Apr 22 2009

Blue Awning Bonjour

I just had to pull out Carte Postale after the card I made yesterday — it reminded me SO of cards I did when Carte Postale was new and hot. It’s still HOT to me — probably my most favorite set of all time. And this card today qualifies for 2 challenges — today’s Sketch Challengeat SCS, and for this month’s Dirty Girl Challenge due on the 20th — I’m just a few days late there — LOL!!! That challenge required us to use our favorite things. Well, Carte Postale has always been my FAV stamp set, and silk ribbonis my current FAV embellishment — just can’t get enough of it! You may view all the other Dirty Girl (current and alumni) uploads here. Here’s my card:


I’m really happy with it! And today I pulled out my Aged Copper Hodgepodge Hardware and my SU Small Oval Punch. Let me tell you, there is a lot to be said for how simple SU makes it — very quick to do and LOVE the look of the HPH. I also love the rich vintage look achieved with the Blue Awning DP by K & Co. I picked up at Michaels — great paper!!!


I wanted to show you this super simple bow to make. I used the 100% Silk by May Arts that I carry in the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. This is such an easy bow treatment. I just ran a length of the ribbon around the upper panel of the card and adhered it with sticky tape on the back, then adhered my panel to the card. Then I took another length of the same ribbon and slipped it under the ribbon strip and tied a knot and trimmed my ends at angles — that’s it! This silk ribbon is a dream to work with — you can twist it, pull it, knot it, unknot it, wrinkle it, whatever you need to do to get it right — and when all is said and done, it looks like a million bucks — ALWAYS!!! I am so hooked on this silk I just can’t get enough of it — and sorry if I am boring you of late by using so much silk, but I just have to — LOL!!!!

Oops, almost forgot — there is a little boo-boo on that bow I wanted to point out so you don’t do the same thing. I didn’t even notice it IRL until I saw this blown up photo — but glad I spotted it. See on top of the card, left of the ribbon, the green matting paper is torn? That happened because it was pulled too tightly when I attached the ribbon on the back — I should have left just a tad of slack so that when the ribbon shirred up when I attached the bow piece it would have enough room and not pull so tight — so just watch that if you try this bow!


I haven’t used my HPH for so long and I love it — I will be keeping it out now so I remember to start using it again! Here I used the 1/4″ silk ribbon to run through the holes in the hardware — simple treatment that softens and dresses up this rather masculine hardware.

Stamps: Carte Postale by SU

Paper: PTI Vintage Cream, Prism Spring Willow Dark and Mystic Dark, Blue Awning DP by K & Co.

Ink: Night of Navy and ColorBox Chalk Creamy Brown

Accessories: 1.25 inch and 1/4 inch Silk Ribbon by May Arts from the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store, SU Aged Copper Hodgepodge Hardware, Kaiser Pearls, Glue Glider, Mounting Squares


The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store carries these silk ribbons and more by May Arts.

Joan’s Garden carries the Kaiser Pearls, Glue Glider (she has a sale on it now) and the mounting squares.

Stampers Dream carries the Prism papers I used.

Thank you so much for stopping in once again — I truly love when you do! We’re still getting a light snowfall, but it is supposed to hit the 40’s today and the 60’s tomorrow — I’m hoping so! Hope your day is going well — see you soon!

19 responses so far

19 Responses to “Blue Awning Bonjour”

  1. Angela says:

    This is one of my favorite stamp sets of all time. I love it and I love how you used it here, great color combo…

  2. loree2000 says:

    This is a truly beautiful!! I Love the way you show cased this set!!

  3. Carol C says:

    Oh Sharon, this is so pretty!!! The ribbon is gorgeous, love it all.

  4. Sharon, your card is just wonderful! I love that Blue Awning DP and that yummy silk ribbon. I’ve always found silk ribbon to be my favorite kind of ribbon to work with. I love your card so much!

  5. Amy says:

    I always get inspired by your beautiful ideas…and often print a pattern from you!! Thanks, I love all of your creative ideas. Check out the new web site: http://www.frostitpink.com — they have a blog with some blog candy listed!

  6. WOW … FANTASTIC!!! That shocking blue ribbon is SCRUMPTIOUS!!! Great colors … awesome card!!

  7. Cindy H. says:

    Such a pretty card!! Love the blue ribbon – luscious! Thanks for the bow tip, too 🙂

  8. Kathleen says:

    Wow I would love to receive this card. I had to have this stamp set and have never inked it, time to do so. Thanks Sharon.

  9. leslierich says:

    I remember how much you always loved Carte Postale. And I especially remember all the beautiful cards you made with it. I LOVE this one!! The blue is so rich, and the ribbon a perfect match. The layout is outstanding for this image. And, oh, the hardware! And the skinny silk ribbon! I just love it all!

  10. Stephanie P says:

    I’m totally with you, Sharon, Carte Postale and HPH are some of my fav SU items and they are now “retired”. I feel fortunate that I snagged mine last December. Like you, I just recently pulled out my HPH and am trying to keep it a priority to use, because it is such a nice rustic embellishment. I love that silk ribbon, looks luxurious on your card!

  11. Joan Fricker says:

    Sharon, what a beautiful card! I love your SU stamp and that gorgeous ribbon is just perfect. Great job!!!!


  12. Amy Johnson says:

    Wowsa! Fabulous job with the sketch challenge! Best I’ve seen yet! Love it!

  13. joyk says:

    Totally gorgeous card! From the dp and ribbon to the images!! Love that set!!

  14. Jerri Kay says:

    Absolutely stunning Sharon, you’ve used my favorite papers! The silk is oh so gorgeous, rich, and elegant!

  15. Sharon, this is so absolutely gorgeous!!!!! I am still drooling over this delicious looking ribbon. The gorgeous Blue Awning paper is just the right one for this stamp set. Another “Masterpiece” my friend!!! Hugs, Sabrina

  16. Bonnie says:

    This is one of the most beautiful cards I’ve seen! The blue is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for the ribbon tips, I learn so much from you. You are truly inspiring!

  17. Heidi Karpen says:

    Gorgeous card Sharon- I think I was silly and sold my Carte Postale during my last clean out- what was I thinking??! I’m loving that silk ribbon too!

  18. Janine says:

    Simply beautiful!!!

  19. Carolen says:

    Love your bow treatments, but then, I always do!

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