Feb 02 2009

Something Pretty —

Published by at 11 22 pm under General Purpose Cards,Inque Boutique

— just because! No other reason. I just needed to make a pretty card tonight. I just got a new pack of Amazing Grace DP by Flair and wanted to try it out, and a set I had received for my birthday was sitting there wanting to be inked — so this is what happened!


I think it’s pretty, anyway! I used Colorbox Chalk pads in the cat’s eye format to ink my stamp. These small pads work well for inking directly to the stamp. My image was then cut with the Long Rectangle Nestie and sponged while still in the die, creating the white border — a quick and easy treatmentlending some degree of softness to the image. I selected colors based on the sheet of DP used. I was happy with a match from Prism – Desert Coral Light. I layered my papers, wrapped with my ribbon, hung on a little tag, and made a stick pin using pieces from both JoAnn’s and Michael’s (see this post).


This stick pin is considerably smaller than an SU stick pin from the Pretties Kit, and I do enjoy using these smaller pins in a lot of instances. Please note that it is an earring back used as the stopper on the bottom.

Stamps: Silhouettes of Nature by Inque Boutique

Paper: PTI White; Prism Desert Coral Light; Flair Amazing Grace DP.

Ink: Color Box Chalk in Rose Coral, Tangerine, Lipstick Red, Olive Pastel. Versa Fine Onyx Black.

Accessories: Tag Trio Dies and Long Rectangle Nestabilities by Spellbinders; Pin, pearls, etc. from JoAnns and Michaels; Kaiser Pearls; SU White Taffeta Ribbon, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Sponge; Martha Stewart Lace Punch (inside), Glue Glider.

Note: The Prism Paper, Versa Fine Ink, andTag Trio Dies areavailable at Stampers Dream.

The Long Rectangle Nestabilities, Kaiser Pearls, Amazing Grace DP and Glue Glider are available at Joan’s Garden.

I’m so glad you could stop in today. I truly enjoyed making today’s card and I hope you enjoyed it as well! We are really getting the snow dumped on us. Tomorrow morning will be one of those mornings that I’ll have to listen to the radio to see whether or not school is cancelled. Most of tonight’s activities around town have been cancelled, so we’ll see!!! Have a great day and hope to see you soon!

61 responses so far

61 Responses to “Something Pretty —”

  1. Elena says:

    This card is so gentle! I love the soft colors!!! Very beautiful flower…

  2. Tara D. says:

    Gorgeous card! I really love the colors, the papers and the design. This is the best card I’ve seen in a while. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Linda Duke says:

    All of your cards are “SOMETHING PRETTY” Girl, you got it together!! And yes, the paper is very pretty. Oh, we have lots of sunshine here in California…. 😉

  4. Renée says:

    This is beautiful, Sharon! So soft and elegant. Beautiful!!

  5. Kathy says:

    WOW! Just GAWJUS!!

  6. This card is stunning. Your coloring/sponging/shading are just perfect. Love your stick pins – I need to try that one of these days. Love the scalloped border peeking through from the inside. Great job, as usual.

  7. Joan Fricker says:

    Sharon, this card is absolutely beautiful! I love the soft colors and the Poppy stamp wonderful! Great job!


  8. Lisa Brown says:

    very pretty, indeed! Love it! That sponging is beautiful around the main image! Stay warm!

  9. Karen from Ontario says:

    Just a beautiful card…love the colours.

  10. Karen says:

    Beautiful. Love the colors.

  11. Heather says:

    This isa beautiful card, Sharon, lovely choice of colours, papers and images.

  12. Janine says:

    It IS very pretty!! Love that pin and tag!!!

  13. Charlene says:

    Sharon, I think pretty cards are your signature. Another beautiful creation!

  14. CherylQuilts at SCS says:

    This is beautiful!

  15. Donna says:

    What an absolutely gorgeous card, Sharon. I just love it!

  16. Betty says:

    Sharon!!!!! You did make a pretty card, too!!!! It is just gorgeous!!! Love the colors and the soft panel sponging!!!! Beautiful!!!!!

  17. Barb (GrandmaUpNorth) says:

    Love the coloring – so soft and pretty. And I love the stick pin!!

  18. Debbie says:

    You have the flair for making beautiful cards and this one is too.
    Thanks for sharing with us.

  19. Lynette says:

    I agree – a very beautiful card!

  20. Julie says:

    THis is so soft and feminine – I LOVE it !!

  21. Kay says:

    Your card is gorgeous — soft, elegant, eye-catching! I love the coral, a color I love IRL but seldom use on cards. The stick pin is a wonderful finishing touch!

  22. Jen Nevil says:

    Beautiful card, I like the colors and the stick pin. It’s so soft and pretty!

  23. Jenny Gropp says:

    so pretty!
    Love the soft sponging!

  24. Cheryl says:

    It is very pretty,I love the soft pastel colours and the sponging!!!

  25. Jerri Kay says:

    A beautiful card Sharon, I love the soft corals. The stick pin is fabulous with the bow, the perfect touch!

  26. Bev J. says:

    Really love that pretty image and dp-really makes a pretty card-as yours always are! tfs

  27. Oooooooo, what a gorgeous soft and lovely card. Every little touch makes it really stand out. I love the colors and everything about this card! :O)

  28. MaryR says:

    What a gorgeous, soft and beautiful card! I love the stamp and the way you colored/sponged/layered here

  29. marisa (whiterockmama) says:

    What a gorgeous flower image!! Love the colours you chose, the DP and all your classic touches. Lovely card!

  30. Sandy K says:

    Gorgeous and elegant. Love it!

  31. Wow– so gorgeous Sharon! Very very pretty!

  32. Sheila says:

    What a pretty card – in true Sharon style! I always loved the look of a stick pin on your cards and was so excited when you shared all your information about putting these together in a previous post. I ran out and stocked up on supplies and now I enjoy making stick pins too. TFS! Sheila

  33. Heather M says:

    Oh, how lovely! I’m not the least bit surprised- you always manage to fill me with awe at your beautiful creations! The added touch the stickpin makes is oh so delicate and elegant.

  34. Darlene says:

    Wow this is such a pretty card. I love the colours and that paper is beautiful. I love your cards.

  35. Joyce across the pond says:

    Sharon, lovely card yet again…they are all good…could I ask for some help….e-mailed Verve last week to ask the dimensions of their Plain Jane stamps…no reply….I know you have used them before…would it be at all possible in your busy schedule to let me know what size they are….
    thanks in advance. Joyce

  36. Danielle says:

    Oh yes! Something pretty indeed!!

  37. Michelle R says:

    Totally gorgeous, Sharon! I love the elegance of it. The paper, pin, the tag, every detail is simply beautiful!

  38. Carolen says:

    Love the balance/play of the pearls on
    the right with the pearls on the stickpin.

    Beautiful card Sharon!

  39. Becki B aka queenoe says:

    Oh my goodness! What a Happy card. What can I say. Just makes me happy to look at it. Thank you for sharing. Love everything about it.

  40. kathy says:

    Oh my gosh this is amazing! I am soooooo in love with the stamp and the colors. Uh-oh, just when I thought it was time to cut back on spending……LOL!

    I’m inspired as always.


  41. Wow Sharon, this is so stunning! I love the soft colors, and the stick pin is so beautiful! Absolutely gorgeous!

  42. Jackie W. says:

    This is so beautiful! But that’s not enough…it’s stunning!

  43. leslierich says:

    Oh, my! And it is SO pretty! The colors are scrumptious and the paper so soft and feminine. Love the gorgeous flower! Just wonderful all over!

  44. Linda C. says:

    Gorgeous, lovely, elegant, beautiful, pretty…..and I like it too!

  45. Barb Eyring says:

    Oh – So Pretty!

  46. This is absolutely stunning Sharon!! LOVE that new dp and the image is perfect!! WOW … I’ll have to try that sponging technique … while it’s still in the Nestie you say… hmmm! Just beautiful and so soft! What an inspiration you are once again!!!!

  47. Dee Jackson says:

    totally gorgeous Sharon!! I love the way you colored the flower.

  48. Kerry from PA says:

    The effect of sponging while still in the die is wonderful. I always forget about trying it but I love the look it achieves. Beautiful DP too.

  49. Velta says:

    I cannot believe how gorgeous your work is…but, it always has been gorgeous…this has got to be a favorite :)

  50. Norine says:

    love the soft colors great card

  51. Melissa says:

    This is absolutely lovely!

    Many Blessings,

  52. Nancy says:

    This is so pretty, Sharon! Every detail goes together so well!

  53. sue says:

    Very pretty sharon. I understand about just wanting to make a pretty card. Sometimes we don’t even need a reason do we? TFS!

  54. Rose Ann says:

    This is so gorgeous, Sharon!! I love your flower and the pretty colors & pin!!

  55. Angel W says:

    So lovely, Sharon! Enjoy your snow…:-)

  56. libby says:

    This is something pretty indeed! I just love how you use stick pins, you are better at it than anyone! :-)

  57. This is STUNNING, Sharon! I LOVe it! :)

  58. nancy littrell says:

    OMG…..so soft and pretty. Love the coral colors and soft sponging. Your new DP is just Delicious :-) TFS

  59. Barb g says:

    Oh my word…Sharon, this is ‘over-the-top’ STUNNING! I envy anyone who would receive such a beautiful card from you….what a blessing your creativity must be for the persons who receive your magnificant works of art!
    Hugs, Barb g

  60. Fran says:

    What a beautiful card!!! This is also the first I’ve learned of making your own stick pins! May I ask how long the stick pin is you used on this card so I have an idea of a nice length to look for? thank you!

  61. Jarie says:


    This is a great card. I also bought the items to make my own stick pins. My question is how to you keep them from flopping around on the card. Are you putting so many beads at the top and putting it through the ribbon and then adding more and then adding the earring back? Thanks in advance for your advice.


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