Sunny Days Ahead with Simon Says Stamp (a blog hop!)

Cathy ZielskeCards, Tutorials196 Comments

It’s blog hop day for the brand new Sunny Days Ahead release at Simon Says Stamp. I’m so happy to join in the creative fun today!

I have two card project to share featuring a fun technique—dry embossing using a stencil!

I love the subtle texture it adds to any piece of cardstock or patterned paper. Here is my video showing you how I created these simple cards:

And now onto the blog hop details!

BLOG HOP SPECIAL: If you shop between now and April 26 you’ll receive a Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink pad for free while supplies last. Don’t forget to include the code seen in the graphic above at check out.

WIN A $25 GIFT CARD TO THE SIMON SHOP! We are choosing one winner from each blog along the stop! The more blogs you leave comments on, the more chances you have to win. Winners will be chose ver the weekend and posted on the Simon Says Stamp blog on Wednesday, the 29th of April. Winners must contact Simon to claim their gift card.

HOP DETAILS: This is a 2-day hop and here are the Day 1 participants!

Simon Says Stamp Blog   

Jennifer McGuire

Kristina Werner

Cathy Zielske—You are here!

Nina-Marie Trapani

Nichol Spohr

Lisa Addesa

Heather Ruwe

Suzy Plantamura

Kathy Racoosin

Barb Engler

Cheiron Brandon

Lea Lawson

Betty Wright

Bobbi Lemanski

Lin Brandyberry

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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Cathy ZielskeSunny Days Ahead with Simon Says Stamp (a blog hop!)

196 Comments on “Sunny Days Ahead with Simon Says Stamp (a blog hop!)”

  1. #3
    Michelle Erickson

    What a great idea to use a stencil to create an embossed background ❤️ I have graduation on the brain as well! My heart goes out to them!!

  2. #5
    Joanne M Hoffmann

    What a sweet card and can be designed as feminine or masculine by switching out card stock colors or using school colors!! Love it!

  3. #7
    Wanda S Radler

    These are beautiful cards and a nice release. It is too bad that because of the pandemic a lot of our seniors will not get to have their special celebrations.

  4. #14

    I love these – I always forget about using the dry embossing technique! I really love the graduation sets, especially since I have 2 granddaughters graduating this year. Hey Cathy, I have 6 sons and 6 daughters-in-law – next time you design sentiment strips or stamps could you include some with -in-law or daughter in my heart mothers day or birthday or love. You know what I mean.

    1. #15.1
      Elle Bee

      I love the way you used that cool new congrats die with rainbow paper as the shadow!!!!!! Brilliant!!! Also that cap die is super cute!

  5. #16
    Rita DeCook

    Love this technique of using stencils to emboss. Will be giving it a try, as I have oodles of stencils.

  6. #17
    Denise Mlady

    Love this large Congrats die! Both cards are fun, love the patterned backgrounds. Great way to use some patterned paper.

  7. #21
    Teri S.

    Great Release! I really like your cards, especially the one with the grad hats stencil used to dry emboss. I have a grandson graduating in June & then 8 more to follow. This is a well timed release for me at least. Thanks for the good video Cathy.

  8. #22

    So fun! Love your clean and simple style – you’ve quickly become one of my favorite designers!

  9. #25
    barbara lassiter

    These are all really cute and probably what you had in mind when you created this set. Love your clean and simple style!

  10. #30
    DEBBIE McDaniel

    Love, love your cards and these grad cards along with some from another of your posts are just beautiful and seem so easy to make!

  11. #34
    Cathy B

    I don’t have any grads to make cards for this year, but I learned some new tricks and techniques to try on all the encouragement cards I am making. God bless!

  12. #37
    Susan Carlson

    Really enjoy these cards – rainbow at an angle, Dey embossing stencils, clean designs (borders!) – appreciate you sharing your creativity! Thanks!

  13. #41
    Barbara Matthews

    These cards are beautiful, thanks for the inspiration. I have used the dry emboss technique before but not for a while. It’s nice to revisit older techniques.

  14. #43
    Susan N

    I never thought I could use my “flimsy” stencil for embossing. I’ll have to see what I can do with my Big Shot. Thanks for the video!

  15. #44
    Jennifer Dahlgren

    Ok, so I just learned 3 new techniques I want to try from this video! Both cards are awesome! Thank you for your ideas and inspiration!

  16. #49
    Jennifer Langer

    So very pretty and cheerful (quite necessary right now…). Thank you for the inspiration!

    1. #49.1
      Elle Bee

      I love the way you used that cool new congrats die with rainbow paper as the shadow!!!!!! Brilliant!!! Also that cap die is super cute!

  17. #52
    La Rae Prentice

    It’s always great to find additional ways to use our existing tools. Thank you for the dry embossing suggestion.

  18. #53
    Carol Wortman

    Cheers to the grads!! I dont have a family person this year but they are in my prayers who will have a different memory of theirs! Great cards! Please stay healthy and safe!

  19. #59
    Susan Babcock

    So fun! I love the subtle background interest. Your cards are always so cheerful, thanks for sharing them.

  20. #60
    Karen M

    That rainbow “congrats” is nice and colorful! And the dry embossing is a great extra touch.

  21. #63
    Barbara Martin

    Your cards and designs are so classic and wonderful! I enjoy your YouTube videos as well!

  22. #65
    Tamala Priebe

    Great video. I sometimes forget you can emboss with stencils, thanks for the reminder!! Love your cards, anxiously awaiting my orders from SSS.

  23. #66
    Lindar C

    I feel for the graduates this year, but it’s better to stay safe. Wonderful cards, love all your new designs and this release.

  24. #71
    Cynthia Baldwin

    I love these cards and the products to make them with! I have a high school senior, my youngest. She and her friends have been going through a lot of uncertainty. We’re not yet sure if they’ll have a grad ceremony at the end of May or the alternate date in July. So I’ll be making lots of cards to celebrate these awesome kids.

  25. #73

    THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Thank you for coming out with more of your word dies! Your stamp sets are amazing too but your word dies have my ♥️!!! I honestly think my heart skips a beat each time that I see them! Please continue to make more … LOTS more! I LOVE your clean and simple style and the beautiful typewriter font! Love these two cards that you’ve created … just beautiful! 😍

  26. #77
    Cyndi Morris

    Love these fun cards. I don’t have any graduations coming up this year, but I almost wish I did — these are wonderful. I always love your designs, especially your beautiful sentiments!

  27. #81
    Sue Smith

    Love the bright background strips on your card. Thanks for some new ideas I learned from your video.

  28. #87

    I’m anxious to use my stencils to emboss after seeing this video. Your graduation cards are great. I love the striped pattern paper behind the large letters to make a statement.

  29. #90
    Karen Hale

    Great card for those grads out there. Also inspired me to try dry embossing with my stencils. What a clever background technique.

    1. #92.1
      Denise Ward

      It is really hard to decide which design I like better: they are both simply fantastic! Graduation cards can be tough to make. However, the things in this release just made it a whole lot easier to find the right images and sentiments for anyone on your list!! CZ Designs and SSS are a great partnership!!

  30. #102
    Marta G

    How pretty this stencil looks with the dry embossing technique. Your clean and simple style in these cards is absolutely beautiful!

  31. #106
    Robin Burgeson

    I love that you used a variety of techniques. Even though official graduations have been cancelled, those young people are still going to graduate and will love a card

  32. #110
    Claudia K Anderson

    Love these cards! I just learned about stencil embossing last week and am looking forward to trying it!

  33. #111
    Teri Terrific

    Great idea dry embossing the Grad Caps stencil on the background, especially on the patterned paper! I forget how subtle yet impactful that can be. I’m so delighted with your designs, thank you.

  34. #115

    Love the embossed grad hats. The grads do need special congrats as it’s a tough way to finish missing so much of their last year.

  35. #119
    Denise Bryant

    Awesome cards! The congrats card is so pretty with the rainbow colors! Enjoying the hop and all the inspiration!

  36. #120
    Debby Green

    Great grad cards! My son is/was graduating this year. Still not sure if there will be a ceremony. Kind of sad since he is my “baby”.

  37. #121
    Helen F

    Great cards, Cathy! I love the super effects from dry embossing the backgrounds! Thanks so much for the inspiration! Stay safe! 🙂

  38. #122
    Bev (Beverley) Page

    Hi there Cathy. Love your cards but am totally in love with all your beautifully simple clean line word dies. So beautiful – so easy to read – would have them all if I had the money. Also, for those of us who don’t say mOm, thank you so much for making a MUM die, also a MAMA die! Wonderful! Love your work – love your designs. Hope you and yours keep safe and well in these difficult times. Regards, Bev from Sydney Australia.

  39. #126
    Judy Inukai

    Great cards. Thanks for showing how to emboss using stencils. I’d forgotten I could do that and it’s definitely something I want to try now that I’m expanding my stencil collection. Your dies are awesome.

  40. #132
    Shawn Bartolacci

    These cards are absolutely beautiful and look very easy to do. I am always looking for new ideas for grad cards and these are wonderful. Thanks Cathy!

  41. #135
    Mary Holshouser

    Wonderful cards. So sorry the
    graduates may not get to go through
    the ceremony – still need the cards
    to congratulate them. thanks for
    sharing. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

  42. #140
    Sam Burnett

    Great cards – super idea to use the stencil to emboss and it really does look so good! TFS!

  43. #141
    Kimee Moore

    I LOVE the dry embossing! So simple, yet it relly makes a “normal” card great!! Thanks for the ideas!!

  44. #145
    Sherry Sellers

    Cathy these are great! I loved how you used the stencil! Your cards are both cute as well as having a simplistic and modern feel!

  45. #150

    Great cards today. I have not tried using my stencils for embossing as I thought they would be to light and flimsy but I will be giving it a try now that you have showed us how well it works.

  46. #152

    Really love the dry embossing on the background – it adds so much and a great way to get more use out of your stencils! Great cards – thanks for sharing!

  47. #155

    Love the embossing with your stencil idea, it makes for a wonderful background on your second card. I also like the rainbow paper on the diagonal behind the sentiment on the first card.

  48. #157
    Colleen H.

    Love the idea of using patterned paper for the shadow layer! Why do I never think to do this and always default to solid back or white? Thanks for helping me break a creative rut I didn’t know I was in. 😉

  49. #158
    Kathy R

    Great graduation cards! I hope those that are graduating this year actually are able to attend a ceremony and all stay safe.

  50. #159

    I tend to go over the top and add too much, I love to see clean and simple cards. CAS cards are the hardest for me to make. These are great! Who doesn’t love a rainbow???

  51. #163

    Beautiful cards and great to have a video tutorial.. The embossing on the second cards looks great.

  52. #170
    Sheila Bacon

    I really appreciate the incorporation of stencils as I have a large collection of them. I also enjoyed your video and being inspired by your creativity.

  53. #174
    Kay Furnish

    I love your cards! I usually do a 1/8″ border of the card base, but I really liked that 1/4″ size. That “Congrats” card is my fave, but they both turned out great! Thanks, too, for the tips on using our stencils for embossing! What a great way to stretch our supplies.

  54. #175
    Dorothy A

    Thanks for the inspiration! These cards are great for the graduate, and a change of color for male or female, would be so easy!

  55. #184
    Donna Kalinowsky

    Lovely cards! Don’t have anyone graduating this year but the card you made would be perfect for any graduate.

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