Saturday, November 7, 2020

Holly Jolly Blog Hop

I am thrilled to be joining a star studded group of artists to celebrate Simon Says Stamp's newest release, HOLLY JOLLY, on the Simon Blog, today!  I don't know about you, but I love the Christmas season! This new release from Simon is filled with all kinds of products to help get you in a holly jolly mood and get you started with the Christmas festivities for card and gift giving!!  I have chosen to showcase two of the wonderful new sentiment dies as well a set of new dies, for the hop, today, having two cards to share with you...
I took strips of what are my current favorite Christmas colors, and adhered them to a thin piece of cardstock.  I used the fun and pretty new CZ Design Chunky Merry die for my colored strips, and die cut the sentiment from them.  I then layered the die cut sentiment with several layers of white die cuts.  I enclosed the sentiment with holly leaves from the new CZ Design Chunky Trees and Holly die set.  I used Tonic Morning Dew drops to fill in the berries of the holly leaves.  I used 1/2" strips of white cardstock and adhered them diagonally over another piece of cardstock(I LOVE diangonal stripes at Christmas) and framed that with gold  cardstock.  Here's a close up...

The second one, I used the pretty new CZ Design Peace die ...
I opted to keep the peace sentiments white and give the color to their backgrounds.  I also chose to use more pastel colors for the backgrounds...and the colors were done with...paint chips.  Yes, I love to use paint chips.  I layered the sentiments as well as their backgrounds, and then adhered them to a gray background that I had stamped and white embossed with snow flakes, using the different circle stamps from the Simon Holiday Sparkle Greetings stamp set.  I think of peace when I see gentle falling snow, and the gray cardstock gave it more of nighttime feel for me. I used a sentiment from the older CZ Design Clean Line Christmas...thought it went perfectly with all my "Peace"s.  I then dotted random sentiments with Tonic jewel drops.  Here's a close up...
I have had so much fun!!  Your fun is yet to come!!  Simon Says Stamp will be generously giving away a $25 coupon to each stop on the hop from the comment section of our blogs, so if you leave a comment on each blog of the hop, you will have LOTS of chances to win!!  The winners will be announced on Wednesday, November 11th on the Simon Blog, so make sure you check the Simon Blog to see if you are a winner!  Here's a list of all the participants:

Simon Says Stamp Blog   

Jennifer McGuire

Cathy Zielske

Nina-Marie Trapani

Laura Bassen

Debby Hughes

Caly Person

Nichol Spohr

Amy Rysavy

Amanda Korotkova

Yana Smakula

                                   Lisa Addesa<----YOU ARE HERE

Yoonsun Hur

Heather Ruwe

Suzy Plantamura

Sidnie Des Jardins

One last thing...don't forget the offer in the banner at the top...use the code on the banner to get a free exclusive mini Speckled Egg Distress Ink pad...good with any purchase, but only good until the end of the day tomorrow, or until supplies last, so don't wait!  
Thanks so much for visiting my blog, today, hope you have a great day!!

114 comments:

  1. I LOVE what you did with the dies! Soooo beautiful especially with the PEACE

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  2. Beautiful card. I love the striped Merry sentiment with the touches of gold. This would work for any of the chunky word dies. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  3. Love your cards! The Merry card is so festive and the Peace card is gorgeous!

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  4. These are so very pretty! I love the striped Merry!

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  5. Beautiful cards! Love the idea of putting strips together to cut out words. Great way to use up my scraps! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  6. Stunning! You are a magician with dies and die cuts. Thank you for creating and inspiring us!!

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  7. I LOVE your cards and especially how you created the Merry sentiment!! So creative!!

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  8. OMG I love how you used up your scraps. So exciting.

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  9. Love the graphic vibe of the cards-read job on the colors, too.

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  10. I love the way you used the strips of cardstock and added in the gold metallic. That's just genius! Beautiful graphic cards!

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  11. Great use of both dies -- particularly like the "striped" Merry.

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  12. Some great, graphic sentiments with this release!

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  13. Both cards are great! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  14. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Merry card!!! Both are beautiful but that one caught me up in happy! Can't wait to try to create a similar one! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  15. Really like your "fav" Christmas colors and how you used them in the Merry die. Think I will give it a try. Thanks for your inspiration.

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  16. interesting cards, I will try too.

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  17. Love the Merry card! It's so amazing!

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  18. your cards are very creative - thasnks for sharing

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  19. Love the fresh look of these cards! That bit of gold in the Merry is a great touch!

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  20. Your cards are very festive! It is fun to watch.

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  21. Thanks Lisa. Your Card is beautiful!!

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  22. Love your card designs. Your first card is beautiful!

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  23. Love that warm hugs card. I need that merry and peace die. Love everything you created.

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  24. I love both cards, but that slimline with the repeated dies is FABULOUS!

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  25. Love your cards, both of them. Simple, but so cute. Love the Merry in the striped cardstock.

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  26. Both of your cards are gorgeous! I especially love the striped letters on your first card.

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  27. Looks like you had a lot of fun die cutting

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  28. Love both of the cards, but I will certainly CASE the peace card. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  29. I love your cards. The color and the stripes are so fun!

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  30. I love these cards!! Those CZ dies are so fun and I really enjoy the way you used them. Thanks for sharing!

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  31. I love the pattern paper created with thin strips, great way to use up tiny scraps that I can't bear to throw away.

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  32. The pretty pastels on your second card work beautifully with the bold sentiment! The first card is so fun and festive.

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  33. Pretty cards! Thanks for sharing them!

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  34. Wow! You created beautiful cards from these dies and they are great ideas!

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  35. Two beautiful cards! I especially like the inlayed one.

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  36. Two beautiful modern cards with much inspiration!!

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  37. Wonderful cards, love the merry card and your color combos!

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  38. This is one of my very favorite! Love that bright and bold big MERRY!

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  39. Love the first card with the stripes
    of color in the sentiment. Really
    pops. The second card is more
    subdued in the use of colors but
    it's very colorful too. thanks
    for sharing.
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  40. Love the Peace card. The colors are great!

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  41. The chunky Merry card caught my eye the second I saw the release on SSS! I just love what you did with it!

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  42. Wonderful use of color on both card.

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  43. Christmas is my favorite time of the year as well. I love checking out the new release to decide what will be on my cards this year

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  44. Both of your cards are fabulous. I love that you featured a word die cut for both - wonderful idea!

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  45. Beautiful cards ... these new dies are amazing!

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  46. Terrific cards! I'm especially fond of the MERRY slimline!

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  47. Lovely cards! I really like the look of the colored strips in the merry die. Thanks for sharing.

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  48. Such simple and gorgeous pages!

    -- Dalis

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  49. Fantastic cards! Are paint chips swatch cards from the paint store?

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  50. I always love your cards! They are simple yet so beautiful!

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  51. Beautiful! I just love your chunky Merry and holly. Such a great idea!

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  52. Great, simple, clean, festive. Wonderful cards!

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  53. Very classy cards!
    The first one is my favorite.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  54. These turned out wonderful!!! Word dies are my favorite, inlaying the self made stripes is genius!!

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  55. Festive and fun card designs!

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  56. The stripes on the Merry are adorable. You have a great eye for color and texture!

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  57. Got carried away and commented on the wrong blog design. Love the strips especially with the shimmer! Since I said I loved the peace on the joy blog. I'll add here how much I loved the joy! All in all I love these word dies. They are the perfect size!

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  58. Love the way you used these awesome sentiment dies and the pretty holly die! Wonderful cards with pretty color combos!

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  59. Lisa, what a great way to create your own patterned paper. Simply sweet festive cards. Thank you for sharing you techniques with us.

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  60. That makes for a beautiful but easy card!

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  61. Wow love your beautiful Merry card, its so cool!!

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  62. My favorite is the Peace card. [Bunny]

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  63. That merry with all the strips of different colors is gorgeous! What a great Idea.
    Love your cards.

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  64. Your cards are gorgeous! I love the bright colors combined with the gold on the Merry card!

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  65. Wonderful cards. My favorite is the first one -- beautiful!

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  66. I can see why you had fun making these cards Lisa. They are just my idea of ideal. The first one has a playful elegance to it, whilst the second one does give a feel of peace & I don't think it's because the word itself is repeated, but because of the grey background & the soft pastel colours. Well done!

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  67. Your cards are gorgeous! I do so love your style!

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  68. Love traditional green and red for Christmas cards and your use of the on the first card is beautiful.

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  69. I especially like your MERRY card. The striped paper behind is so cute.

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  70. Your peace card just brought me so much joy! Awesome job. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

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  71. Very fun. Love the colors you chose.

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  72. They're beautiful and so much work has gone into them!

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  73. Wow!!! Super Fabulous cards!!! Love the rainbow Peace card!!!

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  74. Love the MERRY card!!!! Clever!

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  75. Love what you did with those word dies!

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  76. Can't wait to use a repeated sentiment with a varigated shadow color...oooh the possibilites!
    -motherbirdd Robin

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  77. I adore your first Merry card--the letter colors are so cool!

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  78. Love the stripes. The colors are so vivid and the way the words played with the background. Great job.

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  79. I always enjoy your cards and all of the ways you seem to use the same dies differently, these are beautiful

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  80. Wow, these are stunning. I especially like the use of scraps behind the word.

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  81. Very lovely festive cards! Wonderful!

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  82. Both cards are so pretty. I love how you took your favorite colors and die cut the Merry card, fabulous!

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  83. Fun, I especially like the first one!

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  84. Two beautiful and festive cards.

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  85. Lovely cards. I like the new chunky word dies and I am crazy for slim line right now so you know #1 was my most favorite.

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  86. I love this card, I will be buying this die

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  87. I literally said "Oh Yeah," when I saw the Merry card. Great job on both!

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  88. Gorgeous cards. Love the colors of the Merry card.

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  89. I'm loving the fun & colorful stripes you've given to the 'merry' die cut, as well as the softly colored base shadows for the 'peace' die cuts!

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  90. Oh, goodness, Lisa.... I was sitting here just going blog to blog and then I got to yours. The first one w/ the striped letters has a lot of appeal b/c it has a lot of white space, which I appreciate. But then I saw that "Peace" card and now I am wishing I could insert the "mind blown" emoji here. I mean!! Wow!! I just love the rainbow element, the repetition piece.... it's SO good! Blessings on you and yours now and always. Thanks for showing that!!
    Lori S in PA

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  91. Gorgeous cards!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  92. Love how these word dies have a couple of different parts that come with them so you can do endless of techniques with them just like you did on these stunning and georgous card's

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  93. Hi Lisa :) Your cards are clean, simple AND beautiful!!! Great release! TFS :)

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  94. I LOVE both of these! The first one is just beautiful with the gold and multi-colored sentiment! And I love all the soft colors you used with the peace sentiment on that gray cardstock!

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  95. I loved both your cards Lisa. My favourite is the Merry card. Awesome SSS release.

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  96. Great cards...I like the Merry word being a little wonky...smile..

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  97. Wonderful cards! I love the way you've used all those different cardstocks in your creations! Thanks so much for the great inspiration. Take care! :)

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  98. The multi-color look is wonderful for merry. Slimline cards r popular.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  99. Fun color combos! Love the idea of creating the white striped background, I am going to try it with red and white. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

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  100. Beautiful cards. I love how the words pop.

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  101. Beautiful! Love the technique you used for the Merry :)

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  102. wow, absolutely stunning!

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  103. Love the color combos you chose for both cards, a delightful change from the traditional red and green!

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  104. Festive and pretty cards in these colors.

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  105. So lovely. Great die cutting with multicolored paper.

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I so appreciate your comments...thank for taking the time to write:)!! Hugs!! Lisa