Simon Says Stamp Designer Spotlight, Gift It

Hi Readers,

Granddaughter Kassidy is a guest designer again this week in the Designer Spotlight for Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  Kassidy is so happy to do this and wants to do well and please.  When she is crafting, I enjoy seeing how focused she is, how she knows the look she is going after, and how she keeps working at it until she gets it.



This week’s Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge theme is Gift ItMama Elephant is being featured this week.


For this challenge, Kassidy chose to make a gift tag.  She used a sweet Mama Elephant‘s stamp set, Winter Wonderland.


  • 110# Neenah Solar White Cardstock
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Oval Stackables Lawn Cuts Dies (linked below) – The largest oval was used here.
  • Cuttlebug Die-Cut & Emboss Machine Provo Craft (linked below)


  • Mama Elephant Winter Wonderland Stamp Set (linked below)
  • MISTI Stamp Tool (linked below)

To get the color she wanted for the deer, Kassidy had to experiment with different color of inks to get the hue she wanted.  She ended up using three inks, stamping one on top of the other.  The MISTI is an excellent tool when re-stamping is necessary.

  • Colorbox Ink Pad, Dune
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Antique Linen
  • Colorbox Ink Pad, Raw Silk

Kassidy also stamped the deer on Inkadinkadoo Stamping Mask Paper (linked below) and cut them out with scissors.  The masks were laid over the deer while Kass inked the evergreen trees behind the deer. 

  • Tim Holtz Woodland Layering Stencil (linked below) 
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Forest Moss
  • Tsukineko Sponge Dauber

The trees were dried with a heat tool so the snow could be laid on the trees without lifting the green ink.  However, it still tinted the white a little.  With the smaller tree stencil that paired with the tree she used, Kassidy did the same technique to apply the snow to the trees.  Before she settled on Hero Arts White Pigment Ink, she tried several other items, such as texture paste, puffy white embossing powder and glitter.  The white pigment ink gave the best result.  After applying the ink, this layer was dried with a heat tool as well, so the green ink wouldn’t mingle more with the white.

Next, the sentiment was stamped on the card using the MISTI

  • Strawberry Jude Stamps, Tag It: Christmas (linked below) 
  • Tsukineko Delicata Ink Pad, Golden Glitz 

To give the snowy look some glimmer, Kassidy applied glitter to the trees and the ground.

  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte Glue
  • Glue Brush
  • Tim Holtz Distress Dry Glitter, Clear Rock Candy

This was set aside to dry.  It was now time to find a ribbon. 

  • Rayon Seam Binding, off-white 
  • Tsukineko Brilliance Ink Pad, Galaxy Gold Archival

The Delicata Galaxy Gold ink could have been used to color the ribbon, but the ribbon was already inked up, but not used, for another project.  To ink a ribbon, just take the side of the ink pad and run it down the ribbon on both sides.  Allow the ink on the ribbon to dry completely. 

  • pencil Used to mark the place to punch the hole on the right side of the tag .
  • We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile Eyelet and Snap Punch (linked below) – The large hole punch was used here.

Kassidy ran the ribbon through the hole.  She added the jingle bells where she wanted them on the ribbon with Zots dots.

  • Tim Holtz Jingle Brads (linked below)  – The brad wires were twisted off the jingle bells before adhering.
  • Zots Clear Adhesive Dots, small

Looking at the tag, Kassidy asked, “What do deer have to do with jingle bells?”  We talked about how jingle bells are sometimes put on horses when they pull sleighs in the snow.  And, of course, Santa’s reindeer have jingle bells on them.  It was decided.  The deer needed jingle bell collars.

  • pencil – Lines were drawn on the deer’s necks where the collars would be.
  • Tim Holtz Distress Marker, Brushed Corduroy – The collars were colored in with the marker.
  • We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile Eyelet and Snap Punch With a scrap piece of white cardstock, a large hole and a small hole were punched out.  The punch-outs were used as the jingle bells for the deer.
  • Tsukineko Delicata Ink Pad, Golden Glitz 
  • Tsukineko Sponge Dauber – Ink was applied to the punch-outs and allowed to dry.
  • Ultra-Fine Tipped Marker – Tiny curved crosses were drawn at the bottom of each bell to represent the openings in a jingle bell.
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte Glue – Just a tiny dot of glue was needed for the jingle bells.


We hope this gives you some inspiration to make a few tags for your holiday packages.  Then enter what you make in Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  For participation in this challenge, Simon Says Stamp will include your card in a random drawing to determine the winner.  The winner will be given a $50 voucher to shop at Simon’s one-stop-shopping store. 50dollar_voucher_600px

We appreciate you stopping by to look and read.  We look forward to seeing what YOU create.  It’s such a positive statement to share what you’ve created in order to inspire others.  Thanks for joining in.

Tricia and Kassidy


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6 thoughts on “Simon Says Stamp Designer Spotlight, Gift It

  1. Virginia L. says:

    Your craftsmanship and design are simply superb, Kassidy! I love how polished and sophisticated this tag looks! So happy to have you guest designing with us this month over Simon says Stamp! Merry Christmas! Big thanks to your Grandma Tricia for sharing her blog, too! 🙂

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