Nov 09 2007

Stamp Simply Challenge #8 – Bookmarks

Published by at 2 43 am under Challenges,Miscellaneous Projects

Challenge #8 – Keyword SSnotime08-There is no time limit. You can play this challenge and upload yourproject at Splitcoastand/or your Blog, anytime at all! You can play as many times as you like!!! The point is to keep it simple, quick and have fun!!! Please link back here.

Todays Challenge is fun, useful, quick and easy and it can serve as a little gift!!! It is to make a bookmark and a cover/sleeve to present it in/store it in — great little gifts for teachers, co-workers, friends — whoever!!!!

I onlygot onesample made, and it is on the fancy side — I hadhoped to do anotherin a more fun loving style, but just couldn’t get it done — sorry. My last 2 posts also contain bookmarks, so you can scroll down to see those if you haven’t seen them yet. Yourbookmarks do NOT have to be fancy — they can be any style at all, any dimensions at all, heavily stamped, no stamping, whatever– but if you choose to use the dimensions I used for the bookmark and cover, here they are:

Bookmark – the top/main layer is 2 x 6. The bottom layer/matting is 2 1/4 x 6 1/4.

Cover/Sleeve: (I used a Scor-Pal — it works great!!!) Scroll down for template/tutorial.

Remember when you upload to use the keyword above, followed by a comma.Please come back here to post (as a comment) that youve played, and provide a linkso I can check out your card right away. You can find all cards uploaded for this challenge by clicking Gallery Submissions Here.

Some wanting to play said they have never uploaded before. If thats you and you need help uploading, just go to my Challenge No. 1 and instructions are there.

ETA/PLEASE READ: My 1st comment was that this is not simple — WRONG!!!! It IS simple, so, so simple — I hardly stamped!!!! And here’s the secret — you don’t have to DO much, if you USE pretty things — I used the gorgeous Periphery for my DP (the bird) — so what more did it need — not much — I framed his head and a little stamping on the bottom — sponged the edges — that’s IT!!! Tied on some ribbons — that’s IT!!! NOT HARD, but rather SUPER SIMPLE!!! Then the cover/sleeve — 1 stamped image — that’s it! Made a little tag with punches, no stamping there either!!! Stuck on with dimensionals and tied on another ribbon — done!!!! PLEASE don’t think this type of *LOOK* is hard to achieve — it isn’t!!! Just remember, you don’t have to DO much, if you USE pretty things – it’s so true!!!


This bookmark serves triple duty for me, and that always makes me happy!

  1. It’s my sample for today’s bookmark challenge;
  2. It’s my challenge upload for Thursday’s WT139 at SCS, which was to use velvet — love velvet, I have it in the ribbon;
  3. It is the first item I’ve made using the newest stamp set from Flourishes, called Flourished Elements – it is so full of pretty swirlies and curlies –I just love it!!! And I just HAD to use it tonight — so that’s why I ended up with a fancier type of bookmark!!!

The main image panel of my bookmark is a piece of designer paper from the Periphery 6x 6 pad by Basic Grey. And, as luck would have it, this bird image was right on the end of the paper, so I just cut off 2″, I got my main image and I was good to go!!!! How lucky was that!!! The frame around the bird is not a part of the DP, it is stamped using the new Flourished Elements set. I also stamped the little flourishy border along the bottom and the *With Love*. They are all black embossed and the edges of the DP are lightly sponged. The top of the bookmark is punched with the Deco Corner Punch — I’ve always loved that one for bookmarks!!! Then the layers were all adhered together. You can’t see, but I punched a 1″ black circle, scored that in 1/2, and that is on top, with a Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware hanger attached with a brad, and the ribbon run through that hanger. I used the wide Blue Satin, Black Organdy and Black Velvet.

As for the cover/sleeve, I used SU Le Jardin DP. I thought it went well with the Periphery piece I used on the bookmark. I stamped that large flourish on it (from Flourished Elements), punched my tags and the fleur de lis, attached them to each other with a brad and put a little left over snippet of the Black Scalloped Satin behind it in a loop, attaching the completed tag to the card with Dimensionals. Then I tied on my very last piece of Blue Satin to dress up the bottom. Oh, the cover/sleeve top is punched with a 1 1/4″ circle punch and the edges are lightly sponged in black.


Here’s a picture of the cover.

  • Cut paper 5 1/2 x 6 3/4.
  • Score at 2 1/2 and 5, which leaves a 1/2″ flap.
  • Turn the paper in your Scor-Pal and score at 1/2″ from the bottom.
  • Cut out the two end pieces as shown, then gently angle the edges of the piece left.
  • Using red sticky tape, first adhere the large flap to form the cover, then turn up the bottom flap and adhere — it will be on the outside of the cover. With the ends of that little flap angled a bit, it looks very nice — like a little envelope!!!

Now just put your bookmark into thesleeve and see how wonderful it all looks!!!

I’d like to point out that the stamp sets, the Periphery pad by Basic Grey, the Blue Satin Ribbon, the Black Velvet Ribbon and the Black Scalloped Satin ribbon are all available at Flourishes.

  • Stamps: Flourished Elements and Flourished Words by Flourishes
  • Paper: Su: Basic Black, Old Olive, Le Jardin DP. Periphery by Basic Grey.
  • Ink: Versa Fine Onyx Black, Versa Mark, Bashful Blue.
  • Accessories: Detail Black EP, Ribbons, Brad, Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware, Punches: Deco Corner, 1″ Circle, 1 1/4″ Circle, Tag, Fleur de Lis, Sponges, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots.

Hope you can all play — have a great weekend!!! Thanks much for looking!!!

31 responses so far

31 Responses to “Stamp Simply Challenge #8 – Bookmarks”

  1. JoAnn (sarahzoe) says:

    So much for stamping simply, Sharon. This book mark and cover are out of this world gorgeous. Everything about it speaks beauty and elegance.
    What a great gift idea.

  2. What a gorgeous bookmark. I’m so happy you shared the template for the cover because I wanted to try one ever since I saw the one with your River Rock/Pomegranate ensemble.

  3. Jerri Jimenez says:

    This is a wonderful project, great for the holidays! Maybe tomorrow I can sit and play. Have a great weekend Sharon! Jerri

  4. Phyllis Rollins says:

    Breathtaking, you give me courage to try things that look “oh so difficult”.
    Thanks for sharing and teaching!

  5. Lynda Benden says:

    I like this Sharon! Thank you for the instructions as I am going to try one!!


  6. Debbie (DeborahLynneS) says:

    Wow– what a fantastic bird!!! You’ve really used him to his full potential!!! Gorgeous bookmark and great directions with the template!!!

  7. Susan says:

    Beautiful! I have visions of christmas gifts!

  8. Hazel says:

    Another great challenge. Your bookmark and holders are wonderful. Once again you have me making something for the first time. Very easy and lots of fun. It will make a great Christmas present for the ladies in my Bible study group.

    Here is mine.

    Thanks for looking.

  9. Stacy SCS Twinshappy says:

    Gorgeous Sharon! You make this so simple looking. Well I did attempt your challenge and here is my febal attempt

    Here it is closed:

  10. Just have a question…. your bookmarks are really beautiful!!!!

    I’ve looked at the “Scor-Pad” is it easy to use? How do you KNOW which marks to use when you are wanting to make a certain size card? Is it worth it??

    I appreciate your time!!!
    Denise Stoner
    [email protected]

  11. sharon says:

    Sharon, this is elegant! Can’t wait to try it, you’re sooo talented! Thank you for sharing the directions.

  12. Here my case of your design…It’s going to my mom as today is her 86th birthday. It so looks like the great findings from her Wonder Closet…thanks for the inspiration. Here is the link to my SCS upload:

  13. Carolyn (snowmanqueen) says:

    Love your bookmark! A fun challenge! Thanks for the directions, they were easy to follow!
    Here’s mine:

  14. Sharon says:

    That was fun, and a challange for me as I don’t like the paper, which is why I used it. Just to see if I could. Thanks,php?photo=719071&cat=500&ppuser=105774

  15. nancy littrell says:

    What of my very fav. non card projects……bookmarks. I have never made a cover though. What a fun idea. Plan to play later. TFS your gorgeous book mark and cover. Nancy

  16. SmilynStef says:

    Thanks for pushing me again to try something new. I love the result.

    Here’s my Live Simply ~ Laugh Often ~ Love Snow bookmark:

  17. Kurtis says:

    WOW WOW WOW!!!

    Hi Sharon,
    I think visited your site once when you first started but havn’t been back since. I am BLOWN AWAY by the gorgeous work that you do!!!

    Keep it up and I’ll be stopping back in the future!

  18. Becky says:

    Gorgeous! SO gorgeous! Everything on here! Wonderful!

  19. Elizabeth Glass says:

    I enjoy your blog so much!!! Everything you make and share is just lovely! Iam so glad I found you!!!!! Hugs,Elizabeth G.

  20. papermoon04 says:

    Here’s mine, thanks for a fun easy project Sharon! Our church logo is a dove and I always picture it in blue for some reason. These will be perfect little gifts for Sunday School teachers!

  21. Rose Ann says:

    Beautiful! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  22. Rhonda says:

    OH my gosh!! This is completely amazing!! I love that book mark! I’m not a big reader, I figure if I have time to be reading I should be sitting down with my bible, but if I had this book mark in my hands, I think it may inspire me to read more!!! So gorgeous!! I want to try something fancy like this! It’s not my stamping style, but I’m so drawn to it and LOVE it!! Fun tutorial, I hope I can play this week!! I love the different layers of ribbons, they’re so elegant!

  23. Wonderful, Sharon! What an elegant gift! Something small, yet so very special. I’d think the recipient would feel very special, indeed, to receive such a beautiful, handmade gift. This is just luscious!

  24. Silke Ledlow says:

    Sharon thank you so much for inspiring me with your beautiful bookmarks…
    here is my version….

    and I’m a big fan of yours!!!

  25. Dawn E. says:

    Thanks so much for an excellent easy tutorial to follow! I made mine with a card to match and will give it away to a lucky winner at our bookfair this week!
    I haven’t loaded it to my blog yet but did get it to SCS…thanks again!

  26. Crystal Rancourt says:

    I love these and a friend of mine told me about your blog here and that this is where she found your template..she made some you can see them under GloriousGreetings on SCS but anyways I would like to use your idea for an upcoming club and once I have finished one I will be sure to send to you to thank you for the inspiration

  27. ChristineCreations says:

    I’ve been dying to try these, and it was perfect as a little *extra* gift for a birthday party my daughter was going to today. I matched it to the card a voila! So cute! Thanks for a great template!

    You are a constant source of inspiration…LOVE what you do!

  28. ChristineCreations says:

    Sharon….here are a couple of views of bookmarks part of an ensemble I made, I found tins that totally matched Merry and Bright…and remembered the ensemble you made. Thanks so much for wonderful inspiration! Christine

  29. Libby Gregory says:

    What deco punch did you use at the top of the bookmark

  30. Yvonne says:

    What can I say except, beautiful.

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