SSS Stephanie’s Birthday Blog Hop !!

Celebrate release Hop

Hello there – today is a very special day – we are celebrating the birthday of the absolutely gorgeous Stephanie Lekauf – Marketing Director of Simon Says Stamp with a fabulous blog hop! I had the absolute honour of meeting Stephanie and Heidi in London a couple of weeks ago and can honestly say that they are both the sweetest girls you could meet.  Whilst Stephanie was away powdering her nose, Heidi slipped the rest of us (yes – a lot of the Wednesday team were there too – along with two of my besties Stephanie Wincott and Debby Hughes) a fabulous CELEBRATION stamp and die set designed in honour of the birthday girl.

Celebrate blog hop

It doesn’t come across so well in the picture but I coated the card in a mist of shimmer before adding the balloons and crystals.  Although it looks kind of masculine – it’s very pretty and shimmery in real life – honest!!

So are you ready to carry on hopping?  You should have arrived here from the Simon Says Stamp Blog and your next stop is the lovely Jo Neville (pictured below) but if you get lost anywhere along the way just pop back to the Simon Says Stamp Blog and start from the beginning.

There will be one of Simon’s Fabulous Grab Bags to give away on every blog ! All you have to do is  leave a comment on each of the blog posts (including this one) as you hop along to be entered in the random draws.  You have until Sunday 9th November 12 midday EST to join in!


And just to finish, here’s a wee picture of some of us after our fabulous lunch in London.


Top: Heidi Klausing Crowl, Stephanie Wincott and Lorraine Aquillina Middle: Mandy Stacey, Stephanie Lekauf, Caryn Davies Bottom: Jo Neville and Heather Gilfoy Bond


  1. Linda R says:

    Absolutely love your card! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Marie O says:

    Definate beauty in simplicity!

  3. Christine Duffy says:

    I love this card, what a fantastic background. and the shimmer is wonderful, changes the whole look. Awesome use of mono colour.

  4. Denise Bryant says:

    fun and festive! happy birthday, Stephanie!!!

  5. Kim Potts says:

    Love, love, love the shimmer mist and tone on tone on this card. I’m usually a bright colors kinda girl, but this is sooooo pretty. The more I see of this set, the more I think I need it :)))

  6. Daria Z. says:

    Such a pretty card – I love the bit of sparkle and the monochromic look!

  7. Sandy Small says:

    Great card! Sweet surprise, also!

  8. PRETTY card! What a fun lunch, just hop over to London, FUN! Happy Birthday to Stephanie!

  9. Lynda says:

    Fabulous colors on your card!

  10. Beautiful card – so sophisticated!

  11. Jessika says:

    This stamp set looks so versatile!

  12. Very pretty card! I love the tone on tone look!

  13. Kathy M-H says:

    Thanks for the tone on tone card!!

  14. Iris Soscia says:

    Love the subtle colors and the shimmer.

  15. Beautiful and so stylish card! I love the shimmer on it!

  16. What a great idea to use the happy birthday as a background, I really like the look of it!

  17. NancyR says:

    I love all the shimmer you added to this card — it’s awesome!

  18. shartl says:

    Oh I love this monochromatic card with all shimmer!

  19. Chiara Trezzi says:

    Great card

  20. LynneZ says:

    Really love your use of this stamp set and matching dies. Very pretty! Thanks for sharing.

  21. Oh WOW!! I love this card…love the design & the non-traditional birthday colors…beautiful!!

  22. Love the monochromatic color on this card, so pretty

  23. Karen L K says:

    Looks like good times. What a great looking card. I like the layout.

  24. sherry butcher says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Stephanie. Love the card, like the stamps. TFS.

  25. Mary-Anne V. says:

    Very pretty and shimmery modern looking card.

  26. Great card! Love all those grays and silvers!

  27. I love the card. Happy Birthday Stephanie!

  28. I love the monochrome look and the Happy Birthday background. They pair perfectly.

  29. TracyM #6773 says:

    FABULOUS card Caryn!!!
    LOVE your stamped sentiment background and cute balloons 🙂
    LOVE the shimmer & shine too!!!

  30. What a beautiful card. I love the shimmery silver.

  31. Love the colours on your card!

  32. Wow, what an amazing card! I love it!

  33. Pai Meng says:

    fun and elegant card!

  34. I love the card you made with this set! The repeating background looks awesome!! You have intrigued me with those crystal stickers too! (What a great surprise for Stephanie!)

  35. Lovely card! Love the silver and glitter! so beautiful.

    Happy Birthday Stef!

    Louise C.

  36. lovely card! happy birthday stephanie!

  37. Very pretty, I love the subtle colors. Very pretty indeed.

  38. Carla Preston says:

    Pretty! Birthday wishes

  39. Cathy Lenoci says:

    A beautiful card!

  40. Carmen says:

    Love monochromatic scenes!

  41. A lovely, sparkly card – I like those big balloons!

  42. Patt H. says:

    Gorgeous card! Love this stamp set.

  43. Oh, I really like using silver, white and gray for this birthday card — makes it so elegant!!

  44. ChristyO says:

    Love the card! I see some new products I need to add to my wish list!

  45. Cheryl Sager says:


  46. Sarita says:

    Beautiful Card!

  47. Kerry Phillips says:

    Very pretty! Love what u created with this set!

  48. Beautiful shimmery card, Caryn! I love the sentiment-as-background, too.

  49. Robin B. says:

    Beautiful card! I love the colors and background.

  50. marylouh says:

    Very pretty card. I’d be thrilled to get this card for my birthday.
    thanks for sharing.
    Happy birthday Stephanie

  51. Heather Thompson says:

    What a great birthday card, Love the subtle-ness of this !

  52. S♥nia says:

    Such a sweet and awesome card!!

  53. Janet Cobb says:

    A beautiful card! I hope Stephanie is enjoying all this loveliness in honor of her special day!

  54. Cindy Greene says:

    Great card! Love the tone on tone look. Also a wonderful picture- looks like a happy birthday and a great girls night out!!

  55. Lindarub says:

    Love your card.

  56. Darlene Gabriel says:

    This is beautiful – love all the shimmer and the beautiful crystal flowers. This set and the matching dies are wonderful.

  57. Mags B says:

    What an elegant, chic card! The subtle colours are lovely! X

  58. Very elegant!

  59. Amy M says:

    Such a pretty card! I love that it’s understated but shimmery 🙂

  60. Becky Schneider says:

    You guys are sneaky petes! What an appropriate way to honor your friend! Love these cards. Thanks for the chance to win!

  61. Marianne B in AZ says:

    What a beautiful card and such a lovely picture of all of you together!

  62. Sandy J says:

    Looks very elegant with the monochromatic color scheme.

  63. Teresa says:

    Love the silver on the card, makes it look very elegant.

  64. Kim A, says:

    Such a cute card. Happy Birthday to Stephanie!

  65. Lovely card. I like the monochromatic look.

  66. Laurie Frank says:

    I really like the card. Love the balloons! The tone on tone is stunning.

  67. Marty Harris says:

    Such an elegant card!

  68. Beverly S says:

    Beautiful – love the soft colors.

  69. Sandy Lewis says:

    Beautiful card – love this set!

  70. Vicky C says:

    Love the card! Beautiful colour and shimmery combination! Happy Birthday to Stephanie!

  71. Love that shimmery splattered background!

  72. Hope S says:

    cute card! and I love the photos of all you lovely ladies!

  73. Crystal says:

    Beautiful card…soft grays are among my favorite tone-on-tone combos. 🙂

  74. Sue Symens says:

    Love the sparkly color way of your card. Great job and Happy Birthday to Stephanie!!

  75. Sheri K says:

    Love the card and stamp set and what a great bunch of people–love the photo!

  76. Samantha Strasser says:

    Lovely card! I like that you mentioned without the sparkle it could be more masculine. It’s good inspiration for those who struggle with masculine cards.

  77. Gail Mc Nerney says:

    Very pretty card…and love the shimmer!!

  78. Caryn, what a beautiful card! and Happy Happy Birthday Stephanie !!!

  79. KT Fit Kitty says:

    What a fun card! Love the sparkle! Happy Birthday to Stephanie! I enjoyed seeing the group photo too!

  80. Iris Esther Lopez says:

    Very lovely card. I like the HAPPY BIRTHDAY stamped repeatedly in the background.

  81. Oh I feel the same way about you, you are completely lovely! Thank you so very much for making this gorgeous card in honor of my Birthday, you’re the sweetest!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  82. Happy Birthday Stephanie! Great card!

  83. Rosemary D says:

    wow… amazing card… love all the glitter!

  84. Avni Jain says:

    The card is beautiful…:)

  85. Such a fun & festive card!!!!!
    What a fun pic too!

  86. Marianne C says:

    Beautiful birthday tribute..want a sweet stamp set!

  87. Amante del Papel says:

    Your card is so beautiful and so elegant! I love it!

  88. Jeanie Lai says:

    Very pretty card – love the shimmering that’s going on! Happy birthday to Stephanie 🙂

  89. Beatiful card! Happy Birthday Stephanie!

  90. Beautiful card. It’s wonderful to have such dear and caring colleagues and friends

  91. Luv the new release so much..

  92. MaxMak says:

    Beautiful card. It is fun to see how different the cards look using the same stamp and die set.

  93. Lovely card~ how fun to get together and meet!

  94. Barb C says:

    Great card and a great versatile stamp set. Happy Birthday, Stephanie!

  95. I love the silver grey colors – it looks amazing!!! Such a stunning card…

  96. Lovely, shimmery birthday card for Stephanie!

  97. Karen Louder says:

    very nice Happy Birthday Stephanie

  98. Cindy Roberts says:

    Stunning card.

  99. Janet Trapp says:

    Happy birthday to Stephanie! What a great way to celebrate! Love the card you made for her!
    ~God bless~

  100. DebbieC says:

    What a pretty shimmery card for Stephanie. I like the sentiment background…it sets the balloons off so nicely.

  101. Love the greys!

  102. Celeste Goff says:

    Happy birthday Stephanie! Love this pretty card!

  103. very nice card in grey tones.
    stamping sue

  104. I love the monochromatic theme of this gorgeous card, so pretty

  105. What a beautiful card! Love the colors and the shine.

  106. Kim R. says:

    I really like the grey bday card! I’m sure the sparkle is fab!

  107. This is beautiful. I love that you didn’t need a lot of supplies to create this.

  108. Love this card!

  109. maureen says:

    nice card …. thank you

  110. Happy Happy Birthday to Stephanie!

  111. Lovely neutral tones, and I can see the shimmer 😉
    Happy Birthday Stephanie! xx

  112. pretty card!

  113. Sue C says:

    I really like grey and silver – your card is great!

  114. Really classy card and I love the way you’ve stamped the background, great shimmer too 🙂 x

  115. Anne from France says:

    I love the colour combination and the embellishments which make your card very chic, pretty and ‘upper class’! Bravo!

  116. Such a fab card! This is one look I’m going to try to re-create!

  117. You can never have to much glimmer on a birthday card! Love bday cards with balloons!

  118. DebbyH says:

    Fantastic card!

  119. Martha S says:

    Love the monochromatic technique

  120. HeatherM says:

    Lovely card!! I love the silver and gray!!!

  121. maria langston says:

    love monochromatic cards they are so classic and delicate congrats dear

  122. An elegant card to celebrate Stephanie’s Birthday! love this PIC!

  123. that is so pretty with all the silver and glitter.

  124. VikkiCH says:

    fun card with all that silver shimmer~

  125. Rhandi DeMars says:

    Great card. What a great picture of all you talented ladies. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

  126. Tammy Mohr says:

    Love the card. It’s fun and perfect for any age or gender.

  127. natasha rendon says:

    I am so into grey right now…LOve this card! Happy Birthday Stephanie!

  128. Cynthia O. says:

    Lovely monochromatic shimmery design, Caryn!

  129. Debbie Lou says:

    Great tone on tone card! I always love glitz!

  130. Cynthia Clark says:

    Happy Birthday, Stephanie. Love the card!

  131. Michelle Simone says:

    Love this card. Happy Birthday to Stephanie!

  132. sheila_g says:

    Love your card.

  133. Paula Golladay says:

    Super cool – cool card with tone on tone and how cool for Stephanie to have not only her birthday but to have so many birthday wishes.

  134. Wil Chean says:

    Shades of grey might be the perfect choice for a special milestone birthday. Love it!

  135. Michelle Schonack says:

    I love the card you did in celebration of Stephanie’s birthday, Caryn. I especially like the way you did the background.

  136. Love this card – the shimmery silver looks great

  137. Cherri Simon says:

    Happy Birthday Stephanie. A very lovely card!

  138. Carol K says:

    Lovely card – the shimmer must be stunning.

  139. Christine R says:

    Great shiny, shimmery card. And thanks for sharing that group photo – what talented people in that picture!

  140. Love glitter, great card

  141. Miriam Prantner says:

    Loving all the silver/gray, great card!

  142. Barb S says:

    I think the Greys and silvers and glitz make an elegant ” girly” birthday card… Happy birthday Stephanie.

  143. Sue D says:

    Beautiful shimmery birthday card!

  144. Melissa Friedrich says:

    Such an elegant card and with balloons no less! Love the fonts on the sentiments too!

  145. Ann K says:

    I love a blog hop – and this one is outstanding. Happy Birthday Stephanie.

  146. Love this card—the shimmer is evident and all the silver makes for such a fun, elegant card.

  147. Alexia Misso says:

    Amazing card, Happy Birthday Stephanie!

  148. Linnea J says:

    love the monotone!

  149. Amy C. says:

    I love the monochromatic look of this card with a bit of shimmer…beautiful!

  150. Jeannine Brenner says:

    Beautiful card! Love the color and the sentiment background!

  151. The card is pretty! I love tone on tone. Happy birthday again Stephanie

  152. The card is pretty! I love tone on tone. Happy birthday again Stephanie

  153. Lizzie T says:

    Gorgeous card!! I love shades of gray and you’ve done gray so well!!! I love the shimmer!

  154. I really like the gray tone-on-tone card. Very simple and elegant!

  155. D~DesignsByDragonfly says:

    Oh I LOVE your BEAUTIFUL card. I can just imagine the pretty shimmer. Thanks for sharing
    Crafty hugs,

  156. Rubeena says:

    really great card! love the softness to it.

  157. Love your card Caryn and especially the fabulous sentiment background!! The pic looks like you had a fun trip to London too!! You lucky girl! 😉

  158. Teresa Kannenberg says:

    Really cool card!

  159. Linda Tupper says:

    What a lovely card. Love the background. Happy Birthday, Stephanie! I wish for you many more!

  160. janet lech says:

    Love those crystals and the tone on tone grays of this card!

  161. Megan K. says:

    I really like your layout! I would never have thought to use one color in different tones/shades for a birthday card 🙂

  162. Diane says:

    Your card is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

  163. Memoriesbymanda says:

    Lovely glittery card! What a lovely surprise blog hop.

  164. Farida says:

    Beautiful card!! Love the soft, classy look!

  165. Lovely card! Glitter always means a party to me!!

  166. Just popping by for the blog hop! Lovely card, the silver and white is so classy and elegant and yet is has a lovely sparkle too. Thanks for the hop Karen

  167. I love the color scheme! Such perfect combinations

  168. Andrea Murdock says:

    LOve love love the use of grey and white on this card!

  169. Wow. This card is absolutely wonderful! Love how simple and elegant it is! Thanks for sharing the pic of all of you lovely ladies at the luncheon!

  170. christmas cards always need shiny & bright!

  171. megan mcdonald says:

    I love how you did the background.

  172. I love everything shiny and shimmery and that includes your card 🙂

  173. Very sweet card!

  174. Love this elegant and classy card!

  175. BunnyD says:

    Great that you could all get together. Lovely card!

  176. snazzyjj says:

    Lucky Stephanie, the metallic birthday card is wonderful.

  177. Julie Pike says:

    Really beautiful card Caryn! Happy Birthday Stephanie!

  178. The silver tone on tone is amazing. Beautiful card.

  179. Wonderful card Happy birthday to Stephanie

  180. Heather Ferguson says:

    What a lovely card! What a sweet surprise for the Birthday girl as well!

  181. Lovely card !! Stephanie is sure a well-loved part of your team !!

  182. irene grau says:

    Happy birthday! What a fun hop. Cute card!

  183. KatieP says:

    Great card, I love the colors.

  184. Hoong Yip says:

    Love your card. It’s so simple yet beautiful!

  185. Love the colors on this card. Would be perfect for a more masculine card. Thanks for sharing!

  186. Very pretty! I’m sure that that mist is beautiful in real life!

  187. Carla Hundley says:

    Happy Birthday Stephanie!
    Your card is lovely and
    love the bling!
    Carla from Utah

  188. Angie Hall says:

    Yes I see the shimmer on your striking card. Thanks.

  189. Bethany says:

    Beautiful card! I love the silver! Happy birthday Stephanie!

  190. JOAN SMITH says:

    What a beautiful Birthday Card!! You really did one outstanding creative job. the colors are so pretty and I love what you did to achieve your glittery and luminous look. What a fun stamp set along with the dies.
    Happy Birthday Stephanie!!

  191. Shimmer goes along way in my book! TFS!

  192. Your card is very pretty – I would love to see it in real life!! This is such a great stamp set and I love that there are matching dies.

  193. Marilyn C. Lojek says:

    Love the card and the shimmer you added!

  194. Beautiful card, lovin those balloons 🙂

  195. Marie Butler says:

    Beautiful, shimmery card!!

  196. Beth Holt says:

    I love how elegant your card is! You gals look like you had such a good time! I want to work for Simon Says Stamps!!!

  197. What a beautiful card for the birthday girl. Love all the glimmer 🙂

  198. jayell says:

    Love the shimmer – perfect for a birthday card.

  199. Very pretty and I can certainly see the shimmer!!! Happy Birthday to Stephanie 🙂

  200. Lenora says:


  201. So fun! Happy Birthday! Awesome card!~kim

  202. Hey Caryn!! I love the silver on the white. Such an elegant birthday card. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  203. Miranda says:

    how elegant!

  204. Debra Davison says:

    What a great surprise for Stephanie !! Love the card !!!

  205. Michelle T says:

    Happy Birthday, Stephanie! Very pretty card!

  206. Love the neutral color scheme. I would tend to choose bright colors for a birthday card, but I love how elegant this looks.

  207. Cheryl I says:

    Birthday blog hop…..love it!

  208. barbara macaskill says:

    LOVE this shimmery confection!!! This is a great stamp and die set that is now on my wish list! TFS!

  209. Such a gorgeous design Caryn – I’m sure Stephanie will love it!

  210. Christine M says:

    I have never use the shimmer mist. I must try after seeing your beautiful cards. I am sure in person one may need sunglasses it looks so sparkly!

  211. Steffi H. says:

    I love the subtle colors and the word background. Great card.

  212. Love your grey toned card

  213. Jill Jackson says:

    Love the card!

  214. Tricia Ann says:

    Caryn, I like that your card looks masculine. It is not easy coming up with a masculine birthday card. Besides being suitable for a male, it also has glimmer to dress it up. Good choice. I’m going to save this so I have a sample next time I need a card for a man. Thanks.

  215. Harriet says:

    Thank you for inspiring me to create better cards.

  216. Celine Blacow says:

    Sooooooo lovely for a lovely birthday!

  217. I love the addition of the crystals! Very festive!

  218. Love your card…I think I may need to get me some Studio Calico Shine, love the glamour of it!

  219. Stunning….love it!!

  220. Liz McAllister says:

    Such a cute set! And a clever HB2U surprise

  221. Maye M.L. says:

    Beautiful card, albeit the picture does not show it in all its glory. Such a fun idea to surprise Stephanie with these awesome stamp/die set and the card blog hop. Cheers!

  222. Very pretty card! I just love the silver/grey tones!

  223. Megan says:

    Great card!

  224. Audrey says:

    Beautiful tone on tone card – awesome card!

  225. adele says:

    What a nice background that bold sentiment made, and how fun that you were all able to meet in London!

  226. Sparkly and pretty card, love the stamp set. Happy Birthday Stephanie! 🙂

  227. barbara lassiter says:

    Wonderful birthday card and I love the shimmer. Birthday blessings to Stephanie! I, also, think that it’s wonderful to be connected around the world by the art of paper craft.

  228. Virginia L. says:

    What a fabulous birthday surprise party and card…Brilliant, just brilliant, Caryn! Love your glittery design!

  229. Beautiful and neutral -love it!

  230. What a fabulous card Caryn and a superb day out for you all.
    Love all that shimmer and sparkle on the card and a great stamp set.
    Happy birthday Stephanie

  231. Christine says:

    A great twist on this stamp set – so cool and elegant!

  232. Love those grays!

  233. Wonderful card! Love the monochrome look! The glitter is fabulous!

  234. Loly Borda says:

    Love your soft palette! Lovely card! TFS

  235. Jessicamartell says:

    Super cute card! So much fun yay birthdays!

  236. Beautiful card!!! Great photo too. Thanks for sharing!

  237. What a lovely glittery card! I love the background and the sparkle! Happy Birthday Stephanie!

  238. Connie Chang says:

    I love the glitter! You have one more subscriber! Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

  239. Julie says:

    Beautiful silvery, shimmery card.

  240. Beautiful card, love it. Carol x

  241. I just love the colours so soft and pretty, hugs Pops x

  242. What a gorgeous card you’ve created for Stephanie; she’ll adore it, as do I!

  243. Michelle says:

    Lovely card that new set is great!!! Love the shimmer

  244. Angela Bowie says:

    Happy Birthday Stephanie! Your card is gorgeous Caryn 🙂

  245. Such a sweet and awesome card love it. Happy birthday to Stephanie.

  246. CONNIE BROOKS says:

    Lovely card for Stephanies Birthday. Thanks for sharing the photo of you gals across the pond. Its nice to put faces together with names we see so often.

  247. Happy Birthday to Stephanie!! Your silver card is rad! Great job!

  248. Donna Whitten says:

    A very pretty and elegant card! Loved the picture also, thanks for sharing.

  249. Robin in WA says:

    Beautiful card!!!

  250. Julie says:

    WOW – that card is amazing….luck you to go to London!!!

  251. Beautiful card! And love the group pic! 🙂

  252. Marcie Lovett says:

    Lovely card, Caryn. Happy birthday, Stephanie!

  253. Very cool – love the tone on tone. I wish I could see the shimmer in person!

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