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. Lindsey-NY January 12, 2018 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    Very creative cards.

  2. Abby January 12, 2018 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    Great colors! Love all your designs.

  3. Roxanne January 12, 2018 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    Love your use of color

  4. Janet January 12, 2018 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    Great job, my favorite is the first card, I love the ink blending, fabulous colors!

  5. Kathy McCluskey January 12, 2018 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your cards! That first card using the Radiant stencil for that beautiful “stained glass” background! Your ‘tic-tac-toe” card is such a clever way to use that Wonky Cross Hatch die…so, so cute! I think your last card is my favorite. I just love how colorful it is and I appreciate the work that went in to making it! Thanks so much for sharing these cards with us!

  6. Heather King January 12, 2018 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much for sharing and the opportunity! Love the colors You used and the products!

  7. Christiane Nicely January 12, 2018 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    Lovely cards! :-)

  8. lee January 12, 2018 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    Amazing cards!! Really love the tic tac toe!!!

  9. Jeanne Beam January 12, 2018 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    Lots of beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing…

  10. Lee January 12, 2018 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    Love these cards. The tic tac toe one is so imaginative and so cute. Nice job!

  11. Cindy Evans January 12, 2018 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    I love the tic tac toe card! Thanks!

  12. barbara lassiter January 12, 2018 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    This is an amazing array of beautiful cards. Beautiful. Thanks!

  13. Sue D January 12, 2018 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    I like the vibrant colors and the cute tic tac toe game.

  14. Gail Anderson January 12, 2018 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    Wow, wow, wow! All 3 cards are fantastic! I love the tic-tac-toe card the best. Thanks for sharing so many great ideas!

  15. Christi L Steinbeck January 12, 2018 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    OM Goodness I just adore all all 3 of them but the heart tic tac toe one is my absolute favorite! That is just beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

  16. Tracey Magner January 12, 2018 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    OMG, I LOVE all 3 of your cards, I really adore that tic tac toe, sooo cool.Thanks!!

  17. Debbie Barba January 12, 2018 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    Fantastic cards Nina!~ Love the colors! Thanks for the video! This is such an awesome blog hop with so many wonderful Designers! Loving it! Loving these products as well! SSS Rocks!

  18. Rosemary D January 12, 2018 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    fabulous set of cards… love the stained glass look of the first one!

  19. Sheila H January 12, 2018 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    Your cards are so bright and vibrant. Your creativity is amazing.

  20. Teresa Doyle January 12, 2018 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    Wow Nina, you have been a very busy lady. Thanks for the fun video tutorial, it’s always nice to see the process. I am very inspired.

  21. Tasha January 12, 2018 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    I love the stained glass look that you used on the first card. I have been doing alot of ink blending lately, yours looks so beautiful.

  22. Cindy Thick January 12, 2018 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    I love the stencil card. The colors are so rich and vibrant. Your other cards are also cute.

  23. JmB January 12, 2018 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    I absolutely love the stencil and stamp/die and colors used in the first card. Your design with the background cardstock and the stained glass look is stunning. The second card is just plain fun with the wonky crosshatch die. The third is beautiful. Thank you for the inspiration.

  24. Kathy January 12, 2018 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    Such colorful, fun, and inspiring projects! Thanks for all the ideas you shared for the Hop.

  25. Annette Gordon January 12, 2018 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    I really like the Tic tac toe. such a great idea. The card is fabulous. And the colours and layout of the flower die. WOW just beautiful! Makes me want to go out and get that die set. pronto. Thanks for sharing your endless talent with us.

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