SSS Crafty Hugs Blog Hop

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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 Crafty Hugs. If you are hopping along then I am guessing you are coming from the very talented and amazing Barb Engler.  She is sooo amazing isn’t she?   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 3rd of June. So make sure you leave a comment below. There’s also a free gift!!   Make sure you use the promo code: HUGS4U when you check out.  It expires 5/31 at 11:59pm EDT…But let’s get started with my first card.




I started my first card off cutting out SSS Etched Dragonfly die in SSS Smoke Gray cardstock.  I cut it out approx 3 times and put it to the side.  I used some watercolor paper for my panel and used SSS Brush Stroke Messages stamp set for the brush strokes. Going from dark to light, the ink I used was SSS Slate, Smoke, Cloudy Sky, Fog and Audrey Blue.  Line up your stamp so that the ink can overlap.




Once you stamped up your panel, I then added my dragonfly to my stamped image.  The sentiment is from SSS Thoughtful messages.  I treated my area with my anti static tool, inked up my message with SSS Clear embossing ink, used Hero Arts silver embossing powder and heat set it. I adhered my panel to SSS Fog cardstock and  I finished it up with some Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets.  I added some Wink of Stella (clear) to my dragon fly.  That’s card number 1.


Card number 2:  I began this card with an A2 size Neenah  Solar White 80lb cardstock as my panel.  I chose Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon and Broken China.  I added a very light of Salty Ocean to my panel gradually lightening it up as I went up my panel.



Then I grabbed my SSS Geo Leaves stencil and attached it to my panel.  Once its secured on your panel, I just chose random blues to blend.  I used Tumbled Glass towards the top so that it would show up on my panel.  When I was happy with my blend, I grabbed my Tim Holtz Texture Paste and palette knife and spread a layer over my stencil.  Make sure your layer is even and keep in mind not to put your knife back in the jar without cleaning it off first.  Once everything is on there evenly, remove your stencil and clean it off.  Then I used Tim Holtz Rock Candy dry glitter and sprinkled it over my wet panel.  When you’re done, set it aside to completely dry.



Once my panel is completely dried, I trimmed down the edges to get a clean area.  I adhered it to SSS Fog cardstock for my card base.  My sentiment is from SSS Just Because Word Mix 2 with coordinating die set.  I treated my black cardstock with my anti static tool, inked up my sentiment with SSS Clear embossing ink, used Brutus Monroe Alabaster White embossing powder and heat set it.  I used the coordinating die to cut it out.  I used some foam adhesive tape and added it to my panel and finished it off with some Little Lucy Icy embellishments.


Card number 3:  My last card I started this card off on an A2 size panel of Neenah Solar white 80lb cardstock.  Using my Misti, I treated my panel with my anti static tool, inked up my SSS Center Cut Hexagon Floral background stamp with SSS Clear embossing ink.  I stamped my image to my panel.  I did this 3 times to ensure my panel had the stamped image completely.  I used Brutus Monroe Alabaster White embossing powder and heat set it.


I wanted to have a colorful card so that I used Worn Lipstick, Mustard Seed, Salty Ocean and Cracked Pistachio distress inks and ink blended them.  I went back and forth through each color to make sure it was bright enough and blended enough.



Once I was finished with my panel. I trimmed it down so I could get that nice clean edge. I adhered my panel to an A2 size card base and I used SSS Ivory cardstock.  I grabbed a piece of black cardstock and treated it with my anti static tool.  I stamped CZ Design US of Craft-ay stamp set for the sentiment, used my embossing ink, white embossing powder and heat set it.  I trimmed it down and used some foam adhesive tape.  I adhered it to my panel and finished my card off with Little Lucy Icy embellishments.







That’s it!  How fun is this release?!?!?!  There’s so much more inspiration.  Not only in this blog hop, but at  Thank you so much for stopping by.  The products I used for these projects and where I got them are listed below.  All you have to do is click on the image and got shopping.  Your next stop on the blog hop is Cherion.  The full list of the hop is also listed below.  See you next time!


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Simon Says Stamp Blog

Laura Bassen

Debby Hughes

Yoonsun Hur

Heather Hoffman

Bibi Cameron

Barb Engler

Sidnie Des Jardins

Cheiron Brandon

Laurie Willison

Caly Person

Betty Wright

Bobbi Lemanski

Lea Lawson

Preeti Chandran

Lin Brandyberry

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends!



157 Replies to “SSS Crafty Hugs Blog Hop”

  1. Nice cards and loving the colors. It’s been interesting to see all the bloggers have used the same products so differently. Very inspiring.

  2. Wonderful soothing colors on the dragonfly card. The Make America craft again looks like a beautiful quilt.

  3. Oh my goodness, I love your dragonfly card! It’s so unlike anything I’ve seen. Thanks so much for sharing your work!

  4. Love the simplicity of your cards. Especially like the sparkly geo design. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Beautiful cards! I especially love what you did with the dragonfly. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I love the colors of the dragonfly card! I really like your use of the GeoLeaves stencil. That one is going on my wish list.

  7. Thank you so much for showing me your art. It’s beautiful. God bless and be safe.

  8. Thank you for sharing. I have not used the texture paste before, but am thinking I should give it a go as I love your use of it with the geo leaves stencil!

    1. You’d be surprised. It’s pretty awesome. Add a little Rock Candy and it is so awesome!

  9. love the stencil card – I bet it sparkles with that glitter on it
    thanks for sharing

  10. Great cards. My favorite is the thank you card with the brush stroked and amazing dragon fly die cut. Love all the details in that die cut. Thanks for sharing!

  11. I love your dragonfly card, but your ink blending is gorgeous on your cards also. Love this release. Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

  12. All your cards are gorgeous – fell in love with the muted tones of your first card – awesome work

  13. Your cards are just beautiful. So much inspiration on this hop. Can’t wait to get my hands on some of these new “toys”.

  14. These cards are so beautiful. I love the dragonfly one with the colors that you used. I usually go for bright colors but the ones used are perfect for this card.

  15. That dragonfly card is absolutely beautiful. Simple, with a great color combination. TFS

  16. Wonderful cards! Love your stenciling and ink blending with your cards. I really like the hexagon stamp. There are so many that go beautifully together (stamps and die)

  17. All three cards are terrific! I especially like the dragonfly one, it’s so tranquil feeling 💖

  18. Seeing your samples on the live release video, were so fun. Thanks for inspiring.

  19. I love dragonflies – and your dragonfly card with the blues and grays is gorgeous. But I’m also in love with the soft colors on the hexagon background. Really beautiful!

  20. Isn’t it funny how something so simple, a few nicely colored brush strokes and die cut, and voilà you have something that grabs the viewers heart strings. I would have passed up this dragonfly die but for seeing your work and one other designer’s presentation. Absolutely must have now. Oh how my budget is blown…

  21. The little dragonfly is one of my favorites in this release, but your other cards make it tempting to get some other items, too.

  22. Really beautiful cards! Love the simplicity of the first one and that second is my favorite. I just love that stencil!

  23. Beautiful cards! I love the CAS of the dragonfly card. Thank you for sharing.

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