Friday, August 4, 2017

Simon Says Stamp "Encouraging Words" Blog Hop

Hello friends!

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super photo-heavy post
It gives me great pleasure to share my projects with you today. 
I am part of the Simon Says Stamp "Encouraging Words" Blog Hop.

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 You can find this awesome new release here.
If you come from the lovely Jessica Frost-Ballas's blog, you are in the right place. 
 If not, come on in and starting hopping! LOTS of inspiration and prizes await!

Since this release is all about "Encouraging Words", you will find some excellent text/sentiment choices for encouragement that are perfect for many occasions.
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My first project is about using the word die "Kindness Matter".
kindness matters

I created a colorful paper with Distress Oxide. Then I ran the paper and a piece of gold foil paper through the die cut machine. I combined the two piece of paper and fit them back like in a puzzle.

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This inlaid die cut process proves to be so effective that I created another with the negative word die!
 I also stamped "You Matter" from "Thank You Teacher" stamp set from this release.

you matter

My next project is a fun one with "Space Journey"
 With the right dies, it is easy to create a fun scene. I applied ink sprays on a piece of Bristol paper. Once the paper was dry, I made the die cut and assembled them.

2 teach

This card was made for teachers! The sentiment from "Thank you Teacher" is so versatile!

2 teach

If you find it challenging to create masculine encouragement/birthday/grad cards, the "Thank You Teacher" will come in handy! 
2 teach

My next project is such a FEEL GOOD card.
Be somebody

I combined Rebecca Lace Background with the "Thank you Teacher" sentiment and I think it worked!

be somebody #2

Last but certainly not the least....this is the time of the year to make book marks to encourage students. I used Simon Says Stamp Stitched Banner Dies for this purpose as they are not just for banners!
be yourself

The versatile Big Words   stamp set is ideal for creating your very own encouraging words.
I love the rich watercolors from Distress Oxside (yes, they make great watercolors!).

Be yourself

Can you tell that I was in the multi-color vibe when I created today's projects?
Colors make me HAPPY!!

 PRIZES!! there is a $25 coupon awarded to every stop on the hop. Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win. Winners will be chosen over the weekend and posted on our Simon Says Stamp store blog on Tuesday.

Today's blog hop order:

Sarah Moerman
   Jessica Frost-Ballas
 ๐Ÿ’—---->Virginia Lu <----๐Ÿ’—
Barb Engler
Anna-Karin Evaldsson

 You can find this awesome new release here.
 There is another blog hop going on tomorrow, please be sure to check out the inspiring projects that the designers have in store for you! You can find today's supplies and the rest of the release in the following links. Remember to leave me a comment!!
Your next stop is the fabulous Barb Engler!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Nox said...

Gorgeous cards - I especially love the use of the gold die cuts against the rainbow backgrounds. Very glam!

Barb said...

Love the cards-just beautiful!

Stephanie Wexler said...

I love all the cards but the bookmark was a real surprise. Gives me a new idea on using other dies.

Paper Creations by Mindy said...

these are all such amazing cards! you do beautiful work!

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Colors make me happy, too - especially a rainbow of colors. All of your cards are pretty. Love the great outer space scene you created.

Nives K said...

Gorgeous cards, thanks for inspiration.

Dee Earnshaw said...

Love your cards. they are so fresh and colorful. Thanks for sharing:)

RoseLilac said...

Beautiful CAS cards. Thanks for sharing!

Tracy A said...

Wow, so many beautiful projects today. I just can't pick a favorite.

Stephanie Savidge said...

Such cute cards! Great job!!!

Berina RGA said...

Wow!! So many gorgeous creations!! I love the galaxy card! That's so so pretty. The background is gorgeous. I love how you've used the sequins in the tag.

Jackie Parkins said...

You've outdone yourself with all of these stunning cards! I love all of the bright colors.

Iva Pekovรก said...

All cards is lovely.

Rachel Groner said...

Wow love all your projects! The gold foil inset to the bright colors is especially nice

Lisa Buchanan said...

Your idea of switching the gold card with the multi-colored card is such a good one! I have to try that one out! Thank you for sharing!

Purple Princess said...

Amazing cards!!

Debbie Selby said...

Such uplifting sentiments and showcased on your cards so well.

Kris Schleich said...

Love the details! Keep them coming!

Pat Swearingen said...

Loved every one of your cards and your tag. The inking was wonderful and the sentiments were so inspiring.

Pitney said...

Oh I just love all of your examples!!!!!

Lagene said...

I love this Encouraging Words release! Awesome cards, I especially how you achieved 2 separate cards with the Kindness Matters die!

Janice said...

Beautiful cards! Very encouraging!

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

What a wonderful projects and fabulous release!! You're creations ALWAYS inspire me!

Francine D said...

Love the bookmark idea. Encourage the kids to read. They could even make a book mark to share with a friend!

Joy Meadows said...

Gorgeous cards, Virginia! I love the beautiful colors you used; the distress oxide inks are so pretty.

CinnamonSally said...

Your projects are fabulous as always Virginia. Love the bright colours of the distress oxides on your first two cards.

Jeanne said...

These are really cool cards!

Mary W said...

Your kindness stamp is really nice - for anyone to receive. I would love to make several that are similar to have on hand as they would certainly be a great way to show appreciation.

Kaypossum said...

Love the new release - the world needs more "encouraging words" - love the colors!!!

Virginia said...

These are all great cards!

Leslie McCarthy said...

Love the rebecca lace stamp card. Beautiful. I also like the kindness matters with the sentiment you matter underneath.

Nikki said...

Beautiful cards! Love the gold foil lettering. Great job.

Becky Flammang said...

Love Encouraging Words!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Fantastic projects Virginia. Love the bright, vivid colors... the galaxy card is super cool!

Nancy J Frusco said...

Love the gold and rainbow touches!! ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—

Jennie G said...

Love these cards. The splashes of color make my day. Thanks for the inspiration.

Nana Griffin said...

Nice job on these.

Sue LD said...

I like your pretty and colorful card designs.

Lisa Moline said...

Great cards! I love the inlaid kindness cards, the gold with the rainbow colors is just beautiful!

Teri Smith said...

Love love the backgrounds of all your cards. Would like to see a video. This is a great release!

Lillian Child said...

Your color combinations are SO amazing !!!!

Norine said...

Really like that galaxy card super cute

conil said...

My dear heaven...you come back from vacation and craft like gangbusters. These are all so creative and terrific...I literally don't know where to start. I certainly adore your inlaid diecut techniques but then you hit me with all those adorable and beautifully colored critters. Absolutely amazing work.

JimandPeg Zeleznik said...

I loved your cards--especially the first two your created by using the negative space from each card to create new in-laid cards! The rainbow colors with the cold are just beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing.

Bela Tak said...

Fresh and wonderful!

ljcasselman said...

I love your rainbow and gold combination. I never think of using them together. Great work as always!

Kim Lundstrom said...

I love the simple design with a pop of color!

Cindy Aguirre said...

Pretty cards! Love the bright colors on them! Great job!

Karen said...

Great cards, love them all!

Gail said...

Well wow oh wow - so many lovely pieces of art displayed here and love all of the sentiments used - as well as your lovely work - TFS and have a blessed week

Stef Perry said...

Each one of your creations are amazing! So much inspiration. Thank you!

Jan in Tucson said...

You are truly a great artist!

ashleyfifer said...

Love the rainbowy goodness! That inlaid die is <3!

Kitty Crafts said...

Oh my, Virginia, you did such a wonderful job with this release. Your diecut inlays are so effective and beatiful, you made a lace background look really fresh and modern and then after all that you made that ink spray background look so good! Thanks so much for the inspiration.

Karen @ Misplaced Mojo said...

All of your projects were great, but I especially liked the gold and rainbow cards!

harrahx2 said...

Awesome colors!! Awesome Sentiments!!!! Awesome cards!!!!!!!!!!

Ann K said...

Beautiful fun cards - I especially like the one with the planets.

Harriet said...

You outdid yourself....love the colors, love the sentiments and each card and tag is wonderful.

Roberta said...

Stunning items. My favorite is the be somebody... card. Love the color blending. Thank you for sharing.

Diane Stricker said...

Beautiful

Bonnie J said...

I really like these cards, especially the colors! Thanks for sharing.

SMWhite said...

Cute cards!

Teresa Osburn said...

I love your cards!

Beverly said...

Great cards! I really do love what you did with them. I want to give your ideas a try!

Barbara S said...

Thanks for sharing so many fabulous card making techniques. I love the way you use color.

jandbspiegel said...

I like how you doubled up on the first card using the "opposites". I hate to waste cut-aparts too. Thanks for sharing some beautiful work - I love your cards.

Pennie Glasser said...

I love all the inspiration you aspire!

Dar said...

Your colours flat out make me happy! Love the mix of colours and gold.

Michele K. Henderson said...

I LOVE these terrific rainbow colored cards! The color is so fresh and bright! These are all terrific!
Take Care!
Michele

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Wonderful variety from CAS with style to added embellishments, backgrounds & more.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Lindar C said...

Fantastic cards! Love the gold foil lettering, so striking!

Jean Chaney said...

So much inspiration here. Thank you!

bev p said...

Color makes me so happy too! Really love the "somebody" card. It's just gorgeous. I am wondering about the size of the first set--they look like 3x3", but it's hard to say. I love that size card for quick notes hand delivered, but I can spend as much time on them as I can on a bigger card. Thanks so much for this fun and colorful post.

Unknown said...

Your cards are beautiful!

Bunny said...

Beautiful cards and tag. Thank you.

Kari V. said...

Great projects! I especially love the Kindness Matters cards with the gold foil paper! So beautiful.

Sharon Mattingly said...

So pretty! Love them all!

PatriciaD said...

What beautiful cards...love 'em!!

Lydia Lee said...

Beautifully made cards! So inspiring! Thanks so much for sharing! ❤️

Nikki said...

Really cute cards, awesome backgrounds.

Christy Malone said...

Oh wow! Your cards are all so stunning! Thank you for sharing them!

Jennifer Archambault said...

You've now sealed my decision on that Kindness matters die! Stunning and simplistic all in one! Thanks for sharing!

Daria Z. said...

You've been busy, Virginia! Love all of these fantastic cards - my fave is the space one, though.

Jayell said...

Great cards and bookmark. I love the rainbow effect with gold.

Maria Byrd (CraftsyByrd) said...

All of your cards are so cheerful and pretty!

Susie Sonnier said...

Such a fun release. Great job on the cards, lots of inspiration!

Sharon Tate said...

I love all of these cards but my favourite is the space journey cards as I just love everything about them.

cropmom66 said...

Beautiful cards! I love the gold accent on the "Kindess Matters" cards!

Windy said...

What fantastic ideas! I wasn't to excited about the Kindness Matters die until I saw how you used it!

Mindy Simpson said...

I love your Rebecca lace stamped card.

Candy B said...

Really hard to decide which one is my favorite. Just terrific! Thanks!

Laura S said...

These are so bright and cheerful! Great job showcasing the products. My favorite is the kindness matters card, love everything about it!

Pamela Landers said...

I liked your cards the best on this hop! Happy colors...

Pattie J. said...

gorgeous, all are well done. love them; thanks for sharing.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Wow wow wow, amazing and beautiful, the way you play with colors is brilliant!

abhoneyab said...

Super cute cards!

MiamiKel said...

OH my, I don't know where to gawk first! There is so much to see! Your use of color - wow! beautiful designs and lovely work! TFS!

Nadine Wiley said...

I love your card. Simple but elegant!

Donna said...

You should stay in that multi color vibe!

Joni said...

I love all the bright, happy rainbow projects you showed today! Especially the bookmark idea and the space journey teacher card. Thanks so much for all you shared!

Lynnea Hollendonner said...

Love all of these cards! The kindness matters die is my favorite! I love how you can make 2 cards at once! And I never get tired of seeing inspiration with the Rebecca Lace background stamp!

Angela Restad said...

Your cards are amazing I love them all! I would comment on all of them but then I would have to write a novel...lol

Jeanne-Marie said...

I love all your projects! They are beautiful and full of color.

Deborah Kaye said...

Your cards are beautiful! I love the Somebody who makes everybody feel like somebody. That lace background is gorgeous behind the sentiment. Love the bookmark too!

Susan R. Opel said...

Girlie, YOU ROCKED IT! Every single project is phenomenal, but that first one makes my heart SING! xoxo

Cyndi Morris said...

Beautiful cards. I LOVE the die cut inlay you used on the first one. Love the Encouraging Words release!

Carolyn Steele said...

All your projects are beautiful. Love all the rainbow touches.

Pat Hoban said...

Beautiful cards, Virginia! My favorite is the lace background one. Gorgeous colors & awesome saying!

Trina P. said...

So fun and colourful. Great job.

Zsofi said...

All so colourful and cheerful! I love them all.

Janet Newberry said...

I love these colorful cards! The inlaid die cutting is wonderful! Each one is better than one before. Thanks for sharing!

Sarah M said...

Thanks for the many examples. The lace background stamp is so pretty and I love the gold with the pretty colors on the kindness matters cards. So pretty!

craftytreen said...

Virginia, I love your cards. The colors are so cheerful and bright! I love the designs of all the cards. What a great way to encourage the people around us! hugs, treen

aasheeta said...

Fun colors! Esp the rainbow with gold foil.

Vikki H, southern Oregon said...

Great inspiration, Virginia! I love all the color, that's what summer is all about! My very favorite are your first two cards. That die is so cool

Becky Moore said...

I love the colorful, rainbow-ish cards you've created. You gave me great ideas and made me think of ways to use stamps that i didn't think I needed.

Di Wong said...

The Rebekah Lace stamp is so pretty and so is your card. And I like your multicolor vibe.

MaggieB1983 said...

Hi Virginia ~ I love the white space on the Kindness Matters cards since it really brings attention to the sentiment. All of your cards are beautifully done (I'm a Distress Ink/Oxide junkie!!) but I'm very partial to the Kindness Matters cards since that's been my mantra & signature for a very long time. I'm beyond thrilled that SSS has come up with this awesome die (which I'm telling myself they did JUST for me!! hahaha). Have a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for the inspiration. ~HUGS~
#kindnessmatters

Streetscrapper said...

Great cards! First ones are my favourite!

Diana MtHens said...

Love what you did with the dies

Ann said...

Love the eye you have for color; beautiful! You used my favorite Encouraging Words stamp *Be Somebody Who Makes Everybody Feel Like a Somebody*.

Teresa Doyle said...

Oh Virginia, you have out done yourself here! These are ALL amazing and I can see why you couldn't stop. What a fantastic release! Love all of those beautiful colours, so happy and fun!

Sharon said...

Wow! So many beautiful cards. I especially love the two for one with your "Kindness Matters" cards. Thank you.

nonnacindy said...

What a wonderful release and your cards and tags give such inspiration.

ionabunny said...

So many gorgeous cards. Love the rainbow/gold sentiments. Hugz

karenelr said...

OOHHH! I love all your creations!! Well done!

k ostgard said...

Beautiful cards love the many different ways you did them backgrounds are amazing. LOve the coloring.very creative.
Have a blessed day.
Kimberly Ostgard

Fiki said...

those are stuning!

Maureen Reiss said...

Your projects are Really Wonderful!!!

Betty Keefe said...

wonderful cards, Virginia - especially love the first one!

Heather DePasquale said...

You sold me on the Kindness Matters reverse die. All your cards have great creativity and diversity. Thanks for sharing!

ScrapaDiddle said...

Encouraging Words is a great release and I love your colors!

Nathalie Paquette said...

Wonderful projects, love your backgrounds.๐Ÿ’™

Kristie Maynard said...

Fabulous projects. So much inspiration, so beautifully done. Thanks for sharing with us.

The Altered Paper said...

“Encouraging Words” Love your projects! Great work.

Laurie M. said...

As a teacher I love the "2 Teach" card. Thank you for all the ideas.

Abby said...

Very fun cards and projects!

Janet D. said...

Oh my goodness, your cards are fantastic!

Helen Budz said...

Virginia, each of these cards is incredible and so uniquely designed. Your use of the new release for these creations truly shows how great they are. Thanks for sharing all you've done with these on this blog hop.

Denise Fonda said...

Love your Kindness Matters card with the gold fill in letters.

kerry myers said...

Virginia!!!! Every single one of these is Fantastic!!!! I love the kindness cards to have to hand out during the day... your bookmark AND the galaxy card- I would love to watc videos of you creating! Fabulous job!

Diane Bakehouse said...

I love all of your cards. They are so colourful. I like how you did the galaxy with sprays.

tampatha said...

Your projects are amazing! Such versatility with this release! A person can make so much to brighten the days of family, friends and strangers alike.

TFS!

Yvette Williams said...

Very vibrant and lovely cards.

Elizabeth Villarreal said...

Oooo...the lace background card is my favorite.

Audrey Wu said...

Love your cards design, simple and elegant! Thank you for sharing!

Paula Thaxton said...

I really enjoyed the two versions of the first card, emphasizing the positive and negative diecuts. Nice and clever! Thx!

pcm said...

love these! the rainbow and gold go well together and that galaxy card is so fun!

Marie Halstead said...

I couldn't tell you which one was my favorite; they're all so colorful and bright!

Pat McCleary said...

Love your cards, Virginia. You never disappoint.

Megan said...

Welcome home! Love the 2-for-1 bonus with inlaid diecutting :)

Rhonda Miller said...

These are all wonderful.

Lisa Elton said...

Incredible cards Virginia, each and every one!

jennibinks said...

The inlaid die cuts are beautiful, the colors look wonderful with the gold.

Liz O. said...

Wonderful designs Virginia! Love the inlaid diecuts!!!thanks for the inspiration! Have a wonderful day!

Colleen Howell said...

Wow, each card got better and better. Thanks for all the inspiration.

Amanda Dellamano said...

Love the be yourself tag. Would be perfect as a bookmark! Thanks for the beautiful inspiration :)

cindybearj said...

I love your cards. The colors on all are fabulous! I know it's a previous release but the Rebecca Lace Background is gorgeous!

Candy said...

Live the colors

snappy scrappy said...

AMAZING designs! LOVE this new ENCOURAGING WORDS release!!!

Jo-Anne Tedford said...

Beautiful cards. I love the space card!

Lisa Smith said...

Virginia your cards are fabulous! I love how you added the "you matter" to your cards.......perfect just perfect!

Billie A said...

Your cards are beautiful. Great color choices and those images/dies are to die for... Love them.

Candy said...

Excellent!! Love all your cards.

Angela said...

As always, your cards are all fantastic. The Kindness Matters card is my favorite. The gold letters look fabulous against the rainbow background. I struggle with feeling like I matter so receiving a card like this would touch my heart more than anyone would ever know. I hope whoever receives it hears that message loud and clear!

Cynthia Cole said...

Such beautiful cards!

Heather said...

Wow!! What a fabulous collection of cards! It was hard to pick a favorite until I saw that last one with the lacy background!! Gorgeous! Great layout and fabulous colors and an awesome sentiment! We all need "encouraging words" now an then. : )

Rufus said...

You must have had a blast creating these. They just look happy!

Sophie said...

Your cards are beautiful.

McStamper said...

Fabulous cards and tag. I love the Kindness Matters white with the gold and vivid colors.

Tracy Carrig said...

Wow-just love the rainbow colors, the thread and sequin details, the white embossing over the watercolor rainbow background! Fantastic work!

Stefanie White said...

Great projects! I love the Distress Oxides paired with gold. And the bookmark is adorable!!

Debra Rumpza said...

I love your projects!

Laura Peddicord said...

So many wonderful cards and all with so many ideas to make note of for future use! I really liked seeing the oxides used as you did. I've only ever seen them on dark paper. Thank you for sharing!

Stacy said...

That gold is such a nice touch to those first cards. Love that :)

Greta said...

Wonderful cards, Virginia! Love all the pretty colors!

Pk Marchand said...

your cards are wonderful...and loved all the colors. It really made your eye go right to the kindness matters. Thanks so much for all the great ideas.

Karen L K said...

Such nice cards with great sentiments!

Denise Ward said...

Love the Rebecca Lace background stamped in blue with the new sentiment from SSS! What a fantastic card you made!!!

Memories by Manda said...

All of your cards and the tag are sensational! I like how you got two different die cuts by switching out the negatives!

Suzan D. said...

Stunning cards.Love your use of colour.

Ann Eslinger said...

I love the gold inlay on the "Kindness Matters" inlay. It just gives it such a "pop."

Jennifer Carroll said...

Encouraging words: Seeing you always makes me smile.

Unknown said...

I love your cards, the space one is so cute

stampyra said...

Great cards! I love all of your bright colors. It's a wonderful idea to make a bookmark for this release. Jil

Isabel Z said...

I love blog hops because they inspire me to create!!!

Loly Borda said...

I love a;; of your colorful creations Virginia! I especially love the 3rd one. TFS

Liz Gessner McAllister said...

Gosh. Everything's gorgeous. Love that Rebecca lace!

Marjorie DUMONTlER said...

Very nice and versatile release as you demonstrate ! Thanks !

Rebecca Loper said...

Beautiful cards! I especially love the simple yet powerful Kindness Matters card!

Maaike Uijthoven said...

lovely set of beautifully colored cards and all so positive! i'm going to rob a bank now...just kidding ;-)

Susi K. said...

Definitely feeling that rainbow vibe seeing your lovely cards, Virginia! Absolutely LOVE the first couple (interchangeable) with the gold touches - fabulous!

Mary Kay Ross said...

OMGoodness! Your cards and tag are amazing! Lovely, just lovely!!!

SabineV said...

Very pretty cards! That stencil is stunning!

Jennifer said...

This is my favorite card.

Nancy said...

I love your rainbow cards. I love color too. Thanks

Evelyn said...

I love your cards. Beautiful.

Andrea Shell said...

Well, you certainly outdid yourself! All of your projects are fabulous!

lynneatw said...

I love your cards! They are so beautiful.

Barbara Mann said...

You're cards are wonderful. I love them all. What great techniques. Thank you for sharing.

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