I’m over on the Simon Says Stamp blog today with a creative uses post inspired by my recent vacation! Here’s a sneaky peek of one of the cards over there :D I hope you will take the time to stop by.

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design - Simon Says Stamp This is The Life


Island Vacation: Stamps – Simon Says Stamp paw prints on our hearts, life’s journey; Dies – Simon Says Stamp vacation word strips; Inks – Simon Says Stamp sea glass, audrey blue, green apple, smoke, Versamark; Card – Neenah solar white, Simon Says Stamp slate, Bazzill 40lb vellum; Embossing Powder – Hero Arts white; Sequins

Safari Inspired: Stamps – Simon Says Stamp life’s journey; Dies - Simon Says Stamp vacation word strips; Stencil – Simon Says Stamp waves; Card – Neenah solar white; Ink – Distress Inks black soot, picked raspberry, spiced marmalade, Versamark; Embossing Powder – Ranger super fine detail gold; Wood Veneer – Studio Calico stars

  • conil - July 23, 2014 - 10:16 pm

    Saw them. Can you say gorgeous? Great vacation cards you clever, clever girl. Paw prints for islands…that’s just ingenius but then you turn the wavy stencil and make zebra stripes. Good lord, I wish I had your brain.ReplyCancel

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design - Clearly Besotted Stamps, Simon Says Stamp

Just before going away on holiday things were rather crazy and I didn’t really get much time to play with the June Clearly Besotted Stamps release. Now we are home, and as CBS is taking the month of August off, then I thought I’d spend some time over the next few weeks playing with some of the new sets and also some of the previous sets which in a whirlwind of monthly releases just passed me by.

Isn’t this Dragonfly just gorgeous! I’ve seen a few butterfly dies like this with one die cutting out a solid body and one die a detailed one but I’ve never seen a dragonfly like it. I started by water colouring Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor card with vibrant blues and then splattered with Hero Arts Pool spray and Imagine Crafts Shimmer Spritz in Frost. Once dry I die cut the solid body and then used a cut out of the detailed wings to act as a mask while adding some Star Dust Stickles through the gaps. This left the body so sparkly and rich – really lovely. I die cut the detail wings from Bazzill 40lb vellum and again reached for the Star Dust Stickles and painted the vellum wings – if there was one thing this dragonfly was going to be it was sparkly! The glitter glue causes the vellum to curl a bit when wet but once dry then can be manipulated into the shape you want. I used a little Glossy Accents on the body segments to attach the wings to the main water coloured body.

The dragonfly is mounted onto a Rounded Tag coloured with the Waves stencil and Sea Glass ink from Simon Says Stamp. Oh and a few more Hero Arts Pool splatters and some Studio Calico sequins too.

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design - Clearly Besotted Stamps, Simon Says Stamp

The sentiment is from the new Simply Quilled set and was stamped in Black on a scrap of Neenah solar white and trimmed out to fit the tag. Finally the tag was strung with some Hemptique twine and then mounted onto a panel covered with paper from Studio Calico’s Lemon Lush line.


Stamps – Clearly Besotted Stamps simply quilled; Dies – Clearly Besotted Stamps dragonfly, rounded tag; Stencil – Simon Says Stamp waves; Inks – Simon Says Stamp sea glass, black; Card – Tim Holtz distress watercolor, Neenah solar white; Bazzill 40lb vellum; Watercolours – Winsor & Newton; Paper – Studio Calico lemon lush; Sequins – Studio Calico; Spray – Hero Arts pool, Imagine Crafts shimmer spritz frost; Ranger Stickles star dust, Ranger glossy accents; Twine – Hemptique aquamarine

  • Pooja - July 22, 2014 - 2:23 pm

    AWESOME card..I loved the sparky dragon fly and the colors..Wow…!!ReplyCancel

  • Barb - July 22, 2014 - 2:45 pm

    Prettiest dragonfly EVER!! So gorgeous, Debby!ReplyCancel

  • Betty - July 22, 2014 - 3:07 pm

    elegant, classy – just beautiful all rolled into one!!ReplyCancel

  • Becca Whitham - July 22, 2014 - 3:27 pm

    Gorgeous. Just flat-out GORGEOUS!ReplyCancel

  • conil - July 22, 2014 - 3:30 pm

    Love this dragonfly too. Love it more now…beautiful, how you made is twinkle and shine…just like a real one. Bought it when CBS first showed it. Can you believe I still haven’t used it. But when I get back to crafting, it will be first on my list.ReplyCancel

  • Doreen Lees - July 22, 2014 - 4:08 pm

    That is lovely. I love your pretty colours of your background. Winner again.ReplyCancel

  • Michele Ferguson - July 23, 2014 - 1:22 pm

    So pretty, Debby… sparkly and spectacular!ReplyCancel

  • Cris G. - July 23, 2014 - 2:55 pm

    So very beautiful, fantastic sparkle! I love dragonflies… and butterflies too :).ReplyCancel

  • Ann - July 23, 2014 - 4:34 pm

    A beautiful cards–as always! Love that sparkly dragonfly (going on my wish list!), the rounded tag and that gorgeous background!!ReplyCancel

  • Barb Ghig - July 23, 2014 - 6:17 pm

    Really gorgeous dragonfly, Debby! I’ll bet it really sparkles IRL, too! I love your water colored background, as well…it’s perfect with the dragonfly!ReplyCancel

  • Bobby - July 23, 2014 - 7:03 pm

    So beautiful, Debby. I love the dragonfly and just ordered one for myself from a different company.ReplyCancel

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design - Waffle Flower stamps, Simon Says Stamp and Hero Arts inks

Eek a totally one layer card! Although I like clean and simple design I often opt for a raised panel on my cards; I like the extra dimension this adds but if I’m honest probably more so because it’s easier to work on a panel and not have to worry about getting the rest of the card inky LOL. However, for today’s card I wanted to get that really clean look. I masked off the majority of the lower part of the card front and then stamped some of the lovely floral images from Waffle Flower’s Loved set. If you haven’t checked out Waffle Flower designs before then I highly recommend you to; Nina has designed some gorgeous sets.

My first point of call when I reach for inks, particularly if the images are solid, are the Simon Says Stamp and Hero Arts inks. These use the same formulation which goes on slightly blotchy but then smooths out as it dries to leave a lovely solid stamping. For today I pulled out Sea Glass, Sunshine, Orange Peel, Field Greens, Forever Green and Fresh Peach.

Two other things I find so useful when stamping solid images;

  • Firstly a quality card stock. I like Neenah solar white which has a smooth texture and just seems to give a great impression.
  • Also a Fiskars Stamp Press. The Stamp Press has ‘give’ in the plastic surface which allows you to really press the image down on the card stock to give the optimum impression.

Back to the card and the sentiment, stamped in Black, is in two parts which makes it easy to mix and match. I thought about adding a few rhinestones or sequins but for once showed restraint to keep the clean, minimal look intact :D


Stamps – Waffle Flower loved; Inks – Simon Says Stamp black, sea glass, sunshine, orange peel, Hero Arts field greens, forever green, fresh peach; Card – Neenah solar white

  • Cindy H. - July 21, 2014 - 1:39 pm

    Love the soft look of this lovely one layer card.ReplyCancel

  • Linda E - July 21, 2014 - 1:50 pm

    Beautiful! Love the colors!ReplyCancel

  • Virginia L. - July 21, 2014 - 3:37 pm

    GORGEOUS! I love the smaller images of flowers in this card. Beautifully composed and stamped!ReplyCancel

  • Barb Ghig - July 21, 2014 - 4:04 pm

    Gorgeous one-layer card, Debby! The “CAS Purists” will be proud to see this card, too ;-) I think the colors are so pretty, and I love how you masked the card front to create your design!ReplyCancel

  • conil - July 21, 2014 - 4:31 pm

    If I could make one layer cards that looked like this, I’d make more one layer cards. Really admire the clean, sleek look of this card and your colour choices.ReplyCancel

  • Judy - July 21, 2014 - 5:09 pm

    I love the colors and design of this clean and simple card–simply beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • Meghan - July 21, 2014 - 5:56 pm

    Just WOW, what a stunning card!ReplyCancel

  • Jen Rzasa - July 21, 2014 - 6:46 pm

    Just lovely!!ReplyCancel

  • Leni - July 21, 2014 - 8:00 pm

    Lovely card! How sweet are all these little flowers. It looks so easy, but I think it isn’t. the placement is perfect and you are so good in it! I like to try it myself…ReplyCancel

  • Shelly - July 21, 2014 - 8:01 pm

    Gorgeous card!!! Love!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Izakowicz - July 21, 2014 - 8:29 pm

    This is gorgeous – I love those floral images. Such a stunner, as usual!ReplyCancel

  • Therese - July 21, 2014 - 9:27 pm

    Stunning card, had to pin it!ReplyCancel

  • Bobby - July 22, 2014 - 1:34 am

    Wonderful one layer card, Debby. I have the ink and the press, now if I could only lay out a design as well as you do.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah G - July 22, 2014 - 7:49 am

    So fresh and pretty! Love the masked panel – it gives a great CAS look.ReplyCancel

  • Leigh Penner - July 22, 2014 - 1:53 pm

    This is gorgeous — I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Billie A - July 22, 2014 - 8:17 pm

    I love the idea of this. It is stunning and love the softness about it to. Great card. I am loving your work. Great one layer card.ReplyCancel

  • Cris G. - July 23, 2014 - 3:06 pm

    Gorgeous card, Debby. This stamp set is wonderful, and your color combo and execution just perfect!ReplyCancel

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design - The Alley Way Stamp, Simon Says Stamp

I’m back again today, if you didn’t see the post announcing the winners of the Altenew Blog Hop then click here. Cindy H you might just want to do that LOL!

Now though, it’s time for my next post as July guest for The Alley Way Stamps. I’m using the Nap Time set again, you can see the other card I did with this set here. Such an adorably set with the cutest little baby duck on the block :D I stamped him in Memento tuxedo black on Neenah solar white so that he perched on top of the sentiment from the set and also added in the little heart. A touch of Copic colouring and then I cut it out with one of the new Frames dies from Simon Says Stamp.

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design - The Alley Way Stamp, Simon Says Stamp

The frame is mounted on a watery background achieved by roughly squirting some Copic colour onto a Neenah panel, adding some waves in Audrey Blue ink and then some splatters of Hero Arts pool, Heidi Swapp white and Imagine Crafts silver sprays then added a few Pretty Pink Posh sequins to finish :D

Well that’s me for today, I’m enjoying getting the garden back in to shape after our holiday. Isn’t it amazing how so much needs doing after just a couple of weeks away!


Stamps – The Alley Way Stamps nap time; Lawn Fawn life is good; Dies – Simon Says Stamp frames; Inks – Simon Says Stamp audrey blue, Memento tuxedo black; Card – Neenah solar white; Sprays – Hero Arts pool, Heidi Swapp white, Imagine Crafts silver; Copic air brush system; Copics Y11, Y15, Y19, BG13, R24, R27; Sequins – Pretty Pink Posh springtime mix, sparkling clear, aquamarine

  • conil - July 20, 2014 - 4:24 pm

    What sweet duck…great design on your card. Very cute. I know what you mean about the garden. If we’re away, it seems it takes over the entire area. Aaah, Mother Nature at her best.ReplyCancel

  • Rochelle - July 20, 2014 - 9:44 pm

    So adorable.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy H. - July 21, 2014 - 1:40 pm

    So cute!ReplyCancel

  • ~amy~ - July 21, 2014 - 2:02 pm

    how darling!ReplyCancel

So I think this crazy weather is getting to me! We’ve had it so hot for here in the UK and then thunderstorms and weather warnings for rain and then back to hot, hot, hot! It must be affecting my ability to think, well that’s my excuse for being a wee bit late with the winner from the Altenew blog hop LOL. Without further ado the winner from my blog who will get their choice of two Altenew stamp sets is ………..

Cindy H. 

Cindy H. – July 12, 2014 – 4:43 pm
Wow, this card is so awesome! Love the design and your beautiful watercoloring.

Congratulations Cindy! Send me an email (click on the little envelope icon under my picture on the right) and I will arrange to get your stamp choices out to you :D

  • two feet » Lime Doodle Design - July 20, 2014 - 2:00 pm

    […] today, if you didn’t see the post announcing the winners of the Altenew Blog Hop then click here. Cindy H you might just want to do that […]ReplyCancel

  • Cindy H. - July 21, 2014 - 1:09 pm

    Yay, how exciting!! Thank you, Debbie! I sent an e-mail to you yesterday :)ReplyCancel

    • Debby - July 21, 2014 - 1:44 pm

      Hmm, sent a reply Cindy – did you get it? I forwarded it on to Tasnim of Altenew too. If not then get back to me and I will try again – technology!ReplyCancel

      • Cindy H. - July 22, 2014 - 2:54 pm

        Thanks, Debbie, I did get your note. I think our messages crossed in the world wide web and my ISP is slow to send/publish my incoming e-mail messages sometimes. I look forward to hearing from Tasnim.ReplyCancel