I’m over on Simon Says Stamp’s blog today with my creative uses post for September :D I jumped into the new STAMPtember release looking for alternative uses for the new supplies and came up with two cards using the Trick or Treat set. Here’s a little peek, but I hope you have the time to pop over and see them :D


Stole My Heart: Stamps – Simon Says Stamp trick or treat, hey pumpkin, Lawn Fawn milo’s ABC’s; Dies – Simon Says Stamp sweet fruits, you, Clearly Besotted window dressing; Card – Simon Says Stamp lipstick, Neenah solar white 110lb, desert storm; Inks – Versafine onyx black, Distress Ink frayed burlap, Memento tuxedo black; Paper – Teresa Collins something wonderful; Copics 0, R11, T0, T1, T3, T5, T6, T8; Memento dual marker; Twine – May Arts

Ruff Day?: Stamps – Simon Says Stamp trick or treat, you are pawesome, more sketchy banner greetings; Dies – Simon Says Stamp halloween; Inks – Memento tuxedo black, Simon Says Stamp black; Paper – Teresa Collins something wonderful; Card – Neenah solar white; Copics – 0, dog (T1, T3, T6, T8) bandages (W0, W1, W3); Enamel Dots – Basic Grey candy buttons pink & blush

  • Yukari Y. - September 19, 2014 - 7:15 pm

    Saw your cards on the SSS blog. I absolutely LOVE how you took a Halloween stamp set and made non-Halloween cards, so cute and clever!ReplyCancel

  • Barb Ghig - September 19, 2014 - 10:09 pm

    You are really amazingly creative, Debby! I love how you think outside the box, and how fun both of your cards turned out! Awesome job, girl!!!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Mead - September 20, 2014 - 11:56 am

    I just love these adorable cards – that cat peeking in the window is too cute:) Thanks for some great ideas to use these stamps in another way – hugs xxReplyCancel

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design - Simon Says Stamp - Tim Holtz - tag

I think my Postie knows what projects I have up and coming and plans my parcel delivery accordingly! I’d just received the new Simon Says Stamp/Tim Holtz exclusive STAMPtember set when I sat down to make my project for this week’s CASE Study challenge and was struck by how the rosette from the set was reminiscent of the dreamcatcher from the inspiration:


I took the same colours used in the original with the white embossing on kraft and to create the same dimension from the feathers I pieced the rosette so that the ribbon tails were curled back from the tag. To do this I stamped the rosette three times with Versamark and white heat embossed each. I cut the Rounded Tag from the first stamping, the whole rosette from the second and just the circle element from the third and then layered them up with foam adhesive. I ran the ribbon tails through my fingers with an upward sweeping motion to curl those ends a little. The sentiment is part of the original stamped image but I’d cut my tag so that it was just the rosette, so I stamped the sentiment on vellum, white heat embossed and then die cut out with the banner from the Thanksgiving set. I hid a few tiny pieces of clear foam adhesive behind some of the lettering and then attached it over the rosette.


Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design - Simon Says Stamp - Tim Holtz - tag


This Limited Edition Tim Holtz set is exclusive to Simon Says Stamp and is only available during STAMPtember so you better be quick if you want to pop one in your basket before the end of the month! Once they are gone, they are gone!

Please pop by the CASE Study blog and see what the team has created and if you have time to join in this week I’d love to see what you make :D


Stamps – Simon Says Stamp/Tim Holtz STAMPtember; Dies – Simon Says Stamp thanksgiving, Clearly Besotted Stamps rounded tag; Ink – Versamark; Embossing Powder – Simon Says Stamp fine detail white; Card – Bazzill vellum, Neenah desert storm; Twine – Hemptique

  • Michelle W - September 18, 2014 - 7:30 am

    Great tag, Debby! I love how you’ve layered it up!ReplyCancel

  • Monica P - September 18, 2014 - 9:50 am

    Wow, incredible…ReplyCancel

  • Anja curvers - September 18, 2014 - 10:29 am

    Wow another really great tag Debby love that Tim Holtz set.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Langes - September 18, 2014 - 11:11 am

    Wow always love when I see a new post from you in my inbox Debby. Always sure to inspire:)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Lara - September 18, 2014 - 11:13 am

    Kraft and white and vellum oh my………..Awesome Debby.ReplyCancel

  • JOAN SMITH - September 18, 2014 - 2:42 pm

    OMG your card and tag are gorgeous. I am in awe of what your created using these goodies. You truly are ever so clever and creative and super talented to say the least. In a word WOW!!ReplyCancel

  • Sallee P. - September 18, 2014 - 3:16 pm

    I love how you translated the inspiration project to this tag. So good!ReplyCancel

  • Michele - September 18, 2014 - 3:22 pm

    So gorgeous – sadly, SSS is out of this special TH stamp set – sigh.ReplyCancel

    • Debby - September 19, 2014 - 8:13 am

      Just taken a peek Michele and they are back in stock now I think :DReplyCancel

  • conil - September 18, 2014 - 4:45 pm

    I think my jaw is broken. Honestly girl, if you keep producing these incredible projects, I’m not going to have a face left. Your patience is profound, fussy cutting all those little rosettes. Maybe it’s because you’ve done it so often, you scissors just do it automatically. Anyway, once again, this is just lovely (don’t you get sick of hearing this over and over again?).ReplyCancel

  • Barb Ghig - September 18, 2014 - 4:54 pm

    Sheer perfection, Debby! I love white on Kraft, and your stacked rosette is such a clever take on the Dream Catcher in the inspiration! Once again, you have totally knocked it out of the park with your gorgeous tag…Love it!!!ReplyCancel

  • Darlyne Wagner - September 19, 2014 - 11:09 am

    We out here in computerland cannot get enough of your paper perfections! Honestly, I love the white embossing on kraft: why don’t I ever think to do this myself? Love the tag and love the case study especially. I am going to try this myself fast before I forget how great it works. So darn good.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Mead - September 20, 2014 - 11:50 am

    Your tag is gorgeous Debby – love it! I am so glad that you are the muse this month at case study….it’s wonderful to case some of your amazing work:) Hugs xxReplyCancel

  • Diana K - September 20, 2014 - 3:59 pm

    Seriously amazing! I love what you’ve done with this stamp set. So creative and so very inspiring.ReplyCancel

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design - Lawn Fawn stamps & dies - card, cute, rabbit, hedgehog, bird

I mentioned in my last post about this card – friends of my sister are adopting a little girl called Alice. My sister and I chatted about the etiquette of what card to send for an adoption and in the end I went with something to simply put a smile on a little girls face – lots of Lawn Fawn cute critters should do the job! There’s no rhyme or reason to this card, I suppose I could’ve put a little house in there somewhere but I did stamp on the inside ‘welcome to your new home’. The rabbit and trees (in Beanstalk Green and Forever Green) are from Snow Day, the hedgehog from Hedgehugs and the bird from Year Four. All were stamped with Memento tuxedo black, coloured with Copics and cut with their matching dies (see links below). Milo’s ABC’s made quick work of the name banner and the scene is based on the Frames set from Simon Says Stamp which was cut with the Snow Drifts dies from My Favorite Things and the clouds from Clearly Besotted Home Sweet Home.


The panel is mounted onto a kraft card base stamped in Versamark with the Designer Woodgrain from Hero Arts to add that woodland feel.  I’m not a very pink and girly kinda girl, but did sneak a little Cotton Candy heart covered with Star Dust Stickles and a pink envelope.

Phew, there’s quite a lot going on with this card (I think that’s the longest supply list in a long time) but I hope that it makes the new parents and Alice smile :D


Stamps – Lawn Fawn snow day, hedgehugs, year four, Milo’s ABC’s, Hero Arts designer woodgrain; Dies – Simon Says Stamp frames, Lawn Fawn year four, hedgehugs, snow day, Clearly Besotted home sweet home, My Favorite Things snow drifts; Inks – Simon Says Stamp beanstalk green, black, Hero Arts forever green, Memento tuxedo black, Versamark; Card – Simon Says Stamp cotton candy, Neenah desert storm 100lb, Neenah solar white; Patterned Paper – Lawn Fawn sweater weather, Teresa Collins something wonderful; Twine – Hemptique aquamarine; Ranger stardust stickler; Zig wink of stella clear glitter pen; Copics 0, R11, E51, E53, E55, E57, E59, E49, YR21, BG11, BG13, BG18

  • conil - September 17, 2014 - 4:31 pm

    Such a sweet card to welcome Alice. Wish I could color as well as you. I love her name, by the way.ReplyCancel

  • Yukari Y. - September 17, 2014 - 5:36 pm

    This card absolutely adorable! I love the colors and all of the cute little critters! ♥ReplyCancel

  • Jo - September 17, 2014 - 7:04 pm

    What a great little card to welcome her! Alice is my mom’s name so this one is extra special from where I’m sitting, Jo xReplyCancel

  • Jeanne J. - September 17, 2014 - 7:32 pm

    Super cute Debbie! I love that little hedgie and the birdie in the tree!ReplyCancel

  • Shelly - September 17, 2014 - 8:26 pm

    This is soooo sweet! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • ~amy~ - September 18, 2014 - 12:37 am

    This is ADORABLE and absolutely perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Groh - September 18, 2014 - 12:06 pm

    This is so cute!ReplyCancel

Last week a couple of my crafty friends nominated me for the Getting To Know Me Blog Hop; Jennifer McGuire and Laura Bassen – love these girls so much! This hop is such a great idea and I thought it best to do this without the sugar-coating – total honesty here! There’s five questions to the hop so I’m going to jump straight in!

What creative projects are you currently working on?

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle DesignI swung around from my computer and took a quick snap of what’s on my desk at the moment – there’s a card for my sister’s friends who are adopting a little girl called Alice soon. I used lots of the adorable Lawn Fawn critters on that and, having just finished taking a few snaps, I need to get it in the post tomorrow and I will try to blog about the card sometime this coming week. Hot out of the Postie’s hands is the new Simon Says Stamp/Hero Arts collaborative set for STAMPtember, Chalkboard Birthday – want to get busy with that one soon. Also I have some nice autumnal card and ink colours to play with when I get the chance. Not sure yet if I’m going to use those colours with the Hero Arts set or not; just pulling ideas and thoughts together at the moment.

Off from my desk to the right where my computer sits, I’m working on some video editing for an upcoming class, planning what projects I need to get to over the next few days and blogging this of course LOL.

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design

What inspires your designs?

I follow a number of people’s blogs and like to celebrate great cards by popping them into my ‘Fabulousness‘ folder on Pinterest. I think this also helps me to keep up with generalities such as what is trending but also to see what has been done already. When I’m creating I get a lot of inspiration from the product itself and also from things around me such as packaging, adverts, the colours in a dress. However, when I’m in a mojo slump it is Pinterest I will turn to again but not to search for card ideas though. I will enter some general terms into Pinterest’s search function and find inspiration in home decor, fabrics etc. One of the things I try not to do is make a card that someone else has. It can be difficult at times when working with the same product sets but by looking for ideas outside of card making I try my best. Here’s an example, Rudolph cookies spotted on Pinterest inspired these Rudolph tags I made for a Simon Says Stamp blog post last year.

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design

Or this gorgeous picture which inspired this card.



Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design

A more recent example of inspiration is when looking at the latest Clearly Besotted release the Woodland Pals set reminded me of the Japanese kawaii style so I tried to capture that clean line, pastel with a pop of colour.

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design

What method/process (if applicable) do you apply to each of your creative projects, and how long does each project take to complete?

I am a really slow crafter; I mean painfully slow! Don’t get me wrong I’m totally busy when I craft; the paper is flying, the fingers are inky etc it’s just the process I seem to take. Although I’m quiet an organised person I often don’t plan what I’m going to do. Best case scenario is I may take the stamps off their backer sheet and lay them roughly in place but often as not I don’t even get that much planned. I normally have an idea to work with though; layered white on white die cuts would look nice with this, might try and use the negative space of that one, soft and dreamy vellum, cute critter scene …. After that first idea though it’s just a case, for me at least, of trying things out. Sometimes it works straight off, often as not it doesn’t and I keep trying new ideas until I’m happy. The waste recycling sees lots of action when I create and for me a card evolves from the process. That might seem really silly, it’s just a card right, but that’s how it goes for me. Lots of trying this, nope don’t like that, try something else etc. So, long story short, a card for me takes a while, probably in the 1-2 hours range most times.

If you had to describe your ‘signature style’ what would it be?

I’m certainly attracted to clean-and-simple style myself and I think at times my projects fit into that category too. I certainly went through a very CAS bare minimal phase, but perhaps more recently I’d say I aim for a ‘feel’ of light and airy. I’m not sure that is a style LOL but it’s what I have in mind when I’m making something :D

What three crafting tools/products could you not live without.

I’m going to be really boring here, but I’d really struggle without a scoring board and a decent paper trimmer! Card edges that don’t line up and scraggy cuts really annoy me! Every time I make a project I start by cutting a piece of card wider than I actually need. Then I score it at a point taller than I actually need. Use a bone folder to get a nice crisp edge and then take to my paper trimmer. I push the folded edge up to the top of the trimmer and cut a slither off the right edge of the card. Turn 90 degrees and cut the base edge to the correct height, turn 90 degrees, flip the card over and cut the left edge of the card to the correct width. That way every edge has been cut relatively to the scored fold. I know, OCD runs in my family LOL. Now for my third item, hmmm, I mentioned the bone folder but I have been know to use the back of my nail when I can’t find it so that isn’t essential. I think it would have to be my die cutter. I love dies, love the dimension of popping things up and without my old and battered Cuttlebug I’d be at a loss :D


Those cutting plates are sooooo beat up but while they keep cutting they can stay ;) Keeping me company is my favourite Herdy coffee mug, in lime green of course, and it looks like a need to make a fresh cup :D

Papercrafters who inspire me.

Now for the fun part; sharing people who inspire me! To start I want to say that by it’s very nature the people in my Pinterest board ‘Fabulousness‘ are indeed fabulous! Their designs and photographs caught my eye and made me smile :D I wish I had more time to spend looking through my Feedly blog reader and adding more finds to this board but just recently time has been short and my Feedly is rather neglected and overflowing.

Anyway, when I came to think about this part of the hop I turned to the feeds located in my reader, glancing down the list of wonderful names and my eye stopped when I hit this lady. Cristina Kowalczyk has inspired me for years with her clean designs and fresh ideas. I love that she is an accomplished author, although missed her posts when she took time off to promote her latest book. However, I’d noticed a few posts popping up again from Cristina including this one where she took Pinterest inspiration for the CASE Study challenge blog hop. I love that the bike image is stamped not only off the edge but also continues onto the back of the card – you gotta take a look! Yup simple, stunning design is how I think of Cristina :D

For my second inspirational crafter I’m going to pick the awesome Lisa Spangler. I think that Lisa’s style is so darn fabulous; she seems to hit that quirky/trendy button just right! In fact I love her style so much it was Lisa I chose to CASE for the CASE Study anniversary blog hop :D Just hop on over to Lisa’s blog and straight away the latest card there is a stunner! Rich colours, fabulous technique and it just makes me happy to look at. In fact, yes, Lisa’s blog is certainly a wonderfully happy place to be; just a little wander through her projects and you get a heart warming glow :D And I’ve not even mentioned yet how multi-talented Lisa is – she works for Hero Arts designing stamps, creating projects, teaching, managing the websites and all sorts of computer ‘stuff’!

I hope you will pop on over to Cristina and Lisa today but also next week when they will be answering the same questions :D

  • Trish - September 15, 2014 - 2:08 pm

    I love your light and airy style, Debbie! You achieve a rich and layered card but still maintain that fresh, clean look- You coined the term, fabulousness! Thanks for all you share!ReplyCancel

  • Michele F - September 15, 2014 - 2:42 pm

    Always a pleasure, Debby, getting to know you better! Your style continues to inspire me… thank you!
    =] MicheleReplyCancel

  • Beth Holt - September 15, 2014 - 2:43 pm

    This was an absolute pleasure to read! I really enjoyed getting to know a little more about you and I love your slow and deliberate style. Thanks so much for the introduction of other fabulous paper crafters! I look forward to learning more about them too.ReplyCancel

  • Shelly - September 15, 2014 - 2:51 pm

    Loved reading more about you! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Bobby - September 15, 2014 - 4:57 pm

    Good to get to know you, Debby. Light and airy IS a style because it’s your style and I love it.ReplyCancel

  • Kay Miller - September 15, 2014 - 5:03 pm

    It was so fun reading about you and your creative process Debbie! I am alway taken away by your beautiful projects and utterly amazing photography! :)ReplyCancel

  • Yukari Y. - September 15, 2014 - 6:06 pm

    Great read! Love reading your creative process!ReplyCancel

  • conil - September 15, 2014 - 6:10 pm

    Wonderful and informative interview (is that the right word, perhaps not). Anyway, enjoyed every word. Said it before and I’ll say it again…you truly write as well as anyone I’ve ever read. Were you an English or Journalism instructor in a former life or are you just naturally gifted in this area (as well as countless others)?ReplyCancel

    • Debby - September 15, 2014 - 10:22 pm

      Aww you are too kind Conil – I’m more comfortable talking about cells as I was a plant cell biologist!ReplyCancel

  • Getting to Know me Blog Hop « - September 15, 2014 - 6:19 pm

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  • Barb Ghig - September 15, 2014 - 6:28 pm

    I really enjoyed learning more about you and your creative process, Debby! Thanks so much for being part of the hop!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy H. - September 15, 2014 - 7:13 pm

    This was so interesting reading about how you get ideas for a card and then create them. Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Ann - September 15, 2014 - 11:29 pm

    Thanks so much Debbie for sharing your processes and thoughts with us – I have loved your style for some time, and yes, I’m seeing less of the bare minimalism and more of the light and airy feel lately and I love it! How you look for inspiration was very interesting to me, as I hate to ‘have’ to copy someone else’s card, but once you see a card you love, it is difficult to create something different. So I will follow your method of looking elsewhere than cards, for my inspiration from now on. I’ll still follow yours of course! BTW, I had tagged Cristina as a super card maker, even before I found you lol! Best wishes, AnnReplyCancel

  • Monika/buzsy - September 15, 2014 - 11:52 pm

    What a great read this way. I enjoyed learning about your creative process.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Adams - September 16, 2014 - 1:54 am

    Lovely to get to know you. I think your style of light and airy will catch on. I love your style and it’s definitely light and airy. I love how you search pinterest for inspiration too.ReplyCancel

  • Brenda - September 16, 2014 - 2:39 am

    I LOVE your subtitle for your Fabulousness Board!ReplyCancel

  • ~amy~ - September 16, 2014 - 11:33 am

    Such a fun post…love all the photos!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Norris - September 16, 2014 - 3:15 pm

    Such fun getting to know you a bit better Debby! Thanks for sharing a bit of your creative process.ReplyCancel

  • Carol D - September 16, 2014 - 4:22 pm

    Thanks so much for your post today sharing your creative process and inspiration. I can’t tell you how many of your cards I’ve tried to CASE – and now I see that I really need to look for inspiration elsewhere, then just convey the “light and airy” vibe.

    You truly inspire me.ReplyCancel

  • maria f. - September 16, 2014 - 9:45 pm

    Fun post. “Light and airy” – I would totally agree on that. Bet I’ve even used it in several comments over the ages. You do it like no other.ReplyCancel

  • Alice » Lime Doodle Design - September 17, 2014 - 2:16 pm

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The winner of the STAMPtember blog hop prize package from comments left on this blog is ……

Dana Warren

Dana W – September 2, 2014 – 5:55 pm

Wow! Amazing card! love the colors and how you made an ornament of the snowflakes!!!

Congrats Dana! Simon has emailed you :D Many thanks to everyone who left a comment, it was a fabulous hop. Don’t forget you can see the whole of the STAMPtember release over at Simon Says Stamp :D