Hello and welcome to the Simon Says Stamp Summer Release Blog Hop! Hopefully you’ve come here from the amazingly talented Kathy Racoosin. I can’t wait to see what fun details Kathy’s added to her card; she always takes her projects that step further :)

I get that little tingle of excitement when I hear there’s going to be a Simon blog hop for it’s an extravaganza of wonderful people sharing fabulous projects showcasing all the fun new stamps and dies! Here’s what all the excitement is about:

Have you spotted that sunshine die? It was one of the first things I broke out of it’s packaging (you can see that card here) and all the trendy hexagon goodness got me experimenting with embossing paste here. Then there’s all the fauna and flora popping up in butterfly dies and wonderful background and detail leaf dies. In my mind’s eye I can see a plethora of nature exploding in paper form!

For today I wanted to explore the wonderful Petal Pieces stamp set. The set designed by Kristina Werner is packed with flower and leaf options to create beautiful layered stamping. I challenged myself to make a totally one layer card using a palette of Hero Arts inks in Wet Cement, Soft Cantaloupe and Pale Tomato :)


The sentiment is from the totally fun Inside and Out Sayings set. The set is designed for one part of the sentiment to be on the outside of the card and then the second part for the inside, but I didn’t want to hide the funny part of the duo away so popped it on the front too :)


Maybe it was having just finished my Petal Pieces card, but when I sat down with the sweetest skunk you will ever see from the Stinkin’ Cute set, I couldn’t help but think of ‘Flower’ from Bambi popping his head up through the blooms. So I stamped some more of the Petal Pieces flowers and settled my little skunk in amongst them adding in a few die cut hearts from the Holiday Shapes set :)


Finally, I have long wanted to have a go at a sequin shaker card and the Flat Bottom Clouds dies were just perfect. I die cut the three clouds from the front panel before backing them with acetate. Then put my new found love of foam tape on a roll into action to create little wells for the sequins. Finally I lined up some patterned paper, crossed my fingers and lifted the foam tape backing and hey presto my first shaker card!


Now here’s the fun part for you! Leave a comment here and as you hop along to the other blogs, and Simon will be giving away a grab bag filled with stamps, paper, and embellishments to one randomly selected commenter on every blog in the hop.  The giveaway will remain open until Thursday June 6th at 9:00pm and winner’s will be announced on Simon’s blog on Friday 7th June.


Now it’s time to hop on over to the uber cool Nichol Magouirk; time just seems to stand still when I call by Nichol’s blog and see all the wonders within :) If while you are hopping along, you encounter any broken links along the way you can pop over to Simon’s blog to see the link list and get back on track :)

Well I’d just like to sign off by thanking Heidi and all at Simon Says Stamp for letting me hop along today!

Supplies ‘Congratulations’: Stamps – Simon Says Stamp petal pieces, Inside & Out Sayings; Inks – Hero Arts soft cantaloupe, pale tomato, wet cement, Versafine onyx black; Card – Bazzill Card Shoppe marshmallow; Sequins – Simon Says Stamp clearly beloved

Supplies ‘Stinkin’ Cute’: Stamps – Simon Says Stamp petal pieces, stinkin’ cute; Inks – Hero Arts soft cantaloupe, pale tomato, wet cement, Memento tuxedo black; Card – Bazzill Card Shoppe marshmallow, Neenah solar white; Die – Simon Says Stamp holiday shapes; Sequins – Simon Says Stamp clearly beloved; Copics

Supplies ‘ You are amazing’: Stamps – Simon Says Stamp inside & out sayings; Ink – Versafine onyx black; Card – Bazzill Card Shoppe marshmallow; Paper – My Mind’s Eye 6×6 pad sky’s the limit find your wings and fly; Die – Simon Says Stamp flat bottom clouds; Sequins – Simon Says Stamp clearly beloved

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