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. Wow wow wow… I love that gradient in the ombre backgrounds… That’s such an awesome technique.. And the ink blending background on the other card… Love it..

  2. Love your colors & variations!!! Love the Sunshine & Rainbow card.

    Enough to make me sign up to follow you to see what else you show!

    Thank you.

  3. Your cards are great. I especially like the Mother’s Day card – the colors are fabulous!

  4. Great cards! I really like the graduation cards. Great stamp set, and now lots of ideas on how to use it! Thank you.

  5. So creative! Loved the ombré colors & the rough edge & use of stencil! Thank you for your skill & creativity!

  6. Sweet tulip card and thanks for the graduation card ideas. I have a nephew graduation this year.

  7. Just love the ombre backgrounds. That tulip die shines every time. Love your Mother’s Day card. TFS!

  8. Wonderful cards from this new release ! Love the backgrounds and all the pretty colors! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Where to begin?!? Classy, sophisticated, stunning! Seriously, I’m truly inspired by your cards. My favorite is the blak and white; the texture you added and the gilded torn edge put this card over the top. Thank you!

  10. Really fantastic cards!! I think my favorite is the Mother’s Day design. I really like new tulip die from SSS.

  11. The daffodil made a beautiful card. Can’t wait to make on myself. I love the colors. Great graduation cards too.

  12. wonderful cards, I especially liked the watercolored ombre graduation cards
    thanks for sharing

  13. The ink blend cards in blue & maroon are my favorite. Just love the color
    gradations. Thanks!

  14. These are stunning! Your watercolored ombre panels are beautiful and I love the ripped paper with the gold embossing-so elegant! Your tulip card is gorgeous.

  15. I love the simplicity of the grad cards especially….they can be used for any type of graduation thanks for sharing

  16. Wow Sidnie, each & every one of your cards are fantastic & are CAS which is my favourite. Thanks for such great inspiration!

  17. WOW! So many amazing cards, I love the grad cards, with the beautiful watercolour backgrounds! And the one card where the side is dipped in gold. So pretty! I have always been a fan of gold edges. And your tulip card is stunning! That background really brings the image to focus!

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