Thursday, September 3, 2015

STAMPtember New Release

The new release from Simon Says Stamp is here!
I am always looking forward to STAMPtember at this time of the year.
The new release has some really awesome designs (see here). 
I was lucky to have a few goodies waiting for me upon my return from the cruise to Norway.

 One of the dies in this collection is Nadine Snowflake Wafer Die.
 I have a few snowflake dies by now, but I find the simplicity of this snowflake die speaks volumes.
snowflake (square card)

I created my own watercolor paper with Spectrum Aqua Markers and made the die cut. I kept the design super simple and only added strings and sequins to complete this 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" card.

My 2nd card is a bit more elaborate.

I made the die cut on a piece of thin paper and used the negative image as a stencil. Then I used pattern paper (with music notes) from My Mind's Eye and made three snowflakes. 
season's greetings

I am not ready for winter yet. But this dies sure reminds me the beauty of winter wonderland.
Hope you are having a fabulous day! I am getting over the jet lag and am feeling almost back to normal! Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #332


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Welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge !! Thank you for joining us for the Anything Goes Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too :-)

This week the challenge is...

Make It Colorful

 We are using Doodlebug this week. You don't have to use them to join in but if you have some, we love to see them used :-) 


Previously, I shared this card by using only the circle parts from this Smile die.
you make me smile (Virginia's View Challenge #17)

Ever wonder what happened to the SMILE sentiment?
Well, you know me, NOTHING goes to waste!  
wishing you lots of smiles
I love it when the intricate word die does all the work for you!
If you are not into word dies, think again :)  

As always, Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store!
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So now it's YOUR turn ! Happy Crafting !!
There are fabulous Give Aways and inspiration from fabulous designers on a daily basis over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog . If you haven't subscribed by email, you may want to do so you don't miss out.
http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/
You have until Wed. 8am Eastern Time to join in :-)
I hope you check out the DT's work!  I can't wait to see what you create!!
Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Virginia's View Challenge #18

Hello friends! It's time for the new challenge...
This is the perfect time to get back to the BASICS! 
We are going to explore Geometric Patterns

Please make anything geometric and let it be the STAR of your design. You can use stamps, dies, pattern paper...stencils to create anything geometric/ patterns. We are also talking about shapes...you can use circles, triangles, rectangles, hexagon....any shape that you heart desire to be part of your design. Sky is the limit.

My first card
hang in there
My 2nd card 
UR G8!
 I used the Lawn Fawn border stamp and then made the die cut with MFT Square dies.
 
If you are wondering about last month's Spotlight Feature ....well, the announcement of top 10 Fav and HMs), will be in early September. Since I have been taking a summer vacation, I have some major catch-up to do. I just got back from a cruise to Norway (yes, WAY!!! )! Prior to that, I had a week-long visit in London, UK. South Hampton is where the cruise started.

(photo taken at Geiranger, Norway)


Hope you put your thinking cap on and create something with Geometric Patterns! Meanwhile, I am recovering from the traveling, laundry and jet lag.... I hope to share photos soon.
Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Just Breathe

Hello friends!
I am sharing a card that I made for Heidi Swapp who recently had lost her 2nd son.
It is tragic and devastating to have lost a child. No words can ever describe the pain.
As I get older, I realize life has its ebbs and flows, no one is immune to painful lessons in life.
It's God and love ones that can lift your spirit and carry you through.

No, Heidi doesn't know me, but I did meet her in 2012 Scrapfest in Minneapolis. Back then, I hardly knew who Heidi was! Her beautiful merchandise was not available at Michael's here in Canada. And since I am not a scrapbooker, I knew little about that side of crafting and this was 3 long years ago. At the time, only when a friend from the hotel noticed Heidi in the Mall of America and asked to have a photo with her, so I did, too!

Heidi was so sweet and we had a quick photo together.
I just loved how easy, approachable and interesting to talk to Heidi even for a few minutes.
I printed out the words "just breathe" from Heidi's FB share (and see here) and created a card.
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The card has been mailed out to Heidi amongst the hundreds of cards that she is/will be getting.
I need to let Heidi know that the pain she is suffering is a little less painful when we share her sorrow. I get all teary as I typed this.
We all need to --- just breathe.