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6/20/12

simon says blog hop...with a giveaway

Brilliant
Hello and welcome to Simon Says Stamp's Blog Hop!! I am so excited to be participating with all of Simons's talented friends and showcasing the beautiful  new collection of exclusive dies from Simon Says Stamp!!  I have two cards to share and a mini tutorial for you today. You may be arriving from Lisa Spangler's blog here. (Lisa is so creative... I love hanging out with her...she even more fun than her cards!!) OR If you want to start at the beginning of the hop go here to Simon Says Stamp's BLOG  (if you get lost there will be a complete list of the designers participating in this fun hop)

EACH designer will be giving away one of their favorite dies soooooo lots of opportunities to win thanks to Simon Says Stamp !!! I will be giving away this die below to a random winner next Wednesday. All you have to do is leave a comment on my blog.
If you purchase a die and win the same one you will be fully reimbursed. 
Brilliant
I am in love with the these die cut words and the endless possibilites so I wanted to create a background by embossing just the word "brilliant" several times. The gradient color on the background was created with distress ink, water and some shimmer mist. I used this thick water color paper, die cut my shape with a Spellbinder die then TAPED THE BACK so my words wouldn't fall out after "die cutting" the words. (note: I lined up the die several times in a line on the center of the card.) 
Brilliant
I sprayed my birdcage (love these wood die cuts from Kaiser) & the background with my favorite shimmer mist. I like it because it dries clear on my project...not hazy. Die cut the word Brilliant again and apply it to the background with a dot of glossy accents in a few spots on the back of the word. Dot the "I"'s  with Enamel Accents.
I used Rusty Hinge, Ripe Persimmon and Aged Mahogany to achieve the gradient look on my background. After saturating my paper I blotted some of the color off with a paper towel and the end result was a beautiful blended background.  
I used the same technique that I use on the word "Brilliant" with these beautiful corner dies called, "Allegro" (die cut, flip carefully and tape down so the flourish doesn't fall out, distress) I wanted matching twine so I used my distress ink to color this neutral twine. 
Using Scrap Dots is essential since my Penny Black butterfly sits between the background and the birdcage. 
READY FOR CARD NUMBER TWO???
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I wanted to show you that using the die cut as your background  on plain white is so pretty and a great way to make a fast card. The dotted boarder die was a left over from this card. 
I love flowers so I just had to use this die called, "Delicate Dahlia" for the blog hop and there is a  "Outline Dahlia" to go underneath. You can see it to the right of my Dahlia. I cut petals on the outline to give my flower more dimension. I colored them both with Copic markers. You might notice that I left some of the center parts of the die intack in my dahlia. I used super thick watercolor paper so the petals wound't fall out easily. 
Just had to share a close up. My wonderful friend and neighbor picks me up buttons from her estate sale visits. This yummy purple button is one of her finds. Yes..I know I am a lucky girl :)
One last tip..I colored my word, distressed the top half ONLY. I proceeded to dip my word in embossing ink then embossed with clear powder. If you read all the way to the bottom I am impressed...and thank you. Thanks for your visit and I hope you will be back. Hugs, Kathy 
Now ... It's time to hop on over to the talented Linda Trace's blog here.

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350 comments:

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Tina Schrof said...

As always - beautiful!! You are incredible!

Kelly said...

so gorgeous! love the distress inks and the bird cage is adorable. Brilliant use of the dies to make the background!

Vicki Dutcher said...

What gorgeous coloring you obtained! These dies are beautiful- I adore the font!! Thanks for a chance to win! off to see everyone else's samples~

Annette said...

wow these are gorgeous...love your designs and those new dies are awesome...thanks for sharing..

Julie S. said...

Beautiful !! Thanks for sharing and a chance to win.

Nadège said...

Would be impossible to choose between these projects they are all simply gorgeous. I love your work. Thanks for the chance to win.

Heidi said...

Absolutely stunning :) I hadn't even thought about cutting petals from the outline dahlia - perfect idea! The button is the icing on the cake.

Sarah J. Moerman said...

Wonderful cards, Kathy! Great job showcasing the new dies!

mollymoo951 said...

Gorgeous project. Love the new dies!

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

BRILLIANT work of COURSE, my dear sweet Kathy!! Both cards are full of glittery & glossy deliciousness! :)

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

Maureen Morton said...

Are you seriously kidding me? These cards are amazing - great bursts of color with that delicate die as contrast. Amazing! Thanks!

paperpapier said...

gorgeous card Kathy and tx for the tip on using thicker watercolour paper for the petal.
Heaney xx

Stephanie @ A Steph-Made Life said...

Beautiful cards! I love the gradient background and I love the way you used the dies!

Jingle said...

I really love how you used the dies in the backgrounds! Fabulous cards!

joy said...

Kathy, your used of this die is, dare I say, BRILLIANT!?? I love everything about this card! Your are one talented gal! Thanks for your detailed tutorial.

Lisa aka Myran said...

These cards are so cool with the "die background", just awesome!!

Amrita said...

Beautiful! I love what you created with the distress inks. TFS!

Carol said...

Awesomeness abound!! Love these dies!!!

gRiSeL™ said...

Wow, brilliant way of using the dies!!! That bird cage is STUNNING!!! I am in awe!!! Beautiful work!!!

Laura Jane said...

I"m really diggin' these dies!
Love the words on your cards

Delightful Designs by Katherine said...

Another fabulous post. So impressive that these dies are someone's handwriting. Love your creations.

Vanessa said...

What great cards! Great ideas.

diana said...

Wow!! Beautiful cards and so many ideas & techniques. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win this new SSS die! ;-)

RedGem said...

Such beautiful cards... you never disappoint! tks for the opportunity to win a new SSS die.

Miriam Prantner said...

LOVE these cards! Great use of embossing and cutting! LOVE!

Scrapycandy said...

And your card is brilliant! Love seeing all your inspiration! thank you.

Scrapycandy said...

And your card is brilliant! Love seeing all your inspiration! thank you.

Tracy said...

Beautiful cards! I love the colors on both of them!

MaryBeth said...

Beautiful cards! Love the new dies! Thanks for the inspiration & a chance to win!

Wendy G. said...

You are brilliant, absolutely brilliant!

Maryu said...

Amazing use of strong color in a small space. Love all the new dies from Simon. Thanks for a chance to win.

deb said...

I'm excited about this new line of dies! Love what you've done with it.

stacymolter said...

Your birdcage and butterfly card is beautiful! Thank you for the change to win an adorable die!

Gregsgirl's crafty corner said...

love the fiery orange on the distressed ink card but they are all amazing!

Helene said...

I love your cards, especilly the first one with the distress gradient, and the die, and the shimmer, LOVE it.

Michele said...

Love your cards! great dies! Loving this blog hop!

Kristen said...

All I can say is "WOW"!

Barb said...

I am always so WOWED by your talent! Amazing work, Kathy! :)

Beth L. said...

Love your cards and thank you for telling us how you made them.

Nancy said...

Amazing! Love your fabulous ideas and those gorgeous cards, Kathy!

Sue D said...

Fantastic cards--I like how you used these dies to make backgrounds.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

SueZee Alg said...

I think this is the first time, I've visited your blog, but it won't be the last time. Your cards and ideas are truly inspirational. The new SS dies are just wonderful--love them all.

CandyW said...

May I say that first card is "brilliant"!!! Once more your blog is filled with such lovely eye candy!

DeNel Brister said...

Just beautiful, love all your cards! Love all the new Dies, thanks for the chance to win :-)

luv2scr@p said...

Very impressed with everyones creativity with these dies! Gonna have to get me some!

Cait said...

How pretty! I love that you can cut and/or emboss with these dies...I always love products that have more than one use.

Tiffany Temple said...

Beautiful! You really knocked this out the park.

Maryann said...

Absolutely awesome cards here again. I love the one with the birdcage, it has such awesome colors too, but all is wonderful and so well made. Love your work.

Patlyn said...

Beautiful cards and thanks for a chance to win.

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Fabulous cards, thanks for a chance to win these dies.

Eveline said...

I like how you only half embossed the word Happy. Great effect.
love the new dies.
Eveline.

Disp6194 said...

Love both the cards Kathy! Your backgrounds are always amazing :)

Jackie said...

Wow! Your cards are always so beautiful but these are over the top gorgeous!

Meagan Vaughn said...

I love the use of colors in your cards, they are so vibrant!

Theresa said...

GORGEOUS!!! You are amazingly talented, Kathy! I Love your cards!

pamela said...

Love the Brilliant card!

FamOrnelas said...

Great idea on how you cut petals in the dahlia background! Loved it :)

Michelle said...

Loving all of the SSS dies...... especially the word die "Brilliant" (for all of my UK friends!). Some very lovely card projects!

sideoats + scribbles said...

Both cards are just amazing brilliant, Kathy! Just like you! xo

kraftyk said...

Fabulous cards, love the different techniques, thanks for the chance to win.

*denise* said...

I bet it'shard to pick whitch one to use first, all the dies are super great and that is clear by how you used them in your cards! *denise*

Grá O'Neill said...

Brilliant cards. I love both colour schemes & thanks for all the tips :)

blupixy said...

I am in awe of your cards! They are spectacular! Love all of the layering and techniques! Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Beautiful cards and use of the new Simon dies.

Unknown said...

Super card samples. Love the new Simon dies.

jengd said...

Lovely cards! I especially like the Brilliant card- the background is stunning!

Lora Oliver said...

Wow, both of these cards are intensely beautiful. I love the rich colors and the die use is awesome. Very talented.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the chance to in this new die.

Sunny said...

Wonderful cards!

Thanks for the chance to win.

Sandra

Colleen said...

Wow! What you did with "brilliant" is stunning!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

Margie said...

Your colors are so rich and gorgeous!

Jeanne M W said...

love the cards! thank you for the chance to win :)

Kathi G. said...

Beautiful cards. I love how you used the dies on these.

Jacilynn said...

very cute stuff!

Barb Ghig said...

As always, your cards are just amazing! Thanks so much for all your inspiration, and for a chance to win this beautiful die!!!

Beastybunny said...

Wow! The combination of embossing and then the die cut is visually stunning! And the colors and layout of the second is beautiful! Great work!

Valerie said...

What a fun hop and so inspired by all of you. Now i am feeling crafty. lol

Michelle N said...

Embossing the word die cut was a very clever idea! Lovin' it!

PiHi said...

Wow! That red is really warm!

Chunyuan said...

gorgeous card. http://sideoatsandscribbles.wumple.com/

conil said...

OH SO BEAUTIFUL! Such lovely colors and design. You're wonderful.

Barbara said...

If I had been wearing socks today, you would've knocked them off with these cards. They are beautiful and your talent shines through. Thanks for the great how-to tips as well.

Judi said...

These cards are seriously fabulous! Love that you shared some of your tips and tricks with using them. Thanks so much!

Kelley said...

Two inspiring projects! I've done the spellbinder background but have always inlayed a contrasting paper. Why didn't I think of leaving the cuts in place? This would take much less time! Thank you for the 'duh' moment. :)

QStar Design said...

I really like the first card. Beautiful colors

Nancy L. said...

beautiful cards and love the dies!!

sharon said...

great techniques. beautiful card. liked the two tone lettering. thanks for a chance to win

Denisse said...

Gorgeous cards! Love them!

Cinda said...

amazing cards!!

Cinda said...

amazing cards!!

Virginia L. said...

You have showcased these dies so beautifully, sista! They are all in true Kathy's style!! Amaaaaaazing you are!!!!

Jessica Strider said...

You've made two gorgeous cards. I love the new SS dies. They all look fantastic.

Heather M said...

Gorgeous cards!! I love the birdcage with the embossed words and shimmer. Fabulous!!

BeccyH said...

just beautiful

sarah said...

Beautiful flower! Thanks for a chance to win.

Allison Cope Israels said...

Good golly Lisa! Those two cards are STUNNERS! I am in love with the warm orange palette of the first card and all the texture of the second. Thanks for sharing your beautiful talent with us!

Kara Lynne said...

Such gorgeous colors and design to showcase those beautiful new dies!

ancha said...

the colors and techniques you used on these cards are great! :)

Glennis said...

Adorable cards - love the different ways you have used the dies

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous cards Kathy :-) both of them are stunning and I love the way you used the flower to create the background ,,, lovely ! :-)

luv
Lols x x x

aka Frank-LEE Speaking (SITM) said...

All I can say is... "Drop Jaw Gorgeous" Wish I could have them both. Absolutely Exquisite & Elegant. Smooches... Felicia - frankleecrafts [at] gmail [dot] com

Teresa Zuehls said...

Gorgeous cards! Love the flower dies.

Anonymous said...

I could keep on saying WOW about a million times, but it just wouldn´t feel enough. Just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your cards!!

Ulrika from Sweden

Anonymous said...

Love your samples using the new dies....thanks for sharing your helpful hints.

Linda Beeson said...

Wow, the way you created your amazing backgrounds is stunning and SOOOOOO creative! LOVE that birdcage die too.

Laura T. said...

Incredible cards - love what you do in creating them. Thanks for a chance to win.

Penny Reed said...

I love your flower! And the fiery background is yummy! Great ideas! TFS!

Ellie Augustin said...

The colors on the cards are just amazing! LOVE them so much. Thanks for the chance.

Rebecca Geile said...

You are incredibly clever! Looks gorgeous!

Kristie Maynard said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!!! Thanks for the great ideas and tips. I love how you used the dies to create the backgrounds brilliant! Thanks for the chance to win this fab prize too!

Miranda Be said...

No words... just PERFECT!!! thanks for the chance to win!

marla said...

Love your cards. The bird cage one is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your technquies with us. I would LOVE the chance to win a great new die.

Megan J said...

such beautiful cards.

pegg said...

Gorgeous cards - so many great ideas! I haven't tried embossing with dies - the effect is so cool!

Kailash said...

Stunningly beautiful, you are incredibly talented, thanks for sharing!!!

Sam F said...

What fun bright cards!

H said...

So much talent! I love the unique way you used the dies. Love this blog hop because it gives you so many ways to use these different dies. LOVE them!

Luchie said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

Carol L said...

The background you created on the first card is just fabulous! I can't stop looking at it, and the gradient color is beautiful eye candy!! I love how you used the dies on the 2nd card too, for some wonderful embossing and artistry! Gorgeous!!

rhonda nickol said...

Loving the coloring and design of your cards! Thanks for the chance to win!

donna mikasa said...

stunning card, as always, Kath! love the depth and dimension on your masterpiece!

MLiss3 said...

Beautiful cards. I love the shading. Sp pretty!
Thanks for the chance to win.

Mary Dawn said...

gorgeous color palettes, so vivid

Lori B said...

Seriously pretty cards! Thank you for all the details you shared-I picked up a bunch of hints. Never thought about leaving the die cut in place and taping the back. I will be trying this. Thanks!!

Jennifer Scull said...

love these cards and the neat techniques you have used. what a great set of dies, too! I've never seen this sentiment set before.

Lisa - papergrace said...

WOWZA!!! I wish I could say more than that, but your cards took my breath away. :) Absolutely stunning works of art.

Ginny Getty said...

OMG! Thanks for the card tutorial Kathy - what great ideas! And Thank you for the opportunity to win the candy! ~ginny

Tricia said...

Kathy, such great cards! Love these dies!

Karen said...

Love your work & thanks for the opportunity to win!

Pam W Merwin said...

Love both your cards - The background against the word "brilliant" is brilliant :)

Elizabeth Wiederspohn said...

Brilliant is right. Wonderful card. Thanks.

Sheryl said...

Love the die cuts as the background! Fabulous cards, thanks!

cardsbymo said...

What a clever use of the die. And your colors are just gorgeous!

Tracey said...

LOVIN' the new dies!! Thanks for a chance to win one :)

SaraBug said...

Wow, your cards are beautiful, Love the new dies.

Jeanette M. said...

Gorgeous cards, Kathy! Love that first one - those colours are beautiful.

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

OMG... your first card is stunning.. TFS

Kelly Massman said...

I'm totally in love with that first card! and Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!
kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

Mary-Anne V said...

Very pretty cards...like how you used the die as a mask when you made the first card. Thanks for the chance to win.

Marilyn said...

Beautiful cards. Love your colors especially the first card. Thanks for sharing

Norma said...

Love these dies & what you created with them. Thanks for the chance to win.

Sarah Watkins-Tepahtiani said...

BEAUTIFUL cards!

Inks4fun said...

What beautiful cards, you have a way with color!

pamselinski said...

Gorgeous designs and incredibly beautiful. I agree that the words are wonderful. Thankms for the opportunity to win.

Lynne in NI said...

Wow, gorgeous projects! Great tips on how you used your new goodies ... thanks for the chance to win one of my own!

HandmadebyTLC said...

The post was easy to read all the way through because your showing/teaching/explaining and identifying great products too! Quite the teacher! Your projects are lovely and I want a neighbor like that! lol
Hugs
Tammy Louise

Stephanie said...

Very beautiful card and the word dies are terrific.

Debbie Brackett said...

I am loving the new dies. Your card was very pretty. Thank you for a chance to win a die!

Amy W said...

Neat cards. Especially loved the gradiant colors over the Brilliant die cut!

cutiephinphin said...

Stunning cards!! Thanks for sharing the different techniques with using the dies.

vjmockaitis said...

love your cards and techniques! Thanks for sharing.

Cathy A said...

Beautiful card Kathy, love thedelictness of the bird cage, those die curtwords are fabulous, soothing and stylish!

Regina said...

Amazing card. Thanks for sharing

Yvette said...

Beautiful cards! Love the way you use these dies, which I love. Thanks for the chance to win.

Larissa Heskett said...

WOW!! AMAZING CREATIONS!! THANKS for sharing them with us and for the chance to win!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

Lucy said...

What a great way to use the Brilliant die. Might I say it was even a brilliant idea? What a great combo of techniques and elements to create so much interest and dimension. I'm quickly falling in love with all these dies. I have seen one yet that I wouldn't like to have. Thanks for letting us play along.

mtscrapgal said...

As usual, Kathy, you wowed us with your artistic talent. Thanks for all your secret tips. I loved both cards. Thanks

Benessi said...

i'm loving the vibrant colors, great work!

Pam said...

The first card says it all - brilliant! Love what you did with the glimmer mist. Thanks for the chance to win.

Pam said...

Beautiful cards! Amazing dies.

Katie said...

Such beautiful cards! I love your idea to carve the lines of the die into the paper. Love the colors of the first card with the birdcage and the butterfly, really wonderful. Also love the colors of your second card, that dahlia is amazing! Thank you for sharing.

Katie B.

Jana said...

TWO Kathy creations! What a treat. Wow. As usual - your creations leave me speechless (no need to enter me in the giveaway)

DebBrooner said...

Your dahlia card was stunning!

Anonymous said...

Great cards, thanks for the chance to win the beautiful die.
Linda J

Meghan said...

I love Kristina Werner's handwriting. Those dies are fabulous and so is your card!

Pauline C said...

Hi Kathy - two amazing cards and I really love your originality in terms of such different techniques with the dies. All the new SSS dies are wonderful - thanks so much for the chance to win.
Pauline x

Sonia said...

Lovely card..these dies are great !!!

Cristal Fab said...

Absolutely beautiful cards!

Renee said...

Oh my, that first card is stunning...thanks for all the details you gave on making it! Love the Dahlia one also. These dies are so beautiful!!!

Streetscrapper said...

Love both cards!

Kazumi Edwards said...

Awesome cards!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the chance on Kristina's word die & the embossing with it idea.

Michell said...

Oh my, that orange is sooo beautiful and one of my favorite colors. Love it!

Denise Bryant said...

Gorgeous cards! Your colors are amazing... love the blending of the Distress Inks you described on the first card.
DeniseB

janet33234 said...

Simply stunning.............gorgeous cards. Striking use of color and design. Thanks for the chance to win.

Cmad said...

I love the project you did. So stinkin cute. I cannot wait to get creating with these dies.

Barbara D. said...

WOW!!! Just beautiful I can't wait to try these dies.

Patti Barber said...

Wow great cards thanks for sharing and for the opportunity to win a new die.

di said...

So glad I don't have to choose one of these fabulous cards over any other. They are all Brilliant.

Sisters Craft Cafe said...

absolutely stunning card. the sentiment really pops up from the rusty background

~Luanne

JMcKnite said...

Your cards are amazing! Please enter me in your drawing.

scrapper-at-heart said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous card. Great colors. Thanks so much for sharing your talent. Thanks for the chance to win one of these amazing dies. I'm loving them.

Karen Freeman said...

Love the embossing word tip it's great. Really lovely cards. Thank you for the chance to win. kazfree@xtra.co.nz

Melissa Bove (SCS ~ Melissa1872) said...

Wow! Amazing cards! Absolutely fabulous! I just adore those dies!

hugs...
Melissa

Melissa M said...

Fantastic cards. Love how you used the dies for the background, and your colours are awesome too! Love both cards

Robin said...

Your cards are works of art, such beauty and elegance! Thanks for the chance to win a great die!!

cal8007 said...

I can't get over your card - it is absoluetely stunning! As a matter of fact, all of you guys are so amazing! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful cards and for the chance to win!

Carmen L

Debbie G. said...

Love the techniques that you used on "happy"!

zehra said...

Wow, your work is always amazing, these are stunning, love these dies

Debbe said...

Wow! I love the way you use distress inks! It's absolutely beautiful!

Midge said...

Wow, these cards are so beautiful! Lovely stamping technique and color coordination.

Karen said...

Stunning cards! Thanks for a chance to win some of these gorgeous dies.

hodgins said...

Your cards are gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win such fun dies!

Tatiana B. said...

Stunning card! Really amazing, love the colours and everything else. Thanks for sharing

Renee said...

Love the pretty colors Kathy, and how you left the dies in for some of the words! BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!

Jill said...

Very Beautiful!

carrie said...

Oh wow, fantastic cards. Love the shapes and bright colors on your first card. Love the layered and textured look on the second card. There seems to be so many things that can be created with the Dahlia.

Janet Zeppa said...

Oh my goodness these card are awesome!!

Chirpin Is Fun said...

Awesome! Love the colors and the sparkle!

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