Simon Says Stamp Fresh Bloom Blog Hop

Cathy ZielskeCards, Products & Classes, Tutorials303 Comments

Hi everyone and welcome to the Simon Says Stamp Fresh Bloom Blog Hop! If this is your first time visiting me, I welcome you warmly to my online home! Today I’m sharing a card featuring my brand new You Got This stamps and coordinating dies, as well as the very cool new Geometric Shape Builder stamp set.

This encouragement card features a happy, slightly messy rainbow, a heart felt sentiment and lots of lovely white space.

I love the simplicity of this, and I’ve got a few little tips to share in the video tutorial, as well!

Check out the clip and then below that are all good blog hop details!

Now for the blog hop details…

FRESH BLOOM BLOG HOP DETAILS: Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $25 store coupon at every stop along the blog hop! Visit all the hop blogs, leave a comment and increase your chances of winning! Winners will be announced on the Simon blog on Wednesday, March 13.  This is a two-day hop so be sure to check out Day 2 on March 9! Here are today’s blog hoppers:

Simon Says Stamp Blog 

Jennifer McGuire

Kristina Werner

Cathy Zielske—you are here (and it’s also my birthday, so, BONUS!)

Nina-Marie Trapani

Nichol Spohr

Jessica Frost-Ballas

Suzy Plantamura

Lisa Addesa

Amy Rysavy

Lea Lawson

BUT WAIT… THERE’S MORE! We are making the hop even fresher with a free gift with any purchase:

Make sure to use the code at checkout! Please note: while supplies last or until March 10 at 11:59 p.m. ET.


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Cathy ZielskeSimon Says Stamp Fresh Bloom Blog Hop

303 Comments on “Simon Says Stamp Fresh Bloom Blog Hop”

  1. #3
    Teresa Doyle

    This is such a great card Cathy. Sometimes you just want a ‘simple’ card but of course you want it to look good. This certainly fits the bill. Very well done!

  2. #4
    carol ann

    Ooh la la! I love your watery rainbow and the clean and simple styling of your card! Another card that’s out-of-the-ballpark great!

    Happy 53 trips around the sun and here’s to many more trips! 🙂

  3. #5
    Lauryne Cunningham

    Your CAS card is so pretty and cool at the same time! I really love how you used the Geometric stamp diagonally. The colors you used are very uplifting for a friend in need and I love the font and the size of the Hang in There sentiment!

  4. #22
    Susan Carlson

    Happy Birthday & thank you for the colorful encouragement card! Appreciate this great collection & your fresh ideas!

  5. #24
    Teri S.

    Happy Birthday, Happy Year Cathy! I am a huge fan of CAS cards & of the loose water-
    colouring on your wonderful card. Geometric shapes can be so much fun to work with.

  6. #26
    Eva N

    Happy Birthday! Love how much impact your clean & simple card has. These sentiment stamp & die sets are sure to become some of my favorites when designing cards.

  7. #34
    Louanne Collins

    Lovely and simple card. Wonderful stamp set you designed for the Fresh Bloom release – always looking for great sentiments.

  8. #51
    Jackie Parkins

    Love that card, what a cool way to use that stamp. That’s one of my favorite sets in this release.

  9. #52
    Sheri Kempke

    Beautiful card Cathy. This is a great new release from SSS, so cool that you designed some of these products. I hope you have an awesome Birthday, hoping the weather isn’t too fierce in MN today.

  10. #55
    Viveca V.

    Happy Birthday to you Cathy!
    Love the pattern of these long, border stamps.
    I like the simplicity yet impactful layout of your card.

  11. #57
    Robin Brower

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love the rainbow colors. So simple and elegant. Thank you for sharing your talent.

  12. #60
    Lisa Byers

    I love the simplicity of your rainbow card. It’s so clean and vibrant. Love it!! Happy Birthday to you!! ????????

  13. #63
    Shelly P

    I love this card…it’s so colorful and will certainly brighten the day of your recipient! ? Those geometric stamps are awesome! But not as cool ? as your sentiment stamp set! You Go Girl! ❤️????? And, Happy Birthday! ?????❤️

  14. #74
    barbara lassiter

    Rainbows and encouragement go together like peanut butter and jelly, etc (you get the drift) and this card is perfect! I love the sentiment set with the different fonts and the thoughtful sayings! Thanks for a fun video and the inspiration! 🙂

  15. #77

    I love the sticking use of color against the stark white background in your card design. I love everything in this SSS Fresh Bloom release. I want it all!

  16. #78
    Judy B

    Very pretty card Cathy. I love the use of all that white space on your card. Thanks for sharing with us.

  17. #82

    What a great card to make for someone who is in need of encouragement! Happy Birthday Cathy – have a fabulous day celebrating you!

  18. #89
    Rhonda Riedl

    Happy birthday – what a great way to celebrate. I love watercoloring, but haven’t used it with my cards – I need to try this.

  19. #95
    Giselaine Ellison

    Happy Birthday Cathy. Great card that works for many occasions. I love the Geometric Pattern Builder stamp set. Great release from SSS.

  20. #102
    C Rietzke

    I like the colors you chose to watercolor. These geometric shapes would make good masculine cards.

  21. #110
    Melissa Creamer

    You’re new release with SSS is great! Love the Sentiments and dies! Such a great card! Happy Birthday fellow Pisces! (Mine’s tomorrow ?)

  22. #115
    Cindy Zimmerman

    I love your simple but striking card. The new SSS Geometric Pattern Builder stamp set is one of my new favorites!

  23. #116
    Debbi Smith

    I truly like the ‘slightly messy rainbow’! What a neat idea. Makes an interesting card.

  24. #117
    Carol McGregor

    Wow. Love your card. This is release has sooo many great products. Thanks for your inspiration.

  25. #119
    Gayle Bartholomew

    Cathy, really like your card. I personally don’t have a problem with white space. Your stamp set is wonderful and could be used in so many ways. We all need some encouragement nowadays. g

  26. #123
    Sherry W

    Ooo – the sentiment set….. An easy card with a bold sentiment – I like it! Happy Birthday to you!

  27. #124
    Anne Sturgeon

    Love this release. Your cards are wonderful and very inspiring. Hope your birthday is wonderful and wishes for many more!!

  28. #125
    Mary Holshouser

    Love the colors marching across the front of
    the card. the design of the embossing is
    great. Fun card to cheer someone.
    thanks for sharing

  29. #126
    Tina K

    Interesting card idea. I like it. And most importantly – Happy Birthday from one Pisces to another!

  30. #128
    Karen Hale

    Beautiful encouragement card. Love those sentiments and how great are the coordinating dies! Thank you, Cathy.

  31. #130
    Cheryl Day

    Happy Birthday Cathy! Love how your video is jam packed with so many helpful hints! Simple things, but some I just have never thought of which can bring a person’s cardmaking to a way higher level and save time.

  32. #134
    Becky Green

    BEAUTIFUL WORK, Cathy! I LOVE how you used the Geometric Pattern Builder Stamp & your new sentiments! 😉 Encouragement cards are my #1 FAVORITE card to send!

  33. #139

    Happy Birthday Cathy and your designs for this release are awesome as always! Gorgeous card, this card shows that your not always need to use a lot of products to get a great result. Thank you so much for showing and for the tips a long the way.

  34. #141

    Happy birthday! Love the white space on this card. Thanks for sharing g your incredible ideas!

  35. #143

    I don’t think I can pick a favorite…they are all great and I want them all! I really like the You Got This Stamp and Die set and those flowers are great. Thank you for sharing your talents!

  36. #153
    Christa N Hamilton

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY CATHY!!!! Great colorful card! My birthday was on Sunday. It’s our month!!!

  37. #157
    Kathy P

    What a fun way to lay down a lot of fun color onto a card! And this die is perfect for it! The sentiment you used rocks this card—-and I love how the dies cut around the words like that! I appreciated your tip about how to measure the edge of your word strip by using the plastic guide. I can never figure out exactly where I am cutting with that cutter. Now I know! Great card!

  38. #162
    Tami R

    Happy birthday, Cathy! I love the rainbow colors and simplicity of your card. I really enjoy the bits of humor in your videos and blogs. They make me smile!

  39. #168
    mandi chau

    I always love your nice and clean looking cards. This diagonal card is very different. Thank you for sharing 🙂
    Oh and Happy Birthday!

  40. #173
    Annette Gordon

    Happy Birthday Cathy. I hope you had an amazing birthday surrounded by loved ones. Your card is amazing. I love how you did the water colour across in the different colours. Creates such a stunning focal point.

  41. #178
    Pat Holcomb aka The Ink Tinkerer

    Wonderful the way you have the bold sentiment to balance the simple background against all the white. It’s a very pleasing composition!

  42. #184
    Kaye Thrasher

    Great card. Beautiful rainbow design. Love the sentiments. Thanks for sharing your art.?

  43. #189
    melissa b.

    Happy Bday! Love the sentiments in this set. Everyone needs kind words of encouragement now and then. The bright colous really add a pop of cheer to the card.

  44. #194
    Donna Kalinowsky

    Such a simple card that is bright and encouraging. Happy birthday! Enjoy your day. I enjoyed watching you make the card.

  45. #195
    Neha Mahajan

    I have fallen in love with this geometric stamp set. It looks unique and unlike something else. It is just perfect!

  46. #197
    Carol Jones

    Be still my heart, I adore your card! I always love a rainbow, and lots of white space. I’m very intrigued by this awesome geometric stamp set. I think it’s going on my “must have” list. I hope you had a wonderful birthday Cathy!

  47. #199
    Darlene Fellows

    Simply love your card! Hope you have a birthday as positive and cheerful as your card. 🙂

  48. #201
    Lesley S.

    This is a great collection of sentiments! Love how the pop of the rainbow of colours and graphic pattern is a simple backdrop to the message.

  49. #202
    Cathy Lillie

    Happy Birthday Cathy! Such a pretty card and such a unique stamp set. Love the rainbow of colors and your new sentiment set! I like how the dies cut around the letters.

  50. #206

    Such a pretty card; it inspires to use all those border stamp sets that feel neglected in my stash. Thanks for that!

  51. #208
    Tamara Lewis

    Happy Birthday, love the geometric stamp set, and the rainbow cards always challenge me, but I love the elegant simplicity. Definitely going to give this a whirl!!

  52. #211
    Nancy May

    Oh Kathy, I love this card! The rainbow, the sentiment, the caring that goes along with it, and if course there sleeve technique! ??

  53. #214
    Teresa Woolford

    What a great way to use a background builder stamp! I have some but don’t get much use out of them, now I can look at them in a new way.

  54. #217
    Diana Martinez

    I love rainbows. And the simplicity of the card speks to me. Happy birthday and thanks for sharing!!

  55. #219
    Deanna Berman

    Happy Birthday!!!!! I am brand new to your website but from the beautiful examples that I’ve looked at on this page I am in for a real treat!!!!

  56. #221
    Kristina Beagle

    Stunning! And the cloths-pin paper holding method is genius! I hate using my tweezers always leaves a little indent.

  57. #232
    Denise Mlady

    Happy Belated Birthday!! The sentiments in the set you designed are awesome. Love this simple card with the bright colors.

  58. #234

    I love this encouraging sentiment set Cathy, it’s really spot on, and this card is a perfect expression of the sentiment. Well done you.

  59. #235
    Sue Rosa

    Happy Birthday Cathy, this was a really nice card. I love the tip for the sentiments and the paper cutter. Thanks.

  60. #236
    Sophie Farah

    Cathy I love your new sets in this SSS release!! I especially love that there are coordinating dies for those fun sentiments. Your rainbow card examples are so fun and cheery!

  61. #238
    DUMONTIER Marjorie

    What a wonderful and efficient design ! Thanks for the inspiration ! Love, Marjorie

  62. #243
    Jaycee C.

    Thanks for creating the You Got This stamp set. It has great sentiments and I love the large sizes, too. This was a colorful, creative way of using the geometric border stamps.

  63. #244
    Lynn K Brumm

    HaPpY BiRtHdAy!!! Whoa!!! Love these inspiring ideas!!! Bummer that the free gift was gone so quick.

  64. #248
    Lieve Stoffels

    Beautiful card; great design. Thanks to the big white space, the rainbow colours pop !
    Happy Birthday !

  65. #249
    Margaret R

    Happy birthday! I love the simplicity of your card which made the coloring on the diagonal geometric pattern really pop! Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  66. #254
    Judith McGoodwin

    Wonderful ideas and cards! The 8th is my sister’s Birthday as well! Happy Birthday!

  67. #260
    Kathy McCluskey

    I love your card, Cathy! The rainbow of watercolors against white space is so cheerful! Thanks for making the video showing us how you made the card. I love the little tip you shared for cutting the ends of the sentiment strips evenly!

  68. #262

    I know I’ve said this before, but one of my favorite things about your videos is that the projects feel very achievable. That, plus they always feel well-finished in a way that I strive for but don’t always achieve on my CAS cards. I appreciate your tips and help.

    And happy belated birthday! You are all that and a plate of fries. 😀

  69. #274
    Loly Borda

    Such a lovely card Cathy! I love the clean fonts that you use for all of your sentiments. I’m a fun of your stamps (and design style in general) TFS!

  70. #276
    Jodi Warren

    That is a really great technique and use of things that i already have or can adjust to do a similar card if need be. Thanks for the great ideas.

  71. #278
    Sheila Bacon

    What a cheery card! Love rainbows! Thanks for making the video as I’ve saved it to watch again.

  72. #279
    cyndi morris

    Beautiful, clean card with gorgeous colors. I love the Geometric Shape Builder — so many possibilities.

  73. #283
    Erica Hettwer

    Happy Birthday!!! As soon as I saw that sentiment set pop up in my email, I bought it! It’s perfect!
    Happy Birthday!!!

  74. #285

    Happy belated birthday! Hope your day was fun, I really like the simplicity of this card and anything with a rainbow is always the best!

  75. #287
    Bonnie K.

    Great stamp set – and the coordinating dies are perfect. I love your videos! Been following you off and on for a long time – since way back in the early scrapbooking days. Never get tired of your energy and sense of humor.

  76. #288
    Linnea Sundstrom

    Happy Birthday! THANK YOU for a sentiment set in different styles and fonts! it’s great! great card. and btw, I so appreciate your scientific studies factoids! wink. wink!

  77. #289

    As always, I learn so much from watching your videos. Great card! Thank you for sharing your process and humor with all of us!

  78. #293
    Angie Cammack

    This is absolutely breathtaking and I adore your designs. You make it look SO easy!!
    Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

  79. #294
    Denise Ward

    It is difficult to watch a friend go through a “storm,” but what a great card to use to show that person you care and are there for them!! Love the uplifting color choices as well as the new SSS sentiments you created and used!!

  80. #297
    Beth Merrill

    I love the simplistic beauty of your card as well as your clear, can-do instructions while creating the card.

  81. #298
    Michelle Wilwand

    Dang – I ordered too early and missed the freebie, but I love your card inspiration and your new stamp sets! Ordered them all (except the die – they were already sold out!)

  82. #299
    Mary-Anne V

    Happy belated birthday. What a beautiful card and a really amazing sentiment set. I feel more and more people nowadays need these types of encouraging words.

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