Simon Says Stamp Dahlia Corner Frame Die

Howdy! I got another card done for a challenge. This was for the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge with a theme of Fall Colors. I know where I wanted to start this one. I smooshed some panels using the very cool Tim Holtz Distress Mica Stain Sprays for Halloween.

Tim Holtz Distress Mica Stain Sprays

To start my card I sprayed the Mica Stain colors Flickering Candle, Jack-O-Lantern and Crooked Broomstick on my craft mat. Then I did smooshing on a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock. I think I let out a gasp when I saw it. They are just so cool together and cool in general.

For the flower I used a die from Simon Says Stamp and decided to leave the pieces in when I glued it down.

The sentiment is stamped in a dark brown ink.

This was one of those hard to photograph cards. Getting some of the glimmer from the mica and having the dark sentiment show up was a bit challenging.


  • Tim Holtz Distress Mica Stain Sprays
  • Simon Says Stamp Birthday Messages 3×4 stamp set
  • Simon Says Stamp Dahlia Corner Frame die
  • Versafine Clair Ink
  • Tim Holtz Kraft-Stock Cool

Christmas Cards Using Dies and Paper Pad

Today I have a couple more cards I made in January. For these I used a paper pad and die cut. No stamping or ink. It’s nice to do something a little different for me.

I used the sketch for January from the Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers group in Facebook. I am loving that it is opening my mind to using my paper pads way more.

So for both of these, as you can see, I just used the designs on the paper and cut out various areas to make up the cards.


  • DCWV Winter in the Woods paper stack
  • Spellbinders Labels Seventeen die set
  • Spellbinders Large Deckled Rectangles
  • Spellbinders Standard Circles die set
  • Avery Elle Dotted Die set
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes

Die Cutting with Simon Says Stamp Thank You Die

Howdy! I have a little sparkle for you today! Maybe a lot of sparkle.

Impression Obsession Batik Pattern

This card started with a pretty alcohol ink background. I love copper and blue together so I heat embossed with sparkly copper embossing powder over the alcohol ink.

For the sentiment I used a die to cut out the shadow and the words. I used Tim Holtz metallic paper for the thank you.

Entered in the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #155.

Entered in the Love Handmade Cards August challenge in Flickr.


  • Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink
  • Simon Says Stamp Thank You die
  • Impression Obsession Batik Pattern background stamp
  • Judikins Metallic Copper embossing powder
  • Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft-Stock in copper

Simon Says Stamp Summer Garden Die Cutting

Howdy! Lately I have been creating more hello and thinking of you cards since we are all in weird times. I could be doing more but some is better than none.

Lifestyle Crafts Embossing Folder

The background was created using an embossing folder.

For the flowers and the leaves I stamped the images on some scraps of paper I inked up for some other card. I then die cut them using the matching dies.

For the sentiment I heat embossed in gold on the black cardstock and just hand cut around it.

Entered over at Love Handmade Cards in Flickr for the May Challenge.


  • Simon Says Stamp Summer Garden stamps and dies
  • Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder
  • Hero Arts Reactive ink
  • Gold Embossing Powder


Art Impressions Birthday Owl Whoots

This was a fun one since I love owls. I had the background done awhile ago and picked it up recently and thought I need to use it soon. So it was a good one for this cute owl.

Art Impressions Owl

The background is done using a stencil and ink blending over it with Oxide Distress inks.

The owl was stamped, colored with Copics and cut out by hand.

The sentiment is die cut and I colored it with Copics using the same colors that are on the birthday hat.


  • Background sun – Memory Box stencil Brilliant
  • Owl – Birthday Whoots by Art Impressions
  • Sentiment – Simon Says Stamp Painted Happy Birthday die
  • Copic Pens

Entered in the July challenge Anything Goes at Love! – Handmade Cards in Flickr.

Also entered in the Simon Says Stamp challenge in Flickr of favorite technique. As far as my favorite technique there is a lot I like to do. On this card I did some favorites using a stencil and coloring with Copics. Funny thing is I did not like Copics when I first used them and now I have a bunch.

Entered over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge Anything Goes on their blog.


Gingerbread and Candy Canes

Inspired by Merry Monday challenge #291. The challenge was add candy canes, cookies, and/or sweets to your cards! I did not enter these cards but the switching things around ideas kept coming after I made the first one.
Check out Merry Monday Challenges here.

Let me know which you like best, which one second, which leaves third place for the other…

Gingerbread and Candy Canes

For the backgrounds on the right and left I stamped those using Hero Arts stamp Cling Dots (CG139). The middle card background is from a paper pad.

The frame die cut is Simon Says Stamp Holiday Frames (SSSD111393). As you can probably see I backed the word Christmas with red paper on two cards. On the third I glued the cut out letters back into the frame.

The gingerbread man is from the set Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Christmas Blueprint 3. I stamped with Versamark and used white embossing powder and heat embossed. Two guys I left as it stamps and one guy I cut out.

The candy canes are from the same Tim Holtz set. One I stamped with Hero Arts Royal Red ink and cut it out. The other two I heat embossed with white powder and cut them out.

Gnome Birthday

Gnome Birthday

This is a card I made for a guy.

This background was also created while playing around with the Oxide Layered stamping. However this is not that exactly. It is just stamping with Oxide ink. I stamped with Hickory Smoke Oxide Distress ink using a Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz stamp Mesh (CMS221) on the dark blue paper. The card base gray paper was from my stash and it matches the Hickory Smoke Oxide ink pretty darn close. I tried several grays from light to darker.

The gnome is a stamp from Simon Says Stamp from a set called Secret Garden (SSS101629). Such a cute little gnome. I colored him with Copics. His belt and buttons are colored with a silver Pen Touch pen. I am not sure, now that I look at it, why I didn’t color the belt black and the buckle silver.

For the sentiment I applied Hickory Smoke Oxide ink direct to paper using the ink pad. Then I stamped the frame and sentiment over that possibly with Versafine onyx black ink. They are both from Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz set Saying Stuff (THJ009). I die cut the frame.

Entered in the Simon Says Stamp Challenge 95 in Flickr.


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