Simon Says Stamp Friendly Frolic Blog Hop

Cathy ZielskeCards, Tutorials290 Comments

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It’s blog hop time at Simon Says Stamp to celebrate the Friendly Frolic release! Today I have a card that is a little bit whimsical and little bit graphic.

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You should know I am not an expert of watercolor by any stretch, and so today I’m using Tim Holtz Distress Inks to color in a huge, sketchy flower and combining that with my brand new Tabbed Sentiments for a cool look!

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True story: I had NO idea the big yellow flower was actually a bud and foliage surrounding it until I saw someone else’s use of this set. I just thought it was a big-assed flower. So I guess you could say I kept it OVERLY simple!

Check out the video to see how I put this card project together!

HOP DETAILS: Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $25 coupon to every stop on the blog hop! This means you can leave a comment here and on every stop along the way to increase your chances. Winners will be posted on the Simon Says Stamp blog next Wednesday.

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290 Comments on “Simon Says Stamp Friendly Frolic Blog Hop”

  1. #1

    I love the stamps & tab dies combo. I am a scrapper & a card maker. I’m always looking for vesatile products that meet both my scrappy & card making needs. This combo is perfect for that.

  2. #6
    Lori P.

    Cathy! This card is beautiful! I am so glad I nabbed a set of the “CZ Design Tabbed Sentiments” yesterday from “Simon Says Stamp”. I can’t wait to get them.

  3. #7
    Lori P.

    Cathy! This card is “Awesome”! I am so glad I purchased your set of ” tabbed sentiments” yesterday and more. I can not wait to play.

  4. #11
    Teresa Doyle

    This is wonderful Cathy. Love your tab stamps and dies. This looks sweet jutting out from the side of your panel. I have to say that I L♥VE the Sketch Lotus set… Well done!

  5. #15
    Marisa Kendo

    I love the colors! I haven’t tried watercoloring yet but I might have to try this method 🙂 thanks!

  6. #16
    Linda Miles

    Your card is beautiful and I love your video! I appreciate the encouragement to give watercoloring a try.

  7. #27
    Debbie Selby

    Like the tab set a lot. Always make my own Journal cards for layouts and this set has some perfect sentiments.

  8. #43

    Ok, who would not like this video!?!?!? What planet would they be from?

    Love your all your videos! The floral stamp/die is cute and totally love the tab set! I have the old Marvy tab punch that weighs a ton (and only in one size)…..I think I need this die set to pare down the weight in my scrap bag!!

  9. #45
    Aimee LaCroix Slocum

    Love the colors you chose for your flowers…..they are beautiful and bold! This whole card is fantastic and your new Tabbed stamp set is amazing and perfect for everything!!

  10. #46

    So lovely!!! I like the pretty colors you used on this card and the little shine you add with the bling!! Beautiful design

  11. #50
    Lindar C

    I always enjoy your videos, and love the tabbed sentiments you designed. I think your card is great.

  12. #55
    Angie Hall

    I like your use of distress inks for water coloring. The floral image is perfect in the bright colors. I also like the tab sentiments you designed.

  13. #67
    Loly Borda

    I love your card Cathy! Are you kidding? You water-colored this like a Pro! TFS! Great inspiration!

  14. #73
    Michele W

    Great card! Luv the layout and the bright, cheerful colors you used for the flowers. Thanks for sharing!

  15. #77
    Dana M

    Stunning, sweet and happy card! Love the touch of whimsy and the tag is such a fantastic touch.

  16. #79
    Karen Page

    Your olive green “I don’t know what that thing is” is a Lotus Pod… usually brown, but I think it looks pretty in olive 🙂 I don’t think it matters if we paint things the correct color as long as we love the results and had fun during the process. You got a very graphic look from your style while others may go for a more realistic look. Both are beautiful, as well as everything in between. The point is to paint, have fun, and learn something new each time.

  17. #81
    Paula I

    Such a pretty card! I ove the stamp & die tab combo, very versatile. I love when our crafting supplies offer that, more bang for your buck. Fun release!

  18. #82
    Beverly Johnson

    Your card is beautiful and I really like how you used that tab die on our card. Thank oufor the inspiration.

  19. #85
    Andrea Hastilow

    Well sounds like my ability to watercolour must be near yours then. Beautiful card, fun sketchy image, great pop with colour & a fun layout, thank you for this video.

  20. #86
    cyndi morris

    Gorgeous card. I, too, love water coloring with distress inks. This stamp has a beautiful floral image, and I particularly love the sentiments.

  21. #92
    Sheila Bacon

    What a gorgeous card! I love the watercolor look and the sentiment tabs and sentiments combo…very unique. Thanks for doing the video as it’s always helpful to watch how people create!

  22. #97
    Rachel Peck

    Love the color combination! I feel like the little black tab pulls everything together perfectly

  23. #99
    Sabrina Radican

    Very beautiful watercolor card!! I think it’s time for me to get my water colors out again!

  24. #103
    Felecia Krech

    for not being “an expert of watercolor by any stretch” you certainly did put out a gorgeous card!!! LOVE!

  25. #105
    Carolyn S

    You made this lovely card look so easy for everyone and gave clear, concise instructions. Thanks very much

  26. #106
    Jinny Perrin

    The card is loaded with great personality and talant – love the colors… Your video was super!

  27. #108

    Now I finally understand how to use distree inks for watercoloring. Thanks for a great tutorial.

  28. #121

    I love the idea of the tabs! So cute! I’m new to stampin’ and blog hopping so I’m excited to see new ideas!

  29. #122
    barbara lassiter

    I love the floral design , the sentiment and the cute tab on this card. It looks perfect to me.

  30. #123
    Gail Anderson

    Love this stamp and die set and how you used them. I’m all into watercoloring right now and this is a great example.

  31. #125
    Patt H.

    Love your bright, bold flowers, Cathy, & the Tabbed sentiment is the perfect touch! Love this card!!

  32. #128
    Karen Hale

    Beautiful card….love the Sketch Lotus stamp/die set. One of my faves in the new release.

  33. #130
    Cathy Lillie

    Lovely card! The lotus sketch stamp is so pretty, and I appreciate you showing how to use the tabbed sentiments in a card. Love your videos and humor!

  34. #132
    Carol Bannister

    This stamp and die set is gorgeous! Loving that tab die and the sentiment stamps a lot…I see so many uses for it! Thanks for a great video!

  35. #138
    Leanne in Cali

    Love your videos! Thanks so much for sharing these fun new products with us. Your card is fabulous!!

  36. #140
    Anne Sturgeon

    Your tab and sentiments are so great. Love your big water colored floral card. Friendly Frolic has lots of goodies. Nicely done.

  37. #141

    Thanks Cathy for your videos! You always make it look easy enough for me to try! Been a huge fan of your scrapbook layouts and cards!

  38. #144

    WOW, you are so talented. I used to purchase your digital clean lined creations before i started more cardmaking… You are totally AMAZEBALLS!!!

  39. #145

    What a lovely card. This lotus stamp is ideal for coloring as your watercolor shows. The tabbing and sentiment complete this card design so well. tfs

  40. #147
    Denise Ferguson

    Love the three bold colors used on this card! Thanks for sharing your design. Time to break out my Distress Inks!

  41. #148
    Jill Sharp

    Pretty card. Love this floral stamp and the message tab to the side is a great finishing touch.

  42. #157
    Denise Ward

    Beautiful card!! I love the vibrancy in the colors of the flowers played off against the black tab with the simple “Miss you” sentiment!

  43. #162
    Becky Green

    Your card looks GREAT Cathy! I LOVE the little tabs! It gives your card a modern look, which is QUITE FETCHING! SUPER VIDEO & THANK YOU for showing us how you did your BEAUTIFUL CARD!!! 😉

  44. #168
    Karrie Lasater

    Very pretty! Love the way you describe everything on your video. I really like the tab addition.

  45. #172
    Joanie A

    How you gifted artists choose your colors is amazing. It will make or break the whole card. I need a lesson on how thatvis acheived with success!

  46. #180
    Kathy P

    Love love love this card! The flower stamp is just so modern, a breath of fresh air! And those tag sentiments are a must buy for me, too! Thanks for your great inspiration!

  47. #184
    Anna Rodgers

    Cathy..You’ve done it again! Your card is so pretty and I luuuuv your new tab dies and the sentiments! Makes my tab lovin’ heart so happ!

  48. #187
    Mindy Drummond

    I wouldn’t have thought to use the Tabbed Sentiments on a card, that’s awesome! Thanks for the inspiration. Cool colors on the flowers, I can’t get enough of the Picked Raspberry 🙂

  49. #192
    Linda L. Tucker

    I love this simple yet beautiful card! And, I think your watercoloring skills are not shabby either.

  50. #195
    Ann Kulseth

    Beautiful flower card – I am loving this release – especially the VW bus and the school bus. Outstanding once again SSS.

  51. #196
    Rosslyn W

    I love this set with the tabs. It will be useful for both cards and scrapbooks! Gorgeous card.

  52. #202


    when you used the brush to get rid of the specks of powder, it didn’t work, I’m still left with marks on my laptop screen, could you give it another go over?
    *what do you mean that’s not going to work from the inside*

  53. #205

    Thanks for the permission to watercolour even when you’re not an expert…and it still looks great!

  54. #209
    Debbie P

    Your card is beautiful. Your watercolouring is fantastic. I love the new release. Thank you for all the great tips.

  55. #210
    Teresa Woolford

    Your mistake is beautiful and I love that you owned it, makes me feel better about all the little boo boos I make.

  56. #211
    LesLee Stone-Rasmus

    Great Job… I love the ROY and thanks for the TIP. Those fonts on the sentiments are awesome…. and the little file tabs… Oh my I don’t think I am going to be able to live without those.. they will be like a staple in my wardrobe! Thanks for sharing

  57. #214
    Paula G

    So pretty! I’m so interested in learning how to stamp and color in like this, I’ve only done “regular” stamping so far. I’ll be retiring within the year and spending time learning this craft is high up there on my list! Trying to buy the supplies and learn the basic “how to’s” now.

  58. #216
    Heidi B.

    Great idea, I would not ever use the big flowers and simle tab die. My mistake, the card is beautiful

  59. #217
    Carole Palmiere

    What a beautiful card! I love the colors you used. Glad to see I’m not the only one who sees images a little differently than the artist!

  60. #220
    Jeannie F

    Beautiful card. I love how distress inks make me feel like I am an expert at watercoloring!

  61. #225
    Cynthia Koop

    Love your card. It came out beautiful! The new stamp set is really nice I think will have to own it!

  62. #226
    Patricia Wilson

    The sketched Lotus stamp is beautiful and love what you did with it. You encouraged me to watercolor as I’m afraid it won’t look right but your admission that you aren’t a watercolor person makes me think I CAN do it. Thanks for sharing!

  63. #227
    Mary Holshouser

    Who said there had to be green leaves on the
    orange flower. It’s your flower and you can
    do what you think is best – no two flowers
    are the same anyway. Love the bold colors.
    Beautiful card. thanks for sharing.

  64. #229
    Cheryl Rigney

    Your card is beautiful! I like the way you incorporated the tab into the design. Thank you for sharing the video of your creative process.

  65. #230
    Kathy Grigas

    Your card is beautiful. I think you did an amazing job watercoloring. I am so excited for the tabs and sentiment stamps you designed. I was lucky enough to order them before they went on back order and am actually expecting my SSS package today. I loved watching how you used one on the card. Since I’m also a scrapbooker, I am so happy that you included words/sentiments that can be used on scrapbook pages. Well, gotta go check my mailbox again (I’m pretty anxious to receive my new goodies).

  66. #232
    sharon mesdag

    I loved your video and the beautiful card you created. Sad that SSS is already out of stock. I’ll be waiting though so I can try to create something as nice as you have.
    Thanks for the video.

  67. #234
    Linnea Sundstrom

    luv how you used the tab for your sentiment so it takes away nothing from the bouquet! so pretty

  68. #236
    Cindi F

    I love your water coloring. I never thought to use distress inks but I’ll have to try that. I always see people who interpret images differently than I do. What you did works!

  69. #237
    Jackie S

    Cathy, I would have colored the foliage behind the bud as a flower too. That’s what it looks like to me too. Awesome card

  70. #238
    Donna Kalinowsky

    I really like the tab sayings set. Your card is wonderful even if you read the flower as one big thing instead of foliage and a flower bud. There wasn’t enough definition in the stamp to see what the artist intended.

  71. #239

    Ooh Cathy – I love this card. I can’t wait to try watercoloring with my distress inks. Thanks for sharing!

  72. #246

    Great card Cathy, I love the bright colours you used for this great stamp set! Thanks for showing.

  73. #247
    DUMONTIER Marjorie

    That’s such a lovely card ! I love the tab-sentiment !

  74. #252
    Rose Mary Smalley

    Geez, didn’t think I would ever reach the bottom to leave my comment…LOL…Your card is just beautiful….just wanted you to know that….thank you for listing the items you used to make it….Nice release….love so many things!!!

  75. #265
    Denise Mlady

    Your card turned out so pretty! This Sketch Lotus is my favorite from the release. Fun sentiments on the set you designed. I like that you can use them with or without the tabs.

  76. #270
    Carol Jones

    Beautiful card Cathy! Love your little tabs and sentiments, brilliant idea and cute addition for cards.

  77. #274

    Very pretty card and oh so manageable for those of us who are just feeling our way into watercoloring.

  78. #275
    Patty Eifert

    Beautiful colors on your flowers!! And I still think that the whole yellow flower looks correct….doesn’t make sense to have one big single leaf would be there!! If I bought the set I would color it as part of the flower!! Anyway…like that little tab & sentiment on the side!

  79. #278
    Shelly P

    “Big Assed Flower” – LOL! You crack me up! I just love this design and think your big A yellow flower is perfect! I love the juxtaposition f the sketchy flowers with the graphic components of your tabbed sentiments…another classic CZ card design! You make me want to buy every card you create! ? I’m not sure my hubby thinks that’s a good thing! But I do! Lol!

  80. #281
    Marie Flayer

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

  81. #284

    Not a great water colorer either but you make it look so simple. Love the large sketchy flora and the tabs.

  82. #286
    Megan N

    Bwahahahaha! Never would have noticed if you didn’t say something. If the recipient is being that critical, they don’t deserve it, anyway! 🙂

  83. #289
    Mel H

    Beautiful card. The lotuses are one of my favorite sets from this new release. I just love them.

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