Monday, 1 August 2016

Happy Birthday Simon Says Stamp!

I can hardly believe this, but I am in the Spotlight at Simon Says Stamp Blog - Monday Challenge!
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When I was first contacted by Lols(way back!) I thought I had made a mistake, when she told me that I hadn't, but I was going to be in the Spotlight for August I must say a bit of pinching myself took place!!!
It goes without saying that I am delighted to be here alongside the amazing Design Team!!!

We are showcasing Simon Says Stamp today as it is their 6th Birthday.

I chose to use the Cone Building set but not for Ice-cream! Oh No! 
If I am celebrating it's cake all the way and the bowl turned upside down makes an excellent cake. 

In fact as soon as I saw this set I realised that another of my favourite cakes was there and I made my background of macarons.I tested several of the browns in the Ranger Distress Inks range

These macarons of course are from a posh shop in Paris that sprinkle gold on the top

I added my sprinkles using Ranger Stickles Rose Gold Glitter glue added by dipping the end of an embossing tool into the glue and dotting it on.
Next my cake…

 That of course had to go on a stand.
I stamped the bowl using Ground Espresso Distress Ink (to get a chocolate cake texture I had to over stamp a couple of times)
The stand was made by stamping  the lemon slice in Tarnished Brass Distress paint and then using the edge of the corrugated card to make a flat surface

As I was cutting it out I didn't worry too much about it going wider than it should!!
The corrugated card circle was some I had left over from making Elizabeth's tip in pages!, as I remember I used Distress Mica sprays, Tim Holtz Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo Distress Inks, Paper Artsy Metallic Glaze,    
After mounting the cake onto the circle I just had to have candles - no worries there - I had spotted some exclamation marks on the 'Oh Happy Day!!!' stamp so I stamped them six times over and cut them out. It was quite tricky but sticking them on with the help of tweezers was really easy!
The flames were added in the same way as the sprinkles on the macarons.

You can see here the stamps I used from this fabulous set.
I hope you liked my way to stretch your use of a stamp set!

I used Gemstone Core'Dinations to back the macaron card before mounting it onto my card.

Don't forget when you enter the challenge you are in with the chance of winning a 50$ voucher to spend in the Simon Says Stamp shop! There are two chances this time(can you believe it!?) so come on and celebrate! 

I do hope you will come along and join the celebrations!

Thanks for looking, Chris 


Lorraine A said...

YUM! I love your card Christine, I love macarons, crisp and crunchy on the outside and soft and gooey on the inside, heaven! :-) the whole chocolate theme is making my mouth water, absolutely gorgeous :-)

Thanks for agreeing to be in the spotlight! It is fabulous to have you along with us this month! Welcome aboard :-)

Lols x x x

laury55 said...

congrats for being in the spotlight, love your card...thanks for the tuto

Catherine said...

I love how you used the cone building stamp set to create your cake, Christine, and I'm so excited to have you with us this month. I look forward to all your creations!

Cathie ♥

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Congratulations on the guest DT position this month. I am both impressed and understanding of why you would be picked for this month. Your first entry is fantastic.

I adore the upside down bowl that turned into a clever cake. It just goes to show how clever you are and how often you think outside the box. Way to go, dear friend.

Maura Hibbitts said...

Welcome Christine! We are excited to have you on the team this month! I must say, your card looks good enough to eat, what a sweet treat! Love how you thought outside of the box with the stamp set. Hugs, Maura

Mrs.B said...

Congratulations on the GDT spot Chris, and so well deserved.
You've made a fabulous Celebration card, and of course you celebrate with cake - nothing else touches the spot!
Avril xx

Meggymay said...

Congratulations Chris on your GDT spots this month, as Avril said, well deserved. Its a fantastic celebration card and with cake that looks good enough to eat. Yum.
Yvonne xx

Crafty She said...

Love your card Chris...Well done my friend. xxxx

Redanne said...

Woohoo Chris! How wonderful to see you at SSS, huge congratulations and your project is quite simply stunning, so inventive! Hugs, Anne xx

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

Happy Dancing for you Chris! Lovely to read your celebratory news. This is fabulous and such inventive use of the stamps, very clever indeed.

Betty Neville said...

Congrats on being in the spotlight! Your card is amazing - lots of beautiful details. Hmmmm- now I need another snack!

Helen said...

well done on your spotlight, and yum, chocolate cake for breakfast (I am late getting here! x

Margik said...

Congratulations Chris on your guest DT at SSS! Fabulous card with a stunning design! Hugs, Mar

Brenda Brown said...

Yay Chris such a well deserved accolade and of course you are celebrating in style with such a magnificent cake. Huge congratulations xxx

Sandra said...

What a fun card, Christine! Love the chocolate cake. Great to have you as our GD this month! Hugs, Sandra

Meihsia Liu said...

Love your beautiful card! Christine. It's so great to have you as our guest designer!

Kath Stewart said...

your card is delicious Christine...I'm so happy you are joining the team for the whole month...looking forward to seeing the rest of your projects...hugs kath xxx

Stephanie Leykauf said...

Hi Christine! Welcome and thanks for being a guest this month! I love this monochromatic card you made! Very cool!

Simon Says Stamp!

Macarena said...

Oh yeah! Circles! That is my obsession last days... The background you made is absolutely fabulous. I will definitely try this technique soon. Great selection of browns and layered stamping. Perfect chocolate taste of this card! So happy to have you with us! Hugs, Marzena

Emma Williams said...

I adore your gorgeous card, it's absolutely delicious! Thanks so much for joining us and being our guest this month...looking forward to seeing all your makes! xx

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

How fun that you are able to join us as a Guest Designer here at SSS! I've enjoyed perusing your blog so much and really love how this card turned out. It had me craving chocolate A LOT and I thought it was very helpful to be able to see all the different shades of brown and how they compare. This was lovely AND educational, so thank you so much!

Barbara Schiassi said...

Yummy card Christine!I am chocolate addict, love your card and your use of these stamps!Absolutely wonderful!Barbara

Barbara Schiassi said...

Yummy card Christine!I am chocolate addict, love your card and your use of these stamps!Absolutely wonderful!Barbara

butterfly said...

So fantastic to see you in the Spotlight at SSS, congratulations! And what a scrumptious looking cake you've made. The golden platter is fantastic - such inventive use of the stamps too!
Alison x