This week we are thrilled to welcome back Simon Says Stamp! In today’s spotlight you’ll learn more about Simon Says Stamp, see a fantastic project by Shari Carroll and have the opportunity to win a $25 US Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp.


About Simon Says Stamp

We want to be your ONE STOP SHOP! At Simon Says Stamp, we care about our customers and pride ourselves on going the extra mile to make customers happy. Offering quality products that you want to use in your projects is our priority. Our whole team is passionate about crafting & the power of sharing stories. We want to share that passion with you by getting you inspired! Please visit our blog that is updated daily and 2 weekly challenge blogs on Monday and Wednesday! Have a “click” and stay awhile!

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.

You Rock!


I started out doing ghost stamping on Simon Says Stamp Fog cardstock. I partially inked the Alphabet background stamp with Fog ink and stamped it onto the cardstock. I cleaned the stamp, inked with White Unicorn ink and stamped again but offset it just a bit  to create a drop shadow look.


I applied Texture Paste through the Medium Dot stencil to create texture and I created a frame by die cutting Slate cardstock using the Scallop frame and rounded corner die as an insert.  The “You Rock” was stamped using Audrey Blue ink and die cut with the coordinating die.   The stars are stamped with Orange Peel ink, die cut and lightly coated with Wink of Stella clear glitter.   I wrapped silver twine through the frame and secured with a bow. Everything was assembled onto a top folding Neenah card using foam squares.



Simon Says Stamp Lunch Box Notes stamps
Simon Says Stamp Lunch Box Notes craft dies
Simon Says Stamp Alphabet cling stamp
Simon Says Stamp Medium Dots stencil
Simon Says Stamp Fog cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Fog ink
Simon Says Stamp Orange Peel ink
Simon Says Stamp Chantilly Crème sequins
Lawn Fawn Silver Twine
Ranger Texture Paste
Ranger Palette Knife
Tombow Mono Adhesive
Foam Squares
Paper Trimmer
Score Board
Big Shot
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. One winner will be announced next Wednesday on the Paper Crafter’s Library blog!



176 replies on “Featured Company: Simon Says Stamp”

  1. Wow! Such a fun and beautiful card, wonderful tut! I love these blog hops, no matter what I love discovering something new-to-me. Thanks so much!~kim

  2. I love the ghost stamping effect on Shari’s card! I recently discovered SSS, and it’s fun to learn about the people there.

  3. Shari is such an inspiration in my book. I love watching all her videos from SSS on her creative process. Her cards are always so perfect. Perfect in design, color, and layers. Even her mixed media projects are so well put together but easy to understand to duplicate if you’d like. Shari your card is awesome like always.

  4. Shari! A beautiful card, love the color combo. Its functional for male or female! Love the simplicity and the products!

  5. Lovey card Shari. Like the background and the colors you chose. Cute stars in orange. I love SSS, it’s always been my favourite place to shop.

  6. And now we know the rest of your story Shari! My friend, you absolutely rock! Loved the card, especially the smoke and white unicorn with the off stamping. Great card…..again! *smile*

  7. I agree that Shari always gives excellent instructions for her projects, and SSS is the greatest source for supplies and inspiration.

  8. Such a great card! Love the subtlety of the background Shari created. She is such a talented woman!

  9. Love the different layers of this card and most of the layers are so subtle, but they really make the card. Thanks for the great ideas

  10. I really like the SSS blog. I just put in my first order from them last week and can’t wait to get my new toys!

  11. Shari’s card creations are always wonderful and I’m in awe every time I see them. I love SSS and their service and it’s my go to store. I appreciate this opportunity to win!

  12. Love your name Shari–tee hee-mine too! Great card–love the little bit of bling in the sequines–would still definitely work for a masculine card.

  13. Shari never ceases to amaze me with her creativity. I like this card, would be really fun for a teenager or for a kid to give to his teacher.. Ok…really for just about anyone.

  14. I do enjoy Simon Says
    Stamp blog and all
    they have to offer.
    Very nice looking card.
    Carla from Utah

  15. Another great card from Sherri! I’ve really been enjoying the SSS dies and stamps they are coming out with lately. Amazing creativity and so fun to play with!

  16. Shari is such a great designer and I always LOVE her projects!! SSS is lucky to have her on board!! SSS is also one of my favorite companies; their customer service is fabulous! Thanks for this fun post.

  17. Shari Carroll is such a creative talent! SSS is a great place for crafters – thanks for the chance to win. 🙂

  18. Shari has some really cool projects. I ‘ ve seen her work on online card classes to, very creative lady. I haven’t shopped at Simon Says Stamp before that’s a really great prize, thanks for the chance to win.

  19. Shari is awesome; her cards/projects are awesome! Thank you for showcasing her and this card…love it!!

  20. So many things to love about Simon Says stamp and love Shari’s work …looks amazing!

  21. I have really fallen in love with texture paste over the past few months! Love the project..:)

  22. I have followed Shari for a long time and she is one of my favorite designers. Simon Says was lucky when they acquired Shari. As usual, your card today is great, Shari.

  23. Sherri is so amazing I love each detail of this card and love to watch her SSS videos. She makes things approachable for newbies like me.

  24. YOU ROCK Shari 🙂
    FABULOUS card – LOVE the layers of inky & die cut details!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION and CONGRATULATIONS on being featured here today!!!

  25. I don’t think that Shari could create a bad card if she tried. I love every project she comes up with. And this one is no exception. Shari, you are awesome.

  26. I’ve watched Shari’s many talents evolve over the past several years. She’s always on the leading edge of what’s new. This ghosting effect is really subtle, but so effective. I love this weekly segment of PCL.

  27. Absolutely gorgeous CAS! Shari’s genius use of ghost stamping, embossing paste and die cuts are amazing! She’s definitely one talented gal and Simon Says Stamp is so lucky to have her! Many thanks for sharing this project!

  28. Love SSS and Shari Carroll – they just go together like PB&J. 🙂 Love this card that she has created (her laugh is very infectious too – I have heard it in many of her videos). Great use of product from SSS and great technique. Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win some great product.

  29. Such a fun and pretty card. Lots of elements going on there. Thank you Paper Crafter’s Library for featuring Simon Says Stamp. I love their products and the work that Shari does. I have watched many of her videos.

  30. I’m always looking for ideas for boys and I love this color combination. I’m going to try that background stamping technique.

  31. I love Simon Says Stamp and I LOVE Shari Carroll! I just love when she does videos…love watching those hands work! Thanks for spotlighting her and this fabulous company and thanks for the chance to win.!

    And what a fabulous and fun card! I love how she did the background!

  32. Thank you Shari for sharing. Your projects are alway so inspiring. Wonderful giveaway too!

  33. I always enjoy checking out SimonSays to see what the designers are doing and what new products are available. The projects are great – they rock.

  34. You have such a wonderful eye. Lovely easy card with all the layering and textures. I am working towards letting go with my work and being more relaxed with the designs. Thank you for sharing!

  35. A really cool looking card. Shari always has such interesting combos of techniques on her projects. thanks for sharing & the op to win gc from one of my fave online shops.

  36. What a fun card! I just received this stamp and die set in the mail. I’m excited to use them!

  37. Love the card and the color combinations! Thanks for the chance to win…I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  38. Great card by Shari! Love the dimension and layers!
    I love SSS! Awesome selection of products and fabulous service! I have ordered from them several times. Their exclusive dies are some of my favorites!

  39. That ghost stamping technique is a great use of background stamps. Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing your creativity.

  40. I love SSS! Their products are awesome and their blog has so many amazing tutorials, challenges and give aways! Shari Carrol’s projects are always beautiful, fun and on trend 🙂

  41. Great card! A haven’t used the ghost stamping technique in quite some a while. I will have to revisit that technique soon. I love to shop at SSS! Thanks for the chance to win the gift card!

  42. Love this sweet card. I am a big fan of Shari’s work. I just received this Simon Says Stamp stamp and die set in the mail today!!- can’t wait to get started. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  43. I love the clean crisp look of the card and the fact I never heard of ghost stamping. Something new to learn.Thanks

  44. What a super cute card Shari. I’ve been debating whether to get that stamp and die set or not… I have so many dies, but this set is just the cutest. I love how you used it on a card, instead of making just a lunchbox note. Too cute!

  45. What a great card. I didn’t really notice the ghost shadowing on the background at first. Very good.

  46. Great colors, great card, great stamper and a great company! Love everything about this….

  47. Beautiful card! I love the faded background with the ghosting technique. It’s so subtle but adds so much to make the focal point stand out. Thanks for sharing.

  48. I have become such a fan of Simon Says! I’ve been telling my crafting buddies all about you!

  49. What a great card. I enjoyed learning about you, Shari. I appreciate your creativity. WOW! (Wonderfully Outstanding Work!)

  50. Ghost stamping is new to me, and it’s wonderful! Love how you used the texture paste. So creative! Simon Says is a favorite of mine.

  51. The ghost technique adds such a subtle background — I will have to give that a try with some of my larger background stamps. Thanks for sharing your beautiful card.

  52. A very fun card Shari. I follow you over on the Simon Says Stamp blog and really enjoy your posts. Thanks for sharing how you made this great card.

  53. Love Shari’s work. The art journal that she does for SSS are awesome. Her clean outlook to stamping inspires me. Thank Shari.

  54. What a neat background. It does look like the alphabets have a shadow…so cool. I love the blue and orange pop of color. Love the frame. Thanks for sharing!

  55. The card is lovely at first glance…but when you take in all the details, you realize that it’s really quite stunning! Many thanks for the inspiration!

  56. Fantastic card! I love how the ghost stamping adds such a nice touch to the overall effect of the card layout. thanks for sharing!!

  57. Great card, thanks for sharing the ghost stamping used it adds a nice feel. TFS.

  58. This is a great card but of course what else would you expect from Shari right. I love every thing she does and she does many things. I saw her interviewed on Skype recently and she is such a sweet, kind and funny person. I am a big fan can you tell?

  59. Aww, I’ve been following Shari Carroll for some time now. I especially like that I get to have her all to myself every time I take an online card class. Her instructions are very clear and the tutorials full of ideas. Thanks for the chance to win!

  60. I love Simon Says Stamp and was a regular blog follower up until recently. Thanks for the reminder to check them out everyday again. Shari does such awesome work! And I love the dies and especially the stamps that Simon has started designing. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  61. Love Shari’s creations and all of the SSS products. They are all high quality and unique in design.

  62. OOOHHH< love the ghost stamped background, Shari. It really grounds the image so softly. Lovely.

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