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Friday Focus – Simon Ugly Sweaters + Blog Hop

Good morning, all! Today is Friday so I have a new Friday Focus video for you. But I am also taking part in the Simon Says Stamp Cold Hand Warm Heart Release Blog Hop. Lots of new product was released overnight at Simon, including some that I designed. You can see the entire release HERE, which includes new embossing powders and ink pads, too.

Here are all of my new designs from this release. I’ve added them to my page with everything I’ve designed for Simon, too…

For the blog hop today I got to play with the Ugly Sweater stamp set, plus the additional stamp set called Sweater Words & Appliques. I LOVE this stamp set because you get to create your own ugly sweaters! So much fun! I colored the sweaters with Copic Markers. :)

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Simon will be giving away a grab bag Prize Pack to 1 commenter on each stop of the blog hop. The giveaways for the prize pack will close at 1:00pm EST on Friday, October 10, 2014. A complete winners list will be posted on the Simon blog on Friday October 10, 2014.

Get Hopping!

Your next stop on the blog hop is the lovely Jennifer McGuire. :) If you encounter a broken link while hopping, you can go back to the start at the Simon blog. Happy hopping!

Friday Focus – 1 Card, 1 Stamp Set #2

Happy Friday! Since it’s the end of the day, I hope your Friday was wonderful!

Today I’m continuing my 1 Card, 1 Stamp Set miniseries by using Lawn Fawn’s Monster Mash stamp set. Such cute little monsters! :)

I used a few Distress Inks to watercolor the monsters: Seedless Preserves, Worn Lipstick, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, and Pumice Stone. I did try watercoloring with other types of inks (Simon Says Stamp inks and Hero Arts Shadow Inks), but the colors felt very flat and didn’t blend well. If you want to watercolor with inks, I truly suggest Distress Inks.

Anyhow, I hope you enjoy!

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Copic Markers for Card Makers Class Winners!

The winners of the free spots in Copic Markers for Card Makers are:

  • Marcia Censuous Meekins
  • Shirlene Celona
  • Jenny Kozar

I have emailed the winners about claiming their prize.

If you’d like to sign up for class, more info can be found HERE.

And the results of the survey included in the giveaway…

Friday Focus – 1 Card, 1 Stamp Set #1

Happy Friday!

Today I’m starting a new Friday Focus miniseries I’m calling “1 Card, 1 Stamp set.” I thought it would be fun to challenge myself to use only one stamp set on a card, and really focus on that stamp set. :)

I used the Butterflies stamp set from Simon for today’s card, and added a few colors by using the Rock and Roll technique with some Avery Elle pigment inks. Be sure to watch the video below to see how that works.

The gold areas on the card are from Ranger Gold Embossing Powder. I’m noticed over the last little bit that my gold embossing powder is getting really gritty. It’s really weird. After I did this card, I tried out a different gold embossing powder and it was super smooth. So, I think this might my last card with that particular embossing powder. Maybe it was getting old? I have no idea. I don’t remember it being so gritty and bumpy before, but I have had it for a few years. Oh, well!

Hope you enjoy the video!

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September 2014 Card Kit Giveaway Winner

The winner of the 2014 Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp is Denisse Diaz. Congrats! Denisse, I’ve already emailed you about claiming your prize.

As for the poll included in the giveaway, here are the results!


All opinions are my own. If I receive a product to review, it is my policy to make note of how it was acquired. That being said, I only recommend products I genuinely use. I do not accept offers of direct payment for dedicated blog posts to promote products. NOTE: In my capacity as an employee, I regularly receive product from Simon Says Stamp.

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