Jul 09 2009

Stamp Simply #95 – Let the Sparks Fly!

Keyword ssnotime95 – There is no time limit. You can play this challenge and upload your project at Splitcoast and/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.

Let the Sparks Fly!– I know the 4th is over, but fireworks are a big deal around here and the sparks are still flying!  So let’s make some sparks of our own today — or at least *sparkles* — today let us use glitter, generous amounts of glitter (if you like) so our creations sparkle away and catch the eye.  Let’s create our own fireworks here in blogland!  Have fun getting sparkly!!!  (If you are not a glitter user, then just make sure you add some sparkly feature to your project!)

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

Please bear with us as we are all uploading and linking on Thursday night. Everyone should be uploaded by Friday morning.

You can see all Gallery Submissions here. Thanks, girls!

And here is my sparkly creation for this week (all product links will be at the very bottom of  this post):


For today’s challenge I kept it simple by using glittered paper, Blue Awning by K & Co,  glittered chipboard to match, and I *stamped simply* by creating a monogram.  This paper and chipboard are both highly sparkly IRL, but it is lost in the photo — so sorry!

This is a wedding card I’ll need for August with the monogram of the newly married couple.  When monogramming for a couple, the woman’s initial is first, or on the left (Anna), the man’s (Eric) initial is on the right, and their last name is large and in the center.  How FUN for a newly married couple to receive what might be their very FIRST monogram!  I also made an envelope to match, which is seen beneath the card, which I’ll show you how to do in a bit.

First I just want to take a minute to talk about JustRite product — monograms specifically.  I LOVE monograms.  Monograms are what first drew me to JustRite and as much new and fun product as JustRite has come out with of recent, the simple monograms still lay near and dear to my heart as being an all time favorite.  I made today’s monogram using the  Special Occasions Monogram Kit.  That kit contains the 1 5/8″ Wood Stamper, 3 borders, 3 centers, and 3 sets of Special Occaisons Font in 2 sizes.  However, what I really love about the JustRite product is that it is all so interchangeable.  Take a look at the closeup of my monogram:


Today I chose not to use the borders on my stamper as I wanted to use the chipboard border that coordinated with my paper.   So I very easily stamped out my initials and built my monogram layers with paper and chipboard.  As long as you have ANY Font Set by JustRite and a Wooden Stamper to snap the letters into, you could do the same thing.  I love the complete Monogram Kits in the boxes, an all-in-one-package, but just because you may not have a kit, don’t feel you can’t make pretty monograms!  Personally, my favorite font is the elegant and pretty Special Occasions, especially for monograms, but it’s so fun to have a variety and choice to allow us to do masculine monograms, mongrams for children, whimsical monograms, etc.  Just wanted to point out that with JustRite, once you starting collecting product, it is SO interchangeable that your options are limitless.

OK, now on to how I made the envelope.  The front is shown above in the first photo.  And the back of the envie has a monogram to seal it closed — take a look:


Good gracious, but I’m having fun making these envelopes. Truly, they just take a minute or two, and I KNOW that is hard to believe, but it’s TRUE!  I’m using the Envelope-It template by Scor-It and all you need is a sheet of paper that is at least 9.25″ x 7.25″ and you can create an envie — how fun!  That’s smaller than a standard 8.5 x 11″ sheet of cardstock.  Here’s the template:


The template is made of aluminum, so it’s going to last!  The instructions are printed right on it, so they won’t get lost.  It even shows you were to put the glue — a foolproof template, for sure!  It has tiny legs you can adhere if you like, and I did.  I do like it raised up just a bit.  You can do this in either of two ways.  Working on a cutting mat, you could cut around the template with a hobby blade and be done!  I’m not real great with knives, so I prefer to trace around it with a pencil and then cut on my pencil line with scissors.  It just takes a minute.  The large hole in the center is a GREAT idea.  It is so you can SEE the design on your paper and you can place the template so that the design you want gets properly centered on the envelope front — BRILLIANT THINKING!!!


Photo 1:  Once your envelope is cut, lay it on your 12″ (full-sized) Scor-It board UPSIDE DOWN, and score all 4 lines from point to point, as shown on the template.  Very easy and quick.  It all lines up very quickly.

Photo 2:  Once scored I have turned my envelope to the right side for you to see.  You can see the pattern on the paper is nicely placed on the envelope front and the tabs and flaps are ready to be folded and glue applied.  VERY SIMPLE.


Once again, here’s the envelope back with the monogram used as a seal.  You will also note I DTP’d all the envie edges to give them a more finished look.


And again the completed project and the envelope front — you can see how I’ve used another piece of coordinating chipboard on the envie front. ALL super easy and quick to do — from monogram to envelope — but making a GREAT presentation!


Stamps:  Special Occasions Monogram Kit by JustRite

Paper:  PTI Vintage Cream, Blue Awning by K & Co. (Michaels)

Ink:  ColorBox Chalk Inks in Creamy Brown and Blue Iris

Accessories:  1.25″ Silk Ribbon, K & Co. Adhesive Chipboard (Michaels), Petite Circle Nestabilities by Spellbinders, SU Corner Rounder and Dimensionals, Glue Glider, Scor-It 12″ Score Board, Envelope-It Template


JustRite Stampers for the Special Occasions Monogram Kit and other JustRite Font and Wood Stampers

Stamp Simply Ribbon Store for the May Arts Silk Ribbon, Envelope-It Template and Scor-It Score Boards.


Check out these MASCULINE MONOGRAM projects uploaded tonight by Kellie — I think you’ll like them — and they surely show the versatility of the JustRite product!

So glad you stopped in again to see what we’re up to!  Please be sure to click all the DT links above to see their great takes on this fun challenge.  And hoping you can play with us this week if you’re inclined and able!!!  Wishing you all a wonderful, fun and safe summer weekend!!!  I’ll be back soon – thanks much for stopping!

38 responses so far

38 Responses to “Stamp Simply #95 – Let the Sparks Fly!”

  1. Deb Saaranen says:

    Always elegant! Love this glimmery paper along with the monogram. And the envelope is fabulous! Cool tool!!!

  2. Yvette says:

    Wow! Sharon, your card is soooo beautiful down to the gorgeous envelope!

  3. Holy Smokes, Sharon! Look at that baby glitter! And I love the whole envelope thing.. That would be such a wonderful way for me to use the stacks and stacks of dp I have! I think I need to visit your store! 🙂

  4. Holy Smokes, Sharon! Look at that baby glitter! And I love the whole envelope thing.. That would be such a wonderful way for me to use the stacks and stacks of dp I have! I think I need to visit your store! 🙂

    (This is not posting for some reason… couldn’t possibly be my fault! HA! Terribly sorry if this shows up more than once.)

  5. Joan Fricker says:

    Sharon, I love those monograms and all those sparkles. Great job!


  6. Stunning ensemble, Sharon, and an excellent tutorial and photos….I don’t usually make my own evelopes, but now you’ve got me thinking I need that template!

  7. Jerri Kay says:

    A gorgeous card Sharon, love all the sparkle, such pizzazz!!! A fabulous guy card, the ribbon is so rich, deep in color, sets this card off to perfection!

  8. Lisa Brown says:

    Such a beautiful card and LOVE that envelope!

  9. FANTASTIC creation Sharon and very inspiring since I have THREE weddings coming up over the next month. I’ll be emailing you … I NEED that Envelope-It … great idea! Well the grandkids are leaving later this morning so I’ll get something created later this afternoon … thanks for another awesome challenge!!!

  10. Joan Ervin says:

    This is gorgeous, Sharon…you always have such wonderful challenges!!! The envelope template is just awesome, too…a real must have!!! I finished my card and uploaded to SCS. It will go on my blog, soon!!! Now to check out everyone’s blogs!!

  11. (*slapping forehead* I always go through the list of the Stamp Simply girls on my blog to leave comments, but forget the Queen! My bad!)

    This is stunning Sharon! LOVE that K & Company paper… it’s so elegant and perfect for this wedding card! And that envelope template is pretty cool! If I actually SENT a card every now and then I could really use that thing!

  12. Jenny Gropp says:

    Oh Sharon — a shimmering shining super creation! Love it!

  13. Rose Ann says:

    This is so beautiful and sparkly, Sharon…and I love the wide ribbon!! Wonderful matching envelope as well!!

  14. I’ll post mine here since it’s not showing in the SCS Gallery.


    Thanks for a great challenge!!!

  15. Heather says:

    Wow, this is so classy.

  16. Angela says:

    Hey Sharon,

    I really liked this challenge because I LOVE my stickles. I use them all the time.

    Here is my card:

    Thanks for the challenge


  17. Finally found time to make my creation. THANKS for a great challenge … here’s my card: http://darscraftycreations.blogspot.com/2009/07/stamp-simply-95-let-sparks-fly.html

  18. Lisa says:

    Love the paper on the monogram cards! I bought that collection of paper because I loved it so much, and haven’t done anything with it. Thanks for inspiring!

  19. Silke Ledlow says:

    GORGEOUS CARD – Sharon!!! The envelope tutorial is awesome – thanks!!!

    I totally forgot to post my card here…..I used Shimmerz instead of Glitter – I hope this still counts – it’s still sparkly – LOL???

    Have a wonderful weekend!!! Hugs ~S~

  20. Carol says:

    Your monogramed card is georgous. Thanks for a great challenge.

    Here is my card

  21. Your card is very pretty! You have such a talent for texture!!

  22. Maureen W. says:

    Your project is just gorgeous – LOVE it!! Here’s my sparkly project: http://mycasestudies.blogspot.com/2009/07/pile-it-on-flutter-birthday.html

  23. Heidi Stock says:

    Beautiful work!!

    Here’s my contribution 🙂


  24. Simply gorgeous, Sharon! Elegant as always–I love that glittered paper.

  25. Great challenge. I love glitter!
    here is mine

  26. nancy littrell says:

    Glitter is so fun. Just had to play. Love your beautiful card and envelope.

    My dazzling diamond snow certainly qualifes. Enjoy, Nancy

    Home for Christmas: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1411375?nocache=1

  27. Susie Sugar says:

    Love that example its so classy, great challenge too
    Here‘s My Card
    Hugs Susie xx

  28. kat says:

    Fabulous tut. Here is my card. Thank you for looking. katxx

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  30. Cheryl says:

    beautiful…and i have been saving 3 pkgs. of blue awning…i thought it was beautiful..but have never seen anything made using it…

    thank you, there is so much creativity out there …it is wonderful, and i am happy to be touched by anothers beauty !!

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