Simon Says Stamp. July Blog hop + giveaway

Hi dear friends!

Thank you for joining our fun! Today is a big day! It’s Friendly Frolic release from Simon Says Stamp!

Simon Says Stamp prepared a lot of gifts for you and one of them you can see on the banner. Use code FREEG while purchasing products in SSS shop and you’ll definitely get a mystery gift with any order. The code will expire Sunday, 7/29 at 11:59 pm ET.

I’m so happy to be a part of the Blog Hop and want to share with you some cards I made using new stamps.

I stamped three similar backgrounds but used different flowers on each of them and watercolored all items using Distress Markers.

I mostly used plant stamps from Plantiful Puns stamp set, but all the sentiments are from Sketch Lotus Flowers. I liked them a lot, the font and the point as well.

I foam mounted every watercolored image onto the card base, which I created using colors of cardstock that matches colors on my cards.

On the last card I’ve used stamp of the flowers from Sketch Lotus Flowers

I also made one more project using new stamps and dies. I’ve bought a small sketchbook and decorated it using new products from Frendly Frolic collection.

I covered the sketchbook with white cardstock and applied light brown ink to add some color. I stamped the sentiment at the bottom and lotus flowers on the edges of the cover and colored them with dark brown ink. Then I watercolored lotus flowers and die cut it using coordinated die from the set. I foam mounted the flower onto the sketchbook and added some dots on the edges.

For convenience I created sepatators, using Simple Tabs dies from new release.

So happy, that I have a new sketchbook for my future projects.

You have a chance to win $25 coupon on every stop as well as on my blog, just leave me a comment here. The winner will be annonced in a week on Simon Says Stamp Blog.

Blog Hop Order

Simon Says Stamp Blog 

Cathy Zielske

Amanda Korotkova

Nina-Marie Trapani

Jessica Frost-Ballas

Nichol Spohr

Suzy Plantamura

Heather Hoffman

Elena Salo←  You are here

Ankita Gupta

Karin Åkesdotter

Stephanie Low

So glad to be with you today and share the inspiration!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Good luck to everyone!

See you soon!

194 comments
  1. Such beautiful cards

  2. So pretty! I need to watercolor more with my Distress Markers. They haven’t seen much love lately. Thank you for inspiring to pick up a medium I haven’t used in awhile.

  3. I love your garden themed cards… very beautiful and soothing.

  4. Your coloring is amazing and I love the sketchbook, what a wonderful idea!

  5. These are stunning. I love the flowers in the
    water pitcher. And your sketchbook cover is
    amazing.

  6. Wow, these cards are so lovely! Thank you for drawing my attention to the sentiments in the lotus set, they really are very sweet

  7. stunning coloring and awesome projects – so inspiring 🙂

  8. I love the beautiful unique look to your cards! each one is so pretty, and such amazing, delicate details too!

  9. Elena, your cards are water coloured beautifully, they all look so elegant. Your sketch book is so awesome, (I love the Sketch Lotus set) and I totally want to make one now. Thanks for sharing this.

  10. Wow! A great variety of examples!

  11. Your cards are gorgeous! I love the sketchbook cover, too!

  12. These cards are awesome! I love that there is such a big variety in this release. Something for everyone!

  13. Love these.

  14. Seeing the way you did the sketch book is SUPER!! I’m going touse on to make a birthday card!! LOVE IT!!

  15. The coloring is wonderful on these but I keep focusing on your backgrounds. Great job. TFS!

  16. I ADORE the little book you made. The background makes this really stand out—it looks like an expensive book that you bought ready made. NICE JOB

  17. The greens you used are my favorites. Very tasteful. Sort of autumnal. I like your work a lot.

  18. Amazing coloring, and great cards and book!

  19. Wonderful creations! 🙂

  20. awww! the cute lil animals look incredible!!Thank you for sharing.

  21. Great work on your cards. This is an amazing release. Thanks.

  22. These are great! I love how you framed the images.

  23. Loving the sketch book.

  24. I really like the sketch book cover.

  25. So pretty cards and designs. Love them all.super work

  26. Gorgeous work! Love the notebook!

  27. I love your sketchbook.

  28. WOW!! All of your watercolor is just so amazing!! I LOVE the idea of covering a sketchbook. So fun!!

  29. Beautiful cards!

  30. So very pretty!!

  31. Wow! Your cards are lovely!

  32. Gorgeous cards! Love your watercoloring.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  33. Beautiful cards! Love how you showcased these florals.

  34. Beautiful cards. The colors you selected are beautiful. This is a great release.

  35. Love that you framed the images with the other leaves/greenery/flowers, etc, it really brings focus to the beautiful flowers.

  36. Beautiful floral creations! Love your designs and color choices!

  37. Beautiful creations! Love the sketchbook!!

  38. Such beautiful cards…thanks for sharing!!!

  39. Gorgeous work!

  40. Thank you for sharing!

  41. what beautiful cards, and i really love the way your sketchbook cover turned out!

  42. These are very pretty and beautifully coloured!

  43. Wonderful projects! I love how you decorated your sketchbook!

  44. I absolutely love your cards! You have such a lovely style and bring such a fresh, airy quality to your cards. Just beautiful!

  45. Just absolutely stunning and so very beautiful!!

  46. Your coloring is amazing and so beautiful. thanks for sharing about your sketchbook, what a wonderful idea!

  47. Very nice cards! Good job!

  48. What beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing your sketch book!p

  49. Great cards and usable for any occasion. You did a great job with color on all of them.

  50. These are lovely cards. The framing with the leaves is a beautiful way to highlight your focal image. And I love what you did with your new sketchbook.

  51. Stunning!

  52. Awesome watercolouring, so detailed & colourful, loving the sketchbook cover & divided sections, thank you for such a great idea.

  53. Beautiful cards!

  54. Lovely cards and journal. Thanks for sharing.

  55. Lov the cards. My favourite is the sketchbook. It looks so cool!

  56. Your cards and watercolouring are so very pretty!

  57. Beautiful cards!

  58. All of your projects are so pretty! I love how you framed them all with leaves. You have beautiful photography too 🙂

  59. It’s great to see the different ways stampers use the same elements. Great for ideas.

  60. Love your cards and the sketch book!

  61. Wonderful cards, and very creative design for the sketchbook!

  62. I love your sketchbook. What a great idea!! Your cards are beautiful and charming.

  63. Beautiful coloring, beautiful cards. So many possibilities from this wonderful release.

  64. Coloring is fantastic – love the sketchbook.

  65. Such pretty cards! 🙂

  66. Beautiful cards!

  67. I love your beautiful cards.

  68. Beautiful cards

  69. Love the backgrounds and the use of brown ink…WOW. I will definitely try that!
    Thanks for sharing!

  70. My favourite is that red flower on the brown background.

  71. Beautiful cards & sketchbook. I love that they are similiar and yet set apart from each other. I also loved that you paired the new stamp set with another set…showing the great versatility….TFS!

  72. I’m impressed with all your projects. They are all outstandingly beautiful.

  73. Like all the cards….especially the last one – so bright and cheerful!!! TFS
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan

  74. Really Beautiful cards and journal!!

  75. What a fun display of beautiful creations! 🙂

  76. Beautiful cards and sketchbook! I love the sentiments, too!

  77. I love the succulents in the flower pot, so cute! I’m new to stampin’ and blog hopping so I’m excited to see new ideas!

  78. Gorgeous cards and love the sketch book cover. Such great designs in this new release.

  79. Love the notebook! The cards are very beautiful as well.

  80. That sketch book is stunning! You’re so talented and the stamp set is fantastic.

  81. Love the cards you created!

  82. So much detail! Simply amazing!

  83. I love the sketch book cover so much with the brown background! Thanks for the awesome inspiration!

  84. Love, love, love the lotus flowers on the sketch pad. I really like the water color techniques.

  85. Beautiful ideas! Thanks so much for sharing with us on this fun blog hop!!

  86. These cards are all so beautiful

  87. I love your sketchbook. I have been playing with similar ideas as Christmas gifts. Now I have more inspiration. TFS

  88. These florals are done beautifully. The tab set worked so well. There is so much goodness in this release.

  89. Like the framing you did on these beautiful cards. They are designed and colored so well. tfs

  90. Sigh, so DIVINE!!!
    This is an AMAZING designer AND Product showcase HOP!

  91. How fun that you kept the theme similar with your wonderful garden cards and notebook, but each was uniquely special. 🙂 I really like how they all turned out!

  92. Really like the color choices on you sketchbook!

  93. These are such beautiful and delicate cards. Love the backgrounds. Your art is inspiring, thank you!

  94. Pretty cards. I like your colour schemes.

  95. Your cards are simply gorgeous–love them all. Thanks for sharing your talent with us, amazing!

  96. Your cards and sketchbook are beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration!

  97. Wonderful coloring. I need more practice.
    Melissa
    “Sunshine HoneyBee”

  98. Love these card ideas! Thanks for sharing them.

  99. The sketchbook is a traffic idea, all your cards are wonderful. Thank you for sharing with all of us.

  100. Terrific

  101. Beautiful cards/

  102. Beautiful cards!

  103. Love how you decorated the cover of the sketchbook, it turned out so gorgeous, and all your cards as well!

  104. love the sketch lotus stamp set. thanks as always for sharing.

  105. Nice!

  106. NICE WORK, Elena! AND CREATIVE with not just creating cards with these images! 😉 SUPER JOB on your work!!!! 😉

  107. Your sketch book is awesome. It really looks like a kraft background. I love the new lotus stamps. You did an amazing job coloring and detailing the images

  108. I love that sketchbook. Really beautiful.

  109. Lovely! Thanks for sharing your talent!!

  110. Love how soft these colours are!

  111. Awesomeness! So fun! What great new products❣️

  112. These are so so pretty and I love how you decorated that notebook!

  113. Your cards and sketchbook are so pretty. Thanks for all the ideas.

  114. Beautiful. Love the sketchbook cover!

  115. interesting that we all decorate our things, as well as our cards. i just finished a new bullet journal, to keep me organized. it also has flowers and leaves all over it.

  116. Beautiful set of cards! Your watercoloring is so lovely. The sketchbook cover is amazing! I love the colors you used for the lotus flower image in the center. Great idea adding the tabs on the pages.

  117. Lovely coloring and cards. Your sketchbook is so pretty.

  118. Love the botanical look.

  119. All of your projects are simply lovely.

  120. Love your floral designs & coloring! Great inspiration!

  121. Your cards are so pretty and the new SSS sentiments you used are so touching that anyone would feel greatly blessed to receive any of them. 🙂

  122. Such lovely cards!

  123. Beautiful flower cards – great inspiration.

  124. Your cards are beautiful! I love how you decorated your sketchbook, too 🙂

  125. Your cards – and cover are so soft beautiful and pretty – love them all!

  126. Beautiful cards, great job on the watercoloring. I especially like your sketch book with the new tabs, awesome!

  127. Wow!!! Love your awesome projects and colouring technique!!!

  128. Love the sketch book cover fabulous

  129. Beautiful cards! The sketchbook cover is my favorite.

  130. Your cards are beautiful and inspiring! My favorite might just be the sketchbook project!

  131. Love the clever little notebook and how you used the same flower stamp for the border. Coloring them the same shades as the background, I didn’t notice it was the same flower until I read the instructions. The brown background and edge flowers really make the center flowers POP! Thanks for the idea of using one stamp multiple ways!

  132. Your cards are beautiful. Really love the sketchbook cover.

  133. Just lovely, love the soft look of the watercolouring. just beautiful! The sketchbook cover is stunning.

  134. Loved the sketchbook idea with the tabs! 🙂

  135. I so love your cards and sketchbook cover and the way that you used the tabs. I appreciate it when designers show different ways that the images can be used beyond cards. The colors that you used and your style of coloring…very eye-catching.

  136. Your creations have an antique feel to them with your color choices. Well done.

  137. I love the lotus flowers!

  138. The sketch book is beautiful

  139. Seriously pretty projects! You are so talented! That pretty yellow watering can is precious!

  140. Love your work, great inspiration!

  141. You are a very talented colorer! I love all your projects but especially the sketch book.

  142. Your coloring is wonderful on your pretty cards!

  143. Wonderful projects, I really love the sketch book cover

  144. Fantastic cards. Love the framing of
    the leaves on the cards – beautiful.
    thanks for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

  145. All your cards and projects are fabulous, and I am in love with your photography, too!

  146. Beautiful water coloring and card projects.

  147. I love the floral cards they are always my favorite. Thanks for the inspiration!

  148. I love, love, love the sketchbook cover. The brown background makes the central image pop off the cover and look almost 3D.

  149. All of your designs are really beautiful! I especially love the sketch book design!

  150. Your cards are beautiful! I love the more subtle colors you chose, while the brighter color of the Sketch Lotus Flower on the sketchbook really makes it stand out. Fabulous!!

  151. Beautiful sketch book

  152. Absolutely gorgeous cards & your sketch book is pure perfection! Love that awesome cover!!

  153. Beautiful cards!

  154. Love the creative way you have used these stamp sets! Great color schemes, and love that sketchbook! Thanks for the inspiration! Can’t wait for my stamps to arrive in the mail!

  155. Love your projects! They’re all beautiful! Thanks for sharing them!

  156. Love the notebook, it is gorgeous!

  157. That would be such a sweet set of notecards to give as a gift!

  158. The sketchbook cover is really nice!

  159. Beautiful floral cards, very creative!

  160. Your creations are beautiful !

  161. so pretty and such different looks! it’s always so interesting to see the different feelings from different colors!

  162. Lovely cards. Your sketch book cover is amazing.

  163. Just beautiful work. The cards are all very beautiful. I love the way you made the large flower a bit subdued in color….where the other flowers could shine…very lovely ….thank you so much for sharing.

  164. You have a lovely style! Beautiful cards!

  165. Beautiful projects! I especially like the book cover – such pretty coloring!

  166. Oh my goodness gracious! These cards are all so very lovely!

  167. Love the natural look to your designs! Fabulous cards!

  168. How creative, both the cards and the sketchbook.

  169. Plants on cards are so lovely!

  170. Beautiful cards. I love the sentiments you used.

  171. Your cards are so sweet 🙂

  172. Ooh I love the sketch book and girl, the tabs faces are hilarious. Thank you for sharing your talents.

  173. Very pretty cards. I love your sketch book cover!

  174. Gorgeous cards Elena and I love what you did with your new Sketch book. Thanks for your time and effort to show this to us.

  175. Lovely cards–the more I see of this stamp set the more I think I “need” it. Would love to win gift certificate so I could get it. Thanks for inspiring me today!
    🙂 Marie

  176. Gorgeous cards! I love your designs and coloring!

  177. LOVE your beautiful cards and this new release!!!

  178. Beautiful cards one and all.

  179. Your cards are very beautiful! 🙂

  180. Great release! Awesome creations, I especially love your sketch book cover!

  181. What a lovely set of cards!

  182. Beautiful cards!

  183. Gorgeous cards – I love the fresh feel of all those florals

  184. SQUEAL!! LOVING the AMAZING Inspiration and the NEW Products!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! <3

  185. Absolutely beautiful!

  186. Oh wow !! All your cards are so beautiful and very original. But my favourite creation of yours is your sketchbook cover, it’s just amazingly gorgeous !! Awesome job Elena !!
    [margessw(at)icloud(dot)com]

  187. Beautiful cards, they have a very vintage and nostalgic feel to them – lovely!!

  188. Pretty cards!

  189. Wonderful cards! Love this new release!!!

  190. Love the different look of the pun set. Those are great cards done in pencil. Love the different ways you presented it.

  191. Your soft coloring is so pretty. What a lovely cover on your sketchbook.

  192. Love how you framed the images with the different vines, leaves.

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