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. Love it!

  2. Love that adorable toucan!

  3. This is such a gorgeous and fun card! I love the animal print stencil and the toucan is a fun little addition!

  4. What a fun release! Love the dies especially. Sweet Card–love the colors!

  5. Oh Mindy you did it again. I love, love, love your card.

  6. This is so cute. The sentiments stamps are really tempting!

  7. I MUST HAVE those animal print stencils!

  8. Love the parrot card, it really makes me smile!!

  9. How cute is this card

  10. Your COLORFUL card is adorable. And the BIRD!!!! I LOVE HIM SO MUCH

  11. What a Pawesome release! Love how you used the background and such great colors in the card!

  12. Super cute card and a fun new release.

  13. This card makes me want to vacation on the beach while eating Like Sherbert! Love it so fun and bright!

  14. Very fun and cute card! Love that toucan!

  15. What a fabulously fun card!

  16. This card is so adorbs! Love the toucan. I ordered it and it just arrived yesterday. Can’t wait to make some fun cards with it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. Very cute!

  18. Well, Mindy, the Toucan is my favorite bird, so of course I love your card!!

  19. I love that this card can be appropriate for any time of the year and any occasion when you just want to send some love. So cute!

  20. This is darling! LOVE the stenciling and cute bird!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. I am loving that bird. Toucan?

  22. Beautiful! I love the pop of holographic!

  23. What a cute bird. I love how different this card is from the normal valentine’s cards.

  24. Such a perky card, bound to brighten someone’s day.

  25. What an adorable card! I love the animal print stencils and that toucan is too cute!!

  26. What a super fun card! I love the bright green and how the toucan just pops against it. TFS 🙂

  27. awe this card is just darling:)

  28. Love the toucan! Great idea on using the stencil for stones or water.

  29. So cute

  30. so cute! i love the colors

  31. This bird card is so cute. Perfect for my friends.

  32. I love the use of the tucan bird

  33. Adoreable use of that fun animal print stencil!

  34. Love it Thank you

  35. So colorful and fun!

  36. Bright and colorful card!
    Thanks for sharing.

  37. How cute. I like the background for this colorful bird.

  38. Fun card!

  39. So gorgeous and brings a smile 😊

  40. Thanks for sharing your fun card!

  41. This is a fun card , I agree that is the cutest and must colorful bird. It will bring a smile to anyone that receive it.

  42. This is so cute and I love the animal print background!

  43. Adorable!

  44. the Toucan makes are adorable

  45. The toucan fits right in with the
    animal print background. Great
    card. thanks for sharing

  46. So cute! Cathy x

  47. Cute card!

  48. Something new and fun – a great release by SSS

  49. So cute and wild!

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