Friday, February 19, 2016

Simon Says Stamp Reason to Smile Blog Hop (& GIVEAWAY)!

Hi everyone!

Welcome to the Simon Says Stamp Reason to Smile Blog Hop! You should be arriving from the super talented Suzy Plantamura's blog


In case you missed it, here is the entire fabulous new release including stamps, dies, Suzy's prints, embossing powders, stitch-able dies, and FELT:



Here are the cards I created for today's hop:



For this first card, I painted a sunset scene on Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock with Gansai Watercolors, let it dry, and stamped a couple of clouds from Simon's new Cloudy Sky Stamps with Simon's White Pigment Ink. I then die cut a few clouds from Simon's coordinating Clouds Dies, inked up the bottoms with a couple of Simon's inks, and gave them some 'silver lining' via a Sakura Stardust Clear Glitter Pen. I adhered the watercolored panel to a notecard made from Neenah Solar White Cardstock, added a strip of patterned paper, and a thin strip of Darice Grey Sparkle Tape. The sentiment was white heat embossing on Simon's Black Cardstock and the clouds were adhered with Foam Tape.


For my second card, I white heat embossed the flowers and leaves from Simon's Spring Flowers Stamp Set on a piece of Ranger Watercolor Paper before loosely painting them with my Gansai Watercolors. I flicked some of the colour onto the panel with a paint brush and once dried I die cut
it with the rectangle from Simon's Bundle of Stitches Dies. I adhered the panel to a piece of Simon's Doll Pink Cardstock before adhering it to my notecard. I die cut Simon's Prayers Die, inked it up with Versamark Ink, and heat embossed it with Simon's beautiful new Rose Gold Ultrafine Embossing Powder before adding it to my card.

Supplies:



Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a Simon Goody Bag worth about $50 on every stop of the hop! Winners will be drawn this coming Tuesday, February 23rd and will be contacted by Simon Says Stamp.

Thanks for stopping by! Your next stop is the fabulous Yana Smakula's blog

Sarah

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Susanne Vargas said...

Fabulous cards! Absolutely in love with the background you created for the first one!

Jan Elmore said...

I just love seeing the cards made with the new release products. I feel that these products let me appear to have some talent and make me feel good about my crafting skills. That's what I love the best!

Dee Earnshaw said...

This release looks so much fun. Your cards are so inspirational - particularly LOVE your second card with the delicately colored flowers - simply gorgeous:)

Sandi said...

My you are so talented! Have a wonderful weekend.

Jennifer Paci said...

I love how you watercolored the spring flowers stamped images! The whole collection is great but the magic doesn't start until someone creates something beautiful like these cards with them!

Majtolina said...

Wow, I am in love with these cards. Wha a great way to show this beautiful release :)Well done!

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like the background that complements the clouds & sentiment. Like the watercoloring. Have a BEE-utiful day!
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBeew"

Maaike Uijthoven said...

thank you for sharing your wonderful work, Love love love those pink flowers, fab u lous! well done

Patricia Gentilini said...

Lovely!!! I can't wait to get my hands on this colection

Andrene Smith said...

Your cards are stunning. Beautiful background and beautiful flowers! Great job!

adele holcomb said...

Ooh, your watercolor flowers are just beautiful!

Emilly M. said...

Great cards. Simply sweet.

Zsofi M said...

Lovely cards Sarah, I really love your background on the first one and the second one is just simply gorgeous. Thanks so much for the inspiration! Hugs from Budapest, Zsofi

Оля Каплун said...

I'm in love with your sky, very beautiful!

Deb said...

Your floral card is beautiful! Good job!

happyscrap said...

What beautiful cards! Thank you.

staceylovespaper said...

Love your cards, the cloud card is so cool with that colored background!!

Betty Sue said...

Everything is beautiful!! Love your cards!!

Team Clark said...

Your watercolor is so very pretty! I just love the loose style of the flowers, awesome! <3

F said...

IT'S ALL IN THE DETAILS AND THE DETAILS ON YOUR CARDS - PERFECT! THE CLOUD CARD-LOVE IT!

Cyndie said...

Oh gosh, your watercoloring is simply wonderful! Makes me really want to get going in my craft room.

Jackie Parkins said...

Your sunset card is simply gorgeous! I love the little bit of gray on the bottom of the clouds and the stripes on the side - it's just perfect. The watercolors on the flowers of the second card are so soft and pretty.

TatianaCraftAndArt said...

Adorable watercoloring and great amazing card samples!

Kelley Green said...

Love the simplicity on your cards!

Carol Casavant said...

Great design and lovely cards...!! :)

Linda M said...

Beautiful cards! Love your coloring!

gabriella said...

The tulip card is my favorite

Barb said...

I just love your cards, Sarah! Beautiful work!

happyscrap said...

I really love the colors of the flowers on the "prayers" card - very pretty. Thank you.

theCook said...

Love your watercoloring!

Karen Owen said...

I love the sentiment about the sun and what you did on that card. The prayers card is beautiful too.

Teresa Doyle said...

Oh my goodness, these are beautiful Sarah.

Jo Ann D. said...

Fabulous cards. I love the flower set.

walchowDesign said...

Simply striking! Love your colour choice, Sarah!

craftyattempts said...

I love the watercoloured spring flowers! I wish I had your talent. Thanks for sharing.

Dena Schaufele said...

love the second card. beautifully done.

Karen Kochjar said...

Both of these cards are lovely!

QuilterLaura said...

Wow, both cards are amazing!

Jana M said...

These are beautiful. I love the soft colors of them.

Karen B. said...

Two beautiful cards! The second is my favorite.

Gabi MeWi said...

Both cards are real beauties.

Patty Cadby said...

Beautiful cards. Love the background on the cloud card

Arianna Barbara said...

Oh, simply adorable cards!!!

Jayell said...

Gorgeous cards!

Cath Turner said...

absolutely gorgeous cards!

JanetB said...

You are inspiring me to sit down with my watercolors! Beautiful cards!

Rosemary said...

both cards are simply beautiful!!

Diann S said...

Thanks for the inspiration, the second card is just beautiful

Lillian Child said...

Oh my gosh, Sarah ... both of these card creations are fabulous! And the technique on the cloud card is just awesome ... gives it a delightful 3D effect, and your water coloring skills on those flowers is AMAZING!! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

Becky said...

Those pink blossoms actually made me gasp when I scrolled down to that card. It is gorgeous!

donna said...

I love your cloud card, the layers are amazing~!! Thank you for sharing.

Kristen Killips said...

So gorgeous! The flowers are my favorite!

simo said...

The sunset scene is truly stunning! Thank you so much for sharing!

scrappergirl56 said...

Beautiful cards...so love the flowers in the second one...

Gail said...

Oh what lovely creations - loving the watercolor - I am so inspired to get my watercolors out going through this hop - beautiful work! Thanks for the hop and for sharing your work - have a blessed day!

Debra Rumpza said...

I love your watercolored flowers!

Cynthia Daugherty said...

I like the style of both of these pretty cards.

Wendy Mallas said...

So delicate and pretty. Especially the flowers.

BeverlyBL said...

Your flowers are beautiful. And I love your background on your cloud card. Great colors!

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Beautiful cards. Love the Spring flowers set and how you colored them. The rose gold embossing powder is at the top of my wish list.

Nana Griffin said...

Nice ideas.

Christine Canfield said...

these are beautiful!

Lori Staggs said...

What beautiful water coloring. Love those flowers.

NanW said...

Fantastic cards. I love the spring flowers set and your beautiful watercoloring.

Natasha said...

Whoa, these are both completely stunning! Gorgeous work!

Lindsay said...

Awesome job on both cards, but i just love how you did the background on the first one

Lee-Anne said...

Absolutely stunning cards!

stampwithsandy said...

Two beautiful cards! I am wishing for both of those stamp sets!

Liz O. said...

Gorgeous cards! Love the new florals! TFS,
Have a wonderful day!

Kailash said...

Both wonderful cards, love the watercoloring!!!

Marcie Sharp said...

So gorgeous, my friend. Love your style...as always. :)

Muffins and Lace said...

Loving that flower card. Beautiful.

Monica Rohr said...

Beautiful cards!

Shelley C said...

Such a pretty prayers card. Loving the floral stamp sets!

Toni said...

Great collection and wonderful cards.

KimCreate said...

Gorgeous samples esp. the cloud design. Love the release.

JohannaM said...

Lovely watercolouring. The colours in the flower card are so vibrant!

LesLee said...

Gorgeous Gorgeous Gorgeous... thanks for sharing

Katie Ingram said...

I just love this stamp set!! What a beautiful card!!

Ruby N said...

Such beautiful cards!

Patty said...

Love the cloud background! Beautiful cards!

Marti T said...

Love the sunset/sky colors - wonderful

Kathie B said...

I so enjoyed seeing what you've done with water color. You really have me thinking...so many thanks for the inspiration!

Suzannestraua@mail.com said...

I love your cloud card. I was wondering how to use that set

Susan Faile said...

I love the white heat embossed flowers and water coloring... Very pretty.

Debbie Vasel said...

Beautiful cards! Your coloring skills are over the top!

April aka Tripletmom said...

Loving seeing these cards. I think I really like this blog hop thing.

April aka Tripletmom said...

Loving seeing these cards. I think I really like this blog hop thing.

Carrie Sheridan said...

Both your cards are lovely, but I especially like the "prayers" one with those gorgeous watercolored flowers! Absolutely stunning!

Robyn W said...

The spring flowers card is stunning. I love the watercolored flowers!

Nancy said...

OMG! Simply gorgeous cards! Love the fresh watercolor techniques!

Purple Princess said...

Beautiful cards!!

Rita said...

These are both so classic and touching! :)

Steeney said...

I love the clouds and the watercolor artwork on both cards. Very modern and fresh!

Elaine Clark said...

Love that cloud card!! Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing.

pcm said...

both are beautiful but that first background positively shines!

Jennifer Loftfield said...

So pretty! I love your silver lining clouds and the flowers are just gorgeous.

Jennifer Coles said...

Wonderful cards to show off this new release of stamps!

Lori Meyers said...

Your watercoloring is just gorgeous!

CME Creation said...

love the prayers card , it is simple but beautiful

Karin Hoag said...

Love your water Colouring!

nailgirl said...

I love your cards...especially the floral one! just beautiful!!

MARILYN said...

Beautiful cards! love, love!!!

hthole said...

Beautiful watercolor and cards. Thanks for sharing

Karen D said...

I love the cards, both so different but in the same medium. Absolutely beautiful!!!

Ina Nelson said...

Both beautiful. I love the watercolor look and the colors on the second card.

artful-notions said...

Fabulous release! Love your watercolor cards!!!

Jannette Davis said...

Beautiful cards. Loving what I'm seeing for this new release.

Asia Nita said...

Amazing cards! And you've used two my favorites stamp sets from the release :D

Amy said...

Love your pink watercolor flowers! They're gorgeous :)

Rachel B. said...

Great cards!

Zarah said...

Love these! The subtle clouds in the background of the first card really makes all the difference and makes it SO unique and beautiful - and that Prayers-card is just absolutely wonderful. That stamp set is definitely on my to buy-list even more now! :D

cghundley said...

Wonderful release and
I love your second card!
Such petty flowers and
great coloring.
Carla from Utah

Greta said...

The flower set was the first thing that caught my eye in the release & now it's on the top of my wishlist along with the new ep! Thanks for the inspiration!

L. Webb said...

I just love the loose watercoloring of the flowers. Plus I think you added great dimension to the cloud card- so I'm so excited to see differences like that. thank you!

Kayre Jones said...

Beautiful cards...i love the coloring! Outstanding!

Sandy D said...

Both of your cards are beautiful, but I love the flowers - your choice of colors are eye-catching!

diana said...

Lovely cards and a fun blog hop! ;-)

Katherine Barnes said...

Gorgeous cards & I love the colors you used!

Anne Harada said...

Wow, gorgeous and inspiring! Beautiful cards!

Iris Esther Lopez said...

Beautiful cards. The clouds one is fabulous.

Janet said...

Super great cards!
Awesome new Release!!! Lovin’ It! Thanks for the chance to win some goodies!
~God bless~

Satori said...

Excellent cards! Especially the color and layout of your second card!

Melodie's Kreations said...

Your cards are utterly gorgeous!!!! TFS! I need to try more watercoloring. TFS!

Dawn@Petals.Paper.SimpleThymes said...

So lovely, Sarah! I pinned both of your cards for inspiration! Can't wait to try out your techniques this weekend. ♡

Leslie said...

Your Prayers card is stunning! Thank you for sharing

Barbara Adams said...

Love your water coloring!

LaNell Taylor said...

Fabulous cards!

Ashley said...

Your watercolor flowers card is amazing! Too Beautiful!!

Donna Phelan said...

Your cards are so unique, very beautiful!

arose4u2blog said...

Wow beautiful

Roxana Carranza said...

Gorgeous cards!!! Love - love - love your watercolor. :-)

Allyson Kettler said...

I couldn't wait to see someone use watercolors on the cloud new release; and you did it with such beauty! Your background is amazing and anyone receiving this would be blown away!! Also your other card with the beautiful flowers also highlights SSS Flowers stamp and accompanying punch amazingly. Great work and thank you for the amazing ideas!

Barbara said...

Both cards are really stunning. Love the watercoloring.

Bluegrass Char said...

Love what you did with the spring flowers. Just beautiful!

Nikki said...

Great cards. Thanks for sharing.

Tasha Freeman said...

What a beautiful sky! I love it!

Karen B said...

I have got to try the "loose" water coloring. So effective!

Lauralee said...

So pretty! Thanks for sharing.

Capro said...

TFS these great cards. I love the sentiment on the first and I am wild about the technique you used on the 2nd card. I saw this stamp and thought about getting it.Your post has convinced me it's a must have.

Robin Cooper said...

Beautiful!

Barb said...

Love both cards, Sarah! Beautiful work! ♥

Cindi Hall said...

Sarah, what a great job you have done with your cards! I just love them all.

Marcie Lovett said...

Beautiful, Sarah!

Dixie Parsons said...

Loved those flowers and the white outline was gorgeous!

Marlou McAlees said...

gorgeous cards Sarah :) have a blessed weekend ♥

Julie Bodenheimer said...

I seriously can't decide which card I like better. They are both so gorgeous! The color is amazing. Thank you for sharing!

Cheryl Johnson said...

Boy, such beautiful cards you made, from this new release. I love the way you used watercolor.

jan metcalf said...

Your prayer card is lovely!

Miranda's Place said...

Lovely technique of watercoloring the flowers. Looks very natural!

Tom Brown said...

Very pretty!

Sue D said...

Beautiful watercolored cards!

Daša said...

Gorgeous background. I love the clouds.

Nancy Swenson said...

Especially loved the shade of flowers. Thank you

D.Ann C said...

Love your gorgeous cards... especially how the sun does seem to shine above the clouds!!

Sally Greiner said...

Beautiful!!

Injela Jamshaid said...

Both cards are nice but the second one is oh-so-pretty!!!

sachithra weerasinghe said...

Love that background of that cloud card

BeckyR71 said...

Both of these cards are wonderful. I am especially loving the "prayers" card though. Beautiful.

cropmom66 said...

Beautiful cards. I love that Spring Flowers stamp set...adding that to my wish list!

Scraplea 1 said...

Very pretty cards! Love the colors. Thanks for sharing.

Linda said...

Love the Spring Flowers stamp set and especially the way you embossed the Prayers sentiment with the Rose Gold embossing powder.

Ann K said...

Fabulous cards - Love them both, but the second one is super AWESOME!

Julie Curtis said...

gorgeous background!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Love the backgrounds! AND the water colored flowers are stunning!

Katy said...

I really enjoyed your cards, they are different enough that it is easy to get lost looking at them. I am going to spend some time digging through your blog, I love your ideas!

BunnyD said...

Love both your cards! Really love the treatment you used for the Sprinh Flowers Stamp! Very impressive!

KirstenNB said...

Great watercolor inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

Amy SKL said...

Beautiful watercoloring!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Such pretty cards. Especially love the second with the water colored flowers... but the water colored background also looks great on the first one.

Vicky C said...

Stunning and beautiful creations. Love the colours and the colouring!

Yvonne C. said...

Beautiful cards, love the spring flowers stamp set.

Stephanie said...

What gorgeous cards!! I love your watercolored flowers!

Kim Faucher said...

Two gorgeous examples!!! Love this bright cheery release!

Sundaystamper said...

That cloud card is stunning!

Jeanne said...

Beautiful cards!

Nicki Wong said...

Loved your cards. Beautiful work.

Oliev said...

Great cards:-)

Sue Smith said...

Oh my gosh Sarah. Absolutely beautiful cards. What a fantastic job of water coloring you do. I love the sentiment 'prayers' embossed in the Rose Gold Embossing powder.

Skrater said...

These are SO lovely!!!

Crafting Mama said...

Loving the card with flowers. So beautiful!

Susi Kelly said...

I was admiring the BG clouds hidden behind the first card when I scrolled down and saw your beautiful 2nd card. Lovely & inspiring, both of them!

Swimmom said...

Really pretty cards!

Dottie said...

Both cards are beautiful but I am in love with the colors on your Prayers card! So lovely.

Lieve said...

Both beautiful cards ! My favourite is the second one; I LOVE the watercolour flowers, they are great !
Thank you for sharing your talent !

graham Brand said...

Gorgeous cards, love the "sun above the clouds" and "prayers" is stunning.

Michelle Griffin said...

Love love love the watercoloring...

Linda Droege said...

I can't choose between these 2 cards for a favorite. Absolutely exquisite. Different design esthetics but each fabulous. LOVE LOVE LOVE

Liz Gessner McAllister said...

sky background is fabulous!

Alyce said...

Great cards ~ the one with flowers is my favorite.

Snow said...

Stunning card

Julie M. said...

Water color beauty!

Laurie said...

I love the cloud card. The colors are so pretty. The sentiment is wonderful!

Janelle Shultz said...

Beautiful work!

Melanie MacKenzie said...

Great work. The prayers card is fantastic. Cheers.

Kim W said...

Beautiful cards!! Thank so much for sharing with us!!

Holley Downs said...

Just beautiful cards! TFS!

Dana & Glen said...

Wow, gorgeous cards Sarah! Amazing background and love the flowers. What a fabulous release.

starqueen said...

Hi Sarah,
Beautiful cards! I love the watercolored floral...sweet smiles to you! Thank you.😍

Tami in Texas said...

OH WOW! I can't say that enough - two very different looks but both equally stunning!

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