Simon Says Stamp Sunny Days Ahead Blog Hop - Day 1

April 24, 2020


Happy Friday, crafty friends! It's always a happy day when we are celebrating a brand new release from Simon Says stamp, right?! What is even better is that Simon has been able to resume shipping with extra safety precautions to keep their staff and customers as safe from COVID-19 as possible. Keep in mind that they have a lot to catch up on and shipping is just slower in general these days. But we are just so happy that one of our favorite craft stores is able to get back to work!

Their latest collection is called Sunny Days Ahead, and is full of gorgeous mother's day and graduation products! SSS is also giving a free intense black ink pad with any purchase purchase using the code sssink. This is valid until Sunday, 04/26 at 11:59pm or while supplies last.
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This is day 1 of the Sunny Days Ahead 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 card first? Today I've created a rainbow stamped grad card using some of the newest products! I really feel for grads this year, especially those leaving high school. I remember all the fun I had during my final days of high school, and it is very sad that they are having to miss out on all of that. It is more important than ever that we celebrate the grads in our life as much as we can this year, and make sure they know how much they are loved!

"Congrats on a Job Well Done" grad card features:

I would love for you to watch my card come together today. You can view my video below, or HERE in HD.

I hope you enjoyed my video for today. I would love for you to give it a thumbs up if you did, and subscribe to my channel if you don't already!

If videos aren't your thing, here is a little info on how I created this card! I started by stamping the largest grad cap from the Grad Party stamp set in a rainbow gradient using Pinkfresh Studio premium dye inks. I am MISTI reliant, but if you are good with a clear block then you could stamp it that way too! All of the colors I've used are in the link list at the end of my post. When I finished the stamping, I diecut the panel with the largest Essentials: Stitched Rectangles die, then mounted a full panel of foam adhesive to the back. I have found the most cost effective way to create these is by using a block of white fun foam and backing each side with 5 inch Scor Tape. I added white splatters to the front with Amsterdam acrylic ink in titanium white, then set it aside to dry.

Next I stamped the sentiment from Grad Party to white cardstock in onyx black Versafine. I used my Mini MISTI so that I could lightly stamp the sentiment three times. This letters in this sentiment are fairly small and thin, and pressing too hard while stamping could cause them to squish and halo. I have found that I get better results using a lighter touch on these smaller sentiments! I diecut it with one of the smaller Essentials: Basic Label Frames, then trimmed the left side off.
 Next I diecut the 2020 outline die four times: once from glitter paper and three times from white cardstock. I used a gold/champagne toned glitter paper that is in my crafty stash, but you could definitely substitute it with many options from this SSS glitter cardstock assortment. I adhered and stacked the four layers together with a Zig glue pen.

At this point it was time to assemble the card to the front of a black A2 card base. I mounted the stamped panel to the front, then glued the 2020 diecut with mixed media adhesive. I adhered the sentiment label with foam tape, then finished by accenting the card with the Essentials: Crystals Mix. I used my new Studio Katia embellishment wand, which works great!

That is everything I have for you today! If you have any questions about my card, feel free to leave them in the comments and I will be sure to reply.
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.

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 Sunny Days Ahead gallery. And be sure to link up YOUR creations too!

Before you move along to the next stop, I wanted to invite you to follow me on social media before you move on with your day. I would love to be crafty friends online!

Alright friends! Happy hopping, and happy Friday!

SUPPLY LIST 
For your shopping convenience, all products are linked below, including affiliate linking when possible - this allows small compensation for me at no cost to you. I only support legitimate retail sites, that are true partners to stamp, die and scrapbooking wholesalers. Today I will only be linking to Simon Says Stamp.

120 comments

  1. Going to have to try the rainbow gradient technique. Thanks for making the video to show how to achieve this color application.

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  2. I love your card. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Nice idea to make it colorful. Usually they are black and white, or gold is added. Pretty!

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  4. That is such a pretty graduation card! I love the soft colours and glitter!

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  5. I like the soft colors! I'm always trying to use the colors of the schools, but I could do this ahead of time and it would work for everyone!

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  6. WOW! This is beautiful! I LOVE how you did the soft hat colors in the background!

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  7. Soft pastel colors are such a different take in your cards...simply sweet!

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  8. Lea, I love this card for a graduate! I never thought of doing the caps in pastels. It's perfect! Thank you!

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  9. I liked your video and that lovely graduation card. I love how you did the 2020 die.

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  10. Just a thought...would be nice if the "2020" die were made in such a way that future "years" could be inserted, thus extending the usefulness of the die, especially since so many grads this year will not experience a "graduation ceremony".

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  11. This is a great card! I really like the soft colors.

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  12. So pretty! Love the style of that 2020 die!!!

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  13. Thanks for sharing, the 2020 die could be used a lot, this year is definitely memorable.

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  14. Love your gradient rainbow colors and it's the perfect background on your beautiful card. The rainbow crystals are the "icing on the cake" on this card! :)

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  15. Great card. Not the traditional grad card, that's what makes it so fun. TFS

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  16. Nice card! I like the colors and the sparkle on '2020'. Thank you!

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  17. What a different and beautiful graduation card!

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  18. Love the softness of your background! This die is pretty awesome!

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  19. Love the softness of your background! This die is pretty awesome!

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  20. So glad you are on this hop! Now im going to find you on youTube! Your cards are gorgeous and I can't wait to see your viedos YAY!!

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  21. Thanks for sharing your lovely card with us--love this new release from SSS!

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  22. So excited for this release! I love your creations!!!!

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  23. Love the colorful grad hats, the glittery die cut looks beautiful.

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  24. Love the card. Who does not love glitter.

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  25. Beautiful card. I love the pretty colors. The new release is great, especially the gorgeous dies.

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  26. Lovely pastel colors on these great cards. tfs

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  27. Beautiful design and colours, I love the golden glitter paper addition - makes it more sophisticated!

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  28. Love the card. Our grad ceremony have been cancelled with the Pandemic. At least cards can be posted.

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  29. Very pretty card, love the grad cap background.

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  30. Lovely graduation card. Love the soft colors and the bling.

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  31. Love the pretty colors you used for this awesome card.

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  32. Another beautiful graduation card from you! LOve the rainbow colors and the crystals really add that special touch.

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  33. Simple but sparkly and gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing.

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  34. very stylish card - thanks for this fun idea

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  35. Love the colors used on this card and enjoyed learning the technique with the stamp pads.

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  36. So many beautiful cards. Thank you

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  37. Beautiful card. I love the soft colors and that "2020" die is wonderful.

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  38. Your card is so pretty! Love the colors you used.

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  39. Such a delicately colored card! My heart aches for all those students who will not have public graduations. A card like this would take away some of that "sting."

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  40. I love this card! This is a great die and stamp set. Such a great release!

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  41. Very pretty card, and I appreciate the tip about not pressing too hard with the thin cut sentiments!

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  42. Great cards, they are so pretty!! Thanks for the inspirations!

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  43. Love the brightness of the rainbow with the grad card especially in this time of graduation. Such a cheery card for well deserving accomplishment recognition for our new grads!

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  44. Oh I love the caps stacked in rainbow colors!

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  45. Such a fun and colorful card!!

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  46. What a pretty card. I love the gold glitter against the rainbow caps.

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  47. Any grad would feel special that received this card!

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  48. I really like the look of gradient stamping, so many thanks for your video explaining this technique. You have created some really pretty cards to showcase this new release.

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  49. Love the cards! Very pretty.

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  50. Thise dies are exceptional! Such a delicate yet dynamic statement! Lucky grad to receive these. Thanks and please be healthy!

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  51. Love the colorful caps and the sparkly 2020.

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  52. It's a shame our grads are having to jump into adulthood so soon. I hope they all get a chance to get together with their friends and celebrate. Great cards. [Bunny]

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  53. Love your card. My grandson graduates this year and I am loving all the inspiration I am getting.

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  54. This is really beautiful ... my son will graduate this year

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  55. Such a pretty card, love the colors!

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  56. Such a wonderful card! Great colors.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

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  57. Yup...its really tough on the grads. My daughter is missing band trip, jazz choir and their musical. Thanks for the grad cards.

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  58. What a nice bright card to chase away a disappointing graduation year.

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  59. Wow. love the colourful graduation cap card

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  60. Love the style of the 2020 and the beautiful colors! Pretty card!

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  61. Always love something that sparkles on a card!

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  62. Love the idea of rainbow stamping of the caps, Lea! It works perfectly behind the great 2020 die cut! Thanks so much for sharing! Stay safe! :)

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  63. Such a beautiful and original take on a graduation card Lea. If only my children hadn't already graduated...

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  64. Great card love the soft color you choose

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  65. Great tip on how to handle the thinner die cuts.

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  66. so lovely! adore the soft colours you used!

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  67. Lovely card...Love your cardmaking tips and tricks!!

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  68. Beautiful card. I really like the various colored grad hats. Thanks for including the step-outs. I always enjoy videos, but the step-outs make it easier for me to follow to CASE a card.

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  69. Fabulous card design! I love the soft colors and touch of gold glitter.

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  70. Very pretty colors and the sparkley bling adds extra interest.

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  71. Wow! I love your colorful card!! I would have never thought to use those colors...I would have just done the traditional black! That's why I love these hops and the galleries because you get such great ideas and inspiration like this card!

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  72. Love the mix of colors on the
    caps. The vertical year
    is great. Gives more
    ways to layer stamps alongside
    it. thanks for sharing
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  73. Lovely pastel colors!! Beautiful design!! Love the Pinkfresh mix.

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  74. Awesome Sunny Days Ahead Release! Awesome creation! I especially love the pastel color choices!

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  75. Love this rainbow stamped background.

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  76. I love what you did with the background of your card. It is so creative and beautiful.

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  77. Lovely cards; especially like the use of the glitter cardstock!

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  78. I'm not big on lighter colors but the gradient touch is really very pretty

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  79. Love this... I haven't seen any graduation invites so far with all the kids home schooling. Wonder how that's going to work?

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  80. I love your card! The rainbow hats are so pretty!

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  81. Your graduation card design is so cute!

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  82. what a fun and colorful graduation card, thanks for sharing
    Barb Housner

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  83. This is a terrific card! I really like the choice of soft colors for the graduation caps; they make a nice background for the sparkly 2020. (I think the year die would be a great asset for scrapbookers as they design their albums for this year.)
    Thanks for sharing this card, Lea.

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  84. Adorable graduation card! Thanks for sharing!

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  85. What a lovely card! I love the pastel caps behind the gold 2020 die, framed perfectly by the black mat; excellent :) Thank you

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  86. Love the delicate abs the soft hues of the colors.. The video is a stunner too.. You're gold guilded 2020 just won my heart ❤️❤️

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  87. Lovely card, thanks for sharing the video on how you made this card.

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  88. Love the addition of the sparkle and the stacking of the die for dimension.

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  89. I loved watching you create your card. Your video, with showing how you did the shading is very helpful. I am going to try this out! I just loved that background, and the colours that you choose. The gold sparkle glitter paper is such a nice card. As always Lea, you have out done yourself again!

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  90. SWOON!! This is AMAZING!! I LOVE the DESIGN!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!!

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  91. What a pretty graduation card! I enjoyed the video. And what a great graduation stamp set. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  92. Love your rainbow card! Love that 2020 die!

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  93. Love the pastel graduation caps - great card! Thanks for sharing!

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  94. This is very pretty. I love anything glitter, so I think your 2020 is lovely.

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  95. The sparkly 2020 is so pretty against the pastel graduation caps!!

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  96. I love all the GRAD stuff in this release!

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  97. The glitter 20/20 is so cool looking!!

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  98. What a wonderful grad card! Love the colors and the glitter! <3

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  99. LOVE your card! I only need one graduation card so it's hard to justify new products--especially the 20/20, but if I could I'd buy both just to replicate the card!

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  100. Such a wonderful and fun rainbow and sparkly 2020 card.

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  101. Fabulous card! I love the pastel rainbow and the gold embossing.

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  102. Thank you for sharing your design and techniques.

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  103. Wonderful card. You can never go wrong with a rainbow card.

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