Saturday, August 05, 2017

Encouraging Words: Simon Says Stamp Blog Hop + Giveaway!


Welcome to part 2 of the Simon Says Stamp "Encouraging Words" Blog Hop!!! 
We're celebrating a new release full of encouraging and kind words.

To inspire you, I've created several cards using stamps and dies from this release. 
To start off, I have the silly bear from the Encouraging Animals stamp and die set sitting over stamped Stitched Alpha's HUGS. 


Next is the grumpy "Cool Cat" wearing some really stylish glasses also from the 
Encouraging Animal stamp and die set. This little guy is set on a quickly watercolor stripe background.


Oh this Kaleidoscope background. The moment I saw it I new I'd want to white emboss it and use my watercolors to paint areas of blues and greens. I die cut the Kindness Matters die from Audrey Blue cardstock, backed it with white and added it the card. 


A little space action going on for this next card. I used the Space Journey and Tickle Breeze dies with white cardstock colored with some Copic markers. To keep things simple, I used black cardstock for my sky. I die cut You're a Star from white cardstock and glued it in place to complete the card. 


Words of encouragement are so important these days. This message comes from the 
Thank You Teacher stamp set simple white embossed on black cardstock set upon some strips of pattern paper.


GIVEAWAY TIME!!

Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $25 coupon to every stop on the hop from blog comments section. Be sure to leave comments on all the blogs for a better chance to win!

Your next stop is to my talented friend Kelly Latevola

If you get lost along the way, here's a list of all the bloggers.


Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy!!!

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Paper Creations by Mindy said...

fabulous cards ! absolutely love the space one - it really pops off the screen!

Sue LD said...

I like the variety of cards you made with this release. My favorite is the Bear Hugs.

Colleen Howell said...

Oh my your kindness matters card is my favorite, I adore it.

Laura S said...

Wow! These are beautiful cards!!!

Mary Kay Ross said...

Beautiful cards! I love this new release with the encouraging words. We need more stamps and dies like these! Thanks, SSS!

Evelyn said...

These are all great cards!

Marianne said...

What a wonderful selection of cards, Shari. Love them all!

Spunky said...

All beautiful cards! Love the color combinations on each one!

Barb said...

Love your work, Shari! Great release!

Kristie Goulet said...

Amazing cards! Love them all, Shari!

Anonymous said...

Love the framed picture and sentiment!

Maaike Uijthoven said...

great cards, I esp love the stripey background, such fab color combo and a kitty, you can;t go wrong with kitties ;-)

Stephanie Wexler said...

I love the cat and your color selection.

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Love those adorable critters! The bear is just so sweet with the single, dainty flower. And that chubby cat really is cool! Your cards are all fabulous. That kaleidoscope is AWEmazing.

lynneatw said...

I love your cards! They are too cute.

Monika Rueda said...

I really love the cat card, as well as the watercolor background you did with the stencil.

Anonymous said...

Your cards are so wonderful! The critters are beautifully colored and the messages are perfect for each. Thanks for sharing.

Charlotte Sonnenburg said...

You are so creative! Love the cards.

Debra Rumpza said...

So many really cute cards! I had to pin a bunch!!

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Wonderful variety. Like the encouraging creations.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Tina Riddle said...

Shari, all of your cards are awesome! I don't know how I could pick a favorite! Beautiful design on each and every one!

Beth Lowery said...

Gorgeous...as usual!

Scrapthat said...

such Awesome cards Shari!!! TFS

Kathy Camasso said...

I knew I had to have the Encouraging Animal set the minute I saw that adorable kitty cat with glasses and the Bear Hugs card too! Are there dies for the stitched letters or did you hand-cut HUGS? I love it!

Rachel Groner said...

Cool cat card is my favorite, the colors are perfect! Thank you

Jane M said...

The Encouraging Animals Stamp set makes your cards so cute! I love your variety of cards! Great ideas.

Maria B said...

I really like the pale watercolor stripe background.

Joy Meadows said...

What a wonderful assortment of cards, Shari! Love them all.

Danielle Dietz said...

Wow. Love all the cards! That stitched alphabet is calling my name now. I may just have to buy it!

Aroa Cristiano said...

Marvellous cards! I love the cat one.

Betty Keefe said...

fantastic array of inspiration, Shari!

Teresa Doyle said...

WOW Shari, these are all so different yet all are fantastic in their own way.
Well done as always!

Wendi said...

Absolutely adorable. I especially love the bear card as I am a sucker for bears!

QuilterLaura said...

Oh my gosh, all are just genius. I'm going to have to get this set!

Anne Harada said...

What a wonderful showcase of cards with the new release! Want want want!!

Granny G said...

Those animals are darling. I especially love the large font with the stitching. Thanks for sharing your wonderful cards. Great affirmations.

Debbie Selby said...

What great cards. My favorites are the first two. Simple but oh so effective.

Patty said...

WOW Shari...these are all spectacular cards!! Especially love the design & colors used on every one of them!!

Kari Mayo said...

I love all of your cards! My favorite is the the background with blues and greens! Very nice!

Sally said...


As usual Shari you are the most inspirational artist for me. Thanks for all you do to inspire others!!

Stefanie Staniak said...

Wow! What a great selection of inspirational cards! I don't want to pick a favorite because I like them all but is do love me some hugs from that adorable bear!!! Love your creations Shari.

Linda S. said...

What a very fun set of cards. I really like the simplicity of the black cardstock on your galaxy card.

Jackie Parkins said...

Wow! They are all so beautiful I think my favorite is that cool cat, he's just too cute.

Cynthia Cole said...

All of your cards are awesome!

bev p said...

Wonderful job on the color choices! I love that last sentiment, too in the black and white wit shades of gray. I think my favorite is the so simple brush stroke background behing the cat! Thanks for SO much inspiration!

Lindar C said...

Wow! These are all beautiful, love the sentiments..

Janet D. said...

Your cards are both cute and gorgeous! Love the Bear Hug card!

Barbara Mann said...

Fabulous collection of cards! All of them are super cute. Thanks so much for sharing.

Maria B said...

I like the simplicity of the striped background.

Anna Crossley said...

I love that simple cat card, so cute and fun! I can't wait to get that cat for myself!

Sarah M said...

Love all these cards! Love the blue/green watercoloring on the background stamp, love the subtle stripes behind the cat... All just so pretty!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

So super cute!!!

Diane Stricker said...

Wonderful cards, I love the stitched alphabet and the cute animals together.

Pat Swearingen said...

great cards, but I love the kindness matters card

Greta said...

Wonderful variety of cards! I wasn't interested in the background stamp until now--gorgeous card!

Becky Flammang said...

Encouraging Words

Stacy said...

Oooo, I love all of your cards. The watercolour background is pretty darn gorgeous tho :)

Monika/Buzsy said...

Fantastic cards Shari. Love the sweet animal images... especially that cute bear... the stitch letters are awesome... I am also in love with the galaxy images!

Terri C said...

Love your creativity! Love the sentiments! They're real "pick me ups"!!

Linda M said...

Ok, initially I picked out a few things in this release that I want to get, but you've made me want even more. Your cards are fabulous!

Candy B said...

The kindness matters card has beautiful colors and terrific painting. The star card is so perfect for kids. Love it all!

Di Wong said...

Wow! Your cards are all so different and wonderful. Great inspiration-thank you! I especially like the kaleidoscope stamp. Beautiful!

Deb said...

All so cute, but my favorite is the Bear Hugs. Great ideas for me to try.

Nikki said...

Awesome cards, thanks for sharing

snappy scrappy said...

Amazing designs-LOVE!

MaggieB1983 said...

Hi Shari ~ Your cards are all so beautifully done. I am partial, however, to the Kindness Matters card because I think that there needs to be more of that in this world. Everywhere. #kindnessmatters has been my "mantra" and signature for a very long time and I'm beyond thrilled that SSS has released a die with this all-important phrase. Thank you for showcasing it so beautifully. Have a wonderful weekend. ~HUGS~
#kindnessmatters

Nana Griffin said...

All of them are awesome!

Wendy said...

First of all I want to say "THANK YOU!" It is great getting to see such a selection of cards!! Secondly, I am in LOVE with how you made the blue water colored card. And the kitty . . . I'm swooning over the preciousness of it!! I also think the last, B&W, is stunning. So Much Inspiration ~ I'm spending the day with my 4H paper crafters and this really has me geared up and ready!!!!!!

Mary Holshouser said...

Fantastic cards.
Wonderful sentiments.
thanks for sharing.

Nancy said...

Wonderful cards with great ideas. Thanks

Marilyn B said...

Thank you Shari for sharing your amazing creativity. Your cards are so fresh and clean. Each card has it's own WOW factor. Thank you for your inspiration!

Gail said...

So in love with that bear - yet everything displayed is awesome! TFS and for the hop!

Christy Malone said...

Your cards are all wonderful. The blue one is simply stunning!

Cyn Bell-Moores said...

You always make such professional looking cards. These are great.

Thanx, Cyn

Lisa Coville said...

Love the Cool Cat and Kindness Matters Kaleidoscopic cards. The colour combos are amazing! Thanks for sharing!

Jeanne Beam said...

Such adorable cards. Thanks for sharing...

Lagene said...

Awesome Release! Great projects and I especially love the Kindness Matters card!

Jean Chaney said...

Very inspiring! I particularly love that cat, LOL!

Tracy A said...

As I scrolled through your post I just kept saying, I love that one, that's cute, that one is pretty. I'm glad we don't have to pick a favorite because they are all wonderful.

Cindy Aguirre said...

Great cards! Love the simplicity of them! I love the card with the striped background!

Debbie B said...

Great cards Shari! Just perfection! This is such an awesome release! Love all of these wonderful sentiments! Wonderful blog hop too! Love starting my weekend off with so much inspiration! TFS!

Tracy Chambers said...

I am SOOOOO inspired right now, can't wait to pull out my supplies and start creating... thank you

T Thompson said...

Love the blues and greens!

Paula J said...

Love the variety from color to black and white.

Sharon Torgerson said...

The blue and green background is STELLAR!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!

Teresa Osburn said...

I love your background on the kindness card!

Megan said...

You've been busy! I love the texture you got on the animals!

Teri Smith said...

Wow! So many great cards you've created from this release. Love love the third & fifth cards. Thanks for the ideas & the chance to win.

Debbie Br said...

Absolutely fabulous cards!

Maryam said...

Love the space one who you placed it on black card stock without creating background

Seagrass said...

While I'm shopping at SSS I just added the beautiful kaleidoscope stamp - love your card! Cool Cat and Bear Hugs were too cute! Thank you for a chance to win!

Janice said...

Thanks for sharing your awesome cards!

Dee Earnshaw said...

Just gorgeous cards !!!! Wow, Shari you always manage to inspire me with your creativity. Thanks for sharing:)

Cyndi Morris said...

All your cards are wonderful. You've really shown many possibilities for this Encouraging Words release.

Kaypossum said...

Love this release! Encouraging words for the win!

Katie said...

Your Kaleidoscope background is amazing!

Janet Harrington said...

I could look at your work all day long!

Windy said...

So many great card ideas! Love this "Encouraging Words" release!

Katie Baird said...

WOW!!! I love every single card, I mean love, love them!!

Becky S. said...

I love these cards. I especially love your coloring on the cat. (and I'm not even that fond of cats- but this is a really cute card.) Thanks for sharing!

Angela said...

All of your cards are fabulous! If I had to pick a favorite, it would probably be the Kaleidoscope background with the Kindness Matters die or the Hugs card with the Encouraging Bear for the "u", but believe me, all the others would be tied for a very close second! They all look great!

ericastwilight said...

So glad I stumbled onto your blog and channel thanks to Kelly Lavetola. This blog hop is amazing, as are all your cards. It's clear this release encouraged you to create, create, create. Love all the designs. Thanks for sharing your talent.

Tavana S said...

Beautiful cards.. Loved the soothing colored backgrounds.. <3

Pam Sparks said...

Love them all Shari!

Sharon Tate said...

All of these cards are fab and my favourite two are the first two with the cute critters :)

Laraine R said...

These are all wonderful cards! Fabulous release!

Michelle H said...

All of your designs are wonderful. I can't wait to start creating with these products. Great job as always.

Lydia Lee said...

Loving all your card designs but favs are the cool cat and kindness matters. Beautifully done! Thanks so much for the inspiration. Xoxos

Judy Tuck said...

A wonderful array of great cards. Love the cool cat!

k ostgard said...

What a cute bunch of cards I really love the cute bear one he is so adorable. Very nice work and wide array of different styles. Thanks for sharing.
Have a blessed day!
Kimberly Ostgard

Natalie said...

Love, love, love your cards!!!

laurissa said...

What great cards! I love this release and you've done some amazing things with it!

brenda said...

Love the kaleidoscope background card! All of your cards are great but this one is my favorite!

Migdalia said...

Your cards are absolutely beautiful! I love the cute critters!
Have a wonderful day,
Migdalia
Crafting with Creative M

Mary W said...

Every single time I saw the SSS banner with that gorgeous blue/turquoise card I kept thinking, I bet that is Shari's. Finally, I get to see it up close and boy it doesn't disappoint. I have the background stamp on order! YAY.

Tinkerbelle Tucker said...

Your cards are beautiful and such great use of colors. Thanks!

Kristine Boydstun said...

Lovely cards! Love the K background with watercolors, too!

Maryjo Monterosso said...

Your cat card and the background card inspired me to buy these two items as soon as they were available. Your work is so flawless and so inspiring. I love this release and just about everything in it. The blog hop is the best and is making me want more.

Machele Evans said...

Great Variety of cards and ideas

Julie M said...

Wonderful cards. Love the coloring.

Lindsay Weber said...

Love the background stamp!!

Crazy Lady said...

I love your designs always. They are all great!

T Thompson said...

Genius!!

Jayell said...

These cards are fabulous!

craftygal1 said...

I really LOVE the cat with glasses card! It is adorable.

Bonnie J said...

I really like your cards. They look so crisp and clean..

Hey Jude Cards said...

Wow I love all of these!!!! They are so different and so wonderful.

Helen Budz said...

Shari, this is a great collection of such diverse card designs that truly showcase the new release so well. I especially love the way you stamped and colored the background design stamp with the vibrant blues and greens. Thanks for sharing all of these cards.

Nan Miller said...

I liked all of your cards very much, but that kalaidiscope background card was outrageously good!

Deni(se) said...

The card using the Kaleidoscope stamp is so beautiful. I love the colors you chose. It looks like it was so much fun to paint!

casslikeness said...

Simple but flawless! #EncouragingWords

Susan King said...

So cute! I love the cat with glasses for some reason it tugs at my heart and I can see giving it to a small child who wears glasses! Thank you for your beautiful cards!

Linda said...

I especially like how you used the stencil for emboss resist. Beautiful card.

L. Kienbaum said...

Interesting techniques! Thank you.

Anonymous said...

These all are so cute and lovable. Thanks for sharing.

Linda D.

Toyosi said...

They are simple but so cute and inspiring. Love them

KimberlyRae said...

Every one of gouge cards are just Precious and so encouraging.

KimberlyRae said...

meant to say You're*

Sandy Small said...

Your cards are great! I really like the card where you used the bear as a letter and offset the background. This SSS release has lots of great products!

Jeanne-Marie said...

I love the blues and greys color scheme you used on all your cute cards.

Barbara Green said...

Love your cards. Thank you for sharing.

Tammy B said...

I always love your cards! Just fantastic and a nice array!

Iva Peková said...

All cards is cute,but kaleidoscope is super cute.

Virginia said...

These are all great cards!

Deborah Kaye said...

Your cards are lovely! I especially like the kaleidoscope one. Gorgeous!

Berina RGA said...

Such beautiful cards Shari!! I love the galaxy card. Super cute!!

Pam Allen said...

I love this release!! Your cards are so cute!!! Thanks for sharing and inspiring me!!
Have great weekend!!
Hugs
Pam Allen

Arlene D said...

All different techniques and fun!

Heather H said...

Love your cards for the hop especially the bear with hugs. Thank You for sharing your incredible talent.

Stef Perry said...

All great cards and such fun ideas with the bear and cat. Love your watercoloring with the kaleidoscope background stamp. Gorgeous!

Denise Ward said...

This Encouraging Animals stamp set is just terrific!! I love the sentiments used as well as the whimsical animals featured in the set!! Your cards are Incredible, Shari!!! Thanks so much for sharing them.

Jan Arnold said...

Every single one of these cards are so awesome! I really love the bear hugs and " be someone..."! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity and talent!

Shannon said...

These are fantastic! My personal favorite is the space scene.

cm said...

The delightful assortment of cards you've designed would be marvelous for my niece and nephew's classmates, teachers AND the two of them, not to mention others who need a pick-me-up or shoulder to lean on! Encouraging, inspiring and all around heart-warming. Thank you!
Hugs~carol

Arlene D said...

Love the rainbow colors!

Barbara S said...

These cards are great I especially love the cat and bear cards. Thanks for sharing.

Isabelle said...

Wow ! You got inspired by this release.... and the result is awesome ! Thank you for sharing.

Mrsfish02 said...

Love all of these. This is such a great release. You are definitely the "someone" who adds to this card making galaxy Shari. I appreciate so much all your insight in my making better cards. Thanks so much...

Andrea Shell said...

Wow, so many awesome cards - I can't pick a favorite (although those cute critters are screaming "buy me!")!

Cindy Thick said...

Love all the cards especially the bear card. Thanks for sharing.

Pami Ballington said...

Lovely cards!

MissScrapAlot said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE all of them ❤️

Pk Marchand said...

I love all your cards and they all make me smile and isn't that what all of us want..can't wait to get some of the stamps. Thanks so much for all the wonderful ideas.

Raven Magill said...

That kindness matters card is my favorite. Gorgeous technique.

Angie Wylie said...

Encouraging words are important--I love all your cards! The last one says it best--everybody should be made to feel like somebody.

sue lorio said...

very pretty. I am always amazed at the creativity!

J Sirak said...

Great cards! All of them ! My favorite might be the one about everybody's a somebody or something
Like that,

Lynne in NI said...

These are fab, looks like you've had great fun with your new goodies!

Penny Peck said...

Very clever and unique

Anonymous said...

Love the Bear Hugs card...makes me smile!

Robin said...

Every card is amazing! So creative!

Carolyn Steele said...

Your cards are all so beautiful that I can't pick a favorite! Ok - that bear card just steals my heart. He is so sweet.

Christine Bell said...

All your cards are great but my favorite is the water color kaleidoscope background. It will be a hard choice which to buy first the Encouraging Animals or the Stencil. TFS😊

Lee Newton said...

I love them all but -- yikes those little critters are too adorable!!

Barbara said...

Great cards with a wonderful theme!

Hydrangeas and Harmony said...

Love all of these! I feel encouraged just looking at them. :)

Tracy Ercole said...

Wow, I just love all of them. You are very talented.

Maureen Reiss said...

Wow!! Really Spectacular cards!!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

You have some wonderful creation here!

Keely said...

I skimmed over the alphabet stamps when I first saw this release. Seeing them in use is really changing my mind about them and giving great inspiration as to how they can be used! Thanks for sharing!

Roberta said...

Two words love 'em! These cards are too cute. Thank you for sharing.

Carolee McCaslin said...

Oh WOW your cards are all so amazing!!!! Love them all and this awesome new release!!!

Pam D. said...

Wonderful cards! I love the encouraging animals set. Great idea with the watercolored stripes, simple but adds the perfect backdrop.

Barbara said...

Every card is amazing. You just create beautiful art!

Spirit Eagle said...

I love them all! You're such an inspiration! This blog hop is just blowing me away tonight! Your cards are extraordinary!

Bunny said...

My goodness. Everything is beautiful. I was a little on the fence about the kaleidoscope background but what you did really inspired me. It is beautiful. I love that teddy bear, too. Thank you for the inspiration. http://bunnyscards1.blogspot.com

shona.chambers@orcon.net.nz said...

Wow, every single card is amazing. I'm especially in love with your 'kindness matters' card, all those blues are divine!

Diane Bakehouse said...

Such a variety of cards, showcasing a wonderful release.

craftytreen said...

really cool cards! i really love this release! You always inspire me! Thanks, hugs, treen

Barbara-Jean said...

Love the kaleidoscope background and your coloring! All your cards are super!

Abby said...

Fabulous! As always!

Katherine K :) said...

Eeeeeek! I love all of your cards Shari! Especially the first two! They are so stinkin' adorable and I have pinned them both for future reference and inspiration!

Sandra KM said...

These are all lovely cards. The cool cat image is just adorable!

kaska said...

The Bear hugs card could not be any cuter. Love the color blending on the stencil card ...great color choices

Melanie Cowart said...

Love the "Kindness Matters" and "Be Somebody" Cards! I would definitely make those.

Sister Sun said...

Beautiful, encouraging, FUN cards! Love them so....thanks so much for sharing them.

Eva Laney said...

Wow you were busy, love them all. That sweet bear card is so so perfect!

Heather said...

Wow!! What an amazing bunch of cards!! They are all fabulous, but I think my favorite is that bear one! It is so adorable!! Love how you colored it up, too. This "encouraging words" release is awesome!

Maureen Chandler said...

Wonderful cards & stamp set - encouragement is so very important. Thanks so much!!

Kristie Wilson said...

All of your cards are fabulous. My favorite is the kaleidoscope background, it's so pretty!!

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