Aug 21 2008

Stamp Simply #49 – Foreground/Background

Keyword ssnotime49 -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.

Today’s Challenge: To me, a part of keeping a card simple is not having to get out a ton ofsets to make the card. I often like to use the same stampfor themain image as for the background, and that’s our challengefor today.Use the same stamp for the focal point main image AND for the background.That should make it nice and simple!!! Cant wait to see what you doand, as always, do try to keep it simple.Most importantly have fun!!!

Check out Julie Koerberssample here.

Check out Dee Jacksons samplehere.

Check out Jennifer Bucks sample here.

Check out Janine Orchards sample here.

Check out Tammy Hershbergers card here.

You can see all Gallery Submissions here.

Our Stamp Simply Team is smaller today, what with vacations andallthat summer entails!!! But arent they FABULOUS!!! Thank you girls!!! Much appreciated!!! Becky will be back soon!!!

Heres my card for today’s challenge, and on first glance you may not think it is simple, but it IS, and I’ll take it step-by-step below:


  • Stamps: Retired SU DD Ferns and Season by Season.
  • Paper: PTI White, SU Marigold Morning (retired), Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Perfect Plum.
  • Ink: Versa Fine Onyx Black, plus above SU colors, and retired SU Spectrum Pad in Late November.
  • Accessories: Wide Wired Ribbon, Eyelet, Cropadile, Hemp, Aged Copper Hodgepodge Hardware (SU), Leaf Punch by McGill, SU Tag Corner Punch, Piercer, Mat Pack, Black Pen, Sponge.

Two things I used to do a lot of and haven’t done much of lately is to use the same stamp for both the foreground and background, as we are today, and sponging. I LOVE to sponge, but sort of got away from it, so today’s card has some sponging on it — I think it kind of adds a warm, fallish feel, and though today was hot, we have had that definite feel of fall in the air here already!!! It IS coming!!! Here’s a step-by-step on this card.

  1. Stamp fern as background on card, tone-on-tone, sponge edges.
  2. Stamp fern on Navy panel, tone-on-tone, sponge edges.
  3. Stamp fern on White panel, using Spectrum pad.
  4. Stamp Sentiment on White and make into tag.
  5. Punch 2 leaves, draw in veins, sponge edges, tie them together. (Plum was a scrap that had been stamped with SU Paisley.)
  6. Wrap ribbon around card front and tie nice big bow, neatly trimming tail ends, and attach sentiment tag with hemp.
  7. Adhere main image panel and Navy panel to card, using hardware as accent if desired.
  8. Adhere leaves on top.
  9. I had too much dead space on the lower right and the card looked off balance, so I added the 2 rows of piercing as an after thought, basically to balance things out more.
  10. That’s it — done — all simple steps, just take them one at a time!

And before you leave, how about stopping over to see Libby and wish her a Happy Birthday today — HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LIBBY!!!! And once you are there, be sure to check out her Thursday Challenge, Courtney’s Closet— probably the most innovative and FUN challenge out there! Each week Libby dresses up her darling Courtney in a cute outfit, takes her pic, and posts it as our inspiration. How fun!!! I LOVE her dress this week and I WILL be playing!!! Be sure to check it out here. It’s definitely a fun look/see!!!

And still another birthday girl today Joan Fricker celebrates a big one!!! Joan is our Every Monday Sale Lady (such fun!!!). Stop by to wish her well and see her pretty White Cosmos — just lovely!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOAN!!! Have fun on your outing today!!!

Once again, thank you so much for stopping in!!! Hope you can find time one of these days to try out our Stamp Simply Challenges. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend ahead!!! Thank you so much for stopping in here — much appreciated!!!

41 responses so far

41 Responses to “Stamp Simply #49 – Foreground/Background”

  1. Tosh says:

    This is such a gorgeous warm card!! Your leaves look so real! I makes me long for the midwest. I miss the fall leaves!! And that ribbon/tag is divine!!

  2. Judy says:

    Sharon, your card is just lovely.. so rich and elegant and certainly stamped simply, what a great inspiration.
    I made this card for your fun challenge:
    hope to play again tomorrow.

  3. Hey chickie! I love the autumnal feel of your card. So relaxing and serene! Fall is my favorite time of year. You are too lucky too to have all that color right at your fingertips! I miss that being here in Montana! We get oranges and yellows but no purples and reds! I digress! Lovely card my friend!! 🙂

  4. Liz Williams says:

    Just loving my new sets so used one for this challenge:

    Liz Williams

  5. Libby says:

    Is it too forward for me to say I LOVE YOU!!! LOL Thanks so much for the sweet shout-out Sharon!! You are so sweet! And I love your card, I so miss the fall in Michigan, and your card reminds me of it. No fall down here in Texas!!

  6. Joan Fricker says:

    What a beautiful fall card! We northerners will soon be seeing all those beautiful colors. I already notice some of our leaves with hints of changes.

    I love how you stamped the background with the same stamp as your focal point. The addition of the dark purple leaf makes this card “jump”. It is just beautiful!!!


  7. Jerri Kay says:

    Sharon, this is so incredibly beautiful, it’s relaxing, tranquil, calming to my soul. Thank you for starting my day with this gorgeous beauty.

  8. Kathie says:

    What a beautiful card, and I love the hint of Fall in the air here too!
    Reminds me that soon we will be enjoying the Fall colors in the UP – YES!!
    This is a gorgeous color combo, I love it. Your leaves look so real and I really like the added paper piercing too. I remember when you used to use Marigold Morning alot and all those cards just glow! TFS

  9. Velta says:

    I can almost smell “Autumn” in the air just by looking at this gorgeous card. TFS 🙂

  10. Pat says:

    Beautiful card in every way! I absolutely love this sketch. Perfect Fall card!

  11. Deb aka:DeborahLynneS says:

    What a gorgeous Autumn design! I always love what you do with that leaf punch! This is so beautiful!

  12. Ardyth says:

    This card is stunning! Love the colour combo, use of the spectrum pad and the one stamp! Definitely going to try this myself!

  13. Angel says:

    Just beautiful! I love fall and anything made with those colors. I love this set and haven’t used it in so long. Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Pat Adam says:

    Your card is so elegant using all the beautiful tones of Autumn and the two leaves really make for a gorgeous statement. Totally awesome ! Pat

  15. BEcky G says:

    OMG, Sharon! This is gorgeous! I love the bold fall colors! I hope I get the chance later today to do your challenge! I’ve missed doing them!

  16. Carla (cmsuto) says:

    Thanks for another fun challenge, Sharon! Your card is so beautiful! It really put me in the mood for fall with the rich colors and pretty leaves! Here is my card:
    Have a great weekend!

  17. Dee says:

    As always your sample is stunning!! I love the colors and the leaaves you added. Just gorgeous!!

  18. Gabriela says:

    Simply equisite, Sharon. I’m in utter awe.

  19. Sharon, you’ve done it again. This card is so vibrant and warm and who can beat the simplicity! I just love the intensity of the colors. Beautiful!

  20. Lois (clownmom) says:

    Beautiful colors on this card, Sharon. What a great idea for a challenge. Here’s my card, which I also made for today’s Limited Supplies challenge on SCS —

  21. Dee says:

    Extremely Gorgeous!!!
    I love the fall colors..
    Beautiful stamping..
    love the leaves..and fabulous ribbon 🙂

  22. Carol says:

    I love your card Sharon! Then again, I love Autumn and everything associated with that time of year. I love those leaves and how you attached the sentiment – just beautiful!
    Thanks for these challenges – I really enjoy doing them!! Sorry for the wonky photo – I just couldn’t get a clear shot with the breezes outside today! Here’s my simple card:

  23. Stunning, Sharon — love these rich fall colors you used!

  24. Darlene (SCS: akronstamperdpk) says:

    Your card is fantastic as always Sharon!!! This was SO much fun … thanks for a great challenge idea! Here is mine:

  25. Janine says:

    This is amazing Sharon.. Your work is to die for!!
    Have a great weekend.

  26. Sharon, you never cease to amaze me! This is the most beautiful card! I LOVE the colors and the layout. It’s so very stunning! Thank you for another fun challenge! I love playing each week! Have a great weekend! 🙂

  27. Barbara says:

    This is such a lovely card Sharon. Thanks for sharing it . i always look forward to seeing your blog each day. Have a great weekend

  28. Shel9999 says:

    Bea-U-tiful! I love your range of colors on the fern, the shading on the tag and your gorgeous ribbon!

  29. barb schram says:

    LOVE the colors you used, Sharon! Beautiful as always! So much creativity and inspiration!

  30. JoAnn says:

    Wow, this is late night for me. Made the card this am but didn’t get it uploaded before I left for the day. So now I’m doing it in between VSN uploads. You sample is just gorgeous, Sharon. I have those ferns and never used them. Your card inspires me.

  31. Amy says:

    Sharon, this is simply breath-taking, and I love, love, love that you’ve used the same stamp in the fore/background…great idea! Of course, the ribbon is to die for as well…would I expect any less from you?!!


  32. leslierich says:

    Wow! This is awesome! The punch is incredible. Gorgeous fall colors and beautiful stamping! Love your choice of stamp sets. It’s wonderful to see older sets used and made to look as fresh as the day they were first seen. Thank you for such eye candy–YUM!!

  33. Rose Ann says:

    You’ve 100% captured fall with this beauty, Sharon!! I love those colors and punched leaves…and your ribbon is just so yummy and perfect!!

  34. Curt OBrien says:

    This is an absolutely stunning card Sharon. Everything about it is just awesome! Best, Curt

  35. Love your card! Great challenge, too! I did one using leaves in the foreground and background. It’s posted on SCS here: It’s also on my blog as Project #5 for my next Stamp Camp. Thanks Sharon! You helped me out with this one!!!

  36. Dana Rose says:

    This was a really fun challenge and your card is beautiful! Here is my submission!

    Happy stamping,


  37. Hey Sharon! Great challenge as it had me stumped for a few days but guess what?? I did it today along with the a few other challenges all rolled into one! You can find it here on SCS: and here on my blog:

    Thanks again for a great challenge.

  38. Karen says:

    Hi Sharon!

    I got to use your highlighted technique on my card today. I love doing this as well.

    Here is my card:

    I mentioned you on my blog today too! You are my stampin’ idol, ya know! lol wink wink

  39. Heather T. says:

    Hi Sharon,
    this is a great stamp simply idea, I made my card with only wone stamp set open and one colour of ink! Now I have to get going on something red for the next challenge, I’m behind!

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