Sep 11 2008

Stamp Simply #52 — Cuddle up with Tammy!

Hi everyone!!! Today marks 1 full year for the Stamp Simply Challenges! Thank you all so much for playing each week — we couldn’t have a challenge without players. Much Appreciated!!! Our week + long celebration continues, and today you have a chance to win a spot as a Stamp Simply Guest Designer for the month of November. Make sure to read about this at the end of this post.

Keyword ssnotime52 -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.

Todays challenge is Cuddle up With Tammy! Today it’s all about a warm and cozy homespun feel! Tammy has many styles to her work, but the style that just called my name was her warm, cozy, cuddly work, including what I wouldthink of as elementsof a sewn project. Tammy’s work often includes a small printed pattern paired with a solidpaper for a warm and cozy background, accented with what I would call a homespun quality — and by this I mean she makes her cards feel warm and cozy like a quilt — often incorporating the use of either machine stitching, lace, rick rack or a pretty patterned ribbon. And Tammy often uses the Cuttlebug as well to obtain texture, so that’s all good for today! I often feel like I’m looking at the makings for a cuddly quilt, or maybe even an adorable baby outfit, when I view Tammy’s work, and that’s what we’re after today, a card that has a cozy and warm feel — like a quilt or a baby outfit. Tammy has several samples for you to see here, but please treat yourself and take the time tocruise herblog, Stamp Happy,tocheck out some of her other work in cleaner,fresherstyles as well. It’s well worth the trip!

The above are suggestions, not all requirements — the only requirement is that you try to achieve a warm and cozy feel — a card you would want to cuddle up to!!! HOW you achieve it, is up to you! We can’t wait to see what you do!!!

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.

Check out Becky Oehlers card here.

You can see all Gallery Submissions here.

Arent these girls justFABULOUS!!! Thank you girls!!! Much appreciated!!!

Heres my card for todays challenge:


This was such fun card to make and it involves absolutely NO stamping at all! I used designer paper and chipboard stickers by K & Co. from Michaels. And I used a layout with the 2 triangular pieces just as Tammy so often does. Now, using triangular pieces is not something I normally do — but this was so fun and quick and easy I WILL be doing this again. My card is 5.5″ square, and my DP was cut to 5.25″ square. I layered the 2 pieces together and cut them (as one) on the diagonal on my paper cutter. It was so quick and easy, just aligned opposing points on the guide and they were a perfect match!!! I then just put a smallbit of adhesive on the center of each triangle to hold it in place on the base layer, then I went to the sewing machine and zig zag stitched around the perimeter and up the center diagonal. In fact, this was so quick, once I was cutting and sewing, I made4 panels, so I have some set to go for a few more cards. Here they are:


These are just the panel before they are attached to the card base. And I have one flipped over so you can see how I pull the thread to the back, then secure them down with tape. Loose strings really drive me nuts — LOL — just a *thing* with me!!! This is the 2-sided carpet tape I often use to adhere heavy pieces, so when it’s time to adhere this base to the card, I’ll just pull up the protective top on the tape. People often ask me about the tape I use — you can read about it here. (The post is about Christmas tags, just scroll way to the bottom to read the discussion on the tape.)

  • Paper: PTI White, SU Sage Shadow, K. & CO. Margo, the other 2 unmade samples are K. & Co. K-ology Addison from last year
  • Accessories: Margo Chipboard Stickers by K. & Co., Sewing Machine, Thread, Vintage Button, Dressmakers Rick-Rack, SU Grosgrain, SU Brad, Cuttlebug and Swiss Dots Folder, Piercer and Mat Pack, Petite Circle Nestabilities and Tag 5 by Spellbinders

FUN AND GAMES Anyone playing this challenge and linking into the comments section below (and loading into either SCS or Blog is OK), will be put in a random drawing. The winner will have the opportunity to be a Stamp Simply Guest Designer for the month of November. If the winner declines, another name will be selected. Participants can play this challenge and link as many times as they wish, no limit, just make sure you leave a separate comment/link for each upload. Uploads will be counted until 6:00 p.m. EST Thursday, Sept. 18. The winner will be announced on Friday morning, the 19th. (I will separate regular comments from comments with links before I choose the winner.)

The winner from last’s week’s Stamp Simply Guest Designer drawing will be announced on Friday morning. More Blog Candy will be announced as well!!!

Thanks so much for stopping in and playing along with us this week — it’s been fun, and we have a few more days to go!!! Hope you can stick with us!!!

46 responses so far

46 Responses to “Stamp Simply #52 — Cuddle up with Tammy!”

  1. lacyquilter says:

    Gorgeous butterfly card.

  2. Anita says:

    Sharon – you are SO RIGHT about Tammy! I love her style and her cards are always fresh and gorgeous! Thanks for all of the fun and spotlights this week!

  3. CUTE! Love this, Sharon! Hope you have a great night! Thanks for all you do! …and happy anniversary! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Dee Jackson says:

    Love this!! the stitching is fabulous! I hope you have enjoyed your week you sure know how to PARTY!!!!!!

  5. Deena says:

    Such a sweet country craft feeling to this! Lovely ! What a fabulous week Sharon! Thanks for the fun!

  6. Stephanie P says:

    Wow, Sharon, that is really fabulous. Beautiful!!!

  7. bluemoon says:

    I am so inspired by you and your stamp simply ideas that I have decided to part with alot of things that are more complicated stamping, so I can get a few items I’ve seen on your postings this week, and hopefully make some simple, yet elegant and lovely designs. I love everything you do and as soon as time allows I will be really checking into your team and gallery and ideas, I can’t wait. I’m so glad I found you, I’ve been struggling with cards that take me hours, and not sending as many out to others, which is what it’s all about to me. Thank you so very much!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Pat Adam says:

    Sharon, this was a real challenge for me as I was not in the mood to sew;
    however I tried and that’s good isn’t it? I love your card and the quilting look and also you tricky lady making extras for later…very cool. Have a wonderful Michigan weekend. Our leaves are starting to color and who doesn’t love that. Pat

  9. Pinky says:

    Sharon, this butterfly card is amazing! I love everything about it.


  10. LeAnne says:

    I love to sew, just hate dragging out my old Singer! But since I need to make some curtains, I stamped & sewed first! So here is my submission:
    Thanks for the inspiration, Tammy always has fun stuff! I CASE’d her whole card!

  11. Darlene (SCS: akronstamperdpk) says:

    Your card is fantastic Sharon!! And I love that you have made extras for future use … great thinking!! Tammy is a real sweetheart and her style shows that!! Thanks so much for yet another awesome challenge!!

  12. SueB says:

    I just love all of these warm and cuddly cards. Here’s mine:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  13. I love Tammy’s style, and a warm and cozy card is perfect for today — it’s rainy and dreary here!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks so much, Sharon — here’s my card!



  14. oooOOOooo! Too cool! Love the fact that you used a sticker! It’s way too fun!

  15. JoAnn says:

    Here’s mine Sharon. Sorta, kinda some elements of Tammy.

  16. Joan Fricker says:

    Great card Sharon! I love the down home feeling of it and you can never go wrong with those beautiful country prints.


  17. Jerri Kay says:

    Sharon, this is so fabulous. Your focal image looks like an embroidery hoop and the sewing right on top . . . pure genious . . . I love it! A wonderful tribute to Tammy’s unique style!

  18. cards4u says:

    Wondeful card – love this style and sketch! I recently made this card and thought it fit this challenge. Thanks for the chance to play. It’s been a great week!!

    Thanks for looking and Have A Great Weekend!!

  19. Carla (cmsuto) says:

    Hi Sharon, what a fun week it’s been celebrating with you! Congrats on the one year anniversary of the Stamp Simply Challenges! Your card is gorgeous – so warm and beautiful! Love Tammy’s style! Here is the card I made. I don’t have any stitching (no sewing machine!), but I still tried to achieve a warm feel.
    Have a great weekend!

  20. Lois (clownmom) says:

    All the samples are so pretty — warm and cozy. I figured: what better way to cuddle up with Tammy than with a quilt. Here’s my card —

  21. Juliana says:

    Here is mine:

    That was a LOT of fun!!
    Thanks Sharon AND Tammy!!

  22. JoAnn Burnham says:

    Your card is gorgeous, even without any stamping.

  23. leslierich says:

    This is an adorable warm and cozy card, Sharon! It has all the elements just perfect for what you hoped to express. It looks totally made from fabric! Fabulous! I love the butterfly!

  24. StampMom says:

    Great challenge, really stretched my brain which I always love, LOL! This is a Quintuple challenge card, if you can believe it. Us working mom’s learn how to multi-task, eh?!

  25. Carol says:

    I love the gorgeous stitching on your card, so typical of Tammy’s style! I love the warm colors and all the layers and texture you’ve created. I think you pretty much nailed it!!
    Thanks for giving us another great challenge! Here’s my card:

  26. […] the Stamp Simply Challenge this week โ€”ย Cuddle up with Tammyย โ€” and have a chance to be selected as theย  Stamp Simply Guest Desiginer for the month of […]

  27. Desiree says:

    My card is not super cuddly, but I do think it is warm and inviting. You be the judge….

    Thank you for a chance at a great opportunity!

  28. pacools says:

    Love these cards. I always hesitate to use my sewing machine on paper but this inspires me to try again.

  29. What wonderful inspiration Tammy is! Love her work and LOVE your cards too Sharon! Wow! I so need to go buy a sewing machine, lol! Then I need lessons from you and Tammy! LOL! I got one done, linked below:

  30. Jenny Gropp says:

    OK- here’s mine– went with warm colors and CB for my sample…

    WOW- a guest spot on Stamp Simply Challenges— I think I would actually go outside and do a cartwheel if my name came up!

  31. Nicole says:

    This was a tough one, but I liked it!! ๐Ÿ˜€
    It’s cozy for me because of the colors (they remind me of fall, turning leaves, brisk colors, hot apple cider, etc.), it’s cozy because of the get well sentiment, and the distressed edges say cozy to me as well.

  32. Darlene Gabriel says:

    Sharon, this is so beautiful. I love the stitching and your focal image is just perfect. I really hope I get a chance to participate in this challenge.

  33. Kay says:

    I’m having the BIGGEST fun with your anniversary party! I love your zig-zag border on this card, and what a smart cookie you are to make extras! My mind is now packed with warm & cozy ideas – I even dream about card ideas by the dozen! {I think they call that obsession, yes?} I’ve posted a few cuddly baby cards on my blog at All the warm-cozy creations I’ve seen are wonderful. Let’s all say it together — awwwwww!

  34. I intended to make a card for this challenge and then I saw that Lazy Lizard was Featured Stamper on SCS, so the card I chose to CASE for that was made for this challenge!!! Did you follow all that? LOL! Anyway, my card for the FS challenge AND this one is here on SCS: It’s also on my blog. Thanks Sharon!!!

  35. Vickilyn says:

    I don’t think my two items will qualify as cuddly, but I love Tammy’s style so much, I cased her anyway!!

    Of course, this isn’t the first time I cased her, but it was a challenge I just HAD to do as she inspires me on a daily basis!

  36. Rose Ann says:

    There may not be any stamping, but it is fabulous anyhow!! I love all of those wonderful papers, and all of your sewing!! Wonderful card, Sharon!!

  37. Julie Masse says:

    another great challenge Sharon and of course I had to play again for Tammy this week!! Aren’t those KSS designers awesome?! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Here’s my card for Cuddling with Tammy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Nancy says:

    Hi Sharon. This is my first challenge, and it was a lot of fun to case Tammy!

  39. Libby says:

    Oh I just love this card, Sharon! So cute!! I haven’t played with my sewing machine in a while, I’m going to try to play your challenge – hopefully before Thursday!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. Amy Johnson says:

    Wow! great card! I just love those ‘quilted’ butterflys. So Pretty! You can see my card here:

  41. Karen says:

    Well, here is my card. It isn’t such a homespun type card, but I think it has that warm and cozy feel. I hope you agree.


  42. A Stroke Above says:

    what a wonderful card! I love butterflies and this is a new technique for me. What a challenge in itself! You always amaze and inspire me! Thanks Linda Crowder

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