SSS-Reason To Smile release blog hop

Reason-To-Smile-Hero-Slider-3Hello and welcome to the Reason to Smile release blog hop with Simon Says Stamp! If you are following the hop then you should have arrived here from the Simon Says Stamp blog.SSS-Friendship BloomsMy project features the beautiful new Friendship Blooms stamp set as well as the coordinating diesSSS-Friendship BloomsSuch pretty daffodils in this set as well as gorgeous fonts.
SSS-Friendship BloomsHere’s a little video to show you how I made my card.Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a prize package valued at approximately $50 on each stop of the hop. Leave me a comment for your chance to win! The winners will be drawn this coming Tuesday, February 23.
Your next stop on the hop is the very talented & sweet Suzy Plantamura.
Thanks so much for hopping by!

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1,038 thoughts on “SSS-Reason To Smile release blog hop

  1. You say ‘simple’, I say ‘stunningly simple. Wow! that’s one beautiful card. From now on you know when asked what color yellow is that? It’s google yellow.

  2. I love the colors, yellow makes me happy especially now, reminds me of soon to be Spring. This card is the reason I smile today:)

  3. This card reminds me of my father’s garden. Daffodils are in full bloom now although it is winter.
    This card perfectly reflects the spring time..:Love it!

  4. Like the pretty Daffodil coloring, the way they pop off the card & so much more about this Spring card. Neighbors Daffodils are blooming here. Have a BEE-utiful day!
    “Sunshine HoneyBeew”

  5. i feel i keep repeating myself, but I love your card! lol I grow daffodils on my allotment garden, not garden at home, and I went there this week to see a few in flower and the rest in bud. it made me so happy and this card has the same effect..big smile on my face

  6. I love all your cards, Laura, and this one is no exception. Thanks for the spring-feel, I needed that so much on this rainy and chilly day. Hugs from Budapest, zsofi

  7. I do love yellow, green and yellow are the essence of spring to me! I love all your zingy rainbow colours too though 😉


  8. Laura,

    LOVE your card. Normally this daffodil stamp set is one I would not normally buy, but after seeing your card, I have to have it. The flowers look so dimensional and the card is just perfect!!!

    Thanks for the video, I really enjoyed it!!

  9. Is it Spring yet?? Your card gives me hope that it will arrive someday. I love the way you left the flowers hanging off the edge a bit and your coloring is perfect.

  10. I always appreciate when someone takes the time to make a “how to” video, as it makes the process much more doable for those of us who are a bit challenged when it comes to techniques, etc. And what a lovely card creation this is … great work on the shading, etc. Thanks for sharing with us!

  11. Thank you Laura. Lovely card–you make the arrangement of the daffodils look like such a simple process, but it’s something I have great difficulty with. You’ve inspired me to try again. 🙂

  12. Such a pretty card! What a nice reminder that Spring is just around the corner, still buried under snow, but just around the corner 🙂

  13. Laura, your Google search paid off and I think you may have channeled Debby successfully! LOL You have done an amazing job as always!

  14. Hi Laura – I love that friendship bloom stamp and your card creation – it just pops and looks so clean and neat – Thanks for the hop and for sharing your work – have a blessed day!

  15. it’s gorgeous and totally not too busy! there is still lots of white space there and it’s lovely Laura! TFS

  16. Love the new release, especially the sentiment fonts. The inspiration card is so beautiful, especially the cute berries.

  17. Beautiful card, Laura!! It is not busy at all, at I am with you on loving that sentiment! Have a smiley Spring!

  18. I love your inner Debby Hughes…. awesome job.. I was holding off the daffodill police while I watched your video. Thanks for sharing

  19. I think you colored your daffodils just right. I agree the sentiment s in the set are worth the price of the set. Thanks, Laura.

  20. The daffodil police would love your card too. Totally enjoyed the video. Love the gorgeous card. Again, just perfect. Thanks for the project ideas.

  21. Love the card…so beautiful and reminds me of spring!!! and I agree with you about the sentiments, there are some good ones included with this set for sure! as always, thanks for doing a video…always love to see your process and hear your happy voice 🙂

  22. Beautiful card! Love the spring feel to the card. (By the way there are daffodils that are yellow with bright orange centers and white ones with bright orange centers)

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  24. Fantastic! Definitely not too busy, just perfect.
    Oh, and I am with you on the sentiments! I am a HUGE lover of words and typography so it kinda needs to “click” for me. LOL! These do, however, you are so right about that! They click-clickety-click, actually! 😉

  25. While I was walking yesterday, I found daffodilles poking out of the ground. I got so excited, I Instagramed them! This card is beautiful and I am so happy for spring!

  26. I bought this stamp and wasn’t sure how I was going to color it. Thanks so much for sharing your talent and giving me inspiration.

  27. Just love your sunny daffodils, Laura! Your card is a breath of springtime for all of us in the Midwest. It’s always a treat to find a video from you, Laura! ♡

  28. Your daffodils are beautiful and truly highlight the duplicity and beauty of SSS’s matching Friendship Blooms stamp set and accompanying punches.

  29. What a wonderful fresh breath of Spring! Colors are perfect and what is not to love about the new font! You brought sunshine to my cloudy day. Thanks Laura!

  30. Hey! I needed a little sunshine today and this is bright, cheerful, beautiful and perfect! Can you tell I really like this? Lovely stamp set…you’re right!

  31. Laura i love your bold in your face color choices but your subtle is just as beautiful! Thanks for sharing and showcasing this beautiful new stamp set!

  32. Laura Bassen, I have decided I hate you! You’re talent is awe-inspiring but it makes me incredibly jealous that I can’t do the same. Your daffodils are gorgeous and look so real….

  33. Your videos bring a smile to my face, no matter what you are creating. This being a beautiful card only adds to the enjoyment. Love the framing of the sentiment.

  34. Laura, that is a beautiful card. Those daffodils just jump off the card at you.
    I agree with you, that is a great sentiment. Thanks for doing the video too. I love it.

  35. I love your card. Not too busy! Daffodils always remind me of Doris Day in “Calamity Jane.” One of my all time faves. Great card!

  36. Laura, so pretty, and it’s kinda muted for you, lol. I look forward to your videos, you always make me laugh and smile, it’s contagious. Thanks for sharing the video and always inspiring.

  37. I love Daffs. They came up in my yard a week ago and I can’t stop taking their photos. This would make a lovely Easter card (instead of ho-hum lilies).

  38. I went outside yesterday and my crocus’ were peaking their little heads up. Can’t wait for the daffodils; one of my favorite flowers. Your card just makes me long for spring. Beautiful.

  39. All three blooms have to be there cuz they’re framing the sentiment. Two wouldn’t do it. And with all that open white sky at the top it is still totally fresh. I love that you added the berries, whatever they might be.

  40. Your blog is my favorite. I love your clean and classy style – – along with your unbelievable coloring. Your cards always make me smile.

  41. These daffodils are stunning, Laura – beautifully coloured. Love how you nestled the sentiment inside the flower images too.

  42. Beautiful card which is simply stunning! You always have such pretty and amazing. Love your take on the creative process. Thank you for sharing!

  43. Your card is a preview of what is to come…SPRING!
    And, I agree with you. Color those blooms any color you wish and call them daffy-dils!

  44. Laura your card is so pretty, anyone would love to get this in the mail. I also think the design is great the way the flowers look 3D and pop off the page. Great set!

  45. Love this card and no, it’s not too busy! I think it’s lovely with your Google daffodils. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!

  46. Love this card! Reminds me of this one daffodil that just showed up out of the blue in my yard a few years ago, and makes me so happy when I see it. Thanks for sharing!

  47. I absolutely LOVE this card. Daffodils are my favorite flower and this card is so cheerful. I can’t wait for Spring!

  48. Such beautiful coloring on the daffodils! Makes me want to reach through the computer and smell them! Awesome job


  49. What a great card as always. I love your videos. They are always so bright and cheery and you always make me smile. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

  50. LOL. It’s not too busy, but I did think, wow this is a bit full for Laura B. I love it! I love the daffodils. Ooh, you could always do those that are creamy-peachy-orangish. They are all beautiful. Great Card-Great Release, thanks Laura B. And SSS!

  51. I didn’t even know that I like daffodils until I saw your card. Now, I want daffodil stamps. You make everything look good.

  52. Take it from a Botanically challenged cardmaker, you did a great job colouring those Daffodils. Oh to be able to colour as well as you or just plain old colour, for that matter. My friends laugh at the colours of my flowers … in my world we don’t really worry what the actual colours should be, if the finished product looks nice well then that’s the colour they’re supposed to be, lol.

  53. Hi, loving the way that you have left the background white and just let your wonderful daffodils and sentiment pop right off your very bright and pretty card. x

  54. beautiful card! Had to laugh about trying to use paler colors….I am the opposite….but like you…I’m tryin! Took your class on Craftsy….loved all the ideas and techniques, have used them often.
    Thank you.

  55. Laura, I enjoy your video presentations as much as I enjoy the cards you make. Always brings a smile to my face. Loved this springy card.

  56. Thank you for another wonderful video featuring another beautiful card. It was perfectly balanced with lovely springy daffodils. Yay for you on soft colors!

  57. Wow, Laura! That card is so beautiful, it made me put those daffodil stamps on the top of my shopping list! Fabulous coloring!

  58. I love this card Lauren it’s so pretty. You never fail to impress me and I love your narration to your videos, they always make me laugh.

  59. It snowed last night and just looking at your card makes me smile. So bright and cheerful – what a wonderful way to greet someone special.

  60. Straight up simple and perfect! Not too busy at all. But–I hate to break it to you–still a bit brighter than the subtle Debby Hughes. ;-D

  61. EEEEKKKK!! WOWZA! I love BOTH cards! They both make me smile….the huge balloons and the spot-on sentiment and the beautiful daffodils and the spot-on sentiment for that card, too! I love to watch you color….anything….and everything! Thanks for sharing!…and I LOVE your videos!

  62. Love daffodils and these are beautiful. Great blending job, something I really struggle with. Your videos are always fun.

  63. I love your rainbows, AND I love your daffodils, too. I don’t know if you realize how helpful it is for some of us to see and hear your process. Just the little phrase about framing the sentiment made me see so much more than I would have otherwise. Thanks! I might even go make something now and see if I can add a sentiment without sticking it in a corner!!!!

  64. What a fresh breath of Spring with the first stop on the Blog Hop! Beautiful card that is not too busy! I get the bright color thing, no matter how much I try I always end up with bright colors. But I love color!

  65. Seriously! This card is PERFECT!! I am also fussy about my sentiments and now I want this stamp set and matching dies (all because of you)…you rock big time.

  66. What a beautiful spring card, I love the way you “googled daffodils” in the hopes of finding a bright one. Your videos always make me smile/laugh. I really like the way you talk as if we’re all sitting there watching you and you’re explaining what you are doing.

  67. Laura,

    I love listening to you as you create. Your work work is beautiful and your personality is so entertaining.

  68. too kool! you have sold me! I’m ready to plae my first Simon say Stamp order. you card is great and your presentation is both educational and fun

  69. What a beautiful stamp set….perfect for spring! I love the way the daffodils cradle your sentiment. It’s in my “wish list” for my next order.

  70. Love your designs — they’re always on my “go to” list — and this card is no exception. Absolutely beautiful!

  71. Hi Laura!! I saw your video earlier today and commented on it but I have more to say! Lol! You really made this card to look soft and friendly. It’s lovely!! 🙂

  72. Hi Laura!
    Thanks for sharing you talents as part of this amazing BLOG HOP for Simon Says Stamp. We are so blessed to be sponsored by Simon Says Stamp this time at Word Art Wednesday, and several of our DT Members have showcased some of the Reasons To Smile collection on their blogs and on the Word Art Wednesday challenge page. I appreciate you, the entire team at Simon Says Stamp, and I really enjoyed your art.
    Karen Letchworth

  73. Daffodils just scream Springtime. You did a great job coloring them. SSS Springtime release is awesome…everything one needs to create this spring……bunnies, flowers, and cute little Melody starring in her own stampset.

  74. What a beautiful card! I love the cheery colors you used. The daffodils are so pretty! Your card definitely gave me a reason to smile☺

  75. Love, love, love your card!! The colors and design are amazing! Thanks so much for the inspiration and the chance to win!! Great release SSS!

  76. What a simple but classy card! I love daffodils – it gives us hope that spring is coming after a seemingly long winter!

  77. Hi Laura! WOW, so many people commenting! I was COMPLETELY entertained by your video! Thanks for letting us know that there aren’t any daffodil “police” out there! LOL! But, too bad you couldn’t find any that were NOT yellow! However, yellow is still gorgeous and you did a fantastic job at coloring them and designing your card! Simplicity is wonderful!

  78. I love your bright yellow fun card. I enjoy blog hops, and it looks like there’s LOTS of great inspiration to be found from this new Reason To Smile collection. I saw some of it over on the Word Art Wednesday blog where their designers share some projects. What a fabulous collection. I’d love to win some of it. Thanks for the great hop, and for sharing your art along the way. It’s SO inspirational.

    Sierra Winters

  79. Awesome video; love listening/watching you create your cards – feel like I’m sitting right there at the table with you. Gorgeous tulip image; a must-have.

  80. We don’t see daffodils in our small Rocky Mountain town very often, so your card leaves a special impression…Gorgeous in every way, especially paired with that sensational sentiment. Thank you for your entertaining and enlightening video…

  81. Lovely lovely card. You hav such a wonderful sense of color and space on the way your organized your card. Simply inspiring. Thank you for sharing your talent.

  82. Your daffodils are gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful card.
    Crafty hugs,

  83. OMG…I do the same thing about the brightness! It’s so hard for me to do the soft, delicate coloring….but I love it! Anyway, you did a beautiful job! Your coloring is amazing!

  84. The daffodils remind me of the house i grew up in, it’s abandoned now, but the daffodils we planted 30 years ago still bloom every year, we go and pick them! Beautiful card, very inspiring

  85. It’s straight up awesome is what it is! You created a pretty and interesting card and you did it in such simple steps – great inspiration as usual!!

  86. GORGEOUS daffodils and DELIGHTFUL card Laura!!!
    LOVE your ELEGANT design and SOFT & SUBTLE colours, you channelled your inner Debby Hughes PERFECTLY and you have the PERFECT amount of embellishments around the SWEET sentiment too, definitely not too busy 🙂
    THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing … I am just starting my Copic adventures and feel TOTALLY INSPIRED!!!

  87. Well, I think I might have figured out what a blog hop is…You go to all the links and check out the inspiring creations that the blog host has made? If it’s not correct, someone please be kind enough to correct me. I’m new at card making and so I’m hoping to learn from some experts. The card on this site is so colorful and cheerful. It lets the spirits by pointing to Spring!

  88. You always give me a reason to smile:). I just love you & your sweet, sweet spirit!!!! Your card was beautiful as always!!

  89. I’m enjoying the yellow and it makes me rethink why I’m not using that color in my designs. Beautiful color and design!

  90. I was surprised to see LauraFedora’s name on this card! No “screamin'” rainbows but a beautiful daffodil card for Spring!!!! Love it. Thanks for sharing.

  91. Oh this makes me happy seeing the bright yellow daffodils! I love the daffodils as spring will be on it’s and it always seem to make people smile. The font in this stamp set is awesome! Another item to my shopping cart!

  92. Gorgeous Spring-like card, love your Google daffodil (don’t know if I would have researched the color so well, but glad you did). Interesting too, to see how you use your Misti, gives me lots of tips. I agree with you the font on this stamp set is lovely.

  93. Thanks for the video and the beautiful card. I enjoyed your cheerful commentary as well. I’m going to have to look for the stamping tool that you used to do all the stamps at once, as that is a real time saver.

  94. I love, love, love this card. I’m a great fan of “less is more”, always being drawn to cards with crisp color and plenty of white space, so this card really speaks to me.

  95. OMG I scrolled foreva to make a comment & rightfully so, these daffodils are gorgeous, it’s beautiful in it’s simplicity, the colors are vibrant against the white background, I would love to have this stamp set as I don’t really own outline florals, much less these unbelievable daffodils , great job

  96. This reminded me of my Dad, who lived on Daffodil Lane. He passed away this past year and just loved the color yellow. Thanks for sharing your beautiful card!

  97. you always make such beautiful cards and your videos make my day. today is no different, great card and great video. wtg miss laura.

  98. I have been trying to decide what to spend the monthly card supply budget I set for myself on. I think I have decided after this post. What a stunning card!

  99. Hello! My name is Luis. Your card has left me speechless. Never before a card has look so elegant with that kind of stamps. So clever! I truly love it. Thank you for your inspiration and for the video clip. Best regards, Luis

  100. Note to self, finish all your card kit cards this weekend see you can justify buying these Daffidil stamps they are gorgeous.
    Laura, you outdid yourself as always and love the muted card, even though I always love your bright rainbow cards as well

  101. I thought this was such a pretty, Spring card. I like how you colored everything and had the images go “out of the frame” of first mat. Wow, you have lots of comments, kept scrolling and scrolling, thought I would never get to the end!

  102. Thanks so much for sharing, Laura. Great job! It’s like a sneak preview of my garden-my daffodils are coming up and will bloom soon . I love them! Thanks again for being a fun part of this blog hop!

  103. Beautiful card! Daffodils – a true sign of spring. I can’t wait for the real ones to start popping up everywhere.

  104. This stamp set is my favorite in the new release – and I love what you’ve done with it! Thanks for the chance to win!