Cards, cards and more cards

simple to CASE Stampin' Up! cardI have several cards I want to share with you today.  I’m going to start with a  very simple on.  There really isn’t very much to this card as far as layers and stamping but sometimes simplicity has it’s own sort of elegance.

To make this card I used a Very Vanilla base, with a layer of Chocolate Chip.  On the Chocolate Chip cardstock I stamped the swirly from Baroque Motifs in Very Vanilla ink.  I used Chocolate Chip wide grosgrain ribbon around the middle and stamped the definition of “you” (Define your Life stamp set) in Chocolate Chip.  That’s it!  Very simple when you’re in a hurry and need a nice card to give.

Simple Stampin' Up! CardHere is that same idea now, I just changed up a few things but kept the basic idea.  As you can see, I changed to Whisper White and Pink Pirouette cardstock with Bravo Burgundy.  I ran the Pink Pirouette cardstock through my Big Shot with one of the Stampin’ Up! texturz plates to add a little texture instead of stamping it this time.  

To make the knot in the Bravo Burgundy wide grosgrain ribbon, I simply tied a knot in the ribbon, just like when you’re tying a shoestring) and then laid the ends across the card.  The “Yy” from the Defining Alphabet is stamped in Pink Pirouette and the definition of you is Bravo Burgundy.


Manhattan Flower Textured Empressions DieI received the Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Die today in my box.  What fun!!!  This die is wonderful because it leaves a deep impression (actually the flowers pop up – what would that be called??) and it is card size!  The card base is Bravo Burgundy with Very Vanilla layered on top.

The definition is stamped in Bravo Burgundy as is “for you” from the All Holidays stamp set.  I used Bravo Burgundy narrow grosgrain ribbon along with Vanilla Styled Hodgepodge Hardware.  The Designer Label Punch is making this particular piece of hardware so much easier to use!!  Before I had the punch, I pretty much avoided this  particular piece because I didn’t want to try fitting a piece of cardstock just right behind it.

Manhattan flower cardHere’s another version of the same card.  The colors are all the same, I just haven’t decided if I prefer the definition of you on the inside of the card or outside.

Well, yesterday I said I wouldn’t show the cards for my class on Saturday until the weekend but . . . I was too excited to share.  So, we will be doing one of these cards on Saturday in Baldwin, MD.  I just won’t say which one!

I hope by sharing different versions of the the same card will give you some ideas on how you can change up card ideas to fit your own likes and supplies.  So often once you have a good idea it’s helpful to make varieties of it.  It’s almost impossible to come up with fresh new ideas of your own for every single card!

Now it’s your turn!  Find a couple minutes to sit down and create today.  If you’re at a loss for what to do, go back to one of your favorites and change it up, see what you come up with!


  1. what gorgeous cards – love the vellum

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