Simon Says Stamp Fun & Festive Blog Hop - Day 2

October 12, 2018


Happy Friday, blog friends! It's always a happy day when we are celebrating a brand new release from Simon Says stamp, right?! Their latest collection called Fun & Festive went live this week...and it is such a FUN collection of products! Simon is doing a free Stickles gift with purchase promotion - just use the code FEST587 upon checkout to take advantage while supplies! The code will expire on Sunday, 10/14 at 11:59 pm ET.


This is day 2 of the Fun & Festive Blog Hop, and we've got quite the lineup for you! I will put all of the blog hop details at the end of my post, but how about we get to my cards first? I used the new Outline Snowflake stamp set, along with the Tiny Words Christmas stamp set. I LOVE tiny sentiments, and this set has about 45 sentiments. I counted them - it's a lot!

I am happy to say that I was able to create a process video for this card. You can view it here, or in HD on my YouTube channel.


I hope that you liked a little look into my creative process! Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you did, and subscribe to my YouTube channel if you haven't yet. Now that I've gotten everything figured out on my new laptop, I will be posting more consistently to it!

I know that not everyone loves to watch process videos, so I will still continue to do write-ups for projects too. To start, I stamped & heat embossed the Outline Snowflake background in white to (2) heavyweight white cardstock panels. You could definitely use watercolor paper if you'd like.

Next I taped the heat embossed panels down to a craft mat, and gave them a pretty substantial water wash with a 1 inch brush. Next I just started dropping small amounts of Pinkfresh Studio liquid watercolor to them in Bubblegum & Sky Blue. This is where watching the video comes in handy - you can see how the liquid watercolor reacts naturally with the water & heat embossing, and it's a little hard to describe in a write-up. I did use my Distress Sprayer to help move the water in some places, and blend the two colors together to make that pretty purple.

I set those panels aside to dry, then stamped the tiny sentiments to a white cardstock block. I stamped the Let It Snow sentiment three times, and the Missing You At Christmas just once. Then I trimmed them into thin strips, adding banner edges to the missing you one. Then I added thin strips of foam tape to the back of them.

I adhered the sentiments to each card over top of a knot of gold thread, then mounted each watercolor panel to the front of a white A2 card base with a full backing of foam adhesive. This way my card doesn't get any weird dents or warping. Then I accented here & there with my signature jewels.

The final step was adding some shimmer to the snowflakes with my Tonic Aqua Shimmer pen. I am using the Midas Touch pen here, which uses a gold glitter, instead of clear/silver.

How about we get to all the fun blog hop info now?!
PRIZES:
Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $25 coupon to every stop on the hop from the blog comment section. They will choose the winners and post on the Simon Says Stamp store blog on Wednesday. Winners can email SSS to claim their prize.

With that being said, here is the blog hop link list. Be sure to hop along and leave comments along the way for your best chance to win one of the prizes!

Wow....what a lineup that is! I know I am excited to grab a cup of coffee and see what everyone else created!

Finally, if you'd like to see even MORE inspiration from this release, check out the Fun & Festive 2018 Collection Gallery. And be sure to link up YOUR creations when you get these amazing new products in hand!

Before you move on to Kristina's blog, I wanted to invite you to follow me on social media. I hang out on Instagram a lot, and share my work in progress in my stories...along with REALLY cute photos of my dogs! :) Plus, I just started a YouTube channel, and while there are only a few videos right now...I will be adding new content consistently!

 
Have a wonderful rest of your day, and enjoy the blog hop!!

SUPPLY LIST
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123 comments

  1. Great cards and video! I never would have thought to combine snowflakes with pink, but it really works. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Oh my gosh .... Those colors together! I love your cards! I'm going to watch the video now!

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  3. Lea, once again your creativity dazzles! Stunning pink/blue snowflakes; tiny sentiments with mega impact and the special touches of bling...a combination that is elegant and certainly swoon-inducing! In awe! Thank you soooo much for the video; love watching the magic unfold!
    ~carol

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  4. AWESOME. I love your backgrounds. Watercolors are cool, and you did a fantastic job showing how easy it can be. No two are alike, just like snowflakes. :-)

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  5. Beautiful cards in pink!! Love the colors and the backgrounds :)

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  6. So pretty, Lea! The liquid watercolors are so vibrant and pretty!

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  7. Beautiful! I love the pink and blue background, so cool.

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  8. Love the colors of your card. So pretty! :)

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  9. I really like the pink colors in your card!

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  10. Especially like your choice of colors! Looking at the comments above mine, I see I'm not the only one!

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  11. Lea - Wow - your snowflakes are vibrant - every time I see using
    the liquid watercolors where you begin with the colors then
    where you end up with those colors is an adventure in color.

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  12. Beautiful and thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  13. Beautiful! I love the non-traditional colour palette. Thank you for all the great tips!

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  14. WOW these are stunning, I LOVE the pink so PRETTY!!!

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  15. Love your beautiful cards. The soft colors are really nice and a different perspective is good sometimes. :)

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  16. Fabulous cards! Love yhe background!

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  17. Wow! Wow! Wow! Awesome cards!!! Love your colouring!!!

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  18. Absolutely gorgeous. You must love how they turned out...

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  19. STUNNING Snowflake cards! Love the pink color and the bits of bling! So pretty!

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  20. So very beautiful, Lea! Love the colors!!

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  21. Gorgeous cards!! Love the colors!!!

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  22. what a fun color for Christmas cards - thanks for the ideas:)

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  23. Wonderful cards - I love the unusual use of pink with the snowflakes, and the contrast of the big pattern and bold pattern with the teeny understated sentiment. Love it!

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  24. These are fabulous! Love the pinks with the delicate blues! LOVE!!!

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  25. I think pink and snowflakes is my new favorite combo for Christmas! Such a happy pairing! And visually amazing too!

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  26. Such pretty cards and yes your video made me love the pinkfresh studio liquid.

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  27. Those alcohol inks are gorgeous and I love that you included a video!

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    1. Hi Melinda! I just wanted to let you know that those are liquid watercolor - not alcohol inks! They do kind-of similar things, but there is no alcohol solution needed to create with these. :)

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  28. I adore pink for Christmas, so beautiful!

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  29. Gorgeous cards! I love the pink!

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  30. Wow! It was so awesome to watch that color spread into the snowflakes as soon as you dropped it! Love the pinks, the cards are incredible!

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  31. This card is FANTASTIC - i love the pretty and fresh take on a wintery/ holiday card!

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  32. Stunning cards! Your coloring skill is flawless!

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  33. I have never used water color in this way and now I'm excited to give it a try. The cards are lovely!

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  34. LOVE - LOVE - LOVE pink snowflakes!

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  35. I love the beautiful pink background...just such lovely lovely cards.

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  36. I simply love the gorgeous non-traditional colors for
    Christmas. These are stunning!

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  37. Wow, just WOW!!! These are so amazing. Love the colors. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  38. Beautiful snowflake cards and I LOVE the pink color!! Thanks for a great video tutorial, I hope you will do more of them!

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  39. WOW!! Beautiful card!! Love the pink so much!!

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  40. Took my breath away when I saw this card. It is so very very beautiful. So gorgeous. WoW and just WoW. thank you for sharing this beautiful creation of yours.

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  41. Beyond stunning cards Lea! Love the pink and how you blended various shades of vibrancy to compliment the blue undertones. WOW!

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  42. Beautiful cards! The snowflake background is so pretty and the pink and blue watercolors look stunning on them. Love the signature jewels you add to your cards!

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  43. These are awesome Lea. I love the pink.

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  44. Oh my goodness, I love these cards!! Those colors are so gorgeous, I am a fan of nontraditional holiday colors as well! I really like that background stamp, I might just have to get that ordered! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

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  45. Wonderful cards, love your colors and background.

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  46. Love the beautiful blend of colors. Thanks for sharing

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  47. It's a Fun & Festive Happy Day Friday and you add in an awesome Simon release too, yep the best kind of day :) I love the vibrant colors you used for the snowflakes, they are stunning! I like process videos and the write ups lol, I need both to get the technical stuff learned, thanks for doing both and for the great inspiration. Happy Fun & Festive Weekend. (mardy14@bellsouth.net)

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  48. The pink is FAB! I love the texture of the cards!

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  49. Gorgeous backgrounds! Love the colors

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  50. Beautiful cards, I love the new collection.

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  51. Very pretty snowflake cards. I like the colors of watercolor you used.

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  52. Gorgeous! Love the colours you used. Thanks for sharing.

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  53. Wonderful artsy look to the snowflakes & backgrounds.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  54. YES! Love that you used pink - so fun, so vibrant!!

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  55. What beautiful cards! I like the fuchsia color of the snowflakes. Unusually, but beautiful.

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  56. Really pretty! Love the pink, so vibrant!

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  57. Yep. These knock my socks off. Just splendid.

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  58. Ooooh, such bold colors! Stunning.

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  59. Love the colors! So beautiful.

    Karen Romero

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  60. Love this Fun & Festive release! Gorgeous colors on these beautiful cards! Love the snowflake design!

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  61. Such very pretty cards!! Your colours are gorgeous. :)

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  62. Wow! These cards are gorgeous! Your non-traditional color choice was brilliant! The cheerful colors added another dimension to the snowflakes...and the perfect last bit of glimmer with your jewels! Love this new release by SSS and your cards showcased it beautifully!

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  63. A truly gorgeous card, Lea! I love the beautiful rich colours which add a wonderful surprise to Christmas cards. Thanks so much for the inspiration and your video!

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  64. Love the bright colors you used

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  65. I love your cards and how easy they were to create. I just received my order of PFS watercolours yesterday (I bought the whole set! ) and I can't wait to try them on an embossed background like this.

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  66. These are so pretty! I love the unexpected pink and the watercoloring looks amazing!

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  67. Beautiful cards Lea. Unfortunately, I have no audio on my computer at the moment but I watched your video anyway just to see the process. LOL A very pretty colour combo.

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  68. definitely "festive and bright"! so pretty!

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  69. Love the unconventional colors you used for your snowflakes. So fun. Loving this release.

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  70. Beautiful cards. Love the snowflakes.
    Thanks so much for sharing...

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  71. Such pretty cards! I love the colour!

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  72. Thank you for the video! Love how the colors just do their thing. Beautiful cards!

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  73. I love how you added a unique and "blingy" look to the snowflakes - as perfect as an unexpected snowfall!

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  74. Your cards are quite lovely!! Beautiful colors!

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  75. Very pretty! I wouldn't have thought of that color combo. Very lovely!

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  76. Gorgeous cards!! Love the bright, vivid colors against the white. Might have to give that snowflake stamp a second look...
    Kitty Tatman
    Kgtatman@gmail.com

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  77. Very pretty! Love the color combo.

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  78. Ohh Wow, that where the first words I said when I saw the awesome cards in your blog. This background stamps is so great. I love the non-tradional colours, I always make a few each year and love this cards. I barrow this idea and colours definitely from you (LOL). Thank you so much for showing Lea.

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  79. Fantastic cards. the shades of pink, with the
    hint of blue in the middle, are wonderful.
    Makes the snowflakes really pop.
    thanks for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  80. Beautiful cards!! I love the colors!

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  81. Wow that is one big stamp. Beautiful in pinks and blues

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  82. Wow! Love the colour choice and the fact that you still get the chilly feeling from it! Great cards!

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  83. These cards are gorgeous, Lea! What lovely colors! :)

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  84. I would not have thought to do pink snowflakes, but this totally works! Proof that cardmaking really is a limitless craft. Thanks for sharing with us!

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  85. Pretty in pink! I love these cards. Pink is my favorite color and snowflakes are my favorite winter and Christmas decoration.

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  86. Oh how gorgeous your
    cards are. I love the color
    and the technique you
    used. The gems always
    look great on the cards.
    Carla from Utah

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  87. WOW , it was amazing to watch you do these cards; the embossing/watercolor technique looks so fun! The cards are so pretty . Thank you for sharing!

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  88. Whata stunning crystal effect! Thank you for sharing!:)

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  89. These are beautiful cards and look like such fun to make! You could make a whole stack of these and no two would be the same. Thanks for the video.

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  90. your cards are always so beautiful... love both of these!

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  91. I'm always happy when there's a video to watch :) I do love your cards and the non-traditional colours you used, I do love the results !

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  92. Gorgeous cards--love the pretty watercolor you have used!

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  93. Just gorgeous! Love the colour you chose.

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  94. Such a different look to snowflakes!! Very beautiful!! I love it!! It’s good to go outside the box.

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  95. Oh Lea that pink is just stunning with these snowflakes!!!!

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  96. Gorgeous cards!! You showcased that snowflake backgrounds stamp just beautifully. I love the nontraditional pink colour and the little bit of bling and hint of sparkle. Stunning cards!!

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  97. Your cards are beautiful! I love how you added the watercolor to create this pretty background. :)

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  98. I wouldn't have ever thought to use pink as the main color on a holiday card but it turned out beautifully!

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  99. Wow! Stunning cards! Love the use of bright pink. Very unexpected and beautiful.

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  100. Oooh, these are gorgeous! Love the colors!

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  101. Such gorgeous cards! Wonderful colors!

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  102. wow Lea these are stunning. Just love the colours used. Perfect

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