May 29 2008

Stamp Simply #37 – Black and White + 1

Published by at 11 28 pm under Challenges,Christmas Cards

Keyword ssnotime37-There is no time limit. You can play this challenge and upload yourproject at Splitcoastand/or your Blog, anytime at all! You (and that means anyone and everyone, blogger or not!)can play as many times as you like!!! The point is to keep it simple, quick and have fun!!! Please link back here.

The challenge this week isa Color Challenge — Black and White + 1 More Color.Andthe addition to this is you may use just that one color you select, OR you may use many varying shades of that one color. So, if you choose blue — you could use many shades of blue. But if you want to just use one shade, then that is fine too. So, essentially, the cards in this challenge can be taking on 2 looks — one would be black and white with an accent color, and if you use many shades of one color with the black and white as an accent, then you’ll get more of a monochromatic look. Either way, it’s fine — just make sure you use black, white and one other color family. And, as always, try to keep it simple!!

Here are some samples: (please bear with me for the next couple hours as I link samples as they come in)

Check out Julie Koerberssample here.

Check out Dee Jacksons sample here.

Check out Tammy Hershbergers sample here.

Check out Jennifer Bucks sample here.

Check out Janine Orchards sample here.

Check out Becky Oehlers Sample here.

What a fabulous Stamp Simply Team!!! Thank you girls!!! Much appreciated!!!

And here is my sample:


  • Stamps: Peace by Flourishes
  • Paper: White, Black Textured, Bashful Blue
  • Ink: Versa Fine Onyx Black and Versa Mark
  • Accessories: Black Embossing Powder, Black Velvet, Black Brads

Now, THIS should have been my 10 Minute Tuesdsay Card — LOL!!! This really is a quick card to reproduce, which is what I like to keep in mind when I do a Christmas card. This 5.5″ square carduses Peace by Flourishes , which is a super set for quick cards. I stamped and black embossed the main image, and merely stamped the sentiment. The black paper is textured, which doesn’t show up well in the photo, but it adds alot IRL. I added the 4 black brads andwrapped the black velvet ribbon completely around the card front.

Hint on tying this knot: This being velvet, it gets a bit bulky to tie and still lay neatly. I am usually rather fussy about getting the bows or knots neat and having the proper side of the ribbon exposed; HOWEVER, in this case, to get everything to lay properly, the WRONG side of the velvet is exposed on the center knot portion. When tying your knot, if you twist the ribbons so the wrong side will be on the knot portion, then the RIGHT sides will be exposed on your tail portions.

And again, for tying knots with these narrow ribbons, I want to link you to a great bow tying tutorial done by Val Stangle (11Valerie11). What she is doing in this video, is exactly what I say to myself in my head each time I tie a knot like this — left over right, 6 and 12 0’clock, right over left. Works like a charm. Thank you, Val, for making it so simple and easy to remember!!!

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 linksowe 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.

That’s it for today’s challenge — hope you all find time to play sometime!!! And, oh yes, we have a Chrsitmas Card Challenge running in the Flourishes Forum at SCS and this is my 2nd Christmas card this month, so I’m getting there — LOL!!! Please, feel free to join our Christmas Card Challenge as well!!!

Thanks so much for stopping in again and I wish you all a wonderful weekend!!!

48 responses so far

48 Responses to “Stamp Simply #37 – Black and White + 1”

  1. Becky says:

    This is so pretty and sweeping. Really simple and beautiful!

  2. marisa (whiterockmama) says:

    Another classic Sharon card. Lovely and elegant – nicely done! Love black and white with another colour. Actually just made a black and white card and if I’d known I could have thrown in another colour and qualified for our challenge -lol :).

    Believe it or not, I said “ugh” and then had to laugh when I saw your post on tying ribbon a la Valerie’s video. I just spent 20 minutes trying to find the darn thing on her blog as I was beyond frustrated trying to get my bow to tie properly! I knew it was 2007 because I found your original post to her blog but had to scroll down quite a bit to find the video on her blog. Long story short, I have the date of her video on a post-it-note by my work station so I can find it again when I need a refresher as I tend to tie the wrong side over. Your 6 and 12 o’clock portion to the instructions should (and I say should here – LOL) help me to get it right from now on. Blessings.

  3. Kathie says:

    This is beautiful! Your design team is awesome also. Thanks for the link to tying a ribbon!! MUCH appreciated! Your blog is the best and so helpful. Thanks and thanks again! Have a great day.

  4. Darlene (SCS: akronstamperdpk) says:

    Thanks Sharon … I LOVE B/W … always looks so elegant and crisp! You card is beautiful as are all of the cards done by your DT. What a talented group of ladies!!!
    I have a habit of using red with my b/w cards so I thought I’d mix it up a bit and use turquoise this time. Hope you like it:

  5. Wow! Sharon, talk about a beauty! This is truly the most elegant card! I really love the pop of blue and that velvet ribbon is so rich! LOVE this! Thanks for sharing your talent and for another great challenge! Hope you have a wonderful day! 🙂

  6. Sara (hiinaz) says:

    Love this challenge! I’m all about B&W cards with a touch of color. I love the simple elegance of you card Sharon. Here’s mine

  7. Carla (cmsuto) says:

    This is a great challenge, Sharon! I always love black and white cards especially with a pop of color! Your sample is so beautiful! All the other samples are terrific, too! Here is my card. I added Pink Passion as the extra color because it matched the outfit I had on today!
    Have a great weekend!

  8. Pat Adam says:

    Love your card and I am a big lover of black & white. On mine I added red. Mine is

  9. Lois (clownmom) says:

    I love that velvet ribbon, Sharon. It makes a very simple card so rich-looking. You are the Queen of simple, elegant cards. Here’s my card for the challenge —

  10. LOVELY card, Sharon! It’s so elegant! Thanks for another great challenge!

    And thanks for pointing me towards Val’s tutorial! Can’t wait to take a look at that! I’m sure it’s awesome ’cause her work is so super-terrific!

  11. Nicole says:

    Another wonderful challenge! Black and white with an accents are among my favorite cards to make – sure fire elegance!
    Here’s mine:

  12. Tanya says:

    I really enjoy your work, so I thought I’d play with this idea. Here’s my card: Thanks!

  13. nancy littrell says:

    Gorgeous card Miss Simplicity 🙂 Love the Bashful blue with your B&W. TFS and for another great challenge!

  14. Lori says:

    I did it! I always love black and white + 1 and this was perfect timing for my own Christmas card blog challenge. Combine this with the LSC for today and you get three cards! 🙂

  15. Bonnie Sharp says:

    Black and white is always so elegant! I love it and I really love your blue with this combo! Here is my card Thanks Sharon!

  16. Helen says:

    Here are my card(s) for the black and white challenge. I also did the Limited Supply challenge for SC with black and white so decided to include them all. The large ribbon has a bit of gold in it so that was my third color. My favorite is the one with the big bow. Easiest to make and simple!

  17. Trish says:

    Thanks so much for the great challenge!

    Here is my card: (it is at the very end, sorry!)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  18. Silke Ledlow says:

    Sharon – your card is gorgeous!!! Very elegant!!!

    I’ve gotten sidetracked and totally forgot to comeback and let you know about my card – LOL!!! I love your challenge today – it’s so me – he,he,he!!!

    Hope you will like my cards…..they came together super quick!!! Thanks for the Inspiration!!!

    Have a great weekend!!! ~Silke~

  19. Judy says:

    I finally made a true keep it simple card… seems like I always add just one more thing… not with this one… woo hoo!
    here it is:
    I will be making more in different colors for sure..
    thanks again Sharon for a fun challenge!

  20. Becky G says:

    Another beauty from the master of elegance! I love the soft blue with the black and white! It’s fabulous! I decided it was time I jumped back into your challenges. Here is the card that I came up with for it.
    Have a great day!

  21. Vicky Gould says:

    Whew, finally got time to play – fun one, Sharon!

  22. Amrita says:

    Great card! And thanks for the link to the ribbon tying video. I haven’t stamped this morning yet, but I made this card some time ago and it goes for this color challenge!

  23. Amber H. says:

    Well i think i kept my cards simple and with a spash of color. I went with Red which proved to be a little hard with the watermelon when i really wanted to paint the rind green! lol So i used my white gel pen on it instead. When there’s a will, there is a way! lol So here is my cards:

  24. Joan Fricker says:

    We have a wedding tonight and the colors are black/white and bright pink,
    so this was perfect for the card I needed to make.

    I used an idea for the card from one of Sharon’s wedding cards. One of my next purchases will be the Flouish Stamp. I love how she uses it in so many ways. Since I didn’t have it, I used the Perfect Pearl technique for the Love stamp. My DH loved the card when I finished it and that is what matters to me.

    You can see my card at:

  25. Charlene Merrick says:

    As always, I love your beautiful card, Sharon! Here’s mine:

  26. Miss Boo says:

    Very elegant! Love the colors.

  27. Lisa Nagata says:

    Here’s my cards
    I did one this weekend and I also had another one that I just did awhile back for wt163 I will also link you to that one.

    # 1

    # 2

    Thanks for dropping by…….

  28. Dawn (stampinscotsgirl) says:

    Here is my card Sharon:
    Love the simplicity of your layout but still has a very elegant feel! Great challenge; I love black and white with just one other colour!!

  29. melissaS says:

    I love this card, and this challenge was just right for the sympathy card I had to make tonight! Thanks for sharing. Here’s my card:

  30. Toni says:

    I really did enjoy this, even thought I boo-booed right at the end. I’m sure that happens to everyone, particularly late at night. A girl has to take advantage of when her daughter is spending the night at Grandma’s house!

    Hope you like it!


  31. StampMom says:

    Love this challenge, it really did simplify things. I combined it with Beate’s WCS and the SCS “Movie Dresses” Inspiration Challenge to come up with this card:

  32. Krystal says:

    Thanks for a simple challenge. Mine’s not very original, but I think red, black and white is an all-time classic!

    Here’s my card:

    Thanks for all the work you put into your blog. It’s much appreciated!


  33. Rose Ann says:

    Beautiful!! I love your embossing and velvet ribbon!!

  34. Robin K says:

    Beautiful card, Sharon. Here’s my card:

    Hope it meets the rules – does the gray disqualify me? 😉

    Thanks for the challenge!

  35. Mary Rager says:

    Hi Sharon! I didn’t get to make my card until last night. Here it is: I love your challenges. Summer Sunrise is not a color I would normally use but I like the way this one turned out. Thanks for the great challenge!

  36. Mel M. M. M. says:

    Thank you so much for the fabulous inspiration! I had a blast playing along. I’m with Robin K: hoping silver doesn’t disqualify me. ;0)

  37. Desiree says:

    Here is my card for this challenge. What a great idea! I’ll be adding to splioast but for now you can see my card here:

    Thank you!

  38. Laura says:

    Thanks for the inspiration, I like black & white!

  39. Heather T. says:

    Here is my card using black, white and celery. I love the way black and white looks with a highlight in one other colour.

  40. Deb Neerman says:

    Gorgeous card, Sharon … as always!

    You can find my entry here:

    Thanks for a fun challenge … as always, LOL!

    ~Hugs, Deb

  41. Mel M. M. M. says:

    This is my favourite challenge ever! I had to play a second time :0) Thanks again for the fabulous inspiration!×3-note-card.html

  42. Yvonne says:

    Great challenge as I love black and white.
    here’s mine

  43. Yvonne says:

    Great challenge as I love black and white.

    My black and white card can be found here:

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