Tuesday, September 2, 2014

STAMPtember 2014 Blog Hop!

Hello!  



Welcome to another stop on the Simon Says Stamp, STAMPtember 2014 blog hop! If you've been following along, you should have just come from the sweet and talented, Laurie Willison's blog, Soapbox Creations. If you'd like to start at the beginning of the hop, head on over to the Simon Says Stamp blog where it all begins.

Before I share my cards, you should know that Simon Says Stamp is giving away a prize pack of a selection of items from our STAMPtember® giveaway stash at each stop on the hop! That's 19 chances to win!! So make sure you leave a comment at each stop to better your chances of winning. The giveaways for the prize packs will close at 6:00pm EST on Thursday September 11, 2014 and the complete winners list will be posted on the Simon Says Stamp blog on Friday September 12, 2014.


Okay, let's get started! I was sent some wonderful products to play with and boy, oh, boy did I ever have fun! I've created eight cards - I just did not want to stop playing.

The first few cards showcase the fun, Deco Tree Die set. It has such a brilliant design.


It's a really simple card, using the negative portion of the die-cut. This card could be easily mass produced for your Holiday card making. The Merry Christmas die comes in the set too. Here's a close-up so you can see just how cool it is.

I gently pulled up the swirls for a fun effect - isn't that neat?!

This next card uses the same tree die but with the positive die-cut. I also added a bit of dimension in the background using the Zig Zag Dots Stencil and some Texture Paste from Ranger. The Sentiment is from the new, Ornaments set.


And another close-up:



One more creation using this die. It's a gift tag.


I wanted to try the inlaid die-cutting technique with the tree and to make it stand out more, I added the white outline with a Signo Gel Pen. So, both the positive and negative die-cuts were used on the tag - so fun!

I have an elegant card to share next.


This is such a beautiful stamp set. It's called Ornaments and it comes with five different ornaments and some wonderful sentiments too. I embossed everything on this card in Ranger's Princess Gold Embossing Powder. See that swirly wire? That's one of the stamps included in this set.

Here's another fun card using the same set. 


I used the smallest ornament and stamped it with various pigment inks, then added Glossy Accents to each one for some shine.



The wires were stamped with Staz-On Silver Metallic Ink and the sentiment is from the Deco Tree Die set, this time cut from black cardstock.

There is another new stamp set called, Presents and Ornaments. I wanted to use a different image from the set, other than the presents, to show you how it can be used for other occasions besides Christmas and/or birthdays. There's an open circle image and I thought it would be fun to white emboss it several times and do some water coloring.


Isn't that fun? The large, Thank You sentiment is from the Many Thanks set. There are so many sentiments in this set - all with different fonts. It's difficult to see in the photo but inside some of the circles there's a teeny, tiny "Thanks" with a heart, which is also included in the set.

Are ya still here with me? Sorry it's getting long but just a few more. This next card was created with the new, Sketched Trees stamp set, along with the matching, Trees and Trunks die set.


After cutting out the trees, I decided I wanted the inner portion of them smaller, so I just used a scissors to make the adjustment. The background was created using that awesome, Zig Zag Dots Stencil again, along with Iced Spruce Distress Ink and water. I love how it turned out! The small, Love, Peace, Joy sentiment is from the Ornaments set.

Okay, two more. It's time for something other than Christmas. Are ya ready for some fruit?


Isn't that pear image adorable? It comes in a set called, You're So Sweet and I love it! I stamped the image with Archival Black Ink then did a bit of water coloring. I added some splatters and the Thank You sentiment and it was done - so easy!

There is a cherry image in the same set that I love even more than the pear. Take a look.


I did some more water coloring for this one - on the cherries and the background. And don't ya just love that sentiment? This set comes with many more images of fruit and four more sentiments.

Okay, that's it. (I'm sure you're all saying, "Finally!") Sorry my post was so long but I wanted you to get a good idea of how fun these new products are to play with. And there are sooo many more in this release. You can check them all out, together on one page, here.

Your next stop on the hop is Suzanne Dahlberg's blog, Freshly Noted. She creates such beautiful cards, I know you'll love what she has to share.

There's lots more fun coming our way this month, so be sure to check in often at the Simon Says Stamp blog!

Thanks so much for hopping along today! And Happy STAMPtember!!! ♥
 
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Jana said...

So many great ideas. Thank Barb!

Alice said...

love the dimension and texture on your cards ... fantastic work

Cindy Greene said...

All of the Christmas cards are great! You are very creative.
CeCe

Unknown said...

Loving autumn themed stuff at the moment and this STAMPtember giveaway is no exception!

Rhonda Miller said...

These are all fabulous creations.

Catarina said...

Beautiful cards!

Amy Fillmore said...

Great cards! I really like that tree die!

TheWinstonFamily said...

Love your cards!

desimon2 said...

All the brilliant ideas makes me what to buy one of everything. Not good for my bank balance.

Nancy Walker said...

Love the pear card. I have a collection of pear stamps. Will have to add to it now.

Hannah Means said...

What fun cards! I love how you used the negative of the tree die! How creative!

stick said...

Looks like you had so much fun with these! I love that you showed both positive and negative uses of the deco tree.

greggers said...

Thanks for showing the many ways to use some of the new dies and stamps; they are great!!

Kathryn A said...

Super cards! Love the texture with the stencils and paste. I may try that for my Christmas cards this year :)

Charyl Hodges said...

all of the cards were cute.

Erin S. said...

Great cards!!! The fruit are on my list! Thanks!

Beastybunny said...

Wow! So many fabulous cards! I love the funky tree die! So fun!

Card-Blanche said...

Wow so many nice card ideas , thank you

nailgirl said...

wow! those are some amazing cards!! love all the different ways to use them!!! thanks for sharing!!

Nicole Renee said...

The pears! Sooo cute

Pat said...

These are great! I love how much fun you had with all the new products! :)

Ashley Ramirez said...

That zigzag dot is really cool.

Debbie Strotz said...

I think I am liking the pear card the best! Gorgeous!

Carla Preston said...

Love stamptember!

Megan Welden said...

I really love the sting of lights, it's such a pretty card.

Patty Cadby said...

Clever use of the tree die and I love the thank you card

Lynne said...

Girl - You were very busy with the beautiful projects you made with the Simon Says Stamps products. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

Jessika said...

I love the cherry stamps! Great job on all the cards!

berryblue said...

I particularly love the swirly wire and those shiny bulbs! Thanks for all the inspiration today!

Kelley L said...

How pretty and simple to mass produce.

Scrapbook13 said...

Loved the elegant look of the gold embossing powder!

gardener said...

Gasp--the deco tree is so cool. And the ornament stamp card is stunning. I may need to rethink my top picks from this release.

Janet said...

Great card inspiration! I can feel Christmas coming around the corner.

Debi said...

What a fun tree. so cute. Love the word dies and the christmas lights card is just adorable. Thanks for sharing. This is my first SSS blog hop.

KimCreate said...

Super Duper cards! You were really busy and you have showcased the products beautifully!

Jen L said...

I really love your gold ornaments card!

L Zhang said...

Great cards! Thanks for sharing!

Shaughn Woodruff said...

Barb! You knocked me off my feet with ALL your beautiful cards! What a great release, I can see why you wouldn't want to stop playing! Thanks for sharing!

GTNana said...

Beautiful cards! My goodness, I see what you mean, all these new products are just awesome! TFS and a chance to win!!

Rennie said...

love them all!!

Kaylin Krawczyk said...

Not sure I can pick a favorite. All the cards you did were so great and showcased the products so well.

Anne-Mette List said...

Ohhh nooo ... now I also have to buy these dies LOL ... than you for sharing the beautiful cards and inspiration!

Wendy said...

Beautiful cards. thanks for sharing.

CraftyScrappyness said...

Great cards!

Sherry said...

Wow, your cards are all adorable. Love them. Thanks for a chance to win some awesome goodies.

rednell said...

Who doesn't love a twofer?! Great use of Xmas tree positive and negative

NanW said...

Amazing cards. I really love the spiral tree die.

Candace Gillespie said...

Woot! woot!!! Super fun cards!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Linda Chastain said...

Really nice work. I think I like the tree negative cut even more than the positive.

Bridget Downey said...

Love them!

TangledBlueRose said...

Love it all, I really loved seeing you use all my favorites from this new release. Thank you sooo much!!~kim

Heather Sudduth said...

All of your cards are so fun! I can definitely tell you were enjoying yourself.

My lilttle yellow corner said...

Love, Love, love your cards and the simon says release!

Natalie said...

so many card ideas! Thanks :)

Anne O'Donnell said...

These cards are just amazing!!! So many great ideas using a variety of the new products. Thanks for such a great effort!!!

Swimmom said...

These are wonderful! Love the trees!

Yvonne said...

great stuff all!!

Cindy said...

Beautiful cards! I love them all!

Cindy said...

Awesome inspiration! Love your designs!

Kathy W said...

Wow! You are one productive lady! I love the card with all the different colored bulbs.

{VICKI} said...

lovin your tree cards

Sirma Scopchanova said...

good job!

Maureen Hayes said...

I am glad you made so many different styles of cards, you have me so many ideas my head is swimming - but in a good way! I also loved that you showed how to use the Christmas set for everyday. It is always nice when we can find year round uses for these sets. I can't pick a favorite, I truly love them all.

crazihunibabi said...

Oh my goodness, that is a ton of inspiration. What beautiful cards you made. Thanks for sharing.

Chitra Nair said...

Amazing cards and amazing release...

JMcKnite said...

Love your use of non-traditional colors on some of the Christmas cards. Very pretty.

Melody said...

So many cards, so many ideas. I love this product line from Simon. The ideas just don't stop.

Jocelyn said...

Thanks for sharing all your ideas with us. It is inspiring.

Lisa Geraty said...

Oh my goodness, these cards are fabulous!!!

**Nisi** said...

Wow! I cant even pick a favorite! Beautiful work!

worrywort said...

I can see the Deco Tree set being an essential set this year for making a whole pile of cards quickly and easily.

Dolly Hoeben said...

Love all the cards. The first few have such a nice clean look. The die of the christmastree with swirls is beautiful.thanks for the inspiration.

Kylie said...

Wow, you really had fun… Love all the cards you made. I must say I find it really hard to use fruit on a card - I just can't see it. But, your pear card was just fabulous. I loved the water coloring and spattering and I think this is my favorite card out of them all.

Julz C said...

Very cute cards!! tfs

Sheri said...

Great cards!

Dana said...

Wow!! You went to town!! Fabulous cards!! Love them all!!

CynLiRawr said...

your cards are stunning!!!!

Joann said...

Such great cards!

Diana Johnson said...

Great cards!

CynLiRawr said...

your cards are stunning

Juni Nez said...

Awesome cards.

tjscrappin said...

I loved all of your cards. You are very talented. I can't decide which one I like best, they were all great!

Margreet said...

Wow, so many cards and I love them all, especially the one with the zigzag background and the trees!
xxx Margreet

Kristen said...

Wow love what you have done, can't wait to get my hands on some of these new things to play with.

Fe Orot Mejia said...

WOW!!!!! They are all gorgeous.

AIDE MANCERA said...

Beautiful cards….

Kathy said...

Thank you so much for showing so many of the new release stamps and dies. Your cards are wonderful!I'm a new follower because I was so inspired by your creativity.

Cori Johnson said...

Can't wait to get the zig zag dot stencil!

Liza said...

I love the lights on the wire card!!!

Jennifer Greer said...

So many beautiful cards. Thank you!

QuilterLaura said...

Wow, amazing cards. Thx so much for sharing.

bymirandaa said...

lovely cards. I really like the christmas tree die! Thanks for the inspiration!

Lady Fair said...

Oh my goodness, you were truly inspired by this new release. It's so hard to pick a favorite card, but something about the playfulness of the pear card appeals to me. Great job!

Unknown said...

I love the texture on these cards!

Mnemosine said...

Omg!!
Such a lovely set of cards...thank you for the great ideas :)
Can’t WAIT to see all the cool stuff everyone is going to make!

Andreea Craciun said...

These are so beautiful!

Debbie Selby said...

Love the elegant gold ornament card especially!

Karen Boyer said...

Love all the different cards you made.

Thordis said...

Wow. So many cards, and they are all beautiful... Thanks for the inspiration :)

Dorothy C. said...

Wow! What a great bunch of cards. Love how you used the tree die.

Kit said...

Great cards. I am digging the tree die.

Hui Chow said...

Love the pear card!!! So simple and sweet.

mev said...

The old-fashioned tree lights card is lovely!

Nancy L. said...

such pretty cards, love the first one! love the color and that tree!

Susan said...

Awesome variety of cards!!

Immi said...

Wow! I can't believe how much you did for this post - love all the looks you've achieved.

Reusing Cards & Quilling said...

Ohh I loved your cards..

Deb said...

Great products in this release! I like your first card the best!

LauraJane:) said...

The Zig Zag Dots Stenciled card is my FAVORITE... Very nice cards today Barb. Happy Stamptember!

Helen said...

Such fun cards! Thanks for sharing :)

Bettina said...

So many great cards; so much inspiration. I'm loving this new release & this blog hop. So fun. Thanks so much.

Donna said...

These cards makes me want to play.

Michelle G said...

I love all these ideas!!!

Joan said...

So much inspiration from your cards, thank you!

Darla said...

LOVE the tree die! Great job on your cards, they are all so pretty!

Denise Coovert (Droege) said...

Yeah for new products! So much to stamp, so little time!

Michelle said...

I love ALL of your cards, Barb. They are just wonderful!

Monica Maier said...

Awesome cards! That tree die looks like it would be a lot of fun!

barbara macaskill said...

WOW! You really went to town! LOVE all of your cards!! it is nice to see how versatile these products are!! Fun, elegant, simple, and spectacular! the possibilities are endless!!! Looking forward to getting a ton of the new releases! TFS!
BTW my favorite is the Ornaments in gold "Wishing You Christmas Joy". So simple yet oh so elegant!

Efrat said...

Wow Barb - so many cards and each and every one of them is beautiful.

Unknown said...

Love how you used both pieces of the first die cut. And the strings of lights are so cute. Great cards.

rgcarr said...

Your cards are lovely and unique. I like the deco tree a lot.

Alexia Misso said...

Amazing cards, love the dies!

Teresa Doyle said...

Your cards are beautiful, and you certainly have inspired me! Thanks for the inspiration!

ellyscard creatief said...

Very lovely cards.Beautiful die.
Gr Elly

Miriam said...

Oh, the cards are so beautiful. Difficult to choose my favorite.

ruth m said...

Beautiful cards! TFS!

Here are my biggest favorites-

1 Reason for the Season stamp & die set
2 Scripts of the Season die set
3 Treesome die set
4 the Fairytale ink set

Can't WAIT to see all the cool stuff everyone is going to make!

Miriam Prantner said...

Wow! You went all out! What a great set of cards!

Cotton Tails said...

loving your card design. happy stamptember

Phyllis Jones said...

Great cards! I loved every one!

Marthe F Mathisen said...

Lovely cards you have made :)

heartforhandmade said...

Great cards Barb, all are so pretty in every way. love them all

mamawcindy said...

Oh My You have been one busy girl. Your Cards are just Wonderful. I must say I am Loving the first one. So Unique. This is such a Great Release. Thank You for Sharing!

jenway9 said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

Jessica said...

Great cards!! Love all the fun stamps, dies, and techniques you used!! :)

ericalynndesigns said...

Your cards are so amazing. I love them all. This is my first visit to your blog and I can't wait to explore it!

Laura Norris said...

Love that swirly tree! You made some great cards with it! Oh-and that pear is wonderful too!

Kathie B said...

I so enjoyed all your cards. Each was an inspiration that led my to think of other possibilities. Thanks so much!

Daria said...

Wow! Wandering through your post was like opening presents on Christmas morning. I love your cards. Thank you for the wonderful ideas and inspiration.

Sofia said...

Great cards, i really like the christmas lights card, fun and clean, thanks for the inspiration.

Irene Grau said...

Oh my goodness, were you having fun or what? So many great cards! Love the tree cards -- always love non-traditional colors. Thanks for all the inspiration!

Petti said...

Love the stylish design! Thanks for sharing.

Sara said...

Lovely cards!

grandmato20 said...

I love your Christmas lights card AND that Christmas tree die is a must- have!

Chark said...

Hey, Barb, you've been busy!! love them all, but my fave is the zig zag one with the tree--so cool!

slidewithme said...

I love this!

Christina Hagenauer said...

the pears look delicious :-)

Kristen V said...

I love how you used the negative pieces and also the fun way you stamped the light bulbs.

Marie said...

Great cards!! Thanks for all the wonderful inspiration! Your creativity is marvelous! (and your post was NOT too long!)

Amante del Papel said...

Wow many many cards and all so amazing and fabulous!

Lynne in NI said...

Looks like you had fun playing with your new goodies ... all fab cards :)

Sue in Grapevine said...

Love how you used the negative of the swirly tree.

Dima said...

Awesome cards! I particularly love the swirls in the tree die-cut!

zgagi said...

Beautiful Christmas cards!

Susie Moore said...

I think the first card is my favorite!!

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Fabulous projects. I just love that tree die and how you used it. TFS

Nichole Wade said...

These are all wonderful! I couldn't just pick one.

pamboe said...

I love your first card using the tree die. It is simple, flat and beautiful!

Robyn W said...

Such cute cards. I love the spiral tree.

Teresa said...

some very cute cards TFS

Terri (blindstamper) said...

What great cards! I can tell you were truly inspired.

Shella Travarca said...

Dot zig zags in the shopping cart. And darn you, now so it the fruit - which I swore I did not need! :) Thanks for sharing!

limakiro said...

A lot of good Ideas to make a christmas caard! thanks for the chance to win

Meg G said...

Wow!! So many great cards!! Thanks for sharing them all!!

Shelly Johnson said...

I really like these cards but I think my favorite is how you did the Christmas lights on a string with the ornaments stamps and all the colors. So Christmasy and cheery. :)I also am really liking the Zig zag dots stencil.

Tosha DelJanovan said...

Very cool.. Love the swirly tree die!

Sherri Gill said...

I love all the Christmas cards but am very thankful you showed us other cards too. I really like the one with the pears! Thank you.

Crafty Math Chick said...

WOW! You certainly went all out for us on this hop! WOO HOO! I think my favorite creations are your very first card because it is simple, elegant and easy to mass-produce and the colorful card with all the bulb lights on it (I LOVE bright colors!). Thank you so much for putting so much effort into each and every one of your projects for us on this hop!

cosmictwirling said...

Great cards, all of them. I love that tree die and the way you used both parts of it. Thanks for all the inspiration.

staceylovespaper said...

Thank you so much for all of your wonderful card ideas, love them

Lesley Couzens said...

So simple but so effective!

Jennifer Burkett said...

Awesome cards! Thanks!

theCook said...

Beautiful! Love the zig zag dots!

María Alba Negrón said...

Loved every single one of them!!!!

Cariños,
María Alba

Karen King said...

So many great cards! Thanks so much.

Nancy Fletcher said...

Love the cards. So pretty!

Kathy H said...

So many wonderful cards! I love those sentiment dies! My favorite is the pear card, adorable!

Nancy Fletcher said...

Love your cards!

Holly Waller said...

Really love the Christmas tree and your cards are beautiful

Hedi Salm said...

Such cool cards, I really love the new sss tree die.

Ily said...

Love your cards!!! Thanks for sharing.

Diane said...

All your cards are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

Veronica Zamora said...

Great cards!

shawn said...

Love the christmas lights card. The colors of your first cards are so pretty.

Mommie2Quads said...

OMG, every single card you created is absolutely gorgeous!!!! I especially love the ornaments card, tfs

petalspapersimplethymes said...

So many lovely cards, Barb! You add an elegant touch to all that you do! ♡

Angel Estes said...

So many pretty cards!! Just lovely. Thanks for sharing!!

Folies Créatives said...

Several beautiful sketches here. Congratulations for the great ideas!

Lee said...

The Christmas lights card is so cute!

conil said...

Good grief girl, did you ever use these new products, or what? Every single card is wonderful...I especially love the fruit and the Art Deco tree.

Lysa said...

That spiral tree die looks so fun! Great cards!

Julie Hoffman said...

These are all beautiful! I especially like the negative die cut Christmas tree cards.

Rachel K said...

My word, you have been BUSY! :) So many gorgeous cards here! They're all so inspiring...just wonderful design happening. Definitely loving the fruit, pears and cherries...hello, what's not to like?! Adorable.

Kathy E said...

I love all of your cards, I can't even pick a favorite, all I can say is great cards and a great release

Marise Nyberg said...

Prolific? So many wonderful designs. Particularly love how you've used the deco tree.

Renje said...

I can see you had a lot of fun playing with all these great supplies. I like them.

Tricia Schaden said...

my faves are the fruit ones - especially that pear... delish!

Karine said...

Wow, your cards are so different, yet all so beautiful! Love it!

lisa808 said...

That is a fun tree die! Thanks for sharing so many inspiring cards.

Melinda Hutchison said...

I adore the card with the light strands :)!!!

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