Simon Says Stamp November Blog Hop + Prize!



Welcome to the Simon Says Stamp November 2013 Card Kit Blog Hop!

This month we have a really fun kit that features a great new exclusive Simon Says Stamp stamp set and a random assortment of twelve 6×6 papers from the new Amy Tangerine Cut and Paste collection! And that’s not all! It also includes a full roll of the new Kelly Purkey Ledger washi tape, three Doodlebug Designs Pixie Mini Sticks and some other great items to get those creative juices flowing! Did you know that you can subscribe to Simon Says Stamp’s monthly card kits for just $19.95 plus S&H every month?!

As always, I love taking part in Simon’s hops, and for this one I’ve made two projects. First up – a card.


I used a striped piece of paper + a number of stamps from this kit, and finished things off with sparkle.


I also was totally inspired by the stamps and papers to get working on a layout!


The “love this” stamp in this kit will definitely be used repeatedly on my layouts.


This layout made me realize (Whoops!) I forgot to share the finished journal I made for this trip- so I will be sure to share that next week. For now – here’s my page!


I used white memento luxe ink for the hearts (LOVE!) and I like those neutral papers so much mixed with the bits of color that came together so simply for this page. I tried fussing with it more – but nope. It wanted to just be as it is.

Supplies Used:



Simon Says Stamp is giving away a goody bag at every stop on the hop! That’s eleven chances to win! Just leave a comment on this blog post (and for more chances to win, the other blog posts as you hop along) to be entered in the random drawings. The giveaways will stay open until Thursday October 24, 2013 at 6:00pm EST and the winners will be announced on the Simon Says Stamp blog on Friday October 25, 2013.

The next stop on this blog hop is the always fun & fantastic Stephanie Klauck!

If you encounter any broken links on the hop, you can head back the Simon Says Stamp blog here for a full list of participants.

A new monthly post…


So cool news – I’m going to be doing a monthly blogging series on scrapbooking for the Simon Says Stamp blog. I do a wide variety of craft projects, but you know scrapbooking will always be #1 for me. It’s cool to get to share some how-to, new products, and also have another reason to scrapbook! This month I’m all about Crate Paper the Pier, layering 6×6 paper, and you’ll find a sketch too. You can find the post here.

Have a great weekend!

Project Hawaii: the one with no embellishing

Question: What’s wrong with a scrapbook page that is just paper + words + photos?

Answer: absolutely nothing. They don’t all have to be fancy with embellishments or take a ton of time. This week’s installment of Project Hawaii you’ll see a layout that is, well, boring.




The thing is – I have lots of patterned papers and loads of photos and I said what I wanted to. I saw no need for embellishing beyond the bit of washi tape that I added to the edge of two photos. I was totally happy with it as-is. So, I let it stand! It’s fast, easy, and takes up less room in that quickly filling album.



So my note to you this week I suppose is to just relax. It’s ok if you just stick pictures to paper, tell your story, and move on without techniques and embellishing. Just do your thing, have fun, and enjoy the process.

This was actually the second Project Hawaii layout I made, I just couldn’t bring myself to posting it early on because it was so, well, BORING! haha. But – I’m sharing them all and so even this one gets a turn. The supplies are simple – PL Olive kit cards like crazy, a Basic Grey Envelope, Pink Paislee raised word, my grey Hero Arts ink, and trusty G45 stamps.

Happy Crafting!!