Friday, January 12, 2024

SSS Smitten and Sweetheart Releases Blog Hop Day 1!

Hi friends!

Welcome to my stop on the Simon Says Stamp Smitten and Sweetheart releases blog hop! If you'd like to start at the beginning of the hop, head over to Simon's blog here


As you can see from the banner above, Simon is giving away their Hearts and Stars stencil! Just follow the steps shown in the graphic to receive it free with any purchase! This offer is good until Sunday 1/14 at 11:59pm ET.


Simon is 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, January 17th.


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 new Smitten gallery and the new Sweetheart gallery. There is so much inspiration to see! I encourage you to check them out and add your own cards/projects as well! 


I have a bunch of cards to share from both releases, so I'll try not to write too much about them so you can breeze through. First up are my cards from the newest, Sweetheart release.

For this card, I used two new products - the Gentle Blooms die set and the Ornate Borders and Frames stamp set. I added a bit of shading with Copic markers to match the ink I used to stamp the frames.

Up next is this card where I used the same, Gentle Blooms die set, along with the Tessellating Snowflakes embossing folder.


This next card uses the Regal Hearts cling stamp. I white embossed it, then did the resist technique with some Distress Inks. I then cut it out in a heart shape and adhered it to an embossed panel.

I love these Friendship Leafy Cluster products! There is a stamp set, a matching die set AND a matching stencil set! I did not have the dies, so I just used the stamps and stencils for this card. It's soft and pretty, it's quick and simple, and it's perfect to send to a friend!

Okay, now for the cards I created from the Smitten release. Just a few more to share. Here is another fun stencil set called, Hearts in a Heart. Just choose a few, pretty colors and bam - another easy, quick card for a friend!

For this next one, I used an older heart stencil and added some leaves using the Grand Corner Leaves die set. I cut some leaves from vellum and for the others, cut from cardstock, I added shading using very light colors of Copic markers.

Here's one of my faves. If you know me at all, you know I'm the happiest when I'm coloring floral stamps. This is a cling stamp called Flower Burst. I white embossed it and colored the flowers with Copics. Swoon!

I shared these last two on my Instagram feed when the Smitten collection was released last month, so you may have seen them already but I wanted to share them here as well.

A tag created with Simon's gorgeous, Be Mine Glitter Cardstock and a cool, little, foil plate called, Heart Medallion. 

My last card (I have a feeling you're all thinking, "thank goodness it's the last one!") was created using the adorable Kissing Booth stamp set. So cute!

If you're still here, thank you for hanging in there with me! I know that was a lot but I like to share as many examples as I can to give you an idea of what you can do with some of the products from these fantastic releases! I hope I've done that for you today.

Thank you for stopping by! I'm the last stop on the hop today but don't forget day 2 is tomorrow, starting at Simon's blog, so be sure to hop along again for lots more amazing inspiration!

Have a great day!


Simon Says Stamp Blog 

Nichol Spohr

Laura Bassen

Cathy Zielske

Barbara Tarayao

Keisha Charles

Mindy Eggen

Miriam Prantner

Cheiron Brandon

Tina Smith

Heather Ruwe

Lea Lawson


Jean Doeringsfeld

Barb Engler

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