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Friday, February 19, 2016

Reason to Smile Blog Hop!!!


Hi Everyone!!! Welcome to the last stop of the Simon Says Stamp Reason To Smile Blog Hop!!

I'm so thrilled with this release and can't wait to play more with the new products... especially the felting goodies!! 

I've created a few cards with some stamps and dies. I'll start off with the Melody's Easter stamp set and coordinating die set. These designs were inspired by my darling Melody!! I thought it would be fun to design an unenthused bunny and silly lamby!


My tool of choice for coloring are pencils, they allow me to get into tight areas such as hair and the tiny flowers. Blending is easy with a white pencil and you can remove color with an eraser. 


Next up is another favorite set of mine because it's unique to use. How it works is that you stamp the pattern swatches with your favorite ink colors, then use the Springtime Shapes dies to create a bunny, easter egg or carrot.


Spring reminds me of clouds, rain and flowers popping up. I've designed a stamp set that's versatile and easy to use for your Spring cards. There are two sizes of clouds in different patterns along with a few greetings and birds. 


I'm very attracted to grey and aqua, these colors were screaming cloudy skies! So soft!


My final card uses two stamp sets, the first being Kristina Werner's beautiful flowers with the Choose Happy greetings. 


I've white embossed the flower and stem, then watercolored with Distress Inks.


I've used white ink to stamp the desert storm card and added greeting that will bring cheer to anyone!

Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a Simon Goody bag on every stop of the hop. 
 Be sure to comment on this post for a chance to win. Winners will be picked from commenters. Simon will be drawing a winner on each stop of the hop for a prize package valued at approximately $50. The winners will be drawn this coming Tuesday, February 23. 

 If you've missed the beginning of the hop, please visit the Simon Says Stamp blog for more details and a list of all the designer blogs! Thanks for stopping by today, I appreciate it! 

 I've broken my supplies down by card and at the bottom have listed the entire release! 
I get affiliate commission from Simon SaysStamp at no extra cost to you!

Melody



Springtime Shapes

Cloudy Skies

Springtime Flowers Smile

Entire Reason to Smile Release

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the Blackbird said...

The bunny card is so sweet! I love it!
Cristina
thehouseoftheblackbirds.blogspot.it

Cardsbymaaike said...

that little girl is so precious and her giant bunny is too cute. Love the cards with the simple dicetus of a bunny and carrot, I grow my own carrots and this is just me :-D

Jan Elmore said...

Your 'reason to smile' card is a 20 on a scale of one to ten! Simply stunning and the white emboss is so delicate with the coloring.

Unknown said...

Great cards. Love the coloring with pencils.

Tracey T said...

Such a pretty Spring release, Shari. Love the cute shapes and the background pattern dies.

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like the coloring of the sweet girl image & bunny. Have a BEE-utiful day!
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

SewPaperPaint said...

These are all so very pretty! Love the carrot and the peep! Gorgeous designs.

Unknown said...

I love all of them but I enjoy the girls coloring the most

Heidi Crowl said...

I agree with Jan Elmore above. You so totally rocked these <3 I love seeing Melody come to life for Easter and enjoy working with you!

Andrene said...

As usual, you have knocked this out of the park, Shari! All of your cards are such pieces of art. Thanks so much for sharing your talents!

Cyndie said...

What a cute batch of cards! Hard to pick a favorite but I'm sure liking all the beautiful cards I'm seeing made from the Spring Flowers set!

Unknown said...

All cards are nice, but girl with bunny are so sweet, that I like them most of all!

QuilterLaura said...

All are beautiful, but that yellow flower is my favorite!

Unknown said...

Love your cards. They are so beautiful.

Dee Earnshaw said...

Wow, you have made some gorgeous cards - not sure which one I like best, they are all so original an beautifully made. Thank you for the inspiration:)

Arianna Barbara said...

Oh wow! I'm definitely in love for all of these cards! Super super cute!!!! <3

Erica said...

Lovely projects, Shari! My favorite is the last one... The colors, flowers, twine.. Everything about it is just perfect and receiving it would definitely be a reason to smile! :)

Gail said...

Fabulous creations - Very talented and I love the bunny creation very much as well as your coloring - tfs and TF the Hop - have a blessed day!

theCook said...

Beautiful cards, especially the last one : love the flower outlines on the background!

NanW said...

Beautiful cards. I love the pattern stamp set.

staceylovespaper said...

Your cards are gorgeous!! I love the shading you achieve with your colored pencils, just amazing!!!

Unknown said...

Love your cloud card. I when I see these colors together I think "Shari Carroll's colors" :)

Lori Staggs said...

That little girl and bunny are just TOO cute!!

Unknown said...

Your style is so lovely! The flowers are my favorite!

Jackie said...

The little girl is just adorable. I love all of these cards. The coloring - especially on the little girl, the composition, the backgrounds - it's all wonderful.

Karen K said...

Absolutely in spring! Spring is in the air!

simo said...

Love the 'cloudy' card, those colours are great but my favourite by far is the one with the new Spring flowers...it's simply amazing!

Unknown said...

these are all so sweet!

Debbie Rumpza said...

Adorable! I especially love the clouds and the yellow flower card... Gorgeous!

Cynthia said...

can't stop thinking about that carrot card, it's just fun!

Natasha said...

Wow!! I love all of these so much!

Lee-Anne said...

Fabulous designs...love them all!

Unknown said...

great work!

Lindsay said...

All the cards look fabulous... a thanks for sharing

Rita said...

These are all wonderful! :)

Liz O. said...

Oh my! All your cards are beautiful, you are very talented, thank you for all the amazing inspiration, have a wonderful day!

diana said...

Grest cards! Especially love the new flower stamps. ;-)

Unknown said...

Loving all your cards and your stamp set is adorable!

Leslie said...

Such wonderful cards and techniques. Thank you for sharing!

KimCreate said...

Wonderful cards! I love the stamps and dies in this release!

Bev Wilk son said...

Love the Spring shapes so versatile! That bunny is adorable too!

Toni said...

Your work is delicate and wonderful. Love the carrot

Linda M said...

Gorgeous creations! My favorite is the spring flowers card--so beautiful!

Unknown said...

I just love them all, but really like that you did a soft background on the spring flowers card and then had them colored and front and center. Just love all the ideas you give!!

happyscrap said...

Homerun! All your cards are WONDERFUL. Thank you.

Unknown said...

I love that card with clouds! It's gorgeous <3

Kari V. said...

Love it!! The springtime shapes really got my attention here.

walchowDesign said...

Lovely set of cards. My fav would go to the last card - like how you used the same flower for the bg stamping and also used it as the main image!

Jerrie said...

Love your cards and the pastel colors you used! I love the blog hop title and the stamps that go with the hop!

Shelly said...

Oh, these are sooo pretty!!

Betty said...

all your cards are wonderful, but the spring flowers is my absolute favorite!

Nancy said...

Simply gorgeous! Love the soft colors and beautiful designs! Amazing release!

Lisa T said...

All so beautiful! Lovely release and you made some fabulous cards. Thank you!

Unknown said...

Love your reason to smile card! Everyone needs a smile each day!

Shelley C said...

Love the reason to smile card the most! The floral sets in this release are my favorites, followed by the gingham background!

Becca Yahrling said...

Beautiful cards all ... love your coloring of Melody - very pretty! I love this amazing release!

Unknown said...

Beautiful cards.

bev p said...

Way too many ideas, but love them all! Thanks so much! I had a question, but I think I found the answer. I was trying to figure out the background on the first card. I wasn't sure if it was paper or stenciled, then I saw the supply list!!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work.

Jenny C. said...

Wonderful cards! The sentiments are great in this set.

Jenny C. said...

Wonderful cards! The sentiments are great in this set.

Unknown said...

Wonderful projects! You have been busy in your craft room! That watercolored white embossed flower card is stunning!

Rachel B. said...

Great cards!

hthole said...

Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing.

donna said...

Fantastic cards!!! thanks Shari for sharing~!!!

Deb said...

Your bunny and carrot cards are adorable and I really like the floral card too!

Rubeena I. said...

Wonderful cards!

CaffeinatedPapercuts said...

Oh, those all turned out so pretty! Melody is lovely, and I'm with you that gray and aqua are looking amazing together.

KajunKJ said...

Adorable cards. ..so springy and happy! The fabric one is so unique! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

CME Creation said...

I love the use of the color pencils

LaNell said...

Sweet cards. Love you work, Shari!

nailgirl said...

Love that Melody card! sooooo cute!! but i love all of them, lol!!!

Jan said...

Such nice colouring Shari.

CME Creation said...

love them all

Jannette said...

Love your card. I'm bringing out my color pencils! Thanks for the inspiration.

Jayell said...

These are all beaufiful cards

pcm said...

they are all great but i am a sucker for those flowers!

Kathie B said...

I am liking all your creations but the flower is my favorite by far...just so stunning a perfect for spring. Thanks f0r giving me a reason to smile!

jan metcalf said...

Lots of pretty looks!

Karen B said...

Adorable mini cards!

Unknown said...

I too love to use my pencils to color. Your techniques are beautiful. I love the new Spring stamps by SSS.

Amy M. said...

So many beautiful cards I can't decide which one to comment on! They're all fabulous :)

Nana Griffin said...

A beautiful flower card and a lovely verse on it too.

Marcie Lovett said...

They're all wonderful, Shari, especially the Melody card!

Sandy D said...

Your cards all very nice - my favorite is the Spring Flower card - I am loving that stampset!

Unknown said...

Beautiful Springy cards....so adorable!

Satori said...

I love this release and all your cards! They are so sweet, precious and polished!

Beatrice Lawson said...

The daffodil card is just stunning - I love the flowers and the new sentiment set the best from this new release, so the two of them together just make me happy.

Laura said...

Cute

Wendy Mallas said...

Totally adorable.

Kate B said...

Fantastic cards, they are all great! Thanks for sharing!

gabriella said...

I like your smile card the best of the stuff you showed. A good hop

Anonymous said...

Your cards a beautiful!
Kirsten B in MN

cghundley said...

Wonderful bunch of
cards, all so pretty!
Loving them all.
Carla from Utah

Ashley said...

That little girl and bunny are my absolute favorite!!! you did an amazing job with them

Unknown said...

Love that melody's Easter stamp set .. And your coloring looks amazing..

Greta said...

I always love your work, Shari! Thanks for all the inspiration!

Marlou McAlees said...

beautiful cards Shari :) that bunny is super cute! blessings to you ♥

Dawn@Petals.Paper.SimpleThymes said...

Wonderful cards, as always, Shari! There is just something so sweet about your carrot card! Your Spring Flowers card is just lovely. Stamping a white background on the desert storm really makes the blossoms shine! So much inspiration here! ♡

L. Webb said...

Lovley and pleasant- I just love the Cloudy Day release. It's so sweet.

Daša said...

I noticed this carrot card. How amazing! I love it. One of my fav for sure. :) I would be super happy to make a card with carrot :)))

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Wow these are all incredible! Love the little girl and the beautiful coloring!

Cheryl said...

These are very sweet cards. I like them very much.

Ladyj711 said...

Shari, those are beautiful cards. You have me thinking I should pick up my colored pencils again
To do more coloring. You did a lovely job.

D.Ann C said...

I have a serious crush on that dreamy dream card!!

Anne Harada said...

This release is fantastic! I love the pattern stamps, the plushie dies and the adorable bunnies in the the stamp sets! Welcome Spring!!

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Dottie said...

I love the range of "feels" your pieces show. I am especially in love with the bunny and little girl. I think that one is my favorite of your collection. Thank you for sharing these.

Shawninaz said...

Shari I just adore everything that you create, thank you!

Jeanne said...

Beautiful cards!

Marcia said...

LOVE the Spring Flowers. Beautiful job....thank you!

Denise Coovert (Droege) said...

The carrot card is too cute!

Purple Princess said...

Love them all!!

Unknown said...

Beautiful cards! I love the new release items!

Oliev said...

Awesome cards!

Jo Ann Danchik said...

Simply gorgeous Shari! I love it all!

MCRAFTZ said...

Hi Shari, what lovely cards X I just love this new release from SSS, can't wait to buy some of my favourites X thanks for all your tips, I love learning from you ...Marcia xxx

Unknown said...

Beautiful cards!!! Love all the colors you used!!!!

Skrater said...

Amazing cards, amazing coloring, did I mention AMAZING???

Cindi Hall said...

Gorgeous Cards!

Miranda's Place said...

You've been very creative. Thanks for sharing this all with us.

Ann K said...

Great cards - and a fabulous way to showcase all the new products. What a great blog hop - so many of my favorite card makers on the list!!!

Unknown said...

All your cards are beautiful!

KT Fit Kitty said...

All of your cards are gorgeous! You've showcased this new release beautifully! I always enjoy your cards - just love your style!

Avra Williams said...

I love your cards! The little girl with the bunny is precious!

Lillian Child said...

So many lovely creations! Thanks for sharing your talents with us!

Krista D said...

Loving all these! Amazing work.

Snow said...

Your cards are just stunning!

Vicky C said...

Stunning and beautiful creations with such pretty colours - love them all! Another awesome new release.

Julie M. said...

Very creative variety.

Monika/Buzsy said...

Fantastic cards Shari. Love the sweet images on the first one... amazing coloring... my favorite is KW's pretty flower colored in with distressed ink. The heat embossing looks nice.

Marilyn said...

So pretty cards!!!

Karen said...

I love them all but that carrot is my favorite.

Susi said...

Such beautiful - inspiring - projects!

Barb said...

I cannot WAIT to get my Melody set, Shari! It's adorable and so is your card using it! Love each of your cards today! This last stop on the hop definitely gave me a reason to smile! ♥

Unknown said...

Seriously.. so much inspiration .. so little time!

Linda said...

Love your Reason to Smile card - so elegant.

Nicki said...

Your Reason to Smile card is gorgeous. Love it.

Tami in Texas said...

Tami Elliott: Such different looks and all equally striking! I love your coloring techniques!

Sherry said...

very pretty cards!!

Injela Jamshaid said...

Love all three cards! Especially the cloud one. The combination is my favorite too! The other two cards are pretty too!

Amy SKL said...

Beautiful cards!

JanetB said...

Your cards are all very pretty, I especially like the way you used the colored pencils on Melody and that cute bunny!

Sue Smith said...

Melody is absolutely beautiful and done so well. All your cards are fantastic and I'm glad to know others prefer pencils for coloring :)

Kim W said...

Your cards are gorgeous!! I am totally sold on this new release!! I want it all!!!

Emma Rose said...

Love what you have done with these.

Kelly Szafron said...

Beautiful cards!

Leonor said...

beautiful cards and colors

Stephanie said...

I absolutely love your cards!!

Angie Linton said...

Wow - love all of your cards as well as the whole release!

Nikki said...

Wonderful cards. Love that little girl.

Marsha S said...

All of your cards are wonderful! My favorite is Melody and the bunny card!

Capro said...

Your talent and techniques particularly inspire me because this is the style of card I like or would aspire to create. Thank you so much for sharing. I have to add the little girl stamp to my wish list. I seriously need a sugar Daddy to buy me stamps and dies lol.

LesLee said...

what a lovely end to a great hop... I love how you call the bunny unenthused... lol... he just looks shy to me.. a great companion to your turtle... Thanks for sharing, hope you have a great day..

Unknown said...

Love you cards! I like simple and elegant.

Unknown said...

Diecuts are such a great addition to any card. The little girl and her bunny would be a fabulous card to brighten anyone's Easter. Your pics and video are great ways to inspire anyone to create a fabulous Easter treat! Thanks so much as these are all so adorable!

Brenda Dunn said...

I love those clouds. Adorable!

cropmom66 said...

These are all so beautiful. The coloring is fantastic!

Bunny Dobbie said...

I always love your cards Shari! Love the little girl and bunny card. I see she's getting lots of use on the blog! So adorable! Your Spring Flower card is lovely! You're the only person who coloured it yellow and it really looks great. Now I need to go back and see what you use your coloured pencils on. I'm finding my cardstock too smooth. 🌺

Maura said...

Such a sweet collection of cards! That first one is adorable, Shari!

barbara macaskill said...

Beautiful cards! I especially love the clouds card!!! Deliciousness!! TFS!

A Tad Bit Off said...

Beautiful cards!

Unknown said...

Great cards! Love this new release!

Marie said...

Beautiful, soft, delicate, perfectly shaded cards. Love this release.

Angelamyhre@yahoo.com said...

Love the Easter blessings card.

Cheryl said...

Love the soft colors

Charlotte W. said...

Such pretty cards!

Natalie Winterstein said...

All of your cards are GORGEOUS! I especially love the floral card. Thanks for sharing! :)

Suzan Dorchik said...

Stunning cards. Fabulous release.

Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing these ideas...they are lovely.

Hannah Driscoll said...

What sweet cards I love the color combinations they really are lovely thanks for sharing your ideas and being part of the blog hop

Unknown said...

Pretty cards!

Tkat said...

great cards! your final card is absolutely stunning!!!!!!! i'm gonna try that idea -- love the background stamping!

Linda said...

I love how each of your cards has a different design esthetic. You are too creative by far! Thank you for such beautiful ideas for this blog hop.

jusaweecatnap said...

Great group of cards. Especially like that carrot card, and the lovely yellow flower.

LauraJane:) said...

That carrot looks SCRUMPTIOUS!! LOVE the yellow bloom:)

Nandini said...

Absolutely love the third card. I am totally in love with the Spring Flowers set. And your card is very, very inspiring!

Star said...

BEAUTIFUL cards as always.

Mirella said...

Such darling cards and creations, all of them! The carrot one made me giggle - it's just too cute! :-)

nancy said...

Your cards are all awesome, but I loved the last one with the single flower and the way you stamped the background in leaves.

Danielle said...

Loving all your cards!!!

grandma salkil said...

Such a unique way to arrange the clouds.

Natalie said...

Love your style! It's always such an inspiration to visit your blog!

Unknown said...

These cards are amazing! This release is awesome! Thanks for sharing.

Di said...

Such a yummy yellow flower card with a beautiful sentiment. Thanks for sharing. Oh, and I love the carrot card, too.

FeM said...

I love the simplicity of your cards. The colors are perfect.

Unknown said...

such great cards. what wonderful new things sss has need to find a was to get it all.

Unknown said...

Great cards! That Dream card is beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

Shirley said...

Everyone needs the "smile" stamp sayings....words to live by!

brandco2450@gmail.com said...

WOW! All these cards are absolutely gorgeous. Your creativity inspires me!

Unknown said...

The bunny and little girl are so adorable!

Kristie Maynard said...

Beautiful job! Thanks for sharing with us.

Our son Kade said...

Really really cute!

Susie Sonnier said...

Love the Spring Flower stamp set!

Rema DeLeeuw said...

Beautiful cards!!

Linda said...

I love all of your cards with all the details. Thanks for sharing.

Linda D.

Unknown said...

Luv all your cards...as always...fantastic!

Melanie Ann MacKenzie said...

All your projects are terrific but gosh... I do love that bunny! Cheers.

Unknown said...

Adorable cards!!

Sandra said...

I love your cards and this release :-).

Unknown said...

Awesome cards! So much inspiration!

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