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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1,049 comments:

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Ruby Craft said...

My favorite is the sketched trees with that iced spruce background and xig sag dots stencil. So wintery and shimmery. Love it!

Jeannie Ross said...

Very cool use of the tree die. Thanks for sharing.

Linda said...

So many beautiful Christmas cards.

Kim Potts said...

I LOVE all of your Christmas cards. I had to Pin them ALL!!!

Sandra said...

Wow! Feel like I hit the jackpot - SOOOO many lovely cards. Thanks for all the inspiration.
Sandra ltb

JanetintheJaw said...

Love the spiral tree... The more I see it, the more I think I need it! Lovely cards, all! TFS!

mtscrapgal said...

Thanks for all the inspiration. Wow 8 cards. You've been busy. Thanks

Jennifer Gayle said...

I love your cards! So much great inspiration.

la fra(ncarella) said...

I love the card with all the christmas lights!

Sissy Dask said...

Wonderful! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

Angela said...

Very pretty cards! I especially love the Christmas trees.

amy gretchen said...

I'm loving your use of the spiral tree. Nice to see you use the same dies in different cards.

Debbie Bauder said...

Wow! So many cards. I love how you used the positive and negative to create two completely different cards. The tree and Merry Christmas die are a must have. I also want the zig zag dot stencil and texture paste. Your ornament cards are really cute too.

Sandy said...

Those are great cards. I like the swirly line in the ornaments set. Great release from Simon Says Stamps!

Lillian Meyer said...

Love your cards and this is fun ty.

Jaya Christina said...

Awesome :) Thanks for the chance to win

the ornaments card is very elegant

Marlo Covarrubias said...

Thank you so much for sharing I loved them all but I pinned the one with all the christmas lights it really was my fav.

Andreea DiyCraftyScraps said...

Oh, my, your cards are so lovely! All of them are so unique and beautiful. I just love the colors you created on the second card:) Thanks for sharing these great projects!

AmandineC said...

Thanks for the chance to win & this fabulous ideas !

Bethany said...

What a great collection of cards. I think my fav is the pears. :)

Tammy Rubarts said...

love the swirly wire stamp!

Hilette Wright said...

Happy STAMPtember

Ana Emília Cardozo said...

WOW! That is a lot of inspiration! I am glad to meet you. Thanks, SSS!

Tammy H said...

You have been busy. Thanks for sharing all your beautiful creations.

Beach Girl 115 said...

Wow, you gave us so much inspiration! Your cards are beautiful, and I especially love the one with the colored lights. Art imitates life with the curly wires, too.

Kim Potts said...

Love your Christmas cards... I think I pinned every one!

Sarah Scales said...

I love the pear card. That splatter background combined with the water colour pears is just fab. Thanks for the inspiration.

Lindsey said...

What amazing cards! I really love how you showcased the stamps and dies in multiple ways.

Melanie said...

Love your style! Esp the gold card!

Marianne C said...

Those are all so amazing and creative. Very inspiring!

Kimberly Russell said...

The tree die is so fun!

Daria said...

Wow, what great cards and I like the idea of using the negative part of the cutting die to create the cards.

Izolda said...

So glad to see you as the part of this hop! You made A LOT of amazing cards!

Marina said...

I love the one with the pears and the one with the trees.
Thanks for sharing!

Andrea La Vigne said...

WOW! You weren't kidding when you said you just couldn't stop playing! I really love all your cards. I'd be hard-pressed to choose a favorite, because I love each one differently. Kind of like our cats! LOL Anyway, thanks so much for sharing all of these!

Shutterscape said...

WOW!! I love love love your cards. So many made it's hard to choose a favorite. I love that zig zag background a lot!

Holly said...

Barb these are all great!! I love the Christmas light card.. super cute!

Cris said...

Love the depth in these cards!!

Betsye Rose said...

I loved all the cards in this post. I was sad to see it end.

Eterne Bambine said...

How many different cards!!! They're all so beautiful but my favourite one is that with the colored lamp light! it is funny and vibrant!!!
Thank you for sharing all!

OracleGaia said...

Gosh you've been busy! I really love the Deco Tree. Of all your cards I think I like the "You're a Sweetie" one best - those cherries! I LOVE cherries...

{melanie} said...

Lots of fantastic inspiration here! You went all out :)!

Cynthia Powell-Cobb said...

Great cards. You've given me a lot of ideas.

Lena D. said...

Love the color of the card base and the use of the die cuts. Thanks for sharing! :)

PaperDoll said...

Lovely cards! My favorites are the Pears Thank You Card, & the Zig Zag Dotted Snowy-Sky Background Spruce Holiday Card: just gorgeous! :)

N said...

Your cards are lovely; I like the color choice for the first one and the cute christmas tree die~
I've discovered a lot of great bloggers through this awesome Simon Says Stamp giveaway!

Shona said...

My favorite is the one using the negative die cut of the tree. That, combined with the colour you used, has a fabulous fresh and modern look.

Cecilia said...

I love your first card, so clean and simple. Just how I like it :)

Tanja said...

These are all lovely. I especially like the last 2, great watercolouring!

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