Simon Says: August kit blog hop!



Summer is in full swing and we’re celebrating with a card kit blog hop featuring the August 2013 Simon Says Stamp card kit! With it’s bright colors and new exclusive Simon Says Stamp products, it’s sure to get you in the creative mood. I’m excited to be taking part in this hop – and I will be sharing with you two new cards and a scrapbook layout all made from this kit.


What I am loving about this month’s stamp set is that it would be great on my scrapbook pages (you can see some stamps in action above!) as well as on cards and other projects.


For the first card, I used the new exclusive stencil with salty ocean distress ink on a piece of cardstock before spritzing with water (that’s how I got the water spots) and layering on some hand-cut banners and a heart. My sentiment stamps are done with white embossing powder for extra pop.

For my second card, I wanted to use that great stencil again. This time though, I used with white acrylic paint to create some texture and funky detail onto one of the patterned papers from the kit.


This card was actually really quick and easy to make – the longest part was waiting on the paint to dry so I could add stitching, pink ink, and finish up the card!


The stencil and little hello button are my favorite parts of this kit. Love them!Β Of course, I love a lot of the patterned papers too and wanted to use this kit for a scrapbook page before I quit my creative session for the day.


I loved mixing mist splatter with stamping tiny hearts (from the kit) as well as the two (stitched and heart) border stamps that were in the kit. This page doesn’t have journaling – that is intentional! It is going to be the opening/title page in a “sisters” scrapbook album.


Some of my layouts about my daughters and their relationship go into a sisters album (vs general family/by year album) and this will be just the page to kick off another album!


Well now you’ve seen my projects – it’s almost time to hop on along to other stops on the hop!


This is a great kit!Β The colors, stamps, and all the details really come togetherΒ for amazing results and simple to make projects. If you are interested – I’d suggest heading over to order yours asap. I think this one is gonna sell out fast!

The incredible Kathy is the next stop on this blog hop – you can check out her blog here. She’s got FIVE cards to share!

Before you hop to the next blog – remember that Simon has prizes to share!! There is a prize being drawn at random on each stop of the hop, so for your chance to win leave a comment on each of the blog posts as you hop along to be entered in the random drawings. (if you’re reading this via email – hop onto the internet so you can comment)

The giveaways will stay open until Sunday July 21 at 6:00pm EST and the winners will be announced on the Simon Says Stamp blog on Monday July 22, 2013.


Supplies Used:

If you encounter any broken links on the hop, you can head back the Simon Says Stamp blog for the Β full list of participants as well.

466 thoughts on “Simon Says: August kit blog hop!”

  1. All of the things you made are lovely but I really love the second card. I think that would be interesting to hang on a wall in a larger size.

  2. All of your projects are adorable! I just love the way you used the stencil for the background on the first card! Very creative!

  3. Love the little black hearts splattered with the spray! I also liked the acrylic paints used with the stencil. I have quite a few old Memory Makers paints and it’s going to be “stupid hot and humid” out this week, so…time to try out a new technique!

  4. I love all of the different projects you have made up with this set. Really pretty. Thank you

  5. oh wow!! love your cards and the layout… gorgeous card with the acrylic paint texture!! the kit is soooo yum!!!

  6. best card i ever saw in my hole intier life very nice creative and inspiering

  7. I’ve been a kit member since it started and look forward to receiving it each month. I’m so excited there is a stencil included this time. Thanks for the great inspiration.

  8. Your creations are fantastic! Love this card kit and can’t wait for mine to arrive. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Great layouts using the kit! I have 2 sisters and love the sister one. Fun cards you made using the kit too. I cannot wait to get mine in the mail!

  10. I love that you did a scrapbook page using the kit in addition to the cards. All are lovely, but I frequently forget to pull out my card kits while scrapbooking, and I need to remember to do that more!

  11. I’m so loving how you used the kit on your layout! Your cards are beautiful! I can’t wait to get my hands on that stencil! Thanks so much for sharing! So inspirational!

  12. Beautiful layouts and cards. Great use of this kit. Each detail on your layout is fantastic and love the cards with the inking and mix media look. Thanks for sharing it. πŸ™‚

  13. All your projects are so nice! Good demo of the versatility of this month’s kit.

  14. I love your creations! Really shows off how the stamps can be used in so many ways. Thank you for sharing!

  15. Wow! I really love your mixed media style card — waiting for the paint to dry was worth the wait!

  16. I love how you used the different components of the kit. Your layout is really sweet, as are the young ladies you’re featuring on the page!!!

  17. All of these are fabulous and I especially loved the use of the acrylic paint with the stencil. I loved all the details on the lay out as well.

  18. the stitching makes the card look so cute!! and i am also known to be notoriously bad at waiting for things to dry haha i get too excited. but waiting is important!

  19. I really like your scrapbook page. The SSS kit looks like it has a lot of fun items!

  20. Ah May……..your projects are always wonderful. Love the cards and the technique with the stencil on the 2nd one is awesome. Your layout is terrific.

  21. Love love that first card, it’s simple and I love simple crafts & cards. Also love how you used the stencil with the acrylic paint, it adds a whole new layer and textural interest. The burlap flower is super cute on that layout & I like the way you used the faux stitching from the stamp kit along with your own real stitching. Thanks for your contribution and the opportunity for the win! πŸ™‚

  22. Tks for the great inspiration to using my August kit… which I’m looking forward to getting!

  23. What a lot of ideas! Great to see how you used so many things with so many technics! Thanks for the inspiration! Greetings, Gerrina

  24. Gorgeous cards May! I adore the Moroccan stencil. Thanks for the chance to win πŸ™‚

  25. Great card and a great layout! Thanks for demonstrating two different techniques using the stencil included in the kit this month.

  26. Your cards are terrific, May! But I especially like the layout of your girls and the fact that you actually make “sisters” albums for some of their pictures. How very sweet!

  27. WOW I like what you have done with the kit. I am loving the stencil. Love the stamp set too. TFS

  28. Nice use of the kit to make a LO — I especially like the real and stamped stitching!

  29. Love your layout and card May. This kit is awesome with the stamp set and papers. I like the stencil with distressing as well. Love that salty ocean. So vibrant. Thanks for sharing your projects with us.

  30. This stencil is awesome. The looks you got with it are wonderful. gives me all kinds of ideas.

  31. this looks like it was a lot of fun to work with thank you for sharing with us.

  32. More projects with that cute stencil background, I love it. Thanks for the chance of winning!

  33. Love your cards–my favorite is the shabby chic one–looks like it was so fun to create!

  34. Loved all 3 of your projects but I really like the card where you used the paint and stencil to create the raised effect. Fun stuff!

  35. Love the texture you achieved with the stencil and paint. Can’t wait to try it as a card background.

  36. Really love your projects! Using the white acrylic paint with the stencil looks awesome!

  37. I wish I had my kit, I want to play with the stencil and paint! Thanks for showing it.

  38. This is the first time I have seen your work. I appreciate your style and the sort of eclectic-ness of your work. Thanks for the inspiration. I am interested in the effect of stitching on some of my cards or layouts.

  39. Dear May, just love your cards and your scrapbook page, what a lovely idea to make am”sisters” scrapbook, your work is inspirational, thanks for sharing!

  40. Wow!!! 2 beautiful cards and a gorgeous layout!!! I am in love with the stencil!! I love how you used it in your second card with acrylic paint!! It gave it some added dimension!! I absolutely love your 2nd card!! And your LO is absolutely gorgeous!! I love the little stitched borders in the stamp set!! This kit looks amazing and full of fun!! Thank you for sharing!! You are such an inspiration!!

  41. Awesome cards! IΒ΄m in love with this stencil , you did a great job with it. Now I will wait and dream that IΒ΄m the lucky winner ….


  42. Yay! I really like your cards. I just started subscribing to this kit a couple of months ago, and have been very happy so far.

  43. Wow. Love the card and LO with the stitch details. If it was really quick then it’s pretty impressive for a quick make. Gorgeous

  44. Love your work. Your pink card with all that great texture is outstanding! Thanks for the inspiration.

  45. Wonderful creations with this kit. I like the different ways you used the stencil.

  46. Gorgeous projects, May! I LOVE how you used the stencil on your cards…WOW! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us, and for a chance to win!

  47. Amazing projects … really like the way you used the stencil in different ways.

  48. Pretty layout and cards. Love the use of the stamp to imitate an almost stitched line on the layout.

  49. I am always so impressed by your work and wow, this set of projects knocked it out of the park! Love the way you used that stencil and the burlap flower!

  50. love . love . love your creations. i’m going to love this month’s kit too!

  51. Such a sweet layout with those tiny heats and that flower! I love all your projects!

  52. What fun projects!! I love the way you used the paint with the stencil. Brilliant!

  53. Such great projects! I love your sisters book! My sister passed away a few years ago and I would love going through my pictures and finding ones of my sister and myself for a album like this. It’s priceless! Your girls are so going to love this when they are older and look back at the fun times πŸ™‚

  54. Love what you did with the stencil…and I agree with you…great patterned papers in this kit.

  55. WOW I love all 3 of your creations and how you used the card kit to create 3 such different projects – thanks for the inspiration!

  56. I never really get how to effectively use a card kit, but after seeing your 3 different creations I think I am going to try it. I love how you showed us 3 different ways to create from the kit. I am just starting to scrapbook and I absolutely love your sisters page. Your style is so unique, unlike any other.

  57. I really liked your cards. The second was my favorite because of everything going on, but they were both really good.

  58. I love the textured look you got with your stencil…very striking. Thanks for sharing!

  59. The painted card looks like it took hours to make–love the acrylic paint idea! Wonderful cards and layout. You’ve inspired me to try the borders on a larger page.

  60. Your creations are fantastic especially that second card. The way you used the stencil is awesome. Thanks for the great ideas.

  61. The cards are so sweet and I love the layout. Thank you for sharing with us you’re creativity.

  62. Love your cards and layout. The stencil looks fantastic.
    Can’t wait for my kit.

  63. All your projects are wonderful, but that second card with the acrylic paint really speaks to me. It’s gorgeous! Stencils rock!!

  64. What a wonderful use of this month’s kit! That flower is the coolest embellie for your layout, and I love how you used the stencil for the card!

  65. Lovin’ the use of the white paint and the stencil-gives it more dimension. This stencil is a must have.

  66. Love everything you did with the kit! I especially love the second card – totally amazing!

  67. wow, all of these are awesome! I adore the stencil…it has so many uses!!!!!!! This kit is fabulous!!!!!

  68. Great projects and another great kit! Thanks for all of your wonderful inspiration.

  69. Wow I love your cards, and I really love how you did the trail of hearts and ink splatter on you LO.
    I love all the bright colors in this months SSS kit, it is a must have.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win this months SSS kit.

  70. Your projects are awesome! I love how simple the pink card was to make yet how amazing it turned out! What a great idea with the paint!

  71. It is wonderful that a stencil is included this month. Your projects are great!

  72. Gosh, I love that sentiment set. And the texture you created using that wonderful stencil – gorgeous!

  73. I always love your work, and today I kept looking at your LO for a looong time! Just love it! I love how you used the stencil in the second card too.TFS

  74. Love how you have used the stencil. Love your cards and your layout is so lovely. TFS.

  75. Love the cards & creations you came up with, you always have this wonderful artsy take on your projects. Thanks so much for sharing

  76. Wow! So many projects from one card kit! Amazing. The stencilling looked kind of hard to do but I will give it a shot. Thanks for sharing your fan projects.

  77. Loved your cards and the scrapbook page! My favorite is the second card! Love the stencil technique you used with the white paint! Gorgeous!

  78. beautiful cards and ideas. i really liked the idea of using the paint to make a background for your card.

  79. How fancy with textures! i like the versatility that you tried to show by making a card and showing a scrapbook page.

  80. MAY!!!!! Where have you been all my life!??? I came here as part of the blog hop and fell instantly in love with your style and creative use of supplies! Thank you so much for the inspiration.

  81. Incredible projects May! I really love the way you used the stencil on your cards and the way you created “all around the page” borders with the squiggly line stamps. The white paint applied through the stencil looks fabulous – a must try for me. Kudos!

  82. i just love all of your cards and you made such a great use off all of the Simon says stamp cardkit!

    love the way how you used the stencil, in diffrent techniques..verry usefull!
    your lay out is just stunning!

    i.m hopping to the next blog..thank you for sharing

  83. Love everything! The second card is my favorite, I love how you used the acrylic paint to add texture. The colors are also great!

  84. Really lovely cards and love the way you used the stencil. Very creative!!

  85. Thanks for including an idea for a layout. I always enjoy your projects and your videos. Keep those great ideas coming! No pressure. πŸ˜‰

  86. That stencil is a new must have! Love what you did with all the supplies!!!

  87. Your projects are so detailed and beautiful! I can see that I definitely need to have that stencil…so fun! πŸ™‚

  88. Gorgeous use of the kit elements! Love your use of the stencil. Thanks for sharing your fab projects and the chance to win.
    Katherine xx

  89. Your pink card is yummy!
    and I like your scrapbook page too!
    Thk you for chance to win

  90. Beautiful card and layout. Love the colors and use of stencil. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  91. Both your scrapbook page and card are beautiful. thanks for sharing your creations.

  92. I love your cards and layout. What fun ways to use the stencil. TFS.

  93. Thanks you for showing so many beautiful projects but that second card has to be my favorite of all just gorgeous.

  94. I just love the way you stictch around the border with 2 colors …many times i have free-lanced doing the same but never looks as good as yours..great work!

  95. well i can see you were busy making these lovely creations and thank you so much for sharing them

  96. Love the cards. Great cover page of the sisters album, what a great idea for a album.

  97. I don’t usually like stitching, but you make it look fresh. Loved the texture of the paint – just enough for a card.
    TFS – Julie

  98. I absolutely loved it!!! Especially ur scrapbook layout, its so sooo beautiful. πŸ™‚ And i love ur second card too, that design is just fantabulous!

  99. Lovely hop – thank you.
    Some great inspiration and fresh ideas along the way.

  100. Remember the days when all we had was stencils? I love the texture it added.

  101. I love your free form style. The second card…that’s awesome, but when I try to do those…they just don’t look ‘right’. So then I go back to the way I’ve always done them -basic and boring! Maybe I should just scrap lift your page and see what I get???!!! Love it all.

  102. Can’t wait for my kit to arrive–only wish UPS was quicker. Your samples are beautiful and oh so inspiring.

  103. Cool that you could use your scrap booking techniques on the second card. Very cool. I am loving that stencil.

  104. I just love these kits! Every month is like Christmas, indeed! Your creations are just amazing. All of the innovative ways to use those gorgeous stamps for scrapbooks, or cards. I am so inspired, and can NOt wait for my kit.
    Thanks for the chance to win, anything! This is such a great hop, I am loving every step of the way! Thanks for sharing your amazing talent!

  105. Scrapbooking is my first love. Thanks for sharing your amazing page done with this months kit..

  106. I love your second card the best, though your layout is also super cute! Love the heart that comes with the stamp set!

  107. Wow! -2 such different looks with the stencil. I like the stamp set more each time I see it used. Great kit.

  108. I always love your creativity. Thanks for the inspiration!
    I am looking forward to playing with this kit!

  109. Lovely cards, gorgeous LO! Love how this kit is so versatile, can’t wait to create πŸ™‚

  110. Wow, that are beautiful things you make. Especially the card with hello is beatifull. I woul love to receive a card like that.
    greetings zelda

  111. Love the way you’ve used the stencil with the thick white paint. Thanks for the chance to win

  112. I love your layout ideas. Great use of colors and textures on all your projects.

  113. I really like the card with the blue stencil background! Always fun to find new inspiration! Thx! Hoping on…

  114. Wow, what a wonderfully creative view and execution you’ve presented. Love that you showed such differing styles. Very versatile.

  115. What a fun kit this is. Everyone on the hop is showing it off to its best advantage. I love your mixed media approach and the use of the different pattern papers. I love your work. You never disappoint.

  116. Love that you did a scrapbook page too. The first card is so perfect! Thanks!

  117. I count myself lucky to be able to see so many great ideas on the Simon Says blog hop.
    I love that sentiment set and the stencil that was used. I haven’t tried using a stencil for a design but it’s on my “to do” list.

  118. Oh my goodness, I am really enjoying all your projects and the techniques you used! Very stunning and so much fun!! Thank you for sharing:)

  119. Really love the color combos and textures that you have used! Thanks for reminding us of different techniques and products that can be used with stencils!

  120. WOWl…you are way artistic!!! Amazes me how you come up with those designs. Great work!

  121. Oh my goodness, I totally did not catch that there was a stencil until you used it, and so well. I love the different looks you got from it.

  122. love your cards. thanks for the tip on how to get the water spot effect. love that stencil.

  123. Wow, love that second card! Love the first card as well! Great job. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  124. Breath taking beautiful. You are very talented. Love your creations πŸ™‚
    Ashley R.

  125. Love the layouts. Great idea with adding texture with the stencil. Love that idea. Thanks for the chance to win!

  126. Wonderful texture on your second card!
    I REALLY like your NO RULES approach:)

  127. Love, love, love the scrap page. I love the picture speaks for itself with just the simple stamped sentiment.

  128. Beautiful. You took the materials and totally made something awesome with them. Love the card and the page.

  129. What a versatile stamp set. I am seeing LOTS of ways to use it. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  130. Would love to know how you got that great fade with the Salty Ocean and the stencil, this one would be good for a video tut. πŸ˜‰ Great layout too, love the little stamped hearts and the drops of ink.

  131. Really creative projects, they are adorable! cool way to use the stencil with the acrylic colors! great inspiration!

  132. I enjoy seeing all the fabulous ideas on the Simon Says Blog Hop. I liked your 3 ideas using supplies from the August kit. Your 2 cards were inviting and your scrapbook page was interesting. You always have interesting and inspiring ideas to share.

  133. Hi May,
    Lovely page and fun cards! Lots of creative options with this kit. Thanks for sharing!

  134. Very lovely projects.
    Great use of the stencil
    and I love the second
    Carla from Utah

  135. Love your layout, especially the stitching–both stamped & real–& the layering!

  136. I love the “different” size and orientation on the first card. So creative.

  137. Awesome card!!! Loved that layout!! thanks for the inspiration, and as always I love everything you make!!

  138. Love all your projects! Especially love your use of the stencil with the acrylic paint~

  139. Great use of color as always! Thanks for all your inspiration and the chance to win.

  140. Two great cards and layout! I love the look of paint with the stencil! Thanks for sharing!

  141. simply amazing. love that 2nd card. lots of awesome elements. you can tell you take pride and also have a good time making your crafty projects. always a joy to stop by here

  142. Love the card and the layout. It’s such fun seeing how each (very talented) person puts their own touch on the same kit.

  143. Loved the use of the stitched border in black to highlight pictures etc. And the small hearts.

  144. Oh – very beautiful projects you’ve created. You make me wanna go to my craftroom – thanks πŸ˜‰

  145. My favorite elements in your projects are in the scrapbook page – the mist splatters, the scattered hearts and the faux stitches. Then I read your comment (I poured over the photos first, of course!) on how much fun you had with those three and I had to smile because it shows!

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