Hello, crafty friends! I am excited to be joining Simon Says Stamp for their Be Creative Release Blog Hop! 


As you can see in the graphic above, Simon Says Stamp is offering their “Handcrafted with Love” 3×4 stamp set FREE with any purchase! Be sure to use the code ART4U at checkout. This promotion expires on 2/19 at 11:59 pm EST.


Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $25 coupon to every stop on the hop – woohoo! Leave me a comment for your chance to win. Winners will be posted on the Simon Says Stamp blog on Wednesday, February 22nd.


When you’re finished hopping, and you’re looking for more inspiration, check out the Be Creative Gallery on the Simon Says Stamp blog. There are galleries for each release, and we encourage you to share your creations there, as well!

My card today features two of my favorite products from the Be Creative Release  – the Parallelogram Cling Stamp and the Big Old Birthday stamp set. I started by stamping the Parallelogram onto a panel of lavender card stock with VersaMark ink. I heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. I then blended some darker lavender ink around the edges of the panel, blending in towards the middle with a lighter hand so that there would be a “glow” effect in the middle. 

I trimmed a sheet of vellum to be a bit taller than the sentiment from the Big Old Birthday set. I placed the sentiment in the middle of the vellum and stamped it with Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink. I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I then wrapped the vellum around my card panel, securing it on the back with double sided tape. I love using berries on cards, and while they’re not grapes, I thought the Berry Stems Die Set would be fun to use for embellishments around the sentiment. It gives the illusion of grapes, or at least that’s what I’m telling myself! I cut the leaves and vines from gold card stock and the berries from purple card stock. I used a purple alcohol marker to add some shading at the base of each berry. I glued a sheet of gold card stock to the front of an A2 card base, and then I attached my card panel on top of that. To finish the card, I added some gold pearls.

Are you ready to hop along and see inspiration from all of the other designers?


Simon Says Stamp Blog 

Nina-Marie Trapani

Caly Person

Suzy Plantamura

Amy Rysavy

Debby Hughes

Lisa Addesa

Sidnie Des Jardins

Miriam Prantner

Bobbi Lemanski

Kath Stewart

Barb Engler

Misty Elam

Jennifer Kotas

Allison Frazier << You Are Here 

I had a lot of fun creating my card for today, and I hope it puts a smile on your face. If you want to see the other cards that I have made with the Be Creative Release, you can click here to view my blog post from yesterday. Thank you so much for visiting my blog today. Be sure to hop along and leave some love for all of the talented designers sharing inspiration today.

Wishing you all a crafty day,



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  1. I don’t drink wine, but this IS AMAZING!!!! The purple and gold look incredible together. I LOVE THIS CARD!!!!!! SOOO MUCH

    1. Thank you! I don’t drink wine, either. I always feel this way when I see people make cards with coffee products – I don’t like coffee, but I love the cards! Ha Ha

  2. Hi, Allison – What an elegant, striking, dramatic card!! I love the gold on the purple and again, I’m seeing that I ought to have ordered that parallelogram background stamp. This is one gorgeous birthday card!!
    Lori S in PA

  3. Beautiful card….even before I read the sentiment I immediately thought a nice glass of merlot!! Outstanding! Love this new release!

  4. I rarely find myself using purple in my cards, but I have to say this is one of my favorite cards in the Hop!!! Absolutely gorgeous!!!!

  5. Fabulous card. Love the purple with the gold embossing. Your grapes are just the right touch to go with the sentiment.

  6. Purple is my favorite color, just love this card. Unfortunately I don’t age well like fine wine! Thanks for sharing your creativity.

  7. That parallelogram background stamp is on my wish list, it is so versatile. Your combination of the purple and gold is stunning.

  8. The use of purples to mirror the sentiment was a genius move. I like the new background stamp done in gold- very eye-catching.

  9. This card is so elegant and creative! I love the glow effect you used with the inking. The use of grapes with the fine wine sentiment is very clever.

  10. I love how you used what you had to create the illusion of the bunch of grapes. Very clever and a lovely, lovely card!

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