Simon Says: Blog Hop!


Blog Hop time! Simon Says Stamp has a new batch of products – and I’m excited to share with you projects featuring a mom stencil and a dad stencil.


For this card, I put gel medium on the backwards side of the stencil (aka the side of stencil I’d want to “stamp”), and then sprayed with dylusions mists.


Then I pressed onto cardstock – what this did was to create a textured background – love the look!



My other stencil was a dad one. For this I placed the stencil on kraft cardstock and covered with a heavy layer of white paint. Then I removed the stencil and sprayed a load of Dylusions. LOVE this technique! texture, color, and quick too.


Ready to check out the other new products? They’re all up in the Simon shop right here. Here are links to the other supplies I’ve used here:

Oh yes – and FYI Simon has a fun giveaway for this hop! We will randomly pick one winner from each stop on the hop to win 2 brand new, not-yet released ink pads and coordinating packs of cardstock from the new collection! The giveaways for the ink/cardstock will close at 6:00pm EST on Thursday April 10, 2014 a complete winners list will be posted on the Simon blog on Friday April 11, 2014.

Now that you know all about the give-aways, if you’d like to keep on the hop then the next stop is the always fabulous Nichol Magouirk!

452 thoughts on “Simon Says: Blog Hop!”

  1. I really like the buttons. I’ve got a whole bunch of buttons that are just begging to be used, and your card is a fantastic inspiration.

    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. Woah. These are fantastic cards!! Your application made these cards look so artsy and grungy. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Oh dear, very tempting with a new SSS release…..but perhaps I can find room for one or two new scrap goodies (there is ALWAYS room for more!)

  4. Very different use of the die cuts. The dark heart really made the mother’s card and the dad card had a background every guy should appreciate. Thank you for the ideas.

  5. These cards a AWESOME! Love the effects you got with both and loving those Mom and Dad full card dies! Fabulous inspiration! Thanks for the great shares!! XOXO-Shari

  6. Very unique cards. i like the way you can do so many different things with the same products. Thanks for the ideas.

  7. Your cards are created with many materials and techniques. I love the colors and appearance of the Dad card best of all.

  8. I’m just now becoming more aware of Dylusions’ products and these are beautiful examples of what you can do to make your cards stand out. Love the look!

  9. A beautiful and artistic way of using the stencils, that results in two amazing cards!

  10. May, your cards are always works of art. I’m hoping to try some different techniques with stencils soon. Thanks

  11. These cards look too fun to make. They make me feel like going to my craft table & getting messy.

  12. Wow, I wouldn’t have thought to use the backside of the stencil as a stamp-thanks for the tip, Great cards.

  13. Was working through the blog hop and got to your site just as your e-mail popped into my inbox. LOVE the stamping with the stencil technique!

  14. Wow how many staff you can do with the new products. The colors and the heart die form a book page is beauiful. I realy like your the colors that you used on your projects. Thanks for the inspiration.

  15. Both your cards are beautiful. Love the color combination on the second card. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.

  16. Totally awesome May, both cards are super. And thanks for the technique and inspiration, I could never have thought about doing that on the card.

  17. Love the texture you created with these cards. Thanks for the chance to win some amazing items.

  18. Great techniques, will have to try them. Thanks for the chance to win some great prizes!

  19. Love both cards! Love that you explained the first card, very neat idea!! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  20. I feel so inspired! I think I’ll just ignore my duties around the house and ‘work/play’ in my craft room all weekend! Thank you!

  21. Great ideas on how to use the stencils and mists. I like how they both turned out. The Dad card looks embossed, very cool.

  22. Whoa! For one moment, I thought you did art journaling. Very awesome looking mommy and daddy cards!

  23. Love the colors. The texture with the white paint on the second card and the gel medium on the first is SO COOL! Thanks for sharing with us today.

  24. OMG I love your cards and what fabulous stencil work. Thanks for the inspiration x

  25. I love the technique you used on the Dad card – it really softened the colours, and you got really nice variation.

  26. Great use in using the
    stencil as the stamp!
    Both cards are so
    Carla from Utah

  27. These are some pretty cool techniques. I may have to experiment with these. Thx for the chance too.

  28. Love the watercolor look you created stamping with the stencil and the grungy masculine card for dad.

  29. Oooh, I love the Dad card. My dad’s favorite color is green, so that would be perfect for him! Thanks for sharing! =)

  30. Cool technique with colors and the stencils. Need to try this. Thanks for sharing your cards.

  31. Two great cards using techniques that I would have NEVER thought of on my On my way! Thanks for opening the door to totally new techniques (for me).

  32. Great cards. These are some techniques I never thought of doing. Always learnign something new. Thanks to the inspiration.

  33. Both totally fabulous cards! I’ve never seen that technique you used on the first one, but I just love it and will definitely have to try it!

  34. One more fun use for stencils…and my Dylusions sprays! Can’t wait to try the techniques. Thanks, May!

  35. What amazingly fun cards. Thanks for another idea to tuck into my arsenal. Now I have one more reason to “need” these stencils. LOL

  36. How pretty are those backgrounds! The father card is just perfect for my dad, fully intend to lift it:-)

  37. Great cards. I love that the new products are for Mother’s day and Father’s day.

  38. You have just doubled my stencil’s usefulness! Thanks for the great tip!

  39. This technique turned out very pretty, I’ll have to give it a go. Thanks for the inspiration.

  40. Your cards look amazing and so stylish with an artsy feel! I just love how you added text to that richly colored heart and then added glitter around the edges! Very creative use of stencils on both cards!

  41. Awesome – great style … so different, so unique …. gives us great ways to use these new products.

  42. WOW – what an EXCITING pair of cards May!!!
    LOVE the stencils and LOVE the techniques you have shared, the colours & textures of BOTH cards are so BEAUTIFUL, especially the Dad card!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your cards and creative techniques 🙂

  43. Daddy would have gotten a kick out of his card. I’m sorry he’s not here to see what I could have made for him (guess he’s watching from above). Great cards. Very colorful and bold.

  44. I love the artfulness of these cards!! Such a great idea to use the stencil as a stamp. Beautiful!!

  45. “no rules, just happy crafting”….love your mantra. All the new dies are “gotta haves”. Good use of color.

  46. WOW your cards are so fantastic I so love the look you achieved with your most unique technique you know it reminds me of how finger painting used to turn out but sure allot less messy what a great, clever and creative idea. Love your cards you really are one super creative and talented gal!!!

  47. Really like the “dad” card – white on craft with spray mist = endless possibilities! Thanks for sharing your great ideas!

  48. Both cards are gorgeous! Such a different technique – very inspiring! Love the sparkle on the Mom card!

  49. I really need to try out the Dylusions. Looks like so much fun and the end results are beautiful. Thanks for sharing this technique with us. I really enjoy seeing how everyone puts a different spin on these cards.

  50. Great techniques – love the colours and textures on your projects! You rocked these stencils 🙂

  51. I haven’t done much with sprays yet. What a unique idea to use a folder as a pattern transfer. I need to try that out.

  52. Nice details on the Mother’s Day Card. And a nice masculine take on the Father’s Day one. Thanks for sharing.

  53. I would love to see these cards IRL. I bet they look awesome. I need to give this a try!

  54. Both of your cards are very interesting. The colors and textures are really great looking.

  55. I’m finally convinced I NEED to get some gel medium and Dylusions sprays. Love the look you achieved. Also love the kraft card for dads. Everything looks better in kraft. 😉 Thanks for the inspiration.

  56. Wow! Two very creative techniques for stencils. I am very impressed by the ingenuity and the final effect. Thank you very much!!

  57. I love learning new techniques, thanks for sharing these two great cards and the techniques used to make them!

  58. Your cards are so artsy and technique-y and wonderful! I can’t wait to see the new SSS ink colors!

  59. love the spin on the mother’s card that it actually looks like a young child did the card

  60. Absolutely adore these cards & the techniques you’ve used have produced some fab results. I especially like the DAD card – those colours are to die for

  61. Great cards especially the masculine one…. Hard to get cards for men. Love the artisan style.

  62. I really love all the texture you achieved with the new stencils. I never would have thought to use the gel medium directly on the stencil. Can’t wait to give it a try!

  63. I LOVE what you did with the stencils! Such a neat look to your cards. My absolute favorite part of these cards, though, is the heart trimmed in glitter on the Mother’s Day card. TOO cute!!!

  64. love the mom card! love the way you made the background. I can’t wait to try this out! thank you for the inspiration

  65. I like the colouring of the dad card. It’s nice to see a card for a man that isn’t brown or grey.

  66. Wow…great way to use the stencil…love the richness of your colours too…wonderful job May !! Thanks for sharing and inspiring me. off to the next stop on the blog hop…loving the new products and all the inspiration.

  67. I am sorry but I don’t like this card. I could never do this meaning it would not look this nice if I tried to recreate it.

  68. Really interesting & unique! Love the colors on the “mom” card – but I love the bold overall effect on the “dad” card. TFS these great ideas!

  69. Two very excellent samples. Very cool techniques that I will have to try. Thanks for the inspiration.

  70. Any time I’m looking for a new and different way to use my materials, I know I can always count on you, May! Thanks for the inspiration!

  71. I love the artfulness (is that a word, lol?) of both of your cards. They really have a cool vibe!

  72. I’m loving the color variation you got by “stamping” with your stencil. Some of the letters look marbled or crackled. The white paint technique is also great.

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