Feb 26 2009

Stamp Simply #76 – Cabin Fever!

Keyword ssnotime76 -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.

About this time of year those of us in the northwoods get Cabin Fever — and we get it BAD!!! We want sunshine and warmer temps. We want to open the windows and let in the fresh air We want to see and smell the spring flowers and green grasses. We’re tired of being cooped up inside and we suffer from Cabin Fever. We need to get out, get refreshed and revitalized. But for us, spring is still a long way off, just a dream to look forward to. So today’s challenge is to make a card or project that will bring some signs of spring, new life, fresh air and warmer temps to those of us still cooped up inside. Let us know that spring IS coming — LOL!!! No other special requirements — JUST HAVE FUN!!!

Some great samples for the Stamp Simply Challenge today can be seen on the blogs of these designers:

  1. Heather
  2. Dee
  3. Tammy
  4. Janine
  5. AJ
  6. Jennifer
  7. Julie
  8. Becky– is taking the night off.

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!!!

Heres my card for today, helping me to think spring:


Isn’t it fun!!! I bought these huge Primas just over 2 years ago from Jacksonbelle Embellishments. I have a few left in the box and it’s just what I was in the mood for today!!! There are 2 Primas stacked on this card. I adhered them to the card where I wanted them, then I just went to my paper cutter and cut off the edge so it was in allignment with the paper edge. I like the look!!! My card is 5.5″ square, and you can see that the largest of the flowers is 5.5″ as well. Had I not cut the flower, it would have taken up the entire card front, which is OK sometimes, but today I wanted room for my sentiment and punched bird.


The button was made merely by punchingcircles with my SU circle punches. I then punched 2 button holes in the center with my Cropadile, added the pearls and ran my ribbon through and tied on top. I love these beautiful, fluffy, large Primas!!!


Here’s my card inside. Simply done! I know it is very much the in thing now to decorate your card insides. Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t. When I do decorate my insides it often is to serve a purpose. I LOVE the colors of Prism cardstock, LOVE them!!! Such great variety of shades. However, if truth be told, it’s a bit on the thinner side. As much as I would prefer it a bit heavier, it isn’t, so to make my card base stronger when using Prism cardstock, I do like to decorate the inside with additional layers of paper. It’s amazing what even a thin layer of DP will do to add strength to the card back. Here I’m also using a 1″ strip of black that is barely peeking through, but it adds a lot of support.

Stamps: Heart Song by Wordsworth Paper: Prism Razzleberry Light and Black. Basic Grey Eva DP Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black Accessories: Primas (Big Box Blooms, Petal Poetry 1), May Arts Ribbon, Martha Stewart Bird Punch, SU 1 , 1 3/8, and Corner Rounder Punches, Kaiser Pearls, Glue Glider, Cropadile.


Primas are from Jacksonbelle Embellishments.

Heart Song (on a good sale now!) by Wordsworth, Prism Paper and Versa Fine Ink are from Stampers Dream.

Basic Grey Paper, Kaiser Pearls, Glue Glider are from Joans Garden.

Thanks much for stopping in again — I truly do appreciate all your visits and comments. Hope you can find some time to make up a spring-like card to cheer up those of us still living in the middle of winter — LOL!!! Have a great weekend, everyone!!!


66 responses so far

66 Responses to “Stamp Simply #76 – Cabin Fever!”

  1. Sara says:

    What a beautiful card- I love the pink!


  2. Rose Ann says:

    I LOVE your big, gorgeous flower…Sharon!! The sentiment and bird look so elegant, and I love those papers as well!!

  3. I LOVE this one, Sharon! Such a BEAUTY! That flower is fabulous! 🙂 Thank you for the fun challenge! I love this one! I am ready for summer! …so tired of being cold! 😉 Hope you are doing well and staying warm! Hugs! 🙂

  4. Joan Ervin says:

    What a beautiful card, Sharon…I love the big, gorgeous prima and the wonderful papers and colors!!! The inside looks lovely, too!!!

  5. Kathie says:

    What a touch of spring this is!! Takes the cabin fever away just like that!! 🙂 Beautiful card, love it! TFS

  6. Beautiful! I really like the way you cut off those flowers.

  7. Joan Fricker says:

    Sharon, this card would make anyone smile. What a beautiful flower and I love how you cut it off. Great job!!!!


  8. Angela says:

    Hey Sharon,

    I love this challenge. After the 2 feet of snow that we just got and another 2 storms coming, I am MORE than ready for Spring.

    Here is my entry:


  9. This is beautiful Sharon and makes me feel the warmth of the sun and hear the birds singing just looking at it!!! Great job! LOVE how you cut the flower edge and that center button is perfect … thanks for sharing that technique!! Clever!! Thanks for another fun challenge!!!

    Here is my creation: http://darscraftycreations.blogspot.com/2009/02/stamp-simply-76-cabin-fever.html

  10. Wanda50 says:

    This is a beautiful card! I love it. You always do such beautiful work. Thanks for sharing with us. Have a blessed weekend…By the way I love your blog. I am going to try this challenge.

  11. Barb (GrandmaUpNorth) says:

    Love you card – the flower is fabulous! Especially after looking out the window and seeing lots of new snow!!

  12. Lois (clownmom) says:

    Beautiful card, Sharon. Love the flower — that should blow away the Cabin Fever. Even we in Florida had some pretty cold weather the past couple of months and are looking forward to Spring. Here is my card — http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1254027?cat=500&ppuser=72594

  13. Carol C says:

    Beautiful!! Love the flower and how you made the button.
    Makes you think you can almost smell summer. LOL!

  14. Pat Adam says:

    Well the first thing that came to my mind was “wild thing” you make my heart sing. That is absolutely a way to put us all into a spring type mood. Love the wild colors and the fab flower. That paper is outstanding, love the whole presentation. Pat

  15. Pat Adam says:

    Oops, forgot to show my blog link for my cabin fever card. Pat

  16. Jerri Kay says:

    This is absolutely stunning Sharon, I love the bright splash of color the flower gives and absolutely love the Kaiser pearls on the center disc, and the inside of the card is just as gorgeous!

  17. Betty says:

    Sharon, it is fabulous!!!! Great colors and love the FAUX button and detialing!!!! Great card!!!

  18. Amy Johnson says:

    Wow! This is fabulous! I love how you used that big flower! And I long for spring too..especially after the big blizzard we had last night!

  19. Viv (VivLyn) says:

    Sharon, I have a couple boxes of those huge Primas and wondered what I would ever do with them! Thanks for the inspiration! Your card is beautiful and never thought to cut them! Perfect!!! TFS!!

  20. Wow, wow, wow, Sharon!!!! What a stunningly beautiful card. The huge flower is just perfect. I like the way you’ve put the punch out in the middle and added those pearls and the ribbon. Don’t you just love this paper? Gorgeous!!!! Thanks so much for sharing this piece of ART!!! About the warmer temps and sunshine, well, let me try to catch some here right outside my door, we have been in the 90’s and high 80’s all week. It sure does feel good to drive around and see everything bloom. Not much grass and other green to look at, that’s the downside for living in AZ.
    Hugs, Sabrina

  21. Helen says:

    Here’s my card to end Cabin Fever! I think yellows and bright blues are always a mood lifter..hope putting in Warm wishes helps, too. Thanks for a fun challenge..


  22. Starla(star) says:

    Ok…I would have been sick to my stomach thinking about cutting that lovely flower…but I LOVE The look of it off to the side like that!!

  23. Danielle says:

    The bold colors on this and the flower center are stunning! Love it!

  24. Sharon, this is absolutely gorgeous! That big, bold, bright pink flower is just beautiful and so striking! Fabulous work, dahling! 🙂

  25. Carla (cmsuto) says:

    Wow, Sharon! Your card is gorgeous! I love the papers and the beautiful flower! Fantastic button center! Here is my spring card:
    Have a great weekend!

  26. JoAnn says:

    Had to laugh this am Sharon, when I read the title of your challenge. Leaving the game last night was pretty tricky and a snowday was perfect for the challenge. Not so perfect for the last boy’s game though. Love your bright and beautiful sample. Here’s mine: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1254202?cat=15691

  27. care-in says:

    I love how you did the button on the flower!

  28. Sue (suen) says:

    Gorgeous card, Sharon! I love the big flower and pretty paper! You’ve given me an idea of how to use the big flowers I’ve had for awhile! Here’s the link to my first spring card!

  29. Nancy says:

    Great card! We’re having more crazy up and down weather here, so I had to get this card up today.


  30. Love that hot pink and black Sharon — very flirty and fun! And, if it’s a Sharon card — you can’t go wrong with that pop of black!! LOVE IT!!

  31. Billie says:

    Sharon what a beautiful job great details with your pretty flower

  32. Sara says:

    Love your card Sharon! So elegant — as always. I’m so glad I got to play along with your challenge today. It’s been too long. I went way out of my comfort zone and paired up some bright colors. I guess I’m really ready for Spring. Here’s my card: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1254518

  33. Wow!

    That is some card.

    Very beautiful.

  34. WOWZER Sharon!! What a beauty!! Love that big flower!! Outstanding!!

  35. Heather says:

    How striking, Sharon, I love the vibrant colour and the cut flower.
    The inside is beautiful too.

    I think it is funny that you chose to represent spring in a big, bold way and I did a soft, pastel card. Perhaps my cabin fever is not as bad as yours!

  36. Gigi says:

    Really like the button embellishment; wonder if Liquid Pearls would work, too?

  37. Love the card, Sharon. The challenge was perfect as i needed a card to send to a young friend in the hospital. Hope she likes it. http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1254697?cat=500&ppuser=817

  38. Carolen says:


  39. Sheila says:

    Oh so pretty Sharon! I love the pink papers with that beauty of a flower. TFS! Sheila

  40. Linda C. says:

    That’s one “in your face” flower!! Love it!

  41. Judy kreucher says:

    your card is stunning Sharon!
    I finally got a chance to play today.
    Here is my card:
    nothing says spring like bunnies..
    thanks for a fun challenge today!

  42. bronih says:

    Really, really gorgeous, Sharon!! Love that huge Prima and the button you made!

  43. Jenny Gropp says:

    Love your super color packed sample!
    Here’s my hoping for warmer weather soon card…

  44. ValerieC says:


  45. Very nice card that should sure help with getting rid of your Cabin Fever.

  46. Sharon, I LOVE your card!! The inside is just as pretty as the outside!! All the other team members’ cards are awesome, as well. Here’s my attempt to help with the cabin fever a bit:

    Butterfly thank you

  47. Finally, here is the card I made for your challenge Sharon.


    It was fun creating this card and naming it “Making Things New” like Spring does.

    Hugs, Sabrina

  48. mary marsh says:

    this is such a beautiful card-thanks for sharing all your amazing ideas

  49. Beautiful, Sharon! I am in awe!

  50. Cindy H. says:

    Thanks for the challenge, Sharon. I had a lot of fun creating it. This stamp had never seen ink before and I was inspired to use it because I saw the tips of tulips growing in my garden today! They’ll be covered with snow tomorrow so this card will have to do me for a while. Think Spring! [url+=http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1256073?cat=500&ppuser=121401]Spring Has Sprung[/url] Thanks for looking.

  51. Cindy H. says:

    Whoops here’s the card – [url=http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1256073?cat=500&ppuser=121401]Spring Has Sprung[/url] – hope this works…

    if not, try this http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1256073?cat=500&ppuser=121401

  52. Elena says:

    Gorgeous card! Love your handmade button!!!

  53. Jill Haddad says:

    I’m definitely ready for Spring!!! So, so, so tired of snow – and I love snow! Your card is beautiful Sharon – but when aren’t they???? Here is a link to my card for your Spring challenge.


    I also added a link on my blog back to your blog so my readers can play along if they want to.

  54. I’m back..LOL Again great Card Sharon and everyone else who has posted their cards. Sure makes you want Spring to get here, we had snow yesterday so decided that I needed to do this challenge.

    Here is my card http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1257424?cat=500&ppuser=96786

  55. Anna says:

    Fantastic card, I love that boldness!

    Here is my card for your challenge, I had fun! http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1257645?cat=500&ppuser=108659

  56. leslierich says:

    This certainly is a breath of spring, Sharon! I have these big flowers, too, in a different color. I even got them from Lindsey. I love this one as the main feature of your beautiful card. I especially love the flower center you created!

  57. Ann says:

    Fantastic work by the DT – stopped by each blog and was blown away by their work.


    Lovely to be able to use Spring Colours.

    Ann xxx

  58. Joan Ervin says:

    Your card is gorgeous, Sharon..I just love the beautiful colors, papers, and that big, gorgeous flower!!! I alsomt feel guilty telling you that it is in the 70’s here today….I hope the my daffodils bring a little Spring into your day!!! http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1261937?cat=500&ppuser=28771

  59. Ann says:

    Gorgeous card, Sharon! Love those big, bright Primas! 😀

    Here’s my card:

  60. Chris says:

    Love your card Sharon, great idea to trim the flower – must remember that trick!
    We had snow today ( yes we do sometimes get snow here in the UK!)
    so this challenge was just what I needed to cheer me up, hope it brightens your day too ……

    TFL 🙂

  61. jennifer says:

    Hi Sharon. that is a fabulous card!
    Here is my 3D card for Cabin Fever:


    [email protected]

  62. Mary says:

    I’m one challenge behind Sharon! I’ll try to get to the embossing challenge tomorrow. Here’s my cabin fever card: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1260609?cat=500&ppuser=113844

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