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Friday Focus – Die Cutting #2 (Simon Mothers & Fathers Release Blog Hop)

Happy Friday, all!

Today I am not only continuing my Friday Focus Die Cutting video miniseries, but I’m also taking part in the Simon Says Stamp Mothers & Fathers Release Blog Hop! Lots of fun new stamps, dies, and stencils to play with for you Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards!

For the release, I designed two stamp sets: Mother’s Day and Father’s Day…

I also wanted to share a couple of my favorite dies from this release. :) …

As for my card for today, I got to play with the Star Parade die and the Father’s Day stamp set. To make the card masculine, I used Dark Chocolate cardstock and gold embossing.

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Simon is releasing new cardstock and ink colors later this month! Be sure to leave a comment on this blog post (and all the others in the hop) for multiple chances to win two ink pads of the new colors, plus the coordinating cardstock! There will be one winner from each stop on the hop! The giveaway closes at 6pm EST on Thursday April 10, 2014. A complete winners list will be posted on the Simon blog on Friday April 11, 2014.

Get Hopping!

Your next stop in the hop is the fantastic Shari Carroll! If you encounter a broken link along the hop, you can go back to the Simon blog. :)

Friday Focus – Die Cutting #1

Hi all!

I haven’t done a card with patterned paper in ages and the new Spice Market 6×6 pad from BasicGrey has been calling my name! LOL! So I thought it would be fun to focus on some die cutting for the next few weeks. So today marks the beginning of a new Friday Focus miniseries focusing on using dies.

Today I used the Femme Frames and Dainty Bow dies from Mama Elephant. I love the smaller scalloped edge on the outer frame. So pretty! And that bow is very aptly named–it’s very dainty. :)

Anyhow, enjoy!

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Friday Focus – Wishing You the Happiest of Birthdays

Hi all! Technically, I know it’s Saturday. Just not enough hours in the day. :) I got to watch my nephew and baby niece for my brother and sister-in-law so they could have a date night last night so I was unable to edit my usual Friday Focus video. So here I am at sharing it a bit late. But hey! Let’s start the weekend off right! :)

For this card, I used three different stamps/stamp sets: Capture Prism background stamp from BasicGrey and Hero Arts, Birthday Balloons from Simon Says Stamp, and Cake and Candles from Avery Elle. I also used the Balloons die set from Simon to cut out the balloon shapes (the smallest die coordinates with the Birthday Balloons stamp set).

Anyhow, enjoy! :)

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