June 7, 2019

Simon Says Stamp Rest and Refresh Release Blog Hop Day #1

I am very excited to be part of Simon Says Stamp new release this month. This collection is called Rest and Refresh. Gorgeous release as always. I played with three new products from the release. A stencil, a background stamp and a large stamp set. I have two projects to share and both the projects used the same large stamp set for the sentiment. Let’s get started.


Hello and I am Gayatri. I am a papercrafter. For today’s blog hop you should have come from the talented gorgeous Heather Hoffman‘s blog. If this is your first stop, then do not worry, I will list all the designers participating in today’s blog hop later in the post.

So I have two projects to share with you today. Here is my first one. I used the new Nautical Stencil along with the Say It All stamp set. The Say it all stamp set is a large sentiment stamp with lots and lots of thank you sentiments both big and small. I used the Nautical stencil and sponged a rainbow of colours and stamp the sentiment to make a one layer card.

SSS Girlfriend card1

This is a simple card. I used spray adhesive on my stencil to adhere to the card panel so the thin strips don’t move. Then used distress inks to sponge rainbow of colours in ombre in the middle of the panel where they meet.

Then I stamped the sentiment from Say It All stamp set in versafine Onyx Black to stamp in the centre of the panel. I love the contrast of the sentiment against the colourful nautical background. I trimmed the panel to 4″x 5.25″ in size but then there was white space on top and bottom of the panel which did not sit well against white card base. So I trimmed the white spaces on top and bottom and adhered a strip of black glitter cardstock to tie un the black sentiment. A few jewels to finish off the card.

SSS Girlfriend card

SSS Girlfriend card closeup


For the second card, I used the new Round and Round background stamp on my background to make another rainbow coloured card.

SSS Rest and refresh card

So I heat embossed the Round and Round background stamp using white embossing powder and sponged distress inks in rainbow of colour to create the background. A few water splatters to add texture to the background panel.

Then I simply white heat embossed the sentiment from Say It All stamp set on black cardstock, trimmed and adhered to the top centre of the panel. The panel is adhered to the white card base using craft foam. A few Moonshine sequins to finish off the card.

SSS Rest and refresh card closeup1

SSS Rest and refresh card closeup


Hope you liked both my cards today. You next stop is to the talented and gorgeous Ankita Gupta‘s blog.

Rest and Refresh Collection:

Blog Hop Information:

Simon Says Stamp is giving away $25 gift certificate on every stop of the hop. So make sure you leave your love in the comment section of every designer in the hop to enter a chance to win the gift certificate.

Simon is also giving a code for free Coral Reef ink pad with every order while supply lasts. Check the graphics below

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Here are all the designers participating in today’s blog hop.

That is it from me. If you want to see all the inspirations from Rest and Refresh collection release, check out the Rest and Refresh gallery.

So happy hopping and weekend! Until next time…


  1. Very nice cards. Love the stenciled background with the Say it all stamps.

    • selina pagan says

      I simply adore your Girlfriend card! I think I am going to copy you! Love it so much – thanks for sharing!

  2. Deepa Lakshman says

    Both your cards are fabulous. I love the stamped background with the rainbow colors a lot.

  3. Gwen Mangano says

    These cards are gorgeous!! This new collection is amazing!

  4. Wow! Colorful and awesome backgrounds! 🙂

  5. This is pretty!

  6. kre8tivekate says

    I love what you did with the stencil! It’s so clever!

  7. Such pretty cards! The colors are wonderful!

  8. Belinda Waters says

    Love the cards!!! The colors are amazing!!!

  9. Lynne Ingram says

    Love ’em both! These sentiments are fabulous.

  10. I love both designs! They are so awesome!

  11. Both cards are beautiful, but the striped one is my favorite! Love the bright/cheerful colors yo used!

  12. Lyla H Lewis says

    Love the use of the stencils and the sentiments used. Just wonderful!

  13. Isabel Z says

    You are so talented!

  14. When I first saw the release the nautical stencil appealed to me. After seeing the beautiful card you created using this stencil I know that it is a “must have” for my stash! Thank you.

  15. Teresa Doyle says

    Awesome cards Gayatri, the Nautical stencil is SO versatile as is the Round & Round background stamp. You did an amazing job with both! Great cards!

  16. Teri Spracklin says

    Such pretty cards! I especially love how you created the gradation of colour both up and down and left to right on the striped card!

  17. Sharon Gullikson says

    I like the white embossing—I forget to try that. LOVE the look.

  18. Susanbcards says

    I love the way you colored the nautical stripes stencil, striking! I’m definitely going to pin this card! Thanks for the inspiration, thanks to SSS for the gorgeous products.

  19. Nina Houghton says

    Oh my gosh! Your use of color on these cards is amazing. Thank you for sharing your talent!

  20. I love the rainbow colours you used in the inking – so pretty and fresh. I am in love with that overlapping circles background stamp and that is in my list of must-haves from this release!

  21. Kathie R. says

    How lovely! The second card is my favorite.

  22. Roxanne Mackesy says

    Wow love the colors in your cards. Very Nice

  23. barbara lassiter says

    Both cards are beautifully created with these stencils and I love the design of each!

  24. Nola Sullivan says

    Great cards. I really like the stripes!

  25. Becca Yahrling says

    Awesome sentiments and your cards are just beautiful.

  26. Beautiful cards!! I love the one with the circles!! So pretty!! The thank you card is absolutely gorgeous!!

  27. Vicki Kroll says

    Creative backgrounds that bring the sentiments front and center and how sweet they are. So pretty.

  28. Okay, now I also want the Say It All stamp set! I love the cards you created & shared. So very inspiring! Thanks.

  29. Beth Schiller says

    Thank you for the lovely inspiration!

  30. Heather Nelson says

    Fantastic! I love the stamped backgrounds with the rainbow colors! So pretty!

  31. Donnalee Boisseau says

    Beautiful cards! Love the colors you used!

  32. Katie Kinde says

    I really enjoy your cards.

  33. Debbi Smith says

    Love your cards! Such beautiful backgrounds.

  34. CINDY Aguirre says

    Sweet cards! The sentiments are really nice!

  35. Love the elegant look

  36. Della Cluff says

    Beautiful vibrant color combos!

  37. Melanie Allen says

    Love how you used the nautical line stencil! Beautiful!

  38. Emma Sleppy says

    Great sentiments and love your choice of colors. Thanks for sharing your talent!

  39. Sue Rosa says

    Love all your bright colors. Very nice.

  40. Carol Carrier says

    The round and round card is just beautiful.

  41. Nana Griffin says

    A wonderful background for the verse.

  42. Great cards with beautiful sentiments!

  43. Sabrina Radican says

    Ilove the colors on your cards!! They re all so very pretty!!!

  44. Michelle says

    Love the simplicity of the first card. Such gorgeous color in contrast with the black ink. Thanks for the inspiration.

  45. Love both cards, the blended backgrounds are beautiful!

  46. La Rae Prentice says

    Girlfriend, I really like the background take on rainbow colors, in a more random pattern.

  47. CHERYL Wood says

    I love your cards! Pretty colors.

  48. Cyndi Morris says

    Beautiful cards, gorgeous colors and coloring. I love the background stamps and stencils in this wonderful release.

  49. Jo Ann McCullough says

    Beautiful cards. Loved your color blending. Something I’m learning to do.

  50. Deanna Berman says

    I ABSOLUTELY love the way that you used the Nautical Stencil so am putting it on my “wish list”!!! Thanks for such a simple but BEAUTIFUL card idea!!!

  51. Cheryl Rigney says

    Beautiful cards!! I love both backgrounds!

  52. Stanlee Runner says

    Absolutely beautiful cards, the color choices ar amazing. Each step on the hop adds at least one more item to my wish list!

  53. Dee Earnshaw says

    wow stunning cards – very inspiring:)

  54. Sandy Mcallister says

    So pretty and simple to achieve Thank you for sharing your designs

  55. Dawn Kloman says

    I live the everything about this card.

  56. Jan Gyore says

    I love the circle stamp set…. and very colorful….

  57. debbie d says

    these cards are awesome! after seeing your inspiration that striped stencil is calling my name.

  58. Jo Ann F says

    I love your blended backgrounds on your beautiful cards.

  59. Jeanne Beam says

    Beautiful cards! Love your backgrounds.
    Thanks for sharing…

  60. Wow the blending on your striped card is amazing!!

  61. Amy Lombardo says

    I love the bright colors you used to make these beautiful cards!

  62. Love the colourful cards, and the beautiful yet “simple” design!

  63. Sandy S. says

    Beautiful ink blending on the stripe stencil!

  64. joy meadows says

    Such gorgeousness! Love both of your cards, Gayatri!

  65. Kim Hamlin says

    Absolutely stunning! Both cards have inspired me. Can’t wait to give them a try. Thanks for sharing.

  66. Maureen Reiss says

    Soooooo GORGEOUS!!!!!!!! I love the blending you did with the striped stencil!!!!

  67. Beautiful cards! Great ink blending!

  68. Cindy C. says

    Wonderful projects!!

  69. Sweet Sarah says

    The colors are super! Great cards!

  70. Linnea Sundstrom says

    luv the sentiments this time ’round!

  71. The Say It All Friend stamp set is going to be great! So many great options. Great cards

  72. Meghan Kennihan says

    Such incredible backgrounds and I love the sentiments!

  73. Stef Perry says

    Fantastic design with the nautical stencil and the ink blending on both looks fabulous!

  74. Barbara Heinly says

    “I really like both the backgrounds on your cards. The stencil is on my wish list.

  75. You are the reason that both the circle stamp and the nautical stripe stencil are currently in my cart! I love your ink blending, and how you’ve designed these cards. Can’t wait to give both a try for myself!

  76. Love the colors you used for the nautical stripes. I must have some of the black glitter card stock…
    The Say It All Friend stamp set is also a must have.

  77. Love your beautiful creations! Swoon!

  78. Jennifer Petersen says

    Beautiful cards! I am smitten with the nautical stripes stencil you did a fabulous job showcasing it!

  79. Memoriesbymanda says

    That is a lovely card for a dear friend.

  80. Miriam Prantner says

    So bright and colorful! I am loving the inking on these cards!

  81. Katherine Herbert says

    Great color combos 🙂

  82. Denise Bryant says

    Pretty sentiments and awesome backgrounds! Love your beautiful cards!

  83. Savannagh Kacey says

    I love the way you keep blending until the pigment is absolutely brilliant. Your backgrounds are stunning!

  84. Awesome “friend” cards! Love the saying on the first one.

  85. Karen Holberton says

    What a lovely way to use the stencil. I like the ombre effect.

  86. Wow!! What a lovely card for a best friend! Beautiful!

  87. Kristen Snoozy says

    Your cards are beautiful! Thank you for inspiring us!

  88. Melodie Isreal says

    I loved both of these cards, but the first one using the stencil is perfect and had me thinking about my best friend!

  89. Danielle Gibson says

    I really like how you used the stencil with the rainbow of colors and ombre in the middle. Very creative. Thanks so much for sharing.

  90. Darlene DeSario says

    Gorgeous! Blend looks amazing. Love that sentiment.

  91. Rose Mary Smalley says

    Very pretty cards, both of them. I am really loving the new stencils. I seem to have a pretty good collection started…LOL….thank you so much for sharing your work on this fun blog hop.

  92. Pat Gasko says

    I so love lines and circle designs and you did so well on both. Your cards are awesome.

  93. Arianna Barbara says

    Wow! Beautiful cards!!! Fabulous background on your second card!!!

  94. Isabelle says

    Your cards are beautiful ! The colors are very happy.

  95. BarbaraF says

    Love, Love these cards. Thank you for the inspiration.

  96. Cindy Thick says

    Love the colors on your cards.

  97. Great cards. Thanks for sharing.

  98. What beautiful uplifting cards! I love the colours you’ve used for the backgrounds!

  99. Lovely, simple cards that are so elegant! Great job!

  100. Love the rainbows and stencils

  101. Debbie Rumpza says

    I love the beautiful rainbows you created and the way they highlight your sweet messages! I need that sentiment set!

  102. Fantastic cards. Awesome new release.

  103. this new release is fantastic. Your designs are beautiful.

  104. Sherri Little says

    Love what you did with the Nautical Stripe template.

  105. These cards are fantastic. Just goes to show a “simple” card can be high impact and gorgeous!

  106. Both cards are sooo pretty!!!

  107. Charlotte Deerborn says

    Love the second card the best. It is simple but boy does it pack a punch.

  108. Retta Lutte says

    I tend to shy away from graphic images and stencils because I am not sure how to use them. Your cards are just beautiful. Thank you for the inspiration!

  109. BeverlyBL says

    I love the Nautical stencil and what you did with it. The Round and Round background is very cool, as well. Both cards are so pretty and rainbows.

  110. E Nelson says

    I love background stamps & buy them often, but then never really use them. Your designs are so pretty & simple to make that I’m inspired to try your coloring techniques. Thanks.

  111. Loved loved the way you used stencil and that ombre look.I will certainly try your inspiration 😊

  112. Beautiful cards.. colorful and vibrant.. thank you for the inspiration.

  113. Queen Mary says

    I LOVE what you did with the rainbow blending on the striped stencil! I would have to practice that a couple of times I would think.

  114. What happy, summery cards! The striped stencil one is especially nice, and you definitely made the most of the new sentiments. Thanks for sharing with us!

  115. Love both your cards, especially the circle one. Although the stripes makes me want to get more into stencils. Thanks for sharing.

  116. Denise Ward says

    These are fabulous cards with heartfelt sentiments that would bless anyone’s heart! Very appropriate that they are being featured the weekend of National Best Friend’s Day!!

  117. Tamara Allen says

    Great cards!! Thank you for sharing!

  118. Brenda L. Kuder says

    I love your cards with all of the beautiful colors!

  119. Jan Meredith says


  120. Love the BOLD colors. What fantastic cards.

  121. Rosemary says

    Both cards are so lovely. I love how versatile that nautical stripes stencil is.
    Thanks for sharing.

  122. Marisela Delgado says

    What awesome cards!

  123. Sue Hudson says

    Beauteous cards! Love, love the rainbow, ombre look with the distress inks. I like the nautical stripe stencil too.l Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  124. Fabulous cards! Love the stencil coloring & that awesome friends sentiment. That stamp is a must for me! Thanks for sharing these gorgeous creations!

  125. Diane T. says

    Both cards are do colorful and cheerful!

  126. Beautiful card. Great color choices and such a wonderful sentiment. TFS.

  127. Janet Durbin says

    Wonderful card designs!

  128. Charla Everhart says

    I was really liked the stencil in this release, now I love it! They say you used your colors was beautiful. And that round stamp, it’s my favorite. So unique!

  129. Lydia E Hallum says

    Stencil backgrounds are awesome

  130. Love the rainbow of colors on your cards.

  131. Monica Linerode says

    Like the ombré effect technique. Such beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing.

  132. Amy Cooley says

    I love the rainbow backgrounds and these great sentiments!

  133. Awesome creations! I especially love the Round and Round card!

  134. Carmela Hubler says

    Love your colorful backgrounds!

  135. Tracy Lee Chambers says

    Such beautiful cards. Love the ideas and the colours. Thanks for inspiring.
    Take care Tracy

  136. Wowzers!!!!!! These are FAB! I love your color combinations. Just beautiful.

  137. Cheriese H says

    WOW this is wonderful – love the gorgeous ombre rainbow colours – gorgeous sentiments too!!

  138. Amazing cards

  139. Oooooh how beautiful! Rainbow colours always make me happy!

  140. Maryam Crafter says

    So pretty the stenciled card is unique using of rainbow..

  141. Sophie Farah says

    I love how you used this stencil with a rainbow color palette! It really showcases how versatile it is – it doesn’t always have to be used for a nautical theme! This card just makes me so happy! I love it, TFS! 🙂

  142. Patty Eifert says

    Both sunning cards!! I love your style! I love me a good stencil or large background stamp to make colorful cards with a bold sentiment! Your first one is especially awesome in how you managed to join the rainbow colors going across the card!!

  143. Lauryne Cunningham says

    I love these sentiments and your cards are just beautiful! I love how, on your first card, you sandwiched the small sentiment in between “Girlfriend” and “Thank You”. Those words really pop!

  144. Wow Gayatri, you used two of my favorites in this awesome new releasem, the Nautical Stencil and the Round and Round background stamp. Your cards are stunning and a great inspiration, thank you so much for sharing.

  145. Suzan Dorchik says

    Loving the rainbow. Amazing cards. The girlfriend sentiment is very touching..

  146. Sheri Kempke says

    Thanks for sharing your rainbow themed cards, all are gorgeous! This is another terrific release from SSS!

  147. Lisa Byers says

    I love the rainbow theme!! It always makes a cheerful and happy card!! Great going!!

  148. Jenrescuemama says

    I’m such a fan of rainbow-colored cards, and yours are both gorgeous! I especially love the sentiment on the first.

  149. stampinggrandma says

    Beautiful creations! Love this release!

  150. Laurie Brown says

    Such fun products!!! Love the backgrounds you created-thanks for sharing them!

  151. Kathy Dippner says

    Love the way you did your rainbow color blending on the striped stencils. Looks awesome.

  152. Marilee Dies says

    I liked the nautical stencil and the colors you chose. Love the sentiments.

  153. Beautiful cards! Love the backgrounds!

  154. I find these cards so interesting. The ink blending and ombre on the first card is so striking. thanks for the ideas using these products

  155. Beautiful!! I’m loving that striped stencil.

  156. Lisa A creations says

    Both of your cards are beautiful!

  157. Kathy McCluskey says

    Love your cards, Gayatri! That striped stencil inked with all those pretty colors makes a really pretty background!

  158. Anushree Vaish says

    I am a rainbow lover…your cards are super!!Thanks for sharing.

  159. Stacey Kowbel says

    Such fabulous cards! Love both of them, especially the girlfriend card!

  160. Cathy Loveless says

    What a fabulous way to use both this stencil and stamp! Can you ever go wrong with a beautiful rainbow card? Great work!

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