May the Christmas Season Bring You Peace

Hello! Today, I’m sharing another CAS holiday card created with the Simon Says Stamp Stained Glass Greetings stamp set. Several weeks ago, I shared four cards created with the stamp set that you can see here.

Simon Says Stained Glass Greetings Stamp Set

On this card, I combined a die-cut dove (Penny Black’s 51-070 The Gift), cut from gold foil, with the gold, heat-embossed, upper-case PEACE sentiment. I heat-embossed the smaller sentiment white on red cardstock and cut it with a small banner die. The patterned paper background is from an American Crafts pad released last year or the year before.

Simon Says Stamp Holiday Release

Hello! Today I’m delighted to be sharing four CAS holiday cards created with the Simon Says Stamp Stained Glass Greetings stamp set as part of their Holiday release!

Let’s start with a card on which I combined several of the Stained Glass Greetings sentiments with a panel created with the Tim Holtz Mini Plaid stencil.

Simon Says Stamp Holiday Release

I heat-embossed “Christmas” and “Joy” and added them to the panel on which I had stenciled the plaid twice with Distress Oxide Black Soot ink.

For my second card, I heat-embossed the “Peace” sentiment with gold powder and stamped the smaller sentiment in Pine Needles ink. I die-cut the Memory Box Deco Trees from the stamped panel and backed the opening with dark green cardstock. I adhered the panel to a Schoolhouse Red cardstock base.

Simon Says Stamp Holiday Release

In a similar manner to the plaid card, I combined the “Christmas” and “Joy” sentiments with a panel created with the Tim Holtz Pines stencil and Distress Oxide Lucky Clover ink.

Simon Says Stamp Holiday Release

For my final card, I heat-embossed the set’s “Merry” sentiment with Red Geranium embossed powder on white cardstock, which I cut with the Memory Box Horse Sleigh Landscape die. The background was dry-embossed with the Tim Holtz Simple Snowflakes folder.

Simon Says Stamp Holiday Release

Here Comes Santa Paws

Hello! Today, I’m sharing a card showcasing the Lawn Fawn Happy Howlidays stamp set, which was a Simon Says Stamp set for their Stamptember event. I paired the Copic-colored dogs with two Lawn Fawn die sets.

Lawn Fawn Santa Paws

I cut the Little Town Border from white cardstock and backed the openings with yellow cardstock. I cut the Stitched Mountain Borders from the Earl Grey cardstock. I used a Simon Says Stamp stencil to create the snowflakes. It took me a few minutes to gather my embossing paste and related supplies, but I’m glad I did, as the backgroud needed some texture (and I plan to do more stenciling this season).

I’m joining this week’s Merry Monday Christmas Challenge.

MMCC #221

Using Repetition – Nautical CAS Card

After creating this nautical-themed card, I had many lighthouses left over, as I had experimented with different construction techniques, as well as color combinations, when creating the lighthouses. So I put together a CAS card with the leftovers practicing the design principle of repetition!


Coincidentally, My Favorite Things has a blog post about using repetition today.

Supplies:  Simon Says Stamp sentiment

Holiday Cheer: Cutting Down the Christmas Tree

I’m back with another take on the Impression Obsession truck – this time on a holiday-themed card. For my scene, I’ve imagined a family gathering their Christmas trees in a snowy forest.


I used white embossing paste on a Simon Says Stamp stencil to create the softly falling snow. The sentiment is from a Hero Arts set from a few years ago. I like the informal font for this style of card.

The Online Card Classes Copic Markers class starts tomorrow – looking forward to several weeks of coloring!

Supplies: Simon Says Stamp stencil, Hero Arts Holiday Cheer stamp set

Simon Says Stamp – STAMPtember!

Wow, it’s September! What a fabulous time of year – lots of beginnings are always in store in September! Today, I’m sharing a card created with the Simon Says Stamp Presents and Ornaments stamp set, released as part of the Stamptember event.

StamptemberCardFor my card, I stamped the Presents and Ornaments packages and bows. I pulled out my Stamp-a-ma-jig to get the packages aligned! I tried the design in a number of different package and bow color combinations, ultimately deciding on a somewhat traditional color combination of red, green and gold.

Sweet Birthday Wishes – This is the Life!

It’s a lovely summer day in the Pacific Northwest. In fact, we’re calling it hot, which is a rare thing indeed in these parts! I’m sharing a summer-themed card combining the Frozen Treats die with a Reverse Confetti die and sentiment.

SweetBirthdayWishesI’m definitely drawn towards brighter colors when it’s sunny outside. I cut four colors of cardstock with the Frozen Treats die and pieced them together. I stamped the sentiment from Reverse Confetti’s Sweet Thing stamp set and cut it with the Reverse Confetti Tag Me die. The background is dry embossed with the Simon Says Stamp Ring Cluster stencil.


Simon Says Stamp “This is the Life” Release

Today, I’m sharing two cards created with dies from the brand-new Simon Says Stamp “This is the Life” releaseFrozen Treats and Ice Cream Cone Parade. Do you see a summer treat theme here? 🙂

FrozenTreatsFor my first card, I used the Frozen Treats die to cut a variety of cardstock colors. I then fussy cut the Popsicles along embossed lines and layered the pieces onto kraft cardstock bases. The turquoise card panel was embossed with the Tim Holtz Wave embossing folder. The sentiment is from the Simon Says Stripe Greetings stamp set.

On the second card, I used the inlay technique with the Ice Cream Cone Parade die.
IceCreamConeParadeI cut a variety of cardstock colors from the Simon Says Spring Rainbow Pack with the Ice Cream Cone Parade die. I also cut the white card panel, onto which I stamped my sentiment from the Simon Says Stripe Greetings stamp set, with the die. I then began adhering the pieces into the panel. To finish off the card, I added a thin chocolate brown mat.

There are lots of great summer-themed stamps, stencils and dies in the new Simon Says Stamp “This is the Life” release! I’m off to do some shopping. There’s also a hop going on at the Simon Says Stamp Blog.

Who Loves You?

Today, I’m sharing a card created with one of the new stamp sets (and its companion die cut set)  from Paper Smooches.


For the background, I applied Ferro acrylic paint through a Simon Says Stamp star stencil. The Ferro paint was demonstrated during the Online Card Classes Stenciled Class. It’s quite thick – as thick as embossing paste. Application was super easy and much easier than coloring embossing paste with a metallic (which I actually haven’t tried, although I have colored the embossing paste with acrylic paint). I also tried heat-embossing white paste (applied through the stencil) with silver powder; another technique demonstrated in the Stenciled class. It worked fine, but I prefer the look that the Ferro provides over the embossing powder technique, which tends to bubble the embossing powder during the heating process.

I colored the owls with Copics, cut them with the Owl Icons die, and attached them to the die cut branch with dimensional adhesive.


Stenciled: Colored Embossing Paste

I’m still working through the course material from the Online Card Classes Stenciled Class. This card is based partially on a design by Debby Hughes from Day One, as well as on a card of Laura Bassen’s from the Simon Says Stamp Valentine’s Blog Hop.


I’ve been wanting to color embossing paste, and used two distress inks to color the paste I used on the “Falling Hearts” stencil. Laura used acrylic paints to color her hearts. I like that idea as well, and plan to try it, but didn’t have two shades of pink, and I was set on using pink. Theoretically you could use one pink, and mix more (or less) of the embossing paste with it to create a different shades, but I’m finding that as a “newbie” I don’t have time to mix before applying to the stencil. I particularly like this SSS stencil – you simply lay it over the card and start applying paste. I don’t have to move the stencil around to get a pleasing design.

And there’s little light today here in the Pacific Northwest – dark skies and rain! So my photo is a bit hard to see.