Friday, March 10, 2017

Happy Easter - SSS New Beginnings Blog Hop and GIVEAWAY

Good morning! I'm delighted today to be part of the HUGE blog hop celebrating the BRAND NEW Simon Says Stamp release called New Beginnings! Tons of inspiration with the new release, and a giveaway at every stop as well!


I'm sharing a trio of Easter cards using one of my favorite stamp sets from the new release! Beautiful layers - and while I made Easter cards, these images would work beautifully with sympathy cards as well!


I started off by die cutting some Stitched Ovals, then stamped the cross layers from Happy Easter on them using coordinating shades of ink in a lighter and darker shade. I stamped the smaller sentiment directly over the crosses - and was very grateful that they were easy to see and read still. I then added the sentiment underneath, and a tiny heart from the set on the tail of the sentiment to pull them together.


Once I had those created, I wanted to create a pretty background for them - and since I made these before choosing pattern paper, I was having a hard time finding anything that fit like I wanted. So - I decided to make my own! I pulled out my SSS Gingham Background stamp from a previous release, and stamped it in white pigment ink on kraft cardstock. It was the perfect soft backdrop I was looking for!


Next, I used Scallop Stitches dies to cut a border for the bottom of the card, and mounted the ovals with foam adhesive on the card base.


A sprinkle of coordinating Pretty Pink Posh sequins as embellishments finish these off!


Once again, I find that I love making a set of several cards when I'm putting one together. Partly because I've already done the work of picking a layout and embellishments, and partly because I have a hard time choosing which color I want to use - and this allows me to use several! Besides, they look so pretty stacked together, don't you think? :)


I also have this card made with the new release that I shared yesterday - you can read the details on it HERE:


GIVEAWAY INFO: Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $25 gift certificate at every stop along the hop - so make sure and leave some love as you hop along for a chance to win! Winners will be announced next week on the Simon Says Stamp Blog.

Now - here is the entire blog hop line-up so you don't miss a single stop:

Heather Hoffman (you are HERE)

Product links are all below - including affiliate links where possible, which simply means if you use one of the links below that I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!!!



461 comments:

  1. Lovely Easter card. Thank you.

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  2. So pretty on the gingham background!

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  3. Nice Easter cards! The gingham background is wonderful with the crosses. Nice colors.

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  4. Love the simplicity. Perfect for needing to make several Easter cards.

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  5. Lovely, simple Easter cards - love those ink colours!

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  6. Gorgeous way to send a beautiful message! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Absolutely lovely Easter card! Thanks for sharing!!

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  8. I love this set. It is the perfect Easter card.

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  9. So cute! I LOVE the colors.

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  10. I love the kraft/gingham background! TFS!

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  11. Thanks for showcasing a way to use the same design so uniquely through a variety of colors. Your kraft backgrounds highlight them beautifully.

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  12. Perfect for Easter, just what I needed.

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  13. Thanks for the Easter inspiration; I really like the new Happy Easter stamp set together with the gingham background. Lovely!

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  14. Such beautiful and inspirational cards. I really like the gingham backgrounds on them. Cheers.

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  15. Well, I love purple, so that's my favorite! Gorgeous design.
    Love that you made your own BG - it's perfect!

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  16. I love the houndstooth backgrounds. Beautiful.

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  17. I love your Easter cards... Just perfect!

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  18. Your cards are all gorgeous!! Beautifully done!
    Have a wonderful day,
    Migdalia
    Crafting with Creative M

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  19. These cards are lovely! I love the plaid kraft background!

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  20. Such nice cards showing the true meaning of Easter!

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  21. Beautiful flowers. Love the technique. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  22. I love the different colors of the cross on the first set of cards and the flowers on the other card are beautifully done.

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  23. Beautiful cards! So nice to see Christ centered Easter stamps :)

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  24. really lovely cards-and the gingham pattern and color looks perfect with the different colored images!

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  25. This is a beautiful set of cards! I'm glad that you made the crosses the focus by stamping them in a bold color. And I love the sentiment!! :)

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  26. Really loving those Easter cards and the white gingham stamping on Kraft is the perfect background to showcase the new stamps. Your last card is really delightful too.

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  27. very pretty colors, and I like the sentiment stamp! very nice :)

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  28. I love your set of cards so much. Great design and the stamp set is wonderful. Your flower card is lovely.

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  29. So beautiful. I love the simplicity of your cards, but still have the beauty and grace. Thank you.

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  30. That gingham background is great! I also love the colored outline on the florals on the second card!

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  31. Both cards are beautiful and show off the new releases very well!

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  32. Beautiful cards! Love your gingham background <3

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  33. I love your Easter cards and the floral one is beautiful too. What a great stamp set the "Happy Easter" set is.

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  34. Such beautiful work! I cannot wait to order and get to work with this new line!

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  35. Love the sentiment on your Easter card. Lovely and meaningful.

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  36. Beautiful cards. I, too, like to make multiples of the same design. Sometimes I keep and send them out to several family or friends, other times I keep a few and put together a card box of various cards I've made over the year and give a whole stack of cards as a Christmas gift.

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  37. Pretty cards! Thanks for sharing!

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  38. Beautiful cards, all of them. It's nice to see designs that reflect the Easter season such as these!

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  39. Lovely cards. Thanks for sharing!
    Michelle Daigle

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  40. Such pretty cards...so much inspiration. Thankyou!

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  41. Beautiful cards, beautifully done. Love the sentiment!

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  42. Simple yet elegant cards! I love the details in these new products that take the "work" out of using them!

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  43. These are definitely a classic...timeless and elegant. :) So pretty!

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  44. I LOVE gingham! Such a wonderful choice for a background. Beautiful cards, Heather!

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  45. Love the white ink on kraft for backgrounds. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  46. Very pretty Easter cards. Love the background, I just got the diagonal stripes background stamp from SSS and can't wait to try it.

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  47. Lovely Easter cards. A nice change. Thanks for your inspiration.

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  48. Your cards showcase the new release in a beautiful way.

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  49. Great ideas !! love the use of the cross stamp

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  50. gorgeous cards! That cross stamp is so pretty

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  51. I like the simplicity of these cards, especially since I make several to send. Love the white ink on kraft background.

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  52. Very beautiful cards as always💗😙

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  53. beautiful cards, the cross is pretty and neat seeing it in all those colors!

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  54. I like the background you made for the cards, great idea! The colors you chose for the cards are so pretty, and of course, a great sentiment.

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  55. What a lovely set of cards. These are beautiful!

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  56. The gingham background is a nice springlike touch

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  57. Love the Easter cards and the gingham background stamped onto the kraft!

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  58. These are very pretty! Great Easter cards!

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  59. I really didn't see the potential in the Easter/Cross stamp set but you have definitely changed my mind.

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  60. Heather your cards made beautiful Easter cards. Someone will be happy to receive them.

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  61. Lovely cards and I especially like the white on kraft background!!

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  63. Great Easter inspired cards.

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  64. I like both designs alot, the black strip on the second design is very nice!

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  65. Love the white pigment ink on the kraft cardstock

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  66. Beautiful cards! Loving that stamp set!

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  67. The gingham paper is the perfect touch!

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  68. Love how the "bling" matches the ink color ... love creations!

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  69. Beautiful series of Eastern cards with the fab gingham background papers....love your flower card too...that handlettered stamp is gorgeous!

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  70. Your cards are awesome! Just by using the same stamp but many different colors you can get a lot more cards!! Thanks for your inspiration!

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  71. Wonderful spiritual words and colorful cards. What a wonderful diverse collection (New Beginnings)!

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  72. I always love to see cards done in similar ways with different colors. These are STUNNING!!

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  73. It looks like you found the gingham stamp that Yanna was looking for, lol! Beautiful job.

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  74. Gorgeous cards , just spectacular!

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  76. Lovely cards, love your background!

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  77. These cards are wonderful, thanks for sharing!

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  78. Very pretty cards...thank you so much for sharing!!!

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  79. Love the elegance of the Easter cards.

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  80. Nice cards! I like how you did the same card but in three different colors. Thanks for sharing!

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  81. Beautiful Easter card. Love the color choice.

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  82. Love the gingham, the design looks like it is sitting on a cloth towel, really unique technique.

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  83. Love the gingham background. These cards are wonderful!

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  84. Love your use of gingham for the background of your Easter card! So beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  85. Love your posts; they always inspire me to create. Thank you.

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  86. Lovely cards! Always enjoy seeing your creations.

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  87. Very nice cards, I especially like the Friends one.

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  88. Beautiful cards! I love the gingham on kraft.

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  89. That Happy Easter stamp set is wonderful. I love the sentiment.

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  90. Your cards are beautiful...thanks for sharing your ideas. I love that gingham stamp on the kraft paper - soft and fresh at the same time!

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  91. Very pretty Easter cards and lov ethe colors!

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  92. Beautiful cards and details! Your colors are gorgeous too. Thanks for sharing on this fun blog hop!!

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  93. How to be successful as someone who can't make decisions: make a set! Haha - I use this tactic all the time, too. Your designs are the perfect tribute to easter with the bright, springy tones you created.

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  94. I really like your last floral card--the bright spring colors. Just beautiful.

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  95. Beautiful cards; nicely done. The gingham background on kraft really lets your colorful center pieces stand out! Love it!

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  96. Very pretty cards. I like your use of the gingham background

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  97. Perfect Easter cards. I really like the new ink colors.
    DebbieC

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  98. all your cards are so pretty!!

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  99. Thanks for sharing! I will definitely be making my cards in sets from now on, because I have the same problem as you when deciding on colors.

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  100. Your cards are very pretty. I like how you used the stamped kraft cardstock as a background. Perfect!

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  101. great cards both of them thank you very much

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  102. Very pretty cards! I like how the gingham background enhances and doesn't distract from the focal point.

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  103. This spring set of colors is a big hit with me. aI like how you showcased them

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  104. Fabulous cards, love the new stamp sets.

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  105. Beautiful cards,thank you for the inspiration.

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  106. Lovely set of cards. I love the cross stamp set and the creative background.

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  107. What beautiful Easter cards! My favorite is the peach colors! The gingham is the perfect spring background

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  108. These are all just lovely Heather, good job on them!

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  109. All three are very pretty - I especially love the purple combined with the kraft and white. And, I don't really like purple. Go figure.

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  110. Love the way you used different colors on your cards.

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  111. I love that u can mass create these for Easter cards! Love the beautiful cross!

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  112. Wonderful Easter Cards. Thanks so much.

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  113. Lovely cards. This design is so versatile and great for mass producing!

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  114. The religious ones are my favorites. Thanks for sharing your talent.

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  115. Love your Easter card done in purple!

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  116. I enjoy the Easter card set. The gingham is quite cute too.

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  117. Very nice set of cards- I really like green and pink together on your flower card. thanks for sharing and for the chance to win

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  118. The friend card is very nice; I like the soft colors.

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  119. A good use of a variety of colours available

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  120. So pretty. I love your color combinations on all of the crosses.

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  121. Beautiful Easter cards. Love purple.

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  122. Nice. Wonderful arrangement & framing. Like the stamping, plaid paper & edging. Like the wonderful coloring & arrangement of the floral creation.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  123. Beautiful! And a great ministry you are doing! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  124. Love the look of gingham background stamp in white on kraft cardstock.

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  125. Lovely colours and especially the gingham background.

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  126. I love the cross stamp! Your cards are very pretty

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  127. I really like the colors you are using!

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  128. Beautiful cards and
    love that you make
    your own background
    papers!
    Carla from Utah

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  129. Such pretty cards. Truly lovely.

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  130. I love the colors you used and the kraft really makes the images pop!

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  131. love the designs of the cards, I'm not a religious person so this stampset is not for me, but i love the funky colors of the crosses

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  132. The stitched borders on this card are a great addition - very "finished" look.

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