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. Janell Brown says:

    Love the Hydrangea petals die cuts! Such cute cards!

  2. karenajo says:

    Love your beautiful floral cards – so pretty and love the dimension !!!

  3. Sue D says:

    Gorgeous floral cards.

  4. Joyce Soo Hoo says:

    What a great idea where you use the negative space for stencil and then die cut again. Thanks for sharing your idea of how to use your dies in a different way.

  5. Betty N says:

    These are beautiful! Love the colors and the dimension!

  6. Keena says:

    I love the way you colored your flower petals! Beautiful cards!!

  7. Maggie B says:

    Hi Nina-Marie ~ Amazing cards, as always and thanks so much for including a video; I always love a video tutorial. Congratulations on creating that beautiful set of stamps, Uplifting Thoughts. It’s my favorite out of the new release. Thanks so much for sharing and for the inspiration.

  8. jeannejj13 says:

    Love how you colored the flowers, and the variety of embellishments

  9. Peggy Kempf says:

    Great cards, I love hydrangeas! And I love how you made your cards, so wonderful! Thanks you so much!

  10. loved how you colored your die cuts instead of a stamp images, I have lots of older diecuts before coordinating stamps were done, now I can use them

  11. Ann Barrow says:

    Gorgeous cards,and the Inspirational Thoughts is my fave out of the new releases from SSS,well done!

  12. Kathy Mc says:

    Nina-Marie, your hydrangeas are just stunning on both cards. Your new stamp set truly is uplifting. Great release!

  13. D.Ann C says:

    So beautiful – as always! I’m especially attracted to the lovely pink flowers!!

  14. kim k says:

    I love the uplifting thoughts stamp set. Thank you for sharing your beautiful card.

  15. Super Stick Chick says:

    Love your beautiful flowers and thanks for the great video.

  16. pegasong says:

    I really like the Uplifting Thoughts set! I think it’s my favorite! :)

  17. DenaAnn Schaufele says:

    Love the sentiments in this collection. Use of buttons for the center of the flowers is so cute.

  18. Lindsey-NY says:

    What a fantastic sentiment set. I am ordering it as I like every saying.! I rarely find a set with more than one or two I want. Thanks soooo much.

  19. clare says:

    Really beautiful card. Thanks for shareing

  20. Pam L says:

    Beautiful Hydrangeas -very colorful and summery looking.

  21. Those are just lovely!

  22. Cynthia Cole says:

    Love your cards! I really like floral cards myself.

  23. Very pretty cards. Great video! Thanks.

  24. abzappel says:

    I love the colors… great card!!

  25. Karen O'Reilly says:

    Love your Stamp set great sayings and fonts!

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