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!


Even though its out of stock now, keep checking back or select “Notify Me When Back In-Stock.fullsizeoutput_4e9f

























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. Your cards look so beautiful! I especially love the one with the dragonfly. 🙂

  2. These are so lovely! I love the gorgeous color palette of your dragonfly card, the use of the paste and glitter with your stencil card, and the soft color of your hexagon card.

  3. Your dragonfly card is so elegant and yet simple– gorgeous color combo. I appreciate how you took the next one up a notch by adding on the paste and glitter on what was a gorgeoud blended backdrop tonstart with… what a beautifully rich look. Thanks for adding your creative talents to this hop!

  4. I just love your dragonfly card. I don’t know why but I kept going back to look at it. I’ll have to try this technique.

  5. A wonderful set of cards, Sidnie! I just love the etched dragonfly! Thanks for the inspiration! Take care! 🙂

  6. Gorgeous card(s)…so creatively inspiring!! I’m gonna go broke with this release!!

  7. I’m so inspired by your dragonfly card. It would be a great one for guys or could easily be switched up with a different color palette.

  8. Great cards! I love them all, but that geo leaves one is my favorite. Hope SSS get it back in stock soon.

  9. These cards are so gorgeous! I love all of them. Especially the one with the beautiful Geo stencil.

  10. What s lovely bunch of cards, my favourite is the second one using Geo leaves stencil.

  11. Gorgeous cards Sidnie, I love the diversity just like the new release.
    Thank you so much for sharing, stay safe and have a wonderful week.

  12. Love all of your cards Sidnie. Great SSS release. There are so many on my wish list.

  13. I like all your cards, my favorites are the dragonfly and the hexagon stamp one…both on my wish list!

  14. Love the gradual stencil and the colors you used, The gentle feeling of this card is very soft

  15. Love, love, love the clean and simple look of your dragonfly card! The brushstrokes are great and the dragonfly die cut above them is perfectly placed! Thanks for sharing your talent!

  16. Very pretty cards! I love the simplicity and the absolute calm the first one evokes!

  17. I love that dragonfly. I have the hexagon dies on order and the geometric stencil is in my cart at SSS 😁
    Great job on all the cards! There’s so much inspiration hopping around here everyone is so talented.

  18. I love your beautiful stencil work! That little touch of glitter makes it look really special!

  19. Beautiful cards! You used 2 of my favorite products from this release, the dragonfly and the stencil. Love the pretty blues you used with the stencil!

  20. Beautiful work and lovely colors with the new products. What a wonderful stencil on your final card.

  21. Holy moley. Those colors really speak to me. Makes my heart happy!! Wonderful card.

  22. Beautiful cards, Sidnie!! Love the designs and colors you used. Thanks for the inspirations!

  23. Beautiful cards. I like the way you used the stencil and the coloring and then paste and glitter. Thank you for sharing

  24. This is an absolutely stunning card… I love how the paint strokes highlight the dragonfly and make it pop off the paper!

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