Category Archives: Simon Says Stamp

You Have a Kind Heart (simon says stamp)

Hi everyone.  I recently purchased a couple stamp sets from Simon Says Stamp‘s latest release. The other day I colored Best Friends (super-super-cute set) and posted on Instagram.  Today I colored the larger image from Kind Flowers. It’s a lovely set filled with flowers and quite a many kind sentiments.

Simon Says Stamp Kind Flowers

After stamping onto X-Press It Blending Card, I colored with Copic markers then stamped the smaller sentiment using white ink on black card stock then white embossed.

Simon Says Stamp Kind Flowers (close-up)

Copic markers – BG10, BG13, BG15, BG18, C00, C1, C2, C3, E35, G28, R39, R83, R85, RV11, RV32, Y21, YG03, YG06, YG09, YG17, YR23

I also added a little plop of Glossy Accents into the flower centers and surrounding dots.

Thanks for visiting today. I’ll be back soon.  :)

1amichele siggy

Creating a Layered Background with Stencil Sheets

Hello everyone. I’ve had the flu this week and although I am still coughing (a lot), I feel much better and decided to get back into my stamp room for some inky fun.

DIY Background with dies and stencil sheets

Earlier in the month, I created a simple stenciled background using a large background die and stencil sheet. Today I decided to return to the stencil sheets, this time creating the stencil with three leaf dies… and lots of ink layering.

X-Press It Stencil Sheets

One of the great things about X-Press It Stencil Sheets is that they are backed with a low tack adhesive that sticks firmly to card stock yet lifts away easily with no residue left behind. If the sheet is cut larger or wider than the card stock, the adhesive also holds the work surface in place, making ink application so much easier.


I first die-cut leaves from the stencil sheet. I cut six which required two passes through my die-cutting machine. I found it easiest to remove the die-cut shapes before sending the piece through the machine again for the additional cuts.


I blended Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral and Picked Raspberry distress inks onto white card stock, leaving some white peeking through.


I removed the backing* from the stencil sheet, adhered the sheet over my card stock and inked the leaf openings using Frayed Burlap distress ink. (*Save the backing as the stencil sheet can be reapplied and saved for later use!)


I lifted then rotated the stencil sheet, reapplied and inked again using the distress inks.


As I repeated the process, the stencil sheet did not stretch at all. (It’s fabulous!)


Once I was satisfied with the coverage, I wiped the ink from the stencil sheet using a baby wipe then re-adhered the sheet to the release paper, saving for later use.

Note: Stepout photos were taken in a location different from that of the final photo so colors appear a bit darker.

DIY Background with dies and stencil sheets (close-up)

Before assembling my card, I dripped water across the panel, allowed the drops to dry then added some dots of Glossy Accents diagonally above and below the sentiment.

I may add some more doo-dads to my card, I’m not sure. I feel it may need something more…but I don’t want to cover too much of the background. What do you think?

Thanks so much for visiting today! :)

1amichele siggy

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Sending and Wishing  Dies: Simon Says Stamp Wishing; Paper Smooches Large Leaves Ink: Taylored Expressions Sugar Cube; Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Picked Rapsberry, Frayed Burlap Distress  Paper: Taylored Expressions Sugar Cube, Mocha  Other: X-Press It Stencil Sheets, blending tool, white embossing powder, corner rounder, foam tape.

Playing with (stencil) Paste

Hi everyone.  Today I’ve done a bit of playing with Tommy Mixed Media Stencil Paste. (I love how it looks over bright inks!)


Tommy Stencil Light Paste is a super light and soft, creamy paste, perfect for use with stencils. If applied thickly, it doesn’t crack, and it can also be tinted with Tommy Art Colors.

Tommy  Stencil Light Paste

I first used a sponge blending tool to apply Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral and Picked Raspberry Distress inks onto white card stock. I then used a pallette knife to apply the paste over my stencil, moving the palette knife from top to bottom.


Once applied, I carefully lifted the stencil so I wouldn’t disturb the paste, then I let it dry.


After trimming the piece to the desired size, I added a Thanks Script cut from gold card stock and white embossed “a million” (from Simon Says Stamp “Thanks” set).


I love the texture of the paste with the bright colors showing.  :)

Thanks (a million) for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Thanks  Dies: Taylored Expressions Thanks Script Ink: MFT Sweet Tooth, Ranger Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral and Picked Raspberry Distress  Paper: Taylored Expressions Sugar Cube and Oreo, X-Press IT Blending Card, gold  Other: Tim Holtz stencil, Tommy Mixed Media Stencil Light Paste, pallette knife, white embossing powder/heat tool, blending tool.

A Warm Copic Welcome, a Fond Farewell, Hop and a prize!

Today the Copic design team is joining together for two reasons. (Three, if you count the hop prize but first a little info regarding why we are hopping.)

Today we wish to extend a very warm welcome to the a-MAZING-ly talented Jennifer Dove who has joined our teaching team. If you are unfamiliar with Jenn’s work, you must click over to her blog. (You will be there a while as it is truly amazing. She is SO talented!) We’re very excited to have her join us.

On a somewhat sad note, we bid a fond farewell to Lori Craig. I say “somewhat” because while Lori is leaving the teaching team, she is moving into a new position, representing Tommy Art for Imagination International, Inc. She won’t be far at all (and I’ll still be bugging her).  We wish her the very best in her new position!

Here’s a peek at something I created using Tommy Chalk-based Mineral Paints and Mixed Media Stencil Paste. (Also available are metallic paints as well as specialty products, additional pastes, coatings, waxes and varnishes.)


I painted Pale Blue and Vintage Green Chalk Color onto white card stock then applied Stencil Paste over top. I wanted the die-cut “Sending” to match perfectly so I painted Vintage Green onto scrap card stock then die-cut the painted strip once dried. (It dries very quickly.)


Tommy Paint provides deep opacity with excellent coverage. Available in 40 colors (!), two sizes and the packaging is recyclable. That’s always a bonus. :)


To celebrate our hop, we are giving away a new Copic small sketchbook and Doodle Pack. Please note that the color of the Doodle Pack MAY BE DIFFERENT. Simply hop along and comment on each post for a chance to win. Commenting closes 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, May 28. The winner will be announced Tuesday morning, May 30th on Michelle Houghton‘s blog. Here are your hop links:

One final note: You can find a list and description of available Copic classes for the remainder of the year HERE and schedule HERE.

Thanks so much for visiting and hopping today! ♥

1amichele siggy

SUPPLIES   Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Prayers, Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous MM103 (butterflies with stencil)   Dies: Simon Says Stamp Sending, Taylored Expressions Banner Stacklets 1   Ink: Taylored Expressions Sprinkles and Sugar Cube   Paper: Taylored Expressions Sugar Cube and Heavyweight Vellum  Other: Tommy Chalk Color Pale Blue and Vintage Green, Tommy Light Stencil Paste, silver cord, white embossing powder, X-Press It 1/2″ and 1/4″ Double-sided tape



Doodling with Gasenfude

Hi everyone! Today I needed a card for a friend who is going through a particularly tough time. Simon Says Stamp‘s Uplifting Thoughts was the perfect sentiment set to use. I also wanted to include a floral image so I decided to step out of my comfort zone and use Copic’s Gasenfude nylon brush pen to create my own image.


The Gasenfude pen includes waterbased, black pigment ink that is 100% compatible with Copic markers. It has a super-fine point for detail work and 9mm long bristles for creating a dry brush effect, depending on how you hold and use the pen.


I practiced a bit on scrap paper before trying the pen on X-Press It Blending Card.


After coloring with Copic markers, I used Opaque White to add a few highlights to the two larger flower centers.

Thanks so much for visiting! :)

1amichele siggy 

Just Believe (simon says stamp)

Hi everyone. Today I’m sneaking in one more card using Simon Says Stamp‘s new Secret Garden stamp set with coordinating dies . I also used their Believe die.

Michele Boyer - Simon Says Stamp

After stamping the fairy onto X-Press It Blending Card, I colored with Copics then added subtle sparkle to her wings and wand using a clear Zig Wink of Stella glitter brush.

Michele Boyer - Simon Says Stamp

Copic markers – BG10, BG11, C2, E00, E11, E31, E35, R01, R83, R85, RV32, Y21, YG03, YG07

I used the glitter brush over the sponged background as well as the Believe die-cut. (I just love that fairy. She’s so cute.)

Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Hangin’ with my Gnomies (simon says stamp)

Hi everyone! Have you seen the latest Simon Says Stamp release? Oh my gosh, such cuteness! I just had to have Secret Garden with it’s coordinating dies.  (I also had to have one of the new wine themed sets. I’ll share that later.)

Michele Boyer - Simon Says Stamp

All of my images were stamped onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers. To “hang” the gnome from the sign, I cut a little slit around his hand to insert the bottom edge of the sign, and I cut off his feet (gasp!) so that I could extend them past the top edge of the sign. (That portion is raised on 1/2″ foam tape.)

Michele Boyer - Simon Says Stamp

Copic markers – E00, E07, E09, E11, E23, E31, E33, E35, E39, E41, E42, E43, E57, E59, G94, R01, W1, W2, Y21, YG63, YG99, YR23

To assemble all the pieces, I used X-Press It’s Medium Glue Pen and Wide Glue Marker. (My favorite is the wide marker.) Each dries strong and clear and can be used as either a permanent or temporary adhesive. If the nibs get dirty, they can be pulled out and rinsed or even reversed for a fresh nib. Super cool.  :)

I’ll be using other elements from this super-cute stamp/die set very soon.  :)

Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Life can be tough. You are tougher.

Hi everyone. I have a friend in need of a little encouragement so I thought I’d create a card just for her today. A while back, I bought Hand Lettered Encouragement by Simon Says Stamp for this sentiment alone.  The others are wonderful as well, but I especially love this one.


Since I wanted to emboss the sentiment, I first used a powder tool over watercolor card stock to prevent any stray specks of embossing powder from sticking where I didn’t want them. I stamped using VersaMark ink then heat embossed with black embossing powder.


I used a t-square to draw a straight line then traced a heart die in the center.


Next I used a Gasenfude brush pen (by Copic) to trace over my design. I used a very light touch while tracing then applied a bit more pressure in the thicker, shaded areas of the heart. (Please excuse the shadows in my photography. It’s been a rather dark, dreary day.)


Once I was satisfied with the design,  I used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors to color over the stamp and pen work.  The pigment ink of the pen did not bleed at all. It’s Copic marker compatible as well. You can read more about it HERE and/or purchase HERE.


Once dried, I decided to add a bit more water to the design to create more of an uneven look. Life’s events can be crazy so I decided my watercolor here should be as well.

Thanks so much for visiting!

1amichele siggy

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp “Hand Lettered Encouragement”   Ink: VersaMark Card Stock: Taylored Expressions Oreo and Lollipop; watercolor  Other: Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors, Copic Gasenfude brush, Paper Smooches Hearts die, black embossing powder

Sending You Smiles (with new Kirarina Wink)

Hi everyone! We’ve spent the last two days trying to shovel out from the blizzard but in between, I managed to spend a bit of time in my craft room.  Now available from Imagination International are two new Kirarina Wink pens – Emerald and Violet.  I used Emerald on my project along with Old Rose, Dandelion and White Pearl. (I love them on black card stock.) You can read a bit more about the Kirarina Wink pens HERE.

I’ve used For to Us (it’s not just for Christmas!) and Sending and Wishing along with the coordinating Sending die from Simon Says Stamp. (Sending and Wishing with both dies can be purchased all together here.)

Michele Boyer - Simon Says Stamps

Here’s how I created my card:


First stamp the swag onto black card stock using black ink. If your ink disappears very quickly, try another brand. Some show better than others.


Use Kirarina Wink pens to trace and color the image.


Die-cut “Sending” from black card stock then color with Old Rose. Once dried, I colored over the die-cut a second time.

4 Adhere-diecut

Adhere beneath the colored swag.


Stamp the second swag in black ink and color.

Michele Boyer - Simon Says Stamps

Kirarina Wink – Emerald, Old Rose, Dandelion, White Pearl

Lastly, I used my powder tool over all areas, then stamped the remainder of the sentiment in white ink and embossed with white powder.  :)

Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Quick and Easy Sympathy Cards (because sometimes two just aren’t enough)

Hi everyone. :)

While I always try to have a couple sympathy cards on hand, this week, sadly, two were not enough. Since time is short for me this weekend, I  turned to my One Sheet Wonder template, chose one of the card layouts and quickly turned out six cards.


I needed four this week :(  but while I had all of the supplies on my table, I decided to create a few extras for Jennifer McGuire’s Lasting Hearts Card Drive which you can read about HERE. There are several ways to participate so please check out the details on her blog.

Also note that Simon Says Stamp has brought back their hugely popular Prayers stamp and die set, which I’ve used here. With every purchase SSS is donating 25%. I absolutely love this set and consider it one of those necessary staples for card making.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

1amichele siggy