Hello, crafty friends! I am excited to be joining Simon Says Stamp for Day 2 of the Just a Note Release Blog Hop! 


As you can see in the graphic above, Simon Says Stamp is offering their Handcrafted with Love Stamp Set FREE with any purchase! Be sure to use the code ART at checkout. This promotion expires on 7/30 at 11:59 pm EDT.


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, August 2nd.


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

For today’s cards, I used the new Layering Apples Stencils.  I used several different masking techniques, which you can see in my latest video. You can view the video below or head over to YouTube.



Note: all supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this blog post.

For my first card, I used a simple technique where I just masked off one of the apples in the stencil with some tape. I ink blended all of the other apples green, and then I remasked the stencils so that I could just color the one apple red. I also came in with some glimmer paste to make the red apple shiny. I added a vellum panel over the green apples, leaving the center open for the red apple to shine even more. I framed the opening with the Stitched Rectangle Frames from MFT. I thought the You Shine word die was the perfect finishing touch for this card.

For my second card, I stenciled the front of this small notecard, using one of my Waffle Flower grip mats to hold it in place, while also masking the back side of the card. I finished this card with the new Just a Note die from this release.


My third card is not actually a card. I created the stenciled panel pictured above and then used it to create a Pillow Box. You can see the finished pillow boxes in the image towards the bottom of this post. To easily mask the apples and make them different colors, I just used a small circle die that was slightly bigger than the apples and cut a circle out of a scrap piece of paper. I then positioned this “mask” over each apple and blended the color. You can see the mask below, but it’s easier to understand if you watch the video!

The other fun thing about this panel is that I flipped the stencils upside down, so the design is reversed – the shadow and the leaf are on the opposite side!

For my last card, I used the Repeating Circles Die to highlight different colored apples. Unfortunately, I did not film this card. This was a spur of the moment idea that I had a couple days after I made the others, and I just dove in and forgot to film. I used the Repeating Circles Die to cut the holes in a panel, and then I used that panel to position my stencil and blend the apples onto the panel below it. I also used my little spotlight mask that I made for the pillow box panel above. This was just to make sure that none of the other surrounding apples would show in the circular openings. I then popped the panel with the repeating circles up on foam tape. I stamped the sentiment in the last circular opening – this comes from the Greetings Mix 1 stamp set. 

I am pretty sure that the picture above shows you how obsessed I am with this Layering Apples Stencil set. I also stenciled some apples onto the front and back of some envelopes, which is super cute.

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

I had a lot of fun creating my cards for today, and I hope they put a smile on your face. If you want to see the other cards that I have made with the Just a Note Release, you can click here to view my blog post from yesterday. And, you can see my other YouTube video! 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. Nice color scheme. I love that you created cards and matching envelopes and pillow boxes- a great set to give as a gift.

  2. Great cards and love your color choices for the different apples. The peek-a-boo card was my favorite.

  3. So many great ideas, from your color choices to the unique shapes of the finished products. Thank you for all the inspiration!!!!

  4. Love all of them, but especially the one with the lone Red, sparkly apple and the phrase you chose.
    Thanks for sharing your creativity.

  5. Thanks for sharing all of your gorgeous projects made from this latest SSS release–quite impressive and inspiring!

  6. So many great ideas for using this stencil set. Thanks! I’ll be watching this video again and coming back to your blog to see how the last card was made. That one is my favorite, too. πŸ™‚

  7. So cute! As a retired teacher, I can really appreciate these. I also appreciate the video on Masking Techniques. Always like to learn a new tip or two. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Beautiful ink blending. Your post just opened my eyes to the many possibilities of this stamp! Thank you

  9. Wow love your apple projects! Will go watch your youtube video! Love the You shine and the pillow box!

  10. I love apples! Your cards are lovely! Now I’m ready for Fall!! Thank you for all these wonderful ideas!!

  11. Really cute cards, Allison! You showed so many different ways to use the stencils with the many different color selections. That was awesome!

  12. A wonderful set of cards! So pretty and happy! I love all the clever ideas for using these stencils! Thanks so much for the great video inspiration!!

  13. I really love the first card! It has so much design detail, but at the same time is clean and simple. The addition of the vellum paper is genius!

  14. Gorgeous cards! I love the designs and the frame and vellum used on the green apple card. I love the 6 window card. Very clean and elegant.

  15. I absolutely LOVE how you did these apple cards. Every year I make cards for my colleagues and grandkids’ teachers and these are going to be my new ones for this year.

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