Feb 01 2008

Stamp Simply Challenge #20 – Pretties

Published by at 1 38 am under Challenges,General Purpose Cards

Challenge #20 – Keyword ssnotime20-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 to use your very prettiest things — whatever they may be!!! Have you ever heard me say, “If you USE pretty things, you don’t have to DO much”? I believe that is so, so true and it is the premise behind a ton of my cards. Let those beautiful things shine through!!! So that’s it — pull out what you consider to be your prettiest things, whatever they may be – papers, ribbons, pins, buttons, brads, embellishements – whatever, and make your card with them — KEEPING IN MIND that the idea is to keep it simple, let the beautiful things you choose take center stage. I often feel some of the simplest cards are the most beautiful — let’s see how simple and beautiful we can keep it today!!! And tell us about the favorite beautiful things you are using, OK?

Please note — I realize that *pretty* isn’t the same to each person — go with your own style — don’t try to mimic someone else’s pretty — whatever is *it* for you is fine — just grab your nice things, use them, and keep it simple. Whetheryou stamp on your project or not is up to you — no hard rules here, just have fun!

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 here.


This is my sample – super simple!!! I used Primsatics paper by Prism – just love their soft colors and texture. The gorgeous, vintage look DP is from the Stella Ruby pad by Basic Grey.It reminds me of vintage fabric. The sentiment is from Open to Love, a fun set by Flourishes. The gorgeous velvet ribbon is by May Arts and the stick pin is made from the Pretties Kit by SU. It’s hard to see, but in the upper right corner there is a Cuttlebug Die Cut fancy corner. Not much to explain on this one — pretty visible.

This stamp set is available at Flourishes, and they also carry gorgeous velvet ribbon in a variety of colors and a great selection of the Basic Grey 6 x 6 pads.

  • Stamps: Open to Love by Flourishes

  • Paper: Prismatics by Prism: Perfect Baby Pink, Suede Brown Medium. Stella Ruby 6 x 6 pad by Basic Grey.

  • Ink: Versa Fine Onyx Black

  • Accessories: Velvet Ribbon, Pretties Kit by SU, Cuttlebug and corner die, Mounting Tape.

That’s it for today!!! Hope you can find some time to play this weekend!!! I always LOVE to see what you all come up with!!! Thanks for stopping in and have a great weekend!!!!

59 responses so far

59 Responses to “Stamp Simply Challenge #20 – Pretties”

  1. leslierich says:

    You used one of my most favorite papers ever! This card is a perfect illustration of your motto about using pretty things. Just look how simple this is, but how utterly gorgeous. I love the script of this stamp, too. Everything on this card is just so, so pretty!!

  2. Kerry Fitzpatrick says:

    You gave a link to the Prism paper but it was for wholesellers only. Is there an on-line store where I could purchase the Prism paper? Thanks

  3. doris says:

    oh sooo elegant, love velvet ribbon which add some softness to this card,

  4. JoAnn (sarahzoe) says:

    Simply stunning, Sharon. I love that velvet ribbon and the paper is gorgeous. Can’t play until tomorrow as I’m chaperoning the dance after the game. Spirit week is always too busy. Wish I would have saved my card from yesterday…to me, anyway, that was pretty. Mine will no doubt have the chocolate ribbon. See you tonight.

  5. Silke Ledlow says:

    Sharon – the DSP on your card is just beautifyl….the velvet ribbon and the pearls are a “pretty” touch to this beauty!!!

    I made a card the other day and since I saw todays challenge…I thought it would fall into this category…..so her it is:


  6. Janine says:

    The is extremely pretty !! I LOVE that stick pin.. First I shovel then I play with all things pretty…

  7. Cheryl says:

    Gorgeous card! I love using the Pretties Kit!

  8. Jerri Jimenez says:

    So, so beautiful Sharon. I love the Stella Ruby paper! I’m going to have to give Prism a try, I’ve been hearing so much about it. Thanks for sharing this gorgeous card.

  9. Carolen says:

    Love this card! Thanks so much Sharon!
    I so look forward to visiting your blog!

  10. Debra says:

    Oh wow! Fabulous!

  11. Sara (hiinaz) says:

    Great challenge! What a beautiful card too. We have a snow day today so I had time to play. I headed straight to your blog to check out today’s challenge. They are always great.
    Here’s my card and my long description: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/797371?cat=500&ppuser=144758

  12. Stacy SCS Twinshappy says:

    Beautiful Sharon! Fun challenge, I know just what I am going to use! THanks again for the challenge!

  13. Susan says:

    love your card for the challenge, I took your challenge name to heart and whipped mine out! I decided to let the paper have the stage…it’s a very cool new group! Thanks for these awesome challenges and your wonderful comments. http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/797397?cat=500&ppuser=101373


  14. Karen says:

    Sharon, you do pretty so well. I love your sample for today. I hope to get to it later today or tomorrow. Lovely!

  15. Billie says:

    Oh yes, I have heard you say “if you use pretties…..” I will see what I can do.


    thanks Sharon

  16. Sue B says:

    This is so gorgeous and elegant. Thanks for another fun challenge. I actually am able to create these with more ease, now. Here’s mine:

  17. rainy says:

    That Stella Ruby paper will forwever be one of my favorites. A truly gorgeous card.

  18. joyk says:

    Your card is the epitome of pretty Sharon!!
    Here is mine which I am not really happy with but I am uploading it anyway!


  19. Super pretty card! I love it! …very excited about this one! How fun! I will post once I’ve completed. Take care and thanks for another fun one! 😉

  20. Viv (VivLyn) says:

    Sinply gorgeous!

  21. Jodi (Kharmagirl on SCS) says:

    What a fun challenge Sharon! Thanks so much! Here is mine:

  22. Karen Wallace says:

    OH, beautifu and I think I have that paper, can’t wait to try that. Thanks so much for all the beautiful inspiration you give us.
    Karen W

  23. Lois (clownmom) says:

    Sharon, I think I have mentioned this so many times — I just love your simple, beautiful style of card-making. And this card is no exception. I love the beaded stick pin.

    I combined your challenge this week with the SCS Inspiration Challenge. Here’s my card — http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/798306?nocache=1

  24. Shelly says:

    Here’s mine Sharon. I always love your elegant style, thanks for a fun challenge!
    http://stampwithshelly.blogspot.com/ or,

  25. Michelle R says:

    Simply beautiful! I hope I can find some time to play along.

  26. Your card is so beautiful! Thank you for the challenge. I had a ball playing with my new stamps! My card is on the cute and simple side, but still pretty to me. I posted it with the other challenge cards over on SCS and on my blog…


    Thanks again and have a wonderful weekend! 😀

  27. Helen says:

    Thanks for a great challenge and for teaching those classes with cards and techiques I can use again. I’ve made about half my Valentines, now and every single one of them comes from something you have taught or made. Many thanks! Helen


  28. Jamie Wilcox says:

    Sharon, this is just exquisite. That particular Stella Ruby paper is my FAVE!! As usual, you’ve given us another simple yet elegant and beautiful card.

  29. Juliana says:

    My gallery submission will be in pending most of today (can’t renew membership till next month)–so here it is on my blog

    Thanks Sharon!

  30. JoAnn (sarahzoe) says:

    So many beautiful cards in your challenge this week. Here’s Mine: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/798442?cat=500&ppuser=89981

  31. Bonnie aka raduse says:

    Gorgeous card Sharon.

  32. sarah green says:

    this is the first time I have plaied so I hope you like it!!!!


  33. Cheryl says:

    I originally did this card for Beate’s weekend sketch challenge, but after visiting your blog today, I realized it qualified for yours, too! Hope you like it…


  34. Joan Ervin says:

    Your card is so pratty, Sharon!! I just love that dp…sooo elegant looking with the velvet ribbon and the pin!! I used a stamp that has been collecting dust for a couple of years…the picture is kinda light so hope you can see all the details! http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/798798?cat=500&ppuser=28771

  35. beate says:

    Sharon, it’s long overdue that I try one of your amazing challenges! I dusted my Pretties kit off to use on a card of mine. What better for your pretties challenge then the Pretties kit, right?

    Triple medaillon

  36. Karen says:

    I love pretties. I made a card today that is not ultra simple, but not terribly complicated either. It is using things that are pretty to me – embossing, wonderful colors, beautiful ribbon, and pearls! I really love all those gorgeous things. Here is my card: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/798362?nocache=1

  37. Deb Neerman says:

    Hi Sharon: Beautiful card; just love it!

    I’m playin’ along again this week ~ you can see my card on SCS, or on my blog: http://debneerman.blogspot.com

    Thanks for a fun challenge!!

  38. DeborahLynneS says:

    Here’s mine for the challenge:


    Thanks for looking!!!

  39. Heather T. says:

    Your card is beautiful, the ribbon and paper are perfect together. I am finding it impossible to get on to Splitcoast at present so I will just link to my project on my blog. Thanks for the great ideas and examples.

  40. Jodi (Kharmagirl on SCS) says:

    I so loved this challenge Sharon! I just had to do another!! (And, this time I put the correct keyword in 😉

  41. Tilly says:

    Lovely sophisticated card Sharon – gorgeous! Thanks for the challenge. I dug out some bits I find hard to part with, so here’s my contribution:

  42. Dawn (stampinscotsgirl) says:

    Your card is beautiful!! I just love that beautiful dp and the velvet ribbon is so rich. Gorgeous card!! What an awesome challenge again this week Sharon!! There are so many things that I consider pretty, like flowers, dry embossing, ribbon, pearls and glitter. I used all of them on my card this week! As usual I am a few days late, but here is my card:)

  43. FubsyRuth says:

    Thanks for another fun challenge Sharon and for yet another beautiful card! I have that gorgeous Basic Grey paper too and I used it to make a favour box. Here’s the link:

  44. Vicky Gould says:

    Hey Sharon! I loved this challenge – simple, quick and pretty! Here’s mine:


    Thanks for the challenge!

  45. Samm says:

    Gorgeous card and great theme!!! I used my pretties!!!

    Here it is:



  46. How fun! I went crazy with the pearls on mine! Such a great challenge! Thanks again, Sharon! I’ve uploaded mine here… http://thebuckstampshere.blogspot.com/2008/02/just-smile-and-nod.html …I will post on SCS as soon as I can. Take care! 🙂

  47. LeAnne says:

    It took me a couple days, but here is my entry: Not overloaded with “pretty” but I like the colors and the ribbon.

  48. Anita says:

    I had to borrow die cuts to add my pretties, but I had fun! Thanks for the challenge!


  49. Here’s mine Sharon! Thanks for another great challenge!!! Keep ’em coming!

  50. Sharon, Your card is gorgeous. Love that paper…Here’s my
    challenge card this week:

  51. Stacy says:

    Very elegant!
    Here is my card:
    I used my fave pretties which are paper flowers, bits from SU! Pretties Kit, and the CB Divine Swirl EF.

  52. StampMom says:

    Thanks for another great challenge. I used my beautiful “Always” heart and sumptuous Purely Pomegranate satin ribbon which I’ve been hoarding. It may be not as simple as you like, but you can see it on my blog: http://stampmom.blogspot.com/2008/02/pomegranate-love.html

  53. Karen says:

    I couldn’t help doing another pretty card today with my new set, She’s All That. I’ve heard a lot of disparaging remarks about these girls, but I really like them, so I am on a mission to make others like them too. Here is what I did with the bride today. It’s my first, but definitely not my last.
    I hope you love it!

  54. nancy littrell says:

    I am on a Pretties Roll because of you Sharon 🙂 You are such an inspiration. Every card of yours I see I just want to CASE. This card went together very quickly with the help of the new gorgeous SU Spring Silhouettes DP.


  55. Donelda says:

    I have my card finished. I decided to combine it with Roxie’s sketch challenge today. I’ve had this “pretty” fabric in my stash for a while…waiting for just the right time to use it. Well, the time was now!!


    Thanks for the fun!

  56. Sue (suen) says:

    I really love your simple, yet so elegant card, Sharon! I decided to join in the fun! Here’s my card.

  57. nancy littrell says:

    OMG…Another Pretties Challenge card and this time added a sock wrapper. A b-day gift for our DIL. Enjoy, Nancy

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