In Lay Die Cutting + Simon’s Hey Love Release Hop

Hello crafty friends! Welcome to my stop in the Simon Says Stamp Hey Love release blog hop! This hop features inspiration using some of the newest products from Simon, so you will definitely want to make sure you stop by each blog to see what everyone has been creating… I’ve got a few cards to share with you today that feature a lot of die cutting!

Hey Love Blog Hop Simon Says Stamp

One of the products that I love most from the Hey Love release is the Hearts Align die. This die is so versatile, because it not only cuts out a bunch of different sized hearts, but also an outline too! Another thing that makes this die is versatile is it’s ability to be used across an entire card front, whether you are making a horizontal or vertical card; the cards I created today are all top folding, vertical cards.

In Lay Die Cutting + Simon Says Stamp Blog Hop Nina-Marie Design

To create the hearts for my cards, I first needed to make the paper I was going to be die cutting from. Ink smooshing is a fun technique that I enjoy incorporating into my cards and I felt that the hearts would look gorgeous with a red and pink, ink smooshed texture. If you are not a fan of ink smooshing, or just want to save some time and do something simpler, you could use plain cardstock or patterned papers in place of the ink smooshed paper I made. In the video, I will show you how I created these ink smooshed hearts.

In Lay Die Cutting + Simon Says Stamp Blog Hop Nina-Marie Design

After I created the backgrounds on my cards, I needed to add sentiments. For this, I used a combination of the Kristina’s Love and Laura’s Love stamps and die sets. These sets are GORGEOUS and I adore the delicate script font of the Kristina’s Love die. The sentiments are adhered onto cardstock and vellum strips that span the entire width of the cards.

In Lay Die Cutting + Simon Says Stamp Blog Hop Nina-Marie Design

Now, in the video you will see I made extra ink smooshed heart die cuts; this was because I wanted to make sure that I had enough to make all my cards (I hate running out of something while I am in the middle of creating!). Since I had extra pieces after I finished the two cards I just shared with you, I decided to make use of these leftovers and create a couple of quick and easy cards.

In Lay Die Cutting + Simon Says Stamp Blog Hop Nina-Marie Design

On these two cards, I created patterns to help give the backgrounds a more balanced feel; in the video below, I will show how I laid out these backgrounds. A couple of tools I find helpful for lining up my dies are a ruler (I like the Tim Holtz metal edge ruler) and the Simon Says Stamp Large Grid Paper. I’ve also been eyeing up the We R Memory Keepers Laser Square Tool; this tool has sliding lasers on its right angle, collapsible ruler and helps line things up with precision and accuracy. This tool is definitely on my “I need” list!

In Lay Die Cutting + Simon Says Stamp Blog Hop Nina-Marie Design

After I made the backgrounds on these cards, I decorated them with more of Simon’s newest products, such as: the Miss You die, Laura’s Love stamp set, the Scallop Stitches die set and the Handlettered Greetings die set.

In Lay Die Cutting + Simon Says Stamp Blog Hop Nina-Marie Design

I hope you will check out both videos below to see how these cards came together, and some of the things shared in today’s post inspire you with your own crafting! Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting me!





I am the last stop in today’s hop! If you are just joining us and would like to participate in the hop, I have the entire hop list here for you:

Simon Says Stamp Blog
Kristina Werner
Shari Carroll
Laura Bassen
Debby Hughes
Nichol Spohr
Yoonsun Hur
Yana Smakula
Heather Hoffman
Lisa Addesa
Amy Rysavy
Heather Ruwe
Wanda Guess
Nina-Marie Trapani  — that’s me! :)


Hey Love Blog Hop Simon Says Stamp

And before you go: Simon Says Stamp is giving away $25 gift certificates at EACH stop in today’s hop! To enter the giveaway, you must leave a comment on this blog post. The more blogs you leave a comment at, the higher your chances are of winning (plus, we all love hearing your thoughts about the hop, which products you love and what you think about the projects everyone has created!).



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If you are interested in any of the products used in this post, I have them all linked below to Simon Says Stamp. Affiliate links used when possible.

517 Responses

  1. Dianne says:

    Lovely cards. Love those old school valentine colors.

  2. Sheri says:

    Really fun and cute idea!!!

  3. Kim says:

    Beautiful cards!! So bright and fun!!

  4. Barbara-Jean says:

    Wonderful cards!

  5. Gayle A says:

    Love your card to pieces! Really beautiful. These new dies are stunning. Gotta have them all

  6. Lee says:

    Such pretty and happy cards!

  7. Jennifer K says:

    Love these card Nina and both videos are awesome! Such a fantastic idea for using the leftovers, you would never think that they were leftover.

  8. Berina Febin says:

    Ooh!! These are stunning!! I love the sentiment die cuts!! So cute!

  9. Pamela duxbury says:

    you cards make me smile.

  10. Royleea love says:

    This is a amazing card, bright sweet and loving

  11. Tracie Pond (Creations For Kindness) says:

    These are super fun, Nina. Love the pope of gold.

  12. Gail Plaskiewicz says:

    I love your smooshy hearts and your pretty cards. The hearts almost look tie dyed. That’s a cool technique that you used. Looks like you have enough love for everybody with your cards! You really did a great job I have to say. My legs are so tired from all of this hopping and now I can go to bed knowing I saw each and every card and gave a comment to each and everyone of you on the hop.
    Thanks for giving us a chance to see your cards and for the chance to win $25 to spend at SSS.

  13. LOVING LOVING LOVING the New Release and your AMAZING Cards!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

  14. karenajo says:

    Great cards and love the ideas for using leftovers from one project for another ! Thanks for showcasing for this super SSS release !

  15. Carey Nusbaum says:

    Pretty cards!

  16. Kitty T says:

    I think the ink smooshing added a lot of character to your hearts. You always have beautful designs. SSS is lucky to have to on their DT!

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