simon says stamp blog hop and giveaway

Hello Friends, Welcome to Simon Says Stamp Valentine's Day Blog Hop. It was such a joy to work with these exclusive products. I am urber excited to share Simon's NEW 2013 VALENTINE'S DAY RELEASE (click here to see them all). The stamps & dies are so fun, fresh and adorable that I had to create four cards for the hop. If you are arriving from the talented Debby Hughes blog you are in the right place. To start at the beginning of the hop click here
If you leave a comment on this blog post ... one lucky winner will receive a Simon Goodie Bag (if you know Heidi it will be a good one!) 
The winner will be drawn on Thursday (1.31.13 at 9am EST) 

Shall we get started? At the end of the post I have my own giveaway! 

CARD NUMBER ONE- stamping a fun background
This sweet stamp set called "Simon in Love" was calling my name. I loved it so much that I stamped the background with the two pups in love with Hero Arts Soft Blossom Ink. The small sentiment from "Just a Love Note" was the perfect size to place on top of  Simon's large folded banner
After coloring the dogs with some Copic markers (E53, E74, RV10 & YR24) I added some shading with  Gathered Twigs distress ink. You can see the results in the photo below.
The large heart was created with this heart die cut. Once the heart was cut out I  used "Falling Hearts" die cut...LOVE it! I was very careful to keep some of the tiny hearts in the large heart...then I taped the tiny hearts on the back to secure them. Rock Candy was added to the bow and tiny hearts. Glossy Accents to the noses. 

This sweet stamp set called "Furry Kisses" is easy to color and a great set to make multiple cards. The  sweet paws and tiny dots were fun to stamp for a background. I used HA Soft Blossom Ink again. The background die cut is a great shape and it's so versatile too. It's from the "Apothecary Labels" (here's a wonderful stamp set that coordinates with it)
For this card I used Simon's smaller "Folded Banners" . The banners make a perfect seat  for critters and I love the dimension you get from them. This time after stamping I coated it with Glossy Accents.  Love how that turned out. 
CARD NUMBER THREE- Stuffed animals with fuzzy tummies
I had to stamp "Furry Kisses" again. The gift stores are filled with pink and red stuffed animals for Valentines Day...that's the look I was going for on this card. For the background I used the same supplies as the above card. 
The bellies were stamped again on some scrap paper and some ultra fine flower soft was glued on to them. Crushed Velvet Flocking would probably work better. Enamel Accents was added to the eyes and I used this ultra fine marker to add some eyelashes. 
CARD NUMBER FOUR- I created a butterfly out of a heart 
The hearts in the stamp set called "Lots of Hearts" are absolutely delicious! That's why I made this card incorporating as many of the hearts as I could. AND I layered up some of the hearts to make a butterfly!! So much fun! The sentiment and squiggle lines with hearts are from this set. (The same set as I used on my first card.)
Every Valentine has to have some Rock Candy on it. After stamping I used a brush to apply the  Rock Candy Stickles to the hearts and the sentiment area. 
I wanted to show you how easy it was to stamp all the hearts on the card. Just line them up on a Fiskars Stamp Press. The Hero Arts Ink are listed in the supply list at the bottom of the post. 
The woodgrain heart was stamped three times in different inks. I scored the center and glued them on top of each other. The butterflies antenna was cut free hand from scrap paper. A vellum heart was die cut from this set.

BLOG CANDY ALERT! Please join my following and leave a comment for a chance to win the blog candy below! I will randomly select a winner Jan.31st.Any questions please send me a email. 
Thanks for visiting!! The next stop in the Simon Says Stamp Valentine's Day Blog Hop is the sweet and talented  Lorraine Aquilina's blog.
 (If you encounter a broken link go here to see the links to the participants.)



Hello Friends, How has your weekend been?? Last week was totally unproductive for me. My first experience of debilitating back pain. Wow! Now I truly can have sympathy for those of you who suffer with back ailments. Today I am feeling better and have so much to catch up with.

I colored this absolutely adorable mouse from Penny Black weeks ago so it was easy to give him a home. The BasicGrey papers are finally in the store and I in love with them. Incidentally they are called, "True Love".
Here's a little tip for tying a bow around something small and it usually works really well. In this case I tied it around a paper piercer...sometimes I use a pencil or paint brush but, for this tail I needed something small. When you are finished slip the bow off of the piercer and slip it onto the tail.
I added some Glossy Accents to make sure the bow stayed in place. (I use GA for everything and I mean everything. You will not see me use a tape runner) You might notice the back of my image? I use this marker on the edges so you don't see a white edge.
The candy heart on the cupcake I used  two coats of Glossy Accents. After the second coat dried over night I added Rock Candy Stickles to the frosting. (This post is making me hungry) Black Enamel Accents were added to the nose and the eye. A larger blop was added in the nose so it wasn't the same size as the eye. One more detail.... love the coordinating stamps & die Talk Bubbles from Simon Says Stamp. I shaded the talk bubble with a Boo, Bo2 and Booo Copic markers so it would stand out more.
Thank you again for your visit here. Have a great week! Hugs, Kathy


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