Friday, August 4, 2017

SSS Encouraging Words Blog Hop!

Hi guys!

Welcome to my stop on the Simon Says Stamp, Encouraging Words blog hop! I'm excited to share my projects with you today!


If you've been following along the hop, you should've come from my talented, good friend, Virginia's blog, Yes, Virginia. If you'd like to start at the beginning of the blog hop, head to the Simon Says Stamp blog.

And you should know, Simon is giving away a $25.00 gift card from each stop along the hop! Woop! They will choose the winners from the comment sections, so be sure to leave a comment on as many blogs as you can, for a better chance to win.
 
This release is so awesome! I mean, just look at what it's called. Encouragement is something everyone needs at different times in their lives and we should also GIVE more of it to each other, don't ya think? That's why this release is perfect for sending sweet, encouraging cards, notes and projects to friends, teachers, kids and anyone in your life who could use a kind word.

New release products (and other products used) are listed at the bottom of this post in the affiliate links.

As usual, When I'm sent some products to play with, I can't stop. Lol! So this post is filled with lots of fun stuff to inspire you.

For my first card, I wanted to used the adorable bear from the, Encouraging Animals set. He looks so cute holding that flower! The white embossed thank you is from the, Thank You Teacher set. Lots of fun with Distress Oxide Inks on this one!




There are so many other adorable critters in this set and I thought they'd be perfect to use on little notes to put into your kids' lunch box. How fun for them to sit down to eat lunch at school and find a sweet note from mom, dad or a sibling.



I colored two of them with Copics and the cat (my fave!) with Zig markers. Don't ya just love that cat's expression?! Makes me smile!


For this next one, I used an older stencil and Distress Oxide inks for a fun and happy background. That, Kindness Matters sentiment is a die and I love it! I used the inlaid die cutting technique, adhering the white letters back in place.




Yup, more Distress Oxides on the next card too. Can't help it - I love them! The, You're a Star die is fabulous! Makes it so easy to create a quick card. Just add some color underneath and you're good to go!




Okay, last one. If you're still here, thank you and I'm glad you made it to the end because this one is my favorite. I love the way it turned out! Have ya tried creating a galaxy background yet? This was my first one and I had a blast playing with the watercolors!


I was a bit nervous when I started painting the panel but it ended up looking so cool! And those planets and stars? They're from two different die sets called, Space Journey and Cosmic Trail. I cut all the pieces out of white cardstock and colored them with Copics. And the sentiment is from the, Thank You Teacher set.

That's it from me. The next and last stop on the hop is Anna-Karin's blog, Layers of Ink. She is an amazing artist so I know you'll enjoy her post.

There will be a second day of hopping too, so visit the Simon blog tomorrow for more inspiration and fun!  

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by! ♥



 

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Nox said...

Beautiful cards - I love the star one with the gorgeous background behind the die cut!

Barb said...

Love all your cards and the new collection!

Stephanie Wexler said...

I love love love the galaxy card! Got to get the courage to try one myself. All the other cards are fun and inventive too.

Paper Creations by Mindy said...

amazing work but I'm a sucker for a galaxy card ! love it !

Maureen Morton said...

OMGosh! You have been one busy and creative gal!!! I love them all and love that we all seem to be loving the Distress Oxides - amazing, aren't they? These gems are all simply precious, Barb - and so different and fun! It would be hard to pick a favorite, but I've been enjoying stencils lately and I love the bright happiness of your "Kindness Matters" card. So delighted that you are finally able to spend lots of time playing with inks! Bless your sweet heart and thanks for the inspiration!

Rebecca Yahrling said...

What a fabulous galaxy BG that is - LOVE it! I love all the adorable critters in the new set. I'm a birdie lover myself, but I love all of these cuties. All of your cards are fabulous.

Dee Earnshaw said...

Thanks for sharing these gorgeous cards with us.There are so many ideas that I want to try out now like the repeat stamping!!!

Nives K said...

Great cards, thanks for inspiration.

Tracy A said...

What beautiful cards. I especially love the Encouraging Animals notes. They're adorable.

Stephanie Savidge said...

Love the little notes for your kids lunches. Your galaxy card is awesome too. Thanks for sharing!

Berina RGA said...

Such cute creations!! I love the galaxy card. So pretty. The lunch notes are adorable! The cat is lovely.

Iva Pekovรก said...

I really love your space backround,so cute.

Jackie Parkins said...

Wow!! These are just gorgeous! I love that little chubby kitty, too, he's so cute. The star is your galaxy background, I love how it turned out.

Rachel Groner said...

All your cards are great but wow you outdid yourself on the galaxy one!!

Kris Schleich said...

Love the details! Keep them coming!

Debbie Selby said...

Love all the cards but your planet and galaxy is a showstopper for sure. So well done. I immediately started thinking about how I could use the planets in some cards, which of course, is the purpose of these blog hops. Well done.

Purple Princess said...

Wonderful cards!

Pat Swearingen said...

Great cards. especially the kindness matters one.

Pitney said...

such pretty colors!!!

Lagene said...

I love this Encouraging Words release! Awesome cards, I especially the Bear Hugs Thank You card!

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

Wonderful projects and fabulous release!! You're creations ALWAYS inspire me!

Janice said...

All your cards are great! Love your use of colour!

Francine D said...

Beautiful cards that you've created to highlight these spectacular products releasing this month!

CinnamonSally said...

Gorgeous projects Barb, I love how you used the Distress Oxides, love the bright colours.

Joy Meadows said...

Beautifully done, Barb! I love all of these cards; can't really pick a fave. Wonderful release from SSS.

Jeanne said...

The bear card is perfect and I absolutely adore the background.

Virginia said...

Great cards!

Kaypossum said...

Love the new release - the world needs more "encouraging words"

Leslie McCarthy said...

Barb, I really the the You're a star card...the color combination is my favorite.

Becky Flammang said...

Love Encouraging Words!

Nancy J Frusco said...

Your work continues to amaze me Barb!!!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Fantastic projects Barb. Love the sweet animal images. :) Your galaxy card is amazing!

Rufred said...

Amazing galaxy card, love it!!

Nana Griffin said...

Wonderful cards with these sets.

Jennie G said...

These are so cute. Thanks so much for your inspiration.

lsparker said...

Love your use of distress oxide inks. I'm still learning to use them; you've given me some great ideas! I've got to get that cute little cat!!

Teri Smith said...

I just LOVE the backgrounds of every one of your cards!! So beautiful. Kindness really does matter. Would like to see a video on these backgrounds.

Lisa Moline said...

Love your cards! And what a great idea to do the little cards to put in your child's lunch!!

Lillian Child said...

WOW and WOW again!!!

conil said...

Well, i can certainly see you haven't been sitting on your laurels...what an amazing array of awesomeness you created. Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my chin.

Norine said...

Loving all the Galaxy cards super cute

JimandPeg Zeleznik said...

What wonderful cards! I just love your galaxy and the bear card with the colored background and...I really just loved them all! Thanks so much for sharing!

Bela Tak said...

Love them all, but the galaxy ones are my faves!

ljcasselman said...

Your designs give me so many ideas! I love it when that happens. All are great!

Karen said...

These are all so great but I LOVE the last one, that background is amazing!!

Kim Lundstrom said...

I love the you're a star card!

Sue LD said...

Wow--you have been busy creating lots of cute projects.

Cindy Aguirre said...

Love the projects today! The first card is my favorite, but they are all great cards! Thanks for sharing your work with us today!

Gail said...

Hey Barb - first of all I love your haircut - and second - wonderful work on every single art displayed - fabulous colors and of course the sentiments are so touching and wonderful TFS and have a blessed week!

Stef Perry said...

Beautiful cards! (I love that cat too) Thanks for sharing such wonderful inspiration!

Kitty Crafts said...

What a great selection of cards! I love your Oxide colours and all the cards. Thanks for sharing!

ashleyfifer said...

Wow! It's hard to choose just one favourite! I love the circle stencil with the circles and the galaxy is stunning!

harrahx2 said...

I love the sentiments in this release...great cards!!

Ann K said...

You always showcase a new release well ... love the little critters!

Jan in Tucson said...

Such a colorful group of darling cards!

Roberta said...

Love all of your projects but yhe last one is my favorite. It is absolutely stunning. Thank you for sharing.

Roberta said...

Love all of your projects but yhe last one is my favorite. It is absolutely stunning. Thank you for sharing.

Diane Stricker said...

Gorgeous cards.

Lonya Mathys said...

I really like what you did with the little critters! Very Cute.

SMWhite said...

OMG those little notes are just adorable.

Bonnie J said...

Love all the cards. I especially like the galaxy background.

Teresa Osburn said...

I love your space background!

Beverly said...

Great cards. I especially like the kindness matters and your a star!

Barbara S said...

The sentiments on your wonderful cards are delightful. Thanks for sharing.

jandbspiegel said...

I really like the "You're a Star" card - you are so right - great background makes it easy and so so pretty. Your "galaxy" background is amazing. I've never tried it and I afraid I could never create anything like yours.

Barb Ghig said...

Hi Barb ~ I'm so glad to see you're part of the Hop! I love every one of your cards and I can tell you had a blast with your Oxide inks...your Galaxy is AMAZING!!!
Happy weekend to you, my friend!!!

Pennie Glasser said...

I love all your designs. Super cute!

Dar said...

Such a lovely array of cards. Your space background is so pretty. :)

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Wonderful variety. I'm partial to the Dog critter. My dog, Daisy, will be 10 this Sun. Like the coloring & more.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Lindar C said...

I really like all of these, but the lunch box notes are so cool!

Unknown said...

Love that galaxy card!!!!!! I must have that stars and planets die!

bev p said...

I haven't tried a galaxy yet, I am still a little initmidated by that look! And the cat is my favorite, even though I tend to not gravitate to the critters too much. I might need that one! Thanks so much for so much inspiration.

Bunny said...

Once again, my teddy bear loves the bear card. Thank you.

Jean Chaney said...

I love the idea of popping a small note in a child's lunchbox, and I really love your planets and stars one!

Kari V. said...

Super cute! I really love that bear card, and your galaxy looks AMAZING!! Great inspiration!

PatriciaD said...

What a beautiful card...love it!!

Sharon Mattingly said...

Beautiful cards - love all the colors!

Lydia Lee said...

Beautifully made cards, Barb! Thanks so much for the inspiration!❤️

brenda said...

Fantastic cards! I really love the bright distress oxide ink backgrounds!

Christy Malone said...

Wonderful cards! I LOVE your galaxy card especially!!

Nikki said...

Beautiful cards, great inspiration.

Jayell said...

Love your cards!

Daria Z. said...

Barb, you cards are just fabulous! The first one stole my heart with that adorable bear. Really cute lunch notes. And your galaxy is fantastic, but those planets that you colored - ah-mazing!

Maria Byrd (CraftsyByrd) said...

The bear and you're a star cards look so cheerful!

Jennifer Archambault said...

Really lovely use of color! I am a distress oxide ink fan too! Can't get enough of the bendable colors. Thanks for sharing!

Kim Faucher said...

Love seeing how everyone is interpreting the encouraging words release!!

Susie Sonnier said...

Such a fun release. Great job on the cards, lots of inspiration!

Sharon Tate said...

All of these cards are lovely and the tags are so cute but my favourite by far is the galaxy card, I love it.

cropmom66 said...

Beautiful cards!!

Windy said...

Love all these cards...love how you created the different backgrounds, especially the galaxy!

Candy B said...

LOVE that star card! I have got to try that. Just a fabulous construct. Thanks so much!

Laura S said...

The Galaxy card is fantastic, great job!!! The other ones are so fun and showcase the new release beautifully :)

Pamela Landers said...

I know you said you like your galaxy card the best, but the "You're a Star" was the one for me!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

They are so cute and so so sweet!

Pattie J. said...

love the galaxy card the best. beautiful colors ....thanks for sharing

abhoneyab said...

Super cute cards!

Nadine Wiley said...

Beautiful cards. Love them all, especially the galaxy card.

MiamiKel said...

Beautiful cards, Barb! Each of them just bursts with color and design yet the wonderful focal point reminds those fabulous words! Kindness indeed matters - love your take on this release :)

Donna said...

Great use of the distress oxide

Karen @ Misplaced Mojo said...

Love, love, love the oxide backgrounds, especially that circle stencil one. Gorgeous!

Joni said...

That galaxy card is a stunner! Great inspiration to be had from all your projects. Thanks so very much.

Pat Hoban said...

Such awesome cards! Love the darling bear & the stenciled card is wonderful!

Lynnea Hollendonner said...

Love the cute critters! And your galaxy background!

Angela Restad said...

I love your cards they are so cute. I love the little note for the lunch bags. I always look forward to seeing your cards.

Jeanne-Marie said...

I LOVE the lunchbox notes and want to do the same for my kiddos this year. Thanks for the inspiration!

Susan R. Opel said...

Hi, friend! Looks like you've been SO busy making OMG cute stuff! LOVE IT! I'm particularly mesmerized by the planets card. Shut. It. Down.

Deborah Kaye said...

Your cards are wonderful! I should start waiting until after the blog hop BEFORE I send in my order!

Cyndi Morris said...

Love those Encouraging Animals stamps. The whole Encouraging Words release is wonderful.

Trina P. said...

Saw your cards on IG...love them!p, Barb! Another fun release.

Carolyn Steele said...

Every single thing you did was amazing. Absolutely loved your galaxy card. But I have to say - those adorable little critters stole my heart!!

Zsofi said...

I couldn't choose my favourite! They are all so cheerful Barb!

Janet Newberry said...

These are great cards! I love them all. I haven't tried a galaxy background yet, but you have inspired me to give it a try.

Sarah M said...

Great examples with the new release! Very pretty - my favorite is the kindness matters card. Thanks!

Jill Belina said...

Great cards! To cute! I liked them all!

craftytreen said...

Barb, As usual, you outdid yourself with the cards you made. How wonderful and so encouraging! You all are beating back the meanness all over the place with so so many people. I love it! Kindness wins again! hugs, treen

aasheeta said...

Thanks for the cute cards! I love making galaxy backgrounds.

Vikki H, southern Oregon said...

a terrific collection and great use of that Kindness Matters die!

Becky Moore said...

These cards are gorgeous! Each one was my favorite! I've got to give that galaxy background Thank you for sharing!!a try.

Streetscrapper said...

Amazing cards!

MaggieB1983 said...

Hi Barb ~ Your cards are just plain fun (fantastic job on your first galaxy night sky!!) but I'm absolutely drawn to the Kindness Matters card because of the colors, the graphic stencil you used with the Distress Oxides (I love them as much as the Distress Inks I've been in love with for years!!) but most of all, I love that die sentiment. #kindnessmatters has been my mantra and signature for a very long time and I'm thrilled that SSS has come up with this die. It's a must have for me. Thanks for sharing & have an awesome weekend. ~HUGS~
#kindnessmatters

Diana MtHens said...

Enjoyed your ideas

Ann said...

Super Encouraging Words cards!!! Love the galaxy, you're a star and kindness matters colors; fantastic. :0)

Sharon said...

Wow! What amazing cards, such diversity. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration. Can't wait to give these a go.

Teresa Doyle said...

WOWZERS Barb! What FUN you have been having! This is such an awesome release (as I knew it would be) and my list is growing very rapidly!
Your cards are all awesome and your galaxy IS beautiful and no, I still haven't tried it. I'll brave it out one day soon, you inspired me. TFS!

karenelr said...

I so love your last card!!! The background for the space dies is fabulous!

Sandy Meador said...

You did a splendid job of introducing the new products.

k ostgard said...

Love love love all your cards galaxy is so cool. You showcased these products so nice.
Have a blessed day.
Kim Ostgard

Fiki said...

gorgeous cards!
love them all!

Maureen Reiss said...

These are FABULOUS!!! I love the thank you bear card!!!

Betty Keefe said...

wonderful cards, Barb - love the background you did on the galaxy card!!

ScrapaDiddle said...

Encouraging Words is just wonderful and your creations are too!

Heather DePasquale said...

Beautiful watercoloring! Love the Kindness Matters wafer die. Thanks for sharing!

Nathalie Paquette said...

All beautiful cards..especially love the first one. This bear is adorable !

Barbara-Jean said...

You certainly did give us lots of inspiration and fun!

Kristie Maynard said...

Very nicely done. I love the colors and different techniques you used. Thanks for sharing.

Terry Eggen said...

Very creative cards. This is an awesome release.

nonnacindy said...

Love love your cards. I need to play with my oxides, thanks for the idea

The Altered Paper said...

“Encouraging Words” I love your creative cards, gorgeous!

Abby said...

Very fun cards!

Janet D. said...

Fantastic card designs, love them all!

Helen Budz said...

Barb, what a great collection of cards (and notes) that you've created from this new release. The variety of designs are delightful to see and so inspiring--I've never created a galaxy background so now you've challenged me to do so. TFS.

Denise Fonda said...

Love your embossed Thank You bear card. Love making my own backgrounds.

tampatha said...

Love, love love all of these..this collection and inspiration pieces are just making me so giddy and giving me that warm, fuzzy feeling - the whole point right :)

TFS!

kerry myers said...

great job. I love that the animals can also be used for different cards- like the thank you!! Always good to have lots of different images for lots different uses!

Diane Bakehouse said...

What wonderful designs and ideas. Love the galaxy...I've only tried it with distress inks. I'll have to try watercolours. Love the little notes, too. It's given me some ideas for my students when it's their birthday.

Laurie M. said...

I agree, everyone needs encouragement once and awhile.
I love the animal notecards, they are so cute.
Thank you for sharing.

Audrey Wu said...

Love your colourful cards! Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ‘

Elizabeth Villarreal said...

Great galaxy background. Please share how you did it. I have yet to try one.

Pat McCleary said...

This is such a great release. Love your cards, Barb. Your backgrounds are amazing.

Paula Thaxton said...

Barb, You and others in this hop are certainly encouraging me to use the distress inks. They are fabulous. Enjoyed all your cards and you definitely succeeded with your galaxy card. That's also on my upcoming list of cards to make. Thx!

Rhonda Miller said...

These are all fabulous.

Marie Halstead said...

All of the cards you made are amazing; I LOVE that galaxy background and the background for the "You're a Star!" card....I can't wait to play with some more of the Distress Oxides!

Megan said...

Love the Oxides!! And yes, the cat absolutely cracks me up.

jennibinks said...

The galaxy card is my favorite! That background is so cool. Thank you for sharing your beautiful cards.

Liz O. said...

Fabulous designs especially the galaxy card! Thanks for the inspiration!

Colleen Howell said...

Awesome cards all of them, you showed us so many great ways to use them, thanks

Amanda Dellamano said...

Beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing :)

Candy said...

Kindness matters is my favorite

cindybearj said...

I love all of your cards. The distress oxides are so fabulous and your watercolor galaxy is awesome!

snappy scrappy said...

LOVE them all...especially the galaxy one! FAB! LOVE this new ENCOURAGING WORDS release!!!

Jo-Anne Tedford said...

I love the space card and the adorable bear thank you card!

Billie A said...

Your cards are beautiful. I love the night sky so stunning. Love them all.

Angela said...

All of your cards and lunch box inserts are terrific. I love to encourage other people and kindness definitely matters! Your space scene is fabulous, also!!

Cynthia Cole said...

Super sweet projects!

Lindsey Fabian said...

Thank you for sharing so many ideas with us, very motivating. I must look up how to do that space background. I know some little boys who would love a card like that.

Lisa Smith said...

Such cute cute cards!!!

Heather said...

Oh, wow!! These are all awesome! I specially LOVE those little lunchbox notes; so cute and so fun!! We all need "encouraging words" now an then. : )

Carolee McCaslin said...

LOVE your cards and notes and this awesome new release!!!

Rufus said...

all of your cards were fun, but have to agree with you that the galaxy one is my fav. I'm gonna have to try that it looks like fun. Super release

Tracy Carrig said...

The watercolor effects are so cool! And I love the galaxy background!

McStamper said...

What fabulous ideas. The little notes are so sweet and "You're a Star" is awesome. Love the colors and background.

Sophie said...

Your cards are so cute!! I will definitely have to buy the Encouraging Animals stamp set.๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘

Stefanie White said...

Love these cards. My favorite is the You're a Star, your comment makes me think of so many ideas. Love the idea of the DIstress Oxides behind and a clean die cut panel in front. Inspiration!!! Thanks!

Donna Walker said...

Love all of your cards!

Sandi E said...

Love the cute animals, your choice of colors and the stamped words.

Debra Rumpza said...

Fabulous cards!

Laura Peddicord said...

So many wonderful cards with so many wonderful ideas! Thank you for sharing each one. There's always so many things to learn on blog hops from just one card, but you shared several of them. Thank you so much!

Stacy said...

That's some really nice watercoloring . The galaxy is awesome!!

Greta said...

Such fun cards, Barb--love that cute bear with the beautiful background!

Pk Marchand said...

Love all the cards and tags you did but have to say my favorite is the blue and green with the star saying..love all that color..Thanks so much.

Karen L K said...

Wow lots of fun cards & tags! The critters are so cute!

Denise Ward said...

This is why I love a blog hop!! We get so many great ideas for using the newly released products. :) This hop is fantastic!

Dee said...

Love your bear with the watercolor background. So adorable.

Memories by Manda said...

All of your projects are great but that space card had me wowed!

Suzan D. said...

Stunning cards. I don't think I can pick a favourite.

Ann Eslinger said...

I love how you used the negative space of the "you're a star" die. It's a pretty simple design, but it sure has a WOW factor.

Jennifer Carroll said...

Encouraging words: Inhale confidence. Exhale doubt.

Unknown said...

I love your use of colours, great cards

Lisa Tilson said...

Well I am glad I hopped over even though I saw your cards on IG, because I didn't see the bear/oxides one. How fun! Love how the sentiments line up along the side and that bar is adorable! Thanks for inspiring with all your fun ideas Barb ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

stampyra said...

All of your cards are beautiful. I can understand why you couldn't stop making them! Jil

Isabel Z said...

I love blog hops because they inspire me to create!!!

Loly Borda said...

Beautiful cards Barb! I especially love the awesome background on the last one! TFS

Liz Gessner McAllister said...

I love those critters,

Marjorie DUMONTlER said...

Great great job ! I love the background on the "bear" card and.... the background on the "you're a star" card and.... I love the space card... oh well ! What can I say, I love it all !!

Rebecca Loper said...

I love all of your cards but I especially love the idea of the little note in the lunch box!

Maaike Uijthoven said...

great cards, love the green and blue combo and the galaxy, cos I love those dies too and galaxies and I;m such a geek for it, but hey...live long and prosper ;-)

Mary Kay Ross said...

OMGOodness! I love your cards and I especially love the planet card. Beautiful background colors!

SabineV said...

I love the cards you created but wow that galaxy background is amazing!

Nancy said...

Great cards. My favorite is the bear hugs...love that background. Thanks

Jennifer said...

I love your cards my favorite is your a star the great and blue are stunning together

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