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3/1/13

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Hello ... hello Friends! Welcome to Simon Says Stamp March 2013 Card Kit Blog Hop! Are you ready for Spring? I know I am with the help of this month's card kit, Friendship Flowers ! It's is the perfect kit to get you in the mood for some Springtime weather and all things blooming ...
  especially FLOWERS! 
You may be arriving from Kelly Marie Alvarez at Lawn Fawn's blog. (Kelly is the sweetest person you will ever meet, crazy talented too and I love her company Lawn Fawn!) 
I am always honored and excited to work Simon's Card Kits! I love the paper selection in each kit (especially these Lawn Fawn papers), the exclusive stamp set and some fun elements that inspire me to do something different each month! For example, the beautifully colored paper straws. 
If you subscribe the kit only costs a mere $19.95 and that's what I call a serious value. 
Questions about subscribing to the kit? Click here
Before we get started let's talk GIVEAWAYS! Leave a comment on this blog post and one lucky winner from my blog will receive a $50.00 E-gift voucher to shop at the Simon Says Stamp store! (A random winner will be drawn at 9am EST on Sat. 3.9.13) If you are a number person that means that Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $550.00 during this hop. Yes, that is five hundred and fifty dollars lol! I encourage you to comment on ALL of the designers blogs for  more chances to win. Best of luck to you :)

Immediately upon opening the card kit I knew I had to do something cool with the bright paper straws but, before I started my project I set out to order MORE straws! I want to fill all the holes in my "lollipop  holder" with some pendants or flags that I can use to create quick cards with. It seems like I never have the right card for the right occasion. The stamp set in the card kit had the perfect sentiments for everyday sayings that was just what I needed! Thank You Simon!
Can you tell that I had so much fun stamping the flowers and vines? I did and that's why I made more shapes using these Simon Says Stamp exclusive dies. I have a nice stash to use for several occasions and it was worth the work.  Hero Arts inks compliment Lawn Fawn's papers beautifully and I used the papers colors to guide me with the ink colors from Hero Arts. (see supply list)
Love the pendants from Spellbinders that I made my "flags" with using the sturdy paper straws. I wanted to show you when I need a card I remove the straw from the pendant to make a quick card. Depending on the card I might keep the straw intact.
In the photo above I wanted to show you how I used one of these Apothecary shapes from Simon Says to make a quick card. (The rest will be adhered to more straws when they arrive and placed in my lollipop holder.) I was so pleased with the strength of the straws. VERY STRONG!
Here is a close up of the card. I used the white pen on the leaves and the flower centers. The banners on this card are created from the washi tape in the card kit. 
The apothecary labels were traced on the Lawn Fawn papers so I would have a frame around my stamped center. If you lean the pencil at an angle on the die .... you can draw the line further from the edge ...this way you get a nice thick frame that off sets your stamped center.
You will be amazed with the different flower combinations you can create with the stamp set. I used some white gel pen on each pendant and used some white Enamel Accents too.
You can also see how the Hero Arts inks look so beautiful with the Lawn Fawn papers. I loved dotting the flowers centers and adding a white line down each leaf.
I cut my paper straws from the kit in half! Pretty tricky huh? I thought I should point this out because they were a regular size when I received them.
The white unicorn ink was stamped in the flowers center with the mulit dots from the stamp set. 
 Once the white ink was dry I added more dots with a gel pen .....off center.... on top of the white ink.
Don't worry if your stamping isn't perfect. See the bottom flower on the pendant? I used the white gel pen to hid that extra ink between the petals. The white spaces on the flowers I colored in with a marker. 

Thank You so much for your visit today!The next stop in the Simon Says Stamp March 2013 Card Kit hop is my friend, the ever so talented, kind and handiest woman you will ever meet..Shari Carroll.If you encounter a broken link, go back to the beginning and you will get the list of the participants. Happy Hopping! Hugs, Kathy

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theCook said...

I loooove the banners with the paper straws! Cute little flags!

Dana said...

WoW!! Awesome cards and love the little flags on straws!! So cute!!

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

So much loveliness ... the happy colours, flags, touches of white.

Kailash said...

Wow, you created some amazing projects. Love your lollipop holder and all the cute flags. You are very inspiring. Thanks for sharing these lovely ideas!!!

Kelly Booth said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!

Maryann said...

What an awesome idea Kathy, and you´re right, we always miss exactly the one we need for some reason. This is really great and sooo cool.

Pam said...

What adorable embellishments, loving all of them!!!

Anso said...

Love all your colourful projects!

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Wow!! So much gorgeousness on one page!! :) I love the cute little flags you made and the way you displayed them is over the top adorable :)

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

Sarah Ryan said...

Wow what stunning embellishments. I love the colours used for each flag. Thanks for sharing.

Dee in N.H. said...

Love all of these!!!! And what an awesome idea to stamp them all up ahead of time for when you need a quick card!

Elired said...

Simply amazing. Thank you for sharing and the chance to win

aaga said...

*sighs* I want all of these colours and patterns...

Anonymous said...

Your stuff is so awesome! I love the color combinations you used, and the way you made the different flowers! You gave me much inspiration!

Effie said...

Great projects, thanks for sharing

Andrea said...

Fabulous ideas!

Jolie Samuel said...

WOAH! I would have NEVER thought that to use the stamp set to create my own patterned paper for this kit. LOVE it! TFS!

Shannon DeWitt said...

Love your cheerful creations! TFS!

Pam said...

Such a cute way to display the card starts. Thanks for the great tips.
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Lea L. said...

These are adorable!! Awesome job!

Michelle Simone said...

Love the flags!!!!!!!!! They are so pretty.

Chitra Nair said...

Love all your creations..such a fun, bright and cheery colors.. Love them..

cutiephinphin said...

Wow pretty creations! Love the banners and those yummy papers you used. The whole set up is just so cheery. Thanks for the inspiration and for the chance to win.

ericarose said...

your projects are all so amazing! you really rocked this card kit!! thanks for the inspiration!

AnitaR said...

Love the banner flags, especially, and the colors!

Jayell said...

Love those flags! Such a cute idea

Jane White said...

WOW! I like everything you made, and the white lines in the leaves is a great idea and adds a lot to the finished look!

Sandi's Added Touch said...

I love to see how the stamp set was personalize with the other supplies on your cards.... some ink and some white paper and a awesome design!!!

Harriet said...

Unique ideas....love the banner Thank you.

Becky said...

I love those paper straw flags. I always see those straws and never knew what I'd do with them- flags are such a great idea!!

Lizzy C said...

What a great idea to create little flags! Love this project!

Jennifer Jackson said...

Love the little banners! So cute!

gRiSeL™ said...

Eeeeek!! What fun little banners you made there!!!! GORGEOUS and fun colors on all those adorable projects--LOVE them all!!! (:

gRiSeL™ said...

Eeeeek!! What fun little banners you made there!!!! GORGEOUS and fun colors on all those adorable projects--LOVE them all!!! (:

gRiSeL™ said...

Eeeeek!! What fun little banners you made there!!!! GORGEOUS and fun colors on all those adorable projects--LOVE them all!!! (:

Heather Lusk said...

Wow! Your projects are amazing and very inspiring.

Marianne said...

Oh boy, such an explosion of Spring colours. Simply too much fabulousness to take in at once.

Hanneke said...

Wow, that card kit is great, I love the projects you made using it! Your use of the DP and stamps is gorgeous! Hugs, Hanneke

Tracie Nicole said...

Love the projects banners are amazing

Margie said...

Love those little flags!! Great work!

judy said...

I love the colorful flags and shaped cards!

Barb said...

What a great idea to create elements for future cards that can be put together depending on the occasion. I love the banners you created with the flower stamps. thanks so much for your creative ideas. I love visiting your blog on a regular basis and I go away with my head spinning with good ideas.

Linda said...

What great ideas--love the little flags! Thanks for sharing--

Laura Jane said...

Oh the penants on STRAWs are so pretty!
LOVE the versatility of this stamp set.
Here is what I created with it:)
http://flic.kr/p/dYGCDP

GJ said...

Cute stuff!

Ladybug68 said...

Your flags are adorable!!

StephG. said...

Wowza, Kathy, so much spring in one post! Love love love love how you layered the flower stamps and added details! Very pretty.

L Fodor said...

Fun cards, love the bright colors. Looking forward to getting my card kit. Going to use your cards for inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

Carrie Siegmund said...

Those banners are awesome!

Bunnyfreak said...

Love the flags.

cissi said...

That is so clever, so I think I have to do like that too. I mean why not keep stamoing and making more when you already have all the things out.

Marlou McAlees said...

amazing creations and inspiration :) thank you for sharing :) :)

snappy scrappy said...

Gorgeous projects...you are seriously talented!!! Lee-Ann :)

Anonymous said...

Fantastic Kathy. Onepinkdaisy

KathyK said...

Luv, luv, luv those pendants! Great colors!

Tracy said...

Awesome projects!

Nisha said...

Great use of the card kit! You have made so many things and they all look great!

Diane said...

Your cards are awesome. Love the pendants. Thanks for sharing.

Clay and Amy said...

That is SO clever! I love your idea!

Melissa said...

wow so many ideas with one stamp set. I usually get mine and draw a complete blank. Great job.

Jana said...

Oh my word! More and more eye candy as I scrolled down! Wow. Love all of these

Marilyn in Michigan said...

Love the straws on the pennants! So cute.

Kristie Goulet said...

WOW! Amazing creations!

Laurie Newbigging said...

Such a cute idea! Love the pennants!

Cedar of Lebanon said...

The cards are stunning!! They really are! Would love a chance to win the kit! Thank you.

makingcardsisfun said...

Super duper cool projects you made! I love this card kit so much! Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas! :)

Barb said...

what a fabulous idea! love the display peacock too :)

GrammySue's Creations said...

All of your creations are beautifully done. I especially love the flags attached to the straws. Awesome work.

Beastybunny said...

Wow! Love the banners! And all the colorful flowers! Fabulous!

luluvision said...

Ooh!! I love what you did! Such great ideas!! Thanks for sharing!

Maeghan Magante said...

loooovvveeeee the flag project! TFS!

liberal sprinkles said...

ooh so cute! Love the pennants and flags.
grace

jenway9 said...

I LOVE EVERYTHING!!!! I can't wait to get home and get inky this weekend!

Maria said...

Beautiful project

Miriam Prantner said...

Loving all your flags! You really got a lot out of this kit!

Ea Christiansen said...

Wow what gorgeous creations - really nice and bright. Love the note-cards and the flags.
Hugz
Ea

stick said...

I adore all the details you added with the white pen!! And what a great idea to create a bunch of sentiment tags in advance.

Therese said...

Kathy your flags and tags are so cute. Spring has sprung. Can't wait to receive my March kit to have some fun.

Mary-Anne V said...

awesome projects and great tips...thanks.

bethann said...

bright happy spring wonderful

Donna Lange said...

The flags/pennants are to die for! So cute.

Barbara said...

These make me happy just to look at them. Your ideas are so clever and so colorful and what a great idea to make lots at one time. Your cards are so fun and so cheerful and all this is very inspiring! I'm loving seeing all the creative ways in which this kit can be used!

nancy y said...

What a great post - so many fantastic ideas. I've only used my stamps once so far, but I'm itching to get more done. Love those banners and label ideas.

Katie Ann Brooks said...

OMG, how cute are these!!!!

Pamela said...

The stamps are gorgeous! You made it look like you're using pattern paper :)

Carole said...

You are such a clever lady. I will have to return to this post many times to review all your ideas.

Pavana said...

Loved your unique idea using the straws!!! TFS :)

Lisa Petrella said...

WOW! All of those flower patterns you stamped out are ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!! And I LOVE the cute little flags!!!!

Juut said...

I love the pendants!

Pat said...

This is great! It makes me want to go play with all my flower stamps! :)

lenny said...

Gorgeous projects!
Love the colors!!
TFS!

Divinity said...

yeah, i love all the big sentiments too!! love your creations :)

Jan said...

Wow! I'm blown away by your creativity. I love the set of cards you made. Thanks.

Marlene Diefendorf said...

Wowser Kathy... everything is gorgeous! I'm really loving the cute pennants and the card with the circle element for the sentiment. Thank you for so much awesome inspiration!

Debra said...

How stinkin cute are those banners! LOVE them!

Terri said...

WOW love the little banners. How cute!

Chris said...

OMG, the colors are just so inspirational. I have belonged to SSS card Kit since the first release, Just love to get the kit every month.

maria f. said...

I recognize those cuties from your studio shot yesterday! What amazing stamping you've done - so springy.

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous creations Kathy :-) I love the little flags, so colourful and cheerful :-)

luv
Lols x x x

Sandra said...

wonderful ideas here - I like the idea of making a whole bunch of medallions at one time to have on store for future cards ...
thanks for the inspiration.
Sandra ltb

Aida said...

Wow so many wonderful projects!! Great job!

maria valderez said...

Simply amazing. Thank you for sharing and the chance to win

Hugs from Brazil

Sue McRae said...

Love the happy colours on your cute spring banners Kathy!

Ann K said...

Love the lollipop holder - great use for card making embellishments. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

Margreet said...

So gorgeous what you did with the banners and the flowers..love it!
xxx Margreet

Pat Kinkaid said...

Those are great projects, and I love the ways you used the white gel pen to liven up the stamped images. I'll be trying that technique!

Glennis said...

Awesome projects - the addition of the white pen makes such a difference

Sue D said...

wow--love all the pendants/flags you made. Great colors!

Kelley Petri said...

Such colorful and creative fun! :) Thank you, Kathy!

haejin said...

Wow! What a great way to store and display extra sentiment labels/flags~ love all the bright colors!

mtscrapgal said...

You used the kit to maximum greatness, Kathy. Lovely card focals for lots of cards and to fill your lolipop holder too. hehe.Thanks

Larissa Heskett said...

AWESOME!! Thanks so much for sharing and for the chance to win!! Have a fabulous weekend!! =)

linf54 said...

Love the bright spring colors on all your projects!

Donita said...

Love your gift of coloring. Truly you are talented in that area.

luvmysilhouette said...

Kathy, Your work= Stunning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!xo

Kristen said...

Love all the color!

Tina Louie said...

Wonderful stamping!!

Jo Murray said...

It's a great idea to make a stash of components for cards. Sometimes you need to make a special one in a hurry.

Andrea Garland said...

Love it very colorful and perfect for making quick cards.

Angel Estes said...

Oh my goodness! I am *completely* inspired by your pennants! Love, love, love!!

Melitini said...

I'm speechless!!!
How talented you are!!!
TFS!

Deb said...

Wow! Come play at my house any time.

m.tabori said...

you really went to town. so cute! thanks for sharing.

Nancy L. said...

Those little tags are just too cute!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful work as usual, Kathy! Love the pennants and labels and the fabulous ink and paper colours.

CathyL said...

So many great ideas, and a terrific stamp set!

Kelly said...

wowzers, you went to town with those stamps and papers. LOVE those pendants! the stamping is too cute and your post really shows how to layer those stamps! CUTE!

Sandra Rieder said...

So beautiful!

Debbie Buckland said...

Love the use of those straws. And those flags are so bright and cheerful

Cassie said...

Such vibrant colors and beautiful stamps :D

Valentina said...

reat projects!
i love the banners

RachelB said...

WOW! Beautiful projects!

CandyW said...

I am loving your pennants, and also love the idea of making them ahead and having them ready to go when you need a card!!!

Chark said...

Is it wrong that I love each and every one of these?!

Tere Azua said...

I love your post. It is so colorful, fun and full of amazing instructions!
Thank You!!!

Marilize said...

Oh no you... Squee! Look at those happy little flags! I love them oh so much :)

You got yourself a follower :)

Susan Ontiveros said...

These are great!! Soooo Creative!!

Renee Tamayo said...

Love the flags! So cute and vibrant!

Darlene Satkewich said...

Wow...what a great idea to make up the banners ahead of time! Love your stamping and color combos!

Charmaine said...

Cute idea! Love the colors in the kit. And I love your "lollipop" holder...I've never seen anything like it...great way to display your banners!

Denise Bryant said...

Fabulous! I love the flags and the die cuts! I feel a shopping spree coming on! So many things I want to try! Thanks for the great ideas you shared with us! Fabulous kit!
DeniseB

Joyce Lodge said...

Banners, flags, flowers and more!

Becky S. said...

thanks for all the samples- love the little flags. Thanks for the chance to win!

Jennifer Rzasa said...

Wow!! I love it all!

mommakatx6 said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! I just love your cards and the flags and shapes you made to put on them.

Wyvern said...

I love how you used those paper straws! I'm putting those on my wish list as they are TOO CUTE! Thanks so much for the amazing ideas! Everything is BEAUTIFUL!

ErinJean said...

Oh my gosh! Those pennants are beautiful!

{VICKI} said...

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MLiss3 said...

Love the ideas of the banner sayings along with the others. Great ideas for cards and easily changeable.
Very cute!

Karenladd said...

OMG...those little flags are the cutest!! Love the party set you created!

Tricia said...

Your banners with the paper straws are so adorable - love your creativity!

Linda said...

What a good idea..I love the flags with the straws. So cute. Good idea for the embellishments. Lovely work!
Linda t

giggles said...

Wow, you have gotten me super excited about the stamp set. It suddenly seems so versatile. You are so creative !!

Emily Keaton said...

Your flags and shapes are SO pretty!!

Barbara said...

I love those flags. I have those pennant dies. thanks for the inspiration to dig them out once again

Debbie said...

I love the flags! The colours in the kit are awesome!

Jen McD said...

I am drooling over all of those gorgeous flowers!!!! I think I now *need* the field greens shadow ink you used! And, what a fabulous idea to have your card elements ready to go ahead of time--brilliant.

Tracey said...

So colourful and fun!! Fantastic work!!

Anonymous said...

Would never have thought of these ideas

Meghan said...

Everything here is bright and sunny! Great projects!

Barb Ghig said...

I really love how you created your banners...so clever! Love your cards, too! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful ideas with us!

Melinda Ferraz said...

WOW!! Love the banners with the straws. Thanks for the chance to win and sharing your amazing projects.

Tamika said...

Love how you used the stamps from the kit! Gotta love the simon says card kit!

Unknown said...

your pendants are so special! such a creative use of the straws
thanks
Holly

Alinsmajl said...

All the colours makes me happy!

lostinpaper said...

Your banners are so totally sweet!
Thanks so much for the chance to win!

Glittered Paws said...

So many ideas so many projects - love them all and loved how you used your white pen.

Laurie said...

What great ideas for the kit - you've made it super simple to put together a ton of cards now that you have all the focal points pre-done. Great job! BTW, your lollipop holder is adorable!

Christina P. said...

Love your flags, and the bright spring colors are just what we need now.

Van Nguyen said...

i love the bright colors! and thank you so much for the tutorial too!

Leni said...

Super nice flags! LOVE the flowers and leaves!

Lil said...

What a great way to use the die.I am lovin it!

Judy Tuck said...

So very creative. You have given us so many cute ideas!

hollygsater said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!! I think I NEED this set! I love your idea of making the pieces to just throw on a card as you need it! This was an inspiring post! Thanks for all the pictures and inspiration!

cardsbymo said...

I don't know where to look first...it is all so pretty! I love the ink colors you've used!

*Jennyfer Leung* said...

Oh my, these flags are so colorful and the lollipop holder is to die for;-). Love the bright colors.

Cheryl B. said...

Paper straw pendants..what will you think of next??? Great projects!

Nancy S said...

Those little flags are so cute! The straws were certainly meant to be used as little flag poles!

Emily H said...

Your studio looks awesome! This new kit looks like a lot of fun. The pendants you made are super cute.

Jessica Strider said...

Super cute projects! I love how you used the straws for the pennants. :)

Cheryl W said...

Those little flags are a fantastic, time-saving idea! Thanks for the inspiration. I always love and admire your unique ideas.

JanLee said...

Thanks for all the inspiration! I loved the little flags.

Jenscrapstoo said...

WOW, So many fantastic ideas!!!! Love them all!!! Thanks so much for the inspiration on getting the most from this kit!!!

Rachel said...

love how you made the cute flags on the straws-great idea!

joy said...

WOW, Kathy! What fabulous use for the straws and I love how you have created so many great focal images to use for future cards. This is a great idea. The white pen highlights are also SO very sweet. Thanks for the fun post!

Cathy A said...

AMAZING flowery goodness Sista!

Jennifer said...

So much fun in this post! Those banners are simply adorable!

Debbie F. said...

WOW! (just WOW!)

Suzanne said...

OMG Kathy!
Your projects are so GORGEOUS! I love your cute little flags and cards....and your stamping is just SO BEAUTIFUL! Thank you for sharing your project ideas! Have a wonderful day! :)

Suzanne

Cat Craig said...

Such lovely, bright, fresh creations from this kit! Enjoyed seeing what you did.

Anne said...

I wondered what I was going to do with the straws and this is a wonderful idea. Love it!!

Tona said...

I LOVE what you did with this kit. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

Kimberly Rendino said...

Super duper cute! Love the idea of having pre-made goodies for cards!

Stardoz said...

Kathy,

You have wonderful ideas for cards. They are all so cute & unique. Thanks for sharing and for a opportunity to win.

Amy#8546(TheTigersHaven) said...

This is a whole lot of cuteness on one post. I love them all. Thanks for the idea's/

Beth L. said...

Adorable banners and sentiments. I like your idea of doing them ahead and adding to a card later.

sotama14 said...

Your flags are adorable. Love the colors.

Robin said...

These cards are just great! Such great inspiration!

Robyn said...

Pretty projects! Thanks for sharing!

Susan T said...

Love how bright all the pennants are. Thanks for the inspiration.

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