Friday, 24 April 2015

Simon Says Stamp MEGA Falling For You Blog Hop!

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Happy Friday! Hooray for the start of the weekend! How about we kick it off in style with one MEGA blog hop full of inspiration, prizes, an incredible line up (I'm still wondering how I got my name on the guest list) and amazing new products from the wonderful peeps at Simon Says Stamp? Sounds good? Super!


Simon Says Stamp have just released a HUGE amount of goodies as part of their Falling For You! collection. It's all available to purchase NOW! We're celebrating with a good ol' blog hop so you should have hopped across here from the super-talented Mary Dawn Quirindongo. If you haven't, then be sure to start out at the Simon Says Stamp Blog!

I was kindly sent a couple of products from the range and they arrived just in the nick of time to whip up a couple of cards. First up, I fell head-over-heels for the HUGE Falling Hearts 6x6" cling stamp  - it's such a wonderful design! I felt like getting a little arty so I heat-embossed the design with white embossing powder, saturated the piece with water and created a little faux-watercolour ombre look with some Spun Sugar Distress Ink. The sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Floral Bookmarking stamp set and co-ordinates perfectly with the falling hearts.
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tips and tricks

  • I opted to heat-emboss the sentiment onto vellum as it doesn't detract from the pretty background that I spent most of my time creating! 
  • I added a little more of a distressed look by flicking water onto the painted piece and blotting it with a tissue. The water reacts with the Distress Ink to give a bleaching effect - perfect for an imperfect look!
  • If you're going use a heat tool to speed up the drying process be careful not to apply excess heat to pre heat-embossed images. Burnt embossing powder is not a good look! 

Next up, I played with the Circle Dots stencil which features a very cool design suitable for a variety of occasions and recipients.
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I figured I'd just let this stencil do the talking with some gold glitter paste  - to put an extra spin on things I decided to stencil the design over this soft, watercolour-style paper from Crate Paper's Kiss Kiss collection. The sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Summer Garden stamp set designed by Mama Elephant. I'm seeing this peach and gold colour combo everywhere right now and love it!

Well that's all from me today but before I tell you who to hop along to next, be sure to leave a comment as every blog on the hop has a Simon Says Stamp prize pack up for grabs for one lucky winner! A winner will be drawn at random from the comments on April 28th.

And now it's time to hippety hop across to Lydia Fiedler for some more SSS inspiration! Thanks so much for stopping by here today and have a wonderful weekend! :D


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Ruthich said...

Both of them are really beautiful. I've been over to the SSS shop... It's very hard to resist!

Chriss Blagrave said...

Beautiful backgrounds Aimes!

Rhapsgirl said...

The cards are very chic! I love the colours you have chosen

Brandi said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Dana said...

Fabulous cards!! Love the backgrounds!!

Cynthia Daugherty said...

both of these cards are very pretty!

Jana said...

Just lovely.

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like the sentiment embossed on vellum. I have had this sentiment and have done a calligraphy of it. Like the gold dots.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Caryn said...

Wow Aimes - LOVING your cards - the soft pink on the first one is just so beautiful.

Marlou McAlees said...

Stunning cards Amy :)

Diane Loughrey said...

Both cards are wonderful.

Michelle Short said...

Beautiful cards Amy, I love the soft watercolours against the gold xx

Nina-Marie Trapani said...

Awesome cards Amy! I LOVE the gold dots you made with the circle stencil!

Di W said...

Beautiful cards!

Debbie Dangler said...

These are gorgeous!

sueincanada said...

Great cards. Love the circles.

Amy McCue said...

I love both your cards but the circle stencil with gold embossing paste is gorgeous!

vinita jain said...

Love the softness in your card and the gold dots are so fab, love this new release!

Caly Person said...

these cards are so sweet! thanks for sharing!

Susie Sonnier said...

What a great release!!!! I see shopping at SSS in my future!

Brandi R said...

GREAT cards! Love the soft colors. The vellum tag on the first with a FABULOUS background.....yummie card! The second....oh the gold ♥ Fantastic job on them both!

Michelle said...

Beautiful.... lovely soft pinks and the perfect bit of sparkle!

SugarGem said...

Beautiful card. Love that background.

Cindy Groh said...

Awesome cards. They soft colors are gorgeous.

Tanya McAlexander said...

oh my these are both gorgeous! I love the watercolor and the gold next to each other. It really comes across looking elegant.

Scrapthat said...

So beautiful! love the colors you chose as well! TFS

Maaike Uijthoven said...

super sophisticated cards i love them! esp the one with vellum, just perfect

Charyl Hodges said...

Simply elegant

Jayell said...

Love these background stamps and I love what you did with the stencil. Stunning

Sol H said...

These cards are beautiful! Love this new release! :D

Carol Doggett said...

Your cards are fabulous...but the first one blew me away! Awesome!

Margarita Navarro-Rivera said...

Love the colors of your cards!

Sadie Gros said...

wow. stunning!

Amber Conlon said...

Very Nice card, thanks for sharing!

Teresa said...

Love bothe of your cards! The gold circles...swoon!

Cyndie said...

Yes, I think those huge backgrounds with the falling hearts are totally awesome. Want!

Nancy said...

What beautiful and simple cards. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

In Creativa Compagnia said...

LOVELY CARDS!! VERY CHIC!!

StampinJessica said...

So elegant and nice, totally beautiful !

Murtuza said...

Nice Cards, love the way you have used embossing

Judie said...

Love the hearts card, the background is so delicate!

Lynnea Hollendonner said...

Both of your cards are gorgeous, but I love the softness of the first one!

Angelic Bird Designs said...

Beautiful!

Fe Orot Mejia said...

Beautiful cards.

Elizabeth Gunn said...

Love the new background stamps!

sshutts said...

Beautiful cards! The use of vellum really sets off the first card!

Ash Kay said...

Love your cards! Love the look of the gold glitter paste through the circle stencil :)

Jennifer Scull said...

I love the way you have taken these beautiful, meaningful sentiments and created such soft cards with them. they are stunning!

enjoy your weekend!

Patricia Trott said...

How awesome is that embossing paste.

Late Blooming said...

Falling backgrounds are sooo nice. Thanks. for sharing.

Monica Rohr said...

gorgeous!

Rachel said...

Absolutely beautiful work, as always! Just gorgeous!

Deb said...

Beautiful cards, Amy!

Chris said...

I think the falling hearts stamp is going to be a favorite!

Nana Griffin said...

Nice cards!

Ida Trøstheim said...

Super cute card! I LOVE it!

QuilterLaura said...

What beautiful cars, love the soft colors!

Crystal Ram said...

Love both of your cards, can't decide which one is my favorite. Love the falling hearts and the circles

Tammy Mohr said...

Hi Amy. Both of your cards are very pretty. I love the way you used the circle stencil with the gold. Just beautiful

Karen Lai said...

Lovely cards. The colors are so sweet together.

Rebecca said...

I think I sighed out loud at how pretty that first card is.

Karen said...

Both cards are beautiful, but I just love the first one!

Dee Earnshaw said...

Love all the gorgeous gold embossing and the background on the first card is so pretty:)

Grace said...

Very sweet cards and I love the gold glitter paste card.

Jacqueline Stephens said...

I just love the pops of gold.

Daria G. said...

Love love love your cards - they are gorgeous, and your peach and gold colour combo look amazing :))))

Cindi said...

Lovely cards, thanks for sharing

Linda Knox said...

Love the soft look of both of your cards. Good use of the circle stencil and I love the script sentiment. Nice.

karenb said...

Soft and pretty cards!

Fatima Farr said...

Love your cards

Stamping Smiles Designs said...

Both cards are lovely! Love the heart background stamp!

Ina Nelson said...

Sure elegant. One I can cas for sure. Thank you

Christine Kiehl said...

Such a nice pair of cards! Love those falling hearts! Nicely done!

Cindi Flass said...

Beautiful cards!

Nancy Fletcher said...

Cute cards! Especially like the glitter one.

Nancy Fletcher said...

Cute cards. Especially like the glitter one!

Cathy Homan said...

Beautiful cards! I love the sentiment you used on the first card. Thanks for sharing!

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Such a smart and unique card !

Annie LaVallee-Curtis said...

I love seeing the different creations with these new background stamps!! I'm in love with your falling hearts card and love the glitter splash with the circle stencil! Beautiful!

Debbie Lou said...

Love these falling hearts!
Great cards :)

Glenda Lee Nutting said...

Both cards are absolutely beautiful. And what you did with the circle stencil makes my heart race!

jenway9 said...

Awesome cards!

Debra said...

Awesome use of the products. Love the soft colors and designs.

Donna Dacy said...

I love your cards. Your choice of colors and techniques make these cards FABULOUS!! Great designs...great job. Don't you just love this release from SSS? I sure do!! TFS

Patchi said...

Beautiful cards!

Carol McGregor said...

Beautiful cards. Thanks for the inspiration

Heather Parry said...

Beautiful cards. Very elegant and lovely!

Bev Hill said...

Awesome cards! I love this release from SSS and the inspiration from all the awesome designers.

Andrea H said...

Lovely cards! Thanks for sharing.

Mary Locke said...

Gorgeous cards! Such a great use of color!

e93af59a-ea9d-11e4-9d15-cba925bd038e said...

Love Love Love the gold glitter paste!

Fatima Farr said...

What beautiful cards

Cecilia said...

Wow you made great use of the products from this release! Supercute cards, the first one is my favorite!

Tracey Jean said...

Both cards are absolutely gorgeous... and sooo elegant!

Renee M said...

I really like the soft, pretty colors you used, and especially like the design of your first card. Thanks for sharing!

Denise candelaria said...

I love the use of vellum, it looks so pretty

Jane said...

Absolutely love your cards, just stunning!!

Beaumonde Designs said...

Love the colors on your cards. The pink and gold look great together!! The Circle Dots Stencil and the Falling Hearts stamp look amazing! - Payel (Beau Monde Designs)

Lydine Arriola said...

Lovely card made! Love the softness of the pink!!

Jane said...

Great to see 2 cards showing sentiments as the focal . Lovley x

Patricia said...

Gold glitter paste, yes! Love this card! So classy & elegant. The Stars & vellum look luscious too. Wonderful creations!

Kailash said...

Such elegant designs!!

Shona Austin said...

Nice watercolor use. suttle and so effective. Thanks for sharing. The gold embossing past really makes an impression. Possibilities are trying to be visualized.

Jeanne said...

What beautiful cards!

Rosemary said...

both cards are absolutely gorgeous!

Tina Egan said...

So elegant.

Judy R. said...

What a pretty card. Thanks for sharing.

Vicky C said...

Love the cards, very beautiful and elegant! Loving the new release!

jthstamper said...

Love the circles!

Denise Terry said...

Absolutely love the Circle Dots stencil! And it looks amazing in that gold!

Karen D said...

beautiful and elegant, thank you for sharing!

Marcia said...

Very elegant!! I love the glitter paste.

Heidi C. said...

Amy, What a gorgeous card, so soft and elegant! I love it!

Robyn said...

Love pink and gold combo - so on trend right now!

Mags said...

Both cards are very beautiful. TFS.

Diane Jaquay said...

These are subtle and BEAUTIFUL!!

Teresa Doyle said...

ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS CARDS, Amy! I love them! Beautiful work, my dear.

Marina said...

Very soft beautiful cards.

Nancy L. said...

2 great cards!

Julie L. said...

Love how you used the new products! Very nice cards!

Brenda in IN said...

Gorgeous cards. Love the new release.

Jan in Tucson said...

So far on the hop, your backgrounds are my favorite. Just lovely!!!

Jan in Tucson said...

So far on this blog, your backgrounds are my favorites. LOVELY!!!

Jan G said...

Beautiful cards!

Melody said...

Your cards are classically beautiful. They remind me how versatile SSS products are.

Therese Angelini said...

Cards are so beautiful! Love this collection.

CONNIE BROOKS said...

Beautiful cards. Love what you created with this release.

Tree Xxx said...

Very nice designs, Thanks!

Kathy M said...

Lovely cards

Dena J said...

Beautiful embossing on that vellum. Elegant card!

Silvergirl said...

Such elegant projects! Thanks for sharing!

Rebecca C. said...

Such beautiful cards!

spherescamp said...

Yes. Just so much yes. Both cards are so lovely and I'm just drowning in inspiration in this blog hop.

Anonymous said...

Your work is beautiful!
Kirsten B in MN

CONNIE BROOKS said...

Very nice cards. I like the clean and simple look of them.

Michelle N said...

I love the gold circles! Gorgeous!

OhYouMadeMeInk said...

Really nice cards! Love the gold embossing powder! Glad you got invited to play!

Natalie Winterstein said...

OMG, these are both so beautiful!!! Love the soft colors with pops of gold!

Lady Fair said...

Beautiful quote on your first card! Love the softness of the falling hearts. The circle card with the gold is gorgeous with the peach. Thanks to Simon for the chance to win.

Danielle Dietz said...

Very sweet cards. The white embossed hearts are so elegant looking. :)

Bethany Rielage said...

Very classy cards. I love how you used the circle dots stencil. Thanks for sharing!

Candice said...

Wow! Both of those cards are BEAUTIFUL! Love the circle stencil background!

Katy said...

Love the gold! Great card! Great sentiment!

Stay blessed!

Karon said...

Beautiful card and love the use of the vellum! TFS

cropmom66 said...

Lovely cards! I love the gold embossing. Very pretty!

D.Ann said...

Those hearts and circles are running a close tie on my wishlist! Love 'em!!

Jeannine said...

Love your use of gold! Nice cards!

Linda B. said...

Lovely cards!

Sallee P. said...

It always makes me happy to land on your blog! Love the circle dots in gold glitter paste and your heart background is so lovely, too.

Cindy C. said...

Fabulous CAS designs!! Bravo!!

Nancy H said...

I love the combination of gold over the pastel watercolor paper. So Classy.

Sandra Bonagura said...

very classy cards - the gold adds so much!
Sandra ltb

Katrin said...

Beautiful and elegant cards...

P Galvan said...

Love this entire release!

Joann said...

Love your cards, especially all of that gold!

BARBARA SCHMIDT said...

Your cards are a breath of fresh air in a world of cute... Beautiful!

Troy Louise Seegmiller said...

Gorgeous cards - so soft and pretty. Thanks so much.

Brithzi said...

Both cards are just gorgeous. Getting a lot of ideas through this blog.

Rikki said...

I love the gold glitter. Such beautiful cards.

Susan Shrader said...

I love your cards. Very beautiful and creative. I am falling for this blog hop. Wonderful projects and ideas. Thanks so much.

Yuki said...

Such pretty cards! I absolutely love the color choices!

Bunny said...

Gold glitter paste and embossing. Beautiful. How exciting to be on the guest list to play. Great cards. Thank you.

Katie said...

I love the Hello Beautiful Card, so sweet. Great colours!

Nandini said...

Both the cards are so elegant! And love the awesome new release!

JD, Just Juris Doctoris said...

Beautiful and simple. Love!

Beverly Mackie said...

Your cards are beautiful. I love your use of gold on both cards - so trendy and gorgeous. The sentiment on the first card is a favorite of mine.

junglebarrya said...

pretty cards! love the gold!

cghundley said...

Your cards are lovely
and so classy looking!
Great colors.
Carla from Utah

Anna Krol said...

Gorgeous cards!

Katie said...

Gorgeous cards!!!

Diane Bolton said...

elegant!

CandyW said...

Gorgeous!!!!!

acons said...

Beautiful cards! Love the heart background, thanks for the tips!

Melly Moo said...

So pretty and subtle! Rebecca x

Robin said...

Very elegant, just beautiful!

stick said...

Wonderful cards! Love all the shiny gold :)

KingBobFishMonkey said...

Love the vellum sentiment!

Meghan said...

Gold and pink were totally meant to be together! Great cards!

mtscrapgal said...

Loved both of your creations. Lots of clever techniques. Thanks for the inspiration.

Eva said...

Beautiful cards! I adore circle dots stencil ;)

MaryV said...

I love the colours you chose for the background, very elegant!
Hugs
MaryV

ths67 said...

Beautiful cards. Thanks!

Mary Mac said...

Just love the color on color of these beautiful projects.

Sabrina said...

Beautiful cards and I love the sentiment on your first card!!!

Vonnie said...

Love the card layouts, so many new ideas!

Barb said...

Love the use of the falling heats background stamp and the beautiful Emerson quote. Lovely cards!

Sandy Robin said...

Very elegant. Sometimes you just want to make something pretty.

Dee Ann Matthews said...

Two very elegant cards! Great reminder!

Sandy S. said...

Oh, wow...your cards are so different than most of the other bloggers! I love both of them. And, even though it's not from this release, I was glad to see the new-to-me Floral Bookmarking set. I make a lot of bookmarks and am always looking for inspiring vertical sentiments. It's on my list now.

albinopi said...

Embossing on vellum is so pretty. Love your cards.

Lisa Petrella said...

Fabulous cards! I especially love the embossed sentiment and background on the first one! So beautiful!!

Carol said...

The use of gltter with the circle dots was wonderful.

Christine Kaminski said...

Embossing on vellum so cool!! and these hearts again - I'm going to have to order these!!

Roxy Timmons said...

Beautiful on both accounts love the softness of that pink

Sandy said...

What a beautiful card - so soft and pretty.

Crystal said...

Love the color combos you chose!

Kelly Horrocks said...

Great use of Vellum - love both cards

scrappika said...

So cute :)

Sandra Wingate said...

Two pretty cards.

luluvision said...

Love how you used the falling heart stamp. It's one of my favorites in this release! Thanks for the inspiration!

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