Simon Says Stamp Sending Sunshine Blog Hop: Inlaid Floral Die for Spring

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Welcome to the next stop on the Simon Says Stamp Sending Sunshine blog hop release! You should have arrived here from the one and only Jennifer McGuire, and if you’re new to my blog, welcome! for simon says stamp

The card I’m sharing today features three new Simon Says Stamp products: the Flower Cluster die, the Four Seasons stamp set and the Four Seasons word dies. When I saw the Flower Cluster die, I knew I had to play with it, even if it meant going all in on having multiple cardstock colors to fill in the open spaces of the blooms and leaves. I created a design with a soft gray panel framed by a white card base that picks up the white on the panel, as well. So even though there are a lot of colors happening, the white and gray help to ground the whole design. for simon says stamp

It’s just such a cool die and I knew it would be perfect with the Spring word from the Four Seasons word die set. for simon says stamp

And speaking of the Four Seasons set, I think it would be great for scrapbookers, too! Especially to use in Project Life style albums on pocket card sized canvases.

I created a video showing the card making process. I did speed up a lot of the sections so you should know this card took me about 40 minutes to make. Definitely not one for mass production, but the die has so many possibilities! Enjoy!

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Jennifer McGuire

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Amanda Korotkova

Nina-Marie Trapani

Nichol Spohr

Jessica Frost-Ballas

Lisa Addesa

Suzy Plantamura

Anna Kossakovskaya

May Sukyong Park

Heather Hoffman

Anna-Karin Evaldsson

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Cathy ZielskeSimon Says Stamp Sending Sunshine Blog Hop: Inlaid Floral Die for Spring

286 Comments on “Simon Says Stamp Sending Sunshine Blog Hop: Inlaid Floral Die for Spring”

  1. #3
    Annette Gordon

    I just love the inlay! And the bright colours. It is perfect for spring. And while spring has probably come to many places by now, the grass is just starting to grow here, and I can’t wait until we can get some early flowers next!

  2. #5
    Jan Elmore

    This card is a ‘wowzer’! So clean & oh so pretty! This new release is packed full of wonderful items. The word dies are perfect and the stamps are beautiful!

  3. #10

    Love your card! I really enjoy inlaid die cards and have a great time making them but I agree, not for mass production!

  4. #12
    Susan O'Halloran

    The inlay flowers are gorgeous! You must have a lot of patience and a very steady hand! Beautiful card!

  5. #14

    The floral cluster and 4 seasons word dies are some of my favorites in the new release. I also like your Love You stamps and dies.

  6. #19
    Becca Yahrling

    This floral cluster die is my favorite! You did such
    a beautiful job with all the pretty colors inlaid. Gorgeous!

  7. #22
    Michele K. Henderson

    I LOVE your card! It’s such a pretty arrangement and the colors are so bright and fresh! Very pretty! This is the first time I visited your blog, and I was so inspired that I am now a follower! love your work!

  8. #31
    Sharon O

    Beautiful card! That inlaid work can be so time-consuming but the overall effect is stunning. I must try this die.

  9. #32
    joy meadows

    This is such an awesome new release! And, your card is just as awesome! Love the colorful inlaid die with the gray and white. SO pretty!

  10. #33

    I love this card; it’s simple yet colorful at the same time; the white and the gray does keep things grounded!

    BTW: New to your blog!

  11. #37

    Love the colors. This is the 2nd time I’ve seen the colored on the back of a cutout. Going on my to try list.

  12. #42
    Melanie A.

    Okay seriously love the Love You Stamp set LOL! Great card and high five for doing the in lay!

  13. #47
    Christie Brooks

    So love this card. That die is gorgeous! Using the grey cardstock is brilliant. Love the video too!

  14. #48
    Denise Mlady

    Your card is so pretty and I love watching your videos. I don’t think I have the patience to add in all those different color pieces though, lol!

  15. #49
    Steffi H.

    I love your inlaid die cutting card. This is such a lot of intrigue work, but it’s always worth the effort.

  16. #51
    Jen Forster

    Oh my goodness this is gorgeous! I love every single detail – thank you so much for the inspiration (and video!)

  17. #57
    Leanne in Cali

    Love your card and your great video! You always make me smile. I don’t think I have the patience for inlay, but I do love the look. Thanks again for sharing with us!!

  18. #60

    I don’t have audio to watch the video right now, but I love this card. I can only imagine how much scrap you’ll have from all that die cutting. Are more projects in the works with the leftovers? 😀

  19. #61
    cyndi morris

    Maybe a little labor intensive, but WELL worth the effort. Beautiful! I have a couple of Simon dies that I “piece,” and I love using them (I’m a puzzle fan!). Loved your video – very entertaining. I just subscribed.

  20. #62
    Aimee LaCroix-Slocum

    LOVE this card and your colorful inlays. I am very inspired! (Thanks for the great video too!!)

  21. #70
    Lisa Says

    Very beautiful card ! I love it !! I didn’t intend to buy this die but … well … you know 😉 Thanks for the great video too 🙂

  22. #75
    Lindar C

    Ha ha!! Hairy slivers, you crack me up! Thanks for the tip on getting rid of them! This is my favorite technique with dies. Lovely card!

  23. #83
    Sue D.

    Love your card … what did you call it?… happy, graphicy, card-stocky?!?!? It’s all that and more. Loved your video too; really showed how tedious inlay can be, but how rewarding the whole creative process is as well, and it was so entertaining! TFS and I’ll be back for more.

  24. #84
    Teresa Doyle

    Cathy this is truly a gorgeous card and such a beautiful die. The yellow is really pretty on this card, well done.

  25. #86
    Cynthia Baldwin

    So pretty! I agree – the multiple Cardstock colors were the way to go with this die. Great card!

  26. #89
    Dana M

    Beautiful card! Love the vibrant colors against the neutral background and slight dimension from the inlayed die technique.

  27. #98
    Naama E

    Love the new die and your card is just perfect spring! I admire your patience for doing this, I think I might even give it a shot 😉
    Thank you!

  28. #102
    Loly Borda

    Aww Cathy! Awesome job with your inlaid die cut card! I love it! TFS. I also love the clean font in the sentiments you designed!

  29. #103

    Today is my first time of watching you. What a beautiful card, I know I will be watching more of your videos! Thank you!

  30. #105
    barbara lassiter

    Just beautiful. I might try this idea for one Christmas card, because I can see a poinsettia inlay. You’ve inspired me to try this technique! Love your fun video! 🙂

  31. #106

    so much good stuff. must try the tape for the hairy slivers trick, they are very annoying.

    I have had some success using a blob of blu tack on the tip of a pencil as a picker for tiny pieces. I thought you’d forgot the tittle. Should have had more faith! A heroic tittling.

    It looks good.

  32. #108
    Sabrina Radican

    Gorgeous card!!!! I really love the fog colored cardstock as the backdrop for all the beautiful colors you used for the flowers!!!

  33. #111
    Lisa T

    It’s gorgeous Cathy! Love the inlaid technique and it looks so pretty here on the grey. When I received my dieto play with, I created the exact same floral but on acetate and then I saw your sneak!! So I did an about turn ?. No kidding we had the exact same colours in the floral ??. Love how yours turned out and it looks great with the Spring sentiment.

  34. #116
    Wendy Little

    I just love your card and always enjoy watching your videos, they are so uplifting and make me smile.

  35. #117

    Love the floral inlay. Such a cool idea. Plus you can use the remaining cut pieces to make other cards the same way, just rotating which pieces are which colors. (I hope that made sense. :))

  36. #119

    This card is so beautiful! I love the grey background. It really makes the colors of the flowers pop!

  37. #120
    Terri Stiefel

    I love the idea-but yes, mass producing would definitely be time consuming! The look is original! I love it! Great job!

  38. #125
    Phyllis Freese

    I love your card. While I may not do this technique often, I would like to try it, tedious as it may be. I’ll have to check out my floral dies.

  39. #129
    Shelley Scales

    This idea is really great! I have ordered the die you used, and can’t wait to try this technique. Thanks for the inspiration.

  40. #130
    Sue Alger

    This card is so terrific. I’ve been following you using your scrapping videos, etc. and now am enjoying all your card making. I must have the flower cluster die.

  41. #132
    Anne Sturgeon

    Wow I love this flower cluster die. Your flower cluster has wonderful colors and I love it against the warm gray. Nicely done.

  42. #137
    Melanie Allen

    Very pretty and worthy of mass producing! Although I’m not sure I would either unless I was sending them all to other card makers. But if I received that card, I would feel very special indeed!

  43. #139
    Erica Marroquin

    I love this release, but that Four seasons stamp and dies are perfect for cards and scrapbooking. Just like you said. We have an orchard on our property and I always try to capture beautiful photos of the trees during each season. Great job on the card, love your creativity and all your stamp/die designs. I need one of everything! Thanks for sharing.

  44. #141

    The gray and white do definitely ground the card. Love the bright colors you used in the flower cluster, as well. Beautiful work.

  45. #142

    Great colorful card! Love the inlays and use of a grey background. I use white so much that I forget how pretty the grey is. Thanks for the great ideas.

  46. #143
    Denise Ward

    This card caught my eye when Heidi did her Live FB post this afternoon. I love the inlay design and the colors you used to make a happy card celebrating spring and friendship.

  47. #144

    WOW…what a gorgeous Spring card, Cathy! I love that inlay technique…it makes those flowers just pop off the card! And, thanks for making a video showing us how you made the card!!

  48. #146
    Teri S.

    Cathy, all of those beautiful primary colours inlayed into those spring flowers are so beautiful against the light grey background. It has such a CAS look to it which I love. I think you have such great humour too & I appreciate your video.

  49. #147
    Leslie Kiley

    This release is one of my favorites in a long time! I just love how useful all the stamps and dies are! Your card is so colorful and still clean! Just my style! Thanks for sharing your talent

  50. #150
    Karen Page

    Great inlay card! You could have saved yourself a little time if you had just cut it once out of white and colored the inside pieces the colors you wanted 🙂 Also, wax paper or a dryer sheet (even a used one) between your die and the paper will help pop those pieces out much easier. And after you finish die cutting, you can place a piece of PressNSeal on the back to keep all the pieces together and in position until you are ready to use them. Just a few time savers for future reference 🙂

  51. #157
    Lynn Violet

    Super card. Sometimes you just have to do the hardest, tiniest, pain in the neck technique you can think of…..just to see if you can. Nice job!! Kinda like Laura says ” the heart wants what the heart wants”

  52. #166

    Beautiful card. I love your inlay and thanks so much for the video. Your sets for this release are very cool and fun.

  53. #168
    Dixie Cochran

    That’s a fabulous card, Cathy! I know that the die inlaying was tedious, but it was soooo worth it. Well done. Have a glass of wine.

  54. #174
    Lisa Scanlon

    CZ, love the card! It maybe putzy but after you’ve done one, it would go pretty easy to make a few for a beautiful gift set to give someone as a gift.

  55. #176
    pam edwards

    There are so many great stamps,dies and stincils to chose from. You have all done a great job.

  56. #177
    Carolyn S

    What a beautiful card! I love the vibrant colors against the pale gray. I’m afraid I would get twitchy though inlaying all those tiny pieces but the end result is really lovely

  57. #181
    Anja curvers

    I really love the inlaid die technique and you made a gorgeous card using that cluster die. This is another must have from this release. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

  58. #182
    Charlotte Deerborn

    I like how you used this die. I like the inlaid technique but did not picture it with this die until you made your card.

  59. #188
    Deepa Lakshman

    This is so pretty. I have never tried these type of cards with inlay diecutting but you sure are pushing me to do it.

  60. #193

    You sound as pleased as punch with your beautiful spring creation!! What did you do before SSS and card making huh?? Love the humour that tags along with the creativity. Nice one CZ!!

  61. #204
    Kristen C

    I love the color combo you used on this card. Making it reminds me of doing a puzzle and I love puzzles.

  62. #205
    Michele W

    Love the brightly colored inlaid flowers! Perfect on the soft gray background. Thanks for the tip about using tape to remove those pesky paper strings.

  63. #206
    Mary Holshouser

    Love the spring bouquet.
    Fantastic die.
    Great card.
    thanks for sharing.

  64. #211
    Crystal Williams

    Beautiful inlay card! SSS never disappoints with their new products. So much fun to be had! Thank you for sharing!

  65. #214

    Inlaying these dies makes it look so dimensional yet great for posting. Genius to use grey as your neutral background instead of the usual white or ivory

  66. #222

    What a great idea to put the white and brights on the soft grey background. I really like how it both enhances the design, but doesn’t distract from the colors. And well done for all that inlay! Thanks for sharing such a lovely design with us!

    In a sort of answer to your question: I do not do card videos, but if I did, I would have to weigh my perfectionist tendencies of wanting to get it exactly right (and thus making a card ahead of time to check that it works), and my inherent laziness of not wanting to go through all that work again. I don’t know which would win, but I suspect laziness. Thus my videos would be like the Three Stooges making cards: farce upon farce.

  67. #225
    Patty Eifert

    You are a hoot Cathy!! I totally forgot about the tittles!! I heard that from Laura too …cracked me up! Anyway… you’re card turned out beautiful! I’ve done this inlay stuff before and it is time consuming but I love the finished look!! FYI .. I totally drop my dies to see what pieces will come out before I have to start picking away at the rest!!

  68. #228

    This card just screams Cathy to me with the colors of those flowers and the grey background. That’s the kind of card I’d like to make someday. You know if I made cards. Someday. For now you’ll find me scrapbooking and reading your blog – even the card posts.
    Oh I do like those crystals.

  69. #231

    I am so happy that you are card making! After watching this, I decided I need to do more with light grey background. Makes the rainbow colors pop!

  70. #234
    Becky Green

    Cathy, do you & Laura talk on the phone? LOL I can hear it now! 😉 You sound like Laura! LOL
    And she ALWAYS makes me SMILE! 😀 Your card came out BEAUTIFULLY! I LOVE the in-lay technique! It’s JUST BEAUTIFUL!!!! THANK YOU for a SUPER JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😉

  71. #235
    Sue Smith

    What an absolutely beautiful card Cathy. I love this die and can’t wait for SSS to get another shipment of it in. I love the multi colored flowers that give the card a very ‘spring’ flair. 🙂

  72. #237
    Bronwyn Batts

    This is a really beautiful card. I loved the die. I’m sure I’ll try and make it, but will make sure I have the time and my patience is fresh for the day. Really lovely.

  73. #241

    That’s a very pretty card! Thanks for sharing! I love the die & the way you did the colorful inlay was a great idea!

  74. #246
    Bonnie E

    The card is fabulous – love how fresh and clean it looks. The gray sets off both the white lines of the die cuts, as well as those rich flower colours beautifully. Gorgeous!

  75. #257
    Lauryne Cunningham

    I love the inlayed look, too. I haven’t attempted it but I’m excited to try it! This is a beautiful card and I love this Flower Cluster Die!

  76. #265
    Linda Duensing

    Beautiful card and great video. I love the beautiful bright colors. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

  77. #268
    Stacy V

    Very pretty :). Love you used a grey background…I’m always trying to incorporate yardstick but I find it challenging :S

  78. #269
    Linda Anderson

    Gorgeous colors in your floral inlay card. This is truly a striking yet simple design even though a bit time consuming. Well worth the effort! Thanks for sharing.

  79. #270

    You’re card is beautiful. I love the white die boarder and the crystals! Also, you’re video was entertaining… I love the humor! 🙂

  80. #274
    Tracy Chambers

    Love this card, it is beautiful. I am also so excited to get my hands on the “How the Hex are You” stamp set…. love it.

  81. #277
    June Stengel

    You are VERY patient! I’ve tried the inlaid technique, so I know what you went through. You are correct….wine helps! 🙂 Beautiful results!

  82. #285
    Vicky C

    Beautiful die-cut in-lay card design! Love the colours! So much work but the result is definitely worth it!

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