Dec 02 2008

Stamp Simply Celebrates! Day 3 – Blog Candy and More!

If you haven’t checked in for our Celebration before, you can find details and the entire schedule at Party Central.

Today’s Special Events include:

Jennifer Buck The Buck Stamps Here – Jennifer has some BLOG CANDY today!

Joan FrickerJoans Garden – Joan also has some BLOG CANDY today as well!

Tammy HershbergerStamp Happy – Do you like to get a lot done, and quick? Who doesnt!!! Tammys Featured Project today is a Mass Production Project, but believe me, when Tammy does it, it will not look mass produced!!! Tammy also offers a Challenge today so you, too, can mass produce some cards quickly!!! Make sure to stop in at Tammys today!!!

Please be patient with us all as we are uploading tonight — if something isn’t there — it will be by morning!!!

And you can check out fun samples for Tammy’s challenge at the blogs of: Darlene, AJ, Leslie, Barb and Julie.

Anyone can play ANY of the challenges by ANY of the hostesses during our 12 days of Stamp Simply Celebrates!!! You DO NOTneed to have a Blog to play uploading your project to SCS ( is not only permissible, but HIGHLY ENCOURAGED. When doing so, use the KEYWORD SSC08. Thanks!

I have no Blog Candy today (I will again tomorrow), but I did play in Tammy’s Challenge, creating some mass produced Christmas cards. Now I did not have the benefit of knowing Tammy’s *game plan* for her challenge, so I just went ahead and mass produced a few cards on my own. Now, to me, when someone refers to mass producing cards, I think *super simple*. I know some may mass produce more difficult cards, but if the idea is to make a lot, I like to stick with super simple and quick — so that’s what I did here today. Take a look:


I got 7 cards made in relatively short order by using up left-over pieces of Fruitcake DP by Basic Grey and using my new Nested Birds dies by Spellbinders as the focal image on each card. So although I have 3 different cards here, you can easily tell they are basically the same. I’ll go through them one by one:


I made 2 cards the same, and these cards are 5.5″ square. I used the largest die in the Nested Birds for the bird, and the middle sized die for the wing. If you look closely, you can see that I just cutoff the nose end of the bird and it then makes a perfect wing! I added a rhinestone for the eye.


And there are 2 of these, again 5.5″ square. All sentiments are from Many Merry Messages by SU, stamped right onto the DP with Versa Fine Onyx Black. It’s a really black ink that I love and use often. This white ribbon is a nice, soft May Arts Satin.


This is a standard sized card at 4.25 x 5.5″.I made 3 of these. I used the medium sized die for this bird, and the smallest die for the wing. I cut another medium bird from Riding Hood Red and placed it behind the white bird, just to make it stand out a bit more. This ribbon is Olive Grosgrain from SU. This card baseand bird areSU Very Vanilla.

I got my Nested Bird Nestabilites by Spellbinders from Joan’s Garden. I’ve also now gotten many days use with my new Glue Glider, and YES, I REALLY do love it!!! It is so quick and easy to use. I had to change the refill and it pullsout anda new one backin a second flat — no kidding. And I am very, very satisfied with how tight the tape is holding!!! I’m a happy camper and so glad I made this purchase from Joan as well!!!

Now, I know these cards are super simple and not very well decorated, but that was precisely my point today — we ALL need super simple at times. But if you’d like to dress these cards up a bit more, here are some optional things you could do:

1) Use ink, DTP or sponged, all around the edges of the cardstock.

2) Sponge some ink onto your bird, perhaps leaving him in the die to get that nice border.

3) Add some machine or faux stitching.

4) Outline the DP edges OR the bird with a gold pen to fancy it up a bit.

5) Hang a little tag from your ribbon knot.

6) Put a little branch or something hanging out of the birds mouth (I LOVE to see that!).

7) Heat emboss your sentiment, or stamp it on a ribbon slide or tag of some sort.

I think you get the idea. I think these are fun cards, andeven thoughI did them very plainly, there are many opportunities for you to spruce them up!!! Have fun!!! If you make any of your own, I’d LOVE to see!!!

Thanks so much for stopping in again today — I truly do appreciate it and I DO read all of your comments, even when there are hundreds on a Blog Candy post! Hope you can do, or did, some blog hopping to catch all of the other fun things going on and to see all the wonderful samples some of the other girls made!!! Thanks much!!!

54 responses so far

54 Responses to “Stamp Simply Celebrates! Day 3 – Blog Candy and More!”

  1. Gail S. says:

    I am having a great time blog hopping (but most of you are already on my favorites list!!) Really a cute project you showed us today. Love that Basic Grey paper!!!

  2. AJ says:

    love these!! they are fabulous!! very nice, and of course, very much able to reproduce!!

  3. Fantastic mass production cards Sharon!! Love the dimension achieved by putting a “red” bird behind the “white”! Awesome idea!!

  4. Deb M says:

    I love these cards! Thanks for sharing the details. I have got to get this bird die! Stamping Hugs!

  5. Cherie says:

    Wow! That’s the best use of a die-cut bird yet! Kudos, kudos, kudos! Can I Scor-It?

  6. barb schram says:

    Oh, this bird is perfect! Love the varied sentiments and paper used! Great for getting those holiday cards done! Party ON!

  7. Oh Sharon, these are beautiful! How perfect is a white dove for Christmas cards, and they really stand out against the pretty designer papers! Gosh darn, now I HAVE to have that Spellbinders die! Thank you so much for making samples for my challenge, and for your list of tips to make mass-produced cards extra special! Congrats again on your wonderful milestone! You ROCK!

  8. These are very pretty! Makes me almost wish I hadn’t made all my cards already!

  9. Nancy J says:

    I LOVE these cards and they don’t look mass-produced. I’m curently waiting on some nestabilities and can’t wait to get them! I just LOVE ’em.

  10. Joan Fricker says:

    Sharon, you are just SO clever! I would never have thought to use the smaller bird for the wing. what a terrific idea. I just love your cards and especially the simplicity of them.

    Great job and thanks for all the extra ideas of what can be added to the cards.


  11. Janine says:

    Hey Sharon!! These are beautiful… Take care and have a great day!

  12. Crystal says:

    Simple yet beautiful … love them ! And what great additional ideas . Thanks, Sharon !

  13. Kathy says:

    Oh, I love these cards!!! Now I have to get the bird nestabilitie–I didn’t think I wanted him but seeing your cards has changed my mind!

  14. Super cute! I was looking at this bird die and trying to decide if it would be one that I would use a lot. Witn mass production cards….definitely!

  15. LeAnne says:

    Sharon, these are lovely……great minds think alike?!! Just love this DP, too!

  16. Carla says:

    Sharon, these cards are so beautiful! I love the DP and the design! Perfect for making lots without looking like you did! Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. Barb (GrandmaUpNorth) says:

    Sharon, I love this card. Love how you made the wings too. How clever. The cards are all lovely!

  18. Elena says:

    Love this card Sharon! The bird is so pretty! Love the DP you used!

  19. Toni K says:

    Awesome cards! Super simple. Love that!

  20. Amy Johnson says:

    Wow! These may be simple to do, but they look so detailed and elegant. I love them all!

  21. […] December 3, 2008 The party continues over at Sharon’s blog. […]

  22. Charlene says:

    Another great project, Sharon…busy mass producing myself so not sure I can play but sure is fun to see all of these fabulous creations!!

  23. Dee Jackson says:

    These are adorable!! I saw that die and just wasn’t sure about it, now look what you’ve done!! You made me have to have it!! Your party has been fabulous!! I’m sure your readers are having a blast!

  24. Toni says:

    Beautiful card! It is the season for elegant birds and yours in not an exception! Thank you for the list of fun details to dress up a super simple card! I’m sure that I will refer to it later!

  25. So cute and quick! Wow!

  26. Cindy H. says:

    It doesn’t matter how simple you make your cards – they are *always* elegant!!! TFS

  27. Ann Lind says:

    Sometimes less is more, these cards are elegantly simple. TFS Ann Lind

  28. Rose Ann says:

    I love these, Sharon!! The papers are so pretty, and I love your die cut birds!!

  29. Marie-Paule says:

    Hi Sharon: There are three blogs I look forward to every day and yours is
    one of them. I just love your simple but beautiful cards. Marie-Paule

  30. leslierich says:

    CUTE, Sharon! These have such a fabulous, custom made look to them. LOVE the birds with their embossed edges! Great little list of ideas, too. Thanks so much for sharing! I’ve seen some super ideas for these mass production cards!!

  31. […] For more mass production samples, please visit Darlene, AJ, Barb, Julie, and Sharon. […]

  32. Cathy says:

    Sharon, I just love these! I don’t have these nesties/shapies, but I can do something very similar with my Cricut Expression. I’m off to try it!

    Congratrulations yet again on a wonderful milestone and fun, fun, FUN celebration! I’ve been having a ball being a part of it!

  33. nancy littrell says:

    I just uploaded my double challenge…mass produced postcards 🙂 Love the results…..enjoy, Nancy

    My SCS Gallery:

  34. Sabrina aka okimom2girlz says:

    Love, love, love your cards, Sharon! They look so fun to make.

    Hugs, Sabrina

  35. Swedie says:

    I love your bird cards. I like the idea of using the edge of a darker one underneath to show a shadow.


  36. Sherry says:

    Oh, Sharon…..These little birdies are so adorable. What a clever way
    to make the wings! And I just love that Basic Grey DP. Now I must
    return to my own “mass productions”. Thanks, as always, for the

  37. Jerri Kay says:

    Oh my gosh Sharon, these are so adorable! Drats, you would know those are the only nestibilities I didn’t order and you’ve made them so totally adorable!

  38. Darlene L says:

    Those little cards are just stunning. A great example that less is more sometimes. TFS. Darlene

  39. Traci Major says:

    Love these Sharon, the birds are adorable, as are your papers!!

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  41. Danielle says:

    These are just wonderful! I love these sweet birds and that BG paper is perfect with them! Simple and perfect!

  42. Connie says:

    Love your bird cards – so easy and yet they look very elegant! Thanks for the simple and beautiful idea!

  43. Barb says:

    Oh my goodness! I love these! They are really pretty!


  44. MARILYN says:

    WOW – you guys amaze me! Those are fantastic cards!

  45. Positively GORGEOUS, Sharon! 🙂 Love this one! Hope you are doing well! 🙂

  46. jules p says:

    I love the little bird. so pretty.

  47. michellegall says:

    wowthose are so cute i love them of corse any thing with a bird is awsome i am so happy to be back on your blog i missed all your awsome stuff

  48. Charlene H. says:

    I really like your Stamp Simply idea. Thanks for creating such lovely cards.

  49. Oh these are so sweet… simply darling!!

  50. SueB says:

    The cards are beautious and I love the DP … thanx for reminding me that I have to pull out my dove die to use this Christmas!

  51. Cheryl Sims says:

    I have been out of town for a week and my google reader is packed with blogs to read, but I went to yours first!! This is a great card and love the bird. You have such wonderful ideas. Thanks for sharing your talent.
    Cheryl Sims

  52. Sheila D says:

    Wow, this is so much fun. I’d love to mass produce something as beautiful as these cards.

  53. Chris says:

    They may be simple cards to you Sharon but to me they are fantastic – far more complicated than the mass produced cards I make!!! Thanks so much for all your ideas and tips and being such a constant source of inspiration.

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