DieCember® Blog Hop with Simon Says Stamp!

Cathy ZielskeCards264 Comments

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Welcome to DieCember® at Simon Says Stamp! (Yes, this is my first official DieCember participation and yes, I’m happy to join in the die cutting fun!)

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Today we’re celebrating with a blog hop featuring some of the newest die releases from Simon Says Stamp. I created a simple card featuring the brand new Sweet Tulip die and one of the banners from the Nested Banners Set. I decided to create a sympathy/support card, and take a wee break from all of the holiday cardmaking of late.

Check out my video to see how I created this simple card project:

WHILE SUPPLIES LAST: Simon is giving away a free Nutty & Bright stamp set with any purchase if you use the code: DCMBR27 at checkout! Code expires on Sunday, December 9 at 11:59 EST.

BLOG HOP DETAILS: Check out all the inspiration today as you follow along on the hop! Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $25 coupon at every stop along the hop. Winners will be chosen from the comments section of each blog and the winners will be posted on the Simon blog on Wednesday, December 12. Here are the designers in today’s hop!

Simon Says Stamp Blog

Cathy Zielske—you are here!

Laura Bassen

Nina-Marie Trapani

Nichol Spohr

Jessica Frost-Ballas

Suzy Plantamura

Heather Ruwe

Lisa Addesa

Heather Hoffman

Barb Engler

Laurie Willison

Bibi Cameron


Thanks so much for hopping along!


Cathy ZielskeDieCember® Blog Hop with Simon Says Stamp!

264 Comments on “DieCember® Blog Hop with Simon Says Stamp!”

  1. #6
    Lauryne Cunningham

    Your card is so pretty! Love the water color! I would love to have this pretty graphic flower in my stash!

  2. #14
    Lori Roberson

    Beautiful card! I love that tulip die, love the oxide ink colors you chose too. Thank you for sharing.

  3. #21
    Denise Terry

    I clearly to check out that spray adhesive. I spent too much time yesterday trying to put Connect glue on little die cuts I was trying to stack! Love your finished card…the colors look great together!

  4. #29
    Robin Ramirez

    Love the card! I just added more colors to my Distress Oxide stash. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. #34
    barbara lassiter

    This card is beautiful and could be the inspiration for many other types of cards because of it’s simplicity. Thanks and you were great with your first DieCember!

  6. #38
    Mary G

    Very nice and effective sympathy card. It is unfortunate that we all need them at some point, but it is nice to have samples we can draw from. Thank you.

  7. #43

    Distress Ink backgrounds are my favorites to create. I love the Mod Leaf Oval die and Holiday Knit background die in this release.

  8. #45
    Annette Gordon

    I love the colour combo, and how your card makes the die the focus of the whole card. Very pretty.

  9. #61

    simple and effective. your specialty. I like the watercolour backgrounds. nope, not managed to do any yet. stuff keeps getting in the way, if I have spoons I have to do some work – which is sewing, not papercrafts. but I still like it, everytime you do one of these!

  10. #74

    This is the kind of card I would love to receive as support card. Because you never have the right words. Perfect.

  11. #83
    Pamela Selinski

    You say the card was easy but it says beautiful. Lovely colors that background that gorgeous tulip. Congrats on your first December.

  12. #88
    Laura Corkill

    That is actually a really cool die and I love the card! I purchased a birthday card recently and just about hit the floor at the price. This was quick and to think about the many color schemes you could use to make this so versatile. This is a must have die.

  13. #94
    Sheri Kempke

    Lovely card to share while you’re enjoying the winter snow! Thanks for inspiring us with your easy watercolor background–many of us just need to let go and let art happen!

  14. #101
    Kathy G.

    Beautiful card. The tulip die looks greats with your color choice. The Tiny Words sentiment is just perfect for a variety of reasons. I really like it. I will definitely have to try Elmer’s Spray Adhesive – you made it look so easy using it.

  15. #103
    Melanie A

    Thank you for the reminder that sometimes a die in all white works out to be beautiful! This was one thing I hadn’t thought of with this die.

  16. #104
    Sharon Gullikson

    So simple and cute. I don’t think that I have just used a white flower die cut on a gorgeous background before. NICE

  17. #114
    Laura Peddicord

    Simple cards, like yours, sometimes says more than a card that is very decorative. It’s a beautiful choice for the tulip die. Congratulations on the success of your first SSS blog hop!

  18. #115
    Andrea Hastilow

    Great, fun video Cathy, you always make me smile listening to your video’s. This card is stunning, love the style & colour mix.Thank you.

  19. #123
    Wendy Little

    I have so enjoyed following you on your blog and youtube this year. You always make me smile. Thank you for sharing your talent. This is a great card! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  20. #129

    Your blog posts on You Tube are very inspirational! Nice use of Distress Oxide colors in this one!

  21. #130

    Your card is really pretty and perfect for spring or Easter. It prompted me to go right to the site to purchase this die. But then I get there and see so many other things that distract me. Too many choices.

  22. #131
    Jamie Schallon

    Welcome to your first DieCember, Cathy! The colors you chose for your card are gorgeous, really makes that tulip pop.

  23. #132

    Lovely card. That die is so pretty and open that I can see mass producing this card with variations of watercolor colors. Beautiful.

  24. #134

    I love your style, Cathy! I always have. I am always inspired by your work and how ‘clean and simple’ you keep it! So glad to see you on the blog hop.

  25. #136

    There’s something about a tulip in winter that gives one a bit of cheer and the ability to face another dreary winter day. Beautiful colors!

  26. #137
    Sheila Bacon

    The background of the variations of watercolors really made the white flower die cut pop. Very eye-catching!

  27. #139
    Anne Sturgeon

    Sympathy cards can be tough, I feel like less is really more in this case. Love the simple tulip die. Your background is so lovely. Lots of great stuff in this release. Thanks for sharing.

  28. #151
    Jennifer Roberts

    I like the soft colors and the design looks quick and simple. The sentiment dies are so helpful to have for any project! I feel confident that I could make this!!

  29. #153
    Jennifer Roberts

    I love the soft colors and quick and easy design. The sentiment dies would be so helpful for any project!

  30. #155
    Kaye Thrasher

    Beautiful card. Love that die, it may be my favorite. You did a great job. Thanks so much for sharing your art.?

  31. #158
    Michelle Hackett

    Tulips are my favorite flower, so I will definitely be getting this die. This is such a beautifully simple design. Thank you for sharing this.

  32. #159
    Karen Benedict

    Love the Tulip, but the light pastel colors behind it really show it off. Beautiful work!

  33. #160
    Kathy S

    Your card is elegant with the soft colors and the stacked diecut is remarkably simple. Thank you for the inspiration.

  34. #162
    Bev Page

    Hi Cathy. Just love your oh-so-pretty and delicate card. I keep forgetting to use my inks as watercolour, so thanks for the reminder. The delicate colours are just made to pop by using that gorgeous pink as your card base and for the sentiment. Am loving all the new dies for the release, but December isn’t a good month for that, LOL! Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas. TFS. Love your work.

  35. #164
    see mary stamp

    This little tulip is so delicate. I love it. The colors you chose for the Distress Oxide background are perfect.

  36. #165
    see mary stamp

    The tulip die is so delicate. I love it. The colors you chose for your Distress Oxide background are perfect.

  37. #169
    Denise Fonda

    Cathy, I love the simplicity of this card and to be honest I overlooked the simple beauty of this die. I think I have to have it now, depending on the sentiment it could be used for many different occasions. TY

  38. #172
    Jennifer Williams

    Sweet peaceful and beautiful card
    Perfect as a sympathy card but also. Could be used for so many other occasions
    Beautiful color scheme.

  39. #174
    Linda I

    The Tulip die is so useful, Easter, spring, birthday, just because, etc. Beautiful card!
    Great give away too!

  40. #176
    Mindy Drummond

    The Sweet Tulip is my favorite die from The DieCember release. Your card is beautiful, I love the background and the sentiment with this Tulip. Thank you for sharing and for the inspiration, I think I’m getting “spring fever” already lol.

  41. #178
    Maggie E

    A beautiful, simple card. I love sending encouragement cards to friends and this is a great inspiration for that purpose. Love it!Maggie

  42. #180
    Drena Putz

    Cathy, you’re tulip card is beautiful with the pastel background. It’s simple and refreshing. Congratulations on your first DieCember!!

  43. #182
    Darlene Fellows

    Love the simplicity of this card. Works beautifully as a sympathy card with the paler colours, would be lovely as an Easter or Spring card too.

  44. #184
    Carol Roberts

    Such a lovely card yet so simplistic. Thanks for sharing Nice to get away from the holiday theme.

  45. #185

    This card caught my eye right away on the sss blog. I love it! And I really need that nested banner die set?

  46. #190
    Neha Mahajan

    A very clean and beautiful card. Love the distress oxide colors in the background. The Tulip die is just gorgeous!

  47. #191
    Joanne Rich

    Beautiful card with my favorite die from the fun new release. Thank you for your inspiration!

  48. #192
    Vicki H

    Hello Cathy! The oxide colors you chose are so pretty and fresh looking! The tulip die is one of my two favs from the release! Thanks for the inspiration! P.S. Love your videos!

  49. #195
    Denise Ward

    This Sweet Tulip Die is one of my (many) favorites of Die-cember. It looks so “simple’ but it really makes an impact when put into a design. Cathy’s background really brings the focus to this delicate outline and it looks FANTASTIC!!!

  50. #198
    Melanie Perz

    Such a soft and pretty card. Very peaceful. One of many wonderful new dies in this release!

  51. #199
    Carol Jones

    Pretty card Cathy! I love the clean & simple graphic design of this Die too. I think this Die would also make a great shaker card too.

  52. #205
    Arianna Barbara

    Congrats on your first Diecember participation!!!
    Love your tulip and the gorgeous background colors!!!

  53. #209
    Nandini Karmarkar

    Sweet Tulip is one of my favourite dies in this release. And I love your gorgeous card design. I would love to do this in different colours to create a card set for gifting.

  54. #214
    JoAnn Burnham

    This is so pretty. Love the colors and that pretty die cut. Thanks for sharing the video.

  55. #215
    Mona Sen

    Such a pretty card! And it makes me think about my favorite part of winter – when it’s over! Thanks for sharing!

  56. #216
    Lisa Byers

    Such a lovely sympathy card. The pastel colors behind the flower die are soft and cool. Very nice.

  57. #217
    Barbara R

    I love the colors of this card. Thank you for showing how to make a beautiful card with just a simple die.

  58. #218
    Lisa Byers

    I love your card. The colors are so beautiful under the flower die. Very soft. It would be comforting to receive such a card.

  59. #219
    Carol Rossouw

    What an amazing release of dies! Oh dear, what to choose?:) Your card is lovely! So simple yet beautiful!

  60. #220

    Great that this is your first time Cathy, with the gorgeous inspiration you make it will certainly not be the last I hope. Thank you for showing and sharing.

  61. #221
    Michele W

    I wasn’t sure I needed this die but it is now on my wish list. I love the soft and simple watercolor background and the way it seems to bring life to this die. This layout would be perfect for so many occasions. Thanks for the inspiration!

  62. #222
    Anne Lee

    Beautiful background. I love thin dies as they stand out perfectly against watercolour backgrounds!

  63. #223
    Debbie Bauder

    The colors used are perfect for the tulip die. I love clean & simple. The watercolors make such a nice, soft background.

  64. #224
    Linda L

    Love this! I ordered this die as I thought it was just lovely for sympathy cards. Simple, yet elegant and soft.

  65. #237
    Kathy Ferguson

    Beautiful card. Your soft background watercolors highlight the tulip so well. I love how you added dimension by stacking your die cut three times. Thanks for inspiring us.

  66. #247

    This is so soft and pretty. It has a definite feel of peace, so the sentiment works especially well. I think these delicate die cuts are particularly perfect for this kind of card that we never want to need but always do. Thanks for sharing you CAS style with us!

  67. #250
    Marjorie DUMONTIER

    It might be simple but still such a beautiful design !! I love the graphic die-cut of the flower and that loose background… ? Thanks for the inspiration. Love, Marjorie

  68. #252
    Cathy Lillie

    Lovely card! The simple sentiment paired with the single flower is perfect for a sympathy card. The wash of color gives a brightness to the card without being too much.

  69. #260
    TracyM #6773

    DIE-lightful card!
    LOVE the delicate tulip panel, ADORE your GORGEOUS design and colour combo. I really struggle with sympathy cards, so I’m feeling especially INSPIRED!

  70. #264
    Heather Mills

    What a beautiful card! That tulip die is stunning and the background you created for it is just perfect!

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