Simon Says Stamp Hugs & Kisses Release Blog Hop Day 1 + Giveaway!

Hello my crafty friends! I’m so excited to be joining the Simon Says Stamp Hugs & Kisses Release Blog Hop!

I have a special card I’m dedicating to a special friend today because SHE came up with this stencil set idea!


I have a video that you can view down below or HERE on my Youtube channel.

I was so excited to see that our very own Susan Opal designed this fabulous set of animal print stencils. This is a 3-pack but I’m focusing on just one of the three today. I’ll be using the others very soon.

I used this giraffe-print stencil for my background but I think it could also be used for maybe a water background or even like a pebble stone sidewalk. Use your imagination!

I sprayed the back of the stencil with Pixie Spray and placed it over white cardstock.

Then ink blended Celery and Pearfection ink over the stencil with my large blending brush.

After removing the stencil, I used the left over ink on my brush to go back over the background.

I also splattered it with white ink for added interest.

How about this adorable toucan?! It has to be the cutest little toucan ever! I used some colors from my sampler pack of Simon Says Stamp cardstock to paper piece this cute critter together. For the tail, I used my Holographic Rainbow pack.

For the sentiment, I’m using the Hi There stamp and coordinating because I absolutely love a good coordinating die for sentiments.

I heat embossed a smaller sentiment onto Green cardstock from that same sampler pack using Alabaster embossing powder. Then trimmed out with my Sentiment Labels.

I added dimension behind my sentiments by layering cardstock and added foam squares to the toucan.

What a fun and simple card with a totally cool background. Awesome job Susan!


And don’t forget this amazing exclusive!


We are giving away a $25 coupon to every stop along the hop so be sure to leave your comments down below to be entered to win. Winners will be announced on the Simon Says Stamp blog on Wednesday, January 25.



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  1. This is so cute, I love the animal print stencils

  2. That toucan is so cute!

  3. Very cute!

  4. The toucan is adorable. I really like how you included all the extra items that you used. It reminded me of a few things I was low on!

  5. So Adorable. My niece would get a big kick out of this guy as a wobbler/slider. Thanks!

  6. Great background, and I love the fun toucan!

  7. What a cute card! I love that toucan on that background! Thanks for sharing!

  8. That toucan is so cute

  9. Your toucan is so adorable

  10. I don’t do enough stenciling on cards and that’s a shame because it really steps it up a notch! Love your card!

  11. Adorable!

  12. Oooh, Mindy ! Thanks for using the animal print stencils. I saw Laura reveal those in the video and thought “Yes” but there were SO many great items that I had to leave that item behind. I’ll have to reconsider b/c your video shows me why I ‘need’ it. I have SO many animal stamps/dies. I love, love, love your card. Love the colors you used and that holographic paper is genius for the tail feathers. You rock, Mindy!!
    Lori S in PA

  13. So cute, great card!

  14. Such a cute toucan! And the background is perfect! Great card- thanks for the inspiration.

  15. Such a fun and fresh design. I love this card!

  16. Mindy! How fun it was to from all the red to this green!!! Delightful card! Thanks for inspiring me 🙂

  17. Your toucan looks fabulous in front of that celery background.

  18. Very cute card. The toucan is adorable!

  19. I would love to make this but my hands and eyes would never stand that toucan

  20. So pretty!

  21. Love the toucan. Such a creative card idea. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Cute card and design!

  23. Too cute – love the background.

  24. Love how you incorporated the toucan with the stencil!

  25. Super Cute card!!!!! I love your bright colors!!!

  26. Such a cute card! The background is amazing!

  27. That toucan is adorable and looks so great on the background!

  28. So fun, I love your colour choices & that great background!

  29. The toucan is so cute. Love the tail. Those stencils will be great for many projects.

  30. Great card with the toucan!

  31. Adorable card! Love that background with the toucan!

  32. Love this card, Mindy! The stenciled background is perfect to showcase the toucan. Thanks for sharing!

  33. Mindy, I love this cute animal print background with the toucan!!

  34. Very cute card – love using this background with the toucan.

  35. This is a very fun card, nice job!

  36. Absolutely love your card design for this release!!

  37. So much fun!

  38. Cutie patootie toucan.

  39. So cute! The toucan is adorable.

  40. Mindy, your card turned out so cute, and I loved the video!! Thanks so much!

  41. Fun card! Love the toucan!

  42. Cute card! Love the brilliant colors.

  43. Great card. Love that background

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