Thursday, April 29, 2010

Lucky Ducky...GREEN Candy!

Congrats to our GREEN lucky ducky! Thanks for your comments and I hope you enjoyed the project. Our winner is The Matriarch!

Here's what she had to say:

"Love the card with the green leaf - it is amazing. I hadn't been saving my return envelopes, but I sure will now. With 6 grandchildren nearby, I know they will get used up! LOL. Thanks for the encouragement. "

Congrats!! Please email me your addy so I can send out your goodies!!


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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

What Inspires You?

Hellloooo from the offices of Simon Says Stamp!

Every day I drive past Highbanks Metro Park on my way to work. It is less than 1 mile from our office park and warehouse. LUCKEEEEE DUCKS we are! This time of year is a special blessing because after a cold dark long winter, the park is alive with color and life. During my lunch, and often after work, I walk over there for some inspiration and mental planning time. Often, I enjoy a short hike. On today's hike I saw a vibrant blue jay. These nature hikes feed my soul. Do you have a park near you? What inspires you?

These are some of the pictures I took today. Can you see the puffy white clouds through the trees? The clouds remind me of Hero Arts' CLOUDS rubber stamp. The stream reminded me of the beautiful colors we've blended recently using Tim Holtz' alcohol inks. Sitting in my office running reports, writing email, planning marketing and absorbed in a day of work, it is delightful to know that just over my right shoulder is a whole world calling to be explored.

We would love to hear from you! It would be a special gift to hear what feeds your soul...what inspires you? Please do share!


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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

You Say It's Your Birthday....


Remember this song? "You say it's your Birthday, it's my Birthday too, yeah, They say it's your Birthday...We're gonna have a good time...I'm glad it's your Birthday..Happy Birthday to you!!!" I love music and have been called "the human jukebox" a time or two for my random music knowledge...we have SO many Birthday themed items in our store to make an extra special person feel extra special on his or her day! This really cute wood mounted stamp from American Crafts would definitely do the trick!

Anya Birthday

If you haven't heard of The Greeting've gotta check this brand out. There is an Anya perfect for Birthdays but SO much more! This brand is so sweet and dear to my heart, too cute!

Lovely card examples by Ria!

Party Set

C.C. Designs are ready to party!! Won't you join them?! And how cute would these braddies from Doodlebug be to top off your card or craft?!

Cuppy Cakes

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Have fun and keep those creative juices flowing...oh...and if it's your day this week...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!


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Monday, April 26, 2010

Tim Holtz Decorative Strips and Texture Fades!

Yay! It's time for more Alterations!

Today we are talking about the creative vision behind Tim Holtz's Decorative Strips and Texture Fades.

The Tim Holtz Alterations Decorative Strips are a little different than his other Sizzix dies. These are chemically etched, so you get more die for your money. The only mediums you can cut with them are cardstock and paper. Check out my favorite, the Ticket Strip - Tim specifically designed this die to coordinate with his Stampers Anonymous Line of Stamps - Admit One, Movie Ticket, Love Ticket, Circus Ticket, and Transport Ticket!

The Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades are embossing folders for the "distressed"! These embossing folders give a deep impression and the design fades in and out in some places to give your art an aged look. These are "not cookie cutter embossing folders" as Tim says in his video. The Texture Fades are the most highly anticipated product in the whole Tim Holtz Alterations Line. They are available in the beginning of May, but we are taking PREORDERS now. Get yours first before they are all gone!

Here is Tim's Video showing the creative vision behind these two lines of fabulous products. This video is courtesy of his BLOG (HERE). If you haven't been to his blog, please check it out. His blog is full of inspiration, techniques, and so much more! I promise you will always learn something! Enjoy!

And Good News! We have these Decorative Strips in STOCK!

Vintage Market Alphabet (26 letters and numbers 0 through 9!!)

Filmstrip Frames

Ticket Strip

AND...We are taking PREORDERS now for the Texture Fades! Be first in line to receive these highly anticipated embossing folders!!!!

Bingo & Patchwork

Bricked & Woodgrain

Burlap & Swirls

Checkerboard & Cracked

Collage & Notebook

Damask & Regal Flourish

Dot Matrix & Gridlock

Rays & Retro Circles

I hope this has "made" your day!

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Simon's Newsletter with a 25% off coupon!

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Simon Says Stamp News April 23, 2010

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Magnolia's new magazine is the best in the industry! This is a limited edition and is volume 3! Simon Says Stamp has a special surprise in this magazine for you and we are so excited for you to see it!

This beautiful magazine is 100% full color and jam packed with the most inspiring fresh goodness in paper crafting! Volume one sold out lightning fast and this one will sell out soon too! Last chance....
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Speaking of Inspiration! Have you seen Tim Holtz's new book; A Compendium of Curiosities?

This compendium is a compilation of Tim Holtz's thoughts and ideas to guide you through your own artistic adventures. Tim Holtz wanted this book to be different though...not your ordinary "how to make" book, but rather "how to create".compendium
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Dear Jason,
Hero Arts has released the most amazing new catalog. It's called Artists Proofs and is no joke, the best catalog of any rubber stamp company that I have ever seen. It is timeless, filled to the brim with creative possibilities and just looking at the pages makes me inspired!

card by Richele Christensen
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The versatility of the items in the catalog are illustrated above and to the right. The flowers above are from a cling stamp called Blooming Meadow. The flowers were embossed onto white cardstock.
The image to the right is called Make Your Own. Use Tim Holtz brand new Ruler Ribbon to achieve this "sew" great look! Don't you just love the vintage look of the card to the right and the watercolored look of the card above?

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The hottest Hero Arts collection EVER is here! The Artists Proofs collection is simply stunning. The versatility and imagination of these stamps is inspiration at its finest. Click on the catalog to the left to view the entire collection.

I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things. ~Henri Matisse
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Card by Dena
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Dena made this lovely card using my favorite C.C. Designs stamp. It's called Heidi Among the Flowers. Hmmm...wonder why it's my fave? Simon Says Stamp has a HUGE selection of C.C. Designs Stamps in stock. Click HERE to see them.

Simon Says Stamp also has the very hard to findmagnolia garlandspecial Magnolia flowers & embellishments like the chandeliers to the right in stock that are so very lovely for decorating your work! In stock are the flowers and chandeliers, and coming next week, a huge assortment of papers.

Stamp by Whiff of Joy
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April Showers bring May Flowers! We are stocking all of Whiff of Joy's Red Rubber stamps in our store. The one to the left is called Willow with Umbrella. I like that Whiff of Joy offers a huge selection of stamps and are cost effective.

Card by Lisa Cook
Card house mouse
Did you know that Simon tries to carry the entire collection of House Mouse, Happy Hoppers & Gruffies stamps? We have a House Mouse challenge right now! Not only are we sponsoring THE House Mouse CHALLENGE Blog, but we also have a store challenge. If you can find a House Mouse stamp that we do NOT carry in our store, let us know! You win the House Mouse Stamp of your choice! The card above uses the Berried in Strawberries stamp. It's a bumper crop this year! The berries are delish!

holz  foldersTim Holtz's dies are cool! Check out Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations! We have his Dies and embossing folders Most of the dies have already shipped. The embossing folders should be here in a few weeks. Hold yours today! Click here to view these industry leaders!

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Speaking of Tim Holtz, have you seen his new embellishments? So much fun and so different from his norm! Check out the cool ruler ribbon HERE!

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This new Stamp from The Greeting Farm is called Anya Stamping and it is PERFECT for us avid stampers! Don't ya think? We are growing our Greeting Farm collection and have almost every stamp and set they make. This makes Stephanie very happy because she, as am I, is a huge fan!

Project by Wendy Vecchi
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Tim Holtz and Wendy Vecchi's new wood mounted stamps are all in stock now!
Stamp by Tim Holtz
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Wendy's artsy style inspires us to make art. Don't you love her project to the left?

Martha Stewart's products are always high quality and innovative. She clearly has creative talent. We have many more new paper punches and other products in our store from Martha. Take a moment to see if any perk your interests! The new scoring board has received raving reviews for quality, affordability and the fact that it does more than any comparable product on the market.
Martha Stewart Scoring Board
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There is something for EVERYONE at Simon Says Stamp! Don't forget your ink! We have all of Tim Holtz' 12 new Distress ink colors and refills too.
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Card canvas Jennifer Mcguire

Simon Team member, Stephanie, and I recently had the honor and privelede of spending an entire day in class with both Tim Holtz and Jennifer McGuire. Jennifer McGuire is an educator and Design Team member for Hero Arts. Since we carry both Tim Holtz and Hero Arts' complete product lines, this class was a home run for us! These are the canvases they taught us to made in the class. Stephanie has hers lighting up our office and we love them!

Card  Canvas by tim

The class was clever because we used the same supplies on each component of the canvas, but we did each tag two ways. One way was Tim's style and the
other was Jennifer's. Can you tell which canvas was made by Jennifer and which was made by Tim?

If you ever have an opportunity to take a class with either of these fine folks, I urge you to do so. Their talent and personalities spark a genius combination of enjoyment and creativity for all involved!

Jennifer's blog is HERE and Tim's blog is HERE.

To see a larger picture of the work and even a video of our experience made by Hero Arts' Todd, please view our blog HERE.

Simon Says Stamp wants to be your one stop shop! We carry full collections of many of the brands we offer and have a tremendous selection of all items. With over 100,000 items in stock, let us be your one stop shop and deliver right to your door!

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I hope you find time in your life to express yourself and share a personal handmade sentiment with someone you love. Let art feed the soul.

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