Friday, April 24, 2020

SSS Sunny Days Ahead Blog Hop Day 1!

Hey guys!

How are you doing? I hope you're all healthy and safe and continuing to create beautiful projects.


Welcome to my stop on the Simon Says Stamp, Sunny Days Ahead blog hop! I'm so happy and excited to share my cards with you today! You can start at the beginning of the hop by heading to Simon's blog here.


FREE GIFT:
As you can see from the banner above, Simon is giving away an Intense Black Ink pad with any purchase, if you shop during the blog hop! Use code SSSINK at checkout. Code will expire on 4/26, at 11:59pm EDT. This ink is awesome and it's one I use all the time, whether I'm coloring with Copics or watercolors, or even just stamping a sentiment. It's my go-to ink, for sure!

GIVEAWAY:
Simon is also giving away a $25 gift certificate at every stop along the hop, from the comment sections! Be sure to leave a comment below for a chance to win. Simon will announce the winners on their blog, on Wednesday, April 29.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:
Did you know Simon has been given the go-ahead to start shipping again? So exciting and just in time to order some new release products - yay! Here's the announcement from Heidi with more info. 
  
SIMON GALLERIES:
Did you know Simon has card galleries for each of their releases and their card kits, and even a video gallery? It's true and you can add your very own cards and projects to these galleries! Here's a link to all the Simon Brand Galleries and here's the link to the Sunny Days Ahead gallery. There is so much inspiration to see! I encourage you to check them out and add your own cards/projects. 


MY CARDS:
Okay, let's get to my cards. I have to admit, since this whole Coronavirus thing happened, I have struggled to want to create. I know that's probably strange sounding to many of you but for some reason, I just could not get myself to make cards. I did do some coloring every once in awhile but that was it. So, when we were given the notice that the release was coming and there would be a blog hop, I was so glad to have that push I needed. Once I sat down with the wonderful products I was sent, the creativity started to flow and it was so nice to finally feel crafty! Needless to say, I ended up with fairly simple cards but sometimes that's just what is needed.

This first card is from a pack of 12 coloring cards from Suzy P. and I love them! They are pre-printed and you can color them with any medium you want. I used Copic markers for this one. The sentiment is from an older set but is so appropriate for right now.




My next two cards use the gorgeous Tulip Background Cling stamp. I knew everyone would be coloring the tulips, so I wanted to do something a bit different. I inked up the stamp, spritzed it with water, then took a piece of cardstock and laid it down over the stamp. I love the effect! The first one has softer colors and the second looks more intense. Which one do you like better?




Both sentiments are from the Reverse Sentiment Strips Grad pack.

My next card uses the beautiful, Stylized Tulip Die. I colored the pieces after cutting them out, then layered them, using the inlaid diecutting technique, onto a piece of black, embossed cardstock. The sentiment is from the, Mom (Word Mix 2) stamp set.



Here's my last card. I used the gorgeous, Rose Trio Stencil with another sentiment from the, Mom (Word Mix 2) stamp set.


That's all from me. I hope I've given you some ideas for using a few of the awesome products from this fabulous new release!

Thank you so much for visiting me today! Don't forget to stop by the Simon blog tomorrow for day 2 of the hop! 

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Saturday, April 4, 2020

SSS United We Craft Blog Party!

Hey guys!

How are you all doing? I hope you've adjusted somewhat by now, to our "new normal." I know many of you have been crafting away and others are struggling to create. Either way is okay. I have definitely struggled lately to make cards but I really wanted to participate today.



IMPORTANT!
I'm so glad Simon Says Stamp is hosting this blog party so we can inspire each other and encourage everyone to keep crafting! It's something we all love and it's bringing crafters, families and friends together in new ways now, and that is definitely something to celebrate! If you're crafting with your kids, or doing some virtual crafting with friends, Simon would love to see those photos! Use #SSSUnitedWeCraft anywhere on social media, so we can all see the happiness that our craft is bringing to the world!

MY CARD:
Because I've struggled lately with being creative, I decided to make it a bit easier for myself and finish an image I started coloring a week ago. I love Simon's Be Kind stamp set and used just one of the beautiful leaf images for my card.


I also wanted to share an older card I found while scrolling through my Instagram feed yesterday, trying to get inspired. It's just such a happy card and the sentiment is perfect for what we're all going through. I used the adorable, Bee Happy stamp set.




Thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the rest of the blog party. If you'd like to see a list of the close to 100 crafters participating today, head over to Simon's blog.

Hang in there everyone and keep crafting!






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Friday, March 6, 2020

SSS Lucky To Know You Blog Hop - Day 1 + Giveaways!

Hey guys!

It's been awhile since I posted here on my blog but I'm excited today to share my cards for the Simon Says Stamp Lucky to Know You release blog hop!


It's such a fun release filled with wonderful products for all your Easter and springtime card making! 

FREE GIFT:
As you can see from the graphic above, Simon is giving away either a 3X4 Wooly Lucky stamp set, OR a Color The World enamel pin! Use code WLY777 or FLF584 - your choice. The free gifts are available while supplies last and this promotion will expire on 3/8 at 11:59 pm EDT.

GIVEAWAY: 
Simon is also giving away a $25.00 gift certificate at every stop along the hop from the comment sections! Winners will be posted on the Simon Says Stamp blog on Wednesday, March 11th.

SIMON GALLERIES:
Did you know Simon has card galleries for each of their releases and their card kits, and even a video gallery? It's true and you can add your very own cards and projects to these galleries! Here's a link to all the Simon Brand Galleries and here's the link to the Love You More release gallery and the Hey Bestie release gallery. There is so much inspiration to see! I encourage you to check them out and add your own cards/projects. 


CARDS:
All products used are listed below in the compensated affiliate links, at no extra cost to you. 

My first two cards are from "Suzy's Spring and Easter Wishes Watercolor Prints" and I love them! If you have never tried these coloring cards, you're missing out! They are preprinted and can be used with any coloring medium, including watercolors, Copic markers, color pencils, etc. I used Copics on both cards. Love this pretty pot of flowers!




 Is this bunny cute or what?! 




Next up is the cutest stamp set! Gnomes are all the rage right now and these "Spring Gnomes" are so adorable! I white embossed them and used Zig Markers to watercolor the images.




I don't love how this next card turned out but I'm excited to give this stencil set another try, with some pink shades. It's called, "Layered Tulips and it's really fun to play with! I just don't love my color choices but wanted to share it anyway. The sentiment is a fun one, isn't it? It's from the, "Just Because Word Mix 2" stamp set.




Okay, this, "Inlaid Crosses" die set is so gorgeous! There are so many different ways to use them. I chose a simple lavender color, along with some glitter cardstock and I love the way it turned out! The sentiment is from an older Simon set. 




My final card is very clean and simple. I used another beautiful stencil called, "Daisy Bouquet." I blended some Simon inks through the stencil and the sentiment is another one from the "Just Because Word Mix 2" set.



 
That's it for me! I hope I gave you some inspiration and ideas for this awesome release! 

Don't forget day 2 of the hop is tomorrow, so stop by the Simon blog for the beginning of Saturday's hop.

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Friday, January 10, 2020

SSS Hey Bestie and Love You More Releases Blog Hop!

Hey guys!

Welcome back to my blog! I'm so excited to be a part of day 1 of the Simon Says Stamp Hey Bestie and Love You More releases blog hop! 

FREE GIFT:
As you can see from the banner above, with a purchase of $50 or more, you'll get Simon's exclusive Friend Outline Die for free! Just use code: BFF489 at checkout. Promotion ends on 1/12/20 at 11:59pm EST.

And what a fun idea to combine both releases into one blog hop! Most of my cards today only use the Hey Bestie products but I'll share some older cards I created too, from the Love You More release, which was launched back in December.

GIVEAWAY:
Simon is also giving away a $25 gift certificate at every stop along the hop, from the comment sections. Be sure leave a comment below for your chance to win! They'll announce all the winners on Wednesday, January 15th, on their blog.

SIMON GALLERIES:
Did you know Simon has card galleries for each of their releases and their card kits, and even a video gallery? It's true and you can add your very own cards and projects to these galleries! Here's a link to all the Simon Brand Galleries and here's the link to the Love You More release gallery and the Hey Bestie release gallery. There is so much inspiration to see! I encourage you to check them out and add your own cards/projects.

CARDS:
Okay, let's get to my cards. I had so much fun playing with the awesome products from this release! It's filled with so many fabulous and fun items that I know you'll all love! 

Products used are listed below in the compensated affiliate links, at no cost to you.

My first card uses the gorgeous, Be Kind stamp set. I adore this set! It has some beautiful leaf images, along with wonderful sentiments. I used Zig Markers on the white embossed leaves.
 
Up next is another card using the same, Be Kind set. This time I used Copic Markers for a brighter look. I also used the new, Miss You die set.

Next is the gorgeous, Snowflake Mandala die. This die is a biggie, guys and so intricate! I used Simon's silver glitter paper to cut it out and I love the sparkly look! And do ya see that sentiment? It's from the Miss You Reverse Sentiment Strips set.

I love this next stamp set. It's called Lifting Hearts and it's absolutely adorable! I mean, who doesn't love bunnies, mice and turtles floating up in the air with balloons?! Gah! Copic Markers were used for the coloring.

The Etched Snowflake Background cling stamp is a beauty! I created two, very different cards with it. There are lots of techniques you could use with this one, for sure! I first white embossed the image onto some glittery blue cardstock, cut it apart into strips, then adhered them to a white cardbase. I've added the You Are Loved die set for the sentiment. It's from the Love You More release.

Okay, here's my last card from the Hey Bestie release. I again used the Etched Snowflake Background cling stamp but this time, after white embossing it onto some watercolor cardstock, I added color with my Daniel Smith watercolors. I love this pretty combo of peach and aqua! The sentiment is from the same, Miss You die set I used above but this time I included the matching background die.

And here are a few cards I created, back in December for the Love You More release. 


If you'd like to check out the Love You More release, please click here.

BLOG HOP ORDER:
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Don't forget to swing over to Simon's blog tomorrow to start day 2 of the hop and thank you so much for stopping by! 





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