Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember® Collaboration: Holiday Trimmings

Hello and Happy STAMPtember®!

STAMPtember® is a month long celebration hosted by Simon Says Stamp. There are tons of new products released all month long, prizes and exclusive collaborations with many of the wonderful companies in the industry. The celebration is coming to a close, but you can find out all about it and enter to win their huge giveaway on their blog.

I am honored and excited to be participating again this year as a collaborating company. Today I wanted to give you a look at the WPlus9 STAMPtember® exclusive for 2016, “Holiday Trimmings“! Packed with images and wonderful sentiments, this set is perfect for mass producing holiday cards or for those special more detailed ones. But, Holiday Trimmings will only be available for a limited time exclusively at SimonSaysStamp.com.

I've got a few samples to share with you today showcasing how this seemingly simple set packs a big punch!

For this first card I stamped a grid of elements using the trees and ornaments included in the set. As with most of our sets, the elements can be mixed and matched between each other for several possibilities. I chose a bright color palette that compliments the very mid-century modern feel of the images. (I'll link to the colors used in today's cards at the end of this post.)

I repeated some of the elements in the background using Fairy Dust ink for a little added interest. I also feel like it softens up the straight lines of the grid a bit and adds a touch of whimsy.

The images are not only great for focal images, they also create some very fun all-over patterns. The next two cards are very simple, yet modern and stylish. This makes them a perfect candidate for mass production in my book!

I used two shades of green (Appletini and Last Leaf) and stacked the two tree images two together to create stylized pine trees. I used the same technique and pattern, but finished each card slightly differently. This is a great way to mass produce, yet change it up a bit so that it doesn't become monotonous when you have a lot to create.

The next two cards, again use a similar layout, I just switched out the images. Another great way to change things up a little without reinventing the wheel.

I used the same bright color palette as I did in the first card. I just can't seem to get enough of these non-traditional colors for Christmas this year.

I hope that I've given you a few ides for this set and showed just how versatile it can be. And don't forget, it is only available for a limited time exclusively at SimonSaysStamp.com.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Just Checking In with Joni

Hello everyone, Joni here sharing these cute images from Curious Forest Friends and Forest Friends and combining it with an old favorite - the Birds & Branches Frame Die.

I began by distressing the white background panel with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Evergreen Bough. I then watercolored the Birds & Branches Frame die. The bear and raccoon were both colored with Copic Markers and die cut using their corresponding companion dies.

Next, I stamped the sentiments "Hello Friend" and "Just checking in to say hi" from Forest Friends. To finish off the card I added some Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

I hope you enjoyed! Thank you so much for stopping by!

Monday, September 19, 2016

VIDEO: Minimal Supplies with Kelly

Hello Crafters! During a recent lunch outing with a crafty friend, she mentioned that sometimes you don't need a lot of product to make a card you love.

decided to see if she was right and approached today's card trying to use the least amount of supplies.

I think she was right and isn't that fantastic news?! When ever I'm trying to do anything new I always start with something I know I already love. Rainbows? Check. Butterflies? Check. One layer? Check.

You can see how I created the card in the video below.

Watch above or watch in HD at YouTube

I love that even though the color is the same throughout the entire card panel those butterflies still "POP!". It's amazing what a couple of markers can do, isn't it?

I would love to see your take on the minimalist approach!

Thanks for visiting us today.

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