Welcome to the SimonSaysStamp blog hop where we celebrate the “Friends” release! If you want to start the blog hop from the beginning you can go HERE

There are lots of awesome stamps and dies in this new release. Hop along with us to see all the latest and greatest, get inspired and win some giveaways!

Today I used the Picture Book KOALA die to create a clean and simple card. The design is really versatile and depending on the sentiment you decide to stamp if fits pretty much any occasion.

I created a window for my little Koala, and I kept everything simple so it really catches the eye! For the background of the window I used the Picture Book Tree Background die to add some interest and I also inked the background with blue.

Remember that you can easily customize these picture book animals. Give them flowers or balloons to hold, use ribbons to give them scarfs or bows and you can even add hats on them. So many options! In this case I turned my koala into an adorable female with a flower on her ear and some eyelashes.

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There are lots of giveaways in this blog hop!

  • SSS is giving away a $25 coupon to every stop on the hop. So leave me a comment below. They will choose the winners over the weekend and post them on the Simon Says Stamp store blog on Wednesday 17th.
  • There was also a hop on Friday the 12th, so visit the Simon blog HERE for more inspiration and even more giveaways.

Next stop:

The next stop is the super talented Heather Hoffman! Happy hopping!


  1. Thank you for another great card. Such a cute koala. I like that you change the look with a few eyelashes and a flower.

  2. Super cute coala, I love all the little animals from the picture book collection, they are great for book marks . ???

  3. Adorable little card! I just love the fact that you put so much effort into creating cards for kids – they must simply worship you! ;o)

  4. Little miss koala is very pretty and your CAS card is stunning because of how clean you’ve kept it. Love the video, you always inspire me to go try even if I’m no where near your standard yet.

  5. You are already on my favourite list of where to go for ideas! Beautiful project. Watched video this am.

  6. This card is so cute. I love that you customized the koala to fit with your recipient. I am sure she will love it!!

  7. Adorable! Thanks so much for sharing your art and ideas. I have learned so much and always enjoy reading your blog.

  8. When I first saw these little critters, I thought they were cute but I was not inspired to get them. But now I will have to have them! This card is so cute! Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. I just love your card. Some little girl will be so happy to receive this card. The new release is great. Thank you for all your great videos.

  10. You’ve made me need some of those picturebook animals! Especially the giraffe. What a cute card, thank you for sharing it with us.

  11. I designed a cross stitch pattern with a koala and would love this die. Also, giraffes are a favorite of one of my nieces, so I could put that die to good use as well. Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. this card looks like you worked all day on it. I think Im going to have to get this stamp set. This little bear is very addicting. Thanks for sharing Vicki.

  13. Love your cards ♥️ I first started following you about 18 months ago from a blog hop. Have been following you ever since. Your talents and artistic style inspire me to try new techniques and styles. As a beginning novice, you teach things in your tutorials that push me to try new techniques without being overwhelmed. Today’s video makes me smile.

  14. What a lucky little girl to receive this wonderful card. I love how the shadows play off the branches–it’s a very cool effect. Thank you so much.

  15. So cute! Love that little Koala bear! These dies are fantastic! In fact there are so many great products in this release. I hope they stocked up! Loving this blog hop with all it’s talented designers and inspiration! Thanks for sharing yours!

  16. The koala wearing her flower is perfect for a little girl. The background is simple but so effective. Thank you for sharing and thanks to SSS for the giveaway opportunity.

  17. It’s icy and cold outside, but looking at this cute koala and all the creative ways it’s been used is heartwarming! Thank you for these lovely cards. SSS products are fantastic.

  18. Super cute, Vicky. Love the customisation. ||Fun release, and especially like the animal die cut and small trees window die. Thank you.

  19. I actually went aww when I saw this card. I love the storybook characters and that tree die is perfect with them. The tiny flower is so perfect for it. TFS!

  20. Your little koala girl is adorable, as is your card ! I agree with you, these picture book critters are really lovely.

  21. Great ideas for customizing the koala and giving her some personality! I don’t much enjoy coloring, so I appreciate dies where pieces can be cut out in different colors for assembly.

  22. Vicki – another great card and easily reproducible. Love your easy manner in creating and beautiful outputs that your mind sees. Love your blog!

  23. Gorgeous card Vicky. So cute! Love the little bear and fair play to you for having the patience to do the layering with it – and the tiny flower you cut out as well. If it were me, something would be missing!! Gorgeous. Thanks for yet another fab chance to win some gorgeous goodies. You’re a gem.

  24. Love the stamps and dies in this release. The Picture Book animals are so adorable along with the Friends stamp. Your Koala card is so cute and love the inlay technique. Thanks for the inspiration.

  25. Your Card Is so Cute!!! My grand daughters favorite animal is a koala bear. She would just Love this and I’m loving all the stamps and dies .Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

  26. What an adorable card…. who doesn’t like koalas? This little guy can be used with the other animals in the release to make a zoo! Love watching you create.
    Thanks again, Vicky

  27. Such a cute card! You always inspire me with your creations!! If all goes well (financially speaking), in a few months and I’ll be able to get my first die cutting machine!! As an ex military spouse and now single mother of 2 girls, money is tight, but I’m so excited to start collecting dies and creating new things! Until then, I’ll continue to watch and get inspired. Thank you!!

  28. Thank you for your wonderful inspiration Vicky. This card is adorable. SSS has some of the cutest products. I am a grandmother and a librarian so these picture book animals stole my heart.

  29. Your card is adorable–Love how you added color for the sky–every detail that you think of is amazing! Thanks for the inspiration.

  30. This is a cute card, Vicki and love how you made so much of the adorable picture book koala. I love them too and I love your card!

  31. Love, love, love this card! The picture book series is my favorite and I’m so happy to see that you used them!! Adorable

  32. Vicky, this is such a cute card. The koala is adorable. Great idea to add list extra touches to the basic die cuts. tfs

  33. So Adorable! This would be very cute to make a bride and groom with a veil for the bride and a bow-tie for the groom

  34. Super cut koala, Vicky. I love the simplicity of the card design. It goes along perfectly with the bear. Thanks for sharing.

  35. Very cute card! Love how you combine all the various dies/pieces…..and always add the special little touches.

  36. Your card is adorable. I love rhe addition of the eyelashes for extra cuteness. These storybook dies are cry cute. Thanks for sharing.

  37. I’ve also fallen in love with the storybook animals and have started a collection! Must add koala to the group! I also didn’t realize until I watched your video that the trees are ‘storybook ‘ as well. Nice!
    Your card is great and the personalized touches of flower and eyelashes are perfect.

  38. Hello Vicky. I posted my comment on Youtube. As an Aussie, I’m delighted you chose the koala and hope your little friend loves this card you created for her. Thanks as always for your cute card and video. I enjoy watching and listening to you. Love your accent!!!!!

  39. Hi Vicky, I love your simple clean card, it looks so nice with the trees behind the koala, great dies used, thanks for the chance to win, TFS, Cheers Anna.

  40. Who wouldn’t want to receive this card? Tiny animals are so cute & can be used for many different ways.Thank you for sharing

  41. I love your little koala bear she is so cute. That card would be a perfect birthday card for my grandaughter.

  42. I love the cute animal friends, just adorable! The flower was a sweet touch! I love watching your videos, I always look forward to them, you are always a source of inspiration!! Great release from SSS! ?

  43. What an adorable card and what an adorable release! There are so many goodies in this one I just love!

  44. She’s oh so cute… I can see why you’ve collected the storybook animals ! I love The Best Friends Stamp set as well … just so cute !

  45. It’s not often an Australian Native animal is featured in YouTube videos – how cut it is. Aussie animals are so unusual! Love your cards, Vicky.

  46. Your cute little card has made me want to get some of the storybook animals and give it a try myself! Great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  47. Such a cute card! I’m sure the little girl receiving this will love it! The picture book animals collection is adorable!

  48. Hello, just finished watching the unboxing video of the Big Shot limited edition. I just ordered one today! I wished I would have ran into your video before I ordered it! The mint color is gorgeous! The one I ordered is in white and it will arrive soon. Still I’m glad I ran into your video. Looking forward to see more! Happy crafting!

  49. Your cards are always outstanding – and this new release is awesome. Thanks for great inspiration … as you always share great examples with us.

  50. Your little friend is going to love this koala so much. I love the whimsy of the picturebook die sets, and I like how you used just the one on your card. I’ve seen many with multiple animals (which are also cute), but it’s nice to see how one can hold its own. Thanks for this lovely idea.

  51. How cute is this Koala. She reminded me a schoolmate who was so fond on koalas 🙂
    Nice memory. Thank you Vicky

  52. Very cute card and what a lovely release! Especially the best friends stamp set is great. I think this is going to be on my wish list for this year!

  53. Eeeeep! So cute! I just love your picture window card – the way the tree leaves shadow looks fantastic. Great card!

  54. What an adorable card! These animal dies are so cute, I am going to have a hard time choosing between them all.

  55. Your card is so cute. I was questioning if I would want to get the picture book die cuts, never really thought of a use for them, but your card is so inspiring.

  56. What an adorable card! I love that little koala bear, he’s so cute! Love all the little critters in this release! Thank you for sharing with us!

  57. Your card is gorgeous Vicky, also thanks for the other tips how to get more and create different animals with the same Picture Book dies.

  58. Vicky, I hadn’t even noticed the tree die until your card! I love how you make beautiful simple cards and beautiful detailed cards! I love coming to your blog to see what delight awaits me!

  59. Wow…you really are amazingly creative. How do you find time? You art journal, create cards, blog, video edit and hold down an outside job. When do you sleep?

  60. I really like this clean and simple card. And I’m looking forward to seeing your 10 cards from the new card kit. You are always so clever and innovative that I enjoy seeing what you create, and always add the videos to my library. Thank you for sharing your talent.

  61. I love koalas! They are my favorite animal. I’m so glad you used that die. It is the first one I have seen and I did not realize they were all in pieces. This is an adorable card and I know the little girl will love it.

  62. This is the first time I’ve been to your blog, so I had to look around a bit! I loved the video of the koala card, but also enjoyed reading about you. You are so blessed to be able to follow your crafty dreams all over Europe! Wonderful!

  63. I loved this picture book tree die when it was in an earlier SSS release, and I never thought too much about what kind of trees they might be. Now I know they must be eucalyptus since this darling koala is with them. 😉 Great card, Vicky! It is always a joy to see what you will make!

  64. Your Koala bear card is so adorable. Love the way you showed how to piece her together. Great job.

  65. Hi Vicki,
    Oh that precious Koala with the flower behind her ear…. I’m just smiling. Such an adorable card.
    Take care

  66. Hi Vicly,
    Happy New Year to you and your family! Your card is beautiful!!! It is a perfect blend of texture , colours, and design. It’s simple, playful, and cute. I love to have the kit in my collection. The koala makes me chant….OZ OZ OZ1!!! Oi oi oi!!!
    Thank you again for the inspiration.
    Apples from Down under

  67. An adorable card! I love the versatility of the Picture Book dies and I really like the Clean & Simple look of this card. Thank you!

  68. Cute koala! I like how the koala is in front of a “window” , and those trees in the background. Nice card!

  69. This card is simple but yet so beautiful. After watching your videos for a while a realized that the little ditails make all the difference in cardmaking!

  70. Such a great look! The glowing background with the shaped tree overlay looks so much like a stained glass window. Beautiful.

  71. Hi Vicky. Hope you’re well?
    I k ow I’ve missed out on the deadline for this blog hop but I just had to tell you that I had an idea very much like this one but couldn’t decide on where to put my critter (penguin holding a heart!) Well seeing where you’ve put yours I might just have to copy the idea lol. If your lucky (or scared lol) I might share it with you lol. Thankyou for sharing all your talent xxx

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