Monday, July 15, 2013

Simon Says Stamp August Card Kit Blog Hop! (& TWO GIVEAWAYS!!!)

Hi everyone!



If you've been hopping along, you should be arriving from the wonderful Vicky Papaioannou's blog. If this happens to be your first stop you'll want to start at the Simon Says Stamp Blog.


What can I say? August's card kit ROCKS! Bold colors, fabulous stamps, yummy papers, fun flair, a burlap flower, twine...and something brand new that excites me most of all ---> a STENCIL!!! I have some fun stuff planned for this baby. ;) I'm gonna try and use it in different ways for all of my Card Kit cards this month.

For my first card, I used the wonderful new Simon Says Stamp stencil along with my Big Shot and embossing mats to dry emboss the kraft panel:


***ETA: I was asked what sandwich I used to emboss the stencil. I had my multi-purpose platform set for TAB 1. The I had cutting mat, stencil, cardstock, both embossing mats, and then the second cutting mat.***

...and on my second card I traced the stencil pattern with a black waterproof marker to cover the entire card front, then colored in the design with Inktense watercolor pencils:


Supplies:


Did you know that you can subscribe to Simon Says Stamp’s monthly card kits for just $19.95 plus S&H every month!?  The kits are an incredible value and have been selling out the past number of months. If you're loving the looks of this month's kit and you're not a subscriber you'll want to be quick!

Now for the giveaway! Simon will be giving away a goodie bag to one commenter on every blog in the hop! That's 10 different chances to win! Please have you comments in by 6:00 pm EST on Sunday July 21/13! Winners will be announced on the Simon Says Stamp Blog Monday July 22/13.


Also, I have an extra Simon Says Stamp August Card Kit to giveaway! Whoo hoo! Just leave a comment here (and /or on my next 2 Card Kit posts) by next Tuesday, July 23rd and I'll post a winner on Wednesday, July 24th.

This is your final stop on the Simon Says Stamp August Card Kit Blog Hop! Thank you so much for joining us! I hope you've enjoyed all the eye candy along the way! If you've encountered any broken links please go back to the Simon Says Stamp Blog for the full list of participants and the links to their blogs.

Thank you!
Sarah

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Marlou McAlees said...

love your cards!! stunning ♥

Ashley said...

I love the first card; the random hearts really make it.

snappy scrappy said...

Both are gorgeous...love the embossing on the first!!

Maja said...

beautiful card!!

Pia Krogh Larsen said...

As always great inspiration from you to all of us!

Kristie Goulet said...

Beautiful cards!!!

Melfina said...

I loved the different ways you used the stencil !!!

Riti said...

Very clever use of the stencil.
Great cards there.

TFS
Hugs,
Riti

Stacy Kay Brais said...

Great cards, love the embossing with the stencil!!

Chitra Nair said...

This is so wonderful... love the colorful stencil card, it looks so beautiful..

Kailash said...

Absolutely lovely designs, my eye was really drawn to the vibrant colors and design on your second card, stunning!!

Patti Senter said...

Love how you've used the folder as a stencil, such a clever idea and two so different looks!

Kathy Humphrey said...

I love your idea to use the stencil as an embossing tool! Really gorgeous colors on your cards!!

Patricia Trott said...

Such a neat idea to use the stencil like that, TFS.

dr.jaya said...

beautiful cards!! thanks for sharing:)

Auror Willow said...

Beautiful cards!

Laura said...

Loved the first card. Nice to see the embossing of the stencil.

rhoffer said...

The coloring on your second card is amazing! And I didn't realize you could use a stencil to dry emboss--it makes sense, but I just never thought of trying it.

alcaraz valérie said...

Pretty cards !! I love your first one

quiltercaroline said...

I love the rainbow card. Great projects

Debbie said...

Very creative and pretty cards.

Monique said...

Fun to see two different tecniques, using the embossing folder!

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...
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Lin said...

Love that stencil! So great to see Simon adding these to the lineup also! Thanks for the chance at this set, Sarah!

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Wow!! 2 beautiful designs, Sarah! I really love the layouts and colors! :)

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

Linda said...

Very creative. Love the colors.
Both are very nice cards and good ideas.

JanLee said...

Loved, loved, loved the ways you used the stencil in the kit. Thanks for the inspiration, can't wait to get my August kit. Thanks for sharing.

Winnie said...

Such adorable cards. I love that you used the stencil to emboss on one of them! Such great different looks! I can't wait for my kit to arrive.

Jennifer Scull said...

love the neat things you have done with the great stencil! such fun inspiration! :)

Chris said...

Wow I'm excited to try using the stencil to dry emboss also! Thanks for the great ideas!

stamping sue said...

my favorite is the first card where you used the stencil as an embossing folder. fabulous idea.
stamping sue
http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

wwilloww said...

Great cards and I am in total awe that you had the patience to outline each motif on that stencil and without an error??? Amazing!!!

Judy O. Hall said...

Great, great cards! I love them

Pippa67 said...

I just love bright colors, and if possible in rainbow order. So when i saw your second card i was in love. Beautifull.

Debbie said...

Both cards are great! I love how you used the same stencil in different techniques.

LaVon Hall said...

LOVE....both of your wonderful cards! Using the stencil to emboss.....wonderful!!

CandyW said...

SArah, your card is gorgeous! Love how you used the stencil to dry emboss. Very cool!

Small T said...

I love how you have used the stencil on these two cards! Really beautiful! :-) xx

Scrapthat said...

Really love the dry embossed one with the stencil!! TFS

TenSGal said...

Love this! I always forget to use the plastic templates for embossing! thanks for the reminder and what a great way to use it!!! Very nice card and one I will love to CASE! :)

{VICKI} said...

OMG!
Love your cards!!!!!!!!!!

Moid Ali said...

Love your inspiration :D

Kanan Pandya said...

Beautiful cards,love both the look of that pretty stencils on your cards. The bold colors looks fabulous with kraft. Thank you for sharing it. :-)

Donna Brown said...

Great cards. Love the use of the stencil.

Shaughn Woodruff said...

Hi Sarah! Your cards ROCK! That stencil has sooo many different uses! Your card is so bright and vibrant, i love it! This blog hop has been so inspiring! I can't wait to get my kit! Thanks so much for sharing!

Lynn said...

Very creative use of the stencil in both cards Sarah . I love the simple elegance of the first embossed one and the absolutely awesome colours in the second . thank you for sharing .

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Cathy Homan said...

Love the simplicity of the first card! Thank you for sharing your cards.

Nkenge Owens said...

great use of the stencil.

Anonymous said...

Cute, cute cards! Thank you!
Lisa Smith

Rose Foran said...

Both cards you've created are so great but that second one really caught my eye! It is just so stunning! Can't wait to get my kit in the mail, I'm so anxious to start creating with all the awesome supplies!

Angelic Bird Designs said...

Ordering this kit NOW!!!

Atypicalcupcake said...

love the cards! the colors you used to color in the stencil are awesome!

Barb said...

I loved the use of the Ink Intense pencils. The cards are great! thanks for sharing your take on the card kit. It's so amazing to see the various artist's cards using the same kit!

Jingles Max said...

Love the design, thanks!

Miriam Prantner said...

Such a fun kit! Loving the colors and all the black and white! Great cards too, especially loving the second colored one!

VikkiCH said...

Thanks for showing two different ways to use the stencil. I can't imagine your patience in outlining/coloring the second card. Love the colors!

Velvet Pearson said...

Wow! The intense coloring job is amazing -- you know we're all going to copy you.

Janet R said...

Wow! Your cards are gorgeous!!! I really like the bright colours on kraft and that stencil is sooo versatile!

Mateja Povše said...

Wow! You are very patient woman :) Love how it turned out :)

Anika's Papercrafting said...

Too cute. I love your cards. Super inspiring!

Katie Ann Brooks said...

fabulous, fabulous! the hearts on the first are just so very sweet!

Helene said...

I love the first card and the little hearts to match with the back panel!

Gerrina said...

Both cards are beautiful, but the second one is my favorite; I just love the bright colours and the effect of the lines drawn around them! Thanks for the inspiration! Greetings, Gerrina

Adriana Reyes said...

So Cute!!!

Alycia said...

Someone is getting some fabulous happy mail. :)

Barbara said...

Wow! You just took that stencil to a whole new level. Love both of the cards and the unique looks created with both uses of the stencil. this has been a fun blog hop with lots of fantastic ideas. I do love the looks of that kit!

Annamarie Jones said...

Cute cards!

the doghouse said...

that first card is gorjuss, love...

Nicole Kerr said...

LOVE the inktense idea!!! thank yoU!

Dana D. said...

Wow Sarah, terrific cards. Wonderful colors and amazing techniques. Love them both

Louise said...

Great cards! Love the look of uing the stecil as an embossing technique. The SSS August kit looks like a great one!

Audrey said...

Your cards are just perfect, love the bright colors.

RedGem said...

I love coloring on kraft paper and this card is a great inspiration. Never thought to dry emboss with a stencil, I will definitely have to try this technique,Tks for sharing.

Laura Turcotte said...

WOW--perfect cards!! They are so great!

KathyK said...

Fun, fun, fun! Love your different uses of the stencil!

Megan Bahlww said...

Great looks for that stencil! Dry emboss with a stencil?! Duh! I never thought to do that! Awesome!

pamh in Oregon said...

I am going to try embossing with a stencil. Great cards today.

nancy y said...

fabulous, can't wait to get mine and use the Inktense like you!

Martha Green said...

So many fun ways to use that stencil!

Stephanie said...

Thank you! I love each design.

Donna said...

What great ideas to show the veratility of the stencil. I am so impressed with al the ways you can use it. Can't wait to get my kit!

gina e. said...

love both cards, awesome!

byAnnette said...

I always enjoy seeing what you do with the kits! Fun to have several uses for one tool!

Great Cards & Designs!

Melanie said...

Wow, I really love how you've used the stencil to dry-emboss and also that cool multi-color card! Beautiful!

Katie said...
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Katie said...

What great cards. I love the stencil and the random hearts. LOVE both of the cards.

Cassie_lu said...

wonderful cards with what looks like a great kit

Diana N. said...

Wow! Two great cards! Love both of them and the way you used the stencil for dry embossing.

Jamie said...

Great cards! This kit looks awesome:)

Kristen said...

I love the embossing! Wonderful cards! :)

Petti said...

I love the colour pencil against kraft background! Great idea!

Pat said...

Loved the embossed card...AND loved how you colored in the 2nd card, too!

Elaine Wilson said...

Great cards and great use of the kit. Love it!

joy said...

Two fabulous cards, Sarah! I love the dry embossed stencil - great idea.

Judy Tuck said...

Loving that new stencil and what you have done with it on your cards.

Heather Parry said...

Wonderful cards - very different styles, but both are beautiful.

SKelly said...

Two more fantastic ways to use the stencil. Thanks!

Laurie Newbigging said...

Love the use of the stencil!

Jill B said...

Love the dry emboss :)

Tami McBeain said...

Love your cards, the little hearts stamped on the embossed background are so cute and love the bright colors on the second card!

Kazumi Edwards said...

Awesome card, I love the colors.

Reusing with Quilling said...

WOw ! Amazing cards !

Viki said...

Great cards. Thank you.

Liz Whitty said...

Wow love this kit!!!!!

adele holcomb said...

I never thought of using a stencil to emboss -- yours looks great on kraft with those little bright hearts sprinkled on it!

*Alison* said...

WOW! Love both cards.. the texture and colors.. so cool..
Thanks so much for the chance to win..
Hugs
-Ali

conil said...

Love the way you used the kraft in this kit. Awesome cards, both of them.

Cindy C. said...

Wow amazing cards! Fantastic ways to use that stencil!

Cheryl H said...

Fabulous!!! I now have to try embossing with a stencil :)

Beastybunny said...

Wow! Love using the stencil as an embossing plate! Looks fabulous! And all the vibrant colors on the other. Just have to try this!

bzyPTmom said...

Love the embossing technique with the stencil--I was wondering if one could do that. Also love your rainbow background, so bright and cheerful.

diana said...

Great cards! Thanks for the technique ideas & inspiration. This looks like another winner of a kit. ;-)

Heidi Krisw said...

I love that you used color pencils with stencil, that was very clever. Thanks for sharing!

linf54 said...

How nice to see you use the same stencil 2 different ways!

Becky S. said...

I didn't know you could emboss with the stencil! GREAT IDEA! Love the Inktense pencils...love your cards. Thanks for the two chances to win!

Paty said...

Lovely inspiration! thank you

Irene said...

What great cards...thanks for the reminder about dry embossing stencils...I can't wait to get my kit in the mail!

Denacline88 said...

lovely cards you made thank you for sharing.

Kathleen Cline said...

lovely cards today thanks for sharing them with us

Annie Wills said...

These are both gorgeous...thanks so much for sharing.

Michele Clay said...

Live both cards & drooling over this kit!!

ginnye said...

Super cute cards! I love the way you used the stencil. Thanks for sharing!!

jimlynn said...

Can't wait to get my kit now! Love your cards.

Sabrina said...

Oh WOW!!! I absolutely love both of your cards!! They are so beautiful!!

KimC said...

Such a versatile stencil, the dry embossed image is great!

Debi Walton said...

Two very nice uses of the stencil.

Tana said...

Ohhhh! Love your techniques and color schemes!

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to get my hands on this kit! Thanks for the idea to use the stencil to emboss!

Felicia - Scrapper in the Making said...

Girlfriend, I really admire your patience to color in all those stencils...but the results show it was worth every color stroke. Bravo on both Cards!

Betty Buchsdrucker said...

LOVE the woodgrain card!

Megan G said...

Amazing cards!! Love all the colors!!

Charyl said...

Another colorful card.

jasann said...

Just love these cards, colours and textures, Thanks for sharing!!!! They are just beautiful!

Didi said...

Seus cartões ficaram lindos e eu quero ganhar o brinde para fazer coisas bonitas assim aqui no Brasil também.
Um abraço
Edilene

Fran said...

Such cute cards. Can't wait for my kit.

chrystal said...

Love the new kit...can't wait to get the stencil and try it out!!

Elisabeth Bowring said...

Love the embossed stencil effect. Thanis for sharing, Sarah! :)

Margreet said...

Lovely cards made with that fab August kit. Thanks for the inspiration!
xxx Margreet

Brandi Beyer said...

I love the tiny embossed hearts on the first card. They match the patterned paper so well. It really brings the whole card together nicely. Love your work.

Franziska Langer said...

Great cards. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

Tiffany G said...

Oh wow!!! Both cards are absolutely beautiful!!! I love how you used the stencil on each card but in a different way!! I prolly never would of thought to emboss it!! Very creative!! I Love the bright colors and the wood grain background on your 2nd card!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

Marie A said...

Great idea embossing with the stencil!

Linda Saunders said...

Great cards and creative techniques, thanks for sharing. August kit looks awesome.

Tammy J said...

Gosh don't u just love every thing about this kit. I have seen some great stuff. TFS

ionabunny said...

Great cards. Love the embossed kraft

Lynne in NI said...

Oooh these are gorgeous, I love how you used your stencil :)

stamping.hippo@gmx.de said...

I love your cards , but in the moment i love the stencil more!
Thanks for sharing the embossing-idea!
Hanni

Debra said...

Your creations inspire...thank you!

shirley-bee said...

Love the different ways you used the stencil!

Cheryl B. said...

That is one versatile stencil TFS

MaryBeth said...

Great use of the stencil. Like the stencil on the woodgrain paper on the first card, and like the stark white with all the colors on the second card.

smallfavors said...

I love these cards!

Beth Rang said...

What beautiful work with the stencil!

Kris Van Allen said...

I love how you used the elements in the kit this month!!

Kathy (krolski) said...

Wow. amazing cards Sarah! Love all the colors!

Eithne said...

Hey Sarah, beautiful cards. I am already a follower so saw your post and cards without realising about the hop! I absolutely LOVE the colours in your second card. It must have taken you ages to draw each design. It gives such a wonderful definition to the image.
TFS
Eithne
www.cardroomdelights.blogspot.ie

Leslie L. said...

Lovely cards. That last one looks like it took forever to trace and color. I can't wait to get my kit for that stencil.

Rhonda said...

The extra effort on the multi-colored stencil card was worth it.

Karen said...

Beautiful cards! The second one must have taken forever but well worth it! How did you use your stencil with embossing plates--what is the sandwich?

Sus said...

I love the embossed stencil. Another great use for them! Love the first card.

Adriana Márquez said...

That stencil really rocks! Great cards

Karenladd said...

Love the embossed stencil card, but yikes...I can't even believe that you traced and then colored in all the stenciled shapes for your second card. SO striking and amazing!

Terri said...

Love the "Hello" card best!

Robin said...

Both cards are so cute. Love the woodgrain paper and all the colors.

Barb Ghig said...

I really love the clever way you played with the stencil, Sarah! Your cards are absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us!

scraphappy4067 said...

Great cards!!...I really like the colors on the second one!!

Pam said...

Great cards! i am loving that stencil.

Judith said...

Amazing work, both cards are so full of happy colours!

Kerri said...

love both of your cards they are great!!!

Kavitha Vadhri said...

beautiful cards, it must have taken you long time to trace the stencil background, awesome card.

SHartl said...

Your cards are unbelievable! The stencil is so versatile and I am impressed by your coloring!

Barb said...

Sarah, I love how you used the stencil to emboss your panel - looks awesome! And your second card is so fun with all those bright colors!

Marcia said...

I love, love the Inktense pencils with the stencil. It's fabulous.

Michelle W said...

I love both techniques you use with the yummy stencil on both of your cards. Thank you for all the inspiration.

Terri (blindstamper) said...

I love what you did with the stencil on both cards...very creative.

Susan Lang said...

Embossing the stencil is genius. I love the look it gave the card.

Agus :) said...

The second card looks like so much fun to make!! thanks for the inspiration (:

Dana said...

Wow! I LOVE the second card!! The background looks awesome on kraft!!

usagypsy said...

Wonderful cards! I really like the different ways you used the stencil. Back in the day, before all these diecut machines, I used to dry emboss a lot like this and loved the effect. Course it was all done by hand, which is why I like it :)

Betty Meyskens said...

WOW! WOW! WOW! .... and I could keep on saying that. I love both of your cards. I must say I love when you show us completely different ideas for cards from the same kit. The embossing on the first card was so cool and then the cute little hearts topped it off. The colour scheme on the 2nd card was so eye-catching --- I would totally case that card - the twine and the sentiment simply tie off that card perfectly. Thank you so much!

Heather M said...

WOW!!! Gorgeous cards!!! Lovin' that stencil!!

gRiSeL™ said...

Both cards a beautiful, but that first one is my favorite!! So pretty and sophisticated!! (:

Houses Built of Cards said...

WOW!!! LOVE that stencil dry embossed - but it is beautiful in rainbow colors as well!!!

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Maggie said...

Beautiful!!!

Denise Bryant said...

Great cards! Love the stencil and woodgrain paper....

Karli said...

Absolutely luv the way you used the stencil to emboss it! I'm definitely going to give that a go *Ü*

mewTilman said...

The embossed kraft card is wonderful. I can't wait to try out that stencil.

Dixie Cochran said...

2 lovely cards! The embossing is a great idea. Thanks for the tips.

Robin said...

These are both great cards!!!

Anonymous said...

Two great cards. Love the technique on both of them. How creative! buck2@casscomm.com Janet

Andrea Garland said...

Love both cards, the last one is so colorful.

Melissa M said...

outlining the stencil really makes the colours pop! Thanks for some great inspiration

Terri E. said...

Loving the inktense card!!!

Maria V. said...

Fantastic card all those colors make it a very happy card.

Phi said...

Love the different ways you have used the stencil. Great cards and great card kit. Thanks for sharing.

Rhonda Miller said...

These are both wonderful cards.

Sue D said...

Great ways to use this stencil!

Eloisa Morais said...

Absolutely loved the cards!! Thank you!!

Eloisa Morais said...

Absolutely loved the cards!! Thank you!!

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