Feb 12 2009

Stamp Simply #74 – Monograms

Keyword ssnotime74 -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 our Challenge is to use Monograms – make anything with a monogram on it. Card, 3-D items, altered project — anything — let’s just get a monogram included. Monogram stampers are perfect for this challenge, but if you don’t have one you can make a monogram in any fashion — with regular font or alphabet stamps, with punchout letters or stickers, by making a computer generated monogram — anything at all — just monogram something!! I LOVE monograms and find them to be so fun and so personalized — always a hit!!! Can’t wait to see what all of you do!!!

If you are confused on the order in which to place the initials, here’s a link to some quick rules.

Please Note: If you do use a JustRite Stamper to make your monogram today, and if you upload to SCS, please include the word JustRite in the keywords section so your project will show up in their gallery — they’d love to see what you do!!!

Some great samples for the Stamp Simply Challenge today can be seen on the blogs of these designers:Heather, Dee, Tammy, Janine, AJ, Jenniferand Becky. Julie is taking the day off but will be back next week! Please bear with us as we are all uploading and linking on Thursday night.

You can see all Gallery Submissions here.

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

Here’s my monogrammed project for today:


I chose to do a crimped envelope today with a flat card insert, ideal for tucking in a little something extra as there is plenty of room in the envelope for gift cards, cash, photos, whatever you need to include!!! And you can write your message on the card insert. I was reminded of these fun crimped envelopes as I started to see them popping up on SCS over the past week. Crimped envelopes were the very 1st fun thing I was taught to do by my SU demo when I was learning to stamp years ago. I made a ton of them at the time, then just sort of forgot about them, but how FUN they are!!! Here’s a link to the SCS tutorial for a Crimped Envelope Pocket Card. As you can see, I did not use a purchased envelope. I made my own out of SU designer paper, which I think makes it even more fun!!! To make my envelope I used a plastic template for a 9 x 6 envelope, but that did present some problems as that template requires a sheet of paper at least 13″ long. I used 12″ square paper and made some adjustments and it worked just fine, but I won’t go there right now, as I do have an easier way to make beautiful envelopes, which I do plan to share with you later next week.


Here’s a closeup of the detail. I used my favorite of the monogram stampers by JustRite, the Damask set. I thought this particular border went fabulously with the DP I used today. My S is from the Special Occasions Font Set, and I always seem to be pulling out Special Occasion font to use with my Damask borders– I just like that combination!!! I added a few pearls to my monogram. I used my Circle Nesties to cut, emboss, mat and frame my monogram. My scalloped frame was then pierced as well for a bit of added texture. To bring more definition between the two paper patterns (this is 2 sided paper and I just turned the top of the envelope inside out to get the other pattern before gluing it together — one BIG advantage of making your own envies!) Ithen created a scalloped border and added a strip of the green behind it to bring it out more and created a nice line of separation to highlight each pattern better.


And here’s my flat card insert for the inside. My finished envelope is 5.75″ high x 5.5″ wide. My card insert is 5.25″ high x 4.75″ wide. If I wanted to send this in the mail, it would still fit in my favorite 6 x 6″ envelopes. My card insert is simple and self-explanatory. I added the sentiment on top *A Little Something Just for You* as I will include a *little something* in the envelope! This sentiment was done in 25pt. font — the capital letters being Special Occasions Font and the small letters being the new, soon to be available, lowercase Times New Roman Font. LOVE this new lower case font — it gives us so much more flexibility and looks so much more pulled together!!! FUN STUFF!!! Did you notice the tiny pearls along the scallop border?


Here’s a visual for you of the JustRite product I used to create my project today. My monogram was done using the Damask Border Deluxe Kit(my box pictured is an older version). I used the 1 5/8″ round stamper included in the Kit (though it can be purchased separately as the Harmony Classic Circle Stamper I). The border I used was also included in the Kit (though it can be purchased separately as the Damask 1 Letter Borders). The Kit does include Times New Roman Font, but I chose to use my Special Occasion Font today. And that’s part of the beauty of the JustRite products, once you start to purchase and collect the various sets and fonts, they all work together, are interchangeable, and you can make additional purchases either as kits or by individual item, depending on your needs.

To create the sentiment on my card insert, I used the smaller block in the Harmony Rectangle Stamper Set, I used Special Occasions Font for my capital letters and I used the new and soon to be available Times New Roman Lowercase Font for the rest of my words. I know you’ll love it and it’ll be availabe real soon — we’ll be sure to announce it as soon as pre-orders can be taken!!! (Along with a lot of other new and fun product!!!)

Stamps: Damask Border Deluxe Kit, Special Occasions Font, Harmony Rectangle Stamper Set, the new and soon to be available Times New Roman Lowercase Font, all by JustRite. Friends 24-7 by SU.

Paper: SU Very Vanilla, Softy Sky, Wild Wasabi, Spring Silhouettes DP.

Ink: SU Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky and SU markers in Garden Green and Bashful Blue.

Accessories: Petite Circle Nestabilities by Spellbinders; Martha Stewart Lace Punch; Fiskars Crimper; Kaiser Pearls; Envelope Template; SU Piercer, Mat Pack, and Ribbon; Glue Glider.

Note: The Glue Glider, Pearls and Nestabilities are available at Joans Garden.

Thank you so much for stopping in today. I hope you can find time to do a monogrammed project — they are SO much fun!!! Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead, whatever your plans are!!! See you soon!!!

39 responses so far

39 Responses to “Stamp Simply #74 – Monograms”

  1. Becky says:

    So pretty! Great minds with the pearls! 😉

  2. barb schram says:

    OMGoodness, Sharon! This is wonderful! I haven’t made one of these in ages! Your colors are so classy!

  3. Stunning! Love the idea and the colors you chose!! I’ve never made one of these crimped envelopes … but I’m sure I will now!! Again … you have inspired me! The little pearls are such a sweet addition! So elegant!!

  4. leslierich says:

    This is so elegant and beautiful and genteel, Sharon! Pure class all the way. I’m so glad to hear you’re finally feeling better and can once again get back to the pastime you love so much–stamping!

  5. Can’t sleep so since I’m being a night-owl, here is my contribution to your wonderful challenge.


  6. Jessica says:

    This challenge is perfect timing – I need to make a bunch of monogrammed cards! Here’s my post:


  7. Joan Fricker says:

    Sharon, I love that envelope to match the card. Both are adorable. The colors are perfect and I love everything about them.


  8. Janine says:

    Such a beautiful card Sharon… Love the colors!! Have a great weekend.

  9. Just beautiful! I’ve been seeing these envelope cards around– yours is just gorgeous! You do monograms the best, Lady!

  10. Norine says:

    just beautiful love the colors and design

  11. Jerri Kay says:

    Oh my gosh, Sharon, this is so beautiful! I’ve never made a crimped envelope card or even heard of it. This is something I’ve definitely got to try. You’ve designed a gorgeous card, just fabulous, can’t wait to try it.

  12. Pat Adam says:

    Guess we need a tutorial on the envelope as I never heard of it either. Lovely card, and I’m glad you suggested using monograms today. Pat

  13. This is beautiful, Sharon! Your creations are always so amazing! Just absolutely stunning! 🙂 I LOVE this one! Thanks for the fun challenge! 🙂

  14. care-in says:

    I am so glad I found this challenge. Here is mine:


  15. Carla (cmsuto) says:

    Hi Sharon! Thanks for another great challenge! Your crimped envelope project is so beautiful and elegant! Here is my simple monogram card:
    Have a great weekend!

  16. Lynette says:

    I hope it’s OK that I’m sharing a card I posted on my blog a few days ago. Here it is:


  17. Angela says:

    Here is my submission for this challenge. The JustRite Stamps were really helpful for this card because my niece’s first name is spelled differently than most so I was able to personalize it for her.


    Thanks for another challenge Sharon.


  18. Sheila says:

    I love monograms! Especially on sationery but also on towels, linen napkins and most any home decor item. Your card today is gorgeous! I’ve never heard of crimped envelope pocket cards before and will definitely check out your link today to find out more. TFS! Sheila

  19. So very gorgeous and elegant Sharon!! Love this!! 🙂

  20. Cindy H. says:

    As always, your projects are so elegant!!! I’ve never even heard of the crimped envelope until just recently seeing it on SCS. Love your version!!

  21. Heather says:

    This is a lovely project, Sharon, the paper, the fonts, the embellishments, it all works beautifully together.

  22. nancy littrell says:

    I love your crimped envelope, which is ideal for a little gift. Your DP is still one of my all time favorite SU designer papers. Adding your monogram medallion was just the perfect touch to your gorgeous gift. TFS
    P.S. printing to add to my party project ideas …….thanks again Sharon….

  23. Rose Ann says:

    So gorgeous and elegant, Sharon!! I love the colors, papers, and pearl accents!!

  24. Velta says:

    Sharon ~ How very elegant…as always you aim to please…and please you do so very well 🙂

  25. I LOVE making monogram items! Hope I can play this weekend! Lovely card!

  26. Linda C. says:

    STUNNING elegance! I wish I were a fly on your wall just to watch you create. I wouldn’t buzz you though!!

  27. […] so much for stopping in this weekend!  Remember, my Stamp Simply Challenge from yesterday is still there, waiting for you to play with a monogram!!!   I so appreciate you […]

  28. Selma says:

    Thank you Sharon for helping me figure out how to link my cards. Here is my first card:

  29. Julia Aston says:

    I’m needing lots of monogram cards for a wedding gift for my niece – here is one set I just created:


    Fun challenge Sharon!

  30. Selma says:

    Here is one more card I made. It is a folder with an insert.


  31. Elena says:

    Just gorgoeus! Love the DP and pearls!!!

  32. Nancy says:

    Oh my, I’ve never seen an envelope like that! Love it! Your colors and whole project are so pretty…as usual! : )
    This challenge fit in perfectly with the gift I made for a friend!

  33. Monique says:

    I just love your card and have to admit, I have never made a monograms card before! I was quite excited to give this a try … and this is what I came up with:


    Thanks for a fun challenge!

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