TONE ON TONE
This post is part of a blog hop to celebrate the new Reason To Smile release from Simon Says Stamp. More on the hop below, but I’ve got lots to share with you so lets crack on!
I’m totally smitten with one of the new stamp sets – Spring Flowers; gorgeous flowers and leaves with solid lines broken up with the sweetest dashed lines. The sweep of the images really brings to my mind the movement of tendrils blowing in a spring breeze and with that soft ethereal imagine in my mind I white heat embossed a few of the beautiful leaf sprigs on Smoke card with Versamark ink and white heat embossed.
I used a W5 Copic marker and white Gouache paint to give a tone on tone accent to the leaves. The panel looked lovely as it was but I wanted a bit more movement without loosing that light feel so I white heat embossed some of the leaves on Vellum and trimmed out using little touches of clear foam adhesive to adhere the vellum in place.
I must admit I sat for quite a while wondering how to finish the card without adding too much. In the end I went with pastel enamel dots and sequin accents to represent spring blooms and a simple white die cute Thanks before mounted the panel on a white card base. I love this tone on tone look with just the barest hint of color.
New to the Simon Says Stamp line are plush dies and as soon as they landed on my door step I was digging out my felt and having a fabulous time sewing up these Easter Egg decorations. The three eggs are cut with the Plush Button Eggs die; two eggs for each of the finished decorations. I then accented them with a variety of dies; the rabbit and carrot are from Springtime Shapes with the rabbit nose stolen off the larger Plush Party Bunny. Whereas the floral egg is a combination of dies from the Plush Button Eggs set and the Plush Springtime Basket set.
For the embellishments I used a light application of fabric glue to keep them in place before accenting with embroidery floss stitches. I then sewed the back and front of the egg together, trapping a piece of ric rac ribbon at the top and before finally stitching all the way around I pushed in a little soft toy stuffing so the eggs are lightly padded.
It’s been a while since I got out a sewing needle but these eggs were so easy to put together. The dies cut all the stitching holes as well as the shapes so there really isn’t anything tricky to it and they make lovely bright decorations. I bet a lot of you have a stash of felt if not toy stuffing as I have. However, if you don’t these dies could easily be used on card or any other media that can be put through your die cutting machine :D
REASON TO SMILE
I’ve been a busy bee with the new release if you’d like to check out these other projects I’ve made and I’ve lots more in the works too so please keep checking back here :D
I always find it helpful to see the release laid out in full so this is the whole Reason To Smile line up:
As mentioned above, this post is part of a blog hop to celebrate the Reason To Smile release. Hopefully you’ve arrived here from the sweet Heather Ruwe’s blog but if not then call by Simon’s blog for all the details and to start at the beginning.
There’s a Simon Goody bag (approx $50 value) up for grabs on every stop of the hop – winners will be picked from the comments left on each blog post so don’t forget to leave some comment love as you hop along :D Simon will draw the winners this coming Tuesday, February 23.
Simon Says Stamp
Debby Hughes – you are here!
Nina Marie Trapani
Now it’s time to hop along to the wonderful
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