Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design - Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember

Are you ready? Oh yeah, oh yeah it’s STAMPtember time! Wohoo! Sorry LOL, but I get ridiculously excited as the new Simon Says Stamp products come out at this time of year; all those autumn, Halloween and Christmas stamps with lots of other goodies thrown in too. Wanna look? OK you twisted my arm – TA DA!

Notice towards the end there? Yes, there are 6 new ink colours! I love the formulation Simon Says Stamp use and to have 6 more yummy colours to play with just makes me happy. My card today uses the gorgeous new Autumn Blessings stamp set along with four of the new ink colours. Simon has collaborated with some superstar companies for this release and this set is exclusively designed for Simon by Clearly Besotted Stamps! But I’m getting ahead of myself; you must know how much I love to use tags on my cards. Well in the new release there are some awesome new cards with fabulous die cut wording built-in. I can see me using these in place of my normal tags :D

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design - Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember

The Giving Thanks die is cut from Neenah solar white card and then one of the wreath images from Autumn Blessings stamped in Beanstalk Green. Next I added the flowers in Goldenlocks and the berries in Coral Reef (adore this colour!) and Sea Glass. I masked the large flower before stamping the pinecones trio in Dark Chocolate Ink and then snipped the littlest cone out of the trio to use on its own in the other groupings. I also snipped the ‘for’ from one of the sentiments in the set and stamped it in Cobblestone ink and added a die cut You before embellishing with a selection of sequins, pearls and wood veneer stars. The piece is then foam mounted onto a 4bar card covered with some delicious Teresa Collins patterned paper.

Phew, lots of words for a simple card!. Normally I like to pick a few favourites but this release is so awesome I seriously could list the lot! I’ve got lots to share over the next few days and there are so many more things I’m dying to try. Just need to find a 26 hour day. That would do it LOL. In the meantime you can see all the new products over at Simon Says Stamp :D


Stamps – Simon Says Stamp autumn blessings; Dies – Simon Says Stamp giving thanks, you; Inks – Simon Says Stamp beanstalk, coral reef, goldenlocks, cobblestone, sea glass, dark chocolate; Card – Neenah solar white; Paper – Teresa Collins something wonderful; Sequins – Pretty Pink Posh springtime mix; Wood Veneer – Studio Calico stars; Pearls

  • Anja curvers - September 1, 2014 - 7:50 am

    Ooohhh debby this is so so beautiful I think I am as excited as you about this new release don’t no where to look first wanna have it all. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design - Simon Says Stamp September card kit

I’m peeking out from a mountain of projects I want to share with you for Simon Says Stamps’ Stamptember which starts in just 3 days folks! However, I didn’t want to forget about their gorgeous September card kit. This card uses only products included in the kit – from the khaki card base, to the patterned paper piece, cream panel and then the bunch of stickers all layered over each other and stitched down. I’m in love with the Teresa Collins wood dots from the kit too and managed to pop a little one on there :)

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design - Simon Says Stamp September card kit

Here’s another look at the kit in full. I believe it is now sold out, however, you can get a kit subscription so that you don’t miss out next month :D
1_306259_ZM-500x405Oh and don’t forget … three more days until Stamptember!! Have a great weekend everyone :D



Simon Says Stamp September Card Kit; Patterned Paper – October Afternoon public library; Stickers – October Afternoon public library; Card – Simon Says Stamp khaki, Neenah cream

  • Jenny - August 29, 2014 - 8:19 pm

    I just got the kit yesterday. Good thing I ordered sold out. I just HAD to have it! Thanks for inspiring me everyday!



  • Cristina - August 29, 2014 - 8:41 pm

    That is my kind of card! :) Fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • conil - August 29, 2014 - 9:56 pm

    You need to give us tutorial on layering stickers (in your spare time, lol). This is really good. Crazy about this card.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Lara - August 30, 2014 - 7:50 am

    Great layering Debby.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara - August 30, 2014 - 1:31 pm

    Great card! I love the layering and colors.ReplyCancel

  • Michele F. - August 30, 2014 - 2:03 pm

    Just lovely, Debby… and love that clothes pin, too!ReplyCancel

  • Bobby - August 30, 2014 - 2:20 pm

    I love the combination of patterned paper.ReplyCancel

  • Pooja - August 30, 2014 - 4:07 pm

    Awesome card !ReplyCancel

  • Ann - August 30, 2014 - 5:19 pm

    What a gorgeous take on the September kit–love the reds and fabulous layering!!ReplyCancel

  • Barb Ghig - August 30, 2014 - 5:44 pm

    Another awesome card using this kit, Debby! Love it!!!ReplyCancel

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design - Wplus9, Simon Says Stamp

I do love a good punny sentiment and this set from Wplus9 is perfect, or should that be pear-fect :D Talking of play on words I had to add my little cactus in the background. I always think of prickly pears when I think of cacti! Not that that either the pear or my cactus fit with this, but hey, it kept me amused when I was taking the pictures LOL.

The Punny Produce Pears set is so easy to use to get really great sketchy looking images. The outline is stamped in black and then the solid image for the pear body is stamped in Mint and the leaf in Green Leaf, both from Simon Says Stamp. It was as simple as that :D The sentiment is stamped to overlap and then I splattered a little black and gold spray. I am so late to the washi party but I am enjoying using a little on my projects recently so wrapped a little Mint Chevron around the side of the panel. I cut the scallop from Green Leaf card using the Frames dies from Simon Says Stamp. I think I use these dies on almost all my recent projects – so flexible.

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design - Wplus9, Simon Says Stamp

The last touches were a few sequins and a quick zig zag stitch. Isn’t it weird how you go through phases? A while back I stitched on my cards a lot; often all the way around the edge of a mat. Then my sewing machine gathered dust for ages and now I’m back to adding a little stitching, but just an accent here and there :D I’d love to hear if you’ve revisited an old favourite :D


Stamps – Wplus9 punny produce pears; Dies – Simon Says Stamp frames; Inks – Simon Says Stamp mint, green leaf, Versafine onyx black; Card – Simon Says Stamp green leaf, Neenah solar white; Washi – Freckled Fawn mint chevron; Sprays – Heidi Swapp color shine black, gold; Sequins – Pretty Pink Posh springtime mix

  • ~amy~ - August 27, 2014 - 6:32 pm

    super sweet…there is something about fruit images…love them.ReplyCancel

  • conil - August 27, 2014 - 6:35 pm

    Love this Wplus9 set, as well. Puns make me happy. I’ve used it but certainly not as well as you have. Maybe you could come to my house and make all my Christmas cards for me.ReplyCancel

    • Debby - August 27, 2014 - 9:13 pm

      Wouldn’t it be awesome to craft together!ReplyCancel

  • crestajune - August 27, 2014 - 7:29 pm

    This is sheer pear-fection! :)
    I love every perfect detail… I want to make cards like you when I grow up. =) Hope you have a wonderful day, Debby!ReplyCancel

  • Nora - August 27, 2014 - 8:49 pm

    This is such a sweet card!! I love the misting and the addition of the washi tape. I love puns myself and think this set is absolutely adorable!!ReplyCancel

  • Shelly - August 27, 2014 - 10:49 pm

    So pretty!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tess Hackett - August 27, 2014 - 10:49 pm

    I agree with you, I enjoy a good pun too. The out line images with color splatters that have been on your cards lately, I will have to give that a try. (And the washi tape too.)ReplyCancel

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  • Diane - August 28, 2014 - 1:12 am

    Lovely card!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Lara - August 28, 2014 - 8:03 am

    Oh I love this Debbie. The gold sequins are perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Michele F. - August 28, 2014 - 2:23 pm

    Pears, and puns? You’ve captured my heart with this one, Debby =]ReplyCancel

  • Wendy F. - August 28, 2014 - 2:30 pm

    So pretty! lovely color combination. I have you know that it was you! who made it impossible for me to resist buying gold embossing powder any longer. I know you are not using it here but I love how you add touches of gold to some of your creations. Beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration. By the way I just used that gold embossing powder for the first time in my lasted post. Check it out if you like. Sorry for the long comment.ReplyCancel

    • Debby - August 28, 2014 - 9:21 pm

      Just a touch of gold is the right amount for me and you nailed it :DReplyCancel

  • Bobby - August 28, 2014 - 9:48 pm

    I love a good pun, too, and this set is just great for that. I love your minty color and the addition of the washi tape.ReplyCancel

  • Shari T. - August 28, 2014 - 10:17 pm

    Lovely, Lovely Card, Debby! Love the colors, the image, the sequins, the spray splatter–All of it!! :) XOXO-Shari T.ReplyCancel

  • Barb Ghig - August 29, 2014 - 3:43 pm

    Speaking of ‘Pear-fect’, this is it, right here! I love the pop of green, and how you stamped your sentiment, Debby! Such a pretty card!ReplyCancel

  • Beverly Lewis - August 30, 2014 - 1:43 pm

    I love the softness of this card and the sketchy design. So pretty.ReplyCancel

  • janet - August 30, 2014 - 4:56 pm

    THIS is perfect, Debby! I love the outline pear image, and the gentle bits of colour!ReplyCancel

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

Gulp, I know, its time to change the season and look towards the autumn ….. and …. yes …. Christmas! I do love crafting for the latter part of the year, but admittedly it does seem to whiz around to this crazy busy time so quickly LOL

To start this card, I stamped the Winter Trees Pattern from Hero Arts with Versamark on vellum and white heat embossed. Then the trees were cut so they trailed off the top of one of the Frames dies from Simon Says Stamp. I used one of the other frames from the set to cut some Glitz patterned paper which reminded me of a snowy winter dawn with pink sky. This created a lovely winter backdrop and then I added more vellum but this time cut with the Snow Drifts dies from My Favorite Things. A couple of snow drifts are layered over the trees and stitched with silver thread around three sides to create pockets. To the front of the pocket area I added a Merry Christmas die cut from glitter card.

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

The pockets are roomy enough to take a Rounded Tag with die cut snowflake embellishment and a sequin peeking out. I left the tag plain except for a flourish of twine, but you could write a message or pop in a gift card instead :D In fact thinking about it, as there are two snow drifts you effectively get two pockets so you could have a tag in the front pocket and a gift card behind – I like that idea! A few more scattered sequins to bling up the season and I called it done :D


In other news, the lovely Izzy & Noell Hyman of Paperclipping asked if I would join them for their Roundtable podcast today. Along with Ali Edwards (have you seen her gorgeous new site and venture?) and Leena Loh (seriously gorgeous pages fabulously photographed) we are discussing among other things how we photograph our projects. Izzy & Noell were so welcoming and great at guiding this newbie and I loved the experience even if hearing your own voice is a bit weird! Go have a listen and if you click on over to iTunes I’m sure Izzy would love a new review ;)


Stamps – Hero Arts winter trees pattern; Dies – Simon Says Stamp frames, merry christmas, snowflake, Clearly Besotted Stamps rounded tag, My Favorite Things snow drifts; Card – Bazzill marshmallow, 40lb vellum, DCWV glitter; Patterned Paper – Glitz hello friend; Ink – Versamark; Embossing Powder – Hero Arts white; Twine – Lawn Fawn coral; Sequins – Studio Calico atlantic, Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear; Thread – Gutermann sulky

  • Richard - August 26, 2014 - 10:56 pm

    Debbie, this is so frosty and delicate. Pink is my FAVE Xmas color!ReplyCancel

  • caryn - August 26, 2014 - 11:16 pm

    So soft and pretty Debby – just beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Judy G - August 27, 2014 - 1:37 am

    I love your choice of soft colors. This is so pretty.ReplyCancel

  • Tess Hackett - August 27, 2014 - 5:10 am

    Your card is stunning! Very elegant, I am not usually a fan of Christmas cards, but I loved the card you made.ReplyCancel

  • Olesya Kharkova - August 27, 2014 - 6:29 am

    So neat and elegant! Love it! :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Lara - August 27, 2014 - 6:58 am

    Truly gorgeous Debby.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Parmentier - August 27, 2014 - 7:24 am

    Lovely christmas card! I like the vellum snowbanks a lot!ReplyCancel

  • Dotty Jod - August 27, 2014 - 11:15 am

    Breathtaking… yet again, Jo xReplyCancel

  • Jacky S - August 27, 2014 - 11:45 am

    So pretty.ReplyCancel

  • ~amy~ - August 27, 2014 - 1:35 pm

    Oh I love this!ReplyCancel

  • Michele F - August 27, 2014 - 2:34 pm

    How fabulous… love that it creates a perfect home for a gift card! Will be CASEing this one, my friend!ReplyCancel

  • janet - August 27, 2014 - 4:26 pm

    Beautiful :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa (ThePurplePlace) - August 27, 2014 - 5:38 pm

    Love Love Love this card! It’s gorgeous and I also LOVE how you created the pocket in Vellum….oh how fun it would be to spend a day creating with you! I would learn so much and totally enjoy every minute….just as I do when I read your blog every day!

    Thanks for sharing your creative talent Debby, it’s amazing!ReplyCancel

    • Debby - August 27, 2014 - 10:21 pm

      I wish we could all have one massive craft day with people from all over the world together in one place enjoying this amazing hobby :DReplyCancel

  • conil - August 27, 2014 - 6:27 pm

    Darn girl…you don’t do anything by halves. This one took my breath away but that could be that it a CHRISTMAS CARD! ACK! Yes, I know I should be prepared but the truth is I need another month in this year.ReplyCancel

  • SuseFish - August 27, 2014 - 8:42 pm

    Have just started following your blog after hearing the podcast – you were fab!ReplyCancel

    • Debby - August 27, 2014 - 10:22 pm

      Welcome SuseFish :D Glad you liked the podcast!ReplyCancel

  • Barb Ghig - August 27, 2014 - 10:01 pm

    Gorgeous card, Debby! The trees look so pretty in this soft shade, and I love how you added vellum to this card!ReplyCancel

  • Chriss Blagrave - August 29, 2014 - 1:21 pm

    I love this delicately white embossed trees background against the soft colour. Beautiful pocket design!ReplyCancel

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design - Lawn Fawn, Simon Says Stamp, Pretty Pink Posh, My Favorite Things

Today it’s all about some favourites! I think this Stitched Duo 1 tag from Pretty Pink Posh is going to be a firm favourite of mine; it’s just the right size for decorating and I love the stitched detail too. I cut the tag twice; once from patterned paper and once from white card to add to the back at the end to hide the stitching. Anything Lawn Fawn is a favourite of mine and the little hippo from Year Four is so cute; he’s Copic coloured (see marker numbers below) and then cut out with the matching die. The speech bubble, again with dies, are from the Chit Chat set. So once I’d got this far I was wondering how to ground everything so it didn’t appear the hippo was floating in mid-air and then I remembered the Fresh Cut Grass die I have. This grass is cut from vellum; great to add detail but it’s translucency means that you can still see the hippo easily :D The Cloud Bank die from Simon Says Stamp is my favourite for adding clouds; the outline you get with the die is fabulous and then you get some solid clouds to throw in there too! Finally two more favourites seems to be the large sequins from Studio Calico’s Atlantic collection and the Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh :D


I hope your weekend is going well. Ours seems to revolve around getting back to routine as schools and all the clubs get up and running again. For us, that means swimming, swimming and more swimming LOL. I’m working my time schedule to the max while secretly enjoying the love of paper and pen with my trusty Midori Traveler’s Notebook :D One thing we will certainly be doing tonight though …..  is watching the start of the new Dr Who! Gotta be done :D


Edited to add that I’m adding this tag to Pretty Pink Posh’s Cutting Edge Blog Hop; go take a look – lots of awesome die cutting :D


Stamps – Lawn Fawn year four, chit chat; Dies – Lawn Fawn year four, chit chat, Pretty Pink Posh stitched duo 1, Simon Says Stamp cloud bank, My Favorite Things fresh cut grass; Copics 0, N1, N3, N5, N7 R11; Inks – Memento tuxedo black, Simon Says Stamp black; Card – Simon Says Stamp lipstick red, Bazzill 40lb vellum; Neenah solar white; Patterned Paper – Studio Calico lemon lush; Sequins – Studio Calico atlantic, Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear; Thread – Gutermann sulky; Punch – Martha Stewart ¼ “

  • Arlene K - August 23, 2014 - 6:51 pm

    So sweet!! Love the soft colors and the grass of vellum!!ReplyCancel

  • conil - August 23, 2014 - 7:05 pm

    It appears some of your favorites are mine, too. Especially Lawn Fawn anything. That Hippo speaks to me all the time. But yours is so well used on this tag that you’ve inspired me to pick him (her?) up again. Loving that cloud bank. You’ll have to excuse me…need to go purchase it.ReplyCancel

  • Gerdine - August 23, 2014 - 7:20 pm

    So cute!ReplyCancel

  • Virginia L. - August 23, 2014 - 9:36 pm

    DARLING tag! It’s jam packed with lovely details!ReplyCancel

  • Diana Nguyen - August 23, 2014 - 10:00 pm

    Such a cute tag! I’m wishing I had some dies that had the stitched look to them. And enjoy Dr. Who! We don’t have the BBC channel so will have to wait for it go be available on Netflix…agghhhh!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica H. - August 23, 2014 - 10:14 pm

    LOVE this tag!!! Love how how soft and neutral the colors are!ReplyCancel

  • Victoria H. - August 23, 2014 - 10:48 pm

    What a precious tag you created, Debby! Love your soft colors and those pretty clouds.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Fillmore - August 23, 2014 - 10:58 pm

    Super cute tag! I also LOVE Lawn Fawn!ReplyCancel

  • joanneherbert - August 24, 2014 - 12:35 am

    Love love love this super cute tag.ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany - August 24, 2014 - 12:57 am

    What an adorable tag!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl Sharp - August 24, 2014 - 1:20 am

    I love your work, this is adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Valerie - August 24, 2014 - 1:24 am

    Just so incredibly adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Laila Bianca - August 24, 2014 - 2:17 am

    Wow…fabulous tag, very inspiring!!!ReplyCancel

  • Julz - August 24, 2014 - 4:58 am

    Very Cute Tag!! I think I need that cloud die now :)ReplyCancel

  • Denise Bryant - August 24, 2014 - 5:21 am

    Adorable tag! LOVE those clouds and the use of vellum for that soft look!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Lara - August 24, 2014 - 7:18 am

    So very cool Debby.ReplyCancel

  • francesca - August 24, 2014 - 10:45 am

    this tag is supercuteeee!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Mandy - August 24, 2014 - 11:15 am

    This is such a cute tag! Love it! :)ReplyCancel

  • Lucinde | Lucilight - August 24, 2014 - 11:41 am

    Lovely tag! (and a great picture!)ReplyCancel

  • mary king - August 24, 2014 - 1:17 pm

    Very cute tagReplyCancel

  • Anita in France - August 24, 2014 - 1:27 pm

    So adorable, Debby … love those solid and cut out clouds with this oh so cute hippo … so sweet! Anita :)ReplyCancel

  • janet - August 24, 2014 - 2:33 pm

    Oh my gosh, what a sweet tag, Debby – your hippo is coloured beautifully and I really like the combination of of clouds :)ReplyCancel

  • TracyM #6773 - August 24, 2014 - 3:33 pm

    SUPER CUTE tag!!!
    Where do I start? I LOVE IT ALL, from your ADORABLE hippo & vellum grass to the COOL clouds, SPARKLING sequins and stitched border!!!ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne - August 24, 2014 - 3:56 pm

    I love the soft pastel colours of your tag – beautiful! My Stationery wish list is growing with each of your posts! Love the mint accessories and your planner, not to mention the erasable pilot pens ( Christmas presents for student offspring too?!)ReplyCancel

  • Barb Ghig - August 24, 2014 - 4:29 pm

    I really love your tag, Debby! I love how you mixed and matched all of your LF goodies, too! So sweet and fun!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Short - August 24, 2014 - 5:06 pm

    Gorgeous tag Debby, I love that cute hippo! xxReplyCancel

  • Rhonda - August 24, 2014 - 7:31 pm

    Super cute hippo!ReplyCancel

  • Keren - August 24, 2014 - 7:36 pm

    Love this tag- will check that tag die out. Gorgeous clouds and great design xReplyCancel

  • Kristen V - August 24, 2014 - 8:17 pm

    Even your tags are beautiful. I love the die you used for your clouds.ReplyCancel

  • Chriss Blagrave - August 25, 2014 - 12:22 am

    Just adorable Debby! Adorable.ReplyCancel

  • Amy C. - August 25, 2014 - 12:43 am

    This is such a sweet little scene! The clouds are awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Sue D - August 25, 2014 - 2:10 am

    This is adorable and the red twine is perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Candy - August 25, 2014 - 3:57 am

    Christy and I watched Dr. Who last night. We thought about you while we were!!! And I love this tag! Such a cute little hippo!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth S - August 25, 2014 - 9:57 pm

    What a super little tag – I love this happy hippo ;) The details are perfect and all work together so beautifully. It looks effortless but I am SURE it was not – that is the sign of a fab creative at work!! RxReplyCancel

  • Kari V. - August 26, 2014 - 12:08 am

    Love that little hippo…and those clouds are fabulous! Darling tag!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - housesbuiltofcards - August 26, 2014 - 12:50 am

    Just DARLING! LOVE the vellum grass and soft colors!!!ReplyCancel

  • Deby - August 26, 2014 - 7:42 am

    Too stinking cute!ReplyCancel

  • Marianne - August 26, 2014 - 6:32 pm

    So cute Debby. Love all the details.ReplyCancel