Sunny Days Ahead Blog Hop


Hello hello crafty friends and welcome back to another tutorial. I’m extremely excited to be apart of Simon Says Stamp Blog Hop for their latest release Sunny Days Ahead.  Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $25 coupon to every stop on the hop from their blog comment section. They will pick a winner from each blog and post the winner on Simon Says Stamp blog on Wednesday, the 29th of April. So make sure you leave a comment below not to mention the free gift!!  Let’s get started with my first card.



Even though 2020 hasn’t worked out well for our graduates, it doesn’t mean you cannot make a graduation card for the graduate. My first card, I’m showing you how you can make a great card for the graduate.

I began watercoloring a piece of watercolor paper using my distress inks. I wet my paper and used Seedless Preserve as my darkest color. Once I dried it with my heat tool, I went back in with another coat and didnt go as high up. Heat set it. Then I used a tiny bit of Black Soot just to get the purple a little darker. And I went back and forth until it was nicely blended. Dried it completely.


I used the graduation hat from the CZ Design Grad Party and cut it out. (stamped it in SSS Intense Black Ink)


Then I used the sentiment that came in the stamp set. I treated my watercolor panel with my anti static tool…inked up my sentiment..stamped it in the middle of my panel..used white embossing powder and heat set it. I did the same thing with the other sentiment but used black cardstock.


I trimmed down my panel and adhered it to a piece of trimmed down SSS Fog Cardstock. I adhered it to a A2 size card base. I used foam tape for my cap and sentiment and the card is finished. Very simple and easy. I did another on in blue. (see photos)


My second card I started it out with using a trimmed down card panel. I tore the end of one side of my panel so that I can use my embossing ink…sprinkled gold embossing powder and heat set it. on the other side, I used SSS Mesh stencil in SSS Fog Ink and used the stencil just a bit on the other side of my embossing.


Once the stenciling was done, I cut out CZ Design Extra Large Congrats die cut in black and white cardstock (both SSS) I cut the black out once and the “congrats” in white 3 times and used GinaK Connect glue to adhere them together. then I glued my “congrats” onto my black outline.


I used the cap from CZ Design Grad Party again but this time I added some embossing ink on the tassel and used some gold embossing powder and heat set it. I also stamped a sentiment on a black piece of cardstock and used white embossing powder and heat set it as well.


I adhered my panel onto a black card base. Attached the “congrats” in middle of my panel and used foam tape to adhere my cap right on top of the C. I placed my other sentiment under “congrats” and that completes card #2



My last card I began by using an A2 size panel and used some distress oxides inks. Mowed Lawn, Cracked Pistachio and Worn Lipstick. Once Everything was blended, I drizzled some water on my panel…waited a few seconds and dabbed it with a clean paper towel and put it aside.


I used SSS Stylized Tulips using white cardstock. ( SSS 120lb cardstock) I cut it out approx 5 times and glued them all together. set that aside as well. I selected a sentiment from the SSS Mother’s Day Sentiment Strips and added some foam tape to it for dimension.


It’s assembly time. I trimmed down my panel to clean up the edges and have that nice clean edge around my card base. I adhered it with some glue. I attached my tulips with glue and put a block to hold it in place. I attached my sentiment and removed my block. I finished my card off with some clear embellishments. And that’s it!





















Sunny Days Ahead Blog Hop Graphic

Blog Hop Order

Simon Says Stamp Blog   

Laura Bassen

Yana Smakula

Amy Rysavy

Heather Hoffman

Bibi Cameron

Gayatri Murali

Vicky Papaioannou

Preeti Chandran

Sidnie Des Jardins    <——-You Are Here

JD Collins

Anna-Karin Evaldsson

IN ADDITION – the following ladies will be part of the hop featuring previously released Mother’s Day, Graduation, and spring floral Simon Exclusive products:

  • Amanda Korotkova
  • Debby Hughes
  • Karin Äkesdotter
  • Yoonsun Hu







153 Replies to “Sunny Days Ahead Blog Hop”

  1. Super cards, I feel for graduates this year for losing out on special events, but I know they will love these cards. Love the Mother’s Day card, I made one similar for my mom.

  2. These are gorgeous! I LOVE the ombre backgrounds for your grad cards and gorgeous tulip die!

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  4. I love ombre but then got down to the tulip card. Yes, that one was definitely my favorite!

  5. Lovely and elegant cards. I love gradations. They go great with graduations 😉 . Lovely gold embellished edge detail too. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Graduation cards are great, and I love your Mother’s Day card, the colors are wonderful!

  7. I love all of these!! Love the colored backgrounds you created for all of them! I have ordered the graduate stamp set and that awesome tulip die!

  8. I really love the gradient watercoloring you did, it looks amazing on the graduation cards, very special.

  9. Beautiful graduation cards! I love the ombre backgrounds you created. And the Mother’s Day card is awesome, too!

  10. Your cards are so pretty and I love all the gradient backgrounds. Thank you for sharing. Stay safe and healthy.

  11. Your graduation cards are so wonderful! I love your ink blended gradient backgrounds…colorful and crisp! Your tulip card is simply sweet! The background color palette is so springy and fresh!

  12. I love all of the backgrounds you created. The Grad cards are awesome and I the tulip card are fabulous!

  13. I’m so in love with that tulip! Great cards! Lotta work with heartfelt hands! Thanks for the inspiration and please be healthy!

  14. Awesome Sunny Days Ahead Release! Awesome creations! I especially love the gradation colored backgrounds!

  15. Wonderful cards. I especially like the use of the hombre background on the graduation cards!

  16. Love your ombre background grad cards, just gorgeous! Other cards are great too, hats off to SSS for their great new release!

  17. Great grad cards! My son is missing out on his graduation. Guess I better make him a card too!

  18. Thanks for the amazing inspiration. I love the gorgeous coloring and great sentiments. The new release is great. Especially the fabulous dies.

  19. The ombre gradations are lovely. I like strong, clean cards. Thank you.
    Hope you are doing well in these difficult times.

  20. The watercolor effect on the cards were so nice. My favorite was the tulip card, loved it. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Your backgrounds are beautiful. I think the graduation cards will be most appreciated during this unusual time in the students’ lives.

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