Friday, April 24, 2020

Sunny Days Ahead Blog Hop, Day 1

Simon Says Stamp has released a new bevy of products, called Sunny Days Ahead!  I'm thrilled to be participating in the first of 2 days of blog hops to show off all the new goodies!



You should have arrived here from Bobby Lemanski'blog.  If you have just happened upon me today and want to start the hop from the beginning, go to the Simon Says Stamp blog to start.  We'll be giving away a $25.00 coupon at every stop on the hop, so don't forget to leave a comment!  The winners will be announced at the Simon Says Stamp Store Blog next Wednesday, April 29.

Today I have 4 cards, 3 of them featuring the new Stylized Tulips die and 1 card using the CZ Design Extra Large Congrats die.

One of the prettiest spring plantings I've seen prominently featured pale pink and yellow tulips.  This first card is inspired by that garden.


supplies: white, Surf Blue, Cotton Candy, Green Leaf and a pale yellow cardstock, Stylized Tulips and Thanks dies, adhesive foam strips

I popped the pink tulip up and paper-pieced the sentiment in the same colors that I used for my flowers.

Next up, I used some subtle prints to piece my tulip in brighter colors.


supplies: white and black cardstock, various Doodlebug patterned papers, Stylized Tulips die, 4 Seasons die and sentiment

And lastly, I added some shading with oxide inks and colored pencils before piecing them back together for this one full of warm sunshine.


supplies: white, yellow, and Green Leaf cardstock, MFT gingham dp, Stylized Tulips and Painted Hello dies, mustard seed and mowed lawn oxide inks with pencil shading

And finally, I have a card using the new  CZ Design Extra Large Congrats die; I decided to use it for a wedding card, using the colors from the invitation we received.


supplies: eggshell cardstock, Simon CZ Design Extra Large Congrats and Elegant Roses dies, stamped sentiment from Floral Bliss,  (retired) Modern Rose Blooms cling stamp, broken tumbled glass oxide ink, a off-white enamel dot, foam squares to lift up rose

This card started with a white-embossed panel of Modern Rose Blooms.  Next I sponged on some tumbled glass oxide ink.  I die-cut the big word from it, and 4 others from eggshell and glued them together, then attached them back into place.  Then I added an Elegant Rose to mimic the background, and a stamped sentiment.

Don't forget to come back tomorrow for Day 2 of this Blog Hop.  Again, it will begin at the Simon Says Stamp blog.  Don't forget that each stop on both days will be offering a $25.00 coupon to the store for a random commenter, and if you buy anything on either of these 2 days, you can also get a free gift!  Use the code sssink to get a free Intense Black ink pad (see the banner at the top of this post to see it).

You'll be glad to know that the Simon Says Stamp store is shipping again!  For more information, you can watch this video.

Click HERE for all the new goodies, and for more inspiration, don't forget to visit our Sunny Days Ahead gallery.

Thanks so much for coming by today.  Here's today's Hop Order.

135 comments:

diana said...

Lovely cards! That tulip die is on my wishlist. :-)

sharon g said...

I just adore the look of your Tulips. They are my favorite flower...

Ava Gavloski said...

Well I can see that former quilter talent in all of your cards. Well done!!!

Jody V said...

Great cards. Everyone loves tulip cards. Thanks for sharing.

Nox said...

I love your tulip cards - they are all so lovely! That is a great die that I have to add to my stash!

MadeByMeghanK said...

Awww these tulips are just gorgeous! I love the different color combos!

Trish said...

I love these tulip cards! I'm so glad I ordered that die!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the lovely cards. Really liking the tulip.

Joanne Hoffmann said...

I LOVE that tulip die! My wish list is getting larger and larger but the money tree in the back yard isn't producing yet!! LOL Great cards...I love playing with the die cut inlay technique. One of my favorites!

Barbara Buckland said...

love the paper piecing. Very beautiful

Nina Houghton said...

I am partial to the inlay technique, and was especially tickled to see the use of patterned paper in one of your tulip inlays! I just ordered this die, so I can't wait to try using patterned paper. I also love the technique of popping out part of a card while using that same all-over design. Yours is beautiful!

Valerie said...

These cards using the tulips are so beautiful. That is such a fun die.

Crafty_ma_am said...

I love the tulip cards.

Brenda in IN said...

I love your tulip cards, especially the yellow gingham one. They are so cheerful and I like all the designs. The congratulations card is lovely and so thoughtful to use the invitation colors.

Robin said...

Beautiful cards! Over the years I have gone to your website for inspiration and I always find it!

Yvonne said...

love these cards, very creative

Shraddha said...

So pretty! Love those tulip dies! And that congrats die!!! Beautiful cards!

Wanda R. said...

Beautiful cards!! I love, love, love that tulip die. It is great for inlaid die cutting techniques.

Miesje Flach said...

I really love the tulips! Such pretty cards.

K.E. said...

beautiful cards. love tulips

Deb L said...

Love the tone on tone congrats.

Teri S. said...

Inlay is something I seldom think to do, so thanks for the reminder as I really like the gingham in the one & I never would have thought to use patterned DSP. Thanks for these pretty cards.

Barbara said...

These are all gorgeous. I didn't think I needed the tulip die but now I think i might need it! Lol!

KimK said...

Your tulip cards are stunning! I really like how you inlaid it, as well as, your other ideas.

Wanda said...

Very pretty cards. Aren't tulips awesome! TFS

Evelyn said...

Very lovely cards.

My Red Hen said...

Love those tulips

mscricutcrazy said...

I just love die cuts in-lay! Your cards are inspiring!!

Melissa Leftrick said...

These are gorgeous!!!!

Chandhini said...

I love the second card with pink tulips.

Michelle A said...

I love tulips and I ADORE THESE CARDS!

Betty McDougal said...

Nice cards.

Nandini said...

The cards are beautiful. My favorite is the last card. I love the new release, especially the gorgeous dies.

Jennifer said...

So, so pretty! I adore inlaid die cut cards, and the color yellow, so that is my favorite! Very nice!

Mirella said...

How beautiful! My favourite would be the second one, but they're all totally cool!

La Rae said...

These cards are a great reminder that spring is here! TFS

Unknown said...

What beautiful cards to inspire creativity. Tulips have to be my absolute favorire.... so, Ive already added the die to my cart. Now I'm off to see more.
Thanks,
Sandy Clark

Barbara said...

Such pretty cards, love tulips. I wish they lasted longer in my garden.

Becca Yahrling said...

These are all such lovely designs! And I love
inspiration like this with no coloring (since
I'm not very good at it). tfs!

Karen M said...

Love the variety of tulips! Especially like the ones with the strip of colors along the edge.

Susan B. said...

Gorgeous work! I love the tulip die, the pink and yellow card is the best!

Unknown said...

So much color, love it!! I fell in love with that tulip die immediately. Looking forward to my order arriving!!

Barb Martin said...

Your cards are beautiful! They’re so happy and springy!

Dee Earnshaw said...

loving your gorgeous cards samples - they are all so beautiful

Christine said...

I really like this tulip die and how the cards turn out with it.

Unknown said...

Loving the tulip die. Thank you for great inspiration!

Unknown said...

Pretty tulip cards!

Cyndi said...

Gorgeous cards. The Stylized Tulip die is definitely one of my favorites from this fantastic release and you've used them beautifully.

Barbara-Jean said...

You have done a fantastic job with that tulip die! So many gorgeous possibilities! and for many occasions!

Kathy J in Ellicott City said...

Great cards!

Joy Meadows said...

Simply gorgeous cards, Lin! Love the new tulip die so much. The congrats card is extra pretty, too.

Sue Smith said...

Absolutely stunning cards. The 1st tuplip card is fantastic. TFS

jeanneragan said...

Such pretty cards! I love all the ways you used that pretty Tulip die!

Holly's Handmade Card said...

Beautiful cards!! Love all of them, specially the tulips one.

Melanie said...

These cards are all very lovely! Thanks for participating in the blog hop. Wonderful new products to select from in this release!

lynne said...

the first card with the soft blue background is my favorite

Maureen Reiss said...

Wow!!! Gorgeous cards!!! I love this tulip die!!!

Unknown said...

You picked my favorites to feature!!!! The tulips and the bold congrats die!!! πŸ˜πŸŒ·πŸ’œGreat job on all, especially love the inlay with the thanks! So beautiful. Thanks for the hop! Had fun with all of the hop design inspirations! 😎

Vivian said...

The tulips were my favorite!

Karyn said...

Love the tulip die!! So pretty

Lauryne Cunningham said...

Your cards are so beautiful! Love all the gorgeous color combinations and patterned papers! The tulip die is definitely on my wishlist!

Daria Z. said...

Such lovely cards, Lin!! I absolutely love the first one with it's soft colors.

Tami B. said...

These are all so pretty. You're gonna have everyone wanting that tulip die.

cheryl l. said...

Love the pastel colors! Great cards!

Janet D. said...

I need this die! Every year I wait for our tulips to pop up and when they do it is a beautiful site! Your cards are lovely!

Phyllis Freese said...

Beautifully done! I love tulips and especially what you created with them. I think I need to order this set.

Karen Williams said...

love the tulips!

Debbie said...

really like the way you did the two tulips together!

NancyR said...

I love the tulip cards.....beautiful!

Bunny said...

Beautiful cards. The flowers are my favorite. [Bunny]

Carol Wortman said...

Love the paper pieced sentiment...never thought of that . Thanks gonna use that. Your choices of paper, colors, layering and contrast is beautiful and what really makes these cards xo so pretty! Thanks and please be healthy!

Lonya said...

I think I am going to have to get that tulip die! Thanks for the inspirations.

Kailash said...

Such lovely designs with the tulip die, elegant cards!

Jeanne Beam said...

Beautiful cards! Love the tulips.
Thanks so much for sharing.

Bev Williams bevog5151@gmail.com said...

Lin, love your beautiful cards! Thanks for the inspiration.

viv said...

Very pretty. Love the printed backgrounds especially the yellow gingham!

Priya said...

Love the tulip cards.. The die cut inlay is a great way to get more from dies

Lindsey NY said...

I’m nuts over the tulip die now thatI see so many ways to use it.

Denise Bryant said...

Fabulous cards! Love all the variation with the Stylized Tulips die! Pretty 'congrats' card too!

Debby Green said...

Lovely cards. So cheerful!

Helen said...

Wonderfully eye-catching cards, Lin! I love these beautiful die cut flowers! Thanks so much for sharing! Stay safe! :)

kiwimeskreations said...

Oh Lin, these are so beautiful - loving that tulip and the various way s you have used it - the wedding card is simply amazing!
Stay safe
Blessings
Maxine

Dawn T said...

wow Lin. These cards are amazing. Your tulips are incredible.

Christy Designs said...

Very beautiful Tulips cards

Ms. Tamp said...

Good color examples and layers.

Cheriese said...

love the subtle patterned inlays - such a great idea!!

Anushree Vaish said...

Just beautiful!

Judy Inukai said...

GASP! The tulips cards are awesome. The last card is awesome too, picking up the colors in the wedding invitation.

Dana M said...

Oh what sweet cards! Fresh and spring-like in beautiful designs. Love your use of patterned paper.

Cori in W. Texas said...

Dies are my happy place and you nailed these!

Cindy C. said...

All so charming, they brighten up my day!

Patty said...

So very, very pretty!! I loved the look of that tulip die and have already ordered it! I can't wait to get it and I actually thought it was smaller that that so I am doubly excited to get it!

Mary Holshouser said...

Love the tulips.
The congrats card is great.
thanks for sharing
txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

Tanya C said...

The happy spring cards is my favorite! I love its layers of texture.

Lisa A said...

The Happy Spring Card is beautiful . Love it.

Anonymous said...


Re: the pink tulip card - the vertical strip of colours really adds zip to the card.

Off topic, but I could stare at the photo of daffodils and grape hyacinths all day.

Lisa Byers said...

The cards are very beautiful. Wonderful designs, love your choice of colors.

Gracie said...

Beautiful springtime cards!

Carolee McCaslin said...

Ohhhhhh I just LOVE your tulip cards!!!!

Lagene said...

Awesome Sunny Days Ahead Release! Awesome creations! I especially love your inlaid tulips!

Vicki R. said...

Loved the yellow tulip but what a great idea to use patterned paper for the red tulip. Love to learn new stuff!

Lina Pena said...

I really like how you used the pattern paper in the tulips. Great job

laurazark@gmail.com said...

These are all so lovely. I am now convinced that the tulip die must be mine.

Sam B said...

Lovely cards; like the inlaid bits and especially the striped edge on the tulip card! TFS!

Unknown said...

First card.. Hello Springs brings a smile to my face.

Sweet Sarah said...

Outstanding cards!! Absolutely love them.

Ana Karen said...

Beautiful cards! Thanks for inspiring us!!

Amy C. said...

Your cards are so pretty. I really like these new flower dies.

CatherineD said...

Gorgeous cards, I love that tulip die so you had me there!

Paper Therapy Ponderings said...

beautiful cards, especially the tulip cards
thanks for sharing
Barb Housner

Kentucky Daisy said...

Such pretty cards! I like each of them, especially the ones with the tulips! Tulips are just so pretty; they make me smile! 🌷🌷 Thanks for sharing these ideas.

Gab said...

Really great cards ... love that tulip

Kathy said...

They are all beautiful! I really like the trim on the first card, and the paper pieced look of the tulips. Thanks for sharing!

Teri Terrific said...

Lovely cards! The border die on the first card goes perfectly with the tulip 'garden';the strip of color on the second card compliments the tulips; and who doesn't love gingham? The yellow and green are so spring, so fresh! Thank you!!!

Cardogram said...

I love your tulip cards, especially the yellow gingham one. They are so cheerful and I like all the designs. Such thoughtful and elegant cards

Heike said...

Such pretty tulip cards! Thanks for sharing.

Annette Gordon said...

I love the infill of the tulips, super pretty! And how you die cut the congrats die out from your beautifully stamped background. Very pretty!

Lin said...

Annette, this is the eclipse technique, or hidden sentiment technique. Perhaps you can google it for a video. I simply made my background, then used the new die to cut out the words. Then I die-cut it again from plain ivory paper a few more times, glued the die-cuts all together to make a thick word, and added the patterned one on the top. Then the whole thing was re-inserted back into the background. Hope that helps?

Larissa Heskett said...

SWOON!! These are BEAUTIFUL!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the techniques. Absolutely love the tulips.

DorothyA said...

Lin, I so enjoyed your cards! Always! The different papers you inlay with and use as backgrounds show how varied cards can be with a single die. Thank you for the inspiration.

Sue D said...

Lovely tulip cards and pretty congrats.

Heather DePasquale said...

You capture the look of Spring and Mother's Day. Lovely cards! TFS!

karenajo said...

Love the tulips in this release and you have created such beautiful and very different cards with it. The CONGRATS card is lovely! Thanks for sharing!

Annette Reed said...

Very pretty cards. The tulip is great for doing the inlay technique. The wedding card is lovely also.

Anne Lee said...

The tulip die is one of my faves from this release! I love that you used two colours for the Thanks die to match the flower

Kris in Alaska said...

So cheery and lovely!

Ro said...

Ur tulips are stunning! I can’t wait till my order arrives

Karthikha said...

These are so pretty! Love the tulips :)

gabriella said...

I love all your happy colors

Karen said...

LOVE your tulips! Still waiting here for real ones, need this die to tide me over.

Mary-Anne V said...

Fabulous and pretty cards...love that tulip die.

Kathy Dippner said...

Wonderful cards! I love the first card with the sentiment matching in color to the tulip.

Marianne said...

Love your tulip cards. Thanks for sharing some great ideas for using the tulip die.

hilhashi said...

The hidden congrats on the blue flower card is one of my favorite uses of a big die cut sentiment. But, oh, my goodness, the tulip card with the pattern paper inlay and the stripe on the left side...STUNNING! Pretty colors and the over all design is so nice.