3 Ways to Use Simon’s Friends Release Products + Blog Hop!

3 Ways to Use Simon's Friends Release Products + Blog Hop!

Hello everyone! Welcome to Simon’s Friends release celebration blog hop! Recently, Simon came out with a bunch of new products, perfect for Valentine’s Day and beyond. I’m sure most of you have seen it already and that you love this release as much as I do! Today, during this special hop celebrating the release – and friendship I might add! – you’ll be seeing loads of lovely inspiration from many amazing designers. Here on my blog, I’m sharing 3 unique idea so for using some of my favorite stamps and dies from the release including: Stained Glass Love, Modern Flowers, Grid Frame, Wonky Cross Hatch, plus the Radiant stencil.


I don’t know about you, but when I saw the Radiant stencil, I immediately thought of a stained glass window. I love how gorgeous the design is, but yet very clean and modern in style too!

3 Ways to Use Simon's Friends Release Products + Blog Hop!

I ink blended a background with the stencil and Simon inks; after stenciling, I enhanced the design by adding a pattern around the Radiant “stained glass” background. If you watch the video above, you’ll be able to see all these techniques in a step by step process.

3 Ways to Use Simon's Friends Release Products + Blog Hop!

For the greeting, I carried the stained glass inspiration a bit further by incorporating the gorgeous (and new) Stained Glass Love sentiment set into the card. I intentionally balanced the “o” of the word love into the center of the stenciled design, to help anchor everything together.

3 Ways to Use Simon's Friends Release Products + Blog Hop!
3 Ways to Use Simon's Friends Release Products + Blog Hop!

Again, make sure you watch the video above to see how this card was made! All of the supplies used in this card are linked below.



Okay, moving on to card number two! One of the most-unique dies in the Friends release is the Wonky Cross Hatch die. This card stemmed from me seeing and loving this new die set and immediately I thought of a tic tac toe board (I loved that game as a kid!). I pulled out some oldy-but-goody heart dies from Simon and built a super cute card that could easily be given to just about anyone!

3 Ways to Use Simon's Friends Release Products + Blog Hop!

The heart dies are from the Hearts on Parade collage die, as well as the Clipping Heart set. I stuck with a simple and neutral color scheme, but did incorporate a bit of copper metallic! The gorgeous patterned paper behind my tic-tac-toe board is from My Mind’s Eye Blush collection; I love the foiled mini-dots! And the sentiment from Simon’s new Handwritten Love stamp set is heat embossing with copper Penny embossing powder.

3 Ways to Use Simon's Friends Release Products + Blog Hop!

To see how I created this card, make sure you check out the video above; in it, I take you step-by-step through the creative process! Also, if you want to check out the full product list, I have all the supplies I used listed below:



3 Ways to Use Simon's Friends Release Products + Blog Hop!

Sometimes I get the crazy idea to get myself into patience-testing projects! This card took quite a bit of time to make, but the oh-so-gorgeous effect was totally worth it (and I find the tedious task of adhering loads of die cuts relaxing)! The Modern Flowers die set is absolutely beautiful, and I thought it would be fun to make an entry die cut background with it.

3 Ways to Use Simon's Friends Release Products + Blog Hop!

I used many colors of cardstock scraps that I had in my stash (yay for scrap-bin-emptying bonus!). I have only one layer of each flower attached to the card base, which helps keep the card light. The sentiment however was much more dimensional!

3 Ways to Use Simon's Friends Release Products + Blog Hop!

One of my favorite cardstocks to use of late is the Tonic Studios Mirror cardstock; this is a foil-effect cardstock that I absolutely love! Here I used Burnished Rose and Pink Chiffon for the top layer on my stack of four white cardstock letters. The greeting is cut using the new Grid Frame die set, which has a cool frame (not used in the card), plus a set of sentiments!

If you are curious about what I used in this card (like those pretty Nuvo drops in the background!), check out the supply list below…


Okay, that’s the last one! I hope you’ve been inspired seeing all of these Friends release projects!

Don’t forget that you can be further inspired by visiting our Simon Brand Galleries; we are constantly adding more creative inspiration to the galleries… projects made by both YOU and your favorite designers! Check it out HERE.

You can also find the entire collection of Friends release products by visiting the Simon store HERE.


3 Ways to Use Simon's Friends Release Products + Blog Hop!

Don’t forget that I am just one of many stops in this TWO DAY blog hop (there is another hop tomorrow)! Your next stop is my fabulous friend, Lorraine’s blog! The entire hop list is below too for reference:

Simon Says Stamp Blog

Jennifer McGuire

Kristina Werner

Yana Smakula

Kathy Racoosin

Lisa Addesa

Nina-Marie Trapani – you are here! :)

Lorraine Aquilina

Jessica Frost-Ballas

Heather Ruwe

Justine Hovey

And… giveaways! Simon is giving away a $25 coupon to every stop on the hop from the blog comment sections. So make sure you comment here and on every single stop to increase your chances of winning! Winners will be chosen over the weekend and post on the Simon Says Stamp store blog on Wednesday.

Thanks for visiting me today! Enjoy the Friends release blog hop!!



  1. Sharon L. January 17, 2018 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    Love the beautiful bright colors on the stenciled card very much.

  2. D.Ann C January 16, 2018 at 8:12 am - Reply

    From bright bolds to soft pastels these cards are fab eye candy!

  3. Starr Patrick January 15, 2018 at 11:20 pm - Reply

    Wow amazing! I love them all!

  4. Daria Zender January 15, 2018 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    Love the bright, bold colors on the first card, Nina! All three cards are just wonderful.

  5. Heather P. January 15, 2018 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    Beautiful!! So many great ideas and love all the bright colors!

  6. Judy R. January 15, 2018 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    Really liked what you did with layering die cuts.

  7. maria f. January 15, 2018 at 11:21 am - Reply

    AMAZING colors on your first card! Wow.

  8. Lisa A creations January 15, 2018 at 10:08 am - Reply

    Gorgeous cards! Very cute and colorful.

  9. Loly Borda January 15, 2018 at 9:15 am - Reply

    Wow! You are so creative! I love all three cards! TFS

  10. Laura Harding Peddicord January 15, 2018 at 12:26 am - Reply

    You used such wonderful stencils with colorful backgrounds and dies. So much fun in all that you made to share. Thank you!

  11. Kate B January 15, 2018 at 12:20 am - Reply

    Three different and wonderful cards!!

  12. Cheryl January 14, 2018 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    Your cards and colors are gorgeous!

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