There just MIGHT be one tomorrow (Friday) at 8 AM EST that starts hereat the Simon Says Stamp blog. And it just MIGHT hop through my blog! :-) And it WILL have amazing inspiration with the artists that are participating. I can't wait to see what everone creates.
I am having so much fun playing with the new Simon Says Stamp Exclusive products. I particularly love the clear stamp sets designed by Kristina Werner where you can create any sentiment you want. And the fact that the words are separate makes it SO easy to do the words in different colors like I did on this card. I used the Happy stamp set on this card
The Simon Says Stamp Leanna Butterfly die is amazing too. So intricate and detailed. I added some sections of color to water color paper using Distress Markers and then went over them with a water brush. Once it was dry I die cut the butterflies. I was amazed at how well the die cut through such thick paper.
The 2013 Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Summer Releases have some great products but one thing I love? LOTS of hexagons. Including both a full card hexagon pattern and a circle pattern. This giant bee stamp seemed to me to NEED lots of hexagons. Don't you think? (Sorry this is an older Judikins stamp - 2340H - which may be hard to find but I just have to use it with these dies) I layered the full page die cut out of vellum on an eggshell notecard so it wouldn't be too overwhelming.
I hope you are enjoying the long weekend and that you are taking some time to think about the reason this holiday exists. It's a great family, friends and cookout time but we need to remember that it honors those who gave their lives for our country. I also like to think about those who serve today and sacrifice so much for us. So I made this card to send to a soldier to express my gratitude.
The hexagons are the pieces that were left over from the card I made two posts ago so I thought I'd use them. The eagle is stamped twice so I could cut out the head and pop that off the first image a bit for dimension. The sentiment is stamped with Stazon on 40 pound vellum.
It makes me so sad that I needed to make this card for Maddie. While I hope it brings a smile to her face to know that someone in Ohio is thinking about her I can't even imagine what she is going through - fighting cancer for a second time. You can find details on Maddie's fight here on the Simon Says Stamp blog.
If you can, please send Maddie a card. We have learned that these cards are a huge encouragement for her and it's such an easy thing for us to do to support this young lady (and her family).
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Maddy Justice-Patient 262 Danny Thomas Place Attention Mail Stop 108 Memphis, TN 38105
The son of dear friends of mine just went back to Afghanistan for his second tour of duty. The older I get the more I appreciate the sacrifice that our military and their families make for us. I am in awe. So I wanted to send him a card to thank him for his service and let him know that I am praying for him and his family. I wanted to use this new Hexagon die set from Simon Says Stamp. (If you haven't seen all of the new Exclusive Simon Says Stamp Summer releases? You are in for a treat. You can see them all here)
I decided to use the dies right out of the package without separating them. That way I could be sure they were lined up right and I liked the way they were configured. I don't make flat cards and they need to be to go to the military - a challenge for me! :-)
I am sorry for the lack of posts.... I have a great studio and lots of fun products to play with yet I cannot bring myself to craft anything! I have no idea what my problem is but hopefully my mojo will return soon. Does that happen to you or is it just me?
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