Mar 12 2009

Stamp Simply #78 – White Mats

Before we start, I just want to point out that I’ve added lots more gingham ribbons to My Ribbon Sale at the TAB above myblog header, or click here.

Keyword ssnotime78 -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.

White Mats – When I make a panel to put on a card, my natural instinct is to mat it in a dark color, either black or the darkest of the colors used on the panel. However, I do love the fresh look of cards where the panels are matted in white. So today we are matting, or framing, our panels in white for a fresh, clean and springy look. You MAY use multiple mats on a panel if you like, but at least ONE of them MUST be white. That’s it — anything else goes!!! And the most important rule — HAVE FUN!!!

Check out the greatsamples for the Stamp Simply Challenge today on the blogs of these designers:

  1. Barb, March Guest Designer
  2. Dee
  3. Tammy
  4. Janine
  5. AJ
  6. Jennifer
  7. Julie
  8. Becky

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 using a white mat layer:


Playing with new things today, but still a simple design. New SU stamps and paper, new Primas and new May Arts ribbon!!! Fun!!! And my 2nd mat layer is white!!! I typically use a lot of black, and this time of year it just feels heavy at times — so I’m ready for some white!!!

Stamps: SU Bird on a Branch

Paper: White, Gable Green, Flock Together DP all by SU

Ink: Black

Accessories: SU Corner Rounder and Mini Glue Dots, Primas from Michaels, Buttons from Wal-Mart, May Arts Ribbon from My Ribbon Sale, Kaiser Pearl and Glue Glider from Joan’s Garden.

Thanks much for stopping in today and I hope you can find some time to play this simple and fun challenge! I can’t wait to blog hop and see what the Stamp Simply Designers have come up with!!! Hope you stop in and visit them all, too!!! You will NOT be disappointed!!! Have a great weekend, everyone!!!

51 responses so far

51 Responses to “Stamp Simply #78 – White Mats”

  1. Ann says:

    The cards by the design team are just wonderful as per usual. Here is my card which I actually did yesterday!!! I must have known what the challenge was before you posted – spooky!!
    Ann xxx

  2. JoAnn says:

    Thanks, Sharon. I don’t do a lot of matting with white, I like this. Here’s mine:

  3. Norine says:

    so very pretty love the wht mat and that bird

  4. Lois (clownmom) says:

    Pretty card again today, Sharon. I, too, rarely mat in white; so I’m glad you made this the challenge for today. Here’s my card —

  5. Sharon, you’re making me regret not ordering this set. Your card is WONDERFUL! TFS

  6. What a clean, springy card Sharon! Love this look!! Here’s mine:
    Hope you like it!!

  7. Janine says:

    HI Sharon!! I LOVE this !!! Just beautiful…. Have a wonderful weekend.

  8. CherylQuilts at SCS says:

    Beautiful…love the white matting. Love how you added the buttons with the ribbons! Thanks for sharing this beauty!

  9. This is breathtaking, Sharon! I LOVE this! šŸ™‚ Thanks for another fun challenge! Hope you are doing well! šŸ˜‰

  10. Kathyc on SCS says:

    Sharon, this is so pretty! I love what you did with the Primas, ribbon and buttons; fantastic! I’m hoping to play along this weekend!

  11. LeAnne says:

    I love this! Thanks for a wonderful challenge! Here is mine:

  12. Pat Adam says:

    Perky and pretty card, love the bird image. Had me thinking on this one but I did it. Pat

  13. Lisa Brown says:

    So pretty, Sharon! Love the colors and the white just makes it pop! Thanks for your great challenges!

  14. Cindy H. says:

    Very pretty and Spring-y!!

  15. Charlette says:

    This card is just beautiful. The flowers and buttons are just the right touch on this card. You always give us wonderful ideas. Everyone’s cards on this challenge are great. Have a great weekend!

  16. Sharon, this is stunning! I love the colors, the Primas with gingham, and the elegant simplicity of the image! Wonderful challenge, again!

  17. Starla(star) says:

    This card definately says SPRING!!

  18. Cindy Cook says:

    Hi Sharon,

    Nice card. I have a question–when you knot ribbon on a button like that, are you actually pulling each end through and then tying the knot or just using a glue dot to attach the ribbon on top?


  19. Lovely,lovely,lovely!!!! that ribbon and flower just makes everything pop!

  20. Rose Ann says:

    I love that image, and your beautiful papers!! Gorgeous flower and I love the buttons with that ribbon!! Lovely as ever, Sharon!

  21. Carla says:

    Beautiful card, Sharon! I love the colors and the image you used! The flowers and buttons with the ribbons are so pretty! Thanks for another fun challenge! Here is my card:
    Have a great weekend!

  22. Sheila says:

    Such a pretty card Sharon and the color combo is very spring like! Its also nice to see you using SU products lately. TFS! Sheila

  23. Joan Fricker says:

    Sharon, this is a great card. I also love the springy colors and your gingham ribbon is just perfect. Great job!


  24. Kelly says:

    What a great challenge! I didn’t realize how infrequently I use white as my mat color! It really does make things pop off the card!

    Thanks for the great challenge!

    Here is a link to my blog including the Card incorporating this challenge!

  25. Cathy says:

    Here’s mine…thanks for the challenge Sharon – I needed it!!!

  26. Jerri Kay says:

    Absolutely stunning Sharon, a fabulous challenge. I cheated, I combined it with last week’s challenge . . . LOL! I love the colors you chose for the card and the floral treatment is gorgeous!

  27. Oh Sharon! Your card is wonderful!! I had time to play along today -yippee! Here is the link to my blog post:

    I also posted pics of my remodeled stamping area -take a peek!! Hugs,

  28. jojot says:

    a stunner in luscious colors

  29. Elena says:

    This card is so beautiful! I just love all of this colors together!

  30. Jeanette says:

    Beautiful card! I love the colors!!
    Here is mine:
    Great challenge, thanks!

  31. Terry says:

    Lovely card. I like using what to mat images. Helpd them pop off a dark background. My card is on my blog Ā 


  32. leslierich says:

    Fabulous, Sharon! I love a lot of white on a card these days. It just feels so fresh and clean. I do need to overcome my difficulties photographing it, though. This looks absolutely wonderful!

  33. Betty says:

    Sharon, this is just so springtime fresh and beautiful!!!! The white matte, colors, and flower detailing with the touch of gingham is like a breath of fresh air!!!! Love it!!!!

  34. Dorothy says:

    Lovely Card Sharon! I really love the colors you used and that double flower is so pretty!!

    Ok, This is my very first time doing a challenge.
    I hope I am doing this right.

    Here is my link:



  35. Dee Jackson says:

    beautiful Sharon!! I love the layered flower what beautiful colors!!

  36. Wonderful challenge, Sharon!!! I’d never have thought to use white mats but I LOVE how my card turned out! Here it is:

    (a href=> Gilded Ballerina

  37. Well thanks Sharon, I just finished this card and came to see what’s going on here and my card qualified for this challenge.
    This card I made for my granddaughter for Easter.
    Great cards ladies.
    here is my card


  38. Anita says:

    Not sure if I’ll get this uploaded to SCS or not, so here’s my link…you’re right, I don’t normally think of white for mats, but it does add a nice light touch to the cards.

    Thanks for making me re-think matting.

  39. […] Sharon’s Stamp Simply challenge this week is to use a white mat in your card.Ā  I was surprised how hard it was.Ā  I usually pick a colour from the stampedĀ  image for my mats so I ended up stamping in versamark and embossingĀ  a white image on designer paperĀ  then matting each square in white.Ā  Sharon’s design team made some beautiful cards, several using white on white which was lovely, but I couldn’t seem to get that to work for me today. […]

  40. Heather says:

    I was surprised how tricky I found this, I guess I rarely matte with white. I love the fresh crsip look of it though and your bird on a branch is simple and beautiful.
    My card is here:

    I have been CASing a bunch of your cards this evening which I will be posting over the next few days. I needed inspiration and I can always find it here.

  41. Barb (GrandmaUpNorth) says:

    Love your card – the colors are great!

    I uploaded my cards, and forgot to link them back. They can be found below:

  42. Goodness, I am late again. Sharon, thanks so much for another fun challenge. Let me know what you think

    Hugs, Sabrina

  43. Christi says:

    Thank you so much for the awesome challenge! Here is my card:

  44. Toni says:

    I used white mats on my treat bag that I made for a co-worker on St. Patrick’s Day. It seems to me that I do end up using white mats in circles more than I thought. Perhaps the better challenge for me would have been to use rectangular white mats.

  45. Nancy says:

    Love the colors you use, and that flower is gorgeous!

    Finally got mine finished:

  46. Cindy H. says:

    I’m a little behind times but I finally got a chance to post my card. Super challenge! Here it is –

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