Blog Hop: October 2014 Simon Says kit!

Final Oct 2014 CK Blog Hop

So it’s middle of September. HOW?WHAT?! HUH?

Oh wait, I mean STAMPtember! I’m excited to say that Simon Says Stamp has asked me to be apart of their blog hop today – and I’ve got two cards featuring their FABULOUS new card kit to share!

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First up  – oh that coffee die cut! Love it with the fox paper, and I sprinkled some sugar (I mean mist + sequins) as well as embossing a sentiment onto this card.


That cup – I will be making holiday cocoa & coffee gift card holders with it for sure!!


In fact… why not start with some floral inspired ones?


This card has plenty of room for a gift card. Pumpkin Spice Latte, anyone?

I just stitched around the edges to secure the pocket, and of course added some fun little embellishments and stamp from the kit.

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Love this beautiful bright kit, and had a blast making some cards to send and share some happy notes with.

The next stop on this blog hop is Vicky Papaioannou

Oh but wait – there’s more!

Simon Says Stamp is giving away a prize pack of a selection of items from the STAMPtember® giveaway stash at each stop on the hop!

This means you need to leave a comment on this blog post for your chance to win here! The giveaways for the prize pack will close at 6:00pm EST on Tuesday September 23, 2014 and a complete winners list will be posted on the Simon blog on Wednesday September 24, 2014.


Rock the techniques


This week, our challenge focus is on techniques and I’ve used three on this tag.

#1: After I finished using the stencil on last week’s tag, I rubbed the stencil on this tag. That’s where the dots and white paint comes from!

#2: Coloring a stamp with distress ink, squirting with water, and then stamping for a watercolor effect.


#3: I used watercolors, then added water to blend and soften on my stamped bird image.


From there we’ve got some stitching, tape, and words of course. I’m really loving this tag…

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I love the depth and details in this tag – such a fun piece to make!


Simon is, as always, offering a generous $50 voucher that will be randomly drawn from the eligible entries each week. Join the fun by creating a project this week – and for your chance to win a $50 voucher you should hop on over and join in the challenge here. What stamping technique is your favorite? What will you feature? We can’t wait to see!

Scrappy Saturday.

When I allow her to come with me to school pick-up and we meet the girls in the park? Oh she loves it. She takes very seriously her bird, squirrel, and child watching duties while we wait…


Just don’t ask how she feels about the school policy banning dogs from campus. ;)

Supply sneak peek!


This is a sneaky peek of one of my 12+ projects in progress for the upcoming “supplies on hand” class. I am SO excited for this class for the following reasons:

  1. I have supplies I really need to use
  2. I love sharing ideas and challenging myself to use my stash/get creative
  3. AMAZING contributors have signed on to share their own ideas making this an exciting collaboration
  4. “live craft” sessions are back! I will do four where I take contributor ideas + make projects LIVE on air! And you can chat with me while I do
  5. I love focusing on utilizing materials that are on hand.

If you’d like to know a bit more and register you can check it all out here. Of course you can always email me if you have questions as well.

a new (video) series…

Thanks to everyone for all the awesome support, ideas, and generally for just taking time to read my blog. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up that I won’t be blogging these (for the most part) – but that I’m starting a new video series over on YouTube. A little lifestyle/health, some behind the scenes, and once in a while maybe a random tangent. Anyhow – the videos will be over here on my channel if you’re interested.

STAMPtember challenge and a blog hop


I used this amazing new Simon stencil (seriously – a fave!) + white paint onto a kraft tag. Then playing with some fun new Simon Stamps and I’m ready for some candy! Using white paint and a stencil may not be stamping – but it’s a great way to build a base or add finishing touches to any stamping project!


I do so adore coloring with distress markers – this set is so cute and was a lot of fun to sit and color for my tag. I’m loving these new releases and STAMPtember in general! We’re doing a team blog hop this week for our fun challenge celebrating all things Simon + Stamptember.


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Your next stop on the hop is Meihsia - and when you’re done hopping along then if you’re so inspired go join in our challenge this week.


Simon is, as always, offering a generous $50 voucher that will be randomly drawn from the eligible entries each week.


 Simon Says Stamp was founded in 2002 with an interest in exclusively selling rubber stamps. It didn’t take long until we realized we couldn’t stop there. For more than 10 years we have celebrated rubber stamping and its glory. We work to bring companies from around the world together in a one stop shopping environment. Rubber stamps still remain the heart of our business and we are celebrating by hosting a “STAMPtember®” event intended to inspire, educate, and celebrate the delight of rubber stamping. Part of the enticement of rubber stamping is that stamps can be used in creating or complementing ANYTHING! From stamping dates on bank documents and postage parcels in the early 18th century, rubber stamping has dramatically expanded to include card making, scrapbooking, mixed media and many forms of altering and expressing art.