Simon Says Stamp Crafty Hugs Release Blog Hop - Day 1

by - May 29, 2020


Hey there! Welcome, welcome to Day 1 of the Simon Says Stamp Crafty Hugs release blog hop. I am incredibly excited to be able to share some inspiration using the newest products with you so let's get started! If you haven't completed the hop yet, you can find all of the links at the end of this post. I'm the final stop, so you'll be directed back to the beginning at the Simon Says Stamp blog.


My first project features the So Far, So Good stamp set designed by Cathy Zielske. I'm always in love with the bold graphics and sentiments that Cathy designs and this set is no different. The large-and-in-charge "so good" sentiment takes center stage on this clean and simple card. Following in Cathy's footsteps, I utilized a large amount of white space to counteract the pops of color throughout the card from the wings in the Etched Dragonfly die, which is also a part of this new release. I love how delicate and detailed the wings turn out with this die. It's fast becoming one of my top favorites. 


Before we go any further, let's discuss prizes, shall we? Of course! First, we have an exclusive offer for our release blog hop celebration as a thank you for your support. Use the code HUGS4U when you check out (by 5/31 at 11:59) for your free Rainbow Shattered Glass Deco Foil! There's also a $25 coupon on each stop on the hop today for commenters! So don't forget to leave some love before moving on.


My next project is one of my favorites. Like I said earlier, I'm all about the bold graphic sentiments lately, and nobody does these sentiment and shadow dies like Simon Says Stamp. The font on the You Have My Heart die is to *die* for. (shameless pun) It also includes the sweetest heart cut out that you can use, or not use, depending on your mood. I was feeling love-y so I added it.


The background for this design is the brand new Geo Leaves stencil. Isn't is lovely as a subtle blended background? Obviously I chose to use a few different colors here, but there are so many options when it comes to stencils that the possibilities are endless. The design of the Geo Leaves also lends itself well to feminine or masculine cards, depending on your color choices. I love being able to stretch the uses of my supplies!


Finally for today, I'm using another Cathy Zielske designed set, U.S of Craff-ay. This set will be great for the summer season and those patriotic -errr, craft-iotic themed cards. There are tons of punny sentiments included in the set that will delight any crafty friend or family member.


I decided to go with a very simple design once again and used the For The Red, White & RAINBOW stamps. I also used the small images included in the set to create a background of sorts and decided it would be fun to color only the pieces of the images that intersect with the letters in the word RAINBOW. Of course, I colored them in rainbow order and it made me smile ear to ear. I added some super shiny star and gleam confetti (because the flag..?) and finished it off with that small "Let's Do Our Crafty Duty" sentiment at the bottom.

Thank you so much for joining me today as your last stop on Day 1 of the Crafty Hugs release blog hop. I've had the best time creating with these products and I can't wait to see what you create. Be sure to use the hashtag #SSSCraftyHugs and #SimonSaysStamp so that I don't miss a single one! Don't forget to drop a quick comment before you leave for your chance to win that gift certificate and have a wonderful day! Sending you BIG crafty hugs.


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146 comments

  1. I just love your cards. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. I love your soft colors and CAS designs! Beautiful cards!

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  3. Beautiful cards. I love those dragonflies.

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  4. I love your blending with the geo leaves stencil! You create beautiful cards, thank you for sharing!

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  5. The dragonfly card is stunning!

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  6. These cards are lovely! Your color choices are amazing, thank you for sharing these with us.

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  7. Your SMILE card is wonderful. When I see people out without a bleeping mask, I tell them that I love to see their face!!!!!!!!! So this card is special to me :)

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  8. I love these cards!!! So pretty!

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  9. Really love that Dragonfly card and the pastel light colors on You Have My Heart! So pretty!

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  10. I just love your soft and “simple” coloring, so great...off the sho

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  11. I like the big graphic sentiments, too, and your cards show the new ones off so nicely! Love the pastel Dragonfly card.

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  12. These are simple, beautiful and elegant and I love the coloring on the last one.....so cleverly created!

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  13. Ooh these cards are fabulous! Beautiful CAS designs! <3

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  14. I have a lot of dragonfly stamps, but these are really cute, so I might have to add more to my collection! Thanks for participating in the hop. This was fun!

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  15. Love no fear of white space. Looks so elegant!

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  16. I love all the cards you created, the geo leaves stencil is so pretty. The spotlight technique in the last one is brilliant.

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  17. I love ALL 3 of your cards! Thoses dragonflies are growing on me! And I just love how you colored only the part of the images that intersect the "RAINBOW" of your last card!!

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  18. what a great collection of cards! you've shown well the variety of this release!

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  19. Beautiful soft cards. My favorite is the You have my heart with the soft sparkle paper and the soft colored stencil design!

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  20. Really nice cards! I love the dragonfly die.

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  21. Such fantastic cards. thank you for sharing your beautiful creativity.

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  22. I love these! I am so glad I ordered the dragonfly - I will be coming back to see this example again when my order comes in.

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  23. OHHHHHH....simply sweet! I'm "over the rainbow" for that card but LOVE ALL of them...

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  24. this new release is amazing - love the dies

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  25. I love the dragonfly, and your card is a great example of how beautiful it is on a card. Thank you for sharing your talent.

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  26. Your cards are absolutely beautiful. I love the colors.

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  27. Those dragonflies!!! Love them. Thanks for inspiring us all!

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  28. Thank you for taking the time to share your ideas with the crafting world

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  29. Love the spotlighting technique used on the "do our crafty duty" card. Thanks for sharing your talent.

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  30. Amazing cards! The pastel stenciling won my heart!

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  31. Just discovered your blog - all these cards are so clever and so stunning! I can''t wait to try some of your techniques out for myself.

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  32. Great cards. The stencil design looks so different when using multipleither colours.

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  33. Quite lovely! The dragonflies are so dainty and I love the way you used the stencil.

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  34. Pretty cards! Love the dragonfly card!

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  35. Great cards that really showcase the new release. I really like your floral blog banner... Magical.

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  36. What simply elegant and fantastically fabulous cards! I like the colors and stenciling.

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  37. These cards are so beautiful! Love the dragonflies!!

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  38. Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards!

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  39. Beautiful cards, love this release.

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  40. WOW! love your work! thank you for the inspiration!

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  41. Such beautiful cards! Thank you for sharing!

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  42. Love the dragonfly card so pretty!

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  43. Love your 'simple' crafty card! Thank you!

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  44. Really Cute and very Creative cards!!! I love the one that you only colored inside the "Rainbow"

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  45. These cards are all so pretty! My favourite is that dragonfly!

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  46. Your cards are so CAS and perfectly balanced! Love these!

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  47. Yes this was fun, especially with the shameless pun, tee hee. These cards were so pretty, the bold sentiments were straight from your heart. Thanks ♥️

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  48. I think these bold sentiments are terrific!
    Becky Moore

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  49. Although the statement is bold your sentiments are soft and dreamy. A rather lovely mix. I like the rainbow card the best. I love the way you stamped Rainbow over the background and then colored it. Thank you for sharing. Stay safe and healthy.

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  50. Wonderful cards, great work.

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  51. Marisela Delgado said: so beautiful! mariandmonsterd@yahoo.com

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  52. I love these cards - especially the one with the dragonflies. Beautiful designs!

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  53. Fun cards- I especially like the last one where you did selective coloring in the open sentiment.

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  54. Your cards have a calming effect. I enjoy the clean look with pastels. Lovely.

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  55. Rainbow card is very clever and my favorite by far!

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  56. Love these!Beautiful cards and Love the designs!

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  57. Pretty cards; the you have my heart card is outstanding.

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  58. Lovely cards!! Thanks for sharing!

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  59. Nice work on those dragonflies.

    Merrill P

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  60. Love your cards and I am so loving that dragonfly!

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  61. Thanks for all of the lovely inspiration! The dragonfly card is awesome.

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  62. Beautiful cards! Love those dragonflies!

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  63. Wonderful cards. The dragon fly die is quite beautiful. Love the detailed wings. I also really like your "you have my heart" card. The shadow on vellum is so pretty!

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  64. I love the soft colors that you used. The You Have My Heart card is gorgeous!

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  66. Such pretty cards! Love the one with the craft items even if I am a Canadian girl. Thanks for sharing.

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  67. Really cool how you did the rainbow card.

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  68. Your cards are beautiful! I love how you colored the images only within the word rainbow on the last card. :)

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  69. Love these fun cards! Thanks for sharing.

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  70. You CAS cards are just stunning! I love them all! Thanks so much for the wonderful inspiration! :)

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  71. So Happy to see you used the stamps and designed by Cathy Zeilske!!! Her designs and stamped sentiments are so PUNNY!!! I can't resist them!!! Thank you for using your talents to make such wonderful cards!!!

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  72. Lots of inspiration in this release!

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  73. Beautiful cards and love what you did with the dragonfly.

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  74. I love these colorful dragonflies!

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  75. I love the simplistic beauty of these cards!

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  76. I am inspired. Thanks for sharing such beautiful works of art!

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  77. Beautiful cards! Love the colors.
    Thanks so much for sharing...

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  78. Fabulous cards, Ashlea! Love the punches of the sentiments, too!

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  79. that second card is gorgeous.
    Love the delicate colors. the
    gold sentiment is great.
    The thin lettering and the
    heart in the middle is lovely.
    thanks for sharing
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  80. Love your cards! I think your last one where you only colored small sections is so cool looking!

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  81. Love the CAS Modern feel of your beautiful cards!

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  82. loving the use of that stencil.

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  83. Your dragonfly card is so pretty and elegant... Love it!

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  84. Beautiful, I especially love the dragonfly card! What a cool release!

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  85. I love how clean your cards look!

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  86. I love your coloring on your geo leaves background card! And your dragonfly card is my fave! Thanks so much for sharing your works!

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  87. Love the beautiful dragonfly card as well as the others.

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  88. Ashlea, you and Nichol have convinced me that I have to have the dragonfly die�� I like CZ's big and bold style. Your color choices are simply fab and the Geo Leaves stencil has got my brain 'things' turning. Thank you so much��

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  89. Beautiful cards! Love that Geo Leaves stencil, amazing.

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  90. Love all of your cards. thank you

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  91. Ashlea, you really outdid yourself showcasing elements from this fabulous release! The dragonflies card design is phenomenal, the glittery you have my heart on the soft greenery stencil is stunning, and the coloring of crafty elements justhat within "Rainbow" is beyond clever and creative. Thanks for contributing your incredible talents to the hop. Be Well

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  92. WOW!! Stunning cards! Love the rainbow!!!! Thanks for creating and sharing!

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  93. Awesome cards Ashlea, I love them all.
    Thank you so much for sharing, stay safe and have a wonderful weekend.

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  94. Gorgeous cards and creativity shown is very inspiring.

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  95. The cards are lovely and so colorful. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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  96. Great examples for the release. I like a bit from each share.

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  97. Love the colors you used on your cards - they are beautiful!

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  98. Lovely csrds! I especially love the simplicity of the dragonflies and the colors on the Geo Leaves background. Thank you for sharing.

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  99. Beautiful cards--just lovely colors!

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  100. Love your cards, so creative. Thanks for sharing.

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  101. fun cards, love the dragonfly one
    thanks for sharing
    Barb Housner

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  102. Beautiful cards with such soft colors!! Love it!!

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  103. Love these awesome cards, especially the fabulous Rainbow card!!

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  104. gorgeous! I love the soft pastel colours you used with the geo stencil!!

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  105. Beautiful cards! I love the Rainbow card and will be going through my sentiments to see if I can use any to create a similar card.

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  106. Those dragonflies on your first card are amazing. Love how you used glitter card stock for your second card and love the pops of colour in stark contrast to white. All beautiful cards indeed.

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  107. Love the clean lines/simplicity to your cards. It really makes the focal point pop. Great release! TFS.

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  108. Love the glitter on your sentiment on the second card!

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  109. Love the pastel colors in your first card, so soft and subtle! I love how you used that crafting stamp for a beautiful card! I love learning new things!! Thank you.

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  110. Thanks for the amazing inspiration! I absolutely love it! And the new release is so fantastic!

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  111. Love your cards! Those large sentiment dies are so pretty! Lots of great things in this release.

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  112. Loved your cards Ashlea, especially the dragonfly card. Great release from SSS.

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  113. The dragonflies and the hexies are winning for me! Love your cards.

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  114. I enjoyed my visit to your blog! I like the fact you used a variety of colors for the dragonflies. Nice clean & simple card!

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  115. This dragonfly die is so pretty and I love the way you used it here. Your soft ink blending on on the geo leaves makes such a sweet card, just beautiful!

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  116. Fabulous cards! Love them all!

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  117. Beautiful cards. I love the rainbow card, it's so unique. Thanks for sharing.

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  118. You have such adorable cards!!Love all!!

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  119. Your cards are so inspiring! I love these new releases from SSS.

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  120. I love all the open space in these cards that really lets the focal points shine. I particularly like the rainbow coloring within the sentiment on your crafty card.

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  121. beautiful cards. Love the first card.

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  122. Lovely cards. I particularly like the soft colors.

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