Thursday, January 15, 2009

Cats and Dogs from Simon Says Stamps

I have the honor of being chosen for the design team for Simon Says Stamp. You can visit their blog for lots of inspiration as well as great giveaways.

My first assignment was to create using the Cat and Dog are Best of Friends clear stamp set. I was amazed at the quality of these clear stamps. I have purchased many sets that don't seem to take ink very well. These are wonderful right out of the package. They stamp very cleanly and are deeply etched so you get no over stamp. They are a pleasure to use.

I have to say how easy it was to come up with all these delightful cards. I particularly love the cat with the yarn. Isn't she cute? I used Tim Holtz Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to antique the first card. The double lace at the bottom was created using a Martha Stewart punch (thank you Jenny for that idea) I love the combination of the plaid and the dotted paper from Cosmo Cricket.

This next card uses paper from Heidi Grace, you can't see the lovely shimmer to the flower patterned paper. Again, I used a Martha Stewart punch for the lace on the bottom, really duplicates the floral design, doesn't it? The flowers are from a Prima Bucket of Blooms. This is the coolest pail of blooms, a huge assortment of shapes and sizes. I colored them with my Copic airbrush to match the DP.

For my third card, I decided to create a scene using a bunch of stamps from the set. I stamped the cat and dog first, masked them and added the dog house behind them. As always, I colored the scene with my Copics. I added some color around the scene with my airbrush. I like the addition of the corner adornment in the lower right. I just cut two squares of paper, cut them on the diagonal and then cut out the centers. Not as easy as owning a photo corner punch, but cheaper, lol.

Ok, I think this is the favorite of my creations. I love this little dog, his is so happy. Part of my goodies from Simon Says included a package of tags. I repeatedly stamped the dog bone then distressed it with Brushed Corduroy. Then I used my Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder for some texture. I cut the corners to mimic the top of the tag. Lots of bling and extra embellishments on this card.

And this is the last card I came up with. I love this saying "Friends come in all shapes & sizes". How true! I popped up the yarn and the ball and added lots of bling.

I hope you enjoyed my Cat & Dog cards and will check out the wonderful stamps at Simon Says.


Robin Kirkpatrick said...

Sandy, congratulations on your new design team position! GREAT cards! You go, girl!

Linda said...

You sure did some really neat things with these stamps. Now, I need to buy these stamps too.
Linda Peterson

Jenny Gropp said...

ohhhh, these are sooo cute. #1 is my fav, with the doggie tag coming close second. I'm sure you will make them very happy with your great samples. You had to run out and get the Martha punch and copy me... looks fab, glad I inspired! Aren't those Martha punches nice. said...

Sandy girl, you got Skillz! Thanks for sharing these gahgeous designs! Heather just called me to tell me how awesome these last 2 designs are.... so I popped onto your blog RIGHT AWAY, we are so excited!

Sheila said...

These are too darn Cute Sandy.. fave for me is #5, closely followed by the tag one.
Congrats on getting on the DT.

Anonymous said...

Pawsitively cute!!!!! I just stumbled upon your site. These are so cute. I am looking forward to viewing more of your great projects and checking out those stamps. I always can use more doggie stamps and with the kitty and the yarn - that is too cute and I can make something for some of my cat loving friends. Thanks so much for sharing.

Chris R. from Iowa

Anonymous said...

These are great cards Sandy, so cute! Amy P.

Boots the Monkey (Jo) said...

Hi Sandy

Many congrats on joining SSS. I am joining you too and await my goodies. I asked for these stamps too and its so lovely to be given some inspiration. Your cards are amazing, I love them all. Thought this stamp set would be cute and it is and you have made it look outstanding.

Take care,

Jo x

Anonymous said...

I love this set, I make alot of cards for nieghbors, family and friends, someone ask me for dog & cat cards and I am stumped...I have none, to win this would make my 2009 complete. mmgstamper