Featured Company: Simon Says Stamp! 05 13 2015

We are happy to bring back this week’s Featured Company: Simon Says Stamp!. Not only are they one of our favorite online stores to shop at, but they have an awesome line of products of their own branded under their name – Simon Says Stamp.

 And this week we are giving away a $25 US Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp.  (Details at the end of the post.)
Simon Says Stamp Designer – Laura Bassen

Today we welcome Laura Bassen. We are so excited to have her showcase her work today on Paper Crafter’s Library. You can see Laura’s fabulous project below, but first, here is a little more about her:



Laura, or better known as Laurafadora, as her family calls her, has been a paper addict, stamp lover and card maker for nearly her entire life. After graduating with a degree in graphic design, she went to a few Stampin’ Up parties, and the rest is history! She started her blog, Doublestick Heaven, in 2008. She lives in central Illinois with her husband & five busy kids. Her down to earth and witty videos will hopefully leave you inspired and with a smile on your face.


Party Banner Birthday Card



Project Description

To create my card I partially die cut one of the larger circles from the Nested Circles as well as partially die cut the Simon die onto a 4.25″ x 5.5″ front panel. Then I blended in some Lemon Chiffon ink onto the card base so that it would show through the front panel window.

I cut the large birthday sentiment from Circle Sayings so that it could be manipulated to fit perfectly inside the large circle window and stamped it in Versafine Onyx Black ink. Then I stamped the Simon dog image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink as well as the birthday presents from Baby Party Animals that were cut using the coordinating dies and colored everything with Copics.

I die cut the banner using the Party Banner dies, colored them in with Copics and adhered with Multi Matte Medium glue. The tiny little banner from Party Banner dies was also used as a party hat for Simon. I added the teeny tiny dot on top of the hat from a scrap that fell out of my 1/8″ hole punch.


Neenah 80lb.
Baby Party Animals
Stylish Simon
Sentimental Circles
Baby Animals
Party Banner
Memento Tuxedo Black
Lemon Chiffon
Mini Ink Blender
Big ShotCopic: R05, R08, R30, YR00, YR04, YR07, Y11, Y15, Y17, YG01, YG06, YG09, B000, B02, B04, R81, V04, V06, C1, C3, C5

We hope you have enjoyed today’s feature. We want to extend a sincere thank you to Laura Bassen for her fabulous project and Simon Says Stamp! for sharing their company with us. Be sure to visit Simon Says Stamp! to see more of their products and their blog for some inspiration!

In order to enter the give-away to win the prize shown above, please leave us a comment in the comments section of this post. The winner will be announced next Wednesday.

Happy Crafting!

352 replies on “Featured Company: Simon Says Stamp! 05 13 2015”

  1. Love the vibrant colors and gorgeous design. Laura’s work is truly inspiring!!!

  2. Love Simon! What a perfect setting for him
    On this card! I adore the banner 🙂

  3. What a nice card. I love your shading on the card piece and the flags…great job! Thanks for a chance to win!

  4. Love Laura’s work……and this card is wonderful, as usual!!! Love little Simon all ready to party!! All the cheery colors brighten up this gray day here in Idaho.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  5. Cute card and I always love a blog where Laura is featured. Her tutorials and videos are fun, both technique wise and other wise. I love that the dot on the party hat just fell out of the punch! 🙂

  6. I already have 1,001 reasons to love Laura’s work. Thanks for making it 1,002. =)

  7. What a cute card! I am so intrigued with the partial die cutting! I’ve seen a few videos using this technique but have not tried it yet. I hope to do so soon, I believe this card is giving me the push I need.

  8. Laura, I think your Copic collection has been growing! And your Copic coloring looks awesome!

    Your cards and signature style always make me smile, but I also just can’t get over how perfectly polished your work is. Rock on!

  9. Laura’s cards always rock my world and she also makes me smile a lot. Great job!
    What a great prize this would be.

  10. Love the Simon card! I think the circle stamps are my next purchase, or maybe I’ll win!

  11. What an adorable card! Love the cheerful colors and great design! Laura always make the cutest cards.

  12. Fun party banner card from Laura! Fabulous coloring!
    I love ordering through SSS! Great service and a selection that is awesome! Their exclusives are some of my favorites too!

  13. Love the design and how it creates a lot of depth through layers, texture and colour!

  14. Love, love, love it! Your coloring is so gorgeous. Love the way you did the shading and the highlights. Who wouldn’t love to get this card. Thanks for the inspiration and thanks also for the chance to win this AMAZING prize. You rock!

    Snoopy 😀

  15. Laura, what an adorable card. I love the circle stamp and dies….so many ways it can be used. And the party banner die is so useful. Great way to use the little banner for Simon Dog’s hat. Your coloring is perfect and your design is AWESOME!!! Great design, great job. TFS

  16. Darling card. Love how Simon is popped off of the card.
    Simon Says is a great company.

  17. Laura’s card’s are always so amazing, and her videos – well, they just make my day. So, thanks Laura.

  18. I love everything that Laura makes! Thanks for showcasing her work here!

  19. she is so fun! loved the card, loved all the colors she used for the card!

  20. Fun card, I lve the Simon mascot. I still can’t bring myself to cut my stamps.

  21. Oh I just LOVE Laura’s personality and crafting style!! Such a cute card:)

  22. Great card! I know it’s just one feature of it but I absolutely love that banner!

  23. Love what you’ve done. The technique explainations make it really clear. Can’t believe its copics… A new must try!

  24. it doesn’t get any better than Laura Bassen and simon Says stamp! Just gorgeous!

  25. Love seeing what Laura B creates along with her videos,
    which makes me smile/laugh.

  26. Such a great card! Love all the partial die-cutting! Happy to discover a new blog to follow.

  27. I love Laurafadora’s cards! Wonderful sense of color and card design, and of course, humor.

  28. Anything Laura creates puts a smile on my face, plus, I learn alot of fun techniques from her. Not to mention, I love when she makes a video..she makes me laugh…ALOT!

  29. love the attention to detail – colours in hat & presents match up to banner. The advantages of planning your work in advance…

  30. Laura, your cards are awesome! I’ve watched a couple of your video’s and always leave inspired and still chuckling throughout the day! Thanks for your awesome talent!!!

  31. Adorable! Love the bright, cheery colors. The design of it looks great too. Love SSS. Happy crafting!

  32. This card is just adorable, and the Simon stamps are on my ever growing wish list at SSS. Unfortunately it is a wish list that I can’t afford to buy anything off of at the moment! Thanks for a chance to win a spending spree there!

  33. Such a great card – I love the double partial die cutting and how you made the pompom on the party hat!

  34. I’m a huge fan of Laura’s. I adore her style of cardmaking. She does an amazing job. I appreciate that she shares her talent and provides such wonderful inspiration….as can be seen on this cheerful birthday card. Awesome layout!

  35. I love Laura’s use of color…those darling pennants are the perfect finishing touch!

  36. Love your card! You are so great blending Copics. I try but it never looks as good as your’s does. Thanks for sharing.

  37. Laura is crazy talented – I love her blog and videos! She truly is an inspiration.

  38. This card is over the top CUTE! Love the copic colored banner and the fun stamping on the circle! That Simon dog is pretty irresistible too! 🙂

  39. So happy to find your blog through Laura! It’s as wonderful as her cards!!

  40. Laura’s videos are wonderful, just like her cards! This card uses so many great products from SSS!

  41. First of all: I love to work with Simon products. The party outfit of the doggy is real cool and the colourful banners are lovely. Creative regards from stempelfrida.

  42. love this card, the partial die cutting, the round stmp, the stamp of Simon, the colouring, it’s so brigth and cheerful…it’s fab and Laura rocks ofcourse 😉

  43. I love the colours and cheerfulness of this card! Would really have loved a video to see how the diecutting was done….I’ll have to check Laura’s blog as well.

  44. What a great card: I love the partial die cutting of the circle and the Simon Dog. Clever!! Great use of the banners for his hat too!! 🙂

  45. I love Laura’s style. It’s so bright, happy and distinctive — I think I can pick out a Laura Bassen card 9 out of 10 times. Clean, elegant, and rainbow colors.

  46. This is such a cute card. Love the bright cheery colors. You always do such a great job. TFS

  47. Adorable card. Love the ever present rainbow connection. It really stands out as your artwork.

  48. Laura ‘ s cards are always fun, colorful, and full of inspiration! Great design with partial die cutting both of the dies! I look forward to Laura’s videos – not only will I get a great idea for a card, but I will have a smile on my face from one of her stories!

  49. Always enjoy Laura and especially her videos, she is such a delightful and funny person, wish she was my neighbor! thanks for highlighting her on your blog, she makes awesome cards!

  50. Laura, every detail of every card you make makes me want every stamp, paper, die and embellishments you use!!! I love your work!

  51. Your card is soooo cute. Thanks for sharing.
    I just received my first order from Simon Says today and can’t wait to play with them.
    I just have to decide which ones to use first. lol.
    Crafty hugs,

  52. Stunning card!
    LOVE Laura’s style ..and her videos..all so much fun..and inspiration!

  53. Cute card! Need to get some of those circle dies! The stamps are cute too!

  54. Cool card, I love the coloring and intricate die cuts. Thanks very much for a chance to win. Michelle t

  55. I love Laura’s style and her sense of humor. Her cards and posts always bring a smile to my face! Love what she does with SSS products!

  56. Partial die cutting is so impressive and this card is adorable……as is Laura!!!

  57. Laura, you have created another beautiful card! I love your partial die cutting!

  58. What a great card- & I had no idea she lives in central Illinois- where my grandkids are! Maybe our paths will cross sometime! But back to the card- love the design, & the background blending is perfection. No one does it like Laura!

  59. Me encantan las propuestas que presenta SSS en su blog, adicionalmente los productos del almacén son variados y fabulosos

  60. Love this card. I really enjoy the SSS blog and products. Just saw the June kit reveal which is GREAT and the sample card is amazing. I think even I can do it so, yes, it is already ordered (along with a few more things). Thanks for the chance to win a gift card as I have a LOT more on my wish list.

  61. Laura is one of my favorite designers, and her videos are my favorite because she always makes me smile! Love this adorable card!

  62. Wonderfully designed CAS card. Love the partially cut circle idea and the layering of the cute little dog. The flags are a great finishing touch!

  63. This card is so cute with that sweet dog! I absolutely love those banners as they could go on so many different cards and look great.

  64. I’ve been searching for the perfect card to make for my grandson’s birthday, and this is is it! Thanks for sharing. I love it, and I know he will, too.

  65. Laura is at the top of my list when it comes to designers, love her wit & her work!

  66. Love the card and Laura Bassen’s work! Wonderful color combinations.

  67. Laura’s colorful and fun card made me smile! Love the banner, and the partial die cut technique is impeccable!!

  68. Welcome to Laura! I love the card! The little dog is darling (and the coloring spot on) and I really like his little hat! 🙂

  69. One of the cutest uses of that stamp set I’ve seen so far! Love it!

  70. Gorgeous card! I love the partial die cutting! And your card is so colorful and vibrant!!!

  71. Laura, you always inspire me! I had never thought to cut and color a banner with my copics! Love your fun and colorful card!! Was just looking at their dog stamps and thinking which if not both I wanted!! You always do such a wonderful job!! Thank you for teaching me to look outside the box!

  72. I love Laura and her videos! Have learned so much from them and what a sweet card this is.

  73. I enjoy Laura’s creativity! Great feature! Laura’s card is adorable. Thanks for featuring Simon Says Stamp – one of my favorite online shops!

  74. Laura always has such great techniques and designs to share and Simon Says Stamp has been my go to online crafty supplier for years. Great combo!!!

  75. Laura’s cards are always amazing, and her videos are so entertaining. Thanks for featuring her.

  76. You can never go wrong with Laura she is a hoot to always watch and so clever.

  77. I just love Laura! In fact, I was disappointed that this wasn’t a video so I could hear the excitement in her voice and witness that effervescent personality! She is so talented and so real….

  78. I have been watching Laura’s videos for a few months now and I have loved every one! She is so talented and I love how she adds her life stories to her videos. Adorable card… LOVE SSS!

  79. Lovely card Laura, as usual. Simon looks so cute. Don’t show him, his ego will get even bigger.

  80. Oh Laura you are so amazing. I follow you on your blog and check in there daily just to make sure I haven’t missed something . Think I’m a Lauraddict.

  81. Such a fun and adorable card! Great partial die-cutting idea, thanks for the inspiration!

  82. I love Laura and her great sense of humor. She makes the most fantastic and bright colorful cards. This is another fun card and I love those circle sayings.

  83. I love that partial cut die technique. It makes the dies so much more versatile. And cutting stamps to fit or make it work for the design I want to accomplish……… well it just opens up a whole new world! Thank you

  84. Laura’s cards are beautifully colored and so cute – I always look forward to seeing her creations 🙂

  85. Such a fun, happy card. I love the partial die cut. What a great way to get some extra mileage out of our dies.

  86. I love Laura….she makes me laugh when I seem to need it the most 😀

    And Simon Says Stamp is making me skip meals (not really) to boost my craft budget 😀

  87. I love everything Laura does, her color choices are always so happy. Thanks for the chance to win!

  88. I <3 Laura Bassen! Her cards are always beautiful, and this one is no exception! So, so cute!

  89. I am one of Laura’s avid followers–I love her style and her video’s crack me up! Thanks for sharing this marvelous card with us!

  90. Such a cool card! I’m a huge fan of Laura and her colorful cards. Love the bright, happy colors in this one. Great job coloring on the presents & Simon. Also a neat idea to use the banner piece as a party hat, and the 1/8″ hole punch scrap for the pompom! Thanks so much for sharing this!

  91. This card design is just so cute! I love the design with the pop of color on the gifts and banner and the use of the circle sentiments stamp is perfect in the background. I love it! Thanks for sharing!

  92. We all know & love Laura for her fun videos, here amazing talent and her ability to inspire! Another amazing card with killer Copic coloring skills!

  93. What an absolutely adorable card! Love the party feel and those banners – great!!!

  94. I love this new release from Simon Says Stamp and Laura has done a great job of using some of these new stamps on her great card. Who wouldn’t love to be the lucky recipient of this beautiful work of art?

  95. This is an awesome article and I love that you had Laura Bassen as a guestie!!! She uses color like a BOSS!! So super impressed with everything she does – this card included!!!

  96. I love this circular die and also Laura Bassen! I love how she makes everything look so easy-peasy. Also thanks so much for all the great information and videos on Paper Crafter’s Library website. You, Andrea, are such a talented paper crafter! Is there anything you don’t know how to do?!? I enjoy everything on your website! I’m gonna have to seriously consider subscribing to PCL.

    Thanks for the chance to win!!!

    Debbie Bassett

  97. I really love the SSS products and design team. This is an adorable card. Thank you for the chance to win!

  98. Lovely Birthday card! Very unique layout. Im always eager to try something new! Love the use of Copics, Laura did a great job with them. The banner and gifts caught my eye, they look like they have an ombre effect and I really like the way that looks. And last but certainly not least, Simon. He just puts a smile on your face. He’s so stinkin cute with his little party hat! Overall, this card was a home run! Awesome job Laura!
    Thanks for the chance to win! =}

  99. I love Laura’s style
    as well as her videos!
    Simon Says Stamp has
    awesome products and
    great customer service.

  100. The flags make the card pop! Of course, I’m partial to the dog. I have him in a different stamp. He has such character. Thanks for sharing your talent and for the chance to win.

  101. Always love Laura’s work, it’s like her, happy, cheerful, colorful! Thanks for featuring her and SSS.

  102. I love the ombre colouring of the banner! Wished you presented more information on the colouring.

  103. I’ve been following Laura for awhile now because she never disappoints in her artistic approach to cardmaking!

  104. I knew it was a Laura Bassen card as soon as I saw it! Very cute and colorful.

  105. Long time fan of Laura’s – another one of her great cards – love it!

  106. I love any card with Simon. The colors on this make will make any recipient smile.

  107. LOVE Laura Bassen – her clean designs and great use of color always inspire me. LOVE Simon Says Stamp, too!

  108. Cute card! The little hat on the dog is too cute! Love the multicolored banner too.

  109. Wow! You’ve just inspired me to go back and review partial die-cutting! This is amazing!

  110. Really cute card & I am a fan of partial die cutting into a card (or any piece). Great circular stamping too. C (I only got email tonight hence my tardiness). Tfs

  111. It is a curious thing to ponder how a company such as Simon Says Stamp can always set the trends on current designs for paper crafters. Their designs are always too cute to resist or just what I am looking for. Great company.

  112. So colorful and cheerful! I am very impressed with Simon Says Stamp products and I am slowly building an inventory! I’ve cleared out one whole drawer of my storage unit in order to fill it with Simon products. The dies are fabulous and cut extremely well. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  113. Adorable birthday card. I’d love to win the Simon Says GC so I can make cute cards, too 🙂

  114. Love all of Laura’s cards – WOW look at how many messages already – well understandable – this is a really cute card and a $25 giveaway from Simon Says – can’t lose !!!

  115. Adorable card. I love the bright colors and Simon is just too cute.

  116. Awesome card. I love the colors and your technique. I love the boston terrier also. Thanks for sharing.

  117. I love Simon Says Stamps! They are by far my favorite shopping site!

  118. Hi Laura,
    I really love this card! But, then again I love Simon Says Stamp products. Awesome!

  119. What an adorable card! I love SSS, they are always my go-to online shop for all my crafting needs.

  120. Simon Says is one of my favourite companies…just received 2 orders from them last week. Enjoyed Laura’s card, especially the partial die-cutting technique which I must try soon.

  121. Adorable card, Laura! Love the use of Simon (the dog – I assume that’s his name)! Thanks, too, for the chance to win a gift certificate. I love Simon Says Stamps!

  122. I agree with you because I really like Simon Says products. They are new and fresh and easy to use. The card is fabulous. I’ll have to look up how to partially cut dies in Paper Crafters Library which I’m also enjoying very much. Lot’s of good ideas, hints and clear instructions.

  123. Another wonderful card. Such clever use of all the elements to make a cute card. I always love to see what you come up with. Thanks for the inspirations and the chance to win such a great prize.

  124. Such a cute card!!! Love the circular sentiment too…good job! Thanks too for a chance to win.
    Paper Hugs,

  125. Oh, I LOVE that adorable card! The sentiment circles and happy party dog are just darn cute!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  126. Always love Laura’s fun projects and this card with the round cutout and banner is so sweet! Simon Says Stamp is the best!

  127. Such a cute card! I always look forward to seeing Laura’s youtube videos 🙂

  128. I love that the card is so colorful and that it uses a sentiment that I have never seen before – the circle birthday sentiment. It’s a really cute and fun card.

  129. I love this fun bright happy card,with Simon ready to party to cute.Thanks for the chance to win S S S.

  130. I just love Laura! Her humor is contagious when watching her videos. Her card is very pretty with all the colors she used!

  131. The card is delightful. Great coloring and dimensional layering of the diecuts.

  132. Oh Laura, this card is amazingly C.U.T.E! I love the little bow tie on Simon AND the party hat, of course! LOL
    Simply adorable!

  133. Love this adorable card! Simon is so cute & I can see already that Circle Sayings is a must have for me. As always, Laura’s card is fabulous!

  134. Laura has been one of my most favorite artists for as long as I’ve been a cardmaker. Everything she creates is magical!

  135. Greetings from chilly Sydney, Australia. It’s Sunday evening and the kids have just gone to bed so I’m looking for some creative inspiration. Thank you Lauren. Your instructions are clear and easy to follow, plus your design will stretch me out of my comfort zone (I am still a novice with Copics!!). I am inspired that you balance your love of crafting with raising 5 kids. Good for you – your example is an encouragement to me to take out time to craft. I’m off explore your blog site.

  136. Laura, you’ve done the most famous dog in the stamping world proud! He looks adorable in his party hat. Fantastic card, love the partially cut circle.

  137. Laura is a magician when it comes to cardmaking and her style. Love her designs and her videos are a hoot. Her banner card is no exception to her usual awesome work. Thanks for the chance to win a SSS gift certificate!

  138. AWWWWW Love this card. We are a family with Bostons, what great dogs.
    Have to get stamp set and die.
    Thanks for a chance to win.

  139. I love SSS products and all the people connected with the company. Especially love the monthly card kit!

  140. So refreshing, clean cut and very effective use of the stamp and all products. Congratulations on the final artistic result!

  141. Laura always brings a smile no matter how bad of a day it has been. She is honest and very creative. Love her cards.

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