful! I am in LOVE!!

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To tie in the Easter theme, I thought churches would be a good idea. So I die cut the same watercolor paper with Simon Says Stamp Churches Die. I sprayed them with Perfect Pearl solution to add some shimmer to them :). For the sentiment, I used the beautiful Blessed Die from Simon Says Stamp to die cut the same watercolor paper.

Finally, I mounted everything on Simon Says Stamp Fog card with foam tape. Lastly, I added in several sequins to tie the colors together. I have used iridescent sequins from Darice and colored sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you will have a wonderful Easter! God bless!

Supplies:

  1. Simon Says Stamp Floral Dot Collage Die: Simon Says Stamp
  2. Simon Says Stamp Churches Die: Simon Says Stamp
  3. Simon Says Stamp Blessed Die: Simon Says Stamp
  4. Simon Says Stamp Fog Card Stock: Simon Says Stamp
  5. Schmincke Horadam 48 Half Pan Watercolor Set: Blick Art
  6. Perfect Pearl Pigment Powder: Simon Says Stamp
  7. Darice Iridescent Crystal 8mm Sequins: Simon Says Stamp
  8. Pretty Pink Posh Holiday Shimmer Mix: Simon Says Stamp
  9. Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Sunshine Glow Sequins: Simon Says Stamp
  10. Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Peridot Mist Sequins: Simon Says Stamp
  11. Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  12. Cheaper Alternative Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson
  13. Be Creative Tape/ Scor-Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp

Altenew 3rd Anniversary Blog Hop & Giveaway

Hello there! I’m super excited to join Altenew today for their Anniversary blog hop! I can’t believe they are already three years old! Do you still remember when they first came up with multi-layering stamps? They totally blew my mind off and I’ve loved them to this very day!
I have missed crafting so so much! During my “absence”, I’ve been collecting different inspirations from artists. I really enjoy trying new things and I never get tired of finding new techniques and styles! Hopefully my cards today will inspire you too!

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For my first card, I’ve created a romantic watercolor card using the Remember This Stamp Set. I first stamped the outlines of flowers and leaves with Antique Linen distress ink on Arches cold press watercolor paper. Then, I slowly watercolored the images with my Schmincke watercolor palette, I have used shades of peach, pink, oranges, red and green in my flowers to bring variations. To add even more depth to the flowers, I used my Faber Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils to darken parts of my shading. During coloring, I didn’t follow the line of each petal so I ended up altering the floral images a bit. You can see all the stamens are gone! I really like this process because it made me feel so free and creative!

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For the background, I did a soft wash with Antique Linen and Worn Lipstick distress inks. Then, I die cut out the panel with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Die Set. For the sentiment, I used the same green paint to watercolor a strip of paper. Then, I white heat embossed the loving sentiment from Sentiments & Quotes Stamp Set. To finish, I simply mounted the whole panel on Simon Says Stamp Fog card base with foam tape.

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For my second card, I did a completely different style with Spring colors. I wanted my card to have a more cartoony style. So I altered the style of the Amazing You Stamp Set. I did it by stamping the images using a light ink, then using the outline as a guide, I doodled in the flowers with a Sepia Copic Multi-liner. I’ve added in folds and dots to make the flowers more cute and cartoony. Then, I colored the flowers and leaves with Copic markers.

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To complement the cute flowers, I painted a simple Spring scene with my Copic markers for the background. I scribbled in some grasses and added in some small dots to indicate wind movement. I left out a lot of details in the background because I didn’t want to distract from the flowers. Turns out I really love this style! I can feel the warm breeze by looking at it!

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To finish, I framed the scene with some White Wood paper and foam tape, added the sentiment (from Bejeweled Stamp Set), and embellished with some Pretty Pink Posh sequins. I have used a mix of colored sequins from Sunshine Glow 4mm, Wisteria Blossoms Mix, Holiday Shimmer Mix and Clear Sparkling Mix.

Special Offer:

Altenew is offering FREE U.S. shipping with code HAPPY3RD or $5 OFF international shipping with code ANNIVERSARY at checkout. This offer is valid from April 11th through April 16th at 11:59 pm EDT. Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes.

Prizes:

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Altenew is giving away $50 gift certificates to FIVE lucky winners. There are also 10 awesome companies who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:

Be sure to leave comments by Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT for a chance to win! 15 WINNERS will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the participating blogs and will be announced on the Altenew blog on April 28th, 2017.

Your next stop is the Simon Says Stamp blog! Enjoy your hop and I will see you next time!

Supplies:

  1. Altenew Remember This Stamp Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  2. Altenew Amazing You Stamp Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  3. Altenew Sentiments & Quotes Stamp Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  4. Altenew Bejeweled Stamp Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  5. Altenew White Wood Paper: Altenew
  6. MISTI Stamping Tool: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  7. Arches Watercolor Paper: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  8. Simon Says Stamp Fog Card Stock: Simon Says Stamp
  9. Simon Says Stamp Wood Grain Card Stock: Simon Says Stamp
  10. Schmincke Horadam 48 Half Pan Watercolor Set: Dick Blick
  11. Faber Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils 36 Set: Dick Blick
  12. Copic Markers: Ellen Hutson
  13. Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Die Set: Simon Says Stamp
  14. Pretty Pink Posh Holiday Shimmer Mix: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  15. Pretty Pink Posh Clear Sparkling Sequin Mix: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  16. Pretty Pink Posh Sunshine Glow 4mm Sequins: Simon Says Stamp
  17. Pretty Pink Posh Wisteria Blossoms Mix: Simon Says Stamp
  18. Ranger Perfect Pearl Powder: Simon Says Stamp
  19. EK Success Powder Tool: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  20. Versamark Watermark Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  21. Hero Arts White Embossing Powder: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  22. Hero Arts Wagner Heat Gun: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  23. Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  24. Cheaper Alternative Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson
  25. Be Creative Tape/ Scor-Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

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Merry Christmas crafty friends! I am so happy to celebrate Christmas this year with Taheerah’s Advent Calendar Extravaganza!!

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Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests – each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!! Join in the fun every day at taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises await behind the door!

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Today is the glorious Christmas day, when Jesus was born and presents are opened. The happy spirit of the day inspired my card today. Here is what I come up with.

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First, I white heat embossed MFT Simply Snowflakes onto a panel of watercolor paper. I have used the MISTI Stamping Tool to get the exact placement that I wanted. Then, I watercolored the panel using my Schmincke Watercolor Palette. I have used Madder Red Dark, Translucent Orange, Translucent Yellow, May Green, Permanent Green Olive and Prussian Blue.

After that, I added in some shadows to make the snowflakes more dimensional. Of course I had to add splatters of colors and Perfect Pearl solution to add even more texture to the piece. I really LOVE water texture!!!

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When the panel was fully dried, I die cut it with SSS Stitched Rectangles Die and then mounted it with foam tape on a SSS Fog card base. The sentiment is from MFT Joyous Christmas Sentiments Stamp Set.

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To finish with a blast, I embellished my card with a lot of Pretty Pink Posh sequins – Holiday Shimmer Mix, Winter Sparkle MixSparkling Clear Mix, Metallic Rose Gold 6mmLavender Moon 4mm, Sunshine Glow 4mm, Strawberry Burst 4mm and Ballerina Pink 4mm. I went a little crazy on sequins but it’s Christmas!! It actually sparkles so much more in person!

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Giveaway:

It’s not a party without a prize – and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by My Sweet Petunia so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post – then head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2016 to enter.

That’s it for today. Thank you so much for stopping by. Enjoy your Christmas! I wish you and your family a warm and cozy holiday! BIG HUGS TO YOU!

Supplies:

  1. My Favorite Things Simply Snowflakes Stamp Set: My Favorite Things
  2. My Favorite Things Joyous Christmas Sentiments Stamp Set: My Favorite Things
  3. MISTI Stamping Tool: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  4. Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Die Set: Simon Says Stamp
  5. Canson XL Watercolor Paper: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  6. Simon Says Stamp Fog Card Stock: Simon Says Stamp
  7. Schmincke Horadam 48 Half Pan Watercolor Set: Blick Art // Amazon
  8. Schmincke Horadam Madder Red Dark: Blick Art // Amazon
  9. Schmincke Horadam Translucent Orange: Blick Art // Amazon
  10. Schmincke Horadam Translucent Yellow: Blick Art // Amazon
  11. Schmincke Horadam May Green: Blick Art // Amazon
  12. Schmincke Horadam Permanent Green Olive: Blick Art // Amazon
  13. Schmincke Horadam Prussian Blue: Blick Art // Amazon
  14. Pretty Pink Posh Holiday Shimmer Mix: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  15. Pretty Pink Posh Winter Sparkle Mix: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  16. Pretty Pink Posh Clear Sparkling Sequin Mix: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  17. Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Rose Gold 6mm Sequins: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  18. Pretty Pink Posh Lavender Moon 4mm Sequins: Simon Says Stamp
  19. Pretty Pink Posh Sunshine Glow 4mm Sequins: Simon Says Stamp
  20. Pretty Pink Posh Strawberry Burst 4mm Sequins: Simon Says Stamp
  21. Pretty Pink Posh Ballerina Pink 4mm Sequins: Simon Says Stamp
  22. Ranger Perfect Pearl Powder: Simon Says Stamp
  23. EK Success Powder Tool: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  24. Versamark Watermark Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  25. Hero Arts White Embossing Powder: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  26. Ranger Clear Embossing Powder: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  27. Hero Arts Wagner Heat Gun: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  28. Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad: Ellen Hutson //  Simon Says Stamp
  29. Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  30. Cheaper Alternative Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson
  31. Be Creative Tape/ Scor-Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp

Simon Says Stamp – Sending Hugs

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Happy Friday!! Today I am popping in to share a “sending hugs” card using Simon Says Stamp supplies. I finally got to play with the beautiful Winter Flowers Stamp Set. This set was designed by Kristina Werner and it was meant for Christmas, but I used it in a more generic way today.

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I first white heat embossed the images from the Winter Flowers Stamp Set on a panel of Arches Watercolor Paper. I used this high quality paper today because I will be painting a lot of layers. This paper handles water much better than the Canson XL Watercolor Paper and the Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper, which I use all the time for both ink blending and watercoloring.

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I slowly watercolored the flowers, berries and leaves and then followed by the beige/brown background. After the panel was dry, I added in some shadows using some dark browns and grays. Then, of course I had to add some splatters. I have used the same colors I used earlier – red, green and purple. Finally, I also added in more white dot-and-line details for highlights using some white gouache.

Here are some close-ups:

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To finish, I stamped the sentiment from the Big Scripty Greetings Stamp Set in black and clear heat embossed it. That’s it for today. Thank you for stopping by! Happy crafting  🙂

Supplies:

  1. Simon Says Stamp Winter Flowers Stamp Set: Simon Says Stamp
  2. Big Scripty Greetings Stamp Set: Simon Says Stamp
  3. Arches Watercolor Paper: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  4. Canson XL Watercolor Paper: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  5. Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  6. EK Success Powder Tool: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  7. Versamark Watermark Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  8. Hero Arts White Embossing Powder: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  9. Ranger Clear Embossing Powder: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  10. Hero Arts Wagner Heat Gun: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  11. Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad: Ellen Hutson //  Simon Says Stamp

 

Caring Hearts Blog Hop 2016

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Hello friends! Welcome to the Caring Hearts Card Drive Blog Hop! Our purpose is to collect handmade holiday cards for the elderly that live in nursing homes around the world. Since 2010, we have been spreading holiday cheer to many nursing homes throughout the US, Canada and Australia, and this year, we are branching out to the UK!

It truly makes me happy that I can bring a little joy to folks by doing my favorite thing – making cards! My grandfather used to live in a nursing home before he passed away. So, I have special feelings about nursing home and the elderly who live there. We really hope you will join us in supporting this meaningful cause! For those of you who wants to participate, we have prepared a lot of prizes for many winners. All you have to do is send us your handmade cards with a message inside. For details of entry and prizes, please refer to Vera Yates’ Blog and Jennifer McGuire’s Blog.

OK! Now, let’s move onto my card! I used the Die-namics Gift Box Cover-Up to frame the snowflakes, just like looking at the snow outside the window. I can’t seem to steer away from the warm color scheme 😛

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Here is how I made my card:

  1. Die cut a piece of watercolor paper with the Die-namics Gift Box Cover-Up. Use masking tape to mask the lower half of the panel, blend Festive Berries on the top part. Do the same to the bottom part with Wild Honey
  2. On another piece of watercolor paper, blend the same inks as background
  3. Stamp the snowflakes with MFT hybrid inks (Red Hot, Pineapple, Latte). Die cut out with Die-namics Simply Snowflakes. Stamp some small snowflakes with hybrid inks (Paver Red, Orange Zest)
  4. White heat emboss the sentiment on black card stock
  5. Mount everything as shown in place with foam tape. Add water droplets. Embellish with some PPP sequins (4mm Lavender Moon, 4mm Clear Droplets, 4mm Strawberry Burst, 4mm Sunshine Glow, 6mm Metallic Rose Gold). Again, I used a lot of colored sequins :))

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Giveaway:

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No hop is complete without some fun giveaway, right? Simon Says Stamp has generously offered a $150 gift card for this hop. All you need to do is visit and leave comment on each designer’s blog post. A winner will be randomly selected from one of the participant blogs. You will have till midnight Thurday, 11/17/2016 to leave comment. The winner will be announced on Vera’s blog on Friday, 11/18/2016.

Here is the lineup of today’s amazing designers:

Amy Lee (Me!)

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That is all for today. Thank you so much for stopping by! Happy crafting! 🙂

Supplies:

  1. My Favorite Things Simply Snowflakes Stamp Set: My Favorite Things
  2. My Favorite Things Simply Snowflakes Die-namics: My Favorite Things
  3. My Favorite Things Winter Wonderland Stamp Set: My Favorite Things
  4. My Favorite Things Die-namics Gift Box Cover-Up: My Favorite Things
  5. Canson XL Watercolor Paper: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  6. Black Card Stock: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  7. White Embossing Powder: Ellen Hutson //  Simon Says Stamp
  8. Painter’s Blue Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  9. Festive Berries Distress Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  10. Wild Honey Distress Ink: Ellen Hutson //  Simon Says Stamp
  11. My Favorite Things Red Hot Hybrid Ink: My Favorite Things
  12. My Favorite Things Pineapple Hybrid Ink: My Favorite Things
  13. My Favorite Things Latte Hybrid Ink: My Favorite Things
  14. My Favorite Things Paver Red Hybrid Ink: My Favorite Things
  15. My Favorite Things Orange Zest Hybrid Ink: My Favorite Things
  16. Ranger Distress Sprayer Water Bottle: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  17. Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  18. Cheaper Alternative Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson
  19. Be Creative Tape/ Scor-Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  20. Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Lavender Moon Sequins: Simon Says Stamp
  21. Pretty Pink Posh 6mm Metallic Rose Gold Sequins: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  22. Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Clear Droplets: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  23. Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Strawberry Burst Sequins: Simon Says Stamp
  24. Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Sunshine Glow Sequins: Simon Says Stamp