The new Friendly Frolic release by SimonSaysStamp is here! Today we celebrate with a blog hop full of inspiration and giveaways! You should have arrived here from Heather Ruwe. If you want to start the blog hop from the beginning please go to Simon Says Stamp Blog

Among the amazing products there is one that I adore! It’s the Leafy frame die. In a previous release it came as a stencil and I shared a video with 3 ways on how to use it here. So today I am back with 3 cards again using the die version. All same design but different techniques and look.

card 1

For the first card I created my background using two distress oxide inks. I used RIPE PERSIMMON ( SSS ) and MUSTARD SEED  ( SSS ). Both are brand new colors! I kept the leafy background die cut white for a striking contrast.

The sentiment is a combination of stamps from the SCHOOL BUS MESSAGES ( SSS ). I also added some dots with my nuvo drops in matching colors.

card 2

For my second card I used again distress oxide inks but this time on the Leafy Background. The colors I used are also brand new MOWED LAWN ( SSS ) , GROUND ESPRESSO  ( SSS ) and TEA DYE ( SSS ).

The sentiment is a combination of stamps from  WREATH GREETINGS ( SSS ), which is a gorgeous stamp from the previous release that I din’t have the chance to use it yet.

card 3

And for the third card again I used distress oxide inks in the background. I worked on watercolor paper and used a combination of blue colors both new and old. The butterflies were cut out using the  STITCHING BUTTERFLIES ( SSS ), another product from the previous release that I wanted to use.

The sentiment is one of the many lovely sentiments from the gorgeous SKETCH LOTUS FLOWERS ( SSS ), from the Friendly Frolic release.

video tutorial

You can enjoy the video below or at my YouTube channel

supplies and coupon codes

Links to the release and the supplies used for these card below.

Use code FREEG at checkout for a mystery gift with any order. The code will expire Sunday, 7/29 at 11:59 pm ET.

Use code CJ3NW at checkout for 30% OFF on the entire “Christmas in July category”. Valid until 7/29 at 11:59 pm EDT.

Affliate links used at no extra cost to you.

Simon Says Stamp LEAFY FRAME Wafer…
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Simon Says Clear Stamps SCHOOL BUS…
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Simon Says Clear Stamps SKETCH LOTUS…
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Simon Says Stamp STITCHING…
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Simon Says Clear Stamps WREATH…
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Tim Holtz Distress OXIDE INK PAD SET…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad RIPE…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad TEA…
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Tonic DELUXE ADHESIVE Nuvo Glue 200N
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Studio Katia MARCH Crystals sk0318
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Studio Katia JADE Crystals sk2431
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Tonic AUBURN PEARL Nuvo Crystal Drops…
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Tim Holtz Distress BLENDING BRUSHES…
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Tim Holtz Tonic Craft TRAVEL STAMP…
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Tim Holtz Tonic GLASS MEDIA MAT 1914e
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Strathmore BRISTOL SMOOTH 9 x 12…
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SSS is giving away a $25 coupon to every blog stop, to enter leave me a comment below and let me know your favorite product from this release. They’ll choose the winners over the weekend and post on the Simon Says Stamp store blog on Wednesday. Don’t forget to leave a comment to every stop on the hop for more chances to win!

next stop

The next stop on the hop is the talented Lisa Addesa. Have fun hopping!


  1. Love this leaf frame
    die on your cards!
    So pretty and all of
    the cards are beautiful.
    Carla from Utah

  2. I too think the leaf frame die is my favourite from SSS release. I love how you’ve used it in all your 3 cards. My favourite is the first one, the colours in the background really make the white frame POP. Xxx

  3. Gorgeous cards, loving the colours you blended & the variety of styles with just one of the new dies. My favourite product from this release is the Sketchy Lotus Flower stamp set & die, my favourite die is the Lead Frame so many thanks for sharing ideas with this.

  4. These are beautiful Vicky but there is no video?
    I love this Leaf Frame die and the Sketch Lotus set (just to name a couple).

  5. I love the newest die with the leaves and also the three cards that you have created. Just lovely!!!

  6. I’m sure it’s sold out after your video with the beautiful cards, but my absolute favorite in this release is the Leafy Frame Die. It’s beautiful and versatile.

  7. Beautiful frame wich gives to you totally different look just changing the background or the color of the frame itself. I love the third card, thank you as always for sharing.

  8. Beautiful choice of colours, Vicky. It’s always difficult to choose a favourite from a release, but I really like the Folk Dance and Leafy Frames background dies. They make it easy to make lovely looking cards. I also really like the Happy word die with its shadow.

  9. You certainly sold me on the leaf die creating different looks. The black with the butterflies is my favorite

  10. You’ve shown how versatile this die is. It makes a beautiful card in very little time. I am a blue girl so. of course, the last one is my favorite.

  11. Your cards are amazing, but i am in love with the look of your number 3. Very dramatic look.

  12. That leaf die is gorgeous. I enjoyed seeing you use it three different ways. All your cards turned out beautiful!

  13. My favourite is the sketch lotus flower stamp set, love the sentiments. As usual you have created amazing cards, thank you for sharing your creativity!

  14. Love all your beautiful cards. This is a great release and I really like this Leafy Die. Thanks for showing different ways to use it.

  15. Love the leafy frame die and your three cards are so beautiful! The last one is my favorite one; love the butterflies and the sentiment you used.

  16. I like all your different takes using the same die. That’s right up my alley as I can usually come up with several different things to do with each image.

  17. Love the leafy background die.
    it is so versatile and makes a great
    frame for any project.
    Wonderful cards. thanks for

  18. I am so excited that they released a die for the beautiful flowers stamp, This is a must have. Vicki you are the best and one of my favorite card makers. I loved the leaf frame with all the distress colors. The last one is my favorite with the black frame but all are great!

  19. I love your cards… those frames are perfect for highlighting your sentiments and I love the different looks you can get with different card stocks and colors. And I love the backgrounds you created too!

  20. Gorgeous! This die is one of my favorites from this release, it’s so versatile. I love your backgrounds, I guess I need some of the new Oxide inks.

  21. GORGEOUS WORK, Vicky!!!! I LOVE this Leafy Die too! 😉 THANKS for showing us how you did your cards!!!!! Each card looks SO DIFFERENT from the other! 😉

  22. I think videos like this 1 die 3 ways are my favoruite. They help me decide which items in the release have the most versatility as a staple in my stash.

  23. Thank you for sharing & showing the versatility of the Leafy Frame die. It’s definitely going into my shopping cart!

  24. Thanks so much for giving us 3 different views of the Leafy Frame die. I really like this die and I think you did a great job presenting all three colors.

  25. Oh my gosh, they’re all just lovely. I especially life the black leaf frame. And your use of the oxides to get those beautiful backgrounds is so creative!

  26. I enjoyed your cards immensely. It’s always fun to see how many different looks you can get with one stamp or die. And this one is beautiful.

  27. The Leafy Frame die is one of my favorites from this terrific release and you’ve done a wonderful job of showing its versatility. Gorgeous cards.

  28. Beautiful use of the leaf die frame. The colors on the first card are so pretty. Love the neuvo drops.

  29. Beautiful cards! I love how you created three different cards with the die. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  30. The Leafy Frame die is one of my favorite things from this release. Thanks for showing how versatile it can be. Love all of the cards.

  31. Thank you for showing how versatile this leaf frame is. All three cards are beautiful. Love your choice of blues on the butterfly card!

  32. LOVE this Leafy Frame die and your cards are gorgeous. You’ve shown the great versatility of the die. TFS!

  33. Love this leafy frame die and your cards are beautiful. I was going to pick my favorite, but decided they were all my favorite! 🙂

  34. Beautiful cards! I am a big fan of your work, and I love that you showed the versatility of just the one die…you can create so much with it! TFS!

  35. Beautiful collection, Vicky! The Leafy Frame die is so versatile! I can imagine using it as a frame, cutting the die cutting apart, and on and on! Thank you for the inspiration!

  36. I appreciate your showing different uses for the same supply. Especially love the third card. Beautiful colors.

  37. Love the way you showed three different cards using the same die, the leafy frame die. Shows the versatility of the product! Great inspiration! I especially love the blue background on the 3rd Card. So pretty!

  38. Hi Vicky, loved your cards! I really love this new die and the sketchy lotus flowers stamps from this release! : )

  39. All three designs are wonderful! I love this die cut and how you used it in different designs with the different inks.

  40. Hi Vicky. That leafy frame is so gorgeous! I love the style of cards you make. Thx for all the tips and inspiration. These blog hops are so fun!

  41. love your cards. the butterfly dies are so cute. I think I might have to get me some more product.

  42. The leafy frame die is incredible and you really showed off its versatility. Amazing cards!

  43. How clever of you to figure out different ways to use this new die. I have the similar stencil and I’m going to try to do something like this. 🙂

  44. What beautiful cards using the same die, they look so very different in your chosen colors! I love them all!??

  45. As usual Vicky you have done it again. The leaf design is so beautiful and along with your imagination they are wonderful. Thank you for sharing all the new products and ideas. Thanks

  46. Hi Vicky,
    The ‘Leafy’ die is beautiful. I love it because it makes a beautiful foil for a background. You can add to it like you did with the beautiful butterflies, or just add a stamp as you did with the other two cards. Can never get enough of ‘Vicky’ cards as you offers so much inspiration, love the colours you have used too.

  47. Love watching your tutorial Vicky!! Love the extra foam on the middle leaves and the gorgeous distress oxide backgrounds and the Nuvo drops with water splatters!

  48. I love the Thank You card! And the warm colored background of the first card! Great job on all!

  49. O M G. WHAT ASOME CARDS!!! I really love this die,now I have some soper ways to use this die.

  50. What beautiful cards! I like that you show different ways to use the same product so we can get more use from our supplies. This is a gorgeous die!

  51. I love that terrific new die–great job! I love all three of the cards you have created. Thanks for sharing your awesome talent with us.

  52. Great cards, the release is great. It is so hard to pick a favourite but I think my favorite is the picture book Dino .

  53. Vicky, Your cards are always amazing. I love the way you used this die in three different applications…awesome. Thank you so much.

  54. Your cards are lovely! That leafy background die looks like fun! This entire release is fabulous. Thanks for sharing!

  55. Vicky, I always love your designs, but these three cards are just extra special. The colors and the sentiments make each one truly beautiful and soul-stirring. The leafy die you used is one of my favorite things from the release and it is nice to see how it looks in different colors. <3

  56. i am loving the new distress oxide colors. i cant wait to get my paws on them, alas, i’m on the wait list.

  57. I love how simplistic your card making is and how easy it is to follow your instructions on what you do to achieve your designs. I am new at card making and still a bit intimidated but watching your videos helps me tremendously! Thank you so much, Vicky, for giving me encouragement. Your cards are beautiful, as always! ; )

  58. 3 gorgeous cards. I especially like the third one with the black leaves. It suggests looking out of the shadows into the light. Thanks for sharing.

  59. I am in love with the little school bus – have to get it to make cards for the grandkids. I love how you used the dies to create your cards – beautiful.

  60. Thanks so much for sharing I like how you used the same die three ways to get different effects. Great job.

  61. Love all three cards! My favorite product is the stamp set with the van and peace sign. I can’t recall the name!

  62. Your cards are beautiful as always, Vicky! I love the variations in colors and techniques that you used on these. I especially like the green and espresso ink blended card. It’s a very unexpected color combination but very pretty, as well.

  63. Thanks for the inspiration Vicky! The Leafy frame is my favorite of this release, it’s not only beautiful but versatile as well, I see myself using it year round. TFS

  64. Great video, these cards are so beautiful! As for my favorite, it is by far the Earth has Music stamp set. I just love, love, love that set. If I were to win, that is for sure what I’d use the winnings for.
    Thanks for sharing these techniques and cards with us.

  65. Hi Vicky! I love your cards. They’re beautiful. I also love that you used some of the new Distress Oxide inks. This leafy frame die is beginning to grow on me!

  66. All 3 cards are beautiful Vicky, I love your Distress ink/oxides blending. The Earth Has Music stamp set is my favorite from this release but there is so much good stuff to choose from in this release I don’t know where to stop LOL.

  67. Love the colors you picked for your cards! The leaf border die is amazing. I would use it over and over again! The whole release is great! I need a lot.

  68. Hi Vicky
    Love the leaf die…my fav is the black border/ butterflies card…
    Kind Regards Pattie ?

  69. Amazing cards and ones that are suitable for so many occasions.. . Great as always and love the new dies from SSS

  70. These are beautiful cards! Thank you for demonstrating the versatility of this die, it’s always helpful to see how to stretch the use of what we have 🙂

  71. Your cards are fantastic ! I love how you played with the colors. Being a “blue girl”, the third card is my favorite, but they are all beautiful.

  72. Wow Vicky, these are realy totally different, gorgeous cards. I love them all, every card has something special. Thank you for your time and effort to show us how to make these.

  73. Wow! Beautiful cards! They are each amazing and unique in their own way. Love that Leafy Fram Die … must have!!! Thank you for sharing.

  74. Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing them with us and your video. I always love the additional video for reference!

  75. Wonderful trio of cards – I especially love the last one. The black foliage in the foreground makes the blue background seem to glow – beautiful!

  76. Oh, darn! I just placed an order with SSS and now I feel another one coming on. I just love this leafy frame. I couldn’t pick a favorite from your cards because I really like all 3.

  77. I love all three cards. Your backgrounds are wonderful. I especially love the black silhouette frame. TFS!

  78. These cards are so beautiful ! I love such range of look with the same products. Very helpful and inspiring. Thanks Vicky !!

  79. I’m in love with all the products, but my first pick is the Leafy Frame Die (which is back ordered 🙁 and the new Oxide Inks). I love the colors you chose to make these beautiful cards, thank you!

  80. Hi Vicky, Am obsessing about that gorgeous Leafy frame and after seeing your three beautiful cards, I want it even more. Love your colour combinations! Thanks for sharing.

  81. I was inspired by this post, but I don’t own a die-cutting machine. I created a similar frame on my Cricut and came up with a very similar card! Thanks for your inspiration!

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