Dec 11 2008

Stamp Simply #65 – Just 2 Inches!

Published by at 11 03 pm under Challenges,Christmas Cards,SSC08

I have 2 posts tonight — the Blog Candy post is one down — just scroll down!

Keyword ssnotime65 -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 please ALSO keyword SSC08 as this is the final challenge for Stamp Simply Celebrates!

Today’s challenge is to create a card with a simple layout using JUST 2″ of designer paper. Just Two Inches — The idea behind this challenge is to create a simple layout for a Christmas card using JUST a 2″ strip of DP —

  • You MUST use a 2″ strip of DP on your card, but ONLY this one strip of DP — no more.

  • You may cut your DP to any length you want.

  • You may border your PD or do scallops around it, or whatever you want, just no more DP.

  • Your focal image/sentiment can be any size/shape.

  • Any embellishments are allowed.

Here’s a sample of a trio I did a while back using this idea.

Please bear with us all as we are uploading and linking tonight!

Some great samples for the Stamp Simply Challenge today can be seen on these blogs:Julie, Janine, Jennifer, Tammy, Dee, Becky, AJ, Jerri, Darleneand LeAnne.

You can see all Gallery Submissions here.

What wonderful samples!!! Thank you girls!!! Much appreciated!!!

Heres myproject for todays challenge:


The designer paper I used today is actually a Brushed Bronze Metallic paper from my stash that I have just been loving — I don’t know the maker — I am sorry, but it is just like the Brushed Metallics from SU, only in this bronzy color — so pretty!!! And I feel like I really cheated on this card — LOL!!! The trees (I know, you’ve seen them many times) were already made and left over from another project (they are framed with a Copper Leaf Pen by Krylon), and that pretty snowflake was also made and left over. I’ll show you how I did it in a minute. And I am loving this sentiment for Christmas – it says *From our Home to Yours* — and on the inside I stamped *Merry Christmas* — also copper embossed. The Home sentiment is from a Limited Edition set by There She Goes, called Home is Where the Heart Is!!! The trees are Winter Woods by Rubber Stampede. If you haven’t seen how I do the double embossing, you can read about it here. And here’s how I made this snowflake:


I used the Cuttlebug snowflake die, but started with a piece of the backboard (chipboard) that backs all the SU 12 x 12 DP packs. Using 1 1/2″ wide double sided tape, I covered an area large enough to fit the die over. I then cut it out by running it through the Cuttlebug. Once pressed out, I peeled the tape off and generoulsy covered this sticky side with Brownstone Glitter (so pretty) by Martha Stewart from Wal-Mart. Shake off the excess, put a rhinestone brad in the center, attach a dimensional product to the back and adhere to your card. I like doing the snowflakes this way. Using the SU DP backboard makes for a very sturdy snowflake. Easy to handle and with enough stiffness not to bend, but hold it’s delicate shape very well!!! Works for me!!!

And that takes care of tonight’s post!!! Thank you ALL so much for stopping in — hope you can find some time to make up a simple card with JUST 2 Inches of DP — fun!! Remember to scroll down for the post containing more BLOG CANDY!!!

48 responses so far

48 Responses to “Stamp Simply #65 – Just 2 Inches!”

  1. Becky says:

    Nice to see someone other than me addicted to brownstone glitter!!! Beautiful…drop dead gorgeous card Sharon!!

  2. Kim says:

    Gorgeous creation Sharon! 🙂 I absolutely LOVED the celebration and hope that you do this again! I wish I could have played along this time…but my school schedule wouldn’t permit….hopefully next time! You gave away such wonderful candy! Hope to be a winner!
    Hugs~ Kim

  3. Jackie says:

    Just beautiful! I never would have thought to use that color but I love it.

  4. Darlene says:

    What a beautiful card. I sure I can find some time to play soon.

  5. Cheri Howard says:

    Oh, I love your card! Simplicity is NEVER boring here!

    I saw a book by Erica Ghumm that had a technique similar to this, but she ran the base through a Xyron machine, coated the adhesive with embossing powder and heat embossed it. The result was very similar to yours.

  6. Curt OBrien says:

    Super gorgeous card Sharon! Great challenge this time! Best, Curt

  7. C Burke says:

    I love your snowflake! I have the Cuttlebug die so I’ll give it a try too. Thanks!

  8. leslierich says:

    You’re so good to be using these leftovers! Gosh, I’ve got a basket FULL of leftovers I keep meaning to get to. The bronze is fabulous, especially on that big, beautiful snowflake. Love it all!!

  9. Deena says:

    Another wonderful Stamp Simply project!! That metallic bronze paper is gorgeous!! Sharon, I had a blast during the 12 days of Stamp Simply Celebrates! What fabulous projects everyone shared!! Thanks!!

  10. Elaine says:

    You share some of THE BEST ideas! I love the snowflake secret shared today and the cards are all beautiful…all with only 2″…HA! If only men could do things with 2″….ok, sorry about that, I’ve been watching too much TV!

  11. Karen M says:

    Beautiful card. Love the snowflake.

  12. Dawn (stampinscotsgirl) says:

    An absoslutely beautiful and very elegant Christmas card!!! I really LOVE the simplicity of the design. It goes to show that simple can be elegant! Gorgeous!!

  13. Janine says:

    Great challenge Sharon… Love your card too!!

  14. Barb (GrandmaUpNorth) says:

    Sharon, your card is beautiful. Who would of thought of that color for a Christmas card? But it REALLY works! Its gorgeous! Thanks too for celebration. It has been awesome. I’ve learned a lot, and “met” a couple of new (to me) bloggers. Its been great! You have such awesome ideas! I don’t know how you will ever top this one!!! (but I’m sure you will.)

  15. Kathie says:

    This card is over the top!! Just BEAUTIFUL!!

  16. Jerri Kay says:

    A fabulous design Sharon, love your rich color tones, thanks for including us all in your challenge! {{{hugs}}}

  17. There’s a die I have to have! This is such a beautiful card and that chipboard snowflake is the perfect slittery touch! LOVE this one, Sharon! Great challenge! 🙂 Have a wonderful day! 🙂

  18. Kathy says:

    After I first saw your Noel cards using the strip of patterned paper, I have used that “sketch” numerous times–easy, classic and ever so pretty. And your technique of glittering the snowflake is just pure genius! I always learn so much from your blog–thank you.

  19. Dean says:

    Oh, so beautiful. Trees are my favorite.

    Thanks for sharing

  20. Lynda Hidalgo says:

    I love the bronze and the muted bling of the snowflake…simply elegant.ty for sharing.
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  21. Pat Adam says:

    How unique and very lovely. The colors are super and I love the snowflake.
    I used my Spellbinder’s snowflake die but went with green.

  22. Marie-Paule says:

    As usual this is a stunning card. I love the simplicity. Thank you for sharing. Marie-Paule

  23. Allison F says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous and I love the colours!

  24. Sara says:

    What a great tip, going to have to try this!!

  25. Elena says:

    What a great card! And only 2 inchy of DP! Love it!

  26. Vicki says:

    So stunning Sharon!! Love your metallic colors and that snowflake!

  27. Starla(star) says:

    This is just STUNNING!! I think that I see a “CASE” in my near future!!
    BTW~I just ordered Stardream Cover paper in Copper from Marco’s Paper….it is a perfect match for SU’s old copper paper (which, when I designed my picture Christmas cards this year, I had forgotten that SU didn’t sell this anymore!). Thanks for the lead to Marco’s…I was very pleased with their quick shipping and customer service.

  28. michellegall says:

    wow love the bronze thats a color i havent seen a lot of so pretty i really want one of those snow flake punchs but first need a cuttle bug i hope keith listens lol;) have a awsome day

  29. Carla (cmsuto) says:

    Your card is gorgeous, Sharon! I love the bronze metallic paper and the glittery snowflake! The embossed trees are just beautiful! Here is the card I made with just 2 inches of DP:
    Fun challenge, as always!
    Have a great weekend!

  30. Kerry from PA says:

    That bronze paper is just too cool.

  31. This is fabulous! I love the bronze embossing and paper – just stunning and a wonderful Christmas card!

    TFS – Virginia

  32. I LOVE how you did that snowflake, Sharon and love it’s vintage look with the dark glitter! And those trees are just gorgeous! You’ve really found a niche with that stamp! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

  33. Just gorgeous! Love the glimmer of the metallic papers, and that snowflake is just marvelous!

  34. SO beautiful, Sharon! LOVE the bronze!!!

  35. Cindy H. says:

    Another simply gorgeous card!!! You are so inspiring! TFS

  36. Linda Bandow says:

    Sharon this is just beautiful…….who can top THIS?

  37. Sandee Q says:

    I love the bronze. I wouldn’t have thought to use that for a Christmas card either. It did turn out lovely!

    Sandee Q

  38. Tammi says:

    Great idea! Thanks.

  39. Dawn (stampinscotsgirl) says:

    Yeah! I got to play tonight! Thanks for the challenge Sharon, maybe now this will give me a starting point for my own Christmas cards!!! Here is my card:

  40. Nan says:

    I looooooooove this card – the color is beautiful

  41. Marsha says:

    Needed a quick card. This worked out great. Thanks again Sharon for the wonderful celebration and all the creations you show us. I used your idea from awhile back – your card with the two stars – to make this one. LOVE your ideas and work. Thanks.

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  43. Connie Watson says:

    Hi Sharon,
    I have not submitted to your challenges in such a long time…I decided to for the 2″ DP challenge. I sort of FORGOT how to do this, but I think I finally succeeded!! Much snow there?? Connie PS I have shorts on!!

  44. Barb says:

    I really like this card a lot… the snowflake added to the trees image is awesome.


  45. Chelle says:

    Great card!

    I tried your challenge using a 2″ strip of Frosty Day DSP & the SU Season of Friendship set. It’s right here – (1st card)

  46. nancy littrell says:

    Just the perfect challenge for making a few last minute Xmas cards. Your tree card Sharon is so, so gorgeous.

    My Home for Christmas challenge card:

  47. nancy littrell says:

    Here is my 2nd SSnotime65 challenge card. Thanks so much Sharon for being my quick card saviour. Love the simplicity of this challenge 🙂

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