Getting the Most Out of Die Cuts + Simon Release Hop

Hi Friends! Welcome to my stop along the Simon Says Stamp Among the Stars release blog hop! If you have already been hopping along with us, you should have arrived from the super talented Kristina Werner! If you are just joining us though, I have a complete hop list down at the bottom of this post.

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Have you seen all the new, fabulous goodies that were revealed yesterday as part of the Among the Stars release?? I LOVE all them!!! If I had to pick my favorites (yes, I can’t pick just one!), I would say I love the Build a Rainbow die, the Stacked Stars die, the Stitched Banners die set and Hydrangea Petals die set… and I’ll be using those Hydrangea Petals on my cards today!

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I created two cards using the Hydrangea Petals die because I wanted to get the most out of all the die cutting I did. In my video, I’ll be sharing how I used the positive and negatives of the dies to create two different styles of coloring for these petals and leaves; which can then be turned into beautiful floral arrangements! The dies I’ve used for these cards are the Hydrangea Petals (as I mentioned above), as well as the Tropical Leaves die set (which coordinates with the Tropical Leaves stamp set).

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Bear in mind however, that if you aren’t into coloring as much as I am, you can create these same cards by simply die cutting the flowers from colored cardstocks; the possibilities are endless!

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To embellish my floral arrangements, I used some pretty buttons, sequins and seed beads from the 28 Lilac Lane collection; the Pretty Princess Bottle and Minty Fresh Bottle. These bottles each contain a variety of embellishments that all coordinate together. I also like to mix and match my the bottles to create my own custom color combos too.
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And of course I had to add a sentiment to each of these cards, so I used the new Uplifting Thoughts stamp set (also part of the Simon Says Stamp Among the Stars release) to add some encouraging greetings. I’m really excited about this new stamp set because I actually created it for this new release!!!


So to see how I put these cards together, be sure to check out the video below or over on my Youtube channel! If you enjoy, please give the video a “thumbs up” and subscribe to my channel and/or blog for more weekly inspiration!



There is lots more to see along this fantastic blog hop! If you’ve already been hopping along with us, your next stop is the super fun and awesome Laura Bassen! Or, if you are just joining in, you can find the full list of hop participants below!

AND!!! Don’t forget to leave a comment on this and all the other blogs in the hop because Simon is giving away a BRAND NEW surprise product that will be released later this year on every stop of the hop… talk about exciting, right??!! Winners will be drawn on Monday, June 20th and announced on the Simon Says Stamp blog.



Be sure to check out all the fun new goodies from the Simon Says Stamp Among the Stars release! All the products are linked here:




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.

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586 Responses

  1. Pam Hammarlund says:

    I love these cards. They are so delicate and add a level of interest.

  2. Marilyn Budovec says:

    Love the stamp set you designed. Always looking for new verses and sets that can be used for the entire set. Cards are beautiful!

  3. applepiebobo says:

    the flowers look awesome
    great idea! thnx for sharing

  4. Esther says:

    Cure card

  5. Liza ' says:

    Uplifting Thoughts is simple a great stamp set that will compliment any card. Nice way using it.

  6. Vickie S says:


  7. Lynne says:

    Really cute card ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Karen B. says:

    An absolutely gorgeous creation!

  9. Adrianne says:

    Love the sentiments of the stamps and the embellishments.

  10. Flo says:

    I love your cards and the hydrangea die. Beautiful, thanks.

  11. Marcia says:

    Very pretty cards! Love those sentiments!

  12. Susan Koprowski says:

    Lovely cards – the dimension really stands out!

  13. pelArgoNNiA says:

    Beautiful! Love the dimension in your cards and the bright, happy colors! I also love the sentiments!

  14. Patricia says:

    Beautiful colors.

  15. Another fabulous release and your floral cards are just stunning!!!!

  16. Nenya says:

    The beautiful flowers just made my day. Lovely.

  17. Cath Sheard says:

    Love the dimension, and the banner underneath looks great.

  18. Sophie Stinnett says:

    I can’t get over those sentiments! <3 <3 <3

  19. Renee V. says:

    Fabulous job on the video, the cards are very pretty!

  20. Beautiful cards! I love the stamp set you designed, too!

  21. Shannon says:

    Beautiful cards! I think my new favorite are the basic dies. How versatile! :0)

  22. Lynne.R says:

    Lovely cards using simplicity and creating some complexity with mixed techniques.

  23. trishden says:

    These cards are absolutely gorgeous. I love the 3D flowers. Thanks!

  24. Vinita Jain says:

    These set of cards look so beautiful!!! I really like coloring my flowers and you have provided gr8 inspiration to me using the lovely hydrangea flowers!!! I love the added elements like shiny buttons, splatter and sequins. The bold sentiments works great with this card!!!

  25. TracyM #6773 says:

    CONGRATULATIONS on your DELIGHTFUL Uplifting Thoughts stamp set Nina Marie!!!
    BOTH cardsare
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION :)

    • TracyM #6773 says:

      YIKES … my comment posted before I fingers finished – sorry – what I meant to say was

      BOTH cards are BEAUTIFUL, ADORE your inky hydgrangeas and EXCITED by both techniques you shared in the video too!!!

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