Monday, 9 September 2019

Simon Says Stamp - Designer Spotlight Week 2

Hello Friends

This is my second week in the Designer Spotlight at Simon Says Monday Challenge
and I am still pinching myself!
This week the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge team is celebrating 10 years of STAMPtember®, an annual event held by Simon Says Stamp, by creating projects using items from the new STAMPtember® release of products.  It would be lovely to have you enter the 'STAMP IT' challenge with STAMPtember® or other Simon Says Stamp products, but it is not a requirement.

I was very lucky and received some stamps and a die set to use and I had great fun making a few cards.
I went a little vintage-y with the first two using the following items, all of which are listed at the end of this post.
I used Kraft card for the card on the left, die cutting with the gorgeous Shimmer Rounded Rectangle die.  The die actually cuts into two separate pieces, it leaves the border in the card and cuts out the fancy centre part in one piece.  I wanted to use the whole piece altogether, so I attached a piece of cream card from my stash, across the back and mounted the centre piece back into the card.  This also gave me a lovely cream border for the base of the card.

Before adding the piece back in the centre, I inked around the edge of the 'frame' with Distress ink and I also inked around the edges of the whole card to give some definition.

The sentiment comes from the very useful stamp set Healing Hugs, I stamped and embossed the sentiment directly onto the card.  To finish off I die cut some Tim Holtz Wildflower Stems #1, inked them lightly and added them to the card.

The card on the right was so simple, the beautiful floral background stamp covered the whole of the base of my card.  I stamped and embossed in black onto Kraft card and watercoloured the flowers. Before matting and layering onto my card base I stamped the sentiment onto vellum and added it to the card.  I love how the vellum just lifts the colour of the whole card.

I enjoyed the process so much that I made more cards, using the same style and methods but in a more colourful way.  I think this just shows the versatility of the stamps and die.
I really love how all of the cards turned out, I can see myself getting lots of use out of the stamps and dies in the future.

I hope you feel inspired to join in the 'STAMP IT' challenge, as always there is a very generous prize on offer:

All of the items I used, which are available from Simon Says Stamp are
listed separately below.

As always, thanks so much for your visit, I appreciate it and any comments you wish to leave.  Thanks for looking and I hope to see you again soon.

Hugs, Anne xxx

Products Used available from Simon Says Stamp:

Simon Says Floral Background Stamp
Simon Says Healing Hugs Stamp set
Simon Says Shimmer Rounded Rectangle die set
Tim Holtz Wildflower Stems #1
Kraft card
White Cardstock
Cornflower Blue Cardstock
Sakura Watercolour paint
Black Versafine Clair Ink
Black Embossing Powder
White Embossing Powder
Distress Ink Gathered Twigs


  1. Stunning cards Anne :-) I love how you used the Flora Background Stamp to make 2 cards, such beautiful colours and I love the sentiment and the design stamped on the torn vellum, such pretty details. The cards using the dies are gorgeous too! LOVE them all!!
    Thank you so much!! You really showcased these new products so beautifully :-) XX

    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Lols x x x

  2. Stunning cards Anne. The floral background stamp is one of my favourites so far from Stamptember. I really like the vellum strip on the blue version, very clever idea. Have a lovely week xx

  3. Gosh Anne your design skills are superb! The four cards are so so cleverly done. Its obvious how much thought went into working those stamps and dies to show the various ways they can be used. Well done you! I love them all. Nicola x

  4. Gorgeous cards Anne, adore the colours and the parchment layers . Love how you showcased the stamps ❤️❤️❤️

  5. Oh these cards are gorgeous Anne and the blue ones WOW! You are really talented and have such a wonderful way combining different pieces, thank you for sharing! xx

  6. Wow, Anne, they're all so stunning!! I absolutely love, love the designs and the details you added!! Each one is so gorgeous!! You are so inspiring, my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  7. Ooh Anne! I love what you have made with your fab Simon goodies! Each one is absolutely stunning! You have used the goodies to perfection. I wish we could get Simon goodies here in the uk. I love so many of them but the duty and postage makes them impossible for me to buy. Boo hoo! Hugs my friend! xxxxxxx

  8. Fabulous job showcasing these products, Annie! Your twofer designs are stunning in both color schemes! I've been drooling over that floral background stamp and you've pushed me over the edge! I love the way you added the vellum!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  9. I'm just so happy to see your cards on the SSS page! They are all so beautiful, but the blues draw me in for a hug! :) Biggest congratulations on this brilliant guest spot! Hugs, Autumn

  10. The kraft and red are stunning and then you threw in the blues...LOVE all the versions, gorgeous cards!

  11. These are absolutely gorgeous Anne, the colours are beautiful and I love how you've added the strip of vellum. Have a very happy week, Sue xx

  12. Hello Redanne:
    I was happy to see your comment on my blog regarding the mini albums I entered over at Mini Album Makers. I realize that my style is definitely not really the "vibe" they're looking for, but I really do love making mini albums and I like to share them there when I do. I get so many fabulous ideas from the DT and even the entries. Mini albums are such a sweet gift to give, and I'm grateful for the challenge blog. Thanks for stopping by to comment on my little glassine bag albums. I sure enjoy making and giving them.
    Blessings to you,
    Karen Letchworth

    P.S. I also happen to run a challenge blog. It's always Anything Goes/Family Friendly, and we are blessed to have awesome sponsors and amazing prizes. I'd love to have you share your amazing art with us when you can (or when you think of it). I'd love for Word Art Wednesday to become a "regular" for you to link up in...I'd be honored to have you join us there.

  13. Fantastic cards, the blue is such a wonderful colour, love the cards and can understand you saying you would get a lot of use out of the stamps and dies. Super. Axxx

  14. Such lovely cards, Anne - I'm really taken with that die - what a great effect. Love that one in the kraft & cream, and the gorgeous Floral Background in blue... absolutely gorgeous. Obviously I like them all, but those are my top favourites! Lovely work in the spotlight again.
    Alison x

  15. WOW! Anne, your cards are gorgeous, and I love how you tried them in different palettes - what a change! Very creative, and I can see you are having a lot of fun!! hugs, Maura

  16. A wonderful collection of cards , Anne in both colourways . Lovely showcasing of the SSS products you chose to work with and the results prove that you chose very well indeed.
    Big hugs x

  17. These cards are wonderful Anne! I love the two sets of colors. The flower stamp looks wonderful on kraft, and the white and blue combo is stunning. You also showcased the pretty rounded rectangle die so well. I hope you will have a great week!

  18. Anne these are all so beautiful, love how you matched the vellum overlay up with the background stamping. What a useful sentiment set, now another stash need.. The all give a sense of warmth and will surely brighten up the receivers day. Sending Hugs Tracey xx


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