We are happy to bring you this week’s Featured Company: 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 – Shari Carroll

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

ShariCarrollProfilePic-08272014-250WShari has been a professional stamper/cardmaker for nearly a quarter of a century (that’s a long time) starting with Hero Arts in 1989. She began as a replication artist creating display boards for retail stores, which lead to demonstrations and catalog work.

Over the years Shari has been published in numerous magazines including Somerset Studio, The Gallery, Stampers Sampler, Take Ten, Creating Keepsakes, Better Homes and Gardens, Paper Crafts and more. Shari has also contributed to several Design Original Books along with the Autumn Leaves Designing With series. In 2006, Shari was asked to write her own book for Northlight Publications called Layers.

In June of 2013, Shari resigned from her position with Hero Arts to join the Simon Says Stamp family where she holds the title of Creative Director and Product Manager. Shari’s stamps, dies, stencil and flair designs can be found in the Simon Says Stamp exclusive line of products.

Shari resides in a small farm community outside of Chicago with her husband Tom, sons Brooks (nearby) and Scooter, plus her tortoise Chester. Her love for nature is evident in her photography and instagram shots of her friendly squirrels.

Merry Christmas Shaker Card

I’ve created a little winter scene shaker card using a few of my favorite Simon Says Stamp dies. Once all the papers are cut, assembly goes really quickly.



Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles Dies
Simon Says Stamp Village Dies
Simon Says Stamp Slopes and Hills Dies
Simon Says Stamp Christmas Blessings Die
Simon Says Stamp Present and Ornaments Stamps
Simon Says Stamp Sea Glass cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Fog cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Slate cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Smoke cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Green Apple cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Snowflake sequins
Simon Says Stamp Slate Ink
Hero Arts Acetate Notecards
Doodle Bug Lily White sequins
Neenah White cardstock
Foam Squares
Big Shot
Memory Box metal adapter

We hope you have enjoyed today’s feature. We want to extend a sincere thank you to Shari Carroll 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 gift certificate shown above, please leave us a comment in the comments section of this post.  The winner will be announced next Wednesday.


262 replies on “Featured Company: Simon Says Stamp”

  1. Shari, your cards are always fabulous and this one is just wonderful – love it! Thanks so much for sharing your talent!!

  2. Another I want to make card by Shari. I like to see shaker cards for Christmas and the house and tree papers look like felt.

  3. Amazing card ! What grabs me right away is the snow over the shaker circle… then the color choices- I could go on and on! Thanks for all of your inspiration, Shari!

  4. this card is beautiful!! Love all the stitched lines and that this is a shaker card!! Shari is so talented and I love Simon says stamp!

  5. Shari is one of my favorite designers. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a card of hers I didn’t love! Shaker cards are so much fun….. love this one!

  6. Congratulations Shari on being featured today. I always admire her crafty inspiration projects. I aspire to make my cards as beautiful as hers.

  7. sHARI,
    Oops I just hate caps lock! LOL

  8. A very lovely card. The village die is one I would put on my wish list. Simon Says is a wonderful company with a great selection of products. Thanks for sharing this card with us.

  9. Such an awesome card!! I love Simon Says Stamps and Shari always shares such wonderful inspiration:)

  10. This is such a beautiful card. Shari’s cards are always among the best out there and I love seeing what she creates.

  11. Shari has done it again, I love the dimension and stitched edges of this card–so beautiful! I enjoy visiting the Simon Says stamp blog and getting inspired with all of their great products–and yes, I’m always needing to order stuff too!

  12. Love the color pallet in this card! Simple and beautiful, but with some great dimension. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Such an adorable card – the colours are so crisp. Everyone would like to receive one of Shari’s cards!

  14. I love the stitched die cuts. I’m partial to that circle. I like how you adhered only the word Christmas.

  15. Love this scene shaker card. Since it’s layered it’s technically not a clean and simple card, but it sure is clean and simple. Maybe the definition of CAS should change.

  16. Really like the scene you created with the dies inside the circle and it’s a shaker card too! Very nice.

  17. I love Shari’s work over at SSS. She is so inventive. I also want to say I love the work Paper Crafters Library is doing. I think your tend posts are right on.

  18. Another gorgeous card, Shari! I love everything you create! Wonder of wonders, I actually have almost all the things you used for this one. Will try & make a shaker card using what I have. Thanks for the inspiration.

  19. Shari is so skilled and always makes it look so effortless. Love what she does with blues & greys…this card is just another of her little masterpieces.

  20. Love you shaker card. The colors are beautiful and anyone who receives you card will be delighted.

  21. This shaker Christmas card is adorable, with cute house die, shaker, and lettering of the stamp. I’d be proud to get this in the mail any time, Shari!!

  22. Beautiful shaker card Shari. Of course all you cards are so great looking. I love them and you’re ideas. I just love houses. Was so good also to hear a little about you. You are such a talented and creative person. I always wanted a turtle.

  23. Beautiful snowy card! I love the sequins inside of the shaker. I have never bought anything from Simon Says Stamp but I love there blog for inspiration. And I admire there company stamp sets and dies and hope I can someday purchase my favorites. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  24. Love Shari’s work, and this card is awesome, as usual!! Love SSS blog for all the absolutely amazing inspiration there, it’s an awesome place!

  25. I love the village dies and the shaker style cards. Shari always does such a nice job and makes it look sooo easy!

  26. This shaker card is wonderful! Shari always gives great inspirations! Thanks for the chance to win!

  27. Shari’s shaker card is beautiful! Big fan of Simon Says Stamp! Thanks for the chance to win!

  28. Shari Carroll is tremendously creative! Love this card she created for Simon – a very generous company that offers great products!

  29. Awesome shaker card Shari. Lovin’ the new stitched products. So cool!
    Thanks for sharing with us!

  30. I love this delightful card! SSS has awesome exclusive dies and I am just in love with these! Thanks to Shari for sharing this beautiful card with us!

  31. Love SSS and Shari! This shaker card is gorgeous! Love this idea. Thanks for featuring SSS and Shari.

  32. This is the CUTEST card! Love everything about it. You are so creative and I am always amazed at your creations. I have been a ‘fan’ for years! Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

  33. Love this shaker card!! Have been wanting to make one myself for quite a while, I have plenty of sequins etc so its just a matter of getting around to the making!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  34. This is so strikingly beautiful…I think its the white! AND I am a sucker for shaker cards, they are all the rage right now! Love the products and this blog!!!!

  35. Lovely card. I have used the Village die set for my holiday cards this year. It’s an adorable set. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

  36. Shari, I learned a lot about YOU from this blog post… No wonder I’m always so impressed with your creations, look at your background! Love the soft colors in this shaker card. Great work!

  37. I love this card!!! I just received the Village die set in the mail and this card has inspired me to start using it. I also love the shaker cards that seem to be so popular now. Thank you Shari for sharing your beautiful card with us.

  38. I love the stitched dies. Shari always uses greys beautifully 🙂 Thank you for sharing 🙂

  39. Gotta love it when you can improvise with some hand cutting. Loving it! The card is beautiful.

  40. Love SSS and Shari Carroll. This makes me want to try doing a shaker card. What an inspiration!


  41. Looking at your work makes my heart do a happy dance. Just love the color combo and design. Thanks for sharing.

  42. one of THE BEST cards i have seen this holiday season. buying everything to make this! love it.

  43. one of THE BEST cards i have seen this holiday season. buying everything to make this! love it.

  44. I love shaker cards. All the Simon says stamp products are awesome and make shaker cards really easy! Shari Carroll and all the simonsays stamp staff are amazing as well!

  45. I love that you have made this cute scene into a shaker card. I’ve never made one, but I think with your encouragement I may give it a try. Thanks.

  46. What a beautiful card with that die cut circle and all the stitched dies! Perfect Christmas scene!

  47. This is a really wonderful card! Details are great, yet it is screaming simplicity. I like how Shari has incorporated so many die cuts into the shaker card– clean and simple for the holidays or anytime of the year.
    Thanks, Shari.

  48. What a great card! Definitely CASE-ing it when I sit down at my
    craft table tonight! Really gorgeous!

  49. Simon Says Stamp is one leading company in crafting world! Love every inspiration they have on their blog from each team! And Sharri, she is awesome 😀 Love this shaker card and very cozy!

  50. Such a pretty card! I especially like the stitching of the dies (circle and slope), as well as the font of the word die and stamp. SSS stamps are a favorite of mine. Sadly, sometimes I miss out because they sell out fast.

  51. The card is wonderful! I just placed another order from Simon today so when it arrives I will actually have all the products needed to create a similar card. I am so glad shaker cards are popular right now because they are so fun to make.

  52. I love how Shari takes something with lots of complicated pieces yet it still looks so clean and easy to “read.”

  53. I love the stitched pieces; they look to professional and crisp. Shari, your designs are always trendy and awesome! Thanks!

  54. Great design – love the layers of stitched pieces, and the shaker! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  55. A really lovely card! So glad SSS had a fabulous sale on Thanksgiving, and it was easy to get some of these great products! I’ve been a fan of your work for a long time, Shari!

  56. What a very classic and pretty shaker card. I Love the Non-traditional background colors. They give the card just the right amount of color and spark. Shari your creativeness, enthusiasm, and spunk always impresses me! Thank you for showing us some of your Favorite Simons Says Stamp Products.

  57. I have been following Shari for quite a while. I was sad to see her leave Hero Arts, but so glad she is still papercrafting over at SSS. She is an amazing card artist. I love her cards and videos. This is a fun shaker card. I really need those house and tree dies. 😉

  58. A card that catches the eye and draws you in…with all the wonderful details. A “keeper” card that you want to display, study and admire…over and over again. Thanks for sharing! – Micki from “”

  59. I adore Shari’s unique and clean style. Thanks for featuring her work. This card is just gorgeous!

  60. Less is more. This is very chic with just the right amount of stuff. Excellent!
    Love the clean lines.

  61. Saw this card on pintrest and fell in love with it. It led me to “SSS” and all their great stuff. I have already placed an order and am very happy with their wafer dies. Getting ready to order more stamps and dies to create some great cards. I especially love your designs Shari!

  62. Lovely winter & Christmas card!!! These dies are awesome and the shaker window along with the die cuts add so much dimension to the card. Shari’s designs are so special! Thank you for the inspiration and for the chance to win.

  63. Gorgeous! Love the stitched circle element on the card. I am always looking for ways to use the circle die cuts.

  64. This shaker card is delightful. Love the stitched circle and undulating snow. Really inspirational. Thank you for sharing this beautiful card, Shari

  65. I had no idea what an extensive background Shari has. So fun to read about someone whose work I admire.

  66. Shari’s work is always so amazing and inspiring. I’m so thankful we can view her creativity on the SSS blog and other blogs as well. Her artistic ability is fantastic and perfect for the card making and crafting industry.

  67. I’ve seen many of Shari’s cards and I love her designs. Beautiful work. I love Simon Says stamps. It’s a great place to shop.

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